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My Year Writing for WKNC

Although my first blog “Best of Phoebe Bridgers” wasn’t published until the end of November, I first expressed interest in being a contributor to WKNC’s blog around a year ago now. I have come a long way since that first blog, and want to reflect on my year writing for the best college radio station in the world (or, at the very least, in my world). 

Firstly, what started as a hobby, has resulted in a complete change in my life. If I never began writing for WKNC, I most likely would have never become a DJ, never been hired as a content creator, or changed my concentration (previously interpersonal communication, now communication media). I’ve slowly but surely dipped my toe into the wonderful world of radio, meeting wonderful people along the way. I’ve gained friends, experiences I’ve only dreamed of, and have fulfilled my dream of writing about music. To think I was just bored at home for the semester, looking for a way to pass the time, and walked unknowingly into this world feels nothing short of a miracle.

I figured I’d pull back the curtain just a bit and let you know what are my favorite blogs I’ve ever written, in case you missed them and are looking for a good read (or 5).

  • Struggle Making Playlists? Have Some Playlist Prompts: This is a semi-recent addition to the blog but a favorite nonetheless. If you struggle organizing your music, I recommend following some of the tips outlined in this blog. Who knows? It just might help you.
  • “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night” New Album Review: I, despite being a longtime Bleachers fan, was disappointed in their recent release.  I was very proud of myself for being able to convey that through my writing without being too scathing. Hooray for constructive criticism.
  • The “Rosyln” Mystery: This mystery still bugs me even though I seem to have gotten to the bottom of it. If anyone has any information as to why the name of “Rosyln” by Bon Iver and St. Vincent on the “Twilight: New Moon” soundtrack is a typo, please let me know.
  • How to Find New Music: I know far too many people that say they struggle with this. Finding new music is a delight, so why not find a way to do it that suits your fancy?
  • The Timeless Magic of “The Parent Trap” (1998) Soundtrack: My favorite movie of all time, and a concept I’ve been discussing for years, all wrapped up into one blog. I’m no movie buff, so it’s likely that this may be the last time you see me writing about a movie’s soundtrack.

Thank you WKNC, I’ll write for you as long as you let me,

Caitlin

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Miscellaneous

WKNC’s 24 Hour WCRD Set: Schedule

World College Radio Day is this Friday, Oct. 1.

In honor of the event, WKNC will be hosting 24 straight hours of DJ sets on our HD-1 channel, as well as select sets on HD-2 and a YouTube live stream featuring various activities for the entire event. The 24 hours start at 12 a.m. on Friday and will go until 11:59 that night.

The HD-1 DJs will follow our (modified) traditional schedule of Afterhours/Underground from 12-7 a.m., then Daytime from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (with Local Lunch still occurring at noon), and Chainsaw will go from 7-11:59 p.m. You can check the full HD-1 lineup schedule below.

For the day’s activities HD-2 DJs have full reign to play whatever style they want, so, again, read below to see the full schedule.

The live stream will be hosted on our YouTube channel and will show our HD-1 studio, so you can watch all your favorite DJs play live, as well as our Production Room/HD-2, which will be hosting various activities throughout the night – which, if you guessed it, can also be found on our schedule below.

The live stream of the HD-1 Studio will have to be muted, as copyrighted music is not allowed on YouTube. However, you can listen to everything the DJs are playing in HD-1 by tuning into our webstream. Keep an eye on our Spinitron page as well, to catch all the songs the DJs are playing.

The full schedule of activities is below. Please keep in mind that this schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the DJs, and the best way to stay updated with the schedule is to check this blog post.

