Category: Album Reviews

Album and song reviews...

Release Radar 04/16/21 - Liz Phair vs San Holo

Release Radar 04/16/21 - Liz Phair vs San Holo
Spring is in the air, tulips are towering, and baseballs are flying. Liz Phair has a new album on the horizon called Soberish. It will be her 7th, released on June 4th. Her latest single, “Spanish Doors,” reminds me of a cut, off of her debut, Exile In Guyville. I think having Brad Wood back... Read more »

Hippo Campus Singer Drops Solo Project "Lupin"

Hippo Campus Singer Drops Solo Project "Lupin"
I saw the Sessions email that Lupin was doing a Livestream when Covid first started, but had no idea who that was and why I was being notified? After my brother sent me the Spotify link to “Vampire,” a week later, I knew I had made a mistake. “Oh,” I thought. “That was Lupin!?” Jake... Read more »

Release Radar 04/09/21 - Mating Ritual vs Twenty One Pilots

Release Radar 04/09/21 - Mating Ritual vs Twenty One Pilots
Mating Ritual was on my #RADAR again this week. They’ve continued to impress me with their songwriting, and “I’m Not Crazy” is one that gets better with each listen. Stick around for the climax, the best part is towards the end. Have Twenty One Pilots gone pop, or were they always pop? “Shy Away” might... Read more »
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Release Radar 04/02/21 - Chet Baker vs Caveman

Release Radar 04/02/21 - Chet Baker vs Caveman
Between Spring Break and Easter, I somehow lost a step. I lost track of time, as the days ran together. I hope your Friday was good. This week we start with your Jazz Song Of The Week because the man who brought me into this world was none other than Chet Baker. “My Funny Valentine,”... Read more »

Release Radar 3/26/21- The Kooks vs Amy Winehouse

Release Radar 3/26/21- The Kooks vs Amy Winehouse
Normally I wouldn’t start my Release Radar off with a remix, especially a song that’s nearly 15 years old. But, this version of “Naive” by The Kooks, fancified by Seeb, is a fun one, ripe for the Spring weekend. It brings back great memories while giving us another chance to spin a classic. Funny that... Read more »

Release Radar 3/19/21- Middle Kids vs Cypress Hill

The Middle Kids dropped their long-awaited sophomore album this week, Today We’re The Greatest and, because of all the EP’s released in between, there’s been no slump. Hannah Joy and Company offer another batch of pop-and-rock-goodness, just in time for Spring. A nice little surprise in this week’s Release Radar is the return of De... Read more »
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Release Radar 3/12/21 - Sting vs Everything Everything

I gave up sweets for lent. After celebrating my daughter’s 6th birthday, like 6 times, I really want a chocolate chip cookie, a cupcake, or a piece of cake with buttercream frosting. Welcome to Release Radar, the week ending Friday, March 12, 2021. The sun is out a lot lately, and a ton of new... Read more »

Release Radar 3/5/21 - James vs St. Vincent

The Kings of Leon finally release their new album. It’s slow in spots but shows growth. All things aside, it’s a smooth listen. Great to see James in my Release Radar this week. I miss Tim Booth’s voice and the band has been pumping out some incredibly good music over the last three years. “All... Read more »

Release Radar 2/26/21 - Pete Yorn vs Dinosuar Jr

Pete Yorn brought a smile to my face this week with his brilliant cover of “Ten Story Love Song.” A song written by The Stone Roses, from their Second Coming album. This pop gem was a glimpse of what was possible for the creators of a genre they could never quite return to, even after... Read more »
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Release Radar 2/19/21 - HAIM vs Taylor Swift

Release Radar 2/19/21 - HAIM vs Taylor Swift
Could there be any way that Taylor Swift makes this HAIM remix of “Gasoline” better? Could she add anything new to it? Actually, yes, it took me by surprise but Taylor rises to the moment and crushes her verse, the second verse. She owns it with her falsetto, and the quick stop that follows, on... Read more »