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On Air Next 9.7.16

Caden Marchese

Midterms are right around the corner and many CU students are desperate for a moment to relax. Take it easy, give yourself a break, and check out these three new releases spinning on Radio 1190 KVCU this week.

Of all the fall releases, “MY WOMAN” from Angel Olsen might be the most hotly anticipated new album. The record has already earned Best New Music from Pitchfork, and launched Angel Olsen on a lengthy tour across the country and overseas. You might remember Angel Olsen from 2014’s “Burn Your Fire For No Witness,” 2012’s “Half Way Home,” or 2011’s debut “Strange Cacti,” but “MY WOMAN” might be her best record yet.

The album begins with “Intern,” a melancholy alto ballad which finds itself in Lana Del Rey territory. If Lana’s not your vibe, don’t tune out quite yet. “Never Be Mine” picks up the pace considerably and leads into the second single “Shut Up Kiss Me,”  which is packed with electrifying tension, catchy hooks, and a Mick Ronson-esque guitar solo. Bowie feels like he’s all over this record: witty lyrics, unexpected melodic turns, and a great sense of patience are just a couple compliments I could heap upon Angel Olsen’s newest work. “MY WOMAN” is definitely one of the landmark albums of 2016 and quite a treat for our collective midterm blues.

A match made in heaven, there’s not much better than a new Angel Olsen record paired with new Cass McCombs. McCombs has been a long time industry favorite; within the music world he’s respected as a gatekeeper of the songwriting craft. Cass McCombs’ trademark is quality rather than fame. Although the spotlight is tempting, the singer-songwriter is adept at making great songs that never sacrifice expression for mainstream appeal. That’s something I think we can all respect.

McCombs is suave as hell and not afraid to push boundaries. His video for “Medusa’s Outhouse” attracted quizzical stares from the music press: it’s dark, NSFW, and certainly not what we would expect from the folk artist, but hauntingly beautiful nonetheless. New to Cass McCombs? Listen to “Run Sister Run,” “Rancid Girl,” and “Cry” first, but be sure to play the rest of the album while you desperately try to cram Differential Equations into your poor, battered brain.

Well you did it. You passed (?) your exam, it’s Thursday night, and you’re ready to party the way God intended. For all you late night ravers, arriving this week is “25 25” from DFA dancefreaks Factory Floor. The group took their pick from the best of electronic sounds. “25 25” is riddled with housey vocal jabs, industrial murkiness, acid drumbeats, and dance-punk energy. Like a quadruple Americano from one of Boulder’s 14 Starbucks locations, Factory Floor have a certain sort of untamed synthetic energy. I’m excited to play it on the radio, if anything “25 25” will encourage the drivers on 36 to move a little faster on a Friday afternoon.

These are just a taste of the great music we’re known for at Radio 1190. Take a listen in Boulder or Denver by leaving your dial set to 1190AM.v

On Air Next 8.31.16

Caden Marchese

by Elijah Jarocki

 

Since Alan Vega’s passing in July, the influence of legendary protopunk duo Suicide has become especially apparent. In my opinion, almost every new release seems to have a touch of Suicide–whether intentional or accidental. The three records I’ll be discussing this week all have obvious connections to Suicide, but hey, I’m not complaining.

 

Playing loud from the nation’s capital, Eva Moolchan is the artistic force behind the minimalist post-punk project Sneaks. Her new record “Gymnastics” features a three instruments: voice, bass, drum machine, often opting for merely two. The songs are short, the lengthiest on “Gymnastics” clocks in at a quick 2:04, but every track lasts for exactly the right length.

 

Sneaks is clearly an offspring of Suicide, both projects utilize one drum machine groove per track and focus on constructing a mood rather than a statement. “X.t.y.” relies on a fat bass and drum machine groove at first, then Moolchan’s lyrics slip defiantly through the rhythmic gaps. Her lyrics sound like Jonathan Richman or The B52’s, though she never allows herself the adorable dorkiness of either group. “Gymnastics” is already gaining traction, the record is scheduled for a reissue through Merge Records in the next couple weeks. Sneaks will continues to record with Merge, with a new record hopefully hitting at the top of next year. Allow yourself a quick treat, check out “Gymanstics” this week.

 

“Flood Network” from Katie Dey is definitely the best thing I’ve heard in a second–not to mention that it’s Radio 1190’s September CD of the month. Perhaps it’s my penchant for electronic songwriting, or my love of haywire technology, but for me “Flood Network” is a type of glitchy bliss. Katie Dey caused an internet tsunami after this year’s “Asdfasdf” release through Orchid Tapes. “Flood Network” is longer than “Asdfasdf,” and jam packed with interludes, stutters, bleeps, and bloops. This record feels like the internet, a deep listen conjures up images of hyperlinks, memes, and deep pockets of culture.

 

The Suicide influence is harder to place with “Flood Network” but still distinct. The rhythms Katie Dey uses are altered versions of Suicide’s classic sounds. Like Suicide, Katie Dey lets instrumental sections ride, she’s never to anxious to stick her voice where it doesn’t belong. The lead single “Fear O The Light” is the most catchy of the release, but don’t miss “Fleas,” “Only to Trip and Fall Down Again,” and “So You Pick Yourself Up.” Listen to “Flood Network,” and if you dig I would recommend peeping Spencer Radcliffe, Ricky Eat Acid, and Cloud Becomes Your Hand.

 

Do you want to turn your life into a irl version of Castlevania? If so, don’t sleep on the new record from Tobacco, “Sweatbox Dynasty.” Serving as the frontman for Black Moth Super Rainbow, Thomas Fec aims his synths at pop music. However, approaching Tobacco he seems more interested in paranoia and dread. His new record is absolutely reminiscent of video game soundtracks, and “Warlock Mary” sounds like the final boss battle of your disturbed experience. Tobacco definitely uses Suicide’s aptitude for spookiness, “Dimensional Hum” shares its dreadful feeling with Suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop.” If you wanna catch Tobacco, check him out at the Larimer Lounge on October 18th, or listen to Radio 1190 KVCU in the upcoming weeks.


 

On Air Next 8.24.16

Caden Marchese

by Elijah Jarocki

 

Nothing is more impressive than a meticulous attention to detail. Whether it be pinterest-inspired art installations adorning freshman dorms or the complexity woven into sand-worn hieroglyphics, within details we see each other’s true creativity. The records this week decorate their sonic spaces differently, but each new release invites us into a different nook of our world. Take a peek.

 

Flamingods’ new record “Majesty” is a 41 minute celebration. The quintet hails from Bahrain, and their music is a hodge-podge of instruments from around the globe. The titular first cut from “Majesty” immediately dives into a deep pool of exotic sounds. Electric guitar swims with non-western percussion as band-leader Kamal Rasool sings through thick auditory layers. The record is opaque, sometimes it’s hard to comprehend everything that’s going on. You can’t quite grasp it, it’s not a simple pop track but a psychedelic experience akin to Animal Collective.

 

“Gojira” is the most rock n roll song on “Majesty,” however even its fuzzy lead guitar lines are paired with polyrhythmic drumming and bright background instruments. Even more atmospheric is the back half of the record. The Beatles surely had some of these sounds running through their mind when constructing their late-era recordings. Step into a dazzling world of psychedelic pop with “Majesty,” the new record from Flamingods.

 

Pascal Pinon is two icelandic twins with a taste for melancholy. Their new record “Sudur” hits many of the same chords as Sufjan Stevens’ “Carrie & Lowell,” but with an icelandic twist. For this record, they worked with Alex Sommers (producer and partner for our ethereal prince Jónsi). “Sundur” is cold and sparse, only a couple instruments join the twins on their lonely endeavor. Their voices are gorgeous and emotive, let these sisters take you by the hand for a long, somber, beautiful journey.

 

Finally, Creative Adult thrives in a dark, ominous cavern. While recording new record “Fear of Life,” interpersonal tensions within the band were pushed to their limit, even so far as to drive vocalist Scott Phillips to a different studio to record vocal takes. The stress is felt throughout the record: although Creative Adult cite Oasis and Spacemen 3 as major influences, gloomier acts like Protomartyr and Interpol feel closer to “Fear of Life’s” vibe. The new record was released through Run For Cover Records, fans of the label will definitely dig “Fear of Life.” Bookending the release are two 8-minute bangers that fuse punk with touches of stadium rock. Although making “Fear of Life” seems like it was a traumatic experience, we can all reap the benefits together.

