Ever since getting a car with a CD player, I’ve been listening to the radio less and less. But the radio is still one of the first places where I hear new music, and there are some interesting new songs getting airtime right now. What’s particularly noteworthy, I think, is that most of these songs come from artists who can technically be classified by old, or at least middle aged. Anyway, here are my favorite new songs:
5. “Fitzpleasure” by Alt-J — I didn’t know what to make of Alt-J at first, but the band’s catchy-but-strange music, which mashes a variety of genres together and is distinguished by the strange vocal stylings of lead singer Joe Newman, is beginning to grow on me.
4. “Good Things Happen to Bad People” by Richard Thompson — Richard Thompson doesn’t write bad songs, and this song, off his new album, “Electric,” is pretty good.
3. “Star Machine” by Bob Mould — If you were hearing Bob Mould for the first time, you would never guess he’s one of alt-rock’s elder statesman — his new music sounds just as vital and energetic as his earlier work with Sugar (though maybe not his groundbreaking work with Husker Du).
2. “Where Are We Now?” and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” by David Bowie — The return of David Bowie is one of the most welcome musical developments in recent times. His new album, “The Next Day,” will be released on March 12, and if it’s as good as “Where Are We Now?” and “The Stars” it will be very much worth buying.
1. “Screwdriver” by Prince — This song by Prince is extremely catchy, and suggests a return to form. I’m not really sure why it’s only being played on WEXT, because it’s a lot more fun than about 90 percent of what you hear on popular radio. In any case, I am eagerly monitoring Prince’s activities, in the hope that he will announce a tour.
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