The Weekly Exchange
Nikki and Sabina host this podcast that airs on KSLG every Wednesday at 6pm PST, that covers the latest in Indie/Alt trends, DJ selections, and culture.
• (Yesterday) Spoon: "Hot Thoughts"
Spoon has been a prolific on the indie scene for two decades. Their newest release, "Hot Thoughts" brings something different to their sonic palatte. In this episode, Sabina and Nikki give you their thoughts on "Hot Thoughts. Tracks mentioned 1) Hot Thoughts 3) Do I Have To Talk You Into It 4) First Caress 5) Pink Up 6) Can I Sit Next To You 8) Tear It Down 9) Shotgun. THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING SPONSOR: FUNGI LIGHTING. Visit his website fungilighting.com
• (Wednesday, April 12) The Shins: Heartworms
It's track-by-track analysis of the Shins first album in five years: Heartworms. The KSLG girls dish out the good and bad about this new album. The Weekly Exchange is sponsored by Fungi Lighting. Visit this artist's website: https://fungilighting.com/ to enjoy his beautiful glass-blown art, inspired by nature. Tracks (in order): 1) Name For You, 2) Painting a Hole, 3) Cherry Hearts, 4) Fantasy Island, 5) Mildenhall, 6) Rubber Ballz 7) Half a Million 8) Dead Alive 9) Heartworms 10) So Now What 11) The Fear .
• (Thursday, March 16) Space: A KSLG Frontier
With the news of the Trappist-1 system, about 40 millions light-years away from our planet, and with the potential of planets with life on it or habitable zones, it got the KSLG girls thinking...what songs would be great for space/sci-fi situations, and excellent editions to the Voyager Golden Record? The truth is out there...or more like in the podcast! Music mentioned: Lana Del Rey "Love", The Lumineers "Sleep on The Floor", Imagine Dragons "Battle Cry", Muse "Map of the Problematic", Lana Del Rey "West Coast", The Strokes "Juicebox", Gorillaz "Clint Eastwood", The Black Keys "Gold on the Ceiling", Kings of Leon "Beautiful War", and Hozier "Take Me to Church".
• (Wednesday, March 1) KSLG Exercise: The Cardio Playlist
Feeling bored with your exercise playlist? Let the KSLG girls offer up suggestions, targeted toward your cardio playlist. Feeling adventurous? Listen in! Songs mentioned (in order): Foals "Snake Oil", Jarryd James "Do You Remember", The Mowgli's "San Francisco", Foals "My Number", Phantogram "Black Out Days", AWOLNATION "Hollow Moon(Bad Wolf)", The Fratellis "Chelsea Dagger", LCD Soundsystem "Dance Yourself Clean", The Kooks "Bad Habit", Wild Cub "Thunder Clatter", Barns Courtney "Fire". There are many others that would be great as well (most of our playlist but that would be WAY too much talking). Shazam your favorite jams on KSLG for further inspiration.
• (Wednesday, Feb. 8) Valentines Edition (Oh Boy!)
Are you a fan of the day of love? Maybe not? This podcast is for you!!! The KSLG Girls venture into the playlist for Valentines Day inspirations as well as share their anti-Valentine track. Valentine Jams mentioned: The Greeting Committee "Hands Down", Oh Wonder "Without You", Borns "Electric Love", Father John Misty "Real Love Baby", Josef Salvat "Every Night", Angel Olsen "Shut Up Kiss Me", Bishop Briggs "River". Anti-Valentine Jams: Phantogram "You Don't Get Me High Anymore" & Ben Folds feat. Regina Spektor "You Don't Know Me".
