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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Hussalonia

Hussalonia | Photo by Eric Schuman
Hussalonia | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade live session comes courtesy of a mysterious “pop cult” from Buffalo, NY. Hussalonia, a division of Nefarico™, has been prolifically making music and other experiments since the late 1990s. Often releasing multiple albums per year (so far 2015 has seen five or six releases of one kind or another), Hussalonia’s generous output is marked by whip-smart lyrics and irresistible pop melodies. But as the Hussalonia Founder will tell you, pop does not mean popular. Joined by drummer Rob Lynch and bassist Jonathan Hughes, the elusive Hussalonia trekked down for an intimate studio session.

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Never Be Famous: Hussalonia (LIVE), Yo La Tengo and King Gizzard on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Hussalonia | Photo via hussalonia.bandcamp.com
Hussalonia | Photo via hussalonia.bandcamp.com

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is stacked, top to bottom, with special things you simply cannot miss. I just won’t allow it. Tune in starting at 11pm tonight (or better yet, stay tuned after Land of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that will feature: A brand new, live in-studio session with the Buffalo, NY “pop cult” Hussalonia. Their music has been heard on Welcome To Night Vale and they just released their fifth album of 2015 alone! We’ll hear new songs and old ones in a stripped-down set. We’ll also dig into Stuff Like That There, the new album from Hoboken’s finest, Yo La Tengo. Plus a few of these tracks in case that all wasn’t enough (has anyone ever told you that you’re kinda hard to please):

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Dream Lovers: Beach House, Deerhunter and Hussalonia on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Beach House | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Beach House | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade boasts a number of very special features, so be sure to catch the whole show starting at 11pm on XPN. On our Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll hear a few tracks from the new album by the venerable Baltimore duo Beach House, Depression Cherry. Elsewhere, we’ll preview next week’s live studio session with the mysterious New York “pop cult,” Hussalonia. All that plus a few of these new tracks in the mix (I promise):

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Get Weird: La Luz, Royal Headache and Boxed In on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka
La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade comes at the tail end of your host’s birthday! That’s right, it’s my birthday and I would like nothing more than for you to join me at 11pm tonight for a full two-hour edition of the Hit Parade. I’ve always loved having a summer birthday, and we’ll get some major summer action tonight as we spotlight the new album from Seattle’s La Luz! The Ty Segall-produced Weirdo Shrine is a terrific late-summer release, and we’ll hear a few tracks from it on our Weekly Album Spotlight. Also in the mix are a ton of new tracks, plus (to my knowledge) the first ever REMIX to be featured on an Indie Rock Hit Parade! Check out a few of the new tunes:

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Enter the Void with HEALTH, Potty Mouth and EL VY on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

HEALTH | Photo via NPR Music
HEALTH | Photo via NPR Music

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your personal space tonight at 11pm on XPN! Tonight’s show is a two-hour doozy (and I don’t use that word lightly). We’ll get to a spotlight on Death Magic, the blistering new album from the LA-based noise rock band HEALTH, which offers some surprisingly pretty moments alongside the unrelenting dissonance. There are a ton of new tracks to get to in the mix as well, so be on the lookout for a few of these:

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Dimed Out: Titus Andronicus, Diane Coffee and Youth Lagoon on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Titus Andronicus | Photo by Matthew Greeley
Titus Andronicus | Photo by Matthew Greeley

You’ve waited and now your patience will pay off. The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on WXPN with a major new show. We’ll be spotlighting the massive new album from Jersey’s Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Since we’ve been away, a metric ton of new tracks have come along, so there’s plenty of fresh stuff to get through tonight. Like maybe a few of these:

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Jason Isbell covers Todd Snider for XPN’s Copy That

Jason Isbell at WXPN | Photo by Eric Schuman
Jason Isbell at WXPN | Photo by Eric Schuman

Every week, we invite an artist to our studio to play a cover tune live on the air for a little thing we call Copy That. This week, we were joined by one of our favorite singer-songwriters: Jason Isbell. Following the release of his new album, Something More Than Free, and hot off a set at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Jason joined me in the studio to talk about his new (chart-topping!) record, as well as the lasting impact of Bob Dylan’s performance at Newport in 1965. Jason caps off the visit with a rousing performance of Todd Snider’s “Play A Train Song” (which has also been covered in the past by Robert Earl Keen). Check out the performance and interview below, plus hear his performance at Newport via NPR Music. Continue reading →

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Arise and Walk: Tame Impala, Protomartyr & Jamie xx on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Tame Impala | Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Tame Impala | Photo by Pooneh Ghana

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade brings you (among other things) a spotlight on an album that’s been at the top of our list of ‘Most Anticipated Releases’ for months. Tune in starting at 11pm to hear a full two-hour show includes several tracks from Tame Impala‘s newly released Currents. We’ll also check out a few of these tracks, freshly picked for your discerning ears:

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Dreams come true: New Beach House, Ought & Ducktails on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Beach House Photo by Jason Nocito
Beach House | Photo by Jason Nocito

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to make your Friday night a little night-ier, with a full two hour show starting right after the premiere of What’s The Frequency? Tune in at 11pm to hear a whole lot of brand new stuff, including new singles from Baltimore’s Beach House, Montreal’s Ought and Jersey’s Ducktails. You can preview those ones below, sure, but the absolute best way to enjoy these songs (and more) is to listen live. After all, we’re only in it for the segues, right?

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It’s American Punk Time on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Black Flag | Photo via Huck Magazine
Black Flag | Photo via Huck Magazine

Is there really any better way to celebrate America’s birthday than getting a good pit going? Heck no. That’s why tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade will help you exercise your right to throw some elbows as we celebrate American Punk Time! From hardcore to garage, pop-punk to psych fuzz, we’ll devote tonight’s two hour show to all generations of American noisemakers. Tune in at 11pm to hear more songs than we’ve ever packed into an episode of the Hit Parade, including a few of these:

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