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.
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. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14222-brothers/
The Hold Steady: Heaven is Whenever – WCDB has the new Hold Steady record, for those of you who are fans tune and listen http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14196-heaven-is-whenever/
Male Bonding: Nothing Hurts. Male Bonding’s first record, released by Sub Pop http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14241-nothing-hurts/
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 http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14237-sea-of-cowards
CocoRosie: Grey Oceans http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14217-grey-oceans/
Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14054-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. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14203-high-violet/
Twin Sister: Color Your Life. Cool little indie band from Strong Island. They sound pretty damn good. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14073-color-your-life/
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. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14260-maniac-meat/
Pearly Gates Music: Pearly Gates Music http://www.nme.com/reviews/pearly-gate-music/11247
School is out for the summer here at SUNY Albany, but that does not mean WCDB shuts down. Most of our student DJs love the radio station so much that they don’t want to leave Albany when classes are over and they hang around just so they can keep on broadcasting. Because of that WCDB is able to broadcast all throughout summer, bringing you the best in alternative Music.
Over the summer we have a number of new shows coming up and some of the scheduling has been changed around a bit. New shows include Wake up with the Night Owl, which starts at 5am on Monday so you can wake up with the best in funk, R&B, and Motown. Also the comedy show Alternative to Sleeping hosted by Ethan Ulman has moved to 10pm on Thursdays. Be sure to check this out, he does an incredibly funny show, and has a bunch of really great interviews lined up this summer.
You can check out our entire Summer Schedule at http://www.wcdbfm.com/Schedule.aspx
And if you are looking for things to do over the summer we are giving away a bunch of tickets for a whole mess of great bands like Cake, Interpol (a favorite of mine), Thrice, Public Enemy, and many more. WCDB will also be hosing a bunch of shows over the summer and into the next school year. Check out our facebook page WCDB Presents for shows coming up.
I hope you enjoy your summer, and stop back here soon for more of whats going on at WCDB.