Every week Tori, the Music Director here at KAFM, has a new music spotlight show called Fresh Tracks.
Each Tuesday TONS of music goes into radio rotation, and Tori tries her best to keep a finger on the pulse.
Let's check out the featured artists and tracks this past week!
ARTIST - SONG - ALBUM
1. Angelica Garcia - Orange Flower - Medicine for Birds
A graduate from the los angeles school for the arts, living in Richmond, Virginia - this is her debut album, and it's out on Warner Bros. She says "Just a lil tangerine doin' her thang. Singer and Songwriter chuggin' through RVA" on Facebook.
2. Honus Honus - Oh No! - Use Your Delusion
Front man of the band MAN MAN, Ryan Kattner, who has been splitting his time between songwriting and side projects like screenplays, a long-outlined graphic novel, music supervision gigs, a bizarro children’s record called ‘Booger Bubble,’ original scores for plays and TV pilots, a monthly column, even a little acting and directing. But for the first time - he endeavored on a solo-album! His claims on Facebook that his genre is "apocalypse pop" and it's not hard to see why.
3. Sleater-Kinney - Oh! - Live in Paris
Formed in 1994, this band was near the front of the RIOT GRRRL movement - which combined feminism, punk, and progressive politics. Disbanded in the early 2000's, now back together and have been putting out music since 2014. This live album showcases that they're still on top of their game and shredding the rock scene. FUN FACT: if you like the TV show Portlandia, this is Carrie Brownstein's band!
4. Charlie Cunningham - Minimum - Lines
Not much to say about this guy, and not because I don't want to - I just can't find it! A British singer/songwriter, and Q magazine thinks what the same as I do - "Despite his 5.7 million spotify plays, he remains a mysterious moody figure."
5. Dead Man Winter - Am I Breaking Down? - Furnace
David Simonett, who plays guitar for Trampled by Turtles, an all acoustic group. Well, this band is his electrified band! New album about his choice to end his marriage - "it felt like I killed someone" - a cleansing fire.
6. Ty Segall - Break a Guitar - Ty Segall (2017)
Prolific fuzz guitar master. This album "Ty Segall" is his 9th studio album since 2008, and the 2nd self titled album. Basically an album a year. Supported by Thee Oh Sees (Fuzz magicians) and their label Castle Face.
7. Japandroids - True Love and a Free Life of Free Will - Near to the Wild Heart of Life
PROLIFIC performers - 2-3 shows (500 total) a week on average for 4 years in 44 countries from 2009-2013. Then took 3 years off - now they're back! The title, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, comes from a passage in the novel A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce: "He was alone. He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life."
8.The Dig - Astronaut - Blodshot Tokyo
From New York City, the front men, Emile and David, have been playing together since they were 10, and have opened for the lumineers, the antlers, and the walkmen! This is their third LP.
9. Dolly Spartans - Time Sides with No One - Time Sides with No One EP
New York garage pop band, call their genre "sea shanties" on facebook - sike. And on their bandcamp page it says "boasting sophisticated instrumental work and immediate, unforgettable melodies," and to be fair, they're not exactly lying.
10. Once & Future Band - How Does it Make You Feel? - Once & Future Band
Like King Arthur, right? Out on Castle Face (like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees). This group of guys have been playing together for 10 years in other projects, but they have convened as Once and Future Band "with the purpose of performing and recording Joel's massive library of songs before they are lost to the ages after the Great Hard Drive Crash of '12." according to their Facebook page. Castle Face says they're "Making prog cool again, again, and then slightly more complicatedly, again."
11. Angelica Garcia - Bridge on Fire - Medicine for Birds