HD-1 Schedule

TIMEDJTHEME
12-1 a.m.johnny ghostHD2 Night Rock DJ johnny ghost revives his high school electro-swing obsession for his debut on HD1 with his first (and last?) Afterhours set.
1-2 a.m.dj calciferlogon from 1-2 a.m. to hear dj calcifer’s electronic set “for the girls.” WARNING! dance-inducing.
2-3 a.m.cow ballThe General Manager at WKNC, previously known for her Radio Fuzz sets that would deep dive into various niche alternative rock genres, brings a one-hour set of hard, experimental Afterhours and Underground music.
3-4 a.m. dj mothballtune into dj mothball’s “wormwood star”, the heaviest, elemental electronic tracks to fill your 3 to 4 a.m. hour~~~
4-5 a.m. SnapdragonThe best looking DJ at KNC provides you with some of the finest alt R&B.
5-6 a.m. hermajestyPart nu disco, part techno, part electronic sea shanty remixes, All Nautical Nonsense.
6-7 a.m. WhippopatomusThe hippest spooky set to set off the spooky season.
7-8 a.m. Rainbow RiotPlaying you the very best in music from all decades, including all the hits, back-catalog tracks, and forgotten tunes your speakers can handle.
8-9 a.m. BansheeMusic to listen to in the car wash (but only if you have a flexible antenna).
9-10 a.m. DJ Lazuli x DJ SHEETZDJ Lazuli and DJ Sheetz take on the spirit of fall and play some of their favorite indie rock tunes that make them want to drink a pumpkin spice latte.
10-11 a.m. dj [redacted]Bringing you a fun variety of indie music from across the galaxy.
11 a.m.-12 p.m. MonaveeYou’ve found the spot for tunes that lie between the bounds of alternative R&B and soul, deep house and experimental electronic music.
12-1 p.m.DJ PON-3WKNC’s station adviser takes a trip down memory lane with some of her favorite music made in North Carolina.
1-2 p.m. toad maidenThe mellowest, funkiest, grooviest rarities and gems from the ’60s-’70s. Tune in for classic rock, psychedelia, funk, proto-metal, and everything in between.
2-3 p.m. The Dizzy MelonFly overseas with your pilot, The Dizzy Melon, and experience the funky music of Japan!!
3-4 p.m. Chancellor Randy Woodson w/ 3 Bears in a Coat NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson comes on to do a set in celebration of College Radio Day, joined by 3 Bears in a Coat for a Ride Along with the Chancellor.
4-5 p.m. big hoss & DJ Lizzo x Big SamGirls Guide to the Outlaw Spirit join Big Sam of Both Kinds Radio for a split set.
5-6 p.m. DJ Skunk ApePlaying the latest and greatest in grimy, gritty garage, punk rock and metal.
6-7 p.m. DJ SHEETZ x DJ MangoDJ SHEETZ and DJ Mango play music that makes you feel like a teenager in a coming of age film. You are the main character, and this is your soundtrack.
7-8 p.m. T-TimeAn hour of skramz, get over it.
8-9 p.m. Uncle PaulUncle Paul’s classic Friday night set, but only an hour long.
9-10 p.m. EubanksAbsolute tomfoolery and havoc. Nobody is ready.
10-11 p.m. dj gibogib (Chainsaw Music Director)Some classic metal, some slow, some fast, all of it loud.
11 p.m.-12 a.m.young iowaAn eclectic mix of metal and hardcore to finish off the bestest day in college radio.

HD-2 Schedule

Blank slots do not have anything scheduled during that time period.

TIMEDJ(s)Theme
12-1 a.m.
1-2 a.m.ZenSmooth jazz for the night listeners.
2-3 a.m.
3-4 a.m.ZenLOUD BIG BAND JAZZ AAAAAAAAAA!
4-5 a.m.
5-6 a.m.
6-7 a.m.
7-8 a.m.Your Friendly Local Bird-Themed NoisemakerDawn Chorus – bird-themed electronic grooves to wake up to.
8-9 a.m.
9-10 a.m.
10-11 a.m.
11 a.m.-12 p.m. DJ LazuliDJ Lazuli books a metal show for the Roadhouse. Giants may appear.
12-1 p.m.
1-2 p.m.DJ LazuliDJ Lazuli decides the synthpop he normally plays isn’t enough and plays a fully electronic show.
2-3 p.m.
3-4 p.m.
4-5 p.m.PloverA slow descent into techno madness
5-6 p.m.PloverA slow descent into techno madness
6-7 p.m.PloverA slow descent into techno madness
7-8 p.m.PloverA slow descent into techno madness
8-9 p.m.PloverYou are no doubt mad by now
9-10 p.m.carbon copyTunes for life’s big and little moments, curated by yours truly.
10-11 p.m.carbon copyAll things indie and/or rock <3
11 p.m.-12 a.m.

Livestream Schedule

Blank slots do not have anything scheduled during that time period.

