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Hurricane Sandy Playlist II – Jams for the Drizzle

Well, Hurricane Sandy happened. Classes were cancelled. Students were freaked out. It rained. A lot.

But now, the storm is over–or, at least, it’s died down to a miserable mistiness. Everything’s back on.

We at State In the Real understand your potential disappointment, and so, for your fine Tuesday afternoon, here is Hurricane Sandy Playlist, Part II.

(Fun fact about the Something Corporate song: if the lead sing’s voice sounds familiar, it’s because that’s Andrew McMahon–aka the mastermind behind Jack’s Mannequin. We’re kind of fans.)

…And finally, because every great playlist deserves either some Jack Johnson or Sufjan Stevens, we give you both.

Have a fun and productive Tuesday everyone!

5 Free Albums We Dig

Free music is good. Quality free music is fantastic. The following five albums are by up-and-coming artists we simply must hear more from, and applaud for their generosity.

5. Dieter Schaaf – I Am A Child

Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Schaaf is falls somewhere on the spectrum between a folk singer/songwriter and a hip-hop producer. Present are the elements of deep bass and lofty acoustics. We dig it. He qualifies his inspirations as coming from many genres, plus nature sounds childhood nostalgia. It all came together beautifully, and we’re glad we can grab it for free.

4. The Dean’s List – The Drive-In

These guys are blowing up. And it’s no wonder; their single “Dear Professor” is dope. The sample is ingenious and the flow is tight. Well, the whole record is, really.

3. Ian Axel – This Is The New Year.

Here we change things up a bit. Ian Axel hails from the Big Apple as a student at NYU. True, as far as the alma mater goes, he hasn’t blown up quite as much as that one Stephanie girl we keep hearing on the radio (we’re talking about Lady GaGa), or even Interpol for that matter, but we’re enamored by this guy nonetheless. He simply has a knack for creating a catchy, thoughtful piano tune. He even reminds us a good bit of Ben Folds, and who doesn’t have a soft spot in their callous heart for Ben Folds?

2. Childish Gambino – EP

 

Donald Glover needs no introduction. But perhaps his music does; this is Freeks and Geeks. And holy crap. It’s tighter than a skydiver’s rope. The rhymes here are simply some of the best in the business, which is saying a lot, really, since he’s practically a newcomer to the mainstream hip-hop scene.

1. Hoodie Allen – Leap Year

It’s Hoodie! It’s Hoodie! This dude is a recent Penn graduate, and it shows. He’s bright–brilliant, even. Despite being a newcomer to the underground hip-hop scene, his production values are impeccable. Not only are his beats deep and his lyrics hysterically dope, but just look at this music video; it’s so novel it could be straight out of Hollywood. We don’t know how he does it, but he needs to keep it up!

To download any of these singles along with their respective albums (all of which are SITR quality assured), click on the video and follow the YouTube descriptions’ instructions.

Spread the love (especially if it’s without the price)!

Free New Wiz Khalifa Mixtape "Cabin Fever 2"

 

Wiz Khalifa finally drops his highly anticipated Cabin Fever 2 for free today. He dropped this mixtape as a token of his appreciation to his fans and to get them psyched for his ‘2050 Tour’, which passed through Penn State on Friday. Whether you went to the concert or not, be sure to snatch up this free tape below, with features from French Montana, Juicy J, Chevy Woods, and the rest of the Taylor Gang. Be on the lookout for Wiz’s upcoming second studio album O.N.I.F.C., due out on December 4.

SPA's Noontime Committee Announces Student Showcase Auditions

Any Penn State students interested in showcasing their musical talent, this is for you! The Student Programming Association’s Noontime committee is holding its auditions on October 24th and 25th at 6 pm in the SPA office (223 HUB). Each week SPA puts on its Noontime show, and it’s always a fun time for the students and the acts that perform. Students interested in performing should reach out to Michael Nunez at spanoontime@gmail.com. The official press release is below:

“The Student Programming Association’s Noontime concert series is holding auditions for its bi-annual Student Showcase for student musicians. The SPA Noontime Committee books weekly concerts in the HUB every Friday at Noon in the lounge above Panda Sushi. Every semester they host a Student Showcase, where they select about 5 or 6 student musicians to perform 10-15 minute sets from 12pm-2pm. This year the Student Showcase is on November 2nd, from 12pm-2pm. Auditions will be held in the SPA office in 223 HUB on October 24th and 25th at 6pm. Any musicians interested in scheduling an audition should contact Mike Nunez at spanoontime@gmail.com. If you have any questions about the Showcase, please email Mike Nunez or check out the Facebook event for the auditions.”

MGK drops debut studio album: Lace Up

 

 

MGK’s debut studio album, Lace Up has finally dropped and features multiple guest appearances. Some of the artist are DMX, Ester Dean, Lil Jon, Tech N9ne,  Twista, Waka Flocka Flame, and Young Jeezy. How awesome would it be if DMX made a guest appearance live at the Bryce Jordan Center this November 4th when MGK will roll into town with the MMG Tour?