Brief July update where I mispelled brief about 3 times before getting it right:

In my last post (a few months ago, sorry!), I mentioned that 5SOS would be releasing a new CD and that my hopes for this breakup letter in audio form were high. Very high. I have good news reader(s). They succeeded. So much so, I now own three 5SOS shirts and 2 copies of Youngblood (I have my reasons which hopefully I’ll remember to explain!). My aussie boys have made me proud. But first, I have some things I want to talk about. So, this is…A Brief Update for July 2018 (I only write the year because let’s be real guys, I might not update until next July after this!)

First things first. Excuse my language, but holy fucking hell guys. Twenty One Pilots are officially off of their hiatus. I mean, they’re still being cryptic and weird, but like, that’s why we love them, right? They were on a year-long hiatus. We heard absolutely nothing from them. The only stuff we got was…Well, almost nothing. There was an occasional social media post by someone that’d be like “Hey, is that Tyler from TOP?” but, like I say occasional, and I mean, I think I only saw 1. They had not updated the band’s twitter or Instagram in a year. And neither Tyler or Josh said anything on their personal accounts. So, then this website appears. I’m not gonna get too into details because I honestly am still a little confused myself, but this is around March. Right when Panic! started talking about their new CD. This website was weird and cryptic and there were certain things that made everyone think it was indeed related to TOP. And then, Friday (July 6), they sent out an official email to fans subscribed to their email (which I had done in March because 1) why wasn’t I subscribed in the first place? and 2) seemed like a good idea). This email was also cryptic. The subject was “ARE YOU STILL SLEEPING?” and when I had opened it I wasn’t sleeping since I had been awake since 4 am because I had to be at the store at 5. So, no guys. I wasn’t. I was awake. And FREAKING THE FUCK OUT OVER THIS EMAIL THAT WOULD NOT LOAD THROUGH THE JOANN WIFI WHILE I WAS ON BREAK! I went home and looked at the email. It was a gif of an eye. The eye itself was yellow and had a gif of some scene playing on it (it looked like a horse and some fire or something? I don’t know to be honest!).

I want to make a separate paragraph about the yellow. This means that TOP’s next era will have the color yellow in it. IF THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS TO YOU THAN I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS? Yellow is my favorite color! This means yellow merch! Yellow t-shirts! Yellow hoodies! Yellow…WHATEVER! I’m so happy! Also, new music, but YELLOW!

So, basically, Twenty One Pilots are probably going to have new stuff soon and we’re all ready for it. So. Ready.

Next: I finally saw The Neighbourhood live. It was…Well, amazing. It was at Summerfest, so it was a shorter set and it was harder to see. Summerfest, if you’re not aware, is…an experience. It’s been going on since the 70’s and is Milwaukee’s pride and joy. Well, okay, one of Milwaukee’s pride and joys. Situated right on Lake Michigan, the Summerfest grounds are like another world. Every summer for 11 days, Milwaukee (and Wisconsin) comes together at the lakefront for a whole bunch of concerts, beer, and fried food. I only partake in 2/3 of that (I hate beer). Anyway, each night there’s a headliner at 10 pm for each side stage and one huge one at the amphitheater that you have to pay extra for. I’ve seen the Jonas Brothers and Foo Fighters there before, and it’s always fun but expensive. Your best bet, however, is to go to the side stages where you can see as many bands as you want in one day for just the price of admission. I’ve gotten lucky before because a lot of times I’ll go for one band and have it be that the band before them is one that I also love. This has happened 3 times to me.

In my short 24 years, I’ve seen (not including the amphitheater): Sara Evans, The Goo Goo Dolls, Switchfoot, Brand New (2x), Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band, Manchester Orchestra, POD (like, I’m not even sure how that happened, I don’t listen to them and I didn’t at the time either but they weren’t bad), and was somehow conned into watching a song or two by Def Leopard just because I wanted a lemonade but was like 8 and couldn’t get one alone. Now, I can add on Lovelytheband and The Neighbourhood to this list.

When I saw Brand New, both years I got lucky that they had someone before them that I liked. The first year I was so excited to see Kevin Devine in person because I really enjoy his music. And then, the second year, I hadn’t even realized they were playing until Manchester Orchestra introduced themselves. My love for Manchester Orchestra is immense, and their newest CD A Black Mile to the Surface is something extraordinary. They actually played at the amphitheater this year, but I had no one to go with and really didn’t want to pay for grass seats. Like, that’s where I was with the other two I went to there. When I was in high school and was a total music snob once I found who Brand New was, Manchester Orchestra was one of like three other bands I listened to, so like, I have a deep love for them. I wish I had seen them outside of Summerfest, just because I always prefer a more intimate show than a larger show (except for maybe TOP). This year, I also got lucky, because I like Lovelytheband, and I love the Neighbourhood, so it was a good time.

