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We control the weekend. We expedite the awesome. We polish the newness. As anticipated, we’re all over the new release from Brilliant Beast, one of our most anticipated of the year. And, as we also anticipated, they do not disappoint. Did we say anticipated enough? But we also go long with another special release: Star Tropics’ Lost World just dropped, and it’s likely to burn up iPods all summer. This is the sound of summer, and we can’t recommend it enough. But we’re also bumping the long-form release of Grabbel and the Final Cut, now out in its entirety as an LP. We’re also pushing Agent Blå, New Youth, Overlake, Saccades, We, the Pigs, Beach Fossils, Everso, Caterwall (new lineup, modified sound), Guest Directors and so much more. And of course we’re boosting the first new music from The Daysleepers in ages. Both a welcome return to form, and a graduation to the next level, “Creation” is a fuzzy, watery gem. Again, more music than hours in the weekend. We’ll keep you company, day and night.

But we’ve not forgotten last weekend’s fresh freshness, including DEAFCULT, Blankenberge (interview coming soooooon), Shrike, Parábolas del Bosque, The Bilinda Butchers, Black Sea. The Starlight Run. Foxxxy Mulder. Jessica93. uvii (formerly Ultraviolet). Battery Point. Paper Daggers. Houseplants. Ancient Tapes. Marker. All the new. Plus we’re tossing in a rarity: first wave ‘gazers Moving Holiday, with a DKFM remaster of one of their classic tracks. Because we literally couldn’t hold off till the next Classics and Rarities show.

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!

March is coming to a close, and thus ends our first quarter of  2013. Every quarter we’ll break down staff picks the top tracks dropped, and tell you why they’re important. Next week we’ll share the top 25 by listener votes!

1. kinoko teikoku (きのこ帝国) – ユーリカ
Out of nowhere. Perfectly straddling post-rock and shoegaze, this song is purely audacious. Broke the rules. And produced an amazing piece of art that may well stand above all else at year’s end. Nobody else has done something like this, and perhaps no one else can.

2. Brothers In Law – Shadow II (Leave Me)
In a normal quarter, this would be the winner, hands down. A song of two halves, the first half is a breezy jangle with echoing, slightly eerie vocals. Then, they shift gears and rip your heart out halfway through. On this cut they out-DIIV DIIV, they outperform Beach Fossils. As we said, under other circumstances, this would normally be the quarter’s stand-out track. Beautiful, insistent, intense. An unforgettable classic.

3. Decades – Tonight Again
We were early adopters of Decades. This band has crossover written all over it, with shoegaze, dream pop, and indie influences. But they’ve managed to master them all, and produce a sound so well-crafted you’d think they’d been doing this for, well, decades, rather than just launching their debut LP.

4. Field Mouse – Tomorrow is Yesterday
Every time we turn around, Field Mouse has done something surprising and impressive. Just when you think they’re all dream pop, they drop a tasty slab of shoegaze and say, yeah, we got this. Truly magical.

5. My Bloody Valentine – She Found Now
And that happened.

6. Beach Fossils – In Vertigo (feat. Kazu Makino)
Beach Fossils are always good enough to chart in a solid quarter, but who knew the addition of the Blonde Redhead vocalist would add sparkle to the Beach Fossils sound?

7. Panda Riot – In the Forest (Some Kind of Night Fills Your Head)
Panda Riot dropped an album best listened to all the way through. Light and shadow, color and mood, “Northern Automatic Music” is best taken as a cohesive whole. Still, if you’re looking for a way in to the excellent album, this is as beautiful a place as any to start.

8. Slowness – Day For Night
After expectations and delays, “For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half Full” was finally released. This languid sound is something Slowness has been perfecting for some time now. Standout track on a terrific album, the only quibble is that the song should have ended on a minor key, just to keep you off-balance. Is there a producer in the house?

9. The Joy Formidable – This Ladder is Ours
Sure, you’ve heard of arena rock, but arena shoegaze? The Joy Formidable always enters triumphant and leaves you exhausted. They haven’t lost their touch.

