Melodies of Vikings: An Interview with Stockholm’s Pet Sounds Records

Melodies of Vikings: An Interview with Stockholm’s Pet Sounds Records

DJ Xanthe Pajarillo paid a visit to Pet Sounds Records in Stockholm, Sweden to speak with its managers about the music industry in Sweden, the impact of Spotify on music collection, and how they select what goes in the store. Click to read the full interview!

PLAYLIST: A Toast to My K-pop Youth

PLAYLIST: A Toast to My K-pop Youth

Here’s a playlist to help you out! This is your beginner guide to get to know the greatest bands and hits in K-pop history. To those who grew up listening to K-Pop tunes like me, this playlist is sure to fill you with nostalgia. Sometimes, we just need to turn back the clock and remind ourselves of our youth.

Lady Lamb Wants You To Feel That “Deep Love”

 Lady Lamb Wants You To Feel That “Deep Love”

Aly Spaltro started writing music in the basement of Bart and Greg’s DVD Explosion, an indie rental store in Brunswick, Maine. After the decision to release her music anonymously, she adopted the moniker Lady Lamb, which was taken from the random scribblings she made in her notebook while asleep. In the span of her eleven year career in music, she has toured with the likes of Kaki King, Neko Case, Beirut, Cuddle Magic, and Xenia Rubinos.

Mix by Derek Piotr

Had a lot of fun mashing this mix in for kxsc - the front end is ostensibly a remix of madonna's american life {oops}! here comes some sort of spiky microburst!!

Derek Piotr, artist


  1. madonna / american life

  2. music of islam - sufis / invocation

  3. chaka khan / like sugar (switch remix)

  4. derek piotr / ants

  5. mesh / victim lord

  6. wolf eyes / untitled (slicer)

  7. destiny’s child / bills, bills, bills (baht remix)

  8. c spencer yeh / voice ix

  9. midlake / young bride (roger o’donnell moog mix) david lewiston / hudjan mas (golden rain)

In The Wake: KXSC Remembers The Dead

With Spring Programming in its third week and the new semester rapidly overwhelming our every waking moment, we thought we’d take this final opportunity to acknowledge some of the towering figures our musical community lost in 2018. Featuring contributions from DJs, staff, and KXSC alumni - hope these move you to revisit some of your favorite artists and explore the work of those whose names are as-of-yet unfamiliar to you!

UCLA Radio x KXSC: Don't You Wanna Do It Right?


It’s Friday night on the streets of LA…Friday, January 11. UCLA Radio and KXSC are collaborating to celebrate the beautiful, chaotic city that we all barely know and love.

It’s a Crosstown Social, not the Triwizard Tournament (please forgive this reference). So bring your friends, prepare to make friends, and let’s boogie down. DJ Yoink, Parí & chris christi, DJ Odyssey, and Mystery Meat are gonna be spinning tasty LA-themed tracks to get your booties groovin'.

Get into the groove with this mix celebrating Los Angeles, from Music Writing Director Aida R.



Checkin’ it twice: KXSC Programmers’ favorite 2018 releases

Phosphene’s Outside in Equinox Must Sees

The inaugural Outside in Equinox Festival is coming up on September 21st to 24th, and promises a camping experience with, “exploration, discovery, & celebration of technology and the evolving human experience.” Taking place at Live Oak Campground near Santa Barbara, the festival has a great lineup along with daily workshops and lectures, with topics ranging from blockchain technology to ET Disclosure. These are a few artists I’m most excited to check out!

Photo credit: BBC

Photo credit: BBC

Dr. Fresch

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Dr. Fresch at Burning Man, and not only is he one of the nicest guys ever, he’s also a fantastic DJ with the ability to play a wide range of genres. His set at Burning Man was one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to see him play.

Photo from Justin Jay’s    Soundcloud

Photo from Justin Jay’s Soundcloud

Justin Jay

Another amazing DJ I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with, Justin Jay is a USC alumni who’s been blowing up in the house music scene. He has several tracks out with Dirtybird, and also has his own recording label Fantastic Voyage. He’s a festival favorite for a reason- don’t miss his set.

Photo credit: Psychedelic News

Photo credit: Psychedelic News

Random Rab

Please festival gods, let there be a Random Rab sunrise set. His beautiful mix of acoustic and electronic music is good for the soul. Doesn’t hurt that Apparently is one of my favorite songs, too. 

Photo credit: Don Parmesan’s official    Facebook    page

Photo credit: Don Parmesan’s official Facebook page

Don Parmesan 

Don Parmesan has established himself of one of the best up-and-coming DJs out of Santa Barbara. He’s an EOS regular and can curate a vibe like no other. He’s also hosting a theme camp “Disconauts”- be sure to check it out. 

