Monday Feature: Revelry is Coming

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You know a weekend is going to be great when you’re already anticipating for the week to be over on Monday at one in the morning. Whether you’ll be attending the annual Mifflin Street Block Party, hitting up capitol square for the weekly fresh market, or kicking back and watching a Star Wars trilogy (preferably the original one), there is no shortage of funtivities available for Madison citizens this first weekend of May.

And while all of these funtivities are respectable means of entertainment in their own right, I want to highlight the weekend event I will be attending: Revelry Music and Arts Festival. DISCLAIMER: I am in no way being prompted to write this feature by any member of WUD Music. I chose to write this feature because it’s music related, it’s Madison news, I love music, live concerts are awesome, and I want to give those that are or may be going a small preview of what they can expect out of the musical talent at the festival. So let’s get to that. I am going to give my short, unarticulated opinion of the artists that were highlighted in the wonderfully crafted video below. Here goes nothing.

Toro y Moi – Contrary to what your initial reaction may be, Toro y Moi is actually one man. And he may be one of the chillest men I’ve ever heard on a track. For starters, he combined both the Spanish and French languages to create his stage name. It doesn’t matter as long as it translates to English easily (Bull and Me) and sounds cool, right? Beyond this, his calm vocals and looped electronic beats are combined to him consider him a part of the genre known as chillwave. It doesn’t get any more chill than that.

Hoodie Allen – One of my close friends has been a Hoodie fan well before the Revelry lineup was released, and since its release I have hopped on the bandwagon hard. His All American EP was only $5 on iTunes, and provides eight solid tracks that exemplify his catchy music and smart lyrics. In addition, his newest mixtape Crew Cuts is on his website for free! Outside of his music, the former Google employee and UPenn Sprint Football player has collaborated on comedy videos with CollegeHumor that are just too funny to only watch once.

Phox – This seven-piece band from Baraboo, Wisconsin utilizes instruments that run the gamut of sounds, resulting in songs that are most often whimsical, but can also be hectic and heavy. No songs particularly called out to me, but there’s no doubt that the band is unique.

The Mowgli’s – While the only music I could find of theirs was the five songs from their Love’s Not Dead EP, this pop-rock octet has an established pedigree with a recent performance at SXSW 2013 and a scheduled performance at Lollapalooza 2013. Their eight-person chorus is extremely catchy, and “San Francisco” is an irresistible summer jam. 

Chance the Rapper – Chance the Rapper is definitely a different sounding hip-hop artist, with a significantly higher voice than your typical MC. His second mixtape, Acid Rap drops tomorrow, so hopefully Madison will be receptive to his new material come Saturday.

Delta Spirit – This band has a strong alternative rock sound, and many of the songs I listened to have the feel of a live show even though they’re master tracks. I trust that their live performance will be nothing short of a great display of musical talent. In addition, they have a song on the official first volume of The Walking Dead soundtrack, so I am sold.

Julian Lynch – Chill, instrumental, and articulate all at once, Julian Lynch’s music gives off good vibes. With a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology (!?) from UW-Madison, I think concert attendees will give the former city resident a warm reception.

Oh Land – Hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Nanna Øland Fabricius serves as singer, songwriter, and producer, for her music. Pianos and an extensive palette of electronic sounds make for a plethora of experimental tunes for Oh Land to sing over. It will be interesting to see how her music translates to a live performance.

So there you have it: A preview of the biggest acts that Revelry has to offer. It would seem that there is a little something for everyone in the festival’s first installment, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s to the joys of live music, summer, and the continued success of this festival for years to come. Revel on.

Download A Lull’s “Some Love” Single + 3 Remixes

It’s a brutal truth: It’s almost time for school again. But on the bright side, the beginning of a new semester also means a return of WUD Music concerts. One of the concerts we’re pumped for is Deleted Scenes / A Lull on February 4th at The Sett, and the following news only makes it harder to wait.

For the moment, if you “like” Mush Records’ Facebook page, you can download A Lull’s “Some Love” single, along with three remixes of the track. The original is excellent, with pulsating drums and daybreak harmonies. Head over and listen for yourself, and be sure to make it out to The Sett when the band hits the stage in a few weeks.

A Double Kick Drum By The River In The Summer!

