Kevin Bronson’s Top LA Tunes of 2013

392841_498245826891570_1753722843_nFor the last 3 Fridays of 2013, Kevin Bronson counted down his top 101 favorite songs coming out of the Los Angeles region over the past year. It was a mighty impressive list, and you can find all of it on his wildly informative Buzzbands.LA site. Make sure you listen to his show every Friday from 11am – 1pm PST!

Here are his top 10, just to give you a taste.

10. Big Black Delta, “Side of the Road”
9. Body Parts, “Desperation”
8. Hanni El Khatib, “Family”
7. Gap Dream, “Shine Your Light”
6. Rhye, “The Fall”
5. Haim, “Falling”
4. Dream Boys, “Born Yesterday”
3. Kan Wakan, “Moving On”
2. LA Font, “Diving Man”
1. Cillie Barnes, “Brainwash”



Mookie’s Favorites!

MookieIf you haven’t heard Mookie, you’re missing out. Every week we present Unsigned Sunday with Mookie, where he spins you the coolest new artists you may not have heard yet! Tune in Sundays at 4pm PST (rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6pm) to catch him.

Here are Mookie’s favorites of 2013:

  • Foals – Holy Fire (Warner Bros)
  • Cayucas – Bigfoot (Secretly Canadian)
  • Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium (ATO)
  • Phosphorescent – Muchacho (Dead Oceans)
  • Luke Temple – Good Mood Fool (Secretly Canadian)
  • Mike Doughty – Circles Super Bon Bon (Snack Bar)
  • Dent May – Warm Blanket (Paw Tracks)



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Swing House Faves of the year!

ali mixingThe Independent FM is lucky enough to broadcast from the gorgeous Swing House Studios in Hollywood. Every Sunday at 5pm PST, fellow music nerd (and Swing House head honcho) Philip Jaurigui presents Swing House Radio for your entertainment.

Check out the show, and his favorite tracks of 2013!

  • Papa-  Young Rut
  • The Filthy Souls- Destroy You
  • Cage the Elephant- Come a Little Closer
  • The Silent Comedy-  Light of Day
  • Gary Clark Jr.- Aint Messin Around
  • JJ Grey & Mofro- 99 Shades of Crazy
  • Jared James Nichols- Blackfoot
  • The Cold and Lovely- Ellis Bell
  • Jessica Childress- I Quit
  • Great White Buffalo-  Thanks for Nothing

Lost Weekend Wraps It Up for 2013

21418_1409405639282094_1830380992_nDon’t miss Steve Woods do his special edition of Lost Weekend this Sunday, 12/29 at 10amPST, Lost Weekend 2013: The Year That Was. If you want a sneak peek at what he will be doing, here are his favorite tracks from this year… but much more will be revealed on Sunday. Don’t miss it!

1.  Jason Isbell: Cover Me Up
2.  Sarah Jarosz: Build Me Up From Bones
3.  Wild Feathers: The Celiling
4. Tired Pony:  All Things All At Once
5.  The Weeks: Bad Enough
6.  Amanda Shires: Wasted and Rollin
7.  Mona: Darlin
8.  Wild Feathers: Wine and Vinegar
9.  Jason Isbell: Elephant
10. The Head and The Heart: Another Story
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Mo’s Favorites of 2013

Xmas '11You all know Mo, since she’s on 5 days a week! If you haven’t caught her, check her out Tues. – Thurs. from 10am – 3pm, Fri. from 1 – 3pm, and Sat. from 10am – noon PST. She plays just about everything on her show, so what on earth could be her top 10 for 2013? Check it out here, and listen when she comes back from her holiday vacay in January!

  1.  Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.
  2.  Jenny O – Automechanic
  3.  Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackets – Baby Caught The Bus
  4. Mikal Cronin – Mcii
  5. Cayucas – Bigfoot
  6. Cut Copy – Free Your Mind
  7. Savages – Silence Yourself
  8.  Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady
  9. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  10. Haim – Days Are Gone



Merry MiXMas!

MerryMixmasThis Christmas Eve, the Independent FM has your holiday tunes! Starting at 7pm PST, we are having a very Merry MiXmas!  From 7-9pm, it’s non stop Xmas mixes courtesy of DJ Paul V. After that, catch a DJ Paul V mix once an hour for a full on Smash Xmas. That’ll keep your holiday guests on their toes!


