Valentine’s Day with DJ Mozzie

Howdy y’all! I hope you’ve been doing well. This week, I wanted to put together the ultimate Valentine’s Day playlist for you and yours. I love Valentine’s Day – the pink and red color combination, the fun candy, and getting to express just how much you love the people in your life (although I don’t think you need a holiday to do that). Admittedly, I pulled quite a few of these songs from my Twilight playlist on Spotify, but nonetheless, they make me feel mushy and gushy and grossly in love. Here’s to hoping you get to live out your rom-com dreams this weekend!

Valentine’s Day History

For our history enthusiasts reading this week’s blog, here’s a bit about Valentine’s Day. The specifics about Saint Valentine are quite contested. One legend tells the tale of Saint Valentine marrying young lovers after Emperor Claudius II banned marriage for young men in the name of making them better soldiers. While some believe that Valentine’s Day is in the middle of February to commemorate the saint’s death, others believe it was the Christian church trying to rewrite the Pagan celebration Lupercalia. Valentine sentiments date back to the Middle Ages, while written valentines appeared around 1400. Americans started swapping valentines around the early 1700s, and they became more mass-produced around the 1840s. Now, about 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually.

  • Stubborn Love by The Lumineers
  • Home by Edith Whiskers
  • Lover Of The Light by Mumford & Sons
  • Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron & Wine
  • Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg
  • I’m With You by Vance Joy
  • The Night We Met by Lord Huron
  • Sea of Love by Cat Power
  • All I Want by Kodaline
  • Turning Page by Sleeping At Last
  • Even If It’s a Lie by Matt Maltese
  • I’m Happy You Exist by Angus Maude
  • Beach Baby by Bon Iver
  • I Love You Too by Peter McPoland
  • Sweet Creature by Harry Styles

dj mozzie’s January quick picks

Howdy y’all! I hope your semester has been going swimmingly, and hopefully you’ve gotten to see some snow! I wanted to put together a quick playlist of some of my on-repeat songs from January. If you are anything like me, you might already feel a bit overwhelmed with all of the readings you have for the semester. So, I’ve decided to make this blog short and sweet for a quick read. I do want to emphasize how important it is to be taking care of yourself. Whether that looks like taking time to relax or staying hydrated, self-care can look so different depending on you and what you need. Taking care of yourself doesn’t need to involve anything extravagant, but it is so so important. I like to destress and take care of myself by reading a book with my phone turned off or crocheting with some true crime on in the background. Stay tuned for a valentine’s day blog and have a great rest of your week! <3 

  1. Hypochondria by Fenne Lily
  2. Blame by Gabriels
  3. Pink Pony Club by Chappell Roan 
  4. So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings by Caroline Polachek
  5. ICU by Phoebe Bridgers
  6. Ode to a Conversation Stuck in Your Throat by Del Water Gap
  7. Certainty by Big Thief 
  8. I’m Not My Season – Solstice Version by Fleet Foxes
  9. Cimmerian Shade by Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine 
  10. Wait by M83
  11. I Should Live in Salt by The National
  12. Elise by The Greeting Committee 
  13. Be Sweet by Japanese Breakfast
  14. Fool’s Gold by Briston Maroney
  15. Next to You by John Vincent III

A Season of Love, Alone: A Playlist

Valentine’s Day can be a challenging time for those who aren’t coupled up. It’s sad to feel like everyone else is in love besides you. When I decided to blog a playlist for Valentine’s Day, I immediately knew I wanted to make one for those who are single too. Don’t worry, it’s not all songs about feeling sad and alone. I made sure to include angsty songs, lonely songs, tunes about self love and songs about loving the things and people around you. 

I truly believe there’s something on this 15 song playlist for everyone. If you’re looking to wallow in those feelings, trying to avoid the annoying couples on social media or just want good music, this one’s for you. Without further ado, let’s get into it. 

  • “Spring” – Angel Olsen
  • “Island Music” – Tennis
  • “Charlie Brown” – beabadoobee
  • “Queen” – Perfume Genius
  • “Call Me When You Want Me” – Love Apple
  • “Always See Your Face” – Love
  • “All My Time Is Wasted” – Hannah Jadagu
  • “The World Should Revolve Around Me” – Little Jackie
  • “I’m Not Part Of Me” – Cloud Nothings
  • “Teenage Talk” – St. Vincent
  • “Alaska” – Maggie Rogers
  • “Nobody” – Mitski
  • “feelings are fatal” – mxmtoon 
  • “so sad so sexy” – Lykke Li
  • “I’ll Haunt You” – Tennis

As always, you can find this playlist on Spotify.

