WKNC’s The Lounge Presents — Free Cake for Every Creature
Lo-fi twee gang Free Cake For Every Creature played a quick session in The Lounge before their show at Slim’s on August 30th, 2014. The stop in Raleigh was the very last date of their extensive tour that led them from their home in New York to the west coast and eventually the lower Atlantic. One of the stops included the actual feminist book store featured in Portlandia.
You can see what Stereogum said about the tape FCFEC released on dbldblwhmmy records here or just get lost in some of those songs the band performed in the Lounge on our youtube channel.
WKNC’s The Lounge Presents — Free Cake for Every Creature
WKNC TOP 5 ADDS
1. KING TUFF - Black Moon Spell - SUB POP
2. PURLING HISS - Weridon - Drag City
3. WHIRR - Sway - Graveface
4. LVL UP - Hoodwink’d - Double Double Whammy
5. PERFUME GENIUS - Too Bright - Matador
WKNC RADIO 200
1. TOPS - Picture You Staring - Arbutus
2. TY SEGALL - Manipulator - Drag City
3. BAHAMAS - Bahamas Is Afie - Brushfire
4. HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER - Lateness Of Dancers - Merge
5. J MASCIS - Tied To A Star - SUB POP
6. AVI BUFFALO - At Best Cuckold - SUB POP
7. LITERATURE - Chorus - Slumberland
8. MERCHANDISE - After The End - 4AD
9. SHE KEEPS BEES - Eight Houses - Future Gods
10. ABIGAILS - Tundra - Burger
11. WAND - Ganglion Reef - God?
12. BRONCHO - Just Enough Hip To Be Woman - Dine Alone
13. GROWLERS - Chinese Fountain - Everloving
14. EDJ - EDJ - Easy Sound
15. MUSEUM MOUTH - Alex I Am Nothing - Self Aware
16. RENTALS - Lost In Alphaville - Polyvinyl
17. ALLAH-LAS - Worship The Sun - Innovative Leisure
18. RAVEONETTES - Pe’ahi - Beat Dies
19. WYTCHES - Annabel Dream Reader - Partisan
20. SPOON - They Want My Soul - Loma Vista
21. TWIN PEAKS - Wild Onion - Grand Jury
22. DAVID KILGOUR AND THE HEAVY EIGHTS - End Times Undone - Merge
23. JENNY LEWIS - Voyager - Warner
24. KAREN O - Crush Songs - Cult
25. DANIEL BACHMAN - Orange Co. Serenade - Bathetic
26. NAOMI PUNK - Television Man - Captured Tracks
27. MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND - This Is My Hand - Asthmatic Kitty
28. DRUMS - Encyclopedia - Minor
29. SW/MM/NG - Feel Not Bad - Old Flame
30. NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - Brill Bruisers - Matador
WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS September 16, 2014
WKNC TOP 5 ADDS
1. BRONCHO - Just Enough Hip To Be Woman - Dine Alone
2. SHE KEEPS BEES - Eight Houses - Future Gods
3. GROWLERS - Chinese Fountain - Everloving
4. DRUMS - Encyclopedia - Minor
5. GOAT - Commune - Sub Pop
WKNC RADIO 200
1 TY SEGALL Manipulator Drag City
2 LITERATURE Chorus Slumberland
3 J MASCIS Tied To A Star SUB POP
4 BAHAMAS Bahamas Is Afie Brushfire
5 HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER Lateness Of Dancers Merge
6 MUSEUM MOUTH Alex I Am Nothing Self Aware
7 AVI BUFFALO At Best Cuckold SUB POP
8 MERCHANDISE After The End 4AD
9 TWIN PEAKS Wild Onion Grand Jury
10 ADEBISI SHANK This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank Sargent House
11 TOPS Picture You Staring Arbutus
12 ABIGAILS Tundra Burger
13 RUBBLEBUCKET Survival Sounds Communion
14 WHITE FENCE For The Recently Found Innocent Drag City
15 JENNY LEWIS Voyager warner
16 NAOMI PUNK Television Man Captured Tracks
17 DAVID KILGOUR AND THE HEAVY EIGHTS End Times Undone Merge
18 EDJ EDJ Easy Sound
19 WAND Ganglion Reef God?
20 RAVEONETTES Pe’ahi Beat Dies
21 WYTCHES Annabel Dream Reader Partisan
22 SPOON They Want My Soul Loma Vista
23 RENTALS Lost In Alphaville Polyvinyl
24 MATT KIVEL Days Of Being Wild Woodsist
25 DANIEL BACHMAN Orange Co. Serenade Bathetic
