Let’s Review Pomades Vol.1, Review 1: Lockhart’s Goon Grease


pomade-pomadeLockhart’s Goon Grease is a heavy hold pomade created by Steve and Nichole Lockhart, owner and operators of Lockhart’s Authentic Grooming Company in Michigan. Goon Grease applies like a light hold, but keeps your hair up and shining all day according to the Lockhart’s website. Made for “The scary fellas that come from the other side of the tracks,” The Lockharts suggest that Goon Grease is perfect for slick backs, pompadours, and everything in between.

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Lockhart’s Goon Grease comes in a nice and sturdy 4oz tin can. The tin comes in a variety of designs including the original, which just says “Lockhart’s Goon Grease” on the top of the tin (The one featured in this review), the special edition, which features the Goon Grease mascot, and the recent “Goon For President” tin, a presidential campaign button appearance guaranteeing you that Goon Grease is a “REAL” pomade that you can trust.

THE PRODUCT

The original Goon Grease comes in a teal color with either two scents: a cucumber citrus blend (Featured in this review) or a cinnamon sandalwood blend. The cucumber citrus blend is uniquely aromatic, but not too overpowering. It is an oil-based pomade made of petrolatum, microcrystalline wax, beeswax, avocado oil, lanolin, and parfum for the scent.

APPLICATION

Surprisingly, the product was easy to apply for a heavy hold pomade. Though the top layer of the pomade is pretty hard, a few seconds under the hot air of a blow dryer should make the top layer easier to scoop. Just a knuckle’s worth of Goon Grease did the trick for my hair, but you may need more or less depending on what you are trying to achieve with your hair. The break down of the pomade took about fifteen seconds. Like the Lockharts stated on their website, Goon Grease does not apply like your average heavy hold pomade. There was not much hair tugging or struggle to run a comb through the hair like the past experiences of dealing with heavier pomades, but a more simple process.

STYLING

Using a fine-toothed comb, styling with Goon Grease was moderately simple. Though the short hairs on the sides were resistant at first, I managed to get them down as well as creating an executive contour-like look with a clean part on the right side under ten minutes. In other experiences with heavier products, it has taken as long as twenty minutes to style my hair, but in this case, I got the style I wanted in half the time.

ENDURANCE

Heavy holds have the reputation to keep your hair up all day even through the roughest of working and extracurricular conditions. Goon Grease has a strong endurance. After an afternoon work shift exposed to the California heat, Goon Grease kept my hair looking good throughout my shift. The cucumber citrus scent became subtle as time passed by, but still stood out as an evening breeze passed by. Goon Grease’s shine is great for a heavy, but the shine will dip down as time goes by, but that’s normal

 

 

WASHING IT OUT

Compared to heavy hold oil-based pomades, Goon Grease can take a couple of washes to completely remove from your hair, which may be a good thing or bad thing depending on your preferences. To get Goon Grease out of my hair, I used a little dab of Brylcreem to reduce the build up in my hair and proceeded to shower. Most of the product washed out thanks to the Brycreem and thoroughly shampooing my hair.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Goon Grease has a big following in the pomade community, praised by reviewers for its easy application and its impressive hold. Though I’d recommend Goon Grease for styles such as vintage pompadours and slickbacks, Goon Grease can be a reliable product to use for many styles from the quiff, executive contour, and everything in between. With a variety of good scents, easy application, and low styling difficulty, Lockhart’s Goon Grease is a must try for all of you who prefer heavy hold oil based pomades and for those of you who think you are one of “The scary fellas that come from the other side of the tracks.”

How to Adult: Establishing a Credit Score


imagesWelcome to the first installment in my ‘How to Adult’ series. Today, we are going to focus on establishing a credit score. We live in post-recession times, and a major contributor to that recession was poor risk management by major financial institutions. Basically, that means banks and other lenders were handing out loans, even to people who couldn’t afford them. Consequently, when everything went to hell, the federal government (who can’t keep their nose out of anything) increased regulations which has made it harder to get a loan. This has greatly impacted those of us who want to get started building credit, which is something the real adults have been nagging us about forever. Now that the regulations are more stringent, lenders are not handing out credit cards to the inexperienced anymore, so we will explore ways to get credit, even when you have none.
First, let’s explore what a credit score is. There are three major bureaus (which are actually publicly traded companies…yea…put that in your pipe and smoke it) creating elaborate algorithms in order to determine if a person is lendable. Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian each have their own patented equations intent on turning a person’s nature into a number, and often times there are many equations that weigh factors differently in order to meet specific needs of a lender. Just in case having countless financial institutions, and three different credit bureaus isn’t convoluted enough, now we have to come to terms with having something like…30 different scores!? But fear not; we are going to work through this together.
First to build credit: My three recommendations to get you started.

