Your First Listen (Week of Dec. 1)

5 remarkable tracks you need to hear

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.

Will Butler – Take My Side

You know Will Butler as a member of Arcade Fire. He plays synthesizer, bass, guitar, and percussion. He’s the brother of Arcade Fire frontman, Win Butler. But now, he’s breaking out and doing his own thing. His new solo album Policy is out on March 10th. He plays almost all of the instruments on the record himself, and if you’re a fan of janglin’ garage rock, you might just dig it.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In the Heat of the Moment

Oasis is never getting back together, so if you need your Gallagher fix, you can get it with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The band’s second album Chasing Yesterday is on the way in the new year, and it’s already drawing comparisons to the Oasis record, Definitely Maybe. The first single came out on the 17th of November.

Joywave – Somebody New

You may know New York’s Joywave from their collaboration with Big Data on the huge track “Dangerous” – but they’re a rock band in their own right, too. And here’s what they sound like doing their thing – you’ll recognize the menacing groove right away. Someone on YouTube said it best in the comments: “THIS SONG IS BEAST”. This song is from their new EP, How Do You Feel.

The New Basement Tapes – Kansas City

The original Basement Tapes is a 1975 album from Bob Dylan and the Band. The New Basement Tapes are a band, but Dylan is still involved. Recently, a whole bunch of handwritten lyrics written by Dylan in 1967 were discovered, and were then turned into the songs on the recently released album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes. So who are The New Basement Tapes? There are a bunch of members, including Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford (of Mumford & Suns). In this track, there’s rumoured to even be a special guest guitarist, Johnny Depp.

Catfish & The Bottlemen – Kathleen

This one’s from “across the pond” – Catfish & The Bottlemen have been making music for 4 years, garnering a ton of praise overseas and building big buzz from BBC there and MTV on this side of the Atlantic. Their debut album The Balcony came out September 15th.