Anyway, the actual show: Firstly, they played Prey and I just about died. I love love love that song. If the amount of ‘loves’ I just wrote don’t tell you how much I love it, then I don’t know what will. There’s just something…So good about it. The guitar is probably my favorite part about it, but to be honest, it’s just so much fun to sing along to and I also remember that it was one of the songs I had on repeat when Wiped Out! came out. Also, sometimes you can hear the others doing the backup singing when they do play it (I couldn’t really, but I’ll get to that later like everything else I’ve promised). Zach kind of has a voice of an angel and Jermey? Well, he’s pretty out of this world when he does backup vocals (look at their older acoustic sets where he sings!). Obviously, Jesse was really good live, too! They didn’t, however, play Wiped Out!, which bummed me out because while it’s not my favorite song by them, it’s a solid song and I’m so curious to see it live. However, the song is like 6 minutes and it’s probably longer live because it’s one where you can really mess around with (if you’ve heard it, maybe you’ll understand where I’m coming from). They did play Sweater Weather, in case you were wondering, and in case that’s the only song by them you know. It was good live. Like really good, and once again, the guitar part is my favorite (but it’s my favorite guitar part out of any NBHD song). Here’s a video of that:

 

As you can see, I couldn’t see very well. I also always have trouble hearing with the speakers down at Summerfest. I can’t tell if their speakers just aren’t the greatest or if the location itself is just not the greatest? I think that’s partially why I couldn’t hear the backups for some of the songs, like Prey. I mean they also could have had their mic volume down. Whatever, I still got to see one of my favorite bands live.

Another thing I did was see the Indy Race at Road America again. It was once again a last minute thing (but even more last minute than last year! We were about 30 minutes late!). I went the day before to just hang out with my parents, and that’s always really nice. The weather is always perfect when we go. Josef Newgarden also won the race. He led the majority of it and I kept turning to Cassie and saying “He’s got this”, and she kind of doubted him, but I was right. He had it.

Also, season 2 of Anne With An E is on Netflix, so obviously I gotta binge that.

It’s been a pretty exciting two months, and now it’s just going to be very quiet. Until Twenty One Pilots let us know what’s up, but before that, it’ll be pretty boring. Oh well, it’s what I get for doing so much in two months.

So, anyway, until I can get that review of Youngblood out!

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Spotifiy and Music I Found Because of Them:

Instead of writing those promised posts about The Neighbourhood, here I am writing about other stuff. Classic Sara, to be honest. Also, take a deep breath, guys. This is gonna be a long one since I don’t post much and my list built up. Fast.

Recently, I’ve started listening to Spotify again. I say “again”, because in college I was listening to it all the time. I’m not sure what happened, but somewhere along the line I just kind of stopped. Then, I started back up and I even got a really good deal on Spotify Premium for 3 months only 99 cents, so it’s kind of worth it.

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Music I’ve been Liking *Not on a Monday!*

Since I’ve gone to post this at least 10 times since I started it, I thought I should add this:

This was started a while back, and every time I went back to finish it I would lose steam. This has to do with the fact that I personally think that I come across as some idiot. It has nothing to do with the actual content of the post, and more to do with the way it’s presented. This is why I have so much trouble updating this blog, even if I have a lot to say.

That, and inspiration is fleeting.

So, now back to the original post:
It’s not a Music Monday because I’m currently writing this on a Tuesday. Anyway, I’m gonna scrap that idea. That whole “having a schedule” thing on this blog doesn’t seem to work for me.
Since the last time I posted about what kind of music I’ve been listening to, I’ve started to listen to a lot of new stuff. But then it went downhill. I’ve become The Neighbourhood trash and have only listened to them this past week. I do take some breaks, but damn. Their new CD is amazing. I’m not sure if I ever wrote a love letter to their second CD Wiped Out!, but it deserves one. It’s one of my favorite CD’s ever, and my love of it has reignited. Now we’re lucky enough to have The Neighbourhood grace us with new music by them. I’ll write a few separate posts about them. They’ve got a few CDs that I never actually talked about, and I have a lot to say about various songs. I can get at least one post out within the next day or two. Fingers crossed! I know, a total joke, Sara! I post once every 5 months if I’m trying hard enough.

So, instead of focusing on them during this post, I’m going to write about some other bands I’ve been into.

