Mixed tapes

We're always in the groove.
We're always in the groove. // Annelisa Leinbach

Do you wish that your life was a musical? Do you develop separation anxiety from your iPhone earbuds during section? WEEKEND has you covered. We developed a collection of playlists meticulously tailored to every aspect of your Yale experience. Now, whether you’re chatting in the dining hall or recovering from Toad’s, be assured that you will never have to live without music.

 

Brunch with TSwift

“Jump Then Fall” by Taylor Swift

“Teardrops On My Guitar” by Taylor Swift

“Better Than Revenge” by Taylor Swift

“22” by Taylor Swift

“Holy Ground” by Taylor Swift

Sunday morning, the weekend is over. You’re sitting at one of the little Davenport date tables by the window with your best friend. You’ve piled pancakes, banana fritters, scrambled eggs, quiche and bacon on your plate. This weekend’s been a roller coaster of emotions. It’s time to feel all the feels and spill all your heart guts. No one will understand you better than sweet, darling Taytay Swift.

Start with “Jump Then Fall,” one of her signature lovey-dovey tunes, as you gush, starry-eyed, about this new crush you met last night: “I realize your laugh is the best sound I. Have. Ever. Heard!” You two should be together, all the signs are pointing to it!

Then, when you find out that he just started dating some other girl, it’s time to cry along to “Teardrops On My Guitar.” He may be taken, but he’s still all you think about at night – the only thing that keeps you wishing on a wishing star.

At this point, your best friend should be trying to pep you up with some angry T-swizzle. “Better Than Revenge” will help you unleash all your pent up sass and rage. The kid who stole your crush had to know the pain was beating on you like a drum! She underestimated just who she was stealing from! You know you’re being unnecessarily mean, but who cares, you’re upset!

Your best friend should now be planning a recovery sleepover party full of dressing up like hipsters and making fun of your exes. Forget about the midterms and the readings and the paper deadlines! You will dance — happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time. (I don’t know need to tell you which song this is, right?)

But you can’t help but reminisce about that imaginary romance with your new crush. “Holy Ground” is the perfect track for those heartstring-twisting, bittersweet feelings of loss and longing. Tonight you’re gonna dance for all that you’ve been through, even if you don’t wanna dance unless you’re dancing with that special someone. You’ll keep dancing anyway, because it’s kind of impossible not to dance to this song.

(Note: Five songs is too short, Claire will be happy to make a Tswift playlist for every kind of feel if anyone requests it.)

 

Will’s Feel Good Time Mix!

“Domino” by Jessie J

“Price Tag (feat. B.o.B)” by Jessie J

“Do It Like a Dude” by Jessie J

“Wild” by Jessie J

“Wild (Remix feat. Big Sean)” by Jessie J

This is an awesome mix of some of my favorite songs, and I hope you like it too! It can be played in many situations, but I think it works best for studying for midterms, working out, walking up Science Hill, walking to Yorkside, running through East Rock, right before falling asleep, brushing your teeth, tanning on Cross Campus, hanging out in the Calhoun buttery (the Trumbull buttery works too), when your society meetings get boring, a cappella concerts, visits to the art gallery, during office hours, during lecture (but only if you’re taking it Credit/D!), practicing cello, auditioning for a play, when you’re in line at Toad’s and eating alone in Commons.

The best part about it is that all of the songs are by Jessie J! She is so great and talented. Also, unlike other pop stars, she’s really nice and caring, and she would never force someone to make a mixtape consisting of only her music and tell people about it and how great her voice is and how she is a force to be reckoned with and just you wait Rihanna you’re gonna lose your throne real quick once her new album drops in the US!

The order of the songs is super important. The mix kicks off with “Domino” because that’s such a fun, upbeat song that is definitely not a Katy Perry rip-off because Jessie J is so much better than her. Then there’s “Price Tag” which is really fun and has a good message (which Lorde is totally copying now!). “Do It Like a Dude” is also a fun song, because it’s gender-subversive and much better than when Beyoncé did that. My favorite part of the mix is the end, because there’s “Wild” and then a remix of “Wild” with Big Sean. It’s great because you get to see the different sides of Jessie J, and it just reminds you that she is the best artist alive right now and no one can tell you otherwise except Jessie J, but she would never do that because she cannot tell a lie. Enjoy the mix!

 

The stumble back from Woads

It’s 12:55 a.m. on a Wednesday night. You’re out with the crew, the team, the posse. “Livin’ on a Prayer” blasts out of the speakers and you scream (not sing) the lyrics at the top of your lungs until the very last note is long over. You are filled with the joie de vivre that only Bon Jovi can provide. It was, you conclude, a good night. Or was it?

