New Music Wednesday: Nov. 1, 2017

Check out the awesome music that we have put into automation this Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

  1. Blank Range Marooned With The Treasure

Featured Tracks: 86 My Mind, Opening Band & Ember in the Ash

For Fans Of: Blitzen Trapper, Ryan Adams, M. Ward, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Vetiver, Conor Oberst, Cass McCombs

This summer, Nashville’s Blank Range released their debut album Marooned With The Treasure via Sturdy Girls Records distributed by Thirty Tigers (Sturgill Simpson / Jason Isbell). The band will hit the road for the rest of the year supporting Jessica Lea Mayfield and Tyler Childers and have just announced a run of dates in 2018 with Margo Price. Rolling Stone Country recently featured the band as one of 10 New Country Artists You Need To Know and said the album is “brimming with storyteller verses, bourbon-bathed choruses and transcendental bursts of shred by Gustafson – one of Music City’s most inventive guitarists…”

Website: https://blankrange.bandcamp.com/album/marooned-with-the-treasure

2. Vista KicksBooty Shakers Ball

Featured Tracks: Gotta Get Away, Gimmie Love, Fight the War & Me & Mr Reilly

For Fans Of: The Alabama Shakes, Kings of Leon, Artic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Blitzen Trapper, The Strokes, The Bee Gees, Weezer

Four lifelong friends from Northern California grow up obsessed with the sounds of AC/DC, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, The Bee Gees and Michael Jackson. Living within a block of each other since kindergarten, they began playing anywhere and everywhere with a stage by the age of 16, taking over supper clubs, parties, and backyard barbecues. Within a year, the band’s independent 2016 Chasing Waves EP and additional singles generated over 5 million cumulative Spotify streams and 3.2 million YouTube views. However, everything set the stage for the release of their 2017 full-length, Booty Shakers Ball, self-produced by the musicians themselves and engineered by their guitar player and vocalist Sam Plecker. Best described as a smoked-out collaboration between James Brown and Jimmy Page, it bridges eras. This is Booty Shaking Rock and Roll, says Trevor. We’re so far behind that we’re ahead; I don’t think there’s anything else like us out there. Every song is different and eclectic. We’re old soul millennials, exclaims Trevor. We’re young and wound up like everybody else our age, but our roots go deep. We’ve found an audience that’s just like us. It’s rock music that you can shake your booty to and party. That’s exactly what the first single and album opener “Gotta Get Away” offers. Hinging on bluesy and ballsy riffing as well as a simmering, soulful groove, the track opens up the world of Vista Kicks, treading a fine line between rock and funk.

3. The SherlocksLive For The Moment

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Featured Tracks: Will You Be There?, Life for the Moment, Chasing Shadows & Blue

For Fans Of: Artic Monkeys, The Clash, The Vaccines, Kaiser

Since their sold-out UK Tour in September 2016, the Sheffield four-piece has been relentlessly touring the UK, with numerous festival dates. The band, consisting of two sets of brothers, have been steadily building a solid live following and were the first unsigned band since Arctic Monkeys to sell out their local venue, the Sheffield Leadmill. With support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Annie Mac, Mistajam & Huw Stephens, this is a young band following in the great tradition of guitar groups from their area. When asked what to expect from this anticipated debut. The Sherlocks promise: “The time has finally come…what started as a hobby has incredibly turned into a career. But this is all down to our fans forinvesting their time into our band. The amount of people calling for this album is truly overwhelming and we know this is the right time to share it. We’ve genuinely worked so hard for this and put everything into this album, down to the very last detail. Everything about this album feels incredibly special…4 lads from the middle of nowhere. This is what makes our story so special, that the people have decided to back a real band and we will be forever grateful to them for that. Our lives have completely changed over thelast few years… we started this band around 7 years ago as friends jamming a few songs out together in my dad’s garage. Over 1200 gigs later, we’re now here announcing something we will be eternally proud of. We can’t wait for you to hear it in its entirety. This one’s for you.”

