Band/Artist Profile

Warren Zevon and the World of Undesirables

It’s no secret that there are some hard facts no one likes to think about. One of those facts is the truth of the world, that there is violence which persists daily, people who go without, people who suffer and are turned away by society. This is a fact which many people choose to ignore from the safe bubbles of neighborhoods or college campuses.

Yet, this fact permeates. It’s hard to truly ignore, it’s always there. In the news, on the street corners, in the lived experiences which we try to push down and move past, injustices people have overcome, injustices people still face. 

New Album Review

New Album Review: “Death Is Little More” by Boundaries

“Death is Little More” by Boundaries, their third album, contains 33 straight minutes of pure insanity. With themes surrounding death, grief and rage, Boundaries delivered an unforgettable record.

Boundaries are a highly underrated band and I believe they will become big players in the scene. Frontman Matthew MacDougal’s harsh vocals will leave your skin crawling, yet constantly wanting more.If you want to hear some of the heaviest breakdowns of 2024, look into this 5-piece band from Connecticut. They are one to keep on your radar.

The album itself flows together smoothly from start to finish, adding to the experience of my first listen. Add unforgettable riffs, melodic elements, and a ferocious percussion, and you have “Death is Little More.” With featured vocals on the album from Marcus Vik (Invent Animate), Lochie Keogh (Alpha Wolf) and Matt Honeycutt (Kublai Khan TX), you know you are getting an AOTY contender.

My top-three tracks on the album are “Turning Hate Into Rage,” “Scars On A Soul” and “Blood Soaked Salvation (feat. Matt Honeycutt)”.

Upon first listen, the opening track, “Turning Hate Into Rage” immediately hooked me into the album. Opening with one of the heaviest tracks on the album was no mistake. It introduces the main theme that surrounds the album as a whole: rage.

The albums single, “Scars On A Soul” was top-tier. This song sounds like top-tier early 2000s metalcore with chaotic hardcore inspired breakdowns. Lyrically, it has to be my favorite. 

“Blood Soaked Salvation,” features the vocalist Matt Honeycutt of the metal-core/death-core band, Kublai Khan TX. I was thrilled to hear how MacDougal and Honeycutt sound together on a track, and they did not disappoint. You can clearly hear the Kublai Khan TX influences, and mix that with Boundaries, you have an instant hit. Oh, and have I mentioned heavy breakdowns? This song takes the crown for that.

This album was a chaotic experience from start to finish, in the best way. I personally thought it would be difficult for them to top their previous album, “Burying Brightness.” Even with a shorter run-time, Boundaries did not disappoint. I will for sure be seeing them on this album’s tour cycle. They will be performing at Local 506 in Chapel Hill on June 2


Music and Hidden Messages in “Columbo,”

There’s just something so appealing about “Columbo.” Maybe it’s Peter Falk’s rumpled brilliance portraying this character, from his coat to his hair, or the dog named “Dog,” or the inverted concept of a mystery story as a howcatchem instead of a whodunnit

Now, I have a long history with on-screen detectives. I love the unreliable narrarators, the scandal, the often sleazy environments. The first season of “True Detective,” has one of my all-time favorite characters in Rust Cohle. One of most-watched movies is “The Long Goodbye,” which features Elliot Gould’s amazing portrayal of the private eye Phillip Marlowe. My mom and I have watched nearly all twenty-five seasons of “Midsommer Murders,” religiously, with cozy blankets and cups of tea in hand. For me not to fall in love with “Columbo,” would be like a dog not wanting a bone. 

I was introduced to the show only a week ago, as a friend put on an episode for us to watch. Needless to say, I was instantly hooked.

Music Education

A Short Dive Into the History of Zamrock

The country of Zambia saw it’s population’s culture shift in a such drastic way more than one could imagine at the time and big reason for this was the birth and rise of Zamrock. But what exactly is Zamrock?

Well, the short answer to that question is a genre of music that originated in Zambia during the early 1970s that combines the sounds of local music, psychedelic, and garage rock sounds into the mainstream of the country’s music scene at the time. However, to truly understand the reason for Zamrock’s creation its important to know the history of Zambia during this time.

Official flag of Zambia
The official flag of Zambia

From Liberation to Creation

In 1964, Zambia gained its independence from British colonial rule and was fortunate enough to gain full control of the copper mining industry in the country which led to an economic boom. The first elected president of Zambia was Kenneth Kaunda and in an effort to create a national identity to further itself from its past colonial rule, Kaunda decided to invest heavily into the entertainment industry, specifically, the music industry.

As a result many young Zambians at the time became more and more musically inclined while taking influence from popular bands at the time like Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, and The Beatles.

