Tapedeck Tuesday 1/27/2015

Welcome back everyone, the semester is just getting back into motion and homework is probably nothing to worry about at this point. So we have some great entertainment for you this weekend. On Friday, The Chicago Afrobeat Project will be performing at Der Rath while Saturday Looks Good To Me plays at The Sett. Check out the Chicago Afrobeat Project in this awesome video below, and the rest of this weekend’s performers in our playlist!

On Saturday, King Louie will be here all the way from Chicago to tear up the sett. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this one.

WUD Music’s List of Lists #7: Our Most Anticipated Albums for 2015

January can be one of the most hectic times for music lovers, with festival lineups dropping, artists announcing tours, artists announcing albums, and even artists releasing new songs. Heck, Panda Bear already released his new album, while the Decemberists and Belle and Sebastian release theirs today!

So here are the albums (along with release dates) that WUD Music is most looking forward to in 2015:

January 13th

Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper 

As already mentioned, Animal Collective member and quintessential indie artist Panda Bear, already released an album this year. Just based on my first impressions, it provides some ambient sounds that are easy to listen to. Most of the songs are pretty catchy, particularly “Boys Latin” and “Mr Noah.” If you haven’t listened to any of Panda Bear’s other solo work, he tends to be less chaotic than Animal Collective but still provides similar vibes.

You can listen to “Boys Latin” off the album here:

January 20th

The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Looking to release their first album since 2011 (The King is Dead), the Decemberists have had quite a bit of time on their hiatus from touring as a band to refine their work. If any of their other albums were an indication, we can expect another great record with elegant lyrics and soothing tunes. Based on the four singles released and their previous album, we may expect something a bit poppier than the rest of the Decemberists’ records.

Here you can watch the music video for the track “Make You Better” featuring Nick Offerman off of the new album:

Belle and Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

It will be their first album since 2010. You gotta think something good was cooked up in five years, right?

Listen to “The Party Line” here:

February 3rd

Mount Eerie – Sauna

I’m a total newbie to Mount Eerie, but there’s lots of hype for this new album in WUD Music. Check it out!

February 10th

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Former Fleet Foxes member Joshua Tillman looks to release a successful follow-up to 2012’s Fear Fun, one of my favorites from that year. If you’re unfamiliar with FJM, he tends to be pretty ironic and sarcastic in his lyrics, while still producing great sounding an indie-folk-pop style, as seen in “Bored in the USA”:

March 3rd

Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves

This will be their first full album since 2007! WOW! They have just released a video for the song “Coyotes,” which was inspired by a coyote riding a light rail in Portland back in 2002. It will be interesting to see what they will bring to the table in 2015 and will be a must-listen for any indie rock lover.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – After

Aly Spaltro, better known as Lady Lamb the Beekeepr has been making music since 2007, but only released her first studio album, Ripely Pine, in 2013. Ripely Pine was received well by critics from Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound, but really did not get enough recognition from the media. This really could be the year that she can break out big if she builds onto the success of Ripely Pine.

Purity Ring – Another Eternity

The electronic pop duo will be releasing their sophomore album this year, as a followup to Shrines (2012), which really put them on the map. In 2013, they played Bonnaroo, along with releasing a cover of Soulja Boy’s “Grammy” and a remix of Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” With the increasing popularity of electronic music, this album could be big one for 2015.

March 10th

Will Butler – Policy

Will Butler of Arcade Fire (not to be confused with his brother Win Butler) is releasing his debut album. It will be interesting to see what he has to offer to rock and roll on a solo release.

March 24th

Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson seemed to rise to fame seemingly out of nowhere. Who would have that a highly respected chef would be making it in the rap game? Mr. Wonderful will be his second full length album but the first on a major label. This could very well be one of the major hip hop albums of the year if he continues to build on the momentum of 2013, where he played Coachella and Bonnaroo and was on XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class.