  1. Get a low limit student credit card from a larger institution that won’t be overly concerned about taking a potential loss. From the perspective of the financial institution you choose, you having no score means they have no way to tell if you are a person who ‘makes good’ on your obligations. In other words, lending to you comes with higher risk. This is why I recommend a larger institution who may have a higher tolerance for risk.
  2. If you are like me, and absolutely loath big banks, but still need to get started building credit, fear not, because this will be the option for you. Find a smaller financial institution, like your local credit union, and ask for a secured credit card. The financial institution will ask you to put down on deposit all or some of the dollar amount limit on your credit card, meaning you put $300 into an account and allow the institution to hold that money. In return, they give you a credit card with a $300 limit. The money you put down is still yours, it is merely held just in case you choose to use the credit card irresponsibly. This means less risk for the smaller financial institutions which increases the likelihood of lending to an individual without a credit score. An excellent option to start building a credit score for those of us without a co-signer.
  3. Although this is by no means the last option to start building credit, it will be the last explored in this post, and the most simple: have a co-signer or qualified co-applicant. A family member who is willing to take responsibility for a person without a credit score mitigates risk for the financial institution, making it more appealing to lend to you. This is an excellent option for a person wanting a higher limit credit card, but does not necessarily have the money to put a large amount down.

Join us here on the KSSU Blog for the next instalment ‘How to Adult: Improving a Credit Score’ where we will take a deeper look into what the magic number means, how the bureaus come up with the numbers, and what to do if you need to turn that score around.

-DJCHY

My Portal Into Yesteryear


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If you have listened to my show on KSSU or have taken the time to get to know me, there is one thing that you’ll probably discover, and that is that I love  jazz music from the 1930s and 40s. I get several questions about my strange taste in music. Why do you like such old music? How did you get into this music?  Well, that’s what I plan to tell you guys about, my portal into yesteryear.

It must have been 2007 or so and I was in visiting Disneyland down in Anaheim with my family. Our next destination was the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. As we approached the giant, art deco themed building, ghostly sounding music started fading into my ears. For me, it was as if I was entering a different time. It started with this wonderful trumpet solo that wasn’t like anything I have heard before. As we moved deeper into the line, the louder the music got and the more I was mesmerized by the music. As the trumpet solo ended and the orchestra joined the trumpeter and created an even more mesmerizing melody. It was a new, pure sound that I never thought I would enjoy and it became more sentimental as a ghostly vocalists filled the halls of the Tower of Terror. I knew at that second that I enjoyed this music and had to find out the name of that song.

After weeks of searching (smartphones weren’t  around yet so I couldn’t just open Shazam to identify the song), I found the song on iTunes and got to enjoy the performance once again. It was titled, “I Can’t Get Started,”by Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra. Bunny Berigan, the talented vocalist and trumpeter, masterfully used his talents to bring me to in a new world. From there, I found other songs like “Moonlight Serenade” and “Lets Dance”and artists like Frank Sinatra and Doris Day. As I listened to more music, I then realized that jazz was my kind of music.

When people ask me why I like jazz, I give them a variety of answers, but the answer I use the most is that it is different. Jazz is relatively simple, yet elegant. I liked the elements of jazz from the trumpets, to the saxophones, and the occasional crooner. Sure, a lot of the music is old and can be considered “elevator music” by many, but the material is fantastic. I enjoy the sentimental lyrics and the sound of each instrument. Sure many of my favorite songs are 70+ years old, but recorded music is made to last forever.

