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Yourself or Someone Like You - Matchbox 20


I've said a few times over the past couple months that Barenaked Ladies is a band I grew up with, and Matchbox 20 sits right next to them as a band that literally flashes me back to the olden days. With Matchbox 20's debut album Yourself Or Someone Like You, released October 1, 1996, 12 days before my day of birth. This song is packed full of hits and it's fair change off both soft rock and post-grunge sounds. This album ended up selling over 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, landed this record to go DIAMOND!! This album spans 12 heart-wrenching tracks of adolescence, alcoholism, and depression but the songs are sung and played so beautiful. There are plenty of tracks to sink your teeth into but for once, I do believe that whoever picks the singles were on point with this album as there are four stand-out tracks that stand out above all the others on this album. All singles, starting with the leading track, "Real World". This song really gets the album going with the post-grunge garage rock sound. Rob Thomas, whose career has gone on far beyond Matchbox 20, his voice is so unique you can pick it out of a line-up. He can reach a fine alto with a nice raspy sound to it that he could sing to old style western rock. "Real World" has just recently emerged in my disc-loggery as one of my favorite tracks of my childhood. Then we get "3AM". No, not the one by Eminem. 3AM is a song that was beautifully written. A beautiful song of love deep woven lead to heartbreak. If you go back and listen to it, the chance is, you've heard it before. "Push" is one of those soft songs that you probably slow danced during a school dance if you were born anywhere in the 1990s. "Push" has a nice soft chiming guitar that you can recognize off the bat. This song is one of just not feeling like not being able to do enough for someone. A truly feeling song that I can't help but sing along to when it comes on in the car. And finally, "Back 2 Good" is a slow blues-ish grunge song that is more on the dark side. About alcoholism and cheating on the person he was with and just doing it so often he's used to it and not being able to get "Back 2 Good". Yourself Or Someone Like You is a song that my dad introduced to me when I was little, and have recently reintroduced myself to it and could not be happier that I did. Now let me let you reintroduce yourself to a band that was in the mainstream, that is now off the grid. Matchbox 20. Yourself Or Someone Like You. 10 out of 10. - STRATUS



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Album Review: Contemporary Noise Sextet – Unaffected Thought Flow

 Spazzfest has come and gone from us, now we only wait until next year to hear some of the most underrated musicians, or should I say artists to return to Greenville once again. This year Spazzfest brought in artists that have opened my eyes and ears and has taught me the importance of art. All music is art, and yes, even Justin Beiber’s newest hit single or whatever it is can be classified as art, but what I am talking about is art music. The type of music you can’t listen to in front of your mother not because of the language, but because of the extreme weirdness and exotic sounds it carries. I am talking about “free-jazz”. Since my encounters with Spazzfest this weekend I have been researching all over the internet the most intense avant-garde music. In my search I have found this jazz sextet, or sometimes quintet or quartet. Based out of Poland, The Contemporary Noise Sextet is close to what I am looking for, but it is not enough. However, I did listen to the whole album and did enjoy it even though it was not as intense as I thought it was going to be. Really it is kind of deceiving with the first track being absolutely wild, but after that until the end there are not really any more intense moments. The music only really becomes “free”on 3 tracks and I wanted more excitement than I thought I would get. Overall there are some interesting arrangements on this album and I think it is a good way to ease into avant-garde music. I will continue to search for the craziest music I will keep all of you posted on what I discover! Recommended tracks: Unaffected Thought Flow pts. 1&2, New Machine on the Dance Floor.- Chris Puckett



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Artist of the week:  Jane XØ

I love the type of artist that Jane XØ is... anonymous but truly talented.  Even though she (or he, could be either, but I'll just use the term she for the sake of this post) has only released an EP and a couple of singles,  every song she's release is amazing!  Definitely not the typical type of production you'd hear from a random new SoundCloud artist, but much more professional sounding.  Her music has even been featured on the popular electronic music blog, MrSuicideSheep!  One of the things that impresses me most about this artist is the likely hood that she is a female producer who also sings on all of her tracks.  This is very impressive for the EDM world which is mostly male dominated.  Here is her statement about why she'd like to be anonymous- "Being able to express myself musically without limits, no worries of judgement, no worries of success or failure is why I remain behind the wall of anonymity. I hope you enjoy the first part of my story. – Jane XØ".  Personally I hope she stays anonymous, but continues to get bigger and bigger and gain the popularity she deserves.  Favorite tracks:  "dreams" and "undone" -VIOLAT




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Inner Universe - Origa (composed by Yoko Kanno) & Thoughts on Ghost In The Shell

 Okay you guys. My nerdy side is about to come bursting out the doors. In lieu of the new Ghost In The Shell movie coming out on March 31st, THIS FRIDAY, I need to stress to you how much the soundtrack means to this name because it's what made the anime it was based off, whole. For those who were either not born before 1999, or those who were not allowed to watch Adult Swim when it came on after Cartoon Network at 8-PM, you may not know what Ghost In The Shell even is. I'd explain what the series is about, but I don't want to, in turn, spoil the movie it's based off so, I'll refrain from doing so. However, I'll continue to bash into your think tank that the soundtrack to the original anime, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex was a driving force for the anime and made the scenes in the show just that more extravagant and deep. One song that I keep coming back to time and time again, is "Inner Universe", the opening theme to the first season of the show. The composition of Japanese musical genius Yoko Kanno, the soaring vocals of Russian vocalist Origa, it all just fits for a beautiful intro in such a dark and demented show. If you just sit back, with your eyes closed, and listen to this song, it will send chills down your spine and envision a fight so awesome that the anime just draws its own picture in your mind. So, as far the soundtrack, I'm curious to so if the soundtrack for the movie will meet my expectations as it is NOT being produced by Yoko Kanno, which upsets me. I can only hope the movie itself does the anime justice. But if anything, if you don't wish to watch the anime, or see the movie, at least listen to the Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST and even Ghost In The Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG OST as it is two of the greatest composed soundtracks I think you will ever hear. And yes, I'm going to see the movie this weekend. - Stratus



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School is coming to a close for those who are graduating in May, but before graduation comes the month of April and you know what that means… Jazz appreciation month! I encourage anyone that is currently residing in the United States of America to attend at least one jazz concert this month and to celebrate true American culture! There are several shows happening through the school of music, as well as off campus that are readily available to the public! Here is a list of events happening this upcoming month of April! Feel free to come out and support these amazing musicians and all that they do for the community. This is some of the best live music you will encounter in your time here at East Carolina so it is most definitely worth taking a listen!- Chris Puckett


Dates:

·     Friday April 7th – Jazz Jams at Christies Europub 10pm-1am

·     Saturday April 8th – Jacob Jacobs: Senior Saxophone Recital, 3pm in Fletcher Music Building Recital Hall

·     Saturday April 8th – Sammie Kuntz: Senior Vocal Recital, 5pm at Fletcher Music Building Recital Hall

·     Saturday April 14th – Carroll Dashiell and the CVD Ensemble at Emerge Art Gallery (Downtown), 7pm first set, 8:30 second set.

·     Monday April 17th – ECU Jazz Combos Concert, 8pm in Fletcher Music Building room B110

·     Tuesday April 18th – Casey Overton: Senior Guitar Recital, 9pm in Fletcher Music Building Recital Hall

·     Wednesday April 19th – ECU Jazz Ensemble B Concert, 8pm in Fletcher Music Building room B110

·     Thursday April 20th, "Tom the Jazzman" Scholarship Benefit, featuring contemporary jazz vocalist Christie Dashiell, with the ECU Jazz faculty, 8-10pm;Billy Taylor combo, 7-8pm. The Martinsborough, 330 Evans St., Greenville. Spirits, butlered hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Tickets available from Mary Jane Gaddis ( gaddism@ecu.edu), by phone at 252-328-1268.

·     Friday April 21st – Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Festival Concert at Wright Auditorium, 8pm. With special guests Delfeayo Marsalis, Paul Carr, and Mitch Butler (ECU Alum)

·     Saturday April 22nd – Jazz Jams at Buffalo Wild Wings (Greenville Blvd.), 5:30-9:30pm


 

Drake More Life: First Impression.

After just listening to More Life just a few times since it's release I can only give my first impression and not my full opinion, as I'm sure it will alter. As for right now, I am disappointed in the project or "playlist." There are some songs that I enjoy but it was tough to finish on my first listen. I found myself uninterested and bored. I am happy that he sampled 4yallent on "Madiba Riddim." I love their work. I will continue to listen to More Life and give another opinion if it changes.- Fadeaway



Album Review: JuJu – Wayne Shorter (1965)
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 Shorter’s “JuJu” was released before the release of “Speak No Evil” (previously reviewed album). Both of these albums are considered to be some of his best works through his career and were both recorded during his career with Miles Davis. Unlike “Speak No Evil” which has essentially the 2nd Miles quintet playing on it (with the exception Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Elvin Jones on kit) “JuJu” has only a quartet playing, McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones, Reggie Workman on bass and Shorter on saxes. This album is a great listen for anybody who is beginning to listen to jazz, and even the jazz masters themselves should revisit “JuJu”. No crazy upbeat tempos, but leaves the listener feeling cool and relaxed. I recommend listening to this album when you’re taking someone out on a date and would like to really impress them. Turn the television off, put this record on and enjoy some quality time one on one time with someone you love. Chocolate and wine is optional, but could taste better with some Wayne Shorter in your ears! Also great to study to or on long car trip. Recommended tracks: JuJu, Deluge, Yes or No. -Chris Puckett



"Future" Album Review

Future has dropped two long albums back to back! The first one, self titled Future is exactly what you would expect from a Future album. It's a playlist of potential hits. And as always, there are a lot of tracks that sound very similar, other than stand alone hits like "Draco" and "Rent Money." I like some of the tracks, but the overall album is underwhelming.- Fadeaway



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Marshmello and Slushii’s new track “Twinbow”  
 

I already know what you’re thinking… twinbow? Really? I had the same reaction, but to be fair, the playfulness, and corniness of the name matches the Marshmello/Slushii aesthetic. I realize what a twinbow is, and if the reference is to that, I'm not seeing the connection in the song.  Honestly, the name sounds more like the title of a Slushii track then a Marshmello one, and the preference is reflected in the style of the song. The style of the vocals and chaotic structure of the drop make this song sound much more like a Slushii track Marshmello one, which may be your cup of tea, but it’s not mine.  I appreciate Marshmello’s style of EDM because It’s very lively, energetic, but it's structured. I can definitely hear some distinct and bright sounds in this track that I'm sure were contributed by Marshmello but its overall a Slushii track.  I give it a 2.5 out of 5.  How do you feel about it? Tweet at me and let me know @ultraviolatlove on Twitter. -VIOLAT


