SIV DISA – DREAMHOUSE is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

I’m excited to share my final new add for 2021, which is an artist coming to us from Iceland!! To make sure I can’t be accused of false advertising, I’ll clarify that she’s an American woman (of Asian/mixed-race ancestry who identifies as bisexual, for those of you looking to prioritize BIPOC, femme, and/or queer artists) who just happens to have been living in Iceland for the past few years, but still. She’s an international artist and you can’t convince me otherwise!! Her record label (Trapped Animal) is based in the UK so that makes this a Certifiable International Release FOR SURE. Very exciting (to me at least)!! And yes that is in fact her actual human name, not like a made-up band name or anything: in case those are names unfamiliar to you as they were to me, “Siv” is pronounced with a long EE sound – like “Steve” without the T. “Disa” has a long I sound – like “Dye-sa”. Actually I have a recording of her pronouncing it herself for us, so nice of her to do: check that out here!

Anyway I haven’t even started describing the music yet: this album is arranged in a really interesting way that’s intended to be split up as an “A side” (tracks 1-5) and a “B side” (tracks 4-9), as a vinyl release. The “A side” I would describe as pop singles sliding into a cool kinda trip-hop influence; then the “B side” features much more downtempo chill vibes. I love tracks from both parts! But in my (strong) opinion the major jam on this record is the centerpiece, track 5, “Sorry” – and Siv agrees; in fact she made a lil radio edit for us to make it even MORE major! (It just cuts down about a minute of the length to make it a lil more short-attention-span radio-friendly; it is not a language/lyric edit, as that is not necessary, this whole album is already FCC Clean!) I’ve got that edit included in my download link which is available to radio station reps – I did have a fairly solid number of hard copies of this album to send out, so if we’ve been in touch basically this year at all (and I don’t know that you prefer downloads), you’ve probably got one waiting at the station for you, but you’re always welcome to hit me up for that download as well!

SIV DISA

DREAMOUSE

Trapped Animal

Siv Disa is an American recording and video artist currently based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Prior to this, she spent time performing with her band in NYC under the name “Siv Disa and the Sea Divers”. This led to a monthly residency at Bowery Electric in 2019, a self-released EP Waltzes, and performances at festivals such as Sidewalk Antifolk Fest and Club Passim’s Campfire Festival. Drawing the interest of UK’s Trapped Animal, she next released two singles: “Moths” and “Fear” on their label, and now releases her debut album with Trapped Animal in 2021.
 
Her songs draw inspiration from the worlds of both pop and contemporary classical, combining vivid lyricism and surreal imagery with complex harmonic ideas. Influences include Fiona Apple, Bjork, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Portishead. Visually, she is inspired by the surrealist films of Yorgos Lanthimos, Charlie Kaufman, and Michel Gondry: she personally created the visual art and videos for this project, as well as the music.
 
“Siv Disa’s musical style is unmistakable; minor chords and dissonant sounds give her songs a haunting feel, while her warm, soft voice invites the listener into even the darkest of stories.” – Audiofemme
 
psychedelic pop that converges the encompassing textures of Broadcast with Joanna Newsom’s pleasantly off-kilter melodies” – The Line of Best Fit
 
FYI:
“Siv” is pronounced with a long EE sound—like “Steve” without the T.
“Disa” has a long I sound—like “Dye-sa”.
Siv Disa identifies as a bisexual, cisgender, Asian-American woman who uses she/her pronouns.
Producer and album collaborator Sam (aka artist Sam and the Sea) identifies as bisexual and non-binary (they/them pronouns).

RIYL: Bjork, Japanese Breakfast, Fiona Apple, Solange, Blonde Redhead, Portishead, Broadcast, Massive Attack

Start With: 5, 3, 6

FCC CLEAN (radio edit of “Sorry” included in download is shorter; no swears in either version)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.instagram.com/sivdisa/
https://sivdisa.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sivdisa
https://www.sivdisa.com/
https://twitter.com/sivdisa

SAM RUSSELL & THE HARBORRATS – OCEAN SHORES is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

After several releases in a row this year where I was promoting albums to genre charts (Electronic or Folk) alongside the general Top 200 panel, I’ve finally got one that’s just solidly in my more rock-forward usual wheelhouse. I actually first met Sam Russell through fellow Band Mom artist Tekla Waterfield, back when Tek and I were living together as housemates. It’s a very sweet lil Band Mom family reunion going on here this fall!! A lot of Sam’s music falls into the kind of poetic hard-livin’ jams you might expect from The Hold Steady or Bruce Springsteen, but you can also hear some definite 90s-rock influences a la Pavement and Built to Spill, and even some cool doo-wop vibes spilling over into the mix. I’m excited for you to hear it!