Website: http://www.thesherlocksmusic.co.uk/

4. Prolly KnotIt’s Not Anymore EP

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Featured Tracks: Teeth (Never Should Have), Cleared Out & We Were Gone

For Fans Of: Maggie Rogers, Banks

In It’s Not Anymore Portland based, R&B/ Pop artist Prolly Knot (the project of previously Nashville based singer-songwriter Sam Pinkerton), makes the move from hip/hop inspired heartbreak to care-free pop music. From acoustic guitar to synthesizer, Pinkerton writes timeless singer-songwriter tracks paired with catchy pop hooks. The tracks on It’s Not Anymore addresses heavy life topics that most of us deal with- depression, coming of age, secrets, finding your identity, young relationships and more. Pinkerton’s mature lyrics and melodic tale-telling tracks are standouts due to her angelic yet weighty voice

Website: http://www.prollyknottunes.com

5. Casper SkullsMercy Works

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Featured Tracks: Mercy Works, You Can Call Me Allocator, Lingua Franca, Primeval & Colour Of The Outside

For Fans Of: Beliefs, Dilly Dally, Slothrust, Slowdive

Toronto post-punks Casper Skulls release their first full length LP with Buzz Records (Weaves, Greys).  While the rough and ready post-punk and lo-fi early ’90s indie influences present on the band’s first recordings still provide the foundation, there is a sense of scale on display in their swelling guitar figures and sweeping string arrangements that is mirrored by the songwriting of dual lead vocalists Melanie St. Pierre and Neil Bednis. The real-life couple seek to represent lived experience in immense detail – engaging with a diverse palette of references, both musical and lyrical, to explore two intensely personal perspectives of emotional growth. Thematically, the album traverses various paths of self-exploration, from relationships to politics to death and grief, in a language inflected by an immersion in several generations of experimental guitar music, and an ambivalent grappling with the reverberations of a Catholic upbringing.

Website: https://casperskulls.bandcamp.com/

6. ShamirRevelations

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Featured Tracks: You Have a Song, 90’s Kids & Straight Boy

For Fans Of: Blood Orange, Perfume Genius

Shamir is Shamir and remains Shamir through and through, no matter what the universe puts him through. After quickly rising to underground fame with his Northtown EP in 2014, the DIY popstar made a sonic splash with Rachet’s lead single “On The Regular,” a poppy banger and commercial success. And what do you do if XL drops you? If you’re Shamir, you put out an album you recorded yourself all in one weekend, whilst questioning the decision to quit music. The record was called Hope and Shamir self-released it via SoundCloud during the spring of 2017, with no promotion or label support. Now, happily joining San Francisco based indie label Father/Daughter Records, Shamir is excited to share his upcoming new album, titled Revelations. Revelations is much more minimal in instrumentation & production compared to Rachet, but is even more full in sound and feeling. They’re Shamir’s Revelations, and you should listen up.

Website: http://shamir326.tumblr.com/

7. La Louma Let The World Be Flooded Out

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Featured Tracks: The Decline Of Nations, Hear Me Out & Aaj Mausam Bada Beimann Hai

Meticulously handcrafted over hundreds of hours of solitude, La Louma’s palette includes thickly melodic woodwinds and brass, electric guitar and bass, impatient drums, tremolo vocal undercurrents, and metaphor-laden lyrics. On Let The World Be Flooded Out, the tone repeatedly shifts unexpectedly from dramatic desperation to quiet contemplation, from a determined sprint to utter immobilization. Musically mirroring La Louma’s vagabond mind, each of the album’s richly transportive scenes are colored by carefully chosen modalities, timbres, instrumentations, and arrangements. On her debut, she explores heavy subject matter in an upbeat atmosphere, merging her classical training with her DIY queer punk ethos.

Website: https://www.lalouma.com/

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New Music Wednesday: Oct. 25, 2017

Check out the awesome music that we have put into automation this Wednesday, October 25th, 2017.

