Fresh off my second show. If you missed the live recording, listen to it below. Getting in the groove and spinning some vinyl this show! I was really stoked to drop the needle on Kevin Morby’s City Music, which I got an early copy on wax of (out this Friday, June 16th). I am enjoying waking up with a purpose Tuesday mornings. Although, I am currently finding it hard to pick and choose what songs make the cut for the show and what songs get bumped to the next. One hour of music fills up fast! Like I really wanted to share the new War On Drugs, but I am going to have to save it for next week. I am sure things will change once I get caught up on sharing all the new music that came out in the past few months, but there are still tons of new things on the horizon.
Anyways, here’s some more in depth looks at some of the song choices this week.
[Fresh]Chastity Belt – I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
If you google this band, be sure to include the line “band” or “music” in your search. This indie rock 4 piece that got its start in Walla Walla, Washington (god that’s such a great town name), but has since relocated to Seattle, just released their third studio album on June 2nd via Hardly Art. The album has a heavy shoegaze feel to it. Great rainy day or blanket fort music, it reminds me of times where I found it nice to find comfort in being an introvert. Chastity Belt will be in town at the Mothlight June 25th with Darren Hanlon.
[Look Out For]Alvvays – Antisocialites
I really wish I was able to catch the release of their single In Undertow before my last show, would have loved to play it super fresh. The Toronto based indie pop band hinted two weeks ago that they were going to announce something. Antisocialites is the follow up to the 2014 release of their Self Titled album. The Self Titled was so charming and dreamy, and with the single it feels we will get more or less the same thing, hitting maybe a little more of the dream pop, shoegaze sounds. Can’t wait to hear more from this band! Hopefully a NA tour will follow the album’s release Sept 8th via Polyvinyl.
[Classic]Blonde Redhead – Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
So I have to admit, the main reason I am revisiting this album is because I get the pleasure of seeing it played in its entirety in LA at FYF Fest. That festival has been notorious for having at least one full album set, from Saves the Day’s ‘Stay What You Are’ to The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Pyschocandy,’ they seem to try to have it as a reoccurring theme now. Maybe to the younger generation it will just be the album that has the song played at the end of that one Rick and Morty episode, but it was a pretty big avantgarde album for its time. Produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, it retains a certain punk feel at times, amongst the eeriness of it all. Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons was released June 6th, 2000. There would be a four year hiatus after this album due to an accident singer Kazu Makino suffered, and the last time they released anything with Touch and Go Records before moving to 4AD.
[The Breaks]Samiyam – Wish You Were Here
Just as important as any of the songs I play on my show are the instrumentals I play during breaks. Sometimes they are just such good beats, they need a little more attention than the time they get. One of the breaks on my show features the song ‘Italy’ by Samiyam (pronounced Sam I Am). He’s a hip hop producer best known for his works with Earl Sweatshirt of OFWGKTA. He’s involved with Brainfeeder, working along side Flying Lotus, and Stones Throw Records, where ‘Wish You Were Here’ was released on. “I’m not about futuristic spaceship beats, just straight forward hip-hop.” Wish You Were Here was released Oct 8th, 2013.
Want to request any music for an upcoming show? Obscure, local, big hit, send them my way and I’ll give you a shout out if I end up using it! Tune in next week when I’ll be playing music from Ride, Big Thief, and The War on Drugs, Tuesday at 7am on 103.3 Asheville FM.