TOP 5 NEW RELEASES :: NEW MUSIC FRIDAY :: MARCH 24, 2017

TOP 5 NEW RELEASES :: NEW MUSIC FRIDAY :: MARCH 24, 2017

New Music Friday is here! Are you looking for the Best New Music Releases today? Below you will find My Top 5 New Releases for New Music Friday. I’ve scoured the lists, played the tracks, and put together the best of the best. Have a listen, play a featured track, and if you like what you hear go out and support the artists, and the Music.

I would love to hear what you think of the selected songs, and album titles. Is there a New Music Release that you feel should be on this list?

Comment below and let me know what you think.

TOP 5 NEW RELEASES:

1. Damage and Joy :: The Jesus And Mary Chain

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Three-Sentence Review: Highly anticipated new album, Damage and Joy is everything I was hoping for, starting strong with a song that reminds me of a mix between The Dandy Warhols “Bohemian Like You” and Love And Rockets’ “So Alive”. Brothers Jim and William Reid, quoted as saying they have “buried the hatchet” of all to common sibling-in-band-rivalry, have created an album that evolves their Music (see “All Things Pass” and especially the electronically-fused”Simian Split” without losing their quintessential sonic sound (see the Darklands’ sounding “War On Peace”). Track 7, “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)” is by far my favorite, the nod to Los Angeles, the layers of sound, and the lyrical story told within.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Amputation”, “War On Peace”, “All Things Pass” and “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

“Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”

2. I Don’t Know What to Feel :: The Dove And The Wolf

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Three-Sentence Review: I have been a fan of Philadelphia via Paris singers’ Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat since I first heard The Dove And The Wolf play live, opening for Butch Walker. The girls blew me away, and I have been anxiously awaiting new music from them ever since. This EP was written in response to the Bataclan theater attacks last November, in Paris. Though I would have loved a full album, the songs on here are a 7-song delight, reminding me again why they caught my ears as the opening act, and why I have been hungry for more (and hopefully there will be even more…soon).

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Green & Yellow”, “Seven Days” and “Across the Atlantic”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Green & Yellow”

3. “Moon In Your Mouth” :: Goldfrapp

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Three-Sentence Review: Can the new Goldfrapp album be out already? “Moon In Your Mouth” marks the third single released pre-album, and number three is definitely my favorite of the bunch (so far).Each song, thus far, has had a different sound to each, mixing up genres and inspirations. This one definitely has an EDM sensibility to it, a mid-to-trance tempo ballad with a notable drum beat underneath.

mid-tempo dancefloor ballad with a steady drum beat and an atmospheric blend of synth texture

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A – Single

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Moon In Your Mouth”

4. 810 :: Trementina

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Three-Sentence Review: Meeting at the corner between Dream-Pop and Shoegaze, Chilean band Trementina’s album 810 is full of a gossamer-winged sweetness and light that is infectious and floaty-feeling. A few tracks, like “Oh Child” and “No Control” transcend the Dream/Shoegaze, infusing the tease of beats that bring out the dance in them, and my favorite track, “Out of the Lights”, brings in some Dub sounds to add even more variety to this collection of songs. I do believe Trementina is a band to keep an eye, and ear out; there is a lot of promise and interest going on here.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Please Let’s Go Away”,”All I Wanted”, and “Out of the Lights”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

“Out of the Lights”

5. You Had Me at Goodbye :: Samantha Crain

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Three-Sentence Review: I am immediately reminded of early Kate Nash and Lily Allen, as well as of Courtney Barnett, both in vocals, sardonic lyrics, and the style and sensibility of the songs with the album You Had Me at Goodbye. This album feels like it sprang from the early aughts in to this late March 2017 day. This is the fifth album by Samantha Crain, though this is the first I’ve heard of, or heard her Music. It seems to mark a shift in sound from a more country/folk sound, to something that teeters between indie pop, chamber pop, and something else that is a shade, or two, darker that the “pop” inclusion would describe (especially on songs like “Betty’s Eulogy”).