There are a bunch of swears on the retail version of this album, but don’t worry – Sam graciously had some very pro-sounding radio edits done, to which I listened several times to make sure nothing was missed, and that’s the version (100% clean) that’s included in my download link. (Yes, even the clean version does have a track called “Orgy Dorm”, but it’s actually not dirty or explicit at all, unless you simply can’t say the word “orgy” on the air at your station lol.) Actually BOTH versions (clean and FCC dirty) were included in the CDs that got mailed out – radio edits on the disc in front, but then open up the package a lil more and there’s the regular disc with swears hidden behind it (the clean one is clearly marked). An absolute wealth of content! This is some great stuff, and I’m so happy to finally get to work with this longtime pal!

SAM RUSSELL & THE HARBORRATS

OCEAN SHORES

KMV London

For 15 years, Sam Russell & the Harborrats have quietly transformed into a Seattle institution, fusing together Americana roots music, vintage doo-wop and classic PNW indie into a “rock n’ roll cabaret” presentation to celebrate the form’s majesty along with its direct honesty in equal breaths of theatrical display. They return now with Ocean Shores, their first full-length album in 9 years.

Started before and completed during lockdown of 2020, Ocean Shores presents itself as a handbook for getting through crises and panic while still being present in the world at large. Largely inspired by and written as a conversational response to Loose Wing’s self-titled 2018 album (written by Claire Tucker), Ocean Shores also serves as a homage to Sam’s 90s indie-rock influences of Pavement, Guided by Voices & early Wilco with sprinkles of 70s AM Gold and 60s British Invasion while marking a new era of the band exploring musical spaces for new revelations come.

Sam was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin as the son of a preacher man, growing up listening primarily to Christian Rock & oldies radio. The latter exposed Sam to his initial diverse influences of Roy Orbison, Motown, 60s garage-rock & Memphis soul. From 2006 to 2012, Sam released 6 albums collectively known as The Blue Moon Bible, which offered a wide stylistic range of material and an even larger rotating cast of musicians known as The Harborrats.

Recording for Ocean Shores was completed just before lockdown of March 2020 and the album was mixed the following summer and spring. The song “The Kenosha Kid” (written about the Rodney King beating and the LA Riots from a naïve white suburban adolescence’s POV) took on excruciating new resonance in August of 2020 as Sam’s hometown was on fire in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake. As a response to this tragic yet all-too common incident, as well as the first half of 2020 and the prior four years of political nightmares, Sam wrote a spoken-word piece for each of the songs on Ocean Shores and recorded each as a free-verse recitation over each corresponding song’s backing track. The spoken-word pieces comprise “The Kenosha Kid” album, available only as a bonus disc with the Ocean Shores retail version of the CD.  

In August 2021, a final bonus track was recorded for the album, “Apocalypse (Turn to the Moon)” a reimagining of The Foghorns’ “Apocalypse (for Alan Wilson)” and sung as a duet with Ocean Shores’ main source of inspiration, Claire Tucker, and serving as a new epilogue to the album.

Sam & the Harborrats will celebrate the release of Ocean Shores at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle on 10/27/21 and will tour through late 2021-2022 at venues practicing vaccination & mask requirements.

RIYL: Wolf Parade, The Hold Steady, Guided By Voices, Built to Spill, Pavement, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, The Replacements

Start With: 12, 10, 2, 5

FCC CLEAN (download version/disc for radio is 100% CLEAN EDITS)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

samrussellmusic.com
twitter.com/SamRussell18
facebook.com/samrussellandtheharborrats

TEKLA WATERFIELD – NEW SKIES is at Top 200 and Folk Radio Now!!!

