Music, podcasts, and other things

Whoa, hey guys! I wasn’t planning on updating at all today, but I noticed that I had 9 visitors Monday, (which, I mean, for me is A LOT), and I thought I would grace anymore visitors Tuesday with something new. So, buckle up guys! This post has a lot of links and videos/whatnot. (sorry, not sorry).

I’ve made little progress in my War and Peace post, due to not having the time (or patience) to continue it. It will happen. I want to remind you guys that I am technically graduating on June 12. There is a ‘technically’ because I’m a credit short, so we’ll see how that goes. And since I have yet to have a job lined up, when I’m not job hunting, I will have a lot of free time. With which I intend to finish that series, along with other long awaited series, such as the posts on Girl, Most Likely (which still get hits even if they’re shitty?), as well as maybe finishing those drafts I have written.

There are also some really exciting things coming up.

First is the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl. Not quite exciting for everyone. In fact, it’s actually a very sad day because not only did one person loose their life in the actual blast, but several (thousands and probably more still to come) more died due to other reasons. Anyway, if you haven’t noticed, I am a history major who is extremely obsessed with history, and one of my specialties (outside of shipwrecks) is Chernobyl. I’m extremely judgmental if you don’t know it’s history before watching Chernobyl Diaries (which is SO bad that maybe one day I will post about everything wrong and disgusting and inappropriate about it ), or if you don’t even think about looking it up afterwards. I try not to be judgmental because nuclear reactors aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s hard for me. Also, since the anniversary is really soon, a lot of people are writing their yearly articles about the disaster. The most recent that I’ve found is USA Today’s interesting “interactive” article HERE. If you want a more up to date look at links, I’m going to shamelessly promote my twitter HERE. Somewhere I have an old blog post on tumblr about some books on Chernobyl, which I’ll either rewrite, or post a link at some point.

In June, I graduate (as mentioned above). Three days after Catfish and the Bottlemen will be in Milwaukee again, and since I missed the last concert, I’m going to try my best to get to this one and tell Van to please stop wearing sweaters on stage because I’m afraid he’s going to overheat. They have a new cd coming out on May 27, so I hope to get that before the concert (which is probably unlikely due to the lack of a job, but maybe likely due to a graduation?). Based on the latest song released by them, Soundcheck, this CD is going to be hella rad. I really love that song. Check it out:

Later, on June 26, there will be an race at Road America, which is very fortunate for me, since there will be no Milwaukee Indyfest (which is sad because I love the Milwaukee Mile). Then comes Summerfest, which is always a trip. On July 27 is the Emotional Roadshow in Milwaukee, which is Twenty One Pilots’ arena tour (so proud of them!), which I’m luckily going to as well. Hopefully I’ll actually write about that concert because I never got around to writing about the last one! (Probably due to me getting sick AGAIN and then not being well for the rest of the year/ even now).

In addition to all of these exciting things I have, I also have been doing some other things lately. I’ve been watching old Ghost Adventures episodes, and you know, I think it would be interesting to do a few posts about that. They can be so dramatic, but also got some of the most interesting evidence I’ve seen. A new ghost hunting show, Ghost Brothers, just started on Destination Ghosts, I mean Destination America. I thought it was really good. I think I’m qualified to say that since I’ve been watching these kind of shows since 2005, and had an avid interest in ghosts long before that. Anyway, these guys are really funny and did some interesting things on their investigation that I would not have thought of. Don’t get me started on Nick Groff’s new show, Paranormal Lockdown. That show was so damn good.

So there’s those. Another thought is maybe going back and re-watching Murder, She Wrote and reviewing episodes. I just listened to a cool podcast about it. I’m a total nerd about that show. I mean, I’m a pretty nerdy nerd, but even the letters J and B make me freak out and start talking about my fave detective JB Fletcher. The podcast I’m talking about is from the Retroist, which I hadn’t heard of until now. You can listen to the podcast HERE or here:

How this came about is kind of a classic Sara internet story. I was watching Dan Bell’s Cutting Room/Floor Video #5, and he mentioned this guy who puts up old K-Mart music on Archive.org. I had never heard of Archive.org, and being a weird history lover, I checked it out. It’s kind of a jackpot for me. Anyway, I found this podcast listed and it sounded cool and only got better when I saw that they had an episode on Murder, She Wrote, so HELL YEAH.

