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Sunday, December 7th, 2014

We have resurrected the KWUR zine, Sample. Peruse at your disposal, it's pretty fuckin sweet. Many thanks to our promotions director Alex Berger for taking lots of time to put this thing together. 




Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

SLC doom trio MAKING FUCK are set to release their debut full-length "A Harrowing End" this upcoming spring. I was fortunately enough to grab a list of five songs to listen to from guitarist/cool guy Kory Quist – it's a sick list, so please check it out!


"five songs to listen to"

Shit. this is going to be a hard one. When I think about this question it reminds me of one of my favorite movies – High Fidelity with Jon Cusack. He gets asked a question about his top five favorite albums, and can't come up with a straight answer, only more questions like: when, at home? in the club? .. and so on'.

I guess what I'll do is five songs that are helping me reflect as the winter gets closer and the dawn of a new year is at hand.

Number 1:

Airport by Karate.

This band is one of my most favorite bands to always listen to. But this particular track reminds of the days before jadedness set in, and my friends and I all still had big dreams of being something some day. It makes me think about all the friends that have come and gone. but mostly the ones I'm still friends with. I love it when i get to hang out with some old faces I've known for a decade or more. Feeling that comfortable is.. well, comforting.

Number 2:

Micheal by sadistik


This song is about Sadistik finding his dear friend Micheal "Eyedea" Larson dead from a drug overdose.

Any art that is sincerely an imitation of someone's life, I seem to gravitate towards. This song in particular really caught my attention. I like a lot of what this dude does. but this song and the spoken word at the end really hits me hard in trying to understand the world, people, and myself.

Number 3:

The Great Cessation -YOB

The progression of this great band amazes me every time I rock any one of their records. You know Mike is a true artist, which I love. I feel like you get a much more intimate connection with YOB with each record. My dad used to talk about the "classics" when I was young. Well dad, this band is a fucking classic!

Number 4:

Untitled Love Song by The Angels Of Light.

We play loud heavy emotional music in what I thought was rebellion, but I think we are all hopeless romantics in the end, influenced by stories and movies about "true love" with happy endings. We crave this non-realist movie ending that is never going to happen. This song helps me realize that my existence is nothing compared to life as a whole.

Number 5:
Mongrel by Cult Leader

Living in SLC and seeing the progression of the bands and people throughout the years has sustained insight to not only my own learning and progression but for a repressed scene's learning and progression. This song speaks so loudly to me. These dudes defiantly pushing the norm. Thanks for being inspiring to a dead scene .


Big thanks to Kory for his time. Stay tuned for more installments of FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO.



Monday, August 18th, 2014

Damian Master is the mastermind behind the incredible hybrid post-punk/black metal outfit A Pregnant Light, as well as the leading man behind the equally fantastic Colloquial Sound Recordings. I was very fortunate to be able to obtain a list of five songs to listen to from him, covering everything from Bathory to Evian Christ. Check them out below!


1. Future – "Sh!t" 

This song more than anything in the past couple months gets me going.  Future's delivery is absolutely furious.  I can hear the anger and rage.  One thing I've always loved about hip hop is that when they beef with someone, they call them out.  They name names.  They're shooters.  They'll take you out.  The real ones will, and that's the only type of thing I'm interested in.  Seems like in the metal/punk world the worse thing you can get is snide subtweet.  If any one wants to say something nasty to me, direct it at me, and expect a response. I'm not a coward.   Lots of people pretend like the things they say online or in social media aren't important, or- they choose to believe when they are important.  You word is your word, no matter where it is.  Talk shit, get hit.  That's the rule.
2. Secret Creation – "My Candle Fears It Won't Be Burned" 

This song is everything I look for in a furious black metal song.  True black metal is Bathory, Celtic Frost, Nifelheim, Venom, Amebix (truly primitive!!) Dissection, Necrovore, Bathory, pre-De Mysteriis Mayhem (DEATHCRUSH!!!), Bathory, etc.  Atmosphere has it's place, but overall, pure black metal must have riffs.  It can't all be atmosphere.  When I look at 90% of black metal bands today, they're all these washing atmospheres and nothing to stand up tall about.  This is heavy metal, not some forrest-dwelling nerd realm.  Ok, maybe it is the latter, but not in my world.  Not on my watch.  
3. Bathory – "The Wind of Mayhem" 

Ok, all this talk of Bathory makes me want to listen to Bathory.  I know Mayhem took their name from the Venom song, but I often wonder if this track wasn't also an inspiration, if not an affirmation.  This was released in '85, and Mayhem had formed the previous year but didn't release the "Pure Fucking Armageddon" until '86.  People forget that riffs are what truly makes something stand out.  I don't forget.  This track is everything that people try to pull off, but can't.  There are riffs and atmosphere.  It's perfect.  
4. Eisley – "Ambulance" 

