If you’ve ever sat around wishing someone would meld the modern, unforgivably cool sounds of Cold War Kids with the classic 60′s sounds of The Kinks and The Zombies, wish no more. Long Beach’s own Junglecats have just released their debut album, “Nowhere Else To Be” which exudes bluesy energy and an unforgivable temper that is both delectably vicious and earnestly poignant. The album is an impressive synthesis of funky sexiness (“Out On The Farm”), sensitive surf-rock (“The Sea And The Sky”) and translucent joviality (“Do The Whatevah”). Our featured track, “Got My Rhythm,” is vibrant and danceable. Led by groovy organ and reinforced with catchy backup vocals, this song stands true as the reverberant essence of the J-Cats: unvarnished sounds that compliment the roots of rock and roll. Check out The Junglecats’ Bandcamp below and show ‘em some love!
Someone once said Los Angeles is a true paradise. Someone else once said Los Angeles is a vortex of freeways and pollution. But for Daniel J. W!shington, Los Angeles has been the perfect setting for the past three years as he’s created a new EP, “Qontaqt.” Recorded in Boston, Philadelphia, Oxnard, and Los Angeles, these songs reflect the learning curve of “being more like ones self.” According to W!shington, the tracks explore, observe, and reveal his developing artistry in his new habitat of Southern California. Our featured track, “Newspaper Rock,” emphasizes W!shington’s ability to create fresh sounds. The instruments are layered and interesting; the lyrics are witty and analytical. In “Newspaper Rock,” W!shington pledges allegiance to California as he sings, “We stay cold on the east coast and stay winning on the west.” He also expresses his interests in perspectives of society, image, and truth: “We all question freedom, we all got our own way to redefine. Oh I wanna hear the thoughts of all in my community…” We’re super stoked to share this local submission, so give the track a spin, and check out DJW’s other tracks (especially “I Tried”) on his site.
The setting: a pub in Dublin. A steady stream of American music is sung by the man of the hour at the front of the bar. All he has is a guitar and a microphone. He plays everything from Bob Marley to Bruce Springsteen until his acoustic version of an English punk song breaks the familiar stream of tunes. We — myself and ODR’s talented web designer — had to know who the artist was. Like the obnoxious Americans we are, we rushed up to his little stage with our Guinness and Bulmers and anxiously asked what the last song was called. “Jilted John,” he replied. “Song’s called Jilted John, an’ the band’s called Jilted John.” Alright, we’ll take it. That night, stumbling through the stone streets of Temple Bar back to our little room in the early AM, we couldn’t help but sing “Gordon is a moron” over and over again. This song, I’ve now learned, was recorded in 1978 by the brilliance of Manchester’s Graham Fellows. It’s a punk-pop hybrid. The lyrics? Pure brash punk. The instrumentals? Early seventies pop with driving syncopated percussion. Saturated in attitude, adolescent bitterness, and, of course, cheeky Brit humor, this one is timeless.
Brisbane’s newest songwriters are starting a revolution of their own. The Furrs are a 5-piece band creating rock ‘n roll with a radical edge. “Get On Your Horse” plunges straight into unforgiving electric guitar and clear, earnest lyrics. The bad-ass front-woman, Gabriella, sings, “well we talk of revolutions and praise our contributions, to the mediocrity telling us what to be. Well we don’t know when it started, but we idolised the market; we chased after the departed, through the frames of the brave-hearted.” This track features powerful lyrics thrown into a sonic bricolage of varying genres and historical motivation. You’ll be singing along in no time. OurDeadRadio salutes The Furrs and their rebellious music. Keep an ear out for The Furrs’ upcoming EP, and get ready to ride.
Aussie Olivia Gavranich is the brilliant singer/songwriter of St. South. With influences from Billie Holiday to Johnny Cash, St. South presents a wise, fresh sound. Our featured track, “Slacks,” is a gentle tune that reveals an eclectic style. Gavranich’s lyrics are melancholy but strong as she sings, “I tell you every time; you’re walking a fine, fine line. I’m not yours, I’m mine. ” Check out her other tracks, including the new, upbeat track, “Get Good” on St. South’s Soundcloud page.
