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Friday Download: July 11, 2014


Can you even believe that it's already mid-July? Because I sure can't. Luckily there will always be songs coming out that help us hang onto that "endless summer" feeling. Here are some of my recent favorites. Katie



Yumi Zouma "It Feels Good To Be Around You"
I'm really into this one from Yumi Zouma for the aforementioned summery vibes. Makes me want to sit on the beach in a sparkly leotard while drinking a Raz-Ber-Rita. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)



Christopher Owens "Nothing More Than Everything"
Listen, if you know anything about me, you know that nostalgia is everything to me, which means that I am so into the vibe of this video and song. Great job, Chris Owens. You're really doin' it.



Little Dragon "Pretty Girls"
Realllly into this new video from Little Dragon because it involves a beauty pageant, pageant queens and ZOMBIES! It's a real delight. Very girl power, TBH.



Dev Hynes "Chandelier" Remix
"Chandelier" on its own is a very special song so I was a little unsure about any remixes, but Dev Hynes did a-ok with this one. Gonna make a playlist with just this and the original "Chandelier" looped over and over again for 40 straight hours. (via Pitchfork)



Interpol "All The Rage Back Home"
Interpol are coming back with a brand new album, El Pintor, this September and the first single is here with an accompanying video shot in a moody black and white. INTO IT.

Friday Download: June 27, 2014


A lot of new, good tunes were released this week, but my actual current favorite "album" is this delightful mash-up album called Mouth Sounds. It has a lot of Smashmouth. It's pretty special. Oh, and if you want to feel really old, Wilco's A Ghost Is Born turned ten years old this week. TEN! Ten years of people yelling out "PLAY 'SPIDERS'!" at Wilco shows. God bless. Anyway, here are the tracks released this week that really spoke to me. Katie



The Weeknd "Often"
You know, sometimes I forget to listen to The Weeknd's lyrics and then when I do I feel like a scandalized mom because dang, he gets dirty. This new one from him is great, though, pearl-clutchin' lyrics and all.



Grimes "Go"
Okay, here it is. The new Grimes song. The one that Rihanna rejected. It does seem a little more Top 40/made for Rihanna and a little less "classic Grimes," but I am not one to turn up my nose at a catchy tune. YOU DO YOU, GRIMES.



Ryn Weaver "OctaHate"
Ryn Weaver kinda came out of nowhere, but this song is amazing. Charli XCX wrote it so you know it's good. (BTW, here's a very fun interview with Charli where she talks about writing the song.) This is going to be another one I'm obsessed with this summer.
(via ONTD)



FKA twigs "Two Weeks"
A NEW VIDEO FROM FKA TWIGS! She looks perfect and the song is perfect and I feel perfect listening to it. Her debut album LP1 comes out in August, so luckily we can expect to be hearing even more new songs from her soon.



Sia "Big Girls Cry"
Sia deserves all the millions of dollars that she gets for songwriting because she is so darn good at it. This newest one from her is as good as the rest and I will absolutely be listening to it as I cry off my makeup.

Friday Download: June 20, 2014


Before we get into everything from this week, we'd just like to point out that O-Town released a brand new music video yesterday and the song is called "Skydive" and the lyrics are "I just want to skydive into your life." So, don't say that 2014 never gave you anything. Now, onto the rest of the best from this week. Katie



Arctic Monkeys "Snap Out Of It"
The sad girl in this video is us when we realized that Alex Turner won't be marrying us anytime soon. Sigh.



Little Daylight "Hello Memory
We stumbled across Little Daylight on Soundcloud this week and were racking our brains trying to figure out where we'd heard them before, and then we realized they played Governor's Ball earlier this month. Anyway, we're happy we randomly ran across them again thanks to the internet because every song is amazing, especially this remix of "Love Stories."



Jungle on Kimmel
This week, Jungle made their US TV debut on Kimmel and did prett-ay, prett-ay good. We're excited to hear their self-titled full-length album when it's released July 15.



