Grace: Russel The Leaf – I Think I’m Gonna Write A Good Song Today (Oh God)
Daniela: Truth – Kamasi Washington
Isabel: Is It Me – St Paul and the Broken Bones
Haley: Opened Once – Jeff Buckley
Seth: I’m So Tired of Feeling Lonely – John Prine
Julia: Leaves that Are Green – Simon and Garfunkel
Gabby: Portuguese Love – Teena Marie
Julia: Paint – Paper Kites
Taylor: Goin’ Cross the Mountain – Anna & Elizabeth Kevin: Do They Owe Us A Living? (Of Course They Do) – Crass
Adam: I So Liked Spring – Linda Smith
Isa: A Case Of You – Joni Mitchell
Trudy: Montezuma – Fleet Foxes
Jake: Dedicated To The One I Love – The Mamas & The Papas
Adelaide: Senza Fine – Gino Paoli
Jebe Back: Hollow Log – Beck
Anna: Revival – Deerhunter
Stephanie: Groove to the Beat – keith and ken
Hey! We’re starting this new thing where we share the music the exec staff has been jamming on in a neat playlist:
Julia A.: “Don’t Take The Money” -Bleachers
Isabel: “She Said Sorry” -L.A. Salami, “Street Punks” -Vince Staples
Adelaide: “The Entertaining of a Shy Girl” -Donovan
Seth: “Letter to a Mountain” -Anna Tibel, “Ain’t Who I Was” -Bonnie Bishop
Adam: “Fisherman’s Verizon” -Final Fantasy 8 Soundtrack
Haley: “Deja Vu” -Mort Garson
Julia W.: “You’re So Vain” -Carly Simon
Jake: “Kathy’s Song” -Simon & Garfunkel
Gabby: “Feel All My Love Inside (Extended Version)” -Marvin Gaye
Isa: “Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)” -Whitney (Dolly Parton Cover)
Steph: “The Big Country” -Talking Heads
David: “Petals” -Eluvium, “Kamera” -Wilco
There is no such thing as a typical Magnetic Fields album. Over the course of the eleven albums they have released since 1991, their sound and even genre has changed album to album and song to song. That said, their latest album, 50 Song Memoir, is like nothing else they or anyone else has released. While epic-lengthed albums aren’t a new development (their best known album, 69 Love Songs, consists, unsurprisingly, of 69 love songs), 50 Song Memoir is remarkable not for its length but for the fact that one narrative runs through the entire album. Each song marks one year in the life of Stephin Merritt, founder/leader/heart and soul of The Magnetic Fields, starting with birth and going right up to the recording of the album, which began on Merritt’s fiftieth birthday.
After a particularly illustrious few years on records and on tour with Elvis Depressedly, Mathew Lee Cothran has put out another tape under his self-titled solo project via Joy Void Recordings. Cothran dedicated this tape, Judas Hung Himself in America, to his recently departed grandfather and father figure. The tape itself is as beautiful as it is haunting. Several tracks ask unanswerable questions: Where does our shame go while we sleep? (“Judas in America”) How do I give in with grace? (“Liquor Store”) You could move a mountain, but where would it go? (“Who Did Pull the Pin of the People?”) Likewise, Cothran uses Judas as a platform to grapple with his recent sobriety, especially in the tracks “Cherry High” and “Liquor Store.” In all, I’d say Judas is concrete proof that some of the most prolific artists create some of their most resonant works in the midst of immense trials and tribulations.
One of the things I’ve come to noticed since I got here to Kenyon is how much where we grew up/come from influences our taste in music. So much of who we are is shaped by where we grew up, and I guess it took me leaving my own hometown to see that. Last semester, a good friend of mine from back home decided to dedicate one broadcast of his radio show at Colorado College to playing songs by artists from Florida and New Jersey, the states where he and his co-host are originally from. Inspired by that broadcast, I decided to ask some Kenyon students about the bands and songs they feel best represent the cities and towns where they come from.
Most people agree that 2016 was a terrible year with an amazing soundtrack. Here’s to hoping that 2017 can be an incredibly good year with a similarly sweet soundtrack. I asked the staff at WKCO to describe what they’re anxiously awaiting this year in New Music, and here’s a snapshot of our Anticipated Releases!
Devon Chodzin ‘19: XIU XIU- FORGET: “Already, ‘Wondering’ has proven to be wildly entertaining. Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks was a lot of fun, and I’m always so impressed with Xiu Xiu’s productivity. I can’t get enough!”
At time of publication, the album has been leaked. It was originally set to be released on February 23rd.
Our favorites from this truly exhausting year, 2k16.
Maddie Farr ’18
Best Album: MY WOMAN by Angel Olsen
Best Song: “Away Above” by Weyes Blood
Favorite Music “Moment”: JoJo releasing her first album in 10 years was the most exciting thing to happen musically this year, in my opinion. Her success makes me personally happy. I grew up loving JoJo, and seeing her incredible personal and professional growth on this album is awesome. Check out Mad Love., it is mad full of bangers!!!
Much like the internet-borne musical fads I wrote about last semester, chillwave refers to another passing fancy in the music blogosphere. In truth, the term itself, coined in 2009 off Hipster Runoff, has always been something of a pejorative, but the movement itself is seen as significant. Chillwave, a hypnogogic, layered pop style heavy on the synths and the reverb, often evokes in its listeners an imaginative visual effect.
When I was coming of age at the end of chillwave’s influential years (like, 2009-2011, oozing into 2012), I fell in love with that visual effect. It’s been interesting to see how those same artists labeled as “chillwave” producers have moved on into the worlds of nu-disco, synthpop, and even vaporwave. We live in a hyperculture, with passing fancies like chillwave and nu-disco, shoegaze and seapunk, and many other “genres” getting essentially 15 minutes of fame before the next big thing hits the blogs.