“Human error on a digital platform.” That’s how 22-year-old New Yorker, Barry Kantro, describes his new analog bedroom project, Caladan. His EP, Stimuli, is messy, gloomy, and very electronic. Enamored by the sound and style of a Casitone MT-41 discovered at a Salvation Army, Kantro started recording, and has produced some raw tracks that are reminiscent of the hazy melancholic trials of early Interpol. Listen to “Inertia” now, and check out Caladan’s other tracks on Bandcamp.
Sylvan Esso just released another great track. Not too long ago, we posted “Hey Mami,” and this new single, “Coffee” might be an even more addictive tune. This featured track rises with unique electro-blips, a gentle beat, and sweet chimes. Amelia Meath’s vocals shine as she gently paints a sonic image of youthful affection. She sings, “Wild winters, warm coffee, mom’s gone, do you love me?” Nick Sanborn’s modern elements meld perfectly to create a song that radiates with originality and sophistication. Sylvan Esso’s first full album is expected to be released in mid-May. We can’t wait.
When life gives you winter, The Casual Section gives you punk. Perfectly raw, unpolished punk. This week, our featured song was submitted by a quartet from London who blend rock, funk, and punk genres to create a rough, energetic sound. They consider themselves the “mongrel dog” of London’s live music scene, but here at OurDeadRadio, we don’t think that’s a bad thing. The Casual Section recently recorded their EP, Might As Well, which showcases their live energy. The EP was recorded in a day. Yes, seven tracks, one day. This gives the EP a dynamically brash sound. Basically, it’s awesome. Take a listen to our featured track, “No Justice.” With lyrics like, “chewing gum on the bottom of my big Nike, that weed man is gonna fuck up your head, I would say live your life but you’re already dead…” this track, and the rest of the EP is just enough punk to hold you over until summer, or longer. Enjoy!
OurDeadRadio received a great submission from a 3-piece band out of Minneapolis last month. They’ve just released a self-produced EP, and we’re stoked they shared it with us. Through The Forest’s alternative sound is relaxed and sophisticated, and is greatly influenced by Radiohead and Coldplay. We dig the jazzy sound on our featured track, “Is It Really Worth It?” The track echoes of Thom Yorke, as singer Tom Robin calls, “Sometimes you’re right, sometimes you’re wrong, sometimes you’ll never know.” Check out the rest of the EP, layered with bass from Alex Gill and drums by Nick Smith on Through The Forest’s Bandcamp page.
We’re pretty stoked about this submission. Vieja Viajes of Cleveland Ohio is truly something different. The DIY noise pop project of Matt McCroskey released a *free* EP “Nostrils of the Holy” this summer, but we think it’s just as interesting as a winter soundtrack. Our featured track, “Que Three El Five One” begins with piercing distorted guitar, and continues with dynamic bass and layers of elevating percussion. This song is a truly unique hybrid, as McCroskey’s muffled vocals give the track a post-punk feel. His barely perceptible lyrics croon, “I’ve waited too long for your kiss, I’ve waited too long for this and I don’t want you to be another one that I miss.” Sampled pieces, including a section of dialogue, establish this song as a sonic mosaic of awesomeness. Go listen and check out the rest of Vieja Viajes on Bandcamp.
Kansas-based Seventeen Years is the new-wave solo project of Tony Freijat. Anticipating his debut EP, his label Half-Gifts submitted this new single, “Ocean Slut.” It gently expresses fluid post-punk guitar and develops a warm lo-fi fuzz. It’s catchy and vulnerable and charmingly unpolished. We hear influences from The Cure. We like. You listen:
With influences drawing from various alt-rock bands from Neutral Milk Hotel to Modest Mouse, Baxter and the Basics make solid music from Athens, Georgia. We received this submission recently from their first self-produced bedroom-recorded album, which features folk-inspired narratives, and classic blues-rock sounds. The four members of the group claim to write “tasty, groovable tunes” and we agree. Check out our colorful featured track, Bright White Beach, and prepare for the band’s first full-length album expected to release in mid-January.
