A return to normal this week; Normal, Illinois that is, and maybe some more pandemic record shopping?
What a surprise to find the Charlatans in my Release Radar. Nearly 20 years old, Between 10th and 11th (Expanded Edition) got a proper expansion, and on double, clear vinyl to boot. Probably the most exciting thing on my #4THOFJULYRADAR.
Expanded, available on double clear vinyl and double CD, the reissue contains the original album plus remastered tracks from the often-bootlegged live show from Chicago in 1991, known as Isolation 21.2.91, a holy grail amongst fans.
Lil Wayne is returning to form, at least sort of. "Glory" sees Wayne at his finest, most focused, self, with more metaphors, than 2 Chainz.
Josh Rouse returns with a new single, or two-song EP, called Most of the Time. Another highlight of "Freedom" weekend was to hear Josh's voice piping through the speakers.
The Grateful Dead release a massive collection of outtakes from their Workingman's Dead album. Do you wanna hear Jerry talk about the joy of writing with the band he loved? Tune in, and check out this version of "Casey Jones."
Supergrass drops a live version of the song that made them, "Alright," live from Glastonbury in 1997.
The Radio Dept are something special. They do their own version of the '80s, maybe even a bit of the sunny 70's at times. It makes you long for the days of bands that wrote lyrics because they wanted to.
Don't miss this demo of The Kooks "Window To The Soul." It's got a funky guitar riff that grabs you right away, with a big hook.
MisterWives came back with one of their best tracks yet, "Decide To Be Happy." It's a choice that might be the best for the rest of us, for now, and forever.
This one by Morgan James wasn't in my #Radar this week, but it was really good. Great voice and feel for the track.
I can't leave you without jazz and Englewood's "Congo Bongo" is a transfusion jam that's one part island, and one part new age.
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