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How many headliners can you pack into one weekend? We shall see. We’ve got today’s new releases from Crescendo, Wild Nothing, and The Telewire, a broadcast premiere from Walking Misery, new music from Japan’s Collapse, Estonia’s She Bit Her Lip (giving Pinkshinyultrablast a run for their money!), Austin’s Ask For Joy, Fir Cone Children, Tape Deck Mountain, We Are Temporary, Good Personalities, Jupitamoon, Svankropp, and topped with world broadcast premieres from original ‘gaze icons The Veldt (Apollo Heights), whose new EP The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation drops March 18th, in advance of a major (and overdue) national tour. We’d call this an abundance of sonic riches.

That’s not to forget last week’s fresh adds, including Rev Rev Rev, Winkie, Memoryhouse, Mint Julep, Whales, Ashley Shadow, Film School, Alone, Venusians, Movie Brain, My Dark House, Kigo, The Raudive, Did You Die, Serfs, and The Sun Days. So much good stuff!

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. Listen via the Radionomy station page at DKFM, on Shoutcast, and on TuneIn Radio for iPhone/Android/Windows. Plus we have our new branded apps for Apple’s iOS, Android and Blackberry. 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.

And, as always, thanks for listening, and thank you for your support!

Cre•scen•do emerged from the depths of the LA music scene at the beginning of 2014, and have been making a tuneful noise that’s caught the attention of the press (and us!) since the beginning of June. First they dropped the single “Gatsby”, a quick hit of jangle joy on June 6th, then followed up three weeks later at Spin Magazine with their second single “Jacqueline’s Apartment”. The debut album Lost Thoughts is due in July, and is filled with similarly dreamy slices of summery pop we can’t wait to get our hands on. Not only that, it’s produced by John Kunkel of The New Division. Who are these pretty people, making this pretty music? We pestered members of Cre•scen•do until they spilled the beans.

DKFM: How did this project come about? How did these particular talents come together to write, record and drop this jewel in only six months?

Cre•scen•do: Jade, Ava, Josh, Jesse, & me (Greg) all live in Los Angeles. Our recordings, professionalism, and chemistry as a group solidified our team. Our producer John Glenn Kunkel was just as focused as we were to work six months straight to complete Lost Thoughts, as well as being a tremendous support every inch of the way. We were able to bring to life a vision we had about a particular sound, DreamGaze. There was a collection of dreamy songwriting-filled nights til 4AM to deliver the results.

DKFM: Influences and inspirations for this shimmering sound?

Cre•scen•do: Collectively: The Radio Department, The Smiths, Moscow Olympics, My Bloody Valentine, The New Division, The Answering Machine, Wild Nothing, Craft Spells, Mac Demarco, Beach Fossils, The Strokes, The Cribs, Cass McCombs, The Cure, Joy Division, French House, Housse De Racket, Minks, Future Islands, Toro Y Moi, & The Horrors to name a few.

DKFM: Album release and touring plans. What do we know, and when do we know it?

Cre•scen•do: The release date is set to be the end of July. We do know that we will be doing a premiere debut at Hollywood’s Magical Establishment known as NO VACANCY. We are working with The Bilinda Butchers to play some LA Shows late July early August, and may play our first Music Festival shortly after. A tour is definitely underway.

DKFM: People have tagged your sound as shoegaze, dream pop, post punk. Are you comfortable with any of these? If you were to boil down the Cre•scen•do sound, to describe it to a newcomer, how would you identify it?

Cre•scen•do: We certainly are, those are our biggest inspirations & influences as genres. Cre•scen•do has Dream Pop, Shoegaze, and Post Punk working together as a team to deliver a sound that was crafted to make you feel you were somewhere else, dreaming, being your friend, and hopefully making you want to dance. The entire composition is centered around Romanticism.

DKFM: Rumor has it that you’ve already got songs ready for album number two, when the first one hasn’t dropped yet! Are you the most prolific musicians ever, or just have a lot to say?

