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.

No matter how corrupt, greedy, and heartless our government, our corporations, our media, and our religious & charitable institutions may become, the music will still be wonderful. ― Kurt Vonnegut

Let’s try and #BeMoreKind. Let’s – 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 853 with Mitski – Should’ve Been Me. Hell isn’t always sad, you can dance there too. Mitski, a Japanese-American alternative/indie singer-songwriter, is known for captivating her fans with emotional, creative, and complex lyrics that showcase her grand narrative ability as a songwriter. the song is a reminder of something unsteady and wishful. Mitski is pushing the limits with “Laurel Hell” and continuing to stretch her musicality. With every track, Mitski gives listeners a different side of herself as a storyteller, and it’s enjoyable for both the average listener and the music enthusiast. Mitski is definitely a conversation starter. Mitski tells listeners that instead of crying through the pain and heartbreak, you can dance through it. And that’s okay with me.

Fort Frances – If You Look Hard Enough The most optimistic song Fort Frances has ever released. And the lead single from the album coming in 2022, Look At What Tomorrow Brought Us. This is the happiest song I have ever written, which is an oddity for a time marked by headlines of a global pandemic, the failings of democracy and a battered and bruised planet. I used to regularly fall into the trap of focusing on the bad side of everything, but I’m digging my way out of it now. This album is about a new focus to choose optimism over despair, dig a little deeper for a bigger sense of purpose and find more reasons to smile. Fort France haven’t played a show since the end of 2019, and this is the song Fort Frances cannot wait to close a show with when we get to do it again. — David McMillin of Fort Frances. Fort Frances offers optimism amid a world of chaos and conflict

Beabadoobee – The Perfect Pair

Indie-pop prodigy Bea Kristi keeps growing in front of our eyes. Sweet-voiced melodic guitar pop with fuzzy overtones. Talk sounds like a 1990s indie disco classic. The whole thing rubs along with grungy charm. Inspired by a childhood dreamworld and the pop radio hits of the 2000s, Bea Kristi’s second album is simultaneously heavy and light, dense and playful, melodic and dissonant. The guitar hero trades teenage angst for self-acceptance on her second album, exploring a new sonic palette with confidence. Beabadoobee is a voice of a generation. Beadaboobee’s second album is an adventurous journey through noughties soundscapes. This is the type of sugar-rush guitar pop at which Ms. Kristi excels. Beatopia marks beabadoobee as an artist able to set her own terms. Inventive, playful and, at times, truly magical, it might be an imaginary world, but it’s one that everyone should pay a visit. Beatopia highlights an artist who has matured quickly, honing her initial work while impressively expanding her aesthetic scope. Beatrice Laus’s second album trips down a well-travelled path of sweet 90s indie-rock

————quick Next w/ chris bro Simple goal: Find you a next new favorite song (your place for new music discovery) or songs that make your ears smile. Music is Life

The Kinks – Celluloid Heroes (US Single Version) The latest installment of The Kinks‘ series of expanded 50th anniversary reissues, which focuses on two of the legendary U.K. band’s albums — 1971’s Muswell Hillbillies and 1972’s Everybody’s in Show-Biz – Everybody’s a Star. The collection is a box set featuring six vinyl LPs, four CDs, a Blu-ray, a 52-page hardback book, a badge, glossy photos and more. Muswell Hillbillies was a loose concept album that found Kinks frontman Ray Davies reflecting on growing up in the London area of Muswell Hill, while also celebrating the American music and culture that influenced him. One of the best known tracks on Muswell Hillbillies is “20th Century Man,” which Dave considers “a colossal song.” Everybody’s in Show-Biz – Everybody’s a Star is a double album that features a disc of studio tracks and a live disc recorded at New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 1972. The studio portion includes the classic song “Celluloid Heroes.” “Celluloid Heroes,” of course, is a reflective homage to some famous actors who were immortalized with stars on Hollywood Boulevard. “Honestly, Ray, to his great credit, wrote a masterpiece, I think,” Dave says. “I like the way he sings it, because it’s … a bit yearning, like he’s lost, but he isn’t.” The box set features remastered versions of the two albums, as well as 11 new remixes by Ray Davies. The Blu-ray contains an unseen 15-minute 1971 home movie shot and narrated by Ray.

