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Weekly Charts

Daytime Charts 10/26

# ArtistAlbumLabel
1NYLON SMILE“Conduit” b/w “We Don’t Need A Reason” [Single]Self-Released
2GUSTAFAudio Drag For Ego SnobsRoyal Mountain
3FILM SCHOOLWe Weren’t HereSonic Ritual
4LITTLE SIMZSometimes I Might Be IntrovertAGE 101
5SHYGIRLALIAS [EP]Because
6TYLER THE CREATORCALL ME IF YOU GET LOSTColumbia
7AUDIOBOOKSAstro ToughHeavenly/PIAS
8ILLISMFamily Over EverythingThe CRWN
9GALCHER LUSTWERKInformation (Redacted)Ghostly International
10ILLUMINATI HOTTIESLet Me Do One MoreSnack Shack Tracks/Hopeless
11SHANNON AND THE CLAMSYear Of The SpiderEasy Eye Sound/Concord
12MARKEE STEELEVet & A Rook [EP]Thee Marquee
13AMYL AND THE SNIFFERSComfort To MeATO
14WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKSEnjoy The ViewBig Scary Monsters
15ACID DADTake It From The DeadRAS/Greenway
16ZELMA STONEThe Best [EP]Self-Released
17MACHINEDRUMPsyconia [EP]Ninja Tune
18JPEGMAFIALP!EQT Recordings
19MAGDALENA BAYMercurial WorldLuminelle
20NATIVESON 91Come Back DownInner Tribe
21STRANDEDMidnight SunDouble Phantom
22CENTRAL HEAT EXCHANGECentral Heat ExchangeBirthday Cake/Citrus City/Sunroom
23GINGER ROOTCity Slicker [EP]Acrophase
24LAVA LA RUEButter-fly [EP]Marathon
25ONE STEP CLOSERThis Place You KnowRun For Cover
26SNAIL MAIL“Valentine” [Single]Matador
27KEDR LIVANSKIYLiminal Soul2MR
28JAPANESE BREAKFASTJubileeDead Oceans/Secretly Group
29IDLES“The Beachland Ballroom” [Single]Partisan
30HAND HABITSFun HouseSaddle Creek

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#ArtistAlbumLabel
1CHURCH GIRLSStill BloomsAnchor Eighty Four
2SPIRIT WASHeaven’s Just A CloudDanger Collective
3JULIA SHAPIROZorkedSuicide Squeeze
4ODONIS ODONISSpectrumsFelte
5FURROWSFisher KingSelf-Released
6SPIRAL XPDrop Me In [EP]Royal Mountain
7BC CAMPLIGHT“I’m Alright In The World” b/w “I Can Almost See My Mind From Here” [Single]Bella Union/PIAS
8BEAMSEgo DeathSelf-Released
9BLOODY SUNDAYS, THE“What’s Going On” [Single]Silky And Milky
10DREAM DREAM“Chill Vibes” b/w “Blissin” [Single]Admirable Traits
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Weekly Charts

Underground Charts 10/26

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1LITTLE SIMZSometimes I Might Be IntrovertAGE 101
2INJURY RESERVEBy The Time I Get To PhoenixSelf-Released
3LAVA LA RUEButter-fly [EP]Marathon
4SHYGIRLALIAS [EP]Because
5EVIDENCEUnlearning Vol. 1Rhymesayers
6JIMMY EDGARCheetah BendInnovative Leisure
7ILLISMFamily Over EverythingThe CRWN
8MARKEE STEELEVet & A Rook [EP]Thee Marquee
9MASEGOStudying Abroad [EP]Capitol
10TYLER THE CREATORCALL ME IF YOU GET LOSTColumbia
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Chainsaw Charts 10/26

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1ANTICHRIST SIEGE MACHINEPurifying BladeProfound Lore
2BLOODY KEEPBloody Horror [EP]Grime Stone
3BORISNoThird Man
4BONEHUNTERDark Blood Reincarnation SystemHells Headbangers
5BLACK WOUNDUnending LabyrinthDry Cough
6CHARREDPrayers Of MaledictionEntertainment One
7CURTA’N WALLCurta’n Wall [EP]Grime Stone
8IXTLAHUACTeyacanilitztli NahualliNuclear War Now!
9DESTRUCTIONLive AttackNapalm
10GODSLAVEGodslaveMetalville
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Weekly Charts

