Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Year!

Hey everyone,

Sorry I haven’t done an update in a few weeks, hope you weren’t clamoring for WMUA updates. I suppose everyone knows my email, any concerns send to me. I think I'll be doing an update every other week now.

We had a pretty successful first night at our first Left of the Dial Concert Series show, which featured Cadence Weapon and Born Ruffians. One of the guys from the Born Ruffians said, “We’ve never had a crowd that moved so much,” and they said it was a great way to start their tour. Here’s a copy of the flyer of the shows we will be co-presenting with Smith’s radio station, WOZQ:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jo2O0-bRgC4/R8X-DKA_Q1I/AAAAAAAAAyY/xA2mtgSmm3M/s1600-h/left+of+the+dial+2.jpg

There should be a PSA for the Mountain Goats show soon so play it up. Also, a heads up for all DJ’s to look into the giveaway binder for tickets to giveaway on shows.

ALSO A BIG REMINDER! Please please please play music NOT found on top 40 commercial stations. The whole point of college radio is to spread word about musicians and other information that isn’t found in most media. NEW MUSIC is also important!!!!!! Our library is built on recordings sent from promoters. The music will be cut off if we don’t play the records we are sent. Thanks to all who continue to do this.

Here are some recommendations for this week, with accompanying myspace pages:

The Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride

http://www.myspace.com/11734232

One of the best songwriters of our generation

FFO: REM, Bob Dylan, music

Playing – March 13th at the Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton– Part of the Left of the Dial Concert Series

Stephen Malkmus – Real Emotional Trash

Lead singer of legendary band Pavement

FFO: Pavement, Silver Jews, Sonic Youth

Playing at MASS MOCA – April 5

http://www.myspace.com/stephenmalkmus

Why? – Alopecia

Alternating between hip hop and rock works effectively to create a distinct style and sound

FFO: Islands, Beck, Aesop Rock, Subtle

Playing March 24 at the Iron Horse in Northampton - Part of the Left of the Dial Concert Series

Blood on the Wall – Liferz

FFO: Sonic Youth, Pavement, Pixies

http://www.myspace.com/bloodonthewall

These United States – A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate…

FFO: Andrew Bird, M Ward, Wooden Wand

http://www.myspace.com/theseunited

Apr 7 2008

8:00P

@ AS220, w/ Deer Tick, Tom Inhaler, Liz Isenberg Providence, Rhode Island

Apr 8 2008

8:00P

@ P.A.’s Lounge Somerville, Massachusetts

Panther - 14 Kt God

FFO: The Slits, A Certain Ratio, 23 Skidos, The Dirty Projectors

Playing – March 23rd at PA’s Lounge, Boston, with White Hinterland

http://www.myspace.com/panthertouch


Cadence Weapon – Afterparty Babies

FFO: Aesop Rock, El-P, Def Jux, Dizzee Rascal

http://www.myspace.com/cadenceweaponmusic

Ladyhawk – Shots

FFO: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du

http://www.myspace.com/ladyhawk

The Felice Brothers – S/T

FFO: The Band, Dylan, Devendra Banhart, Wooden Wand

http://www.myspace.com/thefelicebrothers

Charts:

Rock:

1 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Vampire Weekend XL

2 DIE! DIE! DIE! Promises, Promises S.A.F.

3 MOUNTAIN GOATS Heretic Pride 4AD

4 XIU XIU Women As Lovers Kill Rock Stars

5 WORKING FOR A NUCLEAR FREE CITY Businessmen And Ghosts Deaf Dumb And Blind

6 HOT CHIP Made In The Dark DFA-Astralwerks
7 TIMES NEW VIKING Rip It Off Matador
8 BIG SLEEP Sleep Forever Frenchkiss
9 LUPE FIASCO The Cool Atlantic-1st & 15th
10 JEFFREY LEWIS 12 Crass Songs Rough Trade
11 CAT POWER Jukebox Matador
12 MIKE LADD Nostalgialator Definitive Jux
13 VARIOUS ARTISTS Bippp: French Synth Wave 1979-1985 Everloving-BORN BAD
14 FRED THOMAS Flood Magic Marker
15 CADENCE WEAPON Afterparty Babies Anti
16 FELICE BROTHERS The Felice Brothers Team Love
17 CHRIS WALLA Field Manual Barsuk
18 KATE NASH Made Of Bricks Fiction-Geffen
19 MAGNETIC FIELDS Distortion Nonesuch
20 KING OF PRUSSIA Save The Scene Kindercore
21 RAVEONETTES Lust Lust Lust Vice
22 SCARY MANSION Every Joke Is Half The Truth ZUM
23 BURIAL Untrue Hyperdub
24 NIGHTWOUNDS Allergic To Heat Woodsist
25 VASHTI BUNYAN Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind: Singles And Demos 1964-1967 DiCristina
26 PANTHER 14kt God Kill Rock Stars
27 NO KIDS Come Into My House Tomlab
28 CRYPTACIZE Dig That Treasure Asthmatic Kitty
29 NADA SURF Lucky Barsuk
30 MACEO PARKER Roots And Grooves Head's Up-Tel Arc

Hip Hop
1 AKROBATIK Absolute Value Fat Beats-Fat Beats
2 MOE POPE AND HEADNODIC Megaphone NatAural High
3 YAK BALLZ Scifentology II Flospot
4 9TH WONDER AND BUCKSHOT The Formula Duck Down
5 ERYKAH BADU "Honey" [Single]
6 JEAN GRAE The Orchestral Files, Vol. 1
7 TOUCH AND NATO The Representatives In Intelligent Design Up In Arms
8 ONE BE LO The R.E.B.I.R.T.H. Subterraneous
9 NICOLAY AND KAY Time:Line Groove Attack