March 31st

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi

Admittedly, this is my most anticipated album for this year. I only recently started to really get into Death Cab and I just cannot get enough of them. If they can follow up with something on par to Codes and Keys, I’ll be happy. Anything better and I will be ecstatic! We’re yet to hear anything new from them, but I imagine it will be all over music news when it does come out.

Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

Sufjan releasing an album? It seems like everyone is this year! Check out the trailer for the album here:

Release Date TBA

Beach House – TBA

The dream pop duo’s most recent releases off of Sub-Pop Records Teen Dream and Bloom have become highly regarded in the indie community, so we’re anticipating another solid release.

Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment  – SURF

After Chance’s 2013 release of Acid Rap, he has become notorious for live shows filled with energy. If he puts that kind of energy into this next album, we can expect something incredible.

Kanye West – TBA

Everyone is always itching for new Kanye, right?

Kendrick Lamar – TBA

After releasing arguably one of the best hip hop albums of the decade thus far, we can hope he will follow up with another great one.

Radiohead – TBA

I mean, it’s Radiohead, one of the biggest bands of our generation. How can you not be excited?

Run the Jewels –  Meow the Jewels; RTJ3???

A version of Pitchfork’s album of the year in meow form? This could be amazing. Not to mention, there is speculation of RTJ3 coming out too which could be equally amazing.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – TBA

At the beginning of January, the band confirmed in a Facebook post that they were finishing with the mastering of a new album. You can expect a solid psychedelic rock release from them.

Tame Impala – TBA

With playing Governor’s Ball and Coachella, you’d expect they would be releasing an album to go with the tour dates. Innerspeaker and Lonerism were amazing releases, so we can only hope they follow up with another this year.

So there you have it – but that is just the tip of iceberg of music releases for the year. 2015 has the potential to be a year of a music Renaissance. So what are you looking forward to this year?

WUD Music’s List of Lists #6: The Spring 2015 Lineup (So Far)

This is Mod Sun. (Photo copyright by Evan Dell)

This is Mod Sun. (Photo copyright by Evan Dell)

We’re just over a week away from free live concerts picking up again at Memorial Union and Union South, and we have a solid bunch of shows we’d like to share with you. Save the dates!

Friday, January 23rd in Memorial Union – Raura w/ Xoe Wise
Friday, January 23rd in Union South – Pat McCurdy
Saturday, January 24th in Memorial Union – The Racing Pulses w/ Busy Living
Saturday, January 24th in Union South – F. Stokes
Friday, January 30th in Memorial Union – Saturday Looks Good To Me
Friday, January 30th in Union South – Chicago Afrobeat Project
Saturday, January 31st in Memorial Union – The Living Statues
Saturday, February 7th in Memorial Union – Barley Jacks
Saturday, February 14th in Memorial Union – White Arrows
Saturday, February 14th in Union South – A Ferris Ferris Ferris Valentine’s Day (featuring music curated by the one and only Ben Ferris)
Friday, February 20th in Memorial Union – TV Girl
Saturday, February 21st in Memorial Union – JMSN
Thursday, February 26th in Union South – Cakes Da Killa
Friday, March 6th in Memorial Union – Lust for Youth
Friday, March 6th in Union South – Sidewalk Chalk w/ Kiernan McMullen
Saturday, March 7th in Union South – Wave Chapelle w/ Charles Grant and Max Meridius
Friday, March 13th in Memorial Union – Mod Sun
Saturday, March 14th in Memorial Union – Jake Armerding
Friday, April 10th in Union South – Foxygen
Shows in Memorial Union will take place in Der Rathskeller, and shows in Union South will take place in The Sett. All showtimes are 9 PM, except for shows in Memorial Union in February, which will be starting at 8 PM (it’s a pet project!).
Hope you like the list so far! We will be announcing more shows periodically throughout the semester, so make sure to check back here, like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter! Peace!

 

WUD Music’s Official List of Lists: #5

BELATED, I’M REALLY SORRY ABOUT THAT, BUT:

20142014 was the year that pop hooks harpooned the brains of music lovers. Just when it looked as if singles and streaming would supersede the art of the album, artists from all walks of life released dense material, packaged with care from their hearts to our ears, demanding our attention past the Billboard Hot 100. From the frigid ether of FKA Twigs to the opiate-and-LSD saturated warmth of The War on Drugs, the year gave us a lot to absorb.