 

Catch all three of these releases on Radio 1190 KVCU this week, and dive into three worlds quite different than Boulder.

 

On Air Next 8.17.16

Caden Marchese

by Elijah Jarocki

Gonjasufi: Heavy, industrial elements, sauntering, apocalyptic, vocals a la tindersticks, moaning and writhing, middle eastern melodies, overdriven, compressed, glitchy, massive attack, trip hop, portishead, black metal elements, denver based echo beds, creeping, murderous, gut-wrenching carolyn shadows, delay feedback, dark with gritty textures, Sumach Ecks, yoga teacher actor, warp records

AJJ: formerly andrew jackson jihad, folk punk, pat the bunny, ghost mice, bomb the music industry, phoenix arizona, crunchy, americana swing, a little synth work, vocals up front and quiverin, if you never checked em out but loved car seat headrest ‘my brain is a human body”

Ryley Walker:  Rockford, Illinois, gorgeous, warm, tinkling, plays with dissonance, blend of electric and acoustic instruments, kevin morby, hiss golden messenger, playing with Mac Demarco on eTown here in boulder on september 1

There is a filing cabinet in a dimly-lit backroom of your mind. Inside are contained feelings of dread, scraps of paper with dark secrets scrawled across the page, and a whole host of all your greatest fears. If you want to take a peek inside, Gonjasufi holds the keys. Sumach Ecks’ new record “Callus” weighs a thousand pounds, and saunters through speakers with a murderous swagger. The record is a nightmare mix of trip-hop, industrial, and black metal–best played loud. Massive Attack and Portishead would be proud of “Callus,” if not even a little jealous.

Gonjasufi is represented through Warp records, the label for the electronic elite such as Aphex Twin and Oneohtrix Point Never; “Callus” is proof that Gonjasufi can still hang with the big boys. Track “Carolyn Shadows” is particularly gut-wrenching, the last seconds hit with a feedback delay loop that rips through your skull. I would never expect this record to come from an actor and yoga teacher, I guess Ecks has a couple personalities tucked into those skin tight pants. If you have been feeling quite too joyful recently, a bit happy-go-lucky, and want to turn it down a touch, blast “Callus” the new record from Gonjasufi, and all your problems will be solved.

If you were a fan of The Bible but thought it lacked a bit of folk-punk crunch, I have just the thing for you. Highly anticipated sequel “The Bible 2” is the newest release from AJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad). If you’re thirsty and angsty, let these black-clad Arizona punkers soothe your soul. AJJ walks the line between americana swing and crunchy punk with style.

If you dig Car Seat Headrest and wanna venture into a little folk-punk, start with the track “My Brain is a Human Body.” The most low-fi track of the album, the song has a couple simple chords, distorted and quivering vocals, and hard-hitting percussion. This record will clearly find a home with fans of Ghost Mice, Pat the Bunny, and Bomb the Music Industry!, but “The Bible 2”’s catchy melodies will turn the ear of listeners from all backgrounds.  Don your black skinny jeans, and slip into “The Bible 2,” the new record from AJJ.

The most wholesome of this week’s records, “Golden Sings That Have Been Sung” from Ryley Walker is a twilight summer drive. Country-flavored guitar and tinkling background instrumentation makes the record immediately nostalgic. From Rockford, Illinois, Ryley Walker holds a sort-of down-home attitude coupled with a splash of dissonance. If you loved the Kevin Morby record from earlier this year, or have a Hiss Golden Messenger cd in your van, Ryley Walker will be right up your alley. Lead singles “The Roundabout” and “The Halfwit in Me” are both gorgeous songs, the other tracks on “Golden Sings That Have Been Sung” have a good amount of diversity. Songs range from soft-spoken verses to rock and roll bliss throughout the recording.

Whether you have a hankerin’ for doom, punk, or country, you can check out new records from Gonjasufi, AJJ, and Ryley Walker this week on Radio 1190 KVCU.

On Air Next 7.20.16

Caden Marchese

by Elijah Jarocki

Kathleen Hanna is over her battle with Lyme disease, over feeling apologetic, and over her reputation with Bikini Kill. Her new record with The Julie Ruin “Hit Reset” isn’t nostalgic, it pushes confidently into the future. Hanna’s badass as ever, outspoken and brash with her lyrics. Backing her up is a formidable crew of musicians which Hanna covertly assembled at the beginning of 2010. A series of friendly manipulations got Kathi Wilcox, Kenny Mellman, Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landeau in the same place on January 13th, 2010–the rest fell perfectly into place. The Julie Ruin’s 2013 album “Run Fast” was accepted with critical praise, but this year’s “Hit Reset” is a definite contender for end-of-the-year lists.

On “Hit Reset,” different genres combine with ease. From Krautrock to Surf Punk, the instruments feel immediately comfortable yet original. Track “Planet You” combines a Los Campesinos vocal melody with some B-52’s call and response–the result is sardonic, catchy, and groovy. The lyrical content on “Hit Reset” is all over the place. Some songs are about her parents, some songs are not-so subtle digs on the music industry, and “Mr. So and So” is about a self-proclaimed feminist who strikes closer to misogyny. The Julie Ruin are on a national tour right now and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. They aren’t swinging through Denver, but you can catch “Hit Reset” spinning on Radio 1190 KVCU.

BadBadNotGood continue their sonic experimentation on their new record “IV.”
Their last release was 2015’s “SOUR SOUL” in which they worked closely with Ghostface Killah, featured Danny Brown, and proved themselves as a powerful hip-hop ensemble. “IV” feels a bit closer to Sun Ra than The Roots, but BadBadNotGood’s sound is as distinct as ever. The Toronto-based four-piece met at the Humber College jazz program and bonded over their love of jazz and hip-hop. “IV” features Samuel T. Herring from Future Islands, Mick Jenkins, and was produced by Kaytranada. The record is incredibly warm-sounding, “In Your Eyes” reminds me of Marvin Gaye and the golden age of soul.

I think “IV” works best in the afternoon, warm keyboards and earthy basslines are the perfect way to ease into the summer night. Moments of “IV” even remind me of Sufjan Stevens, the woodwind ensemble on “And That, Too” feels mysterious. My favorite track is “Chompy’s Paradise,” it’s a 3:52 minute charmer that would be the perfect soundtrack to an airplane ride over the mountains. At this rate, I’m sure we can expect new material from BadBadNotGood very soon; “IV” is the latest installment in their impressive discography.

Finally, Denver band DéCollage have released their new record “Magnetize” through Moon Magnet. Reed Fuchs is the force behind both; his status as a musician and business-owner has made him incredibly well-known in the Denver scene. You can expect to see him at almost every local show, his passion for local music is apparent in all of his projects. DéCollage are known for their elaborate on-stage presentations and huge cast of integrated musicians. The new record is jam-packed full of different sounds and approaches. “Cerulean Chasms” hits like a b-side from The Knife while “Gotta Good Thing Going pt.1” is right up the alley of Animal Collective.

There are elements of Trip-hop, EDM, and indie pop sprinkled throughout the release. I was impressed with the rap-feel of “Magnetize”; it’s not quite west coast, not quite east coast, but uniquely Denver-sounding. All of the parts on “Magnetize” are rhythmic-based: vocal melodies, electronic production, and acoustic instruments all give the record a certain swagger. DéCollage are veterans of Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, Fuchs told me they’ve played six years in a row. Catch them on UMS’ main stage July 31st at 2:30pm, and listen to “Magnetize” on KVCU.

On Air Next 7.13.16

Caden Marchese

This week, we’re spinning three incredibly lonely records. These new Releases from Told Slant, Guts Club, and JC Flowers all feel extremely personal and vulnerable.

