this is so great. i just recently discovered stuart murdoch’s (of belle & sebastian) musical project/film, and had no clue that it was supposed to come out this year. check out more information over here.
if catherine ireton had vocal duties on any number of belle & sebastian tracks, the world would be a beautiful place. but, this will surely suffice.
As a passive a.k.a. semi-ignorant listener of Real Estate, this album is the epitome of a grower. But oh man, once it grows it makes its way into every nook and cranny of your psyche. Suburbia-blissful vibes for days.
"Jammed and Wired" Radio Show Playlist - 2/22/08
Thanks to everyone who tuned into this Angel Olsen-centric edition of the “jammed and wired” radio show. As advertised, there was a lot of solid jams coming from the excellent Burn You Fire for No Witness, which currently holds the title of my favorite record of 2014 (so far). There was also a healthy heaping of singer/songwriter goodness including the elusive Julie Byrne, Leonard Cohen, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, etc. But, the most rewarding part of this show has to be the announcement of an upcoming Pains of Being Pure at Heart album, after I sent out vibes asking for a new release from the New York indie pop group. thank you based god.
- Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks - "Little Fang"
- Animal Collective - "Prospect Hummer (feat. Vashti Bunyan)"
- Angel Olsen - "Iota"
- Sharon Van Etten - "Give Out"
- Ryan Adams - "Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains)"
- Julie Byrne - "Holiday"
- Leonard Cohen - "The Stranger Song"
- Angel Olsen - "White Fire"
- First Aid Kit - "This Old Routine"
- The Tallest Man on Earth - "The Wild Hunt"
- Jens Lekman - "Erica America"
- Dirty Projectors - "Two Doves"
- Simon & Garfunkel - "The Only Living Boy in New York"
- The Last Shadow Puppets - "Time Has Come Again"
- Arctic Monkeys - "Fluorescent Adolescent"
- Slowdive - "When the Sun Hits"
- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Strange"
- C.E.O. - "Whorehouse"
- Chairlift - "I Belong in Your Arms"
- Lykke Li - "Little Bit"
- jj - "My Love"
- St. Vincent - "Birth in Reverse"
- Sky Ferreira - "Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay)"
- Angel Olsen - "High & Wild"
- C.E.O. - "Illuminata"
the “jammed and wired” radio show is back tomorrow after a one week mini-hiatus. i’ll be playing some new angel olsen, st. vincent, julie byrne, and a whole bunch of other good stuff. check it out over at the WMUC website, from 1-3 pm.
for now, here’s a video of panda bear playing a new song. it’s utterly brilliant.
Since there’s was no “jammed and wired” radio show today due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, here’s a clip of leonard cohen playing “the stranger song.” it’s hitting all the spots right now.
24 track album
GET IT WHILE IT’S HOT. 100% NEEDLE DROP AND JAMMED & WIRED APPROVED. There’s also an unreleased Jay Electronica verse stuffed in here, and it’s the best.
"Jammed and Wired" Radio Playlist - 2/08/14
Better late than never, but here’s the playlist from last week’s edition of the “Jammed and Wired” Radio Show. There was a good measure of new music including cuts from Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness and the upcoming fifth album from Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else. I also gushed once again over New Paltz “twee punk” act QUARTERBACKS. (Seriously, check out SPORTSCENTER.) Threw in some For Everest, Parquet Courts, All Dogs, and a bunch more as well. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the in-studio session and interview that Mutual Benefit put together for WMUC this past week. It was pretty great. As usual, you can stream the show over here and be sure to tune into this Saturday from 1-3 pm over at http://www.wmuc.umd.edu/ for the next episode. Here’s the playlist.
- Cloud Nothings - "I’m Not Part of Me"
- All Dogs - "Carry/Keep"
- For Everest - "Exactly the Same"
- Parquet Courts - "Stoned and Starving"
- Angel Olsen - "Hi-Five"
- Bob Dylan - “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”
- Wilco - "Jesus, Etc."
- The War on Drugs - "Come to the City"
- Arcade Fire - "Keep the Car Running"
- Red House Painters - "All Mixed Up"
- The Gabe Dixon Band - "All WIll Be Well"
- Death Vessel - "Ilsa Drown (feat. Jonsi)"
- Mutual Benefit - "C.L. Rosarian"
- The Microphones - "You’ll Be in the Air"
- QUARTERBACKS - "WEEKEND"
- Love Dance - "When You’re With Him"
- The Radio Dept. - "Pulling our Weight"
- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "A Teenager in Love"
- The Smiths - "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out"
- Belle & Sebastian - "If You’re Feeling Sinister"
- The Shins - "Turn on Me"
- Angel Olsen - "Forgiven/Forgotten"
- Camera Obscura - "Razzle Dazzle Rose"
- Vampire Weekend - "Hannah Hunt"
10 years of the best
To think that we’ve now had Kanye West the artist, not even including Kanye West the rapper, in our musical lexicon for ten years now is incredible. Ten years feels both like a both a lifetime and a blip. I can remember hearing The College Dropout and ”Jesus Walks” on the bus radio in 4th grade; while only diving into cuts like “Get ‘Em High” and “Through the Wire” in 8th grade. “Spaceship” and “Never Let Me Down” became favorites in high school as “Devil In a New Dress” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy piqued my interest in the soul sample warping classic Kanye.
But what does that even mean? Classic Kanye?
Is the Kanye we have now so distorted in our perception that we look back on the days of “All Falls Down” with nostalgia and only nostalgia? Would another album chock full of soul samples and supreme guest verses feel unncessary or fulfilling?
(Let’s pause for a moment and consider the guest verses on this album. Heavyweights? Check. Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Common, Mos Def. Chicago underrated heavyweights? Check. GLC, J. Ivy. That Syleena Johnson take on Lauryn Hill! Ludacris! Jamie Foxx…eh ok.)
The truth is that this album still makes us smile. The College Dropout is an earnest masterpiece constructed and curated by an artist finally allowed to craft his own work. Take a closer listen to “Through the Wire” and you can pick up on that very same fire that leads to rants about Nike and Steve Jobs is still there, it’s just under a different guise. “It’s a life and death situation right here.” Kanye recorded this track two years before the release of the album; that’s 12 years ago and he’s still chomping at the bit as much as ever.
It’s this intuitive, near nasty drive that has led to such a masterful 10 years. Think about the output Yeezy has delivered upon us. From the hit-packed, career-ascending trio of The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, and then the complete seismic shift to the down-trodden sad-pop of 808s & Heartbreak (which was groundbreaking and completely underrated). That was followed by the godsend that is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which of course was followed by Yeezus. (Count Watch the Throne and Cruel Summer if you want, but I’ll skip over those).
Factor in that there was never more than two years between each release. That’s incredible. That’s an output on par with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Radiohead. The greats.
But each of Kanye’s releases are so world-forming. They create an environment based on his own personal experiences and mind frame at the time (certainly not a bad thing), while allowing his listeners to form their own collective, formative experiences around his music. This is a trend I don’t see letting up anytime soon; at least I hope not.
Kanye’s recent expression of gratitude on his Twitter regarding the appreciation for the tenth anniversary of The College Dropout is perfect. There’s no admonishing of those early singles; the ones that received radio play and made Kanye a household name. There’s a fondness, a tangible appreciation.
Here’s to ten years of the best, and hopefully many, many more.
this is the most unapologetically bouncy song that animal collective or any of its members has ever touched. and it’s great. (more words to come later). for now, enjoy this jubilant slice of psych-pop goodness from ac’s avey tare.
"Jammed and Wired" Radio Playlist - 2/01/14
We back! And on the REAL radio this time around. The “Jammed and Wired” Radio Show has officially made the jump from the WMUC Digital Station to WMUC 88.1 FM. Don’t fret if you can’t catch the show over the radio, as we’ll still broadcast online every Saturday from 1-3 PM on the WMUC website. As always, you can stream this past week’s show over here. Going off my previous post celebrating Merriweather Post Pavilion’s fifth anniversary, this show featured a hefty amount of Animal Collective. I also gushed over new releases from The War on Drugs and Mac Demarco. However, I want to re-reiterate my appreciation for two up and coming, semi-mysterious artists that I featured on the show. That would be New Paltz “twee-punk” group Quarterbacks and Grouper-esque troubadour Julie Byrne. Please give these guys a listen; they’re both making incredible music. And “Sportscenter” is the best 1 minute of music I’ve heard all year. And probably last year too, for that matter. Without further ado, here’s the playlist and stream it on Spotify below:
- Animal Collective - "In the Flowers"
- Panda Bear - "Comfy in Nautica"
- The War on Drugs - "Red Eyes"
- Kurt Vile - "Jesus Fever"
- Julie Byrne - "Prism Song"
- Robin Pecknold - "I’m Losing Myself (feat. Ed Droste)"
- Hiss Golden Messenger - "Drum"
- Animal Collective - "The Purple Bottle"
- Animal Collective - "Bluish"
- Destroyer - "Song for America"
- C.E.O - "Come with Me"
- Roosevelt - "Elliott"
- Young Galaxy - "Pretty Boy (Peaking Lights Remix)"
- Animal Collective - "Graze"
- Mercury Rev - "Opus 40"
- The Flaming Lips - "A Spoonful Weighs a Ton"
- Panda Bear - "Last Night at the Jetty"
- Neutral Milk Hotel - "Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone"
- Neutral Milk Hotel - "Holland, 1945"
- Quarterbacks - "Sportscenter"
- Mac Demarco - "Passing Out Pieces"
- Animal Collective - "Brother Sport"