Whoops! I forgot to do this yesterday. I know you have all been waiting with bated breath for the next installment of Club 770: The WUD Music Hour playlists.

So without further ado…

The Eleventh Episode! [download]

  • Bonita – The Pimps of Joytime
  • It’s All Good – Andrew Ripp
  • Family Affair (Sly and The Family Stone cover) – David Ford
  • Fast Forward Regrets. – The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt

Requests/Sing-a-long/On Rotation In The Office

  • Trigger Cut/Wounded-kite at :17 – Pavement (for Brandon Clementi)
  • Heartbeats – The Knife
  • Let Go – jj
  • Train Song – Feist and Ben Gibbard (for Peter Allen – IN THE NETHERLANDS)
  • Time – Beach Fossils (it’s new!!)
  • Romeo and Juliet – Dire Straits (excellent to belt out alone in a studio)
  • Thirteen – Big Star (ditto)
  • Heavy Metal Drummer – Wilco (ditto x2)
  • Your Protector – Fleet Foxes (ditto x3)
  • This Town – Whispering Pines (I would sing along if I knew the words.)

Con amor,

Brigid

xx (I like hugs.)

Digging in the Crates

Just found this old gem in the ‘crates’ of my iTunes today from one of the more interesting hip-hop groups to emerge out of the early 2000s – Handsome Boy Modeling School

First off – great name. It’s creative. It’s classy. And it made fun of all other rappers during this time. Unfortunately they haven’t done much since 5 years ago. They should though.

Second – it made me rediscover how much better Ocean’s Eleven is than the rest of the Ocean’s movies (unless you are in a European mood then Twelve hits the spot). Yes if you recognize the song that is where it’s from. The scene with Rusty – who eats in next to every scene through out the series – is sitting at the bar with ‘dancers’ behind glass.

If that doesn’t sell it then maybe this will. Quite possibly the greatest title for any hip-hop album ever:

Cheers and keep it classy.

The Projects aka PJays – Handsome Boy Modeling School

If It Wasn’t for You – Handsome Boy Modeling School w/ De La Soul

–matt forrest

Some Fun Cartel Love

Our buddies The Fun Cartel have sent us some music for you all to enjoy. The first mix is from El Guapo which contains a segment of his set from the Steve Aoki show – check out the pictures from the night on the Fun Cartel’s blog. It roars like a lion.

12 Dec Mix – El Guapo

The next is a compilation of winter themed bangers to warm your heart. Somewhere on the westside of Chicago El Guapo is enjoying this mix with a warm cup of Sparks which will warm any soul. Enjoy.

‘Hollerday’ – Matt Forrest

Track Listing:

Warm Heart of Africa (Architecture in Helsinki Remix) – The Very Best
xR2 – MIA
Dance No More (Monkey Safari Remix) – Ed. ORable w/ Spoek
Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes (Reset! Trouble Remix) – Cassius
Bulletproof (FAMUEL Remix) – La Roux
On The Floor – Louis La Roche
Everybody Wants – Green Velvet w/ Kid Sister
Coconut – French Fries
Freshman – Hollywood Holt
Grifter – Calvertron + Itchy Feet
Feel the Bass – The RadioAktives
ANYway – Duck Sauce
Gay Dentists (JFK Edit) – Mr. Ozio
Love Song – Tim Dolla
Woo Hah – DJ Sega
Pon de Floor (Elmo is Dead Remix) – Major Lazer
Sleepyhead – Passion Pit

and the award for crappiest holiday song goes to…

drumroll please….

michael bolton for “our love is like a holiday”. hell it may even win the award for crappiest song ever. it has earned my official “total crap” tag. i’m not sure when exactly michael bolton crafted this piece, but my guess is the early nineties. the early nineties was the only time this could have been even somewhat acceptable. “our love is like a holiday” is below. can you think of anything worse? i can’t. and i’ve even listened to the entire bob dylan christmas album.

rock on folks,
margaret kaye

yay yeasayer!

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yeasayer annouced the title of their next album a few weeks ago. their second album, called odd blood, will be released february 9, 2010 according to pitchfork. to hold us over until then, secretly canadian (the record label yeasayer is with) has a free mp3 you can download from their site, and pictured above is its album artwork. the song available for download is the first single off the upcoming album. it’s called “ambling alp” and definitely worth a listen. click here to get the download.

rock on folks,
margaret kaye