NW Hip-Hop is coming to Pullman

Geo & Sabzi of the Blue Scholars

Coming off their most recent LP Cimemetropolis, the Blue Scholars have set off from Seattle on country wide tour. 4 years since their last album Bayani, Cinemetropolis was released his past June completely independently. Sabzi expands on his production style from the OOF! EP, providing heavily synth based instrumentation, while Geo’s rhymes combine to keep the traditional Scholars sound. The duo is returning to Pullman next weekend; the last time the 206 group made a visit to Wazzu was last August for CougFest, where they rocked infront of 4,000 students on Terrell Mall.

Traveling along with Geo & Sabzi are fellow northwest artist and CougFest performer Grynch, and Los Angeles legend Bambu. Fortunately this time around this heavy hitter tour is stopping by the east of the state and making tour stops here in Pullman & Spokane on back to back nights.

The Pullman show is at the BellTower Concert Hall in downtown Pullman on Saturday October 29th, and they’ll be rocking Spokane the night before. The Seattle hip-hop scene has been making a name of itself for good-while now, and there is no end is sight as the quality, true hip-hop continues to be created. So go get your tickets and come out to what will be a great night of music, and support local, independent Hip-Hop! Check below for ticket info:

You can check out & listen to Cinemetropolis here: 

http://bluescholars.bandcamp.com/album/cinemetropolis

Pullman

FB group: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114223395346522

Buy tickets: http://belltowerpullman.com/bluescholars.html

or locally at Atom Heart Music, Prune Orchard, Palouse Falls Brewing, or Deadbeat Records.

Spokanehttp://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111470178951700

Buy Tickets: http://holdmyticket.com/event/27934

Music video for ‘Fou Lee’ from Cinemetropolis

-Bryce P.

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Seattle’s Brothers From Another–Kzuu Interview

MC Tiglo Goonstar & Cole from BFA

A couple weeks ago KZUU DJ Brittany Ward (B-Monz) interviewed the young Seattle duo Brothers From Another on her show The B-Side. Coming off their last Ep that came this past winter called ‘Two Weeks Vacation’, which fittingly was recording in 2 weeks that MC Tiglo Goonstar & Cole were together, the group is back at it again with their new full length LP called ‘Quality of Living’. (Free DL here: http://brothersfromanother.bandcamp.com ). An instant classic in my mind and a perfect fitting album to wind down summertime. The phone interview talked about the new album, how BFA came to be, what influences have crafted the BFA sound and much more. Click here to listen to the full interview! 

Here is the music video for Beeba Vision Pt.2 off Quality of Living (personally my favorite song too): 

Check out BFA’s ‘Two Weeks Vacation” as well: http://brothersfromanother.bandcamp.com/album/two-weeks-vacation

They still may be in the minds of some as up and coming in the Seattle scene, however, they are making their mark and their music speaks for itself. So I suggest you download this ‘Quality of Living’ tape and crack open a Rainer brew (BFA fans know what Im talking about haha).

-Bryce Poulin

Welcome to KZUU 2011-2012!

Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year at KZUU! We are stoked for our returning DJs to get back to their shows and for our new DJs to learn the ropes and begin their journey here. This is an exciting year for KZUU since we have so many new DJs (over 30!) and we have a lot of fun things planned over the course of the year.

To get things started on the blog this year, we asked everyone on management to write about their favorite song of the summer. Consider this your introduction to this year’s management team!

Andi (General Manager):

Gardens & Villa – “Black Hills”. I really connected with these guys when I went on tour this summer to the East Coast with my boyfriend’s band. They were stunning live, with the bamboo flutes and all. Gardens & Villas’ new self-titled album became the soundtrack to my crazy summer; always picking me up. If you haven’t heard this album it is currently located in the preview rack and I would HIGHLY suggest giving it a spin.

