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About- Ellie Thompson

Ellie Thompson

Ellie Thompson

Having grown up in the great state of Kansas, it is no surprise Ellie acquired her beer enthusiasm from drinking lots of Boulevard Wheat. She also very much enjoys keeping up with new music and has channeled that “hobby” into creating weekly playlists for PD. In the real world, Ellie is a graduate student in Chicago studying Auditory Neuroscience; she is primarily interested in how music changes the brain.

Posts By Ellie Thompson

PD Playlist | Recent Releases (May 2014)

May 13, 2014 |

One of the benefits of spring– besides the warm weather and commencement of concert season — is the recurring release of new music. This playlist features recent sounds from artists S. Carey (“Avalanche”), s/s/s (“Take Me” – featuring the beloved Sufjan Stevens, together with Serengeti and Son Lux to … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | James Blake, Master of Electronic R&B

April 29, 2014 |

Though the song Retrograde by James Blake came out in early 2013, the English singer-songwriter’s hit has dramatically risen to the top of music charts in the US and across Europe. Classified in both the electronic and R&B genres, it is no surprise … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | New-Age Music

April 22, 2014 |

Each decade is known for its musical genres and proliferative sub genres (we distinguish the 60’s from the 70’s, the 80’s from the 90’s, but also the mid 80’s from the early 90’s). Many of the artists from the past few years have recycled “oldie” sounds from decades past (1980’s, 1990’s, and even 2000’s), blending the 80’s and 90’s poppy dance vibes with newer styles.  For instance, releases from Chromeo, Cut Copy or Holy Ghost! have catchy elements that pay homage to the 1980’s, while incorporating rap, dance and electronic themes. This week you’ll find some of this new-age music that, though recent, may sound familiar thanks to regeneration and the appreciation of pieces of music’s history.
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Porch Drinking Playlist | Spring Bands on Tour

April 15, 2014 |

Finally, after a long few months of winter, the commencement of concert season is upon us. While recent weekend music festivals like SxSW and Coachella have elevated our expectations for all-inclusive lineups, let us not forget that many artists can be heard in a more intimate setting. This week’s playlist is dedicated to bands on tour throughout Spring 2014 that you should most certainly not miss. Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | April Showers

April 8, 2014 |

This week’s playlist is inspired by the relentless rain that annually plagues the country during this month. Fortunately, these showers will ultimately bring blooms well worth the torrential downpours, yet until then, we can thank the Gods of Indie Rock … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | March Mix

March 25, 2014 |

The phrase “March Madness” doesn’t just describe the culmination of NCAA basketball season. Rather, it is a phrase that most accurately depicts the typical state of life in this particular month. March means flux, instability, madness. Whether it’s the quickly dissolving weeks of the year (and consequently the realization it’s been 2014 for two months now), or desperate need for a spring break, it seems March is a time for increased deadlines, assignments, etc. Yet we’re traveling at full speed, and it’s quite the challenge to slow down. These songs by nature reflect that flux. It’s a hodgepodge of some of my favorite covers, remixes and new hits. I hope you enjoy!

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Almost Spring Playlist

March 11, 2014 |

Now that February has finally passed, I’ve begun noticing a significant increase in length of daylight and frequency of good moods.  As I was choosing songs for this nearly spring playlist, I discovered that unintentionally, this compilation speaks for how … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | February Funk Playlist

February 18, 2014 |

These past few months, I’ve been curiously enamored with the funk genre. I’m not quite sure what sparked this love-affair, yet I speculate it has something to do with my recent stay at a place called the “Mojo Inn” (a charming, modern hostel with a brilliant Motown-inspired lobby playlist), or perhaps seeing & hearing a good friend and his 9-piece funk band play live shows (s/o http://www.grampsthevamp.com).

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Valentine’s Week Playlist

February 12, 2014 |

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we have most likely been bombarded—(un)willingly—with daily reminders of Friday’s forecast (red roses, pink hearts, chocolate, all (or none) of the above, etc.).

But what about love songs?  More often than not, these songs … Read More