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Album Reviews | Boney - $3

On their hard-hitting and dynamic debut EP $3, Boney pummel and thrash from every conceivable angle. The Chicago based noise-punk duo experiment with various synth tones and rhythms to create a disorienting yet cathartic listening experience. Each track takes the EP into a new, dark, and chaotic direction, and each is as rewarding as it is punishing. “joi” sets the tone of the album with sharp guitar riffs and coarse vocals over an urgent full throttle drum beats. "$3" continues the depravity with a warbling background synth accompanied by unpredictable war drums. “i not/ i” is the most sonically interesting track, beginning with stop/start rhythm and lo-fi croons before moving into piercing then pulsing synths and bloodcurdling vocals over a synth-punk breakdown. The outro, “gimp”, is a slow burning barn burner that sounds like the repressed memories of a smashed fun house mirror. Boney succeed in crafting a diverse and visceral array of musical experimentation. After listening, neither my ear drums nor the hairs on my neck will ever be the same.


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Adds and Charts 2/28

Adds to WLUW's Rotation 2/28:

1 Thundercat - Drunk 

2 Animal Collective - Painters

3 Ibibo Sound Machine - Uyai

4 Ne-Hi - Offers

5 Los Campesinos! - Sick Scenes

6 The Feelies - In Between

7 Vagabons - Infinite Worlds

8 Half Waif - form/a


Most Played Albums 2/21-2/28:

1    XX    I See You    Young Turks
2    CHERRY GLAZERR    Apocalipstick    Secretly Canadian
3    SURFER BLOOD    Snowdonia    Joyful Noise
4    TY SEGALL    Ty Segall (2017)    Drag City
5    JAPANDROIDS    Near To The Wild Heart Of Life    Anti
6    A TRIBE CALLED QUEST    We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service    Epic
7    FLAMING LIPS    Oczy Mlody    Warner Bros.
8    ALL THEM WITCHES    Sleeping Through The War    New West
9    MOLOCHS    America's Velvet Glory    Innovative Leisure
10    ALLISON CRUTCHFIELD    Tourist In This Town    Merge
11    RUN THE JEWELS    Run The Jewels 3    Run The Jewels
12    BRANDON CAN'T DANCE    Graveyard Of Good Times    Lucky Number
13    PRIESTS    Nothing Feels Natural    Sister Polygon
14    MOON DUO    Occult Architecture Vol. 1    Sacred Bones
15    CLOUD NOTHINGS    Life Without Sound    Carpark
16    ST. TROPEZ    St. Tropez    Self-Released
17    HIDEOUT    "I Got Your Message" [Single]    Small Plates
18    PAVO PAVO    Young Narrator In The Breakers    Bella Union-Pias
19    SAM SKINNER    Danny Through Junior    Soft Speak
20    STRAND OF OAKS    "Radio Kids" [Single]    
21    PROPER ORNAMENTS    Foxhole    Slumberland
22    DOLLY SPARTANS    Time Sides With No One    Blue and Lucky
23    RON GALLO    Heavy Meta    New West
24    FOXYGEN    Hang    Jagjaguwar
25    P.O.S.    Chill, Dummy    Doomtree
26    REGRETTES    Feel Your Feelings Fool!    Warner Bros.
27    TRANSONA FIVE    Transona Five    Sonic Surgery
28    TOY    Clear Shot    Heavenly-Pias
29    TEEN SUICIDE    Bonus [EP]    Run For Cover
30    PRONOUN    There's No One New Around You    Rhyme And Reason

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NE-HI Interview @ Empty Bottle (Record Release Show) 2/24/17

NE-HI: the story of four best friends who bonded over the death of Dobby (sorry for the spoiler), made some music, and are about to embark on a full US tour in light of their new album Offers. Friday night, prior to their record-release show at the Empty Bottle, I sat down with Jason Balla to talk about the new record and other NE-HI shenanigans.

