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
On this week’s show, Fino Faith and Austin welcomed MSU basketball redshirt senior Keenan Wetzel into studio. With the recent transfers and fast approaching season on the horizon, MSU basketball was not the discussion however. Wetzel’s off-the-court endeavor, The Cager, a short film written and directed by Wetzel starring ex-Spartan Delvon Roe, was where the discussion began. Accompanied by fellow MSU student and the film’s producer, Nick Stachurski, the two showcased their individual plans and goals for the 25-minute film about a former college basketball star adjusting to life without a back up plan.
The Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth released a new track “Every Square Inch”. Hemsworth gets help from Japanese artist Qrion on the airy and relaxing track and promises “this song is not about kissing or anything like that.”
Words by Shelby Doyle
Tonight on The Cultural Vibe, Spenny interviews 16 The Icon and JMoney Tha Takeova. Both are local rappers and they will discuss their entrance into the rap game and share their insights on hip hop in the area and the state of the industry. Meanwhile, the countdown continues toward Cjax and Spenny’s July 5th post-Independence Day episode where they will play only independent artists and give away tickets to Lansing’s Common Ground Music Festival.
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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…
Back in April, Cheap Girls came to the studio and performed a few songs for us. Here’s a track from their newest album, Famous Graves, which was released this past May. Be on the lookout for more in-studio Cheap Girls performances.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil this past Thursday and with already a weekend of soccer behind us, The Pact held its first ever show devoted mainly to soccer.
To begin the show, Fino and Faith welcomed Lansing United owner Jeremy Sampson as he watched the USA’s first match of the World Cup live at a local pub. Jeremy shed light on the recent successes of the local amateur soccer team both in the standings and in the team finances and the community.
United midfielder, Godwin Addai, then joined the panel a little farther into the game as USA led 1-0 at the beginning of the second half. Godwin grew up and played in Canada and Michigan, but his mother and father are from Ghana. As a fan of the Black Stars, Godwin gave a different perspective on the biggest game in USA soccer in the last four years.
To round out the show, panelist Austin Goodman called in to begin a debate on the Spurs dominating 4-1 NBA Finals victory over LeBron and the Miami Heat.
Start your week with ten new tracks in this weeks edition of New Music Monday! You’ll hear a new track from The Orwells latest album, Disgraceland and a special Spotify session version of “Crime” from Real Estate.
It’s that time of week again! Check out what some Impacters have been listening to this week and you might just discover something yourself!
Assistant Office Manager and Music Reviewer Sami Leonardo
So I’ve been all about the new Sam Smith album. His voice is beautifully soothing and incredibly soulful. On the other side of the spectrum, I’ve been listening to the clipping album. It’s weird compilations of static and other strange effects that almost make it hard to listen to, but it’s worth it.