Diplo released a new bootleg pack with a picture of a Furby

Here’s some JOURNALISM!: Diplo just released a new bootleg pack (i.e. playlist) on Soundcloud to celebrate the milestone of achieving 1,000,000+ Facebook likes.

This is an interesting development for two key reasons:

1) You can escape the doom and gloom of the #SCILIFE and relive the glory days of Spring Weekend by listening to these tracks (in addition to these more general study jams).

2) The supporting image on the pack is of a FURBY. A. FURBY. The official mascot of Spring Weekend. It’s like it knew we Brunonians wanted to relive Spring Weekend—both in terms of the music and the company.

FYI: We plan on doing the same thing when we reach 1,000,000 likes on our Facebook page. Well, we’ll start with 2,500. Help us get there!


Sextion: The spring fever hookup guide

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BlogDailyHerald is proud to introduce our newest Sextion writer, David Johnson!

The season of the Polar Vortex was all about cuddling, sipping hot cocoa, binge watching “House of Cards” with your significant other, and basically using their body heat to save on your gas bill. Now that it’s getting warmer, the birds and the bees are back, frisky squirrels are chasing each other around the Main Green, and breakups are a dime a dozen (I’m looking at you, Senior Scramblers). In the animal kingdom, we call this mating season. In college, we call it Spring Fever.

Luckily, Spring Weekend is just around the corner — the perfect opportunity for curing our Spring Fever. Now that walking to a party across campus doesn’t feel like March of the Penguins, the tanks are breaking out, and maybe even some shorts. Everyone’s attitude says sun’s-out-gun’s-out, so if you are interested in getting busy romantic, this weekend is all about letting loose and having fun. It’s a great time to break the ice with someone new — maybe even someone you’ve been secretly crushing on. When the options range from Chance to Binder to Fratty in the Ratty, how do you know where your perfect guy/girl will be raging? Use this field guide to find out.

The Hipster Heartbreaker

Found at: Chance the Rapper

The Hipster Heartbreaker is that DGAF kid that you have been crushing on forever. Probably more “Prepster” than a true RISD Hipster, you first saw them while stalking your class Facebook page the summer before arriving at Brown, and since then, they have proved to be even cooler than you imagined. The Hipster Heartbreaker is trendy and intelligent, probably concentrating in MCM or Comp Lit, and has a Georgia O’Keeffe coffee table book in the living room of their Barbour suite. Despite your better judgment, you can’t help crushing on them. They have gone through numerous partners over the years because no one can seem to keep up with them. But you’re sure that you can.

How to spot: The Hipster Heartbreaker is wearing an awesome Spring Weekend tank that you totally didn’t see when you were choosing which one to buy. They have that casually perfect “I woke up like dis” look, making you wonder, “did you wake up like that?? And why the heck can’t I?!” The Hipster Heartbreaker is either wearing a knit beanie or has hat hair (the sexy, pushed back kind) because they just took it off.

How to break the ice:

  • Stand next to them and say loudly: “I mean, my cousin went to high school with Chance the Rapper in Chicago so like… I’ve basically known about him since 2011.”

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Enjoying Diplo responsibly

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It’s that time of year again. If the “Acid Rap” blaring from dorm rooms is any indication, it seems like everyone’s been getting excited for the impending Spring Weekend of late. And rightly so; for the second year in a row, the BCA has demonstrated an uncanny ability to book artists who straddle the line between mainstream and genre music in not one, but three genres: electronic, hip-hop, and acoustic. This year’s electronic offering — Thomas Wesley Pentz, aka Diplo — brings both turntable skills to rival those of last year’s A-Trak and an accessible series of popular dance tunes, not to mention a string of remixes and production credits on projects ranging from southern hip-hop to Swedish synth-pop. His performance, much like that of fellow Friday performer Chance the Rapper, promises to be a genre-spanning experience for everyone visiting the Main Green on April 11. People will, and should, enjoy themselves at this concert.

But they should also bear in mind that Diplo’s music, in some ways, is not his.

To clarify: this piece is not intended to criticize Diplo, nor to defend him. It is not intended to make you feel guilty about attending the concert you’ve spent the past couple weeks anticipating, nor to convince those who have chosen not to attend that their objections are invalid. It’s not even intended as any set of guidelines on how you should approach Spring Weekend. It is intended as a reminder that, however skilled a musician and producer Diplo may be, his music is ultimately derived from cultures to which he does not belong.

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12 Days of Spring Weekend: Everything you never wanted to know about Diplo

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For those deeply opposed to a more temperate climate (when will winter end?!), Spring Weekend is your chance to have a taste of Ultra Music Festival, in the city of Providence no less! As the headliner for the Friday night set, Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known by the stage name Diplo, will be treating a highly engaged audience on the Main Green to an eclectic flurry of bass-pounding and head-bopping beats. Despite the ever-growing popularity of electronic dance music over the recent years, there are, without a doubt, many of you who may be thinking the following: “Don’t DJs just press play?” “Why is the music so loud?” “I can’t wait for him to play that song ‘Levels!’” “It’s Spring Weekend already?” In a departure from the regular and traditional premise of Ra Ra Brunonia, let’s take a look at the meteoric rise of the DJ who will be behind what is sure to be a tremendous performance.

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