this blog is wonderful and i love it but also. May I ask u to consider Spock being super into Earth Pop Party Music bc i literally? Can't? Stop thinking about him listening to Cheap Thrills by Sia???? Help???????
Spock doesn’t enjoy earth pop party music. But he does listen to it as a study. Chekov introduced him to it and he was curious as to why everyone seemed to find it so enjoyable and energizing. For the past week he’s spent all his off time listening to different groups play this style of music. For research, obviously. as a vulcan he can’t enjoy things, he can merely observe. Cheap Thrills is just a very good example of this music. It’s catchy. NOT TO HIM OF COURSE. But to others. Sometimes he’ll sing it to himself while he’s doing science stuff. To-to remember… what it sounds like. haha it’s a study… Need to be thinking about that stuff. Gotta tap that foot along to the beat, you know, for research. yeah. science and stuff…
Reflecting on the year with the 16 songs - new or old - that soundtracked our respective 2016s.
1. “Pt. 2″ - Kanye West - The Life of Pablo This song opens up the playlist because it is quintessentially 2016. And by that I mean that it’s confusing, a banger, full of memes, and really sad.
2. “Ivy” - Frank Ocean - Blonde I love Blonde, but it took me a little white to get there. The amorphous, hypnotic album doesn’t have any particular hits, but the raw emotion of the piece as a concept made the 4-year wait worth it. “Ivy,” the second track, is one of my favorites, because you practically feel yourself falling in love right alongside Frank. We see that theme across this list and across 2016 - a departing of more traditional pop sounds for dreamy, wavy hooks combined with jarring, inventive noise.
3. “RedBone” - Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love! Awaken, My Love! was ultimately a little disappointing, IMO. But oh my god, this song is so good. Make no mistake - this is baby-making music. If you are not making babies to this song, you are listening to this incorrectly. I went to a listening party for the album and I’m 80% sure this song turned the tide of the 30+ dates I was watching unfold around me. It’s that potent. Handle with care.
4. “All Night” - Beyonce - Lemonade YO, 9:30! I’M REALLY HAPPY FOR Y’ALL, IMMA LET YOU FINISH, BUT LEMONADE IS ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME. Okay, maybe not of all time, but you don’t have to be a resident member of the Beyhive to tell that this album is straight fire. It’s got everything - the black power anthem, a rock song with Jack White that sounds freshly cut from Yeezus, and even a country song with the Dixie Chicks. Lemonade is a cross section of what 2016 was - a year of cacophonic harmony. But I chose the penultimate number, “All Night,” to be on this list on slightly different grounds - it is a beautiful, emotional story of admiration, real, unselfish love for another human being. Yeah, it reminds me of my girlfriend. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
5. “With That” - Young Thug - Barter 6 Okay, back to that dirty s**t. “With That” is nasty. It makes you scrunch up your face and vibe. Young Thug really broke through in 2016, and as did his genre, the disdainfully-named mumblerap, spawning proteges such as Desiigner and Lil Yachy. Can you make out the words he’s saying? Maybe not. Do you know that it’s some real s**t? Absolutely. Though Barter 6 came out in 2015, Young Thug makes music so fast the album is already 5 albums back (I’d start with Barter, it gets a little sketchy from there). Young Thug is pushing the envelope for rap by breaking every rule in the book.
6. “Wolves” - Kanye West - The Life of Pablo When I heard “Wolves” on my first listen through of TLoP, it was all but confirmed: Kanye West has lost his damn mind. “Wolves” is a great song buried in the back end of Pablo, and explores Kanye’s love for his wife, Kim K. It spends 5 minutes comparing Kim’s relationship history: her sex tape, followed by her televised wedding, and subsequent divorce after 72 days to the biblical story of the Virgin Mary. “Wolves” is an awesome song, though, regardless of the fact that it is probably played repeat during Donald Trump’s appointments with his team of expert cheeto dust appliers.
7. “715 - CR∑∑KS” - Bon Iver - 22, A Million 22, A Million came out on the 30th of September this year, and felt like that second that your ears pop. 2016 demanded toughness from all of us. “715 - CR∑∑KS” was sweet, sweet emotional release. It’s the best album of 3016. It will make you smile, take a deep breath, then go look out a window. Please go listen to it.
