Another fantastic set here at Asheville FM. Getting ready to pack up and head out west to my home Los Angeles for the FYF Fest Music Festival. Planning on doing a hype show for it, because I am very hyped on it, as well as a recap post of the experience. In the meantime, I played a lot of new music and talked a little bit about some music news. I hope to do more frequent music news segments throughout the coming shows! So hopefully you’re into that, and if not, then I’ll stop. I’m a people pleaser.
[FRESH]Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
Photo by: Nina Corcoran
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It was 6 years ago in Rio of all places that Kevin Drew announced that Broken Social Scene would be no more after Forgiveness Rock Record. Being in the states at the time, I was crushed. I’ve seen them several times already, heard many of my favorite songs, but I didn’t want to see my favorite band go away. Or at the very least, wish I was there to see their good-bye. Many of the core members that made BSS so great had become too famous and were now surprise guest then live band line-ups. Not do belittle the works of the core-core members, Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman, and Charles Spearin, who have stuck with the band through most of it’s career, despite their other projects like Do Make Say Think (Spearin), Apostle of Hustle (Whiteman). Or the works of new members like Sam Goldberg (Kandle) and Lisa Lobsinger (Reverie Sound Revue). Now before I ramble on too much, Hug of Thunder brought back many old faces, including Evan Cranley and Amy Milan of Stars, Emily Haines and James Shaw of Metric, Leslie Feist, Jason Collett, and Ohad Benchetrit. It’s a fantastic album! Hug of Thunder came out July 7th, 2017 on Arts & Crafts.
[Look Out For]Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm
Photo by: Jesse Riggins
Bummed I’ll be in LA for her show here, but in my short time of living in Asheville, I’ve seen Waxahatchee come through a lot. More and more, her shows filled up, and I am glad to see we in the mountains have such an appreciation for her music. Out in the Storm goes more in the direction that Ivy Tripp did, evolving from the minimalistic sound of the early records, and adds layers of sound, which really accentuates Katie Crutchfields remarkable vocals. Break ups are often an inspiration for records, and often make some of the greatest albums. This is no exception. Out in the Storm comes out July 14th on Merge, but you can stream it now on NPR’s first listen.
[ALSO FRESH]Sarah P. – Who Am I
Big big thank you to Sarah P. for sending in a lovely intro to the show! All the way from Berlin. Sarah P. The ex-frontwoman of Keep Shelly in Athens has released her debut solo album Who Am I on her own record label EraseRestart. Relocating from Athens, Greece to Berlin, it’s seemed she’s found many inspirations to draw on from her move. She has been collaborating with many musicians including MMOTHS and Sun Glitters. Who Am I however has a lot to do with the current political climate and what that means for the future. But there is also a lot of personal feelings and thoughts in it as well. Berlin During Winter is a deeply personal song for Sarah, discussing her battle with mental illness. For a ton more info on the album, there is a great FAQ. Who Am I was released May 12th 2017.
[THE BREAKS]The Pharcyde – Labcabincalifornia
Wow, I am going to keep this one super short, as I just rambled on all those last ones. It’s hard when you really enjoy the music. There isn’t much that hasn’t already been said about the influence and raw power behind The Pharcyde. I wish I could say I was an OG when it came to listening to them, but it wasn’t until the Gorillaz included the great Bootie Brown on the track Dirty Harry, and then seeing him perform with them live, did I dive deeper in the Pharcyde hole. This is their second album, produced by the great J Dilla on Delicious Vinyl. This album includes the very famous song Drop, which features the Beastie Boys and was turned into one of Spike Lee’s illest music videos. Labcabincalifornia came out Nov 14th, 1995.
Want to request any music for an upcoming show? Obscure, sleeper, local, big hit, send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you a shout out if I end up using it! Tune in next week for my FYF Fest hype show, where I will be talking about what artists I am excited to see and who will be on tour in our area so no one has to feel jealous.