Behind the Song: ‘Marley’ by Gouda

A tune about anxiety, depression, and a very special feline friend…

Joey Heins is a music industry student from Philadelphia and solo artist under the name ‘gouda’. His debut single “Marley’ is the story of his friendship with his cat of the same name.

Marley is my cat. My only friend. The only living being that I don’t get any form of anxiousness being around; well, at least anymore.

When I first got Marley, she hid from me and didn’t eat any food, as cats do.

The cat in question.

Going through a breakup and being the anxious person I am, I went crazy, thinking I would end up hurting this beautiful living being that had blessed me with its presence.

This went on for three seemingly-endless days. 

That’s where the song’s instrumental came from. I tend to do that- take control of an anxious moment through writing.

Creating and combining sounds, phrases, and tones allows me to see the moment through a different lens. It feels like another world.

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Playlist Time: Sweet Touch 💞

A poppy mix dedicated to the little touches we often take for granted…

When I think about connection, it’s all about the mind, body and spirit.

During the pandemic, I have been reminded of the many small things I once took for granted.

Because what was once a typical “Miami greeting” (a simple kiss on the cheek) is now a potentially life-threatening gesture. And it’s not even okay to hug family members you haven’t seen in a long time anymore

Hugs and cuddles relieve stress and nurture feelings of safety, trust and bonding by release of “happy” hormones like dopamine and oxytocin. These make us crave them like we would our favorite ice cream.

But now, all forms of physical intimacy between people suddenly carry more risks than ever before.

In honor of the era of social distancing, here’s a list of songs that capture one of life’s simplest pleasures: touch

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Stillblue Embrace Melancholy as a Young Miami Band

And are making their debut with a flowery and sweet tune…

When you’re looking for some heartfelt indie pop… where do you go?

Miami, apparently.

The growing indie scene in the Magic City is making way for all kinds of acts, and one particular band wants to make a name for itself with its sweet and tender tunes.

Their name is stillblue, and here’s why you need to check our their latest single “Bluets.”

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In Conversation With: Nautics

How the NYC indie rockers are giving back to the city that gave them their sound…

Question: How does an NYC indie rock band put their music out there in a year as frustrating and confusing as 2020?

Answer: Simple – by jamming from home.

NYC band Nautics are making the most of lockdown with their latest single “Thoughts on the Ceiling.”

The song’s retro music video was recorded from each member’s home and highlights the new normal for many bands: making music long-distance.

As soon as you hear the synth-driven tune, you’ll pick up a thing or two about their sound.

Nautics are flaunting their musical lineage on this song, paying tribute to the impressive lineup of NYC indie bands that made the 2000s such an exciting time to be a rock ‘n roll fan.

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Inside the Colorful Mind of a Music-Loving Illustrator

Lia Sued on her plenty of heartfelt, music-inspired projects…

Lia Sued C. is. a Dominican illustrator based in New York City.

Her art – touching in its familiarity – reflects her optimistic, youthful spirit and her sweet longing for the best things in life: music, video games, cartoons, food, and family.

When asked how long she’s been drawing for, she answers “I don’t even know, really.”

“I’ve just always done it,” says Sued.

And it’s proof of how engrossed she is within her work. For Sued, art is more than just a vocation, it’s part of her everyday life.

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The Marvelous Music of Paquita Salas

The top musical moments from the beloved Spanish comedy…

Quarantine is… not going well.

Corporations keep airing commercials thanking essential workers while barely paying them a living wage. Record numbers of people are unemployed. Our President is an idiot willing to let thousands of people die.

Everyone is tired. I’m tired.

The only thing keeping me sane is consuming media, including the nearly infinite amount of streaming television available.

And if you’re like me, I don’t have the emotional energy to sit through anything heavy and long like “The Irishman”.

Out of the more lighthearted options, Paquita Salas stands out amongst the rest, a true underdog with moxie. And the show’s soundtrack is exceptional and bubbly.

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In Conversation With: Adult Programming

A chat with the Miami band making ‘post-punk with a sense of humor’…

Post-punk is alive and thriving in Miami. ⭐️

Meet Adult Programming – the shimmering project of singer-songwriter AJ Ruiz. With their punchy tunes and dramatic aesthetic, AP is captivating the local scene and promising lots of thrills at their gigs.

Their glittery punk sound and image are odes to the romanticism, melancholy, and camp of vintage pop – everything from the moody goth of the Sisters of Mercy to the absurdist synthpop of DEVO.

And it’s a delight to witness.

We got the pleasure to chat with Ruiz to on his creative process and eclectic sound, as well as the Miami music scene and his colorful debut singles.

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Oh how I love you, George

To the man who taught me the beauty of stillness and simplicity, on his birthday…

In this post, I will refer to Harrison on a first name basis, simply because he feels like my friend or my surrogate grandfather from another life.

Today is February 25th – the late George Harrison’s birthday.

It’s the only day in February I actively try to remember but always fail to, falling right in the one month I’d rather not think about because its short existence makes me question time itself.

Which, fitting enough, is what I feel George Harrison was all about. Not feeling any dominance over this world, over our illusion of time, and over whatever it is we think we know about either.

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In Conversation With: Womanhouse

A deep dive into the young Miami band’s journey so far…

In a city as flamboyant as Miami, a band like Womanhouse are a dark, but much-welcome surprise.

Made up of singer Emily Afre, bassist Carlo Barbacci, drummer Björn Roland, and guitarists Andrés Nuñez and Steve Montoya, the young band of friends, which formed last year, has been making a name for themselves in the local music scene, playing everywhere from open mic nights to bars and house shows.

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