Since our last installment of featured releases, we’ve gotten our hands on a plethora of brand new music that we are pleased to provide for your listening enjoyment. Check out a selection of the new albums and singles below, and stay tuned at 88.7 FM or online at wwcfradio.org to hear great music, both new and old, everyday.
After The News
On her captivating solo debut, McDaniel breathes vivid life into a raft of original songs from collaborator Tom Siering, whose material she deftly pairs with covers of tracks by Andrew Bird and Bruce Cockburn. Backed by an all-star cast of musicians including drummer/producer Marco Giovino, McDaniel blurs the lines between roots, blues, soul, and jazz on the album, inhabiting each track with the range and empathy of an actor taking on a role.
|Better Oblivion Community Center
Better Oblivion Community Center
Better Oblivion Community Center is a brand new band comprising the formidable talents of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, two of the most lauded American songwriters of the past several years. The pair first collaborated on Bridgers’ 2017 single, “Would You Rather,” and their new joint endeavor, written and recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2018, features the work of several talented friends.
|The Long Ryders
Psychedelic Country Soul
The album from the founders of Alt-Country, Psychedelic Country Soul is The Long Ryders’ first new album in over thirty years. With a sound reminiscent of the Buffalo Springfield and The Flying Burrito Brothers but with a harder edge, they anticipated the alternative country music of the 1990s by a decade. Featuring eleven new Long Ryders compositions and a tribute cover of the late great Tom Petty’s song “Walls,” this is a Long Ryders for the 21st century. You can still hear their personal connection with the music of the 1960s, but as ever The Long Ryders aren’t a band who live in the past.
|Steve Earle & The Dukes
In the fall of 2018, Steve and The Dukes went into House Of Blues studio in Nashville and recorded GUY in six days. “I wanted it to sound live… When you’ve got a catalog like Guy Clarks’ and you’re only doing sixteen tracks, you know each one is going to be strong.” Earle and his current, perhaps best-ever Dukes lineup, take on these songs with a spirit of reverent glee and invention. GUY is a saga of friendship, its ups and downs, what endures. We are lucky that Earle remembers and honors these things, because like old friends, Guy is a diamond.
The Specials’ newest album is their first new music in 37 years. The release of Encore also marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the group and the legendary Two-Tone label in Coventry in 1979, as well as ten years since the band reformed to play some of the most vital and joyous live shows in recent memory. The new album proves that The Specials’ music is every bit as vital and relevant today as it was decades ago.
Bobbie Gentry’s the Delta Sweete Revisited
This reimagining of what Mercury Rev calls “one of music’s most overlooked masterpieces,” Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 album The Delta Sweete, brings together an amazingly talented group of featured female vocalists: Norah Jones, Margo Price, Marissa Nadler, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucinda Williams, Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab, Kaela Sinclair from M83, Beth Orton, and more.
Inspired by Ferry’s work on the Sky Atlantic/Netflix television series Babylon Berlin, his newest album takes the musical stylings of the 1920s puts a new twist on well-loved Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry tracks. Bitter-Sweet embraces ragtime, blues, and jazz, and whilst they evoke nostalgia, hearing beloved songs in a fresh and exciting way gives the record an edge of modernity.
The 20th studio album by legendary songwriter Joe Jackson, Fool is the fulfilment of a career-long dream: to finish a tour and head straight into the studio with the band firing on all cylinders. So, at the end of last July, Jackson wrapped up his 2018 summer tour at The Eqyptian Theater in Boise, Idaho and the following day set up shop at Tonic Room Studios in town. The band in question was the same group that Jackson has played live with since the release of their previous LP, Fast Forward in 2015.
Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?
Deerhunter’s eighth LP forgets the existential questions and makes up unrelated answers. What they spend their time doing instead is reinventing their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars are left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth. The result is as thrilling, haunting, and unpredictable as anything in their roughly 15 year career. In Deerhunter’s words, they’ve made “a science fiction album about the present.”
