KJHK 90.7 FM http://kjhk.org/web The Sound Alternative Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:31:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Charts & Adds: 02/24/15 – 03/02/15 http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/03/charts-adds-022415-030215/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/03/charts-adds-022415-030215/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:25:51 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33350 BC Camplight tops our charts this week! 1 BC CAMPLIGHT How To Die In The North Bella Union 2 FATHER JOHN MISTY I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop 3 TITLE FIGHT Hyperview Anti 4 POND Man It Feels Like Space Again Self-Released 5 STREET JOY Street Joy [EP] Trick Pony 6 BJORK Vulnicura One Little Indian 7 DENGUE FEVER The Deepest Lake Tuk Tuk 8 HEMBREE New Oasis [EP] 9 CLOAKROOM Further Out Run For Cover 10 DARLINGS Feel Better Wild Canary 11 JACK NAME Weird Moons Castle Face 12 JAPE This Chemical Sea Faction 13 JOSE GONZALEZ Vestiges And Claws Mute 14 MISS MARCH That Is All Self-Released 15 MOURN Mourn Captured Tracks 16...]]>

BC Camplight tops our charts this week!

1 BC CAMPLIGHT How To Die In The North Bella Union
2 FATHER JOHN MISTY I Love You, Honeybear Sub Pop
3 TITLE FIGHT Hyperview Anti
4 POND Man It Feels Like Space Again Self-Released
5 STREET JOY Street Joy [EP] Trick Pony
6 BJORK Vulnicura One Little Indian
7 DENGUE FEVER The Deepest Lake Tuk Tuk
8 HEMBREE New Oasis [EP]
9 CLOAKROOM Further Out Run For Cover
10 DARLINGS Feel Better Wild Canary
11 JACK NAME Weird Moons Castle Face
12 JAPE This Chemical Sea Faction
13 JOSE GONZALEZ Vestiges And Claws Mute
14 MISS MARCH That Is All Self-Released
15 MOURN Mourn Captured Tracks
16 RYAN HEMSWORTH Alone For The First Time Last Gang-Secret Songs
17 THE CHURCH Further/Deeper Unorthodox
18 BREAKFAST IN FUR Flyaway Garden Bar None
19 COASTS A Rush Of Blood [EP] Tidal
20 ELVIS PERKINS I Aubade Mir Image
21 PARQUET COURTS Live At Third Man Records What’s Your Rupture?-Third Man
22 T BIRD AND THE BREAKS Harmonizm Natch’l Boogie
23 AMAZING Picture You Partisan
24 DISTRICTS A Flourish And A Spoil Fat Possum
25 MARK RONSON Uptown Special RCA
26 TWERPS Range Anxiety Merge
27 TY SEGALL Mr. Face [EP] Famous Class
28 DECEMBERISTS What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World Capitol
29 NATALIE PRASS Natalie Prass Startime-Spacebomb
30 AQUADOLLS Stoked On You Burger

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Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 OF MONTREAL Aureate Gloom Polyvinyl
2 PURITY RING Another Eternity 4AD
3 MATTHEW E. WHITE Fresh Blood Domino
4 ELEL Elel Mom And Pop
5 LADY LAMB THE BEEKEEPER After Mom And Pop
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For The Record http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/for-the-record-7/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/for-the-record-7/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:52:55 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33262 Down With Cover Slips Despite the time it took to accumulate, my collection of cover slips had to go back to the record store. Since beginning my personal stack in 2011, I thought it was terribly important to protect every record I ever bought with a plastic shield, but I’ve changed my mind, and I’ll tell you why. 1) The artwork looks better without a raincoat. 2) Your records from fifty years ago still look fine, and who knows the last time they wore protection? 3) Try selecting and replacing records stored in a row on a shelf, where all you can see are the spines. It’s terrible, and it’s all because of the cover...]]>

Down With Cover Slips

Despite the time it took to accumulate, my collection of cover slips had to go back to the record store. Since beginning my personal stack in 2011, I thought it was terribly important to protect every record I ever bought with a plastic shield, but I’ve changed my mind, and I’ll tell you why.