How To Dress Well What Is This Heart?
How To Dress Well's new album is out June 24 and the whole thing is available to stream over on whatisthisheart.com. It's a good album to listen to if you're feelin' like you need some sad summer music to wallow outside to. Right now we're listening to "See You Fall" and feeling like we should be in a dramatic indie comedy. It's very pleasant to weep to contemplatively. (via Consequence of Sound)
"Rock Band Recital Fail"
This is incredible. They are trying so hard and then everything just falls apart and they don't even react. It's basically your entire career as a middle schooler condensed into a 59 second metaphor. KEEP YOUR HEADS UP, FELLAS. (via PAPERMAG)

Friday Download: June 13, 2014


Happy Friday, everyone! Here are some things from the past week to keep you entertained, because how can you not be entertained when something like this very important and very real Game of Thrones post exists now? Katie



Spoon "Rent I Pay"
Spoon is back and if this song is any indication of what's to come on their newest album, then sign me up for like 4,000 copies, okay?



Happyness "Leave The Party"
This band Happyness is Stereogum's "Band To Watch" this week and I love this song so much, so thank you for this treasure, guys. (via Stereogum)



Very Good Girls trailer
I'm not 100% sure on what this is about (like, it has to be deeper than just boy drama, right?), but I'm a sucker for any super emotional "coming of age" movie. YOUNG LOVE! NAVIGATING THROUGH TEEN LYFE! CUTE BOY! I'm here for it all. (And having Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as the leads definitely doesn't hurt.)



Clickhole website launch
The Onion launched a new Buzzfeed parody site yesterday called Clickhole and it's already my new favorite site. With quizzes like "If I Ordered Fries Would You Have Any?" and "Is Your Dad Proud Of You?", there's literally hours of fun to be had. Also, make sure not to miss "10 Hilarious Chairs That Think They're People." This is important.



Strand of Oaks "Shut In"
I keep posting about Strand of Oaks and I'm sorry (I'm not sorry), but the video for "Shut In" came out this week and I'm super into it so y'all should be too.

Friday Download: June 6, 2014

This week's Friday Download is alllll songs, people, so get ready. It's been a great week for songs. (But I'm not going to lie, I still watch-listened to HSM3's "Scream" about four times today. You just can't knock the classics, amirite?) I'm a little bummed that it's only June 6 and it's already 3,000 degrees out, but at least this summer looks like it'll be a promising one for good tunes. Check out some of my favorite new ones below. Katie



Tops "Change of Heart"
I am obsessed with this song. I have a feeling I'm going to be saying that about a lot of these songs this week, but seriously, this one is sooo good. The video is full of FRIENDSHIP and the song itself sounds like SUNSHINE and GRASS and SWIMMING all rolled up in a ball full of happiness. I am like, overwhelmed with feelings about this one, guys. Listen to it ASAP.
(via Gorilla vs. Bear)



Parquet Courts "Black and White"
The video/song combo for this one from Parquet Courts is just really doin' it for me. My dream in life is to be this cool one day.



Tennis "Never Work For Free"
Okay, I'm going to say it again: I'm obsessed with this song, too. Everything Tennis has put out lately has been speaking to me, like so much. Like, I have to keep going private on Spotify to hide how much I've listened to their Small Sound EP. The band also recently announced that their newest album Ritual in Repeat will be out September 9th, which luckily means we don't have too long to wait for even more new ones.



Charli XCX "Boom Clap"
I love this song. I love this book. I am weeping already.



Strand of Oaks "Shut In"
I think I made literally everyone I've ever met or crossed paths with listen to "Goshen '97" when it first came out, so I'm actually surprised I'm a little late on "Shut In." Strand of Oaks actually released this song (from his newest album HEAL, out June 24) a couple of weeks ago and somehow I missed it the first time around, but I found it now. AND I AM NEVER TURNING IT OFF. Can't wait for this album release, TBH.

Friday Download: May 30, 2014


After a long, long weekend filled with sunshine and smiles, I thought this work week was going to draaaag but it actually passed by incredibly quickly. A magical surprise, TBH. It definitely didn't hurt that a ton of fun new tunes have come out lately to keep life feeling exciting. Here are some of my favorites below, to hopefully keep the week days feeling short and the weekends feeling long. (Endless, even. Please, universe.) Katie



Little Dragon "Paris (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Holiday Edit)"
A totally long name for this remix, but definitely worth bustin' out at your next party. Plus, Little Dragon is just so cool, as evidenced in this video for "Paris." Frontwoman Yukimi Nagano is my new life crush.



Jungle "Time"
Little behind on this one if we're going by internet time (a week old may as well be like, 300 years old), but this song is too good to not post. Jungle's full album comes out on July 15 and seems like it'll be the perfect LP to blast all summer long.