For anyone who wants to get into jazz or anyone interested in the 1930s, 40s, or 50s, I would suggest to just find a few songs and give them a careful listen. Listen to the sounds of each instrument, the lyrics, and ( if you’re listening to a 78rpm record or an old recording) the scratches and old radio sound. In fact, here are songs I recommend. Some of these songs have lyrics and some are instrumental:

 

  1. “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  2. “I Can’t Get Started” by Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra
  3. “Long Ago (And Far Away)” by Glenn Miller & The Army Air Force Band
  4. “Ciribiribin” By Harry James & His Orchestra
  5. “Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of The Week” by Frank Sinatra
  6. “Let’s Dance” By Benny Goodman

Enjoy and let me know what you think.

Griffin does music on KSSU

Weekly Staff Picks #3


Hello hello wide world web! We have congregated here again to choose on your behalf  what you should listen to. I know, how kind of us to do. No need to thank us, we do this for the sake of finding something we love and nothing more.

 

Staff Pick 1: Claudia Rivas

The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come to Expect, Aviation

The Last Shadow Puppets have finally released their sophomore LP, Everything You’ve Come to Expect, eight years after debuting, The Age Of The Understatement, in 2008. The brilliant collaborative duo of the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and former The Rascals’ front-man Miles Kane have a new batch of songs ready to take on their scheduled upcoming tour. Turner and Kane have created a LP that not only mixes guitar-rock and classical-violins seamlessly, but also rendered a collection of songs that clearly serve as a soundtrack for dangerous summer romance. In their single “Aviation”, these themes are clearly portrayed. Backed by somber strings, the tune plays out like a dramatic vintage spy film. The opening graduation of noise and dissonance of heavy guitar riffs and fluttering string arrangements that give it a Bond-like quality. Sounding like music that would be the centerpiece for a early-00s’ spy movie similar to Mission Impossible, “Aviation” is the opening song that sets the dramatic romantic tone for the entire LP, well worth the listen.

 

Staff Pick 2: Emiliano Martin

Frankie Cosmo – Fit Me In, Next Thing

Frankie Cosmos’ EP “Fit Me In” shouldn’t be overlooked in light of her newest album this year, “Next Thing.” The track “Young” and the EP itself are a departure from her earlier work with its drum machine and synth combo in place of her earlier bedroom-recorded guitar and microphone. Like a lot of her songs, “Young” is simple but serves to communicate a thought Cosmos had in a particular moment. Her music is able to deliver a sense of comfort while contemplating what it means to be “young,” “fun,” and “alive.”

 

Staff Pick 3: Lucy Morales

Club Cheval – Discipline, Legends

When you gather different and brilliant minds together into one collective, the end result is either disastrous or exceptional.  Canblaster, Sam TibaMyd and Panteros666 are four French DJs who have conjoined their electronica expertise to form the dynamic Club Cheval. Their track “Legends” is an exceptional place to start for those new to their R&B and house blended sound. The smooth croonings of Rudy seamlessly interchanges with swaggering beats and deeply penetrating basslines. What propels forward the energy and eventually settles the the direction of the track is the premature climax of dark chorus of children boldly announcing “fight for life… live to fight… ”. Easily, “Legends” has all the necessary elements to cross into American EDM territory.

 

Staff Pick 4: Lucas Oliveira

Quilt – Roller, Plaza

Are you as sick of hearing new music that sounds like updated versions of the schlocky pop songs of the 80’s as I am? Well, lucky for us, Quilt draws its inspiration from an earlier time, shirking the shotgun-snare synth-pop that many indie bands are turning to in favor of tremolo-heavy psychedelia. But while their last album wore its Jefferson Airplane and Syd Barrett influences on its sleeve, their latest release is less obviously indebted to the late 60’s. The first thirty seconds or so of “Roller” would sound perfectly at home on a Spoon album, with its chugging guitar and bass and wavering vocal-like synth harmonies. Come the chorus, the noodly bassline and chiming guitars reveal that Quilt hasn’t completely abandoned its psychedelic roots. The result is a sunny, swaying mid-tempo track that merges the music of the late 60’s with 21st century indie, and I definitely recommend it.

