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Published on May 30th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault


Pause & Play Today: May 30, 2021



“Nonfiction,” Arrested Youth – June 25

“Modern Escapism,” Blanket – Sept. 10

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“State Theater New Jersey 2005,” Joe Jackson, Todd Rundgren & Ethel – June 18

“Born This Way The Tenth Anniversary,” Lady Gaga – June 18

“The Complete Polydor Years, Volume Two 1985-1989,” Level 42 – July 30


“Audio-Visions,” Kansas – Aug. 20

“Give the People What They Want,” The Kinks – Aug. 20

“The King Tubby Tapes,” Horace Andy – Oct. 22

“Viola Beach,” Viola Beach – Oct. 22

 JUST RELEASED  (surprise releases + more)

“Eye to Eye,” The Datsuns (the Kiwi rock band’s first album since 2014; Read here; The Datsuns)

“High Season,” Poolside (companion piece to his 2020 album, “Low Season,” with new tracks alongside previously released collaborations and remixes; Pacific Standard)

“Trilogy II,” Rita Wilson (three-song EP; Sing It Loud)

“Surrounded,” Justin Sullivan (New Model Army founder’s first solo album in 18 years; first single: “Amundsen”; Hear here; earMUSIC)

“Nightcub (Continuous Mix),” White Panda (the DJ’s first mashup album in six years; White Panda)

“God Made It Beautiful,” Jason Clayborn & The Atmosphere Changers (Tyscot)

“Penelope Three,” Penelope Trappes (Download; CD and Vinyl out June 18; See here; Houndstooth)

“On the Banks of the Tennessee,” Rider & Rolling Thunder (Idaho alt-country rock band’s debut album; Defendu)

“Soaking Wet,” River Kittens (six-song debut EP; new single: “Trouble”; See here; Create)

“Change Ringing,” Robert Ames (Ames is co-founder and principal conductor of The London Contemporary Orchestra; Modern Recordings)

“TRUCK RIDDIM,” BAMBII (three-song EP; Hear here; Innovative Leisure)

“Riley Michaels,” Riley Michaels (four-song EP; new single: “Someone Like You”; Hear here; Riley Michaels)

“Trust in a Stranger EP,” Hunter Lyons (five songs; first single: “Red Man”; Hunter Lyons)

 NEW SONGS  (click on title to stream)

Don’t Ask Me to Change, Sophie and the Giants
Judas, Big Freedia … a cover of Lady Gaga
Ginal, Alborosie feat. Collie Buddz
Young King, The Glorious Sons
Love 66, Farruko & CJ
Give It Gas, Whitney Peyton
Beeline, whiterosemoxie & Tom The Mail Man
Enough Bad Luck, Matt Jaffe

Trouble, Marc E. Bassy
Electra Gold, Magenta Wild
Drinkin’ Friends, Andy Velo
Strange Illusion, Jay Nash
1905 & The Muslim Exception, Nightwatchers
Nothing Makes Sense Without You, Big City Lights
These Hands, Josh Bricker
Cities Above, Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends
Magnolia, Timid, the Brave
Structure, VITO
VIEW, AJK & Jenny Lyric
The Show, Joy Denalane
Everything You Know About Me, Jennie Laws


Lenny Davidson [The Dave Clark Five] (77)
Wynonna Judd (57)
Tom Morello (57)
Patrick Dahlheimer [Live] (50)
Idina Menzel (50)
Cee Lo Green (46)
Remy Ma (41)
James Smith [Underoath] (39)

Getting caught up …

MAY 29 BIRTHDAYS: Gary Brooker (76), Rebbie Jackson (71), Danny Elfman (68), LaToya Jackson (65), Melissa Etheridge (60), Noel Gallagher (54), Jayski McGowan [Quad City DJ’s] (54), Chan Kinchla (52), Mark Lee [Third Day] (48), Melanie Brown (46), Playa Poncho (46), Fonseca (42)


Anita Humes [The Essex] (1940-2010)

Mickie Most (1938-2003)

Tex Beneke (1914-2000)

John Kahn (Jerry Garcia Band] (1947-1996)

Sun Ra (1914-1993)

Carl Radle (1942-1980)

 RELEASED ON MAY 30 IN … 1973 

“Living in the Material World,” George Harrison (featuring “Give Me Love [Give Me Peace on Earth]”; producer: Harrison; Apple)

 RELEASED ON MAY 29 IN … 1984 

“Private Dancer,” Tina Turner (considered one of the greatest comebacks in rock history, the album spent 39 weeks in the U.S. Top 10 from August 1984 to May 1985; featuring “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Better Be Good to Me,” “Private Dancer” and “Let’s Stay Together”; producers: Terry Britten, Carter, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, Wilton Felder, Rupert Hine, Joe Sample, Greg Walsh, Martyn Ware; guests: Jeff Beck, Cy Curnin, John Illsley, Joe Sample, Martyn Ware, Jamie West-Oram, Richie Zito; Capitol)


B.J. Thomas (hit-making singer)


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