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Review: Ed Sheeran x "Divide"

Ed Sheeran's junior effort has finally arrived. "Divide" (stylized as ÷)  arrived as a delight to many, and of course to me. I was expecting a big follow-up to 2014's "x". I was fairly pleased with "Castle On The Hill", but I was a bit thrown off by "Shape Of You" as it didn't sound very "Ed Sheeran" to me, and he even thought so according to an interview he did for Spotify. So how did this album start? With the track "Eraser", a hot guitar driven track with Ed spitting hot bars about his year and a half off and his experience with the industry thus far. This song, I'm already going to say, is my favorite off the record. Then we get to "Castle On The Hill" which pretty much everyone has heard at this point so I'm not going to "Dive" into it. Though Dive is a bit of a heartfelt ballad of skeptic love which kind of just a song I couldn't get into, it just scratched the surface as a good song to me. Pass "Shape Of You" and you get to "Perfect" a ooey-gooey love song on how the girl is just the best thing for you and how she's perfect for you. Done many times, seen it all before, moving on. "Galway Girl" is up next which actually brought the album up for me as it's upbeat tempo and joyful melodic lyrics won me over, and the Irish/folky sound to it was something I actually enjoyed. Then we move back into "Happier" which is how he's now happier he's over the other girl. A total cliche if you ask me. "New Man" was actually a song I enjoyed somewhat because it was an "I don't care about you or your guy because if he was real important to you, you wouldn't be hittin' me up", a feeling I'm sure some have felt. "Hearts Don't Break Around Here" is a song that felt a bit out-of-place as it's message has been told 2 other times on this album. "What Do I Know" is the song of the "clueless celebrity" in this time of hardship. I feel he did a good spin on this topic, though I feel it's been done before. "How Would You Feel (Paean)" to me, sounds like a John Mayer ripoff that could have on "Born and Raised" or "Continuum." Then this album closes off with "Supermarket Flowers", an ode to his grandmother who died during the recording of this album. This song was actually really gorgeous and I about cried when I heard it for the first time. This song truly shows what this album meant to Ed which kind of brought it back around.
Overall, sad to say, Divide was a letdown for me. I had high hopes when I heard "Eraser" but it lost traction as it neared the end of the album. If you into love songs, this is the album for you because it's full of them. Otherwise, the songs I recommend off this album would be "Castle On The Hill", "Galway Girl", "Supermarket Flowers", and obviously "Eraser". "Eraser" will actually be my opening track for my show, Deep Dive, starting when we get back from Spring Break on 3/13.  I would like to "Plus" some more upbeat songs, "Multiply" their magnitude, "Divide" the different messages, and "Minus" all the sappy songs. Thus, I can only hope for 2019's "Minus" to be bigger and better. So my final rating for Divide: 6/10-Stratus

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Album Review
 Tommy Emmanuel, Endless Road (2005)
Mr. Carroll Dashiell, director of the ECU jazz bands showed me this record in one of our lessons. I can see why he chose to show me this music. For one, to be aware and to respect all types of music. Two, because Tommy Emmanuel is one of the most well rounded guitarist in the world today. This album is all just solo acoustic guitar, but it is not your typical street guitarist performing for people walking by. Emmanuel is a well-educated and sensitive musician. He incorporates various styles of music together such as jazz, blue-grass, classical, rock n’ roll, blues, country, and many more. Just listen to any track and you can hear how he has mastered the instrument and each style he plays. What amazes me is how technical he play because at times it sound like there are two guitarist playing but it is all just solo. This is one of the best albums I have listened to so far in 2017 and encourage anyone to take a listen to put them in a more relaxed and delighted mood. Thankyou, D for showing me this music.- Chris Puckett
 

WZMB Jazz Blog week 5

Album Review – Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil (1966)

Wayne Shorter (Saxophones) is a legend himself. Throughout his life he has played with some of the finest jazz musicians in history such as Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis, and Chick Corea just to name a few. Last year he played at the White House Jazz inauguration for former president Barack Obama. Still kicking it at the age of 83, Shorter remains active in the music scene playing gigs and collaborating with artists such as Carlos Santana to create new innovating music. Speak No Evil is considered to be one of Shorter’s finest albums recorded throughout his life. The members of the group are basically those in Miles’ 2nd Quintet (Herbie Hancock piano, Ron Carter bass, Elvin Jones drums), and Freddie Hubbard replacing Miles on the trumpet. This album was recorded while they were touring with Miles Davis, but in order to keep this album in his name, Shorter decided to not feature Miles on the record. It took many years for this record to gain popularity since he was touring with Miles, but once people started to really take a listen they realized the true genius that is Wayne Shorter. This album is one of the best jazz albums recorded in history. It swings hard and the melodies are dark and smooth. Recorded in the hard-bop era, this style of jazz to me has some of the most complicated and most interesting harmonies. Speak No Evil is one of those records that you listen to over and over again several times to absorb all of the knowledge that these musicians have shared with us. 5 stars for Dr. Wayne Shorter.-DJ Chris Puckett

 

Recommended Tracks: Witch Hunt, Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, Speak No Evil, Infant Eyes



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The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - "Something Just Like This"

On Wednesday, February 22nd, the BRIT Awards were held. The BRIT Awards are the annual pop music awards held by the British Phonographic Industry. During the BRIT Awards, The Chainsmokers did a surprise world premiere of the long-anticipated collaboration with English pop-rock band, Coldplay, "Something Just Like This." Those of you who may know, I am a HUGE Coldplay fan, so needless to say I was jumping for this song. This song, to say this least, is something I didn't expect coming out of Coldplay (considering I don't count remixes made by others a Coldplay song per say). This song is definitely radio ready and I feel could be The Chainsmokers best song yet. Yes, better than "Closer" with Halsey.  It's a song for a heartthrob like me, and I feel Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, was definitely behind the lyricism on this track, as the references of superheroes and heartbreak fits his forte. This song has a nice build to it, as when it leads into the last chorus section and Johnny Buckland's guitar soars in along with Guy Berryman's bass and Will Champion's drums. It's nice to hear an EDM song have actual instruments in it. I recommend anybody listen to this song and you'll be on your feet in an instant. It's a great song for Spring Break coming up. -DJ Stratus

 


"Future" album review


Future has dropped two long albums back to back! The first one, self titled Future is exactly what you would expect from him.  It's a playlist of potential hits. And as always a lot of the tracks sound very similar, other than stand alone hits like "Draco" and "Rent Money." I like some of the tracks, but the overall album is underwhelming.-DJ Fadeaway

Chill Songs


Now we all have those nights. You're tired, yet you still have so much work you have to do and you're so frustrated that you can't focus. So today, I'm going to give you 5 songs that I normally listen to to get me into a chill mood.

1. The Longest Wave - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers recently released their album The Getaway in 2016 and "The Longest Wave" was once of the quieter songs on this LP, but it's also one of my favorites. I feel I would listen to it on the beach (how fitting) and just listen to the waves roll in. And nothing calms me more than the sound of rushing water.

2. All Of The Stars - Ed Sheeran
All Of The Stars was the song that Ed Sheeran released for the hit movie A Fault In Our Stars and I about cried watching that movie, by the way. This song is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever listened to. I actually first heard this song sitting out on my balcony, watching the stars and it gave me a sense of love (and chills down my spine at the bridge of the song). 

3. A Song For You - Michael Bublé 

I originally heard "A Song For You" by Michael during his performance at Madison Square Garden. This song is absolutely gorgeous as he went on to sing the last chorus without his microphone and as powerful as his voice could, he projected his voice across the crowd of over 14,000 people and it was the most beautiful I, and you, will ever hear. 

4. Northern Downpour - Panic! At The Disco
"North Downpour" is a song from Panic!'s sophomore LP Pretty. Odd. "Northern Downpour" is a very somber song lead solely by a soft acoustic guitar and Brendon Urie's softer tone. For those of you who may not know, Brendon Urie is known to be one male vocalist who has the highest vocal registers in popular music. They kept this song softer than their previous work and it something that would seem fitting when, you know, there's a downpour. 

5. How Great - Chance The Rapper
"How Great" is from Chance The Rapper's junior mixtape, which went to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album. "How Great" goes gospel with this record, which has already shown holy inspirations with songs like "All We Got" and "Blessings". "How Great" starts off with a 2-minute rendition of "How Great Is Our God" by Chris Tomlin and leads into a slow bumping beat where Chance lays a verse which seems to lay out his previous life, and Jay Electronica follows with the powers of which God holds and his struggles in life. Yet, it's a very soft tune that you could play in the car coming home from work. -Stratus

 



The New Big Sean

Big Sean has established himself as a leader in the hip hop industry. While Big Sean had been around for a long time, he has never really had a well established name. Now with the success of his album I Decided and the high selling singles "bounce back" and "moves," (which also had really great music videos), Big Sean is making a statement that he is here and he is one of the best rappers in the game. A combination of unique flow and well thought out lyricism has made Big Sean one of the best rappers today. We all need to keep a careful eye on him and what he has in store for us. -Fadeaway



What to expect from Drakes new album is set to come out in a little over a week: After waiting for it for so long and and anticipating a Views follow up, people are wondering what this album will be. After Drake called the upcoming project a "playlist," I expect More Life to essentially be a mixtape. I don't think it will be a well put together piece. But more of a collection of songs made to be hits and random tracks that don't mix too well. But there is nothing wrong with this at all. Just expect a mixtape.-Fadeaway



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Same Dr*gs Analysis

Last Monday, Chance the Rapper released a music video for his song "same drugs" off of his 2016 critically acclaimed mixtape Coloring Book and you could certainly say it takes a lot of chances (no pun intended). This new video is quite different from Chance's usual style, but not completely out of context for him right now, if you take into account the style of his recent "magnificent coloring world tour". It starts out with Chance sitting at a piano playing the song with a large puppet leaning on his shoulder. This puppet looks like it could have been apart of the stage decor for his live show, which had had a very whimsical childlike feel.  As Chance begins playing the song he doesn't seem to have his typical "Chance charisma". About a third of the way through the song, the puppet starts singing a new duet part of the song, voiced by Eryn Allen Kane, who was not featured on the album version, but certainly adds an interesting contrast to the song. The whole time Chance and the puppet sing together, it's apparent they aren't connecting, and Chance purposely makes it painfully obvious that he's lip syncing, and not into it. The whole time the video is being filmed in an old stylized VHS way, but when the song is ending chance gets up from the piano, the old style fades away, and it morphs into a modern day HD looking music video. Chance takes a moment to look around in realization, before walking out of the set. As he walks out, we see that the whole crew are puppets as well, and they all watch him in confusion as he walks out.
I say this video can be interpreted in two ways. In the first way, you can think of it as a metaphor for how music labels control artist, something chance is notoriously against. The whole duet with the puppet at the piano is supposed to look like this very staged type of thing that chance doesn't not want to do, which is why he looks unhappy the whole time he's doing it. Chance getting up and the video switching from an old to new visual style represents chance being able to see clearly that this is all a constructed scheme he doesn't want to be apart of any more. The puppets we see controlling everything as he walks out are symbolic for the controlling music label executives.
The second way to think of this is through the context of what the song is about -"we don't do the same drugs no more". Where the contrast between the puppet and chance symbolizes how far apart these two people have grown. This same concept can also be connected to chance and the puppet crew around him. In this case chance has grown and matured and the fact that everyone around him is a puppet says that they are all still in this immature child like state of mind. That, or Chance is real, and everyone else is now fake.
No matter what the video was actually intended to mean, or what you may think it means, I think we can all agree that it's one of Chance's most moving videos to date.
You can check out the video on You Tube and Chance's mixtape Coloring Book free on Soundcloud.-VIOLAT

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Thundercat- The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam      

       If you are a fan of Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp a Butterfly and Untitled Unmastered, then this album is for you. Thundercat was the bass player featured on 2 of K-Dot’s albums, and he uses many of the same effects on his bass in this album. The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam to me is more of a short EP than a full album. This tracks are very trippy and exotic, but at the same time there is a lot of good sounds throughout. The tunes are grooving and interesting to listen to, and the lyrics are especially poetic. Thundercat plays his 6 string bass and sings on the record. Having 2 extra strings on the bass allow him to get those really low notes like a tuba, and more higher notes to play chords like a guitarist. Personally I am always tuning into Thundercat because he one of my new favorite bassists that isn’t afraid to be different. For example, whenever he performs he will either wear an native American head band made of huge eagles wings, or when he is feeling really in tune with his spirtuallity you will see him wearing a skinned mountain lion as a headpiece. Very strange, but he is a gifted musician nonetheless. I am anxious to hear what he will put out in the future, especially if it will be with Kendrick again.- Chris Puckett

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Turnover - Peripheral Vision (2015)

Peripheral Vision is the sophomore studio album from Virginia Beach-based dream rock band, Turnover. They tend to love a 2 verse, bridge, end coda structure of songwriting and it works to keep a balanced sound throughout the album. This album starts off with the lead single "Cutting My Fingers Off," the song I also start my show with. This song gives base to what this album will sound like: echoing guitars, rhythmic bass, and soaring vocals. "New Scream" keeps with the soaring vocals and echoing guitars, and the backing vocals soft "screaming" behind lead singer, Austin Getz, really puts this song's message of loss into perspective. This album continues fading into each song, from "New Scream" to "Humming" to "New Euphoria" to my favorite song on this record by far, "Dizzy On the Comedown. Dizzy is a song of longing to know someone yet never being able to do enough. I would think this would be a song I'd sing to someone I loved by a bonfire. "Like Slow Disappearing" is a song that I feel is the weakest song on the record, yet it has it's strengths. When I first heard the song, I thought I was listening to Beck, and not 'Guero' Beck, I'm talking Grammy-winning "Morning Phase" Beck. I feel this was their "Unforgiven" of the album, could've been a single, but it was missing that feeling of a bit more heart in the track, which I feel it lacked. Though that's not the case with "Take My Head." Take My Head was the hard hitter in this album, almost didn't feel like it belonged but at the same time it did. The collective shout-singing of the chorus felt like this would hit off a concert. Which leads us into the penultimate song on this record, "I Would Hate You If I Could." This song SHOULD have been a single. This has such a singalong vibe to it. This is the cry out to your girlfriend, serenade her from outside her bedroom window kind of song. Slow enough to get feelings out of it, but not enough for a slow dance. One of my favorites from this record. And lastly, "Intrapersonal," closing track of the album and closing track of my show.  The chiming piano and guitar riffs, echoing vocals, and the strong feeling of a song that there will always be this strong feeling for this special someone in your heart. It's literally intrapersonal.  Peripheral Vision, in a nutshell is by far one of my favorite albums by far, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. - Stratus

Celebrate Single Awareness day with ECU Jazz

It’s the beginning of February so you know what that means… The groundhog predicts an extra 6 weeks of winter and the 14th is extra lonely for those without their other half. If you are like me and don’t have a significant other, then feel free to join us for our first jazz jam at the Mendenhall Student Center on Valentines Day! Students from the jazz department will be hosting a romantic night of live music from 6:00-8:00pm on that Tuesday! Come celebrate singles awareness day with some of the best musicians at ECU! It will be a fun and exciting evening full of music.- Chris Puckett


Kickin' Off Jazz

The Jazz program here at ECU is off to a great semester. There are a vast majority of performances coming up on and off of campus. Here are the list of events for the next month: 

·      Feb 3rd – ECU Wind Ensemble and ECU Jazz Ensemble A combined concert at Wright Auditorium 8pm.

·      Feb 3rd – First Friday Jazz Jams at Christies Europub (3rd and Jarvis) 11pm-2am

·      Feb 16th-20th ECU Jazz Ensemble A is leaving for Washington D.C. to play at the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival!

·      Feb 24th – Jazz Jams at Buffalo Wild Wings! (Greenville Blvd) 6-10pm. Normally these are held every THIRD Friday, but since the band is going away the previous weekend we have decided to move it back.

·      Feb 25th – ECU Senior Alex Ilgenfritz’s senior recital in the Fletcher Music Building. Room B110 @ 5:00pm

 

February is going to be a busy month for the jazz students! Be sure to come out to some of the events to HEAR what your fellow pirates are doing! And also stay tuned into “Sunday Brunch Jazz” every Sunday from 2-4pm right here on WZMB 91.3. This weekend we will have some students from the school of music to talk about how they got started on playing jazz! – Chris Puckett



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John Coltrane
Crescent

Crescent is considered by many to be John Coltrane’s prequel to his masterpiece album A Love Supreme, and even includes the same rhythm section used to record his previous work. Jimmy Garrison on bass, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums. This album however does not begin as frantic as Love Supreme, it is much more laid back and not as in your face. Even though the album is very relaxed, its still heavy hitting all at the same time. Especially the opening track of the album, it has an easy feel with a hard swing that makes you feel like your actually in a jazz club in New York City . What is cool about this album is the unaccompanied solos throughout. Like Garrisons extended bass solo in “Lonnie’s Lament”, and the dueling drums and sax solo in “The Drum Thing”. Crescent is a great starting album for anybody who is interested in listening to jazz music.Recommended Tracks: Crescent, Wise One, Lonnie’s Lamment.- DJ Chris Puckett


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Miles Davis Quintet
Workin'
Miles takes his melodies next level with this album. He bents the melody into wonderful phrases that really leave you hanging. Like saying something with a lot meaning but with the fewest amounts of words possible. Telling a story and letting it come easy, that’s Miles Davis. Workin’ is the 3rd record released of 4 in a two day session recording of tunes. The quintet altogether is what drives this album since this group consists of the best players in the New York jazz scene. This album begins relaxed and smooth, but each musician is driving the music in new directions make for interesting solos. To me the hard bop era was the most natural era of jazz which was the most melodic material composed in the century. Workin’ gives examples of jazz’s true roots and where it is heading next. The musicians themselves make the music revolutionary. Paul Chambers was one of the first jazz basists to perform arco bass solos. By doing this his lines became more fluid of ideas like a saxophone player. Most importantly there is clear conversation between each member of the group and the language us fluid. Overall this album has this dark swing feel in the heads of each tune. This album is gold in jazz album repertoire.Recommended tracks: It Never Entered My Mind, Four, Ahmad’s Blues, Half Nelson- CHRIS PUCKETT

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Miles Davis Quintet
Relaxin'
     
       The second of the 4 part release series, Relaxin’ is as straight ahead swing as it gets. One of my favorite parts of this quintet is the bass player Paul Chambers. His walking bass lines are nearly perfect, and as a bass player solid quarter notes are the most important part to any jazz ensemble. For anybody who is a fan of Miles, almost each track begins with him talking to the band telling them what he wants to hear. It’s interesting how can get exactly what he wants just from musical conversation. Relaxin is my new favorite “Davis” album and it is an album that I’ll keep shedding on until I can get it right. Recommended Tracks: You’re My Everything, Oleo, It Could Happen to You- DJ CHRIS PUCKETT

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Jaco Pastorius
The Birthday Concert
      Undisputedly one of the greatest recorded concerts of all time, The Birthday Concert is one of the most thrilling jazz records I have ever listened to. Jaco whom innovated the fretless electric bass is a name that every bassist around the world knows.  Jaco starts out by dedicating his performance to his mother as she is listening in the audience. The band begins with “The Chicken”, Jaco’s most well popular rendition in his career. With Michael Brecker and Bob Mintzer (Yellow Jackets) both on tenor saxophones, also former drummer for Weather Report, Peter Erskine, and who could forget the conga percussionist that makes the performance truly special, Don Alias. On top of that they are backed up buy a 19 piece big band that is screamin’. But what really sets this concert apart from most records is the nearly 18 minute long version of the jazz standard “Invitation”. The entire time the album does not lose momentum, and with Jaco’s chaotic bass, lines I would say that this is as heavy as jazz can get. There are many more easygoing and straight-ahead arrangements as well, and almost each tune has Jaco ripping plenty of bass solos throughout. If you want to hear Jaco at his best definitely give this album a listen. Recommended Tracks: The Chicken, Invitation, Amerika- DJ CHRIS PUCKETT


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John Coltrane
      A Love Supreme John Coltrane (1926-1967), one of jazz’s most influential saxophonists breaks the boundaries of music in “A Love Supreme”. This album is to be considered by many to be his masterpiece. Released 2 years before his death, Coltrane wrote this music in inspiration of finding himself spiritually after struggling with alcohol and heroin addictions throughout his career. After the release of Ornette Coleman’s “The Shape of Jazz to Come” (1959), the avant-garde style of jazz influenced Coltrane’s playing for the rest of his years to come. “A Love Supreme” is not your typical “elevator jazz music”. This album is as raw as it gets and is very abstract; music as an expression in its fullest form. For anybody who wants to dip their feet into this album without listening to the whole thing, I recommend the second track “Resolution”. Also noteworthy, Coltrane is accompanied by one jazz’s historically strongest trios of all time with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on acoustic bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. There are several moments on the album where they are given extended solos to show their chops off. “A Love Supreme” is the perfect example of how music is art. In my opinion every American should be aware of this albums existence in terms of cultural significance- DJ Chris Puckett

