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.

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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.

Discover: Carly’s Playlist, Sept. 3-11

By Carly Preston

I’ve always been someone stuck in her ways. I re-listen to all of my music until the point of shear madness. I watch the same sitcoms over and over again (I think I’ve seen 30 Rock at least five times through now). I get caught up on specific outfits and hairstyles that I will repeatedly wear like a cartoon character. What can I say? I like who I am.

Ending this vicious cycle I fall into can sometimes be lethal though. My best friend once had to hold me down while she made me watch (now one of my favorite shows) Arrested Development. So I took this Discover the Lobster piece as a challenge to find some new jams. I was starting to feel a bit stuffy.

Spotify defines the Discover Weekly playlist as “Your weekly mixtape of fresh music. Enjoy new discoveries and deep cuts chosen just for you. Updated every Monday, so save your favorites!”

I was curious to see if I could truly receive some “deep cuts.”

On a day-to-day to basis I listen to a lot of different music. I tend towards non-male led punk, but I’d be lying if I didn’t play some Motown, horrendous pop punk, and even noise from time-to-time.

At first glance my playlist was full of bands I’d already known and loved, acts like The Courtneys, Spook Houses, Radiator Hospital, and Palm. These are all act I routinely listen to, so I decided to skip discussing them.

“So, So Long” by Michael Nau sounded like what I can only describe as Reese Witherspoon attending a Mumford and Sons concert. It was boring, bland, and generic. This track was as if Wilco went fully acoustic and got ten times worse.

After that was the female equivalent of this whiny acoustic white boy- Summer Salt. Of course her name was some outdoor “I am one with nature” type crap. Her song “The Sun” (I eye rolled too) physically left me upset. At this point I was feeling extremely disheartened. Why Spotify felt the need to shove boring white folk down my throat I was unsure.

Then I got to “Dirt” by BROCKHAMPTON and I instantly was hyped. This track was in my opinion was on the better, if not best, on the playlist. It had me bopping while walking to class and I have since added the rap group BROCKHAMPTON in my music collection. This track was impeccably produced, insanely funky, and wonderfully encompassed their California sound. I could totally see myself busting this song out at the next party I attend.

Feeling revived, I reached “Choker” by Beach Goons. I was at first immediately turned off by yet another band using the word beach in their name. However, I found myself subtly head banging while listening to this. It was short, simple, and clever surf punk.

Other tracks I enjoyed included: “In Heaven” by Japanese Breakfast, “Flowers on the Wall” by Tomorrows Tulips, and “I Don’t Wanna be Funny Anymore” by Lucy Dacus. All these tracks, while different in nature, caused me to obsessively delve into each musician and fall in love again with many of their other songs.

On top of the new music similar to daily listening, this playlist also allowed me to explore some new musicians in a genre I’ve just started listening to more of. This past summer ambient music because something I slowly started loving. This may be due to the nice weather, but in moments of stress ambience was something that really helped me to calm down. My personal favorite of the three different ambient/ lo fi noisy songs offered was “Anchor” by Botany. This song, simply put, is just beautiful. Making computer-generated noises this seamless and natural is truly an art and I have since drifted fully into love with Botany.

At the end of this discover weekly journey I realized that not only was my taste completely sporadic and virtually impossible to detect, but also I really need to start branching out more. Yeah, there were some flops that, while not horrifically bad, were revolting boring. This has inspired me to may be not put up such a fight next time my friend tells me to listen to some hip new album.