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Flux Playlist: Earth Day!

-Flux Blog Staff

Happy Earth Day everyone! It’s that one day out of the year in which everyone tries to pitch in to help preserve our beloved planet. Naturally, we at the Flux blog thought we would give a shout out to mother nature in our own, special way. So here are some of our favorite songs that pay tribute to our beautiful planet.

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  • Ocean Breathes Salty- Modest Mouse
  • Cold Desert -Kings of Leon
  • O Green World -Gorillaz
  • Oceans & Streams -The Black Keys


  • Set Fire to the Rain -Adele
  • Thunder -Boys Like Girls
  • Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall -Coldplay
  • Light Up the Sky -Yellowcard


  • Flume -Bon Iver
  • Sunshowers -M.I.A.
  • The Gardener -The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Earthquake Weather -Beck


  • Under the Sea -Disney
  • Beyond the Sea -Frank Sinatra
  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain? -Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow -Israel Kamakawiwoole


  • Mother Earth -Within Temptation
  • Age of Aquarius -5th Dimension
  • Rocky Mountain High -John Denver


  • Towards the Sun -Alexi Murdoch
  • Hard Sun -Eddie Vedder
  • Fake Plastic Trees -Radiohead

Flux Playlist: Songs to Sleep to

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s finally over! After 11 weeks of hard work and no sleep, we finally get to put winter term behind us and look forward to the ultimate prize, spring break. But before we even begin to plan how we are going to spend the next week, there’s one thing and one thing only that we need. Sleep. After jumping through hoops and meeting professors deadlines over the last two weeks, most of us are on the brink of collapsing. So we thought we would put together a playlist to help you take that much deserved nap. All of us here at Flux want to wish everyone a fantastic spring break!

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  • Dreams -Fleetwood Mac
  • When The Night Comes -Dan Auerbach
  • In the Cold, Cold Night -The White Stripes


  • If You Can’t Sleep -She & Him
  • Fast Car -Tracy Chapman
  • Flume -Bon Iver


  • Daydreamer -Adele


  • Enjoy the Silence -Depeche Mode
  • Sleep Walker -Adam Lambert


  • On & On -Erykah Badu
  • Oh Me -Nirvana


  • Sparks -Coldplay
  • The Gardener -The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Spies -Coldplay

Who the F*** is That?

-Mike Munoz

Last year, Arcade Fire was the big winner at the Grammys and the most talked about band of the night; however it probably wasn’t the publicity they were hoping for. After accepting the award of Album of the Year for “The Suburbs,” the twitterverse and blogosphere blew up with one resounding question: Who the f*** is Arcade Fire?

All over the country, angry teenage girls tweeted their frustration. How can a band nobody has ever heard of can win a Grammy when their precious, prepubescent Bieber went home with none? There’s even an entire Tumblr dedicated to the confusion sparked by the Canadian super group, which is appropriately named “Who is Arcade Fire?

Like a fool, I hoped that this year would be different and that fans would learn how to use Wikipedia before posting such dumb questions. But this year was no different, and the first question of everyone’s mind was “Who is Bonny Bear?

The award for Best New Artist is always an exciting time for the public to meet some of the most promising new acts in the business, and this year the world was introduced to Bon Iver. Singer, songwriter Justin Vernon accepted the award and delivered one of the most awkward acceptance speeches of the night, and it wasn’t long before viewers started asking questions about the straggly, bearded stranger on stage.

The twitterverse and blogosphere were once again bursting with questions like “Did they find this guy outside of Staples Center?” and my personal favorite, “Who is Bonny Bear?” As if Bon Iver’s victory wasn’t puzzling enough for some, it seemed that the band’s name carried the confusion to a whole new level earning Vernon and company the new nickname, Bonny Bear.

While the Bon Iver/ Bonny Bear blunder mostly came across as amusing, the Grammys audience went on to prove that musical knowledge is at an all time low. Things were about to get much, much worse.

After all of the performances were over and the last awards were handed out, Paul McCartney ended the night with the final songs from “Abbey Road.” As the show came to an end, the elderly Beatle was joined on stage by some of the guitarists who performed earlier that night. Once again, tweeters started asking questions. But they weren’t asking about Joe Walsh or Bruce Springsteen or Dave Grohl. They were asking about the old guy playing the left-handed guitar. People were actually asking the question, “Who is Paul McCartney?

Call me old fashioned, but I was raised in a house where everything I learned about music started with one band and one band only: The Beatles. Whether I went on to listen to punk rock or folk music or heavy metal didn’t matter to my parents. As long as I respected the impact The Beatles had on the musical word, they felt they had done their jobs. Now I understand that most people are going to have different taste in music than I do. But this is The Beatles. And we’re not talking about Ringo. We’re talking about Sir Paul McCartney, arguably the most famous of the Fab Four.

While last night’s confusion is a bit concerning to me as a music fan, I try not to put too much stock in the ramblings that show up on my Twitter feed. I mean, it only took the Grammys five years and two records to figure out who Bon Iver was. But Justin Vernon isn’t a Beatle, and I find it embarrassing to live in a time where people don’t have the slightest clue who Paul McCartney is. So next time you’re watching the Grammys and you’re not quite sure who that old guy is, save yourself the embarrassment and check Wikipedia before you tweet, “Who the f*** is that?”

