Discover: Marvin’s Playlist, March 13-20

By Marvin Dotiyal, Staff Writer

I’ve never really bothered to use Spotify because I was too lazy to migrate my ridiculous iTunes library worth 57 gigabytes—that’s about 16.7 days worth of music if you’re wondering. I knew Discover Weekly was a thing, but I’d rather get recommendations off someone or a post on Reddit than some kind of fixed algorithm.

But then again, it can’t be so bad right? Remember Genius? At least Discover Weekly is way better than Apple’s broken Genius playlists (Deadmau5 in a thrash metal playlist? Are you kidding me?).

I’m surprised that there isn’t much pop-punk or metal on this playlist; maybe it’s because I’ve been taking a break off my usual circle of genres recently. In all seriousness, I have to say that Spotify’s suggestions aren’t so bad; I’m actually pretty satisfied with this one.

 

Dananananaykroyd  – “Infinity Milk”

First off, what a name. I’ve never heard of these guys, but this song is very interesting. The song starts out with a pop-punky buildup and a funky guitar riff, but the mood changes when the screams kick in. Dananananaykroyd is an indie pop and post-hardcore band from Glasgow, Scotland, and this track really captures that sound well. The song definitely has more of a post-hardcore edge to it. It’s pretty weird but I dig it.

 

No Vacation – “Dream Girl”

The opening guitar riff hooked me real fast, and I knew I was going stay after the drums and the vocals kicked in. This song is quite reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club’s sound in Tourist History, specifically the magical combination of chill vibes and upbeat drums. Toward the end, the song breaks into a slower beat, calmly ending the song with an emo-like atmosphere. In all honesty though, I think this song might be staying in my library.

 

Vasudeva  – “In Lieu of Youth”

Another wacky band name. Great, Spotify is actually making me discover new artists. As I started listening to this song, I thought Vasudeva would either be a post-hardcore or an emo revival band. Regarding the fact that they are touring with Dance Gavin Dance, I was close, but apparently they are an instrumental dance-rock band.

“In Lieu of Youth” is one of those songs that really touches you, but you don’t know why. It’s just that this song is both emotionally and musically appealing to me, and that’s the best I can really describe in words. Although I hate using the word “perfect,” I might just have to say it this time. Ranging from the instrumentation to the production quality, this song could be perhaps, perfect.

 

Daytrader – “Kill My Compass”

Spotify, you’re doing pretty good so far with the suggestions. Keep it up. This is another enjoyable song, although it’s a bit generic. This song reminds me of Bayside’s older stuff, especially the vocals. The vocals also sound a little like Thursday’s Geoff Rickly when he was at his prime. The opening chord progression and guitar instrumentation is nothing special, but along with the chorus, it is pretty damn catchy. Decent song, nonetheless.

 

Pinegrove  – “Problems”

I think my R.A. likes this band, and I now know why. “Problems” is one of those songs that you wish was longer. I guess it’s short and sweet. I really dig the song, mainly due to acoustic guitar and the subtle vocal harmonies, but also because it is super soothing. I also hear somewhat of a Beatles influence to this song, but maybe it’s just me.

 

Modern Baseball– “Wedding Singer”

Ah, gotta love MoBo. Although I’m a huge fan of You’re Gonna Miss It All, I haven’t bothered to listen to Holy Ghost. I’ve seen this track appear multiple times on my YouTube suggestions, but here I am finally listening to it.

I don’t know why I never got around listening to this album, but “Wedding Singer” is actually pretty good. I really like the main guitar riff; it has a cute melody and a nostalgic touch to it. There’s not much to say about this song. It’s a typical Modern Baseball track—sad lyrics, catchy minimalist instrumentals and Jake Ewald’s dull singing. I think I’ll be checking out Holy Ghost after I put this song on repeat for a while.

 

Tiny Moving Parts  – “Always Focused”

Tiny Moving Parts is one of those bands I would always see on post-hardcore and emo subreddits, but I’ve never really understood the hype. After listening to “Always Focused” a few times, I was still not very impressed. To me, this song sounded pretty average. “Always Focused” has the most plays on Spotify, so it’s definitely saying something. But knowing that they are pretty big in the scene, I might dig deeper into their discography to find the real deal.

 

Glocca Morra  – “Irrevocable, Motherfucker”

I’m guessing that this song was on my playlist because of Panucci’s Pizza. 30 seconds in the song, I’m getting an impression that Glocca Mora is like a polished version of Midwest Pen Pals or a band like Marietta. I think it tends to fall into emo and post-hardcore clichés, but the song isn’t too bad. Having that said, I’ll probably look into their music.

 

Dads – “Boat Rich”

I get it Spotify. Your suggestions are pretty good, but now you’re just throwing me some emo revival bands. Dads is another band I frequently started to see on Reddit. However, this track is nothing special. It’s literally your average emo revival track—a recurring twinkly guitar riff accompanied by a somewhat catchy chorus and a half-assed bridge. Aside from all of this, I dig the vocals, though.

