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Thinking it might be a slow weekend for new music, we sort of went into cruise control. Wrong. Always wrong. We have the honor of previewing next week’s release of When The Sun Hits (the band, not the blog, or the classic Slowdive song) on Saint Marie Records. Immersed Within Your Eyes drops next week, and you can hear why SMR was rightly buzzed about these Nottingham lads. But, more. Former members of Solar Powered People banded together to lay down a heavy foundation and new tunes. Modesto’s MidNightSun is experimenting with heavy shoegaze feels, and is on the lookout for a vocalist to complement the epic haze. You’ll want to hear what this crew has been up to. But so much more… Black Needle Noise, Swimming Tapes (pictured, above), Seeing Hands, Palm Haze, No Kill, Lacing, Death Bells, Auburn Lull (new album landed today!), Silver Liz, 93millionmilesfromthesun, PolyAnna, Outward, Burn The Louvre, The Orchids, Volunteer Cheerleader, Ella Atlas, Alvvays, The Prids, Sun Colony, and choice cuts from the new TBTCI compilation celebrating the Psychedelic Furs. OH! And the new single from The Morelings. Having heard advance of the album, this seems like a next-level effort, and we’re looking forward to the official release.

Let’s not forget last weekend’s new tracks, including Infinity Girl’s swan song, L.A. Witch, The City Gates, Echoes, Indrive, Debrider, Cold Beat, Wild Arrows, Baker Island, Bruise Pristine, Changelings, SALES, No Honeymoon and WYWY. All picked at the peak of freshness.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry: listeners can vote thumbs-up/thumbs-down on all the new tracks, helping us determine what graduates to permanent rotation. Your voice counts! Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed, as we’re live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Another fresh weekend brings a fresh boatload of new music. Hot on the heels of our Peabody Award win, we’re back to normal (if you can call any of what we do “normal”), and ready to celebrate the newness. New albums from Infinity Girl and L.A. Witch (pictured, above), plus new EPs from The City Gates, Echoes, Indrive, Debrider, and Cold Beat. Plus we cull choice cuts from the new Wild Arrows and Baker Island LPs, and dance about the studios with new singles from Bruise Pristine, Changelings, SALES, No Honeymoon and WYWY. To top it all off, we’ll plug in some classics from Amusement Parks on Fire, who celebrate the deluxe reissue of their Road Eyes LP on Saint Marie Records. We’re more than ready to charge ahead into the unknown.

That’s in addition to last weekend’s treats, including Panda Riot, Dreams are Like Water, Charcoal Skies, Team Tremolo, Indoor Voices, Shallow, Lapse, Dreams Wash Ashore, The Age of Colored Lizards, Frankie Rose, When The Sun Hits, Pink Milk, Sitting Girl With Arms Bent, and YuKuBerī. Overbooked as always.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry: listeners can vote thumbs-up/thumbs-down on all the new tracks, helping us determine what graduates to permanent rotation. Your voice counts! Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed, as we’re live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Edited photo above courtesy Thomas Helbig (teliko82), Creative Commons license.

Tickets were made available today for the midwest’s premiere festival for shoegaze and dream pop, Kalamashoegazer. Now in its eleventh installment, this DIY festival has become the gold standard for festivals of its kind, and the venue change to Bell’s Brewery is an upgrade everyone is genuinely enthusiastic about.

Tonight, we air a special program celebrating Kalamashoegazer XI, and the announced bill.

4:30 pm Houseplants (Grand Rapids, MI)
https://www.facebook.com/houseplantssss/

5:30 pm Crash City Saints (Kalamazoo, MI)
https://www.facebook.com/crashcitysaints/
Brand new album, ‘Are You Free,’ out now on St. Marie Records. https://www.facebook.com/SaintMarieRecords/

6:30 pm Orations (Buffalo, NY)
https://www.facebook.com/orations/

7:30 pm Tambourina (Kalamazoo, MI)
(Feat. members of glowfriends)
https://www.facebook.com/tambourinaband/

8:30 pm Dead Leaf Echo (Brooklyn, NY)
https://www.facebook.com/deadleafecho/

9:30 pm Brief Candles (Milwaukee, WI)
https://www.facebook.com/Brief-Candles-124942650115/

10:30 pm Whimsical (Chicago, IL)
https://www.facebook.com/WhimsicalBand/
First show since 2003, with their original line-up. Sleep to Dream available on St. Marie.

