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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St. Vincent – Digital Witness

Everyone here at WDBM has been listening to St. Vincent non-stop since their self titled album came out last month. In a press release, Annie Clark described the follow up to 2011′s Strange Mercy perfectly, “I knew the groove needed to be paramount, I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral.” I couldn’t have described it better myself…See you at their show April 6th at the Majestic Theatre!

Weekday Wrap Up

TBGIF! Thank Based God It’s Friday! Here’s what Impacters have been listening to around the station this week.

Assistant Office Manager Sami Leonardo
Currently I’ve been obsessing about the band Big Scary, they’re an Australian duo that uses the piano to create brilliant compositions that take you on a journey through smooth lyrics and eternal peacefulness. Their latest art piece comes from the album Not Art, which is beautifully created and incredibly calming.The tracks on this album are extremely delicate and playfully dancy as the piano keys are lightly tapped throughout the tracks. Overall, this album is nothing what it seems and for that reason it’s been my jam of the week.
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Swans – A Little God in Your Hands

“A Little God in Your Hands” is the first preview of Swans forthcoming album, To Be Kind. The album is to be released in early May and will feature St. Vincent as a special guest. This jam comes in at a little bit over the 7 minute mark but so much happens during that time. It starts out kind of funk sounding then the chanting starts. A quiet building dissonance goes from the background to exploding directly into the foreground toward the end of the song. Do not forget your headphones on this one. Catch Swans live when they come to Michigan June 21st to play St. Andrews Hall.

The Basement 4/3/14

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This week on The Basement we brought in Dalinian from Saginaw to talk about music and Taco Bell, also joining us in the studio was Jake Pechtel, the entertainment director of The Capital City Film Fest giving us some insight into the history of the fest, and a look into the future. Here’s the playlist from the night:

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Pity Party Playlist – 4/2/14

Hi thanks for listening. Here is what you heard tonight:

Adventures – Promise

Christie Front Drive – Turn

Runaway Brother – Dead Man Walking

Kite Party – Welcome to Miami

Free Throw – Now Kith

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