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New Release Friday featuring Mark Deutrom

Let’s hear it for the New Year, and for the return of New Release Friday. I stepped away from reviewing new music last year, even though there were quite a few stellar albums that came out in 2018. I missed many of them until weeks (or months) after they were released. I don’t plan on letting that happen again.

Plus, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to listen, and discover (and re-discover), more music. So, part of that is definitely going to help fuel this weekly feature.

I’m going to leave each week open, meaning I won’t be limiting it to Top 5 New Releases, nor will it be confined to just albums. I will highlight notable singles, and re-issues, as well.

Let me know of any new music you’re listening to, and loving, in the comments. Or you can email me at lyriquediscordesubmissions@gmail.com.

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New Release Friday – January 4, 2019

Albums:

Mark Deutrom The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird by Mark Deutrom

Three-Sentence Review: Best known for his work with The Melvins, Deutrom’s new album, The Blue Bird, starts off 2019 with a blues-meets-psychedelia-meets prog rock-meets-punk poly-sensibility, and thirteen tracks worthy of heavy-play. Comparisons have been made to early Pink Floyd (“Nothing Out There” especially), and 90’s grunge (especially due to Mark’s Chris Cornell vocal similarities). There is darkness here, flicked with hopeful light, reminiscent of stars in the night sky, the kind seen clearly in the middle of the desert sometime around midnight – that’s the image that listening to this album conjures up to me.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Radiant Gravity”, “Nothing Out There”, and “Hell is a City”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Nothing Out There”

T-Rextasy Prehysteria

Prehysteria by T-Rextasy

Three-Sentence Review: Alright, full disclosure, I was initially attracted to this album (and band) because of their clever band name, and T-Rex reference (I forever love T-Rex), that said, I’ve stuck around and played this album a few times over because of how catchy, fun, and yes, clever, it is. More 80’s New Wave Girlband than 90’s Riot Grrrl band (though there is a bit of 90’s ska here), there is definitely something Generation Z in the style, songwriting, and sensibility here. Prehysteria is the band’s sophomore release; I’m curious where they go from here – and I’m even more curious to see them play live sometime.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Coffee?”, “Rip Van Vintage”, and “Baby”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Rip Van Vintage”

Old Sea Brigade Ode To a Friend

Ode To a Friend by Old Sea Brigade

Three-Sentence Review: The more I listen to Ode To a Friend, by Old Sea Brigade (Ben Cramer’s debut full-length album), the more I love it – each song builds on the next, and seeps in beneath my skin with each play. The album is dedicated to singer/songwriter Ben Cramer’s best friend, who died unexpectedly last year. There is sadness in all of the Indie Folk/Americana tracks on the album, but there is also that kind of beauty that remembering someone brings, especially when it is memories of someone as important, and loved, as a best friend.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Seen a Ghost”, “Western Eyes”, and “Cigarette”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Feel You”

Re-issues:

Lone Justice The Western Tapes 1983

The Western Tapes, 1983 by Lone Justice

Three-Sentence Review: As the title may suggest, The Western Tapes, 1983, is more “Country Western” than other Lone Justice, or Maria McKee albums, but it definitely holds up and shines a spotlight on McKee’s vocal excellence (especially the track “Don’t Toss Us Away”). Though this re-issue came out in November of last year, it was just today that I stumbled on it while perusing the New Release albums for this week – so, to me, it counts. This album was the debut of Lone Justice, recorded very soon after musician and producer Marvin Etzioni discovered Lone Justice band members Maria McKee and Ryan Hedgecock playing George Jones and Hank Williams covers in a club, in 1982.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Don’t Toss Us Away”, “Drugstore Cowboy”, and “How Lonesome Life Has Been”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Drugstore Cowboy”

Singles:

Let Me Down Lasse Friis and Bettye LaVette

“Let Me Down” by Lasse Friis and Bettye LaVette

Destroying Angels Garbage John Doe Exene Cervenka

“Destroying Angels” by Garbage, featuring John Doe and Exene Cervenka

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Top 5 New Releases – January 5, 2018 – New Music Friday

New Music Friday

I was sick and feverish during our First New Music Friday of 2018, but not to worry, I caught up quick and had a listen to all the releases from last week. Though there were not very many full Albums released, there were some notable Singles worth many listens, and perhaps some audio real estate on your next Playlist.

