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The best music of 2022: early selections

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Sturgis native David Hersrud brings his years in the music industry and lifelong interest in discovering new music. David and Larry Rohrer remember two legacy groups and preview their new music. Billy Idol “The Cage” and the Pixies “Doggerel” on this Episode of Fresh Tracks.

We are in the final stretch of 2022, and it is time to start thinking of the best music of the year. There are a lot of candidates and many of the top selections come from so-called "legendary artists." Jethro Tull, Def Leppard, Tears for Fears, Bonnie Raitt, Arthur Brown, Wilco, Spoon, and Elvis Costello are all part of the conversation.

Billy Idol released his EP "The Cage" in 2022. Idol was a member of the seminal British punk rock band Generation X. He moved to the United States in 1981 to pursue a solo career and became an MTV staple.

Billy Idol remains active. He continues to tour and recently released his autobiography which is a New York Times best-seller. A documentary about his life is being produced with Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund.

The Pixies also released their new album "Doggerel" in 2022.

The band was formed in Boston in 1986. While the group was hugely popular in Europe they remained mostly underground at home.

The band still received high praise from critics. Over seven years, the Pixies released four albums. "Surfer Rosa" and "Doolittle" are considered classics.

The Pixies would influence bands like Nirvana, Radiohead, and The Strokes. They are credited as an originator of the dynamic loud-quiet-loud song shifts.

The band broke up in 1993 and reformed in 2004. "Doggerel" is their eighth album and easily one of their best.

Larry, although retired as Assistant General Manager for SDPB, continues to write, host, and do media production and voice work for SDPB.
Carl Norquist is a producer and writer for In the Moment. An EMMY-winning producer, Carl previously worked for KTIV News 4 in Sioux City, IA. Carl is a Minnesota native and graduate of Augustana University with majors in Art and English.