Posts Tagged: playlist

To Look for America: A Road Trip, a Soundtrack

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One thing I was taught about travel—because my father is a black man born in Alabama in 1950—was that there are safe places for black people to go and places that aren’t as safe.

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The Stranger Things Mixtape

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If you haven’t been watching Stranger Things, you’re probably being chased by a monster in “the upside down.” The show’s soundtrack is a mashup of synth-laden soundscape themes and ’80s throwbacks that’ll have Gen Xers’ hearts yearning for that simpler, cellphone-free era. And while you can check out the Austin-based band, Survive, behind the Stranger Things theme, we think the pinnacle […]

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This Week in Posivibes: Songs for Survival

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In addition to his song “Spiritual,” which deals with the issue of police brutality, Jay Z has released a playlist of songs to get us through the crushing violence lately exposed by social media. “Songs for Survival” includes music by Beyoncé, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Common, Outkast, Gil Scott-Heron, Fela Kuti, Kendrick Lamar, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Kanye West, and others. You can listen to […]

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The Wind Cries Mary

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Last week we highlighted Rachel Kaadzhi Ghansah’s piece, “A River Runs Through It,” over at The Believer. Now, she shares a playlist of tunes, recorded at Electric Lady Studios, to accompany the original article: “They all have one thing in common, and I say this often, across forms, decades, they all evidence the certain qualities of innovative genius, bittersweetness, […]

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The Music Behind the Book

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On the heels of her debut novel, Rumpus Essays Editors Roxanne Gay has created a playlist for the book over at Largehearted Boy. According to Gay, An Untamed State took its cues from Kate Bush, The Talking Heads, and a generous helping of Peter Gabriel: Writing An Untamed State was an intense experience because there is so […]

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Call This Playlist Ishmael

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Kick your summer off right with a different kind of beach read: Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. (Okay, it’s more of a sea read than a beach read.) To put you in the right mood, Liberty Hardy over at Book Riot took a stab (from hell’s heart) at a Moby-Dick playlist. From Tom Waits’s “Starving in the Belly of a […]

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When Literature and Music Become One

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Bringing together different artistic domains, authors merge and connect music with their words on the Book Notes series, featured on largehearted boy. Featured now is the playlist Reif Larsen created for his debut novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.  Which music would you choose for a “very American story” that tells the “traditional coming-of-age, […]

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