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Richard Swift -- "Kisses for the Misses"\nIn April, WIUX hosted its annual event Culture Shock in weather that could easily be described as "horrendous." However, we had an outstanding lineup, portable heaters and a great deal of help from family, friends and WIUX supporters. Richard Swift's "Kisses for the Misses" takes me back to huddling together with my friends in the rain while we enjoyed sets by Swift, Nomo, David Vandervelde and many others. Stay tuned for information on Culture Shock 2008, which is shaping up to be outstanding as well.
Mixtape available at \nwww.wiux.org/new/wiux-mixtape/
A style of music originated in Nigeria by the late Fela Kuti, Afrobeat is gaining increased popularity in America more 30 years after its inception because of its irresistible mixture of funk, jazz and African percussion and singing. Here is a glimpse into a style of music that you might not have been exposed to yet.
1. Band of Horses -- Cease To Begin \n2. Castanets -- In The Vines \n3. Iron & Wine -- The Shepherd's Dog \n4. Sigur Ros -- Hvarf-Heim \n5. Muscles - Guns Babes Lemonade
The Delicious -- "Dearest Duchess" \nHalf spelling bee and half narrative, "Dearest Duchess" features subdued harmonies, a jazzy keyboard break and a loose feel that leaves you wondering whether or not you should dance, nod your head or perform some other spastic motion. Mmm ... Delicious!
1. Spoon -- "My First Time, Vol. 3"
1. Jens Lekman -- Night Falls Over Kortedala
LCD Soundsystem -- "New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down"\nJames Murphy and crew threw a curveball with this closing track on their album Sound of Silver. Without a trace of the band's usual dance-punk and dripping instead with ballad-y goodness, this track laments the changes in New York and delves into the love-hate relationship many have with the Big Apple. "New York you're perfect, don't, oh please don't, change a thing." Indeed.
James Brown - "Lost Someone" from Live at the Apollo 1962\nThe hardest-working man in show business showed his versatility and presence in this nearly 11-minute rendition of one of his many classic songs. The young James Brown has the crowd hanging on every word and screaming with delight as he begs his lost love to come back to him.
In an attempt to spice up their advertisements, companies have been licensing music from a variety of musicians who are beneath the radar. Many bands still avoid licensing their music to commercials to avoid being labeled "sell-outs," but others are inclined to take the money and enjoy the additional exposure that is afforded to them. Here are some recent musical highlights from commercials:
1. Animal Collective -- Strawberry Jam \n2. Shout Out Louds -- Our Ill Wills \n3. The New Pornographers -- Challengers \n4. Rilo Kiley -- Under The Blacklight \n5. The Go! Team -- Proof of Youth
If you're unfamiliar with vinyl and hear DJs or other vinyl aficionados spouting off a bunch of unfamiliar numbers, terms or acronyms, here's your cheat sheet:
1. Iron and Wine -- The Shepherd's Dog\n2. Minus the Bear -- Planet Of Ice\n3. John Vanderslice -- Emerald City\n4. New Pornographers -- Challengers\n5. Rilo Kiley -- Under The Blacklight
Your introduction to jazz
1. Justice -- †\n2. Spoon -- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga\n3. White Stripes -- Icky Thump\n4. New Pornographers -- Challengers\n5. Mark Ronson -- Version
Eisley -- "Go Away"\nMost people have been at this point in their college careers. Whether looking to find some distance from overbearing parents, high-school drama, or, in this case, ex-lovers, now is the time to figure out who you are, and sometimes that means telling someone, "Go away, leave me on my own."
1. Justice -- †\n2. Tegan and Sara -- The Con\n3. Billie Holiday -- Remixed and Reimagined\n4. The Budos Band -- The Budos Band II\n5. Ryan Adams -- Easy Tiger