Also, new music love! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my music taste is weird. I literally will go from listening to like, Beastie Boys to One Direction. I’m really open to a lot of music, except for maybe most of the stuff on the radio. Which, kind of makes the sentence before that look a bit weird because I can name about 3 stations in Appleton I’ve heard 1D on, as well as at least 2 I’ve heard Beastie Boys on. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of the newer Of Monsters and Men CD. It’s got some great songs, and I just am really digging it. I got Lany’s other EP not long ago too, which is also really good.

Unfortunately, I have developed a new obsession. The thing about me, is that I have an addictive personality. I need something to obsess over, otherwise I’m really restless and unhappy (more so than usual). This time, it’s 5 Seconds of Summer. See, there was a period about 3 years ago where I thought they were really good and I was listening to them occasionally. And then…it kind of stopped. I was kinda like “Eh.” For a while too! And then I was just suddenly in need of their newest CD, Sounds Good Feels Good. And DAMN. It was worth it. It’s so good. I get these Blink-183 and All Time Low vibes.
Even Third Eye Blind vibes and I love Third Eye

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Left to right: Ashton, Calum, Luke, Michael. Aren’t they adorable little Australians? (Okay, little is probably a stupid thing to say b/c I’m like only 5 ft tall) but look at their skinny legs!

Blind (something I also listen to a lot lately).  I also want to point out how cute these guys are. The only problem I have is that they’re so young. I mean, granted I’m only 22, but anyone born after 1995 to me is young? It’s just weird. and the oldest of the group, Ashton is 21 and is barely a year younger than me, but on the other hand, the youngest, Luke, is 19? I don’t know. I’m just weird. I guess I’m so used to celebrities being older than me, and now that I’m getting older, the thought of younger celebrities is just weird.

 

I think a lot of people write them off because One Direction had a hand in discovering them and then let them tour with them. I mean, the other day I was talking to my friend and she actually said: “They’re just not as good as One Direction.” And I was kind of thinking about that statement. They’re not really even that similar to One Direction. I mean, 1D is all older than them. Yeah, on Sounds Good Feels Good, there are some songs where I think of One Direction when I hear them (i.e. Vapors, kind of and Story of Another Us reminds me a bit of them), but then there are songs like Airplanes where all I can hear is All Time Low and Yellowcard. Or, even Waste the Night. It’s kind of a poppy tune, but at the same time…It’s not really comparable to a One Direction sound. In fact, Sounds Good Feels Good reminds me mmore of Radio:Active era McFly than 1D. It just has the same vibes to it that I get from Radio:Active. I don’t know. Here, listen to my favorite song by them: Waste the Night

If you want a bigger look at what I’ve been listening to, listen to the playlist I made the other day on 8tracks below:

So anyway, that’s kind of where I’m at. I had some intense vertigo earlier in the month, and while it seems to have gotten better, it’s still there. Hopefully I’m not dying or anything like that. So, I guess until the next time I feel like updating/finish a draft!

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Sorry I lied: My break, the first part of this term, and other things

Hello. I haven’t updated for a while and the last I did was to say I would do some reviews while I dogsat. I lied. Sorry! I did watch a whole bunch of movies while there so maybe just check out my letterboxd account, which I update almost everyday because I try to always fit in a movie since it usually helps me unwind.

I’ll write a post telling you about all the new stuff I’ve gotten since last time. I’ve gotten A LOT. Also, some new youtube channels have been discovered by me so look forward to that. Aside from that, my break ended on a scary note. My dad almost died. Like in our kitchen. He’s fine now, still recovering. He had to have triple bypass surgery which was a shock to everyone because out of everyone in our house, dad’s the most fit. He apparently was perfectly healthy except for the fact that he had 80% blockage in his arteries…

So now I feel like puking when I think about how close we were to loosing him. Nothing like seeing your dad seize on the floor of the kitchen. We had the paramedics come and there were like 8 firemen in our house, which is the size of a shoebox, so hey…

He’s fine now, like I said. The doctors said his “new” heart would last him a while…so now I just keep imagining him with an iron heart or something.

