Five for Friday | 06.10.16

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


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 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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