Blog Playlists

On Melancholia

Melancholic music knows no genre bounds but rather manifests in the minds of people with similar thoughts and feelings. I’ve put together a playlist that includes some of my favorite “sad” music that makes use of insightful, personal, or simply raw lyricism. There’s quite a bit of genre mixing as the first line of this post implies, so I hope there’s a track or two (or fifteen) for everyone. 

  1. “Drive All Over Town” by Elliott Smith
  2. “Giving Up” by Corbin
  3. “And I Love Her” by Kurt Cobain
  4. “Milk and Honey – 2001 Remaster” by Jackson C. Frank
  5. “Mis” by Alex G
  6. “Agony” by Yung Lean
  7. “Novocaine” by Fog Lake
  8. “Half Right” by Heatmiser
  9. “I Love How You Love Me – Live” by Jeff Mangum
  10. “Some Things Last A Long Time” by Daniel Johnston
  11. “The Moon (Acoustic)” by The Microphones
  12. “Hands” by Joy Again
  13. “Notches” by Crywank
  14. “In Love” by Alex G
  15. “I’ve Seen It” by ARTHUR

Click here to listen on Spotify.

I hope you all aren’t feeling melancholic, but as winter approaches rapidly and with a cold bite, maybe this playlist will keep you warm when you’re not feeling so right.

Here’s to plugging Elliott Smith into WKNC content as often as possible,

Silya Bennai

Blog Miscellaneous Playlists

Song Recommendation Guide: Coffee Edition

Howdy y’all! In my semester off during my freshman year, I spent my time working as a barista at a small stand-alone coffee shop. I had total control of the music at 6:30 a.m. in the morning – a total dream! Using my knowledge of coffee and music, I bring you the recommendation guide to translate your favorite drink into a new song to listen to.

Espresso Drink Song Recommendations

If you order an americano (shots of espresso + hot water), listen to Wet Dream by Wet Leg. Anybody who orders an americano is ready to start their day, and this upbeat song feels like a bright morning brisk walk around the neighborhood. 

If you order a latte (shots of espresso + milk + optional flavor), listen to New Song by Maggie Rogers and Del Water Gap. Like a latte, this song is dependable and consistent for relaxing after those long days. 

If you order a lavender honey latte (shots of espresso + milk + honey + lavender syrup), listen to Fall in Love with You. by Montell Fish. This song is warm, dreamy, and ultra-comforting, similar to this drink. 

If you order a seasonal drink (pumpkin spice latte, peppermint mocha, etc.), listen to White WInter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. Chances are you start decorating for Christmas the day after Halloween, and nothing pairs better with a peppermint mocha than this buttery smooth Christmas-lite song.

If you order a cappuccino (espresso shots + splash of milk + foam), listen to Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens. Cappuccinos originated in Austria and were further developed in Italy. Mystery of Love was used in a movie that took place in Italy. Romanticize your cappuccino. 

If you order a red eye (shots of espresso + brewed coffee), listen to As the World Caves In by Matt Maltese. This song is dramatic, emotional, and sultry. Also, are you doing okay?

If you order a dirty chai (shots of espresso + chai), listen to Coming Back by James Blake featuring SZA. Coming Back, which samples Lake Shore Drive by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, is easy and mellow. SZA’s feature adds something equivalent to shots of espresso in a regular spiced chai. 

Non-Espresso Drink Song Recommendations

If you order matcha in any capacity, listen to Je te laisserai des mots by Patrick Watson. Romanticize your walk to class, matcha in hand, with this beautiful French song. I highly advise reading what the lyrics mean if you don’t understand French (like me). So lovely. 

If you order a frappuccino (blended beverage – Starbucks coined this term), listen to I Know A Place by MUNA. Frappuccinos are a staple in the Starbucks menu, and I Know A Place should be a staple in your current playlist if this is your drink. 

If you order a brewed coffee, listen to You Needed Love, I Needed You by Angelo De Augustine.  This song is melancholy, similar to sitting at your window on a rainy morning with a good old cup of joe. 

