earbender featured playlist #3: Radio K, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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KUOM, also known as Radio K, is one of the best college radio stations, and their weekly play list shows why.  With a stream of great artists coming through, a diverse programming policy and a great ability to promote themselves, KUOM, has grown from an am campus only station to taking over fm signals and being huge on the net too.

Radio K is another example of a great college radio station at a public university.  Keep funding them Minnesota!

Check out the great Radio K by clicking here!

KUOM / Radio K / Minneapolis, MN
770 AM/106.5 FM Mpls/100.7 FM St. Paul / radiok.org


First and foremost, Happy New Year!

Tonight is the big Animal Collective record release party we’re sponsoring at the Electric Fetus record store. It should be pretty sweet!

We counted down our Top 77 albums of the year on New Years Day, and I’ll be sending out that list soon (I know you’re on the edge of your seat…). We also did a recap of some of our best instudios from the year , and we celebrated our annual Local Music Day on Friday with ALL local music and instudios from local bands Sharp Teeth, The Deaths and Private Dancer. ‘Twas a blast.

Now, on to the new stuff: We started adding records again this week, and my tracking hours will be changing. Starting the week of January 12, you can harass me via phone Tuesday 3:30-6 PM and Friday 8:30-10 AM, both CST. Feel free to harass me anytime via email, as usual. Jake will still be taking care of Hip Hop and much of the local stuff we get, and I’ll still be doing Top 200, RPM and Loud Rock. Bam!

Radio K will soon have a new, stronger FM signal! Now not only will we be broadcasting on 770 AM, 106.5 FM and 100.7 FM (and radiok.org), but we’ll have 104.5 FM. Hooray!

SXSW awesomeness – I’ve talked to most of you about this. It’s going to be rad, and thanks to everyone who has helped make it happen so far!

New on our blog: The Dap Kings’ guest DJ set is up, as well as an interview with Raekwon from Wu-Tang. You can also listen to guest DJ sets from Eagles of Death Metal and Deerhunter and watch video of School of Seven Bells.

Radio K’s “Live from Radio K” compilation:

The sixth installment of our live compilation. It’s called “Live from Radio K” and is full of instudio gems from the likes of Land of Talk, Daniel Johnston, The Fiery Furnaces, Dosh, A Place to Bury Strangers, Doomtree, Nomo, Tegan and Sara among many others.

Weekly Release Spotlight: Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (Arts & Crafts)
“The guy singing all the sad songs died / Oh well, I guess he was right,” sings Gareth Campesinos with world-weary gusto on the opening track of his band’s second full-length We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed. The line, along with the album’s title, encompasses everything that one needs to know about Los Campesinos! They’re insufferably cute and clever, yes, but they’re also bursting at the seams with desperation and bleakness, which may seem especially odd considering their candy-sweet pop melody savvy. Really though, it all fits majestically together, seven Welsh twentysomethings baring their gnashing yellow teeth of glorious youth while they fight against the impending end of days. [Read more]

Listen: Sorry, folks, no mp3 this week.

Listen all this week as we’ll be playing tracks from the record, and this Saturday at 10AM to the 770 Club as we’ll spotlight this new release.

Pick up a specially priced copy locally at the Electric Fetus, Treehouse Records, and Cheapo Records!
Next week’s release: Now, Now Every Children – Cars (Afternoon)
Last week’s release: Welcome Wagon – Welcome to the Welcome Wagon (Asthmatic Kitty)

Listen to (and watch!) recent instudios from…..

School of Seven Bells
Marnie Stern
Handsome Furs
of Montreal

Ruby Isle
A Place To Bury Strangers
The Broken West

Jay Reatard
The Black Angels
Jeff Hanson

The Fiery Furnaces
Tegan and Sara

Daniel Johnston
Land of Talk
Bon Iver


Paul Metzger 4:30pm

*lots more in the works!


9:00 PM Jeremy Messersmith, Best Friends Forever, Caroline Smith 7th Street Entry 18+

7:00 PM First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2008, The Dynamiters, Lookbook, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, Caroline Smith, Bouncer Fighter 7th Street Entry 18+
8:00 PM School of Seven Bells, Fujiya and Miyagi 7th Street Entry 18+


