The Magic Of Music: Sam Lachow

Sam Lachow is a producer, songwriter, rapper, videographer, director, and editor of video and music.

Raised in both Seattle and New York City he’s been making videos since elementary school, and as a seventh-grader began a group called Shankbone. Sam began directing and producing music videos with Shankbone and went on to create videos for various other artists.

 

Then in 2011, Sam released his debut project as a solo artist, “Brand New Bike”. Produced entirely by Sam, the album utilized many live instruments from musicians based in Seattle and New York. The next year Sam released 2 EP’s and produced/directed dozens of music videos from the projects on his YouTube channel, which now has over 7 million views.

I had an amazing chance to attend his show with Rittz when they rolled through the Complex on November 9th to talk about his successes within his music. Check out the interview below!

First off, how are you doing? 

I’m doing so good, man! We just had a really great show at the Complex. The crowd was amazing – it was fun!

Glad to hear that! Do you like Salt Lake City?

I actually really do! I don’t like the weird laws, but it’s a beautiful place. The crowd’s always turnt up.

What inspired you to get into the rap game?

It started out as a complete hobby! In 6th grade, I started a band called Shankbone – it was me and two other Jewish kids because a shank bone is a Jewish dish! Then people started really liking it and that’s when I realized I was good at it. So I just kept doing it and then I went to college in New York, and at the same time, I knew I wanted to make music for a living.

When you got into rapping, were there any musical instruments that inspired you to do what you do now? 

I’m a drummer! I love live music so in my beats, I try to incorporate live music. But I’m not really good at any instrument, so I hire people that are really good at them and I tell them what I want. I was lucky to go to a high school where there was a great jazz band, so I know a bunch of incredible musicians.

Growing up, which artists did you look up to? 

For rappers, I’m a big flow man – lyrics are great, of course, but I’m into the flow. For example, you can’t write a good drum solo. I would say I look up to Notorious B.I.G. and Andre 3000! I also love Devin the Dude, who’s not as known, but his beats inspire me a lot.

Touring with Rittz, how does it feel? How did you gain the opportunity to join this tour? 

It’s not the most entertaining story, but we found out Rittz was going on tour and he doesn’t have a big following up in the Pacific Northwest, but my following up there is big. So we struck a deal with him that if I went on the tour, we would bring a shit ton of people out to the Pacific Northwest shows. Meanwhile, he has a huge following down here, and we had never met, we just talked online! But we decided to do it! He’s a cool dude though! He’s been in the game for a long time and he’s got amazing stories. I’ve been learning a lot from this tour!

Out of all the songs you produced, which one would you say is your favorite and why?

I go by what I still tolerate and listen to because I’ve heard my songs so many times. I love “Dreams of Gold” though because it’s just really good! I remember making it by a collaborative effort and it was a good time in my life!

If you were to give an aspiring rapper a piece of advice, what would you say to them? 

Make sure that it’s a complete passion! It can’t be something you’re doing because you want to become a famous rapper because that’s one in a billion. You have to do it because you love doing it. I would do it even if I wasn’t making a living for it. It would be something I would do all the time. Don’t think about making a bunch of money because fans can tell if you are making real music or if you’re just trying to be a “rapper”.

What was the most recent TV show that you binge-watched?

Curb Your Enthusiasm! It’s my favorite show! People compare me to Larry David a lot because random shit will annoy me. My dad reminds me of, Larry David!

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Sustainability Realized or “How” Sustainability is Realized

This week we have Francis McAllister, a sustainability and mining advocate. In his lecture entitled “Sustainability Realized or “How” Sustainability is Realized,” McAllister spoke about sustainable development looking toward the future. In thinking beyond the three pillars of sustainability; economic, social, and environmental; Mcallister also examines the factors of how this sustainability will be implemented through people, natural resources, innovation, peace, leadership, and integrity.

This audio was recorded on November 9th at the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building on the University of Utah campus.

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What’s On My Playlist? #3

There are certain songs that you can never get enough of. We listen to them over and over till we have every minor detail memorized. These are a couple of my favorite songs that I have been listening to recently.

