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.
“Music is life! It’s physical emotion – you can touch it! It’s neon ecto-energy sucked out of spirits and switched into sound waves for your ears to swallow.” – Isaac Marion
Let us begin NEXT week 791 with UVTV. UVTV are what the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Go-Go’s might have sounded like had that group come from New York City rather than sunny Los Angeles. There’s some logic in that description. On the trio’s third album, “Always Something,” UVTV share the knack for strong and bright pop hooks of the Go-Go’s, but display a tougher sound, particularly on rockers like “Superabound,” “I Don’t Mind,” and the title track. And don’t look for the carefree, beachy feel of some Go-Go’s songs in UVTV’s tunes. Instead, there’s a good bit of punk/indie rock sound and attitude to the “Always Something” album — even though UVTV have slowed the tempos a bit compared to their first two albums. The songwriting has grown sharper on the consistently hooky “Always Something,” as UVTV take a solid step forward toward a future that holds considerable promise.
Becca Harvey is probably one of the few people on the planet who started a pandemic project and saw it through. In the Atlanta-based musician’s case, it’s her jangle-pop alias Girlpuppy, which found itself thriving after a COVID layoff. With more time to flesh out her songs, Harvey enlisted her friend Marshall Vore, an ongoing collaborator of Phoebe Bridgers’, on production duties. Those sessions resulted in Swan, Girlpuppy’s upcoming debut EP. “This is a love song to the people in my life that make unconditional love the most difficult. I use the verses to recognize our differences, but also to recognize that we have a lot of shared experiences. I think a lot of it has to do with generational differences, the friction that it causes, and coming to terms with it. “Lyrically, this is one of my favorite songs I’ve written. It was one of the first times that I wrote something in the moment and realized after the fact that it was exactly what I wanted to say. It’s not meant to be hateful. It’s honest and was my opportunity to exercise vulnerability. It’s a love song.”
Muddy Ruckus is from PORTLAND, Maine — The musical duo Muddy Ruckus, made up of Ryan Flaherty and Erika Stahl, released a debut album nearly 7 years ago, a work that wove together strands of rock, folk, jazz and bluegrass. Ryan and Erika are still playing together, still living in Maine, still releasing new music. It’s not easy to put their songs in a particular category, which is fine with them. “We have many different influences and they’re all part of our expression and method,” Ryan said when the first album came out. “Muddy Ruckus isn’t just our name—it’s the kind of music we play.”
LA-based trio The Record Company announced their new album Play Loud. To introduce their fans to the new record, The Record Company also shared their new song “How High.” The Record Company will hit the road for a 32-date North America tour. The Grammy-nominated The Record Company has been pretty active this year, they released their EP Side Project in late June. “’How High’ is big, it’s new, it’s brimming with spirit, shining out with hope, and dropping more hooks than a charter fishing vessel.” The Record Company is brimming with spirit and shining out with hope. It rocks, turn it up. How High do you want to fly? Play this one Loud.
The guitars are thick and heavy and hit hard across the fists-in-the-air debut album from the Brooklyn-based group – Pom Pom Squad – led by Mia Berrin. Death of a Cheerleader is a knock-out coming-of-age record that vividly documents the push and pull between youthful idealism and the conventional expectations of the company we keep. On “Drunk Voicemail,” Berrin of Pom Pom Squad shreds her way through a tale that documents the dizzying uncertainty of young love, dating, parties and heartache, all while still living with parents. “Death of a Cheerleader” is the opposite of “The Ow Demos” that the band dropped in 2020. Its contrasting visuals and sound is frontman Mia Berrin’s mental health journey parallel to her music. Pom Pom Squad was born in 2015 and has since evolved from a solo run to a four-piece band with bassist Mari Alé Figman, guitarist Alex Mercuri, and drummer Shelby Keller.
