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"Escape From Los Angeles" by AFI

Ahhh, another song about good ole Los Angeles!  This time courtesy of 30-year vets AFI, they leave it up to us to decipher all that lures us to LA and on the other hand what fuels our planned escape.  More than just the fans of A Fire Inside are excited to hear their first new music in a couple of years which serves as a precursor to their 11th studio album to be released sometime in 2021!   Read More...

"The Overthrow" by Will Hoge

Will Hoge released his 11th studio album this past June, Tiny Little Movies.  We sure are glad that Hoge made a full recovery from his 2008 motorcycle accident.  Tiny Little Movies has a little bit of slow and a little bit of fast, but we're featuring the latter in The Overthrow.  Decode the lyrics as you wish, but let's just all agree that we have to be good to one another (and the environment) as a permanent step toward making our world beautiful.    Read More...

"Dirty" by grandson

We featured grandson back in June on the collaborative effort that was Zen.  After a few EP's, Jordan Benjamin's Death of an Optimist full-length came to us last month via Fueled By Ramen.  Benjamin's honest lyrics and straight forward approach to discussing current events is on point throughout.  To answer his question in Dirty, we're not afraid!  From design to screen printing to everyday business, we love getting our hands dirty - we have enough love in our hearts! Read More...

"The Divine Chord" by The Avalanches feat. MGMT & Johnny Marr

The Avalanches are technically only two members, but man there are some expansive sounds on their latest album We Will Always Love You.  Whether it is Robbie and Tony playing instruments, or digging in the crates for samples, or one of the many featured artists that they have pulled in, the space-oriented 25 song journey will help you escape!  We thought that The Divine Chord sounded pretty Christmas'y too, so the timing couldn't be better for this latest release - Happy Holidays! Read More...

"Long in the Tooth" by The Budos Band

We could have selected any song off of Long in the Tooth, the 6th release by The Budos Band, but we'll roll with the title track!  You'll hear plenty from all 8 members of this Staten Island-based instrumental band throughout the album.  Every sound from every instrument comes together seamlessly to paint a beautiful background for whatever you want to imagine.  Let this album (and really all of their albums) be the soundtrack to your life...enjoy!      Read More...

"Knife Fight" by Painted Shield

This week we're featuring more collaborative music a la Painted Shield!  This union was a bit out of the box for Mason Jennings, Stone Gossard, Matt Chamberlain & Brittany Davis, but that's what makes it so great.  Slightly after Hurricane Sandy Gossard popped up on the cover of Rolling Stone wearing what was one of our first flannels!  We should probably send him some new gear as everything has come such a long way since 2012, and just like that time period we again find ourselves using positivity and benevolence to get through tragic times.  Painted Shield actually started to come together... Read More...

"SPARK UP!" by Ball Park Music

If this one doesn't get you out of that funk you're in, then we're not sure what will?!  SPARK UP! is Ball Park Music's first single from their hopefully-coming-soon Mostly Sunny.  This is a great anthem for the majority who are looking to snap out of 2020...spark up people! Read More...

"Baby Got Work" by Potatohead People & De La Sould feat. Posdnous & Kapok

This week we're featuring Baby Got Work, the second single off of Potatohead People's Mellow Fantasy.  The Vancouver production duo have tapped De La Soul's Posdnous who always delivers a message in classic Hip Hop fashion.  He is also joined by Canadian recording artist Kapok to round out the jazzy track.  We all have some work to do, get to it! Read More...

"Call Your Mom" by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

The mellow vibes from last week remain as we feature Call Your Mom from Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio this week!  The Seattle-based group announced their second album, I Told You So, which is coming this January.  All three members (Delvon Lamarr, Jimmy James & David McGraw) have been active instrumentalists outside of the band as well, but together the soul/jazz is just too soothing to turn away from!   Read More...

"Nature of the Beast" by Black Thought feat. Portugal. The Man & The Last Artful, Dodgr

You may have caught Black Thought performing with Portugal. The Man and The Last Artful, Dodger on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  Nature of the Beast is one of three songs on Streams of Thought, Vol 3: Cane & Able featuring this collaboration, with the latter two being West Coast-based.  Black Thought is one of the greatest rappers of all time, and on his latest solo mission he continues to give the world a heavy dose of diverse topics and prolific lyricism...it is certainly an album to listen straight through and keep in your rotation. Read More...

