Yuck, The Band That Is The Opposite Of Yucky

Welcome to the blog post about my new obsession, the band Yuck.

Sent to WDCV by the always lovely Terrorbird Media.

This band is rough and edgy as well as whiny and head-bobbingly catchy. They even make weird music videos with naked girls being eaten by werewolf-like monsters:


With an album that is self-produced yet roughly polished to perfection, you can expect and anticipate this band’s upcoming performance in March at the SXSW music festival. They’re officially touring already, focused mainly in the South at first from Georgia then all the way to the West Coast where the tour will eventually end out in San Francisco.

Every song has a little bit of a different feel, but the crooning and crowing remains constant throughout. Nothing is holding this band back and a devoted fan base is already forming speedily and devotedly behind them.

If you like your noise rock with a surf pop/teenage dream-edge, then you will enjoy Yuck.

Feast on, Party on.

Activities Night!

Don’t forget that tomorrow night (Monday) at 6 pm is the anticipated club orgy of the semester….ACTIVITIES NIGHT. WDCV will be there, posted up at a table with a boom box playing some of our own favorite slammin’ beats and free pins! Rumble through our reject bin of lost albums and sign up for our email list! DJ sign-up sheets will also be available, as well as ever-charming conversation with our lovely DJs.

We’ll see you there.

WDCV’s Top Fives of Twenty-Ten

DJ Top Five Lists

Our DJs’ favorite new discoveries! Albums that were released before 2010 are marked with an asterisk. It goes without saying–if you find one of these lists particularly awesome, check out the schedule and listen to their show!

  1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
  2. All Day – Girl Talk
  3. B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
  4. Dropkick Murphys – Do or Die*
  5. The Roots – How I Got Over

–Brandon O’Brien

  1. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
  2. Sleigh Bells – Treats
  3. New Pornographers – Together
  4. Discovery – LP*
  5. Architecture in Helsinki – Places Like This*

–Sam Pollan

  1. Bill Callahan – Rough Travel for a Rare Thing
  2. Silver Jews – Starlite Walker*
  3. Silver Jews – The Natural Bridge*
  4. Simon Joyner – The Cowardly Traveler Pays His Toll*
  5. Royal Trux – Twin Infinitives*

–Andrew Jones

  1. John Hartford String Band – Memories of John
  2. Andy Hall – Sound of the Slide Guitar*
  3. Nora Jane Sruthers – Nora Jane Struthers

–Davis Tracy

  1. Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
  2. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion*
  3. The Strokes – Room on Fire*
  4. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend*
  5. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea*

–Jimmy Wilkinson

  1. J Dilla – Donuts*
  2. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
  3. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
  4. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
  5. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

–Dan Plekhov

  1. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks
  2. House Boat – Processing Complaints
  3. The Please and Thank Yous – Mind Yr P’s and Q’s
  4. Shugo Tokumaru – Port Entropy
  5. Beach House – Teen Dream

–Melissa Kelly

  1. Dovekins – Assemble the Aviary
  2. Laura Veirs – July Flame
  3. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
  4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  5. Yeasayer – Odd Blood

–Lacey Smith (WDCV Alum)

  1. Weezer- Pinkerton (Deluxe edition)
  2. Daft Punk- Tron Legacy Soundtrack
  3. Coheed & Cambria- Year of the Black Rainbow
  4. Drink Up Buttercup- Born and Thrown on a Hook
  5. Broken Bells- Broken Bells

–Chris Bratton (WDCV Alum)

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Local Ted Leo Show

Although I love the Square, they aren’t doing a great job of promoting great shows that are happening locally (only philly, dc & bmore).  So, for those Dickinsonians that have some wheels and are in the mood for a fun show this weekend, drive out to Lemoyne (yes, Lemoyne) and check out Ted Leo & the Pharmacists at Championship Records (The Champ!).  The Champ usually lends itself more to the hardcore scene but are somehow changing their ways for the evening.  $10 in advance $12 at the door.  This show was rescheduled from a few months ago so hopefully it goes off without a hitch this time around. See ya there!