Jazz:
1 ADAM RUDOLPH'S MOVING PICTURES Dream Garden Justin Time
2 BEN ALLISON AND MAN SIZE SAFE Little Things Run The World Palmetto
3 ED SAINDON AND DAVE LIEBMAN Depth Of Emotion World Improvised
4 CHICK COREA, GARY BURTON New Crystal Silence Concord
5 KALI Z FASTEAU, KIDD JORDAN, NEWMAN TAYLOR BAKER Live At Kerava
6 GONZALO RUBALCABA Avatar Blue Note
7 PAT METHENY Day Trip Nonesuch
8 TOM SCOTT Cannonball Reloaded Concord
9 JASON KAO HWANG Stories Before Within Innova
10 NIK BARTSCH'S RONIN Holon ECM

World:
1 SONORA PONCENA Desde Puerto Rico A Nueva York Fania
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS What's Happening In Pernambuco: New Sounds Of The Brazilian Northwest Luaka Bop
3 RAY BARRETTO The Message fania/emusica
4 CHARLIE PALMIERI AND MENIQUE Con Salsa Y Sabor Fania
5 CORTIJO Y SU COMBO La Quiniela Del Dia tico/fania/emusica
6 RAMIRO MUSOTTO Civilizacao And Barbarye Circular Moves
7 JOHNNY RAY Camino De Fama Self-Released
8 JESUS PAGAN Salsa De La Mata self released
9 JOE BATAAN Gypsy Woman fania/emusica
10 VARIOUS ARTISTS La India Canela: Merengue Tipico From The Dominican Republic Smithsonian Folkways

Loud Rock:
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS C U La Tour Sampler Self-Released
2 PRIMORDIAL To The Nameless Dead Metal Blade
3 OPETH The Roundhouse Tapes Peaceville
4 PRIMAL FEAR New Religion Locomotive
5 VESANIA Distractive Killusions Napalm
6 HORRORPOPS Kiss Kiss Kill Kill Hellcat
7 BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Scream Aim Fire Zomba
8 KINGDOM OF SORROW Kingdom Of Sorrow Relapse
9 AYREON 01011001 InsideOut
10 MOONSPELL Under Satanae Steamhammer

RPM
1 HOT CHIP Made In The Dark DFA-Astralwerks
2 MIKE LADD Nostalgialator Definitive Jux
3 BOB SINCLAR Soundz Of Freedom Tommy Boy
4 DAFT PUNK Alive 2007 Virgin
5 BURIAL Untrue Hyperdub
6 CORNELIUS Gum Everloving
7 GHISLAIN POIRIER No Ground Under Ninja Tune
8 CHRIS JOSS Teraphonic Overdubs ESL Music
9 BEAT CLUB Minimalista
10 VARIOUS ARTISTS Bippp: French Synth Wave 1979-1985 Everloving-BORN BAD
10 STATIK SELEKTAH "Stop, Look, And Listen" [Single]

Friday, February 8, 2008

Spring Update

Hey everyone,

Welcome back to 91.1 WMUA. I hope you all had a great winter break and are excited for the upcoming spring semester. We have all sorts of awesome music and events coming up in the next few months. I’ll be sending out my cool update emails every week or so. Over break I added a new section to the library called "Out of the Vault at WMUA" which has a bunch of records we have tucked away so they don't get stolen by greedy little bastards. I burned copies of these classics and are available to all you DJ's out there. They include albums by Tom Waits, Beastie Boys, Velvet Underground, Gang of Four, and much more. I still have a bunch to take care of, so if you want some easy service hours come on down and burn some CD's for me. If you have any questions or concerns my email is music@wmua.org . If you want to speak with me face-to-face, my office hours are:

Monday/Wed/Fri 12-3pm

Feel free to come and help me out for service hours anytime! If you are busy during my office hours, shoot me an email and we can set up an appointment.

Thanks,

Corey

Of course all the weekly updates are available at:

WMUA Concert Series:

All in Northampton, MA

In conjunction with the Iron Horse Entertainment Group, I am pleased to announce the Left of the Dial Concert Series, brought to you by us (WMUA) and WOZQ (Smith College). We’ll be cross-promoting each other in all sorts of ways. It’s all the better since a lot of these bands are ‘on the rise’ and should be receiving as much help as possible. Please play these bands on their shows where appropriate. The “bands coming to the area section” located in the new music part of the library should have all these band’s records in there. DJ’s, heads up on giving away tickets, make sure you check the giveaway binder in the MCR. Also, a PSA is going to be made today for the first two shows of the series, so please play that up. Watch out for interviews or in-studios, let me know if you are interested in doing that for your show with any of these bands! Contact Sharon at publicity@wmua.org if you want to table at any of these. Contact me at music@wmua.org if you want to go to any of these shows for free and I’ll try my best. First come, first serve, of course.

Feb 28 – Cadence Weapon and Born Ruffians at the Iron Horse

March 1 – Bowerbirds and Phosphorescent at the Iron Horse

March 6 – Tigercity, Via Audio and the Thungs at the Iron Horse

March 13 – The Mountain Goats and The Moaners at the Pearl Street Ballroom

March 24 – Why? and Cryptacize (Ex-Deerhoof) at the Iron Horse

March 25 – Caribou and Fuck Buttons at the Iron Horse

April 12 – The Weakerthans and Liam Finn at the Iron Horse

April 23 – American Music Club and the Figments at the Iron Horse

May 18 – The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-la-la Band at the Iron Horse

There’s a lot of really great new albums that we’ve received in the past couple weeks. There’s something for everyone, I expect these to be spun and spun proudly!

10 Recommended albums of the week:

*= playing locally, see concert listing at bottom

The Pack A. D. - Tintype
http://www.myspace.com/thepackad

For fans of: The White Stripes, The Kills, Sleater-Kinney, The Black Keys

*Jeffrey Lewis – 12 Crass Songs

http://www.myspace.com/jefflewisband

Covers of punk band Crass. FFO: The Moldy Peaches, Daniel Johnston

Mussels – Little Voices

http://www.myspace.com/mussels

Brooklyn band brings the old school indie rock

FFO: Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Superchunk

*Xiu Xiu – Women as Lovers

http://www.myspace.com/xiuxiuband

FFO: The Books, Deerhoof, Joy Division, fucked up music in general

Has a cover of the Bowie/Queen cover “Under Pressure”

*The Magnetic Fields – Distortion

http://www.myspace.com/themagneticfields

One of the best bands out there. My favorite record so far this year.

