Release Radar 8/06/21 – Hippo Campus vs Toad The Wet Sprocket
today at 4:53 pm
It’s that time of year again when the Cubs and Sox converge on Wrigley Field to see who will take that Chicago crown home, and, of course, bragging rights for another season. I’ll be hitting the game to usher in the weekend and scream, “Let’s Go, Sox!” Now, more new music.[embedded content]
Hippo Campus is back with their 5 track, 15 minute EP titled Good Dog, Bad Dream. It’s a little quirky at times, but it’s good to hear them making music again. “Sex Tape” and “Where To Now,” are my favorites, the latter sounding a bit Cure-like or New Order-ish[embedded content]
Local H used the pandemic to secure one of the most rabid fanbases in the industry. They put out a new record and played anywhere they were allowed, whether it be online or at the drive-in. Now their back with another mix-tape of covers including a favorite of mine “Brandy You’re A Fine Girl.” They do the song justice while cranking the knobs to 11, taking it from pop to rock in a matter of seconds.[embedded content]
Looks like Starting Now is the title of the new record from Toad The Wet Sprocket, due out on August 28th. For me, it seems like perfect timing, as I’ve been going through a TOAD phase the last week. For some treason “Something To Say” has been an earworm that led me down a rabbit hole of everything Toad including “Nothing Is Alone.” “Game Day” is starting to grow on me as well.[embedded content]
10,000 Maniacs finally release their Candy Everybody Wants EP to Spotify. It is a gem that includes a couple of great covers, Morrissey’s “Every Day Is Like Sunday,” and R.E.M’s “Don’t Go Back To Rockville.”[embedded content]
“Handshake Agreement” is the fourth single from We Are Scientists’ forthcoming album Contact High, and maybe the best yet? The production value is high and it seems they are going for more of a pop-rock sound, stripping back the verses, so the choruses sound extra big. The album is due out on October 8th, and I’m looking forward to hearing this as a whole project.[embedded content]
I hope I live to be 95, for starters, But, to sound as good as Tony Bennet does, and to be making great music with the likes of Lady Gaga at that age? Well, that seems to be possible for only one man.
Your Jazz Cut Of The Week, is from that dynamic duo, as they are reunited for a Cole Porter tribute album called Love for Sale, Due out on October 1, their first single is a number we all know and love “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
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