St. Vincent DeJamz 11-11-13

Somehow, it’s already the middle of November and fall quarter is nearing an end. Before you know it, you’ll be tucked away in some remote corner of the library vigorously cramming weeks’ worth of information into your head. Hey, we’ve all been there. This week’s playlist encourages you to take one last breather and enjoy the last remnants of fall weather before you are absolutely forced to read about that Socrates guy.

1. “Song in D” by Mock Orange – The introductory riff is enough to perk your ears, but the lyrical content is what really makes this song so amazing. Granted, there are many times when I hear lead vocalist Ryan Grisham sing a line and I think to myself, “What does that mean?”, but then I remember it’s a song and it means whatever I want it to.

2. “I Know I Got Religion” by Kurt Vile – A track that sounds like it was meant to be sung fireside somewhere far away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s busy streets, but also perfectly suitable for a Sunday stroll under whatever remains of the autumn leaves.

3. “Afterlife” by Arcade Fire – Arcade Fire really hyped up their latest album, “Reflektor,” but thankfully their music is as good as their marketing. This single magnificently contrasts the sentiments of defeat and hope, which is no easy feat.

4. “All to All” by Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene is not just for hipsters who wear jorts in the winter just to be ironic. The Canadian indie rockers are musical geniuses, and this serene song can attest to that.

5. “The Sky” by Mat Zo feat. Linnea Schossow – This song was constructed so beautifully, mixing sounds and vibes ever so gracefully. The result: a uniquely warm melody that is absolutely hypnotizing.

6. “Do You Want A Man? (John Hill + Rich Costey Remix)” by The Vaccines – When the British group released the “Melody Calling EP” earlier this year, it was quite a shock to longtime listeners who’d grown accustomed to their usual shaggy rock sound. Still, it was a pleasant surprise and a strangely fitting direction for the quartet to take.