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DJ Highlights

WKNC DJs’ Top Albums of 2016!

The year of realizing things has almost come to a close. We asked our DJs what their favorite albums from this tumultuous year were and they responded! Thanks for sticking with us through this year and we’ll see you all for an amazing 2017.

DJ Casserole – Daytime
(In no particular order)

  1. MY WOMAN by Angel Olsen
  2. Geode by ELEL
  3. Jurassic Punk by T-Rextasy
  4. Shall We by Goth Babe
  5. Pile by A Giant Dog

DJ Short Stride – Daytime

  1. Shall We by Goth Babe
  2. Buds by Surf Curse
  3. Puberty 2 by Mitski
  4. So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club
  5. Bashful Creatures by Hippo Campus

Chuck Afterhours & Indie Rock

  1. Boronia by Hockey Dad
  2. Human Energy by Machinedrum 
  3. Sleeptalking by Travelers
  4. Temple by Matthew and the Atlas
  5. Pink Gum by Magic Potion

angel by shaggy – Specialty (Post Service)

  1. Demon City by Elysia Crampton
  2. Tempo by Olga Bell
  3. Blood Bitch by Jenny Hval
  4. A Seat At The Table by Solange
  5. Wildflower by The Avalanches

DJ VU Daytime/Specialty (That 80s Show)

  1. Human Ceremony by Sunflower Bean
  2. Year of the Rabbit by Eskimeaux
  3. Eating in Bed by Del Sure
  4. Pool by Porches
  5. It’s The Big Joyous Occasion, Let’s Stir the Honeypot by Teen Suicide

Cmd Shift Q Specialty (Rub-a-Dub Dub)
(In no particular order)

  1. Face Always Towards the Sun by Blithe Field
  2. Deluxe by Omni
  3. Homeworlding by Fraternal Twin
  4. It’s The Big Joyous Occasion, Let’s Stir the Honeypot by Teen Suicide
  5. Resolutionary by Vivien Goldman

galpal – Daytime

  1. Blood Bitch by Jenny Hval
  2. Warmth Equation by Infinity Crush
  3. Gymnastics by Sneaks
  4. Lamentations by Moses Sumney
  5. Cosmetic by Nots

DJGU3 Afterhours

  1. It’s Hard For Me to Say I’m Sorry by Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke 
  2. Elseq 1-5 by Autechre
  3. Love Streams by Tim Hecker
  4. Ultimate Care II by Matmos
  5. Capsule’s Pride by Bwana

DJ Mac Daytime

  1. The Ride by Catfish and the Bottlemen
  2. A/B by Kaleo
  3. Sunlit Youth by Local Natives
  4. How to Be A Human Being by Glass Animals
  5. Dissapear Here by Bad Suns

DJ2 –  Chainsaw

  1. Imperial by Denzel Curry
  2. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
  3. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold
  4. Terminal Redux by Vektor
  5. The Whole of the Law by Anaal Nathrakh

The Captain Specialty (That Emo Show & Two Dads, A Lot of Genres)

  1. Cardinal by Pinegrove
  2. Goodness by The Hotelier
  3. Promise Everything by Basement
  4. Versace Summer by JANK
  5. Laugh Tracks by Knocked Loose

Goldi Afterhours, Specialty (Lowkey R&B)

  1. Blonde by Frank Ocean
  2. American Boyfriend by Kevin Abstract
  3. Puberty 2 by Mitski
  4. We got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your service by A Tribe Called Quest
  5. Oh No by Jesse Lanza

Big Fat Sac Specialty (Both Kinds Radio)

  1. Nonagon Infinity by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 
  2. Midwest Farer’s Daughter by Margo Price
  3. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West 
  4. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson 
  5. A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

Case Sensitive – Afterhours

  1. Who Really Cares by TV Girl
  2. Blonde by Frank Ocean
  3. Coconut Oil EP by Lizzo
  4. Malibu by Anderson .Paak
  5. Freetown Sound by Blood Orange

DJ Iron Mic Underground

  1. Blank Face by Schoolboy Q
  2. Atrocity Exhibition by Danny Brown
  3. Learning to Live In A Day by P.A.T. Junior
  4. Take Notes by Professor Toon
  5. The Way I’m Living Makes My Mother Nervous by Well$

Double Duchess Daytime
(in no particular order)

  1. Emotion B-Sides by Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
  3. Lemonade by Beyonce
  4. Fun Christmastime Record Compilation by Quinton’s Fun Records
  5. Puberty 2 by Mitski

DJ JoshyPoshy Daytime

  1. Long Walk Home by Scenic Route to Alaska
  2. New by The Wldlfe
  3. Cinder by Cinder
  4. I Think You Too Much of Me by Eden
  5. Girl, Say by Vacation Manor

The Fuzz Specialty (NO DUDES PWR HR)

  1. Out of the Garden by Tancred
  2. Live in Nashville by Guerilla Toss
  3. Psychopomp by Japanese Breakfast
  4. Fell Off the Deep End by Neaux
  5. For Young Hearts by Soccer Mommy

mc-haela – Daytime

  1. Sunlit Youth by Local Natives
  2. Georgica Pond by Johnnyswim
  3. Absolute Loser by Fruit Bats
  4. Fools by Wild Child
  5. The Party by Andy Shauf

JB Daytime

  1. Blonde by Frank Ocean
  2. 99.9% by Kaytranada
  3. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
  4. Yes Lawd! by NxWorries
  5. Wildflower by The Avalanches

