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SAMPLE IS NOW LIVE

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. 

http://issuu.com/kwur/docs/sample_fall_2014/1

-Arvind

 

FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY WILLIAM THURMAN/ROYER

Monday, November 17th, 2014

For this installment of "Five Songs to Listen To" we have some timeless and generally spacey (mostly) electronic music from rising producer William Thurman, also known as Royer. While he's currently residing in Chicago and putting out sexy deep house tunes on Tasteful Nudes and Material Image, he has roots in Paris, FR and Copenhagen, DK, where I had the pleasure of running into him late one night. He's made a trip over to play in Berlin recently and has been doing the rounds in the US. Without further ado, here are his five songs:

 

1) Newworldaquarium – Avon Sparkle

Could have been so many tracks coming from NWAQ (NY, Trespassers), he is really one of a kind in making loops that are still exciting after 6 min.

 

2) Gigi Galaxy – The Dream

In a similar vibe, a track that could go on forever and seems still so fresh after 20 years (1994!)

 

3) The Railway Raver – Yes I Can Feel It

I have a soft spot for happy/emo slow juno/acid tracks and that is definitely one of my favorites coming from a guy who only released 3-4 records unfortunately.

 

4) X men – Retour aux pyramides

an all time french rap classic, that was on the soundtrack of "Ma 6-T Va Crack-er"

 

5) AFX – Mangle 11

Just because this track is marvelously insane, and also for a subtle use of a Pierre Schaeffer sample in the middle/later part of the track.

 

Be on the lookout for more of WIlliam Thurman's music – follow his soundcloud, scope his discogs, and check out some of his artwork as well. 

FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY MAKING FUCK

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!

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"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 .

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

-Arvind

FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY TOMMY KRUISE

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Tommy Kruise is an OG Canadian beat maker. Hailing from outside of Montreal, he's a master of the chopped and screwed and channels Southern rap like it's nobody's bussiness. He's going on tour with RL Grime and Branchez and will be in St. Louis November 15th at the Old Rock House. I figured now would be a great time to ask him if he could tell us 5 songs he's been banging recently and boy did he deliver. All but the last one have music videos too! Check out his new EP FÊTE FOREIGN (free DL) and his 5 songs below. 

 

1. VINCE STAPLES – BLUE SUEDE

"STAPLES HAS BEEN DELIVIRING A LOT OF DIFFERENT STUFF OVER THE YEARS. LAST EP HE DROPPED WAS MORE BOOM BAP, RELAX TYPE SHIT BUT THIS HERE IS A TRUE BANGER. BEAT IS RIDICULOUS, MAKES ME WANNA BUY A NEW CAR AND CRASH IT THE SAME DAY.GO PEEP HELL CAN WAIT ITS DEFINITELY SOMETHING"
 
 
2.  YUNG GLEESH – SINCE WHEN 

" NOW IF YOU KNOW ME YOU ALREADY KNOW IM A HUGE GLEESH FAN. FOR THOSE WHO DONT KNOW HIM HE IS THE MICHAEL JACKSON TYPE DANCER FEATURED IN THE NEW ASAP ROCKY MULTIPLY VIDEO. SINCE WHEN IS THE STREET BANGER OF THE FALL. CLEANSIDE FINEST 3 FEATURES NOTHING BUT BANGERS. IF YOU SKIP A SONG THEN MAYBE THIS ARTICLE HERE IS NOT FOR YOU. "
 
 
3. BOLDY JAMES – CRUNCHIN'

" DETROIT PURE FLAME. BOLDY JAMES SPITS ONLY REAL SHIT. THIS AINT NO FAST FOOD RAP TYPE RAP OVER HERE. IF YOU LIKE THIS TRACK I SUGGEST YOU VISIT HIS OLD MIXTAPES, NOTHING BUT FIRE. "
 
 
4. MBE – HAVE A PARTY

" NOTHING IS MORE AWESOME THAN A GROUP OF KIDS DANCING WITH FRIENDS AND HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIFE. CHICAGO BOP SCENE IS EXTRAORDINAIRE AND THIS IS ONE OF THE STREET BANGERS. SEE HOW MANY TIMES I SAID BANGERS IN THIS ARTICLE, I'M NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT SLEEPERS. "
 
 
5. GUCCI MANE – SO HOODY

" THIS SONG DOESN'T FEATURE A VIDEO BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT GUCCI IS GONE. ITS EASY TO KNOW IF SOMEONE IS COOL OR NOT DEPENDING OF HIS STANCE IF HE LIKES GUCCI MANE OR NOT. IF YOU DONT FUCK WITH GUCCI MANES CATALOG THAN WE CANT REALLY BE FRIENDS. THE ONLY REASON ALL THIS MUSIC AND ALL OF YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS EXISTS IS GUCCI. SO HOODY IS PRODUCED BY ZAYTOVEN AND IF YOU KNOW LA FLARE THAN YOU KNOW ZAY + GUCCI = BANGERRRRRR "
 

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Big ups to Tommy Kruise for his time and recs. Don't miss him in November. 

- Nathan 

FIVE SONGS TO LISTEN TO, CURATED BY DAMIAN MASTER OF A PREGNANT LIGHT

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.)
 
 
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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. 
 
-Arvind