Native Wayne – Favorites of 2013

wayne_photoNative Wayne, GRAMMY winning producer and musician, has the enviable task of interviewing musicians and playing us the best in rock reggae on his program Alter-Native with Native Wayne Jobson on The Independent FM every Saturday at 4pm PST. Here is a list of some of his favorite things from 2013:

  • Best show – Paul McCartney at Outside Lands, San Francisco
  • Best voice – Tessanne Chin – The Voice NBC
  • Wicked album – Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth
  • “Smile Jamaica” – Chronixx
  • “Fight This Feeling” – Shaggy and Beres Hammond
  • “Locked Out of Paradise” – Bruno Mars (Major Lazer remix)
  • “Tight up Skirt” – Samantha J
  • “Wake Up” – Jah Cure
  • “Affairs of the Heart” – Damian Marley
  • “What a Gwaan” – Andrew Tosh



Mark Reback’s 2013 Favorites

MarkSFCropOur pal Mark Reback, otherwise known as the drummer for LA’s fantastically  fun Black Hi-Lighter, has been a regular contributor here on the Indie FM website. All those new music round-ups and reviews? Yep, that’s him! When he isn’t working on the next Black Hi-Lighter album (due out on Phaedra next May) he’s been getting new music info to you. Look for more of his awesome work on 2014.

Curious about his favorite musical moments of 2013? Wonder no more!

–       Queens Of The Stone Age – “… Like Clockwork” – If you don’t own this amazing record yet, stop reading this right now and go buy it. If you download it, pay for it. They deserve your money.  I wrote a glowing review of this record earlier this year for The Independent FM, so rather than reiterate my passion for it here, I will direct you to the follow link to read it: http://theindependent.fm/an-appreciation-queens-of-the-stone-age-like-clockwork/

–       My Bloody Valentine – “mbv” – Like many other music fanatics, I’ve been waiting 20 years for this record, and never really thought we’d ever hear it… What a relief then, to discover that it did not suck! They’ll never top their classic LP from ‘91 “Loveless”, which changed the soundscape of rock music forever by introducing guitar and vocal sounds that had previously not been heard, which is quite a feat. I highly recommend their new self-released record for a winter’s night listening: http://www.mybloodyvalentine.org/default.aspx

–       Cheatahs – “Cut The Grass / Kenworth” single – This new UK band is all about guitars and tones and early 90’s shoegaze music. If you dig Swervedriver and the above-mentioned My Bloody Valentine, you will LOVE this. This single came out a couple months ago, and they also packaged their last two EPs into one collection earlier this year… it’s all great stuff. Their first proper full length LP will be out on Wichita Records in February 2014 on my b-day, and my band may actually open for them at The Echo here in Los Angeles on Feb. 27th! Check ‘em out! http://cheatahs.net/releases/

–       White Lung – “Songs About The South” single – Three ladies that completely rock, along with a mad genius dude on guitar, bring you the feral power of White Lung.  I saw this band three times last year, and their live shows are FEROCIOUS.  Seriously.  They’ve been touring relentlessly and it’s paid off.  Singer Mish Way is magnetic and sexy and she exudes a menacing confidence that is impossible to ignore. Do yourself a favor and see them next time they come to your town. http://whitelung.bandcamp.com/ or http://whitelung.ca/

–       Best Show of the Year: Quicksand reunion show at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles – If you haven’t guessed it yet, I prefer bands with guitars and drums. People playing real instruments. This band does it better than most. Quicksand was one of my faves back in the early 90’s. Smart, angular groove rock with power. Yes, please. And main man Walter Schreifels might be the sweetest guy ever. I saw people I hadn’t seen in years at this show back in January. So. Much. Fun.  Isn’t that what live music should be about?  I’m hoping for a new record in 2014! http://quicksandnyc.com/

–       2nd Best Show of the Year: Mudhoney at The Echo in Echo Park – The original line-up of the godfathers of grunge, playing all the songs I wanted to hear. The crowd was rabid and full of people from all age groups. The band even screwed up their biggest hit “Touch Me I’m Sick” 30 seconds in and stopped cold and started over. Who does that now? Nobody. Made me love them even more!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE_bJ1T1qVQ&list=TLsJJPuyEgdkewXVCvTEwoyl_eYeKZ0OwU

–       Best Rediscovery of the Year – QUEEN Live in Montreal 1981 – This obviously didn’t come out this year, but I just rediscovered it… Dude. This is what a rock show should be. Smoke, lights, volume, showmanship, virtuosity, crowd sing-alongs… Just pure awesomeness. Queen and Freddie Mercury were one of the best live acts ever, and this concert DVD documents them at their peak. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl2cPxm0908




BuzzbandsLA 2013 countdown continues…

pwm-bbla101-e1386958945270Maybe you didn’t catch him last week, but Kevin Bronson has kicked off his annual 101 favorite local songs of 2013. The first part of that massive playlist can be found here, and make sure you are listening to the show Fridays from 11am – 1pm PST this week and next to hear the rest of the best that LA has to offer.

Check out LA music tips and more, at BuzzbandsLA every darned day!

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Speak Easy with Steve Baltin & John Oates

JO PressFor the last Speak Easy of 2013, Steve Baltin is going out with a bang! He’ll chat with new Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer John Oates of Hall and Oates. (Oh yea, we LOVE us some H2O!) They talk about that honor, the quintessential Hall and Oates song, artists from Cole Porter to Jim James and being in the Rock Hall with heroes such as Chuck Berry. Tune in Thursday 12/19 at 6pm to catch the interview!