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Post Election Playlist
November 16, 2016 1:43 pm

 

It’s been exactly one week since the outcome of one of the craziest elections America has ever witnessed.

The beasts have lovingly curated this playlist to help get us through all of the intense emotions – from shock and disbelief to sadness and anger – we’re going through.

Though we live in troubled times, we are all in this together. Let this playlist help us to remember not only that, but that we should never stop fighting hate with love.

P.S. Trump. Look behind you. We’re not going anywhere.

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MOVE WITH THE SEASON: FALL PLAYLIST
September 19, 2016 10:08 am

Oh  Fall, some love you, some hate you. The days grow colder and the sun sets earlier as a subtle reminder that WINTER IS COMING. This pumpkin flavored playlist (because what honestly isn’t pumpkin flavored right now) has got all the ups and downs of Fall feels.

Some slow songs to ease you into the dark cold (Morrissey), some upbeat songs to keep you moving with the seasons and doses of nostalgia (oh yeah, Hot Chip cover of Bruce’s Dancing In The Dark).

This playlist has everything including lots of awesome bands with shows coming up in New York you don’t want to miss. There are songs to get stoned to, songs to dance to, songs to mope to, songs to leave the basic bitch uggs and pumpkin spice everything behind for some stranger things…something atypical.

“When the time comes move with the season, lend your young ear to the sound of day.” –TEMPLES

 

ODE TO THE END OF SUMMER
August 1, 2016 5:21 pm

All good things must come to an end as all people know. Be it the final climax of your favorite summer movie, the ultimate ladling of icy green summer gazpacho, or even the sunset on the last day of your final real summer vacation, time has a cruel habit of overstaying its welcome and continuing to exist well beyond our capacity to enjoy it.

Truly, we must savor these dwindling summer days. There is only ever today, always and forever, presented as future but turned present upon confrontation and then past as it disappears into memory. Hauntingly beautiful, terrifyingly predictable, waveringly consistent; the end of summer has been staring us down since the end of spring. Despite my best effort to avoid eye-contact, it is time to acknowledge its mystery and gear up for September.

So with that in mind, we’ve assembled a few songs you might enjoy to help get you there. Don’t think of it as goodbye summer but as hello autumn. It is the most thoughtful of seasons, chilly and colorful, waiting in the wings, eager to take its place as the metaphysical envelope in which we live our daily lives.

CURTIS GRANDERSON: THE METS DJ EXTRAORDINAIRE
May 3, 2016 11:27 am

For quite some time, the New York Mets have been the unofficial team of Atypical Beasts. We don’t have any sponsorships or special event parties at Citi Field lined up just yet, but the love’s been there since day one. Not only am I a diehard fan, but Kim, the Head Beast herself, is a certified loon when it comes to this team.

The first thing you become all too aware of as a Mets fan is that the seasons aren’t always easy. The most iconic Mets highlight that’s happened in my lifetime happened the same night as the absolute worst Mets moment that’s happened in my lifetime. But these past two years have been different. Our pitching has made Bryce Harper cry, Michael Conforto is probably Jesus Christ, or at the very least Gilgamesh, and most importantly we’ve got the most tightly knit locker room in the league.

I always gobble fun team morale stories up. Like when they made an impromptu beer slip-n-slide after beating the LA Dodgers last season in the playoffs, or when their rookies wore underoos for their hazing. But this recent post on the Mets Tumblr took it to another level for me after seeing how dedicated Curtis Granderson is to having the most well thought out playlists in the league.

Each day has its own theme: Throwback Thursday gives them that nostalgic fix, the beautifully titled White People Wednesday let’s everyone sing along to NSYNC without judgement, and Saturday is request day. There’s a little bit of everything coming from the speakers and it’s all thanks to Grandy.

Just because the Mets’s taste in music is better than every other team’s doesn’t mean that a World Series title is imminent (a stronger middle relief would clinch that). But if Matt Harvey is going crazy to Michael Jackson every Monday, that’s gotta do wonders for the pep in everyone’s step when they go out on the field. Bartolo Colon might not be able to see his feet at this point in his career, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he has the most graceful moonwalk in his dance arsenal.
The more fun a team has together, the better chance they have at being successful. DJ Grandy’s clubhouse jammers gets the whole team involved. And the fact that I’m this happy during the MLB season proves it’s working. Right now, I’m just looking forward to what songs Granderson is gonna choose for the ticker tape parade.

SOUNDCLOUD GO SUCKS
April 19, 2016 9:00 am

Don’t get me wrong–Soundcloud kicks ass. It’s got most of the big names you need and all these remixes and obscure random stuff you can’t get anywhere else. Tons of it. Way more than anybody else. Go look for yourself, just click around for awhile. The Berlin-based company claims users upload twelve hours of content every minute. Most of it’s pretty good, to be honest. That’s why it supplements your pay-to-play service(s) so well, just by sheer quantitative force. Well, and also because it’s free.

But now here they are trying to make you pay for “premium” content. What the heck are you talking about, Soundcloud?! Get outta here with this bullshit! Whatever “exclusive” content you’ll withhold from free users is a drop in the bucket compared to what you’ve already established. You can’t take that away from us, Soundcloud. Anyone and their grandmother can upload anything they want any day of the week, that’s the best part. You can’t stop me from enjoying all the juicy, public goodness of free, user-created content, and you have nothing to offer that more established music-streaming services don’t provide already. Soundcloud Go is a bad idea, and nobody should use it.

Just my two cents #ChaChing

Mexico City Blondes Give Me Watery Dreams
October 6, 2015 11:09 pm

By pairing dream-like melodies with trip-hop vocals, Mexico City Blondes are bringing something new to the table.

