New Release Show Playlist 3-31-15

Spritzer – “Melt” – MELT – Single

The Bandicoots – “Mind Your Manors” – THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS

Waters – “What’s Real” – WHAT’S REAL

Built To Spill – “Never Be The Same” – UNTETHERED MOON

Jungle Doctors – “Settle” – SETTLE – Single

Toro Y Moi – “Run Baby Run” – WHAT FOR?

Great Lake Swimmers – “Zero In The City” – A FOREST OF ARMS

Great Lake Swimmers – “I Am Part Of A Large Family” – ONGIARA*

Hall & Oats – “She’s Gone” – ABANDONED LUNCHEONETTE**

Dott – “Car Song” – CAROUSEL by DOTT and NIGHT SCHOOL – Single

Morning Harvey – “Smith Street Swap Meet” – SMITH STREET SWAP MEET – Single

The Derevolutions – “Dangerous Lies” – DANGEROUS LIES – Single

No Joy – “Everything New” – MORE FAITHFUL

Hockey Dad – “Can’t Have Them” – CAN’T HAVE THEM – Single

*Lineage

**Re-Issue Song of the Week

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Music You Might Otherwise Miss 3-24-15

I am just back from another fantastic South By Southwest experience. Despite two days of rain and cool temperatures…it was music nirvana. Quite a few of this show’s artist appeared at this year’s festival so let me tell you about what I uncovered.

I got the show started with CRUISR. I just saw these guys on my last day at SXSW. They are a four-piece, Indie Pop band based out of Philadelphia. They got signed by Vagrant Records, which allowed them to release their debut, three-song EP, ALL OVER, in 2014. They have just released a single, GO FOR IT, about two weeks ago. I happen to like the B-side a little better. It’s called Wild Babe.”

I completed the show’s opening song set with the latest from San Cisco. This mixed-gendered, Indie Pop, quartet from Freemantle (in Australia) was making their second consecutive trip to SXSW to promote their new album, GRACETOWN, which was just released on the 17th of March. The song I had for airplay was Too Much Time Together and it was the one that got my attention when I saw them play in Austin over this past weekend.

Changing musical direction with a self-described Indie-Dance, Electro-Pop band based out of Paris, France; they are Broken Back.  I don’t have a great deal of information on this band. I’ve been to their Facebook Page; their Twitter feed and their SoundCloud site and that’s about the extent of background information I’ve been able to glean. Of course, other than they have just self-released (today) their debut, four-song EP entitled DEAR MISFORTUNE, MOTHER OF JOY. The song I’ve picked to play was Happiest Man On Earth.”

I then spun a tune from Baby Montana. This artist, Baby Montana, is another performer with little or no biographical information. Obviously, I’m finding some really new artists here that are just starting out…and I’m sure they’re doing it all by themselves. Anyway…Baby Montana is a talented electronica styled, singer/songwriter and she is based in New York. This is her one, and only, track…it’s simply called Child.”

Next up is an interesting Alt. Rock duo: Sego, which is Spencer P. and Thomas C. They boys are originally from Mapleton, Utah but now reside in Los Angeles, which, given their music style is a good move for them. I found these guys at SXSW and I was impressed so I thought I’d share them with you. Their latest EP, WICKET YOUTH, came out last Fall and I aired the title track.

I followed that up with new music from Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, also known as The Weepies. This is the second cut I’ve featured from their new album SIRENS. This pair actually had their own separate singer/songwriter careers before they teamed up to become The Weepies. They met at one of Tannen’s shows in Cambridge and became admirers of each other’s music. That led to a partnership, both musically and romantically. I’ve been following and playing them for over ten years. The new album officially drops on April 28th and the tune I sampled was No Trouble.

My lineage subject was Allison Moorer. Did you know she is Shelby Lynne’s little sister and that Allison is married to Steve Earle, who also produced a couple of her albums? Allison is a fine singer/songwriter in her own right. She has released eight studio albums with the latest being DOWN TO BELIEVING. The song I had for this feature is the album’s lead off track…it’s Like It Used To Be.”

