Music You Might Otherwise Miss 4-29-14

What an interesting week in music. I found some really nice material. A little different than my usual Pop oriented style…some Synth, some Rock and some nice ballads. Come on in and listen up a bit. I’m sure you’ll find something you like.

I started the show with Alvvays. Alvvays is a five-piece band based out of Toronto, Canada. They have released two singles so far with the first, Adult Diversion,” which came out in October of 2013 and now they have released Archie, Marry Me.” They have also just recently signed with Polyvinyl Records, which means a debut; full-length album is in the works. I really like the vocal styling of Molly Rankin as her detached, deadpan style is juxtaposed next to jangley guitars.

Then came a track from The Jazz June. This self-described “Indie, emo, punk rock” quintet hail from Kutztown, Pennsylvania but now make Philly their home. They just signed a deal with Topshelf Record, which is how I found them, since I follow Topshelf on SoundCloud. (You should follow me on Soundcloud) The Jazz June are sharing a “split single” with another band, Dikembe, which I think is clever marketing. The track I sampled was Over Underground.”

Changing musical direction with Rough River. I don’t have a great deal of information on Rough River. I know that Rough River is essentially singer/songwriter, Kate Skinner; and Kate is from Melbourne, Australia. Kate A.K.A. Rough River has no website or Facebook page. All she has is a SoundCloud page (Again…that’s how I found her) and a BandCamp page. Her new self-titled debut album is readying to release on May 1st on Gaga Digital. The song I had for airplay is called…Sometimes.”

Next was a tune from Tearjerker. Tearjerker is a trio from Toronto comprised of Trevor (drums & samples); Micah (guitars & vocals); and Taylor (guitar, base and keys). They spend their musical time in the thick, shoegazy Indie arena. The example I shared on air was You Can.” It’s part of a four-song EP, HIDING, which is to be released on May 20th.

That was followed by the Synth-Pop focused stylings of Holychild. Holychild is a duo made up of Liz Nistico and Louie Diller. They are based in the Los Angeles area and are positioning themselves to take on today’s Pop Music world. The song I spun, Happy With Me,” originally came out last year and it did quite well for them. So when they put together material for their EP, MINDSPEAK, they included it in the mix. In fact, they made it the lead off track…and that’s what I picked.

Finishing off that two-song set was The Burning of Rome. The Burning of Rome is a five-piece, Indie Alt. Synth, mixed-gendered band out of Southern California. (They call their music “Death Pop.”) They’ve been a band since 2009 and have released a number of albums, EP’s and singles; they got noticed last year with the release of their album, WITH US, which garnered 2013 San Diego Music Awards “Album of the Year.” Their new effort is titled YEAR OF THE OX and it’s set to drop on May 20th. The song I aired was God Of Small Things.”

My lineage subject was Prefab Sprout. Prefab Sprout was form in 1978 in Newcastle, England. They had their first commercial success with the 1985 album STEVE MCQUEEN, which was titled TWO WHEELS GOOD in the United States. It charted 180 on the US Billboard 200. (That’s also when I first discovered them with songs like Faron,” Appetite and When Love Breaks Down.” They followed that up with FROM LANGLEY PARK TO MEMPHIS, which had their best showing on the Pop charts with the single, “King of Rock’n Roll.” Well, Paddy McAloon and crew are back with CRIMSON/RED, which was originally released in the UK in the Fall of 2013. It comes out in the US today and the song I had for this feature was Billy.”

I made part two of the lineage happen with King Of Rock’n Roll, which appears on Prefab Sprout’s FROM LANGLEY PARK TO MEMPHIS CD and that came in 1988.

Keeping the music going here with a visit to my re-issue release of the week. It’s was from 10cc. 10cc were often described as an “English Rock Art” band. They were compared to Frank Zappa on numerous occasions. There were many configurations of this band with members leaving and coming but technically…10cc still exists with Graham Gouldman fronting this version. The album that has been re-issued is their debut, self-titled effort, which came out in 1973 and contained their first British number one single…Rubber Bullets.” And that’s what chose to play on air.

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from The Black Keys. The Black Keys are back with a new album…TURN BLUE, officially drops on May 13th. The pre-release single is Fever,” which is what I had for airplay. They also pre-released the title track. I like both and I think this album will do well with existing Black Key fans and it may find a larger audience. I find it quite accessible.

Keeping the tunes going here is something from Sion Russell Jones. (FYI…Sion is the Welsh version of Sean). So Jones is from Cardiff, Wales and picked up the guitar at the age of seven. He has developed into a wonderful Pop, Neo-Folk singer/songwriter. He has just released LOST NO MORE and I immediately glommed onto the first two tracks, which are Best Of Me and Despite My Burdens.” I had that delicious dilemma of picking just one to play for my listeners. I ended up with the former.

Then came the latest material from Eels. Eels are back with a diverse sounding collection of two discs, new material, and live-recorded songs. The new album is THE CAUTIONARY TALES OF MARK OLIVER EVERETT and the track I featured was Where I’m From.”

Let me slip in one more. I have an up-tempo, Alt. Country sound from a band called Black Prairie. I first featured this song in February of this year as a pre-release single. The new album, FORTUNE, just came out last week so I wanted to revisit the track, Let It Out.” They can be found on the Sugar Hill record label.

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 4-29-14

Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me” – ARCHIE, MARRY ME – Single

The Jazz June – “Over Underground” – THE JAZZ JUNE / DIKEMBE – Split

Rough River – “Sometimes” – ROUGH RIVER

Tearjerker – “You Can” – HIDING – Ep

Holychild – “Happy With Me” – MINDSPEAK – Ep

The Burning of Rome – “God Of Small Things” – YEAR OF THE OX

Prefab Sprout – “Billy” – CRIMSON/RED

Prefab Sprout – “King Of Rock’n Roll” – FROM LANGLEY PARK TO MEMPHIS*

10cc – “Rubber Bullets” – 10cc**

The Black Keys – “Fever” – TURN BLUE

Sion Russell Jones – “Best Of Me” – LOST NO MORE

Eels – “Where I’m From” – THE CAUTIONARY TALES OF MARK OLIVER EVERETT

Black Prairie – “Let It Out” – FORTUNE

*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 4-22-14

It’s Easter/Passover time, which means the pickings get harder. It just means I have to look a lot harder to find those pearls you’ve come to appreciate. I found some really outstanding ones. Let me tell you about them.

I kicked off the show with Fox & Fowl. Fox & Fowl are a quintet from Brisbane, Australia. They craft a nice blend of Indie and Alt. Pop. The boys themselves describe their music as “Upbeat grooves with a feel good vibe.” That really sums up well the sound of their just released debut, four-song long, self-titled EP. I had that delicious dilemma of picking just one track to play for you. (I mean…really…out of the four tunes; I could have picked three of them) I went with Pilot.” There’s a nice video to it too.

I completed the two-song set of the opening hour with a track from Makthaverskan. They are a mixed-gendered, alt. art-Pop band out of Gothenburg, Sweden and their name translates to “Powerful Woman.” I found them, and their sophomore release, II, last year in February. At that time I reported that the album’s release was only in Europe and came out on March 6th of 2013. Well…it seems the band scored a distribution deal here in the States on Run For Cover records. The tune I aired was Asleep.”

Changing musical direction with talented singer/songwriter currently based in Brooklyn. Her name is Dominique Star and her band is Star and the Sea. She recently graduated from college in 2013 and started to put together some lo-fi, or sparse…if you prefer, sounds to which one she recorded Live and posted on YouTube. That’s how I originally found her. (The tune she released in November was Winter In New York.”) I have to tell you…I think this young woman is über talented and she is just starting out. She’s trying to keep the momentum moving with another just recorded/released tune…this one is Dark Love.”

I followed that up with a tune from Lykke Li. Lykke Li is back with her third, full-length release. This one, I NEVER LEARN, has a street date of May 6th. This Swedish Pop star is trying to expand her reach here in the US. She has pre-released two songs so far, however, I picked a deeper cut to share with you…and the one I aired was Gunshot.”

