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Sonic Space: It's Week 10...

(06/01/15 7:40am)

This was yet again one of those weeks in which I couldn’t find an album to review despite a large slew of quality new releases. All these albums, while good, haven’t moved me to anything beyond casual interest. Instead, I’ve put together a playlist of tracks both old and new that are infectious, if not always PG-13. I had no particular theme in mind when I cobbled these tracks together, but taken as a whole, I believe this playlist reflects the fact that its week 10 and I have officially given up on forming sentences with fewer than four curse words in them. I recommend listening to this playlist out of the earshot of small children. [embed]https://soundcloud.com/pddr/sets/june-1-2015[/embed]



PB&Jams: Foster The People

(05/26/15 7:55am)

I know, I know, Foster The People put out a new album last year, and it’s called “Supermodel” not “Torches.” But this week, it feels like the start of summer and “Torches” (2011) is a quintessential summer album for me — perfect for drives with the windows down or blasting it through whatever speakers you can get to play outside on the porch (which is inevitably just someone’s phone placed strategically in a cup). Foster the People is an indie-pop band from Los Angeles (“Of course!” you’re saying — of course an indie-pop band is from LA!!!). The name of the band evidently comes from the fact that their vocalist’s name is Mark Foster (that’s research right there).




Sonic Space: Onoe Caponoe

(05/18/15 7:35am)

I don’t know if I have the words to describe Onoe Caponoe’s work. His album “The Staircase to Nowhere” (2014) consists of spacey overlays and intricate verses. The effect is almost entirely novel, if a little disorienting. The album is an exercise in fantasy, and it all feels a little unreal. The vibe may be complicated, but it’s expected from Caponoe, a psychedelic British rapper. Another of his albums, “Voices from Planet Cattele” (2015), used interesting and esoteric samples to great effect. The spacey washed-out synths that permeate “The Staircase to Nowhere” are a progression, though Caponoe still enjoys playing with samples. The Game of Thrones audio clip in “Tale of the Buble Lord (Lurk of the Tiny King of the Shadows)” is subtle but effective. Submerged under the heavy beat, the clip grabs your attention and engages you in the track.


Picks of the Week: In Recovery

(05/15/15 3:01pm)

Each week, Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommend their favorite songs of the week according to a particular theme. Finally, Green Key has arrived — but by Sunday, you’ll need a soundtrack to help you pick up the pieces and recover from your weekend of fun and debauchery. These are a few suggestions from our music staff for that playlist. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opeETnB8m8w[/embed]


PB&Jams: fun.

(05/11/15 7:49am)

This week I found myself experiencing quite the dearth of new music inspiration, which has proven to be a bit of a pain in a few areas of my life — for example, the fact that the people taking my spin class can only sprint to “Ugly Heart” so many times before mutinying. Consequently, for this week’s PB&Jams I’ve resorted to revisiting an album that I will love unconditionally forever and ever — fun.’s “Aim and Ignite” (2009).



Sonic Space: Kehlani

(05/04/15 11:35am)

“You Should Be Here” is the first full-length album by Oakland, California native, Kehlani. It’s the follow-up to her fantastic 2014 mix tape “Cloud 19.” Kehlani’s vocals are clear and occasionally a little hollow, but the rich backing tracks to every song on the album offset whatever her vocals lack in fullness. Her real talent lies in the construction of her lyrics and the range of rhythms and cadences she can seamlessly meld together in a track.


Picks of the Week: Party Songs for Pre-Green Key

(05/01/15 10:45am)

Each week, Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommend their favorite songs of the week according to a particular theme. It’s now May! The month of pre-Green Key, with Pigstick and Derby, as well as the famed weekend itself. With all of these exciting events on the horizon, we had our music enthusiasts find their favorite party songs of the moment to get you excited and ready to spend the day in the sunshine. Put on your Derby hat and give it a listen! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blZp-ln7FDE[/embed]



Rejected Term Papers: Why Uptown Funk is about Cocaine

(04/27/15 8:02am)

I spent my spring break doing what most people do — looking up and analyzing the lyrics to top 40 pop hits that are barely relevant anymore. When I read the lyrics to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” however, I had a startling revelation. First, what I’m doing is what a really lonely person might do. Also, “Uptown Funk” is about cocaine. Right out the gate Bruno Mars pulls the classic lyrical trope of singing a grocery list of things hip-hop artists like. In this case the list includes: this hit, ice-cold Michelle Pfeiffer and white gold. At first I thought "white gold" was some meta-commentary on the practice of defanging music from African-American culture to make it more palatable to a broader — read White — audience. But as I looked into it further I came to one conclusion. Cocaine, baby.


Picks of the Week: Songs to Take You Back

(04/24/15 3:50pm)

Each week, Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommend their favorite songs of the week according to a particular theme. This week we focus on songs to take you back in time and bring up waves of nostalgia. With the third (and largest) Dimensions weekend here, you’ve probably found your mind wandering to those first days setting foot on campus. Let these songs travel down memory lane with you!


Sonic Space: It’s Almost Actually Warm

(04/20/15 7:40am)

I know a lot of solid albums have been released recently, but I didn’t want to write about a single one of them. Instead, I’ve put together a playlist of tracks that I like. Ostensibly, the theme of this playlist is “songs to blast on the Green.” The basic requirements are volume (it must be loud), appropriateness (there are many tiny munchkins running around the Green) and upbeat-ness (monastic chanting is both loud and appropriate but not exactly fun).



PB&Jams: Death Cab for Cutie

(04/13/15 7:45am)

Death Cab for Cutie has put out an unbelievable amount of music in their 17 years as a band. From 1998’s “Something About Airplanes,” through the iconic album “Plans” (2005) — which featured some of the tracks that made Death Cab a household name, including “Soul Meets Body” and “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” — these albums were just the beginning. “Narrow Stairs” (2008) and “Codes and Keys” (2011) only furthered the band’s standing as a staple of the indie rock community.


Picks of the Week: Get Back in the Groove

(04/10/15 7:50am)

Each week, Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommend their favorite songs of the week according to a particular theme. This week we focus on songs to get you back in the groove. Now that it’s week two, students are falling back into the rhythm of classes, activities and all the other things that take up time here. Enjoy!  


Sonic Space: Bear Hands

(04/06/15 11:02am)

It’s always interesting to see how a band changes from one release to another. More often than not, someone is of the opinion that the old stuff is better than the new. Recently, I found myself adopting this position in response to the new Walk the Moon album. In all fairness, my vague unease with Walk the Moon’s new effort has more to do with my strange and excessive love for their first album than with the quality of their new work. My attachment makes it hard for me to be objective. On the other hand, I’m incredibly pleased with HOLYCHILD’s new single “Running Behind” probably because I have no strong memories associated with “Mindspeak,” their excellent, electro-pop 2014 EP.


Picks of the Week: Dance Away the Winter Blues

(04/03/15 2:24pm)

Each week, Dartbeat asks a group of musically inclined students to recommend their favorite songs of the week according to a particular theme. This week we focus on songs to help dance away the winter blues. Even though spring is here, the winter seems to want to hang around, so put these songs on whenever the weather gets you down. Enjoy!




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