Category: Album Reviews

Album and song reviews...

Release Radar 8/13/21 - Big Thief vs Steely Dan

Release Radar 8/13/21 - Big Thief vs Steely Dan
This week I get some oldies, some flashbacks, some remixes, and a few new tracks in my Release Radar. Caveman finally releases their long-awaited record Smash, their first in five years. I’ve yet to pick it apart, but the first four singles all tested positive. If you’ve read this blog, you know I’ve raved about... Read more »

Release Radar 7/30/21 - The Connells vs Torres

Release Radar 7/30/21 - The Connells vs Torres
The new album from Torres has finally landed, and in a surprise twist, The Connells show up in this week’s Release Radar. “Hug From A Dinosaur” is still my favorite track from Thirstier, but “Don’t Go Putting Wishes In My Head” is a close second. Hearing all of the songs together introduces us to several... Read more »

The Dirty Heads' "Rage" Is The Song Of The Summer

The Dirty Heads' "Rage" Is The Song Of The Summer
My favorite song so far this summer has to be The Dirty Heads’ and their incredible rap, reggae-infused, punk rocker, “Rage.” It has everything that convertible classic needs, including energetic verses, and monster hooks that you can’t stop singing. We all have that rage otherwise we wouldn’t be human. This one feels good to sing!... Read more »
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Release Radar 7/16/21 - Houndmouth vs Dirty Heads

Release Radar 7/16/21 - Houndmouth vs Dirty Heads
Welcome back, Houndmouth, it’s been a while. “Cool Jam” is a slower manifesto, but it’s full of passion and honesty. The same goes for “Good For You,” which reminds me of Bob Dylan and the 60’s folk scene. Atmosphere, the cool combo of Ant (DJ) and Slug (MC), returns this week with an EP entitled... Read more »

Kanye West, Steely Dan, And The Woody Herman Band

Kanye West, Steely Dan, And The Woody Herman Band
Kanye West introduced a generation of kids to the jazzy funk of Steely Dan. Through his fantastic sample of “Kid Charlamagne,” on his song “Champion,” he reintroduced the rest of us to a song we knew we liked but didn’t know how much we missed. Every time I hear the hook, “Did you realize,that you... Read more »

Release Radar 7/9/21 - Miho Hazama vs Natalie Bergman

Release Radar 7/9/21 -  Miho Hazama vs Natalie Bergman
The most interesting single this week comes from Natalie Bergman and Beck. You wouldn’t know Beck was even on the track unless you’ve seen the credits. Natalie steals the show sounding like Billie Holiday, while Beck chimes in on the chorus, sounding like…himself. Remixes are part of the summer cycle and I love the funk-da-fied... Read more »
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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... Read more »

Release Radar 6/18/21 - Hippo Campus vs Delta Spirit

Release Radar 6/18/21 - Hippo Campus vs Delta Spirit
Summer is officially underway. The heat is on as is the pressure for record companies to get their artists more shelf space. How is this possible in an age when that space has become digital? In order to keep eyes and ears on their artists, many labels are having a song remixed or adding a... Read more »

Release Radar 06/11/21 - The Rebels vs Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Release Radar 06/11/21  -  The Rebels vs Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
I’m still catching up to all the new music from last week, including a fantastic return to form by the band James and their latest release, All The Colours Of You. Also, the magnificent, and possible Album Of The Year candidate, from Wolf Alice, Blue Weekend. So, it’s a good thing that my Release Radar... Read more »
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Release Radar 05/28/21 - DMX vs Grizfolk

Release Radar 05/28/21 - DMX vs Grizfolk
All set to go camping for Memorial Day weekend, and wouldn’t you know it, the weather drops into winter-like conditions. So, this is why they say don’t plant your flowers in Chicago before the holiday weekend. The return of DMX? From the grave? I would expect no less. But with Jay-Z and NAS, and on... Read more »