Archive for December, 2011
by DJ Ones on Dec.31, 2011, under Daytime
It’s that time of the year again, and as we say farewell to 2011 and greet 2012 many of us here at WKNC reflected on what the best albums of the year were. Much like the previous two years I sent out a request to the Daytime staff to see what their favorite albums of 2011 were, and below are their top five individual favorites.
1. Sarah Jarosz- Follow Me Down
2. Chris Thile & Michael Daves- Sleep With One Eye Open
3. Bombadil- All the Rain Promises
4. The Decemberists- The King Is Dead
5. Mandolin Orange- Haste Make, Hard Hearted Stranger
1. Wye Oak- Civilian
2. The Dodos- No Color
3. St. Vincent- Strange Mercy
4. Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues
5. James Blake- James Blake
What are your favorite albums of the year? Comment below.
WKNC 88.1 FM, the student-run radio station at North Carolina State University, offers volunteer on- and off-air positions to full-time N.C. State students with a 2.0 minimum grade point average. To qualify for an on-air position, you must first complete a six-week DJ training program and pass a written operator’s exam and demonstrative audio board test.
Anyone interested in becoming a WKNC DJ must attend one of our two interest meetings. They will be
Tuesday, Jan. 10 and Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The location will be 201 Witherspoon. You only need to attend one of the two interest meetings. During the interest meeting, we will provide an overview of WKNC and its role on campus and in the community. You will also receive an application, which must be completed and returned to the WKNC studios at 343 Witherspoon Student Center by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. Individuals interested in electronic, hip-hop, heavy metal and public affairs are particularly encouraged to attend the interest meeting and apply for a spot in the WKNC training program.
After reviewing all applications, our general manager will contact you via email to notify you if you have been accepted into the WKNC training program. Decisions will be made by the general manager and program director, in consultation with the student board of directors.
The DJ training class will be held Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, 2012. The location will be 201 Witherspoon. If you cannot attend five of the six sessions or need to come late/leave early, please do not apply for the training program.
This has been a great week for Raleigh: a show Monday, Dec. 5, and then a show Saturday, Dec. 10. AND they worked out perfectly with exams! Following the Inquisition show on Monday, Herpderp Booking presented Old Painless, No Tomorrow and Mutilation Rites on Saturday.
Old Painless threw a little different vibe into the mix Saturday and played some convergent tunes. I didn’t have a chance to take any pictures as my camera was acting up. I’m glad I was out of the room when a drumstick went flying.
Next up was No Tomorrow. I have seen these guys a few times now, and they were so on point for this show. It was awesome. Crusty, destructive and heavy: these dudes from Wilmington ruled.
Again, last but not least was Mutilation Rites. Heavy hitting black metal from the bowels of New York City, these dudes were truly Satan’s sirens. It was a set everyone in and around the house enjoyed.
I hope this is a trend that continues. Two killer black metal groups in one week, excellent!
P.S. Merry Whateveryoucelebrate, spread the love and come out to a show!! Here are some compiled by Vile Discourse!
Black metal in Raleigh. Sorry if you missed out cause it RULED.
Old Painless started the show off with destructive grindcore. They played a short set but it was pure brutality.
Next up was a Raleigh classic, Double Negative. If you haven’t heard these hardcore hitters you should step up your game. Last year they ripped it apart with Corrosion of Conformity; this year it was Inquisition. Awesome each and every time.
Finally, Inquisition. Pure evil with corpse paint and all. This two piece played for probably close to 45 minutes or more and they typically play bigger venues like Maryland Death Fest and Chaos in Tejas. It was super cool to hear their strange vocals and destructive drumming and guitar from so close.
If you missed this sorry sucker, it was awesome.
There are about 465 words I’ll use to describe the energy at the Kooley High CD Release party this past Saturday night at The Pour House. Not only did Lazurus, Actual Proof, King Mez, and Kooley High deliver, they all captured the crowd’s attention throughout the entire show. Each set was quick, to the point and fun — something I often miss at an indie rock show.
I arrived at The Pour House around ten to find a healthy throng of people smoking their last cigarettes before the show started. King Mez was standing outside and hyped up the show by telling us how pumped he was for it tonight. Just seeing his energy got me excited to see what would happen inside. Lazurus took to the stage right on time. This guy is a super hyped-up MC that had me laughing and throwing my hands back and forth with the crowd. He started his set with some a cappella rhymes and then brought out the beats for about thirty minutes. He wrapped up his set with a gift for the fans– T-shirts and albums. Luckily, I managed to snag an album.
Actual Proof set up shop next. These two young guys from Raleigh’s own Enloe High School killed it on stage. Not only did they look fresh, but they sounded smart, fast, and just plain good.
