KJHK 90.7 FM http://kjhk.org/web The Sound Alternative Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:08:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Join KJHK http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/17/join-kjhk/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/17/join-kjhk/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:35:33 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32752 We’re recruiting now for new station staff to start during spring semester 2015.
Students can get involved as a DJ, or can join one of KJHK’s volunteer staffs. There are opportunities in Arts & Culture, Live Music, Multimedia, Music, Online Content, Production, Sports, and Street Team.

Any KU student currently enrolled and in good standing at the University is eligible to join, and we’ll train staff members on all the equipment used at the station.

Check out the Join KJHK page to learn more about our staffs and fill out a staff application. Questions about what to apply for or how to apply? Feel free to send them to stationmanager@kjhk.org.

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KJHK’s Top Albums of 2014 http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/16/kjhks-top-albums-of-2014/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/16/kjhks-top-albums-of-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:05:46 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32682 As 2014 comes to a close, KJHK’s sublime staff voted for their favorite albums of the year. Around 30 staff members, each with varying roles at the station, submitted their top 10 lists. What follows is a list that reflects the diversity of the station and the dedicated staff that run it. 1.Mac DeMarco: Salad Days  There are very few musicians who I would travel 9 hours to see in concert but Mac DeMarco just happens to be one of them. I had the privilege of taking a road trip to Denver with some buds to see this wild child in action. As chill as Mac’s music is, the concert was anything but. The crowd proceeded to...]]>

As 2014 comes to a close, KJHK’s sublime staff voted for their favorite albums of the year.

Around 30 staff members, each with varying roles at the station, submitted their top 10 lists. What follows is a list that reflects the diversity of the station and the dedicated staff that run it.

1.Mac DeMarco: Salad Days 

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There are very few musicians who I would travel 9 hours to see in concert but Mac DeMarco just happens to be one of them. I had the privilege of taking a road trip to Denver with some buds to see this wild child in action. As chill as Mac’s music is, the concert was anything but. The crowd proceeded to mosh, stage dive, and pulse with energy. It was both terrifying and wildly exciting. One of the highlights was when Mac himself dived in to the audience. I as well as my friends got to help guide his body to the side of the venue where he climbed up the second story balcony, interacted with some fans and then trust fell into the audience 20 feet below. It was insane. When the band came back out for an encore, Mac requested the entire audience to kneel as they played a cover of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend”. “Kneel for Neil” he said and we all did. Except for the people in the balcony who Mac called out by saying “Oh, you people in the balcony think you’re too good to kneel, KNEEL down!” They obliged.

Understandably part of the appeal to Mac is his insane personality. Some people are simply intriguing to watch and he is a fantastic example of this.  The strange part is that Mac doesn’t add anything particularly innovative to the chill singer songwriter category.  What he brings is his own perspective. One that is creative, honest, addicting, and enthralling.

Salad Days  immediately entrances you with the tracks “Salad Days”, “Blue Boy”, and “Brother” each one featuring lovely melodies and slightly melancholy vocals. Mac may not be the most talented guitarist in terms of shredding ability but he has a way of making the guitar truly speak. It doesn’t sound like anyone else. He manages to add so much personality to even the simplest of chord progressions. Just take “Goodbye Weekend” for example. That riff is insanely catchy.

There are no songs about brands of cigarettes here but sentimental lyrics about life. “Passing Out Pieces” and “Let Her Go” feature bits of heart felt advice and  hint at  an internal struggle. The love song on the album “Let My Baby Stay” shows just how vulnerable this maverick can be. The lyrics are honest and deeply moving.

My most listened to track of the year and quite possibly one of my all time favorite tracks is the mesmerizing “Chamber of Reflection”. I can’t even articulate how much I love this song. The combination of the eerie organ, groovy bass, kickin drums, psychedelic vibe of the melody on those stellar synths, and, of course, Mac’s crooning vocals get me every time.

The versatility of this album also speaks measures. It is accessible enough to enjoy after the first listen but deep enough to sustain repeat plays.  A lot of us here at KJHK have an admiration for this album and the band who made it. I couldn’t possibly end this overview any better than how Mac ends the album. He made me an even bigger fan by breaking the fourth wall and saying “Hey guys, this is Mac. Thank you for joining me. See you again soon, B-Bye.” He’s a likable eccentric, what’s better than that?

– Emilie Stafford, Music Director and DJ

 

2. FKA Twigs: LP1 

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When Talilah Barnett (FKA Twigs) declared “F*** alternative R&B!” in a Guardian interview earlier this year, she wasn’t saying anything that her album hadn’t already. Her music touches on hip-hop, pop, electronic, and R&B without coming close to fitting neatly in any of those categories. Any hint of familiarity is quickly washed away in a sea of clicks, glitches, and off-tempo drumbeats. To compare her music, as many have before, to the likes of the Weeknd, James Blake, or Grimes, is to grasp for loose associations where none really exist.

I haven’t the slightest idea how Twigs managed to recruit some of the hottest producers in the game (Clams Casino, Devonté Hynes, and the mysterious Arca, among others) to lend a hand on her debut LP, but their involvement is a clear endorsement of her potential as an artist. Their work here, along with Twigs’ own production, is simply incredible. Even after months of repeated listens, this is an album that still sounds both exciting and unsettling. While the production deserves its share of acclaim, Twigs’ voice may just be the most impressive thing here. Its alternately powerful and timid, but it somehow holds the album together when the sonic weirdness is at its peak.

Despite Twigs’ growing popularity (and relationship with a Twilight star), it would be wrong to call her a celebrity. Between LP1 and the videos for “Lights On” and “Video Girl,” which are wonderfully bizarre and cannot be ignored when reviewing the year in music, FKA Twigs pulled off the incredible feat of tower above 2014’s music scene without ever really being in the limelight. If, like me, you’ve looking for an artist to watch over the next few years, your search might be over.

– Andy Miller, DJ and Music Staffer

 

3.Real Estate: Atlas

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Real Estate has become a bit of an indie staple with their signature chill, sunny melodic driven indie rock. Their third album Atlas was definitely a crowd pleaser with its mature but fun sound. The band amped up it’s production but kept the same friendly vibe.

The album begins with the catchy “Had to Hear”. A track that features layers of blissed out guitars and a groove perfect for when you are hitting the road. My favorite track “Past Lives” features some sentimental lyrics, gorgeous instrumentation, a fantastic bass line, and a lovely dreamy melody. It even ends with a final strum of the last chord much like my all time favorite band. The single “Talking Backwards” has an infectious chorus that easily got stuck in everyone’s heads during the Spring. “The Bend” may be a track that was looked over upon the first listen or two but has a really cool vibe and jazzy beat. The end of this track even gets a bit psychedelic when the beat slows down and the guitar has some slight reverb.

“Crime” shows off Matt Mondanile’s knack for intriguing chord progressions, which are prevalent throughout the entire album. Another one of my favorites is “Primitive”, which features some sixties style melodies and an Americana feel. The lyrics “Don’t know where I want to be, but I’m glad that you’re with me” are sweet and simple. “Horizon” is upbeat and fun and keeping with the sunny atmosphere.

Real Estate visited our fine city of Lawrence in April as a part of last year’s concert series brought to you by KJHK and SUA. It was definitely a fun night of good vibes and laid back people.

This album is hard not to like. It’s a perfect warm weather, chill by the pool, swing in a hammock, nap in the shade kind of  record. Whenever I put on Atlas I can’t help but smile. There is something comforting about it, like an old friend.  A lot of us here at KJHK clearly have ties to Real Estate and Atlas in particular.  With all the love we have for it, it’s no wonder it made it so high on our list. Hopefully are listeners are just as pleased as we are.

