Sac State Homecoming Football Game


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Happy Homecoming!

I don’t know about everyone else, but I was so excited about the game. It was Sac State’s homecoming football game, and we won with a score of 41-21 against Idaho State. It is great to see our players make another big win. In the beginning of the semester, some students were afraid that our season was not going to work out. I wrote about this concern before when we lost a few weeks ago. However, the players made a come back and won another game for the season. Things are looking up for the hornets. I am appreciating the new members of the team as well.

Today the hornets played a great game, but there were a few names that stood out to me. Jaelin Ratliff, BJ Perkinson, Isiah Hennie, and Elijah Dotson. There were many other players on the field, but these names stuck out to me throughout the game.

Let me say during the second half of the game and Perkinson made a touch down, and the score was 24-7, I was sure that the game was looking positive for the players. Until Hennie dropped the ball and Idaho state got the ball. My energy began to increase when Ratliffe took three tackles. I don’t think anyone was expecting that from him. But it happened. And of course we made another touch down of score 31-14 soon after. It was also exciting to see Kevin Thomson give a 29 yard run soon after, the third quarter was over. In the end, we won the game with a score of 41-21.

I am so proud of the Hornets for winning their homecoming game. I was ready for the big “boom” sound every time there was a touch down, and I was definitely ready for them to win this game. What ever motivation the players had today, is something that they need each game. I am ready to watch more games in the future. Once again I would like to give the football players a shout out for winning this game this week. Good luck to the future games this football season. Good Luck Hornets!

 

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Final September Special Post


182709689Now that classes are starting up for the semester, I am excited what new information I am going to learn. This is my first semester as a graduate student, and I am furthering my understanding towards the field of education. I am studying to become a teacher, and the greatest memory about being an undergrad was the information that I learned. I am now going to learn the background of teachers, rules, laws, history of education, and people in higher positions than teachers. This is an exciting and new way to start off my first semester as a  graduating student.

The only thing I am worried about is how many assignments and projects I will have this semester. I heard that graduate school has a lot to do with research. I was unsure if the first semester is an introduction to the master’s program or do students jump into their choice of research.

I actually have another thing that I am worried about. The fall season is coming up and I am afraid that I will become so lazy that I care less about my classwork throughout the semester. I might see the rain outside and say “forget that class, there will be others.” Knowing that missing one class will feel like an entire tow weeks of missed class and your teacher sounds like he/she is speaking a foreign language. It is my goal to go to each class session, but who knows I might miss a few classes due to the sick students and germs on campus. So everyone stay bundled up and away from sick students, teachers, children, or whoever is in your surroundings. I am already getting over a sickness at the moment. Hopefully I do not encounter anymore germs this semester. Everyone  please stay  warm, hydrated, and healthy this semester. To all of you sick individuals spreading germs, stop doing it, please.

