This week’s Wolf Pack Radio featured show is OKAGA RADIO. They helped kick off our first week of broadcasting with a bang and showed us they’re a force to be reckoned with. We interviewed the show’s dynamic duo of hosts to get to know them and their show better.

Introduce yourselves (name, year, major, fun fact, etc.). 

Connor: My name is Connor Murphy, and I am currently a freshman at the university. I am a Pre-Business major right now; however, I plan to dual-major in Finance and Management. A fun fact about myself is I made friends with a Russian foreign exchange student this semester named Vlad.

Jake: My name is Jake Morrison, I’m a freshman at the university and I’m majoring in Political Science. A fun fact about me is that I saw The Wiggles live in concert in 2004.

What is the name of your show and how did you come up with it?

Connor: The name of our show is OKAGA RADIO. You probably have no idea what that means. I really don’t either. Jake and I had no idea what to name the show. We tried to Donald Glover it and put some names into a Wutang name generator, but that didn’t work out. Then I was listening to Cherry Bomb by Tyler, the Creator and thought Okaga was a cool word. We just rolled with that.

Jake: We came up with OKAGA RADIO because I sat down with Connor and we basically shot down every idea we had until I said “OKAGA RADIO” (which is a Tyler The Creator reference). 

Who are some of your favorite artists to listen to?

Connor: I probably have too many favorite artists so I will try and break it down. The artists that have inspired me the most are Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, and Tyler, the Creator. My favorite voices are definitely Frank Ocean and Childish Gambino. Some of my favorite new artists are BROCKHAMPTON and J.I.D. I also grew up on Led Zeppelin and Cage the Elephant, so those bands hold a place in my heart as well.

Jake: Some of my favorite artists to listen to are Frank Ocean, Cage The Elephant, BROCKHAMPTON, The Pixies, and Kendrick Lamar. 

What is your favorite music memory (show, festival, etc.)?

Connor: Last year I spent a lot of money on going to concerts and festivals. I saw over 30 of my favorite artists, pretty much all with Jake. Some of my favorites are waiting 9 hours to see Frank Ocean at FYF, while also seeing A Tribe Called Quest on their farewell tour. We saw Playboi Carti who walked right over to where we were standing and performed right in front of us. However, my favorite was seeing Kid Cudi at Camp Flog Gnaw. That was a dream come true. You can probably tell that’s a lot of money. But do I regret it? Not at all.

Jake: A couple of concert experiences that I cherish are when Connor and I went to see Frank Ocean at FYF in LA – we waited like 9 hours to see him. At Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas, I got to be front row for some of my favorite artists ever like The Gorillaz and Cage The Elephant.

What can we expect from OKAGA RADIO this semester?

Connor: OKAGA RADIO is a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of show. Jake and I share a big taste in music, so we will he playing Hip-hop, R&B, and maybe even throw in an alternative show. I impulse bought a $100 DJ board from Guitar Center earlier this year and taught myself how to mix. All of our shows are played on the board and mixed, which is pretty cool. You can also expect some informational banter from us about songs or production as well as Jake and I talking non-sense. Either way, we hope you enjoy!

Jake: This semester, you guys should expect a lot of nonsense out of OKAGA. We love music, but we also love messing around and having fun and not taking life too seriously. Hopefully everyone enjoys OKAGA RADIO as much as we love putting it all together for you guys.

We can’t wait to see what Connor and Jake bring to the table this semester! As first-time Wolf Pack Radio DJs, we are happy to have their fresh faces and fresh tastes contributing to our Spring ’18 program.

Get in touch with these two from their socials below and make sure you tune in to OKAGA RADIO playing every Friday from 10-11PM.




New Music Friday 2/16/18

Thank God It’s New Music Friday!

Here is the sixth volume of our favorite releases this week. Feel free to contact us with some of your top tunes on our social media! Music is the motive. You can find the following projects on most music retailers & distributors including Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube, iTunes, Amazon Music, etc.

