Whether you’re looking for new tunes or want to learn more about our musical knowledge, you’ll find it below.
Music plays a huge role in everyday life, whether you’re listening to the radio on your player, listening to your favorite songs during a workout, or feeling heightened emotions while watching a show or movie. with a perfectly fitting soundtrack. In fact, music means so much to the Editorial Board members that we have our own collaborative playlist on Spotify. While some of us will never agree to Taylor Swift songs being added to this playlist (sorry, Anjini), music taste can be a great way to bond with your friends and many of our favorite songs were brought to us by our friends and family. . Below we share some of our favorite songs, albums and artists and what they mean to us.
Anjini Venugopal, editor-in-chief
My over-professed love for the gloomy weather is matched only by my love for Kacey Musgraves’ 2018 album “Golden Hour,” which always makes me want to spend a lazy summer afternoon lying in a field. Every song on the album is expertly written and on my first listen I was shocked at how the ethereal melodies and magnetic lyrics clashed with my preconceived notions of country music. “Happy & Sad” and “Lonely Weekend” are heartwarming odes to loneliness, especially in a particularly lonely year. The album’s vivid images almost make you feel frozen in an instant; that cohesion is precisely what the golden hour is. A recommendation: “Golden Hour” has some great driving tracks, especially when included in a playlist with the full soundtrack to the 2011 Bollywood hit “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.” Feel free to amp up the sweet, summery vibes by throwing in some songs from Maggie Rogers, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift while you’re at it.
Margo Rosenbaum, Editor-in-Chief
I tend to fill my playlists with songs that uplift me, because music is a way to find joy in this dreary world. If anyone reads my latest Culture Corner, then they know I’m a bit obsessed with tennis and their album “Swimmer”. The indie pop duo’s soft pop-rock sound is both nostalgic and so fresh. “How to Forgive” and “Need Your Love” are exactly what the world needs to listen to find respite during this pandemic. At least for me, the songs of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley bring pure joy the second they arrive – making me throw an impromptu dance party no matter where I am. Another amazing artist I’ve been listening to lately is Shannon Shaw from Shannon and The Clams. Her solo album, “Shannon in Nashville,” is filled with lines promoting female empowerment, such as “I won’t do anything I don’t have to,” which I find incredibly compelling. Her song “Lord of Alaska” makes me feel like I can conquer anything as a woman, which is always a great reminder. Finally, I would be wrong not to share the work of my adorable boyfriend and his group Carpool Tunnel. They’ve released a few singles over the past few months – as part of their debut album due out February 26 – and while I know I’m quite biased, I think their music is beautifully written and performed.
Sabrina Habchi, Campus News Editor
In my continual quest to live up to Southern California stereotypes, my first car was a convertible. I was completely obsessed with it and drove everywhere with my top down – a remarkably easy feat considering San Diego winters. What could be more classic as a song to accompany a coastal ride in a convertible than “Island in the Sun” by Weezer? Every time I listen to it now, the nostalgia of my high school days returns, and I’m immediately transported to drive past the breathtaking views on the 101 and occasionally stop to appreciate it. For a less traditional vibe, I highly recommend Scottish band, Niteworks. The band bring a modern twist to classic Scottish music and all lyrics are in Gaelic – a great choice for people who like to listen to music while studying but can’t stop singing songs they know . Plus, you can totally brag to your friends that you’re one of their 17,000 monthly listeners, so you can convincingly say you were listening to them all the time before they got big. .
Eden Winniford, City News Editor
Whenever I’m down and need encouragement, I listen to Bruce Springsteen. Even though we were born on different sides of the country, I feel like we could have shared a hometown. His songs always make me think of the river I spent my summers swimming in and the dusty streets of the small town I grew up in. “The Promised Land” never fails to remind me of the goals I strive for, and I can imagine my future right in front of me as I sing the lyrics. But “I’m on Fire” will always be my favorite of his songs. It’s simple and quiet, with Springsteen’s voice and a harmonica being the only prominent sounds, but it captures so many intense emotions. I consider it Springsteen’s best: simple and unadorned, delivering an incredibly vivid narrative through its lyrics and voice inflections.