 

Seahaven – “Goodnight”

I’m not a huge fan of this band, but I used to listen to a few songs by them. “Goodnight” feels like one of those “feel-good” songs. Starting out slowly with a sweet guitar tune, the song builds up to a satisfying chorus. Although the singer’s vocal timbre doesn’t sound so melodic, it fits the overall mood of the song (kind of like Modern Baseball in this case). After a few listens, I gave in. I hit the plus button to save this to my Spotify library.

 

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Discover: Eli’s Playlist, Feb.6-13

By Eli Shively, Music Director

I never use my Spotify Discover Weekly, and yes, it’s definitely a pride thing. As someone who spent the majority of their formative years poring over Wikipedia articles and exploring the darkest corners of YouTube in order to find music (sort of like the 21st-century answer to good old-fashioned crate digging, if you think about it) using a personally curated playlist in order to find good stuff I haven’t heard of seemed like the poser’s way out. A shortcut. A cheat code to music nerd-dom. ‘No way,’ I always think to myself whenever I’m bored with my current listening rotation and tempted to dive in, ‘you’re better than that.’

However, since I’ve been putting off doing one of these ever since our brilliant Rock Lobster team came up with this equally as brilliant idea about a year or so ago, I’m taking a much-needed break from my “one album review a week” routine and writing about what Spotify’s algorithm thinks I should listen to instead. To my surprise, I came away from the experience quite humbled and with a boatload of new music to explore. That algorithm sure knows what it’s doing. Here are the ten tracks that impressed me the most.

 

Gøggs – “She Got Harder”

This takes me back to being 16, blasting Pissed Jeans and No Age in my 2003 Honda Accord on the drive home from school like the misunderstood adolescent boy I was. It’s fast, crunchy, loud, kind of sounds like The Hives, and keeps the BPM locked into peak headbanging tempo. What’s not to love?

 

Surf Curse – “Christine F”

Okay, I’ve technically heard this song a bunch of times before and am still listening to it on (at least) a twice-daily basis, but dang, isn’t Surf Curse incredible? This track is proof that it only takes a few simple things to win my heart: Starting a two-piece garage rock band, naming said band “Surf ___,” and writing a few catchy lines about being a depressed introvert. That’s literally it. Free 10/10 reviews for life.

 

Joy Again – “Another Song About Ghosts”

“I’ve got nothing to lose / Except my physical form, which I barely use” is officially one of my favorite lyrics of all time now. I said it on the Internet, so everyone reading this has to hold me to it. I have a feeling I’m going to have a special relationship with this song in the future and I’m very excited for that to happen. The way it deals with a topic that’s been especially anxiety-inducing to me throughout my life — death, dying, ghosts, being alive, etc. — in such a carefree and self-assured way mesmerized me. Joy Again did something special with this one.

 

Leapling – “Don’t Move Too Fast”

This is a pretty typical, straightforward indie rock tune — the only reason I felt like it was worth talking about was the fact that there seems to be a phaser effect on the drum track, which is pretty nuts. It actually becomes kind of distracting as the song goes on, now that I think about it. Just a little “whoosh” noise every time the drummer hits the snare. What a weird idea.

 

Sea Ghost – “Blood”

The way this song uses synth, keyboard, and even mallet percussion sounds to support its excellent power chord groove is pretty incredible. A good balance of dreaminess and urgency is what made it stand out.

 

Enemies – “Play Fire”

I’m a sucker for noodly, atmospheric rock to begin with, but add 3/4 time to the mix and there’s pretty much no way I’ll want to listen to another song for days on end. Definitely will coming back to listen to the rest of this record at some point.

 

The Luyas – “Self-Unemployed”

The fact that this song exists and was released in the year of our lord twenty-seventeen is all the proof we need that the guy from the Dirty Projectors was definitely wrong about all indie rock being bad nowadays. I can picture him listening to this song and slowly becoming very embarrassed and upset with himself, realizing (as everyone who’s ever said something similar will hopefully eventually realize) that he just wasn’t looking in the right places. It’s a nice thought. Seriously though, what sounds are these? What notes are those? What instrument is that? What dimension was this written in?

 

Ka – “Conflicted”

I’ve been listening to a lot of Liquid Swords lately, so this track being included was probably a direct result of that as well as a pleasant departure from the standard “indie rock” fare making up the majority of the playlist. Not only is the record it’s off of called Honor Killed The Samurai, there’s also an obviously Wu-Tang inspired Japanese movie sample at the beginning. Nice. Aesthetic aside, Ka really goes in here. The beat’s very minimal but he douses it with enough developed and vivid imagery so that the song as a whole doesn’t feel watery or weak. It’s no GZA, but it’s a solid alternative for fans looking for something new.