Frank Ocean – “Moon River”

Frank Ocean delivers a haunting cover of the infamous Breakfast at Tiffany’s ballad, “Moon River.” In pure Frank fashion, those flawless falsettos carry the song to new heights.

Zo – Born 2 Ball LP

Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers drops a banger-filled album that no one saw coming. We definitely didn’t see it coming, but what a time it is to be alive.

Khalid, Normani – “Love Lies”

Beach House – “Lemon Glow”

Beach House shares their first single with the world off their upcoming seventh studio album. The song plays in similar haunting fashion to the Beach House we know, love, and cry to all so well.

6LACK – “Cutting Ties”

Blood Orange – Black History

In honor of Black History Month, Blood Orange blesses us with two singles – “Christopher & 6th” and “JUNE 12TH” – both complete with his impeccable vocals and innovative sound.

Tinashe, Future – “Faded Love”

Tinashe and Future team up for yet another dynamic track together oozing sexual tension and desire, perfect for this month of love.

Keep an eye out next Friday for our seventh volume of our favorite releases!

Palm - Rock Island

Guitar music is in a peculiar place right now. At the very least, it’s in another transition period. If there is any one band in 2018 to commandeer that transition, it is Palm.

A band turning guitar music completely on its head, Palm consists of four Philly-based musicians, forming at a liberal arts college in New York City. Their incorporation of electronics and unconventional sounds in their music made their last EP Shadow Expert ear-candy for anyone bored with the trite delay-smothered tremolo picking that comprises many similar guitar-based genres. Bassist Gerasmisos Livistano and drummer Hugo Stanley’s ability to seamlessly spring between an air-tight lock to a buoyant sprint deconstructs rock/guitar music from it’s base- providing the bedrock for guitarists/vocalists Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt’s experimentation.

Some might call it art rock, some call it math rock- it’s all semantics. Where most math rock/art rock bands call it a day in their experimentation, it’s Palm’s morning coffee. A group truly pushing the musical envelope, Rock Island is already one of the year’s standout releases.

Palm band members
Palm, courtesy of their bandcamp

The three singles released for Rock Island make up the first three tracks of the album, making the rest of the album a fresh listen for those who followed the build-up to the LP. The deceleration at the end of “Dogmilk” serves as a fantastic precursor for the rest of the record, leading into “Forced Hand”, Rock Island’s most stark example of their “rock music backwards” sentiment. The whole track feels like it was written in reverse; accents placed opposite where they’re anticipated, instruments dancing around the stereo field freely.  About a minute and a half through the track, the light breaks through the clouds briefly to allow Alpert to bask in the warm sun before returning to the turbulent swirl of the verses.

The unpredictable shuffles in rhythm/feel during the instrumental “Theme from Rock Island” make the track standout as more than a segue to the back half of the record. The back half of the record provides some of Palm’s most intricate work (“Bread”), which is noteworthy considering their catalog. The horn section and claps during “Swimmer”, the album’s most accessible track, provide relief between the rhythmic jogs of “Color Code” and “Heavy Lifting.” Kurt’s yearning line “All I do is make believe you’re mine” gives way to gleaming electronics, reminiscent of closed eyes looking at the sun on a beach.

The album’s climax, “Heavy Lifting,” starts intricately jaunty, building steadily by the end of the first minute. By the time you think you’re able to start tapping your foot, you’re thrown ten feet deeper into polyrhythms and vividly bright guitars dancing back and forth. A section around 1:40 appears to be your reassurance, until it becomes the driving force you were hiding from. The song gives as much as it takes- as soon as you think you’re out of the thick, you’ve entered a section twice as complex. The push and pull of this track in particular makes it Palm’s most ambitious yet.

Few bands have pushed the genre forward in the past five years as Palm has. At no point does Palm compromise complexity for accessibility, and it works incredibly well in their favor. Palm’s ability to give, take, and utterly surprise is what might save guitar music.