If you order a London Fog (earl grey tea, water, vanilla syrup, steamed milk), listen to Love in the Time of Socialism by Yellow House. Sweet and comforting are just two similarities between a London Fog and Love in the Time of Socialism. 

If you order a chai, listen to Clay Pigeons by Michael Cera. Michael Cera’s cover of Blaze Foley’s Clay Pigeons sounds like it should be smack dab in the middle of a coming of age movie. Enjoy your warm chai with this homely cover. 

I hope you enjoy this song recommendation guide and feel inspired to try a new drink! Linked here is a Spotify playlist with all of these songs.

<3 dj mozzie


bone chill: A Playlist

It’s getting cold outside. Not freezing cold, but enough to wear a couple pairs of socks and layer up on shirts. Thus, out with fall music and in with winter (even though it’s not technically winter for over a month). These fifteen songs are ones that just feel chilly without the need for an abundance of acoustic guitar. They’re the ones that make you feel colder just by listening to them. A perfect mix of shoe-gaze and regular old indie-rock to float you through these months.

  • “Subterranean Homesick Alien” — Radiohead
  • “November” — Azure Ray
  • “I Couldn’t Love You” — Cursive
  • “O Contest Winner” — Frankie Cosmos
  • “gray light” — Soccer Mommy
  • “Mary Of Silence” — Mazzy Star
  • “Need 2” — Pinegrove
  • “Under Wraps” — Her’s
  • “Potions” — Day Wave
  • “Medicine” — Gus Dapperton
  • “Bad Role Models, Old Idols Exhumed (psst, teenagers, put your clothes back o)” — Car Seat Headrest
  • “Wasted On The Senate Floor” — Emperor X
  • “Falling in Loves too Mean” — Hether
  • “Blown a Wish” — my bloody valentine
  • “Bleachers” — Emily Yacina

As usual, I’ve put these fifteen tracks on a Spotify playlist for convenient streaming.

Happy listening,



It’s Fall, Y’all (November)

Now that it’s November, it’s time for me to give you the third and final installment of the “it’s fall, y’all” playlist. September’s theme was folk and acoustic sounds, October’s was haunted and synth-y for Halloween, and I’m happy to finally share with you what November’s theme is. 

These fifteen songs are jazz and blues themed. Although somewhat different genres, I decided to make the first bit of the playlist jazzy and the last couple of songs blues in order to tie it back to the folkiness of September’s theme. I hope these songs remind you of cold rainy days, warm fuzzy socks and twinkling street lights.

Without further ado, here are the final fifteen songs of “it’s fall, y’all.”

  • “I Fall In Love Too Easily” — Chet Baker
  • “The Starlit Hour” — Ella Fitzgerald and Her Famous Orchestra
  • “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” — Vince Guaraldi
  • “Some Enchanted Evening” — Etta Jones
  • “You Are Special” — Johnny Costa
  • “Nostalgia in Times Square” — Mingus Big Band
  • “Sleepin’ Bee” — Tommy Flanagan
  • “Don’t Smoke In Bed” — Nina Simone
  • “Lilac Wine” — Eartha Kitt
  • “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home – Live at Newport Jazz Festival 1958” — Louis Armstrong
  • “Happy Ending” — Sammy Davis Jr.
  • “Let It Be” — Bill Withers
  • “A Sunday Kind Of Love” — Etta James
  • “Mary Had A Little Lamb” — Buddy Guy
  • “Little Red Rooster” — Willie Dixon

I hope this playlist carries you through the rest of this Autumn and for all of the future ones to come. As always, I’ve made it into a Spotify playlist for your enjoyment.

