Sunday, August 28, 2016

Van Morrison keeps singing, and other new music

Van Morrison will release his first album of new music in four years about a month from now.

Called "Keep Me Singing," it's his 36th studio album. It has 12 original songs plus a cover of "Share Your Love With Me," an early-60s song by Alfred Braggs and Deadric Malone that's been recorded by numerous artists over the years.

The first track to be released from "Keep Me Singing" is "Too Late," and we've added it to our New Music bin.

Michael Kiwanuka's second album, Love and Hate, is an elaborate and varied work by an artist pushing well beyond the acoustic blues/folk of his debut.

We're captivated by the title track, a seven-minute epic that evokes a sense of struggle with both "Love and Hate."

Various aspects of this album have drawn comparisons to Pink Floyd, Isaac Hayes, Dr. John, Bill Withers and others. We'd add Marvin Gaye to that list. The influences are broad; the result is unique.
Also added to our New Music bin this week:
  • "We Don't Know," the latest tune to spin out from The Strumbellas' most recent release, Hope.
  • "Running Out Of Time" by Amos Lee, from his newly-issued Spirit album.
We're trying out a lot of other new music, which you might hear pop up now and then in our mix, and we plan to add a big batch of fresh material to our New Music rotation next week, so stay tuned!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

New bands & veterans, we add their new sounds


The artist-promotion site Noisetrade.com has led us to another find: An Austin-based band called Tahoma. Lead singer Brandon Aguilar and vocalist/percussionist Sarah Oermann formerly worked as a duo but have now formed a five-piece band and just released Hide Away. Our favorite track is the title song, so we've added that to our New Music rotation, but we'll also be spinning the official "single" from the album, "Emerald Ring."

Along with discovering new artists we always enjoy adding new works by veterans. 

Grateful Dead vet Bob Weir has a new solo album in the works, called Blue Mountain. 

The first song to spin out of it is "Only A River." It's co-written by Josh Ritter and makes references to the traditional folk song "Shenandoah."

Also brewing a new album: Dawes. We're not sure what to make of the foreboding title, We're All Gonna Die. 

The first single, "When the Tequila Runs Out," describes a party gone way too far -- reminding us that "it's hard to leave when you can't find the door."

We're constantly adding new music - and filling in gaps in our collection of classic rock, singer-songwriter and related genres of music. We welcome your suggestions too! Comment on this page or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter or email. And please keep listening!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Carsie and the So Ferocious Girls

If you're a Birch Street Radio regular you know Carsie Blanton and you've been hearing tracks from her new album, So Ferocious, in our Marvelous Mix. But you really need to check out the videos, too. This latest, for the title track, packs a punch!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fantasy music and more added to our mix

Florence and the Machine has released a few tracks recorded for the video game Final Fantasy XV.

"I've always seen Final Fantasy as a beautiful and creative game," said Florence Welch, the singer behind the Machine. "In some ways the landscape of Final Fantasy and my own internal landscape seemed to fit quite well. It's mythical and beautiful and epic."

We've added "Too Much is Never Enough" to our New Music rotation. (That title seems to fit Welch's approach to music, doesn't it?)

Back in the real world, Rich Robinson, who founded Counting Crows with his older brother Chris, recently released a solo album, Flux. Our first selection is "Music That Will Lift Me." Robinson is currently on tour, with Bonnie Bishop opening - a great double-bill!

We've also popped another track from the recent The Wild Feathers release, Lonely is a Lifetime, into our New Music bin: "Help Me Out."

And we've plucked another tune from the recent Catfish and the Bottlemen album, The Ride. It's the opening track, called simply "7."

Sunday, August 7, 2016

New music from new & 'classic' artists

The latest additions to our New Music rotation come from veteran stars and from new indie bands too. Just the way we like it.

Fialta is a band composed of two married couples from San Luis Obispo, Calif. They describe themselves as "four individual songwriters, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists ... (who) support each other in arranging and recording our musical ideas." They just released their second album, Shadow of a Drought. We're featuring "Be Someone" in our New Music rotation. You'll also hear "Do The Best We Can" and "Another Lonely Heart."
One discovery leads to another. After finding Lauren Mann's new album Dearestly last week, we were tipped to another Western Canadian indie artist: a band from Kelowna, British Columbia called Wild Son. Their debut, self-titled album came out at the end of 2015. We've put the opening track, "Hello Sunrise," into our New Music bin.
Heart recently released its 16th studio album, which has a few new songs mixed with new recordings of songs from the bands extensive catalog. They're not the solid-gold hits, but some lesser-known tracks that Nancy and Ann Wilson decided to revisit and re-interpret. We've added the title track, "Beautiful Broken," to our New Music rotation. It features backing vocals by James Hefield (yes, of Metalica). We'll also be giving some play to our favorite of the new tracks, "I Jump."
Norah Jones turns back to her piano roots on her upcoming album Day Breaks. In releasing the first single, "Carry On," she said “This new album feels full circle because I’m going back to my early influences. ... After the first record, I drifted away from the piano a little bit. I still played it, but was more inspired to write on guitar. I really loved playing piano on this record.”
And Wilco has slipped out another track from its upcoming album, Schmilco: "If I Ever Was A Child" joins "Locator" in our playlist.


NOTE:
We hope you're enjoying our "New & Improved" internet stream! If you find yourself listening to our older stream you'll hear announcements urging you to come to this website and update your player links. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Our New & Improved stream is 'on the air'

It's New! and Improved!
Check out the "New & Improved" Birch Street Radio!

The players and links on this page have been updated to bring you Birch Street Radio on its new channel.

In our new arrangement with web broadcaster SoniXcast, we can bring you more music per hour - because we don't have to take breaks to allow for advertising.

Yes, the new Birch Street Radio is commercial-free. And it's still free to you - no sign-up required!

The new stream is also available on more sites and mobile apps, including TuneIn and Nobex.

The previous version of Birch Street Radio is still playing on Radionomy, which has been carrying our program since January. That channel will be phased out over the next several weeks -- so be sure to update your links and players! If you're listening to the old stream, you'll hear announcements asking you to come to this website and connect to the new one.

(We're planning to launch a spin-off station on Radionomy this fall. More on that later.)

The "new & improved" Birch Street Radio will continue to mix brand-new and classic rock, folk-rock, alternative, indie music and more. We hope you'll continue listening! Enjoy!