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Track of the Day: CFCF

Posted on 10/30/2013

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CFCF - "Jump Out of the Train"

By: Jerod Greenisen

CFCF is the moniker of Michael Silver who has had a few projects since the last CFCF release in 2009. “Jump Out Of The Train” is available for download below and is the premiere for the full-length Outside. Cleverly crafted and released just one month after his Music For Objects EP, CFCF’s new album is much to be anticipated. Active Child is also featured on this track. 

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Track of the Day: Boardwalk

Posted on 10/29/2013

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Boardwalk - "High Water"

By Jerod Greenisen

Boardwalk is the collaboration between Mike Edge and Amber Quintero. The two made the album in response to an impromptu road trip they had gone on just before. The video below captures the altered state they felt after the trip. Download “High Water” as well. 

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Track of the Day: Lissie

Posted on 10/28/2013

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Lissie - "The Habit"

“I gotta keep my identity and focus on what I can do,” goes the chorus of “Shameless,” the first single from Lissie’s new album, Back to Forever. “I don’t want to be famous, if I got to be shameless” she sings with equal parts strength and insecurity.

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Track of the Day: Buffalo Sleeper

Posted on 10/25/2013

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Buffalo Sleeper - "Greenway"

By: Jerod Greenisen

Buffalo Sleeper is a four piece band from Minneapolis, MN. The band started in 2012 and claims influences from post-punk to mid century pop. Buffalo Sleeper was in for an in-studio not too long ago; click the Polaroid and check that out. The song "Greenway" is available for download below.   

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Track of the Day: Heavenly Beat

Posted on 10/24/2013

Heavenly Beat - "Complete"

By: Jerod Greenisen

“PROMINENCE” is the 2nd full length in as many years from John Pena. Using Primitive Radio God’s “Standing Outside A Broken Telephone Booth With Money In My Hand” as a sonic touch point John built a new album from the ground up utilizing chopped/sampled drum breaks and, for the first time, some non laptop based keyed instruments(piano, mellotron) along with H.B. main stays classical guitar and steel drums. - Captured Tracks

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Track of the Day: Touche Amore

Posted on 10/23/2013

Touche Amore - "Harbor"

By: Jerod Greenisen

Another exciting release off of Deathwish this year. This is Touche Amore's third album, but they've taken some time since their second to tinker their sound. Instrumentally, they have found a new respect for restraint and affinity for the heavier side. However, frontman Jeremy Bohlm's aesthetic is not one to call for any genera debates. Download "Harbor" below. 

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Track of the Day: Megan Bonnell

Posted on 10/22/2013

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Megan Bonnell - "Hunt and Chase"

By: Jerod Greenisen

Megan Bonnell's debut release is one born out of grappling with dualisms. The song "Hunt and Chase" is a fine example of how Bonnell conveys this liminality. She does so by using her grounded, rustic, voice enveloped by the ethereal and surreal sound-- much in the same way dreams weave together the known world with the fantastic.

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Track of the Day: Blouse

Posted on 10/21/2013

Blouse - "Arrested"

By: Jerod Greenisen

Blouse have taken an interesting approach to their new album, Imperium. This track holds more organic substance than anything off of their well received self titled debut from 2011. Choosing to trade in their synthesizers and beat machines for cellos, violins, and other instruments that “don’t plug into a wall” the Portland natives have found a way to sound earthier while still in deep space. Check out “Arrested” available for download below, and the video from their concert featuring the new album. 

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Track of the Day: The Preatures

Posted on 10/17/2013

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The Preatures - "Is This How You Feel"

Right off of the The Preatures' new album is this wonderfully catchy track, "Is This How You Feel?". This song invokes the best of 70s era Stevie Nicks and that alternative country steel twang. Check out the music video below, and download the track for free!

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Track of the Day: The Crookes

Posted on 10/16/2013

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The Crookes - "Afterglow"

By: Jerod Greenisen

English rockers The Crookes bring it to you straight. Their latest album is reminiscent of an earlier more honest time during rock 'n' roll. Squalling riffs and easy melodies will get you moving. Check out The Crooks' song "Afterglow" available for download below.

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Track of the Day: Augustines

Posted on 10/15/2013

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Augustines - "Cruel City"

By Jerod Greenisen

"Cruel City" is the first single from Augustines, formally We Are Augustines, look for their album in January. This track bears the catchy hooks of the Seattle indie-rock scene along with a weighted Brooklyn tone, which makes sense considering the band just recently relocated. Download it for free below. 

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Track of the Day: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Posted on 10/14/2013

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "Nightwater Girlfriend"

By Jerod Greenisen

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are a quirky bunch from Missouri who lay down some incredibly catchy hooks. Spin magazine dubbed them the band “that could succeed The Shins as the band that changed your life”. So give ‘em a shot, and download the track below.

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Track of the Day: The Chambermaids

Posted on 10/11/2013

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The Chambermaids - "Electric Sky"

By: Jerod Greenisen

Local music! The Chambermaids just played a great LP release show at The Turf Club lastnight, listen to it in full here. Stay tuned to Radio K for more from The Chambermaids who were just in Studio K, we'll have video and tracks from their session with us.  

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Track of the Day: Empra

Posted on 10/10/2013

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Empra - "Strange Condition"

Check out "Strange Condition" by Empra. These Aussie rockers  just got done with an extensive tour, and are now making even bigger plans.  Dowload "Strange Conditions" and be sure to watch their amazing music video out that features some Balinese shadow-puppetry. 

