On-air next with CU-Boulder's Radio 1190: Allah-Las, The Abigails and Pallbearer

It's the most wonderful time of the year. New students are moving into dorms, creating hellish traffic in Boulder, pro cyclists are closing all roads in the Front Range and not to mention that everyone and their mother are dumping perfectly good ice water on their heads so they don't have to donate to charity. The world is a crazy place.

Regardless, 1190 is stoked for a new semester of good music and new DJs. If you would like to get involved with KVCU this semester check out radio1190.org. Oh, and check out these radical new albums that will be in rotation this week:

Though summer may be coming to a close, the L.A.-based Allah-Las wants to have one last hoorah with new release, Worship the Sun. Drenched in reverb and full of 60s surf-pop tendencies, this new record will fit perfectly in a sepia montage of a drunken summer daze while hanging on the beach. Though the group could be placed among more garage-leaning acts, such as Shannon and the Clams or Guantanamo Baywatch, the band has a more tender sound ,a la The Byrds and The Beach Boys. Regardless of the amount of distortion the quartet utilizes, their sound could make any Californian beach punk happy.


New off Burger Records and straight out of the country bars of southern California, a long-awaited sophomore release from The Abigails is here. Tundra is a fuzzy and scuzzy country-rock record that sounds as if it's blaring out of a '65 Ford pick-up's AM radio. Though the band is deeply rooted in punk-rock ethos, this newest release is chock-full of classic country themes. Songs about loose women, crazy nights and running out of drugs make this collection a fun and rambling western head-trip. Regardless of how stoned and scrambled the vocalist may seem, a solid group of musicians back him, much like the tight bands that support the greats such as Johnny Cash or Buck Owens. If you're looking for a rock record that supports you love for both bongs and cowboy boots, look no further.

Fresh off the heels of a killer debut album, Pallbearer follows up, guns-a-blazing, with Foundations of Burden. Back with the brand of doomy and sludgy heavy metal, Pallbearer tightens up as a unit to make a mammoth sophomore release that is a step above the debut. With songs that time in at more than 11 minutes, each track showcases an expansive and post-apocalyptic atmosphere that slowly evolves and changes. The guitar tones sound larger than life, supported by booming and primal drumming. Undoubtedly, Pallbearer is a ever-improving band that has released one of the most ferocious metal albums of the year.

James Calvet is the music director at CU-Boulder's Radio 1190. Email him at james@radio1190.org.