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MD Picks of the Week: 7/22/2012 0

Posted: July 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns, MD Picks

Hey all! I took last week off for Bastille Day, but I hope you all enjoyed two weeks ago’s picks of the week! I’m really excited for Alt-J’s American release! Now onto some other stuff,

This week’s MD Picks are…


Artist: Pomplamoose

Pomplamoose has released quite a few tracks via their YouTube channel over the course of the past few years, all of it incredible. They recently dabbled in Electro-Pop with the single linked to above, and just dropped a new EP. Definitely check them out!

Similar to: The Ting Tings, The Submarines, Shiny Toy Guns


Album: Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

Regina Spektor is one of my absolute all-time favorite artists, and her new album doesn’t disappoint. Incredible sound, with a bunch of old tracks redone, and some new ones to boot, this album is terrific. And, to all the DJs wanting to play this album on their show, it’s available in the MD-recommended rack in Studio A! Recommended Tracks: “Patron Saint,” “Small Town Moon,” “All The Rowboats.”

Similar to: Ingrid Michaelson, Kate Nash, Immaculate Machine


Song: Madeon – “Finale

I hope you all were as excited as I was when Madeon dropped his newest track. The 17-year old French electronic artist is an incredible force and one that’s been taking over the electronic scene in the past few years. Check out this track and check out all of his other tracks on his SoundCloud.

Similar to: Yelle, Wolfgang Gartner, Dave Edwards


Enjoy! See you next week!

Graham Starr

MD Picks of the Week: 7/08/2012 1

Posted: July 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns, MD Picks

Hope you all enjoyed last week’s picks of the week! The Oh Hello’s are really a great new sound. Now onto some other stuff,

This week’s MD Picks are…


Artist: Balto

The frontman took a journey to Russian Siberia before writing Balto’s newest album. And like the animated dog, a sense of loss is apparent in the newest album, October Road. There’s a great mixture of seclusion, longing, and optimism inherent to their lyrics. Just an all around terrific sound. They may not have released much in the past few months, but they’re definitely an artist to keep track of. Enjoy! Recommended tracks: “The Railyard,” “Self-Portrait.” Though, in all honesty, they don’t have a bad song.

Similar to: Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver


Album: Alt-J (∆) – An Awesome Wave

Sometimes only identified by the Delta character they associate with all their music, Alt-J is a group out of Leeds, UK, that plays what they like to call “folkstep.” It’s an interesting style: a mixture of electronic backing and folk-inspired rhythms, lyrics, and musicianship. I guarantee you that you’ll have at least one of these songs stuck in your head for a while. Unfortunately, the album won’t be released in the US until September, but the group was nice enough to post the entire album on their SoundCloud. Recommended Tracks: “Breezeblocks,” “Tesselate”

Similar to: The Maccabees, The Wombats


Song: Rhye – “Open

So this song is actually a bit old, by at least several months. but I feel it’s a track that still, nonetheless, needs to be shared. This enigmatic duo has only released this one song so far, and little is known about the band’s origins, intentions, or identity. Pretty cool, huh? But seriously, this track is just absolutely beautiful. I dare you – try listening to this song only once. It won’t be easy. Enjoy!

Similar to: Chairlift, Purity Ring, Neon Indian


Enjoy! See you next week!

Graham Starr

MD Picks of the Week: 7/01/2012 0

Posted: July 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns, MD Picks

Hey everybody! We’re introducing a new tradition where each week the Music Director (me) selects a new artist, album, and song that are bound to perk your ears up a bit. Each week I’ll be posting something that may have gone under your radar a bit, but you’ll really like. Some of these will be available in the rotation shelves (look for the silver stickers), but most of this is just to spread the music around! I hope you all will enjoy it!

This week’s MD Picks are…


ArtistThe Oh Hello’s

Really great new artist from Texas. Their new album merges a lot of folky aspects with a new rock and alternative sound. This brother-and-sister combination has great vocal harmonies.

Similar to: Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars


Album: The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

I absolutely love The Tallest Man On Earth. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s this Bob Dylan-esque Swedish singer-songwriter with a very folky feel. This album, though maybe not as revolutionary as his Shallow Grave album, is incredible and definitely worth a listen.

Similar to: Bob Dylan, Joe Pug


Song: Michael Kiwanuka – “Home Again

This British singer-songwriter merges soulful roots music with a great bluesy background. Michael Kiwanuka has the incredible ability to make you feel like you’re in some raggedy pub somewhere, just watching him pour our his soul. This song is just so beautiful.


Enjoy! See you next week!

(Graham Starr)


Covered: “Peace Love and Understanding” & “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down” 0

Posted: November 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns | Tags: ,

Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello at the United Palace Theater

Any song Elvis Costello sings sounds like an Elvis Costello song, so I’m always surprised to find out about songs he didn’t write. Possibly his most well-known song, “(What’s so funny about) Peace Love and Understanding” was written and first recorded by Nick Lowe, later Elvis’ producer on Armed Forces. Elvis recorded it as a B-side to a Nick Lowe single and tacked it onto Armed Forces for the 1979 American release when his cover became a hit in the UK. This was back in the days when a hit single could make a hit record. The album went gold in the US and has been hailed as helping define New Wave by Rolling Stone. Elvis was at the height of his popularity and it’s impossible to know how big an impact the addition of “Peace Love and Understanding” had on record sales. Still, these days you know you haven’t come to the end of an Elvis Costello concert until the short, sweaty man in huge glasses sings “Peace Love and Understanding” (the suit in the above photo began as the same shade of gray). (more…)

New Releases | March 15, 2011 0

Posted: March 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns, Freeform | Tags: , , , , , ,

Here are the new releases for March 15, 2011:

The Joy Formidable- The Big Roar

Album Art From the Band’s Website


Music Video Pick | “Friday” by Rebecca Black 0

Posted: March 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns | Tags: , ,

Did you know that Friday comes after Thursday and before Saturday? Apparently Rebecca Black didn’t or, if she did, she just wanted to give us all a friendly reminder. In spite of the heavy Autotune, Black’s voice remains shrill and her attempts at Mariah-esque riffs are cringe-worthy. The lyrics are inane and the graphics in this video are, in a word, tacky. But let’s put production value and actual musicianship aside for a minute. Did anyone else notice that Rebecca’s friend – who is “cruising so fast” on the highway with her – has braces? Braces!! All I know is that she should not be cruising in the back of a convertible. What are her parents thinking? If you haven’t seen this newest YouTube sensation, take some time to party, party, party on a Friday with Rebecca Black on this week’s Music Video Pick. But be forewarned; you may have to look away in discomfort and pain.

Music Video Pick | “Blow” by Ke$ha 0

Posted: March 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns | Tags: , , , , ,

Ke$ha looks surprisingly clean in her video for her newest single “Blow.” In fact, for a moment, I even forgot that this is the girl who brushed her teeth with “a bottle of Jack.” But in spite of this new-found hygiene, Ke$ha’s video still manages to stay in the realm of the absurd. And in her world, the absurd includes making out with a unicorn in a tuxedo and hitting on that guy from “Dawson’s Creek.” Watch it for yourself after the jump on this week’s MVP – Music Video Pick. (more…)

New Releases | March 8th, 2011 0

Posted: March 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns | Tags: , , , , ,

Ed. Note: Welcome to the first of our new weekly posts. Every day we will have a new post dedicated to something involving the music industry. Tuesdays will focus on new releases, so stay tuned for recommended picks and other albums coming out each week right here on WMFO.

Here are the new releases for March 8, 2011:

Featured New ReleaseR.E.M.Collapse Into Now

Collapse Into Now- R.E.M.


In the Pursuit of Music | “3,000 LPs and Counting” 0

Posted: November 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns, Freeform | Tags: ,

A constant source of contention between my parents stems from my father’s love of music memorabilia, and my mom sort of has a point. This is the man who has a three-foot square poster of R. Crumb’s artwork for Big Brother and the Holding Company’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ prominently placed above their bed. (I think my mom is most opposed to the image of Janis Joplin splayed out on a bed, nipples fully erect.) The most common debate in our household, however, has to do with my dad’s ever-expanding record collection. When you walk into our living room, you are greeted by bookcases teeming with vinyl, flanked by dozens of milk crates strategically placed to catch the spillover.


The Awkward Pre-Frosh Playlist 0

Posted: November 10th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Columns

We have all seen the sad looking pre-frosh tour groups tromping around campus in the rain. It is easy for us to forget, now that we’re comfortably established at college, that it is actually application season; In fact the Tufts ED deadline just passed this week. In honor of those poor souls back home who are feverishly writing their supplements, I thought I’d make this week’s post about my Tufts pre-frosh experience with music.


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