Blogify: Where is the Love?

While the Biebers and Grandes of the world have tons of popularity, there are tons of incredible artists that don’t have the same reach. To quote William Adams Jr., Stacy Ferguson, Allan Lindo, and Jaime Gómez, “Where is the Love?”

For this week’s Blogify, we’ve compiled a playlist of staff favorite tunes that don’t have millions of Spotify plays, or billions of YouTube views. In fact – with a couple of exceptions – they have fewer than 100,000 listens on Spotify.

You heard ‘em here first.

Wake Up – Lawrence
This song is an irrefutable jam. Plus Lawrence is headlined by Clyde Lawrence ’15 – and just opened for Blues Traveler. Get it into your rotation.

Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margarita) – Awkwafina
It’s hilarious. A satirical-ish song about a girl worrying that giant margaritas are also going to get banned as part of NY’s almost-ban on large sugary drinks. “Please don’t take my freedom, my giant margarita.” This song is the voice of a SWUG generation. –Steph Hojsak

HiyHiy by Lostboycrow
So. Fucking. Catchy. Makes me feel like a badass walking to work. –Sydney Mondry

Demo – King Mez
King Mez has river-like flow, was featured thrice on Dr. Dre’s Compton, and his highest played song only has 12,000 plays on Spotify? Messed up.

285 – Kitty
When she raps, she’s got all the flow and wit (maybe even more) than ‘mainstream’ rappers. Along with some wonderful rapped lyrics, the song also has a techno-pop hook and chorus. Like come on. ‘Never bitter, never sounding rude/and positive, I milk it like a cow, I moo’ – Steph Hojsak

Tonight – Matt Simons
Ok I’ll admit I cheated on this one – it’s got the most listens on Spotify on this playlist (438,000) but it really should have 43.8 million at least. So its inclusion is justified. See also, Can’t Have by Steven A. Clark.

Halfheartedly – The Rare Occasions
They are a local band (students from Tufts and Berklee) but they are amazing musicians and have won major national songwriting awards. –Julia Ella

Go Back – Darlingside
They have beautiful harmonies/arrangements plus the song is sorta based off Back to the Future. –Sarah Campbell Tucker

Cry, Cry, Cry – Judith Hill
You will like this jazzy jam if you like Amy Winehouse, or just music in general.

But in the Movie Baby – Band of Gold
“A great ‘walk to class with swag’ song (especially in the rain)” –Charlotte Bilski

Iko Iko – Aaron Carter
This song was included because I was shocked to learn that a song I listened to over a hundred thousand times in second grade actually has fewer than a hundred thousand plays on Spotify.

Tea, Milk & Honey – Oh Pep!
I discovered the song / them on NPR Tiny Desk Concerts, and it sort of feels like two songs in one, which is fun. Really beautiful folk-y tune, and awesome vocals. –Sydney Mondry

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Know your Lecture Board candidates: Fred Armisen

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If you’re ready to laugh, then vote for Fred Armisen for Brown Lecture Board’s spring speaker.

Armisen was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and moved to New York as a baby. Armisen dropped out of the School of Visual Arts to begin his career as a professional rock drummer. He started drumming with the hip 80’s band Trenchmouth (we just started listening and they’re awesome), but his interests soon switched to acting. In 2002, he became a featured player on Saturday Night Live, and in 2004, he was promoted to repertory cast member. His famous impersonations include Steve Jobs and the Californian Stuart.

In 2003, Armisen met his platonic soulmate Carrie Brownstein. In 2005, the two began producing the hilarious web series ThunderAnt. ThunderAnt became the basis of their hit show Portlandia (*inspiration for blog’s own Brunonia*). As its name suggests, the show is set in Portland. It is based around a variety of paired characters played by Fred and Carrie, including femininst bookstore owners Candace and Toni and “Fred” and “Carrie” themselves (genius). In 2011, Portlandia won a Peabody award, which is a prestigious award recognizing public service in radio and television. (Note: Armisen also won one in 2008 as part of the Saturday Night Live political satire cast. Could he be any cooler??)

In addition to Portlandia (sixth season premieres January 21, 2016), Armisen keeps himself busy as the current bandleader of the 8G Band, the house band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. He has a number of new projects coming down the pike, including “Blue Jean Committee,” a fake California-based band with buddy Bill Hader.

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Now that we’ve described his career in mere words, we’re going to let his varied and hilarious work speak for itself.

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Spooky Halloween Spirits

My favorite part about ‘words’ is that they can have multiple definitions. Case in point, the word ‘spirit.’ On Dictionary.com, there are 31 definitions of the word spirit. But for the real definitions, I went to old faithful: Urban Dictionary.

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“Some thing”

Point is, I like Halloween, I like drinking, and I really like doing the two together. Get ready for a list of truly terrifying drinks, ’cause nothing goes together better like spirits and spirits.

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Piña Ghoul-ada

Combine equal amounts coconut cream, pineapple juice, and ice in a blender. Add rum – maybe some Mali-boo rum! Garnish with a devilishly red Maraschino cherry.

Morgue-a-rita

Buy margarita mix and combine with tequila and ice. Drink in a cold, dank place.

