Staff Picks : December 2017 *Holiday Edition*

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Ehhh It’s the Holiday Edition of Staff Picks! Which is so nice, we have a collection of music to lift your spirits along with that eggnog! Enjoy the classic picks below along with some real funky ones!

Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects” by Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

OK Ok OK this song is not an oldie, yet but i love how its funky and brings up a good point.” – Corey DePinaYouth Development and Performance Manager

Last Month of the Year” by The Staple Singers

Gospel, soul and R&B coalesce in early 1960’s Chicago…a Christmas miracle!” – Scott MizrachiCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Last Christmas” by Wham!

Yes, this is actually my favorite Christmas song. I genuinely love all my 80’s music with a heaping serving of cheese – bet you didn’t know that about me.” – Sarah SaydunPathways Coordinator

This Christmas” by Boyz II Men

RnB that heats you up like a warm fire — so smooth, with handbells!” – Brittany ThomasRadio Station Manager

Christmas Time Is Here” by Vince Guaraldi

This song always makes me wanna drink some hot chocolate, snuggle on my couch and fall asleep while watching it snow 🙂 Yup.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

8 Days (of Hanukkah)” by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

This is the funkiest song about the Celebration of Lights and Sharon Jones makes the “Dreidel” song sound badass.” – Jenny ShulmanDirector of Operations

Shark Smile” by Big Thief

Adrianne Lenker is a prolific songwriter and Big Thief tunes are the perfect addition to long drives!” – Nicole Pompei, Teaching Artist

Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys

I don’t know about you, but I like to have beach vibes no matter the season. Merry Christmas, Saint Nick!” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

 

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Staff Picks : November 2017

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This November we’ve celebrated reasons why we give thanks and music is one of the biggest things we are grateful for. Below our staff has shared their picks and we’re looking forward to this holiday season!

“Unravel Me” by Sabrina Claudio

“Super smooth r&b that I really can’t get off repeat. I’m in awe of this woman!” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“They Say” by Wu Tang ft Redman

“Here we go again the Wu Tang saga continues after years of nothing we got this” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Blackstar” by David Bowie

“What a way to go! Bowie releases “Blackstar,” his 25th album on his 69th birthday and dies two days later. A spirit gift!” – Avi Salloway, Z-Tech Live Sound Coordinator

“Pearly” by Palm

“Palm writes backwards future music that will turn your brain upside down and inside out. They are an incredible must see live band!” –Nicole Pompei, Teaching Artist

“The Best of Times” by Sage Francis

“This song feels powerful to me. It makes me feel like I am part of something larger when I listen to it; truly tapped into a holistic human experience.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“Surf” by John Cushing Big Band

” ‘Surf’ is a celebration of life, as one ‘rides the wave.’ ” –Scott Mizrachi, Community Engagement Coordinator

“Sugar for the Pill” by Slowdive

“After 20+ years away from the scene, Slowdive has returned stronger than ever – Sugar for the Pill features a catchy melody and a healthy dose of reverb, satisfying all of your shoegaze needs.” – Magdalena Abrego, Teaching Artist

“Tessellate (Cover)” by Emma Louise

“I love Alt-J, but this cover by Emma Louise on Like a Version is a luxurious and languid journey that almost sounds like the ghost of the original. I love hearing it.” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“Freedom Is Free” by Chicano Batman

“A gorgeous song coupled with an excruititing video that contradicts and playfully introduces themes of liberation and confinement.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

“I Wanna Be Like You” by Ibeyi

“For longest time I thought this song was about missing your younger self (which I kinda liked for being nostalgic) but then I learned that its about wanting to be like your twin (which I can’t relate to). Still like it though!” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

Staff Picks: October 2017

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ZUMIX is buzzing with music suggestions! October has been a busy month here at the firehouse and the music is flowing, from local music and new music to classic tracks. Here it is, take a listen and enjoy the vibes!

