Walk the Moon “Talking Is Hard” - I have been waiting forever for more music from this lil’ Ohio band, and this album is so fantastic it blows my mind. There are 80’s pop influences, power ballads and big hair dance numbers that make it impossible to not feel groovy when this record’s playing. Walk the Moon is also one of my absolute favorite bands to see live because they have so much energy and sound better than their records, so if you get the chance to see ‘em live (they come to Seattle in March!), do it.
Dan Croll “Sweet Disarray” - My goodness do I love this album and its reverberating harmonies. Dan does a fantastic job of meshing British folk and unusual tribal beats layered over lyrics that make you want to see someone with a minimalist tattoo of it on their wrist followed by an infinity sign. He is a brilliant sweetheart in a button up and hipster glasses, but his music perpetuates a deeper understanding of music and the human condition with every listen.
Joywave “How Do You Feel?” EP - A fine/funky/fresh/fabulous EP, I stumbled upon ‘Tongues’ about a week after it was released and could not get the song out of my head. Super catchy tunes but with a gritty, strange side makes Joywave’s tunes a compelling listen and fun to dance to. I’d keep my eye out for these kiddos, since they’ve went from we-released-a-mixtape to the radio with Big Data on ‘Dangerous’ in the last year. Plus they’re from my hometown, and Rochester gotta represent.
Broods “Evergreen” - This New Zealand duo has haunting, breathy vocals, but when coupled with hard-hitting drums and soothing piano tracks it helps edge out their new album. A lot of people might know Broods because they opened for Sam Smith’s last tour, but in my opinion they stole the show. The harmonies and high notes Georgia nails on ‘Four Walls’ during a live performance will give you chills, so be sure to bring a blanket.
Vance Joy “Dream Your Life Away” - I bought a ticket to see James perform as an opener for Young the Giant last April, yet everyone around me was whispering “who is this guy?” as he strummed his ukulele and did a little dance onstage to ‘Riptide’. Now people are starting to appreciate his simple, warbly tunes that make you think of coffee shops and campfires, and he is joining Miss T-Swift on her 1989 tour so hopefully show-goers won’t keep asking who he is for much longer.
Banks “Goddess” - I wish I could say this album is self-titled, but everyone knows it practically is. Banks is a Natalie Portman look-a-like who can spin a record with a soulful, grunge-y essence that makes you want to go out wearing dark lipstick and crush hearts. Each song commands your attention in a brooding, dark manner, but the ever-popular Snakehips remix of ‘Warm Water’ shows Banks’ vocals work just as well to amp people up as they do to mellow them out.
Magic Man “Before the Waves” - I’ve been listening to Magic Man and their ridiculously up-and-at-em pop synth vibes for a few years now, and their debut album is nothing to scoff at. It is delicate harmonies and snappy serenading and, above all, makes you want to dance your pants off. The band is lovely and charismatic as all hell in person, so it’s pretty much a good night when you buy a ticket to see these kiddos or even just listen to them at home.
Glass Animals “Zaba” - “Zaba” is a bit reminiscent of Disclosure’s rolling bass but slowed down and mellowed out a notch or five. Perfect for studying or lazy Sunday mornings, this album will help anyone who wants to seriously relax get into that gooey state of mind (pun intended - their most popular track is titled ‘Gooey’). The jewel-toned jungle album artwork sets the tone of the record, and it has also received a couple nominations for best album cover, which is pretty rad.
Sam Lachow “Huckleberry” - If you want local rap without going the Macklemore route, this album covers nearly all bases. Each song features another Seattle artist (or three), from Nacho Picasso to Gifted Gab, Ariana Deboo and Raz Simone. It’s a fantastic conglomeration of individual voices on an album of beats you can shoulder drop and PNW fist pump to. Seattle hip hop shows are also some of the craziest, most involved concerts out there, so if you can scream all the words to the album you’ll fit right in.
Odezsa “In Return” - Okay so this is some Seattle pride for all you electronic junkies out there, these boys always sell out two nights here and for good reason. Usually featuring female or higher-pitched vocals and surreal drum beats, this album is chalk-full of dreamy tracks that are perfect for smoking and star-gazing or for late night drives. They also recently posted on social media about writing music at Hayden James’ apartment, and that collab just makes me want to drool.
This was written up a while back for Rainy Dawg Radio’s Best of 2014 zine, which you can grab a copy of in studio or hit us up for one. I kind of forgot what music came out in 2014 as opposed to 2013 so these are the first tunes I remembered - sorry bbz if I forgot something!
How about that dash activity, huh? I can barely keep up! Anyhoo, I’ve spoken to my co-admins and we’ve decided to have a lil fun for our Saturday night! To get to know all your characters a bit better, we’ve decided on an ANON NIGHT so you are free to post the links to your ask box (we ask that, if you have multiple characters, please only post their links on one post to avoid spamming the dash!) and have at it! Please bear in mind that this is just a little fun. It is in no way an invitation to send anon hate, to hurt or to bully those in our group! Keep it fun, fresh and funky!
Also make sure to send questions out! We all love seeing those numbers on our inbox rise, but have a little consideration for everyone else involved and be sure to reach out and try and throw questions at as many peeps as you can! We’ll be doing the same!
listen don’t get me wrong i love epic fantasy and sci-fi but it is very very important to me that we get fantasy & sci-fi on a smaller scale as well. i’m tired of reading about the Special Person Who Will Save The World. that’s not relateable. i want to hear more stories about bit players on the world stage! a traveling theatre troupe of goblins struggling to write a new play, two rival families of smugglers living on the same space station transport hub, a rom-com about a young hedge witch, a coming-of-age story about a dryad
something i think about a Lot is how i want more fantasy that’s just. fun. that’s lighthearted and exciting and atmospheric and above all filled with joy. like ghibli movies, like stardust (my Personal Headcanon version of stardust that marries the best parts of the book with the movie), like parts of avatar the last airbender
where good wins over evil not through terrible sacrifice and tremendous battles and hardship, but through kindness and gentleness and good-ness. or where there is no “evil” and the journey is about discovering and uncovering and exploring yourself, becoming the best you you can be under the circumstances you are given
where it isn’t the Entire World at stake, where every adventure isn’t full of mortal peril and enemies around the corner, where the world feels like it’s beckoning you
come on! the road is waiting for you! see what’s out there! go, go see!
what the fuck even is death note. i know there’s a guy named light and one named l (who named these children) and one of them looks like a spindly frog with emo hair, and of course there’s a notebook that gives people heart attacks, but then sometimes i see art of it and there’s this terrifying clown monster just sort of floating around in the background?? why is this juggalo here what does he want from the frog.
me freshman year:
if i work really hard and take a lot of classes every quarter i should be able to double major in theatre and computer science! if i'm really good i might be able to squeeze a german minor in there, or i could graduate with honors! the future has so many possibilities!
me senior year:
if i pass this class i will graduate. if.