Ultraviolence

l”I wish I was dead already… That’s just how I feel.”

A death wish?  Really Lana?

Honestly I can’t say I’m all that surprised.  With her first album titled Born to Die, mortality seems to be a theme in Lana Del Rey’s life.  Actress Lena Dunham recently tweeted “Why is anyone shocked Lana Del Rey said she wished she was dead? That’s an actual lyric on her last album: “I wish I was dead.”  All humor aside, the theme of death is one that Lana seems to revolve around.  If you’ve ever listened to Lana, you know that this 27 year old New York born singer/songwriter is known for her haunting yet infectious music that’s unlike any other cult artist of this generation.  But the fact that she’s currently 27 is causing a lot of commotion in the music world.  In a recent interview she sited Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain as heroes, both who died at age 27.  Music phenoms Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix also died at this age.  Could all of this talk about joining the “27 Club” just be an easy way for her to gain publicity?  Probably, but having death wishes is an odd route to take…  But maybe not for Lana.

Ignoring all of the depressing and controversial talk, as a long time lover of her first album, her latest was released early last week and it’s definitely worth a listen.  Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys produced much of her new album, Ultraviolence, and although it may not have some of the upbeat qualities of her last album, the melancholy vibe it gives off is nothing short of addicting and her lyrics are phenomenal as always.  It took some repetition, but I’ve started to get hooked.  Be sure to check out Old Money and Florida Kilos, two of my favorites.

 

“Be young, be dope, be proud”,

Carol

 

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Old 97′s Return to Alt-Country Roots on Most Messed Up

The Old 97’s rose to prominence from the Dallas bar scene for helping pioneer the genre of alt-country in the early 90s along with the likes of bands such as The Jayhawks, Bottle Rockets, Uncle Tupelo, and Tupelo’s eventual offshoots Son Volt and Wilco (sound familiar?). Always on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream, they never quite made it, not even after being signed to Elektra records in 1997, the release of the critically acclaimed fan favorite Too Far to Care, and even an appearance in the popular 2006 rom-com The Break Up. Instead, they exist on the fringes of breakthrough success, retaining a loyal cult-like fan base, country music’s best-kept secret.

April 29th marked the arrival of the band’s 10th LP in their 20-year history, Most Messed Up. This album features the strongest return to their country roots in at least ten years. Since 2001’s Satellite Rides, Old 97’s have more or less drifted to a more refined, almost pop-like sound (while still retaining the main country basis of their music). If anything, I would dub Most Messed Up as a sort of sequel to Too Far To Care. This album is full of fast-paced, blistering cowpunk-style songs with classic alt-country lyrics, (which may or may not be all that appropriate at times). One track that really epitomizes the sound is the album’s second, Give It Time. It features all the elements usually found in alt-country anthems such as heavy distortion and catchy lead riffs by Ken Bethea alongside acoustic rhythm guitar and smooth lyrics from front man Rhett Miller. Once again, Miller does not fail to spark one’s imagination with colorful lyrics, introducing characters, relationships, and emotions, and of course, nights in Dallas honky-tonks. On one track, Miller sings, “Lay out a blanket beneath the water tower, and watch the meteor shower, heaven on display”, to give you an idea of his songwriting.

The album opens with the lyric, “We’ve been doing this longer than you’ve been alive”, which is most certainly true for many of their fans. After twenty long years, Old 97’s still deliver driving alt-country anthems, and show no signs of slowing down. Should you get the chance to see them (they’re touring this summer), I strongly urge you to attend. The energy and atmosphere surrounding their shows are rarely matched by acts today. The band hits the road starting in El Paso on May 5th.  Overall, on a scale of ten, I would give this album around an 8.3.

Mark “Live Love LAX” Austin

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Check out FECH this Friday night!

As you enjoy fish this Good Friday, you should also consider enjoying FECH, the Friday Evening Comedy Hour, a new sketch comedy show on BLUJ Radio written and produced by students from English 251: Advanced Composition. FECH features hilarious satirical sketches from the funniest folks at Creighton! FECH will air on Fridays at 5:30 and 8:30pm through the end of the semester and available after the fact on our Podcast on iTunes, with a new episode each week! Don’t miss it!

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J. Roddy Walston Concert

From the bathroom, I could hear the intro to “Heavy Bells”, followed by a muffled cheer. As soon as the drums and bass started, the light fixtures started shaking, dust particles from the ceiling fell on me as I headed back to my spot. The Slowdown hadn’t been shaken like this in a while. Initially, Sunday concerts in the Slowdown’s front room might leave something to be desired, with people constantly checking how late it is getting, doing the math on how many hour of sleep they had left. Not tonight, Omaha came out to party, even if it meant an extra cup of coffee on Monday morning; so be it.

J. Roddy Walston and The Business has been making their way through an intensive tour through the U.S. even featuring stops on Conan and Letterman. Chances are they’ll be making a stop in your hometown this summer, so check out their tour schedule! They are an authentic rock and roll band, down to the shoulder length hair and field-tested leather combat boots, they know what they’re doing.

