Category: All About Music

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 »

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 »

Patrick Watson's "Dream For Dreaming"

Patrick Watson's "Dream For Dreaming"
There’s a slow walk that begins Patrick Watson’s, “Dream For Dreaming.” The song first builds with a downtempo drum machine, followed by a reverberated piano, that sets the mood for a haunting dream he can’t wake up from. Midway through the second verse, we realize this nightmare is a divorce; or is it the loss... Read more »
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Release Radar 2/12/21 - Liz Phair vs Willie Nelson

Release Radar 2/12/21 - Liz Phair vs Willie Nelson
Chicago is in a deep freeze, and a quick look at the forecast shows no sign of a thaw. Welcome to another week of Release Radar, where we discuss all the new goodies in our New Music Friday basket. First up, a new single from Liz Phair? Yes, that was a question. I had no... Read more »

Healy's "Tungsten" Sounds More Mature & Subdued

Healy's "Tungsten" Sounds More Mature & Subdued
Rapper, singer, and songwriter Healy has always proffered a chill vibe, but on his latest album¬†Tungsten, he’s taken a turn into the subdued. I remember seeing him live, loving his flow, and the funky rhythms he brought to the table. Now, 4 years, and 2 albums later, he’s winding down a bit. I don’t mean... Read more »

Release Radar 2/5/21 - DD Walker vs Atmosphere

Release Radar 2/5/21 - DD Walker vs Atmosphere
DD Walker toured with Bear Hands behind their Fake Tunes record and we saw him play guitar with the band at Beat Kitchen. After the show, he chatted us up outside and was a generous human being, I love meeting musicians like this. His latest single feels like the start of something big. Maybe it’s... Read more »
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Steve Winwood "While You See A Chance"

Steve Winwood "While You See A Chance"
¬†“Stand up in a clear blue morning/Until you see/What can be Alone in a cold day dawning/Are you still free/Can you be” There are certain songs, like “While You See A Chance,” that can give you a special feeling, even if you,¬†occasionally, get a few of the lyrics wrong. I used to always think Steve... Read more »

Release Radar 1/29/21 - Juliana Hatfield vs Teenage Fanclub

Release Radar 1/29/21 - Juliana Hatfield vs Teenage Fanclub
This week we get a blast from the past with cuts from Juliana Hatfield, Teenage Fanclub, and a live shot from J. Mascis of Dinosuar Jr fame. Hello, to the 90s, and welcome back. Juliana Hatfield has been busy over the last couple of years with several projects, including her 16th studio album, Juliana Hatfield... Read more »

Release Radar 1/22/21 - The Vaccines vs Typhoon

Release Radar 1/22/21 - The Vaccines vs Typhoon
This week The Vaccines return with a cover that seems a bit uncharacteristic at first. But after a couple of listens, it starts to make sense. The subdued version of “No One Knows,” originally recorded by the Queens Of The Stoneage, is from their forthcoming Cosy Karaoke EP, which will consist solely of other people’s... Read more »
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"Alexa, Play Chet Baker!"

"Alexa, Play Chet Baker!"
“Alexa, Play Chet Baker” is a phrase I’ve uttered many times in this house. When I go to clean the kitchen, vacuum the living room, or simply try to make sense of my daughters’ bedroom after what looks like a bomb went off. Even getting ready for a party, I ask for Chet. Alexa enthusiastically... Read more »