This is WUD Music’s informal and inexact Best Albums of 2014; we hope you enjoy, and comment with some of your favorites of the year!

Honorable Mention: Perfume Genius – “Too Bright”

Mike Hadreas explodes on “Too Bright”. If the theme of life is a constant struggle for power, 2014 saw artists taking the power that they deserved. Hadreas composed an album unlike anything he has previously released, bursting at the seams with triumphant swagger punctuated by introspection before leaping to its greatest heights.

10. Sharon Van Etten – “Are We There”

“I can’t wait / Til we’re afraid / Of nothing” she croons, opening the album with a familiar anxiety. Aside from being one of our favorite shows we had the pleasure of putting on this year, Sharon Van Etten’s “Are We There” is everything a lovelorn album should be. The swift decline from love and the unparalleled pain of heartbreak reverberates in Van Etten’s voice, from the brooding of “I Love You But I’m Lost” to the anguish of “Your Love Is Killing Me”.

9. Against Me! – “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

“There’s a brave new world that’s raging inside of me” is the summation of “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”. Laura Jane Grace and Against Me! have created the most involved punk in what feels like eons, hacking away at the status quo while showcasing the barely-in-check crises that underlie every vertex of Grace’s world.

8. FKA twigs – “LP1″

It’s like someone threw a gospel choir into a blender with an extensive collection of synths and haunting bass: the ridiculously smooth mixture produced is FKA twigs. She is confidence unparalleled, she is honest, she’s “from a different planet where everyone is sexy and has a perfect falsetto” (courtesy of Tori Dexter).

7. Vince Staples – “Hell Can Wait”

Hip-hop is incontrovertibly a sociopolitical movement, and Vince Staples sure as shit knows his history. More than that, Staples is a guide to the present, exploring day-to-day realities that often go ignored, and refusing to back down from what he knows to be true.

6. Mac DeMarco – “Salad Days”

From MK Gavigan: “I think iTunes stopped counting the times I played this album. I think a truly good album can be listened to in all moods, because it gives you comfort whenever you need it. I will argue that “Treat Her Better” is the most beautiful love song ever written.”

5. St. Vincent – “St. Vincent”

GUITARS. GUITARS ARE STILL ALIVE. Annie Clark has proven this point time and time again, but the incredibly groovy eponymous album solidified St. Vincent’s name as a truly virtuosic musician. Every calculated pluck of a string and stiff-spined dance is reinforced by her soulful polyphonic pipes. She’s the goddess of a new and wholly unique form of pop-rock that grows more and more rewarding every time Clark bops across a guitar or croons softly to her loves.

4. Run the Jewels – “RTJ2″

From Tori Dexter: “Explosive is not generally a compliment, but in this case it’s the only compliment that fits. Everyone from Pitchfork to XXL to NPR has said everything that needs to be said about this album much more eloquently than I ever could, so I’ll leave you with this – it’s what I listen to on the bus when I’m pissed off at everyone and it always helps.”

3. The War on Drugs – “Lost in the Dream”

Besides being one of the best sad-dad albums of 2014, “Lost in the Dream” is a magnificent soundscape that grooves like Springsteen and teeters on the brink of LSD trips in 1986. Frontman Adam Granduciel carves his way through loving and loss, unabashed in the transmutation of raw emotion into intense Americana (as on “Red Eyes”), and swelling to tightly controlled emotional chaos (“An Ocean In Between the Waves”).

2. Lana Del Ray – “Ultraviolence”

From Louis Menchaca: “This summer Lana managed to release an album even chiller and more intense than Born to Die, a feat I didn’t think was possible. With Ultraviolence, Lana and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys (the album’s main producer) fully realized an all-enveloping, echoey sound of tenor drums, vocals, synthesizers, and guitars filled with sad lyrics and sprinkled with string timbres. Plus, “Brooklyn Baby” and “Old Money” remind us why nobody else does what Lana Del Rey does quite like Lana Del Rey.”

