Weekend Playlist: Punk Rock

by Amy Karp

What better way to let loose this weekend than with some head-banging, ruckus-causing, mohawk-inspiring punk rock? No, I'm not talking about Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy. I mean real punk. The Clash, Missfits, Buzzcocks, The Stooges. And hey, plus side, now all you girls out there can finally wear your Ramones t-shirts with some credibility. I hope this music makes you want to pierce your nose with a safety pin and fight the cops this weekend. Stick it to the man. Ozzy ozzy ozzy!




YOUTH Radio: Interview with Bear Hands' Dylan Rau

by Amy Karp

From left: Dylan, Ted, Val, TJ
Dylan Rau, lead singer of Bear Hands, the always incredible indie-rock/post-punk band from Brooklyn, graciously accepted my plea for an interview and exceeded all expectations and preconceptions I had about how our interview conducted over Facebook messenger, yes, Facebook messenger, would turn out. And here you thought messenger was only used so that people who don't know you well enough to have your number could bother you 24/7. Actually, on second thought, that is exactly what I used it for. But back to Bear Hands--here are some essential facts about the band that I took straight off their brief but informative Wikipedia page.
The band consists of Dylan Rau, Val Loper, Ted Feldman, and TJ Orscher, and they have been together since 2006. The band has released one EP, Golden, and two LPs, Burning Bush Supper Club and Distraction. They have opened up for Cage the Elephant on tour and played a myriad of festivals, the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza, and South by Southwest included. Also, I am quite familliar with Bear Hands as I have seen them three times in concert and met them twice, so I truly hope they do not think I am a stalker after all this.

Here are the Qs and As(:

Q: Have you all always wanted to be in a band or did you always know you were gonna do something awesome with your lives or anything like that?  
A: I fantasized about being in a band since fifth grade so yes I think it's been swirling around in my brain for a long time. Had a band in high school and spent more time at college writing songs than doing homework so pretty one track mind-y.

Q: I am really interested in the creative process. The making of a song is something I have never really been able to really wrap my head around. Do you normally have lyrics first and then work out the instrumentals? And who does what during the creation of a song?  

A: About half the time I come up with a lyric before any music exists and then I'll try to match it to instrumental loops that I make on my computer or sometimes something that Ted has come up with. We both write songs in Bear Hands and we always bounce stuff off each other, send MP3s back and forth etc. After the song gets closer to completion we'll bring in Val and TJ and get the drums/bass going and figure out how the song will work within the live band context.

Q: Also, are all of your songs really personal to you or do you ever make a song playing a character or just out of something random that you end up liking?  
A: Depends on the song. Some are pretty close and some are about other people real or imagined. Take stuff out of the newspaper, TV, Youtube comments that kind of thing.
Q: What is next for you all? Are you playing any festivals this year, touring, or working on a new album perhaps?  
A: We're close to completing the writing process on our third LP. Hopefully, we'll get it out in 2015 but no promises. We have a couple of one off dates book. I know we're doing Firefly in Delaware but that might be the only festival on the books right now.

Q: In Giants, you reference Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and I follow your Rad Genetics playlist on Spotify that is mostly gangster rap. Do you guys all really like rap and does your love of the genre have any influence over your music?  
A: Yeah I think we all enjoy rap, probably Val and me especially. I try to let all kinds of music influence my writing while maintaining authenticity where possible.

Q: Who else is a big influence to you / artists you look up to a lot?  
A: Obama, Howard Stern, Bob Dylan, Mark Ronson, Larry Bird.
Q: In what ways do you feel you have evolved from the Golden EP? If you listen to the EP and then Distraction, there are definitely a lot of major differences.  
A: Well the music is pretty significantly different I think. We were way more guitar centric then, didn't have a keyboard in the live set up etc. Also I was really the only songwriter back then whereas the band has grown into a more collaborative entity these days.  

Q: Dylan, my whole family (especially my mom) is dying to know if you do yoga and in general about those awesome poses you always break out on stage. (*FYI Dylan tends to do poses somewhere between yoga and breakdancing at least once during a concert*)  
A: Ha, I've done yoga prolly five times in my entire life. Mostly at some sports camps I went to when I was like 14. It's not a part of my daily life but I kinda like it I guess.