8. “Rome” - Ratatat - Magnifique Ratatat is a pretty unknown band whose biggest claim to fame is producing the beat of the 2009 Kid Cudi hit, “Pursuit of Happiness.” They are also my favorite band. Though Magnifique came out in 2015, I saw Ratatat at Echostage in January, and I have no words. Psychedelic rock is awesome. “Rome” crescendos to a powerful, hypnotic riff before dropping to almost silence, and building back up to an insane musical orgasm. It’s a flawless song. Plus, Ratatat is awesome, and more people need to know about them. They make life music.
9. “Some Minds” - Flume - Single Listen to me right now: If Mozart was alive today, he would be standing at the front bar of a Flume show. I saw Flume at 9:30 this fall and legitimately melted. This man builds music from sounds that don’t exist in the natural world; he literally pulls music OUT OF THIN AIR. I’ve seen this song’s drop put people in an actual trance. Like Young Thug, Flume has led the charge of a new sound in EDM, and this song in no exception. His newest album, Skin, came out in 2016, and it amazing. This song is amazing. Flume is amazing. You’re welcome.
10. “Dirty Work” - Herobust - I’m Aloud Dirty Work is not for everyone. I got into EDM especially hard this year, though I was very hesitant at first. It’s hard to keep up with EDM from the outside: so many DJs, how it all sounds kinda the same, and of course, the drugs. But if you don’t like EDM, especially if you don’t like EDM, listening to this will give you a taste of how inventive the genre has gotten. What is this??? It sounds like industrial machinery. It sounds like a transformer falling down the stairs. It sounds like a dial-up modem. But why…can’t I stop… dancing????
11. “Safe” - Dumbfounded - We Might Die “Safe.” This is a guilty pleasure song for me, one of the 17 people in the DMV who has a passion for the LA rap scene and knocksteady radio. This woke af song is off Dumbfounded’s new mixtape, We Might Die, and discusses the lack of Asian representation in Hollywood. By the numbers, I probably listened to this song more than any other song in 2016, and I’m not close to ashamed. Dumbfounded is known as a lyrical god out west, and he is gonna be in DC on February 4! Go see him! Do it!
12. “One Dance” - Drake - Views Yeah, I couldn’t not. This was the uncontested jam of the summer, never failing to get me and every 20 something woman around me doing our best Drake, or our most cultivated Rihanna. The song also brought dancehall and Afrobeat music to the mainstream, making summer sixteen especially awesome.
13. “Untitled 7″ - Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered. Okey doke. It’s hard for me to not overreact and call this the best song of the year, but I don’t think I could name a better one. Kendrick Lamar developed untitled unmastered. from the floor cuttings of To Pimp A Butterfly and accidentally created a series of songs that rival the full-length albums of his contemporaries. A jazz, trap, hip-hop fusion, “Untitled 7″ is the cherry on top of an already insane series of songs. It is close to being a perfect song. Production-wise, the beat of “Untitled 7″ is hallowed ground: other rappers won’t touch it. I think about Kendrick when I’m asked about how music can change the world. Lamar’s voice echoes around the song, half taunting, half challenging the rap game as a whole to get on his level: “Levitate, Levitate, Levitate, Levitate.”
14. “Alright” - Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly 2017 is the beginning of a new chapter for the world. Will we find the strength to love and trust each other, rising to the challenge of our planet’s greatest tests? Or will we succumb to the darkest impulses of humanity? “If God got us, we’re gon’ be alright.”
15. “Come Down” - Anderson .Paak - Malibu Anderson .Paak killed it this year with his release of Malibu. I had followed Anderson for a long time, first as Breezy Lovejoy, then through many short-lived projects, until this final form. “Come Down” is a great song, an energetic, groovin’ tune like only a west coaster can make. I’m excited to hear more from this guy in 2017, and I don’t see him going anywhere but up.
16. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” - Kanye West - Graduation This song is always important to me, this year included. Kanye may be a bit of a kook sometimes, but here’s a good point: keep your head down, get tough, do what you say you’re gonna do. Those haters are going to keep coming, no matter what. But when you get your money? Then, they cant tell you nothing. It’s not the worst resolution, wouldn’t you agree? Happy holidays and good luck in the New Year!