The Champ
52 Rear Market St.
PO Box 183
Lemoyne, PA 17043

Ton-Taun’s Exporter

Ton-Taun, a four piece band from Lancaster, PA has released their sophomore album Exporter independently. A local band that most recently appeared and opened for Isis of Thunderheist last Friday for WDCV’s fall concert; The Perfect Storm, they succeeded to impress those select few who turned out for the free event. A band that released their first album barely over a year ago, a purely alternative rock sound is apparent along with modern influences like Modest Mouse and Wilco. However, the band itself is comprised of avid music lovers and listeners, and their other more subtle influences allude to the works of the infamous Miles Davis.

The premier track of the album, “Headdresses,” is pleasingly haunting yet repetitive. Soothing yet contradictory in its angst, it opens with steady guitar riffs and lyrics alluding to child-like images of finger-painting and feathers. With a pleasant harmony reminiscent of mindless whispering, Ton-Taun’s members sing of an assumed woman with a heart as hard as a diamond that one day the singer will tear out. The track ends with lead vocal Jordan Capizzi singing the repeated line “I was happy to see how scared you are of me, right now,” along with a reference back to the title of the song. The band actually played this song live at the concert, and the emotion and energy of the song shone through.

The sixth track of the album, “The Coca-Cola Factory,” could be considered a sort of sing-along drinking song for misfits and those of us who are more often than not down on our luck. Upbeat despite its melancholy lyrics, this track is catchy and easily relatable to any struggling, nostalgic college student. The song has a simple message, we were all meant for more than what we have or do, but something just went wrong along the way. It’s all a bitter twist of fate.

Young in terms of their years as a complete band but also experienced with two complete, original albums already under their belts, Ton-Taun has the potential to speak to a generation obsessed with consumerism, debauchery and the longing for a place in the world.

The Perfect Storm: WDCV’s Fall Concert!!!

WDCV proudly presents to you…

ISIS of THUNDERHEIST with opening act TON-TAUN and guest DJ JOSH LEHR

-It’s happening on Friday, November 12th! That’s next week!

-It’s in Dickinson College’s ATS Auditorium!

-The doors open at 7pm sharp–the show starts at 8, Isis goes on at 9!

-It is FREE to Dickinson students (kids, bring your student IDs!) and $5 to the public!

As always…

We’ll see you there!!!

Heavy Rotation Review — Age of Adz

Highly anticipated with the release of his bulky EP All Delighted People, Sufjan Stevens’ tenth studio-released album The Age of Adz was finally leaked a few weeks before its planned release in October. October 12th was the target release date, but with heavy streaming of the album in its entirety on NPR and our instant gratification-orientated society, the album is readily available now to anyone who has access to the lovely internet. The Age of Adz is Stevens’ first song-based full length album in five years. As opposed to the state-themed albums that made him a household name, The Age of Adz seems to be more about the end of the world and collapsing romantic relationships than any of the fifty-one states. This theme of the end of the world is first introduced with the album’s actual title, which in itself is a reference to the apocalyptic artwork of schizophrenic artist Royal Robertson.

Stevens appears to be embracing a more electronic based sound in this album, as opposed to the heavily acoustic and instrumentally-dominant sound of his earlier albums. However the dramatic element of his sound that made it unique in the first place is still retained. This is apparent even in the first track of the album, “Futile Devices.” The track has a hazy and dreamlike quality as Stevens introduces the listener to one of the album’s overarching themes; love. The second track of the album, “Too Much,” meanwhile, introduces an industrial element to the album’s sound. It reminds one of the Flaming Lips’ popular track, “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1.” The song almost has the feel of a videogame soundtrack like Mario Kart or Donkey Kong. Sufjan Stevens’ ever present choir singing along also succeeds in reminding one of his earlier popular songs “Chicago” with its melancholy, haunting quality. “Too Much” also reintroduces Stevens’ infamous trumpet domination.

The title track of the album keeps up with the dramatic yet upbeat sound of the album, while also having almost gospel undertones. There are many illusions to death within the song as well as apocalyptic imagery. Stevens has always made spiritual and religious illusions in his music. While this song appears to be a little more subtle, the album’s theme itself is very heavily influenced by the theme of the apocalypse. Another song on the album that greatly supports this theme of Armageddon is the song “Vesuvius.” The title itself is a reference to Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that erupted at Pompeii, wiping out an entire ancient civilization yet preserving their bodies eerily well with its ash during the eruption. However, the song is also strange lyrically in the way that within it, Stevens addresses himself directly and appears to almost be giving himself a sort of pep talk as well as reminding himself of his own self-destructive qualities. In this way, it makes the song an even more intimate look into the artist himself and the album more representative of the relationship that Sufjan Stevens has with his listeners.

