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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.

Loving the mixed bag weather we’ve been having over the past week and a half. Shorts weather! Raincoat weather! My head is spinning, but in a good way. Winter is better in small bits.

New crop of goodness from the ol’ pobox.

1) Vinyl! New limited LP edition of 777 the wonderfully disturbing Tonetta. Mix The Frogs “It’s Only Right & Natural” with half cup of post punk; then stir in 3 tablespoons of The Rolling Stones and add a dash of insanity and you’re close. Really, a singular performer. Check out the YouTube videos. Not a lot here I’m able to play on the radio, but worth your time. Also, a couple new 7″s. One from Guards and the other from Punks On Mars.

2) Smiths Tribute – A new double disc compilation tribute to The Smiths. Nice selection of artists including Doug Martsch from Built To Spill, Katy Goodman from La Sera & Vivian Girls, Girl In A Coma, Wedding Present, Greg Laswell and more. Only listened to it once so far, but lots of really nice versions here.

3) A couple new releases from Northern Spy Records showed up this week. Donovan Quinn, who has been in the band Skygreen Leopards since the early 2000’s, is back with a new solo album called Honkey Tonk Medusa. Expecting some sweet folk/psych strummings. Also in the package is the latest skronk from Charles Gayle‘s saxophone called, Streets. If you like Ayler, definitely check out Gayle. He’s at the forefront in exploring new free jazz sounds.

4) Fertanish Zero Zero Three – So when I picked up my mail this week, there was a package addressed to the “Avant Guard/Experimental” show that, for some reason, showed up in my po box. I ain’t complaining tho… real out there noise experiments from my quick cursory listen. I’ll enjoy sitting down with a scotch and my Charles Manson biography while listening to the rest of it later on. The macro photography of a mantis dining on a housefly is worth the price of admission alone. HEY!!! I’ve got mantis macros too!! Get in touch if you wanna use ’em!

Honorable mentions go to new CDs from Plug, White Rabbits & Big Deal. Digital promo of the week goes to the Conduits track, Top Of The Hill, from the new self titled album due soon on Team Love Records. Wow. So solid. Looking forward to hearing more from them.

Thanks for checking in and listen to all this and more next week on the show!

Chuck P.