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    • New Music Monday #11

      2 years ago

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      Mark Ronson- Uptown Special

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      In the barren Mad Max wasteland that is modern top 20 pop, it is quite hard to come across a decent song, let alone a great one. That is why it is so shocking that the best mainstream pop song of 2014 snuck onto the charts at the tail end of the year and became a number one hit. That song is “Uptown Funkâ€, and it is a highlight of Mark Ronson’s intriguing throwback concept album Uptown Special. The song, with it’s slinky guitar riff and seemingly Morris Day and the Time influenced vocals and funk stylings, feels like a long lost undiscovered relic. This impressive instrumentation, unhindered by modern pop trappings, feels at once nostalgic and a refreshing break from the wash-rinse-repeat formula that so much of the 2010’s pop music comes across as. That’s not to say though that “Uptown Funk†is the only thing listening to in Uptown Special. The album, mimicking the sound of 70’s and 80’s funk, is a really fun listen. The throwback is instantly recognizable starting with the first track of the album “Uptown’s First Finale†in which there is an extended Stevie Wonder harmonica cameo. Then there’s the radio unfriendly, but delightfully non-pc “Feel Right†with Ronson and guest Mystikal trying to make a modern day James Brown track. Ronson also infuses his catchy guitar riffs on one of the album’s best tracks “Daffodils.†With spacy vocals and a funky drum track, “Daffodils†perfectly blends Ronson’s love for 70’s funk with his modern day DJ stylings. While some tracks are not as catchy as others including “I Can’t Lose,†the album as a whole works making the album more than just a one hit wonder and definitely worth a full listen.

    • Discussion Friday

      2 years ago

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      So in honor of the lovely weather that Kansas is having at the moment, this week's Discussion Friday is this:

      What is your favorite artist/song/album to listen to on nice days?

      I'm personally jamming out to Awolnation today.

    • Forum Finds #10

      2 years ago

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      This is technically Forum Finds #10 since we didn't have one last week (week #9). I'm just going to keep with the numbering to keep the flow going.

      Community:

      smiley13.gif@Ken - "ME! smiley0.gif . Also me, for those that are into soundtracks! smiley0.gif

      Rock:

      smiley13.gif@Shastamac - "If you have a chance to see the Sonic Highways TV series, I highly recommend it! Not only do you hear the making of each song on the album, but you also learn a lot about the roots of rock n' roll. If you like music, there is something for everyone in that series. Each city covered adds its own distinct colour and flavour. You may not like all of the music/artists presented, but I'm sure that you will find at least one artist that you want to investigate further and maybe add to your collection." (While this isn't an album or artist, it is still related to music and I also highly recommend this series if you get the chance. It follows the Foo Fighters while they were making their latest album and it's outstanding)

      Electronic:

      smiley13.gif@Matt317 - "Another good artist to recommend: IAYD. If you went to Let's Play Live, you'll know who I mean. Jack was right to have him open for it."

      Alternative:

      smiley13.gif@drumarcade - "If you guys like a cool alternative feel with some different feels and tambers y'all should check out the song "Neopolitan Dreams" by Lisa Mitchel. It has a sweet chill feel with floaty vocals that has interesting chord progressions and is a really good song. I've just discovered the artist and i'm loving her stuff! =) i hope you will too!"

    • New Music Monday (Tuesday?) #10

      2 years ago

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      So I completely dropped the ball yesterday and forgot to post this week's New Music Monday. In the middle of concert production right now so after sending 20 emails to bands, managers, and KU people, I forgot about it! It won't happen again though! Here is a belated New Music Monday! Enjoy.

      I Won't Follow by Secret Someones

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      Secret Someones is an alt-rock group from Brooklyn. Drawing inspiration from bands like Weezer and The Talking Heads, this four piece combines to create some very catchy tunes. This four track EP gives you a taste as to what this band can do. With simple, but effective, instrumentals accompanied by great female vocals and harmonies, Secret Someones is very easy to listen to. The title track, “I Won’t Followâ€, opens up the EP and is an upbeat, rocking song about being your own person and making your own path. “Chase Your Shadow†slows it down a bit before picking it back up and has a more methodical sound but lyrically keeps with the theme developed in “I Won’t Followâ€. The last real track (Track 4 is just an acoustic version of “I Won’t Followâ€) is “Breed†and shows us how hard rock these girls can get. It starts right away with a quick, in your face guitar section and kicks right into something that makes you want to start head banging. Overall a great little EP and I can’t wait to see what else this band has in store.