1. Vissia – Place Holder

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Featured Tracks: Mountaineer, I Wanted, Night Romancer & Whiskey Walk

For Fans Of: Mise en Scene, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Neko Case
A native of small-town Alberta, Canada, VISSIA writes intimate, lyric-driven songs. VISSIA’s sound is distinctly her own yet manages to connect listeners to their own most favorite private feelings and imagined landscapes. Whether it’s a nod to Wilco or Neko Case, a surprising seventh chord Jazz change-up, some big t-rex/Visconti-like backing vocals — the choice always feel natural.Based in Edmonton, VISSIA has been building an audience around Canadian music clubs and festival stages since her debut album in 2011 (A Lot Less Gold; November 2011). She has had the pleasure of sharing stages with artists like Del Barber, Lindi Ortega, Whitehorse, Russel de Carle, Matt Anderson, The Skydiggers, and Harry Stinson. Her performances have included stages at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Canmore Folk Music Festival, Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival, as well as hundreds of tour dates across Canada from coast to coast.VISSIA‘s new album, Place Holder, comes out November 10th, 2017.

 

2. Smoke and Sugar – Mindings

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Featured Tracks: Wonderful, Runner (Slow Down) & Featherless

For Fans Of: Norah Jones, Hiatus Kaiyote, early Xenia Rubinos

NYC natives Smoke And Sugar are proud to introduce their latest EP Mindings to the world of radio. The singles “Fever Angel” and “Wonderful” highlight the funky-fresh soul that permeates throughout Smoke And Sugar‘s music. The four-song EP combines the melodic vocals of Mari Quinn-Makwaia and the funky bass lines of Mike Robinson to produce an enchanting listening experience. Through jam sessions, open mic nights, and the luckiest Craiglist add ever, the four-piece ensemble managed to produce a dynamic EP that combines funk, jazz, soul, and pop to the joy of listeners everywhere. When not recording new music, Smoke And Sugar tour the US and bring their funky fusion to audiences everywhere, leaving behind some of the sweetness of their music.

Website: https://www.smokeandsugarmusic.com/

3. Slaughter Beach, DogBirdie

Featured Tracks: Bad Beer & Sleepwalking

For Fans Of: Kevin Devine, Manchester Orchestra, Modern Baseball, Pinegrove 

Few bands can say they were born out of necessity, but Slaughter Beach, Dog can. In 2015, Jake Ewald, in the midst of trying to write songs for his other band Modern Baseball (which has since gone on hiatus), hit a patch of writer’s block. To get himself back in action, Ewald decided to move the focus off of himself, stitching together a loose narrative surrounding a motley cast of characters. Before he knew it, he’d written an entire album, and Slaughter Beach, Dog was no longer an exercise, it was a full-fledged band. Birdie expands upon the framework Ewald built on Welcome and the recent EP Motorcycle .jpg, retaining the hallmarks of Slaughter Beach, Dog while pushing into brave new territories.  Birdie is bountiful in its scope, with songs that pile on layers of instruments and suck you into the world of Slaughter Beach, Dog. And once you’re there, you never want to leave.

Website: http://slaughterbeachdog.com/

4. Flat Worms – Flat Worms 

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Featured Tracks: Motorbike & Pearl
For Fans Of: Oh Sees, Kevin Morby, Ty Segall, Sic Alps, Heron Oblivions, The Babies, Swell Maps, ORB
Flat Worms really belt-sanded us with their 7″ on Volar, and we are proud as new papas to present their debut LP. They continue their ride on a buzzsaw wave of feedback-tipped riffs into the middle distance, smog-choked sunset receding in the rearview, a thousand yard dead-pan surgically pinned to a high octane set of boredom energized punk pistons. Flat Worms – ears a-ringing missive from the end of the cul-de-sac, the mirage of direction wavering above a mid-sized American suburb at dusk, constellations bleached black by the sprawl. A little Wipers, a little Wire, and a lot of late-capitalist eras anxious energy – Flat Worms scratch the itch quite nicely, we think.
5. Lindsay Latimer – Teenage Lullaby [EP]
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Featured Tracks: Until Then & I Blame You
Lindsay Latimer, a Nashville-based singer/songwriter, released her second EP, Teenage Lullaby on October 20th. Teenage Lullaby, produced by Jeremy Lutito (Ingrid Michaelson, Mat Kearney, Ben Rector), is a 5-track EP that rotates between dreamy and nostalgic to palpable and raw and features a wide range of instruments from the piano, electric bass, violin, viola, to cello. With her buttery vocals and captivating hooks, Lindsay tells stories of nostalgia, growing up, and relationships, while she gracefully skims the surfaces of pop, electronic, jazz, and rock – landing in a fresh sound of her own.

