Ok, I’ve posted about some pop bands but my real passion has been about brutal metal. I love the band Enslaved. Its not your typical death metal band. I would almost call them, dare I say, progressive? Not necessarily as progressive as Opeth but they bring their A game to the studio with such albums as Below The Northern Lights (highlight there is the song The Dead Stare) to Ruun which I felt was their most complete album to date. I have not had a chance to listen to their latest effort but most likely will this weekend. For that you can check out my blog – WMFO Regular Show. How will this album compare to Ruun? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. For now check out the song below. If you are intrigued, they will be playing at the SINCLAIR in Harvard Square March 24th. Doom fans will want to catch this show as YOB will be playing the undercard. The show is only $20 in advance and $24 day of the show. This promises to be one of the best shows in the area for these cold winter months. For more shows at the Sinclair, check out their SCHEDULE. For now, enjoy the song Ruun from the titled album Ruun.
One of the most common questions I get is “How do I listen to your archived shows?”. I’ve created a short video that shows you how to navigate to our various shows. Now that you have the knowledge, go forth and listen to all of our archived shows!
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Straight out of Gothenburg, Sweden, this week’s artist is School ’94. Fresh off a name change (from School to School ’94, because they liked that year), the band had released its first album, Like You, back in December of 2014 on the Cascine record label. As Bill Pearis of BrooklynVegan noted, Alice Botéus’ vocals on the EP’s six tracks capture the range often found in Swedish indie music, dark to pop, without ever breaching either shore. Hard copies are as yet unavailable; however, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify all offer their digital releases. Be sure to visit Cascine’s website to preview all the tracks from Like You in their entirety.
A nice interview with the band can be found on the Swedish label Sommarhjärta’s website.
Below, check out their video for “SoLong,” and no, that’s not a typo in the song name.
Seems like 2009 was a year when music stopped for some. I ended my five year run at WMFO and apparently for Veruca Salt, three of the four members called it quits! 2014 was like a phoenix rising out of the ashes. I came back to WMFO and Veruca Salt reformed with their original members! I loved the first two albums, American Thighs and Eight Arms to Hold you. In fact eight arms had my favorite song on it called “Volcano Girls”. I loved their aggressive guitar attack and the dual vocals of Post and Gordon complemented each other very well. Their harmonies were spot on, they simply made great rock music. Their latest effort MMXIV was released on Record Store Day 2014 on vinyl of course! It was a three song ep but its clear the song “It’s Holy” shows they haven’t lost a step in either their sonic attack or their knack of crafting a pop hit song. Like fine wine both Gordon and Post are in their late 40’s and they are just as hot today as they were 10 years ago and their music is solid! Let’s hope we can get a full album out of them in the upcoming year. Below is their latest song, “It’s Holy” Enjoy!
Finally! The B’s Knees of 2014 are ready to share with the world!
Check out Bubbles in the Think Tank every Saturday night starting at 11pm for all the silliness you can stomach, all the silliness you can shake your stick at. You’ll hear so much free form-y goodness that you’ll be back every week with us to share in the love.
Whet your appetite with this archive and then go buy as much of this fine music as you can at the links below.
And, as always, tell them Bubbles in the Think Tank sent you! We just want to make sure all of these fine artists feel the love from all the good friends of WMFO!
Behold the Knees!
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In the 80s, Vol. One – Various artists
Nobody’s Baby – Miriam
Pure as Coal – Tim Carroll & Midnight Orange
Spring is around the corner, how can you tell? The spring concerts are starting up. As noted in an earlier post, the NEHCMF will be in Worcester in April and just recently finalized, the headliners for Boston Calling. Boston Calling started in 2013 and the goal was to hold the event not once but twice a year! Full disclosure, I have never been to this event and the price for these tickets are a lot more than I am willing to spend but thats just me. The general admission ticket is $175 for the three day event. The top three headliners are – Beck, The Pixies and Ben Harper. This all happens in Downtown Boston at city hall plaza. The event will be held May 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Please checkout their website if you have the cash and nothing to do after your finals!