I’m actually almost done with my winter term. Kind of weird knowing that this is the last winter here. Weird and sad. I like it here and I like my friends.

I also have a legit crush for the first time since I was a junior in high school, which is both GREAT and AWFUL. He has really nice hair, but I won’t say more, mostly because I’ve also remembered how creepy I feel when I like someone. I also get really sad about it too, since I’m convinced I’ll end up alone. Whatever.

I’m also going to the aquarium in Chicago this weekend and I’m pretty excited so maybe I’ll update you about that later.

A look at how things are going…

Hello all! And by all, I mean the few people that check out this blog once and a while. This is mostly just a post to tell you that I’m going to attempt to get some more posts out. And by posts, I mean things that aren’t total nonsense. I realize my “reviews” are not great, and they consist mostly of my blabbering, and for that, I’m sorry.

I’ve got some posts going, such as: Sense8, Suburban Gothic, and that Electrick Children post is still sitting there gathering dust. I also am planning on writing a post about Summerfest (the music festival Milwaukee hosts every summer from the last week of June into the first week of July). They usually get some great performers, and it’s definitely an experience. I personally saw Brand New and Manchester Orchestra on the 1st of July. Speaking of Brand New, there will eventually be a post on that, and some other things, like movies I really enjoy (Kingsman, Stand By Me…)

So yeah.  have 2 more months ahead of me until my senior year of college (*intense stressing out*). Please stick by my shitty blog and I will love you forever!

WOW It’s been two years?

I really need to keep track of things I have on the internet. Seriously.

Anyway, I’ve decided to use this as sort of a review blog, but not quite review. Mostly just my thoughts on movies, tv shows, books, music, poetry, what have you. I’ve been redoing my get to know me meme on Tumblr, so I’ve been rewatching/listening/reading things in order to remember things. Mostly movies so I can cap them in a pretty way. I guess on here I’ll let my thoughts come out, ya know?

I probably should update you on my life:

  • I had a job. A shitty job. I quit for various reasons, so I’m back here, jobless. Lame.
  • I switched majors. I’m now a History major, and quite happy about it.
  • I also have decided to get into the museum bussiness. Yay that!
  • Being 21 is not as nearly as exciting as the media shows it to be. I honestly only drink at 2 am in my dorm room bed, which is pretty responsible of me if you think about it. I mean, one drink, in my bed, I can pass out safely!

I also should really explain what I’ve been into lately:

  • Rory Culkin is a babe. Nuff said.
  • Taron Egerton is going to take the world by storm and no one will know what happened, except for me because I guessed it. Kingsman should win all the awards.
  • As should Jupiter Ascending for just being one big weird movie of sorts.
  • Returning to Rory Culkin, Electrick Children is one weird, wonderful movie, which I have watched 3 times in the past 3 weeks (twice last week). Partially because I adore Rory and his hair (I cannot explain my attraction, it appeared suddenly and violently, and I need some help tbh), and partially because Julia Garner is so freaking adorable and always will be precious beyond words.
  • Also, Eye Candy, a tv show on MTV is really good. (Kinda like how I watched Teen Wolf as a joke and ended up liking it too much, but really I knew I would like Eye Candy because the guy that plays Chad DiMira in Days of Our Lives is in it and hes a cutie)
  • Noel Fielding is a giant 40-something-year-old teddy bear and he is sunshine and rainbows as Vince Noir in the Mighty Boosh.
  • I saw the 1975 in concert last November and it was really amazing.
  • But even more amazing was seeing Brand New live at Summer Fest. It was LITERALLY A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. I met a girl the other day while wearing my Brand New shirt who agreed that seeing them live was like that.

So, really, not much has happened, but I have so much to say and it’s really all bottled up. Ouch.