“Where Can I Go?”
Although 2011′s A Creature I Don’t Know was her 3rd album, it was how I was introduced to English folk singer Laura Marling. Now I’m completely floored by this new single from her forthcoming release, Once I Was An Eagle.
I’m VERY excited to hear more…I’ve always loved Marling’s Joni Mitchell-esque style and here it’s beautifully subdued at first and almost reminds me of Tracy Chapman. Then of course the track’s energy builds (as she does so brilliantly), and I’m left wanting to hit PLAY again and again.
“Minute By Minute”
UK rhythm & soul man James Hunter is back…with a new album and a new name for his band. The James Hunter Six releases their album on March 25th and the title track keeps catching my ear.
The James Hunter Six
The Beast In Its Tracks
It was somehow fitting that I sat down and opened Josh Ritter’s new album right before Valentine’s Day. It only took one sentence of the liner notes to grab me -
“My marriage ended on November 1, 2010.”
What’s printed on the thin cardboard sleeve for this advanced release CD is an honest note from Ritter. He writes like a friend, telling us about how he fell apart after his divorce and then met someone new. He tells us that these songs are what came from that experience. He doesn’t apologize for the rawness of the music, but he owns it. And he writes, “Listening to it now makes me very proud.” The Beast In Its Tracks officially comes out March 5th…here are a few songs:
Stories Don’t End
When you’re REALLY sick (the stomach bug kind), there’s not a lot of joy in the process of getting better. There’s a lot of sleep, a lot of fluids, a lot of pleading with your digestive system…but there’s not a lot of music. At least there wasn’t for me these past 4 days. Getting “must call out of work” sick made me stop and realize how much I appreciate my job as a DJ – where I get to pass along a minimum of 4 hours of music a night, simultaneously taking all that in myself. While I battled the sickness, I was also thankful for a note in my inbox that included a link to this new album preview – it sure sounds like Dawes will treat us to some more kickass tunes in April!
Thanks to PJ for employing me, and for sending me this Dawes video while I was at home sick!
I was so happy to hear about a new Local Natives album and I’m anticipating its release at the end of January. This single is everything I want it to be – it’s got the heavy percussion and layered, repetitive vocal harmonies that I know and love about this band but also with a fresh edge that hints at a progression in their sound. And the music video, like most anything visual this band puts out there, is strange, provocative, and beautiful. The new album Hummingbird comes out 1/28.
Jesse Harris has a new album out called Sub Rosa and it’s lovely. This is the single, featuring Norah Jones:
This time of year can get quite hectic and it seems like seeking out new music can take a little more effort than usual. That’s why I’m always happy when something comes into the station that I’m really excited to hear. No effort needed there – it’s like a musical fairy stopped by in the night to deliver the goods! This new tune from Calexico sounds great and gets me psyched for their new album Algiers that comes out in September.
“Will You Be Sleeping?”
I’m REALLY loving the new David Wax Museum single and cannot wait to sit and listen to their entire new album, Knock Knock Get Up, which will be released September 4th. They are here on the island to play a TargetCancer event, so tune in as they swing by the studio at mvyradio tomorrow (SUNDAY) at around 1:20pm! And check out these two amazing videos for the new single:
David Wax Museum: Will You Be Sleeping, Part 1 from Harvey Robinson on Vimeo.
David Wax Museum: Will You Be Sleeping? Part 2 from Harvey Robinson on Vimeo.
“Live And Die”
The Avett Brothers NAIL IT with this single. The honest words, the catchy melody…it sounds SO Avett Brothers without being too boring. In September, they’ll release their sixth studio album, The Carpenter. I cannot wait to hear the rest!
“You and I, we’re the same,
live and die, we’re the same.”
The Avett Brothers