Iggy Pop Insurance Controversy

Iggy Pop has stirred up some crazy controversy involving a British insurance company. He appeared in commercials for the company, which, to the dismay (or joy?) of activists and critics everywhere, doesn't actually insure musicians.

Read more here.



Here's this week's playlist:

Munich - Editors
Alcoholics Unanimous - Art Brut
Sleeping In - Postal Service
Annan Water - The Decemberists
Stormy Weather - The Kooks
Inland Sea - ...Trail of Dead
With All My Heart - Clem Snide
For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fathers in Ypsilanti - Sufjan Stevens
Babys - Bon Iver
Drop Dead Blues - Anya Marina
I Couldn't Love You - Cursive
Wasting Time - Little Brazil
Death By Diamonds and Pearls - Band of Skulls
Dull Reason - Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Pale Bride - Von Bondies
Look at You - My Morning Jacket
Map of the Problematique - Muse
Jocasta - Noah & the Whale
Can't Stop Now - Keane
Come Downstairs and Say Hello - Guster
The Great Defector - Bell X1
Nobody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt - We Are Scientists
Strawberry Swing - Coldplay
Life in Technicolor II - Coldplay
Road to Joy - Bright Eyes
Wrong - Depeche Mode
Zero (remix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Rolling Stone Magazine: What Happened?

I'm a subscriber to Rolling Stone Magazine and I generally like what they have to say until I got to the reviews section for this months issue.

Asher Roth some how recieved 3 stars for his just released album. This is 3 stars out of 5, not 10 folks! How in the world does Asher Roth get 3 stars, when the Crystal Antlers only recieved 3 1/2 stars for the album Tentacles. You mean to tell me the Crystal Antlers: Tentacles was only half a star better than Asher Roth. Yeah I dont think so. Atleast Pitchfork gave Asher Roth the proper review he deserved.

I feel like this might be a monthly segment.

Zero remixed more than zero times

The Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Zero" has received another remix. Animal collective has stripped it down a bit.

Check out Animal Collective's take on it HERE



Ladies and Gentleman, Billy Corgan.



Reznor, Resident Mediator?

Reuters got word from Perry Farrell that conflict has erupted among the members of Jane's Addiction, just after they announced a tour with Nine Inch Nails. Feud's still going on, even though Trent Reznor apparently tried to mediate the conflict.

Puts a new meaning to the idea of "touring in support of...", right?


"Zero" Remixed!

Thanks to fellow WSOU DJ Maria Burks for alerting me to this:

N.A.S.A.'s Squeak E Clean remixed Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Zero". Grab the free MP3 here:

Zero (N.A.S.A. Bloody Lobo Remix)

UPDATE: Skinner continues Twitter affair

Mike Skinner of The Streets has decided to continue his love affair with Twitter.

As we reported here last week, he released three songs (Producer Mark found one of them to be pretty good, and the other two to be just okay. I agree. But hey, they're free, why not download them?) He posted this morning that he will continue to post more songs for free on zshare as he finishes them.

Here's today's, entitled Long Working Day. Enjoy. Please comment/review/etc.




Morning Glory - Oasis
1000 People - Blackfield
Nothing to Worry About - Peter, Bjorn & John
Angeline - Howlies
Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Nausea - Beck
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb - Spoon
She Don't use Jelly - The Flaming Lips
Chelsea Dagger - The Fratellis
Put it Behind You Now - Keane
Wrong - Depeche Mode
Dude Ranch Nurse - Sonic Youth
Human - The Killers
Good Morning - William Fitzsimmons
Get Up & Go - The Polyphonic Spree
The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid - The Decemberists
Days of Elaine - The Decemberists

Lake Michigan - Rogue Wave
Brother Sport - Animal Collective
Secrets for the Well - Beep Beep

Michael & Heather at the Baggage Claim - Fountains of Wayne
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris - Morrissey
Shuffle Your Feet - The Kinetiks
The Well And the Lighthouse - Arcade Fire
Anchors Dropped - Mount Saint Helens Vietnam Band
Backdrifts - Radiohead
Go To Sleep - Radiohead


Breaking to Regular Format: In Flames

In Flames is a songwriting machine.

They've just posted another track entitled "Delight and Angers" on their myspace.

I like it. It's slightly poppy. But man, Georgeroskos.com and I both remarked today that they just churn out the tunes. Constant promotion keeps them in the front of everyone's minds, I guess. Plus, if they keep producing good music, more power to them.

IN FLAMES - Delight And Angers - HD

Thoughts/Comments on the song? Leave them here.


The Streets + Twitter

Hey readers, just a quick update during a break in my class:

Mike Skinner of The Streets announced today on his twitter that he would be using the site to release three new songs.

It appears the first one, I Love My iPhone, hit this afternoon a bit after 4. Keep yourselves watching for the other two.

Thoughts, comments on the song(s), unsolicited criticism... throw it all in the comments section.


And, bee-tee-dubs: You do know you can find WSOU (and me) on Twitter too, right?



