Category: All About Music

Release Radar 8/8/20-Felt vs Cut Copy

Release Radar 8/8/20-Felt vs Cut Copy
This is my 700th post, hooray! This week my release radar offers more of the same. Blink-182’s “Quarantine” is awful, I expect more from them.  A Replacements’ demo for “I Don’t Know,”  which is cool, don’t get me wrong, but the studio version has that sax blowing in all the right spots. You sort of... Read more »

Alkaline Trio Politely Asks, "Your Coffin Or Mine?"

Alkaline Trio Politely Asks, "Your Coffin Or Mine?"
“And you can’t breathe without coughing at daytime. Neither can I. So what do you say?/Your coffin or mine? -Matt Skiba I’ve always loved the climax, or final line, of Alkaline Trio’s “Blue In The Face,” where Skiba asks, “Your coffin or mine?” A brilliant pun that plays perfectly with the other coughing our fateful... Read more »

Release Radar 7/31/20: Kingmaker vs Marilyn Manson

Release Radar 7/31/20: Kingmaker vs Marilyn Manson
A blast from the past this week finding Kingmaker’s “Really Scrape The Sky” in my Release Radar. Why are they returning, you ask, after all these years? Great question! To give us a brilliant new 5-disc boxset. I might have to find some money, as this package has everything! SOLD! I just became Cherry Red... Read more »
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The SiriusXM Beastie Boys Channel Is Life-Changing

The SiriusXM Beastie Boys Channel Is Life-Changing
When I got an email from SiriusXM saying there was a new Beastie Boys station coming, I was not expecting it to be this life-changing. But, I feel like I’m missing valuable information, every time I’m not in the car or on the app. For instance, I can’t change the station in the car, it’s... Read more »

How Come I've Never Heard "Alivemutherforya?"

How Come I've Never Heard "Alivemutherforya?"
I’ve been mulling over reasons why I had never heard the amazing jam session that is Alivemutherforya? I feel like I’ve seen the cover on several occasions, throughout my life, but not heard what’s hiding within the grooves of the record. So how did I come to hear this masterpiece of jazz transfusion? My friend... Read more »

Release Radar 7/24/20: Healy vs Chris Cornell

Release Radar 7/24/20: Healy vs Chris Cornell
This is the decade of the collaboration and the single. Yes, there are full-length albums coming out, but for the most part, my release radar is full of new singles. It’s been a while since I’ve heard Chris Cornell’s voice, singing G&R’s “Patience” nevertheless. How much sense does this song make with Chris’s voice at... Read more »
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Revisiting "Slow Dog" By Belly Some Twenty Years Later

Revisiting "Slow Dog" By Belly Some Twenty Years Later
Upon hearing Belly’s “Slow Dog,” some 20 years later, I was reminded of what a great song it was and just how powerful Tonya Donnely’s voice is. I sometimes forget that this is the same woman who played bass in the Throwing Muses and wrote “Not Too Soon,” one of my favorite high school memories.... Read more »

Release Radar 7/17/20: Half Moon Run vs The Regrettes

Release Radar 7/17/20: Half Moon Run vs The Regrettes
I’m back ya’ll! Though I wish I was camping and familiarizing myself with a new park, I’m home, in the Windy City. My favorite new release this week is “Monster,” by Half Moon Run. They have been on my #RADAR for a while, progressively getting better with each and every single. “Monster” is a glorious... Read more »

Let's Go Birding With Hum And "Why I Like The Robins"

Let's Go Birding With Hum And "Why I Like The Robins"
After listening to Hum’s latest record, Inlet, on Spotify, all the way through, their algorithm kicked into gear giving me “HUM Radio.” “Why I Like The Robins” was the first song to play, and it brought back millions of distant memories. My first love, my first house, my first band. A rapid stream of thoughts... Read more »
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Hum Blow Our Minds With Surprise Album "Inlet"

Hum Blow Our Minds With Surprise Album "Inlet"
Out of nowhere, indie darlings, Hum release their first record in 22 years. It’s called Inlet, and it picks up right where the band left off. Opener “Waves” crashes into the listener’s ear, just as the title suggests. Driven by pulsating basslines and the bombastic beating of drums, we are instantly awash in layers of... Read more »