Showing posts from October, 2012

CMJ 2012 Conference Highlights

Sure bushels of showcases chock full of emerging artists garner the most press coverage at CMJ, but let's not forget the real bread and butter of the conference: panels. I track new releases every week, and most of the artists that play CMJ will come through LA in the next six months. Plus, if I see them for fun at a venue here I won't have to deal with packed crowds, and juggling singing along with networking. However, it will be awhile before I get another chance to watch top industry professionals debate the finer points of this fast-paced, dynamic, competitive music business.

I went to as many panels, round tables, and career counseling sessions as I could at CMJ this year, plus the entirety of the college day conference. It took up the majority of 4 days straight: conference all day, music all night. No sleep 'till Brooklyn after a red-eye Monday night. However, lucky for you, dear readers, if you missed CMJ and actually got a healthy amount of sleep the other week. h…

Make More Noise 031: Best of CMJ 2012

Just got back from CMJ, saw some awesome music, and got educated at various panels. The top 5 conference highlights will be posted shortly on this fine interweb publication, but for now, here are some of the best artists I got to see live at CMJ. Shout out to M For Montreal, Sounds Australia, The Planetary Group, My Social List, Frenchkiss Records, NPR Music, KXLU, Dead Oceans, and The Windish Agency for presenting such good sounds.

Make More Noise 031: CMJ Sounds Recap by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Drift Away - Bleeding Rainbow
Fun - Dent May
Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans - Mac Demarco
Brooklyn Sunburn - Teen Daze
In Milan - Incan Abraham
The Nightcaller - Flying Lotus
Apt - Happy People
I Wrote A Novel - The Trouble With Templeton
Pogo - Dune Rats
Awkward - San Cisco
Psychic Mesa - Total Slacker
Caught In A Loop - Royal Canoe
Too Beautiful To Work - The Luyas
Why You Wanna - Poolside
A New Way - Cult of Youth

Down In The Valley 016

New Americana, quality Mountain Stage recordings, classic country duets, and swinging good times on this edition of Down In The Valley with Mountain Momma. Cowboy boots preferable, but not required for foot-tapping, hand-clapping enjoyment. Grab your partner and dosey doe on Monday evenings from 7 to 8 California time. Thanks for listening, y'all! Much obliged to the University of Southern California.

Down In The Valley 017 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Gotta Travel On - Don Parmley & Billy Strange
Save It, Save It - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band feat. Jimmy Martin
Down To The River - Brown Bird
Cigarettes And Coffee Blues - Lefty Frizzell
Stay All Night (Stay A Little Longer) - Bob Willis and The Texas Playboys
Walking The Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb
Southern Flavor - Bill Monroe
Gentle On My Mind - John Hartford
Lock Stock and Teardrops - k.d. lang
A Kingdom - Lanterns On The Lake
Lament - Mount Moriah
Shirt - The Belle Brigade
The Last Thing On My Mind - Porter W…

Sun Airway and Pure Bathing Culture Play The Satellite

Fresh off their tour opening for M83, Sun Airway kicked off a west coast tour with Portland's Pure Bathing Culture last week. Sunday they played The Satellite in Los Angeles with local opener Body Parts. Pure Bathing Culture presented some shiny, layered loops over drum machine beats with a self-possessed air that radiated laid back vibes. Correspondingly, I was rather passively enjoying myself until they closed with their single, "Ivory Coast", which dropped my jaw and blew me away. This somewhat sparse three-piece conjured up utterly lovely and lush 3-part vocal harmonies. Dear Pure Bathing Culture, more harmonies please. For the love of all that's aural, more harmonies.

Pure Bathing Culture - Ivory Coast from Sean Pecknold on Vimeo.
I'm going to be bold here, and say that Sun Airway are probably the best emerging band out of Philly, my home stomping grounds, right now. It was a treat to see them on the left coast playing to a small but dedicated crowd, and deli…

Make More Noise 030

Sweet and savory new releases from Little People, Pretty Lights, and Tame Impala on this edition of Make More Noise, followed buy a couple hip hop tracks, and the some of the best artists out of Philly right now. Tune in to the city of brotherly love with Free Energy, Work Drugs, and Sun Airway. Feeling good? Feeling great? Perfect. Just like Sesame Street, Sachi Subterranean is hear to educate and entertain your eardrums. Listen live Mondays 1 to 2pm PT on, a service of USC.