In between sets I had to fight my way back to the bar to refill my drink. That’s a good thing when it comes to local music shows. All kinds of people were coming together for this show and everyone was pushing for a place near the stage.
I made my way up to the second story to capture the energy of King Mez. The picture below captures the best point of the night in my opinion. Everyone watched as the rapper performed solo. I loved his introductions to his producers and shout outs to his friends. His personality shone through his entire set.
Lastly, Kooley High performed against the festive decor surrounding the stage. Female emcee Rhapsody put the Christmas lights to shame in her performance with fellow group members Charlie Smarts and Tab One. The group was celebrating the release of their new album “Kooley High Presents… David Thompson” which is available digitally here. Kooley High has a lot to celebrate, including the success of their show. They got at least one new fan who walked away from the venue still humming their beats in my head.
David Thompson is an N.C. State basketball legend. He led the Wolfpack to its first NCAA championship in 1974, and he graces the cover of Raleigh-based Kooley High’s newest album, Kooley High Presents… David Thompson. This Saturday, Dec. 10, hip-hop enthusiasts will celebrate the release of this new album with a CD release party at The Pour House in downtown Raleigh featuring Kooley High, King Mez, Actual Proof, and Lazurus. The show is 21+ and doors open at 9 p.m.
I’m what you might call a hip-hop novice. I set my Pandora to Mos Def and I’m good for hours. Kooley High Presents… David Thompson is definitely helping me branch out into the genre. The group of former NCSU students layers funky beats and clever rhymes to create a sound that I’m not quite used to, but I’m definitely into. I’m especially a fan of track six, a special anthem titled “Dear Raleigh” that actually makes me feel attached to the red-brick ocean that is NCSU. New Raleigh blog agrees that Kooley High does Raleigh justice.
Adam Kincaid will host the group on The Local Beat tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. I’m hoping to get a glimpse into Kooley High’s inspiration, their reasoning behind the iconic album cover, and hear more about their upcoming show.
Luckily for you (and me), I will be attending Saturday’s show and reporting back on Monday, Dec. 12. Come back to the blog to read about my experience with four of Raleigh’s best hip hop artists.
1. Icebird - The Abandoned Lullaby (RJ’s Electrical Connections)
2. Jeff the Brotherhood - ”Whatever I Want” [Single] (Third Man)
3. Cass McCombs - Humor Risk (Domino)
4. Jane Jane Pollock - Jane Jane Pollock (Flea Ridden Kitten)
5. Korallreven - An Album By Korallreven (Acephale)
6. Wise Blood - These Wings [EP] (Dovecote)
7. Wooden Wand - Briarwood (Fire)
8. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy (4AD)
9. Tom Waits - Bad As Me (Anti)
10. Future Islands - On The Water (Thrill Jockey)
11. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Mute)
12. Real Estate – Days (Domino)
13. Wilco - The Whole Love (Anti)
14. Atlas Sound - Parallax (4AD)
15. Donora - Boyfriends, Girlfriends (Rostrum)
16. Megafaun -Megafaun (Hometapes)
17. Phantogram - Nightlife (Barsuk)
18. Dirty Projectors and Bjork - Mount Wittenberg Orca (Domino)
19. Dessa - Castor, The Twin (Doomtree)
20. Beets - Let The Poison Out (Hardly Art)
21. Spank Rock - Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar (Bad Blood)
22. Russian Circles - Empros (Sargent House)
23. Joker - The Vision (4AD)
24. Holiday Shores - New Masses For Squaw Peak (Twosyllable)
25. Orchestra of Spheres - Nonagonic Now (Fire)
26. Touché Amoré - Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me (Deathwish)
27. Neon Indian - Era Extrana (Mom And Pop)
28. Friends - College Sampler (Lucky Number)
29. Sparkadia - The Great Impression (Ok! Good)
30. Canyons - Keep Your Dreams (Modular)
by sarahnade on Dec.06, 2011, under Promotions
Six WKNC DJs put the books down for a few hours Tuesday afternoon to hit the courts in this year’s Exam Jam Dodgeball Tournament, held at Carmichael Gym on NC State University’s campus. Sarahnade, Mollypop, The Chanellor, AudioRush, Muta, and DJ Megashark prepped by dancing to Zumba, playing video games with ROTC, getting massages from Campus Rec‘s specialists, and practicing bravery in the wrecking-ball bounce house.
WKNC was the second team to play, matched against a fast-pitching team of NCSU students. The heart-wrenching match went on for a significant amount of time — both teams dodged, dipped, ducked, dove and dodged with grace. This included WKNC DJs jumping over balls as they sped towards them and retrieving the opponent’s missed throws in the blink of an eye. The last two standing were AudioRush and Megashark, being cheered on by the rest of the team. Unfortunately, despite their valiant efforts, they too were taken down after a few minutes.
by ccdolech on Dec.06, 2011, under Promotions
Artists can submit their work by Dec. 31 to be publicly voted on. The top five submissions will be printed and sold at the event. The winning artists will receive a pair of tickets to DBB9, a DBB9 t-shirt, a copy of their work, and their work will be featured on the WKNC homepage for two weeks.
