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Medley’s Musical Horoscope

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This is an interactive way to learn more about yourself and find new music to listen to while you are at it.

Don’t be selfish enough to stop with your own sign. Find your friend’s sign, your lover’s sign, and while you’re at, it go ahead and find your dog’s sign, idc. Comment below what you got!

Aries

Seasons by Greyson Chance– You will make a comeback from whatever rut you are in like Greyson did with this song. You will make a huge confession like Greyson recently came out as gay. Last but not least, you will look up this song and soon relate to its tale of moving on and overcoming adversity.

Taurus

Mineral by OKBADLANDS– You are seriously just vibing through life right now, and like this song you refuse to lose ties with a specific someone. In the end, your choice to keep that special person by your side will work out for the better.

Gemini

Surround Me by LEON– You will soon be surrounded by something that makes you happy. Like Leon, your surprise will not come into action until you take the first step into getting off your butt and letting it take you all the way. When it happens, you will know and serenity will envelope your soul.

Cancer

Flat Champagne by Dan Caplen– This upcoming month, you will get turnt on life due to something miniscule. You will enjoy your friends and have a good time, for no other reason than just because.

Leo

Am I the Only One by Jacquie– You are feeling like a real outsider lately as Jacquie sings “Am I the only one who’s not okay, everything I know is about to change, and I can’t help it.” She is right. You can not help it, and that is okay. Be different, and soon the insiders will follow your lead. Also you should jam out to this song while you are at it.

Virgo

Aftertaste by TOTEM– You will come into contact with a new love. It could be a man, woman, food, or activity. Whatever it is, you will find yourself heavily involved and obsessed with this new found love. The Aftertaste will course throughout you, so maybe let it happen.

Libra

The Bird by Anderson Paak– A bird will come with some word to you. This word will put you into motion. You will put all of your focus onto this word, and you will make a change. Follow the greats, and hear this tune while you are at it.

Scorpio

Omw by Johnny Balik– You are on your way somewhere. The journey will be great, but whatever is waiting for you on the other side is even greater. You may travel far, but it will be worth it. Try not to speed on your way there because regardless, you will eventually be there. You will love it.

Sagittarius

Hi Grade by Angel– You will find a ‘smoke buddy’ per say. Even if you do not smoke, a good ride or die friend is on their way. Down the line there will be an opportunity to make your relationship more than friends. You do not have to take it any where you do not want to, but the opportunity will most definitely be there.

Capricorn

All These Kisses by Tammy RiveraWhether they are kisses or love or material things, you will soon shower someone in some much needed attention. This person has been down in the dumps for a while and they were waiting on your devotion. Basically speaking, you will soon make somebody’s day.

Aquarius

Learn To Let Go by Kesha– Finally, you are exorcising the demons inside of you and learning to let go of something. Eventually, this memory or thing will be fully rid of your system, and off of your shoulders.

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Learn To Let Go (Official Video) by Kesha on VEVO.

Pisces

Boys by Charlie XCX– This could mean one of three things. 1. You have boys on your mind like crazy, and will not be cured until you get one… good luck. 2. You are a boy who has a secret admirer who is closer to you than you would think… address them and break them from their spell. 3. Neither of those options fit you, and this is only your theme song because one of your favorite artists who pops up in Charlie XCX’s famous music video that features a ton of famous male musicians.

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Boys (Official Video) by Charli XCX on VEVO.

Main Image Credit: Gabi Xavier

Resurrecting Records

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Is it the smell? Is it the touch? Is it the sound? What are the reasons millennials love vinyl so doggone much?

To say that the newer generation brought back the tradition of playing vinyl records would be a false statement, because records never really went away, even though some sources claim they vanished in the 90’s.

“In 1989, Sony Music decided to stop producing outdated, cumbersome records. Since then, music has enjoyed many formats, including the compact disc, the digital MP3 and, finally, streaming. Somehow, though, the vinyl record hung on. Now, after a 28-year hiatus, Sony announced it will resume production of the vinyl record.” (The Washington Post)

The revenue that kept vinyl alive during their hiatus came from record collectors who kept the art of vinyl alive as CD’s and the digital market started up.

Since late 2012 and into 2017 vinyl still continues to thrive due to its resurrection in trend.

“Between 2013 and 2014 U.S. album sales dropped 11.2%, CD sales went down 15%, Digital went down 9.4%, but vinyl sales rose by over 50% accounting for $346.8M in worldwide sales.” (Forbes)

“Vinyl records are projected to sell 40 million units in 2017, with sales nearing the $1 billion benchmark for the first time this millennium. This impressive milestone has been untouched since the peak of the industry in the 1980s.” (Forbes)

Why is vinyl making a strong comeback amongst the youth these past couple of years? According to Spinster Records, a record store stationed in Oak Cliff Dallas, Texas, owner David Grover says there are many reasons that factor into the resurgence of the vinyl listening to experience.

One of the reasons may be the experience in it’s appearance. Average LP records come in 10×12 shrink wrap with the listener’s favorite recording artists glimmering craft work physically there for them to touch and feel. A euphoric illusion that through a single record, can bring you one step closer to your idol musician.