Next up was a quirky, Synth-Pop singer/songwriter and producer…Rainbow Chan. Ms. Chan describes her music this way…”An eclectic mix of vintage tones, sweet textural landscapes and layers of glitchy sounds, Rainbow Chan’s music is forward-thinking pop, embedded in the nostalgic imagination.” At first listen…I was not sure what to think, however, I just kind of let go and had the music take me over and I found myself tapping my foot. I then delved a little deeper into this song, Fruit,” and found a video, which made me like the song even more.

Then came new music from Vacationer…Yay!  Vacationer is a four-piece band out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They’ve been together since 2011 and have only released one album and a couple of singles so far. I first featured them in October of 2011 with the single Trip,” which I then followed up with Gone.” Their sophomore release, RELIEF, is due out June 24th. The pre-release single is The Wild Life and I’m liking it a lot. Their songwriting has gotten sharper. I’m looking forward to checking out the rest of the disc. I’ll be playing this song again!

My lineage subject was Tangerine. If you listen to my show, you are already familiar with this fantastic Alt. Pop, mixed-gendered quartet based in Seattle, Washington. They do a wonderful mix of odd rhythms, breezy vocals and a touch of out front rock type guitar augmentations. They released their second EP, RADICAL BLOSSOM, just last Fall. They are also just off a successful tour and SXSW experience. (Where I was hanging with the band. They are a lot of fun and put on a great show). At that time…they told me they were working on a new single and that’s what I have for you today. It’s called Nothing Better.” It has just come out and they are already getting some good press. I am thrilled for them.

The feature was rounded out with Feel This Way,” which appears on Tangerine’s RADICAL BLOSSOM CD, which came out late Summer of 2013.

My re-issue release of the week was from Toto. The story goes that Toto was formed by studio musicians with credits, playing and songwriting, featured on albums from Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts and Boz Scaggs. Their debut album, self-titled album came out in 1978 and received a great deal of radio airplay. Their big success came with the release of TOTO IV, which included Africa and Rosanna.” The first three Toto albums have been re-issued and I went with a cut off the debut disc, which was Hold The Line.”

I kept things moving with the latest effort from Dead Eyed Suburbanites. Dead Eye Suburbanites are an Alt. Pop sextet out of Newcastle and Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. They are fronted by two brothers; Shane and Christian Punch. The band formed in 2011 and self-recorded and self-released a couple singles, which received some airplay from an Aussie radio station. That led to Dead Eye Suburbanites to be signed by The A & R Department, which is a Sydney based record label. That brings us to the song I aired, Diamonds On The Moon;” the band’s first single for their new label. (BTW, the track is not yet available here in the States).

Next up is something from SALES. This Alt. Pop duo play samba infused up-tempo Pop. It’s perfect for a nice sunny day while driving the car with the windows down. SALES are Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih and they hail from Orlando, Florida. They have released a series of singles over the past eights months with the latest being this one…Chinese New Year.” (I’ve been playing the crap out of this one.)

That was followed by the latest material from I Know Leopard. I Know Leopard, which is a great band name…is mixed-gendered, fivesome based Sydney, Australia. I like their radio friendly, Adult Alternative Rock. So far, the band has released a series of singles. Hold This Tight came out this January; She came out in October of last year; and then there is the one I sampled: Daisy Eyes.”

Coming up next was a tune from Billy Moon. Now Mr. Moon is one of those artists that reached out to me directly. He sent me his latest effort, an EP entitled YOUNG ADULT, to my website. This artist is from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and I’d say his music has an edgy, Sixties Rock kind of feel to it. The track I had for my listeners was Video Girls.”

Let me slip in one more from Turn To Crime. They are another Rock oriented band but these guys are based in Detroit. Now, as far as I know, this is the only single they have. It’s called Sunday’s Cool.”

