This Week’s Downloads 1-26-15

The snow played havoc on Boston this week and there was a driving ban in place so I had no show on the 27th.  :^(

However…I did find some free music.  This artist, Colleen Green, has a new album coming out February 24th. It is I WANT TO GROW UP.  I have the first two singles available:

“Pay Attention”   and   “TV.”

I’m sure I’ll find more and I will just add to this post so keep checking back.

TK

I just found this one from FMLYBND. It’s called “Letting Go.”

I have this one from Andrew Oliver; this is called “Bells”

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 1-20-15

It’s a new week and, as predicted, more material is being released. BTW…more doesn’t mean better. It just means I have to sift through a great deal more. This week’s show is interesting too because I have some mainstream, alternative bands releasing new music. Even my lineage was a familiar face. So…let me tell you about this week’s finds.

I kicked off broadcast with Movie. Movie is three guys that currently live in South London. They are Theo Spark (vocals, guitar), Jamie Stiby Harris (vocals, keyboards, guitar), and Ollie Tobin on bass. These lads seem to have style reminiscent of David Bowie combined with the Nineties band…Blur. This trio has released a series of singles over the last twelve months with the latest being this one…In Vain.” (I found them over the weekend and I have been playing it since)

Closing off the opening set of the first hour was the latest from Plastic Birds. I stumbled across this band late last week and really liked what I heard, which is also what you just heard. It’s called In Time.” I tried doing a search on this band and found only two references (outside how I found them on SoundCloud) Both sources had very little to say about the band, which is unusual. (Bands want to get their names out there) I happen to notice that Plastic Birds did have an email address, so I sent them an email asking them…Hey…What gives? How about a little background? Their response was, “A little background. Hmmmm, well we’re based in Australia, and we’re a (secret?) collaboration between members of Aussie psych rock band and a pop producer. We’re trying to keep it under wraps and just use Plastic Birds as our fun side project/cosmic outlet. I know that doesn’t really help you info wise, but we’d like to keep it a mystery, a la Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys.” I loved that they wrote me back and I totally understand.

Changing musical direction with a band called Fictonian. I believe Fictonian is really just a stage name, however, I wasn’t able to procure his actual name. (What is with all these enigmatic artists these days?) Anyway…Fictonian has released a lovely single, Double Negative,” which was perfect for the lovely winter morning whilst I did my show.

Then was a tune from Guster. Guster…the local boys made good. This Alt. Pop/Rock trio (now a quartet) originally met while attending Tufts University. In fact, they lived just down the street from us here in our studio. They’ve had a really nice career and a very dedicated fan base. Their latest album is EVERMOTION, which came out about a week ago. The single is “Simple Machine, which I first featured back in the Fall; but I went a bit deeper for this show with Doin’ It By Myself.”

Next up is an interesting Indie Alt. Pop band trying to break into music scene. They are Clemency and they are originally from Yukon, Oklahoma but now makes their base of operations in Nashville, Tennessee. Clemency is fronted by the brothers Watkins; Jason and Paul; they are supported by Jake Goss on drums and Whit Stiles handling guitars. They are readying to release their third effort, YOU’VE GOT THE FIRE, which is an EP. The song I had for airplay is the album’s selected single…it’s called Color Hit The Canvas.”

I then had some new music from Brandi Carlile. Brandi is listed as a Singer/Songwriter, however, I think that’s too narrow. I’ve seen her several times over the years at a couple music conferences. I have even met her. And while, on her latest album, THE FIREWATCHER’S DAUGHTER, that rings stylistically very true…as one could hear on the track I played on air…Wherever Is Your Heart.” If you get a chance to listen to some of her back catalog you’ll find a diverse songwriting talent that embraces Rock and Gospel. If you have a chance check out The Story and Dreams. They will both knock your socks off. I might play one in next week’s show.

My lineage subject was 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 and are known for helping to revive the new funk and soul movement of the 60’s & 70’s. They match up well with Sharon Jones and they have a new single, Little Boys With Shiny Toys.” It seems the impetus behind this new single is a declaration of survival and of life. In 2013 Miss Jones was diagnosed with stage one Bile Duct cancer. She endured surgery and treatments, which led to her return to the recording studio and announce her return. Wow! That is remarkable.