The Mattador Daytime

  1. Cardinal by Pinegrove
  2. Talking Quietly of Anything With You by Free Cake For Every Creature
  3. Return to Love by LVL UP
  4. Puberty 2 by Mitski
  5. Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest

ncsu-guest Afterhours

  1. Blonde by Frank Ocean
  2. Freetown Sound by Blood Orange
  3. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired by Mothers
  4. Anti by Rihanna
  5. A Seat At the Table by Solange

DJ Whatsherface – Daytime

  1. Not to Disappear by Daughter
  2. Skip A Sinking Stone by Mutual Benefit
  3. Masterpiece by Big Thief
  4. Friends Share Lovers by And The Kids
  5. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired by Mothers

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Our Recurring Favorites!
Blonde by Frank Ocean
Puberty 2 by Mitski
The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
Cardinal by Pinegrove
Blood Bitch by Jenny Hval

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Festival Coverage

More Hopscotch Highlights: Friday

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Concert Review

Constellations Festival Brings Some of Indie’s Best to Leeds

I think I picked the right place to study abroad.

Constellations Festival is relatively young, but that doesn’t keep the event from bringing in some of Indie’s finest acts. 2010’s festival included the likes of Broken Social Scene, Sleigh Bells, Local Natives, The Vaccines, and many other fantastic acts. With hopes high for this year, the festival returned to the University of Leeds Student Union on Nov. 12, and it brought acts including Yuck, Braids, The Big Pink, The Antlers, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

One building, five different proper music venues, and nine hours of cramming in as much music as possible is a daunting task to say the least, and thankfully the folks planning this event allowed for seeing the majority of the largest names with ease. They could have easily planned the event in a way that makes more sense musically. This would include The Antlers opening for Wild Beasts, Yuck opening for Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and Summer Camp opening for The Big Pink. Thankfully the large acts played back to back in the same venue with the periods in between sets long enough to pop over to another venue and catch the majority of another band’s show.

The culmination of these elements made for one hell of an afternoon and night filled with music, and below are some of the highlights.

Summer Camp

This was by far the biggest surprise of the night. I was amused by the sound of Summer Camp after my initial listen of their debut album Welcome to Condale, but I felt as if there was still much to be desired. Although I had my reservations about the group, they put on one of the most delightful performances of the festival. Their love of 80s nostalgia, although they are probably too young to remember the 80s, brought about a charm to the performance. Famous dance scenes from 80s films projected to a screen on stage alongside the upbeat pop duets with some real swing left me wanting to reevaluate my initial stance on their debut.

 

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

One of the most anticipated acts of the festival did exactly what they needed to do. Consistent throughout, Malkmus and company brought their a-game during their hour-long set. Playing mostly new tracks off of Mirror Traffic, they also revisited some of the earlier solo work from Malkmus. The act left me feeling satisfied and lived up to many of expectations I had.

Yuck

If you are a fan of Yuck’s self-titled debut, you need to see this band live. There are certain things that recorded songs cannot convey, and the sense of raw, distorted power is definitely one of them. The band had some initial technical hiccups after the mics cut out on them toward the end of their last song, and walked off as the stage crew came back on to get everything working properly. The band took it in stride. After walking back on stage frontman Daniel Blumber jokingly announced, “This is our longest encore ever.” The band mixed up their tracks much like in their album, going from one faster paced harder sound to one a bit more reserved. It was the track “Rubber” that stole the show. The 7-minute song provided a visceral listening experience that shook the ears and body to its distorted 90s rock core, something much better understood when experienced instead of described.

 

The Antlers

This band is easily one of the best in filling the room with their atmospheric sound, regardless of size. That’s exactly what they did on this night. Playing the best from their debut and their second album, The Antlers demonstrated how they are able to beautifully construct songs that in some moments lack vocals yet sound structured, and when the vocals kick in it provides a fine compliment to their rest of their truly gorgeous sound.

 

Wild Beasts

It was a bit of a homecoming for the band currently based in Leeds, and their set brought out the largest crowd of the entire night. The large room was packed to the ceiling as the band covered tracks from their entire discography, and the songs both slow and upbeat highlighted the best of the band. Like Yuck, Wild Beasts live proved just how incredibly powerful their vocals are. It felt like a somewhat surreal experience to hear these regular guys produce such operatic and captivating voices. All in all, they gave one of the best performance of the night ending what was already a fantastic day.


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Concert Review

Local Natives bring in fans from all over

This past weekend, October 16, marked the longest drive to see a single concert for a large amount of people, including myself. Some fans journeyed over 5 ½ hours, if not more, all to see a few bands—Local Natives, The Ruby Suns, and The Union Line—at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. Once the show began, I understood why.

The Union Line, a five-piece from California, started off the night. Creative drum beats were a staple in each song laced with pretty guitar and Natives-esque vocals. While most shows’ opener band encourages a crowd to linger at best, The Union Line had the crowd engaged and dancing within the first song.

The Ruby Suns followed with a poppier set; think Toro Y Moi if they ate too much sugar. Regardless of the slight genre change, it kept everyone energetic.

Following was the headliner for the night, Local Natives. With only one LP out, Gorilla Manor, I was surprised to see a sold-out show. The fanbase was incredible, especially for such a new band. It was shoulder-to-shoulder and impossible to move as far front as I would have liked. The set started off strong and hit every song on the album. Another pleasant surprise was Local Natives actually sounds better live, in my opinion. Everything—vocals, drums, guitar, etc.—was on point, in addition to crowd interaction. Another very unique aspect of this band is each member alternated instruments every song or so.

One of my (many) favorite parts of this show particularly was how eager the bands were to meet the fans. Every member from the three bands took time to hold a conversation with fans, sign autographs, joke around, and take pictures with the best college radio station in NC.