“Beggin & Pleadin” by Brandy

“It sounds like trap, country gospel” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Noise” by Messy Hearts

“This is the newest most electronic sounding track from a friend, Dora, who I used to waitress alongside. I imagine this song would be the soundtrack of the scene where we carry heavy trays around in our coming-of-age movie.” – – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

“Show You the Way” by Thundercat

“This is modern Yacht Rock, and There some uniquely inspiring bass lines and incredible production on this track.” – Joel Edinberg, Z-Tech Mentor

“Simply Falling” by Iyeoka

“I heard Iyeoka perform a poetry set in Colorado, and then learned she was also from Boston. I bought her album expecting more poetry, and found instead this sultry, jazzy collection of songs that I haven’t been able to stop listening to!” – Anni Leff, Development & Communications Associate

“Tinariwen” by Tiwayyen

“Release yourself to the spirit and sound of the Tenere (the desert)! Tinariwen are a band of Tuareg musicians from Azawad (Mali/Algeria). They survivors of colonization, oppression, desertification, war, and famine. The music rises above adversity, transcends boundaries and carries us forward!”– Avi Salloway, Z-Tech Live Sound Coordinator

“Sleep Gets Your Ghost” by Buke and Gase

“I was obsessed with this album when it came out in 2010, and have recently rediscovered how much I love Buke and Gase. They play with modified instruments — an electric 6-string ukulele (buke), and a guitar/bass hybrid (gase). The duo also plays percussion with their feet, creating super interesting melodies and polyrhythms. And Arone Dyer’s voice is ridiculously beautiful.”  – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“If You Met Her” by Palehound

“Palehound are amazing musicians and people who make really raw, genuine, and honest music, and “A Place I’ll Always Go’ is a perfect soundtrack for the fall.” Nicole Pompei, Teaching Artist

“Ooh Child” by The Five Stairsteps

“It doesn’t matter how down I’m feeling, this song never fails to lift my spirits.” Scott Mizrachi, Community Engagement Coordinator

“What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?” by Washington Phillips

“So haunting. So beautiful.”  – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

“Hold Your Head High” by Heartless Bastards

“I love this song – Its an exercise in resiliency. There is one lyric in particular that really gets me: “You see I’ve got this fascination with the wrong ways to go… I get lost even in the places that I know” I feel like there is so much beauty in that phrase. Oftentimes thats how you find the best places but there will always be a level of anxiety and struggle that goes hand in hand with getting lost. This song reminds me that its ok to feel lost and that “this too, shall pass.” ”  -Jenny Shulman, Director of Operations

“Lovely Thing Suite: Conversations” by Watsky

“Watksy has a such an incredible grasp on storytelling, using lyricism to water the ideas he wants to grow and impart; Part 1 is a heartfelt look at our mortality, life’s big questions & the relationships we build” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

Staff Picks: September 2017

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September is coming to a close and we want to keep rocking those summer vibes. So this is it the last hooray before Fall makes its way in the house and hangs out on the couch. ZUMIX has been bumping music all month and we wanna share these vibes with you. So if you’re on your way to bio class or to a weekly meeting take a second & listen to this months picks, feel the good vibes and who knows you might find your favorite new artist!

“Kirby” by Aesop Rock

“Aesop got a kitten and wrote this song about it. enjoy!” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

My Type” by Saint Motel

“This is just my type of song.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

Runaway” by Del Shannon

“Steve showed me this song the last time we played together at 154 Maverick -it’s been stuck in my head ever since…” – Scott Mizrachi, Community Engagement Coordinator

Sticky Situation ft Syd” by Quiñ

“Cotton Candy vibes, feels airy and light but with a dark undertone perfect to vibe out to on a late night cruise through the city.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

Dang Me” by Roger Miller

“This quirky tune from 1964 makes me smile every time I hear it. What a lyrical and musical sense of humor.” – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

giver taker” by Anjimile

“I think the best way to describe Anjimile’s music is to say it’s aggressively tender. All of their lyrics are haunting, loving, entirely relatable, and contain a certain type of honest vulnerability that totally knocks you on your butt. I had a hard time picking just one song for this months edition of staff picks, but I went with “giver taker”. It has really resonated with me after recently losing a family member — the sadness of goodbye, the pain of remembrance, the calm of accepting that all things come to an end.”  – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

 

Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen

“In those super hectic times of life where you feel like you’re running at 60 miles an hour, blasting Queen from your crappy car speakers with the windows down is just what you need to get through the day!” – Anni Leff, Development & Communications Associate

House where nobody lives” by Tom Waits

“Tom Waits is one of my all-time favorite artists. His lyrics are always haunting and beautiful. I especially like the story this song tells and the message it conveys. It also has that type of sad Autumn rainy day feel to it where you just want to curl up in a soft blanket.” – Jenny Shulman, Director of Operations

Baybee” by Jay Som

“This song/video makes me want to do swirly dance moves in a snow suit. I got to see Jay Som live in Boston and they are the definition of fun on stage. Seeing how much they love their music makes me love it more.” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

 

 

Staff Picks: August 2017

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It’s back-to-school season! We aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to summer but until one of us finds a time-turner we don’t have much of a say in the matter. The best way to head into a new school-year (or season for those of us not heading back to the classroom) is with new jams. ZUMIX has got you covered there, look no further! Strap on your backpack, pop on some headphones, and with this playlist in tow – you’re ready to face the day. Happy listening!

