The other day I revisited my NEW Music Preview posts and cursed myself for not keeping up with them. I think they’re a super efficient way for me to pass on new music – less than 3 minutes of audio introduces you to 4 new tracks from some VERY different artists. With a little nudge from my boss, I made one for you today…hopefully one of many more to come!
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It’s always fun for me to decide what music to play while entertaining guests…and it’s especially nice when someone compliments the choices. I felt like this particular list went over very well and created a perfect mood for dinner with friends.
(We listened to the full albums, but the playlist below is a song from each so you can get a taste!)
Paul Simon – Graceland
Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
Rodriguez – Searching for Sugar Man Soundtrack
Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
It’s been way too long since I’ve done one of these… here are a few things that have caught my ear recently: Death Cab for Cutie is coming out with Codes and Keys at the end of May and I think the single sounds quite solid. Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros has gone solo with a new album simply called, Alexander and the sound is surprisingly fresh. Three brothers from Texas – Los Lonely Boys – are out with a new album called Rockpango, and while we’ll have to wait until May 17th to hear the entire new album from Ben Harper, we’ve got a taste with the rocking single – “Rock ‘N Roll is Free.”
Bettye Lavette has been making records since 1962 and in the past 5 years she’s finally been getting the attention she deserves. Her new album of cover songs is simply stunning. Arcade Fire will soon release the long-awaited follow-up to Neon Bible (2007) and it sounds quite promising. Chris Thile (Nickel Creek) is onto something special with his ‘beyond bluegrass’ band, the Punch Brothers. And it sounds like The Weepies will put out more contagious, thought-provoking pop/folk later this summer. Listen to clips of all four artists:
There’s been a surplus of great new music lately! I can’t wait to hear more from The New Pornographers…their forthcoming album, Together comes complete with guest appearances from St. Vincent and Beirut. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will release a new record in June. These rising stars out of Vermont were recently named one of the best new bands of 2010 by Rolling Stone magazine. I’ve also been diggin’ the new album from the incredibly SOULFUL Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. And just in time to be our summer soundtrack, Jack Johnson’s To The Sea, comes out in June. Listen to the 2-minute preview below for a taste of these four albums.
Mason Jennings – “If You Ain’t Got Love”
I took a nice foggy ferry ride today. It’s pretty incredible how much nicer a rainy, dreary day can be if you’ve got the right soundtrack. I made a playlist for the occasion on my iPod and Mason Jennings fit right in. He tends to have such a haunting feeling to his tunes, but it’s something that keeps me coming back. Here’s a great live version of “If You Ain’t Got Love” that I found in the mvyradio archives:
I tracked through a gigantic pile of new music this week, and now I bring you short clips of my four favorites. The Bird and the Bee brilliantly cover Hall & Oates while Scottish group, Frightened Rabbit does not disappoint with their third studio album. I continue to enjoy Jakob Dylan’s mellow solo material and Dr. Dog still delights me with their Beatle-esque sound.
Joe Pug – “Messenger” [Live]
Joe Pug recently stopped by Daytrotter to play a few of his songs. This young singer/songwriter never ceases to amaze me with his words and live performances. Check out this live version of “Messenger”, the title track from his new album:
I was feeling a little uninspired by some of the new music out this month. But with direction from co-workers and friends, I’ve discovered some gems. And now I share them with you! Here are clips from four artists who have sparked my interest with their new material: