Politically Driven Radio

There is no doubt that we are currently in the midst of a Presidential race that our children will ask us about and that will be written into history books. It’s an interesting time in our country to say the least. I’m not one to put my two cents in about political matters online, but many musical artists use their music as a platform to do so. This week’s mini playlist is what I like to call Politically Driven Radio. Here are a few songs driven by politics or some sort of political issue that may just get you thinking

1.God Save The Queen- The Sex Pistols

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According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic.com, the BBC banned this song because of its anti-royalty language. Although the Queen doesn’t actually run England (I’m laughing at you if you thought she did.), she is still a notable and respected figure. This song was released in 1977, when rock and roll was still relatively new, making the added political element extra scandalous. With a name like The Sex Pistols, there’s bound to be controversy, even if they only lasted a couple of years.

2. Two Weeks From Twenty- Yellowcard

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This song touches on more recent issues concerning the United States involvement in foreign war. Perhaps the most provocative line of the song is, “There’s still no shame from the man to blame”. Released in 2006, during the George W. Bush presidency, we are only left to assume who the man to blame is intended to be.

3. Hero of War- Rise Against

rise againstAnother account of the United States involvement in foreign wars, “Hero of War” tells the story of a young military member, presumably fighting in foreign conflict around the time of the 2008 album release. The graphic detail of this song can make it tough to listen to, but it may get you thinking about some issues that have never crossed through your brain before.

4. Buffalo Soldier- Bob Marley & The Wailers

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One unfortunate part of our country’s history that many don’t like to talk about or remember, slavery, is touched on in many forms of art. Although slavery has been abolished, racism is still an ever present political and social issue in America. Bob Marley tells this tale of the slave trade through music, singing   “Stolen from Africa, brought to America” “Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival”

5. April 29, 1992 (Miami)- Sublime

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The image above is of the Watts towers in Los Angeles, an important area in the 1992 riots. You may or may not have been alive in 1992. Even so, you’ve probably heard about the Los Angeles riots that occurred after the police brutality instilled upon Rodney King (If this doesn’t ring a bell, google it). This song gives an account of riots that occurred all over the United States as an outcry against racially motivated police brutality. Has much changed surrounding this issue in the last 24 years? I’ll let you be the judge.

 

Listen to and follow the playlist here! 

For more information on voting and a non-partisan view on the candidates take a look at the KPBS Voter Guide.

 

IT’S TIME TO STOP CLOWNING AROUND

Remember when things were easier, and the only thing we honestly ever “feared” would be something like a zombie apocalypse? When buying zombie-readiness kits, and creating zombie shelters was among the craziest things that people would actually be doing in society?

Who would have thought, that in 2016, we’ve managed to top the zombie hype…and replace it with clowns. Creepy clowns, for that matter. Not the ones that you see in circus tents or fairs, but the ones that we all see in that occasional, absurd nightmare we have time and time again. (Thanks again, American Horror Story, for endless Twisty nightmares.)

Within the month, there have been over two dozen states that have actual sightings and reports on creepy clowns throughout the nation. Although most have been harmless, there have been video evidence going viral of clowns chasing after people with knives, machetes, guns, etc.

Some people have even speculated that this all may be a possible hoax for the newest reboot of Stephen’s King, It.

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The reboot is scheduled for September 8th, 2017, and to be directed by Andy Muschetti. Muschetti is also known for directing another horror film, Mama. And here’s HIS version, of what the clown, Pennywise, will be appearing as.

Source: (Photo: Warner Bros., Entertainment Weekly)

Now, imagine seeing that, or a variation of a creepy clown in your hometown. Most reports have shown that these creepy characters have often been spotted nearby train tracks, in the woods, parks, etc. Most being at night as well, and in places where clowns typically don’t belong. Thankfully, though, there have been no reports of clown news worse than a bit of mass hysteria. No known deaths, kidnappings, or anything of that sort have been reported as of now. And in some cases, when clowns are spotted by others or by local law enforcement, they usually run off.

