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.

When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time. ” ― Lady Gaga

Let us begin NEXT week 791 with Foo Fighters. And a really cool Mark Ronson Re-Version of a Foo Fighters song. Mark Ronson Delivers a Stripped-Back, Vibey Version of Foo Fighters ‘Making a Fire’. This reimagined version of Medicine at Midnight cut features members of the Budos Band, the Dap-Kings, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more. For the so-called “Re-Version,” Ronson stripped away Foo Fighters’ big guitars and instead crafted a groove that feels more like Let It Bleed-era Stones crossed with Primal Scream’s Screamedelica. Ronson also enlisted an array of guests to help out, including members of Antibalas, the Budos Band, the Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, La Buya, Menahan Street Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Tuatara. Foo Fighters released Medicine at Midnight back in February, marking their 10th studio album and first since 2017’s Concrete and Gold. The band is already prepping a follow-up of sorts, Hail Satan, a tribute to the Bee Gees that will be released on Record Store Day. The Abba tribute will be released under the moniker the Dee Gees. Last Sunday, Foo Fighters played the first full-capacity show at Madison Square Garden since March 2020. The show featured a special cameo from Dave Chappelle, who sang a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”

Jaffe is the artist behind the solo project Del Water Gap. Jaffe’s an alternative/indie singer and songwriter who’s been producing music since he released his first project during his senior year of high school. Hailing from northern Connecticut, Jaffe of Del Water Gap started playing the drums in elementary school. As a kid, he was in a Phish cover band. “It was funny … it was all kids and then we had a 50-year-old bass player,” Jaffe of Del Water Gap said, laughing again.  The first real band he was in was a noise rock band with some of his friends from the sleep-away camp he attended in Maine. They rehearsed and played shows in New Jersey, where, driving around, Jaffe got the idea for the name of his current project. “I just used to see signs for [the Delaware Water Gap], and I always thought that it was such a cool name. I had a growing list of band names because I had the idea to start a project of my own, in an iPhone note, and Del Water Gap ended up on there. It was the one that I chose when I was 17, and it stuck.” “I love the notion of just soundtracking intimate moments in people’s lives,” Jaffe of Del Water Gap – “People will send me little snippets, sort of like ‘Hey, I just wanted to say I was on a drive today with this person I am in love with, and I’m going to tell them later, and your song was playing in the background.’ To me, that is the dream as a creator, to sort of have my music woven into the fabric of people’s daily lives.”

Modest Mouse is here to have fun, damn it. Modest Mouse is an indie giant—the band knows that when you finally get to see them again, it’ll be in a massive venue, or maybe even a music festival. And thankfully, its first album in six years, The Golden Casket, is concerned primarily with fun. This new Modest Mouse songs lend themselves to that kind of concert-going experience – The Stadiums. Modest Mouse sounds aware that no matter what it does, fans will always latch on to hits that are over a decade old. The group isn’t concerned with creating a new “era” of Modest Mouse, but rather toying with what it can create that the band members haven’t before, without being concerned over alienating its audience; after all, “Float On” will always be a massively overplayed hit, so to some degree, they have nothing to lose. As long as you go into Golden Casket knowing there will only be some traces of the old Modest Mouse, there’s a lot to enjoy.

It finally happened but the first active Rolling Stones member has become an octogenarian as drummer Charlie Watts turns 80 (born 6/2/41). As the one and only drummer of the band since 1963, Watts has laid the backbeat to some of rock’s most enduring and recognizable tracks. The mild-mannered Watts serves as a key counterpunch to the charismatic rock foreplay of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood. The five-track A Little Bang (Bigger Bang Tour EP) contains “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Wild Horses,” “You Got Me Rocking” and “Happy” from the legendary rockers’ landmark 2006 concert at Copacabana Beach in Rio di Janeiro, one of the largest free concerts in history. The collection also includes “Rough Justice” from the Stones’ Salt Lake City stop on their A Bigger Band Tour.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise is an alternative rock band with a unique, melodic sound from Boone, North Carolina. RKS gained initial fame on the VH1 show “Make A Band Famous”, in 2014. Although the band did not win, they certainly turned heads. The sound of Rainbow Kitten Surprise, or RKS, as their fans call them, is hard to define. That’s just how they like it. “I mean, I think we just move fast,” said Sam Melo of RKS – “We developed a lot through the live show, like we were playing these songs in bars with nothing except our guitars and our voices and we were selling it,” Hoyt of Rainbow Kitten Surprise said. “They’re lyrics and emotions that like, I’ve thought sometimes, some periods in my life on a daily basis and now I get to sing them out. It’s almost like therapy for me.” Rainbow Kitten Surprise’s song “Hide” also has great meaning. Melo of RKS wrote it when he realized he was gay. “I wrote it, like the first chorus to that, and never sang it for anybody… And I was just like, ‘I don’t know that I’m ready to put this out anywhere. I don’t know that I’m ready to even to talk to the guys about this,’ because it was just like a personal realization that I’ve been burying… and now I’m sitting with Charlie and he’s got fishnets on and I’m like, ‘man, that was wrong,'” Melo said. Rainbow Kitten Surprise has jumped into the cannabis game too – partnering with a Colorado extraction lab to create a limited-edition live-resin vaporizer cartridge