Kim and Kanye 4eva
I love this picture, I love that they are married, I love adorable Baby North, I LOVE THEM ALL, ALL OF THEM. I would like to sing John Legend's "All Of Me" to the entire family on top of a mountain. Luckily for everyone that is as obsessed with this couple as I am, PAPERMAG did a beautiful roundup of pictures from their recent totally understated (JK) nuptials in Italy. Popsugar has even more fun facts about the wedding, because why not stuff our brains with this garbage, ya know?



La Roux "Uptight Downtown"
Another great new jam from La Roux. I am in full-blown "SUMMER DANCE PARTY" mode right now, so I'm very pleased that her new album will be coming out in July.



The Atlantic 100 Pieces of Journalism
Even though letting our brains rot is totally fun and very easy and delightful, it's important to read Real Things from time to time. That's why I'm glad The Atlantic did all the dirty work for us and rounded up this collection of a little over 100 pieces of fantastic journalism from the last year. I'm feeling smarter already.

Friday Download: May 16, 2014


It's time for the Friday Download! Here are some of my favorite tunes, videos and posts from across the internet this week. (And a little Spotify pop music playlist I snuck in.) Katie


The Shilohs The Shilohs
The Shilohs released a full-length self-titled album this week and after hearing multiple people mention how good it was over the past few days, I figured I should probably listen to it ASAP and guess what? I'm glad that I did, because it's the perfect summer record. Between this and Spotify's TEEN PARTY playlist, I am alllllll set for the warm weather. (Top photo via Bandcamp)



FYF Lineup
The FYF lineup was like, literally just announced and it looks amaaaaazing. Apparently this is the first Blood Brothers show in eight years which seems crazy to me and makes me feel like a crypt keeper, but is very exciting nonetheless.



Haim "XO"
This live lounge video of Haim covering Beyoncé's "XO" is a few months old, but after seeing them perform this live two nights ago, we just wanted to relive it again. WE LOVE HAIM LIKE XO. And we love Alana's Beyoncé nail decals, too.



"My Dad Finally Sees The Devil Wears Prada"
Wow, The Toast has just been speaking to me lately. This short little piece about a dad watching The Devil Wears Prada warmed my cold, dead heart. The site also put up a post titled "Liberal Dude Erotica" this week (it's not real erotica, stop clutching your pearls), and I am just laughin' and laughin'. Thanks, The Toast.



Arcade Fire "We Exist"
Arcade Fire's video for "We Exist" is pretty impressive; the last minute and a half was filmed while Arcade Fire played weekend two at Coachella, but you'll have to watch the whole thing to see how they end up there. And yes, that is Andrew Garfield. (via Stereogum)

Friday Download: May 9, 2014


It's been a long week. Luckily a lot of fun music videos came out this week to help keep me from nodding off at my desk. (Like did you see this video for "Good Kisser"? It is very nice and features Fo, my favorite ANTM girl. Also, a very special Jesse McCartney video came out this week, so if you are into garbage pop like me, you don't want to miss this one, I'll tell you what.) Check out my other favorite vids and tunes from this week below!Katie



Leverage Models "Night Falls on the General Assembly"
Our pals Leverage Models put out a new video this week for "Night Falls on the General Assembly" and I sure do like it. Makes me want to dance all over town in a suit, TBH. Plus, the VHS vibe it's got going on matches perfectly with the song. The band will also be playing at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on May 22, so if you're in the area and in the mood for some dancing, check 'em out!



Sia "Chandelier"
I love this song so much and now I love this video so much. I will never get over how Maddie from Dance Moms is only 11 years old and more talented than I will ever be in my entire life. SIGH.



Arctic Monkeys "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"
Alex Turner covered Tame Impala's "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" and now I am sad. Marry me, Alex.



Making Time with Boys Noize
If you're in Philly this weekend, make sure to head out to the latest Making Time party at Voyeur on Saturday, May 10. The special guest of the evening will be Boys Noize, which means between him and Making Time mainstays Dave P. and Sammy Slice, you'll be guaranteed good grooves to dance to.



Lipgloss Twins "Wannabe"
Want to hear a weird song? Click play on the link above. Against my better judgment, I actually like all these weird electronic pop/techno songs that are popping up (like "Attachment"). And this website for the Lipgloss Twins is really speaking to me on a deep emotional level. (via Stereogum)

Friday Download: May 2, 2014


Listen, I'm not going to make that "IT'S GONNA BE MAY" joke because it's totally tired and overdone and it's already May, but I still want to call attention to it because 'NSYNC is a really important part of the world and culture, and this occasion only comes around once a year and it's a good excuse to watch an 'NSYNC video. So, anyway, to sum up: it's May, we all love Justin Timberlake, and here are some things that happened this week. Katie



The Fault in Our Stars trailer
At first I was like, "I'm not going to cry at this," and then I watched it six more times and cried a lot. When Augustus smirks and says "The whole thing? Oh man!" the teenager inside of my soul falls in love with him. Can't wait to be the oldest human in the theater seeing this.


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"Flaws Only A Protagonist Could Have" Mallory Ortberg
This post about protagonist "flaws" over on The Toast is the funniest thing in the entire world. It reminds me a lot of Bella Swan's terrible character. And every other garbage protagonist in this world.



"Do It Again" Royksopp and Robyn
Every Robyn song is a good Robyn song and this one is no exception.



Landfill full of ET Atari games
There is just something about this hunt for the ET Atari game that was really attractive to me. Like, "Hey, we made a bunch of ET games in the '80s and they were garbage so we buried them in the garbage but now we want those trash games again so we are going to spend time and money to dig in the aforementioned garbage for them until we find them." Human nature is beautiful.



They Came Together trailer
"You like fiction books?! I have never met anyone else who likes fiction books!" This movie will be amazing or the universe has failed us.

Friday Download: April 25, 2014


Happy April 25, aka The Perfect Date! (Are you sick of hearing that Miss Congeniality joke from literally 14 years ago? Too bad.) Here's the run-down of our favorite things on the internet this week. Katie



Alexis Neiers on Lindsay

Remember Alexis Neiers? Member of the "Bling Ring" and star of Pretty Wild, the best reality show ever made? She wrote an interesting post over on VICE this week about Lindsay Lohan and her recently-ended docuseries, Lindsay, and I'm pretty thrilled about it. It's written well! I'm proud of Alexis! Now Lindsay just needs to follow in her footsteps and Get. It. Together.



Jem and the Holograms
I have no idea who any of these gals cast for the movie are (one actress was apparently in one episode of PLL?), but here's a poster for THE JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS MOVIE! IT'S ALL HAPPENING!



Titanic "Accidentally in Love"
This video is not new or related to anything going on in the world right now, but every few months I remember it and give it a little watch, and now I am sharing this gift with you. It fills me with more feelings than I can even put into words. If you're having a tough week, I guarantee that this will make you feel like the king of the world. (HA HA H A hahha. I'll see myself out.)



Parks and Rec Season 6 finale
SPOILERS, but I feel like everything that has happened in the history of the world was just building up to this moment, the moment when Ginuwine finally came on Parks and Rec and sang "Pony" in honor of Li'l Sebastian. Still laughing out loud at the banner in the back of this .gif, TBH. Thank you for this treasure, NBC. (And please go watch the whole episode if you missed it because there's a real nice Letters to Cleo cameo.)



Boyhood trailer
Whoaaa. The trailer for the new Richard Linklater film is crazy. They started filming the movie in 2002 with a 6-year-old actor and then kept filming it small portions at a time until he was 18. This is blowing my mind.



Devont
é Hynes "Palo Alto"
Need a groovy pick-me-up for the last half of the day? Here's the title track from Palo Alto, recorded by Blood Orange's Devonté Hynes. Check out the rest of the soundtrack here.

Friday Download: April 18, 2014


For this week's Friday Download I rounded up a few of my favorite recent tunes and trailers as well as some road trip planning websites that I'm just dying to use again once summer hits. And even though that trip to the Ventriloquist Dummy Museum may still be a ways away, now is the perfect time to get started on those road trip playlists, y'all. Katie



Strand of Oaks "Goshen '97"
I am super into this video and song. Like, I'm probably going to buy a convertible just so I can listen to this full blast with the wind in my hair. Plus, this video was totally filmed 15 minutes from my house so I'm basically famous now. If you're as into this song as me, you'll have to wait until June 24 for the full album Heal to come out, but Strand of Oaks has plenty of other albums to check out in the meantime. They're a lot folkier than the song above, but still just as awesome.



Childish Gambino (ft. Problem) "Sweatpants"
This is the perfect video for this song. (I'm watching it for like the ninth time right now, whoops.) Just watch it.



