Sponsor: Chase Tremaine Releases New Album

Chase Tremaine

Longtime Chorus.fm supporter Chase Tremaine is back with his sophomore album, Development & Compromise.  This new set sees the Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist pushing the emo-pop of his debut album Unfall in new directions, pulling from punk, prog, and jazz, resulting in twelve tracks that are as fun and catchy as they are raw and introspective. The album has received favorable comparisons from Chorus users to the likes of Thrice, The Dear Hunter, Mae, and Mew. Development & Compromise is now available wherever you stream music. Also, if you purchase the album on Bandcamp for only $6, you will be mailed a CD copy of the album and you will be contributing to Chase’s crowdfunding goal for a limited run of vinyl. (If the funding goal is met, everyone who made a Bandcamp purchase will also receive a discount code for the vinyl record.)

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Review: Adele – 21

Has any artist ever thrown down the gauntlet at the beginning of a year quite like Adele did with 21? Arriving on January 24, 2011 (in the United Kingdom, that is; it hit shelves in the States a month later), 21 quickly became not just the defining musical blockbuster of that year, but also of the still-young decade. No album since has had the same impact on the music world, or the world as a whole. 21 briefly made it feel like no one had ever heard another breakup album before. The mythology around the album (“Who broke Adele’s heart?” was a common question), along with the strength of the songs, made for a moment in music history that was genuinely monocultural. These days, it seems like there’s nothing everyone can share as common ground – period, let alone musically. 21 was different: a true four-quadrant classic that had something for everyone. From the pop music stans to the music critics to the songwriting classicists, Adele checked every box. Looking back, it feels like the last album that everyone could agree on. In terms of cultural significance, chart dominance, Grammy chances, and a million other metrics, every other artist who released something in 2011 was competing for second place.

While 21 dropped in January. I have never thought of it as a “winter” album. One of the (many) disadvantages to being a broke college student living in an outdated dorm in the winter of 2011 was that you had no good method to hear the latest music as it was breaking. Spotify hadn’t launched in the U.S. yet, paying for downloads via iTunes (or driving somewhere to buy a CD) wasn’t in the budget, and pirating music over the ethernet-only internet connection was both slow as hell and risky. That’s why I often went months without hearing the music that everyone else was talking about, 21 included. In this particular case, though, the delay proved to be serendipitous.

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Mighty – ‘You Deal With the Trash’ EP Track-by-Track Breakdown


Mighty has finally properly followed up their 2018 self-titled debut. The following year they dropped the “David’s Park Bench” single, then last year saw the release of a b-sides EP, but now, at long last, they’ve put out their true studio EP followup, You Deal With the Trash. It’s a continuation of the grimy alt-rock sound explored on Mighty, and in many ways also both a refinement and an extension thereof. Angelo Fiaretti, frontman of Mighty, walked us through the EP track-by-track.

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Morgan Wallen Tops the Charts (Again)

Morgan Wallen still has the top album in the country this week:

Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album spends a second straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 159,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 21 (down 40%), according to MRC Data. The album arrived atop the list a week ago with 265,000 units.