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Saturday May 21st

Office DJ: A Postmodern Jukebox Playlist

Co-Photo Editor Angelica Edwards.
Buy Photos Co-Photo Editor Angelica Edwards.

It's the 1920s: The economy is prospering, women were given the right to vote and autotune still doesn't exist. We can admire the talent required to make it as a musician in the 1920s, an era where you couldn't depend on autotune to fix your intonation or social media to make you famous.  

100 years later, we've ditched the flapper dresses but we have music that is more accessible and inclusive. Still, I can't help but love music that's decades older than I am, even if I am a 20-year-old Gen Z-er. Sure, I like pop as much as the next person, but hearing real instruments and natural voices is something I can never get tired of. 

I've discovered that modern-day musicians are channeling the past to create music we hear now. Postmodern Jukebox, like the name suggests, takes modern-day songs and rearranges them as if they were released in another era. I've compiled a playlist with songs from then and now. There's songs that came several years after the '20s, and songs that were released recently, but all use real instruments and no autotune. You'll hear the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong and artists alive today like Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Haley Reinhart and more. 

I invite you to join me in appreciating a style of music popular 100 years ago, with modern day and old tunes mixed throughout this playlist: 

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