Syd Arthur are dudes who care about instrumentation. This is apparent from the first five seconds of “First Difference”, the first track off of their debut album, On An On. A string section shares headspace with guitars, synths float around in the background, the drumming sounds like something a guy trying to impress his friends at Guitar Center would play. All of which are trademarks of pure, unadulterated prog rock. However, unlike prog influenced contemporaries like Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, whose sound is greater than the sum of its time signatures, Syd Arthur often fail to write songs that cohesively hold their many musical ideas.
Please do not be alarmed by the new Shearwater album cover, which seems to contain two anthropomorphic pieces of gum separating from one another on an unspecified planet. Their songs have a relatively common indie-rock vibe, with light instrumentals at the beginnings that ease their way into dramatic rock crescendos. The simple melodies and Meiburg's handsome voice are calming for the listener, and are not as experimental as the album cover may lead you to believe.
Los Campesinos! fans, fear not, the hooks are alive and well, and maybe even better than ever on the Welsh indie-pop's fifth studio album, No Blues. I was a big fan of the band's 2011 release, Hello Sadness, a typically twee and supremely catchy bunch of songs for L.C., but an album that seemed a little more subdued than the anthemic Hold On Now Youngster…, the band's 2008 debut, and I was curious to see where L.C would head next, and how their sound might change. After listening to No Blues, it's safe to say the L.C apple doesn't ever fall far from the tree. L.C.'s six-person sound is simultaneously epic and saccharine, and as danceable as ever.
"I had a lot of fun making this album", says DevHynes on his blog, "so I hope you have a lot of fun listening". Cupid Deluxe, Hynes' latest offering under the Blood Orange, comes after a year of production for SkyFerriera and Solange, among others. One definitely gets the feeling that Hynes enjoyed making this album: the fluttering, slinky production and R&B influenced vocals are energetic and passionate, and there are plenty of duets and features.
While listening to Son Lux's Lanterns, I had a lot of fun imagining a physical orchestra playing his compositions. The idea of the impossibly fast interplay between instruments, the comically bombastic horn breaks, or the effects-laden choir that populate Lanterns existing in a real-time performance is an absurd notion. Son Lux writes big music. Much of it is Phillip Glass-like in its execution, particularly one album highlight "Lost It To Trying", where dizzying horn lines slash across the piece in alternating rhythms. However, the songs on Lanterns are more often aspire to be anthems than experiments. They are imbued with a sense of forward motion and bombast, and sound best when they are at their most frantic.
Anysome is the debut full-length album from German trio Aloa Input. Before even listening to the album, the title, even the band's name, should give some clues as to what you're in for. The idea of an 'anysome', seems to point fingers in every which way to the myriad of influences present on this album, ranging from The Postal Service, to Animal Collective, to Boards of Canada to Stereolab, etc, etc. Aloa Input has certainly crafted a unique sound for themselves, however, they control their tastes, and blend them into a surprisingly lush album.
Brian and Casey McCormack break down the four point weekend against Morrisville and preview upcoming games against Plattsburgh and Potsdam as the Ice Knights hit the road.
Check out the hockey schedule over at the sports page.
With the Geneseo Hockey season starting on November 1st, WGSU Sports reporters Brian and Casey McCormack went down to the rink and recorded a Hockey Preseason Review.
Check out the hockey schedule over at the sports page.
WGSU worked with Mac's Place to sponsor a CD release party for local band The Whale and the Warbler.
The event featured performances by The Whale and the Warbler and special guest Caleb Spaulding, all broadcast live on WGSU.
If you didn't get to attend, check out some photos from the event!
In honor of WGSU’s 50th anniversary, we have launched a special commemoration website. On the site you can find photos, archive documents, and greetings from WGSU alumni from throughout the years.
If you’ve ever been curious about what WGSU was playing in the 1980s, check out the site! We found top hit countdowns, old music reviews, and DJ memos going back decades.
This Monday, February 18, will mark the 50th anniversary of WGSU radio. The station was originally formed in 1963.
The anniversary will be celebrated all year with special programming and events.
WGSU 89.3 FM was recognized for 50 years of broadcasting - including many years of carrying SUNY Geneseo Geneseo Ice Knights games - in a center-ice ceremony, between periods of the Feb. 2 Canton-Geneseo game, at Wilson Ice Arena. The event marked the kickoff to the start of a yearlong celebration of WGSU's Golden Anniversary. This is the citation, signed by Geneseo President Christopher Dahl and Vice President Robert Bonfiglio, that was presented on ice during the second intermission.
Left to right: Katie Gaus, WGSU hockey sideline reporter; Chris Morens '07, color commentator (2005-06, 2006-07); Mike Saffran '85, WGSU faculty director; Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life; Laura Vitto, WGSU station manager; Steve Bennett '08, sideline reporter/engineer (2007-08), color commentator (2008-09); Andrew Herman, communication department chairman; Mike Mooney, athletics director (Feb. 2, 2013). Photo by Keith Walters.
