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Track Review: HELL YEAH by RQ

The label contains the prolific work of one artist, Renard Queenston. He releases all of his music under pseudonyms, his latest release falling under the name RQ. The song, HELL YEAH, is super-synthy with simple sampled vocals and a fast beat, intertwined with smooth melodic segments. His latest EP, a four track collection titled MEGA MEGA MEGA MEGA MEGA, is available at his Bandcamp. Check out his other albums as well, many released for free.

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KTUH Music Chart November 4, 2013


CMJ Top 30, Jazz Top 10,
Hip Hop Top 10, RPM Top 10
New World Top 10, Loud Top 10
Phone #: (808) 956-4847
Date of Report: 11.4.2013
Reported By: David Teraoka
(S/T=self-titled)/(V/A=various artists)/(S/R=self-released)

1. OF MONTREAL : Lousy With Sylvianbriar (Polyvinyl)
2. IS TROPICAL : I’m Leaving (Kitsune)
3. DENT MAY : Warm Blanket (Paw Tracks)
4. CAPITAL CITIES : In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery (Capitol)
6. DR DOG : B-Room (Anti)
7. RJD2 : More Is Than Isn’t (S/R)
8. SUPERCHUNK : I Hate Music (Merge)
9. DELTRON 3030 : Event 2 (Bulk)
10. CITY AND COLOUR : The Hurry And The Harm (Dine Alone)
11. POLYPHONIC SPREE : Yes, It’s True (Kirtland)
12. ROBERT POLLARD : Honey Locust Honky Tonk (Rockathon)
13. ISLANDS : Ski Mask (Manque)
14. BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA : I’ll Find A Way (Sony)
15. THE PREATURES : Is This How You Feel? (Harvest)
16. KISSAWAY TRAIL : Breach (Yep Roc)
17. DAVID LYNCH : The Big Dream (S/R)
18. NIGHTMARES ON WAX : Feeling Good (Warp)
19. CHVRCHES : The Bones Of What You Believe (Glassnote)
20. CUB SPORT : Paradise (S/R)
21. JESSY LANZA : Pull My Hair Back (Hyperdub)
22. NEKO CASE : The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti)
23. ARCADE FIRE : Reflektor (Merge)
24. VOLCANO CHOIR : Repave (Jajaguar)
25. WILDLIFE : …On The Heart (Wax Records)
26. BEST COAST : Fade Away(Jewel City)
27. MIRROR TRAVEL : Mexico (Modern Outsider)
28. PEACE : In Love (Sony)
29. DISMEMBERMENT PLAN : Uncanny Valley (S/R)
30. CULTS : Static (Columbia)

1. AUDACITY : Butter Knife (Suicide Squeeze)
2. RADIAL : Taking Midnight EP (S/R)
3. ACTIVECHILD : Rapor EP (Vagrant)
4. MY DARLING FURY : Licking Wounds (S/R)
5. GLASS ANIMALS : S/T (Harvest)

1. B’SHORKESTRA : Go To Orange (PS)
2. KANJI OHTA & THE JAZZ FAMILY (Our Jazz Family (JZAZ Records)
3. BEAT FUNKTION : Moon Town (Do Records)
4. CHICK COREA : The Vigil (Concord)
5. DAVID SILLS : Blue’s The New Green (Gut String Records)
6. THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS : Inland Emperor (Knowledge Room)
8. FOREIGN MOTION : In Flight (S/R)
9. DAVE BENNETT : Don’t Be That Way (Mack Avenue)
10. CHRIS AMEMIYA & JAZZ COALESCENCE : In The Rain Shadow (OA2 Records)

1. CAROLYN LEE JONES : The Performer (S/R)
2. JUAN GARCIA-HERREROS : Snow Owl (Inner Circle)

1. DELTRON 3030 : Event 2 (Bulk)
2. BIG WILL : Cry Now Laugh Later(S/R)
3. TROMBONE SHORTY : Fire And Brimstone (Verve)
4. GRAYSKUL : Zenith (Fake Four)
5. THE UNCLUDED : Hokey Fight (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
6. TOUISSANT MORRISON : Fast Times At Trillmont High (S/R)
7. MAYER HAWTHORNE : Where Does This Door Go (Republic)
8. ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ROOTS : Wise Up Ghost (Blue Note)
9. MADCHILD : Lawn Mower Man (Suburbax Noize Records)
10. GAS-LAB & TRAUM DIGGS : Jazz Hop (623)

1. RED MARTINA : In Transit (Bad Tape)
2. IVAN IVES : Stranger (S/R)

1. IS TROPICAL : I’m Leaving (Kitsune)
2. RJD2 : More Is Than Isn’t (S/R)
3. JESSY LANZA : Pull My Hair Back (Hyperdub)
4. ALUNAGEORGE : Body Music (Vagrant)
5. PRETTY LIGHTS : A Color Map Of The Sun (8 Minutes 20 Seconds)
6. SHIGETO : No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly International)
7. SHAPESHIFTER : Delta (Truetone)
8. ATROPOLIS : Transitions (Cumba Mela)
9. IKONIKA : Aerotropolis (Hyperdub)
10. FAT FREDDY’S DROP : Blackbird (S/R)

1. M.I.A : Matangi (Interscope)
2. DJ RASHAD : Double Cup (Hyperdub)
3. KRAAK & SMAAK : Chrome Waves (Jalapeno)
4. M+A : These Days (Monotreme)
5. GESAFFELSTEIN : S/T (Bromance)

1. BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS : Legend Remixed (Tuff Gong)
2. KUPAOA : Bumbye (Hula Kupuna Productions)
3. TRAILS AND WAYS : Trilingual (Non Market)
5. DOUGLAS BLUE FEATHER : Dawn Of A New Light (Spirit Hawk Records)
6. PETE ESCOVEDO : Live From Stern Grove Festival (Concord Music Group)
8. IKAIKA BLACKBURN : Maliu (Na Hoa Records)
9. RAQUEL BITTON : Rhythm Of The Heart (S/R)
10. MAILANI : Manaua (Seventh Wave)

1. PINK MARTINI : Get Happy (Heinz)
3. OMAR SOULEYMAN : Wenu Wenu (S/R)

1. SOULFLY : Savages (Nuclear Blast)
2. TRIVIUM : Vengence Falls (Roadrunner)
3. DEATH ANGEL : The Dream Calls For Blood (Nuclear Blast)
4. GWAR : Battle Maximus (Metal Blade)
5. DREAM THEATER : S/T (Roadrunner)
6. CARCASS : Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast)
7. FATES WARNING : Darkness in a Different Light (Inside Out)
8. DEATH VALLEY HIGH : Positive Youth (Minus Head)
9. SCAR THE MARTYR : S/T (Roadrunner)
10. MINISTRY : From Beer To Eternity (AFM)


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Daydream Nation

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Local Talent

Who knew we had such an amazing artist at UH? I did, that’s why I interviewed him to write this article. Roger Kelly, 21, is a humble soul with heaps of talent. He started out by creating comic books then took a brief sabbatical from art until he was reintroduced after high school. He is now an art major with a collection of impressive pieces which are considered to be in the “pop surrealism” genre.

During our talk at paradise palms (where a bee was harassing us and poor Roger was forced to sit on a deteriorating bench), I couldn’t resist but to ask the ever so cliche question, “what inspires you?” After some modest laughter he explained that he “gets satisfaction out of creating beautiful things, they all have their own little meanings I try to bring forth. The cool thing about art is you can say what you want but everyone will interpret it differently.” He also mentioned that music has helped his artistic expression, he really enjoys “Grizmatik” (Griz + Gramatik combined, awesome) and Justice. He believes them to be “breaking genre boundaries,” and he likes how they do whatever they feel is necessary for the song, and to him, painting should be the same way. Some of his painting inspirations include Rene Margritte and Van Gogh.

Although he probably wouldn’t admit it, his paintings are extraordinarily beautiful. They are vivid and detailed with a Van Gogh-esque quality,  and each one emits its own unique expression.

Check em out.

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Poolside is a new music group creating their own sweet lil’ genre they like to call, “day time disco.” It truly is the perfect soundtrack to lounging by the pool, while sipping on some mojitos and hanging out with some quality folks. Their light and funky sound just makes you want to groove, it’s quite magnetic. I have to be careful walking to class while listening to them, I can’t help but dance! Their luscious cover of Harvest Moon originally done by Neil Young is flawless, they picked the perfect song to show off their disco style. I was so excited to see Jeffery Paradise is a member of the two-man band. He used to put on the infamous dance party, “Blow Up” in San Francisco that I used to attend as a young adult experimenting with alcohol (great times.) Check out their album, Pacific Standard Time.. I’m pretty confident in saying you’ll love it.

Harvest Moon Cover:

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Who is this Lana Del Rey girl?

Have you found yourself asking this question in the past few months? Quite alright, you’re not alone. Not only is this woman sweeping the music world, but she’s also an internet sensation as well as a rising fashion icon. Her haunting voice and mysterious demeanor keep people wanting more and more. Lana Del Rey aka Lizzy Grant, originally from NYC, had been performing small time gigs for quite sometime until she hit her big debut in 2011 with, “Video Games.” This light and melodic song with an overall sad feeling acted as a sling shot into the music world for LDR. She created her own music video combining nostalgic fuzzy images and her pretty little face singing the song with her infamous pouty lips. She kept the ball rolling releasing more crowd-pleasers such as, “Blue Jeans,” “Born To Die,” “Summertime Sadness,” and “National Anthem.” Each song had it’s own mind-twisting and glamorous video to accompany, along with countless remixes. So what is it about LDR that’s making people go wild? She has been described as a modern, “self styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” and her music has been related to 50′s and 60′s Americana pop culture. The artist describes her genre as “Hollywood Sadcore” and lists some of her influences being Britney Spears, Elvis Presley, Eminem, and Frank Sinatra. Whatever she’s doing, it’s working. She just signed a contract to be the face of H&M and is coming out with a new album in November. Whether her overall magnetic, careless, and charming attitude is just a facade or not, it’s captivating because it’s new, unfamiliar, and unlike anything we’ve seen lately. Although it’s inevitable she will get completely sensationalized, capitalized, and changed, I wish her the best as an artist and hope she will be able to maintain a sense of originality and self.

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Yoga Pop Ups: Yoga-fying your music.

Yoga Pop Ups, a relatively new pop-instrumental band, is taking well known music and transforming it into a bubbly, soft instrumental version. After I heard their version of “Sleeping Lessons” by The Shins, I was curious to hear more. The range of covers they have is pretty unbelievable. They cover a hugely wide range of artists including: Radiohead, Prince, Jimmy Buffet, Sublime, The Jackson 5, Bob Marley, Rush, and even Frank Sinatra. Oh, and can’t forget Slayer. I wonder if my metal-head brother could get into some yoga if he had some proper yogafied death metal. There’s even a complete album dedicated to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, how festive. Although it’s a little on the pop-lullaby side, it’s still pretty entertaining that they’re able to cover such a wide range of music. Check it out, why not? I’d be dying to hear the yoga cover of, “From Whom the Bells Tolls” by Metallica.

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My So-Called Show

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Radical Noise Addiction

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