MSU Today 3/28/14

Kirk Heinze says happy 100th birthday to MSU Extension via its director Tom Coon, and Harmony Gmazel tells Kirk all about the Greening of mid-Michigan.  Then, two people deep in the Asian carp invasive species issue weigh in on the latest in that battle.  Roger Germann is executive vice president for Great Lakes and Sustainability at the renowned Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and he serves on the EPA’s Great Lakes advisory committee.  Andrea LaFontaine chairs the Michigan House Natural Resources Committee. Read More…

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Weekday Wrap Up

What have Impacters been listening to this week?

Assistant Music Director Stacey Karl
I’ve been really into Detroit bands lately. It’s something about this essence they have that makes them sound how Detroit feels. I’m super stoked for Protomartyr’s sophomore LP to come out, Under Color of Official Right. I saw them perform a small show last week for a video The A.V. Club was shooting, but I really want to see them again when they play the Lager House next month. Some other Michigan based bands worth checking out are Mexican Knives, Tyvek, Jamaican Queens, Chit Chat and Human Eye.
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Liars – Mess

On this eccentric, enigmatic new LP adequately titled Mess, New York dance-punk/experimental outfit Liars prove to everyone (not like they care) that they’re able to keep developing and changing their sound album to album to album, all the while still managing to maintain their own unique identity.

Liars aren’t known for playing by the rules. Ever since their inception back in 2001 they’ve constantly been reinventing their musical palette, and following their own path (or lack thereof). And I know what you’re thinking sarcastically, “they shifted to electronic music, like that’s never been done before,” but they didn’t do so from outside pressure, or influence from their label, or any of that nonsense, Liars shifted into their new found territory naturally and simply because that’s what they felt like doing – and they completely own it.

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Pity Party – 3/16/14

Thanks for being so nice to me tonight! You might be sad, but you are very kind. Here you go:

Mineral – Palisade

Annabel – Young American

Taking Back Sunday – A Decade Under The Influence

The Sidekicks – Grace

Tigers Jaw – Hum

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Future Islands – Singles

Samuel Herring, the mastermind behind Future Islands, has been on tip of everyone’s tongue ever since his bombastic performance on Letterman where he danced his way into indie music spotlight. But after this momentous act, the question everyone wanted answered was: can their new album meet this blossoming publicity? On March 24th, “Singles” was released, and we were answered with a firm, “kind of?” The album realizes its goals with confidence, but the band’s Letterman performance gained them an audience with thundering expectations.
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Todd Terje – Johnny and Mary

“King of the Summer Jam” DJ Todd Terje and Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry cover a Robert Palmer hit in today’s Jam of the Day. The 80s have been back in style for a while now, but how it seems that it’s here to stay, whether you like it or not.

The Basement 3/27/14

alaska

Had an awesome time on the show this week, we brought in Alaska and St8 of Mine to talk about upcoming shows, and all kinds of stuff including preferences in cheese. We also played some great tunes from artists playing shows soon. The playlist is below.

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Eagulls – Possessed

Eagulls are a band that everyone had on their list of “Who to Watch” at SXSW. If they didn’t, they were certainly talking about them after. Our Jam of the Day, “Possessed”, comes from the four-piece band from Leeds. You won’t be able to quite make out all of the lyrics, but the song is unrefined and unapologetic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kk7gwWbvdpA

City Pulse 3/26/14

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Tune into City Pulse! Lansing’s alternative newspaper is on the impact! This week on the show, you can hear from a variety of people in the Lansing/Michigan area about all kinda of issues the community is facing. Including:

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