Mixtapes

RIYL Mixtape / The Avett Brothers :: Death Becomes Her or “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”

By Amanda DK

The Avett Brothers have a very special place in my heart.

I’ll admit, for most of my collegiate first few post-grad years, when I first moved to Los Angeles, my musical knowledge was very limited. It wasn’t because I didn’t love music, I just viewed the world of music much like I still do Sephora: vast and overwhelming. I didn’t know where to start.

When I first started dating my current boyfriend, one of the first artists I remember hearing in his car was The Avett Brothers. It was right around when I And Love And You came out, and I was transfixed. I listened to it so much that I was actually able to learn the words to most of the songs (something I am terrible at). This was the kind of music I liked.
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Got It Covered / Introduction and the Rules of a Great Cover Song

A look at the art of the perfect cover and some impactful pairings with visual mediums

By Bekah Touma

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first few notes sound oh so familiar…you may start to hum or sing along but soon realize something seems to be slightly off.  Ah yes, this must be a cover.  After racking your brain for the original the cover starts sinks in.  Here is where I decide if I love it or hate it.

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Aural Fixation / Choco-Doodles

By Sierra Drucker and Catherine McNulty

The passing of Labor Day means that fall is officially here, but summer is still lingering like a bad hangover. It’s time to strip down all the excess you indulged in and get back to basics. But basics does not mean boring – that would be tedious. Much like Oscar Wilde, Aural Fixation abhors tediousness. So we recommend you take something familiar, a tried and true friend, and make it better. Behold: the simple, sweet snickerdoodle now with 100% more chocolatey goodness and therefore BETTER.
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Music By The Book / “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

By Priya Perera

Back in elementary school, seeing a classmate reading a Shel Silverstein book was as prevalent as seeing yet another artist covering Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” is these days.  The massiveness of Where the Sidewalk Ends will forever live in our hearts and I’ll personally always remember the 42-year late library book from A Light in the Attic’s poem “Overdue.”  But The Giving Tree stands alone – its ambiguity only becoming apparent when read many years later.
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Aural Fixation / Goat Cheese Ice Cream

By Sierra Drucker and Catherine McNulty

I am a goat – at least according to Chinese mythology. Like most goats, I am stubborn and have a cast iron stomach. Sadly I didn’t inherit any nimbleness, but in celebration of my goaty-ness and the dog days of summer, I present to you lemon Goat Cheese Ice Cream.

Yeah, that’s right, I said Goat Cheese Ice Cream. It’s like cheesecake but with a deeper tanginess.
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