- No fee to enter
- Must contain the WKNC Logo
- 300 dpi, CMYK in high-res pdf or jpeg format
- Suggested Dimensions: 11×14 or 11×17
- Must be original work, and no more than two entries per person
- Submit your work to gm(at)wknc.org by Dec. 31 at midnight with the subject line “DBB9 Poster Competition”
- Designs will be voted on publicly at www.wknc.org/dbb9 from Jan. 5-13
by DJ Ones on Dec.05, 2011, under Daytime
In keeping with the holiday spirit, Arcade Fire has set out to help raise money for Kanpe, an organization helping to rebuild Haiti. The band has promised to match donations up to $300,000. Along with helping raise money for Haiti, band members Régine Chassagne and Win Butler have stated that they will send a personally signed postcard to each individual that donates.
On their website lead singer Butler wrote:
This is Win from Arcade Fire. If you are having a hard time deciding what to get your friends and family for gifts this year, give them our money! For any donation you make to Kanpe this holiday season, the band will match it. We will also send a nifty little post card, signed by Regine and I, to put under the tree, or wherever you put your gifts (it’s not our business). For any silicone valley jerks who might try to bankrupt us, let’s put the upper limit at 300,000$… Have a great holiday!
For those interested in donating you can visit Arcade Fire’s website here.
This past Thursday, Dec. 1, 96X hosted Winter Meltdown at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The lineup consisted of Days Difference, Young the Giant, Taking Back Sunday, Sleeper Agent, Foster the People, Grouplove, Cage the Elephant, Cake, The Naked and Famous, and Bush. The Center itself was very similar to the RBC Center. The bands were separated between two stages; the main one was on the coliseum floor and the other was in one of the larger rooms of to the side.
Opening up on the smaller stage was Days Difference, a local band from Virginia Beach. Their upbeat and energetic sounds set the tone for the rest of the evening. This concert was our first encounter with the band, but both the band and the crowd seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Following their performance, the crowds moved back to the main room for Young the Giant. They made their entrance on the main stage with “My Apartment,” kicking off their five-song setlist. They followed this up with the lead vocalist and drummer starting “I Got” in an acapella fashion. Sameer Gadhia looked like he was having a good time as he jumped back and forth between his dual microphones and smashed the crash cymbal with his tambourine. They also added a new song into their set which was received well. They ended their set with everyone screaming along (including us) to “My Body.”
Taking Back Sunday was on the main stage with their original lineup and was better than ever. You could tell that they were enjoying themselves with the original five back up on stage. In the spirit of the evening, they opened up with their rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” before exploding into the song “El Paso.” They played some songs off their new self-titled effort and returned to some classics like “Cute Without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)” and “A Decade Under the Influence.” When talking to people in between sets, many were most excited about Taking Back Sunday and they did not seem to be let down at all.
After them, it was time to head back to the smaller room for Sleeper Agent (who referred to it as the ‘cool room’). The first couple songs had a bit of a feedback issue, but once that was fixed, they sounded great. After playing “Get It Daddy,” Tony Smith remarked on how awesome it was that people knew their songs well enough to sing along.
Moving back to the main stage, Foster the People was ready to go on. As the lights rose, they began a drum circle which led into “Call It What You Want.” It turns out the weird laughs in “Don’t Stop” are done by Mark Foster himself. The band could not stop dancing throughout their set and I don’t think there was a single person in the room who did not at least tap their foot. They finished up with their signature “Pumped Up Kicks.” Even though they lengthened the song by adding choruses for the crowd to sing along, their set seemed to end way too soon.
After Foster’s set, it was time to head back to the smaller stage for Grouplove. They strutted onto stage to some hip-hop before playing “Love Will Save Your Soul.” We had never heard of Grouplove before, but we got a hold of their album when we found out we would be going to the show and have not put it down yet. Christian Zucconi was sporting an awesome sweater, as the picture shows. They finished up with “Tongue Tied,” and the crowd sang with them until the very end.
When they finished their set we moved back to main stage for a brief statement about Wounded Warrior, a program that helps injured veterans. A few minutes later, the lights dimmed and we could barely make out Cage the Elephant making their way on stage. The lights came on as they started to play “In One Ear.” If you’ve seen Cage the Elephant before you’ll know that Matt Shultz likes to mess around with the timing of his lyrics. This was quite true during “Around My Head,” when he paused for a solid 30 seconds after the first chorus (before “Do youuuuuuuu”). They finished up with “Sabertooth Tiger,” during which Matt stood on the crowd and then convulsed on the stage. They were by far the most energetic band there. Although the venue was huge, they made it seem small as Matt made the six-foot leap into the crowd several times.