For Brooklyn-based Double Double Whammy Records, “Going By” by Told Slant is heartbreakingly sad. A deep baritone a la The National, Felix Walworth places his emotions front and center in his vocal performance. Wavery vibrato and emotional cracks make “Going By” feel raw and intrusive, like reading a diary or peeking through your neighbor’s window. The tracks swing and sway, melancholy shanties. “I Don’t” bears the lines: “i used to look at you like a

fire place in the living room/i was the tired face lying next to you/how are you/now i have different words when i talk to you/and different faces to look at you/some are tidal waves some are/how are you/i miss you and/i don't want to think about it at all.” If you resonated with Alex G’s “Trick” or Adult Mom’s “Momentary Lapse of Happily,” “Going By” will strike you to the core. Emo guitar work, sad banjo, spoken word, and light percussion all make the release feel incredibly frail. Catch tracks from “Going By” on Radio 1190 this week.

Lindsey Baker and her affectionately named Shitbugs (Charles Lumar, Adam Campagna, Jonathan Harris, James Fenwicke) have crafted touching new release “Shit Bug” under the name Guts Club. Along the lines of Told Slant, Guts Club is incredibly personal. These tracks sound like they’re sung from an armchair in your high-school best friend’s bedroom. Baker’s Louisiana accent shines through the mix and her lyrics are tinged with depression. “Shit Bug” reminds me of Youth Lagoon, Elliot Smith, and Florist. Instruments are droopy and meandering, the Shitbugs are the saddest country band in the world. Reach for this record when you’re on a long, melancholy road trip, or right after you wish your friend a final goodbye.

“Driving Excitement and the Pleasure of Ownership” from London’s JC Flowers is a gorgeous experiment in headphone music. Just as you would listen to Guts Club or Told Slant alone, listen to this record loudly through your favorite earbuds. Four installments of a track called “Jazz Hole” serve as snippets of air within “Driving Excitement and the Pleasure of Ownership,” the other songs are finger-snapping floating ballads. Vocalist Ross Kristian reminds me of Sufjan Stevens, her powerful whisper lays on top of the tracks. The instrumentals are incredibly nostalgic; tape hiss, fuzzy guitars, and compressed drums. The release is surprisingly experimental, “Proletarieterette” and “Perfect Nurse” use reversed soundbytes as introductions. “Driving Excitement and the Pleasure of Ownership” is a beautiful addition to ATP Recordings’ catalogue and a record which will make JC Flowers a hotly-discussed topic of conversation. Check it out for yourself, listen to to “Driving Excitement and the Pleasure of Ownership” on AM1190 this week.

 

On Air Next 7.6.16

Caden Marchese

by Elijah Jarocki

This week, we’re spinning three fascinating records from Blood Orange, clipping., and Weaves.

Our July CD of the Month is Blood Orange’s “Freetown Sound”. The alias of British writer/producer Dev Hynes, Blood Orange is widely regarded for his unique approach to R&B. Rather than using dubby drops and crystal clear vocal lines, Hynes swims in a haze of 80’s inspired synthesizers and drum machines. The record is an instant throwback to the golden age of pop, its tape compression and sidechained keyboards feel cozy and comfortable. On a pop level, “Freetown Sound” is an incredibly catchy collection of melodies and grooves. However, “Freetown Sound” is much more important due to its lyrical content and political undertones.

From LGBT rights to racial issues, “Freetown Sound” is incredibly socially conscious and politically inspiring. Powerful soundclips from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Ashlee Haze are some of the most memorable moments of the record–both are spoken word excerpts that challenge the listener to reexamine their view on race and gender issues. Throughout Freetown Sound, Dev Hynes highlights a cast of badass woman features. Debbie Harry, Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, Empress Of, Kelsey Lu, and more all add to the record’s ensemble performance. Just as many of us must wear masks and personas to conform with society, Blood Orange wears a cloak of popular R&B to make incredibly successful music. Make no mistake though, the lyrics to “Freetown Sound” are powerful and strong; Hynes promotes a message of equality and social consciousness throughout the record’s 58 minutes. The new record from Blood Orange is more akin to a Saul Williams or Kendrick Lamar release than a soulless popular record. We’ll be playing it all month here at Radio 1190.

“Wriggle,” the new release from clipping., is an absolute banger of a hip-hop record. Much like previous release “CLPPNG,” “Wriggle” begins with a nascar-paced poem performed by MC Daveed Diggs. The intro track sets the tone for the record, expect dark lyrics, breakneck vocal rhythms, urban beats, and minimal production. Antwon and Signor Benedick the Moor join clipping. on track “Back Up” to create a mirror-shaking track that feels absolutely murderous. If you’re a longtime fan of Death Grips, Run The Jewels, or Rat King, this 6 song recording will get you going.

Colder is the dance project of musician Marc Nguyen Tan uses post-punk, krautrock, and late disco sounds to create undeniable grooves. Tan hit the scene with 2003’s “Again” and has since notched his belt with tons of sweet dance projects. His newest record “Goodbye” takes Tan’s formula to a darker, sexier place. The vocals are incredibly european–allusions to CAN, Kraftwerk, and Neu! mark “Goodbye” with a monotone, apathetic sound. Some tracks are notably downtempo, “Inside,” “So Easy,” and “Some Passions” all creep along mysteriously. If you’re looking to dance, check out “Sugar,” “Blackhole Speedway,” and “Cold Hand Bop.” We’ll keep these Colder grooves coming all week on Radio 1190, check us out online or in Boulder on 1190am.

On Air Next 6.29.16

Caden Marchese

By Elijah Jarocki

Since 2014’s “Bury Me At Makeout Creek,” Brooklyn-based Mitski has been on top of the indie rock world. A record named after an obscure Simpsons reference, “Bury Me At Makeout Creek” was incredibly personal, relatable, and successful. Last June, I saw Mitski with low-fi compatriots Elvis Depressedly and Eskimeaux. I was struck by the intensity in her vocal performance, guitar work, and onstage demeanor. Over the last year, Mitski has toured around the United States and written new material. Her new record “Puberty 2” is a stunning release focused on personal insecurities and growing up in America.

Mitski’s work draws obvious comparisons to Alex G, Waxahatchee, and The Mountain Goats, but the singer-songwriter gives an idiosyncratic edge to all of her compositions. “Bury Me At Makeout Creek” felt wild and uneasy, but it’s nothing compared to to “Puberty 2.”  The new record twists and turns, the listener never knows when a pop hook will turn into an unexpected blast of feedback. The track “Once More to See You” fits an anxious melody with a shimmering synth-bed to create a totally eerie composition. “Your Best American Girl” starts out as an acoustic guitar ballad but quickly veers into an incredible wall of sound reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive. The record’s lyrics center around phrases of uncertainty--”My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars” repeats the line “I’m not doing anything” over and over. This record is for college kids and young adults, it encapsulates our shared sense of dread for the future. If you already love Mitski, “Puberty 2” will be a welcome surprise. It doesn’t feel as intimate as previous releases, but it still carries that signature Mitski charm. We’ll be spinning it heavily on Radio 1190 for the next couple weeks.

Weirdo-punk supergroup Male Gaze have just released their rad new record “King Leer.” “King Leer” is their first proper full-length for Castle Face records, and rips just like a Castle Face release should. The first thing you’ll notice is Matt Jones’ prominent baritone vocals. An alumni of punk rock group Blasted Canyons, Jones’ voice sounds very similar to Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. Mark Kaiser from Mayyors and Adam Cimino from The Mall complete the three piece and push Male Gaze to a path of ultimate destruction. If you’ve heard Male Gaze before, you might expect a torrent of overdriven guitar and buried vocals. “King Leer” changes the formula. A little closer to pop, the new release contrasts explosions of guitar with broody verses and singable choruses. “King Leer” is something your mom can stomach, and will amp up your punk-lovin’ dad. Check it out this week on Radio 1190.

Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Charles Bradley. Pieces of these artists can all be heard on Daniel Romano’s new record “Mosey.” An accomplished leatherworker, Romano brings his handcrafted ethos to his brand of Americana. “Mosey” is clearly country-inspired, “I Had To Hide Your Poem In A Song” puts its winding guitar solo front and center. There are other elements on the record as well, “Valerie Leon” has a kickass horn section reminiscent of Menahan Street Band, while “Hunger Is A Dream You Die In” reminds me of The Rolling Stones. “Mosey” strikes closest to Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks,” both records deal with relationships and loss in a country-western context. Check out tracks “Valerie Leon.” “Toulouse,” and “The Collector,” and check out Daniel Romano’s “Mosey” on Radio 1190 KVCU.



