On My Block – A Playlist

On My Block – A Playlist

Yo. Another Netflix show soundtrack?? I see you rolling your eyes, but university is out for the semester, and after working from 9-5:30 (or grabbing lunch with my friends/recording new music) all day, there’s nothing I want to do more than climb onto my couch and binge something on Netflix.

Clearly, I’ve been doing just that. If you didn’t catch my last playlist based on a Netflix show soundtrack, check out my selection from The Society, a show that has me so excited and amped up for the next season, it’s becoming a joke.

However, y’all can read, and judging by the title, clearly we’re not talking about The Society today. Today’s post is dedicated to my latest Netflix conquest, On My Block. 

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If you haven’t watched On My Block, first of all; why? And second of all; you’re missing out. I’m always down for a show that deals with people of colour, teen drama and the nuances of community, which this show has in abundance. The show centres around a group of four friends going through high school, dealing with love, violence, money and family matter, in a rough neighbourhood run by gangs. There’s a lot to grasp in this show, it’s a brilliant opportunity to pull aside the privilege blindfold and really open your eyes to realities of life for some communities.

With all of that in mind, I truly believe one of the show’s strongest assets, is it’s soundtrack. It captures the essence of the show so perfectly, and I found myself pausing several times or rewinding to fully take in each scene and the way the music always worked perfectly. For this show, a standout for me was Parachute, by AM!R, which I paused the show to search for immediately. Note that I’m also partial to my fair share of hip-hop, rap and Latin music, which this show has plenty of.

So, here’s my playlist of favourite songs from On My Block.

Sorrows – BLESSED
Swang N Bang – Kirko Bangz
Eye for an Eye – SiDizen King, The Strike
One and Only – BLESSED
I’m Your Puppet – James & Bobby Purify
Bailazo – Bang Data
Electric – Alina Baraz, Khalid
Ratatá – Niña Dioz
NATURALLY – Amir Obe
BOOGIE – BROCKHAMPTON
Buscando Un Bandido – Sicko Soldado
Crumbs – Jordan Dennis
Devil’s Whisper – Raury
La Noche – Joe Arroyo, La Verdad
Cherry Hill – Russ 
Insecure – Brent Faiyaz
Sweetest Life – KWAYE

Let me know if you’ve watched the show or plan to watch it – I’d love to chat about it with some of you guys in the comments!

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Priya

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The Society – A Playlist

The Society – A Playlist

So. The Society happened, and it took over a good two days of my life. Can’t say I regret any of it, but now I’m not sure what to do with myself until the next season comes out. If the next season comes out.

So naturally, I did what I do best, and staked out all the songs that I shazaam-ed during my binge, to curate a playlist for you all. The music in this show is incredible. I’m definitely biased because of how much I loved this show, but it takes a lot for me to stop watching, rewind and try and shazaam a song. I even googled lyrics at one point.

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Whoever chose the music for this song did an excellent job at finding the perfect songs for each moment. There are some incredible indie throwbacks, absolute soul belters that come out of nowhere, and that specific type of atmospheric song that just injects so much emotion into any scene. The Maze by the Manchester Orchestra was a huge standout for me. It’s such an uplifting moment within the show, and the music just partners with it perfectly, on God, I nearly started crying.

But anyway, here’s the playlist.

Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
The Maze – Manchester Orchestra 
bury a friend – Billie Eilish
I Know What Boys Like – The Waitresses
Byegone – Volcano Choir
Up All Night – The Boomtown Rats
Baby, Baby, Baby – Aretha Franklin
Future Club – Perturbator
Let You In – Pete Muller, Melissa Soltero
Go To Town – Doja Cat
Empire Of Our Own – RAIGN
In A Blackout – Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Melt With You – Modern English

I’d love to know if any of you guys have watched The Society. I’d really appreciate having someone else to talk to and obsess with. Let me know if you listen to any of the songs in the playlist. It could be just me who found this soundtrack incredible, but if not, let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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Captain Marvel // A Gal’s Ultimate Soundtrack

Hello everyone!

I know. I’m shocked I’m here too. It may not seem like it, but I’ve been gone for a hot minute, I haven’t written anything in quite a while and I feel like I’m just a few days away from spiralling out of control with sticking to a schedule and giving you guys regular posts.