TIMEHOSTEVENT
12-1 a.m.3 Bears in a CoatWelcome!
1-2 a.m.
2-3 a.m.hermajestyNo Thingz Considered live recording
3-4 a.m.hermajestyNo Thingz Considered live recording/Lalic interview
4-5 a.m.hermajestyLalic interview
5-6 a.m.SilyaLet’s Talk Horror: All about horror movies
6-7 a.m.
7-8 a.m.3 Bears in a CoatTop of Day!
8-9 a.m.
9-10 a.m.
10-11 a.m.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.3 Bears in a CoatThe Worst Game of Telephone
12-1 p.m.
1-2 p.m.dj mothballWKNC Buttonmaking
2-3 p.m.
3-4 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
5-6 p.m.3 Bears in a CoatRapidfire DJ interviews
6-7 p.m.
7-8 p.m.3 Bears in a CoatMafia
8-9 p.m.
9-10 p.m.
10-11 p.m.
11 p.m.-12 a.m.3 Bears in a CoatGoodbye!

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It Feels New To Me: A Playlist

Something feels new. Yes – fall just started, my roommate got a new laptop, and I dyed my hair bluish. I still think it’s something else. There’s something going on that has me thinking things could simply start anew. A new attitude, new approach, new anything. To reflect all this newness, I made a playlist of songs I like that are new to me:

  • “Watch” by Arca, Shygirl
  • “You Go to My Head – Take 1” by Billie Holiday
  • “Asmr” by Only Fire
  • “Bring” by Randomer
  • “No More Shubz” by Klein
  • “HAD TO DID IT ON EM” by Human Part
  • “The Man” by N.E.R.D
  • “Call For Help” by Pearly Drops
  • “Frenchcore Loca – Original Mix” by Randy, Radium
  • “It’s Possible” by Piero Piccioni, Catherine Howe
  • “Kamala” by D.R. Hooker

There’s no true rhyme or reason to this playlist other than that it suits this newness that I know exists but that I cannot explain. I hope this makes sense to someone.

Here’s to feeling new and acting accordingly,

Silya Bennai

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Hopscotch Music Festival 2021 Series: Bag Tour

WIth one day of Hopscotch under my belt, I’m looking forward to the rest. Hippo Campus and Caroline Polachek put on fun shows, and I’m looking forward to Dr. Dog and Animal Collective, among others.  With my photo press pass, I’ve been lucky enough to get close to the stages to shoot different sets. Speaking of cameras, I thought I’d give you all a bag tour of what I take to Hopscotch.

  1. Canon HD Camcorder (with charger): I’m taking shots of the music sets I attend, the crowds, my WKNC coworkers/friends, and the two “venues.”
  1. Nikon Nice Touch Zoom 35mm Point & Shoot Film Camera (with extra film & batteries): For pictures of the acts and my friends.
  1. Wallet: With my ID, vaccine card, and money.
  1. Inhaler: I have asthma.
  1. Sunglasses: To protect my precious eyes.
  1. Face Mask: Obviously. 
  1. Phone: Always on me.
  1. Gum: I’m anti-mask breath.
  1. Photo Pass: For a better chance at better shots. Side note: Being super close to the stage is pretty surreal.

Here’s to the NCSU library for letting me borrow the camcorder,

Silya Bennai

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Blog Miscellaneous Music Education

Some of My Favorite Movie Soundtracks

I love movies. Who doesn’t? That being said, I took it so far that I’m now a film major, and I’m convinced I will make movies for the rest of my life. There’s an unbelievable amount of components and sheer work that go into creating a film, much less a good one, and one of those aspects is the soundtrack. Some films have songs made just for them and some curate from outside sources. Regardless, it’s usually very clear when soundtracks are good. Here are some of my favorites:

Good Will Hunting (1997)

1. “Between the Bars (Orchestral)” by Elliott Smith

2. “As the Rain” by Jeb Loy Nichols

3. “Angeles” by Elliott Smith

4. “No Name #3” by Elliott Smith

5. “Fisherman’s Blues” by The Waterboys

6. “Why Do I Lie?” by Luscious Jackson

7. “Will Hunting” (Main Titles)” by Danny Elfman

8. “Between the Bars” by Elliott Smith

9. “Say Yes” by Elliott Smith

10. “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty

11. “Somebody’s Baby by Andru Donalds

12. “Boys Better” by The Dandy Warhols

13. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by Al Green

14. “Miss Misery” by Elliott Smith

15. “Weepy Donuts” by Danny Elfman

Pride & Prejudice (2005)
***Composed by Dario Marianelli and performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) and the English Chamber Orchestra.***

