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New Music Monday Has A Full Bill This Week

by John Stein
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Photo of Phosphorescent via ArtInBase

New Music Monday is a collection of the best new releases in music each week. We share them with you every Monday, every hour on WFUV.

Phosphorescent- “Song For Zula”

Matthew Houck has been making rockin’, gospel, drunken-sounding, country-ish, difficult-to-define music for years now, and we’ve loved just about all of it. This new track might be our favorite, as hard as that is to say.

Little Green Cars- “Harper Lee”

This is one of only a few songs released by the young Dublin-based band, but like the others, “Harper Lee” is a killer track. This song more or less confirms the high expectations we have for these guys.

The Relatives- The Electric Word

This group has been around for more than 40 years now, though unless you’re from the Dallas area or you're a 1970s gospel nut, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard them. Well, that’s ok! Better late than never to get on this awesome gospel-funk.

Nataly Dawn- How I Knew Her

Dawn is best known for being half of the YouTube-famous duo Pomplamoose. This debut solo album makes us believe she’s certainly ready to be on her own; How I Knew Her is interesting record that establishes her as serious musician in her own right.

Iron & Wine- “Grace For Saints and Ramblers”

This song shows Sam Beam’s continued movement away from the softer, quieter sound he began his career with. “Grace For Saints and Ramblers” is an upbeat track that might even make you want to dance. Yes, we said it, this Iron & Wine cut might make you want to dance.

Various- The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver

15 years after the death of this seminal country-pop singer, his memory still lives on strong. That’s clear judging by the giant artists that populate this covers record: Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Lucinda Williams, and Kathleen Edwards, to name a few.

Alice Smith- “Cabaret”

Smith is, among other things, a graduate of the very same Fordham University that provides WFUV with both our name and our home. But don’t think for a second that’s why we’re spinning the singer -- everyone thinks this new track is awesome.

Samantha Crain- Kid Face

This new album from Samantha Crain was recorded in John Vanderslice’s all-analog studio. The warm, rootsy sound on this record suits the folk poet very nicely.

Son Volt- Honky Tonk

Over the past 20 years, Jay Farrar’s band Son Volt has consistently made music that sounds like Jay Farrar (if you know what we mean). Honky Tonk breaks that trend with a sound that is genuinely... honky tonk.

The Replacements- “I’m Not Sayin’”

This Gordon Lightfoot cover is off of the newly reunited (semi-reunited?) Replacements' Songs For Slim EP. The proceeds will go to their ailing former bandmate, Slim Dunlap; this is a great song for a great cause.