Dr. Livingstone, I presume: YOUR WEEK EIGHT PLAYLIST

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On this day in 1871, journalist Henry Stanley found explorer and missionary David Livingstone in modern day Tanzania after he had lost contact with Europe for six years.  Sounds like homeboy just didn’t want to be found.

  • SHURA — “Touch” — as described by elisabeth dee
    get stoned in pound town
  • DAN MANGAN — “Sold” — as described by loralee sepsey
    catchy LSD Canadians
  • JOHN MAYER — “Stop this Train” — as described by melanie cahill
    angelic Peter Pan
  • TLC — “No Scrubs” — as described by siena streiber
    passenger side of best friend’s ride
  • JESSIE WARE — “Say You Love Me” — as described by tara mccullough
    deep subtle soul
  • BANKS — “Beggin for Thread (Gryffin & Hotel Remix)” — as described by stephanie wang
    brood and/or dance
  • GESAFFELSTEIN — “Destinations” — as described by clara galperin
    white leather music
  • HOZIER — “Someone New” — as described by chase porter
    poor interpretation of Sunday School
  • CALVIN HARRIS FEAT. HAIM — “Pray To God” — as described by alejandra salazar
    user-friendly electro-pop
  • THEOPHILUS LONDON FEAT. KANYE WEST — ¨Can’t Stop My Love¨ — as described by editor lawrence neil
    surprisingly relatable ‘Ye
  • ERYKAH BADU — “Bag Lady” — as described by editor bojan srb
    ‘let it go’ for pseudointellectuals
  • JAMIE WOON — “Lady Luck” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab
    just tryna get lucky

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SHURA — “Touch” — as described by elisabeth dee

I know that soundcloud is better for sound quality, and this song can be found for streaming pleasure on soundcloud. So why did I submit this in YouTube format? THIS IS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE MUSIC VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN. There are boys kissing grls, grls kissing grls, boys kissing boys, bois, lad(d)ies- it’s just a slew of attractive people macking on each other. The song itself is divine. It’s “let’s get stoned and go to pound town” music. And there are queers. In the horrid depths of this week this song is exactly what I need- a distraction.

 

DAN MANGAN — “Sold” — as described by loralee sepsey

An argument upon our unhealthy consumer culture or an LSD-fueled hell dream? Does it even matter? This song is damn catchy, with a hilarious video to boot; keep your eyes peeled for phallic imagery and Sasha Nebraska. Once again, Canadian music is best music.

 

JOHN MAYER — “Stop this Train” — as described by melanie cahill

After the people at my dorm connected over the song “Rivers and Roads” by the Head and the Heart, I wanted to share this gem. As a freshman I know that the transition to college life is one that has us all tumbling head over heels to catch up with adult life. As a freshman that has older siblings, I know that even after graduation life can seem to move too fast. Stanford may have weather like an eternal summer but we are not Peter Pan. We do grow up. So take a break from you busy schedules and listen to this man’s angelic voice sing about what we all feel right about now. Because honestly, we’ll never stop this train.

 

TLC – “No Scrubs” – as described by siena streiber

After hopping off the plane at LAX on Sunday afternoon, I was struck with homesickness; I missed my Stanford family and I had only technically been gone about 3 hours. Being stuck in LA traffic while arguing with my family over where to go to lunch felt uncomfortably familiar. Long story short, this song reminds me of late nights in the dorm.

 

JESSIE WARE — “Say You Love Me” — as described by tara mccullough

From that first deep drum beat, this song is one of those that goes straight to the soul. It’s catchy, yet subtle— emotional, but not whiny. With the beat picking up towards the end combined with the riff that I could never get enough of, I can’t help but to imagine Urban Styles choreographing a killer dance to this and crushing it on the dance floor.

 

BANKS — “Beggin for Thread (Gryffin & Hotel Remix)” — as described by stephanie wang

Moody vocals and deep house that make you want brood and dance at the same time. Brilliant.

 

GESAFFELSTEIN — “Destinations” — as described by clara galperin

Things that suit this song: white leather (on my person and on the seats of the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren that I would preferably be driving). Imposing black sunglasses (albeit it being 4 AM with the sun just beginning to come up on the Barstow desert highway I’d find myself in). White powder (talcum powder!). And of course the girl who owns the voice (co-pilot. Also in white leather).

 

HOZIER — “Someone New” — as described by chase porter

In kindergarten, Cody (name changed for anonymity/embarrassment) pulled a crumpled, grease-stained California Pizza Kitchen menu out of his pocket and showed me a surprisingly good crayon drawing of an uzi-bearing Jesus murdering an orange tyrannosaurus with “Chicken Fingers” circled in green next to its feet. I, his one and only five-year-old disciple, blindly followed Cody’s religious, dinosaur, and artillery-based obsession and spread his teachings to half of the drooling mouths and carrot-soup stained sleeves that lined our classroom. This song is really good. Reminds me of kindergarten. And believing Cody’s poor interpretation of Sunday school. Oh Cody…

 

CALVIN HARRIS FEAT. HAIM — “Pray To God” — as described by alejandra salazar

The coolest girl band of the decade teams up with the highest paid DJ of the decade to evoke higher spiritual powers and churn out some infectiously dance-ready musical hybridity. Armed with a super catchy, user-friendly electro-pop sound and a guitar riff that’s straight out of Stevie Nicks track, you’ll be bopping along all week (and then some)–so listen up now and rack up those #indiecred points before this earworm of a song inevitably makes its way to the top of the charts.

THEOPHILUS LONDON FEAT. KANYE WEST — ¨Can’t Stop My Love¨ — as described by editor lawrence neil

When ‘Ye references ¨smoking indo outdo’ in Palo Alto,’ I think it’s the first time our lives have overlapped since I, too, thought that ¨if I could just get one beat on Hova, we could get up off this cheap-ass sofa.¨

Surprisingly dope track on my nominee for 2014’s Best Album Cover Art.

ERYKAH BADU — “Bag Lady” — as described by editor bojan srb

Also known as the ‘Let It Go’ of self-involved pseudointellectuals who masturbate to their mirror reflection, ‘Bag Lady’ is a simple metaphor – all the bag(gage)s you have are crampin’ up everyone’s space. Take a breather and let some of them go. Move out of your mom’s basement; get a co-op or some shit. Thrift some linens. Lean in.

 

JAMIE WOON — “Lady Luck” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab

We’re up all night to get lucky
She is the one who sees me cry
Luck be a lady tonight
Lady luck ain’t playing on my side.
We’re up all night to get lucky
Bring up the lows bring down the highs
Luck be a lady tonight
Lady luck I need a little light.

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