One thing I should have included in my “Hate” list for LA is the lack of good radio stations. KROQ has caused me to have an irrational dislike of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Indie 103.1 was great until it was replaced by a Spanish-language format. The local NPR station, KCRW, does play fantastic music, but only in between news and talk segments, which seem to be the only things on when I’m in my car. Oh, how I miss WFNX and WBRU!! The worst part, besides being in the car and not having anything good to listen to, is that it’s really difficult to find new music. Trolling iTunes for recommendations is now an activity of mine that will consume hours of a weekend. Because of this, I do not have time to do it as often as I would like, and end up listening to the same songs over and over again.
This is why I am eternally grateful to people who give me music recommendations for bands and artists I would otherwise have never heard. One such person is a Hipster colleague of mine, and he often hooks me up with, as he calls it, “what the kids are listening to.”
So, here is the first of what will hopefully be many recommendations for good music that you may not have heard about. Oh, and for the record, I love all sorts of music (with the exception of country and most hip-hop), but really, really love indie rock, folk and electronic. Weird mix, I know.
Empire of the Sun – “Walking on a Dream”
Whitest Boy Alive – “Inflation”
Meiko – “Boys With Girlfriends”
Great Northern – “Houses”
Phoenix – “1901”
Theresa Andersson – “Birds Fly Away”
Now go pay it forward.