Listed below is a bit of what I’ve been listening to lately – what I’m calling my current mood playlist. Most of it’s old stuff, or songs I’ve been into for years, but some of it’s new to me. Getting a record player (check out Fun with Vinyl) has in many ways reinvigorated my love of music and made it a priority in my life again. In high school I was constantly listening to new bands and artists, going to concerts, and exchanging mix CD’s with my friends. Over the years I’ve lost a bit of that enthusiasm, but I’m trying to get it back. Music is a gift to indulge in and share, so let me know what you’re listening to. What’s on your current mood playlist?
My boyfriend and I, after years of wanting one, finally invested in a record player. Though I’m guilty of romanticizing records, I can’t help but adore them. Albums are fun and beautiful. Rummaging is an adventure. Listening is an experience. Not only do vinyl records produce a spectacular sound, but they require an active listener. The Spotify experience, for example, is wildly different. I can just put on an artist, algorithmically driven radio station, or expertly curated playlist and listen passively for hours. But with records you’re constantly flipping sides, changing speeds, and pulling the disks out of their sleeves and slipping them back in again. You’re picking dust off the stylus, or wiping smudges from the vinyl grooves. This interaction with the physicality of the record itself is also something I appreciate about vinyl: that it’s tangible. I can hold an album in my hands and examine its cover or the dips that circle its surface. I have to move each record from one spot to another with delicate precision. I clean them often. To actually hold onto the medium from which my music comes …
“Kinder Blumen” – Real Estate
American popular culture, specifically from the mid-60s to mid-70s, was highly politicized, critical, and urgent. Calls to action and societal critiques were common in forms of expression created and disseminated within mainstream youth culture. The sheer abundance and popularity of politicized art meant that both creators and consumers were interested in engaging with immediate problems. The imperative for change was palpable. But this sense of American political urgency seemed to diminish in the 1980s, with the election of President Reagan and the establishment of an overpowering neo-conservative ideology. From the 1980s – 2010s, political expression was still a part of mainstream American pop culture, and is exemplified in the work of N.W.A, Shepard Fairey, Michael Moore, and countless others. My intention is not to discount these works, but to say that I am hopeful that America’s youth will collectively become more political again, with the same urgency that characterized the 60s & 70s. Which brings me to Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar. Already this year, we have experienced two particularly powerful political moments in music: Beyoncé’s release of her music video for “Formation,” and Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy’s performance. …
“Mistadobalina” – Del the Funky Homosapien
Camper Van Beethoven – “Take the Skinheads Bowling”
I’ve been listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on repeat lately, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite songs from the album as a Song of the Day. My favorites include “Us and Them,” “Any Colour You Like,” and “Brain Damage” – what are yours?
With finals coming up, I thought it would be a good time to share some of my favorite study tunes. Some people enjoy studying in silence, while others prefer the accompaniment of music. I, for one, need music to study; ideally lyric-less, groovy tunes. So here are a few songs I like to get my study-on with: What do you like to listen to when you study? Let me know!
Inspired by my recent binge of Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix show, Master of None, I decided to share They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y) by Pete Rock and CL Smooth as the song of the day. Enjoy, and be sure to check out Master of None if you have Netflix. It’s spectacular!
I discovered Lilfuchs’ work when I first came across his music video for Flying Lotus’ Zodiac Shift (now one of my favorite music videos, evah). Here is Lilfuchs’ just as cool music video for ‘New Topia’ by the band This Will Destroy You. Enjoy!