Welcome to NEXT. We are a new music show on the radio with a very simple goal – find you a NEXT, new favorite song.
May NEXT find a song that makes your ears smile. Enjoy it all.
“The only truth is music.” -Jack Kerouac
Let us begin NEXT week 786 with Mouse Rat. In season 3, episode 16 of Parks and Recreation, Pawnee residents lamented the death of miniature horse Li’l Sebastian to the tune of “5000 Candles in the Wind,” written and performed by Andy Dwyer’s (Chris Pratt’s) band, Mouse Rat. 10 years after the episode’s air date (May 19, 2011), the band dropped a new music video for the beloved dirge—along with some exciting news. Mouse Rat is releasing an actual LP, The Awesome Album. The 15-song track list includes many Mouse Rat classics, from “The Pit” and “Ann Song” to “Two Birds Holding Hands.” It also features some talented guest artists: Ron Swanson’s sax god alter-ego Duke Silver, for one, played on “Catch Your Dream” and “Cold Water.” Scott Tanner (played by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy), frontman of Pawnee’s most famous band, Land Ho!, contributed vocals for “Cold Water,” and Land Ho! performed “Pickled Ginger.” Dualtone—the Nashville-based record label behind The Lumineers, Gregory Alan Isakov, and other popular folk and indie acts—is releasing The Awesome Album with the help of Entertainment 720, the fictional media conglomerate founded in the show by Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari). “Any creative business coming out of Pawnee is tied to Haverford,” Dualtone president Paul Roper said in a statement. “From Rent-a-Swag to Tommy Fresh cologne and Tom’s Bistro, not to mention his business ideas not yet formed like the scented phone, talking tissues, contact lenses that display text messages and the glitter-infused laundry detergent Sparkle Suds, partnering with Entertainment 720’s hype machine was essential. The man is an idea factory.”
Though he’s only been open about it to the public since 2008, for almost all of his life Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz has lived with a dissociative disorder, a mental illness that affects one’s perception of the world around him. “It makes you look at your life from a distance,” says Duritz from his longtime home in Greenwich Village. “You’re sitting in the back of your head looking out through two holes in your skull. It can often feel like the life in front of you — instead of just being a room in front of you — is a movie of the room being projected on your eyes.” One of the unfortunate artifacts of the dissociation is that Duritz can’t always retain things very well. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows: “I forget how to play piano. I’ve never become a great piano player at all, and part of that is because I have to teach myself all over again every time I start up again because I cannot play at all. I can’t remember how to do it. There’s no facility there.” Butter Miracle, Suite One, a new four-song EP that, as its title implies, is meant to be listened to as a single musical suite and is the first of two EPs that will eventually be combined into the Counting Crows’ first full-length album since 2014.
The Rolling Stones Live!!! “Remixed, re-edited and remastered” version of February 2006 concert in Rio de Janeiro features four tracks left off original 2007 release The Rolling Stones’ February 2006 gig in Rio de Janeiro is the focus of the band’s next live album/concert film A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach. While the majority of the Stones gig featured as part of the 2007 four-DVD collection The Biggest Bang, the “remixed, re-edited and remastered” reissue of the concert includes four tracks excised from the original DVD: “Tumbling Dice”, “Oh No, Not You Again”, “This Place Is Empty”, and “Sympathy for the Devil.” A Bigger Bang: Live On Copacabana Beach will be released in a multitude of formats. The Copacabana Beach show was a free concert, resulting in what was reportedly one of the largest crowds ever. “Not that we’re unused to playing some of the biggest shows in the world, but I must say Rio did take the cake,” Keith Richards said
Americana act The Head and the Heart shared a beautiful cover of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young classic “Our House.” The new rendition comes in honor of the recently released 50th anniversary edition of CSNY’s Déjà Vu album. “Our House” was originally written by Graham Nash for inclusion on Déjà Vu which CSNY released in 1970. The 50th anniversary edition brings together a newly remastered version of the LP with dozens of rare and unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate takes. “Our House” is represented in the extras by Nash’s demo, a performance from Graham and Joni Mitchell and an early version of the song. “When we first started as a band, we shared a two bedroom apartment where ‘Our House’ was played so much it became like a mantra of unity and connection to each other, as we discovered what we wanted to do within our music,” The Head & The Heart explained in a statement. “To say it’s an honor to now be asked to cover that very same song is an understatement. Happy 50th anniversary you legends! Déjà Vu Forever!”