My history with Tekla goes back a few years, to my second year as a Seattle resident where we were actually housemates! Lucky me!! I would have wanted to know her and work with her as a musician anyway, so I really caught the prime end of that deal getting that kinda “in”. She’s a really wonderful person and her music really communicates her warm, loving, empathetic spirit, in styles that range from folk/country to pop/rock. If you don’t like the track you’re listening to, try the next, there’s a lot going on in here! Her husband is also heavily involved with this album’s production: that’s Jeff Fielder, who’s played in the touring bands of Mark Lanegan and Amy Ray/Indigo Girls among many others. Really good stuff!! I’m going for Folk charts along with Top 200 ones for this beauty!

TEKLA WATERFIELD

NEW SKIES

Self-Released

Coming off the heels of the success of her earlier 2021 release, Trouble In Time (a collaboration with husband and musical partner, Jeff Fielder), New Skies encompasses Tekla Waterfield’s signature blend of stripped down folk (“Can’t Move On”), classic country (“Love Comes Along”, a duet featuring Luke Abbott), folk/pop (album title track, “New Skies”), pop/rock (“Come On Jane”, “Mr. Browntown”), and R&B/soul-tinged (“Yesterday Was A Bad Day” & “Lie Lie Lie”): resulting in a diverse sound unified by Tekla’s distinctively smooth vocals and point-of-view storytelling. Brimming with playful, contemplative, and uplifting energy, New Skies is Waterfield’s third solo LP, with plenty of help from Pacific-Northwest talent including Jeff Fielder, Andy Stoller & Daniel Walker of Heart, Ryan Burns & Eric Eagle, with recording and production made possible by the Artist Residency Programs at Jack Straw Cultural Center.
 
Seattle-based Tekla Waterfield self-released one album before establishing a life-changing partnership with her powerhouse multi-instrumentalist/producer husband, Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan, Amy Ray, Indigo Girls). The two have co-produced Waterfield’s second solo LP, The Curtain Falls, and their debut duo record, Trouble In Time, both of which received radio play nationally and internationally as well as critical acclaim. Fielder returns on New Skies as producer, multi-instrumentalist and more.

RIYL: Laura Veirs, Jenny Lewis, Bedouine, Aldous Harding, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss

Start With: 3, 6, 9, 2                  

FCC CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.teklawaterfield.com/
https://www.facebook.com/teklawaterfieldmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/teklawaterfieldmusic/
https://twitter.com/TeklaWaterfield

BAD BUSINESS CLUB – NAKED NEIGHBOR is at Top 200 and Electronic Radio Now!!!

This record is such a fun jammer! These guys are putting out extremely chill fun poolside vibes, in the form of some funky danceable nu-disco-meets-yacht-rock. A little unusual for a Band Mom release kinda style, but I can get down with those fun chill dance floor vibes!! This 8-tracks-long album unfortunately didn’t have any hard copies (CDs of this release simply don’t exist), so if you’re a radio station rep, make sure you’ve downloaded it, as this is a digital-only release!! Or if you somehow haven’t gotten the link yet (and you’re the music director or equivalent position at your college/non-comm radio station), please do hit me up! Can’t wait to hear what you think. I’m shooting for both Top 200 and Electronic charts on this one, as it’s totally appropriate for both dance floors and poolside chillout lounging, so I’m excited to hear where you think it fits best in your life!

BAD BUSINESS CLUB

NAKED NEIGHBOR

Bunnyman Bridge Records

Bad Business Club is a Nu-Disco collective with some old-school Yacht Rock touches. All Things Go said of their debut EP that it has “style that will take some back to the late 70’s, with harmonies larger than life that can bring arena shows to those humble headphones.” The group is primarily influenced by classic Giorgio Moroder-style Disco, and modern daytime disco al la Poolside and Miami Horror, while combining the harmonic influences of Yacht Rock. Their smooth sound transports listeners to another place, to summer breezes and early morning champagne. They’ve also been known to collaborate with electronic artists like Midnight Magic, Woolfy, and James Curd to help get the dance floor by the pool. They are also the hosts of the Imbibe the Vibe podcast, where they combine classic cocktails with a different music genre every month.

