WSBU - 88.3 The Buzz
St. Bonaventure University
Listen Online
Request a Song
Latest Blog Entries

Afghan Whigs- Do to the Beast
Apr 10, 2014

WSBU, a force to be reckoned with.
Mar 28, 2014

*DONATE* CATTARAUGUS COUNTY SPCA 24 HOUR DJ LOCK IN
Mar 27, 2014

Artist you NEED to listen to: Bears and Motorcycles
Mar 25, 2014

Aloe Blacc-Lift Your Spirit
Mar 19, 2014

LQ Bucket- The Long Loneliness
Mar 12, 2014

The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014

Hobosexual-Hobosexual II
Feb 28, 2014

Mas Ysa- Worth EP
Feb 27, 2014

The Notwist- Close to the Glass
Feb 25, 2014

Kevin Devine concert photos
Feb 23, 2014

Sam Smith sampler
Feb 21, 2014

Warpaint- Warpaint
Feb 17, 2014

Vinyl Thief- Stop Motion EP
Feb 17, 2014

Savannah Smith Studio Session
Feb 17, 2014

Preeta- We Are Changed
Feb 13, 2014

Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra- Too Big To Fail
Feb 13, 2014

Dum Dum Girls-Too True
Feb 12, 2014

Against Me! craft a trans-rock treasure with new record
Feb 12, 2014

Alexander Starr-Badd Habitz
Feb 12, 2014

Lionize-Reality Check (single)
Feb 12, 2014

Camera2- EP Appetite
Feb 10, 2014

Artist you NEED to listen to: Emerson Jay
Feb 10, 2014

Piqued Jacks-Just a Machine
Feb 6, 2014

The Lymbs- Casa de Amor
Feb 4, 2014

L.E.S.-The Genesis
Feb 3, 2014

Boy and Bear- Harlequin Dream
Feb 3, 2014

The Laziest Remix-Elizabeth McQueen & Brothers...
Feb 3, 2014

Larry Hochwald Interview
Dec 9, 2013

24 Hour DJ Lock- in
Sep 26, 2013

Walking Shapes- Mixtape Vol. 1
Sep 18, 2013

Week of...
Sep 17, 2013

Little Daylight "Tunnel Vision"
Sep 17, 2013

General Interest Meeting
Sep 4, 2013

Welcome Freshmen!
Aug 22, 2013

WSBU Presents: Pirate Radio
Apr 16, 2013

NEW MUSIC
Apr 2, 2013

WSBU Presents: Across the Universe
Mar 19, 2013

WSBU General Interest Meeting
Jan 21, 2013

Robbinson Crosby: The Buzz recognizes Aids Awareness Week
Nov 29, 2012

Nadja Benaissa: The Buzz recognizes Aids Awareness Week
Nov 29, 2012

Freddie Mercury: The Buzz recognizes Aids Awareness Week
Nov 28, 2012

Jermaine Stewart: The Buzz recognizes Aids Awareness Week
Nov 28, 2012

Eazy-E: The Buzz recognizes Aids Awareness Week
Nov 27, 2012

Sky Ferreira
Nov 14, 2012

Frightened Rabbit
Nov 13, 2012

Local Concerts
Oct 2, 2012

Birds of Chicago
Oct 1, 2012

Willy Moon
Sep 30, 2012

Local Concerts
Sep 23, 2012

Smile Smile
Sep 22, 2012

Pet Shop Boys
Sep 21, 2012

Nerd Revolt
Sep 20, 2012

Sparkadia
Apr 12, 2012

Rockets
Mar 6, 2012

Tennis - Young and Old
Feb 24, 2012

The 2 Bears - Be Strong
Feb 23, 2012

Busby Marou
Feb 22, 2012

The Daredevil Christopher Wright
Feb 21, 2012

Pink Mink
Feb 20, 2012

Teitur - Let the Dog Drive Home
Feb 16, 2012

Evan Voytas - Feel Me EP
Feb 15, 2012

Of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks
Feb 14, 2012

The Jezabels
Feb 6, 2012

Biscuit Kings - Hambones & Trombones
Dec 9, 2011

De Staat - Machinery
Dec 8, 2011

The Record's - De Fauna Et Flora
Dec 7, 2011

Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town
Dec 6, 2011

Ex Norwegian - Sketch
Dec 5, 2011

Dirty Projectors & Bjork- Mount Wittenberg Orca
Dec 2, 2011

The Jefferson - Days Are Falling
Dec 1, 2011