The longest and possibly most complex track on the album is the closing song, “Impossible Love.” A whopping twenty-five minutes long, it switches gears and tones numerous times and has enough substance to be at least three separate tracks. The first fifteen minutes of the song start slow with the use of a piano as opposed to the more upbeat electronic sound of the rest of the album. Addressing a woman who has broken his heart, Sufjan’s voice fades in and out, giving the song a psychedelic dream-like quality. The raspy guitar also adds to the haziness of the song. The song then fades into a more electronic sound which it carries all the way into the ten minute mark. All of the sudden, Stevens utilizes auto-tune, made famous by our good friends T-Pain and Weezy. This gives the song an almost neo-hip hop sound as Stevens preaches about ignorance. Then the song takes a more upbeat tone around the fifteen minute mark, tipping a cap to Daft Punk and Justice. The theme then relates more to appreciating life for what it is and appreciating it. This is apparent with the lyrics “It’s a long life, better pinch yourself.” The song also relates back to the album’s overall theme of the apocalypse with this song, as by urging listeners to take life for what it is, he reminds one that with the end of the world so close at hand, we better take what we can get. Then, finally, with three minutes left in the song, Stevens reverts back to his acoustic roots. It seems that Stevens is apologizing for the confusion that either this album has caused the listener or that life itself causes to all of humankind. The message that we can accomplish more together than alone from the beginning of the song is repeated and Stevens urges that his only goal is to find pleasure and to accomplish something greater.

The All Delighted People EP might have been the precursor to The Age of Adz, but nothing could have prepared one for all that is awesome and confusing about Sufjan Stevens’ latest album. Themes of the apocalypse and hearts broken run rampant throughout the album and a more upbeat electronic influence is also apparent. However, there is still much of the old Sufjan sound in the album as well. While disconcerting in its newness and daring in its weirdness, The Age of Adz does anything but disappoint.

Heavy Rotation Update: New Music for Fall Days

Ah, fall. It’s a great time of year when everything gets clear and crisp and golden–the trees are pretty, you can wear your favorite jacket again, there are pumpkin-flavored things all over the place. How is pumpkin bread so good? The only thing missing is new music, music that is just as good as pumpkin bread.

Don’t worry, friend. WDCV is here to solve that problem. Here are a few favorites from what we’ve been spinning lately:

Fake Problems – Real Ghosts Caught on Tape

When Fake Problems’ album “How Far Our Bodies Go” was in our heavy rotation, I was really impressed with their unique and creative take on folk-punk. Like many other folk-punk groups, Fake Problems have gotten dancier and dancier with each subsequent release. This is especially true for “Real Ghosts Caught on Tape,” where their energy shines through tighter instrumentation and hooks. Recommended for dance parties.

Fake Problems on Myspace – check out “Soulless”

Moondoggies – Tidelands

Invariably as soon as it starts getting colder, I start getting cravings for pretty folky harmonies. Moondoggies delivers. Their myspace says that they sound like “a samurai seeking vengeance.” I’m not sure that’s true. To me they sound like a wandering troupe of bearded minstrels, seeking pumpkin soup. I guess that’s a little specific, but anyways, this album is really awesome and I’m definitely going to be spinning it a lot this season.

Moondoggies on Myspace – check out “It’s a Shame, It’s a Pity”

Jupe Jupe – Invaders

If you prefer your fall soundtrack to be primarily synthesizers instead, Jupe Jupe is for you. Space Invaders is my number two favorite video game (second only to Katamari!) so I may be a little bit slanted in my opinion of this album. Then again, isn’t that valid in itself? “Invaders” strikes a great balance between electronic elements and structured pop writing that’s surprisingly addicting. Much like Space Invaders.

Jupe Jupe on Myspace – check out “Something About Love”

You’ll hear these artists and more new independent releases if you listen to WDCV, the radio station that’s better than pumpkin pie. Check out our schedule for a full list of live shows, and our Top 30 chart to see the rest of our favorites!