Happy Listening,


Blog Playlists

Fear Bathroom

My roommate and I (and our third friend who doesn’t technically live here but has a key and essentially could) are throwing a Halloween party at our apartment. We made an extremely long and dance-inclined playlist for the main area (Check out my last party playlist post for some ideas: “Oh, To Be At A Party” ), but we also created the Fear Bathroom. We will be playing a separate playlist full of creepy music in the bathroom during the party. Check out a shorter version below:

  1. “Cow Song” by Meredith Monk, Collin Walcott
  2. “Janitor Of Lunacy” by Nico
  3. “#11” by Aphex Twin
  4. “Dreams Made Flesh (Remastered)” by This Mortal Coil
  5. “Xen” by Arca
  6. “Memory Gongs” by Cocteau Twins, Harold Budd
  7. “Beachy Head – Remastered” by Throbbing Gristle
  8. “Chimeras” by Tim Hecker
  9. “Mantra 1” by Popol Vuh
  10. “Black Light” by BJ Nilsen
  12. “Sycamore Trees” by Jimmy Scott
  13. “Kurt Ambiance” by Kurt Cobain

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify. Have a safe and fun Halloweekend and beware of the bathroom.

Here’s to the singular red bulb that will shed light only from behind the shower glass,

Silya Bennai


Old, New, Borrowed, Blue: A Wedding Playlist

Recently, a few couples I follow on TikTok have gotten married and I feel like everywhere I look there’s a wedding. I love romance and I have an insatiable desire to go to a wedding after not going to many large events over the past few years. So, the following twenty songs are songs that I think are beautifully romantic and great for a wedding (although, perhaps they’re not the most danceable). 

Of course, I had to start with “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole and punctuate the playlist with “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole as an homage to my favorite movie “The Parent Trap” (who’s soundtrack I have written about here on the blog). As always, you can stream this playlist on Spotify.

  • “L-O-V-E” — Nat King Cole
  • “I Feel the Earth Move” — Carole King
  • “First Day Of My Life” — Bright Eyes
  • “Beyond” — Leon Bridges
  • “Apple Cider” — beabadoobee
  • “anything” — Adrianne Lenker
  • “Old College Try” — The Mountain Goats
  • “We Belong Together” — Vampire Weekend, Danielle Haim
  • “Mushaboom” — Feist
  • “Kiss Her You Fool” — Kids That Fly
  • “I Will” — The Beatles
  • “invisible string” — Taylor Swift
  • “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love” — Barry White
  • “Lovesong” — The Cure
  • “Impregnable Question” — Dirty Projectors
  • “Friday I’m In Love” — Yo La Tengo
  • “Anything We Want” — Fiona Apple
  • “Wedding Song – Acoustic” — Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • “Let’s Get Married” — Bleachers
  • “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love”) — Natalie Cole

Here’s to hoping I can go to a wedding ASAP.



If You Like Rilo Kiley, Then Listen To…

As I’ve made very clear here on the WKNC blog (and many other places), Rilo Kiley takes the cake for my favorite band of all time. Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett struck gold when they wrote together. So, I figured they would make a great installment of my “if you like… then listen to…” series that I’ve been doing here on the blogosphere.

If you’re not familiar with this series, I make a playlist of songs and artists that I think someone would enjoy if they like a certain artist/album. I’ve done it with Fiona Apple, “folklore” by Taylor Swift and “Punisher” by Phoebe Bridgers thus far.

Without further ado, here are fifteen songs you should check out if you’re a fan of Rilo Kiley.

  • “Plea F
  • “Plea From a Cat Named Virtute” — The Weakerthans
  • “Kokomo, IN” — Japanese Breakfast
  • “Wrapped Up In Books” — Belle & Sebastian
  • “Cracked LCD – Live in Sofia” — Ladytron
  • “Why Can’t I?” — Liz Phair
  • “Madonna” — Snail Mail
  • “The Things We Did and Didn’t Do” — The Magnetic Fields
  • “Elevator Love Letter” — Stars
  • “Temporarily Blind” — Built To Spill
  • “Heavy” — Tegan and Sara
  • “Another Travelin’ Song” — Bright Eyes
  • “Summersong” — The Decemberists
  • “Basement Apt.” — Sarah Harmer
  • “Like U Crazy” — Mates of State
  • “Come Back Margaret” — Camera Obscura

As always, you can stream this playlist on Spotify.

