Album Review: Haerts


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From the very first seconds of listening to the first song, “Heart”, on the album Haerts by Haerts I knew I was in for a treat.  One of the very first things it reminded me of was the 80s, which for me, personally, is always a good thing.  I love everything from Pat Benatar to Heart to Blondie.  This album brought up feelings of nostalgia and had similarities to all three of the artists just mentioned. For one thing Nini Fabi has beautiful vocals (and an awesome name) that are on par with the likes of Pat Benatar. After listening through the whole album once, I immediately replayed the whole thing over again.  All the songs flow together nicely and are perfect for a mini dance party in your bedroom or for just listening to as you do some online shopping for Christmas presents.

There are a few songs in particular that stand out to me and that have already been played several times on my iTunes.  The first is the aforementioned “Heart”.  Partly, just because it’s one of the most “80s sounding” songs on there and it was a great introduction to this artist.  I love the drums in the song, “Wings” and was definitely nodding my head along to it.  A third song that I loved is “Call My Name”, which is a slower song that I could totally see playing at one of those cheesy 80s romance movies during the credits.  Hence, the reason I love it so much.  If it reminds me of soundtrack music, it’s gold.

Haerts reminded me of another album that’s not from the 80’s, but definitely reminds me of the 80’s, called Ghostory by School of Seven Bells.  If you have listened to them before and enjoyed Ghostory as much as I do, I would highly recommend Haerts to you as a must listen. If you haven’t heard of either of these bands or artists, but enjoy good indie rock and have nostalgia for the 80s, I recommend you immediately go listen to both.  I promise it will brighten your day!

Joan is a DJ with Sacramento States only student run radio station KSSU

“Voices” by Phantogram: Album Review


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I can’t say enough good things about Phantogram‘s new album Voices. In recent years there have been albums I have been dying to get released and every time my expectations seemed to be too high, and every time I have been disappointed. Once I got my hands on Voices I immediately fell in love. It brought me back to the first time I had discovered this band. At the studio I am often asked to choose my favorite songs from an album I’m reviewing and with this album I just can’t pick two or three. Every time I hear the album I love each song more and more.

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Lushlife “Plateau Vision”


Finding a rap album that is reminiscent of the late 80’s is hard to find. I popped in Lushlife’s new album “Plateau Vision” and caught that buzz.

 

Combinations of The Roots great musicianship and lyrics that gave a Nas appeal took me back to time a when I was just starting out. With so many new hip hop artists leaning towards an electronic/pop feel in their new works, it was refreshing to hear Lushlife. Listening to this CD and closing my eyes, I could see people spraying graffiti getting tagged to a wall, a DJ cutting a record, and people chillin’ in front of a boom box and having a party in the summer.

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Chris Joss “No Work No Play” Album review


Tower of Power killing it at a rave is the best way for me to describe Chris Joss‘ album “No Work No Play“. Sometimes when album combines different styles of music together there is normally an imbalance. not the case on this album. The funk and electronic stylings work together perfectly to create an electrified atmosphere on record. When I first came across this city I was unsure of what I was going to listen to, but after one car ride I was sold on this album. Even the cover itself is funky a 70s style view of skyline from the ground level. The art and the music are an equal trip. [Read more…]

So You Wanna Be a Party Rocker…A Guide to Zebra-Print pants and Shufflin’


I’m surprised there isn’t one of these already, and yet, when I investigated last, no one had a step-by-step guide to how to Party Rock.  There’s gotta be a demand for it; LMFAO turned from a semi-obscure group to an International sentation and trend-setting phenom literally overnight with their release of “Party Rock Anthem”.

