Music You Might Otherwise Miss for 10-28-14

I know it’s my show and I pick the music to play…but I have to say this was one of the best show’s, from start to finish, I’ve programmed for a while. Hey…I’m only as good as what is out there and I uncovered some genuine oysters. Let tell you about what I found this week.

I got the show kicked off with a tune from Coastgaard. Coastgaard is an unsigned, four-piece, indie-rock outfit based in Brooklyn, New York. These talented young artists describe their music as “neo-surf rock. A combination of vintage-modern set to music.” They insist that their sound is not pegged to one genre; rather a blending of “Early 60’s rhythms, 90’s guitar layering with dreamy arrangements. They self-released their self-titled, debut album last year and are now back with a dynamite new single called Black White Fuzz.”

Completing the two-song set of the opening hour was the latest from Tropic of Youth. Tropic of Youth are an indie rock quartet out of Sheffield, England. They definitely have a little Vampire Weekend feel to them. That tune I just aired was Poa Kichizi Kama Ndizi and it’s from their most recent effort, SUN CITY, which is a five-song EP. It also originally came out in April, however, I just found it via Plastic Fish’s SoundCloud page and I thought it was good enough to share with you even though it’s over six months old.

Changing musical direction with a band that reached out to me directly, which is just frickin’ awesome. They are Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, which is a great name for a band. This self-decribed “Psych-Pop” band is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are five members strong is Miss Brianna Kocka handling the vocals. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays have just released this single, “Make It Last.” (Sorry…I do not have a link for this song as it does not officially release until November 4th)

Then came a tune from Andy Burrows. Andy also has gone under a different moniker as well; a band called I Am Arrows, which I featured back in August of 2010. Andy was also the drummer for the band Razorlight; so the young man has talent. The new album is FALL TOGETHER AGAIN. I sampled for airplay track number seven, which is See A Girl.” The disc officially dropped on October 20th.

Next up is an amazing mixed-gendered, Indie Blue-Rock oriented trio from Los Angeles, California called The Great Escape. They are Malte Hagemeister, Kristian Nord and Amie Miriello. Even though this three-some currently make Southern California their home; two of the band members (the guys) are from Hamburg, Germany. The lovely and talented frontwoman, Amie, is originally from Connecticut. This disparate collection combine to make some “Foot stomping and genre busting” music. The song I had to spin the show is the opening track of their debut, self-titled album; it’s All I Think About and it was featured earlier this year in a JC Penny commercial, which first aired during this year’s Oscars. What a coup for the band.

I followed that up with new music from San Cisco. San Cisco is back. The young and talented mixed-gendered foursome out of Perth, Australia is making noise for their sophomore release, which is yet to be named or a release date given. I can’t imagine the pressure these kids are under to top their coming out party last year. I first found them in 2011 when they first starting releasing singles. Over the next two years they kept writing and performing, which lead to their debut, self-titled album in 2013; and to which…they had huge success at home and here in the States. But think about it. They had over two years to put together the material for the songs for their debut release and less than one year to create the second. Wow…that’s gotta be tough and remember…these kids are only twenty years old. Anyway…the pre-release single was Run.

My lineage subject was British India. This quartet out of Australia was all teenagers when they formed British India, naming themselves after a B-side by psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock. They started with acoustic covers of Blur and Bob Dylan before moving to harder edged jams. They soon got the attention of a record producer and they were signed in 2006. They released their full-length, debut album in 2007, which is where part two of today’s feature comes in…but more about that later. Since the release of their debut, British India has released almost one CD per year, however, right now…for 2014 they have just released this single, Wrong Direction,” so I’m thinking the full-length album is set for a 2015 release. Obviously, this single is meant as a tease or a taste of what is to come.

Part two of the lineage was fulfilled with Tie Up My Hands,” which can be found on British India’s 2007 debut album; GUILLOTINE.

My re-issue release of the week was from Rod Stewart…and the album that’s been re-issued is EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY. Wow! What a great album this is. Originally released in 1971 this album still holds up to this day. ROLLING STONE magazine consistently lists this album as “one record every person should listen to before they die.” I’m not quite that dramatic but it is a pretty F-ing good album. It had classics on it like the Title Track, Mandolin Wind and the one I played…Maggie May.”

Closing off that two-song set was the new single from the band…Island Cassettes. Island Cassettes is an unsigned, mixed-gendered, Indie Alt. Pop band out of Kent, England. That song I aired, Navajo,” has been released as a stand alone single from Kissability Records. To me that tune had a Paul Simon meets Vampire Weekend feel to it, however, I also think it stands very well on its own.

