Archive for January, 2013


Here’s another album review published in my school newspaper, The Justice.  This one’s of the new Dropkicks album.  Link is below as usual.


A new semester at Brandeis University brings new radio show times for The Sound Hound’s eponymous radio show on WBRS FM (100.1 FM Waltham.)  Last semester, you tuned in on Thursdays at 11, but this semester, we’ll be broadcasting on Tuesdays from 4 – 5.  Check us out on the radio or at by clicking one of the two “pop-out players.”

Grammy Picks 2013

Posted: January 18, 2013 in Editorials, Lists, News Updates
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With the bitter cold winter every year comes the various award shows, including the music industry’s respective incarnation, The Gramophone Awards, or The Grammys for short.  Below is a link to my hopes (not predictions) for the 2013 Grammy outcomes.

David Bowie, Glam Rock superstar, has donned countless personas and experimented with many musical styles over the course of his twenty four studio-album and forty four-year-long career. Thus, when the singer-songwriter announces a new release, the music industry never knows what to expect.

Nonetheless, “Where Are We Now?,” (featured above) a build-up piano ballad with a beautifully uplifting finale, seems to touch upon themes that resonate throughout much of Bowie’s classic material, including loss of connection to society, mystery and the power of human contact.

On his 66th birthday, Bowie published a post on his website regarding a new studio album, “The Next Day,” his first since 2003′s “Reality.” “The Next Day” will drop on March 8th, 2013 and will feature fourteen tracks plus three additional bonus tracks:

The Next Day Tracklist:
01. The Next Day
02. Dirty Boys
03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
04. Love Is Lost
05. Where Are We Now?
06. Valentine’s Day
07. If You Can See Me
08. I’d Rather Be High
09. Boss Of Me
10. Dancing Out In Space
11. How Does The Grass Grow
12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
14. Heat
Deluxe Tracks:
15. So She
16. I’ll Take You There
17. Plan

The Best Albums of 2012

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Editorials, Lists
Joseph Sirucka/Creative Commons

Joseph Sirucka/Creative Commons

2012 was certainly a tremendous year between the world failing to end, regardless of the ancient Mayas’ prediction, the true emergence of new forms of popular music, specifically K-Pop and electronica, reunions and breakups of major groups and new music by many older artists, topped off by the birth of many celebrity children.

Thus, before 2013 starts really moving, we at The Sound Hound would like to reflect upon the cream of the crop of the past year, the best releases of 2012.

The following two lists, the “Best of” and the “Honorable Mentions,” were relatively difficult to compose.  Unlike last year, 2012 saw the release of many strong records, though a single one failed to stand out as the absolute best album of the year.  In other words, the over quality of music was less concentrated than it has been in past years.  Nonetheless, we managed to pull through and select the top ten albums of 2012 as well as ten records we would like to mention honorably.

Best of:

1. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen


2. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean


3. Tempest – Bob Dylan


4. The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


5. Blunderbuss – Jack White


6.  The 2nd Law – Muse


7. King Animal – Soundgarden


8. Night Visions – Imagine Dragons


9. Boys & Girls – Alabama Shakes


10. Some Nights – fun.


Honorable Mentions:


Living Things – Linkin Park

Songs to check out: Lost in the Echo, Burn it Down, Lies, Greed, Misery


Master of my Make Believe – Santigold

Songs to check out: GO!, Disparate Youth, Keepers


My Head is an Animal – Of Monsters and Men

Songs to check out: Dirty Paws, Little Talks, King and Lionheart


Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer – Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music

Songs to check out: Clique, Mercy, New God Flow, Cold, Don’t Like


Hot Cakes  – The Darkness

Songs to check out: Every Inch of You, Street Spirit (Fade Out), With a Woman


Rize of the Fenix – Tenacious D

Songs to check out: Rize of the Fenix, Low Hanging Fruit, They F**ked out A*ses, Throw Down


What We Saw From the Cheap Seats – Regina Spektor

Songs to check out: Small Town Moon, Don’t Leave Me (Ne me quitte passé), All the Rowboats, Ballad of a Politician


That’s Why God Made the Radio – The Beach Boys

Songs to check out: That’s Why God Made the Radio, Spring Vacation, The Private Life of Bill and Sue, Isn’t it Me


Overexposed – Maroon 5

Songs to check out: Payphone, Lucky Strike, One More Night


The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Songs to check out: Ho Hey, Flowers in Your Hair, Submarines