So, go on and get comfortable, whether at home, at the office, or out in the world somewhere on the go, and have a Listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

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 have been on this list? Add to the buzz and comment below.

Top 5 New Releases – Released January 5, 2018

1. “Echo” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Echo Black Rebel Motorcycle Club New Release Lyriquediscorde

Three-Sentence Review: An Audio Sneak Peek Single from BRMC’s upcoming (and anticipated) album, Wrong Creatures, “Echo” really just makes me want more. That’s a good thing though, especially with the 80’s New Wave (think Echo And The Bunnymen or “Hurting” era Tears For Fears) influence, darkwave atmospheric with a touch of Ambiance, is the Tease. “Echo” reminds me why I’ve been a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club fan for so long.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

2. “God Save Our Young Blood” by BØRNS, featuring Lana Del Rey

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Three-Sentence Review: At first listen this feels like a Summer Song, not a mid-Winter/ start of the Year release. That said, sometimes we all need a little sunshine, pop-sensibility laden, throw this on in the car and turn it up loud Song, even if its sweater weather outside. Lana’s moody-romantic tone gives this Indie Pop Song a layer of darkwave that elevates the Single from being a throwaway hit (this one will still be spinning when Summer actually arrives, I think).

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

3. “Filthy” by Justin Timberlake

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Three-Sentence Review: Speaking of Summer Singles, Timberlake’s New Song, “Filthy”, feels custom-made, club, radio, and workout ready, be on everyone’s Summer Song radar kind of Track. But maybe this is a necessary trend to kick off the year with, a make you want to dance, electro/dub infused, throwback R&B influenced Song. I love the classic R&B feel in the chorus and the dub effects throughout, though I do wish the hook was a little stronger here, that said there’s no denying that this one will even make your AI clone move.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

4. “Hand It Over” by MGMT

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Three-Sentence Review: And yet another Summer sounding Single with the new Track from MGMT, albeit a sleepy-Summer sound. Another sneak peek/tease Song for MGMT’s upcoming (no release date yet) Album, Little Dark Age. I love the Psychedelic-meets-Dream vibe that permeates this Track which reminds me of Ariel Pink, Panda Bear, and “Do You Realize?” era Flaming Lips.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

5. Introvert’s Plight by When We Land

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Three-Sentence Review: At first listen I am reminded of mid-80’s Genesis minus the pop-hooks. I wanted to like this Album more than I did, maybe mostly because of the Album title (I wanted more for an “introvert’s” plight). The production and instrumentation outshine the vocal and lyrics, which for a girl who loves words and lyrics, this one is a hard sell for me.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Kicking and Screaming” and “Introvert’s Plight”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 3

“Introvert’s Plight”

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Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: June 16, 2017

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Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: June 16, 2017

It’s New Music Friday and you know what that means – the Biggest and Best New Releases of the Week can be found Right Here. So, sit back, relax and peruse Today’s Top 5 New Releases. Scroll down and you can read 3-Sentence Reviews, you can check out the First Listen Favorites, and you can Press Play on each Selected Song so you can Hear what all the Buzz is about. Sometimes there are Singles among the pack, because they are a part of New Release Day, too.

So, get comfortable, whether at home, at the office, or on the go out in the world somewhere, and have a Listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

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? Add to the buzz and comment below.

TOP 5 NEW RELEASES:

1. Melodrama :: Lorde

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Three-Sentence Review: It feels like its been a long time waiting for Lorde’s Latest Album to be Released, though there has been a number of Pre-Album Singles Released to tease us and have us wanting more. I know there is the Sophomore Slump syndrome, especially when an Artist or Band’s Debut was as bit as Lorde’s was, but I think that if anything she has grown and evolved in a way that should have this Album well-received. I’m enjoying the more grown-up Lyrics, the reminders of Kate Bush, Florence Welch, and at times, Madonna and Robyn – Melodic Dance Music with Edge, that’s what I think I’d nickname this Album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Green Light”, “Hard Feelings/Loveless”, and “Writer in the Dark”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Writer in the Dark”

2. Tomorrow Forever :: Matthew Sweet

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Three-Sentence Review: 90’s Power Pop King has a New Album out and I am so ready for it. Everything I Loved about 90’s Sweet has shown up for this, along with some Fleetwood Mac, some Britpop, some Glam, and a heavy dose of 60’s sensibilities (and guitar sounds).