You missed the period where I only listened to AJR. Or rather, I was silent on here when this was happening. I remember there was a period last November where I kept hearing their single, “Sober Up”, on the radio. I was feeling like I knew who they were, and at one point it was true because I kept googling the song. It turns out, the reason it sounded so familiar as 1) Rivers Cuomo, of Weezer, is featured in it. 2) Jack, the lead singer sounds an awful lot like Tyler Joseph from Twenty One Pilots. To the point, where my dad (who is well versed in the Twenty One Pilots’ discography) asked if it was Twenty One Pilots. I became kind of obsessed with this song for a month.

My personal favorite part of “Sober Up” is this lovely part:

“My favorite color is you,
you’re vibarating out of my frequency.
My favorite color is you,
you keep me young and that’s how I wanna be.”

It reminds me of this video game I have called Oxenfree. It’s about a group of teens who wake up some ghosts through a radio. This is all while being the only (living) people on an island. They get stuck on this island and have to find a way off of it while the ghosts torment them. I mean, that’s the simple version.  I guess the whole “frequency” part reminds me of that. If you had played the game or were familiar with it and it’s plot, you would get where I’m coming from.

Around Christmas time, I was digging their CD The Click. By the way, the TOP fan in me had some trouble embracing the fact that it was the real spelling of ‘Click’ and not ‘clique’. Back to The Click. I remember listening to it while I was putting up the Christmas tree. In fact, the only Christmas music I listened to this past Christmas was at Jo-Ann’s. It wasn’t the good stuff, either. I couldn’t get myself to listen to any. It was a little strange. I love Christmas music. Especially the oldies, like the ones sung by Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra. My mom and I refer to it as the Mobster Holiday Classics. I did fit some of them in, but I only listened to Catfish and the Bottlemen and AJR. “They’re very holiday appropriate!” I say with a gigantic grin.

The Click is an interesting CD, because of how AJR sounds. They use a lot of electronics and kind of mess around with various sounds. I recommend you look at their videos on how they made The Click. Ryan, the guy who does a lot of the interesting tech noises, explains the sounds and what-not.If you’re like me, you’re always trying to find live videos of music on Youtube to see how bands make their sounds, then they’re definitely a band for you. A lot of the songs on the album focus on growing up and how to deal with all the emotions that come with it. I’m talking about songs, such as “Sober Up”, “The Good Part”, “Turning Out”, “Call My Dad”. And it’s all pretty relatable. “Call My Dad” paints an interesting picture. Ryan, (Jack doesn’t always sing!) sings about being at a party, and while he’s met a lot of people and seen a lot of stuff, he still is homesick.

“And now after it all, I just really wanna call

My dad, my dad

I feel so broke up, I wanna go home

No, I feel so broke up, I wanna go home”

I relate to this on a pretty high level, since I am not a fan of parties. Social situations take a lot out of me. I find myself counting down the minutes until I can go home. And while I do call my dad for a ride since I’m still not driving, I in this song, they want to talk to him for some level of comfort. I’m pretty sure I heard in an interview that this song was written while Ryan was in college and living in the dorms. This makes sense to me. Even if your college isn’t too far from home, there is still a distance between you and home. And possibly, this wasn’t even referring to that specific moment. It was probably referring to the part where even when he leaves the party, he’s still going to his dorm room. While dorms are home, it’s not home. It reminds me a lot of this quote from the movie Garden State. I used to adore that movie. I loved this scene where the main character is talking to Natalie Portman’s character. He says:

“You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of a sudden even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone.”

Before I write 20 more paragraphs about this CD, I’m going to share my favorite song and music video by them. “Weak”:


Jack makes me weak. Ammirite guys????

New Politics have become a thing for me, too. I didn’t like them at first, I’ll admit. It was because Cassie played their one song, “Harlem”, a lot. It’s still not my favorite song by them. It’s not a bad song. It definitely has the classic New Politics sound I’ve grown to understand. Yet, there are other songs by them I prefer. One of which is the song “CIA”. The song has a really strange portion where a child spells out some letters…

“W is a watch.
A is an apple.
R is for rain.”

I couldn’t tell if I was hearing it correctly at the concert. I was in front of the speakers, so at the time I could have been hearing wrong. I’m going to leave this Youtube Video so you can listen to it:

This isn’t my favorite song by them, though. I do like it, but I actually have a few favorites. Most of them are from their newest CD Lost In Translation, which “CIA” is on. One of which is “Tell Your Dad”, another song featuring Rivers Cuomo! He’s been getting around lately. Anyway, it’s kind of got a sweet story, even if he says “I’m not cut out for heaven, and I’m never ever getting married in a church.” This definitely implies he knows he’s not the best guy ever. I’m not cut out for heaven or getting married in a church too, so HEY! Relatable! The other song is “East Coast Thriller”. The first few seconds of that song really pump me up. It’s a great song to dance to. On an Editing Side Note: all three songs are on my “Walking 2.0 playlist”. I play this when I walk on the treadmill, so that definitely says something about how good of a beat each has.

