Staff Picks : October 2018

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October, what a nice month to enjoy the fall! So many wonderful things happen in moments of transition. Boston is celebrating a big win, the colors of the trees are swelling with new looks and here at ZUMIX we’re bumping music that from all types of folks. Check out some great picks below from Empress Of and Lizzo to Helado Negro, enjoy!

“Are I Here” by Helado Negro 

“I love the way many of Helado Negro’s songs walk the line between dark melancholy and lighthearted playfulness. This whole album gives me that feeling of waking up from an intense dream that you’re relieved is over, but that you also don’t want to slip away from your memory. Definitely a good soundtrack for this autumn month.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“I’m Just Snacking” by Gus Dapperton

“There’s a music video, but my focus is on the lyrics for this one. An exercise in active listening, the song offers so much more in its verses than just a deliciously sensual groove. Check out the storytelling found around its catchy chorus with commentary from the guy himself on Genius, and maybe come away with a deeper appreciation of the tune.” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

Coconut oil ” by Lizzo

“Forget all the drama and pass me my coconut oil” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun

“Because after almost ten years I still loooooovvvveeee it.” – Kim Dawson, Director of Advancement

“There Will Be Sunshine” by Snoh Aalegra

“This halloween, I’m dressing up as Ms. Frizzle in her weather outfit — rainbow dress, cloudy earrings and a generally stormy vibe. This song’s meteorological metaphors are a good match: ‘there will be sunshine, though the forecast is grey.’ It’s mixed precipitation, a little spooky, a little hopeful.” – Brittany Thomas, ZUMIX Radio Station Manager

“Everything to Me” by Empress Of

“Empress Of is one of my favorite acts in music right now. Her new album is breathtaking and I’m in love with everything about this song. I’m swimming in the lyrics and the flutter of the chorus, just great things :)” – Rene Dongo, ZUMIX Radio Program Coordinator

“Chateau (Acoustic)” by Angus & Julia Stone

“The plucky, simple instrumentals make this song a bit addicting to me. It’s incredibly satisfying. ” – Nikala Adele Pieroni ,Development and Communications Associate 

Jolene” by Dolly Parton

“I heard this song in a snowboard video when I was a teenager, and always strangely associate it with snowboarding, but I was in Nashville the past four days and had it on repeat as it’s one of the biggest hits ever recorded there. Love this song!” – Jacob Gilman, Events Coordinator

Listen to the Spotify playlist here

Staff Picks : September 2018

Sept 2018This month we’re taking a look at what folks are listening to sans theme, check it out we have a variety of tracks from Noname, Kadeem, Lightfoot and live concerts from Mac Miller and Erica Falls. Take a listen below:

“710AM” by Kadeem

“Kadeem is a talented rising Boston artist with a lot in store! He beautifully captures the duality of a bright early morning, feeling motivated and creatively empowered, but nonetheless coping with the struggles of everyday life. (I also make a cameo :))” – Jacob Gilman, Events Coordinator

“Tiny Desk Concert” by Mac Miller

“Mac Miller was a great poet who used words and stories in a way that seemed truly natural and effortless. Sometimes making things look easy is the hardest thing to do. Rest In Paridise, you will be missed” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“LMF Jazzfest 2017 ” by Erica Falls

“I just saw her for the first time last night at d.b.a. On Frenchman Street in New Orleans and she blew me away! A vocal powerhouse ala Chaka Khan and musical inspiration ala Irma Thomas. Her band was on point, and she was so good I would travel to see her!” – Madeleine Steczynski, Director of Advancement

“Hypnic Jerks” by Spirit of the Beehive

“This definitely isn’t the first time I’ve chosen Spirit of the Beehive and it certainly won’t be my last. Hypnic Jerks clings to my brain from the very first chord progression but the monotonous vocal melody that instantly jumps in was something very unique to them and I couldn’t get enough of it. Modulated guitar kicks in quickly enough to remind me who i’m listening to.” – Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Manager

“After the Storm (ft. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins) ” by Kali Uchis

“First off, Bootsy Collins is the man. I love this modern interpretation of classic funk and I think it’s a really good blend of old school and new school production.” – Ali McGuirk, ZUMIX Play It Forward Instructor

“Don’t Forget About Me” by Noname

“Noname finally released another album, and it’s everything. This track particularly hits me hard, with contemplation on death, family, and the grey, heavy feeling of existence.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Elephant Woman” by Blonde Redhead