Keeping the tunes going here with a band I personally am totally smitten. They are called Highs; from Toronto, Canada and they are one gal and three guys playing some inventive, challenging Indie Pop. I say challenging because I don’t think it is an easy listen and one has to really pay attention to their songs to “Get It.” With that being said, this young and amazingly talented band has received recognition from their hometown and the song I have for you this morning has been featured in the Indie Film, ADULT WORLD, which features John Cusack; it’s titled Nomad.” (Download it for free here)

I followed that up with the latest from The Yetis. The Yetis are an unsigned, Indie, Surf-Rock quartet out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. What a nice song to hear on a beautiful Autumnal morning to conjure up Summer. That tune was Warm California and it’s been released as a single b/w Little Surfer Girl,” which is not a cover of the Beach Boys classic.

Next up is the new single from Inspired & the Sleep. Actually it’s one song in a collection of new songs included in an EP from Plastic Fish Records called AMERICAN SOLE. The compilation is eight-songs long, which also includes the single, Days,” from Beach Youth, which I played about a month ago on this show. BTW, the compilation is marvelous. It is filled with some fun, up-tempo tunes and well worth looking into. The tune I chose to spin for my audience was Pool Guard.”

Let me slip in one more from King TV. This is another track from the AMERICAN SOLE compilation CD from Plastic Fish Records. King TV is an Indie Alt. Pop quartet based in South London. The track I picked was Stop Your Crying.”

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 10-28-14

Coastgaard – “Black White Fuzz” – BLACK WHITE FUZZ – Single

Tropic of Youth – “Poa Kichizi Kama Ndizi” – SUN CITY – Ep

Sun Gods to Gamma Rays – “Make It Last” – A GHOST TO FIND

Andy Burrows – “See A Girl” – FALL TOGETHER AGAIN

The Great Escape – “All I Think About” – THE GREAT ESCAPE

San Cisco – “Run” – RUN – Single

British India – “Wrong Direction” – WRONG DIRECTION – Single

British India – “Tie Up My Hands” – GUILLOTINE*

Rod Stewart – “Maggie Mae” – EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY**

Island Cassettes – “Navajo” – NAVAJO – Single

Highs – “Nomads” – HIGHS – Ep

The Yetis – “Warm California” – WARM CALIFORNIA – Single

Inspired & the Sleep – “Pool Guard” – AMERICAN SOLE – Ep

King TV – “Stop Your Crying” – AMERICAN SOLE – Ep

*Lineage

**Re-Issue Song of the Week

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

Blog Notes for 10-21-14

This catches me up…whew! What a task. Let me fill you in to what I found for this week’s show.

I got things started with a tune from the Twerps. They are a four-piece, Indie Alt. Pop, mixed-gendered band out of Melbourne, Australia. They’ve been together for a little over four years. I found them originally because of a record label called Chapter Music. They still are affiliated with them; however, the Twerps got them a distribution deal here in the States with Merge Records, which is a wonder match for them. Merge released an introductory EP from The Twerps in August in anticipation of the full-length, sophomore release. The new collection will be titled RANGE ANXIETY and it will officially hit the streets in January of 2015. The track I had for show is the pre-release single…it’s called Back To You.” (I just read Twerps are going to be playing at next year’s SXSW)

The opening hour song set was closed off with a tune from Penguin Prison. Penguin Prison is really just singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist…Christopher Glover. That pure Pop tune was Calling Out,” which was just released last week and as a stand alone single. If you would like to catch this performer live; Penguin Prison happens to be coming to Boston tomorrow night at the Royale. He is opening for RAC. I’m sure it would be a fantastic show.

Changing musical direction with an artist by the name of Robbie Miller. He is a very new singer/songwriter from Brisbane, Australia. He officially started pursuing a career in music in 2013 when he won a unsigned singer/songwriter contest in his homeland, which landed him a spot performing at a Music Awards show and got him a spot on tour with another…more well known…Australian band. He’s still unsigned and his music is not really available outside of Australia and New Zealand, however, I got a hold of his new single and it is lovely and I wanted to share it with you. It’s called Sunday.”

The follow up song was the latest material from Good Morning. I mentioned the “latest material” from Good Morning but as far as I know it’s the only material. Good Morning is Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons; they are from Brisbane, Australia; and they are Solitaire recordings. And…I believe this is the only song they have released. It’s a nice one and it’s titled Don’t Come Home Today.” You can check it out on Solitaire’s SoundCloud page or on Solitaire’s BandCamp page…where you can name your own price to purchase it.

Next up is an up and coming independent artist from Adelaide, Australia. His name is Thom Lion and his band The Tamers. They produce a nice blend of Folk, Rock and Pop; layer it and then combine it with some clever phrasing. Thom’s band, The Tamers, is Jamie Wood on Bass and Wade Francis on the Drum Kit. They are readying to release this single, Fruition,” on November 7th. No word on it’s release here, however, you can download it for free and I’ve provided the link here housed in my website.

