Festival Coverage Miscellaneous

Hopscotch Music Festival 2021 Series: Bag Tour

WIth one day of Hopscotch under my belt, I’m looking forward to the rest. Hippo Campus and Caroline Polachek put on fun shows, and I’m looking forward to Dr. Dog and Animal Collective, among others.  With my photo press pass, I’ve been lucky enough to get close to the stages to shoot different sets. Speaking of cameras, I thought I’d give you all a bag tour of what I take to Hopscotch.

  1. Canon HD Camcorder (with charger): I’m taking shots of the music sets I attend, the crowds, my WKNC coworkers/friends, and the two “venues.”
  1. Nikon Nice Touch Zoom 35mm Point & Shoot Film Camera (with extra film & batteries): For pictures of the acts and my friends.
  1. Wallet: With my ID, vaccine card, and money.
  1. Inhaler: I have asthma.
  1. Sunglasses: To protect my precious eyes.
  1. Face Mask: Obviously. 
  1. Phone: Always on me.
  1. Gum: I’m anti-mask breath.
  1. Photo Pass: For a better chance at better shots. Side note: Being super close to the stage is pretty surreal.

Here’s to the NCSU library for letting me borrow the camcorder,

Silya Bennai

Band/Artist Profile Concert Preview Festival Coverage

Hopscotch Music Festival 2021 Series: Animal Collective

Animal Collective is difficult to pin down and a lot of fun to consume. Luckily, the band is performing this year at Hopscotch Music Festival on Saturday, September 11th at 9:30 pm at City Plaza. Keep reading to learn a little bit about the band and their discography.

The American experimental band came together in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Animal Collective, consisting of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz), weave genres through their unique vocal combinations, ambiance, and pop foundations. The members began to musically collaborate when they met in school before the band was officially formed. Their discography consists of a variety of retroactively added music, studio albums, extended plays, live albums, visual albums, and a soundtrack album. 

Check out their full discography below:

Studio Albums:
– Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished (2000) (as Avey Tare and Panda Bear)
– Danse Manatee (2001) (as Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist)
– Campfire Songs (2003) (as Campfire Songs)
– Here Comes the Indian (2003) (also known as Ark)
– Sung Tongs (2004)
– Feels (2005)
– Strawberry Jam (2007)
– Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
– Centipede Hz (2012)
– Painting With (2016)

Extended Plays:
– Prospect Hummer (2005) (with Vashti Bunyan)
– People (2006)
– Water Curses (2008)
– Fall Be Kind (2009)
– Keep + Animal Collective (2011)
– Transverse Temporal Gyrus (2012)
– Monkey Been to Burn Town (2013)
– The Painters (2017)
– Meeting of the Waters (2017)
– Bridge to Quiet (2020)

Live Albums:
– Hollinndagain (2002) (as Avey Tare, Panda Bear and Geologist)
– Animal Crack Box (2009)
– Live at 9:30 (2015)
– Ballet Slippers (2019)
– 2 Nights (2020)[112]

Visual Albums:
– ODDSAC (2010)
– Tangerine Reef (2018)

Soundtrack Album:
– Crestone (Original Score) (2021)[113]

I know I’ll be at the Animal Collective set at Hopscotch and I hope you will be, too.

Here’s to my favorite Animal Collective track, “Who Could Win a Rabbit,”

Silya Bennai

Blog Miscellaneous Music Education

Some of My Favorite Movie Soundtracks

I love movies. Who doesn’t? That being said, I took it so far that I’m now a film major, and I’m convinced I will make movies for the rest of my life. There’s an unbelievable amount of components and sheer work that go into creating a film, much less a good one, and one of those aspects is the soundtrack. Some films have songs made just for them and some curate from outside sources. Regardless, it’s usually very clear when soundtracks are good. Here are some of my favorites:

Good Will Hunting (1997)

