Release Radar 6/17/22 - Mt. Joy vs Pete Yorn

Release Radar 6/17/22 - Mt. Joy vs Pete Yorn
This week we had two big album releases by Pete Yorn and Mt. Joy, respectfully. Pete’s first single, “Elizabeth Taylor” is an earworm that will have you endlessly singing, “I’ll find my own way home.” “Never Go” is another standout that feels like retro Yorn. Has he returned to form? Yes. While Hawaii is a... Read more »

Release Radar 6/10/22 - Pixies vs Cooking Soul

Release Radar 6/10/22 - Pixies vs Cooking Soul
There were not many big releases this week, but we got a new single from the Pixies and this pop gem from Surfaces, “What’s Been On Your Mind?” Forrest Frank and Colin Padalecki have created their own version of pop and this latest single reels you in with big hooks, but not the fishing kind.... Read more »

Release Radar 6/3/22 - Bob Marley vs Papi Churro

Release Radar 6/3/22 - Bob Marley vs Papi Churro
This week we get a welcome new single from Jungle called “Good Times.” I still have their first album in my six-disc changer, and I can’t bring myself to take it out; it’s just that good. It’s always great to see Bob Marley show up in Release Radar, especially when it’s a live track. “Get... Read more »
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Release Radar 5/27/22 - Suede vs Taking Back Sunday

Release Radar 5/27/22 -  Suede vs Taking Back Sunday
So, twenty years have passed since Taking Back Sunday released their eponymous debut, Tell All Your Friends? Life is truly fleeting. The 20th-Anniversary edition comes in this sexy sangria, as well as several other colors, along with a black, 10″ etched disc with 4 unheard demos. I went searching for the new Suede single and... Read more »

Release Radar 5/20/22 - Sun Room vs Flipturn

Release Radar 5/20/22 - Sun Room vs Flipturn
Man, Sun Room’s “I Want You” reminds me of summer. School’s out, we would head to Peterson Park, play baseball, volleyball, or whatever presented itself. Sometimes the girls even showed up, which made things more complicated, because I had no idea how to talk to them. A 10-year-old boy pushed my daughter down last week... Read more »

"It's So Quiet, It's Loud" -Ryan Adams

"It's So Quiet, It's Loud" -Ryan Adams
I can’t get enough of Ryan Adam’s Big Colors album lately, and what strikes me first is the song, “It’s So Quiet, It’s Loud.” The chord structure screams Johnny Marr, and harkens back to Strangeways Here We Come, or is it The Queen Is Dead? I’m enamored how he’s so himself, vocally, that you have... Read more »
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Release Radar 5/13/22 - Ryan Adams vs Kendrick Lamar

Release Radar 5/13/22 - Ryan Adams vs Kendrick Lamar
Everybody deserves redemption. After undergoing therapy to get sober and fix a pattern of mistreating women, Ryan Adams is trying to make a comeback. On Saturday night at Carnegie Hall, he performed 31 songs that spanned his career. The night before his first public performance since 2019’s show at The Forum in Los Angeles, he... Read more »

Release Radar 5/6/22 - !!! (Chk Chk Chk) vs Dawes

Release Radar 5/6/22 - !!! (Chk Chk Chk) vs Dawes
This week we have two huge releases by !!! (Chk Chk Chk) and Arcade Fire. Both albums had us waiting patiently, whittling our fingernails down, while they release single after single, prepping us for the big day. They’re here! The last two songs on Let It Be Blue, “Crazy Talk,” and “This Is Pop,” really... Read more »

Release Radar 4/29/22 - Arcade Fire vs Swedish House Mafia

Release Radar 4/29/22 - Arcade Fire vs Swedish House Mafia
Arcade Fire’s two-part single “The Lightning I & II” was a great return to form, and “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” follows suit. Not that this band really makes bad music, but they’ve gone through phases, and stylistic changes, that have led some astray. Now we are getting a healthy dose of the original pop they... Read more »
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Release Radar - 4/22/22 - Bay Ledges vs Wilco

Release Radar - 4/22/22 - Bay Ledges vs Wilco
Who Is Bay Ledges, that is the question? Bay Ledges is the musical brainchild of Zach Hurd, now a Los Angeles native who relocated from a small town in coastal Maine, in 2015. The four songs that make up the In Water EP are addicting slices of pop, to say the least. “In Water,” and... Read more »