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Cover Recommendation: Hwasa and Kei sing “Wish You Were Gay”

| October 30, 2019

My current obsession is this specific cover of Billie Eilish’s “Wish You Were Gay,” covered by Hwasa from Mamamoo (in the orange jumpsuit) and Kei from Lovelyz (in the black dress). I like the song best of what I’ve heard of Billie Eilish’s music, but this cover (especially their performance of it) is a delight. […]

Music Recommendation: Pentagon

| June 5, 2019

One of the things I’ve learned since starting to listen to K-pop is that the groups primarily play in ENORMOUS stadiums. A friend of mine saw BTS in New York recently, and the stadium there is VAST. Seattle doesn’t have a stadium or arena of the appropriate size to host these sorts of groups, so […]

Music Recommendations: Mika’s “Good Guys”

| January 30, 2019

Jeremy has recently become a big fan of Mika. He played me this video recently, and I fell in love with both the video and the song. It also reminded me of another favorite artist of mine from some years back, Rufus Wainwright (who I think gets a name drop in the song). Enjoy!

Music Recommendation: Korean Pop

| December 26, 2018

My current music obsession has surprised some folks, while other folks have just nodded knowingly. Jeremy got me completely hooked on Korean pop music. It’s become my go-to music for when I need to concentrate on a repetitive task but need some sort of music to keep me motivated. The fact that I can understand […]

Music Recommendation: “Helpless” by The Regrettes

| July 25, 2018

My sister got me hooked on the Hamilton original cast recording the last time I was in St. Louis. I then played most of it for Jeremy while we were driving around in California. He returned the favor by finding me this delightful pop-punk cover of “Helpless.” Enjoy!

Music Recommendation: The Smithsfits

| June 20, 2018

One of my good friends posted a link on Facebook to a song the other day, and it basically made my head explode in the best possible way. Somehow, I hadn’t heard of the Smithsfits until then, despite them being a mashup of two of my favorite bands. Just imagine the jangly guitars of the […]

Music Recommendation: Savage (Songs from a Broken World) by Gary Numan

| November 29, 2017

I’m a music junkie–back in the early 2000s, when large hard drives were pricey, I shelled out for a 300 GB hard drive to house my music. (All that music now lives on my laptop hard drive, with room to spare, because we live in the future!) But I haven’t bought a ton of new […]