Jun. 14.

New Rock 6-14

“The Look” by Metronomy
“Settle Down” by Kimbra
“Strange Attractor” by Animal Kingdom
“Pen & Guitar” by Sandbox
“Friend Crush” by Friends
“Dot And Dashes (Enough Already)” by Silversun Pickups
“Kill Your Heroes” by AWOLNATION
“On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons
“Timelines” by Motion City Soundtrack
“Good Will Hunting By Myself” by Ludo
“Skeletons On Parade” by Ludo
“Rotten Town” by Ludo
“Battle Cry” by Ludo
“Lake Ponchartrain” by Ludo
“Love Me Dead” by Ludo
“Topeka” by Ludo

Jun. 13.

New Rock Music 6/7

“Come Home” by Chappo
“Burn It Down” by Linkin Park
“Hit And Run” by Breathe Carolina
“This head I Hold” by Electric Guest
“99 Problems (Jay-Z) (Clean)” by The Summer Set
“Go Right Ahead (Clean)” by The Hives
“Make It Bun Dem (with Damian Marley)” by Skrillex
“Stay And Defend” by Wolf Gang
“Headlights” by Morning Parade
“Do Or Die” by 3OH!3
“How It Starts” by The Features
“Touchin On My” by 3OH!3
“Youth Without Youth” by Metric
“Friend In The Field” by Art Vs. Science
“Keep On Movin'” by King Tuff
“Help I’m Alive” by Metric
“Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn And John
“The Rifle’s Spiral” by The Shins

May. 31.

New Music 5/31

“Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” by Silversun Pickups
“Blood For Poppies” by Garbage
“Sixteen Saltines” by Jack White
“Reunion” by M83
“Block After Block” by Matt & Kim
“I Know What I Am” by Band Of Skulls
“Missing You” by Stewart Ray
“Bridge Burning” by Foo Fighters
“Fireworks” by Polock
“Cameras” by Matt & Kim
“Good For Great” by Matt & Kim
“Light Of The Morning” by Band Of Skulls
“Queen Of The Band Groupies” by Stewart Ray
“Consoler Of The Lonely” by The Raconteurs
“Can’t Stay The Same” by Saves The Day
“It’s Not Love” by 2Twenty2

Mar. 29.

Jordan’s Top Ten Songs of 2011

Near the end of every calendar year, countless music geeks everywhere like me like look forward to spending hours deliberating on their own personal ‘best albums of the year’ lists. I thought that 2011 was a really great year for music, so putting my list together took more time than usual. Here it is.

 

Honorable Mentions: The Weeknd – House of Balloons, Beyonce – 4, Broncho – Can’t Get Past the Lips, The Roots – Undun

 

10. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne

Standout Tracks: Lift Off, Why I Love You

Two giants of the hip hop world came together and put together this highly anticipated collaboration in 2011, and it did not disappoint. This album is BIG: the production is big, the egos are big, and the guests (Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Mr. Hudson) are big. While it is excessive at times (See Ni***s in Paris), this album still exceeded my lofty expectations. Kanye and Jay-Z have a nice give and take. This was my favorite addition to the hip hop genre in 2011.

To hear Jay and Kanye West/ Similar Artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune in to The EnJ show (Thursdays 8-10)

 

9. Spirit is the Spirit – Mother Mountain E.P.

Standout Tracks: Sing/Dance/Run/Chant, Oh, Speckled Bird

I felt inclined to include some local music in this list, and KC/Lawrence’s Spirit is the Spirit was the obvious choice. They play an experimental folk music (think Fleet Foxes, except with a horn section). Mother Mountain features long, layered tracks. The 5+ minute Oh, Speckled Bird (my favorite on the album) effectively builds over several minutes into an eventful, noise filled climax. Spirit is the Spirit played in Manhattan during Aggie Fest last fall, and frequently perform in Kansas City/Lawrence. They are definitely one to keep an eye on.

To hear Spirit is the Spirit and other local artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune in to The Garage (Mondays 3-4)

 

8. Various Artists – Drive (Official Soundtrack)

Standout Tracks: College feat. Electric Youth – A Real Hero , Kavinsky – Nightcall, Desire – Under Your Spell

Not coincidentally, my favorite movie in 2011 also produced my favorite soundtrack of the year. The action flick starring Ryan Gosling featured some of the most beautiful electronic music of 2011. These tracks set a perfect backdrop for the ethereal driving scenes featured throughout the movie, and also effectively clashed with the extremely violent action sequences. My favorite song of 2011 (College’s A Real Hero) comes from this soundtrack.

To hear music from Drive and other movies on The Wildcat 91.9, tune in to Music from the Movies (Thursdays 3-4)

 

7. tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L

Standout Tracks: My Country, Gangsta

Merrill Garbus’s tUnE-yArDs has always been a bit of an anomaly to me because I’ve never felt that I fully understand it. Part indie alternative, part electronic, part hip hop, her music has always been hard to pin down. However, there’s something about W H O K I L L that keeps me coming back. With an extremely catch electropop/rock background, and featuring undeniably cheesy lyrics (“What’s a boy to do if he’ll never be a Gangsta?”), this album is unbelievably likable. tUnE-yArDs remains near the top of my personal “must see live” list, as she performs mostly solo, looping drum beats, ukulele, and her voice.