There’s good music in Canada. You know it’s true. Meet ALVVAYS from Toronto. The four-piece group makes casually lo-fi tracks that are definitely catchy, and delicately sugary. This single, “Adult Diversion” has a nostalgic-pop feel, but also implements a moment of cool electro-fuzz that projects the track into the surf-pop genre. ALVVAYS recreates memories of sun just as winter starts to settle in, just when we need it most… Take a listen and look for their debut album in 2014.
Minor Wiley is a three piece rock band from Athens, GA. The group began playing music together in the summer of 2012. They’ve just released an EP, Relatives, this month. Our featured track, “Sharing Ceilings” is a melancholic, surfy track with dreamy lyrics: “Facing each other from two sides of the same hole, And the light behind your back obscures it all, Obsessed and dreaming about sharing a ceiling with you, And you know a couple lights could make it right…” The sweet harmonies and fluid guitar evokes an almost haunting lullaby. Take a listen and download the whole EP here.
“I am music. I am a whistleblower for peace. I am Naomi Pilgrim.” Indeed. Naomi Pilgrim is a fresh artist with a sweet voice and punchy lyrics. She was born in Barbados and raised in Sweden; her experiences immersed in different cultures contribute to her eclectic perspective on modern pop. She’s worked with Lykki Li as a backup singer and brilliantly plays with genres and edgy themes in her new release “No Gun.” The track begins with deep sonic bass, R&B-inspired beats and heavily reverbed electronic blips. Pilgrim’s vocals are captivating. She weaves a lyrical story and cleverly reveals an emotional journey. She plays with the concept of have/have-not and establishes examples of heavy situational irony in the sparkling verses. Her beautiful voice pierces through the grooving instrumentals as she sings “I found my soul mate but we’re screwing just for fun, Made it to the club but the band was done… I memorized the Bible but there was no God, I made a bargain but the whole thing was a fraud.” Her musical commentary is strong and admirable, her brilliant melodic creation is more than catchy. Naomi Pilgrim is a force to keep an eye on. Until then, listen to “No Gun” and revel in her musical presentation of life.
Starting as an underground rapper from Stockholm, Mapei (Jaqueline Cummings) recently released a captivating rap/pop fusion single. In this featured track, “Don’t Wait,” Mapei moves through a memorable melody paralleled by spacey-electronic notes. She sings, “If It wasn’t for you, I’d be alone. If it wasn’t for you, I’d be on my own.” The sunshiny bridge and synth voices give the tune a playful perspective: “No matter where you’re at no worry I’ll be there, no one’s got your back like I do… When I shine you shine always…” This uplifting, fresh take on a love song can counter any pissy mood — with snaps, rolling percussion, and driving beat, “Don’t Wait” will having you pressing replay in no time.
Meghan Remy is a solo female force with an adoration for 60′s bubblegum pop. With a progressive perspective toward “DIY” tracks, U.S. Girls evokes a playfully nostaligic, lo-fi memory of honest oldies with a feminist twist. Our featured track, “28 Days” is about a certain monthly function that ladies can exclusively relate to (check out the super-cool music video here). In an interview with Rookie Magazine, Remy discusses how the song is about celebration. She says, “We shouldn’t be ashamed of the fact that our bodies are in sync with the moon and are practically magic! We should celebrate it; we should also complain and confide freely with others…” So, yes. If you were wondering if the charmingly sentimental voice of this crunchy track is completely rad, then the answer is YES. U.S. Girls’ unique and sincere vision of modern music honors the energetic pop princesses of the past and authenticates a new pop princess; Meg Remy has the guts and the poise to sing about anything. OurDeadRadio salutes U.S. Girls. Now go listen!
Crusier’s new release, “Kidnap Me” is 80% modern, über-catchy pop, and 20% borderline creepy adoration. Here at OurDeadRadio, we love creepy adoration. Cruiser began in Philadelphia as Andy States’ bedroom recording project. Now, as a quartet, Cruiser is establishing an eternally summery identity in the indie-pop world. “Kidnap Me” is immediately playful — and the track’s hook boasts a severe bite: ‘Shackle me up and lock it, I could live in your pocket. When you gonna kidnap me? When you gonna kidnap me? Take me away from here, I could see it so clear. When you gonna kidnap me?’ Listen to “Kidnap Me” and let it stay with you like a perfectly mysterious memory of summer.
