Weekly Track Roundup #34

Astrology

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Aural Wes —> Astral Wes

the planets are moving

things are in retrograde

changes are upon us

time to open up and reflect, review, reorganize


The Radio Dept. - “Peace of Mind“

I don’t really know shit about astrology. All I know is I’m a goddamn Libra and I feel this song on a personal level. It’s romantic, but in a very detached and aloof kind of way. The song’s lyrics long for peace and harmony, for both the singer and his former boo. A desire for balance in a situation fraught with difficulty. So I represent the Libras in claiming this song for us.

-Alex Richwine


Frank Ocean - “Pink Matter”

In “Pink Matter” prized scorpio Frank Ocean explores quintessential scorpio themes like the nature of consciousness, the cosmos, isolation, life, death, sex, and pleasure. A truly metaphysical anthem, Pink Matter dives deep, reminding scorpios everywhere that they are not alone in their existential dread.

-Tamar Cox-Rubien


Songs: Ohia - “Hold on Magnolia”

my sign: pisces (pisces moon, cancer rising)

i’m a pisces, and i’m a mess. big surprise. sue me. i really had a huge phase in high school when i worshipped jason molina, and this song always fucked me up best. just for reference, i have seriously considered naming one of my kids magnolia because of this song, which is messed up. it’s as beautiful as it is sad, and it’s So Sad.

-Manny Unger (pisces sun, pisces moon, cancer rising)


Radiohead - “Weird Fishes / Arpeggi”

"According to some tropical astrologers, the current astrological age is the Age of Pisces, while others maintain that it is the Age of Aquarius" - Wikipedia

Doesn't that make us all Weird Fishes?

-Henry Vehslage


King Princess - “Pussy Is God”

"I think star signs mean nothing / But I know you feel right so I'm coming"

When you add your crush on Co - Star and find out you're not astrologically compatible, does that stop you from making a fool of yourself every time you see them in Usdan? Nope.

-Allison Hsu (taurus sun, gemini moon, aries rising)


Girlpool - “Plants and Worms”

yea i'm a taurus yea i'm grounded and stubborn and whateva

-Amy Geiger (taurus sun, aquarius moon, capricorn rising)


New Order - “True Faith”

"A sudden sense of liberty

I don't care 'cause I'm not there

And I don't care if I'm here tomorrow

Again and again I've taken too much"

The complexities of being a Gemini...

I've faced slander, mind games, and much more from my years of being a Gemini; this song represents the confusion and pain this experience has brought me.

-Meredith Olin


Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Dragon Queen”

I was born in year of the dragon so I wear a dragon medallion at all times. I am the Dragon Queen.

-Alessandra Rizzo


Soccer Mommy - “Scorpio Rising”

I listened to this song a lot when I was driving this summer. As someone who just recently got into astrology, I only thought about my star sign in terms of Libra bingo memes, so I was I was pretty psyched to find out that Scorpio is my rising sign, too.

-Aurora McGuckin (libra sun, taurus moon, scorpio rising)


Solange - “Cranes in the Sky”

My track for being a Virgo is Cranes in the Sky by Solange. This is a gut instinct, I am a Virgo. When I am blissful, this song is how I feel inside.

-Sammy Osmond


DJ LUCAS “THE YOUNG MR. CLEAN” - “The Goat ft GODS WISDOM prod ESKAY”

I’m a Capricorn so I’m the GOAT.

-Nathan Baron Silvern


Marina and the Diamonds - “Primadonna”

Marina and the Diamonds is a formative artist for many adolescent Tumblr girls. Electra Heart details the rise and fall of youth, dripping in sex, pain, and crystalline artifice. Naturally, Primadonna is the perfect anthem for the Leo in your life. With lyrics like “I know I’ve got a big ego / I really don’t know why it’s such a big deal though,” this track is an ode to self-obsession and shameless vanity. As every Leo knows, others may love you (and they should), but not as much as you love yourself.

-Brooke Kushwaha (leo sun, gemini moon, sagittarius rising)


Weekly Track Roundup #33

Babies

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who doesn’t love babies? we sure dooo! try to guess which of these babes are AW writers—it’s tougher than it looks.


