The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music...

Sitting amidst the chaos of a hot week and thus little cleaning, I am thankful that it is not humid today. Because that means I can function. Sort of. Also, life is always better when I can actually sit down with my cup of coffee, and even better if that coffee is in my Coffee With Jeff mug. Let's dive on.

The founder of Fountains of Wayne now is doing his own thing in various projects, and today his project Look Back released Look Back. Stephen Marley released Revolution II: Fruit of Life where this one is more about how reggae has influenced different music. And that's kinda the big big news of the day. Besides a few reissues, including Dio, A Decade of Dio: 1983-1993.

I got through July 1st!

No odd lists today, I tried but it just didn't pop out at me. Just a boring list of things I like instead.

If You Like...

That Sasha Siem album last year? Try out Kelsey Lu, Church EP

Singer-Songwriters who have that Bon Iver influence? Try James Vincent McMorrow's single "Rising Water" for his upcoming September release

A bit of 90s rock? Strange Relations, Going Out.

a bit of improvisation and modal building, Tangents, Stateless

Okay, this is just weird but for some reason Johnny Foreigner, Mono No Aware makes me think that a cheerleader squad put together a garagey-noisy rock album. Haven't made up my mind on this.

Slower rock? The By Gods, Phone Calls

Weekend morning folk/country fix? The Moon Bros. These Stars

a bit of pop female singer music? Delta Goodrem, Wings of the Wild (she's running alongside a tiger on the cover!)

CA rock, try Terry, Terry HQ (has a little Velvet Underground tinge to it)

Yes and/or The Flower Kings, then make sure you listened to Anderson/Stolt, Invention of Knowledge

a little jazz, try Kenny Garrett, Do Your Dance!

There's a bit of variety for your ears. Check out the Spotify list for a few more suggestions too. And it's hot out there so make sure you're getting cool for a bit during the day, drinking your water, and if you're out enjoying the music don't forget your ear protection! Happy Listening!