Five for Friday | 06.10.16

Hello, my new music adventurers! Check out these amazing new songs I discovered on my weekly musical travels.

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Blake Shelton: “It Ain’t Easy” | From his 10th studio album, If I’m Honest, “It Ain’t Easy” sure is easy on the ears. A mid-tempo beat mixed with smooth, almost jazz-like vocals makes this one go down smooth.

Richard Ashcroft: “This Is How It Feels” | The intro to this track hooked me, but it was the textured vocals of Ashcroft that made me stay. His voice is dripping with emotions: real, raw, delicious emotions. The lyrics are quite engaging, but the charming vocals are the stars of this track.

Lords of Acid: “She and Mrs. Jones” | From the opening “Woo!” I was in love this with track. From their “best of” album, Smoking Hot, this track harkens back to the golden age of rave. Now all I need is a warehouse, a smoke machine, and some tweaking gays of which I can disapprove. This song may be 22 years old (first appearing on their Voodoo-U album), it still can get my ass to move.

Mean Jeans: “Nite Vision” | Portland hipsters Mean Jeans are a no-frills rock ’n’ roll band. Very much in the vein of The Ramones, Mean Jeans manages to put a bit more polish on their songs, but the spirit of Joey Ramone comes through loud and clear. And that, my friends, is one of the highest compliments I could ever pay a band.

Mrs. Magician: “Eyes All Over Town” | Further down the Western coastline, San Diego natives Mrs. Magician are taking psychedelic rock to a new level. I am loving the groove, the catchy vocals, and most of all the trippy synths. This track had me dancing line Ann Margaret in every Elvis movie in which she appeared: all elbows and chest thrusts. Now I want to have a clambake just to play this song loudly.

If you want to hear these songs along with other top jams, check out my Five for Friday playlist on Spotify: 40 songs from artists that you need to know—updated weekly!

Also, check out The Jim Ryan Show on RiotRadioRocks.com. On the first Friday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., I play music that inspires me and talk about things that need to be addressed. | Jim Ryan

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