Afterhours Charts 10/26

#ArtistAlbumLabel
1MAGDALENA BAYMini Mix, Vol. 2Luminelle
2GALCHER LUSTWERKInformation (Redacted)Ghostly International
3WESTCOAST GODDESSU Up? [EP]Infinite Pleasure
4AMON TOBINHow Do You LiveNomark
5KEDR LIVANSKIYLiminal Soul2MR
6DOSS4 New Hit Songs [EP]LuckyMe
7KELLY LEE OWENSInner SongSmalltown Supersound
8MACHINEDRUMPsyconia [EP]Ninja Tune
9PROSPA“The Thrill” [Single]Rave Science
10SMERZBelieverXL/Beggars Group
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Concert Review

Spookstina: Manifest Concert Reviews

So WKNC sent a group to Manifest this earlier this month, and it was a bit more Halloween-y than initially anticipated. While genre variety was plentiful, there was an overwhelming theme of SCARY. The Local 506 had a end to end metal setlist on Friday, there was hardcore punk, a little bit of goth dance music, but most tuned to my tastes was the Noise and Dark Ambient thrills of Raleigh’s own Spookstina performing at NightLight.

Spookstina is a witch, and I mean that metaphor in the most literal way possible. She has raven hair, a high, raspy, and vaguely ominous singing voice, and a musical style that reeks of death and depression. Her SoundCloud bio is just the single phrase “The topography of an unmade bed after a restless night,” and it is awesome. Her music floats in that vague noisey electronic haze that goes by a million labels. Dark Ambient, is my first instinct, Death Industrial is another contender, but the point is that she’s very spooky.

Her performance was a wash of contradictions laid out for our viewing pleasure. She was in an intentionally catatonic trance for the whole set, barely vocalizing above a whisper in the small venue of Nightlight. Yet her theatrics loomed large in my memory of the night. Behind her was the scenery of a small apartment complete with Gen Z approved multicolor lighting. In front of her: a sewer grate ladder…. she started to whip the sewer grate ladder with chains halfway through the performance.

Yes, despite her listless, almost Shoegazing persona, her set was one of destruction. The entire venue was filled with a low electronic gurgle for more than thirty minutes, complete with a bass sound that made my organs shrivel. She smashed, clattered, and abused various inanimate objects, including a guitar which was played more as percussion that instrument. And while I cannot confirm this firsthand, a few of our other content creators swear there was a fire on stage briefly after she smashed a Christmas light.

I’m not sure this article amounted to a recommendation per se, but those of you who are into that sort of thing have doubtlessly put a full Spookstina concert on your bucket list already. She’s local to Raleigh, so you ghouls should have no trouble finding her.

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Concert Review Festival Coverage Local Music

Manifest Review: A Loud Festival That Shines in the Quiet Moments

I think it was partway through Sister Brother’s set, a ski mask-wearing punk duo with anti-capitalist vocal samples and attacking guitars when I realized just how good of a weekend this would be. For reference, Sister Brother was the third set I went to.

Manifest did not pull punches. This was an event that threw punk and metal bands at you and you had to hold on and enjoy the ride. I spent most of my time in the Local 506, the main venue of the three, and the intimate size combined with the sheer ferocity of the instrumentals meant I had to pull out earplugs at a concert for the first time ever. 

Bands blurred together, but saying that sounds bad, like things were getting stale. When I say blurred, I mean that one band perfectly picked up the energy level from the previous group while adding their own spin on the rebellious under (and over) tones. Of course there were individual highlights. BANGZZ lived up to its name by getting the whole crowd headbanging and kicking off the night with interludes talking about the importance of taking up space and respecting others. Pie Face Girls described themselves as a “comedy troupe first, band second”, and their stage banter was as hilarious as their songs were captivating, with groovy instrumentals and repeated vocals that wormed their way into the brain and didn’t leave in a hurry. And Sand Pact came from left field with an experimental electronic set paired with performative dance that brought a bit of the club with them.

Of all the pedal to the metal guitars and screaming vocals this weekend, the most memorable act I saw was Raleigh “conjurer of sound” Spookstina. Their set consisted of the artist crouching over their decks and playing a continuous wall of distorted sound for over half an hour, punctuated by a couple minutes of vocals and some plucking of guitar strings and, most notably, the rattling of chains. Some of the rattling was recorded, but a lot of it came from them picking up and dropping chains that were on the small triangular stage in the corner of the room. This crescendoed into one of the most surreal experiences of my life: Spookstina picked up what they later told us was a sewer ladder, walked into the audience, and started hitting it with a chain to a beat that apparently only they could hear. 