Make More Noise 030 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Aldgate Patterns - Little People
So Bright - Pretty Lights
Apocalypse Dreams - Tame Impala
Sleepwalker - Moon Duo
Mirror Gazer - Onuinu
Dissolve Me - alt-J
I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Sympathy For The Grapes Mix) - The Randy Watson Experience
She Said - The Pharcyde
Around My Way [Freedom Ain't Free] - Lupe Fiasco
Bang Pop - Free Energy
Rad Racer - Work Drugs
Cover The Sky - Reading Rainbow
Oh, Naoko - Sun Airway
Wild Palms - Sun Airway

DIIV and Violens Play Check Yo Ponytail 2

On Tuesday I got to check out DIIV and Violens thanks to IHEARTCOMIX and KXSC. They played the Check Yo Ponytail 2 series at the Echoplex, a residency renowned for bring emerging artists to Los Angeles. The music was solid and the times were good. Check the details and review below. L.A. local bands Death Day and Cold Showers opened. The show was the official release party for Love And Regret, the new full-length from Cold Showers out on Dias Records, and their fans turned out in vocal numbers to support them. Cold Showers are a contemporary reflection of some of the better elements of '80s new wave and post-punk artists. Bass vocals murmured through a wall of reverb were sharply punctuated by simple, driving rhythms and cacophonous electro noise. Intentionally minimalistic, but imbued with a subtle energy, Cold Showers captivated the crowd. This spring I spun some tracks off True, the new album from Brooklyn based Violens on my radio show, Make More Noise, and I was really loo…

Down In The Valley 015

Featuring the top artists playing the 2012 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, including The Head And The Heart, Buddy Miller, and Conor Oberst. If you missed the free festival held at Golden Gate State Park in San Francisco on October 5th through 7th this year, then give this edition of Down In The Valley with Mountain Momma a listen. Originally aired live October 1st, 7pm PT on, a service of USC.

Down In The Valley 15 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

The Pilot - The White Buffalo
Stubborn Love - The Lumineers
Birds of a Feather - The Civil Wars
New York - The Milk Carton Kids
Old Mythologies - The Barr Brothers
The Banjo Song - Seasick Steve
Does My Ring Burn Your Finger - Buddy Miller
Nobody's Darlings - Lucero
Circadian Rhythm (Live) - Son Volt
Lost In My Mind - The Head And The Heart
Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now - Justin Townes Earle
Pretty Bird - Jenny Lewis
Sausalito - Conor Oberst
Sundress - Ben Kweller

Make More Noise 029

From Kerouac's obsession with the state: "wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors” to gold rush booms and the slow push west of pioneers, to the Hollywood dreams of aspiring starlets, California has captured America's fascination since the very beginning. It is both the ultimate culmination of development and the end of the world before it crashes into the rough Pacific waters, inspiring countless number of songs in both praise and critique. This edition of Make More Noise presents a few of Sachi Subterranean's favorite songs about the golden state. Listen live on Mondays from 1 to 2pm PST at, thanks to USC.

Make More Noise 029 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

California Sunset - Poolside
Going Back To Cali - LL Cool J
West Coast - Coconut Records
Sleepless In Silverlake - Les Savy Fav
The Overachi…

Down In The Valley 014

Featuring new releases from Aaron Embry, Field Report, The Abrams Brothers, and more! As well as a bushel and a heap of New Orleans sounds. This episode of Down In The Valley with Mountain Momma takes you, dear listeners, on a trip down the roads connecting folk to blues and jazz, from Guthrie to Django. Listen live on Monday evenings from 7 to 8pm PT at, a service of the University of Southern California.

Down In The Valley 014 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Northern Redemption - The Abrams Brothers
Now That The Night Has Come - The Lost Brothers
I Will Dare (The Replacements Cover) - Bright Little Field
New York Town - Woody Guthrie
Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson
Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt
Moon of the Daylit Sky - Aaron Embry
I Am Not Waiting Anymore - Field Report
Will You Be Sleeping? - David Wax Museum
C.C. Rider - Lonnie Johnson
Shine/Hambone - Shoeshine Boy
Red White And Blue Got The Golden Band - Mardi Gras Indians
Just A Little Whie To Stay Here - Eure…

Make More Noise 028

Following trending music online, Sachi Subterranean presents a particularly quality edition of Make More Noise. Hear artists today that are sure to be talked about tomorrow, like Conner Youngblood, Halls, and The Peach Kings. Make More Noise airs live Mondays from 1 to 2pm PT on, thanks to USC.

Make More Noise 028 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Take This Up - Star Slinger
Heartbreak - Clubfeet
Lofticries - Purity Ring
Roses for the Dead - Halls
Ultraista (Four Tet Remix) - Smalltalk
Two Step - Bear Mountain
Before The Dive - St. Lucia
Happy With You - Blackbird Blackbird
Something Good - alt-J
A Summer Song - Conner Youngblood
Thieves & Kings - The Peach Kings
TAOS - Menomena
Knot in My Heart - The Zolas