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Music blog: the start of an idea

I briefly mentioned it before, but given my excess of time currently (between only one online class that has yet to start and a part-time job which hours still haven’t increased to my desired amount) I decided to go ahead and try to blog about music a bit more. This is highly susceptible to being scrapped or (really) forgotten/overlooked pretty quickly, given that I’m pretty terrible about updating my blog (though recently I have kind of improved?); but, I’m riding off the wave of great intentions and capitalizing on my current mood and going ahead with this post. I’m still toying with how I would want these blog posts to occur, so if you’re tuning in please note that organization may be lacking for awhile…

Disclaimer aka here’s the general idea of what to expect

One thing my friends have always noted, besides my tendency to keep 90s and early 2000s within my repertoire of music, is the diversity of music I tend to like. From EDM to folk, rock to country, jazz, classical, etc, my tastes are somewhat eclectic, though of course, I do have certain genres I prefer over the others. For me, it’s alternative rock and one of the many diverse forms of techno/dance/edm/chillstep (it’s too hard to exactly distinguish, so we’ll just default as edm). I say this because more than likely the music I talk about in these blog posts will probably lean towards those genres, though I am hoping to try to be as diverse as my library. What you will most likely not find me posting much about is heavy metal or intense screamo. Not that I don’t know/have stuff in those genres, but if we’re reflecting off my library, they are practically non-existent, especially if we get into the more strictly metal/screamo genres. What am I trying to say? Basically, expect to be reading/listening to a wide-ish variety of music but mostly centered around EDM and alternative rock. As I come across less and less new, good rock music nowadays, it may be heavily EDM. But again, I’m gonna try to be diverse and also kick back with something from the past as well. Additionally, sometimes the music I talk about may not even be all that new. It may just be a song I want to bring up because, heck, I like it a lot. So what exactly are these music posts going to be about? I won’t lie, there will be rants about not so good music here too, if I decide upon it. But as I like to try to be optimistic and say good things, I’ll try to keep the bashing to a minimum. Overall, this is me talking about music: good, bad, new, old, everything. Here goes nothing!

Today’s feature: Chocolates and Roses by The Green

And here we are, first attempt and already I’m bringing it back. Granted, this song was only recently introduced to me as I heard it while at a hookah lounge a few weeks ago, but its actual release was back in 2013. Additionally, I’m already deviating from what I just said in that this is not EDM, not rock, but rather more jazz/reggae. Still, definitely worth the listen if you’re into that jazzy lounge music, or just looking for a new love song.

Another note I thought I’d mention is that I decided to go with Soundcloud to play this song. While there’s definitely youtube videos available of this song, I still prefer Soundcloud if it’s available. I know I have bashed on Soundcloud in the past (because it’s still true that it has taken a negative turn for corporate greed, nyah!), but I can still appreciate what is still offers (which is mostly podcasts of EDM music). If you do want more/new EDM music, then soundcloud definitely still has that to offer. It just may not provide the full tracks to more popular/radio hits/certain artists. Well, not for free anyways.

I suppose I’m realizing now that I don’t have all too much to say in regards to the featured song, and I really intended this to be some sort of listing of songs that have captured my attention recently (whether old or new) aka lots of songs listed, so onwards I go with other songs for you to try!

Kaskade – Let It Out (feat. Haley)

I actually debated this being the “featured” song, not that it really matters since they’re both getting mentioned anyways, but this song definitely captivated me the moment I first heard it through. Kaskade has been a player in the dance scene for some time now (I remember my first time seeing him live was back in ’09 at the first ever EDC festival in Dallas) and while he definitely sticks more to the mellow, chill tones compared to some other EDM artists out there, this one is even more so unique. It’s a wonderful ballad and it really gives the feels (before and) after the first chorus. Even in a slow ballad, he’s still hitting those drops like nobody’s business.

Sticking with those smooth melodies and heavenly voices, here’s another track to get in on if you haven’t already:

Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Unfold

I’ll be honest, I pretty much like the whole album Urban Flora by Alina Baraz and Galimatias, and the rest of the songs basically sound similar to this song, so check the whole album out. “Can I” was the other song consideration I had to represent Alina Baraz and this album as a whole. While the lyrics themselves are clearly sexually suggestive, and yeah, maybe this is baby making music, who cares? Her voice is amazing and the beats are super smooth. I think I’m seeing a pattern in the music chosen for this blog post… Whoops heh.