Part two of the lineage feature was fulfilled by Allison Moorer’s You’ll Never Know, which was released in 2006 on her GETTING SOMEWHERE album.

My re-issue release of the week was from James. The album that has been re-released is a re-mastered version of their 1993 album LAID. James are a British rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active throughout the 1980s, but most successful during the 1990s. Their hit singles include Born Of Frustration, Sit Down, and the one I played on air; Laid.

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from The Big Sun. I’ve been playing intermittent singles from this talented, young artist over the past two years. She makes delightful music from her bedroom in the U.K. She even sent me a note remarking how amazing it is to have her music made in England, surprisingly appears on a radio station in Boston. Ah…those InterWebs. Anyway…her latest single is Jelly Bang.

Keeping the tunes going here is something new from Telephantom. They are a talented four-piece, unsigned, Indie Pop band out of Houston, Texas. They are pretty new and have released a couple singles, so far, and all of them in 2015. The latest is a track called Good With Words.” It’s a fun little tune.

I followed that song up with the latest from The Yetis. The Yetis are an unsigned, Indie, Surf-Rock quartet out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. I found these guys last year with their single Warm California and they just keep growing on me. The single I had for airplay is titled Mysterion.”

Let’s keep things going here with a really nice new tune from Jacco Gardner. They are four-piece, Neo-Psychedelic band out of Hoorn, in the Netherlands. They have a new album coming out in May, HYPNOPHOBIA, and I spun the album’s lead off single…Find Yourself.

Then it was the latest material from the Art Of Sleeping. Art Of Sleeping is an unsigned, Indie Rock quartet out of Brisbane, Australia. I found them over the weekend and felt compelled to share it with you right away. The song I aired was Voodoo,” and it’s been released as a stand alone single.

Let me slip in one more from StereoKid. They are a Funk, Rock, Pop quartet out of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. They have just released this single “Young Heart.

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

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

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

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

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

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 3-17-15

I was finally able to drive to the station. I dug my car out last week Wednesday. Oh joy! Anyway…it feels good to get back into the groove. I head out to Austin tomorrow for this year’s South By Southwest. So…as you can imagine…a lot of the new music is from artist being featured at the festival.

I started the show with The Sullivans. Now what makes this opening selection different is that it is not a New Release. I found this track, This Is Where We Part,” over the weekend. I had never heard of this band. The Sullivans were from Essex…in the UK. This mixed-gendered, Indie Pop sextet formed in 1985 and released only one album, SOMEWHERE SONGS, in 1986. Well…a German record label, Firestation Records, has decided to launch a re-pressing of the vinyl for this one and only album by The Sullivans. This song has such a “1980’s” feel to it. It sounds like it could have been written by The Smiths.

I followed that up with something from a bad called I Don’t Speak French. I Don’t Speak French, which is a funny name, is a mixed-gendered, five-piece, Indie Rock band out of Sweden. They have just released this single, Dawn Of The New Age.” This song also has been used in a Promotional Video for “Spinnup” and “Soundtrap,” which is a system that allows musicians to collaborate and create music online from disparate locations. I actually watched the video. It’s very slick.

Changing musical direction with a band that reached out to me directly. They are The Empty Pockets. They are a four-piece, mixed-gendered, Americana Roots band out of Chicago, Illinois. The sent me an email with a link to two songs that were available for download before they get released. So…I checked them out and took a fancy to their namesake song. You can get the songs for free too…just log onto their website and provide them with your email address and a zip code and they will send you two, new MP3’s. How cool is that?

Then I had the chance to play a tune from Craig Freeman. Craig Freeman is an unsigned, Neo-Folk, singer/songwriter originally from the UK but now makes his home in Australia. His first break came in 2012 with the release of his debut single, “Hookers And Thieves,” which got him some serious airplay Down Under. Well…he’s back with a new single; it’s called Karma.”

Next up is something new from a band called catl. This Toronto based couple started as a duo; added another player; and then went back to a duo. They are husband and wife team Jamie Fleming and Sarah Kirkpatrick. They’ve been making music since 2010 with three albums under their belt. They are playing at this year’s SXSW, which is how I found them. Their latest effort is THIS SHAKIN’ HOUSE and it’s a ton of fun. I can’t wait to see them LIVE this week in Austin. The song I featured was Gateway Blues.”

Then came new music from Icky Blossoms, which will also be playing in Austin. Icky Blossom’s new album is their sophomore effort; titled MASK and officially drops on May 12th. This band has their base of operations in Omaha, Nebraska. The founder of the group, Derek Pressnail, was the lead guitarist for Tilly and The Wall. (If you’re not familiar with Tilly and the Wall; I’d suggest sampling Black And Blue or Reckless as a place to start. Their unique quality was that they used tap shoes to keep the beat and they had no drummer) Anyway, the song I aired is the lead off track and it’s called In Folds.”

My lineage feature was Big Harp. Big Harp is the married duo of Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney. Before they got together as musical partners, as well as life partners; they spent much of their early music careers working with bands like The Good Life, Bright Eyes, She & Him. They officially formed Big Harp in December 2010 and released their debut album, WHITE HAT, in the Fall of 2011. The song I have for you this morning is It’s A Shame and it’s been released as a stand alone single. I’m hoping this means that there is a third, full-length album on the way. They will be at this year’s SXSW and they are on my schedule and if I get the chance…I will ask them about their upcoming musical plans.

The lineage was made complete by Big Harp’s track You Can’t Save Them All,” which appears on their 2013 album, CHAIN LETTERS.

My re-issue release of the week was from The Cars. The album that has been re-released is a compilation of their Hits, which there were many. Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton, David Robinson and Benjamin Orr were the original line up. This band formed back in the Seventies as part of the New Wave, which I was a big fan. They were one of the few bands I purchased multiple albums. So…it was difficult to pick just one song to play for you this morning but I ended up going with a track that was more personal to me. The song I picked was Since You’re Gone,” which originally appeared on the SHAKE IT UP release.

Completing that two-song set was a tune from Moon City Boys. Moon City Boys is a band I found band because I had updated my phone’s SXSW app back in January, which lists some of the bands appearing at this year’s festival. So…Moon City Boys are a full female foursome playing some edgy Alt. Pop from Stockholm, Sweden. They have just released a single, Let My Love Dance. They are on my list to see while I’m in Austin.

Next up is something new from the band called The Pylons. They are an Indie Alt. Pop quintet out of Lincolnshire in the UK. They released their debut, self-titled EP about a year ago to some good reviews in their local press. They are trying to ratchet up the attention a little more with the release of their follow up EP, THE MIDLANDS. It hasn’t officially dropped yet but they’ve made it available for free. I really like this tune. It’s up-tempo, clever and it has horns! It’s called May.”

Then came a tune from Trambeat. Trambeat is thirteen person, soul and R&B collective based in South London and another band I found via the Firestation Record label. They have just released their debut album, TALES FROM THE COMPREHENSIVE. It is a wonderful effort and reminiscent of the Motown sound. I had a difficult time just picking one song to play for air but I ended up going with Too Good For You.” I would think these guys would be great to see Live.

Let’s keep it moving here with a tune from Young Buffalo. I first featured this band back in 2011. Young Buffalo is three young lads from Mississippi and even back then they were getting a lot of attention. Their five-song EP, YOUNG VON PRETTYLIPS, was amazing. I saw that they were on the schedule for this year’s SXSW and it prompted me to dig into what they have been up to and I discovered they have just released their debut, full length album, HOUSE, earlier this month. The song sampled is the new album’s lead off track. It’s Man In Your Dreams.” I can’t wait to see them play live at SXSW.

