BlogSnowyJamz: Nemo edition

We suffered through a brutal weekend of 18 inches of snow, power outages, and crazy Ratty mobs. Here’s our Nemo soundtrack:


Jam of the Week – Chromeo – Don’t Turn the Lights On
Dear people who live on Thayer St, sorry your power went out.
Love, people who live on Governor St.

Alternative – Oh Land – White Nights
Oh Land  was a professional ballerina when she broke her back…. so she casually became a beautiful singer. NBD. (via her wikipedia page). This song is such a snow frolicking song!

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BlogWeeklyJamz: “The electric sheep are dreaming up your fate”

After a Winter Break-long hiatus, BlogWeeklyJamz is back. We’ll be adding a new genre to the mix each week, but for now, the first week of non-shopping period, here are five jamz!


Indie – Shugo Tokumaru – Katachi
I cannot play music or sing music or write music, so I inevitably decided that making music videos would be my calling. You just have to like music! And put some colors on a wall! And dress the band in weird hats! … No. This new Shogu Tokumaru video makes it clear that I don’t have the necessary patience to make little cut-outs of wolves and wine bottles.

Jam of the Week – Jakwob ft. Maiday – Fade
I am such a sucker for songs that have loaded silences. Listen to 1:02 and 2:29. That shit don’t play around.

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Concert Knowledge: 8 things I learned at Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas Show

I don’t know if the higher-ups at Blog have noticed, but I try to sneak a Sufjan Stevens song into every single post I can. He’s my everything. Conveniently, my sister Elizabeth is more smitten just as smitten as I am. (Admittedly, she’s been to five of his shows and I’ve only been to three.) Still, we learned a lot more about Soofie this last Wednesday at Fete in Olneyville when we attended his aptly named: “The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster.” Some lessons from the holiday hodgepodge after the break.

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COOKIES!: Tales from a smackdown

Sunday afternoon, 1 p.m.: We drive in circles around Olneyville, trying to find a cookie convention amidst abandoned warehouses with shattered windows and graffitied brick walls. Is this Spectacular Cookie Smackdown a front for another kind of smackdown?

But we arrived safely at Fête, albeit unprepared for what would await us inside: a large room packed with people and, more importantly, COOKIES. ALL OF THE COOKIES. The Spectacular Cookie Smackdown is an event organized by RI Food Fights, in which different RI bakeries battle for the glory of being crowned Best in their category. Last year, it was cupcakes. This year, they fought for their honor the title of Best Cookie.

This Smackdown of baked-good greats came at a very opportune time: It’s finals, we’re tired, and we love to eat our feelings. So to walk around a room and be handed cookies of all varieties— chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia, chipotle peanut butter… It was all too good to be true. Before we knew it, we were cuddled up in a dark corner, gloriously wallowing in the food coma (see above picture).

Amid all that, we actually did think about the food we were shoveling in our mouths. After the jump, our reviews—so that you, too, can get in on the cookie fun!

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BlogStudyJamz: Lily’s definitive StudyJamz playlist

I conceptualize StudyJamz as fitting into two major categories:

  1. ChillStudyJamz – I am reading Freud’s theory of the 4th dimensional city. I am a flowering intellectual. Background noise would be nice as I contemplate the relationship between time and space.
  2. PumpUpStudyJamz – I HAVEN’T SLEPT IN THREE DAYS IS THIS COFFEE I’M DRINKING IT WAIT IS THAT A HAWK EATING A SQUIRREL I NEED THE INTENSITY OF A TORNADO EARTHQUAKE IN MY HEADPHONES

Here are some choice picks from both categories. And I’m not going to lie to you: This blog post may be my curated musical masterpiece.

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Snow Jamz: A wintry mix

If finals period isn’t enough of a reminder, winter is here—we’ve traded in the cornucopias, foliage, and the three sisters for inflatable Santas, candy canes, and, well, snow this sleet-y excuse for snow in Providence. Here are some of our squad’s favorite melodious slow snow jamz for any snowyish-day mood:

Jamz for cuddling: These songs will make you want to snuggle up with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate, hide under a blanket, and stare out the window as the snow comes down. Curl up under a with a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket, and enjoy watching the snow as it falls down.

  • Winter Song — Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson: The “bum bum bum bum, bum bum bum bum bum”s and the bells in this song will definitely put you in the winter mood.

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