– Emilie Stafford, Music Director and DJ

 

4. The War On Drugs: Lost in the Dream

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I’m standing under a web of overpasses deep inside a city. The visual appeal comes alongside a sad realization of how crowded we are in a society of strangers who could care less about the person one lane over. The War On Drugs’ Lost In The Dream strikes me as that realization, that sensation of getting older, held still, observed and expanded into a full-length album.

The overall sound is often suspenseful, and depending on the track, it could either level out into bleak uncertainty, or it could end in a rush of relief, like learning something from an initially terrifying situation. You’re finally getting over the hill and hurtling down the other side, where you’re rewarded with this sound of encouragement that hits you like Tom Petty or Lord Huron.

To be honest, I can’t say for sure why I like this album so much because I don’t get it yet. I can’t even understand what he is saying a lot of the time. I do know that I keep playing certain songs over and over.

“Under The Pressure” sounds like the common fear that we aren’t doing enough. It’s the anxiety that we aren’t using our time to the fullest, or in a way that could make us happier. Basically, it’s the fear that the grass is greener somewhere else, and here we are wasting time in a job we hate or a phase that feels over. And boom now you’re dead!

“Red Eyes” is one of those where I couldn’t tell you what he’s saying, but it doesn’t matter because the music alone gets in your bloodstream, especially if you saw them live here a while back. Infectious.

I’m reminded of Kurt Vile and Incubus by the wavering intensity of each instrument as each song plays. The gradual progression is somewhat therapeutic, elements of a track revealing themselves slowly, coming in waves. It’s calming and introspective, like Tycho. It feels like a step forward, then the relative lull that follows. The lull is good though, because it bridges the last step to the next, the one you’re just about to take.

– Jerod Barker, Production Director and DJ

5. Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!

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Nephew to John and Alice Coltrane, Steven Ellison, also known as Flying Lotus, has returned with perhaps his most experimental album yet. His style has evolved exponentially since releases like 1984 and July Heat, which were monumental albums of the west coast beat scene from 2008 to 2011. With You’re Dead!, Flying Lotus has taken an unforgettable turn into aural madness.

When I first heard that Flying Lotus was going to release You’re Dead!, I was expecting an experimental album inspired by videogame soundtracks, sadistic cartoons, etc. However, I ended up with more than I could have possibly asked for. You’re Dead! is an inter-dimensional superstorm of synthetic hip-hop and jazz fusion that serves as an introspective investigation of life, death and the afterlife, and this idea is present in the overall structure of You’re Dead!. The fast, intense and complex compositions of the opening four tracks and Never Gonna Catch Me all grab your attention with your jaw dropped (and maybe your eyes rolling in the back of your head as you dance into oblivion). The first half of You’re Dead! is energetic, full of life, and subtly dark. As you let the futuristic, jazz-inspired opening tracks fill your mind, you already feel yourself wanting more. That’s when the album begins to die, but in a good way. Its soul doesn’t just go into emptiness. The tracks become even darker, more engaging, and easier to listen to as Flying Lotus brings you into his sonic afterlife.

In the second half of You’re Dead!, FlyLo manages to incorporate his past styles of obscure, gloomy, hypnotic hip-hop tracks that demand the listener’s head to nod to the beat, such as Coronus, The Terminator; Obligatory Cadence; and The Protest. However, his music production skills have perpetually heightened since 2006. This evolution of skills, as well as style, is unmistakable in the fullness and complexity throughout You’re Dead!, but especially in the second half of the album when comparing it to Flying Lotus’ early work. His success is also notable in the connections with other musicians he’s made in the past few years. The features and co-producers on this album are just icing on the beautifully organized deathcake.

You’re Dead! features verses from the likes of old-school and new-school hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, respectively. Both Never Gonna Catch Me and Dead Man’s Tetris have lyrics, whose writers are already known for their abilities in creating deep, metaphoric and introspective songs, are filled with forebodingly poetic words of death, further expressing the fatal theme of the You’re Dead!. But the features don’t stop at well-known lyricists. Old school and new school collide yet again with the production features of Herbie Hancock and Thundercat throughout the album, making You’re Dead! absolutely groundbreaking in the vast realm of experimental electronic music, as well as jazz fusion.

Considering Flying Lotus’ background of simplistic, spacey, head-nodder style of his 2006 demo, July Heat and 1983, I’ve always seen Flying Lotus as the secret offspring or brother of J Dilla or something. The only thing that You’re Dead! leaves me with, other than amazement at how far Flying Lotus has come since those early releases, is what J Dilla would have sounded like if he could be around today. I’ve always subconsciously paired the two musicians together in my head. Something tells me that beat wizard J Dilla, with a style that has influenced Flying Lotus so much, would be making some incredible sounds similar to You’re Dead! today. But for now, Flying Lotus is the only musician in the game that could come from a beat-focused background and make something as strange and experimental as You’re Dead!, while still hitting the top of the yearly KJHK charts.

-Mitch Raznick, Live Music Director and DJ

6. Spoon: They Want My Soul

After releasing their album “Transference” in 2010, Spoon took a four year hiatus to rediscover themselves and regain the music making fire that had left their bellies. Each band member went their own separate way and focused on their own projects before getting back together in the recording booth in September of 2013. With the passion back in them and the desire just to have fun and play what they like, they set off in making “They Want My Soul”, one of my favorite albums of 2014 (and apparently a lot of other’s favorite as well).

The album starts off with an incredibly catchy rock riff and Britt Daniel reminding everyone how catchy and unique his vocals are in the opening track “Rent I Pay”. Spoon then transitions immediately from hard rock to the dream pop that is the track “Inside Out”  (my personal favorite track off the album) and things almost seem to move in slow motion. It’s hard not to close your eyes and just imagine yourself floating in colors. With the soft piano in the background and the layering vocals, it’s easily one of the best songs off the album.

Other highlights from the album include the incredibly catchy “Do You” which was a popular choice amongst DJs here at the station. One of my other personal favorites was “Outlier”. I honestly wasn’t a huge fan of the track when I first heard the album, but after I saw them perform it live here in Lawrence, it hooked me. I’ve listened to it multiple times since then and I can’t figure out what it is about the track, whether it’s the haunting, dream inducing instrumentals, the perfectly timed harmonies, or just the fact they performed it in an amazing way live. Now while I am just pointing out the tracks that really stood out to me, the whole album is filled with quality tracks. There really isn’t a bad tracks on this album. Sure, some don’t stick out like others do, and none really expand the horizons or experiment too much with Spoon’s iconic sound, but they don’t have to. You don’t need to fix what isn’t broken, and often times when bands are having fun making music that they want to rather than try to experiment and break barriers, it ends up being a better album. If you haven’t checked this album out yet, you’re missing out, and I highly recommend checking it out right away and listening to one of the better albums of 2014.

-Tyler Daniels, DJ and Music Staffer

7. Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else

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When Here and Nowhere Else starts spinning, a simple distorted guitar melody of four chords swells into energetic punk influenced noise.  That sentence pretty much sums up the entire album.

Cloud Nothings began as an outlet for Dylan Baldi’s pent up angst and turned into an escape from the mundane. Baldi started his music career solo in a basement and came to release his fourth album, Here and Nowhere Else, with two additional members picked up somewhere along the way.

This album borders on post hardcore and lo fi noise pop while still remaining rather accessible. With its propulsive drumming, hard-hitting guitar melodies, and sick bass line, what’s not to love? Best of all, there is a noticeable progression throughout. Each song is connected and moves the album further instead of maintaining the same run of the mill song structures that many other pop punk bands do. The emotion is what really sets it aside from many of those bands. These guys rock their feelings well.

Growing up listening to 80s hardcore bands such as Black Flag, Hüsker Dü, and Minor Threat is part of what led to my interest in Cloud Nothings because, while Cloud Nothings maintain a modern approach to this sound, they are still deeply rooted and influenced by these bands. They are a throwback with something new to add, which can be rare in this genre.

