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CIVL Shuffle: optimistic edition!

CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy is stoked for this new semester and the opportunities it brings. Here are some songs about things getting better, starting with CIVL.

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By Aaron Levy (CIVL Station Manager) – Email

Print Edition: January 22, 2014

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CIVL Station Manager Aaron Levy is stoked for this new semester and the opportunities it brings. Here are some songs about things getting better, starting with CIVL.

The Beatles — “It’s Getting Better All the Time”

Paul was right when he wrote this upbeat, sickly optimistic little ditty. In fact, it’s so juvenile and rosy coloured, it really seems like it should have been a Ringo song …  to me at least. Perhaps life for UFV students in the valley will echo its jovial sentiment.

The Flaming Lips — “Turn It On”

This is really the only Lips album I’m a huge fan of. Embryonic was much more modern and experimental, more of a post-rock version of this low-fi pop punk trip, but this song is as catchy as any realizations the Flamers have had since getting really big in the aughts.

Bruce Springsteen — “State Trooper”

“Radio relay towers gonna lead me to my baby.” This line speaks volumes of the climate for UFV students, driving back and forth across the Lougheed, the number one, or the Fraser Highway, and finally we may be connecting them with their babies on the east side of Sumas! Stay tuned!

Refused — “Liberation Frequency”

They wanted the airwaves back. They didn’t just want airtime, they want all of the time, all of the time. And now we have more opportunities to give it to you, and to see that we help you make the best use of it here at CIVL. Thanks, UFV students.

Elvis Costello — “Radio, Radio”

A song so blunt, there’s not too much to say about it at all. When Ian Curtis of Joy Division asked us to dance, dance, dance, dance, dance on the radio, that was similarly repetitive, but not quite as concise. Declan McManus does it here in much more efficient means.

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