WHOSE READY FOR ANOTHER GREAT SEMESTER?! All of here at KRUA sure are! Or at least we’re doing a good job pretending to be… Anyways, this is what’s on our end-of-summer playlists 🏝️
Wright Franklin – Station Manager
Jay Z – 4:44
Joshua Bezona – Marketing & Underwriting Coordinator
The Districts – Popular Manipulations
I had to pick between three different albums this month. There was Everything Now by Arcade Fire, Boo Boo by Toro Y Moi (go listen to my fav song: “Labyrinth“) and Popular Manipulations by The Districts.
I choose The Districts because not only did I listen to this album in full, I listened to their entire discography and became their latest and greatest fangirl.
This four-piece indie rock band from Pennsylvania sound like the hail from over-seas, but their hair cuts affirm their east coast roots. I loved the songs “Young Blood” from their 2015 album, A Flourish And A Spoil, and “Funeral Beds” from the 2013 album, Telephone, but there’s not one song that really stands out to me from this latest release – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s feel good indie rock album that’s easy to sing along to.
AJ Colding – Volunteer Coordinator
Charlie XCX – Boys
As I’m writing this I’m thinking to myself, “AJ what is you doing baby?!?”
Oh well. Here it goes…
We all have those guilty pleasure songs and “Boys” by Charlie XCX is definitely one of mine at the moment.
Not because of the content, but because of the feel. The stylistic choices she made and the color of the song. The most popular songs of the 2000’s have approximately 1-3 word choruses. Boy’s fits right in with all the other hits just repeating the word “Boys” in harmony. The way the beat carries through on the verse demands the mandatory upper body bounce we all do in the car while driving. Definitely a good song to end the summer season with just in time for the cuffing season (winter/fall semester fling season).
5/5 stars for my baby girl Charlie XCX
James Kendall – Music Manager
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
**Check out James’ review of the album from Edge Essentials here.
Grant “The New Guy” Kniefel – Newest News Reporter
Mom Jeans. – Best Bud
Hi, I’m Grant. I’m the new guy. My first Staff Pick is one that I have had on repeat for a few weeks now. Best Buds by Mom Jeans is probably one of the best albums that came out of 2016. Most people haven’t heard of Mom Jeans, but with this they make a splash onto the punk pop scene. With rockin’ anthems like “Death Cup” and melancholy tunes like “Scott Pilgrim v. My Gpa,” this is among the very best in indie right now and I can’t get enough of it. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Mom Jeans has created a modern classic and I can’t wait to see where they go with it.