WTMD is listener-supported radio from the campus of Towson University.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Altered Freebies: Matt Costa; Glasser; Bad Books; Lupe Fiasco

What's better than music? Free music. Producer Nick Jackson has scoured the internet to bring you the best free downloads featured on this week's Altered Fridays, 4-7 p.m.

Matt Costa, “The Season
Matt Costa has left his pop roots for a more psychedelic approach on his new album Mobile Chateau. "The Season" opens the album by the sound of it, if things fall apart with Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, Zooey could trade this Matt for that Matt.

Glasser, “Home {via NME}

You have gotten to know a few artists on True Panther Sounds on Altered Fridays; The Morning Benders, Girls and Magic Kids. Now, Glasser is set to release her debut full-length on September 28th. The album will be one fluid thought, while the songs are strong enough to stand on their own.

Bad Books, “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask {via Bad Books}

Kevin Devine has teamed up with Manchester Orchestra to form Bad Books. Andy Hull and Kevin Devine carry harmonies throughout the song while punching out powerful guitar riffs and a catchy hook. You can hear their other track "Please Move", lead by Andy Hull, on their Facebook page.

Lupe Fiasco, “Go To Sleep

Hip hop's superstar is returning with a new album Lasers, which is supposed to be coming out this year, but nothing is ever guaranteed with hip hop artists (is anyone actually still waiting for Detox?). We can assume this will be on there for now. The track feels like a combination of his first two albums with a laid back beat that Lupe nestles his vocals into nicely.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fanfarlo on Morning Sessions

Tune in a 9 a.m. Friday for an encore edition of Morning Sessions with Fanfarlo. The London-based band visited WTMD earlier this year to perform selections from their debut, Reservoir. The album showcased a charming blend of orchestral-flavored art rock that extended to their live shows.  

"We take our own sort-of bunting with flags and lighting," said bassist Justin Finch. "And the first thing we do when we get to a venue is set up, decorate and make it our own. And yeah, we're into our own dust bowl carnival sort-of thing."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

CD of the Week: Tin Can Trust

During its 30+ year career, Los Lobos has proven that it's more than just another band from East L.A. Tin Can Trust, the group's first album in four years, finds the group returning to its blues-inspired roots rock.

The band entered the studio without any firm compositions, but the collaborative spirit that has developed during the decades, yields a solid outing. From the leadoff track, "Burn It Down," featuring backup vocals from Susan Tedeschi to the invigorating instrumental "Do The Murray," the band adds another vital chapter to its storied history.