RIYL: Chromeo, Poolside, Midnight Magic, Miami Horror, YACHT, Pet Shop Boys

Start With: 2, 7, 1                  

FCC CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.instagram.com/badbusinessclub/
https://www.facebook.com/BadBusinessClubMusic/
https://twitter.com/badbusinessband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYRKFTkMb2NRDJfvczMgrlg
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2mJcZxeeM5nu7Z3Y7l9Mdx?si=O5qQ1lvRRUa-v-nnXifdnw
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/bad-business-club/1549978837
https://soundcloud.com/user-462038878

BAD BUSINESS CLUB ON TOUR:

  • Nov 20th: Bowery Electric, NYC
  • Dec 18th: Bowery Electric, NYC
  • Jan 8th, 2022: The Pie Shop, Washington DC
  • Jan 22, 2022: Bowery Electric, NYC

NEGATIVLAND – NO BRAIN EP is at Top 200 and Electronic Radio Now!!!

If you’ve been around the scene for a long time, you know these guys are absolute freaking legends, titans of the sound-collage genre, coiners of the term “culture jamming”, once even sued by U2. But even if you’ve only been a part of college radio for a year or two hopefully you at least remember them from the last two campaigns I ran for their two most recent albums! Can’t believe how lucky I am to get to do a third. This one is not a full album, but rather a lil EP intended to complement those last two, a capper on this whole thing as a larger interconnected project. It fits in with True False and The World Will Decide quite nicely as a thematic and aesthetic set!

Also, tour!!! Negativland is finally hitting the road after a long pandemic wait, hitting the Northwest in September and the Southwest in November. Dates are below – if you’re in their path and would like to do something about it (come out to a show? Have them stop by the station or call in for an interview? Give away tix?) I would love to hook you up – just drop me a line!

I don’t have any CD copies of this EP unfortunately, they don’t exist – so if you’re a radio station rep, make sure you download it, and if you somehow got this far on my website but aren’t getting my emails (and you’re the music director or equivalent position at your college/non-comm radio station), please do hit me up!

NEGATIVLAND

NO BRAIN EP

Seeland Records

Four songs in just under nine minutes: what do they have in common? They’ve got NO BRAIN, and they’re the new vinyl EP from your grandparents in NEGATIVLAND. No Brain is a conceptual continuation of the interconnected Negativland albums True False and The World Will Decide.

Just as all those decades of Media Literacy courses finally seemed to be sinking in, along came Social Media to scramble our lines of sight on where all these voices are really coming from.  Every tactic we modern citizens used to resist the one-way feeds of Broadcast Media — from skepticism, to research, to signal jamming — is just as easily used against us in today’s all-way environment.  The four songs on this record juxtapose the voices of media experts from the ancient 90’s with voices culled from the modern landscape of Social — from the users still operating under the old rules, to the rationalizations of tech CEOs making billions off the software that’s eaten them.  How does one follow the money on a free platform?  Who’s got the megaphone? Can non-sequiturs exist?  What takes less time to update: a website’s auction to determine which ads are being loaded onto your page, or your own perceptual mechanism making a call on everything you don’t need to know?

All of this and more, made hypnotically catchy through Negativland’s time-honored use of Funny Noises and Weird Beats and including guest artist Prairie Prince (The Tubes, Byrne/Eno, XTC) on drums, could be coming soon to a nervous system that is You.

MORE ABOUT NEGATIVLAND…

Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 (or more) Floptops known as Negativland, a multimedia collective originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland surreally re-arrange these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.

Over the years Negativland’s “illegal” collage and appropriation-based audio and visual works have touched on many things – pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, religion, death, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative activism in our media-saturated and multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.

“Declared heroic by their peers for refashioning culture into what the group considers to be more honest statements, Negativland suggests that refusing to be original, in the traditional sense, is the only way to make art that has any depth within commodity capitalism”- NEW YORK TIMES

“Collage pioneers…..genre-defying, densely layered, strangely accessible” – WASHINGTON POST

“Negativland were definitely not what the EDM kids at Bumbershoot were expecting. The experimental San Francisco sound collagists don’t make music as much as sonic mayhem: audio think pieces that are subversive and enlightening, vexing and revelatory. Negativland are political to the core.” – SEATTLE WEEKLY

RIYL: Girl Talk, People Like Us, Matmos, Yes Men, The Residents, Plunderphonics, Mouse On Mars, Faust, and culture jamming / sound collage

