LouFest Spotlight: The Lonely Biscuits

Here at Sandy Beats, we’re super excited for LouFest.

This time next week, two-thirds of Sandy Beats will reunite to enjoy this awesome festival. @DocMurda has done a great job of researching the bands in preparation, but I haven’t. So I decided to do a little YouTube research on some bands today. I present to you, The Lonely Biscuits (I’m not gonna lie, I am a fan of the band’s name)

They’re a fairly new band, forming in 2011 while the guys attended Belmont University in Nashville. Their music is a blend of soul, funk, pop, and rap. Good luck trying to fit them into one genre.

Check Out: Frank Turner

I’ve been known to prefer music from the other side of the pond. This feeling used to be more prevalent than now due to all the amazing music coming from the streets and garages of this great country. However, I still have a soft spot for the music from the British Isles. A few months ago I stumbled on to the man, Frank Turner. I will be quite honest, when I first heard his song “Recovery” I thought he was just some British X Factor hack who got a recording contract from the song due to the popularity of modern folk rock. Boy, was I wrong. And I am so very glad I was wrong.

Turner got his start playing in punk and post-hardcore bands in England. After his band Million Dead split up in 2005, he decided to take his music another direction which included going solo.  He has referred to himself as an “English country singer” and does not embrace the labels of fellow folk singers from across the pond like Billy Bragg who is known for both his love songs and his protest songs. However, even Bragg himself has defended talk about Turner being into “right-wing” politics. I am not British, but listening to Turner’s lyrics, I think the man is very much pro-people, for what that is worth.

Turner has released 5 albums with his latest coming out this year Tape Deck Heart. He is getting ready to embark on a North American tour which includes stops in the midwest and west coast as well as Canada. He is coming to Las Vegas, and hopefully I will be able to catch his show, if I am not broke from seeing so many concerts.

His most recent single, “Losing Days”

Also off of Tape Deck Heart is “The Way I Tend to Be” which is probably my favorite of his songs.

The song that sold me on Frank Turner after first dismissing him was “I Still Believe” off of England Keep My Bones.

I really enjoy his lyrics, especially on this song. I think this song is a great representation of why I enjoy music so much. This blog is a manifestation of this belief. “I still believe in the sound that has the power to raise a temple and tear it down”…”Just remember folks we’re not just saving lives, we’re saving souls we’re having fun”.

You will like him if you like: Mumford & Sons, Flogging Molly, Billy Bragg, Dropkick Murphy’s.

LouFest Spotlight: WALK THE MOON

Cincinnati, OH based WALK THE MOON is the band I am most looking forward to seeing at LouFest who I’ve not seen live before(tied with Trampled by Turtles). I first heard this band in 2010 thanks to the Imagine Dragons radio station on Pandora. Despite being on the same Pandora station, I would not necessarily say that these two bands sound alike. They both have a flair for the poppy synthesizers and energetic performances, but their music sounds very different. Formed in 2008 with their current lineup finalized in 2010, WALK THE MOON scored their first big hit with the anthem “Anna Sun” in 2011. Esquire magazine even named the song the song of the summer in 2011. They didn’t receive much airplay on the song until 2012 and have since had another single chart in the US, “Tightrope”.

I really cannot wait to hear “Anna Sun” live and most likely lose my voice. If you haven’t heard the song before (you’ve been living under a rock). Their videos are pretty “artsy” and this one definitely fits the bill. Apparently, the video is full of friends and family of the band.

I believe that this video was inspired by this scene from the amazingly funny BBC show “The IT Crowd“. Its on Netflix if you’ve not seen it.

Back to WALK THE MOON…last summer the band made 7 music videos in 7 days while on tour. My favorite song of this bunch is “Next in Line”. For having no budget, no time, and few resources, I think they did a pretty good job with these videos.

LouFest cannot come soon enough.

The Concrete Schoolyard August 22 2013 Podcast

This week we tackled a lot of new hip hop as school starts next Monday. Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris dropped Tuesday and was our #TapeOfTheWeek. Sweatshirt is of Odd Future fame. We played everything from new Childish Gambino – Centipede to Rapsody – Jedi Code to Yasiin Bey – Black Jesus. Sadly, we reported that Jean Grae’s mother, the South African Songbird, passed and we played some Jean’s classic rhymes in honor of this.

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Check out: Caroline Rose


I’d like to introduce you to Caroline Rose, a singer-songwriter from Burlington, Vermont. Her debut album, America Religious, was released in early July, and it was co-produced with her partner of four years Jer Coons, according to her website. The album was born on the road, out of a compilation of stories and poems written while she traveled mid-America.

Her lyrics and voice are honest, which comes as a refreshment in this age of auto-tune. The tile track is by far my favorite, but the whole album is great! “Notes Walking Home From Work” is so haunting, and “This is What Livin Feels Like” just makes me want to get out of town.

The duo has been on the road since the release of the album, playing at cafes, bars and house concerts. If you like the music, buy the album, yo! She would fit so well at the Fayetteville Roots Festival, I wish I could just get her a place in it.

Here’s “America Religious” for you:

The Concrete Schoolyard Aug. 15 2013 Podcast

In this show we address the Kendrick Lamar controversy! What a show it was, we even had a whole set dedicated to #RappersKendrickNamed and it was ON FIRE!

K. Dot

This show has a talk heavy segment because hip hop drama called for it. From what I was told by our fans out on Dickson Street last night, it was an engaging conversation. Head over the The Concrete Schoolyard to join the conversation.

TBT: Radio Show Days

The recent posts by @Bernard_Oliver got me thinking about my college days. Back in the day, I also had the honor of hosting a variety of radio shows. My time with KDUR will always have a special place in my heart.

I started with a weekly radio show my first semester of college. As a lowly freshman with no experience and not majoring in communications, I was able to score the prime spot of 3-6am on Monday mornings. Yep, you read that correctly, three o’clock to six o’clock in the morning on Mondays. I had class at 9:00am on Mondays, so it was a great semester. The class was Biology, and my professor (who I really enjoyed) had the most monotone voice. I am not entirely sure how I passed that class.

The first iteration of the show was called “The Second Invasion” and was dedicated to the second wave of Brit Pop/Rock. Other than bands like the Manic Street Preachers  and Oasis, I played songs from the likes of Spacehog and Drugstore:

Spacehog with “Mungo City” off of The Chinese Album:

Drugstore with “El President” featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead off of White Magic for Lovers:

During this first year, I also debuted what would become a staple throughout four of my five years on the radio. As a fan of hip-hop and rap, a friend of mine and I created “The Suburban Ghetto”. These special edition shows would take place the week of Finals. These shows featured hip-hop and rap and our theories about the unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur.

One of the  tracks we played frequently was Harlem World (featuring Ma$e) with “I Really Like It”:

Tupac was (and is) one of the most talented lyricists of all time. He words still have influence on me. Still to this day, when I hear someone rap, I compare them to Tupac. Few rappers can tell a story like he could. Here is “Staring Through the Rearview”:

We also played songs that represented the  roots of hip-hop. To this day I’ve not see a hip-hop group that could do what Tribe Called Quest did. “Award Tour” from Midnight Marauders has always been my favorite Tribe track:

During the first year of “The Second Invasion” and into the first half of the second year, “Millennium Liberation” I always started every show (except for “Suburban Ghetto”) with a track from the art-techno band, The KLF. The KLF helped introduce me to the world of Electronic music, as well as British pop. I thank goodness for the internet because as an American, I would never have known the how much  good and bizarre things that Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty brought into this world as the KLF, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the Timelords, the K Foundation and the JAMS. If you do not know this group, you really owe it to yourself to investigate. Because they have played such an important role in the development of my musical tastes,  I couldn’t pick just one song.

“Justified & Ancient” (ft. Tammy Wynette) aka “Stand by the JAMS”:

I really cannot begin to explain the feeling  that rushes through me listening to this song. This group paved the way for every band who created an image  that was mean to distract listeners from who the band really was. Entrenched in mythology from  from pseudo-occult traditions to Dr. Who, the KLF created an image that was different from anything else. Their art endeavors including burning 1 million quid to throwing sheep blood on an audience at the Brit Awards, showed that the KLF was years ahead of their time.

“America: What Time is Love” (as opposed to the original, “What Time is Love”:


Stay tuned for future posts about the Radio Show Days.




The Aim of Kendrick Lamar’s Words On Big Sean’s “Control”

Okay so the hip hop world is in an uproar over Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s Control HOF. The song, of which I saw on Version 2 Labratory’s website way early this morning, proves to have crossed barriers in the press it receives. The aforementioned site is predominantly aimed at gear-heads, but also caters to the average male’s interests including, but not limited to, women and music.

Back to the topic. Although many are calling this “beef” or a “diss track” the fact is, it’s exactly the opposite with the exception of  a Cali rapper calling himself the “King of New York” (that I will elaborate on down further.) The first topic about this song that has come under fire is the reference to some of the heaviest hitters in this new era of rap, as rappers he’s trying to lyrically “murder.” The list is as follows: Jermaine Cole AKA J. Cole Continue reading

The Concrete Schoolyard Podcast August 8, 2013

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Last week’s show was phenomenal! Dj E-Yo and Dj El Barrrney brought you a rocking bass banging show! We ended up having like a two hour show with Dj Ecclesiastes 5 foot 7 and Fedora the Explora.

Our #TapeOfTheWeek was from one of Madlib’s personas, Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever


Is that Christina Ricci looking all fine after relations with Lord Quasi?

We went hard with Christopher Droner by Ab-Soul and killed it for over an hour and a half. If you need a hip hop fix bump this show ASAP!

We have some *New* Childish Gambino – Centipede also. Tune in and listen!

In case you didn’t know the Concrete Schoolyard is a storied program on Fayetteville’s KXUA 88.3 student ran radio. It’s past is deeply rooted and has always brought a much needed hip hop presence to a city that has struggled to have hip hop as a mainstay. It is currently Hosted by Japan born,  North Carolina raised Dj E- Yo, who has been a part of the show for more than a few years, and El Dorado born Dallas raised Dj El Barrrney.  

Each Dj brings different talents to the front.

E-Yo live mixes his sets for every show. That means he is on the turn tables as well as the mic. 

El Barrrney AKA Sandy Beats’ own Bernard Oliver focuses on social media and media relations. 

Both Djs focus on the online presence of the Concrete Schoolyard in the form of 1 1/2 hour podcasts. The show airs live on 88.3 in Northwest Arkansas Thursdays from 8pm-10pm and has been known to keep it up until midnight on special occasions. The show is also broadcasted live online at http://kxua.uark.edu/