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. And may the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. ― Frank Zappa
Let’s try and #BeMoreKind. Let’s – together try to do something good. What do you say. This week (and every week?) – It’s a simple good deed -> Let’s see what happens. Thank you and Enjoy It All.
Let us begin NEXT week 846 with Sorry. “Let the Lights On” mines the bliss and anxiety of new love. The London band’s stinging new single captures the thrill and desperation of new romance. Sorry released a brilliant debut albums in 2020 with 925 and Sorry followed that up last year with the Twixtustwain EP. Sorry are back to announce their second full-length album, Anywhere But Here. “If our first version of London in 925 was innocent and fresh-faced, then this is rougher around the edges,” Sorry’s Louis O’Bryen teased in a statement. “It’s a much more haggard place.” It’s an ecstatic but downtrodden song about trying to find transcendence in a dark room
Led by lead singer and drummer Anastasia, who looks just like a young Fiona Apple (and can sing like her too)…their songs are a celebration of young womanhood and would be right at home for fans of Vivian Girls, Alvvays or PJ Harvey. Hits hard and cuts deep, all while shimmering with an inimitable, infectious light. Tchotchke releases their debut album that features nine blazing and instantly sing-a-long-able anthems (in a Ramones-like 30 minutes) and stars the electrifying new single Wish You Were a Girl. Tchotchke is Anastasia, 24 (drums, vocals), Eva, 23 (bass, vocals) and Emily, 26 (guitar, vocals). RIYL: 10cc, Sparks, Todd Rundgren give Tchotchke a listen.
The Chicago band Beach Bunny is back with “Weeds”. Weeds by Beach Bunny is a likable and hooky one that Lili Trifilio said “felt like I was taking ownership of my emotions instead of letting my emotions drive me into despair.” ‘Weeds’ is a punchy and punky track that fits in perfectly within the band’s sound. A potent mix of pop, punk, indie rock, and whatever the hell else they want to play, Beach Bunny have delivered on all the promises that they originally made on their 2020 debut Honeymoon. Emotional Creature sees Beach Bunny trying to figure everything out. Musically they navigate the space between imaginative production and classic indie rock sounds, asserting a new and vibrant voice into the sound poised with lyrical sharpness and a willingness to embrace imperfections.
Listen to a previously-unreleased alternate version of Wilco’s ‘Kamera’. It’s lifted from the forthcoming deluxe reissues of ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’. ‘Kamera (The Unified Theory of Everything Version)’ is a significantly heavier take on the track, swapping out the primarily acoustic version that ended up on the album for electric guitars and propulsive drums. The new version of Kamera by Wilco will feature on both the super deluxe LP and CD reissues, as well as the deluxe LP and digital sets. The super deluxe reissue also includes 82 previously unreleased tracks, as well as a new book featuring an interview with frontman Jeff Tweedy, drummer Glenn Kotche, and Jim O’Rourke, who mixed the acclaimed 2002 album. It also includes an in-depth essay by author Bob Mehr and previously unseen photos of the band making the album in their Chicago studio, The Loft. Wilco Share A Radically Different Version Of ‘Kamera’ From The ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ 20th Anniversary Reissue. A new version of album highlight “Kamera,” dubbed the “The Unified Theory Of Everything Version.” This variation of the song is distinctly different from the final album recording, as it’s rough around the edges and is carried by a more aggressive guitar sound.
The Cult share soaring new single ‘Give Me Mercy’, announce 11th album. Six years on from their last studio release, The Cult have revealed the details for their 11th album. Titled ‘Under The Midnight Sun’ and it’s an eight-track effort. Give Me Mercy has all the hallmarks of the new classic Cult to my ears. “Give Me Mercy” feels classically Cult, as the band envelop their gothic rock influences with a modern sheen.
The famed rocker released his latest LP earlier this month, Entering Heaven Alive. With it came a slew of new songs on the heels of White’s prior most recent LP release, Fear Of The Dawn. One of those new tracks is “A Madman From Manhattan.” Jack White’s ‘Entering Heaven Alive’ Is a Singer-Songwriter Therapy Session, In a Good Way. It’s easy to imagine White playing these songs on MTV’s recently revived Unplugged series, supported by a small, tasteful backup combo and plenty of candles. The surrealistic “A Madman from Manhattan” is a meandering portrait of a dude
Lovers always believe they’re made for each other but it’s okay if doesn’t last. And again, the answer to the partition is so convoluted that it becomes ineffable. It’s like he’s good and he’s everything you’d ever wanted but you also know he’s not for you. And you have to accept it. The most heartbreaking heartbreak that anyone could have. And what a line: we were meant to be, not just made to last
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson announced an album titled I Walked With You A Ways for their new collaborative project. The record and its accompanying North American tour is a one-time only collaboration, which makes Plains incredibly special. It’s a moment in time, to be enjoyed right now before the project evaporates forever. In their solo endeavors, you hear a specificity of experience that is so sharp and intimate that it brings the listener into a personal side of the experience of life. With Plains, we are invited into this spaciousness of story, to a shared narrative. There is an essence of their own friendship that clearly emerges that is just as much about joy and playfulness as it is about two people ushering each other through life’s great journeys. Written between Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Marfa, the album was recorded in Durham, NC. The creative magic of only a few vocal takes, tracking with a band comprised of Spencer Tweedy and Phil Cook, gives the album a feel of fresh, on-the-spot conception. The trust and history of Crutchfield and Cook’s collaborations (Saint Cloud, Great Thunder EP) set the tone for this new container of spontaneity and experimentation.
