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Monday, January 11, 2016

New from Peter Yorn, Brian Fallon, The Starting Line

Three new releases join Birch Street Radio's Marvelous Mix this week:

"A Wonderful Life" - Brian Fallon, frontman of currently-on-hiatus Gaslight Anthem, has his first solo album, Painkillers, coming out in March. It's produced by Butch Walker, who has worked with a wide variety of artists - including Frank Turner, and this particular cut has a touch of the sound of Turner's most recent album, Positive Songs for Negative People.

"Lost Weekend" - Pete Yorn also has an album coming out in March: ArrangingTime. It's his first release in six years - not counting the 2013 record from side project The Olms. It's a little bit brooding, but with a good groove. In a San Francisco Examiner interview, he explained a line in the song's refrain: “Straight outta suburbia, straight outta the basement.”
When I grew up in New Jersey, my biggest musical moments were in my suburban basement, having my older brothers (Rick and Kevin Yorn, who became a talent agent and an entertainment lawyer, respectively) play Iron Maiden and Judas Priest covers in their band. I was seven years old, they were already in high school, and I was like, “This is the coolest thing, ever!”
"Anyways" - The Starting Line is also releasing music after a multi-year gap. This track is from a three-song EP coming out in February. The Philadelphia pop-punk bunch manages to sound true to its old style and fresh at the same time.

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