Music You Might Otherwise Miss 2-25-14

As South By Southwest gets closer…the more new (and good) material gets released. These last few weeks have been outstanding as far as the quality of the music. I’m having the delicious dilemma of trying to decide which songs to keep and put into rotation for the regular part of my show.  Decisions…decisions.

I got the show kicked off with The Good Sports.  The Good Sports are a five-piece, mixed gendered, lo-fi Alt. Pop group based in Brisbane, Australia.  I found them because of another Aussie band, Major Leagues. Major Leagues posted this single, Out Of The Way,” from The Good Sports, on their Facebook page.

That was followed up with a track from Las Rosas. Jose Boyer is the frontman and the bassist for this relatively new band. They just formed in February of last year, released a handful of demos, and have just dropped a new single…Black Cherry.” They are also on tour with Nick Waterhouse.

Changing musical direction with a decidedly electronic focus. This artist is simply called Lowell. She is originally from Calgary, moved with her father for a time to the Yukon, but now makes her home in Toronto. Lowell fits, very much, into the Pop music scene, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Her electronica writing style is very accessible, easy to follow along with the singing parts, and I am sure most people will be tapping their foot or moving their head to the beat. The new EP is titled I KILLED SARA V. and it comes out today. The song I featured was The Bells.”

Proceeding that was a tune from Misun.  Misun is back Big Time with this new, infectious single…Travel With Me.” For my steady listeners, you know I’ve been featuring Misun for quite some time. For you newbies Misun (Me-sun) started as a mixed-gendered trio, from Washington, DC and fronted by Misun Wojcik (sounds like a nice polish girl). They have since added another member to the band and moved to Los Angeles. (Both moves, I believe, is a good idea) The force behind Misun is, of course, Misun herself, however, she works closely with her buddy and bandmate, Nacey. Nacey produces all of the band’s material. They make a great team and I just think they are destined for bigger things.

Next up was an unsigned, London based, Alt Pop, quartet that I found through The Guardian’s online newspaper music reviewers section. They are called Flyte.  They actually released their only recording, an EP entitled LIVE, about six months ago.  Since that time they’ve been playing to larger and larger audiences, which is now drawing the attention of many record labels and they are seriously being courted and I imagine they will cut a record deal in 2014. This fun, little tune I played on air is called Over And Out.”

Next came a song from Norton.  Norton is a four-piece Indie Pop band out of Castelo Branco, Portugal. They’ve been around for a while but haven’t had a great deal of impact outside their native Portugal. However, with the upcoming release of their new, self-titled album, they should start getting some traction. The album officially drops on March 10th and the pre-release single, Magnets,” is already available on i-tunes. The entire album is already available to stream via the band’s BandCamp page.

My lineage subject was St. Paul and the Broken Bones.  St. Paul and the Broken Bones, which is a great name for this up and coming Neo-Soul band. They are six members strong with St. Paul on lead vocals and a dynamite horn section doing some heavy lifting. They haven’t been around all that long but they are already getting a great deal of attention. (Their sound fits very nicely into the playlist of my other show…The Uptown Blues Party, and they are in heavy rotation right now). They self-released a four-song EP, GREETINGS FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL, back in December of 2012 and they just released their debut, full-length album, HALF THE CITY, last week. Spoiler alert. Three of the four songs on their debut EP also appear on the new disc. Hey…why not? The tune I picked to share was Call Me.”

Completing the lineage with St. Paul and the Broken Bones was the tune Sugar Dyed Honey Pants,” which was released on their debut EP, GREETINGS FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL, and that was from December of 2012.  (BTW, that song also appears on the new album but the name has been shortened to “Sugar Dyed.”)

My re-issue release of the week was from Frankie Goes To Hollywood.  My goodness…they were huge. The album was WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME, it came out in 1984, and the hit single, Relax,” was actually banned from airplay in the U.K.  The song made it to number six on the charts without being on the radio. It was huge in the clubs. Well it’s been re-issued and, of course, I’m went with the hit. I had to!