1. “Between the Bars (Orchestral)” by Elliott Smith

2. “As the Rain” by Jeb Loy Nichols

3. “Angeles” by Elliott Smith

4. “No Name #3” by Elliott Smith

5. “Fisherman’s Blues” by The Waterboys

6. “Why Do I Lie?” by Luscious Jackson

7. “Will Hunting” (Main Titles)” by Danny Elfman

8. “Between the Bars” by Elliott Smith

9. “Say Yes” by Elliott Smith

10. “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty

11. “Somebody’s Baby by Andru Donalds

12. “Boys Better” by The Dandy Warhols

13. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by Al Green

14. “Miss Misery” by Elliott Smith

15. “Weepy Donuts” by Danny Elfman

Pride & Prejudice (2005)
***Composed by Dario Marianelli and performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) and the English Chamber Orchestra.***

  1. “Dawn”
  2. “Stars and Butterflies”
  3. “The Living Sculptures of Pemberley”
  4. “Meryton Townhall”
  5. “The Militia Marches In”
  6. “Georgiana”
  7. “Arrival At Netherfield”
  8. “A Postcard to Henry Purcell”
  9. “Liz on Top of the World”
  10. “Leaving Netherfield”
  11. “Another Dance”
  12. “The Secret Life of Daydreams”
  13. “Darcy’s Letter”
  14. “Can’t Slow Down”
  15. “Your Hands Are Cold”
  16. “Mrs. Darcy”
  17. “Credits”

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
***Composed by Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie XL.***

  1. “Survive”
  2. “Escape”
  3. “Immortan’s Citadel”
  4. “Blood Bag”
  5. “Spikey Cars”
  6. “Storm Is Coming”
  7. “We Are Not Things”
  8. “Water”
  9. “The Rig”
  10. “Brothers in Arms”
  11. “The Bog”
  12. “Redemption”
  13. “Many Mothers”
  14. “Claw Trucks”
  15. “Chapter Doof” (Extended Version)
  16. “My Name Is Max” (Extended Version)
  17. “Let Them Up”

Trainspotting (1996)

  1. “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop
  2. “Deep Blue Day” by Brian Eno
  3. “Trainspotting” by Primal Scream
  4. “Atomic” by Sleeper 
  5. “Temptation” by New Order
  6. “Nightclubbing” by Iggy Pop
  7. “Sing” by Blur
  8. “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
  9. “Mile End” by Pulp
  10. “For What You Dream Of” (Full On Renaissance Mix) by Bedrock featuring KYO
  11. “2:1” by Elastica
  12. “A Final Hit” by Leftfield
  13. “Born Slippy .NUXX” by Underworld
  14. “Closet Romantic” by Damon Albarn

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
***All tracks performed by Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.***

  1. “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss
  2. “Spartacus-Main Title” by Alex North
  3. “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  4. “Women of Ireland” by Traditional
  5. “Sarabande”
  6. “Full Metal Jacket-Themes” by Abigail Mead
  7. “Surfin’ Bird” by Bob Harris (Performance feat. The Trashmen”
  8. “Main Title/The Robbery” by Gerald Fried
  9. “Murder ‘Mongst the Mannikins” by Gerald Fried
  10. “A Meditation on War” by Gerald Fried
  11. “Madness” by Gerald Fried
  12. “The Patrol” by Gerald Fried
  13. “March of the Gloved Gladiators” by Gerald Fried
  14. “The Shinning-Theme” by Wendy Carlos / Rachel Elkind
  15. “Midnight, the Stars and You (The Shining Blue Star)” (Performance feat. Al Bowlly
  16. “Lolita-Love Theme” Bob Harris
  17. “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
  18. “The Bomb Run” by Laurie Johnson
  19. “We’ll Meet Again” by Hughie Charles / Ross Parker (Performance feat. Vera Lynn)

Here’s to music in movies (just not musicals),

Silya Bennai

Blog Miscellaneous Music Education Playlists

Oh, To Be At A Party

Parties. There’s nothing else like them. After a long week of classes, work, and stress, dancing and talking without having to put in much effort is a welcomed experience. Beyond the space, people, drinks, and lighting, one of the most important aspects of a party is the music.