Part two of the lineage feature was Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings with Keep On Looking,” which was released back in 2007 on their 100 DAYS, 100 NIGHTS album.

My re-issue release of the week was from Roxy Music. The album that has been re-released is the album, MANIFESTO. The suave Bryan Ferry; along with the boys from Roxy Music have had a storied career spanning four decades. There was a mass re-issuing of almost all the older Roxy Music albums…like COUNTRY LIFE, SIREN, and the one I picked…MANIFESTO. That album had tracks Angel Eyes,” the Title Track and this on, Dance Away.”

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from Fort Lean. Fort Lean is a five-piece, Alt. Rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. They’ve been together since 2011 and have released two EPs and are readying to release their debut, full-length album, QUIET DAY, this Spring on Ooh La La Records. The pre-release single, Cut To The Chase,” was released in October of 2014 but I was able to get my hands on a deeper cut, I Don’t Mind,” which was what I picked for airing.

Keeping the tunes going here is something new from Louds. They are an Electronica/Rock band out of Philadelphia. The line-up seems to be shifting. Their SoundCloud page has six members listed; while their Facebook page only has three but they have a Profile Cover showing five. However you cut it…it looks like the family name Brooks is the cohesive factor with Charlie and Petie Brooks being the common factor. They are getting ready to release their debut record entitled IF MORE PEOPLE BOUGHT ART MORE PEOPLE WOULD BUY ART. I had for airplay the first single off the disc. It’s called Ways.”

I followed that up with the latest material from Jape. Jape are an Irish electronic–rock band from Dublin. They have released four albums so far with their fifth, full-length album, THIS CHEMICAL SEA, coming out next week. The tune I selected was Séance Of Light.

Next up is something new from a band called School ‘94. Technically, this EP, LIKE YOU, came out in December of 2014 but I just found it and I thought it was worth sharing. School ’94 is a female-fronted, Swedish Dream Pop band. I really like their sound. The EP only has six songs but I had a hard time picking just one. I really liked So Long,” Head Over There,” and this one, the title track.

Then came some new music from Lusts. Lusts are brothers Andy and James Stone. They are from Leicester, in the UK. Their music is described as Dark-Pop. The tune Temptation is the only song from their self-titled EP that’s available for purchase on i-Tunes. The remaining three songs will be made available with the EP is officially released on March 2nd.

Let me slip in one more from Milky Chance. They are a duo from Germany and they released an album, SADNECESSARY, in October of 2014. This song, however, is not on that disc. The track was recorded on a whim; it’s called Unknown Song and it features Miss Paulina Eisenburg helping on vocals. It’s just lovely.

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 1-20-15

MOVIE. – “In Vain” – TUSK VEGAS – Ep

Plastic Birds – “In Time” – IN TIME – Single

Fictonian – “Double Negative” – DOUBLE NEGATIVE – Single

Guster – “Doin’ It By Myself” – EVERMOTION

Clemency – “Color Hit The Canvas” – YOU’VE GOT THE FIRE

Brandi Carlile – “Wherever Is Your Heart” – THE FIREWATCHER’S DAUGHTER

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – “Little Boys With Shiny Toys” – LITTLE BOYS WITH SHINY TOYS – Single

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – “Keep On Looking” – 100 DAYS, 100 NIGHTS*

Roxy Music – “Dance Away” – MANIFESTO**

Fort Lean – “I Don’t Mind” – QUIET DAY

LOUDS – “Ways” – IF MORE PEOPLE BOUGHT ART MORE PEOPLE WOULD BUY ART

Jape – “Seance Of Light” – THIS CHEMICAL SEA

School ’94 – “Like You” – LIKE YOU – Ep

Lusts – “Temptation” – LUSTS – Ep

Milky Chance – “Unknown Song feat. Paulina Eisenberg” – UNKNOWN SONG – Single

*Lineage

**Re-Issue Song of the Week

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

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 1-13-15

There has already been a flurry of activity from the Independent Record Labels over this past week with lots of pre-release singles in anticipation of February and March release dates. It is happening a bit earlier in January than I’m used to. So let me tell you what I picked to play on this week’s show.

