Lizzo’s “Juice” and A Newfound Autonomy

I got one of the best advice I’ve ever got just recently, from a conversation with a friend: You have the right to not give permission to other people to make you feel bad. I thought of this advice while I was listening to Lizzo’s “Juice,” one of 2019’s best releases so far. Through a hypnotically danceable song about self-confidence and self-acceptance, “Juice” is the soundtrack to my newfound autonomy.

Tunes from Southern Lord Records: A Playlist

Southern Lord is a record label founded in the US in 1998 by Greg Anderson of Goatsnake fame. It is notable of releasing groundbreaking albums under a wide spectre of genres ranging from black metal, doom, extreme metal, to hardcore punk. Initially, the label intended to specialize in the experimental metal scene, precisely revolving around doom metal, stoner rock, and drone metal subgenres, but the label then expanded in variety and included artists from the black metal, hardcore punk, and crust punk subgenres as their rosters. Some of the most notable artists on the label include Sunn O))), Sleep, Pelican, Earth, and Goatsnake. This playlist is contributor Ralka Skjerseth’s personal selection of some of the finest tunes from the label.

Playlist: Neo-Psychedelia Picks

Neo psychedelia is a variety-filled subgenre of psychedelic music that originated in the 1970s as an outgrowth of the British post-punk scene - which still exists until today with the fame of acts such as Tame Impala, Pond, Melody’s Echo Chamber, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. In this article, contributor Dinda Az’ara Putri has curated a neo-psychedelia playlist for you to enjoy.

The Wanted, Where Are They Now?

The Wanted, the British-Irish boy band consisting of members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. Formed in 2009 through a mass audition, they reached the peak of their career with one of their singles on top of the charts, yet 5 years later, the group decided to go on a ‘long-hiatus’. Yes, unfortunately this boyband is no longer operating as they have split up. The members went their own way, and one question remains: where are they now?

Problematic Idols, Cancel Culture, and What to Do About Them: A Personal Opinion

Cancel culture is an act of deciding that a person (mostly public figures, artists, people who create things and/or are of fame) should no longer be supported, right after discovering that they have said or done problematic things. In other words, no longer supporting the person due to knowing their problematic attitude is called “cancelling” the person. Cancel culture has caused quite a controversy amongst people on the internet, mostly because of the varied opinions about it that later caused polemics. Sometimes having problematic idols cause people to implement cancel culture-- is it really the right thing to do? This article unravels contributor Ralka Skjerseth's opinion on cancel culture and having problematic idols.

Long Songs Recommendation

In this first post out of a two-part series, we will highlight five songs that can be considered pretty long. In our definition, “long” does not necessarily mean songs that are big in length; we want to highlight songs (generally over five minutes) that switch over multiple genres and styles so that it has the illusion of length.