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from HOTT MT.  Now HOTT MT are a five-piece, mixed gendered, psyche-pop band and are on White Iris records. They have just released that single, Kat Kastle,” and can be downloaded for free. Here’s the link.

Next up is one of wonderful new single from Early Winters. They are an international collective from Los Angeles, Toronto and London. They have an Alt. Country kind of sensibility to them. They are fronted by vocalist Carina Round and on the song had for airplay, Love Won’t Leave Me Alone,” they remind me a great deal of early Lucinda Williams. The new album, VANISHING ACT, comes out today.

Then there was the latest material from Lily & the Palour Tricks.  Lily & the Palour Tricks actually found me. They emailed me directly about their brand new single, Requiem,” just last week and I was quite impressed…so I wanted to share it with you.

Let’s keep things moving here with an up-tempo, Alt. Country sound of Black Prairie. They can be found on the Sugar Hill record label and they have just released this single, Let It Out.” It is the band’s lead off single from the yet-to-released CD, FORTUNE, which drops on April 22nd.

Let me slip in one more from Circa Waves. They are an Alt. Pop band out of Liverpool, England. They are getting ready to tour with Interpol and have just released this outstanding single, Stuck In My Teeth.”

Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.

Come listen LIVE on wmfo.org from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  (I could use the support) ;^)

If you missed the live version…check out the archived one. Here’s the LINK.

I suggest you follow me on Twitter and get an early taste on new music that comes out each week.

Also…follow along on SoundCloud where I post music streams way before I play them on air.

New Release Show Playlist 2-25-14

The Good Sports – “Out Of The Way” – OUT OF THE WAY – Single

Las Rosas – “Black Cherry” – BLACK CHERRY – Single

Lowell – “The Bells” – I KILLED SARA  V. – Ep

Misun – “Travel With Me” – TRAVEL WITH ME – Single

Flyte – “Over And Out” – LIVE – Ep

Norton – “Magnets” – NORTON

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – “Call Me” – HALF THE CITY

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – “Sugar Dyed Honey Pants” – GREETINGS FROM BIRMINGHAM, AL*

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Relax” – WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREDOME**

HOTT MT – “Kat Kastle” – KAT CASTLE/MORNING

Early Winters – “Love Won’t Leave Me Alone” – VANISHING ACT

Lily & The Palour Tricks – “Requiem” – REQUIEM – Single

Black Prairie – “Let It Out” – FORTUNE

Circa Waves – “Stuck In My Teeth” – STUCK IN MY TEETH – Single

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Music You Might Otherwise Miss 2-18-14

I missed last week’s show while I was vacationing in Arizona.  It was a tad warmer there with considerably less snow.  The good thing was I had two weeks worth of material to survey to put together this show and it was a good one.  Let me tell you about what I discovered.

I began the program with The Eversons.  They are a four-piece, Indie Pop band out of Wellington, New Zealand.  Their latest album, SUMMER FEELING, actually came out a while ago but I just ran into it and liked their single, Marriage,” so much that I wanted to introduce you to them.  They have a very clever video to this single but be warned…they drop the F-bomb in it twice. (I edited them out for airplay because I don’t want to get into trouble with the FCC).

I followed that up with a track from Ingrid Michaelson. This uber-talented singer/songwriter is back with a brand new album…LIGHTS OUT. I remember catching her almost ten years ago at a music conference in Louisville, Kentucky when she was just getting started.  She’s steadily grown in her art and popularity. She was even featured in an Orange Juice commercial this past year. With the pre-release single, Girls Chase Boys,” she is positioning herself for mainstream radio airplay. Check out the video to this song…it’s a clever homage to Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible.”

Changing musical direction with Pure X.  Pure X is a quartet based in Austin, TX. They are readying to release their third, full-length album, ANGEL, on April 1st. This is the first I’ve heard of them and all I can describe to you about their style is based on the album’s pre-release single, Starlight,” is they are Rock oriented, shoegaze.  I am anxious to listen to the rest of the CD. BTW, Pure X is going to be on tour with Real Estate, which is an awesome pairing, and they will be making a two-night stop at the Sinclair on March 19th and 20th.

