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Alexander Spit, Bay Area Native

If you do not know about the Bay Area, SF native Alexander Spit then it is time to change that. Spit’s been dropping classic tape after classic tape for many years now and collecting a solid fan base that is much deserved. Alexander is in collaboration the “The Hundreds” and has put out his last 3 releases, Open 24 Hours, Until Next Summer, and  most recently These Long Strange Nights (TLSN). TLSN has a grimy feel to it that is consistent with what Spit brings to the table, and another very dope mixtape. Spit has been featured on the notable hip-hop blog 2DopeBoyz  as well. These Long Strange Nights is out for free HERE so cop that ASAP.

 

Alexander Spit ft. CBG “Real RWD pt. 1”

 

 

-bryce p.

KZUU 90.7fm

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What’s New @ KZUU: 11/14/11

The year is winding down, and the new releases are starting to slow. Nonetheless, the stuff we are getting is really good! All great albums going out on the air this week, such as:

Brief Candles – Fractured Days (shoegaze)

Canyons – Keep Your Dreams (electronic, dance)

Caveman – Coco Beware (indie rock)

The Dø – Both Ways Open Jaws (indie rock)

Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness (indie rock)

The Prefab Messiahs – Peace, Love & Alienation (post-punk, psychedelic)

Sigur Ros – Inni (post-rock)

Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream EP (garage rock)

Tycho – Dive (electronic)

 

 

KZUU Top 30: 11/11/11

Recent Band of the Week Real Estate took the top spot in our weekly charts for the second time in three weeks, briefly being knocked out of #1 by M83. Their new album Days is incredible, and seeing them live in Boise last week was a huge treat. Keep your eyes peeled for a show review on that soon. I’m also really happy to see SSLYBY staying strong, as well as future-pop geniuses Born Gold in the top 10 along with legends like Wilco and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. I expect to see these charts turning melancholy with the upcoming snow, but I’m loving it for the time being!

-Adam

KZUU Top 30, 11/11/11

1. Real Estate – Days

2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Tape Club

3. Born Gold – Bodysongs

4. Radical Face – Family Tree: The Roots

5. Still Corners – Creatures of an Hour

6. The Strange Boys – Live Music

7. Fool’s Gold – Leave No Trace

8. Wilco – The Whole Love

9. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Wolfroy Goes to Town

10. Shimmering Stars – Violent Hearts

11. Tallahassee – Jealous Hands

12. Mates of State – Mountaintops

13. Megafaun – Megafaun

14. Pepper Rabbit – Red Velvet Snow Ball

15. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

16. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

17. Crooked Fingers – Breaks in the Armor

18. Gabriel Miller Phillips – One for the Crow

19. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie

20. Neon Indian – Era Extrana

21. Peter Wolf Crier – Garden of Arms

22. Phantogram – Nightlife

23. Spectrals – Bad Penny

24. Beirut – The Rip Tide

25. Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix

26. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical

27. The Decemberists – Long Live the King

28. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams

29. Emperor X – Western Teleport

30. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Band of the Week: Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound’s 3rd full-length Parallax is no doubt Bradford Cox’s best work to date. It’s a swirl of indie pop with a subtle sense of mystery lingering with each track. With each listen there’s something new to discover, whether its the subdued electronic additions hiding in the background of tracks like “Modern Aquatic Nightsongs” or the way Bradford can showcase the strength of his voice in the most prominent ways, via the gorgeous “Te Amo.”

Much like Atlas Sound’s last album, Logos, Parallax shifts between the upbeat, rock-n-roll swag of heroes of the 50’s garage rock scene and electronic ambient music. The pairing results in a mind-bending ebb and flow, bi-polar in the best way. Most of the more upbeat tracks are accessible enough, while still retaining some odd experimentation. “Doldrums” is a haunting 4-minute piece that leads into the garage-rock twang of “My Angel Is Broken”. The tracks back-to-back are the most consumable and representative piece of Atlas Sound music released to date.

Though every track is truly an exciting endeavor to sink your teeth into, a personal favorite would be the album’s lead off track, “The Shakes”. This song sounds just like something off of Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest, but oddly enough sets off an uplifting tone into the rest of the album, with shifting chord progressions, atmospheric synth, as well as Bradford’s voice floating around the track’s final seconds in the most dreamy way. It shows the listener that Parallax is a record that makes us dream in a way that Bradford Cox’s other musical ventures could not.

– Adam & Brennan

What’s New @ KZUU: 11/8/11

What’s up! This is a good week for music. Don’t sleep on that Kid Krule EP, and I’m really into Oneohtrix Point Never. But don’t take my word for it, check them out yourself!

New Adds, 11/8/11:

Atlas Sound – Parallax (experimental pop)

Bleeding Knees Club – Virginity (rock)

Blouse – Blouse (dream pop)

Brite Futures – Dark Past (indie pop)

David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time (folk, blues)

King Krule – King Krule (indie rock??)

Korallreven – An Album By Korallreven (electronic, dream pop)

Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (ambient, experimental, samples)

Owen – Ghost Town (indie folk)

Pterodactyl – Spills Out (rock)

Rob Crow – He Thinks He’s People (folk, rock)

Ski Lodge – Ski Lodge (indie rock)

Wise Blood – These Wings (experimental, hip-hop)

 

KZUU Top 30: 11/4/11

This week’s #1 artist really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but what was surprising is that M83‘s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming received more plays in one week than any album this entire year! The new album by the French electro-pop artist Anthony Gonzales was played more than double of the #2 album this week, Fool’s Gold’s Leave No Trace. Pretty incredible stuff. Last week’s Band of the Week, Phantogram, debuts at #4, and last week’s #1, Real Estate, drops to #5.

-Adam

 

1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

2. Fool’s Gold – Leave No Trace

3. Deer Tick – Divine Providence

4. Phantogram – Nightlife

5. Real Estate – Days

6. Still Corners – Creatures of an Hour

7. Radical Face – Family Tree: Roots

8. Wilco – The Whole Love

9. Born Gold – Bodysongs

10. Gem Club – Breakers

11. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Tape Club

12. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams

13. Balam Acab – Wander / Wonder

14. Case Studies – The World is Just a Shape to Fill the Night

15. Icarus Himself – Career Culture

16. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know

17. Loney Dear – Hall Music

18. Nurses – Dracula

19. Terra Lightfoot – Terra Lightfoot

20. Beirut – The Rip Tide

21. The Big Scary – Four Seasons

22. Dawes – Nothing is Wrong

23. Feist – Metals

24. Gabriel Miller Phillips – One for the Crow

25. Iceage – New Brigade

26. The Pack A.D. – Unperson

27. Shimmering Stars – Violent Hearts

28. Tallahassee – Jealous Hands

29. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

30. Active Child – You Are All I See