WKNC’s Double Barrel Benefit X Night Two Photo Slideshow
Playlist: A Guide to DBBX
Double Barrel Benefit 10 is quickly approaching. If you haven’t had time to check out the bands yet, I have made a Spotify playlist that includes a couple of my favorite songs from each band (except for The Lollipops and Some Army who are not on Spotify). So please check them out so you can sing along with us at Double Barrel this weekend. As always, tune in to 88.1 WKNC to hear these artists as well as other great artists all day.
Check out the playlist here!
Here are the songs in the playlist in addition to some songs you should check out by the artists who are not on Spotify.
Wolves by The Lollipops
I Love You by The Lollipops
Teenage Lions by Jenny Besetzt
Always by Jenny Besetzt
Rise by Lilac Shadows
Bloodworth by Lilac Shadows
I’ll Survive by JKutchma and the Five Fifths
There’s a Light on by JKutchma and the the Five Fifths
Open Wide by Oulipo
Build It Up by Oulipo
Servant Tires by Some Army
We’ve Been Lucky by Some Army
Crying Only Counts the First Time by Wesley Wolfe
Crying/Laughing by Wesley Wolfe
Friday Night by Spider Bags
Simona La Ramona
Local Beer Local Band October 7
Happy October everyone! Finally feels like fall! Hooray!
Grab that scarf and come down to WKNC and Tir Na Nog’s Local Band Local Beer on Thursday, October 7 to see WILD WILD GEESE, WESLEY WOLFE, and SHIT HORSE! All bands are a part of Odessa Records. The show is FREE! Ages 21 and up. Starts at 10 p.m. My favorite delicious October-tasting beer, Big Boss Harvest Time will be on tap. Yum yum!
Check out www.wknc.org/lblb to see the fall schedule for Local Band Local Beer and to download the free mixtape, which features one song from each band playing this season.
…Wild Wild Geese
"Are You a Baby?, the prelude to Carrboro trio Wild Wild Geese’s forthcoming debut LP, bristles with springy garage rock verve that
seems to fit everywhere and nowhere at once. The Geese play with loose energy and nervy emotion, suggesting The Replacements and Reigning Sound. The screwball guitars feel more like Polvo, though, while the pop undercurrent has as much to do with British punk as American rebellion (or as much Buzzcocks as Stooges). Still, while Wild Wild Geese sound very much culled from all of those bands, it manages to avoid sounding too much like any of them.” - The Independent
There’s a reason Chapel Hill, North Carolina is still one of the great American hubs for independent music, and it’s not just indie rock stalwarts Superchunk and the Cat’s Cradle rock club. The reason is because there is a glut of homegrown talent, people like the Kingsbury
Manx or Spider Bags that are churning out vital record after vital record. And go right ahead and add Wesley Wolfe to that list. Storage
is, flat out, one of the finest pop records of the year. Wolfe recorded all the instruments himself, and these are as straight-up as pop songs come. Guitars, bass, drums, vocals, sweet melodies, clever and heartfelt lyrics, and hooks, hooks, hooks. But while the elements are simple, the songs are far from the same. Wolfe can pull off guileless love songs, lover-spurned indie rock, and spaced-out melancholia—and that’s just in the first three songs. His nasal bleat is urgent and sweet at the same time, and when he spits out lines like “sorry only counts the first time”, you know damn well he means it. So you’ve got 11 catchy as hell songs, full of driving guitars and deep hooks, telling earnest tales sung with both feeling and energy—aren’t those the things we expect from pop music? And does it make Storage one of the finest examples of it in 2010. The answer to both questions is a resounding ‘Yes’.
"If you’re compelled to wince at Shit Horse on first glance, that’s understandable. The band—three young, white rock musicians from
Carrboro and Danny Mason, a black frontman two decades older than the band’s youngest member—doesn’t do itself many favors: They’re called Shit Horse, of course, and the title of their debut cassette is a riff on the 1969 Jane Fonda film about a dance marathon. They have a theme song—”Shit Horse! Is Gonna Ride!,” ad infinitum—and they prefer to present their songs via guerilla sets late at night on the streets of Orange County…The band ratchets the rhythm until they deliver Mason into a post-punk fistfight, his exasperated voice insisting that he won’t be defeated. So, yeah, maybe Shit Horse is a gimmick with an attitude and a sense of humor for teenagers. But what else did you think rock ‘n’ roll promised?” - The Independent
The front man of all three bands will join me in the station Thursday night from 7-8 p.m. We’ll be having a round-table discussion. Tune in if you know what’s good for you!
Local Beat preview 7/23/10
The Local Beat this evening with a variety of guests for tonight’s show.
At 6 p.m., singer-songwriter and Raleigh native Jason Adamo is slipping in to chat about his newest release, Transistor, which was recorded with John Briggs in Pittsboro NC. Listen in for some debut airing of the new material!