Then came a tune from Priscilla Ahn.  I have to say…it is a pure delight to hear from Priscilla Ahn again.  I’ve been following her since 2006 and the debut of her self-titled EP, which you cannot get anymore. Her new album, THIS IS WHERE WE ARE, officially drops February 25th. I have listened to the whole disc on her SoundCloud page and I have to say…it is fantastic.  The tune I featured was You And Me.”

Next up is modern Rockabilly queen Imelda May.  I’ve been playing her, mostly on my other show The Uptown Blues Party, for years. She released LOVE TATTOO in 2009 and I really like the lead off track, Johnny Got A Boom Boom.”  She got wider attention when, at the 2010 Grammys, Jeff Beck was being honored and he brought Imelda May on stage with him.  Since then she has released two albums with the latest being titled TRIBAL. Well…technically the CD isn’t out yet but I have for airplay…the title track; the pre-release single.

I then featured new music from Sleeper Agent.  Sleeper Agent is a six-piece, mixed-gendered, Indie Rock band out of Bowling Green, Kentucky.  I love these guys.  Their first album, CELEBRASION, is very impressive. (Check out Get Burned.” It will get your feet moving). The new album, ABOUT LAST NIGHT, is due out March 25th. The tune I had my listeners sample is the lead off single, Waves.”

My lineage subject was Tokyo Police Club.  The Tokyo Police Club is not from Tokyo or associated with any Police organization. They are an Indie Rock quartet out of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. They’ve been together since 2005 and have released an EP and five albums over the years with the latest being FORCEFIELD, which is due out March 25th. They have made this single available, Hot Tonight,” via i-Tunes as a teaser.  They have a huge tour planned in support of the new album. They start out in Europe in March and they end here in Boston, at the Sinclair, on May 17th.

Part two of the lineage that was Tokyo Police Club with Be Good,” which was released on A LESSON IN CRIME, their debut album, and it came out in 2006.

My re-issue release of the week was from The Church.  They are listed as an Alternative Rock band based out of Sydney, Australia. When I first heard them they were more associated with the New Wave style of the early Eighties. They really hit the mainstream with the release of STARFISH in 1988.  It had tracks Reptile,” Destination,” and the one I played, Under The Milky Way.”

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from Coach.  Coach is an Indie trio from Auckland, New Zealand. They’ve been together since 2012 and released their debut album, FAMILY TREE, a short time after. Their next effort is an EP entitled SONGS FOR MICHELLE and it was officially released about three weeks ago. The EP is three songs long and it has that mellow, Rock oriented sound to it, which is represented well by the track I aired…Emerson.”

Next up is one of my new favorites. Her name is Lisa Crawley and she is an extraordinarily talented Alt. Pop, singer/songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand. (Can you tell that I was on a New Zealand music web ring this past week?)  She has just released an album, ALL IN MY HEAD; unfortunately it is not available here yet in the States.  You can stream it though via her SoundCloud page. I really liked Tide Is Low and the one I spun, Best Friend.”

That was proceeded by a tune from Grand Rapids.  Grand Rapids is an Indie Rock quintet out of…wait for it…New Zealand. Auckland to be more precise. I don’t have a great deal of information other than they released one album, FAINTHEARTEDNESS, and they have just released this single, Crazy,” which I then played.

Let’s keep things moving here with an up-tempo, dreamscape sound from New Zealand newcomer, Yumi Zouma.  She has just released a four-song EP entitled EP.  It sounds pretty straightforward doesn’t it? The track I selected was The Brae.”

Then came new music from Breaks Co-Op.  I’ve been familiar with Breaks Co-Op but that was back in 2006.  I hadn’t heard from them at all and I thought they had broken up. I was wrong. They have just released this single, Sounds Familiar.” It’s quite different from their debut material and I almost made them today’s lineage. (Maybe I’ll make them a Double Down).