“I Need A Forest Fire” by James Blake, Bon Iver

“I Need A Forest Fire” was released in May of last year on James Blake’s album The Colour in Anything. Blake teams up with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver on this heart-wrencher. Their similar music styles yet distinct voices mix perfectly providing an interesting texture. A loop-pedal, electric drums, and a synth are all these musicians need as they plead for a forest fire, a restart.

“Tap Water Drinking” by Lewis Del Mar

Lewis Del Mar is an experimental rock duo from NYC. They combine simple, often single note, acoustic guitar melodies with heavy distortion, electronic beats, and Danny Miller’s spoken word style lyrics. “Tap Water Drinking” is about a sexual relationship between two people. The song starts off innocent and simple but soon grows darker, heavier, and more distorted. This symbolizes how relationships sometimes get out of hand and become destructive.

“Rattlesnake” by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

“Rattlesnake” is the psychedelic rock band’s 8-minute opening song to their album Flying Microtonal Banana. This song and album use modded guitars as they explore the world of microtonal tuning. “Rattlesnake” takes you into the desert where the familiar rattle is lurking around every corner. Don’t get lost because the serpent is always there waiting to strike.

“Carin at the Liquor Store” by The National

Released earlier this year, “Carin at the Liquor Store” is another National song that hits you deep down. The namesake of the song is lead singer Matt Berninger‘s wife, Carin. An elegant piano melody accompanies Berninger singing in his unmistakable baritone, “blame it on me.” By the time the guitar solo comes you’re already in tears. What more can you ask for from music?

“Oceans” by Seafret

It’s been said that all you need is a guitar, 3 chords, and the truth. This indie-folk duo from the U.K. doesn’t use much more than that on their 2016 track “Oceans”. Sounds of crashing waves and dripping water fill the background. Vocalist Jack Sedman sings, “I want you… but it feels like there’s oceans between you and me.” This song tells us that love is complicated and sometimes it doesn’t work how we imagine.

“Dissolve” by Private Island

The indie-rock band from Southern California delivers wonders on this jam. A fantastic guitar melody reals you in, and the passionate vocals seal the deal. The lyrics tell the story of an ending relationship. They sing, “take me back now,” and “when they say your name, they can watch me, watch them, watch me dissolve.”

“Sun in Your Eyes” by Grizzly Bear

“Sun in Your Eyes” is the last song on the psychedelic folk album Shields (2012). The song slowly builds 3 different times with subtle repetition and slight variance. Each time it gets bigger and better. The lyrics, “I’m never coming back”, are repeated multiple times. By the end of the song, you’ll be asking yourself if you can ever go back to who you were before it began.

 

The Booket List – November 14

Greetings, listeners! This week, Martyn leads a discussion about postmodernism that likely doesn’t make any sense, and may get mistaken for bad noise rock. We also announce our book for the month of November: Zero K by Don Delillo! So, tune in for a strange, hard-to-follow ride through the winding mazes of postmodern thought!

Songs Against the Election

Odes To The 2016 Election

Here we are, folks. A year after the election and there is still an orange fruitcake sitting in the oval office – and I’m not talking about Great-Aunt Becky’s less than enjoyable holiday pastry.

I apologise to any Great-Aunt Beckys that may exist, it isn’t your baking, it’s the idea of what you’re baking. Let’s face it, fruitcake has lost whatever appeal it might have once had.

Much like stale fruitcake that has gone out of style, Donald Trump is also out of style – as if he ever was in style. He’s a misogynist, racist, and bigot. However, there are somehow still people who think that is the type of person who should be running our country. “Land of the Free” – yeah, okay… But hey! At least we’re not in World War III yet.

For quite a while after the race was called, this playlist is all I would listen to, particularly the first two songs. I listened to those A LOT. Very loudly. While driving around public places such as grocery store parking lots and outside of churches. You do what you have to do to let people know you hate a certain too tan, bleach blond, senile grump. It might have been annoying, but so is his fan club.

