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Album of the Week: Peel – “Peel”

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: November 12th , 2020

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Bauhaus, Yves Tumor, No Joy, Disq, Sorry, Spirit of the Beehive

The musical duo Sean Cimino and Isom Innis have just released their newest self-titled album, Peel. Peel recalls the recording sessions which took place in the band’s downtown LA loft and their efforts of creating a “wall of sound.” Their high ceilings and concrete floor created their signature cavernous sound present in Peel.

Peel’s 1980s New Wave influences and echoey shoegaze vocals presents a unique atmospheric sound that can be the soundtrack to any part of your day. While the lyrics of tracks like “Citizen X” and “Persona” are simple and repetitive, the simplicity perfectly complements the layered distorted guitar riffs and vocals. Check out Peel now on iTunes and other streaming platforms!



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What Happens Next? Story Prompt 2

Monday, November 16th, 2020 by The Professor

Story Prompt #2: The Hampdenfest Lost Dog

Every year at Hamdenfest the whole community of Baltimore comes together to have fun and participate in an extravaganza of events and activities in Hamden Town Center Park. Dylan had asked his parents if he could go get ice cream so they gave him $5. On his way to the ice cream stan Dylan saw a golden retriever on the sidewalk and walked toward it. He saw that the dog looked hungry so he decided to buy some dog treats instead. He gave them to the dog and….

What Happens Next?

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Album of the Week: Okey Dokey – “Once Upon One Time”

Friday, November 6th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: October 23rd, 2020

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Dent May, Infinite Bisous, Loving, Kid Bloom, Vista Kicks

Once Upon One Time is Okey Dokey’s third album and their most unique yet. With the help of Dave Harrington of Darkside, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, and band members of The Shins and My Morning Jacket, this album embodies a variety of styles that come together perfectly.

“Big City” features a funky bassline that hooks the listener, while “Just You” experiments with a dream pop-inspired sound. “Wine Friends” is the perfect combination of an acoustic and dreamy sound, and “Feel Brand New” truly feels like a brand-new sound that features more influences of dream pop, as well as folk-rock.



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Song of the Week: “Stumble On My Way” by Norah Jones

Monday, November 2nd, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Aly Martinez
This song has the same vibes as many of the other songs of the week. I think with the current environment, having chill music to listen to is definitely a necessity. This song has a soft sound and amazing vocals. It brings to you to a place where you can focus on the great lyrics and the mellow vibe of the song. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of life, I would listen to this song.



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Album of the Week: Mr. Gnome – “The Day You Flew Away”

Sunday, November 1st, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: October 16th, 2020

Rate: 8.5/10

RIYL: Soccer Mommy, Alex G, Big Thief, Jay Som, Lana Del Rey

Indie rock band Mr. Gnome takes us on a surreal, psychedelic journey through the heartbreak and happiness of life in their new album, The Day You Flew Away. This is Mr. Gnome’s fifth album and will be available for streaming and purchase on October 16th.

The Day You Flew Away is truly the pinnacle of Mr. Gnome’s creative work. While the general theme of this album focuses on the astral realm above with songs like “Space Opera,” “The Moon,” and “Psychonaut,” the meaning is quite the opposite, exploring emotions and the struggles of life on earth. Mr. Gnome experiments with this galactic psychedelic sound while still remaining true to their classic indie-rock roots in The Day You Flew Away. You do not want to miss out on this astral journey through time and space. Be sure to give this a listen!



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What Happens Next? Story Prompt 1

Monday, October 26th, 2020 by The Professor

Story Prompt #1: Lake Montebello

Maya and her family were taking a walk at Lake Montebello on a bright sunny day. Other kids were riding their bikes and bird watching when their dog Casper suddenly ran towards a tree. When Maya went to go investigate she saw that Casper was digging a hole. Maybe he found something she thought, so she began to help him dig. Maya had been digging for a while when the rock she had been using hit something metal. Maya had found a metal box. She opened it and was surprised….

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NOTE: Since we are relaunching the show and have a ton of information going out to the world, we will hold this episode open until November 9th!



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Album of the Week: Death Bells – “New Signs of Life”

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed By: Anna Markulis

Released: September 25th, 2020

Rate: 7/10

RIYL: Joy Division, The Smiths, Iceage, Interpol, Shame, Protomartyr, Death of Lovers, Fotocrime

Australian band Death Bells has released their highly anticipated second album, “New Signs of Life.” The band’s love for new wave is clearly heard in this guitar-driven album, making it a perfect listen for any indie 80s music fan.

“New Signs of Life” opens with a prominent guitar riff in “Heavenly Bodies,” perhaps the most rock influenced track. “A Different Kind of Happy” features a more optimistic outlook and includes a classic new wave guitar riff sound, as well as distorted dreamy vocals. This album has the perfect vintage sound, while remaining new and unique. Check “New Signs of Life,” now available for streaming and purchase!



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Indispensable Oyster – Show 2

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 by The Professor

Host: Prof. David Belz

Welcome to another episode of The Indispensable Oyster, a conversation with people of interest about subjects Loyola, Baltimore and beyond, produced by WLOY Radio in cooperation with Right Brain Creative Services. Join our host author and professor David Belz for a glimpse into the lives of two Loyola alums who’ve turned making smoothies into a mission to help the Loyola community stay healthy.

Mark Rohde, ’76 and Cindy Campagna Rohde, ’78 met as varsity athletes at Loyola and the chemistry was irresistible. A basketball standout from 1972-1976, Mark scored a career 1,103 points, ranking him 20th on the all-time Loyola scoring list. He served as Loyola’s Sports Information Director, head tennis coach, and assistant basketball coach in the late 1970s. Cindy was a three-sport, nine-letter athlete in basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse. They are only the second husband-wife duo in the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame. The Rohdes own and operate the Smoothie King on Cold Spring Lane, just blocks from the Evergreen campus.



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Song of the Week: “Lavender” by Vacations

Friday, October 9th, 2020 by Ronnie Gruseck

By Aly Martinez

“When I first heard this song what really caught my attention was how fun it sounded. I for one am partial to any type of music that makes me want to stand up and dance around my room and that is definitely something that this song inspires. The lightheartedness of the lyrics goes perfectly with its indie-pop sound. It’s a perfect song for just hanging out or driving around with the windows down while you take in that last bit of summer!”

Definitely a song to add to your study playlist in the midst of midterms!

Check out the video or more about Vacations!



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Rising Artist TOKYO’S REVENGE Releases “GOTHAM” Music Video

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 by The Professor

By Kelley Chan

TOKYO’S REVENGE, a twenty-year-old multigenre artist from Geffen Records, has recently released the music video for his new single “GOTHAM.” This rising artist is known and loved across the world, with his previous hit single “GOODMORNINGTOKYO!” reaching #2 on the Rolling Stone’s Trending 25 chart, #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50, and more.

Through Tokyo’s new rise to fame, he has remained anonymous, making fans more curious to know who he is. On September 16th, WLOY Loyola Radio was able to hear from TOKYO’S REVENGE speak about his musical background, influences, and inspirations. (more…)



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