I found that playing live, New Politics really kill it. They’re good at their job. I hadn’t intended on leaving and having their music stuck in my head, but it was. The lead singer also kept making eye contact with me, and I think he was trying to make me dance, but sorry Bud! I was too anxious! I had even gone so far as buying a drink to see if alcohol helped the anxiety. It helped a little, but not enough. Next time they’re in town I’ll dance.

It also seemed as though all three bands were trying to see who could piss off the security more. The lead singer of New Politics, crowd surfed before he climbed on the scaffolding above. So, he took the cake. There was the one security guard, who was the smallest out of them. He would go after the lead singers whenever they did something like that, and he always looked angry. I got a kick out of that.

We went to the concert to see The Wrecks. I’ll get to them after the other opener, though. The other band that opened for New Politics was DREAMERS. I’ll admit that I didn’t even do research on them until the day of. It was kind of sad to me since I ended up liking their sound. In fact, they remind me of another band, but I can’t quite place it. I’m not saying they sound exactly like whoever it is because if they did, I would remember who I’m thinking of. And while I’m typing this, I fell down the hole of watching interviews with them. They seem pretty chill. I wish I had stayed to get a picture with them, but I was hungry and super tired. They also were right there. To the point where I know, they knew we were there. But, once again, I got bad anxiety. It doesn’t help that I’m attracted to all three of them? But, like, what’s new!

Back to the part where I started liking them. Immediately after hearing one song by DREAMERS, I went and bought their CD. I didn’t regret it.

One of the songs that first caught my attention was “Wolves (You’ve Got Me)”. I also adore the music video for their song “Sweet Disaster”, so I’m gonna post both:

They currently only have one CD out, This Album Does Not Exist, but let’s be real guys! That album definitely exists! It’s so catchy! They also have a great cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie”. Besides liking “Wolves”, my other favorites are “Drugs”, “Come Down Slow”, “To The Fire”, and “Little New Moon”. They’ve got some great lyrics sprinkled in around their songs. Okay, that sounds like it’s rare for them to have good lyrics. I’m not saying that at all. I’m trying to say that among their good lyrics they have really good lyrics. Or at least parts that stand out to me.

One of which, that gets me every time, is this part of “Come Down Slow”

“If you rise too high, too fast, you’ll get the bends.”

There were a few times where I somehow ended up doing extensive research on the Bends. Like, what the fuck? I know. It was around times when I was writing essays on shipwrecks, and I wrote a lot of shipwreck essays. I also do a lot of shipwreck research for fun. I’m not sure why I don’t share any of it on here. That would be the logical choice since I would be sharing what I learn. Rather than being selfish and keeping it to myself. Anyway, I have a thing for artists who reference any water related things. Things such as a shipwreck or in this case, diving things. This is why I was so drawn to Brand New. They have a song (“Play the Crack in the Sky”) that’s about a shipwreck. It’s actually a story of shipwreck used as one big metaphor for a failing relationship. There are several other instances when Brand New makes shipwreck (or watery) references. “Play the Crack in the Sky” is the biggest. So, forgive me if I get excited whenever I hear this part of “Come Down Slow”. I hope I do get to meet the band one day so that I can ask them about it. I mean, what if they also do weird research on shipwrecks? And what if one day they saw an article on the Bends and thought that it would be a great thing to put into a song? Andddd Sara is getting carried away again.

Here’s the audio so that you can listen to it. I hope you enjoy the other part I love when he hits higher notes when he sings about getting his feet on the ground. Also, check out their website because it’s definitely…a trip.

The last band I’m going to tell you about is the reason I even listened to the previous two bands in the first place. The Wrecks. Cassie discovered them on Youtube and played me their song, “Favorite Liar”.  When I first heard it, I was so proud of her for finding such a good jam. At the time, they had an EP out (We Are The Wrecks) with only 3 songs out. They were touring with All Time Low at the time, so we got some tickets and I got to relive my past by seeing ATL. I used to ADORE them. I’d seen them about 2 times before, and even caught Rian’s drumstick the first time. In fact, they were the first concert I ever had at The Rave. So, nostalgia was running high that night. But, I’m talking about The Wrecks. Then they toured with Paramore and Cassie went to that one. Finally, they were back, this time with New Politics, who Cassie was also into. So we went to that.