Here and Nowhere Else is my top pick of 2014 because what started with one person’s passion for music born in a basement, led to a solid album that explores hook filled hardcore while remaining true to its lo fi beginnings.

-Rachel Bennett, Assistant Music Director and DJ

8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Pinata

In January 2011, recording began on a project between Indiana native emcee Freddie Gibbs and DJ/producer extraordinaire Madlib. With over 30 years of collective experience in hip-hop, Gibbs and Madlib team up on Piñata with appearances from Danny Brown, Raekwon, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul, and more. Madlib, the self-proclaimed “DJ first, producer second, and MC last” is in charge of the instrumentals with Gibbs and friends taking care of the verses. The duo of Fredrick Tipton and Otis Jackson Jr., a.k.a MadGibbs, combine their styles of traditional hip-hop, soul, and funk instrumental cuts with bits lyrical wisdom about the struggle of growing up in the streets, overcoming obstacles in life, and money being the root of all evil. The 17-track work is a journey through it all and a look into the stories behind the lives of the men that made it. Piñata earned all the praise it received in 2014 and is just the latest installment in the illustrious career of Madlib with Freddie Gibbs as the co-pilot.

-Harrison Hipp, DJ and Music Staffer

9. St. Vincent: St. Vincent

St. Vincent’s 2014 self-titled album builds upon the sound of 2011’s Strange Mercy and pushes it forward into new sonic territories. Even the title of the album designates a sense of reinvention. By choosing to self-title the album, St. Vincent, otherwise known as Annie Clark, has made a statement that this is what she represents. She’s let the world know that she’s here to stay and won’t be leaving any time soon.

This album is a collection of some of Clark’s finest songwriting moments, incorporating everything from trip-hop on songs like “Prince Johnny” to funk on “Digital Witness.” The aforementioned “Digital Witness” is rooted in the brass style of music that she was making with David Byrne on 2012’s Love This Giant and refines it to create one of her catchiest and most danceable songs to date.

Fans of Clark’s guitar playing need not worry because there’s still plenty of that on display. Clark still shreds with the same ferocity as she always has. On this album, she utilizes her guitar playing in interesting ways and keeps the listener guessing as to what she will do next. Songs like “Birth in Reverse” still provide the ear-splitting riffs while presenting them in unique ways.

Overall, St. Vincent has definitely earned its spot on the top ten list for the year.  On this album, Annie proves that she’s still hungry and will stop at nothing until she’s the queen of the rock world. She may well be already there.

– Jake Waters, Programming Director and DJ

10. Courtney Barnett: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Courtney Barnett is a 26 year old singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. As the title of the album indicates, this album is actually a compilation of her two critically acclaimed EPs, I‘ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris and How to Carve a Carrot Into a Rose. The double EP is filled with Dylan-esque vocals with clever and conversational lyrics that tell a story. Alternating between upbeat and funny songs like History Eraser, which talks of free margaritas and passing out on top of the sheets, and ballads like Porcelain and Anonymous Club, which focus more on Barnett’s unique voice, this is an album that can fit any mood, place, or time of year. This album is incredible the whole way through, everyone should give it a shot.

-Allison McFall, DJ and Music Staffer

 

Honorable Mention: Alvvays-Alvvays, SYRO – Aphex Twin, Nikki Nack – tUnE-yArDs, Burn Your Fire For No Witness- Angel Olsen,    Our Love – Caribou, Manipulator – Ty Segall

                        Click Here to check out KJHK’s staff’s individual contributing lists. 

 

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KJHK Staff’s Contributing Lists for Top Albums of 2014 http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/16/kjhk-staffs-contributing-lists-for-top-albums-of-2014/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/16/kjhk-staffs-contributing-lists-for-top-albums-of-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:03:22 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32691 Here is a closer look at what made up our top 10 albums of 2014 and the staffers who contributed. KJHK is home to DJs and staff members with varying tastes. It is what makes 90.7 what it is. Below is each individual top list that contributed to KJHK’s overall top 10 list.   Emilie Stafford – Music Director, DJ, Senior studying Marketing from Hutchinson, KS. 1. Salad Days – Mac DeMarco 2. They Want My Soul – Spoon 3. Atlas – Real Estate 4. Manipulator – Ty Segall 5. Nikki Nack – tUnE-yArDs 6. Donovan Blanc – Donovan Blanc 7.  Our Love – Caribou 8. Mr. Noah EP - Panda Bear 9. …And Star Power – Foxygen 10. Sun Structures – Temples “I was...]]>

Here is a closer look at what made up our top 10 albums of 2014 and the staffers who contributed.

KJHK is home to DJs and staff members with varying tastes. It is what makes 90.7 what it is. Below is each individual top list that contributed to KJHK’s overall top 10 list.

 

Emilie Stafford – Music Director, DJ, Senior studying Marketing from Hutchinson, KS.

1. Salad Days – Mac DeMarco

2. They Want My Soul – Spoon

3. Atlas – Real Estate

4. Manipulator – Ty Segall

5. Nikki Nack – tUnE-yArDs

6. Donovan Blanc – Donovan Blanc

7.  Our Love – Caribou

8. Mr. Noah EP - Panda Bear

9. …And Star Power – Foxygen

10. Sun Structures – Temples

“I was lucky enough to see my top 3 albums in concert. I think that greatly contributed to my decision. Seeing a new album live really shows just how great it is.”

 

Rachel Bennett – Assistant Music Director, DJ, Sophomore studying Film from Basehor, KS.

1. Here and Nowhere Else – Cloud Nothings

2. DSU – Alex G

3. Warpaint – Warpaint

4. Alvvays - Alvvays

5. Drop – Thee Oh Sees

6. Salad Days – Mac DeMarco

7. Never Hungover Again – Joyce Manner

8. Wig Out at Jagbags – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

9. Atlas – Real Estate

10. Eons – Mimicking Birds

 

Jake Waters – Programming Director, Senior studying Film from Hutchinson, KS.

1.  Sun Kil Moon – Benji

2. Here and Nowhere Else – Cloud Nothings

3. DSU – Alex G

4. Atlas – Real Estate

5. It’s Album Time – Todd Terjfe

6. Salad Days – Mac DeMarco

7. Never Hungover Again – Joyce Manner

8. Singles – Future Islands

9. Tied to a Star – J. Mascis

10. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

 

Matt Primovic – Station Manager, Graduate Student studying Architecture from Overland Park, KS.

1. You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus

2. Nikki Nack – tUnE-yArDs

3. Salad Days – Mac DeMarco

4. They Want My Soul – Spoon

5. LP1 – FKA Twigs

6. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

7. In Conflict – Owen Pallett

8. Our Love – Caribou

9. Mr. Noah EP - Panda Bear

10. SYRO – Aphex Twin

“This is the best list of our brief time, as related to new music released in the year 2014.”

 

Mitch Raznick – Live Music Director, DJ,  Senior studying News & Information and Film Studies from Omaha, NE.

1. Built on Glass – Chet Faker

2. SYRO – Aphex Twin

3. Sway – Whirr

4. Their Bodies in the Fog – Arrange

5. No More EP  – Shlohomo & Jeremih

6. What Is This Heart? - How to Dress Well

7. LP1 – FKA Twigs

8. Frozen Throne – Groundislava

9. Dead – Young Fathers

10. Pinata – Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

“I have a list of about 30 favorite albums of the year, so it was tough to narrow it down. Also, Hiatus Kaiyote is about to put out a new EP on December 2nd, so this top 10 list is subject to change. Finally, these albums are not in any specific order – it was way too difficult to order them from favorite to least favorite or something like that.”

 

Jerod Barker – Production Director, DJ, Senior studying Illustration from Silver Lake, KS.