Let me slip in one more from Creature Kind. They are an unsigned, Indie Alt. Pop quartet based in The Gold Coast area of Australia. They’ve released this band new single, I Heard.”

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

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

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

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

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

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 3-10-15

This is part two of the two-fer I had to do because of the Blizzard. My God there’s a ton of snow in Boston. People are jumping off roofs and out of third floor windows into piles of drifted snow. That’s just crazy…never mind they’re doing it in their underwear…burrrrrrr! So…What do I have for you this week?

I started the program with Nic Hessler. Nic Hessler is an Alt. Pop singer/songwriter out of Oxnard, California. While doing research on Hessler this morning; I discovered he was listed in the March 2015 edition of SPIN magazine as one of Five Artists to Watch.” BTW…another band they listed was Makthaverskan (a Swedish Indie Pop band that I have been playing for two years. I love it when a Main Stream magazine finally gets around to recognizing what we play here is ahead of its time) (Side note: Makthaverskan is playing at this year’s SXSW, which I am going to next week. And in honor of that happenstance I will be doing a SXSW focused show next Tuesday) Anyway…Nic Hessler will be releasing his debut, full length album, SOFT CONNECTIONS, on March 17th, which is just a week away. I played the lead off single…it’s Hearts, Repeating.”

I finished that set with the latest from Boxed In. Boxed In is another project for the band’s front man, Oli Bayston. Oli has teamed up with Liam Hutton, Mark Nicholls and Jack Benfield. This new London based quartet has also joined forces with Moshi Moshi, which is a band management/label group that I follow on SoundCloud and Boxed In also has a deal with Nettwerk Records for distribution here in the United States. These boys are making their US concert debut at this year’s SXSW. Their brand new EP is self-titled and the track I aired was No Joke.”

Changing musical direction with a just discovered talent by the name of Joni Fatora. I found this wonderful singer/songwriter over this past weekend and when I played it for the first time I became smitten. Ms. Fatora combines light, airy vocals with a jazz influenced guitar and it’s all done with a Pop sensibility. I liked it so much that I “tweeted” about it immediately, which is why you should follow me on Twitter. Ms. Fatore has her base of operations in Brooklyn. She released her debut EP, THE BLUE ROAD, about two years ago. Well…she is back with a dynamite new single, Blueless Bird,” which you will definitely hear again…if not on my show…I am sure it will be on Main Stream outlets in a year.

I followed that with a tune from Andrew Combs. Andrew Combs is a singer/songwriter out of Dallas, TX. He describes his music as “Country Soul,” which upon listening his latest single, Foolin’,” I totally get it. His latest effort is ALL THESE DREAMS and it officially dropped last week.

Next up is something new from a band called Summer Cannibals. They are mixed-gendered, Indie, four-piece, Alt. Rock band out of Portland, Oregon. I’m assuming that the band took the name Summer Cannibals from a Patti Smith song, of the same name, she co-wrote with Fred “Sonic” Smith back in 1996 for her album GONE AGAIN. Maybe I’ll get the chance to ask the band…because they are playing at this year’s SXSW and I have them on my schedule. The new album, just released a week ago, is called SHOW US YOUR MIND and I played the title track.

Then it was new music from Of Montreal. This successful Indie Rock collective from Athens, Georgia is back with their 13th studio album, AUREATE GLOOM. I sampled, for the airwaves, the album’s lead off track…Bassem Sabry.

My lineage subject was Seoul. Seoul is band I caught purely by happenstance at last year’s SXSW. The line to get in to a free show featuring Kurt Vile was outrageously long; so my friend, Monica, and I took a pedicab back to Sixth Street and we opted to go into Maggie Mae’s, which was showcasing Pop Montreal. So obviously, Seoul is from Montreal. Seoul is an ambient pop chill band and they are just getting started. I’ve been in touch with the boys and they emailed me their brand new single, The Line,” which is what I have for you this morning. They will be playing again at this year’s SXSW and I am looking forward to connecting with them again.

