SONG OF THE DAY: ACTION BRONSON – “BRAND NEW CAR”

Action Bronson is a pretty funny dude. He looks more like an avid pro wrestling fan than a rapper, but who am I to judge? Action Bronson can rap, and well, too. He’s funny and creative, and Brand New Car” is a perfect example of that. Also, the upbeat music he raps over is exciting and fun, which is another few points in his favor in my book. Give him a listen, then check out the rest of his album on Spotify.

SONG OF THE DAY: CROOKED STILL – “HALF OF WHAT WE KNOW”

Beautifully sad and never excessively twangy, this song could be your gateway drug to listening to bluegrass–or at least progressive bluegrass–if that’s not one of the genres on your menu already (I’m always trying to convert people). Regardless, Aoife O’Donovan’s sweeping vocals and the stunning fiddle accompaniment will almost assuredly send a couple chills up your spine, and it’s beyond worth a listen.

(Side note: This is my favorite bluegrass tune of all time, and I started crying when I saw it live. Also, I bought and gave mint chocolate chip ice cream to the lead singer when she asked the audience for some, and that was kinda cool.)

SONG OF THE DAY: BORN RUFFIANS- “I NEED A LIFE”

This playful tune will definitely get you moving (even though it’s fourth week). Born Ruffians are a Canadian band that have been around for a while but have seemed to stay under the radar. This was my favorite song when I was a freshman in high school. I’ll let you decide if that is a good or bad thing. “Needle” from the album “Birthmarks” is definitely worth a listen as well.

DJ PLAYLIST OCT5-11

The latest installment of the most excellently curated playlist on the internet.

We had a couple of songs this week that weren’t available on Soundcloud. Check ’em out:

Little Hurricane – “Sun Sets West:”
Reptiles – “Them Crooked Vultures:”
Green Day – “The Last of the American Girls:”
Deerhunter – “Helicopter:”
Lemon Demon – “Jaws:”
Flying Lotus – “Spicy Sammich:”
The Roots – “Something in the Way of Things (in town):”

SONG OF THE DAY: KANYE WEST – “POWER”

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It’s the Sunday before Fourth Monday, and stress is running high all over CC campus. It is at times like these that you just may need someone to tell you it’s going to be fine, this too shall pass, all that. Perhaps in the meantime, it’ll help to hear Kanye get hyped about being powerful; perhaps you, too, can get jazzed and finish that essay (or whatever it happens to be). Here’s POWER. For more… there’s a million ways to get more Kanye, but for starters, here’s his Spotify.

SONG OF THE DAY: THE CURE – “A FOREST (REMIX MIX)”

You know “Friday (I’m in Love)” and “Lovesong” and “Pictures of You,” but somehow, this broodingly infectious remix by The Cure has slipped under the musical popularity door relatively unnoticed. It’s introspective, unabashedly 80s, quite rhythmically driven, and perfectly conveys a sonic atmosphere of ominousness and anxiety. As a plus, it makes for a great jogging song on the streets in October, when yellow leaves are finally falling everywhere around you in full swing.

SONG OF THE DAY: YELLOW OSTRICH – “WHALE”

WHALE has got some great tribal drums going on, a catchy rhythm, and some pleasantly mystifying lyrics. Yellow Ostrich has a bunch of good stuff, and this song is one of their best. The video is also a joy. Play this song, look at the sun (but wear sunglasses), enjoy the world that you live in.

SONG OF THE DAY: JAY ROCK – “NECESSARY”

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We’ve already reviewed Jay Rock’s latest album, 90059, on this site, but I can’t stop listening to it. I play it start to finish every time I listen, and the album hasn’t gotten old yet. This is the first track off the album, and Necessary sets the tone perfectly. Hard-hitting and powerful lines over a fresh beat make it a great song for feeling like you’re tough. For more, find Jay Rock’s Spotify.