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Live in Boston: Purity Ring

Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: ,

 

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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New & Notable: The Strokes “One Way Trigger”

Posted: January 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags:

Surprise!  The Strokes just popped out a new tune called “One Way Trigger” as if we all knew it was coming.  Well of course, the Strokes were about due for a tease since 2011’s “Angles” record.  And yeah, there are still Strokes fans out there who remember the thrill of “Is This It?” and the excellent yet under-appreciated “Room On Fire”.  So hey, even though the Strokes may now be considered rock veterans, predictably steady, or even old hat, when the Strokes release a new song lovers and haters are going to spin it at least once.

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MD Picks of the Week: 7/22/2012

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…

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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

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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

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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

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Enjoy! See you next week!

Graham Starr

MD Picks of the Week: 7/08/2012

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…

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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

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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

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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

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Enjoy! See you next week!

Graham Starr

MD Picks of the Week: 7/01/2012

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…

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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

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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

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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.

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Enjoy! See you next week!

(Graham Starr)

 

Interruptions in Service

Posted: May 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Freeform

On Monday May 21st we will be off air and offline from 10AM until 4PM while we upgrade key components of our station’s infrastructure.

Additionally, the University’s annual electrical grid maintenance is scheduled for Saturday May 26th.  We will be off air and offline from 5AM until 7PM while the University’s grid is offline.  This shutdown may be postponed to the 27th or 28th depending on the weather conditions on the 26th.This website will continue to operate during the shutdowns and we will post updates as they become available.

-The WMFO Ops Team

Station Maintenance

Posted: May 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Freeform

We are currently undergoing some maintenance work on our critical systems.

Please pardon any interruptions in our services.

-The WMFO Ops Team

Summer Staff Meeting

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News

Our Summer Staff Meeting will be Sunday May6th at 7PM in Pearson 104 on the Tufts University Medford Campus.

All staff wishing to retain station access over the summer should attend.

Also, anyone wishing to join our station should attend and/or contract our training coordinator at training@wmfo.org

-The WMFO Exec Board

Pick of the Week | Every Single Night

Posted: April 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Blog, Freeform | Tags: ,

Remember Fiona Apple?  You know, that impossibly slight singer from the late 90s, the one with the huge blue eyes and the even huger voice?  Maybe you remember Tidal, her first, awesome album from 1996 and it’s bad-ass single “Sleep to Dream.”  After her 2005 release, Extraordinary Machine, Apple effectively disappeared, dropping out of the general music consciousness and leaving the throaty soulful singing to a new crop of British songstresses.  Fortunately Apple is back with a vengeance this year.  After her much lauded SXSW appearances, Apple has released the first single off her upcoming album The Idler Wheel, set to drop on June 19th.  “Every Single Night” is extremely minimal, keeping the focus on Apple’s remarkable voice and the interior monologue expressed in the lyrics.  For the most part she keeps her voice soft and tremulous, allowing it to shake and even break occasionally before breaking into her full throaty belt in a near yodel at the end of each verse.  Its a strange and thoughtful new track from a strange and thoughtful performer whose presence we’ve been missing, whether we knew it or not.  The track is available on Apple’s Soundcloud.

Donations Drive Complete

Posted: April 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News

We have finished wrapping up or annual donations drive.

Thank you to everyone who donated to help keep the spirit of Freeform Radio alive.

-The WMFO Exec Board

Live in Boston: Purity Ring 0

Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: ,

 

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.

(more…)

New & Notable: The Strokes “One Way Trigger” 0

Posted: January 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags:

Surprise!  The Strokes just popped out a new tune called “One Way Trigger” as if we all knew it was coming.  Well of course, the Strokes were about due for a tease since 2011’s “Angles” record.  And yeah, there are still Strokes fans out there who remember the thrill of “Is This It?” and the excellent yet under-appreciated “Room On Fire”.  So hey, even though the Strokes may now be considered rock veterans, predictably steady, or even old hat, when the Strokes release a new song lovers and haters are going to spin it at least once.

(more…)

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…

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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

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