New Music You Should Know About

by Jon Frazier

I recently found two new singles from groups that I love had slipped out under my radar. I felt the need to bring these to your attention because they seem to be getting very little airtime. Firstly, I discovered “Lippy Kids,” by Elbow. Those of you who don’t know Elbow can go away.

Just kidding. Those of you who don’t know Elbow actually do, you just don’t realize it. Go listen to “Grounds for Divorce,” and you’ll realize that you know Elbow.

So, it turns out Elbow has released several new singles and put out a new album (Build a Rocket Boys!) in March, but they neglected to inform me. So here’s “Lippy Kids”:

I’m holding my radio station responsible. I mean, this is what I listen for, so that I know when new stuff is coming. Missing the newest from British indie-rock is one thing, but the next slip up is almost unforgivable

I was driving to work the other day, listening to WFNX, as usual, and I heard a Red Hot Chili Peppers song that I didn’t recognize. I listened hard, thinking maybe it wasn’t new Red Hot Chili Peppers, but I decided that it was…and, wait a minute…it was NEW Red Hot Chili Peppers. How did I not know this was coming? Why was it not talked up for weeks before the release?

And why am I only hearing this two weeks after the release while every other song is either Coldplay’s ineffectual “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” or Death Cab for Cutie’s unimpressive “You are a Tourist”?

Given, “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie” is no “Dani California” but it’s way better than that Raindroppy song.

I feel neglected. I feel that my radio station did not live up to their responsibilities, and now, I am behind on the indie-rock scene.

But I will not fail you. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be releasing a new album, I’m With You, on August 30. Now you know. My work here is done.

Post below with your thoughts on radio station shortcomings, or your thoughts on the new music. Or just thoughts. That’s cool.

Jon Frazier is a writer, filmmaker and indie-rock enthusiast. He and his favorite radio station are currently “on a break.”