I don’t claim to know how to make the perfect party playlist, but I do have a few ideas. First, make it collaborative. When there’s multiple people contributing to the playlist, you’re almost guaranteed that there’s going to be enough variety to satisfy everyone at the party at some point or another. Second, a good mix of electronic, grunge, throwback, and joke songs (that aren’t really joke songs because everyone loves them) makes for a great time. Finally, I’d recommend keeping the music loud enough that you can’t make out anyone’s conversation but your own, but quiet enough that you don’t get a noise complaint.

For some party playlist ideas, check out my playlist below (inspired by a real collaborative party playlist I recently made with some friends):

  1. “Bicep” by TR/ST
  2. “A.M. 180” by Grandaddy
  3. “Opus3” by dapurr, The Hellp
  4. “The Book Lovers” by Broadcast
  5. “Celestica” by Crystal Castles
  6. “Tu Tu Neurotic” by The Hellp
  7. “Rapp Snitch Knishes” by MF DOOM, Mr Fantastik
  8. “PHONKY TOWN” by PlayaPhonk
  9. “Miss Camaraderie” by Azealia Banks
  10. “Motion” by Boy Harsher
  11. “999” by PlayaPhonk
  12. “Go2DaMoon” by Playboi Carti, Kanye West
  13. “Linger” by The Cranberries
  14. “Idioteque” by Radiohead
  15. “What’s Important” by Beat Happening
  16. “Disparate Youth” by Santigold
  17. “Lake of Fire” by Meat Puppets
  18. “Hunker Down” by Corbin
  19. “EAST” by Earl Sweatshirt
  20. “Brick” by Alex G
  21. “Going Deeper” by Tree Threes
  22. “Melaleuca” by Yu Su
  23. “Call For Help” by Pearly Drops
  24. “Can You Feel It” by Mr. Fingers
  25. “vs Reality” by AYA GLOOMY
  26. “DotA” by Basshunter
  27. “Making Up” by Dead Mellotron

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.

Here’s to Emma, Molly, and Gabe for their epic contributions,

Silya Bennai



Today is Friday the 13th. I’m going to a horror movie themed party tonight and I’m feeling awfully curious about the playlist. Are they going to play scary music? What is scary music? Is it loud and harsh? Quiet and threatening? Does it talk about being scared? Or does it make you feel scared? 

I haven’t fully uncovered the answer yet, but I made a thirteen song playlist of tracks that I believe capture a little bit of every form of fear in music. Check it out below:

  1. “Full Moon (Death Classic)” by Death Grips
  2. “Pretty On The Inside” by Hole
  3. “Don’t Play It” by Kim Gordon
  4. “Kurt Ambiance” by Kurt Cobain
  5. “V. Universe” by The Microphones
  6. “Inanimate Sensation” by Death Grips
  7. “Buddy Lent Me the Pen Again V006 (218.814 BPM)” by Vegyn
  8. “Tonight You Belong To Me” by Patience and Prudence
  9. “Do You Be” by Meredith Monk
  10. “Where the Fuck Is My Ambulance” by Girl Pusher
  11. “Brick” by Alex G
  12. “Tourette’s” by Nirvana
  13. “Scared” by ARTHUR

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.

Here’s to “The Lighthouse,” “Ginger Snaps,” and “[REC],” some of my favorite horror and horror-adjacent movies,

Silya Bennai


Fall Semester Is Imminent: A Playlist

As the first day of fall semester quickly approaches, I feel the anticipation, both full of eagerness and dread, all around me. I know some of my friends can’t wait to go back while others wish we were remaining online. I believe I fall somewhere in between. 

For me, the fact that we’re finally going back to in-person is mostly just nostalgic. Last time I spent an entire semester in person, it was the fall of my freshman year. I was seventeen and friendless going into college. Yet, that first semester brought me some of my best friends to this day, the confidence to change to an English and Film major, and my first experiences with WKNC. 

