SOTW: Computerwife – “You Make It Look So Easy”

August 22nd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: Computerwife“You Make It Look So Easy”

Released: August 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Wyatt Smith, Fleeting Joys, Toner, Devilish Dear

Originating from New York City, Addie Warncke started Computerwife in 2018 during her time at university. Using SoundCloud as an outlet, Warncke compares her earlier music to a diary for her thoughts. In 2020, Addie released her favorite five songs as her debut EP, which led to a contract with Danger Collective Records, all thanks to the strength of her tracks. Computerwife’s music is truly fascinating and intricate, challenging the limits between analog and digital sound. By combining shoegaze, emo, and lo-fi noise pop, Computerwife speaks directly to young girls who feel unease with their identity in the age of digital media.

Computerwife’s “You Make It Look So Easy” perfectly aligns with the theme of Warncke’s music. This track showcases her coming back to herself, really nailing the purpose behind her sound. “You Make It Look So Easy” explores the relatability of our adoration turning into envy when admiring another. As we are constantly exposed to the lives of complete strangers, Warncke creates a relatively heavier and tense track, encapsulating the jealousy that is produced when wishing you had someone else’s life. I enjoy Computerwife’s music and definitely have a few of her tracks on my playlist. The message behind her discography is essential and can be highly influential when dangerously glorifying the appearance of another’s life.

Staff Picks: “Happy Girl” and “Hehehe”

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AOTW: Bennett Coast – “Where Are You Going?”

August 15th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: Bennett Coast“Where Are You Going?”

Released: August 4, 2023

Rate: 10/10

RIYL: Dominic Fike, Ashes To Amber, Briston Maroney, ROLE MODEL, Day Wave 

Bennett Coast, an up-and-coming musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles, released his latest album, “Where Are You Going?” Born and raised in Northern California, the 22-year-old artist draws inspiration from the differences between youth and maturity and the constant flux of life. Bennett explores these themes, as well as the melancholy of leaving one’s hometown, in his self-taught musical and visual works. Read the rest of this entry »

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SOTW: Mikaela Davis – “Far From You”

August 11th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: Mikaela Davis“Far From You”

Released: August 4, 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: NOVA ONE, Liza Anne, River Whyless, Liz Cooper

Mikaela Davis is a talented musician who sings, writes songs, and plays multiple instruments, with her harp skills being a standout feature. Her music blends elements of folk, country-rock, and chamber pop to create some pretty textured pop songs. In the early 2010s, she gained attention for covering indie singer/songwriters with her harp, before moving on to create more complex arrangements for her original music. Her first album with a label, “Delivery”, was produced by John Congleton in 2018. Her newest album, “And Southern Star”, is largely self-produced and reflects a mix of modern indie, country, and folk-pop.

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Staff Picks: July

August 9th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

WLOY loves nothing more than being able to share some of our favorite tracks with you guys. Let’s welcome August with July’s hottest hits as we present some monthly staff picks! Read the rest of this entry »

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Alumni Spotlight: Anthony Medina (2013)

August 8th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Anthony Medina, a graduate of Loyola University in 2013, reflects on his career, life, and time spent at Loyola. Medina shares some updates on his life while cherishing his WLOY days.

Q: Can you tell us about your show at WLOY? (name and theme, genre of music)

A:  I co-hosted a show on WLOY with one of my best friends, Jeff Poulos AKA Dj Pool Party Poulos. We called the show Know Your Role after one of Dwayne “The 

Rock” Johnson’s famous catchphrases from the late ’90s. I’ve always been a diehard professional wrestling fan and Jeff and I bonded over our love of some of the all-time greats. I actually think he came up with the name. We played classic rock and had gimmicks like top 5 lists and running jokes. And at the end of every show, we’d tell someone that needed to hear to know their role. All the bits and banter and promos were such a fun and creative outlet for us. But it was really just another excuse to spend time with my friend. And I think our friendship was the cohesive element of the show that made it work. People picked up on our connection and friendship and I think it made those who listened smile.

