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SONG of the DAY: Painted Palms - "Water Hymn"

SONG of the DAY: "Water Hymn" by Painted Palms. A dreamy bath of tranquil synths and beautiful, chant-like vocals. Origin: San Francisco and Batton Rouge. Genre: Psychedelic Rock

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MIXTAPE: Powerful Pop by Little Records

One hour of power-pop from the late '70s through the early '90s from bands who were influenced by Big Star, The Raspberries, Cheap Trick, Badfinger, The Kinks, The Beatles, and the like. On this episode we'll hear from Fastbacks (pictured), Material Issue, The Beat, The Smithereens, Tommy Keene, The Plimsouls, The Screaming Tribesmen, The Bongos, The Jags, Shoes, The Spongetones, Jellyfish, Nikki & the Corvettes, plus covers of Big Star, The Monkees, and Teenage Fanclub.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Breanna Barbara - "Nothin But Your Lovin"

Breanna Barbara, self described as "occult blues" reimagines the roots of that genre, crafting a witchy, psychedelic take on it. Her latest record, Mirage Dreams was made in Nashville and there's no hiding it: slide guitar, rhodes, and fuzzy bass, all come together to create a fresh take on an authentically southern sound, but with an edge. .Andrew Strader .


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UNDER THE RADAR: Fazerdaze - "Lucky Girl"

Yet another product of the flourishing Antipodean music scene, Fazerdaze is the new project from New Zealand native Amelia Murray. Following on from her well received self-released single Little Uneasy, Amelia is set to release Morningside, her debut album, this summer on the legendary Flying Nun Records.This week she has shared the video to new single, Lucky Girl. Morningside is out May 5th via Flying Nun Records. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: Baby Shakes - "Summer Sun"

This year's Best of NYC band is Baby Shakes, a power-pop/garage rock four-piece (there's a ghost member in the band) that knows how to have fun. The band's catalogue is pleasantly varied, with everything from relaxed surf rock tunes to easy rock-n-rollers to borderline punk, heavy-hitters. Though the expert guitar work of Mary Blount and Judy Lindsay is apparent, featuring harmonization, synchronized riffs, and the occasional shredtastic solo, what really makes Baby Shakes so infectious is the raw force and high energy of their songs. It's something you can pick up on even through earbuds. Be on the lookout for their new album Turn It Up out this spring. .Andrew Strader.


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Jesus and Mary Chain, soundchecking at Ziggys club, Plymouth, 1985 Photography Valerie Hicks

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Jesus and Mary Chain, soundchecking at Ziggys club, Plymouth, 1985 Photography Valerie Hicks, courtesy of Sam Knee (author of A Scene In Between)
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THE CLASSIC L.A. PUNK TV SHOW ‘NEW WAVE THEATRE’ - Episode 14

New Wave Theatre had an frenetic DIY vibe that perfectly mirrored the energy of the L.A. punk and new wave scenes.
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UNDER THE RADAR: The Magnetic Fields - "'71 I Think I'll Make Another World"

 Magnetic Fields’ main man, Stephin Merritt, is no stranger to a sizeable project, his most famous album is after all a three disc, three-hour long, 69 song opus covering almost every aspect of love you can imagine. So writing an album of fifty songs, one for every year of your life, well that seems a pretty straight forward task in comparison. Started on his 50th birthday, 50 Song Memoir, which was released on Nonesuch last week, is in many ways his musical auto-biography. A treasure trove of non-fiction events; an intimidating but brilliant collection, it’s the sort of record you feel as a listener, you probably won’t truly get your head around for many months, years, even lifetimes to come. This week to promote the release, The Magnetic Fields have shared videos for a number of tracks from the record, our favourite of which is, ’71 I Think I’ll Make Another World. Set when Stephin was six, it finds him dreaming of starting a new world, and the freedom that would come with his own planet, as he sings, “it may not start very large, but no-one else will be in charge”. Musically it builds around a gently strummed mandolin, and sonorous, soaring strings, a bit like Scott Walker if he ever did anything lo-fi. It’s a fine introduction to the 50 Song Memoir, a record which in time might just go down as Stephin’s finest work. 50 Song Memoir is out now via Nonesuch.