1. No Magic – No Magic

2. Picture You Staring - Tops

3. Lost in the Dream – The War On Drugs

4. Shriek - Wye Oak

5. March On Washington – Diamond District

6. Wave 1 – Com Truise

7. So It Goes – Ratking

8. Brill Bruisers – The New Pornographers

9. Fortuna – Popstrangers

10. Dance Flora – Party Gardens

“Though I love Spoon, TV On The Radio, Flying Lotus and SBTRKT, I simply need more time with them before I can whole-heartedly list them in my top 10.”

 

John McCain – IT Director, DJ, Sophomore studying Computer Science from Lawrence, KS.

1. LP1 – FKA Twigs

2. To Be Kind – Swans

3. Burn Your Fire For No Witness – Angel Olsen

4. Say Yes To Love – Perfect Pussy

5. Here and Nowhere Else – Cloud Nothings

6. Adult Jazz – Gist Is

7. Plowing Into the Field of Love – Iceage

8. Eagulls – Eagulls

9. Home, Like No Place Is There – The Hotelier

10. Easy Pain – Young Widows

 

DJ Uncle Jesse – Multimedia Director, Producer of Live @ KJHK, Junior studying Film and Media Studies from Hutchinson, KS.

1. Everyday Robots – Damon Albarn

2. Alvvays - Alvvays

3. Best Day – Thurston Moore

4.  Salad Days – Mac DeMarco

5. Kin – Pat Matheny Unity Group

6. El Pintor – Interpol

7. Atlas – Real Estate

8.  …And Star Power – Foxygen

9. They Want My Soul – Spoon

10. Drop – Thee Oh Sees

“I love all of these albums.”

 

Tim Cornell – Online Sports Director, Sophomore studying Journalism & Film from Riverside, CA.

1. …and then you shoot your cousin – The Roots

2. Everyday Robots – Damon Albarn

3. Lost in the Dream – The War On Drugs

4. El Pintor – Interpol

5. Pinata – Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

6. Salad Days – Mac DeMarco

7. Acoustic at the Ryman (Live) - Band of Horses

8. Run the Jewels 2 – Run the Jewels

9. They Want My Soul – Spoon

10. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

 

Dustin Wolfe – Live Music SUA Coordinator, DJ, Senior studying Strategic Communications and Global and International Studies from Sealy, TX.

1.Worlds – Porter Robinson

2. How to Run Away - Slow Magic

3. Atlas – Real Estate

4. Lost Loves - Minus the Bear

5. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

6. Goddess – Banks

7. Settle -Disclosure

8. - SZA

9. Void - RL Grime

10. Awake - Tycho

“It would be impossible to put these albums in any order, but theses were by far my favorite alternative albums of 2014! THE SOUND ALTERNATIVE.”

 

Vince Meserko – Host of Hickory Wind, The Jookhouse and Music Staff, Graduate student studying Communication Studies from Overland Park, KS.

1. If the Roses Don’t Kill Us – Christopher Denny

2. Tomorrow’s Hits – The Men

3. Give the People What They Want! – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

4. Cold World – Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens

5. Burn Your Fire For No Witness – Angel Olsen

6. The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas – Courtney Barnett

7. Madman – Sean Rowe

8. Accumulator – Greyhounds

9. With Light and With Love – Woods

10. Favorite Waitress – The Felice Brothers

“Go listen to the Christopher Denny record.”

 

Doug Bybee – DJ and Music Staff, Sophomore studying Journalism from Pleasant Hill, MO.

1. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

2. Future Islands – Singles

3. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom

4. Aphex Twin - Syro

5. Wye Oak – Shriek

6. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

7. Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

8. Caribou – Our Love

9. Mr Twin Sister - Mr Twin Sister

10. Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent

“2014 was a year that a lot of acts became decidedly more electronic and incorporated thicker productions in their sound, and I think a lot of these albums reflect that. It seems pretty perfectly summed up by the fact that we saw a new Aphex Twin album.”

 

Ethan Graham – DJ, Music Staff and Multimedia Staff, Senior studying Creative Writing and Classical Languages from Linn Valley, KS.

1. Question Bedtime by MC Frontalot

2. Life As A Dog by K. Flay

3. Malibu Shark Attack by Malibu Shark Attack

4. Foreverrr by MC Chris

5. Grown Up by Beefy

6. Last Gen by Dr. Awkward

7.Dimetradon by The Doubleclicks

8. The Snuggle Is Real by Mikal Khill

9. Mandatory Fun by Weird Al

10. All You Can Do by Watsky

“The majority of this list is Nerdcore Hip-Hop. So there’s that.”

 

Alexis Peterson – DJ, Senior studying Strategic Communications from Topeka,KS

1. Cruel Runnings- Miniature Tigers

2. White Women- Chromeo

3. Strange Desire- Bleachers

4. Lazaretto- Jack White

5. Nikki Nack- tUnE-yArDs

6. Be Impressive – The Griswolds

7. Built On Glass – Chet Faker

8. Morning Phase- Beck

9. Tyranny- Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

10. Wonder Where We Land – SBTRKT

 

Quinlan Carttar – DJ, Freshman studying Spanish from Lawrence, KS

1. St. Vincent, St. Vincent

2. Supermodel, Foster the People

3. Morning Phase, Beck

4. Mind Over Matter, Young the Giant

5. Lazaretto, Jack White

6. This Is All Yours, alt-J

7. Atlas, Real Estate

8. Lost in the Dream, The War On Drugs

9. Hold My Home, Cold War Kids

10. They Want My Soul, Spoon

“I had to double-check whether Evil Friends by Portugal. The Man had been released earlier this year, but I was disappointed to find that it came out June of 2013. Otherwise that album would have topped my list without a doubt.”

 

Tyler Daniels – DJ, Live Music Staff and Music Staff, Sophomore studying Marketing from Hutchinson, KS.

1. Electroshock Death Grip by Black Taxi

2. Cruel Runnings by Miniature Tigers

3. This Is All Yours by Alt-J

4.  Oh, What A Life by American Authors

5. Zaba by Glass Animals

6. Lazaretto by Jack White

7. Shadow of Whales by Shadow of Whales

8. They Want My Soul by Spoon

9. Tyranny by Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

10. Education, Education, Education & War by Kaiser Chiefs

“This list is comprised of the albums that I spent the most time listening to this year, not which albums had the best sells or chart rankings. No genre was excluded and no points were awarded for “indie status”. The further up the rankings an album is, the more time it spent in my car stereo and blasting out of my bedroom’s speakers. This was a great year for music and this list is just a small sample of the albums that my ears had the pleasure of listening to over and over and over and over again.”

 

Cody Boston – Multimedia Producer, Junior studying Film and Media Studies from Shawnee, KS

1. Salad Days-Mac DeMarco

2. Wonder Where We Land-SBRTK

3. You’re Dead-Flying Lotus

4. III-Badbadnotgood

5. Kauai- Childish Gambino

6. Tangerine Sky- Blackbird Blackbird

7. Nabuma Rubberband- Little Dragon

8. Surf-Chance the Rapper

9. Oxymoron-Schoolboy Q

10. Z-SZA

 

Andrew Zeserman – Music Staff, Freshman studying Film from West Orange, NJ.

1. Salad Days by Mac Demarco

2. The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett by The Eels

3. Pom Pom by Ariel Pink

4. Everything Will Be Alright In The End by Weezer

5.  Indie Cindy by The Pixies

6. Turn Blue by The Black Keys

7. Hesitant Alien by Gerard Way

8. Morning Phase by Beck

9. St. Vincent by St. Vincent

10. Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams

 

Anna Meyer – Music Staff, Freshman studying Journalism & Strategic Communications from Minneapolis, MN.