I've seen WALK THE MOON twice now. The first time I booked them through the Mac's Place position on Activities Commission with two other Special Event Coordinators for Spring Fest two years ago. Out of the thirty-something bands I've had the pleasure of seeing come through Geneseo, WALK THE MOON is definitely in my top three.
If I could use one word to describe trip-hop hardcore rappers live show, it would be Epic; which is Ironic because that is the name of the record company that just dropped their contract.
After releasing their second album of the year NO LOVE DEEP WEB to the public, for free, and before the scheduled release date, Epic understandably dropped the ambitious duo.
What do you think is the absolute best song of 2012?
We asked that question to the staff of WGSU and built a playlist with their answers. We got songs from The Gaslight Anthem and Rhye all the way to Wintersun.
Click through to see the whole list!
Mike Saffran of the Communication department just posted a great article highlighting the sports coverage Brian and Casey McCormack provide for the station. Brian and Casey are the radio commentators for all the Geneseo hockey games, which is just one part of the full WGSU sports lineup.
Check out the full article over on the Communication Department's website!
This week we were featured in a Lamron Article about the radio station written by Chelsea Butkowski: "Knight in the Life: WGSU staffers foster innovative sound with diverse tastes."
Check out the full article over on the Lamron's website!
From left: Tom Silva, Crystal Zoodsma, Nicole Rahn, and Oliver Horowitz (standing).
Given their relatively short time in the spotlight, the Avett Brothers have been around a surprisingly long time. Originally formed in 2000 as something of a non-traditional bluegrass band, the group released 5 studio albums and 4 eps before striking it big in 2009 with the ballad “I and Love and You,” off the album of the same name. Since that breakthrough, the brothers Scott and Seth Avett, as well as stand-up bassist Bob Crawford and cellist Joe Kwoon, have moved towards a rootsy sound firmly planted in pop form, and on their new album The Carpenter, they seem intent on consolidating their place in popular music.
Jens Lekman had a really cool thing going on for a while. He’d sing about asthma and break ups over four chords, pretty much consistently for the last eight or nine years. It was great. 2007’s Night Falls Over Kortedala was easily one of the best records of the last decades. He was, however, pretty well known also for doing the same thing over and over again. Luckily, his newest LP I Know What Love Isn’t, is (while still clearly maintaining a Lekman aesthetic) a whole different animal.
Today we had the annual softball game against GSTV. It was a resounding success; WGSU played incredibly well, keeping the game tied at 8-8 to the 7th inning. Unfortunately, in the last two innings GSTV pulled ahead, and the final score was 31-13 in their favor.
More photos after the break.
Hi everyone! you may have noticed that there have been some changes made to the website. Earlier this week I pushed out a brand new design that gives the site a more bloggish feel. My goal is to regularly update the site with fresh content including station news, album reviews, photos, and more.
Geneseo sports a small, but vibrant music scene. The site will also feature photos, videos and articles regarding all of the great student bands on campus.
If you have anything you would like to get published on the site, whether it be an article or photos, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work on getting it on the site. When I say anything, I really mean it. The more content, from the more contributors, the better.
There’s nothing better than an $8 show. Except, maybe a really good $8 show.
The Cloud Nothing’s performance at the Ninth Ward at Babeville in Buffalo last Monday (4/2) was fast, loud, and nothing short of amazing.
The show started off with a local band from Buffalo of the name Sleepy Hahas. This quirky, openly communist foursome delivered a strong, in your face performance that started off what would become an energetic night. The keyboardist was the coolest cat in the club with his aviators and leather jacket, and added a unique classic rock vibe to the performance.
On March 13, Say Anything released their fifth studio album on Equal Visions Records. Titled Anarchy, My Dear, the album was promised as a return to Say Anything’s Is A Real Boy style. Front man Max Bemis hailed it as a “true punk record” and assured the die-hard fans of Say Anything’s early records they would see this album as a return to form. Anarchy, My Dear, however, is anything but reminiscent of Is A Real Boy-style Say Anything.
Today Nashville based Lambchop released their eleventh studio album, Mr. M on Merge records. Lambchop is a truly original, and delicately experimental band that is rooted in alternative country, but incorporates post-rock, soul, and lounge music influences. They act as a large and changing collective of musicians that orbits around singer/songwriter Kurt Wagner. Wagner's understated, croaking bass and cryptically poetic lyrics are arguably the most distinctive components of the fluid and innovative group.
I really wanted to love this album. Voice of Ages, by the Chieftains, is a collection of collaborations between the Chieftains – one of the most prominent Irish folk bands of the last half-century – and various folk luminaries, including the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Decemberists. I was ready for it to be one of the best folk albums of the year. While there are some fantastic tracks on the record, there are too many disappointing ones for me to recommend this album to anybody who doesn’t have a vested interest in folk music.
Sharon Van Etten is a pretty good lady singer. The Internet tells me she writes folk songs about breaking up with people and then being sad about it; rather like a whole other bunch of pretty good lady singers. It’s a good shtick I hear, but it seems to insinuate lack of breadth (narrative, instrumental, whatever). And some of those criticisms have been levied at her previous works, and some of those criticisms were valid. So let me begin the review proper with this: Tramp is a great record.
Let me try to tell you why.