Courtney Barnett announced a new album, Things Take Time, Take Time, and shared its first single, “Rae Street,” via an amusing video where Barnett plays multiple characters. Things Take Time, Take Time is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists. At first “Rae Street” is a fairly unassuming song, but closer attention to the lyrics reveal that Barnett’s trademark wit and keen sense of human observation both remain in full force, as she paints a portrait of life on a street. She also works in some pointed statements: “Light a candle for the suffering/Send my best wishes with the wind/All our candles, hopes n prayers, though well-meaning they don’t mean a thing/Unless we see some change/I might change my sheets today.” Barnett’s last album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, was released back in May 2018. Things Take Time, Take Time was written over a two-year period and was recorded in Sydney, Northern NSW, and Melbourne in late 2020/early 2021 with the aid of Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa (who is also Australian and also worked with Kurt Vile, John Grant, Cate Le Bon, The xx, and others). Courtney Barnett’s “Things Take Time, Take Time is yet another assured leap forward for Barnett; a breakthrough really, but not in the ways you might expect. This is Barnett at her most creative and adventurous—an exquisite look at Courtney’s private world, and consequently her most beautiful and intimate record to date, with songs dealing unabashedly with love, renewal, healing and self-discovery.”
Inhaler was roughly halfway through completing songs for their debut album when the pandemic hit. Inhaler — composed of vocalist and guitarist Eli Hewson, bassist Robert Keating, guitarist Josh Jenkinson and drummer Ryan McMahon — released their first single in 2017 and have been building toward the record ever since, and yet suddenly the entire world changed, and with it the way they made music. The result, titled “It Won’t Always Be Like This” is a split personality album that the boys in Inhaler say perfectly reflects their ever-evolving nature as a band, one that eschews genres and goes with the flow. “There’s almost like two sides to the album: there’s the before COVID-19 Inhaler and the after COVID-19 Inhaler, and they’re pretty different things,” Hewson of Inhaler, who just so happens to be the 21-year-old son of Bono, says. “Before lockdown, Inhaler had songs that we’ve had since starting the battle, like ‘Cheer Up Baby’ and ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This,’ songs that were around at the inception of Inhaler. The stuff that came in lockdown, we kind of got a bit more experimental with and pushed ourselves to go into some territories that we hadn’t before. And in a way, I think Inhaler have made a better album because of the time off and the time to really focus on it as a project, not just a compilation of singles.”
Jason Isbell reunited with former Drive-By Truckers bandmates Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood for a benefit concert at Shoals Theatre in Florence, Alabama on June 15, 2014. Isbell parted ways with Drive-By Truckers in 2007. Jason Isbell came together with his old mates to raise funds for Terry Pace, a professor at the University of North Alabama who suffered two strokes earlier in 2014. The three musicians focused on songs from Jason’s time in DBT at Shoals Theatre on June 15, 2014. Together these former bandmates, who hadn’t shared the stage in years, came together to perform in-the-round on this special evening. The setlist for the evening saw a vibrant mix of the DBT songbook alongside some choice covers including a selection from Isbell’s then-budding solo career. Starting off the show with “Tornadoes” from Drive-By-Truckers’ 2004 record The Dirty South, the trio explored the band’s output during Isbell’s tenure of 2001—2007. Given Isbell’s seemingly-sudden departure from the group seven years prior, which in no small part led to the lasting sobriety he enjoys to this day, this concert served as an important statement to fans that there were no hard feelings. Over the course of the 25-song performance, the trio mined much of The Dirty South as well as 2003’s Decoration Day. It was toward the end of the evening, however, that Isbell showed everyone what he had been up to with a take on his solo single “Cover Me Up”. In the end, the show came to a raucous close with Hood’s epic for all the classic rock bands he saw growing up, “Let There Be Rock”. Not to be confused with the AC/DC song, though the Hood original does reference the Aussie rockers.