What really made that work was how close the audience was to the action, and that was a major part of the experience. Artists were just hanging out in the bar after the show and were happy to be interviewed by a college radio station. Indie folk band Honey Magpie didn’t have any merch at the merch table; my friend and I got t-shirts by talking to them after their set and paying the lead singer on Venmo. It was adaptable too. There were plans for an outdoor day party with an art market on nearby Graham Street, but when rain started coming down, they just moved everything inside the Local 506 and kept the fun going. There weren’t many people there during the day, but those who showed up between 1 and 7 p.m. got to experience some great sets. I didn’t expect to hear much country music at Manifest, but Charly out of Lumberton NC surprised me with an emotionally resonant and personal hour of music.

But Manifest, in structure at least, was still a music festival like any other, and this means that its greatest strength is in allowing for the creation of certain moments, pockets of infinite joy, where you stop and realize just how much fun you’re having. The alley in front of The Nightlight, maybe the most underrated venue of the weekend, is perfect for squealing with your friends about how insane a set was, and the distance between venues allowed festival goers to slow down and really sit with the experience they just had. History dictates that, barring another global pandemic, Manifest will return to Chapel Hill next fall, and I’m already counting the days.

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Miscellaneous

CD Collection of a Recently Inherited Car

I recently was loaned/given a car by my family to bring to campus this semester since I’d be living driving distance away from campus. This car was previously owned by my sister, who inherited it from my dad, who had it after my mom. Essentially, everyone in my immediate family has owned this car before I have, thus meaning there’s random things that belong to everyone scattered around my car. Particularly, in the center console there are thirteen CDs that belong to individuals in my family. Let’s take a look at those CDs.

Albums

  • “River of Dreams” — Billy Joel (two copies)
  • “Whitney” — Whitney Houston
  • “Best Shots” — Pat Benatar
  • “21” — Adele
  • “Hell Freezes Over” — Eagles
  • “25” — Adele
  • “Daydream” — Mariah Carey

Best Of’s

  • “20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of ABBA” — ABBA
  • “The Essential Bruce Springsteen” — Bruce Springsteen
  • “Greatest Hits” — Elton John

Mixtapes

  • Tune Time 2013
    • One of my mom’s old coworkers would make mixtapes every year for the best/most popular songs of the year. 2013 included the likes of “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, and “Feel This Moment” by Christina Aguilera and Pitbull.
  • My Mom’s Favorite Songs
    • My dad used to love making mixtapes back when CDs were still culturally very relevant. This particular burned disc is 12 of my mom’s favorite songs including: “Last Dance” by Donna Summer, “Brandy” by Looking Glass, and “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

So, clearly my family has taste (although I’m fairly certain most of these are my mom’s, they were enjoyed by all). Next time I drive I’ll pop in one of these at random and see what they have to offer. 

Until next time,

Caitlin

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Playlists

A Playlist For The End of The Day

At the end of some days, all I want to do is invite my friend Josh over to talk and hang out while we listen to music. These evenings are some of my favorites: relaxing, pure, and full of laughter. The two of us made a very long playlist for these sort of get togethers, so I’ve decided to make a shorter version to share with you all. What’s better than decompressing musically with one of your best friends? Nothing. Check it out below:

  1. “Ur2yung” by Machinedrum
  2. “Spookie Coochie” by DOECHII
  3. “It’s Possible” by Piero Piccioni, Catherine Howe
  4. “Clementine” by Elliott Smith
  5. “Friday (Strip Club)” by SpaceGhostPurrp
  6. “Bobby James” by N.E.R.D
  7. “Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Uncle Charlie Wilson
  8. “Go2DaMoon” by Playboi Carti, Kanye West
  9. “Sour Times” by Portishead
  10. “Short Circuit” by Daft Punk
  11. “What More Can I Say” by The Notations
  12. “LA” by Boy Harsher

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.

It’s an eclectic playlist to say the least, but that means there may be something for everyone. I hope you find what you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Here’s to good music and good friends,

Silya Bennai

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Blog Miscellaneous Music Education

The Power of the Playlist

I’ve been doing some spring cleaning this October, and have been reorganizing the way I listen to my Apple Music library. And it hit me that the way I, and most people my age, organize songs into a genre or mood based playlist that we can carry around in our pockets would not have been possible 15 years ago. Playlists as not just a way of listening but as an art form are so ubiquitous now that they’re just a fact of life, a noun that we all use. Both Google search trends and mentions of the word in books actually peaked in the late 2000s to early 2010s, right around the time Spotify was really entering the public consciousness. So despite the fact that we’re using playlists more than ever, we think about the fact that we use them less, you just throw one together without considering what the alternative might be.

