Category: All About Music

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 »

Jimmy Fallon Sings "Stuck In The Middle" On Tonight Show

Jimmy Fallon Sings "Stuck In The Middle" On Tonight Show
Did you see Jimmy Fallon do “Stuck in the Middle With You” on The Tonight Show?” What I should really ask is, “Did you see Jimmy Fallon singing “Stuck in the Middle With You” on The Tonight Show?” I mean, was he really singing? It sounded so frigging good. I was up talking to myself,... Read more »

Release Radar 7/3/20: Josh Rouse vs The Charlatans

Release Radar 7/3/20: Josh Rouse vs The Charlatans
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... Read more »
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"Murphy's Law" Was One Of The First Punk Songs I Liked

"Murphy's Law" Was One Of The First Punk Songs I Liked
“Murphy’s Law” was one of the first punk songs I was compelled to like. The other was “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker.” These days I might prefer “Rockaway Beach,” but then again there’s always a new Ramones song to discover. Anyway, both were brought to my attention by a childhood friend, Walter Oleksijew. Wally was... Read more »

Release Radar 6/26/20: HAIM vs Ray Lamontagne

Release Radar 6/26/20: HAIM vs Ray Lamontagne
We are heading out to Shamrock Park in Berrian Springs, MI today. By the time you get this, I’ll be traversing the Indiana Toll Road south, to EB I-65, and north up into Michigan. Here’s your rundown of picks from my latest Release Radar. HAIM has finally released their third album, Women In Music Pt.... Read more »

Release Radar 6/19/20: Doves vs Lewis Del Mar

Release Radar 6/19/20: Doves vs Lewis Del Mar
Another Friday comes and there is more new music waiting in your inbox. We could debate why the President of the United States would hold a rally with 20, 000 people and no masks, or focus on good vibes? I’ll stick to music. The Doves ARE BACK! How long has it been, eleven years? Finally,... Read more »
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The Killers Release Third Single From Forthcoming "Imploding the Mirage"

The Killers Release Third Single From Forthcoming "Imploding the Mirage"
For some reason, unbeknownst to me, The Killers’ third single, from their upcoming sixth studio album, was NOT in my Release Radar. Imploding the Mirage is due out on Island Records in 2020, and both singles they’ve released so far to promote this record have sounded elegant. As a matter of fact, “Caution” might be... Read more »

San Holo Might Have Recorded The Best Album Of The Year?

San Holo Might Have Recorded The Best Album Of The Year?
It’s like everything has been leading up to this one moment on the album. That moment is the brilliant song, “We’re All Just On Our Way Home.” Part of me wonders if the rest of the album was written around this song. The first song, “If Only I Could Hold You,” is a lull that... Read more »

Release Radar 6/12/20: Twin Peaks vs Gizmo Varillas

Release Radar 6/12/20: Twin Peaks vs Gizmo Varillas
Most of what made my Release Radar this week were remixes and guest spots. I mentioned a few weeks back that I’m so tired of that trend. Maybe it’s no longer a trend, maybe it’s here to stay? Twin Peaks is one of those collabos, but this one actually works well. The guys benefit from... Read more »
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Release Radar 6/5/20: Run The Jewels vs Rolling Blackouts

Release Radar 6/5/20: Run The Jewels vs Rolling Blackouts
Summer is here, and the humidity has begun to creep in. Between the intensity of COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd, we are all in need of some relief. Folks, music can be the key to relief and new belief. Run The Jewels released their long-awaited fourth album, RTJ4. It started with the hard-hitting... Read more »