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Oh Dear Louis”, “Betty’s Eulogy” and “Wreck”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Oh Dear Louis”

On the Eve of Another Year :: Goodbye 47 A Birthday Eve Playlist

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On the Eve of Another Year :: Goodbye 47
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“Oblivious” :: Aztec Camera
“So in Love” :: OMD
“If I had a Gun” :: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
“Roses” :: Pete Yorn
“Metropolis” :: The Church
“Wild Wood” :: Paul Weller
“Melt Your Heart” :: Jenny Lewis
“Emmylou” :: First Aid Kit
“I Could be Happy” :: Nouvelle Vague
“Queen of the Underworld” :: Jesse Malin
“Starlite Diner” :: Ryan Adams
“Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters” :: Elton John
“Challengers” :: The New Pornographers
“True Affection” :: The Blow
“Out on the Road” :: Norah Jones
“Penny Lane” :: The Beatles
“The Ghost in You” :: The Psychedelic Furs
“Such Great Heights” :: The Postal Service
“Know Who You are at Every Age” :: Cocteau Twins
“Love Street” :: The Doors
“Fooled Around & Fell in Love” :: Elvin Bishop
“Alive & Kicking” :: Simple Minds
“Scrape Away” :: The Jam
“Gunga Din” :: The Libertines
“Parklife” :: Blur
“Mr. Blue Sky” :: Electric Light Orchestra
“B.H.S.” :: Sleaford Mods
“Setting Sun” :: The Chemical Brothers
“Going out of My Head” :: Fatboy Slim
“Novocaine for the Soul” :: Eels
“Not if You were the Last Junkie on Earth” :: The Dandy Warhols
“The Only One I Know” :: The Charlatans
“This is the One” :: The Stone Roses
“Baby It’s You” :: Smith
“Brand New Key” :: Melanie
“So Alive” :: Love & Rockets
“Troubled by the Way We Came Together” :: Natalie Imbruglia
“Mr. Big Stuff” :: Jean Knight
“We are All Made of Stars” :: Moby
“But Not Tonight” :: Depeche Mode
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” :: David Bowie
“Satellite of Love” :: Lou Reed
“My Drug Buddy” :: The Lemonheads
“Learn to Fly” :: Juliana Hatfield
“Days Go By” (acoustic) :: Dirty Vegas
“The More You Live, the More You Love” :: A Flock Of Seagulls
“Birthday” :: The Sugarcubes

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/22/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/22/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Wednesday, the eve of my birthday, the last day of my 47th year of a Music Obsessed Life. Today’s 5 starts with Andy Lewis and Paul Weller singing the question “Are You Trying to be Lonely?” Up next is The Housemartins celebrating “Happy Hour”. Sleep is the subject of Song #3, with Cornershop, then its Aztec Camera’s “Somewhere in My Heart”. The 5 Music Obsessions for today finishes with The Lightning Seeds’ “Change” (which is more about not changing).

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Are You Trying to be Lonely?” :: Andy Lewis & Paul Weller

“Are you trying to be lonely?
Well, it’s working for you.
Are you trying to be lonely?
What are you trying to prove.”

Weller Wednesday with a new Weller discovery off of Andy Lewis’ album, You Should Be Hearing Something Now!

2. “Happy Hour” :: The Housemartins

“Where they open all their wallets,
and they close all their minds,
and they love to buy you all a drink.”

I picked up The Housemartins’ album, London 0 Hull 4, in 1986, at Music Market, one of my favorite – at the time – record stores. It was the source of many music discoveries, albums I still have in my collection, and revisit on occasion. I thought of this song earlier today when a coworker was complaining about the stilted conversations at happy hours with other coworkers.

3. “Sleep on the Left Side” :: Cornershop

“Sleep on the left side,
keep the sword hand free –
whatever is gonna be,
is gonna be.”

I read an article about the health benefits of sleeping on your left side. Not once did they mention keeping the hand on the other side free for a sword.

4. “Somewhere in My Heart” :: Aztec Camera

“Somewhere in my heart,
there is a star that shines for you.
Silver splits the blue.
Love will see it through.”

Written by singer/songwriter Roddy Frame, and produced by Michael Jonzun, “Somewhere in My Heart” was the biggest hit by Aztec Camera. It was the 12th single ever released, and the 3rd single coming off of their 1987 album, Love. Love was the first Aztec Camera album I ever owned, bought at the same time I picked up a Cassette Single (remember those?) which had their cover of Van Halen’s  “Jump”on the “b-side”.

5. “Change” :: The Lightning Seeds

“You never gonna to be like all those fools,
you’re going out tonight.
There’s nothing to lose,
you’re gonna give all a try.”

This feels like coming-of-age in a song.

Cheers to Wednesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day…on my birthday.

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My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs :: Top Ten Tuesday

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My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs :: Top Ten Tuesday

Looking for the best Music from Hope Sandoval? Whether it be Songs from Mazzy Star, her solo work with The Warm Inventions, or her Musical Pairings, there is a lot of beautiful Music to wade through. Years of listening to Hope in all her incarnations has led me to this quintessential list of My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs for this Top Ten Tuesday. So, take a look, and a listen, to the Top Ten Best Music from Hope Sandoval.

1. “Fade Into You” :: Mazzy Star 

I wanna hold the hand inside you.
I wanna take the breath that’s true.
I look to you and I see nothing.
I look to you to see the truth.”

One of those songs I never, ever get tired of hearing. The opening track from the 1993 album, So Tonight That I Might See, this song is a thing of timeless melancholic beauty.

2. “Halah” :: Mazzy Star

“I guess that you believe you are a woman,
and that I am someone else’s man.”

So quintessentially 1991 to me. I close my eyes and I can see everything so clearly, where I was, the feel of a black crushed velvet baby doll dress, short hair, that upstairs apartment with the claw-footed tub and the painted flowers on the window panes.

3. “Into Dust” :: Mazzy Star

“I could possibly be fading,
or have something more to gain.”

In the mid-to-late 90’s this was my favorite Hope/Mazzy Star song. It all started with hearing it in the film Foxfire, and grew through pen pals and mix tapes, Music fueled crushes, and dreams of being lost, or at least just someplace else.

3. “California” :: Mazzy Star

“I think I hear the whisper of my own best friend.
I think I hear the bells ringing in the square,
California,
California.”

Songs about California are a thing to me, one of my Music Obsessions. I collect them and could list them, but it would take a list far more vast than any “Top Ten Tuesday” could hold. This song about California reminds me of leaving, and coming back again. How this state is in my blood, and always will be. How this is the place I always come back to.

4. “Five String Serenade” :: Mazzy Star

“And on my easel I drew,
while I was thinking of you.”

There is something cinematic about this song. I close my eyes and I picture episodes of Twin Peaks, or films in the desert like Kalifornia, and Natural Born Killers. I see pages of the desert story I’ve been writing, too, about cults and coming of age in a dusty, nowhere desert town existence.

5. She’s My Baby” : Mazzy Star

“She’s my baby,
she belongs to me,
but yesterday she walked home all alone.”

The fuzzy guitar is everything here. I love the way it compliments, and contradicts, Hope’s vocals.

6. “On the Low” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

“All this time,
I always,
have the light,
on for you.
But, I know,
I’m a fool.
Yes,
I know.”

I listen to this song and I think that I want to hear Ryan Adams and Hope do a duet together.

7. “Sometimes Always” :: The Jesus & Mary Chain, featuring Hope Sandoval

“I gave you all I had.
I gave you good and bad.
I gave,
but you just threw it back.”

The perfect break up/get back together song. It also is a stellar road trip song, too.

9. “Butterfly Mornings” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

“I found you in the corner,
down there sitting on the sea.”

Lush and lullaby like. This song makes me long to be by the ocean, sleeping a dreamless sleep, floating.

10. “Let Me Get There” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, featuring Kurt Vile

“It was always our story,
if you forgot.”

A late 70’s, light rock, AM radio kind of feel. In the best way.

 

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Tuesday starts out with a parenthetical love song with Frank Wilson’s “Do You Love You (Indeed I Do)” which leads into the title track from the newly released Spoon album (reviewed here). Mary Wells takes it from there, leading into another Weller-creation with “My Ever Changing Moods” from The Style Council. Lloyd Cole And The Commotions bring the Music to 5 with “Perfect Skin”, which completes our Tuesday Music Obsessions of the Day.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” :: Frank Wilson

“The very thing that I want most,
is just to have and hold you close.
Do I love you?”

“Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” was first pressed in 1965 on the Motown subsidiary label named Soul. Approximately 250 demo 45’s of the song were originally pressed and scheduled to be released in December of 1965. Owing to a combination of Frank Wilson deciding he’d rather focus on producing, and Motown’s Berry Gordy’s rumored lukewarm reception of the vocals, and also supposed prevention of his producers having recording careers, the demos were almost all destroyed.

At least two survived, maybe five. One fetched £25,742 from a collector, in 2009. Another is supposedly owned by Gordy himself. Due to its scarcity it remains one of the most collectible 45’s, especially by followers of Northern Soul.