Another Distraction’s New Album: Fragments


AnotherDistraction-Fragments-AlbumArtHey there folks, I’m DJ Rosie from Film Frequencies, on air Wednesdays from 12-1, and today I am going to be reviewing a brand new album from Another Distraction titled Fragments.
Before I begin, I’d like to put you in the headspace that I am currently existing in. I went out and saw the new Kingsman movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Although the film was great I decided to make the fateful decision to drink 48 fluid ounces of Cherry Coke. I assumed that I could handle such a drink. As I have now learned, I cannot.
I got home and immediately felt sick, and then went into a sugar induced coma for five hours. I have now awoken and decided, “Hey, now is a wonderful time to write a review of a loud rock CD!” Let’s hope I was right.
After looking at the CD, there are six songs on it, and after some research, this is an EP released on September 8th, 2017. The total duration of the album is 22 minutes and 3 seconds. Not a bad listen if you’re on your way to work or want to show your friends. I personally don’t have a long attention span, so this length is perfect for me.
The first song is called ‘Direction Define’. The song is about, as I interpret it, someone being isolated by everyone and left to fend for themselves. Through all of it they find themselves, they define their own direction. Something about the tempo of the song makes you feel like you’ve listened to it before, but not in a bad way, it just feels nostalgic. If this first song is any indication of what is in store for the rest of them album, I am very enthusiastic about the rest of this album.
The next song, song two on the list, is called ‘Scene Kid’s Afraid To Leave The Scene’. This song is all about feeling in the moment. The chorus is “Let it go, let it go/ Tell me something I don’t know”. This song really makes you feel in the moment, and reaches out to the scene kid in all of us. I can completely imagine being in the crowd at this concert and excited to be part of something.
The third song is called ‘Use Your Words’. When this song begins, you can tell it is different the the previous two. It starts with a short instrumental, and the words are a lot angrier. It’s a lot of hurt, all about how someone hurt them and comments “It’s easy for you”. This hits notes a lot harder than the other two songs, and shows another side of the band that I am excited to see.
Track 4 is called ‘Betting On Infinity’. It begins with a tad bit of shouting, leaning towards my classic idea of loud rock. That theme continues through the song slightly, but the rest of the song is more similar to track 1 and 2, where it is a sadder, more classic type of punk (and slightly pop, just slightly) rock.
The fifth song is called ‘Where I Reside’, and it begins with a darker tone, with wording that leans towards more emo. There are sections of the song that have just the singer and drummer playing, and it helps pace the song a lot better than if it were to keep a similar pace the whole time. It gives the listener something to break up all of the songs and refocus and regain the interest.
The final song is the one I am most excited about. The title is ‘For the Love of Sarah’. I don’t know why, but I absolutely love when songs have the names of people in them. It has a voyeuristic feel that is very intriguing. It begins very softly, and with the line ‘This is not where I imagined we would be” which I found appropriately ironic, as my first thought when hearing the song was “Is that a acoustic guitar?”, which, as the lead singer stated, isn’t what I imagined in a loud rock album.
And wow, it surprised me. A female singer, who I learned is named Sara Anderson, comes in about a minute into the song. The duet is something I wasn’t expected, but absolutely love. This song is mostly acoustic and not at all loud rock, until about another minute in, and then the rest of the band comes in. It’s such a fun and wonderful song, I definitely wasn’t expecting this but it lived up to the hype that the title set for me.
Overall, this is a great album. Most of it –excluding the last song, that one just made me excited and a bit sad — was very nostalgic for me. About five years ago, this was the exact music that I was listening to and it took me right back to that. In this album, every instrument is very distinct, which is something I appreciate in loud rock. I know that I have listen to other bands where I can’t quite tell the difference between what is playing when because everything is so, well, loud. I’m so happy that I’ve been able to listen to this album and I am so very excited to see what Another Distraction has in store next!

Young Thug: Young Martha [EP Review]


carnage-young-thug-1-800x600Young thug and EDM DJ Carnage deliver not just another banger collaborative track, but a whole EP titled Young Martha. The EP has some really standout tracks. The EP is titled after Martha Stewart, who is respected amongst many rappers and those in the Hip-Hop community because Martha Stewart made millions and even did jail time. The first track features Meek Mills and delivers a nice flow and an original sound to Rap music. You even get alternate vocal tone shifts by Young Thug himself. Songs like Liger has more of a traditional party track sound by Thugger, but what makes it an interesting song is the mention of buying a Liger, a much rarer animal than even Tigers. This is a reference to his style and rap skills being unique and one of a kind. Then you close up with a club-friendly, EDM track titled Don’t Call Me and it has a bass house vibe. The EP is well constructed with party anthems for the House Party and even the club. It’s a must download/stream
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The direction Carnage has taken as a producer has gone more of a Hip Hop-friendly EDM sound which has helped to close the gap between contemporary pop rap and EDM. This sound is heavily prevalent in the percussion and synths with this EP. We can expect to hear more of Carnage collaborating with many rap artists because it has become clear its a winning formula. This formula is often most popularized by major EDM producers like Diplo and Brodinski. The former having worked with everyone from M.I.A. to Travis Scott, while Brodinski brought that Atlanta Trap and Techno EDM fusion with such rappers as 21 savage and has pushed the barrier of the sound.

Young Thug is pushed lyrically and presents a picture of growth and reflection with mentions of growing up due to his parental responsibilities as a teen. Mentions of surrounding himself with “Homies” who have his back in not just physical confrontations, but with regards to snitchin’, financially, and supportively.