 

American Wolf – “Our Weight”

Oh my god, I am positive I’ve never been so instantly and deeply drawn into a song by an opening snare drum roll in my life. I want to bathe in that snare roll. I want to pry the sixteenth notes apart and crawl inside of it and like, take a nice little nap inside of it or something. The rest of the song is pretty good, but if you just want to keep pausing the song at the eight-second mark and hitting the back button (which is what I did for a good minute or so after hearing that glorious, glorious snare roll for the first time) I wouldn’t blame you one bit for doing so. Whoever produced the drums on this record should be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

 

The Weakerthans – “(manifest)”

Being a white college-aged male involved in punk rock circles, I get hit with my fair share of Weakerthans hype on a day to day basis from around the web. It kind of annoyed me for a while to the point where I gave them “band I keep saying I’ll get around to checking out but know deep down I never will” status, so yes, this was my FIRST WEAKERTHANS SONG — and to tell you the truth, I was very impressed. Nothing too unexpected, just fantastic lyrics with a distinctly anthemic vibe to the whole instrumental scope of the thing. Next time I’m craving On The Impossible Past I think I’ll try this instead.

Discover: Cailynn’s Playlist, Feb. 1-7

By Cailynn Beck, Contributor

I have finally dipped into my Discover Weekly playlist by Spotify again. I typically don’t look in here much, but I have recently been listening to better music, so I figured Spotify would hook me up with an even greater selection.

 

  1. N.A.S.A – “The People Tree”

I have never heard of N.A.S.A (the band… I’m not an idiot) before but as I did my research on this group, and more specifically the album which this song is featured on, I realized a lot of different artists were featured in this album like M.I.A, David Byrne (who is in “The People Tree”), Karen O, Kanye West, Tom Waits, Lykke Li, Z-Trip, RZA, Scarface, and many more. This is a great R&B/alternative album and has overall a pretty decent rating by various listeners and reviews.

  1. Dâm-Funk – “Free”

This number is a lengthy funk-tronic instrumental with a repetitive melody that is perfect background noise when you are studying or doing homework. Anybody that’s a fan of Quasimoto, J Dilla, MF Doom, or Madlib can get behind Dâm-Funk’s sound. I’m impressed, so far, with his work.

  1. Pretty Girls Make Graves – “Speakers Push the Air”

Listening to this my first time listening to twee-indie-rock. Although it isn’t necessarily “twee,” it carries a very old 90s indie rock feeling. It’s got great, fun lyrics that you want to shout through a microphone and crowd surf.

  1. Serengeti – “Doctor My Own Patience”

This song consists of repetitive lyrics that are mildly depressing, however the instrumentals and synths in this song are awesome, especially as the song progresses and they crescendo more and more. I did some research on Serengeti and was really amazed to read that he—David Cohn—is actually a hip-hip artist. As I continued to research more, I realized he is “Geti” from Yoni & Geti (he collaborated with Yoni Wolf from the band WHY?), which I feel like is something that could be easily connected. If you’re a fan of any of Yoni Wolf’s music, you’d definitely love Serengeti’s “Doctor My Own Patience” album.

  1. The Walkmen – “We’ve Been Had”

Ah, yes, this is a mixture between Jack’s Mannequin and Arctic Monkeys, for sure. Something about the mood of this song makes me feel nostalgic, especially the title of the album that it’s from, “Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone.” If you miss your old intro-to-indie-bands-phase, definitely check out this band.

  1. Sleater-Kinney – “Modern Girl”

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this, as I am biased and have an affinitive love for Carrie Brownstein and all that she does. In all honesty, though, this song is a peaceful lo-fi listen and I recommend it to everyone.

  1. Air France – “Collapsing in Front of Your Door”

This song did something to me emotionally and I’m not quite sure why. It could’ve been the sample or the beautiful sound of the flute, but it did something and I feel like anybody that likes instrumental songs with a lot of sampling (i.e. The Avalanches), then they’d definitely enjoy this song specifically.

  1. The Flaming Lips – “She’s Leaving Home (feat. Phantogram, Julianna Barwick, and Spaceface)”

This is the coolest cover of any Beatles song I’ve ever heard. I love the female vocals and the electronic beats that are added in with it. If we’re being honest, I think this is even better than the original song, which is saying a lot.

  1. Aphex Twin – “Milkman”

Honestly, I just think of David Firth’s video that goes along with this song. If you don’t know who David Firth is, he created Salad Fingers. I hope that is a good enough explanation of what this song is like.

  1. Octagon – “Earth People”

Dr. Octagon is known for his eccentric, abstract lyrics. If you’re into 90s rap that tells a bizarre story in the process, you’re looking for Dr. Octagon. This song is the epitome of just that.

Discover: Emily’s Playlist, Jan.

