Weekend Playlist: Reading Days

Reading Days – spend them with people you love.

Hey y’all – your friendly Thrill music guru Dan Rasch here.  If we haven’t already been introduced, I’m the guy who takes it upon himself to ensure that your ears are consistently up to speed with the latest in Kenyon music, as well as anything else out there I think you should be listening to.

Reading Days (“Fall Break“) has become a kind of sacred holiday while I’ve been here: four days of (mostly) work-free time spent chilling with friends, exploring the greater Gambier area, and basking in the only consistently awesome period of weather we get all year. Seriously. This is going on my fourth year at Kenyon and Reading Days has NEVER seen a raincloud. Fingers crossed, of course, but it’s looking like this year will be no exception.

In the spirit of this special “extendo” weekend, then, here are some weekend tunes (of Kenyon origin & otherwise) that you should throw on during your copious amounts of relaxation time.  Cheers!

First off, Pinegrove has been keeping plenty busy since their last EP, as they recently uploaded this absolute heart-crusher of a single to their Soundcloud.  Not sure if there’s a release this will one day belong to, but seeing as this features some of the best lyrics, dynamic progression, and vocal delivery I’ve yet to hear from Evan Hall ’11, this will do just fine for now.  If you don’t know Pinegrove, kindly amend that.

You may never have heard of Canadian electro-pop prophets Born Gold, but you may be familiar with a few of their alumni, like Megan James and Corin Roddick of Purity Ring – or perhaps Grimes, a past tour mate and close friend of Born Gold frontman, Cecil Frena.  Their delightfully distorted take on pop and EDM has garnered them a lot of press over the past few years. They played just last night at the Horn, so if you’re already missing those late night jams, they just released a new album, I Am An Exit, the title track of which sits above.

While we’re on the subject of Purity Ring, why not check out this remix they did for Lady Gaga?

I’ve also been digging the new Haim album, Days Are Gone. Runs the gamut from 80s-sounding pop expermentalism to super heavy Black-Keys-meets-dubstep R&B jams.  Check it out if you like.

I bought that Haim album in tandem with another female-led indie pop album: Chvrches’ The Bones of What You Believe.  More uptempo, synth-driven fare, but in a similar vein of 80s-inspired pop fantasia.

Speaking of fantasia, this one never ends!  Maybe you’ll glance at the 7-minute-plus time code and skip this one, but let me at least put it out there that Anamanaguchi did, in fact, send a pizza into space for this music video.  Eight-bit pop-dance stuff for those “dancing alone like you’re five years old” moments.

Hate on Drake as much as you want, the dude is probably the biggest hip-hop/pop crossover artist of the past five years. The new album is definitely heavier on the rap end of the spectrum, but man oh man does this song give him some solid crooning time.  Yes, there’s a brief lyrical resonance with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (“you’re a good girl and you know it,” but without all the “you know you want it” stuff), but that doesn’t stop this tune’s lazy, bass-driven disco beat from drilling into your bones and lodging in your head.

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