To hear tUnE-yArDs and similar artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune in to The Manhattan Project (Fridays 3-5) and Women Who Rock (Wednesdays 12-1)

 

6. Nodzzz – Innings

Standout Tracks: Heyday Past Heyday Due, Always Make Your Bed

Clocking in under 24 minutes and featuring a minimalistic lineup of two guitars and a small drum kit, I’m certainly not going to accuse Nodzzz of being overly ambitious with Innings. However, sometimes aiming for simplicity can play in a band’s favor. In my opinion, this San Francisco based noise pop/garage rock group produced the catchiest album of 2011. They have an uncanny ability to find useful hooks in their guitar and vocal work that keeps me coming back to their music again and again. I would be conservative in estimating that I have listened to this album from start to finish at least 50 times. This album proves that sometimes you don’t have to be too deep, you just have to keep listeners coming back.

To hear Nodzz and similar artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune in to Low Fidelity (Tuesdays 3-4)

 

5. Iceage – New Brigade

Standout Tracks: You’re Blessed, Remember

There’s something special about a band that can completely capture your attention in concert when you’re not at all familiar with their music beforehand. Iceage definitely caught my eye (or ears, rather) this past summer at a show in Lawrence. I had gone to the Jackpot in Lawrence to watch Mouthbreathers (a terrific garage punk band hailing from Lawrence) play a show, but found myself completely captivated by Iceage and snatched up their album as soon as I could after the show. This dark punk album has since become one of my favorite albums released in 2011.

To hear Iceage and similar artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune in to Low Fidelity (Tuesdays 3-4) and Full Throttle (Mondays 7-9)

 

4. Washed Out – Within and Without

Standout Tracks: Eyes Be Closed, Amor Fati

I discovered Chill Wave this past year. After embracing Neon Indian, Tori Y Moi, The XX, and others, this is the album that stood out. Many recognize Washed Out as the artist featured in the opening credits of the t.v. show Portlandia, but Within and Without proves that Ernest Greene has much more to offer. This album features some of the most beautifully layered electronic music that you’ll find anywhere. I find myself in the mood to listen to Washed Out regardless of the time of day, the weather or my mood. It’s that wonderful kind of music that seems to go with anything and everything.

To hear Washed Out and similar artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune into The Manhattan Project (Fridays 3-5)

 

3. Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream

Standout Tracks – Carrion Crawler, Contraption/Soul Desert, The Dream

Being a huge garage rock fan, I always heavily anticipate any new album by one of John Dwyer’s many projects. With Carrion Crawler/The Dream, he has produced, in my opinion, his best yet. Thee Oh Sees’s music has changed quite a bit over the years, starting as a heavy punk band, then freak folk, and now the garage rock/punk that is featured on Carrion Crawler/The Dream. Unlike many other artists in the genre, Thee Oh Sees play long jams of garage punk, with many of the tracks clocking in at over 5 minutes. Catching Thee Oh Sees at the Granada in November was the highlight of my concert attendance in the past year, and this studio album also ranks as one of my favorites.

To Hear Thee Oh Sees and similar artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune into Low Fidelity (Tuesdays 3-4)

2. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

Standout Tracks: Sadness is a Blessing, Unrequited Love, Youth Knows No Pain

This past year I embraced numerous artists from Sweden: Robyn, Miike Snow, and, most notably, Lykke Li. Li plays a unique blend of electro pop and folk (think Miike Snow meets Sufjan Stevens) and she produced my second favorite album of 2011. Wounded Rhymes features both catchy, upbeat electronic pop tunes (Youth Knows No Pain) and heart wrenching ballads (Unrequited Love).

To Hear Lykke Li and similar artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune in to Women Who Rock (Wednesdays 12-1), The Indie Rock Show (Fridays 11-1), and the Manhattan Project (Fridays 3-5)

 

1. F***ked Up – David Comes to Life

Standout Tracks: Queen of Hearts, The Other Shoe

A few years back, if you had told me that a hardcore punk/metal album was going to become one of my all time favorites, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. However, F***ked Up’s David Comes to Life has accomplished that feat. Featuring a unique storyline (English blue collar worker in the 70’s attempts to blow up the light bulb factory where he works with his girlfriend), this concept album features some of the most complex songwriting that I heard in 2011. F***ked Up has an ability like no one else in their genre to build tension in a heavy punk setting. While front man Damian Abraham’s vocals are often delivered in an abrasive scream, he finds a way to make it endearing. And while playing such a fast paced, the ear piercing guitar parts are still absolutely beautiful. While David Comes to Life certainly requires a lot of ‘work’ to appreciate, it pays off heavily and is one of the greatest albums to be released in recent memory.

To hear F**ked Up and similar artists on The Wildcat 91.9, tune in to Full Throttle (Mondays 8-10)

 

written by: Jordan Swoyer

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Mar. 07.