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John Coltrane
Lush Life
      This week is dedicated to John Coltrane, one of jazz’s greatest saxophonists that has taken part in revolutionizing the music in his playing. No other musician can compare to him since his sound is so unique and advanced. Coltrane has influenced many of the greatest jazz musicians that we know today since his time here with us. “Lush Life” is one of those jazz records that is very easy going and laid back. This album has only 5 tracks but Coltrane milks each one of them for what they are worth, playing plenty dizzying runs and hard swinging lines that really capture the essence of jazz saxophone. All the tunes on this album (except for Trane’s Slow Blues) are covers of previous jazz standards that every aspiring jazz musician should check out. Recommended tracks: I Love You, Lush Life, I Hear a Rhapsody- DJ Chris Puckett

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John Abercrombie
Class Trip

       This album was introduced to me by one of my music professors here at ECU, genre busting guitarist, Scott Sawyer. Earlier this summer I actually had the chance to hear Mr. Abercrombie perform and discuss his views of music. Abercrombie has a way of making everyone in the room laugh and feel right at home. You’ll feel right at home too with this album. His playing on the album is subtle and sweet and puts you in a trance. What is most peculiar about this album is that it features composer/violinist Mark Feldman. Many of the tracks on this album are very ambient and abstract, almost free but not entirely avant-garde. There are not many straight-ahead swing tracks, which is what I personally enjoy the most, but there are many great moments on the album where Abercrombie tears it up on his six-string. This album overall is very contemporary and unique, a mix of classical and jazz if you will. For the classical listeners, you will enjoy the quartet’s version of Bela Bartok’s “Soldier’s Song” (Track 10). Class Trip is Definitely worth checking out if you want to hear something unique. Recommended tracks: Descending Grace, Swirls, Epilogue.- DJ Chris Puckett


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Branford Marsalis Quartet
Metamorphosen
     
      Branford Marsalis, one of our worlds greatest saxophonists, was supposed to be coming to ECU this Friday night, October 7th to perform a concert with his quartet. Unfortunately due to hurricane Matthew the concert has been postponed until further notice. This album review is in honor of his future visitation to our university. The Marsalis family name is known all around the world for their contributions to the music. In fact, if were not for the Marsalis’ jazz music may have not survived for as long as it has today. It was the Marsalis family that kept the music alive after it had begun to stray away its true roots during the avant-garde/fusion eras of jazz. The Marsalis family goes back all the way from New Orleans where jazz was born. Today we are listening to jazz records put out by the four Marsalis bothers: Branford (saxophones), Wynton (trumpet), Delfeayo (Trombone), and Jason (drums). This family often performs and records together, led by their father Ellis Marsalis Jr. (piano).  Now that you know a little bit about the family background, let’s talk about the music.

 Metamorphosen (2009) starts us out with a face-melting tempo and exiting ideas. The lines that Branford play are thrilling and are inspiring as to how clean he can play at such a high tempo. As the album continues you will notice how diverse of a player Branford is. His primary instrument is tenor saxophone, but he also plays alto and soprano on many of the other tracks. Throughout the album you hear bob melodies, slow ballads, funk, and much more diversity. My personal favorite track is the quartets rendition of Monk’s “Rhythm-a-Ning”, which the name implies switches between different types of beats and tempos. This is the first album of Branford’s that I have actually taken the time to sit down and listen to, and after listening to this there will be plenty more to come. To me, and many others, this is one of the best jazz quartets of the century. These four musicians have been playing together for 10 at the release of this album, and they continue to play and write music together (except the drummer) today. If you want to know how a jazz quartet is supposed to play together, check this album out. Recommended tracks: Jabberwocky, Rhythm-a-Ning, Sphere, And Then, He Was Gone- DJ Chris Puckett




Shura
Shura
Nothing's Real
       I didn’t know what to expect from Indie Pop artist, Shura, but I was intrigued by the album cover and was eager to hear what she had to offer. After listening past the intro, I seriously thought I was listening to Madonna from the 80s. And then there’s also a little hint of RNB in some of her songs as well. There are songs that remind me of styles from Miguel, Frank Ocean, old school Janet Jackson, and Kanye West. There’s a vibe that I get from this album that makes me want to hop in a convertible with the top down and go on a road trip across the country. Her voice is soothing and graceful that matches well with her transparent lyrics where she talks about relationships, internal struggles, and life. The best kind of music is when you are able speak to the listener and relate with them through your lyrics. I wouldn’t be surprised if she becomes a huge hit in mainstream music soon. Tracks to listen to: “What’s It Gonna Be, Touch, and Tongue Tied.”- DJ LYSSDIAMOND

Vince Staples

Vince Staples
Prima Donna
9/10
       Vince Staples is by far one of my favorite artists. I was looking forward to this project and he did not disappoint. Prima Donna is a seven-track project that that brings a wide variety of unique raps. Vince Staples is from California so he includes a familiar west coast feeling. Yet, there’s not really any other rap artist that I can relate to him. This project itself contains very powerful messages and thought provoking lyrics that you may not understand at first. These are the signs of good rap lyrics in my opinion; you need to listen to it more than once to understand it. I personally believe he brings up some very good points using great word play and smart analogies. The only problem I have is that I wish it was longer, there’s seven tracks but the first is an intro. – DJ Fadeaway


Snark Puppy
Snark Puppy
Family Dinner Vol. 2
3/5

 This album is not what you would typically expect from jazz-fusion Grammy award winning band Snarky Puppy. Michael League gets creative with instrumentation and arrangements throughout the whole album. Family Dinner Vol. 2 is an exotic experience that really breaks away from the bands normal approach. Unlike the majority of their albums this one is not instrumental. Each track has a guest singers from entirely different cultures that make each track unique. When listening you will get a little taste of Latin rhythms, African beats, and plenty of funky grooves. There is plenty of diversity to go around and different feels to discover, but to me there are a few songs that sound a little redundant at times. Personally this is not my favorite SP album, but it is most definitely worth checking out. Recommended Tracks: Soro (Afriki), Sing to the Moon, I Remember, Somebody Home.- DJ Chris Puckett   

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Kenny Garrett

Triology

5/5

        Not to be confused with confused artist Kenny G, American jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett raises the bar on contemporary, as well as traditional jazz on his album “Trilogy” that changes the way we listen to Jazz. At first listen the album immediately pulls you into an intense swirl of emotions. The three artists put together lift one another up and fed each other ideas.This is one of the best trios put together I have ever heard. To me I believe the album is called Trilogy because these three musicians properly demonstrate what a trio is supposed to sound like. Throughout the album time remains constant and relaxed, even on the burning hot tracks like “Delfeayo’s Dilemma” And then there are those smooth swinging tracks like “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “Night and Day.” The entire album is very diverse and energetic. Even a non-jazz listener would be able to distinguish the tracks from one another. For anybody studying jazz I would recommend listening to this album for everything that it is.- DJ Chris Towaway



 

National Fantasy Review

 

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Category: Indie

Don’t overlook this Brooklyn indie band. If you miss indie rock music of the 80s and 90s then you need to listen to Bridges & Powerlines' new album titled National Fantasy. The engineering behind the music is great and you can tell that they put a lot of work into the two years that it took to create the album. Each of the 12 tracks gives a different vibe for whatever mood you’re in. Ultimate fav.. "Inside the Hyperdream". -DJ LYSSDIAMOND
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Concert Etiquette

We're winding into spring which means warmer temperatures, tank tops, but still cool enough to wear yoga pants and sweatpants on the daily. Laying out in the hammock is completely acceptable for casual gatherings, homework and studying, and the occasional nap. You know what this weather is also great for? Concerts. CONCERTS GALORE!!! As an avid concert goer, I've seen the ups and downs of concerts and how people act at them. Here are five simple rules or my code of ethics for concert-going.

1. Dress Appropriately - Concerts are a time to be free. Not having to wear a suit or dress to work and not trying to impress anybody (unless you plan on possibly making a connection at the concert, then go for it champ!). Though there is a fine line between dressing freely and dressing like your clothes got mauled by a bear. Most, if not all people, do NOT want to be blindsided by your clothes. This is not a judgment for looks, this is the law of public decency.

2. Give Some Space - Unless you're at a concert of general admission (i.e. Carolina Rebellion), you were given a seat for a reason. Please don't shove into others who are there trying to enjoy the show and not go home in a fight.

3. Keep Mosh Pits/Walls of Death towards the Pit
- This is mostly exclusive to hard rock/heavy metal concerts, but keep these common happens away from the general public who don't want to go home injured. If you bought a pass in the pit close to the stage, accept the fact that a mosh pit may occur and you probably will get caught in the crossfire. People have been known to go home injured and some have actually died in these due to severe brain damage and broken bones. BE CAREFUL!

4. Keep It Courteous to Others Around (CROWDSURFING)
- Crowd surfing is fun and common practice at concerts, and yes I get it. I've done it from time to time. But when it comes to crowd surfing, make sure that: 1. The song if fitting for it. If the song is a slow song or one for jumping, people will get annoyed about you crowd surfing and drop you. And secondly and most importantly, 2. MAKE SURE THE CROWD CAN HOLD YOU UP. I'm going to be perfectly honest. The average concert-goer is physical fit but not to the point that they can hold you above their heads by themselves. Not all persons, mind you, are as physically fit as others (i.e. ME).

5. Keep Your Hands To Yourself - I know that when you go to concerts, you will be compelled to have a drink or two, and that's perfectly fine. Though as such, you must act responsibly when doing so. The last thing you want to do is get into an altercation due to lack of thinking things through. Best thing to do is keep to yourself and your group that you came with. You are here to have fun and enjoy some music, let the other concert-goers do the same. 

As you go to concerts this spring and summer, be sure to keep these rules in mind. I will as I go to my three PLANNED concerts this year. I plan to attend concerts for Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, and Coldplay (yes, again). I may tell a few stories on these concerts in the fall. Who knows. Stratus OUT. -Stratus

Juice Vibes
 
I tried out the new juice place off Greenville Blvd and Charles Blvd. I was little hesitating at first because I heard it was a spot where all the vegans go. I'm sure I'm not the only one, but when I think of vegan food, I think of gross. But this week I was really craving a smoothie and I was close by so I made a stop. As soon as I walked in, there was reggae music playing which immediately put me in a good mood. The ambiance was great. It was vibrant, clean, and comfy. I ordered a smoothie that had grass root in it. I've seen grass root on TV and was nervous to try it because it literally looks like grass. But I got it because it was apparently really healthy. I was not disappointed in the taste! It was so good and so fresh. I couldn't even taste the grass root. It was a little on the pricey side, but all of the fresh ingredients and nutrients that are in it are worth it. They have smoothies, juices, nutrient shots, and even a small food menu. -Lyss Diamond


Sports Thoughts
The state of ECU sports is bittersweet. Every August there is a faux sense of joy that comes around with the eager anticipation of football season. Many Pirate fans feel this joy all year long, and that is because their passion rests with the Purple and Gold. Every season the expectations for sports on this campus are high. Way too high to be honest. Every season the football team is expected to have a winning season or to excel in every area, and it seems like every fan forgot that we had all new coaches this past football season.