Happy Streaming,



North Carolina Museums and the Songs They’d Be 

Howdy y’all! As you know by now, I formerly went by museum maddie here at WKNC. Although there was some revamping on my part, my love and adoration for museums has not faded in the least bit. As a wannabe anthropologist/museum-curator, I spend a large chunk of my free time wandering around museums. So, what better to do than to give you my museum recommendations with corresponding songs?! I hope you are able to check out a new spot!

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh)

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences will always have a soft spot in my heart. Beautifully modern, this museum is currently being renovated with a new dinosaur exhibit that should be done in 2023. Noticeable from the streets with a gigantic metal globe. My partner and I recently visited the Exquisite Creatures Exhibit, which showcases the amazing art of Christopher Marley. If you get the chance to go, I highly recommend it!

  • Masterpiece by Big Thief 
  • Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin
  • Ride or Die by Hippo Campus

North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh)

The NC Museum of History is right across the walkway from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. With rotating exhibits, there’s always something new. The main level exhibit about the history of North Carolina goes deeply in depth with artifacts galore. This museum is an absolute dream, and one of my favorites of all times. 

  • Moon Song by Phoebe Bridgers
  • Cimmerian Shade by Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine
  • I Think I Like When It Rains by WILLIS

North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh)

The NCMA has two buildings as well as an entire outdoor Museum Park. New work is constantly being showcased, as well as a newer project which puts more modern works next to older works to compare and contrast themes that transcend through time.

  • Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens
  • April in Paris by Billie Holiday
  • Blame by Gabriels

Museum of Life and Science (Durham)

The Museum of Life and Science is interactive and features an expansive outdoor area. The butterfly house and weather machines are two of my favorite things there. Be on the lookout for the dinosaurs outside!

  • Not Dead Yet by Lord Huron
  • Where’d All the Time Go? by Dr. Dog
  • Souvenir by boygenius

North Carolina Zoo (Asheboro)

While I have mixed feelings on zoos (and while they aren’t museums), the NC Zoo works on research and conservation and offers 200 species of animals and 40 different plants. You can also hike around the zoo on trails. I really loved The Desert, a glass dome building housing desert plants and animals, and the Honey Bee Garden. Art is featured around the zoo as well.

  • Change by Big Thief 
  • Wasted by Tomberlin
  • Sunblind by Fleet Foxes

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (Charlotte)

A quaint little museum nestled next to the Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has a small and spectacularly curated collection. Notably is what I believe to be a bronze statue on an outside landing that overlooks the city. 

  • I Fall In Love Too Easily by Chet Baker
  • Bookstore Girl by Charlie Burg
  • Once Upon a Dream by Emile Pandolfi

Mint Museum Uptown (Charlotte)

The Mint Museum (Uptown) is a newer visit for me, but it was love at first sight. My partner and I enjoy going to new museums, and The Mint offered an extensive amount of pieces in a beautiful building. We got to see an exhibit there based on borders which was so spectacular and moving. 

  • The Most Beautiful Thing by Bryno Major
  • Painter On His Way To Work On The Road To Tarascon by Clint Mansell
  • Dog Years by Maggie Rogers

Discovery Place Museum (Charlotte)

The Discovery Place Museum was my favorite in high school. Although I have not been back in a few years, the memories of the fun interactives have stuck with me through all this time.

  • The Wave by Bedouine
  • A Mermaid in Lisbon by Patrick Watson and Teresa Salguiero
  • Fall, Fall, Fall by Caamp

<3 dj mozzie


Valentine’s Day: A Playlist

It’s nearly that time of year again, when roses and chocolate hearts are all the craze and every couple you know is just slightly more annoying than usual. I’ve loved Valentine’s Day for as long as I can remember because I’m a hopeless romantic who loves love. If you’re like me, or you’re in a relationship, or you just want a banger playlist about love… you’ve come to the right place. 

This playlist contains songs you can slow dance to, songs to sing your heart out to and songs that are downright sappy. Without further ado, let’s get right into it.

  • “Hey Love!” – The Delfonics
  • “Midnight, The Stars and You” – Deerhoof
  • “First Flower” – Molly Burch
  • “Can I Call You Rose?” – Thee Sacred Souls
  • “Amandla’s Interlude” – Steve Lacy
  • “Hours Were The Birds” – Adrianne Lenker
  • “Center of Gravity” – Yo La Tengo
  • “Phone Battery / My Problems” – ADDIE
  • “Waiting For You (Bonus Track)” – Alex G
  • “January” – Loving
  • “In Your Arms” – Sunbeam Sound Machine
  • “So My Darling” – Rachel Chinouriri
  • “Lovesick” – Alice Phoebe Lou
  • “Cariño” – The Marías
  • “Summertime Love” – Luiz Bonfá

As usual, you can find this playlist on Spotify. 