Owing to the demand for the song caused by DJ’s playing it at the famous UK Northern Soul nightclub, the Wigan Casino, it was first “officially” released in the UK in 1979 on the Tamla-Motwon label, and again in 2004 with a version of the same song by Chris Clark on the “b-side”.

2. “Hot Thoughts” (live) :: Spoon

“Hot thoughts melt in my mind,
could be your accent,
mixing with mine.”

Fresh off the new album from Spoon, “Hot Thoughts” is the title track, and one of the strongest songs on the band’s ninth album. The above video is a live version recorded on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Listening to this live version has me wishing and hoping that I’ll get the opportunity to finally see Spoon play live this year.

3. “You Beat Me to the Punch” :: Mary Wells

“That day,
I first saw you passing by
I wanted, to ask your name but I…
was much too shy.”

This Music Obsession Song actually started late yesterday afternoon when I found myself hitting replay, over and over. I listened to the track again early this morning, as I woke with it playing on a loop in my head.

The song was released in 1962, and was co-written by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, who were responsible for the majority of hits released by Mary Wells while she was a Motown artist.

The song was produced with a “mock-calypso” beat which inspired an “answer” song by soul singer Gene Chandler called “You Threw a Lucky Punch” which used the same music, but with different lyrics. Chandler’s “answer” became a Pop and R&B chart hit that same year.

4. “My Ever Changing Moods” :: The Style Council

 

“The cool before the warm,
the calm after the storm.
I wish to stay forever,
letting this be my food,
but I’m caught up in a whirlwind,
and my ever changing moods.”

This was the first Style Council song I ever heard. My first Weller, actually. I remember going to the Music Plus that was down the hill from my school and buying the cassette of the album Cafe Bleu (titled My Ever Changing Moods here in the U.S.) and playing it over and over again. It was the 5th released single from The Style Council at that time.

“My Ever Changing Moods”, backed with the Hammond organ instrumental “Mick’s Company”, reached # 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song remains Weller’s greatest success in the US (including his efforts in The Jam and as a solo artist).

It will always be one of my all-time favorite songs.

5. “Perfect Skin” (live) :: Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

“Louise is a girl,
I know her well.
She’s up on the pavement, 
yes she’s a weather girl.
And, I’m staying up here so I may be undone.
She’s inappropriate,
but then she’s much more fun.”

A few years back I went through a Lloyd Cole obsession, playing his Music, his albums, while I was working on a memoir. The name Louise stuck out in this song, especially with the lyric “she’s inappropriate, but then she’s much more fun”. I had to gift one of the characters the name because this song, and that lyric, fit her so well, and I was in need of a handful of “re-names” to give these non-fictional people.

“Louise” can be found a bit in the title song from the album “Perfect Skin” is off of — “Rattlesnakes”.

That was Tuesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

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We Dream in Colors Not Yet Discovered :: A Monday Playlist

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We Dream in Colors Not Yet Discovered :: A Monday Playlist
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“Big Jet Plane” :: Angus & Julia Stone
“Beauty” :: The Shivers”
“Whole Wide World” :: Bahamas
“Clementine” :: Sarah Jaffe
“Feel Like Me” :: Cassius, featuring Cat Power
“Born to Die” :: Lana Del Rey
“Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby”:: Cigarettes After Sex
“Wolves” :: Phosphorescent
“I Know It’s Over” :: The Smiths
“Baby’s Coming Back to Me” :: Jarvis Cocker
“My Ever Changing Moods” :: The Style Council
“Streets of Your Town” :: The Go-Betweens
“Tonight the Streets are Ours” :: Richard Hawley
“Beetlebum” :: Blur
“Child Psychology” :: Black Box Recorder
“Guns of Brixton” :: Nouvelle Vague
“Hayling” :: FC Kahuna, featuring Hafids Huld
“The Sea” :: Morcheeba
“For What It’s Worth” :: The Stranglers
“Going My Way” :: Paul Weller
“Lucky Man” :: The Verve
“Red Earth & Pouring Rain” :: Bear’s Den
“Don’t Know Any Better” :: Puressence
“On & On” :: Longpigs
“Two of Us on the Run” :: Lucius
“23” :: Blonde Redhead
“Bluebeard” :: Cocteau Twins
“Don’t Kiss Me Goodbye” :: Ultra Orange, featuring Emmanuelle
“The Butterfly Collector” :: The Jam
“This is How it Feels” :: Inspiral Carpets

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/19/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/19/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Monday starts out with a Paul Weller-music-discovery with a song from the band The Moons that Weller made an appearance on. Next up is a Northern Soul track from Tamala Lewis that leads into another new music discoery, with Steve Cradock’s “Anyway the Wind Blows”. The Teardrop Explodes become song #4 on this Music Obsession Monday, and then it winds up back with more Weller, this time with The Jam’s “Just Who is the 5 O’Clock Hero?”