26 SW/MM/NG Feel Not Bad Old Flame
27 NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Brill Bruisers Matador
28 ALLAH-LAS Worship The Sun Innovative Leisure
29 MOTEL BEDS These Are The Days Gone By Misra
30 FLOATING ACTION Body Questions New West
Local Band Local Beer- Chit Nasty, Fields of Mars, and Dapper Conspiracy
Fields of Mars
CMJ College Radio Award 2014 Nominations
WKNC has been nominated for three CMJ College Radio Awards for 2014!! This year, we’re up for Best Community Resource, Best Use of Limited Resources, and Biggest Champion of the Local Scene. Big thank you’s to everyone who nominated us, as well as to everyone who helped make this station what it is today!
Winners will be announced on College Day, October 24th, at CMJ’s Music Marathon in New York City.
Also, congratulations to last year’s WKNC General Manager Bri Aab for being nominated for three promoter awards after only four months at Team Clermont, as well as to ‘09-‘11 Daytime Music Director John Hubbard, nominated for Promoter of the Year for his work at Terrorbird Media!
For more information on the nominations for this year, check out the official announcement here.
Artist Profile: The Nervous Ticks (RVA)
The Nervous Ticks are one of the most inventive rock n’ roll bands you’ll find on this coast of the United States. Hailing from Richmond Virginia the three piece consists of guitarist and songwriter Chaz Tick, washtub drummer Kyle Flannagan and backup vocalist/mean maracas/bleep blooping keyboardist Liza Jane.
Originally the bedroom tape project of Chaz the three have created a live band so energetic its frightening—in the best way possible. After growing up in Virginia I had heard about the band a fair amount, seeing the name pop up on social media and fliers occasionally, but had never seen the band until their killer set at last year’s Phuzz Phest (the one of two that wasn’t in the middle of a skate park).
With the ever increasing popularity of the very fluid enigma that is “garage rock” due to quality record labels such as Burger Records and now well known artists such as Ty Segall it can feel like you’ve heard all the variation possible within the limits of the genre. The Nervous Ticks don’t conform to a formulaic approach, unusual rhythm tones and changes as well as interesting keyboard additions make for captivating tunes. Highly recommended.
Catch the Nervous Ticks at 11:00 p.m. at the Hive on Friday.
Ska for A Cure
The Pressure Boys
Dex Romweber Duo
AUGUST 8, 2014
The Be Loud! Sophie Foundation Benefit Concert at Cat’s Cradle was a huge success! $45,000 was raised between the two shows on August 8th (pictured above) and August 9th. Dex Romweber Duo opened, followed by The Connels, and east coast ska legends, The Pressure Boys, reuniting for only the second time in decades. The cult icons rocked the house, with fans both old and new traveling from as far as New Hampshire to see them play together for what might be the last time.
This was my first ska show, but it definitely won’t be my last. Ska is for everyone. For those of you who don’t know, ska is a genre of music that includes fast guitar offbeats, walking basslines, and horns of all kinds. It’s fast, it’s complex, and it makes you want to dance. It was definitely the most fun I’ve had at a concert in a long time.
To learn more about the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, visit http://beloudsophie.org
Hopscotch Artist Profile: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
“I didn’t like that second band,” said the kid I for whom I had just scored a free ticket to see Future Islands at Cat’s Cradle several years ago.