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor

I would consider myself a pretty avid Spotify listener, but probably not for the reasons you would think. In high school I used Spotify to stream music from my favorite bands and to also create kick-ass playlists for friends so they’d think I have good music taste. I pretty much stopped all of that when I got to college, though.

Now, I solely use my Spotify to listen to new, and relatively shitty, music that the site’s algorithm predicts that I’ll enjoy. Most of the time, my Discover Weekly consists of okay music that I’ll listen to once and then forget about. But every once in a while, the algorithm rewards me with a brand new song and a new favorite band. I guess that’s the whole purpose of listening to new music, after all. In order to develop a good taste, you have to start by finding the diamond song in the rough, rough patch of shitty indie-rock music.

That being said, this week’s playlist was just okay. No diamond song, but there were definitely some interesting tracks that are worth a listen.

 

  1. “Desperate” – Kurt Travis

 

This song kicks off with the standard relaxed, indie vibe of most Discover Weekly songs. Kurt Travis sings of his desperation to keep his lover from changing, which is once again quite typical of all relatively mediocre indie. This song has a little diamond feature, though, which is Travis’ voice. He has quite the range, which almost seems to mimic the desperation he sings of throughout the song’s duration.

 

  1. “Milk & Honey” – Jessarae

 

When this song first began playing, I immediately thought it was “Take me to Church” by Hozier (http://hozier.com/). The intros of the two songs are very similar if not the exact same, which honestly, I love. Throughout, the song features beautiful, soul-filled acoustics and additionally, like all good kind-of-religious songs, incorporates harmonies from an excellent gospel choir.

 

  1. “The Calendar Hung Itself” – Bright Eyes

Okay, I absolutely love Bright Eyes’ music, like, who doesn’t? But nothing new of theirs made me feel the way I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning did. Honestly I don’t think a song could get better than “First Day of My Life.” This song is no exception. I think I’m just particularly used to “old” Bright Eyes. I also think that I’m not open to a weird, synth-heavy, rock version of the acoustic band I know and love.

 

  1. “Bloom” – Small Leaks Sink Ships

 

This band reminds me of an indie combination of Catfish and the Bottlemen and Andrew Bird. I love the playful feel of the instrumentals combined with the singer’s low-pitched voice. The lyrics are about a girl that probably all of us know. A girl with “a keen sense of style … [who] loves at best.” This track was by-far my favorite off the playlist. A good addition to any road trip playlist of yours.

 

  1. “Cowboy Killers” – Casey Bolles

No playlist is complete without a song that makes you want to cry; this is that song. If you’re not into sad songs about suicidal thoughts, skip this one. If you are, this is as good as it’s going to get. It’s your basic sad, acoustic folk song that speaks straight to the heart when it’s “one of those days.”

 

  1. “Emo Lobster” – Indie Pigeon

I couldn’t not include a song about a lobster on blog post titled “Discover the Lobster.” This song is actually pretty sad. It’s about a lobster stuck in a restaurant’s lobster tank who misses its family in the ocean. I’d be pretty emo, too, if I was about to get eaten.

 

  1. “Float Forever” – Peace

 

I particularly enjoyed the sound of this one. The guitar was almost hypnotic to me; while listening I felt like I was floating away into nothingness. The lyrics are particularly beautiful and certainly resonate with people who are existentially confused (like me).

 

  1. “Mind Over Matter” – Young the Giant

 

The second I heard the iconic synth intro of this song, I was blasted straight back to my sophomore year of high school when I first stopped listening to cookie-cutter pop radio and started listening to more “alternative” music. This is the perfect jam to add to any of your favorite indie-rock playlists. Also, be sure to learn the lyrics, because if you’re anything like me, you’ll be screaming “Ya know you’re on my mind!” right along with them. Every. Damn. Time.

Discover: Tanner’s Playlist, Jan.16-23

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By Tanner Bidish, Staff Writer

I mostly use my Spotify for reviewing albums for ACRN. Since I didn’t do any of that over the holidays my account had fallen into a winter drought. I was scared the lack of activity would result in a dull Discover Weekly, but Spotify managed to throw something together somehow. There were chill jams and new gems to uncover; here’s the highlights.

  1. The Rest of the Day – Bedhead

Bedhead has been disband since 1998, but they’re still worthwhile and still great. This track is on the longer side, clocking in at around six minutes. The vocals are gentle and the guitar lulling. It is also definitely one of the aforementioned chill jams. Put this tune on as you brew your morning tea and watch the sun rise, taking the title to heart.

