Monday, December 31, 2007

The Radio Cure's Top Tracks of 2007

Here's the shakedown:

10. Andrew Bird - Heretics
All the way back in February, we got Andrew Bird's Armchair Apocrypha at the station and I couldn't have been more pleased. From first listen, this song grabbed me and didn't let go. It's reminiscent of older Bird track "Sovay", but with a more driving pulse. With Bird's terrific lyricism and the steady drumming of Martin Dosh, the soaring violin only helps to keep this song in your head for days.

9. Feist - 1234
Now I know this was Apple's biggest song of the year, but before that, it was the most catchy for me. Awesome music video aside, you can't help but tap your feet "1234." Feist showed her knack for catchy tunes with "Mushaboom," but I think this definitely outshines her other pop songs.

8. Band of Horses - Cigarettes Wedding Bands
This song is epic. There's really no other way to describe it. The song starts with a bang and doesn't let up. Even the verses sound restless, just waiting to blow. It also features one of my favorite lines of 2007: "If my body goes then to hell with my soul"

7. The National - Apartment Story
Though there were an awful lot of tracks to choose from on "Boxer," this one remained my favorite. Maybe it's the theme of locking yourself in your apartment on a cold winter's day or the driving drum line that keeps you bopping along, this song stayed on repeat for a better part of the year for me.

6. Wilco - Impossible Germany
I first heard this track at Lollapalooza 2006 and it stopped me dead in my tracks. Unlike the distorted, depressing songs of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot or the rock jams of A Ghost is Born, "Impossible Germany" is a slow, beautiful, laid back track filled with interwoven guitar lines and a terrific solo by Nels Cline. Favorite Line: "This is what love is for, to be out of place"

5. Spoon - You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
If "1234" was the catchiest song of 2007, this was a close second. I easily identify this as my summer anthem for this year. Regardless of the lyrics, the song just sounds like people having hot fun in the summertime. Even this winter, it warms me up a bit inside.

4. Okkervil River - A Girl in Port
Will Sheff is easily one of my favorite songwriters, and this song totally blew me away. Even four months after buying The Stage Names, I still hear this song like it was brand new. I'm a sucker for a good slide guitar line, but that's not even the best of it. The narrative weaves through this sad story, but bursts open in the end to reveal a beautiful horn section. It's a hard for me to put in to words this cathartic feeling, so listen to this track if you haven't already.

3. Radiohead - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
I heard this song during the band's epic Bonnaroo set back in 2006, but the album version is absolutely stellar. Back in October, I wrote, "This is not only my favorite track on the album, but also the most layered. With dueling guitar lines over Phil Selway's steady drumming and under Yorke's echoing voice, this song builds to a crescendo of escapism before rolling to a halt. This song parallels some of the best total songwriting of the last 20 years, with each member of the band distinctly heard." I'd say all of that holds true many more listens later. Favorite Line: "Everybody leaves if they get the chance, and this is my chance"

2. Arcade Fire - Keep the Car Running
Did Bruce Springsteen join the Arcade Fire? The answer is probably no, but the best band in Canada definitely channels the Boss on this amazingly good track. One day while walking to class, I had this song on the iPod and was literally slapping my leg to the beat. This song very easily will get into you head and stay there forever. So much energy is packed into the recorded version, you can't even think live there will be more, but let me assure you there is. I almost put this at #1, but I just couldn't put anything there but...

1. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
I read a review from a guy at Rolling Stone who said that when he thought about 2007, he would think about this song. I also had our tech guy at the radio station tell me that they should play the song to prisoners at Guantanamo to drive them crazy. Either way, the pulsing beautiful song has entered the prestigious list of my favorite songs of all time. With the repetitive piano line and James Murphy's lyrics about getting old, "All My Friends" became the one song I played to people when they asked me what music I was into. Both times I saw the band live this year, it was the best song to dance to, despite other danceable tracks like "Daft Punk is Playing in My House" or "North American Scum." Also worth checking out are the John Cale and Franz Ferdinand covers. Favorite Line: "I wouldn't trade one stupid decision for another five years of life."

There you have it. I'll hopefully have my favorite albums up by the end of the day...

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Some Albums You May Enjoy That Were First Made Available Through Capitalism in the Year 2007 (In alphabetical order of course)

So while everyone else is doing a top ten list some where, I thought that I would do something a bit different. I decided that I would try and find some albums that are amazing, and should be in those top ten lists, but just didn't get all that attention. So without further ado here's the list:

Elvis Perkins – Ash Wednesday
What can I say about this album? I remember first listening to the opening track "While You Were Sleeping" and just being completely entrapped in the music. I now wake up everyday to "While You Were Sleeping" and it always provides a great start to the day. The album has a great flow of ups and downs throughout, and is perfect for any mood. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who likes fuzz-folk, although this is more on the folk side then the fuzz. One sad fact about this album is that it was written after both of Perkins' parents died. His father died of AIDS when Perkins was young, and his mother died in one of the September 11th planes. This definitely shows up on the album, but it's more of a sad overtone then a sad direction that the album takes on. This is album definitely is one of my favorites of the year, and it's a debut album to boot.

The Rakes – Ten New Messages
I can't remember where I heard this, but I remember hearing someone call The Rakes "the real Arctic Monkeys." Well this is their second album, and it's a good one. As the title suggests, it's ten new tracks in that post-punk/art-rock British style that The Rakes are good at. With a nice consistent sound throughout the whole album, it flows really well all the way from "The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect" to "Leave The City And Come Home." Really a decent album. And when you have a track called "When Tom Cruise Cries" how can you go wrong?

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
I found this album at the recommendation of KWUR's GM, and what an album it is. The record sounds like it's vintage, but it only came out this year. A great album, with a great sound that Sharon Jones says she's been doing for years now. I was just thinking, this album would make New Years Eve soundtrack; because what better way of welcoming in the new year then with some new music that sounds a little bit old.

Tullycraft – Every Scene Needs A Center

What more could you want from an album? With themes like punks, and goths and Dracula, UFOs all crushed up, put into a big old blender and then doused in pure essence of happiness, I don't know what could go wrong. It's not often that you find such an enjoyable 7+ min. pop song, but Tullycraft did it with Dracula Screams of Tiger Style (Parts One and Two). This is one of the only albums this year that I've listened to twice in a row. One of the happiest bands I know of, yes even happier then I'm From Barcelona, Tullycraft is also one of the funniest. The review at KWUR says something along the lines of "Great music, and witty lyrics that Pitchfork writers wish they could have written." Reason enough to go and listen to Every Scene Needs A Center right away.

White Flight – White Flight

I could rehash what I said, or I could point you to a few posts below.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

2007 Year in Pictures

Kicking off our best of 2007 posts, here's some of the best pictures from the best shows of 2007.

John Roderick of the Long Winters

Sufjan Stevens


LCD Soundsystem

Cold War Kids

Apostle of Hustle

The Arcade Fire

Ted Leo

The Hold Steady

Dear Rockers...

In the midst of taking a break from studying for my last exam, I came across this interesting new site that makes the music industry a little bit more fun and enjoyable. The site I'm talking about is Dear Rockers. It's a simple concept really, one suggested by others, but elegantly done here. It's basically paying back artists for the music you love but somehow stole. But Dear Rockers makes it fun. So here's what you do, first find an artist you illegally downloaded music from, write a letter to this artist, making it as creative and fun as you want, send a picture of the letter to Dear Rockers, use Dear Rockers to find the address of the artist, and then send the artist at least $5 paying your respect for the music you love. And while you could easily just do this on your own, what makes Dear Rockers so fun is that it's like a post secret for stealing music. People get to be creative, musicians get their money, it's a win-win for everyone. Check it out, maybe get some guilt off your chest, just have fun with it. Site's like Dear Rockers are what makes the internet a great place for music.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

White Flight - White Flight

Oceanographer's Choice? Yes - A+

Most people haven't heard of White Flight. What they're missing is the solo project of Justin Roelofs, who you may know as a member of the now defunct ban The Anniversary. And let me tell you, it's a terrific album. The album is a complete, beautiful work of art. The best way I can describe it is as a collage of poppy sounds and hooks. Sometimes it's electronic, sometimes acoustic, but it all flows so well together. And over all of this you have some great lyrics and vocals. It really creates this complete experience that just sucks you in for the length of the album. I've heard a rumor that the album was inspired by Roelofs trip to South America where he experimented with a lot of local psychedelics. This would definitely explain quite a bit, as the album is really a strange album. And not everyone will like it because it's so strange. But if you give it a listen, you might come it enjoy it as much as I have. Bellow I have one of the songs so you can give it a listen and see for yourself.

