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.

Music enriches people’s lives in the same way paintings and literature do. Everybody deserves that. – Victoria Wood

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 854 with Day Wave – Loner Day. Wave One of the album’s best songs, ‘Loner,’ looks at the complicated nature of letting go… the crisp acoustic guitar and sinewy fingerpicking give the impression that he’s gazing calmly into the source of his suffering, smiling despite the strain of it all. It’s good to have new Day Wave in our ears. Sweet melodies – the stuff John Hughes characters would have swooned over. Day Wave first emerged from the Bay Area in 2015 and quickly became known for his wavy lo-fi bedroom production. Tracks like “Drag” and “Something Here” put him on a global radar, boasting hundreds of millions of streams creating a lane for bedroom-pop that didn’t previously exist. Now Jackson returns to the forefront of the indie space with Pastlifean album that tackles themes of love, loss, and maneuvering life in your 30s. Jackson’s knack for ear-catching melodies and simple, fresh production is cherished more than ever in a world saturated with overly-produced tracks. Pastlife takes it back to the basics of indie

Starcrawler – Stranded Starcrawler Share Thrilling New Song. LA-based band Starcrawler have just released their latest single and music video, “Stranded” and it’s a 90s throwback dream. The track is taken from their forthcoming album She Said and it’s a perfect example of the vivacious raw energy and infectious hooks that the band is known for. The new Starcrawler album is sure to be a hit with fans, and “Stranded” is a perfect example of what they can expect. Starcrawler’s authentic and unfiltered intensity sets them apart from other bands, and “Stranded” is a perfect example of that.  Starcrawler”s Guitarist Henri Cash shares the story behind the track. “At the beginning of covid I was missing the adrenaline of having a show and driving out to play it, so I would just be driving my car around with nowhere to go and trying to write something and being so uninspired. And then one day I got hit by another car on Figueroa and Highland Park –and it turned out to be Phoebe Bridgers’ guitar player. The song came from that rock’n’roll car crash and became a joke song about Tim’s (Franco) weird crush on Phoebe Bridgers – and then it became about something totally different.”

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The Afghan Whigs – Catch A Colt Greg Dulli and co. return with an eclectic, haunted set that feels untethered to their past work. They seem less interested in living up to expectations than upending them. The specter of Mark Lanegan lingers over the new Afghan Whigs album “How Do You Burn?” — and not just because the former Screaming Trees frontman lent his baritone growl to two of its songs and posed the question that gave the record its name. In February, hours after the Whigs released “I’ll Make You See God,” the album’s concussive opening track and first single, word of Lanegan’s death shook the music world.

The 57-year-old singer and author, who had been open about his past struggles with both alcoholism and heroin addiction, as well as surviving a near-fatal COVID-19 infection last year, died of still-unspecified causes at his home in Ireland.

Now bandleader Greg Dulli finds himself — not for the first time — honoring a dear friend and collaborator while promoting a new record, this time the Afghan Whigs’ third post-reunion album. The Whigs’ new album, a standout collection of swaggering rock noir, is the band’s ninth since 1988, and further cements its reunion era as a rare success not just on stage but on record. That’s all the more impressive considering “How Do You Burn?” is a product of the pandemic, assembled remotely via Pro Tools and FaceTime across multiple states.

Billy Joel – Piano Man (Live Yankee Stadium) Billy Joel In celebration of 50 years of Billy Joel, one of the most iconic concert films of all time, Live At Yankee Stadium, will see release in audio and video formats and will come to cinemas for a special two-night global fan event. Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium in 2CD+Blu-Ray, 3xLP. The audio includes 22 performances from Billy’s historic two-day run at The House That Ruth Built newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes. It adds up to nearly 2 hours of music across 2 CDs or 3 LPs and includes 11 completely unreleased performances, including Uptown Girl, Only The Good Die Young, Allentown and more. Live At Yankee Stadium will also be coming to cinemas for a special two-night global fan event. Shot live on 16mm color film on June 22 and 23, 1990, at the iconic Bronx stadium, the original concert has been re-edited in stunning 4K with Dolby ATMOS® audio and newly mixed from the original multi-track tapes. The new version includes a never-before-released performance of Uptown Girl –  interviews with Billy Joel, and behind-the-scenes footage from the event’s production.

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Jake Bugg – Two Fingers (Live at Royal Albert Hall) JAKE BUGG‘S “TWO Fingers” is a jangly, twangy folk-pop tune with plenty of bright spirit, despite the lyrical story of domestic violence from a kid’s perspective. Jake Bugg Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary Of Double-Platinum Self Titled Debut Album. It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Jake Bugg released his extraordinary self- titled debut album. Released on October 15th, 2012, Jake introduced himself to the world and blew open the doors with an exquisite debut that rocketed to number one on the UK Album Chart, going on to sell over a million copies, bagging both a BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nomination. Since then he’s become one of the UK’s most prolific and established songwriters. Fast forward ten years, with countless awards, record sales and sold out tours across the world, Jake is to celebrate the 10th Anniversary with the release of special deluxe editions of the album on 2LP black vinyl, Limited Edition 2LP, Gold Vinyl and a 3CD. The CD edition will feature the remastered album, sixteen unreleased bonus tracks including a Rick Rubin version of “Broken,” and the full performance of his concert at the Royal Albert Hall from 2014, being made available physically and digitally for the first time

Faces – Stay With Me (Live Paris Theater) The Faces are an English rock band formed in 1969 by members of the Small Faces after lead singer/guitarist Steve Marriott left that group to form Humble Pie. The remaining Small Faces—Ian McLagan (keyboards), Ronnie Lane (bass), and Kenney Jones (drums and percussion)—were joined by Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed the Faces. The Faces “Stay with Me” is one of my all-time favorites, thanks in large part to Ronnie Lane’s all-time great bass line. This appearance was taped in front of a live audience at the Paris Theater and broadcast on the BBC on May 23rd. The Faces wanted to do two things: play their best stage numbers but also introduce new songs from their latest album Long Player released in March.

