The college radio format is very unique. At KSDB, we cycle new music in and out of regular airplay fairly quickly, and then we move on to newer music to freshen up the sound. This is why no two listening sessions are ever alike. The aim is to expose the community to music they might not have heard before – and might never ever hear otherwise.
The purpose of this weekly post is to give you an insight as to what’s going on with our music rotation and provide a resource to refer to if you are continually hearing a track or artist you love and want more information. Oftentimes, we add music from more than the albums listed here, but these are our favorites. At the bottom, you can catch the music getting the most airplay on 91.9.
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New In Rotation (2-14-17)
Tim Darcy – Saturday Night
The Ought frontman is finally out with his solo debut. When indie rock can sound a little tired at times, Darcy and Ought provide a very unique sound. If you’re an Ought fan, you’ll love this record.
Ryan Adams – Prisoner
Ryan Adams has had a bunch of projects varying in quality ranging from meh to great. Prisoner might actually be one of his better albums, and that’s a pleasant surprise. He got notoriety fairly recently for his polarizing cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989.
Teen Daze – Themes For Dying Earth
You can pretty much guess how Teen Daze is going to sound from their band name. It is the solo project of British Columbia musician, Jamison Isaak, and he has recently added more elements of indie pop into his music and strayed away a bit from his chillwave sound he was formerly known for.
Hanni El Khatib – Savage Times
Often compared to The Black Keys, Hanni El Khatib is one of many rock artists out there working with a blues influence.
Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now
After a beautiful release in 2016 with Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Hoop swiftly returns with a gorgeous solo record on Sub Pop Records.
1. Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
After their breakout sophomore record, Celebration Rock, in 2012, that was full of angsty post punk, Japandroids are back with a new identity full of “Synths! Ballads! Acoustic Guitars!” The duo wanted to make music now that they will “still respect in the morning.”
2. Ty Segall – Ty Segall
The king of garage rock just keeps churning out projects. While not all are absolutely incredible, it’s hard to find an album that Segall got his hands on that isn’t worth listening to. He thrashes all over your face at times, and he provides beautiful ballads at just the right time.
3. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural
Signed to Sister Polygon Records, the pop punk quartet returns with their anticipated debut record after a series of EPs starting in 2012. This fem-fronted group packs a powerful punch.
4. Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound
Cloud Nothings are back with a brand new album Life Without Sound. Seemingly a different band from album to album at times, the most recent Cloud Nothings we know and love return for another post punk masterpiece.
5. The Gods Themselves – Be My Animal
One of the more unique records of 2017 so far, The Gods Themselves offer a psychedelic disco-influenced brand of art punk.