11:30 pm Airiel (Chicago, IL)
https://www.facebook.com/airielmusic/
New album, Molten Young Lovers, due imminently.

Tonight’s Kalamashoegazer XI special will run midnight Eastern, 9 pm Pacific, with a repeat twelve hours later. We’ll post a recorded snapshot on Mixcloud by this weekend, for the permanent record. Tickets available now, via this link. Don’t sleep!

Update: we’ve posted the aired program to Mixcloud, now available on demand. Listen in here.

In a week where we’ve found DKFM is nominated for a second online radio award, it’s hard to keep our heads from spinning. But we’re here for you, and for new, and we’ve got plenty of both to keep everyone satisfied. From today’s release of Panda Riot’s Part Time Punks Session (brilliantly executed, that), to the new Vesper Records release of Dreams are Like Water, the debut EPs from Charcoal Skies and Team Tremolo, the sparkling new single from perennial favorites Indoor Voices, the reformed and re-polished Shallow, the epic new teaser single from Lapse, plus Dreams Wash Ashore (releasing September 8th) and The Age of Colored Lizards have new material they’d like you to consider. Plus we’ve finally got hands on the new Frankie Rose LP, with competing textures and colors, and the first single from the band When The Sun Hits, from the forthcoming Immersed Within Your Eyes EP on Saint Marie Records. Rounding out the roster, fresh tones from Pink Milk and YuKuBerī that simply must be heard. Finally, new music from Italy’s Sitting Girl With Arms Bent, full of charm and sparkle. Let’s do this!

That’s not to ignore last weekend’s new additions, including SPC ECO, Widowspeak, Plasticstatic, Turnover, Lilac, Ask For Joy, Seafang, Megumi Acorda, Death Bells, Headclouds and hamsas xii. We’ll somehow make this all work, with a minimum of failure.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry: listeners can vote thumbs-up/thumbs-down on all the new tracks, helping us determine what graduates to permanent rotation. Your voice counts! Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed, as we’re live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Breaking new releases first. It’s a damn fine week for us, as we were shortlisted for 2017 Best Online Station: North America via the Online Radio Awards, sponsored by Mixcloud. Planting a flag for shoegaze and dream pop, as we do. We’re not exactly apologetic about this music, either. So there’s that. But we have a weekend to run, and a boxful of headliners to push! Brand new albums from Widowspeak, Plasticstatic, SPC ECO and Turnover, new EPs from Iris and Lilac, new singles from Ask For Joy, Seafang, Megumi Acorda, Death Bells, Headclouds and hamsas xii. We’re well booked, even as we celebrate this moral victory for shoegaze and dream pop, and vindication of the DKFM brand’s unique, if eccentric, sonic vision. Selah.

This only adds to last weekend’s new additions, including Cloakroom, Black Nite Crash, Season of Strangers, Honeyrude, navyblue, A Certain Smile, New Age Healers, COSme, DAZE, Hypnotic Kingdom, Yumi Zouma, Plasticstatic, Cat Hoch, Candace, Jeff Mannix and the Depressives, Sound of Ceres, Lubec, Hurricane Heart Attacks, Alvvays, We Are Parasols, Virgin Suicide, Wyldest and more. We’ve got this under control. Mostly.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry: listeners can vote thumbs-up/thumbs-down on all the new tracks, helping us determine what graduates to permanent rotation. Your voice counts! Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed, as we’re live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

There is no break from the new, not now, not ever. We’re proudly pushing the newest albums from Cloakroom, Season of Strangers, Honeyrude, Black Nite Crash, A Certain Smile, and New Age Healers, new EPs from navyblue (pictured above), COSme, and DAZE, plus the freshest singles from Hypnotic Kingdom (ex Cheatahs), Yumi Zouma, Plasticstatic, Cat Hoch, Candace, Jeff Mannix and the Depressives, Sound of Ceres, Lubec, Hurricane Heart Attacks, Alvvays, We Are Parasols, Virgin Suicide, Wyldest and more. And that’s just the stuff we can remember!

