Edge Essentials

Edge Essentials | 6.30.17 | Episode 1

Episode 1 – 6.30.17

“Edge Essentials,” hosted by our Music Manager James Kendall, is a show dedicated to delivering the best music KRUA has to offer directly to your ear-holes.

In the first episode, James explains the format for the show and jumps right into the tunes! He also reviews two albums: Volcano by Temples and City of No Reply by Amber Coffman.

Listen to the whole show below!

Checkout our Spotify playlist below for all the show’s tracks in one convenient playlist!

Track list:

Classic Rotation
“Plumage” – Menomena
“Grounds For Divorce” – Wolf Parade
“Feel The Love” – Cut Copy
“San Francisco” – Foxygen

Recent Spotlight
“Ti Amo” – Phoenix
“This World Is Empty (Without You)” – The Raveonettes – Our review of their latest album, 2016 Atomized
“Born Into The Sunset” – Temples
“Witness (feat. Mavis Staples)” – Benjamin Booker
“Dark Night” – Amber Coffman
“Sleeping Powder” – Gorillaz

Upcoming Releases
“Call It Dreaming” – Iron & Wine
“Creature Comfort” – Arcade Fire
“Halfway Home” – Broken Social Scene
“The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” – The National
“Pearly Gates” – Kevin Morby

Music Beds
“Banana Riple” – Junior Boys
“Homage To Patagonia” – Lemon Jelly
“Careful You” – TV On The Radio
“Leila (Spanish Version)” – Miami Horror

This week’s episode brought to you by FratChat, the social media platform for bros to find platonic, guy friends.
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2016 Atomized | The Raveonettes

2016 Atomized | The Raveonettes

Review by James Kendall

“Every month throughout 2016 we’ll be dropping a freshly recorded track. Taking you on a ride, potentially schizophrenic & disjointed, potentially cohesive and related,” said the Raveonettes about what would later become their latest album, 2016 Atomized. I would say it is all of the above; a solid Raveonettes album that feels connected but also easy to break apart and enjoy. I recommend checking out “This World Is Empty (Without You),” “Scout,” and “Where Are Your Horses” to get started.

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Photo via Teamcoco.com.

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This week, the KRUA News Department discusses Puerto Rican statehood and a new study on global obesity rates.



An Alaskan Astronaut?

Last Wednesday, NASA announced that Robb Kulin, born and raised in Alaska, was among 12 candidates recruited for their astronaut training program. We spoke to Rob about his selection the day after the announcement. KRUA’s Max Jungreis reports.

Photo via NASA.

Staff Picks

Staff Picks: June ’17

☀️🍑 Sun’s Out, Bun’s Out 🍑☀️

Although summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th, it started for us here at KRUA the moment we finished our last final a couple weeks ago! With that being said, these are our excuses for not keeping you as updated as we normally do:

  • went gambling in Vegas (and lost the little money we had)
  • made friends with Elephants in Thailand
  • soaked in the sun (probably rain tho) in Portland & Seattle
  • currently en route via party bus to Bonaroo 2017
  • packing up to go do stand up in Boston and explore the liveliest city sitting on the edge of the Dead Sea

Please forgive us. Also, if you too enjoy avoiding responsibilities by traveling the world, we are hiring.

Here’s our favorite new releases from these past couple of months:


Wright Franklin – Station Manager

Playboi Carti – Playboi Carti

I don’t know why I like this album so much, tbh, but I do. Playboi Carti’s debut is a fun ride through some video-game inspired trap beats. While Carti may lack in substance, he makes up for it with charisma and hilarious ad-libs. If you want to listen to some not-so-deep lyrics and dance, “Playboi Carti” is what you need. This kid definitely has the wave.


Joshua Bezona – Marketing & Underwriting Coordinator

Chastity Belt – I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone


Between post-punk and shoegaze live Chastity Belt, whose latest album displays a new kind of aggressiveness and gravity. Their songs relay the psychological slog of trying really hard just to be OK. -p4k


I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone is nothing like their first two albums, which consisted of light-hearted everything-is-okay sing-along songs (favorites being Nip Slip, Black Sail, and Cool Slut) but you know what, they still got me singing along. This time I’m just crying while I do so. Just Kidding. Not kidding. Because if you know me you’d know that I’m always crying. Anyways, this album can clear out your tear ducts and help you get over your quarter-life crisis. Check out my favorites off the album below:


Jeanette Sweetman – Program Director

Elliot Moss – Boomerang EP

This EP is a solid mix of electronica and chill vibes. I didn’t want to skip anything. He has quite the smooth voice and might someday grow up to be James Blake.


Max Jungreis – News Reporter

Los Angeles Police Department – If I Lied

Catchy lo-fi indie folk-pop fills this reflective, spacious album. Perfect for a lonely day with nothing to do when your friends don’t text you back and the cat is missing and your dog doesn’t want to play.


AJ Colding – Volunteer Coordinator

Harry Styles – Sign of the Times

Harry Styles from One Direction recently released his first solo single, Sign of the Times. This song gave me Bowie vibes for some strange reason. It had to grow on me; however, I can officially say that I am a fan. This song show cases the beauty in Harry’s voice, you can hear the desire and need to escape. When the song gets to the climax and sings in high pitch, it just captures you in the moment, no matter what you’re doing.
I can honestly say I was a part time One-D fan. Only listening to their singles when they came on the radio, never really interested in listening to their albums. Once Zayn went solo, I was very intrigued to hear the others. All of One-D’s solo singles/projects are pretty solid and I am excited to listen to the full albums (I have it but I have so much new stuff right now it is just sitting in the queue lol). If you have time check out Harry’s debut single and let me know what you think!
Rating: 5/5 Stars


Dylan Blankenship – Production Manager

Cro – Unendlichkeit

Unendlichkeit means infinity in German. It is directly about a rapper whining about how success means nothing if it doesn’t last forever. But that is surface value, honestly we can all relate, those youthful summers drunk and in love. Fast cars and white pills, all of it just painful memories now because it was oh so temporary. Anyhow, it’s a great summer jam.




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