1. ScHoolboy Q – “Oxymoron”

ScHoolboy’s “Oxymoron” crackled across the stage early in 2014, but maybe that’s why it’s WUD Music’s favorite album of the year. Over the months of school and summer, dropping “Gangsta”, “Collard Greens”, or “Break The Bank” was easily the best way to start a party, even if it’s just you in your car. The whole album was put together cohesively, one banger after another, flowing like a gangsta rap classic without any trace of stagnation from ScHoolboy, promising even greater things to come.

That’s our list! We hope 2015 brings its A game and can’t wait to listen!

The author Brian Edwards based this list on an informal analysis of the predominant tastes of the WUD Music committee, with specific advice from Tori Dexter, Mary Kate Gavigan, Louis Menchaca, and Andrew Mackens.

WUD Music’s Official List of Lists: #4

Louis Menchaca (Behind the Beat AD): Top Party Songs of 2014

With the new year imminently upon us, you may be thinking to yourself, “What songs should I put on my New Years playlist?” or “ How many glasses of champagne can I drink while still being able to hold a coherent conversation?” With the help of several friends and fellow WUDdies, I’ve attempted to answer the first question. As with the previous lists, I bend some rules here and include a couple songs from 2013, but as you’ve probably assumed, I don’t care. These 10 songs below are some of the more enjoyable tunes myself and others jammed to as we found ourselves in bars, friends’ living rooms, random basements, and frat houses throughout the past 12 months. From smooth beats to all-out bangers, here are some songs you can listen to as you celebrate the beginning of 2015.

ScHoolboy Q – “Hell of a Night”

Oxymoron is one of the best hip-hop albums of this year, and “Hell of a Night” is the album’s feature on partying to excess in a single swoop. While it’s rhymes aren’t as strong as ScHoolboy Q’s lines on “Collard Greens” or “Man of the Year, ” this track is still bursting with energy in its beats and vocal execution. At the end of your own hell of a night, you’ll probably still end up stumbling home at 2am with a paper bag full of Chinese take-out, but this song will at least inspire you to entertain the idea of going up to that cute guy/girl you see from across the room and asking them what they’re doing later.

Calvin Harris – “Summer”

Regardless of whether it’s summer or not, this tune will always heat up the dance floor. Although there isn’t a ton going on lyrically here, Harris’ synth textures and sweeping harmonies peppered with echo create a great atmosphere that encourages you to just jam and have a good time.

Betty Who – “Somebody Loves You”

This song technically came out in 2013 as a single, but Betty Who included it on her first full-length album, which came out in October. She also played a great show on the Terrace this past June, which resulted in me hearing this song somewhat frequently throughout the remainder of the year at other social functions. Echoing synthesizers paired with a funky bass-line and driving beat make this track a truly fun pop song. I dare you not to dance when this song comes on. At the very least you’ll be bopping your head and tapping your foot.

Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo – “Delirious (Boneless)”

I feel weird when I listen to this song without a red Solo cup in my hand.

Rustie – “Attak (feat. Danny Brown)”

Opening with the whistle of a catchy synth melody by Scottish producer Rustie, the intro to “Attak” leads into three minutes of rap that pack a powerful punch. Although Brown jumps around rather randomly and frequently from topic to topic, his flow is uninhibited and rhythmically exciting. Rustie’s electronic snare hits and triangle shimmers only highlight Brown’s performance. The energy of this track is such that every time I listen to it I feel compelled to take a shot and run the 40-yard-dash.

Clean Bandit – “Rather Be (feat. Jess Glyne)”

If the club or the basement rave isn’t your scene, “Rather Be” is most likely your party song. The uplifting lyrics coupled with violin fills and electric piano riffs create a light, enjoyable party atmosphere, but one in which you can actually hear the conversation you’re having with another person. The vocal harmonies aren’t too shabby either.

Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – “Get Low”

When one of the most popular EDM artists on the planet produces a song with the man behind “Turn Down for What,” you’re bound end up with a hard-hitting party track. The exotic sounding drop and groovy interludes provide a truly appropriate soundtrack to sweaty, beer-soaked dance floors everywhere.

Mark Ronson – “UpTown Funk! (feat. Bruno Mars)”

Leave it to Bruno Mars to usher in the funkiest pop single of 2014. The twangy guitars and tight horn licks are more than enough to get you grooving at any time of the day, so Mars’ wailing in the style of James Brown is just the cherry on top. I wish I could make singing about Michelle Pfeiffer and Jackson, Mississippi sound that good.

Beyoncé – “Drunk in Love”

It’s hard to deny Beyoncé. With killer good looks and a fantastic voice as two of her many appealing qualities, there’s no question as to why she’s one of the most successful women in music. In December 2013 she released her fifth studio album, Beyoncé, to widespread critical acclaim and dominated the radio waves throughout most of this year. “Drunk in Love” is one of the best cuts off the album, featuring B’s powerhouse vocals, some seriously heavy bass, and a slick verse by her better half, Jay-Z. Although it doesn’t have the upbeat pace of many of the other songs on this list, the sexuality of this song is off the charts. Surprisingly enough, that can go a long way when you have a bunch of young college kids in the same room.

Iggy Azalea – “Fancy (feat. Charlie XCX)”

Regardless of your feelings about Iggy Azalea (who has managed to become a rather polarizing figure in the world of hip-hop), you have to admit this song is catchy as hell. The opening synthy bass-line is just the beginning of the hooks. Iggy’s “Who dat? Who dat?” shout-out, the underlying “Hey” chant from a non-existent crowd, and Charlie XCX’s chorus all come together to make one of the most powerful earworms of the year. In addition, Azalea’s verses run the gamut from confrontational to extremely sexual. No wonder this song played non-stop on the radio all summer. Ironically, I often heard this song in venues that were far from fancy. Given its popularity and prevalence, “Fancy” could be the party song of 2014.

MK’s 2014 MUSIC YEAR IN REVIEW

2014 was weird.

2014 was weird.

“YASSSS I LOVE LISTS!!!!!!” – Mary Kate Gavigan

Tbh, I feel like music this year was mediocre, only because in 2013 my music year was PHENOMINAL (Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Danny Brown, etc…) . The come down was rough, but I found some albums that rocked my socks (which probs have holes in them cuz NO ONE got me socks for Christmas like I asked ugh).

Before I share my official 2014 lists, I first have to share some regular steady jamz, what I missed from previous years, and what I just can’t let go in 2014.

ALBUMS I CONSISTENTLY LISTENED TO THAT DIDN’T COME OUT IN 2014 BUT ARE STILL GOOD AND RELEVANT 2DAY:

1. Reflektor- Arcade Fire: I had “Afterlife” and “Reflektor” on my iPod all year, but somehow I missed the rest of the album completely! Maybe I wasn’t ready to listen to it until now… either way, it’s a work of art.

2. Inside In Outside Out- The Kooks: My go-to do homework, run errands, or just chill album. A classic.

3. True Romance- Charli XCX: If you “looove charli xcx omgggg” but have only heard “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX then DO U EVEN KNOW CHARLI XCX BRO? Listen to this album. Be not ba$ic.

4. Colored Emotions- Night Moves: Minneapolis knows wassup!!!! Between Caroline Smith and Night Moves, there’s someone for everyone to love. These guys are not only the coolest to hang with, but their twangy tunes are in my brain 4ever.

5. Incesticide- Nirvana: Nevermind is aight but THIS ONE IS THE ONE TO LISTEN TO! DIIV is one of the many bands that say they were inspired to create music from this album. DIIV named themselves after the first track, “Dive” (clever!!!!).