I got the program started with The Belligerents. The Belligerents are a five-piece, unsigned, Indie Rock band out of Brisbane, Australia. They’ve been around almost five years now and one full-length album, one EP and over seven singles with the latest being In My Way,” which was released in the latter part of 2014. The boys refer to their music and “Indie Dance,” however; I think it must be tongue-in-cheek because they sound very Rock-like to me.

I followed that up with the latest from The Dodos. This San Francisco based Indie Folk Pop band is back with their sixth album in eight years…not bad. The new album, INDIVID, is set for release later this month. The song I sampled for airplay is the second pre-release single and it’s called Retriever.” There’s a little more energy on this release than I’ve heard from them on previous albums. It’s nice to hear.

Changing musical direction with a lovely and talented singer/songwriter currently based in London. Her name is Marika Hackman. Her debut, full-length album, WE SLEPT AT LAST, is due out the 16th of February. She has pre-released two singles from the new album; they are Drown and “Animal Fear.” I happen to be attracted to the latter so that’s what I spun.

Next was a tune from Milo Greene. Milo Greene is not a person but is really a quintet. I heard the story that the name of the band was a result of a marketing ploy by the band. They mentioned that when they would try to book shows with venues, having an agent was more effective; but they couldn’t afford a booking agent. So they fabricated the name Milo Greene to act as a manager. Then that name ended up being the band’s name. This is their sophomore release, which officially drops in January 27th. The new disc is titled CONTROL and I selected a deeper cut, which was…Heartless.”

Then I selected an interesting Indie Alt. Rock band originally out of Leeds, England but now has their base of operations in London. They are called To Kill A King and they often get compared to bands like Grizzly Bear and The National, which…I would think…bugs the crap out of them. Anyway…I got my hands on the lead off single from their self-titled, sophomore effort, which is to be released on March 2nd. The pre-release single is Love Is Not Control.” It’s dry and catchy all at the same time.

Next came some new music from JD McPherson. JD McPherson and the boys are back with a brand new album, their second, and it’s called LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. This young fellow was listed back in 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine as an “Artist To Watch.” I’ve been watching him for a couple of years now too. This guy puts on a great live show with tons of enthusiasm and bravado. The new album drops February 10th and I featured the title track.”

My lineage subject was Satellite Stories. Satellite Stories are a four-piece, Indie Rock slash Pop band out of Finland. They’ve been together since 2008 but did not release their first album until four years later. However, on the strength of that release they signed a publishing deal with BMG in 2012 and began touring Europe and Japan in 2013. The lads released their sophomore effort entitled PINE TRAILS in November of that year. Well…they are back with their third full-length album, VAGABOND, which has the street date of March 6th. The cut I picked is one of two pre-release singles. It’s called The Trap.”

To complete the lineage feature I played Australia (Don’t Ever Let Her Go),” which was released in November of 2013 on their PINE TRAILS album. (Love that song)

My re-issue release of the week was from David Bowie. The album that has been re-released is his fabulous album, LET’S DANCE. The album was originally released in 1983 and it was a huge success. Bowie always seems to be able to re-invent himself. And in the early Eighties he hit gold with this “Dance-Poppy” collection combined with the visual aid of MTV songs like the Title Track, China Girl and “Modern Love” made Bowie popular to a whole new fan base. The track I picked to play for my show is my favorite of the album…Modern Love.”

I closed off that two-song set with a band called Surf Rock is Dead. Surf Rock is Dead, which I love that name…for a couple of reasons. First…it’s clever and you won’t have to worry about the name being copyrighted; Second…it’s ironic. The only single they have is Equinox.” Surf Rock is Dead plays some awesome Surf Rock. So…anyway…Surf Rock is Dead are essentially Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg; they are from Chicago and Melbourne but now live in New York. That song…”Equinox” is their debut single and I’m thinking I’d like to hear more from this duo.

Keeping the tunes going here is something new from Pilot Rouge. They are a five-piece, mixed-gendered Alt. Pop/Indie Rock band out of Nashville, Tennessee. Kevin Terry is the frontman and creative force behind Pilot Rouge. They self-released their debut EP, PILOT ROUGE 1, over a year ago and are now back with another EP, LEGENDS, which should be out later this year. What I selected to play is the first single off the yet-to-be released EP. It’s called Sunrust and it’s got a good groove to it.

