Pre-Break Playlist

As I write this, I am admittedly still feeling the effects of the holidays, and I realize I’ll probably recover by this time next year just in time for State Patty’s 2012.  No matter, if you need music to finally get you out of bed this week or just something to listen to while you ignore your friends’ recollections of the weekend, I’m here for you.  Here are this week’s music suggestions to keep you going for the last week of classes before that long-awaited break.

1. Man Overboard-“Absolute Worst”

Still a relatively new band, Man Overboard is a Jersey pop-punk act that is taking the underground scene by storm.  They aren’t whiny like the old emo scene but still retain a following for those who miss their singable, catchy musical artists.  This song is from their newest 7″ vinyl release which also features a full-band version of the song “I Saw Behemoth and it Ruled.” If you haven’t heard this band yet, there is still time to check their first full-length album out before they blow-up, sell-out, and become like every other decent sub-stream artist.

2. Mike Posner-“Bow Chicka Wow Wow” (remix)

Now if you need a song to play when you’re busy laying the final touches on that new shorty you’ve been eying, this song is perfect for you.  The Posner remix is of his own song from the album “31 Minutes to Takeoff.” The song, which is not only extremely sexual and slow, also features master of seduction, Weezy himself, laying a verse.  In the music video, Posner and Wayne play guys that can’t get any from their hos, but as the song starts, the ladies lose it. Maybe you can add this song to a playlist and it will do the same for you at whatever tropical location you choose to spend Spring break.

3. Wiz Khalifa-“On My Level”

The closer we get to his new album “Rolling Papers,” Wiz continues to keep dropping new (and good) tracks.  He has recently released a mixtape called “Cabin Fever,” to tide over the fans who needed new jams.  By the time he comes to the BJC in April, we will all be loving the new album. This track features rapper Too $hort and with lyrics like “So let me take one shot to the brain/And I order three more shots/I’m going in ayy,” are proof that this rapper’s lifestyle is similar to that of a PSU student (just watch the video). I mean, we celebrate with green as much as Wiz.  Add this song to your mix for the ride home and turn up the bass so all your friends can hear you coming down the street of your hometown. Then see if they are “on your level.”

4. Manchester Orchestra-“Simple Math”

This song has been touted as the only single from their new album “Simple Math,” but the band is anxious for the rest of the tracks to be released when the album drops at the end of May.  This song may not be one to blast at a party anytime soon, but is definitely good for the long ride home when you’re in need of something for some jamming out.  An acoustic of the track was recorded as well as a few live versions online, but this is the first time the track is available for download.  As more songs come from Manchester, both fans and newcomers to the music will see they are not just another alt-rock band.

5. Eminem-“Things Get Worse”

Anyone who thought the Slim Shady was done with his past ways of rapping was dead wrong.  This song goes back to the old days of Em where his attitude dictates the entire song, not some overpowering beat.  The song also features B.O.B. in a verse that is definitely harder than anything off of his “Adventures of Bobby Ray.” Eminem goes back to his style of changing his voice around, sometimes making him sound more hood, other parts with his signature whiny alter persona.  This song will be great to blast as you drive around home this weekend, leaving State College in the rearview.


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