Blog Notes 9-22-15

Yes…I am still in the Jury Pool Room. I am making some serious progress though with my Blog with no distractions. It’s September so things are heating up with lots of new music. Not all of it is good. More doesn’t always mean better. That’s why I do what I do.

I kicked off the show with a band called Bronze Radio Return, which is a great name for a band. Anyway…Bronze Radio Return is six gents from Hartford, Connecticut that craft some nice Indie Roots Rock. This sextet has been together now almost eight years with three full-length albums and now two EP’s to their name. The latest EP is titled LIGHT ME UP but it is not officially released yet. This unsigned New England band just scored a distribution deal with DigSin, which will give them a little more marketing exposure. The song I featured is the title track to the EP and the pre-release single.

I followed that with new stuff from Gypsy & The Cat. Not too many people in the States know a great deal about this duo from Melbourne, Australia. I found them back in 2010; with another track inserted into light rotation in 2011. They popped back onto my radar earlier this year with the single, Lost Control,” and then again in May with the release of Can’t Stop Me Now.” I said at the time that I felt another album must be in the works and lo and behold there is. The new album is HEARTS A GUN but it’s not out in the US yet. I sampled the title track for airplay.

Changing musical direction with an unsigned band called Moses Gunn Collective. They are a four-piece, Neo-Psych, Rock band with a tad of Soul thrown in. The boys are from Brisbane, Australia and they have just released their debut, full-length album and it’s titled MERCY MOUNTAIN. The track I’ve selected to share was Shalala.”

Then came the latest material from Martin Courtney. Martin Courtney is the frontman for the band Real Estate. This is his first stab at a solo effort, however, I can say it is not a huge departure if style, which isn’t a bad thing. If you like Real Estate…you will like this album. Oh…the new album, out October 30th, is called MANY MOONS and I played Vestiges.”

Next up is a Lo-fi, Indie, Garage Pop quartet out of Liverpool, England. They call themselves the Hootan Tennis Club. I don’t have a great deal of information on these four boys other than that they’re from Liverpool and have three songs to their names. But on the strength of those three songs they worked a deal with Heavenly Recordings; also in the U.K. The first tune from Hootan Tennis Club to be promoted by Heavenly Recordings is titled Jasper.”

I closed off that two-song set with the latest material from Youthless. Youthless is a duo, Sebastiano Ferranti and Alex Klimovitsky; a New Yorker and a Londoner that are currently based in Lisbon. (I know…I know…that is confusing) The pair is putting the finishing touches on their new, upcoming, full-length album, THIS GLORIOUS AGE, which is due out later this year. In the meantime, this twosome has released this single, Golden Spoon to whet your appetite. Note: It gets a little rough towards the end of the song.

My lineage subject was Jill Andrews. I first found the solo artist Jill Andrews in 2011, however, Ms. Andrews has been in the music industry for a while. My original exposure into Jill’s work back in 2007 when she and Sam Quinn were the duo behind the band Everybodyfields, which also featured a young Megan McCormick, on the Lap Steel Guitar and background vocals. (She’s a terrifically talented artist) So…Jill is back with a brand new release and it’s called THE WAR INSIDE. The new album hits the streets on the 25th of September. The song I picked, Get Up, Get On“, is the disc’s lead off track.

I finished up the lineage with Jill Andrews from her album THE MIRROR with Blue Sky.” That record originally came out in 2011.

My re-issue release of the week was from New Order. The album that has been re-issued is SINGLES. So this is kind of like a re-issue of a compilation of re-issues. (Hey…however I can make it work I say!) So the “Best Of” compilation is thirty-two songs long. It’s has extended mixes, remixes and some classics like Regret,” Perfect Kiss and the one I selected, Bizarre Love Triangle,” which originally came out in 1986 on the BROTHERHOOD L.P.

The re-issue was followed up by a new song from Duran Duran. (I have to say that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play New Order b/w Duran Duran. It had such an Eighties vibe to it). Anyway…Duran Duran is back with a new album…PAPER GODS. I have to give these guys credit. They don’t try to recreate the past on this new album; however, they are working their skills into a modern market. On that song, Pressure Off,” they receive help from Janelle Monaé and Nile Rodgers. It’s not my cup of tea, however, I thought it was a decent new release and worth sharing.

Keeping the tunes going here is something new from Circa Waves. Circa Waves is an Alt. Pop band out of Liverpool, England and I’ve featured them before on the New Release Show back in 2014 with their debut releaseStuck In My Teeth.” The boys self-released their debut EP, T-SHIRT WEATHER, earlier this year but they got a distribution deal with Virgin EMI records and they are available here in the States. Well…Virgin EMI are back at it again with the release of Circa Waves debut, full-length album; YOUNG CHASERS. The new LP recycles several of their older tracks, including “Stuck In My Teeth” and they crafted some new ones for the album, which turns it into a solid release. The song I have for you was released earlier and it’s T-Shirt Weather.”

Next came the new single from The Radio Dept. They are a Dream/Indie Pop quartet out of Lund, Sweden. They’ve been together since 1995 after two high school friends, Johan Duncanson and Elin Almered, began playing together. Almered left the band in 1996 and put the band on hold. Duncanson revived Radio Dept. in 1998 when he met up with Martin Larsson and they’ve gone on steady ever since. Under their leadership the group has released two studio albums; numerous EPs and several singles with the latest being This Repeated Sodomy.”

Let me slip in one more from Modern Space. They are a five-piece, Indie, Alt. Rock band out of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada and they are also signed to Warner Canada. Unfortunately their music isn’t available yet here in the U.S., which I imagine can’t be long in coming. Their record label, debut, full-length album is titled BEFORE SUNRISE and I spun the selected single…Pen To Paper.

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.

Please…I would love any feedback or comments about how to improve your experience.  Thanks

Blog Notes for 9-17-15

Still sitting in the jury pool room. One upside: I got Wi-Fi. Nice! I’m not feeling particularly articulate today so I’m just going to jump right in to this week’s discoveries.

I began the show with Seapony. They are a wonderful indie-Pop trio that is currently based in Seattle, Washington. The band members are songwriter Danny Rowland, singer Jen Weidl, and bass player Ian Brewer. Danny and Ian grew up and played music together in Oklahoma. Danny moved with Ian to Washington to work on their craft. And as fate would have it; Danny suffered from bad travel karma, missed a flight out of Ohio, lived there for four years; but met Jen and fell in love. The couple decided to move West, hook up with Ian and now we have Seapony. I first found them in 2011 with their debut release GO WITH ME. They’ve been quiet over the past few years so I was quite excited to see that they have just released a new album, which is called A VISION. The tune I picked was Let Go.”

I completed that two-song set of the opening hour with a new stuff from Terrible Truths. They are a mix-gendered trio from Melbourne & Brisbane, Australia but now make Adelaide their home. I found them because their new record label, Mexican Summer (who also handles Best Coast), sent me an email about their up and coming artists. That was back in 2012 and since that time Terrible Truths has switched labels. They are now on Bedroom Suck Records and they are trying to get started again with their self-titled, debut album. The album includes their older material, which I’ve played here before; along with new songs…like the one I aired…See Straight.”