 

Staff Pick 5: Andrew Garcia

Tacocat – Lost Time, Dana Katherine Scully

The three words I can find to best describe Tacocat’s sound are feminist, bubblegum, punk. They harness the power of all three of these adjectives to create my new favorite song “Dana Katherine Scully,” a musical letter of adoration for the fictional FBI Agent of the X-Files department. Tacocat groove out to the charming sonics of surf punk affability and the hilarious yet fully sincere nerd love usually reserved for the most dedicated of fan-fic writers. However, they skirt obsession, in favor of endearing respect of the way in which Agent Dana Scully sees the world through logic and rational. As Tacocatputs it, “She wants to know what’s out there/but she need to know why”. It’s a groovy good time.

 

Got7 Flight Log: Departure


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In light of all the recent comebacks of the Kpop industry, Got7’s comeback has been one of the best ones I have seen this year by far. With their title track “Fly”,  Got7’s album “Flight Log: Departure” contains tasty R&B tracks that show the boys’ potential as a group.

 

In this album, there are 7 tracks in the digital download and 8 tracks in the physical copy.

 

  1. Fly
  2. Can’t
  3. See The Light
  4. Fish
  5. Rewind
  6. Beggin On My Knees
  7. Something Good
  8. Home Run (Physical Album)

Keep in mind “Home Run” will be released digitally eventually sometime in April, 2016.

Being a Got7 fangirl, it was hard to narrow down my favorite of the bunch listed. But in the end I decided that my top tracks were: Fly, Something Good, and Home Run.

“Fly” is their title song of the album. By far it’s one of my favorite Got7 songs to date. I love how mature it sounds compared to their previous hits. The production is great and the R&B sound has hints of elements of electronica. Hearing my favorite group member, JB, sing in English was also that made me super happy!!! Everyone got equal parts in the song and some members surprised me with their lines. With this song, the music video itself was amazing and so was the choreography. This song also took home the gold in music award shows. They won first place with “Fly” in Mnet’s comeback stage and on Ingikayo (various music competition shows in Korea). There are more to come but these were the only award shows, that they won, I could think of on the top of my head.

“Something Good” was definitely something good to my ears (bad pun I know…). But in all seriousness I really love the bubbly feel this song gave off. The piano and synths made it so cheery and cute. Youngjae’s vocals really stood out in this song to me out of everyone else. It fits his range really well and he blended well with JB’s voice as well.

“Home Run” is a more exclusive track due to it being only limited to physical copies of the album. This is a song that my favorite, JB, wrote. Despite the fact that my favorite in the group wrote this song, I genuinely liked the tune. The synths were catchy and cheery, similar to “Something Good.” I liked the melody line and the upbeat tempo this song had. Everyone had equal parts and I thoroughly enjoyed JB’s voice during the chorus.

This album definitely showed off the group’s potential for a more mature sound compared to their older hits such as  “Just Right” and “A”. Out of the 2016 comebacks I personally choose Got7 due to how much their new sound took me by surprise. Got7’s R&B sound has changed from 2014 and has shaped into a sound that is even more catchy than before. If you end up checking out Got7 and like what you hear, check out more of JYP Entertainment’s other groups.

From yours truly,

DJ K.K. Slider (Kasey Cusick)

 

Listen to DJ K.K. Slide on Wednesdays at 4pm (PST) on kssu.com

 

KSSU Celebrates 25 years of Student Run Radio


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Sacramento, CA: KSSU, Sacramento State’s student run radio, turns 25 years old this semester. Although the actual anniversary is on May 14th, the official celebration is slated for April 15th in the University Union from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

KSSU is an online radio station that broadcasts live 24/7 on KSSU.com. It is run entirely by Sac State students. Being the only student radio station of Sacramento State, KSSU provides the opportunity for Sac State students to learn about broadcast media with no prior experience necessary. KSSU is a non-commercial and free format radio station, which allows students the ability to express themselves with each show. This brings a diverse selection of programming to the station, which reflects the diverse interests of the Sac State student body. KSSU is a Student Engagement and Outreach (SEO) program of Associated Students, Inc., (ASI) at Sacramento State. For more information on KSSU and its history, go to kssu.com/about.

