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.
Loopy weather this past week. Lots of sunshine and warm temps. The calm before the storm? I ain’t complaining…
Some serious vinyl goodness and aluminum treasure at Ye Olde PO this week.
1) Vinyl! – Latest album from Neon Indian “Era Extrana” plus two 7″s from Jack White’s Third Man Records featuring Jeff The Brotherhood and one of my new favorites, The Black Belles. Been playing the Black Belles 7″ for a couple weeks now. really looking forward to hearing the new album due out early next year.
2) Beat LA double LP compilation – Even though this release is vinyl as well, they deserve a special place because it’s all for charity. Huge double album with new LA bands covering old LA bands.
Great concept and some of the songs here are amazing. Standouts include Imaad Wasif “Go Insane” (Doors), Bobb Bruno “Scratch Out The Sky” (Distorted Pony), Boom Bip w/ Buck 65 “Lost Weekend” (Wall of Voodoo), Devon Williams “Yellow Pills” (20/20), Crystal Antlers “I Slept In An Arcade” (Black Randy & Metrosquad) and Signals “Richie Dagger’s Crime” (Germs). There’s a little something for everyone here. I wrote about this one before, but it deserves another mention because it all of it benefits Doctors Without Borders who are doing some great things around the world helping people in need. Here’s a great way to help and score some great music at the same time. Comes with a digital download for those who like them and it’s also available as a CD for those who are turn table challenged.
FYI – this double LP version is only available for the special Black Friday Record Store Day next week!
3) Steve Hauschildt “Tragedy & Geometry” – One of the members of Emeralds (“Does It Look Like I’m Here” was one of my favorite albums from last year, and they’re from Cleveland… Go BROWNS!) striking out solo. Billed as the quietest member, this new cd is described as “gorgeous, floating, flowing post kosmiche music” so that means I will probably find something I like about it. Plus, it’s on kranky records, who have a tendency to release excellent music.
4) Spank Rock “Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A F—ing Liar” – I’m not a big fan of most hip hop, but damn… do I dig these cats. Always coming up with something interesting and taking remixes to the next level, I’m really looking forward to hearing this new disc as they haven’t released an album of original material since 2006’s “YoYoYoYoYo“. Underground hip hop in the tradition of labels like Anticon, DefJux and LaFace. Can’t wait to put this one in the cd player.
5) BONUS – A 10″ from my new favorite LA band this week, Electric Flower, featuring Imaad Wasif and Josh Garza from Secret Machines. Serious kick ass Rock ‘n’ Roll. I predict big things in their future.
Honorable mentions include music from Hindi Zahra, Real Estate & a new CD from East Bay Ray (!) with digital promo of the week going to The Spinto Band with the soundtrack to a new movie called Biba Democracy. Love those boys, so that one may be fun!
Okay, next week is Thanksgiving, so I won’t have a post for ya (I’ll be in full on family holiday mode), but I’ll be back the week after with a TON of new stuff. Plus, it’s the end of year, so the top 10 lists are on their way, which means I’ll have a couple Best Of The Rest of 2011 shows coming up focusing on some of the other amazing tunes that were released this year.
If you’d like to be considered for this post, feel free to send your music to KCRW attention Chuck P. or to the PO Box info below.
PO Box 1870
Hollywood, CA 90078