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Fresh New Music : Moon Taxi
Meet Moon Taxi, a band formed by a pair of friends from high school, and now based in Nashville.
 
The band’s debut jam-rock  album, “ Melodica” came out in 2007, leading to lots of touring and festival slots like 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota.  A live album followed, and JamBase called Live Ride “a prime intro to this vibrant group who incorporates roots-rhythms, Latin-ismo, Phishy riffs, complex fusion and gutbucket, blue collar rock into a pretty enjoyable ball they hurl with serious gusto.”
 
The newest release, “ Mountains Beaches Cities” is their first to come out on vinyl and is a more straight forward rock album, as this sample of the single “ The New Black” indicates.


 
 

Moon Taxi’s album, “Mountains Beaches Cities” is available now.                                                                                                image by Flickr commons
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Fresh New Music :Nonono
Say yes yes yes to Nonono!

This Swedish dance pop trio, comprised of a psychiatric nurse and 2 producers is getting quite the buzz! You might have heard their song in an international TV campaign for Samsung  or their radio commercials for Sparkling Ice.

Not bad for a group whose debut album hasn’t even be released yet!  If the reactions to their live shows are any indication, Nonono will be around for years to come!
This is the video of their hit, Pumpin’ Blood.
  Look for the debut album on Black Friday, November 29
 
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Have you seen the new McCartney video? Hey that's Johnny Depp!
Paul McCartney's video for the single "Queenie Eye" from his new album "New" is absolutely star studded.

I won't ruin the fun for you--just watch and enjoy.

And if you're not sure who all the people are, click here to find out.

 
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Fresh New Music :Man Man
Man Man is a 5 piece experimental band from Philadelphia, known for their multi-instrumental sound. The band is centered on the keyboards, but members  play instruments including clarinet, sax, French horn, marimba, flute, Chinese funeral horns, party noisemakers and, on occasion, audience members heads.

Their debut album "The Man in a Blue Turban with A Face" was released in 2004, but it took until 2009 to start getting public attention, with their songs getting played on Weeds, and various commercials.

The new album, On Oni Pond , seems to be a bit more mainstream, with this retro sounding song, " Head On"   

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Fresh New Music :Counting Crows
If you have never seen to a Counting Crows concert and wondered what they sounded like live, then their upcoming release is the answer.

 Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow, is the band’s newest collection of live songs recorded on several dates of their 2012 North American tour.
 
You will find some of your favorite songs, including a 7 and ½ minute version of Rain King, a couple of Dylan covers, Girl from the North Country  and You Ain’t Goin Nowhere, and this cool cover of the Grateful Dead’s Friend of the Devil!

 
Counting Crows Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow will be released digitally, on CD and vinyl on November 12.

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Fresh New Music : The Alternate Routes
Over the years ,rock musicians have worked for charitable organizations they believe in like Live Aid and Farm Aid and the Alternate Routes are no exception.  

Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly of Connecticut based band The Alternate Routes  were asked to write a song for an organization called Newtown Kindness, founded in the memory of Charlotte Bacon, one of the young girls lost in the Sandy Hook Tragedy. The mission of the organization is to recognize and reward acts of kindness.
 
The result is a track that is joyful and proud. Unapologetic in its simplicity and universality. “Nothing More”   is a song of celebration.
 
 Here is the band talking about the song:
 
 
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And here is the video they created:

 

 

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Fresh New Music :Grace and Tony
Meet Grace and Tony. She plays bluegrass, he plays punk. They met, fell in love and the music followed.

Exposed to music early on in their lives by family (Grace’s liked the Southern styles from gospel all the way to rock, while Tony learned from his brother, John Paul White of The Civil Wars fame), Grace & Tony experimented with an unlikely blend of genres by mixing punk, folk, bluegrass, and Texas swing, to create something new. What resulted was a blend of music for those searching for what’s beyond the norm:  “Punkgrass” was born.

The pair honed their craft by busking on the streets of Nashville, building their fan base one person at a time. 2011 saw them release a 7 song ep, which led to larger venues and greater recognition.

2013 has been a good year for Grace and Tony, with a kickstarter campaign financing their full length album' November" and a wedding in July.

So what does Punkgrass sound like?  Here is the title track of their album " November".
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Fresh New Music : : Van Morrison

One of the most recognized voices in rock and roll belongs to Van Morrison, from his early days with Them to his amazing solo career where he has released 34 albums... so far.

As beautiful as his voice is, he is also known for being very moody. For instance, he is the first artist that did not show up to accept his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and sometimes, he will perform his entire show with his back to the audience. But that doesn’t take anything away from his amazing body of work.

The first album to really hit big in the US was 1970’s Moondance, going 3 times multi-platinum. Now Van fans can hear 50 previously unreleased mixes and alternative takes in the 5 CD deluxe edition of Moondance, like this never before released song,  I shall sing!

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The deluxe Moondance is available now.
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Fresh New Music:: Haim
Meet Los Angeles band Haim ( rhymes with time), comprised of 3 sisters and their drummer.

The girls grew up listening to their parent's classic rock from the 70's, and even formed a band with them while still in High School, called Rockinghaim.
In 2006, as they grew older, they formed their own band, played lots of local gigs, then went off to college and continued to perform. And while they are often compared to Fleetwood Mac, the sisters say their influences are more contremporary and  their sound a little more R&Bish.