As you soul-search on the way back to your empty bed, embrace your status as the stereotypical Woads-goer and groove to these end-of-the-night jams. Stop moping and start embracing those warm Yorkside-induced feelings. Because you know what? It was a great night. #woads4eva

“Whiskey’s Gone” by Zac Brown Band

When you listen to the excellent Zac Brown Band, you realize how gosh darn unacceptable it is for Toad’s to close at 1 a.m., even if it is a weeknight. Unlike ZBB though, you will be leaving or a very large Toad’s bouncer may have to forcibly remove you.

“212 Margarita” by The Hold Steady

You stumble tipsily out the door of Toad’s, slightly tripping over the stairs, ears ringing and heart thumping. Your head begins to fill with questions and regrets. Why does everything here shut so early? Should I have gone home with that freshman? How many penny drinks did I have again? I don’t want to go back to my room. Wait, where do I live?

But as soon as The Hold Steady’s raw guitar chords reach your ears, you know everything feels right, because you, too, are green and misleading. And you’ve definitely had too much tequila.

“Somebody to Love” by Queen

If anyone can find you somebody to love, it probably isn’t Toad’s … But somehow this upbeat song with a vaguely upsetting message makes you feel better about life. That, or the fact that you’re headed for a good ol’ slice of Yorkside pizza.

“Dancing On My Own” by Robyn

So what if you weren’t the guy/girl they were taking home? You can just keep dancing on your own. And you rock at dancing on your own. Even if people are staring at you while you get down Saturday Night Fever-style on York Street.

 

A playlist for your worst moments

Sometimes, you wake up and realize life is a seething pit of agony and that you’re also late to L1 Spanish. Or you’ll ask someone to Screw and they’ll say no. At that exact moment, it will strike you that we are dust specks in a vast, uncaring universe. For those days when KBT Cafe runs out of your favorite sandwich and you feel especially aware of the fact that someday the world will bear no trace of your existence, I present: The Despair Playlist.

“Wake Me Up” by Avicii

First, we’ll need a morning song. Preferably one which includes grinding electronic noise, as a reminder that we’re all slaves to our machines. And we’ll mix in some nonsense lyrics to really drill home the fact that, due to the massive gulf between your innermost feelings and the words you have to describe those feelings, nobody will ever truly understand you.

“Royals” by Lorde

You’ve eaten breakfast and read the paper, and now you burn with hatred for the inequities of our civilization. There are photos of starving children on the front page of a paper that also reports on Apple’s newest money-sucking device. You need a soundtrack for the bloody revolution you wish you had the guts to lead — but no one writes those songs anymore, because what rich person would buy them? Instead, listen to yet another catchy pop song written by someone who claims not to care about wealth, but who will soon be wealthy anyway.

“Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia

You got a B on your DS History paper, and you feel you’ll never escape mediocrity. You shake your five pages to the sky, begging God to explain the meaning of your tortured existence. This song is for those times when your realize that whatever (or whoever) governs the world does so with your downfall in mind. Heaven has a plan for you, and that plan is that you will grow old and die, like everyone else.

“Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne

You see him dancing, and he’s beautiful. You want him more than you’ve ever wanted anything. He doesn’t notice you. Had you met at a dinner party, you’d have charmed him with your abundant wit and marriage would have been in the cards, but this is Toad’s. He lives off-campus, and you will never see him again. For the long walk home, enjoy a multitracked chorus of shrieking harpies and bask in the knowledge that love, as you imagine it, is only a hopeless fantasy. So, whatever.

 

Booktrader blues

So you want to write an English paper. Capital “E” English, that is. But before you are crowned the next David Foster Wallace, you have to write an analysis of “Moby-Dick” and parse the significance of Ishmael and the whale. For this task, furrowed brows and Moleskines notebooks are required. Book Trader vegan scones highly recommended. Begin the descent into midterm paper madness – and as you do, wallow and weep to these musical gems. They’re downright Borgesian.

“Life’s a Beach” by Django Django

Who wouldn’t want to be an English major? Like, you’re touching the human soul. Way better than groping the human heart, am I right? Chill with deep thoughts to the tune of “Life’s a Beach.” Now start thinking about that damn whale.

“Your Fine Petting Duck” by Devendra Banhart

I bet Devendra would have been an English major. With that hair! Hum along and buy your vegan scone. Crack open the Moleskine. When he lapses into German, bask in your musical worldliness. Now commence with the wordiness.

“Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes

So, vegan scones *taste* like vegan scones. And, really, why does everyone have the same Herschel backpack? And … what does the whale mean exactly, did someone mention that in section? Wait, there’s Harold Bloom outside. Reveal midriff, and then chase him to clarify.

“Miss Misery (Early Version)” by Elliott Smith

Turns out it was just an old man with a cane. You ripped your shirt for nothing! Recover and mope to this tune from “Good Will Hunting.” And, who’s kidding, you are definitely Will. Just look at that half-page you’ve just cranked out, there’s definitely some hidden genius in there!  Greenwich might not be South Boston, but … details.

“Asleep” by The Smiths

‘Nuff said. Morrissey 4 Lyfe.

 

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