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Track of the Day: Hunters

Posted on 10/9/2013

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Hunters - "Seizure"

by: Jerod Greenisen

Hunters have had a few interesting blips recently. Most recently they have included a music video featuring synchronized swimmers for the song "Seizure", available for download. When it comes to a band that will curb stomp you with a smile, one can be only so pleased.  

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Track of the Day: Heaven's Gate

Posted on 10/8/2013

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Heaven's Gate - "Drone"

by: Jerod Greenisen

This is a new track from those behind Sweet Bulbs; now with a few more member addtions they are called Heaven's Gate. They bring you their self-described genera of "powergaze". Check out "Drone" available for free download below. 

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Track of the Day: The Darcys

Posted on 10/7/2013

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The Darcys - "The River"

By: Jerod Greenisen

Toronto art-rockers, The Darcys, are just killing it on this new single. Check out "The River" available for download below. This is their third album and final installment in the conceptual trilogy. Recently they have released a number of short films to accompany their songs; you can watch one of them below. 

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Track of the Day: The Cloak Ox

Posted on 10/4/2013

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The Cloak Ox - "Pigeon Lung"

Local music on Radio K! Check out one of our favorites, The Cloak Ox, they are in the business of creating real moments in this life. If you overlook them, that’s on you. "Pigeon Lung" is available for free download below. Make Radio K happen by donating today!

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Track of the Day: Love Inks

Posted on 10/3/2013

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Love Inks - "Outta Sight"

Love Inks are kickin' it with a new album. Check out the track "Outta Sight" available for free download below. You won't be disappointed with the production quality on this synth-pop trio's new effort. Don't forget, there is a video below; you could watch it. Radio K only happens because you make it happen, become a member today!

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Track of the Day: Little Daylight

Posted on 10/2/2013

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Little Daylight  "Glitter & Gold"

Brooklyn based trio, Little Daylight, are one of the many better acts of this year. Check out "Glitter and Gold" a glimmering, sparkling, track off of their new album. This track has also been remixed by Charli XCX, Twin iDol, Kulkid, and Pacific Air. Download for free below, and check out that music video.

 

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Track of the Day: Tim Kasher

Posted on 10/1/2013

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Tim Kasher - "Truly Freaking Out"

Tim Kasher is truly freaking out, really though, look at him; he's covered in mud (we hope that's mud). Don't believe us, download the track for free below. Also! It's Power Surge people! Become a member today

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Track of the Day: Psapp

Posted on 9/30/2013

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Psapp - "Everything Belongs to the Sun"

by Jerod Greenisen

Psapp are back from a four year hiatus with a beastly new single. Check out "Everything Belongs to the Sun" available for download below. This track was written by the lead singer's daughter and features an innocence found only where the wild things are. 

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Track of the Day: Blue Ruin

Posted on 9/27/2013

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Blue Ruin - "Strung Out"

Blue Ruin featuring frontman and Radio K alumn, Zack McCormick- kicking off Radio K's Power Surge. Keep local bands like Blue Ruin coming into Studio K with a small donation! Also, we're always here for you- download "Strung Out" for free below. 

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Track of the Day: Grooms

Posted on 9/25/2013

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Grooms - "I Think We're Alone Now"

Earlier in the summer, in an article on SPIN, it was revealed that Grooms founder Travis Johnson suffers from a sensitive case of OCD called scrupulosity. After years of medication, Johnson has chosen a different route and “I Think We’re Alone Now” seems to be the reward of the struggle. Download it now, for free, below.

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Track of the Day: Those Darlins

Posted on 9/25/2013

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Those Darlins - "In The Wilderness"

Check out this new track from Those Darlins! With some new tricks up their sleeve making us wonder what exactly they are up to. "In the Wilderness" features some snotty winces and some brattitude. It's available for free download below.

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Track of the Day: Crystal Stilts

Posted on 9/24/2013

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Cyrstal Stilts - "Star Crawl"

Brooklyn based postpunkers Crystal Stilts just released their album Nature Noir on sacred bones. Fuzzy and somewhat disoriented this track is loaded and features a welcome string addition. Check out “Star Crawl” for download below, and be sure to watch the ‘mvsk video’ below.

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Track of the Day: Ruby Pins Chameleon

Posted on 9/23/2013

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Ruby Pins - "Chameleon"

"No day is a good day to die" sings Lillian Marling on "Chameleon". The Track of the Day is from Ruby Pins' self titled album inspired by the loss of the singer's boyfriend to cancer. She has also decribed Ruby Pins as great music for a haunted fun-house. This track if available for download below. 

 

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Track of the Day: The Blind Shake

Posted on 9/20/2013

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The Blind Shake - "Anaerobic"

Minnesota locals share the track "Anaerobic".They were just on Off The Record and really shoke up our studio. Check it out!

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Track of the Day: Johnathan Rice

Posted on 9/19/2013

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Johnathan Rice - "Nowhere At the Speed of Light"

Third album from this singer-songwriter. Check out this beautiful track off of Good Graces from SQE records. It would be a sin not to mention the awesome talent that went into collaborating with Rice on Good Graces; The Watson Twins, Jason Doeset, Jenny Lewis, Z Berg, Dawes bassist Wiley Gebler!

