Music Monday

Music Monday Playlist!

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So basically what happens in my little world is I hear a song or two and then I end up listening to it fairly obsessively for the next week or so. Everywhere I go or every task I try to complete is soundtracked by these songs. I haven’t done a current rotation in a bit, so I figured today I’d just share some of the things I can be found listening to. I try to keep my Tumblr updated with a steady stream of songs I currently love, but sometimes that even that stream runs dry. Not to mention I love making playlists for myself. I do a lot of commuting so I need good tunes. And I love pretending anyone cares about these, so humor me.

The playlist is available for streaming over @ Spotify or you can take a peek at the track list below. Enjoy!

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Music Monday – February 17

Monday is here already? I can’t believe it. Monday mornings are rough, so here’s a little pick me up playlist I made to get me through the mountain of work I have to complete.

Trust me, Diplo’s Drunk In Love remix is far better than Mr. Wests. Enjoy and have a productive Monday!

Music Monday: Afternoon Tunes

Well, here it is the middle of the afternoon on a Monday. Monday’s are pretty terrible usually, but today is Veteran’s Day. A day to celebrate the service of men and women protecting America both past and present. In honor of these fine folks, many places are closed for the day and everyone gets the day off of school. Fun right? If catching up on a giant to-do list of things you just didn’t feel like accomplishing this weekend is fun, then yes. Tons of fun. I thought since I have some spare time (but not really) I’d do a music monday with some nice songs I’ve been enjoying lately and a few I like to listen to on lazy days with a nice cup of tea. Oh also, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th birthday. How ca-razy is that?

Enjoy some tunes on this slow Monday afternoon.

 Such a wonderful voice she has. 

Trying to get inspiration for a little something I’m writing about families definitely requires some time with the Tenenbaums’ and their soundtrack.

My favorite participant of “life is always no shave November” Sam Beam, of Iron and Wine, and his beautiful tunes.

Catching Fire is so so close and if this track by the National is anything to go off of the music is going to pretty cool, guys.


Lorde, of course, Lorde.

A New Kind of Music Monday

Let’s talk about music for a second. I’ve always had a diverse taste in music. I don’t just say that to claim I listen to everything because I really don’t listen to everything. I’m willing to give just about everything a chance though.I didn’t even know what Blurred Lines was until a couple weeks ago not that I should win a medal for that. (I should) I think a well rounded taste should be celebrated. Not that we should all be celebrating my ability to know when something is good. In high school I was essentially mocked in front of a group of people for having different patches on my backpack. Bands in genres that didn’t even go together. I’m not even embarrassed that I had the patches, but I am embarrassed because this shitty guy thought that it was his place to decide which artists were worthy of standing together. I can still remember exactly what he said to me, but I won’t bother to give him another second of my time since his haircut literally made me sad and disgusted. My point is, every once in awhile my tastes change. I suppose technically they are the same, but they fluctuate. One day I love one thing and the next it’s something else.

The reason I even bring this up is instead of boring Music Monday where I pick one thing I’m really into at that moment, share it, and act like I’m not a complete nerd, I thought I’d share a few songs worthy of you, the readers, time. They are still songs I’m currently into but straight and to the point. Honestly, it probably won’t even be every Monday. It will be a just when I feel like it type of deal. The above statement about my fluctuating music taste is essentially a disclaimer stating what you will see in this feature will be music that doesn’t necessarily belong together. I don’t need anyone to tell me that. A person shouldn’t be defined by just one thing. Genres are just one of those boxes I don’t enjoy.  It’s true, I do listen to a lot, I mean a lot, of indie rock and indie folk. But it expands past that. By the way teenagers, soft grunge isn’t even a thing nor is hipster. As far as I’ve ever known, a hipster would never admit to being a hipster, it’s not a claim to fame, and they don’t blog glittery GIFs and pictures of pizza, but I’m old. What do I know right? This is enough for a whole new post…so let’s just get to the tunes shall we?

I haven’t heard a lot of music by The 1975, but this cover they did of What Makes You Beautiful I can stand by 100%

Don’t listen to this Son Lux song unless you plan to listen from start to finish. Just trust me.

I love Arcade Fire. Everyone under the sun knows this, but I’m not 100% on board with Reflektor yet. Not even with those Bowie vocals. WHAT I know, but if you’re down there’s an interactive video that can be found at Just a Reflektor

This one isn’t something I enjoy. I saw it this morning and my brother and I had a great laugh about it. They are from Norway where apparently their biggest burning question is what sound does the fox make? You’d be surprised at how they see it. Please don’t let this be the next Gangnam Style…

Music Monday: PATD

Sure, I could be listening to YEEZUS, but that’s so last Friday afternoon already. Besides won’t everyone magically forget that album as soon as Jay-Z’s drops July 4th? Talk about Independence Day. Instead I’m keeping the Fueled by Ramen nostalgia train going with some Panic! At The Disco this Monday morning.

Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off 

Music Monday: Fall Out Boy

The nostalgia saga continues today with Fall Out Boy. In my later years of high school FOB was a BIG deal. None of those popular assholes in my school knew who they were yet, and they were opening for bands that probably don’t even exist anymore. Take This To Your Grave was my tied with Deja Entendu (Brand New) for most played album on my home stereo system. Good thing my stereo was a multi-disc holder. I wore my Fall Out Boy is for Scenesters shirt more times than any other item of clothing. Do I still have that somewhere? I’ve seen FOB more times than any other band (WHAT?), and I’m VERY excited to be seeing them again tomorrow night. It’s only been a couple years since I’ve seen them, but I still act like a teenager when it comes to them. They hold a special place in my life, and they brought me some pretty rad friends.

Don’t take away my cool points. It’s just a part of my life I still like to revisit. It was a much simpler time. A time worth revisiting when being an adult gets to be a pain in the ass.

I now present, in 240p, Saturday:

Music Monday: The Academy Is…

Part 1 of the nostalgic Music Monday is…the Academy Is…

Fueled By Ramen was huge part of my life many years ago, so it’s not a giant surprise I have a love for The Academy Is…To be quite honest, I still listen to the Academy Is…on random days just because. I’m choosing Slow Down for Music Monday for two reasons: 1. I love Almost Here (it’s definitely my favorite of their albums) and 2. I’m currently in Los Angeles and this video song combination are very fitting.

The only downside, the video is in 240p. What? Is this the stone age? 

Have a good Monday, everyone! I’ve got a beach to get to. 

Music Monday: Summer BBQ

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It’s Memorial Day. The unofficial start to summer. What is more summer than a BBQ? Unfortunately Mother Nature decided to pull one over on Arizona and it’s actually cloudy today. No summer BBQ for me today. Not because of clouds but because I lack a barbecue. I’m also not a big fan of indoor grilling pans. It takes the fun out of it. I’m getting off track. Who cares about my general dislike of grilling pans? No one.

I made this mix as a sequel to last years summer kickoff mix. It’s very eclectic, and features some music I’m loving right now. It can be used for pretty much any variety of summer activity. Including but not limited to barbecues, parties, or hanging out in general on an (overly) warm night.

Tracklisting:

  1. Cruel Summer – Bananarama
  2. Digital Love – Daft Punk
  3. No Church In the Wild – Jay-Z & Kanye West
  4. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
  5. Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  6. Modern Love – David Bowie
  7. 212 – Azealia Banks
  8. Pendulum – Pure Bathing Culture
  9. Hard to Explain – the Strokes
  10. Feel Flows – the Beach Boys
  11. Hypnotize – the Notorious B.I.G.
  12. Dumb Disco Ideas – Holy Ghost!
  13. If I Ever Feel Better – Phoenix
  14. Summer Breeze – Seals & Croft
  15. I Always Knew – the Vaccines
  16. Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Listen to part 2 on 8Tracks & Rdio.

Part 1 can be found here.

Music Monday: Gatsby? What Gatsby?

I, like much of the universe, am in Gatsby mode lately. The movie is overdone but great at the same time. Hate to admit my little girl crush from 1996 on Leonardo DiCaprio is in full effect. I can’t even begin to describe the crushing blow we had realizing he’s 38 years old. Enough about that…I’ve had the soundtrack in rotation for a week or so now. I think it’s a great soundtrack. It took some getting used to at first, but it really makes baking 100 million dark chocolate sea salt Mother’s Day cupcakes bearable. Okay so maybe not 100 million, but more than a reasonable amount were baked, and distributed to many (forgotten) moms yesterday. Everything I’ve read about the soundtrack is how much it sucks, but it works for the movie. I don’t exactly disagree with most of that, but there are some songs I favor more than others. That’s just a natural reaction, I suppose. Then again, in 1996 my most prized possessions were my CD of the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack & my Leonardo DiCaprio poster from a Teen Beat magazine so my opinion could be invalid.

For Music Monday  enjoy Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey. If you’ve seen the movie, you’re no doubt sick of it already. It’s used about 10 times in the span of two hours. I, for one, am not tired of it.