• (Wednesday, Jan. 25) Meet: DJ LaRocque
Get to know the latest addition to the KSLG broadcasting family: Andre Larocque. During this edition of the podcast, find out what fresh tracks Larocque and Nikki are feeling, favorite "core artists", and one artist on the Canadian radar. Artists mentioned (in order): Saint Motel "Move", Royal Canoe "Walk Out On The Water", Mainland "Permission Slip", Alexandra Savior "M.T.M.E.", Pierce Fulton feat NVDES "Borrowed Lives", Angel Olsen "Shut Up Kiss Me", The White Stripes, Muse, Foals, Glass Animals, The Lumineers, U2, Coldplay, Dear Rouge "I Heard I Had".
• (Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016) Nikki and Sabina's 2016 KSLG Picks
Nikki and Sabina know it's been a weird year but throughout it all, they managed to pluck some musical gems out of the dumpster fire that has been 2016. On this episode of The Weekly Exchange, the KSLG ladies share the 2016 tunes that touched their souls the most! Songs mentioned: Glass Animals "Take A Slice" The Lumineers "Cleopatra" album Weezer "King of the World" Foals "What Went Down" Shearwater "Quiet Americans" Sjowgren "Seventeen" Bleached "Wednesday Night Melody Bishop Briggs "River" Wintersleep "Amerika" (Sabina's #1) Florence+The Machine "Delilah" (Nikki's #1)
• (Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016) Car Seat Headrest
Remember your teen years? Like indie, garage DIY fuzzy? Then you should check out the KSLG ladies' review of Car Seat Headrest's latest album: "Teens of Denial". Tracks (in order mentioned): "Destroyed By Hippie Powers", "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales", "Fill In The Blank", 1937 State Park", "(Joe Get Kicked Out of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn't A Problem), "Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)", "Joe Goes To School"
• (Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016) Awesome Austin Indie
Sabina and Nikki explore the "Live Music Capital": Austin, Texas. The KSLG girls lead you on an hilarious playlist adventure to check out artists and sounds that you may not be acquainted with. The playlist (in order mentioned): White Denim "Pretty Green" , Spoon "Sister Jack", Shearwater "Quiet Americans", Ben Kweller "Falling", The Octopus Project "Whitby", Max Frost "White Lies", Voxtrot "The Start of Something", Ringo Deathstarr "Kaleidoscope", Okkervil River "The Industry", Shakey Graves feat. Esme Patterson "Dearly Departed"
• (Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016) Kings of Leon: WALLS
Nikki and Sabina go track-by-track through Kings of Leon's 7th album release "WALLS", and give you the honest perspective. Tracklist: 1. "Waste A Moment" 2. "Reverend" 3. "Around The World" 4. "Find Me" 5. "Over" 6. "Muchacho" 7. "Conversation Piece" 8. "Eyes On You" 9. "Wild" 10. "WALLS"
• (Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016) Artist Submissions: Round 3
Once again Sabina and Nikki dive into emailed submissions from artists, in search of "diamonds-in-the-rough". They find some diamonds, and a lot of rough. Songs discussed (in order): 1) Sam Joole "Dance With Love", 2) Magic Moments "Bury the Past [Lets Go New Vocal Version] (SOULULAR Remix)", 3) Boo Seeka "Oh My", and 4) Pierce Fulton feat. NVDES "Borrowed Lives".
• (Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016) Fall-Get-Me-Now!
The KSLG Girls welcome their favorite season, autumn and divulge what KSLG sounds they have on their autumn activity playlist. Do you like pumpkin spice, frolicking in the leaves, apple picking...pretty much everything about autumn? What are you waiting for! Press Play! Songs mentioned: Twenty One Pilots "Heathens", Bishop Briggs "River" , The Paper Kites "Paint", Glass Animals "Youth", The Lumineers "Ophelia", The Lumineers "Angela", The Shelters "Rebel Heart", Young The Giant "Titus Was Born", Saint Motel "Move", Kurt Vile "Pretty Pimpin'', Son Little "The River".