Initial Favorite Track(s):  “Trick”, “Off the Farm”, and “Hello”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Trick”

3. The Nashville Sound :: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

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Three-Sentence Review: Last year I discovered the Music of Jason Isbell, and I’ve delved into his work, both Solo and with Drive-By Truckers, ever since. I have my Favorites, and I definitely prefer his Solo stuff (with the 400 Unit), and this New Album is no exception. The Storytelling is so Vivid and Rich, Literate and almost Visual, which is exactly what attracted me to Jason’s Music in the first place.

Initial Favorite Track(s):  “Tupelo”, “If We Were Vampires”, and “Chaos & Clothes”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“If We Were Vampires”

4. How Did We Get So Dark? :: Royal Blood

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Three-Sentence Review: In some ways I think this Album is my Favorite of Royal Blood’s 2 Releases (this must be a good day for Sophomore Albums – See Lorde above), even though their Debut did blow me away. The Album has been described as Sonically falling somewhere between Queens Of The Stone Age and Muse, but I hear something older here – thinking a Post-Modern Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, 70’s Rolling Stones, and other 70’s Classic Rock Rock – updated, but still sharing the sensibilities. I dig the thin layer of Electric/Electronica that is all over this Rock Album, it makes for quite the addicting Mix.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “I Only Lie When I Love You”, “She’s Creeping”, and “Hole In Your Heart”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“I Only Lie When I Love You”

5. Weather Diaries :: Ride

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Three-Sentence Review: Beyond the occasional run in with Ride’s Quintessential Hit, Vapour Trail, I very rarely Listen to the Band. This is about to change with the arrival of this New Album, which I can already tell will be heavily played this Summer Season. From the First Track, “Lannoy Point”, and onward, I am hooked on Weather Diaries, and I think you all might be, too.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Lannoy Point”, “All I Want”, and “Cali”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Cali”

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Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: June 9, 2017

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Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: June 9, 2017

It’s New Music Friday and you know what that means – the Biggest and Best New Releases of the Week can be found Right Here. So, sit back, relax and peruse Today’s Top 5 New Releases. Scroll down and you can read 3-Sentence Reviews, you can check out the First Listen Favorites, and you can Press Play on each Selected Song so you can Hear what all the Buzz is about. Sometimes there are Singles among the pack, because they are a part of New Release Day, too.

So, get comfortable, whether at home, at the office, or on the go out in the world somewhere, and have a Listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

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? Add to the buzz and comment below.

TOP 5 NEW RELEASES:

1. Self-Titled :: Cigarettes After Sex

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Three-Sentence Review: I have been anxiously waiting and anticipating this Release ever since I was introduced to Cigarettes After Sex by a friend, and fellow-Blogger, and even more so after I Listened to, and obsessed over, their Single “K” (Track 1 on the album). I caught a tagline of a Review that called this Album “Noir Dreampop” and yeah, I think that holds some merit, I’d add Dark Wave to that description, too. There is a Lana Del Rey laziness to the Vocals which adds to the dreamy, Jesus and Mary Chain meets Black Rebel Motorcycle Club meets Velvet Underground feel of the Music, and the vulnerability of the Lyrics – there really is a lot going on here, yet it comes across so Perfectly Simple, at the same time.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “K”, “Each Time You Fall In Love, and “Truly”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

“K”

2. Remember Roses :: Lola Marsh

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Three-Sentence Review: In a similar vein to the Album above, and to Lana Del Rey, with a strong injection of Indie Pop, the Israeli Band from Tel Aviv, Lola Marsh’s New Release, Remember Roses, is a Summer Ear-Worm just waiting to happen. Some of the Songs feel like Old Stories, the kind passed on from generation-to-generation, told in Songs set to an Indie Pop/Dream Pop beat – makes for an Interesting Listen. This is definitely going to be on my Best New Albums for the Summer list that I’m putting together.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “You’re Mine”, “Remember Roses”, and “In Good Times”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“You’re Mine”

3. Sunny Hills :: All We Are

All We Are Sunny Hills, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: Indie-Electronic meets Punk sensibilities best describes how Liverpool Band All We Are’s New Album, Sunny Hills, sounds to me. There is an Early-80’s New Wave Vibe at work here, too, that can’t help but draw me in. I Love how this Album whirs and jolts from Style and Sound, Variety climbing in bed with Complexity, making this play sometimes like a Musical Mood Swing (in the best way).