If you really like what you hear, the album's out on Range Life Records, a label that supports local musicians in Lawrence, Kansas. Again, check out the album, even though it can be weird, you just might enjoy it as much as I do. And Remember we here at Oceanographer's Choice love supporting local and regional musicians, and would love it if you did too. Peace.

White Flight - The Condition

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

In Rainbows Discbox

So yesterday I received my In Rainbows Discbox, and I must say I got my moneys worth. Not only is the package beautiful, everything else is too. The lyrics sheet is cool, it's center justified so it looks interesting. The picture booklet is a bunch of paint splatters and is kind of interesting. The cover art is just like the website, and while not a surprise is nicely done. The high quality tracks from the album are great to have. And who wouldn't want the second disc of music? I must say that my only complaints are that the two cds are kept in place by those foam circle things, which I can't stand because it's nearly impossible to get CDs back on them. All in all, great box, was worth the money. So if you like Radiohead and have the cash, get one. But make sure you get it fast, they're done making new ones, and they aren't making new ones.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Happy Birthday

Both Michael and I would like to wish our father a happy birthday. Thanks for helping us become who we are today both musically and personally. I don't think we could have asked for a better father. We both love you and hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Michael & Andrew


I slept through my alarm today, so I didn't get up until a little bit ago. That's why there wasn't the special show, sorry.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Boys and Girls in Granville 2008

Tune in Monday from 7:30-9:30 to hear a prime-time best of 2007 special hosted by myself and fellow WDUB DJ Jon G. We struggled through a list of the best albums of the year, so be sure to tune in and find out what's #1! To listen, go to!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Super Special Show!

I sadly have a final during my show on the 12th. Because of this I will be moving my show to the 11th at 10 a.m. for a grand send off of the semester and year. Hope to see you there.

Radio Cure's Best of 2007 Show

Be sure to tune into The Radio Cure tomorrow for the very special "Best of 2007 Show." I'll be playing the top songs from my favorite albums of the year, so be sure to listen so that you can argue with me about them. In the next week I'll also post a list of my Top 10 with a review. So don't forget, 1:30-3:30 EST,!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New Jason Collett

Broken Social Scenester Jason Collett will be releasing his third solo disc, "Here's to Being Here" on Feb. 5, 2008. The follow up to his excellent "Idols of Exile" will include a guest spot from Andrew Whiteman of Apostle of Hustle and features his touring band, Paso Mino.
Jason Collett - Out of Time
Jason Collett - Charlyn, Angel of Kensington

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Review: The Pageant

So last night I got to experience The Pageant for the first time. I was there to see Regina Specktor, who was amazing, and now I want to give my thoughts on the place.

First off, the way they deal with minors there is horrible. I had to pay $2 just because I was under-21. That's just a stupid idea in general. Does the Pageant have to pay for each minor in attendance? I highly doubt it. It seems to me they just want to make some more money off of the people who won't be buying drinks. And while the design of the place is kind of cool, pit by the stage, raised seating areas on the side, bar at the back centered to the stage, and a balcony on top, it sucks for minors. Last night I came in on one side, but my friends were on the other. Now I couldn't cross by going upstairs or across the back of the room, those were 21 and over, so I had to cross through the pit. The pit was full, and thankfully a security guard still let me through; but I still had to force my way across, pissing off plenty of other concertgoers in the process. Now this sucked, alot, but it didn't entirely ruin the night.

The Pageant puts on a good show. The atmosphere in the seated section is nice. I actually got to sit down and stay seated for the show. The shows started as expected, the lighting was good, and the seats were comfortable. But in addition to the whole being lame when it comes to minors, The Pageant also has a few other flaws. First off, the merch table was awkwardly located in a side room off of the hallway you walk through to get to the stage. Second, while they did have a water fountain, if you wanted a cup you had to pay $2; another way to squeeze money out of us. Neither of these was really that bad though.