“Blue Boss” by Sampa The Great


“I love this song because I can listen to it and feel empowered while doing anything.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“Doomed” by Banana

“Banana is a really great local band with a distinctive sound- highly recommend checking out one of their upcoming shows!” – Kelly Baker, Director of Development

“Woman” by Kesha (feat. The Dap-Kings Horns)


“This song is a female empowerment anthem and a reminder to all listeners that women are stronger and more independent than society likes to believe!” – Saphire Broxton, Events Intern

“Temporary Tattoos (last forever) 2” by sourcreamqueen

“All of her music is such a big inspiration on me and I love the attitude she brings to the table with each and every song!!!” – Gabi Barroso, ZUMIX Teen Council

“Strawberry Letter 23” by The Brothers Johnson


“Unadulterated Funk with a side of psychedelic soul. Don’t worry, there’s enough for seconds…” – Scott Mizrachi, Community Engagement Coordinator

“Had Ten Dollaz” by Cherry Glazerr


“Cherry Glazerr is killing it on the festival circuit domestically and internationally and channels riot grrrl vibes wherever they go. The group is fronted by Clementine Creevy who just turned 20 years old, a fact that most stories written about them can’t leave out. If there’s one thing that we know at ZUMIX, it’s that talent is not correlative to age, maybe sometime the headlines will too. You go, Clementine!” – Jeeyoon Kim, Events Associate

“Room” by Palehound


“I’m just going to use a quote for this one: ‘This song celebrates queer love and the joy of finding a healthy relationship after a long time of heartbreak and shame,’ Ellen Kempner told The FADER via email. ‘For the majority of my life I saw my queerness as a curse and I have recently come to see it for what it is: a huge gift and a source of immeasurable love and happiness for me.’ And also, the art for this video is too beautiful.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Shame” by Rachel Baiman


“I love that she’s confronting the stigma of ‘shame,’ as a woman in a music genre that tends to disproportionately highlight male voices. Especially in bluegrass music, which can often slant a little more traditional, it’s really refreshing to hear an artist overtly challenging those norms.” – Anni Leff, Development & Communications Associate

“Caroline” by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers


“Steve Martin is brilliant. Feels so nice to relish in this fun tune and witness his unending passion for storytelling and humor.”  – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

“1-800-273-8255” by Logic Ft. Alessia Cara, Khalid


“Strong song and video. The discussion of identity now-a-days and suicide prevention seems to be a hot topic, Logic finds a very creative way to start the conversation here.” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Stay Happy” by Broken Social Scene


“So many diverse musical elements come together to make this song both infectious and refreshing – a great track for listeners who are digging into this band for the first time or who are seasoned fans of the group.” – Magdalena Abrego, Teaching Artist

“Pa’ Respirar” by Bomba Estereo


“It’s a meditation, and it reminds us to breathe in the good and breathe out the bad. Plus the mountain filming and acoustic guitars alone are a like a deep breath.” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

 

Staff Picks: July 2017

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It’s the last week of July, which means it’s time for some monthly staff picks! This month has been a busy one with new music, concerts every Sunday, album release parties, and the start of summer programs. We caught up with ZUMIX staff members and asked them about their favorite songs they listened to this month to keep sane during the hustle and bustle of everyday life at ZUMIX – and they delivered! So sit down, put on some headphones, and jam along!

