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Treat yo self 2019 by listening to this Galentine’s Day playlist

Really, every day should be Galentine’s Day

Treat yo self 2019 by listening to this Galentine’s Day playlist

Galentine’s day? What’s that?

Brought to us by none other than the legendary Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) of Parks and Rec, Galentine’s Day is simply a day for “ladies celebrating ladies.” This unofficial holiday, on February 13, is not only dedicated to gathering your gal pals and showing them some love, but also, a day for you to celebrate what you admire most in the women around you.

So, another Galentine’s Day has come and gone, but here’s a playlist of 10 songs that I hope will help you celebrate Galentine’s Day in the fashion that suits you — because really, every day should be Galentine’s Day!

  1. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, 1967

I strongly recommend blasting this classic as soon as you hop out of bed. The feel-good vibes that the legendary and well-missed Queen of Soul produces are guaranteed to help you start Galentine’s Day the right way.

  1. “No Scrubs” by TLC, 1999

What more can I say? You can’t celebrate this special day without some TLC. We’ve all had one or two scrubs try to holla at us, so why not make your special day 10 times better by singing along to this all too relatable tune.

  1. “Can’t Hold Us Down feat. Lil’ Kim” by Christina Aguilera ,2002

This song is the definition of women’s empowerment, which is why you must listen to it this Galentine’s Day. It not only calls out the double standards faced by women in society, but also encourages all women to come together and make it known that we can’t be held down!  

  1. “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony, 2015

Just in case you forgot how badass you really are, this catchy tune is guaranteed to remind you of your worth — it’ll also get you bopping your head and tapping your feet to the beat.

  1. “Girl” by Destiny’s Child, 2005

Galentine’s Day allows us to truly appreciate the times when our girlfriends have been there for us. There’s nothing better than the comfort of your girlfriends when you’re going through a tough time, especially when you’re dealing with a heartbreak, and this song is about just that.

  1. “I Don’t Need a Man” by The Pussycat Dolls, 2005

Dating or not, this upbeat tune is a strong reminder that you don’t need a man to make you feel good or get what you want. You can do that all on your own, and you certainly don’t need to rely on someone else to make your life complete.

  1. “Formation” by Beyoncé, 2016

Cue the beat:

“Cause I slay, I slay, I slay, I slay.

All day, I slay, I slay, I slay…”

I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves.

  1. “Feeling Myself feat. Beyoncé” by Nicki Minaj, 2014

Need a song to channel exactly how you’ll be feeling on Galentine’s Day? I advise you to look no further than this ultimate collab from two of your favourite queens! I seriously recommend playing this song as you’re entering lecture. I’m telling you, it will make you feel so damn good about yourself!  

  1. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls, 1996

We’ve all gone through the phase where we’ve aspired to be like the Spice Girls upon hearing this song. If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day with your girls, assign your roles and channel your inner spice! If you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day alone, no worries, you can still channel your inner spice. You can have just as much fun belting out the song by yourself.

  1. “Independent Women Pt. 1” by Destiny’s Child, 2000

Rounding out this playlist is none other than the anthem of womanhood. It is your ultimate Galentine’s Day song! You might as well forget the whole playlist and listen to this one song on repeat. If you opt out of playing this song on repeat for the whole day, make sure you listen to it at least once, because you cannot have a Galentine’s Day celebration without it.

Things that go bump in the night

A playlist for wandering bodies

Things that go bump in the night

While sex is often dramatized as something similar to the glorious union of two silkily muscular dolphins, reality isn’t usually as kind. I, for one, am not a grey tube with flippers. Though I am extremely intelligent for my kind — blonde woman — so go figure.

Our bodies make sounds and produce fluids. Smushing them together often gets a little messy and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, especially if you have roommates with particularly sonic voyeuristic tendencies, a bit of ambient sound can be useful. As I’m sure you know, this is where music comes in handy.

But in the heat of the moment, making a musical selection can be stressful. Music can make or break a mood! So here I am with this generic and universally applicable playlist for you, embedded in an article that will pop up whenever anyone googles my name.

Please, enjoy. Embrace pleasure with an open fist and a tight glove.

1.  “Pink Beetle” by Rejjie Snow, 2016

As a recovering Catholic, I can assure you that all good things follow a resounding chorus of “Our Father.”

2. “Couch” by Triathalon, 2018

Okay, so we started out with some heavy religious motifs. Am I the only one who finds that hot? Surely not on this campus — cough, cough, St. Mike’s. Now let’s move into some lo-fi innuendos.

