Staff Picks Playlist

Acentric Magazine’s “Staff Picks of the Week ” (Vol. 13)

Volume thirteen of staff picks playlist gives everyone at least one, much needed song to put on repeat. This acentric playlist features the most enjoyed songs played throughout the week, chosen by yours truly. We hope to introduce you to sounds you’ve never heard before and create nostalgia for the tunes you do know.

The week’s playlist features a new hit form Justin Timberlake, a mellow tune from Years & Years, and an iconic song from 2Pac.


“Hold You in My Arms” by Ray LaMontagne
I heard this song for the first time last weekend and have fallen in love with it ever since. I’ve been trying to choose songs from various genres for my staff picks, but this song really gets to the heart of the kind of music I’m a sucker for. It’s a perfect tune to play during a relaxing late night bath, when you’re ready to fall asleep, slow dancing with your special someone, or in the background while you’re at work, which is what I’ve been doing all week tbh. I could die with this playing in the background and all would be right in the world If you like soft acoustic jams and a slightly raspy, sultry voice, definitely check this guy out. (Angelica Nicolle Abalos, Editor-in-Chief)

“Swan” by Souvenirs
I recently toured with this band on the Man Overboard Cali Tour and these guys are honestly one of those bands I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. Other people records is well known to find a band that stands out and to me this band and the record “You Fear And Me” is definitely a feel good album. If you listen and enjoy Turnover this band is definitely one you need to check out, they are going to be at “Bern Fest 2016” in LA this month and if you can find time to catch these guys. This song specifically stands out to me it’s melody and slow start just hits home with me lyrically and can just feel the emotion pour out. Thanks and enjoy, check these guys out it’s worth it. (Octavio Orduno, Photographer)

“The Golden Throne” by Temples
This reminds of the theme song to the old TV show The Munsters, I used to watch it a bunch when I was younger so it’s a given that I would like this song. Plus, this band definitely has a Beatles vibe, have to love that. No matter how many times I play this song, I can’t seem to get tired of it, it’s upbeat and is sure to have you humming along in no time. (Kathryn Farley, Social Media Manager)

“On My Own” by Made Violent
I saw Made Violent open for The Struts last month and they completely won me over with this one! It was my first time hearing this song, so even live I was really impressed. It’s got a fun pop-punk sound that gets you replaying the song over and over,  and as cliche as it sounds, this song seems like it could be the opening to an indie film. (Emma Watts, Photographer)

“Bored to Death” by blink-182
I’ve always been a big fan of Blink (come on, I know all of you can identify), but I was kind of skeptical of how much I’d be interested without Tom DeLonge. I was totally floored by their new single, which features their new addition to the group, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. The drums are killer, and the lyrics are catchy. I’m so excited to hear the rest of their new album. (Sam Lichtenstein, Photographer)

“Dazzle” by Oh Wonder
I heard this song at Oh Wonder’s show in January when they played in Los Angeles, and it immediately pulled me in. Josephine snapped her fingers along to the song, accentuating the music. Before they had started playing it, they prefaced the song by explaining that it described their motives and philosophy in creating great music together. “We’re not in it for the money,” they told the audience. Josephine and Anthony’s goal of writing songs to celebrate their love of music was completely obvious from their performance of “Dazzle.” It was striking to hear such an aesthetically beautiful song that asked such poignant questions of the audience. (Erin Wilson, Social Media Coordinator)

“Pressure” by Milk & Bone
I cannot get enough of this song. It’s on constant repeat, perhaps because it’s fitting with the currently fickle Oregon weather. This song is simultaneously calming, happy, and yet undeniably haunting. It’s a contradiction and I love it. Milk & Bone are a new duo from Canada and just released their EP last year. My word of advice? Keep an eye on these girls, they’re going places. (Maci Moghtaderi, Marketing Manager)

“Agony” (From “Into the Woods”) by Chris Pine & Billy Magnussen

A glorious song sung by two brothers comparing their miseries about their princesses and how they can’t have them. If you know nothing about Into the Woods, it’s a brilliant musical featuring different classic fairy tales coming together to aid the main plot of the baker and his wife wanting a child and blah blah blah. Anyways, it’s full of satirical and sarcastic songs about growing up, morality, and wishes. The performance by Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen from the recent film is my personal favorite adaptation, though you can’t go wrong with the original Broadway cast either. (Shaunna Huynh, Graphic Designer)

“Vienna” by Billy Joel

Since I bought The Stranger on vinyl, Billy Joel has been on repeat. To me, “Vienna” is about chasing your dreams but also remembering not to grow up too fast. Joel sings about a “crazy child” full of ambition. He reminds us that while we should never be fully satisfied and always reach for more, we should live in our accomplishments as they come. This is super relevant to me with my photography, because there are so many things I want to accomplish so soon. “Vienna” reminds me to slow down, enjoy the ride, and just take it all in. I think we could all learn a thing or two from Billy Joel. (Brittany Isaacson, Photographer)

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake

This song gives me good summer vibes. It’s got a catchy beat and infectious melody! JT proves himself as a worthy contender in the world of pop music. (Carly Evans, Copy Editor)

“Banshee” by Santigold

After photographing Santigold last night (pics up on Acentric real soon!), I’m on a crucial Santigold high. Banshee is currently my favorite track from her latest record, “99 Cents”. It’s just your classic Santigold song, quirky sounds, chants and it’s hard to keep still while listening. There’s only a handful of dates left on her current tour so go see her if you have the chance! (Krystina Gabrielle, Photographer)

“How’s It Goin’ Down” by DMX

Drake’s new album Views may have been incredibly underwhelming, but his interpolation of this early DMX gem has me, once again, in awe of DMX’s turn-of-the-century catalogue. In late ‘90s, ‘X came crashing through the void left by Biggie and 2Pac’s untimely deaths and consistently pumped out some of Hip-Hop’s most memorable music for over half a decade, keeping the art of emceeing in the spotlight. Let’s hope for a return-to-form on his comeback album! (Ryan Panny, Staff Writer)

“Eyes Shut” by Years & Years

I’ve been a fan of Years & Years for quite some time now, but my love for them skyrocketed after I had the opportunity to photograph them this week. This is by far my favorite song of theirs, and nothing could compare to hearing it live. It’s a little more mellow compared to the rest of Years & Years’ but it’s a really nice contrast in comparison to some of their other songs. This song just makes me feel some kind of way. (Gina Scarpino, Photographer)

“On My Mind” by Moxie Raia feat. Pusha T

I stumbles across this track while in the browse section of Spotify, under the chill section, Thank You!! However, I didn’t know that this song would quickly be my repeat of the week. The laid back tune is sure to get you singing along in your mirror while getting ready for the day. Side note: if you are ever looking for new music the browse section in Spotify, is definitely recommended. (Camille Wilcher, Social Media Coordinator)

“Crush’d” by Say Anything

After photographing their headlining tour this weekend, I was surprised that they added an older song on their set list that brought me back to 2009 when their self-titled album was released. Say Anything has been around for quite some time now, and as they continue to release new music I still love to sing along, ♫ “Did it hurt? Did it hurt? Did it hurt when you fell from heaven girl? La da-da da-da da-da” ♫ (Zeltzin Vazquez, Photographer)

“Dear Mama” by 2Pac

Right in time for Mother’s Day and there is no better song than “Dear Mama” to send my love and appreciation to all the mothers out there and even the fathers having to be mothers too. Growing up as a young adult, we sometimes take for granted what our moms, aunts and other women role models do for us. Sometimes, we even forget to tell them thank you or I love you. This song by the mommy’s boy himself, Tupac Shakur, reminds myself to show but also speak of my appreciation to the women in my life. Happy Mother’s day to all the mothers of the Acentric Mag staff, our loyal readers, Tupac’s mother who recently passed and to all the women who raised me. You are appreciated. (Martin Fredrick, PR Manager)

“Creep” by Dustin Kensrue

Thoughts That Float on a Different Blood is the latest solo release by the Thrice front man, Dustin Kensrue. It’s an album filled with live covers and it’s definitely worth checking out, even if you aren’t a Thrice fan. “Creep” is a Radiohead cover, and is easily one of my favorite covers that Kensrue has performed. It’s a terrific homage to the original, if not a little more darker. It’s a quality slow song that will make you feel so mellow and good. Besides, Radiohead was all over the news this week. Why not take the time to revisit some old material done by a familiar voice? (Meghin Moore, Social Media)

“Only One” by Kanye West

In the spirit of Mother’s Day this Sunday, my pick this week is one of my favorite of Ye’s songs, though perhaps not a typical choice. “Only One” was written for Kanye’s mother, who passed suddenly in 2007, and lyrically it’s a message that the artist believes his mama would tell him from Heaven. This song, which is accompanied by an intimate and moving music video featuring only Kanye and his baby daughter, Nori, is deeply emotional. It’s essentially a love song at its purest, and its gentle melody conveys the love that flows between mother and child – a love that can even transcend even the boundaries of life and death. Not something many would expect from the bold and outspoken Kanye represented in the media, right? If you haven’t heard it, definitely give it a listen. I guarantee it’ll make you consider the hip-hop monolith in a different light, and even if it doesn’t, then you’ll have enjoyed a really beautiful song. (Nina Calabretta, Writer/Copy Editor)

“The Big Big Beat” by Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks is rude, vulgar, a total bitch and doesn’t care at all what you think of her…she’s basically a goddess. The worse she behaves the more I worship her. Every song she writes is pretty much better than the last. The Big Big Beat has her unique 90’s sound, accompanied by some amazing beats. I can’t stop listening to this and I also refuse to. I dance harder to this song than I have ever danced before. She is super underrated and that’s just unacceptable. (Deanna Soukiasian, Writer/Interviewer)

“Wild Horses” by Birdy

There’s no point in hiding that I’ve been in love with this catchy, yet soulful break-up song for weeks. Not sure if it’s just the timing of her single and album release that coincides with my own heartbreak, but nonetheless Birdy is helping me get out a funk with lyrics like: “it can’t be love if it hurts so much / I need to let go / I will survive and be the one that’s stronger / I will not beg you to stay / I will move on and you should know I mean it…” There’s nothing that helps heal a heart like music, so this has been in my heavy rotation. I’m just glad I found this song so I can move on. And he knows I mean it. (Lorrie Reyes, Writer)

“So Special” by MUNA

I’ve been waiting all week for all-girl pop band MUNA’s new Loudspeaker EP, and since I got addicted to their single Winterbreak back in March I knew I’d fall in love with at least one of the tracks. So Special is both dismal and dance-y, and all too relatable for prom night, when the person you wanted to go with is taking someone else. (Briana McDonald, Writer)

 

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