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RECORD REWIND: PGTC Picks, 12/11 – 12/17

Record Rewind - December 18, 2016

Sunday afternoon means it’s time for the Record Rewind, highlighting the top new tracks that you might’ve missed during the work week, all from my favorite independent acts out there. If it’s on the site, it’s something that you need to check out!

Given the proximity to the holidays and the general lack of new releases, there wasn’t much music to go through this week. As far as next week, it’ll probably be much of the same. So, if this space seems a little lighter, consider it temporary, as I’m excited for all that great music in the works for 2017!

Across the PGTC SoundCloud page and my playlists on Spotify, these stuck out as my favorite independent songs of the week…


BAD WAVE – “Daniel” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Los Angeles’s Tucker Tota and Patrick Hart are the two members of this duo, and had the Rewind existed earlier this year, at least a few of their singles would’ve been in the mix, like “Extraordinary” and “Good Girls”. This is my favorite track from them since then.


FOREIGN AIR – “Caffeine” (iTunes) (Spotify)
Some of us successfully lay off the caffeine in the morning, while others just can’t give it up. As far as this source of “Caffeine”, I will admit that I did take a few sips several mornings ago. The American act has been on my radar before, and this is another solid song.


MOKITA x THE READY SET – “Broken Parts” (iTunes) (Spotify)
It’s been a moment since Jordan Witzigreuter’s The Ready Set last made the CHR/Top 40 radio chart in early 2013, but the singer’s been creating some cool tunes with a few Nashville artists, like John-Luke Carter, better known as Mokita. They make a great team!


For more great new music, these tunes are worth a listen…
BONNIE MCKEE – “Stars In Your Heart” (SoundCloud)
STONE COLD FOX – “Buffalo” (SoundCloud)

Want to be featured on this weekly wrap-up? Submit your music to afsoybel@hotmail.com and I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: Releases For The Week of April 8, 2016

New Music Friday is 'neer at hand.

New Music Friday is ‘neer at hand.

A musical Alternative makes its return on this April week, bringing electronic, folk and rock music back to the forefront. Grab a banjo, a guitar and a synthesizer, because here are this week’s album and single releases:

  • THE LUMINEERS — Cleopatra (iTunes)
    • No, they aren’t just the “Ho Hey” trio anymore, even if that remains their signature song. The lead single from the new album is “Ophelia”, a current top ten hit at Alternative radio, which gives them their third single at the format to reach those heights. Without a crossover single, this probably won’t do as well as their debut effort in 2012, but we’ll see what happens as the era goes on.
  • DEFTONES — Gore (iTunes)
    • This California band has been putting out music for two decades now, and they have their first hit in three years at Alternative radio with “Prayers/Triangles”. They scored four top ten albums between 2000 and 2010, but they’ve had much more radio and sales support in the past. Can this bring them back to the region, or fall short again?
  • M83 — Junk (iTunes)
    • This French group had a big Alternative hit several years ago with “Midnight City”. Their latest release, “Do It, Try It”, isn’t quite charting at the moment, but there’s still time. Their latest album will perhaps score a top 20 entry, a career-high peak if they achieve it.
  • More albums out this week: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals‘s Call It What It Is (iTunes), Eliza And The Bear‘s Eliza And The Bear (iTunes), Filter‘s Crazy Eyes (iTunes), Frightened Rabbit‘s Painting Of A Panic Attack (iTunes), Gallant‘s Ology (iTunes), MAX‘s Hell’s Kitchen Angel (iTunes), Mayer Hawthorne‘s Man About Town (iTunes), Skizzy Mars‘s Alone Together (iTunes), The Ready Set‘s I Will Be Nothing Without Your Love (iTunes)
  • More EPs out this week: PHASES‘s Afterparty (iTunes)

