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”

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

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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

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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”

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 10, 2017

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 10, 2017

Looking for the best new album releases on this New Music Friday? Look no further. I have dove in and listened to the selections of albums, and singles, out today (there are so many this week) and selected my Top 5 New Releases of the week. So, relax, read on, and get ready to press play for the Top New Releases from this week’s New Music Friday.

Top 5 New Releases:

1. Semper Femina :: Laura Marling

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Three-Sentence Review: Themed album, Semper Femina, began as a concept to describe women from the lens of men, but evolved into something different as Laura turned the gaze on herself, to delve into her perspective on women – turning women into the songs subjects and storytellers. Laura’s voice is as striking as ever, pure, raw and beautiful. The sonic mood shifts and melodies hit me in a way that I haven’t felt since her debut, in 2008.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Soothing”, “Wild Fire” and “Nothing, Not Nearly”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

 

“Nothing, Not Nearly”

2. Jawbone :: Music from the Film/Music by Paul Weller

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Three-Sentence Review: Seven tracks of score and song from the prolific musical genius Paul Weller. “The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe” has had my attention since the single was released a few weeks prior, and “Bottle” is just as emotionally rich, and beautiful. The score tracks, especially the electronically shaped “Jawbone”, are compelling and cinematic, and left me wanting more.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe”, “Jawbone” and “Bottle”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Bottle”

3. The Order of Time :: Valerie June

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Three-Sentence Review: I love when I stumble on an artist I’ve never heard of, spin the tracks of their album, and find myself being drawn in and won over. A little bit folk, a little bit torch song singer, a little bit alt-country, and a lot singer-songwriter stunning, Valerie’s voice is raspy and bluesy, vulnerable and soulful – I am definitely intrigued by this throwback meets right now collection of sounds. Songs like “Shakedown”, “Astral Plane” and “Just in Time” are instrumentally complex, stark at times, resounding at other times, and act as the perfect accompaniment to Valerie’s unique voice.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Long Lonely Road”, “Shakedown” and “Just in Time”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Shakedown”

4. 50 Song Memoir :: The Magnetic Fields

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Three-Sentence Review: Autobiography as album, that’s what The Magnetic Fields 50 Song album is, or should I saw 5-albums is (that’s right, 50 songs, 5 albums, each song representing a year in Stephin Merrit’s life). The musical complexities and evolving differences, song-by-song, reflect the evolution of a life, as one might expect. This is an epic project, and an epic listen, one that will take more than one sitting – but it will be worth the time to take in the melodies and melancholy of Merrit’s first 50 years.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “How to Play Synthesizer”, “Dreaming in Tetris” and “You Can Never Go Back to New York”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“How to Play Synthesizer”

5. Yours Conditionally :: Tennis

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Three-Sentence Review: This new album, the fourth from the husband and wife duo, Tennis, springs to mind the late seventies to me, and yes, i do mean in a good way. Yours Conditionally was self-produced, and sounds more stripped down and raw than the prior three. All the songs seem to overflow with that soft rock and soul that had me “nostalga-ing” about the late seventies (think AM radio, 8 Track and bins of 45’s), and thematically dissect the idea of marriage, individualism, and feminism within the construct of committed partnerships.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “My Emotions are Blinding”, “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” and “10 Minutes 10 Years”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“My Emotions are Blinding”

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 3, 2017

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 3, 2017

It’s Friday. You know what that means? It’s New Music Friday again. Are you ready for the best of the new album releases for March 3? Are you ready for the first new music for March 2017?

I’ve sifted through the newly released albums, EP’s and singles, and come up with the five best of the week for your sonic enjoyment. So, sit back, secure your headphones, and have a listen to a few albums and a single, or two, that are the standout best Top New Releases for March 3, 2017.

