Wednesday, February 27, 2008

CD Review 6

Artist: A Cursive Memory
Title: Changes (Vagrant)
They’re all clean and good (if you’re into this): 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 11

Genre: Pop Rock

“ACM,” as the sticker on the CD calls them, is as Kitchens puts it: very Hot Topic.

This CD is typical of the new pop rock shit that’s going around. Upbeat, slightly electronic, pop rock with feminine-ish and slightly whiney male vocals that sings about girls and love and feelings and mushy stuff.

ACM has played with Senses Fail and New Found Glory. They'll be playing with Armor for Sleep as well as at Bamboozle and Warped Tour (yeah, they're one of those bands.) Warped will <3 this band. There will be tee shirts in Hot Topic this summer, I’m sure.

RIYL: Sherwood, Boys Like Girls, Taking Back Sunday, Motion City Soundtrack

P.S. I personally put this in a CD case because for some reason they sent us all of the components of a CD in a case but no case. So, yeah, enjoy. :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Show 26

We had a ton of baby DJs in the station today, which was super cute! I had them announce for the first hour.

We had a request for Beirut which was a BIG hit! Maybe I'll download and play some more in the future.

Headlights, "Cherry Tulips"
Rainer Maria, "Atlantic"
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, "Half Awake (Deb)"
Picastro, "Hortur"
Ida, "Lovers Prayers"
matt pond PA, "A Million Middle Fingers"
Volcano, I'm Still Excited, "2nd Gun"
Vashtin Bunyan, "Wishwanderer"
Architecture in Helsinki, "Debbie"
31Knots, "Savage Boutique"
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, "Baltimore"
The New Pornographers, "Myriad Harbour"
Kina Grannis, "I Know Who Took the Milk and Cookies"
Dead Meadow, "What Needs Must Be"
Over The Rhine, "If A Song Could Be President"
Fiskum, "Tom Waits's Bar And Grill"
R. G. Stark, “Mineral Wells”
*Romantica, America, tracks 3&4 “The National Side; Drink the Night Away”
*Paul Thorn, A Long Way from Tupelo, tracks 11 “Starvin for Your Kisses”
#Beirut, Lon Gisland, “Scenic World”
*Elizabeth Nicholson and Stringed Migration, Fly Not Yet, tracks 1&2 “Lebanese Melody; The Unquiet Grave”
*Cheb I Sabbah, Devotion, tracks 4&5 “Qalanderi; Haun Vaari Haun Varaney”
*v/a, BIPPP: French Synth Wave 1979-85, tracks 3&4 “”Les visiteurs du soir” Je t’ecris d’un pays; “Vox dei” Terroriste”
*Two Ton Sloth, …is Brad Hammers and PZ, tracks 3&4 “School Play from a Cloud’s Left Lung; For”

Sunday, February 24, 2008

CD Review 5

Artist: The Raveonettes
Title: Lust Lust Lust
My Picks: 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10
CD’s Picks: 1 2 4 6 9

Genre: Indie Pop

Anyone remember the Kmart commercial for Route 66 jeans with all of the WB stars on it, like the young couple from Reba and Beverley Mitchell from 7th Heaven? Well, the song on there was “That Great Love Sound” by the Raveonettes.

I don’t know all that much about them, so…

Their website describes their music as “noisy, fuzzed-out guitar, sweet boy-girl harmonies, and sleazy surf-punk twang” and “a clash between Mods and Rockers”. Pandora says their music has “punk influences, repetitive melodic phrasing, paired vocal harmony, minor key tonality and electric rhythm guitars.” Sounds about right.

I can’t tell if they’re trying to embrace the claims that they went pop or what. The tracks go back and forth. Most of the CD’s picks are pop-ier while the rest of the tracks are kinda indie.

RIYL: The Manhattan Love Suicides, The Hong Kong, The Kills

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Show 25

A lot of people called in today, which was awesome! There were a lot of requests and I couldn't find everything and I apologize if I didn't play what you requested but feel free to call in next week, or leave a comment, with something else. :)