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros – Silver And Gold JOE STRUMMER 002: THE MESCALEROS YEARS’ CELEBRATES THE CLASH FOUNDER’S NEXT BAND. Joe Strummer’s fear of becoming bored or stuck provoked him and the Mescaleros to turn over new stones any chance they could. This new set is comprehensive. Joe Strummer had quite an outstanding second act. For those who needed convincing, BMG/Ignition Records released Joe Strummer 001 in 2018, a double compilation that caught listeners up on the legendary punk singer’s post-Clash career. For those who need no convincing but remain completists at heart, there’s now Joe Strummer 002: The Mescaleros Years, a box set spanning a short but productive phase in Strummer’s career. Joe Strummer 002 combines all three albums released by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros between 1999 and 2003 and adds a fourth collection of mostly studio demos and outtakes named Vibes Compass. If you are unfamiliar with this stage of Joe Strummer’s career, the Mescaleros used a musical synthesis that recalled Strummer’s work with the Clash on albums like London Calling and Sandinista! There was rock, but it was sometimes mixed with reggae. Techno and other electronic elements could be blended into the reggae already combined with rock. A cover of Bobby Charles’ “Before I Grow Too Old” is renamed “Silver and Gold”

The Claudettes – Time Won’t Take Our Time Claudettes What’s the opposite of locking down, staying in, and having yet another mildly satisfying TV night? That would be “going out,” precisely what The Claudettes passionately prescribe with their rich, diverse, riveting new album, The Claudettes Go Out! Wielding a piano-powered roots-pop sound, The Claudettes merge earthy blues & soul with pop hooks and punk spirit. Pianist/songwriter Johnny Iguana first stepped onto the scene as pianist for blues giant Junior Wells and has played with legendary artists including Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Johnny Winter, Derek Trucks and more. Johnny has appeared on multiple Grammy-nominated albums and earned a 2021 Blues Music Award nomination for Piano Player of the Year. Johnny co-founded The Claudettes with drummer Michael Caskey (Chuck Mangione, Koko Taylor), who is a Downbeat Magazine award winner and a five-time Detroit Music Awards recipient. Caskey had previously toured with Johnny’s band Oh My God, as had Claudettes bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn. After hearing Berit Ulseth sing in a Chicago country band, Johnny asked her to join The Claudettes in 2016. Ulseth studied jazz vocal instruction at NYC’s New School and has sung on three of the band’s albums and an EP. The band completed two sessions for the new album. The first session was recorded and co-produced in Chicago by recent Grammy nominee Anthony Gravino (Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter) and mixed in NYC by Grammy-winning legend Kevin Killen (David Bowie, U2, Elvis Costello). The second session, in Chicago, was helmed by Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt (Violent Femmes, Old Crow Medicine Show) and mixed in LA by Hutt and Ryan Mall. Johnny Iguana wrote “Time Won’t Take Our Times Away” after the sudden 2019 death of Kay Caskey, the mother of Claudettes drummer Michael Caskey. Michael has so many stories about his mom, and this song is an ode to the stories and memories we keep after losing someone we love. Johnny and Michael were sleeping at Kay’s house in Michigan when she (at age 76) died while running a morning marathon. The night before the marathon, the three of them had stayed up late, talking and laughing and having such a sweet time together. Here’s a UK Daily Mail article about this wonderful woman. As for the track, “Time Won’t Take Our Times Away” boasts a windswept “Wicked Game”-like guitar melody, a Toussaint-esque soulful piano groove and an arresting, heartfelt vocal by Ulseth.

