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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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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Playlist Time: Intense Bitches

Ugly feelings from unapologetically bold women.

No stranger’s feet will enter me
I wash the panesI clean the stains
Get out of my house! 

There’s a certain breed of female musicians that seems to make some men really uncomfortable…

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Playlist Time: Sisterly Sophisti-Pop Commutin’

Ridin’ out to the sound of an 80’s saxophone solo…

As I drove back home with my sister a few days ago, I noticed her exhaustion.

After an 8-hour day of studying and going to classes, she was beyond burned out. I was playing a mix of some of my favorite songs, “The Loner” by Neil Young was currently playing.

Perhaps it was too harsh for her, but she looked bored – I tried my best not to be offended.

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Playlist Time: Long Hot Summer

We should all be swimming and tanning…

Ice cold lemonade, cute polka-dotted swimsuits, cheap chancletas straight out of CVS, too little sunscreen, a stinging and peeling sunburn, and the cooling aloe vera gel spread across your back. There really is nothing like going to the beach.

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