What Are You Listening To?

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What Are You Listening To?

Trip-hop, hip-hop, and, um… early 2000s pop-punk.

Charlotte, 25

What are you listening to these days?
Oh boy… I listen to a lot of Die Antwoord. I’m kind of obsessed.

Ah, those crazy South Africans! What’s your favorite song by them?
I really like “So What,” off their new album.

Listen: Die Antwoord,“So What”


Badass. What else?
Oh! You know what I actually really like? I just started listening to Fruit Bats.

Who is that?
I have no idea. But there’s a video for their song “You’re Too Weird,” which is my favorite off of their album Tripper. It’s awesome. It’s kind of campy, kind of retro, but the track is really dope.

What’s your go-to genre?
Trip-hop. Massive Attack and Tricky.

What’s trip-hop, exactly?
Trip-hop comes from a ‘90s Bristol music scene and it’s kind of like electronic, jazz, and hip-hop. Some of Goldfrapp’s stuff is considered trip-hop. There are a lot of bands that sort of halfway fall in to that genre, like Air. Portishead, Massive Attack, and Tricky are all ― in my mind ― the three groups that most closely associated with the genre, but the name trip-hop isn’t exactly a favorable label.

Listen: Portishead, “Machine Gun”


What’s the most embarrassing thing on your iPod right now?
My iPod is full of embarrassing things. Mostly from my gym playlist. I have things like Lady GaGa and Beyonce. Contemporary pop, but I also have things like Aqua and Ace of Base.

But how good is “The Sign," though?
The word “embarrassing,” though… I’m really not too embarrassed by those things, but they’re things that may not be considered “cultured” or “intelligent.”

So, do you act? You’re holding a script. 
I do a lot of auditioning, and I just got my first principle role today for a show on SyFy. I heard something about a non-disclosure form, so I don’t know if I can tell you, but you need to be watching SyFy all the time just in case I come on it.

Are there aliens or robots? Or robot-aliens?!
I think there’s going to be a floating… something. Nevermind.

That does sound promising!
But you can keep updated on my website, I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr… every goddamn thing you can think of.

What’s your theme song, Charlotte Pines?
I’ve been trying to listen to a lot of new music lately. I’ve been making a point of it. Recently, all I listen to is Die Antwoord. That’s it. So I guess maybe my theme song would be “Hey Sexy.” I listen to that before I go into an audition, so I feel like kind of gangster, on top of my shit. Like, fuck anyone who doesn’t appreciate all of this. It’s important to have those motivational songs. Especially when you’re in a line of work that deals with rejection all the time.

I wouldn’t know  everyone likes me. Okay, pick any awesome song out of the air that you’ve always loved and hit me with it.
Let’s say Kylie Minogue, “Two Hearts.” No, I’m kidding. But that is an awesome song. And Kylie Minogue is like forty and just… the sexiest person. She’s like Prince, who never ages a day and remains just… the sex. Can we call it “Train in Vain?”

By The Clash? Hell, yes.
I feel like that’s kind of a pansy Clash song, or so people would lead you to believe. But you can dance to it, and so it’s awesome.

Listen: The Clash, “Train in Vain”


Corey, 21 & Meliah, 20

Hello, adorable couple! What are you guys each listening to these days?
Corey: Man, that’s a loaded question. I have to think about that.
Meliah: I’m very into Bon Iver right now. Especially his cover of… I can’t think of the name of the song. I played it for Corey last night on YouTube.
Corey: Listener.
Meliah: Oh, right. Listener, “Wooden Heart.”

What kind of music are they?
Corey: They’re kind of like slam poetry over music.
Meliah: It’s very interesting.
Corey: There’s some synth in there and some acoustic guitar. Really, it’s mostly his voice and his inflection that gets me. It’s really cool, I like it.

What's your favorite genre?
Corey: I’ve got a really big soft spot for the late ‘90’s/early 2000s pop-punk scene. New Found Glory, Blink 182.

Listen: Blink 182, "Damnit"


Maybe a little Sum 41?
Corey: Um, yes. Does This Look Infected? “The Hell Song!” Love it. See, that’s culture. That’s the Renaissance. Oh, the angst.
Meliah: Mine’s definitely more swing music, way back to World War Two-era. I love The Andrew Sisters and Billie Holiday. I mean, you’ve got to have a little bit of the classics, like “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by The Andrew Sisters. And “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Billie Holiday. All day long.

Listen: The Andrew Sisters, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”


Ok, what's your guiltiest pleasure?
Corey: Oh, definitely Nikki Minaj, “Super Bass.” I am guilty.
Meliah: Mine’s Britney Spears, “Lucky.”

Listen: Nikki Minaj, “Super Bass”


Late ‘90s all over the place! So are you guys dating?
Corey: We are!
Meliah: For about eight months.

How’s that going?
Corey: Well! It’s going well.
Meliah: We live together in Brooklyn.
Corey: In Bushwick. “East Williamsburg.”

Do you guys have a song?
[both immediately start laughing]
Corey: [to Meliah] Ready? On three.
Meliah: [to Corey] Are you going to say… ? [Makes “kitty paws”]
Corey: What? “Wildcat,” by Ratatat? That’s a… different kind of song.  No, um… ours is by this super-cheesy, mid-2000s emo band, Backseat Goodbye; the song is called “Hey.” Remember that time period when all those way-too-cutesy bands were happening? [to Meliah] You want to be my new best friend?
Meliah: [to Corey] Hey, I think you’re groovy, wanna see a movie with me?

That’s all kinds of adorable.

Taron, 34

Taron, what are you listening to?
Right now, I like WBLS because it plays some good music from the ‘90s, and I like some of their R&B soul songs. And, you know, a little pop, too. Sometimes, late nights, they play old school hip-hop. So that station is pretty universal and you’re always going to find some good stuff from the ‘80s and ‘90s on there.

Hit me with your favorite old school '80s hip-hop group.
I like MC Lite and Queen Latifah — stuff like that. I like LL Cool J. I really like the Run-D.M.C. song “Sucka MC’s.”

Listen: Run-D.M.C., “Sucka MC’s”


Let’s talk about the-age old question: East Coast or West Coast?
East Coast.

I agree. Where are you from and what are you up to now?
I’m from Queens, and now, I’m just chillin’ in the sun.

What’s your guilty pleasure music?
I’m not gonna lie, man… 50 Cent. Or, there’s this independent rapper Necro and he’s pretty vicious. He’s just trashing everybody… man, he is rough. He trashes women a lot ― I’m not really supporting it, but it’s so funny, so mischievous that sometimes I just find myself listening to it.

Listen: Necro, “The Dispensation Of Life And Death”


So we can agree that you’re not into trashing women.
Yeah, I would rather not trash anybody, but he goes hard, man. You might put it on somewhere and a woman would be like: “What the heck?” I mean, he tears everybody up, man. He’s worse than Eminem!

Do you ever think about getting into music?
Once in a while I daydream about it… I guess I do have a compartment for that type of daydream. You know, like travelling around Europe or putting something out as an independent artist.

What’s the perfect song to describe today?
Today? Okay. Maybe Kelly Clarkson from 2009. Yeah. 2009 Kelly Clarkson. That’d probably fit today.

What’s your theme song?
My theme song? Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs, “I Got To Have It.” He’s a rapper from Boston.

Listen: Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs, “I Got To Have It”


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