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.
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