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SunDog: Alaskan Psychedelic Funk

SunDog is a funk-infused psychedelic garage rock band from Chugiak, Alaska. The band formed in 2015 after band members, Abi Sparkman (Guitar/Vocals), Deven Lind (Bass/Vocals) and Philip Giannulis (Drums) decided to compete in a battle of the bands at their high-school. SunDog won the competition and has continued to create psychedelic rock and entertain audiences around Alaska.

In late 2016, SunDog released a four-track ep on Bandcamp, titled ‘Not Your Grandpa’s Devil Music’. In 2017, the band released the singles Tiny Bugs and Scooby Doo’d, before dropping their 2018 debut album, ‘Fungus Among Us’. The album features a funky garage rock sound, evoking psychedelic bands of the 1960s and 70s. Certain tracks are reminiscent of bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd and Nektar. Sometimes their music is euphoric and melodic. Other times it shifts into heavy psych instrumentals that energize the audience. When there are lyrics, they are often personal and speak of a spiritual connection to nature and the landscape; however, half the songs on their debut album are purely instrumental, several of which show progressive rock and funk influences (e.g. Funky One, Too Close (To the Sun) and Numb Thumb). SunDog rocks a variety of psychedelic sounds, from uplifting, ethereal songs such as Tiny Bugs and Dollhouses, to the dark and hypnotic riffs of Shaman Song. At some live performances, their trippy music is enhanced by a psychedelic liquid light show.

Photo credits: Joe Ransdell-Green

Photo credits: Joe Ransdell-Green

In late 2018, SunDog released their second ep, titled ‘Light Speed Parade’, recorded live at the University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium. This year SunDog has played a number of venues in the Anchorage area, from Van’s Dive Bar and the 49th State Brewing Company to the Anchorage Museum and the Alaska Zoo. I recently caught a SunDog performance at the Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival, their second year to play there. They were the headliner for the night and began their hour-long set at 2 am, playing to an enthusiastic audience. SunDog performed many of their classics, but also jammed on several songs I had not heard before, including an epic prog-rock style instrumental. They ended the show with a version of Burning Down the House by the Talking Heads, with musical guest, Wash Your Hands. Sparkman said they were in the process of recording new material. If we're lucky, this Alaska-grown band will continue to produce exciting rock n roll for our ears. This month you can catch SunDog performing in Fairbanks on June 8th at the Marlin and in Anchorage on June 15th at the Arctic Valley Summer Jam 2019.  

Check out their BandCamp to hear some of their music. Their Facebook can be found here. Title thumbnail photo credits: Shipe Shot Photography , from the Anchorage Press

Joe Ransdell-Green

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What’s New on the Station This Week

Happy Thursday everyone!

New and interesting things added to KSUA this week:

Gabi - Empty Me

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Gabrielle Herst’s Second Album Empty Me has been playing pretty regularly on the station. It came out last October and we added it last month. Surreal vocals over over interrupted pop sounds, Opera Pop experimental strangeness. It makes you stop in your tracks and listen.

Check out her music here Bandcamp and make sure to follow her on twitter.

Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs

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Dream Pop that doesn’t make you fall asleep. Creepy vocals, floating guitars. This album opens with a sparse piano introduction and Jessica Pratt’s vocals are a weird ghost that echoes in. Check out the video for “This Time Around”  Her high tinny voice sounds like it was recorded in another space and time.

For more, check out her Bandcamp, and make sure to follow her on twitter.

Airhead DC - Crush Hi

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So the Animal Collective influence is apparent here. But, there is enough original sound to make this it’s own thing. Appropriate use of synthesizers is appreciated. Airhead DC is Vishal Narang’s latest project, and can be found on his bandcamp. It never hurts to follow on twitter either.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for:

Drum roll….

DJ Selection of the Week: Congratulations DJ King Libra For Winning the Prize of DJ Selection of the week. You have won: nothing; just this shout out --- DJ King Libra’s show Rhymes life and Beats is on KSUA 9pm to midnight AKST on Saturday. Also he has good music taste so it’s not a waste of your time to listen to his show. Check out the track he picked out to be highlighted this week.

Lady Leshurr - Brit Freestyle Queen

Grime Hip hop from Britain. Check out her youtube video Black Panther, Wakanda Forever.

Also her website is a really strange video performance art inquiry called the secret salmon society.

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Khemmis Desolation Review
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Khemmis continues to impress with their 3rd album in 4 years. Their blend of traditional heavy metal with darker elements from doom metal leads to a style all their own. Fans of traditional heavy metal will love the incredible range of singing and arpeggio lead guitar riffs, while doom fans will bang their head to the chugging of the guitar and the echoing war drums in the rhythm section. This album continues their run of great albums, retaining their heavy sound while bringing more more hard rocking solos. This is immediately apparent in the album single, “Isolation”, which starts off fast with a descending solo and never lets up. The final and longest track on the album, “From Ruin”, showcases more of their doom roots. “Bloodletting” and “Flesh to Nothing” are also standout tracks. Best listened to while gazing out the arrowslits at the enemy below.