“Listened to this orchestral, emotional album on an important road trip this summer and haven’t been able to get those memories or this first track out of my head. Writing after her severe horse accident, Kazu and the group built this gorgeous, philosophical masterpiece exploring what it means to recover after loss. Still not sure what it makes me feel but I do know why.” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“Shower Jams” by Lightfoot

“Shout outs to Lightfoot, he’s a local beat maker and I got to see him do a live set a while back and he had a great vibe, this track is my fav off his ‘Momentum is Fleeting’ record. Give it a listen!” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

Check out the playlist on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/0bgekk8z2hayvax11nj6tw5co/playlist/0iTpu07w8oecUcXRtRNDsH

 

Staff Picks : August 2018 *Summer Nostalgia*

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Summer is never really over. Just believe in it and it’ll linger. While labor day weekends are like a last hooray the summer memories stay forever and for this months picks the ZUMIX Staff have dug far into their minds to embrace those. Take a listen below to hear them flow back out in the form of music with a mix of Aretha Franklin, Skabetty, Sly & the Family Stone and Porches. Enjoy!

“Don’t Tell” by Eleanor Elektra

“I listened to this album a lot during my commute to work and this song was one of my favorites.” – Jireh Calo, ZUMIX Play It Forward Instructor

“I’m Still In Love” by Marcia Aitken

“Every track off the Jonny Greenwood is the Controller album (+Draw Your Brakes by Scotty) evokes nostalgia from every summer I’ve had since 2007 when I was introduced to it. Radiohead’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood made a compilation of his favorite reggae selects, some more known than others. My connection with “I’m Still in Love” goes back further to being on summer vacation and dancing with my mom to a live band’s cover. The joy I saw across her face during that makes this song dear to me and deeply nostalgic. I also vividly remember the feeling of being 15 with my best friends, blaring the rest of album outside on a hot summer day by the pool. It’s the perfect soundtrack to span the range of summer emotions, from carefree chilling, summer romance, ongoing reality of world issues and the potency of life when the weather is hot. Other favorite tracks are Dread is the Controller, Let Me Down Easy, This Life Makes Me Wonder, Dreader Locks… actually every song is my favorite.” – Jacob Gilman, Events Coordinator

“Young Blood” by Naked and Famous

“This song was released the summer I fell in love with my partner in life and love. Every time I listen to it, I go right back to the beautiful feeling that everything is vibrant and beautiful, which comes with the excitement and possibility that falling in love brings.” – Kimberly Dawson, Director of Advancement

“I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You)” by Aretha Franklin

“Every song by Aretha Franklin makes me feel lots of strong emotions, but this is one of the first ones I put on repeat in college when I was experiencing unrequited love, so that’s why it’s my “Summer Nostalgia” pick. Queen Aretha forever!” – Ali McGuirk, ZUMIX Play It Forward Instructor

“Saturdays” by De La Soul

“This song hits the summer nostalgia hot spot, It talks about love, work, play and anything else you could do on a saturday during the summer. it also has a funky beat thats perfect to set the mood “mr.sprinkler mr.sprinkler” always makes we want to tap the fire hydrant” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Mass of the Fermenting Dregs” by Skabetty

“While this song doesn’t bring me back to a specific Summer in my life, I did discover this song this Summer and the general warmness of the song makes me yearn for something happy that never truly existed.” – Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Manager

“Daylight” by Matt and Kim

“This song is the embodiment of many outdoor summer memories, and was solidified as one of the most glorious summer songs after seeing it performed live in 2013. Kim put her trust in the audience, and “crowd surfed” standing (with multiple people holding her feet and ankles) while doing a little dance. What a summer rockstar!” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly & The Family Stone

“A nice warm, nostalgic hit with a just a hint of musk — A classic by the first truly racially and gender integrated American band.” – Mr Ed, Teaching Artist

“Good Good” by Saweetie

“The vibe on ‘Good Good’ evoked so many memories for me of college travesuras, running around on hot summer nights shooting music videos, evading mosquito bites and getting lost in thunderstorms. ” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

“Ce Jeu” by Yelle

“This song brings me back to summers in high school, yell-singing while jumping around my room in my PJs or driving to the beach with a car full of my friends. It gives me that young, butterfly feeling of playing silly hard-to-get games with a crush. Very summer nostalgia :)” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Goodbye” by Porches

“Melancholy & maudlin. Languid & lavish. Fresh, free, and fervent. Makes me want to cry as much as this summer has.” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

Listen to the playlist on Spotify by clicking this link: https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/0bgekk8z2hayvax11nj6tw5co/playlist/28JN1DwI40zxxJ6Ba8vW94

‘Careers for Years’ explores tech jobs

Hi! My name is Keneisha from Careers for Years!

