February’s arrived, and that means things are thawing out here in good old Massachusetts. In an effort to equally thaw out my music collection from having approximately one playlist on repeat all winter, I’ve been on the hunt for new bands and new albums to keep track of.
An old favorite of mine to find bands has been NPR’s First Listen series, which has historically hosted a lot of amazing albums before they were available for public release – including Grouplove’s Spreading Rumours, among others. Spotify and Pandora also have their place in my heart, shiny bite-sized sampler tables that they really are.
But I’m not here to talk about those. I’m here to talk about my latest online music-aggregating obsession: NoiseTrade.
At a freeform radio station like WMFO, we support all sorts of creative endeavors – large, small, and in-between. However, some stand out. Some people and organizations make headway in the creative world at astounding rates and experience astounding growth because of it. They’re cropping up more and more often of late, these meteoric rises, with companies like Netflix expanding their brand to include their own TV shows, indie bands like Young the Giant going from a Facebook page of 3000 likes and a few free songs floating around the internet to almost half a million likes on Facebook and an endlessly full tour schedule, and devices like the Kindle and iPhone making it easier to be a content creator than possibly ever before.
This ease of spread, however, comes with some pitfalls. More and more people are creating things, so competition to actually succeed is stiff and it can seem like many people are out of the running before they even begin. When there’s so much talent out there, we tend to devalue our own, even though the people who make the media that we are constantly inundated by had to start somewhere. With that in mind, what is it like to make something wildly successful from scratch, after all?
“Great,” according to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “It feels great.”
WMFO will be DJing some events on campus during Orientation Week, so look for us at the following:
Thursday, 8/29/13: Jumbolicious Carnival, 11pm-1am, Aidekman Arts Center
Friday, 8/30/13: Food Fair, 5:15pm-7pm, Fletcher Field
WMFO Dance Party, 11:30pm-2am, Hotung Cafe, Mayer Campus Center
Welcome, Tufts 2017!
“I’m sure we’ve all got stories about how vinyl changed our lives.” So opens “Solar Vinyl Compactor” the third track on Eponymously Entitled. The second release from the Bubbles in the Thinktank label, Eponymously Entitled is a record about records for record store day. It is a cleverly assembled seven-track compilation (with two bonus tracks) packed full of nostalgia and in-jokes about a music culture I never experienced.
As you probably know, WMFO is a non-commercial volunteer run station. We do a donations drive every year to help us keep the station running with awesome and quirky programming from students and community members. This year as part of our ongoing effort to update and upgrade, we got tech savvy and created apps for both android and iPhone so you can stream WMFO on the go. To help us keep improving you can head over to our donations site. Below the jump take a look at this year’s awesome donations rewards.
It’s exam season folks so let’s get straight to the chase. Today the rapper Katie Got Bandz dropped a new video for “Pop Out” a song off her upcoming release Drillary Clinton. So its new and clearly it is notable because did you look at that album title??? But for real, I’m excited about this track and it is notable for other reasons. So far, Katie is best known for rolling with Chief Keef’s crew in the Chicago rap scene. Recently though, she’s started gaining attention on her own. There is even an EDM track by Los Angeles producer Carnage, devoted to the rapper’s signature “Katieeee” drop.
In the beginning, Iron & Wine was a one man outfit. Sam Beam made intimate folk albums with nothing but an acoustic guitar, whispery vocals, and a prodigious beard. He stirred hearts with his gentle songs about love, god, and family, all softly tinged with a southern sensibility. Then long before indie folk went the way of top 40, Beam changed his sound entirely. With the 2007 release The Shepherd’s Dog, Iron & Wine went electric, shifting to a full band with a robust and fanciful sound. Beam surprised fans again in 2011 when he expanded Iron & Wine even more to include a full brass section. The album, Kiss Each Other Clean, was far funkier than folky.
The Danger Zone, with DJs Slam Dunk Tha Funk and IVK, always opens with the Kenny Loggins song for which the show is named and always finishes with “All We Do is Win” by DJ Khaled. From week to week, what will happen in between is anybody’s guess, though the DJs certainly put an emphasis on hip hop. When I came by WMFO to interview Slam (Sam) and IVK (Ian) this Wednesday at midnight, Slam was queuing up the next three songs: “Adorn” by Miguel, “Love Sosa” by Chief Keef, and “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift. ”When you write this article you’re going to want to talk about my live editing skills,” he told me. These skills were put to the test almost immediately, cutting out all the curse words on “Love Sosa,” a relatively tame song compared to most of Chief Keef’s discography. The rest of the playlist was equally diverse, featuring A$ap Rocky, Mumford & Sons, and indie up and comer Autre Ne Veut. Listen to The Danger Zone every Wednesday night from Midnight to 1 am and read my interview with Slam and IVK below the jump.
Purity Ring’s music feels precious to me. When I say “precious” I don’t mean it the way some people describe things that are overly cutesy or twee. I mean that the electro-indie duo, comprised of Megan James and Corin Roddick, treat their music as if it is precious. I don’t say this just because of the band’s slow and careful songwriting process. Each song feels to me like a cut jewel, sharp, precise, bright, and clear, to be handled with care and awe. Or at least that is how I felt when I saw Purity Ring play at House of Blues on Wednesday.
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