Whenever we add music for voting on 97x - whether it's cool new stuff or inspired by the "Suggest A Song" space on the app/website - we will let you know through our New Music Blog!
Some of today's songs were suggested through the app, but they're also all cool new music. So I thought I'd post a video with each so you can check them out. Let us know what you think!
JOEL'S PICK #1 Lately I've been singling out one new song for some special attention when we add new music for voting, but this week I couldn't choose just one. Man Man is a decade-long experimental rock project led by Philadelphia musician Honus Honus (real name Ryan Kattner). Their fifth album On Oni Pond became one of a small handful of 2013 albums in regular rotation at my desk because of its ability to be melodic and catchy but also delightfully weird. Even Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN spotlighted the band after Honus Honus revealed CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer inspired the 'big bad wolf' allusion in "End Boss", where the villain sneaks into houses at night to eat babies and then gets drunk on lemon vodka at dive bars. See? Delightfully weird. "Loot My Body" is the kind of instantly familiar-sounding song bound for commercials or trailers at some point. But it's the gentle, earwormy "Head On (Hold On To Your Heart)" punctuated by pizzicato violin that leads our "Suggest A Song" feature. Check out the lyric video:
JOEL'S PICK #2 Like Man Man, J. Roddy Walston & The Business are no overnight sensation. I enjoyed the bluesy swagger of their 2010 single "Used To Did" with silly lyrics like "I got this gun/ girl, it don't miss, it makes babies/ it makes that rock n' roll", but neglected to investigate further. Shame on me. "Heavy Bells" leads the latest J. Roddy effort Essential Tremors (out now) with a drawly, southern groove shoved out of the way for a cacophonous garage-rock chorus. If you're jonesing for good rock in the Black Keys/Kings Of Leon vein, give them a chance.
Speaking of Kings Of Leon, "Temple" may be my favorite KOL tune since they sold a gazillion copies of Only By The Night on the strength of "Sex On Fire" and "Use Somebody". Rhythm and lead guitars layer over an uptempo rhythm to remind me of Foo Fighters tunes like "Walk" or "Times Like These". And its predictable guy-meets-girl narrative takes an interesting turn in the chorus.
Like that Man Man record I can't seem to stop mentioning, Evil Friends from Portugal. The Man never sits far from my ears. Definitely my favorite album in 2013 so far. I'd like to say I've been on board with this band for a while, but their collaboration with producer Danger Mouse on this latest album won me over in a big way. Click here to check out a handful of songs they performed in our performance theater, and listen their latest single "Modern Jesus" below.
The Colourist are an indie-pop four-piece from L.A. If you dig the new wave revival at the core of groups like Haim or Smallpools, they may be worth a listen. "Little Games" is bright and catchy, and their Lido EP is out now.
What do you think of these songs? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to add your favorites to the playlist on the 97x app or 97xonline.com to vote for them. And don’t forget to send us your Open Mic requests!
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