The bassline: The evolution of secret codes embedded in vinyls

Kyla Walker PO ’21 explores the popularity and theory behind backmasking, the act of embedding secret codes in vinyls.

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The downbeat: Wilco released ‘Ode to Joy,’ so here’s an ode to Wilco

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 pens an ode to the Chicago alternative rock band Wilco and their new release, “Ode to Joy.” “Filled with their signature stripped down songs, soft vocals and haunting lyrics, Wilco continues to create meaningful music that’s sure to stand the test of time,” she writes.

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The downbeat: Sick of hearing about love? Jenny Hval’s latest album offers a new spin on an old cliché

In this week’s music column, Ella Boyd SC ’22 reviews Jenny Hval’s album “The Practice of Love,” praising it for its soulful lyrics and multi-faceted portrayal of love. “Hval reminds us that love does not always need to be an extravagant, ring-on-the-finger, mind-blowing, orgasmic, romantic experience. Love can be mundane, and still be beautiful and just as worthwhile.”

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The bassline: Rewinding, recrossing Abbey Road

The bassline recaps the musicality and origins of Abbey Road, The Beatles’ last group album, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

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