UPDATE – BSS “Forgiveness Rock Record”

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment
hellllllllll yeah

Forgiveness Rock Record

Broken Social Scene has finally given me something to talk about as far as their new album is concerned. officially the LP is titled “Forgiveness Rock Record”, and i’m hoping that this isn’t a preemptive apology to their audience.

certainly not from what i’m hearing. along with the title/albumart announcement, the provided a FREE download of the albums first single, a near 7 minute epic called “World Sick”. it’s heavy and splashy and big “we’re back” to the world. i’m guessing the track is more of a Kevin Drew brainchild than anything else… but it’s enough to get me excited for may 4th.

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Totally Nebular – Boat Boat

February 20, 2010 1 comment

first show poster at Mt. Limb.
Totally Nebular is a florida based three-piece that recently finished a wonderfully cohesive 8 song EP titled “Boat Boat”. sonically, i’m hearing a mish-mash of eclecticisms from a wide pallet of musical realms. most notably, the album takes off with some faction of what i will call “indie-prog”… though the longest track is a mere 4:29 in length, each song lives in it’s only world of movement and adventure(best-listened-to-in-stereo). i’m hearing notes of cacophony to the likes of Xiu Xiu, hooting an hollaring vocals of Born Ruffians, marching ballad guitar flourishes comparable to Wolf Parade and off kilter compositions that i’m sure animal collective would be proud to take credit for. the EP as a whole reminds me of the mpFree formatted album by Experimental Dental School.

and that reminds me. the best thing about this EP is that it’s a freEP, you can get it yourself here!

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2010: early birds and most anticipated

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment

weeks like these it’s important to stay positive. both of the radio broadcasts you participate with have been cancelled due to sports, the winter olympics give you  a choice of women’s ice hockey or figure skating for your viewing pleasure, the weather is as noncommittal as a vegas marriage. music is a sound refuge (pun intended).

i think it’s still early enough in the year to start this list, so here it goes, my personal favorites of the last 1.5 months and the upcoming acts i’m most excited for.

Joe Pug – The Messenger (2/16/2010)

the past 6 months have been made better since I first heard this upcoming singer/songwriter’s daytrotter session. since then his earnestly crafted lyrics, artful command of the guitar and folk sensibilities have haunted my daily airwaves. his debut full length album rounds out an already soaring songbook in the wake of two dazzling EPs, “Nation of Heat” and “In the Meantime” chronologically. You can join his mailinglist and treat yourself to some free dowloads(Including the complete “In the Meantime” EP).

Yeasayer – Odd Blood (2/9/2010)

Yeasayer is a band that has elements of everything i like to see in a band. electro/dance grooviness, experimental capacities, infectious melodies as well as thoughtful, inspiring songwriting. i honestly feel like this is an album accessible to music lovers and outside the indie circle. the albums out now and if you like what you here bellow, i highly recommend giving these guys a thorough listen.

Broken Bells – Broken Bells (Due 3/9/2010)

i’m quite sure when it started or how i feel about it yet, but the evidence is out there. 2009 showed a compelling trend toward the “indie supergroup” (e.g. Discovery, MoF) and it continues here with the melding of James Mercer(of The Shins fame) and Danger Mouse. if you’re like me and can’t wait till march to hear this wholly unique combo, you can illegally download a late 2009 leak of the whole damn thing (at least that’s what they tell me).

Broken Social Scene – “The New Album” (Due 3/4/2010)

i wish i could say more about this but all the information i have on it is here. i know with moderate certainty the name of this album will not be “The New Album” but that is all they are saying. i can say that i’m glad that bss is back to their old tricks as the incestuous culmination of nearly the entire Arts&Crafts label. i’ve only moderately enjoyed the “Broken Social Scene Presents…” series, and am ready for full force fiesta comparable to there self-titled release. wikipedia tells me that for the first time in bss history, “Amy Millan, Emily Haines, and Leslie Feist have reportedly recorded a track together” so that’s something to be excited about.

UPDATE

The Morning Benders – Big Echo (Due 3/9/2010)

thanks to ILOVEYOUnimba, The Morning Benders are in my life. i have him to thank for that. if you’re not familiar with their sweet’n’sour-post-pop-indie-love sound, you might want to get to know them. their website offers a free mp3 of this album’s leading track as well as measures to preorder the CD/Vinyl/T-Shirt/betamax etc.

Mint Chicks – Bad Buzz EP (2/21/2010)

just caught this one. it’s nice when i catch wind of wonderful music sprouting up in the world outside of us/canada, and this new zealand fairing lo-fi(ish) 60s pop-revival is worth the worldly view. the latest EP is being released exclusively on an 1GB flash drive (with style). this sort of thing reminds of a similar media i bought at an illinois concert.

sorry for the 500 word essay, i’ll try to be more concise in the future.

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ILOVEYOUnimda

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

iloveyounimda is DJ Hobbes on Some Commotion Radio Show on WRBB on Saturdays from 12-2 pm.  ALSO, I go by DJ Rudytronics when DJ’ing solo.  I blog over at iloveyounimda.wordpress.com, and I suppose here too now.  Now that you know me, lets get to why you SHOULD be here.