1) The artwork looks better without a raincoat.

2) Your records from fifty years ago still look fine, and who knows the last time they wore protection?

3) Try selecting and replacing records stored in a row on a shelf, where all you can see are the spines. It’s terrible, and it’s all because of the cover slips.

4) It’s plastic.

5) The feel of a cover matters. Some feel so good you want to touch your face with them.

Give her a try. Let your records breathe. I think you’ll find the experience enhanced.

 

Written by Jerod Barker, host of For The Record on Wednesdays @ 8PM.

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Getting to Know LFK: Kansas Audio-Reader Network http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/getting-to-know-lfk-kansas-audio-reader-network/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/getting-to-know-lfk-kansas-audio-reader-network/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:42:42 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33037 There is another radio broadcaster sharing a home at KU you’ve probably never tuned in to- the Kansas Audio Reader Network. Hello, Lawrence Kansan! Clearly you have an interest in local radio, what with visiting this blog. All of us here at KJHK applaud your enthusiasm. Can you hear us? We’re clapping SO hard. No doubt you’re familiar with our wave-neighbor 91.5 KPR, based right here on campus. Audio reader broadcasts readings of printed materials 24/7 on a closed-circuit radio system for the benefit of the visually-impaired. For many of the listeners, audio-reader is their main source of local, small-town news. “Books on tape and CD’s are wonderful, but what to do about newspapers &...]]>
There is another radio broadcaster sharing a home at KU you’ve probably never tuned in to- the Kansas Audio Reader Network.

Hello, Lawrence Kansan! Clearly you have an interest in local radio, what with visiting this blog. All of us here at KJHK applaud your enthusiasm. Can you hear us? We’re clapping SO hard. No doubt you’re familiar with our wave-neighbor 91.5 KPR, based right here on campus.
Audio-Reader closed circuit radio

Audio-Reader closed circuit radio

Audio reader broadcasts readings of printed materials 24/7 on a closed-circuit radio system for the benefit of the visually-impaired. For many of the listeners, audio-reader is their main source of local, small-town news. “Books on tape and CD’s are wonderful, but what to do about newspapers & magazines? Then I heard about Audio-Reader,” says a retired librarian who uses the service. The network covers most of Kansas and is a great asset for those with age-related vision loss who are less likely to take on the endeavor of learning Braille.
“Not only do our listeners gain access to their local news, they get the comfort of having a friendly, human voice reading to them,” says Volunteer-Coordinator Jennifer Nigro. In addition to newspapers, books, and magazines, the program broadcasts spoken descriptions of live theatre and the serene sensory garden in front of the Baehr Audio-Reader Center. You’ve probably passed the sign for the building near JRP and the football stadium. This old former fraternity house is split down the middle with Audio-Reader Network and 91.5 KPR occupying each half. In fact, KJHK’s previous home, “The Shack,” was the small carriage house in front of the Baehr Center before moving to the Student Union in 2010.
This building was a fraternity in its previous life. Now it is home to KPR and the Audio-Reader Network.

This building was a classy fraternity in its previous life. Now it is home to KPR and the Audio-Reader Network.

Audio-Reader was one of the first programs of its kind- just one thing to love about Lawrence, KS. For more information on the Audio-Reader Network visit http://reader.ku.edu/ or call 785-864-4600.
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Darlings: Feel Better http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/darlings-feel-better/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/darlings-feel-better/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:36:23 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33283 With an album packed with sunshine melodies and killer slacker vibes, what’s not to love? Darlings’ second full-length album, Feel Better, is packed with sunshine melodies and killer slacker vibes. This is hands down one of my favorite recent releases. In fact, it may just be my music taste summed up in ten tracks (though that might be an overstatement). This Brooklyn based band has quite the sunny West Coast disposition. Their vibes are very reminiscent of the definitive 90s slacker band, Pavement, but with a more modern slacker accessibility similar to Mac DeMarco. Their music is both upbeat and relaxed simultaneously. Not only is this album well crafted, but also radio friendly (as in...]]>

With an album packed with sunshine melodies and killer slacker vibes, what’s not to love?

