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

On NEXT this week. Fontaines DC start up NEXT this week and their debut album earned comparisons to Joy Division and James Joyce. But the Irish post-punks are changing it up with “A Hero’s Death” a bit darker and psychedelic and garage rock-y too. Chris Bro happy boy. Slow Pulp’s poppy spin on shoegaze and slowcore with Band To Watch honors last year, and now they’re ready to properly show us what they can do. The Chicago-via-Madison indie quartet’s debut

Hoops continue our new music show with the lo-fi production allowing those skittering beats to pierce through the indie pop chassis. A curiously addictive guitar pop jewel. Algiers is a political band in a political time. But don’t try to box them in. And they are worthy of listen. This full album is quite brilliant. One of my favorites front to back – top to bottom of this year.

Supergrass live. I love it. And miss it. Can’t wait for live music to return. #LiveMusicIsGoodForYourSoul. It may just be me but it sounds like the crowd was ready for this one. I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, also know as, iDKHOW have gotten as far as they have through amazing songs and sheer determination. The history of where they were with their previous bands has been well documented. Weekes and Seaman were two longtime friends who enjoyed each other’s company and held a profound respect for their musical abilities. That comes out in their live shows and their quirky, slightly askew videos. But if you ask either gent about what completes their experience entirely, it’s the same answer: the fans.

Michael Franti and his band Spearhead release their 11th studio album, Work Hard and Be Nice, in June. The blast of positive energy we needed. “There is no better time for music that helps us laugh, cry, rage, soothe, dance and sing through the sea of emotions boiling inside each of us. How beautiful that we can come together today of all days, on Earth Day. While we may be physically distancing, socially I love how we’re coming together,” Franti said on a press release announcing the album.

SG Goodman is next on our new music radio show. I’ll start with producer Jim James: “There was a smoky realism to her voice that reminded me of some of my favorite music, like John Prine or [Bob] Dylan.”  I’ll add that if you are a fan of 70s Neil Young or Angel Olsen from the aughts then you should take note. Let me know what you think. Or don’t.

We start the second half and here come Inhaler with their own dreamy version. Sure, the headline here could read something like “Hear Bono’s kid sing a Mazzy Star classic,” but we’re classier than that. Or are we? Nick Lowe covers Brenda Lee. Loew an English singer-songwriter, musician and producer. A noted figure in power pop and new wave. And you already knew that. 

Los Coast with another cover this week. Featuring Gary Clark Jr. I’ve heard Los Coast described as “Austin’s best-kept secret,” though their genre-jumping psychedelic-leaning debut will/should change that. Enjoy. Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison with another cover this week. Live. #LiveMusicIsGoodForYourSoul. It’s a Waylon Jennings song. This is vintage Johnny Cash via another “collection” this time the Mercury Recordings.

Okey Dokey is no longer a band. Indeed, what was once the Nashville duo of Johny Fisher and Aaron Martin has decided to do what no other band has ever done and grown into something bigger… a community. Where most bands attempt to use their exclusivity and fame to attract their fan base, Okey Dokey wants to embellish their inclusivity and welcome anyone and everyone to walk beside them on their journey. It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child, so why not let everyone in to help raise Okey Dokey? Their third studio album Once Upon One Time does just that by allowing anyone to send in audio that is featured throughout the record, using submitted videos as promo, adding a 3rd member (Jeremy Clark) and for the first time ever allowing other bands to decide the overall sound of the new album by having six different mixers from six different bands.

Larkin Poe and “Back Down South” is a perfect example of why the electric guitar just won’t go away. And on my radio show guitar will always have a home. Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis – Still Flying Still Flying, the debut album from Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic, Okkervil River), arrives 8 May via Verve Forecast. The album is the result of a 2019 collaboration between the two longtime friends and Ghanaian musicians Aaron Bebe Sukura (master of the gyil, a wooden xylophone) and kologo giant Stevo Atambire. The material is a seamless blend of the two worlds and bravely strikes out at something new.

Music is Life. And new music keeps you young at heart. And keeps your mind nimble. It’s science. Do the google if you don’t believe me.

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.

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

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Artist and Song Title:

  1. Fontaines DC – I Don’t Belong
  2. Slow Pulp – Idaho
  3. Hoops – Fall Back
  4. Algiers – There Is No Year
  5. Supergrass – Alright (Live at T in the Park 2000)
  6. I Don’t Know How But They Found Me – Leave Me Alone
  7. Michael Franti And Spearhead –  I Got You
  8. SG Goodman – Old Time Feeling
  9. Inhaler – Fade Into You (Cover)
  10. Nick Lowe – Here Comes That Feeling (Cover)
  11. Los Coast – A Change Is Gonna Come (Cover featuring Gary Clark Jr)
  12. Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison – Waymore’s Blues (Cover)
  13. Okey Dokey – Okey Dokey
  14. Larkin Poe – Back Down South
  15. Bridget Kearney and Benjamin Lazar Davis – Still Flying

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