Staff Picks: March ’17

🍀 KRUA HAS SPRING FEVER 🍀

Singles from Milky Chance have been rolling out, a new album from the Shins is on the way, and the Gorillaz have announced a one day festival and will hopefully release their new album sometime in the near future. Here’s our favorites for the month.

James Kendall – Music Manager

Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now

A follow up to Jens’ Postcards project from 2015 (where Jens recorded and released a new song every week for the entire year), Life Will See You Now is a continuation of what makes Jens so great: infectious melodies and arrangements with absurdist, almost spoken-word anecdotes turned into song lyrics. It’s Jens at his best.

Here’s one of my favorite tracks from the album, “How We Met, The Long Version.”

Jeanette Sweetman – Program Director

Brasstronaut – Self Titled

We just got this CD in and I’m digging it. I am a sucker for brass sections. Some of the more lively tracks are quite Foster the People-esque, with sections of suave horns and other instruments I don’t have the vocabulary to describe. My favorite is this curious little instrumental track.

 

Joshua Bezona – Marketing & Underwriting Coordinator

Maggie Rogers – Now That The Light Is Fading

I now share something in common with Pharrell: Maggie Rogers has made us cry 😭 It’s no surprise that I choose this album as this month’s Staff Pick… after already writing about two songs on this album when she released them as singles… But Maggie’s music is a wave of nostalgia and this album is full of feels. I can’t pick a favorite so check out her videos in the playlist below. 

 

Adrian “AJ” Colding – Volunteer Coordinator

Nicki Minaj – No Frauds

These past few weeks have been eventful for the Hip-Hop community. I don’t know all the facts or the logistics that go into the non-beef. However, I know Remy Ma released a dis track aiming hard at Nicki Minaj. After Nicki took shots on two new singles she was featured on. After two weeks went by Nicki released not one, not two, but three songs. One being ‘No Frauds’ feat. Lil’ Wayne & Drake. In the song, Nicki took a few shots back at Remy. To me that’s not the most shocking part of this situation. The wow moment of this situation was the fact that Nicki stayed silent and then proceeded to release three singles that will get radio play and played in various venues beyond YouTube and Sound Cloud. Three singles that will stay at the top of the charts for longer than a week. Three singles that could potentially go platinum and make her more money. Three singles that add to her long list of number one billboard hits.

Granted this was a disappointment to the Hip-Hop culture and everyone like myself that wanted to see a good rap battle between two amazing artists. However, I will take these three singles and go on my merry way.

‘No Frauds’ is my selection for March staff picks because it is a solid song. The chorus gets stuck in your head and I low key have an obsession for hearing Nicki’s singing voice. Not to mention seeing her Lil’ Wayne and Drake reunited is the best thing ever, and makes me excited to see what they have in store. If you know anything about Young Money, you know these three release some amazing music.

 

Dylan Blankenship – Production Manager

Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still

Released the second of this month, Portugal. The Man’s (man that name gets annoying to type) newest single, Feel it Still, is too damn catchy. Go ahead – give it a listen & just like that, that embarrassing moment in 8th grade or your first love, against your will it will creep into your head and bam! Your foot will be tapping and you’ll be humming along. Ah, and P.T.M started as a local band from Wasilla Alaska.

 

Wright Franklin – Station Manager

Ryan Adams – Prisoner

If you have the blues, Prisoner is a great album to help you through. Or not. Who knows? Personally,  I am in love with Ryan Adams older stuff and this album definitely did not disappoint. For fans of simple and catchy songwriting, I would definitely recommend this guy.

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