Fred Thomas – Flood

http://www.myspace.com/fredthomassongs

Lead singer of pop gurus Saturday Looks Good to Me does the freak folk thing.

FFO: Animal Collective, Jonathan Richman, The Microphones

*Jason Collett – Here’s to Being Here

http://www.myspace.com/jasoncollettmusic

FFO: The Band, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Broken Social Scene

Rivers Cuomo – Alone: The Home Recordings

It’s old Weezer, so it’s pretty good, as opposed to the garbage known as new Weezer.

Baby Dee – Safe Inside the Day

http://www.myspace.com/theonlybabydee

Her backing band includes: Bonnie Prince Billy, Matt Sweeney on guitar and Andrew WK on drums. She sounds like Tom Waits!

King of Prussia – Save the Scene

http://www.myspace.com/wearekingofprussia

FFO: The Clientele, Belle and Sebastian

Mike Ladd - Nostalgilator

http://www.myspace.com/mikeladd

A genre hopping spectacle from Def Jux. In the RPM section, play it up.

Upcoming concerts in the area:

The Magnetic Fields – Feb 11/12 – Iron Horse, Northampton

Feb 14/15 – Somerville Theater - Somerville, MA

Jeffrey Lewis – March 21 – Boston, MAParadise Rock Club with the Cribs

Jason Collett – April 17 – Boston, MAActon, MA

Xiu Xiu - 03-20 Bennington, VT - Bennington College
03-21 Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Saturday Looks Good To Me – March 2 at the Iron Horse

Breeders – June 4thPearl Street

Charts:

Radio 200 (Rock)

1 MAGNETIC FIELDS Distortion Nonesuch

2 CAT POWER Jukebox Matador

3 TENDER FOREVER Wider K

4 FRED THOMAS Flood Magic Marker

5 VARIOUS ARTISTS Disco Not Disco: Post Punk, Electro And Leftfield Disco Classics 1974-1986 Strut

6 LUPE FIASCO The Cool Atlantic-1st & 15th

7 HOT CHIP Made In The Dark DFA-Astralwerks

8 XIU XIU Women As Lovers Kill Rock Stars

9 KING OF PRUSSIA Save The Scene Kindercore

10 BABY DEE Safe Inside The Day Drag City

11 WILLIE NELSON Moment Of Forever Lost Highway

12 MARS VOLTA The Bedlam In Goliath Universal

13 SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME Fill Up The Room K

14 KILLS "U. R. A. Fever" [Single] Domino

15 JASON COLLETT Here's To Being Here Arts And Crafts

16 VARIOUS ARTISTS Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies American Laundromat

17 WHY? The Hollows [EP] Anticon

18 GORILLAZ D-Sides Virgin

19 BONNIE PRINCE BILLY Ask Forgiveness Drag City

20 VIVA VOCE Lovers, Lead The Way!/The Heat Can Melt Your Brain Amore! Phonics

21 ANTIETAM Opus Mixtum Carrot Top

22 VARIOUS ARTISTS The Second Marriage Records Compilation Marriage

23 MUSSELS Little Voices Self-Released

24 RUCKUS ROBOTICUS Playing With Scratches Grease

25 MIKE LADD Nostalgialator Definitive Jux

26 VAMPIRE WEEKEND Vampire Weekend XL

27 RINGS Black Habit Paw Tracks

28 WIRE Read And Burn 03 Pink Flag

29 CORNELIUS Gum Everloving

30 MOTION SICK The Truth Will Catch You, Just Wait Naked Ear

Hip Hop:

1 ONE BE LO The R.E.B.I.R.T.H. Subterraneous

2 JEAN GRAE AND 9TH WONDER Jeanius Blacksmith

3 9TH WONDER AND BUCKSHOT The Formula Duck Down

4 DJ MUGGS VS SICK JACKEN The Legend Of The Mask And The Assassin Universal Latino

5 LUPE FIASCO The Cool 1st & 15th-Atlantic

6 SPECIAL TEAMZ Long Time Comin Duckdown

7 Y SOCIETY Travel At Your Own Pace Tres

8 MC ESOTERIC Egoclapper Flycasual

9 MAIN FLOW AND 7L Forever Brick

10 J-LIVE Reveal The Secret BBE

RPM:

1 HOT CHIP Made In The Dark DFA-Astralwerks

2 CHRIS JOSS Teraphonic Overdubs ESL Music

3 DAFT PUNK Alive 2007 Virgin

4 CORNELIUS Gum Everloving

5 GHISLAIN POIRIER No Ground Under Ninja Tune

6 BONDE DO ROLE Marina Gasolina [EP] Domino

7 BEAT CLUB Minimalista

8 PAN SONIC Katodivaihe Blast First

9 UNRECOGNIZABLE NOW In A Cave Or A Coma Pehr

10 MIKE LADD Nostalgialator Definitive Jux

World:

1 SOLA AKINGBOLA Routes To Roots: Yoruba Drums From Nigeria Arc

2 KATCHAFIRE Say What You're Thinking Ohana

3 OMAR SOSA Afreecanos Ota

4 VARIOUS ARTISTS A Passion For Music Vol. 7* LP

5 LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu Heads Up

6 SACAMBAYA From The Heart Of South America Kollasuyumanta Pacha Arc

7 RAY VIERA Trombao Self-Released

8 ZON DEL BARRIO Cortijo's Tribe Protel

9 GENE PERRY Mi Tambor Lo Dice Todo Masakote

10 JOHNNY RAY Camino De Fama Self-Released

Jazz:

