Fueling Fall Melancholy with Françoise Hardy

by Audrey Avril ’19

It feels like we’re closing in on winter. The leaves have fallen, the birds have flown. The days are short now, and the warm vibrancy of early  fall is long gone. You watch the sun set under a shroud of darkening grey clouds. It has gotten colder.

There is nothing like the end of fall to put you in a bit of a sentimental gloom, and there’s no one better to add a touch of sweet to your late-fall bitterness than Françoise Hardy. A more mature twist on the themes and persona of the 60s French yé-yé style of pop artist, Hardy brought a unique voice and perspective to the scene. As a songwriter, she would grow to forgo the cutesy (considered such at the time by predominantly male songwriters) innuendos and specific romance clichés of the genre in a way that transcends the decades in which she predominantly wrote. Her feelings are entirely her own, which makes it so much more passionate a listening experience. Through her often introverted,  sometimes insecure lens, she is a woman half consumed by longing and half lamenting the loss of love. A little melodramatic? Maybe, but maybe that’s what this time of year needs. Here is a short playlist to bring a little life to this dull, dark time of the year.

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Gorillaz in Retrospective

by Audrey Avril ’19

Seriously, can we talk about the Gorillaz for a moment?

Maybe it’s just because I’ve been reminiscing (bitterly) about middle school lately, or maybe because “Feel Good Inc.” finds its way onto every single Pandora station, or maybe because creator Damon Albarn hinted that a new album is in the works for next year, I recently remembered that the Gorillaz were a thing. Then I realized that Demon Days is ten years old, Plastic Beach is five years old, and the band was made up of virtual members with a dark and convoluted story line involving cyborgs and ghosts and a lot of monkeys and that we, the fans, were actually pretty ok with it. Seriously, what?

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The Frankie Cosmos Project, Part I: affirms glinting

by Maddie Farr ’18

This post is the first in a series of reviews of Frankie Cosmos’s albums on Bandcamp.

During those awkward middle school/early high school years, most of us emptied our angst into diaries or friends. Greta Kline, known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, emptied it onto the internet — specifically, her personal Bandcamp page. Since 2009, Kline has been recording songs on her computer about loneliness, relationships, and her dog and posting them online in what now consists of a total of 49 albums. Some of her songs are more developed, while some consist of unidentifiable mumbling and poor recorder skills. But for a Frankie fan, these albums are gold. It’s so cool to be able to listen to her voice grow and hear how she experiences the everyday. Each song is like a short poem discovered in the back of someone’s long-abandoned journal.

However, the prospect of sifting through 49 albums is daunting. So, I’m doing it for you! All you have to do is read and listen, as I uncover the ~gem~ that is Frankie Cosmos’ Bandcamp collection.

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14 Best Albums of ’14

This has been an incredible year for music; it’s been eclectic, energy-soaked, and generally smelled a little fresher than usual. These choices are grounded firmly in my own opinions and personal preferences, and despite my firm belief that my opinions are objectively correct and entirely infallible, please comment and contest and let us all have a fruitful discussion about what I criminally excluded or included.

14. Everything Will Be Alright – Weezer
It’s nearly impossible for a band to win fans back after they’ve betrayed them so completely, as Weezer did in textbook fashion all throughout the early 2000s. This album starts out with a direct apology, which is not nearly as insufferable as it ought to be, and spends the next 12 songs making it up to fans. Everything Will Be Alright is not a return to pre-2000’s Weezer but merges Weezer’s old slacker sensibilities with their more recent pop-influenced sound. Welcome back, Weezer.

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