Changing musical direction with a with a band making their second appearance here on the New Release Show. They are Rehearsed Living. I found them because they now follow me on SoundCloud. (By now you’re probably tired of hearing that…but I have to tell you…it still amazes the crap out of me that a band from Sheffield, England finds a radio programmer and on-air host in Boston) Anyway…this trio has just released this single, Memorised,” and they’ve made it available for a free download.

I paired that slower selection with something new from TIO. TIO is a band from Toronto, Canada. They contacted me directly through my website and sent me a link to their new song, Through The Heavy Clouds. I don’t have a great deal of information on the band themselves other than that song can be had for free and that they are getting ready to release their debut EP, which I believe is set to come out in October.

Next up is a wonderful six-piece Blues/R&B band called Lara & The Bluz Dawgs. Lara Germony and her husband, Greg, front the band, which is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. They have just released their second album, which is titled HOWLIN’. I had a couple of choices off the disc to play for you and I ended up with track number six…Don’t Mess With My Baby.”

Then I aired the latest material from Ben Folds. Ben Folds is back with an interesting new album called…SO THERE. The album is eight chamber rock songs with his Music plus his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. The song I picked to play for air was Capable Of Anything.”

My lineage subject was Patty Griffin. Patty Griffin is a singer/songwriter and musician originally from Old Towne, Maine. She released her first album in 1996 and has been selectively recording and touring ever since. She has worked with Buddy Miller, the Dixie Chicks and Robert Plant. I am happy to announce that Ms. Griffin is getting to release a new album, SERVANT OF LOVE, on September 25th. It has a good bit of the old Patty Griffin in this collection plus a couple tunes with a little twang to it. The song I picked was There Isn’t One Way.”

Part two of the lineage was fulfilled with Patty Griffins’ Mad Mission,” which appeared on her debut album LIVING WITH GHOSTS and was released in 1996.

My re-issue release of the week was from The Allman Brothers. The album that has been re-released is really a bulk album compilation called FIVE CLASSIC ALBUMS. This is part of Universal Music’s Classic Albums series, this box set from blues-rock legends the Allman Brothers Band features five complete studio albums, including Allman Brothers Band (1969), Idlewild South (1970), At Fillmore East (1971), Brothers & Sisters (1971), plus Gregg Allman’s debut solo outing Laid Back (1973). Obviously, I had a HUGE selection of songs from which to pick so it was a tough decision. I ended up with Wasted Words,” which originally appeared on the BROTHERS AND SISTERS release.

Next up was a clever, new piece from Giorgio Tuma. You know sometimes when you’re not looking for something…you find it. I was bouncing around several music sites this weekend and I follow a stream of consciousness and it led me to this Italian songwriter and musician. I was looking for some background on Mr. Tuma and I found an article from the UK’s THE GUARDIAN from 2011, which I think is amazing that this periodical had noticed this artist four years ago. Anyway…I lifted this quote from the article. “Giorgio Tuma, an Italian boy whose first love was the Clash, admits he had his head turned by Stereolab as a teen, after which he worked backwards: to Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto.” After reading this and then listening again to this track, My Lively Youth,” I totally get that reference. Oh…BTW…Giorgio was helped out by Malik Moore on that track. Tuma is putting the finishing touches on a new album, which will come out in October. However, the new disc will not include this track, which I think is a mistake.

Keeping the tunes going here with really new stuff from a band called Bears With Guns, which I think is a fabulous name for a rock band. They are a five-piece, Alt. Rock band currently based in Sydney, Australia. They have just released this single, The Deep End.” The band had the track produced by Al Clay. Clay has worked with Blur, Pink and The Pixies. They are all currently in studio working on more songs to put together their debut album to be released before the end of the year.

Following that tune was the latest from Hunck. They are an unsigned, five-piece, Indie band based in North London. These young lads are just starting out and getting a fix on their sound. I think they found it on their latest single, I’ll Wait,” which has a street date of October 16th.

Next up is the frenetic, Post Punk Pop sound of Knife Pleats. They are a four-piece, mixed gendered rockers out of Vancouver, British Columbia. They are getting ready to release their debut, full-length album, HAT BARK BEACH, on September 29th. I was able to get my hands on two tracks from the upcoming CD. One was Terrible (that’s the name of the track) and the other was One Step Too Far.” I really liked both but I went with the latter. I really want to check out the rest of the collection.

Let me slip in one more from Sweet Spirit. They are a mixed-gendered, nine member strong collective from Austin, Texas. In late 2014 the band signed up with Nine Mile Records and released their self-titled, debut EP. This prolific bunch has put the finishing touches on their debut, full-length album, COKOMO, which is due out October 16th. The song I have to share is the album’s lead off single…Baby When I Close My Eyes.

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.

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Blog Notes for 9-8-15

I’ve been a tad behind on my Blog but I got called for jury duty so I am hoping that I can use this time to get caught up on my writing. Let’s my tell you about this week’s findings.

I got the show started with a tune from Welsh collective…Joanna Gruesome. This six-piece is from Cardiff, Wales and they often get described at a “Noise Pop” band. They were originally a five-piece fronted by Alanna McArdle. Ms. McArdle reported via FaceBook that she was leaving the band for personal reasons. Also…earlier this year they released their sophomore effort, PEANUT BUTTER. The band picked up two new singers and went out on tour to support the new disc. What I picked to kick off the music this show was the album’s second single off the new disc. It’s called I Don’t Want To Relax.” )BTW…I cut the first ten seconds off the song for air.  I felt it didn’t add anything to the song.)

I paired the previous song with a brand new tune from Kathryn Calder. She’s an Indie Rocker originally from Victoria, Canada and also part of the Canadian supergroup…The New Pornographers. That collective includes artists like Neko Case and AC Newman. It had been four years since Kathryn released any new music but in 2015 she released an album (self-titled) and now she has just released this single…New Millennium.

Changing musical direction with a singer/songwriter/band I just ran across this weekend (9-6-15). Their name is Youngsmith, which is fronted by Dan Smith and they are based in Brisbane, Australia. I found them through A&R records’ SoundCloud page. Smith’s writing reflects his appreciation to Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam with a little Coldplay thrown in. Their new single, Wither,” comes out on the 18th of September.

Then came the latest material from Fictonian. I believe Fictonian is really just a stage name for this singer/songwriter, however, I wasn’t able to procure his actual name. (What is with all these enigmatic artists these days?) Anyway…I first found him in January 2015 with the lovely tune Double Negative.” Then in May, Fictonian released another single, Make It Be Ours.” He’s finally put together a full-length album, DESIRE LINES, which comes out November 13th. The song I spun, Little Blue Book,” was the latest single from the upcoming album. All three songs are housed on the new disc.

Next up is a wonderful band that got to me via Blind Pig Records. They are Andy T – Nick Nixon Band. They just released their third album (their first for Blind Pig) and I was totally blown away with how good this is. They make The Blues very accessible and there is something for everyone. There’s some traditional Blues; Blues mixed with Cajun; and Blues mixed with R&B. The album is titled NUMBERS MAN and the song I picked (and I had a tough time picking just one) was track number three…Deep Blue Sea.”

I followed that up with the latest material from Destroyer. Destroyer is actually Daniel Bejar and he is from Vancouver, British Columbia. He also has been loosely affiliated with the New Pornographers. (That’s the second New Pornographers reference in today’s show) I know the name Destroyer connotes something harder but you could tell from this song, Times Square,” the musical style doesn’t match the name. The new album, POISON SEASON, just came out last week and it is a terrific effort. It is his ninth recording with Merge Records and his tenth album overall. (And that doesn’t include any time with the New Pornographers)

My lineage feature was Alex Winston. Miss Winston is a classically trained opera singer with a gifted musical mind. She taught herself how to play the piano and the guitar. And naturally she began to write her own music. I found her in 2011 when she signed with Island Records and released the EP…SISTER WIFE. Flash-forward to today with the release of her three song EP…THE DAY I DIED. The song I picked for this feature was Dead End.”

Part two of the lineage was satisfied by the tune Choice Notes,” which appears on Ms. Winston’s 2011 EP…SISTER WIFE.

My re-issue release of the week was from The Bangles. The album that has been re-released is their GREATEST HITS. (At least one of them…there are a couple). They hit the scene big time in 1984 with the release of their debut album, ALL OVER THE PLACE. (On a side note: back in 1984 I got to see the Bangle live back before they broke into mainstream radio and MTV. They were opening for a band called The Motels. Do you remember them?). The follow up album, DIFFERENT LIGHT, also did well commercially. On that album most of the “hits” were covers. Prince’s Manic Monday;” Big Star’s September Gurls;” and Jules Shear’s If She Knew What She Wants.” Even the quirky “Walk Like An Egyptian,” was written by Liam Sternberg back in the early Eighties. And speaking of Walk Like An Egyptian,” that’s what I had for air.

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from Yung. The band, Yung, is named after its frontman Yung Shord. The band is an Indie, Alt. Rock quartet out of Aarhus, Denmark. They are getting ready to release their second EP in 2015. The new disc is THESE THOUGHTS ARE LIKE MANADATORY CHORES. The EP has a street date of September 18th. The lead off single, Blue Uniforms,” is an epic indie rocker clocking in at over six minutes; however, I was able to grab an unreleased cut. This track was called God.”

Keeping the tunes going here with a neat tune from Max Frost. He’s a Synth, Alt. Rocker out of Austin, Texas. I have a brand new single from him, which is called Withdrawal,” and what I glean off his Facebook page is that the new album, out on Atlantic Records, will be called INTOXICATION and it is set for release on September 25th.

Then I was able to find and play the latest from Superhumanoids. Superhumanoids are a Los Angeles based mixed-gendered, foursome that makes modern, intelligent Alt. Pop. As they themselves say, “we make dreamy pop that shouts summery ’60s harmonies, garage rock’s raw tonality, slick new-wave electronics, and the adventurous dissonance of ’90s indie rock.” Well…that about covers it all. The new album is DO YOU FEEL OKAY, which comes out on September 11th. The song I had for airplay was Touch Me.

Next up is Sol Gems. They are a Psych, Alt. Rock trio out of Johannesburg, South Africa. The Sol Gems appear on a compilation EP put out by PSYCH NIGHT. PSYCH NIGHT are a group that hosts and promotes Psychedelia music in South Africa. I have the EP title as “Psych Night Inner City Psych Fest.” The cover art just says, “Into The Sound.” However it goes the track I have, Mystery Of Mind,” is pretty cool and can be had for free.

Let me slip in one more from PWR BTTM. They are a rocking twosome out of New York. They are on Father/Daughter records and they are getting ready to release their full-length album debut. The album is UGLY CHERRIES, which comes out September 18th; and the song I shared with my listeners is not the selected single…I just liked it better. This is 1994.

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.

Please…I would love any feedback or comments about how to improve your experience.  Thanks

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 9-1-15

It’s heating up! Not the weather but the music scene. In this show I had a boatload of new music that is to be released September 4th. It’ll be flush like this now till November. Let me tell you what’s coming out this week.

I started my show with a nice little tune from Sjowgren. Sjowgren is a really new Surf Pop trio base in the San Francisco Bay area. This is another one of these bands that prefer the enigmatic approach. I have to say they are terrifically talented. They released a three-song demo EP back in March of this year. This song is called seventeen.”

The next song I had completing that two-song set of the opening hour with a new stuff from No Vacation. No Vacation is a fabulous Indie/Alt. Pop band based in San Francisco. The band project apparently started with Sabrina Mai and Basil Saleh playing together in their dorm rooms before they evolved into a full band, which has two additional players. They refer to their music as Bedroom Pop, which I think is very clever. Their new album SUMMER BREAK MIXTAPE and that wonderful tune was Dream Girl.”

Changing musical direction with a band that I found in January of this year. They are Oh Wonder. They are a self-described “Writing Duo” of Anthony and Josephine. At that time…their goal was to release one new song every month for the next year. I don’t know if one of their goals was to release a full-length album but it has happened. The pair has self-released their self-titled album. It comes out September 4th and all those previous singles are included in the collection. The tune I picked was not one of them. It was Drive.”

Then came the latest material from Keaton Simons. Keaton Simons is a wonderfully talented singer/songwriter based out of the Los Angeles area. This artist has been making music since 2004 and he keeps plugging away in relative obscurity due to his deal with Maverick Records. (That was Madonna’s label) Maverick records got into legal difficulty and Simons last album with them got shelved. But still he keeps working at his craft. He’s going to be one of those 15-year long, overnight successes; especially with that new single I aired, which was When I Go.

Next up is band that reached out to me directly via my SoundCloud page, which still just tickles the hell out of me. Ya…I got notified that this band Dantevilles is following me on SoundCloud; so I went and checked out their music and I found their latest release…an EP and it’s titled TIGHT LIPS. It came out in June (so it’s not quite new…but still pretty new) and it really got my attention so I thought I’d share it with you. These four lads from Manchester, in the UK, play some really nice Alt. Pop (slash) Rock. The song I picked for air is It Might Be Tomorrow.

I followed that up with the latest material from Boy. I first found and featured Boy back in May of 2012 with their fantastic single, Little Numbers.” (I also got to see them at the Middle East in Cambridge. They had a full band that included two drummers). Wow!   Anyway…Boy is two very talented young women based in Hamburg, Germany. There’s been quite a bit of buzz about this duo on the Continent for quite a while. We are still discovering them here. The tune I aired was We Were Here and it is the title track to their upcoming album of the same name.

My lineage subject was The School. So…The School are an mixed-gendered, Indie Pop septet, based in Cardiff, Wales. The started in 2007, the band signed with Spanish label Elefant Records, which is how I found them. They are reminiscent of those Sixties bands like The Ronnettes and The Shangri-Las. But to me they sound a great deal like a Poppy-er Camera Obscura. They have just released a new album that includes a couple tracks from an EP released earlier this year. The album is WASTED AWAY AND WONDERING and it has a street date of September the 4th. The track I had my listeners was All I Want From You Is Everything.”