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 4-22-14

Fox & Fowl – “Pilot” – FOX & FOWL – Ep

Makthaverskan – “Asleep” – II

Star and the Sea – “Dark Love” – DARK LOVE – Single

Lykke Li – “Gunshot” – I NEVER LEARN

Rainbow Chan – “Fruit” – FRUIT – Single

Vacationer – “The Wild Life” – RELIEF

Tangerine – “Nothing Better” – NOTHING BETTER – Single

Tangerine – “Feel This Way” – RADICAL BLOSSOM – Ep*

Toto – “Hold The Line” – TOTO**

Dead Eye Suburbanites – “Diamonds on the Moon” – DIAMONDS ON THE MOON – Single

SALES – “Chinese New Year” – CHINESE NEW YEAR – Single

I Know Leopard – “Daisy Eyes” – ILLUMINA – Ep

Billy Moon – “Video Girls” – YOUNG ADULT – Ep

Turn To Crime – “Sunday’s Cool” – SUNDAY’S COOL – Single

*Lineage

**Re-Issue Song of the Week

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 4-15-14

I’m starting to notice that I am veering far from my days in the Triple A genre. I was listening to the local Triple A radio station here in Boston (you know…to see what the competition is doing) and it sounded like they were skewing toward modern Folk. That’s all fine and dandy but for me…that gets boring. How many whiny singer/songwriters can you listen to in the mid afternoon without wanting to kill yourself? (I did hear one Bright Eyes song that had a medium tempo to it but the subject matter made me roll my eyes) Well…enough of me bitching about musical tastes; let me tell you about my findings this week.

I began the show with She’s So Rad, which is a wonderful name for a band. She’s So Rad is a self-described “Lo-Fi, Indie Rock, Shoegaze” band fronted by Jeremy Toy and Anji Sami. They are based in Auckland, New Zealand. Thus far, the band has released several singles and one EP. I was listening to the older material and it had more of an electronica/synthesizer feel to it. With the release of their latest single, Levels,” the duo makes a decided turn toward Pop. It’s a nice change.

Completing that two-song set of the opening hour was a track from Tempura Nights. Tempura Nights is a mixed-gendered trio based in Brisbane, Australia. If you tuned into the show you could tell from the song I featured, R.I.P. Chix,”^ they have an Indie Pop Punk vibe to them. That track has been released as a Stand-Alone single and is not available yet here in the US.          ^you can download the song from the link listed above

Changing musical direction with a reprise of a band I featured on last week’s New Release Show. They are Blossoms. They are a brilliant five-piece, Alt. Retro-Rock band based in Manchester, England. I found them about two weeks ago and I was immediately drawn to them. Their new EP, BLOOM, isn’t even out yet and they’ve released two singles from the EP already. (I believe the album is due out May 12th). The first single they released, almost six weeks ago; it’s called You Pulled A Gun On Me and I played it on last week’s show. The second single just dropped last week and I really wanted to share it with you as well. I really like this band. This new single is Madeleine.”

That was followed by a tune from Eleanor Dunlop. I reprised Eleanor in this week’s show too. Her new, self-titled EP dropped on the 10th of April and I played Disguise,” which I had been playing since November of last year. But with the release of the new EP, I wanted to give you a sample of a deeper cut. The tune I aired was Rough Side Of Town.”

Next up is another band I played just recently…The She’s. The She’s are a great, all female, new Indie Alt. Pop band out San Francisco. I found them because of a band Trails And Ways. The She’s are playing a gig with Trails And Ways later in April to introduce their brand new album, DREAMERS. I really like their updated Sixties girl-group vibe to them. The gals have released this single, My Secret To Keep and I am waiting on the rest of the material from the new EP.

Then came new music from Rachael Sage. Rachael Sage is veteran to the singer/songwriter genre. Ms. Sage has been releasing material since 1996, which includes ten albums and four EP’s. I’ve met Rachael several times. She is a delight. She has a sense of fashion and is always impeccably dressed; all details covered. She also has a keen business mind. She works with MPress records…so she wears many hats. Her latest addition to her discography is an EP entitled NEW DESTINATION and I sampled the title track. The effort is set for official release on May 6th. She is also readying for tour in support of the new material and she has a stop here in Boston on May 29th at the Red Room, which is housed at Café 939.