Happy Listening,



A Playlist For The End of The Day

At the end of some days, all I want to do is invite my friend Josh over to talk and hang out while we listen to music. These evenings are some of my favorites: relaxing, pure, and full of laughter. The two of us made a very long playlist for these sort of get togethers, so I’ve decided to make a shorter version to share with you all. What’s better than decompressing musically with one of your best friends? Nothing. Check it out below:

  1. “Ur2yung” by Machinedrum
  2. “Spookie Coochie” by DOECHII
  3. “It’s Possible” by Piero Piccioni, Catherine Howe
  4. “Clementine” by Elliott Smith
  5. “Friday (Strip Club)” by SpaceGhostPurrp
  6. “Bobby James” by N.E.R.D
  7. “Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, Uncle Charlie Wilson
  8. “Go2DaMoon” by Playboi Carti, Kanye West
  9. “Sour Times” by Portishead
  10. “Short Circuit” by Daft Punk
  11. “What More Can I Say” by The Notations
  12. “LA” by Boy Harsher

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.

It’s an eclectic playlist to say the least, but that means there may be something for everyone. I hope you find what you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Here’s to good music and good friends,

Silya Bennai

Blog Miscellaneous Playlists

dj mozzie’s itchiest picks #1

Howdy y’all! Formerly known as museum maddie on the exhibition, I’ve done some rebranding after some soul searching and now bring to you dj mozzie and my itchiest picks! I’m not currently doing a set this semester but still wanted to share the music I love and hope you’ll love too. I’ve been trying to discover music that sits with me for a while, and I’ve put together the 12 songs that have made me feel warm and fuzzy as of late. I’ve been in sort of a transition period with my taste in music. During the exhibition, I was into more bedroom pop and indie rock. Fall usually reminds me of the stomp-and-holler-Mumford-and-Sons-or-The-Lumineers-type-music, but it feels a bit tired out for me.

I’ve put together a little fall playlist meant to be listened to during this time of transition, change, and (most importantly) Halloween. These songs are homely and buttery, perfect for the colder temperatures. Playlist #1 of many. Nothing says fall to me like classic rock. I started this playlist off with Season of the Witch by Donovan, which I played for a Halloween set when I was doing the exhibition. This song reminds me of warm apple cider and spices. I snuck in So Far Away by Carole King, which is definitely a personal favorite of mine. Carole’s voice is so unique, and this song matches the changing colors of the leaves. I leave you with dj mozzie’s itching picks!

  1. Season of the Witch by Donovan
  2. Flower Power by Greta Van Fleet
  3. Wish I Knew You by The Revivalists
  4. Elenore by The Turtles
  5. Witchy Woman by Eagles
  6. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  7. Spooky by Classics IV
  8. Love Potion No.9 by The Searchers
  9. Top Of The World by The Carpenters
  10. So Far Away by Carole King
  11. Who’ll Stop The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  12. Tangerine by Led Zeppelin

<3 mozzie


Albums On Repeat This Fall

Autumn is in full swing (although, I wish it were at least 15 degrees cooler outside), which means my rotation of albums to circle through is autumn to its core. So, let’s get straight into it and look at the albums I frequent during the fall time. Hopefully this list can give you some inspiration or remind you of an album you haven’t heard in a while.

  • “Tapestry” — Carole King (1971)
  • “Tender Buttons” — Broadcast (2005)
  • “Any Other City” — Life Without Buildings (2001)
  • “Figure 8” — Elliott Smith (2000)
  • “Lesser Matters” — The Radio Dept. (2003)
  • “The New Abnormal” — The Strokes (2020)
  • “Just As I Am”— Bill Withers (1971)
  • “Hypnic Jerks” — SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (2018)
  • “Emmerdale” — The Cardigans (1994)
  • “Painted Shut” — Hop Along (2015)
  • “songs” — Adrianne Lenker (2020)
  • “Dark In Here” — The Mountain Goats (2021)


  • “Our Extended Play” — beabadoobee (2021)
    • Unfortunately only four songs, so it’s not an album, but it’s so, so good.
  • “Speak Now” — Taylor Swift (2010)
    • Controversial to not list “Red,” but “Speak Now” (despite having a song called “Back To December” on it) is much more fall to me. An honorable mention because this probably isn’t up the alley of most WKNC listeners, but hey, you never know.

Happy listening,