Friday Fixat10ns: Magic in the Air

by Martin Hussey

FIXAT10NS: Magic in the Air from thehoya on 8tracks.

Some sort of magic has definitely been in the floating around campus this week, with temperatures soaring into the 70s on Wednesday, Georgetown’s walloping of UConn on Wednesday night and that yearly affair with the groundhog (where some strange form of groundhog magic predicted six more weeks of winter Thursday morning). To commemorate this excellent week in Hoya history, we’re starting the weekend off on a magical note as well, with 10 magical tunes designed to charm you  into relaxation.

Harry Potter and the Half-Dub Remix — Terabyte Frenzy The dubstep craze is remixing everything from Rebecca Black’s “Friday” to soundbytes from Family Guy. This is one of the few remixes that this grandma should have been dancing to.

Magic Spells — Crystal Castles The magical thing about this song is how they make a repetitive beat and no words still sound interesting after six minutes. Finger drumming is inevitable.

Love Sex Magic — Ciara (feat. Justin Timberlake) This 2009 dance anthem reminds me of junior prom. To some, that night was magical in itself. I find myself wondering, though, whether our DJ realized he was playing this song to a bunch of hormonal high schoolers.

The Ghost Inside — Broken Bells Ghosts are magical, right? Regardless, this is a great song, and the chorus is hypnotizingly entrancing.

Golden Age – TV on the Radio We’re in the age of miracles – we must be when it is 70 degrees on the first day of February.

Time to Pretend — MGMT A lot of you may have fallen out of touch with this song. Don’t. Plus, I feel like this song is increasingly relevant in my life as I near the time in my life where I “get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning news.”

Magic — Pilot Who can’t include this song in a list of magical music? This cheesy 70’s rocker still maintains an infectious chorus that populates the best moments in movies, TV shows and plays as in my head when awesome things happen to me.

Ghost! – Kid Cudi I couldn’t resist including Kid Cudi in this song, with his strange story lines about men on the moon and other such fantastical things. This song was also great in concert: Here’s a clip from the performance I saw live.

Do You Believe in Magic? – The Lovin’ Spoonful The second oldie about magic on this post. If you’re bored by the classic, I recommend the Aly and AJ version from the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place.

I Believe – Simian Mobile Disco I believe in magic. Actually, I don’t. But some people do. If you believe in anything, it should be this song, with its weird beat that frames a pretty legit song.

John Legend Wants to Know What’s Going On

by Michelle Cassidy

The Kennedy Center announced on Tuesday plans for a new youth engagement project. According to TBD, the most captivating part of the event was when a choir from our neighbors up at Duke Ellington  School of the Arts came onstage to sing with John Legend.

Earlier in the day the singer had surprised the students by joining them during rehearsal. During the press event, he invited the choir to come up for a performance of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

Legend is highly involved in this new project, dubbed the What’s Going On… NOW Campaign. The main event will be a concert featuring Legend and the National Symphony Orchestra Pops on the 40th anniversary of Gaye’s performance at the Kennedy Center.  Their goal is to lead a “national conversation around the issues and ideas on the record,” and ask young people to respond to Gaye’s question in their own artistic way.

The campaign invites people to submit their artistic responses – selected pieces will be incorporated into the May 1st concert. Submissions can be in any medium (writing, spoken word poetry, song, dance, sculpture, etc.) as long as they creatively respond to the topic at hand. They even provide some inspiration if you’re thinking about entering, but having trouble coming up with an idea.

Friday Fixat10ns: Stand Up

by Michelle Cassidy

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Between the first anniversary of the uprisings in Egypt and a lunchtime demonstration in Leo’s, it’s been a tumultuous few days both on campus and throughout the world. In the spirit of this omnipresent change, this week’s Friday Fixat10ns is filled with songs about protest, revolution, freedom and change. After the jump, a list of the songs and why they made the cut on this week’s playlist.

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Old Punk, New Scene – Text Message

Photo: Rita Pearson/The Hoya

by Rita Pearson

Text Message, an indie rock band made up of Georgetown students Joe Romano (COL ’12), John Romano (COL ’14) and Mike Jaroski (COL ’12) kicked off Saturday night’s show at the Rock N Roll Hotel. They opened for local bands the Electric 11’s and Blue Pintowith songs from their upcoming sophomore album, called Lake Opposite. They’re influenced primarily by alternative rock bands, such as Sonic Youth and the D.C.-based Fugazi.

“We’re trying to hit the right spots,” John Romano said. “There are a handful of music venues in D.C., like the Rock N Roll Hotel, that we try to play in. Unfortunately there aren’t many places around campus.”

“The D.C. music scene is nothing like the late 80’s or early 90’s, but I wouldn’t say it’s dead,” Joe said. “However, D.C. is transient – a lot of the bands are on tour, so people are always coming in and out.”

In the 1980’s and 90’s, D.C. was home to a thriving and influential punk scene. Venues like the 9:30 Club, Madam’s Organ, and The Bayou (a Georgetown nightclub that has since been replaced by the Loews Cinema on K Street) were central to the punk community. The U Street/Shaw neighborhood in particular played an important role in the burgeoning D.C. music scene. The Black Cat, a U Street club co-founded by Dave Grohl in 1993, has hosted bands like Arcade Fire, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Death Cab for Cutie. Text Message will be taking the stage at The Black Cat this Sunday.

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Friday Fixat10ns #1

4E’s Friday Fixat10ns #1 from thehoya on 8tracks.

Every Friday, 4E will post a playlist of 10 songs that have fixated us for the past week. Those fixat10ns will be posted on 4E both as a testament to the end of the week, but also in preparation for the weekend to come. This week, we have understandably been fixated to the construction and beginning of the blog.

So, in this first edition of Fixat10ns, 4E celebrates our inaugurat10n day with 10 songs celebrating the beginning. The initiat10n. The introduct10n. The commencement of a new tradit10n in the Georgetown blogoshpere.

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