Baby Driver was good! Not the *greatest* - it’s clearly meant to be a genre heist caper and has all the plot elements and character archetypes, and some of those places elements and character archetypes are exemplars of the genre, while some are just Not. But it’s a well-written and BEAUTIFULLY shot movie overall. The music, the timing, the style are all PERFECT. Worth a watch and maybe a second eventually, too.
Ok so I wrote a thing based on these HQ pictures of Luke and I honestly think it’s killed me. And I half wrote this on the way to the doctor’s office and half of it was in the office, waiting lmao. But yea, don’t criticize me too hard bc I’ve never wrote anything this graphic before so pls take it easy when you give me feedback and whatnot. Yea ok I love yall alot k
Ok but like can you imagine seeing Luke a mess? Like you’d have him lay on the bed and you’re just like “baby, are you ready for the wildest ride?” and he’d just be like “fuck princess you know I’m always ready for you. C'mere” and he’d grab your waist and press your chests close while kissing you sloppily. And you’d pull away and “tonight is about you rockstar” and you’d be teasing him the whole time. From grinding down on his sweatpants covered crotch to pressing kisses and sucking on his sweet spot, he’s literally a writhing mess under you. And when you start to take off the sweatpants and boxers, you instantly began to squirm a bit and you felt yourself getting wetter at the thought of having him deep inside you. He’d break your thoughts by breathing heavily and “baby I can’t take this teasing anymore” and he’d have a strained face on. And fuck, you’re getting tired of this teasing too but you can’t cave in just yet bc tonight was about him and you’re gonna show him how much you love him. And when he’s buried deep inside you, you can’t help but let out a loud moan bc “fuck that feels so good baby. Keep going” and the sounds he makes are music to your ears. And when you feel like he’s about to hit his high, you quickly move up his length and push yourself off of him. And he’d just breathe so heavily and his face would be a mixture of pain and pleasure bc he can’t take anymore of your teasing but fuck, did he want it to go on. You’d just continue to grind on him and “do you feel how wet I am for you baby?” and he’d just whimper and the neck veins would pop out bc holy shit he didn’t even know how good it felt to be teased. And you’d straddle his waist again and finding his length, guiding it towards your core again. And you’d continue to ride him and he’d press your chests close and just “fuck baby you’re so fucking good to me” and he’d kiss you and push the hair out of your sweaty face. And taking the opportunity, he flipped you over so now you’re writhing under him. And he’d he’d move in and out so fucking slow and he’s teasing both you and himself. And he’d be like “you like that princess?” and fuck you’re just like “God Luke that feels so good” and you’d continue to let out small whines and moans. He suddenly stops and “baby I need to hear you ok? Can you do that for me?” and you’d nod bc you can barely form an answer by now. And he’d pull out almost all the way to thrust back in, provoking a pornographic moan along with a scream of his name from you. And his face would be scrunched up and he’d hover over you, trying his best not to release yet. And you’d see the neck veins come out once again and you’d bring your fingers to trace them and lightly lick them bc fuck, that’s his weakness: when you’re tracing and licking his neck veins. And you’d just be like “Luke I’m close baby” and he’d have it as his goal (as if it weren’t already) to have you release first. And he’d rub your clit gently while thrusting and “baby I can feel you. You’re so tight around me, fuck” and you’d continue to let out whines, letting him know that you’re on the edge. When you let out a scream, he knows he’s found that magical spot and “come on baby. Let go for me. I’ve got you princess.” And when you both have hit your highs and came down, he’d press a kiss on your forehead and “you looked so beautiful tonight, screaming my name under me baby” and I’m currently not okay :)
Interviewer: How did you start out touring with Owl City?
Breanne: I met Adam [Young] through a mutual friend a few years ago. I’m from Minneapolis, he’s from a small town in Minnesota. He was looking for a girl to sing on one of his songs, and our friend said, “Your voices would sound good together, let’s do it.” So I sang on a couple songs and in the meantime things just spiraled out of control for him. Suddenly, he was looking to put a band together to go on tour and he knew that I played keys and sang as well, so I got to be a part of that.