Best of What’s New

A selection of newly released music that caught my attention

Welcome to the first installment of Best of What’s New for 2021. Hope everybody had a great and safe transition into the new year. I don’t you how you feel, but I’ve already forgotten 2020 – I wish, but well, not quite. In any case, good riddance and hopefully on to a better year!

I’m kicking off the year with three lesser known bands/artists and something new by a band that had their heyday in the ’70s: Badfinger. Yep, you read that correctly, though there are some caveats. It’s really Joey Molland, the only surviving member from their classic line-up who with a little help from some friends has come out with newly recorded versions of Badfinger tunes. Are you ready? Let’s get to it!

The Dirty Nil/Done with Drugs

Yes, as hard as it’s to believe, there are actually some new music releases dated January 1st, though based on Apple Music, I could only find a handful. One is from The Dirty Nil, a Canadian alternative rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. They were formed in 2006 after their members Luke Bentham (vocals, guitar), Ross Miller (bass) and Kyle Fisher (drums) had started playing together in high school. The band’s debut single Fuckin’ Up Young in 2011 was followed by a series of additional singles and EPs before they released their first full-length studio album High Power in 2016. In 2017, The Dirty Nil won the Canadian Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year. Done with Drugs is from their new album out today cheerfully titled Fuck Art. The song “is actually my commentary on people’s interaction with social media and posting all their resolutions and stuff on the internet, which I just find fascinating…rather than just making life decisions by themselves and being private about it,” Bentham told Apple Music. The band, which combines punk and grunge music with relatively catchy melodies, reminds me a bit of Green Day.

Jarod Clemons and The Late Nights/Ramblewood Parkway

Ramblewood Parkway, a great blues rocker, is the new single by Jarod Clemons and The Late Nights, which was released on December 25. I’ve written before about this New Jersey rock band led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jarod Clemons, the youngest son of the late Clarence Clemons, the amazing saxophone player of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Founded in June 2019, the band also includes Zach Tyler (guitar, backing vocals), Stephen Verdi (keyboards), Alex Fuhring (bass) and John DiNunzio (drums/percussion).

Henry Nowhere/Sad Songs

Henry Nowhere couldn’t have chosen a better stage name, since background information on him is nowhere to be found. Neither his Facebook page nor his Soundcloud include a profile. I’m sorry but I really don’t get it, especially in this day and age! After a bit of detective work, I came across this Billboard story, which provided some clues. Born Henry Moser, he used to be the touring bassist for Day Wave, an Oakland, Calif. indie rock project formed by musician Jackson Phillips in 2015. In September 2018, Nowhere struck out by himself with an EP, Not Going Back. Again, the title appears to have been appropriate, since Nowhere evidently has continued his solo career and released what appears to be his second EP on December 18: Think About Me. Which definitely would be easier with more of an online presence! Anyway, here’s Sad Songs.

Badfinger featuring Sonny Landreth/Suitcase

Joey Molland, the only surviving member from Badfinger’s classic line-up, has been pretty busy lately. Apart from releasing Be True to Yourself in mid October, his first new solo album in 10 years, Molland has teamed up with different guest artists to put out new versions of various Badfinger songs this year, all released under the Badfinger name. The most recent example is a great remake of Suitcase featuring Sonny Landreth on slide guitar, which appeared December 8. Written by Molland, Suitcase originally was included on Badfinger’s fourth studio album Straight Up, which was first released in the U.S. in December 1971. Other previous newly recorded Badfinger tunes include Midnight Caller (with The Legendary Pink Dots – October 26), Come and Get It (with Rick Wakeman – September 29), Day After Day (with Ian Anderson and Terry Reid – July 30) and Baby Blue (with Matthew Sweet – May 28).

Sources: Wikipedia; Facebook; Billboard; Apple Music; YouTube

8 thoughts on “Best of What’s New”

  1. Hmmm wonder which album I would be interested in? Badfinger!!! I have “Suitcase” in my draft folder…the original version…Molland wrote some good songs with them…not the hits…that was Pete Ham but Joey can write a good pop song. I WILL want to hear this…anything Sweet is involved in…I’m there.
    Badfinger needs all the good vibes they can get. I just heard some of the other songs like Baby Blue with Sweet…it is awesome! I might post that one soon. Thanks, Christian… I would not have known about it.

    Damn… Jarod Clemons sounds really good… great sound and song

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    1. What took you so long, Max? 🙂

      I thought Badfinger would get your attention much sooner.

      And, yep, I like the Jarrod Clemons tune as well. I’m actually friends with his manager and met him a couple of times.

      Jarrod is a nice young guy who is still finding his way. Having such a famous father can be both a blessing and a curse.

      Apparently, many people want to be friends with him since he knows Bruce Springsteen, hoping he can get them free tickets and backstage access. People can really be nuts!

      The Late Nights are a decent backing band. I really hope these guys will make it. This is their second released single.

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      1. I know right!!!

        Christian is it an album or just single releases? From what I heard they are great. They don’t mess with the original too much at all. Suitcase has always been a favorite of mine by Joey.

        Jarrod sounds downright cool in his music. I love the groove, sound, and his voice.

        Yes people are nuts. That is crazy… just listen to the man’s music! It’s much better than a lot of the music out there right now.

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      2. Based on what I’ve seen, it’s a series of singles, not an album. Though I wonder whether that’s what Joey Molland eventually has in mind. Last October, he also put out a new album under his name titled “Be True to Yourself.” Have you listened to that one? Based on sampling a few tunes, it kind of sounds Badfinger-ish to me!

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      3. No I haven’t heard that one. I need to…he is the last one standing. Their music keeps me coming back…their album cuts are great…like Suitcase and Sweet Tuesday Morning…and yea their story is a cautionary tale for all other new bands.
        I will post the Badfinger-Sweet combination… I have to.

        It’s a good idea…don’t know if you know this but right before Pete Ham died from what I read…the Raspberries and Badfinger were going to tour together. That would be a dream matchup for me.

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  2. Love to see you are featuring new music Christian and sorry to have missed most of your posts in 2020. Like all four selections. Cracked me up the lead singer of Dirty Nils with the Ace Frehley shirt – seemed appropriate. Didn’t know about Jarod Clemons. What with Jake and Clarence, music definitely runs in that family. Like others I will definitely have to check out the Badfinger-Sweet song – absolutely love Matthew Sweet. Speaking of Sonny Landreth, saw him as part of John Hiatt’s band on the 30th anniversary tour for Slow Turning – amazing player,and did a song or two of his own as well.

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