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DJ Casserole’s Top Albums of 2017 (So Far)

Mid-Year Music: Best of 2017 Thus Far by DJ Casserole

Though 2017 has had its ups and downs, the music this wild year has brought us is some of the best.

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Yours Conditionally – Tennis

  • Tennis is comprised of a husband-and-wife duo that takes to the sea for months to write their music. Each time, they emerge with something comfortable and warm. This album makes me want to live by the sea and fall in love with a fisher.

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DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

  • Arguably one of the most talented artists of our generation, Kendrick Lamar weaves together complex, poignant storytelling with powerful anthems.

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Gone Now – Bleachers

  • “Gone Now” was produced in Jack Antonoff’s bedroom in New Jersey, which is exactly where I feel like I am when I listen to this album. His sophomore album is more experimental and vulnerable, yet still keeps its pop charm.

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Melodrama – Lorde

  • Lorde’s first heartbreak is the backbone of this album, revealing a sadness that a person of any age can relate to. Since the release of her first album, “Pure Heroine”, she has matured as an artist and a person, but still does not lose the sense of adventure PH possessed.

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Burgeoning – RGB

  • Between the French cooing of vocalist Laura Vetil and RGB’s smart and gentle samples, this album feels like wading through the shallow waters of your life.

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Rocket – (Sandy) Alex G

  • Under his new name, (Sandy) Alex G draws inspiration from twangy, classic country… until the track, “Brick”, in which I have the sudden urge to set buildings aflame.

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No Shape – Perfume Genius

  • Perfume Genius is one of my favorite LGBT artists, and with this album, he opens up about the strange and unprecedented world of post-recovery and contentment, “I’m here, how weird”.

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I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone – Chastity Belt

  • Chastity Belt’s most cynical album is a stark contrast from hit tracks like “Cool Slut” and “Seattle Party”. Rather, this album focuses on the dark reaches of depression, a headspace that was only hinted at in previous works.

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A Hairshirt of Purpose – Pile

  • I wear my Pile t-shirt so much it has collected quite a few stains, but for good reason. The band never disappoints, especially when creating the perfect balance of singer-songwriter and post-hardcore.

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Apocalipstick – Cherry Glazerr

  • This album simply demands to be listened to, covering topics every young person is concerned about, from everyday life to the doom of the planet, all wrapped up with powerful guitar and vocals.

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Locket – Crumb

  • This is a four song EP I wished I had more of. Soft and smooth, “Locket” feels like hugging my best friend.

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Thelma – Thelma

  • Ever since seeing Thelma perform live, I became obsessed. The band is named after the late grandmother of lead singer and guitarist Natasha Jacobs, who she lovingly describes on the track with the same name. Jacobs’ voice literally sounds like a dream.

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Powerplant – Girlpool

  • The duo adds percussion to their latest album, but it is still recognizable and as uniquely Girlpool. Yearning vocals and punctual guitar and bass intertwine.

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Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: July 21st, 2015

For the FOURTH week in a row, Girlpool takes number 1 on radio 200 charts!

WKNC RADIO 200

1. GIRLPOOL – Before The World Was Big – Wichita
2. DAMAGED BUG – Cold Hot Plumbs – Castle Face
3. BULLY – Feels Like – Startime
4. WESTKUST – Last Forever – Run For Cover
5. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – Multi-Love – Jagjaguwar
6. JOANNA GRUESOME – Peanut Butter – Slumberland
7. PINS – Wild Nights – Bella Union
8. ESKIMEAUX – O.K. – Double Double Whammy
9. MEWITHOUTYOU – Pale Horses – Run For Cover
10. DESAPARECIDOS – Payola – Epitaph
11. JAMIE XX – In Colour – Young Turks
12. WHITE REAPER – White Reaper Does It Again – Polyvinyl
13. ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY – New Alhambra – Run For Cover
14. SORORITY NOISE – Joy, Departed – Topshelf
15. HOP ALONG – Painted Shut – Saddle Creek
16. TRIPTIDES – Azur – Self-Released 
17. SCOTDRAKULA – ScotDrakula – Self-Released
18. SON LUX –  Bones – Glassnote
19. J. FERNANDEZ – Many Levels Of Laughter – Joyful Noise
20. KID WAVE – Wonderlust – Heavenly
21. FIST CITY – Everything Is A Mess – Transgressive
22. CREEPOID – Cemetery Highrise Slum – Collect
23. SHARON VAN ETTEN – I Don’t Want To Let You Down [EP] – Jagjaguwar
24. WARM SODA – Symbolic Dream – Castle Face
25. TEEN MEN – Teen Men – Bar None
26. SURFER BLOOD – 1000 Palms – Joyful Noise
27. DOG PARTY – Vol. 4 – Self-Released 
28. SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream – Rough Trade
29. VAADAT CHARIGIM – Sinking As A Stone – Burger
30. ROZWELL KID – Too Shabby – Broken World