Part two of the lineage was satisfied with was Never Thought I’d See The Day,” which is from their 2012 release READING TOO MUCH INTO THINGS LIKE EVERYTHING.

My re-issue release of the week was from A-Ha. The album that has been re-released is their debut HUNTING HIGH AND LOW. You remember A-Ha…don’t you? That band from the Eighties that made a huge impact because of a cleverly animated slash live action video of Take On Me,” just made for the MTV generation. Plus that it was a great Pop tune. Well, Rhino records have re-released that disc and it gives me the opportunity to play that hit single again.

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from Painted Palms. Painted Palms is fronted by two cousins; Reese Donohue and Chris Prudhomme and the great backstory is that their big break came when Kevin Barnes, the frontman from Of Montreal, came across Painted Palms debut EP online and had them open for them at their shows. After the exposure that came with touring with Of Montreal, Painted Palms self-released that infamous EP and that got the attention of Polyvinyl Records. Since signing with Polyvinyl, Painted Palms have released two albums, one EP and a single. The latest addition is a full-length album, HORIZONS, which comes out on September 4th, which is a big day for new releases. The tune I featured is called Disintegrate.”

Keeping the tunes going here with a reprise of Young Empires. They are a four-piece, Indie Pop Rock band out of Toronto, Canada. They were founded in 2009 but didn’t’ release their first recording, an EP; WAKE ALL MY YOUTH, until three years later. It was a big success for the band. This debut disc had tracks that reached #2 on the Canadian iTunes song listing and had a strong showing on the Canadian record charts. The band also had songs featured in the Television Show; Orphan Black and in the FIFA 13 Soundtrack. In 2015 the boys are back and have been releasing a series of singles, four of them so far but now the album is out. The new disc is called THE GATES and I spun So Cruel.”

The came the latest from World Champion. World Champion is essentially Julian Sudek and Will Campion and they are from Sydney, Australia. They were both with other bands when they decided to join forces and make some fun, synth-Pop music. That track that I just spun, Avocado Galaxy,” is their debut musical effort.

Next up is Avid Dancer. They are a five-piece, Indie, Alt. Pop band fronted by Jacob Summers. They got their first notoriety with the release of their 2014 debut EP, I WANT TO SEE YOU DANCE. They were listed back then by the Huffington Post as a “Band To Watch” and I think they made a good call. With the release of this new single, I Feel It,” it looks like Avid Dancer is on an upward path

Let me slip in one more from Active Bird Community. They are another band that reached out to me directly. They have just released the album I’VE BEEN GOING SWIMMING and I had for air the disc’s lead off single Pick Me Apart.”

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.

Please…I would love any feedback or comments about how to improve your experience.  Thanks

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 8-25-15

Man…August is killing me. I can’t wait for after Labor Day when there is more new music out. I was still able to find some really good new tunes, however, it just takes me twice as long. So…let’s get to it.

I got this show kicked off with Young Empires. They are a four-piece, Indie Pop Rock band out of Toronto, Canada. They were founded in 2009 but didn’t’ release their first recording, an EP; WAKE ALL MY YOUTH, until three years later. It was a big success for the band. This debut disc had tracks that reached #2 on the Canadian iTunes song listing and had a strong showing on the Canadian record charts. The band also had songs featured in the Television Show; Orphan Black and in the FIFA 13 Soundtrack. In 2015 the boys are back and have been releasing a series of singles, four of them so far. This is Uncover Your Eyes.” (BTW…the full-length album gets released next week)

I completed that two-song set of the opening hour with a new single from The Big Sun. Now if you’ve been listening to this show for a while you are familiar with The Big Sun. This young woman has been sending me music for going on two years now. This talented singer/songwriter writes and records her music in her bedroom in England. She has been recording a series of singles over the past two years. She just sent me that song that I sampled, which is called Bruiser.

Changing musical direction with an unsigned, “dreamy groove pop,” singer/songwriter out of Fremantle in Western Australia. He goes by the name Peppermint Cloud Club but his given name is Chris Chen. This very talented young man does it all himself with writing, playing, recording and mixing done with his own hands. Chris says it’s “primarily a solo project and sometimes enlists the help of friends (especially in Live situations). He’s released five singles thus far with the latest being Tightrope.” I just read on his FaceBook page this morning that he just finished an album and that more information should be forthcoming.

Then came the latest material from City And Colour. City And Colour is essentially Dallas Green. He is from St Catharines, Ontario, Canada near Niagara Falls. He does a great job of blending Folk and Rock to come up with a great sound. He is currently on Dine Alone Records, which I follow on SoundCloud (and that’s how I found him) and he is getting ready to release a brand new album, IF I SHOULD GO BEFORE YOU, on the 9th of October. The song I aired, Wasted Love,” is the pre-release single.

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 very impressed…so much so I sought out their music. That was back in March when they had just released their WICKET YOUTH Ep, which came out last Fall. They are getting ready to release another EP; this one to be titled LONG LONG WAY FROM THE FRINGE and I have for you is the album’s lead off single…Fool Around.

I followed that with the latest material from MuteMath. MuteMath is a wonderful, if not prolific, four-piece, Alt. Rock band out of New Orleans. They originally formed in 2002 but did not release their debut album until 2006 and have only released three albums in total. The song I spun, Monument,” has been released as a stand-alone single.

My lineage subject was The Waifs. The Waifs are a Neo-Folk, sometimes Rock band from Albany, Western Australia and were formed in 1992 by two sisters (Vikki and Donna Simpson) and Josh Hamilton. They have released seven albums over the past two decades with the latest entry into their discography being BEAUTIFUL YOU, which came out last week. The song I picked to share with you is Blindly Believing.”

I finished up the lineage from The Waifs off of their release, TEMPTATION; it was “Beautiful Night,” which was released in 2011.

My re-issue release of the week was from the Sugarcubes. The album that has been re-released is their debut LIFES’ TOO GOOD, which was originally released in 1988. This truly Alt. Rock band from Iceland, and fronted by Bjork, really had a new sound. They formed in 1986 and broke up in 1992 and during that time they released only three albums. Bjork went off to start her very successful solo career. The song I shared with my listeners was Birthday and it became a major hit for them in the College Radio stations market.

I closed off that two-song set with the latest effort from Shannon and The Clams. I get such a kick out of these guys. I found them last year with the release of their album, DREAMS IN THE RAT HOUSE. I like them because they are hard to classify. In their music they move through Garage Punk to R&B to Doo-Wop. On their website they even mention that they love “the music from the 50’s Oldies to 80’s Punk. Their new album, GONE BY THE DAWN, has a street date of September 11th and the song I played was It’s Too Late.”

Keeping the tunes going here with one of my favorite new songs of the week. It’s from a very new band called Mosquito Coast. They are a duo (Naomi Robinson and Conor Barton) and they are from Perth, Western Australia. (Wow! That’s the third band from Western Australia on this morning’s show). Anyway…these two kids, and they are young, won a contest called Triple J Unearthed, which gives unsigned bands to get their music heard. The contest was just last week and I found them quite by accident and I’m sure glad I did. They only have two songs to their name and both of them are dynamite. The track I picked to play for you is Call My Name.”