6. Miss World Waist Management

Featured Tracks: Buy Me Dinner and Click and Yr Mine

For Fans Of: Diet Cig, Hinds, Lisa Prank, Shitkid

Miss World is the project of London/Toronto based artist Natalie Chahal (also half of fellow PNKSLM signees Shit Girlfriend alongside Laura-Mary Carter). After self-releasing the debut single “Buy Me Dinner” earlier this year, Punk Slime Recordings are proud to announce that Miss World has officially joined the PNKSLM family with her debut EP Waist Management. Four tracks of extremely catchy garage pop that will instantly make you fall in love, combining lo-fi charms with Natalie’s ear for a melody it’s an introduction that will leave you wanting more.

Website Link: https://missworld.bandcamp.com/

7. StVincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’

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Featured Tracks:  Los Ageless, Pills, Sugarboy, New York

For Fans Of: Feist, tUnE-yArDs, Sleater-Kinney, David Byrne

StVincent‘s fifth record in is her most bombastic and adventurous, widening her already vast expanse of pop tyranny.

Website: http://ilovestvincent.com/

8. The ClydesSo The Story Goes

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Featured Tracks: Broken Boy, Holly Speaks, Que & The Vampire Of Hanover
For Fans Of: Sloan, Teenage Fanclub, Okkervil River, Fairmont
The Clydes are an alt-pop-rock band from New Jersey set to release So The Story Goes, their first full-length album on Mint 400 Records. The quartet – led by brothers Brent Johnson (lead vocals) and Brian Johnson (lead guitar) – signed with the label last year after releasing three records on their own and building a name for themselves by playing venues throughout the Northeast, from The Stone Pony in Asbury Park to The Bitter End in New York City. The band – fleshed out by Andrew Lord Chandler (bass) and MadMardigan (drums) released Comeback Charlie, an EP, on the label last fall. So The Story Goes, a 10-song album, is a more ambitious affair. They’ve added more dynamics, bits of trumpet, a wider arrange of guitar tones, and lyrics that explore the challenge and hope of both standing up for yourself and trying to better yourself. There’s also a song about an early 20th century serial killer. Like Comeback Charlie, the album was produced by Neil Sabatino, Mint 400’s founder and the leader of New Jersey indie rock veterans Fairmont.” – New Noise
9. San FerminAsleep on the train [Single]
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Featured Track: Asleep On The Train
Produced by bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone and brought to life by his fellow performers—lead vocalists Charlene Kaye (KAYE) and Allen Tate, trumpet player John Brandon, saxophonist Stephen Chen, violinist Rebekah Durham, drummer Michael Hanf, and guitarists Tyler McDiarmid and Aki Ishiguro—San Fermin‘s 2017 album Belong is a warm, intoxicating LP. Now, the band has released a lush, gorgeous outtake from the Belong sessions, entitled “Asleep on the Train.” According to Ludwig-Leone, “this song is a b-side that I’ve always liked, but it didn’t quite fit on the record,” says bandleader Ludwig-Leone. “The intro starts with kind of train whistle sound, and then the sax and violin come in with this chugging sound that inspired the lyrics to the song. The lyrics are inspired by late nights on the subway, all flickering fluorescent lights and post-party depression.” Featuring dual vocals from both Tate and Kaye, “Asleep On The Train” is a worthy addition to the San Fermin catalogue and should sound great live during the band’s shows this October.

Website: http://www.sanferminband.com/

10. IsadorFalling [Single]

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Featured Track: Falling

Warren Heller, who goes by the name Isador, is a stunningly creative photographer, graphic designer, filmmaker, and musician who has made it his mission to tell stories of coming of age in a hostile world, overcoming limitations both externally imposed and involuntarily self-inflicted. Heller’s first single, “Falling,” has just arrived via 300 Entertainment. With introspective lyrics layered with thumping bass and sweeping orchestral arrangements, the song and its accompanying video lay bare some internal struggles. “I dropped out of college and became isolated at home,” he says. “It felt like my life was falling apart around me. Music had always been an outlet for me in the past, so I tried to channel all this dread and fear I was feeling into ‘Falling.’ It helped me process what I was feeling and start to pick up the pieces.”

