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International Workgroup: A Playlist

Onna Negai Ota – Meiko Kaji


Meiko Kaji is a Japanese actress who was most prominent in the 1970s. She played in a bunch of films, mostly in badass outlaw character roles. But she was also an amazing modern enka singer. Enka is a genre of music in Japan that resembles the musical style of traditional Japanese music. Modern enka came about in post-World War II context, sort of attributed to Keiko Fuji who really brought the style back into prominence in Japan. This is a great sampling of Kaji’s work, and it’s really interesting to hear the traditional Japanese style being played on Western instruments like violins, guitars, accordions, and electric organs. Oh, also you might recognize her voice as two of her songs were featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill soundtracks.

Requiem – Alma


France’s entry into Eurovision this year.

Paradis Perdus – Christine and the Queens


Christine and the Queens are from France, and sing in both French and English, sometimes trading off between both languages in the same song like it does here. The English chorus should sound familiar. 🙂

Cheshme Man – Dariush


I first heard this song in Ana Lily Amirpour’s movie, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” and I’ve been smitten with it ever since. Also a beautiful guitar song.

Sex Noll Två – KSMB


The title of this song translates to “Six Five Four” from Swedish to English. I know literally nothing about this band aside from the fact that they’re Swedish, and were together in the late 70’s to early 80’s. I can’t find any of their music online except for on Youtube. It’s a real shame, because this is a great punk song.

September 3rd- December 14th: My Favorite Tracks of the Semester

girls - hellhole rat race

This is probably going to be my last blog post of the semester. It has been fun, and I appreciate any one who stuck with my posts through the good times and the bad times (my Looper movie review). Since the year is ending, I guess it’s time for a post about my favorite/most-listened to songs of the semester. Most of this listening occurred in a frantic stage of studying in the library, but there was some fun had too.

Here is my best of the semester:

Girls, “Hellhole Ratrace”
A classic, sorrowful Girls track that, through its repetitive nature, is about 3 minutes too long. Call me crazy, it’s my favorite song ever.

Danny Brown, “Monopoly”
I saw Danny Brown live, became obsessed with hip-hop, and found “Monopoly” to be one of his best, both in concert and on the album “XXX”.

Ariel Pink, “Reminisces”
It was great to have Ariel Pink at the Sco, and even though he didn’t play this track, it is still worth listening to. It’s a groovy instrumental that fits well into cohesively structuring the 2010 album “Before Today”.

Frank Ocean, “Forrest Gump”
Everyone loves Channel Orange. I think it is a bit overrated, but it’s still a great album. Forrest Gump is my favorite song, it’s just too catchy.

Holy Shit, “My Whole Life Story”
Combine Matt Fishbeck, Ariel Pink, and Christopher Owens. The best track on “Stranded at Two Harbors,” in which Fishbeck at one point sings the chords being played.

Death Grips, “The Fever (aye aye)”
Death Grips is insane, and “The Fever (aye aye)” successfully conveys this. Vocalist “MC Ride” screams and shouts, simultaneously making you love/hate the song.

Dear Vinyl Workgroup–

“I still like you, but I don’t trust you anymore.”

We chose this music for you.

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Lady BJ Crosby is from New Orleans. She is also a singer.

Here are her sweet tunes. Below you see a picture of Lady BJ.

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This singer, Michael Quatro, sounds like Bowie and Queen AND a glass of iced Malibu that has been left on the table since 1976. It’s good. We hope you like it.. He is pretty cute, then and now.

Then                                                                  Now

Final(s) Thoughts

Finals are coming: What are you listening to?

I had a lot of work due right before Thanksgiving break; it wasn’t terrible, but it reminded me that finals are approaching. I know I’m going to be barricaded in the library soon, so it’s really important to have some music to listen to. Some people can work to music, others can’t, and I find myself in between. I can’t really read as I bump Drake, but I can write as I bump to Drake, albeit a little bit slower. I find it a reasonable trade-off, mainly because music helps relieve some stress and it’s great for keeping time, in the “I’ll take a break when this song is over” sense.
In picking music, it’s important to listen to something familiar. I’m all for finding new stuff, but it’s probably not ideal to catch up on some “Best New Music” when you’re swamped with work. Listening to new music requires divided attention, and it’s hard enough to focus on your work without any distractions; stick with what you know.

I already have some music lined up for my busy weeks. Here is some stuff that I think is work getting familiar with:

“Guillotine”, Death Grips – The musical equivalent of “I-smoked-two-packs-of-cigarettes-and-drank-too-much-coffee.” However, pretty good for subtly “going hard” in the library.