This massive trend has completely reshaped how the music industry presents itself to the listener, with a varying degree of subtlety. The biggest albums of the year now see a 20+ song tracklist as a bare minimum, with more songs meaning a guaranteed increase in streams regardless of the average quality of the record. Even with records that stay around my personal sweet spot of 10-15 songs, I find myself listening through once, seeing which songs really stand  out to me, and then extracting those to a playlist whose theme fits the music of that artist, something I explored as well in my review of latest album by TORRES.

This approach to listening to music has its pros and cons. For one, I don’t really get a chance to have an album and all of its quirks really grow on me unless it’s already an album I really liked being revisited and becoming an album I love. “Suck It And See” from Arctic Monkeys is an album that transcended the way I’ll often leave the album behind; it went from being a cover I would see when the few songs I had from it played off my Arctic Monkeys playlist to being one of my favorites of the last decade. But the reason I went back and got to connect with the album is because Arctic Monkeys have been my favorite artist since sophomore year of high school, and I can only imagine how many albums that, had I been willing to give them another chance, would have become an integral part of my memories the way my favorite albums have.

On the flip side, I find playlists make for a more consistent listening experience on a day to day basis, especially when I just want to get something done and music isn’t my main focus at the time. Very few albums have zero filler, but all those hours spent perfectly sculpting a playlist late at night pay off when you’re doing homework and don’t need to switch through five windows to find the music player to skip a mediocre track. Your personal playlist is ideally nothing but battle-tested songs that will always come through. There’s a level of artistry involved too; building smaller playlists and carefully choosing which songs make the cut lets me engage with music in a way I wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

Playlists have also become a way of discovering music that’s very interesting to think about. Discover Weekly on Spotify is a lot of people’s go to for finding new songs they would probably like, but all streaming services have pre-made playlists that fit specific moods to draw from as well. Finding new music has less of a barrier in front of it than ever before, a new song is no longer an individual financial investment, like buying a record or downloading an individual iTunes track. On the contrary, if you’re paying for Spotify Premium, you want to get the most out of your monthly subscription and listen to as much as possible.

Being able to look at a homepage of a streaming service and seeing an algorithmically curated “for you” section in some ways lets individual listeners have more power over how they listen to music, but in other ways little has changed from when record companies started to dominate the industry. Algorithmically generated is key here, platforms can get you listening to a lot of music in a very narrow breadth within a wider genre or subgenre without ever having to leave one’s auditory comfort zone. Also many of those genre playlists on Spotify have their slots bought and paid for by record companies to promote their new material anyways, making music discovery in some ways no more organic than in the past, just with a new coat of paint.

Pros and cons aside, playlists aren’t going anywhere. Spotify has more than 30 million new listeners worldwide since 2020 and it’s not alone in this wider industry trend. As someone who grew up in the streaming era, I’ve never known life without them and I’m always looking for the next song to really tie the whole playlist together. I just have to make sure I know why my listening habits are the way they are, and to never listen to an album on shuffle.

-Erie

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Blog Miscellaneous Playlists

dj mozzie’s itchiest picks #1

Howdy y’all! Formerly known as museum maddie on the exhibition, I’ve done some rebranding after some soul searching and now bring to you dj mozzie and my itchiest picks! I’m not currently doing a set this semester but still wanted to share the music I love and hope you’ll love too. I’ve been trying to discover music that sits with me for a while, and I’ve put together the 12 songs that have made me feel warm and fuzzy as of late. I’ve been in sort of a transition period with my taste in music. During the exhibition, I was into more bedroom pop and indie rock. Fall usually reminds me of the stomp-and-holler-Mumford-and-Sons-or-The-Lumineers-type-music, but it feels a bit tired out for me.

I’ve put together a little fall playlist meant to be listened to during this time of transition, change, and (most importantly) Halloween. These songs are homely and buttery, perfect for the colder temperatures. Playlist #1 of many. Nothing says fall to me like classic rock. I started this playlist off with Season of the Witch by Donovan, which I played for a Halloween set when I was doing the exhibition. This song reminds me of warm apple cider and spices. I snuck in So Far Away by Carole King, which is definitely a personal favorite of mine. Carole’s voice is so unique, and this song matches the changing colors of the leaves. I leave you with dj mozzie’s itching picks!

  1. Season of the Witch by Donovan
  2. Flower Power by Greta Van Fleet
  3. Wish I Knew You by The Revivalists
  4. Elenore by The Turtles
  5. Witchy Woman by Eagles
  6. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  7. Spooky by Classics IV
  8. Love Potion No.9 by The Searchers
  9. Top Of The World by The Carpenters
  10. So Far Away by Carole King
  11. Who’ll Stop The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  12. Tangerine by Led Zeppelin

<3 mozzie