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Adds and Charts 2/21

Adds to WLUW's Rotation 2/21:
1. The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings

2. Meat Wave - The Incessant

3. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now

4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Tourist

5. Xiu Xiu - Forget

6. Middle Kids - Middle Kids 

7. Novella - Change of State


Most Played Albums Week of 2/14-2/21:

1    XX    I See You    Young Turks
2    CHERRY GLAZERR    Apocalipstick    Secretly Canadian
3    RUN THE JEWELS    Run The Jewels 3    Run The Jewels
4    BONOBO    Migration    Ninja Tune
5    REGRETTES    Feel Your Feelings Fool!    Warner Bros.
6    SURFER BLOOD    Snowdonia    Joyful Noise
7    FOXYGEN    Hang    Jagjaguwar
8    MOLOCHS    America's Velvet Glory    Innovative Leisure
9    CLOUD NOTHINGS    Life Without Sound    Carpark
10    A TRIBE CALLED QUEST    We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service    Epic
11    C DUNCAN    The Midnight Sun    FatCat
12    RON GALLO    Heavy Meta    New West
13    PRONOUN    There's No One New Around You    Rhyme And Reason
14    JEEN    Modern Life    
15    FORTH WANDERERS    Slop    Father/Daughter
16    NXWORRIES    Yes Lawd!    Stones Throw
17    PRIESTS    Nothing Feels Natural    Sister Polygon
18    PAVO PAVO    Young Narrator In The Breakers    Bella Union-Pias
19    BRANDON CAN'T DANCE    Graveyard Of Good Times    Lucky Number
20    JAPANDROIDS    Near To The Wild Heart Of Life    Anti
21    TY SEGALL    Ty Segall (2017)    Drag City
22    DIANA    Familiar Touch    Culvert
23    PROPER ORNAMENTS    Foxhole    Slumberland
24    ACTIVE BIRD COMMUNITY    Stick Around    Self-Released
25    DOLLY SPARTANS    Time Sides With No One    Blue and Lucky
26    MOON DUO    Occult Architecture Vol. 1    Sacred Bones
27    P.O.S.    Chill, Dummy    Doomtree
28    STRAND OF OAKS    "Radio Kids" [Single]    
29    TRANSONA FIVE    Transona Five    Sonic Surgery
30    WARIK    Warik's Tape    Self-Released


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WLUW's Top 50 Albums of 2016

50 albums with the most airplay on WLUW in 2016 

  1. Car Seat Headset – Teens of Denial               
  2. Angel Olsen – My Woman               
  3. Hinds – Leave Me Alone  
  4. Frankie Cosmos – Fit Me In             
  5. La Sera – Music For Listening To Music To                 
  6. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Paper Mache Dream Balloon 
  7. Frank Ocean – Blonde      
  8. Ty Segall – Ty Rex                 
  9. Parquet Courts – Human Performance    
  10. DIIV – Is the Is Are              
  11. Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven       
  12. Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being                
  13. Whitney – Light Upon The Lake   
  14. Bon Iver – 22, A Million   
  15. Mile High Club – Skiptracing           
  16. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp              
  17. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive
  18. Porches – Pool   
  19. Tacocat – Lost Time          
  20. Mitski – Puberty 2             
  21. Wilco – Schmilco                
  22. Warpaint – Heads Up       
  23. Yuck– Stranger Things     
  24. Ranch Ghost – Lookin
  25. Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale             
  26. Savages – Adore Life          
  27. Santigold – 99 cents         
  28. Animal Collective – Painting With
  29. Flock of Dimes – If You See Me, Say Yes      
  30. Daughter – Not To Disappear        
  31. Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not         
  32. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree           
  33. Suns of Thyme – Cascades               
  34. Hoops – Hoops  
  35. The Avalanches – Wildflower         
  36. The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset
  37. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  38. Kaytranada – 99.9%         
  39. of Montreal – Innocence Reaches                
  40. The Wytches – All Your Happy Life                
  41. Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony          
  42. Eagulls – Ullages 
  43. Noname – Telefone           
  44. The Submissives – Do You Really Love Me?                
  45. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits          
  46. Tobacco – Sweatbox Dynasty       
  47. Fat White Family – Songs For Our Mothers               
  48. Allah-Las – Calico Review
  49. Night Beats – Who Stole My Generation
  50. The Smoking Trees – The Archer and The Bull

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