1 NICOLE MITCHELL'S BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE Black Unstoppable Delmark

2 HARLEM EXPERIMENT The Harlem Experiment Ropeadope

3 CUONG VU Vu-tet Artist Share

4 ARI BROWN Live At The Green Mill Delmark

5 CARLA BLEY The Lost Chords Find Paolo Fresu ECM

6 GIACOMO GATES Luminosity

7 ALBERTO PINTON QUINTET Vita Paratica* Moserobie

8 HERBIE HANCOCK River: The Joni Letters Verve

9 MIKE ELLIS Chicago Spontaneous Combustion Suite AlphaPocket

10 NYNDK Nordic Disruption Jazzheads

Monday, December 17, 2007

End of the Year Wrap-Up

Here they are, the top 13 rock records of the year, voted on by you, the WMUA DJ's:

With a six-way tie at 13:
13. The National - Boxer - Beggars Banquet
13. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away - Sub Pop
13. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity - Kill Rock Stars
13. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha - Fat Possum
13. Parts and Labor - Mapmaker - Jagjaguwar
13. Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris - Interscope
12. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Before the Ship Even Sank - Sony
11. Dropkick Murphy's - The Meanest of Times - Born and Bred


10. Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog - Sub Pop


9. M. I. A. - Kala - Intescope




8. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky - Nonesuch



7. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver - Capitol




6. The White Stripes - Icky Thump - Warner Bros.




5. Radiohead - In Rainbows - Self-released




4. Beirut - The Flying Club Cup - Ba da Bing!





3. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam - Domino




2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible - Merge


1. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? - Polyvinyl

My personal top 15:

1 Of Montreal/Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?/Polyvinyl

2 Beirut/Flying Club Cup/Ba da Bing!

3 Nina Nastasia and Jim White/You Follow Me/Fat Cat

4 Panda Bear/Person Pitch/Paw Tracks

5 Budos Band/II/Daptone

6 Animal Collective/Strawberry Jam/Domino

7 Deer Tick/War Elephant/Feow!

8 Kevin Drew/Spirit If.../Arts and Crafts

9 Handsome Furs/Plague Park/Sub Pop

10 Ponys/Turn the Lights Out/Matador

11 Iron and Wine/Shepherd’s Dog/Sub Pop

12 Mum/Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy/Fat Cat

13 Deerhoof/Friend Opportunity/Kill Rock Stars

14 Dinosaur Jr. /Beyond/Fat Possum

15 Deerhunter/Cryptograms/Kranky


My Top 10 Concerts of the Year:

1. Spank Rock/Santogold/Noisettes/Earl Greyhound/Yo Majesty

October 26 at the Filmore in New York City part of CMJ's Music Marathon

In what had to be the biggest rollercoaster showcase at CMJ, Friday night's triumphant performance from Spank Rock and Santogold almost was overshadowed the incredibly horrible openers, The Noisettes and Earl Greyhound.

Yo Majesty played maybe two songs to start it off, which was cool because they were supposed to play the Brooklyn Vegan showcase that I had been to earlier but cancelled. Earl Greyhound was next and they sucked for a variety of reasons, mostly because they were a bad rip-off of The Darkness, who are questionably good in the first place. I couldn’t believe that The Noisettes, the next band, could be any worse, but they proved me wrong, presenting one of the most choreographed, insincere performances of my life. Making life worse was the enthusiasm of the crowd, who didn’t share my opinion of the trio of trash. I was considering leaving, but luckily Santogold came out and the party started. They were a nice warm-up for Spank Rock, where the following things happened:

One of the Spank Rock DJs ran out onstage with a handle of Grey Goose, poured some in an audience member’s mouth, and went back to spinning.

M.I.A. chilled onstage for a while, with 30 or so other friends of Spank Rock.

Yo Majesty took her shirt off and showed off her boobies. I laughed for twenty minutes.

Amanda Blank showed up, she’s pretty cute.

Spank Rock put on the most energetic, amazing performance of the year, and possibly of my life.

I'm pretty sure all the people on stage had at least a handle or wine bottle in their vicinity and many blunts were ablaze at all times, lending a hand in Yo Majesty's boobies popping out. If these activities don't sound fun to you, then don't go to a Spank Rock show ever. For those of you with souls, any time Spank Rock is available for a concert in your area, make sure you attend.


2. Band of Horses/Wolf Parade/Modest Mouse

August 18 at the Download Festival at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA

Other people played (Guster, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Neko Case), but only those three really brought anything interesting to the table. Band of Horses previewed some tracks from their new record, Cease to Begin. Wolf Parade, one of my favorite bands of all-time, played a set composed mostly of their new material, which should be released in early '08. If the performance is any indication of what to expect on the record then it will be one of my favorites of 2008. Also, a jaw-dropping version of "I'll Believe in Anything," from "Apologies to the Queen Mary," made me almost cry with joy. Modest Mouse put up one of the better sets I've seen them play. Plus the crowd almost didn't suck, like most Isaac Brock and Co. shows.

3. Mission of Burma

September 21 at the Pearl Street Clubroom (downstairs) in Northampton, MA

Mission of Burma + downstairs at Pearl Street = orgasm.

4. Man Man

Opening for Modest Mouse on May 2 at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI

I've never seen an opener steal a show from the main act as easily as Man Man did in Providence. It didn't help I almost got into a fight during Modest Mouse, but boy did they kind of suck. Their encore almost saved the day as they played the first two tracks from This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, Dramamine and Breakthrough. If they had only played Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset...

