I’m still catching up to all the new music from last week, including a fantastic return to form by the band James and their latest release, All The Colours Of You. Also, the magnificent, and possible Album Of The Year candidate, from Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend.
So, it’s a good thing that my Release Radar was uneventful this Friday morning. One of the highlights includes a rocked-up version of Van The Man’s “Where Have All The Rebels Gone” from his Latest Record Project Volume I. It includes ax-master Eric Clapton, aka, Slowhand, singing, and playing. This new version is simply called “The Rebels,” and sounds so much better than Van’s original version. Maybe this supergroup should be a thing?
Could it be possible? “10 years of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds?? Blimey! Just think of all the things I COULD have done in that time!” That was the man himself, Noel Gallagher, tweeting about the release of his band’s greatest hits compilation, Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021). It’s hard for me to believe that the High Flying Birds have been around that long. Maybe it’s time for me to give them a fair shake?
Zach Brown seems to have taken the chords and melodies from “Chicken Fried” and just applied new lyrics. Either way, “Same Boat” seems like the perfect campfire song.
These days I long for rap music like “Bodega Flowers.” It reminds me of the smooth stuff I grew up with. Gang Starr, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and many others. There’s quality in the flow, and depth in the verse, which is missing from anything you’d hear on the radio.
Why did The Kooks “Naive” show up on my #RADAR this week? Because it’s the 15th Anniversary of their debut album, Inside In, Inside Out. From the sound of this Tony Hoffer demo, the reissue might be worth the money. It will include the 4 Hoffer-produced demos and another disc of bonus tracks. I don’t own this on vinyl yet, so it sounds like a no-brainer for my collection.
In 2019 the Cold War Kids released the first volume of a three-record set called New Age Norms. This week they announced the final record of that ambitious trilogy called “New Age Norms 3,” with the first single from it called “What You Say.”
Your Jazz Cut of the Week is “Summer Rising” by Joey Alexander. This one grabs you from the start and takes you through the throws of the season. You know, the one we all wait patiently for, especially in Chicago, SUMMER! You can picture the sun coming out after a darkened sky delivered copious amounts of wind and rain. This is the song that will get you back out in the sun after the storm resides.
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