Warpaint - “Disco//very”

I’ve been sitting here for the past ten minutes trying to articulate exactly how this song makes me feel, but I can’t seem to do it. All I know is that I’ve listened to this song going on eight times in a row now and if you asked me when I’d consider giving it a rest and, y’know, maybe going outside or starting that paper that was I was supposed to turn in last week I still probably wouldn’t be able to give you a definite answer. Warpaint’s got me hypnotized and I am so okay with it.

- Callie

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Father John Misty - "O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me"

I decided to dust off the ol’ Fear Fun last weekend and the second I heard J. Tillman’s sweet, sweet tenor it was like a fire instantly came roaring back to life. I’d made the mistake of going all this past winter without listening to it even once, so I figured I needed to do something about that while this last bit of cold clings to Tallahassee. I dunno why, something about FJM feels so wholly wintery to me.

I could go on and on about how much I love this album, but there’s something about this song in particular that hits me right at my center; everything, Tillman’s voice, the hammond organ, the words, everything just envelops me in one of the most beautiful and visceral songs I’ve ever heard. 

There’ve been whispers of a new Misty album coming out sometime this year, but if you need your fix right this very now Josh Tillman recently scored his wife Emma’s short film The History of Caves; you can listen to all of it right here.

- Callie

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Kool A.D. - "Hickory (Feat. Talib Kweli and Boots Riley)"

What? Wait, what? Victor Vasquez AKA Kool A.D. AKA 1/3 of Das Racist (r.i.p. in peace) leaked his new album WORD O.K.? I’ve gotta go check my calendar and make sure it’s not Christmas, because man, does it feel like it.

I’m an unflappable fan of pretty much anything Kool and Heems get their hands on, so I may have been a little biased going into WORD, but let me assure you: it is excellent. Of the eleven tracks, “Hickory” is at the tippy top of my favorites list, probably because it feels so… contentedly happy? Whatever it is, it’s got me nodding my head and smiling along. You can download and listen to all of WORD O.K. here on bandcamp.

- Callie

RJD2 - "A Beautiful Mine"
Theme Song Week

It’s a Soundboard Double Feature™! A tiny emergency kept me away last night, but you guys know I’d never miss a theme week, especially not a TV theme song theme week, so here I am a day late with what is sure to be an instantly recognizable tune for any Mad Men fans out there. RJD2 is the mastermind behind this, as Max would say, “marmalade”, and if you’ve got a keen ear and a penchant for the hilarious Broad City, you might’ve picked up on his sound in last week’s “Destination: Wedding”, of which he composed the score. RJD2, or Ramble John Krohn (yes, that’s his real name), is an incredible artist, and if you like what you hear here, check out the rest of his instrumentals from the album Magnificent City, and don’t forget to peep the final season of Mad Men, which returns on Sunday, April 13th!

- Callie

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Scott McKenzie - "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)"

It’s spring break, y’all! Or “spraaang breaaak” as anyone in the 18-25 year old demographic would say. It is so very nice to be away from school, and even though when I’m back home I live next to some of the biggest spring break hot spots in the country, I thought it would be nice to go somewhere a little different. So to celebrate our 21st birthdays, one of my best friends and I decided it would be killer to go and see one of the greatest cities on earth: San Francisco, California.

We’ve only been here for about 24 hours now, but after seeing Fisherman’s Wharf (SEA LIONS!), Haight-Ashbury, and Golden Gate Park, I think I know where I’m going to be moving after I graduate. Such a beautiful, colorful city, and everyone we’ve spoken to has been nothing but kind and cheery. Scott McKenzie here did a perfect job of encapsulating the whole “love thy neighbor” vibe that I’ve gotten from the people I’ve encountered so far; maybe once you give him a listen you’ll be inspired to do the same.

- Callie

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LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends"

Judging by my current forecast of events, 2014 looks like it’s shaping up to be an incredible year; I’m going to San Francisco in a week, I’m studying abroad in London with some of my best friends over the summer, and in August I’ll be starting my senior year of college, so there’s a ton to be excited about. A friend of mine described the feeling of this song as “future nostalgia”, and when I heard it again for the first time in a while today, I couldn’t help but think of everything I’m looking forward to. It’s a nice thing to have, you know, it’s a comfort. Everything just feels so rife with possibility. I have so much coming my way and I can’t wait to remember it all.

- Callie

Eels - "Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues"

Today we got the first little taste of spring, and though it was nice, so nice, I’m not quite sure if I’m ready for it yet. Regardless, the breeze had me feeling extra chipper, and as I walked to class in my shorts and sandals the only thought that bounced around my head was, “You’re goddamn right it’s a beautiful day.” Happy Wednesday, my friends.

- Callie

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Blood Orange - "It Is What It Is"

I know we’re supposed to be in the thick of winter - the polar vortexes and Sochi problems dominating headlines can readily attest to that - but man am I missing my warm weather music; when it “snowed" here in Tallahassee a few weeks ago I blasted Cayucas all day hoping I could trick myself into feeling a little more tropical. Now temperatures are back to normal (i.e. erratic as all hell, typical Florida) and I still find myself pining for something a little warmer. Songs like this always resonate with me around this time of year; little pieces of melancholy tinged with optimism, marimbas softening the starkness. If you’re a fan of any of Dev Hynes' work check out last year's Cupid Deluxe; hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do, but if not, that’s cool too. It is what it is.

- Callie

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