About a week before they came this time, they released another EP, Panic Vertigo. The title song, Panic Vertigo is so good, as is the rest of the ep. I’m so proud of them, and it’s been cool to see them grow as a band within this past year(?) or so. I’ve never been a fan of a band so early on in their career, I usually don’t jump on until two CDs later, which is a shame. Anyway, here’s “Favorite Liar”, and my favorite song by them “Way With Words”. Nick, the lead singer has a nice voice. And nice glasses.

I’m going to conclude this here since it’s been long enough, and that I could write a lot more. I’ve converted you into a fan of at least one of the bands. If not, that’s fine too! I get that not everyone likes what I like, and hey, that’s great! Hopefully I can write something else soon, otherwise, see ya in another year or something!

Music Monday: Labor Day Edition

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Trying a new Music Monday header?! Much better than the last!

Unfortunately, I don’t have anything that’s Labor Day themed, but at least I’m posting! It’s going to be short and sweet, but I think that’s fine because I’m pretty tired and if I don’t post now, I’ll forget.

So, I actually just discovered this guy about 30 minutes ago, and while I wouldn’t say he’s my new fave, I’m really digging Gnash. It’s probably pronounced like Nash, but I seem like to imagine it’s pronounced ga-nash.

 

I’m getting Matty Healy vibes with Gnash. Also, Olivia’s lipstick is pretty rad.

 

 

In the first15035173.jpg video, Olivia O’Brien is featured in it as well, and I really like her too, so  few songs by her are below. I don’t know much about either, and this is probably considered lazy blogging, but whatevs! I’m currently freaking out over the Jaws fabric we carry at Joannes. Is it not the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? We’ve got other Jaws themed fabrics too and now I wish I sewed because I would love to make something with them. Maybe pillow cases? Or even a giant quilt with just Jaws fabric and other blue/shark themed things? Oh gosh. I’ve already spent too much time in Joannes. I’m like so ready to craft, but I have no idea how to do so. I have no skills in sewing, nor do I own a sewing machine. And quilting just goes straight over my head. One of the managers has decided that I’m going to be one of the Knitter pro’s, and will be the one to answer and yarn/knitting questions. Honestly, I don’t mind, but they haven’t seen how bad I am at knitting. BACK TO THE REAL POST:

 

 

A lovely cover of Avril’s Complicated. I personally kind of prefer this because I’m not a fan of Avril.

 

That’s all for today. Hope this was worth your while!

Music Monday

Well, isn’t this a surprise! I’m actually posting a new Music Monday! I know, I know, but please hold your applause until after I’m done!

This week I am going to talk about two songs. The first is M83’s song Go! featuring Mai Lan

Apparently Teen Wolf is in M83. Wow. They’re so much cooler now. And I mean that sincerely, despite me hating the movie. I used to watch the MTV show, but haven’t the last season. I kind of miss the first few seasons, probably because I miss Allison.

ANYWAY, Go! is a song for the century to be honest. It’s almost hypnotic with it’s repetitious lyrics that are sure to get stuck in your head. I like to imagine a couple in a subway or something of that nature, and one half is running after the other half shouting “Our love ran away!” and so they’re chasing the other because they gotta catch it. I really enjoy the addition of Mai Lan to the band for this song. I kind of wish she did more songs with them. Isn’t she absolutely gorgeous? Jeeze, she’s got looks and a voice. I’m jealous.

M83 is coming to The Riverside this October and hopefully I’l be able to convince someone to go. I think my mom is interested. I bet if I buy her ticket she’d go. I’ve never been to the Riverside (that I know of?), so that should be cool. If it’s as cool as The Pabst theater, then I should have a really cool time. Let’s see how many times I say cool in this post!

The second song is from Modern Baseball’s new album, Holy Ghost. The song Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind is beautiful, I think. I hate the title, but that’s only because I can’t drink any type of hard cider anymore and while they could be referring to just Apple Cider, it still reminds me of hard cider. If you could see me right now, you’d see me shuddering.

Despite giving me chills for being a reminder of my issues with hard cider, the song gives me chills for other reasons. I think it’s well structured in both the lyrics and the instruments.

One of my favorite sites is genius.com because it allows people to post their interpretations of song lyrics. It’s honestly so helpful. I spent a lot of time in school working on poetry and deconstructing their meanings, so the site also makes me a bit nostalgic. On the page for Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind, people seem to have come to the conclusion that this song is about a relationship that is failing, and the person wonders if it’s worth saving. I seem to be a sucker for songs about “what if’s” and “maybe’s”. For  instance my favorite song by McFly is Falling In Love off of they’re awesome album RadioActive. So, it’s no wonder I like this song. My favorite verse is the very first verse:

Did you ever love me?
Biopsy from the origin of sound,
Confirms you’re speaking truthfully.
Concludes everything I thought about.

