MAGIC! - Rude

Some songs are instant faves. They appear in your life and you instantly know it’s destined to reach the upper echelons of your “most played” list. That you have to share it with your friends to let them know how it brings joy to your heart and soul.

This song was not one of them. From (surprisingly accomplished) lead singer Nasri Atwehl’s face to his beanie which likely smells like a Phish concert, everything about this song & video turned me into the side-eye emoji. But even though I identify more with the comically stone-faced & Mitt Romney-esque father in the music video (not that I would engage in the anachronistic and patriarchal tradition of giving my daughter permission to marry a tuxedo-tee wearing street urchin), unlike him, I eventually gave in to Nasri’s charms and have been crooning “rude” and making that face and doing that dance-kick-thing all week. Hope it gets you looking like a fool too. Have a great week!

Max

RAC - Cheap Sunglasses feat. Matthew Koma

Writing about music is a weird thing to do. It’s very opinionated and like a lot of opinions, they can change. And so can the way people hear what you’ve said. A long time ago we here at Soundboard loved Gotye, but then what felt like 5 years of “Somebody That I Used To Know" happened. I have, on more than one occasion, posted Macklemore here and I am well & truly sorry for having inflicting that upon you all. Last year I posted a song by MKTO that got no love but has, in the last month or so, become a radio hit, and while I’m not saying you should go back and reblog it anything, I’m not not saying that.

Point is, sometimes you have to bear with us with our music choices because the good ones might not look so good in a year or so. And the bad ones might look much better. But that’s a little irrelevant since everyone loves RAC projects. Have a great Summer and may all your choices reflect well on your upbringing.

Max

Ben Khan - Youth

You want the truth? I’m still reeling from what my man T went through tonight. Also… that I only woke up about an hour ago after falling into a food coma from Mothers Day lunch. So no, this week’s song is not very prepared.

I haven’t been listening to a lot of new music, and since I’m not willing to tarnish this blog with by having to tag it with #Iggy Azaelia—which is saying a lot coming from me—instead, here’s some faux-retro tunage that you can j… ja… jamarmalade out to.

Max

Anamanaguchi - Endless Fantasy

Look, I know an alien from the future has crash landed and is saying you need to stop this monster before he’s too strong to defeat in the future even though you’re pretty busy trying to get everyone’s food back before the king eats it all. I know these weird turtle children are making things kind of rough for you and some handsome jackass is going to blow up a planet soon. I know you’ll spend a lot of long nights this summer battling the baddest bosses and searching for that one specific loot drop. 

But you can’t leave home without telling you mom first and bringing a friend and some tunes. After all, it’s dangerous to go alone.

Max

The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon

Oh, the things I don’t know I don’t know. It’s always interesting when I find a song that was allegedly a big deal but that I’ve never heard before. Hailing from Canada, The Tragically Hip (whose name is appropriate since I/you probably never heard of them which is sad) won a Juno Award for this 1999 alt. rock hit.

I never paid attention to the Juno Awards since it’s a distinctly Canadian thing, but there are some great songs on the list. Other Juno Award winning songs include Every Alanis Morissette Song Ever by Alanis Morissette and Singing Ever-So-Slightly Above A Whisper by Craig Manning.

I kid, of course. I actually love most of these mix-tape-ready tracks and the next time I’m feeling angsty, I’m going to make a Spotify list of them, if one doesn’t exist already. 

Max

Chrome Sparks - Marijuana

So today is a bit of a double-whammy of celebrations. You’ve got Easter and 420 (as well as an interesting combination of the two; what a time to be alive). I hope you all enjoy the day, whatever you’re doing. I personally will be sitting here in my room with these papers.

No, like academic papers. I seriously have so much work to do you guys. This brief chapter of my life is just so much. College, amirite?

Max

The Killers - Shot At The Night

So The Killers, a Soundboard fave, released a new track last Fall for their greatest hits album and it’s pretty great and has a retro 80s sound… and you know I love me some 80s.

The music video, which stars The Social Network’s “not-actually-Indian" guy, comrade of "not-actually-twins" guy, is just as interesting as you’d come to expect from Brandon Flowers and co. It also serves as a great companion to the video for the album’s 2nd single, Just Another Girl, which stars Glee’s “not-actually-evil-well-maybe-kind-of-evil-but-she-has-her-reasons-I-guess?" girl.

Anyway, you know the drill. Press play. Have a good time. See you next week.

Max

Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain’t With It)

Oh, Chromeo. A Few weeks ago I stumbled across this song (as I do) and I have been obsessed with it. Now I want to make it clear that I am not being totally hyperbolic. I’ve listened to it a lot. And on top of all that, this week it began playing regularly on the radio at work so I’m sort of being payed to marmalade to one of my favorite songs of the season (Yes, I’m still trying to make marmalade happen).

Anyway, you should definitely watch Dave 1 go all Mr. Steal Yo Girl on A$AP Ferg. Have a great week, and please resist your crime-committing urges.

Max