Moving on with more new music from Drug Cabin. Drug Cabin is Nathan Thelen (Pretty Girls Make Graves & Moonrats) and Marcus Congleton (Ambulance Ltd.); they are supported by Eugene Owens, Sheridan Riley and Frankie Palmer. The boys have just released their sophomore effort, via BandCamp, and it called YARD WORK. The track I sampled for airplay was California.”

My lineage subject was Katie Costello. Katie is a lovely singer/songwriter originally from Hermosa Beach, in California, but now makes her home in Brooklyn, New York. I first found her in 2011 with the release of her wonderful LAMPLIGHT album, which made it into my Top Ten for that year. Her music has been featured on television shows like ONE TREE HILL, 90210, and PRIVATE PRACTICE. Katie is now working on a new album and I just happen to have the pre-release single for you. It’s called New World.”

Katie’s follow up track to complete the lineage was Cassette Tape,” which can be found on their 2011 album; LAMPLIGHT.

My re-issue release of the week was from Siouxsie and the Banshees…and the album that’s been re-issued is SUPERSTITION, which originally came out in 1991. Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. Initially associated with the English punk rock scene, the band evolved into a Post-Punk Pop band. Edgy…yet very accessible. Their career, as a band, lasted from 1978 to 1995. That is very impressive. The song I picked from the re-issued SUPERSTITION was Kiss Them For Me,” which climbed to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart.

Completing that two-song set was the new single from the band Totally Mild. The song I aired, Take Today,” is just one of twenty-seven songs compiled for the special album release, 5 YEARS OF BEDROOM SUCK RECORDS. Bedroom Suck is a small Australian label located in Brisbane. I stumbled upon it over the weekend because of another band I follow, Terrible Truths, is also a contributor to the compilation. (I might play Terrible Truths track next week) Anyway…it’s a wonderful collection; it is available on U.S. i-Tunes and you can get the whole thing for just $9.99.

Keeping the tunes going here with a reprised tune from Leisure Suite. They are an unsigned, mixed-gendered, Electronic Pop trio out of Melbourne, Australia. They have released this single, Great Expectations,” back in May of this in anticipation of a new EP that is in the works. Well…the self-titled EP has dropped and I thought I’d play it again. This song has such a smooth feel to it. The young woman lead-singer, Bridget Le, croons beautifully.

Then came the latest from Future Of What. They are a mixed-gendered, quartet based in Brooklyn, NY. They just formed in 2012 and are fronted by the single-named singer, Blair. They self-released an EP, MOONSTRUCK, in March of this 2012. Well…after two years in the making, they are back with their debut, full-length album entitled PRO DREAMS, which will officially come out in January of 2015. The new track that I featured was No War Dance Floor and I am looking forward to checking out the rest of the CD when it gets released.

Next up is the new single from Vok. V-O-K with an umlaut over the “O”. They are a three-piece, mixed-gendered, electronica based band from Reykjavik, Iceland. They have released a series of singles this year (four of them) with the latest being called Before.” The new album, which includes all of those singles gets released this week and it’s titled TENSION.

Then I played new music from Brighter Later. Brighter Later is the musical vehicle for singer/songwriter, Jaye Kranz. She has just released this stand alone single, which is titled Brace.”

Let me slip in one more from The Henry Millers. The Henry Millers are fronted by John MacCallum and Kate Schecter and they make some Pop oriented, electronica based Rock. They have just released their second album of 2014 and it’s titled POSIES and I spun the title track.

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.

Blog Notes for 10-14-14

I’m on a roll now and almost up-to-date on my entries. It was another interesting week in new music. I found great new material from Australia, Wales, Scotland and, of course, the good ol’ US of A. Let me fill you in on what I uncovered.

I kicked off the show with a tune from Cheerleader. Cheerleader is a self-described “Indie, Haze-Pop quintet from Philadelphia. The two guys that are the force behind Cheerleader, Joe Haller and Chris Duran, got their start in Middle School in Hartford, Connecticut. You know the story…teenagers playing cover songs in their parent’s basement…it happens all over America. These young fellas felt the need to push it and take a shot at the brass ring. They packed up and moved to Philadelphia to pursue this dream. In 2012 they did a demo and posted it on SoundCloud and it got the ball rolling. The result now is a four-song EP entitled ON YOUR SIDE. The song I had to share with my listeners was Tomorrow Always Knows.”  (I also just read that Cheerleader will be attending next year’s SXSW)

Knocking off that two-song set of the opening hour of the show was a tune from Orphans Orphans. They are an updated Glam Rock five-piece from Brisbane, Australia. These five young lads all cut their teeth with other band before forming Orphans Orphans. And the result of this new collaborative effort is the release of their debut, five-song EP entitled WHAT’S A BOY S’POSED TO DO. The song I sampled on air had the sound of David Bowie combined with Lou Reed…it was Lighten Up Your Day.”

