Album Review: Contemporary Noise Sextet – Unaffected Thought Flow
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
Artist of the week: Jane XØI 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
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
· 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 , 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 ( ), 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.
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
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.
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
(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
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 BubléI 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
Same Dr*gs Analysis
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
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
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
Crescent, Wise One, Lonnie’s Lamment.- DJ Chris Puckett
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
(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
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
Bridges & Powerlines
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
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
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
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
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 Crag, Mega Crag, or Super Aggro Crag. Nickelodeon 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
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"
"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.
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
Rock The Mall!
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
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
Lorde's new track "Green Light"
time of the year has finally arrived. Next week is Spring Break! For
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
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
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
1776February 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
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
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
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
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. 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".
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
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
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
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
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 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