Staff Picks : November 2019

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Welcome back to Staff Picks. Here you will find a monthly digest of what our staff is listening to and what songs have been making everyones day and why! If you are curious you will find local music from Seraah & Miranda Rae as well as bright new folks to listen to like Koffee and August Wahh. Check it out below!

Siren 042” by Why? and Lala Lala

This song has been a mainstay in my ears since its release. A collaboration between two artists that I adore- their combined balance of intensity and soothing repetition makes this a song I want to dive straight into and swim in for a while.” – Nikala Pieroni, Development & & Communications Manager

Solomon” by Seraah

Seraah breaks down so many walls with his work, part performance art, part soul dissection, part mystery. This track rips between devastation and triumph, I’m excited that this sound bumps and the video is equally spine tingling.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

Thinkin’ Bout You” by Miranda Rae

Miranda Rae is a Boston artist that pours her soul on every track but put a little extra soul into this one. I love being in my feelings and she helps me get there everytime.” – Wilce Mascary, Pathways Coordinator

Blue Dreams” by August Wahh

Jireh Calo, Piano and Vocal Instructor

New Love Casette” by Angel Olsen

This song is about loving as openly as possible, and feels like being in a dark lusty dream. I can’t stop listening.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

Danny Nedelko” by IDLES

This band always plays with an urgent and reckless sense of pure joy. It’s a simple and powerful pro-immigration message of unity.” – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

Chocolate Souffle” by Oz Noy

There’s a part in the head where Oz plays behind the rest of the band (either that or I can’t figure out what polyrhythm he’s actually playing) that feels so good it summons one of the British proclivities I keep tucked away, and renders me incapable of describing it as anything other than DELIGHTFUL! =]” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

Legend (Tribute to Usain Bolt) [2017]” by Koffee

My friend introduced me to 19 year old Koffee from Spanish Town, JA. She’s got beautiful energy, a fresh sound, is super talented, yet remains humble. I would love to see her live some day.” – Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Listen to the playlist on Spotify here!

Staff Picks : June/July 2019

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Summer is flying by and it’s been a busy week of classes here at ZUMIX! This month we have a special double pick edition, take a look at the list of songs below and you just might find your new favorite song!

“Rylan” by The National

“There’s a line about getting some sun, that I think is a nice juxtaposition of optimism and melancholy.” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

“Sacred Bird” by BKO

“I love the intensity of the sustained vocal lines.” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

“Lost” by Chance the Rapper

“Chance just released his new album this month but he also just added Acid Rap to Spotify so I can’t stop listening to that. The whole thing is amazing of course, but “Lost” has been on repeat these days- it’s definitely on my summer soundtrack for 2019.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Slide Around” by Chance the Rapper

“I’m always happy to have new music by Chance, and this has quickly turned into my personal favorite from his new album!” – Nikala Pieroni, Pathways Coordinator

“Capacity” by Charly Bliss

“Ah, the catharsis of dancing around to catchy, percussion heavy synth-pop, while sing-screaming along to the lyrics: “I’m at capacity, I’m spilling out of me”” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“I’m someone who likes to give equal play to well, pretty much every song I’ve ever liked. But every once in a while, something really breaks through. After seeing Charly Bliss live, I’ve been completely hooked, especially on Capacity! Being “at capacity” is a very real feeling to so many of us, and sometimes hearing someone else sing about it makes you feel less alone.” – Nikala Pieroni, Pathways Coordinator

“Plant Blood” by Ras G feat. Kahil Sadiq

“In honor of Ras G’s untimely passing at age 39, here is one of my favorite tracks he released loosely on Soundcloud with his brother and music partner Kahil Sadiq, both of whom I had the pleasure of meeting and experiencing live. Ras was a pioneer of the Beat, a leader of the worldwide Beat movement, a cosmic guide, loving soul, and friend to many. Carrying the legacy of Sun Ra, his sounds called to the core of our deepest instinctual being. His beats shook spirits awake, unlocked wisdom in the archives of our DNA, and inspired awe at the interconnected web of the cosmos. Ras had already transcended the physical plane. He wasn’t attached to this world, but this world was attached to him. He will be missed, honored and cherished forever. RIP RAS G • AFRIKAN SPACE PROGAM FOREVER.” – Jake Gilman, Events Coordinator

“#41” by Dave Matthews Band

“This song embodies my nostalgia for being 19. I listened to it endlessly the summer between my sophomore and junior year of college when I was working at a theater on Martha’s Vineyard, having adventures, crammed into a house with friends, making art, neverending barbecues, going to the beach, experiencing love…all the beautiful things about growing into adulthood.” – Kimberly Dawson, Director of Advancement