Let me slip in one more from Run Things. They are an Indie Rock outfit on White Iris Records. Their label has released this single, Dumb In The Sun,” as the A-side with another band, Hot Mango, occupying the B-side with “Shangri-La.” (Interesting marketing)

Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.

Come listen LIVE on wmfo.org from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  (I could use the support) ;^)

If you missed the live version…check out the archived one. Here’s the LINK.

I suggest you follow me on Twitter and get an early taste on new music that comes out each week.

Also…follow along on SoundCloud where I post music streams way before I play them on air.

New Release Show Playlist 2-18-14

The Eversons – “Marriage” – SUMMER FEELING

Ingrid Michaelson – “Girls Chase Boys” – LIGHTS OUT

Pure X – “Starlight” – ANGEL

Priscilla Ahn – “You And Me” – THIS IS WHERE WE ARE

Imelda May – “Tribal” – TRIBAL

Sleeper Agent – “Waves” – ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Tokyo Police Club – “Hot Tonight” – FORCEFIELD

Tokyo Police Club – “Be Good” – A LESSON IN CRIME*

The Church – “Under The Milky Way” – STARFISH**

Coach – “Emerson” – SONGS FOR MICHELLE – Ep

Lisa Crawley – “Best Friend” – ALL IN MY HEAD

Grand Rapids – “Crazy” – CRAZY – Single

Yumi Zouma – “The Brae” – YUMI ZOUMA – Ep

Breaks Co-Op – “Sounds Familiar” – SOUNDS FAMILIAR – Single

Run Things – “Dumb In The Sun” – DUMB IN THE SUN – Single

*Lineage

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Log on every Tuesday; 10 AM to 1 PM, wmfo.org and listen to the whole show.   Follow along on TWITTER to get the new stuff early.

Also check out my SoundCloud page to stream some neat stuff.

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 2-4-14

Here we are and it’s the beginning of February and I’m finding tons of new releases. Artists and labels are rushing to get out their new material in time for SXSW. There are singles coming out now that the album is not due until April.  Let me tell you about what I found this week.

I got the show started with Whoop-Szo. I found this band because this band found me. Ya…they emailed me with an invitation and a link to download their new single. How cool is that?  Anyway…I don’t have a great deal of information on this band other than they are from Quebec and their latest album, PART. 1 – QALLUNAAT, was recorded near the Canadian portion of the artic circle. Most of the tunes on the new album are quite experimental in nature. The track that caught my attention, Has It Been So Long,” has a Lo-Fi, Pop sensibility to it. So I thought I’d share it with you.

I finished that two-song set of the opening hour with a track from Lauren Pritchard…or Lolo, which the timing for the release of this song, Gangsters,” is unfortunate due to the Winter Olympics and the high profile of Hurdler turn Bobsledder…Lolo Jones.  I mean…How many Lolos can one have?

Changing musical direction with Emily King. Emily King is a Grammy nominated, singer/songwriter based in New York. Ms. King is firmly planted in the mainstream Pop arena and has toured in support of Maroon 5.  I normally wouldn’t venture into the realm, however, this new single, Distance,” had a nice quality R&B/Soul quality to it.

I followed that up with a tune from Star and the Sea.  Star and the Sea is really Dominique Star and her band. She is a talented singer/songwriter currently based in Brooklyn.  Miss Star describes her music as “When Indie/Pop and Soul fell in love.”  I just happen to think she is terrifically talented and is mainstream material. The track I spun, Captain and the Map,” has been released as a single.

Next up is Faces On Film, which is really Mike Fiore, a local artist with a great deal of talent. Mike recorded his new album, ELITE LINES, at his home studio and at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Massachusetts, which is right around the corner from our studios at WMFO. This self-released effort, his third, will officially hit the streets on March 25th. The track I have for you is The Rule.”

I then featured the new single from Paolo Nutini.  Paolo is back with his third album, CAUSTIC LOVE, which is set for release in April.  With that tune, Scream (Funk My Life Up),” Paolo feels like he’s going back to the musical style of MEAN STREETS.  I can hear New Shoes quite a bit in the track.  Hey…he’s a great kid. (I met him at my old radio station…WTMD) and I’m sure this record will do well but for me…there is nothing new in this pre-release single.  I will give the album a listen when it officially drops.