Myth of a Man
Fronted by Texan native Danny Lee Backwell, Myth Of A Man is Night Beats fourth studio album. Having always fed off the musical legacy of his Texas roots, the new album finds him pulling from the surrogate wellspring of Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked with the eminent Dan Auerbach, and a murderer’s row of battle-worn session musicians. Written during a particularly destructive period of the band, the album is populated by fallen angels, blood-sucking wanderers, and vindictive lovers, but the character most present is Blackwell, himself, who sums up the album as “a personal display of vulnerability and guilty conscience, destroying the mythos of what it means to live and function in society.” Myth Of A Man serves as both a takedown and reintroduction of the band as we know it.
In Search of Mona Lisa EP
This new five-track EP from the legendary Carlos Santana features three spellbinding and transportive new songs takes listeners inside a magical and deeply personal experience the artist had when he visited the Louvre Museum and set his eyes on Leonardo da Vinci’s beguiling masterpiece. “It was the first time that I ever woke up and lyrics were there in a tangible way,” says Santana. “I could just grab them and write the songs.”The recording is also the first release of a new deal that Santana has signed with Concord Records, with a full-length album expected to arrive this summer.
|The Bangles, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade & Three O’Clock
3 X 4
3 x 4 is a 12-track celebration of Los Angeles’ Paisley Underground scene of the mid-1980s, featuring four of the scene’s most well-known bands–The Bangles, The Three O’Clock, The Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade–each covering the songs of the others.
Don’t You Feel My Leg (The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker)
In her 41st album, veteran US vocalist Maria Muldaur pays tribute to 1930s jazz and blues singer Blue Lu Barker, whose 1938 song “Don’t You Feel My Leg (Don’t You Get Me High)” has been a mainstay in Muldaur’s performing repertoire since she covered it for her 1973 debut album. Muldaur goes all out in revisiting “Don’t You Feel My Leg,” as well as eleven other Blue Lu Barker songs.
Following up their eighth studio recording I’ll Be Your Girl, The Decemberists continued their tradition of post-album EPs with the release of Traveling On, consisting of four additional tracks from the I’ll Be Your Girl recording sessions along with a full band version of “Tripping Along.”
Songs For Judy
Songs For Judy is a thoroughly engaging collection of live acoustic performances culled from Neil’s November 1976 solo tour and features twenty-two songs recorded at various cities along the tour. Young had spent much of the year traveling around the world on tour with Crazy Horse, but when touring on his own, he recharged and focused on songs that would not surface in recorded form for several years. The raw versions of the tracks found on Songs For Judy reflect an artist completely unvarnished and unafraid to allow the songs to breath and to find their own shape when performed in a solo setting.
|Jealous of the Birds
Jealous of the Birds returns after 2016’s Parma Violets. Naomi Hamilton’s new EP, Wisdom Teeth, finds the Northern Irish indie songwriter pondering such topics as a life in music and the reconciliation of inner and outer selves. She does so with dextrous, poetic lyrics and excellent, folky choruses, in which her voice takes off beautifully.
LIVe – 50 Years of Livingston Taylor Live
After touring the world for over 50 years, Livingston Taylor is releasing a career-spanning box set of never before released from his personal archives. The project features a collection of 87 live recordings from 1969 through 2016. Set to release this May, the box set also inlcudes a documentary film as well as Taylor’s personal notes and memories, archival photos and interviews.
|Mumford & Sons
The band recorded more than 25 songs at London’s Church Studios, intent on keeping the “collaborative spirit” of their live shows and 2016 EP Johannesburg. Marcus Mumford has said that much of the album was recorded in “non-gender specific Friday night lads sessions” with friends where they would play music, “smoke cigarettes and have a great time.” Around 100 people were involved in these sessions, with some being featured on the record, including American singer-songwriters Maggie Rogers and Gill Landry.