  1. 302 – The Lippies
    Self-described as ‘feminist pop-punk’, The Lippies cover their bases in “302”. The track begins as a classic youthful tale about making dates and not carrying about the future. Then the bridge elaborates more with lyrics for keen social commentary. “The personal is political when you learn your friend is a rapist / The personal is political when you realize that nothing is more important than solidarity”, ring the key lines. I highly recommend this number.
  2. Puka Shell Necklace – Walter TV, feat. Mac Demarco 
    Walter TV is small, especially next to Mac Demarco, so in my opinion that makes this colab extra cool. The song’s bouncy, care free, and breezy. It’s very much in the vain of Demarco, but muddier. “Puka Shell” can take the listener away; this one goes down best reclined with your eyes closed and shoes off. Enjoy it and pretend you’re lying in a field in the summer.
  3. Composite Character – End of A Year

This is the opening track of You Are Beneath Me. It’s a punk jam, but also entirely spoken word on how “to best understand the material” of the album. While it’s not exactly playlist material, it does gear you for the album and is also full of intensely digestible situations. Relatable and/or sympathetic, the content in this minute and half blitz is rife with emotional fuel and stories to tell. “Understand that people have a right to be tasteless” is a favorite of the quips that this track is loaded with.

  1. Apistat Commander – Xiu Xiu
    Last year lots of my friends were very into Plays the Music of Twin Peaks. This track is honestly my introduction to Xiu Xiu, and I have to say what a banger! “Apistat Commander” is hands down my favorite track from this week’s Discover. It’s very controlled, starting with a singular beat and hushed vocals, then building gradually into something sonically overwhelming and frantic. If nothing else, it’s cathartic. I’ll defiantly be checking out Xiu Xiu’s next release this February.
  2. Club Soda – Hala
    Another chill jam. Hala takes it easy here. This tune is gentle and romantic, sure to calm you down and make you think of a lover you may have never even had. “You’re not my club soda, you’re my fancy wine,” lulls the vocal hook. It’s very casual, very easy going.
  3. Battle – Slumbers 

The airy vocals here are done well. The song feels very comfortable in itself. Focused, and never reaching too far. Slumbers strums out a pretty tune between the guitar and bass. Another chill jam to end things on, with calmly introspective lyrics that don’t get ahead of themselves. A tidy, peaceful track.

Discover: Chuck’s Playlist, Oct. 24-30

By Chuck Greenlee, Copy Editor

I have been a Spotify wanker for roughly four years now. Ever since I discovered it in high school, my world has been chock full of a wide arrange of music. In fact, at least 15% of my weekly happiness comes from whether or not my “Discover Weekly” playlist is “fire” or not.

This week was, like, average. That’s ok though. There were a few certified bangers on my playlist, but that doesn’t excuse the few duds that were on it. I had a few songs that clearly had some Beach Boys influence, which is always nice to see being the solid Beach Boys fan that I am. Then I just… there was just this one song that I cant stand that always finds its way into whatever playlist I listen to.

Here’s what I was working with this week.

Banes World – “Drowsy”

This was what kicked off my Discover Weekly, and needless to say I was pleased. The slow, melodic, beachy feel put me on my mom’s lanai in Florida. There is a definite 60’s beach rock influence going on with this track and it was enjoyable at the very least.

Harriet – “Sign”

The subtle piano keys with synth effects going on were actually pretty boring. I didn’t really dig this at all. The vocals were just a less-exciting version of The Drums. Whatever, it was meh

The Apache Relay – “Katie Queen Of Tennessee”

OK, this song haunts me. No matter where I am I swear this song somehow comes up and it isn’t a popular song. It isn’t a bad song, but I hate it because of it is just always there. I swear I’m not paranoid. 0/10 because of the stigma I have of this song.

Twin Cabins – “Swing Lynn”

Not going to lie, this track is HOT. It has a catchy rhythm and makes you want to get up and dance around. Not too hard though, just a sensible head-bop if you catch my drift. Regardless, this is a lot of fun and just puts you in a good mood even though lyrically it’s kind of sad. Oh well.

Milo –“Folk-Metaphysics”

This was bad. I did not like this song. That’s really all I have to say in regard to this.

Crying –“ES”

Not going to lie, this is really the first time I have listened to Crying. Not going to lie again, I wasn’t a huge fan. I really like all that Run For Cover does, but Crying just isn’t for me. The old-timey video game effects they use are really cool, but it just isn’t my cup of tea. If you are looking for a more dance-y version of the Sonic The Hedgehog theme song, throw some Crying on.

“Monster Mash”

Graveyard smash. All there is to this one.

The Obsessives -“Nodding Off (Fucked/Fine)”

Catchy tune, this one. Lot’s of guitar, a little bit of that “college rock” influence. This song is good. Pretty relatable lyrically to anyone who has gone through a heartbreak in high school. Yeah.

Alohaha –“Welcome to Your New Life”

Spotify is really doing it’s best to put me on a beach when I really don’t want to be. However, this song is sweet. Really tasteful steel guitar throughout. Makes me want to stick my toes in the sand and get myself sunburnt.

No Vacation –“Lovefool”

This is sick, sounds a little bit like The Head and the Heart. Really soft instrumentals and ambient feels. For sure my favorite track on my playlist this week. Going to have to give this band a long listen.