The centerpiece of An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, Cassandra Jenkins’ “Hard Drive” doesn’t add up on paper: Over gentle instrumentation in a spoken-word delivery, Jenkins details exchanges with characters across the country. But by the time she recounts a guided meditation led by the psychic Peri Lyons – “Close your eyes / I’ll count to three / take a deep breath / count with me” – even the most skeptic listener will be ready to believe Jenkins’ assertion that this year’s gonna be a good one.
iEzra is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer. He is the frenetic frontman for the rock band Black Taxi and has used his solo project to experiment and genre-hop more freely. Stacked harmonies and brass arrangements often make appearances in his writing but otherwise his alt-indie songs feel wide open, inspired as much by sounds of whatever landscape he happens to be traveling through, as to the electronics and technology they are beholden to. Samples, folk music, fuzzed out guitar solos, orchestral bridges, live kits, and 808’s all feel equally at home in his creations. “Wanna Get Out,” a dark and funky groover that finds iEzra simultaneously embracing his love for Pink Floyd, Nick Cave, and synth-driven prog rock as a whole. There is a harmonious 70s pop sound that shines at various parts of the song, while other points find the music slinking along with in a thick and funky swell. What makes it such a compelling listen is the way iEzra experiments with so many different sounds and tempos, and you never know what surprise is lurking behind every corner as it traverses from synth jams to pop harmonies to a soaring guitar solo. Ultimately, “Wanna Get Out” encapsulates the creative mindset of its composer. iEzra describes the inspiration behind the song: I was watching Peaky Blinders and digging the space and angular guitar skrunks of the show’s theme song, Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.” It inspired me to write my own chord progression, maintaining a similar energy of open minimalism and danger. The universal isolation brought on by the COVID lock-down, the depression, and my frustrations informed the lyrics. Once the story was finished, the music felt too thin in comparison. It lacked the necessary dynamics so I started rewriting, trying to convey the mental claustrophobia of the lockdown with the openness of dreams, the intersection of madness and psychedelics, punk and Pink Floyd, the vertical-ness of New York City living with the horizontal feel of my newly adopted home, Rimouski. Collaborating with my keyboard player really keyed these changes and helped perforate the darkness of the song content with flashes of salvation.
This live record and film document one of the largest free concerts in history by The Rolling Stones. “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 of the landmark concert. “‘It was amazing,” Mick Jagger added. “It was a really good audience. They know how to enjoy themselves on those occasions.” The Rolling Stones‘ A Bigger Bang: Live On Copacabana Beach live album and concert film arrived today via Mercury Studios. The highly anticipated release documents The Stones’ historic February 8, 2006 concert at the legendary Rio de Janiero locale in one of the biggest free concerts in history. The Rolling Stones released much of the concert in their 2007 concert film The Biggest Bang. But A Bigger Bang is remixed, re-edited, and remastered and boasts tracks not featured on the ‘07 edition including “Tumbling Dice,” “Oh No, Not You Again,” “This Place Is Empty” and “Sympathy For The Devil.” The Stones also previewed the release with their performance of the classic “Brown Sugar” along with a five-track teaser EP that contained “Wild Horses,” “Happy” and more.
Eddie 9V is something of an anomaly. Eddie 9V is only 24 years old, yet his music has a distinct old-time feel to it. It feels like Eddie 9V discovered his parents old soul and blues records and did his best to emulate it. It’s fair to say that Eddie 9V’s done a pretty decent job. Eddie 9V blends soul and blues in a way that makes it seem like his music could have been recorded 50 years ago. The new album Little Black Flies shows just how much of an anomaly Eddie 9V is. It’s not just in the sound he produces, but also in the way the album was recorded. The album was tracked live at Echo Deco Studios in Atlanta with Eddie’s brother Lane Kelly producing. As a result, you hear how lively the band is. On top of that, you get to hear some snippets of banter from the recording that makes you feel like you were in the room when this album was made.
Music is Life. Thanks again for listening.
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WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.
Artist and Song Title:
- UV-TV – Back To Nowhere
- girlpuppy – As Much As I Can
- Muddy Ruckus – The Spirts
- The Record Company – How High
- Pom Pom Squad – Drunk Voicemail
- Courtney Barnett – Rae Street
- Inhaler – My King Will Be Kind
- Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood, Jason Isbell – Decoration Day (Live)
- Cassandra Jenkins – Hard Drive
- iEzra – Wanna Get Out
- The Rolling Stones – Miss You (Live)
- Eddie 9V – Little Black Flies
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