3. “Got Friends feat. Miguel” by Goldlink, 2018

Is this song about an orgy? I don’t know, I’m not Ilan Zechory. But it could be. In conclusion, mystery is hot and so is this song.

4. “Move Slow feat. Olukara” by Maxwell Young, 2016

Whew, okay, things started to heat up with that orgy-no-orgy debate, so let’s smooth things out a little bit. Here’s another skinny European.

5. “Yeah, I Said It” by Rihanna, 2016

Do I need to explain this? Nope.

6. “Why” by Roy Woods, 2016

Let’s get some Canadian nationalism in this strange line-up, shall we? Roy Woods is a trifecta of sexual energy: his name is gorgeous, he says “thighssss” with about a million s’, and he mumbles enough for me to project whatever I need to hear onto his vocal sounds.

7. “Redbone” by Childish Gambino, 2016

It has the word bone in the title! Hahahah.

Also, all the scenes in Atlanta of Donald Glover in tightie-whities has ensured that I will never not be attracted to him. So yeah, it’s a hot song. Aren’t you glad I dodged the obvious stay woke joke here? Comedy gold!

8. “Carmen” by Jay Squared, 2017

Honestly, this popped up on my explore feed last year and I got super into it. Could this be because I was alone at the time, and the singer — whoops — crooned “you ain’t alone no more!” in the first line? Who knows, psychology is a nerd’s game.

9. “Call Me Up” by Homeshake, 2017

Alright, we’re winding down. Soft trumpets. Yes. Lovely. Ooh, a soft voice talking about the future. Lovely. Don’t tense up, don’t tense up. The future. Pass the rash cream, please.

10. “Glory Box” by Portishead, 1994

Conclusion! Bing, bang, boom. “Just want to be a woman.” Or whatever you wanna be. It’s a post-orgasm world, “A thousand flowers could bloom. Move over, and give us some room.”

 

Songs for a chill Canadian winter

Escape commuting in the cold with some good vibes and ez listening

Songs for a chill Canadian winter

Regardless of whether your commute to class is 20 minutes or an hour and 20, there is always a need to keep distracted — especially in the snowy season! Music is the perfect pastime. Not only can you bury your hands deep in your pockets, but it is also a great escape from the everyday stress of schoolwork and assignments. Here are 10 tracks to do just that.

1. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, 2004

This killer throwback to the early 2000s provides a strong sense of nostalgia for anyone who enjoys singing along to what can be described as a former emo-teen anthem. The steady beat and easy-to-remember lyrics will have you reminiscing about your childhood, forgetting about your long, overcrowded daily commute.

2. “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, 2018

Cardi B has once again blessed us with a song that not only has a great backtrack but also fun lyrics delivered by a host of talented collaborators. This upbeat song almost guarantees the overwhelming need to dance — or if you’re on the subway or bus, maybe just some light head bobbing.

3. “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer, 2018

The solid lyrics and beat provided by the Australian boy band will at the very least provide a distraction from even the worst commute. At the very best, it will make you want to sing along with full fervor in the middle of a crowded subway car.

4. “Jesus of Suburbia” by Green Day, 2004

This is another throwback song that will remove you from your lengthy, tumultuous journey. Green Day provide an upbeat tempo and elaborate guitar solos that will definitely leave you feeling hyped up and ready for whatever the day has to offer.

5. “Scar Tissue” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1999

The relaxed tempo of this song, along with the gentle riff of the guitar solos, is a great way to set a chill tone for the start of a day. It is also perfect to help you unwind while commuting back home after a long day of class.

6. “Kiwi” by Harry Styles, 2017

The high energy of this song, as well as the great vocals from our favourite ex-member of One Direction — cue tears — allow for an incredibly entertaining commute. I dare you not to bop along to the fun beat and amusing lyrics.

7. “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant, 2010

Easy breezy listening with this mellow tune. It creates a strong sense of nostalgia, helping you lose yourself in whimsical thought. Nothing passes time better than daydreaming about joyous memories and the past, and this song will definitely take you back there.

8. “Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage the Elephant, 2013

Nothing says ‘chill’ like the soft serenade of an acoustic guitar. Whether you are on your way to lecture or on the way home, this song allows you to easily get lost in your thoughts and forget about the stress of the day.

9. “In My Feelings” by Drake, 2018

Despite topping the charts and sparking a viral online challenge months ago, this song is still as hype as ever. It has a great vibe and reduces any lengthy commute with its solid beat and entertaining lyrics.

10. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, 1978

There is nothing like an old school classic. This song is a bit of a throwback, but being serenaded by Freddie Mercury is still as great now as it was 40 years ago. The jazzy, incredibly upbeat sound of this song will make any journey feel like breeze.

There’s nothing deader than a Halloween haunt with bad music

Pick this playlist for your party to get in the mood for a spooky season

There’s nothing deader than a Halloween haunt with bad music

Whether you’re a goblin or a ghoul, every creature that dwells in the darkness loves to get down and freaky at a good dance party. Halloween is upon us once again — there will be pumpkins, monsters, but also parties popping up to scare you at every street corner in the country.

If you choose to host a party, or if you just want to get into the Halloween groove, here are my top 10 Halloween songs to help you become a frightfully good party host and get all your monster homies into the Halloween spirit!

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, 1962

This song has withstood the test of time. The lyrics of this iconic song allude to monsters such as Wolfman, Frankenstein, and Dracula all enjoying a spooktastic dance party. It is truly a graveyard smash with its catchy beat and addictive lyrics.

“Thriller” by Michael Jackson, 1982

The music video for this song is almost as famous as the song itself. Who can resist hordes of zombies dancing in unison? As a bonus, no mere mortal can resist the legendary Vincent Price doing a stellar voice over.

“It’s Almost Halloween” by Panic! At the Disco, 2008

In the middle of the dark woods, there is a party in a clearing. Are those mummies, vampires, and werewolves partying? Nope! It is the American pop punk band in full costume! Although it’s one of the newer songs on this playlist, Panic!’s “It’s Almost Halloween” might just be the best in the genre when it comes to explaining just what Halloween is really all about. Check out the music video for the full picture.

“I Put A Spell on You” by Jalacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins, 1956

This song has risen in popularity through its many covers and is also featured in the classic 1993 Halloween film Hocus Pocus. The original singer of this song was frightful in his own right, because Screamin’ Jay usually pulled voodoo aspects into his performances. It’s a great one and definitely worth a listen!

“Addams Family Theme Song” by Vic Mizzy, 1964

They’re spooky and they’re kooky! In the 1960s, there was a fondness for the unconventional, yet still relatable, child-friendly world of the monsters. Not only was The Addams Family a result of this trend, but it also produced The Munsters and Bewitched.

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr, 1984

Just like many other songs on this playlist, this is a track to a cult classic Halloween film. Ghostbusters has a sequel and a feminist revival too, leading to more alternative renditions by artists like Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot.

“Calling All the Monsters” by China Anne McClain, 2011

“Calling All the Monsters” makes appearances on numerous Disney television shows. The lyrics are about facing your fears. Compare that with the monster-filled dance party in the music video. What more is there to say? Give it a play.

“Spooky Scary Skeletons” by Andrew Gold, 1996

There’s just something about those darn skeletons which keep bringing the spirit of Halloween year after year! This song became popular after a video of a pumpkin-masked, black leotard-clothed man did his fangtastic dance on YouTube. Give it a watch. I dare you.

“This Is Halloween” by Marilyn Manson, 1993

Marilyn Manson is scary. Now imagine him creating a song about the scariest day of the year. Terrifying, right? This song rose to popularity when it was featured on the soundtrack of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a classic and you should pop it on your party playlist ASAP.

“Modern Monster Mash” by Key of Awesome, 2014

This one is a little different from the rest. Instead of being a song on a CD, this Halloween hit is actually a YouTube viral sensation. Creative YouTubers Key of Awesome updated “Monster Mash” by changing the lyrics to include newer horror film icons. You’ll find Freddy Krueger from The Nightmare on Elm Street series, Michael Myers from The Halloween series, Jigsaw from Saw, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, and many more.



Hi? HIGH — listen to these ‘chunnnnes’ when you’re jamming

A playlist for when you’re living your best life

Hi? HIGH — listen to these ‘chunnnnes’ when you’re jamming

We all know how important the role of ‘aux-holder’ is when you get together with your friends to smoke. You need songs that are so great that, when no one wants to speak, you can just sit back, listen, and still have a really good time. Songs to lie back with on a sofa and close your eyes to impressive instrumentals and lyrics clever enough to provide you with something to mull over in your head. 

Bonus points if the song sounds as spaced out as you feel. 

If that’s your vibe, pop to your nearest dispensary — but not until October 17, of course — gather your friends, and stick the following on the speakers.