Good Morning –“Cab Deg”

Nice. This has some cool distorted instrumentals and is all around good. I liked this one quite a bit. Almost has a lo-fi feel, but too many things have that nowadays. Anyway, give this track a listen if you are feeling it. Or don’t. Either way is ok.

Prawn –“Scud Running”

Little bit of Chastity Belt feel with the instrumentals here. Really fun song in general. Not a whole lot is going on, very simple. Would listen to again.

Discover: Justin’s Playlist, Oct.17-24

By Justin Cudahy, Contributor

So I’m still pretty new to this whole “Spotify” thing. I finally downloaded it onto my laptop just weeks before leaving for college, since I knew every student had it. People are always blasting their playlists whether it’s at a party, while working out, or in the dorms, (which by the way, no one else in the hall wants to hear).

My experience with Spotify has been pretty smooth overall so far. It has (almost) every song that I’m looking for and it’s easily accessible from my computer or laptop. The only thing I dislike are those damn ads. Yeah, I suppose I can purchase premium for next to nothing per month, but being a college student, I think I can manage.

I’ve always seen the “Discover Weekly” playlist on my sidebar, but never bothered to even look at it. I just figured it was a collection of random bands I’ve never heard of nor had any interest in, but surprise surprise… I was wrong.

This week’s playlist ranged from songs pulled out of movie soundtracks all the way to 60’s classic rock. I gotta say, I was very impressed with my “weekly mixtape of fresh music” and definitely plan on utilizing this feature in the weeks to come.

Here are a few of the songs that stood out to me.

Booker T. & the M.G.’s – “Green Onions (45 version)”

This is a song that everyone has heard somewhere at some point. It’s been played in movies such as Happy Gilmore and The Sandlot, games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and even in Viagra commercials. It’s a very laid back instrumental, and it’s hard to hate such a classic song like this. Also, who the heck came up with the title of this song?

I Monster – “The Blue Wrath”

Where have I heard this song before? It took me a while to figure it out, but through research, I was finally able to solve the question at hand. It turns out that this was the song that plays in the opening credits to the British horror comedy, Shaun of the Dead. Wow is that random. To be fair, it is a really catchy song. I did some research on the band, I Monster, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they are too weird for me, (and that’s saying something). Everything from their music, to their album artwork and even their website is obscure. I love it.

Tears for Fears – “Mad World”

So I thought that the Gary Jules version of this song was the original, but I have been severely mistaken. I was unaware that this was originally a stereotypical 80’s song full of synthesizers and what not, but I got to say, I dig it. I’ll stick to the other version however, but I’m still glad this has been brought to my attention

Cream – “Sunshine of Your Love”

I never really was a fan of Cream, and I’m not sure why. I just never bothered to explore their music which is probably my fault. Anyways, this is probably their most popular song, and for good reason. I can still remember playing the widely recognizable guitar riff on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which goes to show that even 50 years later, this song is still an important piece to the rock genre.

Lenny Kravitz – “Are you Gonna Go My Way”

I actually saw Lenny Kravitz recently in concert when he opened up for Guns N’ Roses back in July, and it was there that I finally came to the conclusion that the guy does not age at all. Seriously, he’s 52 years old and could still pass for a 30 year old. What’s even scarier is finding out that I didn’t have this song anywhere on my playlist.

Gorillaz – “DARE”

I’ve recently started listening to Gorillaz again after finding out that they were soon releasing a new album next year. Their album, Demon Days I feel is underappreciated nowadays. Songs such as “Feel Good Inc.”, “Dirty Harry”, and “Kids with Guns” are amazing, and still hold up today, even though you’ll never hear them on the radio. “DARE” is also one of those songs. It’s almost impossible to listen to this and NOT have the urge to get up and dance like Noodle does in the music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAOR6ib95kQ).

Peggy Lee– “Johnny Guitar – Single Version”

Oldies are great, especially a song like this. Its soft melody combined with Peggy Lee’s gentle voice really does make this a beautiful song. The first time I heard it was in the game Fallout New Vegas, as part of the game’s radio station. I’ve invested a shameful amount of hours into that game, and with the music constantly playing in the background, it didn’t take long before I could sing all of the lyrics to this classic.

Nirvana – “In Bloom”

When I think of the 90’s, one of the first things that come to mind is Nirvana. I’ve tried to listen to them many times, but for some reason I could just never get into it. Don’t get me wrong, “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Heart-Shaped Box” are some of my favorite songs, but besides that, a lot of it just falls flat for me. Regardless, I still think that Kurt Cobain is one of the most important musicians and figures in the world.

The Strokes – “Reptilia”

Another song from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock! I’m starting to see a pattern here. This song has everything. A catchy guitar riff, bold vocals, and a phenomenal bass line. Aside from this song I don’t know anything else by The Strokes, but now I definitely plan on listening to more of their stuff. Thanks Spotify!