All multi-instrumentalists, the band was named " The Sound of 2013" by the BBC, the first time an American band topped that list.

Their debut album is available now, called " Days are Gone" Here is The Wire, their first single.

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Fresh New Music : Dresses
From the home of Portlandia, Portland Oregon, comes a duo  called “Dresses”. You’ve heard Johnny Cash’s song A Boy Named Sue"?
Well, meet a girl named Timothy Heller who, along with her boyfriend Jared Maldonado, are cranking out very catchy pop songs and listening to artists like Lorde and The 1975, as well as Iron & Wine and Bon Iver.

Still in the very early stages, they have begun to tour away from the West Coast to promote their debut album“ Sun Shy”, and will be in Milwaukee at Shank Hall on Halloween night.
How catchy is their new single “Blew My Mind”? See for yourself!


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The Dresses CD “ Sun Shy” is available now!“
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First listen: McCartney's "NEW" album
We've been seeing a lot of Paul McCartney lately. He popped up in New York City for a surprise mini-concert, appeared at a high school, and has been showing up on all the late-night shows to promote his new album, which is appropriately called, "New."

It turns out, the hype was deserved.

As a Beatle fan, I'm a pretty tough critic of post-Beatle performances by the four Fabs. And I haven't really been too keen on anything McCartney's done since "Band On the Run."

As I listened to the entire album for the first time, let me say this.  I was pleasantly surprised. The album had four different producers, so as you might imagine, the songs are quite varied. There's rock and roll, pleasant power pop, psychedelic trippiness, acoustic daydreaming..heck some of the songs even sound  Beatle-esque!

I think the album works the best when Paul does what he does best--power pop and rock and roll. The album starts out with a bang. The song "Save Us" has almost a rock anthem cinematic feel, akin to "Live and Let Die."

Since it is Paul McCartney, you'd imagine there would have to be some dorkiness in there somewhere, and that certainly is the case. But Paul is the kind of guy who'd write a lyric like this and be proud of it: "I need somebody who's a sweet communicator, who I can give my alligator to." That's in a song called "Alligator."

I found myself searching for Beatle references, and I found a few...maybe even more than were actually intended. In the song "On My Way to Work," he includes the line  "O-U-T spells out." Okay Beatle fans, where does that line come from? Ringo sings it on one of the Beatles Christmas albums, on the song "Christmas Time is Here Again."   How's that for obscure?

Paul does some looking back on the album, in the song "Early Days" about hanging out with John Lennon pre-Beatlemania. He doesn't get too mushy though, and that's a good thing.

The album's title song, which you may have heard on the radio, is a catchy little number that I also think may be about John: "One lucky day you came along, and made my life a song. One lucky day you came along, just in time, while I was searching for a rhyme."  Or it may be a love song to his new wife. I guess it doesn't matter.

It's no "Rubber Soul" or "Revolver," not even "Venus and Mars."  But "NEW" proves that one of the guys that changed music forever still has something to say, and with the help of four very different producers, he gets by with a little help from his friends. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

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Fresh New Music: Butch Walker
Butch Walker is a singer-songwriter-producer from Georgia.

He started as the lead guitarist for a metal band " South Gang". His next band was called "Floyd's Funk Revival" named for his birthplace in Floyd County. Up Next? A power pop phase called " Marvelous Three"

Butch started his solo career in 2005 playing over 200 shows a year in the US and Japan. In 2005, Rolling Stone Magazine named him Producer of the Year, and he has worked with artists like Pete Yorn, Weezer, Avril Livigne, Gavin DeGraw and many more pop stars.

His newest release, Peachtree Battle is a 5 song ep. Check out the song " Coming Home"

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Fresh New Music: Jake Bugg
What were you doing when you were  a teenager ? Jake Bugg was busy becomming a star at 19.

This young Brit started playing guitar when he was 12 years old, took a music technology class, but by 16 dropped out and was soon writing and performing his own songs. This amazing young man was one of 5 nominees for the 2013 Brit awards for "British Breakthrough Act", but lost to Ben Howard.
His debut album burst onto the scene with rave reviews, some even comparing him to Bob Dylan!  His response? "Bob Dylan's cool, you know, he's great, but he's not a major influence"

So what's next for Jake Bugg? Well, he has been  in Malibu working with producer Rick Rubin and has some interactions with Chad Smith of the red Hot Chili Peppers working on songs for his sophomore release, "Shangri-la", due on November 18.

Tell me if you agree he is channeling The Ramones with his new song " What Doesnt Kill You/"


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Fresh New Music: Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys is a British indie band formed in 2002. In their early days, they resorted to just giving their music away to fans to help get the word out. And that they did, bringing the band public attention thru fan based websites.

Four years later, this band racked up several BRIT awards, their version of the grammy's, including Best Breakthrough Act in 2006 and more awards to follow for best group. best album and best live act.

Their newest album is called "AM" and is available now! Here's a video of single " Let us know if you want to hear more of this song on Triple M.

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American Authors
There are many ways we hear new music, and one of them has been very good for the Brooklyn based indie band " American Authors". From the "what is that song I just heard on TV" department is their song " Best Day of my Life".

If you watch Major League baseball, you'll hear a lot of this song in the post season. It's also heard on a bunch of TV commercials here and in Great Britain and also the trailer for the film Delivery Man. Not bad for a band's debut album.

Here's the video for the tune... warning.. puppie cutness ahead! Let me know what you think. Should we play this on Triple M?
 
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