“Cheer up, My Brother” by HNNY, 2015

Honestly, just a really lovely song — sweet, soothing, simple vocals over a laidback beat and a gentle, sunny melody. Easy listening. Perfect to bop about to while you fry yourself up some perogies.

 “Archangel” by Burial, 2007

When I first heard this song, I listened to nothing else for about two weeks. Dense, incredibly produced minimal garage/post-dubstep, and part of a milestone album that paved the way for future experimental electronic artists like Jamie XX and James Blake. It’s actually a very sad and lonely song — listen with caution or you’ll get a bit lost in your own head. Try to admire the pioneering percussion and unique sound instead of getting lost in a depressive spiral about your ex.

“Silver” by Caribou, 2014

If you feel like an album listening session — a great high activity — check out Caribou’s 2014 Our Love, featuring this track and other bangers you may remember from your youth, like the still-great “Can’t Do Without You.” “Silver” sounds like travelling through a space tunnel or something — the fading in and out of weird trippy synthy sounds, with high-pitched, half-whispering vocals over the top that create a mini spacey dream world in a song. A perfect choice. 

“Alberto Balsalm” by Aphex Twin, 1995

It took me a while to get to a point where I could listen to Aphex Twin in a state of anything but complete confusion — so don’t fear if you feel the same. This song, however, can act as your gateway drug. But this time, instead of leading you on to heroin like your mom thinks weed will, it will lead you to one of electronic music’s most important, creative, and talented pioneers. Get lost in five minutes of music that you would never believe was made 20 years ago. 

“Two Thousand and Seventeen” by Four Tet, 2017

So rich and sweet you won’t believe your ears. Four Tet blew up with his 2017 album New Energy last year and this is one of the best songs off it. Another album you won’t regret listening to from start to finish when you’re baked. 

“North Circular” by Real Lies, 2015

A light garage beat that wouldn’t feel out of place in a club, with that Mike Skinner vibe of lonely, poetic lyrics, practically spoken instead of sung, laced through it. A really, really gorgeous song. Perfect for late nights in your lounge. 

“Everything In Its Right Place” by Radiohead, 2000

Radiohead, as pretentious as the people who say things like this about them, is perfect for listening to while high. The interaction of the different layers of this song is unbelievable and makes it sound so trippy and just really impressive. Perfect ‘blow your mind’ music. 

“Terrapin” by Bonobo, 2000

If at this point in the playlist, you’re in need of something a little sunnier, then no worries, I’ve got your back: some early Bonobo that I still prefer to pretty much everything he’s made since. Just really, really pleasing to listen to. 

“Marilyn” by Mount Kimbie featuring Micachu, 2017

Once again, a little bit more upbeat and feel-good. Another perfect ‘bop around the kitchen while you cook up a storm’ song. 

“Space Song” by Beach House, 2015

End on a high. Beach House’s famous tune just has everything ­— a lovely melody and vocals, a great hook, some weird synthy things, and lyrics simple enough that you can easily sing along to them no matter what state you’re in. Close your eyes, cuddle your mate, and enjoy. 

Nostalgic tunes for the week after Thanksgiving

The long weekend is over but it’s never too late to give thanks

Nostalgic tunes for the week after Thanksgiving

Just like that, half the semester has almost come and gone. Thanksgiving weekend marked the calm before the storm, right before the reality of major assignments and midterms ruin all your cozy fall vibes. But briefly, we could all forget about those midterms and go home, eat way too much food, and feel like we’re still in high school for a few days. Whether you had turkey or takeout this Thanksgiving, here are some cozy and nostalgic tunes to get you through your food coma.

Running For Cover” by Ivan & Alyosha, 2013

Here’s one for your commute back home, whether it’s a bus or a plane ride away. There’s something that will always be eternally comforting about home. And I’m willing to bet your mom’s cooking is way better than dining hall food, or even worse, your own cooking.

Big Sis” by Sales, 2015

Another for when you’re feeling nostalgic about home. Surround yourself with family and friends and get into the thankful spirit with this tune.

Rising Water” by James Vincent McMorrow, 2016

Let McMorrow’s dreamy voice comfort you while the funky melody has you tapping your feet. Listen to this as you drink hot chocolate or eat pumpkin pie and pretend you don’t have an essay you should be writing.

The Magician” by Andy Shauf, 2016

A perfect low tempo fall song. The piano melody and Shauf’s voice bring ultimate comfort during the coziest time of year. “The Magician” also describes most of us during midterm season: “just a shaking hand without a concrete plan.”

