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Flux Playlist: Spring Cleaning

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s almost May, and although the Oregon weather hasn’t quite made up its mind yet, it’s pretty safe to say spring time is among us. So what better time to tidy up and give your apartment that much needed makeover. And I’m not talking about the quick clean up you did three months ago. I’m talking about a serious spring cleaning session. Here’s some of our favorite songs that seem to make cleaning a lot less painless. So grab some rubber gloves and a sponge and check out our Spring Cleaning playlist!


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Mike

  • Hotel Yorba -The White Stripes
  • Blind Mary -Gnarls Barkley
  • In My Room -The Beach Boys
  • Month of May -Arcade Fire

Diana

  • So Fresh, So Clean -OutKast
  • Georgia -Field Mob & Ludacris
  • So Fly -213
  • Go Your Own Way -Fleetwood Mac

Sam

  • Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen
  • Walking on Sunshine -Katrina and the Waves
  • Hip to be Square -Huey Lewis
  • Cats in the Cradle -Harry Chapin

Jamie

  • Dirty Little Secret -All American Rejects
  • Life in Technicolor II -Coldplay
  • I Like it Like That -Hot Chelle Rae
  • Knock Knock -Mac Miller

Tamara

  • Cleaning Out My Closet -Eminem
  • Rich Girl -Gwen Stefani
  • I Want to Break Free -Queen
  • Car Wash -Christina Aguilera ft. Missy Elliot

Jessica

  • Lonely Boy -The Black Keys
  • All Hail the Heartbreaker -Spill Canvas
  • Tommy Chong -Blue Scholars
  • Daylight -Matt & Kim

Flux Playlist: Stuck in My Head

-Flux Blog Staff

You know those songs that you just can’t seem to get out of your head? Whether it’s a song you love or hate, it seems to stick with you for days (and sometimes weeks) after listening to it. Sometimes having a song stuck in your head can be a great thing, but other times, it can be a nightmare. So here’s a list of some of our favorite and least favorite songs that we just can’t seem to get out of our heads.


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Mike

  • Hey Ya! -Outkast
  • Young Blood -The Naked and Famous
  • I’m Real -Jennifer Lopez & Ja Rule

Diana

  • Rich Girl -Hall & Oates
  • Stan -Eminem
  • Levels -Avicii

Jessica

  • Gravity -Sara Bareilles
  • Forever -Walter Meego
  • Mr. Saxobeat -Alexandra Stan

Sam

  • Get Back -Ludacris
  • Part of Me -Katy Perry
  • It’s the End of the World as We Know it -R.E.M.

Jamie

  • Stereo Hearts -Gym Class Heroes
  • It Wasn’t Me -Shaggy
  • Call Me Maybe -Carly Rae Jepsen

Tamara

  • We Are Young -Fun.
  • Set Fire to the Rain -Adele
  • Young, Wild & Free -Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dogg

Flux Playlist: Freak Out

-Flux Blog Staff

We’ve all freaked out at least once in our lives. Whether it’s caused by a tough day of work or trouble with friends, we’ve all had those days where all we want to do is kick and scream and yell. Instead of taking your anger out on your pillow or screaming at the top of the lungs, we thought we’d give you a playlist to help release your stress in a more healthy fashion. So next time you find yourself on the brink of a nervous breakdown, grab a pair of head phones, crank up the volume and check out our Freak Out playlist.


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Mike

  • Something is Not Right With Me -Cold War Kids
  • Crown on the Ground -Sleigh Bells
  • Just Lose It -Eminem

Sam

  • Red Flag -Billy Talent
  • Chop Suey! -System of a Down
  • Bohemian Rhapsody -Queen

Tamara

  • Jungle Drum -Emiliana Torrini
  • Don’t Cry Out -Shiny Toy Guns
  • Crazy -Gnarls Barkley

Diana

  • Runaway -Kanye West ft. Pusha T
  • 3rd Planet -Modest Mouse
  • Sooner or Later -N.E.R.D.

Whitney

  • Kiss -Prince
  • Just Got to Be -The Black Keys
  • Protect Ya Neck -Wu-Tang Clan

Jessica

  • MakeDamnSure -Taking Back Sunday
  • We Used to Vacation -Cold War Kids
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love -The Darkness

 

Flux Playlist: Anti-Valentine's Day

-Flux Blog Staff

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and for some of us that means planning out a special evening for you and that special someone. But for the rest of us, Valentine’s Day is just another night on the calendar. So we here at the Flux blog staff decided to pay tribute to those who will be spending lover’s day alone. So sit back, relax and enjoy our anti-Valentine’s Day playlist.


