31 March 2016

New Music Alert: Weezer 4/1/2016

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 Weezer's new album will be released tomorrow, April 1st. This is no April Fool's joke! The band released several singles from the album over the past few months, the first of which was "Thank God for Girls," which came out in October 2015. Weezer is also heading out on tour with Panic! at the Disco this summer... you can be sure that Jess and I will be there! Be sure to check out the white album tomorrow and tune in to Bad Dance Moves Mondays at 10 PM to hear our thoughts!

Artist Spotlight: Grimes

 

Grimes is a Canadian singer and songwriter who has recently become a big name in the electronica music genre.  With more of an experimental vibe, Grimes is able to create a mixture of vocal elements and span multiple genera.   With hits like "Genesis," "Flesh without Blood," and "Oblivion" it is easy to hear Grime's unique style of music.  Grime's tour schedule is pretty full for this summer, and you can check her out at music festivals like Coachella, Hangout Music Festival, and Lollapalooza.  Also be sure to tune in to WNJR on Monday nights at 10PM for Bad Dance Moves to hear Grimes and more artists like her!

Tune Thursday: Karmin

            Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope your week is going well and hopefully this will make it even better! There's nothing more exciting than a cover song that is as good as the original or even better. Karmin is a duo that graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2008. After graduating, they began recording cover songs which eventually got them signed to Epic Records and in 2016 they got married! This group is one to remember and the only true way to experience the amazing talent from this group, you must here there cover to "Look At Me Now" originally performed by Chris Brown, Busta Ryhmes, and Lil Wayne. Enjoy!

30 March 2016

'The Life of Pablo' Release


After many Kanye West fans heard about his unreleased album 'The Life of Pablo', everyone has been on the hunt for it. Whether they had access to a special link that had the whole album or whether they looked it up on YouTube, some are still anticipating the release. Luckily, Spotify and iTunes just released 'Famous', his song featuring Rihanna, and Í Love Kanye' and it is a hit! There is still no word on whether the Pablo Kanye is talking about is Pablo Picasso, Juan Pablo Montoya, or Pablo Escobar.

29 March 2016

Artist Spotlight: Meghan Trainor



 Meghan Trainor 
TLC had girls across the country singing no scrubs. They gave us (girls) the confidence to finally challenge ourselves to never settle for less than we deserve. Now fast forward 17 years and Meghan Trainor is now reminding us that we can say no! If you're in your zone and accomplishing great things, and don't want someone who is just going to run game, say no. Tell them your number is no, your sign is no, he needs to let it go. I love listening to Meghan Trainor, she is unapologetic in her music and is great advocate for women empowerment. She enforces that we love are bodies and don't allow media to cloud our perception of ourselves. I am excited for her future works. Please listen to "No" by Meghan Trainor.

18 March 2016

Gaming Den



Hey, Hey, Hey Everybody,
Welcome to the Gaming Den

To continue on my Halo segment, which I started playing songs for last night, I wanted to talk about the main character Master Chief, whose name is also John. He is a Super-Soldier, and was apart of the Spartan-II program. This program, functions much like the Greek City, Sparta, where kids at a young age were rigorously trained for combat. In the Spartan-II program they also used chemical enhancements and surgeries, essentially making John's bones indestructible, and even capable of taking out fully trained Marine at the age of 14. He wears the Mjolnir Mark VI armor which connects Johns nervous system to the suit, allowing the 1/2 ton suit to move with John as well as assist his already super-human abilities.

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He is also able to use a plethora of weapons, but his most defining characteristic is his luck. It is super-natural how lucky John is, such as finding just the right weapon lying on the ground for him to pick up. To jumping out of a spaceship with a 3-ton bomb and landing on the enemy spaceship and blowing it up, unscathed. And if that seems impressive hear this, he once jumped out of a ship and entered earth's atmosphere and landed, ready to go, with just a tiny piece of metal as protection. If that is not awesome I don't know what is.

