So we’ve reached the end of another year, and it’s time to countdown the top albums from 2013. It’s been a great year for music, and we’ll be paying homage to one album per day until all twenty-five have gotten their say. Enjoy!
25. II - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have made a bizarre career out of writing relatively tame pop songs that always verge on explosion - that was evident in their self-titled debut from 2011 that housed such stellar tracks as “Ffunny Friends” and “How Can U Luv Me” - however their second album, aptly titled II, showcases that bizarreness in an album-length forum, with some of the best songs they’ve written to date, while also proving that their capable of more than a couple danceable tracks. From the opening moments of “From The Sun,” you’re aware that you’re in for something special: an album of lusciously carved lo-fi rock songs, that constantly seem to challenge their status as lo-fi rock songs. For every guitar flourish, there seems to be a packed punch waiting behind the corner - and it makes you a little bit afraid of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, all while loving what their doing. Album highlight “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)” is probably their best track to date, however it doesn’t overshadow the rest of the album, with amazing songs like “The Opposite of Afternoon” and “Faded in the Morning,” the latter of which houses a melody that ends up stuck in your head even after you’ve let Unknown Mortal Orchestra go. For II, it seems to be all about choices: choices to let you hear only one level of what their doing, and choices keep their songs hidden in the murk of lo-fi that can at times be frustrating, and at times be exhilarating. It wasn’t until the release of their EP, Blue Record, which came out later in the year, that II started the make more sense: a glorious album with simple melodies, and a record that holds as much emotion as any extravagant, over-produced album that needs more words and more instruments.
I don’t know if I’ve written about this on here, but one of the main academic aspects of this study abroad experience is something called an ISP - an Independent Study Project. For most people, that means writing a long paper about something to do with India: agriculture or… well, I think most of…
I wrote this thing about what I’m doing in India right now, in the form of a rant. Enjoy if you’d like. Thank you.
I haven’t really talked about this on here, but I’m going to India tomorrow for three and a half months to live, study, write, breathe, eat, etc. I’m going to try to keep a blog as best as I can, and you can follow it above if you’re so inclined. Perhaps the more interesting things I will repost on this blog as well, but for now, follow that one above if you’re interested in hearing about my experiences. Thank you.
This took me a while to do, but here it is: THE BEST OF RADIO FOR RWANDA! All of your favorite moments from the twelve hour marathon we did to raise money for HDI and GlobeMed’s work with sexual education in Rwanda! It’s free and available to you now - get it and revel in all of the great moments!
1. Intro 2. Daydreaming (Wild Firth) 3. WLFM CEO Call I 4. Call Me Beautiful (The Appletones) 5. Confessions Pt. II (Peter and the Appletones) 6. One Night Stand (Isabelle Skoog) 7. College or Jupiter? 8. Believe (Bob Trettin) 9. What Would You Do (The Involuntary String Band) 10. Bluegrass Freestyle (Peter and the Involuntary String Band) 11. The Questions of Target Employees 12. Alex Poli’s Animal Noises 13. The Cup Song (Diana Szteinberg) 14. Anastasia vs. Peter and Mitchell and Star Wars 15. Chest Shave Intro 16. I Dreamed A Dream of Having My Chest Shaved (Alex York) 17. Kevin Killian Drinks Alex York’s Shaving Water 18. bbcutiexo31 Speaks Out 19. Ven Conmigo (Sarah Laven 20. The Reason for strawberryshortii 21. Educate (Romelle Loiseau and Neal Falletta-Cowden) 22. Knowledge (Cory Jones) 23. California Dreamin’ (Peter, Will, Heather, Abby, and Emily) 24. An Embarrassing, Adorable Story From Intern Will’s Childhood 25. Simple Man (Will Fraser) 26. Far Behind (Cate Bentley) 27. WLFM CEO Call II 28. My Kind of Woman (Peter and Wild Firth) 29. The Final Total is Revealed 30. Home: Completely Distorted, Bonkers, Blown Out, Awesome Version (Wild Firth) 31. Outro
Here’s an Outshot I did about Chance the Rapper’s remarkable song Paranoia, from his mixtape Acid Rap (which is available free on his site). This one is pretty personal for me, and was a bit tough to write, but I’m very proud of it.
Yeah, I realized this song was amazing a few weeks ago, and Jesse hit the nail on the head. Probably the most real rap song of our time. These days, all anyone is talking about is Jay-Z and Ye, but Chance only needed five minutes with this track to say something more real than any artist around. Listen to this if you really want to think for a second.
“We are aware of reports that Durex has launched Daft Punk branded condoms following their hit single ‘Get Lucky’. There is no Durex promotion or partnership with Daft Punk in the U.S. or any other markets and Durex is not posting free packs to the world’s top DJs as suggested. However, we do hope that by using Durex condoms, music-lovers will continue to make sweet music together and have great sex!”—Some Durex rep.
Download the latest episode of ON PATROL right now - the final one of the year! THE INVOLUNTARY STRING BAND are in-studio to perform a series of covers, including Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and “Hey Ya,” featuring Peter on vocals! It’s AN ON PATROL CAROL, where ghosts enter the studio to share with Peter the past, present, and future of WLFM! Apprentice Will brings in his Yoko! Talk of a realistic Bigfoot movie, teachers who say “I’ll wait,” and a heartfelt goodbye! Download it now!
Download the latest episode of ON PATROL right now! Back after the marathon, Peter takes it easy, and talks George (R.R.) Martin, video game strategy guide jokes, and more! Apprentice (formerly Intern) Will goes off on Vampire Weekend, and their brass section! LILY SAND is in-studio to review The Great Gatsby, talk about falling asleep during every movie, and about visiting Delta Gamma’s only male member’s grave! Will shares his summer plans, and prepares to watch Eraserhead! Download it now!