 

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Track of the Day: Aisha Burns

Posted on 9/18/2013

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Aisha Burns - "Destroyer"

Destroyer is a gorgeously crafted track from Aisha Burns' new record Life in the Midwater. Destroyer provides a snapshot of the rough stuff, but with a delicate sensitivity and wisdom beyond her years.

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Track of the Day: Hookworms

Posted on 9/17/2013

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Hookworms - "In Our Time"

Get ready for some low, down and heavy jams. Today's track is from Hookworms who recently released their album, Pearl Mystics. Lead singer Matt Johnson explains that "In Our Time" is about the end of his last relationship and the hill he would bike up everyday with the added emotional weight. "In Our Time" is available for free download below. 

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Track of the Day: Forest Fire

Posted on 9/16/2013

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Forest Fire - "Alone With The Wires"

"Alone With The Wires" from Forest Fire's upcoming album, Screens, has premiered on Stereogum. According to writer Claire Lobenfeld, the track "maintains the same hot and cold vibes of “Waiting In The Night” except here, the synths are what give the song its chill."

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Track of the Day: Meursault

Posted on 9/12/2013

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Meursault - "Crank Resolutions"

Throwback Thursdays! Meursault is a Scottish electric folk band that released the album All the Creatures Will Make Merry back in 2010. The track "Crank Resolutions" is a deeply tortured cut off that record featuring some of the most melodic pitter-pattering rhythms and electronic instrumentation and a gnarled fuzz of guitar. It's available for free download and be sure to check out the live performance from BBC Radio.

 

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Track of the Day: Ski Lodge

Posted on 9/10/2013

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Ski Lodge - "Just To Be Like You"

The one exception is the lead single "Just To Be Like You," which was recorded with the full band in Upstate New York using producer Kevin McMahon (Walkmen, Real Estate). Prefix Mag called the track "sugary sweet pop," while Pitchfork warned its readers not to "be deceived by the energetic, hopscotching riff" before lauding the single's dark depths. The song and its accompanying video of cult imagery are an exploration of contrast that fits in perfectly with both the album and Ski Lodge as a whole: deeply affecting and unmistakably danceable.

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Track of the Day: Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht

Posted on 9/9/2013

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Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht - "Hang on to Life"

Ariel Pink's new inspiration is dogs. Check out the video below for the song "Hold on to Life" which is a collaboration with Jorge Elbrecht of Violens/Lansing Dreiden. This song is also available for free download and is streaming below, but be sure not to play this too loud at the dog-run; Pink has some interesting metaphors on this one. 

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Track of the Day: Step Rockets

Posted on 9/6/2013

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Step Rockets - "Kisser"

Step Rockets are Off The Record's most recent local spotlight. Stay tuned to Radio K for video from their In-Studio. Step Rockets is an indie rock band exploring psychedelia, modern hooks, and worldly grooves. Check out their track "Kisser" for free download below. 

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Track of the Day: Jon Hopkins (FT Purity Ring)

Posted on 9/5/2013

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"Breath This Air" (FT Purity Ring)

Jon Hopkins - "Breath This Air" (FT Purity Ring)

Jon Hopkins just released an amazing album this summer, and now we have a remix with one of our favorites- Purity Ring. Lofty, yet sharp, whipping, and spontaneous instrumentation joined with Megan James' (Purity Ring) innocent and whimsical charm; "Breathe This Air" is a much appreciated addition to the year. This track is streaming below. Check out more from Purity Ring & Jon Hopkins collaborative relationship below as well.

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Track of the Day: Jonathan Rado

Posted on 9/4/2013

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Jonathan Rado - "Faces"

Jonathan Rado is a songwriter, a staid performer, an evangelical producer – the 23-year-old California native’s solo project, fashioned on brief sabbatical from his main project, Foxygen, is a deliciously self-conscious piece of esoteric apocrypha. Like character games, or symphonies of nonsense imitation-language, his records are cathartic, designed only to liberate the body and break the awkwardness of obsessive, existential silence. 

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Track of the Day: Maya Jane Coles (ft. Tricky)

Posted on 9/3/2013

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Maya Jane Coles - "Wait For You" (feat. Tricky)

Coles has been producing since the age of 15, and has won several awards the past few years to show for it. She has also gained some real notoriety amongst her peers, other UK DJs like Tricky have all given her mad props. You can listen to Maya Jane Coles' track "Wait For You" (feat. Tricky), off of her debut album, right below. 

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Track of the Day: Porcelain Raft

Posted on 9/2/2013

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Porcelain Rift - "Cluster"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

"In a way, growing up in Italy, then living for 12 years in London, and now two and a half years in New York, made me realize that I have some dear friends I rarely see," explains Remiddi. "I was touring almost non-stop for eight months and I started having these imaginary conversations in my head with people I wanted to communicate with, but for one reason or another it couldn't happen. This is where the album title came from: the idea of a signal that says the line is off." - Mauro Remiddi. He will be stopping by Minneapolis to play a show at the Triple Rock on Sept. 19th. 

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Track of the Day: Dessa

Posted on 8/30/2013

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Dessa - "Call Off Your Ghost"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

"Call Off Your Ghost" is a brand new track from Dessa's solo release. Studio K hosted Dessa last Friday when she came in to show OTR this new album, Parts of Speech. Click the polaroid below to checkout live performances, tracks for download, and more from Studio K. Also a cut off Parts of Speech is available for streaming and download. 

