The college radio format is very unique. At KSDB, we cycle new music in and out of regular airplay fairly quickly, and then we move on to newer music to freshen up the sound. This is why no two listening sessions are ever alike. The aim is to expose the community to music they might not have heard before – and might never ever hear otherwise.
The purpose of this weekly post is to give you an insight as to what’s going on with our music rotation and provide a resource to refer to if you are continually hearing a track or artist you love and want more information. Oftentimes, we add music from more than the albums listed here, but these are our favorites. At the bottom, you can catch the music getting the most airplay on 91.9.
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New In Rotation (2-21-17)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist
After an incredible self-titled debut that was shockingly released twelve years ago, CYHSY hasn’t exceeded expectations since then, but if you’re into that record and want to attempt to relive the glory days, there are some tracks here that can make that a possibility.
Dude York – Sincerely
One of an already impressive lineup (Protomartyr, TacocaT, and Chastity Belt) that Hardly Art Records boasts, Dude York’s debut EP offers an almost angsty teenpop that sets itself apart from other artists currently on the label.
Xiu Xiu – FORGET
Xiu Xiu is bizarre. There’s no getting around it. But good music is good music. There may not be a more art rock group out there than this experimental group who also infuses noise pop than Xiu Xiu.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
KGATLW has a way of producing large volumes of music that’s all worth listening to. Australian psychedelic musicians seem to be tearing it up right now with King Gizzard along with Tame Impala and Pond. After three good records in a two year span, KG now is ready to start off a huge 2017 with Flying Microtonal Banana being the first of four planned albums.
The Orwells – Terrible Human Beings
The Orwells are what they are. It’s basic garage rock heavy on the rock in a day and age when actual rock music seems to be evolving into something we didn’t imagine it would twenty years ago. They’re sloppy and they clearly don’t care what people think of them, but they make some fun music even if the critics don’t always fall in love with it.
1. Tim Darcy – Saturday Night
The Ought frontman is finally out with his solo debut. When indie rock can sound a little tired at times, Darcy and Ought provide a very unique sound. If you’re an Ought fan, you’ll love this record. Didn’t take long for him to sky rocket to the top of our charts.
2. Teen Daze – Themes For Dying Earth
You can pretty much guess how Teen Daze is going to sound from their band name. It is the solo project of British Columbia musician, Jamison Isaak, and he has recently added more elements of indie pop into his music and strayed away a bit from his chillwave sound he was formerly known for.
3. Hideout – So Many Hoops, So Little Time
Also a member of Cults, Hideout is the project of Gabriel Rodriguez. He originally worked on this project during downtime while on the road with Cults. It has a glam pop-rock ‘n’ roll sound if that makes any sense at all.
4. Walrus – Goodbye Something
After their debut EP in 2014, a Canadian surf rock band named Walrus has now released their debut full-length album.
5. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
Ryan Adams has had a bunch of projects varying in quality ranging from meh to great. Prisoner might actually be one of his better albums, and that’s a pleasant surprise. He got notoriety fairly recently for his polarizing cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989.