Friday Fixat10ns: Lighten Up

Friday Fixat10ns: Lighten Up from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

Stress is everywhere these days. Exams, essays, late nights at lau – it’s time to lighten up. I was considering dropping a heavy, darker Halloween playlist but this week just isn’t right for it. Leaves are falling, everything is getting a bit more color to it; we need a playlist to match the campus ambience. Just let this one go on your speakers and do whatever you want.

Just a Friend – Biz Markie Any topic can be made light with the right beat and the rights bars. One of the greatest songs on a classic theme: that two-timing skank.

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin What more needs to be said? The playlist in a nutshell.

Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant This playlist can be misconstrued as a lazy playlist, but this songs proves it all wrong. You can be laid back without being a bum. Get jumpin to this one.

Superstitious – Stevie Wonder The riffs and beat is absolutely jammin. Weather is getting nice and trees are getting pretty, so go outside and nod your head to this one. Classic.

Here Comes Your Man – Pixies And even if you don’t got one, it doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you do! Upbeat, catchy, and a song you wouldn’t mind having stuck in your head.

Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band I first heard this song while watching Space Jam (one of the greatest films ever made), and got back into it senior year summer. Everybody says the word “chill” is overused, but this song is, no doubt, chill.

Before I Got High – Afroman This playlist does not encourage any sort of illegal behavior, but it does encourage kicking it back with friends and having a good time.

The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang One vice for another! Good times all around!

I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 I think any input on my part would detract from the pure beauty of this song.

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley “Every little thing is gonna be alright” – you probably hear this a lot from your friends when you break down while studying. If you don’t, hear it from the man.

Friday Fixat10ns: Teen Angst

Friday Fixat10ns: Teen Angst from thehoya on 8tracks.

Summer camps have started to invade the Hilltop. Yep, high schoolers are now trouncing the grounds of our campus, buying frappucinos and other blended drinks at UG and giggling loudly at the new drama. For those of us who have totally forgotten the awkwardness and drama of high school, it’s a blast from the past. So, we’ve prepared some songs to get you ready for the impending invasion of teenagers.

Teen Idle — Marina & the Diamonds Oh, to be a depressed teenager again. This song rocks. (And who doesn’t wish that they were the prom queen?) We totally understand you, Marina.

Eighteen Cool — Hoodie Allen Typical Hoodie. Super clever lyrics, rapping slightly faster than I can rap myself, and a super catchy chorus.

We Are Golden — Mika The first lines sum it all up: “Teenage dreams in a teenage circus, running around like a clown on purpose. Who gives a damn about the family you come from? No giving up when you’re young and you want some!”

Girls and Boys in School — Neon Trees Why is it that all songs about teenagers are both awesome and super angsty at the same time?

When You Were Young — The Killers Whenever an excuse to put up a Killers song on one of these mixes, I take it.

We Are Young — 3OH!3 I had to choose between the two popular songs called “We Are Young.” I decided to go with 3OH!3 because I assumed that more high schoolers have heard this song than the other one. (Although, who knows, the other one was in Glee, I’m told).

Teenage Dream — Katy Perry Which teenage boys do not dream of seeing Katy Perry in the outfit she wore in this music video? That’s the teenage dream right there.

Teen Angst — M83 I may or may not have named this playlist after this song. #sorryimnotsorry

Fifteen — Taylor Swift Technically, I could have used any Taylor Swift song, because they’re all about being a teenager. And because she was a teenager when she wrote them. And because she always talks about teen drama. But this one fitst teenage angst the best.

Pumped Up Kicks — Foster the People No matter how much people like this song, I still insist that this is the most disturbing song about teenagers ever written.

Friday Fixat10ns: It’s Hot

Friday Fixat10ns: It’s Hot from thehoya on 8tracks.

It’s been hot out lately. And if you didn’t take our advice by going to get awesome fro-yo and milkshakes, you probably had a very sweaty week. Even though it’s the last day of our heat wave, we’ve got 10 songs for this Friday that celebrate (or at least bear) the heat and humidity.

Vamos a la Playa — Loona I wish I could have gone to la playa this week. But I didn’t. With this song, you’ll be bailando as if you actually were there.

Salt Skin — Ellie Goulding Two reasons I included this song. One — with all of the heat and humidity, everyone’s skin was pretty salty this week. Two — I’ve been occupying myself by reading this book called Salt. It’s about salt. It rocks.

