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Let us begin NEXT week 749 with The Arkells. This Canadian band releases acoustic set of their most popular songs. Summer 2020, like the rest of the year, was a dive into uncharted territory, as Canadians from coast to coast tried to make sense of a changed world due to an unrelenting global pandemic. But often through bad times comes a light at the end of the tunnel. For rock and roll music enthusiasts and Arkells fans, “Campfire Chords” was like a knight in shining armour – coming to the rescue, and just in time. Near the end of August, a stripped-back collection featuring 17 of the Canadian band’s most beloved songs plus a brand-new single, “Quitting You,” was released. As the music landscape continues to evolve in 2020, Arkells took a pause from working on their upcoming studio album and went back to their roots, reinterpreting past material and rediscovering the singer-songwriter spirit that has long informed their trademark sing-a-longs.” “2020 has obviously been a strange year for a lot of different reasons,” said frontman Max Kerman. “We’ve been really working hard on our next proper full-length record. We were down in Los Angeles in February and I think we’re about 85 per cent done. We were thinking about playing songs from that album, but as we got into the spring and summer, it didn’t really feel like we wanted to put out something brand new if we couldn’t go out and play it. Especially, the kind of big songs we were thinking about for that record.”

Nicole Atkins is NEXT. “Her most intuitive musical effort to date…Italian Ice’s all-star band meets Muscle Shoals standards while crafting an album that sounds definitively Jersey.” – GRAMMY.com “Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket was one of the only people I knew when I first moved to Nashville. We got together to write a song and I had this piece that I thought was kind of a Roy Orbison type melodramatic chorus and then Carl started playing Radiohead chords underneath it and I just started free styling and it became this whole song that was just so far out and reminded me of so many different things like the Beatles and Blur and the Beta Band all rolled into one. I was having some crazy dreams (as usual) and we wrote the lyrics based off of that. Dreams that are just so intense that even if they’re bad, they’re exciting and there’s nothing like it, until you go to sleep again. Those lines between reality and dreaming are really blurred for me sometimes.”  – Nicole Atkins

The Nude Party are set to return with their sophomore album, Midnight Manor. The 12-song set was recorded live-to-tape over six days at the Outlier Inn in upstate New York and mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile). Midnight Manor is the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut which Rolling Stone heralded as “equal parts ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ Velvet Underground and Exile on Main Street Stones.” The Smashing Pumpkins – The Colour Of Love Earlier this year, Corgan told Tennessean about SMASHING PUMPKINS’ upcoming studio album: “When we got back together with James, we went in with Rick Rubin and did eight songs. It was put out as a formal album, but I said at the time — and I did mean it — in my eyes, it wasn’t an album. We didn’t approach it like we’ve approached every other album we’d ever done, which is more like making a movie. “In many ways, this is the first real album [since the reunion] where we’ve hunkered down and made a classic, ‘Let’s throw it all at the wall and see what happens’ type of PUMPKINS record. I’ve been working on it for over a year.

The Rolling Stones on NEXT with a song off a bonus album “Live 1973 Brussels”. With the exception of the psychedelic misadventure “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” the Rolling Stones’ “Goats Head Soup” is probably the most maligned album of the group’s first 20 years. Released in 1973, it arrived as most of the band members were entering their 30s and the group was entering its second decade (unheard-of for a rock band at the time), and it found them moving awkwardly into both. This fancy reissue presents a nicely remastered version of the original album, along with an album’s worth of rather forgettable outtakes, the requisite giant book and poster reproductions, and — best of all — an absolutely spectacular 1973 concert that has long been available on bootleg but here is remastered and re-whatever’ed so beautifully that it’s practically worth the price of the package on its own. This was one of Taylor’s last concerts as a Rolling Stone (he left the following year)

White Reaper – Might Be Right (At Home) One of my favorites songs of 2019. Recorded at home during lockdown. Just to remind us the #LiveMusicIsGoodForYourSoul. Coheed And Cambria featuring Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl 2 yes a follow up, sequel of 80’s hit Jessie’s Girl. NY’s own prog/alt-rock greats Coheed and Cambria unexpectedly revealed a new track/video titled “Jessie’s Girl 2” which featured Rick Springfield. The track is of course a tribute/sequel to Springfield’s legendary classic hit, “Jessie’s Girl.” Turns out Rick gets the girl. Jessie doesn’t care because she’s a crazy girlfriend.

