“Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people”- F.D. Roosevelt. Give your afternoon some fresh strength while listening to songs about forests on KUCI.org #kuci #whatistheword #trees #forests


Playlist inspired by last week’s ESG show~ featuring mainly post-punk/disco/no wave jams from the 70s-80s. 

Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway – Miss Broadway
ESG – Dance – A South Bronx Story
ESG – The Beat – Dance to the Beat of Moody
ESG – Erase You – A South Bronx Story
ESG – Moody (Spaced Out) – A South Bronx Story
Konk – Alien Jam – The Definitive Collection
Blood Orange – Is it All Over my Face?/Tower of Meaning – Single**
Liquid Liquid – Optimo – Optimo
Liquid Liquid – Cavern – Disco Not Disco
Delta 5 – Mind Your Own Business – Singles
Dinosaur L – Go Bang!! – 24: The Definitive Arthur Russell
Loose Joints – Pop Your Funk (Instrumental) – Single**
Gaz – Synth He Sized Her – Gaz
Absolute Body Control – Baby’s On Fire – Single
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Fire – Press Color
Bush Tetras – Can’t Be Funky – Boom in the Night
Lio – Amoureux Solitaires – Lio
Haruomi Hosono – Sportsmen – Philharmony
Linear Movement – Way Out of Living – Pulse Movement
Carol – Breakdown – Breakdown/So Low (Single)
Carol – So Low – Breakdown/So Low (Single)
Chris & Cosey – October Love Song – October Love Song (Single)
Section 25 – Inspiration – From the Hip
Klaus Nomi – Fanfare – Encore…
Klaus Nomi – Cold Song – Encore…
Fad Gadget – The Box – The Box (Single)
Suicide – Ghost Rider – Suicide


Image: Charles Hollis Jones’ Dining Table



05.13.15 Playlist

Mura Masa - Firefly feat. Nao

TOKiMONSTA - Go With It feat. MNDR

Nosaj Thing - Eclipse/Blue feat. Kazu Makino

***Tuxedo - The Right Time (Kaytranada Remix)

Janet Jackson - If (Kaytranada Remix)

Flamingosis - Groovin’ feat. Yung Bae

Snakehips - Gone feat. Syd

PYRMDPLAZA - Ventilate 

Mura Masa - i’ll be alright (tonight)

Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A. (Giraffage Remix)

A$AP Rocky - Thuggin’ Noise (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

Majid Jordan - Her (stwo Remix)

Louis Mattrs - Oops x Wus Good

Tinashe - Vulnerable (Dave Luxe Remix)

***towkio - reflection (oshi redo)

Mura Masa - nothing

Scolla - See How It Goes feat. Kay Franklin (Prod. KayFranklin x DrewsThatDude

Ree$e - Parade feat. OG Maco & Casey Veggies (DrewsThatDude Remix)

GoldLink - Sober Thoughts (Chris McClenney Remix)

WALĐO - Rich Without Money (prod. Fortune, Gravez, & Sángo

GoldLink & Falcons - Vroom

Sángo - I1 (Kaytranada x Mr. Carmack)

Sángo - Baile Somebody 

SZA - Babylon (BNJMN Fortune Edit)

Earlly Mac - Naturally feat. JMSN

JMSN - Street Sweeper Remix feat. Freddie Gibbs

***Jamie xx - I Know Theres Gonna Be Good Times feat. Young Thug

MAXO KREAM - Sold Out (DrewsThatDude Remix)

Da$H - Shaded (prod. Michael Uzowuru) 

Cashmere Cat & DJ Mustard - Ice Rink

Kaaris - Charge (Carmack Remix)


Soles - Bring Some Weather Home (Live)

Erik Solarski is solesmusic, and he is also going to be a featured guest on tomorrow’s Lisztomania! Erik will be calling in to kuciradio tomorrow morning at 7:15 PST to chat with me about his style and vision for SOLES, his amazing ability to collaborate and seamlessly incorporate instruments ranging from synth to sax, and so much more!

This is the second half of an amazingly packed show I have for you tomorrow, so make sure you tune in to 88.9fm if you’re local, kuci.org anywhere else, from 6-8am PST!

See you then Dreamers! Love you lots always!


