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BumbleBee Brunch Playlist: 11/17/2023

The holidays are upon us, but the flow of wonderful new music finding our email box and our headphones here at The Bee shows no sign of slowing down. Friday's show found us listening to tunes from as far away as Luxembourg (Francis Of Delirium) and Iceland (Sunna Margrét,) along with UK artists Castlecombe Drive, Paytron Saint, and Goodtime Locomotive. Boston and New England were well represented with new songs from The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis as well as the new EP from Linnea's Garden, a new single from Emerald Comets, very cool live string reworkings of Luxury Deathtrap's catalog, and a brand new Boston band in The Magic City. We dropped the needle on a couple Boston classics from Til Tuesday and Scruffy The Cat as well.

While 2023 is not quite over, we are starting to reflect on the year that was and among the very sad events of this past year was the sudden passing of Red On Red Records founder and Boston musician Justine Covault. In the few short years since she started the label in the middle of the pandemic in 2020 she made a massive impact on the Boston music scene in the live shows she organized and the artists she championed. Many of the artists who are played on BumbleBee Radio to this day are here because Justine made sure I received their music and discovered who they were.

The Boston music community continues to remember Justine as it endeavors to find its way forward. Songs have appeared in tribute to her and the latest is from Girl With A Hawk. "Feel Me" is the second single from what will be an entire EP dedicated to Justine. Frontwoman Linda Viens spoke about the latest single: “I can’t say that we have closure yet; as it has only been six months since we lost Justine... But I would say that the way that the song seems to embody our heartache, and at the same time confirm that our relationship is still a living thing – whether you believe that or not, does bring some comfort. We feel her guiding us, and for me personally, I still feel deeply motivated to make music and to conduct myself in ways that would make her proud.”

Girl With A Hawk's new EP "Keep 'Er Lit" is out on Friday 12/8/2023 on Rum Bar Records. Please join us that evening for what should be a wonderful night of music in a record release party at The Burren in Davis Square in Somerville also featuring BumbleBee Radio favorite Cold Expectations and DJ Sherman. I am honored to say that I will be your special guest emcee for what promises to be a very special show. Hope to see you there! Click HERE for more info and tickets. Here is the full playlist for the Friday 11/17 edition of BumbleBee Brunch...

10:00 AM HOUR: Echo & The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar (1987) Good Time Locomotive - Devils And Angels (2023) Foster The People - Call It What You Want (2011) The Sugarcubes - Hit (1992) Luxury Deathtrap - Sinking Ship (Reimagined) (2023) Rancid - Ruby Soho (1995) Linnea's Garden - DB3 (2023) Paytron Saint - Mellow Down (2023) Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It (1986) Ruby J - Backtrack (2023) J Mascis - Can't Believe We're Here (2023) Big Audio Dynamite - The Bottom Line (1984) The Accidentals - Heart Of Glass (2023)

Sunna Margrét - Chocolate (2023) 11:00 AM HOUR: Madness - Its Must Be Love (1981) Girl With A Hawk - Feel Me (2023) Teddybears - Punkrocker (Ft. Iggy Pop) (2006) Francis Of Delirium - Blue Tuesday (2023) Emerald Comets - Silhouette (2023) Til Tuesday - Love In A Vacuum (1985) The Lemonheads - Fear Of Living (2023) The Magic City - Roadrunner Vs Your Mother (2023) Keane - Spiralling (2008) Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (1983) Lucius - Stranger Danger (2023) Scruffy The Cat - Moons Of Jupiter (1988) Castlecomb Drive - Blue Skies (2023) Alice Ivy - Chasing Stars (Ft. Bertie Blackman) (2018)

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