The celebration of being a radio station on campus for 25 years will happen throughout the day on April 15th in the University Union. KSSU alumni will be taking over the airwaves in honor of the anniversary. Various alumni from the past 25 years will program radio shows throughout the day for all to listen on KSSU.com. Some highlights of the day include: a student-produced video presentation on KSSU’s history, and a panel discussion with the founders Jim Bolt and Chris Prosio. At their panel discussion, the founders of the station will discuss their journey to start what is now known as KSSU. Following the panel discussion will be a Q&A. At the conclusion of the day, there will be a reception for attendees. Music will be provided by KSSU Alumnus, DJ Mappquest. The reception also features a photo booth. Food will be provided by Epicure Catering. A photo slideshow highlighting the achievements of KSSU alumni will be on display. The specific schedule for the day is as follows:

  • In-studio sessions with KSSU Alumni: 10:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, live on KSSU.com.
  • Panel discussion and presentation with KSSU Founders: Jim Bolt and Chris Prosio: 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Delta Room in the University Union
  • Reception: 6:15pm – 7:45pm, University Union Ballroom 1.

More on KSSU: To stay updated with the anniversary and KSSU, follow us on social media. Follow @KSSUsparky on Instagram and Twitter or like KSSU, Sac State Student Run Radio on Facebook. Go to KSSU.com for more information and to listen to KSSU live.  

 

I Made It!


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Hello everyone DJ Rivers here!

So I recently hit a huge accomplishment and felt the need to share. Over this past weekend I ran. And not just any run. I ran 13 miles.

It was in the top five of the hardest workouts I have ever done. My co-worker at the MAX asked me to join her on a run. Prior to this the farthest I ran for my training was 9 miles. She said I could decide if I wanted to run 10 or 13 on the day of our little adventure. Against my better judgement I said I’d give it my all and run 13 miles.

Before I go into more detail let me just say that this lady is a beast. She just recently ran a full on marathon and kicked butt. She kind of intimidates me but totally pushes me to do my best.

We were about four miles into our run and apparently we ran straight into a local 10k race that was going on. There were tables set up with cups of water, Gatorade, and there were people cheering. I was so caught off guard that I didn’t hear the pace maker on a bike yell at me to get out of the way, and almost got mowed down. My running companion and I ran straight through the finish line and I’m pretty sure they snapped pictures of us at this event. Whoops!

Fast forward to about mile 10. We’re running around the Sacramento Zoo and the smell of animal poop is motivation enough for me to pick up the pace. Just when I thought we were in the clear I realized that the smell clung to my shirt and I probably smelled just as bad. I was sweating like a pig and the weather was getting warmer. My running partner was starting to pick up the pace and let me just say that the struggle was real to keep up.

I have never felt so accomplished after a workout as I did that day. We finished a little over 13 miles in 2 hours and 10 minutes. This was a total success in my book and now I know that I am capable of running 13 miles without dying.

When I run I find that I can’t focus on anything other than my breathing and not tripping over my own two feet. I love that it becomes something challenging and relaxing all at once. I am still slightly nervous about my upcoming half marathon race in April, just because the atmosphere is totally different in a race versus independent running. I can’t wait for it though! Honestly I think I’m more excited to get the T-shirt that says I ran a half marathon, but the actual race part will be fun too.

Moral of the story: if you’re ever looking to get a workout done and clear your mind, just create a playlist of your favorite music, find a scenic trail and get going. It doesn’t have to be a full on sprint either. It can be a walk or light jog. It’s nice to get outside and soak up some vitamin D while getting active. Invite some friends along too!

DJ Rivers is a dj with KSSU

The 4 Things I Love About Being a KSSU Volunteer


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Hi. My name is Josh and I have a confession to make. I really love being a part of KSSU.

Choosing to become a KSSU volunteer is probably one of the best decisions I have made in my college career. I’m not sure if that says more about the quality of decisions I’ve made or how awesome this place is, but I’m leaning towards the latter.

Here are a few reasons why I like being a part of this radio station so much, in no particular order.

1. Meeting New People

It might sound like a bit of a cliché , but meeting people really is one of the biggest benefits of being a part of this station. I can honestly say that I never would have met most of the people I know now without being involved at KSSU.

