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QUICKSPINS: Jack Harlow – Confetti

Confidence bleeds all over Jack Harlow’s new mixtape, Confetti

The worst crime an album can commit is being boring. Artists often overstay their welcome and release lethargic pieces of work that fail to illustrate their strengths. We’ve seen this happen with albums having more than 15 tracks, or that are longer than 50 minutes.

Thankfully, Jack Harlow knows what he’s good at and when to cap it off. Confetti, his newest mixtape, is a concise 35-minute banger-fest that puts his tight flow in a trophy case, all while rapping over beats that could rattle any neighbourhood if played at full volume.

The 12-track project opens similarly to his previous effort from 2018, Loose; with a banger. It sets the tone and establishes the flow that the Louisville rapper would seamlessly use throughout the mixtape. The beats are simple but effective. The bass is booming, the melodies add personality, and most importantly, they never bore. “THRU THE NIGHT” with Bryson Tiller’s flip of Usher’s classic “U Don’t Have To Call,” demonstrates both artists seamlessly rapping over the continuously sampled chorus. Harlow’s knack for hooks also makes each song worth revisiting because of how catchy they are. Nothing ever reaches high levels of complexity, but it never really matters.

Those looking for something innovative will have to look elsewhere. The flows are similar sounding throughout each track and most tracks bleed into each other, making standout moments harder to come by. That said, nothing on the album is particularly bad. At worst, the songs sound similar. At best, they still rock whatever speakers from which they’re being heard. In short, Harlow’s mixtape is a fun, short romp, best heard driving around the city in traffic.


Trial Track: “THRU THE NIGHT”

Star Bar: “Late nights, head hurtin’ / Open up the red curtains / You don’t love me, you just networkin’ / I’m still trying to be the best version of me” (Harlow on “HEAVY HITTER”)

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Lil Yachty – Lil Boat 2

Lil Yachty – Lil Boat 2 (Quality Control)

Lil Yachty’s latest mixtape is a sequel to his debut mixtape, Lil Boat. The original Lil Boat featured the autotuned crooner switching between two personas: Lil Yachty and Lil Boat. Yachty is the sensitive singing artist, while Boat focused more on rapping and was more aggressive. Lil Boat 2 deviates from this formula with more of the Boat persona shining through. On the majority of the 18 tracks, Yachty trades in bubbly beats for more ominous and cavernous trap production. His rapping has come a long way since the Lil Boat tape, with the flows being more pronounced and hard-hitting. Songs like “She Ready” and “Love Me Forever” are examples of when Yachty goes for a singing approach, but it works. Not to mention songs like “BOOM!” and “66” are certified bangers. This project’s big weak spot is its length, with over half the songs running too short and too generic.

Trial Track: “BOOM!” ft. Ugly God

Score: 6/10


Mixtape – Spring is in the Air

With spring fast approaching, The Concordian compiled a mixtape that reflects our love-hate relationship with the season. Countless love songs have been written about the springtime, but spring can also be a time for heartbreak and transition.

As we impatiently watch the months of heavy snow slowly melt away, we also see all that discarded trash begin to surface. As we stop to smell the flowers, we can’t help but get a whiff of unpleasantness; it’s this duality of the season that has inspired artists and musicians alike for years.

So clutch your lover tight and bask in the optimism of Side A: “Love in Springtime” and when things aren’t looking so rosy, flip to Side B: “Spring Heartbreak,” for the sludgy remains of a long winter.


Side A: “Love in Springtime”

1. “White Winter Hymnal” – Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

2. “Love is A Place” – Metric – Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

3. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

4. “April In Paris” – Thad Jones – The Magnificent Thad Jones

5. “Exercises In Free Love” – Montserrat Caballé – Barcelona

6. “Looks Just Like The Sun” – Broken Social Scene -You Forgot It in People

7. “Scenic World” – Beirut – Lon Gisland

8. “Time of the Season” – The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

9. “Taste Of The Sun” – Meat Puppets – No Joke!

