Playlist: Come One, Come Deb Ball

By Charlotte Freccia ’19

Oh, Deb Ball. Oh, Deb Ball. Oh, Deb Ball.

That seems to be all I can say. It was said with a kind of defeated-but-still-wistful wink and sigh, if the implication was not strong enough. If I may, I’d like to quote from the event Facebook page:
JOIN THE LOVING PEEPS FOR A NIGHT YOU LOVE TO LOVE. DRESS AS U LIKE, BUT DAZZLE DEB, SHE’S BEEN WAITING FOR YOU.
MAKE NO MISTAKE DOE, THIS IS *NOT* A “CROSSDRESSING” THEMED EVENT. TRIVIALIZING THE STRUGGLES OF OUR TRANS OR GENDER NON-CONFORMING FRIENDS IN TODAY’S WORLD IS NOT DEB’S INTENT. THE PEEPS ARE A SAFE, INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY. THE “THEME” IS MERCURY IN RETROGRADE. THE THEME IS SUP WIT THE 2020 PLAN THO LOL. THE THEME IS BLUE IVY CARTER, BIOTCHHHHHHH. WE WELCOME ALL, WE CELEBRATE ALL, WE LUV 2 LUV U ALL.

Though I’d be more down for a “Blue Ivy Carter, Biotchhhhh” party than just about anything else, and though Deb Ball and the PEEPS have always been about doin’ you in the most you way possible, the fact remains that traditionally, Deb Ball has been an excuse for young, fresh, Kanyon Kollege undergraduates to loosen the laces of those $100 sneakers and shed those brand-name fleeces and get a little out there in terms of their gender performance. Self-identified dudes in dresses, self-identified ladies in boxer-shorts: anything goes at Deb Ball. Here’s a playlist to celebrate that young-wild-and-freaky spirit. Raise your glasses to the formal dismantling of the gender binary, y’all, one Old K rager at a time.

Sexy Drag Queen/Ru Paul

 

Queen Bitch/David Bowie

I Wanna Boi/PWR BTTM

Polythene Pam/The Beatles

Dude Looks Like A Lady/Aerosmith

Walk on the Wild Side/Lou Reed

Royal Orleans/Led Zeppelin

I’m A Boy/The Who

Lola/The Kinks

If I Were A Boy/Beyonce

Crazy Rap (Colt 45 & 2 Zig Zag)/Afroman

Do My Thang/Miley Cyrus

Who Wears The Pants???/Soko

 

 

 

15 Songs From 2015

By Ted Boggess ’19

So who else is nostalgic for 2015 already??? It all seems so long ago: I was a freshmen, just starting my first semester of college, there was something called a “Left Shark”, Frank Ocean was just getting ready to release his new album, for real this time….

Plus, if nostalgia for the previous year has already set in, perhaps I can be excused for the timing of this list. I’ve been thinking about the top songs from 2015 more or less since the calendar flipped but only just now got to putting these thoughts to words. It’s been, what, like 9 months since the year’s ended, so I’ve had plenty of time to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Anyway, the songs, in classic bottom-to-top order:

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Rabbit Wilde’s “The Heartland” Exceeds Expectations

by Sonia Calzaretta ’18

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m a huge fan of music with an indie folk sound. Songs with haunting harmonies and that twangy banjo/ mandolin combo that reminds me of childhood summers.

Liking this kind of music means that I’ve become pretty proficient at recognizing an indie folk album cover when I see one. “The Heartland” looks exactly like what you’d expect an inside folk album cover to look like: a watercolor painting of a city in purples and grays, blocky band name, cursive album title. It came out in February of this year, so it’s fairly new, and Rabbit Wilde has only been making music since 2014. I found the album when I was walking through the hallway between the WKCO office and the broadcast booth, alphabetized among the hundreds of CDs we have down there. It looked interesting, so I took it home. I’m so glad that I did. The plain cover hides an album of surprising merit, one that I’m sure will be among my favorites for years to come.

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Go Away, Come Closer: A Playlist

By Maddie Farr ’18

Over the summer, I had the privilege of taking a short writing class with the talented poet Anna Ziering, which centered on the theme of “go away, come closer.” The desires for intimacy and distance, and how they fight each other in our bodies. That resonated with me, so I made a playlist about it. I hope it resonates with you.