1. The Double EP: A sea of split Peas by Courtney Barnett

2. Salad Days by Mac DeMarco

3. Crush Songs by Karen O

4. 1000 Forms of Fear by Sia

5. Atlas by Real Estate

6. Beyonce by Beyonce

7.  After the Disco by Broken Bells

8. Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of… by Andrew Bird

9. This Is all Yours by alt-j

10. …And Star Power by Foxygen

 

Andy Miller – DJ and Music Staff, Senior studying Behavioral Neuroscience from Kansas City, MO.

1. FKA Twigs – LP1

2. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Pinata

3. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

4. Future Islands – Singles

5.Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

6. Run the Jewels – RTJ2

7. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

8. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

9. Arca – Xen

10. ILoveMakonnen – ILoveMakonnen

“Honorable Mentions: Lykee Li – I Never Learn, Real Estate – Atlas, Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron, Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo

 

Jamie Stone – Live Music Committee, Freshman studying Strategic Communications from Los Angeles, CA.

1. Talking is Hard -Walk the Moon

2. 1989- Taylor Swift

3. Mind Over Matter- Young the Giant

4. Supermodel- Foster the People

5. Pop Psychology- Neon Trees

6. The Rockville LP- O.A.R.

7. Everything Will Be Alright in the End- Weezer

8. Listen- The Kooks

9. V- Maroon 5

10. This is all Yours- Alt-J

 

Connor Janzen – Host of Malicious Intent, Senior studying Architecture from Hutchinson, KS.

1. The Flesh Prevails by Fallujah

2. Promulgation of the Fall by Dead Congregation

3. Dark Space III I by Darkspace

4. Language by The Contortionist

5. Aura by Saor

6. A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement by Inanimate Existence

7. Grand Morbid Funeral by Bloodbath

8. Sun Eater by Job for a Cowboy

9. The Lucid Collective by Archspire

10.Immortal by Alterbeast

“It was a year filled with some really incredible metal releases and narrowing it down to a mere 10 was immensely difficult. In a range of death metal, black metal and progressive metal the turnout was incredibly strong. I would recommend any one of these albums to someone looking for an incredibly fulfilling listening experience and it’s clear that 2015 has quite a lot to live up to!”

 

Max Vandyke – DJ, News Staff, Freshman studying Religious Studies from Saint Paul, MN.

1. Weird Kids by We Are The In Crowd

2. Hold On Pain Ends by The Color Morale

3. The Predator Becomes the Prey by Ice Nine Kills

4. My Everything by Ariana Grande

5. Let The Ocean Take Me by The Amit Affliction

6. The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways by Crown The Empire

7. World On Fire by Slash

8. Black Veil Brides IV by Black Veil Brides

9. Issues by Issues

10. Punk Goes Pop Vol. 5 by Various Artists

 

Rachel Benefiel – DJ, Production Staff, Sophomore studying American Studies, Sociology and Film & Media Studies from Lawrence, KS.

1. FKA twigs - LP1

2. Alvvays – Alvvays

3. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Reissue)

4. Chromeo – White Women

5. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want

6. Tokyo Police Club - Forcefield

7. The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

8. Wild Beasts – Present Tense

9. Karen O – Crush Songs

10. J Mascis – Tied to a Star

 

Paige Batson – DJ, Music Staff, Undecided from Wichita, KS

1. Rome Fortune – Small VVorld

2. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

3. War On Drugs – Lost In the Dream

4. Ty Segall – Manipulator

5. St. Vincent -St. Vincent

6. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

7. Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

8. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom

9. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

10. Chet Faker - Built on Glass

“2014 has been an amazing and groundbreaking year for music. Choosing only 10 albums was incredibly difficult along with having to pick an order. I stand strongly by all 10 of these albums, there’s a little taste of different genres but they’re all equally mind blowing. If you have free time I recommend you check out any and all of my top 10. ”

 

Colin Smith – DJ, Music Staff, Freshman studying Marketing from La Grange, IL.

1. After the Disco by Broken Bells

2. Disgraceland by The Orwells

3. This Is All Yours by Alt-J

4.  Salad Days by Mac Demarco

5. They Want My Soul by Spoon

6.Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker

7. Lost in the Dream by The War On Drugs

8. Here and Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings

9. Half the City by St. Paul & The Broken Bones

10. Seeds by TV on the Radio

“The Orwells are dope. My list is beyond hunky-dory, at least I think it is. Truthfully, this list took countless hours–actually an embarrassing amount, ballpark probably 6 or 7 hours–reflecting on this year and going back and listening to albums again. There are lots of #11’s and #12’s. And, I’m not perfect, but this is an opinion piece so here ya go. *Cliché thing* Oh and KJHK rules. P.S. TV on the Radio got the nod because they’ve been running my iPod even before the nano days.”

 

Harrison Hipp – DJ and Music Staff, Junior studying Journalism from Olathe, KS.

1. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Pinata

2. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

3. Caribou – Our Love

4. Aphex Twin – Syro

5. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

6. Mike Dillon – Band Of Outsiders

7. Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!

8. Ty Segall – Manipulator

9. Spoon – They Want My Soul

10. Wye Oak – Shriek

 

Allison McFall – DJ and Music Staff, Junior studying Social Welfare from Lawrence, KS

1. Courtney Barnett - Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

2.Karen O – Crush Songs

3. TOPS – Picture You Staring

4. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

5. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream

6. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

7. White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent

8. Foxygen – …And Star Power

9. FKA Twigs – LP1

10. Ty Segall – Manipulator

 

Pat Mcquillan – DJ, Live Music Committee, Junior studying Strategic Communications from St. Paul, MN.

1. Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

2. The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream

3. Sylvan Esso: Sylvan Esso

4. SZA: Z

5. Childish Gambino: Because the Internet

6. Lana Del Ray: Ultraviolence

7. Atmosphere: Southsiders

8. St. Vincent: St. Vincent

9. Schoolboy Q: Oxymoron

10. Phantogram: Voices

 

 

 

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EPL from LFK 11 http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/13/epl-from-lfk-11/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/13/epl-from-lfk-11/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:32:16 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32676 It’s a new brand of show! And the guys open up the new EPL from LFK with an all new Scores segment plus Carlo Gabriel and Adam Reckard break down the MLS Expansion Draft. Follow the show on Twitter: @EPLfromLFK, like them on Facebook, or email them at EPLfromLFK@gmail.com. If you want more Lucid Vision, follow him on Twitter: @MrLucidVision, like him on Facebook, or download all his music for free at https://soundcloud.com/lucid-vision.]]>

It’s a new brand of show! And the guys open up the new EPL from LFK with an all new Scores segment plus Carlo Gabriel and Adam Reckard break down the MLS Expansion Draft. Follow the show on Twitter: @EPLfromLFK, like them on Facebook, or email them at EPLfromLFK@gmail.com. If you want more Lucid Vision, follow him on Twitter: @MrLucidVision, like him on Facebook, or download all his music for free at https://soundcloud.com/lucid-vision.

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NCAA Power Rankings: Break out the Bulldogs http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/13/ncaa-power-rankings-break-out-the-bulldogs/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/13/ncaa-power-rankings-break-out-the-bulldogs/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:31:37 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32453 Wait, Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell STILL play college basketball? Matt breaks down his revamped top ten, with a new face in the mix, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Finally, a full week of games, and plenty of good ones at that. Things get even better this week during the holiday tournaments, and a lot of potential marquee matchups are lurking. But before all that, let’s dig into last weeks action. 10. Florida Gators The early award for “most confusing and frustrating team” easily goes to the Gators, half because they have played just about every game this year with the absence of at least two starters, and half because they should really be blowing out teams like...]]>

Wait, Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell STILL play college basketball? Matt breaks down his revamped top ten, with a new face in the mix, the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Finally, a full week of games, and plenty of good ones at that. Things get even better this week during the holiday tournaments, and a lot of potential marquee matchups are lurking. But before all that, let’s dig into last weeks action.

