Updated: Aug 23
August is by far my favorite month of the year. The days are still relatively long and warm (sometimes still hot & humid, which I love and is why July is my second-favorite month,) the ocean water in New England reaches its peak-warmth, homegrown-tomatoes are ripening in the garden, and everything sort of just falls into a perfect sense of Zen. The trick is learning how to slow down and enjoy it... Enjoy the present moment before you. With that mind, I took the first two weeks of August off from the Brunch show and went to Wellfleet on Cape Cod for a bit. Being off-the-grid with no internet, no cellphone service, and two ponds you could go jump into anytime you wanted was just what a hyper electronic-focused brain like mine needed to unwind. Sitting outside in an Adirondack chair with a glass of wine and a book on a lazy August afternoon is living in the moment, at its best! So I'm back rested, recharged, and happy to be back listening to tunes with you and this newest edition of BumbleBee Brunch was packed full of good ones! We heard fresh NEW indie/alternative cuts from THICK, Little Dragon, The Killers, Beckie Margaret, Sofie Birch, and Isyla.
We haven't had a new album from New York alternative rock darlings Yeah Yeah Yeahs, since their 2013 "Mosquito" release. In 2019 frontwoman, Karen O collaborated with super-producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) on an album entitled "Lux Prima." I had never expected that these two artists would collide with each other, but the results were amazing. "Lux Prima" turned-out to be my favorite album of 2019! If you haven't heard it yet, go check it out. You won't be sorry! Finally here in the Summer of 2022, news has arrived of the next Yeah Yeah Yeahs album. "Cool It Down" drops on 9/30/2022 and I was more than curious about whether Karen O's experience in working with Danger Mouse (who kinda has a signature indie Trip-Hop/Soul/Motown-ish edge that he imprints on almost every artist he works with,) would have an impact on her songwriting with her own band going forward. I've stated repeatedly on BumbleBee Brunch that I adore everything that Danger Mouse puts his hands on. The first single to be released from the forthcoming Yeah Yeah Yeahs record, "Spitting Off The Edge Of The World" featuring Perfume Genius was great (and made the BumbleBee Radio Top-30,) but I didn't hear exactly what I was hoping for. Then came the second single: "Burning" and BAM! There it was. The classic Danger Mouse sound! So cool! I LOVE it when artists collaborate and learn new things from each other! Friday's Brunch buffet was also loaded with a feast of Boston music with songs from Samantha Farrell, The Tapples, Sunshine Riot, Luxury Deathtrap, Carissa Johnson, Already Dead, Lurid Purple Flowers, Gene Dante & The Future Starlets, and Key Of Caustic. News Alert on Key Of Caustic: Frontman Jimbo Jones has informed me the band has been officially signed to a contract with Code-213 Records! Congratulations guys! Well done.
Speaking of record labels and deals, here is an artist that needs to be signed to major-indie label: Little Fuss. From the moment I heard the debut single "Watch Out" from songwriters Olivia Martinez and Cody Von Lehmden in early 2021, I knew they were something special, and much like their Boston indie phenom brethren, JATK (Matt Jatkola) and Senseless Optimism (Brit Tsewole,) they get better and better at an exponential-rate with each new song they write! Olivia & Cody have added three additional band-members to play-out LIVE and they absolutely NAIL-it playing-out! When you can play it LIVE just like you did when you recorded it, that's a key-to-the-Universe in my mind! Little Fuss needs to be on a label like 4AD, Matador, or even Rough Trade. That's how good they are! Check-out all of their available music on their Bandcamp page!
I had a wonderful Saturday afternoon in August attending the first-ever InBetween Days Music Festival at Veteran's Stadium in Quincy. All of the artists were wonderful including Denver-duo Tennis and Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra. I was beyond psyched to meet Tennis frontwoman, Alaina Moore. They are a phenomenal act to see LIVE! I am aboslutely looking forward to attending next year's festival.
Here is the full playlist for Friday's program...
10:00 AM HOUR: The Cure - Why Can't I Be You? (1987) THICK - Happiness (2022) JoBoxers - Just Got Lucky (1983) Beckie Margaret - Woman (2022) Carissa Johnson - Merry Go Round (2022) Echo & The Bunnymen - Bring On The Dancing Horses (1985) Already Dead - Stability (2022) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Burning (2022) Manchester Orchestra - I've Got Friends (2009) Little Dragon - Frisco (2022) Luxury Deathtrap - Evolve (2022) David Byrne & Brian Eno - Strange Overtones (2008) Key Of Caustic - To Fade Away (2022) Sofie Birch - Observatory (Ft. Nana Pi) (2022) 11:00 AM HOUR: Little Fuss - Girls At Parties (2022) Big Audio Dynamite II - The Globe (1991) Gene Dante & The Future Starlets - Beautiful Drag (2021) Isyla - This World (2022) The Tapples - Back To Me (2022) Pink Floyd - Lucifer Sam (1967) The Killers - Boy (2022) Lurid Purple Flowers - Addict (2022) Beastie Boys - Body Movin' (1998) Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby (2007) Tennis - My Emotions Are Blinding (2017) Samantha Farrell - Too Tired To Fly (2022) Sunshine Riot - Parole Board (2022) The Bravery - This Is Not The End (2007)
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