We’re getting our boogie rock on with this week’s new Best In Show, “The Way You Used To Do,” from the Queens of the Stone Age. Its a preview of their next album, Villains, available on August 25th from Matador Records. For more information visit qotsa.com.
The Growlers – Late Bloomers (single/Cult) Ani DiFranco – Binary (Binary/Righteous Babe) Pickwick – Turncoat (single/Small Press) Flight Facilities – Arty Boy (single/Glassnote) Jr. Jr. – Simple Girl (It’s a Corporate World/Warner) The Drums – Blood Under My Belt (Abysmal Thoughts/Anti) Phoenix – Lovelife (Ti Amo/Glassnote) OMD – Isotype (The Punishment of Luxury/White Noise) The Japanese House – See You in a Dream (single/Interscope) The Parson Red Heads – Time Is a Wheel (Blurred Harmony/Fluff and Gravy) Broken Social Scene – Halfway Home (single/Arts & Crafts) Queens of The Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do (Villains/Matador) Foghat – Slow Ride (Fool For The City/Bearsville) The Orwells – Buddy (single/Atlantic) Dan Croll – Bad Boy (Emerging Adulthood/Dan Croll) Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts (The Queen of Hearts/Nonesuch) Kevin Morby – City Music (City Music/Dead Oceans) Courtney Barnett – How To Boil an Egg (single/Mom+Pop) Ariel Pink – Another Weekend (single/Kemado) Gregory Alan Isakov – Second Chances (The Weatherman Suitcase/Town) Iron & Wine – Call It Dreaming (Beast Epic/Sub Pop) Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – The Morning Song (Souvenir/Magnolia) Sallie Ford – Unravelling (Soul Sick/Vanguard Concord) Paul Weller – Wild Wood (Wild Wood/London) Hazel English – Never Going Home (single/Polyvinyl) Dan Auerbach – Cherrybomb (Waiting On A Song/Easy Eye Sound) Now, Now – Sgl (single/Trans)
We bring it down a notch for this week’s Best In Show: “Lucy” by Macy Gray. We’ve been spinning a few tracks from the album, Stripped, over the last couple of month’s and we’re feeling it! For more information visit macygray.com.
Cream – I Feel Free (Fresh Cream/Atco) Ryan Adams – New York, New York (Gold/UMG) Burnell Pines – Be Free (Burnell Pines/Royal Potato Family) The Rolling Stones – I’m Free (Singles Collection/London) Dave Alvin – Fourth of July (Hightone First Ten Years/Hightone) Bruce Springsteen – 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) (The Wild, The Innocent/Columbia) Johnny Cash with Joe Strummer – Redemption Song (Unearthed Box Set/American) Jake Shimabukuro – The Star Spangled Banner (Gently Weeps/Hitchhike) Donovan Frankenreiter – Free (Donovan Frankenreiter/Universal) Amos Lee – Freedom (Supply and Demand/Blue Note) Simon & Garfunkel – America (Bookends/Columbia) Moodswings & Chrissie Hynde – Spiritual High Parts I, II and III (Moodfood/BMG) The Specials – Free Nelson Mandela (In The Studio/2 Tone) The Soup Dragons – I’m Free (Lovegod/Big Life) Big Audio Dynamite – Free (Greatest Hits/Sony BMG) X – Fourth of July (See How We Are/Elektra) The Who – I’m Free (Tommy/Track) Zac Brown Band – Free (The Foundation/Atlantic) The BoDeans – Closer To Free (Homebrewed Live at The Pabst/Back Porch) Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) (single/Capitol) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Find The Cost of Freedom (So Far/Atlantic) Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew (How It Felt To Be Free) (Silk and Soul/BMG) The Jamaicans – Sing Freedom (Ba Ba Boom/Treasure Isle) Jim Morrison – Freedom Exists (American Prayer/Elektra) Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby McGee (Pearl/Columbia) Bob Marley – Redemption Song (Uprising/Island)
This week’s Best In Show is nothing but…money! “Money” is from our new favorites, The New Respects, out of Nashville! It can be found on their debut EP, Here Comes Trouble, available now. For more information visit thenewrespects.com.