Top 5 New Releases:

1. Bruises :: Dia Frampton

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Three-Sentence Review: This album is a collection of gorgeous, cinematic, emotionally rich songs that I can’t get enough of today. Dia has come a long way from the early aughts emo duo with her older sister, as well as from her stint on The Voice. Produced by Dan Heath (known for work with Lana Del Rey and Skylar Grey), Bruises feels like a little Lana, a little Birdy and Banks, and some Damien Rice thrown in, too. Dia has been one to watch for some time now, but this album really solidifies it.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Hope”, “Dead Man” and “Crave”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Crave”

2. Full Closure and No Details :: Gabriella Cohen

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Three-Sentence Review: An interesting combination of indie dram pop and 1950’s rock sensibilities, Australian singer/songwriter, Gabriella Cohen’s debut album has me pressing play over and over again. This is a slow burn of an album, but not in the case of taking time to warm up to it, no, more like it sits there, simmering, sending out hunger inducing scents (and senses), swirling around you until it has all your attention. This is definitely infused with a bit of Nico, of Hope Sandoval, of The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Best Coast, as well as an assortment of 50’s-60’s girl groups – turn it up, and I bet you hear it, too.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “I Don’t Feel so Alive”, “Feelin’ Fine” and “Downtown”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Downtown”

3. Last Place :: Grandaddy

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Three-Sentence Review: Grandaddy has been on my musical peripheral for almost a decade, but they never got any closer to me until now. Last Place has me paying attention, and pulling the band, and their music, in closer – listening closer, feeling the connection finally. The album has straight forward, alternative rock tracks, emotionally dense ballads, and vulnerable, hypnotic ballads peppered with a dream-pop’s lighter touch – I think I get this Grandaddy thing now.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Way We Won’t”, “The Boat is in the Barn” and “This is the Part”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Way We Won’t”

4. Blood Jungle :: Johnossi

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Three-Sentence Review: Swedish-duo Johnossi brings with their new album “Blood Jungle” a ready-for-alternative-radio collection of 10 tracks that are strong, catchy adn palpable. Some tracks stand farther out then the rest, shedding some of the predictability in exchange for a bit of angst and melodic complexity. Singer John Englebert has been compared vocally to Dave Grohl, and I can hear it on this album more than other past releases, especially with the song “Tall Dark Man”.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Air is Free”, “On a Roll” and “Tall Dark Man”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Air is Free”

5. Sensorimotor ::: Lusine

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Three-Sentence Review: The songs on Sensorimotor teeter on the edge of Techno and Ambient, creating a very pleasing mix of the two styles. At times the songs are soundtrack score cinematic (see “Chatter”), at other times they are dance infused (“The Level”), but my favorite moments are the tracks that feature vocals, adding a melodic layer to the already stunning electro-sounds. Texas-raised/Seattle-based Jeff McIlwain has another stellar release here, my favorite, so far, of his musical creations.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Ticking Hands”, “Just a Cloud” and “The Lift”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Just Like a Cloud”

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: February 24, 2017

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday ::
February 24, 2017

It’s New Music Friday again. Are you ready for the best of the new album releases today? I’ve sifted through the newly released albums, EP’s and singles, and come up with the five best of the week for your perusal. So, sit back, secure your headphones, and have a listen to a few albums and a single, or two, that are the standout best Top New Releases for the week of February 24, 2017..

Top 5 New Releases:

1. Sick Scenes :: Los Campesinos!

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Three-Sentence Review: Immediately catchy and accessible, Sick Scenes reminds me of what I saw in Los Campesinos! back in 2007, with the songs “We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives” and “You! Me! Dancing!”. Indie in its sensibilities, but pop/power pop in the delivery, this album has the potential of being bigger than their recent releases. I’m awfully fond of the slower, softer moments, too (see “The Fall of Home”), with its waltz-feel, and late night confessional lyrics.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Sad Suppers”, “The Fall of Home”, and “A Litany/Heart Swells”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“The Fall of Home”

2. “Can I Sit Next to You?” :: Spoon

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Three-Sentence Review: Can the new Spoon album be out today? This is the second pre-album single to be released, and it is a stunner. I was immediately grooving to it from the first notes, and as the song went on I knew I’d be hitting repeat as soon as it was over.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Can I Sit Next to You?”

