Sufjan Stevens has just released the second Christmas EP box set of his career, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Volumes 6-10. Stevens started his career as a pretty straight forward indie folk artist but his sound has progressed to include electronic aspects to the point where his latest album can hardly be defined as folk at all. This collection consists of covers of classic christmas tunes that Stevens works with to make them sound like Age of Adz outtakes mixed with some original music, and it serves as a tremendous way to get into the holiday spirit. To hear all the songs I was once in love with because of the associations they carried be torn apart and rebuilt into electronic pop is wonderful, and it leads to a product that makes the transition to the holiday season more welcome than ever.
This idea started with Gow Mosby, the current Hip-Hop director at WCDB who is compiling a Hip-Hop mixtape within his department that will probably be awesome. I wanted to create a product that represents the WCDB alt-rock department’s favorite new music based off of suggestions and the actual play count the songs received on our station. Have a song you love that got snubbed? Let us know in the comments, and keep your eyes out for physical copies of the mixtape at some local businesses!
WCDB started charting online in 2002 (8/23/2002 by DJ Starks who played Pharcyde – Passin Me By). Some of us (I) were (was) curious to find out which artists have been played the most on our station since that starting point. This entire list was constructed through manual searches so there are potential artists that could’ve slipped through the cracks. If you find one make sure to let me know in the comments. (Just know that you have to make sure you don’t count covers of their songs and songs where they were just featured.)
Toughest month to pick so far, and that’s why an album I haven’t even played on cdb yet is the pick(though that’s mainly blamed on me not having a show for the past few weeks). The band has made it’s name based on it’s live performances, and their debut album has captured a lot of their energy and displayed it well. Strong southern roots in the music and the singer’s wonderfully powerful voice makes this album flow well from start to finish, and that’s enough to make it the best new album I heard in April
Oberhofer’s a band from Brooklyn that got named after it’s lead singer, Brad Oberhofer, and they released their debut album Time Capsules II officially on March 27th. Fortunately we got it into WCDB a while ago now, so many of the songs have already been drilled into my head with fun and catchy melodies. It’s not like the sound is unprecedented , whistling in indie music happens frequently and has become pretty cheap, while syllabic elongation/meaningless choruses are widely accepted(at least in Indie Pop). The track names look like text messages and the singer’s voice isn’t natural either, as he stresses each syllable while altering pronunciations(though I actually enjoy his approach a lot). So what makes this album different and actually substantial? Continue reading Album of the Month, March: Oberhofer- Time Capsules II→
For January my favorite album was Paralytic Stalks by of Montreal, a band that’s actually from Georgia but is named after a girl lead singer Kevin Barnes used to be with that was “of Montreal”… When I first tried to get into the band many of their earlier works frustrated me with annoyingly frank and simple concepts (Tim I wish you were born a girl immediately comes to mind), but this certainly isn’t the case with Paralytic Stalks. Continue reading Album of the Month, February: Of Montreal- Paralytic Stalks→
First off, congratulations to the New York Giants for winning another Super Bowl, you guys represented the lesser of two evils so I’m glad you won. That being said, let’s begin the process of me forgetting that game ever happened so I can live in a world where the Jets are still considered good (I miss last year).
Last semester I had a weekly column where I posted reviews for CDs I listened to at WCDB, but this semester I’m a lot busier and can’t quite make that commitment again. I do want to continue being a contributor to the blog though, and because of this I decided my new segment will be choosing my favorite album of each month. Not that large of a commitment but still a way for me to talk about my favorite music I’m hearing at WCDB. In the future they’ll be up much closer to the end of the previous month too, at least in theory! Continue reading Album of the Month, January: Cloud Nothings- Attack on Memory→