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 (1-17-17)
The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody
These guys are now in their 50s, but they surprisingly are still putting out psychedelic music worth listening to. This single was a pleasant surprise.
Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick
Signed to Secretly Canadian Records, home to recent breakout artists such as Mitski and Whitney and powerhouses such as The War On Drugs and Damien Jurado, Cherry Glazerr bring us their third album and first on Secretly. Their previous record was on KSDB favorite, Burger Records.
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.
The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!
This band, made up of all teenagers, hardly makes it obvious how young they are with the grown-up stances they take in this record.
Shy Girls – Salt
The project of Portland’s Dan Vidmar, Shy Girls, reminds of artists such as How To Dress Well and even Blood Orange, the R&B-influenced project of Dev Hynes.
1. A Tribe Called Quest – Waking Up Is Hard To Do
The legendary hip hop group made up of Q-Tip and the late Phife Dawg returns after 18 years and delivers successfully yet another timeless classic. Their third record, Midnight Marauders, is widely looked at as one of the most influential hip hop albums of all time. This new album contains contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Jack White, and much more.
2. Thee Oh Sees – Beyond The Fleeting Gales
Thee Oh Sees are a garage rock factory, and they have a very high success rate. Even on their bad days, the music is still worth listening to. Just three months after their last eight track record and one of their all-time best, A Weird Exits, John Dwyer and company are back with this six track psychedelic album that shows their music is always evolving.
3. Fruit Bats – Waking Up Is Hard To Do
When you think of indie folk or alternative country, who comes to mind? Wilco? Ryan Adams? My Morning Jacket? Well, for us, Fruit Bats are towards the top of that list. After a great effort from them in their return after five years earlier this year, Absolute Loser, this is a surprise record we are all thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving.
4. Gap Dream – Young Narrator in the Breakers
Signed to a KSDB favorite, Burger Records, the psychedelic synthpop group brings a sound that is much needed for college radio. Cycling through over fifteen members in five years, the trio is back for their third record after their debut self-titled album in 2012.
5. Jeen – Until The Hunter
After her 2014 debut, Tourist, Jeen O’Brien is back for her sophomore record. Both records were self-recorded and produced in O’Brien’s own attic. Jeen is just the latest release from a fem-fronted indie rock band.