Earlier this month, Detroit native Alex Winston released a powerful and haunting new single, “101 Vultures.” Following her 2012 album debut, Winston is now creating some newly dynamic, explicit fatale-esque material. In this new track, Winson battles between strength and weakness, innocence and rage, and love and oppression through an echoey chamber of slow pop goodness. ‘In a sea of motherfuckers, man, you were no salvation, face it. Why’d you go and leave me to the vultures?’ In the regretful bridge of the song she sings, ‘We could have done better, we should have done better….’ Better than this deep cut? We’re not so sure. This track is good; one listen and you’ll get it. Give it a spin.
Salt Lake City’s The Red on Black recently submitted some great music to ODR. “Oh No” is a strong indie rock track from their new EP, “Pyramids.” With influences like The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, and The White Stripes, their modern sound skillfully progresses throughout this featured track. “Oh No” builds into a catchy, grooving song with irresistible, pleading lyrics: ‘Oh no, my head is splitting in ten different ways, woman, can you help me get the pieces back together again?’ Brilliantly melding genres like punk and jazz into their alt-rock EP, check out The Red on Black’s other tracks at bandcamp.
Fascinator makes hauntingly trippy music that is unnervingly catchy. Interested? Listen to “Girl I Want,” the most recent release by the “sexy psychedelic” music-makers from New York. Johnny Mackay’s side project also creates some wild music videos — see the visual counter-part of our featured track here here.
What happens when two brothers pause their lives to spend a summer in a remote cabin, bringing along a load of music equipment and ideas? England in 1819 releases some great new songs — that’s what happens. We recently received this submission from brothers Andrew and Dan of Baton Rouge, who are forging their way through the depths of what they call “independent electronic/grandwave music.” England in 1819′s atmoshperic rock is refreshing; our featured track, “Pine” wholly evokes the serenity and expansiveness of being among nature. Take a listen, and check out their other new tracks on Soundcloud.
Amelia Meath & Nick Sanborn are Sylvan Esso — a unique group that blends beautiful folk-laced harmonies with carefully placed electro elements. The big bass and bolstering synths add drama to the the delicate vocals, perfectly blending genres to create a truly stunning sound. They’ve only released two tracks so far: “Hey Mami” as well as the equally addictive “Play It Right.” We’re hooked on the novelty of this group; take a listen.
London’s Archy Marshall, a.k.a. King Krule, has recently released ’6 Feet Beneath the Moon’ – an album full of clever genre mixing (punk, rock, rap, folk, jazz) accompanied by his astoundingly deep, deep voice. This album shows lucidity and brilliance; King Krule is the most pleasant of anomalies. Also, he is 19 years old. Yes, seriously. Listen to “Easy Easy” and check out “Neptune Estate” from the new album as well.
In 2005, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver teamed up with friends from Collections of Colonies of Bees to create a new project, Volcano Choir. “Comrade” is a new single from their upcoming album. The track’s lyrics are as familiar and heartbreaking as most of Vernon’s work, with an additional synth/electro spin: “Say you ain’t a comrade, still, I’d know you’d come back, for a folly-ridden Romeo, you break down a fortress now, standing out in public, stained with your conscience, I know that you love me…”
We recently received a rad submission from a lo-fi punk band from the seaside town of Belmullet, Ireland. The Crytearians is the bedroom recording project of Jimmy Monaghan. Using aged instruments and half-broken recording machines, Monaghan creates a unique brand of experimental garage punk. With vocals and crunchy instrumentals reminiscent of early Interpol, this album of distorted punk can be downloaded for free on The Crytearions’ Bandcamp. Listen to the track “Early Retirement Plan” from their new album now.
“Weightless” from Washed Out’s sophomore album is a slow, reverb-heavy track that employs a climbing chorus melody and gorgeous synth cycles. Ernest Greene’s voice is intimate and sincere against the track’s spacey musical backdrop. This song (and the entire Paracosm album) is hard not to love.
Kathleen Hanna. Need we say more? Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and most recently, The Julie Ruin. Badass, talented, feminist, singer-songwriters are more than okay with us here at OurDeadRadio. We’ll replay Kathleen Hanna’s genious garage pop sounds all day… Here’s “Ha Ha Ha,” the single from The Julie Ruin’s full-length album, expected in early September.
