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Who Run the World (Beyoncé Duh): New Music Roundup


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The Time ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Still Printed’ Magazine ‘100 Most Influential People’ list was released today, featuring a diverse list of names from entertainment, sports, politics, business, journalism, underwater basketweaving (yes, my college major ahahahhaa thanks olds), and a record 41 women. Who run the world?

Some notables in the pop culture world–Miley Cyrus (:-P), Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug), Carrie Underwood (CMA host), Matthew McConaughey (Oscar winner), Pharrell (Happy!), Kerry Washington (embroiled in Scandal), among others–the list is 100 names long, that’s so many words!

Oh, and of course QUEEN BEY.

The Queen herself released an appropriately entitled ethereal new track this week, called Dreams with the “mysterious” producer only known as BOOTS, which I am going to share with you as the first track in my playlist below. Yo welcome.

[Update:] Dagnabit, the Internet just told me that BOOTS is actually named Jordan Asher. So that’s less cool than BOOTS. Just gonna stick with that name. Or Puss in Boots.

Here’s the YouTube link for all you cats too cool for SoundCloud school.

There has been a fair selection of fun new music in the past 2 weeks, and I’ve picked a few fun tracks from noteworthys for the playlist below, for example:

The highly anticipated collaboration that was showcased at Coachella (are you tired of hearing about Coachella, I’m tired of hearing about Coachella) between Flume x Lorde debuted last night on the Twitter machine; Flume will be playing Forecastle this summer in DA VILLE if that interests you. Yea, ya hear, the best college sports city in da nation Crown Royal, throw dem Ls upppppppp.

My pick for song o’ the day/month/my fav because this is my list and I’m in charge comes from one of my favorite artists, Nashville girl rocker, Torres, who had an incredible self-titled debut album in 2013; she was backed up on this song, New Skin, by Sharon Van Etten Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Pretty excellent. Oh, and the song was played for a non-profit in Philly. Rocking for charity–dig it.

As far as full-length albums go, the best new release–it’s gotta be Kelis; the Harlem native throws everything at the listener in her intoxicating sixth studio album, Food. I know many of your uppity “music” people are often skeptical of R&B as a genre–these people are wrOoOOoOoong. There’s some fun jazzy beats for Tomlin, intertwined with modern electronic synthesis, pop undertones, and a lot of neosoul. It’s a joy to listen to.

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Fine, one more thing about Coachella…. WTF KENDALL JENNER?! High. School. Girl. Whatchudoin? Shouldn’t you be pickin out a prom dress or something? Just because the papz like Kylie better, doesn’t mean you gotta wear that $%#* to get noticed!

Breathe in. Breathe out. Now that I’ve lost the respect of the Internet for knowing the names of the Jenners….

Also worth pointing out in new music news, Lana Del Rey is just buzzing all over the nets this year, and her new album, due out May 18 has been plugging leaks all over the Internet “officially” leaked its first song last week West Coast. With a much rougher, blusier feel than past Lana hits, the Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) production influence can already be felt on this upcoming album. She made the playlist as well! Hooray!

Other tracks include–an intense Drunk in Love cover (more Bey), by Angel Haze, a Saddy McSadSad Kodaline cover from Ellie Goulding, a Dillon Francis remix of Chromeo’s Jealous (I Ain’t With It), another Chromeo song, weirdly featuring Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, and Little Dragon’s newest single, Let Go–not related to Frozen’s Let It Go (to my knowledge).

In more Da Ville news, the aforementioned Dillon Francis, will be opening for Skrillex at Waterfront on May 26–if you’re into that dubsteppy thing.

There’s many big names outside Ellie, Lana, Queen Bey, and Angel Haze, to peruse on my recent playlist: Lykke Li, James Vincent McMorrow, Chet Faker, Disclosure, Tourist, Sam Smith, ZHU, Cut Copy, MØ, and even Led Zeppelin in re-edit form–oh yeah. So turn off that Jason Derulo and try something slightly less shameful than Talk Dirty To Me for the next few minutes. At least while your kids/mother/grandmother/girlfriend/boyfriend/ANYONE are in the room. Basically, you’re not in a nightclub.

And if you’re really looking to kill 18 hours of a day (who isn’t?) check out my playlist of 2014–warning, my dad would hate it. Not enough JJ Cale and Allman Brothers Band 🙁

Spring is in the air, so get outside, ride that fixed gear, put on a vinyl, dance poorly to some live music outdoors, and enjoy all that craft beer. JK, to that down to like a 6/10 at least.

A few extra tidbits:

Check out tUnE-yArDs Water Fountain music video, which debuted yesterday. It is weird and animated as expected.

Coldplay debuted a new song on the BBC Live Lounge yesterday from their forthcoming album, Oceans. It’s slow and Coldplay-y.

I like us better when we’re wasted? I think we have the next #Selfie #SongofSummer ladies and gents. Just accept it.

Courtney Love has a new song. So. Here it is. Don’t shoot the messenger. We all know she’s talented, and she displays it here, shredding this catchy punk rock tune–a genre that I’ve sorely missed. Hope to get some sassy commenters laundry listing all of the great modern punk rockers in 3…2….1….

Avril Lavigne released the worst music video in history for the worst song in history, Hello Kitty. Don’t watch it. DON’T.

Lastly, Lily Allen’s new music video, Sheezus is calling out a few people–guess who?

Article written by Brennan English

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. @BrennanKSR