Thursday 11pm: Feature LP: Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart (2018)

August 15, 2019
Editor In Chief

Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson isn’t afraid to share his feelings with you, for better or worse. Known for his platinum single “Come On Get Higher,” his blend of rock, folk, and pop, and his appreciation for all things pop culture (his last release was a Def Leppard tribute E.P. called Pyromattia), the San Francisco based artist has built a dedicated following over the past twenty-five years. He has continuously released albums every few years, supported acts like Train and the Fray in concert, and consistently sold out venues on his own headlining tours. His music is comprised of sincere lyrics backed by a blend of acoustic and electric guitar, trending more towards folk or pop depending on the mood he’s in.

Nathanson’s tenth album, Sings His Sad Heart, is exactly what it sounds like. As Nathanson explains on his website, the album is about breaking up with someone and “being the only one left hung up in the past.” The songs alternate between stream-of-consciousness reminiscing and one-sided conversations with an ex, be it a result of physical or emotional distance. There’s a noticeable lack of immediacy and devastation to be heard throughout the tracks, with Nathanson instead lamenting in a wistful tone, looking back at the relationship and exploring regrets.

The songs on Sings His Sad Heart move through the different phases of a breakup, describing emotional highs and lows. Opening track “Mine” handles regret (“All the ways I tried to run when you were mine”) with a soft pop sound; “Way Way Back” takes on jealousy (“I’m sure he’s easier than I was/If you like that sort of thing/He looks better with his shirt off, yeah, but can he sing?”); “Best Drug” gives a bright look about the elation of being in love with a rollicking beat that invites you to dance; and the Train-esque “Let You Go” takes care of longing (“If you see me smile it’s all pretend/The only reason I still call our friends/Is the chance that one of them will say your name”) with an epic quality. One of the strengths of Sings His Sad Heart is that while the songs on it are mostly about the emotional roller coaster of a breakup, the album itself doesn’t wallow in misery or bitterness.

Album highlights include “Different Beds,” a cinematic breakup song that runs through adventures they had together. With an opening line like “Do you remember when we met/The first thing that you said/‘I’m done with men/They all let me down,’” and electric guitar accents, this track sounds more like some of Nathanson’s older fare, perhaps even a response to his 2011 single “Modern Love.” The single “Used to Be” is also reminiscent of his past work. The chorus is catchy and memorable (“I’ve got a king-sized bed and a PhD in the way it used to be”) set against a pretty piano background. Besides being a standout on Sings His Sad Heart, it’s also one of Nathanson’s favorites: “When I recorded the demo for that song, we did that just piano and vocal. I remember driving around in a rental car in Los Angeles listening to it over and over, and it felt like it wasn’t me singing. It felt like I was listening to somebody else’s song, which never happens,” he explained to Digital Journals.

Ctsy: https://www.theyoungfolks.com/music/126579/album-review-matt-nathanson-sings-his-sad-heart/

1. Mine 3:16
2. Way Way Back 3:43
3. Different Beds 3:36
4. Best Drugs 3:04
5. Used To Be 3:10
6. Back Together 3:03
7. Long Distance Runner 2:53
8. Gimme Your Love 3:13
9. Let You Go 2:35
10. Sadness 3:21

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: Queen – A Day At The Races (1976)

August 15, 2019
Editor In Chief

A Day at the Races is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on December 10, 1976. It was the band’s first completely self-produced album, and the first not to feature producer Roy Thomas Baker. Recorded at Sarm East, The Manor and Wessex Studios in England, A Day at the Races was engineered by Mike Stone. The title of the album followed suit with its predecessor A Night at the Opera, taking its name from the subsequent film by the Marx Brothers.

The album peaked at #1 in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands. It reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 and was Queen’s fifth album to ship gold in the US, and subsequently reached platinum status in the same country.

A Day at the Races was voted the 67th greatest album of all time in a national 2006 BBC poll.

1. “Tie Your Mother Down” 4:48
2. “You Take My Breath Away” 5:09
3. “Long Away” 3:34
4. “The Millionaire Waltz” 4:54
5. “You and I” 3:25
6. “Somebody to Love” 4:56
7. “White Man” 4:59
8. “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy” 2:54
9. “Drowse” 3:45
10. “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)” 5:50

Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Bastille – Doom Days (2019)

August 14, 2019
Editor In Chief

Doom Days is the third studio album by British indie pop band Bastille, released on June 14, 2019 by Virgin EMI Records. It was preceded by the release of four singles: “Quarter Past Midnight”, “Doom Days”, “Joy” and “Those Nights”. “Those Nights” was premiered on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe on June 4, 2019. The band will play music festivals in the UK and across Europe from May to August in support of the album.

1. “Quarter Past Midnight” 3:19
2. “Bad Decisions” 3:09
3. “The Waves” 4:00
4. “Divide” 3:52
5. “Million Pieces” 4:11
6. “Doom Days” 2:18
7. “Nocturnal Creatures” 3:52
8. “4AM” 4:07
9. “Another Place” 3:31
10. “Those Nights” 4:30
11. “Joy” 3:12

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) (2019)

August 14, 2019
Editor In Chief

Straddling rock and roll, country, soul, folk and R&B, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real reach a new high-water mark on Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) their second full-length album for Fantasy Records, out now. This is Lukas Nelson at his best: as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and band leader – an artist at the peak of his powers, backed by Promise of the Real, his nimble and dexterous brothers-in-arms, one of the most talented, in-demand rock and roll ensembles working today.

