Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or two (or just really don’t care about anything), you know that tomorrow, Nov. 8, will (hopefully) mark the end of one of the most insane and contentious presidential races in American history. It’s been a long and stressful road, and at times it has felt like you can’t look, listen, or read anywhere without seeing some sign of election talk. While I think it’s important to be involved in the democratic process, sometimes you just need to take a break


Consider the three or four minutes you use to listen to the fantastic song above your break. It’s from the upcoming “Hamilton Mixtape,” collection of covers, B-sides and songs inspired by that little musical you may have heard of called “Hamilton.” It’s coming out December 2, and the list of artists featured is straight-up incredible. It includes songs and appearances from Regina Spektor, Queen Latifah, Common, Sia and Chance the Rapper, among many others. Needless to say, it’s going to be a big get this Christmas, so you should get into it now and be the cool one in your family who knows everything about it. There’s also a lovely cover of “It’s Quiet Uptown” from Kelly Clarkson available for early listening, but I didn’t want to make everyone cry today so you can listen to that one on your own.


(Now that you’ve listened to it and taken in its awesomeness, let its message be a message to you. If you’re of legal voting age in the U.S. and registered to vote: do not throw away your shot. Vote tomorrow if you haven’t already voted early. Your voice is so so so important, and to squander it when it’s needed the most would be as silly as giving Kevin James another sitcom in 2016. And that already happened, so who knows what could happen tomorrow if you don’t vote! Do it. Seriously.)


What do you think of the newly released songs from “The Hamilton Mixtape”? Have a particular not-yet released song from the track list that you’re particularly excited for? Pissed that you have still not been able to actually see “Hamilton” the show? Sorry about that. Your time will come eventually! In the meantime, check out this great documentary about the show. It’s got a lot of clips of onstage performances. Before you go to watch it though, remember…


Stay classy. (And vote!)