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WVCW Radio is the independent student run radio station at VCU.  We broadcast LIVE from RVA –

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Staff

Kiara Walker

General Manager

Thomas Golding

Program Director

Hayden Molchan

Music Director

Caroline Banchoff

Production Director

News Director

Ben Malakoff

Sports Director

Kate Kistler

Chalkboard Sessions Director

Jon Carpenter

Adviser

Schedule

Mondays 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM/with DJ Dook

The Monday Mashup

Wednesdays 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM/with Brandon Herbin

The Beacon Hill Projet

Thursdays 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM/with WVCW Sports Team

The Aftermath

Saturdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM/with

TV Tunes

Saturdays 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM/with Jabob McFadden & Jon Carpenter

WVCW Throwback Saturday

Returns - Fall 2018/with Adam Cheek and Brandon Shillingford

Cinema is Greater Than a Social Life

Weekdays - Hourly/with Andrew Salsbury

Straight Outta Pwa-tem

Returns - February/with

Love is Blind

Returns - December 1st/with

Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

Top 10

1

Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Hop Along

2

Vessel

Frankie Cosmos

3

Critical Equation

Dr. Dog

4

The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

Wye Oak

5

Sex & Food

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

6

The Other

King Tuff

7

Twerp Verse

Speedy Ortiz

8

I'll Be Your Girl

The Decemberists

9

There's a Riot Going On

Yo La Tengo

10

The Deconstruction

Eels

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Events

We Slept At Last – Marika Hackman

 

The brooding melodies of Marika Hackman’s We Slept At Last carry one through 45 minutes of trance inducing ballads. It sounds at times like a mystic court musician, telling wary tales of faraway lands, or the creed of an artist already versed in the complications of what musicianship means. The album through and through sounds outside of it’s era, and could easily have come out any time between the 1990’s and 2020’s.

There exists a constant clash of folk melodies with light guitar and interspersed drums, and yet the addition of panpipes and collision of major and minor keys with Hackman’s dark and haunting lyrical subject matter. Take the lyrics from Ophelia, in reference to the Hamlet character who committed suicide at the rejection of marriage, also the theme of the song.

“She who walks alone in life is she of sound mind?

I am only as old as I’ve been told”

Or such again in a lullaby inspired by Debussy’s “The Girl With Flaxen Hair” in her song Claude’s Girl.

“Turn off my mind, I beg you

It’s buzzing like the Devil’s bow”

The simplicity of Hackman’s melodies layered with the complexity of her lyrical illusions create a greater sense of construction of the album that might be passed over upon the first listen. Her addition of flutes and cello on such songs as Monday Afternoon provides harmonious unity with the folk melodies aforementioned. They also provide a stirring contrast and pleasant uplifting tune that differs from the more hopeless lyrical themes on the majority of the album. A love song taking place in a forest, akin to the aesthetic Hackman maintains throughout the album, seemingly to break away, and yet, the haunting events unfold with death, and still the bittersweet ending that makes it characteristic of the album, ending in the lines

“I feel no pain

The blood is frozen in my veins

And although you were here in the morning

My skin was cold before you came”

We Slept at Last is a brooding tonal folk album worthy of praise, and a must listen for fans of Imogen Heap, Frou Frou, Cat Power, and J Tillman.

 

8/10

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