Spoon - Don't you Evah
Radiohead - No Surprises
Yves Klein Blue - Blasphemy
Nada Surf - I Like What You Say
Little Brazil - Wasting Time
Bell X1- The Great Defector
The Cure - Mint Car
Sonic Youth - Disappearer
The Pixies - Gigantic
R.E.M. - Hollow Man & Nightswimming
...Trail of the Dead - Fields of Corn
Beep Beep - Secrets for the Well
We are Scientists - Hollipolla
Anya Marina - Not a through Street
William Fitzsimmons - If you would come back home
Bon Iver - Babys
The Decemberists - Annan Water
Psapp - Fickle Ghost
Beck - I think I'm in Love
Mount St. Helen's Vietnam Band - en fuego
Howlies - Chimera
The Audrye Sessions - Turn Me Off
Peter, Bjorn & John - NOthing to worry about
The Postal Service - Brand New Colony
Clem Snide - With all my heart
M. Ward - Never had nobody like you
Murder by death - Shiola
The Hold Steady - Yeah Sapphire
Bright Eyes - I believe in Symmetry


Conor Oberst Documentary - APRIL 15

Check this:

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band are screening a documentary entitled "One of My Kind" online starting on April 15th.

It will be free to view according to NME, but the band hopes to entice people to donate to charities associated with causecast.org, a charity-based social networking site.

Look out for CO&MVB's new album, Outer South, on May 5, but to hold you over until then, here's the song Nikorette, free for download from conoroberst.com.


Whatever Happened To Eminem?

Whatever happened to Eminem?

He's still around. He's just dropped a new video, which is coming out on his new album, Relapse.

He seems to still be having fun poking at pop culture, but you know what? I'd like to hear some truly heavy stuff again. "Mosh" comes to mind. Even if its politics grew tiring and its purpose of not re-electing Bush failed in '04, it still had substance. Stuff like this song below, which falls more in the lines of "Just Lose It", just doesn't hold my interest.

Disagree? Agree? Comment either way. Is Eminem past his prime, or is he still relevant?

"Zero" or Zero? (and is there a crosspromo opp for Coke Zero?)

So, sitting in the WSOU studios on Sunday night there was a Yeah Yeah Yeahs debate. Three of us (Raggedy Annie, Mark and I) had differing opinion on the YYYs. I dig the new song, but I feel as if they've been unable to really get anywhere as an act, since there's an overwhelming demand for "Maps" and not much else.

I came away from the debate still feeling as if they were stuck in a rut, but after an initial listen through the new album, I think there's chance for them to break through to a new level of notoriety.

I'm going to try to get an album review up soon, so hang tight and keep checking the blog.

To hold you over, check out the video for "Zero". I'm digging:


4/5/09 Playlist

Campus Buzz Playlist for 4/5/09. New cuts in orange:

Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
Everybody Knows - Ryan Adams
Never Miss A Beat - Kaiser Chiefs
Nothing Better - Postal Service
Don't Steal Our Sun - The Thrills
The Great Defector - Bell X1
First Night - The Hold Steady
If You Would Come Back Home - William Fitzsimmons
Please Forgive Me - William Fitzsimmons
Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All) - The Decemberists
My Friends - Stereophonics
Wrong - Depeche Mode
Night Falls - Tom Morello, the Nightwatchman
Pork & Beans - Weezer
Nothing to Worry About - Peter, Bjorn & John
Swagger - Vox Jaguars
Morning Yearning - Ben Harper
In Order - Halloween, Alaska
Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Guns & Ammo (Acoustic) - Minus the Bear
The Canyon Behind Her - Dredg
Get Up & Go - The Polyphonic Spree
Relentless - Audrye Sessions
The Captain - Ingram Hill
Robbers - Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids Terminal 5 Live Show Review

This past Saturday night my brother and I ventured through the rain into the city to see one of my favorite bands as of late the Cold War Kids. The band played at the beautiful Terminal 5. It was my first time at Terminal 5 and it really surprised me how different it was than other music venues that I’ve been to. The vibe of the venue felt more like a dance/night club but it was the perfect place for the Cold War Kids infectious grooves.

The backdrop behind the band was the Loyalty to Loyalty album cover. The skeleton loomed large over the band and by the end of the night the large poster was no longer visible through the thick smoke that accumulated during the night. It looked like something out of an old Grateful Dead video. It’s easy to see what the effect of massive radio airplay and blog hype has done for the success of the Cold War Kids. The audience of the show was primarily made up of kids in the 16-25 range. The young crowd responded very well to what the Cold War Kids had to offer. The show started off with the band playing “We Used To Vacation” from their first album Robbers and Cowards. From there on the Cold War Kids slowly build up the setlist.

The first half of the set list featured songs on the slower more tame side. The crowd responded anxiously to this loll in the set. It was clear to me most in the crowd were waiting for the Cold War Kids to break into their popular singles. Songs like “Something is Not Right With Me”, “Hang Me Up To Dry”, and “Hospital Beds” brought the best out of the crowd making them dance and jump around. At one point during the show there was even one lone crowd surfer who hit the ground twice before making it to the stage. Don’t ask me why. The backbone of the Cold War Kids lies in its rhythm section of drummer Matt Aveiro and bass player Matt Maust. The foot thumping and head nodding bass intros of “Something is Not Right With Me” and “Hang Me Up To Dry” will get any person or living thing grooving along. Matt Aveiro shows his talent in the insanely hypnotic drumming in “Coffee Spoon”. Lead singer Nathan Willet showed his talents did not lie just in playing guitar and singing but he also played around on the piano for a few songs sometimes looking a little like Jerry Lee Lewis. Guitar player Jonnie Russell shared vocal and piano duties as well and also tapped along on an old wine bottle. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Cold War Kids live but like on albums they delivered their brand of rock sincerely.


WSOU's Aquaman, in concert!

WSOU's very own Aquaman, performing in SHU's Pirate King competition. He won, probably because of this talent portion: