Where we have the interns blindly comment on 6 songs in a row that come up on BYT office iPod playlist shuffle.
Michael age 22
Ruby age 19
Zeke age 23
Ana age 19
Mykalee age 22
1. “It’s a Fine Day” by Opus III from It’s A Fine Day Single
Michael: The singer’s vocals sound kind of like Dido. The intense, throbbing dance beats stand in pretty heavy contrast to the vocalist’s delicate, echoey sound as she reiterates: “it’s going to be a fine night tonight.”
Ruby: This would be great for Dance Dance Revolution. I’ve probably said that before, but this song has everything great for DDR, and it makes me want to do some wicked step combos. Also, I think it might be giving me a headache.
Zeke: Remembers me of the Underworld song playing during the toilet scene from Trainspotting. That scene is epic.
Ana: Not really the kind of song I could enjoy listening to in and of itself. In fact I’m not sure I’d classify it as a song, just music. Maybe I’d like it better if it was background music somewhere or just a snippet of it played (I mean it was basically the same thirty seconds on loop anyway). Maybe.
Mykalee: It sounds very 90’s discothéque-y.
Michael: This one sounds like it’s from the 60s, but I feel like it could just as easily be from today. I’m into the lo-fi quality of the recording… It has the sound of a demo tape recorded in someone’s living room.
Ruby: I wish my name was Cassidy because the lyrics are very sweet, and it would be way better than hearing strangers sing “Ruby Tuesday” over and over again. Also, my dad was obsessed with Grateful Dead in his youth and followed them on tour in Europe one year, so it’s nostalgic for me. I’m still waiting for him to give me that vintage German poster from their show.
Zeke: Acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies are precious. The Grateful Dead’s “Cassidy” is precious.
Ana: Much more enjoyable than the last one. I mean, at least it’s actually a song. Plus I’m a sucker for country-sounding guitar playing anytime.
Mykalee: I’m really good at containing my laughter in this office. As soon as I heard this song I wanted to crack up.
Michael: Nirvana was my favorite band for a very formative chunk of my life. Listening to Kurt wail “Grandma, take me home” brings me right back to my days as an angsty fifth-grader skateboarding around suburbia.
Ruby: When I was younger I loved rock music, or my definition of rock (I’ve seen Blink-182 in concert three times). But this is lacking a little for me. It’s repetitive and blah. I wouldn’t take you home.
Zeke: When I was in elementary school I was part of a carpool with some neighbor kids. One time this song came on and my buddy’s mom sung the whole thing aloud for us. Kurt Cobain had nothing on her.
Ana: I guess rock will do too. I’m not really in the mood for this, but if I was alone in my apartment on a Friday afternoon, I’d probably be rocking out to this song.
Mykalee: I think I only knew one song played since I’ve been interning here. Trust me, this ain’t it.
4. “Phoenix” by A$AP Rocky from Long. Live. ASAP
Michael: I was pleasantly surprised when A$AP Rocky dropped this album. Overall the album shows growth from his debut album, as he collaborates with some big-name producers and displays a heightened level of maturity in his lyrical content, specifically in this track.
Ruby: I would drive my car while listening to this on a lazy afternoon. It’s very calming, despite the obscenities.
Zeke: Pet peeve: rappers who take themselves too seriously. But at least there’s another Kurt Cobain shout-out. Guess we must miss you, Kurt.
Ana: The only reason I know this song or that it’s by A$AP Rocky (right?) is because I was forced to listen to him during a four hour car ride with one of my best friends who loves him (right?). Emphasis on “forced”.
Mykalee: Wow, a rap song. Too bad, I’m not a big rap fan.
Michael: The dissonance of the piano chords that truncate the monotone vocals in this one captivate me. The minimalism of the instrumentation forces me to pay attention to rests and to dwell on the lyrics.
Ruby: I have to head to class now, but I’m not really into the slamming piano key noises, so I’m okay with missing this one.
Zeke: This is some weird shit. I like it. Ornette Coleman would have dug this joint. Love the mumbled lyrics. Makes me think this song might actually be a poem in disguise.
Ana: This song turned intense really fast, and I’m trying to think of a scenario in my life in which it would apply, but I’m not sure I can. Maybe I’m just not hardcore enough?
Mykalee: No. Just no.
6. “Beyond The Night feat. chanmomo” by akinyan electro from Searchlight
Michael: I’m a huge sucker for this kind of stuff. K-pop and j-pop have such enormous potential for mixing. The uplifting beat and romantic lyrics can offer a moment’s fun relief within even the most abstract and industrial dance set.
Zeke: This song isn’t in English, but that’s probably a good thing. In fact, that might be the best thing going for it. Here I thought sugary Japanese music was strictly the domain of magical girl anime.
Ana: I was really engrossed in working on something else and all of a sudden realized that another song was playing, and I’m not really sure what’s going on. I’m not sure if it’s just my Monday mood, the random genre switches within the last thirty minutes or this song, but I am very confused right now.
Mykalee: This one is ok. I like the beat… Never mind. It’s annoying.