  1. “Dawn”
  2. “Stars and Butterflies”
  3. “The Living Sculptures of Pemberley”
  4. “Meryton Townhall”
  5. “The Militia Marches In”
  6. “Georgiana”
  7. “Arrival At Netherfield”
  8. “A Postcard to Henry Purcell”
  9. “Liz on Top of the World”
  10. “Leaving Netherfield”
  11. “Another Dance”
  12. “The Secret Life of Daydreams”
  13. “Darcy’s Letter”
  14. “Can’t Slow Down”
  15. “Your Hands Are Cold”
  16. “Mrs. Darcy”
  17. “Credits”

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
***Composed by Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie XL.***

  1. “Survive”
  2. “Escape”
  3. “Immortan’s Citadel”
  4. “Blood Bag”
  5. “Spikey Cars”
  6. “Storm Is Coming”
  7. “We Are Not Things”
  8. “Water”
  9. “The Rig”
  10. “Brothers in Arms”
  11. “The Bog”
  12. “Redemption”
  13. “Many Mothers”
  14. “Claw Trucks”
  15. “Chapter Doof” (Extended Version)
  16. “My Name Is Max” (Extended Version)
  17. “Let Them Up”

Trainspotting (1996)

  1. “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop
  2. “Deep Blue Day” by Brian Eno
  3. “Trainspotting” by Primal Scream
  4. “Atomic” by Sleeper 
  5. “Temptation” by New Order
  6. “Nightclubbing” by Iggy Pop
  7. “Sing” by Blur
  8. “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
  9. “Mile End” by Pulp
  10. “For What You Dream Of” (Full On Renaissance Mix) by Bedrock featuring KYO
  11. “2:1” by Elastica
  12. “A Final Hit” by Leftfield
  13. “Born Slippy .NUXX” by Underworld
  14. “Closet Romantic” by Damon Albarn

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
***All tracks performed by Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.***

  1. “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss
  2. “Spartacus-Main Title” by Alex North
  3. “Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  4. “Women of Ireland” by Traditional
  5. “Sarabande”
  6. “Full Metal Jacket-Themes” by Abigail Mead
  7. “Surfin’ Bird” by Bob Harris (Performance feat. The Trashmen”
  8. “Main Title/The Robbery” by Gerald Fried
  9. “Murder ‘Mongst the Mannikins” by Gerald Fried
  10. “A Meditation on War” by Gerald Fried
  11. “Madness” by Gerald Fried
  12. “The Patrol” by Gerald Fried
  13. “March of the Gloved Gladiators” by Gerald Fried
  14. “The Shinning-Theme” by Wendy Carlos / Rachel Elkind
  15. “Midnight, the Stars and You (The Shining Blue Star)” (Performance feat. Al Bowlly
  16. “Lolita-Love Theme” Bob Harris
  17. “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”
  18. “The Bomb Run” by Laurie Johnson
  19. “We’ll Meet Again” by Hughie Charles / Ross Parker (Performance feat. Vera Lynn)

Here’s to music in movies (just not musicals),

Silya Bennai

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Where The Crawdads Sing Book Review

There’s honestly nothing better than sinking your teeth into a fantastic book over summer break. I picked up “Where the Crawdads Sing” at their airport before a family camping trip on a whim and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Published in 2018 by Delia Owens, the novel, set in the late ’50s and early ’60s, follows the life of a girl named Kya. Left to fend for herself by her family, she lives completely alone in the marsh of North Carolina, surviving off mussels, fishing, and her love of nature. Around Barkley Cove, the small town she lives by, she’s known as the “Marsh Girl,” and is generally shunned by the community. Her isolation continues until her teens and early twenties when two young men stumble upon her shack hidden in the marsh. When one of these men is murdered, Kya is suspected immediately. As quoted by the New York Times Book Review, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is a “murder mystery, coming-of-age narrative, and a celebration of nature” all at once.

Kya is a fascinating character. After being abandoned by her family members one by one, her complete isolation leaves nothing but nature alone to raise her. As a result, she is highly intelligent to the environment surrounding her, despite her inability to read and having never gone to school. But, as all humans do, she craves love, touch and companionship, leading her to enter into two relationships with the boys from the Barkley Cove. She learns trust, heartbreak and love from these encounters, but it is apparent the neglect she faced throughout her life will forever mark her as “different.”