Website: https://www.facebook.com/IsadorStuff/

 

What is Pop Anyways? Concert

Basement Surfers, Timothy Thompson, Bunny N Bear, and Adrian Milanio will be performing in The Cave located in the lower Anderson University Center on Friday October 20 from 6-9 p.m.

The concert is free and open to everyone, but donations of any amount for the bands is very much appreciated and encouraged! Donations must be in cash.

Check out the awesome bands before you show up!

Basement Surfers:

https://basementsurfers.bandcamp.com

Timothy Thompson

https://timorythompson.bandcamp.com/album/timory-thompson-original

Bunny N Bear

https://www.reverbnation.com/bunnynbear Adrian

Adrian Milanio

https://adrianmilanio.bandcamp.com/releases

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Hoodie Weather Concert

Double Creature, J-Martin, and Etchings will be performing at the PLU’s Amphitheater on Saturday September 23rd from 4-7 p.m.

The concert is free and open to everyone, but $5 donation for the bands is very much appreciated!

Check out the awesome bands before you show up!

Etchings
https://www.facebook.com/Etchingsband/

J-Martin
https://www.facebook.com/J-Martin-450135158398499/

Double Creature
https://www.facebook.com/DoubleCreature-454570371334621/

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Show of the Week: “The Blue Room Jazz Hour” w/ DJ “The Jack from the Past”

It’s time for another “Show of the Week”!img_0749  This week’s focus is on “The Blue Room Jazz Hour” who is hosted by Jack Galliet AKA “The Jack from the Past”.  Jack is a Sophomore Business major and music minor who calls Redmond, WA home.  Jack’s interest for LASR started as a kid when he would listen to KNKX (now known as KPLU).  Jack noticed that there was no Jazz specific show on LASR and decided that a “KPLUesque” show was a necessity

“The Blue Room Jazz Hour” features the music genre known as jazz.  Jack explains his love of jazz music started when he first began playing trumpet in 6th grade.  He was drawn to the freeness of jazz and that in this genre, two people never play a song the same way.  Jack was allowed the freeness that all musicians want due to the ever-changing ideology of jazz.  It was this moment that he fell in love with jazz and wanted to share that love.  Jazz has many different subgenres and eras that have spanned since its inception into popular music.  Jack’s choice of era includes big band, bebop, and more recently fusion.

Jazz is also broken down between vocal and instrumental.  Jack is drawn more to instrumental jazz because of his band connections.  According to Jack, more people can relate to vocal jazz than instrumental jazz.  It’s precisely this reason that “The Blue Room Jazz Hour” features both vocal and instrumental jazz.  Jack’s main goal for the show is twofold.  First, he wants to give people a taste of something he adores.  Secondly, he wants to extend “Jazz family” to anyone and everyone that is willing to listen and take a chance.

You can catch “The Blue Room Jazz Hour” on Fridays from 9:00pm-10:00pm.  If you still need some convincing, check out the playlist from the last show below.

Terrell Stafford “Hocus pocus” from Brotherlee Love (CD) — First song of the Night

Diane Schurr & the Count Basie Orchestra “Deedles’ Blues (Live)” from The Best of Diane Schuur (MP3)

Count Basie “The Kid from Red Bank” from The complete Atomic Basie (MP3)

The Clayton Brothers “Friday Struttin’” from The Gathering (MP3)

Arturo Sandoval “Manteca” from Trumpet Evolution

Mary Stallings “Goodbye Medley” from Don’t Look Back (MP3)

Wycliffe Gordon “Pops for President” from Hello Pops! (A Tribute to Louis Armstrong)

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga “Anything Goes” from Cheek to Cheek (deluxe Version) (MP3)

Show of the Week: “Currently” w/ DJ Pineapple Emoji

img_0729Halloween has come and gone and with less than half the semester to go, it is time for another show spotlight of the week.  This week’s focus is on Gina Snyder (AKA) pineapple emoji, a first-year potential Psychology or Spanish major that hails from Colorado Springs, CO.  Gina got interested in LASR when she toured PLU last March, and then saw LASR again at the involvement fair this past September.  Gina proclaims that her music taste is great and wanted to share that music with anyone that would listen.

