Release Radar 8-5-22 – Smallpools vs Primus
This week I lost my youngest sister and I just wanted to send a special shout-out to her. Amy, you were loved, and you will be missed. From darkness, you brought light, from pain you brought love. I wish I could’ve been there for you more, but I’m glad we had a loving friendship. You were never afraid to be you, and that’s what I appreciated most, Amy. You were so genuine. Godspeed, little sis.
We haven’t heard from the Smallpools in a bit, so I was excited to see “Cameras & Coastlines” on the #RADAR. “All of my life/Living on coffee and wine/You saw the best in me.” There are not many people who know us that well, who will put up with our little quirks and annoyances. This tune reminds me of good friendships, and lost loves.
This week the House of Love delivered an 8CD box set entitled, Burn Down the World: The Fontana Years 1989-1993. This is a comprehensive set that includes the three albums they recorded for Fontana during that time period. Expanded versions of 1990’s The House of Love, 1992’s Babe Rainbow, and 1993’s Audience with the Mind. Three of the other five discs contain non-LP songs and are aptly titled A Spy in the House of Love. The last two discs are made up of live performances, both acoustic and electric. For the right price, I might jump on board.
I really like the chorus from Maggie Rogers’ “That’s Where I Am.” I’m afraid to call it power pop, but I’d compliment her by saying it’s an upbeat number similar to Neko Case.
It’s hard not to notice the New Order sound The Killers have adopted on “Boy.” Keyboards sound like “Blue Monday” and Brandon sounds like he’s reenergized.
Ryan Adams has released so much music this past year that it’s become a job to get through all of it. Now we’ve received two singles from his upcoming record FM, and they’re not bad, I feel like these should have been spread out so they can be enjoyed properly.
I love a little reggae and this “Pacific Coast Highway (Remix)” does the trick.
“Who growls like that?” No one, that’s his thing, and “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.” He does, in this less-than-two-minute remix. You’ll feel all aspects of DMX busting out, and you’ll instantly remember how much energy this man brings to the table. X is a force to be reckoned with!
Primus returns with a new EP, Conspiranoia, that I just became aware of after delving into their original Frizzle Fry album. It’s a pretty interesting listen that harkens back to their early days. I could use more small doses of Primus, no doubt.
Soulfly is still kicking the rhythmic, tribal metal. “Superstition” picks up right where the boys left off, and I’m sure Blake and Getz are sitting in the parking lot of The Knoll drinking Busch Lite and blasting the new record.
Your Jazz Cut Of The Week is “Count Me In” from Jazz Funk Soul. This could easily pop up on SiriusXM’s Watercolors station. Lots of funky bass and groovy horns make this one a pleasure to play.
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