3. Don’t Get Lost :: The Brian Jonestown Massacre

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Three-Sentence Review: A new album only four months after their last, Don’t Get Lost continues with the band’s electronic experimentations, fusing it with the psychedelic sensibilities that have always been a big part of their sound. Tim Burgess, of The Charlatans, guests on the track “Fact 67”, one of the strongest song songs on the album. The album itself gets lost in its own wanderings at times, lacking a cohesion that at first glance the song titles would presume it has, but there are some interesting, stand-out moments to stop on along the way (see especially “Fact 67” and “Dropping Bombs on the Sun”).

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Fact 67”, “Dropping Bombs on the Sun”, and “Acid 2 Me is No Worse than War”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Fact 67”

4. S/T :: Dirty Projectors

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Three-Sentence Review: Dirty Projectors’ so-called “break up album”, which I picked up on in first line of the opening track, “Keep Your Name”, which feels and sounds like Bon Iver, to me. The production, and electro-infusions, keep this album from sinking too deeply into melancholy, while not completely taking away the expression of heartbreak. This album works best when the beats and vocals are messed with, causing lifts and falls in sound, and where the Indie R&B styles are allowed to flow through.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Keep Your Name”, “Death Spiral”, and “I See You”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Death Spiral”

5. Wilderness of Love :: Shadow Band

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Three-Sentence Review: Late sixties psychedelia influenced, dark and dreamy, I feel like I want this album in Autumn, but I’ll take it for now (and most likely revisit it in October). This debut album is a DIY/home recording musical offering; close your eyes and can’t you just see the smoke-filled rooms they created, and recorded, this in? “Morning Star”, my first listen favorite, reminds me a lot of the Zombies.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Endless Night”, “Morning Star”, and “Daylight”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 3

“Daylight”

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 2/23/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 2/23/17
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Hello Thursday, how’s it all going with you today?

Let’s press play and listen to a few songs, shall we? We can “Come On/Let’s Go” with some Weller, then blast up to “Saturn 5” with Inspiral Carpets. Wings will fly us back just in time to “feel lazy” with The Lightning Seeds, and then end the day with an ode to rain, and unrequited (with a hope to be requited) love.

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 will add each five songs shared to the playlist each day. 

1. “Come On/Let’s Go” :: Paul Weller

“I believe it’s true,
we are everywhere.”

Another Paul Weller song I’d never heard before sent my way from my brilliant, fellow music freak boyfriend. I like the beat in this, the movement and flow. It has a 90’s sensibility to me, even though it came off the 2005 album, As Is Now. This adds to just one more reason I hope I get to see Weller play live someday.

2. “Saturn 5” :: Inspiral Carpets

“Saturn 5,
you really were the greatest sight,
stretching out on a summer’s day –
Houston is calling me back to her.”

The first time I heard this song I was reading Douglas Coupland’s book, All Families are Psychotic. Since then, the book, the characters and this song are linked in my mind.

3. “Let ‘Em In” :: Wings

“Someone’s knockin’ at the door.
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell.”

Hello 1976. Hello 7-year old me. Hello house on Eighteenth Street with the hardwood floors and big stereo speakers, and those records of my Mom’s. This song is like a time travel machine, hoisting me up, and shooting me back to that house, that living room, those speakers, and that life of mine, in 1976.

4. “Feeling Lazy” :: The Lightning Seeds

“Monday starts all over,
Tuesday safe behind your blinds.
Come on over,
we can spend an hour or two.”

Another band I am rediscovering. I feel like there are many songs I missed out on with The Lightning Seeds that I’m now uncovering, playing, and enjoying. This is a favorite of the songs I’m hearing from them for the first time. This one I can’t seem to get enough of.