Chet Faker | Club Nokia | 5.13.2015

With a stage moniker like Chet Faker, the electronic singer/producer is remarkably real. Playing two shows last week at Club Nokia in LA Live, one on
Monday, April 13th, the other on Wednesday the 15th, Chet Faker wooed the crowd with his soulful voice and his live electronic production. Faker seemed to effortlessly delve into the whole spectrum of electronic music, from looping rhythms and tweaking filters into intricately danceable beats on his technical kit in his song “1998”, to his slow crooning over his own jazzy keyboard composition in “Talk is Cheap”.  Despite both shows selling out, being in the pit for the Monday show felt oddly roomy and extremely comfortable. It could have been that the crowd was hypnotized into a synchronized slow sway by Faker’s electro-soul voice. Or that the vaulted ceilings of LA’s fairly new Club Nokia gave the crowd ample space to enjoy the show. Either way, Chet Faker, clad in beard and beanie, offered the crowd a dreamy, dance-ably mellow vibe.

When it comes down to it, Chet Faker was an amazing performer. His voice has such a surreal and intimate sound to it that lies somewhere in between Motown soul and downtempo electronic vocals. In addition, his band would slip on and off the stage to perfectly accompany Faker’s voice with drums and lead guitar on certain songs. His live electronic production swayed the crowd and shook the walls. The combination of all these things created the most uniquely fresh sound and environment that can’t quite be put into words.

In addition to his prowess as a songwriter and musical performer, Faker provided the audience with the most existential monologue in the middle of his set. As the lights began to dim, Faker prefaced his hit cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” with an intimate request. He challenged the whole crowd to listen to the next song in the absence of technology. Phoneless, camera-less, cut-off from social media, the whole of Club Nokia was left to feel the full, unadulterated talent that was Chet Faker. He spoke about how people were too wrapped up in technology and were too separated from the moment. “It’s okay if this is awkward, it’s supposed to be awkward,” he reassured us. “Just dance, nobody’s watching you.”

And that we did, Chet. That we did.

Ladytron - Playgirl
Broadcast - Come on Lets Go
Aterciopelados - Rompecabezas
The Blow - True Affection
Electrelane - Oh Samba!
Best Coast - The Only Place
Cat Power - Nude As The News
Camera Obscura - I Need All the Friends I Can Get
Blonde Redhead - The One I Love
Tennis - Timothy
Eisley - Marvelous Things
The Knife - Pass This On
Karen O - Beast
Le Tigre - Les and Ray
Mates of State - La'hov
Rilo Kiley - Breakin’ Up
Bratmobile - Eating Toothpaste
Bikini Kill - Capri Pants
Erase Errata - Tongue Tied
Denali - Hold Your Breath
Mocket - Your Ice Cream is Ready/What do Babies Want
Gravy Train - Laughing all the Way to the Bank
Cherry Glazerr - Pizza Monster
Sleater-Kinney - Hey Darling
Miss Kitten - 1982 & The Hacker
Bonde Do Role - Marina Gasolina (Peaches Remix)
Fannypack - Boom Boom
ADULT. - Hand to Phone
CocoRosie - Noah’s Ark
CSS - Musk is my Hot Hot Sex
She and Him - You Really Got a Hold on Me (cover)
Rainer Maria - Artificial Light

Live Review: Courtney Barnett at The Roxy

By Nathalia Fagundes | May 31st, 2015

Tonight is the last show of her consecutive sold out nights at The Roxy. As I wait for the music to start playing, I hear people asking: “What’s your favorite song from the new album?!” and “When did you discover her?”. For me, the love for Courtney Barnett stems back to 2013 when I first heard her song ‘History Eraser’ for the first time. I’m a huge fan of Australian artists, and Courtney Barnett didn’t let me down. 

It’s weird to think that Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit is her first album. Building up steam with her EP’s since 2012 she’s been preparing the crowd for the absolute madness that is her live set. As soon as she played her first cord, the audience went insane. Playing favorites like ‘Lance Jr.’ and ‘Avant Gardener’, Barnett gave the crowd what they wanted. Throughout the night, Courtney and the band (drummer Dave Mudie and bassist Bones Sloane) were having fun and let us be a part of it too! 

With nicknames such as ‘Daddy’ and ‘Betty’ to singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to one of the audience members, it felt less like a concert and more like a rad kickback in their Australian garage. 

Barnett ended her set with my favorite song from the album ‘Pedestrian at Best’ and the whole room was singing along. Leaving the stage, we continued to sing “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you.”​ Begging for an encore, we were honored to have Courtney come out and play an acoustic solo cover from one of her favorite Australian bands for the first time! It was fantastic! She then played ‘Pickles From The Jar’ which is a song featured on a compilation made back in 2012 which never made any of her albums. 

She ended the night shredding so hard with ‘History Eraser’ and every single person in the room was singing along with her. It was now midnight and we left the doors of The Roxy knowing that Courtney Barnett is doing some really special things in music right now.