This whole collaboration between Carnage and Young Thug came forth because of a year old track called Don’t Call Me featured on Carnage’s Soundcloud account and culminated with this EP. This EP is stylized after a similar project of Young Thugs to create a trilogy of releases that culminate with an album. So we can anticipate much more from the two pushing the pop rap and EDM scenes into a head-on collision; Which shall push the boundaries of the two respective music cultures. Young Martha barely scratches the surface of what we can expect to hear from both collaborators.

The first single released for the EP is Homie which showcases a visual illusion that rolls through an infinite series of ceiling and floor with no real distinguished ceiling. The video is ultimately weird but reflects the eeriness of the music itself by the two collaborators.

Last Flowers – Love Album Review


a4100428117_10.jpgLast Flowers is a musical band that started up in the year 2010; beginning their musical career with two alternative/indie albums EP One and From A Piano Room. After a 4 year hiatus, Last Flowers has released their third album Love which debuted April 20, 2017. Written and and sung by Benjamin H. Lemons, this new album is quite unique to his works from the other albums.

When I first saw the album Love, I soon became in love (no pun intended) with it. What first caught my eye of Love, was the album cover(the image featured); to the illustration of the man and woman together on the front cover, to the hand-lettering of the title and songs titles on the back, to the color scheme of red and white, to just basically everything of the album was physically aesthetic to me.  It gives off such a beautiful, artsy vibe that reminds  me of the movies 500 Days of Summer and The Fault in Our Stars. 

I listened to the album in my car mostly because I don’t have own a CD player. I would listen to it on my way to work and on my way to school.The next thing I knew when I was listening to the album, I was entrapped, I loved it. ( Even now, when I am writing this post, I am listening to the Love album for references and still loving it!) The first track, Good Morning, is a poem being with an instrumental background. This caught me off guard because music albums do not tend to do this but nonetheless I really enjoyed it. My personal favorite tracks were 4. Joker and 6. On Your Own; the sounds of the songs and the lyrics made me feel calm and serene.  The song Joker, begins with a piano opening that also reminds me of John Lennon’s Imagine and continues to do so throughout the whole song.On Your Own begins with an acoustic guitar opening, then transitions with Benjamin H. Lemons singing that also brings in the underlying strums of an electric guitar. I really liked this song because it started off very calm in the beginning with the acoustic guitar and gradually builds up to using the electric guitar with drum beats. This song reminded me of the transition from being a boy and becoming a man (a stepping up of coolness or maturity).

The rest of the album was also very lovely with the sounds of guitar and piano being the main instruments of this album which do make a really good combo. Not only was there acoustic guitar, but also the electric guitar and also drums.  This album reminded me of bands such as Sales and Plain White T’s because of the rhythms and lyrics of love. I could see myself lying in bed and playing the album while doing some homework or when I need to just sit and think to myself.

You can check out Last Flowers and have a listen to the Love album on their website: http://www.lastflowersmusic.com/

 

Fright Night: Diplo and Excision


squarefrightnightThere are very few electronic music events in Sacramento, but Midnite events are spearheading the front to change that. This Halloween season, Midnite Events will be producing their Halloween Massive known as Fright NightThe lineup features Diplo who is often known as the frontmen of Major Lazer, as well as the owner of the eclectic label Mad Decent. Diplo could run a festival on his own, but fortunately, he has Excision to run the night with. Excision is known for his hard-hitting basslines and aggressive Dubstep sound. Excision visuals are also one of the most intense and electrifying visuals in the game right now.  So make sure to get your tickets for Fright Night this October 27th. Buy Tickets [HERE]

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From the Bay to Sac State


downloadNow that classes have started, I can’t help but feel both worry and excitement. First off, Sacramento is so much bigger than the Bay Area! There are also a lot more trees down here in Sacramento, which totally explains why Sacramento’s geo-tag on Snapchat states that it is “The City of Trees.” I’m still trying to adapt to the much higher temperatures here too! Anyway, this is my first semester attending Sac State; I transferred from a community college in the East Bay, known as, Diablo Valley College. When other students ask what year I am, I say “third year,” but it is technically my seventh year because I attended DVC for six years. The main reason why I took a while on transferring is the fact that I changed my major at least five times. On the bright side, I did obtain a few certificates and two Associates Degrees! Anyway, my biggest worry is delaying time and graduation again. My goal is to actually stick to my chosen major this time and graduate with a Bachelors Degree in no more than two years. I have chosen to be a Psychology major here in Sac State, but I also plan to double minor in Counseling and Ethnic Studies. In the future, I intend to obtain my Masters Degree at Sac State as well, but this decision may still change in the future. Although the thought of pursuing a Doctorate Degree highly intimidates me, I do admit that I am considering on adding it as one of my aspirations in life. All in all, I am way more excited than nervous for the rest of the semester. I am surely looking forward to making new friends, building lifelong connections, possibly joining a sorority, getting back into shape, excelling in my academics, and of course, being a DJ for KSSU!