That only adds to last week’s haul from Elsa, PARLOUR, Palm Haze, The Smilies, The Stargazer Lilies, WIDOWSPEAK, Intenna, Justine Never Knew the Rules, Black Sea, Acaena Eterna, FOREVR, HuanHuan, Previous Love, Thud, Todos tus tanques soviéticos and more. Not enough hours in the weekend…

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry: listeners can vote thumbs-up/thumbs-down on all the new tracks, helping us determine what graduates to permanent rotation. Your voice counts! Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed, as we’re live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Amidst a wash of new releases, we’re also beset with difficulties with our carrier network, which is collapsing and restarting servers along the chain. We soldier on. The new LP from Elsa (pictured above), plus the long-awaited return of PARLOUR (if it seems like it’s been years, you’re not far wrong). New music from Palm Haze, The Smilies, The Stargazer Lilies, WIDOWSPEAK, Intenna, Justine Never Knew the Rules, Black Sea, Acaena Eterna, FOREVR (genre shift in full effect, we’ll try to shuffle in the most relevant material), HuanHuan, Previous Love, Thud, Todos tus tanques soviéticos and much more. We’ll leave the light on for you, light a candle for us.

Not to neglect last weekend’s fresh additions, including Lowtide, Softsurf, Knifeplay, Crash City Saints, The Sorry Shop, Wildhoney, Todavia, The Luxembourg Signal, Surf Rock is Dead, Lazy Legs, Deerhoof, Soda Lilies, IO Echo, Alvvays, Honeyspider, Pure Ghost, Pia Fraus, Fringe, Walking Misery, Mossbreaker, Flying Cape Experience, thelakesidedrive and more. Booked, packed, overbooked.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry: listeners can vote thumbs-up/thumbs-down on all the new tracks, helping us determine what graduates to permanent rotation. Your voice counts! Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed, as we’re live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Early 2015. DEAFCULT release their self-titled first EP. Opens up with the obvious single “BEEMOMUG“. Perhaps the best opening statement of a band this decade. The sound, the structure, the propulsion… it’s like being sweetly slapped upside the head. At our studios, we got the early release, and DEAFCULT won a permanent place in rotation, and in our hearts. Anyone and everyone we shared with had the same immediate reaction: this is special.

Fast forward to June of 2017, and DEAFCULT have capitalized on their early promise. Even with lineup changes and schedule challenges, they completed their first long-player, Auras, for Hobbledehoy. They’ve toured Australia extensively with the support of national media outlets, and garnered much critical praise (including our own Top Five lists) only two months later. We sat down with Innez and Stevie, who were gracious enough to answer our far-reaching questions, and expertly deal with our awkward sense of humor. Press ‘play’ on the album and follow along, won’t you?


DKFM:
Four guitars. Surely makes for an immense, epic sound. Do you ever wake up and think, “What the hell have we gotten ourselves into?” Like the old joke says, “Rush did it with only three people…” And do you ever run into each other on stage? 

Stevie: I think the four guitars is essential to the way DEAFCULT sounds. There’s four, very simple, almost mundane fractions that equate to a more complex whole. It’s worth the tight squeeze to get that result. It’s a sound that I’ve never personally heard before and enjoy the otherworldly nature of it. 
Innez: Earlier this year when Sean left the band, and I thought ‘ok maybe we can just go back to having three guitarists’ but then when we tried it out it just sounded wrong, like that extra element was missing. I think if we were to all go in, plug in and play, the outcome would sound awful! With this in mind we spend a lot of time on the different melodies and sounds and experiment quite a lot to get it to sound like it does. But yes, there’s still a bit of a shuffle around at each different venue to make sure we’re not whacking each other in the head. (laughs)

DKFM: This band seemed to form from the ashes of other quality acts, both in genre and “genre-adjacent”. Some names may not be familiar to our readers / listeners, but Roku Music springs to the top of the list. Do you see DEAFCULT as a sort of “shoegaze supergroup”? 

