Open Water

Background

Host Kevin Flaherty spent 13 years in the ‘old’ music business and presently works in digital media.  He insists none of that qualifies him as a DJ, of course, but he won’t let that stop him.  He just moved his family to Laguna Beach last year, where he was pleased to find an outpost for music fans in KX 93.5 and a community full of true believers.

“Independent” is a word that gets thrown around a lot.  It doesn’t have to mean indie labels or self-distribution — just independent thinking.  No guilty pleasures and nothing uncool.  You don’t need to listen to everything, but be open.

On Open Water, you’re bound to hear a bunch of new stuff from struggling bands, songs featured in movies & TV series, deeper cuts off recent records, rare versions, and other ephemera — in addition to some great older stuff that still crackles.  If you like what you hear, go digest the album, see it live, make it yours.

(Oh, and his 13-year-old daughter took that picture of him.  He’s not really a spooky artist, but he thinks it’s pretty great all the same).

do you smell the wax?  Open Water made an all-too-rare foray into the glossy black world of vinyl on this show, of necessity, since the B Boys’ new whack wouldn’t see release til the next morning.  so worth all the technial miasma it took, just to get one song to play from one record on […]
i started the day with 13 tracks for the typical 1-hour show, but Jason had to go to the circus so it became a 2-hour show.  then i saw my elder daughter at the station.  i had a fistful of almonds cuz i didn’t eat all day.  gave a nod to Tyler & Monica & […]
show 54 comes on the heels of a literal Earth-shattering event, as our Commander-in-Grief lights a match in the heart of Paris, just to watch it burn.  hence, Bob’s Burgers.  and some splintering punk.  and a dash of David Lynch to put it all back to square.  dig. Bob’s Burgers Cast feat. Eugene Mirman, Kristen […]
show 53 kicks off with Tall Juan, simply because that’s the way he’d want it.  then careens into some scintillating new-ish GBV & Black Lips, before diving into underground LA and emerging again in the early ‘80s with Tears for Fears driving the car.  where the day takes you. Tall Juan — Time Bomb  / […]
show 52 heralds indie darlings Perfume Genius & Johnny Jewel, and the return of the tireless Paul Weller — who squeezes another album for the ages out of his bare British hands Wavves — No Shade  /  Pond — All I Want for Xmas (Is a Tascam 388)  /  Black Lips — In My Mind There’s a Dream  /  Doug Tuttle — In […]
show 51 wasn’t contemplated as a rush job.  but rush jobs never are.  blame would be shared by the studio equipment and its human operator for the flub that transposed Waxahatchee for Cayetana.  after that, it was more civil — and surprisingly cohesive. Cayetana — Am I Dead Yet?  /  Waxahatchee — No Curse  /  BNQT — Mind of a Man  /  […]
the devil is in the details.  and the electronics.  and the production room.  and the headphones.  some said it coulda been English Beat saxophonist Saxa, from the great beyond.  turned out it was the electrician. Ride — All I Want  /  Aphex Twin — 4xAtlantis take1  /  Beach Fossils — Silver Tongue  /  BNQT — Hey Banana  /  Mark Lanegan Band — Beehive  /  PJ Harvey — I’ll […]
show 49 puts us back on-track, with some fuzzy Ron Gallo, some Kraut-y Trans Am, a little Little Star and a big Big Star.  plus Car Seat Headrest do the Smiths, and we try to play vinyl without blowing a fuse.  see what happens. Ron Gallo — Poor Traits of the Artist  /  Trans Am — Staying Power  /  […]