Odes to the 2016 Election

FDT by YG

FDT – Pt. 2 by YG

I Want Something More by Bad Religion

Fight The Power by Public Enemy

Testify by Rage Against The Machine

The Resist Stance by Bad Religion

Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday

Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

Respect by Aretha Franklin

Rise Above by Black Flag

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones

F*ck You by Lily Allen

The Empire Strikes First by Bad Religion

Another Brick In The Wall – Pt. 2 by Pink Floyd

Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine

World War III by Bad Religion

Black Barbies by Nicki Minaj

Another Bag Of Bricks by Flogging Molly

Requiem For Dissent by Bad Religion

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.

Of Ballots and Barricades by Ramshackle Glory

Bonus Songs:

BagBak by Vince Staples

Protest Song by Broken Social Scene

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron

Behold! A short list of all the songs I thought were fitting for the election of an Oompa Loopma from the Upside Down. Clearly, more songs along this theme exist in the world, but I found these to sum pretty much everything up. There are punk songs, rap songs, pop songs, slow songs, fast songs, well known songs, and a couple of songs that are more obscure. Some of these are songs to dance to, fight to, and maybe even cry to.

More than anything, all of these songs should inspire you to think and get mad. Apathy is not going to cut it in this day and age. While you sit by, people are going to get killed, lose health coverage, be deported, and continue to be discriminated against. Even if you cannot make it out to events (such as protests and rallies) or will not be safe at one, there are small things you can do; supporting resistance movements, sharing news of atrocities, and most importantly voting in your local election. Making a large difference is extremely difficult to do on your own as one person. However, the little things do add up and the only way left to go is forward. #WeWontGoBack

If you feel like following this playlist, head on over to my Spotify page and feel free to browse.

If you would like to learn more about how to get involved with on campus activism, like and follow the University of Utah’s Students for a Democratic Society Facebook page.

The thoughts expressed in this piece do not necessarily reflect those of K-UTE Radio itself.

Graywhale Finds #2

I often find when I go to Graywhale Entertainment looking for one album, I end up finding something entirely different. This fact stayed true upon my last visit, and I found a number of exciting albums both new and old.

1) The Ooz by King Krule

Among my first finds was King Krule’s new hit The Ooz, an appropriately titled album given the music on here; the tracks are drenched in atmosphere, weaving around jazz-inspired riffs and Archy’s mesmerizing voice. The resulting music both soothes and bites, distinguishing it from a lot of more recent releases. With unforgettable tracks like “Dum Surfer”, it’s set to be one of my favorite albums of the year.

 

2) Masseduction by St. Vincent

I also found a couple copies of the deluxe edition of St. Vincent’s new album Masseduction. It may not be my favorite release by the artist, but there are plenty of stellar tracks. “Pills” in particular comes to mind; it shows off Annie Clark’s mastery of the guitar, and its use of saxophone is a joy rather than an irritant, out-of-place gimmick. The deluxe edition comes in yellow vinyl, which could also be considered a gimmick, but I have a soft spot for colored vinyl.

 

3) Another Green World by Brian Eno

Among the newer releases were a number of reissues, including this treasure by Brian Eno. Another Green World is Brian Eno at his best (outside his collaborations); sitting halfway between his voice-led music and his instrumental projects, it’s a collection of zany, ingenious pop tunes. Distinct, wobbly synths and guitars played with mallets are just a few testaments to Eno’s creativity on here. It’s also a testament to his immaculate attention to detail, a good quality to find in any record.

 

4) No Shape by Perfume Genius

Upon recommendation by a friend, I checked out this album earlier this year and I couldn’t be gladder. As of yet, no album has quite topped this release for me. Perfume Genius honed his craft on this album, delivering a velvety, pop sound in tandem with an emotional, intimate vocal performance. It’s the kind of album you want to listen to beginning to end, which makes it a perfect vinyl purchase.

 

5) Atrocity Exhibition by Danny Brown

If you haven’t seen the video for “Ain’t it Funny”, you need to make some time to watch it right now. First of all, Jonah Hill directs it. Secondly, the music is divine; it’s a macabre, unrelenting powerhouse of a track and only a taste of what the album has to offer. Haunting soundscapes and immaculate rhythm and pacing are the name of the game on Atrocity Exhibition. Pick up this album and I guarantee you’ll have its raucous, claustrophobic beats stuck in your head.