Cre•scen•do: This is true. We are blessed to have an extremely ambitious team, it takes a lot to keep instruments out of our hands, or to block our creativity. We have been blessed with this opportunity to send music all over the world, so we will not take it for granted. It’s truly an addiction.

DKFM: When will you know Cre•scen•do has “made it”? When do you think you’ll be satisfied with what you’ve been able to accomplish?

Cre•scen•do: That’s unknowable. We are never good enough, we are never satisfied. Though we humble ourselves to the universe. We hope to touch hearts and minds around the world, to help them get through their days, and their long dreamy nights. As much as a powerful impact it has made on our lives, we wish it can do the same for the rest of the planet.

DKFM: With all that you’re putting together, what do you do to unwind? How do you de-stress and enjoy the ride you’re on?

Cre•scen•do: The best nights are when we all go out together. All of us living / converging in LA has its perks. There’s nothing like all of us dancing together to some really awesome music all night long. The chemistry is like nothing we’ve ever had.

Follow Cre•scen•do on Facebook, Twitter, and via their SoundCloud page.

Only three months until the year comes to a close. Seems like it went so fast! As the year has continued, we’ve been gathering the votes for our big Best of 2013 show. This list includes our most popular tracks, as voted by DKFM listeners, that have been released in the last three years. By and large, our biggest vote-getters so far are all 2013 releases.

Between now and the end of the year, many of these tracks will change, some will climb the ladder, some will slip a few pegs, and some will fall off the list completely. But as of today, September 24, these are the most popular tracks we play, as tabulated from the last two months of listener voting. Equally balanced between shoegaze and dream pop, and representing countries from Japan to Australia, Canada to Denmark, Mexico and the USA.

  1. Wild Nothing – Data World
  2. Stumbleine – The Beat My Heart Skips
  3. kigo – now you know
  4. Virgo Rising – To Deal Without It
  5. Waldo & Marsha – Bloom
  6. Candy Claws – Into the Deep Time (One Sun)
  7. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Endless Shore
  8. Wavering Hands – No Constant
  9. Snowden – The Beat Comes
  10. Tied to the Branches – 9 Times
  11. Soft Shadows – Whatever You Say
  12. Lost in the Fog – Suicide Parade
  13. The Sorry Shop – Star Rising
  14. White Poppy – Drifter’s Gold
  15. IO Echo – Ecstasy Ghost
  16. Sea Oleena – Milk
  17. Beaches – Granite Snake
  18. The History of Colour TV – I Knew It Was Wrong But I Did It Anyway
  19. Chain of Flowers – Sleep
  20. Drowner – Stay With Me
  21. Suā  – Welcome
  22. The Machine Room – Sweden
  23. Fleeting Joys – Kiss a Girl In Black
  24. Yast – Believes
  25. Decades – Can You Love Me Now

More great releases will drop before the end of the year. We’re still waiting on brilliance from The Telescopes, Solar Powered People, The Stargazer Lilies and Be Forest. Remember, as the year draws to a close, it’s now more important than ever to vote! The Top 50 of 2013 doesn’t select itself!

 

Holiday weekend here in the States, so we’ve spent extra time crafting a perfect New Tracks Weekend.  Our headliners include a stellar World Premiere from Maria False (not to be missed!), plus freshest adds from Decades, Baywaves, Wild Nothing, Kestrels, Let’s Be Loveless, Walleater, StarTropics, Flyying Colours, Cool Serbia, Tape Deck Mountain, Cheatahs, Virals, Silver Screen, Broken Water, Femme Accident, Has A Shadow, Schonwald, and several classics from The Night Blooms. Last but not least, a brand new cover of Lilys by Infinity Girl. We packed it all in and pressed it down hard so it’d all fit!