Josh (Program Director):

Yuck – “Milkshake”. I mean come on is this really a surprise that it would be my favorite song? Yuck already struck a chord last year for me with their post-modern revival sound on their debut, and this song featured on their new 7” adds the perfect summer flavor. Somewhere between the bent strings in that opening riff and the first uttering of “you’re making a milkshake of my mind,” I felt compelled to find my old high school hoodie, hop on a bike and ride around town at sunset.

Adam (Music Director):

The Bilinda Butchers – “Tulips”. Super hazy dream pop by a couple of teenagers who took their name from the famous My Bloody Valentine singer/guitarist. There’s something inherently “summer” about the repeating guitar sample and the washy, subdued synth chords and programmed drums.

Brennan (Assistant Music Director):

Sun Airway – “Wild Palms”. This is the only track that catered to my summer work depression. With glitchy orchestra pop and blissful vocals, it’s a track that made Pullman not so far away after all.

Kelsie (Assistant Music Director):

Balam Acab – “Oh, Why”. Beautiful sample-based music from this 20-year-old producer. Sounds of water and footsteps underneath pitch-shifted vocals set the tone for Balam Acab’s debut LP.

Bryce (Hip Hop Director):

Sam Lachow – “Brand New Bike”. The next big thing from Seattle, amazingly talented and definitely the front runner for best hip-hop albums of 2K11. Officially my anthem for the summer. All original live instument production, no samples were used. Turn this up and roll the windows down; it’s summertime.

Kyle (Assistant Hip Hop Director)

Monika (Loud Rock Director):

Nick 13 – “Carry My Body Down”. This is Nick 13′s self-titled album from Sugar Hill Records. It reminds me of one of my favorite Tiger Army songs “In The Orchard”. If you didn’t already know this, Nick 13 is the front man for Tiger Army. Tiger Army is one of the bands that made me love psychobilly. Listen to this track… it’s for everyone… it’s got a little bit of everything.

Thomas (Jazz Director)

Have an amazing Fall 2011 semester!

Kelsie & everyone on management

Concert Review: Bright Eyes, 5/31/11

On Tuesday, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott came to The Knitting Factory to give Spokane possibly one last Bright Eyes concert. Now, don’t worry, if you still want to see Conor Oberst live, I’m sure there will be plenty more chances. However, he’s said that he wants to retire his long-time moniker and move on, meaning this is probably his last album/tour as Bright Eyes. Knowing this, this concert was a big freaking deal to me.


When people hear about a Bright Eyes concert, they tend to assume it’ll be fairly chill as you listen to Conor serenade you with his folky tunes. If you’re one of those people, you would have been in for quite the surprise. Conor Oberst is one of the most passionate musicians out there, and his music encompasses much more than indie folk. He can be head-banging to “Jejune Stars” one minute and pouring his soul out with “Something Vague” the next. Every song he does live, even the folk numbers from I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, carries all the passionate energy that Conor’s signature talk-singing voice can muster.

 
But there’s much more to a Bright Eyes concert than that. Conor doesn’t just want you to feel his emotions. More than anything, Conor wants to make damn sure you have a good time. This was most evident with the tracks off his new album, The People’s Key. These songs are definitely the easiest to rock out to, and tracks like “Shell Games” almost seem to be written specifically to be experienced live. He played nearly every song from the album, including “Ladder Song”, which he closed his main set with. This was probably my favorite moment of the night. Conor wrote “Ladder Song” in a time of grief after a friend of his committed suicide. Seeing Conor, alone on the stage at his keyboard, play the song amongst complete silence in the audience, was one of the most moving performances I’ve seen. All the emotion and passion from the concert hit its zenith at this moment. However, the somber mood ended when Conor went back to rocking out with his encore.