6. King- TI: I know 2004 was the best year in music, BUT 2006 also had some great finds. I’m pretty sure this album was the first one that I illegally ripped from the library. Catholic school loved me so much for playing it that I got to stay 15 minutes after school and talk to my teacher about it (“…but Mrs. Tourdot, he’s talking about how HARD it is to be a gangsta!”).

7. Horn Of Plenty- Grizzly Bear: No need to explain this one.

Okay. Now, let the 2014 lists BEGIN!

Imma start off easy, with just a list of dope songs (cue “Dope Song” by Danny Brown)…

15 SONGS RELEASED THIS YEAR THAT GOT HELLA PLAYS IN MY iTUNES (in no particular order):
1. “Multiply”- A$AP Rocky, Feat. Juicy J, (also with a sick dance break from Yung Gleesh)
2. “Hell Of A Night”- Schoolboy Q
3. “Look At Wrist”- Father Feat. ILOVEMAKONNEN & Key
4. “Move That Dope”- Future Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino
5. “Wings”- HAERTS
6. “Last War”- Haley Bonar
7. “Down 4 So Long REMIX”- ILOVEMAKONNEN Feat. Ezra Koenig & Despot
8. “No Rest For The Wicked”- Lykke Li Feat. A$AP Rocky
9. “All That I Know”- OCD Moosh & Twist Feat. Hoodie Allen (fratty i kno, but the piano       instrumental is so beautiful!!!)
10. “Cloud 9”- Young Thug (Prod. by London On Da Track)
11. “Hands Up”- Vince Staples
12. “Coming Of Age”- Foster The People (I think ppl didn’t give them a second chance)
13. “Wimma Nah”- Vic Mensa (the only Vic Mensa song I like, don’t worry)
14. “Attak”- Danny Brown & Rustie
15. “Work”- Lizzo

Aaaannnnd up next we have my TOP 5 ALBUMS! With honorable mention to Piñata by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, but 6 is a weird list number.
1. Salad Days- Mac Demarco: I think iTunes stopped counting the times I played this album. A truly good album can be listened to in all moods, because it gives you comfort whenever you need it. I played it when I was having the time of my life after seeing the man himself, and also when I was extremely lonely on certain hot summer nights. I will argue that “Treat Her Better” is the most beautiful love song ever written. (Keep reading till the end for my best Mac Demarco moment.)

2. Oxymoron- Schoolboy Q: Not only was this album well-organized and easy to listen to, but it was playing during the most memorable nights I’ve had in a while. I’ve blown out the speakers in my mom’s Suburu with my little brother, and I’ve NOT blown out the speakers in Tori Dexter’s Suburu jamming to it on the way to Canada. I heard the album’s biggest hits at The Rave in MKE, NXNE in Toronto, and Pitchfork Fest in Chicago; and I was equally pleased every time.

3. Ultraviolence- Lana Del Rey: YEP LANA MADE #3 H8RS!!!!! Before this album was released I was skeptical, to be honest. Vampire Weekend’s third album was amazing, but not every artist is so fortunate to have enough oomph to make the third (or even the second, for that matter) work. But alas, Lana pulled through. The album wasn’t at all how I imagined it would be, but I was pleasantly surprised. The added input from Black Keys vocalist/guitarist, Dan Auerbach, gave the album an edgy spin, and combined perfectly with Lana’s timeless sound to create an ironicly melancholy masterpiece.

4. Hell Can Wait- Vince Staples: IT’S JUST SO GOOD. And not “Yeah, good hip-hop album bruh bruh!” good, more like “Wow, you sing about the social justice issues our world faces today!” good. He combines new beats with relevant lyrics, making a short and sweet album. I deeply regret missing his set before Isaiah Rashad and Schoolboy Q at The Rave.

5. Alvvays- Alvvays: The sing/songy voice of Cults, plus the wavey guitar of Real Estate, plus the cool style of Bleached, plus the twang of Best Coast, without actually being any of those bands. A winner for sure! I might also add that their set in Younge-Dundas Square in Toronto was magnificent, and they were troopers to play with the glaring sun in their face the whole time.

