Welcome to my new weekly series of posts where I mention a bit of news related to Louisville’s music community. A new post with fresh new music will be posted every Friday morning, right here at Never Nervous.
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ALBUM: White Reaper – Asking For A Ride
Setting the tone early, the latest from White Reaper opens with an up-tempo rocker that sounds more like Judas Priest than their recent Cheap Trick fueled escapades. Sure, the album is full of the usual infectious hooks and bubble gum riffs that we’ve all come to know and love. But there is an edge to a few of these tracks that I really dig.
It’s easy for me to say that Asking For A Ride is easily my favorite WR record since their 2015 effort White Reaper Does It Again. The songs I keep going back to are “Asking For A Ride” and “Fog Machine.” Listen below via Spotify.
LIVE VIDEO: Knocked Loose at Coachella ’23
A few days ago, hardcore heroes Knocked Loose performed at Coachella. A brave soul managed to capture a bit of the set so people like you and me can relive it from the comfort of our couches. The audio isn’t perfect, but god damn, the energy is through the fucking roof.
Check it out:
NEWS: Jaye Jayle announces new record
Set to be released July 14 via Pelagic Records, the new record from Jaye Jayle is titled Don’t Let Your Love Life Get You Down. Preorder is now available here — the preorder includes several limited color vinyl versions as well as a limited edition seven inch called The Thing About The Fire which features the first ever physical release of songs “Soline” and “We Stormed.”
Check out the cool cover art and vinyl variations below:
SINGLE: Dr. Dundiff – “Watercolors”
The new instrumental track from Dr. Dundiff is a melancholy toe-tapper with a vibe that is ripe for inspiring late night introspection and personal revelations. Dundiff says that this is the first single from an upcoming EP that he promises to be “lush, in the pocket and a smooth vibe.” Yes, please.
Listen below via Spotify.
EP: Bungalow Betty – Glitter Trail
So this EP from Bungalow Betty isn’t necessarily new (it was released in late December 2022), but I wasn’t aware of it until a few days ago. And considering that the weather is starting to finally warm back up, this gritty take on catchy bubble gum pop is the perfect soundtrack for drinkin’ a cold beer under the hot sun in your backyard.
Listen to Glitter Trail below via Bandcamp. The EP is also streaming on Spotify, so be sure to add these tracks to your summer playlists!
PODCAST: Joan Shelley talks in depth about The Spur on In Loving Recollection
I really like singer/songwriter Joan Shelley‘s 2022 record The Spur, so it was a treat hearing her talk in depth about its inception on the In Loving Recollection podcast. She talks about growing up in Shelbyville and how the experience inspired her latest album.
Listen to the podcast below, or check it out on Spotify.
EP: Shayro – Breathe
Alternative rap and neo soul artist Shayro has a smoothe 4-song release streaming on Bandcamp. The EP features appearances from Hildabrand, Riley Aaron, and my current favorite emcee Trapkinkai, making it pretty easy for me to recommend.
Listen below via Bandcamp.
PLAYLIST: Plunder Over Louisville
I’ve been working on a Spotify playlist that features punk/hardcore/metal/etc songs from Louisville bands, new and old. The goal is to have 10+ hours of homegrown A1 bangers.
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EP: Lavacado – GRAVEDIGGER
The debut 3-song EP from Lavacado is a true throwback to 90’s indie pop punk, reminding me of a mix of The Promise Ring and Dinosaur Jr. The band features members of Tall Squares, Dick Titty Blood Punch and Bungalow Betty.
Listen to it below via Bandcamp. The EP is also streaming on Spotify.
SHOW OF THE WEEKEND: Shitfire “Shit Genes” EP release show at The Whirling Tiger
Celebrate the release of the third EP from Shitfire at The Whirling Tiger this Saturday. Also on the bill are Sunshine, Total Concrete and Xeonxeonxeon. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
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