The Tragically Hip release new EP ‘Saskadelphia’ Comprising six unreleased tracks recorded in 1990 and 2000. Canadian outfit The Tragically Hip have released a new EP titled ‘Saskadelphia’, four years since the death of frontman Gord Downie. The new six-track EP comprising unreleased songs written in 1990, initially intended to appear on their album ‘Road Apples’. Five of the tracks were recorded that same year during their studio sessions for the record, while the sixth, ‘Montreal’, was recorded live during a 2000 concert. The band released their last album in 2016, titled ‘Man Machine Poem’. A year later, founding frontman Gord Downie passed away at age 57 from an aggressive form of brain cancer. In 2018, the remaining members announced the outfit’s retirement. The Tragically Hip will receive the 2021 Humanitarian Award at the 50th Annual JUNO Awards in Toronto.
MR. BUNGLE has released “Loss Of Control”, a VAN HALEN cover that the band debuted during its Halloween 2020 streaming special “The Night They Came Home”. “MR. BUNGLE tried to play this song in the ’90s and we scrapped it because we sucked at it,” explains Trey Spruance. “I think it worked this time for a lot of reasons. My own is that, thanks to the new ‘Raging Wrath’ era, I’ve had to re-approach the guitar like I did when I was 13 and 14. It was all about Eddie Van Halen for me back then, so circling back at this moment felt really natural. Those riffs and lead parts at least are super fun! I’m just glad Scott took the palm-mute breaks. Jesus!” Scott Ian adds: “I generally don’t get nervous about learning someone else’s riffs. When it’s an EVH riff, it’s a whole different story! I was terrified! With ‘Loss Of Control’ I did my best to just hold on and go for the ride. What a riff!!! As a fan, I’d have to say it’s a perfect song for MR. BUNGLE to cover. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did getting to play it.” News of “The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo” arrival, the band’s first new music in over 20 years, was received with great fanfare. The album news followed a spate of sold out 2020 live performances, which saw MR. BUNGLE playing to some of its biggest audiences ever. The album, which is a proper recording of MR. BUNGLE‘s much-traded-yet-unreleased 1986 demo cassette of the same name, was declared “one of the best thrash albums of the year” by Decibel, Rolling Stone said “their reboot is a feast of ingenious riffs, unexpected tempo shifts, and pure manic energy…,” and Stereogum offered “MR. BUNGLE are reliving their very earliest days and kicking a whole lot of ass in the process.” Revolver featured Mike Patton on its fall cover, saying “After 15 years of inactivity and 21 since their last album, avant-metal weirdos MR. BUNGLE reappeared from the mists of time to re-record their 1986 demo. Not content to merely rehash their high school days, core trio Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn enlisted help from ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian and former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo. MR. BUNGLE was formed in an impoverished lumber and fishing town by a trio of curious, volatile teenagers. Trey Spruance, Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn beget the amorphous “band” in 1985 up in Humboldt County, California, sifting through a variety of members until around 1989 when they settled on a lineup that managed to get signed to Warner Bros. Records. No one really knows how this happened and it remains a complete mystery that even the algorithms of the Internet can’t decode. Up until 2000, they released three albums (“Mr. Bungle” in 1991, “Disco Volante” in 1995 and “California” in 1999), toured a good portion of the Western hemisphere and avoided any sort of critical acclaim. Some argue that the band subsequently broke up but there is also no proof of this. What is true is that they took 20 years off from performing under said moniker while they pursued various other musics that, in contrast, paid the rent. MR. BUNGLE has also confirmed its first live outing of 2021, performing at Riot Fest in Chicago in September. The festival marks the first time Mike Patton has performed on the same bill with both MR. BUNGLE and FAITH NO MORE, and marks the band’s first tour date since the fall album release.
