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There is no letup. Impressive new music is coming fast and furious. As the weather turns warm, so do the tones. The new Pia Fraus single/EP is near release via Seksound label, with contributions from scene luminaries like Airiel and Mahogany, and it’s worth the wait. Following two electric performances on American network television, Tennis System dropped their new single early this morning, and it has all the volcanic energy you’ve come to expect from Matty & Co. We’ve got long-awaited new music from Oeil, Cigarettes After Sex, Schonwald, Slow Crush, Terry vs. Tori, Rat Columns, Girlpool, Eternal Something, Telyscopes, Aurora L’Orealis, IS BLISS, and so much more. As usual, more music than weekend!

Not to overlook last weekend’s gems, including Hazel English, Hoops, Say Sue Me, No Vacation, Season of Strangers, Watterson, Antipole, Tinfoil and Tape, The Age of Colored Lizards… we’re fully booked!

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!

If shoegaze and dream pop were a market, we’d be “long” Tennis System.

Why? What does this band do that others don’t? Songs. Hooks, feelings, musicianship, surely, but the key is songwriting. Ultimately our Tennis System fandom lies in the fact that they write quality songs, then bathe them in fuzz and shimmer. But the songs come first, they’re not an afterthought. This is key, in a genre that sometimes cuts corners, that in some cases is willing to settle for texture, color and reverb alone.

And it didn’t happen overnight. Tennis System have been through several lineups, and slogged it out in the trenches of recording and touring for years prior to the release of Technicolour Blind on PaperCup Music (our #6 Album of the Year in 2014). The album proved they were ready for the spotlight, and they’d got their how can i order flagyl online chops down. Now, on the eve of their month-long residency at The Echo in LA, Tennis System release a new video for ‘Such a Drag’, one of the more shimmering, wistful tracks on the album.

Quintessentially Los Angeles, the video for ‘Such a Drag’ by Wylde Co. gets both the locale and mood just right. These are feels, set to hooks, set to visuals, and it all comes into focus for the uninitiated. We dare you not to get hooked yourself.

Tennis System residency at The Echo began last night, and continues through the end of the month. If you’ve not caught Tennis System live, it’s a rare treat we wholeheartedly recommend.

Follow Tennis System via their website, on Facebook and Twitter, and pick up Technicolour Blind via PaperCup Music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 20 tracks for March (the week ending March 29th). Gives a snapshot of where we’re at in the year, what releases WE’RE pushing, and what our listeners are responding to. Some tracks here have climbed up and down these charts in the last several weeks, so the rankings themselves are less important than landing on the chart itself. Three tracks have carried over from February to March, and held their own. Why even pay attention to semi-monthly charts? Gives a clear indication of what tracks will slug it out for our year-end best-of honors.

No commentary, just the list. If you hear the tracks, you’ll fully understand why they’ve charted, and hopefully you’ll find a new band to love. Webradio programmers who follow us? You probably know 85% of these, but a few selections may help fill out your playlists. Trust me, we learn as much from you as you from us. Terrestrial radio programmers? Sorry, this is probably too cutting-edge for you. Good luck.

20. Since Always – “Under the Gun” **
19. Gleam – “Isn’t Real” **
18. Deep Fields – “Salazar”
17. Makaras Pen – “Aperion” *
16. Brilliant Beast – “No Fate”
15. Pinkshinyultrablast – “Umi” *
14. Alpha Male – “Deep Architecture”
13. mumrunner – “bond”
12. Aerial Love Feed – “Raise Up”
11. The Spectors – “Like Sand”
10. Crisis Arm – “Coy” (PTP Session Version) *
9. Indoor Voices – “What Can I”
8. Nevermind Me – “Lose You”
7. Carnival Animals – “El agua en la que tú nadabas”
6. Salsa Cinderella – “Glad You Came To Me (Haunted)”
5. Native Lights – “Blue Star”
4. Winnebago – “Miles Away”
3. Westkust – “Swirl”
2. Tennis System – “Here We Go”
1. Cheatahs – “Sunne”

* 2nd month on chart
** Denotes new add in the last week

What makes this show “historic”? It’s not, really. At least, it’s as historic as Jay Z’s announcement of another paid streaming service. But, if that’s historic, so is this. Who said history couldn’t be entertaining?

