Pools. Glistening, blue depths you pretended to be brave about at age five; the five-buck-bet on who’ll win March Madness; the glorious clacking sound of heavy balls hitting each other on a soft green landscape.
Or, Tuesdays in the Pool Room. We’re hosting tomorrow. Come out to Kairos at 9pm to hear Jake Friedler read his poetry and Katharine Schwab read a list of Alec Arceneaux’s unwritten story ideas (among other things).
- MI6, RAF AKROTIRI — “Lincolnshire Poacher and Numbers at 14.487 MHz” — as described by peter johnston
shortwave radio is still a thing
- ANDREW BIRD — “Pulaski At Night” — as described by connor kelley
nostalgia, velvety voice, strings
- LION BABE — “Jump Hi (ft. Childish Gambino)” — as described by elisabeth dee
soft serve cone vocals
- GEOTIC — “Get Held” — as described by jackson wiley roach
song for loneliness cured, or not
- BILLIE HOLIDAY — “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” — as described by siena streiber
cold weather serenade
- JEFF BERNAT — “Moonlight Chemistry” — as described by claire kim
talk love to a woman
- VAMPIRE WEEKEND — “Oxford Comma” — as described by melanie cahill
smart, quirky, fun
- SCALA & KOLACNY BROTHERS – “Teenage Dirtbag” (original by Wheatus) – as described by benina stern and nora tjossem
angelic Belgian children
- SOLANGE — “Stillness Is the Move (Dirty Projectors Cover)” — as described by keagan sitompul
Dionysian moaning and breathless ad-libbing
- FORCE PUBLIQUE – “Sacrifice” – as described by editor brittany newell
an aural horoscope
- MARIANELLI, VARIOUS ARTISTS — “The Living Sculptures of Pemberley” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab
little flutters of muscle and time
MI6, RAF AKROTIRI — “Lincolnshire Poacher and Numbers at 14.487 MHz” — as described by peter johnston
Nothing reeks of procrastination more than listening to remnants of bygone Cold War spycraft. Remember kiddos: shortwave radio is still a thing, so you too can live in a world of cyanide pills, crackly propaganda, and :s/terrorists/freedom fighters/battling CIA-funded death squads.
If you’re curious about the cryptologic utility of numbers stations, I urge you to take Dan Boneh’s course on cryptography this winter. It’ll be the most important computer science class you ever take, and “basic probability” is the only pre-req.
ANDREW BIRD — “Pulaski At Night” — as described by connor kelley
Casimir Pulaski was a Polish revolutionary and nobleman, who apparently reworked early American cavalry during the Revolutionary War. Huh. Who would’ve known. Now, there’s a street named after him in Chicago, which is what Bird references in this song. I don’t really feel the connection between the Polish Pulaski, the Chicagoan Pulaski, and Andrew Bird’s Pulaski, but I do really like this song. Just enough nostalgia, just enough velvety voice, just enough strings – nicely fits this cloudy November day.
Casimir Pulaski Day is March 2, 2015. Who’s celebrating with me?
LION BABE — “Jump Hi (ft. Childish Gambino)” — as described by elisabeth dee
My best friend sent this song to me because of my Childish Gambino addiction, but now I’m hooked on Lion Babe. This song has been on repeat for 4 days (much to the chagrin of my neighbors I’m sure). Jill Harvey’s vocals feel like a soft serve cone, smooth and delicious. Try and stand still while this is playing, I dare you. The soul-thumping R&B grove will keep you coming back for seconds (and thirds and fourths).
GEOTIC — “Get Held” — as described by jackson wiley roach
song for grey weather and red trees. song for cold hands and warm friends. song formidnight and song for morning. song for fingertips. song for arms. song for the sound of wind and the color of water at night. song for a knock on the door. song for freezing. song for melting. song for loneliness cured, or loneliness not cured.
BILLIE HOLIDAY — “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” — as described by siena streiber
When all we want to do before week 9 begins is just get home to turkey, stuffing and pie, we can enjoy the little things Stanford has to offer. A nice warm cup of tea, cuddling with friends under our twin XL bedspreads, and listening to Billie Holiday serenade us into a cold-weather coma.
CAUGHT A GHOST — “Sleeping at Night” — as described by tara mccullough
What can I say, the song just does things to me. Maybe it’s the faint hint of trumpets that I seem to be obsessed with of late, maybe it’s because it was on “Suits,” one of my favorite shows with gorgeous gorgeous people, but the song just makes my soul dance. It pumps me up in that old fashion, bluesy kind of way — classic yet wild. And the video just makes it that much freshah.
JEFF BERNAT — “Moonlight Chemistry” — as described by claire kim
Jeff Bernat knows how to talk love to a woman. Yes, indeed.
I remember saying that I was in love with Usher (who isn’t, really) a couple weeks ago (as I talked about his song “Something Special”).
Well, now is now. Nothing else matters. Not even Usher.
Jeff Bernat, my man, let me love you.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND — “Oxford Comma” — as described by melanie cahill
Like a good romance novel, I have grown to love Vampire Weekend first as a friend and then all at once as a band that I can’t get enough of. Their music is smart, quirky, and fun. Basically all I aspire to be.I chose this song out of the many that I enjoy because it always makes me think of our fine school. It would be so easy for people here to be stuck-up, to point out each others’ mistakes, to get caught up in “I’m better” or “I’m smarter,” but surprisingly, I haven’t experienced that much. Life is so much more that who got better scores or who has more money and I am so grateful to all of you for realizing that. I like to believe that’s what really got us here. So let’s all just chill, forget our pride, and rock out to Vampire Weekend…. Plus they reference Get Low by Lil Jon so… college life.
SCALA & KOLACNY BROTHERS – “Teenage Dirtbag” (original by Wheatus) – as described by benina stern and nora tjossem
Have you ever wished for angelic Belgian children to sing about your teenage angst to a wildly clapping audience? Okay, how about NOW. It’s Week 9 and all you want to do is find some dark corner of Green where you can sob (*silently*) to yourself, so do it in good aural company. Angst prompt include: the uncertainty of snagging a seat on the Big Game bus, that all-too-real “I’m too young to have to choose between career and relationship” feeling, and the snow waiting for you at home this Thanksgiving (fuck you, LA). We’re just teenage dirtbags like you.
SOLANGE — “Stillness Is the Move (Dirty Projectors Cover)” — as described by keagan sitompul
In honor of Solange’s wedding and the pictures that came out of it (Vanessa Beecroft, anyone?) here’s her silky cover of Stillness Is the Move. The same Dionysian moaning and breathless ad-libbing are probably coming from her room right now, as she’s in postcoital bliss with Alan.
FORCE PUBLIQUE – “Sacrifice” – as described by editor brittany newell
Thanks to the internet I’ve gotten sucked into the underworld of witchhouse and what can only be described as a neo-goth electropocalypse (YES WORLD I AM A MUSIC BLOGGER). While I am not sure to what degree the glitchy pentagrams are meant to be read as ironic, there is no denying the sincerity of my impulse to flail and howl NO!!! (meaning, in Wiccanspeak, are you ready, YES!!!) when this song starts to play. It triggers something primal in me, awakening a side to my self that could readily be induced to kill a chicken by a lithe and goateed cult leader. I’m just being honest. When I groove to this, I sometimes hallucinate feathers, drifting eerily through the night air, followed by the all too familiar smell of … Chick-fil-a. This music is like an aural horoscope. See for yourself why darkness seethes within.
MARIANELLI, VARIOUS ARTISTS — “The Living Sculptures of Pemberley” — as described by e.i.c. katharine schwab
I could listen to the soundtrack from Pride and Prejudice all day. It fits the mood today — a day where 3 p.m. could be 6, where the clouds are thick like coffee. This is music I want to play, to feel floating out of my fingers, dictated by little flutters of muscle and time.
Photo credit: Sam Howzit