Archive | November, 2009

#1 @ KSPC – V/A – What is Happening…

Album: What is Happening… Artist: Various Artists Label: Big Whup Industries 22 scrappy, up-and-coming LA bands, including several KSPC friends/guests: John Thill, the AM, Pizza!, and more.  A diverse assortment of sounds, from garage to freak folk, but almost all the tracks are upbeat and accessible.  Support local industry!  This is What is Happening’s debut […]

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Sheer Amazing, i.e. anyone who did not like this show does not know anything about anything

HI WORLD. I am here (again) to tell y’all about the glorious K. Blau/Lake/aerienne show that occurred last Thursday at the Claremont Colleges – more specifically, Pitzer’s Shakedown cafe, which made for a cozy location for these warm and wonderful tunes! Pomona College’s very own aerienne opened for Karl Blau. She plays cutesy folk songs […]

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“The Never-Ending Revival”: A History of American Folk Music

As Americana Music Director, I of course have an interest in increasing my knowledge about the American folk music tradition. Today I discovered a book by Michael F. Scully called “The Never-Ending Revival: Rounder Records and the Folk Alliance,” which looks fascinating. The press summary says:”In recent years, there has been an upsurge in interest […]

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“Syzygy” – Polka Dot Dot Dot (Bicycle Records)

The Olympia, WA – based folk trio Polka Dot Dot Dot released their second album “Syzygy” on Nov. 12th. For fans of their first, “Love Letter to New Zealand,” this album is just as full of spirited hand claps, camp song-esque lyrics, and magical acapella as the debut. Polka Dot Dot Dot crafts  “cosmic” and approachable DIY folk. With few […]

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My Favorite Things (AKA More Obscure Compilations for Yr Listening Pleasure)

Here is my list of favorite things: 1. Sleep 2. Food 3. My Birthday 4.  The Teenage Shutdown compilations! Recently I discovered these in KSPC’s music library and cried my eyes out in sheer wonder and happiness (I am only kind of exaggerating.) These garage/psych records compile various obscure groups from the 60’s in a […]

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