We’re underway at 5 pm PDT, and running all weekend. Live365 listeners: it’s your votes that get these tracks in rotation! Stays or goes, you decide. Your thumbs-up / thumbs down ratings buy metronidazole tablets 200mg determine what is kept in permanent rotation. Listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, iTunes Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio and associated apps. 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern), and all weekend. Full artist listing follows:

A*Star
Altered Hours
Baywaves
Best Friend
Black Swans
Bleach
blood sister
Bloody Knives
Bored Nothing
Bright Channel
Broken Water
Cavalcade
Chain of Flowers
Cheatahs
Coaltar Of The Deepers
COLOUR
Cool Serbia
Crocodiles
Cruel Summer
Dark Bells
DECADES
Diving Bells
Dråpe
dropa
Fear of Men
Femme Accident
Flyying Colours
Gold & Youth
Has a Shadow
Hexagrams
Hibou
Infinity Girl
JANE WOODMAN
Jetman Jet Team
Judy’s Funeral
Kestrels
LAY BAC
Let’s be Loveless
Lockets
Loomer
Lost In The Fog
Maria False
Marriages
MINKS
Mint Julep
Moist
Mountebank
Neon Lights
New Canyons
No Joy
Parks, Squares and Alleys
Popstrangers
powder blue
Principe Valiente
Sad Day For Puppets
Saskatchewan
Schonwald
Silver Screen
Silver Shields
Skeleton Hands
Sleep Party People
Snowden
SPC EKO
Stagnant Pools
StarTropics
Still Corners
Stumbleine
Sulk
The Beaches
The Great Artiste
The Night Blooms
The Pe?rls
The Sorry Shop
The Twilight Sad
Triangulo De Amor Bizarro
Tripwires
Velcro Hooks
Venera 4
Virals
Vrreeb
Walleater
Wild Nothing
Wild Smiles
Winter
Wintermute
Worries
YAST
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Ultimately, do what you love and you’ll love what you do. Thanks for being a part!

It’s been a LONG week. So this weekend we’ll treat you with some of the freshest sounds we’ve got for New Tracks Weekend, starting 5 pm PDT on Friday, through Sunday night. Newest adds from Dråpe, Judy’s Funeral, Bored Nothing, Jetman Jet Team, Arctic Plateau, Winter, Diving Bells, Moist, Nights, Wild Nothing, Skeleton Hands, and Venera 4.

Live365 listeners, it’s your votes that help keep these tracks in rotation! Stays or goes, it’s your call… we read your thumbs-up / thumbs down rating and determine what is kept in permanent rotation, and what is swept under the rug like bad CNN reporting. As always, flagyl online listen via the Live365 station page at DKFM, iTunes Radio under “Eclectic”, and on TuneIn Radio and associated apps. 5 PM Pacific, and all weekend. Full artist listing follows:

93MillionMilesFromTheSun
Archdukes
Arctic Plateau
Astral
Astreal
BAMBARA
Beach Vacation
Bear in Heaven
Best Friend
Bleach
Bleeding Rainbow
Bored Nothing
Center of the Sun
Civic
Clube Las Vegas
Crystal Shipsss
Cult Relic
Deastro
Diving Bells
Dråpe
Dream Trees
Ecovillage
Electric Starlight
Exitmusic
Fake Nails
Fixing Bayonets
Foggy Notions
future
Gospel Gossip
Harting
His Name Is Codeine
Honeyslide
Implodes
IO Echo
Jeanseburg
Jetman Jet Team
Judy’s Funeral
kigo
Los Détroit
Medicine
Moist
Mountebank
Nightmare Air
Nights
No Joy
Peace
Permanent Collection
Pink Elephants
Sexores
Shallow
Should
Sight Seeing
Sin Kitty
Skeleton Hands
Slowdim
Snowden
Soft As Snow But Warm Inside
Solarein
Souvenir Driver
STRFKR
Suburban Living
TAPES
Team Ghost
Teenage Filmstars
the Besnard Lakes
The Bordellos
The Manticores
The Mites
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Stargazer Lilies
The Telewire
The Vandelles
Towns
Tusindfald
Two Wounded Birds
Under Electric Light
Veldt
Venera 4
Wavr
Weekender
Wild Nothing
Winter
Youngteam
Yourself In Peace
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