30 November 2015

Thankful For This Playlist

Hey all, it's New Music Monday! This week, I wanted to give you all an update on what I've been listening to lately, including a lot of new music as well as some favorites that are really blowing up right now. Enjoy!


Roses - The Chainsmokers feat. ROZES
This track off The Chainsmoker's latest EP "Bouquet" is becoming more and more popular - surely their biggest hit since "#SELFIE," and rightfully so. The varying rhythms and beats build into a song you can really jam to... I know from experience.

Champagne and Pools - Hoodie Allen feat. Blackbear and KYLE
Hoodie's latest single off his upcoming album is relaxing, clever, and everything you'd want in a track with features from Blackbear and KYLE. Catch these three amigos touring together in the spring!

Ego - Bibi Bourelly
Though I had never heard of Bibi Bourelly prior to stumbling upon this song, I'm definitely a fan now. Powerful lyrics and Bibi's unique voice come together perfectly on this track.

Upgrade - Logic 
Logic's new album, "The Incredible True Story" is, in my opinion, beyond words. This is one of my favorite tracks from the rapper's newest release, with a calming back beat and his quick, witty lyrics that make your head spin.

Before I Ever Met You - Banks
Jillian Rose Banks' voice is the epitome of dark R&B on this track. With lyrics about betrayal, loss, and memories, Banks put her soul into these vocals - and it shows.

Lay It All On Me - Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran
This song by two of my favorite UK artists is becoming increasingly popular in the US, and for good reason - Ed Sheeran's versatile voice pairs flawlessly with Rudimental's funk-infused instrumentals.

Memories That You Call - ODESZA (PETIT BISCUIT Remix)
ODESZA is, without a doubt, one of my favorite artists. The DJ duo's album "In Return" is one of my favorites, so needless to say I've listened to its entirety numerous times. This new remix is lovely, and blesses ODESZA fans with a new take on one of the pair's greatest hits.

Talk Back - Kembe X (produced by Hippie Sabotage)
 If I haven't mentioned it before, I fell in love with Hippie Sabotage after seeing them open for CHERUB in October. They were incredibly interactive with the crowd, and they put on one of the best DJ sets I've seen. This new hip-hop/rap track is different from their usual projects because it was produced for another artist, but it still does not disappoint!

Aftershock - NGHTMRE & Boombox Cartel
This song starts with some slow piano melody that sounds like it could be playing in a fancy restaurant somewhere, but quickly builds into an upbeat EDM track - then doubles back and morphs into a bass heavy drop that makes this track worthy of its title.

In My Room - Yellowclaw feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga
Yellow Claw's new album "Blood for Mercy" is full of upbeat bangers and dance tracks, and this song most certainly doesn't stray from the theme. Hot lyrics from Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga pair wonderfully with Yellow Claw's fast, electric dance breakdowns.


Something Better - Audien feat. Lady Antebellum 
Signed to Astralwerks, Audien is in good company with Alison Wonderland and Halsey, two of my favorite artists. Though he isn't the most popular DJ (yet), I have a feeling this beautiful EDM track with one of county's most popular artists will make his name well-known in the realm of house music.

Rolling In the Deep - Adele (Jamie xx Shuffle) feat. Childish Gambino
A fresh, remixed take of a classic Adele song... what more could one ask for? Oh that's right, a feature from my favorite rapper Childish Gambino! The Xx's Jamie xx did an incredible job on this shuffle, and Gambino's verse is nothing short of amazing. I've had this on repeat for days.

Guns and Roses - Bohnes
Who remembers The Cab? Ya know, "Whisper War" pop rock band from 2008 fronted by Alexander DeLeon? The middle schooler in me freaked the heck out when she found out that Alex DeLeon has gone solo under the name Bohnes... then freaked out some more when she listened to this single.

LA Devotee - Panic! at the Disco
Every time Panic! releases another single from their upcoming album "Death Of A Bachelor," I weep a little because January 15th just isn't soon enough. Brendon Urie's flawless voice sounds, well, flawless on this song released over the weekend. I truly cannot wait to hear the rest of the album.

Tune in to Bad Dance Moves tonight at 10 PM on WNJR to hear some of these songs and more! You don't want to miss it.