10. “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” – Simon and Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme 

Side B: “Spring Heartbreak”

1. “Another Spring” – Nina Simone – Nina Simone and Piano

2. “Piledriver Waltz” – Alex Turner – Submarine EP

3. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” – Ella Fitzgerald – Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

4. “Walk in the Park” – Beach House – Teen Dream

5. “Stormy Weather” – Billie Holiday – An Evening with Billie Holiday

6. “Spring Song” – Mose Allison – Back Country Suite


7. “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers – Just as I Am

8. “Spring Is Here” – Chet Baker – Deep in a Dream

9. “Rainy Weather Blues” – Bessie Smith –The Complete Columbia Recordings

10. “The Park” – Feist – The Reminder


Valentine’s Day Mixtape

“…And the next song is dedicated to all the lovers in the room.” Who hasn’t heard this sentence at a party at least once in their life? Whether it was at a high school dance or at a wedding, it seems we can’t escape these slow dance tunes. The following is a compilation of some of the best romantic songs from the last 70 years. Side A is a nostalgic homage to our grandparents and our parents, where Side B features an amalgamation of songs Millennials had their first slow dance to, along with some more recent ones. When the signal is given, find your partner and sway along to this mixtape. After all, “any little lovin’ needs a little dancin’.”

Side A: Golden Treasures (1940-1980)

1. “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” – Harry James & Helen Forrest – Single

2. “Lover Man ” – Billie Holiday – Single

3. “La Vie en Rose” – Edith Piaf – Chansons Parisiennes

4. “Too Young” – Nat King Cole – The Nat King Cole Story

5. “Love Me Tender” – Elvis Presley – Single

6. “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” – Paul Anka – Put Your Head on My Shoulder

7. “Something” – The Beatles – Abbey Road

8. “Stairway To Heaven” – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

9. “Angie” – The Rolling Stones – Goat’s Head Soup

10. “If You Leave Me Now” – Chicago – Chicago X

Side B: A New Wave (1980-Now)

1. “Total Eclipse of The Heart” – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night

2. “More Than Words” – Extreme – Extreme II: Pornograffitti

3. “Bed of Roses” – Bon Jovi – Keep The Faith

4. “I’ll Always Be Right There” – Bryan Adams – 18 Til I Die

5. “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” – Aerosmith – Armageddon: The Album

6. “Underneath Your Clothes” – Shakira – Laundry Service

7. “You and Me” – Lifehouse – Lifehouse

8. “La Bartendresse” – Éric Lapointe – Coupable

9. “L’ascenseur” – Louis-Jean Cormier – Le Treizième Étage

10. “No.1 Party Anthem” – Arctic Monkeys – AM


Mixtape: Holiday recovery

As the winter semester begins, we reminisce on the highs and lows of the winter break. Many returned home to visit family and friends for the holidays, others stayed behind and embraced life in Montreal. What we all have in common is a shared experience of the holidays in its many forms, the thumping excitement of the yuletide festivities and the sobering mornings that follow.

Compiled is a playlist to reflect that duality of the season. Side A : “Can I Get a Yule-Yeah!” for the energy and chaotic blur of the holidays, and Side B: “Thoroughly Roasted By An Open Fire” for those lonely hangover days that inevitably follow.

Side A : “Can I Get a Yule-Yeah!”

1 . Cécile McLorin Salvant – “John Henry” – WomanChild

2 . Daft Punk – “Doin’ It Right (Ft. Panda Bear)” – Random Access Memories

3 . Yeah Yeah Yeahs  – “Heads Will Roll” – It’s Blitz!

4 . Arcade Fire – “Flashbulb Eyes” – Reflektor

5 . Julian Casablancas  – “11th Dimension” – Phrazes for the Young

6 . Tom Waits  – “Step Right Up” – Small Change

7 . Tanlines  – “Real Life” – Mixed Emotions

8 . Calvin Harris –  “Feel So Close” – 18 Months

9 . Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings  – “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?” – Naturally

10 . M.I.A  – “Bad Girls” – Matangi

Side B: “Thoroughly Roasted By An Open Fire”

1 . Beach House – “The Hours” – Bloom

2 . Brian Eno  – “The Big Ship” – Another Green World

3 . Willis Earl Beal  – “Wavering Lines” – Nobody Knows

4 . Miles Davis  – “It Never Entered My Mind” – Workin’

5 . Beirut  – “The Rip Tide” – The Rip Tide

6 . Valerie June  – “Somebody To Love” – Pushin’ Against a Stone

7 . Keaton Henson  – “You” – Birthdays

8 . Björk  – “Virus” – Biophilia

9 . Roberta Flack  – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – First Take

10 . Of Monsters and Men  – “Love Love Love” – My Head Is An Animal


Weekly Mixtape: Musicians who revolutionized rock ‘n’ roll

When Lou Reed asked Metric’s Emily Haines who she’d rather be, The Beatles or the Rolling Stones, she truthfully answered, The Velvet Underground. “None of us living today are likely to achieve the stature or saturation the signature acts of that era enjoyed,” said Haines in an interview with Rolling Stone. This playlist shows us how both American and British bands were greatly influenced by one another, covering eachother’s songs or simply adapting a signature look that has helped build a harmonious bridge across the waters that separate us. Side A is made up of British bands that represent the evolution of the “British Invasion” while Side B shows us the “American Way,” letting us in on some of the most influential Canadian and American artists that helped shape rock ’n’ roll and the music industry as a whole.

