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Russia Rewrites the Sonic Book

We first took notice of Saint Petersburg, Russia’s Blankenberge in March of 2016, as some of the smartest folks we knew were praising their debut self-titled EP. For a debut to feature such an epic, cavernous sound right from the start, well, that’s some confidence right there. While still formative, the seeds were planted for something pretty big.

Since then, Blankenberge got to work. Polishing, amplifying their singular sonic vision, writing and recording their newly-released debut LP, Radiogaze. And it’s a wonder. The sonic caverns are deeper, the vocals more assured, the space they inhabit is fully their own. Already critically lauded as one of the best albums in the genre thus far in 2017, Blankenberge have carved out their own space in a scene that sometimes seems okay with “good enough”. We sat down with these dreamers, to find out more about their sound, approach, and future plans. Noting the language barriers in translation from Russian to English (and vice versa), we’re thrilled to present this first English-language interview with Blankenberge. Press play below, and follow along.


DKFM:
How did Blankenberge come together?

Daniil [guitar, synth]: All of us, except Sergey (our drummer), knew each other before moving to St. Petersburg, even though we were living in different cities in Russia. We were obsessed with guitar effects and mailed them to each other. I bought a pedal «Shoegazer» from Dayan and started playing shoegaze.
Yana [vocals]: Our band originally started in a small city in the south of Siberia, Barnaul, in early 2015. It included Daniil and I and our friends from Barnaul that are not in the band now. Before that, we traveled throughout Europe and visited some cities and towns in Belgium. Blankenberge was one of them. We were so impressed by that trip, especially by the North Sea coast that we called our group Blankenberge in honor of that city. After returning we composed several songs, some of which were included in our first EP. Then that same year, Daniil and I moved to St. Petersburg, because we thought that we would have more opportunities to develop our music. We also think that this is the most beautiful city in Russia and it gives a lot of inspiration to artists. Soon after the move, we found the rest of the current members (Dmitriy – bass, Dayan – guitar, Sergey – drums). We often performed in St. Petersburg and finally in March 2016 we released the self-titled EP.

DKFM: Saint Petersburg, Russia. We know that Pinkshinyultrablast was formed there, but most of the other Russian-origin dream pop and shoegaze bands seem to have come from Moscow. Is there much of an alternative music scene in Saint Petersburg, and what is it like?
Dmitriy [bass]: For me the music scene of St. Petersburg has always seemed more underground than in Moscow. In my opinion, there is a huge number of great bands, which haven’t become popular for some reasons. For example, I like the band «Elektrorebyata», that has unfortunately split up now, I think they are the Russian “Guided by Voices” or “Dinosaur Jr”.
Yana [vocals]: We know a few good bands that are playing shoegaze and dream pop music, and they are all from different cities of Russia, not only Moscow and St. Petersburg. In St. Petersburg I would like to mention some very good post-rock bands, for example «TRNA», «Show me a dinosaur» and «Antethic».

DKFM: Who would you say are your influences? Who has helped shape your sound, your sonic approach?
Daniil [guitar, synth]: In the sound of Blankenberge, I’m guided by «This will destroy you» and «Sigur Rós». Now I also really like the new band of Stuart from «Mogwai» – «Minor Victories». I saw a lot of reviews about our music and some of them are saying that it is similar to «Slowdive», but honestly, I’ve never been a fan of their music.
Dmitriy [bass]: It’s hard to say who are the influences of our current sound because our music tastes are very different, but I really like «Slowdive», «Adorable» and «Swervedriver», they are my own influences.
Yana [vocals]: I think we all listen to different music and it reflects on our music in a good way.

DKFM: Tell us about this group of talents, and what they bring to the songwriting process?
Yana [vocals]: Daniil composes almost all the music. Before that, he composed music in his bands «Every Second of Inertia» and «Век Ноль»(«Vek Nol’»), and he already had a great experience in composing music. Each participant certainly invests something in the process of composing while rehearsing. I write lyrics and compose the vocal melodies. Dayan and Dmitry are well versed in the choice of guitar effects, which greatly affects our sound. Sergey is our drummer and I couldn’t imagine our sound without him.
Daniil [guitar, synth]: Some songs appear spontaneously, for example when I’m on the subway. You know the noise of a subway car is quite melodic. If you put drums there, you will get excellent shoegaze. «We» and «Falling Stars» were definitely composed that way.
Usually we try to compose songs at rehearsals all together shrouded in a shimmering and loud sound. We record all that and then I listen to it at home in silence and under the influence of sound hallucinations, a new track appears.
When I compose music, I just make those sounds that I would like to listen to later.