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AOTW: Current Joys – “LOVE + POP”

August 7th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: Current Joys“LOVE + POP”

Released: August 4, 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Faye Webster, Beach House, Clairo, The Walters

Originating from Reno, Nevada, Nicholas Foster Rattigan is a versatile American artist, renowned for his talents as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. Rattigan creates his music under the pseudonym “Current Joys.” His style encompasses a fusion of indie, garage rock, shoegaze, new wave, and bedroom pop influences. With an impressive discography, he’s collaborated with artists such as Lil Yachty and Slow Hollows! In addition to his solo work, Rattigan is the frontman and drummer of the surf rock band Surf Curse, adding further depth to his creative repertoire.

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SOTW: James & The Giants – “Bless This Mess”

August 4th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: James & The Giants “Bless This Mess”

Released: June 30, 2023

Rate: 7/10

RIYL: Wooden Wand, My Morning Jacket, Strand of Oaks, Cass McCombs

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the release of James & The Giants’ self-titled album. This project represents the collaborative efforts of James Jackson Toth and his long-time partner Jarvis Taveniere, over the past four years. The album is a blend of newly written songs and ones from past decades, even featuring talented musicians from various eras associated with Wooden Wand. “James and The Giants” showcases a reflective and unintentional self-discovery journey, really exploring personal history to offer fresh perspectives on the memories they hold.

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The Prime: Pop Through The Ages (Pop-Punk)

August 1st, 2023 by Liz Kosik

The Prime smallby Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Pop-Punk

RIYL: Sum 41, The Offspring, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Paramore

Pop-Punk emerged in the late 1970s as a fusion of punk-rock and pop music elements. It combines the rebellious, DIY ethos of punk with catchy melodies and accessible song structures found in pop music. The genre’s roots can be traced back to the early days of punk rock when bands like the Ramones and Buzzcocks were experimenting with pop hooks and shorter, more pop-like songs. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that Pop-Punk truly came into its own and gained widespread popularity.

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Alumni Spotlight: Linton Hinds (2006)

August 1st, 2023 by The Professor

Burning Spear and Linton Hinds Linton Hinds, class of 2006 is a DJ, videographer, historian, podcaster, teacher and more…Linton has pursued a multi-faceted career from WLOY to 47th Street to the high school classroom and is behind the expanding I Never Knew TV/Radio empire (now including t-shirts, podcasts and music production). I Never Knew focuses on conversations regarding Rastafarianism, the history of the African diaspora, and Caribbean culture through interviews and music. His YouTube channel, “I Never Knew TV” has surpassed 440,00 subscribers and 44 million views, bringing in an audience seeking to uncover untold stories of culture, food, health and a history of reggae music. Johnny Cozza ’24 had the opportunity to interview Linton about his projects, his time as a DJ for WLOY (as a student and now as teacher), and how Loyola helped direct him and his creative pursuits – although he began his career as a high school history teacher, Hinds felt that his passion needed to be explored further, prompting the creation of I Never Knew TV & Radio. Make sure to check out our interview with Linton Hinds, and listen in every Sunday 9-11am here for I Never Knew Radio:

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AOTW: FIONN – “I Might Start Smoking”

July 31st, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: FIONN“I Might Start Smoking”

Released: June 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Tegan and Sara, Caroline Polachek, Beach Bunny, HAIM

The twin sister duo, FIONN, have found great success through their unique sound, relatable heartfelt lyrics, and undeniable drive. Raised within a musically driven family, Alanna and Brianne Finn-Morris have used their gifts since a young age. Taking to busking the streets at age twelve, the Vancouver natives quickly gained notoriety for their raw talent and stage presence. Releasing their first studio album in 2018, FIONN has since made their way back onto the stage after the pandemic hiatus, and has spent the last year writing and recording their new record “I Might Start Smoking.”
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