So overall, I'm going to give The Pageant a grade of C+

I loved the pit/seat thing they have going, and I give them props for the overall look of the place, both inside and out (it looks like a renovated theater), but the whole way they treat minors at the place just really bugs me. I really shouldn't have to pay $2 to get in, just because I'm under-21, and thats that. If they change that, they would be a much better venue.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I wasn't really there but...

So I wasn't in town this weekend for it, but apparently the girl talk show was just crazy. I guess a guy got tazed, and then girl talk went to go play at sammy. I don't know everything, but heres the link to the stud life article about it here

Friday, November 9, 2007


I know it's been awhile since anythings been posted, but I know I've had a lot of work as of late, and I think something big has been going on at Michaels campus. Hopefully he can fill us in eventually. I'll be posting some mp3s of my shows eventually. In the meantime, enjoy this article I wrote for Eleven, the music magazine here on campus at WashU. The magazine itself isn't that great, not that my article is, but it really seems like a way for the founder to stroke his own ego. But hopefully it will get better, I can see it happening. So heres the article:

Something frightening is happening to music today - the album is dying. Yes, the album, the novel of music, just isn’t what it used to be. You used to have people sitting down and listening to things like “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Now all people listen to is “Crank That” or “Gimme More” or whatever the latest single is. Now some people may think of “Crank That” as great music, but listening to it instead of a good album is like reading a single chapter of a novel instead of the whole thing. Most artists still release albums, but these “albums” are best described by John Darnielle in his cover of “The Sign”: “They wrote a song, and then they wrote nine other songs to surround that one song.” And not many people listen, and I mean like sit down and make an effort to listen, to the decent albums that are out there.

So what’s caused the decline of the general population listening to albums? This is something that has a lot to do with the format that music is delivered now. With vinyl, if you wanted to skip songs, you had to get up, lift the needle, find the track you wanted (maybe even flipping the record), and then cueing the record at the start of the song. That’s a lot more work then just simply listening to a 3-4 minute song. The vinyl format as a whole is more conducive to actively listening to music. On vinyl an album is more then just the music, it’s an experience. You have this cover, 4 times the size of a CD jewel case, with art on it. There can be inserts and colored or even etched vinyl. It’s a more manageable time commitment; Vinyl only holds up to about an hour, with each side only being about 20-30 minutes. Albums were shorter, because they had to be. With vinyl you have to pay attention when you listen, if you don’t you end up having the needle stuck in the center groove of the record.

CDs are a completely different story. A CD (mind you not a DVD-CD or dual-sided CD) can hold 80 minutes of music. That’s a whole 33% more. And a lot of times artists feel compelled to fill as much as they can. This usually means songs that wouldn’t have found a spot on a vinyl album easily make their way onto a CD album. This usually translates to an overall not-so-good quality song quality, and who wants that? Not really that many people, and that’s where a few “album killers” come into play. The first is the skip button. Don’t feel like listen to a song, or get sick of it half way through? Press the skip button and poof; you’re at the next track. But even here, a CD only holds so many songs, and who wants to switch CDs every other song? So people will listen to more, if not all of an album.

It’s things like the iPod and iTunes music store, which have truly done albums in. Now before I continue, this is not to say that these aren’t great wonderful amazing tools, they just changed the way people listen to music. With an ipod, you can have hundreds of albums, thousands of songs, all at you fingertips and ready to be played. So the laziness factor is gone. You can skip around to different songs, albums, artists, and genres, all you want. You can even put that extensive library of music on shuffle. I can’t stand shuffle; it’s just a bunch of (almost) random songs from your library. It has no idea how to find songs that go together; it’s missing a human quality to it. Still, a lot of people just though on shuffle and don’t even care about albums. Even Panda Bear of Animal Collective uses shuffle (that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing). There’s even an ipod that all it does is shuffle. What the "bleep" is up with that? But the biggest nail in the coffin for the album has to be the ITunes store. With the iTunes store, you don’t even have to buy a full album to get the song you want anymore. You can buy only the single, and never even think of the rest of the album ever again. And unless the album that you want to buy has eleven or more songs, you don’t even get a discount for buying the album.