Roadtrippers/Roadside America/Atlas Obscura
It's getting to be that road-trippin' time of year again, and I can't help but look up imaginary road trip pit stops on sites like Roadtrippers, Atlas Obscura and Roadside America. After you enter your start/end destinations, the sites tell you what cool/wacky/scenic stuff you'll pass along the way. My favorite of the bunch is Roadtrippers, because it's designed well and also has a handy app. Plus, it measures all the roadside attractions with a RAD-O-METER! Neat. Photo via.



Lana Del Rey "West Coast"
Hey, here is another new song from Lana Del Rey and the first single off her upcoming album Ultraviolence. I guess it's growing on me? I'm sure two weeks from now I won't be able to get it out of my head. Just like how I previously thought Ultraviolence was a lame name for an album, but now I'm totally into it because it's like what an angsty 16-year-old would title their album and I appreciate that.



Orange is the New Black Season 2 Trailer
FIIIIIIIIIINALLY.

Friday Download: April 11, 2014


It is finally warm here in Philly, which makes me feel super nostalgic and like I should be having my hair braided by a robin. Let's all blast "Hands Down" and lie in the grass together as we look at my favorite internet tidbits from the past week.Katie



Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here Trailer
I think this is literally a shot for shot remake of Garden State. And I'm totally going to see it. Sad Dad movies give me the most feelings (no one talk about About Time around me unless you're prepared to canoe away on a waterfall of tears). Also, I wonder if Zach Braff knows that there are, in fact, other bands in the world that are not The Shins. DO YOU KNOW, ZACH?



Betty Who "Heartbreak Dream"
I am obsessed with Betty Who and I am obsessed with this video and if you aren't already listening to Slow Dancing, her newest EP, go do it now. It has the perfect summer songs to listen to when you are feeling infinite in your car. Plus, I love when people dance-jump while singing! And she does that so much in this video! If you aren't enchanted by that, you're a robot and I give up. : (



Girl Meets World
The first teaser trailer for Girl Meets World came out this week, and it's pretty much what one would expect from Disney. Crystal clear filming! Bright colors! Smiles! Even though the internet has been grumblin' about the Disney decision, let's just all remember that Boy Meets World was pretty over-the-top itself at times ("THIS IS A HUG, SHAWN!"), but like, it was endearing. Maybe I'm being overly nostalgic, but I have faith that this is gonna be good. DON'T LET ME DOWN, TOPANGA.



Katy Perry "Birthday (Lyric Video)"

Whoops, I love this.

Friday Download: April 4, 2014


This week is just a big ol' mish-mash of things that have caught my attention throughout the week. Luckily one of those things is a gigantic database of crazy folktales to keep you entertained for hours and hours. Katie



Drake "Draft Day"
This has been the week of Drake. First, he shared "Draft Day" online, and then a couple days later he dropped "Days in the East." "Draft Day" samples Lauryn Hill's "Doo-Wop" so I'm on board.



Lana Del Rey "Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight"
Speaking of new tunes, a new Lana Del Rey song has leaked online just behind her announcement that "West Coast" is the title of her new single. "Meet Me In The Pale Moonlight" is no "Young and Beautiful" but it's still pretty good. (And Lana is just like, forever interesting to me for whatever reason, no matter what she does. Do your thing, girl.)
(Image via)



Cloud Nothings "I'm Not Part of Me"
This video has a teen slumber party setting goin' on and I like the halfhearted teen posters thrown up on the wall (like Harry Styles - classic) and the usage of the Ouija board. Not really sure of the plot otherwise (mysterious maybe-evil potion turns teen girls into maybe-evil...musicians?), but it's fun to watch and the song rules.



"Honey, I Want to Move to Mars"
There is literally nothing on this planet more unappealing to me than getting blasted off into space to another planet forever, but some people are totally into that and are actually still pumped about that Mars One mission. Jason Stanford, whose wife Sonia Van Meter was chosen as one of the 1,058 Mars finalists, wrote an interesting essay over on Texas Monthly about his feelings on his wife's decision to (possibly) jet off to Mars forever. He's surprisingly chill about it.
(Image via)


The Specialist's Hat
I was creepin' around on our freelancer Hazel's Tumblr this morning (hi Hazel) and one of the last things she posted was this spooky story titled The Specialist's Hat, so I read the whole thing and made myself late for work. Then I made myself even later because I started browsing this database of folktales she also linked to and they are great because they are horrifying and I'M NOT SURE WHAT LESSON I SHOULD BE LEARNING, especially in the tales where moms chop off their children's heads.
(Image via)

