The all new KUPS website is now available online!
Head over to kups.net and check it out!
The completely redesigned website located at kups.net is launching in just a few hours! Get stoked!
Who are Death Grips? Well, besides being an experimental hip-hop group from Sacramento, California, they are a group of rambunctious rubble rousers in the most literal sense! With much controversy surrounding their recent album, “No Love Deep Web,” released independently on October 1 without their label’s consent as well as their blatant disregard for authority, I was ecstatic when they announced their show on November 29th in Seattle.
Walking into The Crocodile it was plain to see that the venue was obviously usually a 21+ venue, resulting with the smallest under 21 section I have ever seen. While the bar area was filled with adults raising their tall boys of PBR in celebration, a section full of disconcerted teens waited eagerly for the show to start. While this was certainly a poor reflection on the venue, I don’t think anything could get the audience down with the prospects of a crazy show! The show started with Cities Aviv a noise/rap duo from Memphis TN, who in my opinion had some really sick beats and enthusiastic members, which got the crowd ready for the real show stopper. Death Grips appeared on stage with both members ripping off their shirts with eager screams from the crowd, jumping right into their performance. The real fun began when the small space turned into the smallest mosh pit of all time! Playing their hits like Guillotine and I’ve seen footage, the show was a hit, which I can only assume can be reflected by the massive amount of bruises I received that night. Overall, it was a really great performance that I am happy to say I attended.
Death Grips tomorrow at the Crocodile in Seattle… 1pair of tickets up for grabs from your favorite radio station. First person to e-mail email@example.com with MC RIDE in the title wins!
Hey all you Metalocalypse fans.. tune in TONIGHT at 11pm for Music as Capital for a chance to win Dethklok tickets! They’re playing at the Showbox SoDo on November 23rd! 253-879-FANS
An album review by a KUPS DJCrystal Castles—an electronic duo known for its rabid live shows and chaotic aesthetic—just released their third self-titled album. Producer Ethan Kath, wanting to give listeners a different experience, traded in the videogame chirps that defined their prior work for an entirely new palette. With (III), Crystal Castles have made something subtle and challenging, a sound that seems more approachable on the surface while retaining the dark spirit they convey so well.Taking ”Celestica,” the poppy single from their second album, as a model, (III) uses smoother synths, airier vocals, and more charming melodies as a kind of Trojan horse to sneak in their grim worldview. Vocalist Alice Glass has decried social injustice, specifically the mistreatment of women and children, with every interview opportunity. (III) is definitely her album, though in a paradoxical way: Glass’s vocals are more the focus than ever; at the same time, her lyrics remain almost wholly incomprehensible after getting stretched, chopped up and distorted by Kath’s production. What results is the essence of oppressed voices—angry and melancholic by turn—whose words may get drowned out, but whose sense of abandonment and abuse can’t, and shouldn’t, be silenced.(III) is Crystal Castles’ most refined and mature production yet. It strikes a balance between variety and coherence, and feels like a complete journey from their coolest, darkest dance track yet, “Plague,” to “Child I Will Hurt You”—the prettiest, most haunting thing they’ve recorded—without a single dud in between. More than their previous two, this album marks the ignition of Crystal Castles’ star in the night sky of electronic music. Hugely recommended.
If you’ve walked past KUPS in the past two weeks you may have seen a large brown piece of construction paper with “What Can KUPS Do Better?” written on it. Here are some of the responses…
Dropbox of set-lists / Better use of live playlist logging:
As part of our new website, when viewing the kups website listeners will be able to see playlists from past radio shows.
More local music:
We are always looking to play more local music on air. Email one of our music directors, or stop by KUPS and slide a CD under our doors and we will give it a listen!
Email addresses are here: http://kups.tumblr.com/staff
Answer the phone when I call in!
The phone service at UPS was recently redone, and as a result our big bright the phone is ringing light in the DJ booth no longer works. As a result only a tiny little red light in the booth flashes when listeners call in. Damn. We are working on a solution to this problem, so far it’s proved to be trickier than expected.
On the way :)
More free CD’s outside the radio station:
Every week or so, our music directors place CD’s outside the station. They usually go pretty fast. Lurk outside of KUPS and you might snag one!
Play in diversions!
Next time you order your soy latte with an extra shot at Oppenheimer or diversions, let them know you’d like to tune into KUPS too!
EDM/House on weekend nights?
Tune in Friday nights for your EDM Fix! B-Side Basslines at 8 PM with Ben Taylor and Phil Kampf featuring all sorts of house music, and then 9 PM is Underground Electronic with Ryan Elliott featuring more disco in the vein of Daft Punk and Justice.
Barstools in the booth by the turntables?
We are actually going to be be having an awesome change in the seating arrangements in the booth in the near future. Should be ready by the time spring shows begin! :)
Lava lamps for the DJ Booth?
Fire hazard sorry!
More DJ classes please!
Next semester we are redoing our DJ Classes to make it more comprehensive, including serato classes.
Zine for new music?
As part of our new website, we are going to be having a lot of the content one might find in a zine online. Loggers live green lol!
Recycling bin for booth?