Leon Bridges has collaborated with Los Angeles hip-hop and jazz artist Terrace Martin on his latest track, “Sweeter.” Released in the midst of protests around the country calling for an end to systemic racism, the song is a thoughtful meditation on what it’s like to live under cyclical oppression and prejudice from the state. “Hoping for a life more sweeter/Instead I’m just a story repeating/Why do I fear withskindark as night?/Can’tfeel peace with those judging eyes,” Bridges sings over a programmed drum beat and Martin’s light saxophone accents. He later makes reference to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., asking why we seem to be repeating the same fight that older generations of black activists were a part of: “I thought we moved on from the darker days/Did the words of the King disappear in the air/Like a butterfly?” This is Bridges’ first new music release since April when he teamed up with John Mayer for the quarantine-appropriate song “Inside Friend.” Bridges and Mayer had recorded and shelved the song in 2019 but decided to release it during the ongoing pandemic. The duo later released an indoor music video for the track.

Belle Mt. is a Hollow London-based alt-pop project. Belle Mt., fronted by songwriter/frontman Matt Belmont—shares a new version of their acclaimed single “Hollow” “Hollow” is about love, loss, rebirth, and everything in between,” says Matt.  “Like great artists that leave us too soon, some of the love stories that aren’t fated to last are remembered with their own timeless beauty and eternal youth. This one was inspired by the beginnings of a relationship that could have gone either way, neither of us were prepared for the weight of it or for the depths that needed to be reached in order to confront our demons and heal together. They say that if you come to fame without knowing yourself then the fame will define you and consume you, the same can apply to love.”

Eels have released 12 albums since 1996; Everett, also known as E, has put out two solo albums under that moniker. Eels grabbed headlines in in 2014 when Everett’s long-time friend, former Journey singer Steve Perry, joined Eels on stage after a nearly 18-year-gap in live appearances. This is Eel’s first new material since 2018’s The Deconstruction. While there’s no word about a new record yet, hopefully this is a first step towards that direction.

Holler folk trio The Ghost of Paul Revere has officially released their third full-length studio album, Good At Losing Everything. Aiming to create a sense of community with their music, The Ghost of Paul Revere examine life’s ebbs and flows through a distinct and dynamic distillation of folk, bluegrass, rock, and alternative music on the new album. The collection finds the Maine-based band firing on all cylinders as they explore themes of triumph, loss, satisfaction, heartbreak and love. “I didn’t realize how much the title of this record would resonate with the current times when we decided on the name,” guitarist/vocalist Griffin Sherry noted in a statement along with the album’s release. “Good At Losing Everything. Aren’t we though? With so much changing every day, aren’t we all now burdened with the idea of what was and what could be? This album is about change. About loss and vulnerability. We took chances, grew, but remembered where we came from. The Ghost has always been what we want it to be. I hope people listen, really listen, to this record as whole. It ebbs and flows between each of us, encapsulates a band at the edge of defying what defined us but one that still remembers who we were and what we can be.”

Jack Megale – 100 Miles thanks to a listener on twitter. A long Island NYer. He’s just 21. The Lemon Twigs – No One Hold You Closer Then The One You Haven’t Met The D’Addario brothers returned this Summer with their third Lemon Twigs album, Songs For The General Public. Songs For The General Public was written, recorded and produced by the D’Addarios at their Long Island home studio, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles and New York City’s Electric Lady. Billie Joe Armstrong – That Thing You Do! (Cover) continuing his cover while lock downed series. Love the movie. Love the music.

Sheryl Crow has released the new song “In The End,” a spirited and rocking track accompanied by an animated music video. The track is also the “secret B-side” on the limited edition 7” format of her recently-issued new version of the 2012 song “Woman In The White House.” “In The End,” Crow’s latest for Big Machine Label Group’s Valory label, was written by the artist and her longtime collaborator Jeff Trott. The two have worked together since the days of her self-titled album of 1996, and co-wrote such signatures of Sheryl’s as “If It Makes You Happy,” “Every Day Is A Winding Road” and “My Favorite Mistake.” “In The End” was produced by the widely-travelled Steve Jordan, and has Crow in typically plain-speaking form as she takes aim at America’s political and corporate establishment. She leaves little ambiguity about the subject of her approbation, in the very building mentioned in her recent release. “There’s a fly on the wall in the house on the hill,” she sings, “where the king of the world watches TV/And the people all wait for his latest mandate/To a nation of angry believers.”

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.

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:

  • Arkells – Quitting You
  • Nicole Atkins – Mind Eraser
  • The Nude Party – Lonely Heather
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – The Colour Of Love
  • The Rolling Stones –  Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (Live 1973 Brussels)
  • White Reaper – Might Be Right (At Home)
  • Coheed And Cambria featuring Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl 2
  • Leon Bridges –  Sweeter
  • Belle Mt. – Hollow
  • Eels – Baby Let’s Make It Real
  • The Ghost Of Paul Revere – Good At Losing Everything
  • Jack Megale – 100 Miles
  • The Lemon Twigs – No One Hold You Closer Then The One You Haven’t Met
  • Billie Joe Armstrong – That Thing You Do! (Cover)
  • Sheryl Crow – In The End

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