 

On Air Next 6.25.16

Caden Marchese

by Elijah Jarocki

This week, I have two records which are very similar and one record which is completely different from the other two. Check out all three playing on Radio 1190.

Easy-goin’ and stretched out, “Down in Heaven” from Chicago rockers Twin Peaks is a rad new record that sways like a perfect summer afternoon. The album starts out with the country-leaning “Walk to the One You Love”, a track that asks the age-old, honest question “but who is the one you love?” “Down in Heaven” never surprises the listener; expect cutesy guitar lines, plain drum fills, and honest lyrics through its 42 minutes. However, what it lacks in originality it makes up in comfortability. Singer Cadien James carries a simple resolve in his delivery and the songs feel more like little speeches than intellectual poems. The addition of gang vocals helps “Down in Heaven” feel like a drunken good time with your best friends. Track 4 “Butterfly” swings with a heavy blues rhythm and pushes forward with big choruses and hefty guitar solos. Twin Peaks are best when they’re not trying too hard, their grace is in their simplicity. “Keep It Together” maintains the album’s country-tinge while sprinkling in some tasteful rockabilly piano. “Down in Heaven” by Twin Peaks is a definite summer hit for us at Radio 1190.

From Castle Face records comes a surprising debut from Mountains & Rainbows, “Particles”. If you’re searching for a little midwestern weirdness, “Particles” will do you right. Singer Matt Ziolkowski plays guitar and spits out crazed lyrics with a voice that's reminiscent of Jello Biafra. “Particles” plays well with “Down in Heaven”, both have similar tones and instrumentations. However, while “Down in Heaven” is comfortable and predictable, “Particles” has a weirdo edge that kicks in when you least expect it. The guitars are a little out of tune, the vocals are shaky, and some songs (“Treat Your Mind”) just shake apart into noise at the end. “Particles” doesn’t take itself too seriously, “Dying To Meet You” has an extended guitar breakdown in the middle of the track before jumping back into the indie rock groove. The Modern Lovers have a pretty clear influence on the record, although Ziolkowski is definitely more excited than Richman ever lets on. As the second half of the record kicks in, tracks 8 and 9 both last over 7 minutes and take their time to reach their point. “Particles” by Mountains & Rainbows fits right into any outside-rocker’s collection and is a cool record that keeps the listener on their toes.

James Blake’s record “The Colour In Anything” is a far cry from the other two releases this week. This album had been expected for ages but dropped unceremoniously on May 5th.  Though Mountains & Rainbows and Twin Peaks are firmly rooted in the summer, “The Colour in Anything” seems more comfortable in Winter than any other season. By now, James Blake’s style is well-established: ethereal electronic beats, jazzy chords, floating R&B vocals, and interesting production techniques. This album fits well with 2013’s smash record “Overgrown” and feels like a continuation of its mood. The album art features Blake standing in a similar manner as the cover of “Overgrown” but is painted in watercolor and the figure stands off-center. “The Colour In Anything” is a bit less accessible than “Overgrown”, Blake dismisses his beloved pop hooks for moody ruminations. Tracks “My Willing Heart”, “Timeless” and “Points” stand as entrance points to “The Colour In Anything”’s dense forest. If you love The Acid, Alt-J,orFKA Twigs, check out James Blake’s “The Colour In Anything” on Radio 1190 this week.

 

On Air Next 4.28.16

Adam Sputh

  Finals are around the corner! Eeeek! Take a break from studying and join Radio 1190 for another installment of Locals Live. This Thursday, April 28th, at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe at 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. local songwriter Oh, River will be playing at 6pm. Come join us for an evening of local music, great coffee and great company.

  Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon has made quite a name for herself after moving to Los Angeles. After three studio albums, playing in the White Fence touring band and collaborating with Tim Presley for their project DRINKS, Le bon welcomes 2016 with her newest album Crab Day.  Much like Tim Presley or White Fence, Cate Le Bon creates an ornate and spindly style of garage rock with folk rock and psychedelic tendencies. Though her style is light and effortless, the compositions are well thought out and placed carefully showing her skills as a songwriter. The track "Find Me" is a simple, discordant pop song with the same 60's feel as Foxygen but with the same quirks as a Wes Anderson flick. What makes Cate Le Bon so captivating is how she balances an apathetic personality with intricate music making rock and roll look easy.  Though Cate Le Bon pulls heavily from pop music from the 60's she does get strange and punk at times. "We Might Resolve" is a tight, catchy tune with fast-paced drum and bass combo that sounds closer to Patti Smith than anything. Overall, Crab Day is an extremely enjoyable listen with a lot to pick through, making it fun to listen through multiple times.

  Formerly of The Moldy Peaches, New York-based musician and artist Adam Green furthers his signature style of anti-folk with his newest album Aladdin. The album is a soundtrack to an experimental film he created with funds gained through a kickstarter campaign. The film depicts a dysfunctional family who live in a nameless American city that is ran by a corrupt sultan with a daughter who is a socialite. Much like Green's music, the film is homespun and endearing. The sets are made from cardboard and the cast was artists and friends of green. Unlike The Moldy Peaches, this solo record is more of a folk punk record in the same way as Jeffery Lewis and Los Bolts, where the tempos are not fast, but the lyrics are strange, off-kilter and captivating. Green's style is also heavily influenced by 60's psychedelic rock in which some songs blast off into space with swirling acoustic guitars. Overall, the album stands well even without the film and can be enjoyed in either sense. For those looking to satisfy their craving of anti-folk, Aladdin may be the place to go.

  In 2012 electronic ambient composer Julianna Barwick was contacted by Sigur Ros collaborator Alex Somers and after two critically acclaimed albums, her third record Will has been released in 2016 on Dead Oceans. Much like her previous record Nepethene, Barwick uses few instruments such as piano, voice or pad to create light, delicate and airy soundscapes. With massive amounts of reverb and space in between notes, the album is full of cavernous atmospheres that are simultaneously comforting and cold like a old, well-used cathedral on a winter evening. "Beached" is a formless, melodic track with cascading melodies much akin to acts like Grouper but with a string section that wraps around the composition like ivy. Each track flows together nicely and holds a nice balance between smooth and sharp textures throughout. Unlike her previous compositions, Will is much more upfront and immediate but still packs the etheral and emotional punch stronger and better than ever.

By James Calvet

On Air Next 4.22.16

Adam Sputh

  This Thursday, April 21st at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe Radio 1190's Locals Live will feature an acoustic set from Denver group Stella Nova. The show starts at 6pm! Come enjoy local music, excellent coffee and company from 1190 staff, volunteers and friends. For other happenings at and outside Radio 1190, log on to radio1190.org.

  Infamous and prolific lo-fi artist Sam Ray has recently and unexpectedly returned to his cult-famous rock project, Teen Suicide in 2016. Though Sam Ray fronts Teen Suicide, the project is a collaborative effort with a full band that takes on multiple styles and genres. Unlike their previous releases, their new record It's the Big Joyus Celebration, Let's Stir The Honey Pot is a studio-recorded album that has clearer and clean production than any other release. Though the mood and feel of this album is punky and lo-fi the group ties in influence from midwest emo, ambient, post-punk, noise, folk and pop. Undoubtedly, the album is dark and emotional, but sloppy and off-the-cuff performances make the record mysterious and detached in an incredibly enthralling fashion. The single "Alex" is a melodic and shouting romp about drug abuse in suburban settings and its effect on teenage life. Though the track is probably incredibly personal, the vocals drenched in reverb make the story sound like a blurry distant memory with details lost. "Falling Out Of Love With Me", another standout track is a heartfelt track that's simultaneously comforting and odd, which, for being a song about losing feelings for someone, is quite appropriate. The album is 26 track is quite a big pill to swallow and clocking in at over an hour, there's a lot to chew on. Though there is quite a bit of filler on this album, the standout tracks make the whole album worth it. Sadly, It's the Big Joyus Celebration is also inconsistent when it comes to production value, if the album had the same feel overall it would stand stronger as a whole. Overall, It's the Big Joyus Celebration, Let's Stir the Honey Pot is a magnificent effort from Sam Ray and company that may lack in consistency but makes up for in originality and songwriting skills.