The Charlatans – The Only One I Know (Live at Reading Festival 1992) The Charlatans announce massive 30th Anniversary UK & Ireland tour. The Charlatans will release the career-spanning 6 vinyl LP Box Set called ‘A Head Full of Ideas’. The limited-edition box set boasts a diverse collection of songs over five transparent blue vinyl LPs. Tracks include The Charlatans’ biggest hits, classic live performances, unheard demos and rarities and remixes from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Norman Cook and Sleaford Mods. Within the box will also be an exclusive Original Demos 7” featuring debut single ‘Indian Rope’ and breakthrough anthem ’The Only One I Know’. There’s also a signed print of a tour poster from the early 90s, a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. Alongside the 6LP collection, there will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a CD or vinyl of just the hits albums.

————quick Next w/ chris bro Simple goal: Find you a next new favorite song (your place for new music discovery) or songs that make your ears smile. Music is Life

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros – Coma Girl

The Amazons – Ready For Something The Amazons – ‘How Will I Know If Heaven Will Find Me?’ review: stadium-ready anthems For better or worse, the Reading band aren’t about to mess with the formula with album three, which should seal their status as a British festival fixture. Armed with raw and youthful indie-rock sound that promised great things, The Amazons swung straight for the stars when they broke through five years back. Their self-titled 2017 debut and its 2019 follow-up ‘Future Dust’ came crammed with enough stadium-ready hooks to seal them as a chart-bothering festival fixture, and it doesn’t take long to see the Reading rockers aren’t about to mess with the formula for album three. Opener ‘How Will I Know?’ provides a guns-blazing note to kick off on, as tribal drums collide with a euphoric bassline. The disco-flecked rock stomper of ‘Ready For Something’ carries the fired-up bite and hunger. Having formed less than a decade ago, Reading rockers The Amazons have wasted little time in becoming one of the UK’s premier guitar bands. From the raw energy of their colossal self-titled debut to their dark, murky exploration of heavy rock riffs on sophomore outing Future Dust, The Amazons have quickly proven that there are few (if any) rock’n’roll outfits currently operating at their level.

Angel Olsen and Sturgill Simpson – Big Time Angel Olsen finds a perfect balance between honoring the sounds of country’s past and updating them on Big Time, her album released earlier this summer on Jagjaguwar, and one of the year’s most acclaimed releases. Preceding a debut performance at Nashville’s Americana Fest this Wednesday, September 14th, Olsen returns alongside legendary contemporary songwriting pioneer Sturgill Simpson to present a new, collaborative version of Olsen’s title-track, Big Time. Both admirers of one another, Simpson and Olsen first connected around the release of Olsen’s lauded 2016 album MY WOMAN, and today’s release sees a years-long conversation brought to fruition. It’s crazy to write a song and then watch someone else you really admire sing your words; kinda turns the whole thing on its head Olsen says. I loved the song already, but hearing Sturgill’s take on Big Time made me smile ear to ear, he made it come alive on a different level.

Deer Tick – Cake And Eggs Deer Tick to Reissue ‘Divine Providence,’ Share Unreleased Song “Cake and Eggs”. alternative rock-folk band Deer Tick announced that they’ll release a special 11th-anniversary edition of their seminal 2011 LP Divine Providence. Along with the announcement of the celebratory reissue, the band also shared a previously unreleased song entitled “Cake and Eggs.” “One of the fun things about diving into the old Divine Providence tapes was hearing all the forgotten material we recorded. We found a somewhat unfinished take of ‘Cake and Eggs,’ a kind of irreverent love song in the style of John Prine and Iris DeMent’s ‘In Spite of Ourselves.’ I wrote with Nikki from Those Darlins and it quickly became a live staple and an important song for that era of Deer Tick,” reflected Deer Tick’s John McCauley in a statement. “It’s surprising it never ended up on one of our records. Anyways, I slapped a new guitar track on there, Dennis and I recorded some new vocals, and now we’re happy to present this studio version of ‘Cake and Eggs,’ some eleven or twelve years after it was written. Enjoy.”