“It’s a cooler way to listen to music because it is tangible,” said Grover “You actually have to be a part of it. It’s the perfect way to showcase an artist’s work. It’s a culmination in this beautiful package for people to hold, and it’s exciting.”

Another reason that vinyl is making such a defined comeback around this time is due to the fact that it is the time frame where the generation who grew up on vinyl could begin to afford investing in the product. Also, millennials have a reputation of taking interest in handmade novelties.

“I think what happened was when millennials were finally able to purchase things and decide what they wanted to get, they chose this,” said Grover “If you notice what are millennials into as a group, they are into craft beer, craft coffee, and avocado toast. All of those those things take a long time to make, and they are expensive. Things that are not practical, and vinyl.”

In terms of sales, he says most of his business in stores come from customers whose ages range from 32 and under and 40-65. Therefore,  it’s a cross generational product with a 10-20 year gap.

Overall, the rebirth of LP’s owe most of their credit to an upcoming generation that finds the retro tradition’s physical experience of hand crafted music fascinating. Thank you millennials.

Main Image Credit: Medley Jones

Medley’s Monthly Mixtape: July

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Terror Jr.

     Welcome to the domain where underground art rises from the ashes for a brief moment like a phoenix, only to land in that pretty little device of yours to get played on repeat. Each month it shall be my pleasure to fulfill your soul with new music that deserves mass appreciation.

     There is something for everybody on this list, so if you feel like you’ve yet to find your match, keep scrolling and it should appear. The overall theme , as monthly stereotypes would suggest, for July is summertime madness. Therefore, let’s get started with a nice beach sunset over the water, which is the physical embodiment of the first track.

Out Like a Light – Ricky Montgomery & The Honeysticks

    Ricky and the gang stand as one of the best upcoming alternative soft rock artists of early 2017. The harmonies at the beginning of this song that touch over the silky smooth grooves are only a small fraction of what makes this song easy to listen to.

    My favorite feature about this song that differs from Montgomery’s other great soft rock vibes, is how soft it is. If you are a listener that appreciates glassy, alternative music, then this is the track for you.

    One word to define this song would be ‘escalation’ because of how steady and elegantly Montgomery brings the listener on this trippy rollercoaster ride to paradise.

Walls Could Talk – Halsey

Halsey is obviously not the most underground of all artists, but this song unfortunately is. Walls Could Talk is one minute and forty two seconds shy of becoming a hit single, and the only issue is that it was too short for the radio waves.

This song is subjectively the best track on the album due to its chord progression, back track melody on the synths that intertwine with Halsey’s killer vocals, and the fact that the choir backing her are my idea of what walls would actually sound like if they “could talk”.

Halsey’s album, “hopeless fountain kingdom”, as a unit, graced the new Americana with it’s alternative sound. There is something on there for everyone who cares about pop music on a large scale.

Complicated – MIKExAngel

This new song summed up in three words: classic R&B vibes. This artist has worked closely with Trey Songz in the past and it shows. The random “Oh, no no’s” in between melodic runs plays into the classic good ‘ol R&B schtick.

This made the list because everybody needs a small dose of R&B in their lives every now and then, and this gentleman respects the genre. He does it’s justice while adding new age flavor.

We Find Love – Daniel Caesar

   Caesar takes his fans to church with this soulful tune. Just like Out Like a Light, this song is very soft with a choir to back the R&B singer. However, this song has no ties to religion whatsoever, solely love.

     We Find Love is a step onto the beach, and it’s physical embodiment would be walking on the water or that warm tingly feeling when the sun absorbs into your skin.

    Caesar is well known for his alternative R&B piano based sound. With this song in particular, there is a melancholy, universal message behind it. The mantra that repeats throughout goes, “We find love, We get up. Then we fall down. We give up.”

    For any fans of good ol’ R&B or soul or gospel, then this song is for you. A new age classic that touches a sad reality of finding love in relationships.

Death Wish – Terror Jr

This semi-party track is composed by a pop-electro group whose debut albums are fittingly titled “Bop City” and “Bop City 2: TerroRising”. Most of their music sounds like a robot consumed an angel and made art in the midst.

     Death Wish  shines out amongst the rest of “Bop City” due to the catchiness of its groove. Usually when DJ’s layer obscure, off beats over each other from different tastes, it goes one of two ways. In Terror Jr’s favor, it went insanely well.

Their lead singer’s sensual whisper of a melody contrasts nicely with the shocking lyrics and definitive message, “You can be my Juliet, but baby I can be your death wish.”

Like a Woman – Kacy Hill

When I first heard this song, I forced myself to give it a second chance, and I am glad I did. Upon first glance of the title, I was expecting an empowering feminist song to bless my ears, and instead I was pleasantly surprised at the complete opposite angle Hill took.

Hill started off as a background dancer on the Yeezus tour with Kanye West. Through a mutual friend, her music got into the hands of Kanye West himself, who became her close musical mentor. She then became one of two females to sign with the predominantly male hip hop label in 2016.

     Like a Woman is a soft, alt-pop song about femininity that is gained after certain sexual entities cause Hill to “feel like a woman”. It’s edgy.

Once Hill added snaps, a piano, and only a touch of synth, I was hooked. Its a pure track with powerhouse vocals. The simplicity of it is what makes it great.

Main Image Credit:Terror Jr
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