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 (11-21-16)
Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances
Thee Oh Sees are a garage rock factory, and they have a very high success rate. Even on their bad days, the music is still worth listening to. Just three months after their last eight track record and one of their all-time best, A Weird Exits, John Dwyer and company are back with this six track psychedelic album that shows their music is always evolving.
A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
The legendary hip hop group made up of Q-Tip and the late Phife Dawg returns after 18 years and delivers successfully yet another timeless classic. Their third record, Midnight Marauders, is widely looked at as one of the most influential hip hop albums of all time. This new album contains contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Jack White, and much more.
Fruit Bats – The Glory of the Fruit Bats
When you think of indie folk or alternative country, who comes to mind? Wilco? Ryan Adams? My Morning Jacket? Well, for us, Fruit Bats are towards the top of that list. After a great effort from them in their return after five years earlier this year, Absolute Loser, this is a surprise record we are all thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving.
Teen Suicide – Bonus EP
Thee Oh Sees, Fruit Bats, and now Teen Suicide. All are back with their second projects of 2016. This is yet another surprise album, an EP called Bonus EP. The lo-fi noise pop quartet briefly and officially broke up in 2013 only to get back together soon after.
Gap Dream – This Is Gap Dream
Signed to a KSDB favorite, Burger Records, the psychedelic synthpop group brings a sound that is much needed for college radio. Cycling through over fifteen members in five years, the trio is back for their third record after their debut self-titled album in 2012.
1. American Wrestlers – Goodbye Terrible Youth
American Wrestlers, out of St. Louis, Missouri, recently came out with this follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut. The band has a pure indie rock sound comparable to leaders of the industry, The War On Drugs, Real Estate, or Wild Nothing.
2. Crying – Beyond The Fleeting Gales
This album is just nuts. There are fierce synths, funky beats, tear-jerking guitar solos, and wonderful vocals. The band is fresh off a tour through Lawrence with emo studs, Joyce Manor, and indie rock studs, The Hotelier. Needless to say, Crying fits right in with a lineup like that.
3. Mat Shoare – Waking Up Is Hard To Do
One of the most talented indie musicians out of Kansas City right now, Mat is multi-talented. Check out a full album review for the Kansas City indie artist’s record, Waking Up Is Hard To Do. Also find his recent Classroom Series video here.
4. Jay Som – Turn Into
Lo-fi pop is something KSDB just can’t get enough of. The Polyvinyl signee, Jay Som, does it well. When we think of bedroom pop, we often think of Alex G or maybe even Wild Nothing. But now Jay Som can be added to that list.
5. Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass
Danish singer-songwriter, Agnes Obel brings a dark and mysterious side to pop. Her emotional and tear-jerking melodies are a nice change of pace for KSDB’s alternative rotation.