Part two of the lineage was handled by last year’s single, White Morning.” BTW…Seoul has their debut, full-length album coming out later this year and it will feature both of those tracks I mentioned.

My re-issue release of the week was from The Polecats. The album that has been re-released is a compilation of the Hits. The Polecats are a modern take on Rockabilly and they are from London. The song I had selected wasMake A Circuit With Me,” which originally appeared on the 1981 album POLECATS ARE GO.

I followed that with a tune from Winter. Winter is one of the vehicles used by Samira Winter. Samira is a Brazilian-American that adores breezy, light and dreamy tunes. I found her by poking around SoundCloud. (I also found out Samira went to school at Emerson, which is here in Boston) One of her other incarnations is Pipoca, which I’ve several times on this show and if I have time I will slip in a ditty from here at the end of this hour. This incarnation of Samira Winter is a tad more up-tempo, Pop Electronica and she has a full band working with her. The new album is SUPREME BLUE DREAM and I sampled the pre-release single, Someone Like You.”

Next up is something new from the band Tree Of Wolves. This is another one of those bands that have reached out to me directly through my website; which is friggin’ awesome. 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 last year with their track “Half Light.” Since that discovery they have released two more singles with the latest being Shapes,” which will be included on their yet to be released EP and has a tentative street date of April 13th.

I followed that with a tune from The Colourist. The Colourist is a mixed-gendered, electronic pop quartet out of Orange County, California. Two of the band members were in the Southern California Indie Rock band; Paper Thin Walls. They had a wildly successful 2014 with a great tour and getting their song, Little Games,” featured in a commercial. They are back with a new single and it’s called When I’m Away.”

Let’s keep it moving here with a tune from Allyson Ezell. She’s a Pop singer/songwriter based in Paris. She actually refers to her music as “Almost Pop,” which I really like that descriptive. I can feel the mainstream Pop feel to this song, Pick It Up.” It starts out like a Top 40 Pop tune but about 45 seconds into the song it shifts cleverly into a new direction. This track is a deeper cut from her upcoming EP, THE EASE OF REMEMBERING SPARKS, VOL. 1, which comes out March 23rd.

Let me slip in one more from Lilly Hiatt. She is John Hiatt’s little girl and she is quite the singer/songwriter in her own right. She has just released a new album, ROYAL BLUE, last week. The song I have for you is Get This Right.” Lilly will also be playing at this year’s SXSW and she’s on my schedule.

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

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

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

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

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

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 3-3-15

Well the snow just keeps on coming. I actually didn’t do a show this day. I did a two-fer on the following Tuesday. However, I still segregated the New Release shows. Here’s the first hour.

I got the first hour kicked off with Echo Lake. Echo Lake is a mixed-gendered, five-piece, electronic Alt. Pop band currently based in London. They formed in 2010 and released their debut EP, YOUNG SILENCE, a year later. That effort garnered enough attention to allow them to release their label debut, full-length album WILD PEACE, in 2012. That disc reached the US College Radio Charts Top 10, peaking at #7 in the CMJ Top 200. Well…this talented group is back with a new EP entitled ERA and it was released on March 2nd. The track I shared with my audience was Nothing Lasts.”

I closed that song-set with the latest from Color Collage. Color Collage is really just the stage name for singer/songwriter Shane Conerty. He also had a previous band name of Leann Grimes, which I think is a funny name. He’s released a couple singles under the Leann Grimes name but now is shifting gears with Color Collage to more of an Electronic Indie Pop sound, and I spun his brand new single, 2048.”

Changing musical direction with an artist Meg Mac. Meg Mac is an extremely talented singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and has been receiving a great deal of attention in her homeland. So much so that it got the attention of a new record label, 300 Entertainment, here in the United States…New York to be more precise. In fact, on Meg’s Facebook page she just posted (on February 24th) a photograph of her signing the record deal. 300 Entertainment flew her here for the signing. I also just read that she will be playing at this year’s SXSW, which I am going to and I am very excited to go see her play there. Her latest single is Roll Up Your Sleeves and that’s what I played.