As a result of the imminent return to classes, I’ve been listening to a lot of music from those first few months of college. Here’s a playlist of those freshman year autumn songs that are getting me through my current mixed-emotions about going back to school:

  • “June On The West Coast” by Bright Eyes
  • “Don’t Be Upset” by Jeffrey Lewis, Jack Lewis
  • “Strawberry” by Paul Baribeau
  • “Satellite” by Elliott Smith
  • “The Moon (Acoustic)” by The Microphones
  • “Wallflower” by Moses Campbell
  • “How Many Blankets Are In The World?” by Saintseneca
  • “June” by Natalie Green
  • “Cecile (Marcus Mamourian)” by Joy Again
  • “Popeyes Bag” by Fox Academy

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.

Here’s to an in-person, non-freshman fall semester,

Silya Bennai

Short Stories

Concert Rats at the Coffee Shop Show

My good friend, Doris (a.k.a. DJ Babycakez on WKNC 88.1), told me a story the other week that I’ve thought about every day since. As I remember, when Doris was in high school, she’d go to a local coffee shop to see her friend’s band, among others, perform in a weekly show. The crowd was apparently quite the mixed bag. It really comes down to the rats. 

Among the crowd was a small community of rat owners that would bring their pets to the show each week and allow them to crawl up and down their bodies as they walked around the main floor. As Doris recalls, the owners would sometimes approach groups of people and introduce their rats as if they were people. My favorite rat name that Doris relayed was Stargirl. What a name for a rat. 

This story is a prime example of the generally intriguing nature of a concert crowd. In my experience, and clearly Doris’, concerts tend to draw out some fascinating people with equally fascinating stories. Even among a niche music genre or band, there’s usually a jarring combination of people compared to other sorts of gatherings. 

It is with Doris’ story in mind, I call upon everyone to remember their favorite concert crowd encounters and to savor the fact that you’re likely to meet someone outside your average realm at nearly any concert you attend. 

Here’s to concert rats, unique individuals and Stargirl, of course,

Silya Bennai


Songs 4 NYC

I’m headed to NYC in a week with three of my closest friends (and Emma’s sister – Hi, Aliza), and I think it’s about time to set the music expectations. Traveling with the WKNC Program Director, Underground MD, and two more heavy music listeners is exciting. The aux will hold a lot of power, perhaps more than the steering wheel, so I seriously doubt we’ll follow the “driver chooses the music” rule. Therefore, there’s a certain level of importance in curating a playlist prior to the drive up. Here’s what we’ve put together so far:

  • “Inner City Life – Radio Edit” by Goldie
  • “D>E>A>T>H>M>E>T>A>L” by Panchiko
  • “Live Without Out” by Todd Terry
  • “Tu Dégages” by Sexy Sushi
  • “Another Routine Day Breaks” by Brokeback
  • “#1 CRUSH – Re-mastered 07” by Garbage
  • “Alec Eiffel” by Pixies
  • “Sketch Artist” by Kim Gordon
  • “Do You Be” by Meredith Monk
  • “Into The Death” by Atari Teenage Riot
  • “Reasons To Be Beautiful” by Hole
  • “Superheroes” by Esthero
  • “Xtal” by Aphex Twin
  • “What’s Important” by Beat Happening
  • “Novocaine” by Fog Lake
  • “The Witch” by The Sonics
  • “Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex” by CSS
  • “Little Deer” by Spellling
  • Find Hihs Password 003 (96 BPM)” by Vegyn
  • “Mordecai’s Bad Sex Dream” by Joy Again
  • “Miss Camaraderie” by Azealia Banks
  • “Ur’0000s” by Slater
  • “That Girl” by Esthero
  • “Alphabet” by Jeffrey Lewis, Jack Lewis, Anders Grieffen
  • “Beauties can die” by M83
  • “September Dark Planet” by ARTHUR
  • “Fucking Hoes Heads Based Freestyle” by Lil B
  • “Greygoose” by Yung Lean
  • “Pulsewidth” by Aphex Twin
  • “I’m In Love With A German Film Star” by The Passions

Click here to listen to our ever-growing collaborative playlist on Spotify.