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The Year of the Sasquatch

-Mike Munoz

It’s that magical time of the year, when the Sasquatch! Music Festival line-up is revealed, giving us music junkies approximately 112 days to obsessively research each and every one of the 114 bands and comedians who will be there. But hey, who’s counting?

In past years Sasquatch has had some great line-ups, but has missed out on some of the bigger artists that play festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo. And this is mainly because Sasquatch tries really hard to maintain its indie/ alternative rock roots. But this year festival organizers have proven they can stick to their roots and still compete with the big boys.

Two of the biggest acts revealed last night were Jack White and Beck. White recently announced that his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, will drop in April, so it makes sense that he would be touring in the spring. But I would never in a million years imagine him playing at the Gorge.  I was also very excited to see Beck in the line-up, but surprised considering he hasn’t released anything since his 2008 album, Modern Guilt. Regardless, both of these artists were huge gets for Sasquatch, and last I checked neither is playing Coachella.

The line-up will also feature big names such as Bon Iver, who is fresh off a few Grammy nominations for their self-titled sophomore album. Sasquatch has also grabbed a couple of DJs and techno artists to satisfy the needs of those who love to dance and rave into the night. Both Pretty Lights and Girl Talk have played Sasquatch recently; however this will be their first times playing on the main stage.

Sasquatch also picked up some great comedic acts. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will bring a little slice of Portlandia to the Gorge, performing songs and sketches from their show. Brownstein will have a busy weekend as she will also perform with her punk band, Wild Flag. I was also very surprised to see Tenacious D on the line-up, but got excited thinking of the possibility of a Jack White and Jack Black duet. Sasquatch will also feature comedian Nick Kroll, whom some of you may know as Ruxin from the popular TV show The League.

While I was very happy with the Sasquatch line-up, there were a couple of names I was surprised to see left of the list. For the second year in a row, Sasquatch has missed out on booking The Black Keys. But if you really have to see the blues rock duo from Ohio, their tour hits Portland and Seattle in early May. I was also surprised by the absence of Florence + the Machine considering the duo is confirmed for Coachella and will be touring to promote their latest album, Ceremonials. That being said, the line-up seems to be just fine without them.

The bottom line is that Sasquatch has a stacked line-up that even festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo will have a hard time competing with. It has a great set of headliners in Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver and Pretty Lights, and I didn’t even mention The Shins, The Roots, Feist, Metric and Explosions in the Sky are also booked to perform. According to the Chinese calendar, 2012 is the year of the Dragon. But after seeing the line-up for Memorial Day Weekend, 2012 may be remembered as the year of the Sasquatch.

Follow Mike at @MikeMunoz12

Flux Playlist: Songs To Study To

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s a cold Monday afternoon and the Knight Library is filled to capacity, which can only mean one thing. It’s officially Finals Week. We here at Flux feel your pain and have put together a playlist of some of our favorite songs for those long nights of cramming. So whether your pulling an all-nighter at library or finishing a project at the lab, take a deep breath, grab a pair of headphones, and remind yourself that Winter break is only one week away!

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  • The Wind Cries Mary -Jimi Hendrix
  • Gravity Rides Everything -Modest Mouse
  • Woods -Bon Iver


  • New Moon -Alexandre Desplat
  • Comtine D’un Autre Ete -Yann Tiersen


  • The Elements Song -Tom Lehrer
  • The Presidents -Jonathan Coulton
  • Flight of the Bumblebee -Beethoven


  • Prelude in E Minor -Chopin


  • The Cave -Mumford & Sons
  • Flightless Bird -Iron & Wine
  • Twilight -Elliott Smith
Comtine D'un Autre Ete

Weekly Flux Playlist: Done with Midterms

-Flux Blog Staff

Glad to finally be done with midterms? Us too!

At the end of each week, the Flux bloggers will be sharing some of their favorite tunes with you in a weekly playlist. This week, we’re celebrating the end of midterms with a playlist that you can unwind to after a stressful week or two of midterms. These songs will have you forgetting about school in no time. So sit back, relax and enjoy a stress free weekend with this Flux playlist.

Mike Munoz:

  • Season’s Trees- Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi ft. Norah Jones
  • Hysteric- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • House of Cards- Radiohead

Jasmine Eoff:

  • Trapped in my Mind- Kid Cudi
  • Coastin’- Zion I & K. Flay
  • Moment 4 Life- Nicki Minaj featuring Drake

Hannah Doyle:

  • Jamming- Bob Marley
  • Summer Day- Coconut Records
  • Go Outside- Cults

Tamara Feingold:

  • Come in Please- Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • 12:59 Lullaby- Bedouin Soundclash
  • Skinny Love- Bon Iver

Sam Bouchat:

  • Pumped up Kicks- Foster the People
  • 99 Red Balloons- Nena
  • All This Time- One Republic

Lizzy Ludwig:

  • Young, Wild and Free- Bruno Mars
  • Relax, Take it Easy- Mika
  • No Such Thing- John Mayer