DKFM: Though they are different bands, with different sonic foundations, some have compared Blankenberge to Pinkshinyultrablast, perhaps because of the angelic vocal layer that rests atop the guitar’s haze. Do YOU see any similarities, or do you find the comparison short-sighted?
Daniil [guitar, synth]: In fact, comparison with «Pinkshinyultrablast» is a compliment for me. When I first heard them, I was really amazed and I told myself – this is what I wanted to hear for a long time, and this is ideal. It was for me something like satori.
It seems to me that we have quite a different structure to the tracks from «Pinkshinyultrablast» and therefore there are more differences than similarities – that’s all that I can say.
Dmitriy [bass]: The first time I heard «Pinkshinyultrablast» was in 2011. It was their EP
«Happy Songs for Happy Zombies». Back then I didn’t even believe that it was a band from Russia, because in those days, popular rock music in Russia was very different. I think that we are influenced by «Pinkshinyultrablast» one way or another, but we never thought about copying their sound.
Yana [vocals]: I think that of course the fact that «Pinkshinyultrablast» comes from St. Petersburg creates a kind of connection between us for everyone who is listening to us. We really like what they do and it is definitely reflected in our music, but there are a lot of bands that have influenced us. For example, I’m very grateful to «Pinkshinyultrablast» for having discovered the «Astrobrite» band for me by naming their band after one of the albums of «Astrobrite». Apart from «Astrobrite», I am inspired by many bands, such as «Mogwai» and «Sigur Rós». Their music is magical.

DKFM: There are eleven-time zones in Russia. Do you get to tour the country at all, given the geographical challenges involved? And are there any plans for an international tour?
Yana [vocals]: Apart from Sergey, the members of our band come from different cities. We dream of touring inside Russia and playing in our home cities too. So far, we have only played in St. Petersburg and Moscow. We also would like to tour Europe, but so far, we cannot name exact dates.
Daniil [guitar, synth]: My big dream is to tour the world and play my music. We really want to go somewhere in the near future, to Blankenberge for example. (*laughs*)

DKFM: Talk about what it took to put together this full album: the songwriting process, the recording process. Also, where did the album’s title, ‘Radiogaze’ come from? Almost seems like it was made for us radio DJs playing shoegaze!
Daniil [guitar, synth]: The process of composing and recording was very difficult and long, but I really enjoyed doing it, even though there were a lot of issues. It took us a few fuzz and reverb pedals and a good sound engineer. The album came out and I like it. This is my first work that I’m really happy with and I can say this without modesty.
Yana [vocals]: The first songs from «Radiogaze» appeared almost immediately after the release of our first self-tittled EP at the beginning of 2016. For a year we composed songs with six months left for recording and mixing. We wanted to make a lighter and dancier album than the previous EP, but we didn’t want to step far from shoegaze, so we tried to mix shoegaze with dream pop. We tried to select the best of what we liked in the songs of our favorite bands and put it together in our songs. «Radiogaze» is a word derived from some associations. The noise of analog radio is for us associated to the noise that we hear in shoegaze music. It’s simply saying it’s something like “A radio, which plays shoegaze”.

DKFM: What comes next for Blankenberge? The album is a critical success, largely based on word-of-mouth, as well as stations and blogs like ours who have championed your sound. Any upcoming plans?
Yana [vocals]: Now we are planning to publish the album on physical media – tapes, CDs, vinyl. Then we want to tour the cities of Russia and other countries and make noise in clubs outside St. Petersburg, where we often perform. Of course, we will also compose new music and try to make it even more perfect, in our understanding of that.
Daniil [guitar, synth]: We want to take advantage of the existing experience to make something new, surprise ourselves and make something louder than what we have already made. And of course, we want to get some new guitar pedals.

Yana [vocals]: Thanks to DKFM for this interview! We often listen to your radio and there’s always very good music. A real paradise for lovers of shoegaze and dream pop music all over the world!

Get your own copy of Blankenberge Radiogaze LP via their Bandcamp site. Follow Blankenberge on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and VK (from which images in this interview are sourced).