Sir Mix-A-Lot - “Baby Got Back”

I knew all the words to “Baby Got Back” by the time I was five years old. By that logic, the lyrics to the well-loved, oft-screamed rap opus should be the single most formative experience of my early childhood development. I would not be the person I am today without lyrics like “begging for a piece of that bubble.” Nicki Minaj later sampled the piece in her hit single “Anaconda,” flipping its sexist narrative into an anthem for curvy women’s empowerment and coinciding with my own burgeoning adolescence. Wherever life takes me, “Baby Got Back” is always matching my stride. I would not be the person I am today without it. And I still know all of the lyrics so don’t even try me.

-Brooke Kushwaha


Black Moth Super Rainbow - “Baby’s In the Void”

This is the song that played in my head when I was in the womb, even though it didn't exist it yet.

-Meredith Olin


Tobi Lou - “Buff Baby”

it’s a baby that’s bufff

-Sammy Osmond


Ariel Pink - “Baby”

Ariel Pink: you’re so baby

Me: i’m baby

-Allison Hsu

P.S. don’t sleep on the original


LCD Soundsystem - “Oh Baby”

I think James Murphy and a 3-year-old Amy would get along just great. We're equally pouty.

-Amy Geiger


Michael Jackson - “Baby Be Mine”

My fav off Thriller and underrated in general. So fucking smooth. Those drums at the beginning are iconic.

-Nathan Silvern


Weezer - “Pig”

To be honest, I probably haven't listened to this song once since middle school. A pretty fine song off a pretty bad Weezer album (sometimes that’s just all we can get from Weezer) - albeit a little dismal in the framework of a "baby" song (it's actually about a pig who's coming to terms with being slaughtered).

-Adam Manson


Blood Orange - “Charcoal Baby”

“Charcoal Baby,” one of the standout songs from Blood Orange’s (aka Dev Hynes) new album Negro Swan, is beautiful, funky, and poignant. In the alternating guitar-led verses and synth-led choruses, Hynes uses the metaphor of the black swan to confront issues of race, fitting in, and loving oneself. The outro of the song ties together the different moving parts of the song, the harmonies, saxophone, guitar, into a cohesive and remarkable finish. Make sure to watch the music video for this song, as it’s both creatively impressive and visually stunning.

-Sam Kurlender


Gabriella Cohen - “Baby”

To me, this song is about being weighed down by lingering feelings. Sometimes having a crush is just tiring! In the best way possible, it sounds like being sad on a beautiful summer afternoon and feeling like the sun is shining to spite you. 

It also has a false ending which is so much fun because you think the song is over, but no, there's more!

honorable mention - it seems like a list of "Baby" songs would be incomplete without mentioning The Ronettes, the queens songs about a "Baby". With bops like "Be My Baby," "Baby I Love You," "You Baby," - I could go on and on. In the forthcoming rom-com of my life, Ronnie Spector's voice sings in my head during some big revelation about true love. That is all.

-Aurora McGuckin


Dr. Dog - “Bring My Baby back”

This song is the mullet you hide under your Palace beanie. 

-Sanidhya Sharma (Sani)


Forth Wanderers - “Be my baby”

a pretty sad (and pretty pretty) little song from some folks pretty much the same age as us. oof, such a nice slidey guitar sound. stay hydrated, babies.

-Ezra Kohn


Stevie Wonder feat. jacob collier - “Isn’t She lovely”

It’s so sweet to be let in on stevie’s lullaby and love song to his daughter Aisha. i wish stevie wonder was my dad ... 

-Maisie Hurwitz

i wish jacob collier was my dad - adam manson

Weekly Track Roundup #32

Soup/Salad/Sandwich

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Every food can be categorized as a soup, salad, or sandwich.


Princess Nokia - “ABCs of New York”

“This is the melting pot, and the soup is never cold.” - Princess Nokia

-Meredith Olin


Television - “Carried Away”

Picture this: it is last week. It is raining, no, pouring. You are eating soup (tomato from Red and Black, what else?), wondering how you have the Sunday scares on a Tuesday. The Tuesday scares? This song comes on shuffle and it’s unclear if you feel better because of the soup or the song. Or maybe you don’t? In any case, you get carried away.

