A few weeks back, we got a new Japandroids single plus a 2017 release date for their next album. Over the past week, two more artists I’ve spent a lot of time listening to in recent years did the same thing.

“Radio Kids” – Strand of Oaks. Someone said this sounded like Ryan Adams doing a Dinosaur Jr. song. I approve of that assessment. SoO’s last album, Heal, was a brutally honest account of both his and his wife’s failures in their marriage. Can’t wait to hear where he goes this time. His new album is out in January.

“Do You Still Love Me?” – Ryan Adams. FINALLY! The ultra prolific Adams has been teasing his new album for over a year. At one point there was even a Nov. 7 release date announced, but that came and went without new music. At last, though, we have the new single and an official date of Feb. 17 for Prisoner. Adams never holds anything back in his music, and this one promises to be especially epic and soul crushing, as he wrote it during and after his divorce from Mandy Moore.

“Christmas With You Is The Best” – Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick. Originally done by Roderick‚Äôs band The Long Winters, in a much different manner, this rocked-up version is perfect for those of you not really into a big Christmas.