Darlings’ second full-length album, Feel Better, is packed with sunshine melodies and killer slacker vibes. This is hands down one of my favorite recent releases. In fact, it may just be my music taste summed up in ten tracks (though that might be an overstatement).

This Brooklyn based band has quite the sunny West Coast disposition. Their vibes are very reminiscent of the definitive 90s slacker band, Pavement, but with a more modern slacker accessibility similar to Mac DeMarco. Their music is both upbeat and relaxed simultaneously. Not only is this album well crafted, but also radio friendly (as in accessibility, though it’s also clean).

Each track is unique yet connected with Peter Rynsky’s deadpan vocals. The first track, “Centuries of Light,” kicks off the album with a groovy summer riff. It’s similar to the guitar melodies of the Allah-Las. It has a wonderful head-bobbing beat that gives off a strong West Coast feel. The next track, “From Up Above,” is one of the best tracks. It switches to a more soothing relax tone with harmonies from Maura Lynch. The guitar is just as catchy as the first track. What really sets this track apart from the others are the synths.  You have to give it a listen to completely understand.

The album pick up pace with the third track, “Gardone,” which has early Pixies Black Francis vibes, but just in the vocals. My other favorite track, “Mein the Sky,” is wonderfully mixed. The vocals reminds my of the vocal style of Kimya Dawson, while the bass reminds me of Silversun Pickups’ Nikki Monninger and the guitar has a very Real Estate sounding effect. The track that follows, “Bonding,” has a bouncy tune with the same great guitar melodies.

The most popular song on the album, “I Love You Too,” has more complexities than the other tracks. It has a more in depth mix of more diverse instrumentations. “Strap” switches from a surf rock feel to a 90s alternative influence and back again. “Av Community Events” is just as catchy and jangly. The last two tracks, “Always Remember” and “Side Spray” end the album on a sweet note. “Always Remember” is poppy and charming with rad lyrics that make for a great goodbye. “ “Side Spray” has a moving melody that will make your head bob. This already amazing album ends strong.

The Darlings are just as darling as their name suggests. They are interesting, fun, and kings and queens of slacker music. Play this album over and over.

Recommended Tracks: “Mein the Sky,” “From Up Above,” “I Love You Too,” and “Always Remember”

Recommended if you like: Pavement, Mac Demarco, Warm Soda, Alah-Las, Pixies,

Reviewed by Rachel on February 20, 2015

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Live @ KJHK w/ Hembree http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/live-kjhk-w-hembree/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/live-kjhk-w-hembree/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:35:45 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33302 The Live @ KJHK staff was welcomed to a studio session with local act, Hembree. Check the live performance as they play material from their new EP, New Oasis.

Set List:
1. Walk Alone
2. Whistler
3. New Oasis

 

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Diplo: F10rida http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/diplo-f10rida/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/diplo-f10rida/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:34:51 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33275 Not a single bad track on this deluxe album. There probably isn’t much to say about Diplo. If you don’t already know him, he’s one of the better-known artists in the Electro world. He’s been doing his thing since 2004 and is responsible for a number of hits. This album is a two for one special. The first CD, and main focus of the release, is a re-master of Diplo’s first LP “Florida.” All of the tracks are pretty mellow trip-hop tracks and are great for winding down and enjoying some good vibes. It is definitely recommend to pick this album out for some rainy days/late evenings when you want to mellow out the playlist...]]>

Not a single bad track on this deluxe album.

There probably isn’t much to say about Diplo. If you don’t already know him, he’s one of the better-known artists in the Electro world. He’s been doing his thing since 2004 and is responsible for a number of hits.