24 November 2015

Erykah Badu New Projects

You may know her musically, her work includes elements from R&B, Hip Hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo-soul subgenre. Her music has rawness that no one else has quite mastered as gracefully, and skillfully as she has. Erykah Badu has a career that spans over 15 years, she has always been unique with own beat. Making sure she perfected her craft, which is her music. she Never rushes her art to keep pace with contemporary pop artists. The invigorated woman recently gave hints to what we should expect in 2015, whether it is a new album or hot singles.

20 November 2015

The Future of Hip Hop

                                                       
























If you haven't checked out Future's DS2 mix-tape, you're missing out on the greatest 2015 Hip Hop mix-tape. Future came to save the game; hits like, Where Ya At and Rich $ex demonstrates his artistry and mastery of this genre of music. DS2 has had nothing but good reviews since it hit the streets and there is no sign of him stopping. Rumor has it, he is getting ready to release some more fire in the next few weeks. Future is someone Hip-Hop needs and he's making it known that 2015 is his year. If you haven't listened to DS2, you're missing out on the resuscitation of Hip-Hop.











19 November 2015

Artist Spotlight: Eryn Allen Kane




New singer-songwriter, Eryn Allen Kane, just released her jazz-influenced EP entitled "Aviary: Act1." The EP, which is only four songs, consist of the normal jazz instruments, horns and pianos, with a not so normal vocalist. Being born in Detroit, and partly in Chicago, it is clear that Kane has brought her city influences into her music. Although being somewhat out of her teens, her voice seems to be one of experience and maturity. Check out her new EP on WNJR Radio 91.7 FM.

18 November 2015

Summer Music Festivals

 

Hey everyone! I realize that it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I am already excited for all of the music festivals that are happening this summer! I wrote a blog post last year about Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, and the festival has just released the line up for the summer of 2016.  The festival will be held from June 16th to the 19th, and this year you will be able to catch artists like Mumford and Sons, the Neighbourhood, Jai Wolf, and Transviolet. Passes go on sale this Friday, so get your tickets early! If you want to hear music by some of the artists that are going to be there, then be sure to tune in to Bad Dance Moves on 91.7 WNJR on Monday nights at 10PM. If you want more information on the festival you can check it out here. I hope to see you guys there this summer!

Spotlight on Carmen Carroll


Happy Hump Day everyone! For today's spotlight we have Ms. Carmen Carroll. Carmen is a native of Washington, D.C. and is a freshman here at DubJay. She will be majoring in Communication Arts: Public Relations Emphasis and a minor in Spanish. Carmen also works here at WNJR Radio! Tune in on Tuesdays at 1PM to listen to 21st Century Girl, Carmen's radio show. Her show is centered around her experiences and issues that effect her as a freshman at DubJay. She also talks about black culture on and off the campus, her feminist views, and how both are displayed in the media. So if you would like to ask Carmen questions about her hometown, her major, or anything in between you can email her here. Thanks guys and have a great day!

17 November 2015

I'm a Happy Camper

Hoodie Allen - Happy Camper Tour 2015


Hey all! It's Danielle here to tell ya about some new music. Last night at 9 PM while I was scheduling for next semester's classes, Hoodie Allen was dropping some huge announcements on Twitter. You might recall a few weeks ago when I highlighted his new singles "Let It All Work Out" and "The Moment" and predicted that Hoodie would be announcing a new album in the near future. Sure enough, Hoodie will be blessing us all with his newest release "Happy Camper" online for free download! As exciting as that news is, it gets better - he also announced tour dates today at noon. See ya on March 17th at Stage AE, Hoodie!

Be Safe. Show Love

 




From WNJR to all people in the World- be safe. The terrorist attacks all over the world is a tragedy. Back in April 147 people were killed in Kenya at a college due to terrorism. Let us not forget the lives lost all over. Remember to show love and live everyday like your last. One of the reasons I listen to music is because when music hits you, you feel no pain (Bob Marley). WNJR is a great way to keep up with current events and still be relaxed by the music. 



Gaming Den

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Welcome to the Gaming Den

Today I would like to talk about a game called, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. This game is a crossover, beat-em up game where you can play as your favorite Nintendo character, such as Link, Mario, or Gannondorf, and you can beat up on the other characters, who may be real people or AI, in a match to see who is the best.

