Playlist: WHOA
Nonsense words like “whoa,” “la,” or “na” have always been one of my favorite features of songs. Instead of acting as filler, I think these words tend to act as harmony elements, recurring near choruses to add a little something extra; plus, they make songs way easier to sing along to. “Whoa” is kind of like the more melodic, less violent version of “Hey” that’s in so many recent songs. Paramore (of which Hayley Williams is the pictured lead singer) named a song “Whoa” so that they’d have a song that crowds could sing along with even if they’d never seen a Paramore show. Some of my very favorite bands (New Found Glory, Bayside, A Day to Remember - all featured on this list) use “whoa” fairly often, to the point that I joke that if a song has the word “whoa” in it, I’ll like it by default. It might not work for everyone, but this pop-influenced list is pretty solid.
Photo credit to Dan Cox

Playlist: WHOA

Nonsense words like “whoa,” “la,” or “na” have always been one of my favorite features of songs. Instead of acting as filler, I think these words tend to act as harmony elements, recurring near choruses to add a little something extra; plus, they make songs way easier to sing along to. “Whoa” is kind of like the more melodic, less violent version of “Hey” that’s in so many recent songs. Paramore (of which Hayley Williams is the pictured lead singer) named a song “Whoa” so that they’d have a song that crowds could sing along with even if they’d never seen a Paramore show. Some of my very favorite bands (New Found Glory, Bayside, A Day to Remember - all featured on this list) use “whoa” fairly often, to the point that I joke that if a song has the word “whoa” in it, I’ll like it by default. It might not work for everyone, but this pop-influenced list is pretty solid.

Photo credit to Dan Cox

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#tbt: Hoppípolla — Sigur Rós

Perhaps Sigur Rós’ most commercially successful song, “Hoppípolla” (Icelandic “hopping into puddles”), is an ethereal and happy-feelings song. It was released back in 2005 on their album Takk (Icelandic “thanks”). Its slow, melancholic but soothing sounds flow smoothly, caressing your ears and telling you it’ll all be okay. Like most of Sigur Rós’ songs, this one will pluck your heartstrings and have you mesmerized.

Posted Thursday Aug 21 4pm  180 notes

 
 

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Nicki Minaj - Anaconda

Some questions are more important than their answers. Are we alone in the universe? Is there a God? Does life have objective meaning, or is it something we project purpose onto, in vain attempts to protect our fragile egos?

To these inquiries, Nicki Minaj has added one more: How much booty is too much? 

With Anaconda, she takes us to a world where ass is king (or should I say queen?) It would be easy to see this video as the ultimate realization of music’s harmful objectification of women. But after first presenting a girls-only twerking paradise, Nicki introduces a man into the picture with a disconcerting cameo by Drake. Here is a vision of a woman clearly in control, and a man left helpless and awestruck. It presents woman as object, but also as subject; as both image and agent, a duality essential to sex, but also to commercial music. And like so many of the identities Nicki adopts — rapper and pop singer, superhero and Barbie — these roles are all the more engaging for their contradictions. 

Some questions will go forever unanswered. But that does not make them any less worth asking, just as Anaconda’s sexy surface is worth unpacking. And besides, look at her butt

Posted Wednesday Aug 20 1am  871 notes

 
 

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New Music: Gold Mine — Kimbra

Kimbra is back and she just dropped a new album, The Golden Echo. This new music veers off course from her debut Vows: those who are used to Kimbra’s soulful and jazzy sounds will be pleasantly surprised to find a new pop, pseudo-hip-hop side of her. “Goldmine” is arguably one of the strongest songs on Echo, and carries the right balance of synth pop and silky lyrics, slightly reminiscent of an early Natasha Bedingfield.

So make sure you check out Kimbra’s new work. Enjoy, y’all!

Posted Tuesday Aug 19 1pm  156 notes

 
 

pleatedjeans:

Wu-Tang forever [x]

Important.

pleatedjeans:

Wu-Tang forever [x]

Important.

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WWTB: August 19th

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