When you have at least three legitimate headliners to play out your weekend, which do you choose for a graphic? Well, there’s the huge compilation dedicated to the memory and musical love of scene stalwart Chris Tressler, bringing together bands from around the globe to celebrate the spirit of a genuine fan and supporter of the scene. For The Love of Chris Tressler brings together 51 unique artists, organized and orchestrated by Krissy VanderWoude and Jonathan Sellers, and serves as a testament to a life well loved. That would be headliner enough any other weekend. But… it’s also (finally) the release date of the genre-dominating DEAFCULT, an LP we’d looked forward to since the release of their first EP. It’s really no wonder everyone’s been buzzing about these Aussies since 2015. This album proves all the early adopters right. And yet… our third choice for headliners, Blankenberge (pictured above). Brilliant, bendy, icy, refreshing, this band from Saint Petersburg, Russia have been teasing us with crumbs of brilliance, finally reaching full flower on this, their first full album. One of their Bandcamp tags reads “dronegaze”, but don’t be fooled. There are songs here, and they are captivating. Great listening for any season. Three headliners, each with full albums.
But if we wanted to drill further down, it’d be easy to promo some additional gems: Tokyo’s Shrike. Two songs, pure gold, arrives as if from nowhere. Parábolas del Bosque. We catch up with these Mexican sadgazers, and immediately fall under their spell. New (or at least ‘refreshed’) music from The Bilinda Butchers, well worth your mindshare. Black Sea. The Starlight Run. Foxxxy Mulder. Jessica93. uvii (formerly Ultraviolet). Battery Point. Paper Daggers. Houseplants. Ancient Tapes. Marker. SO MUCH NEW MUSIC.
And that’s on top of last weekend’s new adds, including Keep, Major Leagues, Cruel Summer, Turnover, Cloakroom, Winter, Deep Blue, Vertebrae, Hush Pup, Processions, lousy hex, Rocketship, Lacing, Sobs, Swap Babies, The Telewire, and Leisure Walks.
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 iOS, Android 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!