It’s Thanksgiving! For those of us that celebrate it, that means lots of food and even more family. So whether you’re traveling a long distance for the holiday and want a soundtrack for the drive or you need a distraction from all the (well-intentioned) family time, we’ve got a playlist for you. Check it out on Spotify!
1. Sunday Morning-Maroon 5
2. Young Volcanoes-Fall Out Boy
3. Helena Beat-Foster the People
4. With You Around-Yellowcard
5. Cool Kids-Echosmith
6. Your Graduation-Modern Baseball
8. Millstone-Brand New
9. Letters From the Sky-Civil Twilight
10. Can’t Explain-States
11. Buzzcut Season-Lorde
12. Mr. Brightside-The Killers
13. Float On-Modest Mouse
14. Come A Little Closer-Cage the Elephant
15. The Parting Glass-The High Kings
16. Runnin’ Down A Dream-Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
17. Magic Carpet Ride-Steppenwolf
18. Use Somebody-Kings of Leon
Words by Bethany Polson
You might have heard Sir Sly’s very successful single “Gold” when it hit the radio in 2013. Alternative stations played that tune that gets stuck in your head before you even knew what you were singing pretty often. After hearing “Gold”, you might have looked into Sir Sly and found their likewise named EP. If you were me, you were so enthralled that you bought it and didn’t regret it for one minute. Now, we’ve been given the gift of a whole album, titled ‘You Haunt Me.’
I must say, I was slightly disappointed when I realized the whole EP is on the album, which means less new music. Though, the rest of the album is so good, I can’t complain. Their entire album is catchy and trying to pick a favorite song can borderline ruin your life. Every single song follows the same theme as the last, but in just the right way an album should. The echoing vocals leave you wishing you could leave their album on repeat in your head forever. Spotify lists a ton of artists that are supposedly similar to Sir Sly but I can’t find a way to compare any of them. There’s something incredibly comforting about the relatable narrative we get to follow throughout the entire album.
One of the tracks that was on the album, but also the EP, that particularly settled with me was “Where I’m Going.” The song talks about how easy it is to become jaded when something happens to us and we’re hurt. Terrible things are going to happen in life and people are going to hurt you, but there are ways to make it through those things, sometimes with the help of others. “Nowhere / Bloodlines Pt. 1” is another cool one, it starts out upbeat talking about fear and its crippling effects on us sometimes. Later, it slows down, and goes into how people change. There’s a song for everyone and every situation on this long play. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify today or you can grab it on iTunes! Check them out on Facebook, and maybe catch them on tour next year with KONGOS and Colony House!
“It’s a new art form, showing people how little we care (yeah)”. This week’s Tuesday Tunes had no particular set theme and yet all of the songs seem to encompass a theme of inner strength. Lyrically, sonically, or visually, they remind us to empower ourselves. Or maybe I’m just too excited for the new Hunger Games movie, I don’t know. Either way, give this playlist a listen on our Spotify if you need a little reminder of how strong you really are (because you’re awesome).
1. You Think You’re Tough-Hunx and His Punx
2. Bad Thing-King Tuff
3. Springfield Cannonball-The Coathangers
4. Guns For Hands-Twenty One Pilots
5. Mind Over Matter-Young The Giant
6. Tennis Court-Lorde
7. Riptide-Vance Joy
8. Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked-Cage The Elephant
9. Different-Ximena Sarinana
10. We Came To Dance-The Gaslight Anthem
11. Konstantine-Something Corporate
12. Stubborn Love-The Lumineers
13. Your Graduation-Modern Baseball
15. Pressure-The 1975
16. 5:50 Hurst-Picture Atlantic
17. Secrets Make Sounds-French Cassettes
18. If I Go-Ella Eyre
20. Yellow Flicker Beat-Lorde
Sometimes it’s really obvious when a new album comes out that everyone loves. So basically, we’re all listening to the new Pvris album (which, btw is pronounced “Paris” and not “Purvis”; not that I’ve been saying it like that or anything). Check out our playlist this week on Spotify–I promise it’s not just that album.
