WLOY Selected 2010 Club of the Year!

April 19th, 2010 by The Professor

WLOY has been selected the 2010 Father Timothy Brown, S.J. Club of the Year!  The award is recognition of our work throughout the year, exemplifying the Jesuit ideal of men and women for others.  We’re humbled and thrilled and honored.  We knew we worked hard, but it’s amazing to have others recognize and support the efforts of our whole staff this year.  It’s exactly what the seniors need to know – their work was important as they graduate into the ‘real’ world.  It shows the new freshmen what can be achieved with such a small staff if they forgo sleep and a social life… ummm… no wait… strike that.  Congratulations to the entire staff of WLOY for their award and recognition of their great efforts this year – you all deserve it and more!



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Rinoa – An Age Among Them

April 19th, 2010 by Eric Loose

A cinematic quality is ever-present on Rinoa’s 2010 release, An Age Among Them. While it’s hard to pin the band under a specific genre, Rinoa elicits feelings altogether epic and uplifting, expansive and heavy. Please excuse the disparate descriptions, but An Age Among Them induces the desire to spew a flurry of adjectives from my mouth, as the album commands interest and enthusiasm. An Age Among Them is certainly not a release to take lightly; it becomes evident mere minutes into “Past Maidens” that Rinoa, for better or for worse, are extremely impassioned. An exuberant listen from beginning to end, An Age Among Them provides the soundtrack to something more than a simple set of emotions. The feelings that Rinoa bring forth are neither simple nor straightforward. Instead, the album provides a rich, complex, borderline cinematic context that provides the album with an interesting quality that sets apart this excellent release from its neighbors. Read the rest of this entry »



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Ben Harper @ Pier Six – Win tickets TONIGHT

April 19th, 2010 by The Professor

Pier Six Pavilion is opening up for the new season tomorrow with the great Ben Harper. As with all shows down on the water, you can count on a great setting and a lot of fun. This year they’re adding all sorts of stuff on the Pier so you can “lounge on the lawn as Pier Six proudly serves **stuff we can’t talk about unless you’re 21**, plump hot dogs and more. Also don’t forget lemonade and golden pretzels for the kids! New this year, we’re excited to bring you lawn games like corn hole, hula hooping and Ticket Trivia so make a whole day of it and come party in the summer sun with food, fun and **see above** at the Pier!” Ben Harper, outside, party. Enough said? How about a pair of free tickets too? Listen to Jeff Malone’s Magic Mix tonight 7-9pm and you might be the winner! if not, who cares, go to the show on your own dime and stop relying on us for your tickets you slacker.



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New Releases for the Week of 4.19.10

April 19th, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues

This week, we get new music from Nada Surf, Manchester Orchestra, and the side project of Foo Fighter’s drummer with Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders.  Doesn’t it all sound so enticing? Check ’em out yo! Read the rest of this entry »



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Noah & The Whale – The First Days of Spring

April 16th, 2010 by Eric Loose

“This is a song for anyone with a broken heart.”

You hear a slow, pounding drum beat off in the distance, and The First Days of Spring begins. With this simple, deliberate beat and the entrancing line, “It’s the first day of spring/And my life is starting over again,” Noah and the Whale set the tone for this monstrous indie epic. Like most great records, The First Days of Spring is an intricate journey, laden with the sounds of towering mountains, deep, convoluted valleys, and the winding streams in between. A maturation of sorts, The First Days of Spring is a graceful expression of the sadness and growth that accompanies heartbreak. Read the rest of this entry »



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The Antlers – Hospice

April 15th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Most of my favorite records are what I would call “growers.” While it’s easy to write off records on the first listen, it can be much more gratifying to offer second chances. Sometimes, it doesn’t catch on for a while. Even my favorite record of all time, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea *ahem*, sat gathering dust for years before I gave it a few more tries and began to realize its utter brilliance. I’ll admit, while the Bon Iver comparison surely helped, it was really the graceful, interesting album art that made me want to hear The Antlers’ Hospice. When I sat down and finally gave it a listen, I was sorely disappointed. Hospice was boring. Sad?- sure. But engaging?- not even close. “Wake” dragged on. “Kettering” was a bore. Half the songs felt skippable. As time went on I realized just how wrong I was. It took an embarrassing five or so more listens before I began to feel like an idiot for not realizing the genius and finesse that is embodied with Hopsice. Read the rest of this entry »



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Sleepingdog – Polar Life

April 15th, 2010 by Eric Loose

My favorite time to ponder life is right before I go to sleep. I wouldn’t describe it as full-on meditating, but I love tracking down some suitable music, grabbing my brand new headphones (Sennheisers for Christmas, what else?), and just concentrating on what comes to mind. Albums- usually post-rock – have come and gone as my staple listening material for this crucial point of my day. Lift Your Skinny FistsEnjoy Eternal Bliss, Spiderland, and The Glow Pt. 2 have all graced the top ranks of these “near-sleeping albums” with their presence. I wish I could tell you that Polar Life is just as amazing no matter when it penetrates your cranium; but for me, it’s not. Because of its intrinsically pleasing nature and the eeriness about Sleepingdog’s Polar Life, I’ve found it to be extremely suitable for this particular facet of my life. Sleepingdog achieves a rare quality throughout Polar Life– making a very slow-paced and calming record while maintaining the same level of absorption. Instead of extravagance and production being the vessel that allows Chantel Acda a pathway to utter serenity, Polar Life subscribes to a sense of purity and simplicity. The album in its entirety feels untainted and it allows Acda to sing (with her slight Belgian accent) songs that create a wide, clear soundscape- as pure as snow. While acceding to this particular order, the absolute chillness on Polar Life is achieved predominately through two different methods. Read the rest of this entry »



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Heatmiser – Mic City Sons

April 14th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Anybody who listens to music frequently is destined to be asked the question, “Hey, where do I go next?” by the less experienced listener. Now, by no means am I pretentiously promoting my own listening habits. Though, I think we all have at least one album that we can swear produces instant satisfaction. Do I go to Radiohead, Brand New, Opeth, Thrice, or another cliché universal Sputnik favorite? No, well how about Elliott Smith? Close, I go with his earlier band, Heatmiser, and their final album, Mic City Sons. Immediately gratifying, beautiful lyrics and pleasant melodies are always major advantages when recommending music. Read the rest of this entry »



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Jeff Malone’s Best of the “Magic Mix Era” (2006-2009)

April 14th, 2010 by Jeff Malone

I have been doing best-of shows on Jeff Malone’s Magic Mix for the past four years, with a top 5 countdown for each year.  Now, with the Magic Mix’s four-year run coming to an end, I have compiled a list of the top 25 songs of the “Magic Mix Era,” i.e., the four years that I have previously done best-of shows for (2006-2009).

My expertise in music is most strong when it comes to rock, and that is where my taste tends to migrate towards as well.  The Best of the “Magic Mix Era” is thus a rock-based list.  There are some exceptions, but it is best to consider this list as the top 25 songs of 2006-2009 that are either rock songs or friendly to the rock genre. Read the rest of this entry »



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The Twilight Sad – Forget the Night Ahead

April 13th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Do you ever wish you could just sit down with a band and talk with them about their record? You know, get a little more insight into their inspiration, their connections, their sentiments. I know I have many times…

…just imagine…

Me: Hi, nice of you coming all the way to Glasgow just to talk to me about your new record, Forget the Night Ahead. The Twilight Sad: Of course, anything for you, Eric. You’re only like the best reviewer in the world.

Me: Why thank you, but let’s get down to business, shall we? I’m going to be blunt, I didn’t really enjoy your record. Read the rest of this entry »



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