by DJ Ones on Jun.14, 2011, under Daytime
Recently inspired by an NME post that had their staff discuss what the first albums they every bought were, I thought it would be interesting to figure out what the WKNC kids had first picked up. After a bit of work this is what they sent me!
Spice Girls- Spice
DJ Elly May
Natalie Merchant- Tigerlily
The first album I ever bought with my own money was Natalie Merchant’s ‘Tigerlily.’ Laugh if you dare.
Billy Ray Cyrus- Some Gave All
Back in 1992 or 1993, before most of the staff had started kindergarten, a young Jamie Lynn saved up her allowance to purchase a CD player and one CD to go with it: Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Some Gave All,” featuring the hit single “Achy Breaky Heart.”
Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf
From Walmart aw yea.
System of a Down- Toxicity
Real original, I know.
Run-D.M.C.- Raising Hell
Michael Jackson- Thriller
I used to dance my ass off to some Thriller, still do when given the opportunity.
Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand
Led Zeppelin- Best of Led Zeppelin
Still listen to it once a month or more.
The Smashing Pumpkins- Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Voice of Reason
Sum 41- All Killer, No Filler
I bought Sum 41′s All Killer No Filler. Embarrassing now, totally radical back then.
Baha Men- Who Let the Dogs Out
I saved up my lunch money to buy this.
Metallica- Master of Puppets
Ray Parker Jr.- Ghostbusters
It was the 45 single. I was 6 years old and I believe I used my birthday money.
DJ Shorty Shorts
Dashboard Confessional- A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar
Smash Mouth- Astro Lounge
Spin Doctors- Pocket Full of Kryptonite
88.1 WKNC’s Pick of the Week, written by Drew St. Claire a.k.a. DJ SWITCH
When I was just a newborn, my mom would sit in this old rocking chair and cradle me while she sang her favorite Beatles songs, instead of the traditional lullabies. I’m guessing my dad’s renditions of Led Zeppelin didn’t quite make for good bedtime music. So, while I was listening to The Love Language’s newest release, Libraries, I couldn’t help but see a similar scene playing out in my mind—some trendy Triangle couple crooning this local band’s latest release to their little bundle of joy. It’s just got that same kind of simple beauty to it.
A couple of years ago, the Love Language’s frontman, Stuart McLamb, was more likely to be found lying in a Raleigh back alley than rocking the big stage at the Hopscotch Music Festival. After a turbulent series of personal events, McLamb created a new band (The Love Language) and put out a self-titled album about his struggles. Libraries comes out just a year after that debut self-titled album and is a very solid follow-up. If the Love Language hasn’t proven themselves to be heavy hitters in Raleigh’s thriving indie rock scene yet, this album will certainly solidify them as such. The first track, “Pedals,” starts out with a quiet piano intro but then crashes into this rich melody with all sorts of layers to it. Those are going to be the keywords for Libraries: “rich” and “layers.” “A season for the both of us, a reason that rose off the coffin”—those are the first bold words from Stuart McLamb, the lead singer and guitarist. He has a bit of Morrissey (from the Smiths) in his voice, and it works well echoing out over the rich ebb and flow of the music. With those symphonic-like buildups and crashes from the instrumentation, I also got a pretty definite Arcade Fire vibe as well. That lovely riff running throughout “Pedals” sounds just like the outro from “Intervention,” but with a beautiful tragedy that is all its own. Another quick standout for me was certainly “Horrorphones.” This was The Love Language track WKNC included on the Hear Here compilation, which was reviewed by yours truly a few issues back. I still stand by what I said about this song back then—a melodic headtrip that’s equal parts I’m From Barcelona and the Beach Boys. Tracks like “This Blood Is Our Own” and “Anthophobia” give off an almost beach-vibe with their bending and sliding guitar solos. This underlying feeling became so pervasive to me that I checked out the band’s website and, sure enough, I see crashing waves and faded photos of wholesome girls in one piece bathing suits. Songs like these, and ones like “Blue Angel,” put me in what I think a 1950’s prom would have been like, but with a much more hip twist to it (and none of the embarrassment). The album closes out with “Wilmont,” which I assume is an allusion to the historic apartment building just down Hillsborough Street. Like the building it references, the song has plenty of heart and soul, made manifest by an acoustic intro and McLamb’s sincere lyrics, “I want you to be with me, ‘cause I’ve got a big heart to feed.” With songs like that, maybe it’s not too far-fetched for Libraries to become lasting lullaby material. Maybe one of those little babies will even grow up to write CD reviews of The Love Language’s next release.