Your First Listen (Week of Jan. 12)


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.

Joywave – “Somebody New”

You may know New York’s Joywave from their collaboration with Big Data on the huuuge 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”. From Joywave’s new EP How Do You Feel its called “Somebody New”.

Emily Haines – “The Fatal Gift”

After their last tour for their record Synthetica they swore they’d take a break but they just couldn’t. Metric’s Emily Haines went right back to writing – and she already has a new track. She released it on Christmas Day and it’s called “The Fatal Gift”.

Airborne Toxic Event – “Wrong”

L.A. rock band Airborne Toxic Event are gearing up for their fourth album, and they’ve been playing the first single “Wrong” at a whole bunch of live shows lately. They played the Danforth earlier this year but if you missed it, you can listen to it here.

Hollerado – “Firefly”

Two years ago when Hollerado put out their last album White Paint, they made their fans a big promise — they’d write personalized songs for the the first ones who pre-ordered it. Despite having some tough experiences to get through in this past year – including health issues and frontman Menno Versteeg’s apartment burning down, they’ve followed through and written 111 personalized songs. Mostly for fans, but some of them for people they know. The first single Menno wrote for his wife, about rebuilding after their place burnt down. But it’s also symbolic of taking the hardships of the past couple years and creating something beautiful!

Jamie T – “Don’t You Find”

A singer-songwriter from the UK, Jamie T has been releasing records for eight years — and across the pond he’s getting major love. He’s played Glastonbury and even been named the Best Solo Artist by music magazine NME, beating out huge artists like Thom Yorke. Now he’s getting your attention on this side of the atlantic from his latest Album Carry On The Grudge, one that’ll get stuck in your head probably on your first listen: it’s “Don’t You Find”.