DJ Lily Roth created this playlist with the intention of spreading head-bopping happiness to students at home, on campus, or elsewhere in the world. This mix calls for some serious dancing and singing which may minimize feelings of boredom or loneliness during quarantine/online schooling. LIL MAMA is sending health, safety and love to all the hot_wild_fun people listening.
by Carol Holan
Like a lot of college students, I decided to take the year off of college before actually deciding what to do with it. This is a playlist for feeling overwhelmed with plans and possibilities while simultaneously worrying that you’ll be sitting in your childhood bedroom for the next six months.
Songs to Quarantine Yourself to
9 months into COVID, and the quarantines keep coming. Loomis ends its lockdown as South and Mathias both start their own. It isn’t what we wanted, but it’s what we got. What else can we do but drown our sorrows in a well-curated playlist?
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller
This is how it all begins. We know it is not ideal, but we still carry with us the optimism that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We have nullified practically all social life—but we know the rules and so far, it’s alright…right?
Sound and Vision – David Bowie
We become wearier by the second as we stare at our same four walls and the fullest extent of our freedom from behind those pale blinds. We sit and wonder how to occupy our time in this seemingly endless expanse of consciousness amid our captivity.
Sorry You’re Sick – Ted Hawkins
For the friends who try to sustain us in any way they can. We may not be able to be with them, but their love-from-a-distance still touches our hearts. Like the song itself, these acts of kindness bring short, sweet bursts of respite to our ongoing struggle.
It Never Entered My Mind – Ella Fitzgerald
What were we thinking about at this time last year? “Once I laughed when I heard you saying / That I’d be playing solitaire / Uneasy in my easy chair / It never entered my mind.” Furthermore, we’ve gotten to point of losing all pretense. Doing your hair? Washing your face? Expecting to have any sort of social life? Instead, we just get up each day and sip on our orange juice for one.
I Want to Break Free – Queen
Cabin fever is beginning to set in. We’re wearing ourselves down with our own company. How much longer can we take this?
I Wanna Go Outside – Snoop Dogg
The hottest quarantine jam of 2020, and a voice for the people, courtesy of Snoop Dogg.
Chamber of Reflection – Mac DeMarco
After denial, anger, and bargaining, things are starting to look quite bleak. We try to content ourselves with the idea that soon things will be different—yet every day we find ourselves alone. Again.
Lemon Tree – Fool’s Garden
There is no more beauty. There are no more blue skies. We are surrounded by an endless spectacle of sourness as we sit and wallow.
Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
Really, what did it ever feel like to be with other people? In and out of quarantines, lockdowns, social restrictions… we are facing a crisis every day, and what faith or hope do we have anymore? “In my hour of need / I truly am indeed / alone again, naturally.”
Nobody – Johnny Cash
Our mastery of cynicism has reached its highest highs amid our lowest lows. We have decided that it is time to give up on people altogether.
Alone and Suffering (Interlude) – Lil Ugly Mane
We are basically just crying in our beds, vibing to sad beats, and ruminating on our pain.
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Okay, we are stronger than this. We know we will one day go on to live a life that extends beyond this room. We can make it through this little interlude and know that it does not foretell a greater pattern of misfortune. And until then, don’t you dare try and visit me!
What’s New? – Billie Holiday
It is the day we have been dreaming of. Those first, tentative conversations we’ve been obsessively playing out in our minds for weeks, or months even…yet could we ever have imagined how it would really feel?
Last weekend I took a road trip to Nebraska through Colorado and Kansas. All the states blended together with white rolling hills and the occasional windmill cluster, perfect for a naturally-induced ego death. My mind cleared into nothingness as the song “Sensitive” by Mr. Twin Sister came through my headphones. The ambient instrumentals and Andrea Estella’s eerie voice washed over me as I drifted into a trance. The chorus repeats the lines “Is this romantic dreaming?/ Is this just an illusion?” and then concludes the song with “A memory?”
