Weekly Playlists: May Week Three

Summer is here- finally! With it comes a new set of tunes to jam out to during your sunny commute. The sun rises early these days, and your daily playlist should be fresh and new as well. Here are five new tracks to add to your commute playlist.

 

“I Of The Storm” by Of Monsters And Men

This is a very calm track, one to play on a very still summer night while you’re driving home. Of Monsters and Men has a very earthy tone, and this makes for a great vibe to enjoy in the middle of the night.

 

“Oh Ms. Believer” by Twenty One Pilots

A track that tugs at the heart, this is one that is certainly worth at least a listen. It’s a whole new side of the band that even I hadn’t quite expected. There’s a gentle emotion about this track that I know I will never get over, and that’s why it’s worth a space in your commute.

 

“Woodwork” by Sleeping At Last

Sleeping At Last is another band to listen to during a warm summer night drive. It’s calm and thoughtful, a very intimate genre. “Woodwork” is one of my favorites and definitely worth a listen.

 

“Your Glass House” by Atmosphere

A little more edgy, Atmosphere is a style of hip-hop that everyone can get on board with. It’s welcoming with it’d production but the lyrics always hit a little harder than many tracks.

 

“Handyman” by AWOLNATION

Along with “Table For One,” this is my favorite track from the band’s newest album. There’s a great deal of emotion in this track, which I always appreciate, especially when a band is as production heavy as this one.

 

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How To Change Your Tire

Pothole season is officially upon us, and it seems that they can change an entire commute overnight. A flat tire can ruin your drive, but it doesn’t need to ruin your day. Having a stable solution until you can get your hands on a new tire and check for damage will ensure that you can still go on with your day. Here are the steps you should take to change your tire.

Find a stable area to change your tire.

Have a solid, level surface to stop your car from rolling. Park as far away from traffic as possible and turn on your emergency flashers. Apply your parking brake as well. If possible, put a heavy object in front of both sets of tire to stop your car from moving- like rocks or pieces of concrete.  

Take out your spare tire and jack. 

Place the jack under the frame near the tire. Be sure that it is on the metal portion of your car’s frame. Many cars have molded plastic on the bottom and if you don’t place the jack in the right spot, it will crack the plastic when you start lifting. You owner’s manual should have the correct location to place it if you aren’t sure. Raise the jack until it is supporting, but not lifting the car.

Remove the hubcap and loosen the nuts. 

With your car supported, but not lifted, by the jack, take the hubcap off and loosen the nuts, but don’t take them off. Use the wrench that came with you car or a standard cross wrench. The right size will fit over the nut but won’t rattle when you turn it. Be sure to be turning it counter clockwise— remember righty-tighty lefty-loosey.

Lift the car off the ground and remove the nuts. 

Now lift the car up enough to remove to tire and remove the nuts. Make sure that your car remains stable as you lift it.

Remove the tire and replace it. 

Remove the tire and replace it with the new one. Place the spare on the hub and tighten the nuts until they are all snug. Tighten them as much as possible with the wrench. Wait until they are all on before fully tightening them to ensure that the tire is balanced.

Lower the car and store the damaged tire. 

Lower your car until it is just supported by the jack and then tighten the nuts again. Then fully lower the car and tidy your workspace, storing your jack and damaged tire. The tire can be brought to a mechanic to either be fixed or replaced.

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Artist Picks: The Front Bottoms

It’s time to discuss my favorite band: The Front Bottoms. The Front Bottoms are an American indie rock band that originated in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey in 2006. Their latest album (and arguably their best album) was released on October 13, 2017, marking their sixth album release. Known for their thoughtful lyrics and garage-band-chic production, The Front Bottoms is worth a good, hearty listen during your next long commute or road trip. Here are the top picks from this iconic punk band.

Maps

“Maps” is a song from “The Front Bottoms” album, one of the earliest studio releases. The production gives the track a great tempo and the lyrics are certainly some of my favorite that the band has ever released.

Flashlight

“Flashlight” is one of my first loves. The lyrics are what attracted me first, which is usually the case with any sone from The Front Bottoms. The production is out of the ordinary for the earlier tracks of the band- more laid back and a trumpet tune that is to die for.

Peace Sign

“Peace Sign” is a track from the band’s newest album and my current commute tune. It’s a track that is easy to put on repeat, the oddly swing production easy to enjoy in any mood.

Far Drive

“Far Drive” is an upbeat track from the band’s newest album. The nostalgic subject matter is the biggest draw to this song, the clever lyrics highlighting that emotion.

Vacation Town

Another one of my all time favorite, “Vacation Town” is a track from the band’s newest album, as well. The beach-front vacation vibe with someone you love is the largest draw to this song and what will make you keep it on repeat during your next drive.

Twin Size Mattress

Arguably one of the best releases that The Front Bottoms has ever released. The lyrics, the production, it all is incredible. Take time to read the lyrics more than once as you listen, and then enjoy the slender of this track.

Peach

A favorite for any lover, “Peach” is a great, odd song of romance. This is another one that is worth a few moments of lyric reading. There is a lot of emotion that is worth totally understanding and regarding.

Lipstick Covered Magnet

From the “Rose” EP comes “Lipstick Covered Magnet.” The tempo is upbeat and the lyrics are incredibly clever, some of the best that the band has released.

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Weekly Playlists: February Week Two

The weather is frightful, as is the drive to work, out with your friends, or even just to the grocery store. But, with a few minutes comes a few more songs to tack onto your “driving” playlist. While it may be slick and cold, your current music choices shouldn’t be. Here are five more tracks to add to your playlist this week!

Stranger Things by Onerepublic


“Stranger Things” is the newest single released by Onerepublic. Very reminiscent of Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This,” this love song is packed with emotion, great lyrics, and a fantastic production. But, what else would you expect from Onerepublic? This old-time band has been kicking out great tracks from the beginning, and “Stranger Things” is nothing but perfect.

Table For One by AWOLNATION

AWOLNATION has an odd production and lyric choice, but this is certainly why fans were drawn to them. “Table For One” centers the style a bit, but keeps the vocals reminiscent of their previous style. The beat is slower and the lyrics are thoughtful, which is something that AWOLNATION can sometimes lack. It’s a great track to put on repeat.

Gorgeous by X Ambassadors

Another track that has been put on repeat in my 2008 Dodge Caliber is“Gorgeous” by X Ambassadors. The band is incredibly notorious for releasing fantastic music, complete with thoughtful lyrics and amazing production choices. “Gorgeous” is just one of many to check out by the iconic band.

Wild Heart by Bleachers

“Wild Heart” is a Bleachers favorite of mine. The production is what grabs you first, after the first few listens you can appreciate the entirety of the track. The lyrics are well planned, as is the case with any track that Bleachers releases. It’s truly the best piece of “Wild Heart.” Be sure to listen closely and, above all, enjoy.

Great Love by Vacationer

Vacationer is the most relaxed pick this week, “Great Love” being my favorite from them. This is the one you listen to when you’re running very, very late and need to find some chill, or when you’re driving home late and you’re left with the darkest winter night.

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