Start With: 3, 4                  

FCC: 4 (but clean edit included in radio download)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://negativland.com/no-brain-pre-order

https://www.facebook.com/Negativlandland/

https://www.instagram.com/negativlandland/

Negativland & visual artist SUE-C on tour:

  • 9.15.21: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
  • 9.16.21: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
  • 9.17.21: San Francisco, CA @ Gray Area
  • 9.18.21: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
  • 9.20.21: Portland, OR @ Holocene
  • 9.21.21: Eugene, OR @ Old Nick’s Pub
  • 9.22.21: Olympia, WA @ Capitol Theater
  • 9.23.21: Seattle, WA @ Clock-Out Lounge
  • 9.25.21: Yakima, WA @ The Seasons Performance Hall
  • 11.7.21: Bisbee, AZ @ Central School Project
  • 11.9.21: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
  • 11.10.21: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
  • 11.12.21: Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
  • 11.13.21: Albuquerque, NM @ Guild Cinema

ANTHONIE TONNON – LEAVE LOVE OUT OF THIS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

I am so excited to get to help bring you the newest release by my old friend, ANTHONIE TONNON!! In a fun showing of competitor/buddy synergy, I’m psyched to get to work alongside my pals at Terrorbird to help promote this masterpiece – my third release from him over this past decade. This guy is an absolute gem, from New Zealand (a nation I’m slowly conquering by way of promoting their indie-pop princes). I’ve loved his music, with its droll sense of humor, impeccable indie-pop sensibility, and deep love for humanity and for concepts like place, land, and home, for almost a decade now, and if you are new to this party I am very excited for you to join in!!

ANTHONIE TONNON

LEAVE LOVE OUT OF THIS

Misra Records

The world is full of singer-songwriters, but few of them forge the kind of paths that Anthonie Tonnon has. His work has developed into a unique blend of music, art and advocacy, and shows that are creative works in themselves. He has used live performance to experiment with new technology and approaches, leading to the immersive shows that have seen him touring planetariums, or taking audiences to distant venues on unloved public railways. His upcoming record, Leave Love Out Of This, has a mixture of synth based tracks and more acoustic sounds.

Though his sound has evolved over time, a constant has been Tonnon’s lyrics. The artist tackles the rise to the top of the television industry in ‘Entertainment’ as deftly as he did for evolution and the future of work in ‘Two Free Hands’, and regulatory failure in ‘Mataura Paper Mill’. Tonnon has been long-listed for esteemed New Zealand songwriter title the APRA Silver Scroll Award three times, making it to the top five for ‘Water Underground’, his excoriation of the mismanagement of fresh water and local democracy in Canterbury.

RIYL: Destroyer, Deerhunter, Girls, Dirty Projectors, Courtney Barnett,

Jens Lekman, Jonathan Richman, Jonathan Bree

Start With: 1, 4, 9

FCC CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.anthonietonnon.com/
https://www.facebook.com/anthonietonnon
https://twitter.com/anthonietonnon
https://www.instagram.com/anthonietonnon/

REVERSELS – LASABRE is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

This genre-bending band was actually introduced to me by the extremely cool pals of Negativland; although they don’t have a ton in common sonically, they do share an adventurous, taboo-smashing spirit and headquarters in North Carolina. Take a look at their bio below and you will find some wild stuff about their backgrounds! And then if you take a look at that RIYL list below THAT and conclude “how can these possibly be all for one band?”, well that’s a reasonable reaction, but take a listen to this thing and you’ll see. Some of this record is gauzy dream-pop, often with a voice in a higher register (a la Cocteau Twins etc). Then some of it is harsher, almost industrial or darkwave-leaning rock, often with a voice in a lower register (a la Nine Inch Nails etc). One track really reminds me of Black Moth Super Rainbow and another really reminds me of Nick Cave. It’s all in there!! Give it a listen and let me know what your favorite parts are, this is one I anticipate everybody having a different answer to that question. For FCC purposes I’ve made sure to let ya know in as many places as I can, that track 9 is the only one with actual Swear Words, but depending on how conservative your station/listenership is, you may find some of the sexually-explicit non-cuss stuff in tracks 8, 10, and 13 a little too much as well, so take a look at the lyrics sheet if you want to make sure (that’s included in my download link if you’re a station rep)!

