Huge thanks to Ben Southworth who tipped me off about this excellent, diverse compilation record released by WRFL — the radio station housed at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. At the station, there is a weekly program, WRFL Live! that features local and regional artists and this record features some of those very artists from the Summer of 2012.
*Looky! — it’s nifty and embedded below — you can push play while you read the rest of this blog. Meow. *
While listening to the tunes featured on this record - I was reminded once again at how important and on the pulse college radio is. Speaking as a music-lover and even further, a music-business lover/nerd, I’ve hung out with musicians, managers, bookers, club owners and all the folks in between on all the rungs of the very sick, twisted, Dali-lookin’ music business ladder. Up top and down low. And I still stand by somethin’ I said years ago, if you wanna know what’s up, call a college radio deejay. If you wanna feel like people still give a living toot about great, independent music, ring up an active college radio station.
Some observations about the compilation:
Favorite tune: Idiot Glee - Don’t Go Out Tonight. (The closer of the compilation.)
Why: I’m a sucker for an organ. I’m a sucker for a tune that makes me think KIND-OF of The Decemberists falling asleep while The Killer’s “Somebody Told Me” was playing on a cd player and then writing a song the next morning.
Oh and Also Why: These lyrics won’t go away:
"It takes a big man to break a big heart,
It takes a real big heart to break a man like me.”
This song should be on a television series. Get some licensing of those tunes a-goin’, Idiot Glee, if you haven’t already.
Second Favorite Tune: Southern Ivy League - Bird Song
Why: I try to cuss less and use ..ya know..my words when I describe music, but I can do nothing but think “What a catchy little motherfucker!” when I listen to this. Isn’t that enough?
Oh and Uhhh: These guys haven’t updated their Facebook status since June 21. That hurts me. Don’t be great musicians that aren’t great little worker bees. YMR hearts yew. Get that shit up and going.
Pleasant Surprise/ Curveball of the Compilation: Danny Klay- Apple Tree
Why: It’s 9+ minutes of captivating instrumental music. Really.
To be honest: I saw on the track listing that it was over 9 minutes long and dreaded it because I believe that too often really long songs are written by people that a)don’t know when to quit or b) love knowing that they should have quit. I was terribly wrong to have dreaded this. I love being wrong about a long song. Props to Danny Klay.
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- July 10 2013