5. “Ray Ray Rain” :: Bettie Serveert

“I watch your right hand shifting gear,
wondering what I’m doing here,
’cause both our minds,
are occupied by memories.”

I was living in an upstairs apartment. The one with the claw-foot tub and rounded front room. Some nights, when sleep eluded me, and the anxiety of my falling apart relationship nagged at me, I would turn on MTV and let the videos wash over me. It was the mid-90’s. This video would come on every once in awhile. I remember writing their name down, and going the next day to buy both the Lamprey album (which this track is on) and the Palomine album.

There is something about this song that tugs at my heartstrings, and always makes me tear up.

And that’s all for today…those were the 5 songs from My Top 5 Music Obsessions.

What have you been listening to today?

 

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

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

It’s New Music Friday. Are you searching through the rain (if you are here in Southern California, at least), or through the endless record bins of the internet to find what the best of the new releases are today? To help on your new music search, here is this week’s Top 5 New Releases.

This week’s list has a few stellar albums among the Top 5, as well as two hard to miss singles. Get ready to crank up the volume, press play and indulge in some of the new tunes that just arrived today.

Top 5 New Releases:

1. Prisoner :: Ryan Adams

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Three-Sentence Review: I’ve spent some time with the singles that Ryan has released pre-album, and without exception, each song has been a “grower” to me, and the album, Prisoner, in its entirety, is no exception; it is a grower, too. The songs feel denser than previous Ryan songs, sonically complex , but with a lyrical distance that I’m not used to with his music – I feel as if I have to lean in closer, push repeat more often, and let these songs make their way in to me slowly. “To be Without You” is the most immediately accessible of the bunch, but the others are a bit more hard to get, though I do believe they are worth the time, the re-listens, and the “throw the album on, get in the car, and drive” effort taken to get this album under my skin.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Do You Still Love Me?”, “To be Without You”, “Broken Anyway”, and “We Disappear”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“To be Without You”

2. Fields of Love :: Mozart’s Sister

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Three-Sentence Review: Immediately reminiscent of Kate Bush, with perhaps a little Bjork and St. Vincent (sans guitar) thrown in to the mix. Mozart’s Sister’s Field of Love is electronically-infused indie pop with a very off-kilter edge, some that seems made for a crowded dance floor (see “Bump”), and some that feels set for a more isolated introspection (see “Baroque Baby”). Caila Thompson-Hannant brings something different to the pop-landscape of her second album under the “Mozart’s Sister” moniker -songs that are both catchy and different, and seem  ready made for remixing.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Angel”, “Who are You”, and “Baroque Baby”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Angel”

3. “Always Sad” :: The Jesus & Mary Chain

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Three-Sentence Review: This second pre-album released single (new album, Damage and Joy, out March 24) is even better than the last, and has me seriously anxious and excited for the album to finally arrive. I love the inclusion of Bernadette Denning in this track, it takes the song into a conversational place that works perfectly here, both melodically, and lyrically. The trademark jangly guitar and fuzz, along with the dueted voices, adds an interesting lightness to the sad of “Always Sad”, the mood juxtaposition (and the inclusion of a female vocalist) calls to mind “Sometimes Always”, JAMC’s earlier duet with Hope Sandoval, that also mixed up jangle-pop lightness with a sung story of melancholy.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Always Sad”

4. Plural :: Electric Guest

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Three-Sentence Review: Electric Guest’s new album, Plural, combines electronica, funk, soul, pop and disco, elevating the tracks into something more palpable than straight to the floor dance music. There is songwriting here, a bit of humor (Asa Taccone is brothers with Jorma of Lonely Island, and has produced songs such as “Dick in a Box” in the past), and a complexity of melody, lyric and sound that begs for multiple listens. Some songs veer heavily into radio-friendly R&B (see “Back & Forth” and “Dear to Me”), but I prefer when they take an older soul sound and marry it with an indie pop sensibility the likes of MGMT and Bastille (see “See the Light” and “My Omen”).