1 Welcome Wagon Welcome to the Welcome Wagon Asthmatic Kitty
2 Animal Collective Summertime Clothes (live) [single] Domino
3 Beach House Used To Be [7″] Carpark
4 Various Artists Stuck on AM 6: Live From Radio K Self-released
5 Love is All A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night What’s Your Rupture?
6 Frida Hyvonen Silence is Wild Secretly Canadian
7 School of Seven Bells Alpinisms Ghostly International
8 Ladyhawke Ladyhawke Modular
9 Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan Sunday at Devil Dirt V2 International
10 Anni Rossi Afton [EP] 4AD
11 Now, Now Every Children Cars Afternoon
12 Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed Arts & Crafts
13 Nobunny Love Visions 1-2-3-4-Go!
14 …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Festival Thyme [EP] Justice
15 Marnie Stern This Is It… Kill Rock Stars
16 Of Montreal Skeletal Lamping Polyvinyl
17 All The Saints Fire On Corridor X Touch and Go
18 Bill Baird Songs the Sound of Myself, As Written by… AutoBus
19 Hot Lava Lavalogy Bar None
20 Disappears Needs [7″]/Old Friend [7″] Self-released
21 Jake One White Van Music Rhymesayers
22 Past Lives Strange Symmetry [EP] Suicide Squeeze
23 The Streets Everything is Borrowed Vice
24 Mayer Hawthorne and the County Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out [7″] Stones Throw
25 Ty Segall Ty Segall Castle Face
26 Taigaa! Off Thin Beat Metal
27 Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid NYC Domino
28 Eagles of Death Metal Heart On Downtown
29 These Arms Are Snakes Tail Swallower and Dove Suicide Squeeze
30 Grey Anne Facts n Figurines Greyday
31 Lookbook I Fear You, My Darkness [EP] Self-released
32 The Strange Boys Isn’t it Pretty to Think So [7″] In the Red
33 Women Women Jagjaguwar
34 Akimbo Jersey Shores Neurot Recordings
35 Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It Columbia
36 Sharp Teeth Sharp Teeth Self-released
37 Dillinger Four Civil War Fat Wreck Chords
38 Deerhoof Offend Maggie Kill Rock Stars
39 Deerhunter Microcastle Kranky
40 Almus Magnus Volume Three Self-released

Top 7 Tracks 01.05.09
1 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Summertime Clothes (live)
2 ANNI ROSSI Machine
3 FRIDA HYVONEN Enemy Within
4 JAKE ONE The Truth (featuring Brother Ali & Freeway
7 EAGLES OF DEATH METAL Anything ‘Cept The Truth

ADDS 01.05.09
Gay Witch Abortion Maverick Learning Curve
Lady Sovereign I Got You Dancing [single] Midget
Franz Ferdinand Ulysses [single] Domino
Mr. Chop Lightworlds [EP] Stones Throw
Someone Still Loves You Boris… Split 7″ Polyvinyl
The Dead Trees King of Rosa Milan
Ill Ease and the Racket Turn It Loose! Ionik
Dub Gabriel Anarchy & Alchemy Destroy All Concepts
Pumice Quo Soft Abuse
Wilderness (k)no(w)here Jagjaguwar

LOUD ROCK 01.05.09
1 Past Lives Strange Symmetry [EP] Suicide Squeeze
2 These Arms Are Snakes Tail Swallower and Dove Suicide Squeeze
3 The Strange Boys Isn’t it Pretty to Think So [7″] In the Red
4 Akimbo Jersey Shores Neurot Recordings
5 Dillinger Four Civil War Fat Wreck Chords
6 Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life Matador
7 The Giraffes Prime Motivator Crustacean
8 Don Caballero Punkgasm Relapse
9 Jay Reatard Matador Singles 08 Matador
10 Off With Their Heads From the Bottom No Idea

1 Gay Witch Abortion Maverick Learning Curve

NEW WORLD 01.05.09
1 Bajofondo Mardulce Surco Mardulce Surco
2 Lee “Scratch” Perry Repentance Narnack
3 v / a Jamrock Classics Vol.1 Gargamel
4 Tomer Yosef Laughing Underground J Dub
5 Eccodek Shivaboom White Swan
6 Zuco 103 After the Carnaval Six Degrees
7 Issa Bagayogo Mali Koura Six Degrees
8 Seun Kuti Seun Kuti + Fela’s Egypt 80 Mr Bongo
9 Juaneco y Su Combo Masters of Chicha 1 Barbes
10 Monareta Picotero Nacional

RPM 01.05.09
1 Solid Gold Bodies of Water Self-Released
2 Digital Leather Sorcerer Goner
3 The Hood Internet The Hood Internet vs. Chicago Self Released
4 Ruby Isle Night Shot Kindercore
5 Thievery Corporation Radio Retaliation ESL Music
6 Telepathique Last Time on Earth Urban Jungle
7 Daedelus Love To Make Music To Ninja Tune
8 Ratatat LP3 XL
9 Koushik Out My Window Stones Throw
10 Nightmares on Wax Thought So… Warp

RPM ADDS 01.05.09
1 Mr. Chop Lightworlds [EP]
2 Dub Gabriel Anarchy & Alchemy

1 AristeiA How To Kill A King Self-Released
2 Detektivbyran Wermland Danarkia
3 The American Dollar A Memory Stream Self-Released
4 Leighton Craig 11 Easy Pieces Room40
5 Various Artists The Silence Was Warm Vol. 2 Symbolic Interaction
6 Vopat Call To Them Inam
7 Adventure Adventure Carpark
8 Baja Wolfhour Other Electricities
9 Long Distance Calling / Leech O90208 Cargo
10 Northern Cargo Northern Cargo Self-Released

HIP HOP 01.05.09
1 Jake One White Van Music Rhymesayers
2 The Streets Everything is Borrowed Vice
3 Illa J Yancey Boys Delicious Vinyl
4 Murs Murs for President Warner Bros.
5 Fort Knox Five Radio Free DC Fort Knox Recordings
6 Fanny Pack Ghetto Bootleg Tommy Boy
7 Madlib WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip BBE
8 Roots Manuva Slime and Reason Big Dada
9 Azeem Air Cartoons Oaklyn
10 Mike Mictlan and Lazerbeak Hand Over Fist Doomtree

HIP HOP ADDS 01.05.09
1 Lady Sovereign I Got You Dancing [single] Midget

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