This Thursday will be the final regularly scheduled Diagnosis of the semester on WUSC from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Instead of the usual five new featured artists, I will be taking a look back at my favorites from the semester. Let’s re-cap five of those, shall we?
Johnny Flynn is a South African actor, poet, and singer/songwriter. At age three, Flynn‘s family fled South Africa to Hampshire, England, escaping apartheid-supporters who had murdered some of his family. He now records music with his band, the Sussex Wit, and their latest release, Country Mile, came out earlier this year. Recommended: “Kentucky Pill”; “Country Mile”
Typhoon are a Portland-based band of 12 and were a WUSC favorite this semester. If they don’t strike some kind of deep chord within you, then I’m afraid there’s not much hope left. For a full introduction of them, see WUSC Wednesdays: Typhoon. Recommended: “Artificial Light”; “Hunger And Thirst”
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is a spunky powerhouse out of Brooklyn. In an effort to kill time, I had the pleasure of stumbling upon Aly Spaltro at this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh. For her opening song, Spaltro stood on stage alone with her guitar in complete darkness and within seconds of hearing her angst-ridden vocals and foot-tapping electric sound, I was captivated. Her recordings truly do not do her justice. Recommended: “Bird Balloons”; “You Are The Apple”
Danny Brown is a Detroit MC whom WUSC included on our mtvU College Radio Countdown this September for his “Grown Up” music video. Brown has been recording on his own since parting from group Reser’vor Dogs in the mid-2000’s. Brown is honest in his rhymes and refreshing in his beats. Recommended: “Grown Up”; “Love Natural”
Nahko & Medicine For The People have been spreading positive vibes since 2008. Frontman Nahkohe Parayno is a sixth generation Apache/Mohawk with a Puerto Rican/Indian mother and Filipino father, who was adopted by a suburban Oregon family. Parayno’s work took him to Alaska, where he began to master his musical craft and creative vision. He and his band released Dark As Night earlier this year, and their music is recommended for lifting spirits. Recommended: “Manifesto”; “So Thankful”
Tune in to the Diagnosis Thursday for more featured artists from this semester.