Dorm Room Tour Comes to Georgetown

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For an hour last Tuesday, Sept. 29, my townhouse became a musical venue. The “Dorm Room Tour,” a U.S. tour featuring indie musician Connor Leimer, entered into my house and I am so happy it did.

Connor is a 19-year-old Kansas born and raised musician. He is traveling across the country, with his videographer Grace, bringing his songs, talent and positive disposition to a variety of college campuses. One of my roommates knew about Connor from Kansas (guess people from Kansas really do stick together) and provided us with this awesome experience.

I gave Connor my polaroid to remember the Hilltop by!
I gave Connor my polaroid to remember the Hilltop!

Connor’s tour, while it only started a week and a half ago, has already hit Nashville, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, DC, Boston, and New York. In addition to playing at my house, Connor also performed the following night in Adams Morgan.

As mainstream I might be, Connor Leimer’s music still moves me. He wrote most of these songs when he was young, a pretty incredible feat. Moreover, Connor is so positive and driven, especially for being so young! He has a backup plan, a contagious positivity and, in my personal biased opinion, the chance to be one of the voices of our generation. His music has such an interesting take on life and can appeal to almost everyone.

Check him out on Spotify, iTunes or YouTube. His new EP, Postcard, was just released (Note: It is amazing).

You probably should also follow him on Instagram and Twitter, as he is basically living the life right now. Good luck with the rest of the tour, Connor!

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Friday Fixat10ns: Some Chill Tunes

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Do you ever feel completely freakin’ exhausted after a long week?  Are you so happy that Friday afternoon has arrived and all you want to do for the next few hours is chill?  Are you looking for perfect cool and relaxing playlist to make your Friday sweet?  Well this Friday Fixat10ns playlist is just what you need.  We at 4E  are concerned about your inner peace, your inner chakra as I like to call it.  So do yourself a favor and just listen.

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1. East Coast Girl- Cayucas. This ultimate poppy indie band hailing from Southern California will have you thinking about sun, palm trees, and the beach in no time.  Even though this song is called East Coast Girl, it still truly gives off some good vibes.

2. Always – Panama. Hitting an even more calming note, Always by Panama takes on an eclectic dramatic tune.  Oh how this song is so perfect for ultimate relaxation.

3. Naked Kids- Grouplove. Ahhh, my favorite hippy group!  I love them, purple hair and all.  This song will also have you wishing you were “cruisin’ down the highway, with your friends topdown”.  Summer is coming soon, kids! Don’t worry.

4. Hollywood – RAC. Although I usually add this tune to my pre-game playlist, it’s also great for some background noise. RAC has recently popped up more within the poppy indie scene as their sound has a harmonious combination of pop and

5. Wide Eyes- Local Natives. If you haven’t heard of them, they two have a great sound and a quirky flair.  If Wide Eyes does not help you find your inner chakra, then I don’t know what will.

6. Modern Jesus – Portugal. The Man. I’ve always been taken by Portugal. The Man’s luring and intense lyrics, but their sound is also something to take note of. Modern Jesus may leave you feeling quite pensive.

7. Climbing Walls – Strange Talk. I randomly stumbled upon this tune a while back on Youtube and figured it should make the list. It’s super catchy, so watch out.

8. October – Broken Bells. I love Broken Bells because they are composed of the same artist/producer of The Shins, another band with beautifully constructed songs.

9. Phantom Limbs – The Shins. Have you found that ultimate relaxed level yet? After 8 songs, I think you have to be almost there! Just keep listening, just keep listening!

10. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire. You’ve probably heard of these guys as they have been making the festival rounds over the last few years. This particular song is just the right amount of chill.

Well I really hope this playlist did the trick to relax you! Enjoy your weekend, fellow Hoyas!

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Friday Fixat10ns: An Indie Christmas

Well, it looks like finals are all over and all of us brain-dead Hoyas are relaxin’ at home for a little TLC.  As you shove your mouth full of Christmas cookies and lay around in your flannel PJs, listen to this little list of chill indie tunes. It will put you in a holidaze.

1. Holiday Vampire Weekend

Even though this group of lyrical geniuses will be singing “Dreidel, Dreidel” instead of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, we still need them in our Christmas album.  All I want for Christmas is to be serenaded by Ezra Koenig.

2. Wonderful Christmastime The Shins

Usually when I listen to the Shins, I just try to simply wrap my head around the meaning of their songs, but this poppy Christmas tune is anything but complicated.  We are just simply having a wonderful Christmastime.

3. Santa Stole My Lady Fitz and the Tantrums

I guess Santa’s on the naughty list this year according to Mr. Fitz.  Keep tabs on your lady because you may find that fat jolly old man charming the socks off of her.  Hide your mistletoe, guys.

4. Sleigh Ride She & Him

Zooey Deschanel is doing more than just singing to Will Ferrell in “Elf.” She and M. Ward have created a whole album just for the holidays.  This duo just makes you want to sip some overly priced coffee at a hip coffee shop and ponder life.