“Ready” by Noel Pancho

” ‘My blueprint is Willie Colón in his prime, no glory without pain, just more gas we use for the campaign’ This track is an incredible force of nature, tons of hope presented in less then 3 minutes. I feel like this is the vibe I’m overjoyed to hear coming out of Boston” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

“Don’t Let Me Go” by Cassie

“Cassie has always been underrated in my view. Her voice floats over relaxed vibes and shines in a way that is natural and authentic. I’m ecstatic to be hearing all the new music she’s been making.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

“Reborn” by Colin Stetson

“Filled with sounds that make you uncomfortably warm, it has a lot of imagery and it strikes fear but also curiosity. I think its beautiful piece that makes me think” – Rehanna, ZTC

“Time is Tight” by Booker T and the MGs

“I’ve listening to all kinds of things lately but just now came across this live version of “Time is Tight” by Booker T and the MGs —gave me a nice jolt of pleasure, fabulous dynamics” – Mr. Ed

Listen to the playlist on Spotify here!

Staff Picks : May 2019

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May flowers are in full bloom and we get to share all this wonderful music with you. Take a listen to what Staff have in store from groups like the Rebirth Brass Band to new music from Tyler, The Creator and Chris Lee-Rodriguez!

Dream Song” by Chris Lee Rodriguez

Yes, our very own Chris Lee Rodriguez just released his first solo EP! It’s about love, family, and personhood, and it’s raw and real and good. It was hard to chose just one pick – the whole EP flows really well together and is a great listen from front to back – but I think Dream Song is my favorite right now. Definitely gives you that disorienting, but warm, dreamy feel.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

A4” by Nerve

I’m not sure why I keep listening to this piece, but there’s something hypnotic about it that’s lured me in.” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

Cassanova” by Rebirth Brass Band

The energy and melody are just so infectious.” – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

Have Mercy” by Eryn Allen Kane

Can be hard to hold the good and the bad all at once, ya know? But still counting my blessings.” – Julianna Quiroz, Events Staff

Baby Can I Hold You Tonight” by Foxy Brown

With summer just around the corner I want to share this summertime classic with you. grab your self an Iced Tea and a comfy seat and enjoy” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

Se Me Hace Más” by Maria Del Pila

I’ve been binge-watching the tv show VIDA, which introduced me to this song. It simply makes me feel lively and energetic.” – Kimberly Dawson, Director of Advancement

I Think” by Tyler, The Creator

that bounce, record crackle, Solange vocals; feels like a joyful summer fling” – Kadahj Bennett, Instrumental Music Manager

“Other Lover” by Mikaela Davis

i played a show with Mikaela last month and I’ve been pumping her jams ever since.” – Ali McGuirk, Adventures in Music & Play It Forward Instructor

The Warmth” by Incubus

Incubus, wow. I’ve been playing the whole ‘Make Yourself’ album on repeat and the themes are still relevant now, the sounds are intense and demanding balanced by logic and concern for living a good life. love this.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

Listen to the playlist on Spotify here!

Staff Picks : April 2019 *Walk Tall*

Staff Picks - Image-3.jpgWelcome to April 🙂 ZUMIX just held it’s annual ‘Walk for Music!’ and it was a real success, walking through Eastie and highlighting the need for music and arts programming, many joined in and walked proudly! This month we have a themed staff picks aka ‘Walk Tall’. Take a listen to the picks right below.

“Walk With Me” by Ras G feat. KhaiLL Sadiq

“Walk with me, take a stroll through the galaxy” – For me this song expresses peace and existential understanding, which are great feelings to walk down the street with.” – Jake Gilman, Events Coordinator

“Aussi Fort” by Féfe

” “Aussi Fort,” roughly translates to “As Strong”; from the lyrics, through the arrangement, and video, this song is a testament to tenacity.” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

“Countdown” by Beyoncé

“In honor of the release of Homecoming, I have been exclusively listening to Beyoncé for the past 4 days straight (for real). This song is so upbeat and such a joyous expression of love!” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Put a Light On” by Generationals

“This song makes me feel like I’m in a claymation cartoon staring a peppy young man with very long legs and swinging arms and hair that moves wildly. It’s sunny and colorful. In it I am connected to my planet and my city, living in perfect synchronicity as the bees and flowers dance around me. I walk taller as I listen.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“Rock & Roll” by Velvet Underground

“She started shaking to that fine fine music, you know her life was saved by rock & roll… and it was alright”!” – Avi Salloway, Z-Tech Live Sound Coordinator

“Death Row” by Ashton Travis

“Spacey and open, this track is refreshing to listen to over and over again. I can put one step in front of another and hover over the sidewalk with just hearing the vibes on this track.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

“You Make My Dreams” by Daryl Hall & John Oates

“Puts a pep in my step.” – Julianna Quiroz, Events Staff

Take a listen to the songs on Spotify right here.

