Tapedeck Tuesday (12/04)

Check out these sweet artists; Homeless & Big Cats, Lucien Parker, and Buck Russell on our home cooked playlist. They will be in the Sett and Union South this Friday! Show starts around 9:00pm be there!

Listen to some music by clicking the link below 🙂

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Hello all of you sleep deprived children. It is time to move past Mifflin and Revlery and become a real human for the next week. This comprises mostly of homework and papers that we have all put off for the entire year. Below is a wonderful playlist though that will help you achieve these goals so you can survive until summer.

Tapedeck Tuesday (Revlery 2K15)

Hello everyone this week is making it impossible to focus on classes with all the wonderful weather! We have Revelry Music and Arts Festival for you all this weekend!! And speaking of the weekend. Check out this music video for ‘Sunday Candy’ by Chance!

This weekend’s festival is featuring a ton of fun local and national acts seen below. We hope to see you there after some Mifflin festivities. Stay safe, and enjoy the last weekend before studying!

Tapedeck Tuesday 04/07/2015

Hey guys hope you all had an adventurous spring break! We’re back with some huge shows this weekend. You can check out some locals Thursday in The Sett Chris Koza and Undlin & Wolfe starting at 8pm. Following this then on Friday in Der Rathskellar is Tiny Moving Parts and over in The Sett on Friday a huge show with Foxygen and Alex Cameron. To wrap up the weekend Saturday we have a Local Hip-Hop Festival showcasing a huge lineup of local rappers in The Sett. Be sure to make it out on this packed weekend while you still don’t have to think about finals.

Why You Should Listen to Madeon and his Debut Album Adventure

If you aren’t really into the world of EDM, Madeon is someone who should definitely be on your radar. Hugo Leclercq rose to fame in 2011 when a video of him performing his song Pop Culture on a Launchpad went viral. Starting with the simple “Here are 39 songs I like” it’s pretty incredible:

Not only is this 20 year old Frenchman insanely talented when it comes to producing his own music, he’s also already produced for the likes of Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, and Two Door Cinema Club. He’s been touring since he was 17 and left school to pursue this career. He also cites Daft Punk as one of his major influences. This month he’s releasing his first full length album, Adventure on March 30th.  He will also be in Madison at Segredo May 3rd (the day after Revelry Music and Arts Festival, what a weekend for music!) and from numerous past experiences I can assure you his live show is the place to be. He has no need to use a microphone to hype the crowd up as some DJs often do, he remains silent and lets his music affect the crowd for him. He’s also been hinting at big things for his new tour, and in his recent Reddit Ask Me Anything he said that improvising is his favorite part of live shows and he’ll be playing brand new live versions of both old and new songs. Now that I’ve listed his impressive credentials, on to the new album you need to check out.

The album itself is 12 songs long in the standard edition and 18 in the deluxe. I’ll look at the deluxe version because it is currently streaming on iTunes Radio (link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/station/idra.973549523). The deluxe version features 5 previously released singles and (Icarus, Finale ft. Nicholas Petricca, The City, Cut the Kid, and Technicolor) 5 more recently released singles (You’re On ft. Kyan, Pay No Mind ft. Passion Pit, Imperium, Home and Nonsense ft. Mark Foster). This album features many more collaborations than have ever been released by Madeon before. Finale ft. Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (the perfect closing song for his live shows) has been out since 2012, but besides that Madeon hasn’t released many collaborations. He now has numerous people featured on this album from Passion Pit and Mark Foster of Foster the People to Dan Smith of Bastille and Charli XCX on Ok. La Lune ft. Dan Smith is reminiscent of other Bastille songs with heavy drums but very different electronic influences than Bastille would normally have and Pay No Mind ft. Passion Pit is extremely high energy and catchy with typical soaring Passion Pit vocals. When talking in his Reddit Ask Me Anything Madeon also hinted at a possible collaboration with Phantogram. He brings in other artists well and the collaborations are among my favorite songs on the album. You’re On and Pay No Mind also already have music videos out are the first two parts in a trilogy of related music videos:

Something new on this album is Madeon himself singing. He sings on three tracks; Beings, Zephyr, and the very emotional Home. Of the creative process of singing on his own tracks has said he only became nervous about his singing when he realized he was releasing his songs. There’s no indication yet of whether or not he will be singing live like Porter Robinson just did on his Worlds tour.

As a whole the album is incredibly diverse and the fact that the deluxe version features older Madeon songs makes it feel like a look at his work as a whole. The album has the classic Madoen songs finally in album format but also tons of new material for fans to enjoy. The album flows well and has both a fitting introduction in Isometric that transitions easily to the next track You’re On and a slowed down new conclusion in Only Way Out ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic.

Madeon embodies good electro-house music in a genre that is often too repetitive and not musically unique. This is not the bumping club beats that comes to mind when you think of EDM, this is a beautifully produced emotional music. Adventure is an album you want to be sure not to miss; out March 30th and streaming now on ITunes Radio.