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Burn It All Out”, “Human”, and “Dreamer”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Burn It All Out”

4. Harder They Fall :: Carl Barât and The Jackals

Carl Barât and The Jackals Harder They Fall, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: A Fan Supported/Pledge Music Funded, Family and Friend Affair (see “produced by”, Singles Cover Photos, and “actors” in the “Burning Cars” Video) of an EP, Harder They Fall is the follow up to Let It Reign that feels promising, but cut too short. I miss the Linear Storytelling and Overall Theme that was a huge part of Carl And The Jackals’ First Release, and there are hints of it here, but again, there isn’t the Track Real Estate to offer up space with. The Album has been said to be about feeling lonely and trapped in a small town, so maybe the confined space and the want for more is the intended Theme, after all.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Burning Cars” and “Cracks”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Burning Cars”

5. “Sober” :: Lorde

Lorde Sober, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Release

Three-Sentence Review: Yet another Single Released from Lorde’s “Coming Soon” New Album. This One may be my Favorite (tied probably with “Green Light”), so far. Its a High Energy, Catchy as Hell Song, so Perfect for the nearly-here Summer.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Sober”

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Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: June 2, 2017

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Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: June 2, 2017

It’s New Music Friday and you know what that means – the Biggest and Best New Release of the Week can be found Right Here. Sit back and peruse Today’s Top 5 New Releases. Right here, right now, you can read the 3-Sentence Reviews, Check Out the First Listen Favorites, and Press Play on the Selected Song by New Release so you can Hear what all the Buzz is about. Sometimes there are Singles among the pack, because they are a part of New Release Day, too.

So, get comfortable, whether at home, at the office, or on the go out in the world somewhere, and have a Listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

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.

TOP 5 NEW RELEASES:

1. Sugar at the Gate :: TOPS

TOPS Sugar at the Gate, New Release Friday, Top 5 New ReleasesThree-Sentence Review: Descried as “Indie Electronic”, this Montreal groups Album transcends that label, adding Dream Pop and Indie Pop, and just Pop, to their Indie Electronic Sound. There is so much catchy-ness here, sometimes reminding me of 1960’s girl groups, sometimes reminding me of 90’s Alternative Music circa Sonic Youth and The Breeders, and at other times I’m struck by the Indie Pop connections to Bands like Beach House, Camera Obscura, Best Coast, and Ariel Pink. All these Tracks belong on a Summer Playist, so thank you TOPS, this Album came just in time.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Petals”, “Dayglow Bimbo”,  and “Marigold & Gray”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Petals”

2. Home Counties :: Saint Etienne

Saint Etienne Home Counties, New Release Friday, Top 5 New Releases

Three-Sentence Review: Psychedelic, Electro-Pop, Indie Pop, with a feeling of Throwback 70’s (I so hear Blondie here, especially on “Magpie Eyes”) and 80’s, all weaving together to make-up Saint Etienne, especially on this New Album. The Album, another ready-made Summer Listen, is linear, and should be listened to Track-by-Track so that the Sung-Story can unfold in your ears. This is a lengthy Album, with 19 Tracks all-together, but it is worth (multiple) Listens.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Something New”, “Magpie Eyes”, and “Sweet Arcadia”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Magpie Eyes”

3. Somersault :: Beach Fossils

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Three-Sentence Review: My initial thought when playing this Album, right at the start of the First Song, is that this reminds me of a modern take on Fleetwood Mac’s Quintessential Album, Rumours; there is something so early-to-mid 70’s about this Album. This is Beach Fossil’s 3rd Album, and you can really sense the evolution and growth that has taken place, yet the Songs still retain the Indie Pop goodness that made them a Band to watch, and keep listening to, on their 1st and 2nd Albums. This one is going to get filed away into my Road Trip and Summer drives to the beach Listening Collection.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “This Year”, “Tangerine”, and “Down the Line”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Down the Line”