10. Florida Gators

The early award for “most confusing and frustrating team” easily goes to the Gators, half because they have played just about every game this year with the absence of at least two starters, and half because they should really be blowing out teams like Louisiana-Monroe, even if Billy Donovan himself was suiting up and playing point guard. The Gators started the week on Monday, with a loss against Miami at home. While Miami is not a bad team at all, Florida really had the game under control, as they found themselves up 14 with about eight and a half minutes to go. Then Michael Frazier and Kasey Hill started forcing bad shots (they went 0-8 in the final 8:30, plus two extremely silly fouls by Kasey Hill allowed Miami a chance to win), and Angel Rodriguez got hot, which prompted ESPN’s Mark Jones to declare that he was “working Florida like a part-time job,” which is either some of the greatest commentary I’ve ever heard, or some of the worst, I’m not really sure. To add insult to injury, Eli Carter has a foot injury that could sideline him for next weeks Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, and Dorian Finney-Smith is still dealing with a hand injury. Chris Walker finally returned to the lineup in Friday night’s OT win over Louisiana-Monroe, but wasn’t completely effective in doing so. Duke transfer Alex Murphy, brother of former  Gator Erik Murphy, will be eligible soon, but it’s tough to tell how much a stretch 4 will really help them, especially considering Jon Horford has apparently turned into Kelly Olynyk this season (seriously, the dude has been picking and popping, and spotting up on the wing, compared to a guy who could barely see the floor for a Michigan team with an awful front court. I have no idea when he got so good, and I don’t know how long it’s going to continue). Kasey Hill has looks lost, and is really starting to force things. He’s turned the ball over eight times and only made 3 field goals on the season (he’s shooting 12.5% from the floor). He’ll get better, especially considering at least four of those missed field goals have just been blown layups, but if the Gators don’t get healthy quick, they’re in some real trouble. They’re competing in a stacked Battle 4 Atlantis tournament this week (with Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Oklahoma all in it), and I could legitimately see them losing two games. Billy Donovan, get these guys healthy, and work your magic!

9. North Carolina Tar Heels

I cannot wait for the Tar Heels to get tested this week. They’re also in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, and have a potential matchup with Wisconsin should they their first two games (which will be no easy task with a solid Oklahoma team potentially waiting for them in the second round). Justin Jackson has been giving them much needed scoring on the wing, Kennedy Meeks has been dominating inside, Brice Johnson also has when he hasn’t fouled out (which he did in 15 minutes of play on Sunday. Yikes), J.P. Tokoto can still levitate, and has been functioning as a point-forward with Marcus Paige struggling to start the year. We’ll find out if it’s all for real this week.

8. Wichita State Shockers

The Shockers received an early test last Tuesday against Austin Nichols, Shaq Goodwin, and Memphis, and the Shocks were really just too much. Shaq Goodwin was completely ineffective and he was relegated to the bench with foul trouble, and Austin Nichols was frustrated into a 2-7 performance. Fred VanVleet continues to overwhelm opposing offenses, as Memphis turned the ball over 23 times and VanVleet finished with 4 steals. Ron Baker took over in the second half to insure the victory, as he finished the game with 21 points. Darius Carter held his own against the solid front line of the Tigers, and Shaquille Morris gave some solid minutes off the bench. We still don’t know much about this Shockers team. Baker and VanVleet are what they are, and Tekele Cotton has had a decent start to the season. The front court is an issue, but they survived their first test against a team with a solid front line, and I see no reason why they won’t be hanging around the top 10 for most of the season. Their next test will be next Wednesday against Delon Wright and Utah.

7. Gonzaga Bulldogs

Watching this Gonzaga team play offense is my idea of beauty. If I could just lock these guys in a gym and have them run offensive sets all day while I sat there and watched, I would be the happiest man alive. I remember two years ago, fighting with many people who said Gonzaga was overrated. I swore to everybody that they weren’t. Well, they ended up losing the second round to Wichita State, and I never heard the end of it. I still swear to everybody that the 2013 Gonzaga team WAS legit, they just happened to run into an extremely hot Wichita State team that shot 14-28 from 3, and there really wasn’t much that Kelly Olynyk and company could do (two Kelly Olynyk name drops in one post, hooray). For people that call Gonzaga overrated this year, I’ll keep saying the same thing, and hopefully it won’t be coming back to bite me again. Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell start in the back court for like the 15th straight year (just kidding, it’s only the fourth, but it sure feels like 15). They’re joined by USC transfer and slasher Byron Wesley. Up front is Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer, who along with Bell and Pangos will be knocking down threes at an absurd rate, and shot blocking 7-footer Przemek Karnowski. Angel Nunez has been terrific off the bench, and so has Josh Perkins and Kyle Dranginis. Lithuanian freshman Domantas Sabonis has completely exceeded his expectations off the bench, and he’s actually their leading scorer thus far. Not to mention, they’re still waiting for Vandy transfer Eric McClellan to become eligible, and while it may be tough for him to find a rotation spot by the time he can play, that gives Gonzaga another high-scoring guard off the bench. Any time you combine three elite shooters, a great slasher, and a 7-footer into one starting lineup, your team is going to be good. Couple that with a million different high-scoring guards off the bench, along with Sabonis, and this Gonzaga team is looking like they’re stacked. I’m not going to get ahead of myself, because they haven’t really played anybody that great yet (while SMU projects to make the tournament, I don’t really think they’re all that great this year), and we’ll find out for sure when they at Arizona on Saturday, December 6th. I can’t wait.

6. Texas Longhorns

Noooooo, not Isaiah Taylor!!! Just as Texas was looking so good the first three games of the season, Isaiah Taylor, the teams most improved player, and probably their best player early on, went down with a wrist injury and could miss a month. While I’m still beyond excited for Sunday’s matchup against defending champs UConn, and the December 5th matchup against Kentucky, this dies my excitement down just a little bit. Luckily for the Longhorns, they have Javon Felix ready to go, and he’s probably one of the better backup point guards in the country, but he’s just not Isaiah Taylor. After watching Texas struggle to score in the half court against Iowa last week, I’m convinced that they need Taylor to pace things. He’s one of the quicker point guards in the country, and as soon as he touches the ball off an outlet he is streaking down the floor. This is where Texas scores a lot of their points. It’s remiss for me not to mention Jonathon Holmes, who’s scoring with the best of them thus far this season, and if his shooting streak is for real, it’s going to be harder and harder for teams to deploy a zone against the Horns. If they are stuck in a half court offense, they need to pound the ball inside, which was something they struggled with last week against Iowa. Cameron Ridley isn’t getting many touches, and that along with his low field goal percentage (39.8%) is a reflection of opposing defense packing the paint. It wasn’t until Holmes starting lighting it up from outside that it Texas was actually able to get the ball inside. Connor Lammert has been effective with the starters, though he’s prone to defensive mistakes, which was a frequent thing among all Texas big men in their game against Iowa. Lammert frequently got caught ball watching, which left Aaron White open for many back door cuts, whereas all three of Turner, Ridley, and Ibeh went for every single block, which allowed White and Adam Woodbury to feast on the offensive glass. Turner has probably been the best big for Texas on the offensive side of the ball, as they chose to stick him in the middle of Iowa’s 2-3 zone, and he was relatively effective in doing so. If Isaiah Taylor is healthy, I see no reason why Texas isn’t one of the better teams in the country this season. They will be tough to judge without him, but based on the first three games with him (remember, grain of salt), the Kansas Jayhawks better be ready to defend that conference championship streak.

