Bands that Made You Cool in the 9th Grade and What They’re Up To: A Playlist

By Devon Chodzin ‘19

Warning: This article is partially devoted to my coming to terms with my middle/high school existence. Be prepared for a little emotion.
Full disclosure: My middle school years were turbulent, with friendships coming and going and new hormones introducing themselves every other day. I was gross and I looked the part. Even pre-9th grade me knew this, so when it came time to settle on an aesthetic, a clique, an identity: I did the last thing you’re supposed to do, and chose “hipster.”

The word, the concept, the identity reappeared on Meme-Touting Sites during middle school, and by 8th grade, I was turning the tides away from a weird gothic phase (ask about THAT if you dare) into some softer, more lighthearted pop-
rock-acoustic-ukulele jammers.

This is a playlist of those bands I needed to get familiar with before 9th grade rolled around so that I could walk the walk and talk the talk. As you’ll be able to tell from this playlist, I couldn’t.

Also, valid question: what are these bands up to now? We’ll find out!

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Playlist: Work It Out

By Julia Waldow ’17

As a South-living student, I have no excuse not to go to the KAC. But something about the giant athletic facility intimidates me. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m inherently self-conscious, always thinking that everyone is watching me when I exercise. Maybe it’s that I’m not always sure I’m using the equipment correctly. Or maybe it’s that I sometimes happen to see a professor when I’m gross and sweaty and running on the treadmill — an encounter that makes for great Snapchat stories but also can be a little startling, especially when I notice that my former instructor in his sixties is keeping pace better than me.

However, when I do decide to KAC, I have a secret weapon: music. An energizing, pump-up playlist helps me get in the mindset to work out, and it helps pass the time. Below are some songs that I’ve gotten into recently when I’m making my way down the hill.

“Black and Blue” — Miike Snow

“How long has it been? Shall we get into it again?” the Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow asks at the onset of this pumped up track. Not only does this first line encourage me to “get into” KACing and reflect on “how long” it’s been since I have in the past, but it also starts the song off with a bang. “Black and Blue” is a fun mix of pop, funk, and electronic music in one, and its constant beat makes it a standout for running on the treadmill.

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