The very first time I heard this, that first line caught me. As I stated earlier, I’m a sucker for songs about “maybes” and anything that fuels a drama filled scene in my mind is welcome. I heard it, and thought that it was an interesting way to start the song. It makes you listen to it all in it’s entirety, which isn’t even 2 minutes. It’s short, not sweet, and to the point. Your still left with that question, especially because from the second and third lines, you know that the person speaking has been wondering this from the beginning of the relationship. The last line isn’t even fully formed, it’s a repeated line, but it stops before it ends. To add to this, it’s the word “forever”, but it’s stopped at “for”, so when he says “Tell me this is forever”, but doesn’t even finish the word forever, we know it isn’t forever. However, even though we know it’s not forever, we still don’t know if they ever loved them!

Overall, the song is interesting, and beautiful, I think. Modern Baseball has some really great songs with lyrics that are so relatable, which is why I really like them. If you like them too, you should check them out, as well as The Front Bottoms because they’re kind of similar. I just learned both bands are touring with Brand New this year and will be at The Rave the day after my birthday, so I’m kinda jazzed about that. I probably won’t go because I don’t know anyone that likes any of them, except one person who likes The Front Bottoms, but I don’t think we’re close enough to go to The Rave together. I mean, if you’ve ever been to a concert venue like The Rave, then you know what I’m talking about.

Anywho, how was that for a revival of Music Mondays? I’m going to work on a new logo for it because that old one is so bad. Have a good day guys and listen to some good music!

“Cool” Count: 4

Not as bad as I thought it would be!

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

5-seconds-of-summer
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!

Kind of a revival of music monday, but not

So, while being lost on the interwebs I came across a new band for me to listen to obsessively. First off, if you like 90’s pop, mixed a bit with backstreet boys meets new kids on the block, you may like them. But then you have to throw in some of the 1975’s first full album (think a bit She Way Out and Falling for you), then take really aesthetically pleasing pictures on film, throw some beautiful hot pink lyrics on the grainy photos for the album booklet, and you have Make Out by LANY. HELLO. YES. PLEASE. I really wanted to put up at least one of the pictures from the booklet, but I don’t know how they feel about that? Plus, you get the booklet with the cd, so go buy it.

 

So far I’m really digging it all, but I seem to be drawn to BRB/Kiss and Bad Bad Bad. Their lyrics are the kind I can really dig. So easy to relate to. Plus anyone who has the lyrics “and ya need to know I’m hella obsessed with your face” is automatically my new fave.

Check em out. Make out is only $2.99 on amazon right now. Their other cd is $4.99. I think they’re worth it, so do it bros.

Fanmixes Pt 2

Hey all! I’m back from the no-inspiration train!

First off, a quick update on me so you know I’m not dead (skip to the bold if you don’t want to read about me): I went home this past weekend to celebrate my birthday (I don’t feel 22, no matter how many times Taylor Swift gets stuck in my head). I went to a cool Apple Orchard near the Wisconsin/Illinois Border called Apple Holler and had a good time despite the rain. It was kinda expensive, especially for an out of work college student, but I still got to feed some goats and read about Johnny Appleseed. Plus the have really good Apple Dumplings, so I highly recommend it. Next Friday is the Twenty One Pilots concert, so BE EXCITED!

Now on to the actual post:

I’ve recently been trying to listen to 8tracks more, mostly to get out of new obsessions. Needless to say, I have a few playlists to share.

bb seth in Private Romeo (2011).

These are the only two Private Romeo Fanmixes/Soundtrack Mixes that I could find. If you’ve never heard of Private Romeo, please don’t feel bad. It’s a twist on Romeo and Juliet. It takes place at a military school, and Juliet is a guy. It also stars the fabulous Seth Numrich as Romeo, which is the sole reason why I watched it. I ended up really liking it, even if I seem to really not like Shakespere. This is probably because I have issues with being forced to read things. We read McBeth and Hamlet in school, so I never fully read Romeo and Juliet (that may or may not be true because I could have read it in middle school since my middle school was really into the arts and I took a few drama classes because of that. I know for sure we read Antigone). And while I found Hamlet highly amusing, it still gave me a headache, so you can see why I was unsure at first. But it was a beautiful movie, and I recommend it if you want a good love story (forget all you know about Romeo and Juliet, okay?)