We have such a diverse group of DJs, with many different colleges and majors represented among our ranks. Obviously there are those majoring in Communications, but there are also History majors, Music majors, and Business majors. That’s just off the top of my head.

That’s part of what makes this place special. It brings together people who would otherwise not have interacted at all and let us all find common ground, whether it’s music, academic pursuits, Magic the Gathering, movies, or chili dogs.

2. Being on the radio

Let’s face it, a big benefit to being a KSSU volunteer is the opportunity to have an hour each week to share a part of ourselves with the world. Whether we concentrate on music, sports, or some other third thing, we have a rare opportunity to share things we think are important with as big an audience as we can draw.

My own show has evolved since I first started on KSSU. At first it was just a general music show, with me just looking through the shelves to find something to play, but now it has become something completely different — a soccer talk show.

I love having the opportunity to yell into a microphone for the better part of an hour each week and have people actually listen to the things I have to say. Call it what you will, but the fact that I have the platform to broadcast my ideas on the beautiful game across the internet is awesome.

3. Finding new music

Like I mentioned before, my show was originally one focused mostly on playing music, back before I succumbed fully to my soccer addiction. It was during this time that I made my first music discovery as a KSSU volunteer, The Pirate Flags.

Yes, that’s right. The first band I was really excited to discover was a bunch of people from Indiana singing pirate tunes. I had never really heard anything like that before and I just loved it.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to discover some great songs and artists through reviewing CDs for the station as well. Without KSSU, I probably wouldn’t know names like Courtney Barnett, Kyle Williams, and Black Pistol Fire.

4. The video games

This is just simple, really. I had not played Super Smash Bros. in years until I came to KSSU. But now I can get together some of my fellow DJs and get my virtual behind handed to me whenever I want to.

So there you have it, four reasons why choosing to become a part of KSSU has been one of the best decisions I have made in a while. And while we’re on the topic of good decisions, listening to KSSU will be one of the best decisions you will make in your entire life.

Josh Beeman is a volunteer DJ with KSSU. His show, Beeman’s Republic, is every Wednesday at 10am. Check it out for all the Sacramento area soccer talk you could ever want.

So You Say it’s your Birthday!?- An Ode to KSSU!


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Some things get better with age they say. A good juice box, fancy cheese, great humor and a bunch of other things. But there is one thing that is the best of these all. Yes, you guessed it- its KSSU. This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of our beloved Sac State Student Run Radio. Like all things aged, KSSU is the best. With all the things going on at Sac State, KSSU is a special oddity that our school cherishes and holds to a high standard. I say oddity to highlight the nonconformist, eccentric and rare-bird aspect of our misfit organization we adore so much. KSSU is the white peacock of the bird world. We are a rare and beautiful thing that is very precious to the radio world. So with the 25th Anniversary coming right around the corner, all that can be said is a good ole happy birthday KSSU and keep on rocking!

At KSSU, we possess some very creative and wonderful minds that step foot into our studio. Since being part of KSSU, I have been exposed to some pretty great things and really amazing people. Our DJs are some of the most incredible  and passionate students that I have been able to meet here at Sac State. Our core staff is filled with wacky, smart individuals that push you to be the best DJ you can be. Corny, I know, but it is the truth. They make boring meetings fun and interactive making it feel like you aren’t even in a meeting (its like inception, I know). The DJs are fun people that make being part of the radio station a blast and a half. Sitting in the lobby and just talking with each other is a time that is thoroughly enjoyed

Our small family has some great things to offer to Sac State students. We offer them awesome entertainment but we also offer them so much more. We give students a chance to be able to let themselves free. Free from the monotony of your average day, free to play the music you like, free to speak your mind. Since being part of this place, I have felt a sense of relief and an almost therapeutic escape from my boring everyday life. I have gotten a sense of belonging when I am in the station and can play the music I want to play, tell the stories I want to tell and can say the jokes that I want to tell. This goofy place gives me that ability and I am very thankful for the day that KSSU walked into my life.

To sum up what KSSU is- it is a crazy, wacky, hilarious, spectacular, rare-bird  of a place family that offers so much and gives more. You are better than an aged fine wine and way better that any aged cheese. Thank you KSSU and we salute you. Happy birthday, ya old man!

