Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sinking Radio: Telekinesis "Coast of Carolina"

This is a reminder to tune in to Sinking Radio Friday from Noon to 2:00 PM on Little Radio. It's Todd, Matt and Sylvia's first show of the new year.

Each week on the show they feature an official You Set the Scene pick. My pick for this week's show is "Coast of Carolina" from Telekinesis. I picked this song to get in the spirit of the new year, because when January rolls around, we're all looking for new bands to get behind. 

Telekinesis is another band from Seattle (it's so fertile up there right now) and their self-titled debut record is set to come out April 7th on Merge Records. I haven't heard the full album yet, but this first track is ultra catchy. Telekinesis is hitting the road with Ra Ra Riot in February. Buy tickets to their show at El Rey on 2/28/09 (tickets). 

When it comes to record labels, Merge is one of the only that still gets my attention with each new release because it stays true to its indie roots. 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of Merge. Hopefully you've already ordered your copy of Score! and made plans to attend their five day festival in late July in North Carolina

In the spirit of celebrating Merge, here are my top 10 Merge releases of all time:

1) Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
2) Arcade Fire: Funeral
3) Spoon: Kill the Moonlight
4) Radar Bros.: And the Surrounding Mountains
5) Spoon: Girls Can Tell
6) The Broken West: I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
7) Butterglory: Are You Building a Temple in Heaven
8) Superchunk: Foolish
9) Polvo: Cor-crane Secret
10) Spoon: Gimme Fiction


Anonymous said...

Love all these choices, Duke -- "Cor-Crane Secret" has always been a fave of mine -- and I appreciate your getting the word out on a new Merge band, but if we're really talking about the glory days of the label, the Magnetic Fields demand a mention. "69 Love Songs" and "Charm of the Highway Strip" are essential Merge listening. I'm not necessarily saying they're better than anything on your top ten, but maybe making it a "top eleven or twelve" list is in order. Love the blog, as always!

Duke said...

Magnetic Fields is definitely an oversight on my part. I'm sure they'd be at the top of a lot of lists...