7 p.m. is bringing in Wesley Wolfe who has just recently put out his second album and first through Odessa Records. The album is called Storage, and we will be playing some tunes off that for the hour. Feel free to download his track "Who’s Going To Truly Love You" here.
Now Playing 4/16
The Mynabirds- What We Lost in the Fire We Gain in the Flood
What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood
WORD, this is my new jam. I am always a sucker for female vocals, and ta-boot, she is the woman from Georgie James! This album has an older feeling, reminiscent of the Dusty Springfield era. A mixture of soul and country makes this album extremely hard to put down. Infectious R&B numbers filled with blues and country influences soaks up all your feelings like a sponge, and when it’s over it squeezes everything out of you and you feel so much better for having experienced it.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPJ-GZ2Vv9Y
Kings Go Forth-The Outsider’s Are Back
This is exhilarating. You start instantly sweating listening to this, your heart beats faster, your feet start tapping, your body starts moving. Kings Go Forth bring a 70’s soul band sound and an extremely happy vibe all around. I don’t know what else I can say about this but enjoy!
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvemEJGo8Dc
New Young Pony Club- The Optimist
The Outsiders are Back
There is a clear distinction between this album and their first. Both include dance-able rock music, an evolution of the almost forgotten new wave genre, but this album feels much darker. There is a more mature feeling in the music and in their lyrics. Regardless, this will keep your ass moving!
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wwXLkpwt58
Sarah Jaffe-Suburban Nature
Remember Cat Power back in the day, all she had was her depressing lyrics and a guitar? That is pretty much Sarah Jaffe, except Jaffe includes musical compositions that resemble Neutral Milk Hotel. I know, right? Awesome.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPOnh6R1cOA
Trampled by Turtles-Palomino
Now this is for the people who like to bring the house down with BLUEGRASS. Extremely frantic, upbeat bluegrass music that is so damn catchy I needed to get tested after listening to this album. If you enjoy listening to those Avett guys you will probably enjoy listening to this band.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVaonoikASA
Hmm, now this was the only album I listened to that I just didn’t get. Sounds like mixture of Chromeo and Kings of Convenience. Sort of has an 80’s retro R&B theme to it, but sometimes that doesn’t translate as well as he wanted it to. However, there are some catchy tunes so take a listen and judge for yourself!
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWkQ4a-o9Bs
The Radio Dept.- Clinging to a Scheme
This dreamy pop album cues light synths at the best moments possible and relies on a steady drum beat. This is alongside distorted, atmospheric vocals that have you feel like you’re walking on air.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsuLsb-jrt0
Inlets- Inter Arbiter
Singer/songwriter baroque pop that layers vocals and incorporates more fanciful instruments in a way that distinguishes themselves from the typical lounge act.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2RSoJn-DN4
Family Cactus- Come Howling
Slower, darker vocals match on top of faster paced rock songs. They range from light to heavy in sound, and this breaks the album away from what could have been rather mundane.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwdWnmqAYzM
Kate Nash- My Best Friend is You
More relationship enraged pop. This time Nash diversifies her sound well. She mixes high energy pop songs with cynical and jealous lyrics to create another fun experience.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqV-embx_tA
The Pack A.D. - We Kill Computers
We Kill Computers
Think White Stripes. Garage rock duo who are unapologetic and take no prisoners especially on their instruments. A showcase of spill out your guts vocals, distorted guitars, and relentless drumming that rarely lets up.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV0cYFjULmw&feature=related
Sally Seltmann - Heart That’s Pounding
Heart That’s Pounding
Verging on FROU FROU, this album is a JEM and pretty FEIST-y. Sally is a bright and sunny Australian who warms your heart from the start and invites you to listen to the rest of her album. I feel like she was in wistful love when she wrote all these cheerful pop melodies. Play on a pretty day!
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mYUAh0WdTk&feature=related
Wesley Wolfe - Storage
A very short and seamless collection of acoustic songs played mainly by Wolfe himself. The lyrics and melodies contradict themselves somewhat - introspective vs upbeat and it totally works! You might think he’s just another songwriter making music to complain, but check it out and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Cate le Bon - Me Oh My
This album creeps up on you. Beginning with a slow bass line and then added dark layers of crystal clear vocals and psychedelic guitar riffs, Cate really likes to mix things up but the albums main sound is folky. A Welsh version of Nico, even looks wise, Cate’s sometimes weird and awkward vocals have created a hauntingly beautiful album.
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
Me Oh My
This could quite possibly become the anthem for your summer. Catchy, upbeat, synthy… could be categorized as electro-pop. You can’t help but bop your head and pretend to know the lyrics when listening to this. Not quite sure if these guys have their own sound just yet, but this debut is very promising.
[youtube width=”425” height=”25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcmlshqyQ_s