4. Echo Home – Non-Electric EP :: The Kills

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Three-Sentence Review: This is more Single than EP really, since we have 2 Versions of the Title Song (“Echo Home”), but there are 3 other Tracks, too, and they are all definitely worth Listening to (and Turning Up Loud). To start with, the original Version of “Echo Home” is a Delicious Listen, full of Dark Beats, Seductive Vocals, and that unmistakable Connection of Jamie and Alison. The Rihanna Cover Song, “Desperado” is an interesting take on a Pop Song, bringing in some Twang, and Raw Vulnerability, that makes this Track a Must Repeat.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Echo Home”, “Desperado”, and “That Love”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Desperado”

5. Relaxer :: alt-J

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Three-Sentence Review: Moody, melancholic, poetic, haunting, surreal, and electronically complex, this new 8-Song Album from alt-J has me fascinated, and feeling a wee bit off-kilter. This is different than their past releases, somewhat harder to aurally digest, though I want to keep trying. Something about this Album reminds me of  a post-modern “Dark Side of the Moon”.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “3WW”, “House of the Rising Sun”, and “Adeline”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“House of the Rising Sun”

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TOP 5 NEW RELEASES :: NEW MUSIC FRIDAY :: APRIL 21, 2017

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TOP 5 NEW RELEASES :: NEW MUSIC FRIDAY :: APRIL 21, 2017

It’s New Music Friday and you know what that means – the Biggest and Best New Releases of the Week can be found right here. Right here, right now you can peruse, read the 3-Sentence Reviews, Check Out the First Listen Favorites, and Press Play on the Selected Song per New Release so you can Hear what all the Buzz is about. Sometimes there are Singles among the pack, too, because New Release Day

So, have a seat, at home, at the office, in the car, or out in the world somewhere, and have a listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

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.

TOP 5 NEW RELEASES:

1. 2016 Atomized :: The Raveonettes

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Three-Sentence Review: If you are like me, you may have missed the Song-a-Month that The Raveonettes released last year, so I was excited to see this Collection released today. Cinematic, with a touch of darkness and mid-90’s style to their Retro Girl Group Sound (circa Ronettes/The Shangri-La’s). There is even some Trip Hop influence here (see “Scout”), which all-together makes for an interesting overall Listen and a Must Have for any Die-Hard Raveonettes Fans, like me.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “This World is Empty (Without You), “Won’t You Leave Me Alone”, “Fast Food”, and “Where Are You Wild Horses” (Demo)

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“The World is Empty (Without You)”

2. Death Song :: The Black Angels

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Three-Sentence Review: It’s been quite a few years since I saw The Black Angels Play Live at the El Rey, yet I am still reeling from it, the memory of the Music’s power still vivid in my mind. This Album starts with a Psychedelic Bang with “Currency” and continues on, and on, and on, making it near impossible to turn away, playing so In-Sync that at times it feels like One Giant Song, which I mean in the Very Best Way. Here’s hoping the Play Live again soon, I’m ready.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Currency”, “I’d Kill for Her”, and “Medicine”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“I’d Kill for Her”

3. Risk to Exit :: Maximo Park

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Three-Sentence Review: I have been diving deep into New Wave Music lately, especially via Vinyl 45’s and 8-Track Tapes, so my ears are a bit New Wave Tuned making it near impossible to not notice the heavy New Wave vibe going on with this New Maximo Park Album. That said, there is still a significant dose of Early Aughts/Early Maximo Park here, too, mixing quite well together, like an 80’s and Aughts Mash-Up. This is definitely going to get a lot of Car-Commute Play from me.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Get High (No, I Don’t)”, “What Equals Love?”, and “Risk to Exist”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Get High (No, I Don’t)”

4. Guppy :: Charly Bliss

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Three-Sentence Review: This Album is so 90’s I have to keep reminding me that this isn’t a CD from my Blue Plastic Case I used to drive around with in ’95-’96. Reminiscent of Letters To Cleo, Veruca Salt, Magnapop and That Dog, the Songs on this Album seem ready made for one of those Quintessential 90’s Soundtracks, like the Clueless or 10 Things I Hate About You ones. Maybe its me indulging on nostalgia, but I am really digging this Album.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Westermarck”, “Ruby” and “Julia”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Ruby”