My lineage subject was Marching Band.  Marching Band is an innovative, Indie Pop duo from Linkoping, Sweden. The twosome is Erik Sunbring and Jacob Lind and they’ve been producing their soft and fluffy Indie Pop since 2005.  Their just released album, SO MUCH IMAGINE, is their third. The selected single is “And I’ve Never Seen,” however, I selected a deeper track. This is But Not Anymore (Ja Ja).”

I completed the lineage with “Gorgeous Behavior,” which was released on SPARK LARGE. That album came out in 2008.

My re-issue release of the week was from Aztec Camera.  A Scottish gentleman by the name of Roddy Frame formed Aztec Camera in 1980.  I remember discovering him on MTV video. (Remember when MTV used to play music videos?) Aztec Camera was part of the New Wave music era of the late Seventies and early Eighties. The album that has been re-issued is HIGH LAND, HARD RAIN, which was their debut album and was released in 1983. The song I have to share with you this morning is Oblivious.”

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from Fear Of Men.  Fear Of Men is a mixed-gendered English band that I found from a compilation CD that was promoting Brighton’s music scene. (Obviously, they are from Brighton).  They were a standout and they kept releasing singles, which led to compiling those singles and releasing their first album. Well…Fear of Men are back with their sophomore effort, which is titled LOOM and the track I sampled for my listeners was the pre-release single…Alta / Waterfall. The official release date for the album is April 22nd.

Next up is a fun little tune from The Preatures.  This female-fronted, quintet out of Sydney, Australia plays some fun, and moving funk infused rock and roll. They released their first single, Is This How You Feel, in April of last year.  Then an EP of the same name followed in August. This new single is called Better Than It Ever Could Be and I am hoping a full-length album is in the works.

Then came the latest material from Nicole Atkins.   I am thrilled to hear from Nicole Atkins again.  I’ve been following her since 2007.  The sad thing is that she has only released three, full-length album over that period. The new album is SLOW PHASER and the tune I aired was Girl You Look Amazing.” The album just came out the day of my show.

Let me slip in one more from Wye Oak. They are a charming male/female duo from Baltimore, Maryland.  They are named after an Oak tree indigenous to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Their new album, SHRIEK, comes out in April and this song, The Tower,” is a departure from their usual style. If you like it…it is available for free via their SoundCloud page.

Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.

Come listen LIVE on wmfo.org from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  (I could use the support) ;^)

If you missed the live version…check out the archived one. Here’s the LINK.

I suggest you follow me on Twitter and get an early taste on new music that comes out each week.

Also…follow along on SoundCloud where I post music streams way before I play them on air.

New Release Show Playlist 2-4-14

Whoop-Szo – “Has It Been So Long” – PT. 1 QALLUNAAT

Lolo – “Gangsters” – “GANGSTERS – Single

Emily King – “Distance” – DISTANCE – Single

Star and the Sea – “Captain and the Map” – CAPTAIN AND THE MAP – Single

Faces On Film – “The Rule” – ELITE LINES

Paolo Nutini – “Scream (Funk My Life Up)” – CAUSTIC LOVE

Marching Band – “But Not Anymore (Ja Ja)” – SO MUCH IMAGINE

Marching Band – “Gorgeous Behavior” – SPARK LARGE*

Aztec Camera – “Oblivious” – HIGH LAND, HARD RAIN**

Fear of Men – “Alta / Waterfall” – LOOM

The Preatures – “Better Than It Ever Could Be” – BETTER THAN IT EVER COULD BE – Single

Nicole Atkins – “Girl You Look Amazing” – SLOW PHASER

Wye Oak – “The Tower” – SHRIEK

*Lineage

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Log on every Tuesday; 10 AM to 1 PM, wmfo.org and listen to the whole show.   Follow along on TWITTER to get the new stuff early.

Also check out my SoundCloud page to stream some neat stuff.