Then came the latest material from Lazyeyes. Lazyeyes are a trio from Brooklyn, New York. They describe their music as “shoegaze” or “dream pop,” which I can hear elements of that, however, I think they rock it pretty well, especially on their track, Darling Dear.” If you like that sound…I highly recommend the EP, which is titled NEW YEAR.

Next up is something new from a band Anomie. Not the French Emo-Scream band but the stage name of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Rachel Browne that also is active in the band Field Mouse as vocalist/guitarist. She has put together a four-song, self-titled EP, which should become available on February 10, 2015. The song I shared with my listeners was So Long.”

I followed that up with new music from The Go! Team. The song I played from The Go! Team, The Scene Between,” is quite a departure from their previous work. To me their earlier work had more of a straightforward Pop feel to it. With the release of their new album, also called THE SCENE BETWEEN, it feels like the band’s songwriting has matured and they are now trying different things, which is good. I am anxious to check out the rest of the album, which is set for release on March 25th.

Let me slip in one more from Diet Cig. It’s a clever ditty, which clocks in at only one minute and forty-three seconds. It’s called Scene Sick and it will be included in their upcoming new EP…OVER EASY, which is becoming available on February 26th.

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 1-13-15

The Belligerents – “In My Way” – IN MY WAY – Single

The Dodos – “Retriever” – INDIVID

Marika Hackman – “Animal Fear” – WE SLEPT AT LAST

Milo Greene – “Heartless” – CONTROL

To Kill A King – “Love Is Not Control” – LOVE IS NOT CONTROL – Single

JD McPherson – “Let The Good Times Roll” – LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

Satellite Stories – “The Trap” – VAGABONDS

Satellite Stories – “Australia (Don’t Ever Let Her Go)” – PINE TRAILS*

David Bowie – Modern Love” – LET’S DANCE**

Surf Rock Is Dead – “Equinox” – EQUINOX – Single

Pilot Rouge – “Sunrust” – LEGENDS – Ep

Lazyeyes – “Darling Dear” – NEW YEAR – Ep

Anomie – “So Long” – ANOMIE – Ep

The Go! Team – “The Scene Between” – THE SCENE BETWEEN

Diet Cig – “Scene Sick” – OVER EASY – Ep

*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 1-6-15

It’s the New Year, which is usually a difficult time to find good, new music. Most record labels are still recovering from the Holiday push and will not release and new material until the latter part of January. Then it’s the big push until March and the South By Southwest music festival in Austin. However, I think I’m getting better at finding the cool, good new stuff. (One would think after doing this for so many years) So…let me tell you about the show this week.

I got the program started with Record/Start. Record/Start is just the stage name for Simon Cowen. Simon was the front man for Carlis Star. Carlis Star had started breaking into the Manchester music scene and scoring some spins on BBC Radio. They even got to play at SXSW. When Carlis Star came to an end; Simon moved to Brighton to focus on a solo career and that’s when he came up with Record/Start. All his solo material has been “written, performed and produced by Simon in his home studio.” The latest single from his is Rock From Afar and it’s available for free.

Next was a tune from My Deer. My Deer is a mixed-gendered, five-piece (three gals and two guys), Alt. Pop band based out of Miami, Florida. They are really new with this incarnation with one song; a really nice song, which I had for airplay. It’s called Story and it’s part of a five-song compilation of South Florida artists titled GUMMDROPS ‘N DOWNLOADS. It can be had for free via the EP’s BandCamp page.

Changing musical direction with a down-tempo-ed Indie Alt. Rock band from Sydney, Australia called The British Blues. They are fronted by Matt Gollan and supported by Jacob Stone and Matt Dewar. When playing live they add three more…two guys and one girl. The band has a retro-yet-fresh sound to them. They have two tracks to their name so far with the latest being Girls Like You,” which is what I played on air.