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Track of the Day: Dodos

Posted on 8/28/2013

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Dodos - "Confidence"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

When it came time for The Dodos to begin writing their fifth LP, Carrier, singer/guitarist Meric Long wanted to start over. The uncertainty of the band's trajectory as well as the passing of guitarist Chris Reimer brought about a reassessment of things within the band, and in particular Long's songwriting. In need of a different vantage point, Long began writing words before music for the first time, enveloping himself in silence rather than sound. When it came time to set these lyrics to music, Long started writing with only his electric guitar in hand -- another first. "Confidence" is available for stream and download below.

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Track of the Day: Iska Dhaaf

Posted on 8/28/2013

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Iska Dhaaf - "All the Kids"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

The band's name translates from Somali to English roughly as, 'let it go'. Post-punk/dream-punk duo has a new single out that is generating some buzz already, despite only being released  one month ago. "All the Kids" is a track that is reminiscent of those days of youth and the lingering toils of accepting one's age. Download it for free below. 

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Track of the Day: Julia Holter

Posted on 8/27/2013

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Juilia Holter - "In The Green Wild"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

"In The Green Wild" is a superb cut off of Julia Holter's debut, Loud City Song. Interestingly, this album has an overarching narrative that juxtaposes 'civilized' society with the untamed green and natural world. See for yourself in the video below. "In The Green Wild" is also available for streaming and download below.

 

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Track of the Day: Her Royal Harness

Posted on 8/26/2013

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Her Royal Harness - "Colour Me"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Sometimes productivity does happen as a result of wasting time on chat rooms. The back-story to Her Royal Harness was just that, an arguement over music on chat. Check out this track "Colour Me" available for stream and download below. 

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Track of the Day: Hunting Club

Posted on 8/23/2013

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Hunting Club - "Double Vision"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Off The Record has a catch and release policy when it comes to local bands. The good thing is the OTR girls release them to you!  Check out "Double Vison", a track fresh off of Mosaic by Hunting Club. Also check out some more tracks for free download by checking out their in-studio

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Track of the Day: Eilidh Hadden

Posted on 8/22/2013

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Eilidh Hadden - "Close to Home"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Scottish pop songstress Eilidh Hadden recently released this track that delivers powerful punching beats steeped with flowing vocals. This song is incredibly addictive and you'll have a terrible time attempting to get Hadden's "ah-oh" out of your head. "Close to Home" is streaming and available for download below, check it out!

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Track of the Day: Blood Relatives

Posted on 8/21/2013

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Blood Relatives - "Dead Hip"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Radio K has another wonderful band from Scotland under the scope. Blood Relatives are Anna, Callum, Alan and Nick. Check out the first song from their upcoming debut; "Dead Hip". They also have a cute little music video to share. 

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Track of the Day: Solar Year

Posted on 8/20/2013

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Solar Year - "Seeing the Same"

David Ertel and Ben Borden are the production duo, Solar Year. They made some big splashes last summer with their debut album Waverly. Quite literally really, they premiered the album underwater in a swimming pool, furthermore - for anyone who misses Sea-punk- they featured Grimes on  the track "Brotherhood". Solar Year has remastered Waverly, which is now available on Ceremony Records

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Track of the Day: Kitten Forever

Posted on 8/16/2013

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Kitten Forever - "Double Disco"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Local favorites, Kitten Forever, are rocking that 90's Riot Grrrl fierceness of "Double Disco". Check out the video of the OTR In-Studio! You can also download this track for free and steam right now! 

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Track of the Day: Yuck

Posted on 8/15/2013

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Yuck - "Rebirth"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

From Fat Possum Records: "YUCK!  Eeew, I was like, "that is soo gross". Anybutt. I was like whatever. Butt then I saw the tour and it made me feel kinda tingly.  It's like totally awesome!!!  Like those girls are so cool and like that guy looks weird but then yer like omg he is like so hot. So the show was incredible but then I thought about my Dad cuz he liked killed somebody or himself. Dad always said he loved my step mom but he was never nice to her. Where am I? Since I was a teenager I always used to take out out the dogs and he always encouraged that and once we found a bunny and the next day I had a carrot and we saved it. Our german shepherd was so smart. I live by myself. My landlord said I don't have to pay rent this month but I was trying to write some good news to my therapist and I actually paid my landlord in full. But it's all thanks to the new YUCK album!"

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Track of the Day: Deer Tick

Posted on 8/14/2013

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Deer Tick - "The Dream's In the Ditch"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

After an exhausting tour all across North America Ian O'Neil, realized that "The Dream's In the Ditch" was the perfect song for the moment. Having shelved it for another project he decided that the sunshine and cheeriness of the music captured the optimism that is more than necessisary while on tour. This track is available for streaming and download below. Check out Deer Tick at the Fine Line Oct. 15th, and fall in love with John McCauley in "The Rock" video, below.

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Track of the Day: Pop 1280

Posted on 8/13/2013

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Pop. 1280 - "Human Probe"

New track off of Pop. 1280's second album. It's sweaty, it's grimey, it's dirty, and it's a hit. Streaming and for download below. Also, for an additional taste of that NYC grit check out the video below, charmingly recorded in one of the many forsaken basements with the members of Pop. 1280.

