this week i've got a special preview of the new muse [left] cd called "the 2nd law." yes, they're talking about the the 2nd law of thermodynamics. that's the kind of sophisticated u.k. band they are. some are calling them the new "queen." i don't think the comparison is bad, but it doesn't do muse justice. listen thursday night and check it out. the rest of the world will have to wait until october, when "the 2nd law" is formally released. i think you'll agree that "survival" is the heaviest track you'll hear this year, and you won't forget muse's dubstep moments in "unsustainable." (the tracks)
this week i'll also spin new tunes from l.a.'s no doubt, nyc's fun., jamaica's jimmy cliff, and nyc's grizzly bear.
for those who aren't paying attention: 2012 has been a great year for new music.
some old voices get better with age, like jimmy cliff [left] and carlos santana. they still tour regularly and play with artists from a variety of musical genres. and each released some vibrant and exciting new music this year. jimmy cliff's cd "rebirth" is a revelation, especially this week's track "one more"--in which he reminds us that he may be old, but he still as "one more song to sing...one more shot at the goal..."
santana's voice is his guitar, and his new cd "shapeshifter" is refreshing because it's mostly instrumental music.
along with several indie artists few people have heard of, let alone heard, this week i'll also preview 3 new songs by the group muse, from their cd "2nd law," that is scheduled for release next month. they are amazing. and then there's a new song by this guy, dylan. his voice is shot, but the song is hot. and norah jones.
the year 2012 marks the return of two four piece bands with dynamic female lead singers who have been on a musical vacation for several years: garbage and no doubt. and there's no doubt: gwen stefani and the boys can still rock your socks.
the apparent heir to queen, underappreciated british trio muse also released a heavy new single in 2012; but mostly i'm playing new songs by indie artists this week. you'll be introduced to an incredibly powerful track by australian band art vs. science called "foreward/new world order," edward sharpe & the magnetic zero's "one love to another," and regina spektor's brilliant "don't leave me/ne me quitte pas."
the songs are linked here: 2012 indies.
the young and the old came out in 2012. fresh, indie-faced artists like miracles of modern science, skrillex (pictured), edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros, and django django; along with old guys like bruce springsteen, joe walsh, and really olde guys like leonard cohen and willie nelson--all released new music this year.
and there were also fresh sounds from artists somewhere inbetween like the shins, damian marley (pictured), tenacious d, and snoop dogg. young kids rockin the block and wizened old masters holding court...
The year 2012 has been a good year for independent artists--creative people without the money and hype of big-time labels, studios, and names.
This week I'll introduce you to some indie artists you likely won't have heard of before (like Revolver, Way Yes, Jane's Party [left] and the Magnetic Fields whose "Andrew in drag" is a hilarious ramble), and I'll also play the former indie darlings who inspired and influenced them like Of Montreal, The Shins, Flaming Lips, and Fleet Foxes--all of whom released CDs in 2012.
I'll also preview three songs from the Beach Boys new CD, scheduled for release later this year. I think you'll be impressed: their harmonies still shine like rainbows reflecting sunlight.