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Monday, February 9, 2015

Top 20 New Songs of January 2015

Are ya'll ready for a new year filled with awesome new tunes? January was already chock full o' new songs, which bodes well for the rest of the year before us. Been too busy fulfilling your new year's resolutions to keep track of all these new releases? Fret not!

This year I’m launching a new series with a different approach to music curation. While my love for student radio will forever go on, I get that a lot of my fellow busy millennials don’t have the time to listen to hours of complete radio shows. (Likewise, I do not have time to produce a weekly radio show during this era of my life.) The solution: monthly curated playlists, broken down by song, and easily sharable with friends.

I will select the 20 best newly released songs every month and publish them on this blog as a Spotify playlist. You can listen to the playlist, or just pick a couple songs. Plus, if you hear something you like, you can easily add it to one of your own playlists on Spotify, or send it to a friend. Follow me on Spotify to watch theses playlists evolve in real-time as I add new songs every week.

Without further ado, I proudly present the top 20 new songs of January 2015. We kick things off with a song from Mark Ronson, featuring Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, from Ronson’s star-studded album Uptown Special (it’s a sonic roller coaster for people with broad musical tastes). We also welcome the triumphant return of several artists that have not released new track in awhile including, The Dodos, Sleater-Kinney, and Jose Gonzalez.

Then we start to wrap things up with some electro tracks, several from brand new breakout acts. Discover The Avener, a French deep house producer, and Ibeyi, twin sisters with Afro-Cuban influence. The final cherry on top is “Paper Trail$” from Joey Bada$$ off the album B4.DA.$$, which just might save the future of hip hop while referencing the genre’s illustrious roots.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Yosemite

For my birthday last year I gave myself a trip to Yosemite National Park. Years ago, I was chatting with the only other female solo-hiker on a bus into Denali National Park in Alaska, and she had said that the best time to go to Yosemite was April, early and cold enough to keep many tourists away, but late enough for the waterfalls to begin flowing.

While, I still haven't been in April, going to the park the first week of May was also ideal. The high Sierras were still desolate with snow, but the valley was already warm and green. While there were still more people in the park than I would have preferred, it was not the Disneyland-esque shitshow that is Yosemite valley in the summer. We were able to reserve a campground spot with less than a week's notice. We only saw 4 other people the entire snowy hike to May Lake, which was pristine and shimmering under a think layer of ice. The Yosemite Falls hike in the valley, one of the busiest trails in the park, was sparely populated enough that we didn't have to leave at dawn to beat herds of hikers choking the path. We even found immediate parking at Glacier Point, so we could take the easy route up to Sentinel Dome on the last day.

TLDR: First week of May is a great time to visit Yosemite, but be prepared for snow in the high mountains.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Best Songs of 2014: Indie

It was a good year for music. We saw rapid and bold new developments for emerging electronica genres, as well as the triumphant return of indie rock genres that had lain dormant for several years (I'm officially calling it post-emo). It took a massive cast of artists, sounds, albums, and songs to make this a great year for music. Still, the average human has a very limited attention span, and the interwebz likes lists, so I've narrowed it down to:

THE TOP 50 SONGS OF 2014!

This entire playlist was over 3 hours long, so I've broken it down into two sections: more electro leaning and more guitar leaning. With the songs in no particular order, I'm proud to present part 2: Best Indie of 2014.

Best Indie of 2014 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud



Playlist
Coffee - Sylvan Esso
Paradise Waiting - Vacationer
Riptide - Vance Joy
Next of Kin - Alvvays
B a noBody - SOAK
Sway - Anna Of The North
Crime - Real Estate
Jackson - Cymbals Eat Guitars
Blue Moon - Beck
Tarifa - Sharon Van Etten
Do You - Spoon
Real - Years & Years
Before - Vok
Whatever You Want - Doprah
What It's Worth - Elder Island
Under The Pressure - The War On Drugs
Gimme Something Good - Ryan Adams
#88 - Lo-Fang
Hard Believer - Fink
Left Hand Free - alt-J
A Blow to the Head - Roadkill Ghost Choir
Heal - Strand of Oaks
The Medic - Foxing
First As Tragedy, Second As Farce - Prawn
Hum - Tigers Jaw
Charlie Black - Modern Baseball
Jane - Girlpool
History Eraser - Courtney Barnett
I'm Not Part of Me - Cloud Nothings

Listen to part 1: Best Electro of 2014

Best Songs of 2014: Electro

It was a good year for music. We saw rapid and bold new developments for emerging electronica genres, as well as the triumphant return of indie rock genres that had lain dormant for several years (I'm officially calling it post-emo). It took a massive cast of artists, sounds, albums, and songs to make this a great year for music. Still, the average human has a very limited attention span, and the interwebz likes lists, so I've narrowed it down to:

THE TOP 50 SONGS OF 2014!

This entire playlist was over 3 hours long, so I've broken it down into two sections: more electro leaning and more guitar leaning. With the songs in no particular order, I'm proud to present part 1: Best Electro of 2014.

Best Electro of 2014 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud



Playlist
Love Sublime - Tensnake
Our Love - Caribou
Awake - Tycho
Patterns - Tourist feat. Lianne La Havas
Chocolate - Giraffage
Raptor - Rustie
Bad Law - Sondre Lerche
Inspector Norse - Todd Terje
Biology Theme - Young Marco
Fiona Coyne - Saint Pepsi
Busy Earnin' - Jungle
Wrong Club - The Ting Tings
Good Mistake - Mr. Little Jeans
Beggin For Thread - Banks
Bluestep - Gramatik
Water Fountain - Tune-Yards
Brazillia - Febueder
New Dorp New Your - SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koenig
Ocean Death - Baths
Water Me - FKA twigs
Elon Mentana - Clap! Clap!, DJ Khalab

Listen to part 2: Best Indie of 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Seasons Greetings Postcards

Sometimes, we as humans can get fixated on little achievements that often seem meaningless to other people. It can be something that starts as a hobby, and then takes up the evening hours or every day for years on end. After years of obscurity, perhaps it one day reaches a scale that cannot be ignored, and then hopefully there's some positive recognition. This project has been a little like that for me, though on a far less grand scale than Salvation Mountain or Watts. My secret obsession, dream if we're going to be generous, is to have my photos of national parks printed and made available to sale in those park's gift shops. Not because I want the money, but because I can't stop going to national parks and taking photos. It mostly comes from wanting to share how I see these beautiful wild places with other people, who also appreciate them, and some strange need for subtle recognition of my dedication.

Anyway, the first step towards this strange quest (really who sends postcards anymore besides me anyways?) is to actually have postcards of my photos made. So, with the holiday season as an excuse, and a little design help from Ian Barnard, I finally created 3 postcards, and had them printed. I've already mailed off 50 of these beautiful prints to family and friends this holiday season, so keep any eye on your mailbox! Otherwise, enjoy the digital versions below.

Seasons greetings! Merry solstice! Happy new year!