Side A – British Invasion

1. The Beatles – “Anytime at All” – A Hard Day’s Night

2. Led Zeppelin – “D’Yer Mak’er” – House of Holy

3. The Zombies – “She’s Not There”- Begin Here B-Side

4. The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter” – Let It Bleed

5. The Animals – “House Of The Rising Sun” – The Animals

6. Coldplay – “The Scientist” – A Rush Of Blood To The Head

7. The Kinks – “Lola” – Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One

8. Radiohead – “Lotus Flower” – King of Limbs

9. Mumford and Sons – “White Blank Page” – Sigh No More

10. Arctic Monkeys – “Stop the World I Wanna Get Off With You” – AM

Side B – American Way

1. Creedance Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son” – Willy And The Poor Boys

2. Bob Dylan – “Like a Rolling Stone” – Highway 61 Revisited

3. Johnny Cash – “Folsom Prison Blues” – With His Hot and Blue Guitar

4. Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #1” (Tunnels) – Funeral

5. Metric – “Gimme Sympathy” – Fantasies

6. The Guess Who – “These Eyes” – Wheatfield Soul

7. Nirvana – “Polly” – Nevermind

8. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Suck My Kiss” – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

9. Otis Redding – “Try A Little Tenderness” – Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul

10. Elvis Presley – “That’s Alright Mama” – Single



Weekly Mixtape: A Change of Seasons

 School is back in session which is not particularly popular amongst most students. However, there are some good things about the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter: the leaves are falling, you can wear your oversized sweaters, and pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks. If you’re ready to embrace autumn, enjoy Side A while you’re cozying up with a cup of tea.

If you’re not over the pool days, campfires, and road trips, check out Side B. You can listen to this while scrolling through your summer Instagram photos or as you come to terms with the fact that the school year is here to stay. These songs will bring you a little sunshine when you need it.

SIDE A: Sweater Weather

 Passenger – “Staring At the Stars” – All The Little Lights

Ed Sheeran – “Autumn Leaves” – +

The Neighbourhood – “Sweater Weather” – I Love You

Bon Iver – “re: Stacks” – For Emma, Forever Ago

High Highs – “Open Season”  – Open Season

Gabrielle Aplin – “November” – English Rain

Milo Greene – “Autumn Tree” – Milo Greene

The 1975 – “Chocolate” – The 1975

Katie Herzig – “Lost and Found” – The Waking Sleep

Arctic Monkeys – “The Bakery” – Fluorescent Adolescent


SIDE B: Swimsuits are better

Satellite Stories – “Campfire” – Pine Trails

Family of the Year – “St. Croix” – Loma Vista

John Mayer -“ Wildfire” – Paradise Valley

Yellowcard – “Always Summer” – Southern Air

Jadea Kelly – “Hour North” – Clover

Local Natives – “Ceilings” – Hummingbird

K.S. Rhoads – “Harvest” – The Wilderness

Imagine Dragons – “On Top of the World” – Night Visions

The Fray – “48 to Go” – Scars and Stories

OneRepublic – “I Lived” – Native



Mixtape: Cover songs

Let’s face it – covering songs is usually a make it or break it type thing. There are those who love it and those who believe musicians should just stick to their own tunes. The thing about great covers is that they’re often unexpected but, if done brilliantly, they shed new light on the song and the musician taking on the challenge of covering it. Often enough, it’s through covers that we hear some of our favourite artists’ influences, making this whole experience even sweeter.

This playlist captures covers that are classics of course, and some that are just downright surprising. Side A is for those who appreciate an artist’s courage, while Side B is for those who don’t believe in messing with the original. Some say cover versions might even trump the original, so hear out this playlist and be free to judge.