• (Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016) Glass Animals: How To Be A Human Being Album Review
Nikki and Sabina go track-by-track through Glass Animals sophomore album "How To Be A Human Being", and learn some valuable lessons. Tracks: 1) Life Itself, 2) Youth, 3) Season 2 Episode 3, 4) Pork Soda, 5) Mama's Gun, 6) Cane Shuga, 7) [Premade Sandwiches], 8) The Other Side of Paradise, 9) Take A Slice, 10) Poplar St, 11) Agnes
• (Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016) Young The Giant "Home Of The Strange"
Nikki and Sabina explore track-by-track indie rockers Young The Giant's latest release "Home of The Strange". 1) Amerika 2)Something To Believe In 3) Elsewhere 4) Mr. Know-It-All 5) Jungle Youth 6) Titus Was Born 7) Repeat 8) Silvertongue 9) Art Exhibit 10) Nothing's Over 11) Home Of The Strange
• (Thursday, July 28, 2016) Movie Soundtrack Scoops
Nikki and Sabina dive into the latest movie soundtrack releases, find a notable track, disapprove of one rework, and offer Hollywood suggestions of KSLG songs that should be in movies. Songs mentioned in this podcast: HOLYCHILD "Happy With Me", Hozier "Better Love", Fall Out Bot feat. Missy Elliot "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)", Radiohead "Burn The Witch", Lord Huron "Meet Me In The Woods", Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On", Cyndi Lauper "True Colors".
• (Wednesday, July 13, 2016) Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool Album Review
So what's the deal with Radiohead's latest album: A Moon Shaped Pool? Find out when Nikki and Sabina take a dive! Songs featured: Burn The Witch, Daydreaming, Decks Dark, Desert Island Disk, Glass Eyes, and Identikit .
• (Saturday, June 25, 2016) Catfish and the Bottlemen Album review- "The Ride"
Nikki and Sabina once again open their hearts to the heart-wrenchiness of indie artists by reviewing Catfish and the Bottlemen's latest album "The Ride". Come with us as we try to decode their secret messages of love and independence.
• (Saturday, June 11, 2016) Fresh Indie Albums
Nikki and Sabina at it again, traversing the indie desert to find the latest and greatest tunes just for you KSLGNATION. This week we each took a look at an album that we think would be a great contender for the KSLG playlist! Albums Discussed: 1. "Fading Lines" by Amber Arcades ("Fading Lines", "Constant's Dream","Right Now") 2. "Wild Things" by Ladyhawke ("Sweet Fascination", "Wild Things", "Chills", "Let it Roll")
• (Saturday, May 28, 2016) Humboldt Summer Playlist Picks
The KSLG Girls are at it again, and this time Sabina and Nikki pick their favorite songs from the KSLG playlist for 1) Oysterfest , 2) backpacking, 3) the Humboldt Crabs baseball team "hype-up" jam, and 4) the ultimate river jam. Songs mentioned: Glass Animals "Life Itself", Wintersleep "Amerika", The Lumineers "Sleep On The Floor", Young The Giant "Something To Believe In", Weezer "King of the World, The Boxer Rebellion "Big Ideas", and The Strumbellas "Spirits".
• (Saturday, May 14, 2016) The Return of 3 KSLG Artists
The KSLG Girls are at it again! Sabina and Nikki discuss the return of three KSLG-relevant artists: Radiohead "Burn The Witch", Band of Horses "Casual Party", and Young The Giant "Something To Believe In". As usual, things get a little crazy when these ladies get together to review music.
• (Saturday, April 30, 2016) New York Indie-spirations
Off to The Big Apple the KSLG ladies go! Nikki and Sabina talk about their indie inspirations if they were to visit the city that never sleeps! NEW YORK NEW YORK!
• (Saturday, April 16, 2016) The Lumineers New Album Review
Nikki and Sabina review The Lumineers latest album "Cleopatra" in all its beautiful, emotional glory!!
