Blistering Listens and Strange Sounds, Thank You is a weekly music program hosted by Andres Sanchez III, the sole operator and proprietor of Universal Punk, or "U-Punk" for short, a record label and publishing company based in McAllen, TX.
BLASST 128 - Looking Back On 2020
This episode is a little late, but that doesn't make it any less great! We've got four blocks of some of my favorite tracks from last year, including several great selections from artists in my own neck of the woods.
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BLASST 127: Halloween!
It's a Halloween episode! 2 hours of music to make your toes tap, make your head nod, and make your skin crawl. Enjoy!
BLASST 126: Any Takers?
This week, I'm tired. I've been daydreaming of taking a sabbatical from everything. Everything being BLASST, social media, the U-Punk stuff - everything. I just feel overwhelmed. This is partially due to everything happening in the world, but I also just feel like I haven't taken the time to replenish my energy, both physical and emotional. Humoring the idea of not doing BLASST anymore, I wonder: is anyone out there interested in learning how to do these things? I'm more than happy to share my skills and knowledge with anyone looking to learn how to run a podcast, run a weekly live music series, etc.
Send all inquiries to uupunk @ gmail.com and I'll get back to you promptly.
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BLASST 125: Strange Sounds For Strange Times
Today's episode is compiled of stuff I've been listening to lately as well as tracks I've been meaning to play on the show for some time. We begin by talking about the recent shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police officers, 7 shots in the back at point blank range - in front of his kids on one of their birthdays - truly monstrous. Thankfully, Blake is said to be in stable condition at a Kenosha hospital, but remains in the ICU. Meanwhile the two cops who followed him to his car, including the one who shot him, are on administrative leave. As you would expect by now, people across the country have erupted in protests calling for the termination of the aforementioned officers, as well as some less-abolitionist folks calling for charges to be brought upon them for attempted murder. If only we didn't have police to begin with! If only our communities - especially those of color - weren't so systematically disenfranchised that the idea of policing is practically inseparable from the average person's concept of a society!
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BLASST 124 - Mail Music
Today's episode is about the Postal Service! No, not the band, though we do play them at some point - because of course we do. It's not every day that the most essential branch of your country's government is being ripped to pieces, limb from limb, like a rotisserie chicken fresh out of the oven. Louis DeJoy - aka Trump's recent appointee to the position of Postmaster General, has effectively kneecapped the USPS at Trump's request. The reason: to curb mail-in voting, AKA the only safe way to vote during a global pandemic, and possibly the only way Trump can lose the 2020 presidential election. It's corruption at it's most blatant (Trump's admitted his plans in the news), and we the people are powerless to do much about it at this point, short of burning it all down I guess. If you have your torches ready, I've got the music. Let's gooo.
BLASST 123: FOR LEBANON WITH LOVE
Today's episode focuses on music from Lebanon, specifically (most of the time) Beirut. Last week, a massive explosion completely leveled a chunk of the city, killing hundreds and injuring thousands more, destroying buildings, and utterly devastating their community. As a gesture of solidarity and support for those hurting, I thought it would be cool to dive into music from the area.