Cass McCombs - Humor Risk
Nov 28, 2011

Raleigh Moncrief - Watered Lawn
Nov 21, 2011

Rapsody - For Everything
Nov 18, 2011

Friends - EP
Nov 16, 2011

Stalley - Lincoln Way Nights
Nov 11, 2011

Said The Whale - New Brighton
Nov 10, 2011

Death Letters - Post-Historic
Nov 3, 2011

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Nov 1, 2011

Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix
Oct 31, 2011

Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
Oct 12, 2011

Caged Animals - Eat Their Own
Oct 5, 2011

Sainthood Reps - Monoculture
Oct 3, 2011

Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams
Sep 30, 2011

Jono McCleery - There Is
Sep 28, 2011

Neon Indian - Era Extrana
Sep 26, 2011

Wild Flag - Wild Flag
Sep 21, 2011

Grouplove - Never Trust a Happy Song
Sep 20, 2011

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
Sep 19, 2011

Army Navy - The Last Place
Aug 24, 2011

O.A.R. - King
Aug 15, 2011

The Horrors - Skying
Aug 5, 2011

WSBU Voted Number 1
Aug 2, 2011

Potugal. The Man - In the Mountain in the Cloud
Jul 20, 2011

Title Fight - Shed
Jul 13, 2011

Seapony - Go With Me
Jun 30, 2011

Touche Amore - Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
Jun 20, 2011

My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Jun 13, 2011

Black Lips- Arabia Mountain
Jun 6, 2011

Bon Iver- Bon Iver, Bon Iver
May 30, 2011

Benjamin Francis Leftich - Pictures
May 9, 2011

Cheeseburger - Another Big Night Down the Drain
May 3, 2011

Cass McCombs - Wit's End
May 2, 2011

Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
Apr 29, 2011

Religious To Damn - Glass Prayer
Apr 28, 2011

Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Apr 27, 2011

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Apr 26, 2011

Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Apr 25, 2011

TV On The Radio - Nine Types of Light
Apr 22, 2011

Eliza Doolittle - S/T
Apr 21, 2011

Figurines - S/T
Apr 20, 2011

Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
Apr 19, 2011

Gorillaz - The Fall
Apr 18, 2011

Hammer No More The Fingers - Black Shark
Apr 15, 2011

Maritime - Human Hearts
Apr 14, 2011

Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion
Apr 13, 2011

The Lonely Forest - Arrows
Apr 12, 2011

Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
Apr 11, 2011

Bibio - Mind Bokeh
Apr 8, 2011

Vivian Girls - Share the Joy
Apr 7, 2011

Obits - Moody, Standard and Poor
Apr 6, 2011

The Kills - Blood Pressures
Apr 4, 2011

Parts & Labor - Constant Future
Apr 1, 2011

Alexander - S/T
Mar 31, 2011

The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
Mar 30, 2011

Tropical Punk - Sweetheart
Mar 29, 2011

Memphis - Here Comes a City
Mar 28, 2011

The Head and the Heart - S/T
Mar 25, 2011

John Vanderslice - White Wilderness
Mar 24, 2011

Rival Schools - Pedals
Mar 23, 2011

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Scandalous
Mar 22, 2011

The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
Mar 21, 2011

Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High EP
Mar 18, 2011

Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Don't Say We Didn't...
Mar 17, 2011

