Hello new music lovers. Welcome to NEXT. We have a simple goal: Find you a NEXT, new favorite song. #NextFavoriteSong

On NEXT this week. We start with Steve Lacy who is a musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Part of the band The Internet. Phoebe Bridgers. Bridgers’ sophomore album, Punisher, cements her role as a voice of a generation with little hope for the future. But for all her Twitter quips about butt plugs and horniness, Bridgers has never seemed so timeless and sincere. While subtly expanding upon the sonic atmosphere of her sparse debut, she searches for meaning in languid spells of depression, desire, and self-destruction. There is something deep and haunted in these song

Mondo Cozmo. Artists like Mondo Cozmo are rare. Genre hopping is an inert skill and not done so easily. Maybe David Bowie, Prince and Taylor Swift can do it on a whim, but lesser artists have yet to make that trek with such grace. Mondo Cozmo or Josh Ostrander is one artist who has taken his array of influences and love of Ray Charles and Beck and jumbled it all together for a truly original sound. “I wrote ‘Upside Down’ during the impeachment hearings and the idea for it came out of just being so sick of watching the news, I was like addicted, and just wanting to go to the bar and have a drink with friends. And it was just the song everyone was talking about” he recalled. Ostrander listens to Ray Charles more than any other artist and credits much of his influence to him.  And for “Upside Down” he wanted to mix the Ray Charles sound with some new alternative vibes that he found as a fan of Beck. 

The Beths is New Zealand indie pop band. “It’s a guitar band. We make guitar music. I like it that way.” I like it that way too. Thanks for playing guitar. The members of Cara Van Thorn have carved a niche for themselves over the past half decade with an eccentric cocktail of ’30s jazz, ’70s pop rock, ’80s goth, and ’90s alternative. That’s a lot of jumping around. Worth a listen. The Lazy Eyes are a 4 piece psychedelic rock band based in Sydney.

Gum Country is a Vancouver band. “I wrote ‘Somewhere’ a couple years after moving to L.A.,” Garvin said in a statement. “It’s about leaving a place that you are comfortable in and landing in a strange new one, and discovering what parts of your identity remain and which were left behind. The first line I wrote was ‘haven’t felt this way in a while, I can’t think straight can’t hide my smile, I guess this is gonna be my life for a while,’ and then it was just a process of unravelling that thought. I think the song could be about the range of emotions that come with any big change, and ultimately settling on a mellow excitement for vulnerability.” The songs on Somewhere meander through the highs and lows of daily life, touching on subjects ranging from love, loss, and anxiety, to tennis, video games, and gardening. 

This was John Prine’s last recording. This recording took place in John’s living room. The new song and never-before-seen footage debuted as a surprise at the end of “Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine”. Stream it now.

Neil Finn – Find Your Way Back Home (featuring Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie) Crowded House frontman and current Fleetwood Mac member Neil Finn has enlisted the help of his bandmates Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie for a new song, “Find Your Way Back Home.”  The track was released in partnership with the homeless shelter Auckland City Mission, based in Finn’s native New Zealand. Finn says, “There are all these people in all of our lives, I think, that we drift away from,” Finn told the New Zealand Herald. “There was a story there.”

Futurebirds are releasing album number 4. Psychedelia and Twang: Futurebirds Expand Country-Rock. Never a bad thing. The band is from Athens, Georgia. Starbelly is a 4 piece band hailing from Baltimore whose sound has been described as “Squeeze meets Wilco”. Their smart brand of melodic rock comes with layers of jangly guitars, lush, 4-part harmonies and hooks aplenty. Because each member is an accomplished songwriter, their music is a large landscape of sound and lyrics. 

The Lowest Pair recorded in this album in 2018 and just released it. That happens. They are an American folk band consisting of dual banjoists, Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Formed in 2013. Store Front found each other quite brilliantly. You gotta love a good – nay Great – origin story that starts with “I heard her singing the Replacements in the middle of an open office.” They started writing and composing together. Braids is an art rock band from Calgary, Alberta, currently based in Montreal, Quebec. a nine-minute opus that seems to be just about everything, written in the days following the 2016 election.

It was tough before Covid 19. Now more than ever we need to support these bands. Even something as simple as buying an album, or a ticket to a show (when live music comes back or if they are hosting online events), or a tee shirt. And if you can buy directly from them. Even better. Thank you.

Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish). Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.

WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.

You can listen to NEXT on the radio. Listen to NEXT on Ocean 98 in Maryland Sunday nights at 10. Or Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada

Artist and Song Title:

  • Steve Lacy – Hate CD
  • Phoebe Bridgers – ICU
  • Mondo Cozmo – Black Cadillac
  • The Beths – Dying To Believe
  • Cara Van Thorn – Devil Inside
  • The Lazy Eyes – Tangerine
  • Gum Country – Somewhere
  • John Prine – I Remember Everything
  • Neil Finn – Find Your Way Back Home (featuring Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie) Futurebirds – Trippin’
  • Starbelly – Love Song 26
  • The Lowest Pair – Wild Animals
  • Store Front – Trilobite
  • Braids – Snow Angel

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