Although there are so many great expectations for Pirate Football year in and year out, I believe that the expectations could be met and in the next couple of years. The way that the new coaching staff is recruiting it looks like success could be imminent, but we as fans must be patient. I believe that success for ECU football is on its way. It’s just a couple of years off. 

Basketball is a different story. Men’s and Women’s teams have NEVER had the publicity that the football program has received. My thing is very simple with basketball at ECU. Just talk about it. The good, the bad, the ugly, the pretty. All of it. That’s how the football program got to the point that it’s at. If the surrounding area cared more about Basketball, it would be better. It’s that simple to me. You also can’t have it both ways. It’s hard to excel at both sports. With a lot of focus being put on the football team, and the football stadium (renovations to Dowdy-Ficklen) it seems that basketball will never be a priority on this campus and I wish that would change.

ECU Baseball is the glue that holds the three major sports together. The consistency of the team is astounding, along with how underrated the team is compared to the other sports teams. Everyone seems to forget about the baseball team, but they weren’t just successful last year. Sure, they were one out away from a trip to the College World Series, but they’ve always found success. I hope the memory of the baseball team’s success last year never fades.

That’s wishful thinking though, because we know the value of an ECU football is 3 times more valuable than any other ball.-Peyton Land




MID-ATLANTIC JAZZ FESTIVAL

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ECU Jazz Ensemble has just gotten back from performing at the 8th annual Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival right outside of Washington D.C.! The trip was inspiring to say to least. Every member of the band got something out of it. From jazz clinics to workshops, master classes, to various performances with some of the finest jazz musicians around the world. All the students that attended came out of this experience by not only being better musicians, but what it takes to take this music to the next level. It’s not easy, but being a professional is not unattainable. In the festival the ECU jazz band had two performances, one as jazz ensemble A, the other as the Dr. Billy Taylor Combo of ECU. Each performance was excellent and everything that we had been working for this entire school year came down to those moments. Needless to say I believe everyone was satisfied with the way we played and ECU was even invited back to play next year as well! To all of my bandmates I applaud you and enjoy making this music with you, but don’t slack off now because the festival was just the end of this first chapter. The ECU Jazz Ensemble have many more performances in the upcoming year with some of the biggest names in jazz. Keep checking the WZMB homepage for more updates!-DJ Chris Puckett


BONNAROO 2017

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Festival season is coming up and its that time of year for line up releases. Bonnaroo has an amazing line up this year featuring The Chili Peppers, The XX, Glass Animals and tons of other extremely talented artists. The chili peppers are definitely going to be a huge hit especially because their just finishing up a tour. It might be hard to see all your favorite artists at once though, due to them putting a lot of the more popular bands on the same day. Make sure to plan if your going!-DJ Kayla S


VIOLAT'S PICKS FOR COACHELLA

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If you don’t already know, Coachella if one of the nations biggest and most popular music and arts festivals that happens during the second and third weekends of April every year in Indio, California.  The festival started in 1999 and has grown in popularity ever since, hosting a wide array or artist from all genres.  The lineup this year bings much excitement with acts such as the XX, Kaytranada, and Tycho, but even more excitement with headliners like Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce. Beyonce may still headline despite recently announcing she was pregnant with twins. This is a big deal, not just because its Beyonce, but because of the fact that she is the second women to ever headline the festival, and the first women of color to headline in its entire 18 year history. I’m certainly excited to see the type of performance she will bring this year to the Coachella stage with all these factors in play. 

Along with Beyonce, I’m also quite excited to see what Kendrick Lamar will bring considering the year he’s had.  Lamar is the first rapper to headline since drake back in 2015.  There have been rumors that Beyonce and Lamar might perform their recent song “Freedom” together (fingers crossed).

Lastly the performance in most excited to watch would have to be Porter Robinson and Madeon.  Last year, the duo released their song “Shelter” together and created a US tour under the same name.  Throughout the year they traveled and played shows combining there uniquely bright, and similar electronic sounds. Coachella will be the last time they play this show together, and Its certainly a bittersweet thing, but hopefully that will collaborate sometime again in the future. 

If you’re like me and don’t have the money for a plane ticket to California no worries.  You can live stream the festival from April 14th- to the 16th on YouTube. Above I’ve highlighted my anticipated acts.  Check them out!- Violat

ECU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

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The East Carolina University women’s basketball team is looking for a winning season this year, and head coach, Heather Macy, is entering her seventh season steering the Lady Pirate’s ship.
Coach Macy is looking for a bounce back 2016-2017 campaign from last year when the team won 13 games and surrendered 19 losses. The Lady Pirates finished in the lower half of the American Athletic Conference standings with a record of six wins and 12 losses.
The task won’t be that easy for Coach Macy and her squad though. Six players have moved on from the program since the end of last season including four starters. The only returning starter from last year is redshirt-senior guard, Khadidja Toure.
With the absence of leading scorer Jada Payne, and double-double machine I’Tiana Taylor, Toure must step up as the leader of this Pirate squad along with four returners from last year’s team who are, senior guards Fanni Csutoras and Manesha Womble, redshirt-junior forward Gabrielle Holston and sophomore Alex Frasier.
Coach Macy will have a total of five returning players and eight newcomers to work with in the 2016-2017 season which is set to get under way on Friday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Minges Coliseum against Macy’s alma mater, Greensboro. - Peyton Land


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Mick Jenkins
The Healing Component
Category: Hip Hop
         The Healing Component is the debut album of up and coming artist, Mick Jenkins. The theme of the album is Love. Listening to this album left me feeling peaceful making it perhaps my favorite album of the year so far. My favorite single off the album is, "Spread Love." This song genuinely makes you feel like Love is the most important thing in the world (as it is).- DJ Puckett

Travis Scott
Travis Scott
Birds In the Trap Sing FADEAWAY
Category: Hip Hop
Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight is a rap album of hits and serenading soliloquies. Travis Scott is known for his brilliant use of auto tune which he implements a lot on this album. He does not disappoint here, this is a great follow up to his debut album, Rodeo. My favorite track on the album is, "Through the Late Night." It's a beautifully produced song featuring Kid McKnight. Everyone who likes Cudi like I do has to give this song a listen.- DJ Cudi


Ladyhawke Review
FADEAWAY
Wild Things
Category: Pop

 I really enjoyed this album and recommend it to those seeking pop nature with a more electronic vibe. The music sets an inspirational tone while the lyrics are powerful and freeing. It takes me back to my rebellious high school days. Track #4 “Let it Roll” was my favorite, but #2 “The River” was just as upbeat.- DJ Ladyhawke


Well lets talk about how WZMB killed the Chi O carnival event this weekend. Had a great time with some great girls, and helped raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. Hope everyone had a good weekend, and hoping y'all have a good week!! Only 3 weeks left of classes!! Time to be excited. Alright peace out,  Stay sassy.- Roylanda


Underrated Artist: Kevin Gates

I am a Kevin Gates fan. He provides quality bars, flow and beats. His new song "What If" is proof of that. Gates has really grown a lot as an artist. Since I discovered him by hearing his mixtape Luca Brasi (which is where most people found him). He has stepped his game a lot. His album Islah was very slept on in my opinion- Fadeaway



Nickelodeon Guts: 

is an American television "action sports" competition series hosted by actor/comedian Mike O'Malley and officiated by British actress Moira "Mo" Quirk. The series originally ran from 1992 to 1996 on Nickelodeon, with season 1 being taped on August 12, 1992.

Each episode features three young athletes competing against each other in four "extreme" versions of athletic events culminating in a fifth and final round which set the three competitors on a race up an artificial "mountain" called the Aggro CragMega Crag, or Super Aggro CragNickelodeon GUTS reruns were shown on Nickelodeon from January 15, 1996 until January 31, 1999 before moving to Nickelodeon GAS from March 1, 1999 until the station ceased broadcasting on December 31, 2007. It has occasionally been seen in reruns on TeenNick since January 1, 2008; it currently airs on the TeenNick block The Splat on an occasional basis.

In 2008, Nickelodeon produced two seasons of a revival of the program, My Family's Got GUTS. However, it was short lived and ended up being canceled due to low ratings. It was a good idea but couldn't prosper due to it airing before the nostalgic boom in 2016, that saw successful revivals/tributes to nick favorites Double Dare and Legends of the Hidden Temple.-LJ



Interview with Chappo

On Thursday’s show, I had special guest Chappo appear to talk about his upcoming album “The Untouchables”. Among that we discussed his record label that he created along with his brother, Scrap Dolla. The pair along with partner Stacks are all collaborate on the project soon to be released in the summer. Chappo is originally from East New York, Brooklyn NY and has performed in many parts of Eastern North Carolina. More is expected to be heard from him soon leading up to the release of his first album. Stay tuned to my show R.W.S. for more! #keepingitREAL #RWS #Z913- Psycho


Sit Down, Be Humble!

Kendrick Lamar has dropped another single for his upcoming project on April 7th. This one is  a lot different than "The Heart Part IV," This one includes a harder bass and a more upbeat tone. Though do not fret, this is still cornrow kenny. On this track Kendrick just raps, Its rap, its really that simple. The man some stuff to say and he said it on a hot beat.

With Bars Like:

 "A.M. to the P.M., P.M. to the A.M., funk"

"Piss out you per diem, you just gotta hate em', funk"

"If I quit your BM, I still ride Mercedes, funk"

"If I quit this season, I'll still be the greatest, funk"

This is still the Kendrick we all know and love, just on a hard beat. Speculation on the song is that he is sneak dissing Big Sean because of his use of Sean's ad lib. Some people are upset at Kendrick for the lines "Show me something natural, like afro on Richard Pryor"

Show me somethin' natural like a** with some stretch marks" Some say this is inappropriate to women. I believe this is ridiculous as Kendrick is praising women and saying he is attracted to women's natural beauty.

