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I was going to write today an article entitled “It’s Fall and I just don’t give AF” (here, those of us over 22: this is what AF means)
It was going to talk about how I don’t care that everyone is watching This is Us and Luke Cage is out on Netflix and apparently there’s some new Outlander cast we should be discussing and I haven’t picked up a Boozy book Club book since The Hating Game. I don’t give AF. I’m having a hard time giving AF about much other than the to-do list in front of me, but then I realized I DO give AF about one thing and one thing only right now: Music.
After a far too long dry spell for me, one that hasn’t excited me really since London Grammar came out in 2013, I finally have new music I can’t stop spinning, so let’s fangirl together over some jointly shared tunes we love or educate you on what you should be listening to now:
I’m not sure how else to qualify Banks’ music. She first came on the scene in a big way in 2014 with her awesome album Goddess and just released her sophomore album The Altar on Friday. I haven’t yet connected with it like I did Goddess, but so far so good. Banks is the kind of artist that was totally under the radar and playing small rooms, then she BLEW up and started getting played on that Clear Channel radio station that plays all the 90s throw-backs and really loves Mumford and Sons. You know the one. As a result I’ll probably never see her LIVE again, but I still think she’s incredible.
Highlight: Mind Games
I was eye rolling at the Frank Ocean snap chat filters the night of this album’s release. But mostly that’s because I don’t give AF and am really crabby these days. BUT YOU GUYS: This album is killer. Channel ORANGE, Frank Oceans’s 2012 masterpiece, was going to be hard to beat. He may have done it here.
Who: Frank Ocean (Blonde)
Highlight: Self Control
Who: Chance the Rapper (Coloring Book)
Highlight: EVERYTHING. Juke Jam (featuring The Biebs) and How Great (SING IT LIKE IT’S SUNDAY MORNING)
I don’t know where to start with this album. IT IS INCREDIBLE. It’s like going to church on a Sunday morning mixed with hanging out on the block with your crew on a Friday night (I’m not talking about hanging out at the mini golf and ice cream joint like I did in high school). Then Justin Bieber shows up plus Kanye plus a bunch of guys with “Lil” in their name and it’s just an EXPERIENCE. Put this album on start to finish (but it’s explicit so watch your kid’s ears!) and just listen. Seriously
Who: Ingrid Michaelson (It doesn’t have to make sense)
Highlight: Light me Up, I Remember Her
“What’s this lesbian music we’re listening to?” – friend I had over recently. Okay, I get it. A female singer-songwriter automatically makes you feel like you’re at the Lilith Fair. But Ingrid Michaelson is incredible- a songstress with a gorgeous voice and poetic lyrics, and if you can get over the fact that men like John Mayer can talk about their bacne and still get laid, you can get over your silent judgement of female singer-songwriters and REALLY enjoy this one! TRUST ME
Who: Tame Impala (Currents)
Highlight: Let it Happen
Okay, it’s not new (came out in late 2015), but I STILL haven’t stopped listening to this album and specifically this song. Turn it on now and try to contain yourself during the beats from 3:49 to 5:06. I can’t. Ever.
What: Vice by Miranda Lambert
This is the song you play for your friend who says country music isn’t “legitimate” or “real” anymore and for your friend who HATES country music. Miranda Lambert consistently pushes her sound and style to the next level and ends up with more artistically creative, yet approachable music than anyone else out there!
So apparently I do give AF. Let me know what you think of these songs and what you’re listening to lately!