However, Stephen King himself had something to say to all this clown madness on Twitter:

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And there you have it. The creator of the original creepy clown himself, has publicly asked everyone to stop clowning around. Which ultimately seems to discern this whole clown situation to be unrelated to the reboot of King’s creepy franchise.

Although sightings have continued to grow over the past week or so, let’s hope that with this PSA and awareness going around, these clowns will finally cut the act.

But what do you think? Will these creepy clowns finally close the curtains and call it a night? Or will they continue to terrorize and play in the streets during this appropriately spooky time of the year? (That being said, everyone please be extra careful during Halloween this year. And don’t dress like a clown.)

And, if you found this topic interesting, or at the very least appreciate my subtle (or not so subtle, whichever you prefer) nerdy references and puns, I host an evening talk show on Saturdays at 7 PM PST! The show is called “Bingeworthy”, and I cohost the show with my friend Kentaro Kawasaki. Come tune in Saturday nights and follow us on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Soundcloud at @KCRBingeworthy.

 

Update***: To all SDSU students, this was passed onto me for all you to see.

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Apparently a creepy clown of our very own has made it’s way to our campus. Rumor has it, he’s been spotted nearby Viejas. So those of you in the area, please walk in pairs, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. And if you still feel unsafe, please call the SDSU Police Department’s Safety Escort Program at 619-594-6659. Stay safe, everyone!

The Ultimate Lifting List

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year…midterms! Sike. It’s a miserable, dreary time. Long nights of studying and binge eating weird foods because you don’t have time to grocery shop (Not speaking out of personal experience or anything…). Anyways, everyone has their form of stress relief, whether it be watching Netflix or venting to a close friend. My stress relief drug of choice is hitting the gym. No gym trip is complete without a pair of headphones on full volume.

This playlist is 58 minutes in length, the maximum time that my lifting workouts ever last. Whatever workout regimen you follow, it’s always good to have some motivating music on in the background.

  1. A** Back Home- Secrets

This is a screamo remake of a Gym Class Heroes Song. It may surprise you how much a little bit of screaming can pump you up. This is the perfect song to start off your workout.

  1. Tom Ford- Jay-Z
  2. No Mediocre- T.I., Iggy Azalea
  3. You See Me- Childish Gambino
  4. Switch Lanes- Tyga, The Game

You may recognize the name Tyga because he has a minor role on a majorly popular reality television show. His talent is minimal, in all aspects, but this song is one of the few good ones.

  1. Headband- B.o.B, 2 Chainz

I am not going to claim that I have the credibility to make this statement, but this is a true hip-hop gold mine of a song.

  1. I Don’t F**k With You- Big Sean, E-40

Aside from being a great song to squat to, “I Don’t F**k With You” is a great study song. I know that sounds strange, but trust me. This song was the sole reason I got through finals freshman year.

  1. Otis- Jay Z, Kanye West
  2. All Gold Everything- Trinidad James
  3. R.I.P.- Jeezy, 2 Chainz
  4. No Hands- Waka Flocka Flame

This song takes me back to early high school. Pick up those free weights and stare at yourself in the mirror for a second and reflect on that dorky person that you used to be (Again, not talking out of personal experience…). Please don’t be that person that stares too long though.

  1. Gas Pedal- Sage the Gemini
  2. Fancy- Drake

I tend to try and ignore the sexist undertones that are evident in almost every hip hop song, but this one’s a little less sexist and a little more independent women. Although I wouldn’t exactly throw a Drake song in the pile of female empowerment anthems, “Fancy” does make being one of eight girls in the non-cardio part of the gym a little less annoying.

  1. Gold Digger- Kanye West, Jamie Foxx
  2. Ayy Ladies- Travis Porter, Tyga
  3. Lean On- Major Lazer

At the end of your workout it’s always good to slow down the pace a bit to match your plummeting heart rate. “Lean On” does just that, at least in comparison to the other songs on this list.


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No matter your form of midterm stress relief, it’s a guarantee that this playlist will at least provide a little escape from the madness.

You can access my Spotify playlist here! IMG_6546See you at the gym! 😉