“This Must Be The Place (Talking Heads cover)” by Kishi Bashi


“I’m singing this at a friend’s wedding later this month, so all I can think about when I hear it is a summer night on a Wisconsin farm. Plus, if all of pop music was reset to string quartets, I think I’d be pretty much at my happiness max.” – Anni Leff, Development Associate

“Ojos Del Sol” by Y La Bamba


“Tender and raw, at once rooted in traditional Mexican folk and in their own original sound, this song by Y La Bamba totally melts me. I can’t get it off repeat.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato


“This is the perfect song about post-breakup glow and simultaneously makes me want to dance because of the upbeat tempo and strong base as well as cry because of her out-of-this-world vocals that I could never even imagine having” – Saphire Broxton, Events Intern

“Another Story Told” by Sam Amidon


“The vibes, the beat, the freedom and exploration, the friendship!” – Avi Salloway, Z-Tech Live Sound Coordinator

“Cryin’ in the Sheets” by Zeshan B


“Sometimes you just gotta get into that Soul, enjoy” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“One Day Too Late” by Skillet


“One sentence on why you love it: I feel that this song sends a great message to people of all ages that every moment lived shouldn’t be taken for granted and that people should come together to help each other and make the world a better place while they can.” – Kaylene Sheran, Pathways Intern

“Slusher” by Tredici Bacci

“Paying tribute to the great film score composer Ennio Morricone, the Italian Pop Orchestra, Tredici Bacci teams up with Brattleboro folk legend Ruth Garbus for a sonic journey of tropical delight.” – Scott Mizrachi, Volunteer Coordinator

“Mexican Chef” by Xenia Rubinos


“Who knew the revolution would have such a catchy anthem?” – Kelly Baker, Director of Development

“Diving Woman” by Japanese Breakfast


“I’ll let the artist, Michelle Zauner explain as she told NPR: ‘There’s an island in South Korea called Jeju that’s famous for its female divers, [who are called] haenyeo. With each dive, many haenyeo can plunge up to 30 meters and hold their breath for over three minutes. They collect abalone, conch, sea urchins and oysters and sell them at the marketplace. I really admire the haenyeo — that lifestyle, of regimen and endurance.’” – Jeeyoon Kim, Events Associate

“Heavy” by Oh Wonder


“It’s funky, it’s dance-y, it’s everything you want it to be!” – Juan Gutierrez, Assistant Rock Ed Coordinator

Staff Picks: June 2017

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Summer is in full swing here at ZUMIX. In anticipation for the inevitable barbecues you will be at tomorrow for the 4th, here are some suggestions for additions to that backyard playlist courtesy of your friends at ZUMIX. These are the tracks we were digging over the past month including Roxbury-based artist, Vintage Lee, who has been hailed as Next Wave of Boston Rap.” Sit back, press play, and dive right on in. The water is fine!

“How Can I” by Laura Marling


“I’ve been traveling a lot recently and have discovered that there is absolutely no better sunset plane ride music than Laura Marling.” – Anni Leff, Development Associate

“Free Room” by Raven Lanae Ft. Appleby


“It’s finally summer! And right now, this song feels like a celebration of the sunshine.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Bless You” by Vintage Lee


“Chill summer vibes, posted up at Popeyes. I think the catchiness of the track and the visuals made me hit repeat.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

“Neighbors” by J. Cole


“Neighbors called the police because a lot of people were going in and out of this house. They assumed cause they looked like thugs that drugs were being sold here. Police then raided the house only to find a recording studio where artists rent out to record. Inspiring this song by J. Cole with live footage in the video of the raid. Thats what I call real.” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Yes We Can” by Lee Dorsey


“Recently discovered the treasure chest of funky soul grooves that comprise the catalogue of Lee Dorsey. With a positive message, a voice that drips melody like tupelo honey, and New Orleans’ very own the Meters as his backing band, what more could you possibly ask for?” – Scott Mizrachi, Volunteer Coordinator

“Farmer In The City” by Scott Walker


“I love it because: I’m a farmer in the city.” – Ed Meradith, Teaching Artist

“Toe Toes” by Palm

“The mesmerizing drum and bass combo lets me drift away while the jarring guitar tones and rhythm keep me alert. It’s a very refreshing take on syncopation with interesting melody, noise, and chord choices.” – Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Manager

“Blood Muscle Skin & Bone” by Brandi Carlile


“This song always gets me through hard days and reminds me to ask for help when I need it!” – Kelly Baker, Director of Development

“Guilty” by Lady Wray


“All month I have been fixated on Charles Bradley, affectionately known as the screaming eagle of soul. This is not Charles Bradley but an algorithm at Spotify told me that I would also dig this track. Turns out I do!” – Jeeyoon Kim, Events Associate

“Lately” by Polica


“This is a love song whose meaning I’ve repurposed to be about trust and truth in all kinds of relationships. If it’s good it’s gonna stay.” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager