Pedro Tejeda is a Queens cat, and he grew up with a strong appreciation for New York rap. Noreaga’s classic cut Banned From TV features some of the illest lyricists of their day, a hot beat, and at least a dozen unforgettable bars.
Leila del Duca draws comics for a living, and when she needs a break from our traumatic political situation right now, she goes to “The Chariot,” by The Cat Empire, a song about finding new ways to fight and making sure you have a good time.
Morgan Jeske, comics artist, is fascinated by several aspects of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by The Talking Heads. It’s composed of non-sequiturs, but the resulting openness makes the song intensely relatable. Let’s dig in.
Erika Schnatz is an illustrator and designer, and she makes a compelling case for Smash Mouth’s “All Star,” often seen as a punchline, being a really endearing and enjoyable song. You know what? She’s right.