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On NEXT this week. Jukebox The Ghost and it’s shocking that these guys have a fun song that gets stuck inside your head. July Talk well – gone are the soaring riffs, the rapid-shot lyrics and the fire in the belly. Instead, it’s a haunting, mid-tempo offering, more suitable to a smoky lounge than a dingy dive bar. Even when the albums back end speeds up, the band still lacks the crunchy tone and urgency of their earlier days. It’s a departure from their signature blues-rock into unexplored, calmer waters.

Guided By Voices new track has a big acoustic guitar riff and a killer chorus that has it sounding like it could’ve come out on Stiff Records in 1979 alongside Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and Wreckless Eric. For stat keepers, Mirrored Aztec is also Robert Pollard’s 107th album. How many do you own? The Rolling Stones off the deluxe edition of the Stones’ 1973 album Goats Head Soup, recorded in Jamaica. Also, rumored to be in the studio. A new album?

moe. releasing the band’s 12th studio album and first since 2014’s NO GUTS, NO GLORY. The Ghost Of Paul Revere. This Maine trio examine life’s ebbs and flows through a distinct and dynamic distillation of folk, bluegrass, rock, and alternative. The Avett Brothers returning to their roots, playing as a trio . Barns Courtney has been hard at work during quarantine and today he surprised fans with the result: the four-track EP

Frank Turner covers NOFX off an upcoming split album with NOFX. David Gilmour with his first new song in five years. It’s a gentle, acoustic number with flourishes of strings. On it, Gilmour sings, “Yes, I have ghosts, not all of them dead/ Making dust of my dreams, spinning round and around, around in my head.” “Ghosts” isn’t so much a solo tune as a Gilmour family effort. The song accompanies the release of his wife Polly Samson’s audiobook for her coming-of-age novel A Theatre for Dreamers, and features daughter Romany on vocals. Ben Folds captures the strangeness of 2020 in his new single and what has become the longest year (and many years) all rolled into one

Johnny Cash. If there’s one stretch that gets precious little love in Johnny Cash’s career, it’s the Mercury albums during the late 80s and early 90s. This period came just before his American Recordings comeback with Rick Rubin. And some believe his time with Mercury was a misguided stretch into commercial territory. But that view doesn’t hold up when you listen to the five albums that came out of this period. Commercial, yes: Cash always liked having hits, and since his three-decade stay with Columbia had ended, the hope was that Mercury would rekindle the magic. Instead of making slick, Nashville-sounding records, however, Cash did something gutsier. For the most part, Clement did his damndest to make the Mercury tracks sound like Sun. There’s a lot of slapback echo, few production frills and plenty of that boom-chicka-boom guitar

Toots And The Maytals have announced their first album of original music in ten years. Over the course of the band’s nearly six-decade career, the Maytals have gone through a number of lineups and explored a wide variety of genres, with the one constant being Toot’s smoky, expressive vocals. Grateful Dead off deluxe 50th anniversary box set that includes this live concert from 1971

thanks for listening

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.

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Artist and Song Title:

  • Jukebox The Ghost – Call Me Joe
  • July Talk – Pretender
  • Guided By Voices – To Keep an Area
  • The Rolling Stones – Criss Cross
  • moe. – Dangerous Game
  • The Ghost Of Paul Revere – Love At Your Convenience
  • The Avett Brothers – Victory
  • Barns Courtney – Missing You
  • Frank Turner – Falling In Love (Cover)
  • David Gilmour – Yes, I Have Ghosts (daughter guest vocals)
  • Ben Folds – 2020
  • Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down
  • Toots And The Maytals – Got To Be Tough
  • Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (Live at Capitol Theatre 1971)

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