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New Music Monday Will Get You Through Winter

by John Stein
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Thao And The Get Down Stay Down via their site

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.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down- “We the Common”

Thao kills it with every one of her releases, and this one certainly isn’t an exception. Her unique voice and heartfelt lyrics on this track are consistent with her past stuff, but this one feels a little bigger in its musical scope.

Kid Koala- “2 Bit Blues”

With this new track Canadian DJ Kid Koala chops and screws some great old blues tracks into this toe-tappy new song that is totally his own. It might not sound like your thing, but I’m sure it soon will be.

Aaron Neville- My True Story

The soul singer proves here that he still has one of the best voices in the game. Production from Don Was and Keith Richards probably didn’t hurt either.

Night Beds- Country Sleep

Winston Yellen’s beautiful and melancholy album as Night Beds was recorded in a reclusive, pre-civil war home that was once owned by Johnny Cash and June Carter. The story is reminiscent to Bon Iver’s, and in many ways the music relates as well.

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro- Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Green ruled anti-folk with his band The Moldy Peaches, and Shapiro sweetened up Little Joy with her vocals. The duo’s release is a charming and interesting record that plays on both of their strengths.

Ivan & Alyosha- All The Times We Had

This Seattle duo doesn’t really contain anyone named Ivan or Alyosha unfortunately. Yet they do back up their considerable buzz with a great debut full-length.

Ron Sexsmith- Forever Endeavour

Ron has been something of a cult music icon for a while now. His pretty songs are often covered, by Elvis Costello for one, and with this album it feels like Sexsmith is saying he’s content with where he is. Maybe the title could be a hint.

Wake Owl- Wild Country EP

Wake Owl is the moniker of singer-songwriter Colyn Cameron. He makes interesting stuff, and it’s not hard to see why; he’s an interesting guy. Colyn started with hip hop, traveled the world, worked on farms, and then picked up a guitar.

Leagues- You Belong Here

Thad Cockrell, Jeremy Lutito, and Tyler Burkum each had very successful solo careers before they joined for this band, but they are all committed to making Leagues more than a side project. Singer Cockrell said of it, “Leagues is what I am, we are, now.”

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison- Cheater’s Game

Willis and Robison have been together for more than 20 years, and you can hear the chemistry when they sing. Johnny and June they might not be, but they get pretty damn close.