Staff Picks : March 2019

Staff Picks - Image-2.jpgSpring is here! Well kinda, the days have gotten longer and the classes here at ZUMIX have been heating up with creative energy. Join in with this months picks with a real big range of music from Dance hits featuring movie stars and rising pop acts like Lizzo and gritty hip hop cuts from Eminem and underground artist Bones. Enjoy!

“Boasty” by Wiley, Stefflon Don, Sean Paul featuring Idris Elba

“I love Idris Elba. I love him. The song is fun too. But Idris… (sigh)” – Jenny Shulman, Director of Operations

“Ophelia” by Larkin Poe

“I’ve been listening to a lot of Larkin Poe lately. I love their “Tip of The Hat” video series, covers of songs by artists who have inspired them. I love their harmonies, funky playing, and the fact that they’re sisters! I wish my sister was still around, so we could listen to them together. I know she’s love them!” – Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder & Executive Director

“Living in the Sunlight, Loving in the Moonlight” by Tiny Tim

“The time has come: my last staff pick as Administrative Assistant at ZUMIX… dang. Well, y’all, when I think of ~*~Spring Awakening~*~, I consider all of the songs that evoke my happiest and most optimistic memories. I have to choose my happy-go-lucky favorite as heard on Spongebob Squarepants’ first episode EVER, coincidentally called “Help Wanted.” With these inspirational vibes in tow, I bid my position adieu!” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“Shauri Yako” by Nguashi N’timbo

“This is one of the most uplifting performances I know, so I think it’s perfect for the advent of spring” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

“Worship” by Lizzo

“Over the past couple of days, this has been my the-sun-is-out-and-I’m-feeling-myself anthem. It’s got horns. It’s got a dancey vibe. And it’s got Lizzo reminding you that it’s okay to be unapologetically confident and demand the respect you deserve.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“First Days of Spring” by Noah and the Whale

“As emo as this song is, the orchestral accompaniment gives me the sensation of being in hibernation, and stretching out my wings far and wide for the first time (do any birds hibernate? Well, this one does). It is a slow, and metamorphic song that does not ask you to burst our of winter, but instead to slowly crawl out of your cave (ok if any birds hibernate they definitely don’t do it in a cave but please bear with me here), let the ice melt away, and watch as the first flowers peek out from the desolate wasteland that we for some reason call “home”.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“All Used Up” by Utah Phillips

“A powerful story of conviction, resilience, and hope. I love how slowly and brilliantly the lyrics unfold and turn, and Utah’s conviction to tell truth to power (even if that’s his audience).” – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

“Tilt” by Scott Walker

“dark tune, (‘90’s), midway on his peculiar  journey from pop star to serious composer —from “Andy Williams to Stockhausen.” – Mr Ed, Teaching Artist

Mockingbird” by Eminem

“My young homie Abe helped me pick this months song. We picked it because we feel it represents the importance of not giving up even if you feel like there is no hope you have to have some faith that things will work out alright” – Corey Depina, Youth Development and Performance Manager + Abe, ZTC 

“RestInPeace” by BONES

“seeing BONES perform in Boston was life changing.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

Take a listen on spotify here!

Staff Picks : February 2019

Staff Picks - ImageThis February we have a whole mix of new music for your ears! Take a listen to rising artists like Gus Dapperton and Rosalia to local artists Horse Jumper of Love and Lilith all picked by ZUMIX Staff, check it out!

