Welcome to NEXT.
We have a simple goal: Find you a NEXT, new favorite song. #NextFavoriteSong
We listen to a lot songs and pick the ones we like. All in the hope that you agree. Will you love them all? Probably not. It would be quite brilliant if you found a handful though. Enjoy it all. And may your ears find something to smile about on NEXT. If/when that happens share on social media your new favorite song. Please and thank you.
“Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering.” – Haruki Murakami
Let us begin NEXT week 772 with The Bones Of J.R. Jones. Jonathan Robert Linaberry is based in the Catskill mountains of New York, for his latest EP as the one-man-band, The Bones of J.R. Jones, Linaberry turned to the American Southwest. Drawing inspiration from the dusty desert landscapes he visited during his honeymoon, Linaberry brought his Southern-gothic blues roots together with drum machines, synths, and vibraphone, bringing a newfound electric current to his music. Playing almost all the instruments himself, Linaberry recorded A Celebration, the latest evolution from The Bones of J.R. Jones.
Big Mother Gig – The Underdog LA-based Milwaukee native Richard Jankovich leads Big Mother Gig, an emo band that matches huge pop hooks with equally massive guitar sounds. The project’s next album, Gusto, is a chronicle of Jankovich’s recovery from alcoholism. He says he wrote these 13 songs more or less entirely during one desert cabin getaway last spring celebrating his first year of sobriety. The opening track is out today, and it’s a good one.
“The Underdog,” which features vocals from Slothrust’s Leah Wellbaum, is a mightily catchy introduction to Big Mother Gig that reminds me of late-’90s touchpoints like Jimmy Eat World but with a grand guitar sheen I’d almost compare to the Cure. Jankovich compares himself to the Bad News Bears, singing, “I am the underdog/ I’m trying not to let you down.” He explains, “I’m essentially asking the audience to root for me as I begin the journey of sobriety and of trying to live life without the haze of stimulation.”
Briston Maroney is from Tennessee. Maroney crafted a ten-song record that doubles as a personal statement. “It’s been my journal for a really long time,” Maroney said of music. “There’s a beauty in songwriting. It’s a scrapbook. It’s a photo album. And if you’re really putting your heart into what you’re doing and writing songs for the right reasons, every one of them should take you back to a very specific place.”
I love this back story of The Band. The Weight (Live at The Royal Albert Hall June 1971) a previously unreleased live version of the ‘Music from Big Pink’ classic, slated for a new deluxe reissue of the Band’s ‘Stage Fright’ LP. Just when you think “The Weight” has reached peak exposure in the culture, Robbie Robertson’s 1968 song — and its original recording by the Band — always manages to stage a comeback. During the past five decades, it’s repeatedly popped up in soundtracks, from Easy Rider to The Big Chill to the recent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In 2019, an all-star remake featuring Robertson, Ringo Starr and musicians from around the world generated millions of views. And now, a new Band box set will revive “The Weight” again, this time by way of an excavated live version. This year, the time has come for an upgrade of their third LP, Stage Fright. A 50th-anniversary edition of the album will include a new stereo mix of the album, a few alternate takes, and a collection of hotel-room jams featuring Robertson, bassist Rick Danko, and pianist-drummer Richard Manuel. Also included is the never-before-released Live at Royal Albert Hall, June 1971, which carries additional significance. The previous time the Band had played at that austere venue, in 1966, they were known as the Hawks and were backing Bob Dylan on his controversial European tour. The last two shows of the tour took place at the hall, where, as at other shows, some in the audience were less than thrilled by the sound of Dylan backed by a plugged-in band — and let their frustrations be known by way of booing and yelling.
And I’m taking my live music wherever I can get it. #LiveMusicIsGoodForYourSoul. Fleetwood Mac with The Chain (Live at Richfield Coliseum Ohio 1980). Fleetwood Mac’s debut live album, 1980’s Fleetwood Mac Live, is getting a deluxe edition. The new 3xCD/2xLP collection features over an hour of unreleased music, plus demos and a 7″ vinyl of previously unreleased demos “Fireflies” and “One More Night.” The live version of “The Chain,” recorded at Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland in 1980. Fleetwood Mac Live was originally recorded during the world tour behind the band’s 1979 album Tusk. The music on the deluxe edition includes recordings that span from 1977 to 1982. There will also be a limited “Tour Edition” of the new collection, which contains replicas of backstage passes, tickets, stickers, and more.
Jacob And The Dazey Chain say “It’s the sound of the glass breaking in your mind, when they’re throwing rocks at things that shine…” It’s a song of coming of age in an age of troubling times. 18 years old. Grew up on REM, Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, and of course The Beatles.
Hayley Williams: “I’m really, really proud that I played everything on it,” she said. “And I’m also really, really proud that this album is what I have to show for surviving a year that was tough for everyone. “I mean, I feel like I got better at guitar, which was cool. I haven’t had this much time to play guitar since I was a teenager before we started touring, and that was also just really therapeutic.” Hayley Williams played every instrument on her new album: “I haven’t had this much time to play guitar since I was a teenager” And it’s a brilliant listen.