  Formerly of bands the Babies and Woods, singer songwriter Kevin Morby has released his third solo record, Singing Saw, on his new label Dead Oceans. Much like his other solo releases, Morby pulls influence from 60's folk and rock like Bob Dylan and Lou Reed but with a modern twist. Though there are no huge stylistic or sonic changes in his sound, Morby has refined his songwriting and has released his strongest set of tracks to date. The single "I Have Been to the Mountain" is a rollicking, freewheeling stomp with an infectious, catchy bass line. The chorus line is strong and claimant that is vague and allegorical enough to not fall into the cliché pitfalls of folk rock. The closing track "Water" is a piano-led gospel influenced track that is led by a rocking, country swing. At this point in the album, it's clear that Singing Saw is a deeply personal album that takes time to dissect and pick apart but at first listen is instantly enjoyable and sounds unmistakably timeless.

  On the third studio album from Canadian experimental rock band Suuns, Hold/Still juxtaposes the dark with the light, electronic with rock and the pop with the avant-garde in equal measure. Though the group creates compositions that are heavily orchestrated, the off-kilter nature of their sound lends for a more organic and exciting listen. Much like Viet Cong or even Palm, the group takes post-punk and pop structures and puts a wrench in the gears to sound unconventional but enjoyable to the trained ear. Tracks like "UN-NO" bring in electronic synths and drum patterns mixed with rabid, barbed guitar only to be soothed by Thom Yorke-influenced crooning vocals. "Translate" is a spidery, menacing track with driving polyrhythmic guitar and drums. What Suuns do so well is meshing together opposite ends of the musical spectrum without going too far in either camp. As a result, the group has a style that can appeal to multiple audiences. Sadly, the group may sound a little too similar to their contemporaries at times making this album lost in the mix. But overall, this is the strongest set of tracks coming from Suuns in a long time and show  nothing but promise from this group.

By James Calvet

On Air Next 4.14.16

Adam Sputh

  Join Radio 1190 Thursday April 14th for another edition of Locals Live. At 6pm at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe local songwriter Allie Chipkin will be playing! Enjoy great music, great coffee and good times at Locals Live. This Saturday, April 16th, join Radio 1190 at Absolute Vinyl Records and Stereo for Record Store Day 2016. Come hang out, support local business and pick up some free swag from Radio 1190 at Absolute Vinyl located at 5360 Arapahoe Ave in Boulder. Doors open at 11am!

  The beloved Brooklyn-based post-punk outfit, Parquet Courts, return in 2016 with their 5th studio record Human Performance. In their classic style, the quartet mixes garage rock energy with a snotty post-punk edge with lyrics and compositional style that is more concept-driven. Unlike their breakout album Sunbathing Animal, Parquet Courts take a much darker and twisted direction. The title track is a poppy, fiery tune that is surprisingly catchy yet bleak and punky. Parquet Courts channel all the best traits of late 70's punk and post-punk from bands like The Clash, Television and The Gun Club, but this album heightens their western, Texan sensibilities. Especially on the track "Berlin Got Blurry", spaghetti western influence from composers like Ennio Morricone shine through brightly. The album overall is fun to listen to, but does not stick in your mind as immediately as previous records. But after repeated listens, the melodies slowly reveal themselves and the hooks are catchy as all hell.

  Brooklyn darling Greta Kline, also known as Frankie Cosmos, has released a new album in her large collection of recordings. Following her EP from last year, this full-length Next Thing is 18 tracks but barley stretches over 28 minutes long. Each track is a short, sweet nugget of indie pop and twee pop goodness. Much like twee acts from the 90's like Beat Happening and The Pastels, the tracks are emotional but are executed with a dry, apathetic attitude that results in a low-key swagger that is timeless and cool. If the instrumentals were not endearing enough, Kline lyrically touches down upon subjects like dogs and kissing to make this possibly the cutest release of the year. Unlike her bedroom demos, this studio album sounds clearer and more refined without losing the DIY appeal of her roots. Undoubtedly, Next Thing is some of the best songs from Frankie Cosmos yet. The strength of every song and the cohesiveness overall makes this one of the standout albums of the year and the Frankie Cosmos album we have all been waiting for.

  Recently reissued by Numero group, Radio 1190 is now spinning Empire by Unwound. The disc is a compilation of the albums Challenge For A Civilized Society and Leaves Turn Inside You. The Washington-based post-hardcore trio only released a handful of albums, but their style of emotional rock music transcended the genre even back in the 1990's. Unlike Fugazi or Slint, Unwound was able to balance the loud and the quiet and the light and the dark with masterful ease. The simple guitar, bass and drums combo is minimal, yet the complex and unique song-structures make the trio sound bigger than the sum of their parts. What's so profound about Unwound as a whole is that they're able to channel punk energy, art rock concepts, ambient textures, hardcore punk ethos and math rock complexity that sounds natural, unforced and organic. Upon further examination, it's unfair to give a great band like Unwound the tag "post-hardcore" because it does not accurately describe their music at all. Though I could ramble on and on about Unwound, I instead recommend listening to any one of their albums to become acquainted with this amazing band.

On Air Next 4.7.16

Adam Sputh

  This week, Radio 1190 will not be hosting an edition of Locals Live, so instead head to Innisfree this Thursday for some Conference on World Affairs events! If you're not attending events on campus or spending ridiculous amounts of money on a cup of crappy coffee at Starbucks on campus, head to radio1190.org for reviews of the new Japanese Breakfast, Bibio and Explosions in the Sky albums!

  After the announcement of a hiatus of her first band, Little Big League, and the news of her mother's cancer, Michelle Zauner returned to Portland to create dream pop under the new moniker Japanese Breakfast. After three small self-released albums in three years, Zauner decided to head into the studio and re-record a handful of old hits and new compositions. The subsequent album Psychopomp, is a cohesive and endearing album that is her flagship statement as Japanese Breakfast. The simple guitar, bass, drum, synth and vocal combo is airy and light but carries a heavy emotional weight. Though the production on this record is better than her self-recorded albums, the record is by no means slick or overproduced. At times, the synths and vocals become noisy and overpowering without overbearing the listener but conveying intense emotional states through sound instead. What's so appealing about Zauner's sound is that she sounds reminiscent of her dream-pop influences as well as her modern contemporaries. The icy and light vocals on Psychopomp are akin to Cocteau Twins and Galaxie 500, but the emotional openness and indie-pop sensibility makes her right at home with acts like Frankie Cosmos and Mitski. In a sea of indie-pop and dream pop acts in this day an age, the originality and dreaminess of Japanese Breakfast's sound makes her official debut full-length stand out above the rest. Out now on Yellow K records, Psychopomp by Japanese Breakfast is Radio 1190's CD of the Month for April. For a full review, log on to radio1190.org.

  Out of Broomfield, CO 18-year-old Jennifer Keller and Chase Miller have been making a lo-fi combination of dream pop, bedroom-pop and slow-core as American Grandma since 2012. On their ninth release, girlcult the duo is at their darkest and most confessional. Tracks like the opener "never enough" have intertwining guitar leads with slow-moving and contemplative vocals over top. The electronic drumbeats underneath most of the songs have a strong similarity to hip-hop or, dare I say, trap music, which may seem odd on the surface but works overall in conveying the pulsing, syrupy quality of their music. What's so profound about the music of American Grandma is their ability to sound vast and intimate at the same time. The closing track "ruminations" is an ethereal track with eerie synth pads but the lyrics depict a story of a lover that is forced by social norms to conform to hetero-normative gender and sexuality roles. The track is deeply confessional and vulnerable, but dreamy and soothing enough to work on multiple levels. Overall, girlcult shows some of the best songwriting and lyrical content that American Grandma has offered to date. Though the album is strong and impactful, it is by no means a stopping point for the young duo, showing promise for even more stellar dream pop albums in the future. 