Crooked Teeth — Death Cab for Cutie It was 100 degrees as we sat beneath a willow tree… Seriously, if you’re in this humidity, how could you bear to sit underneath a willow tree at that temperature?

Laredo — Band of Horses If you’ve ever been to Laredo in July, you understand this song’s inclusion on this list. It gets so hot there.

The Swimming Song — Vetiver This song is for those of you lucky ducks who spent the whole week at Volta Pool. Although it would probably be better called “The Tanning Song” if they were actually talking about Volta.

I’m in Miami Bitch — LMFAO This week was hot in more than one way. As a Thunder fan, I offer a very bitter congrats to Miami on their win last night. Maybe the Heat won because you couldn’t find anywhere without heat this week.

Tune Out — The Format The predecessors of Fun. are from Phoenix. So they, more than anyone, are experts on dealing with the heat. Just tune it out.

Fire — JMSN It’s a very small overstatement to call JMSN’s album my favorite of the year so far. This song is awesome.

Haiti — Arcade Fire I’ve been waiting a long time to put this song on a Fixat10ns playlist. This is a perfect time, seeing as it feels like Haiti outside what with all of the tropical humidity.

Hot Like Fire — The xx Need I say anymore?

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Friday Fixat10ns: Internship Edition

Friday Fixat10ns: Internships from thehoya on 8tracks.

Those of us lucky to have summer internships have now probably just started to get into our routines. The cobwebs and mistakes of our  first weeks are over, and now we’re in the thick of it. For those of you already tired of the daily commutes, long hours and cubicles, this playlist is for you. Here, we have ten songs perfect for any summer intern — whether you’re in D.C. or across the country.

Ballad of a Politician — Regina Spektor One of the best songs on Regina’s newly released album, this song is for those of you working on the Hill or in any otherwise political job this summer. (As in, most of us in D.C.)

212 — Azealia Banks This is for you New York interns out there. (Also, Azealia Banks is only 21.)

Cruel — St. Vincent Many of us will inevitably meet cruel bosses, coworkers and (most often) fellow interns. This song will help you get over them.

Midnight City — M83 I know that I already posted this song (or a mashup of it) on the last edition of Fixat10ns. But, honestly, this is the perfect intern song for anyone in the city. Listen to this song on the Metro in the morning. It sets a good mood for the rest of the day.

Money Maker — The Black Keys Most of us aren’t money makers this summer. Hopefully our internships lead us to become money makers, though.

Civilian — Wye Oak If you’re ever stressed, listen to this song. It’ll calm you down. They’re also visiting D.C. this August 17.

Society — Eddie Vedder Another great commuting song. Also especially relevant to interns due to us now being functioning members of society instead of holed up on a college campus.

Civilization — Justice Awesome dance beat for your commute home or a quick office break.

Hum Drum Town — Theophilus London I feel like this song is somehow relevant to internships. Though D.C. is not a humdrum (AKA boring) town in the slightest, and Theophilus is most certainly not making a profound observation about society or working people. In any case, it’s a great song.

Chillin — Wale feat. Lady Gaga I always feel obliged to include one song on Fixat10ns. Since many of us are D.C. chillin, this is a shout out to everyone who stayed in the District this summer.

Friday Fixat10ns: Summer Edition

Friday Fixat10ns: Happy Summer from thehoya on 8tracks.

It seems like everyone is done with finals. We’re all packing up our stuff, moving out of our dorms/apartments/houses, and getting ready for whatever summer may hold for us. It’s a bittersweet moment, but it’s also a relief. We here at 4E are incredibly excited for the summer to start. Here are some songs to get you excited for summer 2012.

Summer Is the Champion — Laura Viers Yes, Laura, summer is the best. Except for the humidity. That isn’t the best.

Glad You Came — The Wanted This song may just become my 2012 summer anthem. I want to have a summer like the one the people are having in the music video.

City Lights — Sun City Another worthy candidate for my own personal summer anthem from this Australian band.

Finally Moving — Pretty Lights Play this song while sipping a (Long Island) iced tea and laying out in the sun and I bet you that you’ll “get a good feeling” too.

Midnight Life (Kanye West vs. M83) — The White Panda I decided to combine my favorite summer song of 2011 (M83’s Midnight City) with a song that always reminds me of summer (Kanye’s The Good Life). BONUS: M83 is playing at 9:30 Club tomorrow night.

Summer Love — Justin Timberlake If this song wasn’t on this playlist, it would be a travesty.