Changing musical direction with an artist by the name of Lola Demo. While doing background research for this morning’s show; I ran across this quote about Ms. Demo that caught my attention. “If Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Joan Jett had one night of chemically induced sexual passion, the next mornings aftermath would be Lola Demo.” Lola Demo is the stage name for Erika Bach…a true musical do it yourselfer. She is keeping herself busy by releasing this song, Who’s Been Playing God,” which can be downloaded for free. So far this track has been released as a stand alone single.

That song was proceeded by the latest material from Lily & Madeleine. So…Lily & Madeleine are two sisters, 19 and 17 years of age. (God…that just kills me) I found them last year with the release of their five-song EP, THE WEIGHT OF THE GLOBE. They have done so well with that release and the touring that they are developing a solid fan base, which leads us here to their new album. It’s titled FUMES and it officially drops on October 28th. The track I aired was Rabbit.”

Next up is an up and coming independent artist from Sydney, Australia. Her name is Bertie Blackman. I first discovered Bertie in 2009 with the release of her album, SECRETS AND LIES. Unfortunately, Ms. Blackman hadn’t put out a great deal of music since that time…until now that is. She will be releasing her latest addition to her discography on October 31st, however, only in Australia. That is the same thing that happened with her previous release. It took about six months before it reached our shores. The new one is called THE DASH and the song I had for my live audience was War Of One.”

Then came some interesting new music from Mariachi El Bronx. Even thought their name refers to the Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx is really from Los Angeles and they are eight members strong. I’m going to read you something from their website, which I think describe who and what they are better than I could. Here it is, “Mariachi El Bronx first started as a diversion for members of the long-running punk band the Bronx. They put on charro outfits, replaced their electric guitars with trumpet, violin and other traditional instruments, and introduced their own take on Mexican folk music.” Their new album, 3, comes out November 4th and the song I spun was Wildfires.”

My lineage subject was Ex Cops. Ex Cops are Brooklyn based, mixed-gendered duo that have been garnering serious attention with the release of their debut record, TRUE HALLUCINATIONS. Well they are back with their sophomore release (No pressure there) and it’s called DAGGERS and it hits the digital streets on November 10th and the song I had for part one of this feature was White Noise.”

Part two of the feature was completed with the Ex Cops’ track You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb,” which can be found on their 2012 debut album; TRUE HALLUCINATIONS.

My re-issue release of the week was from Lene Lovich. The album that has been re-released is FLEX; an expanded version of, which includes additional tracks not found on the original release. It is a combination re-issue. For those of you too young to know anything about Lene Lovich, she was part of the early New Wave music scene. She was also a big visual arts type artist, which at the time was perfect for MTV; back when they used to play music videos. Her first and biggest hit was Lucky Number.” On this expanded version of FLEX they have included my favorite track from Lovich…it’s called New Toy.” What makes this song doubly interesting, at least to me, is that this tune was written by a young artist by the name of Thomas Dolby, back when he was just sixteen and this was his first official band he was a part of.

Completing that two-song set was the new single from Tangerine. They are my favorite new band discovery. This mixed-gendered, indie Pop quartet out of Seattle, I believe, has got “IT.” They just released that single, You’ll Always Be Lonely,” yesterday and they were kind enough to send it to me so I could feature it in today’s show.

Keeping the tunes going here with an artist I found a little over a year ago. Her name is Emily Wolfe. Emily is an Indie Alt. Rocker slash 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 wrote music for two EP’s in 2013…now one might think, “Why not just release one whole album instead of two EPs.” Well…Emily felt the material for each EP was so different from the other that she felt strongly that they needed to be two separate releases. Emily’s latest effort is another EP; it’s five-songs long and is titled ROULETTE. The track I played was Marionette.” You can get one of Emily’s new songs for free and I’ve provided that link for you, which is housed in this Blog.

Then there was the latest material from Eilidh (Ay-Lee) McKellar. The track I aired, Summer Daze,” has Eilidh sounding like a Blues focused Rocker from Edinburgh, Scotland. This twenty year-old is amazingly talented and she has just released her debut, full-length album entitled DELTA DEVIL DREAMS.