Imagine my surprise when I found a Nathan Hale fanmix on 8tracks! I was so happy! And it turned out to actually be really good, especially in terms of being topical to him and his story. So basically, if you’re learning about him, jam out to these songs plz. It deserves attention, because I want more historical figure fanmixes. I think The Decemberists song (This Is Why We Fight) really works out great for Nathan and his cause. HISTORYUPBRO! (sorry, just let me fangirl over here especially now that I’m older than Nathan than when he died at the age of 21, still bummed bro)

The first of many Turn fanmixes. This one is probably my favorite because it’s mostly focused on the friendship between Benjamin Tallmadge and Celeb Brewster. And I mean, for the record, including a Radical Face song always gets points in my book, especially because it usually adds to the feeling of the mix real well. In this case they chose a song I don’t know well by Radical Face, Glory, but it works out a little too well for this mix.

Another fanmix for these brothers from different mothers, and its perfect! The creator made sure to include what lyrics that made them decide to include the song. For instance, the first song is Brother by NEEDTOBREATHE. The lyrics in this specific song that are quoted are:

“Brother let me be your shelter! I’ll never leave you all alone. I can be the one you call when you’re low. Brother let me be your fortress! When the night winds are driving on. Be the one to light the way, bring you home.”

This actually fits the two perfectly since the two would do ANYTHING for eachother. I’m pretty sure if you counted the amount of hugs in this show, more than half of them would be because of these two just can’t stop hugging. It’s almost a love story, sheesh, but a good one. ALSO: Another Radical Face song, so extra points!

A Ben Tallmadge fanmix. The description describes it best:

“A mix for the beautiful boy with a heart of gold and resolve of steel.”

Not only does it include Twenty One Pilots, but it’s just a lovely mix, so check it out! There are a few songs by some bands I don’t like, but obviously that would just be stupid to discriminate a playlist because of that.

These are fanmixes for the lovely BBC Miniseries, North & South. Basically it’s got Thorin from the Hobbit movies falling in love with a really pretty lady who speaks her mind and is very educated for a lady of her time. It’s a great series to watch if you want some good old atmospheric love story with Industrial England as the backdrop (and a portion of a the plot).  Or if you’re really into worker’s rights in the 19th century. I’ve still got to read the book it’s based off of, but I will eventually. They’ve got it on Amazon Kindle for free.

HERE’S A QUICK PIC SPAM OF BEN AND CALEB:

Idk what Caleb said but Ben is done with his bullshit!
LOOK AT CALEBS FACE
NOPE. IM DONE.

There are other playlists I’ve listened to but didn’t mention because then I would have to go back and re listen, but I wasn’t feelin music by the time I got to the last playlist, despite it being good. So, while these aren’t normal fanmixes, they’re all really good and so I think you should go listen to them. Thanks!

A few fanmixes you should check out and also a bit of an update

HELLO ALL! (Or should I just say hello to myself?)

A heads up for all of you. School starts on Monday for me. This means that I may not be able to post for a while. I mean, not like I post all the time, but…Well, you get it. Because it’s my senior year, I will be busy busy busy! I’m taking one extra class in order to get my Museum Studies program done by the time I graduate in June. I also am hoping to get some experience so that I have at least some possibility of getting a job right out of college. That means I need to network a lot and be extra awesome at school.

I’m really excited though, since I applied for a job in the archives. I also am taking a class on the American Revolution which should be extra cool because it’s a higher level class. WOO!

There’s also the fact that I’ve got bronchitis. That means I may just be too tired to make many posts. Or that I have a lot of free time (which theoretically I shouldn’t since I need to pack).

I’m trying to get some more stuff out for all of you to read. I just have yet to find the subject. What do you want to read? Is there anything I’ve done so far that you’ve enjoyed?

So to hold you over, here’s a list of some cool ass playlists I’ve found. They’re all fanmixes and they’re all quite good. Enjoy!

With All My Heart by mindlessdesigns

This is a playlist inspired by Doc Roe from Band of Brothers. In Band of Brothers Shane Taylor plays Eugene Roe, the medic of Easy Co. If you’ve never seen Band of Brothers, I really recommend it. I’m a little obsessed with it, and the history of the real guys from Easy Co. They’re an inspiration for me. Doc Roe is easily my favorite member of the group, even though there isn’t much known about the real Doc Roe. I chose this playlist because I listened to it the other day and thought it was quite fitting for Roe, so enjoy!

doc roe is kinda sorta really angry
Cutie Doc Roe being angry at Sobel for getting them killed in a war training exercise.

And I Pray A Lot For You by lily-sevin

Another Roe playlist that is perfect.

Flash Gordon Mostly by somedumbindiething

Joe Liebgott is also someone else from Band Of Brothers. Good old, hot-tempered Skinny Joe Liebgott. This playlist is basically one giant lovesong to him, so listen to it bro.