- Fadeaway




NO JOKING AROUND

We only have one month left! We are almost done with the semester and it's time to buckle down and prepare for what's to come. Final exams, moving out, finding employment, and staying alive through all of this. As a Theatre for Youth major I know times are tough. However, it feels better to know we are almost there! And this right here, is no April Fool's joke.- Psycho


Kendrick Lamar, The Heart Part IV

 Kendrick Lamar has dropped a new single and its stirring up the hip hop community. In this extremely lyrical single, K-Dot makes it clear that he is "The greatest rapper alive," and takes shots at an undisclosed person. It's pretty clear that it's either Drake or Big Sean or even both. Either way The Hip Hop game is in for something g big coming April 7th as stated by Kendrick himself.- Fadeaway


Pirates Rock the Mall happened last Tuesday and it was one of the best events of the semester. Not only was the weather perfect on that second day of spring, but it was amazing to see the amount of diverse students out there. There are no barriers when it comes to free food, great music, prizes, and celebrating Chancellor Staton. The best part about it was getting to meet Cecil Staton. He was super laid back and approachable. I liked how intentional he was about meeting us and other people in the community. Rock the Mall was successful in bridging the gap between the students and Chancellor Staton. -Lyss Diamond



HELLO LOVELIES!  This week has been a smashing success.  Not only did we help host rock the mall, tea time with china was turnt. Stay tuned to hear more about Tomi Lahren coming to ECU.
-Stay sassy, Xoxo China


This week, I talked about G.O.O.D. Music and their compilation album Cruel Winter. Cyhi Da Prince says "it's finished" they just haven't released it. I also talked about Kendrick Lamar's upcoming album that is releasing on 7th of April. -Jxy True


This week Jay and I, covered the upcoming Tammy Lahren visit to ECU again. This time instead of agreeing that it shouldn't occur, we compared two different ways that people could respond to the event. People could either protest the event and possibly create change or just wait till the day of and try to come prepared and pint out the flaws in her logic. Of the two we decided the former option would most likely cause the most change and have the bigger impact on people about what ECU represents. -T.Shores


Rock The Mall!

This week, our station hosted Rock The Mall to celebrate the Chancellor, Cecil Staton. Now to be honest, I did not think of it as a big deal at first. I don’t even know what the Chancellor does! But on March 21, I saw a bunch of ECU students, faculty and staff unite and fellowship together to celebrate this man. There were free food, shirts, and music all over the place! WZMB’s very own, Katie Church (ULTRAVIOLAT), served as a performer as well. The rest of WZMB just killed it doing their thing as usual and I think this event gave a lot of exposure to what we do. The Mall was ROCKING that day! I’m so proud to say that I am part of the team that disturbs the mainstream!!!-Psycho

Nostalgic Item if the Day

Hey Arnold! is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett that aired on Nickelodeon from October 7, 1996 to June 8, 2004, with reruns until 2007. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold P. Shortman, who lives with his grandparents in an inner-city boarding house. Episodes center on his experiences navigating big city life while dealing with the problems he and his friends encounter.

Bartlett's idea for the show is based on a minor character named Arnold whom he created while working on Pee-wee's Playhouse. The executives enjoyed the character, and Bartlett completed the cast by drawing inspiration from people he grew up with in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. Bartlett created the pilot episode in his living room in 1994 and official production began in 1995. The animators worked to transform Arnold from clay animation to cel animation, leading to the series' premiere. The show finished production in 2001 after 5 seasons and 100 episodes.

As of 2016, a Hey Arnold! television movie, reportedly titled Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, has been green-lit for production. It is expected to pick up from where the series ended and will resolve unanswered plot lines of the story, including the whereabouts of Arnold's parents. The TV movie will premiere in November 2017.-LJ


Wake Up Everyone!

Spring Break is over so it is time to get back to work. Easier said than done, Spring Breakers have to return to Class Goers. The good thing is that the semester is almost over. You made it this far! Keep trucking you can do it! You are almost there! At the same time, enjoy the rest of your semester. There are so many things occurring on campus all the time. Make the most of it my fellow Pirates! If you want the inside scoop of events happening on campus and in the Greenville-Pitt County area, tune into my show, R.W.S. ("The REAL World Show") Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6pm on WZMB 91.3!- Psycho



This Tuesday at J.H. Rose High School the Greenville Police and Greenville Community Relations Committee will be hosting a meeting about gangs from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. they will discuss signs of gang membership, how to recognize members, what they do, the kind of crimes they commit, and the roles of abusive substances.-Queen Ai

Black Lives Matter

There has been an uproar of protests over the past couple of years in the country. One of those protests were on East Carolina University’s campus in the fall of 2016. This blog post is to survey what other media outlets have done to cover protests like this and how the media frames them.

 

Nine band members “protested” the American flag before start of a football game in ECU’s 2016 collegiate football season. The band members knelt to stand up for their own personal justices, and meanwhile, they were being pelted by items being thrown by fans in attendance at Dowdy-Ficklen that cool autumn day.

 

The scene at Dowdy-Ficklen was portrayed by local media more as a “Black Lives Matter” protest instead of anything else

 

Here is an article about a protest on Dartmouth’s college campus: http://www.dartreview.com/eyes-wide-open-at-the-protest/

 

The author framed the article in a way that depicts the black people that took part in the protest as sort of vulgar and extreme. There are quotes throughout the entire story by people taking place in the protest and apparently, they were lashing out and swearing at white people during the protest.

Another article: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/21/charlotte-protests_n_12129600.html is about the protests in Charlotte.

 

These protests were framed in a way that justified the protest and the author frames it in a way that depicts the cops not as bad guys, but the ones who are the aggressors. 

 

Here is another article about protests on a college campus: https://www.bu.edu/today/2016/black-lives-matter-protest/ 

 

This was a protest that was planned within the school by an organization to support the “BLM” movement and in doing so it was dubbed a pretty peaceful situation. The author did a good job of establishing what the article was about and gave background on the “BLM” movement started with Trayvon Martin being slain.

 

Here is an article by CNN where the author writes about fast facts about the Trayvon Martin shooting: http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/05/us/trayvon-martin-shooting-fast-facts/ 

 

These are just important to know in case you have little background on the situation that occurred that night in Florida.

 

Now, here is an article about the ECU band protest done by a local media outlet: http://www.witn.com/content/news/395523401.html

 

This is just a follow-up article more than anything, but it shows the governors opinion and some students opinions. I would like for all of you to read this articles and see if you see what I do.

There is one issue that all of these articles don’t talk about, and that is what makes these people feel these sort of emotions. Why is it just called the Black Lives Matter movement? I think someone needs to dive much deeper into this issue and understand why and how people on both sides behave and what makes them behave that way. I think that this can be done by understanding sociological, psychological, mythological and symbolic cues.- Peyton Land



Nostalgic Item of the Day: Angry Beavers

The Angry Beavers is an American animated television series created by Mitch Schauer for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers who have left their home to become bachelors in the forest near the fictional Wayouttatown, Oregon. The show premiered in the United States on April 19, 1997 and was cancelled on June 11, 2001. The show started airing on the Nickelodeon Canada channel when it launched on November 2, 2009. The series aired on The '90s Are All That' block on TeenNick in the US on October 7, 2011 as part of the block's U Pick with Stick line-up. The series was also up for a U Pick with Stick showdown on The '90s Are All That for the weekend of February 3, 2012, but lost to Rocko's Modern Life and did not air.

The series was added to the Sunday line-up on The '90s Are All That on TeenNick, and aired from February 10, 2013, to March 3, 2013. The series returned to The '90s Are All That on TeenNick on March 25, 2013, but has since left the line-up again. As of 2017, the show currently airs on The Splat's permanent lineup every Wednesday night and Saturday night. The entire series is available on DVD, so be sure to check it out if you're interested. It's definitely worth a watch!-LJ


 

What is mainstream Hip Hop? I find myself arguing with people about what is considered mainstream in Hip Hop. To the younger college audience, Hip Hop is extremely mainstream. To the masses, it has come up a long way, but its not as mainstream as say, pop, and rock. As far as Hip Hop is concerned, what's mainstream is determined by the song not the artist. For instance, I wouldn't consider Desiigner a mainstream artist, but his hit "Panda" is mainstream. The only true artist that I can say is 100% mainstream in Hip Hop is Drake (not considering Jay-Z and Kanye because they're out of their prime).-Fadeaway

 

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Lorde's new track "Green Light"

After 4 years of growth and experience, Lorde is back with her new single "Green Light". Lorde explained in an interview that this song and her upcoming album reflects  on the past year of her life and the journey it's been.  "Green Light" in particular reflects on a relationship that started this journey, but didn't end well.  Though this subject matter my seem common or cliché, with intricate lyrics, and complex melodies, Lorde manages to make this common scenario sound fresh and unique.  This song was released with an accompanying music video, which shows a much more emotionally disrupted and passionately angry version of Lorde then what we've seen before.  Alot of people seem to be upset about the fact that this song sounds more upbeat and radio friendly compared to Lorde's previously  airy, moody tone.  Although this sound is new for her, it makes sense considering how much she's grown since her last project that she would change. After hearing this song, I'm excited to hear what she will bring with her next album.-Violat


Spring Fever

That time of the year has finally arrived. Next week is Spring Break! For most students, this is the time where we can let go of the stress that school and work gives us. We go to crazy places, meet crazy people, and do crazy things we will forget the next day but remember for the rest of our lives. Spring Break is the stereotypical week in the semester where everyone goes WILD. All of the responsibilities of an adult are thrown out the window for the opportunity of a lifetime. Spring Break can also mean one of two things: 1.) You are excited that half of the semester is finally over with and summer is around the corner! 2.) You realize that the semester is halfway completed and you need to get yourself together. Spring Break can be an exhilarating time or it can be stressful. It can be full of surprises, or be cool, calm and collected. You can be partying in Florida, or you can stay in Greenville doing homework (I think you know what I'm doing this year). Either way, you can be thankful that you made it this far in the year. Spring time is here, the year is almost over and you are ALIVE. Be careful though, don't let the Spring Fever get into your head. After the week is over, it's right back at it! Working hard until the next break comes along. Stay Strong, and Stay REAL.-DJ Psycho


 

Had a great week of on air time with triple threat and Tea Time w/ China! Spring break is here so I'll catch y'all on the flip side of this week. Do something fun, be safe and Stay Sassy-Roylanda Bear Grass Charter School in Martin County is closed until Tuesday due to students being sick. The school staff is spending two days disinfecting all items to ensure that everyone is safe. All 384 students will have spent Friday and Monday studying at home. The decision was smart considering 16 people have died from the flu in North Carolina. More on witn.com. -Queen Ai  

Last week I talked about a statement the NAACP made that told major corporations of the country not to invest in the state of NC until their totally heinous house bill two is revoked. I believe this bill takes many rights away from the LGBTQ individuals. They told folks to understand that it is still encouraged for them to visit NC but not to invest in a terrible system. I think that is a great step in the right direction towards positive change in laws in this state.-DJ T. Shores

The Rose Skull Interview

Last week, I interviewed local artist, The Rose Skull. He's a printmaker at ECU who creates work in efforts to stop human trafficking and other social injustices.-DJ JxyTrue