Friday Download: March 28, 2014


If you take only one thing away from this week's Friday Download, then please let that thing be this website for Giggy, Lisa Vanderpump's balding pomeranian. The site is flush with new computer backgrounds for you. Katie



Lady Gaga "G.U.Y."
Listen to me, I have no idea what is going on in this music video, but Lisa Vanderpump halfheartedly shaking a tambourine on the steps of a mansion is everything I never knew I wanted. And any video that lets Giggy the balding pup make an elegant and important cameo gets a gold star in my book.



The Julie Ruin "Just My Kind"
The Julie Ruin put out a new video for their song "Just My Kind." It's basically the exact opposite of Gaga's video but it's just as incredible. I want Kathleen Hanna to be my BFF. Is that so much to ask?



Future Islands Singles
I feel like I've been talking about Future Islands a lot recently (like the rest of the internet), and maybe I already said this somewhere else, but if you haven't listened to their newest album Singles yet, then click right on over to Stereogum to check it out. The site's accompanying review on the album is a good, quick read as well.



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer
"What the world needs is a giant, CGI crime-fighting turtle slamming slow motion into a Hummer on the side of a snow-covered mountain," is apparently something Michael Bay said at one point or another to a person who was too afraid to be like, "No, Michael. Close your sweet, sweet eyes and take a nap." So, I guess what I'm saying is enjoy this trailer for TMNT.



The Office Time Machine
I am obsessed with The Office, so seeing that someone spent like, a really, really long time compiling every single cultural reference ever made on the show makes me incredibly happy. Go watch them all by year here. I put the video for 1999 above because it contains one of my favorite references on the show: Michael's flawless usage of "NOSCRUB" in a Scrabble game.

Friday Download: March 21, 2014


As of yesterday, it's finally spring! You hear that? SPRING HAS SPRUNG! It's been warmer than 40 outside! The sun has been out! Life feels worth living again! Since we never want to think about winter ever again, here are some CHEERFUL SPRING TUNES! LET US REJOICE! (And let's ignore that it is supposed to snow again next week, because R.I.P. R.I.P. to my sanity if it does.) Katie



Kishi Bashi "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!"
Okay, this video sort of makes me feel like I'm in an Oreo commercial, but it mostly makes me feel like skipping through a sunny field with a flower crown on my head and a confetti gun. Happiest tune of 2014, TBH. Also, the song vaguely reminds me of "Send Me On My Way," and since "SMOMW" is literally the catchiest song ever written, this song is in good company.



tUnE-yArDs "Water Fountain"
Any song with a solid "WOO-HA!" in it automatically elevates it to feel-good status. (If you don't believe me, just ask Busta Rhymes.)



Neneh Cherry feat. Robyn "Out Of The Black"
The video for this one from Neneh Cherry and Robyn is like springtime in the '90s. If you're a totally chill, cool guy wearing totally cool Reebok hightops while walking your cool dog in the park, then this is the spring jam for you.



Flume "Space Cadet"
THIS VIDEO MAKES ME SMILE AS WIDE AS THE CHARACTERS ON FRAGGLE ROCK.



Sia "Chandelier"
If you're more like Orin than you'd like to admit, then this is the angsty, party monster ballad for you to groove to this spring. And if angsty spring is what you're looking for, then may I recommend following up "Chandelier" with "Breakin' Dishes"? Blasting "Breakin' Dishes" from a convertible on a delightful spring day is definitely going to be included in the montage of my life, TBH.



After all that, you should be feeling as good as this alpaca (if not BETTER). Happy spring!

Friday Download: March 14, 2014


This week we're doing our usual Friday Download, but in honor of SXSW, we've decided to put up videos from some of our favorite bands that have performed here. Here are some tunes from bands that have won us over this week (and have kept us on our feet and dancing, even when we just want to sleeeeep). Katie



Temples "Keep In The Dark"
After seeing Temples live, we're definitely and forever in love with them. First of all, they sound just as incredible live as they do recorded. Second of all, the lead singer has beautiful curly hair and wore glitter around his eyes. (!!!) And third of all, half of the band had tiny little flare jeans on, so I'm sold. You've won me over, Temples, you li'l cuties, you.