Next up is the new single from Tree Of Wolves. Tree Of Wolves, which a great name by the way, are an unsigned, mixed-gendered five-piece out of Carmarthen, Wales. They’ve only been together a little over a year but have received radio play on Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales. (And now here on WMFO radio Boston). I first featured them back in June of this year with their track Half Light,” which they sent directly to me via my website. (Very cool) Well…they were kind enough to send me their follow up single too, which is Let The Night Take Me.” They even follow me on my SoundCloud page, which you should too. ;^)

Let me slip in one more from The Gromble are a five-piece indie-rock band hailing from California’s Laguna Niguel. Named after a character from a Nickelodeon show called Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. They have just released a dynamite debut self-titled EP. The song I showcased is the lead off track…it’s called Desole´Pt. II.”

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.

Blog Notes for 10-7-14

The fight goes on as I try to catch up on my Blog notes. It was a good week for locating new music. I don’t know if it’s because the field is flush with talent or I’m just getting better at filtering. Let me tell you about what I found this week.

I got the show started with a tune from Meiko. This talented singer/songwriter, originally from Roberta, Georgia but now resides in Los Angeles, is back with her third full-length album, DEAR YOU. It is due out on the 14th of October. I’ve had a chance to listen to the whole album and if you are a Meiko fan…you will like this release. It’s familiar and just different enough that she might pick up some new fans along the way. The selected single is Be Mine,” but since I had the whole disc to choose from I went with a deeper cut, which was Deep Sweat.”

Finishing off that two-song set of the opening hour of the New Release Show was a tune from BØRNS. This dynamite tune is called “10,000 Emerald Pools.” This guy is orginally from Michigan but now makes his some in Southern California and he is wicked talented. This song hit me right on the first listen. I like the genre-bending style he has put forth combining Pop, Electronica and some indie to come up with a unique sound. This is the only track I’ve been able to find from him but it’s a goodie.

Changing musical direction with an artist that blends folk, indie and a little pop but still maintains that singer/songwriter style. His name is Leo Stannard. This performer is still unsigned but I can’t imagine it staying that way for too much longer. He is readying to release…self-release that is…his new EP entitled NOTIONS. You can stream all his music via his SoundCloud page and it will be available for purchase on i-Tunes next week. The tune I chose for airplay was called Eliza.”

I followed that up with the latest material from The Harry Heart Chrysalis. The Harry Heart Chrysalis is essentially Harry Heart; a young and talented singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia. Well…that’s where he lives now. He is originally from the UK. This young fellow (he’s just Twenty-One) does it all. He writes, he sings and he is a multi-instrumentalist. He got his musical start on an unsigned music website run by an Australian radio station. He had a few songs listed there but with the release of this tune, Vex,” Harry is taking a big leap into the Pop music realm. (I like it)

Next up is an interestingly constructed tune by a band out of New Zealand. They are Minuit. It’s French for “midnight.” They are a mixed-gendered, Electronica-Pop trio. Basically they are two guys with synthesizers and a young woman on vocals. I ran across this song over the weekend. On first listen I didn’t quite get where the song was going but I let it continue on and then the construction made sense and it really grew on me. The track is Happy and it just comes out today so this may be the first airing of it in the United States. If you like it…the band just posted it for purchase on their BandCamp page. The song is reminiscent of Imogen Heap and/or Frou Frou.

Then came new music from Slow Turismo. Slow Turismo is a five-piece, Alt. Pop, Indie band out of Canberra, Australia. I featured their first single, Breathe,” a couple of months ago, to some fine reviews. Well…they are building on that success with the release of Thunderstorm,” which I aired for my show. Sadly…their music is not available here in the US, however, you can stream it via their SoundCloud page.

My lineage subject was Jim Noir. Jim’s real name is Allen Roberts. He’s from Morrissey’s hometown in Manchester, England. He has released four albums so far with the fifth addition to his discography, FINNISH LINE, spelled like the country not the end of a race demarcation, will be released on November the 3rd. Jim has a real sense of harmonies and a pop production quality reminiscent of the Beach Boys and the Pet Sounds record. The song I picked to start this feature is the pre-release single, which is The Broadway Jets.” It can be had for free via his website (Jim Noir dot com…it will cost you an email address)

Part two of the lineage was rounded out by Jim Noir’s How To Be So Real,” which can be found on his 2006 debut album; TOWER OF LOVE.

My re-issue release of the week was from Steely Dan. The album that has been re-released is PRETZEL LOGIC. I have to tell you that this is one of my favorite bands, which, you have to understand, is significant, because I don’t have many. I very rarely glom onto any band for more than two albums or they become too popular. Steely Dan was different for me. Each album was so different from the others. So…for me…it felt almost like a new band each time; except for the nasally vocals of Donald Fagan. That you could not miss. Anyway, PRETZEL LOGIC had some nice tunes on it from the cerebral Any Major Dude Will Tell You;” to the 12-bar blues inspired Title Track; to the blatantly Pop tune, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” which is what I played.

