Behind the Mic: Marco Galang, Vincent Chong and Michael Pontiveros

Marco Galang, Vincent Chong and Michael Pontiveros host an entertaining and unique show every Tuesday at 2 p.m. “MVM Airlines” is a skit and music show that plays Japanese Disco, Future Funk and some Kpop.

When I sat down with them, the trio described to me how they came to join KCR. Marco, Vincent and Michael have been friends since high school. They knew that they would be attending SDSU together. The summer before their freshman year, they came across a video called “How to Save Your Shows,” by KCR member Brian de Vera on Reddit. This video made them want to join KCR together once they started college. Upon the start of their freshman year, fall 2016, they debuted their show “MVM Airlines,” on KCR.

During their first semester hosting their show, the three of them spent a lot of time in the production studio. They created skits and content that was representative of their airline theme. Every show starts with an intro, where listeners can hear the sound of a plane ascending and the ring of the seat belt light telling passengers to put on their seatbelts. One of the hosts then starts off the show. They even gave themselves roles in relation to the theme. Marco is the captain, Michael is the co-captain and Vincent is the head flight attendant. With these roles, they perform skits in the middle of the show about crazy situations happening on an airplane. Finally, listeners of “MVM Airlines” end their flight with the sound of the plane descending.

Unfortunately, after the end of the first semester, they didn’t obtain the credits that every KCR member has to earn. So, they went on a hiatus, until this semester. They still maintain the same theme, only they don’t have enough time to make as many skits for the show as they would like. However, they are working on expanding their music taste, inviting guests onto their show and earning their event credits.

If you feel intrigued, want to laugh or just want to listen to good music, you should definitely tune into “MVM Airlines,” every Tuesday at 2 p.m. You can also follow the show on Twitter and Instagram.

Why the 1980s Were the Best Decade

If you say that you do not like the ’80s, you need to stop lying to yourself. In all my 20 years of life, only one thing has remained constant, and that is the absolute, pure joy that music from the ’80s brings me. Sure, it might have seemed like the world was about to end with the rise of conservatism in politics, President Reagan and the AIDS epidemic, but that is not largely any different than what is going on now, if you think about it.

In the same way that we use memes and jokes to hide our pain and fear today, the good people of the ’80s decade blessed us with great hits to avoid that end-of-it-all feeling. These hits include songs like “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, “Take on Me” by A-ha and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston. I almost got carried away there, and just made a list of every song I could think of, but that would be overkill.

The point is, how can you possibly resist singing along to every upbeat melody that came from this great time? You can’t! Every tune is absolutely infectious. Any time a song by Queen, Madonna, Tears for Fears, Prince, Bowie or Wham! comes on in the car, it is basically a rule that you must sing along. Also, just as a fun little life-tip, “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran and “Don’t You Want Me” by Human League are great go-to karaoke songs.

And the culture, style and language that came from these artists was like totally rad. Righteous? Tubular? Yeah, yeah, gag me with a spoon, am I right? Not going to lie, I have been to a handful of ’80s themed parties and thrown a couple myself, just so I could indulge in neon colors, permed and teased hair, and bright lipstick.

Now, I don’t want to tell you how to live your life, but I do have to suggest that you find yourself a good 80s playlist. The “Stranger Things” inspired one on Spotify is pretty good place to start, if you’re a fan. And, I would suggest you invest in some ripped tights, a fishnet t-shirt or maybe some leather pants. Or, if you want to live your best life, all three.

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Cozy Up With these Reads

The season of lattes, knit sweaters, looming finals anxiety and ceaseless tater tot cravings has fallen upon us! Brace for impact as Ugg boots are pulled from the depths of suburban closets, the pervading scent of pumpkin spice invades homes everywhere and Michael Bublé plays on repeat in a fiery loop. As the cloudy skies and early nightfalls basically beg us to stay inside all day and relish in the ancient practice of procrastination, we rely on Netflix, comfort food, cozy blankets and books for sustenance.