Also, its worthy to note that during this time, all Zambian radio stations were required to play at least 90% Zambian music as this was an order given by Kaunda himself.

This gave many musicians an incentive to create music as making a song or an album essentially meant getting airtime on the radio. Thus, Zamrock was born with its first ever release in 1972 being “Introduction” by W.I.T.C.H.

Zambian rock band WITCH in concert (2021)
Zambian rock band W.I.T.C.H in concert (2021)

Notable Bands/Musicians

  • Salty Dog
  • W.I.T.C.H (We Intend To Cause Havoc)
  • The Boyfriends
  • Paul Ngozi & and The Ngozi Family
  • Amanaz
  • Rikki Ililonga
  • Musi O Tunya
  • Keith Mlevhu

The Decline of Zamrock

Unfortunately, Zamrock did not last long after its creation as the country went into a decline in many ways. First, it was the global decrease of the copper industry at the end of the decade which was 95% of Zambia’s export at the time. This was a major blow to the economic state of the country and sadly this wasn’t the only problem Zambia faced.

In 1984, an HIV/AIDS epidemic took place in Zambia. This event killed a significant amount of the adult population and this included many musicians. This not only was a huge loss for the general population of Zambia, but it ultimately was a large reason for the end of Zamrock.

Zamrock From Today’s Perspective

The music from Zamrock did not gain much traction outside of the country until much later on. Recently, thanks to the likes of Eothen “Egon” Alapatt and Now-Again Records, many bands and songs have been rediscovered by many all across the world through re-released and compilation albums of many Zamrock bands.

Zamrock has even managed to influence recent artists such as: Yasiin Bey (fka. Mos Def), Travis Scott, Yves Tumor, and Madlib through the use of samples.

On a Final Note

Looking back, The story of Zamrock is certainly a special one as this is something many people today not knowledgeable about it wouldn’t believe after first hearing about it. Seeing as how Zambia is a South Central African country who had not gained it’s independence up until relatively recently.

A picture of Victoria Falls
A picture of Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe

Nonetheless, Zamrock is an event that deserves to be remembered and seen as more of a movement than a genre as it served as a great part of Zambia’s liberation story.

Thanks for reading and learning with me!

– MJ :p


Why Does Physical Music Live On in Gen Z? WKNC DJs Weigh In

When I was 16, my parents bought me my first record player (at my request). They couldn’t seem to wrap their heads around it.

“Nobody listens to records anymore,” they said. “You won’t even be able to find any.”

Six years later after I inherited my cousin’s expansive CD collection, they were similarly befuddled to learn that I did not intend to throw them away, but rather seek out a secondhand CD player.

“Nobody listens to CDs anymore,” they said. “You won’t even be able to find any.”

My parents’ assumptions, while (flagrantly) wrong, were interesting to me. Born in 1965 and 1971, respectively, my father and mother witnessed both the age of vinyl and CDs come and go. They resigned themselves to an unequivocally digital future.

People still buy vinyl and CDs, but most of them don’t look like my parents. They look like me: twenty-somethings with tote bags, scuffed Doc Martens and obscure band tees. The infamous and much-reviled Gen Z.

The Resurgence

According to a study by the Record Industry Association of America, vinyl sales rose by 29% in 2020, overtaking CDs and cassettes for the first time in decades. Between the years 2020 and 2021, sales saw a whopping 61% increase.

According to MRC Data’s midyear report for 2021, vinyl sales are only expected to keep growing, and one of the driving factors behind this is Gen Z.

While the 55+ age demographic historically takes the lead in vinyl purchases, 2021 data shows the 25-34 age demographic tying with 55+, with each composing 21% of all new sales. Younger demographics, like those 18-24, purchase 14%.

Photo by Elza Kurbanova on Unsplash

Though Gen Z has failed to take the lead in vinyl sales so far, they compose a significant margin of the market with plenty of room for growth.

While I could find a slew of statistics on Gen Z’s impact on vinyl sales, I was hard-pressed to find solid numbers on CDs.

One of the reasons for this, according to RIAA Research Director Matthew Bass, is that the RIAA can only track first sales. A lot of CDs are secondhand, and their passage from person-to-person has no traceable footprint. Therefore, while data on new CD sales demonstrates a decline, data on used CDs isn’t part of the equation.

So, What’s the Deal?

As I perused a vast selection of articles and thinkpieces, I came to realize something. Most, if not all, of what I read was written by people outside of the Gen Z demographic.

Their reasoning behind Gen Z’s affinity for physical music was purely speculation (one even said it was “y2k,” an abbreviation that still sends shivers down my spine), and therefore meant next to nothing to me. If I wanted to hear old men give me their opinions on my generation, I would just go to Facebook.

Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

So, I reached an impasse. I certainly knew why I collected vinyl and CDs, but despite my conviction that I was one of The Music Listeners Ever, I needed a more comprehensive pool of data to draw from.

Luckily, I had a particularly large group of pathological music fanatics at my disposal, and they were more than happy to tell me their thoughts.

What’s so special about having physical copies of music?

In a world of subscription services and digital downloads, nobody truly “owns” anything. Rather, they pay monthly installments in order to prolong a temporary — and conditional — loan.

“Instead of monthly payments for as long as the site lasts,” said Chainsaw DJ Wizard of Gore, who collects both CDs and vinyl. “I can pay once for an album I love and listen to it over and over forever.”

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Other DJs shared a similar sentiment. DJ Bodhi, a vinyl collector, loves the “sheer mystique” of being able to hold music.

“There’s something unique about ownership in the digital world,” they said. “In many ways, it’s the last guard for so much music history.”

“In our modern era, everything feels too digitized,” said DJ Cosmonaut, a fan of vinyl and cassettes. “For me, the one thing that got me hooked on [vinyl] was being able to look at the music I was playing. I wasn’t just streaming it; I was holding the album itself in my hands.”

Photo by Enzo Tommasi on Unsplash

Others, such as DJ Hexane, find CDs to be a more convenient option as technological interfaces become increasingly streamlined and device-dependent.

“I have an older stereo system, so I don’t have an AUX imput or Bluetooth connection for streaming with my phone,” they said. “Plus, many phones these days are removing AUX inputs, and dongles break very easily. I enjoy being able to use my stereo system in my car with CDs.”

Apollo, who also collects CDs, had a similar perspective.

“I like CDs because it’s way easier to pick a CD out and have it play than mess around with my phone while driving,” they said, adding #safedriver.

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Some vinyl, said DJ Cowball, former WKNC GM, can be an investment. “A Weezer record I don’t really play anymore goes for over $100 on Discogs,” she said. “I might sell it sometime.”

Many DJs purchase CDs and vinyl in order to express their support for their favorite artists.

“Spotify is notorious for underpaying artists,” said Wordgirl, who enjoys both CDs and vinyl. “I feel like it doesn’t help the the artists I love to simply stream their music.”

CDs remain a significant source of income for musicians. Though many people discount their earning potential, they’re immensely more profitable than downloads or streams. Vinyl are similarly vital, outselling CDs by 6 million units according to 2023 data.

Conversely, artists make between $0.003-$0.005 per stream on Spotify.

Final Thoughts

While purchasing and listening to music on vinyl and CDs is generally more expensive, time-consuming and complicated (As DJ Mithrax admits, it’s certainly not preferable) than using a streaming service, these qualities are precisely what make the practice so important.

“It’s a more intentional process,” said DJ gotosleep. “Which makes the listening experience more substantial.”

Photo by CARTIST on Unsplash

And I agree. There’s something intrinstically (perhaps even metaphysically) rewarding about seeking out, acquiring and spinning physical music. The process and the experience become divorced from the endless convenience and mindlessness of the digital sphere.

“There’s a ritual aspect to it,” said Johnny Ghost. “It’s a tactile experience.”

“I love CDs,” said DK Tullykinesis. “I love the colors, the boxes. I love when they have little pamphlets with them. I love seeing them keep spinning for a little while once I press ‘stop’ and take them out of the player.”

In a world aching for nostalgia, physical music stratches that proverbial itch. It signals to a time forever simpler and forever more romantic than the present. For Gen Z, that yearning for the past will likely never fade. We will forever be drawn to the tactile and physical as the world arround us becomes less man and more machine.

Weekly Charts

Top Charts 4/16/24

Top Charts

4DANNY BROWNQuarantaWarp
5MEAN JEANSBlastedFat Wreck Chords
7HOTLINE TNTCartwheelThird Man
9OMNISouvenirSub Pop
10SWEET PILLStarchild [EP]Hopeless
11YEULE“Anthems For A Seventeen Year-Old Girl” [Single]A24
12ARLO PARKSMy Soft Machine (Deluxe)Transgressive/PIAS
13BUTCHER BROWNSolar MusicConcord Jazz/Concord
14CITIZENCalling The DogsRun For Cover
15CRUMB“AMAMA” [Single]Self-Released
16GABRIEL TEODROSFrom The Ashes Of Our HomesSelf-Released
17GOTTS STREET PARKOn The InsideBlue Flowers/PIAS
18HANA VU“Care” [Single]Ghostly International
20KILLER MIKEMichael (Deluxe)Loma Vista/Concord
22MYRA KEYESFlower In The BrickSelf-Released
23POWERWASHEREveryone LaughsStrange View
24ROSIE TUCKERUtopia Now!Sentimental
25SPRINTSLetter To SelfCity Slang
26STALEFISHStalefish Does AmericaHappen Twice
27TOMMY RICHMANThe Rush [EP]Pulse/Concord
28YUNGATITAShoelace & A KnotSelf-Released
29AESOP ROCKIntegrated Tech SolutionsRhymesayers
30BLACK MILKEverybody Good?Mass Appeal

Top Adds

1KHRUANGBINA LA SALADead Oceans/Secretly Group
2KAIROS CREATURE CLUB“Deleuzean” [Single]Greenway
3JOHN BUFFALOJohn BuffaloState Fair
4MEI SEMONESKabutomushi [EP]Bayonet
6LOUIS CULTUREI Can’t Wait To See U Again [EP]Different/PIAS
7ENGLISH TEACHERThis Could Be TexasIsland/UMG
Weekly Charts

Underground Charts 4/16/24

Underground Charts

1CHUCK STRANGERSA Forsaken Lover’s PleaLex
2RITCHIETriple Digits [112]AWAL
3WAHIDfeast, by ravenInnovative Leisure/Praises Due
4SCOTT Y LOS PELMAZOSAnalog Machine Presents – Scott Y Los PelmazosAnalog Machine
5CAKES DA KILLABlack SheepYoung Art
8CLAN SPRMThe Great American EclipseHumblux
10GUMBOStir The PotA Tiny Universe

Underground Adds

2GUMBOStir The PotA Tiny Universe
3LOUIS CULTUREI Can’t Wait To See U Again [EP]Different/PIAS
4KAUSEMeta [EP]Self-Released
5JOANZ AND B3E“Well Known” [Single]Self-Released
6K-REC“Sunset” [Single]Casual Dad
Weekly Charts

Jazz Charts 4/16/24

Jazz Charts

1BUTCHER BROWNSolar MusicConcord Jazz/Concord
2JUN IIDAEvergreenOA2
3ISAIAH COLLIERParallel UniverseNight Dreamer
4YUSEF LATEEFEastern SoundsCraft
5GOTTS STREET PARKOn The InsideBlue Flowers/PIAS
6SAMMY FIGUREOABusco Tu Recuerdo (Searching For A Memory)Ashé
8CHUCK COPENACEOshki ManitouJayward Artist Group/The Orchard
9BEN LUMSDAINEMurmuration Without EndInternational Anthem
10SEAN MASONThe Southern SuiteBlue Engine

Jazz Adds

1BOBBY SELVAGGIO 11Stories, Dreams, Inspirations: For My BoyHidden Cinema
3SLY5THAVELiberationTru Thoughts
Weekly Charts

Chainsaw Charts 4/16/24

Chainsaw Charts

1BARONESSStoneAbraxan Hymns
2CRYPTOPSYAs Gomorrah BurnsNuclear Blast
3ESHTADUR“Fire Above Mountain Below” [Single]Self-Released
4MORTA SKULDCreation UndonePeaceville
5ASTRALBORNEAcross The AeonsProsthetic
6HORNDALHead Hammer ManProsthetic
7GATECREEPER“The Black Curtain” [Single]Nuclear Blast
8MAMMOTH CARAVANIce Cold OblivionSelf-Released
10NERVERBrothers in Christ [EP]Reptilian

Chainsaw Adds

2WHITECROSSFear No EvilDark Star
3CANDY“eXistenZ” [Single]Relapse
4SVNEATR“Never Return” [Single]Prosthetic
5SAVAGE OATHDivine BattlePostmortem Apocalypse
6FINAL RESTING PLACEPreclude to Extinction [EP]Daze
7BRODEQUINHarbinger of WoeSeasons of Mist
Weekly Charts

Afterhours Charts 4/16/24

Afterhours Charts

1VEGYNThe Road To Hell Is Paved With Good IntentionsPLZ Make It Ruins
218 DAYSLost In MotionSelf-Released
4PSYCHOANGELrave gundam revolutionKitty On Fire
5CURRENOne True ColorSelf-Released
6CLUB ANGELSoundbwoy’s Destiny [EP]Astral People/PIAS
7DJ SLORGLDORFgod put me on this earth to open up the pitSelf-Released
9TATYANAIt’s OverSinderlyn
10COR.ECE AND BAD COLOURSBeen Here BeforeBastard Jazz

Afterhours Adds

1PSYCHOANGELrave gundam revolutionKitty On Fire
3DJ SLORGLDORFgod put me on this earth to open up the pitSelf-Released