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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To the Year That Felt Like a Decade:

Ten songs that marked my year of feeling, traveling and rambling…

To 2019: the finest line I’ve walked on thus far.

For the year that saw my biggest going-through-the-motions and for the decade that molded me into the tiny self-titled badass I am today, I say thank you.

2019 was the ultimate capstone of a decade that saw my teen years, the journey through middle school, high school, and into university and the working world. It’s ten years of self-discovery, of wading through periods of anxious emotions and feelings towards friends, crushes, the in-between of both, of traveling and living without my family by my side in foreign countries, of discovering what I want for myself and who I care to be seen as by my community and by my city. Ten years of music and artists and concerts that allowed me to unleash whatever, good or bad, was plaguing me in the current moment.

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Playlist Time: Sensitive Music for Sensitive People – A Beach Boys Mixtape

My yearlong obsession with these Californian boys…

Artwork by Sofía Zelaya.

According to Spotify’s yearly recount, I spent 146 hours listening to The Beach Boys in 2019. Their music feels like nothing else to me.

Listening to their complex harmonies has been my coping mechanism during difficult times, as has been reading about their history, full of ups and downs.

And it turns out the world of The Beach Boys is quite the rabbit hole.

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Albums to Love: Sam’s Town by The Killers

How the desert dreamers disturbed critics and won over listeners with their heartfelt rock…

Artwork by Camila Estela G.

The first record I ever owned was Sam’s Town by The Killers. I shoplifted it from a Target that had just opened here in Staten Island. This was before they figured out that people brought stuff into the bathroom with them and ripped the packaging off so they could walk out undetected. 

Now they have sensors right before you enter the bathroom, thus putting an end to a true golden age for moody teens who needed their fix of both bombastic stadium rock and season four of Scrubs. Shame.

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