5. Islands/Saturday Looks Good to Me/ A bunch of other pretty great bands

The Brooklyn Vegan Showcase at the R-Bar on October 26

The Brooklyn Vegan Showcase had 7 or 8 bands, the very best being at the end. Saturday Looks Good to Me, who I hadn't ever listened to (sad, I know), played some of their new material from Fill Up the Room, out of K Records. Islands came next and played a bunch of new material, which happened to sound a lot darker and sinister and wonderful, much like some of the Unicorns material. Oh yeah, and Subtitle showed up for "Where There's a Will There's a Whalebone."
Saturday Looks Good to Me:

Islands:
Where There's A Will There's A Whalebone













6. Of Montreal/Grand Buffet
March 11 at the Avalon in Boston, MA
I really don't need to go into how amazing Of Montreal is live. Just look at the pictures, watch the video, and behold.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=eJKa89OV1I0

Of Montreal:


Grand Buffet:

7. The National/Shapes and Sizes/Talkdemonic
June 21 at the Middle East Downstairs in Boston, MA


The National:

Talkdenomic:


8. Sonic Youth/Wooden Wand
February 14, The Academy of Music in Northampton, MA
9. Xiu Xiu
October 24, The Blender Theater, New York City, NY
10. Arcade Fire
May 11, The Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA

Friday, December 7, 2007

Weekly Update - 2 Weeks Late

Hey folks,
Sorry I haven't been able to do this in a little while. I hope you haven't missed me too much. Here's some new CD's, music news, and charts for you all to consider when doing your shows next week. Continue rocking the new music, and I'll talk to you next week!
Corey

As always, feel free to email me with any suggestions, concerns, and whatnot:
music@wmua.org

New Music:

Alexis Gideon - Flight of the Liophant
If you dig the white boy rapping of Beck, Subtle, and Why?, you might want to check out Alexis Gideon. He's a pal of Dan Deacon, too, so he's got some street cred. And he was in the hip hop group Princess.
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=57939272

Saturday Looks Good to Me - Fill up the Room
K recs. debut for one of the better bands I saw at CMJ.
http://www.myspace.com/saturdaylooksgoodtome

Jeremy Jay - Airwalker EP
Another band on K Recs. offers a strong 6-song EP. A full-length will be coming in the coming months.
http://www.myspace.com/jeremyjay

Viva Voce - Lovers, Lead the Way! Reissue
Asthmatic Kitty debut from 2003 reiussued. A couple from Alabama, they are recommended for fans of Yo La Tengo, The New Pornographers, and The Mendoza Line.
http://www.myspace.com/vivavoce

Michael Showalter Edits! - from Sandwiches and Cats
I love this guy's comedy, especially when featured in the troupe Stella. Now I have some edits for you to play on your shows, since most of the regular record was rather dirrrty. Also, I should have a legal ID up in spotbox from Mr. Showalter soon!
http://www.myspace.com/michaelshowalter

Why? - The Hollows EP
Single from their upcoming March release on Anticon. There's a bunch of clean versions on the latter half of the record, so pay attention when playing this stuff. Also, there are a bunch of covers from: Xiu Xiu, Nick from Islands, Boards of Canada, and Dump (James from Yo La Tengo).
http://www.myspace.com/whyanticon

Bonnie Prince Billy - Ask Forgiveness EP
8 song EP with a bunch of covers from the folk legend. Includes an R Kelly cover!
http://www.myspace.com/princebonniebilly

Woods - How to Survive in the Woods
2005 lo-fi debut reissued, initially recorded in 2 bedrooms on double casette. FFO: Animal Collective, Mountain Goats, Moldy Peaches
http://www.myspace.com/woodsfamilyband

Recently added to the new to WMUA section:
Why? - Oaklandazulasylum - Anticon - Their debut record!

Upcoming events:
The Magnetic Fields - Iron Horse - Northampton - February 11 and 12
Born Ruffians, Cadence Weapon - Iron Horse - Northampton - February 28
Why?, Cryptacize (ex-Deerhoof) - Iron Horse - Northampton - March 24

Les Savy Fev, Hallelujah the Hills, The Bunnies - Pearl Street Ballroom - Northampton - December 29

Tune in Saturday's program Two Birds and a Stone 11pm-1am for an exclusive interview with Prefuse 73!

Charts, the final of the year:

Rock:
1 BONNIE PRINCE BILLY Ask Forgiveness Drag City
2 SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME Fill Up The Room K
3 BAND OF HORSES Cease To Begin SUB POP
4 OLD TIME RELIJUN Catharsis In Crisis K
5 ALEXIS GIDEON Flight Of The Liophant Southern
6 WHY? The Hollows [EP] Anticon
7 MARS VOLTA "Wax Simulacra" [Single] Universal
8 JENS LEKMAN Night Falls Over Kortedala Secretly Canadian
9 TOKYO POLICE CLUB Smith [EP] Paper Bag
10 BLACK DICE Load Blown Paw Tracks
11 LAMPS Lamps In The Red
12 NEIL YOUNG Chrome Dreams II Reprise
13 SOUNDTRACK I'm Not There Columbia-Sony
14 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS A Place To Bury Strangers Killer Pimp
15 JOY DIVISION Closer Rhino
16 BATTLES Tonto [EP] Warp
17 WIRE Read And Burn 03 Pink Flag
18 THURSTON Trees Outside The Academy Ecstatic Peace
19 COHEED AND CAMBRIA Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. Two: No World For Tomorrow Columbia
20 GRIZZLY BEAR Friend [EP] Warp
21 SERJ TANKIAN Elect The Dead Reprise
22 SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE Shelter From The Ash Drag City
23 DREAM THEATER Systematic Chaos Roadrunner
24 WEEN La Cucaracha Rounder
25 WHITE RABBITS Fort Nightly Say Hey
26 DAVID BYRNE Knee Plays Nonesuch
27 DEGENERATE ART ENSEMBLE Cuckoo Crow Tellous
28 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Strawberry Jam Domino
29 THESE ARE POWERS Terrific Seasons Hoss
30 MV AND EE WITH THE GOLDEN ROAD Gettin Gone Ecstatic Peace

