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New Music Dispatch 09.14.14


Welcome to the very first episode of New Music Dispatch with your host Michelle Feghali joined by Jacob Richards.

This week we started the show with Death From Above 1979 and their new album The Physical World. After that we moved on to Bank’s new album, Goddess. We ended with Ritual in Repeat from Tennis.

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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

Death Grips – Birds

Considering how Death Grips just broke up a couple days ago I’ve legitimately been struggling to come to terms with the fact that one of my favorite bands doesn’t exist anymore. One of my favorite memories of Death Grips was when I got on facebook one day after class and just saw this song posted on their facebook with the cryptic video, with absolutely no explanation. Read More…

Sit or Spin 7/6/14

Besides saying goodbye to our beloved Program Director Kyle Pacynski, this week the panel and I heard new tracks from Spoon, La Roux, Brian Eno, Shamir, How to Dress Well (and even an oldie but a goodie from Carly Rae herself!) The list of songs that sat and spun are below so you can relive the show and all it’s glory. As always, thanks for listening!

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Weekday Wrap Up

Check out what music has been going through the ear holes of some of your favorite Impact staff members this week!

Assistant Program Director Jacob Richards

Philadelphia dream pop/shoegaze band, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, just dropped an amazing new album called Sea When Absent, which has been rotation all week for me. While listening to this LP it’s hard to imagine that the band was actually never together at the same time during the recording, but at the same the the recordings feel just disconnected enough for it to be real. Early released tracks “Byebye, Big Ocean (The End)”, and “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)” had my hopes very high for the full length, but it did not disappoint. As you delve further in this thing, allowing the ethereal vocals and hazy instrumentals to overcome you, you realize that this album wasn’t made to make you sad, it was made to help you when you’re feeling down and bring you back up with it’s huge choruses and bright, gleaming synth leads. At least, that’s what it did for me. Read More…

Swans – Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)

I was lucky enough to catch the experimental rock gods Swans at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit Saturday night and they totally floored me. It was a completely out-of-body, cathartic experience for me and 2nd only maybe to seeing the Knife earlier this year in Chicago. They played all new material, but the song that stood out the most for me was the To Be Kind highlight, “Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett).” Watching Michael Gira command his entire band with angry thrashing while screaming “I’M JUST A LITTLE BOYYYYYY I NEED LOOOOOOOVE” was insane and made my brain feel like spaghetti. It’s one I’ll remember for a looooong time.

Words by Jacob Richards

Weekday Wrap Up

What have you been listening to this week?! Here’s a brief update on what has been going through the headphones of some of our staff members!

Assistant Program Director Jacob Richards
WHITE LUNG. This feminist punk band just dropped a new album called Deep Fantasy, and it’s already looking to be one of my favorite punk releases of the year. Is has the same urgency and aggression as Perfect Pussy’s march release, Say Yes to Love (my #1 punk album of the year so far) but with a refreshing and impassioned sense of clarity. Also, the Needledrop just turned my on to an EP from a band called Kiddy Pool? The EP is literally titled Super Pony Perv Plus and it includes songs such as: “Moms and Their Blonde College Age Daughters”, as well as family favorite, “I Guh Guh Got A$$bergers From a Toilet Seat”. It’s electronic/surf/noise madness and it makes me really happy. *not for the faint of heart* Read More…

Weekday Wrap Up

It’s Friday! Keep on reading to see what some of us at WDBM have been listening to this week.

Music Review-Content Liaison Eric Finkler

So a couple weeks ago, Manchester Orchestra played in Grand Rapids with Kevin Devine and Balance and Composure. I was very familiar with Manchester’s album Mean Everything to Nothing, and just about that. Then I heard them perform Penascola from the album Simple Math and I can’t stop listening to the rest of their discography including their new album Cope which has split many of their fans. I will say I’m a huge fan of the opening tracks on Cope, but haven’t it hasn’t completely won me over yet, will update when I have confirmation.

News, Content, and Music Review team member Ian Wendrow

So I’ve been on a bit of a BADBADNOTGOOD kick lately, going through a bunch of songs they’ve produced with other groups like Tyler, The Creator and an awesome rap song featuring Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown. Their newest album, BBNG2, has been on steady rotation for most of this week Read More…

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