This album is a two for one special. The first CD, and main focus of the release, is a re-master of Diplo’s first LP “Florida.” All of the tracks are pretty mellow trip-hop tracks and are great for winding down and enjoying some good vibes. It is definitely recommend to pick this album out for some rainy days/late evenings when you want to mellow out the playlist with a funky, electronic beat. He does a great job at combining instruments that don’t seem like they’d go together (like a jazz sounding piano, a grungy guitar and some trumpets) and making them sound like they’re meant to be.  My personal favorite is “Summer’s Gonna Hurt You” (track 10).

The second CD in this set is a bonus disc that just supplies more funky jams to add to your set. I don’t think you can pick a bad song from this deluxe.

Recommended if you like: Major Lazer, MIA, Flying Lotus

Recommended tracks:

CD 1: “Into the Sun” and “Way More”

CD 2: “Newsflash” and “Epistemology Suite 3: You’re Enron”

Reviewed by DJ Dugan on January 29, 2015

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Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/father-john-misty-i-love-you-honeybear/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/father-john-misty-i-love-you-honeybear/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:28:21 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33272 J. Tillman’s career as Father John Misty is in its prime. Joshua Tillman moved from his hometown in Maryland to Seattle, Washington when he was 21 years old to pursue a career in music. After opening for Pacific Northwest artists like Damien Jurado and establishing himself as a solo act, J. Tillman found himself a band in 2008. Tillman was the drummer of Fleet Foxes from their start in 2008 until 2012. Tillman went on to release his first album under the moniker Father John Misty in May of 2012 titled Fear Fun. After receiving rave reviews for his Sub Pop debut, J. Tillman fans could hardly wait for what whatever was next. Tillman released...]]>

J. Tillman’s career as Father John Misty is in its prime.

Joshua Tillman moved from his hometown in Maryland to Seattle, Washington when he was 21 years old to pursue a career in music. After opening for Pacific Northwest artists like Damien Jurado and establishing himself as a solo act, J. Tillman found himself a band in 2008. Tillman was the drummer of Fleet Foxes from their start in 2008 until 2012. Tillman went on to release his first album under the moniker Father John Misty in May of 2012 titled Fear Fun. After receiving rave reviews for his Sub Pop debut, J. Tillman fans could hardly wait for what whatever was next.

Tillman released his second album as Father John Misty in early 2015 titled I Love You, Honeybear. The release gives listeners the familiar songwriting and lyricism to be expected from J. Tillman, and while some tracks are in the same vein as the Fear Fun release, many songs offer a new style not heard from Tillman before.

The album starts off with the title track “I Love You, Honeybear” where Tillman provides somewhat of a theme song to his personal life. This track really resonates with the sound of his first release that everyone wanted more of.

Tillman follows up with new, more electronic tracks like “True Affection” that almost channels a sound reminiscent of The Postal Service. Keeping up with his reputation for quirk and charm, Tillman chooses eccentric track titles for I Love You, Honeybear like “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” and “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment.”

While touring for Fear Fun, Tillman revealed more about his writing process for his FJM debut and how he wrote the album in collaboration with a novel about his life. For I Love You, Honeybear, he takes a similar approach in a way by giving his listeners a more personal collection of pieces from his love journals that could be about past relationships, his wife, or maybe no one real at all.

“When You’re Smiling And Astride Me” is one of the classic love ballads on this record and one of the better songs on the album. “Strange Encounter” is also one of the best tracks with an ethereal and swaying music setting for Tillman to take the chorus to emotionally charged vocal highs and proclaim “at least we’ll go on livin’” as a difficult story from his past is perhaps relived.

Another single that Tillman released before the full release of I Love You, Honeybear, was “Bored In The USA” which is a fantastically blunt and honest interpretation of the world we live in. Tillman says “they gave me a useless education, a sub-prime loan, a craftsman home” and “save me President Jesus, just a little bored in the USA” as sarcastic laugh tracks round play in the background.

