Posts tagged “WMUC

#100: The Album That Started It All

It’s fitting that I write my 100th post on this blog on New Year’s Eve 2011, the third anniversary of its creation. But there’s another reason why the date seems appropriate. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of an album that I credit with kick-starting my lifelong love affair with music. And that love for music was what led to me getting a radio show on WMUC2, starting this blog to promote that show, taking up multiple instruments, and even writing and recording my own music as a personal hobby.

That album was released at a time when soft rock was all over the charts (Kenny G has a song on the ’87 year-end Hot 100 – seriously). Hair metal had transitioned from its hard-rocking virtuoso beginnings (think Van Halen) to cheesy party rock stuffed with aimless shredding and mandatory power ballads (think Poison). Bruce Willis scored a hit single back when he was probably better known as a singer than an actor (he hadn’t even made Look Who’s Talking yet, let alone Die Hard). A teenage singer from Hawaii won a local talent contest and got a nationwide hit single basically via word of mouth (Glenn Medeiros, “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”). An Australian new wave band became a one-hit wonder by covering a one-hit wonder (Pseudo Echo, “Funkytown”). And yes, I got all of that from Wikipedia and Todd In The Shadows. Still, it was an odd time for music and the alternative rock boom of the early ‘90s was a few years away.

But none of that stuff really mattered to me. I was about six months old when the album in question was released. And by the time I was around five years old, I was listening to this record so much I practically had it memorized. So what was that album? The Joshua Tree by U2.

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Top 5 Lists I Didn’t Get To Do On My Show

During my tenure at WMUC2 as the host of Listen Up!, I did 34 shows. Only two of them ended without a Top 5 list – three if you count the Top 20 Shortest Songs list, which I did as part of an experiment to see how many songs I could squeeze into two hours – and only one of those was because I didn’t have an idea for the week. The other was because my show was cut short by a Maryland baseball game.

Terrapins baseball: Interrupting my radio shows since 2009.

Of course, along with the 32 lists that made it to the airwaves, there were several list ideas that I never got to do. Most of the time it was because I had a hard time thinking of five songs with which to fill the list, which kind of defeats the purpose of the whole “Top 5” thing. But that’s what happens when you try to classify songs into excessively specific categories, especially because my brain isn’t quite the encyclopedia of music knowledge that I would have liked for it to be. It certainly would have made filling these lists a lot easier!

As always, the fun begins after the jump.

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The Rest of the Playlists

Since it’s been about a year since my last Listen Up! show on WMUC2 (and also because I spent most of that year not blogging), I figure there’s little sense in posting the rest of my playlists on this site. So I’ll provide links to the remaining playlists here because they’re still up on the WMUC website.

And hey, while you’re there, why not check out the shows currently broadcasting on both WMUC and WMUC2? You can find links to the streams on the left side of the page.

October 2, 2009: Show #26

October 9, 2009: Show #27

October 16, 2009: Show #28

October 23, 2009: Show #29

October 30, 2009: Show #30

November 13, 2009: Show #31

November 20, 2009: Show #32

December 4, 2009: Show #33

December 11, 2009: Show #34 (my last show)

Also, I have this idea for a new series on this site that could potentially end up either renewing my interest in blogging or ruining it all over again. My idea is to unearth and revisit some albums in my collection that I haven’t listened to in a really, really long time. And the reason I haven’t is because they either weren’t very good or weren’t very memorable.

So I’m thinking I could listen to them again and go through them track-by-track here to determine what works and what sucks and then learn what the bands are up to now. Maybe I could end up finding some long-forgotten favorites. Considering some of the albums I have in mind for this feature, though… I doubt it.


FALL 2009 SCHEDULE IS IN

Hey everyone! I know, I know, it’s been yet another lengthy hiatus for yours truly. It was the first week of school — you know, that awkward period of adjustment between the nice, relaxing summer and the sucky and stressful other nine months of the year.

Anyway, I bring you news regarding the future of Listen Up! The show will air on Fridays from 4-6 p.m. on WMUC2. The original time slot had been 2-4 a.m. on WMUC-FM, but since I don’t have a car on campus and my apartment is a 20-minute walk away from WMUC, I had it changed because I didn’t want to walk all the way back through College Park at four in the morning.

The Show Info page and Facebook group home page will be edited accordingly to feature this new air time.

Again, that’s Fridays from 4-6 p.m. on WMUC2, which you can access here: http://www.wmucradio.com. Click the WMUC2 stream link on the upper-left-hand-corner of the home page, under the heading “Listen Online.” If you miss the show, you can download an MP3 of it here: WMUC2 Friday stream ripper

As for this blog… well, if you’ve been reading it regularly (in which case, HOORAY FOR YOU!), then you know what to expect: playlist posts, updates about my collection, GENIUS for you to ENJOY, and bad songs happening to good bands. So keep watching this space, and I trust I can rely on your listenership… or whatever.


Capitalism at its finest

“Capitalism has made it this way — old-fashioned fascism will TAKE IT AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!”

— Marilyn Manson, “The Beautiful People”

I’m going to be pretty busy this week (two papers due Tuesday, a final exam paper due Friday, another final exam paper due Monday) so I won’t be able to update this blog as much as I would like. And you know what that means — it’s time for another filler post about music I’ve recently added to my collection. Like I said the last time I wrote a post like this, buying music will save the economy.

Trust me on this. I took a course in microeconomics back in my freshman year here at the University of Maryland and got a B. I know what I’m talking about. I’m totally qualified to discuss resolutions to the current economic crisis. If the 24-hour news networks ever stop panicking about swine flu and get back to panicking about the economy, I’m available for interviews. Now if I could just find my lecture notes from that class, I’d really be in business!

Hey, look at that! I made a pun! EVERYONE LAUGH AT MY CLEVER PUN! Otherwise I will be more depressed than I was earlier today when I found out that Megan Fox has no interest in guys under the age of 30. (She’s the girl from Michael Bay’s kind of crappy Transformers movie who made out with Shia “I Should Legally Change My Name To Oedipus” LaBeouf on top of that Camaro.)

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The traditional boring intro blog

Hey everyone. Welcome to the official blog for my radio show, “Listen Up!” My show was on the online-only WMUC2 stream at the University of Maryland in the fall 2008 semester.

My first semester of doing shows went pretty smoothly and I really enjoyed having a two-hour block of air space to play whatever I wanted. So I’m definitely planning on returning for the spring 2009 semester schedule. I’ll be sure to let you all know if I stay on the WMUC2 online-only stream or if I move to WMUC-FM.

You can listen to WMUC and WMUC2 here: http://www.wmucradio.com

I plan to use this blog for a variety of things, like posting my playlists and more detailed list write-ups. I’d also like to see if I can include downloadable MP3s of my show for your listening pleasure. I didn’t save any on my computer, but my parents’ computer should still have them.

If you like stuff like Radiohead, Minus The Bear, Muse, Mastodon, etc., then you’ll like my show. If you like stuff like Green Day, Nirvana, Weezer, the Foo Fighters, etc., you’ll also like my show. I grew up listening to popular radio and have expanded my listening horizons over the last few years, so I like to provide a mix of popular stuff and less popular stuff. Here’s hoping you enjoy the show and this blog too, and as I said, I plan to return to the airwaves in January at the start of the spring semester. (I’m currently at home in Pennsylvania enjoying my winter break.)