5. Jingle Bell Rock Rogue Wave

“Jingle Bell Rock,” such a classic.  A little different from the “Jingle Bell Rock” played in your fave film Mean Girls, this version creates a laid back vibe.

6. Auld Lang Syne Andrew Bird

If you’re looking for an indie/folk twist on this traditional Scottish song that you have probably never heard of, then this is perfect for you.  This song is all about change and starting the new year off right and for most of us, this is very relevant.

7. Christmas Party Dr. Dog

Put your ugly Christmas sweater on and get ready for a groovy Christmas party.  This song takes you back to an era only our grandparents know.  I feel like I should hear this playing in the background of a “Mad Men” Christmas episode.

8. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Death Cab for Cutie

Oh Death Cab for Cutie you bring me back to the late 90s, when I was only a wee child. This version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is spot on.  I’m sure your baby will come home after they hear your sultry voice.

9. Blue Christmas Bright Eyes

Please do not be blue this holiday, but please do listen to this calming song about a sad lad who is missing his S/O during the holiday.  It’s not really a poppy indie tune about holiday cheer, but it’ll give ya the feels.

10. The Christmas Song The Raveonettes

This ’60s style song is about not wanting Christmas to end and I think all of us can relate to that.  This song has such a chill vibe that it just makes you want to cruise down the PCH under the California sun.

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Mastering the Movie Night

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Every now and then, even the most self-possessed Georgetown students will come to find themselves at the point where they just. Can’t. Even. Whether you’ve been #raging every night or you’ve spent so much time on Lau 5 that you’re starting to develop a fluorescent glow (’cause you know, here on the Hilltop we’re all about the Work-Hard-Play-Hard), what you really need is a healthy dose of downtime. Here at 4E, movie nights are one of our favorite ways to chill out after a long week on the daily grind – and we’re bringing you a list of the best ones, and how to do them right:

The Binge Night

Everything you do on Binge Night must be to absolute excess. Bury yourself in a mountain of pillows, then pick a classic series like Harry Potter or something absurd thrilling like Saw (things really pick up around number IV) and watch it through from start to finish. If you don’t consume at least 4,000 calories – I’m talking a large Domino’s pizza, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s per person, all the Wisey’s cookies (even oatmeal raisin) and a never-ending supply of cool ranch Doritos – you’re doing something wrong. Binge Nights typically end around 4 in the morning, when the last kid standing feebly finds the remote under one of his snoring friends, hits mute and promptly passes out on an empty box of donuts.

Also recommended: the Bourne series, The Fast & The Furious, Mission: Impossible, Transformers, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, the Scary Movies, James Bond

The Disney Night

Coming home to some milk & cookies and a Disney movie is just as satisfying after midterms week as it was back in the 90s after an arduous half-day at kindergarten. Take a trip down memory lane with a timeless pick from the Disney vault like The Lion King, or stay young and hip with the more recent hits like Up, Tangled, and Frozen (FYI: resisting Frozen does not make you cool/hipster). If you’re not into cartoons, there are plenty of awesome Disney Channel Original Movies (#tbt to the kids jumping on the blue film roll) that will make you wish you were ten again, when all your favorite celebs had yet to check into rehab.

Also recommended: Finding Nemo, The Parent Trap, Pocahontas, The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical, The Aristocats, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Holes, The Princess Diaries, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Jungle Book

The Girls’ Night

Girls’ night is romantic comedy central. Grab your closest galpals, bust out the facemasks and copies of Cosmo, and snuggle up to a three-hour gossip sesh/pity party set against the dulcet tones of Dirty Dancing or Sweet Home Alabama. As awesome as Girls’ Night is, tread with care: it will inevitably leave you at best bemoaning the lack of Brads/Leos/Channings in the general DC area, and at worst texting that only semi-attractive kid in your Calc class with the hopes that he might be the Aaron Samuels to your Katie Cady Heron.

Also recommended: The Breakfast Club, Bridesmaids, Step Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, She’s the Man, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, John Tucker Must Die, Pretty Woman, Friends With Benefits

The FTB Night

The male equivalent to the RomCom fest, #ForTheBoys Night involves spending some quality time with your number one bros – no chicks allowed. Testosterone levels will be through the roof once everyone starts doing the Matthew McConaughey Wolf of Wall Street chant in unison whilst snacking on beef jerky.

Also recommended: the Batman trilogy, The Godfather, American Pie, Scarface, Superbad, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Animal House, Wedding Crashers, Remember the Titans, Gladiator

The Cultured Night

Cultured Night is the perfect opportunity for you and your friends to revel in the fact that you’re fancy and intellectual, because hey – you’re in college now! Gather round an obscure indie (or something slightly more mainstream) flick like The Grand Budapest Hotel, and dive into some fair-trade organic Trader Joe’s popcorn (the Kettle Corn is seeerrrriously good). You don’t really gets what’s going on, but you still feel really impressed with yourself because would you look at this artsy movie I’m watching!? If you’re feeling really brave, you might just even go foreign. Did someone say Sundance?