Garbage is next on NEXT. This is a song about inner conflict. About regret. About duality. In the past I have hurt so many people in my life, both knowingly and unknowingly. But when you’re young and in self-survival mode, much like a baby rattlesnake, you have no idea how strong your venom is. But it has the power to kill. Meanwhile you’re just out there having fun. This song is an ode to that idea of: Who are you going to be as a person? Are you going to be a force of harm or are you going to try to do good in the world? A song about the struggle that exists inside ourselves as humans. “This song reminds me of my younger self, when there were two sides to my personality,” Shirley Manson
Green Day look on the bright side of life with uplifting new song ‘Pollyanna’ The trio surprise release the new track. Green Day have surprise released an uplifting new song called ‘Pollyanna.’ The standalone single is an anthem of positivity for these turbulent times, and it’s packed with upbeat lyrics about looking on the bright side of life. “Rainy days and razor blades / I think it’s time to pull up the shades / It’s wonderful to be alive,” sings frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in the opening lines. Billie Joe of Green Day sings later: “Don’t let em get you down / Don’t let em push you around / We’re gonna take back the night / Everything’s gonna be alright. “Que sera and C’est la vie / Everyday’s a jubilee / It’s wonderful to be alive.” Green Day wrote on social media: “Better days are looking up the road, and to celebrate we just dropped a brand new song.”
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie and Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth are teaming up for a collaborative album. Inspired by classic country soul duets like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris’ “Grievous Angel” and George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s “We Go Together,” they got together to record Utopian Ashes, a concept album about the slow disintegration of a failing marriage. Fun stuff! The duo announced the record at the end of March with the release of lead single “Remember We Were Lovers.” And today they’re sharing “Chase It Down,” which, like the rest of the album, features Gillespie’s Primal Scream bandmates Andrew Innes (guitar), Martin Duffy (piano) and Darrin Mooney (drums) and Beth’s longtime partner Johnny Hostile on bass
Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen began tweeting at each other on teasing something called “Like I Used To.” They’ve revealed that it is, in fact, a new collaborative song, produced by John Congleton and featuring Dave Hartley of The War On Drugs, Zac Rae of Death Cab For Cutie, and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes as the backing band. It’s a gorgeous, glorious, soaring track with heart-rending harmonies and a touch of country flavor. Sharon and Angel sound as incredible together as you’d expect. “Even though we weren’t super close, I always felt supported by Angel and considered her a peer in this weird world of touring,” Sharon van Etten says.” We highway high-fived many times along the way… I finally got the courage in June of 2020 to reach out to see if she would want to sing together. I got greedy and quickly sent her a track I had been working on.” There’s no word yet as to whether or not this is a one-off single or part of a larger project. Please let there be more songs from this super-duo.
If “punk country” isn’t a genre in your iTunes catalog yet, just wait until you buy Vandoliers’ newest record, The Native. Released only a few days ago, the band’s sophomore effort combines all the energy and grit of punk music with the rootsy flavor and storyboard lyrics of country. Win Win and Chris Bro happy boy. The Dallas-area six-piece dubbed the sound “Ameri-kinda” with their first record. A clever portmanteau of sorts suggesting Vandoliers aren’t quite Americana. The Vandoliers lock into a unique blend of punk progressions and country train beats. Fiddle swirls in and out of the verses as lead singer Joshua Fleming howls with Rancid-esque intensity. “I love that everybody in Texas is doing their own thing,” Fleming of The Vandoliers says. “Everybody writes the way they write.” It’s a mentality that allows Vandoliers to fuse their favorite parts of punk and country and call it “Ameri-kinda” without batting an eye.
Rubber Soul Child have released their debut single. Rubber Soul Child consists of singer/guitarist Dyer Davis, drummer Brandon Pugh, and bassists Aaron Grove. Rubber Soul Child, an American Rock Band, releases their first single “Time”. This song is filled with soaring vocals and guitar playing that harkens back to the heady days of the British Rock invasion ala Cream, Bad Company and Zeppelin. This is a versatile group of young musicians, who’s gritty rock edge works in the airwaves, stadiums and everywhere in between. The song Time, propels the message of holding on to life with every breath and never wasting a minute. “Powerful, riff-fueled and passionate rock anthem – powerful vocals soar above meaty guitars and surging riffs and pounding drums for an emphatic rock jam filled with anthemic fervour. It is a huge epic tune.”
