Category: 1/2/3/4

1/2/3/4 — #287 — Who Will You Believe?

Joe Pernice has been writing for a long time and has crafted a remarkable catalog that boldly reinterprets and recasts classic American pop. He formed Pernice Brothers in Massachusetts with his brother Bob in 1997 and this is a group that always excites me. His latest, Who Will You Believe showcases a beautiful balance between sadness and moments of solemnity with warm humor and camaraderie.

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1/2/3/4 — #286A — The Lost Show

Featuring a phenomenal experimental pop record from Tomato Flower, their debut album No is one of my favourite listening experiences of 2024. Just when you think you have a handle on how to describe what you’re listening to, they throw you a curve ball. Magic stuff. Plus more great music from Blue Babe, Ducks Ltd. and Oison Leech.

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1/2/3/4 — #286 — Ease The Work

Our feature is the incredible Ease the Work from instrumental ensemble Hour. It’s a grand statement conceived by Michael Cormier-O’Leary. Passionate, open, and occasionally dissonant, it blends breathy timbre with cinematic swoon and is a brilliant listen from start to end.

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1/2/3/4 — #285 — Hits and Misses

Eli “Paperboy” Reed is a survivor. He’s been making Soul-inspired music since before it was cool and tearing up stages all over the world with his heart-stopping falsetto screams for close to a decade. Hits and Misses is remastered collection of rarities, originals, & covers, from Steely Dan to Dylan and a CRACKING version of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.

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1/2/3/4 — #284 — A Little Touch of Schleicher in the Night

Katie von Schleicher is a musician, engineer & producer living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s released a magical album with the help of some poker playing friends called A Little Touch of Schleicher in the Night. Lyrically wry and classically lush with strings and horns, this is a must listen release. Sit down (with or without a deck of cards) and deal yourself some wonderful pop.

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1/2/3/4 — #283 — Shelf Life

Kevin Micka is a musical explorer. Under the guise Animal Hospital he’s been releasing creative, fresh and fantastic listening. His most recent release ‘Shelf Life’ he calls his ‘rock’ record. Perhaps just not rock as you know it, the four songs of Shelf Life are wordless and full of alien textures. Break it all down and build it back up again! This episode is full of exciting new sounds.

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1/2/3/4 — #282 — Dreaming of Ghosts

I’m a huge fan of the Self Help Group who return with a fantastic collection of songs – Dream of A Ghost. On their third album, they still retain their love of Americana but add electronic flourishes and stunning layering of harmonies as they weave narratives of love, loss and strange obsessions. A magic listen from start to finish. As well, equally brilliant new music from Hannah Cameron, Lewis Coleman, Rubberbucket and Kacey Johansing….plus MUCH MORE!

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1/2/3/4 — #281 — New Shadows

Jerry David DeCicca’s 5th solo album, New Shadows, is a literary-goth, avant-Americana meditation. Synthetic and surreal, it features a stunning cast of special guests from vocalist Rosali to Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo and many more. The production for the album is modelled on Jerry’s love of his favourite early 80’s albums (Lindsey Buckingham’s Law & Order, ZZ Top’s Afterburner, Robert Palmer’s Clues, Lou Reed’s New Sensations,) while the songs’ architectures and pathos lean more towards Warren Zevon, Townes Van Zandt, and John Prine. A excellent release you should explore.

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1/2/3/4 — #280 — Languish In Anguish

Maura Weaver has been touring for nearly fifteen years with regional projects around Ohio (Mixtapes, Ogikubo Station, The Homeless Gospel Choir, Direct Hit!, The Mimes) that kept her tethered to both the road and to sounds that were not always her own. She’s wanted to do a solo project since she was a teenager, but it took pandemic isolation to force her to confront the reasons why. I’m glad she’s gotten around to record a fantastic collection of songs.

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1/2/3/4 — #279 — Later Than You Think

Avalanche is the essential new release from Jenny Owen Youngs. It offers up an achingly beautiful exploration of loss, resilience, and growth from an artist who’s experienced more than her fair share of each in recent years. The songs are deceptively serene, layering Youngs’ infectious pop sensibilities atop lush, dreamy arrangements that often belie the swift emotional currents lurking underneath. Essential!

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