I followed that classic with the new single from Side Saddle. Side Saddle is really just the stage name for Ian McGuinness. I first discovered Side Saddle back in January of this year with the wonderful song, Reverie,” which then appeared on an EP called, THE POSTCARD. Well Ian is back with a full-length album, THE ASTORIAN. The tune I featured was Don’t Wait For Him.”

Keeping the tunes going here with an unsigned, London based, Alt Pop, quartet that I found through The Guardian’s online newspaper music reviewers section. They are called Flyte. I read the review back in January of this year. Since that time they have released two more singles with the latest being Light Me Up.” I just read on the band’s website that they are headlining their very first tour with sixteen shows scheduled so far. I’m sure with this single, and tour, they will be drawing serious attention from some record labels and I would imagine them getting signed in 2015. I should suggest them getting to SXSW. THAT!…would be the place to do it.

Then came the latest material from Ezra Vine. Ezra Vine has just released a new EP entitled CELESTE, which I believe came out in September. The title track, which is also the best-known song off the EP, was released earlier this year as a stand alone single, however, I went with a deeper cut, which was Braver Than Most.”

Next up is the new single from April Towers. They are an Electronica based Pop oriented duo out of Nottingham, England. They are so new that they only have this one single (and mind you…it’s a pretty good single), which comes out on October 27th. It’s called Arcadia.”

Let me slip in one more from the rocking outfit…Larkin Poe. They are a female fronted, Roots Rock band out of Atlanta, Georgia. Two sisters, Rebecca and Megan Lovell, are the driving force of the band. They are supported by Robby Handley on Bass guitar and Marlon Patton handling the drum kit. And speaking of supporting…they currently opening for Elvis Costello on his European tour. The ladies new album, KIN, drops on October 21st. The song I have for you is called Don’t.”

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.

Blog Notes for 9-30-14

My WordPress issue has been finally fixed so I am trying to catch up on my Blog/Show entries. Let me fill you in.

I started the show started with a tune from Beach Youth. One would think this might be a West Coast surf band, however, this Indie Pop hails from Normandy, France. They do have a surf guitar feel to them. These four young lads from the land of Gaul have just released this single, Days.” It does make you think of Summer when you hear it.

Closing off that two-song set with a tune from Lisbon. They are a four-piece, Alt. Pop band out of Newcastle, England. I first featured these guys back in January with a dynamite single, Blue Love.” Well…they are back with another single just released yesterday (9-29-14) and this one is called Rio.”

Changing musical direction with a duo that spends time in the “groove” section. They are Andras & Oscar. The pair is Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung. Fox handles the beats and Sung does the singing. The song I had for you the program, Looking Back,” is the first single off their sophomore release; CAFÉ ROMANTICA. The album is due out in Australia and New Zealand in October, which is tomorrow. (October…that is).

Then came the latest material from All We Are. The band, All We Are, is a mixed gendered, Indie Alt. Pop trio out of Liverpool. Actually, the band refers to their sound on that track I aired, which was I Wear You; as “psychedelic boogie.” Their self-titled album, which I believe is set for release in January of 2015.

Next up is some really up-tempo, Jazz-based Pop from Nikki Yanofsky. This young and talented singer/songwriter hails from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This amazing youthful woman is only twenty years old and has already released three albums. Granted one was a cover of Ella Fitzgerald tunes. However she has since released two proper albums of mostly original material. On her latest effort, LITTLE SECRET, which is out in Canada already but drops here in the States next Tuesday…is a collaborative effort. Nikki gets help from Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock on this track…Something New.

Then I played new music from Bryan Ferry. Bryan Ferry, Mr. Cool, is back with a new album. The new disc is AVONMORE and it’s set for release on November 17th.   I tell you…this guy always sounds smooth. All the way back to his days with Roxy Music. He just has that sophisticated style to him. Anywho…the new tune, Loop De Li,” is the album’s pre-release single.

My lineage feature was High-Tails. High-Tails are an unsigned, “guitar popster,” foursome out of Sydney, Australia. When I first found them they only had two singles to their name; both of which they have self-released. I found them while perusing an Australian site for unsigned artist and I have to tell you…I hit the jackpot. They also seem to have their game together. Even though they only had two singles; they were out there promoting, touring and had the songs available for purchase via i-Tunes. The boys are back with a new song and an EP, which will be titled SIPPING TEA TO MAKE MUSIC TO SIP TEA BY. I don’t have a release date or the song listing other than this new song is going to be on it, which is called Terrible Day.”

The follow up song for the lineage by High-Tails was Bending Over Backwards,” which came out as a single earlier this year and will be included on the new EP.

