All posts by Kiara Walker

Concert Review: Primus at The National

Primus put on a spectacular performance Wednesday, October 25 at the National. As they exploded onto the stage with Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver to a collective chanting of “Primus Sucks” by young and old fans alike, the symphony of heavy bass, cymbal crashes and drunken mirth set the tone for the rest of the evening.

The trio consists of Les Claypool on bass/vocals, Larry LaLonde on guitars and Tim Alexander on drums, each member bringing their own distinct styles to the stage, blending together into a dynamic, psychedelic eruption that seems to always catch the audience off guard at every performance. This night was no exception, the band blazed through their first set, playing old favorites like “American Life” and “Too Many Puppies.” The crowd did their best to sing along, losing themselves quickly in the band’s lengthy jams and hypnotic visual imagery.

At the turn of the second set, the band stole onto the stage, dressed in druid-like garb, surrounded by artificial foliage to set the theme of their new material off “The Desaturating Seven.” The crowd found themselves entranced at the story of rainbow goblins being told over the band’s baroque instrumentals. The performance carred on through several musical transitions before closing with “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver,” putting a satisfying end to the evening. The coming together of experienced fans of the band and those new to their uncanny style was truly a spectacle that can only reinforce the notion of good music bringing those together in such divisive times.

Hayden Molchan, WVCW

WVCW’s Favorite Songs of 2016

For many, 2016 was a tough year. From the loss of multiple celebrities to the mess of politics that occurred this year, things could have been better. However, there was one especially bright light amidst seemingly endless darkness: music. This year brought us a number of great songs and breakout artists. Here our a few of WVCW’s staff members top song picks for 2016!

Note: Some of the songs on this list are explicit!

Leah Dickshinski- DJ

  1. No More Parties in L.A.- Kanye West
  2. Identikit- Radiohead
  3. Your Best American Girl- Mitski
  4. FloriDada- Animal Collective
  5. Pneumonia- Danny Brown
  6. Obsidian Counterpoint- Tim Hecker
  7. Frankie Sinatra- The Avalanches
  8. Judas- Esperanza Spalding
  9. I Can’t Give Everything Away- David Bowie
  10. Sister- Angel Olsen

Courtney Miller-DJ

  1. Too Dark- Frankie Cosmos
  2. Heart Shaped Face- Angel Olsen
  3. Desert Island Disk- Radiohead
  4. Mondays- Sales

Sean Pritchard-DJ

  1. Really Doe- Danny Brown
  2. Vignette: Panacea- Disasterpeace
  3. How I Died Today- Jeremy & Lynne
  4. Pain- De La Soul
  5. Ain’t It a Sin- Charles Bradley

Nia McLeod- DJ

  1. Same Drugs – Chance the Rapper
  2. Backseat – Ari Lennox
  3. Neighbors – J. Cole
  4. Redbone – Childish Gambino
  5. Me & Your Mama – Childish Gambino
  6. Caroline – Amine
  7. Stay – Mac Miller
  8. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  9. Smile – Isaiah Rashad
  10. Maniac – Jhene Aiko
  11. Wifi – D.R.A.M feat. Erykah Badu
  12. Girlfriend – NAO
  13. Wolves – Kanye West feat. Sia & Vic Mensa

Brandon Herbin- DJ

  1. I Love You So Much- V.Rose ft. Tripp Lee
  2. Skittles and Iced Tea- Hostyle Gospel ft. John Givez
  3. Ain’t Worried- Mike Bell, Legin, Sinai ft. T-Haddy
  4. Home- Sean C. Johnson
  5. Arthur Agee- K-Drama
  6. We Live It- B-Fade ft. Brvndon P & Pray Area
  7. Wanna Be- Drew Smith

Kayla Pangilinan- DJ

  1. Never Be Mine- Angel Olsen
  2. Your Best American Girl- Mitski
  3. Gemini Feed- Banks
  4. Ivy- Frank Ocean
  5. Hopeless- Khalid
  6. Wedding Singer- Modern Baseball
  7. This Song Is a Mess but So Am I- Joyce Manor
  8. Floated In- Frankie Cosmos
  9. Versace On the Floor- Bruno Mars
  10. I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore- Lucy Dacus
  11. Aquasun- Basement
  12. Barely 21 (feat. Tavi Gevinson)- Seth Bogart

