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!

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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!

Staff Picks : December 2018 *Song of the Year*

Copy of Dec 2018.pngWe asked the ZUMIX Staff what song they returned to over and over this year and here they are! ‘Song of the Year’ is the vibe for this month’s staff picks and we hope you take a listen to the tracks!

Slide” by Calvin Harris (ft. Frank Ocean & Migos)

“This is a go to song either in the car or on my headphones during the commute. It makes for a good commute soundtrack.” – Kim Dawson, Director of Advancement

“Regarding the Ascending Stairs” by Lady Lamb

“Lady Lamb is definitely an artist I’ve come back to obsessively this year, but haven’t put on my Staff Picks yet. Lady Lamb’s songs are both the thick quicksand heartbreak and the elation of the promise of love. They are rich with beautiful poetry and metaphors that simultaneously punch you in the gut and fill your lungs with air as you shout along to the lyrics.  Kind of like Neutral Milk Hotel, but with a lady songwriter, and also much, much better.” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

That’s the Way I Feel About Cha ” by Aretha Franklin

“I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to this Bobby Womack cover this year, but it’s probably in the hundreds – Aretha Franklin is otherworldly.” – Ali McGuirk, Play It Forward Instructor

“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley

“Let’s not take 2018 too seriously. HAPPY NEW YEAR!” –Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant and Events Staff

“Somebody to Love” by Queen

“Older song I’ve come back to, this live version shows what a fabulous live band with only 4 people on stage can do— more concise and powerful than the studio version.” – Mr.Ed, Piano Instructor

“High Highs to Low Lows” by Lolo Zouaï

“I returned to this song so many times in 2018, Lolo Zouaï is such a unique entry and her ‘high high’ track is so relatable para mi, love this sound and can’t wait for more music from this artist” – Rene Dongo, Radio Station Manager

Listen to this playlist on spotify here!

Staff Picks : November 2018

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This November the ZUMIX Staff is cooking up all types of musical treats and being inspired by some amazing musicians, including Massachusetts based artists like Token and JonVair to newcomers with big buzz like Koffee and Cuco. Take a listen below and enjoy!

“thank u, next” by Ariana Grande

“She’s really out here being graceful in spite of everything… so, this one is for Gordon.” – Julianna Quiroz, Administrative Assistant

“Lamp Lit Prose” by Dirty Projectors

“Interesting sonic textures and intricate harmonies down every isle of this ear candy store – and Dirty Projectors now feature Kristin Slipp of Boston’s own Cuddle Magic (one of my faves)!” – Daniel Fox, Director of Creative Media and Tech.

“Goodluck” by Meernaa

“These are my homies from California. Love the slow, greasy tempo, beautiful vocal performance and production, and the Gibson SG guitar riffs/sound, all recorded to tape! They’re playing the Dorchester Art Project on Tuesday, Dec. 4 – check em out while they’re in town!” – Avi Salloway, Z-Tech Live Sound Coordinator

My Mind” by YEBBA

“I have watched this video 30 times this week.  It’s not often that someones technical capability matches their passion – YEBBA has got it all.” – Ali McGuirk, Play It Forward Instructor

“Toast” by Koffee

“Total fire. An anthem of gratitude.” – Brian Paulding, Brass Instructor

“Treehouse” by Token

“This local young man from Salem, MA is displaying technique, style and great work ethics. I can appreciate it, Go Token!!” – Corey DePina, Youth Development and Performance Manager

“Lo Que Siento” by Cuco

“I haven’t had Cuco on repeat all month you’ve had Cuco on repeat all month. ” – Sarah Saydun, Pathways Coordinator

“Life Jacket” by JonVair

“Local artist JonVair has made a real gem with this song. Between a booming baseline and some epic vocals it’s worth a listen.” – Rene Dongo, Radio Program Coordinator

“Heavy Pop” by WU LYF

“The lead singer’s raw and energetic vocals paired with the somewhat soothing, melodic instrumentals is incredibly satisfying for me. In finding that this song was a product of WU LYF’s only full studio album before the band’s unfortunate split, my obsession with it grew. I cling to the small remnants of unique sound that this band created, and will likely never create again. ” – Nikala Pieroni, Development and Communications Associate 

Listen to the Spotify playlist here

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