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It's December, Who's Ready to Carol?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, UGLY SWEATER SEASON, and you know what that means! Artists are beginning to release their Christmas albums. Get excited for some new releases from artists like Lady Antebellum, Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat, and even Cee Lo Green. Lady Antebellum’s beautiful duo is sure to fill your home with Christmas spirit. Christina Perri has finally released her A Very Merry Perri Christmas EP. Unfortunately she didn’t release a whole album, but she should have! Her voice sounds amazingly magical on her new tracks. Colbie Caillat’s new track “Christmas in the Sand” is taking a new twist on the ordinary Christmas song. Did you know she saw Santa in a bathing suit? Check out all of these brilliant new releases and get in the Holiday spirit!

Lady Antebellum: “On This Winter’s Night”

Christina Perri: “A Very Merry Perri Christmas”

Colbie Caillat: “Christmas in the Sand”

Cee Lo Green: “Run Rudolph Run”

Staff Pick – Music I'm Thankful For: Ed Sheeran

The musical artist I am currently thankful for is one of my favorite red-headed Brits, Ed Sheeran. He started playing the guitar at a young age, and soon after began writing original music. His early success allowed me to imagine a similar path for myself, inspiring my sister and I to follow our own dreams as aspiring musicians. Recently, we also began writing original songs, with lyrics that strive to capture truth and beauty. Meanwhile, Sheeran’s lyrics capture an essential realism, with words that are wise yet simple. I have been listening to his music for a little more than a year, and his songs never seem to get old. His first music video that truly grabbed my attention was for his song “Lego House,” a collaboration with another favorite British red head of mine – Rupert Grint. Grint plays a star struck stalker, having an obsession with everything Ed Sheeran. I too was a little obsessed, but in my case, it’s mostly with Ed Sheeran’s lovely music.

Ed Sheeran has also recently collaborated with one of my other favorite artists, Taylor Swift. They wrote a song together on Swift’s new album Red, “Everything Has Changed”. To no surprise, it turned out to be my favorite song off of the album. Sheeran is now going to go on Taylor Swift’s Red tour (beginning in March).

Thanksgiving Break: NYC Concert Roundup

For those in the NYC metropolitan area for Thanksgiving break, here is a list of this week’s concerts!

Tuesday 11/20:

  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza. 7:00PM
  • Asher Roth at The Gramercy. 7:00PM
  • Of Monsters and Men at Terminal 5. 7:00PM
  • Aerosmith and Cheap Trick at Madison Sq Garden. 7:30 PM

Wednesday 11/21:

  •  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza. 7:00PM
  • Bob Dylan at the Barclays Center. 7:00PM
  • Of Monsters and Men at Terminal 5. 7:00PM

Thursday 11/22:

  • ASAP Twelvyy at the Highline Ballroom. 7>00PM

Friday 11/23:

  • Dance Gavin Dance at Irving Plaza. 5:00PM
  • Scott McCreery at the Beacon Theater. 5:30PM
  • Taking Back Sunday at Terminal 5. 7:00PM
  • Hoodie Allen at Webster Hall. 7:30PM
  • R Kelly at Madison Sq Garden. 8:00PM.

Saturday 11/24:

  • Citizen Cope at the Beacon Theater. 7:00PM
  • Taking Back Sunday at Terminal 5. 7PM.

 

Have a great Thanksgiving Break, and keep on rockin’!

Childish Gambino and Turquoise Jeep release collab track

Cult favorites unite! “Fuck Your Blog” by Childish Gambino ft. Flynt Flossy & Yung Humma (members of cult rap craze Turquoise Jeep) dropped recently, and let me just say, it’s everything fans could ask for. Those familiar with Turquoise Jeep will see a different side to their favorite rappers. In the song, they have moved away from comedy, and demonstrate their excellent and unique rap flows. Childish Gambino fans on the other hand will get exactly what they expect from one of the best punchline rappers in the game.

The song’s only flaw is that it is only 2:28. But that’s okay. You can just listen to it four times.

#KTJR

 

 

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!