Weekly Charts

Chainsaw Charts 11/30

1GREEN LUNGBlack HarvestSvart
2FORTRESSDon’t Spare The WickedSelf-Released
3PORTRAYAL OF GUILTChristfuckerRun For Cover
4NOVA SPEISequentisBam&Co. Heavy
5WHEN THE DEADBOLT BREAKSHope Valley Burns: EulogyElectric Talon
6SPIRITBOXEternal BlueRise
7LOATHEI Let It In And It Took EverythingSharptone
9ANTICHRIST SIEGE MACHINEPurifying BladeProfound Lore
10BLOODY KEEPBloody Horror [EP]Grime Stone
Weekly Charts

Afterhours Charts 11/30

1FIT OF BODYPunks Unavailable [EP]2MR
2AMON TOBINHow Do You LiveNomark
3BICEPIsles (Deluxe)Ninja Tune
4MACHINEDRUMPsyconia [EP]Ninja Tune
6FJAAKSYS03 [EP]Self-Released
7ROSS FROM FRIENDSTreadBrainfeeder
8DJ SABRINA THE TEENAGE DJCharmedSpells On The Telly
10LSDXOXODedicated 2 Disrespect [EP]XL
Weekly Charts

Underground Charts 11/30

1LAVA LA RUEButter-fly [EP]Marathon
2LITTLE SIMZSometimes I Might Be IntrovertAGE 101
3MCKINLEY DIXONFor My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like HerSpacebomb
4EVIDENCEUnlearning Vol. 1Rhymesayers
5ILLISMFamily Over EverythingThe CRWN
6GENESIS OWUSUSmiling With No TeethHouse Anxiety/Ourness
7INJURY RESERVEBy The Time I Get To PhoenixSelf-Released
9SHADTAOSecret City
Weekly Charts

Daytime Charts 11/30

1MAKTHAVERSKANFor AlltingRun For Cover
2BEACH HOUSEChapter 1: Once Twice Melody [EP]Sub Pop
4LAVA LA RUEButter-fly [EP]Marathon
5BLACK MARBLEFast IdolSacred Bones
6LITTLE SIMZSometimes I Might Be IntrovertAGE 101
7MCKINLEY DIXONFor My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like HerSpacebomb
8NATION OF LANGUAGEA Way ForwardPlay It Again Sam
9PARQUET COURTSSympathy For LifeRough Trade
11ILLISMFamily Over EverythingThe CRWN
12LIILYTV Or Not TVFlush
13PRETTY EMBERSUnderSelf-Released
14SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE“The Door Is Open” b/w “The Door Is Closed” [Single]Saddle Creek
15CHURCH GIRLSStill BloomsAnchor Eighty Four
16EVIDENCEUnlearning Vol. 1Rhymesayers
17FOTOFORMHorizonsDismal Nitch
18HOVVDYTrue LoveGrand Jury
19FILM SCHOOLWe Weren’t HereSonic Ritual
21STRANDEDMidnight SunDouble Phantom
22ROSS FROM FRIENDSTreadBrainfeeder
23JAPANESE BREAKFASTJubileeDead Oceans/Secretly Group
25UNION OF KNIVESEndless From The StartDisco Piñada
26MARY VEILS, THESomewhere Over The Rowhome [EP]PNKSLM
Blog New Album Review

Album Review: “Spiral” by Rezz

I’ve found that I’ve often discovered artists at slightly the wrong time to really get the most out of their work. I got into Car Seat Headrest a month after they came to Cat’s Cradle and it seemed like everyone in The National started releasing solo projects the moment I became a fan. But just this once, the stars aligned. I started DJing during the afterhours block this semester, which means I had to go from an electronic music novice to someone qualified to run a weekly show about it. Rezz was my gateway into a world of thumping bass and hard-hitting kick drums, and I was waiting for this album with a feverish anticipation. Spoiler alert: it was worth the wait.

Sounding effortless to me is one of the best things an artist can do, having instantly iconic moments feel like they are just dispensed without a care in the world adds another level to any music. I normally don’t feel this from EDM, with its meticulously crafted structures, but here it feels like this album is good without even trying to be. Rezz is swimming in so much quality production that “Levitate”, a song that spends half of its runtime over a repeated guitar loop that barely rises above the backbeat, still comes together as a quality track with a sneaky bassline that isn’t really a drop but propels the song in a great direction regardless. It’s all uphill from here, “Sacrificial” makes great use of individual bass notes underneath perfectly arranged vocal harmonies, this is probably my favorite track on the album. “Let Me In” starts slow but continues ramping up the pace with the drop becoming more and more urgent.

