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Episode 355: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - Wye Oak

Episode 355: The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - Wye Oak

Over twelve years and six albums, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have proven time and again that their talents know no boundaries. Their new LP The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, finds the experimentation that the duo has been pursuing over the past few years - both within the constraints of Wye Oak and through various solo projects (Flock of Dimes, El Vey, Dungeonesse)  - coalescing into a real evolution of the band that isn't just their strongest release to date, but one of the best albums of 2018. Join us as we try to suppress our fanaticism and explore what makes this record so singular, and such a milestone for one of indie rocks greatest bands.

PLUS! Phil Cook is BACK and here to help you through this life with the first track off of his upcoming LP,  People Are My Drug.


Episode 351: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 3

Episode 351: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 3

Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the fold.

In part three of our Sounds of Washington, DC series, we're joined by Blight Records label-head Benjamin Schurr and Mystery Friends guitarist Dave Mohl for a synth-heavy hang with some serious discussion about the DC scene thrown in for good measure.


“Blood and Chalk” - EMA

“Blood and Chalk” - EMA

Sounds Like:

A voice from beyond the grave, a scraping, harrowing ballad

Why You Should Care:

Erika M. Anderson, who records under the name EMA, describes her new record Exile in the Outer Ring as a concept record about life in the struggling outer suburbs. In concert and record, the Outer Ring as she depicts it is a placeless American white trash dystopia of strip malls, opioids, online surveillance, DUI arrests, and political paranoia.

The harrowing “Blood and Chalk,” written originally for a soundtrack for a teen horror movie, is the record’s highlight — a scraping, haunted ballad for the generation of kids who grew up in the shadows of Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails and Eminem. It’s not an industrial track; Anderson plays thudding guitar and sings with only minimal electronic processing over droning keyboards. But something about it is lifeless and mechanical, in a very deliberate approach, from the funereal drumming to the scorched-earth singing.


"Everything Goes" - Poolside

"Everything Goes" - Poolside

Sounds like:

The end to a perfect day spent with all your friends, complete with dancing, laughing and a glorious sunset

Why you should care:

With their 2012 debut “Pacific Standard Time”, Poolside made ‘‘daytime disco’’ - something that can best be described as music you can jam out to on a sunny day - a thing, . Artists like Goldroom and Viceroy have carried the genre forward into 2017, but the time is right for Poolside to take back the mantle and expand on it in a big way.


"Shelter" - darkDARK 

"Shelter" - darkDARK 

Sounds like:

Something straight out of the Upside Down

Why you should care:

Because you’re still a bit obsessed with the 80s, admit it

Production duo darkDARK is set to make their debut with the EP Heathered, which they’re releasing independently on February 24. But to tide us over, the group has released “Shelter”, a song that comes from the dark electronic depths that also brought us musicians like S U R V I V E and Zola Jesus.


Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Episode 233: Jenn Wasner of Flock Of Dimes

Jenn Wasner has spent the better part of the past decade slaying as one half of indie powerhouse Wye Oak. Earlier this year, she released her long-in-the-works solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, under the name Flock Of Dimes.

Predictably, it TOO, slayed.

Before a recent tour stop in the nation's capital, Wasner joined us to talk about how Flock Of Dimes came about, creating versus destroying, relocation, and the power of small actions on the world around you. 

Did we mention how much Jenn Wasner slays?