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I played this game recently with a friend, and boy did I suck, I lost every match against him. Although I did get close to winning multiple times, especially when I used Shulk or used the items, but in the end, it didn't even matter. This game is good game for a party night, just for the sake of getting everybody involved, especially with how it sports 8 player multiplayer, where in previous installments it was capped at 4. Overall it was an enjoyable game, with much fun to be had. Unlike Superman 64 which is a wreck of a game I played on my previous post, located here.


Tune in Thursdays from 9 to 10 for Video Game music during No Structure November, hosted by TheRavanator

16 November 2015

Terrorist Attacks in Paris and Beirut



It is devastating to see the events that took place last week in the capital of France, Paris, and Lebanese capital, Beirut. 129 innocent people were slaughtered and around 352 injured as a result of the terrorist attacks in the French capital and 40 people were killed and 180 wounded in Beirut.
On behalf of the WNJR staff, I would like to offer our solidarity to the French and Lebanese people! We hope that such events will never happen again and terrorism will never celebrate its victory over the peace!
Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims of these attacks!

12 November 2015

Artist Spotlight: Alex Vaughn

 
 Some say that neo-soul is slowly going away. That artists such as Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu no longer exist. However, Alex Vaughn seems to prove the pessimists wrong. "The 4PM Mix"just dropped last week and Vaughn's old school sound is taking wave. In 2015, there is safe to say that no new artist sounds like her. Take a look at her new mixtape on 91.7FM WNJR Radio.

11 November 2015

Artist Spotlight: BØRNS

 




Hey everyone! If you are in the mood for some indie pop music and good vibes, then I suggest you check out the artist BØRNS.  In 2014 BØRNS released the Candy EP, which featured songs like "10,000 Emerald Pools"and my personal favorite "Electric Love."  BØRNS had also released his debut album "Dopamine" just last month, and a few days ago he released the single "Sunday Morning" which features Petite Meller.  Inspired by his home on the west coast, BØRNS injected much of that sunshine vibe into the new music on the album "Dopamine."  Some of my personal favorites from the new album are "American Money," "Clouds," and "The Emotion."  BØRNS is also touring currently, so be sure to check out if he is coming to your town!  Danielle and I are big fans of BØRNS, so don't forget to tune in to our show Bad Dance Moves, Monday nights at 10, to hear how amazing he is.  I hope you guys check him out and have an awesome week!

Gaming Den



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Welcome to the Gaming Den


Today I will talk about one of the worst Nintendo games ever made, which is Superman 64. There are many issues with this game such as lack of tutorial, poor controls, and glitches, ohhhh glitches galore.

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When you start the game you are just thrown into the level that has rings in front with no instructions on how to even start flying. And even when you do start flying you handling is very poor. And even with the glitches, it is very easy for ingame objects (superman, trucks, keys) to fall out of the map and be inaccessible.

If you are mean enough to yourself you could watch an ongoing let’s play of this game by ProtonJon on YouTube here



Tune in Thursdays from 9 to 10 for Video Game music during No Structure November, hosted by TheRavanator

Spotlight on (Gasp) Me, Amina Brown


 Hello wonderful WNJR listeners, it's Hump Day! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far and we're so close to the weekend that I know I can taste it. Now, I know that you guys are aware that I do spotlights on the staff of WNJR and I have 2 more, but I realized that you guys don't know much about me. So I am the Events and Publicity Director which gets extremely busy during the Spring. I help assign DJs for certain events and I am the correspondent to those who need our DJ services. I am a sophomore here at DubJay and am double majoring in Communication Arts with a Theater Emphasis and English. I co-host 2 shows with my good friends Cole (Our Take Weekly on Mondays at 7PM) and Maia (Hashing It Out With Maia and Amina on Mondays at 8PM). I also host my own show, Amina's Room With A View on Saturdays at 9PM. If you ever want to email me about my position or require WNJR's DJ services don't hesitate to email me here. Thanks guys and have a great day!

10 November 2015

Artist Spotlight: Kehlani


 
If you are craving the classic R&B that reminds you of love lost, and love gained, you should definitely listen Kehlani. Her new style of music will have you empowered in independence; teaching to set your standards high. She reminds me a lot of Jhene Aiko; both self-assured in themselves and use their music as a means to express their perspective on love while demanding their respect. Kehlani speaks truth and is unapologetic, she attempts to pass on good vibes to all her listeners and encourages greatness. Her song title "You Should Be Here"talks about how her lover is present but not emotionally here. Kehlani's musicality is so powerful it inspires fans all over to recognize their situations and the power they have in them. If want an experience like no other, mixing the new school feel and old school class and swagger, isten to Kehlani.