5. Young :: Overcoats

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Three-Sentence Review: Folk meets Pop meets Electronic, this Indie, hard to pin down Sound from Hana Elion and J.J. Mitchell has something that I could not pass up. Though, at times, it is a bit pedestrian, sounding slightly too interchangable with half a dozen other Indie, female led acts, at other times there is something Lovely here, especially vocally, reminding me of one of my Favorites, The Dove & The Wolf. I think these two are ones to watch.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “23”, “The Fog”, and “Nighttime Hunger”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 3

“Nighttime Hunger”

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: April 14, 2017

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: April 14, 2017

It’s New Music Friday and the Best New Releases of the Week await you here to read about and Press Play to listen to select Tracks from My Top 5 New Releases for Today. I’ve made my way through the New Releases, Albums and Singles both, and come up with the Best of the Best so you don’t miss a thing. So, have a seat, at home, at the office, in the car, or out in the world somewhere, and have a listen to these Top 5 Best New Releases. If you like what you hear, go now go and support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

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. “Battle Cry” :: Jack White

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Three-Sentence Review: Almost completely instrumental (sans a few “Hey’s!), Jack White’s Surprise Single release feels like rallying for Battle. Rumor has it that this is a Sonic Teaser for the Third Solo Album White is recording currently, in Nashville. Whether its a Teaser Tune, or a One-Off Single, its always great to have new Jack White Music to spin.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Battle Cry”

2. Forever and Then Some :: Lillie Mae

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Three-Sentence Review: Speaking of Jack White, Lillie Mae’s New Album was Produced by Jack and released on Third Man Records – Americana meets Country meets Folk meets Blues, with a dash of Indie dipping into each of those genres, this is an Album to hear, and Lillie Mae is an Artist to keep an eye, and ear, on. Lillie has been a Musician since she was 3-years old, and you can hear the Years in these Songs, even if Lillie doesn’t have that many years of life yet. My Favorites on the Album are the confessional, storytelling songs that veer more towards Acoustic/Singer-Songwriter territory (see “Loaner”), though when the Honky Tonk kicks in, its damn good, too (see “These Days” and “To Go Wrong”).

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Over the Hill and Through the Woods”, “Loaner”, and “Forever and Then Some”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Over the Hill and Through the Woods”

3. “Lights Out” :: Royal Blood

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Three-Sentence Review: A confirmed Pre-New-Album, Teaser Single, Royal Blood’s “Lights Out” has everything that attracted me to the band’s 2014 Self-Titled Album in the first place, plus, a little something extra. There is an 80’s Heavy Metal/Rock feel here, a wee kiss of Glam, all mixed in with a unique, Now, Royal Blood sound. Listening to this Single, Played Loudly, makes me want to see and hear them Live.

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

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

“Lights Out”

4. Waiting a Lifetime :: Splashh

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Three-Sentence Review: My first listen thought was the early Aughts band Rooney, and the TV Series that aired around the same time, The OC, as this Band and Album reminds me of the Music that used to be a staple on that TV Series’ Soundtrack. This isn’t an insult though, on the contrary, I discovered quite a few Bands via the Music Director on that show, though, I suppose slapping a Teen TV show comparison right off the back isn’t the most Edgy or Unique thing. The Album is strongest when it hits at the Dream Pop 1992 influences that also prevail here, especially on the Songs “Closer” and “No. 1 Song in Hell”.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Waiting a Lifetime”, “Closer”, and “No. 1 Song in Hell”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Waiting a Lifetime”

5. Love and Murder :: Leslie Mendelson

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Three-Sentence Review: A Singer-Songwriter infused collections of Songs that weave Stories about love and loss, with a Carole King and Rickie Lee Jones inspired sensibility, and a side dose of Lana Del Rey and Lera Lynn. At times this Album sounds like it could have been one I plucked out of my Mom’s Vinyl when I was a kid, so full of that 70’s Folk genre, at other times there is hints of something darker, and more now (see the Lana and Lera doses I mentioned). These Songs are filled with the kind of sadness that a broken heart brings, shading everything in a dark hue, but in a melodic way.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Coney Island”, “Murder Me”, and “The Circus is Coming”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Murder Me”