I apologize for this brief segment, but I had to write about the SAD MUSIC THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR THAT I WAS BUMMED ABOUT:

Sad things require sad photos :(

Sad things require sad photos :(

1. Smith Westerns Breakup: Excuse me while I cry holding the first Mixtape CD given to me by WUD Music (specifically Nina Rembert) and the lighter I handed to the lead singer after the show when he didn’t have one.

2 .Rich Homie Quan’s Dad Was Shot: Poor Homie Quan :(

3. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros Kick Jade Out Of The Band: “Jade? Alexander.” More like “Jade? Jade? No guys srsly where’d Jade go?”

4. THE GIRL WHO TOOK A PIC OF ME AND SKY FERREIRA PUT HER FINGER OVER THE LENS: :((((((((((((((((((((

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:(((((((((

For the second to last list I have compiled a list of TOP LOCAL ACTS I saw this year: 1.Soul Low: THESE GUYS ARE SO COOL AND JAM SO HARD AND HAVE SO MUCH PASSION I LITERALLY CAN’T EVEN. They PACKED der Rathskeller and every basement I’ve seen them in since. They’re on a January tour in Cali now so we can only hope Californians feel the same way I do! Also, they’re the only band that can get me to do this (sorry about the video being sideways):

Soul Low- UW Madison, 2014

2. F. Stokes: The only person I know who can play a Day-After-Christmas show for eight years and the crowd keeps getting larger. He’s one of my greatest role models, and puts on an amazing show every time.

The dude himself!

The dude himself!

3. The Great Duck War: My neighbors, but more importantly, the most conscious musicians I’ve met! These guys know art, music, and ducks, like the back of their hand.

The Great Duck War killin' the photo game.

The Great Duck War killin’ the photo game.

4. Ash and TussleMat: This freshman and junior may be new to the game, but they bring a whole new level to it. The outstanding production of Tusslemat’s album is glorious. They can only go up from here.

And now for the last list, the one with the stories…

5 OF THE BEST CONCERTS I WENT TO THIS YEAR WITH A STORY FOR EACH:
1. Danny Brown- The Majestic, Madison: I expected things to get pretty ratchet at this one. IT WAS SO HOT OMG. It was either get to the front so I could breathe, or get out so I could breathe. I chose the front, obvi. It helped that there were maybe 10 girls there total, but I managed to squeeze my sweaty bod up to the front row. While bracing myself against the wood panel of the stage so the crowd wouldn’t crush my ribs, I felt Danny Brown’s black Jordan’s crush my right hand as he jumped down on them. Then he nicely pats my head and says, “Sorry, Lady!” and gets back to “Smokin and Drinkin”. The whole time his hype men can see that I’m in pain (BUT LOVING IT) so they’re chuckling at me from the DJ table. After the show I tweeted at Danny B and HE FOLLOWED ME ON TWITTER. The next day I woke up with 7 bruises. #ANYTHING4ODB

Mackens IS Danny Brown.

Mackens IS Danny Brown.

2. Schoolboy Q- The Rave, Milwaukee: I went to this one with Max Scharrer and Andrew Mackens, and we wee in the balcony. We missed Vince Staples ( :((( ) but Isaiah Rashad was crackin! Schoolboy’s set was ON POINT, OBVI, and when I turned around to to Max and Mackens mid-show to say something THEY WERE GONE! So I saved their spot with my legs in hopes they would return quickly. I look behind me again and I see them in the distance- faces INCHES away from this dude who looked MAD AZ HELL. Mackens had bought this girl a drank because she asked him to, and everything was going smoothly until Mackens was pulled from the behind by this girl’s BOYFRIEND. He ended up on the floor and the guy was ready to beat him up but Max and Mackens talked him down, and told him it was the girl’s fault (which it was). I thought we were all gonna end up bloody and in the hospital but thanks to the good problem solving skills the Union has taught us we were aight!

