Staff Picks: September ’17

Cue the Earth, Wind & Fire playlists! But besides listening to September on repeat, this is what we’re listening to as we enter the new school year.

 

Kendall Stormo – Production Assistant

Frank Ocean – Provider

Frank Ocean aired his new track “Provider” on his “blonded RADIO” show on August 27. This track has the classic Frank Ocean feel with his beautiful vocals. He also posted a lyric video for the song on his website, with Hello Kitty directing each word, bless up!

 

 

 

Jeanette Sweetman – Program Director

Milo – Who Told You To Think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​

 

“I wanna suggest that the poets
Are finally the only people who know the truth about us
Soldiers don’t, statesmen don’t, priests don’t, union leaders don’t
Only the poets, that’s my first proposition
I think in a country like ours, in a time like this
When something awful is happening to a civilization
When it ceases to produce poets
And what is even more crucial
When it ceases in any way whatever to believe in the report
That only poets can make”
(James Baldwin, opening and closing the premiere track)

As an extroverted/introspective August winds down, I am making attempts to reign in my focus. Gotta stay grateful for rainy day music and today’s poets. This recommendation comes from a dear friend who has long been a Rory Ferreira (milo) fan. Thanks Ethan! Milo’s sound is a soup of million-dollar vocabulary, philosophical ramblings, and “many a useless tchotchke.”

He examines nihilism, capitalism, tenderness, masculinity, and racist police brutality. His verses are earthy and cerebral, comedic and incensed. Dude’s a nerd who doesn’t shy away from the malaise of being a human being. who told you to think!?!!!!?!?!?!?!? is brilliantly full of small wonders/big ideas, “driving across god’s kneecaps to lord knows where”. Here’s one of my favorite tracks.

 

 

 

Joshua Bezona – Marketing & Underwriting Coordinator

Beach Fossils – Somersault

 

Somersault is a huge leap for Beach Fossils and includes some of Dustin Payseur’s most nuanced songs to date, with features from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell and Cities Aviv. –Philip Cosores

Released over the summer, Somersault follows their 2013 album Clash the Truth – who’s title track is one of my all time favorite songs. Staying true to that Beach Fossils vibe, this album is perfect for those late night study sessions. ACAB.

 

 

 

AJ Colding – Volunteer Coordinator

Taylor Swift – …Ready For It?

I am beyond excited to see what Taylor has been cooking up these past few years …Ready For It? gives me 1989 Taylor vibes and if this new album is anything like 1989 I’m excited

 

 

PSA: this Staff Pick was not approved and AJ’s health and well-being is currently being evaluated.

Wright Franklin – Station Manager

dvsn- Mood

Oh boy. I can tell dvsn is gearing up for another album, and I’m SO excited! Sept 5th was one of the best (and most slept on) albums of 2016, so I’m stoked for these new moody jamsssss.

James Kendall – Music Manager

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

Last to submit my staff pick means bottom of the list… oh well! LCD Soundsystem returns with American Dream after their “last show ever” in 2011. That aside, their return was prompted by James Murphy’s work on David Bowie’s Blackstar, and the album is just as solid as LCD’s earlier albums, albeit a little darker in tone.  One of my favorite lyrics is from the title track: “Look what happened when you were dreaming,
Then punch yourself in the face,” Brilliant. Never change, James Murphy.

Also, I featured and reviewed the album on Edge Essentials Episode 10.

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