Car Seat Headrest Drop New Remixes and Covers EPs. MADLO: Remixes boasts reworkings of Making a Door Less Open tracks, while MADLO: Covers finds Car Seat playing songs that inspired the album. MADLO: Influences includes covers of David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’, Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’, Nine Inch Nails’ ‘March of the Pigs’, and the Who’s ‘Substitute’. The remix EP features contributions from Superorganism, Scuba, yeule, Dntel, and 1 Trait Danger (aka Toledo and his drummer Andrew Katz). The cover songs in question are David Bowie’s “Golden Years,” the Who’s “Substitute,” Nine Inch Nails’ “March of the Pigs” and Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” Tackling songs this sacred isn’t necessarily advisable but Will Toledo — the man behind Car Seat Headrest — is smart enough to know his way around a good cover: you’ve gotta pay tribute to not just the music and lyrics of the original number, but also the general vibe and energy — while still adding a fresh, Car Seat Headrest-y spin to make it more than just a well-produced karaoke situation.

Maggie Rose’s “For Your Consideration” Offers Lessons on “Communication and Understanding”. Soulful country crooner Maggie Rose follows up bluesy ballad “What Are We Fighting For” with yet another stirring anthem, “For Your Consideration.” Maggie Rose says: “’For Your Consideration’ is all about communication and understanding and the video represents voices that are at odds with one another gathering at a table to hash it out. [2020] was so isolating that I felt super aware of my own internal struggles and conflicts and I wanted to also nod to the contention that we were all feeling on a global scale as well.”

Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis on being inspired by Thin Lizzy and working with Kurt Vile. Never ones to rest on their laurels, the legendary Dinosaur Jr. shake things up with meteoric might on their first album in five years. For any band 12 albums deep, there’s a level of normality to be expected – you’re not hovering over the play button thinking, “Okay, this is gonna be the one that really makes a stink!” This much is especially true for any band packing out theatres and shifting thousands of discs on the regular; if they stuck gold on a certain sound or formula, you can bet a hot dollar they’ll be riding it right to the grave. Every so often, of course, there’ll be one band eager to buck the trend. They may not completely shed their stylistic skin, but they’ll stir the pot just enough to keep longstanding fans hooked in and pique the interests of potential newcomers. In the case of genre-defining ‘90s icons Dinosaur Jr, that meant dosing up their epochal alt-rock palate with dueling lead guitars inspired by Thin Lizzy, some fresh perspective from new-age indie stalwart Kurt Vile, and a touch of empiricism brought on by J Mascis’ need to finish album #12 in isolation. The end result is Sweep It Into Space: a defiantly melodic, emphatically energised beast of twisting grooves, pummeling riffs and hearty, heavy-hitting hooks. Listen and Learn more about how Dinosaur Jr. bellied up their latest declaration of alternative dominance.

Jade Bird releases uplifting “Now is the Time” from upcoming sophomore album. Touching on the give-and-take of a relationship – “Different Kinds of Light” is a melancholy introduction to the themes of the album. Jade Bird’s “Different Kinds of Light” is sweet with tones gently guiding us through.  As Jade references the title in the chorus of the song, “Who’s gonna make you feel beautiful under different kinds of light?” Jade Bird knew that the album was going to follow suit of this beautifully tragic question. Jade Bird’s voice valiantly sails over uplifting guitar chords on “Now is the Time,” filling us with a sense of purpose and wonder.  Jade Bird sings, “If I had a penny for all your potential, I’d be left drowning in my mouthful of metal,” and points out that life is too short to be turning the TV “on and off again.”  The message of the track is especially meaningful and relevant as to what is happening today, as more people are venturing back out into the world and taking up opportunities that they were not able to claim during the pandemic. Since the release of her debut album in 2019, Jade has changed the way she writes her material, mentioning, “When you’re young, you sit in a chaos of emotions and desperately try to write out of it, but when you’re older, you work out what’s affected you and why more clearly.  It’s amazing what two years can do: it’s like you’re writing as you’re watching instead of writing to see.”  Jade applied this method as she worked on Different Kinds of Light, sharing that the album is about “being with somebody who you adore more than the whole world that hasn’t got the foundations to believe in themselves, hasn’t had people supporting them in a way that their potential can be realized.” 