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Bobby Gillespie and Jeff Barrett, 1985 Photography Valerie Hicks

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Bobby Gillespie and Jeff Barrett, 1985 Photography Valerie Hicks, courtesy of Sam Knee (author of A Scene In Between)
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UNDER THE RADAR: Kevin Morby - “Come to Me Now”

Kevin Morby, the folk-rocker who used to play in Woods and the Babies, is following up last year’s Singing Saw with a new solo album called City Music. Written at the same time as Singing Saw, City Music functions as a kind of urban companion piece to that record. “It is a mixtape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me,” Morby writes in a press release. If Singing Saw took Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell as its totems, Urban Music venerates Lou Reed and Patti Smith, and lead single “Come To Me Now” finds Morby drawling over a gray, drizzly soundscape. City Music out June 16th via Dead Oceans. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: mini horse - "Thriller"

Michigan trio, minihorse recently released their excellent debut EP, Big Lack, through the Friendship Fever label. This week after a successful stint wowing the crowds at SXSW, the band have shared the video for one of the EP’s stand-out moments, Thriller. Thriller is a delightfully shambling piece of lo-fi pop. It’s a beautifully produced piece, the whole thing perfectly coated in a sheen of fuzz, as buzzing bass lines, slinky lead guitar work and singer Ben Collins’ laid-back vocal combine to create a gorgeously hazy atmosphere. 


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Glasgow teen jingle janglers Clouds, shot in 1987 by Martin Whitehead

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Norman Blake, John Charnley, Gino Lonta, Bill Charnley, Andy Brady of short-lived cool Glasgow teen jingle janglers Clouds, shot in 1987 by Martin Whitehead
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Clouds - "Tranquil"

The Clouds were a Glasgow-based indie pop band from the 1980s, fronted by brothers John and Bill Charnley. The Clouds had a hit on the UK Indie Chart in 1988 with "Tranquil," (on the Subway Organisation label), reaching number 13. The released track included John on guitar and vocals, Bill on keyboard and vocals, Gino Ionta on drums, Andy Brady on bass guitar and Norman Blake on lead guitar and backing vocals.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Bangladeafy - "Say It With Your Chest"

Bangladeafy! is a band that's hard to forget after a first listen. They take a mathy, complex, progressive approach to metal without resulting obnoxious. They tow a unique line somewhere between metal and electronica, using arpeggiating synths to compliment complex percussion patterns and distorted guitars. This band is, without a doubt, carving a new path for metal in the tech age. .Andrew Strader.


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Meat Whiplash, 1985 Photography J C Brouchard

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Meat Whiplash, 1985 Photography J C Brouchard, courtesy of Sam Knee (author of A Scene In Between)
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Meat Whiplash - "Don't Slip Up"

Meat Whiplash were one of the first bands to be signed to Alan McGee's Creation Records.This was the only single the band ever released. In 1985 it spent 19 weeks on the UK Indie Singles chart and peaked at number 3. The band toured with their East Kilbride neighbours The Jesus & Mary Chain and this track sounds like it could quite easily have been on the Mary Chain's classic album "Psychocandy". Meat Whiplash was an alternative rock band from East Kilbride, Scotland.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC — Adam and the Ants Adam and the Ants

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‘THE WONDERFUL AND FRIGHTENING WORLD OF MARK E. SMITH’

‘THE WONDERFUL AND FRIGHTENING WORLD OF MARK E. SMITH’ The Fall were famously the favorite band of legendary BBC DJ John Peel—the Fall recorded a whopping 24 Peel sessions, the most of any act, and the 2005 box set containing all of them is essential listening for any Fall devotee—the second disc in particular is fucking great. The BBC documentary The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith obviously cribs its name from the Fall’s similarly titled album of 1984. The program documents the Fall’s origins, including their first recording session, which was financed by Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon, through their furtive (Brix-fueled) attempts at wider popularity in the 1980s, to their, or rather, his more or less current status as undeniably batshit punk elder. The interview features interviews with past members Una Baines, Marc Riley, and Steve Hanley as well as (of course) tons of commentary from Smith himself, virtually all of which is damned hard to understand for U.S. viewers, which of course adds to the charm and mystique of it all. 


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Siouxsie rocking with her old friend – the Vox Teardrop

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