Hip-Hop (/Pop) – Skizzy Mars – Sideways
At this point you know that melodic / slightly slow-burning hip-hop is my jam…and when I graduate in May, someone else can give you more hard-core rap, so stop complaining. Skizzy Mars’ whole debut mixtape “Phases” is great.
Electronic – Flying Lotus – A Glitch is a Glitch
Sometimes you see something on the internet that you can’t believe is real because OMG those are my favorite things TOGETHER. This is one of those times. Flying Lotus teamed up with greatest-tv-show-if-you’re-a-weirdo-like-me Adventure Time to write an ending credit song. So much love. Here’s the full version.
Jam of the Week – Lupe Fiasco – Jonylah Forever
Guns have led to tragedy after tragedy these last few weeks, including the death of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins in Chicago last Tuesday, to whom Lupe pays tribute in this song. Kimani Gray was shot to death by cops in Brooklyn last weekend, and waves of protests have been held in East Flatbush all week, though the media has done an insultingly bad job covering this. Tip of the hat to Lupe for talking about shit that matters.
Hip-Hop – Awkwafina – NYC B*tche$
So… Since I’m moving back to NY after I graduate, in great probability to Bushwick, I should probably be offended by her “they all live in Bushwick, they all love Bushwick, but I say fuck that shit” but I’m actually just totally honored to live in the same city as this perfect human.
Jam of the Week –Rhye – Open This song has been around for a while but there’s a new music video. In classic Rhye fashion, the video features a couple dealing with Jonathan Franzen-style bourgeois ennui.
Cover – Azealia Banks – Barely Legal (The Strokes Cover)
I cannnnnnot get over this song. I play it when I’m getting ready for school. I play it when I’m doing homework. It’s simultaneously background noise and the fliest shit in the world. I hope Azealia Banks stops using homophobic language because this secures her place in my heart as an eternal BAMF.
Pop – Perfume – Fake It
The Internet loves Japanese pop-star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and for good reason because she’s the weirdest. But sometimes I want to return to good ol’ uncomplicated J-Pop, and Perfume fills that void perfectly. Plus all three of them are painfully cute and I like seeing them bop around in those little outfits.
Hip-Hop –Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye) My roommate says the genre of this song is “Bar Mitzvah Revivalism” and that is the most true and hilarious thing I’ve ever heard. The above video is a promo for the upcoming album — Here’s the full song.
Jam of the Week – Atoms for Peace – Ingenue Well, damn. Thom Yorke never loses his totally weird, intriguing ridiculousness. And that dancer! Around 1:46 when she starts doing a modern dance Tai Chi… I die.
Electronic – Haezer – Troublemaker ft. Tumi
There is a strange music video trope of children with superpowers but this is super accurate. I was such a little d-bag in Middle School. If I had Matilda-type powers, I would fuck shit up.
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!