Thursday, October 30, 2008

Apple Juice Kid Remixes Miles Davis

This joint is sick. Absolutely sick. Its a mixtape of Miles Davis remixed by Apple Juice Kid, and really I just don't have the words to describe it. All i can say is that you must download it ASAP, and listen to its greatness.

The Apple Juice Kid - Miles Remixed (zshare)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

where do you run, do you run, do you run to?

welcome back to another installment of get to know yr rotation!

today, boys and girls, we will focus on a much hyped up and comer: the vivian girls. naturally i heard about this band through the grapevine and even managed to read about them in the middlebury campus in an article written by wrmc's own rock manager melissa marshall. i know that melissa shares my love of all things female indie rock, so i was excited when the cd made it into the station.

the vivian girls offer a product that is refreshing in its simplicity. having grown up listening to lookout! records and kill rock stars, these three girls make me feel like i'm in a time warp, transported to olympia, washington in 1991. the vivian girls sound like le tigre and bikini kill made a baby with the jesus and the mary chain. strong harmonies, distorted fuzzy guitars, and three girls from brooklyn with bangs and a taste for irony. they also put this out on their own and its climbing the wrmc charts! so listen to it and jump around your room and shake your booty!

love, rachael

vivian girls - where do you run to
vivian girls - never see me again

Fly into our Airspace Missus Palin

WRMC loves Sarah Palin, Russians, and alumni.

Check out the newest track from Vlad and Boris, Russia's political-rock equivalent to Bono and Rage Against the Machine.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Barack Obama: The Mixtape

This is simply the greatest thing to come across my lap in the last few weeks. The list of people who drop on this is incredible, from Wyclef to Jay-Z. It is very political in nature, obviously, but even beyond that its just a very powerful message. Its about empowering people, and not to be cliche, but its about the American Dream.

Check the Tracklist:

1. Intro
2. David Banner,Busta Rhymes,Talib Kweli “Black President” Rmx pt1 *
3. Barack Obama “Stand Up”*
4. Nas Speaks on Politics
5. Styles P and Cassidy “Make It Out”*
6. Jay-z Speaks “The American Dream”
7. Barack Obama “One Mic, One People”
8. Russell Simmons Speaks on Obama
9. Joe Budden,Twista,John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change 2008″
10. Angie Martinez “Yes We Need A Mixtape!!”
11. Kanye West,Malik Yusef “Promised land
12. Wale,Rhymefest,Christina K, Royce 5′9 “Black President” RMX Pt2*
13. Barack Obama “My Life”*
14. Jay-z “Lick a Shot”*
15. Russell Simmons on Change
16. Wyclef “Obama for President”
17. Charles Hamilton “The Moment”
18. Find ur Dreams (interlude) *
19. George Bush’s Highlight Reel
20. Mikkey Halsted “King George” *
21. Obama on Hip-Hop
22. Joel Ortiz feat Dante Hawkins “Letter To Obama” *
23. Akon , U.M. “Aint No Sunshine” *
24. Qadir, Dwayne (Invasion) “Its My Time
25. Johnny Polygon (Invasion),Amanda Diva “Colorblind” *
26. Mavado “We Need Barack” *
27. Jay-Z / Gabe Real “What We Need” (Speech)
28. Qadir “Yes We Can” Outro

Cop it here, and play it loud and proud.

Barack Obama - The Mixtape
(New Mediafire Link)

Props to illroots for the drop.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

cast off the shackles of yesterday! shoulder to shoulder into the fray!

a little musical reminder to fill out your absentee ballots, mail them in and take advantage of the right to vote!!
if only mrs. banks could have seen barack obama ...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

don't know ourselves well but so what, we know each other

introducing: get to know yr rotation.
a weekly profile of a cd that i'm about to stick on rotation and thereby influence freshmen to play on repeat!

generally my ego sends out warning signals when a cd that i've never heard of crosses my (figurative) desk. clearly if i don't know it, it must be awful! i'm not the first music director to feel this way, and part of my job is to throw out the bizarre CDs featuring microsoft paint cover-art or some suggestively posed teenage girl singing r&b ballads. its the albums that look good when judging by the cover but sound like the worst bar rock you've ever heard that start to jade you, and when you've heard the 45th solo-project of some wayward member of polyphonic spree you start to hate music in general.

i was therefore surprised that i instantly fell in love with dear & the headlights. the sophomore release from these boys on equal vision records did not inspire much confidence in me, stating that it was RIYL modest mouse, the walkmen and hot hot heat. although i deeply love modest mouse AND the walkmen, comparing an album to three such disparate influences is, in my experience, recipe for disaster. drunk like bible times is a rare album that can patch together those aforementioned influences and add a few more (think bright eyes, wilco, kings of leon) to craft 12 consistently great tracks. in my opinion every song on this album is worth at least a few listens. the first song, "i'm not crying. you're not crying, are you?" is a jangly, catchy opener which leads into "bad news" - a track that swings back and forth between a slightly angular, modest-mouse-esque distorted guitar melody to a straightforward indie-pop refrain and back again, getting stuck in your head on the way. more raucous tracks like "saintly rows (oh oh)" are tempered by genuinely sweet ballads like "flowers for my brain". some of my other favorites are the relate-ably titled "if not for my glasses" and the acoustic, off-key vocals on "willetta". i could write a hundred more words about this album and sound more and more like any other snarky record review, so instead here are some treats.

also, in case re-introductions are necessary, i'm rachael, i'm the music director-ette at wrmc and my favorite wrmc-related activity is singing and dancing without shame in the station during my show and obsessively labeling things. i also like listening to the messages in the office when they are full of the transmitter talking. writing this has been ten times more fun than doing my russian homework.

dear & the headlights - saintly rows (oh oh)
dear & the headlights - if not for my glasses

Monday, October 6, 2008

Chromeo vs Treasure Fingers

Treasure Fingers just got their shit WORKED. Chromeo absolutely kills it with their remix of 'Cross the Dancefloor'. It sounds a lot like Chromeo, but its got a feel thats distinctly different, in a way that makes you want to just sorta dance and maybe snap your fingers a few times. Its def worth checking out.

Treasure Fingers - Cross the Dancefloor (Chromeo Remix)

On a related note, Chromeo is playing in Montreal on Friday, tickets are still available. Calvin Harris is also dropping a DJ set, which should be ill.