Music, right? Over at Some Commotion, we are the resident lo-fi fans of the station, so I’ll kick this off with a song that is pretty explanatory of how I feel.  “Bad Bands” by Capgun Coup is a happy little song, with the typical overdriven vocals and blown out drums.  IF you like this, then you will like most of our radio show, though in addition to this love of lo-fi, we also can’t get enough disco and electro.  Odd combo, huh? Yeah, we think so too, but hey, fuck it. We all like what we like, so where should shame factor in? I’d tell you more about Capgun Coup if I knew more, but you should probably just show them some MySpace love.

http://www.myspace.com/capguncoup

and here is the track I’ve been talking about:

Capgun Coup – Bad Bands

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An Open Letter to the Music Industry: Top 3 Worst Albums of the Decade

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Dear Music Industry,

I forgive you.

There, I said it. I forgive you for your offenses. I suppose you want an explanation, especially considering both my and Andy’s recent compliments on some of the fine music you’ve provided my ears over the past ten years. But, quite frankly, that barely validates some of the crap you’ve assaulted my ears with. You need a list? Fine, but know this is in no way exhaustive, and in no particular order. You see, I’ve been Music Director for eight months, and, while I’ve been on the forefront of discovering such beauties as Passion Pit’s Manners and Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, I’ve had to slog through some crappy music. So much crap that takes crappiness to such a new level that if I even tried to be exhaustive or create some sort of crap hierarchy, my brain would melt. I’ll be updating this list as I get pissed off, so check back often.

Now, on to some of the biggest offenders of the century.

Brokencyde – I’m Not a Fan… But the Kids Like It

Alright, so at least these guys are honest in their intentions: they announce in their album title that they aren’t into it, but they’re sure as hell going to sell out where they can. Let’s take a brief listen. I’m sorry for doing this to you:

So, right from the start, we get a zither (probably synthesized), followed by the triumvirate of CRAP. We get barely-passable hip-hop and the cutesy going-to-hit-puberty-any-minute male vocalist, but those aren’t the worst offenses. No, if you listen, there’s a guy whose primary job is to scream incoherently (secondary job: looking like the devil-spawn of Steven Tyler and James Iha, tertiary job: singing occasionally to keep his vocal cords from shattering). This crap is atrocious, an atrocity to the point of hilarity. Much of this humour comes from the fact that these guys seem to think repeating “Get Drunk/Get Crunk” for five minutes is worthwhile songwriting. Yeah, John Lennon just rolled over in his friggin’ graves, assholes.

Guns ‘N Roses – Chinese Democracy

So this one is special. We waited for this one for longer than this past decade; hell, the recording of Chinese Democracy started back in the ’90’s, including cameos from seemingly every worthwhile musician on the planet. Hell, Tommy Stinson from The Replacements and Buckethead were both in this band at some point (see Wikipedia for a full list of everyone who contributed to this monstrosity). Note that almost none of these cameos actually made it to the disc. What did make it, though, was this:

I don’t even know what the hell inspired that (I suppose it was a leftover idea from the Buckethead experiment that wasn’t executed appropriately when Axl tried it himself). This crap came from the band that gave us “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle.” Say what you will about it, but those songs are anthems. Those songs rock. This crap doesn’t. Want to know why? It likely sucks because everyone from GnR Classic is no longer in the band. Yep, no Slash, no Duff McKagan, none of them; actually, they’re all in the questionably-good and now dismantled Velvet Revolver. This GnR is slimmed down to just Axl, and let’s just say that this vintage sucks for the band. Fifteen years of festering didn’t do this thing any good.

Weezer – Raditude

What happened to the days when Weezer rocked? There was once a day when this band put out the legendary Blue Album, and even the mighty Pinkerton, but now frontman Rivers Cuomo has a Harvard education and absolutely no remnants of songwriting talent. Back when Rivers was a Dungeons & Dragons-loving teen, he wrote “In the Garage,” and it felt natural. Fourteen years and three uninspired albums later, we get the Red Album, where Cuomo moans about his high school days and how much of a badass he was. It was so forced and calculated that no one expected there to be any echelons left for the band to fall to, then we get this in 2009:

Yes, 2009’s Raditude redefines the Harvard alumnus’s plummet toward relative obscurity and shameless, calculated album sales. Yes, it’s official, Lil Wayne has now appeared on every human being’s record, including the giants that put out “My Name is Jonas.” This album is so bad that I retroactively hate 90’s era Weezer.

I’ll likely add more to this list as I go, but for now I’ll leave it be. Like I said, there’s too much crappy music out there, and I try to repress my memories of it anyway.

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Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2009 1 comment

The WRBB Music Dept. would like to wish you all a non-denominative, equal-access, non-impositioning Happy Holidays!

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WRBB Statistics: Top 10 Albums of the Decade by Spins

December 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Alright, so now for the objective Best-of-the-Decade according to how often the album was played on WRBB in the past ten years. The albums below are ranked based on numbers of on-air spins from January 1, 2000 to December 19, 2009. These are NOT my opinion, but are ranked from our own Spinitron catalog.

  1. In an Aeroplane Over the Sea – – Neutral Milk Hotel
  2. Gimme Fiction – – Spoon
  3. In Rainbows – – Radiohead
  4. You Forgot It In People – – Broken Social Scene
  5. CROSS – – Justice
  6. Discovery – – Daft Punk
  7. I Get Wet – – Andrew WK
  8. In Case We Die – – Architecture in Helsinki
  9. Absolution – – Muse
  10. The Body, The Blood, The Machine – – The Thermals

There you have it, the most typical 21st Century college radio top 10 list ever.
In An Aeroplane Over the SeaGimme FictionIn RainbowsYou Forgot It In PeopleCROSS
DiscoveryI Get WetIn Case We DieAbsolutionThe Body, The Blood, The Machine

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