Meditations: Talking about David Byrne’s “American Utopia” and New Music by Old People

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David Byrne is one of many musicians currently suffering from the rare condition called “old age”

People often dismiss new music put out by older acts and artists, arguing that these projects are nothing more than sad attempts by old people to recapture their former glory.  While not always wrong, putting on this mindset can make you a bit oblivious to some of the great tracks that these aging veterans have been able to put out.

For example, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Roger Waters both released some of the finest material of their careers just in the past couple years.

Gilmour’s “Rattle That Lock” (2016) was a fantastic showcase of incredibly solid tracks that covered a lot of musical ground from psychedelic funk to jazz, all while featuring some vocal and guitar work that rivaled even his most celebrated Floyd moments.

Waters’s record, “Is This The Life We Really Want” was released the following year and was just as solid; serving less as a conventional album and more as one long suite that eloquently tackled the issues plaguing our society with his now signature razor sharp lyrics and emotional delivery.

These are just some of the many records released in the last few years by aging rockers that have broken through this stereotype with flying colors. That being said, there is still reason that this stereotype exists.

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Matt’s Monday Morning Mailbox – PUBG vs. Fortnite (3/19/18)


This is a series that I would like to start here at UIC Radio. Every Monday, I want to answer questions regarding the military, video games, track and field, or really anything presented to me. Anyone can submit a topic to me via email (, and I will humbly answer these questions with the best response I can muster. I hope this gives you the level of power an espresso shot would give you to start your Monday morning, and I hope you all enjoy!

Good morning everyone! My name is Matt, your host for today’s Monday Morning Mailbox. Today’s question was asked by Ryan H:

Ryan H: I play both PlayerUnknown’s Battleground’s and Fortnite’s Battle Royale Mode. Which one do you think is better?

Thank you for your inquiry. I think that this is a question many fans argue about. Let’s compare and contrast the two.


Fortnite Battle Royale (With Cheese)

In my opinion, Fortnite Battle Royale contributes a lot of its success to the fact that it is free. Fortnite’s Battle Royale has received a lot of positive reception since its release in September 2017 (The full game was released in July 2017). The game mode is highlighted due to its easy accessibility to the general public and is a game that is easy to learn and play. The skill ceiling is somewhat low too, so it is not hard to master. Fortnite, like other battle royale games, is played with singles (lone wolf), doubles, or squads (four players) to try to be the last surviving member(s) alive.

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4 Wrestling Dream Matches We’ll Probably Never See

Wrestling in this point in time is arguably the best it’s ever been in terms of pure wrestling ability and the quality of matches there are with the various talents all around the world. These talents include the likes of Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, War Machine, Ricochet, Will Ospreay, Zack Sabre Jr., The Usos, The New Day, The Revival, Finn Balor, Gallows & Anderson, Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Seth Rollins, and so on. However, I feel with the amount of talent there is, there won’t be some dream matches due to talent not wanting to go to another company or have left a company on bad terms. Here are 5 Dream Matches that may never happen… Continue reading “4 Wrestling Dream Matches We’ll Probably Never See”

In Defense Of Pop Music — Pop Music Isn’t Boring, You Are

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You can learn a lot about a person from their favorite music. For example, if you look through my March ‘18 Spotify playlist, you can learn that I’ve been repressing my latest existential crisis with excessive partying. Shuffling through Marina and the Diamonds, Are You Satisfied? to Tyler, The Creators, I Ain’t Got Time! to Lorde’s, Liability, and back around to Charli XCX’s I Got It, clearly I’ve been on a rollercoaster of highs and lows this month.

A lot of that stems back to being in a creative rut. The hard part about being a visionary with absolutely no talent is feeling the need to create and put out into the universe, but not feeling confident enough to actually put out the work. It’s a cycle of feeling frustrated that I’m not expressing my creative needs, creating something to express it, hating it, throwing it out, and then going back to phase one of frustration. And instead of sitting myself down and forcing myself out of this rut, I’ve just been becoming bff’s with four lokos.

luv feeling like im 16 again < 3

But my current love-hate relationship with creating music isn’t the point of this post. Going back to my first statement, you can learn a lot about a person from their favorite music.

Over the past weekend I hung out with a new group of people, just to find out that they all completely despise any form of pop music. Including Lorde and Charli XCX. tragic.

I love pop music. Pop girls especially. A pop girl could breathe and I’d be like ‘okay, wig

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Should WWE Invest More Into NXT?

