Heavy Rotation Update!

Hey all you lovely Internet people! Wondering what’s new in WDCV’s heavy rotation? Well you’re in luck because the WDCV music directors have been busy little bees putting all sorts of new and great stuff in heavy rotation. So if you feel like your music collection is getting a little stale, check out some of these recommendations.

Drink Up Buttercup: Born and Thrown on A Hook-They are coming to DICKINSON in our Rock/Hop show!! They sound like The Beatles if they did more drugs. I’m not the only one who thinks so, honest.

Dark Dark Dark: Bright Bright Bright- Besides their awesome naming skills this is a super album with great vocals and complex chamber-pop instrumentals.

Bonobo: Black Sands- A super chill album with epic reach and massive emotional pull. It’s one guy who plays all the instruments by himself. (Written by another MD- Bonobos are monkeys that “penis fence” for real, look it up. I learned this in 9th grade bio).

Adam Green: Minor Love- Adam Green is from the group The Moldy Peaches comes out with a not so folky sound but it’s still pretty awesome- striking a good balance between tenderness and tastelessness.

Kasper Bjoke- Standing on Top of Utopia (EP): Solid downbeat electro from Denmark.

Portugal. The Man- American Ghetto: I have no idea who this sounds like, but it sounds like someone good so don’t be scared. Most of the songs are good so pick one!

Capsule-Player http://blogs.dickinson.edu/wdcvfm/2010/03/capsule-player/

Turin Brakes: Outbursts- Self proclaimed indie folk rock, but it’s not too folky I think they just call it that because some of the songs are pretty laid back. “Sea Changes” and “Mirror” are my favorite tracks of the album.

She + Him: Volume Two- I’m really excited about this album. I honestly like it better than their first one. It’s a peaceful kind of happy. You can’t go wrong with any track.
So that’s what we’ve got for you this week. Hopefully your willing to open up your ears to something new!

Hugs and Kisses,

WDCV

The Modern Electric

I’m always trying to represent bands from Northeast Ohio, seeing as many people around here are always bashing Ohio for many reasons – football, politics, the stereotype of “backwardness.”  Instead of responding to criticisms by bashing all your states, I just try to change your opinion on my home.

According to their bio to LastFM, one of my time consuming websites…

“The Modern Electric is a Cleveland-based Indie-rock band. They are comprised of 4 young gentlemen, Garrett Komyati (vocals, organ/piano) Bryan Lecky (guitar) Matthew Puleo Childers (bass) and Michael O’Brien (drums). All born and raised in the Cleveland area, they play local venues and continue to expand their growing fan base and show their undying love for their city.” (http://www.last.fm/music/The+Modern+Electric)

“David Bowie (Save Us All)”  is a tribute to the rocker and my top most played song “Love and Misery” is about the songwriter wondering what he did to deserve heartbreak.

The album is available on iTunes but if you want to hear a song or two tune into my show on Mondays between 8 and 10pm.

WDCV’s Heavy Rotation (As of March 12, 2010)

Just in case you were wondering what WDCV is playing in our heavy rotation, here’s a list of what we’ve got!

Pavement- The Best Of

Manchester Orchestra-Mean Everything to Nothing

The Splinters-Kick

Frightened Rabbit-The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Rouge Wave- Permalight

Sade-Soldier of Love

The Weatherthans- Live From Burton Cummings Theater

Sambassadeur- European

LoneLady-Nerve Up

Ernest Gonzales-Been Meaning to Tell You

Quasi- American Gong

Local Natives-Gorilla Manor

Hanne Hukkelberg- Blood from A Stone

Six Gallery- Breakthroughs in Modern Art

Golden Triangle- Double Jointer

Shearwater- The Golden Archipelago

Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise

Gill Scott- Heron—I’m Not Here

Holly Miranda- The Nocycian’s Private Library

My Robot Friend- Soft Core

Jeff The Brotherhood-Heavy Days

Field Music-Measure

Datus- Neut

The Law- A Measure of Wealth

Galactic- Ya-Ka-May

Gigi- Maintenant

Los Campesinos!- Romance Is Boring

Massive Attack- Heligoland

Shannon and The Clams- I Wanna Go Home

Cute Lepers- Smart Accessories

Rachele Eve- Mouth of Feathers

Lightspeed Champion- Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You

WALE-Attention Deficit

 Whew! What a ridiculously awesome list of bands. It’s kind of overwhelming right? Now that I’ve got them all down, the next time I update, I will just let you know what we are putting in for that week and I’ll even give you a little blurb about the record, written by WDCV’s lovely music directors. But this should give you something to start with…

Rock-Hop Weekend!!!

***********WARNING: WDCV will not be accepting any more ticket reservations starting Friday at 4pm. OR if we get more than 250.**********

WDCV 88.3 FM is proud to announce its spring concerts to be held on Friday April 16th and Saturday April 17th, during what is to be known as Rock-Hop weekend! And we’re particularly excited to announce Wiz Khalifa as the headliner of Saturday night’s concert.

Both concerts will start at 8pm in the ATS auditorium on the Dickinson College Campus. Featuring 6 artists over the course of two nights, this promises to be one of the biggest events in WDCV’s history!

April 16th will be WDCV’s “rock” night, and features a mixture of up and coming local or indie bands.

The You Know Whos:  A band based in nearby Hummelstown will be the opening act, playing a blend of their own brand of folksy-blues music.

Fugitive Souls: An indie alternative group from Brooklyn, their first EP “Strangers” was released in August.  You can read up on them at http://fugitivesouls.com/

Drink Up Buttercup: Friday’s headliner. They hail from Philly and their first CD “Born and Thrown on a Hook” comes out March 23rd.  Listen to their music at http://drinkupbuttercup.com/

April 17th will be WDCV’S “Hip-Hop” night and includes some of our favorite underrepresented hip-hop artists. (PLEASE NOTE: Saturday will be free to Dickinson students and $10 for people without Dickinson IDs)

DelErium Tremens: Hailing from NYC, DelErium is an underground rapper whose energetic performance will start off the night.

