What I Got at the Post Office Today with Chuck P

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All of our DJs receive hundreds of CDs a month to consider for airplay. In this regular feature, KCRW DJ Chuck P catalogues his musical bounty from the Post Office each week.

Another odd week and a half of cold rain mixed with spring/summer type temps. I’d feel weird about it if it wasn’t so dang nice. When I lived in the Northwest, I had a friend with an outdoor jacuzzi. I used to love sitting in the nice warm water while there was a foot of snow just a few feet away. That’s what our current (wonderful) weather reminds me of.

Lot of wonderful music at the post office this week too!

1) Team Love Records was kind enough to send me a massive package of vinyl, along with a CDR of their new release (and a current obsession of mine), Conduits. Shoegaze of the highest order, I’m really looking forward to the vinyl version of this masterpiece. Plus, looks like they’ll be on tour with Cursive this spring, so check ’em out when they hit your town.

2) Third Man Records was also kind enough to send over a couple of incredible 7″s from John C. Reilly, one includes Tom Brosseau and the other, Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond. All three will be performing at the Bootleg Bar at the end of the month! Also included, the new CD from The Black Belles, who rock a la White Stripes and do it nicely.

3) Lambchop “Mr. M”Kurt Wagner & crew deliver their first since 2008’s OH (Ohio). If I know what to expect, should be some gorgeous understated orchestral country twang with Wagner’s trademark baritone. Great artwork on this new album, and Merge Records delivers again with the poster that was included. Bravo.

4) The Toure-Raichel Collective “The Tel Aviv Session”Vieux Farka Toure collaborates with Idan Raichel in this dream team up. I’ve only heard the one track I’ve played on my show, but I’m really looking forward to putting this one on later during dinner.

Oh, and here’s a picture of the mail I got this week. LUCY… YOU GOT SOME LISS’NING TO DO…

Honorable mentions include new music from The Shrouded Strangers, Ed Vallance, Balkan Beat Box and Frankie Rose with the digital promo of the week going to one of my top ten of 2011, EMA, who’s just released a radio edit of one of the best tracks on the album, California. I’m so excited to finally be able to play it for you on the radio.

Be sure to catch EMA with Zola Jesus  for First Fridays at the Natural HIstory Museum on March 2nd! KCRW’s own resident DJ Anthony Valadez and myself will be spinning for your pleasure.

Chuck P. 

Chuck P./Music Please – PO Box 1870, Hollyood, CA 90078