Wednesday 11pm – Feature LP: Madonna – Madame X (2019)

July 17, 2019
Editor In Chief

Madame X is the fourteenth studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It was released on June 14, 2019, by Interscope Records. The album was creatively influenced by her expatriate life in Lisbon, Portugal, after relocating there in summer 2017. Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the album with a number of musicians, including Mirwais, Mike Dean, and Jason Evigan. It also features guest appearances by Maluma, Quavo, Swae Lee, and Anitta.

The album was promoted by the singles “Medellín” and “Crave”, as well as three other promotional singles preceding the album’s release. The Madame X Tour, an all-theatre tour in North America and Europe, is scheduled to begin on September 12, 2019. Music critics gave generally positive reviews for the album, praising its unique and experimental composition. Madame X debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, becoming her ninth number-one album in the United States.

1. “Medellín” (with Maluma) 4:58
2. “Dark Ballet” 4:14
3. “God Control” 6:19
4. “Future” (with Quavo) 3:53
5. “Batuka” 4:57
6. “Killers Who Are Partying” 5:28
7. “Crave” (with Swae Lee) 3:21
8. “Crazy” 4:02
9. “Come Alive” 4:02
10. “Extreme Occident” 3:41
11. “Faz Gostoso” (featuring Anitta) 4:05
12. “Bitch I’m Loca” (featuring Maluma) 2:50
13. “I Don’t Search I Find” 4:08
14. “Looking for Mercy” 4:50
15. “I Rise” 3:44

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project (2019)

July 17, 2019
Editor In Chief

No.6 Collaborations Project is the fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It was released on July 12, 2019 by Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. The album is a follow-up to Sheeran’s 2011 EP No. 5 Collaborations Project, and includes a range of guest appearances from artists such as Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Cardi B, Paulo Londra, Young Thug and Bruno Mars, among others, alongside British rappers Stormzy, J Hus and Dave. It was preceded by the singles “I Don’t Care” with Bieber, “Cross Me” featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, “Beautiful People” featuring Khalid, “Best Part of Me” featuring Yebba, “Blow” with Chris Stapleton and Mars, and “Antisocial” with Scott.

1. “Beautiful People” (featuring Khalid) 3:17
2. “South of the Border” (featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B) 3:24
3. “Cross Me” (featuring Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock) 3:26
4. “Take Me Back to London” (featuring Stormzy) 3:09
5. “Best Part of Me” (featuring Yebba) 4:03
6. “I Don’t Care” (with Justin Bieber) 3:39
7. “Antisocial” (featuring Travis Scott) 2:41
8. “Remember the Name” (featuring Eminem and 50 Cent) 3:27
9. “Feels” (featuring Young Thug and J Hus) 2:30
10. “Put It All on Me” (featuring Ella Mai) 3:17
11. “Nothing on You” (featuring Paulo Londra and Dave) 3:20
12. “I Don’t Want Your Money” (featuring H.E.R.) 3:24
13. “1000 Nights” (featuring Meek Mill and A Boogie wit da Hoodie) 3:32
14. “Way to Break My Heart” (featuring Skrillex) 3:10
15. “Blow” (with Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton) 3:29

Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Eagles Live (1980)

July 10, 2019
Editor In Chief

Eagles Live is the first live album by the American rock band Eagles, a two-LP set released on November 7, 1980. The Eagles was already breaking up after an argument between bandmates Glenn Frey and Don Felder on July 31, 1980, however, the band owed Elektra/Asylum Records one more album, and they fulfilled that obligation with a release of performances from the Hotel California and The Long Run tours.

Eagles Live was mixed by Frey and Don Henley on opposite coasts in Los Angeles and Miami, respectively, and as producer Bill Szymczyk put it, the record’s harmony and instrument fixes were made “courtesy of Federal Express.” The 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide said it is “perhaps the most heavily overdubbed [live album] in history.” “Seven Bridges Road,” a Steve Young cover, was released as a single and became a top-40 hit.

1. “Hotel California” (July 29, 1980, Santa Monica) 6:55
2. “Heartache Tonight” (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) 4:35
3. “I Can’t Tell You Why” (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica) 5:24

1. “The Long Run” (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) 5:35
2. “New Kid in Town” (October 22, 1976, The Forum) 5:45
3. “Life’s Been Good” (July 29, 1980, Santa Monica) 9:38

1. “Seven Bridges Road” (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica) 3:54
2. “Wasted Time” (October 22, 1976, The Forum) 5:40
3. “Take It to the Limit” (October 20, 1976, The Forum) 5:20
4. “Doolin-Dalton (Reprise II)” (October 21, 1976, The Forum) 0:44
5. “Desperado” (October 21, 1976, The Forum) 4:04

1. “Saturday Night” (July 28, 1980, Santa Monica) 3:55
2. “All Night Long” (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) 5:40
3. “Life in the Fast Lane” (July 31, 1980, Long Beach) 5:10
4. “Take It Easy” (July 27, 1980, Santa Monica) 5:20

 

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Aerosmith – Nine Lives (1997)

July 10, 2019
Editor In Chief

Aerosmith_-_Nine_LivesNine Lives is the 12th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released March 18, 1997. The album was produced by Aerosmith and Kevin Shirley, and was the band’s first studio album released by Columbia Records since 1982’s Rock in a Hard Place. It peaked at #1 at the Billboard Charts. One of the album’s singles, “Pink”, won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.

