Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Big Beat 'cast 23: a 2-hour New Music Bonanza

AAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNDDDDDDDD NNNNNNNOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!! The starting lineup for your Big Beat'cast...*

As The Big Beat now airs as part of the fledgling DIY Radio, it took me all of two seconds to realize that mine was the only hosted show that clocked in at one hour, rather than two. So this week, we go long.

The Beat'cast is still in the process of nailing down a permanent time slot in the DIY Radio lineup but for this week, it airs today at 4p Eastern/3p Central (2100 UK Time), and on Wednesday at 9a Eastern/8a Central (1400 UK Time). I love the the idea of you hearing it on the DIY stream as it's first presented.

Either way, I know you'll enjoy two full hours of new music on this week's show. It might be my favorite to date.

WEEKEND “Hazel” (Slumberland), from Red EP
THE DRUMS “Money” (Island), from Portomento
BARE WIRES “Cheap Perfume” (Southpaw), from Bare Wires
STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS “Tune Grief” (Matador), from Mirror Traffic
THE WEEKND “Heaven Or Las Vegas” (self-released), from Thursday
MAYER HAWTHORNE “The Walk” (Universal), from How Do You Do
GOLD LEAVES “The Ornament” (Hardly Art), from The Ornament
GALLERIES “Young Wounds” (self-released), single
AIRBIRD “City vs. Mountain” (Software), single
THE WHIP “Movement” (Southern Fried), from Wired Together
WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS “Medicine” (Fatcat), from In The Pit Of The Stomach
VERONICA FALLS “Bad Feeling” (Bella Union), from Veronica Falls
MALE BONDING “Tame The Sun” (Sub Pop), from Endless Now
WIDOWSPEAK “Puritan” (Captured Tracks), from Widowspeak
SPIRIT SISTERS “He” (self-released), download
AIR FRANCE “It Feels Good To Be Around You” (Sincerely Yours), download
CYMBALS EAT GUITARS “Rifle Eyesight [Proper Name]” (Memphis Industries), Lenses Alien
NIKKI LANE “Gone Gone Gone” (IAMSOUND), from Walk Of Shame
LINDI ORTEGA “All My Friends” (Last Gang), from Little Red Boots
GIRLS “Vomit” (Turnstile), from Father, Son, Holy Ghost
THE LIMINANAS “Down Underground” (Trouble In Mind), from The Liminanas
THE TRAVELLERS “Waiting” (Expat), from For The Waves
THE HORRORS “I Can See Through You” (XL), from Skying
LANA DEL REY “Video Games” (Stranger), single
REPTAR “Stuck In My I.D.” (Make Records Not Bombs), from Oblangle Fizz, Y'all! EP
LITTLE DRAGON “Ritual Union” (Peacefrog), from Ritual Union
LIBRARY VOICES “Generation Handclap” (Dine Alone), from Summer Of Lust

*I lived in Chicago from 93-96, where watching the Bulls was first-rate nightly entertainment.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Big Beat On DIY Radio

If you've managed to catch the Beat'cast at any time since the start of the year, you've no doubt heard that the show has a second home over on the most excellent UK-based music site This Is Fake DIY. Recently, DIY has gone where so many sites have not and launched their own radio station: DIY Radio. Not only is The Big Beat a charter member of the programming lineup, the station launched its worldwide transmission two weeks ago by airing the Beat'cast (#21 - 2 August). I really like where they're headed with this, and am confident you will too.

In these early days, the great majority of the time is dedicated to a carefully crafted automated jukebox that leans heavily towards new music. The rest of the lineup is left to hosted programming, much like The Big Beat, that features tastemakers, erm, making taste. In short, if you enjoyed what we did on WOXY, you'll feel mighty comfortable at DIY Radio. Plus, they'll maintain an archive of all of the Beat'casts, utilizing the easy to follow Mixcloud.

DIY Radio can be accessed through their site or, perhaps easier, in the iTunes Radio section under Alternative, and that includes the US. I'm extremely honored to be a part of it.

Now, get listening!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Big Beat 'cast 22

I'm back after a week off with a solid selection of new tunes. Straight up: I like rummaging through new releases and picking out an assortment of new tracks, new bands, and the occasional curiosity. Aiming for a balance as always. Two hours of new stuff? Well, that might be a tall order. An hour seems about right to me. For now, anyway.

Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS "Tiger" (Matador), from Mirror Traffic (via This Is Fake DIY)
NEON INDIAN "Polish Girl" (Transgressive), from Era Extraña (via Tympanogram)
EL-P "drones over BKLYN" (Adult Swim), download (link)
FEIST "How Come You Never Go There" (Arts & Crafts), from Metals
FLUME "Sleepless" [Feat. Anthony From Cleopatra] (Future Classic), from Sleepless EP
WARPAINT "Billie Holiday" [remix] (Rough Trade), from The Fool [Deluxe Edition]
WIDOWSPEAK "Nightcrawlers" (Captured Tracks), from Widowspeak (via This Is Fake DIY)
JENS LEKMAN "An Argument With Myself" (Secretly Canadian), from An Argument With Myself
REGINA "Jos Et Sä Soita" (Friendly Fire), from Soita Mulle (via Pitchfork)
WU LYF "Cave Song" (LYF), from Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (via Indie30)
REMORA "My Brothers Guns & Knives" (Silber), from Scars Bring Hope
HIGH PLACES "Year Off" (Thrill Jockey), from Original Colors (via Brooklyn Vegan)
TRAILER TRASH TRACYS "Dies In 55" (Double Six), download (via Pitchfork)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Big Beat 'cast 21

While August vacations are being taken on both sides of the Atlantic, the music biz is preparing their Autumn releases. As a result, we benefit by getting the first taste of long awaited efforts from M83, NEON INDIAN, ST. VINCENT and GIRLS. Austin is well represented by LOVE INKS, PURE X, and UME. Hear those and more on this week’s all-new edition of all-new music on The Big Beat.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT "Scottish Winds" (self), from A Frightened Rabbit EP
NEON INDIAN "Fallout" (Static Tongues), from Era Extraña
M83 "Midnight City" (Mute), from Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (via Listen Before You Buy)
FRANK OCEAN "Thinking About You" (self), tbd (via Earmilk)
GIRLS "Vomit" (True Panther), from Father, Son, Holy Ghost (via Pitchfork)
THE HORRORS "Moving Further Away" (XL/Beggars), from Skying (via Chromewaves)
UME "Captive" (Modern Outsider), from Phantoms (via We All Want Someone To Shout For)
LOVE INKS "Wave Goodbye" (City Slang), from E.S.P. (via Pasta Primavera)
PALLERS "Come Rain, Come Sunshine" (Labrador), from The Sea Of Memories
ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER "Roosevelt Island" (Merge), from Last Summer

Eleanor Friedberger - Roosevelt Island from Merge Records on Vimeo.

PURE X "Voices" (Acéphale), from Pleasure (via Nasty Panda)
ST. VINCENT "Surgeon" (4AD / Beggars), from Strange Mercy (via Citizen Dick)