On-Air Next 08.12.14
On Air Next August 11th
Summer is rapidly coming to a close, which means that things are about to get stressful once more. Whether it’s moving into a new place, starting a new job or going back to school, life gets hectic around this time every year. But when the day is done and over with, new music is great to heal your wounds or to act as a soundtrack to party your troubles away.
Here is what is On-Air Next on Radio 1190:
You know those groups of goofy kids that stand outside of venues trying to bum smokes off of older dudes because they have big X’s drawn on their wrists? What if those kids formed a band? Well, they did and they are called Twin Peaks. On their second LP Wild Onion the foursome bring together elements of garage rock, punk and glam with a paper-thin lo-fi production that makes the album sound as if it was recorded in a decrepit bar somewhere in Chicago. Tracks such as “Flavor” catch the band in their truest form, playing power-pop tunes like they are going out of style (or already out of style). With a solid second record from this group of youngsters we can only hope that they stay as gritty and gnarly as they sound on Wild Onion.
Okay, okay, we can all settle down now because the new Spoon record is now here. And it is good. Four years following 2010’s Transference the Austin indie-rock demigods release their fist disk off Loma Vista recordings with some of the best production heard this year thus far. They Want My Soul is a great mix of mid-2000’s Wilco-esque ballads and bluesy rock and roll freak-outs showcasing Spoon in their most energetic and organic form. With some of their best songwriting in years, both old and new fans of the band will have plenty to chew on with this new record.
Denmark may be far from the beach, but on the seventh record from The Raveonettes, the shoegazing duo fully immerse themselves in surf rock culture. Named after the popular surfing spot in Maui, Pe’ahi is a radically noisy take on beach rock. In 2013, vocalist Sune Rose Wagner’s father passed away, so the garage rock superstar decided to dive deep into Southern Californian beach rock culture and sound. But on this record, Wagner deals with less sunny topics such as near-drowning experiences, his relationship with his father and the death of a family member. The Raveonettes set their latest LP apart from all six of their previous releases and create the darkest beach punk album we’ve heard this year.