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Ain’t Your Mama”, Jennifer Lopez (iTunes)
  • “Boyfriend” and “U-turn”, Tegan & Sara (iTunes)
  • “Champagne Problems”, Nick Jonas (iTunes)
  • “Crazy”, Lido (iTunes)
  • “Crazy For You”, Michael Franti & Spearhead (iTunes)
  • “Falling”, Trent Harmon (iTunes)
  • “Friends”, Blake Shelton (iTunes)
  • “I Want You”, Marian Hill (iTunes)
  • “If Your Man Only Knew”, Erik Hassle (iTunes)
  • “I’ll Be Standin’ Tall”, Josh Kelley (iTunes)
  • “I’m Born To Run”, American Authors (iTunes)
  • “Lake By The Ocean”, Maxwell (iTunes)
  • “So Alive”, Goo Goo Dolls (iTunes)
  • “That’s The Thing About Love”, Martina McBride (iTunes)
  • “Ugly”, Fantasia (iTunes)
  • “Wristband”, Paul Simon (iTunes)

We’ll see you next week for new releases from Bear HandsSturgill SimpsonWild Belle and more.

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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (May 19)

Viva la Coldplay.

They keep it chill.

There’s a battle brewing on the schedule this week with at least three acts looking to put up six figure numbers — perhaps one would call it “a sky full of stars”, yes? (NOTE: some releases may still not be out until Tuesday dependent on record label availability/iTunes response time.) Here’s what albums and singles are in stores for the week of May 19:

  • Call it “Magic”, call it new: today marks the release of the new album from Coldplay, Ghost Stories, which has been streaming on iTunes for the past few days. At nine tracks in length, it’s the band’s shortest album to date. (A Target exclusive deluxe edition lifts that total to twelve.) The current radio single from it is “A Sky Full Of Stars”, co-produced with Avicii. Expect this to debut at #1 on the album chart just as their last three albums have. (iTunes) (Read my review of Ghost Stories)
  • Following in a close second place is the latest effort from Country singer Brantley Gilbert, titled Just As I Am. Lead single “Bottoms Up” recently topped the Country chart and second single “Small Town Throwdown”, a collaboration with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, just made a significant debut on that same chart as aided by a first day Clear Channel deal. Will it reach Platinum status as Halfway To Heaven did? It could happen. (iTunes)
  • Former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips goes Behind The Light on his sophomore album, which features the current top ten Hot AC hit, “Raging Fire”. Though the song hasn’t garnered as much airplay or sales as “Home” or “Gone, Gone, Gone” as of yet, the album is a lock for a high debut thanks to his large fan base. (iTunes)
  • Looking to score their seventh top ten album on the Billboard 200, The Roots are out with their latest effort, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. I’m sure you’ll be seeing them promote it at their late night home, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, this week. No singles from it have charted thus far. (iTunes)
  • Move over, Frozen, there’s a new soundtrack in town catching a lot of early attention. It’s a collection of songs from the forthcoming film The Fault In Our Stars, due in movie theaters on June 6. The set features all original songs by acts like Birdy, Ed Sheeran, Grouplove and more. (Feels sold separately.) (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: Afrojack‘s Forget The World (iTunes), Conor Oberst‘s Upside Down Mountain (iTunes), Hedley‘s Wild Life (iTunes), Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band‘s Goin’ Home (iTunes), Melanie Martinez‘s Dollhouse (EP) (iTunes) and the original Broadway soundtrack to The Bridges Of Madison County (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Bartender”, the first single from the forthcoming album by Lady Antebellum. (iTunes)
  • “Keep Us Safe”, a live track from Country singer Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)
  • “Get Her Back”, a new single from Robin Thicke. Wonder who this song is about? (iTunes)
  • “Love Someone”, new from Jason Mraz‘s forthcoming album. (iTunes)
  • “Mission”, a new single from rapper Lupe Fiasco. (iTunes)
  • “Somethin’ Bad”, a collaboration between Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. (iTunes)

Mariah Carey‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse comes into the light next week, while Austin Mahone makes a splash with his EP titled The Secret. Which musical mystery will take the crown? A full preview is coming on Tuesday!

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (May 2014)

If you follow the radio charts like I do, you’ll want to be on top of only the freshest music being serviced across the nation. So, I’m bringing back an early PGTC feature with a bit of a revamp. With this monthly series, I’ll be highlighting some great tracks at a few different radio formats I enjoy that will be fighting for airspace over the next few months. So, what are we waiting for? Let the battles begin.

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)


Running up the charts.