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 1-28-14

I can already tell the amount and the quality of the new material coming out that we are in full release mode.  With South by Southwest right around the corner labels are putting out their new batch of artists.  Let me tell you what I found this week.

I started the show with The Belle Brigade. They are brother/sister team of Barbara and Ethan Gruska.  I was reading their Bio and I discovered their dad, Jay Gruska composed music for the big and small screen, plus their grandfather is legendary composer/conductor…John Williams. That’s quite the family tree! As you can imagine this duo is multitalented; Barbara sings, plays the guitar and the drum kit. Brother Ethan also handles vocals and guitar; plus he also works the keyboard. The pair really creates a great deal of sound for just two people. (It’s also very cleverly constructed) The siblings will be releasing their second studio, JUST BECAUSE, on March 25th. I ad for airplay the lead off single…It’s called Ashes.” 

I closed off that two-song set of the opening hour with a track from Beck Hansen…or just Beck, as most people know him. Yes…a new Beck album. It’s due out February 25th and it will be titled MORNING PHASE. The tune I featured is the pre-release single…it’s called Blue Moon.”

Changing musical direction with a band called Death Vessel.  Now I know that the band’s name sounds like Metal Band, however, you can’t tell a band’s genre from its chosen name. For example; Death Vessel is a Neo-Folk band based in Rhode Island. Actually…I shouldn’t even say it’s a band. Essentially Death Vessel is a musical vehicle for Joel Thibodeau.  He constructs the whole project and has guest members that make up his band, record or perform with him.  I discovered him because I follow his new record label, Sub Pop, on Soundcloud. The song I found has a haunting feel to it with a lovely female voice fronting the tune. (I wasn’t able to find out the singer’s name before showtime). The new album, ISLAND INTERVALS, which is their third, drops February 25th. The song I had for air was Mercury Dime.”

I followed that up with a tune from Side Saddle.  Side Saddle is really Ian McGuinness. I played the wonderful track Reverie.” This young artist composes some really nice Pop Folk music with just a dash of Beach Boys thrown in for good measure. Side Saddles debut EP, THE POSTCARD, drops March 25th. I’m looking forward to sampling his other work.

Next up was Kinetics.  They are a four-piece, Indie Pop, from Sweden. They launched their debut album, TO EACH THEIR OWN, in 2012. Their follow up strategy is to release three singles in 2014 with all three to be collected on vinyl, along with other new material, and release it later this year. The first single is The Island.” (I’m looking forward to the next two).

The subsequent tune was from Dum Dum Girls.  The Dum Dum Girls kind of remind me of an updated, lo-fi version of the Go-Go’s. Dee Dee, whose real name is Kirstin Gundred, is the frontwoman of this all female band. On this album, TOO TRUE, there have been some changes in personnel.  Frankie Rose is gone and fully pursuing a solo career. The new quartet is: Dee Dee, Jules, Sandy and Malia.  I’ve heard samples of all the tracks on the new disc and I’m really impressed. The tune I just aired for you this morning, from the album that officially drops January 28th, is Are You Okay.”

My lineage subject was Real Estate. Real Estate is a lo-fi, indie pop rock outfit from New Jersey. They got their start as a Weezer cover band. (Hey…you gotta start somewhere).  I found them back in 2010 with the release of a single; “Out Of Tune,” which then appeared on their fabulous sophomore release, DAYS.  The band likes to incorporate jangly guitar sound kind of music. Martin Courtney, the writer of most of the music, describes his style as hazy, indie, folk. Whatever you call it…it’s catchy. The new album, ATLAS, official hits the streets on March 4th. The pre-release single I had for air was Talking Backwards.”

Part two of the lineage was fulfilled by It’s Real,” which was released on Real Estate’s second album, DAYS, which came out in 2011.

My re-issue release of the week was from Del Amitri.  Del Amitri was a British pop-rock guitar band, formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982. The band grew out of, frontman, Justin Currie’s, Jordanhill College School band and came together after the teenaged Currie placed an ad in the window of a music store asking for people who could play.  Their break out album here in the States was WAKING HOURS. Well…the impetus behind this re-issue of the week is because Del Amitri has just released a several disc box set of original, remastered and B-sides of Del Amitri’s catalog of music.  I had several choices like Stone Cold Sober,” Kiss This Thing Goodbye,” or, the one I picked, “Opposite View.”