Los Lobos return with Native Sons. The new album finds Los Lobos mapping their musical DNA as a kaleidoscopic selection of tribute songs from their homeland, ultimately creating a crucial snapshot of L.A.’s musical heritage. Los Lobos formed in 1973. Los Lobos got their start playing spirited renditions of Mexican folk music at parties and in restaurants. Of course, Los Lobos are no strangers to reinterpretation (and if you’ve ever been to one of their legendary live shows, you already know that). These brothers have always held a deep appreciation for diverse music, and they love pulling out old gems and making them shine like new. For all the trailblazing musical acts who’ve emerged from Los Angeles, very few embody the city’s wildly eclectic spirit more wholeheartedly than Los Lobos. Over the last five decades, the East L.A.-bred band, Los Lobos, has made an indelible mark on music history by exploring an enormous diversity of genres—rock-and-roll and R&B, surf music and soul, mariachi and música norteña, punk rock and country—and building a boldly unpredictable sound all their own.
Saint Raymond explained, “I wrote the first track four or five years ago, and at that time, I didn’t have the second record in mind at all. I never sat down and said, ‘Now I’m going to write a second album’. On your first record, when you’re 19 years old, and you’ve got people that have been in the music industry for 20 years telling you to do something, you do it. I’m not saying that I don’t take advice from people because that would be silly, but it’s me that’s got to perform this music, and it’s me that releases it. So, this time around, it became about believing in what I wanted to do.”
It is 43 years since Duran Duran formed, springing out of the nightspots of Birmingham and quickly getting swept up into the “new-” scenes: wave and romantic. There were No 1 singles, world tours, Live Aid, Grammys. Later came lineup changes, side-projects, contract disputes, hiatus and reunion. Today they stand among the bestselling artists of all time, and their post-reunion success rolls on; their last album, 2015’s Paper Gods, debuted in the Top 10 here and in the US. This week they released a new single, Invisible, to be followed, this year, by a new album, which sees collaborations with Giorgio Moroder, Mark Ronson and Erol Alkan. I do miss Andy in the band though. He helped DD get a bit of a rock edge. Nick Rhodes on Andy Taylor: “His record collection disturbed me! A lot of real heavy rock things, stuff that you would have avoided the kids at school for. Andy’s edge and Andy’s rockiness – helped make Duran Duran distinctive. “It really worked, because it was going completely against the disco grooves and the electronic pulses.”
Feeling like you need to break out and take a road trip? Grab your love, pack your bags, and plug in Rostam’s “4Runner.” With a 12 string guitar and bright percussion bringing the sunshine, this track explodes with happy euphoria. ‘4Runner’ lands on a gentle indie sound. The track opens with a warm electric guitar chord progression strummed over an understated drumbeat that launches the first verse. With conversational phrasing, Rostam sings about running away in a Toyota 4Runner. ‘Sleeping behind the wheel / Pulled over on the freeway / 4Runner, stolen plates / Long, long gone,’ he muses in the chorus. Sonically, ‘4Runner’ is reminiscent of the ‘80s dream pop of the Cocteau Twins, modernised by contemporary drum production. Between fragmented lyrics about skipped work shifts and driving up the West Coast, a faintly audible spoken section in the song’s interlude, and an ending fadeout on a repeated chorus, the song is highly atmospheric with a driving beat. In his new material, Rostam has honed an ability to create music that feels familiar and fresh at the same time. ‘4Runner’ is an ode to youthful escapism that evokes a sense of nostalgia both musically and lyrically.
Music is Life. Thanks again for listening.
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Artist and Song Title:
Wavves – Sinking Feeling
Ten Kills The Pack – Body
The Fratellis – Half Drunk Under A Full Moon
Bendigo Fletcher – Evergreen
Spoon. – A Face In The Crowd (Live Tom Petty Cover)
Kings Of Leon – Echoing
Garbage – the Men Who Rule The World
Dry Cleaning – Unsmart Lady
Caamp – Square One
The Accidentals – Night Train
Blackmore’s Night – The Last Musketeer
Del Amitri – It’s Feelings
Robert Finley – Souled Out On You
Goat Girl – Once Again
and remember if you love someone hug them right now