The Wandering Hearts: “This song is about friendship, reassurance and support. Making a positive move forward and helping each other up. You’ve been picked up before and now it’s your turn to do the same. We take it in turns to lift each other up.” – The Wandering Hearts. UK-based folk outfit The Wandering Hearts found themselves quickly gathering acclaim in the thriving UK folk scene with their 2018 album, Wild Silence. Now, three years later, the band is returning with another set of folk and Americana offerings on their sophomore self-titled album. â€œOn Our Way” quickly stands up as one of the band’s most anthemic efforts yet – opening with swelling group vocals and strident marches of percussion that make a return on the hook-laden chorus. The Wandering Hearts instrumentation recalls the fervent power of Jade Bird or The Lumineers coupled with the steadfast pop sensibilities of Fleetwood Mac. “On Our Way” exudes relentless positivity with the band’s marriage of heart-on-the-sleeve songwriting and instantly memorable hooks bolstering the song’s wholesome message. The Wandering Hearts says of the track,:“This song is about friendship, reassurance, and support. Making a positive move forward and helping each other up. You’ve been picked up before and now it’s your turn to do the same. We take it in turns to lift each other up.”

Experimental stalwarts Low have announced their 13th album Hey What, on Sub Pop Records. Following 2018’s excellent Double Negative, this new record finds Low working with a frequent collaborator, producer BJ Burton. Low’s goal: to create atmospheric and textural songs with undeniable hooks to act as anchors. “The new album finds Low focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the duality of existence into hymns we can share.” Low has also shared the first single from Hey What, “Days Like These,” a striking, sparse, and at times unrelenting track that continues the band’s streak of using noise to strike through the heart of the familiar and propel emotion forward. The space between Alan Sparhawk’s crisp vocals and the light guitar chords feels drastic, especially when livened by the thick layers of disintegration that often characterizes the band’s music.

Astrocolor to bring disco, funk and soul together. Adopting a fresh scope of stylistic tilts on this full-length outing, Astrocolor revitalize the elements that came into play on earlier releases, embracing a more sharply defined identity while reasserting the strengths of the tried and tested. Although this can occasionally veer into a holding pattern, Hue presents a confident example of the band proving ever more polished and cohesive in their craft. Can’t wait to hear more.

Soul Asylum released their twelfth studio album, Hurry Up & Wait. Preparing to take the new songs out on the road, a national pandemic had other plans and the band had to readjust to the new circumstances of life in America without music venues being open. So they did what other musicians were doing and brought their songs to their fans via social media. And now that experience has turned into a 4-song EP, Born Free. Soul Aslyum were a punk band in the very beginning – Very The ‘Mats. Soul Asylum eventually morphed into a new breed with popish melody hooks while retaining enough of that punk spark to be cool with the kids. By the time Grave Dancers Union reared it’s vinyl head in the fall of 1992, Soul Asylum had pretty much found their niche sound. “Somebody To Shove” hit right off the bat with it’s busy bee guitars and Dave Pirner’s spazzing butterfly vocals. But nothing compared to what would happen once the video for “Runaway Train” took residence on MTV in the summer of 1993 and blasted the Minnesota band into the stratosphere. Appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in August, then-drummer Grant Young put it simply: “Dave is good at vocalizing what we’re feeling.” Re- releasing this 2006 songs in ep form to announce their back on tour. Plus – live tracks filling out the ep.

The Murlocs – new directions and twisting positivity. The Murlocs inhabit a unique sphere of Aussie music, as a garage-rock band that is just as emotive, as they are complex. The latest The Murlocs offering, the title track from, Bittersweet Demons, only solidifies this unique vision further as a collection of ballads that began on piano, and sonically evolved into a richer, rockier sound. MURLOCS: A ‘twisted positivity’ is something that can sound nice and innocent until the listener engages in what the lyrical content is portraying. Sometimes a darker picture needs to be painted to balance out the brightness of the music. The Murlocs believe it’s always a great pairing. There are many underlying issues that are brought up throughout The Murlocs songs. Often these subjects are not spoken about enough. The approach is to help raise awareness where it’s needed and to address these certain things when others won’t. Throwing them into the spotlight pushes people to come to terms with them quicker and easier than doing it themselves. Sometimes you need a little nudge in the right direction.

Music is Life. Thanks again for listening.

You can listen to NEXT on the radio.

WERB 107.5 Global Radio Monday/Wednesday/Sunday mornings.
River Radio in the UK – Thursday night.
Ocean 98 in Maryland – Sunday nights at 10.
Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada

Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish). Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.

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

Artist and Song Title:

  • Foo Fighters – Making a Fire the Mark Ronson Re-Version
  • Del Water Gap – Hurting Kind
  • Modest Mouse – Back To The Middle
  • The Rolling Stones – Harlem Shuffle (Live)
  • Rainbow Kitten Surprise – Hide (Live)
  • Car Seat Headrest – Golden Years (Cover)
  • Maggie Rose – For Your Consideration
  • Dinosaur Jr – Take It Back
  • Jade Bird – Now Is The Time
  • The Wandering Hearts – On Our Way.
  • Low – Days Like These
  • Astrocolor – Laugher
  • Soul Asylum – Stand Up And Be (Re-release)
  • The Murlocs – Francesca

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