Tune in Thursday's 9 to 10 for some Video game music by TheRavanator on WNJR 91.7fm

17 March 2016

Black Blessings- Langston Hughes

Hello party people, it's Thursday and I know you've been sick of not getting a Black Blessing early in the week, but I have come to your rescue! I have heard the call and brought with me Mr. Langston Hughes.
Langston Hughes is possibly the most famous poet remembered from the Harlem Renaissance. He often wrote about the struggles of Blacks and served life lessons to follow, such as never giving up, staying strong, and believing in yourself. For more about Mr. Hughes visit here. Below is Langston Hughes himself reading his poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

Artist Spotlight: Tanerélle

 

Tanerélle is a new artist combining multiple types of genres into her music. With a combination of indie, electronic, and R&B she is able to create a new style of music in her single "Siren." Tanerélle is originally from Atlanta and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream.  She is an independent artist and is hoping to put out a new EP for the summer.  You can find "Siren" on iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud, and if you are interested you can listen to it here! You can tell that music is Tanerélle's passion, and I hope you guys check her out!  If you want to hear Tanerélle or artists similar to her, then don't forget to tune in on Monday nights at 10PM to Bad Dance Moves!

15 March 2016

Song Spotlight: Ultralight Beam

 
Ultralight Beam 
 In Ultralight Beam it seems as though Kanye is returning back to the old Kanye. The Kanye that made music to be thought-provoking. Ultralight Beam reminds me of "The College Drop," Late Registration," and "Graduation." Albums tailored-made for the audience that has followed him from the beginning. Ultralight Beam is about Kanye's faith in God this specific track has parallel between The Life of Pablo and the life of Saint Paul the Apostle. In the story Paul (Saul, before he changed his name) would travel to persecute Christians until he heard the voice of God and converted. This track talks about fighting off the devils of our everyday life and keeping the faith, when it seems all is lost. The Pentecostal choir in the background creates a sense of a church and soul atmosphere. If you are feeling like all hope is lost and want some encouragement, give Kanye a try. It seems as though we may be getting the old Kanye back. Listen to Ultralight Beam

Tune Tuesday: Patty Walters


Happy Tuesday Everyone! I know you all were waiting all week to here another Tune Tuesday cover so here you go! This is Patty Walters covering the one and the only "Teenage Dirtbag" originally made by Wheatus. Patty Walters started out as a teenager posting cover songs once a week and now he is signed with his new band to Fearless Records. I hope you all enjoy this awesome cover and check in next Tuesday for the next cover song and tune in every Friday to 91.7FM to hear my show "March Badness!"

11 March 2016

Artist Spotlight: Zayn

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What happens when a singer leaves a multi-million boy band to go solo? A hit single apparently (Surprised? Me too). Zayn Malik is known as one fifth of the boy band One Direction. Zayn provided the quintet with a silky falsetto and a little diversity. I know everyone was wondering (especially me), what could Zayn possibly do now that is more successful than his career with his group members? But lucky for us all, he has proved the naysayers wrong. Zayn released his first solo record Pillow Talk and it has been making waves for a while now. Most are surprised by the adult lyrics and the R&B sound that his "directioners" aren't use to. However, who cares? Zayn is making amazing music that seems to reach the masses. Tune into WNJR Radio 91.7FM for a listen (:

Gaming Den



Hey, Hey, Hey, Everybody
Welcome to the Gaming Den,

This week I would like to make a slight detour, from my talk on Megaman to talk about a game that got me started on the first-person shooter genre and that is Halo. This series revolves around a soldier called Master Chief who is a modified super soldier called Spartan. The first game, Halo Combat Evolved, starts off in the middle of a war between the Human, who have been colonizing many planets, and the Theocratic Covenant, who say that the Humans are pests and disgrace their god.

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The events of Halo lead the Master Chief onto this ring world where he and his AI partner, Cortana learn of the how it is a galactic weapon to attempt to control a parasite known as the Flood. They ultimately decided to blow up the ring world, destroying everything on it. The series as a whole then expanded to numerous other games, fan-made shows, and even graphic novels.