Liebgott in the flash gordon scene I think
Liebgott in the flash gordon scene I think

Jack Drinks Jack by hello_die

A playlist for Jack Mercer. I’m not sure if any of you have picked this up yet, but I am totally in love with the movie Four Brothers. In fact, I rewatched it on Monday and was thinking of rewriting this post because it doesn’t do that movie justice and it makes me cringe SO MUCH. I’m sure a lot of people would be quick to jump and say that it’s nothing all that great, but I guess maybe some people don’t actually pay attention to character details like me. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Especially when it comes to Jack Mercer. Oh boy, that kid has some issues and I am a sucker for trying to find more everytime I watch it. So go watch the movie and listen to this great playlist.

Never Worry by jmandrake

This is a playlist for Nancy Drew & co. Not only does it have a picture of Nancy from the 70’s Hardy Boy & Nancy Drew Mysteries as the cover, but it’s kinda got a 70’s vibe to it, which I dig. Having loved that show (its before my time, but when we first got Netflix, I remember ordering the DVD’s for it and watching it after school) and anything Nancy Drew related, I really enjoyed this playlist. I thought that the person who created the mix really put a lot of thought into it and this resulted in a great playlist. So, check it out. Maybe also listen to the theme song for the 70’s show too because it’s stuck in my head and I’m annoyed by that. You know what, I don’t trust that you will go and find it so here it is:

It’s Not Unusual by emily-the-first

This is a fanmix for the sad OTP that isn’ gonna happen anytime soon: Bess Marvin and Joe Hardy.  I personally think the two are perfect for each other, but ya know. Can’t always have it your way… This mix is light and cute and I want to listen to it always, so you’re welcome.

Until We Bleed by pambeesly

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My Kind of High Rollin’ by morbidlyobscure

These two are listed together because they’re both Seth Gecko x Kate Fuller fanmixes. If you haven’t seen the show, From Dusk Till Dawn, then you are really missing out. It’s based off of the cheesy film from the 90’s with George Clooney and Quinten Tarentino, and it’s kinda awful, but I love it. Anyway, because I’m a sucker for romance and sad OTPs that may not ever happen, I’m obviously attracted to the idea of SethxKate. People who make SethxKate mixes on 8tracks tend to do a good job. These are just two of many playlists that are good examples. I chose them since I had put them into my otp collection and my sethxkate collection, so I’m not saying they’re my favorites, but they’re definitely really good.

I Do Rule by martinducreff

I Do Rule is a playlist dedicated to the amazing character of Ezekiel Jones from TNT’s spinoff show of their Librarian movies, The Librarians. It’s kind like Syfy’s show, Warehouse 13, if you ever watched that, except it’s got the greatest character ever, Ezekiel Jones. Not only is he adorable, but I find him really hilarious. Anyway, I thought this was a great playlist because it really does sound like stuff he’d listen to.

some of the best faces from from Ezekiel.
some of the best faces from from Ezekiel.
Do you see that?!
Do you see that?!

Usually Quite Loud by untiltheygo

This playlist is a Spaced themed playlist. If you’ve never seen Spaced, then please find a way to check it out. It’s a show with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost before Shaun Of the Dead and the other Cornetto Trilogy movies were a thing. It’s got a great premise, and is pretty funny. Although, if you don’t watch a lot of British shows you may not find it as funny. I’m not sure. I would definitely recommend giving it a try anyway. Also listen to this playlist! It’s fun and really reminds me of the show!

The Cornetto Trilogy

If you go through all of these, hit me up for more, or just look through my liked playlists on 8tracks.

What do you think of these? Have anymore to recommend that you think I’d like?

Music Monday

Monday’s are usually spectacularly shitty days, so here’s some good news: One, a new episode of Teen Wolf is on tonight and things are getting really hectic on there. And two, it’s music Monday! I would make a large post to make up for the lack of Music Monday’s the past two weeks, but I don’t have much to recommend today.I only have one song.

I Know What I Am by Band Of Skulls

I’d almost forgotten about this song, but it came on while my friend drove me home today, and I was reminded of how much we used to love this song.

“HO-TEL, TACO BELL!” You just don’t get lyrics better than that!

I do have one more song to recommend, but I am not sure how to find it. It’s a song called Mortimer by a band from Wisconsin called The Sleepwalkers. Since it’s such a common name, and since they don’t have much about them on the internet, it’s extremely hard to find it anywhere! I did however find their bandcamp here, where you can purchase the song for $1.

Favorite lyric: “At the end of the day, even from Green Bay, you’ve got a friend in me.” AJDKLJAK! Adorable!