I know it’s my show and I pick the music to play…but I have to say this was one of the best show’s, from start to finish, I’ve programmed for a while. Hey…I’m only as good as what is out there and I uncovered some genuine oysters. Let tell you about what I found this week.
I got the show kicked off with a tune from Coastgaard. Coastgaard is an unsigned, four-piece, indie-rock outfit based in Brooklyn, New York. These talented young artists describe their music as “neo-surf rock. A combination of vintage-modern set to music.” They insist that their sound is not pegged to one genre; rather a blending of “Early 60’s rhythms, 90’s guitar layering with dreamy arrangements. They self-released their self-titled, debut album last year and are now back with a dynamite new single called “Black White Fuzz.”
Completing the two-song set of the opening hour was the latest from Tropic of Youth. Tropic of Youth are an indie rock quartet out of Sheffield, England. They definitely have a little Vampire Weekend feel to them. That tune I just aired was “Poa Kichizi Kama Ndizi” and it’s from their most recent effort, SUN CITY, which is a five-song EP. It also originally came out in April, however, I just found it via Plastic Fish’s SoundCloud page and I thought it was good enough to share with you even though it’s over six months old.
Changing musical direction with a band that reached out to me directly, which is just frickin’ awesome. They are Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, which is a great name for a band. This self-decribed “Psych-Pop” band is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are five members strong is Miss Brianna Kocka handling the vocals. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays have just released this single, “Make It Last.” (Sorry…I do not have a link for this song as it does not officially release until November 4th)
Then came a tune from Andy Burrows. Andy also has gone under a different moniker as well; a band called I Am Arrows, which I featured back in August of 2010. Andy was also the drummer for the band Razorlight; so the young man has talent. The new album is FALL TOGETHER AGAIN. I sampled for airplay track number seven, which is “See A Girl.” The disc officially dropped on October 20th.
Next up is an amazing mixed-gendered, Indie Blue-Rock oriented trio from Los Angeles, California called The Great Escape. They are Malte Hagemeister, Kristian Nord and Amie Miriello. Even though this three-some currently make Southern California their home; two of the band members (the guys) are from Hamburg, Germany. The lovely and talented frontwoman, Amie, is originally from Connecticut. This disparate collection combine to make some “Foot stomping and genre busting” music. The song I had to spin the show is the opening track of their debut, self-titled album; it’s “All I Think About” and it was featured earlier this year in a JC Penny commercial, which first aired during this year’s Oscars. What a coup for the band.
I followed that up with new music from San Cisco. San Cisco is back. The young and talented mixed-gendered foursome out of Perth, Australia is making noise for their sophomore release, which is yet to be named or a release date given. I can’t imagine the pressure these kids are under to top their coming out party last year. I first found them in 2011 when they first starting releasing singles. Over the next two years they kept writing and performing, which lead to their debut, self-titled album in 2013; and to which…they had huge success at home and here in the States. But think about it. They had over two years to put together the material for the songs for their debut release and less than one year to create the second. Wow…that’s gotta be tough and remember…these kids are only twenty years old. Anyway…the pre-release single was “Run.”
My lineage subject was British India. This quartet out of Australia was all teenagers when they formed British India, naming themselves after a B-side by psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock. They started with acoustic covers of Blur and Bob Dylan before moving to harder edged jams. They soon got the attention of a record producer and they were signed in 2006. They released their full-length, debut album in 2007, which is where part two of today’s feature comes in…but more about that later. Since the release of their debut, British India has released almost one CD per year, however, right now…for 2014 they have just released this single, “Wrong Direction,” so I’m thinking the full-length album is set for a 2015 release. Obviously, this single is meant as a tease or a taste of what is to come.
Part two of the lineage was fulfilled with “Tie Up My Hands,” which can be found on British India’s 2007 debut album; GUILLOTINE.
My re-issue release of the week was from Rod Stewart…and the album that’s been re-issued is EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY. Wow! What a great album this is. Originally released in 1971 this album still holds up to this day. ROLLING STONE magazine consistently lists this album as “one record every person should listen to before they die.” I’m not quite that dramatic but it is a pretty F-ing good album. It had classics on it like the Title Track, “Mandolin Wind” and the one I played…”Maggie May.”
Closing off that two-song set was the new single from the band…Island Cassettes. Island Cassettes is an unsigned, mixed-gendered, Indie Alt. Pop band out of Kent, England. That song I aired, “Navajo,” has been released as a stand alone single from Kissability Records. To me that tune had a Paul Simon meets Vampire Weekend feel to it, however, I also think it stands very well on its own.
Keeping the tunes going here with a band I personally am totally smitten. They are called Highs; from Toronto, Canada and they are one gal and three guys playing some inventive, challenging Indie Pop. I say challenging because I don’t think it is an easy listen and one has to really pay attention to their songs to “Get It.” With that being said, this young and amazingly talented band has received recognition from their hometown and the song I have for you this morning has been featured in the Indie Film, ADULT WORLD, which features John Cusack; it’s titled “Nomad.” (Download it for free here)
I followed that up with the latest from The Yetis. The Yetis are an unsigned, Indie, Surf-Rock quartet out of Allentown, Pennsylvania. What a nice song to hear on a beautiful Autumnal morning to conjure up Summer. That tune was “Warm California” and it’s been released as a single b/w “Little Surfer Girl,” which is not a cover of the Beach Boys classic.
Next up is the new single from Inspired & the Sleep. Actually it’s one song in a collection of new songs included in an EP from Plastic Fish Records called AMERICAN SOLE. The compilation is eight-songs long, which also includes the single, “Days,” from Beach Youth, which I played about a month ago on this show. BTW, the compilation is marvelous. It is filled with some fun, up-tempo tunes and well worth looking into. The tune I chose to spin for my audience was “Pool Guard.”
Let me slip in one more from King TV. This is another track from the AMERICAN SOLE compilation CD from Plastic Fish Records. King TV is an Indie Alt. Pop quartet based in South London. The track I picked was “Stop Your Crying.”
Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.
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