Quilt "Tie Up The Tides"
Quilt is another band that totally won us over this week. On top of being an incredible live show, the band is also charming and genuinely funny, and weren't even phased when, at their last show, we interviewed them in a small equipment closet to block outside noise. Our interview with Quilt will be up early next week, so keep your eyes peeled. We love these guys.



Matrimony "Obey Your Guns"
We saw these guys from a rooftop over, but found ourselves dancing even just watching them on a screen. We're excited to see their new album!



Leverage Models "Sweep"
I'm not sure how to describe Leverage Models' sound, so I'll just call it "GOOD." Even "VERY GOOD."  Everything I've heard from this band has been crazy catchy, and the band themselves are so full of energy that they're fun to watch. It's impossible not to dance when seeing these guys.



Future Islands "Seasons (Waiting On You)"
Just watch this video (SO MUCH EMOTION) and you'll understand our obsession with Future Islands.

(Top image via Mexican Summer)

Friday Download: March 7, 2014


This week I am going to overload you with a lot of pop trash, so consider this your warning. Also, as a bonus very important FYI, everyone should know that Ke$ha is out of treatment and back on Twitter. She changed her username and everything, and I am personally very excited to see what New Ke$ha does in 2014. Sending nothing but good vibes her way. Okay, now with that out of the way, the rest of this week's pop news is below. Katie



Iggy Azalea "Fancy"
I am mostly here for Charli, but I can't deny how incredible this music video is. Can someone please do a Mean Girls music video remake next? Or a Scream remake? Can you make this happen, Lorde?


Photo via Elite Daily

Spritz Speed Reading App
TECHNOLOGY IS AMAZING! This Spritz app (not out yet, sadly) essentially tricks your brain into being like, "Cool, I can speed read." If you hit the "Click to Spritz" button on their About page, you'll be able to see what I mean. It makes reading 600 WPMs totally possible (if not a little exhausting). The fuuuuuture.



Lindsay Lohan in general
Listen, we love LiLo over here and want nothing more than for her to succeed in life and acting. That's why we're super excited for this Oprah documentary about her, because that means 1.) more Lindsay on our TVs and 2.) she gets to make the rounds on the late night TV shows. While on The Tonight Show last night, she played a game with Fallon that involved getting water thrown in her face and she was totally laid-back about it all. And she looks good! Here's hopin' this is a sign of more good to come for our gal LiLo.


Picture via Vulture
March 1999 Top 40 Chart
Dave Holmes is great over on Vulture and this week he wrote about all the pop singles that were poppin' in 1999. Even if you don't read the actual words he wrote, the songs make one heckuva playlist. (But you should read it, because he's funny.) I miss you, late '90s, you beautiful disaster, you.



Mad Men final season trailer
This is literally a trailer of nothing, but at least Mad Men will be coming back soon.

Friday Download: February 28, 2014


This will forever be the week that fashion trend "normcore" struck planet Earth, so my brain is too filled with images of tube socks and Crocs to think of much else, but here are some other things that happened this week that were also pretty cool. (Normcore is the takeaway from this, though. Because you're not normcore unless you live normcore.) Katie


Photo via NYMag
Normcore
Okay, so have you heard of this new FASHION called "normcore"? Of course you have, because it's all the internet can talk about this week. But it makes me feel so sad in my heart. So very, very sad. We have evolved too far. (Unless this means I can now wear Tevas and leggings to work and be thought of as "cool" and "fashion-forward" and "definitely not lazy." If that is the case, then I welcome normcore with open, fleece-clad arms.)




Wolf Pupy on Rookie
Wolf pupy is hard to explain, but basically he's a Twitter user posing as a baby animal, and his tweets are just delightful nonsense about life. He wrote a very important article for Rookie this week about how to be a teen girl, and I don't think anything has ever resonated with me more. Printing out my License To Be Sassy, ASAP. We should all be a little bit more like wolf pupy.



HAIM "If I Could Change Your Mind"
It sure must be nice being a beautiful pop star, because you can make videos with choreographed dancing and still look cool. If I tried to do this with two of my friends, it'd look more like this.


Photo via Amtrak
Amtrak Writer's Residency
This one's title is pretty self-explanatory, but basically Amtrak is going to be offering up writer's residencies to riders now, either for free or for a small amount of money, and the idea is that the majestic countryside and the fact that you're locked inside a train will make it possible for you to write 1,000 pages of a best-selling book. The idea was suggested by writers Jessica Gross and Alexander Chee on Twitter and Amtrak was actually like, "Yes, let's do this." Which makes me feel like maybe I should tweet at Pizza Hut about sending me on a Very Important taste-testing journey across America.