-Aurora McGuckin


Tyler, the Creator and A$AP Rocky - “Potato Salad”

My little Jewish heart sang when I heard Tyler released a song called "Potato Salad." And then I listened and realized my favorite bagel side salad plays a pretty minor role. Even so, I think this song is capital-C Cool. The lyrics showcase the best of Tyler and Rocky, fast-paced and witty as ever. Many references to Wang$ap points to more collaboration in the near future, and I can't wait. Peep the music video below for some SICK word art.

Also Jaden Smith casually hopping into the backseat is a permanent mood.

-Amy Geiger


Bill Withers - “Sweet Wanomi”

This song is so freaking wholesome it’s a warm bowl of soup on a cold ass day.

-Lulu Largent


Bombay Bicycle Club - “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep”

A beautiful song from London-based band Bombay Bicycle Club, who were really making their best songs when this one came out in the early 2010s. The club might be disbanded by now though, who knows. Most of their songs, but this one especially, have such an ethereal and floaty but also poppy/dancey sound, catchy yet confusing. From the verb "swallow," I'm assuming that sleep here is being considered a soup; sandwiches and salads are just a little too crunchy, and dreams always seem made of some soft soupy substance.

-Ezra Kohn


Cherry Glazerr - “Grilled Cheese”

From being the Most Reliable Option at Usdan lunch to a much anticipated drunken snack on a weekend night, grilled cheese is a staple on Wesleyan's campus. Clem Creevy of Cherry Glazerr shares this fondness for cheese and carbs in the song "Grilled Cheese", off of their second album Haxel Princess: "Try and steal a bite / We'll get in a fight".

-Allison Hsu


Weekly Track Roundup #31

Back 2 School !!

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we are all very excited to begin our academics again. It has been too long without homework and exams. aural wes is officially pro-homework


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


MICHELLE - “STUCK ON U”

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.

-Alex Richwine

Weekly Track Roundup #30

Songs to Die to

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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

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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

Weekly Track Roundup #29

D-d-d-d-rop The Bass

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It seems the days of dubstep have come and gone. Mr. Skrillex hasn't dropped anything in years and no one we know is too distraught over it. Nevertheless, here are some of our favorite tracks with drops in them a.k.a. Bangers. Enjoy


LCD Soundsystem - "Dance Yrself Clean"

Is this too obvious? This was the opening song at one of the "farewell" tour dates at Terminal 5 and I'm not sure hearing it live wasn't the greatest moment of my life.  Honorable mention to the drop in "how do you sleep?" which proves that LCD has still got it. 

-Meg West


Glass Animals - "The Other Side of Paradise"

On their 2016 sophomore album, How to Be a Human Being, Glass Animals experiment with layering sounds. Textured with guitars, various synths, vocal melodies, drumbeats, and an array of woops and twirls, "The Other Side of Paradise" is one of the most complex tracks on the album—but three minutes into the song, David Bayley, producer of the album and the band's frontman, drops most of these layers. For a minute or so, the song is built by adding back and intensifying some of these layers. At the end of the minute, the song drops to the chorus. It's a pretty cool effect, and the rest of the album is filled with similar techniques and beat changes that contribute to the album's energetic flow. 

-Kelsey Gordon


Lemaitre - "Blue Shift"

This is the song you hear in your friendiversary videos on Facebook. There isn't much more to say about it... it's cute and fun and surprisingly easy to find (thanks, Shazam). Catch drops at 0:20, 1:41, and 2:14.

-Amy Geiger


Deerhunter - "Living My Life"

Nothing propels a song like some driving drums—but when they make you wait, it feels so much better. "Living My Life" is cheerful and catchy with awesome songwriting, held steady and kept serene by an obtrusive drum machine beat. But the song becomes infinitely better when they ditch the drum machine for heavy-hitting drums during the last chorus - and you're subsequently transported to bliss.

