Gesaffelstein - Viol

Usually around this time of year I’ve begun seriously thinking about the more pumpkin spice everything & candy corn aspect of the autumn season, but it’s kind of hard when it’s still so hot that you can leave an uninsulated mug of hot tea in the car in the morning and come back to find it still boiling hot at 5pm. Regardless, last night I found myself on a really enjoyable night-drive and while the rest of everything is telling me it’s Summer, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit of a techno-pagan vibe coming over me when Gesaffelstein’s Conspiracy EP’s began playing. So even though it’s still ridiculously hot and I’m stuck driving around in a car with a driver window that refuses to open, I’m going to let Autumn happen.

Bring on the PSLs and problematic Halloween costumes!


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Redlight - 36 feat. Lotti

So my birthday was this week and I tend to have mixed feelings about my birthday since I’m a raging pessimist and usually see things as “the life is half finished” rather than “half lived”. I’m not sure either way sounds less pessimistic actually. I also base that statement on life expectancy statistics from 1900.

Anyway, I heard this song on Ministry of Sound’s Ibiza Annual 2014 mix album and it was quite an unexpected earwormer. Until last night, I hadn’t even seen the very Mind’s Eye-esque music video for the song, which ironically makes me feel good about having been alive to see the early days of digital art.

Well, kind of glad. I don’t want to start going bald or making dad jokes. Unless I’ve already started making them. Oh no… is this a setup for an elaborate dad joke? I have to go think.


Janelle Monáe - Electric Lady feat. Solange

Okay, now that Callie, Andrew and Zach are done saying their piece, I have to make it known that Janelle Monáe is pretty cool. That’s probably an unpopular opinion since nobody really likes her and she hasn’t really made many waves. But I have to say, Electric Lady is a shockingly good song that will have all your movable archandroid parts dancing. Top it all off with this fantastic video full of really fun cameos and it’s no surprise why I’d choose her song this week. See you guys next week.


Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

Soundtrack Week (revisited)

So this Summer there was this cool movie about outer space and it was pretty good. One of my favorite things about the movie was the element of revisiting of things from the past in a way that gives these seemingly old and outdated things new life. During the movie I couldn’t help thinking, “Is this what it was like watching Star Wars for the first time back when it first came out?” (and I’m sure plenty of people have very strong opinions on why it’s not, but that’s not what I’m worried about right now: don’t message me).

The “retro revisited” theme is most obviously visible (or audible) in the film’s soundtrack; a mix tape made by main character, Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s mom titled “Awesome Mix Vol. 1”. I’ll forgo spoilers and just say that the tape is very important in it’s own way. From start to finish, it’s a retro music extravaganza (as well as topping today’s digital music charts, as it should). 

It all makes me pretty happy and it’s not often that I get to see a movie that brings out such a childlike whimsy in me. Said childlike whimsy is usually overpowered by the part of me that likes to nitpick and be overly pedantic about details and language in movies, which is why I wrote this post praising the soundtrack and not this one from Slate which had to find something to be upset about [spoiler alert]. Yes, two of the soundtrack’s songs are not from the original mixtape. AND? Would you prefer we not have been given Dancing Baby Groot? Because if you do, we can’t be friends.


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Estelle - Conqueror

I lied. I said I was done with my Summer of She and yet here I am blasting Estelle for you guys. Now I stumbled upon this video courtesy of Palladia (who have not reached out to us about free sweaters in exchange for me praising them on our blog… I see how it is), and fell instantly in love. I haven’t kept up with Estelle since 2007 when she had one relatively popular song in the US featuring everyone’s (everyone’s) favorite hip-hop messiah, Yeezus, titled American Boy.

With this song, it’s not surprising that Kanye teamed up with her all those years ago. The song, a powerful ode to self-motivation (and hopefully not one about literally conquering places. Colonialism is bad, kids.), rises to it’s crescendoing chorus fairly quickly and decidedly stays there while you’re charging through that workout/studying for that Summer class final exam/working up the nerve to get out of that toxic relationship.  Whatever it is you need to get done, this song is sure to summon up at least a little of the gumption you need. Scott’s a jerk. Dump him already.


Sheryl Crow - Soak Up The Sun

Summer is coming to an end but Summer music is forever. This week Hilary Duff released a new track and it honestly sounds a little anachronistic. It’s quintessentially Duff, but it’s the kind of song that might have been on one of her cd’s released in the early naughts but not as a single. Additionally, I caught up some more of Liz Phair’s early 90’s grunge girl rock (though I still love her foray into pop from 2003, no matter what Pitchfork says). To top off this week of femme-fueled Summer of '42 2014, I happened to stumble upon this gem from the past decade that I fondly remember playing in the background of my more mundane Summer moments but never paid any attention to. It’s getting to be that time, so enjoy what’s left of the season and, as Crow sings, soak up the Sun.


Azealea Banks - Heavy Metal and Reflective

The Curious Case of Azealia Banks, A Soundboard File: Chapter 4. I think it’s been said several times over here on Soundboard, but we like Azalea Banks. But… we’re a little worried about her. And not in a patronizing way. She’s a big girl and she’s not exactly Amanda Bynes’ing her way to the bottom or anything, she just has a bad case of foot-in-mouth syndrome. No need to document all the cases of it here, that’s what Google is for. It just pains me to have championed her so long ago and not really be able to justify it anymore since her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is still nowhere to be seen. In 2014. 2 years after we first said it would be arriving. Is it okay? Did it fall down a well? Maybe Banks Casey Anthony’d the album and we need Nancy Grace to help. Just kidding. I’d never ask Nancy Grace for help because then the situation would be Nancy Grace’d.

Regardless of the way Banks has Damon Baehrel’ed this album, she does come through with a few banging singles every few months (though, none of which rival her epic breakout single 212). So when I saw her drop Heavy Metal and Reflective today, I knew it was time to check in with miss Yung Rapunzel.

She could not be reached for comment. She’s… dodging** our calls.

**I couldn’t think of a pop culture figure who’s famous for avoiding things 


Top Album Covers Week

Hey, chill cats. It’s Soundboard’s favorite late-nite BJ** is here with his Top Album Covers. Hang in tight, this one’s gonna be good. Or at least not-terrible.

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