The Wild Hunt” by The Tallest Man on Earth, 2010

Listen to this while you’re driving, taking in all the beautiful fall colours around you, and wishing fall could stay for a little while longer before the brutal winter comes to stay for longer than any of us want it to.

Hands Down” by The Greeting Committee, 2015

Another good driving tune. Gather up some friends, roll the windows down while you still can, and sing as loud as you want.   

Rhythm & Blues” by The Head and the Heart, 2016

“No one wants to be lonely,” so play this and feel all the warm and happy feels while surrounded by all your favourite people at a party.

Violet” by Daniel Caesar, 2014

We all love a good slow jam. October also marks the beginning of cuffing season, so maybe find yourself a special someone to cuddle up with and listen to Caesar’s swoon-worthy tune together.

Paradise” by Jon Bryant, 2018

If you haven’t heard of Bryant, you should change that as soon as possible. His dreamy voice will definitely get you in the cuffing spirit.

Flying Kites” by Jeremy Zucker, 2015

“Won’t you stay for love?” Long weekends are never long enough. Play this as you pack and get ready for your regularly scheduled programming of all-nighters at Robarts. Pack some leftovers with you, to make the commute back to school a little better.

Jams for your first week back at school

The night is young, the music is loud, and before you know it, we’ll be meeting up at Con Hall

Jams for your first week back at school

Do you have that one go-to track you play almost every night? I do! Call me old school but nothing gets me dancing like a dig in the dancing queen, and nothing ever will.

Your first week of school can be bittersweet — mine usually is. While you’re happy to reunite with your friends, you reminisce about waking up late and the few responsibilities that come with the summer season.

September has creeped up on us, so you should listen to this playlist in an attempt to commemorate your summer memories.

These popular tracks are perfect for your first week back at school. The night is young, the music is loud and before you know it we’ll be meeting up at Con Hall.

“Freaky Friday” by Lil Dicky featuring Chris Brown, 2018

This is a really a hit or miss kind of song, but for me, it’s definitely a hit. Sometimes a tune is more than enough to get grooving. A little bit of base, a little bit of pop and a whole lot of rhythm. Not to mention, the music video is hilarious!

“Partition” by Beyoncé, 2013

We all need at least one Queen B song in our playlist and here is one of my favorites! Beyoncé’s nonchalantly flawless, untouchable vocals in sync with a mood changing rhythm definitely makes this a top favourite on my playlist.

“Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, 2018

Your new inspiration is here and it comes with a sweet touch of Adam Levine’s voice! And once again, here he is with a song that I just can’t get out of my head.

“In My Feelings” by Drake, 2018

It’s only one of the most played songs of the summer. Literally. Yet somehow I’m not sick of it and so I’d rather have a song that makes me skip a step over one that makes me fall asleep before a three hour lecture.

“Shotgun” by George Ezra, 2018

Imagine your windows rolled down, the blazing sun and cool pop riding shotgun to your favorite beats. Oh, and on blasting volume of course. Here is a favorite that I play every time, and cheesy but true – most definitely when I win shotgun. You ride shotgun to class, no?

“No Brainer” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Quavo, 2018

The “I’m The One” team is back with yet another one! What a reunion! It’s a no brainer that this song will keep you good company on your long walks to class.

“Level Up” by Ciara, 2018

Talk about one of the most viral and popular songs of the season! This already has me levelled up in my seat and I’m sitting on my couch still in my PJs. Need the perfect wake-up call after eight hours of class a day? Here’s one!

“1, 2, 3” by Sofia Reyes featuring Jason Derulo, De La Ghetto, 2018

I forgot all the Spanish I learned in high school until this beat came on, so it only seems right to have it back a few hours before class starts! It’s perfect for the first week back playlist.

“Capital Letters” by Hailee Steinfeld, BloodPop®, 2018

A packed social calendar in the summer calls for a night out every day. The semester, unfortunately, doesn’t bring us this luck. So here is a track for your first weekend back, a club ready, rushing pop, and smooth song for your playlist. Whether you’re dancing at a nightclub or in your PJs before bed — this is a mood changer!

“Dancing Queen” by Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again cast, 2018

This is a cover of a 1975 ABBA song. You know what they say: save the best for the last. You didn’t think I’d leave this out, did you? Summer is never complete without a little bit of “Dancing Queen”; words don’t do justice to this masterpiece. In lieu of a throwback to the 1970s, here is a Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again version of your favorite “Dancing Queen”! The first week of school may bring assignments, but with this song, at least you’ll be in a good mood when you write it.