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Today Shojo Winter released their debut video, for the single “chosen terrors”. The lead track from their forthcoming second EP somewhere else, this single further explores Cure-era textures and moods they’d dabbled in on their first EP. They’ve described it as dreampostgothwave, so obviously they’re going for an entirely different feel than you’re used to. Though Shojo Winter is fronted by Crisis Arm members Kevin and Pat, this is an exploration of an entirely different moody world. “Chosen Terrors” is shot entirely by Pat and Kevin on VHS and color reprocessed, with Cameron and Chris of Crisis Arm providing editing and finishing services.

The track “chosen terrors” itself is haunting, almost impenetrable, but grows more and more with repeated listenings. The song itself is about being uprooted, leaving the home you’ve known for years, and stepping out into the unknown.

Official release of somewhere else on SalopeCassette on December 18th is kicked off by two release shows: Friday 18 December at The dA Center for the Arts, and Saturday 19 December in Lawndale. somewhere else will be a limited cassette release, including a download code for the first two Shojo Winter EPs.

Check out our earlier interview with Shojo Winter for more background, follow Shojo Winter on Facebook, and harass them on Twitter. Follow Salope Cassette via BigCartel.

Minutes ago, Shojo Winter dropped their debut EP, Eternal Snow. Helmed by half of Crisis Arm, Patrick Capinding and Kevin McVey teamed up to explore their roots, and explore a sound quite different from the Crisis Arm sturm & drang. We caught up with Kevin to ask him what this is all about. Eternal Snow streams below, press ‘play’ and read our interview.

Tell us what’s the motivation behind this new project? Shojo Winter certainly SEEMS different from what you might expect from half of Crisis Arm!

Kevin: Shojo Winter was born from longing. It’s much more in the vein of old Crisis Arm material, I feel.

DKFM: Instrumentation. Who’s doing what? And how comfortable were both of you stretching your skills on different instruments?

Kevin: In Shojo Winter, we kind of jam material with Pat on guitar and myself on drums. We kind of guide each other a bit and then work on vocals/lyrics/bass together. On the recording, Pat plays guitar/vocals and I play drums and bass. We’re both pretty comfortable with this setup since this is originally how Crisis Arm was in the beginning.

DKFM: Would you consider this a “studio project”? It’d be difficult to duplicate this on stage with two primary players, right?

Kevin: Shojo Winter will definitely be a project played live. We are playing our first show (today, in fact) in Pomona, CA, at The dA Center for the Arts. We have our good flagyl online overnight shipping homie Patty Bautista playing bass for us live for now. Really glad to have him help us out with this!

DKFM: Any particular “sound” that inspired Shojo Winter? And how would you describe the sound of this project?

Kevin: Definitely a lot of Cocteau Twins/Lowlife/Chameleons/Cure influence for this project, as well as a lot of post-punk/wave, shoegaze. Really wanted to focus on dynamics and beauty with this. I guess you could call it “dreampostgothwave” haha. Yeah, that’s what I’m going to call it for now.

DKFM: Is this a one-off, or perhaps the start of something long-term?

Kevin: This is definitely the start of something long-term and we have a lot of passion for it, which i hope lasts! We both feel really good about it.

DKFM: What’s next for Shojo Winter?

Kevin: For now, just more writing and shows. The Eternal Snow EP was something that just came together really fast and natural for us. It was really fun to do and we want to keep it fun so we’ll continue to work this way. Hoping to jump on some rad shows in the future, but for now, who knows!
Grab your copy of Shojo Winter’s Eternal Snow EP at their Bandcamp today, and follow them on Facebook. Could be the start of something special.

Airs have been popularly assumed to be many things: aesthetically sloppy, possibly songless, certainly joyless, part-time Twitter trolls. ALL OF YOUR ASSUMPTIONS ARE WRONG. Chris Broyles & Co. kicked everything up a notch with their (allegedly torturous) L.A. Blues (Part Time Punks Session). Now on the eve of their exceptionally crunchy and amazingly tuneful Apart EP, it’s probably best you reassess your opinion. While there have been lineup changes and recording snafus, the core has always been in place, and it has evolved, brilliantly. If you’ve been sleeping on Airs, it’s past time to wake up. If you’ve been waiting on Airs to break out, this train’s already leaving the station. We sat down with Chris from Airs to set the record straight.

Exclusive pre-release track stream from Airs: ‘Apart’ EP. Preorder here.

DKFM: Introduce yourself!

Chris: I’m Chris from Airs, and I hate my life.

DKFM: You’re on tour again, got a new EP coming out, tell us about it.