The show that Gina DJs is known as “Currently”.  Gina created the show to express her desire to play songs she recently listened too.  These songs can include ones that she is “in too” or songs that make her think “hey, you should listen to this”.  The ultimate goal of “Currently” is to share knowledge of music that listeners might not ever hear of and possibly may enjoy.  Then genre of music played on “Currently” varies from show to show.  Genres heard can include Alternative and Rock, Indie, and Rap.  Gina thrives on this diversity because the show is designed to play songs that are new or songs she is in too, regardless of genre.

Gina has two main goals for the show.  First, Gina wants to share new artists, bands, and genres to people that they may have never heard off.  Second, Gina wants to spread a message of positivity and the idea of “be kind to people” to all of her listeners.  You can catch “Currently” on Wednesdays from 7:00pm-8:00pm only on LASR.

If you’re still not convinced, here is a list of artists, songs, and albums that have been featured on “Currently”.

Metric “Help I’m Alive” from Fantasies

Mac Demarco “Salad Days” from Salad Days (MP3)

Liam Lynch “United States of Whatever” from Fake Songs

Blur “Song 2” from Blur: The Best Off

Anderson Paak “The Season / Carry Me” from Malibu

Mac Miller “Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak) [Radio Edit]” from Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak) [Radio Edit] – Single

Saint Motel “At Least I Have Nothing” from Voyeur

Sylvan Esso “Hey Mami” from Sylvan Esso

WALK THE MOON “Down In the Dumps” from TALKING IS HARD (MP3)

Olivver the Kid “Lucy (Hurt People Hurt People)” from Freak – EP

Show of the Week: “Real Talk” w/ Allie Gurrrrrlllllll

IMG_0720.JPG     It’s about time for our second DJ spotlight! This week’s focus is on Allie Ash, a junior Social Work major from Vancouver, Washington. Allie was interested in becoming a LASR DJ  because her sister was the previous General Manager for LASR and she wanted to stay in the “family business.”  She also wanted a cool way to be involved on campus, and what’s cooler than being a DJ?

     Her show is called “Real Talk” and it features a combination of music with commentary on current events.  When asked why she wanted to feature both music and current events, she said that she wanted to provide “stress relief” to all kinds of individuals who will listen to her show.  No matter if the individual wants to hear music or current events, Allie wants to give her audience that “chill” time that everyone needs.  The kind of current events ranges, but her favorite kind of music to play is sad music.  When asked why sad music,  Allie responded by saying that sad music is open to interpretation.  Everyone will get a different reaction or feeling by the same song.

     We asked Allie what she would you do everyday if she didn’t have to work.  Her first response to buy a lot of food and just eat all the time.  Of course, her top choice in food would be chocolate cake, but also organic food and expensive cheese.  She would also do non stop travelling as well.  Make sure you catch Allie’s show “Real Talk” Tuesday night from 7:00pm-8:00pm, you won’t be disappointed.

Show of the Week: The Commune w/ DJ Ian Lindhartsen

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DJ Ian Lindhartsen poses during his show, The Commune. Catch The Commune Thursdays at 8 p.m. at plu.edu/lasr

     With the leaves falling and the smell of pumpkin spice in the air, it’s time for our first DJ Spotlight.  Our first DJ is Ian Lindhartson, a first year potential Music Education and Chinese Studies double major.  Ian hails from Gig Harbor Washington and was a graduate of Peninsula High School.  Ian wanted to be a DJ at LASR because he took a class at his high school about their radio station and was instantly hooked.  Ian ultimately chose PLU because the programs that are offered here matched what he wants to do.  He also loves the sense of community that is present at PLU

     His show is called “The Commune” and it features music from the Tacoma/Pierce County.  When asked about why the show is called “The Commune,” Ian said that his show is about the music from the community.  That if Tacoma was condensed, this is the music we would hear.  Ian decided to focused on the Tacoma/Pierce county music scene because it offers a lot of great music that ultimately would not be showcased.  The kind music played in Tacoma/Pierce county ranges, but is anywhere from Celtic music to Garage bands.  There is immense talent here in Tacoma and Ian wants to showcase that talent with the listeners.