Jazz:
1 DIZZY GILLESPIE Live At The 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey Jazz Fest
2 STANLEY CLARKE Toys Of Men Heads Up
3 TONY BENNETT The Ultimate American Songbook, Vol. 1 Columbia/Legacy
4 MARTY EHRLICH AND MYRA MELFORD Spark Palmetto
5 AMIR EL SAFFAR Two Rivers Pi
6 DAVID LIEBMAN/ROBERTO TARENZI/PAOLO BENEDETTINI/TONY ARCO Dream Of Nite Verve
7 MOUTIN REUNION QUARTET Sharp Turns Blujazz
8 FRED ANDERSON AND HAMID DRAKE From The River To The Ocean Thrill Jockey
9 JIM SNIDERO Tippin Savant
10 DIANA KRALL The Very Best Of Verve

World:
1 EILEEN IVERS An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas Compass
2 COLOMBIAFRICA Voodoo Love Inna Champeta Land Riverboat
3 LENI STERN Africa
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru Barbes
5 TONY ALLEN Afro Disco Beat Vampisoul
6 DEIRDRE NI CHINNEIDE Celtic Passage SOUNDS TRUE
7 MATT AND SHANNON HEATON Fine Winter's Night Self-Released
8 WAYNE GORBEA Introducing Wayne Gorbea's Salsa Picante worldisc
9 MARIA RITA Samba Meu Warner Music Latina
10 CLARA MORENO Meu Samba Torto Far Out

RPM:
1 PREFUSE 73 Preparations Warp
2 MUM Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy Fat Cat
3 BLACK DICE Load Blown Paw Tracks
4 TURZI A Kemado
5 MALIBU Robo-Sapiens Expansion Team
6 ERNEST GONZALES While On Saturn's Rings Exponential
7 SAN SERAC Professional Frog Man Jake
8 UNDERWORLD Oblivion With Bells Side One
9 DAEDELUS Fair Weather Friends [EP] Ninja Tune
10 SUPERMAYER Save The World Kompakt

Hip-hop
1 GURU "Cuz I'm Jazzy" [Single] 7 Grand
2 LUPE FIASCO The Cool Atlantic-1st & 15th
3 MEDIAN Median's Relief Halftooth
4 ANGIE STONE The Art Of Love And War Concord
5 TERMANOLOGY "Watch How It Go Down" [12-Inch] Brick
6 LITTLE BROTHER "life of the party" ABB
7 MUSIQ Teach Me
8 JILL SCOTT "Hate On Me" [Single] Hidden Beach
9 HEZEKIAH I Predict A Riot Soulspazm
10 AESOP ROCK None Shall Pass Definitive Jux

Friday, November 16, 2007

Weekly Update 4

Hey everyone,

It's that time of the week again: the weekly updates! I doubt I'll be doing this next week since it's Thanksgiving break, so check in again in two weeks! Have a great break, and keep on checking out new records.

Corey


10 Records to Check Out:

David Byrne – The Knee Plays

Written and produced for the Robert Wilson opera “The Civil Wars,” in 1985, reissued by Nonesuch records. Byrne, the lead man of Talking Heads, was heavily influenced by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. It’s quite different from Talking Heads, but worth checking out. Talking Heads:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=26535062

Brad Laner – Neighbor Singing

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=137551415

FFO: Caribou, Brian Eno

Emily Jane White – Dark Undercoat

http://www.myspace.com/emilyjanewhite

FFO: Nina Natasia, Cat Power

Six Organs of Admittance – Shelter from the Ash

http://www.myspace.com/sixorgans

FFO: Wooden Wand, Castanets

Southeast Engines – A Wheel within a Wheel

http://www.myspace.com/southeastengine

FFO: Beulah, Hallelujah the Hills, The Mendoza Line

Ween – La Cucaracha

http://www.myspace.com/ween

FFO: Beefheart, Zappa

Loney, Dear - Sologne

http://www.myspace.com/loneydear

Swedish pop. FFO: Danielson, Sufjan Stevens, Jens Lekman

Grizzly Bear – Friend EP

http://www.myspace.com/grizzlybear

I’m kind of sick of Grizzly Bear, but for those of you who haven’t checked these guys out yet, try this EP.

Old Time Relijun – Catharsis in Crisis

http://www.myspace.com/theoldtimerelijun

Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog

http://www.myspace.com/ironandwine

One of their finest releases.

Classic Records:

Sebadoh – III

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ncO351M_V4E

http://www.myspace.com/sehbahdough

The Stooges – Funhouse

http://youtube.com/watch?v=iSN-Y1W4Jm4

Pixies – Doolittle

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2mCoOlUjhlc

Silver Jews – American Water

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9gF3Gb4cKbc&feature=related

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JpsmWLeMWm8

The Breeders – Pod

http://youtube.com/watch?v=lpaIjOPnh4M

Top 30 Charts:

1 SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS 100 Days 100 Nights Daptone
2 HIVES Black And White Album Interscope
3 BAND OF HORSES Cease To Begin SUB POP
4 BEIRUT The Flying Club Cup Ba Da Bing
5 SHOOTING SPIRES Shooting Spires Cardboard
6 SIGUR ROS Hvarf-Heim XL
7 BATTLES Tonto [EP] Warp
8 SAY ANYTHING In Defense Of The Genre J
9 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS A Place To Bury Strangers Killer Pimp
10 SOUNDTRACK I'm Not There Columbia-Sony
11 VARIOUS ARTISTS Free Yr Radio Free Yr Radio
12 VARIOUS ARTISTS Guilt By Association Engine Room
13 OLD TIME RELIJUN Catharsis In Crisis K
14 HEALTH Health Lovepump United
15 M.I.A. Kala Interscope
16 LE LOUP The Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations Millennium General Assembly Hardly Art
17 CLIPD BEAKS Hoarse Lords Lovepump United
18 THESE ARE POWERS Terrific Seasons Hoss
19 LIARS House Clouds [EP]
20 SERJ TANKIAN Elect The Dead Reprise Records
21 ATLANTICS Atlantics Live Something Hot
22 JOY DIVISION Unknown Pleasures Rhino-QWEST
23 LAMPS Lamps In The Red
24 CASSIUS 15 Again Eminent
25 BIRD AND THE BEE Please Clap Your Hands Blue Note
26 SUNSET RUBDOWN Random Spirit Lover Jagjaguwar
27 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Strawberry Jam Domino
28 OCTOPUS PROJECT Hello, Avalanche Peek-A-Boo
29 BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE PRESENTS KEVIN DREW Spirit If... Arts And Crafts
30 PHOSPHORESCENT Pride Dead Oceans


