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: 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.