The release of this album wasn’t just perfect because of when I got into Rezz’s music either. “Spiral” marks somewhat of a transformation of what a Rezz song means. She built her career off a very specific type of fusion of dark techno and dubstep now called “midtempo”, where songs have house and techno elements but are slowed down to 100-110 BPM, really letting the listener hear the technical aspects of the basslines. Her work in this genre is amazing, and we get all of that here, but she opens up the soundscape with more of a focus on the highs, with offbeat notes and clicks making even the bass drops more fleshed out. Some tracks adhere more to her older style, such as “Spun” and the extremely hard-hitting “Chemical Bond”, but this more balanced approach can be felt across the whole album. Her previous albums were also almost entirely lacking in vocals, but “Spiral” has features from singers on more than half its tracks, and they deliver. “Taste of You” features a restrained buildup that lets Dove Cameron inject a compelling edge to the song before exploding into the drop, and Metric’s Emily Haines arguably carries “Paper Walls” with a vulnerability that matches the moody instrumental until a switch is flipped and the kicks start going stratospheric.

Perhaps the best part of the listening experience is that it’s only going to get better the more I listen to the project. As varied and amazing as the deep cuts were, the singles were still the best songs for a variety of reasons, which means that the high points on an album that at time of writing came out under twelve hours ago were songs I’ve been bumping for months. As we draw further from the release day, this line will blur more and I’ll be able to appreciate “Spiral” as a body of work more. 

And Rezz, if you’re somehow reading this, please announce a show closer than DC.



dj mozzie’s Movie Soundtrack Recommendations

Howdy y’all! After writing about the music of Swiss Army Man a blog or two ago, I was feeling inspired to share more of my favorite movie and television show soundtrack albums. Included are recommendations of songs from each.

Any Wes Anderson Movie Soundtrack

Film director Wes Anderson is quirky, and the music that accompanies his movies matches the whimsy of his characters. Anything Wes Anderson has directed is bound to have eccentric music, including but not limited to The Life Aquatic, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Favorite songs: From The Life Aquatic, I recommend Life on Mars by David Bowie and Search and Destroy by Iggy Pop and The Stooges

Perfect for: car trips, dinners with friends, belting in the shower, or strolling around downtown in your favorite pair of fun pants.

La La Land Soundtrack

Featuring Ryan Gosling as jazz musician Sebastian and Emma Stone as aspiring actress Mia, La La Land follows the two hopefuls as they go through hardships with their relationship and respective careers. The movie celebrates classic Hollywood nostalgia so beautifully.

Favorite songs: Mia and Sebastian’s Theme by Justin Hurwitz, Another Day of Sun by the La La Land Cast, and Someone in the Crowd by Emma Stone, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, and Jessica Rothe

Perfect for: date nights with your partner and times when you bring out the fancy silverware.

Loki Soundtrack

Loki was one of my top watches of the year. Although it wasn’t a movie, the movie-like quality was incredible. The music of Loki utilized an instrument called the theremin, which has an alien-esque sound to it. Coupled with the ‘70s design of the set of characters like Miss Minutes, the theremin is a smart and spooky addition to this retro-futuristic show. 

Favorite songs: Very Full by Tom Hiddleston, Loki Green Theme by Natalie Holt, and TVA by Natalie Holt.

Perfect for: Redecorating your mid-century modern A-frame house on a cozy fall day.

Twilight Soundtrack

I stand by the Twilight saga soundtrack being what encapsulates early 2000s like nothing else. Muse. Paramore. Linkin Park. Iron and Wine. Bon Iver and St. Vincent. Lykke Li. Florence and the Machine. Passion Pit. What more could you dream of for an angsty vampire love story?

Favorite songs: It is hard to pick just one, especially if we’re looking at the entire saga, but my favorites would have to be Roslyn by Bon Iver and St. Vincent, Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron and Wine, Turning Page by Sleeping at Last, or A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. 

Perfect for: those times when you are contemplating why you had to fall for both a vampire and a werewolf.

Euphoria Soundtrack

I loved HBO’s Euphoria. It is definitely in my top 5 favorite shows of all times. Zendaya stars in this heart wrenching story of personal hardship and friendship. The intense plot is coupled with beautifully intense music. Singer-songwriter Labrinth did the original score for the show.

Favorite songs: All For Us by Labrinth and Zendaya and Still Don’t Know My Name by Labrinth

Perfect for: listening to after fights with your loved ones.

I hope you enjoy my movie/show soundtrack recommendations! Attached is a playlist with every song mentioned.

<3 dj mozzie

DJ Highlights

Thanksgiving Dinner Set w/ carbon copy

A few months ago, my family came to visit me, and it was then the idea was born that me and my father should do a radio set together. I figured the Tuesday before Thanksgiving would be a good time for that (for travel reasons), and I gave my dad free reign on what to put on the set. He decided to make a set themed around Thanksgiving dinner and the progression of the night and foods you might eat. I love how creative he was with it and was very impressed with how all of the songs mesh together perfectly.

