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Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place

As a recent graduate of MSU, today is my last day of employment at WDBM Impact 89FM, so I figured I’d be a little selfish and play one of my favorites for this Jam of the Day.

A few weekends ago, I was sharing a bucket with my Impact friends at Crunchy’s. This song came on, and I had a sort of “whoa” moment. As a kid, I loved the legends of college rock. Artists like Joe Jackson, R.E.M., and Talking Heads were a huge part of my childhood obsession with the collegiate lifestyle, and by the time I was a college freshman, I was thrilled to be walking across campus to the sounds of The Shins and Vampire Weekend like the archetypical young turk that I was (and maybe still am). So, when this song came on–a song that I’d heard a bazillion times– I thought, “Here I am, listening to this college music with college radio friends at a college bar,” and it was eerily what I had always pictured growing up. Both 5-year-old me and 18-year-old me would be stoked to know that I ended up working at the greatest college radio station on Planet Earth, WDBM Impact 89FM. Anyway, I’ll cut the self-indulgence and just thank all of my Impact friends for making a life-long dream of being involved in college radio come true. MSU and the Impact will always be the place.

-Kevin Glide, The Director of Content Himself

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.

I like to think that my inner child is alive and kicking. I watch cartoons regularly. I read picture books about dinosaurs. I eat macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. Well, that last one is more of a financial thing at this point, but still, I take pride in how well I’ve preserved my sense of wonder and immaturity in the face of, you know, taxes and stuff. One thing has changed during my descent into this pre-death stage of life called adulthood, and that is my musical taste. In a little over a decade, I have gone from a clueless kid with a p2p service to working for a college radio station. Enough about me, though. You came here to take pleasure in a cringe-inducing assortment of music that a fourth grader thought was “wicked sick” ten years ago.

Let me give a little background to this mix CD. The year is 2003. George W had declared “Mission Accomplished” overseas, SARS was all the rage, and it took 3 days to download the latest Linkin Park single on Kazaa. Because all I ever really did was listen to my dad’s copy of AC/DC’s Back in Black, I used p2p for pop music, “rarities,” and sound bites from movies and TV shows. This is an explanation just as much as it is a warning.
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New Music Monday

Here are finest, freshest tracks the interwebs have to offer to make your Monday suck less.

Playlist by Kevin Glide

Finals Week Playlist

Cramming four months of school into one week. Replacing all your meals with coffee. Writing until your hands fall off. Reading until your eyes fall out. Here are four hours of indietronica, experimental, electronic, and alternative jams with some classic tracks peppered in to keep your brain from turning to mush and leaking out your ears. This mix is chill enough to have in the background but gets dancey at times, just in case your study group wants to take a quick party break. This is the soundtrack to your success. You can do this.

Playlist by Kevin Glide

The Fever Haze Interview

Here’s an exclusive Impact interview with the guys from the local band The Fever Haze. Check them out at our Free Show with Secret Grief, Hampshire, and McCarthy and The Red Scare tonight at 7pm in the basement of SnyPhi,

JK = Jake Kalmink, Vocals, Guitar, Song writer, Front man, Booking man, Best man
AP = Alex Perez, guitar, former bassist
BM = Brian Mulhern, Drums
MG = Mike Greene, Bassist, new guy
NR = Nick Richardson, guitar

How did you guys form?
BM: Ive been in the group for about 10 months now. I met jake at a party for the coffee shop lemonjellos late june. At the time they had just lost their drummer Cam morgan and I mentioned to jake that I was interested in playing. That was pretty much it.

AP: jake was making these songs that were unlike what he had done before up to that point in time. I believe that he decided that he wanted to make more of it than just a few songs and that’s when it all started. Eventually he wanted to form a band and jake and I were always making music separately and never together, until eventually he wanted me to play a show, and a few years later I’m still here, playing shows.

JK: It started off as me wanting to write rock ‘n roll music, and everyone kind of just came together over time through friendship/mutual friendships.

NR: Jake started writing some music by himself and he wanted to collaborate with some friends who he played music with before. Alex Perez, former drummer Nathan Coles and I were the first to join up and it ended up just becoming a band from there.
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Record Store Day 2014 Release Guide

Record Store Day is only a couple of days away. Here’s our list of the best stuff coming out this Saturday, April 19th.

HAIM – Forever EP
Have you heard the Giorgio Moroder remix of this popular track? Have you heard it on vinyl?
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5 Biggest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

If you’ve ever been to Cleveland, you’ve been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you’ve ever been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you can probably see why the Sex Pistols called it a “piss stain.” It’s just a big retirement home for a classic rock circlejerk so a bunch of old geezers who have nothing better to do but determine whether they’re Beatles or Stones people or whether Peart or Bonham is the better drummer. Nothing reflects the rebellious, stick-it-to-the-man attitude of rock music like an expensive museum that is exclusive to a select few artists per year, right? The people that run this anti-establishment establishment might overthinking the art of music a little bit, don’t you think? Yes, we see the irony in the list that we’re about to unveil, but who doesn’t love a good opportunity for a scathing listicle that ridicules The Man? Here are 5 artists that are apparently aren’t as good as Hall & Oates and ABBA…not that we care or anything.

5. T. Rex – 21 Years Eligible, 0 Years Nominated
It seems that any discussion on rock music, T. Rex is always overlooked. Marc Bolan and company transcended folk, invented glam, and influenced generations of musicians, from David Bowie, The Ramones, The Smiths, REM, to The Black Keys.
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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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“I can’t believe Mercer beat Duke! A 11 seed beating a 3 seed? I had Blue Devils going all the way to the Final Four! My bracket is ruined!”

If you can’t read the above sentence, we have bad news. You can’t sports. Don’t worry! This means you haven’t succumbed to March Madness. Unfortunately, we have bad news again. Everyone will think you’re an ignorant hipster until March Madness is over. Don’t worry again! The Impact’s music experts have handcrafted a Rosetta Stone of sorts that will translate your useless skill of liking good music into the totally useful skill of being able to talk about sports with other people! Sing along to the music, and watch your sports knowledge grow!

Playlist by Stacey Karl
Written by Kevin Glide
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Arcade Fire @ The Palace of Auburn Hills

If you missed the Arcade Fire show at the Palace this past Monday, I have a solution that is the second best thing to being there.

Step 1: Make a “greatest hits” playlist and shuffle it.
Step 2: Put some aluminum foil in the microwave and cook for 120 minutes.
Step 3: Watch the pretty colors and hear the pretty music.
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