Last winter I was incapacitated due to a 13-hour spinal reconstructive surgery.  Having been raised in the midwest of America, I have always equated freedom with the ability to get in your vehicle and drive.  Against doctor's orders and amidst the worst winter on record in 30 years, I got slowly into my pickup truck and drove.  It was my only exercise in freedom.  I could't walk without a walker, I couldn't bend and it took me two minutes to get in and out of my truck.  I listened to a lot of Eisley while driving.  Like, on repeat.  The Valley is a perfect record. I have their latest one, but I need to spend more time with it.  Eisley calmed my soul in a way that is hard to describe.  These songs aren't saccharine and feel-good.  They're songs of hope and despair simultaneously.  Gorgeous voices. 
5. Evian Christ – "Propeller"

I work at a record store, and saw the LP.  I was totally going to buy it, but I didn't want to spend $17 on four songs, so I decided to pick it up on iTunes, since I figured rather than spinning the vinyl, it would be something I would listen to in my truck anyway.  I haven't spent much time with it, but I really like what I've heard of it.  I have like, wayyyy too many records.  I love punk rock 7"s and I love the 12" format as well, and since I buy so many records, I've been picking up a lot of dance/electronic stuff digitally.  Always buying, never illegally downloading.  Having the wax is cool, but ultimately this is headphone music while I ride my bike or zone out while driving.  Plus, $4.00 on iTunes or Boomkat allows me to buy more music than if I was just physical only. Buy music, scumbags.  (by the way, I get records at cost at my record store, so I'm not really "supporting" my record store by buying it, in fact it's probably a small loss since we are getting paid for the time ordering stock and putting it out, plus – leave it to sell to someone! Plus, I buy so many records, dude. So many.)
Many many thanks to Damian for his time and recommendations. Tune in to Thought Forge Sundae to hear music from A Pregnant Light and more Colloquial Sound artists. 


Monday, February 24th, 2014

Gaza was once a band. Now, they're a better band, and are called Cult Leader. Gaza was one of the first heavy concerts I ever attended back when I was in my early teens, and I've always loved their music. It's safe to say they rank among the best bands that Salt Lake City has ever produced. I was fortunate enough to get drummer Casey Hansen to send us a list of five songs to listen to, so read on:


1. The Electrician – Scott Walker The hardest thing to do in music is to marry true dissonance, discord, weirdness, and darkness with beauty and do it in a way that doesn't sound mashed together and underdeveloped. This song finds a way to flawlessly bridge musical chasms like nothing I've heard before.


2. Night Terrors – Cursed There's a reason everyone rips this band off and nobody wants to admit it.


3. Reckless Burning – Jesse Sykes and Sweet Hereafter Just an amazing song. There's nothing I can say about this song to add or detract from it.


4. They Sent You – Mare This band put out one EP ever, and it's amazing. Because of that, the potency of their catalog is perhaps stronger than anyone's. I've still never really heard a band to fairly compare this to. Pure genius.


5. Concubine – Converge Mind-bending, game-changing, and life-changing. For me anyway, that's pretty much all there is to say.

Huge thanks to Casey and Cult Leader for their time. Look out for their debut EP "Nothing For Us Here", coming in April via Deathwish, Inc. Tune in to Thought Forge Sundae, Mondays at 10 pm CST to hear bands featured on FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO.




Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Hello KWURians,

For our first FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO of the spring semester, we reached out to Portland, ME's Falls of Rauros, who've been one of my favorite American black metal bands for several years now. They gave us an aweomse five songs, so check them out below!


Arab Strap – "Fucking Little Bastards" These guys are, to me, unrivaled in their outward projection of self-loathing and a sort of arrogance laced with beauty and dark humor. This song in particular is deafening.

Six Organs of Admittance – "S/Word and Leviathan" Incredibly tense without letting up. Twelve minutes of immense droning "folk." Even better in sequence with the rest of this album.

Silver Jews – "Death of An Heir of Sorrows" David Berman is a long-time master of wry alt-country songcraft. This one is very, very sad.

Julianna Barwick – "One Half" Beautiful. Multi-layered vocal parts woven with strings, synthesizer and guitar. A really gorgeous result.

Magnolia Electric Co. – "Take One Thing Along" I'd imagine this song could bring a stillness or silence to any crowd that heard it. Jason passed away about a year ago and is missed wildly.


Huge thanks to Falls of Rauros for their time. Be sure to check out their upcoming split with black metal stalwarts Panopticon (here), and download their incredible 2011 full-length, "The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood", available via their bandcamp. Tune in to THOUGHT FORGE SUNDAE, Mondays at 10 pm CST to hear bands that are featured in FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO.