Sunday, April 24, 2016

Garbage & other good things added to our playlist

Last year saw the 20th anniversary of Garbage's self-titled debut album. After celebrating with a deluxe re-release of that LP, Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson and Steve Marker are bringing out their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds. In announcing its release, Manson said it "has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records." Indeed, the first single, "Empty," has a very similar sound & feel to the likes of "Only Happy When It Rains." It joins our New Music rotation this week.

If you're a regular listener to Birch Street Radio, you're familiar with Rebecca Pronsky, a Brooklyn native and resident whose music is infused with country and folk influences. She recently toured with Shawn Colvin and has also shared stages with Josh Ritter and Steve Forbert, among many others. Her latest album, "Known Objects," hits on May 6, and we're glad to have an advance copy. We've added several tracks to our playlist, and our featured pick of the moment is "Nothing Yet."

Rachael Sage is also a New York singer-songwriter - and multi-instrumentalist and producer and visual artist whose love of dance inspires her latest album, Choreographic, dropping on May 20. Many of her songs sound like they come from the soundtracks of yet-to-be-made musicals. "Try Try Try," officially the first single, is now in our New Music rotation. We'll add other tracks to our playlist as well - joining songs from her 2014 release, "Blue Roses," which include a duet with Judy Collins covering Neil Young's "Helpless."

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