“Marvin’s Room”, Drake – Marvin’s room is just R&B, crooning Drake, which is great easy listening. He gets pretty emotional too.

“Vomit”, Girls – Girls broke up, which is terribly sad. So is this song, but it is definitely pop oriented and kind of perky in some parts. Make sure to check out the guitar solo around the 2 minute mark of the song.

“Last Kiss”, Jay Frank Wilson – This song was released in 1964, so it’s fairly dated. It’s really catchy and it’s generally an exciting, old, simple song. The bass is pretty cool too.

The Name Game – Pop’s List of the Week 10/15

p-pop b-bop banana nana bo-bop POP!!! This week is names….roll call!!!

1. Stacey Grove – Marc Bolan & Tyrannosaurus Rex

::: So self-indulgent! This song evokes the classic ‘nice guys finish last’ archetype in a draining, mundane manner. That Stacey Grove must be quite the catch for Bolan to refer to her by her actual name instead of some weirdo 70’s sweet talk. Then again, I think most of us would prefer to partake in some hot love rather than have him get our name straight.

2. Angie – The Rolling Stones

::: The name Angie has never sounded so tragic.  It evokes memories of crying in my car after saying goodbye to my great love.  Just kidding, it only reminds me of the fact that I’ve never had a great love to say goodbye to.  Great song–what a jam.

3. Jocasta – Noah and The Whale

::: I like this song mostly for the clapping.

4. Madeline – Yo La Tengo

::: Slow and sad, but has a warmth to it that still brings a smile to my face.

5. Jasmine – Jai Paul


6. Vanessa – Grimes

::: Grimes is the queen of pop and the intergalactic princess.  You already love her and you probably already love this song so go ahead and give it another play.  Vanessa is pretty cool too. GRIMEZ4EVR.

Halloween pt. 1 – Pop’s List of the Week 10/10

The wind is blowing, the air is cold and all of those black cats that live in town started walking around Wilder Bowl at night and you see their eyes glowing at night and it makes you walk the other way or maybe call ride-line. Pop group picked some songs that represent that freaky feeling that something scary is going to happen.

1. Pere Ubu – Thriller!

An unpredictable left turn on Dub Housing, this B-side track haunts and moans for way longer than any other song on the record. Inconsistent yet repetitive, scratchy and loud, “Thriller!” is the perfect song for squealing like a little piggy all the way home.

2 . Suicide – Ghost Rider

Slow droning synth backdrop and lo-fi, quavery vocals that creep up on you like a hooded figure. Intense. Good luck getting that beat out of your head when it’s over.

3. Timber Timbre – Demon Host

Eerie and haunting enough to echo that unshakable chill in the air. I mean, look, I’m not the kind of person to go around sitting in cemeteries night, but like, if I were, I would totally play this. Full moon preferable, but not required.

4. Tom Waits – Clap Hands

My mom used to play Tom Waits when we cleaned the house. I was always scared of his deep husky voice that would reverberate in the living room. When I was in middle school I made a horror film and used Tom Waits as my soundtrack. As spooky images of a dripping sink, footsteps on an old staircase, and a desolate backyard flashed across the screen, Tom Waits husked away in the background. He is what nightmares sound like.

5. Marilyn Manson – Dope Show

Creepy and uncomfortable, Mason always does it right.  He’s fresh and sounds really blood almost all then time.  What else would you ever want for Halloween? 90’s creep at its best.  Listen to the whole album for extra spooky realness.

6. “Piggies” – The Beatles

My dad being an avid Beatles fan, growing up, I always felt like there was constantly a Beatles album being played in the background of my house. I took to the White Album, but this track never ceased to frighten my young mind. To this day, anything with maniacal laughing continues to give me the creeps.



Fall is Here, Hear the Yell


corn and grain, corn and grain

all that falls shall rise again

– Wiccan harvest chant

Yes, it is October- not quite the beginning of the academic year, not too close to winter, but the remaining obstacle between us and fall break.  The change in the seasons and resulting hibernation//death of many fauna may sometimes cause feelings of disorientation [not to be confused with Disorientation] and perhaps a little gloom.   But here is a playlist of the good things: staying healthy, a little cheer, and some pensive tracks to help y’all feel well and re-orient with the times       —->stay well, friends, because it’s all part of the cycle of the seasons.

01: Be Healthy – Dead Prez

02: Tomorrow Comes Today – Gorillaz

03: Apple Blossom – White Stripes

04: Stop Your Sobbing – the Pretenders

05: You Don’t Have To Cry – Crosby, Stills, & Nash

06: I’m Only Sleeping – the Beatles

07: 9 Ghosts I – nine inch nails

08: Playground Love (Vibraphone Version) – Air