Also, tune in Thursday's 9 to 10 for some Video game music by TheRavanator on WNJR 91.7fm

10 March 2016

Artist Spotlight: The Palms


               
 Hey everyone, hope your week is going well and you're ready to discover some new artists! The Palms is a band based in Los Angeles consisting of members Johnny Zambeti and Ben Rothbard. With songs like "Public Enemy #1," "Breakin' Up," and "Headphones" the band perfectly embodies the feeling of a summer night in LA. My personal favorite from the band is the song "Push Off." The band has more of an indie or alternative vibe, but if you are interested there is an electronic remix of "Push Off" which you can check out here!  The Palms are not on iTunes yet but you can check them out on SoundCloud or even buy their EP on bandcamp! If you're interested in hearing more by The Palms or by artists similar to them then don't forget to tune in on Monday nights at 10PM to Bad Dance Moves!
                                  

09 March 2016

Kendrick Lamar : untitled unmastered


 Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered was recently released unannounced, but that didn't stop it from gaining attention from people universally. If you have ever listened to Kendrick, you would know that his music is not just beats and rhymes, but an attempt to send a message through his lyrics. This has prompted a world-wide contest, beginning TODAY on Twitter at 4 p.m !! Kendrick has high hopes that his audience pays attention to the latent content of his lyrics, engaging in thought as they rap along. During the duration of the contest, Kendrick will pose 8 questions about the tracks on his newly released album. Once you Tweet your response, followed by #untitledlyrics, you're entered to win a "K-Dot"package. If you are a true Kendrick fan, one who understands the message behind the man, follow this link for more details on how to enter and win untitled unmastered Twitter Contest .. Good Luck !!!

P.S. If you haven't done so already, I suggest you check out the album like now !! In the mean time, check out track number 2 {above}.

Friday Show: Country

Good morning, y'all! As I begin putting things together so I can have a successful country playlist, I am excited to announce that every Friday between 1:00PM and 2:00PM there will be great country music playing. Although I will begin with old country hits, I will be progressing towards a more modern playlist as time goes on. Hope you guys tune into WNJR 91.7 Friday from 1-2PM. Have a great rest of your week!

08 March 2016

Black Blessings- Claude McKay

Hello everyone I know it's only Tuesday, but I thought you guys could use an early dose this week. So today we're spotlighting Claude McKay!
Claude McKay was born in Jamaica. He was a large influence in the Harlem Renaissance. His books and poems highlighted life as a Black individual in Jamaica and in white America. His bitterness towards racism wasn't hidden or unjustified. If you would like to know more about Mr. McKay, click here! Below is the reading of his poems "If We Must Die" and "White House"with some extraordinary imagery in the video.


Aurora

 
Aurora 
If you haven't had the chance to listen to Aurora, you are truly missing out. Aurora is from Bergen, Norway and has made waves throughout the world. One of my favorites by her is "Running with Wolves".  Its about letting out your animal instinct, and being free from restriction. She introduces the song by allowing the listener to embrace their youthfulness. Everyone feels the pressures of time and loss of strength. By running with wolves for the night, their is an overwhelming feeling of liberation and timelessness. If you feel like running with wolves be sure to listen to Aurora!

Tune Tuesday: Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great start to their week and hopefully this cover song makes your week even better. Happy Hippie presented a rare cover song of "Don't Dream It's Over" originally sung by Crowded House and now remade by Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grade. Although this amazing video may seem like two famous singers having fun, they are doing this for the Happy Hippie Foundation. The Happy Hippie Foundation is Miley Cyrus's foundation that supports youth that are homeless, LGBTQ, and other vulnerable populations. So basically not only is this song awesome it's for a great cause! Happy Hippie Tuesday!

07 March 2016

Artist Spotight: Oh Wonder

Happy Monday, everyone! This week I want to tell you about Oh Wonder, an alternative pop duo from London.  Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West formed Oh Wonder in 2014, and they released their first full-length album in September 2015.  The duo produces very mellow, calming songs that make you smile.  Some of my favorite Oh Wonder tunes include "Lose It" (see video below), "Body Gold," and "Without You."  Louis the Child, the DJ duo I wrote about last week, produced an incredible remix of "Body Gold" that you can listen to here: https://soundcloud.com/louisthechild/bodygold.  Enjoy!

