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Interview: Alex Kerns from Lemuria

A decade in the making, Lemuria is a band from Buffalo, NY that pumps out album after 7″ after album of emotionally charged indie-rock/pop music. Just over a year ago, Lemuria released their newest album, The Distance Is So Bigand followed it with nearly nonstop touring of the US, Asia, the UK and Australia. Their most recent US tour started off with The Menzingers, Cayetana and PUP. By the time the band got to Ferndale, Michigan, they were finishing out their run playing with Kind Of Like Spitting – a band form Portland, Oregon that happened to have taken Lemuria out on tour back in 2006.

I got to sit down with Lemuria’s drummer/vocalist, Alex Kerns, before their show at the Loving Touch in Ferndale on July 12th. Read More…

Baths – Miasma Sky

Will Wiesenfeld, better known by his stage name Baths, is an artist from 2007 who has been taking the music scene by storm. If you haven’t heard of this experimental electronic artist, you are really missing out. Since 2007, Baths has released 3 studio albums as well as performed at many venues. I had my first experience with Baths live at the Magic Stick earlier this year. Not only does this guy focus on being the best performer he can be, but he lights up the crowd with his personality and light-hearted jokes. Recently he has just released the Ocean Death EP, which brings together his electronic beats along with his interesting high-pitched twisted voice. Even if he hasn’t impacted your airwaves yet, you should give him a try. One of his highly sought after tracks is called Miasma Sky.

Words by Sami Leonardo

Pity Party Playlist – 7/16/14

Pity Party Playlist – 7/16/14

Their / They’re / There – Concession Speech Writer

Sundials – Snowballs at Cops

The Front Bottoms – Flying Model Rockets

Kind of Like Spitting – Birds of a Feather

Joie De Vivre – Good Morning Mr. Franklin

Alex G – Sorry

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Interpol – All The Rage Back Home

For the first time since 2010 we’ve gotten a new track from New York post-punkish indie rock band, Interpol. I was really in love the sounds of their debut “Turn on the Bright Lights” (let’s be real, who wasn’t) but haven’t really given the rest of their discography much of a chance. This new single seems to be going back more to their TOTBL sound, with a little more focus on pop appeal. Either way, if you’ve missed Interpol, or haven’t heard of them, this new track is pretty good and is totally worth a shot.

Words by Jacob Richards

Wild Beasts – Mecca (Sohn Remix)

Wild Beasts released their latest album Present Tense back in February (available here). The band has coordinated remixes of their single “Mecca” from British producer SOHN and Detroit producer Juan Atkins. SOHN’s version of “Mecca” strategically places echoes of electronic elements between the perfectly-paired airy vocals of Wild Beasts’ Hayden Thorpe.

Wild Beasts will be performing at Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday, July 19th. Tune in to our Top 5 at 5 Wednesday, July 16 for your chance to win a pair of tickets (did we mention it’s sold out?????)

Words by Shelby Doyle

Vitamin C – Graduation

Well my friends, times are a-changing. Wednesday was longtime Program Director Kyle Paczkontifzski’s (Or whatever that last name is) last day here at the station. And while we wish him the best in California, Nova Scotia, Atlantis or where ever else he claims to be going, we’re going to miss him dearly. To help with the pain and bring us back to elementary school graduation, we sang him out properly with Vitamin C’s infamous song, Gradation.

But, don’t worry. We’ve found a more than qualified person to fill his shoes and keep bringing you the Music That Matters here at Impact 89FM, our very own Marie Steinbock. We invite you to help us lovingly remember all the times we’ve had with dearest Kyle and take a few minutes to relive Graduation and all it’s ’00 glory.

Warning: Her hair is blindingly bright orange. Wear some sunglasses to protect your eyes.


Words by Steven Rich

Weekday Wrap Up

These Impact staff members are very excited to share what they’ve been listening to this week. Don’t they have such great music taste?


Marketing Director Shelby Doyle

On Sunday, my friends and I took a little 8 hour journey drive home from the UP after some 4th of July shenanigans. As far as music in my car goes, you have two options: radio or CDs. Usually I opt for the radio, but after a weekend in a cabin with only bug spray, beer and white bread I did not have the energy to constantly scan the radio as we drove in and out of reach of different stations. Luckily, my friend has an extensive collection of CDs. The sun was setting and we were all feeling peaceful after a nature-filled weekend, but sad that we had to leave all it’s beauty behind. Band of Horses’ Acoustic at the Ryman played in the background and completed the movie scene we seemed to be unknowingly a part of. Ever since then I have been listening to them – dreaming of log cabins, hammocks, and infinite forests ~

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Tigers Jaw – Cool

Who would have guessed that I’d pick a Tigers Jaw track for Jam of the Day? Charmer, released in early June of this year, is their first full length album since 2010. I had already heard the singles, but I listened to it for the first time all the way through last week on my all too often drive from East Lansing to Sterling Heights. And then I listened to it again. And again. Cool is the first track on the album, and it’s my favorite to sing along to. I hope that it rips your heart to shreds the way it does mine ;-*

Words by Makenzie McNeill

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