Archive for Som-Mai Nguyen

('17, Symbolic Systems) is an avid fan of hyperbolic “literally,” has feelings about literally everything. Aspiring Manic Yellow Texan Dream Girl, complete with blue ukulele.
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HEADLINERS: your week 2 playlist

Spring is for defrosting.

YOUNG THE GIANT – “Mr. Know-It-All” – as described by chloe rickards

The lead singer of Young the Giant is a Stanford alum — it shouldn’t be too hard for Frost to rope them in, right? And, while they might not open with (or even play) “Mr. Know-It-All,” I feel like this song could have been inspired by Sameer Gadhia’s time here.

LORDE – “Green Light” – as described by siena streiber

Maybe it’s just because I’ve only been on this campus for three years, or maybe it’s my increasing inner feminist, but why in the heck haven’t I seen […] Read more…

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VIBES: your week 10 playlist

Some vibes to get you through dead week.

HANA – “Clay” – as described by som-mai nguyen

For all your quietly-vengeful-mermaid aesthetic needs. Wait for the beat, then wait for the hook.

WILCO – “She’s A Jar” – as described by nick burns

Part of what makes Summerteeth such an enduringly enjoyable album is how dream and nightmare are inextricable from start to finish. “Lush” is a word that comes up again and again, but also “emotionally devastated”: it’s the Cocteau Twins meets the Mountain Goats. “She’s A Jar” is driven by lazy, distant synths punctuated by expansive harmonica: the instruments are as relaxing as the […] Read more…

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SOUTHERN TWANG: your week 5 playlist

Songs with a little bit of Southern.

UNCLE TUPELO – “Wait Up” – as described by nick burns

This song is about the twangiest thing you can get that is still somewhat recognizable as rock music. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s earlier work under the moniker Uncle Tupelo started as an experiment in trying to get staid St. Louis audiences to listen to hardcore punk by disguising it with blues rock and rockabilly. In many ways Tweedy’s project has stayed the same: how far can I push my music, experiment with noise and texture, without destroying the folk-rock substrate on which everything rests? […] Read more…

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HIGH SCHOOL THROWBACKS: your week 3 playlist

Throwback to 4 years ago.

CALVIN HARRIS – “Feel So Close” – as described by kevin garcia

Though I haven’t engaged with much of his work outside of his fresh Top 40 singles, Calvin Harris released this #banger just a few weeks before the start of my senior year of high school and, out of its sheer ubiquity, I probably sat through this song hundreds of times during that 10 month stretch of time.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS – “Cry for Judas” – as described by nick burns

Much of the music that came out in 2012–2013 now sounds dated to me, and Transcendental Youth is not the […] Read more…

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