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.
As you now know, OurDeadRadio is based out of Southern California, but every time we get a submission from Brooklyn, it’s pure gold. Chancius is an alternative, dream-pop artist who has developed a new album, ‘Bando,’ with a Sci-Fi appeal. Chancius’ concept for the album centers on the story of a man fighting for his life and taking risks; philosophical questions regarding humanity’s purpose and the uses of modern machinery are weaved into this thought-provoking soundscape or “alternative rock opera.” In our featured track, “A Piece of You Wherever I Go,” the chorus lyrics serve as a gentle reminder: “Don’t forget to feel okay, don’t forget to feel alright, don’t forget to touch the moon, touch the stars, feel it all tonight.” Check out this stunning song from Chancius’ new album, and catch the rest of his story on Soundcloud.
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.
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.
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.
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…”
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.
Creator/Writer: Geneva Trelease
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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.