Calvin Coffee, Opinion Writer
Gustavo Santaolalla’s soundtrack for “The Last of Us” is unmatched among soundtracks. The 30-track album is always my reference when I write. Increasingly complex and bizarre iterations of “All Gone”, “The Last of Us” and “The Path” make up a soundtrack that tells the story of the game without words – it’s phenomenal. Another album that I can’t go too long without hearing is “Southeastern” by Jason Isbell. Starting with possibly the greatest love song of all time in “Cover Me Up,” Isbell hosts a masterclass in songwriting and storytelling — I don’t know if there’s a better collection of 12 songs. And last but not least, Gary Clark Jr.’s “Was in The Story of Sonny Boy Slim” is one of the best 54 minutes in all of music. It’s the perfect combination of Clark Jr.’s mind-blowing guitar skills and a mix of R&B and Hip-Hop that’ll have you wanting to dive into his full catalog (Worth it).
Sophie Dewees, Editor-in-Chief
Among the many female folk artists I’ve come to love over the years (from Kate Rusby since she was 10 to Olivia Chaney, who I discovered last year), Laura Marling will always hold a special place. in my heart. Her latest album, “Song For Our Daughter”, features her signature nylon-string guitar playing and beautifully soothing vocals. Although the album was literally written for a fictional girl, Marling said that in some ways she wrote it for a younger version of herself. As a woman in her early twenties, many of the songs’ feminist themes and reflections on the modern female experience really speak to me. It offers incredible emotional complexity and musical complexity for its relatively short 36-minute runtime. Since its release last April, I have listened to the album over and over. Its beautiful acoustic sound unique to Laura Marling is perfect at any time of the day, from sunny mornings to dim evenings.
Allie Bailey, Arts and Culture Editor
A movie soundtrack is the best kind of album: it gives me the variety I want in a playlist, with a common theme tying together what might otherwise be an eclectic mix of genres and artists. “Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack” does it perfectly. Themes from the film give way to a song for every mood – ‘Doomed’ will make you really sad, then ‘Ride Or Die’ comes along and Megan Thee Stallion and VickeeLo remind you who you are. But no matter what plays first when I hit shuffle, I’m happy to listen. My favorite has to be “Collide” by Tiana Major9 and EARTHGANG, for its laid-back, heartwarming tune, but there are several close seconds, including “Catch The Sun” by Lil Baby, “Searching” by Roy Ayers, and “Yo Love” by Vince Staples, 6LACK and Mereba.As the artists made it obvious, you get a little bit of everything in this soundtrack, from rap and R&B to neo soul and pop.There are a few tracks you know that would sound best when playing a scene from a movie, but still worth a listen. Whatever your taste or mood, you’ll find something you like – 10/10 recommend.
Omar Navarro, sportswriter
A quick look at my playlist and you can see the vibe of my music is everywhere. My genre has been and always will be hip-hop, because I think it’s a genre without limits. 2020, in my opinion, was one of the best years for hip-hop in a long time, because it seemed like every artist had released an album. Polo G’s “The Goat” is one I’ve been rehearsing since its release nearly a year ago, as its tracks such as “21” and “Heartless” have me hooked for the lyricism and catchiness. . From top to bottom, the album continues to give even to this day and is near the top of my recommended list, along with Lil Baby’s “My Turn” and his tracks “Commercial” and “Grace”.
I really love music, hip-hop in particular, and I can go on to name my favorite works that I listen to daily by artists like Juice WRLD (whose “Goodbye and Good Riddance” is my favorite album), Future, Giveon, J. Cole, Drake and countless others who continue to deliver timeless work. I personally believe that an artist’s best work is done when they put their emotions into their tracks, so all of my favorite artists have music for any mood.
Madeleine Payne, science writer
The most recent album I recorded on Spotify – joining the ranks of “Blonde”, “Ctrl” and “Harmless Melodies” – is Arlo Parks’ debut album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams”. Released just a few weeks ago, the album delves into the darker side of adolescence, giving listeners insight into the struggles Parks faced growing up in London. His songs openly confront the daily pain and burden of living with depression (“Black Dog” and “Hurt”) and explore the challenges of navigating the complicated and sometimes blurry lines of friendships and relationships (“Too Good” and ” Eugene”). “Caroline”, my favorite song on the album, describes the dramatic end of a relationship at a bus stop. Parks’ has been a great companion on rainy afternoons for the past few weeks; her soothing, steady voice reminds me of listening to Norah Jones on stormy commutes with my mother growing up (but with a little more hip-hop and R&B influence). Although now, with my teenage years behind me, listening to “Collapsed in Sunbeams” has got me thinking about my life before the pandemic — which for me, is also life before I turned 20 — teaching me to appreciate growing up and the vulnerability of adolescence.
Written by: Editorial Board