Q: How do you get ready and excited before you go on stage? Do you have any rituals that you have to do or something like that?  
A: Warm up my voice and drink whiskey. Try not to talk too much.

Q: Do you have any songs that you get bored of playing but feel like you have to because the audience wants to hear it or, conversely, a favorite song to perform? And do you ever really want to play an old random song that you can’t or do just always play all the songs you want to?  

A: Songs perpetually feel old to the people that wrote them/play them every night just due to overexposure but if it's a good show and people are having fun those feelings really melt away and it's easy to have a good time playing what people want to hear.  

Follow Bear Hands on Spotify here; the Golden EP was recently released on there and they have a lot of interesting playlists on their page


Man Candy Monday: Dreamy-Hunky Heartbreakers

by Ryan Benson

 What is a hunk? Is it a man with luscious, flowing hair, swept into an unkempt man-bun? Is it a beachy, bronzed dreamboat sporting short-shorts that accentuate his toned legs, golden with perspiration and tanning oil? Is it a boyish, innocent being with clear eyes, jet-black hair, and a goofy grin? Is it a dapper, crew-cutted male with a wardrobe that might as well have come from the haberdashery of the gods? Ahhh, men. What gifts. Though we do realize it's what's on the inside that counts, sometimes we'd rather just look at them. 

(Young)Brad Pitt

James Franco

Douglas Booth

Cary Grant
James Dean


John Mayer

Johnny Depp

Jude Law

Harry Styles

Leonardo Dicaprio

Logan Lerman


Galentine's Day

by Ryan Benson

Happiest of Galentine's Days to all our beloved youthlings. 

Groove to Amy's Galentine's Playlist below and let the music's love permeate your soul. 


YOUTH Radio: Hodgy Beats-DENATAPE 2

by Amy Karp
Genre: rap, experimental hip-hop
You've heard: "Analog," now listen to: "If I Say So"

        DENATAPE 2 is Hodgy's best work yet. It's filled with classic Odd Future nonsense that we have all come to know and love over the years... aka there's tons of jokes and bragging and fun. But DENATAPE 2 also shows how much Hodgy has grown and polished his talent since his (and all of Odd Future's) first solo mix tape, DENATAPE, in 2009.
        For those of you who know vaguely of Tyler, the Creator but don't really get the whole group dynamic, allow me to explain. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All Don't Give A Fuck (often shortened to OFWGKTADGAF, OFWGKTA, simply OF, or Golf Wang) is a rap collective based in LA, created by Tyler in 2007. Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, Tyler, the Creator, and Casey Veggies were the founding members of the group and now they have become much larger; new notable members include Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean, and Syd tha Kid. Basically, all of them are super-talented and for the most part totally underrated rappers/musicians/producers who will one day change the way people think about the genre of rap altogether.
         But back to Hodgy. Hodgy is one half of Mellowhype, an Odd Future subgroup, the other half being fellow OF member, Left Brain. Mellowhype has put out 3 studio albums,  Yellowhite, Blackenedwhite, and Numbers, but this is Hodgy's first solo album since DENATAPE and approximately 8 million times better. He manages to maintain everything that is essentially Hodgy while showing the world a whole new side of himself at the same time. The fourth track on the album, "Cudda Been," is chill and extremely thoughtful while the fifth track, "Wild Boy," is aggressive and fast tempo-ed, yet the transition between the two is effortless. Other notable songs include "HakuemeniB" and "FREEALLMYNIGGAS."
        Overall, the album is definitely worth a listen and completely free. That's right. Hodgy doesn't charge a single dime for you to listen to his incredible album so you have absolutely nothing to lose(:
        Here, for your enjoyment, are some great pictures of Hodgy Beats and a Soundcloud playlist that contains my favorite tracks from DENATAPE 2 along with other similar songs from Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, etc.



Weird Wednesday: Wild Unicorn

by Ryan Benson

A cajillion thanks to my brother dearest, Cal, for modeling. You're the most majestic unicorn I've ever encountered. Stay weird this Wednesday and forever more, youthlings.