The Ultimate Summer Sendoff Playlist

Perfect for drives along the coast or lounging by the pool with friends, this summer playlist will put you straight into summer-mode.

As the semester comes to an end and the weight on your shoulders is finally lifted, the summer relaxation begins. Whether your plans include traveling, working, or visiting family, summer is a time to let your hair down and enjoy the sun while the air is warm.

Each year, a summer playlist makes its way into my music library and it’s ends up being the only thing I listen to for my three month break. When I think of “summer” music, I immediately think of upbeat, feel-good alternative songs with catchy guitar lines and lyrics you can shout in the car.

This year, I worked hard to deliver the best summer playlist for anyone who loves alternative, pop, and indie music. Featuring the newest hits from some fan-favorites and a few older tunes that remains classics, this playlist is perfect for beach days, road trips, and everything in-between.

A few of my favorites include:

Talk Too Much – COIN

After hitting no. 8 on the Alternative Songs chart, it is clear that this COIN song fits the “care-free summertime sound” that we are all looking for. They are a rock band making guitar-driven music and they have hit the mark on this hit track.

Tired Eyes – Besphrenz

Besphrenz is a unique group that you’ll be surprised hasn’t blown up yet. With their original style mixing indie, rock, and rap, this band is hitting multiple styles at once, but still keeping it clean. I respect them for being innovative musicians and I’m sure that this song will stay on repeat all summer long. The playlist also features Walking On Ice and their newest single, White Shoes.

Heat of the Summer – Young the Giant

Young the Giant has been a fan-favorite in the Alternative Music world for some time now, and with “Summer” being in the songs title, it surely fits the playlists theme. The song opens with a distorted guitar line and features a catchy chorus you’ll find yourself humming to all day. Young the Giant has done an excellent job in creating new music while sticking to their original sound that everyone loves.

This Life – Vampire Weekend

Released earlier this month, it is clear this song is different from the traditional Vampire Weekend sound. The song is lighthearted, bright, and bouncy, and has even been mentioned it closely matches Van Morrisons “Brown Eyed Girl.”

Hollow Life – Coast Modern

Imagine if Cage the Elephant, Grouplove, and Glass Animals teamed up on a track: this is what it’d sound like. This song was released a few years back, but the chorus is fresh, creative, and exactly what you need to hear all summer long.

Gold Snafu – Sticky Fingers

From the memorable beat and easy-to-follow chorus line, this song is easily enjoyed by any audience. Lead singer, Dylan Frost, delivers unique vocals falling under the reggae/rock genre, and its clear this song needs to be played full volume with the windows down. The playlist also includes one of their more mellow songs, These Girls.

Weekend Friend – Goth Babe

While “Goth” might be in the name, this musician producing anything but gothic music. Classified as surf-indie-rock, Weekend Friend is a care-free summer tune with soaring production. Greeting listeners with a heartwarming combination of keys, drums, and shakes, this song is easy on the ears in just about any setting.

No Going Back – Yuno

From the first drum-kick, this song shines light straight into my heart. After my first listen a few months back, I had the sudden urge to drop everything, go on a road trip, and make a video that highlights this wonderful track. With a weightless melody and vibrant lyrics, it is no wonder this was Yuno’s first single after signing with Sub Pop Records.

Some other favorites from the playlist include songs from boy pablo, LANY, Bad Suns, HUNNY, Local Natives, Empire of the Sun, Still Woozy, Toro y Moi, and many more. Hoping these songs are enough to brighten your mood all summer long! Now, go enjoy the sunshine.

Written by: Brittany Roache

Sunflower Seeds: Summer Aspirations

With summer here, I have done some serious self-reflecting over the past school year and now have some summer aspirations.

I couldn’t be happier with how my third year of college went, but I am eager to accomplish more. In the past, I used a timeline for events in my life that should have or will happen at certain ages. For example, I expected to know exactly what I wanted to do with my major/career by the time I was a sophomore, but now I am going into my senior year and I still debate changing my major at least once a month. It’s not too practical to live your life on a time line, so now I just like to set different goals for myself! Therefore, I thought this summer would be the perfect time to set and accomplish some personal goals!

