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On this update of Radio ALDEN, we look at love. How romantic. Except... is it?

This week's lineup:

1. Girlfriend - Ty Segall // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2uEeXvw

We start with what can only be described as an instance of raw energy. Ty Segall, whether out of pride or pure documentation makes it very clear to us that he does, in fact, have a girlfriend. We can't help but acknowledge that yes, he sure does, and boy are we glad.

2. Wild Desire - King Tuff // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2skenSH

Next we journey to the realm ruled by none other than King Tuff. We sit criss cross applesauce on the floor as he tells us a tale of young love. A tale of aliens, jungles, kings, and, of course, wild desires.

3. Everyday I love You Less And Less - Kaiser Chiefs // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2tFJ9ZS

After our fairy tale ends we must keep trekking until we reach a land of synths, chiefs, and less and less. The Kaiser Chiefs plant us on our feet and tell us to dance our little hearts out.

4. Is This What You Wanted - The Last Shadow Puppets // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2sA1BUl

Synths are traded for strings as Alex Turner draws us in with The Last Shadow Puppet's charming cover of Leonard Cohen's Is This What You Wanted.

5. Days - The Drums // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2sGsilx

One can't help but feel young and lost as their days go by with The Drums. This is what indie is meant to be, folks. Let's take a moment to appreciate The Drums' ability to capture this feeling in song.

6. Come On - Mikhael Paskalev // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2uDQ7M3

My personal favorite this week comes from Mikhael Paskalev. Come On could best be described as aware. Aware of the messiness of life, aware of one's personal flaws, and aware of the fact that love isn't perfect. Mr. Paskalev lays his heart on the line as he tells us of a girl. His girl. What unfolds before us is the story of a beautiful desperation. Paskalev tells the girl he "needs to see [her] cry," because he thinks it's the only way to prevent her from leaving. The reason being that his shoulder is where she cries. The song ends on the tragically charming lines, "Love is like a flame... I need your tears to cool the pain."

7. Doused - DIIV // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2skDHbn

The pace is picked up as DIIV (pronounced "Dive") slings us into a nosedive headed straight for impact. We spiral and swirl as elements come cascading in around us. DIIV's unique vocals only add to the surreal chaos we've now been fully submerged in.

8. The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2uE26JO

Cleverly disguised as a happy song, The Less I Know The Better taps into one of the most widely known emotions known to man. Rejection. However, Tame Impala manages to craft theirs into a very modest rejection. Quite nice and, even more, honest.

9. Heroes - David Bowie // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2uEctNo

It wouldn't be a good youthful love playlist without David Bowie's masterpiece, Heroes. Based off Bowie's experience of witnessing two lovers caught kissing under the berlin wall, Heroes is an absolutely gorgeous moment captured in time. A forbidden love. David Bowie singing his heart out. Pre-unified Berlin. What's not to love? And not to forget my favorite part of all, the lyrics. At first, Heroes sounds like a carefree song, but I don't think it is. I think it's tragic, and the most tragic part of the song, to me, is that the song is prospective. Bowie writes everything hoping it will happen. It's almost as if he's fantasizing an impossible future, but blindly hoping it'll come true. And maybe it will. Maybe it will come true, but I think it's tragic nonetheless.

10. WHALE - Yellow Ostrich // lyrics: http://bit.ly/2skCW27

We end this update With WHALE by Yellow Ostrich. Highly metaphorical (I think), WHALE is just interesting. I can't say I understand what it means, cause I don't think I do. I don't mind though. It's just a nice song. And a good one to end on, if you ask me.

I hope you enjoyed this update of Radio ALDEN, and I hope you tune in again. Thanks for reading.

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