Never Ending Summer — 311 With three months until classes start again, I already feel like summer is never ending.

Long Hot Summer — Keith Urban I wish that my summers would end up more like the long hot summer described in this song. For now, I’ll live vicariously through Keith Urban.

Summer Girls — LFO Flashback to summer 2000. And who doesn’t like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch? Also, I love LFO’s frosted tips in the music video. Classic.

The Boys of Summer — Don Henley I saved the best for last. This song just never gets old.

Finals Fixat10ns: The Best (and Worst) Study Songs

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Throw on a pair of sweatpants, grab your 30-pound backpack, head to Lau, pull out a computer, slap in a pair of headphones, and (maybe) start studying — it’s a familiar routine during finals season.

And if you’re like me, you’re not only looking for your music to help you study, but also to distract you from those obnoxious whispering girls next to you, lift your spirits when the work gets too cumbersome, and provide a break from the monotony of Lau and study days.

So, here’s a list of music to help provide some extra motivation for you to finish that paper, memorize that vocabulary, or finish that last problem.

Best study hits:

Perth – Bon Iver Lead singer Justin Vernon’s voice is mesmerizingly beautiful. To be mesmerized further, here is the video from the Deluxe cover of the album.

Hell of a Season – The Black Keys With all of the nice spring weather out there, tt’s a hell of a season to try to stay focused. This song, released just this past week, should help.

The Mall and Misery – Broken Bells I wrote an entire paper to this song. It singlehandedly made me productive.

Citizen – Wye Oak Soothing voice, calming instrumentals, and great drumming. All you need to study.

Glowing Heart of the World – Calexico I find that any song that reminds me of driving alone down a desert road is suitable for studying.

Traveling at the Speed of Light – Joywave The band’s name describes this song: It’s a joyful wave.

Slowdance – Matthew Dear The more you listen to “Slowdance,” the more relaxed you become. Great for lowering your blood pressure.

The Birds Part 1 – The Weeknd Such a cool song. It’s genius.

Rill Rill – Sleigh Bells This song makes me want to study drunk. It is so chill.

Adieu – Coeur de pirate It’s easier to study when you don’t know the words to the song. Unless you’re from Quebec, you will probably not understand the song.

We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) – Fun. Anything that Janelle Monáe does is infinitely better than what the Glee cast can do. I also recommend the acoustic version.

Most distracting study songs:

Love On Top – Beyoncé Listening to this song will make you want to learn its dance. Stay away from it unless you’re planning on watching the music video and learning the dance from it for hours on end.

Levels — Avicii Anything that reminds you of house parties should not be listened to in Lau. Also, avoid any of the hundreds of mash-ups using this song.

Call Me Maybe — Carly Rae Jepsen I am the first person to start dancing when this song comes on. But this hit from the third place finisher on the fifth season of Canadian Idol is not productive study music. Neither are any of the mashups on this playlist.

Any song from “Glee”: I once made the mistake of dancing in Lau. Not a good idea.

Friday Fixat10ns: Puppy Love

FIXAT10NS: Puppy Love from thehoya on 8tracks.

All day long, we’ll be celebrating J.J.’s arrival on campus with a series of cute puppy-related posts (and with a special version of our banner and logo). To get you ready for the arrival of the new puppy on campus, we’ve compiled the best dog-themed songs we could think of.

The Dog Days Are Over — Florence and the Machine Actually, Florence, the Dog Days are still alive and well here on the Hilltop. But, then again, Dog Days are good a good thing up here.

Love Dog — TV On the Radio There are some bands that write a disproportionate amount of their songs about dogs. TVOTR is one of them. (They’ve got at least two about dogs and one about wolves.) Like us, they must love dogs.

Who Let the Dogs Out — Baha Men Then there are some bands that only make one song, and that one song becomes the go-to song for anything about dogs. No dog-themed playlist this century would be complete without this unfortunate 2000 chart-topper.

My Friend — Dr. Dog A great feel-good song to welcome Man’s Best Friend to campus.

Neighborhood #2 (Laika) — Arcade Fire  This song is evidently about a dog. (Laika means “barker” in Russian and was the name of the dog they launched into space in 1957.)

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing — Jack Johnson OK, this isn’t about a dog. But dogs sit, wait and wish all day, and we have a dog named Jack. (I admit, this song’s relevance to the  playlist is tenuous at best.)

