Staff Picks : March 2018

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March is almost over and we’re celebrating the eventual spring on the horizon! In this months staff picks we have the rare *double pick* courtesy of Janelle Monáe’s musical return alongside tracks from Drake, X, Amber Mark, Kings of Leon and Ziggy Marley. Take a listen to the tracks below!

“Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe

“This new track from Janelle is so Prince. Janelle confronts her countless sexual orientation rumors head on and I love her for it. People are calling this song the Bi-Sexual anthem, The catchy hook that makes you wanna dance creates a dance floor vibe where sexual orientation comes last to what dance moves you can bring ” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Janelle Monáe is an incredible actress, singer and producer. I am so excited that she’s releasing music again — this song is a clear tribute to Prince, but has its own modern, soulful sound. It’s a beautiful statement of strength, authenticity and freedom!” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Sad!” by XXXTentacion

“I love this song for the infectious hook, and it even though I did not like the artist at first, this is one of his better songs.” – Dawry Ruiz, ZTC (ZUMIX Teen Council)

“Falling” by HAIM

“Your birthday week is a good time to sing the same lyrics you sang in college: ‘Never look back. Never give up.'” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

“Redemption Song” by Ziggy Marley and the Chieftains

“This is one of my most favorite mashups of genre and I think Bob Marley smiles down with this song.” – Kim Dawson, Director of Advancement

“Happy Alone” by Kings of Leon

“When I first heard this song, I was floored. I couldn’t believe it was Kings of Leon. The raw energy of this song feels so simple and pure, it’s a real quick way to get me up and groovin’ with a smile on my face.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“God’s Plan” by Drake

“I hold back, sometimes I won’t, yuh. I feel good, sometimes I don’t, ay.” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“Love Me Right” by Amber Mark

“I really can’t with how much I love these feels. This drives such an emotional rollercoaster through beauty, nostalgia and strength that’s elevated + accentuated by the atmospheric rose petals, cosmic gold tears and hand-held realness the video delivers without any hesitation.'” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

Listen to the playlist here on Spotify:

 

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Staff Picks : February 2018

Feb 2018-2February 🙂 We’re back with a short list for a short month of ZUMIX Staff Picks. This month brings a mix of Hip Hop, Indie Rock and Local Music. Take a dive into the mix with a stand out track from Black Panther, two local artists working in different genres and a Soca track you’ll want hit replay on.

“Nina Simone’s ‘Young Gifted and Black’ ” by Aretha Franklin

“For Black History month I thought it would be great to remind myself of how special I am” –Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Venus in Furs” by Velvet Underground

“This song encapsulates why the Velvet Underground was ahead of it’s time and solidified it’s influence for decades to come.” – Kim Dawson, Director of Advancement

“All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar & SZA

“Kendrick walking with supernatural black panthers looks to the past and the future. I love the calm pulse that goes through this whole song, the gorgeous colors and production, and the final shot of SZA’s bun turning into Africa, then the universe.” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

“Variations on an Aria” by People Like You

“Excellent local jazz/emo/indie/rock/heart/soul/mind music. Nothing I can say will do People Like You justice, so just give them a listen.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Dog Milk” by Palm

“In the indie rock space, Palm is completely disrupting what it means to be a traditional rock band. Their compositions slip and slide through mixed meters with complex rhythmic play between all voices while incorporating unconventional electronic sounds while maintaining a level of ‘pop sensibilities’. They have deep artistic and musical prowess and are equally genuine and thoughtful human beings that are carving an important trail for guitar rock bands.” – Nicole Pompei, Teaching Artist

“This Ole King” by WHY?

“WHY? has been a consistent and reliable band in my life. There’s nothing better than a favorite artist coming out with new albums that are just as good as those before them. Plus, I’m a sucker for a unique voice singing melodic and repetitive chorus.” – Nikala Peroni, Development & Communications Associate

“Hello” by Kes

“My favorite tune from Trinidad and Tobago carnival this year. Can’t help but move to this one.” – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

“Flamingo” by Kero Kero Bonito

“Sometimes the best times of your life happen on the anniversary of the worst. P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E.” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“Edges” by Seraah

“Seraah is complex artist who fuses movement, music and surreal imagery and to me ‘Edges’ pushes feelings in a visceral way, I loved how this video encapsulated the vibe Seraah puts out at live shows and glad to see it be transported to a torch lit forest, elevating it to an ethereal level” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

Listen to the playlist here on Spotify:

 

Staff Picks : January 2018

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It’s the new year, and we’re looking forward to all ahead for ZUMIX, as well as the great artists on this list. 2018 will bring a new LP for experimental rock band, Palm, a work which borrows methods from electronic music. Jamila Woods will be on tour, stopping in Boston! And Bedouine will make her ‘telly debut’ on Late Night with Seth Myers. Whatever your goals are for the new year, go get em!

“Dog Milk” by Palm

“Palm continues to amaze me with how they keep their rhythms so sporadic feeling yet the groove of this band is unshakable and locked in. Harmony wise, it’s a breath of fresh air to hear such bright and optimistic progressions layered over dense syncopation.” – Ramsel Gonzalez, Program Manager

“Glory Bound” by Martin Sexton

“Pretty much sums up the beauty, possibility, and loneliness of following a dream.” – Kim Dawson, Director of Advancement

“Wave of Mutilation” by The Pixies

“Driving backbeat with slow intensity, shimmering guitars and aquatic imagery. This song brings me to a place I’ve never been, yet somehow remember…” – Scott Mizrachi, Community Engagement Coordinator

“Marcy Me” by Jay – Z

“An incredible ode to a beautiful city full of contradictions, this music video places  fear, suspicion & surveillance in direct contrast to joy, freedom & family. Personally it brings up many good memories of walking down Nostrand Ave.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

“Holy Ghost” by Bent Knee 

“This song makes me go “wow.” The lead singer’s vocals are mind-blowing, the instrumentals are dynamic and intricate. It’s eerie, theatrical, catchy, and insanely impressive.” – Nikala Pieroni, Development and Communications Associate

“LSD” by Jamila Woods ft. Chance the Rapper

“I couldn’t get Jamila Woods’s entire album, HEAVN, off repeat this month.  A beautiful blend of R&B, jazz, poetry, and protest, each song is intimate, powerful and very catchy.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Second Time Around” by Tuxedo

“January is a reflective time; it’s my birth month, first month of the new year, and home to everything bitterly cold and dead. My ex sent this to me some weeks before breaking up with me, and I think that’s laughable now. I would like to think this song will set the tone for second chances and new opportunities in 2018!” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“How Far” by Tei Shi

“I loved this song’s groove long before I saw the video, which is more gruesome than the matching turquoise car and water tower let on.  I think I’ll just keep pretending that sorry could be a genuine thing to say.” – Brittany Thomas, Radio Station Manager

“100 Percent” by Sammus

“Sammus’s prowess as a beat maker and a lyricist is really inspiring. She creates some of the raddest beats to transcribe and play on drums!” – Nicole Pompei, Teaching Artist

“Calypso” by GBN Nutro

“Chill and minimal soca vibes to keep me warm all winter.” – Brian Paulding, Teaching Artist

“Solidarity Daughter” by Bedouine

“Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, Korkejian spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. She’s lived the life of a nomad which inspired her to chose the name, Bedouine. She sounds like an old soul. I love her gentle vocal delivery, beautiful lyrics and arrangements. “Leave me to the books and the radio snow. Leave me alone to the charcoal and the dancing shadow.”” – Avi Salloway, Z-Tech Live Sound Coordinator

Listen to the playlist here on Spotify:

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

 

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