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FKA Angel’s Top 3 Albums of 2017, so far!

Life Will See You Now by Jens Lekman

I was waiting for this release for a long time. I was first introduced to Lekman with the album I Know What Love Isn’t in 2012. There’s something very novel and special about living the hype of a new release along with more experienced fans, but I wasn’t particularly enthralled by this album. In sneaking through his back catalog, I found my heart swept away by Night Falls Over Kortedala, released in 2007. Lekman himself acknowledges his departure from his more pop-minded sounds between Kortedala and I Know What Love Isn’t, and it feels like he’s brought it all back with Life Will See You Now. I kept this album on rotation for a solid two months. Soon enough I knew every word and could hum along to every horn and strum in the most obnoxious onomatopoetic way possible.

I’m not a music writer, just a homely DJ, so, I give Life Will See You Now a “This Is A Perfect Album” out of 10.

Favorite tracks: “Evening Prayer”, “Wedding in Finistère", & “How We Met, The Long Version”

Dust by Laurel Halo

This album literally came out less than a week ago and is exactly what I needed to guide me through this particularly melancholy summer. I’ve just moved back home with my mother and am less than inclined to involve myself with the humidity outside. That being said, I have been cramming new music down my throat day in and day out alongside allergy-and-Benadryl-fueled MST3K marathons. So, there I was, on Twitter, not expecting any new music to be released on a TUESDAY (WHAT IS THIS, 2014?) but lo and behold Halo dropped her entire album on Soundcloud, free of charge—a streamer’s paradise! I blew through the whole thing in one sitting, sweating my ass off in my childhood bedroom with no AC, and traveled to a place I hadn’t been since Halo’s Quarantine. What I adore about her, and this album, is she never confines herself to a particular style and is always evolving and expanding. It’s sexy and squishy and sweet. Like me!

FKA Angel gives Dust a “This Is A Good Album To Sweat To” out of 10!

Favorite tracks: “Jelly”, “Koinos”, and “Syzygy”

Lake by Blois

Remember orange sherbet Push-Ups®? They were disgusting. Lake is an album that encompasses spring-to-summer transitory emotions and nostalgia in a way that Push-Ups® never could. I want to reach my fist into cold mud every time I listen to this album. It is quiet and sweetly slow, almost saccharine, but never too much that you can’t listen to it four or five times through in one sitting. Slide through this entire album on a drive to the pool and then revisit some old Blois hits, like “Henry” and “Kidneys”. Listen to it all! The Blois are back in town!

I give this album an Icee® out of Push-Up®!

Favorite tracks: All of them!

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WKNC 88.1 FM Radio 200/Indie Rock Charts 3/7/17

1 STEF CHURA Messes – Urinal Cake
2 VAGABON Infinite Worlds – Father/Daughter
3 NOVELLA Change of State – Sinderlyn
4 HALASAN BAZAR Burns – Requiem pour un Twister
5 DUDE YORK Sincerely – Hardly Art
6 NEAUX  Fell Off The Deep End – Iron Pier
7 JENS LEKMAN Life Will See You Now – Dead Oceans
8 TIM DARCY Saturday Night – Jagjaguwar
9 DRAB MAJESTY The Demonstration – Dais
10 PISSED JEANS Why Love Now – Sub Pop
11 HANNI EL KHATIB Savage Times – Innovative Leisure
12 HIDEOUT So Many Hoops, So Little Time – Small Plates
13 JESCA HOOP Memories Are Now – Sub Pop
14 IDLE BLOOM Little Deaths – Fraternity as Vanity
15 LOS CAMPESINOS Sick Scenes – Wichita
16 LOUIE LOUIE Friend of a Stranger – Born Losers
17 HOMESHAKE Fresh Air – Sinderlyn
18 THE LUYAS Human Voicing  – Paper Bag
19 MOLLY BURCH Please Be Mine – Captured Tracks
20 ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY Stick Around – Self-Released
21 SNOWBALL II Flashes of Quincy – Doughnut
22 MAGGIE ROGERS Now That The Light Is Fading – Capitol
23 SURFER BLOOD Snowdonia Joyful Noise
24 KING WOMAN Created in the Image of Suffering – Relapse
25 LOUISE BURNS Young Mopes – Light Organ
26 DOMINIC Goodnight, Doggies – Lame-O
27 HALF WAIF Form/A – Cascine
28 THE FEELIES In Between – Bar/None
29 HAND HABITS Wildly Idle – Woodsist
30 LOWLY Heba – Bella Union

Top Adds
1  BONNY DOON Bonny Doon – Salinas
2 DEL PAXTON All Day, Every Day, All Night – Topshelf
3 JAY SOM Everybody Works – Polyvinyl
4 JENN GRANT Paradise – Bada Bing
5 SARAH BETHE NELSON  Oh, Evolution – Burger

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WKNC 88.1 FM Radio 200/Indie Rock Charts 2/21/17

1 SEE GULLS Curtain Call – Self-Released
2 INFINITY CRUSH Warmth Equation – Joy Void
3 ASTRO COWBOY Hedonism Colosseum – Self-Released
4 STEF CHURA Messes – Urinal Cake
5 SARAH SHOOK AND THE DISARMERS Sidelong – Bloodshot
6 FOOD COURT Food Court   – Self-Released
7 CLOUD NOTHINGS Life Without Sound  – Carpark
8 THE REGRETTES Feel Your Feelings Fool! – Warner Bros.
9 AQUARIAN BLOOD Last Night In Paradise – Goner
10 TIM DARCY Saturday Night – Jagjaguwar
11 MOLLY BURCH Please Be Mine – Captured Tracks
12 CHERRY GLAZERR Apocalipstick – Secretly Canadian
13 LOUISE BURNS Young Mopes – Light Organ
14 DOMINIC Goodnight, Doggies  – Lame-O
15 PRIESTS Nothing Feels Natura – Sister Polygon
16 THE PROPER ORNAMENTS  Foxhole – Slumberland
17 JAPANDROIDS Near To The Wild Heart Of Life   – Anti
18 NEAUX Fell Off The Deep End – Iron Pier
19 MARCHING CHURCH Telling It Like It Is – Sacred Bones
20 KESTRELS Kestrels  – Sonic Unyon
21 TYVEK Origin Of What – In The Red
22 HANNI EL KHATIB Savage Times – Innovative Leisure
23 FUFANU Sports – One Little Indian
24 DRAB MAJESTY The Demonstration – Dais
25 SURF CURSE Nothing Yet   – Danger Collective
26 JESCA HOOP Memories Are Now- Sub Pop
27 KING WOMAN Created in the Image of Suffering – Relapse
28 LILA BLUE The Hollows Hold the Healing – Self-Released
29 ALLISON CRUTCHFIELD Tourist In This Town – Merge
30 LOUIE LOUIE Friend of a Stranger – Born Losers

Top Adds

1 NOVELLA Change of State – Sinderlyn
2 THE LUYAS Human Voicing – Paper Bag
3 IDLE BLOOM Little Deaths – Fraternity As Vanity
4 DUDE YORK Sincerely – Hardly Art
5 JENS LEKMAN Life Will See You Now – Secretly Canadian