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Something Soon” :: The Moons, featuring Paul Weller

“In the end it’ll be alright.
I’ll be spending all my money,
on a Friday night,
then start over again.”

The Moons have worked with Weller for quite some time now, recording their debut album in his studio, and some of their band working as his band for tour times. They have a connection to Edwyn Collins, as well, who produced their second album. This song is from 2012’s album Fables of History, the band’s third album. Producer Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert has worked with Oasis in the past, as well as with Massive Attack, The Rifles, and you guessed it, Mr. Weller. I dig the throwback sound of this song, as well as The Moon’s themselves. Oh, and I also dig Weller’s hat in this video.

2. “You Won’t Say Nothing” :: Tamala Lewis

“You won’t say everything,
you won’t say no,
you won’t say nothing.”

Feeling Northern Soul-ish this morning after watching the 2014 movie Northern Soul last night (available on Netflix). I’ve been spinning a compilation album from Spotify called Northern Soul – The Soundtrack to Your Life this morning, and this song stood out immediately, garnering a few repeat plays, and a spot on today’s Music Obsession List.

3. “Anyway the Wind Blows” :: Steve Cradock

“Hey…
anyway the wind blows,
anyway the wind blows.”

Both the artist and song are new to me here. I found them by perusing the “related artists” section for The Moons Spotify page.

4. “Second Head” :: The Teardrop Explodes

“Like a second head,
is it the first one you started out with?”

I hadn’t listened to The Teardrop Explodes in years, but was reminded of their debut album, and this song, while driving to work this morning. This song was actually left off of the UK version of the album, along with “Bouncing Babies”, but the vinyl I had included it.

5. “Just Who is the 5 O’Clock Hero?” :: The Jam

“Hello darlin’,
I’m home again,
covered in shit and aches and pains.
Too knackered to think,
so give me time to come round.
Just gimme the living room beat to the TV sound.”

Weller is brilliant at capturing a day-in-the-life, as well as looking beneath it, with an eye on the societal routines, leanings, and consequences of the day-by-day. As a bonus, press play below, a live version where The Jam segue into “Chain Gang” at the end of this song.

So, there’s Monday’s 5 Songs (with a bonus 6th). Hope you enjoyed! Tune in tomorrow for another 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

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The Letter C :: Friday Five

The Letter C :: Friday Five

Let’s get alphabetical for this Friday Music Friday Five. What are your favorite songs, albums, artists and bands that start with the letter C? Can you name a few of them without looking? Can you close your eyes and alphabetize your favorite Music, pulling out the C’s you love the most?

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Songs:

1. “Crucify” :: Tori Amos

“You’re just an empty cage girl,
if you kill the bird.”

2. “Come Pick Me Up” :: Ryan Adams

“I wish you would come pick me up,
take me out,
fuck me up,
steal my records,
screw all my friends.”

3. “Cherry-coloured Funk” :: Cocteau Twins

“Still we can find our love down from behind.”

4. “Crystal Village” :: Pete Yorn

“You were there,
and it was good in the beginning.”

5. “Cosmic Dancer” :: T-Rex

“I danced myself out of the womb.
Is it strange to dance so soon?
I danced myself into the tomb,
but when again once more.”

Singers:

1. Sam Cooke

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“Bring it on Home to Me”

2. Leonard Cohen

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“Chelsea Hotel #2” (live)

3. Chrissie Hynde

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“Back on the Chain Gang”

4. Nick Cave

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“The Ship Song” (live)

5. Chan Marshall (Cat Power)

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“Cross Bones Style”

Bands:

1. Cocteau Twins

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“Lorelai”

2. Concrete Blonde

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“God is a Bullet”

3. The Cure

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“A Forest” (live)

4. The Church

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“Metropolis”

5. The Chemical Brothers

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“Galvanize”

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 17, 2017

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 17, 2017

Looking for the best New Music Releases on this New Music Friday? Below you will find My Top 5 New Releases for New Music Friday. I’ve scoured the lists, played the tracks, and put together the best of the best. Have a listen, play a featured track, and if you like what you hear go out and support the artists, and the Music. I would love to hear what you think of the selected songs, and album titles. Is there a New Music Release that you feel should be on this list? Comment below and let me know what you think.

