Little Dark Age by MGMT: Album Review

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by Angela Levitan and Ezra Hecht Little Dark Age is the fourth studio album from MGMT and their first release in 5 years. This new record is MGMT’s synth-driven return to the world of indie, which has changed significantly since their last release, 2013’s MGMT. The two albums that followed their stardom launching debut, Oracular Spectacular, tended to be underwhelming …

‘Pharma’: Nmesh Interview

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by Val Bauer I talked to electronic artist Nmesh (Alex Koenig) about his newest release ‘Pharma,’ released August 4, 2017 on Orange Milk Records. ‘Pharma’ most notably took #7 on the Needle Drop’s ‘Highest Rated Electronic Albums of 2017,’ Resident Advisor’s 2017 ‘September’s Best Music’ and Tiny Mix Tapes’ ‘2017: Favorite 50 Music Releases.’ First of all, compliments on the …

5 New Albums I’ve Been Listening To: January 2018

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by Evan Welsh Jeff Rosenstock- POST- A surprise new year’s day release from the man behind Bomb The Music Industry! POST- follows up Rosenstock’s 2016 Worry. and is reactionary to the most recent U.S. election. It is a punk album that excels most in its anthemic song writing and anxiety driven lyrical content. The tracks from this album will be …

Interview with Mike Park (Asian Man Records)

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Interview by Justin Loye   Mike Park is the motivated man behind Asian Man records. He started the label out of his parents garage in the San Jose area. Over the years he has signed various ska, punk, and rock bands like Jeff Rosenstock and Joyce Manor. In addition to the label, Park himself has been in several great ska …

KUPS Alternative Director’s TOP 5 Albums of Fall 2017 Rotation

By Nayra Halajian   KUPS gets sent a LOT of music throughout the year. Every week of the Fall 2017 semester, Chloe and I would sort through it, create a rotation of albums we thought were good, and send them to our DJs. DJs would play the songs they liked on their shows. The following are my favorite albums that …

DJ of the Week – Janelle Sopko // Becca Tobing

  DJ(S): Janelle Sopko // Becca Tobing Genre: Hip Hop Show: “NYShe” Year: Freshman Major(s): Undeclared Hometown: Brooklyn, NY // Portland, Oregon   Tell me a little bit about your show. Janelle: So, basically, our theme to start out with was “Female Rappers from NY”, specifically. We picked New York because, obviously, there’s a lot of rap that comes out …

DJ of the Week – Max Rose Gawin

DJ: Max Rose Gawin Genre: Specialty Show: “Hey, Listen!” on Saturdays from 1-3pm Year: Junior Major: History with a minor in GQS Hometown: Chicago   Tell me a little bit about your show. I play videogame soundtracks, and each week is a different genre of soundtrack, for example these past two weeks I have had shows that are centered around …

In the Zone with Jungle Gym Records

In the midst of Pioneer Square, nestled between brick buildings, is the Waterfall Garden Park.   [JGT15] “Transmissions From Biolab X” by Intimacy Draves describes Intimacy’s “Transmissions from Biolab X” as a “big-hitter” to be released November 7.   Last week, I sat down with Caleb Draves, founder of Jungle Gym Records – a DIY electronic record label based in …

DJ of the Week – Angela Levitan // Ezra Hecht

DJ(S): Angela Levitan // Ezra Hecht Genre: Alternative Show: “Take It Or Leave It” Year: Freshman Major: Communications // History or SOAN Hometown: Los Angeles, baby!   This Monday I sat down with Ezra and Angela, our DJs of the week, who are the engineers behind the radio show “Take It Or Leave It” , referring to the Strokes song …

~Interview with Jeff Caffey, Creator of Olympia Hardcore~

We had a chance to interview Jeff Caffey, the creator of Olympia Hardcore. Olympia Hardcore is two days and five shows of hardcore punk – the 4th installment comes August 5th and 6th of 2017 in Olympia. Olympia Hardcore Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/264515980632053/ First of all, what bands are you currently involved in? I am currently playing in GAG, Angel Du$t and …