Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!
In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):
Band of Horses, "Casual Party" - Ben Bridwell's Band of Horses dipped weirdly into faceless, sparkless rock for a few years there, but with the upcoming Why Are You OK?, the group is back in the saddle. The album has the same otherworldly Southern rock vibes as Band of Horses' first two (now modern classic) records. It may be the help with production from Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, it may Bridwell's songwriting coming fresh off a project with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam. Whatever it is, I'm happy these dudes are back.
Islands, "Fear" - Nick Thorburn became an indie favorite in the early 2000's with the Unicorns, but he's proved some staying power with his current band, Islands. The indie-pop bandleader creates coy, catchy and quirky guitar pop that's as fun as it is unique. This month Islands releases two brand new albums, Should I Remain Here at Sea and Taste, on the same day. If "Fear" is any indication, both will be great.
On Black Friday, Band of Horses released a special 7" for Record Store Day: a small EP called Acoustic at the Ryman. If that was all the information we had to give, that would be seriously old news by now. But lo and behold, Band of Horses is releasing a full LP of their acoustic performances on February 11th. The album, also called Acoustic at the Ryman will be released on the first day of their latest North American tour.
The album is composed of 10 tracks recorded at the Ryman back in April of 2013. The acoustic tour will be kicking off in Los Angeles, then bounces between the US and Canada, and finally concludes back at the Ryman in Nashville.
The full tracklist is as follows:
01. Marry Song
02. Slow Cruel Hands of Time
03. Detlef Schrempf
04. Everything’s Gonna Be Undone
05. No One’s Gonna Love You
08. Wicked Gil
09. The Funeral
Listen below to a track from the RSD Black Friday EP:
This was shot by a fan (it's actually not bad quality!) at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Band of Horses were opening for Pearl Jam- they invited Bridwell on stage to fill in for the part of Chris Cornell on Temple of The Dog song, "Hunger Strike". Results: Bridwell nails it. Oh man.
Infinite Armsfrom Band of Horses is out on May 18th. You can now stream two new tracks, "Laredo" and "Factory", at BandOfHorses.com
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