I don’t know about you, radioland, but I have been waiting for a new Tegan and Sara single since I was in, like, high school. Like. They’ve probably had new music before then but I haven’t had any new Tegan and Sara in my personal universe in a long time.
Titus Andronicus, the nihilistic and awe-inspiring rock machine has released the first single from their new album Local Business. The track is called “In a Big City.”
The album is set to be released October 23rd and the band had this to say about the album:
“While abandoning the linear narrative of their last album The Monitor, the songs on Local Business aim to make explicit the implications of the first two LPs, that the inherent meaninglessness of life in an absurd universe gives the individual power to create their own values and their own morality. Along the way, we witness a devastating automobile wreck, a food fight (that is to say, a battle with an eating disorder), an electrocution, a descent into insanity, and ultimately, a forgiveness of the self for its many faults. Titus Andronicus even finds time to broaden its emotional palette to include moments of pure positivity, brief respites from the usual doom and gloom.”
1. Ecce Homo
2. Still Life With Hot Deuce And Silver Platter
3. Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus
4. Food Fight!
5. My Eating Disorder
6. Titus Andronicus VS. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)
7. In A Big City
8. In A Small Body
9. (I Am The) Electric Man
10. Tried To Quit Smoking
We have often heard that only about 20% of college students come to school with a radio. We consider this statistic when we try to grow our audience by thinking of different ways to connect with people both on and off campus. We often broadcast Live on Britton Plaza and at downtown events so we can meet people in our community and come out of the shadows of the HUB basement. NPR posted this blog today that showed a rather interesting breakdown of how teens listen to music. We are surprised and encouraged to find that 56% of teens still listen to the radio. When we looked at the data that this graph was taken from, we were even more encouraged.
Nielson has a whole report on how people discover music. So how do most people still find music? RADIO! We are pleased as punch that people still respect and use this medium. Why do people like radio? It’s free. It’s always on. You don’t have to think of what you want to listen to, you just have to know what stations give you the news, information and music that you like. Also, some stations still have real djs. Live people playing music just for you. How nice:)
We also believe that College Radio is still very important even in this world of changing media. College Radio is one of the few remaining un-commerialized forms of mass media. Our students can start broadcasting the first year they get on campus. We hope that teens (and adults) will continue enjoying and supporting College Radio. We turn 50 this year and we are planning on being around for a long, long time.
Almost a week ago now, I had the chance to see ever-energetic and delightful Avett Brothers perform in concert. I had yet to see them live, and after hearing wonderful things and crying over the online ticket purchase only briefly, I was able to see them in all their bearded glory.
Despite the kind of monotonous and nap inducing opener Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Avett Brothers came on with “Will You Return” and it was like a bomb went off in the pavilion (in a good way). Everyone was dancing, even the dads in their lawn chairs with beer sloshing everywhere. It was a hot and humid night, but halfway through their set it started drizzling slightly, and it was practically a scene from Singing in the Rain.
The set list in its entirety is below:
1) Will You Return
2) Traveling Song (slow)
3) Down With The Shine
4) Love Like the Movies
5) January Wedding
7) At the Beach
8) Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
9) Live & Die
10) Laundry Room
11) Sally’s Lover
13) Closer Walk
14) The Fall
16) Go to Sleep
17) Kick Drum Heart
18) Slight Figure Of Speech
19) Please Pardon Yourself (slow)
21) And it Spread
22) Talk on Indolence
This band is amazing because whenever they play their songs live, they always seem to change some of the lyrics. After stalking the forums on the band’s website after the show, I even found some live recordings so all of you avid fans can watch for yourself. Included is the recording of their new song “Live and Die” set to be released on their new album which comes out in September.
Will You Return
Down with the Shine
Live and Die
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Please Pardon Yourself
For more pictures from the concert you can see them on one of the photographer’s facebook here:
Has anyone gotten into Grimes yet? Have you heard of her at all? Because she is great.
She comes out of the illegal DIY culture in Canada, and she’s been making music for a couple of years, though I’ve only heard of her recently because of her latest album Visions. Anyway, the video for Oblivion just came out and you must all watch it. Ergo, I’m posting it here.
Despite their age, ZZ Top still continues to have a cult following. It must be the cutting edge rock attitude they bring along with the bluesy riffs. Known for their beards as well as their guitar playing, ZZ Top is one fun band. Taking a break from the underrepresented, it would be worth a couple seconds to check these guys out if you haven’t already. This is their number “Tush” with vocal contributions from bassist Dusty Hill. It makes for double the fun when both your bassist and guitarist can sing. ZZ Top quickly rose to fame in the early 1970’s due to their charismatic live performances and sense of humor.
A couple months ago Guitar World Magazine and Blessthefall teamed up to form a guitar cover contest. Contestants uploaded their cover videos and then the band chose a couple lucky prize winners. The contest concluded a while ago, but blessthefall recorded an awesome video for Guitar World where guitarists Eric Lambert and Elliott Gruenberg showed viewers how to play their hit song “Promised Ones”. The video is located below the descriptions.
Guitar World is a magazine that provides resourceful information about guitars, equipment, playing technique, bands, and how to play songs on guitar. If you happen to be a guitar player, or just like music in general, check out their website!
Blessthefall is a metalcore/post-hardcore band from Phoenix, Arizona. Their music has a collaborative feel overall and is very well put together in terms of composition. Singer Beau Bokan only sings vocals while bassist Jared Warth jumps in for all the growling. Eric Lambert and Elliott Gruenberg trade guitar parts at times, each taking turns playing lead melodies in the riffs. If you pay attention to the chorus riff in this song, they will switch who plays the rhythm and who plays the lead parts at different intervals of the song. By the way I’m not going to leave out drummer Matt Traynor. His double bass can pound a hole in your wall and it accents the guitar notes quite well.
WDCV will be having weekly ‘Live on Britton Plaza’ broadcasts throughout the month of March to raise funds for Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. Carlisle C.A.R.E.S is a wonderful organization “whose mission is to provide shelter to homeless individuals and families when no other shelter can be found.” WDCV will be holding bake sales and craft sales as well taking general donations. All of this will lead up to our fundraising festival on April 2nd on campus. Please come out to Britton Plaza to enjoy fun music, tasty treats and raise money for a worthy cause!
Live on Britton Plaza Dates:
Tuesday March 1st 11am-1pm
Tuesday March 8th 11am-1Pm
Tuesday March 22nd 11am-1pm
Thursday March 24th 11am-1pm
Tuesday March 29th 11am-1pm
Thursday March 31st 11am-1pm
Saturday April 2nd Carlisle C.A.R.E.S Fundraising Festival with live music on Dickinson’s Campus (location TBA)
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!
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
All Day – Girl Talk
B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Dropkick Murphys – Do or Die*
The Roots – How I Got Over
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
Sleigh Bells – Treats
New Pornographers – Together
Discovery – LP*
Architecture in Helsinki – Places Like This*
Bill Callahan – Rough Travel for a Rare Thing
Silver Jews – Starlite Walker*
Silver Jews – The Natural Bridge*
Simon Joyner – The Cowardly Traveler Pays His Toll*
Royal Trux – Twin Infinitives*
John Hartford String Band – Memories of John
Andy Hall – Sound of the Slide Guitar*
Nora Jane Sruthers – Nora Jane Struthers
Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion*
The Strokes – Room on Fire*
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend*
Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea*
J Dilla – Donuts*
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks