Four Years/Forty Songs: A Spotify Playlist For The Class of 2013

From the makers of previous gems such as “#ariparty,” “Boner Jamz,” and “Loner Jamz,” comes the latest NYU Local Spotify playlist: Four Years/Forty Songs. This time, the concept is simple: Class of ’13 Local staff writers chose forty songs that defined their four years at NYU, and then we put them all in chronological order. If you’re a senior, listening to this in order will probably induce the scariest “life flashing …

Strawberry Fest Is Tomorrow, Or, How I Learned To Stop Bitching And Love Program Board

Dear NYU Program Board,Though we’ve had a rocky relationship over the past year, with Local editors calling your shows “weak,” and your members retaliating with Local hate, Strawberry Fest is tomorrow, and we believe that it’s high time to bury the hatchet. Though some would rather see big-name performers grace the stage, you’ve assembled quite a deep lineup of punk-indebted acts, and if some of the more mainstream-minded NYU students were to attend …

Cartoon Network Is The Best Place On TV To Find Great Music

Last week, avant-electronica legends Boards of Canada decided to tease their upcoming album with a short TV commercial, a promotional strategy that’s becoming increasingly popular with musicians. Unlike Daft Punk’s recent barraging of NBC’s SNL audiences, BoC’s ad aired during Cartoon Network’s anime-friendly Toonami programming block, and was the latest in the long line of the channel’s collaborations with Warp Records.Warp, Stone’s Throw and Ninja Tune, three of the most envelope-pushing labels …

The Internet Hates Beyoncé and André 3000’s Amy Winehouse Cover

On Saturday, the fourth song from the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby hit the web, and boy did it make a splash. Whereas previous songs by Lana Del Ray, The xx and Florence & the Machine were received warmly (comments on The xx’s Soundcloud page include, “awwsome,” “Perfect,” and “Haunting… Love”) but maybe a little quietly due to their lack of “potential hit” status, Beyoncé …

Mac Miller Forsakes Frats For FlyLo

Earlier this week, my perception of frat rapper Mac Miller was shattered when he released “S.D.S.,” the first single from his upcoming album. Much of that has to do with Flying Lotus’ ace production on the track, but Mac considerably steps up his lyrical game as well. The Miller I knew and loved was content with boasting about his “most dope” life, going “bananas like it’s Donkey Kong,” and referring to himself in scholastically-informed, alpha male terms like “class president.” …

Ghostface Killah’s New Album Is The Closest We’ll Get To 36 Chambers In 2013

This November, 20 years will have passed since the Wu Tang Clan released Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the group’s first album. Fans of the Clan will know that they’ve spent at least the last 15 years trying to eclipse the success of that album, and while some of their solo ventures stand out as classics, the group has never been able to release something that felt like a worthy successor …

NYU Local’s Guide To Record Store Day: From WTF To Weed Heaven

Ah, Record Store Day, the annual event that brings bearded man-children out of their moms’ basements and into the world, questing for limited vinyl and acting more harried and vicious than moms at Black Friday sales. But is it really that nerdy?The short answer is no, even though you will find your fair share of pale basement-dwellers and obscuro pressings should you venture out to one of our many …

Your 12 Year-Old Sister Reviews Fall Out Boy’s New Album

Have you ever felt like something was made especially for you? Not like the dorky card your parents made for you on your birthday, obvi, but like something that you connect with on so many levels that it’s crazy. Today, four men named Fall Out Boy gave that to me.Their new album, Save Rock and Roll, does exactly what it promises in its title. No more boring Mumford and …

Spring Albums You Should Listen To, And The Ice Cream You Should Eat While Listening To Them

Warm weather is finally here! With it, as usual, comes a bunch of albums from bands looking to tour the festival circuit that begins with Coachella this weekend. Another inevitable aspect of rising temperatures is a profound craving for frozen desserts, especially when you live in a city that’s constantly raising the bar in terms of ice cream creativity.While you can match music with its most appropriate alcoholic beverage online, no …

Thatcher’s Gone, But She’s Survived By A Bunch Of Angry Punk Songs

A key part of any obituary is the “survived by…” section that lists the deceased’s living relatives. In the case of the late Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the UK from 1979-1990, any “survived by…” section would be remiss without mention of the hundreds of songs written about her.While it’s too soon to expect anything as elegiac as Elton John’s ode to Marilyn Monroe (and later Princess Di), there probably …

Jay Shells, Bring Your “Rap Quotes” Project to Greenwich Village

Last week, Jay Shells embarked on a hip-hop art project and installed several “official-looking street signs” around the city. The signs depict rap lyrics that correspond with the areas where the sign is posted, and act as monuments to both location and rapper. As hip-hop was born in the Bronx, and early rappers loved to include shout-outs to their neighborhood in songs, Shells’ site-specific project is on point, and gives residents …

Odd Future Gets Odder With The Inconsistent Wolf

The word “restraint” has never been in Tyler, the Creator’s vocabulary. Over the course of three albums he’s bared his soul, aired his dirty laundry, exhumed the skeletons from his closet, and responded to criticism with a whole lot of “fuck” words.That’s more emotional ground than most rappers cover in a lifetime, let alone in their late teens and early twenties. Tyler’s new album, Wolf, packs in 18 tracks of …

Post- “Harlem Shake” Is Baauer A One-Hit Wonder or Critical Darling?

Last week, Brooklyn beat-maker Baauer released his first new material since “Harlem Shake” made the transition from “biggest trap song in the world” to “biggest song in the world.” The new track, a remix of UK duo AlunaGeorge’s “Attracting Flies,” still retains the trap skeleton of banging low-end, repetitive vocal cuts, and a “drop,” but otherwise, it’s the most subdued song we’ve heard from Baauer in a good twelve months.While usually …

Local Went There: University of Chicago

NYU Local recently paid visits to rural SUNY New Paltz and bro-y Penn State, comparing each to our experiences here at NYU. If you read about our spring break plans, you’ll know that one of us (this guy) spent last week in and around University of Chicago’s campus, popularly called “where fun comes to die.”U Chicago is in the same sports conference as NYU, so we guess that makes us rivals. …

KEN Mode and the Brooklynization of North American Metal

KEN Mode are a metal band from Winnipeg, Canada, whose new album Entrench (out on March 19th) will probably sell less copies in their hometown than it will in a borough of a foreign city that’s 1500 miles away. Today, Brooklyn is more often associated with indie rock, producing artists like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio and Grizzly Bear. But in fact, the borough has a sizable metal scene …