Showing posts from November, 2012

Make More Noise 036

Grab your dancing shoes, take a breather, and then get back to shakin' yo groove thang. Sachi Subterranean presents an especially danceable episode of Make More Noise kicking things off with a couple tracks of old skool lady hip hop followed by some new house and R&B tracks. Then we slow it down with some Daughn Gibson and Sharon Van Etten, before picking it back up with new singles from Holy Ghost! and Nosaj Thing. Make More Noise airs live on Mondays from 1 to 2pm. Tune in during December for a countdown of the best new music in 2012. Brought to you by the University of Southern California.

Make More Noise 036: IRF Search for the Best US College Music Radio Show by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Ladies First - Queen Latifah & Monie Love
Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days) - Monica
Lip Gloss - Lil Mama
Billboard - S-Type
Losing You - Solange
The Fall - Rhye
A Young Girl's World - Daughn Gibson
Joke or a Lie - Sharon Van Etten
Take Me Away - W…

Down In The Valley 021

Seasonal songs about Autumn, 60s folk revival groups, and traditional SEA SHANTIES on this edition of Down In The valley with Mountain Momma. Together with the assistance of DJ intern Old Man River, we bring you the best of new and old Americana music on, live on Mondays from 7 to 8pm PT. Brought to you by the University of Southern California.

Down In The Valley 021: IRF Search for the Best US College Music Radio Show by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Autumn Story - Firekites
Dark Autumn Hour - Frontier Ruckus
Autumn - Big Scary
October Song - The Incredible String Band
Blowin' In The Wind - Peter, Paul and Mary
The Snow Is Falling - Ian Campbell Folk Group
Last Leaves of Autumn - Beth Orton
Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday
Autumn's Child - Devendra Banhart
Jamboree - Tom Sullivan
Maggie May - The Foc'sle Singers
John Kanaka - The X-Seamen's Institute
If I Had A Boat - James Vincent McMorrow
No Children - The Mountain Goats
In The Valley - Marty Robbins

Make More Noise 035

Especially eclectic for your listening pleasure this week, Sachi Subterranean takes you on a smooth ride from electronica to rap to loud rock to folk pop on this edition of Make More Noise. Featuring new music from Teen Daze, Kendrick Lamar, Ra Ra Riot, Converge, and Alt-J, this is the college radio show that listeners with open ears are sure to savor. Brought to you by, a service of USC.

Make More Noise 035: IRF Search for the Best US College Music Radio Show by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Phantom Power - Fake Blood
New Life - Teen Daze
Ruins - Portico Quartet
Black Radio (feat. yaslin bey) [Pete Rock Remix] - Robert Glasper
Swimming Pools (Drank) - Kendrick Lamar
A New Beginning - Dead Prez
Eg-ged-osis - Lindstrom
Beta Love - Ra Ra Riot
Counting - Autre Ne Veut
Wet Blanket - Metz
Empty On The Inside - Converge
Wildest Moments - Jessie Ware
Ballad of the Golden Hour - Widowspeak
Killing Switch - Last Lynx
Buffalo - Alt-J Feat. Mountain Man

Kings Canyon (Pt. 2)

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! I'm thankful for reveling in the great outdoors, and nature's endless beauty. To celebrate I thought I'd post my second set from Kings Canyon National Park. Last week I posted a Kings Canyon (Pt. 1), a color series. But, as I mentioned in that post, I've been thinking a lot about texture lately, and sometimes that's best communicated in black and white. Occasionally the green of the trees, and the blue of the sky distracts from the way a canyon can dramatically light a mountain range at sunset. And of course, the Sierras in B&W is always a lovely homage to my favorite photographer, Ansel Adams.

Down In The Valley 020

Swing your sweetheart 'round the dance floor to a couple fiddle waltzes circa 1930, then treat your ears to a little something new, before your host Mountain Momma throws it back to some Great Depression era blues men. Down In The Valley is your source for the best in new and old Americana music. Thanks for listen, y'all! Tune in live from 7 to 8pm PT on, a service of USC.