  Though the Minneapolis group Kitten Forever is only comprised of drums, bass and vocals, their style of punk packs quite the punch. On their seventh release 7 Hearts, the group channels the feminist punk energy of Bikini Kill and the twee pop quirks of Beat Happening. Though theres only two instruments and one vocal, the group keeps every song fresh and interesting by switching around instruments on nearly every track. With the fierce drums and noisy, distorted bass, the group at times sounds closer to Lightning Bolt than they do to many guitar-based punk bands. Though Kitten Forever doesn't redefine the genre of punk music, the trio has unbeatable energy, great personality and the chops to make one hell of a rock and roll record.

On Air Next 3.31.16

Adam Sputh

  We here at Radio 1190 hope that everyone is transitioning nicely from spring breakback into school nicely! Tonight at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, 1190 will be hosting Taylor Tuke as a part of our Locals Live concert series. Come out at 530pm for local music, great coffee and good times!

  Out of the depths of the east coat DIY scene, New York powerhouse Guerilla Toss have released their 10th release, Eraser Stargazer, via DFA records. Though they may get tagged as punk music, Guerilla Toss is not your average punk band. Instead of focusing on chords and four-on-the-floor rhythms the group creates these incredibly groovy yet fucked up danceable cadences that sound like a bastard hybrid of funk and no wave. Over the punky start-and-stop rhythms lay fuzzy and colorful synthesizers that add another layer of texture a depth to the mix. Tracks like "Perfume" have a strange head-bobbing rhythm with synth leads that are reminiscent of early electronic dance music from the underground scene in the 1980's. The star of the show is lead vocalist Kassie Carlson who's unchained banshee howl is unabashed and in your face. Much like Kathleen Hanna, Carlson's stream of consciousness yells are passionate, thoughtful and powerful. Tackling issues of rape, societal expectations of women and rejection of conventions of what it means to be a woman over top a flurry of bass, drums, guitar and synth make for a captivating and inspiring listen. Overall, Eraser Stargazer is an original, captivating look at a powerful young band that has not only released a great album, but has proven that there is much more to come from Guerilla Toss.

  Out of Copenhagen, synth-pop trio Lust for Youth gives a little extra love on their newest record Compassion. In the same vein as new wave and synth-pop giants Tears for Fears, New Order or The Cure, Lust For Youth mixes cold, dark beats with crooning and warm pop vocals and song structures. Simple synthesizer melodies lead each track to set the stage until a bouncy, driving beat builds underneath to really kick the composition into high gear. The vocals provide a human's touch to each track, as they are warm, sentimental and emotional among the stark instrumentals. Though the timbre of the vocals is oddly similar to that of the synth pop groups of the late 80's, the sense of hope that they convey makes them incredibly endearing and heartfelt. Though the album as a whole is not anything outstandingly inventive, Compassion shows great songwriting skills and masterful production. 

  Out of Plainview, New York, pop experimentalists Say No! To Architecture has released another album in his massive discography entitled SN!TA. The album opens with "Wieder’s Floor", a guitar-based jam that is jangly and prickly lead by a dancey, lo-fi beat. Though the sound is most definitely homespun and homemade, it's apparent that Say No! To Architecture have been meticulously crafting these tracks. The melodies of the guitars are strangely reminiscent of Parquet Courts, yet the grooves laid down on this record are much less punk as they are psychedelic. Most of the tracks span over five minutes and some even stretch as far as ten or more minutes. Each composition follows a mantra-esque guitar or bass lead and slowly builds and evolves into a psychedelic jam. Overall, though these songs are a tad long-winded and a little formless, the composition and execution of these sketches are incredibly engaging and interesting to say the least.

- By James Calvet

On Air Next 3.17.16

Adam Sputh

  It's Saint Patty's day and what better way to celebrate than supporting local music! Today at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore Denver-based bedroom pop artist Total Goth will be performing. Stop by at 6pm to support local music and enjoy great coffee with Radio 1190. On-air we will be spinning Irish indie artists all day long as a part of our St Patty's Day Programming. Tune in!

  Boulder-based record label First Base Tapes have only been active since October of 2015, but the label has released four releases on only digital and cassette tape formats. The most recent is an 18-artist compilation album dubbed First Kiss Comp to emphasize the label's love for smooching and local music. With the majority of the artists being from the Front Range of Colorado or having origins in the state, First Kiss Comp is a diverse and eclectic mix of artists that sounds cohesive overall. The tracks range from emo to lo-fi indie to electronic to post-punk to experimental rock. The artists featured on the compilation vary from heroes of the local scene such as Bleak Plaza, Montoneros, American Grandma and more to new, exciting projects in the area like CooCoo Bad Brains, beat soft pop and Wrinkle. Stand out track "Undertheseajawn" by Scary Drugs is a bouncy jaunt, recorded live to capture the raw energy of the group. The track has the riffy, musical complexity of math rock but the fun, easy-going feeling of Mac Demarco. Other standout track is "Someone Else Like Me" by group ScaTTer GaTHer, which sounds more indie folk than their live presence, but the track pairs amble acoustic sounds with barbed lyrics that tell possibly an ex-lover "fuck you". Overall, the album is not just an interesting look into the current state of indie rock in Denver/Boulder and beyond, but stands as the flagship statement of this up-and-coming local record label.

  Denver-based electronic experimenter Thug Entrancer is back with a monolith of an album for his sophomore effort - Arcology. Much like his previous album Life After Death, Arcology is a dense, conceptual electronic record that tells a complex story without any lyrics. The album is based on an imagined alien colony constructed on either known or unknown worlds. Unlike his earlier records, the mood of Arcology is much more esoteric and deconstructive than Thug Entrancer's usual subtle style of electronic music. Though the album is a much more colorful and diverse set of tracks, Thug Entrancer keeps the entire record dark and mysterious. The sounds and textures used on this record sound very futuristic and Aphex Twin-esque in execution, but the equipment that he uses sound almost retro. The drum sounds used are highly reminiscent of underground house artists from the 90's, but are used in a way that is inventive and original. The single "Curaga" is possibly the most major-key oriented track that Thug Entrancer has ever produced, but since the samples and rhythms have been dissolved and deconstructed, the composition is more strange and off-putting than the melody leads to believe. Though this is not an album for everybody, Arcology is much more digestible, subtle and palpable than other experimental electronic albums. Undoubtedly, Thug Entancer has released one of the best and most interesting albums not only to come out of Denver, but electronic music as a whole. 

  Ever since dance-rock duo Prince Rama was discovered in a dive bar by Animal Collective's Avey Tare in 2010, they have become a cult act in the indie-sphere. Though the duo do not necessarily make electronic or rock music, their music has been self-described as "Now Age". Their newest album XTREME brings some incredibly groovy beats to the table along with a very captivating and strange personality. Simultaneously, the duo takes the campy, cheesy synths and aesthetic of 80's New Wave and the punky dance-rock energy of LCD Soundsystem or The Rapture. Unlike their influences, Prince Rama plays music that is halfway tongue-in-cheek. Though they make incredibly catchy and dancey music, their lyrics and music almost poke fun at the clichés and pitfalls of the genres. Overall, the album is fun, weird and danceable, but doesn't leave much substance to chew on as an active listener. But if you're looking for solid grooves and a goofy execution, Prince Rama is who you need to be listening to right now.

On Air Next 3.10.16

Adam Sputh

  Another week means another exciting edition of Locals Live! Stop by Innisfree poetry bookstore and cafe on Thursday March 10th at 6pm for a free acoustic set from Boulder group Real Talk. Drink great coffee, hang with friends and support live music with us this Thursday at Innisfree! Also, tune into Radio 1190 this Friday at 3pm MST for a phone interview with guitarist Glenn Jones! His newest album Fleeting is our CD of the Month for March and you don't want to miss out on this exciting interview! Tune in!