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Track of the Day: Grant Hart

Posted on 8/12/2013

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Grant Hart - "Letting Me Out"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Sprawled across 20 songs, The Argument is a concept album with former Hüsker Dü member Grant Hart theorizing John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

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Track of the Day: Huge Rat Attacks

Posted on 8/9/2013

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Huge Rat Attacks - "Wheel"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Huge Rat Attacks album "Organic Babies" has just dropped. The entire album is now streaming on their bandcamp and can be purchased there, on iTunes, Amazon.com, eMusic, you'll also receive a physical print of the artwork. Check out Off the Record for more local music. Huge Rat Attacks just did an In-Studio, stay tuned for video.

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Track of the Day: Tree Blood

Posted on 8/9/2013

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Tree Blood - "90s Rocker Girl"

Local band Tree Blood, also known as what makes trees grow and die in Minneapolis, have released a new single. Tree Blood new song "90s Rocker Girl" is available for free download below, and you can also check out the band when they were in Studio K. 

"90s Rocker Girl"

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Track of the Day: Joseph Childress

Posted on 8/8/2013

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Joseph Childress - "Dance With Me"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Dead-beat wanderer turned lo-fi folk artist Joseph Childress follows in some pretty deep footsteps. Listing the likes of Jackson C. Frank and Jason Molina as predecessors, Childress is setting himself up as the next in line to assume the mantle of bluesy, desperate folk. 

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Track of the Day: Gambles

Posted on 8/7/2013

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Gambles - "Trust"

If you would like to learn more about Gambles, please check out their website. No really, we really want you to look at this. 

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Track of the Day: Washed Out

Posted on 8/6/2013

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Washed Out - "Don't Give Up"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, and on his second full-length, Paracosm, he takes the dreamlike, otherworldly atmospheres of his music a huge leap further. Paracosm refers to the phenomena when people create detailed imaginary worlds, and it could be that Greene wants you to be a part of his on this album. Check out "Don't Give Up" below.

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Track of the Day: Soft Metals

Posted on 8/5/2013

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Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals - "Lenses"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth inovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

- See more at: http://www.radiok.org/blogs/new/archive/2013/8/11/trac"

Soft Metals have just announced their upcoming LP Lenses. Taking bits of influences from early -'70s synth innovators Chris Carter and Klaus Schulze, Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall have taken the direction of this record to the dancefloor. You can download the first single, "Lenses," below.

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Track of the Day: Dornik

Posted on 7/29/2013

Dornik - "Something About You"

U.K. electronic producer Dornik releases his debut single cia PMR records. "Something About You" relinquishes a smooth wave of hopeful insecurity. Dornik vocals are vintage gold, something straight out of the finest R&B classic editions. Recalling Frank Ocean's success just a little bit ago, we can't wait to hear more from Dornik. Listen here

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Track of the Day: Strange

Posted on 7/26/2013

Strange - "Kathy Bates"

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Track of the Day: Grumbling Fur

Posted on 7/25/2013

Grumbling Fur - "Protogenesis"

Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker are long time friends and collaborators. Both artists are veterans of the UK experimental underground: O’Sullivan as a member of Guapo, Ulver, and Aethenor (with Stephen O’Malley), and Tucker with imbogodom and as an eclectic (read: Yeti) solo artist. On their newest album as Grumbling Fur, Glynnaestra, they have crafted an avant-pop album assembled as one would a collage. This structural foundation is built up via an eclectic array of instruments, both acoustic and modified, to pulsating electronic sounds. 

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Track of the Day: Ebony Bones

Posted on 7/24/2013

Ebony Bones - "Mystery Babylon Balloon"

Singer, songwriter, producer and boundary-breaking artist Ebony Bones—whose stage name was coined by punk rock icon Rat Scabies, drummer of The Damned— developed a love for music at an early age. Spending time in her father’s music stall in Brixton Market, her musical education began with artists like Brian Eno and Quincy Jones, and her influences grew to include everyone from Siouxie Soux and The Slits to Fela Kuti and Public Enemy. Armed with her own mature and captivating sound and a strong DIY ethic, Ebony will release her sophomore album, Behold, A Pale Horse, on August 5th.

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Track of the Day: David Lynch

Posted on 7/23/2013

David Lynch - "Star Dream Girl"

Legendary multimedia artist David Lynch returns this summer with the follow-up to Crazy Clown Time, his acclaimed 2011 solo debut. The new album sees Lynch returning to primary songwriting and performance duties, writing 11 out of the album’s 12 tracks. Also included in the lineup is Lynch’s signature take on the Bob Dylan folk classic “The Ballad of Hollis Brown,” and a bonus track contribution featuring acclaimed Swedish musician Lykke Li. The Big Dream was recorded over several months at Lynch’s own Asymmetrical Studio with engineer Dean Hurley, who also contributes production and instrumentation to the album.

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Track of the Day: The Dough Rollers

Posted on 7/22/2013

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The Dough Rollers - "The Sailing Song"

Third Man Records, with Jack White at the helm, powers forward with its mission entiled The Blue Series. Here we have The Dough Rollers with a new and much more powerful sound. Malcolm Ford (vox, guitar) and Jack Byrne (guitar) are now joined by Josh Barocas and Kyle Olson on bass and drums, respectively. The track "The Sailing Song" is a wobbly drunken power trip that never looses sight of the shore. Stream available below.

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Track of the Day: Rabbit Holes

Posted on 7/19/2013

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Rabbit Holes - "I Ain't Coming Back Tonight"

Rabbit Holes were just in Studio K for Off The Record- stay glued to radiok.org for video from that! Right now Rabbit Holes is the Track of the Day for Friday with a track for free download below. Check out their Bandcamp for more, and tune in to OTR today at 3pm for more local music!

