KOUG had the pleasure of interviewing The Sindicate on Thursday, July 11th. Our DJ Chris Forhan conducted the interview which can be found here!
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Remember, KOUG is always looking for DJs, even in the summer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being a DJ.
Hey KOUG fans, the wait is over. We’re broadcasting from the Undergraduate building, room 102G. We’re building a great lineup of DJs for this semester, so please stop by if you’re interested!
No longer will you have to go behind the big green dumpster to find your favorite college radio station. We’re transitioning to our new broadcasting location inside of the Undergraduate building in room 102G (inside the Math Lab). If we’re off air over the weekend, don’t worry, we’ll be back very soon. We’re just getting set up in our new home.
By George Lewis
I met Jimi Evans, lead vocalist of Throwback Suburbia, about 10 years ago. He was fronting The Red Sector, a Portland area quartet whose sound was something approximating a futuristic, synth-infused alternative rock. What caught my attention at the time, aside from the black vinyl pants and eye makeup, was how the band’s tunes were simultaneously edgy and remarkably catchy. Much of the credit for this deft combination is probably attributable to the slick production and infectious riffs courtesy of guitarist Kevin Hahn. And yet, what sets The Red Sector apart from the hundreds of local bands I’ve seen over the years is undoubtedly the uniqueness of Evans’ voice. It has that all-too-rare commodity in rock and roll: a distinctiveness that leaves a lasting impression. The fact that he’s an incredibly nice, down to earth guy doesn’t hurt his cause either.
10 years on, the vinyl pants have long been traded in for smart suits. Shot Glass Souvenir, Throwback Suburbia’s third album (and admittedly the first that I’ve heard), is a confident, unapologetic pop record. The opening track (one of my favorites on the album), “Give and Take”, kicks off with a “Byrds” inspired guitar part that threw me into an instant time warp. From the start, the band demonstrate mastery in navigating the finer details of a classic pop song’s structure and texture, indeed feeling like a “throwback”. In doing so, their obvious passion and studio precision keeps them safe from falling into the trap of coming off as a rehashed “retro” group. In fact, for all its homage to bygone decades of popular music, Shot Glass Souvenir feels remarkably fresh in its approach and delivery.
This album is full of pop gems. Another of my favorite tracks, “Sinking Feeling”, stands out with its loose, open feel. As the track kicks off with some brilliantly simple quarter notes on what sounds like an over-compressed bass, one hears drummer Mike Collins, whose flawless, tasteful performances are a highlight of the record, really open the tune up. Evans’ vocals soar through the second chorus, and then, with a clever twist, the band spins us around again, trailing off into a bridge reminiscent of “The Police”.
It’s probably evident by now that I’m impressed with this album. The only weaknesses I hear are really side effects of strengths. When you’ve got 5 talented musicians all contributing and collaborating, which seems to be the case with Throwback Suburbia, sometimes it’s difficult to know when to let off the gas pedal. With that said, there is some occasional overplaying, resulting in a sonically crowded field at times, and a bit more high-pitched organ than I’m keen to indulge over 40 minutes. Luckily, the band seems to have an awareness of this. “Side Effects”, a surprisingly stark, piano driven, 50s-style ballad makes for a beautifully effortless sounding tune near the record’s end. What one also hears in this song is some experimentation with lo-fi sensibilities, which this reviewer hopes the band will continue to explore across future endeavors.
Band: Throwback Suburbia
Album: Shot Glass Souvenir
If you’ve never heard of LIGHTS, you’re certainly missing out. Her recent show at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland was packed full of adoring fans, and the show itself was incredible. Moriah and Jimmy (Radio by Moriah) had the privilege of interviewing the Canadian pop star following her performance.
Freshman Field Day and the ROAR lunch went awesome! It seems like everybody had a great time, despite being obviously near-dead by the end of the night. Quite a few people were asking for me to post the songs I played, so as requested, I’ve got them for you here:
- Ellie Goulding – Lights (Fear of Tigers Remix)
- Dem Slackers – Global Grind
- Maroon 5 – Misery (Bumbo Jones Club Mix)
- Deadmau5 – Professional Griefers
- Duck Sauce – Barbara Striesand
- Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (J. Rabbit Bootleg)
- LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (Sex Ray Vision Remix)
- Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Dirty Noise “Meets the Dubstep” Remix)
- Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (Dem Slackers Remix)
Freshman Field Day (Vic Latino’s Ultra Dance Mix)
- Taio Cruz – Dynamite
- La Roux – Bulletproof
- Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – Stereo Love
- Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (Kaskade Club Remix)
- Ke$ha – TiK ToK
- Yolanda Be Cool vs. DCUP – We No Speak Americano
- Pitbull – Bon, Bon
- Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand
- David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi – Memories (Extended Mix)
- Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello (Dada Life Remix)
- Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah – Miami 2 Ibiza (Extended Vocal Mix)
- Afrojack feat. Eva Simmons – Take Over Control (Extended Vocal Mix)
- Sean Kingston feat. Nicki Minaj – Letting Go (Dutty Love)
- Stromae feat. Kanye West & Gilbere Forte – Alors On Danse
- Robyn – Indestructible
- Gabry Ponte feat. Maya Days – Sexy DJ
- Riz – Ping!!! Me Baby
- Maroon 5 – Misery (Bimbo Jones Club Mix)
- Kim Sozzi – Rated R
- Alex Gaudino – I’m in Love (I Wanna Do It) (Vocal Club Mix)
- Kaskade & Adam K feat. Sunsun – Raining (Extended Mix)
- Far East Movement & Roger Sanchez feat. Kanobby – 2Gether (Extended Mix)
- Deadmau5 – Sofi Needs a Ladder
- Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
See you at convocation!