NXT is the developmental brand of WWE to prepare wrestlers to become sports entertainers, and preparing non-wrestlers to be sports entertainers with the style of wrestling in the WWE; however with the vast amount of people on the roster there isn’t enough time to develop them all to be successful, and some of the NXT stars that go to the main roster of either Raw or Smackdown aren’t successful as they should’ve been, compared to how they were in NXT. I feel NXT can be made into a better developmental brand in two ways.  Continue reading “Should WWE Invest More Into NXT?”

“Bullet Club Is Fine!”


The Bullet Club is one of the most polarizing wrestling groups in all of wrestling, because of the amount of star power they have in their ranks, and what they do outside of wrestling that ties into their wrestling. However, Bullet Club has been drifting apart since the since G1 Special in USA last year during NJPW: Dominion last year when Cody (wants to be leader of Bullet Club) almost threw in the towel when Kenny Omega (leader of Bullet Club) was facing Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Then last year at G1 Special in USA, Kenny almost threw in the towel for Cody when he was facing Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. There has been tension between the two teased in their show Being the Elite for the remainder of 2017 through 2018. The dissension in the group has led to many problems.

At New Japan’s New Year Dash!! 2018, Cody attacked Kota Ibushi, and his old tag team partner Kenny Omega came out to save Kota. Then at The New Beginning in Sapporo, Kenny Omega was defeated by Jay White for the IWGP United States, and Jay White was confronted by Bullet Club stablemate Hangman Page, and Kenny made Hangman back off, then Cody came out with some other members of Bullet Club, and Kenny pushed one of the Young Bucks and most of the members left except Cody, Marty Scurll, Kenny and Hangman. Just when you thought they settled their differences Cody attacks Kenny and Hangman helps Cody attack Kenny; meanwhile Marty doesn’t know what to do, until Kota Ibushi saves Kenny. Kota and Kenny embrace and reform the Golden Lovers that haven’t been a tag team since late 2014. Then the Bullet Club went on a tour of Australia, where Being the Elite was being filmed and there was a meeting between the Elites and the OG Bullet Club members. Tama Tonga said they were cool, and when Kenny Omega and Cody came in they were about to brawl, but had to be separated and Cody threw a chair, and Tama Tonga just sat there all cool like he didn’t care what was going on.

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The Daily Blend’s February Top Ten 2018

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Hey guys! So, uh, sorry in advance for the lack of variety in this month’s edition of good music. It’s been kind of a pain to put this together because I’ve been REALLY into like three bands all month, so I was definitely scrambling to get all of my eggs together for the month (did you see what I did there??). Regardless, I would never leave you guys hanging; I promise, I’ll always have some good music on here, and I won’t just put stuff on here to fill the blank spots. BUT ANYWAY, let’s get into the prerecorded message for every single one of my blogs!

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Flatbush Zombies New Single

Flatbush Zombies are about to drop their very anticipated second studio album in April 16th, “VACATION IN HELL.” Today they released a single from their upcoming album called “Headstone.” The Flatbush Zombies never disappoint in the music they make. The group consists of Erick Arc Elliot who’s the producer of the group and also raps, Zombie Juice who’s voice is higher pitched and Meechy Darko who has a very raspy voice.
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Best Battle Royal Game On Mobile?



Battle Royal games such as Fortnite, PubG, and H1Z1 have been the most popular games right now on consoles and pc. However, there is a game very similar to them but on mobile. It’s known as Rules of Survival which is available to on iPhone and android carriers, and on pc as well.

This game is very addicting that me and my friends play it every chance we get, sometimes during class, when the class is dragging. Some of the features it has are:

  • Various game modes: Solo, Duo, Squad and Fireteam, Zombie Mode, Ranked, Custom, and Gold Mode (for more coins). Gives you the option to play either with friends or alone when all your friends are either in class or working.
  • 2 Big Maps: Ghillie Island and Fearless Fiord. Fearless Fiord being the bigger map to hold up to 300 people on it which makes it harder for people to stay alive
  • Customizable Characters: has many options for you to customize your character whether male or female with various clothing options and for you to customize weapons among other things
  • Speaker and microphone enabled so you can speak to your teammates however far they may be
  • Ranking/Statistics system which the game keeps track of your K/D ratio, kills, wins, losses, assists, Top 5, among other things
  • Loot crates to spend the coins you earn in game for clothes and camouflage

It is a very enjoyable game yet highly addicting, so I can recommend this game if you’re into the Battle Royal type video games, and at times are bored in class or got nothing to do to pass the time.


There Is Good Hip-Hop Out There


As of recent, I have been seeing many individuals complain about Hip-Hop and how it is in a very bad state currently. As the genre continues to get bigger, of course there will a lack of diversity in most popular songs and can be easily shown by just looking at the Billboard Hot 100.

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