The Thing About: Foxy Shazam

When you work at a radio station you tend to discover mind blowing music months, sometimes years, in advanced. Record labels throw you every kind of music imaginable from shitty to awesome and everything in-between. My history with Foxy Shazam begins the the sweltering Kansas heat of summer. The year was 2010 and I was spending my first summer in Manhattan splitting my time between a lack luster waitress job at Applebee’s and The Wildcat 91.9. Emily McIntosh was the rock director at the time and, if I can remember correctly, was responsible for uploading the first single off Foxy’s self titled album, “Killin’ It”. I was drawn into the song after one listen. It took me almost a full year before getting into the entire self titled album. It was one of the albums last year I played the most and I’m pretty sure the CD no longer works in my car’s stereo.

Read more about Foxy Shazam HERE!!!

Article written by Maura Wery.

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Mar. 07.

The Thing About: Florence + The Machine

I was first introduced to Florence and her Machine by my friend Nikki. I trust Nikki’s judgement when it comes to music. She’s more of a music snob than I am. Also, my friend Ryan is an avid fan. He claims he’s the biggest one, I’m sure he’s wrong about this fact, but that’s neither here nor there. Nevertheless, I got into Florence beginning with the album “Lungs”. Most American audiences probably are familiar with the single from that album “Dog Days are Over” along with a fresh new voice in our radio stations. Florence hit the U.S. at a really interesting time musically. It was right after Ke$ha had made her splash into the music scene along with other pop princesses such as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. I welcomed a new female voice into the spectrum. Especially one that was good.

I recently was given ‘Ceremonials’ as a gift for Christmas. I waited almost a month before listening to it all the way through and I can definitely tell it’s different from ‘Lungs’ in a lot of different ways.

One, I think it’s musically stronger. Two good examples of this are the open set of songs ‘Only If For A Night’ and “Shake It Out”. Each song starts out soft and slow and build upon each musical note to the end. The uses of different types of pianos and organs give them an eerie backdrop but Florence Welch’s voice is the light within it that keeps it up.

Read more about Florence + the Machine HERE!!

Article written by Maura Wery.

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Mar. 07.

The Thing About: Arctic Monkeys

When I’m not preaching the holy gospel of Indie Rock, I spend a quality amount of time with, get this, other musical forms. One of which I enjoy quite a bit is Brit Rock. Some of my favorite bands come from across the pond (The Smiths, Paloma Faith, The Cure, etc) but one of the those bands have currently come to the musical forefront of my mind lately. That is the work of Arctic Monkeys. Now, usually, this spot is reserved for an album review, but in this case it’s going to be a band review.

Have you ever have that band you listen to that just pisses you off so much because they are so good? Yeah, that is this band with me. I started listening the Arctic Monkeys back in 2007 when they debuted in the United States. My friend Ashley pretty much worshiped the ground they walked on but I didn’t quite get the hype but thought they were good and followed them loosely since then. It wasn’t until this year when the set of “Evil Twin” videos from the ‘Suck it and See’ album caught my eye. I went back over their archive of music spanning from 2006 to now and made one ultimate decision.

Read more about Arctic Monkeys HERE!!

Article written by Maura Wery.

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Feb. 06.

The Thing About: Wilco

I’m not going to sit here and act like I don’t like Wilco. “Via Chicago” is still one of my favorite songs of all time and I can still remember the first time I had even heard of Wilco. It was back when I was still in high school during one of the worst phases I ever went through. I was desperately trying to be some ‘rocker’ chick wearing all black clothes and large amounts of eyeliner. I kept the chucks and the studded belts from that era but needless to say the look never stuck. I read Alternative Press and it included an article over Wilco which was amazingly compelling and I took time out to get their album and listen to them.

Read more about Wilco HERE!

written by: Maura Wery

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Jan. 28.

Mammoth Life

Mammoth Life is a husband & wife, indie-pop duo from San Francisco & Lawrence, KS. Romantically involved since 2001, artistically involved since 2005; the two formed ML in a Hashinger Hall dorm room on Daisey Hill @ The University of Kansas the same year. Seven years later, the duo has found themselves amidst the release of “Tightrope Walker,” the first single from their brand new Rock N’ Roll Kids – EP {Satisfying Records}.

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Jan. 28.

Not A Planet

Constantly pounding the pavement and touring, Not A Planet, a trio, is living the classic and endearing rock and roll story. They spend hours every day practicing and writing music. Tuning it to perfection and creating a harmonious noise intended for the masses. In between rehearsals and performances you can find them booking shows and taking on the responsibilities that most touring bands need a label to achieve. While they do not have the same big budget production as major label acts, they do have a stranglehold on the throat of rock and roll and an ability to summon the gods of rock to deliver electrifying concerts.

This is a band where each individual member’s talents and feelings transcends, creating a cohesiveness in sound, energy and performance. It’s a perfect blend of rock and folk with pop sensibilities. It leaves you wanting more, compelled and involved, and feeling like you, too, are Not A Planet.

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