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Music for Insomniacs

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

March 29, 2013

The campus is dead at 3:45 a.m., Sunday morning. Only an occasional rustle or distant bus screech breaks the eerie, frigid silence. Walking across campus is not only unnatural, but also frightening. Inside the WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland studios, however, the hosts of Calculated Chaos are bustling through...

Observer’s Playlist of the Week: 2/29

Jason Walsh, Music Critic

March 29, 2013

The Bullitts – “They Die by Dawn (ft. Yasiin Bey, Jay Electronica, and Lucy Liu)” I’ve never heard of the Bullitts, but apparently one of their members recently directed a spaghetti western short film called “They Die By Dawn” that stars Michael K. Williams and Erykah Badu. The soundtrack f...

Observer Playlist of the Week: 3/22

March 22, 2013

Beyonce - “Bow Down / I Been On” OH DAMN A NEW BEYONCE SONG. It’s basically a victory lap. Beyonce repeats “Bow down, bitches” a couple times and transitions to chopped and screwed vocal samples the rest of the way. Apparently Hit-Boy produced the first half, and Timbaland, the second half....

Observer Playlist of the Week: March 1

Jason Walsh, Music Critic

March 1, 2013

Young Galaxy - “Fall For You” Young Galaxy put out a pretty solid album called Shapeshifting in 2011, and they’ve got a new one called Ultramarine coming out April 23. “Fall For You” is the second single, and it’s a fantastic, catchy pop song with a kind of tropical feel to it. Autre...

The Observer’s Weekly Playlist: 2/21/2013

Jason Walsh, Music Critic

February 22, 2013

The Strokes - “All The Time” “All The Time” is the second single from the upcoming Strokes album Comedown Machine, set to come out Mar. 26. “All The Time” has a lot less synths and is a lot better than the first single “One Way Trigger,” which is a good sign for the album.  ...

The Observer’s Weekly Playlist: 2/15/13

Jason Walsh, Music Critic

February 15, 2013

Justin Timberlake - “Mirrors” The newest single from Justin Timberlake's upcoming album The 20/20 Experience. An eight-minute epic of classic Justin Timberlake.   Kurt Vile – “Wakin' On A Pretty Day” The first single and opening track from Kurt Vile's album Walkin On A Pretty Daze, which i...

The Observer’s Weekly Playlist: 2/8/13

Jason Walsh, Music Critic

February 8, 2013

Drake - “Started from the Bottom” It's the new Drake song! It's pretty much classic Drake (“started from the bottom / now my whole team here”). It's not produced by Drake's usual producer 40, and it's not Drake's best rapping or the best beat he's ever rapped over. But it's Drake, and I've ...

The Observer’s Weekly Playlist: 1/30/12

Jason Walsh

January 31, 2013

Yo La Tengo – “Ohm” The first song off Yo La Tengo's new album, Fade. A six-minute krautrock groove that slowly builds and then slowly goes away. One of the best tracks on the album.   Talk Normal – “Lone General” The first and standout track from Talk Normal's 2012 album, Sunsh...

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