Stevie: Not really, Innez and Kelly are the only people in the band that previously played in Shoegazer bands. To me it’s like my own personal supergroup as I asked the people that I most wanted to play music with to be in the band! I feel very fortunate every time we play that they all agreed cause it’s super inspiring playing with my favourite musicians in Brisbane. 
Innez: I only knew Matt and Stevie (and now Kelly) before the band started so wasn’t really sure what type of music we would be creating together. Initially I thought Stevie was just asking me to work on a recording of his, so when we had our first rehearsal it was like, oh this is a thing, we’re  a band! Haha. That being said, I think Stevie has a natural talent in writing beautiful shoegaze/dream pop songs with heavier elements and for some reason all the songwriters in the band add different qualities from the genre that work well together. So to wrap up, we are an unexpected supergroup. (laughs)

DKFM: The debut EP certainly caught OUR attention immediately. No surprise, really, as that’s sort of our job. But it didn’t take long for even the “local luminaries” like Triple J to climb fully on board. Are you at all surprised with the love you seem to have earned right out of the starting gate, coming from around the world? 

Stevie: Oh without a doubt. Initially it was just a recording project. We never even thought people would actually hear it! It became this other thing though. When we actually heard the first record it was a surprise. “Oh right! That’s what we are?!” It seemed too unusual not to explore what it was further. 
Innez: It’s been really surprising and exciting! Shoegaze fans are so passionate about the genre and the music being released. There are so many amazing bands in the scene; I kind of can’t believe the attention we’ve received so far. Thank you for all the love and support! 

DKFM: While others focus on guitars, pedals, reverb, building a textural foundation for musical exploration, you start your process on acoustic guitar, writing accessible “pop” songs, only adding layers later in the process. What are the advantages of this approach? I can only imagine sitting around on an Ovation acoustic, thinking, “This’ll be a stomping anthem!” 

Stevie: I think the roots of the band is still Pop music. You can stray away from that when you rely too heavily on effects. It’s nice to strip everything textural away and still have a good pop song there! Take away all the feedback and distortion from a Husker Du song and you have perfect pop songs, or add a layer of feedback and fuzz to a Ronettes song and you aren’t far away from the Mary Chain. 
Innez: I guess it just comes down to getting the foundations right for a band like DEAFCULT. There’s a fine line between good noise and bad noise you know?  At least for a band like us. We need that initial guitar rhythm to write the rest of the song around. Adding in a solid bass line and drums, then we can add the textural guitars, the cream on top. This just seems to work for us and if it ain’t broke, why fix it right?!?

DKFM: DEAFCULT is properly labeled as “noisy pop” or simply “noise pop”, yet many would lump you into both the shoegaze and dream pop categories.  Are you comfortable with those tags, with ANY tags, applied to your sound? 

Stevie: I don’t really think it’s that important how people categorise music. It’s easier for some people to put things into groups, which is fine! Other people just don’t worry about it. However you want to do it is cool I reckon. 
Innez: I think we’re pretty easy going when it comes to tags and being categorised. AURAS is a pretty varied record so could be labelled under a few different genres. Ultimately, if you like it and want to call it shoegaze, dream pop, whatever you like, go for it! 

DKFM: How long did Auras take to record and produce, and what was it like jumping from a well-regarded Bandcamp EP to a label-signed full album? 