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Track of the Day: Until the Ribbon Breaks

Posted on 7/18/2013

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Until The Ribbon Breaks - "Pressure"

"Pressure" is the single from UK artist Until The Ribbon Breaks. It has us so excited for the full length, which has no release date just yet. Pete Lawrie Winfield is the mind behind UTRB, who has previously collaborated with Killer Mike and El-P for the track "Job Well Done" on the album Run The Jewels. Check out NPR for an interview about his grind while recording "Pressure". Also, Winfield was a former film student and has produced a wonderful video below. 

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Track of the Day: TRAAMS

Posted on 7/17/2013

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TRAAMS - "Low"

Monday featured a track from Sam Mehran of Outer Limits Recordings, and today we're bringing you a track from the other half of the story. TRAAMS is fronted by MJ (Hookworms) and former Test Icicles (c/o Lightspeed Champion, Mehran, and Attwell) member Rory Atwell. "Low" is of their new EP which is available now on cassette and for digital download. Attwell nails this cassette ready sound with dramatic guitar breaks and grundgey wails. "Low" is available for free download, also check out them out on Fat Cat Records.

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Track of the Day: Emika

Posted on 7/16/2013

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Emika - "She Beats"

DVA is Emika's sophomore album which was described by Ninja Tune Records as a return to her roots. For those who were spinning her self-titled debut in 2011 a different sound might be aparent, but not entirely. As a student of classical music, Emika's first album was far from her upbringing. However DVA combines the best of the first album with some fantastic classical instrumentation. Check out "She beats" and "Searching" below.

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Track of the Day: Some Pulp

Posted on 7/12/2013
 

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Some Pulp - "Devolver"

  Some Pulp have just released their self-titled debut exclusivly on cassette tape. However, you can get a track for free right here. the garage-rockers had this to say to Citypages "Devolver, It's a workout. As much as we like the single, "Devolver" breaks away from the rest of the cassette with a Romantics/new wavy sorta thing. Check out their album on Bandcamp.

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Track of the Day: You Me & Us

Posted on 7/11/2013
 

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You Me & Us - "Sink or Swim"

"Sink or Swim" is fresh of the self-released record from You Me & Us. You'll love this cute and fuzzy shoegaze band out of Palm Springs, California. Just over ten minutes long, their new album Stay Inside is easily one of the best little slices of music this summer. Stream the whole album on Bandcamp.

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Track of the Day: Montag

Posted on 7/10/2013
 

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Montag - "New Found Land"

Newest edition to Montag's PHASES project. This is the 5th of 12 singles, slotted to premiere one per month. Violin, bouncy sinths, 80s organs, and escapist themes are all making magic on this track. Be sure to check it out below. Montag's music video is also below. There is also a wonderful  audio documentary about the recording process on Soundcloud.

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Track of the Day: Jacuzzi Boys

Posted on 7/9/2013
 

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Jacuzzi Boys - "Double Vision"

Jacuzzi Boys are taking it easy on this track. Admitting to Rolling Stone, "It was the right night to record 'Double Vision,'" says vocalist Gabriel Alcala "We left the liquor store with all the ingredients to make tequila sunrises." Sit back, enjoy the summer, and take one from Jacuzzi Boys. More from Jacuzzi Boys on Bandcamp. Check out the "Automatic Jail" music video below.

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Track of the Day: Big Deal

Posted on 7/8/2013
 

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Big Deal - "In Your Car"

 "In Your Car" is the first we've heard from Big Deal since their 2011 debut Lights Out. Their new album, June Gloom, has seen the addition of a rythm section to boost their sound. This grunge-pop is available for free download below. Read more at Mute Records.

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Track of the Day: The Shakin' Babies

Posted on 7/5/2013

The Shakin' Babies - "Easy Meal"

a0285533684_2.jpg The Shakin' Babies, Minneapolis locals, were just in Studio K for Off the Record. Get a taste of their new album, Stoked Casual, right here at Radio K!

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Track of the Day: Deafheaven

Posted on 7/4/2013

Deafheaven - "Dream House"

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"Dream House" is what college radio should sound like; the occasional nine minute black metal jam. Deafheaven is getting some rave reviews for their most recent album Sunbather, and Radio K has a track for free download.

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Track of the Day: PAPA

Posted on 7/3/2013

July 3rd, 2013

PAPA - "Put Me to Work"

Darren Weiss, drummer of Girls, is doing his own thing too! Check out PAPA, as he fronts vocals and drums with long time best friend Danny Presant.  Put Me to Work by PAPA is straight up, fast paced, and reminscent of Born to Run. Get ready for some highly emotional rock that will get your heart pumping like a first date.

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Track of the Day: Volcano Choir

Posted on 7/1/2013

July 2nd, 2013

Volcano Choir - "Byegone"

It has been four years since we have heard anything from Volcano Chior, and we are very pleased to say that they are dormant no longer. Justin Vernon and others have sharpened their sound and have really put together a fantastic album, check out "Byegone" - Radio K's Track of the Day.

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Track of the Day: Jay Arner

Posted on 7/1/2013

July 1st, 2013

Jay Arner - "Don't Remind Me"

Multi-instrumentalist with a variety of experience from indie pop to electronica, Jay has finally decided to take on a solo effort and Radio K is happy he did. Check out this track of the day with a downloadable mp3. 

