My dear friend Katie and I drove around last night, listening to my favorite album when I was thirteen. It is ever so fitting that my first night back in Indiana was set to the longing vocals of Chris Carrabba. It’s all so nostalgic; and coming home is walking right in to nostalgia’s beckoning arms. These arms are warm and safe, but ultimately unfulfilling. And isn’t this song just the tip of the iceberg? Watching someone live in a past life, longing for an idealized version of what their life used to be like.
I suppose it’s time to re-read Wish You Were Here, and think of seemingly simpler times.
I had the pleasure of getting stuck in the subway yesterday afternoon, with this song on repeat. Nobunny is just my favorite band ever in the whole history of the world. In fact, I’m deeming Nobunny the unofficial mascot of my little magazine, The Miscreant. They will me on the cover of the next issue.
Speaking of which, don’t forget to submit all narratives, reviews, poems and artwork to Issue 5!
Last night, I headed over to 285 Kent to see Beach Fossils and some other cool bands. Beach Fossils were awesome. Though I absolutely adore their records, they have an undeniable stage presence that makes them almost more appealing live. All the music seemed pretty radical; however the venue was complete shit. Terrible ventilation and hopeless sound. It didn’t seem all that well organized. However, hearing “Daydream” made it all worth while.
Screw you guys. I’d rather be watching Daria, sipping on iced Vanilla Chai Lattes and snacking on trail mix. I can’t wait to embrace my summer vacation at its fullest by not doing too much of anything.
So, here’s to splendid little songs about dancing. I would really love to see Smith Westerns play from their new album. I sw them a year ago at Pictchfork, and they were wonderful. They’re just a bunch of young dudes playing sweet, relatable music. Nothing to not love.
You can download this track from my summer mixxx here with some other neat songs.
FRIDAY, JULY 15 – gates at 3pm *8:30 (GREEN) Animal Collective 7:30 (BLUE) James Blake *7:20 (RED) Neko Case *6:30 (BLUE) Das Racist 6:25 (GREEN) Guided By Voices 5:30 (BLUE) Curren$y *5:30 (RED) Thurston Moore 4:35 (GREEN) Battles *4:30 (BLUE) tUnE-yArDs 3:30 (RED) EMA 3:20 (BLUE) Gatekeeper
SATURDAY, JULY 16 – gates at 12pm *8:30 (GREEN) Fleet Foxes 7:40 (BLUE) Zola Jesus 7:25 (RED) DJ Shadow 6:45 (BLUE) Twin Shadow 6:15 (GREEN) The Dismemberment Plan *5:45 (BLUE) The Radio Dept. 5:15 (RED) Destroyer 4:45 (BLUE) OFF! 4:15 (GREEN) No Age *3:45 (BLUE) Wild Nothing 3:20 (RED) Gang Gang Dance 2:50 (BLUE) G-Side *2:30 (GREEN) Cold Cave 1:55 (BLUE) Sun Airway *1:45 (RED) Woods 1:00 (BLUE) Chrissy Murderbot Feat MC ZULU 1:00 (GREEN) Julianna Barwick
SUNDAY, JULY 17 – gates at 12pm *8:30 (GREEN) TV on the Radio 7:40 (BLUE) HEALTH 7:25 (RED) Cut Copy *6:45 (BLUE) Toro Y Moi 6:15 (GREEN) Deerhunter 5:45 (BLUE) Kylesa *5:15 (RED) Superchunk *4:45 (BLUE) Baths 4:15 (GREEN) Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti 3:45 (BLUE) Shabazz Palaces 3:20 (RED) OFWGKTA *2:50 (BLUE) Twin Sister 2:30 (GREEN) Kurt Vile & the Violators 1:55 (BLUE) How to Dress Well *1:45 (RED) Yuck *1:00 (BLUE) Darkstar 1:00 (GREEN) The Fresh & Onlys
I’m absolutely falling in love with Yellow Ostrich. Ever since their set at Northside Festival, I’ve been craving them.I’m excited for the rerelease of their album Mistress on Barsuk. I’ve been especially listening to this track off the album. So wonderful.
Name your price for their Fade Cave EP on their bandcamp.
I was sad missed these guys this weekend. However, they are one of the bands the bands that I’m most looking forward to seeing at Pitchfork this year. The new album, In Heaven, is due out in late September. Check out the track list, as well as upcoming tour dates, here.
“One time, during a lipstick touch up, a dude actually had the audacity to say, ‘You know, guys don’t care about lipstick. We don’t even like it.’ As if to say I did it for the attention of men. I don’t wear lipstick for guys, I wear it for myself. A guy that can’t appreciate my boss lady nature can’t hang with me.”—
I posted this to my facebook, but they only allow you 420 characters (lol, 420) so here’s the real tl;dr version on why I love college radio (and WBCR):
I believe that one of the main reasons college radio is so important is that it gives students control over something that reaches beyond the campus. College stations don’t answer only to the college, but also to the FCC, which gives the students involved a greater sense of responsibility (at least for the board, programmers are a whole different story) and in my experience, pride. We’re not like any other club on campus, if we screw up big time then its not a slap on the wrist from the school, there are consequences that reach beyond the beloit bubble. And if you want to go into broadcast media, or work at a label, or become a journalist, there are few extracurricular activities (aside from newspaper) that can prepare you as well as working at a radio station.
Personally, I’m not sure if I would still be at beloit if it wasn’t for WBCR and the opportunity to get involved with the station. This may be saying something about small vs. big schools more than college radio, but WBCR is incredibly democratic, this isn’t something that only the “cool kids” do. (a misconception I held freshman year.) We will let anyone have a show unless you break the rules, never show up or play KISS all the time, and even then we’ll probably give you a show. I know that if I went to Madison, or some other humongous school, I would be turned down for DJing due to my (at the time) lack of musical knowledge and probably would’ve assumed that I wasn’t cool enough for radio.
It’s also a great way for alumni to connect with the college and its more personal than getting a phone call asking for money. During my time at the station, we’ve gotten so much feedback from alumni and its great. I love hearing stories from alum about their experiences, there’s such a rich history that lies within the station and I feel more connected to it than any other national organization I’m a part of.
I guess if anything, college radio is important because it gives people who might feel lost (like I did) a voice to broadcast to the world. I know I’ve grown more confident in my abilities to lead due to my involvement with the station, and my involvement has changed my course of studies and enriched them.
The paragraph pretty much sums up the WERW motto. College radio is an important creative outlet for students from all walks of life. Here’s to the preservation of such an outstanding medium!