Weekly Track Roundup #31

Back 2 School !!


Summer has come and gone,

Modest Mouse - “Bankrupt on Selling”

"Well, I'll go to college and I'll learn some big words."

-Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse)

-Allison Hsu (Aural Wes)

Talking Heads - “Artists Only”

The Talking Head’s incessant self-consciousness, especially seen in Artists Only, is a good song for starting at a liberal arts school. The pressure to prove yourself as unique and interesting seems almost unbearable in college orientation. But Byrne's adamant declaration "I don't have to prove...that I am creative!" is a truly comforting one. The hypnotic and disconcerting melody in the intro of the song accurately paints a picture of the discomforts of starting college, not knowing anybody, and attempting to create a new image. 

-Meredith Olin

Mom Jeans - “jon bong jovi”

I feel like this song has no relation to going back to school, but it does talk about independence and learning to rely less on others and trust yourself more, while still understanding your roots and knowing how to ask for help from those you're close to! Also Mom Jeans has never put out a bad song, and their newest album is a 10/10 must listen!!

-Gabby Guzdek

Zoot Sims - “So Long”

I’m seriously vibing with some late afternoon jazz on my balcony, for as long Mother Nature makes it possible. I think the Zoot Sims quartet was in that same headspace when they recorded “So Long” in 1983, with its bright piano and laid-back sax solos. Cool stuff. I’m into it.

-Amy Geiger


during my ride back to school, I decided to give a listen to the much-hyped and personally anticipated sophomore album from The Lemon Twigs, Go to School. didn't love it tho. STUCK ON U by Michelle, on the other hand, was the perfect smooth jam for that tricky seasonal transition. mmm

-Adam Manson

NF - “Why”

“Nothing to me's ever good enough, I could be working for twenty-four hours a day and think I never did enough.”

I think this song captures my feeling of not trusting the people I'm around, including myself, and just having so much going on in my mind.   

Pretending I can do it all on my own.

-Pablo Puente

Belle and Sebastian - “Wrapped Up in Books”

For high-school me, Belle & Sebastian’s brand of twee pop was a portrayal of what I could expect from college life (this was mostly incorrect). I fell in love with If You’re Feeling SinisterTigermilk, and virtually all of B&S’s output circa 2000 because you hear a bourgeois restlessness in these songs. The characters have to go school and experience a gnawing sense of alienation as they are forbidden from fulfilling their true aspirations and deepest desires. There’s a universality to these silly romantic quarrels and stifled prurience too. “Wrapped Up in Books” is a track—relatively in-your-face for B&S—that drives forward as Murdoch portrays a tale of frustrated desire. This potential relationship isn’t going anywhere because the characters are, as the title says, wrapped up in books and unable to carry on a real romance. Though the scenario is melancholy for sure, B&S manage to infuse it with some of their signature optimism and that’s certainly something college life could use more of.

Review: Porches at Wesleyan

Porch | pôrCH | (noun) a covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building

Nat and Allison review the Wesleyan porches you know and love.

IMG_2755 2.jpg

200 High

  • Columns definitely compensating for something
  • Still a great porch though (we are biased, we live here) 
  • 9/10

Alpha Delt

  • There is a swing!
  • 10/10
IMG_2762 2.jpg

Downey House

  • Spacious and functional
  • Might be a deck
  • 8/10


  • ?????
  • ??????
  • ???
IMG_2767 2.jpg

Art/Film House

  • Jake Abraham said this was his favorite porch
  • Somewhat questionable furniture
  • 8.5/10
IMG_2757 2.jpg

Center for the Americas

  • Yellow. Good.
  • 10/10

Music/Full House

  • "Only porch I've ever thrown up on." —Allison
  • 8/10
IMG_2765 2.jpg

Russell House

  • The best columns at Wesleyan University
  • Our favorite porch!
  • 10/10

M. Roth's house

  • Nice but pretentious
  • 7/10

Weekly Track Roundup #30

Songs to Die to


Whether you want to go out in a fiery explosion or peacefully in your sleep, you might have thought about having some tunes playing. Here are ours.

