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Suggestions for your summertime listening

On this episode of Fresh Tracks, Larry Rohrer and David Hersrud offer new music suggestions for your summer listening.

First, Jason Isbell. Isbell and the 400 Unit's album "Weathervanes" is named after a mental health facility in Florence, Alabama. It's their ninth album, and many critics are hailing it as their best work yet.

Isbell, formerly a member of Drive-By Truckers from 2001 to 2007, showcases his Americana sound, which blends various American roots music styles such as country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues.

Two notable tracks from the album are "Death Wish" and "Middle of the Morning."

Paul Simon's latest release, "Seven Psalms," is a 33-minute suite that stands apart from anything he has previously recorded in his six-decade-long career.

Although his 2016 album "Stranger to Stranger" was intended to be his last original album, Simon felt compelled to create this unique work as he reflected on faith and mortality.

"Seven Psalms" showcases the profound thoughts and perspectives of this legendary songwriter.

Sparks, consisting of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, is known for their innovative, brash, funny and eccentric music. Described as an art-pop band, they have had a significant influence on new wave, post-punk and alternative rock.

Their ability to seamlessly transition between different styles is highly praised. One of their tracks, "The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte," exemplifies their creative and boundary-pushing approach.

The Pretty Things' "The Complete Studio Albums 1964-2020" is a comprehensive collection comprising 13 albums.

The band holds the distinction of releasing the first rock opera. "S.F. Sorrow" is a psychedelic masterpiece that preceded The Who's "Tommy" by one year.

Additionally, Dick Taylor, a member of The Pretty Things, was a founding member of The Rolling Stones. Noteworthy songs from their discography include "Don't Bring Me Down," "I Can Never Say" and "Belfast Cowboys."

Larry, although retired as Assistant General Manager for SDPB, continues to write, host, and do media production and voice work for SDPB.