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 release “Stuck 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.
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