Nostalgic Item of the Day: Rocko's Modern Life


Rocko's modern life was an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful dog Spunky. It is set in the fictional town of O-Town, and is laden with adult humor, including double entendre, innuendo, and satirical social commentary. It truly captured the essence of 90's humor by appealing to an older age group, not only children. Thus, raking in a larger audience. The show premiered on September 18, 1993 and ended on November 24, 1996, totaling four seasons and 52 episodes. The show is notable for launching the careers of voice actors, including Tom Kenny and Carlos Alazraqui. After the show's cancellation, much of the staff regrouped to work on SpongeBob SquarePants, created by producer Stephen Hillenburg. The Return: On August 11, 2016, Nickelodeon announced that they have greenlit a one-hour TV special, with Joe Murray as executive producer. Murray revealed that in the special, Rocko will come back to O-Town after being in space for 20 years, and that it will focus on people's reliance on modern technology.-LJ


Social Media

Social media can either be a good or bad thing, depending on how you use it… now is the time that each and every student should be creating their own network and branding themselves, in order to enhance their future career options. A great way to do that is through social media. What most people don’t realize, is that most employers almost always check out a potential employee’s social media sites, before even considering them for the job position. If an employer decides to search your social media handle, whether it is on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or any of the other social media sites; what would they find? Students should be more cautious of the things that they are posting… it could make or break you!-DJ Tehya

 

So many good topics on Triple Threat this week. From mean girls to stereotypes and everything in between. Tea Time w/ China is a great place to get all your daily stories and sass. 😘- DJ China

 

Campus Jazz @ ECU Short Bio Campus Jazz @ ECU is a student-operated organization established in 2015 by alto saxophonist Jacob Jacobs, tenor saxophonist Max Levy, and guitarist Devin Frazier. Our mission is to get students more involved with the music community of Greenville. We give students the opportunity to perform on and off campus, allowing students the chance to create music together and to give the community the opportunity to hear real jazz music in Greenville. This organization is made up of jazz studies students at East Carolina, but is open to any student of any major to get involved in the music! Meeting are held on Fridays at 4pm in room B105 in the Fletcher Music Center at the bottom of College Hill. -DJ Chris Puckett


1776

February 23rd is the first day for the production of 1776 to finally take the Messick stage! During a hectic political time, 1776 is about the Founding Fathers creation of the Declaration of Independence. Including a variety of experienced students, new students, and also a professor as Benjamin Franklin, the play is set to remind us on the foundation of our country. Full of history, heart (and I hope comedy), it is a show I am willing to invest in. The show dates for 1776 are February 23rd-27th.-DJPSYCHO

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Unashamed Pirates
 

This past weekend, Every Nation Campus Ministry took 115 ECU students to Chantilly, VA to attend a conference where over 600 students from all over the east coast gathered to worship and grow deeper with God. I got to be a part of the team that led the trip and it was an amazing time! The theme was called "UNASHAMED" where we got the opportunity to learn about how to walk unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ in ALL areas of our lives. We got to worship Jesus through music, talked about different topics such as: Racial Reconciliation, Sharing Jesus in the Workplace, and what it means to be a woman and man of God. We got to water baptize 16 ECU students and every single pirate we took with us came back changed and empowered. This .... is the Untold Hype. -DJ Lyss Diamond

 

Over the weekend, two people died in an early morning vehicle fire in Gaston. The car was found in flames in the woods near the highway. The male driver and the female passenger's bodies were disintegrated, both having lost their lives in the accident. The cause of the accident was from the fuel tank being ruptured along side with the collision. The NC Highway Patrol is in charge of the accident investigation. Go to witn.com for more.-Queen Ai


Greenville Teacher on the Ellen Show

Coming across a lot of social media sites these days, you can hardly believe what you read. However hearing Greenville, NC our hometown here, and a town that had be mentioned on one of the most popular talk shows across the US, The Ellen Show was a HUGE hit. A second grade teacher right here from South Greenville Elementary was recognized on the popular talk show and  was unexpectedly awarded $25,000 from Walmart plus many gadgets to enhance their learning. What an amazing way to get the young Greenville, NC get involved in a positive, self motivating, and most importantly understanding classroom atmosphere. Thank you Mr. Bonner- for showing that teachers mean more then just showing us how to divide and subtract, but for helping these students add and mulitpy to their lives, and not just mathematically.- Kayla S

 

Going off of the artist I talked about on my show today, Two Feet. I'd recommend checking their album on Spotify out. It's very relaxing and perfect music to ease your mind and inner soul too. They are fairly new so I can't wait to see their future releases.-Kayla S

Hey everyone its Roylanda!! Your lovely host for Tea time with China Monday and Wednesday for 8am-9am. This past week has been great. Ive just been getting ready for my personal news show and my combined show with my two favorite gals Aileen and Tehya!! So be on the look out Triple treat coming your way. Over and out!-China

 

Climate Change

Have you ever heard of 80 degree weather in the middle of February? Yes, we all enjoy the nice, hot, sunny days, but did I mention in the middle of February?? The hot weather is due to global warming and climate change. This severe issue is completely over looked and our planet is in extreme danger. Government officials continue to shout that climate change is a hoax and continue to do nothing about it, simply because tons of money would need to be spent. Americans are given false information on a regular basis, trying to cover it all up. However, everyone will regret avoiding this issue when our planet completely dies on us all...... -Tehya


Nostalgic Item of the Day: The Ren & Stimpy Show

 

The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply called Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon. The series follows the adventures of title characters Ren, an emotionally unstable chihuahua, and Stimpy, a good-natured, dimwitted cat.

Ren & Stimpy premiered on August 11, 1991 as one of the original three Nicktoons, along with Rugrats and Doug. Throughout its run, the show was controversial for its off-color humor, sexual innuendo, dark humor, adult jokes, and violence which were rare for children's television animation of the time and quite frankly, even today it is rare to see a show push the boundries the way Ren & Stimpy did. This controversy contributed to the production staff's altercations with Nickelodeon's Standards and Practices department. The show ended on December 16, 1995, with a total of five seasons and 52 episodes.

Ren & Stimpy received mixed to very positive reviews during its original run then later widespread critical acclaim after its run, and has developed a cult following. The series is often cited as paving the way for animated shows like Beavis and Butt-Head and South Park. A spin-off for adult audiences, Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon", aired in 2003 on Spike, but was cancelled soon after its debut due to low ratings. According to reports in 2016, the show's creator is developing a Ren & Stimpy short-format cartoon that would screen along with the third SpongeBob movie. Yes, that is correct, there is going to be a third SpongeBob movie, but I will update you as that information begins to pile in.

This has been your Nostalgic Item of the Day.-LJ



Stabbing in New Bern

A 29-year-old woman is being accused of stabbing her husband Sunday afternoon in the city of New Bern. I think the possible suspect could very well be guilty. It's just a matter of why she would do such a thing to her significant other, if she did it. Was she thinking about the consequences? What might he have done to her? These are things I want to know.-Aileen

What The Pho!

For Valentines Day, my hubby and I decided we would look for a new restaurant to try. We stumbled upon Greenville's newest Vietnamese Restaurant located off Arlington Blvd. The restaurant was clean, the ambience was perfect for a date, and the service was superb (especially because the owner served us). Their signature noodle soup called Pho is perfect for a cold day. You can choose from a variety of meat and vegetables to top off with asian spices. My absolute favorite dish from What The Pho was the Beef Bahn Mi sandwich. It was very fresh and flavorful. If you have never tried Vietnamese food, you are missing out!-Lyss Diamond

 

 

5th Street Players Young, Gifted, and Black Showcase

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the first Young, Gifted, and Black showcase held in Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Art Center.  The showcase consisted of about 15 black student performers from the Theatre and Dance departments, and showcased the performers dancing, acting, and singing to tell the story of Black History in America.  The showcase was put on by the organization 5th Street Players, a student theatre company here in Greenville, and was original planned to be a play with all black actors but didn’t work out that way. When I asked the director of the showcase, Kiara Hines, on my show Friday, she explained that they didn’t have enough actors to put on a play, and had trouble coming up with a strong idea for one.  Instead they decided a showcase would be better because it shows the individuality in the performer, and it certainly did.  Every performer shined in their own way, whether it was through a powerful visually provoking dance, a soulful song, or a strong emotionally powerful acting performance.  The ending performance was especially powerful to me, when all of the performers came out together and sang “I Know Where I’ve Been” also performed by Queen Latifah in the Film Hairspray.  I’ve always loved this song, and to see it be performed by so many young, gifted and black performers, who all radiate so much passion for what they do, was an absolutely incredible end to an amazing showcase. Shouts to everyone who participated in this and I hope to see another showcase like this in the near future. -Violat


 

True Shores ShowThis week me and Jay covered the topic of the relation of culture and the hip hop community. We integrated Migos into the conversation and talked about their influence on the newer age of rap and where the genre is headed. We also covered another major release: the new Future album, which is starting to gain much popularity as Future continues to soar upwards in plays. On my individual show on Friday, I talked about a study conducted on fish who were affected by an oil spill; these fish were found to have died from a specific chemical that is also present in the air pollution of the plant responsible for the leaks. This chemical can have major adverse affects on the heart when breathed in through the air and it is clear in the study of the fish what affect it can have on a living organism.-T.Shores

After The Hearts

After Valentine's Day, it is time to snap back to reality. It was fun but now it's time to get our heads back in the game to continue on. With all this climate change it already feels as if I'm getting Spring Fever. However, no matter what we must remember our purpose. Even if you don't know what it is yet, you have one. We all do. My purpose is.... to live life. And share the excitement to everyone that life has good moments, even if it doesn't seem that way at times. Life Happens, but that shouldn't stop us from having a good time. Life can drive us crazy, but don't be crazy. Be PSYCHO.



Nostalgic Item of The Day: Doug (Nicktoons)

Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common predicaments while attending school in his new hometown of Bluffington. Doug narrates each story in his journal, and the show incorporates many imagination sequences. The series addresses numerous topics, including trying to fit in, platonic and romantic relationships, self-esteem, bullying, and rumors. Numerous episodes center on Doug's attempts to impress his classmate and crush, Patti Mayonnaise 

Fun Fact: Jinkins developed Doug from drawings in his sketchbook that he created over the course of the 1980s. Doug was largely inspired by Jinkins's childhood growing up in Virginia, with most characters in the series, actually, being based on real individuals.

Doug initially ran for four seasons and 52 episodes while on Nickelodeon. It was picked up by Disney in 1996 and continued to run for three more seasons and 65 episodes. In total, Doug had seven seasons and 117 episodes. Not too shabby for a show that ran on two separate competing networks.-LJ



Z INS

Last week during the Z Inspirations Morning show I shared a Poem by Catherine Pulsifer called Life Steps. It's a poem about no matter if you go forward or backwards with your steps in life just learn from them. You can't be to hard on yourself when you make mistakes.- Jxy True

 

Nostalgic Item of the Day: Rugrats

Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently Tommy, Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil, and Angelica, and their day-to-day lives, usually involving common life experiences that become adventures in the babies' imaginations.[1][2] Adults in the series are almost always unaware of what the children are up to.