Before ‘Careers in Tech,’ I thought anyone who majored in the tech field had to be good at math. When I had heard about internet researchers, I thought they spent all day googling things. Thankfully, when this season got started, I got some new ideas about careers in tech!

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Our Guests:

  • Alex Dorsk, Coder

“If you like puzzles then you also probably like programming…” — Alex Dorsk

In this conversation, I learned that when you code, you begin to have a different approach to problems themselves. You learn how to break them down into different parts. You also become more open to the concept that there’s more than one way to do anything.  I also learned how important it is to use our technological abilities for the best.

  • Jenna Sherman and Nikki Bourassa, Internet Researchers

“It is also from the angle of who is creating this data, who is creating the algorithms being used in these technologies … I try and think about it from an empowering narrative how we can use and create these technologies for the social good.” — Jenna Sherman

One of my favorite things I learned is that you don’t need to be a computer scientist in order to work in the tech field.  For instance, Jenna and Nikki are internet researchers, who majored in health research and political science in college.

  • Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor of Civic Media

“Follow your heart … it’s not a linear path necessarily. For me, the entry point was around my own experience and music!” — Sasha Costanza-Chock

Not all paths are straight ones!

  • Ethan Zuckerman, Director of Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab

“I totally think it’s possible. I think that smart young people following what they want to do and then taking advantage of sort of the doors that open along the way… yeah.” — Ethan Zuckerman

It was great to explore the humble beginnings of the fulfilling lives of these inspiring people! I’d have to say that one of my favorite things throughout this series has been learning that tech isn’t all about math. If listeners like me hadn’t heard that, then those who aren’t sensational at math (me) might have been discouraged. If you listen to the whole series, you’ll realize this is a recurring theme, but a favorite one nonetheless. Thanks for reading.

‘Hello It’s Me’ Radio Class – August 2018

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‘I liked writing the story because it’s a way to use my creative juice. I’m like a car. My creativity is the gas and the car is my pen. Every move I make is the story I write.’ – Geana

‘Hello, It’s Me’ was a audio production class at ZUMIX during the summer of 2018. In the class students played ice breakers, wrote free writes and created a story. The participants of the class were given complete freedom to write a script and produce it. Take a listen to there audio dramas right here!

‘As co-facilitator of the class I had a lot of fun. The student were not only eager to write scripts but were easy to open up. Ideas were shared but also jokes. In all the experience was entertaining, while Rene and I led the class it felt less like instructing but more like hanging out.’ – Jasmine

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Staff Picks : July 2018 *Karaoke* Edition

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Karaoke is simultaneously embarrassing and super fun; singing into a blaring PA system alongside shiny lights and friends. Karaoke brings people together to celebrate and let loose and this month the ZUMIX staff have made their picks and who knows maybe under the right circumstances you might see us belt these tracks out in public but for now you can check out the picks below!

“You Know I’m No Good (Remix)” by Amy Winehouse & Ghostface Killer

“I find a person who can sing the Amy part and the crowd never expects me to come in with the rhymes, this joint always turns the party out” –Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

“I mean, it doesn’t get much more 80s hair band than this…and who doesn’t love an 80s hair band for karaoke.” –Kimberly Dawson, Director of Advancement

“Golden Years” by David Bowie

“Not the easiest song to sing but it sits well in my vocal range, chest voice, head voice, and break(!) fun to navigate—especially if I’m ‘warmed up’ and lubricated.” –Mr Ed, Teaching Artist

“Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

“This was actually the first song (and the last) I ever sang at a public karaoke bar. I did a duet and we nailed it. The song’s melody is easy to remember and all of the long drawn out words in the chorus and outro make it the perfect karaoke track.” – Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Manager

“I Will Always Love you” by Whitney Houston

“Has a better, more powerful or more nostalgic song ever been written? I think not.” –Ali McGuirk, ZUMIX Play It Forward Instructor

“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

“Because this might be the funnest song ever and I like to sing like Freddy.” –Jenny Shulman, Director of Operations

