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When there’s so much new music to promote that we can’t even keep our dates straight? That’s a helluva month. And we’re topping last week already (but we’ll keep dates accurate this time). Airiel and Miniatures headline. Both albums dropping soon, surely you’ve preordered by now? But we’ve also been granted a few choice cuts from The Morelings debut LP, dropping next week. If we haven’t gotten you excited about Same Century yet, you may be listening to the wrong station. Plus, new music from Kindling, Lazy Day, Leones, Pink Milk, Poolshop, DoZzz, Medicine (not technically new, but the reissue counts), Tangible Rays, Citrus Clouds, Corasandel, Biltmore Dive, Magic Mountain, Cascadia Fault Line, FireFly, Outward, Bright As Yellow, Close Encounter, Wild Meadows, Swanhoppers, and the ever-sparkling Makaras Pen, in advance of their forthcoming EP. Plus, we’ll drag out a few classic chestnuts from Plums, who bring the jangle. Done and done!

That’s not to overlook last weekend’s new treasures, including MidNightSun, When The Sun Hits, Black Needle Noise, Swimming Tapes, Seeing Hands, Palm Haze, No Kill, Lacing, Death Bells, Auburn Lull, Silver Liz, 93millionmilesfromthesun, PolyAnna, Outward, Burn The Louvre, The Orchids, Volunteer Cheerleader, Ella Atlas, Alvvays, The Prids, Sun Colony and more! More music than weekend, naturally.

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!

So much to stuff in, so little time to do it. New Tracks Weekend kicks off with a little-known Los Angeles band, Medicine. These scrappy young upstarts might just make an impact on the scene. You heard it here first.* Follow that up with a metric ton of fresh Plastic Girl in Closet, more from the finally released To The Wedding, Screen Vinyl Image and Bloody Knives, the spooky dream pop of Worries, both newer and older tracks from Chandeen, breaking tracks from Iseult and Sky Between Leaves, and new-to-you sounds from The Blue Hour.

But we won’t stop there! We’re still pushing the most impressive new album from Tennis System, soon to be seen touring the West Coast with Be Forest. Plus pretty much the full epic album from Asalto Al Parque Zoolo?gico, which will grab you by the throat until you submit. Add Sheer, Sound of Ceres, Gazar Strips, Best Friend, Mumrunner, Skeleton Frames, The Away metronidazole online pharmacy Days, Hideous Towns, Weary Heads, Venera 4, Vape, The Microdance, Shimmering Stars, Djokovik, Kori, Shimmery Shakes, Evvolves and a boatload more.

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.

Happy Halloween Weekend!

* We are indeed aware that Medicine are neither little-known, nor young upstarts.

 

Happy weekend! We promise to bring you this week’s freshest sounds, plus some classic and rare tracks from Medicine this weekend, in advance of their album release this Tuesday. What’s new? Start with Young Light, a fresh new sound from members of Amusement Parks on Fire and Giant Drag. Add a dash of new color from Westkust, fresh psychedelic sound from Heaven and Jesus on Heroine, and glacial soul from Black City Lights. Also newest for this weekend: Velveteen (gotta hear this!), the newest single from Trementina, Zen Mantra, Georgian Waters, The Maccabees, Sir O, Demontré, Grooms, Western Lows, Invisible Days, Paradise, Fear Club, divepool, circle hour, and My Red Dress. Ambitious ain’t the half of it!

The fun begins at 8 pm Eastern, 5 Pacific Friday night, and continues 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 buy cheap flagyl them some love, or consign them to 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:

[aftersun]
A Grave, No Name
AEROFALL
Beach Vacation
Beach Volleyball
Big Deal
Black City Lights
Blemishes
Blood Sister
Car Crash Sisters
circle hour
Cosmetic
crisis arm
crystal coast
Demontré
divepool
Dråpe
Edweena
Erik Blood
Evil Eyes
ex wife
Fear Club
Fixing Bayonets
Follow the Sea
Gauntlet Hair
Georgian Waters
Glaswen
Grooms
Heaven
Heliotropes
Hello Drivers
i am your captain
Invisible Days
Jesus On Heroine
Jetman Jet Team
Keep Shelly In Athens
kigo
Lali Puna
Landing
Le Thug
Lights That Change
LOVELOVELOVE
Lowlife
M83
Medicine
Midnight Faces
Miners of Pala
model railway exhibition
Moon King
Moonlight Bride
My Red Dress
My Violent Ego
Night Flowers
Nite Jewel
Pacific Air
Paradise
PASTEL GHOST
Picnic
Possessed Tranquility
Postiljonen
Schonwald
sexinadream
Sir. O
Soft Continent
Soft shadows
SOLO Major
Spaceships
Spirits of Leo
Stumbleine
Su?
Syd Lane
Tape Waves
Tashaki Miyaki
Tea Leigh & Luke Reed
technicolor teeth
Teenage Daydreams
THE BALCONY STARS
The Cherry Wave
the Maccabees
The Machine Room
The Pocket Rockets
Tomasso Antonio
Trementina
True Widow
Vaadat Charigim
Velveteen
Vidulgi OoyoO
Washed Out
Weekend
Western Lows
Westkust
Whirr
White Poppy
Whitely
Wild Eyes
Wild Smiles
Winter
WL
Young Light
Yuck
Zeit
Zen Mantra

Ultimately, there is only one guiding principle: love one another. No, two. Two guiding principles: Love one another, and listen to more shoegaze.

Who’s making the freshest sounds in the shoegaze and dream pop genres? Well, you’ll get a debate about that. But a case can be made that the return of Brad Laner, vocalist Beth Thompson and drummer John Goodall can be easily considered in that discussion.

While not always beloved of their era (competing, as they were, with British stalwarts My Bloody Valentine, Pale Saints and Ride), Medicine earned respect for their inventive and groundbreaking sound. The dissonance and feedback poured over catchy, almost bubblegum hooks made for a lasting, tasty confection.

The reunion of the classic Medicine lineup could be expected to provide a somewhat watered-down version of the classic sound. Medicine (and Brad Laner) seem to take great pride in confounding those expectations. Cross the classic Medicine sonic assault and ear for melody with some of the more fanciful flights of, say, Airiel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, or Candy Claws at their best, maybe a pinch of psychedelic Beatles and you’ll get the idea.

Brad Laner provides just enough hooks to draw you in, with enough layers and angles to keep you listening for weeks and months to come. Never one to take the easy route, Medicine’s reunion makes you work for it. The good (or great) news is that it’s truly worth the effort. Amidst the shimmering guitars and sweet harmonies, there’s real brilliance at work here.

Find Medicine on Facebook, and preorder To the Happy Few via Captured Tracks.

New Tracks Weekend, all packed together, pressed down, pushed out to you! Freshest adds from 93MillionMilesFromTheSun, Astreal, Bambara, Bear in Heaven, Ecovillage, Fake Nails, kigo, Medicine, Sexores, Sin Kitty, Slowdim, Veldt and more! 5 pm PST through Sunday night. Full listing follows:

Alex Calder
All Sparks Burn Out
Allfits
An April March
Arc In Round
Archdukes
Astreal
BAMBARA
Bear in Heaven
Beliefs
Black Tambourine
Bleeding Rainbow
Broken Water
Cheatahs
Civic
Coaltar Of The Deepers
Cool Serbia
Crystal Shipsss
Cult Relic
dead mellotron
Deep Cut
Din Martin
Dogbite
Dreamgaze
Dykehouse
Ecovillage
Electric Starlight
Fake Nails
Femme buy flagyl er Fatale
FF
Flowed
Flower Festival
Foggy Notions
Glaciers
Glasvegas
Glaswen
Gospel Gossip
Grey Zine
Honeydip
Hot Glass
io echo
Jeanseburg
kigo
Last Leaf Down
Letting Up Despite Great Faults
Life Model
Lilys
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
Los Détroit
Love Love Love
Luminous Orange
Luxa
Medicine
Mentalease
Moonbeams
mooncreatures
Morning Harvey
Mountebank
My Machete
Nightmare Air
Nights
No Joy
Nouveau Vélo
PanSTARRS
Permanent Collection
Principe Valiente
Program
Puna
Quiet Americans
Seahorse Hunter
Selenian
Seven Hour Days
Sexores
Should
Sin Kitty
Sister Crystals
Slowdim
Slowness
Smile
Solarein
Souvenir Driver
Spectres
SPLASHH
Spotlight Kid
Suburban Living
Sunshine
Tall for Jockeys
The Bordellos
The Helio Sequence
The Ocean Blue
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Vandelles
The Vera Violets
Towns
Tripwires
Two Wounded Birds
United Ghosts
Veldt
Veronica Falls
Videotape
Virgo Rising
Viscous Liquid
Weekender
Wonky Doll and the Echo
YAST
Yourself In Peace

After promising there would not be a Medicine reunion, Brad Laner has dropped a new Medicine single with the original band members reunited, and an expected LP release via Captured Tracks in August. The first assumption was “April Fools”, given Mr. Laner’s reticence to consider reuniting the group, but he was first out of the gate to declare, “NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE” via his Tumblr feed, with an updated photo of the 2013 edition of Medicine.

With the much-delayed release of music from My Bloody Valentine, the return of Jesus and Mary Chain, and Ride’s Mark Gardener, this just seemed the next logical step, right? And it’s surely a less bewildering creative direction to take than Her Highness, which some of our staff fails to understand to this day. Preview and download “Long as the Sun” here:

Even for what may be a one-off, it’s good to have Brad Laner back showing off his songwriting, arranging and production skills. Welcome the man back! To The Happy Few LP/CD/MP3 will be out everywhere August 6, 2013.