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Radio K releasing 'Stuck on AM 7: Stuck on Tape' on Record Store Day

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It's hard to believe 10 years have passed since I picked up my first Radio K Stuck on AM compilation, because I still remember it vividly.

[jump] I was a suburban high schooler, just a year or two on this side of figuring out that there was more to music than what was available on MTV and corporate radio. My friends and I would pile into my tiny Toyota Corolla and make the 30-minute trek into the Uptown area of Minneapolis to eat at Mud Pie, loiter at Pandora's Box, shop at Cheapo and -- when we could remember how to get there from the highway -- spend hours roaming around the Electric Fetus.

Shopping for records wasn't a routine yet at that point; scanning the rows upon rows of CDs and placards was overwhelming, intimidating, exhilarating. I remember the first time I realized that there were hundreds of local bands in the Twin Cities releasing their own CDs, and I remember the first time I picked up the Stuck on AM 3 compilation and flipped it over to scan the tracklisting on the back.

Chances are I ultimately decided to buy the CD because Mason Jennings was on it -- at that point I was buying everything Mason put out. But once I bought it, it lived in my car for months. I wasn't old enough to get into most shows, so that record was my introduction to a whole world of local music that I didn't even know existed: Mark Mallman, Dillinger Four, Oddjobs, 12 Rods, Low. And after that, I was hooked.

A decade later, Radio K is still filling that niche for people, delving into the unknown and introducing young, hungry listeners to some of the best new music being made locally and nationally. And though it's become exponentially easier to find new music online, it's stations like Radio K that help to wrangle the onslaught of songs and present it in a manageable way, like a road map for the obsessed. Which is why I couldn't be happier to help get the word out about Radio K's seventh installment of Stuck on AM, which has transitioned over the years from a compilation CD to an mp3 download and tape. This year, the station is offering the whole thing for free, and it's coming out on April 16 as a limited-run release at the Minneapolis Electric Fetus to coincide with Record Store Day.

Stuck on AM 7: Stuck on Tape features 17 tracks by local artists, plus a download with 24 tracks by national artists -- all recorded in the Radio K studios. Scan the track listings below, and we'll see you on Record Store Day.

STUCK ON AM 7: STUCK ON TAPE

Local (cassette & download):

LEISURE BIRDS - Say So!

BUFFALO MOON - Jamba Samba

DARK DARK DARK - The Hand

ZOO ANIMAL - Worker Bee

DOOMTREE - Accident

THE CLOAK OX - Artist At The Door

GOSPEL GOSSIP - Ponds

THE BLIND SHAKE - Wise Mr. Owl/Soft Zodiac

GRANT CUTLER & THE GORGEOUS LORDS - Orphan

ROMA DI LUNA - Before I Die

DANTE & THE LOBSTER - Wake Up

WIZARDS ARE REAL - Stay Golden

PRIVATE DANCER - Diane

PINK MINK - Black Door

EYEDEA & ABILITIES - Sky Diver

RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR - Workin Hard

STNNNG - The Long Middle

National (download only):

LOWER DENS - Rosie

DISAPPEARS - Lux

THE BESNARD LAKES - And This Is What We Call Progress

THE BLACK ANGELS - Haunting At 1300 McKinley

THE MYNABIRDS - Let the Record Go

M83 - Graveyard Girl

A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW - Shy

LIGHTNING DUST - I Knew

HERE WE GO MAGIC - Fangela

THE ANTLERS - Thirteen

KURT VILE - Hunchback

FOREIGN BORN - Vacationing People

HOLY FUCK - Stilettos

WOVEN BONES - Your Sorcery

DOM - Bochica

THE VASELINES - Sex With An X

SERENA MANEESH - Reprobate!

SURFER BLOOD - Take It Easy

THE SOFT PACK - Answer To Yourself

THE OCTOPUS PROJECT - Fuguefat

THE CONCRETES - My Ways

SHARON VAN ETTEN - Peace Sign

FOALS - Spanish Sahara

TWIN SISTER - Other Side of Your Face