5. Louisville Cardinals

My extreme Montrezl Harrell excitement after that first game has died down. As depressing as it is that he’s 0-5 from 3 and 7-12 from the free throw line since, it’s really not surprising that the first game was an anomaly. He’s still awesome, and he’s still a player of the year contender, but he really spoiled us with that first performance of the season. Oh well. My real concern for the Louisville team is their depth. Pitino likes to run two deep at every position, which is a necessary luxury since he usually utilizes a full court press. Apart from Mangok Mathiang, who is the only experienced guy off the bench, he isn’t playing his bench a ton of minutes. Chris Jones played 37 minutes in a blowout win over Marshall, and Terry Rozier played 36. That’s a Tom Thibodeau level of “reject my bench and play my starters an absurd amount of minutes even though this is a blowout and easy win.” Even if Pitino doesn’t trust his bench, shouldn’t he be at least trying to develop them early on in these blowout wins? I don’t know, and Rick Pitino is a million times more successful than I, and also knows a million times more about basketball than I. But it’s a bit puzzling. Even worse, while Rozier is playing well, Jones and Blackshear aren’t, and Jones is shooting under 30%. It’s not all gloom and doom, and after all, I am ranking them fifth. But the issue of depth is a real problem thus far. Louisville’s six best players are really as good as any other in the country, but Pitino is going to have to make some adjustments if he wants them to play so many minutes this year.

4. Arizona Wildcats

7’6 UC Irvine center Mamadou Ndiaye was giving Arizona all sorts of problems inside. The bigs were having trouble finishing over him, and none of the guards could penetrate, since Irvine ran a zone and just packed the paint. Then Rondae Hollis-Jefferson DID THIS en route to a career high 19 points, and led Arizona to what ended up being a rather comfy 71-54 win. But the real issue here was Arizona’s issues breaking the Irvine zone. This was really confusing Arizona for the first 30 minutes or so of the game, as Gabe York was struggling and the ‘Cats were forced to take long 2’s, or contested shots over a 7’6 guy inside. Then they basically realized “hey, we’re so much better and so much more athletic than these guys” starting putting some ball pressure on Irving point guard Luke Nelson, played the passing lanes, and got some easy looks in transition. This really got the offense going, as they started swinging the ball back and forth until they could beat the defender to the baseline, leaving Hollis-Jefferson open to feast in the middle, or draw a foul. Struggling to score over a 7’6 defender is the least of Arizona’s worries, since they won’t be seeing many of them this season, but failing to score against a zone is. It took them awhile to really figure it out, almost reminiscent of Kansas last season. If they were playing a better team (and Irvine is no slouch, they won the Big West last year and probably will again this year), they probably lose that game. Gabe York wasn’t hitting, and their only other reliable shooter is T.J. McConnell. I would have liked to see Elliot Pitts see the floor a bit more, since he can shoot it a little bit as well. The experience on this team is going to help, and I’m sure Sean Miller is going to have them in the video room. It will be interesting to see where this takes them, and they could end up playing a decent Kansas State team in Maui later this week. Stay tuned.

3. Duke Blue Devils

Duke is still going to score a ton of points this season, despite everyone coming back down to earth a bit in Saturday’s game against Stanford. The issue all season is going to be their defense, as they gave up 71 points to a Michigan State offense that really looked like they had no clue what they were doing out there. They try, and they probably try harder than last years team, which basically had the mindset of “we’ll give you layup after layup, but it’s ok because we’ll drain 3 after 3.” Justise Winslow has all the tools to be one of the best perimeter defenders in the country (some people have been comparing him to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but his offensive game is already way beyond Kidd Gilchrist’s. I prefer a comparison to Jimmy Butler), and Okafor should be able to protect the rim just because he’s so massive. The offense came back down to earth a bit on Saturday, and everyone finally realized that Quinn Cook probably won’t be shooting over 60% all year, and Jahlil Okafor most definitely won’t be shooting over 80%, but the bottom line is that they struggled and still put up 70 points, against a team that will probably make the tournament in Stanford. Defense is usually an issue for Coach K’s teams, and it’s something that has plagued them in the tournament in the past. But this offense is just so good, and has so many options, that it’s tough to imagine anyone outscoring them. They’re going to get a real tough test when they go to Madison to play Wisconsin next Wednesday.

2. Kentucky Wildcats

Yes, Kentucky completely dominated Tuesday’s game against Kansas. But some of us need to pump the breaks a bit. First of all, the “KENTUCKY COULD BEAT THE SIXERS” debates are completely absurd. Every single player in the NBA was an elite college basketball player, and couple that with actually having NBA experience against actual players, and this shouldn’t even be a debate. I don’t care if Kentucky has 8 future NBA players or whatever. Guess what? The Sixers have 12 current NBA players!! Kentucky would get stomped. Just ask Coach Cal himself. Anyway, as great as Kentucky looked on Tuesday, I’m still not prepared to call them the best team in college basketball. First of all, Kansas played one of the worst games I have ever seen. Despite having a major size advantage, Kentucky only won the rebound battle 44-37, and the Jayhawks actually grabbed MORE offensive rebounds than Kentucky did, and by a pretty wide margin of 17-12. Again, despite having such a great size advantage, the Wildcats only shot 43% from the floor. Kentucky is good, great actually. Don’t get me wrong. But I’m willing to chalk up this completely dominating performance to the Jayhawks continually trying to pound the ball inside for whatever reason, and shooting a HISTORICALLY bad 19.6%., and they haven’t exactly overwhelmed some of the other mediocre competition they have gone up against. The jury is still out on the platoon system (if I had a dollar for everytime I heard platoon on Tuesday, I would be a rich man), and the jury is still out on this team. They’re going to be good, but how good?

1. Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers just keep on rolling. Not that it’s surprising, since they haven’t really been tested yet. Frank Kaminsky is exceeding his player of the year expectations, leading the team in scoring, rebounds, steals, and blocks. Nigel Hayes has been even better than expected, and he’s stretching the floor a bit, too. The threes haven’t been falling for Sam Dekker, but he’s scoring at will on the inside, Traevon Jackson isn’t turning the ball over, Duje Dukan is finally back and playing well off the bench, and he supplements Vitto Brown, who’s also playing well off the bench. We’re about to find out what the Badgers are made of in the next two weeks. They enter a stacked Battle 4 Atlantis tournament this week, and they will probably end up with games against Florida, then North Carolina or Oklahoma. Then they have to play Duke the following Wednesday. So this is when we really find out if Wisconsin is the best team in college basketball.

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No.10 Jayhawks battle No.13 Utes on Saturday http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/13/no-10-jayhawks-battle-no-13-utes-on-saturday/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/13/no-10-jayhawks-battle-no-13-utes-on-saturday/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:30:58 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32672 After a 75-70 win over Georgetown on Wednesday Night in Washington, D.C. the No. 10 ranked team in the nation heads to Sprint Center on Saturday Afternoon to take on No. 13 Utah in the Kansas City Shootout. The Utes (7-1) are on a six-game winning streak like the Jayhawks. In this stretch the Utes upset Wichita State in Salt Lake City 69-68. On Wednesday Night survived a tough road task at BYU defeating the Cougars 65-61 in Provo, Utah. Against Georgetown the Jayhawks were led by Sophomore Guard Brannen Greene with a career-high 19 points going 5 for 5 from the 3-point line. Against BYU the Utes were led by Senior Guard Delon Wright...]]>

After a 75-70 win over Georgetown on Wednesday Night in Washington, D.C. the No. 10 ranked team in the nation heads to Sprint Center on Saturday Afternoon to take on No. 13 Utah in the Kansas City Shootout.

The Utes (7-1) are on a six-game winning streak like the Jayhawks. In this stretch the Utes upset Wichita State in Salt Lake City 69-68. On Wednesday Night survived a tough road task at BYU defeating the Cougars 65-61 in Provo, Utah.

Against Georgetown the Jayhawks were led by Sophomore Guard Brannen Greene with a career-high 19 points going 5 for 5 from the 3-point line.