04 March 2016

Artist Spotlight: Megan Wilde

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Megan Wilde has released an EP entitled Wildfire on May 19, 2015. Although I am a little late in getting my hands on it (remember: better late than never), there is no denying this independent artist's talent. Sultry. Effortless. Dark. Timeless. Elegant. Intelligent. This is only a few words that begin to describe Megan's piece of art. The EP consist of only 4 songs yet covers an array of topics. She speaks to the young and the old as her music holds no boundaries. Make sure you tune into WNJR Radio 91.7FM for a listen into Wildfire.



Gaming Den

Hey, Hey, Hey, Everybody
Welcome to the Gaming Den

As a continuation off of last week's post on MegaMan Zero Collection. I started playing the first of 4 games, MegaMan Zero. The game functions fairly simply, run around with your weapon gunning/slashing everything that wants to hurt you. This game has a mission style system like other MegaMan games, where you select the mission to complete and you are teleported to the beginning of the level. This game also introduces a weapon level up system where using the weapon will increase its level, giving Zero more abilities like a charge shot.
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Ciel with many Cyber Elves. Source: Megaman Wikia

This game also introduces a cyber elf system where you can collect little programs to upgrade Zero's stats, such as giving him more health or allowing him to climb ladders faster. The developers of the game intended theses cyber elves to make the game easier as they built the game to be more of a hardcore game, but one of the flaws with that is the fact that it takes a lot of skill to get the elf and resources to upgrade Zero.

Also, tune in Thursday's 9 to 10 for some Video game music by TheRavanator on WNJR 91.7fm

03 March 2016

Black Blessings- Josephine Baker

Hello all! It's Thursday! I hope you're all having a great day and staying safe. Today we have the lovely and gorgeous Josephine Baker in our presence!
Josephine Baker was an American-born French actress, singer, and civil rights activist. She was one of France's highest paid performers. She was earned the nicknames "Black Venus" or  "Black Pearl".  She worked for the French Resistance in World War II. When she died in 1975, she was buried with military honors. To learn more about Josephine, click here. Below is a video of Josephine's famous banana dance.

Artist Spotlight: Kiiara

 


Kiiara is a new name in the music industry, but her music is infectious and no disappointment. With her unique voice and music style she will no doubt be an artist to look out for.  Her chopped vocals sit perfectly with the electronic beats in songs like "Gold" and "Feels" which can be found on iTunes. You can also listen to "Gold" in the video above! If those two songs aren't enough for you then you can check out Kiiara on SoundCloud and listen to my personal favorite "Tennessee." The 20 year old is expected to release a new EP titled "Meet Me in the Cornfield" in the near future, so be sure to keep a lookout.  If you want to hear more songs by Kiiara or similar artists then be sure to tune in on Monday nights at 10PM for Bad Dance Moves on 91.7FM WNJR!
 



Happy Thursday!

So I'm blogging late this week, but I wanted to remind you to tune in to my show West Toast on Wednesdays.  Every week I focus on the career, background and artistry of an original west coast hip hop artist, as well as play some other west coast hip hop and other genres.  So far I've covered Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, and next week I'll be focusing on Tupac! 
Tune in on Wednesdays at 4PM on 91.7FM WNJR.

01 March 2016

Artist Spotlight: Bryson Tiller

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Bryson Tiller 
Tiller is one of the artist that was not expected, yet accepted with open arms by all audiences. He is essential for the brokenhearted, who needed someone to tell them 
"Girl that man didn't show any effort,
do all I can just to show you, you're special. 
Certain it's your love that holds me together." (Don't, Tiller). 
Finally a man who is not just rapping or singing about that "one thing". A man that actually cares about the feelings of women. We have not seen artistry like this since Frank Ocean. Now of course his songs varies from break up songs to more upbeat songs, but the title of his album (Trapsoul) explains his entire album. Not only will you be nodding your head but you'll be thinking about the special someone as well. I highly recommend giving Bryson Tiller a try.