Mint Boo-lip

Perhaps invented by the ghost of a wealthy patron watching his ghost horses race at Churchill Downs, this mint boo-lip is certain to have you cheering for the ghost horse. Mint, bourbon, ice, seltzer. Go Seabiscuit!

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PSA: Survivor Season 32, Vote Now

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Season 32 of Survivor has an all-new theme: Second Chance players! And CBS and Jeff Probst are letting us, the fans, decide who the cast will be from a group of contestants who didn’t win their first time around.

How does this apply to you, as a Brown student/parent/alum?

As I’m sure most of you who are following the current season know (SPOILER ALERT) that awesome Brown alums Shirin ’05 and Max ‘99 were both voted off the current season of Survivor: Worlds Apart. Max was pretty brutally blindsided and Shirin was bullied until she eventually met her end, which was hard to watch. I’m sure they were very appreciative for all of your Twitter/Facebook love this season.

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Want to show them some more love? Fortunately for us, they were both fun enough to watch to be candidates to return.

Tap into your Brunonian spirit and vote for Max and Shirin to join the cast of Season 32! Also, if you hate those smug Yale students, don’t vote for Stephen Fishbach, class of 2001.

You can vote here, and you can vote once a day. VOTE SHIRIN AND MAX!!!

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Final note, if you truly love Survivor, vote for Shane Powers, national treasure and star of this absurd audition tape.

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What we’re reading

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It was an important news week, both in the world and in sports. Anyone familiar with the boxer Floyd Mayweather, the highest paid athlete in the world, is familiar with his dark history of domestic abuse. As such, the two sides of Floyd Mayweather — “the boxer and the batterer” — make him a difficult character to reconcile; this feature piece from Grantland juxtaposes his boxing skill with his domestic violence cases in an attempt to paint a more complete picture of the fighter.

On the subject of controversial sports figures, Grantland also asks the question, “Did the Greedy Yankees Really Just Manage to Make Alex Rodriguez a Sympathetic Figure?” by refusing to pay him his $6 million dollar bonus for hitting his 660th home run.

In law-enforcement news, Ross Douthat’s New York Times op ed outlines the contradiction between having police unions and finding a clear path towards police reform. Also tied to this need for law enforcement reform, FiveThirtyEight presents data showing that police killings that result in murder charges, as in the case of Freddie Gray, occur infrequently.

Another NYT opinion article looks at the inequality in our country and argues that this inequality isn’t a “natural disaster imposed on us.” Kristof investigates how we, as a nation, are exacerbating our inequality, and examines some ways to move forward.

Curious about how The Onion and ClickHole make money? Check out The Atlantic’s profile of Onion Labs, the advertising branch of Onion Media Inc., future media conglomerate.

Still looking for classes for next semester but are too busy using how-old.net to see how old you looked in your eighth grade profile picture? Transfer to UPenn and merge your two interests by taking the seminar called “Wasting Time on the Internet.” Want to learn more about it? Check out this Slate article on Professor Kenneth Goldsmith’s controversial course.

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Blog’s NBA Playoff Rundown

We at BlogDailyHerald have been enthralled by the first round of the NBA playoffs. Here is why you should be watching too.

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(1) Golden State Warriors vs (8) New Orleans Pelicans

Tucker Iverson: Anthony Davis isn’t human. At the very least, he is a demigod in the vein of Hercules or Percy Jackson: capable of towering over mere mortals and dominating anything in his path, blocking everything and ruining players’ nights with his dunks. Perhaps he is even a minor god, like a Pan or a Nike–achieving feats most demigods couldn’t.

But Steph Curry is Zeus. Sorry Anthony Davis…

Steven Dowd: I’ll come clean and say that I’ve been a Warriors fan since I started watching the NBA semi-consistently two or three years ago. It used to be fun to tune in to Golden State and watch them not bother with defense, preferring to simply zero in on shooting. Maybe they’d lose, but if you see a team lose a game 130-125, you sure as hell have a good time. The Warriors showed great promise last season, but this season has been a thing of sublime beauty. This team is somehow disgustingly good and just as fun to watch as the old Warriors. They play elite defense now, and the offense has only gotten better. Curry is on the road to being possibly the best shooter in NBA history, and he and Klay Thompson put the fear of God into defenders on every possession. “How can I defend Steph without ending up on his highlight reel?” a defender asks himself. You can’t. There are a certain number of absurd 3-pointers that you must accept that Steph Curry will drain over your outstretched hands, and there is not a damn thing you can do about it.

Credit where credit is due: Anthony Davis is an incredible talent, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him become the NBA’s best player in the future. He is remarkable in all facets of the game. But the Pelicans don’t have enough depth to hang with the Warriors. No one man can beat Golden State in a 7-game series. Davis can’t do it. The maniac cyborg Russell Westbrook couldn’t have done it. I don’t know if any roster in the NBA can do it (though I’ll never, ever, count out the Spurs, and the Cavs look fearsome). Who’s next on the list to have Curry rain fire on them like Mt. Vesuvius? Watch the Warriors to find out.

(2) Houston Rockets vs (7) Dallas Mavericks

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