A talk show on KUCI, 88.9 FM or kuci.org pertaining to life questions and regular music rants. Fridays from 4-5 PM!
There was a basketball game broadcasting last week so I couldn’t share my Thanksgiving adventures with you.
Expect me back full throttle this week with a decent amount of music news + some post-Black Friday tales.
Tune in this Friday at 4 PM on kuci.org!
Thanks for listening today, all! And thanks to Brian and Justin for being my wonderful guests. Music news was a little slow this week. Here’s the video for Phoenix’s “Chloroform” from the earlier released Bankrupt! + M.I.A.’s new video for “Y.A.L.A.” I also included some popular food spots that Irvine students like to check out. Have a good weekend!
Food places around Irvine to try :
Thanks to those who tuned in this past Friday! & a special thank you to DJ Noto for helping me ramble about music news as well. Here’s some videos featuring the music we talked about + the list of things to do around Irvine that don’t involve food. Have any questions about it? Feel free to ask me on the inbox at the top right corner of the homepage!
After releasing a teaser trailer for the upcoming sophomore album, Broken Bells released the featured track in the video, accompanied by some graphics that are rather characteristic of the song itself, colorful and funky.
Looking for some eclectic party music? M.I.A.'s most recent album Matangi is sure to bring just what you’re looking for; especially so with “Bring the Noize.”
William Mason Park is one of my favorites in Irvine. On the corner of Harvard and Culver, it’s got a few gorgeous lakes nestled in there. Here’s the full list of Irvine activities I’ve managed to scramble in the past few years here:
Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 4 PM on KUCI! No longer sick, I’m going full throttle on the music news + some things to do in Irvine! (That don’t revolve around food)!
If you’re listening earlier, be sure to tune into my music show Low Tide! I’ve got a really funky playlist planned.
My productivity levels are through the roof after full recovery.
After Arcade Fire impressed mainstream audiences with “The Suburbs” (thanks to its critical acclaim as Best Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy’s), the band reached a newfound success, surpassing their cult following. The album graced Urban Outfitters record bins everywhere and became a symbol for the suburban rut that many American citizens are all too familiar with (ironic, considering they are Canadian).
With this in mind, their new album “Reflektor” was without a doubt one of the most anticipated albums of 2013, and rightfully so. The band fed off this anxiety, leaving sneaky “notes” on the Internet and posters around New York and Los Angeles with hints referencing the then-unannounced title of the album. Fans (including myself) ate this up until a release date and cover art were finally given away later in the summer.
“Reflektor” is quite a comeback for Arcade Fire, to say the least. The band takes on a whirlwind of fusions, from a multitude of different eras, primarily the era of 80s glam rock, reminiscent of David Bowie classics.
The single “Reflektor,” a seven-minute long jungle rock-esque track, starts off the album. There are fusions of French pop thrown in, thanks to lead female vocalist Regine Chassagne. Her French lyrics combine tastefully with the jazz symphonies that accompany the chorus. The whole track sounds as if the song repeats twice but with different lyrics. It starts the album off strong and it only gets better from there.
The rest of the album is packed with memorable tracks. Quite a few are reminiscent of good old classic rock, but with an added edge that takes some help from jazz instrumentals and bongo drums. All of “Reflektor” is quite danceable, really, especially “Here Comes the Night,” which is — without a doubt — the best song on the album.
Lasting about six minutes, the track takes twists and turns that make listeners beg for more. The first 30 seconds or so start out as fast-paced, strong and loud without shame. It then plays with the audience, thanks to a whimsical piano riff and funky bass line. The song is purely 80s glam rock and picks back up and slows back down once again.
“Here Comes the Night Time II” is a sharp contrast to the first part, and the fact that it is a part two is a classic Arcade Fire move, taking a break from the upbeat-ness of the former to simply chant some important themes that listeners might not have caught on to earlier.
The album continues in this manner, recreating classic rock in a way that has a funk feel to it. “Supersymmetry” closes it off in a “reflective” manner. The song is slow, bass-filled, and purely instrumental, with electronic synth noises accompanying it. “Reflektor” is such a carefully crafted album, and once again, an amazing comeback from Arcade Fire. The band has certainly proved, after the unremarkable “Neon Bible,” that they are able to bring consistency to their sound in such a way that allows for innovation and still pleases fans.
Thank you so much!! Hope you get a chance to tune into the show!!
Sorry for the shortened show, guys. I am still under the weather, or at least my voice is. I feel like I have a mild form of laryngitis, but I’m about 90% better so expect a 90% better show this coming Friday! We’ve got a good amount of music to talk about. I thought I’d just share some pictures from the Arcade Fire secret show I went to last Tuesday. (Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan) It was quite a life-changing experience. Tune in this Friday for my Two Door Cinema Club recap + things to do around Irvine (that don’t involve food). Happy week 6 everyone!
The show was hosted by Capitol Records, the band playing on a rooftop.
Confetti cannons during “Here Comes the Night Time”
Elaborate “Reflektor” costuming on display.