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).

Oakland band Everyone is Dirty comes to KX to play and gab. live electric takes on “California/Banana Split,” “San Andreas” and “Devastate,” plus a spin of their fantastic Bowie cover, “Andy Warhol” Vocals, Electric Violin: Sivan Lioncub Guitar: Christopher Daddio Bass: Tyler English Drums: Jake Kopulsky
show 65 finds itself a little garage rock-y at the outset, before diving back to the ‘90s for a short spell, then doing the goth for a cool 7 minutes, only to come out the other side with some harmless indie.  no Glen Campbell.  he woulda wanted it that way. Ty Segall — Another Hustle  /  Creepseed — Holy Roller  […]
fresh off a sold-out show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Mike Peters (accompanied by wife & co-conspirator Jules Peters) visits KX for an hourlong discussion covering 40 years of music, living with cancer, and the new documentary Man in the Camo Jacket that chronicles all of it.
does the vocal this week throw off a bit of a we-have-your-daughter-and-we-want-our-money vibe? that’s what you get with a B-grade Guitar Center mic and a glass desk, and a room more suitable to shooting a YouTube video on how to bedazzle your prom dress, than it is to recording. somebody get Marc Maron on the […]
it’s all for, Damien.  spanking new stuff from Weaves, Wolf Parade & Lemon Twigs, along with some rough stuff from the ‘Mats and the Smiths, and Jarvis Cocker genuflecting graciously to Scott Walker.  all for the low, low price of nada. Weaves — #53  /  Wolf Parade — Valley Boy  /  Tera Melos — Don’t Say I Know  /  The Lemon Twigs — Night […]
a special 2-hour edition of the Water brings some classic reggae, a double-dose of Daddy Issues, new ones by Teen Vice, See Through Dresses, Japans Breakfast & Brightness, plus a temperamental turntable and a host who doesn’t even have the excuse of having shown up half in the bag. Teen Vice — Cochon Deluxe  /  Jason Loewenstein — Fall […]
I’m not here this week, but I’ve left this life-like approximation of my sensibilities, soundtracked to the best low-budget music a nonprofit station can afford.  David Nance channels Merle Haggard, GBV have yet-another-album coming, and otherwise it’s a lotta stuff from 6 to 9 months ago because I didn’t have time to listen to all […]
the very very good Cymbals Eat Guitars blew into town and cut a fantastic 30-min. session for us, that includes blistering live takes on their fan-fave “Chambers” plus “Well” & “Have a Heart” from the new album, Pretty Years. Joseph D’Agostino – gtr, vox Matt Whipple – bass Brian Hamilton – keybds Andrew Dole – […]
Ted Leo arrives 10 seconds before I do, which is why I sound breathless and even more incoherent than usual.  the 405 is a trickster fox — one minute, forgiving and seductive; the next, … just never mind.  PILL & Protomartyr are back.  all the best bands start with “P.”  except Poco. Ted Leo — You’re […]
I couldn’t take life’s often pallid soundtrack, without some skronking sax.  so thank gods PILL is back.  and it’s guitars on all sides, what with the likes of American Lips, Jason Loewenstein and King Gizzard giving the goods.  I dusted off an old R.E.M. boot and found a pricey Superdrag set to light the turntable […]
when I was 11, I couldn’t get a girl to talk to me, to save my life.  now, in the humbling throes of middle age, I’m surrounded by them.  here’s a few of them talking at me, in the first half.  their perspective is clear, their concerns are real, and their interests are our future.  […]
know what?  there’s not enough disk space on the drive in the studio.  know what else?  that’s why the show intro and the first break now live out in the ether with Richey Edwards, all of my family photos, and the digital Star Wars watch I left in Orlando in 1981.  the rest is intact […]
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 […]