So naturally, when my 10:30am class was cancelled a mere fifteen minutes before it started, while I was a mere five minutes away from the building itself, I took the opportunity to step into my nearest Gloria Jean’s, buy myself a mocha (cos the amount of coffee I’m consuming isn’t healthy for anyone so we’re trying to ween off a bit), and write up a few posts.

A few weeks ago Kate and I went and saw Captain Marvel. We were super keen for it from the get-go, however as we realised the era and decade that the film was set in, we realised that not only was the action, the clothes and the comedy going to be spot on, but so was the music.

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There were so many times during the film where one of us whacked the other on the arm when a particular song began playing in the background, or when a particular fight scene was accompanied by a particularly nostalgic tune, that I knew straight away I’d be sharing my favourites with you all.

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So, here are a few of my favourite songs from the Captain Marvel movie soundtrack!

  • Just A Girl – No Doubt
  • Whatta Man – Salt-N-Peppa
  • Come As You Are – Nirvana
  • Man On The Moon – R.E.M
  • You Gotta Be – Des’ree
  • Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  • Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes

There are obviously plenty more great songs that feature on the soundtrack, and a bunch more amazing songs that make up the film score. I really enjoyed the music in this film, it was very reminiscent of the Thor: Ragnarok style of music and soundtrack style.

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If you haven’t already seen Captain Marvel, I’d 100% recommend you go see it. It’s a great addition to the Marvel universe, and I love the role created by Brie Larson. I always knew I was going to enjoy it, I didn’t anticipate how much I’d appreciate the comedy, and the aesthetic and obviously the music.

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The Soundtrack To My Life

The Soundtrack To My Life

When I was younger, I used to play this game. It was a sick game, a twisted version of fun, that I used to put myself through, where I would attempt to make mix-tape after mix-tape, of soundtracks that went perfectly with my life. It was a painful process that I somehow found joy in, and today we’re gonna have another crack, just a bit more than eight years since last doing it.

Have a go yourself, join in the torturous process of trying to narrow your life down to a list of ten songs. When you think about it, it’s hard as heck. Considering I’ve been alive for 20 years now, that’s a song for less than half the years in my life, and that’s also considering who I generally am as a person. Someone who listens to music nearly every hour of the day, someone who makes copious amounts of playlists, and someone who has even more set to ‘private’ on Spotify so people don’t think I have an issue.

So naturally, the task is a difficult one for me. And I’m gonna attempt to do it regardless.

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson: I can’t count on my fingers the amount of weekends spent playing our Michael Jackson DVD full of all his most beloved music videos and interviews. It was kind of a family tradition, one that I remember vividly. One of my favourite music videos, and favourite songs to date, is The Way You Make Me Feel. I feel like quite a lot of people love the song. It’s shaped the way I listen to my favourite music and even learn music. The first drum fill I learnt was the introduction to the song, and the guitar riff is one of the most notable to exist in my mind. I’ve covered this song extensively, whether it’s in a group of girls singing in harmony, or doing a gig with my guitarist and singing it solo. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

Karma – Alicia Keys: This song shaped a huge part of my childhood. My dad was the one who introduced me to Alicia Keys, at a ridiculously young age, and by the time I was eight or nine I was singing her songs around the house, at singing concerts and in front of family. Karma was one that I sung over and over again, Dad and I both love this song so much, and Alicia Keys is constantly a go to when it comes to singing covers.

Lifestyles Of The Rich And The Famous – Good Charlotte: It’s hard for me not to listen to this song and instantly be thrown back to my childhood. For someone who was raised on RnB, soul, jazz, disco and funk, Good Charlotte played an integral role in getting me to listen to heavier kinds of music, if Good Charlotte could be considered ‘heavier’.

Bring Me Back To Life – Evanescence: Evanescence is definitely along the same lines as Good Charlotte, in that it was incredibly different to what I was listening to otherwise. My dad and I had a huge love for Evanescence, and this song was undoubtedly our favourite, purely because of how often it came on the radio, how much the music video was played on rage and how sing-able the lyrics are.