 
Now, since Conor has been making music for most of his life, he has way too much material to go through everyone’s favorites in two hours. I’ll bet everyone who went to the show has one or two favorite songs he or she didn’t get to hear. For a lot of people, that song was probably “First Day of My Life”, or “Lua”. For me, it was my all-time favorite Bright Eyes song, “Old Soul Song (For the New World Order)”. But that should show you how great of a concert it was. Even though he neglected to play several of my favorites, I still consider this one of my favorite concerts I’ve been to. Or that just shows you how ridiculously obsessed with Bright Eyes I am.

 

And like I said, I wouldn’t worry about never getting to see Conor Oberst live. Even if he does end Bright Eyes, the man is constantly making music. But whether it’s the Mystic Valley Band, Monsters of Folk, or whatever his next project is, all I can really say is that if you’re a fan of his at all, you should definitely see him live.

- Dr. Derivative

And We Danced….

Macklemore in front of 4,000 WSU students --Terrell Mall

This coming Tuesday Pullman will welcome back Seattle’s own Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Their last stop in the 509 was on the 3rd day of school for Coug Fest while accompanying other 206 artists,  the Blue Scholars, Grynch and Sol. With roughly 4,000 WSU students gathered around Terrell Mall that night all chanting “Mack’s” name over and over,  it was an incredible scene to witness. This time around he will be joined by RA Scion (half of Common Market, with Sabzi of Blue Scholars).

The presence that Macklemore has on stage is on another level. From all the shows I’ve seen over the years, he is one of the artists that stands out above the rest. Mack’s interaction and appreciation of the crowd’s support is evident throughout his whole set; he has an energy on stage that ensures that his fans have a “really, really, really good time”. Whether you are a long-time fan of his music and know all his lyrics, or have never heard of his music, you get every dime worth of your ticket at one of his shows. So be prepared for this coming Tuesday, February the 22nd, and come to the CUB senior ball room to witness a great show….and bring your dancin’ shoes.

Tickets sold at Cougar Card Center- Doors at 7pm. Show 730

Facebook Concert Info

Irish Celebration Music Video

-bryce poulin

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Hey–A KZUU Kontest!

KZUU Punkin + Tom Waits Punkin

 

 

Hey Kids!

Starting right this very second, we want you–YOU–to do the following:

1. Carve a KZUU punkin.

2. Post a picture of said punkin to our wall on facebook.

Simple, right? If yours is the best (as decided by KZUU management), you’ll get to enjoy the eternal glory of a blog post, as well as some sort of prize.

Submissions are due Friday, October 29th, at the witchin’ hour (midnight, for the uninitiated).

Get carving, kiddos! If you have questions, leave a note on our FB page or–better yet–ask one of the managers in person.

 

Toodle-oo!
rachel

What’s New @ KZUU: 10/15

A bunch of great new albums this week, but what’s new? Hope you’re all having lots of fun with your mamas and papas. Catch y’all next week!

63: Avey Tare – “Down There”

71: Sufjan Stevens – “The Age of Adz”

86: No Age – “Everything In Between”

88:  The Sleep-ins – “Songs About Girls and Outer Space”

89: Belle and Sebastian – “Write About Love”

118: Suuns – “Zeroes QC”

119: Women – “Public Strain”

120: Frontier Ruckus – “Deadmalls and Nightfalls”  ***Check out Chelan’s write-up if you haven’t yet!

xo,
Rachel

What’s New @ KZUU: 10/01/10

Two weeks worth of albums to sink your teeth into this week kids! We’ve gotten a lot of really good stuff; our Preview Rack is stacked!

Adds, October 1st:

#1 Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
#2 Maximum Balloon – Maximum Balloon
#4 The Walkmen – Lisbon
#5 Glasser – Ring
#13 Revolver – Music for a While
#17 Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
#51 Blonde Redhead – Penny Sparkle
#70 Gospel Claws – Claws
#104 Junip – Fields
#111 The Hundred in The Hands – The Hundred in the Hands
#112 Department of Eagles – Archive 2003-2006
#113 Carnivores – If I’m Ancient
#210 Lost in the Trees – All Alone in an Empty House