I finished that set with the latest from Tree & Ray. They are an unsigned, Indie, Alt. Pop quartet out of Brisbane, Australia. They only have a couple of songs to their name (they are just that new) with the latest being called Spectrum.”

Next up is an encore performance from Beirut. Beirut is essentially Zach Condon. A “do-it-yourself” music mastermind that launched his debut album as a teenager from music he performed and layered on his computer in his bedroom. Since those early days, Zach has added some musicians to his “band.” Zach is getting ready to release his next album, NO NO NO, in September. I played the lead off single, and title track, back in June but I was able to snag another tune off the yet-to-be released album. This one is titled Gibraltar.

Let me slip in one more from Skies. They are a Synth Pop, four-piece from Adelaide, Australia and insist their music would be in the television show THE O.C. if it still existed. (Too little too late…I guess) They have a self-titled EP set for release on August 31st and they have put out this single, “Too Young,” to give us all a taste.

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.

Please…I would love any feedback or comments about how to improve your experience.  Thanks

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 8-18-15

August is in full swing and that means it’s harder to find good new music. The next big wave starts in September, however, if you know where to look there are some really nice pearls to be found amongst the oysters.

I got this show started with a reprise of an artist I first featured on last week’s show. His name is Si Cranstoun. For those of you that miss that show…briefly… He’s from London and, to me, he sounds like this Century’s Sam Cooke. I’ve also heard a little bit of the Mavericks in the horn section. All I can tell you is that I’ve been telling anybody who’ll listen about this guy. Last week I played Dance For Evermore and this week I have Gods Of Love and it is not yet available here in the United States and it’s from the album, MODERN LIFE, which I believe is set for release…here…in October.

I finished off the two-song set of the opening hour with a new single from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. The frontman of the group, Nathaniel Rateliff is a singer/songwriter out of Denver Colorado. He started out with the stereotypical thoughtful songwriter in more of a Folk-based style. However, with his latest incarnation that includes the six member backing band the energy and style of music has shifted to more a Soul and R&B kind of feel to it…as you could tell from that sample, which is called S.O.B.,” and it’s the first single of his latest, self-titled effort.

Changing musical direction with an Indie, Electronic duo out of Sydney, Australia. They are Winters End. Winters End are brother/sister duo Marissa and Chris Pinto. They’ve played together for years but decided to move this project forward in 2012. They started getting some traction on a local Sydney based radio station show focused on unsigned talent. For two people they create a big sound in the style of Keane or Coldplay. I originally found them last year when they contacted me directly with they wonderful song Walls.” Chris just emailed me the sibling’s new single, which is titled Mayfair.”

Then came the latest material from BUCK. BUCK is the stage moniker for Ed Jones. I found BUCK because they follow me on Soundcloud and I checked out their one and only song, Arecibo,” which is what I just aired. I don’t have a great deal of information on BUCK. I know that he is currently based in France; that this single is available for purchase on BandCamp; and that’s about it.

Next up are the sparse sounds of Widowspeak. They started out as a trio but have added a bassist. They make Brooklyn their home base but count Tacoma and Chicago as to where they are from originally. I ran into their music by happenstance a couple years back; so I was pleased to see they produced a follow up album so quickly. The new album will be titled ALL YOURS and it has a release date of September 4th. They have pre-released a couple of tracks already, however, I have for you a deeper cut, which I like just a tad more than the singles. This one is Dead Love (So Still).

Following that was more new music from Wild Child. Wild Child, the wonderful, award-winning Indie band out of Austin, Texas is back with their third, full-length album (and their major label debut…they are on Dualtone) and it’s called FOOLS. I played for you the title track back in the first week of August. The full album officially drops later this year on October 2nd. I got the chance to play another cut from the disc so I took it. This one is Bullets.” I like these guys a lot and I’ve been playing them since 2011.

My lineage feature was Jon Cleary. Jon Cleary is a funk, R&B and Blues musician; originally from Kent, in England but with his love for the American styles of music that emanates from New Orleans he has expatriated to the Crescent City. Jon has played and performed with many other, more famous musicians…like Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and Ryan Adams and he also takes time occasionally to write and record his own material. With his latest effort he has really struck gold. The new album is GO GO JUICE and it just came out last week. I had a difficult time figuring out what song to play for you this morning but I ended up going with the first track on the album…it’s called Pump It Up.

Completing the lineage was Oh No No No,” which can be found on the PIN YOUR SPING disc and it originally came out in 2004.

My re-issue release of the week was from The Pretenders. The album that has been re-released is THE PRETENDERS II album that was originally released in 1981. It was the follow up to their spectacular self-titled debut album that came out a year earlier. Follow ups to hit debut albums are always tough but The Pretenders did it well with two top-ten hits; Talk of the Town and this one…Message Of Love.”

Completing that two-song set was the latest effort from 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. As you could tell from that track, Anymore,” 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. I found these back in January of this year and I like to keep tabs on them as they write more material and grew musically.

Keeping the tunes going here the second new track here from Futurebirds. Futurebirds are six members strong from Athens, Georgia and they refer to their sound as Psychedelic Country. They’ve been around since 2009 and since their inception…these boys have released one single, two EP’s and five albums…with the latest being HOTEL PARTIES, which is due out on September 25th and I just played for you the album’s second pre-release single…Deadbeat Hits.” This album is really shaping up well with what I’ve heard so far. I played the first single twentyseven back in July…also…a very good song.

Then came the latest from Boy & Bear. This quintet out of Sydney, Australia, Boy & Bear, started out as single man project by Dave Hosking. But Mr. Hosking has ended up adding Jake Tarasenko, Killian Gavin and Tim Hart; with all members being singer/songwriters, which really adds to the richness of their sound. That was back in 2011. Since then…the band added a fifth member…Dave Symes. The new formation now also has a new album set for release…it will be titled LIMIT OF LOVE, which is set for release this October. I sampled the pre-release single…Walk The Wire.

Next up is an unsigned, Alt. Pop duo based in Brooklyn, New York. They are Matt Stevenson and Jack Collins and they go by the name Spires. They’ve been together since November of 2012 and have released a handful of singles with the latest being Parallel Lines.”

Let me slip in one more from Dråpe. This five-piece, Alt. Pop, Shoegaze band out of Oslo, Norway have been around for a few years. In fact, the song I have for you, Pie In The Sky,” was originally released in 2013 on their debut album CANICULAR DAYS but the band got picked up by Riot Factory records and this song has been re-released this year as a single. (It came out on the 14th of August)

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.

Please…I would love any feedback or comments about how to improve your experience.  Thanks

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 8-11-15

Things are starting to heat up for the Fall release season. I found quite a few tunes with full album release dates set for September. I’m going to get really busy very shortly. In the meantime…let me tell you about what I found for this week’s show.

