The first BumbleBee Brunch of Spring was loaded with fresh new tunes as we revel in the return of daylight and life to the world around us. The UK had four new music entries from Florence + The Machine, Swansea Sound, Coach Party, and Porij. We heard from out West with Los Angeles tunes from Beck Black and Caroline Polacheck and from Austin, Texas artist Shearwater. Edmonton, Canada's Emme checked-in from the Great White North with a new tune to add to the Brunch mix and Brisbane, Australia's The Glycereens served-up a new-to-us song from 2018. Boston's always ready to contribute and Friday's program featured new tunes from The Smoking Gospel (the new solo project from Wolf Blitzer's Kevin Junker,) Bird Language, and Mission To Sleep. Boston's Abbie Barrett released three singles between 2020 to 2021 including "Blood & Bone" (which made the 2021 BumbleBee Radio Holiday Hundred,) "I Will Let You Know" (Ft. Greg Hawkes from The Cars on keyboards,) and Abbie's cover of Steely Dan's "Dirty Work."
Now Abbie is ready to release a NEW EP! "I Will Let You Know" drops on 5/20/2022 via Rumbar Records. I have an advance copy of the EP (thank you Malibu Lou Mansdorf at Rumbar for getting that over to me) and I can tell you that there is not a bad song on it! Pre-order the new EP on Bandcamp and get the title-track right away to listen to. We cued-up album closer "Here To Stay."
Saturday 3/26/2022 has its sights set on Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood and the Midway Cafe where a wonderful evening of music is set to take place. BumbleBee Radio artists The Shang Hi-Los, Little Billy Lost, Modern Day Idols, and Lonely Leesa & The Lost Cowboys join forces to rock JP! I am your special guest host for the evening. Hope to see you there! Click HERE for all the details.
I have some absolute favorite people in the world of music including Kate Bush, Florence Welsh, Jeff Lynne, Syd Barrett, Danger Mouse, and also Damon Albarn. While I enjoy Albarn's first band Blur (especially the title track from the "Park Life" LP) quite a bit I adore his other band Gorillaz. We celebrated Damon's 54th birthday this week with a pair of relatively obscure Gorillaz tracks that illustrate Albarn's love of collaborating with other artists. The 2010 one-off single "Doncamatic" (which arrived between 2010's "Plastic Beach" LP and 2011's "The Fall,") features British pop-star Daley on lead vocals, while Albarn sings backing vocals. "We Got The Power" (from the 2017 "Humanz" album) features a Hell-froze-over moment in music. While UK punk band Savages singer Jehnny Beth is out front on vocals on the track, what is amazing is the appearance on backing vocals by Noel Gallagher of Oasis! Back during Brit-Pop's heyday in the 1990's Albarn's Blur and the Gallagher brothers of Oasis despised each other. The long standing hatred between the two bands was weekly fodder for the UK tabloids. So to see Noel Gallagher on stage (click HERE for video proof) on stage with Damon Albarn is quite simply amazing and proof it's never too late mend broken fences. I'm pretty sure Liam Gallagher probably had an aneurysm, when he first heard the news. Albarn and Noel Gallagher remain friends to this day! Here is the full playlist for Friday's program...
🎂 = Birthday 🥂 = Album Anniversary
10:00 AM HOUR: The Charlatans - Weirdo (1992) 🥂 (30th on 3/23)
The Glycereens - Electric (2018) Urban Dance Squad - Deeper Shade Of Soul (1990) 🥂 (32nd on 3/26) Coach Party - Weird Me Out (2022) The Smoking Gospel - Don't Let Me (2022) Pixies - Gigantic (1988) 🥂 (34th on 3/21) Porij - Figure Skating (2022) Florence + The Machine - My Love (2022) The Soup Dragons - Divine Thing (1992) 🎂 (Sean Dickson 55 on 3/21) Nick Lowe - I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass (1978) 🎂 (73 on 3/25) The Shang Hi-Los - Billy (2022) Emme - Downhill (2022) The Prodigy - Breathe (1997) 🎂 (MC Maxim 55 on 3/21) Shearwater - Xenarthan (2022) 11:00 AM HOUR: Abbie Barrett - Here To Stay (2022) Gorillaz - Doncamatic (Ft. Daley) (2010) 🎂 (Damon Albarn 54 on 3/23) Gorillaz - We Got The Power (Ft. Jehnny Beth) (2017) 🎂 Bird Language - First Date (2022) Beck Black - Hollywood Blvd (2021) Depeche Mode - I Feel You (1993) 🥂 (29th on 3/22) Caroline Polachek - Billions (2022)
Little Billy Lost - Dancing With The Devil You Know (2021) Social Distortion - Ring Of Fire (1990) 🥂 (Johnny Cash recorded the song on 3/25/1963!)
Mission To Sleep - If I Could (2022) Swansea Sound - The Pooh Sticks (2022) Death Cab For Cutie - Stay Young Go Dancing (2010) Don't forget that the BumbleBee Radio APP for Android is now available for FREE in the Google Play Store! An iPhone APP will be available in the Apple Store soon. As always thank you for listening! -Kristen
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