Loud Rock:

1 NIGHTWISH Dark Passion Play Roadrunner
2 OTEP The Ascension Koch
3 METALOCALYPSE: DETHKLOK The Dethalbum Williams Street
4 MOONSPELL Under Satanae Steamhammer
5 EPICA Divine Conspiracy Nuclear Blast
6 XANDRIA Salome- The Seventh Veil Drakkar
7 FLOWING TEARS Invanity - Live In Berlin Ascendance
8 ENTHRONED Tetra Karcist Napalm
9 ANUBIS GATE Andromeda Unchained Locomotive
10 ARCH ENEMY Rise Of The Tyrant Century Media

Jazz:

1 MILES DAVIS The Complete On The Corner Sessions
2 EDDIE DANIELS Homecoming: Live At The Iridium IPO
3 JAMES TAYLOR Don't Mess With Mr. T: James Taylor Quartet Plays Motown Dome
4 GIACOMO GATES Luminosity
5 JON HEMMERSAM/DOM MINASI QUARTET Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet CDM
6 MARTY EHRLICH AND MYRA MELFORD Spark Palmetto
7 WILLIAM PARKER Corn Meal Dance Aum Fidelity
8 MUIZA ADNET Sings Moacir Santos Adventure Music
9 JOSH ROSEMAN New Constellations Accurate
10 HEALING FORCE The Songs Of Albert Ayler Cuneiform

World:
1 HECTOR LAVOE La Voz Fania
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS Gozalo! Bugalu Tropical Vol 2 Vampisoul
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru Barbes
4 MARIA RITA Samba Meu Warner Music Latina
5 BOBBY MATOS Gratitude Life Force Jazz
6 WAYNE GORBEA Introducing Wayne Gorbea's Salsa Picante worldisc
7 TOMAS R. EINARSSON Rom Tom Tom Blánótt
8 ZON DEL BARRIO Cortijo's Tribe Protel
9 RAY VIERA Trombao self released
10 VARIOUS ARTISTS Bands Of New York* RUMBA JAMS


RPM:
1 PREFUSE 73 Preparations Warp
2 LINDSTROM AND PRINS THOMAS Reinterpretations Eskimo
3 M.I.A. Kala Interscope
4 NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB Fantastic Playroom Modular
5 JUSTICE Cross Vice
6 SALLY SHAPIRO Disco Romance paper bag
7 SAN SERAC Professional Frog Man Jake
8 SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO Attack Decay Sustain Release Interscope
9 CHROMEO Fancy Footwork Vice
10 DAEDELUS Fair Weather Friends [EP] Ninja Tune

Friday, November 9, 2007

Weekly Update 3

Hey everyone,

After two weeks of doing weekly emails I caved in and decided to start up a blog for new music. The past two weeks are up, plus a few goofy videos I had up there way back in June. The URL is: http://fallenthroughthecracks.blogspot.com/ Feel free to send it to friends who are into music.

It’s been acting sketchy when I tried posting some youtube videos, so bear with me as I work through the kinks.

Also, at the bottom are the charts from not only the rock department, but from Jazz, Hip Hop, World, RPM, and Loud Rock.

Just in time for the bitter cold weather, I’ve declared that it’s sad bastard week here at WMUA, as I received and added the reissues of the two Joy Division recordings, located in the new music section. If you like that band Interpol, then I would recommend checking out some Joy Division. And if you aren’t sad enough after listening to Joy Division, save some time for Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. I put his first three albums, plus an EP, in the New to WMUA section, located next to the classic/essential records section, below the new music section.

I bought the records when I saw Casiotone for the Painfully Alone perform out in Ludenberg, MA, Sunday night. I’ll be putting up some of those pictures on the blog this weekend. Look out for the ID he did for the station in spotbox in the upcoming week!

In other news, Band of Horses, on Wed. night, was a rousing success. I was told that several people came to the show because they heard our promotions on WMUA. Thanks to everyone who played the PSA, talked about it on their shows, and gave away tickets. I also have pictures from that show I’ll post up this weekend, too.

Thanks for all the nice feedback, keep it coming, and have a great long weekend,

Corey

New Records to Check Out:

Michael Showalter’s Sandwiches and Cats

http://www.myspace.com/michaelshowalter

Michael is part of the ridiculously funny comedy trio, Stella, with David Wain and Michael Ian Black. Although most of the record isn’t FCC friendly, it’s worth checking out for your own enjoyment. He will be performing at the Somerville Theater in Boston, MA, on November 29.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

http://www.myspace.com/sharonjonesandthedapkings

I don’t know who hasn’t checked this out yet, but if you haven’t then go to the funk section and burn this as soon as possible. If you get this Friday, she’s performing tonight at the Middle East in Cambridge. It’s sold out, but if you’re in Boston looking for something to do, you may be able to pick some tickets up on the street. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed. I’m genuinely depressed that I won’t be there, since the Budos Band will be supporting, and they are also brilliant:

http://www.myspace.com/budosband

The Mendoza Line

http://www.myspace.com/mendozalineband

It’s an old record, but anyone who likes Bob Dylan, who has been receiving a lot of press these days, should totally check this out. The record is in the new rock section still, in the September 5 section.

Deertick:

http://www.myspace.com/deertick

Artist out of Providence, RI, who is playing a bunch of dates in the next couple months. I’m going to try to get him to play out here next year, so stay tuned. One of my favorite up and coming bands.

Sigur Ros:

http://www.myspace.com/sigurros

Icelandic band puts out an odds and ends sort of record.

Drug Rug:

http://www.myspace.com/drugrugdude

A couple from Cambridge plays bedroom pop in the realm of The Moldy Peaches and Matt and Kim.