     A random fact about Ian is that is favorite ice cream flavor is Lime gooey duck.  This unique flavor was described by Ian as “Citrus on seafood.”  He did promise me that it’s weird but really good. Another random fact about Ian is that he does not use emojis that often, but instead uses the Facebook stickers.  If you or anyone you know is a local artist, band, Ian would love to know! He can be reached by e-mail at thecommune253@gmail.com. Catch The Commune on Thursdays at 8 p.m. at plu.edu/lasr

 

Carly Rae Jepsen – EMOTION Side B (8.0/10)

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Review by Austin Hayes, Production Director of LASR.

Before I start, I feel obligated to say that Carly Rae Jepsen is not the kind of artist I usually listen to. I don’t say this to put down pop music, or to distance myself from Jepsen (especially not this album). I say this because I can’t stop listening to this EP. While I consider myself an equal-opportunity music listener, I regularly fall back to genres that draw my attention more frequently, mainly hip hop and 90’s indie/alternative. This album, however, will undoubtedly become a regular for me.

Following up last year’s success, EMOTION, the EMOTION Side B EP breaks any expectation one may set for something an artist labels as her b-side. EMOTION was made to be more than just another pop album, instead of just having a worldwide sensation of a single, Carly Rae and her manager Scooter Braun set their eyes on making Carly’s EMOTION a critically acclaimed success (as discussed in this NYT article). But I’m not here to discuss an album that has been out for over a year.

EMOTION Side B definitely feels like an EP when compared to last year’s album, but it is an EP that is 100% bangers from beginning to end. The 80’s style synth beats throughout the EP are infectious and I simply can’t help but move when I hear them. The album starts with “First Time”, an incredibly catchy, synth-filled track reminiscing about a relationship coming to an end, and how every heartbreak feels like the “first time”. “Higher” moves past the heartbreak with an electric drum heavy beat, where Jepsen is pulled up by her new partner out of her cynicism and loneliness.

Then comes my absolute favorite track, “The One”. Based off of the title, I expected the average lovey pop song about her new boo possibly being “The One”. But no, that’d be too straightforward for Carly. Instead Carly is speaking of a relationship that she never saw as a relationship to begin with, something that has become more than she expected, and as she says in the post-chorus, “it’s too much pressure” for her, she absolutely does not want to be “The One” of this person’s affection. “Fever” is the reverse image of the previous track, explaining no matter that her significant other is breaking her heart, she will feel their fever forever. Two songs later, “Cry” deals with an emotionally shut-off lover, and while the chorus of this track feels a tad grating at times it is still a powerful, emotional track. Right after this comes a very close second favorite for me. “Store” opens with an etherial sound with a heart-beat like drum backing, that works itself up to a crunchy, horn filled beat when the chorus comes around.

Carly Rae Jepsen proves time and time again that she is an artist that is here to stay. What started as the “Call Me Maybe” girl has blossomed into an artist capable of crafting songs so good, the B side EP to her meticulously made 2015 album impresses more than I thought possible. This EP makes me excited for her future releases, and knowing that 200 tracks were tested for the 2015 album makes hopeful for more synth laden, emotion filled bangers that are found on both the album and this incredible EP. I give this EP a solid 8/10.

 

Austin Hayes hosts a weekly radio show not about pop music, but the  ~paranormal~

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LASR Staff Picks Playlist, May 23-27

What’s up Lutes,

This week’s staff member playlist is…

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Austin Hayes

Austin is LASR’s current General Manager, and he has been involved with LASR since his first semester at PLU. Next school year Austin will be focusing on improving LASR’s pre-recorded content. He is a history major, a comedy nerd, and an enthusiast of the paranormal.

“Since coming to college I’ve gotten much more into hiphop, but my “bread and butter” genres are 90’s alt rock and indie rock, whatever that means.”

Cel U Lar Device – Erykah Badu

Hospital – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind – Modern Baseball

Feedback – Kanye West

No Lie – Wet

Polychrome – NAVVI

You, In Weird Cities – Jeff Rosenstock

Cat Party – Koo Koo Kanga Roo

3230 – Vince Staples

Callin My Phone Based Freestyle – Lil B

Here’s a link to the Spotify playlist of these songs

You can keep up with Austin’s radio show continuing throughout the summer and into next year, Paranormal Puesdays.

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