Party Rock could easily be the next big craze in subcultures, at least style-wise.  Since the release of the album “Sorry For Party Rocking” last year, stores everywhere are packed with brightly-colored animal print clothes, bags, shoes and accessories.  In the last 3 months, I’ve been able to get my hands on a gold leopard print skirt, turquoise leopard print leggings, and just about everything zebra.  But Party Rock goes beyond just animal print pants being out of control.  If you really wanna party rock, follow these simple steps [Read more…]

Chickenfoot iii


If supergroups are your to your liking than Chickenfoot’s new album Chickenfoot iii is for you! Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony formerly of Van Halen, teamed up Joe Satriani and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Pepers to formed the Band Chickenfoot back in 2009 and have recently released a second album entilted “Chickenfoot iii”. Yes even though this is the band’s second album it is called “iii”. This sequel follows the same formula as the first album, no two songs sound a like and its a departure from the first album. The album the features the range of hard rock to blues rock on the album. Sammy Hagar vocals are strong as ever and shows the great songwriting skills that helped his former bands reach great sucess, Montrose and Van Halen. Joe Satriani shows off his usual ear blasting guitar play and ease to change from song to song. When Michael Anthony was replaced in Van Halen by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen’s son, he has nothing but time and great bass play to devote to Chickenfoot. [Read more…]

Music Review: Allen Stone – Allen Stone


One can look at Allen Stone, and you’ll be  confused to know he performs music. Even after you figure out that he does music, you become skeptical. I know I was at first. Due to word of mouth and a cosign from a trusted peer, I decided to give Allen’s sophomore release a thorough listen. I must say I was wrong about him. Not only is he good, don’t be surprised if you hear his name start buzzing every where within the next year. [Read more…]

Music Review – LMFAO “Sorry for Party Rocking”


 By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp

Well the boys are back in town.  LMFAO is releasing the long awaited album “Sorry for Party Rocking.”  So what’s the news?  Here it is.

It’s not that the album sucks, because it doesn’t.  But there isn’t much different to expect.  Which is good in my opinion.  As much as people like to see and/or hear their artist “grow,” sometimes that leads to growing pains.  Thus, it is always safer for an artist to stick to what works for them.  Lady Gaga changed her sound up a bit (though most of you who don’t like her won’t notice because her music still sucks to you, but trust me, there is a difference between Fame and Born This Way). [Read more…]

The iCloud and I


The iCloud and I

By Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

If you haven’t heard, Steve has spoken.  Not just any Steve, Steve Jobs.  On Monday Apple announced the iCloud – Apple’s version of going to the cloud.  One unique feature that has peaked many’s interest is iTunes Match.

Let me summarize the iCloud and iTunes Match for those not savvy on it.  Instead of loading every music you have ever downloaded, the iCloud just “copies,” for a lack of better terms, the songs you have already bought.  Since the iCloud already contains 18 million songs and counting from Apple, if you have bought a song from iTunes, the iCloud just doubles that song for your account – no loading on your end necessary.  Now for those of us who have actually purchased physical CD’s (what a concept, right?) or have procured music through other means, there is still hope if you wish for your music to be backed up on the almighty Apple iCloud.  Apple has a feature called iTunes Match.  iTunes Match is a program/software Apple has worked on that will scan songs you have to see if it matches one of their 18 million songs.  If it matches, those songs will be backed up on your slice of the cloud too, along with any iTunes purchases you have made – again, no backing up necessary, it is all automatic.  As long as you have those songs on YOUR iTunes, you’re good to go to go see the match maker.  Ultimately, the songs iTunes can’t match is what will have to be uploaded to long way.

So yes, I am telling you, for those who have illegally downloaded music, as well as those who love their CD collection, that your music can be backed up in the Cloud.  What’s the catch?  $24.99 a year for up to 25,000 songs.

Now immediately some say that Apple is now harboring the oh-so-infamous internet pirates.  But there is another look on this.  Others say that the reason the recording industry allowed Apple to do this is because it is a small step forward to rehabilitating individuals to paying for music.  Of course Apple is paying royalties, though the industry of course would say the money is nominal.  But though the payback is small, the industry finally gets to re-learn what all the pirates like (I guess a handy statistic), and the hope that someday those pirates who back up on the iCloud will “return to the fold” and pay for music again.

Now of course there is more details about the iCloud, be that is for another day.  For now, I think it is to soon to say if this could or couldn’t rehabilitate all the pirates.  There are still many questions to be asked: Will Amazon work a similar deal like Apple to attract “pirates” and other such non-purchasing individuals?  Will Google’s cloud work similar to Apple’s?  What will be their pricing?

Right now, I shall sit and wait to see what the other two giants do.  That will dictate if this will be the start of a new trend.