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Zero”, “I See the Light” and “My Omen”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“My Omen”

5. “Thick Girls Knock Me Out (Richard Starkey)” :: The Dandy Warhols

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Three-Sentence Review: Listen to that opening guitar – it is definitely the strongest part of this new single. As for the rest, there is something slightly off with the vocals to me, I’m not sure if it is the production, or tone, but it just does not connect with me the way I’d want it to. Musically, this is a hit to me, but the vocal arrangement and recording takes it too far away from what I know this band can do (think “Godless, or “Get Off”, or last year’s “All the Girls in London”). Maybe this is a turn up loud in the car and let it grow on me, too?

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Thick Girls Knock Me Out”

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: February 3, 2017

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: February 3, 2017

Wondering what new is out there in the musical ether on this New Music Friday? For this first February Friday my Top 5 New Releases include a heavily anticipated movie soundtrack for T2: Trainspotting, an equally awaited new album from the emotionally complex, and melodic, Elbow, as well as a melodically pleasing project by the eternally talented Paul Weller (with a little help from his friends), an anthemic, ready for radio play new single from Depeche Mode, and a ready made for the dance floor new single from Goldfrapp. It’s a turn it up — way up — kind of Friday…

1. T2: Trainspotting Soundtrack

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Three-Sentence Review: I’ve been awaiting the soundtrack to the Trainspotting sequel ever since it was announced that a sequel was in the works, because honestly, the original soundtrack (or soundtracks -there was two, I believe) was so musically quintessential, brilliantly bringing to the general public’s ears bands like Underworld, Leftfield, Primal Scream, Goldie, and more. This sequel’s collection of artists spans the gamut of newer bands like Wolf Alice, Young Fathers, Fat White Family, and High Contrast, to iconic artists such as Iggy Pop, Blondie, Queen, The Clash and Underworld. Though, I’m not sure this soundtrack delivers the same audible punch that the original film’s did, it is still finding its way into my musical heavy rotation, and will hopefully be doing some introducing of both new, and older, artists, like its predecessor.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Shotgun Mouthwash”, “Silk” and “Slow Slippy”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

Slow Slippy

2. Little Fictions :: Elbow

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Three-Sentence Review: Epic, orchestral, lyrical, literate and beautiful, Elbow always seems to tick off those boxes with their music, and this new album, Little Fictions, is no exception to the Elbow-rule. From the opening number, “Magnificent (She Says)”, which just soars off itself, to the electro-pop sensibilities of “All Disco” and “K2”, to the closing number, “Kindling”, which story-tells with a borrowed 60’s Doors/Velvet Underground sound (listen close, and you’ll hear both references in the backbeats and bass line), this album is destined to make it to my “best of 2017” list. Happy/sad music has been the categorization of Elbow from their earliest albums, though the scale seems to weigh an inch, or two, more towards the “happy” side of things this time around – could this be due to lead singer, Guy Garvey’s, recent marriage – is this a wee bit of love we’re hearing here?

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Magnificent (She Says)”, “All Disco” and “Kindling”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

All Disco

2. “No Peace” :: Noel Gallagher & Paul Weller

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Three-Sentence Review: Waking up to a new single featuring Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher always marks the start of a good day. This single’s collaboration of Paul Weller’s Sine of 4 project, with Noel Gallagher’s guitar work, helps to make this remix of Syd Arthur’s “No Peace” a must hear . With the dreamy start, the post-Brit Pop guitars, and all those electronic touches weaved throughout work well here, creating a swirling sonic sound that deserves to be turned up loud, and repeatedly played.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

No Peace

4. “Where’s the Revolution” :: Depeche Mode

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Three-Sentence Review: A new Depeche Mode single today was a surprise, as well. This one is anthemic and timely, and yes, a bit on the nose, but that works in the song’s favor, I think. It is ready made to be turned up loud and sung-a-long to (and sent to all the “alternative” radio and streaming stations. The intentional build and the electronically reverberated framework of “Where’s the Revolution?” are what makes this songs so recognizably Depeche Mode; a great choice for the upcoming album’s first single.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Where’s the Revolution?”