GRAMMY Award-winning guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela have shared an ambitious new cover version of the Radiohead classic, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi marks the duo Rodrigo y Gabriela’s first new release since last year’s GRAMMY Award-nominated version of Metallica’s The Struggle Within. When Rodrigo was young, he never took a close look into Radiohead’s music. Rodrigo was the typical metal head and the typical metal head in the 80s and 90s was pretty much a closed-minded character who rarely took a risk listening to alternative bands. It was not until we met John Leckie, who produced our first album in 2006 and Radiohead’s first 2 albums in the early 90s, that they got my attention. Radiohead evolved from being an Alt band, to being a cool band, to being a really interesting band. until last year while having a coffee in one of my restaurants Rodrigo has in Mexico, Weird Fishes started playing in the background. I knew it was them, but I didn’t know the song, and after I left I immediately looked it up on Spotify. As soon as Rodrigo listened to it loud and clear Rodrigo knew we had to make a Rodrigo y Gabriela version of it. A day or two after, Rodrigo showed it to Gab and she was as hooked as I was. It’s such an intricate song if you want to play it the way they do. We were happy with the results though.
Tedeschi Trucks Band Releases Part Three Of Ambitious Four-Album ‘I Am The Moon’ Project. Tedeschi Trucks Band continued the rollout of its audio-visual epic I Am The Moon with the release of I Am The Moon: Episode III. The Fall. The third album of the monumental four-album project. Drawing inspiration from the 12th century poem about lovers Layla and Majnun, band members Susan Tedeschi, Mike Mattison, and Gabe Dixon took the lead on songwriting for The Fall. Tedeschi Trucks Band unveil The Fall, the third installment of their quadruple album and film project, I Am the Moon. The third addition to the ambitious project sees the 12-piece pile on the soul, blues, R&B and more for six new tracks, propped up by the stellar playing of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. The Fall sees the 12-member outfit continue to tackle themes of passion and despair, with its lead songwriters Susan Tedeschi, Mike Mattison and Gabe Dixon once again taking inspiration from a 12th-century poem about lovers Layla and Majnun.
Blondie’s Previously Unreleased Demo “I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer”. Blondie has unveiled a previously unheard track called “I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer,” which was originally recorded in 1980. “I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer” is the original demo for what became their “Go Through It,” the closing track from their 1980 album Autoamerican. That demo will be included on the forthcoming box set Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982. Blondie first announced plans to release the 124-track collection last month. In addition to “I Love You Honey, Give Me A Beer,” Blondie: Against The Odds 1974-1982 will feature 36 previously unissued recordings, two volumes of liner notes, track-by-track commentary from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, Clem Burke, Jimmy Destri, Nigel Harrison and Gary Valentine, a 120-page illustrated discography, and previously unpublished photos and essays from producers Mike Chapman, Richard Gottehrer, and Ken Shipley. All of the tracks are remastered from their original tapes. The box set will come in a variety of formats: a super-deluxe 10-LP collector’s edition, a deluxe 4-LP vinyl version, and deluxe 8-CD and 3-CD editions.
After landing a total of ten #1 hits, moving over 20 million records worldwide, and selling out shows everywhere with a stage, Collective Soul—Ed Roland [vocals, guitars, keyboards], Dean Roland [guitars], Will Turpin [bass], Jesse Triplett [guitars], and Johnny Rabb [drums]—staunchly and proudly remain a rock ‘n’ roll band through and through. Nowhere is that reassuring fact more apparent than on the first proper live album of the group’s 25-year career, LIVE. Fittingly, they introduce the collection with a live piano rendition of their biggest hit 1993’s “Shine”—which would be crowned #1 Album Rock Song of 1994, win a Billboard award for “Top Rock Track,” land on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the ‘90s,” and notch Dolly Parton a GRAMMY Award for “Best Vocal Performance” on her 2001 cover. Preserving the soulful spark that established them as the “Southern Gentlemen of the Alternative Rock Scene,” Collective Soul build upon a formidable foundation. They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009. To date, they average over 1 million Spotify streams a month. From a classic performance at Woodstock 1994 to a notable placement on the Twilight soundtrack, their influence continues to course through generations of pop culture. GET OUT AND GO SEE THIS BAND! They are absolutely fantastic LIVE. With Collective Soul you know you’re going to get guitar driven rock and roll music with some good singing. Collective Soul captured great moments on this album.
The Afghan Whigs has shared a third advance song, a shimmering, swaying midtempo rocker with the very Greg Dulli-esque title “A Line Of Shots.” The song stands as a reminder to embrace the competing fear and freedom that comes with facing a critical moment. Its adrenaline-boosting build and invigorating production echo the simmering anticipation. Parts of the record were recorded remotely between California, Cincinnati, New Jersey and New Orleans due to the band being apart during the pandemic. The late Mark Lanegan, who was a close friend of the band, contributed backing vocals to two of the record’s tracks, appearing on music by the band for the first time. It was Lanegan who named the album, according to Dulli. Afghan Whigs have always had swagger to spare, and that’s all over this widescreen track from their forthcoming album.
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