Sunflower Bean-Easier Said

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Since their formation in 2013, New York trio Sunflower Bean has made waves coast to coast. Julia Cumming (vox/bass), Nick Kivlen (vox/guitar), and Jacob Faber (drums), draw from a wealth of rugged lo-fi sounds, adapting the heroic charisma of Velvet Underground’s psychedelia and Black Sabbath’s dark rock to fit their own generation’s drowsy ethos. ‘Easier Said’ is the latest single and video taken from their latest album ‘Human Ceremony’. Sunflower Bean will be appearing at Zanzabar on June 11.

Stream Easier Said from Sunflower Bean

Album Stream: Adia Victoria – Beyond The Bloodhounds


Nashville-based artist Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here.  She travels the lands of rock, Afro-punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues. Adia Victoria is excited to announce that her debut album  ‘Beyond The Bloodhounds’ will be released on May 13 via her new label Canvasback Music. WFPK is pleased to be able to let you stream the album early!

Stream ‘Beyond The Bloodhounds’ by Adia Victoria

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Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison Guest DJ Playlist

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Frightened Rabbit front-man and songwriter Scott Hutchison knows a thing or two about great songs and songwriting. The band’s latest album ‘Painting Of A Panic Attack‘ is proof of that. In anticipation of Frightened Rabbit’s upcoming Louisville appearance May 3rd at Headliners, we asked Scott to share with us a few of his favorite songs, and what it is about them that speaks to him. Check out his very special guest DJ playlist:

Nada Surf-Love and Anger                                                                                              

This is an amazing cover of the Kate Bush song. It reminds me of warm Californian drives, making the occasional escape from the city and the excitement at getting the heck out of LA from time to time. I love Nada Surf, they don’t really seem to give a damn about being “current”, they just continue to write great songs and present them very honestly.

Sharon Van Etten-Afraid Of Nothing

Taken from one of the most beautiful albums I’ve ever heard, Are We There, this song is one of very few that can bring a tear to my eye. Almost every time. I love the way Sharon’s music lilts almost woozily and pulls you along like a gentle current.

New Order-Your Silent Face
This song is the perfect combination of beauty and ugliness. Warm, serious synths sit next to the childish melodica, and Bernard Sumner’s vocal is one of his most plaintive and brilliant. Proof that you should sometimes sing out of tune if you want to make humans listen.

Primal Scream-Accelerator

Sounds like the whole song was put through a crazy distressor, it’s f@*#!ing insane. I love how confrontational Primal Scream can be on an album like this, then they go back to being the nice guys again a few years later, singing about country girls. Always surprising, one of the best British bands around.

The Delgados- American Trilogy

A Scottish classic. This album taught me a lot about what music should do to the listener. I think this was the first time I “swooned” when I heard a song. There’s a certain romance to it all but it’s tempered with a longing sadness you can drown in.

The New Pornographers-The Bleeding Heart Show

Still the greatest outro of all the outros, and let me tell you I know my outros. I’m not usually one for showy drum fills but the playing on this track is outstanding, just a pure 2 minute joyfest. Makes me want to join a commune and just sing “hey-laaa” all day with my new friends.

Frightened Rabbit-Get Out Stream


Frightened Rabbit has returned with the anxiously awaited album ‘Painting Of A Panic Attack’ on Atlantic Records. We’re looking forward to their upcoming show at Headliners on May 3rd. Check out their latest video ‘Get Out’ and stream it as well.

Stream ‘Get Out’ by Frightened Rabbit

Nada Surf – Cold to See Clear


After the longest break between records of their career, Nada Surf has followed up The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy with You Know Who You Are. On the single Cold to See Clear, Matthew Caws and crew certainly know who they are musically. You could even say the anthem is arch-Nada Surf, providing a textbook example of the lyrical themes and power-pop chops the band is known for.

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Vandaveer’s Studio Session Playlist


In honor of Vandaveer’s tenure as February’s artist in residency and the release of The Wild Mercury this week, frontman Mark Charles Heidinger put together this playlist. “I opted to go with tunes/albums that were in regular rotation during various studio sessions for our new record,” Heidinger told WFPK. “One must put fuel in the tank if he expects his engine to run.”

Sun Kil Moon – Sunshine in Chicago

Mark Kozelek’s combative and cantankerous ways are well documented. He holds little back and regularly veers into uncomfortable terrain. There’s a directness and immediacy to his songwriting that I find magnetic and arresting. This album was in regular rotation during the first phase of tracking for our new record. I think it probably influenced me in a number of ways, from trying to write less abstractly to the manner in which we tracked our vocals. The Sun Kil Moon catalog is gorgeous and unsettling. Kozelek can endear and offend in a single verse. Strangely compelling. I could pick just about any track from this record.

Beck – Paper Tiger

Sea Change might be a desert island disc for me, assuming said desert island had electricity, stereo equipment, non-perishable goods and a way for me to stay hydrated long enough to relax and think about listening to music. The complementary talents of Beck and producer Nigel Godrich are nearly unmatched. My bandmate J. Tom Hnatow introduced me to a Serge Gainsbourg record called Histoire de Melody Nelson on a recent tour. Beck openly admits to borrowing liberally from the production and arrangement of that record, specifically on “Paper Tiger.” Art imitating art, not theft. It’s inspiring. And a standout among standouts on this record. The strings are so frenetic and dramatic. Great depth of field on this tune.

Phosphorescent – A Charm/A Blade

Another record we had in regular rotation during the early sessions for our new record. Such a pleasing experience, listening to this album, especially underneath a pair of quality studio headphones. We’d fire up the console, put on a few records and drink our morning coffee before tracking. invariably we’d turn to this album — so much so that we started to irritate Duane, our producer man. Matthew Houck layers his vocals one atop another but maintains that delicate, vulnerable quality he does so damn well. It’s an army of voices, but they still sound tender and intimate. The delivery of the line “Cut my heart but do it fast / Don’t want that hurt to last” from “A Charm / A Blade” is just perfect.

Bob Dylan – Most of the Time

It doesn’t get much better than Dylan and Daniel Lanois. I know Time Out Of Mind is considered their high water mark together, but I find myself turning to Oh Mercy more. The progression from demo to album cut of this particular tune is stunning. We spent a lot of time listening to this record during The Wild Mercury sessions, too. We borrowed liberally from the Lanois playbook with re-amped guitar tones. The studio had this huge empty warehouse space next door. We left a speaker out there and would regularly send guitar tracks, organs, whatever out to it at blistering volumes. Then we’d put a mic 50, 100 feet away in the far corner of the warehouse and re-record the whirlwind of sound that it produced. “Warehouse it!” became a common phrase we blurted out during these sessions. Thanks, Bob & Dan. We owe you one.

Sturgill Simpson – Just Let Go

Sturgill is doing Kentucky proud. It’s inspiring to see someone from your old hometown ride a serious wave to real success, and — more importantly — to do it with fantastic songs. This is country music, sure, but it’s also much more than that. The man can flat out sing. And lyrically I find myself regularly digging in for more. “Gonna transmigrate to my destination / Far beyond time in an eternal dream” isn’t standard country fare. He can also give a hell of an interview. Entertaining on so many levels. And then there’s that guitar player — Laur Joamets from Estonia… an absolutely phenomenal player. I’m excited to hear the next record. I expect it to confuse minds and furrow brows in the country world, just as it should.