Boat - Dress Like Your Idols
Mar 16, 2011

Wye Oak - Civilian
Mar 15, 2011

Revolver - Parallel Lives
Mar 14, 2011

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Mar 11, 2011

Bardo Pond - S/T
Mar 10, 2011

Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine
Mar 9, 2011

Elk - Let's Get Married
Mar 8, 2011

Alex Winston - Sister Wife
Mar 7, 2011

mtvU Woodie Awards!
Feb 26, 2011

Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Feb 25, 2011

Is/Is - This Happening EP
Feb 24, 2011

Shedding - Tear in the Sun
Feb 23, 2011

The Cave Singers - No Witch
Feb 22, 2011

WIN WIN - S/T
Feb 21, 2011

Banjo Or Freakout - S/T
Feb 17, 2011

Akron/Family - Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth And...
Feb 16, 2011

The Megaphonic Thrift - Decay Decoy
Feb 15, 2011

Rachel Goodrich - S/T
Feb 14, 2011

La Sera - S/T
Feb 13, 2011

Black Pistol Fire - S/T
Feb 11, 2011

Modern Skirts - Gramahawk
Feb 10, 2011

Gang of Four - Content
Feb 9, 2011

Cage the Elephant - Thank You Happy Birthday
Feb 8, 2011

Lia Ices - Grown Unkown
Feb 7, 2011

OFF! - The First Four EPs
Jan 31, 2011

You NEED to listen to Dark Dark Dark!
Jan 18, 2011

Upcoming Albums of 2011
Jan 3, 2011

WSBU's Top 20 of 2010
Dec 27, 2010

Pepper Rabbit - Beauregard
Dec 20, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Norah Jones!
Dec 10, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Parting Gifts!
Dec 9, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Eagle and Talon!
Dec 8, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Mikey Jukebox!
Dec 7, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Midnight Juggernauts!
Dec 6, 2010

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and Paul's Grandfather...
Dec 3, 2010

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr and Paul's Grandfather TONIGHT...
Dec 3, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Soft Circle!
Dec 2, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Bikini!
Dec 1, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Greg Lyon!
Nov 30, 2010

WSBU Presents - In Studio with Meridene
Nov 29, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Girls!
Nov 29, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Orange Juice!
Nov 25, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Radio Dept.
Nov 24, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Nitzer Ebb!
Nov 23, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Oh Land
Nov 22, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The 22-20s
Nov 19, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The White Buffalo!
Nov 18, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Greenhornes!
Nov 17, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas!
Nov 16, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Fresh & Onlys!
Nov 15, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Gold Panda!
Nov 12, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Coastwest Unrest!
Nov 11, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Black and White Years!
Nov 10, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Hurricane Bells!
Nov 9, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Warpaint!
Nov 8, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Cloud Nothings!
Nov 5, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Bad Books!
Nov 4, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Sufjan Stevens!
Nov 3, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Elvis Costello!
Nov 2, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Bear Hands!
Nov 1, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Zach Hill!
Oct 29, 2010

Meridene Live In-Studio
Oct 28, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Fistful of Mercy!
Oct 28, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Small Black!
Oct 27, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Zola Jesus!
Oct 26, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Autumn Defense!
Oct 25, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Working for a Nuclear Free City!
Oct 22, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Major Organ and the Adding Machine!
Oct 21, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Tamaryn!
Oct 20, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Winterpills!
Oct 19, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Fake Problems!
Oct 18, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Robyn!
Oct 15, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan!
Oct 14, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Bad Religion!
Oct 13, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Mavis Staples!
Oct 12, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Maximum Balloon!
Oct 11, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Deerhunter!
Oct 8, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Mark Ronson!
Oct 7, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Glasser!
Oct 6, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Pete Yorn!
Oct 5, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Carnivores!
Oct 4, 2010

WSBU Off The Air Temporarily
Oct 4, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Migrant!
Oct 1, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Klaxons!
Sep 30, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Breathe Owl Breathe!
Sep 29, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Owen Pallett!
Sep 28, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Junip!
Sep 27, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Sisters!
Sep 24, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Les Savy Fav!
Sep 23, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Mice Parade!
Sep 22, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Tim Kasher!
Sep 21, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Megafaun!
Sep 20, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Ray LaMontagne
Sep 16, 2010