Underway! New Tracks Weekend brings you the freshest new tuneage from Hazel English, Hoops, Say Sue Me, No Vacation, Season of Strangers, Watterson, Antipole, Tinfoil and Tape, The Age of Colored Lizards and much more. We’d give you more preamble than that, but why? The proof’s in the listening! And there’s much here to be enchanted by.

That’s not to pass over last weekend’s newness, including Slowdive, Shelling, Ride, Soon She Said, Mountain States, Fazerdaze, Dream Rimmy, Day Wave, Ethica, Slow Crush, birthdaygirl and ever so much more! Finger on the pulse, we’re on it!

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. 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!

Pity the fools wot must compete with Slowdive this weekend. I mean, right? Label owners and bands marking calendar 6 to 11 months in advance, plotting official release date. Then the Slowdive tsunami hits, and all boats are swept to shore. We empathize. However, it’s our official job to celebrate all the quality new releases, this and every day. So we’ll celebrate Slowdive’s new self-titled album, their first new music in 22 years. Because it is the headline of the year thus far. But we’ll mix in the leading lights whose only misfortune was scheduling against this mammoth release. The new album from Shelling (Japan) is a perfect case in point. Both delicate and torrential, Shelling continues to push the boundaries of their sound on their freshly-issued third full album. Glorious new music from Soon, She Said (France) carves out all the perfect pop hooks, and bathes them in reverb. The new album from Mountain States is propulsive and tuneful, out now on Coaster Records. Regular listener? You’ll surely know Fazerdaze (NZ). The full Morningside LP is out now, and it’s everything you love about them, pressed down and overflowing. Dream Rimmy (Australia) fulfills all early promise with the new Heavy EP, out now. Day Wave keeps churning out the beach pop confections, and Russia’s Ethica bid for shoegaze stardom through their new single and video, just released. Finally, the new singles from birthdaygirl and Slow Crush deserve (nay, demand) your attention. So let’s pull the cork and celebrate!

Not to neglect last weekend’s new newness, as we’re still pushing Ride, Omega Vague, Todavia, Малыш Камю (Malish Kamu), Subsonic Eye, Afor Gashum, The Cult of Lip, Crystales, Red Rosie, Xeresa, Dama Scout, Softer Still, Sheer, Kindling, Kestrels, Malady of Sevendials and Darkswoon. PACKED. IN. TIGHT.

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. 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!

Fighting through the chaos, we bring the newness. Monster Movie new album released today, we’ll go long. New EP from Danxia also out today, and haven’t they become prolific suddenly? Good on ’em! The new single from No Kill is all swoonworthy, they’ve earned some new fans in these studios. New and brilliant sounds from Dear Baby Deer shows an epic amount of growth in the past year, and really takes them to a whole new level. New shiny sounds from Purepleaser on tap. And, burying the lede, there’s also a new Slowdive single. Who knew? Plus, we seem to have broken the internet and the radio with our “Star Roving (DKFM Propulsion Mix)”. We took what was an oxymoron, a danceable Slowdive track, chopped it up, phased it out, extended some, and turned it up to 11. And our listeners seem to love the result.

Let us not forget last weekend’s fresh additions, including Figmennt, Seasurfer, Jesus & Mary Chain, Flirting, Hater, Whimsical, Daysee, Holygram, The Gluts, Moon Loves Honey, Forever Fatale, Coloresantos, Cigarettes After Sex, Civil Engineer, PINE, Trementina, Slow Crush, Fotoform and so much more.

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. 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: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and 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!

Overbooked, yes we are. Because, so much, so now. Anchoring the weekend is the new tribute to Slowdive from the venerable TBTCI Records. Renato has put together an all-star cast of awesomes, putting forth their best homage. Hey, we even mastered one of the tracks! We’re also pushing the newest and greatest from The Beremy Jets, who may well have put out the EP of the year thus far. Hard to see who else is in competition with this bit of gold. But there’s so much more fresh material! Teen Divorce EP dropped today, as did the new Wintergaze compilation out of Russia. New singles from The Death of Pop and Pure Morning shine. New ????? ???? reminds us why they’re a rotation staple. New White Tulips, new Tall Pines, new Daydream Cathedral, new Seventeen Years, new Terry vs. Tori, new Shady Elders, new Black Veils, new Fawns of Love, new highandfragile, new Candace, a sneak peek at the forthcoming Todavia single, plus recent classics from The Soft Spots and Schroeder. Cherry on top? New woozy Wozniak single that confirms their stature as the band to watch in 2017. And if that wasn’t enough, we have a throwback wayback from My Pet Genius that reminds you how the classics still hold us in thrall generic flagyl today. Have we forgotten stuff? Probably. We’re trying to load it all in on the fly, bear with us!