“Drugs” by The Philharmonik

“I love this true story put together to a simple and catchy song. The thought of doing whatever you have to do to keep a roof over your head i am sure has haunted most of us” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Pienso En Tu Mirá” by Rosalía

“My friend introduced me to this artist, and I’ve been obsessed. She’s a Spanish singer by way of Barcelona who fuses flamenco and hip hop together, and the chorus of this song in particular SLAPS!” – Chris Lee Rodriguez, Teaching Artist

“My Favorite Fish” by Gus Dapperton

““Ahhhhh, the season of love and friendship! There’s plenty of fish in the sea, but Gus tells his supremely talented photographer girlfriend, Jessica Farran, she’s his favorite (awwwwww)… AND features Orion Sun in the fun music video. I just want to dance like him and smile ’til my cheeks hurt when I listen to this.”” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“Goodie Bag” by Still Woozy

“I heard this on a make up ad recently and had to shazam it; I’m a big fan of vocal stacks and what can I say, the funk is real :)” –Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

“JBS” by Chaz Bundick Meets the Mattson 2

“I love Toro Y Moi, and love this collaboration – light, sunny psych rock sounds, with Chaz Bundick’s calm, melancholy voice. Perfect for a walk on a winter day.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Bagel Breath” by Horse Jumper of Love

“This song reminds me of in the morning when you’re trying to get up but you’re still really really sleepy and your eyes keep shooting open but then drooping back closed. Maybe it’s even an exciting day, maybe it’s Saturday and you’re stoked because it’s finally summer and you’re gonna go on a really nice walk. Doesn’t matter, you’re still just too sleepy to get up. I think of these moments with nostalgia. A comfortable bed, a warm summer morning with rays of sunlight giving you a perfectly baked feeling- not too hot, not too cold, and a lazy Saturday. Also, on the weekends especially, I often do happen to have bagel breath. Very relatable stuff.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“I’ll Come Over” by Lilith

“There is something about the opening synth lines, the cool guitar squeals, drum fills, and baller harmonies that allow the song to be played on repeat without feeling played out. It pulls some nostalgia out of me that I can’t quite pinpoint but I really like it.” – Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Manager

“Narcisc0” by Rina Mushonga

“I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head all week, What beautiful production and melody.” – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

“Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves

“Feels like sunlight” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

Listen to this playlist on spotify here!

 

Staff Picks : January 2019

Copy of Nov 2018-2We have a whole bunch of music for your ears this January! Take a listen to what the ZUMIX Staff have in store hopefully also while warming up with a hot chocolate or some hand warmers because brrr! Take a listen to an eclectic mix featuring DRAM, DJ Premier,  Peggy Seeger and Pinc Louds below

Salamouti” by Amara Toure

I think it’s an interesting an unexpected collage of rhythms and textures from a few different places. Heard it at a birthday party recently and it caught my ear because I’m in process of recording with my band and there’s an energy in the horn part I’d like to emulate.” – Ed Emerson, Creative Tech Manager

The Glory of Love” by Big Bill Broonzy

Loving this raw and energetic version of one of my favorite old-time tunes.” – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

Cute” by DRAM

“I think you’re cute!! I think you’re cuuuuu-uuute”” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

Bring it All Back” by S Club 7

Bringing all that childhood energy and optimism back to 2019.” –Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant and Events Staff

Regeneration” by DJ Premier Feat Nas & The Berklee Symphony Orchestra

Do you remember the time DJ primer wrote and produced a piece that the berkley symphony played, Then he had
NAS spit a verse over it? this was one very cool and creative collaboration that every one should know about. history if you ask me
” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

Jawbreaker” by Injury Reserve ft. Rico Nasty & Pro Teens

A great commentary on modern “fashion” and the culture surrounding expectations for people of color and what people value.” – Dawry Ruiz, ZTC

When I Was Single” by Peggy Seeger

I just discovered Peggy Seeger, Pete Seeger’s sister, and she has so many awesome, progressive, feminist songs that she sings beautifully.” – Ali McGuirk, ZUMIX Play It Forward Instructor

Scrambled Inside” by Pinc Louds

This song is really more like two perfectly paired songs- like a dinner and a desert. You finish the last bite of a delicious meal at some fusion restaurant where you go “wow. That was different… but delicious!” Then all of a sudden- desert comes out. Faster than expected even! And it’s SO GOOD. You leave satisfied. That’s what this song is.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

Out My Window” by Koushik

This song has been sweetly nostalgic for me since I first heard this album in 2008, and lately I have been playing it a lot again. The whole album is beautiful and largely slept on! One of my favorite Stones Throw Records releases. ” – Jake Gilman, Events Coordinator

Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” by James Blake

I love how this song is layered with the different vocals and sounds almost like water, especially when the chorus cuts out and comes like a flood; plus, it’s about his partner, Jameela Jamil, who plays Tahani on my favorite show, “The Good Place.”” – Chris Lee Rodriguez, Teaching Artist

Listen to this playlist on spotify here!