Category Archives: Album News

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:

New Music Thursday: New Sigur Rós, Real Estate, Phantogram

New music this week from the WUSO CD Review Committee (Kent, Andrew, Nate, Caity, Joe, and Rory).

Interested in joining the WUSO CD Review Committee? Email Kent at


The track ‘Cardinal Rules’ includes the lines “I’m going downtown/ Springfield, alright!/Oh, tonight.” Like anything alluding to any given Springfield, we’ll just pretend it’s about our own. And we even have a link to a free MP3 of that song from their label for you, too.


No review yet, but Sigur Rós released a new live album, Inni, recorded during a two night London performance by only the original four members, with two free tracks avaliable for download on their web site: Ný Batterí and Festival.


The Dø-Both Ways Open Jaws
Mix with: Moriarty, Cocoon, Asteroids Galaxy Tour, White Rabbits
Nate says: “Really catchy indie’folk album spearheaded by some superb vocals. Some electronic and pop touches thrown in to good effect.”


The Jigsaw Seen
Mix with: XTC, The Kinks, Squeeze
Nate says: “A really fun and original-sounding Christmas/winter-themed album with folk rock and classic rock influences.”


*Joy Kills Sorrow- This Unknown Science*
Mix with: Nickel Creek, Wailin’ Jennys
Caity says: “Combines the virtuoso skill of traditional bluegrass with contemporary songwriting.”

One More Night, live at Halkaer Kro in Aalborg, Denmark:


Last Charge of the Light Horse- Curve
Mix with: Movies with Heros, Dreamers of the Ghetto
Andrew says: “An interesting and very well done mix of low-key dark rock and traditional indie-pop song structure. Very melodic with some great song writing.”


Loney, Dear- Hall Music
Mix with: Patrick Watson, Portugal.The Man
Caity says: “The album is essentially an attempt to communicate love. Harmonious laying of orchestral instrumentation and sentimental synths.”


Pajama Club- Pajama Club
Mix with: MGMT, The xx, Modest Mouse
Caity says: “Low key typical indie pop. Low key vocals and repetitive synth beats with drums with lots of reverb guitar and heavy bass. Very chill, almost psychedelic tunes.”


*Phantogram- Nightlife*
Mix with: Yacht, Cults, Pheonix
Andrew says: “Techno/indie vocals and sound. Lots of catchy rhythms and melodies. Predominately female vocals (girl sings in the duo). Lots of synth and repetitive drums. Would appeal to college kids.”

Make a Fist, studio performance:


*Real Estate- Days*
Mix with: My Morning Jacket, The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie
Andrew says: “Light indie rock, some Shins-like guitar sounds. On the whole fairly catchy stuff.”

It’s Real, studio performance:


*Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Tape Club*
Mix with: Kaiser Chiefs, Toyko Police Club, Throw Me The Statue
Andrew says: “High and light male vocals. Many of the songs are classic indie mellow guitars and carefree major melodies. On the whole and interesting band. ”

Cardinal Rules (MP3 download, from their original record label):


9Tomorrows- Gravity in Love
Mix with: Fountains of Wayne
Nate says: “Combines the very best elements of blues, indie rock, and reggae to create an enjoyable record. Plus, the vocals are outstanding.”


*Wishes and Thieves- Lighthouse EP*
Mix with: Phantogram, Phoenix, Jeff Buckley
Andrew says: “Ethereal techno indie. Sultry female vocals. Catchy drum beats and synth sounds over light indie rock guitars.”