Category Archives: Pop Picks

Pøp Picks 4/7/14

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‘things we thought were cool’ by various members of the POP! workgroup 2014:

Pure X – Angel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg2kBc0mBAQ

Some nice, quiet music from/for some nice, quiet boys. Sometimes, I hear a voice in my head say “turn down for what”? Turn down for this. The airbrushed full moon night inside of a melting heart on the album’s cover ain’t no joke –– Angel is a sugar-sweet ride through a tunnel of love. The album is far from sappy, though; more tender, and tasty, and super-enjoyable-sexy-great.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6xkX574_kw

I want to know what/where a Jagbag is. I would totes wig out at one. This album, decorated simply with Edwardian Script and a succulent strawberry, is simply good fun. For those fans of one of the dopest bands of all time, Pavement, yr in luck. Ya boi Steve and his Jicks sound just like the good ol’ days Pavement.

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2gezhxG4rI

So what if there are less obvious post-hardcore-y jams on this album? You gonna doubt this one because Steve Albini didn’t produce it? Well…doubt it all you want – but give it a few headphone-deep listens and Dylan Baldi’s songwriting will make you wish you actually played guitar for longer than 3 months when you were 14. With more Nirvana and Wipers-esque vibes than ever, HANE (what an acronym!) rlly kicks sum ass.

things we thought were wack:

Drake Bell – Ready Set Go

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY_FvFjn23U

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Skaters – Manhattan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSaPHFsZTZo

This urban-outfitters-core band go hard with their “we have our own zine and three of us wear baseball hats at all times-wave” but they’re signed to Warner Bros so their underground cred is officially null. the blog says “a site so filthy you will have to turn on safe search” but the only unsafe thing on here is their lame poser attitudes.  Not everyone agrees with our assessment—”Dorianiscool19″ gave their album a four star review on iTunes: “so awesome lol. The whole album is pretty chill honestly having cool catchy beats and the lyrics flow quite nice through the whole album.”  Take a listen to this highly polarizing album yourself!

stay tuned for more pop pix!

hehe // pop@wobc.org

Pop Picks 3/14/14

hey world,

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Once again this is POP! workgroup coming at ya with a new half-semester’s worth of albums and EPs we added to the station’s collection. You can find these CDs on our New Pop Shelf in the broadcast room facing the couch! Feel free to take a gander and play them on your show (but please put them back!) : – ) Pop workgroup meets every Monday and Thursday evening at 9pm in the station – stop by if you’re lonely and wanna see some smiles. Here are some highlights:

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcEuC1yArT4

Dum Dum Girls – Too True

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDgi2IOQ9oA

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DF-BkuWGBo

Holy Wave – Relax

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPWeI5VQTHA

David Grubbs – The Plain Where The Palace Stood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-xJp1pJls4

okay! ha ha

Ivan Krasnov & Asher Kaplan

Pop 2014

New POP! CDs

Hello again from POP! workgroup,

Here are some c o o l new albums and EPs that have found a home on our new POP! shelf recently. Our workgroup meets every Tuesday and Thursday 7-8pm EST. We usually have a lot of fun. We always share secrets

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

do we really have to embed yet another arcade fire video on this page?

Thurdy – Thurdy

http://www.thurdy.com/

?? what is thurdy ??

Icona Pop – This Is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxxajLWwzqY

The Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhWDProkBFo

Ducktails – Wish Hotel EP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsSmhf3ENvY

Son Lux – Lanterns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ephdl5HjIzQ

M.I.A. – Matangi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oDK6_T-rk8

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and there we have it! see you another time, maybe

– Ivan (DJ Moskau)

Today in Pop Workgroup

Hello world! We’d like to introduce ourselves–we are Pop Workgroup.

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Pop Workgroup meets in WOBC station HQ twice a week (T+TH 7-8pm) to listen to the music the station receives which is “Pop” songs. All are welcome! We have fun do dancing and make memories that will last our whole lives until we die. This week we added the following CDs to the WOBC Pop Vault.

Tim Kasher – Adult Film (Saddle Creek)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkac-0LmBg8

Washed Out – Paracosm (Sub Pop)

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Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

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Jacuzzi Boys – Jacuzzi Boys (Hardly Art)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jlFSZy8xYE

Porcelain Raft – Permanent Signal (Secretly Canadian)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US4mwyujjFE

Ty Segall – Sleeper (Drag City)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHlKgUP4Jfo

No Age – An Object (Sub Pop)

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Cloud Control – Dream Cave (Ivy League)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRwQp6iglWk

 

Pop Picks 11/19

Here are songs that WE INDIVIDUALLY OF POP GROUP have been listening to. They are all new and we like and recommend them to you dagnabbit!

