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Published on July 18th, 2022 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: July 18, 2022



“California Centuries,” Laura Benitez and the Heartache – Sept. 9

“Different Man,” Kane Brown – Sept. 9

“The Man From Waco,” Charley Crockett – Sept. 9

“Electric Mountain,” Derek Hoke – Sept. 9

“The Reckoning,” Icon for Hire – Sept. 9

“The Trouble With Fever,” Michelle Branch – Sept. 16

“The Player,” HAUSER – Sept. 16

“The Family Album,” The Company Stores – Sept. 23

“Better By Now,” Brooke Annibale – Sept. 30

“Slight Variations,” Fujiya & Miyagi – Sept. 30

“Low Mirada,” Ryan Traster – Sept. 30

“Pawns & Kings,” Alter Bridge – Oct. 14

“Our Roots Run Deep,” Kodaline – Oct. 14

“ICONIC,” David Garrett – Nov. 4

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“KEYS II,” Alicia Keys – Aug. 12

“Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers,” Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Aug. 19

“Rock ‘n’ Roll with The Modern Lovers,” Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Sept. 16

“The Comeback (Deluxe),” Zac Brown Band – Sept. 30

“Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations – The Complete Unreleased 1981 Recording Sessions,” Glenn Gould – Sept. 30

“Bakersfield Gold: Top 10 Hits 1959-1974,” Buck Owens and the Buckaroos – Oct. 7

“Hallelujah & Songs from His Albums,” Leonard Cohen – Oct. 14

“Too-Rye-Ay, as it should have sounded,” Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners – Oct. 14

“Modern Lovers ‘Live,'” Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Oct. 21

“Back In Your Life,” Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Nov. 11


“Breaking Hearts,” “Love Songs” and “The Captain & the Kid,” Elton John – Sept. 2

“Front Row Center (US Dates 1976-1980),” Gentle Giant – Sept. 23

“A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra,” Frank Sinatra – Oct. 28

“In My Own Time,” Karen Dalton – Nov. 11

“Top Gun: Maverick (Music From The Motion Picture),” various artists – Nov. 18

 JUST RELEASED  (surprise releases + more)

“DJ Premier: Hip Hop 50 Volume 1,” DJ Premier ((guests: Nas, Run the Jewels, Joey Bada$$, Lil Wayne, Slick Rick, Rapsody, Remy Ma; Hear here; Mass Appeal)

“Aftershock,” Alexander 23 (producers: Alexander 23, Dan Nigro; Hear here; Interscope)

“The Ceiling Could Collapse,” Rachel Bobbitt (six-song EP; producers: Bobbitt, Justice Der; Hear here; Fantasy / Concord)

“Clouds,” The Ballroom Thieves (Hear here; Nettwerk)

“True Treasures,” Leroy Van Dyke (producer: Paul Martin; Hear here; Country Rewind / Select-O-Hits)

“Rock’n My Soul,” Joyce Kennedy (six-song EP from the Mother’s Finest vocalist; Heart Songs Music Group)

“PHASE,” Gwen Bunn (Hear here; Melody Dungeon Music)

“Primitive God,” Chris Ballew (co-founder of the rock band Presidents of the United States of America; Hear here; Aurora Elephant Music)

“Tchotchke,” Tchotchke (nine-song debut album; Tchotchke)

 NEW SONGS  (click on title to stream)

Blood on the Tracks, Marcus King |
Wild Palomino, Zac Brown Band feat. Cody Johnson |
Bank of Wildflowers, William Orbit feat. Georgia |
Closer, FCG Heem |
Worlds on Fire, Afrojack feat. Au/Ra |
Keep It Between Us, Cam Anthony (season 20 winner of “The Voice”) |
Neurotica, Polyphia |
Fly Away, Wes Nelson feat. French Montana |
Songs, Sofi Vonn |
Raging Fire, Raging Fyah |

Breakdown, Icon for Hire |
Archetype, Omar Apollo |
The Highest Mountain, Tuomo & Markus |
You Have One Job to Do, Andrew Thomases |
If You Only Knew, Landon McNamara |
Moongreening, Miles Hewitt
Soft Power (Alternate Version), Ryan Egan |
Overboard, C’est Claire | See here
England for Glory, Micky John Bull |
Lessons, Blaine Holcomb feat. Kinsey Rose
Lose Somebody, Daniel Weber |
Raging Fire, Ollee Owens | See here
Out on the Streets Again, Fancey feat. Micae


Brian Auger (83)
Dion (83)
Martha Reeves (81)
Evie Sands (76)
Linda Gail Lewis (75)
Wally Bryson (73)
Ricky Skaggs (68)
Nigel Twist (65)
John Hermann (60)
M.I.A. (47)
Daron Malakian (47)
Tony Fagenson [Eve 6] (44)
Ryan Cabrera (40)
Aaron Gillespie (39)
Paul Kowert [Punch Brothers] (36)
Joe Dean Jr. (33)

Getting caught up …

July 17 Birthdays: Geezer Butler (73), Fran Smith Jr. (70), Regina Belle (59), Craig Morgan (58), Lou Barlow (56), Susan Ashton (55), JC [P.M. Dawn] (51), Solé (49), Luke Bryan (46), Jeremih (35)

July 16 Birthdays: William Bell (83), Rubén Blades (74), Stewart Copeland (70), Ed Kowalczyk (51), Ryan McCombs (48), Luke Hemmings (26)


July 18:

Adrian Cronauer (1938-2018)

Mimi Fariña (1945-2001)

Nico (1938-1988)

Bobby Fuller (1942-1966)

July 17:

Chas Chandler (1938-1996)

John Coltrane (1926-1967)

Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

July 16:

Biz Markie (1964-2021)

Johnny Winter (1944-2014)

Kitty Wells (1919-2012)

Ed Lincoln (1932-2012)

Jo Stafford (1917-2008)

Celia Cruz (1925-2003)

Wayne King (1901-1985)

Philippé Wynne [Spinners] (1941-1984)

Harry Chapin (1942-1981)


“Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem”


“No Parlez,” Paul Young (his debut album, featuring “Come Back and Stay,” “Love of the Common People” and “Wherever I Lay My Hat [That’s My Home]”; the album reached No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 79 in the U.S.; producer: Laurie Latham; CBS)


“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown ((his first single to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it topped the R&B chart for eight weeks; he also won his first Grammy Award, for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording; producer: Brown; King)


“Diamond Life,” Sade (the band’s debut album was released on this day in the U.K. and then in the U.S. on Feb. 27, 1985; featuring “Smooth Operator,” “Your Love Is King” and “Hang On to Your Love”; the album sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and it won the 1985 Brit Award for Best British Album; producer: Robin Millar; Epic)



Mickey Rooney Jr. (actor, musician and son of the late screen legend)

George Kinney (The Golden Dawn)

David Dalton (Rolling Stone writer and rock biographer)


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