Richard Thompson – Misunderstood (Live from Honolulu) The set appears to be uncut, so you can hear Thompson’s dry humourous banter in between tracks, and there are plenty of classics covered on this thirteen-track set, including Misunderstood, Shoot Out The Lights and Johnny’s Far Away. Richard Thompson is releasing a live album: The Richard Thompson Acoustic Trio – Live From Honolulu. you only need to wait a few seconds to appreciate that the legendary Danny Thompson is on double bass. Michael Jerome completes the trio on drums and Cajon.

Beth Orton – Fractals Beth Orton’s new album Weather Alive.  Fractals” is a collaboration with the poet and saxophonist Alabaster dePlume, alongside drummer Tom Skinner (of the Smile), bassist Tom Herbert (of the Invisible), and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily. Both the single and album were inspired by the deaths of producers Andrew Weatherall and Hal Willner. English singer/songwriter Beth Orton today releases the new song “Fractals” which features jazz poet Alabaster dePlume on the swirling saxophone, The Smile drummer Tom Skinner, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and Mercury Prize nominated bassist Tom Herbert of The Invisible. These musicians locked naturally into Orton’s sensibilities, expanding the new sonic world she’s created. Initially inspired by the 2020 deaths of the legendary producers Andrew Weatherall and Hal Willner, two of Orton’s most beloved musical compatriots. More than 25 years since her breakthrough album Trailer Park, Beth Orton continues to defy expectations. Her first album in six years, Weather Alive, also has the distinction of being her first as a lead producer.

Chemical Club – Hell In a Heatwave Chemical Club is the project of Eric Graham (he/him) and Michael Watson (they/them), both of whom perform in ascendant indie rock project fanclubwallet, with Watson also working as fanclubwallet’s co-writer and producer. Graham and Watson perform tight, catchy indie pop songs, perfect for road trips or coming of age soundtracks, that deftly weave naturalistic lyrics with reflections on love, death, insecurity, and growth.

Having grown up around the corner from each other, the pair didn’t truly connect until their teen years when they began playing together in garage bands. In 2019, they formed Chemical Club and have since released a series of homespun, self-released singles and EPs that’ve earned them a passionate following over the course of the pandemic. Newly signed to Arts & Crafts, this week the duo have released ‘Pale Blue’, a 5-song song EP.

The Black Angels – Empires Falling Heavy psych rarely feels as fresh as it does with The Black Angels. Black Angels deliver insistent, neo-psychedelic drones, reaching back to the most ritualistic 1960s songs of the Velvet Underground, the Doors and their hometown forebears from Austin, the 13th Floor Elevators, along with a touch of 1970s krautrock. Dark, heady, powerful, and forcefully unrelenting work. It has been 5 years since fans have been treated to an album from the band and Wilderness of Mirrors marks a triumphant return with their foot on the pedal. The new collection expertly refines The Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack alongside a host of intriguing sounds and textures while political tumult, the pandemic, and the ongoing devastation of the environment have provided ample fodder for their signature sound and fierce lyrical commentary. Mellotron, strings and other keyboards are more prominent than ever before. The Black Angels – Alex Maas (vocalist/bassist), Christian Bland (guitarist), Stephanie Bailey (drummer), Jake Garcia (guitarist), Ramiro Verdooren (multi-instrumentalist) – co-produced the record, working closely with Brett Orrison (co-producer) and Dinosaur Jr engineer John Agnello to achieve something fresh and new while retaining their heavily influential classic sound.


NEXT on the radio.

WERB 107.5 Global Radio Monday/Wednesday/Sunday mornings.
River Radio in the UK â€“ Thursday night.
Ocean 98 in Maryland â€“ 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.

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