1,2,3’s debut album, New Heaven (out on Frenchkiss Records) has the vibrancy and versatility I think is missing from a lot of rock records these days. It’s really hard to describe the album without going far way into detail. Expect a conglomeration of influences ranging from Deerhunter to Modest Mouse. They are different and interesting — check them out if you’re into that sort of thing.
From their album Mountaintops ( Barsuk, 2011)
Show: Outta Site (outtamind)–Mondays 7-8pm
Name: Katie Reichard
Years at the SOCC: Since my sophomore year. January of 2010.
Is your show guided by a central concept, genre, or theme?
My show centers around the concept of folk music as something more than a guy playing acoustic guitar and singing about picket lines (Though I do occasionally play Pete Seeger songs). I like to play covers of folk classics and discuss variations on the genre we see with new technology and the merging of different musical styles…
5 Favorite Bands/Songs:
Wilco (Yankee Hotel especially), Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams, the Head and the Heart, and Bob Dylan…
Why do you DJ? what value do you see in Student radio?
I DJ because I spend absurdly large amounts of time reading music blogs, going to shows, and searching the ends of the internet for new musicians. I see my show as a way of sharing that with other people. A lot of people love music and want to hear new things, but not everyone obsesses over it like me, so I can help people out and also have a great excuse for procrastination.
Student radio gives a voice to our community, and is great because of the diverse show types – you never know what you’re going to hear…
Is there anything that you’d like to mention about the particular set that is being featured?
As you can tell — I don’t always play only “folk”… I like to amp up the energy every once in awhile, but, when doing so, I try to play songs that aren’t top 40 — I’m more likely to play Blue Scholars or Common Market (or a mashup) than Jay Z or Kanye…
Bob Dylan–“I Shall Be Released”
Ryan Adams–“Do I Wait”
Blue Scholars–“North By Northwest”
Blind Pilot–“Get It Out”
Mumford & Sons–“Timshel”
Mases of State–“You Are Free”
Neutral Milk Hotel–“Two-Headed Boy”
The Decemberists–“After The Bombs”
Notorious B.I.G. & The X.X.–“Juicy R”
Sorry, I’m a day late but I think the following awesomeness will make up for it. I’m not really sure what I can say to introduce it beyond that. If you don’t get why this is awesome then I can’t explain it to you. If you don’t like Soul Train, you might as well stop now.
Performance followed by Soul Train’s signature “Boogie Challenge”
“Joe Metro” is off Bayani, released in 2007. Those of you from Seattle will love the video, even though I know you’ve seen it already. At the Black Sheep this Saturday, the tickets are only $13 so get at it!
TV Girl has this special ability to channel the past without trying to. Hailing from San Diego, the easy going and carefree attitude of California reflects in their music. People have compared TV Girl to the likes of Beck, Panda Bear and Cults. If you like feeling nostalgic, you should check TV Girl out.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, Last night while all dee alumnz were geddin’ on to 80’s jams and badpop, something very different was dropping over at Synergy house. John Heart Jackie, a Portland based folk group made a stop off their tour to hang out with somebody’s sister’s boyfriend’s cousin, who lives at Synergy. When I arrived, the relatively small living room was full of beaming faces piled atop of eachother, all captive to the lush harmonies provided by these fine folk.
The first half of the show were folk orriginals, frm their new LP, WE ARE GOLD MOUNDS and a few covers. Then they took a break, had a few drinks and came back with some grade A blues and rock jams that satiated the crowd’s obvious need to dance. This went on well through the pre-party hours, until eventually most people made their way over to the Homecoming Dance, where cross generation mixxxing insued. The John Heart Jackie singer was feelin’ it and passed me his album, which we will be spinning in the coming weeks on the station.
We don’t get much “slow” music here at CC, specially on a Saturday night. Wanna hear more?
This song is anthem material right now. Today, the world unites under the cause of OCCUPY “Capitalism, democracy, wall street, whatever” across the globe, in solidarity with the growing movement in the States. I’m thrilled to bring you this music today, because this band is gonna be big, and big for the right reasons, because they have some important sH*t to say.
WU LYF, pronounced “woo life” which stands for World Unite, Lucifer Youth Foundation is a shadowed group from Manchester, UK that have cleverly avoiding the spotlight since their conception, I assume to finish their recently released LP, “Go Tell Fire to the Mountain.” Before the release, all you could find from them is a few singles on their apocalyptic website, http://www.wulyf.org, including the song HEAVY POP which has had me gritting my teeth in a woozy tribal dance for months.
The music is unstable post-rock at a marching pace, with singingly clear guitar riffs, haunting organ chords and reverberating drums to make your head bangarang. The singer makes the music with his powerful but distant vocals and halfscreams, launching cryptic lines of discontent at you like a bucket of paint. Lines like “I love you forever” and “no matter what they said, DOLLA is not your friend” instantly endear these guys to listeners.
Make your own judgements on what this band stands for, they seem to contradict themselves all over the place. My interpretation is that these youths from Manchester are feelin’ pretty alive but with no place to live, longing for a world where they could live for free. In their interviews they seem unwilling to express an specific political/social sentiments, but when one watches this video, and listens to the accusatory bellow of singer Ellery James Roberts, you feel the dissatisfaction of a disinherited generation, and the power of youth gone cold. Thankfully, it seems like WU LYF is finally here to stay, and their timing couldn’t be better. Lets hope this band stands up with what their name implies, and causes some serious movement together with all the revolutionary spirits coming out to play around the world.
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Om has been around since 2003, when it was formed by Al Cisneros (bass and vocals) and Chris Hakius (drums). Their 2009 album, God is Good, is the band’s fourth overall and its first with Emil Amos on drums after Hakius’s departure in 2008. Amos, the man behind Holy Sons and the drummer in the similarly pre-exotic post-rocking act Grails, brings a new nuance to Om’s repetitive, Tibetan take on whatever it is they are taking on–the spirit, historiography, sacred texts, death, prayer, and so forth.
They have a new album coming out in 2012, so put that in your day planner. This one is out now, on Drag City. Oh, and it’s produced by Steve Albini.
Hailing from the incredibly prolific LA Low End Theory scene (think Flying Lotus, Teebs, Samiyam, etc.), this 21 year old producer crafts some of the most mature “dubstep” in the blogsophere right now. Where so many contemporary electronic musicians simply wield The Womp like a weapon in a war against artful restraint, Shlohmo challenges himself and his listeners to transcend the desire for visceral indulgence, opting instead to dwell in the ethereal realm of texture and stasis. If music is sex, then Shlohmo is tantric. Each song is a kind of subtle mediation upon itself; establishing a theme and then asking “why?”, his music quickly betrays its own futility while nevertheless insisting upon its beauty. An irrepressible remixer, Shlomo applies this deconstructive tactic to other people’s songs as well, and, in the process, he manages to distill something eminently listenable from even the most frustratingly bad pop-gangsta-rap song (for example).
Shlohmo will be coming to The Other Side at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Tuesday, October 18th. Doors open at 8:00pm, and tickets are $10. Click the “Concerts” link for more information.