New Music Monday: Week of October 6th, 2014
Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Weezer have revisited their 1994 self on this new album, going back to the sound that put them on the map in the first place. The band reunited with Ric Ocasek, who produced their 1994 self-titled album. Here’s what frontman Rivers Cuomo had to say about getting back to the basics:
“I think there are a few ways of adjusting to the new world where people don’t listen to albums anymore – they listen to playlists or just buy singles – and maybe we’ve tried to evolve with the time, but you know that’s not who we are, so ultimately this time we’re going all in again and we’re going to make a great rock album like the good old days and put everything we have into it. Maybe no-one will appreciate it that way but we think that it’s what our core fans really want from us and that’s what we’re best at.”
This is my pick of the week.
Jackson Browne – Standing In The Breach
Jackson Browne returns with his first album of new material in six years, continuing his trend of politicly-centered lyrics. Browne wrestles with the environment, religion, Wall Street, and the idea of peace on this record, which is something he’s been writing and singing about for a few decades now.
Johnny Marr – Playland
The former Smiths guitarist is releasing his second solo album, following up last year’s The Messenger. Aside from The Smiths, Marr produced for and played in Modest Mouse from 2006-2009, and has had multiple side projects to go along with his solo career, which has kept him busy since the breakup of The Smiths.
Hozier – Hozier
The debut album from Andrew Hozier-Byrne comes out this week. The Irish-born singer has seen fast success, where his song “Take Me To Church” went viral and has been played so much on my local station that I chose to pick another song to include in this post. But if you haven’t heard it, here you go.
Take some time to listen to some new music; you just might find your new favorite band.
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