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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Radiohead, RHCP, Hemming & more new music

To be honest, Radiohead has not had much presence on Birch Street Radio up to now, but when the new track "Burn the Witch" was released last week we found it intriguing, then captivating. We slipped it into our New Music rotation right away.

The band followed up a few days later with the release of its full album, A Moon Shaped Pool, and it's a good bet more of it will work its way onto our playlist.

Another veteran band with new material is Red Hot Chili Peppers. (Interestingly, bassist Flea has been part of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's side project, Atoms for Peace.)

The single "Dark Necessities" will be part of the California band's 11th studio album, The Getaway. After an intro that might have you wondering what you're hearing, Flea's bass kicks in and it's unmistakable. The song is a rich mix of beats, guitar, piano, strings and effects. Yep, these peppers are still hot.

Singer-songwriter Hemming took part in an interesting project run by Weathervane Music, a nonprofit in her home town of Philadelphia that supports independent music. It has a documentary series called Shaking Through that shows the process of making a recording, and then not only releases the music but provides the unmixed tracks to Weathervane members so they can create and share their own remixes.

Hemming collaborated with friends from two Philly bands, Cayetana and Three Man Cannon, to record her song "All I Want." The result: Hemming's heartfelt singing is well supported by band that sounds like it's been playing together for years. The track is now in our New Music rotation. (There's a good article about all this on WXPN's blog The Key. We also featured Hemming in a previous post.)

Other new additions to our playlist this week:

The Jayhawks are out with their ninth album, Paging Mr. Proust. We've been playing the single for several weeks and we're adding several more tracks from this mostly laid-back album. The most upbeat of the bunch, "The Dust of Long-Dead Stars," is our current favorite and is now in our New Music rotation,

And we're a little late to add "Rebel Heart" by LA garage-rockers The Shelters. But it's a catchy tune and hey, it caught us.

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