Buzz Spring Semester Recap- Buzz Weekend
Sep 12, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Walkmen!
Aug 23, 2010

You Need to Listen to: Wavves!
Aug 16, 2010

You NEED to listen to: BEST COAST!
Aug 2, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Wolf Parade!
Jul 26, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Drums!
Jul 19, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Wild Nothing!
Jul 12, 2010

You NEED To Listen To: Keepaway!
Jul 5, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Kate Nash!
Jun 28, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Crystal Castles!
Jun 21, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Tallest Man on Earth!
Jun 14, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Janelle Monae!
Jun 7, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Black Keys!
May 31, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Dead Weather!
May 24, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Frog Eyes!
May 7, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Inlets!
May 6, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Sadies!
May 5, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Flying Lotus!
May 4, 2010

Final Buzzworthy of the Semester
May 3, 2010

You NEED to listen to: First Aid Kit!
May 2, 2010

Spring 2010 Buzzworthy!
Apr 26, 2010

WSBU Presents- Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Apr 26, 2010

You NEED to listen to: The Postelles!
Apr 6, 2010

You NEED To Listen To: Pavement!
Apr 1, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Joanna Newsom!
Mar 22, 2010

You NEED to listen to: THE BUNDLES!
Mar 17, 2010

WSBU- Bears of Blue River live performance
Mar 3, 2010

Mike Ersing and Theodore Maxwell Robinson Review
Feb 23, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Carolina Chocolate Drops!
Feb 22, 2010

You NEED to Listen to: Johnny Cash!
Feb 21, 2010

The Bears of Blue River in the Rathskeller TONIGHT
Feb 15, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Lightspeed Champion!
Feb 8, 2010

Cribs- WSBU The Buzz
Feb 5, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Heligoats!
Feb 4, 2010

You NEED to listen to: Dan Black!
Feb 3, 2010

First Buzzworthy of the New Semester
Jan 25, 2010

Last Buzzworthy of the Semester
Dec 11, 2009

Buzzworthy Issue 4
Nov 23, 2009

BUZZ'D About Pink Video #1
Nov 5, 2009

Buzzworthy Issue 3
Oct 23, 2009

Buzzworthy Issue 2
Oct 4, 2009

WSBU nominated for a CMJ College Radio Award!
Sep 30, 2009

First Buzzworthy of Fall 09 Semester
Sep 8, 2009

You NEED to listen to: FRUIT BATS!
Sep 7, 2009

You NEED to listen to: JAPANDROIDS!
Aug 19, 2009

BIG ASS MANATEE
Apr 27, 2009

New Buzzworthy!!!!!!
Apr 27, 2009

Spring Weekend Line-Up
Apr 21, 2009

Download The New Buzzworthy!!
Apr 1, 2009

RA RA RIOT IN THE RA RA RATHSKELLER!
Mar 25, 2009

Download The New Buzzworthy!
Mar 13, 2009

Womens Basketball A-10 Tournament
Mar 6, 2009

Download the New Buzzworthy!!!
Feb 13, 2009

What Are You Listening To Results
Feb 13, 2009

You NEED to listen to: Deleted Scenes!
Feb 13, 2009

Download the New Buzzworthy!!!
Feb 13, 2009

A Run to the Post Season
Feb 12, 2009

The Buzzworthy -- Now Online!!!
Feb 2, 2009

You NEED to listen to: Bear Hands!
Jan 18, 2009

You NEED to listen to: Of Montreal!
Nov 12, 2008

You NEED to listen to: The 88!
Nov 10, 2008

DAMIERA & A HOTEL NOURISHING
Nov 5, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Frontier Ruckus!
Nov 4, 2008

You NEED to listen to: I'm From Barcelona!
Oct 20, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Anthony Green!
Oct 20, 2008

The Terrordactyls!!!
Oct 10, 2008

You NEED to listen to: The Spinto Band!
Oct 9, 2008

The Gay Blades and Longitude!
Sep 30, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Jaguar Love
Sep 17, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Kristoffer Ragnstam
Sep 15, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Ra Ra Riot!
Sep 1, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Albert Hammond, Jr.
Aug 28, 2008