Friday Download: February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's day, y'all. Is everyone having a good one so far? For me, the most exciting part of today is the fact that all the baked goods in the cafeteria are HEART-SHAPED and PINK, and I am going to get suuuuch a good Instagram picture of them. Other than that, I'm excited to eat romantic sandwiches later. My real Valentine's Day dream is a convertible filled with diamonds and a boy band, but for some reason, I don't think that's going to happen today. (SOB.) If your Valentine's Day plans are also lacking, here are some of my favorite V-Day treats from the past week(-ish) to keep your spirits up. Katie



Angel Olsen "Hi-Five"
I can't actually tell if this song is a happy love song or a sad one, but it sure is good, and I sure will play it as loudly as possible while cramming my face with chocolate hearts.



Tumblr Valentines
The actual best thing about Valentine's Day is all the Tumblr Valentines. They are filled with puns and Comic Sans and idiotic jokes, so they're the best things on the internet. That one above is from our pals over at IFC, but just browse the "Valentine's Day cards" tag on Tumblr for endless terrible laughs.



Valentine's Day history
Valentine's Day isn't all SweeTart thongs and chalky sugar candy. It's also history and old dead guys. But for real, this post over at History.com is totally interesting and compiles a great list of things you didn't know happened on Valentine's Day. It'll fill you with knowledge instead of sugar.



Vintage Valentines
Vintage Valentines have been compiled in a number of spots over the years, but they're always worth looking back on. My favorite ones are the ones that look like someone is about to get murdered. Thanks for this special gift, all you weirdo artists from the '40s.



Bob Dylan "Most of the Time"
This song isn't recent, but if you are having the worst Valentine's Day ever and really want to make it even worse, then I absolutely recommend putting on this Dylan jam from the '90s. It'll make you want to curl up into the fetal position forever. And then you can put on the classic sadsack tune that is "Dear Chicago" and weep for the rest of your days. Have fun!

Friday Download: February 7, 2013

Okay, so I'm like, way too old to be getting excited about festivals, yet here I am, getting excited over festivals. I'm like an overstimulated baby this week, just barfin' and clappin' and barfin' over all these festival announcements. Mostly because my brain has now tricked my body into believing that summer is just around the corner and it's not, but whatever. Here are some fun things announced this week that give us a little bit to look forward to, even if they are six months away. Katie



Newport Folk Festival rolls out lineup
I love the Folk Festival. It's in Newport, RI, so it's not unbearably hot, and the crowd is a mix of young folk and nice granddads in straw hats, which rules. (No one will barf on you!) The festival is also small enough that you're not going to kill yourself going from stage to stage. NPFF started announcing their lineup this week, and they're going aaagonizingly slow, but Jenny Lewis has already been announced, as has Mavis Staples and Houndmouth, so I'm excited to see who else will be announced in the coming days.



Sasquatch! double weekend
Whoa
, look at all that. Sasquatch! Festival is happening two weekends this year, and each lineup is different. Pretty cool idea. For $550, you can get tix to both weekends, and for a mere $10,000/pair, you can get tix that come with a furnished safari hut! (If I were a teenage millionaire, you better believe I would be buying those.) Get a closer look at each of the lineups here.



Bonnaroo lineup announcement
I like that people hype up announcements. It makes me feel very millennial, very 2014, y'all. And it's exactly what Bonnaroo is doing with their lineup announcement this year, which is also what they did last year, I guess. This year they'll be announcing everything February 19th. There will even be a pre-show leading up to the announcement, so hold on to your hats, everyone.



Billy on the Street season 3
If you don't watch the incredible show that is Billy on the Street, please start. The new season starts up March 12, and you can watch the trailer for it here. (Paul Rudd will be on it, so that should be enough to convince you.)


 



Portlandia shoots in Urban Outfitters
You should totally watch until the end of this exclusive Portlandia clip because we are in it. (Faaaame, we're gonna live forever.) And if you haven't heard, we love Portlandia so much that we're currently doing a giveaway celebrating the return of the show. You can win a trip for two to Austin, as well as invitations to a Portlandia panel with Carrie and Fred. For more details and to enter, click here.