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As this year’s holiday season rolls around, the select restaurants, storefronts, and mall centers that have remained open during the covid pandemic are eager to tune into the festivities, playing classics like Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey over their sound systems. But to steer away from this mainstream track, this list will hopefully provide you with a handful of songs to freshen your queue.

This mix of originals and cover songs range from cozy, singer-songwriter to full band arrangements, though I’ve tried my best to keep them within the broader category of indie music.

You can find the full Spotify…

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Finally, the month of September has come to a close and the witching season is now upon us.

For most people in the United States, including myself, Halloween events and parties have been cancelled due to the prolonged circumstances of Covid-19. But that should stop us from we can still get into our ghoulish excitement with some of the best music for the month.

For this list, we’ll be steering away from the upbeat radio classics like “Monster Mash” and “Dead Man’s Party” and focusing more on TV/film scores and other after-dark bops that will surely put you into the…

Scene from “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”: Women gather at a bonfire

A majority of a film’s efficacy in storytelling revolves around its invisible components of sound and music. Portrait of a Lady on Fire ingeniously combines a vivid soundscape and absence of musical score to evoke feelings of realism and to communicate the thematic concepts of the story.

The only two pieces of music in the film occur diegetically, meaning they exist within the world of the story. This technique mirrors the idea that, in reality, the only sounds you hear are those that are discernable, thus evoking a sense of realism. …

A Two-Part Series on the Sexual Misconduct of Acid Ghost

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Three years after the uncovering of the sexual misconduct cases against indie-rock musician Ayce Barcelon, professionally known as Acid Ghost, no active trace of the artist seems to exist, yet his presence continues to linger across the multiple streaming platforms that still feature his music. And amidst the strangeness of the circumstances, fans are left with a crucial decision of how to move forward.

If you missed part one of this two-part series, please find the link to that article below, where we discussed the details and chronology of the events that unraveled.

To Support or Not to Support

Issues of sexual misconduct and violence have…

Childish Gambino, otherwise known as Donald Glover, released the socio-politically loaded track on May 5, 2018, where it went on to win Record of the Year at the 61st annual Grammy Awards. But just as important as the song itself is the four-minute video that nearly broke the internet upon its debut. Filled with countless symbols and carefully placed allusions, the video carries extreme relevance today, not only in light of the Black Lives Matter movement but as a stark reminder that racism has always been a part of America.

Watch the music video first, then we will discuss a…

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With peaceful protests no longer guaranteed safe and police forces becoming more aggressive in their tactics of riot crowd control, medical care is becoming a necessity. However, the number of caregivers to injured persons is severely disproportionate. Any effort to decrease this ratio, either by becoming a caregiver or preventing injury to yourself, is valuable.

I am a trained Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and would like to share my knowledge of first aid care to help you keep yourself safe or provide care for others in need.

In this article, we will cover the treatment of various injuries that are…

A Two-Part Series on the Sexual Misconduct of Acid Ghost

(CONTENT WARNING: the following article contains sensitive material, including first-hand written accounts of sexual assault and rape. Reader discretion is advised.)

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What do you do when you discover that an artist you follow has a history of sexual abuse allegations against them? Do you continue to support their music despite their actions? Or do you remove yourself from them altogether?

It’s been nearly four months since the official order for quarantine lockdown in the United States left many of us with staggering amounts of time in our schedules. Alongside other things, I have been using this free time to explore, in more depth, the extensive array of music content that Spotify has to offer.

In recent months, my music preference has…

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How many times have you been told — or maybe even believed yourself — that people are either naturally musical or not? And, furthermore, that “unmusical people” are forever stuck admiring the musical ones from afar.

This simply isn’t true.

I’ll spare that conversation for another time, but know that you do not need natural talent, nor do you need extensive knowledge or experience to be able to express yourself through music.

But if you find yourself still thinking you can’t be musical without sounding horrible, I’m going to show you a quick and simple solution using a special little…

Élie Ziehl

Instagram: elie.ziehl | Gmail: College freshman, musician, and writer, striving to open up discussions of music to the average listener

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