Greetings from music land!
Have you (if you live in the contiguous U.S.) been keeping warm in this rain/wind/polar vortex? How are the kids? That old already?! Golly, how time flies. Anyway, here are the freshest tunes we could find. Enjoy.
What an Ugly, Beautiful World. Recently while visiting a friend at Cal State LA, I found a book in the library with this title. I did not open the book. I didn't think that it could compete with its name.
Is this fair? I definitely judged a book by its cover, so strike one right there. Despite this, I didn't deem the book to be of poor quality. I decided that the sheer poetic quality of the title couldn't be topped. It won.
Music isn't like this. We receive a steady stream of Compact Discs at KXSC, and I can safely say that an album cover has never looked "too good to listen to." In fact, many personal favorites have had the worst graphic design I've ever seen (not that I'm any expert).
All of this is to say: listen to these tunes!!
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Welcome back to the latest installment of the MoM newsletter. A quick shout out for our annual fundraiser going on right now: As a student radio organization we do not receive operational funding from the university so it's up to us to gather funds to keep us on the air. To support this newsletter, events, and DJs that create the content of KXSC, help us reach our fundraising goal atkxsc.org/donate!
March is a time for celebration. The weather is warming up, spring break is coming, March 4th is the only day of the year that makes a sentence; everything is looking up. On top of that, MoM is here to deliver unto you the music you need to make it through the week. Special shout out to DJ Andres Guzman for his review on Sylvan LaCue with Apologies in Advance. Check it out alongside with MoM's usual suspects below.
As February comes to a close, we want to give a big shout out to MoM's very own R&B Director, Lani Renaldo, for spearheading KXSC's Black History Month initiative. By all measures, its been hugely successful. Of course, this doesn't end March 1st, and we have more things planned going forward. Keep your eyes out for more as the year goes on, and as always, keep it locked to KXSC! And here are some new adds for you.
For all y'all who had the day off, hope your extended weekend was nice & relaxed. To those who had to go to work, at least the traffic wasn't too bad. Imported a review from Chile for this week; our Soft Rock director, Virginia, reports from abroad. As always, whether you're listening on the air, online, or on your phone, keep it locked to KXSC.
Hello MoM subscribers, it’s not MOM. It’s your friendly R&B Genre Director, Lani.
I’ve taken reign over the intro for this week to announce some exciting news: IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH!
For those that didn’t know, February is Black History Month; it has always been. Crazy, right? At KXSC, we see ourselves as a voice for the community and all of USC. We’ve neglected acknowledging such an important time for many years now. Not purposefully, but because we, just like our community, are constantly growing and learning. It came to my attention that this campaign was long overdue.
So, we invite you to join us through a positive celebration of Black culture. Each week, make sure to check our blog and our Spotify for playlists and posts regarding Black History Month. We will still have our reviews and some special events lined up for you to enjoy as well. In the meantime, check out this week’s reviews and stay tuned for more!
Your essential weekly newsletter is back for our Spring / Summer '18 edition. How was your winter break? Ours was full of good tunes and some much needed r&r. We have some great reviews to start off your season, including some ferocious words from our Hip-Hop director, Natasha, as well as our first DJ review of the year from longtime KXSC DJ Jatin Chowdhury.
Finals season stormed into MoM and caught us with our pants down. We were thoroughly trounced, kicked to the floor and defeated. Nevertheless, we have risen from the ashes of defeat to conquer finals and deliver one final newsletter before the winter hibernation. We bid a special goodbye to Virginia, who will be abroad next semester, and to our Jazz Director, Jatin, who is leaving the post for greener pastures.
It is officially Ugg season. This week is gonna be nothing but sweater weather, so why not also break out the Uggs? But I digress. Despite the downward trajectory of temperatures in the Southland, MoM's weekly sonic report is forecasting nothing but heat, and we've got a host of top-notch reviews to get you through the week!