Also recommended: Chef, Rust and Bone, Her, The Master, El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), Mean Streets, Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

The Wine Night

For those who are 21 and up, wine can be the perfect complement to a movie night at home.  Just as you drink different kinds of wine with different meals, so too must you carefully choose your grape in accordance with your featured genre.  That said, there is one specific wine-movie pair that stands out above the rest: Reds and Romance.  Let’s face it – it’s a cliché for a reason: crying hysterically over Titanic is so much more rewarding if you’re a little (or a lot) drunk.

Also recommended: The Notebook, Romeo & Juliet, The Last Song, Casablanca, The Fault in Our Stars, The English Patient, P.S. I Love You, The Time Traveler’s Wife

(Note: The principles of the Wine Night can be successfully applied to any of the nights mentioned above).

So those are some of 4E’s tested and approved movie nights. But feel free to gather your friends, grab some snacks and begin your own special movie night tradition!

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Guide Grooves: Matchbox Twenty and Grizzly Bear

Guide Grooves from September 14 from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

This week, The Guide took a look at a standout classic and a recent standout. Turns out, however, the standout classic — Matchbox Twenty — was underwhelming, while the recent standout — Grizzly Bear — maintained all that had made them a hit in the first place. This week was also an outstanding week for new releases. So instead of picking one great new release, I chose three to serenade your Tuesday evening.

Sleeping Ute — Grizzly Bear Though we highlighted a one of the tracks on this album last week that had been released as a single in August, we had no way of knowing how awesome this album would be yet. Turns out, Grizzly Bear didn’t disappoint following the success of their last album.

Speaking In Rounds — Grizzly Bear This song is a great testament Grizzly Bear’s willingness to experiment with new rhythms and sounds. Surprise! It works beautifully.

Our Song — Matchbox Twenty Unlike our wonderful Guide editor, I have never been a Matchbox fan. This song is both mind-numbingly repetitive and totally gets stuck in your head. A Matchbox song stuck in my head makes me mildly unhappy.

She’s So Mean — Matchbox Twenty Okay, this song is catchy and not horrible. But The Guide also called this the only non-bland song on the album, so the standards for this song weren’t necessarily all that high to begin with.

Default — Atoms for Peace This song is great. It’s got an all-star cast of artists behind it and it features some awesome beats. It’s pretty entrancing and is now the headline of my “Studying at 3 a.m.” playlist.

Every Chance We Get We Run — David Guetta (feat. Tegan & Sara and Alesso) I see what David Guetta is getting at here, with the success of his “Titanium” and Flo Rida’s “Wild Ones” — both featuring strong female indie vocalist Sia — over the summer. I’ve loved everything that Tegan & Sara have dropped since high school, but I have to agree with The Guide that the vocals don’t necessarily jibe with the song. Nonetheless, don’t be surprised if you find yourself DFMOing to this song at Thirds or Mason soon.

I Will Wait — Mumford & Sons Oh, Mumford, you’ve done it again. You’re beautiful raspy folky songs are making me have an emotional experience.

The Way It Was — The Killers The Killers released a new album today! If everything is like this track, it won’t disappoint.

Time of My Life — MS MR I instantly fell in love with this duo when they came to D.C. in August. They’re shrouded in mystery and we only know the first name of the lead singer — Lizzie — but her vocals are exhilarating to listen to. She somehow manages to combine the power singing of Adele, the smoothness of Florence Welch and the airiness of Ellie Goulding. It’s one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. The male half of the duo is in charge of of MS MR’s incredible beats. This track has been on repeat since it was released as part of an EP on Friday.

 

Friday Fixat10ns: Spring in Step

Spring In Step from ecgarbi on 8tracks.

These here are walking songs.

“The stones were sharp,
The wind came at my back;
Walking along the highway,
Mincing like a cat.”
― Theodore Roethke

Simple Song – The Shins Springy, green and kind of saccharin. Perfect for going places in warm weather.
Fitz and the Dizzyspells – Andrew Bird Bird’s folksy songs are always pretty lush. This one’s got a quick tempo.
Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac You can walk your own way.
Cool, Calm & Collected – The Rolling Stones Three adjectives which very accurately describe walker’s ego.
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies An entrance song.
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley Okay, not specifically about walking but the beat and swing to it make it work.
I Walked – Sufjan Stevens “I walked as you walked”
I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li Following = walking
Robin – Tennis The melody sound familiar? Tennis is apparently a fan of Disney’s Robin Hood. Mi piace the Italian version.
Walk On By  – Dionne Warwick Soulful walking.
I’m Waiting For the Day –  The Beach Boys The DRUMS!

Friday Fixat10ns #1

4E’s Friday Fixat10ns #1 from thehoya on 8tracks.

Every Friday, 4E will post a playlist of 10 songs that have fixated us for the past week. Those fixat10ns will be posted on 4E both as a testament to the end of the week, but also in preparation for the weekend to come. This week, we have understandably been fixated to the construction and beginning of the blog.

So, in this first edition of Fixat10ns, 4E celebrates our inaugurat10n day with 10 songs celebrating the beginning. The initiat10n. The introduct10n. The commencement of a new tradit10n in the Georgetown blogoshpere.

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