  In the mid-1990's the debut album of San Francisco gender-bent punk band Deep Throats recorded their debut album Good Bad Pretty, but it's only seeing release now in 2016. The album is a guitar, bass and drums punk record with no frills with ferocious and fiery execution. Their sound is angular and pointed, with most of the guitar and bass lines following each other on a screwed up melodic line. Above the sludgy strings and tribal drums, are these soaring, charismatic vocals that contain a certain swagger almost like Dr Frank n Furter fronting a punk band. The group also has an air of glam rock to their sound where you can hear the influence of Marc Bolan and possibly a little bit of young Bowie. But overall, the group has their own idiosyncratic, schizoid, glammy punk flare that make them stand above their influences. Sadly, their only downfall is that the songs sound a little too similar to each other if listened to in a non-album order, but the eccentricities and unique personality trump any flaw this band has.

  Named to piss off older punk audiences, East coast group Jawbreaker Reunion has a sound to please any DIY punk crowd. With their new album (named after classic "straight white boy texts") haha and then what ;) blasts through nine tracks in barley twenty minutes. The group melds together twee pop, fuzz punk and poignant lyrics with a lo-fi tinge. Though the record is simple and incredibly catchy, the band succeeds at dissecting complex topics in a easily digestible manner.  The longest track on the album "Patches" is an intense story of a loveless relationship that ends in a triumphant, sing-along chorus that is truly enthralling. Though the group does have a similar style to other garagey indie groups such as Chastity Belt, the pop hooks and the operatic, charismatic vocals sets them apart. Undoubtedly, haha and then what ;) is a memorable indie record from this young group and will definitely be remembered later on in 2016.

  Bay area solo act Jackson Phillips, also known as Day Wave, has been touring and recording for years but his most recent release Hard to Read has made its impact on college radio. Like other popular bands as of late, Day Wave pulls influence from the rich history of Dream pop but with an effortless, synthy flow. Like DIIV or Wild Nothing, Day Wave is able to make watery, sleek rock music but without the numbness or drabness of his contemporaries. Instead of wearing apathy as an aesthetic, Day Wave tends to repeat mantras that hold a lot of emotional weight. But though his topics and themes are heavy and relatable, the instruments are light and airy but full and satisfying. The group has a strange ability to make music that feels so effortless but you know they put their heart and soul into each composition. Hard to Read is a little but satisfying EP that is easy to digest and makes great way for full-lengths and shows that are yet to come.

On Air Next 3.3.16

Adam Sputh

  Attention music lovers! Tomorrow we have another edition of Radio 1190's Locals live at Innisfree on the hill at 6pm featuring singer/song-writer Spence! Stop on by for local music, great coffee and atmosphere! Also be sure to log on to radio1190.org for new sessions and videos from local and national bands as well as album reviews concert calendars and more!

  Formerly of post-rock outfit Cul De Sac, steel-string master Glenn Jones has been making instrumental folk music since the early 2000's, and come 2015 he has released his sixth full-length record titled Fleeting. Much like his main influencers John Fahey or Leo Kottke, Jones masterfully composes simple yet enchanting folk tunes with only a single acoustic guitar or banjo. Though Jones' style is classified as American Primitivism, his style does not only rely only on folk and blues of the past, but also indie rock and delicate, light baroque music. However, Glenn refrains from using his voice on every composition tells a complex story through rhythm and melody. Though most American Primitive albums conjure images of American history and tradition, Glenn Jones has created an album simultaneously focused on the past, present and future on his 6th studio album Fleeting. Many of the tracks are dedicated to people of his past, two of which are specifically about his friends and fellow musicians Robbie Basho and Michael Chapman. Recorded in a house on the banks of Rancocas Creek in Mount Holly New Jersey, you can even hear the croaks and chirps of the present outside world in the background of this recording. The standout track "Cleo Asleep" is a lullaby and a nod to his daughters as well as the future itself. Fleeting marks a recording of mastery for Glenn Jones and proves that American Primitive folk music lives on in the modern world. Out March 18th, Fleeting by Glenn Jones is Radio 1190's CD of the Month for March. For a full review, log on to radio1190.org.

  Formerly of Candy Claws, Colorado natives Karen and Ryan Hover have teamed up with members of Apples in Stereo and the Drums to form a new psych-pop project Sound of Ceres. Much like Candy Claws, Sound of Ceres plays an ethereal and delicate style of psychedelic music on their debut Nostalgia for Infinity. The opening track "Pursuer" is a minimal and pulsing opening of the doors where the soft synths and whispered vocals take center stage. Once the doors to this album have opened, the operatic melodies and spine-tingling textures take over for a ride that is at the intersection of psych music and an ASMR massage. Unlike most Candy Claws tracks, Sound of Ceres dials back the chaotic and cacophonic textures in favor of sublime, minimal melodies and rhythms. The single "My Spiral Arm" is a terrestrial, meandering jaunt that evokes surreal images of woodlands or kaleidoscopic highways. Though all the tracks are incredibly catchy and digestible, the group is able to add in just the right amount of detail into every composition to make the listener wanting to restart the journey again and again. The smoothness and silkiness of the album is incredibly appealing and easy to listen to, but the eccentricities and personalities make this record incredibly special. After taking a few years off from music, it's fantastic to see Karen and Ryan come back as Sound of Ceres offering an album like Nostalgia for Infinity that is enjoyable, rewarding and deeply triumphant. 

  Psychedelic kings Animal Collective have made some of the most landmark albums in indie music in the early 2000s. On their tenth studio record Painting With, fourth member Deakin steps out to let Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist take the reins. Instead of diving deeper into psychedelic themes or exploring soundscapes, the trio decidedly focused on rhythms and melodies. The first track and lead single "Floridada" is a bouncy, colorful homage to different regions around the world with a building and exploding chorus that's incredibly catchy. Unlike the single, the rest of the album contains more head-bobbing and grooving tracks that are much easier to dance to compared to their previous efforts. "Lying in the Grass" is a tropical flavored stomp that features an echoed double-singing that appears as a motif throughout the rest of the album. Many of the vocal melodies sit in the middle of the mix much like the most recent Panda Bear solo album, seeming as if Avey Tare's spastic, cathartic melody screams have been decidedly taken a back seat. 

  Unfortunately, Painting With contains some of the most middle of the road and poppy that Animal Collective has ever put out. Without more exploration into the unknown, there's really not much to chew on besides the grooves that the band lays down. Though this is not the greatest Animal Collective album ever, it certainly isn't bad by any means. Painting With is an incredibly enjoyable listen and contains some of the most solid rhythms in their discography.

On Air Next 2.25.16

Caden Marchese

by James Calvet

This Thursday we have another stunning edition of Locals Live at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe! On Feb 25th come hear the awesome electr0-acoustic styling’s of Boulder-based fingerpicker Effulgence. The show is free and presented by Radio 1190. The show starts at 6pm! Come drink great coffee, hang out with 1190 staff and support local music! 

New Jersey-based group Pinegrove sound more like they came from the South or Texas, but these Northeasterners has a knack for mixing together gritty alt-country and modern lo-fi indie rock. On their seventh release, Cardinal we see the group maturing in their sound and hitting the sweet spot in between alt-country and emo revival without falling into clichés of their genre. Each track is raw and natural as if the album was recorded live to tape. Thematically, Cardinal sounds like moments from late summer in a small town captured on a disposable camera wherein the emotions are intense and complex but ultimately fleeting. The voice of Front man Evan Stephens Hall is youthful but gritty with a strangely southern drawl that ranges from quiet country mumbles to stressed-out shrieks. The lyrical content tells stories that are specific to Evan Stephens Hall life, but are vague and relatable like a faded Polaroid from last summer. Extra instrumentation such as banjo and lap steel guitar are utilized sparingly, where only the eagle-eared may hear, but add another layer of depth to their sound. With this being Pinegrove's first widely-distributed record from Run For Cover, this is a great entry point into their discography and can please music fans that may not be into alt-country or emo revival.