Burko and Lost Marbles

Two other up-and-coming DJs who’s sets I’ll definitely be at are Burko and Lost Marbles. I’ve seen Burko play a few times and have always been impressed by his music selection, ranging from tech house and techno, to Brazilian house and experimental bass. Lost Marbles is a group consisting of the DJs Vinny, BüF, and Don Parmesan who I mentioned earlier. They’ll be throwing down a tech house set that’ll guarantee to get your blood pumping. And who doesn’t love a B2B?

Workshops and Lectures

Although the haven’t released the workshops and lecture lineup, I’d make a point to check out at least one session. These events are a huge part of the experience, and adds a different dimension to the classic party-only-music-festival that you don’t always see. 

RETRO-GRADES: How to Disappear: a meditation on Mark Hollis' final work

“Wife… Kids… It’s all messing with my plan to just… move to Bhutan one of these days.” – Nick “The White Spider” Lefferts

I remember in elementary school reading a book about Abraham Lincoln, and about how in his day, when someone had a lot of debt they would often escape it by leaving town. Lincoln accrued quite a bit of debt as a young man (several times), but never skipped town; his persistence to paying his dues led to the nickname “Honest Abe.” What I found most intriguing about the story was the concept that someone could move to another town and simply begin a new life, with no way of contacting former acquaintances aside from the mail or in-person visits. As technology has progressed to give us telephones, e-mail, and social media, one of the perceived advantages has been the ability to maintain contact with friends and family from across the globe. What I would like to explore in this review is the concept of disappearing. Of a person removing themselves completely from their current life.

Mark Hollis is best known as the frontman of Talk Talk: a synthpop group that abandoned their mainstream sound to essentially invent the genre of post-rock, responsible for catchy hits such as 1984’s “It’s My Life” and minimalist masterpieces including 1991’s Laughing Stock. While fans and record labels responded poorly to the band’s less accessible material, their later albums have developed a notable cult following, and inspired musicians ranging from Radiohead and Sigur Ros, to Bon Iver, Floating Points, and Florence and the Machine. After the recording of Laughing Stock, Mark Hollis was abandoned by his bandmates, producers, and recording engineers, most of whom experienced mental illness, and several of whom never worked in music again. It was at this point that Hollis began his disappearance from the public eye.

In 1998, Hollis emerged very quietly to release his lone solo project. I say quietly because along with the lack of publicity surrounding the release, the album is literally very quiet. The opening track “The Colour Of Spring” is one of my favorite moments in recorded music. With a simple piano backing his subtly enchanting voice, the song seems to hover right along the line between silence and sound. Lyrically, Hollis’ genius speaks for itself, as in a mere ten lines he dismantles the concept of the music industry and addresses the “bridges that he’s burned,” all while offering a beautifully Existentialist view of his own fate. As the album progresses, Hollis explores love from multiple perspectives, life and death through war, and the façade of modern journalism, all through a soft and sparse musical tapestry woven together of angular horns, gently plucked strings, and meditative drums. In the end, Hollis leaves with a whisper, a barely audibly, “D’you see? / Wise words / wild words / d’you see?” Those words making his disappearance complete.

I’ve always been interested in albums made by an artist who knows the album will be their last, including J Dilla’s Donuts and David Bowie’s Blackstar. But as a final statement to the world, Mark Hollis has an obvious and glaring difference: Mark Hollis is not dead. Hollis ended his career by his own choice, and with a stark sense of finality.

To borrow a term from philosopher and limo driver Nicholas Nassim Taleb, our world is increasingly resembling an Extremistan (“-stan” is a Persian suffix meaning “land of;” Extremistan literally translates to “land of extremes”). As more people migrate to cities, areas of high population density grow more crowded, and rural areas grow still more desolate. In science, music, wealth, and celebrity, fewer and fewer people are succeeding, while succeeding to much greater heights than those before. Personally, I find the whirlwind of the life now before me quite dizzying. Striving for “success” as classically defined has always seemed a questionable goal to me, but I find more and more that the world of opportunity and scalability that technological advances have afforded us is also a world of shallowness, fakery, and meaningless connections. A world full of people with certainty, while increasingly governed by chance. A world of people living each moment of their lives simply as a means to the end of the next moment, and a world of people who judge others for their actions and results rather than the thoughts behind the actions and processes behind the results. A world that despite the thousands of humans surrounding me, feels incredibly lonely.

To me, Mark Hollis the man and Mark Hollis the album are reminders that there is another option. That no matter how crowded the world becomes, living a solitary, forgotten life can be a comfort in itself. That striving for success in the eyes of others is meaningless if it doesn’t lead to personal fulfillment. That even if life is pointless, it can still be beautiful if appreciated for its own immediacy. That it’s okay to leave. That sometimes the silence only achieved by a lack of humans can feel less lonely than the noise created by their presence. That continuing that silence for days, years, decades can be an artistic statement in itself. That others might not understand, can’t understand, will never understand, and that sometimes all you can do is try your best to explain to how you feel and – even though you already know the answer – ask quietly: D’you see?

-- Jatin Chowdhury, KXSC alumnus '18

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