My Radio

Back in May I caught up with My Radio, a band from my hometown Roanoke, VA, and interviewed them before their show.  If you haven’t heard of them yet, you will soon.  Their single, “Yeah, Yeah,  Yeah” was featured in

the independent film The Joneses staring Demi Moore and David Duchovny.  It was also featured during Fox’s Sports Halftime, MTV calls them a “needle in the haystack” and they are working on getting a new CD out.  If you want to give ’em a listen, you can find them on MySpace, iTunesYouTube and if you’re feelin ’em go ahead and fan them on Facebook.  Either way, you should check My Radio out.

Here’s the My Radio Interview.


Hoarsebox Stops By for Devil Goat Day

After Iceland’s volcanic eruption and the closing of airports all around Europe, Hoarsebox managed to catch the first flight to the US just in time to play UMW’s Devil Goat Day.  The weather was beautiful, the performance was amazing and it was the perfect break before the stress of exam week settled in.  If you haven’t checked out their music yet, you really should. I downloaded their album, Cuckooland, after the concert and it is certainly worth a listen.  You can find them on iTunes and

Check out the link for the interview with the band.

Hoarsebox Interview

Have a great summer ya’ll! And check back often, we’ll be posting more interviews with various artists throughout the summer, My Radio is up next.


Kenan Thompson

Ok, this one is really late, but well worth the trouble.

Back when Kenan was on campus earlier this semester, Jeremy Lay and I were able to get an interview with him before his unconventional stand up show.  Behind the scenes, Kenan is just as much a relaxed and chill guy as he is on stage.

We hope you enjoy it.

Kenan Thompson Interview

Gym Class Heroes Interview

Today WMWC (Jeremy, Zach and I) got the opportunity to interview Gym Class Heroes. The band is probably most well known for their hit Cupid’s Chokehold, but their set list tonight consisted of equally impressive tunes like Cookie Jar, Clothes Off!, and Live a Little.  This is a band that excels in in both the recording booth and live shows; you need to check them out if you haven’t already.

Although we got off to a rough start, Disashi Lumumba-Kasongowe and Matt McGinley put us at ease with their calm demeanor and quick wit and we all bonded over College Humor, Busta Rhymes, and Justin Bieber.  Disashi, guitarist and vocals, and Matt, drums and percussion, spend almost half an hour speaking with us about their music, influences, and pre-show rituals.  Check out the interview here:

Gym Class Heros Interview: Disashi Lumumba-Kasongon and Matt McGinley

After the show, Marc de Jesus and Eric Roberts stepped off the stage to meet the fans, and I got a chance to speak with them as well.  Sadly, I had no such luck with Travis McCoy, but he put on a great show none the less.

I’d like to give special thanks to all the people who helped us make the interview happen: Kelly McWilliam, Paul Horvath, Joe Mollo, and Zach Fichter.

Nora’s [Fill in the Blank] Radio Show – The 2nd to Last Show

Apologies for no blog last week. However I won’t be doing a double entry, because that would be ridiculous. So this week’s show was my second to last show for the semester and, because I won’t be here next semester, my second to last show until next fall. Other than cramming three Mika songs into the play list, not that much happened. But I did manage to cram three Mika songs into the play list. Yay me. So here are all the pertinent details:

  1. Grace Kelly – Mika
  2. Always Happens Like That – Kaiser Chiefs*
  3. The Sun Ain’t Shining No More – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  4. You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine
  5. I Could Say – Lily Allen
  6. You Haven’t Told Me Anything – Keane
  7. The Bachelor – Patrick Wolf
  8. In Another World – Maximo Park
  9. Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
  10. The Underdog – Spoon**
  11. Fire – Kasabian
  12. Right Where They Left – The White Rabbits
  13. Cornerstone – Arctic Monkeys
  14. New Fang – Them Crooked Vultures
  15. Queen of the World – Ida Maria
  16. Cheat on Me – The Cribs
  17. Plastic Jungle – Miike Snow
  18. I’m Not Your Toy – La Roux
  19. One Foot Boy – Mika***
  20. Remedy – Little Boots
  21. When I Grow Up – Garbage
  22. North American Scum – LCD Soundsystem
  23. Ulysses – Franz Ferdinand
  24. Dimestore Diamond – Gossip
  25. Four Kicks – Kings of Leon
  26. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  27. Toy Boy – Mika****

News Items

  • A celebrity chef and a guy who’s sampled human hair on album, are set to make a flute out of pig bones. I won’t be playing that and not just because I don’t play the flute.
  • Another week of the NME Top 10, another week of Calvin Harris topping said chart. Anyone who’s been on Never Mind the Buzzcocks is okay in my book, so it’s all good.
  • There’s a one out of five chance that Vampire Weekend will be coming to Mary Wash. However, if you’re in NYC there’s a one out of three chance of seeing them. Best be moving to NYC if you like Vampire Weekend.
  • NME comes out with a CD of their favourite songs from 2009. Unsurprisingly, no Kaiser Chiefs, Keane or Lily Allen. However lots of artists I haven’t heard of.
  • Ever wanted to ask Simon Cowell a question? Well if you’re in the UK you can. My question: Why does everything you touch turn to crap?
  • The Cribs announce a North American with Johnny Marr!! I won’t be here, but you should go and see the Cribs. With Johnny Marr!! It’s on a Tuesday, but still, Johnny Marr!
  • Paul McCartney turned down an opportunity to work with Ozzy Osbourne. No one was surprised, save Ozzy who had never listened to the kind of music Paul McCartney writes.
  • The best albums of the decade according to the NME. Per usual, we don’t see eye to eye.


  • Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
  • Norah Jones – The Fall
  • Fall Out Boy – Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits

So that’s everything from the second to last show until next fall. Tune in on December 3rd for my greatest hits aka the last show until Fall 2010 (!!!). Until then, listen to great music and don’t panic. And go to the radio station’s 80’s dance party.

*There use to be on YouTube a great video for this song that made Lily Allen look like a cat that had been transformed into a human. However, because the BBC is pooey, it’s been taken down. Sad face
**I’m not entirely sure if this a legit video for this song, but it looks like it could be a legit video, so yeah. Here’s hoping it’s not a crappy fan video.
***I could have tortured all of you. I’m quite capable of it. But since I already kind of know what songs I’m playing for my last show, I decided against it.
****This is just the audio. It’s a fun little song, so you should listen. And no scary pictures of people starring at you (I hate those kind of videos, they always weird me out, no matter how much I like the face starring at me. It’s just weird.)