Categories
DJ Highlights

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.

Image result for yours conditionally tennis

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.

Image result for damn kendrick lamar album cover

DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

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

Image result for gone now bleachers

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.

Image result for melodrama lorde

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.

Image result for burgeoning rgb

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.

Image result for rocket sandy alex g

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.

Image result for no shape perfume genius

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”.

Image result for i used to spend so much time alone

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.

Image result for a hairshirt of purpose

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.

Image result for apocalipstick

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.

Image result for locket crumb

Locket – Crumb

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

Image result for thelma band

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.

Image result for powerplant girlpool

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.

Categories
Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: October 14, 2014

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS – Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell – Yep Roc
2 BALMORHEA – Balmorhea + HEIR – Western Vinyl
3 KELE – Trick – Kobalt-Lilac
4 KINDNESS – Otherness – Mom And Pop
5 BOTS – Pink Palms – Fader

WKNC RADIO 200
1 MERCHANDISE – After The End – 4AD
2 PERFUME GENIUS – Too Bright – Matador
3 KING TUFF – Black Moon Spell – SUB POP
4 BRONCHO – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman – Dine Alone
5 TOPS – Picture You Staring – Arbutus
6 EX HEX – Rips – Merge
7 LAST YEAR’S MEN – Underwhelmed – Self-Released
8 GENERATIONALS – Alix – Polyvinyl
9 TY SEGALL – Manipulator – Drag City
10 LVL UP – Hoodwink’d – Double Double Whammy
11 BAHAMAS – Bahamas Is Afie – Brushfire
12 HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER – Lateness Of Dancers – Merge
13 RENTALS – Lost In Alphaville – Polyvinyl
14 AVI BUFFALO – At Best Cuckold – SUB POP
15 WAND – Ganglion Reef – God?
16 SHE KEEPS BEES – Eight Houses – Future Gods
17 FOXYGEN – And Star Power – Jagjaguwar
18 WHIRR – Sway – Graveface
19 VAN ALLEN BELT – Heaven On A Branch – Nonstop Everything
20 SONDRE LERCHE – Please – Mona
21 IN THE VALLEY BELOW – The Belt – Caroline
22 ALEX G – DSU-  Lucky Number
23 LIA ICES – Ices – Jagjaguwar
24 BUDOS BAND – Burnt Offering – Daptone
25 CARIBOU – Our Love – Merge
26 LYDIA AINSWORTH – Right From Real – Arbutus
27 DRUMS – Encyclopedia – Minor
28 ZACK MEXICO – Run Out Of Money And Die – Self-Released 
29 HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL – Right State Of Mind – Self-Released
30 WHITE VIOLET – Stay Lost – Normaltown

Categories
Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS: October 7, 2014

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS
1 ALEX G – DSU – Lucky Number
2 FLYING LOTUS – You’re Dead – Warp
3 USELESS EATERS – Bleeding Moon – Castle Face
4 ALLO DARLIN’ – We Come From The Same Place – Slumberland
5 NICHOLAS KRGOVICH – On Sunset – NK World Service

WKNC RADIO 200
1 PERFUME GENIUS – Too Bright – Matador
2 BRONCHO – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman – Dine Alone
3 KING TUFF – Black Moon Spell – SUB POP
4 TOPS – Picture You Staring – Arbutus
5 MERCHANDISE – After The End – 4AD
6 SHE KEEPS BEES – Eight Houses – Future Gods
7 TY SEGALL – Manipulator – Drag City
8 WAND – Ganglion Reef – God?
9 BAHAMAS – Bahamas Is Afie – Brushfire
10 LAST YEAR’S MEN – Underwhelmed
11 WHIRR – Sway – Graveface
12 AVI BUFFALO – At Best Cuckold – SUB POP
13 LVL UP – Hoodwink’d – Double Double Whammy
14 HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER – Lateness Of Dancers – Merge
15 GENERATIONALS – Alix – Polyvinyl
16 RENTALS – Lost In Alphaville – Polyvinyl
17 GROWLERS – Chinese Fountain – Everloving
18 LIA ICES – Ices – Jagjaguwar
19 ALLAH-LAS – Worship The Sun – Innovative Leisure
20 SONDRE LERCHE – Please – Mona
21 LITERATURE – Chorus – Slumberland
22 EX HEX – Rips – Merge
23 VAN ALLEN BELT – Heaven On A Branch – Nonstop Everything
24 KAREN O – Crush Songs – Cult
25 MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND – This Is My Hand – Asthmatic Kitty
26 DRUMS – Encyclopedia – Minor
27 IN THE VALLEY BELOW – The Belt – Caroline
28 HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL – Right State Of Mind  
29 BUDOS BAND – Burnt Offering – Daptone
30 WHITE VIOLET – Stay Lost – Normaltown

Categories
Music News and Interviews

Giveaways for the Week: October 6th – 12th

10/8: Lia Mice / Horizontal Hold / Body Games @ Pinhook

image

10/10: Steve Gunn / Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler / Wowolfol @ Pinhook

image

10/10: Snowmine / Nightbox @ King’s Barcade

image

10/10: Perfume Genius / Matteah Baim @ Cat’s Cradle

image

This week, tune into WKNC 88.1 FM and when the DJ asks for it, call the request lines to win tickets to these shows!  Good luck and happy listening!

Categories
Weekly Charts

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS September 23, 2014

WKNC 88.1 FM CHARTS September 23, 2014

WKNC TOP 5 ADDS

1. KING TUFF – Black Moon Spell –  SUB POP

2. PURLING HISS –  Weridon – Drag City

3. WHIRR – Sway – Graveface

4. LVL UP – Hoodwink’d – Double Double Whammy

5. PERFUME GENIUS – Too Bright – Matador

WKNC RADIO 200

1. TOPS – Picture You Staring – Arbutus

2. TY SEGALL – Manipulator – Drag City

3. BAHAMAS – Bahamas Is Afie – Brushfire

4. HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER – Lateness Of Dancers – Merge

5. J MASCIS – Tied To A Star – SUB POP

6. AVI BUFFALO – At Best Cuckold – SUB POP

7. LITERATURE – Chorus – Slumberland

8. MERCHANDISE – After The End – 4AD

9. SHE KEEPS BEES – Eight Houses – Future Gods

10. ABIGAILS – Tundra – Burger

11. WAND – Ganglion Reef – God?

12. BRONCHO – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman – Dine Alone

13. GROWLERS – Chinese Fountain – Everloving

14. EDJ – EDJ – Easy Sound

15. MUSEUM MOUTH – Alex I Am Nothing – Self Aware

16. RENTALS  – Lost In Alphaville – Polyvinyl

17. ALLAH-LAS – Worship The Sun – Innovative Leisure

18. RAVEONETTES – Pe’ahi – Beat Dies

19. WYTCHES – Annabel Dream Reader – Partisan

20. SPOON – They Want My Soul  – Loma Vista

21. TWIN PEAKS – Wild Onion – Grand Jury

22. DAVID KILGOUR AND THE HEAVY EIGHTS – End Times Undone –  Merge

23. JENNY LEWIS – Voyager – Warner

24. KAREN O  – Crush Songs – Cult

25. DANIEL BACHMAN  – Orange Co. Serenade – Bathetic

26. NAOMI PUNK – Television Man – Captured Tracks

27. MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND – This Is My Hand – Asthmatic Kitty

28. DRUMS – Encyclopedia – Minor

29. SW/MM/NG – Feel Not Bad – Old Flame

30. NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – Brill Bruisers – Matador