L One Crackeriffic: L One Crackeriffic is an underground rapper from Long Island. Making a name for himself in the tri-state area, he recently released his first album, “Somebody Stole My Rhymebook” in July and is working on his second for 2011.

Wiz Khalifa: Saturday’s headliner is an aspiring young rapper from Pittsburgh. He has released several mixtapes since 2005 and has two more on the way for 2010.  His most recent album, “Deal or No Deal” was released in November of 2009. He has a raw rap style and a unique flow, making him different from most mainstream rappers today. He is a breath of fresh air for any hip hop fan.

The doors of ATS will open at 7pm and the concerts will start at 8pm. Friday’s concert is free to all. Saturday’s concert will be free to Dickinson students and $10 to the public. No food or drink will be allowed into ATS, and we ask you not to bring any bottles to the concert. If we make any plans for advance ticket sales, we’ll let you know.

We’ll see you there!

**********Wiz Khalifa Ticket Information (added 4.14.10)*************

To those of you who are unaware, WDCV 88.3 FM, Dickinson’s radio station, is hosting two concerts this weekend, April 16th and 17th. However, people have come to us with questions and misconceptions, and we wish to clarify some things, particularly regarding tickets for the Saturday night Wiz Khalifa concert.

Admission for both nights is FREE with your Dickinson College ID.

Tickets are also available for those without a Dickinson College ID. The price is $10 (CASH ONLY) and they are first come, first serve basis. Tickets can be reserved in advance  by emailing  wdcvfm@gmail.com. You may reserve multiple tickets. Reserve tickets can be picked up when the doors open at 7PM and must be retrieved before 7:30PM.

Because the Wiz Khalifa concert is free to Dickinson students, and because we have great interest from people outside the Dickinson community, we recommend coming to the concert as close to 7pm as possible. ATS has a limited capacity of 1000 people, and we will not be able to let more people in once that number is reached.

Doors open at 7PM and the concert begins at 8PM. If you plan on buying tickets please arrive early as we are expecting a large crowd for the event.

Thank you very much, and we hope to see as many of you as possible at the concert.

capsule – PLAYER

With WDCV’s new music blog finally up and running, I figured I’d also throw in my two cents with a review of “PLAYER,” the new album by capsule, one of my favorite groups in any genre.

For those of you who don’t know (and shame on you!) capsule is a Shibuya-kei duo from Tokyo who create some of the slickest electropop out there. They write predominantly in Japanese (although a lot of English samples make their way into their work), but that shouldn’t stop you. I absolutely love this group and I don’t even know any Japanese.

As for PLAYER, it marks the group’s tenth release via Yamaha subsidiary (and capsule-owned) label Contemode, and while perhaps not their best effort, it is indeed solid from start to finish. The album alternates between catchy vocal-laden tracks to hard-hitting instrumental jams with a few hip-hop samples thrown in for good measure. I personally tend to enjoy the vocal tracks a bit more – I recommend “I Wish You,” “Can I have a Word,” and “Love or Lies” – but the instrumental tracks like “The Music” also satisfy, even if some might find them a tad redundant. Even if electro isn’t your thing, I would still advise giving them a try…you won’t be disappointed.

Look out for it in Heavy Rotation this week, but for a quick preview, check out the following music blog: http://toomanysebastians.blogspot.com/2010/03/capsule-player.html. Enjoy!

Tracklist:
1.) Stay With You
2.) Player
3.) I Wish You
4.) The Music
5.) Factory
6.) I Was Wrong
7.) Can I Have a Word
8.) What do you want to do
9.) Hello
10.) Love or Lies

-James W-K

Ted Leo’s “The Brutalist Bricks”

Brutalist Bricks Cover

Ted Leo says, "The cover might not make any sense at first, but if you stare at it long enough, you will go blind and then it won’t matter."

Ted Leo’s new album, “The Brutalist Bricks,” comes out tomorrow on Matador records. The album has been described by some as “peculiarly fresh,” and by me as “pretty much the greatest thing I have ever heard, ever.” Stylistically, the album follows 2007’s “Living with the Living,” but with a condensed, grittier sensibility and new energy. While the overall sound is delightfully consistent, there’s enough variety to keep things interesting, and Theodore’s songwriting really shines through. It’s a solid release that, if you are anything like me, you will play repeatedly for about a week straight.

There’s no way I can do the album justice in a few words, but luckily the album is available for free streaming on Myspace. Get into it! We’ll also be adding it to our rotation at WDCV, so you’ll get to hear it when you tune in.

Mr. Leo is currently on tour supporting the album release, and will be coming to our area around early April.

Free Music? New Pretty Lights EP

So here I am, with 70 or more pages to do of history reading when my friend Peter texts me and says “new pretty lights. some is sooo chill.” The two of us saw Pretty Lights at the Note in West Chester, PA in November and it was an awesome show.  It’s just this guy Derek Vincent Smith, and he’s from CO, but live he’s accompanied by drummer Cory Eberhard.

This text of course led to some procrastination when I downloaded the new EP on www.prettylightsmusic.com. The new EP is called “Making Up a Changing Mind.” I just finished listening to it, but so far I enjoy “Understand me now” and “I can see it in your face.”

His other albums are “Filling Up the City Skies,”  “Passing By Behind Your Eyes” and “Taking Up Your Precious Time.”

New Tunes

We will start to blog about some of the new music that comes through the music director’s desk.  Let us know what you think is good as well!