Hip Hop and Hoops Draft/Free Agency Recap

The season has been over for a couple of weeks, but the die-hards know that there is still plenty to follow in the NBA. Hip Hop and Hoop’s Eric Nehm and Jordan Swoyer exchanged some emails to discuss the draft, and the madness of free agency.
Jordan (June 29th): I’m learning not to buy into the hype heading into the draft, trade deadline, or free agency window. We go in wanting crazy things to happen (trades, blockbusterhaveitall acquisitions, etc.), but they usually don’t. Take this year’s draft: the consensus #1 was drafted first, the Sixers drafted another big man, Knicks fans booed, the Heat got lucky, and no blockbuster trades went through. Disappointing.
I’m still excited to see how some of these rookies will fit in the league next year: Does Winslow make the Heat a contender in the east? Will Emmanuel Mudiay force Ty Lawson out of Denver? Will Lebron or Anthony Davis be the runner up to MVP Mario Hezonja?
Am I wrong to be underwhelmed? Will free agency be more exciting?
Eric (June 30th):  I don’t think you were wrong to be underwhelmed.  We were expecting insanity on draft night and the first trade we saw was the Bucks moving a 2017 late first round pick and a second rounder to the Raptors for Grevis Vasquez.  Not exactly a typical #WojBomb.

I think the biggest disappointment was everyone being much smarter than we thought they’d be on draft night.  The Kings didn’t trade Boogie Cousins for hot garbage, the Knicks probably picked the right guy at 4 with Porzingis, and no one took the Celtics up on their sampler platter of mediocre draft picks.
With that being said, I’m looking forward to League Passing a number of this year’s rookies.  Willie Cauley-Stein hanging out with Boogie Cousins will be an experience.  Devin Booker and Sam Dekker chucking from deep in three-happy offenses in Phoenix and Houston should be fun as well.
Now, I really want to say things are going to get crazy in free agency.  I really do, but I’m worried about getting my hopes up like I did for the draft.Important to note this offseason is the escalating cap.  This summer’s cap will be around $67 million.  Next year, it jumps to $90 million.  And the year after, it will go all the way up $108 MILLION.  So, in each of the next two years, pretty much everyone will have cap space.  On the other hand, a smaller number of teams will have max cap space this summer.
Will the smaller market teams with money – Detroit, Milwaukee, Orlando, Phoenix, Utah – swing for the fences this summer?  Will they actually be able to sign someone?
Will the Knicks and Lakers be able to lure anybody to their teams with their globs of money and tantalizing markets?

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Program Feature: What’s Happening in Your World?

what'shappeningErica Sponberg is a PhD student in the College of Education. She hosts What’s Happening In Your World?, a specialty program focusing on public affairs on campus and in the surrounding community. You can hear the show every Sunday at 4:00.

 

How would you describe your program to a new listener?

I like to think of What’s Happening as a casual interview show. I talk to people in the community, and they share their experiences and the music that inspired those experiences.

How did you get started with college radio? With KSDB?

When I was an undergrad, I used to do video work and news story writing for my university TV station, but it didn’t put me close enough to music or people; there is an honesty about radio that doesn’t exist with television. When I got to graduate school, I decided to join the radio station and finagled my way into doing a late night show where I interviewed friends and played music they liked or were making. My dad also had a show on our community station reading classic American stories. After some time, I moved back home and got involved there by interviewing international community members about their music, culture, and folktales.

When I was accepted at K-State, I checked out KSDB online and liked the music I heard. I knew it would be a way for me to meet like minded people and maintain a creative outlet outside of my coursework, so I sought it out.

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Bully – Feels Like

2015Bully_FeelsLike150615.galleryNashville has a new alt-rock group drawing some deserved buzz. Bully brings a not-exactly-new sound to 2015 but a sound that is undeniably catchy, fun, and easy to listen to. It took me a while to figure out why they sounded so familiar until I saw them play a set at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival this summer. A girl at the merch booth was rather stoked to have seen them play. “Don’t they sound just like Hole?” She hit the nail on the head. It’s as if Courtney Love has been reinvented. The 1990s Courtney when Hole was putting out some of the best music of the decade. The 90s may have been over 15 years ago, but Bully brings some of the best highlights back from a decade of low-feeling, depressing music from the grunge era. Bully is different than their 90s predecessors, however. Alicia Bognanno sings a more upbeat, happier, seemingly more hopeful tune. Sure, she drags up old relationship woes in the first track on their debut, “I Remember,” a fast paced, screamingly angry affair. There’s even talk of pregnancy scares and severe problems with herself on “Trying” where Bognanno howls “I am trying to hide from my mind.” Somehow through all of this, Bully conveys a feeling that everything is going to be alright, that sometimes you have to get through some really nasty stuff before things get better. There’s just a lot more nasty stuff in the way than previously thought. “You make me feel like trash,” Bognanno states on “Trash,” the track which gives Bully’s debut its name. Sure, this sounds depressing, hopeless even. But there is beautiful simplicity in such harsh words that bring out a certain level of humanness. The pain, the suffering, the fighting, it’s all there, all human. But what this record is about above all else is how it makes Bognanno feel. (more…)

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Grading Brooklyn’s Northside Festival

If you ever get the chance to spend time in north Brooklyn, do it. In particular, the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick are two of the great havens of indie music, art, and culture. It’s the kind of place where every street corner is either a record store or an organic pharmacy. It was in this environment that I had the pleasure of seeing part of the Northside Music Festival last weekend.
The festival’s main stage, nestled up against the banks of the East River, featured seven fantastic artists on Saturday and Sunday nights.

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