Then I played a tune from Dead Lagoon. Dead Lagoon focuses on Lo-Fi, Alt. Pop. The track I featured was I Want You,” and I just find that song SO catchy. I don’t have a great deal of information on this band. I do know they are a duo and that the band is based in Singapore. This is their first single and they are housed with the label/organization HYBRDTHRY (What is with this aversion to vowels these days? I like vowels…they connect things)

Next up is catchy Alt. Pop, quartet from Saint Augustine, Florida. They are called The Somethings, which is that name is going to be a problem. When I was doing research for this show I did a search for “The Somethings” and I found two bands with that name; neither of which was this band. So…not only are they hard to find…they have chosen a band name that has been claimed by two others. A name change is inevitable. Anyway…enough of my rant. These four lads created some really nice clean, modern Alt. Pop. The song I had for airplay was Worth The Wait. It’s their first single and they have an EP in the works. (So I’ve “Liked” them on FaceBook so I can keep track of them) BTW…this song can be downloaded for free.

I followed that up with new music from Red Cabin. Red Cabin is essentially a vehicle for singer/songwriter, Jonathan Foster. This young and talented performer makes his home in Long Island and describes his music style as Pop, Rock and Experimental. I also hear a little Neo-Folk in there on that track Barricade.” That tune is included in Red Cabin’s new EP…WANDER; and that song can no longer be downloaded for free.

My lineage subject was The Big Sun. I have absolutely nothing on this band other than they are from the U.K. and they are on Balloon Twister Records. They have an EP, Sticklebacker, which they released in 2012. I can tell you that they have embraced the “singles” marketing strategy, which I am a big fan. They released three singles in 2013; and two in 2014; the latest of which is Ten Ton Truck.” It is a wonderful strategy because it keeps me talking about them, which is cool with me because I think they are marvelous.

Part two of the lineage feature was made complete by The Big Sun’s tune Heart,” which was released as a single in December of 2013.

My re-issue release of the week was from Dave Matthews Band. The album that has been re-released is a their fabulous, break out album; UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING. I remember when this record was released in 1994. At the time, the band’s sound was unique. With Matthews interesting vocal style blended with hybrid western and African rhythms; all wrapped up with a Pop sensibility. This wonderful collection included What Would You Say,” Satellite,” and the one I played, Ants Marching.”

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from Twin Lakes. Twin Lakes are an Indie Pop quintet out of Newcastle but have moved their base of operations to Sydney, Australia. These boys have been together since the Summer of 2012 with only a couple of singles to their name. Their latest effort, which I sampled for my listeners, was Wolf Hall.” It was released in November of 2014 but I just ran across it and thought it was worth sharing.

Keeping the tunes going here is something new 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 nice single, Keep Me Alive,” which is the latest pre-release single off their new, self-titled album, which comes out February 3rd.

That was followed by the latest material from Soda Ocean. Soda Ocean, which I think is a clever name, is a mixed-gendered, Indie Pop quartet from Odessa in The Ukraine. (This is my first band from The Ukraine on my show!) They have just released the single, Up & Down,” and have made it available for download. Check it out.

Let’s keep things going here with a really nice new tune from The Ephemerals. The Ephemerals describe their sound as House/Electronic/Soul. I put them in the Neo-Soul category, however, where ever you decide to classify them…also list them as Good.” Their new album is NOTHING IS EASY and the song that caught my attention is You Made Us Change.”

Let me slip in one more from Oh Wonder. They are a self-described “Writing Duo.” Their goal is to release one new song every month for the next year. If the next eleven are as good as January’s release…we are all in for a treat. This is called The Rain.”

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 1-6-15

Record/Start – “Rock From Afar” – ROCK FROM AFAR – Single

My Deer – “Story” – STORY – Single

The British Blues – “Girls Like You” – GIRLS LIKE YOU – Single

Dead Lagoon – “I Want You” – I WANT YOU – Single

The Somethings – “Worth The Wait” – WORTH THE WAIT – Single

Red Cabin – “Barricade” – WANDER – Ep

The Big Sun – “Ten Ton Truck” – TEN TON TRUCK – Single

The Big Sun – “Heart” – HEART – Single*

Dave Matthews Band – “Ants Marching” – UNDER THE TABLE AND DREAMING**

Twin Lakes – “Wolf Hall” – WOLF HALL – Single

All We Are – “Keep Me Alive” – ALL WE ARE

Soda Ocean – “Up & Down” – UP & DOWN – Single

Ephemerals – “You Made Us Change” – NOTHING IS EASY

Oh Wonder – “The Rain” – THE RAIN – 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.