10. The Death of Pop – Laugh Now I’m Weak
Surprised? Don’t be. When a song won’t leave your head, maybe it’s supposed to stay there. Another song of two perfectly executed halves, we start off in dream pop land, then ascend to an almost 10CC wall of chorus. DAMN that’s good. You’ll want to put it on repeat.

Honorable Mentions:
Decades – Can You Love Me Now (catchy as hell)
The History of Apple Pie – Glitch (that little hook is an ear worm. Don’t worry, it won’t harm you.)
And, truly, there are so many other excellent current releases that we just don’t have space to fit them all!  Great new releases from Sunshine, Virgo Rising, Star Horse, Cheatahs, Skinny Dream, Life Model, Splashh and Spectres… honestly there’s so much to recommend. And many of these artists you just won’t hear anywhere else.

As always, you can catch ALL the newest breaking releases on DKFM, and most especially on New Tracks Weekend.

Brand spanking new, this weekend features bright and fuzzy sounds from new artists and old favorites, with headliners All Sparks Burn Out, Virgo Rising, My Machete, Splashh and much much more! Kicking off Friday at 5:00 pm, running all weekend. Get your NEW on! Late Addition – Nouveau Vélo. Full listing:

Airs
Alex Calder
All Sparks Burn Out
Allfits
An April March
Archdukes
Beach Fossils
Bee Eyes
Beliefs
Black Tambourine
Broken Water
Cement Stars
Cheatahs
Cool Serbia
dead mellotron
Decades
Din Martin
Dogbite
Dreamgaze
Dykehouse
Femme Fatale
Flowed
Flower Festival
Girls Names
Glaciers
Glasvegas
Glaswen
goji-sanpun
Grey Zine
Honeydip
Hot Glass
kigo
Love Love Love
Luxa
Maria False
Moonbeams
mooncreatures
Morning Harvey
My Machete
Nights
No Joy
PanSTARRS
Principe Valiente
Program
Puna
Quiet Americans
Seahorse Hunter
Selenian
Seven Hour Days
Sister Crystals
Skinny Dream
Slowness
Smile
Spectres
Splashh
Spotlight Kid
Star Horse
Sunshine
Tall for Jockeys
Team Ghost
THE BILINDA BUTCHERS
The Blessed Isles
The fin.
The Helio Sequence
The Ocean Blue
The Phantom Light
The Sunshine Factory
The Vera Violets
Tripwires
United Ghosts
VedeTT
Veronica Falls
Virgo Rising
Viscous Liquid
White Lodge
Wonky Doll and the Echo
きのこ帝国
死んだ僕の彼女

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 5 PM PST with a host of new material worth your ears!

New Tracks Weekend is chock full of the latest additions to the station. Each weekend, every weekend, tune in to our latest and greatest. Live365 listeners can even “thumbs up/thumbs down” individual tracks! Love it and want it added to rotation? Give it a thumbs up! Don’t care if you never hear it again? Thumbs down. We run all new tracks through the grinder for four weeks, and listeners help us determine what is promoted to proper rotation. Headliners this week: Sunshine, Goji-Sanpun, The Blessed Isles, Cement Stars, Skinny Dream, White Lodge, Moonbeams, and Team Ghost.

Airs
Alison’s Halo
Angelica’s Elegy
Arbor Glades
Asobi Seksu
astrobrite
Beach Fossils
bearstate
Bee Eyes
Black Books
Black International
Brothers in Law
Cement Stars
Cigarettes After Sex
Dance on the Hourglass
Datahowler
daydreamer
Decades
Drowner (The Foreign Resort remix)
Ecstasy
Embassy 516
Ether Aura
Evil Eyes
Farewell Republic
Field Mouse
Fonda
Funeral Advantage
Gauntlet Hair
Girls Names
Glaswen
goji-sanpun
Grabbel and The Final Cut
Heathers
Hedgehog
Her Vanished Grace
Heroes of Switzerland
High Highs
Jetman Jet Team
Kensei Ogata
kigo
Kiss Kiss Fantastic
Laboratory Noise
Last Leaf Down
Lazyeyes
Man Without Country
Maria False
Mint Julep
Moonbeams
my bloody valentine
One Horse Parade
Oyama
Panda Riot
Revolver
Rips
Screen Vinyl Image
Sea Of Vapours
Skinny Dream
Spectres
Star Horse
Sunshine
Surf Club
Sway
Tall For Jockeys
Team Ghost
The Blessed Isles
The Cherry Wave
The Death of Pop
The fin.
The History Of Apple Pie
The Prids
The Stargazer Lilies
The Sugarettes
The Sunshine Factory
Thought Forms
United Ghosts
VedeTT
Veil Of Light
victoria club
Virals
Wavering Hands
Weird Dreams
White Lodge
YAST
YOOFS
Zed Penguin
きのこ帝国 (Kinoko Teikoku)
少女スキップ (Shojoskip)
死んだ僕の彼女 (My Dead Girlfriend)

Their first single, “Strange Feeling” charted in the Top 50 of 2012 in our listener poll, pretty impressive for a debut single. On the heels of their new release, “Hold Your Hand”, we chatted with Caleb of Bear State about their growing notoriety and future plans.
So, Bear State is currently based in the dream pop capital of North America… Phoenix, Arizona (sarcasm). Phoenix is known for a LOT of things, but not necessarily shoegaze or dream pop. How in the heck did THAT come about?
It’s actually funny that you say that. I can totally feel it. It is definitely not the AZ ‘buzz’. The crazy thing is, “Half String” totally came out of Phoenix, and they are totally rad shoe-gazers. It’s just not what is cool here, I guess.
How did it come about? Hmmm… It really clicked with me, especially with where I was at. I was super heavy into folk/psychedelic stuff, and at that time I was lacking inspiration. A dry spell. I ran into artist after artist that was a part of these genres, and couldn’t help but want to be a part of it.
How long have you guys known each other, and how did you get together?
Well, my brother (Micah) plays guitar. We have been playing together forever. Jon and I grew up in this tiny town, Lompoc, in California. We grew up around each other. We started playing together, a few years ago. I met Jesse at an old job a few years ago. We hit it off really well. He played in a punk band a long time ago. We are good friends, and he was down to play bass. It worked out well.
Your music has been compared favorably to artists like Beach Fossils and DIIV. What influences have informed your unique, dreamy sound?
That’s so awesome. They are great, so that is sick. It actually started with Yuck for me, then it goes on an on. It’s kind of weird, because they aren’t classics, but it was so good.
New single, a remaster of “Hold Your Hand” is credited to bearstate instead of Bear State. Are we changing up, changing direction, or…
Ha! Good catch. My bad. I think it defaulted to that. I didn’t have any plans on changing it, but it might be cooler that way. Especially since there is another band named, Bear State. A hardcore band from Cali. We get quite a few emails from people thinking we are them.
I know you’ve been playing locally, any plans for wider touring?
I think we would all love to. We all have really good jobs, and some of us are starting families. Right now I am super focused on making good tracks.
The “Strange Feeling” single made our listeners’ Top 50 list last year, and they seem to have taken to “Hold Your Hand” right out of the box. Are we expecting a full EP soon? What are your recording plans, and what do we have to look forward to?
That is so awesome! We were so pumped. An album might be in the works at some point. Right now, I am working on putting out a 7″. It will be 2 new tracks. I am stoked about it. It is a bit more aggressive sounding so far.
Besides encouraging them to listen, like, and SHARE, what would you like to tell your fans among our audience?
Honestly, there are so many sick bands amongst our audience, and we don’t even come close. I am just stoked to be a part of people’s playlists.

Find Bear State on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bearstate

Bandcamp: http://bearstate.bandcamp.com/

Twitter: @bearstatemusic

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