Weekly roundup of the best new releases. July 13,2020

Another Observer. Irene Diaz. (Cosmica Records). Written by Irene Diaz, Carolyn Cardoza, Alejandro Jimenez and Demian Jimenez, it is this lead song on the new the Live EP. Hypnotic and stunning.   Stream on all platforms.

 Me Quedo Con Lo Bueno. Tita . (Cosmica Records). Guatemalan indie singer Mariana Moreno, known as Tita ,has released the third single from her forthcoming EP “TODO ES MENTAL, along with a ghostly video that matches her sweet vocals, trombone, and dark synth.  Video at https://bit.ly/3fqZEOD.

Warning Warning, Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and the Maytals.  (Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records) The second single from his upcoming studio album Got To Be Tough, set for release August 28, 2020. Get your reggae on and rock out! Video  at https://bit.ly/32eYDFt

 Natalie Don’t. RAYE (Polydore/Interscope Records) RAYE’s 21st Century pop take on Dolly Parton’s classic hit “Jolene” is so much fun (and so is the video).  Now at all digital platforms.

Poison. Ania Thomas. Independent.  “Poison,” the third single off of Ania’s upcoming EP Ania in Chains, moves between gut-wrenching guitar shredding and ethereal electric blues.  This girl and her guitar rock! And she produces and engineers.  Video due June 26. https://www.facebook.com/aniacakes

Meet Again, LP Giobbi feat. Little Boots. (Animal Talk ) L.A.-based producer, Femme House founder, pianist and DJ  brings us a mesmerizing dance floor anthem with Little Boots’ unique vocals. Should be on the top of your dance playlist. Video at https://bit.ly/306kc8D.

Like that , single from All About U  EP by Rangleklods. (Copenhagen Records). First EP in 5 year.  The video will grab you but you will stay for the music. May be an acquired taste, but a good one to acquire. Video at https://bit.ly/2Cvezsj

Human, Shelly Piken, (Create Music Group). Grammy-nominated songwriter continues to release her own voice and it’s wonderful.  Human will capture your heart and keep you humming the tune and singing the lyrics all day.  Stream it on Spotify.

RVR.  Divide and Dissolve.  (SADDLE CREEK DOCUMENT SERIES) The doom metal duo use their voices and menacing guitar riffs to draw attention to the ongoing battle against systemic oppression. If you are metals fan, check out these women – they are very very good. Stream their music on Spotify.

Anthology of Emo: Volume 2.  This book continues what the first volume started, with interviews from heavyweights in the music genre like Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Chris Conley (Saves the Day). Includes rare photographs and printed ephemera.  Pre-order  www.AnthologyofEmo.com.  Available 9/2020

About Patrick O'Heffernan

Patrick O’Heffernan is co-host of the LA-based, nationally syndicated weekly program, Music FridayLive! and is a music reviewer for online magazines Vents, The Hollywood Progressive and MusicJunkie. He has also co-hosted a national political talk show, The Fairness Doctrine, and hosted the “Uplinks” media segment on Saturday All Things Considered on NPR. He holds a PhD in International Relations from MIT, has been awarded an Emmy, four Addy’s, and a Webby-Honors, among other awards. He has published 5 books and ghost-written others. A project he co-launched, the North Asia Nuclear Free Zone, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. He serves on the Board of Netroots Nation.

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