Fresh Music Friday is back with our fourth edition.
Check out what the Ball State Verge team has been listening to on Spring Break this week.
Michael Cottone: Two of my favorite tracks on this playlist are “Hippy Hill” by Grouplove, as well as “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath. “Hippy Hill” was put on this playlist because this past Sunday, myself along with some of the other members of VC Ball State took a day trip to Turkey Run State Park in Indiana, and this song was played heavily during the day.
“Paranoid” by Sabbath was put on here because the classic-rock band Black Sabbath has officially split up. The band played together for 49 years, and luckily I had the opportunity to see them live this past September on their final tour. Thank you to Ozzy, and Tony Lommi for making timeless music together for the past 49 years!
Max Denari: “Lose yourself to Dance” is the first song I chose. This track is one of Daft Punk’s funkiest songs. It just pays homage to the beauty of music and the rhythm it creates. Simply put, it gets you groovin’ and that is a wonderfully fantastic thing.
“You’re Not Good Enough” by Blood Orange is the other song I chose this week. It’s is a catchy yet contemplative tune. Dev Hynes is reflecting on a past relationship and determining the worth of an ex-partner, how he really felt during it and coming to terms with how poorly they may have treated him. It’s fresh Neo-soul sound and funk riffs juxtaposes the lyrics, leaving you feeling nostalgic yet energized.
Clay Easton: The song I chose for this week’s ‘Fresh Music Friday’ is “Mr. Roboto” by Styx. The song is full of empowering energy, sending chills through me every time I listen to it. It’s also one of the best songs I’ve ever heard in a live concert.
Jacob Lee: The first song I chose was the classic “Octopus’s Garden” by the Beatles. The song is fun with its guitar work and silly creativity that the Beatles are known for having. The other song I chose was “Cooking Up Something Good” by Mac Demarco. The song is wavy and light, making for a good listen on a day with good weather.
Mason Pippenger: The first song I chose was “Good Girls” by LANY. The band is in the process of releasing their debut album and this is the second single from it. It’s a pop/indie band who have a unique sound and I think this song is a good representation of LANY’s style. This song is upbeat and fun that I’m sure a lot of people can enjoy.
My other song is Young Hearts by NoMBe. NoMBe is known for his electro-soul love songs and this is one of my favorites by him. There are cool guitar melodies and atmospheric keyboard work. Overall it’s just a happy song that makes me enjoy being young and makes me feel alive.
Madeline Grosh: The first song I chose for Fresh Music Friday is “Beer For My Horses” by Toby Keith. I’ve spent my Spring Break in Tennessee and this song has been playing frequently. Now, when I look back on this trip, this song will be connected to the memories I made down here.
The other song I chose for this week is “Garden Party” by Ricky Nelson. I love the meaning of this song. It reminds me that we, as individuals, need to continue to move forward with ourselves. You can’t please everyone in this life, so we must at least please ourselves. Spring is rejuvenating, and so is this song. Listen to it and live your life the way you want to.
Cole Callahan: My first song is “Paranoid” by Andrew Garcia. This song is a cover of Ty Dolla $ign’s hit song. On my Spring Break trip this week, my girlfriend and I have been listening to this song pretty heavily. We both know the lyrics by heart and sing them as loud as possible together.
My other song is “Keg in the Closet” by Kenny Chesney, because what’s better than a song about beer when you’re on the beach during Spring Break? It’s currently one of my favorite songs.