First and foremost, my number one goal is work full time.

As an extremely broke college student, this will really benefit my wallet. I’m currently in the fourth and final stage of interviewing for an internship, so if I get it I will be accomplishing this goal! If not, it’s not the end of the world but I really need to pick the slack and work a job or two. Since I am going into my senior year and being 21, I would like to not worry about expenses like going out or going to concerts. Besides having extra cash for fun spending, I want to have enough saving to be able to afford rent right out of college. I don’t know what is going to happen in a year, and I really don’t want to have to move back home to Chicago. I am just trying to look out for my future self!

A second goal I have is to travel more!

If I am working full time it might be hard to travel, but I am positive I can work something out. I’m not necessarily trying to go out on international rendezvous’, but I would like to see more of the West Coast. I have never been to the Grand Canyon and its not that far away! I would to do more fun weekend trips even if it’s to places near San Diego like Julian, CA. However, I do want to go back to New York at some point in early June, so hopefully I can come up with enough money for that!

Lastly, I just want to have a ton of fun!

This will be my last summer ever as an undergrad, and I want to have as much fun as possible before I’m in the real world. In my seed about New York I stated that I lived in an atrocious, filthy, and cockroach infested apartment this past summer. I lived with 6 girls in a tiny two-bedroom apartment. All of our twin beds touched because we didn’t have much room, but that wasn’t really a problem compared to all the others. Besides it being filled with cockroaches, it was abnormally hot (sometimes I would sleep outside by the pool because there were less bugs and it was cooler there). Anything and everything that you think could go wrong did. Even though the living situation wasn’t ideal, I had the time of my life! It was the most fun summer I have ever had given that I had cockroaches for roommates. I met so many incredible people and explored. I hope to do that again, but without the bugs of course!

All in all I think it is good to motivate yourself and have different goals. Mine really come down to making money, traveling, and fun! That’s not too much to ask for and they all relate to one and another, so I’m sure ill accomplish them. Weather your goals are big or small you really can accomplish them if you put your mind to it!

Written by: Nina Capuani

Now Listening: Best of Summer 2016

Hey Aztecs! Welcome back to another semester of Now Listening with Lala! Even through we’re back on track with school and Fall is just around the corner, I’ve still got sweet sweet Summertime on my mind. With that said, I’ll be sharing the Top 3 albums dropped during the Summer of 2016 that you should be paying attention to.

1. Freetown SoundBlood Orange 

Devonté “Dev” Hynes began making music under the pseudonym Blood Orange in 2011. His most recently released album, Freetown Sound is simultaneously soothing and striking. As he speaks out to the racial injustice in modern day society through his music, the tones of Freetown Sound are melodic and jazzy.

A unique tool that Hynes exercises in this album is the use of vocal clips, spoken-word poems, and narratives. These clips give insight to struggle of colored people and refers multiple times to the Black Lives Matter movement. Songs such as “Hands Up” and “Love Ya” quite openly address the issues of the racial inequality that is occuring in today’s society. While a heavily emotional album, Freetown Sound is intense and empowering. It is uplifting and hopeful for positive change in the future. The sheer rawness of these tracks are what make this album so special. Check out the song “Best of You” below.

 

2. BlondeFrank Ocean

Highly anticipated and probably not so patiently awaited, Frank Ocean has finally released new music since Channel Orange in 2012. Blonde is much more meditative and calming. This album is cozy and emotional. In addition, it strays from Ocean’s previous album, which pursues a more eclectic and funky sound. A clear maturation of Frank Ocean as a person and his music is what can be heard through Blonde. 