I completed that two-song set with the latest effort from Wild Cub.  Wild Cub is five-piece Alternative Rock/Pop band currently based in Nashville. The frontmen of the band are Keegan DeWitt and Jeremy Bullock. That song I played, Thunder Clatter,” is technically not new.  The original version of that song came out over a year ago.  They got signed and put together a new album, which included this well crafted tune but in a “radio edit” version. The new album is titled YOUTH.

Next up is a nifty tune from Abram Shook.  Now Abram Shook is four guys from Austin, Texas that play, as they say, “Sunshine, Tropiccalia, tasty-treats, and seriously sweet moves.”  (I will have to check them out when I’m in Austin for this year’s SXSW). Their new album is SUN MARQUEE and it’s quite the nice effort. The selected single is Coastal,” which is a nice tune; however, I went with track number two…”In Mind.”

Then came the latest material from Fanfarlo.  Simon Balthazar and the band are back with a brand new album, which is called LET’S GO EXTINCT. The track I sampled, Landlocked,” is the lead off single.  The album officially releases on the 11th of February.

Keeping the music going here this morning with the band Augustines. They are an Indie Rock trio currently based in Brooklyn. They were once known as We Are Augustines. Their new, self-title album comes out February 4th. The pre-release single is Nothing To Lose But Your Head;” however, I went with Cruel City.” BTW, Augustines are playing at Brighton Music Hall on March 5th.

Let me slip in one more from Horse Thief.  This five-piece, Folk-Rock band originally is from Denton, Texas but now are based in Oklahoma City. They just signed with Bella Union Records and will be releasing their latest effort, FEAR IN BLISS, on April 14th. The pre-release single is Devil.”

Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.

Come listen LIVE on wmfo.org from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  (I could use the support) ;^)

If you missed the live version…check out the archived one. Here’s the LINK.

I suggest you follow me on Twitter and get an early taste on new music that comes out each week.

Also…follow along on SoundCloud where I post music streams way before I play them on air.

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 1-21-14

Things in the music release department is really picking up.  The amount of new material just released this week was massive and the look ahead appears similar. So with this show there are as many “unsigned” artists and more general label bands, which is cool but the volume can be intimidating.  So…let me tell you about this week’s notable releases.

I started the program with a band called WJLP. I think it sounds like Radio “call letters,” however they are really his initials.  WJLP is William J. Le Petomane and he is a solo recording artist from Rotterdam (in the Netherlands) with a penchant for late Sixties slash early Seventies Pop.  He’s self-released a full-length album, BAD NEWS BABY, in July of 2013.  It is fifteen songs long but all of brief duration. He’s holding to that formula with the latest material he’s released. I had this single, I Can’t Let You Go.” 

I followed up that tune with a selection from Bad Suns.  They are a four-piece, Indie Rock out of Woodland Hill, California.  They’ve only been officially a band for a little over a year but young lads have got something.  I can see this band catching on fast and playing arenas in two years. Their debut EP, TRANSPOSE, officially just came out today, however, they’ve been getting a huge listenership via SoundCloud way before the official release. Cardiac Arrest is the selected single, however, I went with Salt.”

Changing musical direction with a singer/songwriter that goes by the name Farao. Her given name is Kari Jahnsen and she is originally from Norway but currently makes her home in London.  She is extremely talented and I expect big things from her too. Her debut, self-titled EP is set for release on February 9th.  The song I have for air was The Hours. If you would like to listen to more of Farao, you can sample three of the four tracks of her EP via her SoundCloud page.

Next was a tune from Lanterns on the Lake.  Lanterns on the Lake are a mixed-gendered, Indie Folk Rock, quintet from Newcastle in the U.K. They have just released their second full-length album entitled UNTIL THE COLOURS RUN and the tune I featured was track number two…The Buffalo Days.”