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Mike

  • Every Man Has a Molly -Say Anything
  • Roses -Outkast
  • Psychotic Girl -The Black Keys

Tamara

  • Forget You -Cee-Lo Green
  • Hard -Rihanna
  • Smile -Lily Allen

Whitney

  • Fall in Love (Your Funeral) -Erykah Badu

Jessica

  • Seventy times 7 -Brand New
  • Your Ex-Love is Dead -Stars
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright -Bob Dylan

Diana

  • Giving Up -Ingrid Michaelson
  • Erase Me -Kid Cudi

Sam

  • Carol Brown -Flight of the Conchords
  • You Oughta Know -Alanis Morissette
  • Potential Breakup Song -Aly & AJ

Callie

  • Landslide -Stevie Nicks
  • Not Over You -Gavin DeGraw
  • Before He Cheats -Carrie Underwood

Tiana

  • Mr. Know it All -Kelly Clarkson
  • Rumour Has It -Adele
  • 25 to Life -Eminem

 

Waiting for the Grammys

-Mike Munoz

When the nominees for the 2012 annual Grammy Awards were released Wednesday night, my mind was bursting with questions. How many Grammys will Adele win? Will we actually get the Van Halen reunion we were promised? How the hell did Bruno Mars get six nominations? Here are some of the nominations that caught my attention Wednesday night.

Disappointing Album of the Year Nominees

Last year’s nominations for Album of the Year proved the Grammys were taking a step in the right direction. Nominees ranged from rapper Eminem to country-pop group Lady Antebellum, and Arcade Fire broke through as the first indie band to win the award. This year’s nominations, however, proved they took five steps back. The category contains only two realistic competitors in Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Adele’s 21 (sorry Foo Fighters).  I’m not quite sure how Bruno Mars and Rihanna got thrown into the mix, and I know I’m not the only one asking, where’s Kanye?

Remembering Amy Winehouse

There’s no question that there will be some sort of memorial for soul singer Amy Winehouse, and it will probably come during the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award. Winehouse collaborated with jazz icon Tony Bennett for his album Duets II, where the two sing a rendition of “Body and Soul” that will give you chills. The song is one of Winehouse’s last known recordings before her untimely death and will most likely win the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Too Much Dubstep

I’m just going to flat out say it. I hate dubstep. I hate the noises, I hate the concerts and most importantly of all, I hate Skrillex. This year, Skrillex was nominated for five Grammys, including Best New Artist. If you ask me, that’s five nominations too many. I know dubstep has gained a huge following over the last couple of years. But for those of us who aren’t 13-year-olds wandering through a rave in our underwear, dubstep is just plain annoying. But maybe I’m being too hard on Skrillex. I mean, she seems like a pretty nice person.

Kanye vs Kanye for Best Rap Album

It’s seems pretty obvious that the odds are in Kanye West’s favor to win this year’s Grammy for Best Rap Album. The only question is, which one of his albums will win? West and Jay-Z prove to be a lethal combination in Watch the Throne; an entire album dedicated to the glamorous lives of West and Jay-Z. However, West’s solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has proved to be his masterpiece, with featured artists ranging from Nicki Minaj to Justin Vernon. I was stunned to see Dark Twisted Fantasy left off the ballot for Album of the Year, and I’d be really surprised if it didn’t win the Grammy for Best Rap Album.

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When the nominees for the 2012 annual Grammy Awards were released Wednesday night, my mind was bursting with questions. How many Grammys will Adele win? Will we actually get the Van Halen reunion we were promised? How the hell did Bruno Mars get six nominations? Here are some of the nominations that caught my attention Wednesday night.

Album of the Year Nominees

Last year’s nominations for Album of the Year proved the Grammys were taking a step in the right direction. Nominees ranged from rapper Eminem to country-pop group Lady Antebellum, and Arcade Fire broke through as the first indie band to win the award. This year’s nominations, however, proved they took five steps back. The category contains only two realistic competitors in Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and Adele’s 21 (sorry Foo Fighters). I’m not quite sure how Bruno Mars and Rihanna got thrown into the mix, and I know I’m not the only one asking, where’s Kanye?