My lineage subject was PHOX. They are six-members strong and they are from a small town, Baraboo, in Wisconsin. They are friends from high school and it definitely feels like they’ve been playing together a long time. They kind of remind me of a Midwestern version of Lake Street Dive. They all play several instruments; they harmonize beautifully; and can move easily from genre to genre. They are readying to release their debut, full-length, self-titled effort. The release date is set for June 24th. The song I had kick off this feature was the pre-release single. It’s called Slow Motion.”

Part two of the lineage was completed by Evil, which was recorded live and can be found on the release: i-TUNES FESTIVAL: LONDON 2013.

My re-issue release of the week was from Madness. Back in the late Seventies and early Eighties there was a Ska revival. Ska is up-tempo reggae, for lack of better definition. Ska was first played in the Sixties, which lead to reggae and that popular movement. So Madness was part of that Ska movement along with The Specials, Bad Manners and The English Beat. I first found Madness with the release of One Step Beyond;” the title track and single from their debut album. It was huge on MTV…back in the day. Well…the boys had a monster hit on a follow up album called Our House.” I’m sure you’ve heard of it. That song, along with twenty other songs can be found on the re-release of OUR HOUSE: THE BEST OF MADNESS, which originally came out in 2002.

I finished off that two-song set with the latest effort from Bernhoft. His full name is Jarle Bernhoft…so I guess it’s just easier going with the last name. He’s a singer/songwriter, Norwegian born, multi-instrumentalist. After hearing the song I spun, Come Around, I’m thinking Bernhoft must have been listening to some Mayer Hawthorne when he penned that tune. “Come Around” is the lead off single to his upcoming album ISLANDER, which is set to drop on April 28th.

Next up is something from All We Are. All We Are is a mixed-gendered three-piece, Alt. Pop band based in Liverpool, England. I think they are going to have a problem with the band name. It turns out that there is a Christian oriented band out of Tyler, Texas with the identical moniker. I smell a lawsuit. Anyway…the British version of All We Are just put out this lovely single, Feel Safe.”

I then featured the latest material from Fickle Friends. Fickle Friends are a five member collective with Natassja Shiner fronting the band. They are from Brighton, in the UK, and fancy their sound as an updated version of Eighties New Wave Pop. That tune I aired, Play,” is their latest foray into that genre. It’s been released as a stand alone single.

Let me slip in one more from JJ Heller. Along with being a singer/songwriter; JJ is a wife and a Mom. She seems to write music based on those two roles. She does quite a few lullabies on her yet to be released, I DREAM OF YOU. In anticipation of this upcoming album, I reached back to pull up a track I thought I’d share with you. It’s off her DEEPER release. This is When I’m With You.”

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 4-15-14

She’s So Rad – “Levels” – LEVELS – Single

Tempura Nights – “R.I.P. Chix” – R.I.P. CHIX – Single

Blossoms – “Madeleine” – BLOOM

Eleanor Dunlop – “Rough Side Of Town” – ELEANOR DUNLOP – Ep

The She’s – “My Secret To Keep” – DREAMERS – Ep

Rachael Sage – “New Destination” – NEW DESTINATION

PHOX – “Slow Motion” – PHOX

PHOX – “Evil (Live)” – i-TUNES FESTIVAL: LONDON 2013*

Madness – “Our House” – OUR HOUSE: THE BEST OF MADNESS**

Bernhoft – “Come Around” – ISLANDER

All We Are – “Feel Safe” – FEEL SAFE – Single

Fickle Friends – “Play” – PLAY – Single

JJ Heller – “When I’m With You” – DEEPER

*Lineage

**Re-Issue Song of the Week

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 4-8-14

It’s all in where you look.  Sometimes it can be a breeze finding new, awesome, undiscovered musical talent.  Some weeks…it’s torture.  This week was hard. It doesn’t mean the material is lackluster; rather it took me forever to find just the right music to present to you.  So…let me tell you about this week’s gems.