Recorded at Shangri-La in Malibu and the Village Studios in West L.A., Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) was co-produced by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and John Alagia, who helmed the group’s previous effort in 2017. The band: bassist Corey McCormick, drummer Anthony Logerfo, percussionist Tato Melgar, multi-instrumentalist Logan Metz and Lukas Nelson, worked fast recording 30 original songs during brief breaks between tours. They tracked straight to analog tape, keeping overdubs to a minimum while focusing on the live performances. Vocal and instrumental contributions from friends and family include Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Micah Nelson, Kesha, Shooter Jennings, Randy Houser, Lucius, Madison Ryann Ward, Hunter Elizabeth and Neil Young. (http://lukasnelson.com/album/turn-off-the-news-build-a-garden/)

1. Bad Case
1a. Bad Case (Radio Edit)

2. Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)
3. Where Does Love Go
4. Save A Little Heartache
5. Lotta Fun
6. Civilized Hell
7. Mystery
8. Simple Life
9. Out In LA
10. Something Real
11. Stars Made Of You
12. Turn Off The News (Build a Garden) [Acoustic]
13. Consider It Heaven

Wednesday 12am: Feature LP: Blink 182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)

August 13, 2019
Editor In Chief

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is the fourth studio album by American rock band blink-182, released on June 12, 2001 by MCA Records. The band had spent much of the previous year traveling and supporting their previous album Enema of the State (1999), which launched their mainstream career. The album’s title is a tongue-in-cheek pun on male masturbation (“take off your pants and jack it”), and its cover art has icons for each member of the trio: an airplane (“take off”), a pair of pants, and a jacket. It is the band’s final release through MCA.

The album was recorded over three months at Signature Sound in San Diego with producer Jerry Finn. During the sessions, MCA executives pressured the band to retain the sound that helped their previous album sell millions. As such, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket continues the pop punk tone that blink-182 had honed and made famous, albeit with a heavier post-hardcore sound inspired by bands such as Fugazi and Refused. Regarding its lyrical content, it has been referred to as a concept album chronicling adolescence, with songs dedicated to first dates, fighting authority, and teenage parties. Due to differing opinions on direction, the trio worked in opposition to one another for the first time, and the sessions sometimes became contentious.

The album had near-immediate success, becoming the first punk rock record to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 and achieving double platinum certification in May 2002. It produced three hit singles — “The Rock Show”, “First Date”, and “Stay Together for the Kids” — that were top-ten hits on modern rock charts. Critical impressions of the album were generally positive, commending its expansion on teenage themes, although others viewed this as its weakness. To support the album, the band co-headlined the Pop Disaster Tour with Green Day. Take Off Your Pants and Jacket has sold over 14 million copies worldwide.

1. “Anthem Part Two” 3:48
2. “Online Songs” 2:25
3. “First Date” 2:51
4. “Happy Holidays, You Bastard” 0:42
5. “Story of a Lonely Guy” 3:39
6. “The Rock Show” 2:51
7. “Stay Together for the Kids” 3:59
8. “Roller Coaster” 2:47
9. “Reckless Abandon” 3:06
10. “Everytime I Look for You” 3:05
11. “Give Me One Good Reason” 3:18
12. “Shut Up” 3:20
13. “Please Take Me Home” 3:05
14. “Time to Break Up” 3:04
15. “Mother’s Day” 1:37

Tuesday 12am: Feature LP: CCR Live At Woodstock (2019)

August 12, 2019
Editor In Chief

Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s which consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty; his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty; bassist Stu Cook; and drummer Doug Clifford. These members had played together since 1959, first as The Blue Velvets and later as The Golliwogs.

Their musical style encompassed roots rock, swamp rock, and blues rock.[4] They played in a Southern rock style, despite their San Francisco Bay Area origin, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War. The band performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Upstate New York.

The group disbanded acrimoniously in late 1972 after four years of chart-topping success. Tom Fogerty had officially left the previous year, and John was at odds with the remaining members over matters of business and artistic control, all of which resulted in subsequent lawsuits among the former bandmates. Fogerty’s ongoing disagreements with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz created further protracted court battles, and John Fogerty refused to perform with the two other surviving members at CCR’s 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of US radio airplay; the band has sold 28 million records in the United States alone. Rolling Stone ranked them 82nd on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Live at Woodstock is a live album released on August 2, 2019 via Fantasy Records. The set documents swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival’s set at 1969’s Woodstock, recorded August 17, 1969.

“Born on the Bayou” – 5:34
“Green River” – 3:16
“Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)” – 4:46
“Bootleg” – 3:38
“Commotion” – 2:48
“Bad Moon Rising” – 2:13
“Proud Mary” – 3:52
“I Put a Spell on You” – 4:28
“The Night Time Is the Right Time” – 3:30
“Keep on Chooglin’” – 10:29
“Suzie Q” – 10:52

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)

August 7, 2019
Editor In Chief

Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. It was released on July 21, 1987, by Geffen Records to massive commercial success. It topped the Billboard 200 and became the best-selling debut album as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States. With about 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling records of all time. Although critics were ambivalent toward the album when it was first released, Appetite for Destruction has since received retrospective acclaim and been viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The album was preceded by the single “It’s So Easy”. “Welcome to the Jungle”, the chart-topping “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, “Paradise City” and “Nightrain” were released as singles after the album’s release. The album debuted at number 182 on the Billboard 200 on August 29, 1987, slowly rising to the top of the chart on August 6, 1988 after extensive touring and radio airplay.

The album was re-released as a remastered box set in June 2018 to universal critical acclaim. It was preceded by the single “Shadow of Your Love”. 

1. “Welcome to the Jungle” 4:31
2. “It’s So Easy” 3:21
3. “Nightrain” 4:26
4. “Out ta Get Me” 4:20
5. “Mr. Brownstone” 3:46
6. “Paradise City” 6:46
7. “My Michelle” 3:39
8. “Think About You” 3:50
9. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” 5:55
10. “You’re Crazy” 3:16
11. “Anything Goes” 3:25
12. “Rocket Queen” 6:13

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