The Reno-based duet, Surf Curse, has released a note-worthy album of lo-fi, beachy punk pop. Think Oberhofer + Wavves + a little extra grunge. This track, “Goth Babe,” is so sweet and raw and catchy: ‘I want a goth babe in my life, I want someone I can bite, I want to listen to The Cure, I want to tell you that I’m yours…’ The lyrics are playful and clever, the melody is simple and surfy. Give this track a spin and check out our other fav song, “Freaks,” from their most recent album, Buds.
British rockers, Temples, make psychedelic Beatles-esque rock. “Shelter Song,” a recently released danceable track, references long summer days, The Twilight Zone, and dreamy pursuits of love. The song features a variety of influences, but the melodious hooks present a modern pop sound — an energizing approach to classic 60′s psych-rock. Take a listen and get weird.
This Michigan artist claims if “you like pizza or puppies or pizza puppies, you’ll probably like fthrsn.” fthrsn (pronounced “father son”) makes lo-fi bedroom pop that deftly picks up tempo mid-song. The motown/soul influenced tracks feature reflective lyrics like “I’m just a little kid who lives in my head…” Take a listen.
We recently received a great submission from a Nicaraguan artist, Jav Rivera. Take a listen to “Love Tune,” a sweet acoustic track with a raw, unpolished sound. Much of his album, Almost Alive, features gentle ambient tracks with cinematic elements. Many of his songs have refreshingly unconventional structures, a uniqueness we always appreciate at OurDeadRadio. Give this track a try and check out the rest of his tunes on Bandcamp.
Christopher Laufman has a very unique songwriting style. There’s so much going on — the beat, melody and instrumentals are all a little strange — but it somehow works. This pop track features a dark groove, a strange reoccurring horn-like “alarm” sound, and utilizes some R&B influences as well. Listen.
Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, has recently released a few singles from his upcoming solo album. Surprisingly (or not surprisingly), they are as catchy and as genius has his Foxygen work. Give “Hand in Mine” a listen — it’s a gauzy 60′s duet, reminiscent of the sweet, quirky love Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros conveys. Look for the full album, Law and Order in early September.
Worcestershire’s Astronomyy is the brilliant project of a mysterious songsmith that focuses on “space guitar” sounds — which are really cool, considering they’re combined with hip-hop and R&B elements. “Things I’d Do For U” is a new sexy release that’s worth a listen, or two, or three…
Gregory Alan Isakov’s voice has an exceptional quality that beautifully targets raw emotion. His delicate folk talent is evident through his latest album, “The Weatherman.” It’s melancholy and wise. Go gaze at the stars on a warm night while you listen to this. Or listen and find something better to do than stargaze. Whatever. His music is just beautiful and you know it.
PAPA’s new single, “If You’re My Girl, Then I’m Your Man” is a sweet tune, complete with ooo’s and heavy reverb. The simple story of “I love you, if you love me” is told through their classic pop/rock sound. The chorus sings, “I just want to be your man, fuck my past, forget your plans.”
Emotion + explicits = a confident, endearing song.
Bloc Party’s new single release, “Ratchet” demonstrates the continuing drive of the candidly impressive musical ability of the quartet; it’s a groovy, danceable track infused with attitude. Singer, Kele Okereke, chants in a possibly playful, possibly mocking sense: ‘make it loud, make it proud, make it count, we go, go ratchet.’ The cleverness of the lyrics and the catchiness of the tune is a perfect tease for what is yet to come later this summer on the full EP. See more of the article @ iHeardin
Hollywood, Florida. That’s where the trio, Beach Days, got together and created their new album Trip Trap Attack. It’s a rad collection of 60′s inspired surf-pop with a heavy dose of garage jam-sesh sound. Fans of Cat Power and Best Coast will appreciate the heavily reverbed, honest female vocals. Check out the official video for one of Beach Days’ new tracks, “Boys.”