I got the show started with Curious Creatures. Curious Creatures are a male/female, Alt. Electronica Pop duo out of Sydney, Australia. This band is very new. The twosome decided to actually form the band just last Summer but they really started the forward momentum in January of this year. Over the past three months they’ve been working on material for their new EP, TALK ABOUT IT. The track I air is the first taste…it’s called So Tall.”

Then came a track from Afrobeta.  Afrobeta is a self-described “avant-dance duo that has been tearing up dance floors in their hometown of Miami, Florida since 2006.”  To be honest…I never heard of them before but when I ran across this single, Do What I Do,” I was impressed.  The love the blending of the “Old-Timey” with the new, synth-sounds of modern music. Afrobeta describe the tune as “Electro/Ragtime/Swing.”  This track has not been released yet.

Changing musical direction with a modern chamber orchestra feel to it.  The band is City Oh Sigh and they are made up of: Kate Uhe – Vocals, Cello & Trumpet; Catherine Henehan – Vocals, Guitar & Trumpet; Sarah Smythe – Rhodes & Piano; Hikurangi Schanrien-Kaa – Drums. They are from Wellington, New Zealand (I was on a New Zealand web ring this weekend)  On first listen to, Sometimes,” I was swept away with the lushness of the sound. The Rhodes, the strings, the trumpets all layering before the vocals start.  The new album is titled FRAGMENTS FINE.

Completing that two-song set was a tune from Eleanor Dunlop.  Eleanor Dunlop has been around music all her life with taking piano lessons as a little girl. She was trained in the classics but had a desire to explore her own musical path. In 2008 Eleanor partnered with Fraser Harvey and formed Cameras. That partnership lasted for four years. Eleanor decided to move out on her own last year and the fruit of that effort will officially drop next week. The tune I just aired was called Disguise and I first featured it in November of last year. Ms. Dunlop’s record label took notice and reached out to me. I have just received the new album and I will play a deeper cut from it on next week’s show.

Next up is a brilliant five-piece, Alt. Retro-Rock band based in Manchester, England. They are called Blossom.  I just found them over the weekend and I was immediately drawn to them. Their new EP, BLOOM, isn’t even out yet and they’ve released two singles from the EP already. (I believe the album is due out May 12th). So…what I had for the show was the first single they released almost six weeks ago; it’s called You Pulled A Gun On Me.” (The second single just dropped last week and I’m thinking of playing it on next week’s show).

I followed Blossom with Margot And The Nuclear So And So’s, which I find a very interesting name for a band; are an octet out of Indianapolis, Indiana and there is not Margot in the band. In fact the group is fronted by Richard Edwards and he named the collective after Margot Tenenbaum, a character in Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. They have released six discs since their formation in 2004 with the latest being SLINGSHOT TO HEAVEN. The track I selected for air was Hello, San Francisco.”

My lineage subject was Bob Mould.  Bob Mould…I have to tell you…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…like this one. The new album, BEAUTY AND RAIN, comes out on June 3rd. (and it’s his second release with Merge Records). The song I had to kick off this feature was Hey, Mr. Grey.”

Part two was fulfilled by See A Little Light,” which was released back in 1989 on his WORKBOOK album.

My re-issue release of the week was from Jackson Browne. It’s a re-issue of a BEST OF compilation. (So it’s essentially a re-issue of a re-issue).  The compilation is THE VERY BEST OF JACKSON BROWNE, which originally released in 2004.  It’s two-CDs that contain thirty-two songs. Songs like Doctor My Eyes,” Take It Easy,” Running On Empty and this epic tune…The Load Out/Stay.”  This track originally appeared on the 1977 release RUNNING ON EMPTY, which, on a personal note, was a huge LP for me as a Junior in high school.

Following Mr. Browne was the latest effort from Colours. (spelled the British way because they are from Australia and currently live in London).  Anyway, Colours is the musical project of producer and songwriter, Tom Crandles.  I found them because I follow their record label, Father/Daughter Records on SoundCloud. This latest incarnation of a Crandles project is so new that they only have this single (with a B-side); a single song SoundCloud page; and a twitter account with eight tweets.  However, I expect good things from this band. BTW, the track I spun was You Can’t See Me.”

