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SONG OF THE DAY: MANDOLIN ORANGE – “FROM NOW ON”

It’s a softly Americana acoustic piece that sounds kind of like what it feels to watch a sunset alone. There’s also something deeply and enticingly sad about it, especially once you get to the piquant, silvery mandolin solo toward the end. I’ve been obsessed with this song for months, and it’s one of those rare songs that I think I’ll remain obsessed with, you know, from now on.
(P.S. I think this band almost came to CC last year and then got replaced by Caribou Mountain Collective at the last minute. Fun fact.)

SONG OF THE DAY: BRYAN SUTTON – “GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN”

I don’t have enough positive affirmations to adequately express how much I am freaking out about this particular Christmas song. In the remarkably diverse genre of holiday music, I’m mildly confounded by the fact that all Christmas radio stations play are 80s throwback love songs, excessive Michael Bublé, remastered Nat King Cole, and ex-Beatles’ half-assed attempts at holidazing. (Sorry, Lennon/McCartney. Your other music was way cooler.) This bluegrass rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is a breath of fresh, pine-scented air compared to most other attempts at the very kitschiest of genres. Not only that, but within the tiny niche genre of Christmas bluegrass (check it out sometime), this song is definitely one of the most masterful and toe-tappin’. I’d even go so far as to say I’d probably kiss the song under the mistletoe if it were a person.

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SONG OF THE DAY: JOHN WILLIAMS – “LOVE PLEDGE AND THE ARENA”

‘Tis the season. The new Star Wars movie is coming this month, and I am stoked. This is one of my favorite songs from the soundtrack albums- it appears during the scene on Geonosis while Anakin and Padmé are about to be brought into the arena. The scene can probably be found online, but why stop there? Watch the whole movie tonight. There are worse things to do instead of homework. John Williams has a Spotify if you want more.

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SONG OF THE DAY: COLDPLAY – “ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME”

Before you inwardly groan upon sighting this Song of the Day post and begin yelling some diatribe about how Coldplay is overplayed, over-commercialized, and destined to become the new Nickelback, shut the fuck up and press play. This brand new release may not be as good as Coldplay’s old haunts like “Clocks” or “Speed of Sound” or “Viva la Vida,” but it’s also much better than any of their other releases in the past few years. “Adventure of a Lifetime” is colorful, whimsical, infectious, and well-engineered. At least give it a shot, please?

DJ PLAYLIST: FALL BREAK

The socc DJs wanted to welcome back everyone to campus with a new DJ playlist. As usual, the most interesting and good-looking individuals on campus came through big time. Lots of good stuff in this week’s mix. Everything from Joni mitchell to E-40. Take a listen and share with a friend!

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SONG OF THE DAY: KENDRICK LAMAR – “BLACK FRIDAY”

While Americans stormed retail malls across the country, Kendrick Lamar had different plans in mind. Lamar remixed J. Cole, adding to the hype arounda collab album between the two rappers. The TDE mainstay rapped over the “Tale of 2 Citiez” beat from J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive on his newest track. The song features some clever wordplay and a shoutout to Kanye West. Kendrick proclaims defiantly, “I’m yelling Mr. Kanye West for President.” The song is vintage Lamar and a welcome pre-holiday gift from one of rap’s most complex and talented stars.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Fraser Ross- “Sweet Kisses / Silver Flowers”

Last Saturday I explored the second annual LitCrawl in Wellington, New Zealand. LitCrawl is a celebration of art, literature, and spoken word, and hosts performances and readings in some of the city’s most hidden and most beloved venues. At around 9 pm I found myself in Alistair’s Music Shop at an event simplistically called ‘Writing Tunes & Playing Poetry’. The shop was small, and because my friends and I were the last to arrive we were ushered into a corner at the front of the room next to where the artists would perform, the only space left in the shop. As I sat cross legged, trying to make myself small amongst the acoustic guitars hanging above my head and the audience staring awkwardly at me, the first artist appeared from a little back room at the front of the store.

He introduced himself as Fraser Ross, a New Zealand native. He was tall, skinny, and (don’t make fun of me for using this term), trendy. He wore green skinny pants, a tweed jacket, round glasses, and an oddly stylish bowler hat that I truly believe only he could pull off. He was soft spoken, and in the short time that I saw him I understood that he was humble. This song was one of the three that he performed, and it has stuck with me since that night. He said that it’s about an old girlfriend of his that moved back to her hometown in Scotland. He sang this to her the night before she left. He didn’t tell us how the relationship went after that.

The song is beautiful. The lyrics are vulnerable, modest, and above all, loving. When he performed in Alistair’s he was only equipped with a guitar. On the track he is backed by a band, the Felt Tips, allowing the song to take on a fuller form. I haven’t been able to stop listening to it. Maybe because of the gut wrenching honesty in it, maybe because I saw him live on a night that has stuck in my mind, or maybe because it’s simply a good song – I don’t know but you should really give it a listen.

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