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‘New Music Tuesdays’ – Can I have some Southern Blues and Country with a side of 80’s Dance and 90’s Boy Band? Edition

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A very eclectic mix of releases came out today in stores, ranging from bands like Travis, and Jimmy Buffett to Zola Jesus, Superchunk and a Deluxe Edition of The Lumineers breakout album with 5 new tracks (including a cover of Talking Heads’ This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) (featured below)).  I however, picked up two of the larger album releases today, although with very little fanfare or promo behind them.

My first pick for this week was the latest from John Mayer, an album titled Paradise Valley.

John’s newest musical direction has led him the the Midwest of the US.  Drawing inspiration from his cabin retreat in the Montana river valley, Mayer has created a country-infused sound that has slowed down his guitar and lightened his sound.  Personally, I have always enjoyed when he has utilized his bluesier side of guitar playing, so this album did not register too highly for me.  There are a few good tracks on the album where Mayer’s unique guitar style rings through bright and clear.  The lead track on the album Wildfire actually appears twice on the album, kicking off the album and then later with a feature from Frank Ocean.  A clapping beat and a floating guitar riff keep the song light and fun without getting too deep.  The duet track with Katy Perry Who You Love is another track worth giving a listen to.  Also included on the album is John’s mellow take on J.J. Cale’s Call Me The Breeze.  Overall, it is a decent album, but does not warrant any special declarations or include any must-hear songs.

The other new release I picked up today was the latest from the Tedeschi Trucks BandMade Up Mind.

The partnership between Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi has spawned some excellent quality southern blues/rock music.  The pairing of Tedeschi’s rough, but strong voice with the slide guitar of Derek Trucks creates a heartfelt and intense performance shine through in each track.  The 11-track album is a solid compilation of tracks in which each track tends to focus on a different instrument/sound at the root of each song, to remove the potential for monotony.  If you have not heard of this group before, this album will be a great place to start.

In other music news today, Billboard reported this morning that N Sync would be reuniting for this year’s MTV VMAs.  If that wasn’t enough excitement for the 20-something female audience, Tears For Fears popped up on SoundCloud today with their own cover of the Arcade Fire’s Ready To Start, which is also featured below.  Be sure to check that out as well.

And now, as always, here was everything acquired on this New Release Tuesday:

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Now Playing: The Lumineers – This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)

Tears For Fears – Ready To Start


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