Attention New Students!
Aug 1, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Apr 22, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Someone Still Loves You, Boris...
Apr 17, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Foals
Apr 5, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Apr 3, 2008

You NEED to listen to: The Ruby Suns
Apr 3, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Headlights
Mar 17, 2008

You NEED to listen to: City And Colour
Mar 16, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Los Campesinos!
Mar 12, 2008

You NEED to listen to: The Cool Kids
Feb 26, 2008

Bona Women's Basketball: Why You Should Pay Attention
Feb 23, 2008

You NEED to listen to: Liam Finn
Feb 10, 2008

The New Face of The Buzzworthy
Feb 7, 2008

General Interest Meeting
Jan 15, 2008

Welcome Back!
Jan 13, 2008

Women's Basketball Coverage
Dec 27, 2007

You NEED to listen to: The Wombats
Dec 23, 2007

Awards
Dec 11, 2007

WSBU Music Department's Top 20 Albums of the Year
Dec 7, 2007

Battle of the Bands Winner
Dec 1, 2007

Year-end Buzzworthy coming soon!
Nov 28, 2007

RSS Feed subscribe

Blog

RSS Feed  subscribe to the RSS feed file

You NEED to listen to: Working for a Nuclear Free City!
:: October 22, 2010 :: by Karly Gombert (Music Dept. Staff)


musicWFANFCHailing from Manchester, England, Working for a Nuclear Free City is back in the game with their first album since 2007.

 Swirling, quasi-folk beats keep the listener’s eardrums dancing as they follow hushed vocals down a trail of contentment and childhood nostalgia. Interludes from almost every instrument thread their way through Jo Jo Burger Tempest, playing a special part in the majority of instrumental tracks on the first disc.

 The second disc contains a single, half-hour track of wandering instrumentalism that takes the listener to each part of the musical spectrum.

WFANFC’s flair for psychedelic electronica is heavily apparent in tracks like “Burning Drums” and “Black Rivers."

Jo Jo Burger Tempest is a success for WFANFC, keeping the listener twirling around whatever musical corner they choose to turn next.


 

Experience Working for a Nuclear Free City's atmospheric finesse on "Black Rivers":

You NEED to listen to: Major Organ and the Adding Machine!
:: October 21, 2010 :: by Sam Berkhead (Music Dept. Staff)


Major Organ and the Adding MachinemusicMajor Organ and the Adding Machine is a supergroup of indie experi-mentation at its most experimental. Most of its members - who double in bands like Elf Power, Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal and Olivia Tremor Control - are only believed to be involved in the project, as none of them have actually confirmed that they’re part of the group. This level of mystery concerning who Major Organ and the Adding Machine makes the listening experience that much more perplexing.

This is an album that requires persistence, if nothing else. “Different” is a major understatement when trying to describe it. It’s easy to be put off by its unconventionality and ugliness, for lack of a better word. However, once your ear becomes accustomed to the dissonance and auditory quirks this album is filled to the brim with, you will see it for what it is: a beautiful, if unconventional, piece of art.

Overall, Major Organ and the Adding Machine is an album that becomes more rewarding with each listen. Where’s the fun in instant gratification anyway?


 

Check out the bizzare "Madame Truffle":

You NEED to listen to: Tamaryn!
:: October 20, 2010 :: by Pat Hosken

musicThese days, it seems like an overwhelming number of indie acts gravitate toward the fuzzy warmth of lo-fi production and vocals that rise and dissipate like smoke. When an artist is as proficient at perfecting this sound as Tamaryn, however, it’s something to pay attention to.

            Tamaryn is from New Zealand, and if the Lord of the Rings films are any indication of that country’s majestic natural beauty, it’s easy to see why her music is so striking.
Tamaryn

Songs like “Mild Confusion” begin with a distant guitar jangle and build up with steady distortions and an unsure drum beat, like the soundtrack to climbing a mountain. Tamaryn’s heavy, breathy voice swoons over cymbal swirls and crumbling-rock guitar riffs as the sound gradually builds upon itself.

