It’s that time of year again: the seemingly endless stretch between the beginning of the semester and finals dubbed “midterm season.” Georgetown, being the special little snowflake of a university it is, blesses its students with a midterm season that lasts more or less up until the end of the semester. This, coupled with a national political atmosphere as nasty as Donald Trump’s Russian hotel excursions, is sure to leave a college student stressed. So, without further ado, here is a playlist to unwind and forget about your troubles:
1. “Pretty Pimpin” – Kurt Vile
Undoubtedly among some of Kurt Vile’s best songs, “Pretty Pimpin” is the perfect way to chill and forget about anything involving orange spray tan or baby-sized hands on the nuclear football.
2. “Doomsday” – MF Doom
One of the most underappreciated rappers to have ever existed, MF Doom knows his trade like the back of his hand. As “Doomsday” plays, take a second to forget about your troubles.
3. “Sunday Morning” – The Velvet Underground
The undisputed relaxation anthem “Sunday Morning” is an easy example of The Velvet Underground at their best and is sure to go well with a quick moment of zen before class.
4. “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” – Kendrick Lamar
A Kendrick Lamar classic, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” is sure to raise your spirit, even if your GPA is doing the opposite. Experience tranquility in its purest form.
5. “New Person, Same Mistakes” – Tame Impala
Tame Impala, undoubtedly, is one of the best alternative groups in recent memory. If their sound can’t manage to destress you, then nothing will.
6. “Step” – Vampire Weekend
From their hit 2013 album Modern Vampires of the City, “Step” has a unique sound that’ll immerse the listener, and take them far, far away from horrible memories of the Bowling Green Massacre.
7. “Congratulations” – MGMT
MGMT have proven themselves to be masters of chill. As you listen to “Congratulations,” try to let your mind stray from essays and exams.
8. “Redbone” – Childish Gambino
All those who dislike Awaken, My Love! (2016) beware, you are not welcome here. Regardless of your thoughts on Childish Gambino’s new sound, no one can argue that “Redbone” is one of the chillest songs of the past year. Enjoy.
9. “High for Hours” – J. Cole
If you’re just as worried about our nation’s future as I am, you may take comfort in hearing J. Cole describe his conversation with President Obama about change, and how the only real revolution happens inside oneself.
10. “I Love You, Honeybear” – Father John Misty
Father John Misty is, without a doubt, a millennial Buddha. As he vividly sings about the imperfections of life and the world we live in, take a moment to remember that everything, including midterm season, ends.