Without further ado, here is DJ GCarr’s Thanksgiving playlist:

  • “I Thank You – LP/Single Version” — Sam & Dave
  • “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf)” — Sly & The Family Stone
  • “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” — William DeVaughn
  • “Save The Bones for Henry Jones” — Nat King Cole
  • “(Do The) Mashed Potatoes” — James Brown
  • “Mashed Potato Time” — Dee Dee Sharp
  • “My Sweet Potato” — Booker T. & the M.G.’s 
  • “Sweet Pea” — Tommy Roe
  • “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” — Ohio Express
  • “Cold Turkey” — Lenny Kravitz
  • “Mother Freedom” — Bread
  • “Long Tall Glasses” — Leo Sayer
  • “Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” — Jay & The Techniques
  • “Pecan Pie” — Golden Smog
  • “One More Cup Of Coffee” — Bob Dylan
  • “Goodbye” — Mary Hopkin
  • “Leaving on a Jet Plane” — Peter, Paul and Mary
  • “Take Me Home Country Roads” — Ray Charles

It was very fun to switch up what I normally play on my sets, and it really renewed my creative interest in what is possible for future sets of mine. The set is on Spinitron and Spotify.

Until next time,


Blog Playlists

On Melancholia

Melancholic music knows no genre bounds but rather manifests in the minds of people with similar thoughts and feelings. I’ve put together a playlist that includes some of my favorite “sad” music that makes use of insightful, personal, or simply raw lyricism. There’s quite a bit of genre mixing as the first line of this post implies, so I hope there’s a track or two (or fifteen) for everyone. 

  1. “Drive All Over Town” by Elliott Smith
  2. “Giving Up” by Corbin
  3. “And I Love Her” by Kurt Cobain
  4. “Milk and Honey – 2001 Remaster” by Jackson C. Frank
  5. “Mis” by Alex G
  6. “Agony” by Yung Lean
  7. “Novocaine” by Fog Lake
  8. “Half Right” by Heatmiser
  9. “I Love How You Love Me – Live” by Jeff Mangum
  10. “Some Things Last A Long Time” by Daniel Johnston
  11. “The Moon (Acoustic)” by The Microphones
  12. “Hands” by Joy Again
  13. “Notches” by Crywank
  14. “In Love” by Alex G
  15. “I’ve Seen It” by ARTHUR

Click here to listen on Spotify.

I hope you all aren’t feeling melancholic, but as winter approaches rapidly and with a cold bite, maybe this playlist will keep you warm when you’re not feeling so right.

Here’s to plugging Elliott Smith into WKNC content as often as possible,

Silya Bennai

Weekly Charts

Daytime Charts 11/23

1LITTLE SIMZSometimes I Might Be IntrovertAGE 101
2BLACK MARBLEFast IdolSacred Bones
3NATION OF LANGUAGEA Way ForwardPlay It Again Sam
4PRETTY EMBERSUnderSelf-Released
6MCKINLEY DIXONFor My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like HerSpacebomb
7BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD“Chaos Space Marine” [Single]Ninja Tune
8GENESIS OWUSUSmiling With No TeethHouse Anxiety/Ourness
10INJURY RESERVEBy The Time I Get To PhoenixSelf-Released
11JPEGMAFIAEP2! [EP]Self-Released
12JIMMY EDGARCheetah BendInnovative Leisure
13LALA LALAI Want The Door To OpenHardly Art
14NYLON SMILEWaiting For OblivionCitrus City
15PARQUET COURTSSympathy For LifeRough Trade
163AMSOUNDIt Gets Dark SometimesSelf-Released
17EVIDENCEUnlearning Vol. 1Rhymesayers
18FILM SCHOOLWe Weren’t HereSonic Ritual
20SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE“The Door Is Open” b/w “The Door Is Closed” [Single]Saddle Creek
21SPIRITUALIZED“Always Together With You” [Single]Fat Possum
22ILLISMFamily Over EverythingThe CRWN
23AUDIOBOOKSAstro ToughHeavenly/PIAS
24CECILE BELIEVEPlucking A Cherry From The VoidSelf-Released
25CHURCH GIRLSStill BloomsAnchor Eighty Four
26GUSTAFAudio Drag For Ego SnobsRoyal Mountain
27ILLUMINATI HOTTIESLet Me Do One MoreSnack Shack Tracks/Hopeless
29JEWELERTiny CirclesSelf-Released
30ROSS FROM FRIENDSTreadBrainfeeder

Daytime Adds

1MAKTHAVERSKANFor AlltingRun For Cover
2BEACH HOUSEChapter 1: Once Twice Melody [EP]Sub Pop
4PENELOPE ISLESWhich Way To HappyBella Union/PIAS
6ISLANDYesterday ParkFrenchkiss
7TYPICAL SISTERSLove BeamJoyful Noise
8HUNDRED PLUS CLUB“Extraterrestrial Dread” [Single]Admirable Traits
9PHANTOM LIMBPastoralEarth Libraries
10DROPPER“Don’t Worry” [Single]Dirt Bomb
Weekly Charts

Underground Charts 11/23

1LAVA LA RUEButter-fly [EP]Marathon
2LITTLE SIMZSometimes I Might Be IntrovertAGE 101
4JPEGMAFIAEP2! [EP]Self-Released
5MCKINLEY DIXONFor My Mama And Anyone Who Look Like HerSpacebomb
6MARKEE STEELEVet & A Rook [EP]Thee Marquee
8ILLISMFamily Over EverythingThe CRWN
9INJURY RESERVEBy The Time I Get To PhoenixSelf-Released
10GENESIS OWUSUSmiling With No TeethHouse Anxiety/Ourness