Three shows deep now! Feeling more and more real as it goes on. I got a nice little shout-out last week in the Asheville FM newsletter when I posted some turntable pics to my story on Instagram. Keep up with my shenanigans on Instagram by following: _vascool. I post playlist previews as well try to keep my story going for show days, especially when I drop the needle. Enough shameless self-promotion. Listen to the latest show below and check out some highlights from it.
[Look Out For]Julia Jacklin – Eastwick b/w Cold Caller
Photo by: Shervin Lainez
Man when I first saw Aussie singer/songwriter Julia Jacklin on the scene, I was in. So glad Polyvinyl picked her up so her music can be expanded easily to the States. If you haven’t given her debut album Don’t Let the Kids Win a listen yet, do yourself a favor and do so. She’s putting out a 7 inch single of her new songs Eastwick and Cold Caller. And the cover art, swoon city. I am a sucker for monochromatic color schemes (I mentioned Washed Out’s new album). The 7 inch comes out Sept 6th on Polyvinyl.
[Fresh]SZA – CTRL
Photo by: Johan Sandberg
So let me just help you out if you need it, Siz-Ah. CTRL is such a beautiful fresh take on R&B and Neo Soul. After putting out a few self-produced EPs and Z, CTRL is her first studio release. It was a very tumultuous effort, with SZA even debating about retirement before it’s release. I am so glad she didn’t because it was worth the wait. My favorite album release-video features follow ZA moniker artist, the almighty RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan giving his blessing. Damn! CTRL is out now via Top Dawg and RCA. Girl next door chic.
[Classic]Main Source – Breaking Atoms
I will admit, I wasn’t an OG Main Source fan. It wasn’t until my Vinyl Me Please subscription brought them to me, and I am damn glad it did. They are awesome! I don’t know how they didn’t get as much mainstream appeal as Nas or Tribe, seeing how Breaking Atoms is so highly regarded in the Hip Hop community as one of the most influential albums. Maybe they did at the time, they were featured on the Boyz In The Hood soundtrack with their awesome song, that I wish I could play, ‘Just a Friendly Game of Baseball.’ Warning if you go to look it up, it’s very explicit. Along the lines of a famous banned N.W.A song. This is the album that debuted Nas to the world on the track ‘Live at the Barbeque.’ I think this album is the most notable because it features New York Hip Hop Producer Large Professor, who later left the group. I could go on into what he did next, and who he worked with, but it’s not about him, it’s about the whole group. Breaking Atoms was released in 1989 on Wild Pitch Records.
[The Breaks]Talkdemonic – Beat Romantic
Photo by: Ben Moon
Talkdemonic is an interesting story. It started out when multi-instrumentalist Kevin O’Connor wanted to create a musical project to explore his love for hip-hop beats and electronic music. The story goes, O’Connor was at a club in Portland when he heard a voice say the word “talkdemonic.” Thus the project was born. Though the group is technically a duo, O’Connor at first played live shows alone with Viola and Synth member Lisa Molinaro pre-recording and having her parts played via a laptop, until 2004 when she started to join in on the tour. Their latest record ‘Ruins’ was released on Isaac Brock’s label Glacial Pace. Molinaro has become a full-time member with Modest Mouse, and also dates Isaac Brock. Two weeks ago I highlighted the Books, and coincidentally enough, this group also considers themselves to be in the niche folktronica genre. Beat Romantic was released on Arena Rock Recording in 2006.
Want to request any music for an upcoming show? Obscure, sleeper, 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 to hear new James Vincent McMorrow, Grizzly Bear, Soccer Mommy, Hundred Waters and T L C?!? Tuesday at 7am on 103.3 Asheville FM.