Release Radar 06/04/21 - John Mayer vs Japanese Breakfast

Release Radar 06/04/21 - John Mayer vs Japanese Breakfast

Is this the biggest week of 2021 for new music releases?

The first Friday in June turns out to be a hot one! Not only in the Windy City with temps in the 90’s but on the music front with big releases from Crowded House, James, Japanese Breakfast, Liz Phair, Rostam, and Wolf Alice. Wow, that’s a lot of new music to take in.

First, though, let’s talk about the surprise release of “Last Train Home.” John Mayer returns this week sounding a little like Steve Winwood with a keyboard-driven rock number that’s got an 80’s vibe. He announced last Tuesday that he’ll be releasing his eighth studio album, Sob Rock, on July 16th.

Japanese Breakfast’s latest record is getting that “Album Of The Year” tag already. I need to hear more from Michelle Zauner and her Jubilee, but after my first listen I’m definitely feeling, “Slide Tackle.”

Dreamers Are Waiting by Crowded House was not in my Release Radar this week, but in AllMusic which, many times, does a better job than Spotify. It’s a very good album that includes songwriting by Neil Finn and his sons Liam and Elroy which helps keep this crew sounding fresh. “Playing With Fire” is my favorite thus far.

All The Colours Of You is shaping up to be a fantastic record, with little glimpses of past hits wrapped in each new nugget. There’s something here for the “Laid” fan and for lovers of the song that started it all, “Sit Down.” I will be getting the vinyl, Dave!

Samia’s latest single is titled “Show Up,” and she has been doing that a lot lately on my #RADAR. Ever since The Districts did that remix for “Stellate,” she has been recommended or forced on me if you will, by Spotify.

Both Liz Phair and Wolf Alice have strung together a series of nice singles that have me paying return visits to each album.

Phair’s smooth delivery on “In There” has roped me in. There’s a double meaning in there that has me guessing, “Is it sex or life, or both?”

Three weeks later it’s “No Hard Feelings” that has me crushing on this band. I’m hearing a new, mature side of Ellie Rowsell, and it’s very intriguing. I think big things are yet to come for this band that has grown in leaps and bounds.

Your Jazz Cut of the Week is called “Main Theme” from the TV series Run The World, Season One. Robert Glasper and Derrick Hodge are at the helm, and this quick two-minute hit of atmospheric jazz prominently features Alex Isley, daughter of Ernie Isley of the prolific soul group the Isley Brothers

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