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New Music From Frank Turner


 
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New Frank Turner

It’s probably easiest if I just come right out and confess to it…

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…I have a man crush on Frank Turner.  My father would never understand it, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of.  Turner is a gifted and entertaining musician who has evolved into one of my favorite artists gracing today’s rock music landscape.

He’s still a spry 33, but the tattoo-sheathed rocker has already led two distinct careers.  He has nimbly transformed from the edgy front man of aggressive punk rockers Million Dead to the intelligent, witty singer song-writer who penned the 2013 Album of The Year, Tape Deck Heart. As I offered on the Tape Deck Heart review: “he’s the perfect melding of the strumming folk troubadour and the fervid punk rocker.”

Before we get to the big Frank Turner news, check out a few of our earlier links:

Tape Deck Heart Album Review
Frank Turner Live Concert Review
2015 Can’t Miss Bands
2013 Album of the Year
2013 Song of the Year

Yeah, don’t give me any crap, I confessed it earlier in this article… mancrush…

So, why the deep dark confession?  Well, Turner just announced the release date for his new album, Positive Songs For Negative People on Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor UK/Interscope. The album was produced by the tremendously talented Butch Walker, and finds Turner recording again with his trusted backing band The Sleeping Souls.

Frank Turner - photo by RARAsFArm.com
Frank Turner – photo by RARAsFArm.com

“I feel like this record is my definitive statement, a summation of the first five records,” Turner says. “When a band makes a debut record, there’s a freshness and excitement to it that bands often lose as time goes by. I wanted to make a record with that young, exciting feel.” The lbum was recorded in Naskville over a breakneck nine-day period. “Pretty much all of it is live. The end result is everything I wanted it to be.”

I personally have not heard the album yet, but hope to review it soon. In the meantime, You can pre-order the album here:

And to provide a little taste of what to expect, here’s the video for his rollicking new single
“The Next Storm.”


 
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Rock On!
Cretin

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Tour Dates
09/19 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
09/20 Toronto, ON Riot Fest
09/22 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
09/23 Burlington, VT High Ground
09/25 Boston, MA House of Blues (Sold Out)
09/26 Boston, MA House of Blues
09/28 New York, NY Irving Plaza (Sold Out)
09/29 New York, NY Irving Plaza (Sold Out)
09/30 New York, NY Irving Plaza
10/02 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
10/03 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live
10/04 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
10/06 Chicago, IL House of Blues
10/07 Minneapolis, MN The Varsity Theatre
10/09 Denver, CO The Ogden Theatre
10/10 Boulder, CO The Boulder Theatre
10/12 Salt City City, UT Urban Lounge
10/13 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
10/15 Seattle, WA The Neptune
10/16 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
10/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
10/19 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
10/20 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
10/22 Los Angeles, CA The Mayan
10/23 San Diego, CA House of Blues
10/24 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
10/25 Phoenix, AZ The Press Room
10/27 Austin, TX Emo’s
10/28 Dallas, TX House of Blues
10/29 Houston, TX House of Blues
10/30 New Orleans, LA Voodoo Music Festival

 
Here’s a little treat for reading the whole thing – Rock On!

 

 

It’s What’s Inside That Matters – Musical Essentials

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Alright, I’m back with my semi-regular look at must have music if you want to impress your friends.  Most of the stuff is new, but once in awhile I’ll throw an olden nugget to impress you. You know how this works a RARA’s Dozen’s worth of cuts to choose from.

Let’s start with three very diverse videos:

The Live Aid Set – Queen: This is an old one, in case you couldn’t tell by the fact the lead singer died twenty years ago. Still get goosebumps remembering watching this concert live and the amazing fan reaction, despite the fact that we were staring at a big screen at JFK stadium while Queen played Wembley across the Atlantic.

Lost and Found – Katie Herzig: A beautiful video, of a beautiful song, from a beautiful artist with a beautiful voice. Check out our beautiful album review, too: The Waking Sleep

Vehicle City Blues – The Swellers: This was a previously unreleased track from their Good For Me sessions recorded at The Blasting Room. It might remind you a bit of Propagandi. Released as a 7″, it sold out all 1,000 copies before it was delivered.

Enough of the eye candy, now here’s some ear candy.  These links take you to iTunes where you can either sample the song or take that RARA’s Farm leap of faith and snag a few:

When I Write My Master’s Thesis – John K Sampson – Something new from the former lead singer of Propagandhi (when’s the last time you read an article with two Propagandhi references?) and The Weakerthans. Reminds me a bit of Death Cab For Cutie. This one will be a hit.

Quiver – Davie Allan & The Arrows – Our next cut is a lost nugget from the 60’s.  It’s great surf rock from an under-appreciated guitar virtuoso. Most 60’s surf rock was great, this is greater.

Monarchy of Roses – Red Hot Chili Peppers – The latest single off of I’m With You, the same album that gave us the 2011 Song of the Year. This one has got a cool psychedelic vibe.  Definitely a hip new feel for RHCP.

Headlights – Morning Parade – Here’s a cut off of this British quintet’s self-titled debut album. Rock fans of all genres will dig this one and find it hard to shake from your memory.

What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way) – Wolf Parade – Another favorite on Sirius XM’s  The Verge. These Canadians made lots of great music, including tihs quirky tune from 2010.

This Summer -Superchunk – These Indie rock veterans prove that there are some cool rockers from the heart of ACC basketball territory, Chapel Hill, NC.  This one features some punk flashbacks and killer guitar work.

Summer of ’89 – Butch Walker and the Black Widows – Walker is a great producer (like Lit’s latest) and a damn good artist, too.  This is a fun little ditty that throws in a few gratuitous Bryan Adams’ references as a bonus.

Fire It Up – Thousand Foot Krutch – This one is a few years old, but it’s a great one to blow out the speakers Canadian Christian Rock style…

Wasted Days – Cloud Nothings – Cleveland Rocks! This one is eight plus minutes of raw, powerful, miserable rock ‘n roll.  It’s great stuff, too, from one of today’s most interesting new acts.

Loro – Pinback – A cool song to chill to.  My son turned me on to these fellows from San Diego.  Worth a listen.

Rock On – Cretin