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Hear DRINKS new album on Radio 1190.
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Hear DRINKS new album on Radio 1190.

Radio 1190 and Buchanans Coffee Pub have teamed up to feature a live local musician at the coffee spot on the Hill every other Friday at 7 p.m. Friday will feature Boulder singer-songwriter Trevor Fett, so grab some coffee and enjoy some local music.

In more news, Radio 1190 is holding a contest for designing the next 1190 T-shirt for our annual Fall Pledge Drive. Send in artwork to dan@radio1190.org by Sept. 25. If your design is chosen, you will win a prize of $100.

As you’re preparing for all that good stuff, tune into Radio 1190 to hear these awesome albums spinning in rotation:

Over their extensive tours with each other’s bands, Tim Presely of White Fence and singer-songwriter Cate La Bon have finally teamed up in the studio to release the debut album, Hermits On Holiday, under the name DRINKS. Much like a combination of their two styles, the duo creates a stark, minimalist punk sound that has the swagger and psych qualities of 1960s Velvet Underground.

Presely brings a street-smart, yet rocking demeanor to each song, while La Bon provides more direction and structure to the mix. The two six-minute jams in the middle of the record sound so organic and improvisational, it’s almost like a they were recorded live. Though most of the tracks meander without much direction, the musicians eventually find their way to pull a catchy rock song out of the chaos. Each track usually focuses on a short, sharp guitar or synthesizer riff with driving, minimalist drums. Both La Bon and Presley trade vocal duties that teeter-totter between garage-rock snarls and apathetic spoken-word ramblings.

Overall, the album is sloppy, messy and freewheeling, but contains enough captivating musicianship and personality to make it highly enjoyable.

Richard D. James, aka AFX or Aphex Twin, returned to the scene in 2014 with a triumphant comeback album Syro. James has decided to release a bunch of B-sides and rarities in a new EP Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008.

In true Aphex Twin fashion, James creates a cold, yet groovy atmosphere. Though the collection of tracks has its moments of brilliance, the underproduction ultimately makes it unmemorable. If these demos or sketches were made with a little more depth or thought, these songs would have the potential to be hits. But in reality, this is truly a collection of B-sides and nothing more, but a solid release that will hold over fans until there’s a new official Aphex Twin release — whenever that may be.

Formerly known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, singer-songwriter Owen Ashworth has released a new album under his other moniker Advance Base. Nephew in the Wild is a comfy and self-deprecating lo-fi folk record that features not only acoustic guitar, bass, drums and Casio keys — but also extraneous child-like instruments that create a nostalgic and surreal sound.

Ashworth’s voice is an endearing squawk that sounds somewhere between the vocals from the Eels and Sparklehorse. His wordplay conjures images of winter in a small town. More specifically, Nephew in the Wild sounds like spending Christmas playing childhood musical instruments after too much peppermint Schnapps while at your parent’s house after a bad break up. Overall, Advance Base has achieved his goal of making lo-fi folk tunes that are at once devastating, humorous and catchy as all hell.

Calvet is Radio 1190’s music director. Read more: coloradodaily.com/columnists.

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