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It’s absolutely in the pocket with what’s working at the format—a modern take on Disintegration-era Cure.
IVANA TRIES ON SOMETHING
THAT FITS PERFECTLY
…The Modern Rock Format, That Is

“MY LOVE IS REAL”: I avoided deadline on Tuesday by putting myself into a state of musical bliss with repeated listens of “My Love Is Real,” the first single from Divine Fits, the indie supergroup composed of Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner and New Bomb Turks drummer Sam Brown, which will be out on Merge in early August. Yes, I know you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of new music from The Killers, Green Day, No Doubt and Muse, but all will take a backseat once you hear Divine Fits. It’s absolutely in the pocket with what’s working at the format—a modern take on Disintegration-era Cure. It is, in a word, divine… I’m still packing up for my move next week, with the past few days devoted to my extensive vinyl collection, both LP and 45s. It’s quite possible that I have every 7” single ever released on Sub Pop and Merge, as well as the complete (and signed) vinyl catalogs of Alex Chilton/Big Star, including the bootleg I co-released called Dusted in Memphis (all proceeds went to Alex) and another fave, Portsmouth Sinfonia Plays the Popular Classics, signed by Brian Eno. Also found a vast array of signed Robert Fripp albums, through his various incarnations, which were relatively easy to procure, since I was frequently the only female requesting his attention. My collection is resplendent with power-pop essentials from Dwight Twilley, The Raspberries, The Shoes, dB’s,  The Zombies, The Left Banke,  Jellyfish, The Grays, Badfinger, The Posies, Matthew Sweet, Let’s Active, etc. etc. These are all mementos of the life of an uber-fan, and, although Neil Diamond remains the only musician I’m dying to meet, I’m overwhelmed by the many opportunities I’ve had to be in close proximity to “the greats.”… Nothing makes me giddier than a Tuesday afternoon call from KROQ, with Kevin, Lisa and Gene calling in an add. My response is always, giggling, followed by a stream-of-consciousness rant, followed by yelping while dancing around my desk, ending with screaming for Ted (whose office is three feet from mine). Last week I was sitting in a restaurant with Scott from Sub Pop, happily discussing Beach House and Niki & the Dove, when I got “the call” that KROQ was adding Kasabian’s “Days Are Forgotten.” Why now? Why not? Ever since Capitol re-released Sherriff’s “When I’m With You” in 1989 after minor success in 1983 and took the song to #1, I’ve always followed the adage, “It’s never too late to play a hit.” Kasabian are the U.K.’s biggest rock band, headlining both Reading and Leeds this year, and, after blowing everybody away at both SXSW and Coachella, a relaunch was warranted. We should discuss this further, you and me… I’ve bored you silly over the past few years talking about songs with “magic.” Despite what you think of the song when it’s being first heard in your office while you return emails, once on the air it EXPLODES with audience response and immediate sales (it’s magic!) Mumford and Sons’ “Little Lion Man” is the be-all-and-end-all of examples of this phenomenon, but we also watched it with Alanis’ “You Oughta Know.” The latest song to redefine what is considered “Alternative” is The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” which was added this week at WFNX, KYSR, WXDX, WMRQ, KUCD and KENZ. And here’s why: The band’s debut release is currently the #4 album on iTunes, after a week of being featured in a Microsoft Bing commercial. Either a song has it, or it doesn’t. “Ho Hey” slays me every time I hear it, just as Edward Sharpe’s “Home” still does… My forever “jam of the 2012” is still Electric Guest’s “This Head I Hold,” which is starting to call out at all the right places. I am obsessed. Also playing on my Walkman is Matisyahu’s “Sunshine,” added this week at KJEE, Delta Spirit’s “California” (love, love, love), Royal Concept’s “Gimme Twice” (because it’s basically Phoenix’s “Lasso”), Alex Clare’s “Too Close” (and he’s Jewish—swoon!), Our Lady Peace’s “As Fast As You Can” (added at KRBZ, WZNE and WEND!), AWOLNATION’s “Kill Your Heroes” (added this week EVERYWHERE) and my dearest Passion Pit, whose new single “Take a Walk” is the soundtrack to my weekly mall walk with my fellow AARP members (not really)… Check your snail mail for a copy of the new single from The Heavy, “What Makes a Good Man?” which can currently be heard in an oft-played Miller Lite campaign, especially during TV shows involving sports, as watched by your demo. It’s a big fat smash… Hello, it’s me: [email protected].

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