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The indie rockers just released the album 'Oh Boy' almost a decade after their hit LP 'Hippies' & NYC was the first to see it live.
Today on the show, my guest is Los Angles-based artist and jack of all trades, Tucker Neel. Tucker's artwork takes the form of site specific installations, photography, drawing, video as well as online and telephone communication. His work draws on images of national monuments, political iconography, and the landscape around LA to examine how individual and cultural memories take material form.
A few weeks ago I was on vacation and I went into a deli to use the ATM. I swiped my card and then the strangest thing happened. When the ATM did it's "connecting" thing to verify my information, out of nowhere came a loud ping, chime and crackle. It was a sound I hadn't heard in years, but one that I instantly recognized. The sound of a dial up modem. I guess this ATM still used a 56k modem to do it's transactions. It was an odd sound to encounter because I didn't realize having dial-up was even an option in 2012. This got me thinking about all the other sounds that have gone extinct with the advance of technology. Things like analog television static, a metal hammer striking a bell when a telephone rings. All these sounds that were once such an inescapable part of our sonic environment are just vanishing from the world.
We couldn't be more excited about the new King Tuff album here!  Happy Birthday put out one of our favorite albums of the last few years, and anything else from frontman Kyle is definitely something worth checking out.  There's a lot of garage rock on the show today, perfect for a relaxing summer Saturday, but we've also got a ton of electronic music, folk, and pop for you, too.  And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.
Ralph Pugay's paintings depict scenes from everyday life that have been turned on their heads, and infused with humor, heavy doses of the absurd, and a general sense of existential dread. He mines ideas from philosophy, pop culture, and conversations with friends to inspire these bizarre scenes that in some ways are reminiscent of Gary Larson's Far Side comics for their use of both visual and verbal plays on words. However, Ralph's colorful tableaus seem like they're most interested in the sincere yet often futile ways that us humans try to control the unpredictable and unforgiving world that we live in.
In a new exhibition, up now at On Stellar Rays Gallery in New York, curator Toke Lykkeberg, has assembled an international group of artists who explore the"state of the face today." In the 21st century, Toke says, the face has become something "we avidly manipulate, perform, display, distort, detect, scan, enhance, blur, veil and avoid."