Grog Shop marketer, WRUW DJ Rachel Hunt shares three albums you should check out

October 9, 2018

Grog Shop marketer, WRUW DJ Rachel Hunt shares three albums you should check out

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Looking for some new music to spin? Cleveland’s DJs and music industry pros have their thoughts about what you should be listening to.

Rachel Hunt works at the Grog Shop, marketing upcoming concerts and events at the small Cleveland Heights venue.

She also DJs on WRUW-FM 91.1, Case Western Reserve University’s college radio station, with her show “Guilty Pleasures.” (You can listen on Saturday nights from 8-10 p.m.) She’s also booked and hosted the station’s “Live From Cleveland” on Thursday nights. Hunt has been at WRUW since 2010.

But Hunt has also taken her DJ skills outside of the radio station, Djing regularly at Mahall’s 20 Lanes, House of Blues, Beachland Ballroom and Porco.

Here are three albums Hunt thinks you should be listening to:

U.S. Girls- “In A Poem Unlimited”

“U.S. Girls exist in this weird place between Jenny Lewis and ABBA – their album “In A Poem Unlimited” an indie rock disco, if you will. “M.A.H.” and “Incidental Boogie” stir your hips to action before you realize their unsavory subject matter calls for your brain to do the same. It’s an apologetically feminist work of art that masks the big picture with cheesy, accessible melody to throw off the scent. They’re coming back to Cleveland with label mates tUnE-yArDs, and I hope they bring back the Lynchian greaser who played a miniature saxophone the last time I saw them in town.”

Saintseneca- “Pillar Of Na”

“I’ve followed this band for most of their career thus far, from undergraduates at Oberlin college playing church multi-purpose rooms to their debut album on Anti- Records. Their Appalachian-influenced, Midwestern folk rock has an intensely cerebral quality. They steadfastly stick to a belief I’ve always held true, which is that grieving is often best done through a pop song. Leader Zac Little’s play on words and experimentation with traditional instrumentation mixed with modern production and electronic elements has kept me hooked for over a decade.”

Parquet Courts- “Wide Awake!”

“This brand new release from Parquet Courts was everything I needed and nothing I expected. I’ve been anticipating a good art rock record and here it was! Informed by Gang Of Four, Minutemen and Talking Heads, I wouldn’t have been surprised if Arcade Fire had put this material out, but based on the subdued indie rock the band had been creating on “Sunbathing Animal” I did not expect the outright danceability of these tracks. That’s the kind of music I personally love, that which seems familiar but still has its own message, and Parquet Courts present the personal as political throughout the album.”

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