The Hives:

http://www.myspace.com/thehives

I love the Hives, and they have a new record, so play it please!

Phosphorescent:

http://www.myspace.com/phosphorescent

Solid folk music from the new record label, Dead Oceans.

The Cave Singers:

http://www.myspace.com/thecavesingers

Former members of Pretty Girls Make Graves come out with something new!

Gravenhurst:

http://www.myspace.com/gravenhurst

British band on Warp records.

Music News:

Andrew Bird will be playing Lupo’s in Providence, RI, November 29.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will be playing Lupo’s November 30.

The new Saves the Day record is in my mailbox, if anyone wants to review it over the weekend.

I got a David Byrne reissue from 1984’s The Knee Plays where Byrne collaborated with Robert Wilson.

Charts!

Top 30 Rock Records at WMUA:

1 VARIOUS ARTISTS Guilt By Association Engine Room

2 BAND OF HORSES Cease To Begin SUB POP

3 SHOOTING SPIRES Shooting Spires Cardboard

4 BEIRUT The Flying Club Cup Ba Da Bing

5 SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS 100 Days 100 Nights Daptone

6 SOUNDTRACK Kurt Cobain: About A Son Barsuk

7 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS A Place To Bury Strangers Killer Pimp

8 BLACK LIPS Good Bad Not Evil Vice

9 WHITE MAGIC Dark Stars [EP] Drag City

10 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Magic Columbia

11 SOUNDTRACK I'm Not There Columbia

12 THURSTON Trees Outside The Academy Ecstatic Peace

13 PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL Prinzhorn Dance School DFA

14 PREFUSE 73 Preparations Warp

15 YIKES Whoa Comas/Blood Bomb Kill Shaman

16 VARIOUS ARTISTS Free Yr Radio Free Yr Radio

17 OLD TIME RELIJUN Catharsis In Crisis K

18 HEALTH Health Lovepump United

19 OCTOPUS PROJECT Hello, Avalanche Peek-A-Boo

20 JENS LEKMAN Night Falls Over Kortedala Secretly Canadian

21 LE LOUP The Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations Millennium General Assembly Hardly Art

22 PJ HARVEY White Chalk Island

23 M.I.A. Kala Interscope

24 FIRE ENGINES Hungry Beat Acute

25 JAPANTHER Skuffed Up My Huffy Tapes

26 RADIOHEAD In Rainbows Self-Released

27 MUM Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy Fat Cat

28 PINBACK Autumn Of The Seraphs Touch And Go

29 GANG GANG DANCE Rawwar Social Registry

30 OF MONTREAL Icons, Abstract Thee [EP] Polyvinyl


Top 10 Jazz Records
:

1 MARTY EHRLICH AND MYRA MELFORD Spark Palmetto

2 MICHAEL MUSILLAMI TRIO The Treatment Playscape

3 WILLIAM PARKER Corn Meal Dance Aum Fidelity

4 WARREN SMITH Natural Cultural Forces ENGINE

5 DEEP BLUE ORGAN TRIO Folk Music Origin

6 ROSWELL RUDD AND MARK DRESSER Air Walker Clean Feed

7 HERBIE HANCOCK River: The Joni Letters Verve

8 BOBBY MATOS The Best Of Bobby Matos CuBop

9 MILES DAVIS The Complete On The Corner Sessions

10 AMIR ELSAFFAR Two Rivers Pi


Top 10 Hip Hop Records:

1 NAS Greatest Hits Columbia

2 ODDISEE "Once Again" [12-Inch] Halftooth

3 BUCK 65 Situation Strange Famous

4 PETE ROCK 914 Nature Sounds

5 MC LYTE Very Best Of

6 GURU "Cuz I'm Jazzy" [Single] 7 Grand

7 JAY-Z American Gangster Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam

8 MEDIAN Median's Relief Halftooth

9 KANYE WEST Graduation Def Jam

10 TERMANOLOGY "Watch How It Go Down" [12-Inch] Brick


Top 10 World Records

1 HECTOR LAVOE La Voz Fania

2 VARIOUS ARTISTS Gozalo! Bugalu Tropical Vol 2 Vampisoul

3 VARIOUS ARTISTS Roots Of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru Barbes

4 MARIA RITA Samba Meu Warner Music Latina

5 BOBBY MATOS Gratitude Life Force Jazz

6 WAYNE GORBEA Introducing Wayne Gorbea's Salsa Picante worldisc

7 TOMAS R. EINARSSON Rom Tom Tom Blánótt

8 ZON DEL BARRIO Cortijo's Tribe Protel

9 RAY VIERA Trombao self released

10 VARIOUS ARTISTS Bands Of New York* RUMBA JAMS


Top 10 RPM Records

1 PREFUSE 73 Preparations Warp

2 LINDSTROM AND PRINS THOMAS Reinterpretations Eskimo

3 M.I.A. Kala Interscope

4 NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB Fantastic Playroom Modular

5 JUSTICE Cross Vice

6 SALLY SHAPIRO Disco Romance paper bag

7 SAN SERAC Professional Frog Man Jake

8 SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO Attack Decay Sustain Release Interscope

9 CHROMEO Fancy Footwork Vice

10 DAEDELUS Fair Weather Friends [EP] Ninja Tune


Top 10 Loud Rock Records
:

1 NIGHTWISH Dark Passion Play Roadrunner

2 ARCH ENEMY Rise Of The Tyrant Century Media

3 OTEP The Ascension Koch

4 METALOCALYPSE: DETHKLOK The Dethalbum Williams Street

5 ENTHRONED Tetra Karcist Napalm

6 MOONSPELL Under Satanae Steamhammer

7 EPICA Divine Conspiracy Nuclear Blast

8 VISION BLEAK The Wolves Go Hunt Go Hunt Their Prey Napalm

9 ANUBIS GATE Andromeda Unchained Locomotive

10 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Nocturnal Metal Blade