Release Radar 6/25/21 - UB40 vs Pom Pom Squad

Release Radar 6/25/21 - UB40 vs Pom Pom Squad

Another big week of heavy-hitting releases from Lucy Dacus, Modest Mouse, Pom Pom Squad, and UB40 topping the list.

Modest Mouse has finally dropped The Golden Casket and it’s an acid trip of sorts that needs to be explored. “Japanese Trees” marks four good singles in a row now.

It feels like many have been waiting for this moment: the release of Home Video, the new album by Lucy Dacus. A lot of the tracks that we haven’t heard yet are slow burners, leaving the original three singles as my favorite songs.

UB40 brings back the reggae on Bigga Baggariddim with a host of all-stars to create new versions of songs that appeared on that original album, Baggariddim (1985). Some collaborations seem to work well, while others fall a bit flat, though, all in all, it’s a fun concept.

Felly is back with “Fast Car,” driving through his own terrain, carrying on in his own world, which means continued originality for his fans.

Welcome back Liz Cooper, we are excited about your return! “Slice Of Life” is the first single from her new album, Hot Sass, due out on September 3rd. “A true labor of love, insanity, pushing boundaries, and the purest artistic project I’ve ever been a part of.” Well, Liz seems just as excited as we are.

The Vaccines have released a second single, “Love City,” and Justin Young told NME, “I really truly believe it’s the best record we’ve ever made.” Both singles from the forthcoming Combat Rock, are straightforward pop-rock, and so far his bold statement is holding water.

Pom Pom Squad has continued to pique my interest with each single and now we have our “Cake,” and we can eat it too. Ok, the full-length album is out and it sounds very, very good. My only beef is at times she sounds a bit too much like Soccer mommy, but her pipes can do anything, so hang in there! Check out “Lux,” “Head Cheerleader,” and the subtle “Crimson + Clover.”

My man jack Jezzro returns with a stormy number that makes a rainy, thunderous night, like tonight, feel essential.

Your Jazz Cut Of The Week is “Woody’N You – Take 2” from Bill Evans. On A Friday Evening in 1975, pianist Evans brought his trio into Oil Can Harry’s in Vancouver, British Columbia for an intimate performance that you can now snag on vinyl, for the first time, for right around $30. Go shop!

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