Allie Thompson and Greg Doscher, who met in Santa Barbara decided to make music together after discovering they shared a lot of the same favorite bands. Growing up listening to folk music led Thompson to start playing guitar and write her own songs. Doscher, formerly of Tripdavon, was intrigued by Thompson’s voice and wanted to try something new.

In the summer of 2014, the pair released their first amazing single, “Fade” under the name Mexico City Blondes. Despite not being signed to a label, MCB peaked at number one on Hype Machine’s Most Popular chart twice that summer, a well-deserved merit.

Following the success of “Fade,” Thompson and Doscher decided to hire a live band to tour with, as well as assist with writing and recording new material (as if they needed the help). All of these extra hands on deck came in handy. Last month on Sept 15, their self-titled debut EP was released, which included singles such as “Colors”, “Shot the Moon” and “Watery Dreams” (my personal favorite). These singles have an eerie, sexy  sound that hypnotizes you into a state of ethereal funk.

MCB’s signature lush sound and slow, sultry vocals have attracted an almost cult-like following, with “Fade” drawing approximately 550,000 plays on their official SoundCloud page.

Mexico City Blondes’ debut album is anticipated to drop later this year.

Atypical Beasts Fall Playlist 2015
September 30, 2015 11:47 am

Summer’s over and it’s that time of the year where basic bitches galore walk around with a PSL in hand. The air is starting to feel chilly and we can finally bust out our sweaters and walk around the city without dying from the heat (..well, almost). It’s the best setting for you to listen to our fall playlist that we, the BEASTS created for the fall as you watch the season shifts and leaves change color. This compilation of indie rock and electro-pop music will certainly get you in the mood and get ready for the cold weather that we’re approaching.

  1. Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby – Cigarettes After Sex
  2. The English Softhearts – Literature
  3. Chariot – Soren Bryce
  4. Above The Clouds of Pompeii – Bears Den
  5. Blue Obvious – Skating Polly
  6. Sleep In – Telekinesis
  7. Rotten Human – Youth Lagoon
  8. How Bad We Need Each Other – Marc Scibilia
  9. Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere – La Luz
  10. Weathered – Jack Garratt
  11. Feelin – Lazer Cake
  12. City of Bugs – The Cribs
  13. Midnight Garden – Expert Alterations
  14. Loveletting – Sons
  15. Waited 4 U – Slow Magic
  16. Might’ve Misheard – Fort Lean
  17. Dark Days – PUP
  18. Slumlord – Neon Indian
  19. I Don’t Want To Be That Guy – Zechariah Funkhouser
  20. It’s Too Late – Shannon and the Clams
  21. West Coast – Fidlar
  22. Could Have Been Me – The Struts
  23. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
  24. Sights – London Grammar
  25. Black Moon Spell – King Tuff
What’s the Deal with CÜR Music?
August 21, 2015 5:07 pm

CÜR Music doesn’t exist yet. In fact, I wasn’t entirely sure what it was. The CÜR Music website describes it as “…a new streaming music experience that intersects Pandora and Spotify for listening on the web and mobile devices.” Their Facebook page is even more vague, stating that CÜR Music is “Changing the way you listen [to] and enjoy music. Coming soon for iPhone, Android, Tablets, and the Web.” Great, thanks guys. That clears up everything!

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My guess is that the service plans to take the algorithm generation capabilities that Pandora uses to create randomized playlists, and merge it with the playlist creation and social features of Spotify. This would create a randomly generated playlist that allows the user to save any songs they like. However, Spotify already does this with their radio feature, seeding a new playlist with any song or artist in their database.

Some serious digging revealed that CÜR Music originated in 2012 as Raditaz, an Internet radio streaming music service for the Web, iOS and Android. It allowed users to create their own stations, as well as listen to over 200 stations created by Raditaz. At one point, the service had more than 23 million songs available to listeners, but seemed unable to compete with services like Pandora and Spotify.

It’s interesting, then, that the initial quote above from the CÜR Music website states that they’re looking to create a service that features elements from both of its biggest competitors. Will they be able to pull it off? There’s little information on how the service plans to function, only a text box on the CÜR Music website where you can enter your email address for updates.

An article released in January by PR Newswire states the service had planned a “mid-2015” launch, but it’s already August, and that has yet to happen. The article then offers another infuriatingly vague description of the service, saying CÜR Music is “not about streaming, it’s about what the music means to you and how you want to express that to the world.” I guess we’ll all have to wait and see how CÜR Music decides to express what music means to them.

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The Beasts Summer Playlist 2015
June 8, 2015 11:41 pm

Summer weather is slowly approaching and the beasts are ready to bask out in the sun! It’s that time of the year when everyone just wants to lay by a poolside and relax with a Sixpoint in hand, listening to some good music. We’ve picked out some of our favorite tunes and mashed them into our own playlist, just for you!

  • Swim Deep – To My Brother
  • Cheers Elephant – Airliner
  • Miami Horror – Love Like Mine
  • Turbo Fruits – The Way I Want You
  • Geographer – I’m Ready
  • Lily Virginia – Te Extrano – Xtreme (cover)
  • Madeon – Pay No Mind (ft. Passion Pit)
  • Strame Names – I Can’t Control Myself
  • In The Valley Below – Peaches
  • Lower Dends – Ondine
  • Alice Phoebe Lou – Berlin Blues
  • Teen Commandments – Balance
  • Leisure Cruise – Livin It Up
  • Prinze George – Victor
  • Cusses – I’m Gonna Get You
  • The Henry Millers – Diamonds
  • Avi Jacob – Cannonball
  • Nalani & Sarina – Hung Up
  • Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (ft. MO)
  • DMA’s – Laced
  • Sun Club – Beauty Meat
  • Only Real – Cadillac Girl
  • Kamp! – Melt
  • Purity Ring – Begin Again
  • Crystal Castles – Frail