Published on May 23rd, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: May 23, 2021



“Red Rocks 2020,” Nathaniel Rateliff – July 16

“Songs of Loss and Separation,” Times of Grace – July 16

“Rumpumpo,” Kate Vargas – July 16

“Into the Mystery,” NEEDTOBREATHE – release date and preorder links, July 30

“Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba,” Somi – July 30

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“Squaring the Circle,” Sneaker Pimps – fall 2021

 JUST RELEASED  (surprise releases + more)

“What’s Going On (Deluxe Edition 50th Anniversary),” Marvin Gaye (1971 album; with bonus mono single versions and new mixes; Apple Music; Motown / UMe)

“Poster Girl (Summer Edition),” Zara Larsson (2021 album; with six new tracks; Hear here; Epic)

“Burnout,” Calby (Danish artist’s debut album; producers: Calby, Magnus Larsson; See here; Republic)

“State of the Heart,” Patrick Droney (Hear here; Warner)

“When I Mean What I Say,” Jim McCulloch (former Soup Dragons member; new single: “Chorus of Lists”; See here; Violette)

“Come to Life,” I WAS THE LION x Peter Groenwald (six-song EP; See here; Tone Tree Music)

“Dream Nation,” Haerts (new single: Days Go By”; See here; Antifragile)

“Crying on Holidays,” Kingsley (producers: Jack Mortensen, Jarrett Tracey, Aaron Schmidt, Thomas Shipley, Tim Karplus; Hear here; Read here; Kingsley)

“Tomorrow’s Yesterday,” John William, Flautist (new single: “Cascade Cruisin'” Hear here; John William, Flautist LLC)

“LA Source Codes,” Will Lyle (bassist-composer’s debut album; Circle Theory Media)

“EMPORERS & ANGELS,” EMPORERS & ANGELS (producer: Paul Trust “Starset”; See here; Curtain Call / The Orchard)

“Dear Lemon House, You Ruined Me: Senior Year,” Kaonashi (Philadelphia post-hardcore band’s debut album; producer: Evan Sammons; new single: “An Evening of Moving Pictures with Scooter Corkle”; See here; Equal Vision / Unbeaten)

“Nicollette,” Nicollette Sullivan (California singer-songwriter’s debut album; See here; Unable)

 NEW SONGS  (click on title to stream)

Swing Down Chariot, The Oak Ridge Boys
Hazel and Gold, Daniel Avery
I’m not a mother, but I have children, Shungudzo
Holy Water, JP Cooper
Pata Pata, Somi
Dreams, The Wandering Hearts … co-written by Marty Stuart and Connie Smith
Hōkūleʻa Star of Gladness, Paula Fuga
A Little Dancing, Acid House Kings … their first new music in 10 years

Anicca (Impermanence), Min Xiao-Fen
Rumpumpo, Kate Vargas
Alive, The Silver Lines
All Me, Boys World
Shine This Lifetime, Laura Cheadle
Waiting on the Rain, The Other LA
Everywhere, Marti West
If I Could Move, Maddy Wood
Off the Grid, Kelsey Kindall feat. STILL
A New Day Is Gonna Dawn, Flying Buffaloes
It Finds Us All, Keith Wallen
Yung Dicaprio, The Zolas
Beach (Moonlight Rendezvous), KRANTZ
Gold Jacket, Jessicka
Death of Me, Clayton Sturgeon
All I Want, Olivia O.


Danny Klein [J. Geils Band] (75)
Judy Rodman (70)
Rick Fenn [10cc] (68)
Dean Friedman (66)
Luka Bloom (65)
Shelly West (63)
Phil Selway (54)
Junior Waite [Musical Youth] (54)
Matt Flynn [Maroon 5] (51)
Lorenzo (49)
Brian McComas (49)
Maxwell (48)
Jewel (47)
Sarah Jarosz (30)
Steve Lacy [The Internet] (23)


Georges Moustaki (1934-2013)

Utah Phillips (1935-2008)

 RELEASED ON MAY 23 IN … 2011 

“Born This Way,” Lady Gaga (featuring “Born This Way,” “Judas,” “The Edge of Glory” and “You and I”; producers: DJ White Shadow, DJ Snake, Fernando Garibay, Lady Gaga, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Jeppe Laursen, RedOne, Clinton Sparks; Streamline / Kon Live / Interscope)


Chi Modu (famed hip-hop photographer)


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