Guillotine – Jon Bellion: So there’s songs on this list that my Mum and Dad introduced to me. This is where the tables turn, and I introduce them to my favourite artists, Jon Bellion being the most prominent. I recently came across my Mum’s Spotify account, only to find an entire playing entitled ‘Pri’s Picks’, filled with songs I love, largely made up of Jon Bellion. Guillotine is up in my top five favourite songs to ever exist, and it’s played a huge role in my life since I first heard it a couple years ago.

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz: I feel like I’ve mentioned the reasoning behind this song meaning as much as it does before, but for the sake of this playlist being legit I’ll do it again. A couple of years ago I was able to go to a tiny little cluster of islands about four hours out of Fiji called Kiribati, for a school trip with nine other girls from my school. It was a beautiful place, incredibly picturesque and the people were some of the nicest I’ve ever met. We spent about a week living at a boarding school, helping out with teaching classes, hanging out with the students and helping out with projects around the community. At the start of our stay we were asked to perform a song at a welcoming ceremony, or more-so our teachers volunteered us up, and because I was the only musical one, I had to play the song on the guitar while we all sang, in front of this entire school. We thought it was absolute shambles but the school genuinely really enjoyed it, and for the first few days of our stay, I was being called into all the classrooms to write up the chords and lyrics on the chalk boards and teach the students the song. Finally on the last day we had another ceremony, a farewell ceremony, and we were all already pretty emotional, but none of us were able to contain ourselves when the entire school starting singing this Jason Mraz song back to us, after secretly practicing without us that entire week. It was insane, and this song will always remind me of it.

At Last – Etta James: I kind of just always remember this song being that song that my parents drilled into my head as a classic. I grew up watching everyone around me ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ each time it came on, and as I grew up it became second nature, and it was only a couple of years ago that I properly listened to the song and got shivers and the Etta’s vocals and her lyrics and how musically beautiful the song is.

Don’t Know Why (I Didn’t Come) – Norah Jones: While my Dad influenced my love for artists like Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys, my Mum introduced me to singers like Norah Jones, who to this day, still give me shivers. This song is so beautiful, I’ve added it to numerous playlists and I can never find it in myself to skip it. This song especially means heaps to me, just because of the memory’s it hold between my Mum and I.

King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar: I can’t not include this song. I don’t know what it is about this song but I go from 0-100 real quick when it comes on, regardless if I’m by myself or out with my friends. It’s a pretty popular song amongst all my friends, we hype the heck up whenever it comes on and my mum has learnt to accept that I’ll forever an always screech the lyrics from the top of my lungs.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I’ve had it sitting in my drafts for a while because I could never get started with listing the songs, but I’m glad I finally tackled it. That said, my heart breaks for the songs that didn’t make the cut, because if I didn’t give you the condensed version, we’d be here all day. I’d love to hear some of your life soundtrack songs! Let me know in the comments!!

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Priya

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Very Specific Pt.2

Very Specific Pt.2

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Hello friends! Today I am back with the next instalment of my newest post, Very Specific, and today’s playlist vibe is indeed, very specific. So what do these songs all have in common today? Well they fit the following category:

Riding To School During The Opening Credits of A Teen Movie.

Surely I don’t need to elaborate on that? Surely everyone understands immediately what vibe and aesthetic I mean? Surely that’s as specific as you can get? Surely. I mean, there is definitely gonna be some variance in the music. Some of these are for those indie type films that thrive on acoustic indie bands and summer tones, while others fall directly into the stereotypical early-90’s teen movie. They will vary, but they will all fit.

Let’s get on with it.

 

Don’t Stop – 5 Seconds Of Summer

Fred Astaire – San Cisco

The Middle – Jimmy Eat World

What’s My Age Again – blink-182

The Anthem – Good Charlotte

Pleaser – Wallows

Same Same – Waax

1985 – Bowling For Soup

Buddy Holly – Weezer

101 – Walla

Absolutely (Story Of A Girl) -Nine Days

Stuck – The Aces

When Did Your Heart Go Missing – Rooney

There She Goes – The La’s

Chloe – Grouplove

Change My Mind – IV League

First Date – blink-182

Beach Bummer – No Vacation

So Yesterday – Hilary Duff

My Sharona – The Knack

Science Fiction – The Belligerents

Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

 

So there you have it. Hopefully you got some Big Fat Liar/Princess Diaries/Malcolm In the Middle vibes! I’ve made this playlist mentally too many times to count, so it was heaps of fun searching for the songs and compiling them for you all! Let me know what you think.