Stevie: AURAS took a long time. We recorded it and then wanted to change it a year later. Hobbledehoy were very good about it, most labels would have freaked out at us. They waited a year for us to turn around and say we aren’t feeling this yet we are doing it again. The album’s complete, out now on Hobbledehoy, burning up the charts. 
Innez: Hobbledehoy are an incredible label with heaps of experience (and patience!) releasing records and working with bands so we’ve been really lucky to develop great friendships and working relationships through this release. I think we definitely did the right thing with re-recording the album, the songs are more realised with better performances, and everyone is happy with the outcome. We learnt a lot from the experience, so hopefully the next record won’t take quite so long. (laughs)

DKFM: Your headlining shows are booked (some already played) in Australia… any plans for an international tour, ala Flyying Colours? Probably made more difficult in your case, with six musicians… 

Stevie: We talk about it all the time. Sometimes it’s hard to see how we would translate overseas. It feels like we belong to Australia in some ways. We owe a lot to the people who come to shows here, the labels that have released our records and the community radio stations that have supported us since the day we started. But then we also owe a great deal to people like yourself who have helped push us further afield. It’s a beautiful network the alternative music world it’s nice to see that it’s still thriving on its own terms. 
Innez: We’d love to tour overseas! It is mostly the logistics and cost for a band of our size. But that being said we’ve had a lot of support from the US and Europe. It would be so awesome to make it over and meet the people supporting and emailing us! 

DKFM: Finally, do you have a “band philosophy”, something that unifies the band as a team, gets you through the good times and bad? 

Stevie: Communication is important. Telling each other how we feel. Bands are like family in some respects. We are there for each other during shitty times and we make each other laugh the rest of the time.
Innez: Yeah definitely communication, respect for each other and friendship keeps this band going. We’re all best mates at the end of the day!

Follow the Deafcult squad via their Bandcamp, label, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, and we’ll keep spinning their tunes!

With a new single for 2017, Flying Cape Experience practice their unique brand of enchantment once again. Out now on El Vals del Conejo, “Fire Between Us” again sports an acoustic foundation, leaving the dream pop accents to the production and vocals, and a Moody Blues-like orchestration for the song’s climax. The art direction is classic, returning to simpler, gentler times.

“Fire Between Us” released 28 July, but the video accompaniment became available late yesterday. Follow Flying Cape Experience on Twitter and Facebook, and catch up with their back catalogue through the label page at El Vals del Conejo.

Packed in with all the new, all at once. Headliners include Lowtide, returning with a sparkling single, the rest of the new Softsurf debut EP makes it into rotation (finally!), new Knifeplay we’ve been buzzing about, pre-release music from the new Crash City Saints LP (previewed here), due next week. New treasures from The Sorry Shop, Wildhoney, Todavia, The Luxembourg Signal, Surf Rock is Dead, Lazy Legs, Widowspeak, Deerhoof, Soda Lilies, IO Echo, Alvvays, Honeyspider, Pure Ghost, Pia Fraus, Fringe, Walking Misery, Mossbreaker, Flying Cape Experience, plus we dive deep into the new LP from thelakesidedrive, which is filled with hazy, blissy moments. All of this, all in one week? Can’t really imagine how we fit it all into one weekend, frankly.

That’s only compounded by last weekend’s newest additions, including She Sir, Celldweller, Bleach Dream, Second Still, Barlow, Doorbells, bokunofune, Flashes, Life Model, Muskk, Sundowners, Castlebeat, FUR, Dactylion, FOREVR, Season of Strangers, The Wagner Logic, and Dots (・・・・・・・・・). We’d be better off playing them all at the same time, to get it all to fit.

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 8 pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific, and continuing through Sunday at midnight Eastern, 9 Pacific. It’s the first weekend we’ll spin some of these tracks, and may be the last weekend for some others. Remember, you can listen listen via the station page at DKFM,  on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our branded apps for Apple’s iOSAndroid and Blackberry: listeners can vote thumbs-up/thumbs-down on all the new tracks, helping us determine what graduates to permanent rotation. Your voice counts! Or load up the “Internet Radio” tab of your iTunes desktop client, and you’ll find DKFM Shoegaze Radio under ‘Alternative’. You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed, as we’re live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Keep up with our new Facebook group for real-time discussions of what you’ve heard, and sound off!

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

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