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Album of the Week: Declan McKenna – “Zeros”

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed by Anna Markulis

Released: September 4th 2020

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Wallows, Peach Pit, HUNNY, The Honeysticks, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant

“Zeros” is British indie-pop artist Declan McKenna’s second full-length album that is available now for purchase and streaming. McKenna procured a spot on the Billboard Top 20 after self-releasing his first single “Brazil” at age 16. In 2017, he released his first album “What Do You Think About the Car?” which gained him a loyal fan base and left listeners eager for new music.

“Zeros” features 80s inspired songs such as “You Better Believe!!!” and “The Key To Life On Earth” that will uplift anyone who listens. Despite the majority of these songs being upbeat with electronic synth tones, “Zeros” also features songs with a calmer acoustic guitar atmosphere that is apparent in “Emily” and “Eventually, Darling.” There is a song guaranteed for everyone, no matter their taste or mood. Be sure to give it a listen!



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It’s World College Radio Day!

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 by The Professor

It’s time! Join us and more than 600 college stations around the world for a joyful celebration of college radio, its DJs and its music. WLOY is joining the mix with 24 hours of great shows and special guests. Jump in with us whenever you can because it’s a day of special treats. Not one but 2 documentary pieces about college radio, the award-winning “Voices of COVID-19” feature by Loyola students, and a ton of alumni shows. We also have 5 special shows from other stations around the country to highlight our launch of the International Local Music Exchange!

    World College Radio Day Lineup

12:00 Welcome to World College Radio Day Blend
01:00 International Local Music Exchange with WUSC
02:00 Flashback show by current DJ Nicole Destefanis “Beach Bops”
03:00 International Local Music Exchange with KCSU
04:00 Vintage Alumni – Jonny C’s First Vinyl Show P1
05:00 Vintage Alumni – Jonny C’s First Vinyl Show P2
06:00 International Local Music Exchange with WRFL
07:00 Loyola student’s Award-Winning “Voices of COVID” radio feature
08:00 International Local Music Exchange with WGMU
09:00 I Never Knew Radio H1 (DJ Linton Hinds – alumnus)
10:00 I Never Knew Radio H2 (DJ Linton Hinds – alumnus)
11:00 International Local Music Exchange with KBVR
12:00 Moldie Oldies Show H1 (DJ Nick Centanni – alumnus)
01:00 Moldie Oldies Show H2 (DJ Nick Centanni – alumnus)
02:00 Flashback show by current DJ Ryan Flood “Flood Watch”
03:00 Quarantine Takeover – Matt Weitzel/Breakforth (alumnus)
04:00 Documentary – 10 Years of College Radio Day
05:00 International Local Music Exchange with WLOY
06:00 Documentary – The World College Radio Day Global Marathon
07:00 Retro Eddie’s Retro Rockin Road Show H1
08:00 Retro Eddie’s Retro Rockin Road Show H2
09:00 Quarantine Takeover – B. Newb (alumnus)
10:00 Hip-Hop Revisited with Saleem H1
11:00 Hip-Hop Revisited with Saleem H2



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Album of the Week: Cayucas – “Blue Summer”

Thursday, October 1st, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Cayucas Blue Summer Reviewed by Anna Markulis
Release: September 25th, 2020

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Beach Boys, Beck, Real Estate, Allah-Las, Beach Fossils

Brothers Zach and Ben Yudin from Santa Monica return with more California summer-inspired music in their fourth album, “Blue Summer.” While COVID-19 forced us to stay home this summer, Cayucas instantly transports you to the warm carefree feeling of summer in California; driving with the windows down, surfing at the beach, enjoying the warmth without a care in the world. Cayucas takes the summer surf sound of the Beach Boys and transforms it into a new modern indie sound of their own in this album. You truly feel like you’re at the beach when listening to “Blue Summer.” (more…)



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Quarantine Takeover – Liminal Drifter

