A Letter to Myself
One out of five ain’t bad. Baseball players fail over seventy percent of the time. A golfer makes only one out of every four shots. Hell, even Smith & Wollensky only select the top 1% of USDA select cuts for their menus. But when it comes down to it, odds don’t mean shit; it either happens or it doesn’t. Every action has two consequences - the one you want and the one...
I met you on the T The red line to Alewife You sat across from me You smelled of summer nights This is the uptown train You got on at Harvard Square You held the hipster drank The Pabst was in the air Subway girl, why you look so fine? With your soft brown curls and those starry eyes Subway girl, I will make you mine You rocked the silver Sperry’s Vintage Wayfarers too You stirred up feelings in...
Music Video: Ke$ha - "C'Mon"
Top 40 darling Ke$ha has released a music video to her upcoming single, “C’Mon.” The video starts with our beloved Ke$ha doing a stellar white-trash-beautiful impression, arriving to work at the aptly-named Awful House restaurant carrying her trademark “DGAF” attitude. The plot is similar to the 2005 film Waiting… starring Ryan Reynolds; Ke$h is an unhappy waitress stuck with disgusting...
New Music: Pusha T ft. Rick Ross - "Millions"
Pusha T’s first release of 2013 is a collaborative effort with the Teflon Don himself. As the title suggests, the track revolves around the rappers’ penchant for practicing a luxurious lifestyle. The refrain is excessively simple, consisting of the lines “Millions in the ceiling / Choppers in the closet” repeated more times than the “I guess Kim let Kanye finish” joke has been posted on...
New Music: Nicki Minaj - "Marilyn Monroe"
In the past couple months, Nicki Minaj has experienced a rare spell of relative obscurity on the Billboard charts; After summer party-anthem “Starships” peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100, only one of Minaj’s last four singles, “Pound The Alarm”, has worked its way into the list’s top 20. Looking to break the trend, Minaj has chosen “Marilyn Monroe” to be her next single. While nothing is official...
Trouble Man: T.I.'s Past Propels Him Into His...
Fame and fortune has a price, and T.I. has paid his dues. For the last half decade, T.I. has experienced as many highs as he has lows. In between Billboard-topping singles “You Know What It Is” and “Whatever You Like”, T.I. served time for weapons possession. A mere six months after being released, déjà vu struck: Clifford Harris Jr. was back in jail on drug charges. It was clear that the...
When I see an old hook-up walk into seasons
Road Trip Album of the Year: Born To Die the...
With a name reminiscent of many an Instagram’d beach pic, Lana Del Rey does her best on Born To Die (Polydor) to sing in a similar fashion. The end product is an excellent debut that evokes feelings of driving a vintage Bel Air along the PCH with the windows down and the Wayfarers on. This is Radiohead-meets-Florence/Machine. This is Mylo Xyolo-era Coldplay with post-rehab Britney. This is Lana...
BAYTL: The Unwanted Lovechild of an...
SF Bay-area spitter V-Nasty (Kreayshawn, White Girl Mob) joins Atlanta’s Gucci Mane for a fascinating yet mediocre effort. At first glance, the collaboration is intriguing: V-Nasty’s cringeworthy delivery and uninsightful vulgarity together with the Ice Cream Man’s crude rhymes and erratic flow has potential to attain cult-classic status. However, the unexpected combination of flavors churns out...
#FreetoTweet submission #2
For me, songwriting is my primary means of expression. Lyric and melody make for a potent combination; music is the medium through which I voice my opinions. I love staying up at night, staring at the starry skies with my moonlit eyes, pen furiously gliding over paper, my mind brimming with inspiration. I revere the folk musicians of the 1960s, whose words of change inspired countless men and...
#FreetoTweet submission #1
It has never been easier to exercise First Amendment rights than today. Our society of the new decade is heavily dependent on the frenzied media. With numerous, easily accessible online outlets for expression, anyone with an opinion can post it for the rest of the world to see, judge, and criticize. Although the ideas that catch our eye are usually radical and extremist, it does good for us to...
The End of WRNX: Reflections on a great radio...
October 29-31: The Storm crippled Western Massachusetts. Because Northampton, where WRNX has its offices, was one of the harder hit regions, I didn’t find it particularly strange that WRNX’s 100.9 FM frequency was streaming country during the week after the storm. I didn’t think much of it, and continued with my duties as a first trimester high school senior. A few days ago,...
Who's World? Cole World Among the Best Hip-Hop...
In a genre where competition is fierce and recognition is everything, J. Cole separates himself from the pack – Cole World: The Sideline Story (Roc Nation) is anything and everything a debut album should be. With its brilliantly-produced instrumental backgrounds and Cole’s gripping lyricism, Cole World is a breath of fresh air, a shining meteor soaring through fields of dull asteroids (see:...
All Filler, No Killer: Future History Better Off...
Jason Derülo, best known for his trio of 2009 chart-toppers “Watcha Say”, “Ridin’ Solo”, and “In My Head”, fails to summon the songwriting magic necessary to make Future History (Beluga Heights/Warner Bros.) an album worth remembering. Strong leading singles “Don’t Wanna Go Home” and “It Girl” tease with promises of sweet surprises, but all that remains with the listener is the...
There I was in my reverie Daydreamin’ again I know that you do so much better than me Oh but it’s nice to pretend
It's alright to let your hair down // Let your...
Wayfarers, blue jeans, silver summer shoes
take me shake me break me
“Annie” written by Mat Kearney. Covered by Sai He.
Something We Asians Got
The eponymous ”Modern Love” Written...
Stare into ethereal depths What a crazy, beautiful mess
Andy You’re a Star Done by me,...
I am the lyricist II
No, no, no no I can’t walk away, my mind’s astray I’m dizzy, I hope that you miss me ‘cause you know that I do The best part of me was the part of you
Lyric for thought
Turn off the phone into your heart Communication is overrated Show me you love me, don’t just say it