Side A – Open to change

1. Lykke Li – “Knocked Up”

2. Vampire Weekend – “I’m Going Down” – iTunes Session

3. Fleet Foxes – “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You”

4. Nirvana – “The Man Who Sold the World” – MTV Unplugged in New York

5. Ray LaMontagne – “Crazy”

6. Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah” – Grace

7. Bastille – “Of the Night” – Other People’s Heartache

8. Nouvelle Vague – “Dancing With Myself” – Bande à Part

9. She & Him – “You Really Got a Hold on Me” – Volume One

10. Jerry Douglas featuring Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon – “The Boxer” – Babel (Deluxe Edition)

Side B – Don’t mess with the original

1. Kings of Leon – “Knocked Up” – Because Of The Times

2. Bruce Springsteen – “I’m Going Down” – Born In The U.S.A.

3. Elvis Presley – “(I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You” – Blue Hawaii

4. David Bowie – “The Man Who Sold the World” – The Man Who Sold the World

5. Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy” – St. Elsewhere

6. Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah” – Various Positions

7. Corona – “The Rhythm of the Night” – The Rhythm of the Night

8. Billy Idol – “Dancing With Myself” – Kiss Me Deadly

9. The Miracles –“ You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” – The Fabulous Miracles

10. Simon & Garfunkel –“The Boxer” – Bridge Over Troubled Water


Weekly Mixtape: Back to School

If you’re one of those students who is super stoked to be heading back to class, check out Side A of this mixtape. This compilation is full of good vibes and upbeat tunes that’ll have you rocking so hard in class the professor will ask you to leave.
If you’re craving some good music, but also like to experience an angsty funk often associated with the end of summer, see Side B. There’s a few strong, angry tunes to blast if you’re frustrated with something (essays), and also more mellow tunes with a bunch of minor chords to sooth your mind during homework-flooded nights.

SIDE A – If you’re excited to go back to school
1. The Black Lips – “Modern Art” – Arabia Mountain
2. Tame Impala – “Half Full Glass of Wine” – Tame Impala
3. Wavves – “Sail To The Sun” – Afraid of Heights
4. Mac DeMarco – “Cooking Up Something Good” – 2
5. Bass Drum of Death – “Get Found” – GB City
6. Lovvers – “Human Hair” – Think
7. VIRALS – “Gloria” – Coming Up With the Sun
8. The Orwells – “Mallrats” – Remember When
9. The Vines – “1969” – Highly Evolved
10. Rod Stewart – “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” – Blondes Have More Fun

SIDE B – Back to school sucks
1. Thee Oh Sees – “Toe Cutter Thumb Buster” – Floating Coffin
2. Ty Segall – “You’re the Doctor” – Twins
3. The Growlers – “Slack Back Boot Man” – Greatest sHits
4. Yuck – “Get Away” – Yuck
5. Lilacs & Champagne – “Everywhere, Everyone” – Lilacs & Champagne
6. Pangea – “Sick Shit” – Single
7. Youth Lagoon – “Dropla” – Wondrous Bughouse
8. Kurt Vile – “Never Run Away” – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Red Eyes and Tears” – B.R.M.C.
10. Best Coast – “Our Deal” – Crazy for You


Weekly Mixtape: Study Aid

The semester is wrapping up fast! It’s time to buckle down and finish those overdue essays and final papers and start figuring out your study plan.

For that, The Concordian has your back — in our final edition of the term, here’s a playlist for the weeks ahead.

Side A: As you’re singing the studyin’ blues, remember that all great accomplishments require sacrifice. You may feel that you’re wasting these precious spring days but know that once you get through your finals, you’ll have plenty of summer days to enjoy as a reward.

Side B: Your sacrifice has paid off! Freedom is yours! No matter the result, know that you’ve done your best and you get to enjoy a well-deserved summer break. Take a moment to congratulate yourself, kid, you made it through another school year.


Side A: Studyin’ Blues


1. “Hum Drum Blues” – Oscar Brown, Jr. – Sin & Soul…And Then Some

2. “Melancholy Mood” – Horace Silver – Blowin’ The Blues Away

3. “Lazy Man Blues” – Sippie Wallace – Complete Recorded Works 

4. “Chain Gang” – Sam Cooke – Swing Low

5. “Deep River” – Marian Anderson – Deep River

6. “One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)” – Bob Dylan – Desire

7. “Blues On the Ceiling” – Karen Dalton – It’s So Hard To Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best

8. “Saturday Night Blues” – Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue

9. “Stop Breakin’ Down” – Robert Johnson – Stop Breakin’ Down

10. “It’s Nobody’s Fault but Mine” – Blind Willie Johnson – It’s Nobody’s Fault but Mine


Side B: Freedom is Upon Us!