My re-issue release of the week was from George Harrison. The album that has been re-released was ALL THINGS MUST PASS. It was his first truly solo album after the Beatles broke up. A great deal of the material used on this album was songs that were unused from the late Beatles days. Phil Spector also helped produce this classic release. It had hits on it like the title track, My Sweet Lord and this one, which I chose for airplay…What Is Life.”

Completing that two-song set with the new single from The History of Apple Pie, which is an awesome name for a band. The History of Apple Pie is a mixed-gendered, five-piece, Alt. Pop band out of London. They’ve been a band for about three years. Their debut album, OUT OF VIEW, came out last year receiving some good press. The force behind the band is Stephanie Min and Jerome Watson. Miss Min on vocals and Watson on guitar. They are supported by James Thomas (drums) Aslam Ghauri (guitar) and Joanna Curwood (bass). The sophomore release, FEEL SOMETHING, came out the 29th of September. Earlier this Summer I played Tame,” which is the official single and other radio stations have started playing that now…so I thought I’d give you a taste of something deeper from the album. The track I aired was Don’t You Wanna Be Mine.” I have to tell you that this is a wonderful album and has made my preliminary Top Ten for 2104.

Keeping the tunes going here with The Popguns. This marks the return of famous British band that released their first single, “Landslide,” all the way back in 1989. They putting the final touches on their latest album, POP FICTION, which is the first release from them in eighteen years. To spark some interest their label, Matinee Records, has just released a 7” single Lovejunky. It also includes two exclusive B-sides. The full album should be released later this year.

Then there was the latest material from And. And is the stage name for Dave Rennick. Dave Rennick is the former frontman for Dappled Cities. He released a single, “Boys,” earlier this year. What I sampled on air was his latest single…U Know Me.”

Next up is the new single from Lisa Mitchell. Lisa Mitchell is quite young…she’s twenty-four years old but has had a good deal of success in her homeland of Australia. It’s been two years since her last full-length album and now she’s back with a new single, Wah Ha.” It can be had for free if you log on to her website…well it will cost you an email address. The album, which I don’t have the name of yet, will be coming out in early 2015.

Let me slip in one more from Yellerkin. They are a Pop Electronica duo out of New York. The two young fellas making all the sounds are Adrian Galvin and Luca Buccellati. They just released this single, Tools,” last week.

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.

Blog Notes for 9-23-14

My apologies for my lack of entries lately and I don’t want to bore you with the detail why. I will try to get caught up and keep current and I ask that you keep checking back to get the details of past shows.

I got the September 23rd show started with a tune from The Prettiots, which I think is a hilarious name. The Prettiots are an all-girl, three-piece, Indie Pop band base in New York City. I don’t have a great deal of information on this feminine trio; however, I can tell they have a sense of humor. They have just released a new video/song. The song is Boys (I Dated In High Scholl) and the subject matter and the video itself is really quite funny. I’ve posted the video already.

I closed off the show’s opening set with a tune from Allah-Las. As you could tell from the song, Every Girl,” the boys from the Allah-Lahs have a penchant for Sixties Garage Rock. They have a Southern California sensibility to them as well and fold it all together to make a familiar sound feel fresh. They have the backing of Nick Waterhouse and they have just released their new album, WORSHIP THE SUN.

Changing musical direction with a singer/songwriter out of the Sydney, Australia music scene. His name is James Edgar Francis. I ran across his music because I follow the record label, The A & R Department, which is an Australian label. James has just released this single, Unearth Me, Baby.” Well…released it only in Australia. I’m sure he will be known here in the States in the near future

Then came the latest material from Shakey Graves. My friend, Lori Kampa over at Dualtone Records sent the Shakey Graves new record, AND THE WAR CAME, to me late last week. I gave it a listen and was taken with that track I aired for the show, which was Dearly Departed.” The album comes out October 7th so I wrote Lori an email for permission to play it before the release date, obviously her response was yes. Shakey Graves is the stage name for Alejandro Rose-Garcia and on that track he gets some vocal help from Esme´ Patterson and I think they just sound sublime together.

Next up is cut from Alex Napping. Alex Napping is an Austin, Texas mixed-gendered, four-piece that combine singer/songwriting basics and slap it on to a Pop oriented musical vehicle. They have just self-released their debut album, THIS IS NOT A BEDROOM, today. It’s packed with fun, up-tempo little ditties. I have a feeling I will be seeing these guys at next year’s SXSW and they will be signed to a label shortly thereafter. I had a couple of choices from the six-song effort and I went with the opening track…it’s called Hallway Eyes.”