I got the program started with EZTV. EZTV is Alt. Pop, Indie trio from New York. The band got started in an unusual way. Ezra Tenebaum, founder of the band, was originally a solo artist. Apparently Ezra felt the songs needed some rounding out and sought out bassist, Shane O’Connell and drummer Michael Stasiak and hence…the band was formed. They just recently signed to Captured Tracks records and they have just released this single, Dust In The Sky.

I closed off the two-song set of the opening hour with a new single from Bec Sandridge. Bec Sandridge is an unsigned, Indie Rock artist out of Sydney, Australia. She is supported by Justin Dela Cruz and Sam Brumby and they describe their music as “Spaghetti Disco Pop.” I have no idea what that means but I thought it sounded funny. She has released two EP’s so far and there is another on the way. It will be titled “In The Fog” and spun the semi-title track…In The Fog, In The Flame.”

Changing musical direction with an artist that I am THRILLED about. His name is Si Cranstoun and I found him last Friday and I liked what I heard so much I quickly switched up the playlist for my Friday night show…The Uptown Blues Party on Simmons College Radio (Shameless Plug), which airs 4 to 7 PM…anyway Si Cranstoun is marvelous. He’s from London and, to me, he sounds like this Century’s Sam Cooke. I’ve also heard a little bit of The Mavericks in the horn section. All I can tell you is that I’ve been playing the crap out of this song, which is Dance For Evermore.” I’ve also been turning on anyone who will listen to this performer. He’s been around for a while but we are just getting him here in the States. The single is available via i-Tunes but the album, MODERN LIFE, is due out this October. (BTW…I have another track from the upcoming album, which I will play next week.

Then came the newest stuff from Caro Emerald. Caro Emerald…she is Dutch but now is based in London. She does a great job blending Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop into a very accessible sound. I found her back in 2012 with the re-release of her wonderful album DELETED SCENES FROM THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR, which helped her get the next level. Well…Ms. Emerald is back with a single, Quicksand,” which is what I had for airplay. (Check out That Man.”)

Next up is a band called The Merks. They are unsigned, Indie Alt. Rock quartet out of East Hampton, Connecticut. You know…I don’t get a lot of music or bands out of Connecticut. They probably all move to New York as they are getting started. Anyway theses guys are getting off on a good foot with the release of this single, Life A-Lign,” which is the second single from their yet to be released album LIVE FROM: AREA OF REFUGE. I am anxious to hear the rest of their music. For their first effort this is marvelous and I just think that they will be better as time goes on.

I followed that up with some new music from Low. Low, which is a terrible name for a band. Try and do a search for them…good luck. Why would you choose a name that makes it hard for fans to find you? Even their own website’s URL is www.chairkickers.com. The song I had for air was one of the pre-release singles…it was What Part Of Me.

My lineage feature was Beat Connection. Beat Connection is a quartet out of the Seattle area. I found them back in 2012 with the release of their debut, THE PALACE GARDEN. It’s been a long three years since these boys wrote any new music. It seems the drought has ended with the release of this single, So Good. I’m hoping an album is in the works.

I completed the lineage with Beat Connection’s the quasi-title trace, Palace Garden, 4 AM,” which appears on the 2012 release THE PALACE GARDEN.

My re-issue release of the week was from Gary Numan. The album that has been re-released is a Best Of compilation released originally in 1997; it was called PREMIER HITS. It was originally released 1979 on THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE. The album had hits on it like Are “Friends” Electric and this one, Cars.”

Then I played the latest effort from Jack + Eliza. The pair are actually childhood friends that grew up together in New York City. When they once played together as children; they now play together as young adults; creating sparse music with luscious harmonies all sewn together with a Pop sensibility. This is the third track I have featured from them this year and it is on of their debut, full-length album, GENTLE WARNINGS, which just came out on August 7th. I aired track number two…Oh No.”

Keeping the tunes going here is something new from a band called New Life. New Life is essentially Andrew Marr. He is an uber talented multi-instrumentalist. He is also the frontman for the band Ski Lodge, which I have played here and like very much, which makes me think I want to play some Ski Lodge on next week’s show. Anyway…Andrew Marr, a.k.a. New Life has just released this single, God Will Never Come For Us.” It is not yet available for purchase.

I finished that set with the latest from New Order. Yes…I said New Order. (It seemed to go very well after the “New Order-ish” song from New Life) So the gang from New Order has reassembled to put forth a new album…MUSIC COMPLETE, which has the expected street date of the 25th of September. I featured the album’s pre-release single…Restless.”

Next up is an updated Shoo-Bop styled song from a band called Color Collage. Color Collage is new to the Paper Garden record label and the folks at Paper Garden sent over to me this track, Shareholder.” It’s off the just released album PIECED TOGETHER, which dropped on August 7th.

Let me slip in one more from SALES. If you listen to this show with any frequency you have most likely hear Chinese New Year from SALES because I play it a lot. This Samba infused, Alt. Pop duo is back with a new single. This one is called Big Sis.”

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.

Please…I would love any feedback or comments about how to improve your experience.  Thanks

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 7-28-15

I’m trying to get caught up on some of my older shows. This one was particularly eclectic.

I kicked off the program with Two Cheers, which I really like for a name of a band. Anyway…Two Cheers are a four-piece, Alt. Rock/Pop band out of Los Angeles, California. I was drawn to them because of their use of the lead guitar to provide a countermelody, which I think is very clever. I think these guys will just get better as they mature. I listened to about five or six of their songs that they posted on SoundCloud to get a better sense of their talent. Again…I like where they are going but I’d like to hear a stronger hook for the chorus…or in some cases a chorus. The song I picked for you this morning does just that. This is called Brinka.

I closed off that two-song set of the opening hour with a new single from The Hudson Branch. They are an Alt. Pop quartet made up of four brothers and they are out of Chicago, Illinois. The Brothers Bienert are Cobey, Corey, Jacob and Matthew. The tune I played was called Pedal and it has a nice Poppy – Soul kind of feel to it. It also is available for free and I’ve posted the link on my website.

Changing musical direction with an artist with an Alt. Country kind of leaning. They are Southern Holiday. These guys reached out to me directly, which I still think is awesome. The band is fronted by Laura Ohayon and Morris Kassab. Laura lives in Montreal and Morris in Brooklyn, which I would imagine creates some logistical challenges, as well as creative ones. I would imagine there is a lot of FaceTime going on there when they are collaborating. Anyway…Southern Holiday is so new that they only have this one song and it’s called Stay The Night.”

Then came the latest material from Futurebirds. Futurebirds are six members strong from Athens, Georgia and they refer to their sound as Psychedelic Country. They’ve been around since 2009 and since their inception…these boys have released one single, two EP’s and five albums…with the latest being HOTEL PARTIES, which is due out on September 25th and I played for my listeners the album’s lead off single…twentyseven.” I like that one a lot and it paired up well with the previous song. You see…there is thought that goes into how this show is organized…although sometimes you’d never know it….