5. “Anymore” :: Goldfrapp

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Three-Sentence Review: One more new single of the week that has caught my ears today is Goldfrapp’s new one, entitled”Anymore”. This is an addictive, electro-pop, surefire, spun out and ready to fill a dance floor with single. It makes me curious, and anxious, too, for Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory’s upcoming album , Silver Eye, to get here already -my “counting the days” starts now.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Anymore”

There’s my Top 5 New Releases for this New Release Friday. What do you think of the selection? Do you have any to add to the list?

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Weeks of 1/9/17 and 1/16/17

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Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Weeks of 1/9/17 and 1/16/17

1. “Hot Thoughts” :: Spoon

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Three-Sentence Review: An unexpected surprise was borne when I was sent an older song of Spoon’s earlier this week, the tune which got me all rattled up and thinking”hey I forgot how much I dig this band”, which led me to their “Spotify” page to spin some more. It was there I found A NEW SINGLE. I pushed play, and have been returning, and re-pushing play, on and off all week- and I bet you will, too.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

 

“Hot Thoughts”

2. “I Gave You Power” :: Arcade Fire, featuring Mavis Staples

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Three-Sentence Review: I’m pretty well versed in all things Arcade Fire, an aurally addicted follower since 2004’s Funeral, which still resides in my (long) list of all-time favorite albums. Most of the time I know what to expect from Arcade Fire, what sounds will be emitted, what beats and rhythms and melodies, but this song, featuring the great Mavis Staples, bucked up against my expectations, and knocked me over with its dirty funky sensibilities. The fade and build in the end sticks around long after the air goes silent, and it remains there, creeping up my spine, making me want to call up David Lynch and suggest he finds a way to include this song in his next cinematic adventure – maybe played live in the Black Lodge?

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

“I Give You Power” :: Arcade Fire, featuring Mavis Staples

3. I See You :: The xx

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Three-Sentence Review: Electronica meets up with dream pop, while winking at jazz over there in the corner, but then turns around and goes off to make it with some indie rock, the end result the making of a new “xx” baby. Initial favorite, “On Hold”, has a 90’s Trip Hop feel to me circa Morcheeba and Everything But The Girl (always a good feel, to me). Overall, the album is a bit more on the pop/upbeat side of things than my favorite of theirs, 2009’s self-titled – but the elevated melodies, and the shifts in sound, do possess a quality that I bet is going to grow on me after a few more listens.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “A Violent Noise”, “Replica” and “On Hold”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

“On Hold”

4. Hang :: Foxygen

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Three-Sentence Review: So, now I get what all the Foxygen fuss has been about, while I sit here listening, and wondering why I haven’t noticed before. Throwback with a capital “T”, 70’s infused, especially with all that brass lifting up some of these songs (check out track one, “Follow the Leader”, and you’ll know what I mean) – there’s much groove to get down with here; but then the album goes and gets all “big stage theatrics” overloaded with drama, full orchestra and big belted emotion that still has me recalling the 70’s, especially in that midnight movie-esque musical sort of way. Nice touches from both the Flaming Lips and The Lemon Twigs on this new album- they really have left a mark.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Follow the Leader’, “On Lankershim” and “Trauma”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Follow the Leader”

