Release Radar 9/24/21 - Generationals vs Lumineers

Release Radar 9/24/21 - Generationals vs Lumineers

Over the last few years, I’ve become a huge fan of the Generationals, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw their new single pop up in my Release Radar. “Mercy” is another beat-driven journey, complete with fuzzy guitars and melodies that are second to none. It is part of an EP due out on November 5 via Polyvinyl, called ILEANA.

At first listen I wasn’t sure I liked Lil’ Wayne’s verse on this remix of “Ooh La La,” but it really is dope! He strings together some incredible rhymes, leaving you to believe you need it in your life.

“Brightside” is the best song the Lumineers have released to date; let’s just stop there. We can argue till we are blue in the face, but this just has everything the perfect pop song needs, including that Ryan Adam’s desperation. Gorgeous.

I was debating ordering the vinyl for the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s grand release, Nevermind, when my friend offered, “What’s there to debate about (I see you, Jason)?” He’s right, we both know how many memories are wrapped up in this album, good and bad, and how much fun it will be to relive our school days. Maybe I’ll grab the Target version?

I love the last two singles Matt Costa has released, as they both bring out the best parts of his voice and his songwriting. “Savannah” has a great hook that you’ll catch yourself singing while walking around Costco searching for that last pair of Greg Norman slacks, in a size 34/32. I don’t even golf, but I’ll be damned if they aren’t comfortable, even for a backyard tire fire.

Oasis has been dribbling out tracks in preparation for their documentary, Live at Knebworth. “Champaign Supernova” is a special one though, clocking in around seven minutes as they experiment with a nice band jam on the outro.

It has been a joy to hear all the Steely Dan material coming out for this Live From The Orpheum release and let me tell you, “Kid Charlemagne” is worth the cost of entry.

How sweet it is to hear Frank and Sammy singing “Me And My Shadow.” We all want this type of friendship, even more so during work hours. It’s like a 2-for-1, and you can hear how much these guys love each other. Take my word for it and spin this magical moment, where the Rat Pack are headlining Las Vegas, bouncing jokes off each other, and trading melodies.

Autumn is upon us, the leaves are falling, and the trees are ablaze in crimson colors, waving in winds over fields of gold. Who else do you want composing your fall soundtrack besides Jacky boy Jezzro? That’s your Jazz Cut Of The Week, so long until next week.

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