Delia Owens, a wildlife scientist by profession, wrote “Where the Crawdads Sing” as a reflection of her time spent in Africa, where she was completely isolated for months on end while doing research. Though “Where the Crawdads Sing” is neither about Africa or wildlife scientists, Owens wanted to write about what would happen to a woman left utterly alone for nearly her whole life.

The way she crafts the novel is fantastic, jumping back and forth between the murder investigation in 1969 and Kya’s adolescence in the ’50s. It all comes together in a satisfying, heartwrenching and completely unexpected way. I won’t say any more on that, but just know that your pulse will be racing and your jaw will be on the floor.

“Where the Crawdads Sing” is by far the best book I’ve read in a long time. It has a little bit of something for everybody and is beautifully written. If you’re looking for your next summer read before fall officially sets in, look no further.

Happy reading,

toad maiden

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Blog Miscellaneous Music Education Playlists

Oh, To Be At A Party

Parties. There’s nothing else like them. After a long week of classes, work, and stress, dancing and talking without having to put in much effort is a welcomed experience. Beyond the space, people, drinks, and lighting, one of the most important aspects of a party is the music.

I don’t claim to know how to make the perfect party playlist, but I do have a few ideas. First, make it collaborative. When there’s multiple people contributing to the playlist, you’re almost guaranteed that there’s going to be enough variety to satisfy everyone at the party at some point or another. Second, a good mix of electronic, grunge, throwback, and joke songs (that aren’t really joke songs because everyone loves them) makes for a great time. Finally, I’d recommend keeping the music loud enough that you can’t make out anyone’s conversation but your own, but quiet enough that you don’t get a noise complaint.

For some party playlist ideas, check out my playlist below (inspired by a real collaborative party playlist I recently made with some friends):

  1. “Bicep” by TR/ST
  2. “A.M. 180” by Grandaddy
  3. “Opus3” by dapurr, The Hellp
  4. “The Book Lovers” by Broadcast
  5. “Celestica” by Crystal Castles
  6. “Tu Tu Neurotic” by The Hellp
  7. “Rapp Snitch Knishes” by MF DOOM, Mr Fantastik
  8. “PHONKY TOWN” by PlayaPhonk
  9. “Miss Camaraderie” by Azealia Banks
  10. “Motion” by Boy Harsher
  11. “999” by PlayaPhonk
  12. “Go2DaMoon” by Playboi Carti, Kanye West
  13. “Linger” by The Cranberries
  14. “Idioteque” by Radiohead
  15. “What’s Important” by Beat Happening
  16. “Disparate Youth” by Santigold
  17. “Lake of Fire” by Meat Puppets
  18. “Hunker Down” by Corbin
  19. “EAST” by Earl Sweatshirt
  20. “Brick” by Alex G
  21. “Going Deeper” by Tree Threes
  22. “Melaleuca” by Yu Su
  23. “Call For Help” by Pearly Drops
  24. “Can You Feel It” by Mr. Fingers
  25. “vs Reality” by AYA GLOOMY
  26. “DotA” by Basshunter
  27. “Making Up” by Dead Mellotron

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.

Here’s to Emma, Molly, and Gabe for their epic contributions,

Silya Bennai

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Miscellaneous

“Tweet Cute” by Emma Lord: A Book Review

“Tweet Cute” is a charming, captivating, and impressive debut novel by Emma Lord that came out in January of 2020. Lord brings a refreshing and new take to the world of YA romance novels. 

The main characters of this novel are Pepper Evans and Jack Campbell, two high school seniors living in Manhattan, New York. Pepper and Jack’s lives are intertwined in many complicated ways, some of which are unbeknownst to them as the book unfolds. But foremost, Pepper helps run the Twitter account for her family’s big fast-food chain restaurant, Big League Burger; similarly, Jack runs the Twitter for his family’s small business, a grilled cheese restaurant, Girl Cheesing. When Big League Burger launches an item remarkably similar to an item on Girl Cheesing’s menu, a Twitter feud begins, and it quickly becomes larger than life. Between the feud and them being the respective captains of their swim and dive teams, they’re spending more time together than ever before. As time progresses, their feelings toward each other become more complicated and they discover more secrets than they were ever expecting.