REVERSELS

LASABRE

Self-Released

By sheer coincidence, both members of this queer doom pop band were raised in different cults. The leader of the cult that Pretty Boy Floyd was immersed in pressured families to have vasectomy reversals, glorifying limitless procreation. The children born after these procedures became singers in the leader’s “Reversal Choir,” children who were told they owed their existence to him.
 
In the beginning of 2018, Pretty Boy and Story began discussing what would eventually become their own Reversels, a dynamic sonic departure from the predatory, misogynistic, homophobic, and authoritarian environments of their youth.
 
The band continually strives to reverse these harmful teachings through their music, an attempt to sing-into-being a world of gender diversity, sex positivity, individual growth, and healing.
 
Two albums and numerous live shows later, Reversels’ sound continues to evolve with their third full album release, LaSabre. Dancing both poignantly and playfully through themes of queer love and loss, the band continues to advocate for the underdog and the demonized, rejecting oppression and celebrating life & death in all of their majesty.

RIYL: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Casket Girls, Nine Inch Nails,

Blonde Redhead, Cocteau Twins, Nick Cave, King Woman

Start With: 2, 6, 8

FCC: 9
(8, 10 & 13 are sexually explicit but w/o swears)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://reversels.bandcamp.com/
https://reverselsmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/reverselsmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/reversels_music/

THE TIN CAN COLLECTIVE – AXIOMATIC ALARM CLOCK is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

These buds are an indie/emo/punk band from Long Island, NY. They cover a pretty good amount of sonic terrain – you’ll recognize some of Cursive‘s moody layered guitars; some tracks with a female vocalist remind me a bit of Hop Along; but most prominently, you’ll notice the punk/indie/emo-leaning spirit reminiscent of Jeff Rosenstock, AJJ, and Joyce Manor. The record comes close to being a concept album, focusing on the struggle to find meaning in life while working a 9-to-5. I really think you’re going to dig it. This is one to keep an eye on that FCC warning depending on how strict your station is – it doesn’t have any of the Big Swears but a couple little ones if you have to be extra conservative with your vetting (I get it).

THE TIN CAN COLLECTIVE

AXIOMATIC ALARM CLOCK

Tin Can Records

The Tin Can Collective is an indie/emo/punk band from Long Island, NY.
 
John Warren started the Tin Can Collective in 2011 as a recording project, enlisting a rotating cast of friends to complete the outfit. Among the ragtag group were Jess Warren (John’s sister and co-writer on many of the songs) and Ken Russo, who both quickly moved from frequent collaborators to fulltime members. Brian Kish joined the band in 2017, and Nick Femister joined shortly thereafter, rounding out the lineup.
 
Always pure of heart and full of intention, The Tin Can Collective has schlepped around the country in a rented minivan, playing their brand of beer-soaked indie emo punk for anyone who would listen, including on shows with Jeff Rosenstock, Teenage Halloween, Julien Baker, AJJ, and Laura Stevenson. They quickly became cult favorites for their chaotic live shows and became what could be described as “a band’s band”.
 
Axiomatic Alarm Clock addresses the perils of adulthood and the struggle to find meaning in a 40 hour work week. The band’s fourth album, it is their most focused and biting set of songs to date.

RIYL: Jeff Rosenstock, AJJ, Say Anything, Pixies, Joyce Manor, Hop Along, Cursive

Start With: 8, 14 10

FCC: 10 says “god damn”, 14 says “hell”, otherwise CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://tincancollective.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/tincancollective/
https://www.facebook.com/thetincancollectivemusic/
https://twitter.com/thetincancollec

GHOUL TALK – MAGICIAN EP is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

Please join me in adoring the pleasantly spooky Ghoul Talk!! This is is a Seattle-based lady-fronted project that ranges from gothy dark rock to synth pop. Check it out ASAP!! KEXP has added it already, what are you waiting for?! I was lucky enough to have a pretty huge number of hard copies to send out (with some fun bonus stickers also!), so unless I know your station to be off the air for the summer or that you specifically prefer downloads, it’s almost definitely there waiting for you!