My Chemical Romance – “Desolation Row”

MCR is another band I never got into for various reasons, and I’m not really sure why. I remember when they were a huge deal back in middle school, around the time of Welcome to the

Black Parade. This song is a cover of the same song originally sung by Bob Dylan, and was included in the soundtrack for the movie Watchmen. It’s rare that I’ll find a cover better than the original, unless of course you are Gary Jules.

Discover: Jon’s Playlist, October 3-10

By Jon Fuchs, Reviews Editor

I used to hate Spotify. The constant backlash of it from my favorite artists and its limited selection of underground, DIY artists always turned me off from using the service, so the first time I ever did one of these was torturous, with Spotify recommending me one awful acoustic coffee shop track after another. I told myself I would never use it again.

Then my hard drive crashed from having too much music on it.

Now I am an avid Spotify user, using it to get into all sorts of bands and listening to every new record that comes out because I now finally have the access to it. Since I now use it daily, I was confident that my Discover Weekly playlist was going to give me plenty of great tunes, and boy was I right.

1. Alex Cameron – “The Comeback”

This track starts off strong, with calming synths that sounds straight out of a 90s computer game and a melody that sounds like a beachy LCD Soundsystem song. It’s not exactly my cup of tea, but it’s very fun and theatrical, and I’d definitely recommend it to others.

2. Half Waif – “Turn Me Around”

I knew about Half Waif’s work in the past, but never gave it a good chance in the past, so I was excited to listen this song. I thought it was great, with its pleasant, spot-on vocal harmonies and its delicate yet in-your-face beat. Half Waif is someone I’m definitely checking out in the future.

3. Gents – “Bonny”

Gents is a duo from Denmark, which makes a lot of sense from the very beginning of the track because the singer’s accent is really thick. It reminded me a lot of the newest Porches album with the track’s synthetic drumbeats and the very thick synths, with a slick bass line and a familiar vocal delivery following it. The chorus isn’t my favorite thing in the world, since the mixing at that part isn’t the best, but it’s still really fun.

4. Iglooghost – “Gold Coat (feat. Cuushe)”

I remember this track ending up on the last Discover the Lobster, with Cailynn calling it repetitive and dubstep-like, which wasn’t her thing. For me, this is exactly what I needed, as it was the best track on this entire playlist. I absolutely loved the insane atmosphere of the track, it brought me into another world and the sampling and production were genius. I’ve been a fan of Iglooghost’s work in the past, so really there’s no surprise that I loved it as much as I did.

5. Raury – “NEVERALONE”

I’ve given Raury a lot of chances in the past and each time he’s done nothing for me. I think he’s talented, but I’d just rather listen to someone else. “NEVERALONE” is a good example of this, as it sounded pretty good as a track but still felt really bland and easily forgettable.

6. Swan Lingo – “Luv is Tru”

The guitar that introduces this song sound a lot like the twang Mac DeMarco is known for. It suddenly meets the vocals, which are hard to hear but sound really good with the guitar and make for a really nice pair. It’s very calming and makes for a pleasant track.

7. Ana Wise – “Decrease My Waist, Increase My Wage”

I knew about Anna Wise because of her several fantastic contributions on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, so I was looking forward to hearing this track. It’s very catchy and poppy, but lacks a certain punch that I heard in her TPAB features. Nevertheless, she’s still someone I’ll check out in the future.

8. Tidus – “Blame Me”

I really, really dug this track. This guy’s voice sounds like a cross between The Weeknd and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, and, for some strange reason, I’m really into it. The instrumentals are super spacey and the lyrics about his life are really interesting.

9. Mannequin Pussy – “Romantic”

This song starts off with loud, slamming guitars, feeling like a Nothing track. Then suddenly, everything quiets down and introduces the singer with a really pleasant melody, then goes back into insanity with plenty of screaming and loudness for everyone. It’s really beautiful. Listen to this when you’re really angry, it’ll take it all out for you.

10. Machinedrum – “Do It 4 U”

You can only really describe this song in one word: “Banger.” It begins like your average rave-EDM track, with the typical epic synth intro and drum buildup, but surprises you with a drop reminiscent of a cross between TNGHT and anyone on PC Music.

Discover: Cailynn’s Playlist, Sept.19-25

By Cailynn Beck, Contributor

There was a period in my life where I was an avid Spotify user. Then Joanna Newsom released her most recent album, Divers, and I stopped listening to any other artist for months until maybe mid-July 2016. I came back to reality from the mystical folk land that Newsom took me to and realized that I was going to be a college student soon, which meant that I could get Spotify premium for only $4.99 a month!

I was elated at the idea that I didn’t have to use my incredibly old and shitty first generation iPod anymore and I could listen to albums in full with style. Discover Weekly was back in my life and opened up opportunities for me to find new music that was in the same realm of my interests. Here are some songs that tickled my fancy or made me very confused as to why they were in my Discover Weekly.