Happy (Early) Valentine’s Day,



Four Songs for the New Year

It’s 2022. Did you know? 

The passage of time has been difficult to process, especially during the pandemic. At the end of last year I found myself desperate for a blank slate, wanting to escape everything that the last two years have had to offer. Unfortunately, we live on Earth, where magic doesn’t exist, so that isn’t possible. But what is possible, is using music to process your emotions. Here are four songs that have helped me process we’re in another brand new year with the same old problems. I recommend listening to these in order for the full effect.

“I Want You To Love Me” by Fiona Apple

This may seem like an odd choice, but the lyrics are perfect for a new year during the pandemic. The desperation for love feels like a desperation for peace, calm and acceptance. The love Apple craves in this song is the peace I crave in my life. 

“And I know when I go / All my particles disband and disperse / And I’ll be back in the pulse / And I know none of this’ll matter / In the long run / But I know a sound is still a sound / Around no one” 

“This Year” by The Mountain Goats

This is a more obvious choice, and has been my anthem for the last couple of years. John Darnielle’s desperation to push through feels accurate and apt for what we are going through, despite having been released in 2005. 

“I am gonna make it through this year, if it kills me”

“New Year” by ADDIE

A more obscure pick, but probably the most apt. The first verse sums it up perfectly. ADDIE’s vocals are the soothing calm you need to make you feel like everything is going to be okay.

“New year and everything’s the same / Maybe I just don’t have the capacity for change / New year and I’m still feeling stuck / New year is bringing back the ache of growing up”

“New Year’s Day” by Taylor Swift

This track is a more optimistic view of a New Year, and is especially fitting if you have a significant other you’re going into this year with. It’s more a love song than anything else, but still feels right for the new year.

“Hold onto the memories they will hold onto you”

If you want to listen to these songs in order like I recommended, I made a Spotify playlist just for you.

Happy (Belated) New Year,


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Artists To Watch In 2022

Lots of artists make incredible music while still flying under the radar. Some artists are well known in the underground/indie scene but haven’t found their way to commercial or mainstream success, at least not yet. Here are some of my favorite artists that I think exhibit enough potential to blow up this year.

Remi Wolf

A graduate of Thorton School of Music and a former contestant of American Idol, Wolf has nothing to prove with regards to her talent. I’ve been listening to her since the Fall of 2019, mere months after she started releasing music, and I immediately fell in love with her unique voice and her catchy songwriting. She manages to have such a carefree, youthful sound while making music that is very detailed and carefully thought out. I’ve been watching Remi Wolf grow more and more popular over the past few years, and would not be surprised if she becomes a mainstream act this year. 

Recommended tracks: “Sexy Villain,” “Liquor Store,” “Shawty,” “Quiet On Set,” “Photo ID”

Mike Dimes

When I first found the Texas rapper on a Spotify playlist, he had around 400,000 monthly listeners. At the time of writing this, he has 2,454,279 monthly listeners, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he breaks 5,000,000 by the end of this year. He’s released various singles over the past year following his 2021 debut album, “DLOG,” and each single has been fantastic.

Dimes’ music mostly consists of bangers begging to be played at a party, but he’s also a gifted songwriter, showing lots of versatility with his clever lyrics. At only 21 years old, Mike Dimes shows lots of talent, and I’m anxiously waiting to see what he does in 2022.

Recommended tracks: “NO TRENDS,” “WISS,” “BACKROOM,” “MY STORY (DLOG)”


This eight-member Florida hip-hop collective is the definition of an underrated gem. If I had to describe their sound, it’s a mix of Brockhampton, Tyler, The Creator, KAYTRANADA, and JPEGMAFIA. seeyousoon is a band with a dynamic and exciting sound that doesn’t let themselves be confined to the rules and expectations of hip-hop. And even though they take opportunities to experiment with their music, they still stay true to their sound, and they don’t let their experimentation take away from the quality of their music.

Seeing a rule-breaking yet accessible act always excites me, and I’m confident that seeyousoon has more incredible music up their sleeves. Hopefully, we get another album in 2022, but either way, I’m excited to see them grow and progress as a band.

Recommended tracks: “BEN AFFLECK,” “FIX YOUR FACE,” “STEAMY,” “MAGIC,”

Below is a Spotify Playlist where you can check out all of these artists.

