Monday, June 27, 2016

Indie music rules our New Additions this week

Baltimore duo Wye Oak released its fifth studio album, Tween, this month. It's actually a collection of outtakes - songs that didn't make it onto the band's past couple of albums - yet it's getting a lot of positive reviews as a strong album in its own right. Pitchfork called it "unpredictable, assertive, varied and capable of capturing the full scope of their vision." Our pick for the New Music bin this week is "Watching the Watching." The mirror imagery in the album cover art is picked up in this song.

We happened to catch a live show recently by Hoboken, N.J.'s Karyn Kuhl Band. Karyn has been a member of a variety of bands going back to the punk-rock scene of the 1980s. Now with her own band, consisting of bassist Lou Ciarlo, drummer Jonpaul Pantozzi and guitarist James Mastro, Kuhl has released an EP, The Stars Will Bring You Home, that combines hard-edged rock with thoughtful lyrics about love and pain. You'll hear "Conjuring You" in our New Music rotation. We'll also give some spins to the band's unique cover of "It Was A Very Good Year."

We learned about Philadelphia band Cayetana by way of Hemming, another Philadelphia artist we've been following for a while. Members of the former accompanied the latter to record "All I Want" (see previous article). Now that song and Cayetana's "Freedom 1313" are on a new collection called Forever Beautiful that's been released as a fundraiser for victims of the Orlando night club shooting. Check that out on Bandcamp. And hear "Freedom 1313" in our New Music rotation.

Also added this week to our big mix:
  • "Mercy," another track from the dynamite album by Bonnie Bishop, Ain't Who I Was
  • And another selection from Falls' album Omaha - "Someone Like You" 
And stay tuned because later this week we'll be debuting something brand-spanking-new from another of our featured artists, Carsie Blanton.

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