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS

1. TAME IMPALA – Currents – Interscope
2. WORRIERS – Imaginary Life – Don Giovanni
3. OBERHOFER – Chronovision [EP] – Glassnote
4. TEARJERKER – Stay Wild – Self-Released
5. SUNFLOWER BEAN – “I Hear Voices” B/w “The Stalker”

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WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: July 14th, 2015

WKNC RADIO 200

1. GIRLPOOL – Before The World Was – Big Wichita
2. DAMAGED BUG – Cold Hot Plumbs – Castle Face
3. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – Multi-Love – Jagjaguwar
4. BULLY – Feels Like – Startime
5. JOANNA GRUESOME – Peanut Butter – Slumberland
6. THEE OH SEES – Mutilator Defeated At Last – Castle Face
7. PINS – Wild Nights – Bella Union
8. WESTKUST – Last Forever – Run For Cover
9. ESKIMEAUX – O.K. – Double Double Whammy
10. HOP ALONG – Painted Shut – Saddle Creek
11. ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY – New Alhambra – Run For Cover
12. SPEEDY ORTIZ – Foil Deer – Carpark
13. SURFER BLOOD – 1000 Palms – Joyful Noise
14. MEWITHOUTYOU – Pale Horses – Run For Cover
15. DESAPARECIDOS – Payola – Epitaph
16. JAMIE XX – In Colour – Young Turks
17. SON LUX – Bones – Glassnote
18. SHARON VAN ETTEN –  I Don’t Want To Let You Down [EP] – Jagjaguwar
19. J. FERNANDEZ – Many Levels Of Laughter – Joyful Noise
20. WHITE REAPER – White Reaper Does It Again – Polyvinyl
21. KID WAVE – Wonderlust – Heavenly
22. TEEN MEN – Teen Men – Bar None
23. WARM SODA – Symbolic Dream – Castle Face
24. CREEPOID – Cemetery Highrise Slum – Collect
25. VAADAT CHARIGIM – Sinking As A Stone – Burger
26. FIST CITY – Everything Is A Mess – Transgressive
27. CEREMONY – The L-Shaped Man – Matador
28. HEARTLESS BASTARDS – Restless Ones – Partisan
29. TRAILS AND WAYS – Pathology – Barsuk
30. ROZWELL KID – Too Shabby – Broken World

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS

1. SORORITY NOISE – Joy, Departed – Topshelf
2. SCOTDRAKULA – ScotDrakula – Self-Released
3. BOATS – Release [EP] – Self-Released
4. CREEPING PINK – Mirror Woods – Castle Face
5. VELVET TEEN – All Is Illusory – Topshelf

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WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: June 30th, 2015

For the second week in a row, Girlpool takes number 1 on radio 200 charts!

WKNC RADIO 200

1. GIRLPOOL – Before The World Was Big – Wichita
2. UNKNOWN MORTAL – ORCHESTRA Multi-Love – Jagjaguwar
3. ESKIMEAUX – O.K. – Double Double Whammy
4. JOANNA GRUESOME – Peanut Butter – Slumberland
5. HOP ALONG – Painted Shut – Saddle Creek
6. MEWITHOUTYOU – Pale Horses – Run For Cover
7. ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY – New Alhambra – Run For Cover
8. NO JOY – More Faithful – Mexican Summer
9. THEE OH SEES – Mutilator Defeated At Last – Castle Face
10. BULLY – Feels Like – Startime
11. SPEEDY ORTIZ – Foil Deer – Carpark
12. TURNOVER – Peripheral Vision – Run For Cover
13. DAMAGED BUG – Cold Hot Plumbs – Castle Face
14. DESAPARECIDOS – Payola – Epitaph
15. TORRES – Sprinter – Partisan
16. PINS – Wild Nights – Bella Union
17. SURFER BLOOD – 1000 Palms – Joyful Noise
18. MY MORNING JACKET – The Waterfall – Capitol
19. J. FERNANDEZ – Many Levels Of Laughter – Joyful Noise
20. ETERNAL SUMMERS – Gold And Stone – Kanine
21. METZ – II – Sub Pop
22. VAADAT CHARIGIM – Sinking As A Stone – Burger
23. CAYUCAS – Dancing At The Blue Lagoon – Secretly Canadian
24. SHARON VAN ETTEN –  I Don’t Want To Let You Down [EP] – Jagjaguwar
25. HEARTLESS BASTARDS – Restless Ones – Partisan
26. CREEPOID – Cemetery Highrise Slum – Collect
27. NICK DIAMONDS – City Of Quartz – Manque
28. KID WAVE – Wonderlust – Heavenly
29. JAMIE XX – In Colour – Young Turks
30. TRAILS AND WAYS – Pathology – Barsuk