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Track of the Day: Hausu

Posted on 6/27/2013

June 27th, 2013

Hausu - "Chrysanthemum"

Many have described Hausu's sound as a great pastiche of rock music, varrying from the Sonic Youth to Smashing Pumpkins, there's something in listening to Hausu that can be for everyone.

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Track of the Day: Friends in America

Posted on 6/26/2013

June 26th, 2013

Friends in America - "Quietly Quietly"

Friends in America are based in Glasgow but the band is from all over the place, which is perhaps the best way to describe the music itself. There are self-releasing their album What it is to Be on June 26th : http://www.soundcloud.com/friendsinamerica

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Track of the Day: Prides

Posted on 6/25/2013

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June 25th, 2013

Prides - "Out of the Blue"

Check out this track! No really, you should check it out- it's awesome. Featuring former members of Midnight Lion, Prides has debuted their latest single from the music hub of Glasgow.

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Track of the Day: Dungeonesse

Posted on 6/24/2013

June 24th, 2013

Dungeonesse - "Drive You Crazy"

Fresh off the Secretly Canadian label, Dungeonesse is a collaboration between The Art Department's John Ehrens and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. This tracks whirling synth and rapid fire drum machine makes for an excellent take on modern R&B. It’s Monday’s track of the day, and it’s a free download.

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Track of the Day: OAKS

Posted on 6/21/2013

June 21th, 2013

OAKS - "All Mine"

OAKS are a husband and wife rocker duo locally rocking out here in the Twin Cities. They recently released their EP, Field Beat and this is the first track off their new release. 

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Track of the Day: Bass Drum of Death

Posted on 6/20/2013

June 20th, 2013

Bass Drum of Death - "Shattered Me"

Yo, they're called Bass Drum... of Death. Just check them out- K approved awesome. Don't forget to download at the link below. 

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Track of the Day: The Pastels

Posted on 6/19/2013

June 19th, 2013

The Pastels - "Check My Heart"

More like check your ears, can you believe what you're hearing?! The Pastels are back and the legendary indie rockers want to share this cute little track with you.  

"Check my heart"

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Track of the Day: Austra

Posted on 6/18/2013

June 18th, 2013

Austra - "Home"

After their fantastic 2011 debut, Austra is back with another album called Olympia. Radio K thinks it's great- you will too- so we're dropping this track "Home" for a free download to get you started. 

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Track of the Day: Coma Cinema

Posted on 6/17/2013

June 16th, 2013

Coma Cinema- "White Trash VHS"

The forth album from Coma Cinema features this track "White Trash VHS". Its an indie pop track that will get you day dreaming about holding hands, fuzzy flaws on recordings, and your date's double-wide trailer. 

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Track of the Day 6-14-13: Real Numbers

Posted on 6/14/2013

June 14th, 2013

Real Numbers - "Only Two Can Play"

Jingle jangly rock pop for your Friday listening pleaseure. Only two might be able to play, but anyone can download at the link right below. 

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Track of the Day: Grapell

Posted on 6/13/2013

June 13th, 2013

Grapell - "White Fox in the Snow"

Check out this track! Chill waves for the hot summer days, enjoy!

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Track of the Day 6-12-13: Rose Windows

Posted on 6/12/2013

June 12th, 2013

Rose Windows - "Wartime Lovers"

Rose Windows' debut album The Sun Dogs, is a grand statement of Rock history. Pulling from classic rock to gospel and brit-folk, "Wartime Lovers" is one of those songs that can really make you appreciate the vast digital world we live in. Dowload below!

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Track of the Day 6-11-13: pacificUV

Posted on 6/11/2013

June 11th, 2013

pacificUV - "Russians"

Guarenteed to ensure your car moves 5 mph faster. Get this track from pacificUV straight off their new record After the Dream You Are Awake and enjoy the Euro-club snare clashes and dacefloor beats. 

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Track of the Day: Torres

Posted on 6/10/2013

June 10th, 2013

Torres - "Honey"

Through clenched teeth and emotionally gripping vocals, Mackenzie Scott delivers her debut as Torres on her self-released album. Steel guitar, folky strife, and grumbling over a fresh cup of joe is the perfect way to start of any Monday. 

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Track of the Day: Proofreader

Posted on 6/7/2013

June 7th, 2013

Proofreader - "Play Dead on the Internet"

Off of their debut album, Zero Squared, Play Dead on the Internet is a fusion of indie-pop and R&B. With hard beats and soothing lyrics, Proofreader is really dialed in on this track.


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Track of the Day 6-6-13: Braids

Posted on 6/6/2013

June 6th, 2013

 Braids - "Amends"

Amends is off Braids 12” In Kind which will be released on June 11. This Canadian trio was just selected by Spin as one of the 5 Best New Artists for the month of June.

"Amends"

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Track of the Day 6-05-13: TEEN

Posted on 6/5/2013

June 5th, 2013

TEEN - "Paradise"

Paradise is the second single off TEEN's newest EP, Carolina, which was released in late May. The Brooklyn pop quartet will be bringing their newest works with them when they play the Triple Rock Social Club on June 8th.
 

"Paradise"

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Track of the Day 6-04-13: Still Corners

Posted on 6/4/2013

June 4th, 2013

The Tablets - "Tablet"

This is The Tablets debut LP. Brining a garage-pop sound from the 60s and mixing in some 80s new wave, Tablet has the essence of two great generations for todays sound.
 