3. Thinkin’ Bout You-Frank Ocean
4. My House-Pvris
5. Montreal-Major League
6. Four Winds-Bright Eyes
7. The Place You Love-Have Mercy
8. An Introduction to The Album-The Hotelier
9. Bury Our Friends-Sleater-Kinney
10. Free Spirit-Fictionist
11. Epic Last Song-Does It Offend You, Yeah?
12. The Few That Remain-Set Your Goals ft. Hayley Williams of Paramore
16. Toothpaste Kisses-The Maccabees
17. Melissa-The Allman Brothers Band
18. OutRight-Wild Party
19. All About You-Hilary Duff
20. Steal My Girl-One Direction
Words by Adriana Sanchez
I was twelve years old when I got my hands on a copy of Three Cheers For Sweet
Revenge by My Chemical Romance. It was dark and angry, fast and morbid一and I loved it.
Before that moment, I was never exposed to anything that was seen as weird or frightening
to some. I didn’t even know that people were different because everyone around me was the
same. Out of nowhere, these four guys in a band were telling me that it was okay to be and look
different, so I did. I jumped straight into this world of punk rock not knowing that nothing was
going to be able to pull me back up.
Fast forward to my sophomore year of high school. I was a nerd with bright red hair and
wore Minor Threat t-shirts to school. I also started losing most of my friends and found it hard to
make new ones. I was being rejected by others and then my family followed. No one wanted me
anymore. People who once loved me were telling me that I was ugly, fat, that no one was going
to love me, and I believed them. When I looked into the mirror, I absolutely hated the person
staring back at me, so I changed.I was losing weight, I changed my clothes一nothing I did was
right. I was so desperate for someone to want me, to even like me, but no one did. No matter
what I tried, I couldn’t get their approval, so I turned to music. I turned to Three Cheers.
That album comforted me when I was too embarrassed to talk to anyone. I would put
it on repeat for hours and just listened. The one thing that I truly caught my attention from that
entire album is the line, “we are young and we don’t care, your dreams and your hopeless hair”,
in “Give ‘Em Hell, Kid”. It’s a very insignificant lyric and I think I may have even pulled it out of
context wrong, but to me it’s the most powerful; so much so that I plan to have it tattooed on me.
With just that line alone, I had suddenly found the courage to stick up for myself because it was
true. I was young and I didn’t care. I didn’t care whether or not someone thought I was weird
or ugly, so I braced the masses and accepted my fate. I simply stopped caring. The album
was telling me to seek revenge, but I didn’t want to inflict the same pain. It hurt too much. In
my head, I figured that having the courage to build a successful life despite looking different or
having weird interests was the best revenge.
My new found confidence was short lived as all of those remarks about my appearance
cracked the facade I had built. I became extremely self aware of the way I looked and grew
unhappier each day that passed. In an effort to mask whatever pain and self-consciousness I
felt, I mastered the art of sarcasm and blamed teenage angst as I distanced myself from others.
It was a lonely journey from then on, but I had music around to keep me sane.
I am now in the middle of my senior year of high school. Recently, I have become aware
that my self esteem issues are a problem, and I’m working on it. Just like anything else, there
are good days and there are bad ones. I’ve got a close group of friends that care about me and
am currently working on getting out of my hometown. So far, there has been a lot of babysteps,
but I have promised myself that one day I will be able to fully love myself just as everyone
should. Do not let people’s words hurt you. Everyone’s awesome and beautiful. The one’s who
have something wrong with them are the one’s who are trying to bring you feel less than you
My Chemical Romance has been my favorite band since then. They were there when no
one else wasn’t and for that I would never be able to thank them enough.That record alone was
my gateway into this whole new world of music. Music that has become my passion in life and
inspired not only the person that I am now but also the person that I aspire to be.