$1 From Russia, With Love

God bless Андрей Шматков (Andrey Shmatkov) for his donation of $1 from the Russian Republic!!!

That is 31 Rubles! You have know idea how much this moves us. The fact that Radio Free Indie has listeners in Russia is already something that makes us feel warm and fuzzy, but the kind gesture of going to the effort to make a $1 donation from Russia to Radio Free Indie in Los Angeles leaves us with a bit of a happy tear on our eyelid.

That you from the bottom of our hearts Андрей for you very kind show of support.




We Need Your Support

The Radio Free Indie listening audience has grown past our greatest expectations and that is a fantastic thing!

We are extremely grateful that you are enjoying Radio Free Indie, and that makes the work worthwhile to us.

The way artist royalties and streaming works is the more listeners we have the more it costs us in royalty fees. We feel that it is important to pay these artist royalties and we are obligated by law to pay them. We need your help in offsetting these costs so Radio Free Indie can continue to serve up the music you like.

Radio Free Indie streaming stats Jan. - Feb. 2013

Right now we are in need of $1200 to pay artist royalties and server costs and we are asking for your help to keep Radio Free Indie broadcasting.

We need 24 angels to donate $50 or 120 angels to donate $10.

On this page you will find the PayPal button with very simple instructions for donating to RFI. If you’ve thought about donating in the past, this is the time that we need your help.Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much for being there and making this experiment worthwhile.

***We would like to thank Michelle Belaskie, Ben “Mouse” McShane, Scott Calvert, Tina Junger and Thomas Potter for their recent donations.

With all respect,

Mr. Shovel and Radio Free Indie

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In L.A. | HD Re-Broadcast | ‘Push The Sky Away’ Live

It doesn’t get any more badass than this. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds perform ‘Push The Sky Away’ and other songs, live from the Fonda Theatre L.A, 21.02.13.

So blessed to have witnessed this performance. It sets a standard for what artists of all types should aspire to. (It’s B&W for the entire “Push The Sky Away” portion and turns color for the “others songs” ). Watch and enjoy.




We love L.A. – #Space Shuttle Endeavour

( The view from Radio Free Indie Headquarters as the Space Shuttle Endeavour flies past Griffith Observatory in Los Feliz)

L.A., we’ve had our rough patches and sometimes I wasn’t sure if it would last, but then you go and do something like this and I fall in love with you all over again.

I think I’ll stay.


Mr. Shovel




FYF 2012 is now dust in the wind – vids

FYF 2012 is in now in the history books and while we’re still busy trying to blow the sand boogers out of our nostrils we wanted to share a couple of vid clips. Since we didn’t want to be that guy holding up the phone during the whole show and opting instead to absorb the performance, these clips are brief but hopefully capture the moment.


Twin Shadow

This song “Five Seconds” is a bona fide hit and should be getting played on every “Alternative” radio station in the country. Come on “Alt” radio, make some room for this. Twin Shadow should be playing your radio station “Ho F*ckin Ho Down” Chistmas show (don’t steal that name!) To add some happy factor to an already stellar set, local musical handyman Bram Inscore (Touche, Obi Best, Belle Brigade, Willoughby, Beck, and on an on) held down the bass and synth for Twin Shadow, whose songwriting abilities come as mana from the Gods.



After a very respectable rendition of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”,  the Portland based electro-rock foursome closed out their sundown set with Neil Young’s ode to rock “My My, Hey Hey (Into the Black). It’s reassuring to hear that Rock n Roll will never die, because with some other FYF bands it may be planning for a retirement on a laptop hard drive. Chromatics were the perfect melding of electronic and rock.


We have nothing but love and respect for these LA Smellsters. Health always manage to sound incredible, and in this case the odds were against that, being that (unlike Coachella where the sound is consistently well mixed) the audio mixing at some of the FYF stages was hit and miss at best, putting some great bands at a disadvantage. Artists would have been well advised to have their own person at the sound booth to chime in when the guitar needed to be louder, and the bass lower. Not blaming the sound guy, they just may not know what the band is supposed to sound like.