GHOUL TALK

MAGICIAN [EP]

Death Certificate Records

Grungy and gritty, melodic and lush – Ghoul Talk’s Magician is a noble self-released debut and marriage of opposite worlds. Part indie noise rock, part synth pop, Magician is a séance of moody vocal harmonies, shimmering synths and chaotic fuzz. Though Magician’s arrangements swell and burst, there’s a structure to it – and where you start is not where you end. 
 
At first entrance, Magician is a dark room with the shades drawn. As “Migraine/Headache” – a sludgy tribute to ’90s rock, chronic pain and dangerous doses of acetaminophen – culminates to a thick, gluey guitar solo embellished with French horns and glockenspiel, any expectation of full-on grunge gives way to an ecstatic burst of synthesizers with the opening of synth-rock banger “Materialize.”
 
One roaring guitar solo and surprising string quartet later, Magician finds its soft, sweet ending with the aptly-named “Sleeper”, a shoegaze pop ballad steeped in a haze of lead guitar harmonies and reverberating drums. Sleeper’s unexpected dreaminess highlights Magician’s greatest trick: Ghoul Talk’s dynamic songwriting and ability to set expectations, only to reveal there’s more behind the curtain.  
 
Born in 1993, singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist R.K. King is on the 27th year of her goth phase. Drawing inspiration from horror film scores, Riot Grrrls and noise rock, Ghoul Talk first materialized in Seattle, WA in 2018. Ghoul Talk’s music is self-released via Death Certificate Records.

RIYL: Warpaint, Weyes Blood, Wolf Alice, Veruca Salt, Hole, L7, Garbage, PJ Harvey

Start With: 1, 2 (release is only 3 tracks long)

FCC CLEAN

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

https://www.ghoultalkband.com/
https://www.instagram.com/ghoultalkband/
https://twitter.com/ghoultalkband
https://www.facebook.com/ghoultalkband

Photo credit: Rachel Bennett

HALLEY GREG – AMERICAN HARLOT is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

Halley Greg is a Seattle artist who found me via a mutual friend, but then we had to put this campaign we were planning on hold for a few months – because she got onto The Voice! Yeah, the reality singing competition show! She clearly DOES have the pipes to go the distance, so it’s no surprise she landed a spot on Team Kelly, but she’s also full of indie rock bona fides, with this album giving off big burlesque show vibes IMO (sex/queer sexuality positivity, sometimes a bit vampy about it even) among other things, so it’s not time to write her off if you ignore mainstream pop music (which tbh I largely do myself). Her RIYL comparison points are Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Sharon Van Etten, Sara Bareilles, & Amanda Palmer, all of which I think will make sense to you when you give this thing a spin. How FCC-friendly it is depends a bit on whether your listeners can handle “Damn” and “Goddamn” so keep an eye on that FCC warning where I did carefully spell that out for ya!

HALLEY GREG

AMERICAN HARLOT

Self-Released

Halley Greg is a 29-year-old pop rock singer-songwriter who, since entering the Seattle music scene in 2019, has quickly picked up steam and gained a devoted following, even through the pandemic. After years of suffering from crippling stage fright and hiding herself in choirs and as a backup singer, she eventually built up the confidence to start writing and sharing her own music, and in a mere nine months went from playing at her first open mic to forming a band, recording an album, and selling out her first headlining show. 
 
In January of 2020, she had so much music momentum going that she decided to resign from her day job of teaching high school science (albeit with the plan of finishing out the school year). Of course, two months later COVID-19 hit and the music scene disappeared, but shortly thereafter she was contacted by a recruiter for NBC’s The Voice, and ended up getting a blind audition in Season 20 (currently airing) and landing a spot on Team Kelly.  Greg’s music has been called “the love child of Katy Perry and Joan Jett,” with some songs setting up light-hearted indie pop vibes and others delving much more into deep dark blues rock territory.  Decidedly lyric-driven and intentionally sassy, she paints a picture of feminist empowerment, exploring non-traditional relationship narratives and poking repeatedly at the patriarchal and puritanical roots of American society. 
 
She is currently in the process of recording an EP and a second full studio album, the former set to be released this summer and the latter by the end of 2021. 

RIYL: Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Sharon Van Etten, Sara Bareilles, Amanda Palmer

Start With: 4, 1, 6, 10

FCC: *3, 8, 9*
also 2 says “Damn” (only)
and 5 says “Goddamn” (only)

Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!

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