Remembering Amy Winehouse

There’s no question that there will be some sort of memorial for soul singer Amy Winehouse, and it will probably come during the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award. Winehouse collaborated with jazz icon Tony Bennett for his album Duets II, where the two sing a rendition of “Body and Soul” that will give you chills. The song is one of Winehouse’s last known recordings before her untimely death and will most likely win the Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

Too Much Dubstep

I’m just going to flat out say it. I hate dubstep. I hate the noises, I hate the concerts and most importantly of all, I hate Skrillex. This year, Skrillex was nominated for five Grammys, including Best New Artist. If you ask me, that’s five nominations too many. I know dubstep has gained a huge following over the last couple of years. But for those of us who aren’t 13-year-olds wandering through a rave in our underwear, dubstep is just plain annoying. But maybe I’m being too hard on Skrillex. I mean, she seems like a pretty nice person.

Kanye vs Kanye for Best Rap Album

It’s seems pretty obvious that the odds are in Kanye West’s favor to win this year’s Grammy for Best Rap Album. The only question is, which one of his albums will win? West and Jay-Z prove to be a lethal combination in Watch the Throne; an entire album dedicated to the glamorous lives of West and Jay-Z. However, West’s solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has proved to be his masterpiece, with featured artists ranging from Nicki Minaj to Justin Vernon. I was stunned to see Dark Twisted Fantasy left off the ballot for Album of the Year, and I’d be really surprised if it didn’t win the Grammy for Best Rap Album.

Flux Playlist: Road Trippin'

-Flux Blog Staff

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, most of us are getting ready to head home to be with family and stuff our faces with an unnatural amount of turkey. This week, the blog staff decided to share some of our favorite songs to get us through road trips. So whether your traveling by train, plane or automobile, here are a few songs to make your travels a little bit more enjoyable.


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Mike:

  • The Passenger -Iggy Pop
  • Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
  • All Star -Smash Mouth

Tamara:

  • Teenage Crime -Adrian Lux
  • Good Day -Nappy Roots
  • Knock Knock -Mac Miller

Lizzy:

  • Save Tonight -Eagle Eyed Cherry
  • Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads
  • Sexy and I Know It -LMFAO

Sam:

  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) -The Proclaimers
  • Lose Yourself -Eminem
  • I’m Blue -Eiffel 65

Jasmine:

  • Joker -Steve Miller Band
  • Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ -Journey
  • Go Your Own Way -Fleetwood Mac

Hannah:

  • Beast of Burden -Rolling Stones
  • Electric Feel -MGMT

What Scares Eminem?

 

Eminem's new album "Recovery" is all apologies.

 

-Jacob O’Gara

Take a walk with me into the past: the year is 2002. Christina Aguilera is in her “Dirrty” phase; vampires and werewolves still have credibility as movie monsters; and the name Barack Obama means nothing except to those who pay attention to Illinois state politics. And Eminem disses Moby on the track “Without Me,” calling him a “thirty-six-year-old baldheaded fag,” stating that “nobody listens to techno.” That was when Eminem had his bleached Slim Shady hair and was the tender age of thirty. Now, his hair is a mature brown and he’s an ancient at thirty-seven years old, and of all the things he’s rapped, those two or three lines from “Without Me,” have haunted him to this day.

Listening to Recovery, his latest album, one can hear Eminem running from those lyrics. Whereas his previous effort, Relapse, was consumed with gruesome serial killer talk, Recovery is all about Eminem’s place in hip-hop history. Even though he says he’s “Not Afraid,” he is, of the thought that he didn’t do enough to secure his legacy in the genre, and that his past two albums (Encore and Relapse) untied him from his place in music history. He’s worried that new hip-hop artists and listeners haven’t heard of Slim Shady. The title “Recovery,” refers not just to his battle with drug use, but to the war he’s waging to make sure everybody fears and respects Marshall Mathers.

And the album does a good enough job. His flow is as cold as ever, and his tracks have rhyming patterns that are insane; though the album’s production has a conspicuous absence of Dre, it’s still pretty good. However, a lot of the hooks are weak, and besides Rihanna and Lil Wayne, the inclusion of guests added nothing. Instead of rapping with a fake patois reminiscent of Snow, and making references to serial killers, Eminem sings most of his choruses like an eighth-grade kid in choir class. He continues to bring up how awful his last two albums were, to make excuses for himself, and, worst and most un-Shady-like of all, he apologizes for disses he almost hurled at Lil Wayne and Kanye West. First of all, if you never actually dissed them, what’s the point in apologizing? Second of all, the Slim Shady of “The Warning” or “Nail in the Coffin” would never apologize. But maybe that’s the idea; the Marshall Mathers of Recovery isn’t Slim Shady, he’s just Eminem.

Unfortunately, this new and mature Eminem is something his previous incarnations—no matter how insane, juvenile, or gimmicky—never were: kinda boring.