Abstract and mysterious, the R&B roots that Ocean came from are hard to find in Blonde. The tracks lack a lot of rythym and beat, replaced with lots of avant-garde melodies. Receiving mixed reviews, Blonde is vastly different from the Frank Ocean most love and know. This new direction is not at all stepping backwards, just sideways. At 28, Ocean is expressing a multidimensional self and the track “Ivy” portrays this well. Percussionless and heavy with guitar reverb, this song reflects on Ocean’s youth and past regret. The stripped down track is one of many examples of the emotion Frank puts forth on the album. Listen to the first track “Nikes” below.

 

3. HOPELESSNESSANOHNI

Formerly releasing music Antony, ANOHNI has authored a radical album that progresses towards change thats is both necessary and positive. HOPELESSNESS is a protest and dance anthem at the same time. Addressing issues such as racism, peace, even climate change, the melodic and peaceful sounds that ANOHNI presents in this album are deceiving. If you listen closely, ANOHNI is hoppingly mad at what is going on in the world today and uses music to express so. Passionately delivered, the tracks to this album are intense and highly emotional.

With such heavy subject matter, ANOHNI is still able to create an album  carrying to a beat that makes the listener want to jive and vibe.The track “Drone Bomb Me” portrays all that ANOHNI is expressing very well. This album is astoundingly melodic, a combination of both jazz and electronic music. Check out “Crisis” below.

 

All of these albums cry out against multiple injustices in today’s modern society. Sweet reminders that we are all human, and kindness is key ❃ You can listen in on my show “In Your Speaker” from 3-4 pm on Tuesdays!

Are you ready to turn up for this hip-hop playlist?

San Diego is known for its beautiful weather. However, this year this city is currently experiencing summer in February. If this is of any concern to us San Diegans one thing is certain, the music this year is getting hotter and hotter. Summer can you be here all ready! I recently discovered Rdio from a fellow KCR College Radio DJ Adriana Arce, and this website has given me the opportunity to explore my musical tastes, set up my “To Be Continued Future Summer” hip-hop playlist and most importantly share this playlist with you.

Any playlist that incorporates songs that I can dance or study to are a must. I would like to point out that this is the first playlist I publish. This week I wanted to stay away from the usual concert preview and do a lighter piece for Carmen’s Hip-Hop Weekly. Aztecs feeling the heat this February need a playlist that can set the stage for spring break and summer.

The inspiration behind this playlist was the desire for warm weather, less clothing and to bring back the ecstasy of those great summer nights. Let’s begin shall we.

These 10 songs should be on everyones playlist this year as the weather begins to warm up and the parties begin to pop off. Aztecs, if you are looking forward to summer just like me, here are some great songs to have at your disposal this week.

Carmen’s Top 10 Hip-Hop Songs to Pop Off this Week:

1. PWD- Pop It For A Player ft. E40, The Game, Tech N9ne, Ryan Bowsers & Ryan Anthony (Official Remix)

2. Sean Paul ft. Damian Marley-Riot

3. Naughty Boy- Think About It ft. Wiz Khalifa, Ella Eyre

4. Schoolboy Q- Man of the Year

5. DJ Holiday “Miley” Ft. Wiz Khalifa & Waka Flocka

6. Pretty Tony- Pull Up ft. Que

7. Sean Paul- Pornstar ft. Nyla

8. Young L- What I Live By

9. Sean Paul ft. Juicy J & 2 Chainz- Entertainment

10. Wiz Khalifa- Taylor Gang

I hope my “To Be Continued Future Summer” hip-hop playlist serves you well. I know it definitely helped me shake off some of the February blues. Now, here is to hoping that the weather continues to cater to San Diego because I’m ready for that spark this year. If you enjoyed my playlist please feel free to comment below!

Make sure to also tune in to my show #STATEPROBLEMS every Friday from 10-11 a.m. on KCR College Radio with my beautiful co-host @salas_jocelyn as we showcase SDSU professors and students doing big things around campus this semester. If you have any recommendations for upcoming stories or would like to be featured on Carmen’s Hip-Hop Weekly feel free to email me at carmenhuerta2011@gmail.com or Tweet me @MadelCamHuerta with the hashtag #CarmenDoIt

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