Movie Review: Stephen King’s IT, 2017


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Over the weekend, I visited my boyfriend at his family’s house. While I was there, I suggested we go see IT.

I usually hate watching scary movies, but this was one that I decided, “Why not! What’s the worst that could happen?”

Everything. ‘Everything’ was the worst that could happen.

Although, I found myself enjoying the film immensely, I still have a hard time sleeping.

For those who don’t know, IT was originally created by Stephen King as a book. In 1990, IT got a movie adaptation that was created by Tommy Lee Wallace and starred Tim Curry as the original Pennywise The Dancing Clown.

In this new, remastered version of the movie, Bill Skarsgård brings Pennywise back to life in a chilling, horrifying, thrilling way. I thought Bill did a fantastic job at portraying the evil clown, especially with his smile and off-set eyes. Which, I found out, he could do ‘on cue’. Meaning that he could intentionally drift his eyes 2 different directions. This was one of the creepiest factors that caught me off-guard, but I found to be the most useful for his roll.

The movie takes place during a summer in the 80s, as 7 kids set out to defeat a living nightmare. Losers’ Club leader, Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Lienberher, has a strong belief that his younger brother Georgie, played by Jackson Robert Scott, isn’t dead. He is dead-set on the thought that his brother came out of another end of the sewers, after falling in to reclaim a paper boat Bill made for him to play with in the rain.

Throughout the movie, Pennywise takes advantage of Bill’s fear; finding Georgie truly dead. This was the main plot of the movie.

In my opinion, I thought this movie was very well-made. Just within the first few minutes of the movie, I was already in tears (Poor Georgie!).

There was always that feeling that Georgie wasn’t really dead, and was simply taken as hostage by Pennywise. I wanted to believe that the boy was alive the whole movie, but I don’t think anyone would’ve survived getting their arm bitten off and losing that much blood. Still, I have a huge soft spot for children, and I honestly wanted to believe Bill that Georgie was alive and well.

Bill was always full of hope, and would do anything to make sure his friends were safe and okay with his decisions. He was brave when entering the house on Neibolt street, and Richie even comments on his monologue, “He didn’t stutter once.” Which was a noticeable trait of Bill throughout the movie, and he would try reciting poetry to help him get over his stuttering habit.

Though, my favorite part of the movie had to be the ending scene where the kids go and save Beverly in the sewers. This was my favorite scene because it shows how Pennywise knows the fears of each kid, and uses it against them while they make their way through the sewer pipes. I enjoyed seeing the CGI effects when Stanley’s face was being engulfed by his fear, which was a women in a painting with an off-puting face. She is creepy in her own way, and reminded me of the Mother from Mama.

But I also liked this scene because we finally see where Pennywise hides and takes his victims. It’s oddly appealing to the eye, as you get a glimpse of all the children Pennywise has taken and killed over the years- which is hundreds. The pile of lost toys and clothes from his victims pile up in the center of the sewers, creating a mountain of sorts. Floating around it are all the children the clown has taken and feasted upon.

If that doesn’t creep you out enough, you must not like children.

Another scene I enjoyed was when Eddie fell from the ceiling and broke his arm, only to wake up to find Pennywise “untangling” himself from inside a fridge. This was a scene from when the kids went into the Neibolt house the first time.

The whole process of him getting himself out of a knot was disgusting, and made me cringe from my head to my toes. The discombobulation of body parts irks me to no end, but this was a scene that sent chills down my spine in a good way.

Altogether, I give this movie an 8.9 out of 10. I’m docking points because I would’ve liked to see more “scary” aspects than creepy. Not to say there were hardly any- there were- but I think the movie could’ve had more jump scares than just a creepy clown staring at children from afar holding balloons. I also thought- when a jump scare did occur- it was too obvious, and people knew when it was coming.