Then came a tune from Robert Earl Keen. Robert Earl Keen is back with a collection of tracks with a Bluegrass slant. The album is titled HAPPY PRISONER: THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS. These songs are covers that have been reimagined in a Bluegrass kind of sense. He also gets a little vocal help on some of the tracks…like Natalie Maines, Peter Rowan and Lyle Lovett, which is the track I sampled for airplay, Lovett’s originally penned tune, T For Texas.”

Next up is something new from a band called Big Smoky. They are Indie, four-piece, Alt. Rock band out of Sydney, Australia. They are getting ready to release their debut, full-length album, ALL THE WAY TO SCONE. They describe this collection as “a little slice of Suburban 90’s Australia. It’s taken over five years for these lads to put together this collection of songs hence the release of their break out single, Yukio,” which came out in February of 2010. I’m looking forward to listening to the rest of the album. I spun the title track. (You can download the track from that link too)

I then played new music from Emperors. Emperors are a Rock trio from Perth, Australia. Their new album, CHUPACABRA, it’s the virtual stores on March 6th. I played Green Head.”

My lineage subject was Kate Pierson. If you are not already familiar with Kate Pierson, she is one of the founding members and driving force behind The B-52’s. This talented and venerable artist (who has been with the B-52’s almost 40 years now) has just released a wonderful new album, GUITARS & MICROPHONES. Now normally I would feature someone so recognizable as Ms. Pierson…this being Music You Might Otherwise Miss. However, The B-52’s were one of my first finds as a budding, teenage, tastemaker. I turned on so many people to that iconic band that I still feel attached. And…I have to say…Kate still has it. The album is wonderful. The song I picked for this feature was the lead off track, it’s Throw Done The Roses.”

Finishing the lineage special was the tune Candy,” which appeared on the Iggy Pop album BRICK BY BRICK and it features Kate Pierson helping out on vocals. That single came out in 1990.

My re-issue release of the week was from A-Ha. The album that has been re-released is compilation entitled HEADLINES AND DEADLINES: THE HITS OF A-HA. This album was originally compiled in 1998…so technically this is a re-issue of a re-issue. This collection has “Hits” from A-Ha like The Sun Always Shines On T.V.,” Hunting High And Low,” and, of course, Take On Me,” which is what I played on air.

Following A-Ha was a tune from Skipping Girl Vinegar. Skipping Girl Vinegar are an old school; alt-acoustic four-piece band, obsessed with melody and the pop-hook. They took their name from a famous neon sign in Melbourne, Australia. I played the designated single, Dance Again,” and it is from their forthcoming album THE GREAT WAVE. The album is due to drop on April 3rd.

Next up is something new, and unusual from a band called Copacabana Club. It’s only unusual pertaining to me because they have just released this single,Human with the B-side Up,” and I liked both track so much I couldn’t pick just one to play for you; so I decided to play both. Copacabana Club is an outstanding, unsigned, mixed-gendered, Electronica Alt. Pop quintet out of Brazil. I have to say these guys are amazing. While doing research on the band I found some of their back catalog from 2012. The lead off track of their album, TROPICAL SPLASH, had me moving in my chair. I’ll see if I can get my hands on it for next week’s show. (It’s Mrs. Melody.”)

Next came a tune from Major Lazer & DJ Snake. Major Lazer is part of the band, Diplo. He’s joined forces with several artists including Gwen Stefani, Ellie Goulding and on the track I played, Lean On,” he gets help from the Danish artist MØ.

Let me slip in one more from Hayden. This single named artist is really Jeremy “Hayden” Kriksciun. He’s a singer/songwriter from the state of Washington. That’s about all I have on him and I’m not even sure that is accurate. I do know this artist has a penchant for Eighties music. In fact, I have a quote from his SoundCloud page that states “The 80’s were garbage, lets bring the 80’s back..better.” I find that perspective curious, as how would a Twenty-year-old really know about the Eighties. I lived through them and I didn’t find it to be garbage. As with any era…you have to know where to look. There are so many pearls to be discovered. Anyway…the track was Distance, Us & Space.”

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 3-24-15

CRUISR – “Wild Babe” – GO FOR IT – Single (B-side)

San Cisco – “Too Much Time Together” – GRACETOWN

Broken Back – “Happiest Man On The Earth” – DEAR MISFORTUNE, MOTHER OF JOY – Ep

Baby Montana – “Child” – CHILD – Single

Sego – “Wicket Youth” – WICKET YOUTH – Ep

The Weepies – “No Trouble” – SIRENS

Allison Moorer – “Like It Used To Be” – DOWN TO BELIEVING

Allison Moorer – “You’ll Never Know” – GETTING SOMEWHERE*

James – “Laid” – LAID**

The Big Sun – “Jelly Bang” – JELLY BANG – Single

Telephantom – “Good With Words” – DISCONNECT

The Yetis – “Mysterion” – MYSTERION – Single

Jacco Gardner – “Find Yourself” – HYPNOPHOBIA

Art of Sleeping – “Voodoo” – VOODOO – Single

StereoKid – “Young Heart” – YOUNG HEART – Ep

*Lineage

**Re-Issue Song of the Week

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Music You Might Otherwise Miss 2-24-15

I’ve trying to get caught up. It’s been awful here in the Boston area with all the snow. People are getting frustrated from being snowbound. I try to stay optimistic and keep searching for new and fun music. Let me tell you about this week’s finds.

I began the show started with Star Tropics. Star Tropics are an unsigned, Indie Pop, mixed-gendered quartet out of Chicago, Illinois. (You know…I just don’t get enough material from Chicago anymore. I wonder why that is?) Anyway this foursome have been together for a couple of years and they have done some nice “boy/girl dream pop.” They’ve up-tempo-ed things a little bit with this new release. It’s a 7” single; SUMMER RAIN. The A-side, Summer Rain is also very nice but I got a tad more attached to the B-side. It’s called Swept Away.” I’ll have to do a Double Down with them for next week’s show.

I followed that with a tune from Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Wow! What a neat song this is. The tune I played was Billions Of Eyes and it’s on her sophomore release entitled AFTER, which has a street date of March 3rd. Lady Lamb is really just the stage name of musician Aly Spaltro. I am really impressed with this young musician.

Changing musical direction with a band called Run Rabbit Run. They are a newly signed, mixed-gendered, Neo-Folk quintet based in Melbourne, Australia. They only have two singles to their name and they are already drawing comparisons to Mumford & Sons and Boy And Bear. Their latest single is called Wasted In The Sun and it’s already getting airplay in their homeland and now here in the United States. They are on the A & R Records in Australia. No word yet as to a release date or distribution here in the States. Let’s just say that I was their U.S. radio debut.

Then came a tune from Chappo. Chappo are four guys out of Brooklyn making some nicely layered “Psych-Rock” music. They released their debut album in 2012 and have been releasing a series of EPs and Singles. They are readying to release their next album, FUTURE FORMER SELF, next month. The tune I featured is the album’s lead off single, Hang On.”

Next up is something new from a band called Van de Rocker. Her full name is Adrienne Van De Rocker and she fronts the band. She does it all too. She sings; she writes; and she plays. She’s a triple threat. The band has been releasing a series, eight so far, since June of last year. They are readying to release their debut, full-length album, JUPITER’S KISS, later this year. The single I had for airplay was Kissing Booth.” New music from Van De Rocker here on MYMOM.

Then I got to play some new music from Surfer Blood. If you are not familiar with Surfer Blood, they are a four-piece, Alt Rock band out of West Palm Beach, Florida. Well…I used to think they were Alt. Rock band; however, I am noticing a push towards a Pop sensibility. On that track Dorian and on their previous release, “Gravity,” their music has taken more of a mainstream tack. Their latest addition to their discography, 1000 PALMS, will be officially released on May 12th.

My lineage feature was Mark Ronson. Mark Ronson is a British music producer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ and a big-time collaborator. He’s worked with some great talent like Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Nikka Costa. While his debut album, HERE COMEs THE FUZZ, didn’t do commercially well; it got him noticed. Since that debut he’s released three more albums with the latest being UPTOWN SPECIAL, which just came out. The song I had for the lineage was Daffodils and it features Kevin Parker on vocals.

Part two of the lineage was fulfilled by “Valerie,” which was released back in 2007 on the album VERSION, which was his break out disc and features Amy Winehouse on vocals.

My re-issue release of the week was from Ben Folds Five. The album that has been re-released is their breakout album, FOREVER & EVER AMEN. It came out in 1997 and the song “Brick” was huge for them and, that tune, charted all the way up to 19 on the U.S. charts. For me, beyond the track Brick,” there was not a lot going on there. I happen to be more impressed with their debut, self-titled album. Check out their song Philosophy.” It’s fantastic. Anyway…for this feature; I went with the “hit.”

I then played a tune from Imaginary Future. Imaginary Future is essentially Jesse Epstein and his partner in life and in music, Kina Grannis. Usually, I like to research, read and synthesize my notes for this show; however, in this case, I thought the “Bio Section” of Imaginary Future’s website put it perfectly.

“Imaginary Future is singer-songwriter Jesse Epstein.  Here’s what happened. In August of 2013, Jesse married his high school sweetheart of eleven years, fellow musician Kina Grannis. Up until this point, he had written a bunch of sad, slow songs. But something changed. The wedding was the culmination of so many years, an exhilarating marker of happiness and progress.  In the months surrounding the occasion, Jesse reflected on how far he and Kina had come.  She had shaped him. She had changed him. She had pushed him to become a better person every day. He owed everything to her and he needed to express that.”

I just thought that was worth sharing. The track I aired was Forever On Your Side,” and it’s been released as a stand-alone single.

Next up is something new from Kathryn Calder. She’s an Indie Rocker originally from Victoria, Canada. It has been almost four years since Miss Calder’s last release. The new effort, entitled FILE UNDER: MUSIC, has a street date of April 14th. She has just released this dynamite single, Take A Little Time.” I am looking forward to checking out the rest of the collection.

Let me slip in one more from Movie. I first featured these guys in January with the track, “In Vain.” But just as a recap…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. This trio has released a series of singles over the last twelve months with the latest being this one…Misty Windowpane.”

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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New Release Show Playlist

The Sullivans – “This Is Where We Part” – SOMEWHERE SONGS

I Don’t Speak French – “Dawn Of The New Age” – DAWN OF THE NEW AGE – Single

The Empty Pockets – “Empty Pockets (The Ten Cent Tour)” – EMPTY POCKETS (THE TEN CENT TOUR)

Craig Freeman – “Karma” – KARMA – Single

catl – “Gateway Blues” – THIS SHAKIN’ HOUSE

Icky Blossoms – “In Folds” – MASK

Big Harp – “It’s A Shame” – IT’S A SHAME – Single

Big Harp – “You Can’t Save ‘Em All” – CHAIN LETTERS*

The Cars – “Since You’re Gone” – SHAKE IT UP**

Moon City Boys – “Let My Love Dance” – LET MY LOVE DANCE – Single

The Pylons – “May” – THE MIDLANDS – Ep

Trambeat – “Too Good For You” – TALES FROM THE COMPREHENSIVE

Young Buffalo – “Man In Your Dreams” – House

*Lineage

**Re-Issue Song of the Week

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