“Genie in A Bottle” by Christina Aguilera

“Struggling with self-discipline, contemplating hedonism, and prioritizing self-respect and enthusiastic participation when the opportunity presents itself? Come on– it’s the pre-2000’s empowered pop star ballad of my dreams. I’ll sing this song like I wrote it.” –Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“One Way or Another” by Blondie

“Fun driving vocals, with modulation – yay!” – Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder & Executive Director

“You Learn” by Alanis Morissette

“It’s hard to pick just one from this album, and if I could go sing karaoke thirteen weekends in a row, I’d pick a different ‘Jagged Little Pill’ track each time I step to the mic. ‘You Learn’ is just a great message to belt out with a bunch of people as your backup singers in a crowded room. ” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

“Freak On a Leash” by Korn

“Last time I did karaoke this was the easiest song for me to get through and it also made people leave the room. Which makes it very clear that my high school days of listening to Nu-Metal has left it’s mark on me that is beautiful, kinda ridiculous and at times a bit scary” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

Listen on Spotify:

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Staff Picks : June 2018 *Joy Ride* Edition

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Joy rides are great especially when it’s nice out, you’re in good company and the music is on point. At ZUMIX this month we picked our jams for the long drives, the beach trips and the cross country road trips. If you’re enjoying the summer vibes and are looking for some new tunes to play in the car, we’ve got you covered! Check out this months picks below.

“One Day” by Matisyahu

“No matter what, when I put on this song it makes me happy and hopeful…plus, my daughter and I love to sing it together in the car :)” –Kimberly Dawson, Director of Advancement

“Biggy” by Warpaint

“Aside from having one of the grooviest contemporary rock drummers, Stella Mozgawa, Warpaint’s tunes are big favorites of mine for blasting on long summer drives with the windows down because I feel like I’m swimming in their ethereal sounds!” –Nicole Pompei, Teaching Artist

“Not For Radio” by Nas

“So much truth in 1 track. NAS is truly a poet and master with words, his delivery is straight forward and unapologetic. Its refreshing to hear such raw reality from one of the greatest to do it.” –Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“If It Feels Good” by Leon Bridges

“This track makes me think of my friend Caroline, who introduced me to Leon Bridges on a summer night when he covered Ginuwine’s Pony in front of a bunch of screaming fans. It embraces being mysterious and low-key, and is best when turned way up — all qualities of a good joy ride.” –Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

“Sunshine” by Atmosphere

“A classic. This song perfectly emulates the mellow joy that can come from a slow drive on a sunny day, singing along to your favorite song (which just so happens to be this one).” –Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“Strange Mercy” by St. Vincent

“This is one of those songs that brings me right to a specific moment every time I hear it… Road tripping from California to Montana in the summer of 2011 – windows down, rolling hills, endless blue sky.” –Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Evergreen” by YEBBA

“I love this song, this singer and her arrangement – it makes me so excited about music and life!” –Ali McGuirk, ZUMIX Play It Forward Instructor

“Hunnybee” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

“This is what the wind sounded like as it flew by me in my imaginary baby blue hatchback the day before I got my license whispering lil summer vibes into my dreams. This song is so sweet, its lovely to hear over and over again.” –Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

“Glowed Up” by Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak

“Super fun “celebration of life going well” song and Andy brings the high vibrations!” -Jake Gilman, Events Coordinator.

“Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” by Crystal Waters

“I’d hop in a car and drive for miles just to hear this song blast good vibes at me a couple times. But don’t sleep on those socially-conscious lyrics; homelessness can happen to anyone. In that condition, our title woman still considers herself beautiful as she busks on the street after losing her job. Confronted with extreme loss, what would you preserve to live on proudly?” –Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“Ride On Shooting Star” by The Pillows

“I first heard of The Pillows, as did many people, from the anime FLCL (Fooly Cooly) which released in America in 2003. The story revolves around a 12 year old boy and a ‘Vespa-riding maniac’ woman from outer space. The Pillows did the soundtrack to the short 6-episode anime and I was a young 10 year old kid with no real music taste. However, this specific song was the credits sequence track to each episode and I actually would sit through each episode’s credits sequence just so that I could listen to this song. I think it’s where my love for alt-rock and j-rock was subconsciously being bred. The credits featured a montage of one of the main characters riding around on her vespa… which may be why I associate it with joy riding!” – Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Manager

Listen to the playlist here on Spotify: