Music Jam Monday: MASSEDUCTION

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Happy Monday! For the past few days, I’ve been bopping to St. Vincent’s last album MASSEDUCTION. It is extraordinarily good, so here’s a break-down of all the songs. Enjoy!


“Hang on Me”

I really like this song as an intro to the album. It exemplifies a lot of the themes that are seen in later songs. It’s a bit chill, but not put-you-to-sleep chill; more like excited-to-hear-the-rest-of-the-album chill.

Favorite lyric: “I know you hate my hysterics. I promise this time is different. I won’t cry wolf in the kitchen.”

“Pills”

This song is a bop. I love the more electric influences. Additionally the song has the possibility to mean so many things. It could be looked at as a critique of the pharmaceutical industry, or commentary on the fact that as a society we now have a pill to do practically anything. Also I had no idea that Cara Delevingne sang the chorus?

Favorite lyric: “From the chains to the reigns to the vein to the brain. Anyway there’s a day and I’ll pay it in pain.”

“Masseduction”

This is my second-favorite song off the album. It is also a bop that makes me want to dance every time I hear it. The wordplay between mass seduction and mass destruction makes me so happy.

Favorite lyric: “Masseduction. I hold you like a weapon. Mass destruction. I don’t turn off what turns me on.”

“Sugarboy”

The highlight for this song is its lyrics. They’re very metaphorical and abstract, but still feel very grounded and relatable. Plus there’s some Shakespeare/Romeo and Juliet references, which is never a bad thing.

Favorite lyric: “Pledge all your allegiance to me.”

“Los Ageless”

I love this song. The play on “Los Ageless/Los Angeles” is very clever. The music is also very catchy and fun.

Favorite lyric: “How can anybody have you and lose you? How can anybody have you and lose you and not lose their mind too?

“Happy Birthday, Johnny”

This song is so personal and heartbreaking,  haunting and beautiful.

Favorite lyric: “Remember one Christmas, I gave you Jim Carroll. Intended it as a cautionary tale. You said you saw yourself inside there. Dog-eared it like a how-to manual.”

“Savior”

I’m really into the funkier music in this song. It’s reflective of the kinkier vibe of the lyrics. There’s so much that you could dissect with the lyrics – you really should just listen to them a couple times to get it.

Favorite lyric: “Love you to the grave and farther. Honey, I am not your martyr.”

“New York”

This is by far my favorite song on the album. It is beautiful – there’s no other way to put it. The lyrics are incredible. The feeling of the song is incredible. It’s all just incredible.

Favorite lyric: “Well, you’re the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me.”

“Fear The Future”

I, too, fear the future (yay graduating college!). This song has got a more hard-rock vibe. It reminds me a bit of something from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. I really enjoy the synth and the drums.

Favorite lyric: “I won’t be gone with the goners.”

“Young Lover”

I feel like this song fits really well with “Pills.” Despite its upbeat tempo and thumping drums/synth, it’s quite a dark (and very good!) song.

Favorite lyric: “Young lover, I wish that I was your drug.”

“Slow Disco”

I love the chill vibe of this song. It reminds me a bit of Harry’s “Two Ghosts” but in a less folk-y way. The strings are lovely, and I’m always into a good ghost metaphor.

Favorite lyric: “I’m so glad I came, but I can’t wait to leave?”

“Smoking Section”

Finally, we have this beautiful, haunting, sad song. I love the lilt of the music and lyrics. Speaking of the lyrics, they feel very personal and deep.

Favorite lyric: “And sometimes I feel like an inland ocean – too big to be a lake, too small to be an attraction.”


What’s your favorite song off of MASSEDUCTION? Let me know in the comments below or over on Twitter!

Music Jam Monday: Intertwined

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Hello, and welcome to a new Music Jam Monday. Today I want to talk about Dodie’s EP Intertwined. For some reason I have recently fallen head-over-heels for it (or you could say I’m absolutely smitten). Here are some thoughts that I have on all the songs. Enjoy!


“Intertwined”

I adore this song, especially because of the music video. The song is very lovely, but the weird, wackiness of the video elevates it to the next level. It’s a great song. (Sidenote: the video also inspired the visuals for the visual poem I helped create “Battlegrounds.”)

Favorite lyric: “But we can stay here, and laugh away the fear.” (I need some help because I definitely thought she was saying love away the fear, but it might just be her accent? So I think it’s actually laugh? But I don’t know?)

“I Have A Hole In My Tooth (And My Dentist Is Shut)”

This is the weirdest, cutest song ever. I adore the quirkiness of it, and the oddity of the lyrics.

Favorite lyric: “Maybe this is a sign that I’m all out of luck, not that I had much of that in my life before.”

“Absolutely Smitten”

I am absolutely smitten with this song. It might be the cutest gosh darn thing I’ve ever listened to. I love this song. That’s it. I love it. It makes my heart feel so happy.

Favorite lyric: “With cupid’s arrow in her bum.”

“Life Lesson”

This might very well be the best 22 seconds I’ve ever listened to. It is absolutely beautiful and inspiring and incredible.

Favorite lyric: “Fuck it, hurt whilst you can.”

“Sick of Losing Soulmates”

I have re-fallen in love with this song. It is so profound and hauntingly beautiful. It’s just incredible.

Favorite lyric: “A dumb screenshot of youth.”

“When”

This is such a lovely song. I’m continually impressed at the depth of Dodie’s lyrics. This sounds like something out of a Disney princess movie (in a good way). I sound like a broken record, but it’s incredible.

Favorite lyric: “I’m waiting to live, and waiting to love. Oh it’ll be over, and I’ll still be asking when.”


What is your favorite song off Intertwined? Let me know down in the comments or over on Twitter!

Music Jam Monday: Dua Lipa

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Happy Monday! Today I want to talk about my five favorite songs off of Dua Lipa’s self-titled album. I think I mentioned last week how I’ve been sleeping on her a lot, and I’m finally aboard her awesome musical train. Here we go!


“IDGAF”

As I mentioned last week, I love this song. It’s so sassy and catchy, and super duper relatable.

Best lyric: “‘Cause if you think I care about you now. Well, boy, I don’t give a fuck.”

“Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”

This is the girl squad of my dreams. This is another super sassy super awesome song. I adore Dua Lipa’s voice so much, and this song really showcases it.

Best lyric: “If you don’t like the way I talk, then why am I on your mind? If you don’t like the way I rock, then finish your glass of wine.”

“New Rules”

And here we have my dream girl squad, part 2. Seriously, this video and song are so iconic. I love the rules, you should respect the rules (seriously).

Best lyric: “One: Don’t pick up the phone. You know he’s only callin’ ’cause he’s drunk and alone. Two: Don’t let him in. You’ll have to kick him out again. Three: Don’t be his friend. You know you’re gonna wake up in his bed in the morning. And if you’re under him, you ain’t gettin’ over him.”

“Room for 2”

This is such a different song from Dua Lipa. I love the more chill vibe that’s a bit more monotone that her other songs. This is my favorite song off the album!

Best lyric: “Karma’s got a kiss for you.”

“Dreams”

This isn’t the most lyrically complex song, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s a great song to dance around to.

Best lyric: “You love me right in my dreams.”


What are your favorite songs from Dua Lipa’s album? Let me know down in the comments or over on Twitter!

Music Jam Monday: January Favorites

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Happy Monday! Today I’m going to talk about my January favorites. However, since school is being bad, this list is going to be pretty short because I’m already overwhelmed with work in the second week. Yay!


“Finesse” [Remix] by Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B

I love this song purely because of the video. It is such pure 90s content and continually brings me joy. I’d like to see more Bruno/Cardi collabs in the future.

Best lyric: “We out here dripping in finesse.”

“IDGAF” by Dua Lipa

This is the official Tide Pods music video. But seriously, I’ve been sleeping on Dua Lipa HARD. All of her songs are bops, including this one. And the video is fantastic (much better than eating detergent, anyway).

Best lyric: “‘Cause if you think I care about you now. Well, boy, I don’t give a fuck.”

“Forever” by Matt and Kim

I am so so so happy that Matt and Kim are making music again. This song is so cathartic and fun. You can really tell that they poured their hearts into it, and it is absolutely wonderful.

Best lyric: “If life is fair then you’re my cheat sheet.”

“The Good Side” by Troye Sivan

I cry a river every time I listen to this song. His performance on SNL was so moving and absolutely wonderful. You can tell how much this song means to him. I love it.