After a few minutes of set up, Cake came out on stage and immediately started playing “The Distance,” as the crowd roared with approval. They played a few old songs before switching over to new material. As John McCrea stated, the new music was a bit angrier than stuff they did before, and jokingly told easily offended people to leave. They finished up with “Sick of You.”
The Naked and Famous began in the smaller room. Since it was later in the night, this room reached maximum capacity quickly, and people were out in the hall trying to get a listen. They put on a great energetic show, and the crowd got into it as well. Everyone sang along to their songs like “Punching in a Dream” and “All of This.” Their show ended all too soon as it was time to move out to the main room for Bush.
It took a while to pile out of the room from the Naked and Famous and we made it in about halfway through the first song of their set. At this point the entire stage had opened up and the lights and fog machines were running on high. Everyone seemed excited to see them as it was their first string of shows in nine years. They played some classics that everyone sang along to as well as some new material from their latest output The Sea of Memories.
Eventually the show came to an end. It was then that we realized how hungry and tired of standing we were. We had been listening to great music non-stop for seven hours. It’s amazing to think that none of the 10 bands put on a bad show and most of them have been in heavy rotation in our CD players. It was definitely worth the six-hour round-trip drive and terrible 1 a.m. McDonald’s food.
-DJ Dewey Decibel and DJ DiGiorno
1. Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation (Fat Possum)
2. Icebird - The Abandoned Lullaby (RJ’s Electrical Connections)
3. Class Actress - Rapproacher (Carpark)
4. Korallreven - An Album By Korallreven (Acephale)
5. Jane Jane Pollock - Jane Jane Pollock (Flea Ridden Kitten)
6. Jeff the Brotherhood - ”Whatever I Want” [Single] (Third Man)
7. Drums - Portamento (Frenchkiss)
8. Real Estate - Days (Domino)
9. Future Islands – On the Water (Thrill Jockey)
10. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy (4AD)
11. Tom Waits - Bad As Me (Anti)
12. Dirty Projectors and Bjork - Mount Wittenberg Orca (Domino)
13. Wilco – The Whole Love (Anti)
14. Viva Voce - The Future Will Destroy You (Vanguard)
15. Ryan Adams - Ashes And Fire (Capitol)
16. Neon Indian - Era Extrana (Mom And Pop)
17. Megafaun – Megafaun (Hometapes)
18. Fool’s Gold - Leave No Trace (Iamsound)
19. Donora - Boyfriends, Girlfriends (Rostrum)
20. Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes To Town (Drag City)
21. Apparat - The Devil’s Walk (Mute)
22. Friends - College Sampler (Lucky Number)
23. Gauntlet Hair - Gauntlet Hair (Dead Oceans)
24. Jens Lekman - An Argument With Myself (Secretly Canadian)
25. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Mute)
26. Memoryhouse - The Years (Sub Pop-Arcade Sound)
27. Russian Circles - Empros (Sargent House)
28. Pack A.D. - Unpersons (Mint)
29. Patti Smith - Outside Of Society (Columbia)
30. Widowspeak - Widowspeak (Captured Tracks)
by DJ Ones on Dec.02, 2011, under Daytime
This year’s Grammy Award nominations have been announced, and among those in the independent circle, Bon Iver came away with four nominations: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Alternative Music Album. His song “Holocene” receives the nod for both record and song of the year.
A handful of nominations for other independent artists were also included in the list of Grammy candidates. Alongside Bon Iver, The Decemberists picked up nominations for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for their track “Down By the Water.” Wilco’s album The Whole Love was nominated for Best Rock Album.
To view the full list of nominees you can check out the entire shortlist here.
by Pulse of the Pack on Dec.02, 2011, under Pulse of the Pack podcast
Here it is! The first podcast posted for “The Pulse of the Pack,” the sports show on WKNC. We are in week 12 of the show and this week we talked about the football game against Maryland, the football season as a whole, the men’s basketball season thus far and even some previews of what we think will happen this weekend during every championship game in college football. Hope you enjoy this week’s episode of “The Pulse of the Pack,” and listen to us this coming Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 7-8 p.m. Go Pack!
by DJ Ones on Dec.02, 2011, under Daytime
Sleigh Bells are scarce on details these days about the follow-up to their excellent 2010 album Treats. However, they recently announced that their new album will be titled Reign of Terror.
Although the date is not set in stone for the release of their sophomore album, they do have a trailer for it. You can watch it below.