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: April 7, 2017

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My Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: April 7, 2017

Are you ready for the Most Fantastic New Releases of the Week? New Release Friday, the First of 2017’s April is upon us and there are so many Killer Albums, EP’s and Singles out today – so many to choose from. But, don’t worry, I’ve done the work for you and spun so many New Sounds today to come up with My Top 5 New Releases of the Week. Sit back, get comfortable, grab a coffee or a cocktail, maybe a glass of wine, turn the volume up to Loud and check out these Epic 5 New Releases. And, if you like what you hear go an support the art and the artists, buy an Album, or a Single, and go see some of these New Releases played live.

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. Double Roses :: Karen Elson

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Three-Sentence Review: I’ve liked Karen Elson’s Music for some time now, but this Album has taken that Like and turned it on its head, expanding the way I feel about what she’s creating. At times I hear a “Rumours” era Stevie Nicks, at other times its the Dum Dum Girls that come to mind, also there’s a bit of Holly Golightly in there, too. Overall, these Songs make me feel like I’m floating between eras, carried by string arrangements, guitar chords and gorgeous vocals – this is definitely Karen coming in to her own.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Wonder Blind”, “Why am I Waiting”, and “Call Your Name”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

“Call Your Name”

2. Music Complete: Remix EP :: New Order

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Three-Sentence Review: Just in time for their upcoming show in Santa Barbara, and also their stint at Coachella, New Order releases an EP set of remixes of Songs from their 2015 Album Music Complete. This is a Fantastic set of Remixes that require loud volume and make you want to turn your living room, or bedroom, into a dance floor – what better way to feel on a Friday, no? I know I sure can’t get enough of these 5 Songs today.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “The Game” – Mark Reeder Spielt Mit Version, “Tutti Frutti” – Takyu Ishino Remix, and “Academic” – Mark Reeder’s Akademix

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5+

“Tutti Frutti” – Takkyu Ishino Remix

3. Pure Comedy :: Father John Misty

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Three-Sentence Review: Okay, confession time, I have tried really hard not to like Father John Misty, but despite my “hipster” trepidations and hesitations due to all the hype, I simply can’t deny the Songwriting that goes on in the Songs he writes. He’s like the post-modern Billy Joel for this new generation and as a writer I have to tip my hat to these lyrical refrains, the slice and cut of Pop Culture, the wry wit, the spot on take of life in Los Angeles, and the loving mockery of modern life. Yeah, its all in there, making it all so hard to deny – guess it’s time to stop resisting

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Pure Comedy”, “Total Entertainment Forever”, and “Leaving LA”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Total Entertainment Forever”

4. Whiteout Conditions :: The New Pornographers

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Three-Sentence Review: Highly Pop-Infused, this Album is full of Catchy Tracks that often feel like they should be Summer Songs (see “High Ticket Attractions” below), and they may play even better once Summer actually arrives. Neko Case’s vocals are on point here, especially on my First Listen Favorite, and Soaring duet, “We’ve Been Here Before” (not available on YouTube yet – seek the Song out). Though the band’s previous albums, Challengers and Brill Bruisers remain the Best from the “Pornographers”, this new set of 11 Songs definitely deserves its spot on this Week’s Top 5.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Whiteout Conditions”, “High Ticket Attractions”, and “We’ve Been Here Before”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4+

“High Ticket Attractions”

5. The Assassination of Julius Caesar :: Ulver

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Three-Sentence Review: Ready for some Norwegian New Wave? Dark synths meet Pop-laden Throwback 80’s, on Ulver’s newest Album release. Ulver has been quite the chameleon of a band through the years, journeying through different genres (folk, jazz-techno, prog-rock, metal, ambient, and once upon a time a stint as a 60’s garage rock cover band), and landing now on something like a modern take on Depeche Mode and Visage. All their past Musical trips are infused in this Album, making it something very worth checking out.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Nemoralia”, “Southern Gothic”, and “1969”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“Nemoralia”

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 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”

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