March Madness indeed. We’ve spent many hours separating the wheat from the chaff, and we’re finally ready to bring you the awesome. This weekend, we’re “long” the new album Abyss from Pastel Ghost, and happy to introduce the proggy-gazey-trippadelic sounds of Ireland’s Tuath. We tease with the newest sounds from Noir for Rachel, Tennis System and Foliage, and play at the edges of My Invisible Friend, Mannequins, Wild Meadows, Witness 9, Talking Bush, Italy’s Good Morning Finch, Blackpool Astronomy and Honeymoon. Plus we’ll be featuring the excellent Ride covers from TBTCI’s Ride tribute, including Jaguwar, Crisis Arm, Ask For Joy, Ceremony, Car Crash Sisters, Bloodhounds on My Trail, In Her Eye, and Last Leaf Down.

Not content to stop, we’re pushing the new albums from Winter, Spectres, Native Lights, Light FM, The Union Trade, and Human Colonies. Plus Malka, Monster Treasure, Winnebago, Depth & Current, Venera 4 and loads more. Our March Madness bracket includes much new music, and zero basketball.

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.

As always, thanks for being a part of our adventure, and buy new music from emerging artists!

News hitting hot and heavy this morning surrounding Cre•scen•do, label signing, touring and immediate plans. Here is what’s known, in a nutshell:

  1. 1. Cre•scen•do has signed to Italian label We Were Never Being Boring (WWNBB), home of international stars Be Forest. They have planned the follow-up to 2014 Album of the Year Contender Lost Thoughts, expected to be released June 2 of 2015.
  2. 2. They’ve organized and promoted the first-ever DreamGaze Festival in Southern California on Friday 6 March, about 30 minutes’ drive outside LA, and featuring Be Forest, Tennis System, Cre•scen•do, Sheer, and Young Lovers, plus local DJs and music luminaries.
  3. 3. Cre•scen•do plays their SXSW debut on March 21st at L ROCK ATX OVERLOAD FESTIVAL.
  4. 4. A West Coast tour planned for late June, supporting and supported by some of the best bands the West Coast has to offer (as well as DJ Heretic of DKFM).
  5. 5. A European tour in October.

 

We sat down with Gregory Cole of Cre•scen•do for more details about SoCal’s first-ever DreamGaze Festival.

DKFM: How did the idea for DreamGaze Fest come about?

Gregory: I’ve always had dreams for years of my favorite genres of dreampop, shoegaze and post punk to have genre-exclusive festivals. I also would do whatever it would take to get my favorite bands to headline it, near and far, so this brand is definitely being built for longevity. I think a lot of people who truly enjoy this music as much as I do would be eager to celebrate it as well. Most importantly we want nothing more buy metronidazole online canada than for the genre to flourish & grow. So whatever it will take, we will continue to be working well within our community to develop and support both its artists and fans.

DKFM: What do you hope to accomplish by bringing THIS group of artists together?

Gregory: You know I love everyone on this bill, and I want nothing but the best for everyone I meet. Obviously I’ve been keeping a personal connection with everyone and we’ve all been working together as a team to support each other in every and any aspect. I honestly feel like I’m playing a mega-lineup festival with all of my friends, even though it’s honestly much more than that. I want the world for them, and won’t stop until they have it.

DKFM: Do you see this as a one-off festival, or is it the start of something bigger for the LA area?

Gregory: I’ve been throwing events for years now. Everyone who knows me can expect me to always do my best whether it’s on our level of friendship or when I put together an event for everyone to enjoy. I don’t let people down and I can guarantee this Friday is the start of something very very big, with Friday being incredibly big itself.

Southern California’s DreamGaze Fest is Friday, March 6th, and only those who’ve RSVP’ed can get in. If you’re anywhere NEAR SoCal, you’ll want to reserve your spot. A show THIS massive doesn’t happen every day, or even every year.

Follow Cre•scen•do on Facebook and Twitter.
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We’ve been without a chart for the last several months. Blame technical and logistical errors. What follows: the current top ten singles based on listener votes and overall spins.

