Simon and Sunglasses – September 4, 2019

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So much good music this first week of September. Singles from Black Country, New Road, Geowulf, Blackpool Astronomy, and of course, the Weeping Bong Band. Also loved SAULT’s “Let Me Go” and Charlotte Adjigery’s “Cursed and Cussed.” Van Halen is “Hot for Teacher,” Tony Randall and Jack Klugman cover “You’re So Vain,” and civil defense preparedness continues with a spot from Tony Bennett. Read on for details and playlists.

Back and Forth – August 28, 2019

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Sometimes you just feel like listening to old music. This week, we dug way back into the archives for tracks from the ‘60s through the ‘90s, interspersing new tunes from this year. This gave us new Pixies followed by Todd Rundgren, Yo La Tengo and the Berries, and even Joni Mitchell and Donny Benét. Only […]

Civil Defense – August 7, 2019

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Here in later summer, the music biz can get a bit slow, but not on Bubble Wrap where we grab the new tunes as fast as they bubble up. This week, a double dip of new indie and pop from The Sour Notes, The Nude Party, Lower Dens, Shannon Lay, and Luke and the Lonely, as well as new tunes from more established acts such as Haim and the New Pornographers. Interstitially, we dug back for oldies from Bruce, Fishbone, and even a civil defense warning from Groucho Marx (did you know you can survive a nuclear strike in your bunker with just three days of water? )

David Berman Is Gone

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I had taken a news break and hadn’t been reading headlines at all, but that didn’t stop me from browsing music blogs. It was on such a site, a week after the fact, that I learned of the death of David Berman, the much respected if very low profile indie musician and poet.

Maybe because it fell into a total news vacuum, maybe because he was approaching my age, or because he lived alone in his city apartment, or that he died of depression in a hope-free age — whatever the reason, his death hit me harder than I would have expected. He was me. He was us. The thoughtful bohemian, endlessly creative, largely ignored.

Nothing To Lose, Nothing To Prove – July 31, 2019

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The music we play each week depends a lot on what music we come across the week before. By the luck of the draw, this week’s lineup featured a lot of women, including Erin Rae, Brijean, kellen, Julia Clara, Barrie, Kate Davis, Grace ives, and Perfect Blue. From folk to electro, sweetly sincere to slyly […]

On and Off The Grid – July 17, 2019

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As the heatwave spread across the country and the storms to come gathered force, we stayed cool with a low key assortment of tunes from Purple Mountains (David Berman) “Margaritas at the Mall” to Daisy O’Connor’s “Cookies n Weed.” Kid Creole aided and abbetted, Generationals broke their silence, and Stef Chura just had to Scream! This and more on the latest Bubble Wrap radio show.

Scaring The Children – July 10, 2019

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The theme of this week’s Bubble Wrap show was “the long song,” featuring a bunch of funk and go go, and one very long new track by Thee Oh Sees from their new album, Face Stabber. Mixed in, new tunes from The Forty Nineteens, Fruit Bats, and Kyle Craft, among others.

Dry County – July 3, 2019

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When July 4 rolls around, you know it’s summer. Here on Bubble Wrap, we continue to wonder what this summer’s hit will be. Read on for one prediction. Digging deep into the archives, we brought out some antiquated oldies from the days when recording anything onto anything was a marvel. That and summer songs galore, a few new releases, and a seasonal story from Lynda Barry about the joy of fireworks.

Here We Go Again – June 26, 2019

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Perhaps it is that in the sum-sum-summertime, the living gets easy and so do the tunes. We didn’t challenge ourselves too much this week on Bubble Wrap radio. Rather, we caressed our listeners gently with the soft breezes of pop, throwing in a little funk for zest. L-Vis 1990, more Boogarins, The Truehearts, Scone Cash Players, some random covers, and a whole bunch of twofers must suffice to summarize the evening.

Good Old Summertime – June 19, 2019

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Finding summer music is not a difficult task — there are at least a bazillion summer songs. We played a bunch of summer favorites, from the likes of George Clinton, Kool and the Gang, and Teen Girl Scientists Monthly. New music too, including Lillie Mae, Tinariwen, and Madonna (we know). And more!

Lettin’ It Slide – June 5, 2019

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On Bubble Wrap this week, new music from Bourgeois Mystics, Cate Le Bon, Lady Lark, and Maude, to name a few. Also a Kid Creole flashback, a new single from Mavis Staples, weird covers, unremembered oldies, and more. Kid Creole. Kid Creole’s satire is like a stilletto. He may be smiling but you’re stabbed all […]

Summer on My Mind – June 12, 2019

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Early summer has a way of feeling undefined. Anything can happen but nothing has yet. Still there are trends to be followed…. This week’s trend on Bubble Wrap was that there was no trend. We heard a lot from Boogarins who did a Lagniappe session recently, a trippy track from Ingrid Chavez who is apparently famous, and some sweet pop from Allah-Las. Also, and as always, covers, funky stuff, and a few seminal numbers from the past still worth remembering.

City of Fun – May 29, 2019

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This week, we had the unusual pleasure of playing music by a local band, those popularizers of so-called ‘heart rock’ known as Yellowfront, from the bonny burg of Brattleboro, VT.  Also on the list, newer releases from Dream Syndicate, Amyl and the Sniffers, Sinkane, among others. Sinkane.  Most of the bands that do Lagniappe Sessions […]