Alison:

James Ferraro – SO N2U

Check out SUSHI — gooey caprisun mixed with gatorade powder — snort it.

Asher:

Dinosaur Jr. – Watch the Corners

Old dogs new tricks.

Sally:

Railbird – Mirrors

High energy it’ll get you out the door feelin right.

Fiz:

TRUST – Dressed For Space

Perfect for those who just wanna dance to the sound of the imminent apocalypse.

Jackie:

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

One of those upbeat folk-y bands: simple, but still great.

Ivan:

Liars – No. 1 Against the Rush

A standout for me off of Liars’ latest album WIXIW. Tight, clean electronic production with a motorik beat.

Adrian: 

Dan Melchior – The Night Comes In

Refreshingly able songwriting for a new old Future.

 

The Name Game – Pop’s List of the Week 10/15

p-pop b-bop banana nana bo-bop POP!!! This week is names….roll call!!!

1. Stacey Grove – Marc Bolan & Tyrannosaurus Rex

::: So self-indulgent! This song evokes the classic ‘nice guys finish last’ archetype in a draining, mundane manner. That Stacey Grove must be quite the catch for Bolan to refer to her by her actual name instead of some weirdo 70’s sweet talk. Then again, I think most of us would prefer to partake in some hot love rather than have him get our name straight.

2. Angie – The Rolling Stones

::: The name Angie has never sounded so tragic.  It evokes memories of crying in my car after saying goodbye to my great love.  Just kidding, it only reminds me of the fact that I’ve never had a great love to say goodbye to.  Great song–what a jam.

3. Jocasta – Noah and The Whale

::: I like this song mostly for the clapping.

4. Madeline – Yo La Tengo

::: Slow and sad, but has a warmth to it that still brings a smile to my face.

5. Jasmine – Jai Paul

::: THIS SONG IS HOT. LIKE, REALLY HOT. THERE ISN’T MUCH ELSE TO SAY OTHER THAN HOW HOT THIS SONG IS

6. Vanessa – Grimes

::: Grimes is the queen of pop and the intergalactic princess.  You already love her and you probably already love this song so go ahead and give it another play.  Vanessa is pretty cool too. GRIMEZ4EVR.

Halloween pt. 1 – Pop’s List of the Week 10/10

The wind is blowing, the air is cold and all of those black cats that live in town started walking around Wilder Bowl at night and you see their eyes glowing at night and it makes you walk the other way or maybe call ride-line. Pop group picked some songs that represent that freaky feeling that something scary is going to happen.

1. Pere Ubu – Thriller!

An unpredictable left turn on Dub Housing, this B-side track haunts and moans for way longer than any other song on the record. Inconsistent yet repetitive, scratchy and loud, “Thriller!” is the perfect song for squealing like a little piggy all the way home.

2 . Suicide – Ghost Rider

Slow droning synth backdrop and lo-fi, quavery vocals that creep up on you like a hooded figure. Intense. Good luck getting that beat out of your head when it’s over.

3. Timber Timbre – Demon Host

Eerie and haunting enough to echo that unshakable chill in the air. I mean, look, I’m not the kind of person to go around sitting in cemeteries night, but like, if I were, I would totally play this. Full moon preferable, but not required.

4. Tom Waits – Clap Hands

My mom used to play Tom Waits when we cleaned the house. I was always scared of his deep husky voice that would reverberate in the living room. When I was in middle school I made a horror film and used Tom Waits as my soundtrack. As spooky images of a dripping sink, footsteps on an old staircase, and a desolate backyard flashed across the screen, Tom Waits husked away in the background. He is what nightmares sound like.

5. Marilyn Manson – Dope Show

Creepy and uncomfortable, Mason always does it right.  He’s fresh and sounds really blood almost all then time.  What else would you ever want for Halloween? 90’s creep at its best.  Listen to the whole album for extra spooky realness.

6. “Piggies” – The Beatles

My dad being an avid Beatles fan, growing up, I always felt like there was constantly a Beatles album being played in the background of my house. I took to the White Album, but this track never ceased to frighten my young mind. To this day, anything with maniacal laughing continues to give me the creeps.