Of course we’re still pushing D.C.’s Venn until they become breakout stars. as well as Los Marcianos, Surf Curse, Hariguem Zaboy, Chillindra, Moth to the Flame, All in the Golden Afternoon, Bliss Wrecks, the stellar Visiting Diplomats, Orchin, Housing Crash, Battery Point, Vansire, Exiles, Fazerdaze and more. We’re booked solid.

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. 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: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and 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!

It’s Friday the 13th as we write this, yet we see it as a day to celebrate. For instance, who knew the new Slowdive single was in the pipeline, and released just yesterday? If you’re looking for something special about this new year, that’s sure to kick it off right. So of course we’re showcasing the new Slowdive single, “Star Roving”, but we’re also heavily into the new release from Great Black Night, which somehow got past our radar on initial release. Given the impressiveness of their sound, we’re making up for that miss at double speed. We’ve got hands on the new singles from Jay Som, Did You Die, Plaza, Singapore Sling, Fake Flowers, PURS, plus the new EP from rotation staples COLLAPSE, select tracks from TBTCI’s Red-Shoegaze compilation, dream jangle from Antiphons, grunge-inflected haze from 雨の中の馬, plus Purepleaser, Russia’s HORSEFISH, and we take a deep dive into the recent LP from Suburban Living.

We’ve packed all this material into a sprawling weekend’s programming, including last weekend’s treats from Lazy Legs, This Social Coil, Loners, Joel Gion (BJM), Sakawa Boys, Colour of Spring, SeiSui, Twin Studies, Sound and Fury, Raveonettes, and Féroces. Shiny winners all.

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. 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: we’re live-scrobbling via our last.fm profile, and 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!

We got this. Spend all weekend with epic tunes from Kindling and Brilliant Beast (we’re going long with both), plus new music from Half, Ether Feels, Lazy Legs, Vapour Night, Flavor Crystals, Bloom Waves, Versing, Slowdive, Cloak, Appeal to Heaven, Le 1991 and 800Beloved. Plus we finally catch up with Hollow Sunshine, now on tour.

That’s not to ignore our most recent shiny spins from The Cherry Wave / Airs split out now, plus Pity Sex, No Vacation, Giant Surprise, Mercury Girls, Stella Diana, Kissing Party, Pure Bathing Culture, Synapse Lens, Thunderbolt 650, Shy-Low, Fire Behaving as Air, Voices from Deep Below, Strange Mangers, Sourin, Lost Tapes, Vlimmer, Trashlord, Sheer, and the Top Five of 2015 LP candidate, CHEATAHS. So, yeah, we’re packed deep.

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. 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. 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, and live-tweeting every track on our sub-Twitter DKFMTracks account. Now you’ll know what you heard, or catch up on what you missed.

So it is written, so let it be done.

“We are currently working on releasing the entire live set from that tour as a collection, so look out for news of that soon.”

Today (November 5, 2015) marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Slowdive’s self-titled debut EP, and we celebrated as much or more as the next guys and gals. Creation Records catalogue number CRESCD 093, and we should know. We hung about Tower Records waiting for our copy, way back when. Imagine our surprise at the announcement from Slowdive Official in the wee small hours of the morning. A live album is coming. In the official announcement, Slowdive even offered a free live track to fans to mark the occasion. “Avalyn” is now available for streaming and download, celebrating ?#?SlowdiveEP25?.

 

Forgive us if our inner n3rd is showing, but that’s bound to happen several times before we’re done.

It’s really bad form to take a victory lap at a time like this, but, we’ll do it anyway. We’ve actually been pushing for this since last December, and for a multitude of reasons.

dkfm-slowdive-liveLet’s break it down this way: nobody looks for a live album anymore, though it used to be a mandatory item for bands with three or more LPs under their belt. In the special case of Slowdive, however, concert performances were limited to rare VHS bootlegs, in varying states of audio quality. Poor sods like us would scour the pages of Goldmine Magazine for Slowdive listings, and you’d count yourself lucky to find something you didn’t have, or hadn’t seen.