The series premiered on Sunday, August 11, 1991, as the second Nicktoon after Doug and preceding The Ren & Stimpy Show. Production was initially put on hiatus in 1995 after 65 episodes, with the last episode airing on May 22, 1994. From 1995 to 1996, the only new episodes broadcast were "A Rugrats Passover" and "A Rugrats Chanukah", two Jewish-themed episodes that received critical acclaim; during this time, well-after the end of the show's production run, Rugrats began to receive a boost in ratings and popularity, due to constant reruns on Nickelodeon. In 1996

The series also received multiple theatrical releases, as well as a spin off titled "All Grown Up". 

In total, the original series ran for a total of 172 episodes and 9 seasons during a 13-year run. Making it, without a doubt, one of the most monumental original programs to stem from Nickelodeon.-LJ

Pirates
The ECU lady Pirates lost to the Temple Owls on Saturday evening by the score of 76-43 in Minges Colosseum, and this loss marks the ninth straight for the team.

The Pirates fall to (1-11) in AAC play, and (10-15) on the season. The team’s struggles on the offensive side of the court continued Wednesday night.

Cold shooting was the culprit for the Pirates against an exuberant Owls defense. Kristen Gaffney and company were held to just 26% shooting on the night.

Gaffney was unable to match her season average and only netted 11 points. Gaffney was 3-13 shooting from the field to go along with teammates who couldn’t provide the offensive support the Pirates needed.

Bre McDonald and Khadidja Toure both contributed with six points each, but their efforts were not enough to combat an explosive Owl team that scored 46 points in the first half.

The Pirates will take on the Memphis Tigers on Wednesday night at eight in Memphis, and hopefully get back to winning ways.-Peyton

 

A Night of Salsa!

      Last Tuesday, I got the opportunity to learn how to salsa dance at Crave Restaurant. The Pirates Promoting Community Wellness organization from ECU put on a fundraising event for Honduras by hosting salsa lessons. It was a good opportunity to give towards a good cause and learn some new dance moves. The instructor was extremely patient with us and taught us how to dance salsa and bachata. A lot of us were beginners but by the end of the night we were fully confident in what we learned. Crave hosts salsa lessons and dance parties on the third Friday of every month. It'a a great opportunity to learn something new, do something different for date night, or just have fun with friends!-LYSS DIAMOND

Valentines Day: The Pregame
     

With Valentine's Day being next week, many people are breaking their necks to do something romantic for their significant other. On the contrary, many other people are getting their hearts broken. I can relate to both sides of the spectrum. Love is not a easy balance beam to work with. The truth is, you cannot weigh nor balance love. You take love as it is, and at times it hurts. I remember last year on the weekend before Valentine's Day I attempted to do something special for my fiancé at the time. I got her some small gifts and went to her house for the weekend. My intentions were good and I did it out of love. Unfortunately she did not receive me that way. She broke up with me that Saturday. I was forced to go home in tears, heartbroken, eating the pack of Oreos she gave me for Valentine's Day. That was a rough time for me and on Valentine's Day I went to HOOTERS for dinner. HOOTERS was nice but that day reminded me on how much I truly hated the holiday. The romance, the gifts, the whole thing. Valentine's Day NEVER worked out in my favor. This year was different.

I fixed my problems, fixed my relationship and fixed my perspective on V-Day. Valentine's Day is a set reminder to love each other. One day out of the year specifically designed to share the love to the people you care about. Whether it be a ring, a box of chocolates or something as simple as a love note, every piece of love you share is accounted for. Someone is going to appreciate that gift. We all get caught up in life that we forget to relax and enjoy life. You can run out of time, but you cannot run out of love. On this coming Valentine's Day, whether you are a lover or a loner, take some time out of your day to tell your significant other you love them. It's the thought that counts.-PSYCHO


Executive Order This past week has been quite controversial, no surprise there however. What I do find surprising is the substance behind it all. Last month has already been a controversial time period starting with the Inauguration of President Trump. Incidents keep adding up causing more controversy. Now it seems as if there is rarely any method, and much more madness. I try not to be political but when I received news about the Executive Order banning citizens from SEVEN countries entry into the United States, I was livid! More so I was confused. Why did Trump place that order? Was it to protect America? I need to see more motive here. I am irritated from reading in between the lines I want the fine print. Like I said, I do not normally speak of controversial topics - especially involving politics – but I took an exception here.I spoke my opinion on the show with effort to avoid saying anything to upset anybody. I just explained my desire to receive a better explanation on why this order exists. I did what I do best, I kept it REAL.-Psycho

 

MIGOS "CULTURE" REVIEW

Culture is migos' best album. You get everything you expect as they're entering the prime of their careers. It's kind of a short album but it's packed with hits. Other than the platinum single "Bad & Bougie," the track "slippery" is a surprise hit. Yes the album can get old due to some of migos' songs sounding similar. But overall it's hype music and for that, I like it.- DJ Fadeaway

 

Producers Stirred Up

Last week I interviewed Frenchie, who is a local artist. He's a 3rd year ECU student and says he's the best producer in Greenville. This stirred up a little tension on Twitter among fellow local producers.- Jay True

 

WHO'S THE GOAT?

Last week on the True Shores Show, we posed the question that many debate over, the greatest rapper of all time. On our Thursday mix we had an Andre 3000 GOAT mix considering that was our chosen GOAT. We also interviewed local artist, Hollow.Soul about his upcoming project which is a follow up to his last project, "Hollow.Soul"- True Shores Show

 

IT'S GETTING REAL IN 2017

      On the third week in the year 2017 we had the Inauguration of the 45th President of The United States, Donald Trump. The Inauguration was followed by the women’s march in Washington, D.C. I will continue to discuss topics like these despite the controversy these conversations may bring but my overall intention is to promote unity along the Pirate community. Besides the political topics, I also shed light onto January officially proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. It’s going to get REAL in 2017. -DJPSYCHO

 

LADY PIRATES TOUGH LOSS

An unfortunate loss occurred this past Tuesday for our Lady Pirates. Women's basketball trailed behind Tulsa buy just 8 points. The game went into OT and the final score was 100-92. Although it was heartbreaking, I had an amazing time announcing the game in Tulsa. It was my first travel trip. I am so thankful I was able to take full advantage of this opportunity. Tune in next time to 91.3 FM to hear us live during games- Aileen


RECAP OF THE 1ST ANNUAL Z SHOWCASE

     The 1st Annual WZMB Z-Showcase was so much fun. Even though I wasn't very familiar with the artists that were lined up, I was not disappointed. ECU students, Aaron Geter, xBrodie, and Chris Puckett blew me away with their talent. I had no idea we had such hidden gems on our campus!! Local artists Marye Amanda and Quentin Rashad had really awesome sets as well. Marye Amanda played an acoustic set and Quentin rocked the stage with his hype energy. And then J-Alta, an ECU alumni, killed the finale performance as the headliner for the night! He had the crowd engaged the whole time. I can only image that the Z-Showcases are going to continue to get better and better every year with new talent emerging. Shout out to DJ Fadeaway for being on the 1s and 2s and DJ Psycho who kept the energy going throughout the showcase as the host. Aside from the performances, a handful of prizes were given out throughout the night from the raffle drawings. Who doesn't love free stuff? Don't miss out on this event next year!- LYSS DIAMOND

FADEAWAY AT THE HOMECOMING CONCERT-A BACKSTAGE LOOK

rae

Being backstage at the Rae Sremmurd concert was a great experience; the level of excitement they brought was insane. I remember being backstage seeing some people who were with the group bring out bottles of water and whole pineapples. I thought to myself, what is that for? The next thing I know, they’re throwing it into the crowd. Swae Lee then jumped on top of some tall speakers. It was just a frenzy of high emotions and energy. What makes it even better is that they’re just cool people. When they're performing, they give off a good energy that makes them seem like they’re having the time of their lives. I'm glad that the Student Activities Board brought them out to ECU. -DJ FADEAWAY

 

HALLOWEEN HAVOC FALL 2016

Vince Staples

      Halloween fell on a Monday this year and I wasn't quiet sure how it was going to end up for students. I honestly thought that everyone was going to be over Halloween and Homecoming from the events that took place in the past weekend. But when 10pm rolled around and we arrived outside of the student rec center, there were buses upon buses pouring out students as they lined up waiting to get inside ECU's annual Halloween Havoc. I was curious to see what Halloween Havoc was going to offer this year since they changed the location from the Dowdy-Flicken stadium to the Student Recreation Center. One of my favorite parts about the night was the abundance of free food. There were so many things to do from laser tag, hitting the dance floor, participating in the fear factor room and the Halloween costume contest. They also had a haunted house and I thought that I was going to be disappointed, but I can say that they did a pretty good job this year and it really was scary. Just imagine the horror we felt being in a dark room filled with clowns. The one thing that I was super excited to try out this year was the Escape Room. A group of us got put in a room that had a "bomb" in it. We had 15 minutes to figure out different clues to stop the bomb from going off. It was extremely hard to figure out and we never stopped the bomb but it was still really fun. Shout out to ECU for hosting an event like this for students on Halloween. Free event, free food, free t shirts, free fun...it can't get better than that. -DJ LYSS DIAMOND


DJ LYSSDIAMOND GETS A CLUE

  Get A Clue

      I vowed to attend more campus events during my senior year. So far, I've only been to a few, but my favorite has been ECUs annual Get A Clue event on the Mall. It's an opportunity for students to learn about how to get involved on campus and in the community. Student and local organizations set up tables and fill up the mall as they engage students with important information about their organization. 
    What I love most about this event is seeing the range of diversity we have at ECU and witnessing the passion among different organizations and students who are looking to get involved. I think this event is particularly important because it allows students to meet new people outside of the classroom, gain professional experience, and ultimately make an impact on out campus. 
      


DJ Fadeaway Talks His Favorite Events of Fall '16 So Far

o IVibes & Vices showcase

My favorite event that I attended this semester so far would have to be Vibes and Vices. Vibes and Vices is a local artist showcase that highlights rappers, singers, producers, DJ's and more. It is a local event at Laced Boutique on the last Friday of every month, that's put together by local R&B group, Voudoux.

Beach Fest 2016 was a good experience. You have to love events that bring diverse groups of people together. People walking around and enjoying themselves while there's music playing just brings a good vibe. Plus free food always helps. I spent the evening with a good friend and we walked around and participated in everything that caught our eye. I enjoyed myself. 
Be sure to catch Thingking Out Loud w/ DJ Fadeaway every Monday & Friday at 5PM!











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