Looking For New Music?

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in the midst of procrastinating to study for finals, i put some playlists together on spotify.

i highkey have a bomb taste in music, so if you’re looking for something new, or something to fit a certain mood, check these playlists out:

(i PROMISE these are good)

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for nights out with the girls / pregaming / promiscuous and saucy moods

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f*ck boy rap, but like, good f*ck boy rap

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Best Albums Of 2017

2017 is almost at an end and though it has been a terrible year for politics, and basically everything else, 2017 however, has been an incredible year for music. 

Back in March, I put out an article highlighting some of my favorite albums that had been released early on in the year. Since then, we have been graced with even more outstanding, 10/10, listen-from-start-to-finish albums, so I would like to take a moment to showcase my top 15 picks (in a very particular order) of 2017: 

15.) Ariel Pink – Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

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Dedicated To Bobby Jameson is Ariel Pink’s 11th studio album. The album is an intimate and humble piece, containing a combination of pop and rock anthems.

TOP SONGS:  I Wanna Be Young // Bubblegum Dreams // Do Yourself A Favor 

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Our Lord And Savior Lorde Has Returned!

Lorde – queen of dark pop – has returned with a new single and suddenly my skin is clear, the sun is out, I have been rebirthed  and I am ready to pop off!

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In 2013, Lorde released her debut album, Pure Heroine, which landed her two Grammy awards, keep in mind she was only 17 when this happened. 17.

Pure Heroine was a genius record. It was dark and dreamy, and different from any other pop music at that time. The writing was so mature and deep, and again I repeat, Lorde was only…17. 17. My biggest accomplishment at 17 was the ability to get out of bed each morning and sit through six hours of public school. Amazing.

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Anticipation has been boiling up since 2013 as we all have been waiting for Lorde to serve us with new music, and today, Thursday March 2nd, 2017, she has finally given us a glimpse into her newest work.

Her new single, “Green Light,” lived up to all of our expectations. It was a long wait, but it was totally worth it. The single and the music video itself single handily saved 2017, being the heartbreak anthem of the year, and I cannot wait to hear the rest of her sophomore album.

Lorde tweeted, “I am so proud of this song. It’s very different, and kinda unexpected. It’s complex and funny and sad and joyous and it’ll make you DANCE.”

And she’s not wrong. “Green Light” does hold an unique sound to it, different from anything off of Pure Heroin, but it’s normal for artists to grow and switch up their sound, and try new things. And most of all, this song is for sure a bop, and it WILL make you want to dance.

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Lorde has received so much support on Twitter from fellow artists such as Troye Sivan, Dua Lipa, and Katy Perry, and she deserves all the love.

Lorde is unbelievably talented. She’s unique, and there’s no other pop artist quite like her. We might as well give her sophomore album all of the Grammys right now.

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Oh My Lorde

I’d like to take a minute right now to talk about someone I admire very much, a girl named Ella Yelich-O’Connor. Most may know her by her stage name, Lorde.

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Best known for her single ‘Royals,’ Lorde began writing her own songs at a mere 12 years old in a small town in New Zealand. Since then, she has still been writing her own music and being true to herself as she doesn’t form into the typical “pop” role.

Not to mention, she’s only 17 years old, and is on the rise to fame faster than any other pop star I’ve heard of in the last decade.

Despite deciding to independently create her first EP, The Love Club, Lorde made her way to the top of the charts and all without taking demand from big-shot producers. She’s one of the most down-to-earth pop stars I’ve ever come across.

The thing I love most about Lorde, however, is most definitely her devotion to her work and her admiration of real art and music. Over the summer, Lorde was dubbed as the “sole music curator” for the soundtrack to the upcoming film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. With this role, Lorde is in charge of both creating music, and recruiting other artists, such as Kanye West, Grace Jones, CHVRCHES, Chemical Brothers, and HAIM, to do the same.

Less than a month ago, Lorde released the first single that she both wrote, mixed, and recorded on her own, titled ‘Yellow Flicker Beat.’ She recently stated via her Tumblr, “It’s my first offering from what I hope will be a soundtrack you love. It’s my attempt at getting inside her head, Katniss’. I hope you like it.”

The imagery she uses in the lyrics of the song, such as the line “this is the start of how it all ends/they used to shout my name/now they whisper it,” are great examples of Katniss and her story in the Hunger Games series. Her careful wording and though she put into the song are so admirable and representative of her work ethic when it comes to music. This is a soundtrack I know I can’t wait for.

What do you think of Lorde and what she’s doing with her work? Comment, share, and let me know!

-Sonia

2013 Rocked

Well, we did it guys. We survived another year. And what a great year it was for music. There are so many great albums that came out this year that really made 2013 rock (pun intended). So I thought I would share my personal top 10 favorite rock/alternative albums from 2013:

10. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic – Foxygen
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Foxygen’s album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic has a retro-rock sound and kept my attention throughout the entire thing. It’s a great good-mood setter, too, and good to listen to with a group of friends.

9. The Next Day – David Bowie
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I was super stoked when this came out. It still sounds like classic Bowie but also has a new kind of flair that keeps us interested.

8. Pure Heroine – Lorde
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I was hooked on Lorde since I first heard her hit “Royals.” I love her voice, her lyrics, and especially the fact that she wrote all her own songs – all at 16 years old.

7. The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars
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I was introduced to The Civil Wars a couple years ago, and their folk-rock sound had me obsessed ever since. This year, their self-titled album completely blew me away. Have you heard their cover of The Smashing Pumpkins’ song “Disarm”?

6. Days Are Gone – Haim
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This album is very Fleetwood Mac-esque. I love the retro sound, and the sister trio girl power act hooked me right away. Haim has quickly become one of my favorite new artists of the year.

5. MGMT – MGMT
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Basically a trip for the ears. This is also one of the most creative albums I’ve heard all year. MGMT maintains their 80s style rock while adding a twist in their self-titled album.

4. AM – Arctic Monkeys
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AM quickly became one of my favorites of the year after I first heard the single “Do I Wanna Know?”. I love the combination of rock/funk on this album, and throwing a little romance into the lyrics sold me on this one.

3.  Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
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Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City keeps the band’s classic style, while adds a more evolved sound that intrigued me right away. Nonetheless, this album was playing in my ears for quite some time this year.

2. AMOK – Atoms for Peace
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With Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea, Atoms for Peace is a hard band to overlook for me. AMOK has an addictive combination of electronic-rock and funk that I can’t help but immerse myself into while listening. This was yet another great album that I couldn’t stop listening to for days.

And, my top album of 2013 is….

1. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
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I had heard that former member of the band LCD Soundsystem and music producer, James Murphy, was going to produce this album, and this news immediately made me anxious for the album’s release. Hearing the single “Reflektor” only made my anxiousness intensify. When the album was finally released, I had listened to it on repeat for at least two weeks. This album shows how the band has evolved, yet it still somehow has that Arcade Fire sound that I love. (I could honestly go on about this album for hours, if you asked me to. But I think I’ll leave it at this.)

So that’s my list of my top 10 rock/alternative albums for the year 2013. Know of any that I missed? Feel free to reply and let me know about them!

-Sonia