Blue Hills (via Facebook)

Blue Hills (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via WMBR in Cambridge, MA, KZSU in Stanford, CA, and CFMU in Hamilton, ON.

Bikini Gorge on WMBR

Raucous and exciting are two words that describe Bikini Gorge. They have a knack for providing that consistent rumbling that defined the scraggly sounds of some of your favorite garage rockers. And in case you need another reason to take a listen, they’re French.


Scuba Death on KZSU

Ever wanted to take a trip to the deep, dark electronic clubs of Berlin or Amsterdam? Well you don’t need to have a burning desire to do such a thing to enjoy these ominous and rippling tracks by Scuba Death. Their album, Nitrogen Narcosis, provides a composition of sound for those who are in desperate need for an ambient soundtrack in their life.


Blue Hills on CFMU

Many bands have been compared to Mac Demarco. The gap toothed musician serves as a useful outline of what one current type of indie musician can sound like. However, of the various comparisons, Blue Hills may just fit the bill best. Best suited for beaches and bedrooms, Blue Hills comes into your life at just the right time this late June.


Check out some of our other picks from the charts this week: Shawn David McMillen on WPRB; Rob Curly on WWVU; Slime on WQFS; and Idyll on KRKQ.