"Tablet"

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Track of the Day 6-03-13: Jon Hopkins

Posted on 6/3/2013

June 3rd, 2013

Jon Hopkins - "Open Eye Signal"

Jon Hopkins is bringing his electronic sound across the pond with the release of his latest album, Immunity.  Open Eye Signal is 7 plus minutes of intense beats and tempo changes that you can move to.
 

"Open Eye Signal"

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Track of the Day 5-20-13: Rainbow Arabia

Posted on 5/20/2013

May 20th, 2013

Rainbow Arabia - "He Is Sorcerer"

Rainbow Arabia is from Los Angeles and bringing with them a funky mix of global pop and psychedelic beats. “He Is Sorcerer” is off their newest release, Fm Sushi, which is their second full-length album.

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Track of the Day 5-16-13: Mikal Cronin

Posted on 5/16/2013

May 16th, 2013

Mikal Cronin - "Weight"

Mikal Cronin’s sophomore album, MCII, dropped on May 7th. Playing all the instruments on the track, Cronin lets listeners in on how he feels about growing up in the 21st century

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Track of the Day 5-15-13: Big Black Delta

Posted on 5/15/2013

May 15th, 2013

Big Black Delta - "Into the Night"

“Into the Night” is off the band's new self-titled album, which is available now. It brings back the sounds of the early 90's and mixing the synthpop sound of Jonathan Bates.

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Track of the Day 5-14-13: Small Black

Posted on 5/14/2013

May 14th, 2013

Small Black - "No Stranger"

"No Stranger" comes off of Limits of Desire, Small Black's follow up to 2010's New Chain. Starting subtly and slowly ramping with stronger synths, the song becomes anthemic. Limits of Desire was dropped on May 14th via Jagjaguwar.

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Track of the Day 5-13-13: No Joy

Posted on 5/13/2013

May 13th, 2013

No Joy - "Lunar Phobia"

No Joy are officially back, and anyone who was at The Whole at Coffman Memorial Union on Friday night became well aware of this fact as they opened for METZ, making for a raucous evening of feedback-laden fuzzbox worship. 2010's Ghost Blonde left the shoegazing community wanting more, and 2013 finally saw the release of its follow-up Wait to Pleasure, which was released in April. Turn it up.

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Track of the Day 5-9-13: Villagers

Posted on 5/9/2013

May 9th, 2013

Villagers - "The Waves"

Villagers are a project of Ireland's Conor O'Brien. The Waves is a perfect example of the type of tune which sounds relatively simple but a close listen reveals that there is much going on below the surface, which is all revealed during its hectic climax. The album Awayland was released on April 9th.

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Weekly Release Spotlight: The Knife

Posted on 4/15/2013

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The Knife
Shaking the Habitual

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“Let's talk about gender, baby,” Karin Dreijer Andersson sings in the last seconds of “Full of Fire.” That nine-minute lead single was the first we heard from The Knife's follow-up to 2006's Silent Shout, and it was startling. The song lies somewhere between acid and industrial techno, a bleak soundscape even for them. As the song aurally deteriorates, she concludes with “let's talk about you and me.” That statement hints at the conversational and transformative nature of the ninety-six minute triple LP. Shaking the Habitual is baffling in execution, aggressively challenging and immensely rewarding.

Perhaps the most shocking element of Shaking the Habitual is the heavy, minimalistic drone compositions that comprise a full third of the album. The haunting “A Cherry on Top” is the most tuneful of the bunch. Its melody is similar in sentiment to their 2003 single “Heartbeats” and even Animal Collective's ambient “Bees,” albeit it tossed through an urban dystopia several times. Grittier yet is the twenty-minute “Old Dreams Waiting to be Realized,” which closes off the first disc. It's dense material one might expect of contemporary avant-garde musicians such as Kevin Drumm, Machinefabreik, or Yellow Swans. Seven years ago, The Knife were traveling steadily toward the ultimate kinetic precision of minimal techno. 2013 sees them exploring the other extreme.

Of course, dancefloor material dominates, and it is equally intimidating. “Networking” is a sublime microhouse track made threatening in its use of chopped, sputtering vocal samples. A strong handful of songs, notably “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” and “Raging Lung” sound more like The Knife of old, with their calypso-themed drum machines punching out threatening polyrhythms. Percussively, much of it would fit into a Ricardo Villalobos or Shackleton set. In this context, the tracks serve as funky corridors within this multifaceted hall-of-mirrors album.

“You have the most beautiful way of putting one foot in front of the other,” Karin sings to a pitch-shifted version of herself on “Stay Out Here,” a highlight which takes up the entirety of side E. And when the song builds to a frantic chant, she may as well be singing to herself. The enigmatic electropop duo have waited seven years to follow-up their landmark Silent Shout. During that time, their influence has been seen in artists such as The Weeknd, Burial, Grimes, Crystal Castles, and the entire witch house scene. Shaking the Habitual does just what its title says: it shakes the listener from their sleep and pulls the rug out from beneath their expectations.

Shaking the Habitual is bound to be divisive. One website published a glowing review paired with a zero-out-of-five score. Harsh and aggressive, its beauty will be off-putting to many. But I have a feeling that The Knife seek passionate reactions over passive enjoyment, and to this end they have succeeded with grimy colors.

Reviewed by Dylan Hester, Radio K volunteer / Channel K co-host.

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