live at the Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ 3/4/2012, recorded by Tommy R the soundman
3. Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus
from the forthcoming split seven inch single with Diarrhea Planet, recorded…
HEY GUYS. Titus Andronicus (our headliner for FESTAPALOOZA on 4/20) has just released a free download for their mixtape featuring covers, first recordings, demos, and live performances. And again, IT’S FREE. Take a listen!
We’re having some technical difficulties with the stream and the encoding software. We’re working as hard as we can to get everything all fixed up so you can keep tuning in. Until then, tune your radio dial to 98.1 fm in the Hamden/Wallingford area. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Thank you to everyone who came out to Battle of the Bands last night! Between the rock bands, solo acoustic artists, rap artists, and even a performance during intermission by Quinnipiac’s new a cappella group, there was really something for everyone to enjoy. Congrats to all the winners, including The Midnighters who will be opening for our Spring Concert on April 20th. Woo Hü!
For those of you who weren’t able to make it out, don’t forget to Snag Your Swag! Stop by the station (SC203) to pimp out your eyes with approximately the raddest eyewear in the western hemisphere. You’ll never want to stop rocking them. Ever. Even during cloudy Sundays spent studying for midterms in your apartment.
Why?’s record Alopecia seems to be a staple on my iPod; something I throw on when I don’t know what else to listen to. The penultimate track to the album is the downtrodden, defeated “By Torpedo or Chron’s.” Yoni Wolf is uncompromisingly personal, and the song benefits greatly from that. It’s not self-pitying ever, just observant.
Tonight WQAQ hosted its first February Shindig! We might not have been allowed to dance, but we WERE allowed to have fun, get pumped for this year’s Battle of the Bands, and eat free food courtesy of Primo’s Pizza and Griff’s Chicken Shack, both located in Hamden.
We also offered people the chance to win a pair of tickets to Islands (2/26), Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids w/ the Front Bottoms (2/28), Jane’s Addiction (3/7), Ben Kweller (3/20), AND …drumroll… SAY ANYTHING/KEVIN DEVINE on April 9th.
The drawing for Say Anything/Kevin Devine will be held on March 3rd at Battle of the Bands! If you’re interested in entering to win, stop by the station before next Friday.
All other winners will be announced tomorrow at NOON on 98.1FM or wqaq.com! Many thanks to everyone who came out tonight!
Cheap Girls’ new record Giant Orange is out today on Rise Records! I’m a huge fan of this band; I love their grungy, fuzzy sound. It’s like if Dinosaur Jr. drank as much as they smoked weed. Their new record rules too, so definitely check it out. They’ll be playing in New Haven on March 8th with the Sidekicks, New Years Revolution, and Dagwood so check that out too!
When Perfume Genius’s newest effort came into the station on Thursday, I immediately ripped it; I could not have been any more excited. Mike Hadreas’s Learning was one of 2010’s most emotional listens, beckoning tears with each listen; Put Your Back N 2 It continues this tradition. Even stronger than Learning, Hadreas’s second full-length avoids the sophomore slump completely. Expect some critical acclaim for this release.
The last song on Ceremony’s Matador debut is arguably one of its strongest. With a crawling speed and patience, “Video” is a haunting piece of hardcore/post-punk. The song stops and starts on a dime, exhibiting beautiful production and composition. I can see this release getting a ton of flak from the Bay Area’s fans, but hey, shouldn’t a band grow (along with its fanbase)?
Forming’s self-titled 7” (out on Vitriol Records) is one of my favorite 7”s in recent memory. In fact, every night this summer I would listen to this song before I went out to a party or something. Why? You tell me. Bearing that in mind, as my 21st birthday approaches, I feel it only appropriate that I revisit my fuzzy anthem. Oh and the best part is you can download this record for free right here!
A collaboration between Yoni Wolf (Why?) and Andrew Broder (Fog), Hymie’s Basement create unique musical ideas that still somewhat retain aspects of pop music. “America Won” is a jumble of three different vocal loops that sync up every once in a while, in what seems to be the perfect place for harmony. Using only a light piano and a low vocal drone, “America Won” features idiosyncratic instrumentation reminiscent of both Fog and Why?.
