Winter 2017 Galactic Playlist

It’s officially winter, so you know what time it is! This year’s winter playlist is taking on a galactic theme in honor of the new Star Wars film that was released earlier this month.

This Winter 2017 Galactic Playlist features a few more upbeat tracks than previous winter playlists, with synth beats, electro pop, and more.

So let’s get to it with this 15-track, space-themed winter warm up!

1. Intro, Mood Robot. Let’s get the mood flowing with an intro from Mood Robot.

2. Curious, Ark Patrol ft. Victoria Zaro. I’d be curious about what would happen if I kissed someone in space too, you know, with gravity and all…

3. Flicker, Many Faces. I’d love to see your many faces flicker, too.

4. Back to the Stars, The Landing. For a sexy time in space, let’s go “back to the stars.”

5. 1901, Phoenix. Takin’ it back to the 20th century.

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This Week in Music: Capital Cities’ “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

The Kangaroo Court

The music video for “Kangaroo Court” by Capital Cities was released today!

“Kangaroo Court” is the second single off of the Capital Cities album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery.

If you’ve never heard any of the amazing 80s electro-pop music created by Capital Cities, I recommend you do your ears a favor and check them out.

Although “Kangaroo Court” isn’t my top favorite on the album, it’s definitely a fun song to listen to, with its beautiful trumpet melodies and hard drums.

The video just adds to the fun, danceable qualities of this song!

The plot line for the music video is very interesting, and goes quite well with the lyrics of the song. If I could describe it in one line, it would be, “The story of a zebra who just wanted to have a little fun.”

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And no, this is not a zebra as in wildlife zebras. This is a human zebra, who disguises himself as a mustang to get into a club where zebras are banned.

A club called The Kangaroo Court.

There are ten things I love about this video:

1. Darren Criss. Oh my God. Is he not the hottest dog?!

Darren Criss Kangaroo Court

Darren Criss in “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

2. The synchronization between the drum beats and hand movements (when the zebra knocks on the club door for the second time, and again when Darren Criss bangs his fist on the table at the club).

3. The zebra’s car. He drives a mini cooper. Complete with GPS!

4. The zebra’s fake ID. “Imma Mustang”? Couldn’t have found a better fake name?!

Zebra's Fake ID

Zebra’s Fake ID

5. The trumpet player at the Kangaroo Court. He’s phenomenal.

6. Shannon Woodward. She looks so gorgeous in all of her scenes, and her dance moves are beyond sexy. (Coincidentally, they get sexier right before the bridge when the female voice sings “I can’t do sexy.”)

Shannon Woodley dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

Shannon Woodward dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

7. When the zebra sings in the courtroom,

I commit the crime of wasting time
Always trying to rhyme
Yes, I am guilty
But don’t misunderstand me
I admit defeat, then I move my feet
My history will never be repeated
I won’t ever be repeated.

This is the only time the zebra sings in the video, and its well waited for. Too perfect!

8. The way the the zebra is killed. It was a very artistic move to use red confetti, and it definitely worked. The party vibe of the song continues in that scene even though this part of the video is supposed to be sad.

9. The reference to lions being the “King of the Jungle” during the scene where the zebra is watching a lion prey on a zebra on television and also when the lion is served zebra on a plate.

10. The harp at the end. The beautiful harp melody does not exist in the studio version of this track, but its a nice touch to the end of this video.

Did I mention that all of the characters in this video are human animals?

You’ll have to see it to believe it.

Marina and the Diamonds Lonely Hearts Club Tour NYC

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Last night I went with my best friend to see Marina and the Diamonds’ last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour.

It was fantastic!

The concert was held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, NYC. The doors didn’t open until 6pm, but by 5pm the line had already stretched halfway along 5th Ave.

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Almost every girl I saw had Marina’s signature heart painted on their cheek. I even saw a few guys with it as well!

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At around 7:30pm, Charli XCX opened the show. Charli XCX (born Charlotte Aitchison) is a 20 year old indie electro synth pop artist from Hertfordshire, England. Some of you may recognize her name from the Icona Pop song she’s featured on, “I Love It,” which was the opening theme song for Snookie & JWoww. Her album True Romance was released in April 2013.

 

She sang “I Love It” along with “Stay Away”, “Nuclear Seasons”, and a few others.

I’m not really a fan of Charli XCX, so I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy her performance that much. If you ever decide to go see her in concert, prepare yourself for a lot of hair flipping and hip twirling. That’s pretty much all she’ll do on stage. Her voice didn’t really carry well in the park, so at times it sounded like she was mumbling. I love her British accent though!

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After Charli XCX left the stage, the crew began setting up for Marina. I got really excited when they brought out a male mannequin wearing a light blue suit. I kept telling my friend how anxious I was to find out what Marina was going to do with that mannequin!

Marina came out around 8:30pm, the lights on the stage flashing wildly as the electro pop beat began to pick up. She strolled onto the stage wearing a pink dress and a white wedding veil. In her hand she held a bouquet of flowers.

She grabbed the microphone and began to sing “Homewrecker.”

Quite the entrance I’d say.

I’m assuming the mannequin was her “groom” as she spun him around on stage as she sang.

Marina

I absolutely loved it when she would stop to talk to the audience. After “Homewrecker” she told us about her beauty queen fetish. “Loser that I am,” she said, “I’ve made a sash or two.” She then walks over to the clothing rack on stage and puts on a hot pink sash. “This one says ‘Miss Shellfish Beach’.”

Priceless.

She got really emotional about the fact that the Lonely Hearts Club was coming to an end.

After singing one of my favorites, “Power and Control”, she said, “You know the tour is over because my top is breaking.”

While she went to change, the crowd began shouting “TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF!”

No, guys. This is a PG-13 concert. Not NC-17.

She actually started to cry before sitting down at the piano to sing “Teen Idle.”

She’s really going to miss this tour.

Oddly, as if on cue, as she sang “Feeling super, super, super, suicidal” from “Teen Idle”, the ambulance showed up.

I hope it wasn’t anything serious.

Marina ended the concert with “How to Be a Heartbreaker,” and she brought her mannequin back onto the stage once again, this time in a speedo.

Marina’s opera-like voice came through very well. Coupled with her amazing band, there was never a dull moment with Marina Diamandis.

She also did a great job of owning the personality of Electra Heart, her alter ego.

Since this was the last stop on the Lonely Hearts Club tour, she pretty much gave away all of her stage props, including the bouquet, the veil, and the giant teddy bear.

I’m sure the lucky fan that managed to catch that teddy bear received some dirty looks.

Oh well.

Marina, you Greek-Welsh beauty queen, you can come back to NYC anytime!

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