Alan Booth- General Manager

  1. Radio- Sylvan Esso
  2.  Wild Horses- Bishop Briggs
  3.  Take It All Back- Judah & the Lion
  4.  Getaway- Saint Motel
  5.  Money- Con Brio
  6.  If You Want It- The Sam Roberts Band
  7.  Grand Canyon- The Wind and The Wave
  8.  Take It From Me- The KONGOS
  9. Loud(y)- Lewis del Mar
  10.  HandClap- Fitz and the Tantrums
  11.  Banshee- Santigold
  12.  Once in a While- Timeflies

Kiara Walker- Programming Director

  1. Somebody Else- The 1975
  2. Gemini Feed- Banks
  3. Room in Here- Anderson.Paak (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)
  4. YOURE THE ONE- Kaytranada ft. SYD
  5. C’mon- Big Gigantic ft. GRiZ
  6. 33 “GOD”- Bon Iver
  7. Have Some Love- Childish Gambino
  8. Junie- Solange
  9. Innocence- Flume ft. AlunaGeorge
  10. Alaska- Maggie Rogers

DJ Spotlight: Katie Moody cohost of The Ugly Naked Girls

This week’s DJ Spotlight is Katie Moody from The UGLY NAKED GIRLS. Check out her interview, and be sure to give her show page some love! Be sure to catch her show tomorrow, Wednesday at 6pm!

What is the name of your show and how did you come up with it?
The Ugly Naked Girls -Tiffani and I both are obsessed with the sitcom Friends, and decided to names ourselves after their neighbor, The Ugly Naked guy.

How long have you been a DJ?
One year

When is your show?
Wednesdays 6-8pm

What do you talk about during your show?
We talk about a lot of different topics, ranging from trends, tv shows, music and include funny college stories we experience.

What kind of music do you play on your show?
We have very different choices in music, ranging from country to rap/hiphop and we always have throwbacks.

Who are your favorite musicians?
Twenty One Pilots

What is your favorite album?
Vessel- Twenty One Pilots

What is your favorite song?
Migraine- Twenty One Pilots

What was your favorite concert you’ve been to?
Twenty One Pilots at the National

Why did you join WVCW?
We both began in the radio class during the fall of 2015 and have continued to work together ever since!

DJ Spotlight: Courtney Miller of Courtney’s Queue

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Here is our first DJ Spotlight! This week, we’re featuring Courtney Miller host of Courtney’s Queue WVCW. Read her interview and be sure to check out her show Thursday’s, from 8pm to 10pm.

What is the name of your show and how did you come up with it?
I came up with the name ‘Courtney’s Queue’ last year when applying for my specialty show because I figured I needed a real show name and alliterations are always a great way to go.

How long have you been a DJ?
I’ve been a DJ since Fall of 2015

What do you talk about during your show?
I don’t necessarily stick to particular topics. I pretty much just talk about things that have happened to me in the past week that I’ve been pondering. But I do try to dedicate at least one talk break to film discussion and one break to music news each show.

What kind of music do you play on your show?
I think part of the appeal of my show is that I don’t stick to a particular genre; I play an eclectic mix. I’ve been trying to do a different genre/vibe each week, though. For example, I did all folk the other week but I’m going for a shoegaze-esque playlist this week.

Who are your favorite musicians?
Currently I’d have to say Radiohead, Björk, My Morning Jacket and Hiatus Kaiyote

What is your favorite album?
In Rainbows- Radiohead

What is your favorite song?
I don’t really have an answer to that question. I can’t choose an all-time favorite, but right now it’s probably All We Have Is Now by The Flaming Lips off of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. I’ve been really into that album lately.

What was your favorite concert you’ve been to?
Probably Radiohead at MSG for their A Moon Shaped Pool tour

Why did you join WVCW?
I’ve wanted to be involved in college radio for years. Unlike other radio stations, college radio shows are so eclectic and it’s an amazing resource for discovering music that’s new to me.

You can like Courtney’s Queue WVCW on Facebook and listen to all of this year’s show playlists here https://open.spotify.com/user/12144446501