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WCFM’s Best of 2015

WCFM’s choicest cuts of 2015!  (Bulleted lists may be considered to be “in no particular order.”)
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WCFM Songs of the Week – 12/2/2015

Here it is, the first WCFM board songs of the week for December!


Off the Airwaves with WCFM: ‘Thumbs,’ Busdriver

Just over a year after his last full-length album, Perfect Hair, Los Angeles rapper-producer Busdriver has added another off-the-wall opus of art rap to his long-running discography withThumbs, released Nov. 6. Busdriver has become ubiquitous in the world of underground hip-hop for his verbose writing style, aggressive delivery, ambitious flows and heavily modulated voice. In recent years, he has also taken on a penchant for singing. This development is unsurprising, as Busdriver’s rapping has always been very tonal – his first hit song, “Imaginary Places,” is rapped over Bach’s Badinerie in B Minor, which he matches perfectly in rhythm and pitch. While Busdriver has always shown himself to be an absurdly talented and versatile vocalist,Thumbs shows a new level of range in his performance. Take the track “Hyperbolic 2,” for example. Busdriver’s voice is crazed, swirling over the dense, discordant beat. This new tension in his voice is especially accentuated in the song’s intro. Conversely, we have the album’s opener “Hottentot Supercluster,” in which Driver embraces his more atmospheric side. His delivery is sober and thoughtful, bordering on spoken word over the quiet instrumental. Within songs, we can often see him bounce back and forth between various vocal stylings – raw and uncouth to whispery, jittery and dense to direct and punishing. The most bizarre example of this, perhaps, is on the track “Two Feet in the Layered Cake,” which juxtaposes some fairly standard verse delivery (for Busdriver) against a most bizarre, dissonant and reverb-laden sung hook of “We can party ’til you’re pregnant!”… Read more by Cameron Henderson

Off the Airwaves with WCFM: ‘Sound & Color,’ Alabama Shakes

An infusion of country, blues, folk and soul, the genre “roots rock” is aptly titled because its name has as many connotations as it does subgenres. The word “root” more ostensibly signifies foundation, origin, beginnings, permanence and aspects of life that lie below the surface, existing as long as they remain unseen. “Root” evokes the past, or an inability to break away from old memories and the nagging scars of heartbreak, guilt, regret and nostalgia. But “root” can also mean the opposite of permanence. Roots change and grow; they stretch and forge their own paths through unfamiliar and stifling soil. “Root,” then, connotes a reinterpretation, an expansion, an exceeding and furthering of self… Read more by Natalie Wilkinson

WCFM Songs of the Week – 11/9

Here it is, the WCFM Songs of the Week!

WCFM Songs of the Week – 11/2/15

Here it is, the WCFM Songs of the Week!