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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Danielle Ponder, The Deer, Broken Bells, Umphrey's McGee in New Music bin

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Burning

This is the second single (after "Spitting Off the Edge of the World") to emerge from the upcoming album Cool It Down. Publicity materials say the track's piano riff was inspired by The Four Seasons’ "Beggin," and the lyrics in part by the wildfires that bore down on Los Angeles in 2020. Singer Karen O says "If the world is on fire I hope the most beloved stay protected and that we do all we can to protect what we cherish most in this life."

Danielle Ponder: The Only Way Out

We've heard through the grapevine that her live performances are terrific, and now we're catching up to this single from the singer's upcoming debut album, Some Of Us Are Brave. Ponder hails from Rochester, New York, and worked as a public defender before turning to music full-time. “This song captures a situation so many people have been in,” says Ponder. “Ignoring red flags and entering into a relationship that you know will end with pain.” 

The Deer: I Wouldn't Recognize Me

This Austin-based quintet fronted by singer-lyricist Grace Rowland will soon release its third album, The Beautiful Undead. This lead single is the first sample of the band's music to reach our ears, but Austin's KTUX tells us The Deer's sound has evolved over the last decade to feature "bigger arrangements, fewer folk-centered acoustic instruments, and more emphasis on psychedelia and indie rock." It calls this track "My Morning Jacket-esque," and we also hear some Fleetwood Mac influence - and an opening riff very reminiscent of Neil Young's "My My, Hey Hey."

Broken Bells: Saturdays

Producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and James Mercer of the Shins put out two albums as Broken Bells in 2010 and 2014, and just a couple of singles since then. They're coming back with an album called Into the Blue in October. It's billed as “a genre- and decade-hopping ode to the duo’s shared musical influences, from The Beatles to Pink Floyd, from '60s psychedelia to '70s rock and AM Gold, from '80s new wave to '90s trip hop, and beyond." Kitchen sink, too?

Umphrey's McGee: I Don't Know What I Want

This is the second track from the veteran jam band's new album, Asking For A Friend, to make its way into our New Music bin - and others will be popping up in our big mix. Grateful Web calls the LP "an astoundingly cohesive fourteen-song album that feels like a fresh statement from a group of world-class musicians and friends re-approaching their craft with a new lens."

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