Nick Waterhouse released an album last year that has just made it’s way to the ears of ODR. We admit, this is a late discovery. But trust — it’s good. Employing sexy saxophone, tambourine and soulful back-up singers, this song sounds like the mind-blowing combination of Ray Charles and The Black Keys. A mix of influences creates one fantastic sound, evoking many styles born in the past: Soul. Funk. Blues. R&B and Rock. Try out the track “(If) You Want Trouble” and get your 50′s groove on.
In The Valley Below’s Facebook page states their genres are “Indie Dusk, Post Ghost, Sex Prog, and Dark Duet.” With songs as cool as “Palm Tree Fire,” it almost makes sense… The haunting lyrics sing, ‘I’m a gun of sensation, I’m a sunset liar.’ This track is sexy and magnetic — definitely worth a listen or two.
This dance band from Spain makes perfect summer music. Using a variety of instruments and synth effects, the track “LA Calling” demonstrates Crystal Fighters adoration for California love. They sing, ‘LA calling, bathed in sunlight… I don’t want them, I want you.’ Take a listen.
The new Baths album features great dark, electro-pop. Check out the interesting artistry on Baths’ sophomore album, Obsidian. Los-Angeles based Will Wiesenfeld uses electronic blips, a variety of instruments, and often staggeringly pained – yet captivating – lyrical content. “Ossuary” is a standout track, taking on an aggressive start and easing into a sweet melody with an energetic beat and assured tone. Wiesenfeld sings, ‘Once interred, in turn to turn to bone, fate unseen, kiss the stone. You hope that where you are, that you’re not alone.’ Faintly Pinback-ish and playful, “Ossuary” is one of the faster-paced tracks in this emotional collection. Check out the rest of this article @ iHeardin
Get in the summer mood with some perfect punk from Wavves. Their explicit, moody lyrics and messy guitars somehow end up sunny with a DGAF ‘tude. The lyrics in “Afraid of Heights” include ‘I think I’m dying, maybe I’m thirsty, I think I must be drunk.’ So punk.
Beginning as a small music venture in the summer of 2012, OurDeadRadio was produced as a solution to common problems transmitted through the airwaves: tuning frustration, exhaustive pop-processing, and unoriginal repetitive top-twenty tracks. This site is dedicated to the relentless mix-makers, eclectic music junkies and compulsive indie gem scourers of the world. OurDeadRadio is a carefully selected preview of what is good and thriving and ultimately, what is rarely heard on the radio. From indie up-and-comers to dusty tracks of the past, OurDeadRadio presents what is not often produced through standard FM stations. As a cultivation of music found though blogs, local scenes, and submissions, please enjoy the sounds of OurDeadRadio.
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When: September 21st, 2013 at 3:00pm
FM 94/9′s Independence Jam was September 21st at the Junior Seau Memorial Amphitheater at the Oceanside Pier. The line-up featured Cage The Elephant, Smallpools, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., American Authors, Royal Teeth, The Colourist and Dead Feather Moon. We were blown away by these artists’ live performances at the idyllic location with two stages, right on the water in Oceanside. Be sure to check out the FM 94/9 website for more local San Diego shows!
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2013 AT 12:00PM
Lou’s Records, one of our favorite San Diego-based record stores, held a Labor Day sale this weekend featuring 50% off all used CDs. Total score. Lou’s has been around since 1980 and is home to an impressive collection of new and used CDs, LPs, Tapes, DVDs and other things you won’t know you need until you dive in. It’s well worth a trip to beautiful Encinitas — spend a few hours and dollars at this endearing place and score some nice music next time you’re cruising through San Diego. It’s also surrounded by amazing coffee shops and restaurants and is just a few blocks from the beach. Go check it out soon, and keep up to date with Lou’s events here.
August 3rd, 2013 at 10:00PM
Anticon records celebrated 15 years of great music at Anticon Weekend, an event that featured Baths, Daedelus, D33J, Sodapop and Low Limit. This summer, these artists came to the beautiful ACE Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs to showcase a refreshing dose of unconventional pop, electronic music, and DJ sets for pool-goers and Cali vacationers alike. Here’s a photo we took of Will Wiesenfeld of Baths in the Amigo Room at the hotel, creating the ideal summer soundtrack at a perfect location. Be sure to keep up with great music happenings at Anticon Records.