English artist Alexander James O’Connor, who writes and records as Rex Orange County, is back this week with an album he wrote and recorded in 12 days with Dutch producer Benny Sings. The curiously titled WE DO NOT CARE? look beyond the pandemic of the past two years and imagine a world where life is a little looser and more carefree. On this week’s show we listen to WE DO NOT CARE? and talk about Rex Orange County’s gift for lyricism, his songwriting talent, and why “keep it up” became his mantra while making the album.
We also have rare recordings by New Orleans soul singer Irma Thomas, the immediately piercing Go away PE of Orion Sun, rapper Fly Anakin and many more. WBEZ and Vocalo Radio’s Ayana Contreras joins WXPN’s John Morrison, NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson and host Robin Hilton as they share their picks for best new albums on March 11.
- Sun of Orion — Go away
Featured tracks: “intro” and “without you”
- Orange Rex County — WE DO NOT CARE?
Featured Tracks: “SHOOT ME DOWN” and “KEEP IT UP”
- Stealing Anakin— Franc
Featured Tracks: “Love Song (Come Back)” and “Bread”
- Jenny Hval — classic objects
Featured Track: “Graveyard of Splendor”
- Irma Thomas— Full Time Wife, The Lost Cotillion Album (on vinyl)
Featured Track: “Adam and Eve”
Other notable releases for March 11:
- Alex Cameron— Oxy Music
- Benny the Butcher — Tana talk 4
- The Boo Radleys – keep on falling
- BOY — Echoes like memories
- Drug Church — Hygiene
- Fatboi Sharif & LoneSword — Cyber City Society
- Buckle – Sonancy
- Lucky Day— CANDYDRIP