Thursday, April 27, 2017

W is for Warpaint



This group’s style has several classifications, including the aptly termed dream pop. I find that so fitting because Beck’s “Dreams” has a similar sound to Warpaint’s “New Song”. WNKU tends to play blocks of loosely themed music and has played these literally dreamy sounding numbers back to back.


I’m going to make up a group named Waking Up Dead. They have a sound that harkens to Marilyn Manson’s androgynous “Mechanical Animals” era.

WARNING: The following video may be considered shocking and may be NOT SAFE FOR WORK.


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All the real tunes air on member supported WNKU out of the University of Northern Kentucky. The web page features the current playlist and live streaming.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

V is for Kurt Vile



I have to be honest and say that “Life Like This” is not a song of which I’m particularly fond. It kind of drags for my taste. But V is a tough letter and I do appreciate the musicianship.



For the letter V my pretend performers are called Victory. Their music hearkens to The Bravery, whose lyrics can be rife with delicious melancholy.



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All the real tunes air on member supported WNKU out of the University of Northern Kentucky. The web page features the current playlist and live streaming.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

U is for U2



Alas, I could not find a lesser known group that WNKU airs. You are probably aware that U2 plans a tour performing their album “The Joshua Tree” in entirety. Has it really been thirty years since its release? Wow. Good music, too.


Folk artist Uncle Frank is today’s made up entertainer. He has a sound not unlike David Lindley.


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All the real tunes air on member supported WNKU out of the University of Northern Kentucky. The web page features the current playlist and live streaming.

Monday, April 24, 2017

T is for 2Cellos



Yeah, their name starts with a number, but I just had to write about these amazing Croatian cellists. I’m breaking another self imposed technicality, too, because I didn’t hear their music on WNKU. Instead I heard the DJ announce their upcoming show in Cincinnati. The way these two manipulate pop music through their unconventional instrumentation astounds me no end. And they are performers through and through.


For today’s fake group, I am picturing someone like the Gorillaz with animated characters posing as its members. I’ll call them Two Fish, with their animation being a nod to Dr. Suess.


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All the real tunes air on member supported WNKU out of the University of Northern Kentucky. The web page features the current playlist and live streaming.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

My Blogging Epiphany (an Update)



For this April’s A to Z Blogging Challenge, fellow participant Mary Burris (who hosts Jingle JangleJungle) inspired me to insert video. I managed to figure out how to do that via Youtube after struggling with my tendency to get overwhelmed by too much information.

It’s so obvious now. As she said you click 'share', then 'embed'. ~sigh~ At least I have that technique down.

Formatting text became my next challenge. For some reason, video insertion changed what all ready satisfied me in former previews.

Then I realized that I could probably insert video HTML code within text entered into Blogger’s ‘compose’ mode. I went to my original MSWord document containing my post and typed the words INSERT VIDEO HERE in each spot intended for video.

No, I don’t mean to virtually shout. I put the words in all caps so as to more easily find them within the HTML code. And voila! It worked. What a relief.

Have you found any convenient fixes for plaguing little issues? Don’t you wish you figured it out earlier?

To celebrate, I’m going to share a bonus video. Enjoy.



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Saturday, April 22, 2017

S is for Saint Motel



The first time I heard “Move” off the album Saintmotelevision I nearly jumped out from behind the wheel of my car wanting to dance. It sounds like Saint Motel has a fabulous fat horn section backing up their catchy lyrics. Oddly, only one song on each of their releases has that sound I crave.


Today’s faux group performs and records under the name Surviving Entropy. These three brothers and their sister hail from Seattle and have a sound similar to Blur.


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All the real tunes air on member supported WNKU out of the University of Northern Kentucky. The web page features the current playlist and live streaming.

Friday, April 21, 2017

R is for Rag’n’Bone Man



Don’t you just love Rory Graham’s stage name? Listening to “Human” I would have never guessed in a million years that he hails from East Sussex, England. He really captures the soul of Mississippi Delta blues and I wish Rag’n’Bone Man much success.


Today’s faux artist goes by the name Robosexual, the term for a humanoid robot fetish I encountered via the British comic “2000 AD” character Lobster Random. Unlike the cranky, genetically modified cartoon torturer, the singer/songwriter/performance artist plays well with others. I liken his sound to Celldweller, who collaborated with Criss Angel (the magician singing in this video).


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All the real tunes air on member supported WNKU out of the University of Northern Kentucky. The web page features the current playlist and live streaming.