Release Radar - 3/18/22 - The Boo Radleys vs Bill Evans

Release Radar - 3/18/22 - The Boo Radleys vs Bill Evans

I had no idea The Boo Radleys were still making music until this new track, “You And Me,” popped up on my Release Radar. Keep On With Falling will be the band’s first studio album in 23 years. They are now a three-piece after lead songwriter and guitarist Martin Carr left the band, and I’ll admit, the songs feel happier. While it does feel as if something is missing, it’s nice to hear the band playing again.

When Matt Quinn, lead singer, and guitarist of Mt. Joy, talked about his latest single “Lemon Tree,” he described it as a jam that he and guitarist Sam Cooper would play over and over during the pandemic. That jam that has been performed at Mt. Joy shows since the beginning of 2021 has now been recorded for our consumption. It’s a cool piece, I like the guitar work and the direction the band is heading.

I am a sucker for this low-fi, hip-hop, jazz music that’s been coming out as of late. “Skybox” is a collaboration between FloFilz & Blue Lab Beats, the latter of who have previously moonlighted as my Jazz Cut Of The Week. Trap beats, funky guitars, and slick keys are flowing throughout this cut and FloFilz is now on my #RADAR.

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello teamed up with X Ambassadors frontman Sam Harris to cover “Come On Up To The House” by Tom Waits. This is an amazing cover that might sound better than the original, and I don’t say that lightly. Harris’s voice is completely bitchin’, and I’d be remiss to say there’s a new Van in the house. Damn this is fire!

Normally Tony Bennet would show up as your Jazz Cut Of The Week, but this week Bill Evans has got that on lock. So there’s no better space than right here to put Tony’s “Love Scene,” taken from the Ed Sullivan show in March of 1965 when his pipes couldn’t have been any warmer. This dude not only has the greatest singing voice, but I could listen to him talk all day. Just hearing him introduce the band makes me smile!

I spoke on this Norah Jones 20th Anniversary album a few weeks back, so I won’t go into too much detail this week, except to say, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” is a great selling point for the Super Deluxe Edition due out in April.

As a kid, I hated the show M*A*S*H*, and the music intro. It basically signaled my bedtime, which was the reason for my ire. Once I became an adult and took the time to watch the dramedy, I understood the draw.

Thirty years ago (this October), the Manic Street Preachers scored their first top 10 hit with “Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless),” and I really liked their version. This lead me down a rabbit hole to everything M*A*S*H and I’ve since had mad respect for that whole era.

Well, you could imagine my surprise when Bill Evans ends up in my #RADAR doing the “Theme From M*A*S*H!? For the good part of a year, I’ve been loving this dude, and now here he is tweaking the song that signaled my goodnight. Enjoy your Jazz Cut Of The Week!

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