Fort Frances from Chicago. What if time is wrong? What if time is nothing more than a knife that cuts us apart? We can put it all back together In fits and starts This is out in the big world now. I hope you let it into your own world. Can’t wait to hang with these guys. Listen to them live. And drink a beer. Or 3.
Julien Baker’s upcoming third album, Little Oblivions, is her biggest yet, abandoning her intimate acoustics for a full-band sound. On her new single “Favor,” she’s building out that sound with old friends. Baker’s boygenius bandmates Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus join her on backing vocals, punctuating Baker’s raw lyrics with their second-nature harmonies. The song is just the latest collaboration for the trio since their standout 2018 boygenius EP. Last year saw them back Hayley Williams on “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” then sing two of Bridgers’s Punisher tracks, including the stunning “I Know the End.”
Buzzing Cornwall-based trio William The Conqueror are releasing their third album Maverick Thinker. With ringing, poignant guitar lines, it urges a step forward into the wide-open future by means of faded Polaroid snapshots of a redolent past, moments frozen in time and etched into memory. Earmilk stated, William the Conqueror tackle the unforgiving tide of restlessness, of feeling stuck without any way forward, moulding a vague origin story to your own with effortlessly penned lines, and a lulling drum beat.” “I found the riff and the hook on an old Dictaphone recording of a soundcheck,” stated frontman Ruarri Joseph. “The guys are jamming along and it sounds fully formed, then it cuts off and we do something else. I’d forgotten all about it, so it was perfect for a song about piecing memories together.”
The Brother Brothers released their sophomore album Calla. Lead single, “On the Road Again”, sets the stage for the whole record and shows that the many comparisons to Simon and Garfunkel are apt with the immediate warmth of their immaculate harmonies. The Moss brothers wrote “On The Road Again” before the world shut down, and serendipitously so. A quintessential road song, it explores the multiplicity of being a touring musician, and speaks to one’s longing for the road, for the connection with that diasporic artist community forged across stages, festival grounds, and long, winding roads. The music video for “On The Road Again” follows the brothers out of New York City with a convoy of whimsical animations along for the ride, culminating in a cartoon concert along the Hudson River. Speaking to the first single David Moss says; ”There’s no denying that life in motion can leave a person lonesome or aimless, but so can sitting still. The same part of our beings that gets homesick aches for life on the road. This song’s an exploration of that duality — a celebration and a lamentation in one.”
Fake Church. Real band. Kinda. And help from the 400 Unit. Sister Candi and Brother Doyle welcome the world to the Church of Roswell by sharing messages of unity and deliverance through the power of tight harmonies and blazing electric guitar. Through their music, experience the transformative power of knowing we aren’t alone in the infinite universe as long as we have each other.” Doyle likens their talent to the group Fleetwood Mac. They had individuals who could do their own thing, but then they had band songs featuring different members with great harmonies. “It gives you a lot more variety” in what can be played and heard With streaming being the norm and genres becoming obsolete, music can stand alone without all the hoopla. Says Brother Doyle, “It doesn’t matter what you look like anymore. You don’t have to be 25 and young.” Now the “more experienced” artists can have the same success as the teen idols. Because Carpenter and Doyle have completely different backgrounds, they can make music that is fun, unique, eclectic, and completely out of this world.
Pete Yorn used some surprising horn arrangements, suggested by his co-producer and musical collaborator on the album Doc Dauer, to spruce up this Bob Dylan country smash: “The way that all of a sudden evolved into this mariachi horns production was a surprise to me. That came later when Doc had the idea. He said, ‘I got this guy who’s a horn player. Let me send it to him and see what he does with it.’ He put down this beautiful Herb Albert-style, mariachi, crazy composition on top of it. These songs, when I go into record them, they can go in a million different directions, depending on the day I hit the studio and how I’m feeling. It’s just whatever in the moment feels good. And we go for it.”
The Monroes -were a new wave band from San Diego active throughout most of the 1980s. “Listening to bands like The Beatles taught me that having just two voices was not a weakness but could be an enormous strength,” Davis explained. “When Tony Ortiz and I sang together there was a certain blend, a certain magic which was unmistakable.
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:
The Bones Of JR Jones – Stay Wild
Big Mother Gig – The Underdog
Briston Maroney – It’s Still Cool If You Don’t
The Band – The Weight (Live at The Royal Albert Hall June 1971)
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain (Live at Richfield Coliseum Ohio1980)
Jacob And The Daisy Chain – Traces
Hayley Williams – Good Grief
Fort Frances – Fits And Starts
Julien Baker – Favor
William The Conqueror – Wake Up
The Brother Brothers – On The Road Again
Church Of Roswell – Rocketeer
Pete Yorn – Lay Lady Lay (Cover)
The Monroes – Saturday
and remember if you love someone hug them right now