Posts Tagged ‘music’
I don’t know about all of you, but this weather has made me deliriously happy (and pretty incapable of doing my reading for First-Year English). I can’t help but feel like the whole day needs a soundtrack. So, whether you are in the mood already or need a picker-upper, the following is a beautiful weather playlist:
1. “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone: “Sun in the sky, you know how I feel”
If you’re not yet intimately acquainted with the dark, whirling, time-sucking vortex of new musical exploration that is free internet music (SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Earmilk, etc..), then you should be. For every ten disturbing, jangly, new-wave, half-hour long “tracks” composed of human and animal sex sounds, you might just discover a gem. Then you can send it to all your friends and remind them how normcore they are in their music taste in comparison with you. For midterms’ sake, we’ve done the legwork for you in tonight’s pre-game playlist.
Are you having a sophisticated wine and cheese party? Would you like to up the ante? Here’s a frankly dirty Edith Piaf remix to get things going—you’ll have it to thank when you wake up tomorrow morning naked and smeared with camembert.
Great Good Fine Ok—”You’re the One for Me” (option4 remix)
Blasting out an unheard-of remix of an unheard-of band at your unheard-of party with your unheard-of, possibly nonexistent friends? You are like an onion but with layers of hipster.
Drinking is fun. Drinking in silence is not. Rather than risking your friends’ iTunes libraries, take a gander at the hottest tunes playing in the Spec office. We have better taste than you. It’s our job. Check the SoundCloud playlist to start the #eternalturnup.
“I Like You”—Katy B
Katy B’s recent album “Little Red” is full of grimy dance bangers, but this standout single is by far the most dancefloor-friendly. The track’s propulsive bass, squelchy synth beats and commanding vocals will bring a bit of South London to your suite.
“Cut The Kid”—Madeon
French electro wunderkind Madeon returned this week with his first single in forever, and it’s no disappointment. A little bit Justice, a little bit Daft Punk, this euphoric synth jam is the perfect soundtrack to painting Carman doubles, or whatever you kids are up to these days.
There’s a new student group in town, and its name is Hi-Fi Snock Uptown. While that name is still an enigma to us, the group promises awesome music and (vegan!) stew, which you can experience for yourself at their first event this Friday, February 28th at 9 p.m. in 501 Dodge.
The group already has its own ~super kool~ website running as well. Kevin Roark, one of the creators of Hi-Fi Snock Uptown, greets you on the homepage via an audio recording: “Hi, I’m Kevin Roark. I started this website for one reason and one reason only: Free. Fun. Music.” In slightly more official terms, their mission is described as “aiming to bring together musicians and artists every few weeks to foster a greater sense of artistic community on campus.” Both versions sound good to us!
More importantly, the bands playing at the first event this weekend are all familiar faces in the Columbia music world, and ones that Spectator has covered a couple times before. Here’s a quick round up of who’s featured at the event and what you can expect to hear:
Jack and Eliza: this newly-formed freshman duo (although Jack goes to NYU) recently opened at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Lovers of She & Him, rejoice—even they consider their indie-pop music to be “nostalgic.”
It’s that time of the week—the first night it’s socially acceptable to let loose in a room that isn’t 209. You can shed the sweaty strangers in Butler for the sweaty strangers at your friend’s party. But first, you should get to pregaming. What follows are six tracks that will help you get the party started (as the kids and P!nk say). Check after the jump for a Soundcloud playlist that’ll help you turn up.
“I’ma Read” — Zebra Katz
Gonna go ahead and acknowledge that some of the lyrics to this song aren’t ideal, but feel the bass on this song, and try not to enjoy it. I dare you. If you feel better hearing the song from Azealia Banks, that also exists.
Mondays are always disappointing, but it’s not their fault. Being the workday following up the weekend is kind of like being the stick attached to a lollipop—the stick is necessary, and once you’ve finished the lollipop, the stick is gross and only reminds you of the lollipop that is now gone.
Spectrum editors thus compiled a list of songs to help you eat your lollipop and have it too:
1. ”Black Out Days” by Phantogram. This song has great lyrics, wonderful production, and really exemplifies how we feel about Mondays: “Stay, Ey ey ey ah, Away ey ah.”
Thought you knew all there was to know about post-avant grindcore in NYC? Well, guess again! Take a trip with a real “major G” through the rich musical history of New York both past and present. It’ll be rad.
Columbia is one of New York’s highest ivory towers—both culturally and academically. From the heights of Morningside, it’s easy to forget about the slowly churning morass of cultural production in the City (outside of academically mandated trips to the Metropolitan Opera or MoMA). Camping out in Butler imparts the side effect of missing out on a city which is described by musician Antony Hegarty as having “no regard for the past when it’s inventing its present.” Indeed, this quotation is ever more relevant in the context of the vibrant culture of House music in New York.
“House isn’t so much a sound as a situation.” So narrates Terre Thaemlitz (aka DJ Sprinkles) at the start of her landmark 2008 album Midtown 120 Blues. To hear Thaemlitz begin her album with a voice-over indictment of the current state of House in the collective cultural zeitgeist is chilling and revelatory. House, characterized by its repetitive one-two-three-four thrum and off-beat cymbals, had been stripped, cleaned, and sanitized of its critical context and has been shoehorned into the lowest-common-denominator “EDM” movement of artists like Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia.
Bored in Butler? Wondering what to do tonight? Worried that this weekend may in fact be the last time you see another human outside the library? Spectrum has your agenda for this fine evening, but first, take a look at Rebecca Black’s latest foray into days of the week songs. Keep in mind that she’s still 16 years old.
1. At 9 p.m., FeelGood and Beta are hosting a benefit concert at the Beta Theta Pi house. For $5, you can check out student bands like Phonoscenes and Standard Delivery—and, of course, amazing grilled cheese. All proceeds will go to FeelGood CU‘s annual contribution to The Hunger Project for the Sustainable End of World Hunger. Tickets can be purchased here or at the door. More »
In my last 1:11, I wrote about how Artpop, Lady Gaga’s new album, is the perfect cure to the mid-semester slump. For today, to
boost my street cred show you some new music, I compiled songs from more “up and coming” artists to put a spring in your step.
First is Sky Ferreira. Sky’s music is perfect for getting ready in the morning—it’s all I’ve been listening to. To make you feel like an underachiever, Sky models, acts, and writes her own music, all at the age of 21. The good thing, however, is that her age makes her music super relatable. In “24 Hours,” she sounds a lot like Lana Del Ray.
It’s late. You’re up. And I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all hit a mid-semester slump. The weather gets rougher, our classes get harder, and we’re in that awkward period when it’s cold but we don’t have the perk of the beautiful College Walk lights just yet.
Have no fear, for I present to you a break from the mid-semester blues: Artpop, Lady Gaga’s newest album. Every song has a rocking danceable backdrop that makes you feel invincible against the wind. You bust out random dance moves as you walk down Broadway. It’s the perfect album to jam to as you plan your program and get excited for next semester.
While most pop of our generation is shallow and repetitive, Gaga’s pop has lyrics that are actually meaningful and irresistible melodies. While other pop stars try to invoke shock by being purely sexual, Gaga is the master of shock value by wearing crazy outfits (exhibit A: Her flying dress at her NYC Launch Party). While she does invoke the sexual shock value, Gaga does it right by making it artistic and thought-provoking. More »