Author Archives: Kate Causbie

About Kate Causbie

Kate is an Art/ Psychology double major (that's the latest plan, at least) who also happens to be addicted to a music. A fan of finding creative ways to use the internet to communicate ideas and information, she helps out with the WUSO web site as needed. Kate loves lots of different bands for the lots of different places they bring her back to, and is terribly indecisive about choosing favorites, but such a list might include Bon Iver, Coldplay, Stars, Andrew Bird, The Tallest Man on Earth, Angus & Julia Stone, Arcade Fire, Regina Spektor, and basically any band from Seattle, for irrational reasons having to do with hometown nostalgia.

New Music Thursday!

The Chieftans- Voice of the Ages
Caity says: New takes on traditional Irish music! Incorporates artists from a variety of genres, including indie-rock, Americana, Scottish folk; just look at the list of featured artists!!! (Bon Iver, The Civil Wars, The Decemberists, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Paolo Nutini, Lisa Hannigan… to name a few.)

Down in the Willow Garden (featuring Bon Iver):


Hospitality- Hospitality
Mix with: Belle & Sebastian, Vampire Weekend
Caity says: Rich arrangements of keyboards, horns, synths, guitars, and a compelling female voice. Catchy pop aspects that encourage dancing.

Lana Del Rey- Born to Die
Caity says: Beautifully crafted pop songs, with 50s female vocals. Distinctive sound, but sometimes the melodramatic production is overwhelming.


Laura Gibson- La Grande
Mix with: Feist, The Decemberists
Kate says:  Nice folk-y female vocals. Well balances between slightly ambient/ airy and more fast paced.

La Grande:


Nada Surf- The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
Mix with: Telekinesis, Band of Horses
Kate says: Sounds a lot like past Nada Surf, if a bit more upbeat. Fairly simple and catchy throughout.

Of Montreal- Paralytic Stalks
Mix with: Deerhunter, Passion Pit
Kate says: Good psychedelic-indie-pop with intriguing lyrics.
Caity says: It’s basically a hippie vomit up of all the drugs they’ve taken in their life.

Regeneration (multiple artists)
Steven says: Groovy contemporary music mixed with classics or classical music.

Sharon Van Etten- Tramp
Mix with: Neko Case, The National
Caity says: Hypnotic female vocals with a variety of instrumentation, with a sense of folk foundations and emotionally propelled rock aspects.


Terra Lightfoot- Terra Lightfoot
Mix with: Blind Pilot, Laura Veirs
Kate says: Folk/rock/pop singer songwriter. The best songs are where she successfully focuses within a genre, ie. the most strictly folk, rock, or pop tracks.

Heads, Tails, Tails:


New Music!

Hey guys! Here’s our first round of new music from the CD Review Committee [Caity, Kent, Andrew, Nate (and sometimes Kate)] this semester!


Interesting in being on the CD Review Committee? Email Caity Valley at


Big Harp- White Hat

Mix with: My Morning Jacket, Tallahassee
Andrew says: “Country folk/indie. Guy sings throughout pretty low and liltingly. Some really cool tunes and great guitar work.”

White Hat:


CSS- La Liberaciòn
Mix with: My Morning Jacket, Tallahassee
Andrew says: “Poppy techno-ish, indie/alt. Lots of female vocals. Dry talking parts throughout. Fun and catchy.”

City Grrl:


Etta James- The Dreamer
Mix with: Gary Clark Jr., Aretha Franklin
Andrew says: “Very blues-centered sound. Low female vocals with soul. Some interesting takes on old songs. Her last album before she passed away.”

In The Evening:


Jim Keller- Soul Candy
Mix with: Elvis Costello, Tom Petty
Andrew says: “Deep male vocals, kind of viscous and growly. Makes some nice catchy tunes, nothing too serious.”


Tallahassee- Jealous Hands
Mix with: Big Harp, Fleet Foxes
Andrew says: “Blue grass type indie rock. Some nice textures.”

Winter Trees:

Here Goes Spring 2012!

Welcome back to another great semester on WUSO!


We have had our first meeting with the entire new Exec Board, and there are some really great things coming up. Once rush week is over, you can look forward to a new semester of programming and your favorite WUSO shows.


First of all, we’d like to welcome our new member of the exec board.  (You can view a complete list of the staff, newbies and old-timers, at the staff page.)

Andrew Bowen has taken over the role of Programming Director. Lindsay Dukes, Rory Eustace, John Mathews, and Stephanie Davis make up a new team of people dedicated to the promotion of WUSO, led by our senior promotion advisor, Amber Reyes. Adam Markins will now be serving as our treasurer, and Nate Dorow as our secretary. Sarah Lawson has assumed a brand new position, Social Chair, working to better connect the WUSO community.


On that note, there are info meetings for those interested in becoming a DJ being held on Jan. 24 and 25 at 8pm in Shouvlin 201. You only need to attend one session. Attendance is CRUCIAl for anyone who wants a show. Time slots will be assigned, key cards will be given out, and contracts will be signed.


To kick off the semester, Cub Scout pack 49 out of Mechanicsburg visited the station for a tour. They got to see our studios and booths, and even got to shout out on the air during half time of the men’s basketball game! Here are some photos of the WUSO staff members practicing their tour guide skills.


Shelly Gregory, General Manager, talks to the pack about how radio waves make it from the microphone to your car radio. 

 Lindsey Dukes, Promotion, and Andrew Bowen, Programming Director, talk to the pack about how programming is selected.

 Sven Isaacson, Engineer, discusses how internet radio works.


 The WUSO exec members with Pack 49.

 Shelly shows the pack the sound board in the studio after they gave a big tiger ROAR during halftime of the men’s basketball game.