Today’s track is gifted to us from producer Kaytranada featuring Anderson Paak. The quintessential Kaytranada bass line plus with the alto vocals of Anderson Paak equals an emotive and eerie track. This song brings imagery of neon lights and halloween. The music video is the perfect visual accompaniment to this track by placing the viewer and listener in the mystical world of Kaytranada. With his recent coming out to his fans as homosexual and the upcoming release of his album “99.9%”, Kaytranada is an artist to watch. Nearing 100%, we wait until Kaytranada leaves his lab and shares what else he has created.
Today’s Song of the Day is “I Wanna Boi” from the queer punk duo PWR BTTM. Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins met at Bard College and spend their playing shows on the Bard campus. Their raw punk sound is reminiscent of something heard at a house party somewhere around CC. However it is their unconventional lyricism that works do break down norms of sexuality and music makes PWR BTTM worth a listen. If you love the song email ob8419@Bard.edu.
This South Korean punk trap music has me captivated. Music is changing quick. Kieth Ape demands you forget what you know about music, and just enjoy this energy packed 3 minutes. Vibe to this during your pleasant Wednesday evening.
Today’s song of the day comes from the audio magician Supa Bwe. Supa, yet another rapper coming from the cultural renaissance currently happening Chicago, has been producing and rapping for a few years now. “Stay Awake”, from Supa’s Hurt Everybody mixtape, produced by Zen Zan, was released seven months ago on Soundcloud. The slowed down beat, extended bass, and wavey melody sets makes a perfect canvas for rappers Twista, Mick Jenkins and Supa Bwe to work with. Supa’s talent for making a hook sets a stage for Mick Jenkins and Twista to go in. Mick Jenkins lyrics, “let me see that dropped pin”, takes a unexpected satirical twist to this song. The juxtaposition between the slow verses of Mick Jenkins and the rapid lyrics of Twista makes this a complex and unique banger. Enjoy this song to wherever you’re heading this block break.
Sometimes you have to look back to move forward. With the resurgence of R&B from D’angelo to Chris McClenney, I figured I would share this original R&B jam from 2005. In his track “Sacrifice”, Darien Brockington brings the beautiful production and tempting voices come together beautifully in this one and creates truly timeless music.
This past Saturday night CC students gathered at 666 Uintah to let out some energy to the sounds of CC student bands Ominous Animals and Kauzmann On Ice. Above the roar of friends gathered around, upbeat guitars and smashing symbols keeping the room sweaty, lively, and full until the bitter end.
While I personally showed up late to the Ominous Animals set, friends like Lena Farr-Morrissey shared that they brought a lot of energy to the room with groovy jams like their rendition of “White Room” by Cream. They have been consistently creating an incredible atmosphere for every live set. These talented musicians have been around the CC music scene for a few years now and they that have come together under the name of Ominous Animals. The crowd always adores their performance and were sad to see their set end.
After the crowd filed out quickly for a short smoke break, Kauzmann On Ice followed Ominous Animals to complete the night. While Kauzmann On Ice was the name of this band this past Saturday, the official name of this group has yet to be decided. So continue to keep an ear out. With influences from CC student bands such as the beloved Randy and the Reptiles, curiosity elevated the crowds excitement. Extended downtempo jams on the guitar gave the room a spacey ambience as those next to me began to shut their eyes and dance for nobody but themselves. As the tempo increased so did the amount of collisions in the crowd. A perfect mixture of groovy bass, upbeat guitar, and loud, rhythmic drums riled up the crowd for the climax of the night. A crowd surfer passed overhead and fell soon after, but everyone still had smiles on their faces.
With another dynamic performance from Ominous Animals and Kauzmann On Ice’s lively debut show, Saturday night was one to remember. The intimate venue, the abundance of tigers, and high-spirited music created an exhausting yet refreshing experience for those who were lucky enough to attend. Keep an ear out for these bands next show, you don’t want to miss it.
Photos by Leo Turpan ’18