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Here on next welcome to the second half of wee 854 Im your host Chris Bro. Find us on the radio on WERB 107.5 Global Radio, RIVER RADIO in the UK, Ocean 98 and VOBB or the internet at all things next dot com just google Chris bro next that’s b r o,

Beck – Old Man (Cover) Why did NBC used a cover of a Neil Young song to promote ‘Sunday Night Football’?

For starters, the song choice is fitting. The lyrics “Old man, take a look at my life, I’m a lot like you,” feel apropos to the rivalry between Mahomes and Brady. Beck covered a Neil Young classic. That’s nice, right? One weary singer-songwriter icon saluting another? Beck comes from an alt-rock generation where everyone idolized Neil Young, and Beck himself is no exception. A few years ago, he and Jenny Lewis covered Young’s “Harvest Moon” at Red Rocks. Today, Beck has shared his own stripped-back acoustic take on 1972’s “Old Man,” which might be Young’s best-known song. But there’s a twist here, and that twist involves the National Football League.

David Bowie – Kooks DAVID BOWIE: DIVINE SYMMETRY, a four-CD, one Blu-ray box set and digital equivalent. The collection celebrates the 12 months leading up to the release of the album Hunky Dory in December 1971 via home demos, BBC radio sessions, and live and studio recordings. DAVID BOWIE: DIVINE SYMMETRY contains 48 previously unreleased tracks/demos and new alternative mixes of Hunky Dory tracks by original co-producer Ken Scott. Two books accompany DIVINE SYMMETRY, a 100-page hardback book featuring exclusive memorabilia and photos, alongside a 60-page replica composite of Bowie’s notebooks from the era featuring handwritten lyrics, costume drawings, recording notes, and set lists. The sleeve notes were written for the release by Bowie expert Tris Penna, along with contributions from Hunky Dory, including co-producer Ken Scott, lifelong Bowie friends Geoff MacCormack and George Underwood, singer Dana Gillespie, guitarist Mark Pritchett, Friars Aylesbury promoter David Stopps, publisher Bob Grace, and photographer Louanne Richards. 1971 was a pivotal year for Bowie. He signed a record deal with RCA, met Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop while in New York, became a father and penned the song “KOOKS” as a show of paternal pride, and played live for the first time that June with Mick Ronson, Woody Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder. This band would later be christened The Spiders From Mars and recorded the classic album, Hunky Dory. “KOOKS,” recorded by Bowie and guitarist Mick Ronson for the BBC’s Sounds Of The 70s presented by Bob Harris, is now available for download and streaming. It was recorded at Kensington House, Shepherds Bush, London, Studio T1 for BBC Radio on September 21, 1971, and broadcasted on October 4, 1971.

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The Beths – When You Know You Know The Beths Are Here For A Good Time. New Zealand’s favorite guitar-pop band made a happy record because, as singer Liz Stokes says, ‘Gosh, it would be nice to have some fun, wouldn’t it?’ “Love is learned over time, ’til you’re an expert in a dying field.” That’s the thesis statement presented in the title track of Auckland band The Beths’s third album, Expert in a Dying Field. It’s a thought that’s at once poignant, pessimistic and a little funny, which just about sums up the territory the guitar pop quartet work in. Plus, it’s a euphorically catchy song — and that’s what The Beths do best of all. We’ve all had to grieve a little bit for something that doesn’t exist anymore. Big things and small things. Singalong anthems for the broken-hearted — in this field, The Beths are experts.

Pixies – Doggerel The Pixies has been a musical monolith since the band’s birth in the late ’80s — they became the blueprint for ’90s alternative rock and have created an untouchable legacy of sound. After disbanding in 1993, the band has since reconvened, adding Paz Lenchantinon as bass guitarist in 2014 after Kim Deal refused to return for another album in 2013. The record closes with the titular track “Doggerel,” which is equal parts grungy and airy, sort of leaving listeners with a good taste in their mouth after an unfortunate mixed-bag of an album. The thumping bass and shuffling guitar kit underlie a warm double-vocal in the verse, and the chorus showcases Lenchantin’s vocal abilities

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Secret Machines – Last Believer Drop Dead When we recorded the demo for this song, everyone told us it was too long. We decided it wasn’t long enough. Sometimes you wait for the fire. Sometimes the fire waits for you. With additional releases planned for the fall, fans of the Secret Machines will be pleased to know that there is still more new music to come. Brandon states, “I’m excited to release this collection of songs as I feel it connects some of the dots between where we were and where we are going”. Secret Machines have returned! They will release their acclaimed and loved self-titled album on digital for the first time remastered, and resequenced with new music!

JD Simo – Mortgage On My Soul JD Simo Nashville-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter JD Simo is back at it with the release of his latest track Mortgage on My Soul. A creative and incendiary cover of the classic song by hill country blues pioneer Mississippi Fred McDowell, JD explains: I just really dug the words, and I also love the hypnotic vibe of his style. Over the course of a few months, we started doing it during soundcheck, and Adam [Abrashoff, drummer] came up with this killer Afrobeat-style groove. It’s also a good showcase for my slide playing and is such a blast to play. I could play it for an hour.

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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.

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