NMW: The Shins, Joe Perry, Fallout Boy, and More!!

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The Big News

James Mercer and The Shins have returned with a unique project. Called The Worm’s Heart, it’s a complete reworking of the band’s ho-hum latest album, Heartworms. Consequence of Sound says “all the tracks have been ‘flipped’, with slow songs re-recorded as fast songs, and what were originally slow jams turned into stompers”. I’ve yet to hear it, and I’m not exactly gonna break a hip rushing out to get it, but it’s an interesting idea.

Oh, and there’s a new Fallout Boy album, called Mania, coming out this week.

Solo Stuff 

One half of the Swell Season, and former NMW Song of the Year winner, Glen Hansard bounces back after a three year hiatus with Between Two Shores.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry offers up his first proper (non-Christmas) solo record in nine years with Sweetzerland Manifesto.

Heavy Stuff

Zakk Wyld’s Black Label Society unveil it’s tenth opus, Grimmest Hits. Been four years since we heard from those wild guys.

Caught these guys from New Orleans at Warped Tour with my son a few years ago. Pretty brutal stuff from these Cane Hill dudes. New album Too Far Gone is their second and first for Rise Records.

My Recommendation

The John’s are back – Flansburgh and Linnell, or TMBG, or They Might Be Giants. The smartest band ever is back with it’s twentieth release and first since 2016, I Like Fun.

And keep an eye open for the new First Aid Kit. I know Stay Gold was a little bit disappointing, but I’m excited for the duo’s fourth effort, Ruins.

Next Week

Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel, for new stuff from: Calexico!

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