So some one might be thinking, but I don’t really like all of the songs on any single album. This could be for two reasons, one the albums you listen to suck, and two you haven’t spent enough time listening to the albums. A good album has its highs and its lows. You’re not going to have an album with each track being as amazing as all of the others. But you will find albums with songs amazing compared to other albums. And sure you may not like one song on an album as much as the rest, but you wouldn’t skip a chapter in a book, so you shouldn’t skip a song on an album. The whole point of the album is that it’s the way the artist wanted you to hear it. So you should keep it that way.

If you’ve made it this far, you probably will fit one of these categories: You already listen to albums and want to see if you agree with me, you don’t listen to albums but now you kind of start, or you don’t listen to albums, don’t want to, and you only read this far to see how pretentious I am about music. No matter why you’re still reading I’ve decided to help out. I’ve made a list of some good full albums to start you off with. Some amazingly good albums: Neutral Milk Hotel “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea”, My Bloody Valentine “Loveless”, Manu Chao “Proxima Estacion: Esperanza”, Radiohead “OK Computer”, Neil Young “On The Beach, The Mountain Goats “All Hail West Texas” and “Tallahassee”, The Long Winters “Putting The Days to Bed”, The Hold Steady “Boys And Girls In America”, and Jeff Buckley “Grace”.

The moral of the story here is that you should dedicate more then just three or so minutes to an album, artist, and music in general. Music is meant to be an experience. So make it one, find an album and listen to it with friends, it’s what’s known as a listening party. If you’re really adventurous try to get a copy of The Flaming Lips “Zaireeka” going. No matter what, just sit down and get immersed in an album; it’s truly a beautiful thing to experience. Oh and try to actually pay for the album.

Friday, October 19, 2007

The A-Sides, Silver Storms

So you probably haven't heard of The A-sides. Maybe you were lucky enough to catch them with Ted Leo recently, but they are worth finding. They have a new album out, "Silver Storms", and it's good. If you want to know what they sound like, think "Everything All the Time" Band of Horses mixed with The Walkman. It's lush sweeping relaxed sound that just takes over your ears. The vocals are perfect for their sound; he just seems comfortable singing. And what more can you ask of anyone? The combined relaxing melodies and vocals make the album a perfect listen for anytime you just want some down time.

Standout tracks:

Diamonds: This is one that stuck with me at the concert. It's one of those songs with the sweeping guitar in the background and passion in the lyrics. I really feel at a loss for words on how to describe this one, but it's one of my favorites on the album.

My Heroes Have Always Been Crazy: In addition to having a great title, this track is a nice simple song with a tambourine keeping time. It builds for a bit before going into a nice instrumental ending.

Sinking With The Ship: Another one of the songs I remember from the concert. The closer of the album. The perfect place for their sound; you have organs, violins, guitar and cymbals. The lyrics "We're all sinking with the ship/we all taste the salt on our lips" is tragic, but calming. It's as if we're happy to finally be done, we need the break ahead of us.

Again, I suggest you look out for this band, with two albums under their belts, I can really only expect better things to come.