Overall, I Love You, Honeybear is a wonderful sophomore follow-up to Fear Fun and J. Tillman’s career as Father John Misty is in its prime.

 

Recommended if you like: Fleet Foxes, Damien Jurado, The Decemberists

Recommended tracks: “Strange Encounter,” “Bored In The USA,” “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me,” “True Affection,” and “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.”

Reviewed by Harrison Hipp on February 20, 2015

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Live @ KJHK w/ Emo Side Project http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/live-kjhk-w-emo-side-project/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/02/live-kjhk-w-emo-side-project/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:09:56 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33296   Emo Side Project stopped by the studio for an episode of Live @ KJHK. Check out the awesome acoustic set. Set List: 1. Blaine’s Charizard 2. How’s the Weather? 3. Emo Revival 4. Ghost Whisperer  ]]>

 

Emo Side Project stopped by the studio for an episode of Live @ KJHK. Check out the awesome acoustic set.

Set List:
1. Blaine’s Charizard
2. How’s the Weather?
3. Emo Revival
4. Ghost Whisperer

 

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Farmers’ Ball 2015 http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/01/submit-to-farmers-ball/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/03/01/submit-to-farmers-ball/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:25:16 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33329 Bands: Submit to the 2015 Farmers’ Ball by March 5 for a chance to win up to $2,000 in cash prizes.

Submissions are open until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2015 for this year’s Farmers’ Ball, the annual battle of the local bands presented by KJHK and Student Union Activities (SUA).

Entry form, full rules and more information are available at www.kjhk.org/farmersball

KJHK and SUA continue efforts to make Farmers’ Ball an epic event.  THE WINNING BAND RECEIVES $2,000, SECOND PLACE WINS $1,000. New this year, the finals round runners up will receive cash prizes, too. THIRD PLACE WINS $500, FOURTH PLACE WINS $250.

All eligible bands must submit their music online, at www.kjhk.org/farmersball, by March 5, 2015.

KJHK and SUA student staff will listen to and review all submissions, and narrow down the field to 16 acts selected for a preliminary online voting round. Those 16 bands will be unveiled at noon on Monday, March 23.

Online voting to narrow down the field to 8 semi-finalists will open at noon Monday, March 23 and close on Friday, April 3. The 8 semi-finalists for Round 1 of Farmers’ Ball will be announced on Monday, April 6. Those bands will compete for audience votes at the live semi-finals show on Saturday, April 18 at the Bottleneck.

Based on audience voting during the semi-finals show, 4 bands will advance to the final Farmers’ Ball round on Saturday, April 25 at the Bottleneck. An audience vote during that show will determine the winner and runners-up of the 2015 KJHK Farmers’ Ball.

To learn more about how to enter this year’s battle of the bands and to hear from past winners, watch this video:

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EPL from LFK 14 http://kjhk.org/web/2015/02/28/epl-from-lfk-14/ http://kjhk.org/web/2015/02/28/epl-from-lfk-14/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:15:44 +0000 http://kjhk.org/web/?p=33317 In the first show after the debut of the League Profile Series, the guys introduce two new segments, including an all new approach to match previews for the weekend and midweek match ups, as well as an all new guests. Follow EPL from LFK on Twitter, @EPLfromLFK, like them on Facebook, or email them at EPLfromLFK@gmail.com. If you like the music, follow Lucid Vision on Twitter, @MrLucidVision, like him on Facebook, or download all his music free on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/lucid-vision.]]>

In the first show after the debut of the League Profile Series, the guys introduce two new segments, including an all new approach to match previews for the weekend and midweek match ups, as well as an all new guests. Follow EPL from LFK on Twitter, @EPLfromLFK, like them on Facebook, or email them at EPLfromLFK@gmail.com. If you like the music, follow Lucid Vision on Twitter, @MrLucidVision, like him on Facebook, or download all his music free on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/lucid-vision.

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