Shufflé Episode 3 Shuffle

Shufflé Episode 3

Join your host, DJ Wrighteous for Shufflé every week on Wednesdays, 2-3 PM. Shufflé is a mixed-genre show. Each week, playlists are generated off of the shuffle setting on DJ Wrighteous’ iTunes library. Whatever plays is what you get!

This week’s playlist featured the first repeat artists, Grizzly Bear and Beyonce. I expect they will be regulars…. This week also had a bit of harder rock, Deftones and Metallica, with some more classic rock thrown in: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Julian Casablancas, and The Cure! Also Ginuwine, because, why not?

Listen to the Episode 3 playlist here:

Shufflé Episode 2 Shuffle

Shufflé Episode 2

Join your host, DJ Wrighteous for Shufflé every week on Wednesdays, 2-3 PM. Shufflé is a mixed-genre show. Each week, playlists are generated off of the shuffle setting on DJ Wrighteous’ iTunes library. Whatever plays is what you get!

This week featured a lot of hip-hop, as well as some appearances from You Me And Apollo, Iggy Pop, Grizzly Bear, Lana Del Rey, Grimes, and more!

Listen to the playlist for Episode 2 here:

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Painted Ruins | Grizzly Bear

Painted Ruins | Grizzly Bear

Album Review by James Kendall

Grizzly Bear returns with Painted Ruins, the latest in their ever-growing catalog of decent albums. This album proves to be another good release from them with several standout tracks but is accompanied by plenty more “Okay” tracks. Checkout my review of the album from Edge Essentials Episode 9 below.

 

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Edge Essentials | 9.1.17 | Episode 9

Episode 9 – 9.1.17

Featured Artists: Grizzly Bear and The War On Drugs

This week on “Edge Essentials,” James features and reviews Grizzly Bear’s new album Painted Ruins and The War On Drugs’ new album, A Deeper Understanding.

This episode is sponsored by Jokester, the toaster that tells you jokes while you wait.

Listen to the whole show below!

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

Track List:

Classic Rotation
“You Only Live Once” – The Strokes
“Night Vision” – Tennis
“R U Mine?” – Arctic Monkeys
“Don’t Deny Your Heart” – Hot Chip
“Axolotl” – The Veils

Recent Spotlight
“Cut-Out” – Grizzly Bear
“Losing All Sense” – Grizzly Bear
“Holding On” – The War On Drugs
“Pain” – The War On Drugs

Upcoming Releases
“Day I Die” – The National
“Bad Ones (feat. Tegan and Sara)” – Matthew Dear
“Jupiter” – Benjamin Clementine
“Dear Life” – Beck

Music Beds
“A Tune For Jack” – Lemon Jelly
“Roygbiv” – Boards Of Canada

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KRUA’s Top 5 Albums of the Year: 2012

KRUA’s Top 5 Albums of the Year: 2012

By: KRUA Music Manager Felipe Godoy

5) Tame Impala – Lonerism

When the recording for “Lonerism” began, Tame Impala’s lead vocalist, Kevin Parker found himself continuing the psychedelic vibes the band has become acknowledge for while experimenting with new sounds and instruments. Profoundly inspired by Todd Rundgren’s classic 1973 concept album “A Wizard, a True Star,” “Lonerism” is particularly synth heavy and visionary. Must Listen: Elephant

4) Grizzly Bear – Shields

Grizzly Bear’s fourth studio LP was a break out album for the band. It turned Grizzly Bear from hipster favorites to the forefront of indie music. Much of “Shields’” success was due to the collaborative effort the band instills in one another. Each member adds creative input making “Shields” one of the best albums of the year. Must Listen: Sleeping Ute

3) Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

Two weeks before the debut album “Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean released a letter on his Tumblr account revealing his sexual orientation. Considered as a groundbreaking moment in music history, Ocean followed this by releasing “Channel Orange” a week early on the night of his national television debut. Needless to say, Ocean impact on music was defiantly imminent in 2012. Must Listen: Thinkin’ Bout You

2) Beach House – Bloom

Beach House’s dream pop genre can shortly be described in one word: mesmerizing. The duo’s music begins with Victoria Legrand’s distinct voice and dark lyrics and is followed by Alex Scally’s superb instrumentation and production. Together Beach House has crafted “Bloom” into a record that from beginning to end is 2012′s version of complete music bliss. Must Listen: Myth

1) Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city

In his debut album, Kendrick Lamar illustrated the realities of being raised in Compton, California. The album puts Lamar in his late teens and throws him in situations of gang violence, theft, lust, and death in a manner that is so raw and realistic that it is almost shocking. A concept album in its own right, the record has drawn critical acclaim for its originality, themes, and composition. Must Listen: Art of Peer Pressure

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Grizzly Bear – Shields

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In my time as KRUA Music Manager I have never anticipated an album quite like this. With countless days, sleepless nights, and one amazing single every indiehead in America had their dreams come true. Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear had finally released their fourth studio album this week. In between my tears of joy and overall euphoria I’ve pulled myself together to bring forth a review for Shields.

Grizzly Bear is perhaps recognized more for their singles than their albums. 2006 brought the band’s debut Yellow House that included the heart wrenching song “Knife.” 2009’s Veckatimest had the piano oriented “Two Weeks” that featured Beach House’s Victoria Legrand on the vocals (Your fun indie fact of the day.) Meanwhile, mainstream America tried to use the song on everything from Superbowl commercials to cheesy teen sitcoms. As for the release of Shields what would be the album’s “Knife” or “Two Weeks” that would have both corporate executives and hipsters drooling?

Shields opens with the lead single “Sleeping Ute” that begins with Daniel Rossen’s rambunctious guitar strums that’s followed by Chris Bear’s loud percussion that includes cymbals crashes and pounding bass drums. If this wasn’t already an eclectic mixture of sounds somehow Ed Drose’s omnichord and Chris Taylor’s bass line find its way to blend perfectly. This is Grizzly Bear’s sound, inspirations of folk music, electronic mixers, and past indie bands come together to deliver something that few bands carry – creative individuality.

While Shields tends to follow in the footsteps of Yellow House with its use of darker tones and feels in such songs like “Speaking in the Rounds” and “The Hunt.” Other songs such as the second single, “Yet Again” bring back the dynamic resonance that is heard in “Sleeping Ute.” This may be due to the shared time on vocals that is split between primary vocalist Ed Drose and Daniel Rossen who is showcased a lot more on this record. While Drose writes the ominous lyrics, Rossen sees a more positive outlook that together the duo effectively illustrate Shields.

The album may not necessarily have that one song that will have the indiesphere blogging for months but as a collective album Shields continues the Grizzly Bear legacy. There is certainly no disappointment from my end but a more lively approach to a few songs would have complimented the album a lot better. However, I’ll probably find myself listening to Shields for a long time… a very long time. It might just have kicked Beach House’s Bloom off the top spot as the album of 2012. 4.9/5

By: KRUA Music Manager Felipe Godoy