1. To The Wedding – “Silver Currents”
2. The Lees of Memory – “Little Fallen Star”
3. Tennis System – “Technicolour Blind”
4. Cre•scen•do – “Not Sure Yet” *
5. Night School – “Birthday”
6. Last Leaf Down – “The Theme”
7. Sheer – “Orion”
8. Thud – “Lime”
9. The Cherry Wave – “Whitey”
10. Venera 4 – “Black Paws”

Albums
1. A Shoreline Dream – The Silent Sunrise
2. Tennis System – Technicolor Blind
3. Asalto Al Parque Zoológico – Hexadecimal
4. Lubec – The Thrall
5. The Lees of Memory – Sisyphus Says
6. Spirit Lapse – Dark Energy
7. Juvenile Juvenile – Our Great Escape
8. Deepfieldview – Deepfieldview
9. DIV I DED – Born to Sleep
10.Evvolves – Hang

Breakouts, new releases:
Airs – L.A. Blues (Part Time Punks Session)
Downhill Willows – Downhill Willows (First Demos)
Balms – Balms (EP)
The Mites – Bellows
Mumrunner – Zit/Rut
Excusers – No Excusers
La Casa Al Mare – M / CD Girl

* returned to chart after dropping off last month.

 

Too much good stuff. New Tennis System, in advance of their tour with Be Forest. Asalto Al Parque Zoológico, whose album Hexadecimal is released in two weeks on Japan’s Hands and Moment label. Brand new music from staff favorites Sheer, plus the new Candy Claws’ side project Sound of Ceres drops a debut track. Pre-release joy from Gazar Strips. New music from Best Friend, Skeleton Frames, brilliance from Mumrunner, The Away Days, Hideous Towns, Venera 4, Weary Heads, Vape, The Microdance, Shimmering Stars, Kori, Shimmery Shakes, the return of Bare Pale, and introducing Beko’s new signing Djokovik. New, new, new, new, new. That’s a lot of new. Plus we’re still pushing Night School, in advance of their upcoming Oakland show with Cre•scen•do on Monday night. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Plus we’re still pushing Ludvig Moon, Lost Tapes, El Xicano, Dripping Wet, Bloodhounds on my Trail, Miserable, Noir for Rachel, Sullen Ray, The Harrow, Velveteen, Whimsical, Seventeen Years, You the Living, the brilliance of Evvolves, and Maths on the Moon. Seriously, we’ve got this.

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.

Also, my back hurts from being hunched over a broadcast terminal. – DJ Heretic

 

It’s like a shopping list of great new sounds, all weekend. Starting with Velveteen, The Harrow, Seventeen Years, Ludvig Moon, El Xicano, Miserable, Noir for Rachel, Maths and the Moon, Dripping Wet, Bloodhounds on my Trail, Tennis System, Evvolves, Sullen Ray, You the Living and much more. Plus some lost classics from Whimsical, and we continue to push the new albums from Deepfieldview and A Shoreline Dream, which you need in your collection. Fill in the gaps with Night School, Bleak Boys, Thud, Last Leaf Down, Rich Girls, Blood Sister, The History of Apple Pie, Spirit Lapse, Juvenile Juvenile, Foxes in Fiction, CQ and more… nearly too much to pack into a weekend!

Programming note: we’ll also be promoting installment two of “Foreign Affairs” featuring listener favorites Velvet Mornings, and a brand new show entitled “Muso Asia” (more details will follow). It’s a really big week in our studios, with so much new stuff to plug in your earholes.

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.

This week celebrated the anniversary of Ride’s landmark Nowhere LP. We’ve finally got our hands around the impressive reissue package, and will be dribbling out some refreshed sounds for you next week. And speaking of landmarks, we broke through another record for total listening hours worldwide in our genre. So, most of all, thanks to you for listening, loving, and spreading the word! This wouldn’t be a success without your devotion.

More Americans have been dumped by Taylor Swift than have been affected by Ebola.

The much-rumored US tour of Italy’s Be Forest is official as of this morning. If you’re on the West Coast (as we are), you’ll be able to catch them with Tennis System at most stops along the Pacific. But, as if that weren’t enough, Be Forest’s label We Were Never Being Boring simultaneously dropped a video for the band’s cover of the Beat Happening track “Indian Summer”.

