Public Display of Affection: The Sounds of Independent Radio

Public Display of Affection: The Sounds of Independent Radio

     
 
Nettwerk Records asked four tastemaking public radio hosts for three contributions each to a compilation of underrated/up-and-coming artists. The result is Public Display of Affection, a collection that's somewhat typical in sound -- there's plenty of literate, left-of-dial stuff here, ranging from rootsy to archly rocking -- but never short of impressive.

Overview

Nettwerk Records asked four tastemaking public radio hosts for three contributions each to a compilation of underrated/up-and-coming artists. The result is Public Display of Affection, a collection that's somewhat typical in sound -- there's plenty of literate, left-of-dial stuff here, ranging from rootsy to archly rocking -- but never short of impressive. Rita Houston of N.Y.C.'s WFUV offers the gorgeous orchestral pop flourishes of the Sharp Things' "Demon of Love"; her highlighting of whip-smart New York songwriter Willy Mason allows us all to hear him sing the fabulous couplet "I wanna be/Better than oxygen/So you can breath when you're drowning and weak in the knees/I wanna speak/Louder than Ritalin/For all the children who think that they've got a disease." Cincinnati's Ruby Vileos gets props from WFPK Louisville's Dan Reed -- their "Let's Go" is a quietly cool indie pop gem reminiscent of Abra Moore. Boston's Passenger does Coldplay better than Chris Martin, and figures out how to work a Beachwood Sparks reference into "Driving You Home" without sounding pretentious, while San Francisco-based Film School is the noisiest, dream poppiest thing on PDA. Both acts are endorsed by John Richards of Seattle's KEXP. Meanwhile, WXPN Philadelphia's Bruce Warren offers the austere indie folk of Amy Correia ("Hold On [The Prison Song]"), the perpetually, criminally underrated Eleni Mandell ("Can't You See I'm Soulful"), and David Berkeley's vaguely alt.country yet totally addictive "Red."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003038126
catalogNumber:
30381

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Producer
Joyce Bowden   Producer
John Curley   Engineer
Mike Wanchic   Producer
Bill Alletzhauser   Composer
Perry Serpa   Composer
Peter Simon   Engineer
Amy Correia   Composer
Eleni Mandell   Composer
Eric Helmuth   Producer
Dave Westner   Producer
Film School   Composer,Producer
The Sharp Things   Producer
Milton   Producer
David Berkeley   Composer
Willy Mason   Composer
Benzos   Producer
Cowboy Curtis   Producer
Joshua Grange   Producer
Maura Duval Griffin   Producer
Ruby Vileos   Engineer
Alex Weinstein   Producer

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