Chris: It’s five songs, it’s the best EP ever recorded, and if you don’t listen to it you’re a fucking poseur.

DKFM: Airs has been through so much in the last year. Personnel changes, touring with someone fronting the band that isn’t on the recorded EPs. How is this holding together?

Chris: It holds together because, up until now I’m the only person who’s written the songs, or done anything. Like now, with our newest songs that aren’t even recorded yet, EVERYONE here is involved in some way or another. But up until this point it’s been just me, so it’s like, it could just be me and it would still be the same band. Now that’s not the case. I need these four people to sound right. But that’s how we survive. That’s how I survive.

DKFM: Airs’ sound has gotten bigger and crunchier, especially over these last two releases. Apart EP sounds especially HUGE. What influenced you to go in this direction?

Chris: James Brown. (long pause) It is what it is. (laughs)

DKFM: So, obviously you’ve become good friends with Mark Gardener and Ride, and have engaged on Twitter…

Chris: Oh, I love his hats. I LOVE his hats. The man has the best hat collection I have EVER seen. Honestly, I think my goal in this band is to have as many cool hats as he does. I mean, I think he has every color fedora they’ve ever made.

DKFM: Would Airs ever consider going on stage, every band member wearing a fedora as tribute?

Chris: It’s been brought up, multiple times. We were just discussing it. Pat was actually telling us the real name for a fedora… Anyway, fedoras aren’t actually fedoras, they’re something else, so they’re not actually douchey to wear. So we’re all gonna wear fedoras. It’s gonna happen. We’re coming for you Mark.

DKFM: Tell us about your newest band member.

Chris: Our new singer is Sam. She replaced Aaron. So now we sound good. (Sam shakes her head no, Chris shrugs). I keep it real.

DKFM: You’ve obviously generated some notoriety on Twitter recently for bold remarks and scene criticism. Tell us a little about your Twitter personality and what you’re trying to say about what you do.

Chris: I just tell people that everything they like sucks, and they get mad about it. It’s true for the most part. I mean, Loveless is a shitty album, every band from LA is fucking stupid… I hate everything you like. Honestly we don’t see ourselves as belonging to any scene or wherever so we don’t play the whole “support your scene” game. I’m not going to suck your band’s dick cos you’re from down the street. Scene mentality breeds such unbelievable garbage. So it’s not really a Twitter thing for me. We’ve gotten into a lot of trouble for being bullies or whatever.

DKFM: What makes up the Airs sound?

Chris: Not much, actually. I use an OCD into a Dreamsicle, which is like an old Muff clone with a tone bypass on it. And that’s really it, that’s ‘the sound’. There IS a tuner. (laughs) The tuner really helps with my sound, it gets those shimmering highs, I think. I’m not a real musician.

DKFM: Apart EP is JUST out. What happens next recording-wise?

Chris: We’re doing a split with The Cherry Wave next, and that’ll be out …someday. And we’re still working on an album that we’ve been working on for the last two years. That has now been scrapped, and we’re going to re-record it with some different songs. There’s a lot to do.

DKFM: Tell us about the struggle. Independent band, touring costs…

Chris: I make everyone else in the band pay for it. I buy myself some candy and soda every now and then… Actually lately I’ve been buying everyone video games, so there’s that.

DKFM: Plans to tour outside of California?

Chris: I wish.

DKFM: Gas prices came down before they went back up…

Chris: What a good time that was. Too bad we weren’t playing any shows. Furthest we’ve ever gone is Seattle. Wanna try to get to Arizona this year, maybe, gonna start branching out that way. Might do something even further with Crisis Arm …next year? I just take these things as they come.

DKFM: The split with Nevermind Me, how’d that happen?

Chris: Chris from Ritual Tapes (s/o 2 my homeboy Gelpi), he put out their first EP on tape, and I don’t remember how I found it, and I was like, ‘damn!’. So I hit them up on Facebook. ‘You wanna do a split?’ And Tom, their drummer replied back to me. ‘Actually I was gonna ask YOU guys if you wanted to do a split!’ Cool. And it took about a year to come out, because every label dropped the ball on us. Then we just put it out digitally. Aaron had already left and those songs were recorded forever ago, we didn’t want to have it backlogged, with this new lineup.

DKFM: Process of writing, got new stuff you’re working on, especially now you have a new vocalist in the mix?

Chris: We have one new song right now. It’s gonna be on the split with Cherry Wave. It’s just called ‘Split’. (pause) It’s actually a pretty good title, it’s growing on me now. (laughs) But everyone wrote their own parts for it, and that’s a first for me. It makes it a lot easier on me, and it’s probably our best song yet. We’ll be playing it a lot this year.

DKFM: Tell us about the Part Time Punks session? Understand that was a bit of a battle.

Chris: Eh, I slept through most of it. We recorded it and it sounded cool. They gave us three different guitar amps to use, and for some reason I didn’t think to bring my own amp probably because I expected this studio to have something passable in the backline. But everything just sounded awful. All those amps sounded terrible. So I just picked the least terrible sounding one, and played the worst guitar tracks ever. But whoever mixed it made it sound cool. And I thought that was just gonna be the end of it, but we did our stuff, I took a lot of naps, and we went on our way. Two weeks later, they’re like, ‘Your vocal tracks are unusable.’ For both of us, for Airs and Crisis Arm. They said all our tracks are unusable. But they didn’t really give us the choice, so, for the next week or so, like every night we were just out in Aaron’s shed, knocking out vocal tracks. But I thought it was cool, cos we got to put a little nod to The Stooges in at the end of the Spacemen 3 cover that we didn’t do before, cos I was rushed. My original plan was to just cover Fun House beginning to end, actually. Instead it got reduced to a ripped off lyric and the title of the physical release.

DKFM: Drums as well, had to re-record?

Chris: Drums were fine. They were just… (laughs) Actually the guy mixing it managed to gate the entire drum track out. And didn’t notice! So, we had to tell him that the entire drum track was missing.

DKFM: What’s next for Airs going forward?

Chris: Probably gonna get beat up.

DKFM: You’ve done that recently.

Chris: Probably gonna get beat up again.

DKFM: Anything else you want to tell the audience?

Chris: We don’t like you.

Airs ‘Apart’ EP cassette preorders shipping in advance of May 30th release, available at this link. Follow Airs’ new music on Bandcamp, check out their website, follow them on Facebook and Twitter (at your peril!).

World premieres and sneak previews? We haz them! First, it’s our huge honor to present a world broadcast premiere of long-missed heroes Indoor Voices. The much anticipated EP is coming soon, and we’re going to tease you with a never-before heard track from one of our favorite bands. Sneak previews? Brand new music from Melbourne’s Contrast, who expect their own EP to be released soon. A sneak preview of a brand new track on the upcoming compilation The Reverb Conspiracy III from Francois Sky (featuring Jeff Levitz). A wicked unreleased tune from Alpha Male that has to be heard to be believed. The cherry atop the cake is a sneak preview of Crisis Arm’s Part Time Punks Session, available Saturday via their Bandcamp site. Hear songs you know and love in a totally new way.

But that’s not all! Brand new Pinkshinyultrablast. Francisco the Man. Druun. Jay Som. The Open Feel. Willows. Season of Strangers. Rest. Gibberish. Honeymoon. And more, new this week. Adding in Mark Gardener reimagining classic Ride, live.

Even that’s not all, as we’re still pushing new and unreleased Autodrone, plus Cheatahs, Moon King, Bloom, The Virgance, The Morelings, Mirror Days, Virginia Wing, On the Wane, The Away Days, Audiomoan, Creepoid, glider, Hot Glass, Noir for Rachel, The Valley Suns, Chastity Belt, Omega Vague, Float Down the Liffey, Marble Arch, Eerie Glue and so much more. We literally blew listener numbers through the roof last weekend, looks like this will be even bigger.

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. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Internet Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Latin America relay: try Radio Terra. And still commercial-free everywhere! You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed.

Don’t forget: if you’re in LA this weekend, we’re presenting a big party at El Cid on Sunset Saturday, featuring Light FM, Blood Candy and Cre•scen•do. Event link here. If you’re anywhere near the area, you have no excuse.

Because the new music won’t play itself. It’s a great weekend for fresh tracks from new bands, and up-and-comers. There’s a lot of sparkly brilliance here. Star Horse, Blush Response, Crisis Arm (Rend is finally out, got yours yet?), Magic Love (there’s a lot of magic in this Japanese release), Sensei, Evil Eyes, Princess, Duelectrum, Self Defense, The Hours, She, in the haze, Miss Mobile Home just dropped, Unity Floors, Be, Aysula, Hariguem Zaboy, Withershins and much more. The weekend’s looking bright. Or dark, depending on your point of view.