Down In The Valley 020: IRF Search for the Best US College Music Radio Show by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Covered In Dust - Andy Shauf
The Country Where I Came From - Mike Edel
Helicopter - Branches
Georgiana Moon Waltz - Chubby Wise
Waltz The Hall - Fiddlin Doc Roberts
Wednesday Night Waltz - Clark Kessinger
Orpheo - Andrew Bird
Working Titles - Damien Jurado
Teardrop Windows - Benjamin Gibbard
Lonesome Road Blues - Sam Collins
Hesitation Blues (Oh! Baby, Must I Hesitate?) - Jim Jackson
Me And My Tapeworm - Sylvester Weaver
Ghost In The Valley - Wheeler Brothers

Kings Canyon (Pt. 1)

In July I finally got out to Kings Canyon National Park, one of the last national parks in southern California for me to get. The trip gave me a second chance to use my new Nikon Coolpix AW100. Though I was still getting used to it, I did manage to snap a few shots I like. Lately, I've been focusing a little more on texture than sweeping landscapes. That's even more apparent in the black and white series from Kings Canyon that I'll be posting next week. For now, I hope you enjoy these color photos.

Make More Noise 034

From Ultraista's electro dance grooves to the acoustic murmurings of Andy Shauf to new single from Local Natives, Sachi Subterranean spins choice new tracks on this edition of Make More Noise. That's precisely the raison d'etre of Make More Noise: presenting a myriad of musical tastes distilled into a distinctive blend that listeners with open ears are sure to savor. Listen live Mondays from 1 to 2 pm PT on, a service of USC. More info at

Make More Noise 034: IRF Search for the Best US College Music Radio Show by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Prizma - Tamaryn
Smalltalk - Ultraista
Doused - DIIV
Miss You - Clinic
Sad Eyes - Crystal Castles
Choose Life - Mirror Talk
Sleepless - Flume feat. Jezzabell Doran
Like a Sundae - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Through & Through - Emeralds
Caught Me Thinkin - Bahamas
Take A Step - Milo Greene
You're Out Wasting - Andy Shauf
Spirograph - Andrew Bird
Breakers - Local Natives
In A Big City - Titus An…

Down In The Valley 019

Sometimes you just need a little "you time" to sit and think surounded by sounds that are near and dear to your heart. That's what this episode of Down In The Valley is all about. Mountain Momma took a short break from crate digging and tracking new releases to spin some tunes that struck a chord at some point in her ponderous life. Perhaps some of these tracks have also been near and dear to your heart, dear listeners, and we'll share a momment all friendly like. Tune in live on Monday evenings from 7 to 8pm on, a service of the University of Southern California.

Y'all might have noticed that this episode ain't got the usual Down In The Valley logo. Welp, I've bucked up and entered the IRF Search for the best college radio show competition. When you so kindly listen or favorite this episode, you make it all the more likely that I'll be selected as a blue ribbon winner. So, thank ye kindly for all you folks warm support.

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Make More Noise 033

Sachi Subterranean could not be more proud to finally spin this playlist that has been months in the making. Presenting an entire show of songs that sample bird calls! Smoothly spanning genres from hip hop to folk to electronica to indie rock, this eclectic episode of MAKE MORE NOISE is a celebration of found sounds. Tune into MAKE MORE NOISE live on Mondays from 1 to 2pm PT on, a service of the University of Southern California.