-Adam Manson


Rustie - "Slasherr"

The drop on this track is so goddamn good. The buildup is executed perfectly; there’s bizarre-sounding handclaps and a synth line that just makes you want to move. After that classic snare escalation, Rustie takes the song to another level with the drop. The main driving force here is a razor-edged synth line that soars over a massive beat—the constant cymbal sound that underpins the whole thing does so much for the immensity of this track and I love it. Then, the middle section uses the polyrhythmic synth from the beginning of the track and just goes wild with it. I don’t know man, this track just makes me feel good.

-Alex Richwine


Animal Collective - "In The Flowers"

There is no moment in Animal Collective's discography that can compare to the drop (2:30) on the opening track of "Merriweather Post Pavilion". The explosion of drums and cymbals after Avey Tare sings "If I could just leave my body for a night" takes you from an ethereal dream state to a Berlin night club within the first three minutes, an incredible opener for an incredible album.

-Allison Hsu


Robert DeLong - "Global Concepts"

Listening to this song in 2012 in 8th grade brought me great joy, as I always thought it was very rebellious to listen to a song with the word "fucking" in it. The alt-indie electronic artists known as Robert DeLong has always been known for combining melodious and catchy vocals and pop hooks with rather unorthodox dance beats. His breakthrough song "Global Concepts" showcases this unique talent. There are two major beat drops in the song, the first being at 0:42 and the second more prominent beat drop at 3:38. Although it is not a very popular and mainstream song, it did allow for DeLong to become an established artist in the alternative music scene, as shown when a couple year later he topped the charts with his most successful song "Long Way Down". Don't be afraid to check out this song and the rest of his music!

-Gabriel Ballard


Mount Kimbie - "Delta"

Delta, off Mount Kimbie's Love What Survives, is a chase. It's violent and complex and leaves no time for questions. With a wringing synth backdrop accentuated by a constantly building percussion-keyboard duo, this song reminds me of hyperventilating, of something overwhelmingly large and consuming always just behind your back. Listen for the buildup starting at 3:03, and try not to nod your head. 

-Ezra Kohn


ZACH wiTNESS feat. Jon Bap - "Keep Faith"

I've been a huge fan of Jon Bap's experimental R&B, genre-bending music for a long time, and this song is probably the most fun song I've ever heard him on. It's never boring. Constantly exciting and effortlessly smooth. Its beat changes and drops turn it from one good song into banger after banger.

-Manny Unger


Weekly Track Roundup #27

Breakfast

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It's a big one this week, folks.


MF Doom - "Hoe Cakes"

When it comes to writing music about food, MF DOOM does it better than just about anyone else. This track is one of many classics from his food themed album MM... FOOD and Hoe Cakes finds Doom in his element with a catchy sample based beat, disorienting flow, and mind-blowing word play. With references ranging from Black Wookies, to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this is a quintessential breakfast song.

- Nathan Silvern


Dolly Parton - “Early Morning Breeze”

A lesser-known but infinitely deserving song from Parton’s 1974 Jolene, “Early Morning Breeze” is peak Dolly: easy, melodic, and charming. For me, country works best when it’s simple, and her vocals on this track hover over the twangy guitar like a cloud. This is a great song to wake up to on mornings when all you want is to slip back into your dream world. I picture Dolly humming this to herself while she cooks me cheesy grits in her Tennessee country home.

- JR Atkinson


J. Cole - "Foldin' Clothes"

I chose this song because it will forever remind me of almond milk. 

- Natalia Vasquez


Jome - "Cinnamon"

“Cinnamon” is the perfect song to listen to after breakfast on the walk to class. Its chill, dreamy vibe encapsulated through the soft vocals, and pleasing guitar and piano is infectious after just a few seconds of listening. It’s not too loud, or too quiet, but the best song that lazily embraces anything the day is about to give you. A lot of our days, especially in college, are so fast paced that we don’t really get to enjoy what’s happening until it’s over. “Cinnamon” is as much a song about new beginnings (summer love) as it is about fully embracing a moment — something I think we should do more, starting in the mornings.

-Sanya Berry


Japanese Breakfast - "Everybody Wants to Love You"

Philadelphia-based Michelle Zauner's solo project, Japanese Breakfast (or J-Brekkie, per Instagram), is distinguished by ringing guitars and saccharine vocals — both of which are showcased in "Everybody Wants To Love You." The song is a standout hit from Zauner's first album, Psychopomp, and tells a story of love and getting head in the morning. Delicious.