      RIYL: Weezer, Fleetwood Mac, a more up-beat Haim

    • Discussion Friday

      2 years ago

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      If you could have any band cover a song from a different band, what would you want it to be?

      Let me know!

    • New Music Monday #9

      2 years ago

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      Already Out Of Time by Stoop Kids

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      Stoop Kids is a fresh face in the hip-hop scene coming out of New Orleans. Combining the best of hip-hop, doo-wop, surf rock and jazz, they’re creating a fresh, groovy sound that is sure to up your good vibe meter. Formed in 2012, the band has been creating a reputation for creating laid back grooves on their records that will make you want to kick your feet up and relax while maintaining upbeat and exciting live performances. Their influences are all across the board from The Beach Boys to Frank Ocean to The Beatles to J Dilla to Dr. Dog to MGMT. The album opens up with "17:35" and it instantly became my favorite track off the album. Highlighting the various highs and lows as you age from 17 to 35, the lyrics are relevant and the instrumentals are outstanding. They make getting old sound so scary yet so groovy. “Padiddle†is my next favorite track off the album. It takes you to a simpler place, away from all the chaos of the world. It feels like you’ve been placed into a car and you’re just cruising the streets of your hometown in the summertime with your friends. Next up is “Cup†which you might think is a Vampire Weekend song when it opens up. It then picks up the pace and transitions into a groovy jam that keeps up the relaxed vibe. The rest of the tracks off this album are all good, just not as noteworthy. If you're looking for something with more of a hip-hop vibe to help you kick back and relax, this is the album for you. And even if you're not a huge fan of hip-hop, I recommend giving this album a chance. It's just different enough that fans of all genres can appreciate it.

    • Discussion Friday

      2 years ago

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      If you could reform any band (members can be currently alive or dead) from any time period, what band would it be?

      For me the answer is pretty easy. Growing up a huge Beatles fan, bringing back John and George and getting the greatest band of all time back together would be amazing!

    • Forum Finds #8

      2 years ago

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      Sorry guys for the lateness of this week's forum find! Busy day yesterday. Anyways, there were only two submissions for this week's Forum Finds!

      Country:

      smiley9.gif "I'm not that much of a Country listener, not for the sound, but since most Country is typically aimed at an older audience with life experiences I can't really relate to. I did listen to alot of George Strait with my dad as a kid. I also like Zac Brown Band, but that's about it." - @Matt317

      Electronic:

      smiley9.gif "Does Electro-Swing fit here? If so then I recommend Delight by Jamie Berry ft. Octavia Rose (I'm sorry for the lack of linkage....I have little luck with that sadly ;-;)" - @JazzRoses

    • New Music Monday #8

      2 years ago

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      That Is All by Miss March

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      Miss March is an extremely fresh band that is extremely hard to find information about. After a bit of a search, I found that they’re a self described “Dreamy garage rock pop…ish†band from San Francisco that formed 2014. That Is All is a self-released LP that I assume is their debut. The fact that I couldn’t find much about this band helps add to the mystique and interest that surrounds this album and its sound, and honestly adds a fair amount of excitement to listening to it. The album itself features a number of soft, summer tracks with gentle vocals (in the style of Coconut Records) and gentle instrumentals. At times this album is all about mellow guitar, flowing keys and a soft drumming beat, while at other times it will transition into a more upbeat, rocky sound similar to Muse.

      RIYL: Coconut Records, Ben Folds Five, Muse

      Post edited 2/16/15 5:48PM

    • Radio Night!

      2 years ago

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      For those of you who don't know, I DJ at my college's radio station, KJHK, every Sunday night from 9 PM to 12 AM (Central, or Rooster Teeth, time). Because I like interacting with all of you and having the opportunity to share my music with you all, I am inviting anyone who isn't busy to head on over to KJHK.org and listen to me do my radio thang! (all you do is go to the site, click the Hi-Fi streaming button at the top right of the page under "Listen Live Now" and it will open up in iTunes where you can get some great, college radio).

      I love interacting with people from the community and I want to do it even more! So here's the deal: at 9 PM (so about 1 hour and 40 minutes from now), I'm going to head into the RT Music Potluck chatroom and we can talk about whatever you guys want while I'm DJing! You can request songs that I'll play on air (which is broadcasted the old fashion way through FM in the Lawrence, KS and surrounding areas as well as online all over the world), ask me questions about DJing, radio, or anything else, or we can just talk about random topics that come to mind! So if you have nothing better to do, feel free to come join me and we'll have a grand old time while listening to great music!

      Hope to see you there!
      smiley12.gif Tyler

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