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STAFF PICKS: OUR FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2018

1.02.2019

Addendum

John Maus

John Maus’ 2017 album Screen Memories left fans wanting more and Addendum is the answer to that request. While the tracks are more out there, we still get Maus’ obscure lyrics sung by his signature baritone vocals paired with catchy bass lines and percussion. -Karsan Turner

 

Black Panther The Album

Kendrick Lamar, Various Artists

A daring and diverse sound to accompany an equally groundbreaking film. Its hardcore. It’s a banger. It’s still going strong now since coming out in February. -Georgia Hickam

Dalmation

Chris Price

Dalmatian contains excellently written material that balances 10cc’s oftentimes tongue-in-cheek pop with refined, intimate pop ballads. “Breakfast Cruise,” “The Dream Is Over (But We’re Just Waking Up),” and “Discount Love” illustrate Price’s improved instrumental creativity since the release of Stop Talking. Price continues to exhibit a tremendous talent for composing and constructing memorable pop. -Logan Gossett

 

Everything is Love

The Carters

Beyoncé and Jay-Z really make you think while also focusing on their ever so clear message that yes, they are still married, and stronger than ever. In this well rounded album the duo takes over the colonial world—the Louvre is their palace, the Mona Lisa their bitch—and they prove that their legacy will remain for generations. Never have I felt so empowered and humbled before listening to this album. -Emma Creighton

 

Let’s Go Wild!

Kurt Baker Combo

Riffy as heaven and hell, Let’s Go Wild! features an even garage-yer sound than In Orbit and more consistency as well. The guitars here implode with energy on each track, with the exception of “Yesterday Today” — a surprisingly pretty pastiche of the less guitar-laden power pop. -Logan Gossett

 

Now Only

Mount Eerie

On this follow-up to the devastating and deeply personal A Crow Looked At Me, Phil Elverum reveals more about how he is processing the death of his wife, taking a wider lens and looking back on their life together and his future without her. I’ve only listened to each of these albums once because of how emotional and impactful they are, but I can’t recommend them enough. -Justin Hermstedt

 

ONEPOINTFIVE
Aminé

Aminé keeps it casual and breezy on this mini album/mixtape/whatever you want to call it. His charisma shines through as he completes this victory lap reflecting on his breakout year. From roasting Fashion Nova to shouting out Bjork, he shows us why he’s “the best in the groupchat.” -Justin Hermstedt

 

Vibras

J Balvin

This album was a testament to the true American melting pot identity. J Balvin’s Spanish lyrics set to reggaeton beats are so recognizable that when “Mi Gente” comes on even the white kids in Lawrence can say, “Oh yeah I’ve heard this.” -Emma Creighton

 

Virtue

The Voidz

The best Strokes related music released since Julian Casablancas’ 2014 album Tyranny. This time, Virtue brings a variety of pop, punk, synth-heavy and relaxing tracks making it a great album for any mood you’re in (especially if you’re a fan of the Strokes). -Karsan Turner

 

Playlist: The Spookiest Halloween Playlist of All Time!

10.27.2018

Not every hero wears capes, but every hero listens to spooky music during Halloween!
Graphic by Karsan Turner

Here at Style on the Hill, we’re always looking for new fashion trends, and there’s no better time to spot new trends than during Halloween. Look out your window and you’ll see a runway of the spookiest, scariest, and trendiest outfits of the year. While you’re spectating – or participating in – this Halloween’s costume runway, cue up our spooky Halloween playlist. For those of you looking to enjoy Halloween treats on a diet, our playlist is packed with over two hours of music that is guaranteed to scare the candy right out of you!

Enjoy your Halloween, boils and ghouls!

 

The Mystery of Poppy

3.03.2018

Words and photos by Georgia Hickam

“I’m Poppy,” says Poppy. In one of her hundreds of videos on YouTube with 235 million total views, Poppy repeats those two words in childlike monotone for 10 minutes. Poppy and her art and video director, Titanic Sinclair, performed at the Granada as part of her Poppy.Computer tour on Sunday night. She invited all her “Poppy Seeds” to join her in her pastel parallel universe.

The stage screens read “initiating” as Titanic Sinclair, wearing a pink jumpsuit, drank from a pitcher of Kool-Aid and passed around more of the pink liquid to the audience. Though she claims to not be the leader of a cult, Poppy encouraged her followers to prove their love for her by literally “drinking the Kool-aid”, chanting her songs, and endorsing products she claims are her favorite, like Doritos and Monster Energy Drinks.
Wearing her signature long platinum blonde hair and dressed in a tutu and purple dress, Poppy sang songs about falling in love with a computer (Computer Boy), saying “hello” and “goodbye” online (Moshi Moshi), about losing her microphone (Microphone), and making a video (Let’s Make a Video).
Poppy’s songs are intentionally repetitive, simplistic, and empty, and I have become shamefully obsessed with the purest form of bubblegum pop imaginable.
Titanic Sinclair and Poppy’s mission seems to be satirical performance art commenting on how easy it is to become famous in a digital age. They openly mock and copy the things celebrities do to become famous, and Poppy is succeeding in becoming famous for it.
Who is Poppy? Is she real? Is she a robot? Poppy is mysterious. Poppy is abstract. Poppy is and isn’t. All I know is I am fascinated by someone I know nothing about, who might not even exist at all.

Fall Break Is Here!

10.13.2017

With fall break comes two things: fall, and a much needed break. Here at Style on the Hill, we offer a third: a playlist.

Enjoy fall break!

NOT JUST A PHASE: EMO NITE ROCKS THE GRANADA

9.19.2017

Every night is emo night, but this night was particularly emo.

By Justin Hermstedt

Photo by Caleb Hundelt

On September 8, a couple hundred darkly and emotionally dressed young people emerged from the shadows to descend upon the Granada. Style on the Hill came to document the party – nay – the movement that is Emo Nite.

That night the Granada provided a space for Lawrence’s millennials to let their emo flags fly. Here are a few of the looks Emo Nite inspired.

Photos by Nicole Mitchell

“Not a band. Not DJ’s. We throw parties for the music we love,” says the twitter bio of Emo Nite. I had come expecting a band, to be honest. I didn’t know what to make of the fact that I was basically just listening to someone’s emo playlist. As it would turn out, I just needed to hear the right song. Here’s an audio clip of when the Emo Nite team played “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance. 

Photos by Caleb Hundelt

Emo music brought people together that night. Emoism may have been a temporary, regrettable phase for many of us, but at Emo Nite I learned that a part of it sticks with you forever. You can take the eyeliner off of the kid, but you can’t take the kid off the eyeliner. Anyway, one of the Emo Nite hosts said it best at the end of the show. “There’s hurricanes happening and the threat of nuclear war, but none of that matters right now.”

How awesome is that? Emo Nite is an outlet for angst and anguish no matter where it comes from: politics, parents, or puberty.

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