ONEREPUBLIC – “Love Runs Out” (May 6) (*)
Label: Mosley/Interscope
Giving up a release of “I Lived” for this “Rumour Has It” clone, Ryan Tedder and his crew are gaining early support at the band’s core radio formats as the song continues to sell at a moderate clip. You can find it on a rerelease of their 2013 album Native, complete with a fresh cover and added tracks. It’s far from their best, but it should do fairly well.

A standing O.

A standing O.

RITA ORA – “I Will Never Let You Down” (May 6) (*)
Label: Columbia
Before she heads to the big screen in a much-anticipated adaptation of best-seller Fifty Shades Of Grey, the performer born in Kosovo is laying some new songs down for an album due this fall. “Never” sounds like Ora’s best shot at a U.S. hit and could do better than her previous two singles, “How We Do (Party)” and “R.I.P.”, which charted back in 2012.

"Woe", he's back.

Set to be back.

THE READY SET – “Higher” (May 6) (*)
Label: Razor & Tie
It’s been a little over a year since the singer born Jordan Witzigreuter last hit the CHR chart with “Give Me Your Hand (Best Song Ever)”, which just dented the top 30. “Higher” marks his debut with Razor & Tie, known for a slew of rock bands like recent Active Rock chart-toppers The Pretty Reckless. Stay tuned to see if radio gives it love… like woe.

Finding a "Home" at Hot AC.

Finding a “Home” on air.

ANDY GRAMMER – “Back Home” (May 13) (**)
Label: S-Curve
Already out for a few weeks and currently top 50 at the Hot AC format, Grammer’s latest anthem is a folksy song and the official leadoff from his forthcoming second album, due later this year. The feel good single doesn’t compare with the material from his self-titled 2011 effort, but still has a resonating lyric and a growing fan base waiting to sing along.

"Waiting" for a hit this era.

“Waiting” for a hit this era.

DAUGHTRY – “Battleships” (May 13) (**)
Label: RCA
And the cannon goes… (not quite) boom. Given this group’s past radio history, first single “Waiting For Superman” off their latest album Baptized should’ve lifted them to a higher peak than #11 on the Hot AC chart. Well, it didn’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, and nor will this long rumored second release, but the waters should invite this in initially.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)


From whom the Bells toll.

BROKEN BELLS – “Control” (May 6) (*)
Label: Columbia
With the second radio cut from their former top 5 album, After The Disco, the duo of Brian Burton and James Mercer are looking to keep their Alternative record as shiny as their platform shoes. “Control” is the followup to “Holding On For Life”, which recently rose to the top 20 at the format. It’s another solid song from them and should chart quickly.


Cat got your ears (but not your tongue.)

NIGHTMARE AND THE CAT – “Undercover” (May 6) (*)
Label: Capitol
This quintet from California are newcomers here, having recently opened for labelmates Bastille. A recent EP which features this new single, Simple, was released four weeks ago. Will the five members be able to join top artists like Cat Stevens, Curiosity Killed The Cat and the Stray Cats to purr to the peak of pop perfection? It may just happen.

Forever "Young".

Pacing towards popularity again.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – “Step” (May 6) (*) + (**)
Label: XL
Two singles from the GRAMMY winner for Best Alternative Music Album, Modern Vampires Of The City, crashed the survey in recent months: “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers”. “Step” was originally the b-side of “Diane”, but given this song’s popularity, it’s a no-brainer to issue it as the third radio release. We’ll see how far that fast footwork gets them.


“It’s about time” their second single came out.

YOUNG THE GIANT – “Mind Over Matter” (May 6) (*)
Label: Roadrunner
This five-piece band from California has made Giant leaps over the past few years. Not only have they managed three top five singles on these airwaves since their debut three years prior, but their sophomore album, from which the title track is now being serviced, debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200 this year. Rocking on is the most important “Matter”.


“Alive” and kicking.

SWITCHFOOT – “When We Come Alive” (May 13) (*)
Label: Atlantic
The last time these guys hit the top ten on Alternative radio was in the fall of 2011 when “Dark Horses” peaked at #5. I don’t what I would wager on this one for its peak on the Kentucky Derby we call the radio charts. Though reaction has been positive to the announcement, the era’s been a modest success. Much like that title, the spark is ready to return.

Which track(s) would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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