They’ve picked up a lot of steam recently with their new album Essential Tremors which has caught the attention of Rolling Stone and has earned 3.5/4 stars from Chicago’s Red Eye magazine. Given a few months and a completed tour season, (especially after making stops at Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo), I expect we’ll be seeing J. Roddy Walston much more in the future. As J.Roddy Walston left the stage, he held up his Heineken and looked deeply into the crowd as if to say “We’ll be back, Omaha.”

 

All time peace,

J

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Welcome back, Nickel Creek.

If you haven’t heard of Nickel Creek or you’re not a fan of folky-bluegrass type music, don’t let that stop you from giving their new album as listen.  Split after they released their Why Should the Fire Die? album in 2007 (clearly they had some foreshadowing going on there),  mandolinist Chris Thile, fiddler Sara Watkins, and guitarist Sean Watkins finally reconvened after years of pursuing other projects and made A Dotted Line.  The trio had been playing and writing music for 18 years before the breakup, so I think it’s about time they made a good comeback.  It seems like it wasn’t hard for them to get back into their old rhythm of things, as their new stuff is just like their old.  Check out their single, “Love of Mine” for a quick listen!

Cheers,

Carol

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Turn This Up To 11

I’d like to apologize to the people I was sitting next to in the library when I found this song. I was that guy. Tapping his feet, typing to the beat of the song, bouncing to the incredible piano. That guy. THEN I found out J. Roddy Walston and The Business will be playing at The Slowdown on April 10th. THEN I found out tickets are only 10 dollars. I’ll see you there, people.

Do yourself a favor, and play this song at full volume.

All time peace,

John

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There Can Only Be One Beyoncé

As I was studying for finals on a Thursday night back in December something happened in the music world that won’t soon be forgotten.  Of course by “studying” I should probably be more clear and change that to “procrastinating”, as I was mindlessly surfing Facebook around 11pm until I came across a status that turned my night (and world) around.  One of my friends had written a manic post in all caps about how Beyoncé had just released a self-titled “visual” album out of nowhere, complete with full music videos accompanying each song.  Although I knew there was prior speculation that she had plans to release her 5th studio album that December after releasing Bow Down (now known as Flawless) and Grown Woman earlier in the year, no one had any idea she would make such an impact in the music world.  It was so huge that iTunes crashed within hours as people around the globe rushed to download her music.  Introducing a sound and style very different from her past work, her new music is prime.  If you’re reading this post I sincerely hope you’ve already listened to it.  If not, well then shame on you.  Although no one can compare to Beyoncé it looks like she’s started a new trend in the music world with surprise releasing music rather than getting listeners hyped in advance.  On February  25th, both Coldplay and Kid Cudi hopped on the surprise release train.

As a long time and shameless listener to Coldplay, I couldn’t help but be excited when I saw that this British rock band surprise released a new single and music video two days ago.  With just a single tweet saying that “something new” would be coming at midnight in Ulaanbaatar time (the capitol of Mongolia in case you were wondering), Coldplay released their new song “Midnight”.  The first time I played it I immediately thought I was listening to Bon Iver and as I did more research, that seemed to be the case for most listeners.  The mesmerizing synths and mumbly lyrics are very Justin Vernon-esc and the trippy x-ray vision music video gives off a vibe that is definitely not from the Coldplay I once knew.  Am I a fan of this change?  I’m not quite sure yet; it’s definitely going to take some repeated listening to figure it out.  Give Midnight a listen and decide for yourself!

On the same day Midnight was released, hip-hop artist Kid Cudi released his space inspired album, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon.  In true Beyoncé fashion he also caused iTunes to crash due to the large amount of sudden downloads.  Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to listen to all 11 tracks yet, but if it’s anything like his old stuff I have a good feeling about it.  But who knows, maybe he pulled a Coldplay and completely reinvented himself.

Change in the music scene is happening all over the place.  In our fast paced society we don’t want to be bored by what we’ve already experienced and the world of music is definitely contributing to our current lifestyle.  I’m definitely a sucker for the classics but I also love discovering new music and sounds that artists constantly come out with.  Of course the more artists use the “surprise release” technique, the less surprising and less effective  it will become.  It’s only a matter of time until something else becomes the new craze in the music scene.

Even through all of the change and music hype happening, one thing will always remain true: there can only be one Beyoncé.  Bow down to her.

 

Carol

 

 

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New Winter Playlist!

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Check out our new winter playlist which will run through early January! DJ KRIS KRINGLE will be in the booth 24hrs a day from now until Christmas. We hope you dig it! If you have any requests, hit us up @BLUJRadio.

Merry Christmas from BLUJ!

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Who We Are

Check out our new video!

Special thanks to Creighton DoIT and Carolyn Pokorney for all they’ve done to make this video and station a success!

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3OH!3 Fallapalooza Interview

Check out Adam Kinsinger interviewing 3OH!3 before Fallapalooza 2013!

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