The ingrate was referring to Ed Schrader’s Music Beat. The performance was admittedly unconventional; on a dark stage, Ed Schrader stood over a snare drum with a bright light underneath it, so that his face was lit up the same way as when you hold a flashlight while telling a ghost story. “Rats!” He exclaimed maniacally, banging his drum to a fast rhythm. I loved it.
A year or so later when I met Dan Deacon in Moore Square, he was wearing an Ed Schrader’s Music Beat t-shirt. They are all exemplary members of Baltimore’s Wham City scene, where it goes without saying that a live performance is a craft in its own right.
The 2-piece band’s live performance is a testament to the “less is more” persuasion. If you just listen to their music, they still sound interesting - grungy, kind of no-wave - but their act is a spectacle to appreciate for the artful way in which they present the simplicity of their set up: two people, one with a bass and the other with a snare and a microphone on a stand. A worklight. Symmetry. With only a few resources on stage, the band creates exceptional dimension.
Ed Schrader’s appearance in the Triangle coincides with the band’s August release of their new album Party Jail. They will play Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh at CAM on Thursday, September 3rd between 10-11pm.
Greg and Nathan from Hopscotch Music Fest LLC stopped by the station last week to chat with me about the state of the festival, its future, the triangle community, and music in general. You can listen to the extensive interview here.
Our conversation had me thinking on some of the highlights from my experiences at past years attending the festival. Many of the most fun times I’ve had at Hopscotch or in Raleigh, or at live concerts in general have been sparked by the somewhat spontaneous nature of Hopscotch’s design. By so excellently pairing such interesting and unknown artists together with local acts or more established groups the festival creates an atmosphere that breeds discovery.
But while there are great sets at single venues at the same time the range of diversity and general quality of the festival brings always brings up conflicts and scavenger hunt style show attendance hopping.
I remember at last year’s festival I went to CAM to see Horse Lords on a completely blind suggestion from a friend. Horse Lords have been described as “polyrhythmic krautrockers” that use intonation and repeating tropes in an entrancing psychedelic rock and roll kind of way. It doesn’t sound like the kind of thing that could be catchy or fun but IT WAS. The live performance had multitudes of energy and on top of that I got to have a conversation with Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner in the crowd.
Its that kind of liberating feeling that any show you could walk into could be your next favorite band that has kept me coming to Hopscotch year after year and I hope you consider making some spontaneous choices this year as well.
Source: SoundCloud / John Kovalchik
Hopscotch Artist Profile: Sun Araw
One of my favorite parts of Hopscotch are the surprises each year. In the past, I never expected someone like harsh noise legend Merzbow to play in a place like Raleigh, or to discover the then-relatively-unknown Oneohtrix Point Never way back in 2011, two years before he made it big as an artist/internet troll. The pleasant obscurity I didn’t see coming this year wound up being Sun Araw.
The solo project of former Magic Lantern member Cameron Stallones, Sun Araw sounds like jumping into a cyber pool of jello and floating in it. Stallones fuses elements of old-school, 60’s psychedelia and contextualizes it in the retro future.
Like a lot of people, my first exposure to Sun Araw was in the 2012 video game Hotline Miami. Developed by Jonatan Söderström (a developer most well known for creating Adult Swim games), it was a fast-paced journey through the mind of a man under mind-control drugs as he wages war on the mob in 1980’s Miami. Its eerie, lo-fi atmosphere was complimented by its psychedelic electronic soundtrack. The first thing you encounter when starting up is this start menu, set to Sun Araw’s Horse Steppin’. He sets the stage for a wicked fever dream experience.
On Saturday, September 6th, you can experience Sun Araw’s wicked fever dream yourself. He takes the stage at Slim’s for a dimly-lit, intimate performance that should unsettle you, but in a good way. I’m looking forward to having another Hopscotch memory as unique as having my bones rattled at Merzbow.