 

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Priya

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My Favourite Movie Soundtracks

Movie soundtrack’s are my jam. Especially ones with really good songs that I immediately go home and look for. Jumping right into today’s post, I’m going to be sharing with you, some of my all time favourite movie soundtracks. Some are old classics, and some are relatively new films but they have all introduced me to some incredible music. Let’s begin!

 

Before I Fall

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I loved this movie. I’ve watched it twice, and each time I’ve just been hooked. It’s an intense, dark film, but it’s so powerful in it’s message. It’s also got one of the best aesthetics I’ve ever seen in a film, if that makes sense, and a lot of that comes down to to two things. The location, which is stupidly beautiful and breath-taking, and the music. Some of my favourites from this music are On The Regular by Shamir, Genesis and Oblivion by Grimes who we know I loveSkeletons by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and my absolute favourite song, Water Water by Empress Of.

 

The Greatest Showman

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Now I don’t know if it’s taken off quite as well in other places, as it has in Australia, but This Is Me, one of the main songs in the film, has been at No.1 here for a couple of weeks now, and I’m living for it. After watching this movie, I felt so inspired and uplifted, and that’s definitely attributed to the incredible score. Rewrite The Stars performed by Zac Efron and Zendaya has been referred to as the Breaking Free of 2018, and I back the statement, 100%. I still remember hearing Zac sing the first line, and remembering how great his voice really is, and how much I’ve missed seeing him in a performing role since the end of HSM. Zendaya as per usual killed everything she did in the film, especially the vocals on this song. The Other Side, a duet between Zac and Hugh Jackman is another commendable song from the film, especially the dance sequence they do in the bar in the film. Personally, my favourite songs are the title track, The Greatest Show, which is the greatest prelude for the entire film, and the final song, From Now On, which has the perfect mix of show tune and country twang to it, which makes it one of the most uplifting songs in the film. 10/10, would recommend.

 

Hairspray

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I’m slightly biased on this film, since you are hearing this from Kamilah, commonly known as Dynamite #3, and I was listening to the soundtrack for a solid six months when my high school performed the musical during my final year. Anyone who does theatre, knows how bloody aggressive theatre kids are, and our all girls school combined with an all boys school to put it on, so it was an intense few months. Some of my favourites from the musical are The Nicest Kids In TownLadies Choice, performed by Zac Efron which is sadly not in the musical version, Welcome To The 60’s cos Dynamites hehe, Big Blonde and Beautiful, because I will never forget how amazing my friend was when she performed it, and I Know Where I’ve Been, because we adjusted it so it was only  Queen Latifah, Little Inez Stubbs and The Dynamites, and I cry every time.

 

Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Anyone who’s seen the films, will know that both the soundtracks are filled with incredible rock classics that has everyone in the cinemas nodding or singing along. The soundtracks fill the movie with this sense of nostalgia, mixed with the right amount of new age sound that aligns with the genre of the movie. I loved both the movies, I might watch them again before university starts up again.

 

Thor: Ragnarok

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Along similar lines as the previous movie, I saw Thor: Ragnarok with my best friend, and the soundtrack is incredible. Again, similar type of music, a bunch of rock classics, that seemed to fit the film perfectly. Some of my favourites include Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin, Watch Me by Jaden Smith, Believer by Imagine Dragons, La Grange by ZZ Top, Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith and Thunderstruck by AC/DC. Again, another movie I would honestly recommend to anyone.

 

Singing In The Rain

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I’ve grown up on this movie, singing the songs, learning the dances and forcing all my friends who came home to watch it with me. I know this movie by heart, which means I’m unhealthily, emotionally attached to the songs that feature in it. It was the movie/musical that really, really got me into musicals, old classical ones, and my dad and I have binged watched anything Gene Kelly, this being my top favourite. Some favourites from Singing In The Rain are Make Em Laugh which was performed by Donald O’Connor,  Good Morning performed by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds and Moses, which features the best dance duet from Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor.

 

 

Have you got any other movie favourites with killer soundtracks? I’d love some new recommendations, movies and music are both my jam, so let me know! Hopefully you enjoyed hearing about some of my favourite movie soundtracks!

 

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Priya

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