• (Saturday, April 9, 2016) The Indie Chill List by Digster
If Indie-Electronic is your thing, then buckle up! Sabina and Nikki conquer Spotify's "Indie Chill by Digster" list. What's "cooler than being cool"? What track should you add to your river playlist? What track would you randomly fondle bread to? How about the soundtrack to your epic Kraken fight? These questions are answered and more! Artists mentioned: Until The Ribbon Breaks "Pressure", Alex Vargas "Shackled Up", Jessie Ware " Wildest Moments", Kacy Hill "Arm's Length, Oh Wonder "Without You", MGMT "Your Life Is A Lie", and The Strumbellas "Spirits".
• (Saturday, April 2, 2016) Artist Submissions: Round 2
KSLG receives ALOT of independent artist submissions. It's time once again for Nikki and Sabina to dive into the top 3 artist submissions with the most potential, and what they discover unifies all three artists. Artists discussed: Lyon Apprentice "Alice", Birdy Bardot "Treading Water", and Dinosaurs "Slushee".
• (Saturday, March 26, 2016) Inspirational Women In Indie
March and Women's History Month is coming to a close, and to celebrate, Sabina and Nikki share the stories of three women in the indie music scene that have overcome struggle and are an inspiration in the music industry. Artists mentioned: Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), and Alicia Bognnano (Bully).
• (Saturday, March 12, 2016) KSLG Listener's Top 3 Picks
Nikki and Sabina analyze the top 3 tracks chosen by listeners over the past 30 days here at KSLG. The girls talk about why these songs resonate with listeners, which song has the best lyrics for a fortune cookie, and out of these three tracks, which track will be a HUGE summer jam.
• (Saturday, March 5, 2016) Foals "What Went Down" Album Review
Somewhere in between Sabina's crush-on-Foals-frontman-Yannis-Philippakis-moments, the KSLG ladies review the band's latest album "What Went Down" on this week's episode of The Weekly Exchange.
• (Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016) Alt's "Hot Picks"
On this week's episode of The Weekly Exchange, Nikki and Sabina dive into the world of new "Alternative" music and question the industry's choices. Bands and songs mentioned this week: Galactic "Right On", The Unlikely Candidates "Your Love Could Start A War", and Cheap Trick "When I Wake Up Tomorrow".
• (Monday, Jan. 4, 2016) 2015 In Review
Nikki and Sabina toss in their two cents and tantalize listeners with their top ten KSLG picks of 2015. They have plenty to say about KSLG faves like Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Frank Turner and many more!
• (Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015) Best Albums 2015 (Third Quarter)
Nikki and Sabina tackle the Third Quarter (July, August, and September) reveal the strongest albums, albums that are better as singles, and the BEST SINGLES that you should download right now....what are you waiting for!!! Artists discussed: Frank Turner, The Arcs, Oh Wonder, Lana Del Rey, and Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats
• (Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015) Best Albums 2015 (Second Quarter)
Sabina and Nikki cover the second quarter of 2015 (April, May, June) album releases and prescribe 1) defining singles, 2) an album not to waste time on, and 3) two albums you should be running out to the store to buy right now!
• (Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015) Best Albums 2015 (First Quarter)
Sabina and Nikki analyze the first 3 months of 2015 alt/indie album releases, pick their favorite album, their not-so favorites, and the best singles. These are songs you should know about! Artists discussed: AWOLNATION, Belle & Sebastian, Deathcab For Cutie, The Decemberists, and The Avener.
• (Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015) Kim Picks
Kim is back in the fold picking her favorite new artists on the playlist, getting acquainted with KSLG's core artists, and divulging her all-time favorite track, Songs mentioned in the podcast: Meg Meyers- Lemon Eyes Kaleo- Way Down We Go Twenty One Pilots- Ride Alexi Murdoch- Orange Sky
• (Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015) The Indie List
Sabina and Nikki analyze Spotify's "Indie Playlist" to find new inspirations a) that you can warm up to, b) in a post-apocalyptic world , and c) that are stretching the indie genre. Bands and Songs Discussed: Shearwater- Quiet Americans San Fermin- Emily City and Colour- Map of the World Swimm- Belly Tellison- Helix & Ferman James Vincent McMorrow
• (Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015) Artist Submissions
Nikki and Sabina review a few random music submissions to KSLG with a fair yet firm fist! From weed to women sitting on couches crying into ice cream, the ladies hear and see it all!