1. “Horchata” – Vampire Weekend – Contra

2. “Casimir Pulaski Day” – Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise

3. “Neon Love” – Armistice – Armistice EP

4. “What the Snowman Learned About Love” – Stars – Heart

5. “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” – Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

6. “The Rip Tide” – Beirut – The Rip Tide 

7. “Walkabout” – Atlas Sound featuring Noah Lennox – Logos

8. “Real Life” – Tanlines – Mixed Emotions 

9. “Zero” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

10. “Smoke Detector” – Rilo Kiley – Under The Blacklight



MIXTAPE: Say ‘Hello’ to Springtime

Spring is a strange season; one day you’ve got sunshine and flowers, the next you’ve got grey skies and the sniffles. It’s a funny in-between season where you’re not quite sure if you should whip out your sneakers or your rain boots. Regardless, spring makes us happy that winter is finally over, but makes us anxious for it to be summer already.

Some days are warm, bright and sunny and make us want to stroll through town, while others are cold, grey and rainy and make us want to stay inside and gaze dramatically out the window. If it’s a gorgeous sunny day, then hit play and listen to Side A. This side is filled with happy-go-lucky tracks that are sure to put a spring in your step. If it’s raining cats and dogs outside, flip over to Side B and cozy up indoors. Enjoy!


SIDE A: Spring in your step


1. Matt Costa – “Sunshine” – Songs We Sing

2. Devendra Banhart – “Baby” – What Will We Be

3. Noah and the Whale – “Blue Skies” – The First Days of Spring

4. The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” – Abbey Road

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Bicycle Song” – By The Way (B-Side)

6. Little Joy – “The Next Time Around” – Little Joy

7. U2 – “The Sweetest Thing” – Where the Streets Have No Name (B-Side)

8. Stereophonics – “Have A Nice Day” – Just Enough Education to Perform

9. Queen – “I Want To Break Free” – The Works

10. Frightened Rabbit – “Living In Colour” – The Winter of Mixed Drinks


SIDE B: Rainy day blues


1. Timber Timbre – “Lonesome Hunter” – Creep On Creepin’ On

2. Keane – “Neon River” – Strangeland

3. Modest Mouse – “The World At Large” – Good News For People Who Love Bad News

4. Mumford & Sons – “After The Storm” – Sigh No More

5. Bob Dylan – “Just Like A Woman” – Blonde on Blonde

6. Stars – “Changes” – The Five Ghosts

7. Local Natives – “Cubism Dream” – Gorilla Manor

8. The Beatles – “For No One” – Revolver

9. The XX – “Heart Skipped a Beat” – XX

10. The Velvet Underground – “Pale Blue Eyes” – The Velvet Underground



Weekly Mixtape: Osheaga Dreaming

The end of winter is almost like Christmas for indie music lovers. Music festivals’ lineups get revealed and we keep waiting for the day we’ll finally receive the gift we soon hope to unwrap in Montreal: the Osheaga festival. From year to year, varied lists of musicians are presented, sometimes surprising but always terrific, thanks to big names but also emerging local and national artists. We’ll help you learn more about the 2013 edition with this week’s mixtape. Side A features music from more well-known bands that will put you into the mood as you’re getting more and more excited about Osheaga and start planning your perfect music weekend. Side B provides songs from musicians that are worth discovering and that should get more recognition.


SIDE A: Knowledge acquired

1. “Lisztomania” – Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus

2. “Winter Winds” – Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

3. “Pictures of You” – The Cure – Disintegration

4. “Cousins” – Vampire Weekend – Contra

5. “Stubborn Love” – The Lumineers – The Lumineers

6. “Demons” – Imagine Dragons – Night Visions

7. “Wings”– Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist

8. “Explosions” – Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

9. “Undercover Martyn” – Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

10. “Swimming Pool (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city


SIDE B: Feeling audacious

1. “Other People” – Beach House – Bloom

2. “Old Pine” – Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

3. “Tongue Tied” – Grouplove – Never Trust a Happy Song

4. “Lightning Bolt” – Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

5. “Safe and Sound” – Capital Cities – Capital Cities EP

6. “Nights Like This” – Icona Pop – Nights Like This EP

7. “Show Me Your Stuff” – Diamond Rings – Show Me Your Stuff

8. “Vehl” – Kidnap Kid – Single

9. “White Noise” ft. AlunaGeorge – Disclosure – Single

10. “Feed Me Diamonds” ft. Raven – MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds



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