The theme for this playlist is romantic dreaming, where you feel out of touch with reality because you are entranced by a memory or by a creation of a future memory. The lucid instrumental passages in the songs take you out of time; through romantic dreamings, illusions, and memories that leave you with all the fuzzy side effects of brooding for for an hour. Enjoy.
Playlist cover art courtesy of Kate Planting.
4th Week Rage
For all the pent up angst, stress, and frustration that fourth weeks may bring. Scream, sing, and let it all out with these high-energy songs. This doubles as a great playlist for working out, or any other activity where you need some more aggressive tunes.
So you have finally invited that cute girl over to your room to collage and make some art. Now what? Don’t worry, WORM radio has the playlist for you. This mellow collection features artists such as Crumb, HOMESHAKE, and Steve Lacy. So however your night goes Collaging is the perfect mood setter.
Putting Glitter on Your Face and Feeling Invincible
This playlist was inspired by our shared love for Tierra Whack and Little Simz. We wanted to create a playlist of music by inspiring femme artists for femmes. The playlist builds into what we deemed “stomping songs,” or songs you could stomp across campus in your favorite platform boots to. We hope that this playlist makes you feel like you could eat the whole world.
It’s Getting Dark at 5 PM Now
Here is the soundtrack to encaptures how much winter sucks. Warning: these songs will not pep you up, rather they are for when you want to really feel your feels. This playlist includes Elliot Smith (not surprising), Florence + The Machine, and Big Star. So crawl into your bed, turn on these tunes, and wallow.
Blooming Out is a collection of songs that make you feel like your chest is exploding when you listen to them. For us these songs capture that moment when music possesses your body and makes you feel like you are spreading into infinity. The playlists includes Maggie Rogers, Fleetwood Mac, and a lot of Florence + The Machine. You can dance, jam, and scream along to these songs but mostly just Bloom out.
Tune in every Tuesday at 8:00 pm to catch our playlists live. Happy listening from Carol and Mia!
In her last two shows, DJ Lily Roth created distinct playlists that offer opposing tones. Her first playlist titled “experiencing ego death” includes some staple rock tunes by artists like The Strokes and The Black Keys. The second playlist titled “toe taps and tenderness” introduces soft and sweet melodies about love and focuses on artists such as Otis Redding and The Weeknd. Make sure you listen in every Thursday night at 10 pm!
In search of a new hangover fix? Check out DJ Lily Roth’s new playlist from this Thursday’s feature of LIL MAMA Radio. Her playlist includes a mix of jazzy, smooth, and funky instrumentals that she claims can cure any hangover. Be sure to give this playlist a listen to hear artists like Knxwledge, Khruangbin, and Swell do what they do best.
Tune in to LIL MAMA Radio every Thursday night at 10:00 pm !
DJs Mia Zuckerberg and Carol Holan have been busy curating playlists for their show, WORM Radio, every Tuesday at 8:00. Their first playlist focuses on songs for when you have a gay crush, but don’t want to ruin the friendship. Listen to hear some great songs by Mothers, Fiona Apple, and Mazzy Star.
If you’re not feeling that, check out the playlist from their second show about driving alone for the first time. This playlist features an amazing range of artists that include Nina Simone, Perfume Genius, and Franz Ferdinand!
Make sure to tune in to WORM Radio every Tuesday from 8-9 for more good tunes!
Sadboy hour is an essential part of my week. Watching snowflakes spiral slowly down to cover the once beautiful green lawn and listening to sad songs is the best way to welcome the winter season.
A playlist that includes both Bob Dylan and Drake is bound to be as confusing as snow in October. I hope through the various vibes present in this playlist you can find one that aligns with your reaction to the early snow.
Click on the link above to listen! And happy snow watching! Or rather, sad snow watching!
Photo credit: Weeping Willow Photography
Orange leaves invade the grass and stick to the bottoms of shoes. The clouds swallow the sun completely and the air is quieter than it usually is.
This playlist is a compilation of songs that are meant to match the hazy, peaceful feeling that fall brings along with it. The playlist “Autumn” can be found on the SOCC’s spotify (link above).