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

“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.”– John Paul Friedrich Richter

Let us begin NEXT week 758 with Hachiku. Dream pop from down under. If there’s one genre of music that was destined to flourish throughout lockdown, it’s bedroom pop. I’ll Probably Be Asleep, the first full-length release from Hachiku (the alias of Melbourne-based artist Anika Ostendorf), provides compelling evidence for this. It’s an album that succeeds in conjuring up a singular world; its eight tracks a collection of dreamy and mysterious landscapes. Opener and title track, I’ll Probably Be Asleep, acts as a blueprint for the rest of the album. It’s the type of song you can just recline into, stacking swelling guitars and delicate synths upon a bed of drum machines. Ostendorf’s vocals float over the song with a certain dream-like detachedness. It’s a style of singing that might come across as disinterested on any other album, but here it complements the mood well.

Baby Of The Bunch. The band founded 5 years ago. The band’s name is based on a lyric line from “Rapper’s Delight” of Sugarhill Gang. 4 girls between 18-20 years old from Leipzig/Germany. Although the singer was born in US and raised in Germany. I say welcome to the New Wave Of Female New Wave. they describe their influences between 90s indie music, female rock, Riot Girl and New Wave

Mammoth WVH. File under I’m not crying you’re crying. See the video. So damn cool. Wolfgang’s emotional tribute to his father. Wolfgang Van Halen has released his debut single, Distance, which pays tribute to his father, Eddie Van Halen. This signals the launch of new band Mammoth WVH. The hard-rock ballad – on which Wolfgang plays all instruments and sings – is described as an open letter to his father. Wolfgang had played a lot of these for his father and this was one of Eddie’s favorites. Home-camera footage of Wolfgang and Eddie features throughout the track’s video, documenting their time together from early years through to tours with Van Halen. The video ends with a heartfelt voicemail from Eddie. “As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him. While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life,” explains Wolfgang. “I never intended Distance to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release. This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.” Distance is available now – a portion of the proceeds will go to Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a cause that provides musical instruments to underfunded schools, and one that Eddie Van Halen supported throughout his lifetime.

Mammoth was the original name of Eddie’s band, before they officially changed the moniker to Van Halen in 1974.

Mumford And Sons. When Mumford and Sons released a live EP they included this note: Dear friends, Today we announce the release of the Delta Tour EP, a collection of recordings from the past 3 years of being on the road – released on 20th November. Due to obvious reasons, we didn’t get to play out the tour officially, so this release celebrates the end of the Delta Tour, and is dedicated to our fans and our crew. We love you and we miss you. There are two very limited edition physical formats available to pre-order now, including a limited edition journal containing photos & memories from the Delta tour: https://MumfordandSons.lnk.to/DeltaTourFA . We hope you’re keeping well and we can’t wait to see you all soon.

The War On Drugs. Adam Granduciel is a perfectionist, a studio obsessive who builds up the War on Drugs’ atmospheric music from painstakingly layered guitars and keyboards on songs that cast a hypnotic spell as they embark on journeys of discovery. Before the pandemic, the band had been on track to release an album of new songs in 2020. (Last month, they performed one brand new one, “Ocean of Darkness,” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.) Instead, they dug into the archives for Live Drugs, which was culled from the band’s 2017-18 tour. It’s the first release on the band’s Super High Quality label and is accompanied by a four-part Super High Quality podcast.

Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills (Live) Iron Maiden have a thing for live albums. Officially, there are now 16 official live. This one from Mexico in 2019. #LiveMusicIsGoodForYourSoul

Jenny Yim. “Sometimes, it’s hard to figure out who you are—you’re not completely yourself,” confesses singer-songwriter Jenny Yim. “But when I’m on stage, I feel the closest thing to the real me. Everything else falls away.”  She’s wanted to be a singer since age 2, when she’d watch her local-musician father perform at weddings. Just two years later, Yim was testing her vocal mettle through an obsession with opera, learning arias from a voice coach. At age 10, her parents put a guitar in her hands, which prompted her to start composing songs. Becoming a musician has always been more fate than a pipe dream for the Oahu, Hawaii, native. 

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard have released a new album. That already sounds like a “hey didn’t I just say that a few months ago?” kinda question because at the rate that King Gizzard releases their studio work, they don’t afford the listener much time to compress the music already out there. Since 2010, the group has released 16 studio albums and a handful of EPs and live albums, too many of which have been either written off as novelty genre forays or forgotten amongst their peers. Prolific psych-roch shapeshifters, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have released their 16th studio album, marking 10 years as an active band.

Los Angeles garage rockers Bleached are back with a brand new song called “Stupid Boys”. It’s their first bit of music since dropping Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?, their third full-length album, in 2019. The sisterly duo, comprised of Jessica and Jennifer Clavin, tap into the country’s ongoing female empowerment movement on the single by calling out harmful behavior. While “Stupid Boys” was technically written a while ago, the song took on new meaning this summer following the recent wave of sexual allegations against Burger Records and a number of bands on the label. “Making light of a dark situation has been a tool I’ve used to get through challenging times,” said Jennifer Clavin in a statement. “Specifically, a way I’ve often honored my recovery is to tell my story through my lyrics — this time the subject is crazy ex-boyfriends. This started out as a jokey song, something light-hearted, meant to be danced to… or so I thought. After the most recent flood or ‘me too’ call outs around men in the music scene, I returned to this song and felt somewhat surprised, because the lyrics actually aren’t so light-hearted, and they directly refer back to experiences related to the reckoning we just saw go down.”

The New Year Buffalo-birthed jam act moe. wrote so much material over the past few years it all couldn’t be contained on a single studio album. Not Normal is a collection of five songs that didn’t make it onto This Is Not, We Are, a full-length LP released by moe.. 

Thanks to the latest digital audio technology, Jimi Hendrix’s Live In Maui finally surfaces in full. In late July 1970, Jimi Hendrix was flown (allegedly against his will) to Maui in Hawaii to participate in Rainbow Bridge. The film was notable for the absence of a script, a plot or any actors, although there was enough ‘Maui wowee’ around to ensure that the participants and film crew were permanently and catatonically stoned. Hendrix’s main contribution was to play a gig… sorry, a “vibratory colour/sound experiment”, on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano. But nobody told the locals, and only around 400 people showed up and were grouped by their star signs.

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.

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Artist and Song Title:

  • Hachiku – I’ll Probably Be Asleep
  • Baby Of The Bunch – I Like That
  • Mammoth WVH – Distance
  • Mumford And Sons – Hurt (Live Cover)
  • The War On Drugs – Red Eyes (Live)
  • Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills (Live)
  • Jenny Yim – Crozier
  • King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Intrasport
  • Bleached – Stupid Boys
  • moe. – New Hope For The New Year
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hear My Train A Comin’ (Live)

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