1. The Gloomies – “LSD”

I’d never heard of The Gloomies before, but listening to this song made me reminisce on my 8th grade year when I was still listening to very intro indie-pop-rock music. This is definitely a 10/10 surf-punk-psychedelic song to listen to when you’re feeling like an angsty 13-year-old again.

2. Free Cake for Every Creature – “Talking Quietly of Anything with You”

I’ll be honest, I was very confused as to why this song was on my Discover Weekly. This song reminds me too much of some weird pseudo-indie-romance Michael Cera movie. I can’t say much more about it.

3. Street Sects – “And I Grew into Ribbons”

I know exactly why this was here. I listen to ONE Show Me the Body song and this happens. I was terrified. I think I cried when I listened to this. If you are interested in noise industrial punk, just listen to Street Sects.

4. Anderson Paak – “The Bird”

This song utterly slams. If you are walking down the street and this song comes on shuffle, you need to press skip immediately so you don’t start dancing like a jazzy maniac and get laughed at.

5. Iglooghost – “Gold Coat (feat. Cuushe)”

This is another one of those songs that concerned me when it appeared in my Discover Weekly. This song is just filled with very repetitive electronic noises and I felt like I was at some sort of dubstep event, which is somewhere I’d prefer never being in my life. I will say, however, the production of this song is pretty sick. It has some pretty killer buildups and beat drops.

6. Kishi Bashi – “Say Yeah”

Finally, a breath of fresh air from the king of my world, Kishi Bashi. I was so happy this appeared. It is such a fun jam and it is easily one of my favorites from his newest album, Sonderlust.

7. Yoko Ono – “Soul Got Out of the Box (feat. Portugal the Man)”

I started laughing really hard when I was listening to this. I hadn’t heard of anything new with Yoko Ono prior to my listen to this song. The last memory I had of Yoko Ono was the video of her screaming at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010. This was interestingly enough a nice and slower song. It’s nice to listen to if you’re dozing off and need a good repetitive lullaby.

8. Animal Collective / Vashti Bunyan – “Prospect Hummer”

I love Animal Collective and Vashti Bunyan separately and this song has been a classic for me for a while. I put it on a CD for my grandma once because she really appreciated the subtle acoustic guitar sounds. I would recommend that everybody gave this song a listen, especially if you are a big Animal Collective fan and want to escape from their experimental pop albums.

9. David Bazan – “Both Hands”

I really dig this song a lot and it inspired me to listen to all of David Bazan’s Blanco album. I always appreciate a chill singer-songwriter album.

10. Caribou – “Bees”

This is another chill song that I vibed with. I am always down for some overall instrumental songs with very minimal vocals. It’s nice to listen to when I’m just trying to chill out and write a paper or something that involves more focus and less distraction. Caribou’s The Milk of Human Kindness album is the perfect album for doing just that, although some songs are a tad noisier than others.

Discover: Tanner’s Playlist, Sept. 11-18

By Tanner Bidish, Contributor

Discover Weekly is a great little gift from Spotify to you, the listener. Thirty songs selected based on what you’ve been listening to that Spotify will send your way on a weekly basis; it’s really nifty and everyone with an account (free or premium) gets it. I really like to use Spotify specifically for finding new music, so I’d rank this service as indispensable.

I’ve found a lot of interesting jams on Discover Weekly, as well as equal parts lack luster and bad songs. Great finds in past include Jordaan Mason & The Horse Museum (experimental queer folk), and Yoko and the Oh No’s  (post-punk).

My pallet for music isn’t hugely developed or honed. Perhaps consequentially I’m always hungry to hear something unlike what I know. And of course, I’m always down for music I find myself in.

This week’s Discover wasn’t Earth shaking to me, but I was still a good time with fun finds. Here’s the highlights:

1. La Dispute – “Twelve”

“Walked in to find you sitting, in your kitchen softly singing, please someone carry me away” sung sweetly, intimately, as if between best friends. Insightful and at peace, this number builds up to its emotive truths. I’ll be listening to more La Dispute in the future.

2. Josh Hodges  – “jake – keep it together”

A percussive intro is quickly swapped for lulling guitar. The quick turn over is attention grabbing, and varied instrumentation keeps the energy. I’d consider this one a good tune to unwind to.

3. No Parents – “Hey Grandma”

Piano and strings open this jam. A choir carries us halfway through the song singing about a grandmother. We then take a 180 to electric guitar and drum crashing “Hey Grandma, Merry Christmas, I’m in a punk band!” Not sure if I love the track, but it threw me for a loop.

4. Yoni & Geti – “Allegheny”

I don’t listen to a lot of R&B or hip-hop, so I’m not sure how Yoni & Geti got on to my Discover, but I’m thankful they did. This track is slick. Harmonic chorus between tight verses, this is a jam.

Their album dropped last May, and I believe it’s worth a listen.