Best lyric: I’m sure we’ll meet in the spring and catch up on everything. I’ll say I’m proud of all that you’ve done.”

“Brooklyn Baby” by Lana Del Rey

I’ve been on a bit of a Lana kick recently, and I’ve been loving this song. The lyrics are great (I get down to beat poetry, anyone?), and I love the sultry mood.

Best lyric: “Yeah my boyfriend’s pretty cool, but he’s not as cool as me.”


What songs have you been listening to this January? Let me know down in the comments or over on Twitter!

Music Jam Monday: Rey and Kylo Ren

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Happy Monday! I’m officially back in school, which is terrifying considering I’m graduating and need to figure my life out. So, I’ve been a little busy, hence why there is still no Reylo post about The Last Jedi (TLJ). Sigh. BUT! I have assembled the perfect playlist for Rey and Kylo, ready for you to listen and love. I promise I’ll be off my TLJ kick soon, but for now, enjoy!


“WILD” by Troye Sivan feat. Alessia Cara

Let’s take a minute and appreciate Troye for the incredible musical artist that he is.

Okay, now let’s appreciate how perfect this song is for the beginning of TLJ. Both Rey and Kylo are driving each other wild. Their hearts are doing weird things, but they can’t turn away. Also the “I’ve never wanted to be so bad” line? That’s Rey every time she thinks about Kylo.

Most Reylo lyric: “Can you make me leave my demons & my broken pieces behind?”

“The Cure” by Lady Gaga

While I’m a firm believer that Kylo needs to save himself in episode 9, you have to admit that Rey kinda wants to fix Kylo with her love, even though she knows he has to do it himself. This song also makes me think of the whole “you’re not alone” “neither are you” ForceTime.

Most Reylo lyric: “So baby tell me yes and I will give you everything. I will be right by your side.” (this is more reminiscent of Kylo’s proposal in the throne room)

“Alone” by Halsey

I feel like the chorus and the bridge are super relevant to Rey and Kylo. The chorus is Kylo telling Rey that he’s not really a good person (“you’re a monster” “so are you” connection), and once she ships herself off to him she’s going to wish she hadn’t. And the bridge of the song? We all know that they want to slip under each other’s armor.

Most Reylo lyric: “I know you’re dying to meet me but I can just tell you this. Baby, as soon as you meet me, you’ll wish that you never did.”

“Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys

And here we have some footage of what went through Kylo’s mind before low-key proposing to Rey. I feel like every lyric can easily be applied to Rey and Kylo’s relationship. Kylo wanted to know if Rey felt the same way as him and would stay, he’s (very) sad that she isn’t staying, and I have a feeling Kylo is going to be crawling back to Rey in episode 9.

Most Reylo lyric: “I’m sorry to interrupt, it’s just I’m constantly on the cusp of trying to kiss you. I don’t know if you feel the same as I do. We could be together if you wanted to.” (They were totally looking at each other’s lips and wanting to kiss in the elevator. Just saying.)

“Lonely With You” by No Frills Twins

The whole plot of Rey and Kylo is that they’re both lonely and alone, and they can find companionship with each other, which is this entire song. They both want to be lonely with each other!

Most Reylo lyric: “I know you’re lonely. Come over, let me see. You’re not the only one suffering silently. If you’re lonely come and hold me I wanna be lonely with you.”

“Gotta Go My Own Way” by Troy and Gabriella from High School Musical

Is this a duet between Troy and Gabriella or Kylo and Rey? Please just watch this (the song starts at 2:47) and listen to the lyrics. It’s what happened in the throne room, word for word.

Most Reylo lyric: “We might find our place in this world someday. But at least for now I gotta go my own way.”

“LOST BOY” by Troye Sivan

For the finale, we’ve got more Troye Sivan (because you can’t go wrong with Troye). Who’s the lost boy? Kylo, of course! This is a pretty emo song, and Kylo is the king of emo. It just makes sense.

Most Reylo lyric: “So what are you waiting for? Cause someone could love you more. I’m just a lost boy, lost boy.”


That is all for now! Be sure to read my original The Last Jedi Music Jam Monday, and let me know what songs make you think of Rey and/or Kylo down in the comments or over on Twitter!