Fast-forward to 2015. As a group of musicians, Slowdive have matured, honed their craft, and are experiencing an impossible peak of popularity after 25 years. Evidenced by their recent tour, flagyl 400 mg online pharmacy both musicianship and live show mixdown have hit peaks never before possible. The songs you knew for years suddenly had a heft, sweep and grandeur only hinted at in the original studio recordings. Thanks to the talented rhythm section, that which might have seemed hazy or lazy suddenly pulses and propels everything forward like it’s terribly serious business. And it is. If you’re a Slowdive fan, the ‘music of your life’ now grabs you by the lapels and shakes you mercilessly. It’s an exhilarating experience.

If there were ever a time for a live Slowdive album, this would be it. It serves as a mile-marker, as well as a pivot point moving forward. Release the live album, and you have less concern about how the next album is compared to prior works. It’s simple maturation, with the live album being the capstone on the original chapter of Slowdive. Plus, the live set will tide fans over while they wait for the recording, mixing, mastering, cover design of the next LP of original music, not to mention the laborious process of cranking up the necessary hype machine that’s necessary for any new mass-market release.

We don’t intend to imply that Slowdive takes career advice from us. That they are even tangentially aware of our existence is more likely closer to the truth. What we can say is, this is the smart call. For the band, for the fans, for everyone who’d like to see the original hazy royalty keep at the crest of the wave for some years to come. They’ve earned the adoration due them years ago, and their long-suffering fans really can’t get a better gift.

Happy birthday to us, each and every one.

Read Slowdive’s original post here.

Slowdive hinted at the prospect on Sunday, and confirmed today. After their festival tour wraps, Slowdive will embark on a North American tour through the end of the year.

See their first reunion show at Hoxton Square here.

“North America was good to Slowdive back in the 1990s,” the band explained in a press release. “The fact that the last Slowdive concert was performed in Toronto (at Lee’s Palace) in 1994 is poignant. It felt like we were playing to people who ‘got it’ and some of our favorite performances were on those tours. We have a special connection to our audience in North America and we can’t wait to return in 2014!”

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Slowdive 2014 Tour Dates:
07/16 – Padova, IT @ Radar Festival
07/18 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/20 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
07/23 – Taipei, TW @ The Wall
07/25 – Niigata Prefecture, JP  @ Fuji Rock Festival
07/26 – Shanghai, CN @ Qianshuiwan Culture and Arts Center
07/28 – Hong Kong @ Rotunda 3
07/31 – Singapore, SG @ The Ground Theatre
08/03 – Katowice, PL @ Off Festival
08/07-09 – Göteborg, SE @ Way Out West
08/08-10 – Helsinki, FL @ Flow Festival
08/09 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/14 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
08/15 – St. Malo, France @ La Route du Rock Festival
08/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
08/29-31 – Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
09/09 – Geneva, CH @ La Batie
10/22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/25 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
10/26 – Boston, MA @ Royale
10/27 – Montreal, QC @ Le National
10/28 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic
10/31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
11/03 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
11/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
11/05 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel

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:

Barefood
Be Forest
Bear State
The Bilinda Butchers
Bleak Boys
Bolywool
Breeze
Cocobeurre
colourwaves
Conheartist
Crème Fouettée
crisis arm
Dear Baby Deer
Diamond Incarnation
Dissolve
Dum Dum Girls
The Eternal
Eva & John
Excusers
Fantan
Field Mouse
Float down the Liffey
Flying Cape Experience
FOTOGRAMAS
Grandhorse
Gustavia
Helen Stellar
Human Colonies
Intimate Stranger
Les Anomalies
Life Model
Living Phantoms
Lunaire
Makaras Pen
The Mary Onettes
Matt Bartram
The Moas
The Oyster Murders
the panic
Phone Home
Queridas
rain pants
Ringo Deathstarr
Roku Music
Seafoam
Seaside
September Girls
SHE
She Sir
Sleepover
Snowbird
Soft As Snow But Warm Inside
Soft Science
Solarein
Someday I Will Miss You
Star Horse
Static Daydream
Sundaze
Surf Club
The Foreign Resort
The Telewire
This Lonely Crowd
Threading
Tides of the Moon
Tied to the Branches
Towns
TuT
Tycho
Vehicle Blues
The Vera Violets
The Village
Virgo Rising
Warpaint
We Are US
Wozniak
XO
Youngteam
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