Well that was fast! Not only has L7 reformed but their tour dates are starting to trickle in! As mentioned in the last post, L7 needs people to start their army to help promote a world tour. I signed up a few days ago and yesterday I got a link to download (legally!) their first album and one of their promo pics! Today I got word of their tour with full details to be release on January 28, 2015! By signing up I’ve already gotten my money’s worth and it was FREE!!! What next? A kickstart project to help fund their documentary – L7: Pretend We’re Dead. If you haven’t listened to their music, go now. I’ll wait!
Last Sunday, 1/25, the students of WMFO elected their next Executive Board, the members of which will be active in their new positions starting in summer 2015. Here are the new board members and their respective positions:
General Manager: Ben Stern**
Assistant General Managers: Joe Palandrani** & Shreenath Bhanden
Programming Directors: Jane Acker** & Hunter Howard**
Music Director: Alex Golin*
Publicity Directors: Deena Alexander* & Haley Short
Ops Director: Daniel Meyer
Volunteer Coordinators: Ceili Hale** & Mollie Beek
Training Director: Jon Garcia
Facilities Director: Ben Tanen
Archivist: Madeline Doctor
Ticketing Coordinator: Daniel Komanoff
Booking Coordinator: Hannah Levin
Events Coordinators: Daniela Torres* & Alex Spring
New Media Officer: Helen Sibila
Sandbox Director: Jamie Juviler
*Continuing 2014-2015 Exec Board position; **On 2014-2015 Exec Board, but in a different position than listed for 2015-2016
Looking forward to another great year of freeform!
Or you could pretend to be dead – your call! I was searching through some videos on youtube the other day looking for Nina Gordon’s (Veruca Salt) cover of NWA’s Straight Outta Compton – Please see my website for the actual youtube link – NSFW. Anyway, looking to the right side for additional videos I came across L7. I was a fan of their music but over the years they kinda fell off the radar and it makes sense because they went into their hiatus 14 years ago. That was then, this is now. Apparently there has been a groundswell of activity calling for the band to do another tour. L7 have spoken among themselves and have decided, Yes! They would like to tour, however they are going to need a lot of people to help spread the word. Where do you fit in? Join their mailing list and help spread the word. If you’ve never heard them before you can also listen to their stuff which is streamed off of their website. They are a fun, energetic band and if they pull off a tour, you can thank me later!
Ok, maybe not the raydio listed above but the radio of which a lot of us grew up listening to. Why I love college radio stations. Let’s face it folks, this is really the last bastion of music in general. Commercial radio is unlistenable and that is not new. Real djs have essentially gone away. This has been going on for over 40 years. I used to produce a radio show in N.H. growing up and all I did was plug in carts which had the djs voice pre recorded. Today you can tune it to WZLX and hear Alice Cooper during the evenings. I don’t hate Alice but it robs listeners of a local feel. Younger generations will never know what it was like to have great radio stations such as WCOZ 94.5 and their block party weekends (they were the first from what I remember to do this). There was also a time where WBCN 104.1 were the forerunners of the punk scene and of course the now defunct WFNX which has been relegated to the web only. However I digress, there was an article in the Chicago Reader about bands which are now trying to make small limited copies of their releases and one band refuses to post their music online. I’m not going to get into the holy war of whether or not this is a good thing or bad thing. My stance is clear, if you want to adapt to the future of music, you are going to have to embrace the web as your new form of promotion. This is where radio used to play a significant part of the music industry. Most major labels have since forgotten what had made them rich in the first place. I believe that radio can still play a major part of the music business but the partnerships will have to change from labels to dealing directly with the artists themselves. This is where college radio comes in. This resource is certainly used but I feel like most free things are very seldom used to their greatest potential. WMFO offers quite a bit, from community service announcements, offering a wide variety of music and talk shows to recording singles for local acts. We have a studio that should always be busy but it takes people too. Which brings us to another benefit of college radio, bringing the community together. Every DJ brings something special to the radio station and everyone I’ve met have been really nice people. This is also what makes you want to listen to their shows. After all, would you really listen to anyone who was a jerk? Probably not. To skew a famous quote “Ask not what WMFO can do for you, ask what you can do for WMFO!