Articles by Travis Gass

 

New music including Shamir, Torres, Built To Spill and Rose Windows on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on May 19, 2015, at 9:45 a.m.
I debuted new tracks from A.G. Cook, American Wrestlers and Mew on the show this week, while the retro alternative set looked back at some of the leading lights of the “slowcore” scene of the early and mid-’90s.

New music including Metric, Sharon Van Etten, Little Boots and Tame Impala on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on May 12, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Tei Shi, Torres, Rose Windows and Ducktails on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on classic UK shoegaze bands from the early ’90s.

New music including Future Islands, Disclosure, Django Django and My Morning Jacket on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on May 05, 2015, at 9:28 a.m.
New tracks from Tame Impala, Built To Spill and Best Coast made debuts on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused (mainly!) on NYC bands from the early to mid-2000s.

New music including The Chemical Brothers, Health, Mew and Built To Spill on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 28, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Blur, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Best Coast on the show this week, while the retro alternative set took a look back at the electroclash scene of the early 2000s.

New music including Crystal Castles, Wolf Alice, Passion Pit and Peter Bjorn & John on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 21, 2015, at 9:27 a.m.
New tracks from U.S. Girls, Tei Shi and Zella Day debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on the ladies of ’90s alt-rock, in honor of the new reissues of Tori Amos’ first two albums.

New music including Ratatat, FFS, Chromatics and Ryn Weaver on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 14, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Ben Browning (the bassist from Cut Copy) and Florence + The Machine on the show this week, while the retro alternative set featured college rock standards from the year 1987.

New music including Meg Myers, MS MR, Tame Impala and The National on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on April 07, 2015, at 9:29 a.m.
New tracks from Soko, Mew and FFS made debuts on the show this week, while the retro alternative section focused on classic post-punk and new wave from the year 1979.

New music including Jamie xx, Hot Chip, The Cribs and Florence + The Machine on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on March 31, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
I debuted new tracks from Sufjan Stevens and Say Lou Lou on the show this week, while the retro alternative set looked back at the vibrant dance-rock scene of the mid-2000s.

New music including Lady Lamb, Zella Day, Blur and Shamir on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on March 24, 2015, at 9:22 a.m.
I debuted new tracks from Years & Years and Mini Mansions on this week’s show, while the retro alternative section took us back to Y2K with a set of turn-of-the-century classics.

New music including Tame Impala, Twin Shadow, Mew and Say Lou Lou on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on March 17, 2015, at 9:19 a.m.
New tracks from Shura, Westkust, Wolf Alice and Modest Mouse debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set focused on female-fronted post-punk bands of the late ’70s and early ’80s.

New music including My Morning Jacket, Chromatics, Grimes and M.I.A. on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on March 10, 2015, at 9:23 a.m.
I debuted new tracks from M83 and Woodkid featuring Lykke Li from the “Insurgent” soundtrack on this week’s show, while the retro alternative set focused on some of the best female-fronted bands and solo acts of the 2000s in honor of the new 10th anniversary reissue of El Perro Del Mar’s fabulous self-titled album.

New music including Best Coast, Warpaint, The Go! Team and Built To Spill on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on March 03, 2015, at 9:24 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Modest Mouse and Lindstrøm on the show this week, while the retro alternative set featured an hour-plus look back at alt-rock radio hits from 1995, as we mark their 20th anniversary.

New music including Blur, Susanne Sundfør, Laura Welsh and Waxahatchee on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Feb. 24, 2015, at 9:25 a.m.
New tracks from Passion Pit and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds premiered on the show this week, while the retro alternative set featured classic tracks from the late ’60s through the ’70s.

New music including Florence + The Machine, Passion Pit, Hot Chip and Róisín Murphy on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Feb. 17, 2015, at 10:10 a.m.
I debuted new tracks from Chromatics, Sufjan Stevens and Twin Shadow on the show this week, while the retro alternative set centered on early ’80s synthpop and New Wave in tribute to the late Steve Strange, the lead singer of Visage.

Excitable Canadian weatherman Frankie MacDonald back with forecast for latest blizzard

on Feb. 13, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
During the last blizzard to hit Maine, we posted about amateur Canadian weatherman Frankie MacDonald, whose excited forecast videos have garnered him more than 18,000 followers on Twitter and 47,000 subscribers on YouTube. Frankie is autistic, and his family, in an interview with the CBC, said his weather videos and updates are his life. …

‘Maine Snow Fighters’ take on winter’s worst in vintage ’50s film

on Feb. 12, 2015, at 10:39 a.m.
As we prepare for yet another winter storm predicted to sock Maine this weekend, perhaps this vintage 1950s film showcasing the hard-working employees of the Maine Department of Transportation can cheer us all up in between snowblower runs. This thing’s got it all: classic cars, enormous snowbanks and even bigger …

New music including Say Lou Lou, Waxahatchee, Twin Shadow and Purity Ring on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Feb. 10, 2015, at 10:17 a.m.
The show returned to the airwaves at WMEB after a week off due to one of our many recent snowstorms, and I debuted new tracks from Makthaverskan and Vaults among many others. The retro alternative set focused on the killer catalog of Beck in honor of his big surprise Album of the Year Grammy win.

New music including Courtney Barnett, Lower Dens, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Jessica Pratt on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Feb. 03, 2015, at 11:16 a.m.
The snowstorm and a downed transmitter prevented me from doing my show at WMEB this week, so I’m trying something new and posting up a fresh podcast recorded from home! This week I premiered new music from Operators and Indiana, while the retro alternative set focused on some unjustly forgotten Brit bands of the late ’90s and early 2000s.

New music including Björk, Death Cab For Cutie, Toro y Moi and Natalie Prass on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Jan. 27, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
New tracks from The Soft Moon and St. Vincent debuted on the show this week, while the retro alternative set featured some of the best music of 1996.

New music including Purity Ring, Mew, Django Django and Sleater-Kinney on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Jan. 20, 2015, at 9:23 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Sharon Van Etten and Waxahatchee on this week’s show, while the retro alternative set focused on the UK’s turn-of-the-’90s Madchester scene.
 
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