Here’s to that perfect underground show we absolutely are going to find and attend,

Silya Bennai

DJ Highlights

DJ Mothball’s July Set: Wash

Molly DuBois, a.k.a. WKNC Program Director and DJ Mothball, is one of my favorite DJs and people around. Last night, I was lucky enough to join her in the studio for her weekly set. This week’s show, titled “Wash”, featured tracks from Stereolab, Cocteau Twins and Primal Scream. The set started at 8 p.m. and ran for about an hour with 12 songs and two air breaks. Molly set the in-studio atmosphere by changing the lights from blue to purple and giving me time to look at the various whiteboards, bulletin boards, and images that covered the walls. Doodles, notes, quotes and band posters surrounded us throughout the night. There’s nothing quite as simultaneously exciting and calming as being inside a WKNC studio during a set, especially if you get to go with DJ Mothball. Thanks again, Molly, for letting me join you. If you missed her set, check it out below and make sure you tune in to 88.1 every Wednesday at 8 p.m.:

1. “Golden Ball” by Stereolab
2. “Peaked” by Sd Laika
3. “A Dance By Any Other Name” by Mice Parade
4. “Another Routine Day Breaks” by Brokeback
5. “Trying to Reach You” by Mojave 3
6. “Taglieben” by Guther
7. “Constants Are Changing” by Boards of Canada
8. “Schöne Hände” by Cluster, Eno
9. “Why Do You Love Me?” by Cocteau Twins, Harold Budd
10. “Mary” by Jessica Bailiff
11. “Higher Than the Sun – A Dub Symphony in Two Parts” by Primal Scream
12. “Sado-Masochism Is A Must” by A.R. Kane

Here’s to Mothballs and Music,
Silya Bennai


A (Sorta) Underground Playlist

As the Assistant Underground Music Director here at WKNC, I thought it was about time to make a playlist of some of the hip-hop/rap songs I’ve been enjoying lately. I recognize the arguable popularity of a lot of the tracks I’ve chosen, but I wanted to stick to what I really listen to, so that’s what I’ve done. I’ve chosen tracks from a variety of artists over the years and I’ve limited myself to twenty songs. I definitely left off some winners but this is where I landed:

  1. “Situations” by Paris Texas
  2. “Please Forgive” by Powers Pleasant (feat. Denzel Curry)
  3. “Ghost (In the Shell)” by MAVI
  4. “New Choppa” by Playboi Carti (feat. A$AP Rocky)
  5. “Dmtri” by Action Bronson and The Alchemist
  6. “What Would Meek Do?” By Pusha T (feat. Kanye West)
  7. “Macaulay Culkin” by JPEGMAFIA
  8. “Cudi Montage” by KIDS SEE GHOSTS
  9. “Southside” by Duwap Kaine
  10. “BANKROLL” by BROCKHAMPTON (feat. A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg)
  11. “Friday” by Injury Reserve (feat. Curtis Williams)
  12. “Just How It Is” by Young Thug
  13. “TISK TISK / COOKIES” by Earl Sweatshirt
  14. “Crux” by Sporting Life (feat. MIKE & Wiki)
  15. “BLACK METAL TERRORIST | 13 M T” by Denzel Curry
  16. “Try Again” by Ovrkast.
  17. “Mittrom” by Mach-Hommy (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)
  18. “Gatorade” by Yung Lean
  19. “Sirens” by Hermit and the Recluse
  20. “THE BROWN STAINS OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 (REMIX)” by Tyler, The Creator (feat. ScHoolboy Q)

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.

Here’s to Kurt Cobain’s “Burn the Rain” being used as a sample in “Cudi Montage”,

Silya Bennai