Why the logo change? I've decided to get a little brave and enter the IRF Search for the Best US College Music Radio Show. When you listen and favorite this episode of Make More Noise on Mixcloud, you increase my chances of winning. So, please press play. I'll appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
Make More Noise 033: IRF Search for the Best US College Music Radio Show by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Your New Cuckoo - The Cardigans
Take Me Over - Cut Copy
Faces - Casa del Mirto
Birds - Quasi
Rain Smell - Baths
Anna - Charles Speari…

Down In The Valley 018

Sometimes you need a quite moment by your lonesome to ponder, and sometimes Mountain Momma serves up some tunes to fill those moments on Down In The Valley. This contemplative edition of Down In The Valley features spoken-word blues, songs about home, and even a peaceful love song. Cozy on up, settle on down, and do your thinking to this here podcast. Brought to you by and the University of Southern California.

Down In The Valley 018 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Ocean Skip Away - McAlister Drive
I Will Remain - Matthew And The Atlas
Become A Stranger - Treetop Flyers
Tina's Glorious Comeback - Dan Mangan
Blue Drag - Allen Toussaint
Lazzarus Man - Terry Callier
I'll Take Care Of You - Gil Scott-Heron
School Days - Loudon Wainwright III
Saint, Don't You Lie - New Sweden
Spitting Image - Freelance Whales
Sweet Avenue - Jets To Brazil
Harlem Roulette - The Mountain Goats
Walt Whitman - Trampled By Turtles

Make More Noise 032

Presenting the freshest of the fresh new releases from October, including several Captured Tracks artists: Mac Demarco, Chris Cohen, and The Soft Pack. Also, promoting Cadence Weapon, currently on tour through the west coast. Treat your ears, dear listeners. On live Mondays 1 to 2pm PST, thanks to USC.

Make More Noise 032 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Tornado Warning - Hammock
All - Blackbird Blackbird
Insides - The Soft Moon
For You And I - The Hounds Below
Tallboy - The Soft Pack
European Vegas - Mac Demarco
Headlights - Night Moves
Conditioning - Cadence Weapon
Ye Ye - Daphni
Default - Django Django
I Don't Recall - Lavender Diamond
Locked Out - Freelance Whales
Caller No.99 - Chris Cohen
Social Wedding Rings - Mount Moriah
Lost River - Murder By Death
Small Boxes - Black Light Dinner Party

Cult of Youth Play Los Globos

Last Sunday KXSC Radio and IHEARTCOMIX presented Cult of Youth at Los Globos in Silverlake. And despite my exhaustion and sobriety after a long Halloween weekend, I stayed past 1am to see them play. My perseverance was amply rewarded with one of the best live shows I've seen in a while.

Earlier this fall Cult of Youth released their third full-length, Love Will Prevail, on Sacred Bones. The album was well received by critics, especially the discerning DJs at KXSC. Where as the first album was more of a prototype, a solo side project of Sean Ragon, and the second album featured a full-band making an honest thrust at a folk punk sound, the third album is a cohesive work of art showcasing a truly unique sound.

I've tried to leave such blunt analogies out of my more recent writing, but I'm afraid this can't be helped. Imagine if Joy Division and Lucero gave birth to a noisy, rebellious progeny with experimental/industrial/gothic tendencies. That's what Cult of Youth so…

Down In The Valley 017

Mountain Momma is as bold as brass, and bringing you bluegrass on this episode of Down In The Valley. Or, as one keen listener put it, "Allowing you to shake dat ass and empty your glass." A whole heap load of new Americana releases, mandolin music, and songs about moonshine are proudly served up thanks to and the University of Southern California.

Down In The Valley 016 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

New West - Cult Of Youth
I Should Be Sleeping - Sea Lions
Half Empty - Peter and Kerry
Bowen Island - Kaki King
Let It Live Free - He's My Brother She's My Sister
Adeline - Miss Tess
Down On The Banks Of The Ohio - The Blue Sky Boys
Ballad of Thunder Road - Jim & Jesse
Old Mountain Dew - The Delmore Brothers
The House We Will Make - The One AM Radio
First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes
Los Angeles, I'm Yours - The Decemberists
Down In The Willow Garden - Frank Wakefield, Red Allen
Tribulations - E.C. Ball
Knoxville Girl - Louvin Brothers
WROS Scotts…