09 November 2015

A Head Full Of Upcoming Releases



So guys. I'm pretty sure the last time I was anticipating so much new music was the end of August when Halsey, The Weeknd, and a multitude of other artists released new albums at the same time. We have so many new albums to look forward to in the next few months - here is a quick rundown of some upcoming releases I'm most excited about!

Justin Bieber "Purpose" - November 13th
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With four tracks produced by Skrillex, a Jack Ü feature, a track with Halsey, and four great singles already released, I couldn't be more pumped for the Biebz new album to come out on Friday!

Coldplay "A Head Full of Dreams"- December 4th
 For me, Coldplay has always been a band that I really enjoyed and listened to occasionally, but never necessarily one of my favorites. However, their new single "Adventure of a Lifetime" (released on November 6th) has me thinking that this album might just change that. This album is rumored to have support by Beyoncé, Tove Lo, and a number of other talented artists - I can't wait to hear more.

Panic! at the Disco "Death of a Bachelor" - January 15th
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 Maybe its just Brendon Urie's smooth, versatile voice, but somehow Panic! changes up their vibe on every album without losing their overall feel. With three singles and one kick ass music video released from this album so far, I'm pumped to hear more of Panic's newest masterpiece!

Other releases to look out for:
Alessia Cara "Know-It-All" - November 13th
Adele "25" - November 20th
G-Eazy "When It's Dark Out" - December 4th
The 1975 "I Like It When You Sleep, You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It" - February 26th

Personally, I'm also (im)patiently awaiting an upcoming album announcement from Weezer. With two incredible singles released in the past few weeks, I am at the edge of my seat waiting to hear when they will be coming out with a new album. In the mean time, I'll have "Do You Wanna Get High?" on repeat. I'll be sure to keep you all posted every Monday. Have a great week, everyone!

Global Perspectives with Joseph Jorjoliani and Sarah Gunn




Last Friday November 6, Global Perspectives hosted a beautiful young lady from the United Kingdom, Sarah Gunn. Sarah is an exchange student from Scotland who spends just a single semester at Washington and Jefferson College, expanding her education in the field of history.
Sarah has very strong and interesting opinions about social issues; she shared her huge disappointment in how Scottish people voted in favor of staying in the UK last year and how she advocated for separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom.

If you would like to listen to Global Perspectives with Joseph Jorjoliani and Sarah Gunn please visit this page

05 November 2015

Artist Spotlight: Jeremy Foster


 
New artist fresh out of Chicago named Jeremy Foster has released his new (and first) single entitled "Love You Anyway." The track consists of Jeremy pleading to his significant other that love is all that matters and not the opinions of others ("forget what all the haters say", he repeatedly croons). Foster switches from a tenor to a milky falsetto easily throughout the song, showcasing his range. I can only sit back and wait to see what this new artist has to offer us in the future. In the meantime, tune into WNJR Radio 91.7 for a listen to his new single.


04 November 2015

Great Week for New Music

                                                


Hey everyone I hope your week is going well so far!  It has been a great week for new music from some of my favorite artists.  Alternative bands Cage the Elephant, Panic! at the Disco, and Imagine Dragons are blessing everyone with some new releases.  Cage the Elephant is planning on releasing their new album "Tell Me I'm Pretty" this December, and they have recently released a song off of the album called "Mess Around."  Cage the Elephant has always been a favorite band of mine, and this new song has me counting down the days until the rest of the album is released.

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Panic! at the Disco is also releasing a new album  titled "Death of a Bachelor" in January of 2016.  With the new songs "Victorious" and "Emperor's New Clothes," I am sure that the new album won't disappoint!  While you guys are checking out these new albums, I also suggest you check out Imagine Dragons single "Roots."  I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your week, and be sure the tune in on Monday nights at 10PM to Bad Dance Moves to hear some of these new songs!