1. “Nine Lives”   4:01
2. “Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)”   3:26
3. “Hole in My Soul”   6:10
4. “Taste of India”   5:53
5. “Full Circle”   5:01
6. “Something’s Gotta Give”   3:37
7. “Ain’t That a Bitch”   5:25
8. “The Farm”   4:27
9. “Crash”   4:26
10. “Kiss Your Past Good-Bye”   4:32
11. “Pink”   3:55
12. “Attitude Adjustment”   3:45
13. “Fallen Angels”   8:16

 

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Keb’ Mo’ – Oklahoma (2019)

July 2, 2019
Editor In Chief

Oklahoma is an album by American musician Keb’ Mo’ and was released on June 14, 2019.

The lead single of the album was “Put a Woman in Charge” featuring Rosanne Cash and was released on September 28, 2018. On October 11, 2019 a music video was released for the song. The second single, “Don’t Throw it Away” featuring Taj Mahal was released on June 12, 2019. He collaborated with the Plastic Pollution Coalition to release a music video to the song. On June 14, 2019 Mo released the song “Oklahoma” as a promotional single, as well as a lyric video to accompany it.

1. “I Remember You” 4:13
2. “Oklahoma” 3:59
3. “Put a Woman in Charge” (featuring Rosanne Cash) 4:06
4. “This is My Home” 4:54
5. “Don’t Throw it Away” (featuring Taj Mahal) 2:58
6. “The Way I” 3:22
7. “Ridinʼ On A Train” 3:00
8. “I Shouldʼve” 3:54
9. “Cold Outside” 4:59
10. “Beautiful Music” 3:35

Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Allman Betts Band – Down To The River (2019)

July 2, 2019
Editor In Chief

As their name makes plain, the Allman Betts Band continues in the tradition of the Allman Brothers Band. Devon Allman and Duane Betts — the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, respectively — formed the group in 2018 with the intent purpose of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the groundbreaking group of their fathers. By playing classic Allmans tunes, the Allman Betts Band kept the Southern rock torch burning in the 21st century, but Devon and Duane also made sure to write new material too, releasing their debut Down to the River in June 2019.

To form their group, Devon Allman and Dickey Betts recruited bassist Berry Oakley, Jr. — himself the son of original Allman bassist Berry Oakley — organist John Ginty, slide guitarist Johnny Stachlea, and percussionists John Lum and R. Scott Bryan. Working with producer Matt Ross-Spang, the band recorded the album that became Down to the River at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. The record appeared on June 28, just prior to the Allman Betts Band launching a summer tour.

Devon Allman and Duane Betts make no attempt to hide their lineage. The pair are the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, two of the founding and defining members of the Allman Brothers Band, and they’ve named their band so it rhymes with the group of their famous fathers. More than that, their 2019 debut album Down to the River consciously evokes the sound of the Allman Brothers Band. The pair don’t attempt to expand the Southern-fried hybrid of blues, rock, soul, and country; at times, it feels like they’re spinning such classics as “Melissa” and “Ramblin’ Man” for their own purposes, alluding to these classics as a way to both nod at their audience and connect with them. Such direct acknowledgment of their roots can mean that the Allman Betts Band open themselves up to direct comparisons with their fathers, but decoding Down to the River as a series of references and influences misses the intent of the duo. Allman and Betts are intentionally following in their footsteps of their fathers, so they’ve chosen to work with a limited palette, one that cherry-picks the best moments of the past. If Down to the River isn’t as adventurous or hungry or exploratory as any Allman Brothers Band album, there’s nevertheless a deliberately cultivated warmth that’s designed to appeal to Allman fans-and, given a shot, Down to the River may well appeal to that audience.

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1 All Night 04:44
2 Shinin’ 04:29
3 Try 02:54
4 Down to the River 04:43
5 Autumn Breeze 08:42
6 Good ol’ Days 03:38
7 Melodies Are Memories 04:04
8 Southern Accents 04:32
9 Long Gone 06:32

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: Prince – Originals (2019)

June 27, 2019
Editor In Chief

Originals is a posthumous demo album by American musician Prince, released through Warner Bros. Records on June 7, 2019, exclusively through Tidal, with a wide release following on June 20, 2019. It compiles the original demo versions of songs Prince wrote and gave to other artists. All but Prince’s recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, which was first officially released in 2018, were previously unreleased.

1. “Sex Shooter” 3:06
2. “Jungle Love” 3:04
3. “Manic Monday” 2:51
4. “Noon Rendezvous” 3:00
5. “Make-Up” 2:27
6. “100 MPH” 3:30
7. “You’re My Love” 4:24
8. “Holly Rock” . 6:38
9. “Baby, You’re a Trip” 5:51
10. “The Glamorous Life” 4:12
11. “Gigolos Get Lonely Too” 4:41
12. “Love… Thy Will Be Done” 4:07
13. “Dear Michaelangelo” 5:22
14. “Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me?” 5:56
15. “Nothing Compares 2 U” 4:40

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