Nicki Minaj - Moment For Life feat. Drake
Second Chance Week

In 2009 a friend of mine shared a video on Facebook of this rapper that I’d never heard of. The production value was low and it seemed straight up like something on a homemade CD/DVD that I’d be handed by an unaccomplished artist struggling to get their work heard. Unlike those CD’s I never really take seriously, I genuinely saw some serious potential and skill in that low resolution youtube video. I even shared it on my freshly created Tumblr account.

The artist was of course Nicki Minaj.

Of course it doesn’t end there. A year or so later, Nicki released “Pink Friday”, which was critically acclaimed… but not by me. At least not at first. I wasn’t as impressed by the gimmicky, multiple-personality-having, fuchsia frocked pop diva as I was with the around-the-way-girl who wasn’t asking for her spotlight, but demanding it. Another year after that, I actually gave Pink Friday a listen or 12 (after being slapped across the face with a reminder of the woman’s talent by her infamous Monster verse) and my opinion was cemented that Nicki Minaj always knows what she’s doing and I should trust her.

So you see, this 2nd chance worked out in kind of a reverse order. Well, rinse, reverse and repeat. I had this stint during the Starships era where I simply didn’t care about what Nicki was doing but now I’m back on board and humming Anaconda every day as a ritual cleanse after inevitably hearing an Iggy Azalea song on the radio (shame on you, J-Lo).

Max

Alexisonfire - No Transitory
Second Chance Week

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I’m generally a love of soft folk music and the occasional indie rock.  For those of you who know me really well, will also know that I love pop-punk and post-hardcore.  

I remember giving Alexisonfire a whirl in grade 9 only to dislike it.  It was loud, brash, and not something I really enjoyed.  Fast forward two or three years and I gave it another listen.  I was older, more ‘mature’, and my friend group had changed drastically.  I liked the loud guitars and the screaming lyrics.  The energy was infectious.  And that was that.  I was sucked into the world of pop punk and post-hardcore music.  Alexisonfire was basically my gateway drug into that genre and I couldn’t be happier.  

So thank you to my friends in high school who forced me to give this a second listen.  You’ve opened up a weird and loud musical world for me and now I can’t get out.

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday and try your best to give things a second chance! 

-Sherwin

(Source: Spotify)

Lana Del Rey - Cola
Second Chance Week

In 2012 as I traveled around Europe I was met everywhere with Lana. Her dead stare haunted me from every billboard in every train station. I saw her become a meme with her horrid dance turn and I wanted absolutely nothing to do with her. Then “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack happened and I was tricked into liking one of her songs. That led to her discography (via a “private session” on Spotify) and then I just kind of fell in love with her music, specifically Born to Die - Paradise Edition (which was just putting her first two albums together and relabeling it. Genius!)

All of her videos and songs focus on this idealized Americana badass lifestyle of not giving a shit and riding motorcycles and falling in love with rough men. My description alone makes me cringe, yet when I listen to her songs and lyrics there is no recoil, I just really enjoy the sound. At this point I’m no longer private session and I even sing along to “Girls” in the car. I had to go with Cola just because of the concept of the song. Her Scottish boyfriend at the time likened the “taste” of all American girls to Pepsi Cola as if it was something exotic. Lana thought it was funny so she unabashedly made a song about it. Some say it’s for shock value, I just think it’s a great way to show that there doesn’t have to be a filter on being a pop artist.

-Zach

(Source: Spotify)

Peret — Gitana Hechicera

Second Chance Week

Sooo I’ve never been a fan of rumba. In fact I hated it. I was anti-rumba. All my friends loved it, and I wasn’t in the same vibe. 

But somehow this changed and I didn’t even realized, I can listen to some Catalan rumba and actually enjoy it.

Catalan rumba was born in Barcelona by the hand of the Romani community in the 50s. Peret was one of the pioneers in this style, and has songs that won’t let me stop moving, and keep a smile in my face, because they are almost always positive lyrics, and so was he. Peret passed away last month, but I’m sure their songs will keep playing at parties for many years to come.

