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Thee Oh Sees – Drop

If you’re wondering why we’ve been talking about Thee Oh Sees so much, you obviously haven’t been listening. They just released a spiraling new video for their song “Drop” off of their new record out April 19th on Castle Face. The video is animated like the last Oh Sees video for the song, “Penetrating Eye” but in a different style. You know when you get bored and start to doodle in class? Yeah, this video is just like that except the drawings come to life then hypnotize you.

10 Artists That You Could Have Been

Here are 10 artists that are so young and so successful that you will ask yourself “What have I been doing with my life?!”

1. Lorde – 17
Lorde is probably one of the youngest ones on this list who at 17 would have been still in high school. If that doesn’t make you feel old, at the age of 13 she signed with the large label Universal. Not only is this 17 year old making hit records like Pure Heroine which she released in September 2013, but she’s also making waves by winning awards like Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, both of which she was awarded at the 56th Grammy Awards.
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New Music Monday

Here are some of the freshest tracks on the interwebs, courtesy of Assistant Music Director Stacey Karl.

April March – Chick Habit

If you recognize this Jam of the Day, it might be because you’re a fan of Quentin Tarantino. “Chick Habit” by April March is the song that plays in the very ending of Death Proof right before the credits. Chances are, if you’ve seen the movie you love this song.

Album Review: Sex on Toast’s Self-Titled LP

What if I told you that the only way to be ahead of a trend was to go back in time?

With the rise of genres like indietronica and dream pop in music, a resurgence of big shoulders and neon colors in fashion, and even the return of Russia as the Big Bad Bear in politics, the 80s are surely making a return. In the world of music, however, these synth-driven acts haven’t cut their ties to mainstream rock and pop to embrace a time when hair was big and government regulation was small. Like the 80s classics The Terminator and Back to the Future, there is one band that understands that the future of music is found in the past. Their name is Sex on Toast, a nine-piece band from Melbourne, Australia. Their self-titled, debut LP is a fresh blend of “1980’s pop music, yacht-rock, Rn’B, and synth-funk,” to quote their bandcamp, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard. Roll up the sleeves of your blazers, roll down your legwarmers, and set your Swatch watch back 30 years; this album is so sexy and so toasty it would fog up your glasses, if only you weren’t wearing shutter shades.
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Weekday Wrap Up

TBGIF! Thank Based God It’s Friday! Here’s what Impacters have been listening to around the station this week.

Assistant Office Manager Sami Leonardo
Currently I’ve been obsessing about the band Big Scary, they’re an Australian duo that uses the piano to create brilliant compositions that take you on a journey through smooth lyrics and eternal peacefulness. Their latest art piece comes from the album Not Art, which is beautifully created and incredibly calming.The tracks on this album are extremely delicate and playfully dancy as the piano keys are lightly tapped throughout the tracks. Overall, this album is nothing what it seems and for that reason it’s been my jam of the week.
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Swans – A Little God in Your Hands

“A Little God in Your Hands” is the first preview of Swans forthcoming album, To Be Kind. The album is to be released in early May and will feature St. Vincent as a special guest. This jam comes in at a little bit over the 7 minute mark but so much happens during that time. It starts out kind of funk sounding then the chanting starts. A quiet building dissonance goes from the background to exploding directly into the foreground toward the end of the song. Do not forget your headphones on this one. Catch Swans live when they come to Michigan June 21st to play St. Andrews Hall.

St. Vincent – Digital Witness

Everyone here at WDBM has been listening to St. Vincent non-stop since their self titled album came out last month. In a press release, Annie Clark described the follow up to 2011′s Strange Mercy perfectly, “I knew the groove needed to be paramount, I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral.” I couldn’t have described it better myself…See you at their show April 6th at the Majestic Theatre!

Melody’s Echo Chamber – Some Time Alone, Alone

Today’s Jam of the Day will take you on an dream-like adventure with Parisian Melody Prochet in a video for her solo project, Melody’s Echo Chamber. The vocals are sweet, and the instrumentals feel like they just float around you. This isn’t only the only good track though, the entire self-titled album is this good. The record was released in November of 2012, so don’t let yourself wait any longer.

Memorex Memories

Memorex Memories is a new segment where Impact staffers rediscover their own mix CDs and playlists from childhood, pre-teen, and teen years.

Last summer I was in the process of rummaging through old boxes of my belongings that my Dad, for whatever reason, decided needed to be in our basement when we moved houses. They were completely disorganized: an odd mix of dress shirts that didn’t fit me anymore, Dr. Seuss stories and college level anatomy textbooks, dinosaur models with notable paint fading on the side from when I used to make stegosaurus and triceratops duke it out. I even found the first two episodes of Pokémon on VHS tapes that still managed work after all these years. So imagine my surprise when at the bottom of one of the boxes I see a little, coral-blue square and recognize it as my first iPod. The iPod shuffle, second generation, with a laughably small storage of 1 GB that seems paltry compared to my 160 GB iPod Classic I now tote around. Out of pure curiosity I decided to charge it up and listen to this time capsule of my sixth grade musical tastes.
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