Besides Desaperacidos who slayed on Sunday night, Health put on our second favorite performance of the weekend. This vid may not capture the best moments of that show (that’s when we were too enraptured to shoot) but we’re glad to have this little clip to have as a keepsake.

LA Weekly’s 20 Worst Hipster Bloggers

It has become clear that in an attempt to generate more web clicks, the LA Weekly has been selling its journalistic integrity down the river by posting flame-baiting articles designed to elicit an angry response. Its most recent self-embarrassment known as “LA WEEKLY’S 20 WORST HIPSTER BANDS” is a nail in the coffin to the reputation of a once-respected voice in our community.

At first, I thought that perhaps economic downsizing of staff has led to their content being left in the hands of interns and blog-flamers who do not know the basic rules of journalism, but upon investigation, I see that the LA Weekly Music Editor Ben Westhoff actually has previous writing credentials. He has actually gotten paid to write words. What gives Ben? Did the management issue a directive that music criticism should no longer be based in thought and merit and should instead be boiled down to insulting people for their outward appearances?

This kind of bias and prejudice is best left in the past millennium. Do you understand that people die because of similar narrow-mindedness? Your words are highly irresponsible and you owe Los Angeles an apology. As music editor, you should be setting an example and mentoring your staff instead of encouraging the lowest common denominator of writing.

Here is writer Ben Westhoff’s best effort at describing the modern/indie rock scene and its purveyors.

“It’s not the mere existence of hipster groups that distresses us — some of our best friends are hipsters, after all¸ — it’s their lemming-like tendency to, if you’ll pardon a mixed metaphor, ape each other.

On its surface, hipsterdom seems to be an individuality-grab, but most of today’s 20- and 30-something bands from Silver Lake and Williamsburg sound shockingly similar. They’re all playing variations of retro garage and soul music — or bringing glockenspiels and choirs on incestuous nationwide tours — all the while clad in vintage garb likely infested with lice.”

Is this what passes for journalism today? Are all people with Eastern garments on their heads terrorists too? If Westhoff thought he was being funny or ironic, he failed in his attempt and succeeded in offending anybody who has ever paid a price for their outward appearance.

One of the Westhoff underlings writes, “Further, whereas Jack White can actually play, Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach is more concerned with beard grooming and disheveling his hair.”

The underling must be excused for lack of training, ethics and experience but the Music Editor and LA Weekly management carry the blame for their choice in allowing, or even encouraging, this irresponsible lack of writing ability and music knowledge to address the specifics of the music they are objecting to.

Whatever the reason, the LA Weekly is surrendering its claim to being an advocate for, or curators of, culture in Los Angeles. They are abandoning the idea of being true journalists and music connoisseurs and have drifted into the mile-deep pile of Internet turd bombers to which the Weekly should be the alternative. You have, can and should do better for the city whose name you have the privilege of adopting.

Ben Westoff, one cannot be considered a journalist of integrity when the entire premise of your article is rooted in the prejudicial stereotyping of a person based upon the way they dress.

Hipster band, or lice-infested lemmings?

Do you realize how out of touch and behind the times it would have sounded if a writer for Rolling Stone magazine published an article in 1972 called “20 Worst Hippie Bands” and proceeded to base their judgments on the musicians’ clothes and facial hair?

The main flaw in your approach is in the very premise that the term “Hipster Band” is used in a derogatory fashion as a blanket judgement against a whole group of people based on their physical appearance and clothing preferences. By doing so, you are insulting all people who present themselves in a similar fashion, whom until today had been the bulk of your readers.
I feel the need to stand up and defend the beautiful creative artists and people of this city that I love, and our New York brethren. Show some respect for your own community, LA Weekly. These times call for higher standards, get them or get out of Los Angeles.

Mark Sovel

We have art!


That is to say that the album art feature is working again on the

Radio Free Indie Tunein App.

Here’s what to do:
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Under ‘Browse” search “radio free indie”. Then select it as a preset.

You’re good to go with RFI anytime, anywhere.