• (Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015) Altnation Inspirations
The KSLG girls peruse Altnation's Top 18 trending list, debate the order, find inspiration for Halloween costumes, and discover new potential hits for KSLG.
• (Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015) Autumn Itunes Come-ups
This week, the girls explore newly-released alt/indie songs on Itunes. See which artists had great comebacks on the scene, who really flopped, and songs to add to your 2015 Autumn Playlist.
• (Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015) September Remembers
Sherae and Nikki discuss two September album releases: Robert Delong "In the Cards", and Beirut "No No No". They break down a) whether it rocked or flopped, b) songs you should download, and c) other weirdness.
• (Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015) All Things Unholy
In anticipation for Pope Francis's visit to Philadelphia September 26, Sherae and Nikki analyze Philly's indie/alternative radio station to see what the pope might listen to, who he'd grant a papal pardon, and songs that just flop.
• (Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015) Top 5 Alt Ads for The Week Of August 17
This week Nikki and Sherae analyze the top 5 songs that have been added to alt/indie stations nationwide. Do these ladies have opinions about these songs and whether they should grace the station? No....not at all! Listen In!
• (Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015) Outside Lands Re-hashed
Nikki and Sherae highlight some of the crazy events, recap the best performances that occurred, and suggest some new bands that performed at Outside Lands, San Francisco's premiere music/art festival, that took place last weekend. It's crazy, with an ending you might not have seen coming)!!!!
• (Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015) The Lollapalooza Experience
Let's face it: The KSLG girls are too busy and broke to afford platinum passes to one of the most premiere music festivals in the US, but just imagine if we could. This week, Sherae and Nikki divulge their game plan of how they would attack Lollapalooza, what acts to see, and get a taste for the sound of Lollapalooza 2015.
• (Monday, July 20, 2015) Portland: The Hipster Edition
The KSLG ladies venture into the mecca of hipster which is Portland, Oregon, and analyze the secrets of hipster alt/indie radio. What is the most hipster song? What songs should never be associated with hipsters? What secret songs do the hipsters possess that KSLG should know about? These questions and more are answered. What are you waiting for? Listen to this podcast and then go pickle something in a mason jar!
• (Saturday, July 11, 2015) June Album Releases: Victories and Travesties
The KSLG girls are at it again, this time analyzing some of June's best alt/indie album releases including Florence + The Machine, Muse, and Wolf Alice.
• (Friday, June 26, 2015) Mediabase's Adds and Flabs
This week, Sherae and Nikki tackle Mediabase's top 5 adds for alternative radio in classic KSLG fashion: celebrating the winners and destroying the losers. Find out what song these chicks would do a sexy dance to!
• (Friday, June 19, 2015) Hawaii Alternative Charts: Aloha and Aloha
Join the KSLG girls as the explore to top spins on Hawaii's alternative charts. Buckle up and prepare for turbulence: This KSLG-cation is about to get wild!
• (Friday, June 12, 2015) KROQs and KFLOPS!
This Week Sherae and Nikki take on KROQ's top 30 current spins; what works and what doesn't. Ever wonder who is to blame for helping to implement a speed limit in central park? Stay tuned and find out!
• (Friday, June 5, 2015) Sirius XM's Alt- Nation Top Spins: May 27 2015
Sherae and Nikki discuss Sirius XM's Alt Nation top spins for the week, and try to analyze Glass Animals, the National, and Future Islands. Ever wondered what a Bald Eagle listens to? Check out this podcast to find the answer!
• (Tuesday, May 19, 2015) Alternative Billboard Top 20 : May 13, 2015
Sherae and Nikki analyze the Alt Billboard Charts, talk about 90's bands making comebacks, and the frontman of Creed. It's a hot mess waiting to happen!