Tapedeck Tuesday 03/10

Happy Tapedeck Tuesday everyone! It’s going to be a wonderful weekend here in Madison! Finally warm again and the shows will be poppin this weekend so go check them out! In The Sett Friday at 9pm, MOD Sun will be headlining with the hommies Blackbear, KR and Dillon Cooper. Check out MOD Sun’s most recent release “Look Up.” Then, in Der Rathskellar on Saturday night Jake Armerding will be performing his acoustic set starting at 9pm. See ya there!

Mod Sun Brings The Look Up Tour to Union South This Friday!

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Tuesday, March 10th marks the long-awaited release date of Mod Sun’s debut full-length album “Look Up” on Rostrum Records!

Hailing from Bloomington MN, Mod Sun is known as the pioneer of “Hippy-Hop” – his unique blend of upbeat and colorfully flavored instrumentals in combination with uplifting, weed-laced lyrics. After a number of years playing drums in semi-successful post-hardcore bands (Four Letter Lie, Scary Kids Scaring Kids) as a teenager, Mod Sun (formerly Derek Smith) decided to pick up the mic and change his creative focus to making rap music. MOD SUN is an acronym for “Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None” – a mantra Mod embodies in all that he does. His personality is as infectious in person as it is in his songs, claiming that he “…has no fans, just friends”.

Look Up is Mod’s first official album after a slew of mixtapes and EPs dating back to 2009. The project boasts a number of heavy-hitting features including G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, Dizzy Wright, Travis Barker, Riff Raff and even an unofficial interlude by Tech N9ne, a long-time friend of Mod’s. The album flows seamlessly with spacey, otherworldly interludes linking one track to the next. Keeping with the style of his last few projects, the production on this album leans more towards live instrumentation than the sample-based instrumentals common in his earlier work. Produced by Mod himself, lead single “Howlin at the Moon” is a trippy, synth-y foray into a 1970’s fever dream (seriously, check out the video below).

The album opens with a trippy introduction by Mod Sun, urging listeners to “find magic in the everyday” and segueing into the first track, “Headed Home”. The album doesn’t quite gain pace until the 3rd track, the garage-rock fueled “Free Love”, a party anthem perfect for any hippy on a summer’s day. G-Eazy steps up to the mic on “Goddess”, his lady killer flow mixing well with the sing-song chorus (“I just wanna run away with you”). The interlude by Tech N9ne is surprisingly one of the highlights of the album. Tech touches on the struggle to find happiness in one of his most light-hearted appearances on a track to date. Serving the role of the ‘club banger’ we get “My Hippy”, a track that’s been out for a while but reappears on the album with a new feature from Dizzy Wright. The heavy bass and hi-hat-laden track makes for a great opener to Mod’s live set. Another highlight on the album is “Shoot ‘Em Down” featuring Machine Gun Kelly. Mod and MGK trade off rapid-fire verses while Blackbear holds it down with a chorus that threatens to “Shoot ‘Em Down with a peace sign”. The instrumental doesn’t stand out as much as others on the album, but the acoustic guitar and live drum rhythm (common in a lot of Mod’s newer tracks) lets the rappers really take the spotlight and show off their lyricism.

As far as lyrics on the album as a whole, Mod doesn’t fail to impress. Although he often gets criticized for having a simpler flow (some even denying his style is “rap” at all), he seems to really have stepped up his game on Look Up. Tracks like “My Favorite Shirt is My Skin”, “Not That Bad (feat. Jody Highroller)” and “Same Way Pt. 2” really show off Mod’s lyrical ability. His verses are peppy and upbeat, telling psychedelic stories and sharing his words of wisdom. Although they may not be as complex or intellectual as some ‘conscious rappers’, it’s impossible to listen to a Mod Sun track without leaving happy and inspired. My personal favorite track on the album is “Same Way Pt 2”, a follow-up to “Same Way” which was a track off of his very first mixtape. The track features a children’s chorus singing the hook, and one of Mod’s most personal and touching verses yet – “I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a hero, I vow to make this world a better place before my child turns zero”. It’s a perfect conclusion to the musical portion of the album, fading out with ambient bell chimes and violins accompanying the eerie voices of children singing, like waking up from a dream.

As the music fades, the album changes pace and we hear Mod Sun begin to narrate a novel. Not only does Look Up include 15 tracks (long for an LP) of new original material, but Mod also decided to include his autobiographical book “Did I Ever Wake Up..?” with the bundle in the form of an audiobook narrated and scored by himself.

The album dropped TODAY, March 10th which happens to coincide with Mod’s birthday, to be celebrated with a hometown show at the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis. Last month he embarked on his first national headlining tour, accompanied by fellow MCs Dillon Cooper, KR, and Karizma, his good friend (and co-producer on Look Up) Blackbear, and DJ Gnash. The Look Up Tour brings more production than ever before to Mod’s live set, adding onstage light-up set pieces and a live band to his show. The tour comes to Madison on Friday March 13th at The Sett in Union South!

WUD Music presents the Look Up Tour featuring Mod Sun, Dillon Cooper, Blackbear and KR

Friday, March 13th – The Sett in Union South

FREE SHOW!

REVIEW: Misterwives – Our Own House

Misterwives has had the right sound to burst out into the indie-pop scene ever since releasing their EP back in January 2014. I could not get enough of “Reflections” after I heard it. It captured the power and emotion that music is all about. The entire EP, titled Reflections, had a similar spunk to it. It was incredibly refreshing music, but at the same time it would be a challenge for Misterwives to successfully follow up the EP with a full length album that carried the same energy.

Fortunately, Our Own House took the energy of Reflections to another level. The first track “Our Own House,” rivals “Reflections” in terms of vocals and energy to set the album in the right direction. The next track “Not Your Way” continues with that energy and themes of independence and feminism, which is awesome to hear. Especially for an album that I believe can hit the mainstream, these kinds of themes are not voiced enough in music. After “Reflections,” the album slows down a bit, but it does so in the best way possible through “Oceans.” These first four tracks effectively set up a flow for the record to follow. “Our Own House” captures your attention immediately, and afterwards you won’t be able to stop listening.

Not only do the “slower” tracks on the record allow for it to flow, but they also create a time to allow Mandy Lee’s jaw-dropping vocals to really shine. The energy and passion of her voice brings the album together effectively. Listen to “Coffins” or “Queens” to really see this in action. She finds a way to bend her vocals in a different way for each track, and somehow they are all beyond catchy. I apologize in advance for your inability to get these songs out of your head.

If it is not clear by now, Our Own House does indie-pop incredibly well. This style of music is gaining quite a bit of traction now, and it will be interesting to see how Misterwives will follow up with their next record. They have shown an ability to be catchy, while also varying each track up and allowing the record to flow. In short, Our Own House will be tough to top.

5 Words to Describe Misterwives’ Our Own House: Refreshing. Spunky. Energetic. Accessible. Entertaining.

Must-listens for Misterwives newbies: “Our Own House,” “Reflections,” “No Need for Dreaming”

My completely arbitrary score for Misterwives’ Our Own House: 8/10

Tapedeck Tuesday: March 3rd, 2015

Happy Tapedeck Tuesday, everybody! Temperatures are finally getting back up into the 30’s, and we’ve all made it through our first wave of midterms. I think that warrants some celebration. We have a wide variety of shows in store for you this weekend, so be sure to come out and enjoy some free music! I promise your toes won’t freeze off in the process.

Check out this playlist featuring all of the artists playing this weekend, along with some others worth checking out:

On Friday, Lust For Youth brings his experimental electronic music to Der Rath all the way from Sweden, accompanied by Samantha Glass. The same night, Chicago hip hop ensemble/live band Sidewalk Chalk will be rocking The Sett with support from acoustic singer-songwriter Kiernan McMullan.

On Saturday, the punk scene takes over Der Rath with the self-described “sludgy jangly pop” stylings of Vundabar with Madison’s The Great Duck War.

The same night, rapper Wave Chapelle will be tearing it up at The Sett with some help from WUD-Music’s very own hip-hop prodigy Max Meridius.

Passion Pit teases “Kindred” with New Singles

Passion Pit has released new music! Rejoice!!

After 2012’s wonderfully phantasmal Gossamer, we’ve been waiting patiently for new material from Massachusetts’ indie/electric power group Passion Pit. The wait is finally over, because they’ve recently released two singles and are featured on a third with DJing/producing 20 year old prodigy Madeon. Their new album entitled Kindred is due out April 21st.

The first single I’ll look at is Lifted Up (1985). With a joyous beat and complex lyrics that I’m still trying to analyze, this song is what fans have been waiting three years for. It features a very catchy chorus and thus this is the single that could gain the most popularity. Also enticing is the chanting on the track. “1985 was a good year” indeed.

Listen to it here:

Next is Where the Sky Hangs, a slower and groovier tune than Lifted Up. This song is more bass driven with wavy synth undertones and more focus on Michael Angelakos’ vocals. There aren’t as many of Angelakos’ characteristic high notes on this track as Lifted Up also. This song has an overall disco-house feel to it.

Listen for yourself:

Both songs are very signature Passion Pit but don’t sound too similar to what they’ve done before. They stick to what they do best without sounding the same as they have on previous albums.

The final single I want to look at closer is their collaboration with Madeon, Pay No Mind. The song has a very typical Madeon kick and electro/house feel featuring Angelakos’ vocals. It also has a very signature Madeon instrumental break and closing. With Angelakos’ soaring vocals, this is very possibly an EDM hit and has already been hailed by producer/DJ Porter Robinson as the best song of 2015 so far.

Pay No Mind:

Based on the recently released singles, I have very high hopes for the rest of the album. They’ve kept to what Passion Pit does well without sounding too identical to what they’ve done before, and I hope this pattern continues on the full album. Make sure to check out Kindred when it drops April 21st 2015.