Vinyl Me, PLEASE!

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A great majority of our beloved listeners at WUNH are true vinyl lovers, there is not a single doubt about that. Thankfully, this generation has seen a steady and dramatic increase in vinyl sales and use, which is phenomenal to see.

There’s not a better feeling than opening up a brand new vinyl record, and giving it that first spin. The amazing fellows over at Vinyl Me Please want to give that feeling to all of those vinyl lovers out there. VMP is a monthly subscription to the best damn record club out there, which sends a brand new, completely exclusive record right to your doorstep. The package also includes a sweet, unique cocktail recipe to go along with the relaxing listening experience, as well as an original art print and any other records one may purchase from their member-only online store. How could you go wrong?

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VMP has serviced exclusive records from the likes of Torres, Perfume Genius, The War on Drugs, Sylvan Esso, Hot Chip, and so many more. This is not something to pass up on, that’s for sure. Now, some people may be reading this thinking “but I don’t know any of those artists” or “I’m not a fan of some of those bands” but the folks at VMP spend a lot of time evaluating and finding only the best records out there. So hey, that artists may be unfamiliar now, but it’ll be the next best thing to talk about with some friends, and that’s a promise.

WUNH and VMP are happy to be holding a contest for a 3-month subscription to the service (United States only)! Head over to our twitter for more information on how to win. The contest ends two weeks from today on Friday, July 3rd.

And head over to vinylmeplease.com for even more information, and to request an invitation to this stellar record club.

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Boston Calling 2015 – Style in the Plaza

BY: KATIE MCAULIFFE

Music festivals are known for crowding in the Millennial, eclectic, and aesthetically-dubious types. With thousands attending this year’s Boston Calling, the strong music lineup was not the only thing making noise. Although many festival-goers opted for the bohemian-tired get-up (the flower crown, plastic appropriated Ray-ban sunglasses, crocheted crop top, ripped, washed-out denim), many brought in fresh, ready-for-summer looks that were as broad as the genres on the musical docket. Here are some of my favorite festival looks from this past weekend. Click through for full-size images and descriptions.

SONG OF THE WEEK 4/9/15

song of the week 2Slowin’ it down substantially for this week’s SONG OF THE WEEK. Indie folk mainstay, Sufjan Stevens recently dropped what’s been described by critics as his best album yet. By now the album’s main narrative is well-known. Carrie & Lowell is titled after Stevens’ mother and stepfather. Carrie was bipolar and schizophrenic and suffered from drug addiction and substance abuse. She died of stomach cancer in 2012, but had abandoned Stevens much earlier, first when he was 1, then later, repeatedly (“when I was three, three maybe four, she left us at that video store,” he sings on “Should Have Known Better” <– SONG OF THE WEEK. Click the song title to listen). His stepfather, Lowell Brams, was married to Carrie for five years when Sufjan was a child. As a testament to the importance of his role in Stevens’ life, Brams currently runs Stevens’ label, Asthmatic Kitty, and shows up repeatedly in the record, most poignantly on the title track, where Stevens frames those five years as his “season of hope.”

Stevens has always written personally, weaving his life story into larger narratives, but here his autobiography, front and center, is itself the grand history. The songs explore childhood, family, grief, depression, loneliness, faith, and rebirth in direct and unflinching language that matches the scaled-back instrumentation. There are Biblical references, and references to mythology, but most of it is squarely about Stevens and his family.

So maybe this week’s SONG OF THE WEEK is really more of an ALBUM OF THE WEEK… Listen to Carrie & Lowell from start to finish. It is absolutely stunning.

Sound It Out- Breaking Into the Boy’s Club with ESPN’s Linda Cohn

A host of SportsCenter since 1992 and one of the full first-time female sports braodcasters, Linda Cohn has learned to play-ball on a team she at first wasn’t welcomed on. ESPN’s Linda Cohn joins Katie McAuliffe to talk about her hockey-filled upbringing, her ascent into a historically stubborn boy’s club, and the continued struggle for gender parity in sports journalism. Stay tuned till the end to hear Cohn’s favorite anecdote about running into two giant sports icons at a Superbowl after-party!

Seacoast Live! with The Joshua Incident

Spring is here and what better way to celebrate the melting snow and rising temperatures than with some Americana? Americana quartet The Joshua Incident stops by Seacoast Live! for a beautiful mix of songs off their debut album, Red, as well as some new songs to be released on a their sophomore album this Fall. Learn more about the band and find their music at www.thejoshuaincident.com

Interview: 00:00 – 5:37

Track List
Tinder Box (7:30)
My December Girl (11:30)
Red (14:34)
Seacoast Live! Coming Attractions (19:21)
Quiet/Discontent/Passed Out (21:35)
In Your Beautiful Hour (28:14)
Exit 48 (34:43)
Tear-Stained Eye [Son Volt cover] (38:38)
Barker Place (42:34)
Thimble Full of Happiness (46:53)

Seacoast Live! is produced and hosted by Katie McAuliffe and Devan George and is engineered by Nick Morrone.

SONG OF THE WEEK 4/3/2015

song of the week 2Let me just start by saying IT’S MY MOTHAF**IN BIRTHDAY RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, that’s awesome. Let’s talk music now. This week I’ve got another super sweet electronic track for your weekly dose of blog music. I don’t know about you guys, but I find female electronic artists very intriguing. Probably because they operate in a sea of male DJs. I instantly fall in love (girl crush style) with lady DJs that perform solo for crowds of sweaty humans. Furthermore, female electro artists are ALWAYS badass. Always.  And this week’s SONG OF THE WEEK artist is the definition of badass.

Welcome to the contradictory world of Alison Wonderland: an Australian artist who has written an album during her time in Los Angeles, a public personality who privately obsesses over her music with near-maniacal intensity; an electronic producer who is equally proud of her pop songs and her festival bangers. She’s a chemical performer who has played cello in orchestras, rocked the bass in indie bands and graced turntables in front of thousands.

Now let’s get to the song, shall we? It’s called U Don’t Know. The song’s infectious groove will have you boppin’ your head, tappin’ your foot, and possibly even dancing throughout. Watch the music video for this one. It features a creepy version of Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Role Models, Kick-Ass).