"Voodoo Doll" by Cliff Notez & Dephrase feat. Latrell James

Some of Hip Hop's biggest names have been dropping albums lately, but let's shift gears and focus on a few that you may not be in tune with.  Cliff Notez & Dephrase are doing big things in Boston, and as both will tell you, the city's diverse music and art scene doesn't get the respect and exposure it deserves.  Social Absence is their new, 3-song pandemic EP which was created untraditionally over the Internet.  The complex Voodoo Doll features fellow Boston rapper/producer Latrell James.  Dive in and check out the undeniable talent!      Read More...

"It Ain't Easy" by Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit is back off of a six year hiatus with a brand new album, What Is There.  Lead man Matthew Logan Vasquez has been up front about the band's long break and its positive affect on keeping their friendship true.  On the sonic side, the pause definitely worked as we had trouble choosing a song to feature from the new album which dropped last month.  Enjoy It Ain't Easy, but do your due diligence on the full listen through! Read More...

"Hourglass" by Mipso

Mipso is a traditional string quartet that has greatly expanded their sound on their 5th, self-titled release.  Since touring has been off the table, they've used their creativity to construct a handful of videos.  The pandemic has posed plenty of questions about time, rethinking how we spend it and how we use it to accomplish things.  Hourglass touches on that very topic with a great, upbeat tempo and Mipso's classic harmony. Read More...

"Material Boy" by Sir Sly

For the second consecutive week we have a band stepping somewhat outside of their comfort zone with a new release.  Sir Sly isn't really known for putting out slightly positive songs, but Material Boy certainly evokes some happy feelings for us listeners.  This one is sort of straight out of lead singer Landon Jacobs' diary, so enjoy the beautiful marriage of deep lyrics and that undeniable synth line. Read More...

"Trouble's Coming" by Royal Blood

From the sound of Royal Blood's latest single it seems that the pandemic-induced delay of their 3rd album will be well worth the wait.  You might think that you hear a full band strumming and knocking on a bunch of instruments, a nod to the talent of this duo who are Mike Kerr & Ben Thatcher!  Trouble's Coming is more likely to draw you to the dance floor compared to most of their past work, so we'll see if that direction is also a theme when the album makes its way to us next Spring.   Read More...

"survivin'" by Bastille

Survivin'...that's what most of us are focused on right now!  This year has thrown new and devastatingly tough hurdles at many, so let's make sure to take care of each other.  Bastille has dropped another great single, one that not only uplifts, but also touches on the important topics of anxiety and mental health.  Enjoy! Read More...

"Something For Me" by The Ones You Forgot

We're changing gears this week and bringing things back to our home Jersey turf with The Ones You Forgot!  Coincidentally, we just met Jenna Bruno, the quintet's lead singer, and we were pleasantly introduced to the bands full-of-life songs.  Despite the smackdown that COVID put on the entire music industry, these guys were able to sneak out a new single in July...check out Something For Me!   Read More...

"The Colour of Love" by Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins have released two new tracks as they ready their next release.  Cyr & The Colour of Love both stray away from traditional Pumpkins' sound and more toward synth-pop.  It will be interesting to hear over 20 new songs that Billy Corgan calls pretty different when they drop their first album with Sumerian Records.     Read More...

"Dan n' Shaniqua" by Matt Mays

Matt Mays just dropped Dog City, an entire album written from the perspective of a rescue dog!  What a cool concept, and the album also came together during isolation via Mays' own home studio as well as contributions from other band mates.  Check out the first single Dan n' Shaniqua!     Read More...

"Heat Waves" by Glass Animals

Dreamland, the third album from Glass Animals, dropped earlier this month.  Drummer Joe Seaward has made an amazing and full recovery from a horrific cycling accident and the foursome is once again fully intact.  This album gets more personal as lead singer, songwriter, and producer Dave Bayley went back on his original thinking that songs about the band itself would be selfish.  Dive into Heat Waves and enjoy the dog days of summer! Read More...