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The Lull Period for Music

This is a great time of the year for any music lover, but it’s not because of the new material that’s coming out. In a lot of ways December is the start of a lull period in music, as most music publications turn their attention away from the new releases and start to focus their attention upon re-visiting the ‘Bests’ and ‘Worsts’ of the year because A) it’s fun to do and B) people like to view lists. By the time December rolls around there isn’t enough time to fully absorb an album and place it correctly, and artists and labels have recognized this by now and know that this isn’t an ideal time to release an album. If the artist has devoted that much time to a product then you want to make sure that it gets viewed fairly, and that’s why there’s usually a lull in new music for December followed by an awesome January (hopefully!).

We’re going to hold off on doing album reviews for about a month so that we can focus our attention on other post ideas and make sure we don’t get caught  covering albums that don’t interest many people. The good news is that we will re-visit the interesting December releases once we pick up the project again in January, and by the time we’re doing that there should be a stockpile of intriguing albums to choose from. Thanks for hanging with us!

Most Viewed Year in Airwaves’ History

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Our blog is still eyeing progression, but one of the primary goals of the year has just been accomplished. 2013 is officially the most viewed year that Airwaves, WCDB Albany’s official blog, has ever had, and we haven’t even entered December yet! Stay tuned in the upcoming months in order to see

  • The finale of Kyle’s Favorite 100 songs countdown. Expected Arrival: Sunday
  • The End-of-the-Year lists our DJs come up with. Expected Arrival: Early-Mid December
  • WCDB’s congregate Album of the Year list. Expected Arrival: Late December
  • A special, and eagerly awaited ‘Top 100 Alternative Songs’ from a more historical perspective, provided by my dad Thomas Ryan (author of American Hit Radio and host of radio show “American Hit Network”). Expected Arrival: January

There will also likely be the addition of more ‘Essential Albums’ posts under different parameters, more DJ surveys, more album reviews, and possibly a new segment to cover artist’s discographies from album to album. Thank you to all the readers for helping make this our best year so far, we’ll continue working hard to improve our product.

RIP Lou Reed

Lou Reed, lead singer and guitarist of the iconic and influential Velvet Underground and successful solo artist passed away today. Reed was a living legend who actually attended school in upstate New York at the University at Syracuse before he became the coolest man in music, and he was 71 years old. If you have any good Lou Reed stories feel free to share, for now we’ll just collect people paying their respects.

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Pearl Palooza: Come out to Albany’s 4th Annual Street Music Fest

WEQX is taking over Pearl Street and bringing free live music to you with the fourth annual Pearl Palooza music festival on Saturday, Sept. 28-featuring two stages and nine bands.

Headlining this year will be Portugal. the Man, the soulful indie rockers from Portland, along with a lineup of local and out-of-town acts.

So come out for some fun, dancing and hopefully no rain, because what’s better than a weekend of awesome live music?

Main Stage

Portugal. The Man-Portland, OR

Groovy soulful rock

8:00-9:15 p.m.

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Are You Generally Interested in WCDB?


WCDB is holding a General Interest Meeting to find new DJs today, Wednesday, September 25, at 7:15 PM. The meeting will take place at EDU 021 which is in the basement of the Education building at SUNY Albany, and after a short meeting there we will relocate to our studio on the third floor of the campus center. Join us if you’ve got a love for sports, news, or alternative music within any genre, and you should be able to find your home at WCDB Albany, The Capital District’s Best Radio Station.

If you’re interested in joining, and can’t come to our General Interest Meeting email our training directors Luuk Visser and Ted Cost at

Summer Break

Hey there everyone, our blog’s going to get less active over the upcoming two months as I’m away at a camp and will struggle to approve new posts quickly. We’re going to return at full force soon though, so stick with us and enjoy your summer!

WCDB Tabling Today: Looking for Summer DJs!

Everyone keep an eye out for us today, we’ll be tabling outside the campus center at the small fountain from 10 AM-4 PM trying to find some future DJs! If you’re into Alternative Music within any genre or would like to get involved with our Sports or News department, stop by and introduce yourself to our current DJs.

This is especially true if you’re going to be in the Albany area over the summer and have interest in hosting your own radio show, because we’re determined to get good programming out to our listeners during summer break!

Become a WCDB DJ

The Return of Neutral Milk Hotel

Yesterday, a little bit after noon, news started to spread that Neutral Milk Hotel had reformed and announced a tour. Neutral Milk Hotel is a band based out of the Athens, Georgia music scene that have released two albums: On Avery Island in 1996 and an album which is viewed as the best of all time by a few of us including myself at CDB, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea in 1998. This album has a huge place in the alternative music scene as it both influenced the sound of some of the most successful alternative bands today and defined the genre from that point on for some of its listeners. Unfortunately Jeff Mangum, the vocalist for Neutral Milk Hotel, wasn’t quite ready for this to happen. He had to leave and break up the band, a situation that gets well described in this article by Slate Magazine from 2008.

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Thanks 2011!

It’s been an excellent year for WCDB.  We gained a ton of new DJs.

We accomplished 24 hour on air programming.

We discovered some great new artists across all genres.

And we gained listeners!

This blog has also been getting much more attention and for all of the above, we say THANK YOU!

WCDB Albany has compiled a list of the Top 50 Albums of 2011.  We will be sharing that with all of you here, via email to our mailing list, and in our printed magazine, Airwaves.

Once again, thanks for reading, tuning in, attending shows, etc., and we hope to continue our relationship with you this year!

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We have some new Stuff at the station,  Some really exciting releases

Crystal Castles: Crystal Castles(II) We have the New Crystal Castles Record, it is phenomenal. Less Chip Tunes effects, however they persevere the aggressive dance music we are familiar with.

Broken Social Scene:  Forgiveness Rock Record. Broken Social Scene  is back, and the record sounds like them, its nothing new, but it is still really good and worth the listen.

M.I.A : Born Free – Single. M.I.A’s new single (BORN FREE)  is now in the RPM rotation, the first track released off her forthcoming album  /\/\/\Y/\(MAYA)


The Black Keys – Brothers – The new Black Keys album is ssoooooo good.

The Hold Steady: Heaven is Whenever – WCDB has the new Hold Steady record, for those of you who are fans tune and listen

Male Bonding: Nothing Hurts. Male Bonding’s  first record, released by Sub Pop

We Are Scientist: Barbara. The new We are Scientist record is now at WCDB, it is better than their last record, but not as good as the first. Barbara also does not have any stand out tracks like After Hours, or Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt.

The Dead Weather: Sea of Cowards

CocoRosie: Grey Oceans

Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be

The National: High Violet Great album, not much has changed in the National’s sound since BOXER, still HIGH VIOLET is a solid album.

Twin Sister: Color Your Life. Cool little indie band from Strong Island. They sound pretty damn good.

Wintersleep: New Interiors Wintersleep is a Canadian band, New Interiors is their fourth Album.

Tobacco: Maniac Meat. The Black Moth Super Rainbow front man puts out a solo record, the record features two collaborations with Beck.

Pearly Gates Music:  Pearly Gates Music