Out of the Brooklyn DIY scene, twee-folk outfit Florist has released their first full length album. Much like their contemporaries Frankie Cosmos and Eskimaux, Florist specializes in a quiet, intimate style of twee injected with folk sensibilities. The album, titled The Birds Sang Outside, is only 30 minutes long, but each of the eleven tracks is rich with emotive songwriting and personality. The second track "I Was" is a guitar led track that is so delicate and light that you could hear a pin drop if it weren't for the distortion and noise that enters halfway through the track. Like most tracks in the album, the themes deal with isolation and loneliness but the warm guitar tones and textures make the record seem more homey and welcoming rather than cold and alone. Though this album has a lot of potential, it's hard to differentiate Florist's sound to her contemporaries. If it were for a little different variation in vocal style or instrumentation, Florist could fully realize their potential. 

Out of Japan, math rock pioneer Toe has released their sixth release entitled Hear You. Much like most other math rock bands, Toe keeps their sound hyper-melodic with emotive builds and complex rhythms. Unlike their previous records, Hear You strays away from the electronic leaning of their past for a more rock-oriented album.  The record shines through with incredible guitar playing and masterful drum composition. The rhythms and song structures are complex, yet the group can place these melodic lines in a certain way that is palatable for all audiences. The ninth track stands out from the rest where R&B rhythms replace the rock focus and a smooth, crooning vocal part sounds like the sweetest part of a 90's hip hop jam. Funnily enough, this track is a homage to the Japanese hip hop scene. With a large breadth of genres and sensibilities, Toe's sixth album Hear You is a great addition to their discography and has the potential to gain a new audience of listeners.

On Air Next 2.18.16

Caden Marchese

by James Calvet 

Radio 1190 has some very new and cool things posted on our social media outlets! We have videos of the session and interview we had with Georgia-based band FUTUREBIRDS last week and many more radical interviews, sessions and reviews! All you need to do is log into radio1190.org!

After a long string of self-released EPs and full-length's, Brooklyn DIY darling Porches has released his first label-supported album. Aaron Maine is a synthesizer-focused singer and producer that makes incredibly sleek and heartfelt bedroom pop reminiscent of underground pop from the 1980's. His newest album Pool opens up with the stellar track "Underwater" which is a pulsing, syrupy track with emotive vocals that are influenced by R&B but offer a more indie leaning. The drums are sparse and well calculated with a solid groove that features a few interesting flourishes to keep the listener interested. Maine is the longtime boyfriend of Greta Kline also known as Frankie Cosmos who contributes vocals on a number of tracks on the album giving a layer of depth to the album. The album is most definitely a lo-fi record but has enough pop accessibility to crossover into audiences who aren't fully immersed into the modern NYC indie scene. With the album's minimal and homespun aesthetic, Pool is undoubtedly the best representation of how Brooklyn sounds in this day and age. With Porches being the project that has gotten the most critical acclaim and attention alongside Frankie Cosmos, it shows that the DIY scene might be about to burst, giving all these great acts the attention they deserve. 

Virgina-based dream pop group Wild Nothing has been paving the way for the new, dreamy sound of the Brooklyn scene. On his third full-length, Life of Pause bandleader Jack Tatum continues and extends his dreamy sound. The opening track "Reichpop" samples heavily from Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" and creates an expansive atmosphere to kick off the record. The lo-fi charm on this record has been swapped out for a clearer sound for Wild Nothing. With the more transparent sound for Tatum, we hear a more post-punk influence than his other releases. Though Wild Nothing has been switching up his sound and keeping it fresh for fans, Life of Pause still is not as charming as his earlier releases. But even though this sound is not as fresh as Gemini, there are still some incredibly promising moments on Wild Nothing's third full length.

Canadian electronic duo Junior Boys have been making strange and soulful synthpop since the early 2000's but their fifth studio record Big Black Coat might be their most realized work. With crooning vocals and proto-house production, Junior Boys have a deceivingly poppy sound with some off-putting tendencies. Though the duo use 808's to produce almost every since one of their tracks, the strange samples and dated production has the same appeal as early Ariel Pink work where it rides the line of likeability and kitsch. Though the album may be halfway tongue in cheek, each track is incredibly catchy and fun to listen to. The grooves are very similar to Caribou but the minimalism and darkness is more akin to outsider house artists rather than dance floor hits. Regardless, Big Black Coat is one of the most unique synth-pop records of the year so fart and exceeds in its ability to be simultaneously catchy and strange.

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Caden Marchese

by James Calvet

This week Radio 1190 will be hosting another edition of Local's Live at Innisfree Poetry Cafe on the hill! Stop by at 6pm this Thursday, February 4th for an awesome improvised set from Boulder-based pop experimentalist Jarocki! Come drink coffee, hang with 1190 and support local music!

Halifax-based Nap Eyes may sound sparse and minimal at first listen, but their sound is much denser than one would expect. Their debut record Whine of the Mystics was a 2015 sleeper hit of an indie record with charm and quick wit. Their sound is a peculiar mix of indie pop, alt-country and folk rock without the lyrical or thematic stereotypical pitfalls of the Americana genre. The ultimate draw of the record was the eccentric personality that revealed itself with repeated listens. Lyricist Nigel Chapman is a Biochemist by day, but writes on subjects that are simultaneously mundane, literate and profound. In 2016 with the release of their sophomore record Thought Rock Fish Scale, we find Nap Eyes polishing their sound while still staying raw and lively. The whole record was recorded live-to-tape which captures the raw energy and brilliance of this indie pop group. The album touches down upon subjects such and astrophysics, spirituality and poetry but ultimately Thought Rock Fish Scale is an album for the late night drunken philosophers. Chapman's delivery is reminiscent of Lou Reed's monotone drawl but strangely emotive. Though the band may draw the most comparison's to 60's Velvet Underground, the group can please fans of Wilco, Pavement or general lovers of golden-age indie rock. Thought rock Fish Scale is a true-to-form rock record that is simple upon first listen, but reveals itself over time and becomes an incredibly rewarding listen. With the group's charmingly simple execution and Chapman's lazy yet sharp vocal style, Thought Rock Fish Scale results in something innovative, genuine and classic. Out now on Paradise of Bachelors records, Thought Rock Fish Scale by Nap Eyes is Radio 1190's CD of the Month for February. For a full review log on to radio1190.org

If you don't already know who Ty Segall is, then we here at Radio 1190 encourage you to pick through is extensive back catalogue. For those who are interested in what this man has been up to, he has new album out now entitled Emotional Mugger. Leading up to this release, Mr. Segall had made it clear that there will be some changes to his backing band. Instead of the Ty Segall band including Mikal Cronin, Charlie Mootheart and Emily Rose Epstein, Ty would now be playing with a mysterious group called "The Muggers". The first promo pics showed the front man and his group all wearing these disgustingly cartoonish rubber masks in the form of crying infants. This release was set to be very strange. On Emotional Mugger Ty has decidedly gone heavier than his previous release Manipulator with more twists and turns in the songwriting style. More focused on riffs and demented rock structure, Ty Segall seems to be going into a direction that's more similar to his side project Fuzz. Though this is a much more wild side of garage rock with Segall, the album is still on the poppier side and not as ferocious or jarring as albums like Slaughterhouse or Reverse Shark Attack. We find Ty Segall becoming more comfortable in his sound but trying to make it fresh and exciting for the fans but resulting in a watered down version of his sound. By no means is this the end of the road for Segall, he is aware of the impact he has by putting out so many records and knows how to keep his story compelling. If anything, the concepts and strategies he's using for this record are very innovative and show that Ty Segall may have some really interesting plans later on down the line.

Formerly of the weirdo jazz-rock fusion group Fiery Furnaces came the singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger who is possibly the most intriguing artist in the genre in recent years. Her style is simple in theory, but when executed is unlike any other artist. After two records, her third release New View is a continuation of her unique style with a refinement of her particular voice. Her style of folk rock is very similar to the golden sounds of A Ghost is Born-era Wilco but with a Sharon Van Etten-esque confessionalism that makes her incredibly interesting. Though the tracks most depict complex romantic situations, the juxtaposition of heavy lyrics and bubbly instrumentation is simultaneously enthralling and unexpected. To the untrained ear, her sound is very simple indie folk, but her songwriting and structure is subtly unconventional, which could be a result of working with the Fiery Furnaces. Though her style of sun-shiny folk rock may not be for everyone, there is massive amounts of merit in Friedberger's unique style of songwriting.