Left Alone – Fiona Apple (The Idler Wheel…)

“How can I ask anyone to love me, when all I do is beg to be left alone?” Really, what else is there to say?

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Playlist: The Best Superhero Songs

By Haley Shipley ’17

2016 seems to be the year of the comic book superhero. Between watching Captain America and Iron Man battle it out, to seeing Superman and Batman not battle it out, heroes are everywhere. We can also watch Netflix and the CW fight over which company can make the best TV universe. But with Suicide Squad leaving theaters soon, we’re stuck in a dead zone of superhero media until our favorite shows start up in October.

So instead of watching Daredevil on Netflix (again) while you wait for something new to come out, check out some of these superhero inspired tracks!

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M.I.A. Aims to Please One Last Time in AIM (& Misses)

By Devon Chodzin ’19

AIM

I’m physically upset by what I have to do right now.

This week, I tasked myself with reviewing M.I.A.’s latest release, AIM, the fifth studio album from the London-based rapper. Before I dive into discussing AIM, allow me to preface this by explaining that, regardless of the contents of this album, M.I.A. has still proven herself to be a worthy favorite and a beacon of inspiration for women of the South Asian diaspora, whose art is frequently and unduly discounted from the mainstream. In addition to her music, M.I.A. has made a huge name for herself as a fashion icon and a radical activist for oft-overlooked South Asian causes. M.I.A. (aka Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasm) spent much of her youth in Sri Lanka as well, and uses her fame to amplify the voices of the most oppressed groups in Sri Lanka. She’s a jack of all trades and a master of all of them, which is a combination tough to find in the contemporary age, where specialization is so heavily enforced.

That being said, AIM was not very good, musically.

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Friend Feeds and Public Playlists: Making Music Social

By Isabella Mojares ’20

Listening to music can be a pretty personal thing. The songs we choose to listen to become the soundtrack to our everyday lives, the catalyst for our Friday night shenanigans, the ambient noise to our late-night cram sessions. Music makes moments and brings people together, inevitably linking itself to our emotions and our mood, becoming the lyrical ~windows into our Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 11.00.22 AM.pngsouls~.

But what happens when the act of listening to music extends beyond our own ears? In this age of social media and the growing “need” to share everything we’re up to, music streaming platforms, like Spotify and Soundcloud, have given us the option to do just that – share what we’re listening to. Just as easily as we can open up Instagram to see the photo a hallmate posted over the weekend, we can log onto Spotify and see what a friend from back home is currently playing. 

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In-Between Time

By Gabriella Must ’20

Are you procrastinating on any of your papers? Are you killing time one afternoon before a party?

Here are some songs to get you through that strange, in-between time. It’s a little bit inspiring and a little bit dreamy. Originally, and bear with me now, it was for a best friend’s ex-boyfriend at a mixtape exchange party. I ended the friendship with the boyfriend in solidarity with my BFF at the end of their relationship, but the ex and I reconnected this summer after a mutual friend had some troubles. I spiced up the playlist a bit for you guys, but I think I was dead on with the original personality. The kid was a space cadet, but passionate and focused about the things he cared about. Use these songs to help transition from school work to pre-party to late night SNL videos and back again.

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Playlist: You Are The Dancing Queen

By Charlotte Freccia ’19

Is it Friday night? Are the lights low? Are you looking out for a place to go?

No. No. It’s Monday morning. The air is chill, the campus is quiet, that mysterious bruise you acquired sometime Saturday night hasn’t faded, you’re running late for your 8:10, you spilled a cardboard cup of steaming Peirce coffee on your sweatshirt, and visions of late weekend nights are dancing in your head. You’ve not yet quite come around to the stark realization that your next opportunity to dance, sweaty and enthusiastic, on a stage, table, or other elevated surface with your new best friends of lo these many minutes will not come around for another five days, at least.

Fear not, young co-ed. Here is a playlist that will make you feel like dancing and soften the blow of the weekend’s inevitable but always bittersweet departure. Turn on, turn up, and turn into a dancing queen in the privacy of your own, distinctly less beer-soaked home.

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