Another week, another batch of new music sent to the WOBC station. We heard the good, the bad, and the excruciating! Here’s our favorites of the bunch.
Animal Collective // Centipede HZ:
This new album has a more cohesive feel than Animal Collective’s previous productions. It tends more towards a consistent (at times almost dance) beat, toning down the trippy, constant shifts in melody that used to be essential to much of Animal Collective’s music.
Tame Impala // Lonerism:
Spectacular second album from the genius mind of Kevin Parker, the man behind Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala. More spaced out, psychedelic and layered than their debut Innerspeaker, Lonerism gets comfortable with more poppier songs and structures, while still showcasing gorgeous and unique sounds and textures that you can seldom here anywhere else in popular indie music today.
The Mountain Goats // Transcendental Youth:
A full horn section compliments John Darnielle’s storytelling in the newest album from The Mountain Goats. The songs are polished but still have JD’s signature nasally, emotional, frantic crooning that we all love. It’s their best in a while.
Yes, it is October- not quite the beginning of the academic year, not too close to winter, but the remaining obstacle between us and fall break. The change in the seasons and resulting hibernation//death of many fauna may sometimes cause feelings of disorientation [not to be confused with Disorientation] and perhaps a little gloom. But here is a playlist of the good things: staying healthy, a little cheer, and some pensive tracks to help y’all feel well and re-orient with the times —->stay well, friends, because it’s all part of the cycle of the seasons.
In preparation for their 10/13 show, Meat Puppets will be giving away free merch and tickets all week on WOBC!
Five shows throughout the week will be giving away 1 free ticket and a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes at the Meat Puppets show!
4th place: 1 of 2 signed copies of Meat Puppets’s “II” on vinyl
3rd place: 1 signed copy of Meat Puppet’s “Up on the Sun” on vinyl
2nd place: 1 Meat Puppets band t-shirt
Grand Prize: One signed original print drawing from Kris Kurtwood
All prizes are to be picked up from the band at a Meat and Greet after the show!
Listen to any of the shows for a chance to win. When you hear a Meat Puppets song, call in at 440-775-8139!
Deep Sea Fantasy, Saturday @ 11am
Destination: Onward!, Tuesday @ 10 am
i won’t hurt you, Thursday morning @ midnight
EARWAX, Thursday @ 3pm
Cheap Thrills, Friday @ 9am
For those that aren’t so lucky, tickets are on sale at Wilder Desk and etix.com, $6 w/OCID, $12 W.O. Here’s some MP jams to get you excited! Also, look out for details about the Meat Puppets Saturday 10/13 interview!
A new school year, a new batch of hot pop hits. Check out what we just added to the vault written by new members of pop workgroup!
How to Dress Well – Total Loss
IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD FEELINGS THIS ALBUM IS FOR YOU. A spacey, dark take on R&B with a lots of haunting falsetto. End-track “Ocean Floor For Everything” will probably kill you, just a little bit. – Fiz
Woods – Bend Beyond
If you like woodsy, synth pitched music this is for you. Not totally on the synthpop side and still grounded in indie alternative woodsy music. Tracks are a great blend of the two distinct styles. – Harlee
David Byrne and St. Vincent – Love this Giant
Anything that St. Vincent works on (besides that one Andrew Bird song…) is pure bliss. St. Vincent minus the guitar, plus major brass and Talking Heads’ genius member gives me chills. So good. – Rachel
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Baku is in Azerbaijan, although I don't know where that is...
Each year since 1956 a bunch of European countries submit (horrifically bad) songs into a pan-European (plus Israel) contest called Eurovision, which is broadcast all over Europe and according to Wikipedia is one of the longest-running television programs ever. This year, Exurovision was held in Baku, which is the capital of Azerbaijan, a country you may be familiar with through its appearance in the Peirce Brosnan Bond movie “The World is Not Enough“. Although most of the songs entered into the contest are truly the dregs of the global music industry (Ex: San Marino’s 2012 entry, The Social Network Song ), there are occasionally a few acceptable songs. The following is a personal ranking of the best five songs of this years contest, complete with their official contest rankings:
1) Sweeden: “Euporia” by Loreen – Eurovision 2012 winner, and winner in my heart too – Catchy dance-y tune, simple performance and no stupid gimmicks (an Eurovision rarity)
2) Ukraine : “Be My Guest” by Gaitana – 15th place – I would consider visiting Ukraine if it looks and sounds like this music video. I don’t think this is representative of the country, though. A fun, summery dance track.
3) Ireland: “Waterline” by Jedward – 19th place – Hot Irish identical twins. Funny hairdos. Catchy beat which will grow on you until you find yourself humming it at inopportune times. See previous post on Jedward for more info.
4) Iceland: “Never Forget” by Greta Salome and Jonsi – 20th place – Yes, that is the Jonsi of Sigur Ros fame. No, this is not his first Eurovision entry (the previous one, in 2004 was way worse). This song is a testament to patriotism, because I can’t figure out any other reason Jonsi would agree to be associated with a song like this. Listen to it in Icelandic here.
5) Cyprus: “La La Love” by Ivi Adamou – 16th place – Some of the stupidest lyrics I have ever heard in my life. Good to listen to at the gym, though.
For the curious, or for the deaf, the number two song was a group of old Russian grandmothers singing this (no, that is not a joke, Europeans and music judges actually ranked that as the second best song in the competition), third place went to a Serbian dude singing a boring ballad in Serbian, fourth place to the host country, Azerbaijan, with a boring ballad in English and fifth place to Albania for a boring song in Albanian.