I highly recommend seeing this movie sometime before Halloween, so you know what to expect from your crazy neighbor who enjoys scaring the living hell out of children.

 

CSUS v. Weber State Recap


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Did you all catch the game today? We started off with a good game, but in the end we lost unfortunately. A score of 31-24. The score was so close which made me upset. We were so close to winning. Of course we are going to have loses during the season, but we have to make more wins. Luckily it is only the beginning of the season. Last week we won our first home game and we all celebrated. But I believe that we were so wrapped up in last week that the players forgot that we are in a new week. The team we played this week, Weber State, is a great team. Yet, Sac State is an awesome team as well. So hopefully we can make a come back next week.

I would like to give a shout out to a few players. Andre Lindsey, Jaelin Ratliff, and Isiah Hennie were doing a great job this game. They put in a lot of effort and tried their best. Andre Lindsey made a lot of great moves on the field, and there was a lot of team work to make touch downs. Last semester we were making a lot of progress, so hopefully this could be a game that will motivate the players to make a come back for this semester. I was honestly impressed with the team work that our team gave today. The third quarter things were looking good, but around the last quarter I was getting nervous. Weber players were making some great moves on the field as well. The best thing our team can do is be okay with their loss and move pass it positively. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s the beginning of the season as I mentioned before. We have time to make a come back so let’s make this season a good season for the player and audience.

I’m looking forward to attending the game next week. For me it is not just about winning. It is about two great teams going head to head to see who will win. If the other team was not good then it will not be a good game. That is what makes our players so amazing. They can go against any team and still play without any fear of being defeated. I am unsure about how well the team is that we are up against next week. But I cannot wait for that game. I want to see action and competition against the two teams. It’s our last home game for a while so I am ready to see the outcome. I’m sure the players will bring their “A Game” from both teams. Let us all hope for another win from the Hornets of course. Either way it goes we are not going down without a fight.So everyone get prepared for next Saturday at 6:05pm for the Hornets to play another home game. I will be in attendance and ready for another great game. See you all next week. Go Hornets!

Sacramento Local Bands & Shows


Lately, there hasn’t been an influx of recognition for local bands. Support the young and locals! Here are a couple of rad upcoming bands in the Sacramento area:

Rosemother

soundcloud.com/rosemotherr | instagram.com/rosemother

Rosemother is a fun loving Sacramento band. The band is fronted by Haley Junker on the vocals/keyboard/guitar, Carson Junker on the drums, Maddie Edel on the guitar, and new addition Avery Mcpherson on the bass. They incorporate aspects of indie, synth and psychedelic rock into their music. In many of their tracks, you can catch Mac Demarco and Mild High Club influences. A favorite track is “For One Thing”, with catchy vocals and a garage rock sound. Check out their Instagram & Soundcloud for show dates and new tracks!

Pierce and the Gals

soundcloud.com/pierceandsomegals | instagram.com/pierceandthegals

Pierce and the Gals is a funky rock and roll band from Sacramento. Within the past year, they’ve released a new single and self-titled EP. Musically, they’re inspiration comes from Pink Floyd. A favorite track of their’s is “Molly”, a song with funky guitar and melodic vocals. Their next show is with Enjoy and Wyatt Shears from the band, The Garden. It should be a rad show. Check out the info for it below! Check their socials for more details on show & new music.

Destroy Boys

destroyboys.bandcamp.com | instagram.com/destroyboysband

Destroy Boys is a female fronted, garage rock trio from Sacramento that joined together in early 2016. They signed to Uncool Records in August of 2016 and are kicking off their graduation tour this summer as the members graduate from high school. DB’s music encapsulates themes of feminism, relationships and growth during hard times. Check out their Instagram and keep up with their tour info!

Shows you should go to this summer:

Destroy Boys, June 9th @ Honey Hive Gallery, San Francisco

Rosemother w/ 1800 & Weird Fun, June 14th @ Naked Lounge, 1111 H Street, Sacramento (7 p.m.)

Pierce and the Gals w/ Enjoy & Cowgirl Clue, June 29th @ The Colony, Sacramento (4-7 p.m. $10)