Pop Workgroup here! We’d like to share with you some hits you can hear on our radio shows:
Name: Alison Kozol
Show: Magic 91.5, Sundays at 10PM
Favorite Recent Song: Mariah Carey, “Emotions”
This is one of those perfect freakout moments when most don’t register the weirdness within the pop hit. Mariah hits this one note which must be something like a quadruple high C, and then she sings her own harmony with it. Pop perfection.
Name: Rachel Ishikawa
Show: What I Found, Fridays 8PM
Favorite Recent Song: St. Vincent “Cheerleader”
The song gets me every time. As Annie Clarke moans about adolescent woes, I melt. Sexy guitars paired with charming vocals; fulfills my pop dreams.
Name: Kalila (Kaylee) Holt
Show: Nomad (Or What!), Fridays 7AM
Favorite Recent Song: St. Vincent “Cruel”
This entire album is fantastic (I’ve been listening to it non-stop) and this is the first track off it I got obsessed with. I really like the dreaminess of it mixed with the guitars. St. Vincent is pretty much my idol.
Name: Michael Stenovec
Show: Uncle Mike’s Party Van, Thursdays 4 AM
Favorite Recent Song: The Middle East “The Darkest Side”
Although breathy harmonies and fast-strummed nimble fingerpicking are well-trod territories, The Middle East manages to sound fresh, desperate and beautiful. It’s catchy and morose, without wallowing in self-pity. Give it a shot.
Name: Aria Dean
Show: Tales & Tunez, Wednesdays 7 AM
Favorite Recent Song: Youth Lagoon “17”
This week as a fall chill swept through Oberlin, I broke out my sad, ambient pop playlist. This quickly led to me listening solely to Youth Lagoon. On this song in particular, Trevor Powers’ affected vocals get me every time.
Name: Fiz Poliks
Show: DREAMWAVEZZZZ. tues @ 10AM
Favorite Recent Song: “Oh My God,” Cults
Sugary-sweet, wistful song to sway to. Makes you think about growing up, running away, getting out, and proving everyone wrong.
Name: Anais Stewart
Show: Girls and the Big 4, Sundays @ 3 AM
Fav Recent Song: “A Long Time” by Mayer Hawthorne
A great song that talks about life struggles. Sounds sappy, but the music is pretty pop and bubbly.
Name: Zoë Madonna
Show: Permanent Wave, Wednesdays @9AM
Fav Recent Song: “Madder Red,” Yeasayer
Songs about the slow death of love should not be this catchy. This Yeasayer cut off of most recent album Odd Blood will have you humming all day. Beautiful and disturbing video starring Kristen Bell and something with lots of vestigial limbs.
Name: Asher Kaplan
Show: Mothers of Motown, Sundays 4-6am
Fav Recent Song: “A Cold Freezin’ Night,” The Books
An audio sample of a sibling rivalry is chopped up and sprinkled over a skittery beat on this track from The Books latest, The Way Out. Check out the music video too–nothing I’ve ever seen looks or sounds quite like it.