I emerged from the depths of Winter Break to find myself more than slightly obsessed with the Legend of Zelda. Now, there’s been an ongoing love affair between the game series and myself for the last twelve years, so this is nothing all too new. In my fanatical scouring of the web for an awesome rock version of the series’ famous theme song, I stumbled across this gem.
This is a group called “I Fight Dragons,” a Chicago-based rock band that has found a way to incorporate two of my favorite things in life: music and video games. They’re hot off of their first full album release, but you won’t find this on any album. Enjoy I Fight Dragons revisit the start of Zelda in their impromptu bit, “I Fight Ganon.”
The Weakerthans - Confessions Of A Futon-Revolutionist
I’m only beginning to delve into The Weakerthans’ discography, but hearing this gem off of Fallow really cemented the fact that everyday I like this band a bit more. “Confessions of A Futon-Revolutionist” is a really cute, if not slightly self-deprecating, song that talks about cats, drinking, and the impending class war.
Hooking Up is a low-fi garage rock band from Richmond, VA that play fuzzy, drunken jams. I stumbled onto these guys on the Topshelf Records board last year and was hooked on their first EP. They released a new EP on Monday, so do yourself a favor and download it for free at their bandcamp.
The singer/songwriter paradigm is almost always a crap shoot no one wants to fall into. Many try to lay out their emotions over a single acoustic guitar, and nearly everyone fails. Waxhatchee (P.S. Eliot’s Katie Crutchfield) manages to sidestep every “singer / songwriter” pitfall on her debut LP American Weekend. Instead of a sappy, self-pitying mess, Crutchfeild lays out her flaws as if music was her penance. It’s never self-aggrandizing or blaming. “Grass Stain” is such an beautiful bummer, and it was the track that introduced me to Waxahatchee. American Weekend will be out in January on Don Giovanni Records.
With an 80’s synth-pop sound, Class Actress elicits a time when pop music could be loved by the same people who also loved the underground scene. This is the type of music that gets stuck in your head and doesn’t leave. “Love Me Like You Used To” is simple with dense keyboard and the catchiest hook since the plague(I even created a dance for it). Try to listen to this song and not love it. I dare you.
Snowing broke up earlier this year, playing their final show a few weeks ago. I didn’t have the funds to make my way down to Philly to see them, which I’m a little bummed about, but as a result I’ve been listening to a ton of them lately. “Pump Fake” was the first Snowing song that clicked with me. The lyrics are tight, the guitars are jangly as hell, and the production is as shitty as I like it. Too bad this song isn’t on the 7” of Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit. Oh well.
I haven’t really listened to Young the Giant much, but this caught my eye. During a recent recording of an unplugged session for MTV, they decided to end their set covering The Gorillaz. Believe it or not, this band absolutely KILLS it. Probably one of the best covers of any song I’ve heard. The video of it can be found right here at this link!
Playing country rock with sprinkles of punk, Spider Bags is the band that rose from the ashes of DC Snipers, whom I posted about a few weeks back. I dig everything about Spider Bags. The instrumentation is awesome, and the lyrics are pretty down-trodden. Don’t let your “I like everything but country”-mindset stop you from checking Spider Bags out.
This is the new shit. Black Hippy needs the hype of an Odd Future because they have the talent of a Wu-Tang. It is only a matter of time until this collective of Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q has a breakthrough song, tumbling onto internet fame and a record deal. This may not be it, but it certainly resonates with people containing an extensive knowledge of music history; the beat draws a sample from The Zombies “Time of the Season”.
Cheap Girls plays crunchy indie-punk along the lines of Yuck or Forming (who will be getting an audio post in the near future). Unlike Yuck, Cheap Girls has more lyrical structure, and they wield it like the saddest sword ever. “All My Clean Friends” is a manifesto to the post-graduate who still smokes cigarettes, still drinks, still ends the day by blacking out to get over his ex-girlfriend. But he doesn’t want to change. It’s bittersweet.
You can grab Cheap Girls’ first album for free here.
This is too big to happen. Freddie Gibbs is probably the biggest underground rapper right now. Madlib is one of the best producers in hip hop. This shit is too much; you better believe Imma pick up this 12”.