Next up is Dappled Cities.  This band from down under may have an unusual name but there is nothing unusual about their talent.  They are a five-piece band out of Sydney, Australia and they describe their music as “Art Rock” or “Experimental Pop.”  I became aware of them a couple years back with the release of their debut album, GRANDDANCE, which was originally released in 2006. Now…I have to say these boys haven’t been too busy (or maybe they like to take their time with their craft) but this new album, MANY ROADS, will be their third. (That’s three albums in eight years)  Anyway…I selected the title track.

Then I was psyched to play new music from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.  My goodness…what a wonderful sound produced by Ms. Jones and the Dap Kings.  They have good thing going with the successful execution of a modern Funk, R&B and Soul movement.  BTW…Did you know The Dap Kings are the house band for the Dap Records label?  They match up well with Sharon Jones. Their new album, GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT, just came out last week and the track I aired was Stranger To My Happiness.”

My lineage subject for this show was Emily Wolfe. Emily is an Indie Rocker/singer/songwriter currently based in Austin, Texas. She seems to be one of those artists that innately know what she wants and has been pursing that in earnest.  She had written material for two EPs. (I know that sounds kind of weird…I mean…why wouldn’t she just put them all in one album) Well…Ms. Wolfe’s reasoning is that stylistically and content wise – “They are like night and day.” (Again…this goes back to her knowing exactly what she wants to do). So, the first EP that was MECHANICAL HANDS, which came out in June of 2013. The second installment EP, which just came out and it is called NIGHT & DAY. (Go figure).  The song I had for my listeners was One Way Train.”

Fulfilling part two of the lineage was the fabulous tune Lion Heart,” which was released on her self-released EP….MECHANICAL HANDS.

My re-issue release of the week was from Bob Mould.  This guy keeps busy. He’s been performing and recording for almost forty years; including the bands Husker Du and Sugar, along with solo projects. The album that has been re-issued is WORKBOOK. The album originally came out in 1989, which makes this its twenty-fifth anniversary. (My goodness…I’m getting old).  Anyway, my favorite song off this album (in fact, his entire work) is See A Little Light and that’s what I went with.

Next came the latest effort from Water Liars.  Water Liars are a trio; originally from Oxford, Mississippi.  They released their first album, PHANTOM LIMB, in February of 2012; their sophomore effort, WYOMING, dropped in March of last year; and their latest addition to their discography is self-titled and it officially comes out February 4th. These boys keep busy. The selected single is I Want Blood,” but the track I fancied was Ray Charles Dream.”

Then came a dandy new single from Calling All Cars, which is a great name for a band. They are a fabulous three-piece, Indie Rock outfit based in Melbourne, Australia. They are already getting a huge amount of attention for radio stations in their homeland, however, they still have no material released here in the States; but I’m thinking that’s going to change.  I’m hoping they get to this year’s SXSW…I’m sure they’d get a distribution deal. The song I have to share with you is Standing In The Ocean. (Also…on a side note…check out their single Werewolves it’s kicking ass on the airwaves down under).

Then came Keep Shelly In Athens.  Keep Shelly In Athens is a Dance/Chillwave band out of Athens, Greece. They are in a precarious spot; the frontwoman of the group Sarah P. is leaving the band to pursue other interests. The “Band” is interested in staying together and hopefully finding a replacement for Sarah P. So…collectively they all decided to do one last song together and go their separate ways and that’s what I aired…Old Time Glory is the track and that band’s swansong.

Keeping the music going here with a band called The Khanz.  This band is a mixed-gendered, Alt. Pop foursome based in Sydney, Australia. I like the way the band describes their music: “Kinda like Vampire Weekend – if you shoved a kettle cord up their arse, plugged it into the wall and flicked the power switch.”  Their brand new single is Deerhunter and I guarantee you’ll be hearing it again.

Let me throw in one more from Running Red Lights.  They are a Folk Pop quartet out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Their new album is THERE’S A BLUEBIRD IN MY HEART and this is By Your Side.”

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