To me, what sets this book apart from others in the genre, is that it remains grounded in the fact that the main characters are teenagers. Oftentimes, dramas and romances across mediums will forget how teenagers act, either dramatizing them into caricatures of themselves or treating them like they’re full blown adults. Lord does an amazing job of capturing the awkward and tense essence of adolescence, never once wavering in this ability. Covering topics like family drama, college applications, unrequited crushes, competition between peers, and feelings of inadequacy, “Tweet Cute” fully captures the mindset of a teenager. 

This book is narrated by the both of them, flipping back and forth between their perspectives throughout the novel. Lord does an amazing job of writing both characters’ point-of-view distinctly and develops their individual voices with ease.

This book is just too cute. Granted, I love romance novels, but the plot alongside the romance was just as interesting as the romance. Although not far removed from my adolescence, this book took me back and put me in the mindset of my 17 year old self. 

I rate “Tweet Cute” five stars, I mean, how could I not? I highly recommend this as a fun and fast read. If you haven’t read in a while, this would be a great book to get you back into the swing of things.


Happy reading,
Caitlin

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Miscellaneous

The World of Song Sorting

Around the age of 14, I stumbled across the Tumblr blog jesseepinkman (named after a Breaking Bad character), and on this blog there was an array of something called “song sorters.” The premise of song sorters, essentially, is to find out your personal ranking of tracks on an album or an entire artist’s discography. How? You choose between two songs and tell the sorter which one you like best, and then through a long and extensive process of choosing between many different pairs (for the updated Taylor Swift one, it’s over 800 questions total because of the heftiness of her discography). You can say that you like both songs and thus can’t choose, or that you don’t have an opinion, but that’ll mess with the definitive ranking (some songs may be tied). There’s even a masterlist of topics that have been done before. While jesseepinkman isn’t the only Tumblr page to make these sorters, I would venture out and say their page is the most popular hub for song sorters.

The ranking process is fun and lengthy, as I usually like to listen to both songs back to back before I make a choice; it’s neat to analyze your personal rankings and to be able to share your opinion with friends or other fans of the artist, but in some cases the feedback to rankings can get borderline hostile. In certain social media communities (TikTok and Twitter spring to mind), it’s a popular trend to share your rankings of certain albums or discographies. Some commenters will often make hasty assumptions about a person based on their rankings. A popular presumption goes along the lines of “You don’t like [sad song]? You must not know what it’s like to be sad.” Comments like that are slippery slope arguments, to say the least, and seem counterproductive to what music is all about.

When an album comes out, or you’re examining the whole of an artist’s discography, it’s normal to have favorites and least favorites. Even my favorite bands and artists have worked on projects that I don’t enjoy, and that’s perfectly fine. Your least favorite tracks will be someone else’s favorites, that’s just how the cookie crumbles.

With that being said, it is so much fun to do, and if you’re ever bored and wanting to spice up your normal music listening experience, try a song sorter. Try searching up the name of the album/ band/ artist you’d like to rank, and then “song sorter” on the search engine of your choice to find what you’re looking for. 

Happy sorting,

Caitlin

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Miscellaneous

Ologies with Alie Ward: Podcast Review

Recently I’ve been obsessed with Ologies, a science podcast from Alie Ward. The episodes are hour-long forays into niche topics with incredibly knowledgeable experts. Alie is an amazing host, she asks the questions I am most curious about and also takes time in each episode to have listeners send in their own questions. She is great at getting fascinating stories out of every scientist (ologist) on her show. As someone searching for a career in science, hearing from people in wildly different fields has helped me in narrowing down my interests. Although, every episode is so engrossing that I often think about switching paths completely. Ultimately this is the perfect podcast for long car rides. You will definitely come across at least one new concept that will get you through awkward silences and conversation lulls.  

Episodes to get you started:

Wildlife Ecology (FIELDWORK) with Corina Newsome

Really loved hearing about the good and bad about field work. The bird calls were really interesting and made me want to get into birding. 

Sparklebuttology (FIREFLIES) with Sara Lewis 

So wild that these little bugs use bioluminescence to attract their mates. Basically the wholesome summer nights of catching fireflies are slightly more scandalous now. 

UFOlogy (UNEXPLAINED AERIAL PHENOMENA) with Sarah Scoles and Kate Dorsch

Ok so UFOs are real. Let that sink in. People have been seeing unknown objects in the sky for as long as we can remember. What was most interesting to me in this episode was that what we believe UFOs are changes based on time period and culture.  

You can listen to Ologies HERE on Spotify 

Hope you check it out and find something that excites you.

-DJ lil witch