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Hammock – No Agenda (feat. Steve Kilbey)

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Post Rockers Hammock team up with the ever talented Steve Kilbey of The Church on “No Agenda,” an ethereal piece that is both allaying and powerful. The 2011 album “Asleep in the Downlights” is officially being released today (October 25th). Order it, pick it up, do whatever you have to do to purchase this one because you will not be disappointed. Contributed by Trevor Meyer

Hammock – No Agenda (feat. Steve Kilbey)

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Rating 8.2

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10-25-11

RAVE’S FAVE: Thomas Dolby – Spice Train

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I was Dolby’s A&R guy at Capitol when “She Blinded Me With Science” came out. The Golden Age of Wireless album was already released but when Thomas played “Science” for me, there was no way we could wait. I suggested a special release for “Science” which Thomas agreed to. The song went to #3. His first studio album in 20 years drops today. It’s really good but mostly pretty quiet. The dancy “Spice Train” contains lots of the fun we remember Thomas for. It’s so good to have him back and making fine music again. Sure I’m biased but if you’re a Dolby fan, I doubt you’ll fault me for this pick. Contributed by Bruce Rave

Thomas Dolby – Spice Train

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Check out Bruce’s “Go Deep” show on Friday’s around 2p Pacific, 5p Eastern. Also listen to past shows at Bruce’s blog.

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10-25-11

Ashtar Command – Save Me (feat. Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

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Intergalactic super collective of rock veterans Chris Holmes and Brian Liesegang team up with the one and only Alex Ebert for a stellar collaboration. Folky, anthemic, Ziggy Stardust and commercial are just few words to describe the record which talks the masses.

Ashtar Command – Save Me (feat. Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

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Rating 8

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10-25-11

Mazzy Star – Common Burn

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Patience is a virtue and “Common Burn” is a shimmering example. Below is the new single from Mazzy Star. Get familiar. (WAWSTSF)

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Rating 8.5

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10-24-11

The Peach Kings – Thieves and Kings

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New single “Thieves and Kings” is yet another cruisin friendly, gypsiedelic banger from LA based duo The Peach Kings. The band play tonight at Bootleg Theater in Silverlake, don’t miss it. Peep the new Paul Trillo video for the track below.

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Rating 8.4

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10-24-11

Fantasmas – Blind Children (Shake)

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Brooklyn based project Fantasmas comes in part from Peruvian-born Kam Tambini’s childhood in Lima/Bogota and teenage years in Washington DC’s punk scene. There’s no wave, there’s shoegaze, there’s rock and roll.

Fantasmas – Blind Children (Shake)

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Rating 8.3

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10-24-11

B3SCI on Virgin Mobile Live (feat. Small Black)

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Josh from Small Black calls in this week to talk about the band’s new Moon Killer mixtape being released on 11.11.11, the issues related with sounding like, #occupywallstreet and more. Catch new B3SCI Radio on Virgin Mobile Live, Fridays and Saturdays every week 12pm pac/ 3pm east.

Click for b3sci radio archives and be sure to check out fam Virgin Mobile Live and Abbey Braden!

TRACK LIST:

A$AP Rocky – Out of This World
Coldplay – Princess of China (Feat. Rihanna)
mic up: Birdy – Shelter (Essays Tearful Remix) (Edit)
Dirty Beaches – Lone Runner
The Owsley Brothers – Burden On Your Eyes
mic up: Massive Attack – Paradise Circus (Burial Remix)(edit)
Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty)
mic up: Rave’s Fave
Justice – Parade
Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Joy Orbison Remix) (edit)
Small Black – Weird Machines
Interview part 1: Josh from Small Black call’s in
Small Black – Two Rivers (Feat. Heems)
Interview part 2: Josh from Small Black call’s in
Small Black – Moon Killer

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10-22-11

The Alcoves – Now

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“Now” just sounds like an edgier pop recurrent you could have heard on alternative radio over the past 15 years yet it would still feel right at home after a new track by The Vaccines. With an LP in the works the Swedish 5 piece is something on the radar.

The Alcoves – Now

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Rating 8.1

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10-22-11

Pinebocks – Flee / My Unfunny Valentine

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According to his bandcamp page, Pinebocks is the still nascent project of Cory Clifford, “an indie pop obsessed 21 year old idiot living in Texas.” His first release, Flee / My Unfunny Valentine, is quite simplistic but is held together by strong songwriting. There’s no trying to razzle dazzle with gimmickry and layers of synths, just a man with words, a guitar and some feelings to share. “Flee” is very Magnetic Fields with a pinch of Van Dyke Parks. “My Unfunny Valentine” has a traditional, almost Leadbelly bent. These songs are unfinished, but they don’t need a band propping them up. They have enough panache on their own. Peep this and propose a toast to all the precocious youths writing songs throughout the Heartland. Contributed by Chris Gedos

Pinebocks – Flee

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Rating 7.95

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10-22-11

The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Following

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The trance inducing “Following” is new via NYC cult-lective The Phenomenal Handclap Band. But seriously how can you not get down to this? It’s Poptronic we tell you. Just try getting this one out of your head after a few spins. “Come and join us”!

The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Following

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Rating 8.1

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10-21-11

Dirty Beaches – Stye Eye

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Raw. It’s the best word we have to describe Dirty Beaches. We had the chance to catch Alex Zhang perform his abstract take on songwriting and rock and roll back in August poolside at the Mondrian in LA. We were awed by the soul and the delivery. A talent to keep an eye on.

Dirty Beaches – Stye Eye

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Rating 8.4

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10-21-11

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me (UNKLE Remix)

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UNKLE goes to town on “Lord Let The Light Shine On Me” from Noel’s forthcoming solo debut. The UK outfit serve up a nice balance of Noel’rific writing (of the LP’s more Oasis-like tunes) and outside the box type elements that we can come to expect from High Flying Birds. Is that a gospel singer Noel? Get the album November 8th.

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Rating 8

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10-21-11