Monday, November 30, 2009

Because insider references never go out of style

Middlebury has produced some stellar musicians before,
including Dispatch and the guys behind Song for Sarah.
We now proudly add to that list the Allen Jokers:

Their debut single, Midd Kid ft. Jay-Z just dropped. You can download it here and revel in the clever manipulations of campus stereotypes to your heart's delight.

The music video should follow early in the new year.

Something To Be Thankful For

We at WRMC hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving.

If you didn't, perhaps you will look back on it more fondly when you realize that the Roots and the Dirty Projectors performed together last week at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. That's double the drum kits (technically triple when considering the fact that Quest Love manned one) and double the bass + the voices of a choir of Angels.

Collaborations like these make our weeks.

Friday, November 20, 2009

dude, FUCK BUTTONS, lets get some zippers...


“Hi this is Mrs. Edmonds from Johnson Elementary School calling in regards to your son Billy. There is no reason for alarm, but I would appreciate if we could discuss Billy’s behavior in the classroom. You can reach me at 203 655 2549. I look forward to meeting with you.” Was what the answering machine said as I lay on my belly drawing on the cold wooden floor in my kitchen. I liked the mixed smell of lacquer and the toxic from my fat sharpie marker. I began tracing the dark lines of the wood’s grain, and then peeled off them creating something of my own.

My teacher thinks I’m a troublemaker. I’m not. My teacher thinks I’m dumb. I don’t think I am. I just don’t like talking. I don’t like writing either, there are better things to do with a pen and paper than make the same stupid letters over and over again. Words never surprise me, they never turn into something completely unexpected and excite me to create a new narrative, a new world never been discovered.

I like drawing. I used to draw every moment of the day. My desk would be filled with stories of pirates surfing on dolphins into underwater caves to protect their booty from the sonic space monkeys. That one took me three recesses to clean. The next only took one because Mrs. Edmonds took away my markers after the first time. Now if I draw I get sent to the principal’s office. Except in art. You can sometimes draw in art. But usually we make stupid pencil holders out of Popsicle sticks or origami swans.

So in class I don’t do anything. I sit. I squeal. I stare. I make faces. I dream. I wait. I grunt. I hate. I don’t do anything. Absolutely nothing all day long. Until I go home and open up my markers. 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Canimal Ollective

A studio version of Animal Collective's "What Would I Want? Sky" from their upcoming Fall Be Kind EP has finally surfaced. Besides being awesome, it also contains the first licensed Grateful Dead sample. Checks it out below.

Like it? Here's another one that'll be on the EP.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Music Wednesdays featuring Solange Knowles

Most people recognize Solange Knowles (right) as being Ms. Best Video of the Year (Beyonce Knowles)'s younger sister. Some (probably not many) may recognize Solange Knowles as the essential voice to the theme song of Disney's Proud Family.

She has come a long way since then having collaborated with various underground rappers such as Theophilus London and now is using her talents to create a quite soulful cover of Dirty Projectors "Stillness Is The Move".

This track definitely needs to be recognized as it so creatively utilizes the classic Isaac Hayes sample from "Bumpy's Lament" to create a melody so similar to the original Dirty Projectors' that it's recognizable, but so different that she can claim it as her own. Check it out below and let it move you all the way to Thanksgiving break.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ever Wanted To Be The Kind of Person Who Listened to Jazz?

Not only "listened to jazz," but also had some general knowledge of the tunes being listened to?

Well I know I did, so when I came across this NPR commentary on Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux's guide to jazz music (so aptly titled Jazz) I knew my prayers had been answered.

As well as covering the fundamentals of Jazz and it's history, Giddins and Deveaux offer 101 essential tracks for beginning Jazz listeners and regulars alike with full descriptions on the significance of each song. WGBO got to speak with Giddins who offered 5 tracks as a stepping stone to the full 101. Check them out here to wet your Jazz palette.

Monday, November 16, 2009

more new dance musiks

New remix of the title track from The Tough Alliance's 3rd album, A New Chance, by DFA resident Juan MacLean. It's SOOOO disco! Pure retro bliss @ 6:45.

Listen to the crappy audio version posted on youtube below, or link to a better one here.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Reasons for Hospitalization: Dan Deacon at the Bunker

Shoop. Shoop ba-doop.
Can you find you?

Ay ay oooo!

photo credit: Isabel Shaw

Special thanks to Joanna Rothkopf for making it all happen.
WRMC loves you.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Delights of The Gamut Room: You and Yourn

In the history of male/female indie duos (She & Him, Matt & Kim, The White Stripes) rarely do we find a pair that are happily in marriage. Today, I present to you the first! (Well, there is Avey Tare and Kria Brekken but we know how Pitchfork feels about them... ) So yes! Today is the first and if you didn't know already they are playing in the Gamut Room!

Now, I realize what you are thinking: "Oh, there goes another one of those 'indie folk duos' with their chilled out singer-songwriter air to them. Better bring out my worn-in flannel." Well! You, my friend, are wrong. This is not just "indie folk" music. It is "lyrically-driven, atmospheric chamber-folk" for the sophisticated hipster (perfect for the Gamut Room atmosphere). So head over there for the family affair around 8, eat some crepes and enjoy the beginning of a relaxing night.

Check out the music here (you'll enjoy, I promise).

Oh, did I mention they are touring with Andrew Bird in December? Yeah, I'll see you there.

Dan Deacon hospitalized

Looks like we just missed the cutoff on this one, folks. Our festive friend Dan Deacon has been hospitalized with back problems, causing him to cancel the remaining days on his North American tour. Damn you, acute sciatica! Read more here.

We know you really give it your all, Dan, and we really appreciate that, so you will be in our thoughts. Get well soon!

I suppose this is just what happens when you Get Older...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bearcraft Carrier

Phillipe just finished producing his second album of dance music. He is very excited to share it with you all. Like last time around, it's free and easy to download.

Just go here:

Track List:

1) The Children Are The Future
2) Bear to Land Missiles (YSI)
3) Neck Tattoos
4) Step Left, Step Right, Around!
5) Taft Was Sick
6) The Weekend (It's Got to be Phonkay)
7) I'm Just Floating on Bear
8) Dwarf
9) Throat Babies (YSI)
10) Suns Out, Guns Out
11) '09
If you like it, please burn it for everyone you know, post it on your blogs, and twitter about it (don't act like you don't have one).

The files are uploaded at 192kbps. If anyone would like higher quality files for their own use, just email and he can figure out a way to get you the high quality AIFF's.

Here is the myspace:

Rock on

!!! - "A New Name"

Tight performance of a standout track from their album Myth Takes.
Get down to it.

The video of "Heart of Hearts", another album standout, is good too.
Link to it here

Pitchfork recently reposted these videos in memory of the drummer, Jerry Fuchs, who died tragically last week in an elevator shaft accident. R.I.P.

New Music Wednesdays featuring Luke Lalonde

Yo WRMC peoples. Today is Wednesday i.e. Hump Day so we figure you wouldn't mind learning about a new tune to carry you across the rest of your week.

Today's tune is "Big Run" by Luke Lalonde (lead singer of the Born Ruffians). This single was released as a part of the Canadian music project known as Novels in which 5 Canadian artists from 5 different Canadian bands (Born Ruffians, Tokyo Police Club, Will Currie and the Country French, Ex-Po, and Jay Sad) came together in a small Canadian recording studio for a 24-hour marathon of writing, recording, and arranging a 5 track EP (in Canada). Nuts.

Luke Lalonde delivers with handclaps and tambourines (what more could you want?) in a song perfect for the start of your fall day. Check the video below to see how a truly brilliant artist produces such a lovely track.

Then go a bit lower and cop the track for yourself.

NOVELS - Big Run (Chapter 3 of 5) from Wade Vroom on Vimeo.

Big Run - Luke Lalonde

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

new Four Tet - "Love Cry"

Pretty great song from Four Tet's upcoming full-length, There Is Love In You. More minimal than his usual thing, but it's still got hip-hop-inspired drums, it's got some funky bass, and it's got some glitchy stuff in there too. It's good.
S'called "Love Cry". chchchcheck it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


I'm so excited this bus is coming to Middlebury this Saturday.

This is going to be sweet. Get your tix at the box office. Straight away lads and gals.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Middle East

“We went fishing last night.”

“Well you did, I watched from the rocks above. You caught two fish and it was for fun.”

“Your tackle box laid at your feet as you smiled up at me holding the fish you caught above your head. There was already one on the ground and the sun glinted its scales. They were nice fish. And you looked silly in your big hat. It was bright out out, and it was just for fun.”

“And when I woke up I completely forgot for a minute.”

“A whole minute of blissful forgetfulness, I couldn’t even remember why my alarm was set so early”

“Forgot what?”

“That something terrible will happen to me.”


“Not in-particular. It’s just that ever since I was little I knew something completely awful would happen to me.”

“Like death? You know that everyone dies.”

“I know that. But it will be worse than just death. Maybe it will be. I think it will be something worse. Something awful”

“So what did you do?”

“Well, I kept sleeping. As I am now.”

“Good, then I’ll start skinning the fishes”