5. “Doomsday” :: Ryan Adams

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Three-Sentence Review: Will we slowly be gifted the entire upcoming new Ryan Adams album, Prisoner, single by single, or knowing his musically prolific proclivities, will all these “previewed” tracks end up being the new album’s “B-sides”? Whatever the outcome may be, I’m certainly not complaining about this slow leak of melody and lyrical refrain. Though this is my least favorite of the three released  (so far), its still Ryan, simmering in a little bit of sadness, a little bit of hopeless hope, and a lot of that guitar-riffed strum, punctuated by harmonica and heartbreak.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Doomsday”

My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 1/2/17

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: Week of 1/2/17

1. All Disco :: Elbow

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Three-Sentence Review: Oh Elbow, how you emotionally skewer me and break me into little, tiny, shattering pieces in the best of ways. A new album is coming (February), and I am full of anticipation and impatience, but I woke today to find another new single (check out “Magnificent (She Says)” which dropped in December) released from the album which definitely had to land in the #1 spot this week. “All Disco” is said to be inspired by a conversation that Elbow frontman Guy Garvey had with Pixies’ Black Francis (Francis quoted as saying “you have punk rock, you have rock, you have blues, you have soul, it’s all disco.”), and is already giving my emotions emotions (I’m telling you, Elbow knows how to mess me up good, all while I’m singing-a-long).

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

“All Disco”

2. Clinic Hope :: The Gift

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Three-Sentence Review: Reminiscent of 80’s electronica, akin in sound and sensibility with Perfume Genius and Passion Pit, and produced by the great Brian Eno, what is not to love about this single? The Gift is well loved and celebrated in their home of Portugal, and have been making noise elsewhere with past releases, and with recent projects with Eno (check out “Love Without Violins, as well, you won’t regret it). Eno brings magic to this already eclectic and alt-pop wonder that The Gift gifts us – and if you aren’t turning this track up and dancing around to it (or at least wishing you could dance around to it) I will be very surprised.

Initial Favorite Track(s): N/A (single)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

 “Clinic Hope”

3. Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect :: Sundara Karma

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Three-Sentence Review: First album for a very youthful, guitar led, alt/indie band who may be living that retrospect fun as we speak (and turn their tunes up loud). Vocally they seem older than they appear, and bring to mind Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers and Franz Ferdinand (2004-2005 era, early aughts anybody?) shaken and stirred with some fellow youth up-and-comers like The Wrecks and Clean Cut Kid. This is catchy stuff, full of premature jadedness (littered sparingly with hope, and dare I say again, “youth”) and edgy guitars that solidify this band as “one to watch”.

Initial Favorite Track(s): 4+

Rating (1-5 Stars): “Loveblood”, “Flame” and “Watching from Great Heights”

“Loveblood”

4. The Drifters :: Zooey

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Three-Sentence Review: Low-fi, electroica-ly deft, indie pop goodness that lands the first blow covered in sugar and open air ocean breezes, but comes back later with something a bit stronger, perhaps a whiskey, a sedative and a well placed “french” kiss. Matthieu Beck and Marie Merlet are the French couple musicians who recorded the album in their London home studio, in the midst of a big city, yet somehow captured wide spaces, the ebb and flow of the sea, and summery soft materials blowing off warm skin. When listening to the album, Rosie Thomas come to mind, as does Dove and the Wolf, Camera Obscura, and even a bit of Brian Wilson.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Realise Realise”, “The Country Song” and “Oh Stop!”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“The Country Song”

5. 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory :: Dropkick Murphys

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Three-Sentence Review: Though not as spirited and riotous as past releases, there is still spirit and punch and alcohol-infused reverie within the songs on this new record from Dropkick Murphys (their 9th release). At times sea shanty pirates come to mind (especially “First Class Loser”), at other times the punk sensibilities take center stage, and I can almost see the fists in the air, and the bodies slamming together. I like when the lyrics go heartfelt/heartbroken, when you can feel Boston and the bar in the melodies, and when I feel my body wanting to jump, and jump, as my voice cracks from scream-singing-a-long.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Rebels with a Cause”, “First Class Loser” and “Paying My Way”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 3+

“Paying My Way”