Most of you may not consider reading books as a part of the perfect fall equation, but those of you who do, this post is for you. The following list of books is meant to make you feel like you are the epitome of fall aesthetic goals, reading a book whilst drinking English Breakfast No.1 with the sight of crunchy, orange tree leaves right outside the windowsill. Basically, reading these books makes me feel fuzzy and cozy, so I am sharing them with you in the hopes that they have the same effect this fall season. 

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

For a classic love story that weaves in loss, hope, dreams and everything in between, read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” It may be as basic as a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, but that’s part of its charm. Beautifully written and not cheesy at all, “The Great Gatsby” will either make you really nostalgic for your own past or cathartically release your cynicism of the future.

Anything “Harry Potter” by J.K Rowling

It’s always a good time to read or re-read anything from the “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling. However, reading any or all of the books by this wondrous author during the fall is sure to put you in the best crunchy leaves and cozy blankets mood.  I prefer to go for the first books in the series to get the full nostalgia effect, but anything is fair fall game here!

“A Separate Peace” by John Knowles

What’s better to read than a book about friendship and loss at a time when you just want a good cry? This book by John Knowles is beautiful in its depiction of the realistic, perfectly imperfect friendship between main characters Gene and Finny. Although it may be a little on the sadder side, this book will have you sniffling while dreaming of its New Hampshire setting and yearning for pumpkin pie to fill that newly punctured hole in your heart.

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Mystery lovers who want a book they will not be able to put down, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn is for you. This is a read that is so intense and mind-bending that it will have you quarantined with tea and blankets all day. If you have already seen the movie, try to forget it, because the book is so much better!

“The Shining” by Stephen King

For those of you not down for the romance and sniffles, there is always Stephen King, whose work in “The Shining” will have you reaching for the cozy blanket – this time to cover your entire body and hide from the fear. Not exactly a cozy read, but definitely one to get the chilly, fall feels that make you want some greasy comfort food and happy people to keep you company.

Band To Watch: Private Island

If you’re on the lookout for their tour bus rolling into your town, don’t be looking for a normal tour bus. Instead, be on the prowl for a refurbished school bus. Private Island started their fall tour by selling out L.A.’s Roxy Theatre in October and are rolling through to San Diego’s very own House of Blues this Saturday, Nov. 11.

The band’s sound is a culmination of indie rock and surf tones mixed with notes and hues of R’n’B. Where words fail to describe, the band’s songs speak volumes. With tracks such as “Bear Hands” off of their “A Good Look” EP, the band eases into chunky grooves, with drummer Timothy Barbour’s complex yet danceable beats and Roger Mawer’s smooth synth tones.

If you’ve been keeping up with the Private Island’s current sound you’ll find much darker tones, separate from their second EP, “Sunbreak,” which offered listeners a more refined version of the band’s ever evolving sound. The songs “Trouble” and “I Know” from their “Sunbreak” EP can’t be described. You’ll just have to listen to experience the feelings of nostalgia and romanticism the song’s will most likely conjur. Sun-soaked guitar riffs by lead guitarist Cameron Anderson will have you turning up the volume and rolling down your windows as you drive into the sunset.

Produced by Jacob Munk, Private Island’s newest singles will surely have old and new listeners alike intrigued and pining for more drawn out songs drenched in synth-pop undertones. Lead vocalist, Christian Lum, breaks up previously used techniques by having more effects that add to the fresh and dark sound of these singles. Be sure to give “Juvenile” the listen it deserves. This single leaves so much unsaid by Michelle Guerrero, the backbone of the melody, whose subtlety and talent still shines through as a secondary vocalist.

Pro-tip: Check out “Don’t Call Me” from their first EP if you want to hear Michelle have her say. This track that stands out as crowd favorite and is a chart topper all on its own.

Private Island will be playing at the House of Blues in San Diego, so for those of you lucky enough to live in the area be sure to buy your tickets now and don’t sleep on this band.

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