Tennis System will be playing in support of their upcoming LP, Technicolor Blind, due October 21.

Be Forest – 2014 Tour Dates
10/22 – New York – Terrorbird CMJ Party @ Cake Shop
10/22 – New York @ CMJ – DROM
10/27 – Philadelphia @ Milkboy
11/02 – Cincinnati @ The Rake’s End w/JERK
11/03 – St. Louis @ Plush
11/04 – Chicago @ The Empty Bottle
11/05 – Milwaukee @ Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace w/Sat. Nite Duets
11/06 – San Diego @ The Hideout w/ Tennis System
11/07 – Tucson @ Solar Culture
11/08 – Phoenix @ Rips Bar – Obscura w/ Tennis System
11/10 – Los Angeles @ KXLU – Part Time Punks
11/11 – Los Angeles @ Los Globos w/Tennis System
11/12 – Oakland @ Night Light w/Tennis System
11/13 – San Francisco @ Knockout w/Tennis System
11/15 – Sacramento @ Witch Room w/ Tennis System
11/16 – Portland @ Rontom’s w/Ghost to Falco
11/18 – Seattle @ KEXP
11/19 – Coeur d’Alene @ Hanging Dcuk w/ Tennis System
11/21 – Seattle @ Hollow Earth w/ Tennis System
11/22 – Arcata @ The Alibi w/ Tennis System

This weekend, we celebrate the impending release of Saint Marie Records’ Static Waves 2 compilation with a selection of great tracks from the SMR roster. Add to that a number of choice cuts from the new Orange Yellow Red album, Tennis System and Paper Lights EPs. Season with some new Judy’s Funeral, Elastic Sleep, The Casket Girls, Doc Aquatic, Heaven’s Gate and a classic Hammock cover of Catherine Wheel, and you’ve got a full working weekend!

Fun begins at 8 pm Eastern, 5 Pacific Friday night, continuing all weekend. 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 (commercial-free!), try Radio Terra. 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern), til we switch off the lights Sunday night. Full alpha artist listing follows:

Active Child
Aftergloam
April Fool’s Day
Au Revoir Simone
Baby Formula
Black Hearted Brother
black is bright
Bloody Knives
Boardwalk
Boy King Islands
Braves
brief candles
Camp Jesus
Cemeteries
Cobalt Cranes
Dark Bells
Darkrs
Day Ravies
Dead Electric
Dear Baby Deer
Delay Trees
Des Ames Libres
Doc Aquatic
Drowner
Elastic Sleep
Electric Low
Elika
Exlovers
Fixing Bayonets
Flyying Colours
Forsaken Autumn
Frankie Rose
Gingerlys
Girls
Golden Gardens
Hammock
Heaven’s Gate
Honeysulk
Jetman Jet Team
Judy’s Funeral
Kitchens Of Distinction
Klimt 1918
LAKE R▲DIO
LeftBeehive
Lights That Change
lkffct
Lost in the Fog
Lovesliescrushing
LowCityRain
Luna Ghost
Mad Titan
Malka
Man Without Country
Miniatures
Mirror Travel
No Joy
One Hundred Percent
Orange Yellow Red
Pale Pools
Paper Lights
PARLOUR
PINS
Poliça
Regular John
Resplandor
Rev Rev Rev
Satchmode
schonwald
Seasurfer
shimmering stars
Shocking Pinks
Silver Swans
Sisu
Skinny Dream
Snow Mantled Love
solar powered people
Spacegirl
Strata Florida
Sun Glitters
Tape Deck Mountain
Tegan Northwood
Tennis System
The Amount Of Light We Give Off
The Casket Girls
THE EARTH EARTH
The Great Wilderness
The High Violets
The Lees Of Memory
The Open Feel
THREADING
Trementina
Ummagma
Vapour Night
Veil Veil Vanish
Velveteen
Viscous Liquid
Weary Heads
Weary Heads
White Flashes
Winkie
Winter
Wishyunu
Worries
Younghusband

More fun than a human being should be allowed to have.