Hope you enjoy,

-Viu

(Source: soundboard)

Fiona Apple - "Anything We Want"
Second Chance Week

Can you believe that I was completely unaffected by this album when I first heard it? Unbelievable. I know. I’m not sure what was wrong with me either. But! I have since seen the error of my ways and fallen madly in love with it and all of its imperfections. All of it - the clunky piano, Fiona’s sandpapery voice - was so opposite of what I had been taught was “good” music that the nontraditional-ness completely threw me off and kept me from seeing how beautiful it really was.

This song in particular was actually my least favorite at the time, but now I think I’d even go so far as to regard it as one of the best songs Fiona Apple has ever written. The music and the namely the lyrics are so unequivocally GOOD right from the opening “My cheeks were reflecting the longest wavelength” and it just really makes me want her and Ben Gibbard to get together (Professionally, not romantically. Although yes.) and write the Greatest Lyrical Masterpiece of All Time. Of all the artists and albums I went back to and tried a second time, I think The Idler Wheel… has to be the one I’m most grateful for.

- Callie

(Source: Spotify)

How To Dress Well - & It Was U
Second Chance Week

It took me a while to board the How To Dress Well train. Two years ago, Tom Krell’s project had caught my eye and I figured I’d lend it my ear as well. It was obvious that the music was overtly emotional and smart, but for one reason or another, it didn’t click. About six months later, I was cleaning out my music library (when I had one… Thanks, Spotify), and I came across this album. I popped on a random track so I could make a decision about its culling. Oddly enough, this song, which doesn’t sound like like the rest of his work, got me listening to it. And then I listened some more. And then some more. And then I started reading the interviews, and seeing the videos, and hearing the new album this summer. How To Dress Well stands today as one of my absolute favorites. The music raw and smooth and pretty real; it touches on family and life and love and meaning and often the bizarre nature of existence. 

Two weeks ago I got a chance to interview Tom for my job. While I wish I had done better on my end, it was obvious how damn cool the dude is. I almost deleted the stuff completely. Some things are worth a second chance. 

If you like any of How To Dress Well’s music, go check them out live. Seriously. He’s on tour right now. You’ll probably laugh and cry, similarly to a blogger on this panel who shall remain unnamed.

-Andrew

(Source: Spotify)

Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska (Live)
Second Chance Week

We’ve all been drowned by our parents’ embarrassing music at some point and I was no exception to the rule at the insular age of fourteen, when the only thing that mattered was grumbling along to a daily Nirvana marathon. I just remember Bruce Springsteen feeling like the ultimate parent-rock, that themed a bygone era when the 50-something-year-olds of today were undoubtedly ‘cooler’…

I was dragged, scuffing and grumbling, to his show at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium and after a god-like, support-less, interval-free, three and a half hour show from the hottest almost-60-year-old, I left Wales with a brand new and permanent installation of a mental shrine, ever glowing in honour of The Boss.

- Rosie

Soundboard presents: Second Chance Week
Life is full of second chances. We all have that tune and album that we disregarded at first blush, only to have the music grow on us and become prominent, permanent fixtures in our libraries (so the exact opposite of the U2 album). This week we’re going to pay homage to those songs that just weren’t instant hits, but just needed a little extra time and a little open-mindedness to revisit.
As always with love, 
-The Soundboard Panel
(Artwork as always done by our lovely Thursday panelist and resident artist, Viu!)

Soundboard presents: Second Chance Week

Life is full of second chances. We all have that tune and album that we disregarded at first blush, only to have the music grow on us and become prominent, permanent fixtures in our libraries (so the exact opposite of the U2 album). This week we’re going to pay homage to those songs that just weren’t instant hits, but just needed a little extra time and a little open-mindedness to revisit.

As always with love, 

-The Soundboard Panel

(Artwork as always done by our lovely Thursday panelist and resident artist, Viu!)