It's that magical time of year again known as pledge drive, and everyone at the station is a-buzz with decorating, getting the word out, and finding their own way to show love for 1190. I myself have compiled some pretty ace vinyl packs, including releases from Speedy Ortiz, Smith Westerns and even Nick Drake to entice our beautiful listeners into supporting what we do at 1190. If you want to help out, go online to radio1190.org or call 303-735-7625.

Music-wise, Parquet Courts have delivered a taste of what direction they may be heading in on the EP Tally All the Things That You Broke. Bringing even more energy to their refined, smart-ass style of punk, Tally All the Things even channels a bit of a hip-hop influence on its final track "He's Seeing Paths." Wherever this pack of rats go, we'll be listening.

Cass McCombs has been mining Americana for influence since his earliest days as an artist, but his newest release Big Wheel and Others may be his most ambitious release yet. Spanning two records and delving deeper into his Western fascinations than ever before, Big Wheel is a sprawling, pastoral release, the kind that was made for bundling up to with a cozy pair of headphones.

Lastly, Shaun Flemming, a.k.a. the drummer for Foxygen, has released his solo debut under the moniker Diane Coffee, and the results are a gospel influenced take on '60s West Coast pop. My Friend Fish is a warm, warbly record that reaches for the psychedelic in unexpected ways.

Other additions include:


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Lady Lazarus, All My Love in Half Light

Kwes, ilp

Shad, Flying Colours

Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190. Email him at sam@radio1190.org.