Oakland/Chicago musician Ezra Furman released his “not a concept album” concept album Transangelic Exodus in early 2018. As explained by Furman, “The narrative thread is I’m in love with an angel, and a government is after us, and we have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harbouring angels. The term ‘transangelic’ refers to the fact people become angels because they grow wings. They have an operation, and they’re transformed. And it causes panic because some people think it’s contagious, or it should just be outlawed.” Our song of the day is the album’s early single “Love You So Bad,” a retro-glam rocker. For Transangelic Exodus, Furman’s backing band for his last two records, 2015’s Perpetual Motion People and 2013’s Day of the Dog, The Boy-Friends changed their name to The Visions, marking a change for the new record. Transangelic Exodus is out now on Bella Union.
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is "Throwback" by Jim James, from the 2018 album Uniform Distortion on ATO Records.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "Specs" by Lithics, from the 2018 album Mating Surfaces on Kill Rock Stars.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "Ruins" by Collections of Colonies of Bees, from the 2018 album HAWAII on Polyvinyl Records.