One of the things I’ve come to noticed since I got here to Kenyon is how much where we grew up/come from influences our taste in music. So much of who we are is shaped by where we grew up, and I guess it took me leaving my own hometown to see that. Last semester, a good friend of mine from back home decided to dedicate one broadcast of his radio show at Colorado College to playing songs by artists from Florida and New Jersey, the states where he and his co-host are originally from. Inspired by that broadcast, I decided to ask some Kenyon students about the bands and songs they feel best represent the cities and towns where they come from.
Most people agree that 2016 was a terrible year with an amazing soundtrack. Here’s to hoping that 2017 can be an incredibly good year with a similarly sweet soundtrack. I asked the staff at WKCO to describe what they’re anxiously awaiting this year in New Music, and here’s a snapshot of our Anticipated Releases!
Devon Chodzin ‘19: XIU XIU- FORGET: “Already, ‘Wondering’ has proven to be wildly entertaining. Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks was a lot of fun, and I’m always so impressed with Xiu Xiu’s productivity. I can’t get enough!”
At time of publication, the album has been leaked. It was originally set to be released on February 23rd.
Our favorites from this truly exhausting year, 2k16.
Maddie Farr ’18
Best Album: MY WOMAN by Angel Olsen
Best Song: “Away Above” by Weyes Blood
Favorite Music “Moment”: JoJo releasing her first album in 10 years was the most exciting thing to happen musically this year, in my opinion. Her success makes me personally happy. I grew up loving JoJo, and seeing her incredible personal and professional growth on this album is awesome. Check out Mad Love., it is mad full of bangers!!!
Much like the internet-borne musical fads I wrote about last semester, chillwave refers to another passing fancy in the music blogosphere. In truth, the term itself, coined in 2009 off Hipster Runoff, has always been something of a pejorative, but the movement itself is seen as significant. Chillwave, a hypnogogic, layered pop style heavy on the synths and the reverb, often evokes in its listeners an imaginative visual effect.
When I was coming of age at the end of chillwave’s influential years (like, 2009-2011, oozing into 2012), I fell in love with that visual effect. It’s been interesting to see how those same artists labeled as “chillwave” producers have moved on into the worlds of nu-disco, synthpop, and even vaporwave. We live in a hyperculture, with passing fancies like chillwave and nu-disco, shoegaze and seapunk, and many other “genres” getting essentially 15 minutes of fame before the next big thing hits the blogs.
For those of you who don’t know, Heather works at the college Bookstore. Officially, she’s known as the ‘Sales Floor Supervisor/Apparel Buyer.’ If you see her around, say hi! This past week, I got to sit down with her and her brother, Erik, to talk a bit about her love for college radio, and her new show.
Warning: This article is partially devoted to my coming to terms with my middle/high school existence. Be prepared for a little emotion.
Full disclosure: My middle school years were turbulent, with friendships coming and going and new hormones introducing themselves every other day. I was gross and I looked the part. Even pre-9th grade me knew this, so when it came time to settle on an aesthetic, a clique, an identity: I did the last thing you’re supposed to do, and chose “hipster.”
The word, the concept, the identity reappeared on Meme-Touting Sites during middle school, and by 8th grade, I was turning the tides away from a weird gothic phase (ask about THAT if you dare) into some softer, more lighthearted pop-
This is a playlist of those bands I needed to get familiar with before 9th grade rolled around so that I could walk the walk and talk the talk. As you’ll be able to tell from this playlist, I couldn’t.
Also, valid question: what are these bands up to now? We’ll find out!
With 19 studio albums from three different bands under his belt, Ryan Adams has made a lot of music. He’s done everything from country/alt, to concept metal, to Taylor Swift. So which album is the Ryan Adams album that everyone should listen to? Which albums are just okay? Can you even rank a discography that changes tone and genre on a whim? Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean that this Ryan Adams fan isn’t going to try.
Also this is just my own personal opinion and will continue to change. Honestly, I changed the order of this list like 4 times just writing it. And don’t even get me started on how hard it was to only pick one song from each album as my favorite…
If you’ve seen the movie High Fidelity, you know that Rob Gordon and his friends like talking in “top fives.” Me too. So here’s a list of podcasts that I’m loving right now. BONUS: they’re all created and hosted by women!