Grade: A-

Thursday, October 18, 2007

In Rainbows - The Radio Cure Review

One week after its abrupt release, I found it apt to review Radiohead's latest masterpiece, In Rainbows.
1. 15 Step: My favorite track from their Bonnaroo show, 15 Step is notably the only track that makes heavy use of the disjointed computer beats of the previous three albums. It stands out from their earlier material however with a jumpy little guitar line that flows throughout. Key Line: "Won't take my eyes off the ball again/You reel me out then you cut the string."
2. Bodysnatchers: Hailed as "the rock song", "Bodysnatchers" is full of distorted guitar and Thom Yorke wails. I read one review that called this track a sort of sequel to Kid A's "National Anthem", but I view it more as a rebuttal to "Creep," another song about feeling displaced that the band has somewhat disowned.
3. Nude: An older, mellow, hypnotic track, "Nude" is one of the first songs to suck you in to the brilliance of In Rainbows in your first listen. Bringing his voice to the highest key it seems to reach, Yorke is at his most soulful. For die-hard fans, this song was worth the wait.
4. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi: This is not only my favorite track on the album, but also the most layered. With dueling guitar lines over Phil Selway's steady drumming and under Yorke's echoing voice, this song builds to a crescendo of escapism before rolling to a halt. This song parallels some of the best total songwriting of the last 20 years, with each member of the band distinctly heard.
5. All I Need: A somber, dark love song, "All I Need" seems to be the anthem for discontent lovers, but builds to an explosion of noise and light that suddenly takes the song to new heights and adds a bright, optimistic ending.
6. Faust Arp: The only mystery track for eager fans, this is the second closest Radiohead has come to mimicking The Beatles (#1- listen to the beginning of "Wolf at the Door" and then The Beatle's "She's So Heavy"). A softy ditty that recalls The White Album's "Julia", but with strings and distrust.
7. Reckoner: Another old track, "Reckoner" seems to remind us that Phil Selway is still an important part of the band. His echoing, jangly drumming provides the base for Thom's falsetto, soulful singing and soft piano and a chilled out guitar riff. If any other artist had played this song, it might have been a generic Top 40 hit, but again, the Radiohead touch keeps it uniquely beautiful, especially in it's warm climax.
8. House of Cards: This track is gorgeous. Another mellow, laid back track, "House of Cards" sounds like the love song of the couple that's been stuck in a rut, ready to break free. I will always associate this song with its performance at Bonnaroo, in which fans started throwing glow sticks around in the darkness. When they started landing on stage, a smiling Thom playfully threw them back. It seems symbolic of the position Radiohead is in now: content.
9. Jigsaw Falls Into Place: I find this track the most aggressive on the album, though I've heard it described as just being loose. Listening to it, you get the feeling of running away, like the band is driving at something. Unlike "Bodysnatchers" which is a direct rock song, "Jigsaw Falls Into Place" seems to be the confused cousin of Amnesiac's "Knives Out."
10. Videotape: Prior to the release of the album, this track had two incarnations. One had the whole band building it to a dramatic, sweeping climax, while the other was a haunting version with only Thom at a piano. The version that made the album finds some middle ground with the slow piano being coupled with small drum bursts. The result is the most haunting album closer Radiohead has ever used.

OVERALL: In Rainbows has been said to show a return to the more guitar driven music of the OK Computer era. I see it a bit differently. This album represents less Radiohead's return to an old era than it does the start of a new one. The band has already rewritten the book on rock music, and here again, they have showed themselves to be true innovators. Though it isn't as weird or experimental as the last four albums, there isn't anything else out today that is remotely close. Only time will tell if this becomes my favorite Radiohead album or not, but it looks like it might be.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

No, I Can't

So I've scored an interview with The Mountain Goats! It's only an email interview, but I mean I'm excited to interview one of my all time favorite artists. I'm writing it for the music magazine Eleven here on campus, but hopefully I'll be able to reprint it here for anyone that stops by and reads the blog. I know we've been a bit behind in posting here, but it's going to pick up. I'm also going to start writing for the KWUR blog, so check that out. Until the interview drops just keep stopping by, it's nice to see you once in awhile. And remember to listen to our shows. I'll have the post with the mp3 of todays show up later.

P.S. try and find the Mountain Goats reference. I even gave you a little hint.

Friday, October 12, 2007

In Rainbows is Amazing

Here's the show

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


That's the best summation of my show today. Hopefully I surprised you all with a lot of new/unreleased material, and I got a surprise myself today. If you missed listening, I had some guests on the show today in the form of Plastic Parachute, a "female-lead power punk" group from L.A. I guess they had a show here last night, and were stopping by campus to drop off a copy of their self released album. I was in the middle of my show when Mikey (KWUR GM) walks in and asks if I want to have a band on the air. Of course I agree, what you'll hear in my show is what happened. After listening to more of the cd, it's pretty good. I'll be sure to play more of them in the future. They'll also be playing in St. Louis again on December 11th at Cicero's. But you'll hear more about that as it gets closer. That's really it for now, if you missed the show, as always here it is:

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Amazing news, no? Well if that's not good enough, and you can't wait to hear the new stuff, listen in to my show tomorrow. I'll be playing one of the new songs from their set at Bonnaroo two years ago. And then you can bet I'll be waiting up next Wednesday to download the album, so you'll be able to hear a new track that day. You won't even have to go to their website and not pay anything to get the album! That's about it for now.