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 by The Professor

This week we find ourselves with the furthest ever Quarantine Takeover host with Liminal Drifter from Perth, Australia! join us Tuesday or Thursday night at 7pm Eastern and be prepared for some amazing ambient grooves from all over the world and some special rarities. Liminal Drifter is an ongoing travelogue between identities, physical places and states of consciousness. Many of these dreamy, evocative slices of ambient electronica evolved on hand-held mobile devices, away from the studio, while traveling or visiting new places. This sense of contemplative, exploratory rootlessness imbues his work with the wistfulness and open narrative we often associate with travel. (more…)



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Old Eastern Interview

Thursday, September 24th, 2020 by The Professor

Old Eastern WLOY Interview 480p Nick Volk of Old Eastern is part of the madness that created the 2020 Charm City Sampler “Tour” event running all over the Baltimore area on Saturday September 26th. He sat down, along with Terry and Brendan, to chat about the event, the sampler and life during quarantine. We learned that Brendan may need a pedal intervention.



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Bootleggers and Baptists Interview

Thursday, September 24th, 2020 by The Professor

Bootleggers and Baptists WLOY Interview 480p. The Professor grabbed a couple of the guys from Bootleggers and Baptists for a Zoom chat about the 2020Charm City Sampler releases by Tony Corelli of Deep End Studio and how they ended up a part of the madness. Kyle and Terry sat down on the orange couch and explained the origin of the name, their great rock sound, dealing with the pandemic and their upcoming live show as part of the Sampler release concert on September 26th. You might recognize Terry from his other interview as part of Old Eastern. Yet another example of how Baltimore bands are all one crazy family.



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Brothers Clair Interview

Thursday, September 24th, 2020 by The Professor

Brothers Clair WLOY Interview 480p Half of Brothers Clair, Chris and Taylor (not brothers, and not named Clair) sat down with the Professor to chat about their name, origin, indie folk sound and their part in the 2020 Charm City Sampler releases by Tony Corelli of Deep End Studio in Middle River.. Via Zoom we heard about their changes and how the current lineup is making fantastic music as well as playing live in support of the Sampler release on September 26th. Find them on Facebook or Spotify to check out their sound.



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Nellys Echo Interview

Thursday, September 24th, 2020 by The Professor

Nellys Echo WLOY Interview 480p We were lucky enough tosteal a bit of time from the hard working Nelly’s Echo as part of celebrating the of the release of the 2020 Charm City Sampler created by Tony Corelli of Deep End Studio in Middle River, Maryland. Nelson shared some of his experience being a contestant on The Voice and the world of music behind the scenes. We also asked just what is in the water in Baltimore that it produces so many great Nigerian singers and how did TWO of them make it to The Voice?!



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Lockemy Interview

Thursday, September 24th, 2020 by The Professor

Lockemy – WLOY Interview 480p As part of the 2020 Charm City Sampler interviews the Professor sat down remotely with local indie rock musician Lockemy. He hung out on the orange couch at Deep End Studios in Middle River, MD and chatted about the sampler, live music and the creative process in quarantine. He also dropped the casual mention that he helped to build the very orange studio in which he sat, as though everyone just does that. Lockemy was also the host of our very first Quarantine Takeover episode back in May (which you really should click here to catch if you missed it).



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WLOY Co-Founds International Local Music Exchange

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 by The Professor

Every college radio station wants to help their local music scene. We all do our best to engage it, bring it to our studios and campuses and even put bands on live for others to enjoy. But what we haven’t really had the power to do until now is share those bands with other stations. WLOY, KBVR and KCSU have joined forces with the College Radio Foundation to launch the International Local Music Exchange on October 2nd as a feature of World College Radio Day! As part of the kickoff, more than a dozen college stations around the world are producing and sharing 1 hour shows highlighting the best of their local music scenes. That means that you can hear great Baltimore artists on stations from Oregon to Sweden! World College Radio Day has more than 600 participating stations around the world and we hope to add all of them to the list of stations sharing their local scenes in the next few months. (more…)



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