Open Water


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).

show 43 celebrates the glory that is the SXSW Music Festival, where Open Water was hunkered down for 3 days at the BrooklynVegan/SoS showcase.  the best of the fest includes the likes of Cherry Glazerr, Rolling Blackouts, Dude York, Everyone is Dirty and Jay Som — all present and plugged in Jay Som — The Bus Song  […]
show 42 is a semi-local/semi-remote affair from SXSW, resulting in questionable audio quality for the intros, but otherwise celebrating some of the bands to see .  Hollerado channels Gang of Four, R Stevie Moore elevates antisociability to high art, and the 1975 show us baby pictures Hollerado — Grief Money (edit)  /  Gang of Four — I Parade Myself […]
the SXSW Express hits town, nodding vigorously to Beach Slang, Heat, Priests, Bleached and more Austin-bound bands.  also something clean(!) from Sleaford Mods (though they had to be wrestled to the ground to elicit it) Beach Slang — Roadrunner  /  Heat — Pretty in Pink  /  Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever — Clean Slate  /  Priests — Suck  /  Soviet Soviet — Endless Beauty  /  Bleached — Flipside  […]
No Men, No Joy, No Thank You.  all the contrarian indie bands are present and accounted for.  there’s even a languid Tim Darcy instrumental for all of you who’ve had a hard week.  (all of us, that is.) Dutch Uncles — Baskin’  /  No Men — Too Bad  /  The Courtneys — Frankie  /  No Joy — Califone  /  Dead Leaf Echo […]
late winter malaise rolls on with Rolling Blackouts C.F., Dutch Uncles, The Octopus Project, and other stuff that makes spring & summer barely perceptible.  plus an oldie from Stiff Records — just cuz Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever — French Press  /  Dutch Uncles — Big Balloon  /  The Octopus Project — Wrong Gong  /  Beachheads — Monologues  /  Any Trouble — To Be a King  /  […]
good Valentine’s Day?  good.  here’s some more candy.  new Wire, old Wipers — plus PINS, PWR BTTM, Cayetana, Bleached, Beach Slang, Beachheads and more. Wire — Short Elevated Period  /  PINS featuring Iggy Pop — Aggrophobe  /  Mothertapes — Do Make Say  /  Beach Slang — Wembley  /  Wipers — Over the Edge  /  Basement — Promise Everything  /  Beachheads — Give Me Som Love  /  Alex Lahey — Wes Anderson (edit)  /  […]
show 37 seeks solace in a spate of ACLU benefit albums, wants some of what The Courtneys are having, and ultimately finds Kate Tempest even more pessimistic than we’d thought possible. Kate Tempest — Europe is Lost (edit)  /  Keeps — Translucent Girl  /  The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — Easy to Be Loved  /  Constant […]
show 36 lends its voice to the refugee crisis, but ultimately doesn’t take itself seriously enough to steer straight after that… or end error-free. Sleater-Kinney — Surface Envy (live)  /  Hurry — Love Vigilantes  /  Strange Relations — Disorder  /  Guided by Voices — Hiking Skin  /  Tinariwen — Assawt  /  Cuddle Magic — Slow Rider  /  Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood — Morning After  /  Richard Edwards — Disappeared Planets […]
show 35 is all about new-ness, with all-too-timely releases from Japandroids, Cloud Nothings, Heat, Priests, Teen Vice, Camp Cope and a buncha other stuff that sounds good at the desk, better in the car, and best at the beach.  even in January Japandroids — Near to the Wild Heart of Life  /  Heat — City Limits  /  Drab Majesty — Dot in the Sky  / […]
show 34 starts in a shoegaze-y way, then feels a bit bad for itself, before finding its snark, then bouncing its head in bemusement.  why not, indeed.   Slowdive — Star Roving  /  Elbow — All Disco  /  of Montreal — Stag to the Stable  /  The Orwells — Black Francis (edit)  /  Praise — Makes No Sense  /  Uranium Club — Opus  /  Pillar Point — Heart it Races  / […]
show 33 cannot be brought down by fake news.  it offers only testimonials from Sleaford Mods, Kim Gordon, Chavez, Japandroids and and and and and and Japandroids — No Known Drink or Drug  /  Elbow — Magnificent (She Says)  /  Sinai Vessel — Ramekin  /  Sleaford Mods — B.H.S.  /  Mick Harvey — Contact  /  Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood — Tears on Fire  /  Elliott Smith — I […]
the new year brings a fortune cookie of hope that might just sing loud enough to drown out abject fear, as conveyed through the strains of The Pop Group, Uranium Club, Faux Ferocious, another Tweedy and more more more…   Faux Ferocious — Feeding Frenzy (edit)  /  Uranium Club — Who Made the Man?  /  The Pop Group — City of Eyes […]
show 31 offers up one installment from each of the best albums of 2016 — “best” being a relative term befitting beauty pageants and barstool arguments. Cymbals Eat Guitars — Finally  /  Merchandise — Lonesome Sound  /  Car Seat Headrest — Fill in the Blank  /  Cass McCombs — Opposite House (feat. Angel Olsen)  /  Mat Kerekes — From None  /  The 1975 — Somebody Else (edit)  /  Milemarker — Carrboro […]
show 30 is a 2-hour holiday music extravaganza, with more than a few that got away.  happy festivus, y’all. Dread Zeppelin — All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth  /  NRBQ — Christmas Wish  /  Slothrust — What a Wonderful World  /  Dreams So Real — Learn to Love Again  /  Vertical Horizon — The Man Who Would Be Santa (live)  / […]
show 29 fittingly resembles a 29-year-old — brash in its assertions, rambling between angst and grace, and quite unable to get to 30.  The Shacks, The Seams, Crystal Fairy, At the Drive-In, Faux Ferocious, more. Kate Bush — Top of the City (live at Hammersmith Apollo, 2014)  / Hooton Tennis Club — Bad Dream (Breakdown on St. George’s Mount)  /  The […]