As my social media usage skyrocketed during quarantine (after taking an almost 2-year long hiatus from most social platforms), Jameela Jamil has served as my saving grace to help navigate all of the ridiculous norms of social media fosters.This podcast highlights issues of self-confidence, insecurities, and slut-shaming, as well as other topics concerning what she calls “radical inclusivity.”
Look, I know what this looks like. A crime podcast that’s literally just about listening to horrific tragedies? It’s super weird! Why would anyone put themselves through that? I asked myself those exact questions when I started listening to Crime Junkies, and once I finished, I still asked myself those questions.
Did you just blow your trust fund buying TSLA 500 Calls expiring 9/4? Of course you did! And now your Robinhood account shows a fat -100% for all-time gains. But it’s okay because daddy’s going to continue to fund your crippling addiction to out-of-the-money calls expiring the next day.
Have you ever wished for a podcast like Call Her Daddy that talks about sexuality in an open and real way but without all of the Barstool drama? Then good news! She Rates Dogs is a new podcast fresh out of quarantine with only three episodes out so far and potential for success. She Rates Dogs is a sort of spin-off of the Twitter account by the same name, where host Michaela rates the various screenshots of terrible DMs, dating app convos, etc. that her followers send in.
5-4 describes itself as a podcast about “how much the Supreme Court sucks.” It lives up to this description in its exploration of the many cases that have put politics before good-faith arguments. The podcast is a collaboration between three progressive lawyers who are tired of hearing about the almighty wisdom of the Supreme Court. Hosts Peter (@thelawboy on Twitter), Rhiannon, and Michael deliver a witty and intelligent look at the ways the Supreme Court fails to deliver decisions that respect the people affected by them.
We here at the paper have long been obsessed and confused with my co-editor Christian Decker’s love of metal music. He’s an ardent Catholic, THE definition of a softboy, and yet is the biggest fan of metal music I’ve ever met. So when Christian launched his own podcast over the summer, entitled “The Double Decker Metal Mayhem Horror Show” and found on Spotify and Anchor, there was no question whatsoever that I would listen to it, both to better understand my friend and a genre of music that is oft misunderstood.
When it comes to stopping an emotional breakdown in its tracks, look no further than “Blame It on the Boogie” by the Jackson 5. It’s the first song I force my robot slave, Alexa, to play in the morning and the last song I listen to at night.
Mental health is composed of three main categories; cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing according to Medical News Today. In regards to emotional wellbeing, it is important to remember all emotions are valid and worthy of being accepted and expressed in healthy ways. There are a variety of beneficial coping mechanisms for managing difficult emotions, one of which is listening to music.
Dancing is a cure-all for sadness. Whenever I’m feeling sad or alone, I blast the Saturday Night Fever album at full volume and dance like a maniac. The fervid movements of my limbs distract me for a short time from whatever it is that I’m anxious about at that moment. Out of all the songs on the album “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine band is my favorite by far.
Almost every time it’s rainy or dreary outside, my first instinct is to put on Blackwater Park, by Opeth. It’s hard to overstate how much of an impact that Opeth’s music has had on me both as a musician and a lover of music. It’s hard to separate any particular song on the album in a single or a separate entity, partly because all the songs are incredibly long, and also because of how they seamlessly flow together while still remaining with their distinct identities.