Spotlight on Jess Perman

Hello gorgeous listeners of WNJR Radio! I hope you're all having a great Wednesday. Today is the day for a spotlight and today's is Jess Perman. Jess is a sophomore here at Dub Jay (clearly) and is majoring in Biology on the Pre-Health track. Jess also works here at WNJR Radio and she's our PSA Director. For all those wondering, Jess' job is to put important Public Service Announcements from the March of Dimes and other organizations into our system. Interesting fact, Jess also co-hosts a radio show with Danielle Shellgren called Bad Dance Moves at 10PM on Mondays. Now, if you guys are ever wondering what it's like to work at WNJR or want to know just a little more about Jess you can email her here. I hope you guys have a great Wednesday and enjoy the beautiful weather!


   Albums to be on the look out for :
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    Trenton P "So ILL" is definitely a hot album. His rap skills are pretty dope and you can't help but to bob your head as the beat plays through your headphones. There is definitely a couple songs on there for the ladies as well, which I personally loveeee ! I probably listened to this album a good four times now ....





  
 2.    Mega Ran "RNDM" is a 'must-listen'. I'm pretty sure I was    able to let this album play through, no skips or fast-forwards. With this being his seventh official release, he makes it clear that he's no rookie in this Hip-Hop game. Don't let this one slip by you, go listen now !!



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  I know we all remember Nappy Roots ?! They are definitely someone that makes it hard for you to forget them. Their newest release, "The 40 Akerz Project" definitely has some hot jams on it. Take a listen and I promise you won't be disappointed.

03 November 2015

Artist Spotlight: Bahja Rodriguez

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Bahja Rodriguez
Bahja Rodriguez is a rising artist. But she will soon be widely known due to her amazing vocals and unique composition of beats. Her music resonates with young girls around the country. She often sings about the stress of boys, love, girls being girls, and having fun. If you ever find yourself needing some words of advice on what to do with a certain person, I recommend you listen to Bahja Rodriguez.  Do not be the last person to get hip to Bahja she will soon be a top charting artist.

Global Perspectives with Joseph Jorjoliani and Amanda Murimba




Last Friday, October 31st Global Perspectives hosted Amanda Murimba from the Republic of South Africa. Amanda is an exchange student who is spending this fall semester at W&J, she is here to extend her knowledge in the fields of Communication Arts and Computer Information Science.
Amanda has already spent 2 months at our beautiful institution and is very grateful to have this opportunity to meet with professors and students not only from the US but all over the globe.
Of course, Amanda also faced a challenging quiz on Global Perspectives but her quiz was different from the others. Joseph offered her a pre-quiz on the listing of African countries which she lost 45 to 17. Joseph and Amanda had to list the African countries in 4 minutes as the song from South Africa - The Saga by Anatii feat Aka played on air.
Unfortunately, Amanda lost the final quiz on "How well you think you know your country", and left the station without a WNJR T-shirt. However, she shared many interesting facts about South Africa and discussed current student movement that marched against the tuition increase in South African institutions.

Click here to listen to Global Perspectives with Joseph Jorjoliani and Amanda Murimba

Gaming Den




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Welcome to the Gaming Den

During the month of November, I, The Ravanator, will mix things up. Normally I would play the soundtrack of a specific game, but since this is November I thought it would be a good idea to run with "No Structure November" (like No Shave November). So I will be randomly selecting songs from my phone, which has 500+ files of video game songs, and play them for you listeners out there.

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Tune in Thursday's at 9pm to listen to some video game music, from The Ravanator.

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great start to the week because I have something to make it even better! In honor of it being Tuesday, what better artist to reintroduce you all to than Timeflies Tuesday! I recently went to there concert and to make this song even better I am apart of the video since I was in the crowd front row! I hope you all enjoy their new song just as much as I do. Happy Timeflies Tuesday!

02 November 2015

Wiped Out! This Weekend

Hey guys! It's Danielle, it's Monday, so you know what that means - new music! On Friday, The Neighbourhood/The NBHD released their new album (that I have been waiting months for) "Wiped Out!"


As Jess and I may have mentioned several hundred times on Bad Dance Moves, we were lucky enough to see The Neighbourhood last month at Stage AE where we heard almost half of the album before it was released. The whole album is great, which makes it very hard to pick a few songs to recommend... but if I must pick, I'd tell you to listen to "Ferrari," "Cry Baby," "Daddy Issues," and "RIP 2 My Youth."

This weekend Weezer also released a new single called "Thank God For Girls" and I have had it on repeat all weekend - check it out!

Have a great week and don't forget to tune into WNJR tonight to hear Jess and I play some of these great new jams for you as well as some of our other favorites!