William Basinski - "dlp 1.1"

If William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops were the last thing I heard before dying, I would certainly have a lot of time to ruminate; the main track “dlp 1.1” lasts a little over an hour. It consists of a brief horn loop that repeats a few hundred times over the course of the track’s runtime. The beautiful thing about it is that the tape loop is gradually disintegrating during this time and I can’t think of a better sonic metaphor for the slow onset of death. I like to imagine that this is playing while I’m in the hospital after sustaining fatal injuries from an ill-advised hot-air balloon excursion, circa age 75. I ask the nurse to put this on as I take my last breaths, thinking about my life while this decaying tape loop plays in the background. By the end, I’m close to my final moments and all that’s left of the track is a sputtering, crumbling remnant of the track’s initial content. Then I say peace out.

-Alex Richwine

Curve - "Perish"

This is probably one of my favorite songs I've ever heard... It wrecks me. It's lyrics really speak to this week's theme: "Surely our souls will perish / Surely, surely, surely, surely, surely, surely".

-Jack Kraus

Watsky - "Conversations"

George Watsky, most likely my favorite lyricist and rapper I've ever listened to, delivers this heart-wrenching song off his 4th studio album x Infinity about the impermanence of life. Accompanied by pretty piano riffs, Watsky discusses two big conversations he's had in his life with his father about similar subjects. He raps his first conversation about how as a nine-year-old, he asked his father, "What happens after we die?". The second conversation occurs 20 years later, as now Watsky has to talk to his elderly dad about writing his will, where he wants to be buried, and other trivial things about moving on after he passes away. The whole song includes Watsky's existential stream of consciousness as he narrates the struggle within his mind concerning life after death and what loss really means. Yet the song still preaches an uplifting message about staying positive and living life to the fullest, as Watsky reminds us, death "isn't for a long, long, time"...

-Gabriel Ballard

The National - "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

One of my all time favorite dad bands, The National constantly churns out songs that make you confront the dark side of life. The track “Bloodbuzz Ohio” from their 2010 album High Violet is a triumph of existential dread. The surrealist lyrics about bees and midwestern states are the perfect slate on which to project your own contemplations of death. Forlorn trumpets at the end feel like a sort of swan song, pushing you closer and closer to the edge of existence. It’s love, and loss, and debt, and drunkenness; making the perfect soundtrack for slipping into oblivion.

-JR Atkinson

Modest Mouse - "Edit the Sad Parts"

Over the summer, I would listen to "Interstate 8" a lot while driving to work because the length of the album was the same as my commute. There was one day it was raining heavily and I couldn't see the road and I got into an accident and the first thing I thought was "If I die right now, this is a perfectly ok song to die to." 

-Allison Hsu

Nine Inch Hails - "Ghosts I-1"

NIN's Ghosts is a 36-track experimental saga of an album, and "Ghosts L-1" is probably my favorite song. There's something deeply sorrowful in this piece, but in a kind of detached way. It makes you feel like you're floating (buoyant on that slowly-rising synth choir) in some massive and empty darkness. It makes you feel cold. Trent Reznor says that Ghosts is "a soundtrack for daydreams," but I personally find that Ghosts L-1 is less like a daydream and more like a death — a gentle transitioning into death, a loss of corporeality, the acceptance of a ghost. 

-Ezra Kohn

The Antlers - "Epilogue"

My uncle once said this album sounded like the music angsty kids play when they kill themselves. If I had to go it might as well be to a sadboi anthem, right?

-Henry Vehslage

DeVotchKa - "How It Ends"

Catharsis: noun. the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

-Amy Geiger

Blondie - "Call me"

Only if I get murdered in the woods while this song plays muffled from a house party in the distance

-Natalie Hartman