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Happy Monday music maniacs! Like new stuff? Great! You’ve come to the right place. Each week all sorts of audiolicious goodies are unleashed onto the masses and this is where they come to be judged. I’ll tell ya what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s a waste of your time. Thanks for stopping by!
The Big News!
I suppose the big news this week is the latest slab from Mr La vida Loca, Ricky Martin. I can’t tell you if it’s good or bad because, well, I really don’t care, and the only way I’ll actually listen to it is if I’m captured by North Korean agents, strapped to a chair, and forced to listen to it. It’s called A Quien something or other. Martin told Extra: “I recorded this album in the middle of a tour. You don’t understand how happy I am. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like this with my music. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s very transparent, very vulnerable.” Ouch.
Down home southern rock sojourners Blackberry Smoke return with their first record since 2012, the Brendan O’Brien produced Holding All the Roses. Guitar World Magazine lauds the record for it’s “crunchy back porch grooves, greasy riffs, snarling guitar tones, and simply irresistible hooks”.
Punk Don’t Die
Icons of So-Cal punk, The Adolescents, return to celebrate their 35th anniversary with a new album La Vendetta.
NOFX crazy man Fat Mike done did a Broadway musical called Home Street Home. Here’s what Broadway World had to say about it: ” A rock star, a fetish film star and a Tony Award winner have created a groundbreaking new musical that proves love and family can be found in the least likely of places. Raucously entertaining, HOME STREET HOME is a dark comedy that pushes shiny buttons and bold boundaries.”
The new Father John Misty record, I Love You, Honeybear is astounding. Slant Magazine awarded it four and a half stars noting that “sonic trickery abounds [on the record] from mariachi horns and soupy strings to breathy female backup singers and twinkling harps.” It’s one of those albums that inspired a bunch of wordy reviews about identity (Misty is a pseudonym for Josh Tillman, who release several albums under his real name, and was the drummer for Fleet Foxes), and shit like that. Keep an eye on this one.
Nashville song writing legend Gretchen Peters returns with her seventh record, Blackbird.
Mr Songwriters Songwriter and the one man alive I’d most want to have a beer with, Robert Earl Keen unveils a back to my roots record, Happy Prisoners: The Bluegrass Sessions. The record, called a “joyous collection of stellar performances“, includes collaborations with artists like Lyle Lovett, Natalie Maines, Danny Barnes, and Kym Warner. Can’t wait to hear it!
When Jeff Austin left Yonder Mountain String band in April of 2014 I was flat out shocked. Austin has always been a personal hero of mine as a musician and while I was sad to see him leave a band that has meant to much to me over the years, I was excited to see what the fuck he was getting into next. The Simple Truth, Austin’s debut solo set is finally being released, and I can’t wait to hear it.
Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel, for new stuff from Imagine Dragons!!
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