I followed that up with new music from Ariel Pink. It’s funny, but while I was researching Ariel Pink’s background and discography, the main theme that kept coming through is that Pink is “weird.” The other thing is noticed, besides being weird, he is also prolific. In one form or another, Ariel Pink has released ten studio albums, with the latest being POM POM. It comes out on November 18th on 4 AD records. It’s the third disc that Pink has released with 4 AD. The tune I aired was Put Your Number In My Phone.”

My lineage subject was Toby Lightman. Toby Lightman is a lovely and talented singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She describes her music as Modern Soul, which makes sense to me. I’ve known Toby since 2006 when she was just starting out. She stopped by WTMD radio studios in Baltimore for an interview. Well…she is back with her fifth, full-length studio album, EVERY KIND OF PEOPLE, and the song I had for this feature was the title track.”

Part two of the lineage feature was Ms. Lightman’s Slippin,” which was released on her 2006 BIRD ON A WIRE.

My re-issue release of the week was from ABC. If you recall, they were part of that early Eighties New Wave/MTV video craze. The album that has been re-issued is the one that started it all for them…THE LEXICON OF LOVE, which came out in 1982 and was their debut effort. That disc reached the number one spot on the UK charts and charted well in the US Top 40. The album had pop tune hits like The Look Of Love,” Show Me and the one I picked, Poison Arrow.”

Following up a classic Eighties New Wave hit was the new single from Knox Hamilton. Knox Hamilton is a four-piece, indie, Alt. band out of Little Rock, Arkansas. The tune I had for airplay was Work It Out and it can be found on their upcoming new EP, THE GREAT HALL. They are currently out on tour, which includes a stop here in the Boston area on the 26th of October at The Brighton Music Hall.

Keeping the tunes going here with a band called Fickle Friends. Fickle Friends are five members strong 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. I featured them back in April, and coincidentally, on last week’s show with their tune Play.” Well they are back with another single. It’s called For You and it has just come out today.

Then came the latest material from Fiance. Fiance released the single I played, Era, back in August and it’s also included in their brand new EP entitled EP1, which comes out today. Fiance is a mixed-gendered, Experimental Electronica Pop quartet from Newark, Delaware. That is not too far away from my new entrepreneurial venture The Goat Kitchen and Bar, which is due to open mid November.

Let me slip in two more from Springtime Carnivore. Springtime Carnivore is the stage name of singer Greta Morgan. Their new, self-titled album will be released on November 4th and the lead off single is called Sun Went Black.” However, I was able to get a hold of a deeper cut from the album, which was originally released back in August so I thought I’d share both with you. The second track is Collectors.”

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 10-21-14

Twerps – “Back To You” – RANGE ANXIETY

Penguin Prison – “Calling Out” – CALLING OUT – Single

Robbie Miller Music – “Sunday” – SUNDAY – Single

Good Morning – “Don’t Come Home Today” – DON’T COME HOME TODAY – Single

Thom Lion and the Tamers – “Fruition” – FRUITION – Single

Drug Cabin – “California” – YARD WORK

Katie Costello – “New World” – NEW WORLD – Single

Katie Costello – “Cassette Tape” – LAMPLIGHT*

Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Kiss Them For Me” – SUPERSTITION**

Totally Mild – “Take Today” – 5 YEARS OF BEDROOM SUCK RECORDS

Leisure Suite – “Great Expectations” – LEISURE SUITE – Ep

Future of What – “No War Dance Floor” – PRO DREAMS

VoK – “Before” – TENSION

Brighter Later – “Brace” – BRACE – Single

The Henry Millers – “Posies” – POSIES

*Lineage

**Re-Issue Song of the Week

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New Release Show Playlist 10-14-14

Cheerleader – “Tomorrow Always Knows” – ON YOUR SIDE – Ep

Orphans Orphans – “Lighten Up Your Day” – WHAT’S A BOY S’POSED TO DO?

Lola Demo – “Who’s Been Playing God” – WHO’S BEEN PLAYING GOD – Single

Lily & Madeleine – “Rabbit” – FUMES

Bertie Blackman – “War Of One” – THE DASH

Mariachi El Bronx – “Wildfires” – MARIACHI EL BRONX (III)

Ex Cops – “White Noise” – DAGGERS

Ex Cops – “You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb” – TRUE HALLUCINATIONS*

Lene Lovich – “New Toy” – FLEX (…PLUS)**

Tangerine – “You’ll Always Be Lonely” – YOU’LL ALWAYS BE LONELY – Single

Emily Wolfe – “Marionette” – ROULETTE

Eiledh McKellar – “Summer Daze” – DELTA DEVIL DREAMS

Tree Of Wolves – “Let The Night Take Me” – LET THE NIGHT TAKE ME – Single

The Gromble – “Desole Pt II” – THE GROMBLE

*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.