3. Mac Demarco- Younge-Dundas Square, Toronto: I WAS FINALLY SEEING MY IDOL IN CONCERT. Nothing could bring me down this day, not even hoards of 17 year-old crowd-surfing Canadian sk8r bois. The set was beautiful, the sun was setting over Toronto and my soul was complete. Mac Demarco was feet away from me and the gate I was braced against. The set ended, and I was content. BUT WAIT. WAS HE GETTING READY TO CROWD SURF?? As he took off his green flannel to reveal his Simpson’s shirt and get ready to jump into the crowd, I WHIP out my disposable camera LITERALLY 2 SECONDS BEFORE HE JUMPS ON TOP OF ME AND KICKS ME IN THE FACE WITH HIS RED VANS. This picture is my greatest music accomplishment to date.

4. A$AP Ferg- A Club Somewhere on Queen Street, Toronto: Max Scharrer and I were accompanied by a CGI film maker from LA that we had met while seeing St. Vincent (I think??). We had an extra Platinum Pass to the festival (a story for another time…) so he used it to get into the club where we were seeing A$AP Ferg. I had to go to the bathroom (too much Redbull, not enough sleep) so I walked downstairs and used the underground dirty club bathroom (although “Canadian dirty” is WAY cleaner than “American dirty”). On my way out I walked around the corner and ran into a dude, and I was like “Oops sorry man” and then I was like OH SHIT IT’S A$AP FERG! He was like “It’s all good” and I went back upstairs to wait for him and Twelvy to come out. Max got some videos of him moshing, then we got Korean food and ended up getting back to the hotel at the EXACT same time that Tori and Mackens came back and we all talked on the floor about our best nights ever while eating spicy leftovers. Below is the video Max took!

A$AP Ferg, Toronto 2014

5. Lizzo- A FREAKING CITY BUS (HOW COOL IS THAT??), Toronto: What could be better than taking a tour of Toronto by bus, while being serenaded by Lizzo, and drinking free Mio water? I had seen Lizzo in Madison with Caroline Smith earlier in the year, but this was out of this world. The only bad part was that the bus dropped us off waayyyyy NOT by our hotel, so while Max and Mackens went out, Tori and I walked back to our hotel, for what seemed like hours, but hey, we got to see lots of Toronto! And I was with friends, and life couldn’t have been better.

Tori, Lizzo, and I before we board the city bus.

Tori, Lizzo, and I before we board the city bus.

I leave you with what I thought was the funniest Youtube video of 2014. Enjoy!

“Backer” – Mac Demarco

Sorry FKA Twigs, ya didn’t make my list this year.

Stay trill,

MK

WUD Music’s Official List of Lists: #2

Katy Lang (Sett AD): Top WUD Shows of 2014

As Tori said, it’s pretty much mandatory for every music blog to do a Top Ten list for just about everything imaginable, and we will not be caught slacking. I chose to write my list on the Top WUD Shows of 2014 because I think we’re pretty fan-freakin’-tastic and need to brag about all the awesome stuff we’ve done one more time before the year ends.

Listed below you will find (some of) the best music performances The Wisconsin Union had to offer this year. The following 10 (13 actually, whoops) shows were included because they satisfied at least one of the following criteria:

  • I went to this show and I danced. A lot.
  • I went to this show and I yammered nonstop about it to everyone I met for at least two weeks following the event.
  • The audience for this show rocked.
  • My fellow WUDdies loved this show.
  • I heard randos talking about this show in lecture halls, the library, Walgreens, etc.
  • I did not go to this show and I regretted it for quite some time afterward.
  • This show made me so incredibly proud of what WUD Music does I smiled like a lunatic/shed a tear.

So, behold, the official Top Ten Thirteen WUD Shows of 2014*.

  1. Denzel Curry and Deniro Farrar
  2. Asgeir
  3. Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
  4. Vinyl Theatre & The Millenium
  5. Astronautalis
  6. Typhoon
  7. The Mowglis
  8. Betty Who
  9. Dizzy Wright
  10. San Fermin
  11. Caroline Smith
  12. Sharon Van Etten
  13. Joywave

 

*Listed in no particular order