Next up is something from The Sami Sisters.  They are…and I am quoting from their Facebook page…”The Sami Sisters are Madeleine, Anji and Priya Sami. Three coffee coloured, hot babe, songstresses of Irish and Indian descent, born and bred in Auckland, New Zealand.”  The song I had for show, Not In Love,” was self-released over a year ago but they have started getting some traction. I heard this tune on a New Zealand radio podcast, which is why I sampled it for the show.  It’s off their album HAPPY HEARTBREAK!

Then came the latest material from Woman’s Hour.  Woman’s Hour are a mixed-gendered, Indie Electronica Pop band based in London. They have released one single, Her Ghost,” back in February. Their new album, CONVERSATIONS, is set for release on July 14th. The pre-release single I aired was the title track.

Let me slip in one more from Craft Spells.  They are a quartet from Seattle and San Francisco. They have just released this brand new single, Breaking The Angle Against The Tide,” and it can be downloaded for free. I have posted the link here. The new album, NAUSEA, does not release until June 10th.

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 4-8-14

Curious Creatures – “So Tall” – TALK ABOUT IT – Ep

Afrobeta – “Do What I Do” – DO WHAT I DO – Single

City Oh Sigh – “Sometimes” – FRAGMENTS FINE

Eleanor Dunlop – “Disguise” – ELEANOR DUNLOP – Ep

Blossoms – “You Pulled A Gun On Me” – BLOOM – Ep

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s – “Hello, San Francisco” – SLINGSHOT TO HEAVEN

Bob Mould – “Hey Mr. Grey” – BEAUTY & RAIN

Bob Mould – “See A Little Light” – WORKBOOK*

Jackson Browne – “The Load Out/Stay” – THE VERY BEST OF JACKSON BROWNE**

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The Sami Sisters – “Not In Love” – HAPPY HEARTBREAK!

Woman’s Hour – “Conversations” – CONVERSATIONS

Craft Spells – “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide” – NAUSEA

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Music You Might Otherwise Miss 4-1-14

It seems Spring has finally sprung. The thaw is upon us. I am seeing more artists on the road and I’m getting ready to see a few local shows.  (You should too)  So…what did I find this week?

I got the show kicked off with Late Cambrian.  Late Cambrian is an Indie Alt. Pop, mixed-gendered trio based in Brooklyn. I found them last year; just after they released their second full-length album, which was titled PEACH.  From that album they have a nifty video of their song Ryan Gosling,” which is how I found them originally, however, I glommed on to this deeper cut The Year I Cut The Cable.” It’s cleverly off-kilter and it digs its way into your brain. Anyway…back to the new stuff.  Late Cambrian has just released this third single; Flowers From Anonymous from the PEACH album. It follows their style/penchant for fun, up-tempo tunes.

I closed off that two-song set of the opening hour with a track from Sun Culture. You know…you would think that their band name, Sun Culture, would be a good pick; however, I found another band with the same name. (That’s gonna be a problem.) Anyway…Sun Culture is an Indie Rock/Alt. Pop band based in Nashville, Tennessee. They have just released an eight-song, self-titled album and the tune I sampled was Sea Salt.

Changing musical direction with a decidedly Art Pop focus. They are called James Supercave and they are a mixed-gendered, five-piece from Echo Park, in the Los Angeles area. They were one of those bands that slipped through my fingers at the SXSW music event.  They played several showcases…I just didn’t know who they were. I found them accidentally last week and they caught my attention. They have just released a four-song EP, called THE AFTERNOON, about a week ago. They have a nice video for the lead off track, Old Robot,” but I went for A Million Days.”

I then featured a tune from SaintSeneca.  SaintSeneca is a mixed-gendered, Folk Pop, quartet out of Columbus, Ohio. They just released today…their second full-length effort entitled DARK ARC. I am really impressed with the Pop sensibility integrated into the songwriting and I really enjoy the vocal layering. I went back into their discography and listened to some of their material that they released in 2013 and these young artists have IT. Oh…BTW…the song played was Happy Alone,” which hooked me on the first listen.