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Spotify Wrapped 2021 Reflection

I understand that some people only cared about Spotify Wrapped 2021 the day (and maybe day after) it dropped. That being said, I still care. Elliott Smith was my top artist but sixty-four of my Top 100 Songs on Spotify were rap. As the Assistant Underground Music Director, this makes sense. Which rap songs you may ask? I’m not going to list all of them, but here are some favorites:

  1. “Baby I’m Bleeding” by JPEGMAFIA
  2. “New Slaves” by Kanye West
  3. “Just How It Is”  by Young Thug
  4. “girls like drugs” by Paris Texas
  5. “EAST” by Earl Sweatshirt
  6. “Ghost (In the Shell)” by MAVI
  7. “Throw Dem Gunz” by Lil Ugly Mane
  8. “Campbell” by redveil
  9. “Primma Donna” by Vince Staples (feat. A$AP Rocky)
  10. “Please Forgive” by Powers Pleasant (feat. Denzel Curry, IDK, Zombie Juice & Zillakami)
  11. “Jailbreak the Tesla” Injury Reserve (feat. Aminé)

Here’s to rap music being the most transformative and flexible genre,

Silya Bennai


Song Recommendation Guide: Book Edition

Howdy Y’all! I hope your finals week has been good and manageable. With the semester wrapping up, the beautiful urge to read thaws out from within. Here is the song recommendation guide: book edition. These are a handful of songs that I believe pair well with the books I’ve read lately. I like to imagine that a book has a corresponding soundtrack, and here is what I think some would sound like. Hopefully you get the chance to try one of these books over break.

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Song of Achilles is a beautifully moody love story set in the Greek Heroic Age. It is an adaptation of Homer’s Iliad told from the perspective of Patroclus. This was my favorite book of the year. Be prepared to have your heart ripped out. 

  • Achilles Come Down by Gang of Youths
  • PATROCLUS MEETS HIS FATE by Andrew Achilles DiMestico
  • Anchor by Novo Amor
  • To Be Alone With You by Sufjan Stevens 
  • The Night We Met by Lord Huron

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Annihilation is the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy and centers around a team of four women’s journey through Area X. The book is better than the movie adaptation!

  • Deep End by Holly Humberstone
  • My Heart Goes Bum Bum Bum by Flatsound
  • To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra and Patrick Watson
  • Cherry Wine by Hozier
  • Oceans by Seafret

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop was a great LGBTQ+ read. Casey McQuiston, author of Red, White, & Royal Blue, pens a perfectly crafted sapphic love story with some twists.

  • mom i think im gay by Boyish
  • Space Song by Beach House
  • Shut Up Kiss Me by Angel Olsen
  • Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by The Smiths
  • Her by Dizzy Fae

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People was another one of my favorite reads of the year. Great for the hopeless romantic turned realist. 

  • All I Want by Kodaline
  • You’re Somebody Else by flora cash
  • Like Real People Do by Hozier 
  • Icarus by Fana Hues
  • Wash. by Bon Iver

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars was an easy read. This book is very last-great-american-dynasty-esque, following a girl from a wealthy family and a tragic summer. 

If you read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, try…

  • Home for the Summer by Sara Kays
  • As the World Caves In by Matt Maltese 
  • Things We Lost In The Fire by Bastille
  • Our Time is Short by Gang of Youths
  • Royals by Lorde 

I hope you enjoy this song recommendation guide: book edition and have a safe and happy break/holidays!

<3, dj mozzie


Songs I’ll Never Skip

Howdy y’all! You know those songs that, when they come on, you’ll never skip past? Maybe you’ll even go back and listen to it again as soon as it ends? I wanted to share a list of my never-skips with you and a tidbit about why. I hope you have had a great holiday weekend and I wish you the best with finals!


Kokomo by The Beach Boys

  • My boyfriend and I used to sing this in the car, so whenever I hear it it’s like a happy memory. 

Bloom by The Paper Kites

  • Reminds me very much of 2014 Tumblr

baseball by Hippo Campus

  • What I imagine people who like sports feel when their team does well.

It’s My Party by Lesley Gore

  • 1960s delightfulness


A Sunday Kind Of Love by Etta James

  • Not necessarily melancholy, but not necessarily upbeat either. Makes me wish I was living in New York City.

Tommy’s Party by Peach Pit

  • So sad yet so good.

I Found by Amber Run

  • Another 2014-esque sad song.

By and By by Caamp

  • I love Caamp, and By and By is probably one of my favorite songs from them.

Turning Page by Sleeping At Last

  • This song reminds me of Twilight and brings tears to my eyes. I love love!

That Funny Feeling by Bo Burnham (BUT the Phoebe Bridgers cover)

  • While Bo Burnham’s version of his own song is grand, the Phoebe Bridgers’s version takes the cake for me.

Savior Complex by Phoebe Bridgers (or any other song off of Punisher)

  • Must I say more?