This is whole thing is an amalgamation by the way ( a small ode to you, Cole).

KSSU listen to us, and stuff.

Weekly Staff Picks #1


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Welcome to KSSU’s inaugural weekly staff picks! This is where our DJs pick their current favorite song and artist from recently released music. We will feature 5-6 songs that are currently on our radar. Stay tuned every week to see what we pick, maybe your favorite track will be selected.

 

Staff Pick 1: Lucy Morales

Boss Selection – Wouldn’t it be wild, Volume 1

Boss Selection is the moniker for the seasoned world wide producer Sunny Levine. With Quincy Jones as his grandfather, he certainly is no stranger to living up to large expectations. Under Boss Selection, he has produced a mixtape inspired album with 12 different artists successfully using crowdfunding for all the costs. My personal favorite from the album is “wouldn’t it be wild” featuring Orelia. It’s an unboastful chillwave like track that becomes infectious without even being conscious about it. It’s the best kind of song to pop into your car to relax after a long day.

 

Staff Pick 2: Jerel Labson

Kanye West – Ultralight Beam, The Life of Pablo

Of course this has to be somewhere on the first KSSU’s Picks Of the Week! Hearing this first track play at the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show really set the bar and got me ready to hear the rest of TLOP. The instrumental is beautiful. The occasional drums also really get me going. Having The Dream, Kelly Price, and the choir literally taking us to church was amazing to hear. Chance the Rapper’s verse was possibly the BEST verse on the album as well. Donnie Trumpet backing the second half His flow and biblical references (“Got my ex looking back like a pillar of salt”), just DOPE. I could go on, but I have no more words. Just listen to it. One more note… Can I consider this as a Christian song??

 

Staff Pick 3: Cole Nelson

Stone Sour – Love Gun, Meanwhile in Burbank

My song of the week comes from the album Meanwhile in Burbank… by Stone Sour. Released in April of 2015, this album features hard rock covers of classic rock and metal artists. My favorite out of the album is their rendition of KISS’ classic song, “Love Gun.” Stone Sour’s version features heavy use of a grunge sounding guitar along with a strong drum line while still retaining that classic rock/disco vibe that KISS is known for. “Love Gun” is one of the better covers of a song I’ve heard recently and recommend it to those who like the original tune with a bit of a kick to it.

 

Staff Pick 4: Angelina Rios

Bomba Esteré – Soy Yo, Amacer

Bomba Esteréo is a Colombian band that formed in 2005. With the recent release of their new album Amacer, the track Soy Yo is nothing short of excellent. With a catchy beat, its traditional Colombian instruments have a contagious effect and it’s hard to resist dancing in your chair. This track represents respecting and accepting one another for who they are. While the band does not wish to conform to one genre of music, they can best be described as having an electro base with Cumbia and dance elements as well.

 

Staff Pick 5: Anne Thorp

Daughter – New Ways, Not To Disappear

Daughter is the name of a three-person, London-based indie rock group, together since 2010. Their EP ‘Not To Disappear’ came out in 2014, and this March they start an already mostly sold-out North American tour in major cities across the U.S. and Canada. New Ways is the first track of the EP, and soundly embodies all that is good about the entire album. It’s moody, the vocals ethereal, with an edge of grit in the guitars and drums that speaks of the kind of disjointed, worn cynicism modern life frequently brings. It reminds us, as singer Elena recites, that sometimes we all feel we need new ways.  

 

Staff Pick 6: Claudia Rivas

Charlie Hilton – 100 Million, Palana

Charlie Hilton, lead singer for Blouse,  released her debut solo album Palana on January 22 via Captured Tracks. The album was produced by Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait. The album includes “100 Million”, which I’ve been playing on repeat for much of this week. The track was produced by, the band Woods’, Jarvis Taveniere. The song features vocals and music by Mac DeMarco. The track sounds folk-like, similar songs by Beach House and She & Him. Hilton’s vocals are much like Zooey Deschanel in this song, light and dreamy. Lots of simple guitar chords and settle drum background occur as well. Reminds me of a tune that would play at a modern Woodstock, hippie festival. It’s a song that will keep most fans of this type of music in a good mood.