Next up is an unsigned, “guitar popster,” foursome out of Sydney, Australia. They are High-Tails and they only have two singles to their name; both of which they have self-released. I found them while perusing an Australian site for unsigned artists and I have to tell you…I hit the jackpot. They also seem to have their game together. Even though they only have two singles to their name; they are out there promoting, touring and have both songs available for purchase via i-Tunes. I think these young men will do well in the music industry. The new single is Bending Over Backwards.”

Next came the new single from Males.  Males are an Indie Pop duo from Dunedin, New Zealand. They had self-released their debut effort, RUN RUN RUN/ MALES MALES MALES in November of 2013. That release got the attention of Japanese record label This Time Records and the label signed the twosome. So the tune I aired, So High,” has been re-released as a stand-alone single. (So I’m counting it as a new release).

My lineage subject was Young Rival.  Young Rival is a trio from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada they create some great Indie Pop.  I first found their album, STAY YOUNG, and their song Two Reasons and was totally impressed that I started to follow them via FaceBook & Twitter. That is how I found their brand new single…Elevator.” They are releasing a three-song EP entitled ELEVATOR but they are releasing one song a month before the EP is officially released. I’ll keep my ear peeled for songs two and three.

Part two of the lineage with Young Rival was Time,” which was released as a single back in May of last year. It is not available via i-Tunes. You’ll have to go to the bands BandCamp page and purchase it from there.

The re-issue release of the week was from Lynyrd Skynyrd and it’s their debut album PRONOUNCED LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD. Wow…what an album. I was thirteen years old when this vinyl LP came out. I remember hearing Free Bird on the radio for the first time and recognizing I had to have that album.  I made my way to the Record Store, which (figuratively) don’t really exist anymore.  I thought about playing the epic “Free Bird” but that track gets all the attention and it’s also over eight minutes long. (That would cause me to have to drop one new song off the playlist. I just couldn’t do that). So I went with a great up-tempo number; Gimme Three Steps.”

I finished that two-song set with the latest effort from Velociraptor.  They have been described as “Put Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines and Jeremy Neale in a blender, this is what you get.” These four young lads from Brisbane are listed Down Under as a band to watch. They just released this single, Ramona,” and they are working on a video for the tune and begin a tour in their homeland in about two weeks. This single officially drops on April 4th.

Next up is one of wonderful new single from Rae Morris. She is a terrifically talented electronica focused singer/songwriter from Blackpool, England. She’s released a series of singles over the past year with the latest being Do You Even Know.” This tune is the lead off single for her soon to be released EP, which is set to drop on May 1st. She has some hefty support by her major record label, Atlantic, and they have released a very good video for this song as well.

Then came the latest material from Architecture In Helsinki.  You may know already but Architecture In Helsinki is not from Finland or have anything to do with architecture. They are five members strong and over the last couple years have been using more electronic instruments in crafting their brand of Indie Pop. Their latest addition to their discography, NOW + 4EVA, just came out today and I sampled I Might Survive.”

Let’s keep things moving here with a band with a harder edge to their brand of Alternative Indie Rock. They are known as Axe Girl. This trio from Perth, Australia describes their style as Pop Punk.  However you would like to describe them…they are fun. They just released this single, Silence.”

Next came a tune from Fever Pitch.  Fever Pitch is a three-piece “Indie Grunge Pop” band from Brisbane, Australia. They have just released this single, Memories,” and I am hoping more is on the way.

Let me slip in one more from The She’s.  They are a great, all-female, new Indie Alt. Pop band out San Francisco. I found them because of a band Trails And Ways. The She’s are playing a gig with Trails And Ways later in April to introduce their brand new album, DREAMERS. I’ve been in touch with the gals and they will send me the new material but I had to promise not to play the new stuff until the 15th.  So as a teaser…I aired a track from their previous release, THEN IT STARTS TO FEEL LIKE SUMMER. It’s called Jimmy.”

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