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Electric President – Ten Thousand Lines

Ben Cooper has been making music under many names, but when Alex Kane joins in to form Electric President, things are taken to a whole new level. A perfect mix of electronic and indie, the two Floridians can span the entire range of human emotion in the limits of one song. At times beautiful, at times creepy, and at time both, Electric President and subsequent albums contain very thoughtful, well-structured songs that can have a profound effect on the music experience. If you’re digging this, be sure to look up some of Ben Cooper’s other projects Radical Face, Iron Orchestra, Helicopter Project, and Mother’s Basement.

Listen to “Ten Thousand Lines” off their 2006 self-titled, debut album below. Read More…

Alice and Michi – Fighters

New York-based Alice and Michi really have no formula for making music. When they sat down to write music, it was unclear who would be playing what instrument, who would be singing, and what they would even be writing about. Six months later, Strange Bloom was finished. In a genre known as “chamber pop,” there really aren’t any rules, but Alice and Michi seemed to still be able to break them. A mixture of electronic and jazz, Alice and Michi make minimalist dream pop slathered in effervescent harmonies. Check out their song “Fighters” off their 2012 album Strange Bloom below. Read More…

City Pulse – 3/20/13

Kareemah El-Amin, executive director of the Food Bank of Michigan, calls in this as does Kyle Melinn who discusses the political future of Virg Bernero with Berl. We also listen to Andy’s interview with economist/author Jeremy Rifkin and another interview regarding cold cases in Lansing with Captain Daryl Green of the Lansing Police Department.

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My Latest Novel – Sneaker Sister Sneaker Soul

From the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland come My Latest Novel, a four-piece hell-bent on tearing down the walls of folk and indie rock. With a melange of instruments in every song including violins, xylophones, and the use of samples, their music is constantly shifting from theme to theme. The band name seems incredibly fitting, as each song changes within itself, establishing a story line and vascillating moods as a good story does. Each album seems to be a new novel of sorts. With only two albums under their belt, My Lates Novel has tons of room to grow and can be expected to do so. Check out their song “Sneaker Sister Sneaker Soul” off their 2006 release Wolves below Read More…

Little Comets – One Night In October

British rockers Little Comets provide the energy of pop-punk with the warm, fuzzy feeling of indie rock, allowing for an attitude of relaxing excitement throughout both their albums. Recently signed to Columbia Records, they’ve been able to tour in support of Hockey among others and appearing in a British television advertisement. A band still in its infancy, be sure to keep your eye out for Little Comets. We think they’ll be hitting it big pretty soon. Check out their song “One Night In October” off their 2011 release In Search of Elusive Comets below. Read More…

The Basement – 3/14/13

Special thanks to Ryan Anderson for coming in and hanging out tonight. Be sure to tune in next week when we have Mason’s Case in studio!

Here’s tonight’s playlist:

The Sights – Don’t Want You Back

Rick Beerhorst – Little Piece of the Pie

Squeezebox – I Want You Bad

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Generationals – When They Fight, They Fight

New Orleans indie rock duo Generationals perfectly mix elements of 60′s flower power with the indie rock of the early 2000′s. The band gained a decent amount of notoreity after being featured in two commercials including one for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and one for Bloomingdale’s. You can hear a track of theirs as the opening song for the 2010 film Going The Distance as well. With two albums and an EP under their belt, Generationals show no sign of stopping their onslaught of happy, guitar driven indie rock. Check out the song “When They Fight, They Fight” off their 2009 debut album Con Law below. Read More…

Spartan Sportswrap 3/11/13

Dan Krier from MSU Athletic Communications joins Alex to discuss the latest news on the MSU basketball team including Gary Harris being named Big Ten’s freshman of the year.  They also give end of the season player rankings, and discuss the Tom Crean outrage following their win against Michigan.  Alex has open lines to close the show, as he also gets into Detroit Lions free agency possibilities and a goon of the week.

 

 

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Oberhofer – Away Frm U

Perhaps the happiest music you’ve every heard, Oberhofer’s debut album Time Capsules II is the epitome of uptempo indie rock. Fast, driving rhythms, melodic leads and the use of vocals as an instrument force a tap of your toes and a smile on your face. Discovered during his college career studying music composition at NYU, Brad Oberhofer (yeah, he used his name for the band name) has toured with The Morning Benders, Sleigh Bells, and most recently Matt and Kim. Check out the music video for their single “Away Frm U” off their 2012 debut album Time Capsule II below. Read More…

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