Next up is a band called Larkins. Larkins is an unsigned, Indie Alt. Pop foursome out of Manchester in the U.K. Larkins tells the story of how they got together in 2012 as just one giant cliché. (Making fun of themselves…just to be clear) They met in College; starting jamming together; and it was just supposed to be a “short-term” thing. But as fate would have it…they really enjoyed playing together and were pretty good at it too. They started playing clubs, writing and practicing. This Indie band has only released two singles so far. They released Hit And Run in May of 2015 and they just released this tune, The Tale Of Cassandra,” last week.

Then came new music from Foals. Foals are a quintet that hails from Oxford, England and these guys have a pretty serious following in the UK. I first found them in 2010 with the release of their second album, TOTAL LIFE FOREVER. At that time they scored a distribution deal with Sub Pop for here in the United States. With the impending release of their latest effort, WHAT WENT DOWN, which comes out August 28th…they are on the Warner Music label. (That is quite the jump up) The tune I featured was Mountains At My Gates.

My lineage pick was Eliza and the Bear. Eliza and the Bear. Eliza and the Bear, which is a great name, is a five-piece, Alt. Pop band based in London. I first found them in 2013. They had been releasing a series of singles until they released their first EP, LIGHT IT UP, in 2014. They have just released this brand new single, Lion’s Heart,” and I am hoping an album is in the works. (This is a nice track)

Completing the lineage with Eliza and the Bear was their song Friends,” which was released as a stand alone single in 2013.

My re-issue release of the week was from The B-52’s. The album that has been re-issued is the 1979, self-titled classic. My goodness…I still remember when I first saw them on Saturday Night Live in 1979 with their television debut. I instantly fell for their sound and I went out and bought the LP the next day. People in my dorm thought I was weird for playing, at really high volume, tracks like Rock Lobster, 52 Girls,” and this one…Planet Claire.”

I completed that two-song set with the latest effort from Octopus. This is another band that reached out to me directly via my website. I know very little about them…other than that they are from Gothenburg, Sweden and they like Electronica/House style of music. They only have two songs and the one I sampled was a demo version of a track titled Crossfire.”

Keeping the tunes going here is something new from yet another artist that now follows me on SoundCloud. When I received my notification that Public Access T.V. is now following me…I clicked on their page to discover this really nice tune called, Metropolis.” This Indie Rock-ish quartet from New York City has just released their self-titled, debut EP. (They even have a video for it too, which is a great marketing tool. And it’s nicely produced too.)

I followed that up with something from Climbing Trees. They are an unsigned contemporary Folk quartet out of South Wales in the UK. The boys have just self-released their debut, full-length album, LITTLE DREAMER, and I aired the title cut.

Next up is a band called Set Sail. This trio from Sydney, Australia (two Americans and one Ausie) play…what they call…”Summer Pop.” These boys dropped out of school; recorded an EP. (This was back in 2011). They have had some critical acclaim that is finally enabling them to get some commercial success. I first found them in 2013 with the release of their EP, RILEY MOORE. Well they are back with a brand new EP entitled GOOD VIBES and the track I spun is called Newborn.”

Than it was the latest material from Rehearsed Living. I found them because they now follow me on SoundCloud. (By now you’re probably tired of reading that…but I have to tell you…it still amazes the crap out of me that a band from Sheffield, England finds a radio programmer and on-air host in Boston) Anyway…this trio has just released this single, To You I Dare,” and they’ve made it available for a free download and I’ve posted that link on my website.

Let me slip in one more from Will Johns. Now some of you may not know this but I host a show called the Uptown Blues Party on Simmons College Radio on Fridays and I get a lot of new Blues music sent my way and this one from Will Johns really got my attention and I wanted to share it with you. It’s called Last Page of the Blues.

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.

Please…I would love any feedback or comments about how to improve your experience.  Thanks

Music You Might Otherwise Miss 8-4-15

I am back. I some issues to address and they are behind me so I really needed to back to my Blog. Here is the new stuff from this week.

I got the show started with New Navy. They are an unsigned, Indie, Alt. Pop, Dance trio currently based in Sydney, Australia. The boys have been together since 2009. They had released several singles and then in 2011 they released Zimbabwe,” which really gave them a lot of attention. The song made it on several compilation CDs including two by Kitsune´. With the wonderful momentum behind them (and I’m sure a great deal of pressure) this threesome has self-released their debut, full-length album entitled LAKESIDE. The song that really got my attention was Runaway.”

Next on the playlist was a new single from Bare Traps. Bare Traps are a four-piece, Indie Pop (slash) Electronica band out of London, England. These lads definitely have a sense of humor. I was reading on the Facebook Bio that, “In a desperate attempt to avoid ‘real work’ – and in one individual’s case, to avoid capture… to become rock stars and have been living that delusion ever since.” Well…this is their first foray into Pop Stardom…their one and only single…(Thus far)…was the one I aired and it’s called Every Time.”

Changing musical direction with an artist that has signed with the Dualtone record label. My friend, Lori Kampa, over at Dualtone just sent me several CDs from artists she’s representing. (In fact this show kinda is a Dualtone heavy episode with three of their artists represented here today. And in “full disclosure”…if I didn’t like what Lori sent me…I wouldn’t play it…and she knows that) Anyway…this next artist is Noah Gundersen. Noah is a wonderfully talented singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington and he is readying to release his second, full-length album, CARRY THE GHOST, on August 21st. The song I had for airplay was one of the album’s pre-release singles. This one is called Jealous Love.

Then came the latest material from Wild Child. Wild Child, the wonderful, award-winning Indie band out of Austin, Texas is back with their third, full-length album (and their major label debut…they are also on Dualtone) and it’s called FOOLS. I played the title track. The full album officially drops later this year on October 2nd. I’m looking forward to sampling the rest of the disc. I like these guys a lot and I’ve been playing them since 2011. Check out their song Pillow Talk.”

Next up is a band called MUNA. They are Indie, Synth-Pop trio fronted by Katie Gaven and supported by Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson. They are from the Los Angeles area and have been together only a short time. They self-released their debut EP, MORE PERFECT, in 2014. You can download that EP for free and I’ve provided that link here on my website. Well the all-female trio is back with a new single, Promise,” and it combines the Pop sensibility of a Katie Perry with the brooding vocal style of a Paula Cole.

Then I featured new music from Albert Hammond, Jr. Albert Hammond, Jr., the frontman of the Strokes, is back with his second, full-length, solo album entitled MOMENTARY MASTERS. The new disc doesn’t stray too far from the Strokes style, which only makes sense. I have to say though…it’s a really good album. A couple of tracks that got my attention were Losing Touch,” Side Boob,” and the one I spun, which was Born Slippy.”

My lineage feature was Lianne La Havas. First…let me say…that when I picked Miss La Havas to be today’s lineage I had an awful time trying to decide what follow up tune to play after you sample the new tune, What You Don’t Do,” which is from her new album, BLOOD. I have several and I was vacillating over two…so I decided…Hey! This is my show…why can’t I play both. So this linage is going to be three songs. Anyway…Lianne is a wonderful singer and songwriter and on this new release she has collaborated with other songwriters to really pump up and polish her sound.