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS

1. FIST CITY – Everything Is A Mess – Transgressive
2. JACK AND ELIZA – Gentle Warnings – Yebo
3. LA PRIEST – INJI – Domino
4. MOCKY – Key Change – Heavy Sheet
5. SILVER LAKE CHORUS – The Silver Lake Chorus – Six Degrees

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WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: June 23rd, 2015

WKNC RADIO 200

1. GIRLPOOL – Before The World Was Big – Wichita
2. ESKIMEAUX – O.K. – Double Double Whammy
3. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA – Multi-Love – Jagjaguwar
4. HOP ALONG – Painted Shut – Saddle Creek
5. JOANNA GRUESOME – Peanut Butter – Slumberland
6. MEWITHOUTYOU – Pale Horses – Run For Cover
7. ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY – New Alhambra – Run For Cover
8. THEE OH SEES – Mutilator Defeated At Last – Castle Face
9. METZ – II – Sub Pop
10. SPEEDY ORTIZ – Foil Deer – Carpark
11. TURNOVER – Peripheral Vision – Run For Cover
12. SURFER BLOOD – 1000 Palms – Joyful Noise
13. ETERNAL SUMMERS – Gold And Stone – Kanine
14. HOT CHIP – Why Make Sense? – Domino
15. MY MORNING JACKET – The Waterfall – Capitol
16. NO JOY – More Faithful – Mexican Summer
17. VAADAT CHARIGIM – Sinking As A Stone – Burger
18. PINS – Wild Nights – Bella Union
19. TORRES – Sprinter – Partisan
20. J. FERNANDEZ – Many Levels Of Laughter – Joyful Noise
21. HEARTLESS BASTARDS – Restless Ones – Partisan
22. CAYUCAS – Dancing At The Blue Lagoon – Secretly Canadian
23. SHARON VAN ETTEN – I Don’t Want To Let You Down [EP] – Jagjaguwar
24. MIKAL CRONIN – MCIII – Merge
25. NICK DIAMONDS – City Of Quartz – Manque
26. CEREMONY – The L-Shaped Man – Matador
27. TORO Y MOI – What For? – Carpark
28. MITSKI – Bury Me At Makeout Creek – Don Giovanni
29. CHASTITY BELT – Time To Go Home – Hardly Art
30. WAXAHATCHEE – Ivy Tripp – Merge

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS

1. BULLY – Feels Like – Startime
2. CREEPOID – Cemetary Highrise Slum – Collect
3. DAMAGED BUG – Cold Hot Plumbs – Castle Face
4. DESAPARECIDOS – Payola – Epitaph
5. JACKIE ZEALOUS – Jackie Zealous [EP] – Self-Released

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WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: December 2, 2014

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS
1. PARQUET COURTS – Content Nausea – What’s Your Rupture?
2. GIRLPOOL – Girlpool – Wichita
3. KID MOXIE – 1888 – Undo
4. YAWN – Love Chills – Old Flame
5. PONY BWOY – Nar-ke – Self-Released

WKNC RADIO 200
1. KEVIN MORBY – Still Life – Woodsist
2. DEERHOOF – La Isla Bonita – Polyvinyl
3. ALLO DARLIN’ – We Come From The Same Place – Slumberland
4. HOOKWORMS – The Hum – Weird World
5. KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz – Castle Face
6. CELESTIAL SHORE – Enter Ghost – Hometapes
7. LES SINS – Michael – Company
8. ICEAGE – Plowing Into The Field Of Love – Matador
9. JAZZ JUNE – After The Earthquake – Topshelf
10. CARIBOU – Our Love – Merge
11. ARIEL PINK – Pom Pom – 4AD
12. FLYING LOTUS – You’re Dead – Warp
13. USELESS EATERS – Bleeding Moon – Castle Face
14. FOXYGEN – And Star Power – Jagjaguwar
15. EX HEX – Rips – Merge
16. KELE – Trick – Kobalt-Lilac
17. PANDA BEAR – Mr Noah – Domino
18. GRUFF RHYS – American Interior – Turnstile
19. GOLD LAKE – Years – Parallel Lines
20. KINDNESS – Otherness – Mom And Pop
21. RYAN HEMSWORTH – Alone For The First Time – Last Gang-Secret Songs
22. DEPTFORD GOTH – Songs – 37 Adventures
23. BOTS – Pink Palms – Fader
24. SCIFLYER – They Only Believe In The Moon – Tone Vendor
25. FROM INDIAN LAKES – Absent Sounds – Triple Crown
26. 2 BEARS – The Night Is Young – Southern Fried
27. NOTS – We Are Nots – Goner
28. VAN ALLEN BELT – Heaven On A Branch – Nonstop Everything
29. AISLERS SET – How I Learned To Write Backwards: Reissue – Suicide Squeeze
30. ABSOLUTELY FREE – Absolutely Free – Lefse