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!

Melody’s Echo Chamber – Some Time Alone, Alone

Today’s Jam of the Day will take you on an dream-like adventure with Parisian Melody Prochet in a video for her solo project, Melody’s Echo Chamber. The vocals are sweet, and the instrumentals feel like they just float around you. This isn’t only the only good track though, the entire self-titled album is this good. The record was released in November of 2012, so don’t let yourself wait any longer.

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.

Last summer I was in the process of rummaging through old boxes of my belongings that my Dad, for whatever reason, decided needed to be in our basement when we moved houses. They were completely disorganized: an odd mix of dress shirts that didn’t fit me anymore, Dr. Seuss stories and college level anatomy textbooks, dinosaur models with notable paint fading on the side from when I used to make stegosaurus and triceratops duke it out. I even found the first two episodes of Pokémon on VHS tapes that still managed work after all these years. So imagine my surprise when at the bottom of one of the boxes I see a little, coral-blue square and recognize it as my first iPod. The iPod shuffle, second generation, with a laughably small storage of 1 GB that seems paltry compared to my 160 GB iPod Classic I now tote around. Out of pure curiosity I decided to charge it up and listen to this time capsule of my sixth grade musical tastes.
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Tame Impala – It’s Not Meant To Be

Our Jam of the Day by Tame Impala is actually kind of sad. The song is about a girl Kevin Parker fancies, but the feeling isn’t mutual. He sings, “And I boast that it is meant to be/ but in all honesty/ I don’t have a hope in hell.” How could anyone not love you Kevin Parker?? A live version of the song will soon be featured on ‘Live Recordings,’ a limited edition vinyl set to be released on Record Store Day. Take a listen to the song below, and don’t forget to head to your local record store on April 19th.

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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Exposure 4/1/14: Gender

On Exposure, we delve into the topic of gender. Abbie Newton interviews various people in the community about gender as it is defined today. Michigan State University Professor in Communications Kelly Morrison and Psychology Professor NiCole Buchanan join the conversation to discuss gender as it is associated with identity, expression, science and social construction. Dr. Kelly Morrison’s son, Kyle, also joins the show to add to the conversation.

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Thievery Corporation – Saudade

Tangential learning is a fascinating psychological phenomenon. The self-educating process that occurs when a concept is introduced to a person in an indirect manner, in this case with the title of Thievery Corporation’s new album, that then leads to a series of google searches and related articles that pulls one further and further into a rabbit hole of trivia. Upon receiving Saudade, the 7th full length record by DJ duo Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, I immediately set about finding out what “Saudade” translated to. As with quite a number of other emotionally inspired words, “saudade” has no direct English translation. It is a word meant to cover a specific emotion, “a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.” Its origins in Portuguese and Galician, it is a sensation greater than nostalgia or immediate grief, “it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return.”

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Asian Invasion 03/31/2014

Tonight on the Asian Invasion, hear from the winners of the 2014 Korean Music Awards, Taiwanese rock band Mayday, and much much more!

April is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!  As a part of MSU’s year-long celebration of Project 60/50, APASO will present a special screening of Linsanity, the story of Jeremy Lin.  There will also be bboy performances, dinner, and a discussion.  The screening will take place on Saturday, April 12th at 5 PM, at the Brody Cafeteria and Auditorium.

Mayday – “离开地球表面 / (Leaving the Surface of the Earth) Jump!”
2NE1 – “Come Back Home”
Chen-Yue Chang – “思念是一種病 / Sick of Missing You” (by request)
JJ Lin – “一千年以後 / A Thousand Years Later”
Sodagreen – “御花園 / King’s Garden”
Girls Generation – “Motorcycle”
EXO – “으르렁 / Growl”
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