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The Best of 2021: Music Staff Picks

20. Snail Mail – Valentine “Snail Mail retains the same wounded lover ethos and hazy, scorned vocals but with a noticeably more pop-inspired instrumental palette. Indie rock guitars and peppy drums provide a sturdy melodic base, while additions of piano or dreamy synths give this album a sometimes danceable effect.” –Sydney Sjobakken 19. Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready “Lingua Ignota has always incorporated a regal and grandiose instrumental palette, but SINNER GET READY shows a slightly softer side to her work with elements of religious hymns and neofolk. Yet, despite drawing back a bit from her more abrasive tendencies, she still … Continued

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Music and our Mood

We listen to music every day. In the shower, on our way to and from work, while we’re making dinner– the list goes on. How does the music we listen to affect our mood, productivity, and all-around well-being on a given day? (Image via Professor Ramos)

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The Best Releases of October: Music Staff Picks

The Body & BIG|BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds  The Body and BIG|BRAVE have each earned their tenure in metal, but together they have created an album that defies any preconceived notions one might have had for them. On Leaving None But Small Birds, both bands veer into a brand of folk rock that is rife with an eerie grit. Twangy layered strings mesh with the heavy distortion of guitars that both The Body and BIG|BRAVE are known for, creating a delicate and foreboding atmosphere. Similarly, the guttural shrieks and growls of The Body are replaced by the haunting croons of BIG|BRAVE‚Äôs lead vocalist Robin … Continued

Abbie Eastman

General Manager

Major: BS International Relations and BA Ethics and Public Policy

Year: Senior

Hometown: Ames, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Meeting new people and helping the community!

The song I want to hear on an infinite loop: Big Sky by Orville Peck

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Sufjan Stevens, I think we would bond over it later and it would be an easy win

Email: aleastman@krui.fm

Ella Heckman

Editor-in-Chief

Major: Environmental Policy and Planning

Year: Senior

Hometown: Golden, CO

Favorite part about working at KRUI: I love working with people who are passionate and weird!

The song I want to hear on an infinite loop: Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins) by Father John Misty

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Any and every overhyped all-male indie bands

Email: eheckman@krui.fm

Sydney Sjobakken

Programming Director

Major: English/Creative Writing & Studio Art

Year: Senior

Hometown: Cedar Rapids

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Getting the opportunity to cultivate a diverse and enjoyable experience at krui, as well as helping others to find their voice through radio.

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Mister/M’lady – Dorian Electra

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Any and all Midwest emo bands. They’re emotionally and physically weak. Like what are y’all gonna do? Gaslight me? I don’t think so.

Email: ssjobakken@krui.fm

TBA

Underwriting Director

Annemarie Elser

News Director

Major: Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Global Health Studies

Year: Senior

Hometown: Downers Grove, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: all of the fun hijinks we get into!

The song I want to hear on an infinite loop: Vienna by Billy Joel

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: I could probably win against ed sheeran, he’s shrimpy enough

Email: aelser@krui.fm

Elisabeth Oster

Marketing Director

Major: Journalism and Mass Communication

Year: Junior

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Having amazing creative freedom and the private jam sessions I have when I’m playing music on air!

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Just Like Heaven by The Cure

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Stevie Nicks, hands down. She would throw some punches, but also totally cast a spell on you.

Email: eoster@krui.fm

John Leo

Sports Director

Major: Sport and Recreation Management (SRM)

Year: 2nd-year Grad Student (SRM)

Hometown: Oelwein, Iowa

Favorite part about working at KRUI: The opportunity to interact with Iowa Athletics and live broadcast their events.

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Insanely difficult question… I am all over the board when it comes to music, but it’s hard to beat Night Moves by Bob Seger.

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Easy. Quinn Douglas. Guy would get smoked in hand to hand combat.

Emailjleo@krui.fm

Keegan Konsor

Production Director

Major: Communication with minors in Music & Theatre 

Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA

Year: Junior

Favorite part about working at KRUI: The creative liberties I’m able to take! I think it’s important that our sound has a unique personality.

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: 1999 She by Deaton Chris Anthony

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: I would fist fight the newscasters! I just can’t trust em’!

Email: kkonsor@krui.fm

Jack Roche

Communications and Community Engagement

Major: Cinematic Arts and Communications

Year: Senior

Hometown: La Grange Park, IL

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Everyday trying to give the best possible voice of Iowa City’s arts scene.

The song I want to listen to on infinite loop: Can I Kick It? by A Tribe Called Quest

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Bob Boilen except I would give him a hug because he is an angel.

Email: jroche@krui.fm

Jaden Amjadi

Music Director

Major: English and Journalism

Year: Senior

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Creating community and making the main music rotation very diverse sonically and genre-wise.

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Festival Song by Jeff Rosenstock

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: I would fight the entire New York Times board of opinion columnists in order of increasingly weak writing. The better writers at the start will receive soft and gentle beatdowns, and each will get more intense until the final battle, where I completely decimate David Brooks.

Email: jamjadi@krui.fm

Sam Berry

Operations Director

Major: Mechanical Engineering with minors in Computer Science, Military Science, and Mathematics

Year: Senior

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: Every day is not the same

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G

The musician/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Joe Rogan

Emailsberry@krui.fm

Daniela Rybarczyk

Training Director

Major: BA Viola Performance and BBA Management

Year: Junior

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA

Favorite part about working at KRUI: I love getting to be part of the behind the scenes of KRUI broadcasts. I also really enjoy being able to share this aspect of KRUI with others!

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Last Christmas by Wham!

The musican/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: Whoever decided to not let Rupert Gregson-Williams compose the Wonder Woman 84 soundtrack

Email: drybarczyk@krui.fm

Hector Ortega

Finance Director

Major: Finance

Year: Junior

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Favorite part about working at KRUI: The people are fun to work with.

The song I want to listen to on an infinite loop: Fruit Salad – The Wiggles

The musican/newscaster/sports broadcaster I would fistfight given the chance: I would deck Tucker Carlson

Email: hortega@krui.fm