Tapping into the Musical Grunge Waters / New Music Friday: Bryce Fox, Kane Brown, Caroline Polachek / Layne Staley Quote

morning babble / Friday 05-03-24


This is the scribble that leads to the babble.

Sometimes, it gets tidied up; other times, not so much.

When all else fails: there’s video!

(Man in the Box intro)

We do have new music to review, but I tap the musical grunge waters here in the beginning.

(Man in the Box)

Babble Opener

Happy Weekend – glad you all made it. It’s an accomplishment, especially when a Tuesday feels like it should be a Thursday. That’s how my week went. End of Tuesday – I was like “Whew – thank goodness for Friday . . . being in 3 days.” That’s not good. And that is why music is so important to me – it’s constantly pulling and pushing me along with this thing called life. (clip) There’s a podcast called – Grunge Bible that sent me down a rabbithole when I checked out their website and saw – The Top 100 Grunge Songs. (clip) For the most part, there’s the big 4 – Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. Sometimes – a 5th band is included with Stone Temple Pilots (clip) Of those 5 – I seem to jump around as to who is my favorite between Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden (clip). However, looking at the Grunge Bible Top 10 list – there are 3 songs by Alice in Chains. I played “Man in the Box” at the very beginning of the Babble today which they have at #4. At #9 is “Them Bones” (clip) They actually don’t have “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at the top (clip) Instead, at the very top, they have Alice In Chains with “Would” (clip) I think I gotta revisit my grunge listening with some more Alice in Chains. Get a vinyl – that’ll do it. (Rooster) Real quick – here’s the top 11 from Grunge Bible

11. Plush – Stone Temple Pilots

10. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

9. Them Bones – Alice in Chains

8. You Got It – Mudhoney

7. Jeremy – Pearl Jam (clip)

6. Lithium – Nirvana

5. Outshined – Soundgarden

4. Man In The Box – Alice in Chains

3. Alive – Pearl Jam (clip)

2. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

1. Would? – Alice in Chains

As always – I’ll provide a link

Countdown Video

New Music Friday:

I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • (“Golden Boy” clip) That’s Bryce Fox with one of his “older” songs from several years ago. Today, he dropped on us the 5 song EP – The Bomb. Bryce – I won’t lie. I’m going to push you – let’s do that LP – I’m a little greedy. I’ll still take what I can.. Now, we’ve already received some of the songs, but the one being pushed today by Spotify is “Paradise.” (clip)
  • Via Pitchfork’s Matthew Strauss, I learned about the new film – I Saw the TV Glow which is in select theathers now, but apparently in the coming weeks will be a little more available. The film features acting from Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan, Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, and Boygenius’ Phoebe Bridgers. Holy Soundtrack – although I don’t think Durst is on there (clip) I’ll tell you who is on the soundtrack – Caroline Polachek who I’ve talked about before (“Dang”) Her contribution to the soundtrack is a brand spanking new song called “Starburned and Unkissed.” (clip)
  • Kane Brown and Marshmello have collaborated on another song together. You see, or you hear, back in 2019, they did the song: “One Thing Right” (clip) So, why not go back and do it again. I’m honestly still talking about music. Although – the lyrics in this song – let’s just say that they’re fun. (clip) It’s definintely has a summer vibe to it and a a contagious hook. The song is streaming on all platforms and is called “Miles On It” (clip)
  • This past Tuesday, Kendrick Lamar sent out a love song to Drake called “Euphoria” (clip) obviously, it wasn’t a love song at all, but a diss track. In that song,Kendrick teased that he was going basically double down and come right back at Drake with another one . . . and he did. The song is called “6:16 in LA” (clip)
  • Several quick hits of new music: The Mountain Goats announce the reissuing of their 2000 album: The Coroner’s Gambit. This is what I think sounds fun – the LP will be released on “kandy korn” colored vinyl (Lewis Black drop) , The Mountain Goats will also release this album on CD, and—for the first time ever—cassette // I’ve talked about this one enough in past weeks. But – just a reminder Sia’s new album – Reasonable Woman – is all out today // Ra Ra Riot are back with their first song in five years. They got a little help from Rostam Batmanglij (bit – man – glig), a former Vampire Weekend bandmate, co-wrote and produced the song. I can hear it, too. The song is called “The Wish” (clip)

Thank you to Spotify, Rolling Stone, Apple Music, uDiscoverMusic, Pigeons & Planes, Pitchfork, Louder, Spill Magazine, Dan Deluca of the Philly Inquirer & I know there’s more.

Be sure to check out the playlist on Spotify. As I mentioned in the beginning, it’s a playlist of songs that I’ve talked about and thought about: so, you’ll see some new music there from Charly Bliss, Gracie Adams, and Dua Lipa – who’s new album is now all out as well.. Plus anything that I really messed up and missed – well, that’s why I’ll be doing Missed Music Monday on Monday. 

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“I wish I could just hug you all, but I’m not gonna.” – Layne Staley

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