Walking the Dog – Fun. Speaking of walking the dog, the Jack Crew must be excited to walk a puppy instead of Jack, a 9-year-old cripple who often refuses to walk out of the New South courtyard.

Dog Problems — The Format Jack is going into surgery with a broken ACL, and as any former resident of New South 4 will tell you, he drools all over the common room, chokes on paper and gets a little too excited when he sees any form of cardboard detritis (or the mascot costume, for that matter.)

Guns and Dogs (Acoustic) — Portugal. the Man This song describes better my dad’s college experience in Wyoming than mine. One thing we had in common was the dog though. (Albeit, mine is Jack and his was an Australian Shepard/Husky mix he adopted as a junior).

Puppy Love — Lil Bow Wow I love the dog barking in the background. Anyone remember this 10-year-old rapper from our grade school days?

Friday Fixat10ns: Lighting Up

Friday Fixat10ns: Medical Marijuana Version from thehoya on 8tracks.

Medical marijuana could be available at dispensaries across D.C. by the end of the summer. Though D.C.’s law is much more restrictive than those of many states (we’re looking at you, California and Colorado), we’re getting prepared with this week’s Fixat10ns. Here are ten perfect songs to listen to during your cancer, glaucoma or HIV treatment. Though the song possibilities are seemingly endless, we decided to limit them to the past 10 years. If I were my dad circa 1981, I may have included other greats like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, or the Greatful Dead. But I’m not, so here’s a more modern mix.

2am — Slightly Stoopid The first of many songs on this playlist that sound the same. But, hey, if something’s working for you, why not keep it going?

The Show Goes On — Lupe Fiasco A year and a half ago, Lupe wouldn’t even be close to being on this playlist. But, then I saw his fall concert performance last year where he forgot the words to this exact song due to some drug-induced state.

Marijuana — Kid Cudi Need I say anything else?

Santeria — Sublime Another one of those songs that just sounds like you should light up a joint whenever it comes on shuffle. But don’t. Please don’t. That’s illegal. (For now).

Wet Dreams — Pepper Unlike other songs on this playlist, this song clearly isn’t about lighting up. But, again, it’s in that category of songs that just fit with today’s theme.

Never Ending Summer — 311 Keep on blazin’ the trail, keep on rockin’ the joints… We do it all the time!

Maui Wowie — Kid Cudi Soon, you won’t have to go back to Honolulu just to get that Maui Wowie — if our dispensaries are anything like California’s, you’ll be able to get pot from around the world.

Chillin’ (feat. Lady Gaga) — Wale Here’s another singer who has forgotten words at a concert due to some level of highness. And, since he’s local, you can bet he’s excited about the new dispensaries.

Love 101 — Pepper This playlist is just loaded with songs designed to lower your blood pressure (even if you’re not lighting up).

Paper Planes — M.I.A. No, this song isn’t about two Indian kids riding on the roofs of trains (as Slumdog Millionaire would have you believe). It’s about getting high and crossing borders.

Friday Fixat10ns: Spring in Step

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These here are walking songs.

“The stones were sharp,
The wind came at my back;
Walking along the highway,
Mincing like a cat.”
― Theodore Roethke

Simple Song – The Shins Springy, green and kind of saccharin. Perfect for going places in warm weather.
Fitz and the Dizzyspells – Andrew Bird Bird’s folksy songs are always pretty lush. This one’s got a quick tempo.
Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac You can walk your own way.
Cool, Calm & Collected – The Rolling Stones Three adjectives which very accurately describe walker’s ego.
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies An entrance song.
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley Okay, not specifically about walking but the beat and swing to it make it work.
I Walked – Sufjan Stevens “I walked as you walked”
I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li Following = walking
Robin – Tennis The melody sound familiar? Tennis is apparently a fan of Disney’s Robin Hood. Mi piace the Italian version.
Walk On By  – Dionne Warwick Soulful walking.
I’m Waiting For the Day –  The Beach Boys The DRUMS!

Friday Fixat10ns: Almost Home

FIXAT10NS: Almost Home from thehoya on 8tracks.

Studying sucks. Good thing we’re a week away from Spring Break. While some of us may be soaking up the rays in Punta Cana or committing ourselves to social justice on ASB, I’m guessing many of us are catching a bus, plane or train back home. Here are some songs to get you through this last week before Spring Break — and maybe to remind us of where we’ll be in a week’s time.  Continue reading “Friday Fixat10ns: Almost Home”