Part two of the lineage feature was satisfied by Age and it appears on here sophomore release, IS YOUR LOVE BIG ENOUGH; and in the middle was the song I discovered Miss La Havas. The song is called Final Form and it is a cover tune originally penned by Everything Everything.

My re-issue release of the week was from Keb Mo. The album that has been re-released is his 1994 self-titled album, which was his second. His given name is Kevin Moore so Keb Mo isn’t all that big of a leap. This talented singer/songwriter has won three Grammys over his career. That’s pretty impressive. I first found him with the release of this album and I’ve always been drawn to his tune Tell Everyone I Know,” and that’s what I played.

Closing off that two-song set was the latest effort from Albert Cummings. Albert Cummings is a wonderful Blues guitarist, songwriter and singer from Northampton, Massachusetts. His main career is construction and the Blues is a passion with him. I interviewed him several years’ back and when I asked him why didn’t he just do The Blues full-time…and he basically said, “Because I have a family and I need to pay the bills.” His new album, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, which is on Blind Pig records, just came out last week and the tune I aired was Make Up Your Mind.”

Keeping the tunes going here is something new from a band called Arbes. They are a mixed-gendered, Indie Alt. Pop trio out of Melbourne, Australia. I am smitten with these guys. I love the guitar work of Sam paired against the vocal stylings of Jess, the lead singer; along with the strong lead of Anita on the drums. This threesome has just released their debut EP entitled SWIMMER. I think this one is going on my preliminary Top Ten of 2015 list. The tune I picked for air was Beach Side.”

I followed that up with the latest from Langhorn Slim & the Law. Here’s another artist that is on the Dualtone record. The new album, THE SPIRIT MOVES, comes out this week and I am liking it a lot. The tune I played for my listeners was Strangers and I have to say…it got me moving.

Let me slip in one more from Color Palatte. They are a relatively new “Electro Rock,” Indie band out of Washington, DC. The band’s force is Jay Nemeyer and Kyle Downes. These two guys write, produce and play most of the instruments for their songs, which they have three. The one I have for you is called Heartless and it’s been released as a single.

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Music You Might Otherwise Miss 5-5-15

I lost these notes for a couple of weeks, which through off my whole Blog system and timing. I’ve done my best to recover and reorganize the bits of background. I hope it’s helpful.

The got the show started with Canyonero. Canyonero is four young lads from Brisbane playing, as they say, “Shameless Pop Rock.” They’ve only been together for about two years and have been pulling out some straightforward guitar driven Pop. They dropped their very first EP, THE ANIMALS, in 2013; followed by another EP, MUSKETS AT DAWN in 2014; and now they’ve just released this single, Here’s To Smiling. I went back and listened to some of their earlier work and I really liked what I heard. I like these guys a lot.

That tune was followed up by with the new single from Yukon Blonde. They are a quartet out of Vancouver, British Columbia that focuses on summery melodies, jangly guitars and crisp harmonies. Now I know they are from Canada but I actually found them via my go-to Australian music site. Apparently after the band played at No Years and Peats Ridge Festival, in Queensland and New South Wales, respectively; they started to get airplay on the local stations. I just saw them play a great showcase at this year’s SXSW music festival. The tune I had for airplay was Como and it’s the pre-release single to their upcoming album ON BLONDE, which is due out June 16th.

Changing musical direction with another artist that reached out to me directly and I have to say that I am happy she did. This singer/songwriter goes by the name Pankhabilli. She splits her time between Wales and France, which I think gives her music a truly international flavor. Pankhabilli released this single, Water On Mars,” just a few days ago and while I was researching her for my show I discovered that she just released another song this morning. I will feature that one on next week’s show.

Next came a tune from the Colleagues. They are from Sweden and I spun their second single, “Talk It Out,“ from their soon-to-be released EP, VISITS, which drops on June 8th.

I then played another band returning to the New Release Show…it’s Pree. They are a creative and clever Alt. Pop, mixed-gendered, four-piece. They have a deal with Paper Garden Records and will be releasing a new album, RIMA, which came out today. I played their wonderful pre-release single, Two Feet Shy,” back in September of 2014. I will probably make them my double down feature for next week’s show. To tempt you…I have for you now…a deeper cut from the album – Hi-Livin’.”

Then came a new tune from Cayucas. Cayucas is really just a vehicle for Zach Yudin. In fact, before there was Cayucas there was Oregon Bike Trails; Zach first musical incarnation. I first started listening to Zach’s stuff back in April of 2011. The new album, under this moniker, DANCING AT THE BLUE LAGOON, has a release date of June 23rd. I had for airplay the album’s lead off single Moony Eyed Walrus.”

My lineage feature was Gypsy & The Cat. Not too many people in the States know a great deal about this duo from Melbourne, Australia. I found them back in 2010; with another track inserted into light rotation in 2011. They have released this single, Can’t Stop Me Now,” which is the second single released this year. The first was Lost Control so I’m thinking a new album is on the way. I’ll keep you posted.

Part two of the lineage was satisfied by Time To Wander,” which was originally released as a stand alone single in 2010 and was included on their debut, full-length album, GILGAMESH, in 2012.

My re-issue release of the week was from Blondie and the album that was re-issued was PARALLEL LINES. The album originally came out in 1978. Debbie Harry and the boys struck gold with the release of this, their third album, with hits on it like Heart Of Glass,” One Way or Another,” Sunday Girl,” and the one I played…a Nerves cover…Hanging On The Telephone.”

I followed up Blondie with the latest effort from the LOUDS. They are and Electronica/Rock band out of the Philadelphia area. 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 played the second single off the disc. It’s called Takes Two.”

Keeping the tunes going here with something new from BLØSH. They are a mixed-gendered duo out of Oslo, Norway and Madrid, Spain and the blending of their individual music sensibilities really works for me. They have just released this new single Keep Your Tongue,” in anticipation of the arrival of their new EP of the same name. I reposted and favorited this song, which led to the band following me on SoundCloud now. I love that. The new EP is scheduled for release on May 11th. Obviously…I played the title track.

Then I had the second pre-release single from Trails and Ways. I played Say You Will and it is from the yet-to-be released, record label, full-length debut album entitled PATHOLOGY. I believe the official release date is set for June 2nd. What I love about this is that I’ve been playing Trails and Ways for close to three years and it gives me great pleasure to see them finally get signed (by Barsuk Records), which will give them the lift they deserve.

I will keep things moving here with something from Merchant. It’s basically a vehicle for Nate Merchant. He’s a Pop focused, Indie Electronica singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon. He has just released a four-song, self-titled EP. I featured the lead off track…Loose Cannon Lover.”

Next came the latest from Diamond Youth. They are getting ready to release their debut LP, NOTHING MATTERS, on May 19th on TopShelf Records. They’ve released two singles already; Thought I Had It Right and No Control.” I featured a deeper cut, which was In The Clouds.”

Let me slip in one more from The Wooden Sky. They are a five-piece, Indie Rock band based in Toronto, Canada. They are readying to release their new album, LET’S BE READY, which is already available in Canada. I don’t have a release date yet for the U.S. I spun the pre-release single Saturday Night.