Top 5 New Releases:

1. Spirit :: Depeche Mode

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Three-Sentence Review: Spirit is a welcome return of a beloved synth-heavy, new wave/alternative band that transcended the 80’s and 90’s in ways that many of the other invading British bands of that era did not. Though the album lacks any real musical surprises, the strength here is in the solid songs and sounds; a stellar collection of racks, from start-to-finish, the best all-around album since Songs of Faith and Devotion, actually. Gahan’s voice is still a standout, Gore remains a quintessential songwriter (“Cover Me” and “Eternal” are so recognizably Gore you can’t miss it), and the electronic feel that the band has always had has evolved into something that teeters between aural nostalgia and a right here, right now sound.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Where’s the Revolution”, “Cover Me”, and “No More (This is the Last Time)”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Cover Me”

2. Hot Thoughts :: Spoon

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Three-Sentence Review: I have been anticipating the release of “Hot Thoughts” since I heard the pre-album release of the title track/opening track, “Hot Thoughts”, a dance-able, catchy number that is indicative of how the rest of its namesake sounds. Nine albums in and Spoon manages to surprise, while still sustaining a recognizable, Spoon-sound that they have cultivated through the years. With the help of Flaming Lips’ producer Dave Fridmann, the songs are rife with trippy sensibilities and, at times, a dream pop electric edge (see “Whisperl’lllistentohearit” and “Pink Up”) that takes the Spoon-sound and elevates it, spinning it in new directions.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Hot Thoughts”, “Whisperl’lllistentohearit”, and “First Caress”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Hot Thoughts”

3. Salutations :: Conor Oberst

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Three-Sentence Review: Salutations brings back the Conor Bright Eyes’ era, circa Lifted and I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning that I’ve been missing for quite some time. The opening track, “Too Late to Fixate”, caught my attention immediately, and reminded me why I used to “fixate” over Conor’s songwriting back in the early aughts. Recorded with a full band, and a myriad of guest musicians (The Felice Brothers, Jim Keltne, and more), Salutations carries with it a past sensibility, peppered generously with an older eye-view, a bit of a laugh at oneself, and a juxtaposition of jadedness and optimism, that creates a 17-song (yes, 17) collection that I’ll be “fixating” over for days to come.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Too Late to Fixate”, “Overdue”, and “You All Loved Him Once”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Too Late to Fixate”

4. In Mind :: Real Estate

Real Estate, In Mind, Album Review, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: There are so many interesting new albums out this week, all unique and listenable and very worth checking out – Real Estate’s In Mind is no exception, a daydreamy, pastoral indie pop collection of sounds that suits these longer nights and warmer (at least here in Southern California) weather. I want to spend a few afternoons swimming around in these songs, letting the harmonic melodies wash over me, and inspire me. Jangly, and sometimes fuzzy guitars (see “Two Arrows”) meet up with tinkling, often lush keyboards, which come together well with Martin Courtney’s vocals’; this album has survived losing one of their key members (guitarist Matt Mondanile), taken on two  new ones (guitarist Julian Lynch and keyboardist Matt Kallma), and created something equal to, if not better, than their past three albums.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Darling”, “Stained Glass”, and “Two Arrows”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Darling”

5. Room 29 :: Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales

Jarvis Cocker, Chilly Gonzales, Room 29, Album Review, Top 5 New Releaases

Three-Sentence Review: Completely unexpected and weird, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales release an album of songs inspired by the Château Marmont, Hollywood, California’s rumored to be haunted hotel. At times this feels like an audio book, poetry set to some stark and simple music unraveling a story that you are keen to hear, but never 100% sure of the plot or purpose. Jarvis and Chilly tell tales of the hotel using music, theatrics, clips from classic Hollywood movies, and their unmistakable piano (Chilly) and vocals (Jarvis), making this one of the more interesting albums I’ve listened to in a long while, while also reminding me, in theme and the sometimes ambient sounds, of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Room 29″, “Tearjerker”, and “A Trick of the Light”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Room 29”