WRFL Live! Releases Summer 2012 Compilation

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.) 

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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

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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.

To find out more about the goings-on at WRFL and to tune in online: hit their official website: HERE — and go ahead and like ‘em on ye old Facebook, too, why don’t cha?: HERE.

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Melissa in Lovely Things : 70’s American Girl

Our Young Mary’s Record series, Melissa in Lovely Things continues this week right on into swimsuit seasons.  Melissa is a natural at mixing and matching textiles, color, and styles in her clothes and accessories — We’ve been watching her for a while - We’re creeps. — and she never disappoints — flawlessly dressing herself for a range of occasions, parties, shows, adventures.

There’s been a major 70s revival, and I can’t get enough of it (especially for the summer)!  This means flag prints, bell bottoms, platform shoes, and some over-sized shades.  

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Don’t be afraid to fully submerse yourself in this style, the groovier, the better! 

OUTFIT FROM:  American Apparel Malibu Swimsuit (worn as bodysuit), Urban Outfitters BDG bell bottoms, Ebay Sunglasses 



Melissa in Lovely Things: Swimsuit Edition

Our Young Mary’s Record series, Melissa in Lovely Things continues this week right on into swimsuit seasons.  Melissa is a natural at mixing and matching textiles, color, and styles in her clothes and accessories — We’ve been watching her for a while - We’re creeps. — and she never disappoints — flawlessly dressing herself for a range of occasions, parties, shows, adventures.

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It’s that time again ladies, the dreaded swimsuit season.  But rather than starve yourself or spend hours at the gym, I recommend taking the easy (and much less painful) route of adopting the flirty and flattering pin-up style.  My friends and I made our first trip to the creek this week, and I threw together a few essentials for achieving the look:

1) High waisted shorts.  Embrace your inner Daisy Duke with a great pair of cut-offs.


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2) A cute retro style swimsuit. High waist swim bottoms and one pieces are super flattering on all body types, and sweetheart necklines and halter necklines are a MUST. (Tip: Modcloth.com is great for finding these— Hit our Modcloth ad link right in ye olde sidbar, y’all! )

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3) Every girl needs a cute pair of sunglasses (Heart shaped sunnies are my go to in the summer!).

 

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Channel your inner pin-up with some sassy style that will put the rest of those string bikini wearin’ girls to shame.  Oh, and don’t forget the red lipstick!

CLOTHES FROM: ASOS bikini, thrifted/DIY Levi shorts, Ebay sunglasses 


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