- Amy Geiger


Rainer Maria - "Breakfast Of Champions"

This track comes from Rainer Maria’s sophomore album, Look Now Look Again, which stands as one of the great forgotten records to emerge from the Midwest Emo scene in the '90s. Unlike fellow acts such as Sunny Day and The Promise Ring, Rainer Maria uses a blend of amateurish male and female lead vocals to lend their music an added feeling of melancholy and angst. Nowhere is that effect achieved better than on “Breakfast of Champions,” a track that finds the duo of vocalists singing their respective hearts out over an instrumental that seesaws between brooding and euphoric. The subject matter, evidently, is a fantasy of a simple breakfast shared by two partners. The ephemeral nature of this dream-like encounter is best exemplified by the song’s repeated lyric: “It was warm and pleasant, and over in an instant,” which is the way I feel after eating a good bowl of oatmeal! Ha!

-Alex Richwine


A Tribe Called Quest - "Ham 'N' Eggs"

Maybe this song has a deeper purpose than exploring the dietary habits of the members of the legendary group, but maybe, just maybe, it doesn't. A whimsical call and response about fatty breakfast foods and other indulgent treats, this song always makes me sing alone. It's a light song on a perfect album.

-Manny Unger


Karla Devito - “We Are Not Alone”

“We Are Not Alone” by Karla Devito was featured in the Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club always makes me nostalgic—I reminisce on the days I spent watching 80s movies with my mom (and later, my friends in high school, who insisted we went as the Breakfast Club gang for our senior year). Now, Ally Sheedy’s dance breakdown at the end of the scene is some of the most relatable content.

-Kelsey Gordon


Walter Mitty and his Makeshift Orchestra - "Let's Get Breakfast"

Breakfast (noun): the first meal of the day, most often eaten in the early morning before undertaking the day's work; the literal breaking of the fast of the night prior; the ideal meal for catching up with friends (not as low-commitment as getting coffee, not as high-commitment as getting dinner)

-Allison Hsu


Twin Peaks - "Making Breakfast"

“Watching the garden grow / such a beautiful day / it’s raining through the window but I like it that way,” sings singer Clay Frankel. Although “Making Breakfast” – one of my favorite tracks by the Chicago garage rock band Twin Peaks – isn’t actually about making breakfast, something about its feel-good hook and cozy lyrics perfectly captures the essence of the first meal of the day.

-Sam McCarthy


Of Montreal - "Pancakes for One"

"Pancakes for one are always depressing, because having breakfast with you was such fun." I imagine this song playing over a sped-up video of someone trudging through their day with a rain cloud over their head. Slightly mopey and resigned, but also packed with sweet harmonies, this song is for missing simpler times on mornings when you just want to get back into bed but have to run to class.

-Aurora McGuckin


Kurt Vile & Courtney barnett - "Continental Breakfast"

"Continental Breakfast," the newest single (conveniently released this week) from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile's upcoming album, is a pleasant ode to intercontinental friendships (it's not about breakfast, sorry - just classic Courtney Barnett wordplay) between friends in, say, Melbourne and Philadelphia. Kurt and Courtney are a match made in heaven and based on the singles, their album should be one of the most fun listens of the year. And the video is a must-watch - you get a nice, innocent, savory taste of the two cuties in their natural habitats (nothing beats Kurt Vile's pedal collection hanging on his living room walls).

-Adam Manson


Michael Seyer - "Breakfast in Bed"

Michael Seyer's "Breakfast in Bed" is what you listen to out of a slowly-dying tape player in a spaceship, remembering what morning is like down there on terra firma. This song is weird, slow and strung-out, with lilting vocals and slight harmonies that make you feel sad in that distinctly early-Sunday morning way. 

-Ezra Kohn


J Balvin - "6 AM"

"6AM" by J Balvin tells a story best exemplified by the adage, "Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." J Balvin awakes bright and early at 6:00 am to survey his extensive property, including a woman whose name he does not remember, and a car that has driven into his living room. He presumably eats breakfast during this confusing morning. 

-Brooke Kushwaha