Against BYU the Utes were led by Senior Guard Delon Wright who had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Wright leads the Utes in scoring averaging 15ppg and 5 rbs. Another player to watch out for is Freshman Center Jakob Poeltl who averages 11ppg and 9 rbs.

The Jayhawks are led in scoring by Junior Forward Perry Ellis 14ppg and 7 rbs.

Tip off for the highly contested matchup is at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday from Kansas City. You can listen to the game locally on 90.7 with Dylan Sherwood and Sam Davis on the call.

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Ibeyi http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/11/ibeyi/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/11/ibeyi/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:01:47 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32532 If I had a twin, would I make amazing music like Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz? But they’re more than just twins. Lisa- Kainde and Naomi Diaz collectively form Ibeyi. They make music for their ancestors in their own special sound that is something around the area of experimental R&B. The twins’ music carries an ominous and theatrical presence with prominent soul and electronic inspiration. Though they were raised in Cuba, the sisters are both fluent in not only Spanish, but also French, but they sing mainly in English and Yoruba (one of many languages spoken in Nigeria). The Yoruba traditions and religion passed down from slaves brought to Cuba are very integral to Ibeyi’s music...]]>

If I had a twin, would I make amazing music like Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz?

But they’re more than just twins. Lisa- Kainde and Naomi Diaz collectively form Ibeyi. They make music for their ancestors in their own special sound that is something around the area of experimental R&B. The twins’ music carries an ominous and theatrical presence with prominent soul and electronic inspiration. Though they were raised in Cuba, the sisters are both fluent in not only Spanish, but also French, but they sing mainly in English and Yoruba (one of many languages spoken in Nigeria). The Yoruba traditions and religion passed down from slaves brought to Cuba are very integral to Ibeyi’s music and also the culture of modern day Cuba and other countries throughout the Caribbean. Tradition seems to play a large part in their lives; they are the daughters of  late celebrated Jazz percussionists Anga Diaz, and the two incorporate the cajon; his signature instrument, in their songs. A listen to the sisters’ first EP Oya can attest to the various influences their music carries but you could also just watch their cover of Jay Electronica’s “Better in Tune With the Infinite”. They covered JAY ELECTRONICA. What more proof do you need?

Ibeyi plan to release their self- titled debut album some time in 2015. I’m confident with their first album they will cement their status as the new age super world music twins they appear to be.

Tune in to Radio Afrika Tuesdays @ 8.

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Native America: Grown Up Wrong http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/11/native-america-grown-up-wrong/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/11/native-america-grown-up-wrong/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:54:58 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32653   This album does a fantastic job at creating diverse tracks and keeping their sound interesting. This little known band is releasing their second full length album at the end of 2014, which is a bummer because End-of-the-Year lists will likely look over this gem. Overall, this album displays a lofi approach to a very retro indie sound. This album fluctuates back and forth from the psychedelic to the slacker, while remaining relatively chill and happy.  Not quite as garage rock as Thee Oh Sees but still in the same vain. This band captures the essence of ‘60s and ‘70s pop while still containing fresh and original indie characteristics of present day. The intro track,...]]>

 

This album does a fantastic job at creating diverse tracks and keeping their sound interesting.

This little known band is releasing their second full length album at the end of 2014, which is a bummer because End-of-the-Year lists will likely look over this gem. Overall, this album displays a lofi approach to a very retro indie sound. This album fluctuates back and forth from the psychedelic to the slacker, while remaining relatively chill and happy.  Not quite as garage rock as Thee Oh Sees but still in the same vain. This band captures the essence of ‘60s and ‘70s pop while still containing fresh and original indie characteristics of present day.

The intro track, “Rabo,” starts the album off right with surfer guitar riffs and lots of garage-esque reverberation. This is a groovy track that features a very psychedelic feel. The album switches pace with the next track, “Dance With Me.” This track is upbeat, catchy, fast paced, and full of the maximum amount of energy. The vocal energy is at Julian Casablanca levels.

The third track, “Like A Dream,” brings in the very obvious late ‘60s pop influence. Keeping with this vibe is the sixth track, “Digital Lobotomy.” It is extremely sunny with the energy heard previously in “Dance With Me.” There are parts where you hear a very distinct 1950s ballad guitar tone that are then contrasted with modern indie tones.

“All About You,” is another great track that has a hint of Beatles For Sale mixed with the surf sounds of the Beach Boys and topped with the vocals harmonies the Zombies were known for. This song pulls together several elements of pop through the years and then polishes it with their own twist. The track that follows, “What’s On Your Mind?” has a strong resemblance to late ‘70s power pop artists such as Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.

The Last track ends the album with an easy going break up ballad. “Caroline” finishes this complicated album with a simple rhythm and melody. The vocals are soft and compassionately breaking up with Caroline because, well, as the lyrics go, “the feelings are fleeting.”

When you pick apart each song you can find an interesting influence from the past and present, but with the construction of all of these elements, Native America found a way to make it completely their own. Modern indie groups such as the Strokes, Alvvays, Wavves, Mac Demarco, and the Shins all have their small similarities to this band just as old pop artists such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Zombies, and more have their likeness as well. This album does a fantastic job at creating diverse tracks and keeping their sound interesting.

Recommended If You Like: Mac DeMarco, Wavves, Alvvays, and The Zombie

Recommended Tracks: “Dance With Me,” “All About You,” “Digital Lobotomy,” and “Rabo”

Reviewed by Rachel on December 4, 2014

 

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Electric Youth: Innerworld http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/11/electric-youth-innerworld/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/11/electric-youth-innerworld/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:54:35 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32650 Euphoric dream pop. If you have seen the movie Drive (the one with a very quiet and maybe a little creepy but still painfully attractive Ryan Gosling) you know the song “A Real Hero.”  If you haven’t seen it, go watch it. Bryan Cranston is in it as well. Anyways this is the band that sings the ionic “A Real Hero” from that movie. Electric Youth is a Canadian duo and Innerworld is a lush blend of synthy pop and electronic elements. It’s an album which mixes fun and melancholy beats and harmonies. It’s typical euphoric dream pop.  Most of the tracks sound similar, I mean there is only so much you can do with synthesizers. Nonetheless play...]]>

Euphoric dream pop.

If you have seen the movie Drive (the one with a very quiet and maybe a little creepy but still painfully attractive Ryan Gosling) you know the song “A Real Hero.”  If you haven’t seen it, go watch it. Bryan Cranston is in it as well. Anyways this is the band that sings the ionic “A Real Hero” from that movie.

Electric Youth is a Canadian duo and Innerworld is a lush blend of synthy pop and electronic elements. It’s an album which mixes fun and melancholy beats and harmonies. It’s typical euphoric dream pop.  Most of the tracks sound similar, I mean there is only so much you can do with synthesizers. Nonetheless play “A Real Hero” and I bet you some listener will call in and ask if it’s the song from the Ryan Gosling scorpion jacket movie, the answer is yes.

Recommended If You Like: 80’s revival synth pop, College, Tennis (just a little bit)

Recommended tracks: “A Real Hero,” “Without You,” and “Innocence”

Reviewed by Emilie Stafford November 17, 2014

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Live @ KJHK w/ No Cave http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/11/live-kjhk-w-no-cave/ http://kjhk.org/web/2014/12/11/live-kjhk-w-no-cave/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:54:11 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=32647 Local LFK rock band, No Cave, stopped by the station to perform for an episode of Live @ KJHK. Check out their new music. Set List: 1. Your Shadow 2. Instinct 3. Thousand Lights 4. Resurrection]]>

Local LFK rock band, No Cave, stopped by the station to perform for an episode of Live @ KJHK. Check out their new music.
Set List:
1. Your Shadow
2. Instinct
3. Thousand Lights
4. Resurrection

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