The New Respects – Money (Here Comes Trouble/Capitol) Night Drive – Rise and Fall (single/Roll Call) The Lightning Seeds – You Showed Me (Dizzy Heights/Sony) Alice Jemima – Falling Out of Love (Alice Jemima/Sunday Best) JR JR – Same Dark Places (single/Warner) Peter Himmelman – Fear Is Our Undoing (There Is No Calamity/Himmasongs) Dan Auerbach – Undertow (Waiting On A Song/Nonesuch) Otis Redding – Scratch My Back (The Soul Album/Atco) Matisyahu – Step Out Into the Light (Undercurrent/Fallen Sparks) The Clash – Jimmy Jazz (London Calling/Epic) Declan McKenna – Humongous (What Do You Think…?/Sony) Sleepy Sun – Seaquest (single/Dine Alone) Beacon – Marion (single/Ghostly Intl) Christopher Paul Stelling – Destitute (Itenerant Arius/Anti) Harry Styles – Sweet Creature (Harry Styles/Columbia) Noah Kahan – Young Blood (single/Republic) The Head and The Heart – City of Angels (Signs of Light/Warner) London Grammar – Oh Woman Oh Man (Truth Is A Beautiful Thing/Ministry of Sound) Amber Coffman – No Coffee (City of No Reply/Columbia) Macy Gray – Ten Rivers (Stripped/Chesky) Run River North – Mr. Brightside (Superstition/Nettwerk) Neko Case – Buckets of Rain (Sweetheart 2005 Love Songs/Hear Music) Kevin Johanson – Modern Love (single/Sony) Oh Wonder – Ultralife (Ultralife/Island) Blaenavon – Orthodox Man (That’s Your Lot/Atlantic) P.M. Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss (MTV Party To Go Vol 2/Tommy Boy)
This week’s Best In Show is the beguiling “The Study On Falling” from Asaf Avidan, an Israeli singer-songwriter with a decidedly American sound. The song is available now as a single, with an album of the same title to follow this coming November. For more information visit asafavidanmusic.com.
Lola Marsh – Wishing Girl (single/Anova) Korey Dane – Half Asleep (Chamber Girls/Innovative Leisure) Dan Auerbach – Waiting On A Song (Waiting On A Song/Nonesuch) Iron & Wine – Call It Dreaming (Beast Epic/Sub Pop) Shannon McNally – Let’s Go Home (Black Irish/Compass) Warpaint – So Good (Heads Up/Rough Trade) The Chamanas – Feel It Still (single/The Chamanas) Toro y Moi – Girl Like You (Boo Boo/Carpark) Francis and The Lights – Friends (single/KTTF) Peter Himmelman – Memories In This Heart of Mine (There Is No Calamity/Himmasongs) Asaf Avidan – The Study On Falling (single/UMG) Cigarettes After Sex – Apocalypse (single/Partisan) Chicano Batman – Freedom Is Free (Freedom Is Free/Chicano Batman) Parquet Courts – Berlin Got Blurry (Human Performance/Rough Trade) Mew – The Wake of Your Life (Visuals/PIAS) Blondie – Fun (Pollinator/BMG) They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul (Flood/Elektra) Rancid – Ghost of A Chance (Trouble Maker/Hellcat) Harts – Peculiar (Smoke Fire Hope Desire/Offtime) Phoenix – Fior di Latte (Ti Amo/Glassnote) Los Colognes – Flying Apart (The Wave/Big Deal) Tanika Charles – Sweet Memories (Soul Run/Record Kicks) Future Islands – North Star (The Far Field/4AD) Ultimate Painting – Bills (Dusk/Trouble In Mind) Shakes – Hole In Your Pocket (Strange Tides/Alexander Wildwood) Birthday – Weekend Walking (single/Birthday) Lewis Watson – Little Light (single/Cooking Vinyl) The New Respects – Trouble (Here Comes Trouble EP/Credential)
This week’s Best In Show is the slow burn, subtle funk of Jeb Loy Nichols – an ex-pat American songwriter, musician, and artist who resides in Wales in the UK. He’s been making records for the last 20 years, and “Don’t Drop Me” can be found on his latest album, Country Hustle. For more info visit jebloynichols.co.uk.
Arcade Fire – Everything Now (Everything Now/Sony) Slowdive – Sugar For The Pill (Slowdive/Dead Oceans) The War On Drugs – Holding On (A Deeper Misunderstanding/Atlantic) Phoenix – Ti Amo (Ti Amo/Glassnote) Alt-J – In Cold Blood (Relaxer/Infectious Music) The Secret Sisters – He’s Fine (You Don’t Own Me Anymore/New West) Hurray For The Riff Raff – Living In The City (clean edit) The Navigator ATO Michelle Shocked – Come a Long Way (Come A Long Way/Polygram) Dan Auerbach – Show Me (Waiting On A Song/Nonesuch) Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever (Pure Comedy/Sub Pop) Sacre – The Call (single/Yellowshark Music) Lorde – Perfect Places (edit) (Melodrama/Republic Records) Joywave – Shutdown (single/Cultco Music) Tim Finn – Persuasion (Persuasion Capitol) Ryan Adams – Broken Anyway (Prisoner/Blue Note) Willamena – When You Close Your Eyes (Strong Enough To Last EP/Ten Lanes Wide) Korey Dane – Charlie Handsome (Chamber Girls/Innovative Leisure) Big Thief – Shark Smile (single/Saddle Creek) Slow Dancer – It Goes On (In a Mood/ATO Records) Macy Gray – Lucy (Stripped/Chesky Records) Mac DeMarco – On The Level (This Old Dog/Captured Tracks) Roxy Music – Dance Away (Manifesto/Virgin) Grizzly Bear – Mourning Sound (Painted Ruins/RCA Records) Mark Marshall – Where I Play (Born Wired/Independent) The Preatures – Girlhood (single/Universal Music) Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Hope the High Road (The Nashville Sound/Southeastern) Dispatch – Only The Wild Ones (America, Location 12/Bomber Records)