I got the discbox. Yeah it was expensive, but each one is made to order! Plus you get the extra disc and vinyl and all that jazz.

Sunday, September 30, 2007


1.) The WDUB stream is back! Tune in tomorrow, 1:30-3:30 for The Radio Cure at I have an aprentice, so it should be fun

Yes, you read that correctly. Radiohead announced on their website that they will be releasing their seventh album on October 10 via digital download. Diehard fans (including this insanely hyped AMD) can also buy a $81 disc box that comes out in December that includes the album on CD and vinyl, and includes a second disc of music. The tracklist is pretty impressive for those who follow the band closely:
01 15 STEP

CD two and vinyl:

01 MK 1
04 MK 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Yes, Everybody's Gonna Need A Witness 9/26/2007 Show posting

I now have the link for my last show, I'll try to get a playlist up by tomorrow.
Check it out here:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Band of Horses - "Is There a Ghost"

One of the best albums of 2006 was the stellar debut from Seattle's Band of Horses. There second album, "Cease to Begin", comes out on Oct. 9, and if the first single is any indication, it will be even better than their first effort, "Everything All of the Time."
Band of Horses - Is There A Ghost

Monday, September 17, 2007

If You Missed It.

I've figured out how to get my show and put it up on the web. So please enjoy, my actual show starts a couple minutes in. I'll be doing this with every show, and I promise next time will be more prompt.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Yes, Everybody's Gonna Need A Witness

Starting tomorrow, Wednesdays from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., Yes, Everybody's Gonna Need A Witness will be on the (limited range broadcast 10 megawatt) airwaves of KWUR. You can listen in at And if you can't make it, I'm going to be trying to get a copy of the show posted up on this site, but I'm still working on the logistics of that. Listen in, because "Yes, Everybody's Gonna Need A Witness."

P.S. Just to be clear, I'm on Central time now, I forgot about the whole time difference. But the good news is, I will be putting the show up online later tonight, so you can enjoy it again or for the first time.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Radio Cure Starts Today!

Be sure to tune in to "The Radio Cure" today from 1:30-3:30! WDUB has finally moved in to our brand new station and today marks the start of broadcasting, so be sure to listen!

Sunday, September 9, 2007


So I've had the Softlights Cd, Say No! To Being Cool, Say Yes! To Being Happy, for a while now. And the funny thing about it is that I've always enjoyed it, but just recently I've really been able to get into the album. It's a great little electro-pop album that's really worth picking up. I would put up a song on this page, but I've been too busy to set up that whole system, but check back here, and I promise that I'll have one up.

Monday, September 3, 2007

The Little Ones

All year long, I saw the box for the Little One's Ep "Sing Song" sitting in the station. All year long I told myself to listen to it. It finally took hearing a track on XM's "College Radio" station to realize how awesome they are. Fans of The Shins will enjoy their light indie pop that won't disappoint. Check out this track, I HIGHLY recommend it, you'll be singing it all day!
The Little Ones - Cha Cha Cha

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Late Summer Picks

One of my favorite picks of the late summer has been former Sufjan Stevens/Polyphonic Spree cohort Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent. On her debut, "Marry Me", Clark reveals the same beauty and complexity of both the Spree and Sufjan, while forming her own niche. The album covers a lot of musical ground, from light indie pop, to dark brooding tracks, to even songs that could pass for a jazz standard. Definitely an album not to miss.
St. Vincent - Now, Now

In the follow up to their fantastic 2005 album "Black Sheep Boy," Okkervil River deliver one of the best albums to come out this summer. Fans of Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, and Neutral Milk Hotel will easily fall in love with the indie/folk/rock tracks that encompass "The Stage Names." Lead singer Will Sheff's lyrics are at an all time high as he spins narratives about extraneous song characters, reality turning into movies, and even throws in a little Beach Boys. Be sure to check this album out, I assure you, you won't be disappointed.
John Allyn Smith Sails (.mp3)


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