#Murder by Death, In Bocca Al Lupo, tracks 7&8 “Sometimes the Line Walks You; Raw Deal”
*Sally Barris, Restless Soul, tracks 2&7 "Huntington River; Are You a Real Cowboy"
*Michael Holland, Simple Truths and Pleasures, track 9 "Trouble"
*Romantica, America, tracks 1&2 "Queen of Hearts; I Need You Tonight"
*Stephan Simmons, Something in Between, tracks 1&4 "Don't Mine Me; We'll See"
State Radio, "Gang of Thieves"
Yael Naïm, "Far Far"
#Murder by Death, In Bocca Al Lupo, tracks 3&4 “Dead Men and Sinners; Brother”
ADELE, "Hometown Glory"
Owen, "The Sad Waltzes of Pietro Crespi"
American Football, "Never Meant"
Agent Sparks, "Polly Anne"
The Ponys, "Hara Kiri"
of Montreal, "Gronlandic Edit"
xbxrx, "Minds"
Braid, "I'm Afraid of Everything"
Aloha, “Body Buzz”
Indochine, "Electrastar"
Indochine, "J'ai demande a la lune"
Indochine, "Le Manoir"
*Mussels, Little Voices, track 8 "My Hands Your Heart"
*The Shondes, The Red Sea, tracks 5 "Let's Go"
#An Albatross, Blessphemy (of the Peace-Beast Feastgiver and the Bear Wrap Kumite), tracks 10, 12, 13 "Hairobics; I Will Swim into the Lazier Eye; Feastgiver"
*v/a, Disco Not Disco, tracks 1&2 "Vivien Goldman – Launderette"

Monday, February 18, 2008

CD Review 4

Artist: Chris Walla
Title: Field Manual
They’re all good (and clean): 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Date: 02/18/08

Genre: Pop Rock

FINALLY! Something with "Death Cab for Cutie" in the RIYL that actually sounds like Death Cab! ... mainly because Chris Walla is the guitarist and producer for Death Cab for Cutie (as well as the producer of Tegan & Sara and The Decemberists).

This is his first attempt at recording his own stuff. Not bad for a first try. Chris plays all of the instruments except drums (done by Jason McGerr from Death Cab and Kurt Dahle from The New Pornographers).

It's got a Death Cab feel sans Ben Gibbard's voice (which, let's face it, is part of Death Cab's magic).

Spin this shit before he goes Top 40!

RIYL: Death Cab meets OK Go on track 2 meets the Beatles a little bit… sometimes… but maybe that’s just me (it probably is)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Show 24

*Stephan Simmons, Sampler, tracks 1-4 "New Scratches, Go Easy on Me, Don't Mine Me, County Lines"
*Tim Passmore, Chapters, tracks 1&5 "Against the Grain; Brand New Attitude"
*The Last Waltz Ensemble, Live at the Visulite, tracks 4&6 "Like a Rolling Stone; You Ain't Goin Nowhere"
The Panda Band, "Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town"
Grizzly Bear, "Little Brother"
Little Birdy, "Come On, Come On"
Macon Greyson, "Minnesota Weather Map"
Modico, "Hills"
PJ Olsson, "A.D.D."
Ben Jelen, "Where Do We Go"
Biography Of Ferns, "John The Barber"
Castanets, "This Is The Early Game"
Eskimo Joe, "Black Fingernails"
*The Dimes, The Silent Generation, tracks 1&3 "Jersey Kid; New Your 1930"
*Unrecognizable Now, In a Cave or a Coma, track 7 "Between Words"
*Funckaram, Refurbished Two, tracks 9 "Multiplex - Always Within You"
*Sole and the Skyrider Band, s/t, track 13 "Stupid Things Implode on Themselves"

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Show 23

This show had a few technical difficulties, but we got through it. :)

*Stephan Simmons, Something in Between, tracks 1&4 "Don't Mine Me; We'll See"
*Rachel Ries, Without a Bird, track 7 "I Could Leave"
*Caleb Caudle, Red Bank Road, track 10&11 "Love is Irrational; The Owls are Sleeping"
*The Houstons, Still, tracks 4&5 "Promise of Gold; Providence"
Annuals, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
*Stephan Simmons, Sampler, tracks1&2 "New Scratches; Go Easy on Me"
The Long Winters, "Commander Thinks Aloud (Live)"
Azure Ray, "Sleep"
Mason Proper, "Life's Cornucopia"
Francis Cabrel, "Je T'aimais, Je T'aime, Je T'aimerai"
The Forms, "Red Gun"
Shotgun Honeymoon, "13"
Romantica, America, "Queen Of Hearts"
Eric Skelton, Pretend to Radiate, "Dixie"
Erich Skelton, Some Other City, "If You're In Chicago"
Erich Skelton, Some Other City, "Past The Stars"
Marry a Thief, "Every Little Star"
Marry a Thief, I'm Dying to Outlive You, "Spinning"
*v/a, Disco not Disco, track 1 "Vivien Goldman - Launderette"
*Coconut Records, Nighttiming, track 2&4 "West Coast; Summer Day"
*Tender Forever, Wider, track 1 "Tiny Heart and Clever Hand"
Devendra Banhart, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Mountain, track 11 “Lover”
*Xiu Xiu, Women as Lovers, track 12 "Puff and Bunny"
*Hot Chip, Made in the Dark, tracks 1&4 "Out at the Pictures; Bendable Poseable"