War on Drugs returns with a new, acclaimed release and Paul Rodgers revisits soul classics
Monday, March 17: We’ll hear selections from the 1965 album Jackson C. Frank by American blues and folk musician Jackson Frank. The album, produced by Paul Simon, has just been reissued and stands as the only significant recording that the late musician did during his lifetime. Despite his status as a fairly obscure artist, his songs have been recorded by Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Counting Crows, and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. Plus, selections from The Take Off and Landing of Everything by British progressive rock band Elbow.
Tuesday, March 18: Joseph Mount is the leader and creative mind behind Metronomy. His new release, Love Letters, is an examination of love, communication, and other areas of the human experience. The album recalls music of a bygone era, the light psychedelic sounds of The Zombies and ‘60s British soul are touchstones, but is also very much of our time. We’ll hear selections from Love Letters as well as from City of Sound, the latest release by The Revivalists, a New Orleans-based group that blends elements of funk, soul, and Americana sounds on its latest release. We'll also remember Scott Asheton, drummer of the proto-punk band Iggy and The Stooges, featuring Iggy Pop. Emerging from the Ann Arbor, Michigan music scene in the late 1960s the band recorded three classic albums in its initial lineup, disbanded, and reunited a decade ago. Asheton has been sidelined from music for the past few years with an undisclosed illness. He died on Sunday at the age of 64.
Wednesday, March 19: Slow Phaser is the latest release from singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins. The New Jersey-born musician garnered early comparisons to Roy Orbison and the songwriters of the Brill Building era (including Darlene Love, The Ronettes and others). On this new release she further establishes her unique voice by adding touches of psychedelic music to her unique brand of thoughtful lyrics. We’ll hear from Slow Phaser as well as from The War on Drugs. The Philadelphia-based band has just issued the album Lost In The Dream which NPR Music compared to works by Dire Straits, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Bruce Hornsby. We’ll hear from that record as well as from Darlings, the latest release by Kevin Drew, best known for his work with the indie rock band Broken Social Scene.
Thursday, March 20: Listen for songs for the spring as we celebrate the first day of the new season with Global Village and Night Train. We'll have selections from The Beatles, XTC and others.
Friday, March 21: Paul Rodgers is best known for his work with the classic rock bands Free and Bad Company, but his latest release, The Royal Sessions finds the acclaimed singer revisiting the soul and R&B music that inspired him as a young musician. Recorded in Memphis, Tenn., with help from local musicians, the album is arguably the best work that Rodgers has done in two decades. We’ll hear from that as well as from the recent self-titled release by St. Vincent.
Saturday, March 22: Boston-based Lake Street Dive has already been hailed as the best new band of the year by Rolling Stone. But the group has been together for a decade and has been releasing albums since 2006. We’ll hear music from the group’s past as well as selections from its latest release, Bad Self Portraits, plus selections from B-Sides, the recent acoustic-driven release by Gaslight Anthem and music from Kansas-based musician Joey Henry.