            Other songs, like the sultry “Love Fade,” swell on a continuous melody of guitars that sound miles away. Tamaryn breathes her words like deep sighs, never hitting an upper register or straining for those high notes. Her collaborator, Rex John Shelverton, paints the spinning sunset portraits behind her with a mist of fuzzy and windy instrumentation.

            Sure, the noisy “Sandstone” sounds like it could be the victory song of the Tuskan Raiders on Tatooine until about a minute and a half in. That’s when Tamaryn slides into view with her whispery echoes piled atop the rumbles of a rusty, fuzzy riff. And once she does, you’re not likely to want her to stop.


 

Listen to "Love Fade":

You NEED to listen to: Winterpills!
:: October 19, 2010 :: by Francesca DiCillo (Music Dept. Staff)

musicWinterpillsWinterpills is an indie-folk band from Northampton, Mass. Tuxedo of Ashes, their latest EP, was completely recorded in a bedroom. The band consists of Philip Price, Flora Reed, Dennis Crommett, Dave Hower and Brian Akey, but other friends make guest appearances to add to the unique sound. They describe themselves as sounding like “four weeks of rain, two days of sun, and the voice of someone you thought you had lost forever.”

Winterpills is definitely a must listen. It is calm and relaxing with music catchy enough to keep you listening. But the music doesn’t drown out the lyrics. It is a fairly short CD, so there is plenty of time to listen over and over again. It is a very calming album, and in this day and age where in-your-face music seems to be the norm, Winterpills is quite refreshing.


 

Listen to the calm indie folk of "Are You Sleeping": 

You NEED to listen to: Fake Problems!
:: October 18, 2010 :: by Bryan Jackson (Music Dept. Staff)

musicFake ProblemsFake Problems have battled comparisons to fellow Naples, Florida punk rockers Against Me! since the first time lead singer Chris Farren belted out his first gravely, strained chorus. But on the band’s third full length album, titled Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, it’s safe to say Fake Problems kicked those comparisons all the way back to Florida.

Ghosts shows a significant change from 2009’s It’s Great To Be Alive, but it still hits the mark. Farren’s voice is much more controlled, which Fake Problems purists might take issue with. The album’s first single “Soulless” is an upbeat, pop-infused song that sounds more like mid-20th century pop than the folk punk sound the band is known for.

Fake Problems called in Gaslight Anthem’s go-to producer Ted Hutt for Ghosts, and it isn’t hard to hear a little ’59 Sound sprinkled throughout. Ghosts may not be a rowdy folk punk romp, but it is still an extremely fun, ambitious album.


 

Listen to the upbeat pop number "Soulless":

You NEED to listen to: Robyn!
:: October 15, 2010 :: by Morgan Mack (Music Dept. Staff)

musicRobyn Robyn is a Swedish pop star who made her debut in 1995 and has been making music ever since. Her first single released in the US in 1997, called "Do You Know (What It Takes)" was hugely popular, as was her debut album. However, her next two albums were never released in the US, but they were huge hits all over Europe.

Body Talk Pt 2 is the second album in a trilogy that Robyn is releasing over the course of 2010. Body Talk is intended as a sort of comeback. It's been about five years since her last album, and Robyn wanted to re-enter the music scene with a bang. With that goal in mind, Body Talk Pt 1 was an amazing pop album, and Pt 2 is a wonderful extension of that. Every song on the album has a stunning backbeat and is lyrically interesting, if not fantastic.

 


 

Check out the instant pop classic "Hang With Me":

You NEED to listen to: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan!
:: October 14, 2010 :: by Adam Kroeger

Isobel Campbell and Mark LaneganIsobel Campbell (former cellist and backup singer of Belle & Sebastian) and Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees and Queens of The Stone Age) once again reunite for their third studio collaboration, Hawk. The collaboration between Campbell and Lanegan is an interesting one due to the unique balance between Lanegan’s gruff, crooning vocals like Leonard Cohen and Campbell’s docile, smooth-as-butter voice that contrast just like the good and the bad in life.  

music

Hawk differs greatly from the duo’s previous efforts in that it features a distinctive folk/soul sound, combining the styles of early Bob Dylan with the high-octane, energetic soul of the late James Brown. Overall, the album is far more upbeat musically yet features some pretty dark lyrics that go unnoticed due to the powerful energy packed into each song.

The distinct soul sound is featured on the albums single, "Come Undone," which clocks in at just under six minutes and features a musical arrangement similar to James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World.” Campbell and Lanegan’s detailed song writing will draw in the attention of new fans and will satisfy longtime ones as well.


 

Listen to the sweet sounds of Campbell and Lanegan on "Come Undone":

You NEED to listen to: Bad Religion!
:: October 13, 2010 :: by Becky McKeown (Music Dept. Staff)

musicThe Dissent of Man is more than just the 15th full-length album from punk legends Bad Religion—it also marks the band’s 30th anniversary. The band formed in 1980 by a group of high school students ready to tell the world what they thought of it. Vocalist Greg Gaffin’s first words into a microphone were “This isn’t art, this is suicide.” The band has written that attitude into every one of their songs.

Bad Religion

The Dissent of Man is just as angry, just as energetic as Bad Religion’s first albums, but it is more refined. The riffs often have a more “classic rock” feel to them, as though the band is embracing and emphasizing their status of long-time rockers.  The lyrics, however, are about modern problems, as well as age-old ones. The album features some cutting songs about society ignoring the problems in the world around them. Other tracks deal with religion and relationships, providing every listener with an anthem of their own to blast through their speakers.

They may have been around for longer than most of their listeners have been alive, but Bad Religion’s music isn’t tired. They still know how to put together a spectacular, emotion-packed album.


 

Check out the blazing punk anthem "Only Rain":

You NEED to listen to: Mavis Staples!
:: October 12, 2010 :: by Sam Wilson (Music Dept. Staff)

musicMavis StaplesProducer Jeff Tweedy gives new life to legendary soul singer Mavis Staples with You Are Not Alone, recorded at Tweedy’s Wilco Loft in Chicago. Most known for her work with The Staples Singers and an appearance in The Last Waltz, Staples has experienced a bit of a revival in recent years, including a live album in 2008 and 2007’s Ry Cooder-produced We’ll Never Turn Back.

  Staples has as strong a voice as ever, displaying dynamic range from the album’s upbeat opener, "Don’t Knock," to Tweedy’s calmly personal title track. The album successfully weaves in gospel standards like “In Christ There Is No East Or West” with secular rock like “Wrote A Song For Everyone,” a Creedence Clearwater Revival cover. One leaves the album in a much more peaceful mood than they entered with a great mix jubilant anthems and private ballads. 

 


 

Listen to Mavis Staples' Jeff Tweedy-penned title track, "You Are Not Alone": 

You NEED to listen to: Maximum Balloon!
:: October 11, 2010 :: by Matt Carlson (Music Dept. Staff)

musicMaximum Balloon is the solo-project of David Andrew Sitek, best known as the guitarist for TV on the Radio. His self-titled debut album features a different guest on every track, including Tunde Adebimpe, David Byrne and Karen O.

Maximum Balloon

The album keeps the beats steady, simple, and abupt. All the while, synth textures soar over jazz-inspired instrumentals and old soul music samples. These contrasts leave room for the various vocals to narrate the textures. The vocals and the vibes seem to switch between soulful and jazzy, especially on “The Shakedown”, and more alternative-inspired moments. The album keeps a steady-upbeat flow going throughout most of the album, except on "The Lesson"and "Pink Bricks" which have a more somber and subdued tone.

Maximum Balloon gives us an interesting look at the contrast between Sitek’s various influences, especially the contrast between the jazz and alternative influences. However, these very different aspects of the music never sound like they are competing for space within the song, rather they intertwine and play off each other’s differences to make for an altogether trippy experience. Now all it needs is George Clinton.

 


 

Check out the elcetro-funk of "Tiger" featuring vocals from Aku:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | view all