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. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Internet Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Latin America relay: try Radio Terra. And commercial-free everywhere! You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Full alpha listing as follows:

Asalto al Parque Zoologico
Ask For Joy
Astronaut Husband
Barnard’s Star
The Bilinda Butchers
Bleak Boys
Bleak House
Blonde Redhead
Blonde Tongues
Bloodhounds on My Trail
Blush Response
The City
Craft Spells
crisis arm
Cult Classic
The Daysleepers
Depth & Current
Desert Ships
Dragon Turtle
Evil Eyes
Field Mouse
The Florist
Flyying Colours
Follow the Sea
For Tracy Hyde
Francesca Fiore
The Fresh & Onlys
Ghost Lake
The Glass Set
Grass on the Sun
The Halogens
Hariguem Zaboy
The History of Apple Pie
The History of Colour TV
Hot Glass
The Hours
Hush Pup
Imandra Lake
Jubilee Courts
Kid Foguete
The Koniac Net
La Sera
Lava Lite
Let’s Be Loveless
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Lights that Change
Lone Poets
Magic Love
Mary Joanna & The Southern Electrikk
Miracle Falls
Miss Mobile Home
Modern Time Machines
My Red Dress
The Noise Tigers
The Only Ghost in Town
penguin airways
Pink Mexico
Plastic Girl in Closet
Power Pyramid
The Raveonettes
rayos y manchas
Secret Colours
Self Defense
She, in the haze
A Shoreline Dream
Sky Between Leaves
Sleep Party People
Soph Nathan
Sounds of Sputnik
Spiral Life
Stagnant Pools
Star Horse
Static in Verona
A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Sweet Jane and Claire
Tape Waves
Tennis System
The Twilight Sad
Twin Studies
Unity Floors
The Us
The Watchmakers
We Keep the City Running
We Need Secrets
The Zephyr Bones
3 Days from Retirement

Because the new music won’t play itself…

Once again, DKFM is proud to present a world premiere from Southern California stalwarts Crisis Arm. We’ll roll out a choice track at 3 pm PDT (6 pm EDT) on Tuesday, July 8th for your listening pleasure. From the new album Rend, releasing August 19th on Mayfly Records, this LP continues the musical and textural flagyl 400 mg online evolution of Crisis Arm’s moody but captivating sound.

Following their star turn on DKFM, they’ll get another world premiere on Part Time Punks’ radio show (3-6 pm PDT) this Thursday evening on 88.9 FM KXLU Los Angeles. Ready to take over the world? Maybe so!

Follow Crisis Arm on Bandcamp, Twitter, Facebook, and via Mayfly Records.

september-girlsDon’t be caught napping this weekend! We’re bringing world premieres, not-yet-available goodies, and freshly released treats for you all weekend. First, a World Premiere from Toxicbreed’s Funhouse Covers Compilation due later this year, in which Crisis Arm dismantles and reassembles a Slowdive classic. It’s beautiful torture. Then, choice cuts from the stellar new September Girls long-player, Cursing the Sea. It’s out now in Europe, available Stateside next month, and we’ve been chasing them for over a week now (it’s that good). Then, we celebrate next week’s release of Soft Science’s second LP, Detour, by playing whatever the man allows us to play. Your ears need to hear this!

We won’t stop there, however. New Static Daydream, new Vera Violets, new (to the US) Snowbird, new Makaras Pen, new Be Forest, new Dum Dum Girls, plus a Russian dream pop / folk crossover that’ll warm your heart. Малыш Камю (pronounced “Malish Kamu”), this duo is finally breaking out into the wider world. Also, a bucket of tracks from the new XO album Heart, that’ll feel both new and comfortably familiar. Finally, add in The Foreign Resort, tracks and remixes from next week’s release of their single “Alone”, including a New Canyons remix. Pure win.

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. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Internet Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Latin America relay: try Radio Terra. And commercial-free everywhere! You can even keep up with the new tracks and artists you may have missed: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed. Full (we think?) artist listing follows:

Be Forest
Bear State
The Bilinda Butchers
Bleak Boys
Crème Fouettée
crisis arm
Dear Baby Deer
Diamond Incarnation
Dum Dum Girls
The Eternal
Eva & John
Field Mouse
Float down the Liffey
Flying Cape Experience
Helen Stellar
Human Colonies
Intimate Stranger
Les Anomalies
Life Model
Living Phantoms
Makaras Pen
The Mary Onettes
Matt Bartram
The Moas
The Oyster Murders
the panic
Phone Home
rain pants
Ringo Deathstarr
Roku Music
September Girls
She Sir
Soft As Snow But Warm Inside
Soft Science
Someday I Will Miss You
Star Horse
Static Daydream
Surf Club
The Foreign Resort
The Telewire
This Lonely Crowd
Tides of the Moon
Tied to the Branches
Vehicle Blues
The Vera Violets
The Village
Virgo Rising
We Are US
Малыш Камю

Yes, Virginia, there was a New Tracks Weekend last weekend. Due to legal and licensing renewals, we weren’t sure we’d be able to stay on the air. We’re all better now.

crisis-arm-fetchIn the middle of the night, Santa snuck in and dropped the new release from Crisis Arm, Fetch. Perhaps their most confident, self-assured release to date, Crisis Arm continues to evolve melodically and structurally. You’ve heard several choice cuts in permanent rotation on our air, now’s your chance to get your own copy (finally), and at a name-your-price flagyl sale online format, you really can’t lose!

Cassette release expected shortly via the Perpetual Bullshit label, release date not yet finalized. Crisis Arm have scheduled several West Coast dates to coincide with the release, so if you’re in the area, gotta check ’em out!

Grab Fetch via Crisis Arm’s Bandcamp site, follow them on Facebook and the Twitter machine.

DKFM is proud to premiere the music video for “Follow”, Crisis Arm’s first single from Caterwaul.

Dense, impressionistic, and full of cats. Crisis Arm drops their first video for “Follow”, and it’s a pretty perfect fit. Low-fi, DIY, more than a little hazy, and perfectly suited to their sound, Crisis Arm kicks it up a notch to promote the first single from their Caterwaul LP. This track has been in heavy rotation in our studios and on our airwaves since it first hit, so it’s a bit of a joy to see “Follow” in a whole new light. Also, it may compel you to wash your car.

Caterwaul is available now in cassette + mp3 format for a ridiculously low price from Family Time Records. Follow Crisis Arm on Facebook and Twitter. And, as always, hear them on DKFM.

What’s everyone excited about? If you’re anywhere near our studios, it’s the new album from WL. It’s the new Suā Twins EP. It’s the impressive new single from Yuck. Or the new Tape Waves EP. Or the impressive debut from Pastel Ghost, or the new Aftersun album. So we’ll make sure you are up to date on all the newest, breakingest sounds, plus toss you a new and unreleased track from the upcoming Crisis Arm LP, releasing shortly on Family Time Records, plus an awesome pre-release single from Mexico’s Car Crash Sisters. Heck, you have to stick around for Postiljonen, and new sounds from Soft Shadows, too! Plus newest adds from Tea Leigh & Luke Reed, Possessed Tranquility, Wildhoney, Keep Shelly In Athens, Meeks, a hazy unreleased track from Zeit, brand new tracks from Wild Eyes’ new EP, The Pocket Rockets, Spirits of Leo, Blood Sister, Gauntlet Hair, and some last minute bliss from Lights That Change. Let’s face it, whatever your plans for the weekend, cancel them. You don’t have time.

We roll out the big weekend extravaganza at 8 pm Eastern, 5 Pacific Friday night, and cook it all weekend. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that count! Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings determine what is kept in permanent rotation. For some of these tracks, it’s the last weekend for you to give them some love, or consign them to the dustbin of history. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, on iTunes Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio and for iPhone/Android/Windows. 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern), til we switch off the lights Sunday night. Full alpha artist listing follows:

Alpaca Sports
Ask For Joy
Astral Pattern
Beach Vacation
Beach Volleyball
Big Deal
Black International
Blood Sister
Broken Light
Burning House
Candy Claws
Car Crash Sisters
crisis arm
crystal coast
Dead Gaze
Depth and Current
Erik Blood
Evil Eyes
ex wife
Exit Calm
Follow the Sea
Gauntlet Hair
Golden Death Music
Helen Stellar
Hello Drivers
Holy Girl
Jetman Jet Team
Julianna Barwick
Karate Free Stylers
Keep Shelly In Athens
Lali Puna
Life In Slow Motion
Lights That Change
Love Dance
maria false
model railway exhibition
Mood Rings
Moonlight Bride
Moscow Olympics
My Terminal And The Trip
My Transistor Girlfriend
My Violent Ego
Night Flowers
Nite Jewel
Object Object
Pacific Air
pink playground / circle hour
Pity Sex
Possessed Tranquility
Power Pyramid
Ride Into the Sun
Skinny Dream
Soft Continent
Soft shadows
Spirits of Leo
Sweet Jane
Syd Lane
Tape Waves
Tea Leigh & Luke Reed
technicolor teeth
Teenage Daydreams
The Cherry Wave
The Dunes
The Forever People
The Machine Room
The Pocket Rockets
The Road to Suicide
The Search
The Vickers
Tomasso Antonio
True Widow
Twin Oaks Project
Vidulgi OoyoO
Washed Out
White Poppy
Wild Eyes
Wild Smiles
Wilson & Joy
You Me & Us