Taken from KCRW’s “What I Got At the Post Office Today With Chuck P”
All of our DJs receive hundreds of CDs a month to consider for airplay. In this regular feature, KCRW DJ Chuck P catalogues his musical bounty from the Post Office each week.
Back after a lovely holiday week away. I really enjoy this time of year. It’s become sort of “magical” again because of the kid. I get to relive it vicariously through her. It’s pretty cool. And yes, I’m a sap.
After some dynamic weather the past few days (a neighbors tree blew over in front of me yesterday!) it’s expected to mellow into cool temperatures for a week, with some rain. Excellence. A mighty haul at the post this week. Here are some highlights. 1) Split 7″ love – Dragons Power Up and Puppies & Trains offer two songs a side on this new 7″ and I’m once again thankful they included a CDR of the tunes. I enjoy listening to music mostly in the car, and it’s not real handy to listen to vinyl in the car. I haven’t really tried it, but I imagine it wouldn’t be. Maybe I just need to get a USB turntable.
Take One Last Tour of Chris’ Pedalboard Before He Rips It to Shreds
"Disclaimer: I’m not a gear junkie.So please forgive my limited vocabulary and technical ignorance. Are they geranium transistors? Is it the wavelength that is asymmetrical? I’m sure it’s on the internet, but prefer to turn knobs until i get the sounds I like.That said, I hope you enjoy the tour of the effects chain I’ve been using for the last year or so with Dragons Power Up!.”
Thrilled to self-promote our uncredited sonic freak-out role in the ass-half (1:50-3:05) of the P.O.S. / Big Cats! track “Crack A Window” from their split 7” with William Elliot Whitmore. Apparently, this was the unicorn of Record Store Day in the Twin Cities. Yes it does exist. And yes, it is pretty sweet.
Welcome to the second edition of “Bands You Should Know About” – this time we’re highlighting a band that like many others around the city, has remained “under the radar” yet continues nicely with the talent and passion to keep doing what they love to do — make music.
Dragons Power Up! — first created back in 2005 by four self-proclaimed “multi-instramentalists” combines to this day a creative history of spin off projects, yet remains at the core of what they believe in for this band.
With the exception of recent changes in 2011, this type of dedication alone should be a testament for any local band — to remain with passion for any particular piece of their artistry, yet able to expand creatively without regret. It should make you think what it is exactly that defines local band success.