Here’s another older song that I feel like I’m getting a second chance with:

Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids

And here, rather than use Frank Ocean’s upload, I had to use Def Jam’s to get the full song length. Thank you soundcloud… ANYWAYS. I remember when Channel Orange first came out, or at least when a few of my friends were talking about it. I tried to get on board, but either I 1) didn’t hear this song back then and chose the wrong first few songs that I wasn’t a fan of, or 2) didn’t appreciate the album/song until now when I like this type of music more. I feel like the former is more likely, but I won’t deny the possibility of the latter. Either way, Frank Ocean has definitely become considered one of the kind of newer great rap artists out there. I recall having a brief conversation with some friends about this and he was definitely on our list. So in earnest appreciation of the song now and the memory of that conversation, I included this song to the list. The next song, however, deviates a little from all the recent ones:

Marina and the Diamonds – Lies (Zeds Dead Remix)

While I haven’t actually heard the original version of this song, I do enjoy Zeds Dead’s remix of it. This was introduced to me through another friend (the best way to share music!) recently. It is, however, actually somewhat of an older song it seems (apparently it’s been on soundcloud for 4 years?). I’m learning things as I write this post! I think the newest of these songs is probably Kaskade’s, who only recently dropped that song in the past month or so. (So it’s super fresh!)

In an effort to bring forth newer music and yet still hit that soft spot for those old tunes, here’s a surprise:

Yellowcard – The Hurt Is Gone

And while there actually (surprisingly) is a version of this song on Soundcloud, it was the full length which offers a slightly longer than appreciated intro… So I went with the Youtube version. While it only shares a few similarities to the infamous “Ocean Avenue” or “Way Away” or “Empty Apartment”, I still find this ever new, ever Yellowcard song a reminiscence of the music I grew up listening to. If you still have an alternative rock bone in your body, I hope this song tickles it.

Unexpected disappointments: Linkin Park and The Chainsmokers

I write this because it literally happened today. I decided to finally listen to LP’s new song “Heavy” featuring Kiiara. As a long-time fan of LP,  this newest song really shocked me and made me full of disappointment. While I can say that I am definitely a Hybrid Theory lover, I’ve also always loved various songs from their albums that came after: “Burning It Down,” “Numb,” “Shadow of the Day,” to name a few. This last album, The Hunting Party, was not my cup of tea, but I could see where their inspiration drew from. It still sounded much like them, with just a little too much screaming and a little too heavy. And yet, this last song… As I said on my Facebook post, it really felt like some sort of attempt to make a pop radio hit. Chester’s singing (or whatever) feels off the entire time, and Kiiara overall carries the song. And the rest doesn’t even sound like LP exists. Are they following the money? Are they just trying for something new? Pressure from the label? I really have no idea, but whatever it is, I hope they are just sticking true to themselves. If they’re doing that, and this is what is coming out, then like I said in my post, artists change. I can’t say I won’t be disappointed if this is really the route they want to take, but at least I can try to accept it and just bury myself in their older albums. In any case, LP you’ll always have my heart, but maybe it’s time to walk away and just keep the memories. At least in their last concert that I went to they played a lot of oldies that the whole crowd loved (more).

As for The Chainsmokers, I’d like to just blame it on the formula. I remember when I first heard of them. My friend had introduced me to them, they were still fairly unknown with only a few podcasts available. Most of their music were remixes with only a couple of original mixes (which weren’t all that great, to be honest). I heard Tove-Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” song first as a remix by them and loved it. It came to me as a surprise when I began to hear the original on the radio much later. I still listen to The Wanted’s “We Own the Night” remixed by The Chainsmokers on a frequent basis, and I will forever love their remix of “Medicine” by Daughter. Both previously mentioned songs are still on my currently jamming list and have been played by me more than enough times.

And yet after “Selfie”, and a slew of other radio hits (“Don’t Let Me Down” and “Let You Go,” for example), I kind of stopped paying attention to their newest stuff. I only recently realized “Closer” was one of their songs, and their newest hit, “Paris”, I only recently (last week) tried to check out. It was right after listening to “Closer” that I tried “Paris” and sadly I stopped the song before the chorus even finished it’s first go. It kind of just… sounded the exact same as “Closer.” I know songs in an album tend to sound similar, I mean Urban Flora songs definitely all sound very similar, but at the same time I can feel distinction between the songs, thus why I like some more than others. For “Closer” and “Paris”…. I don’t know, maybe because I was listening to a lot of new music at that moment, I just wasn’t really captivated by either. When I say I blame it on the formula, I mean the radio formula. The hits, the money makers, the ones the general audience are all going to go gaga over and spend loads of money because it’s exactly what everyone is so hyped up about. Easily digestible music to be appreciated by the general audience. Today’s music is a mix of varying genres (hiphop, rap, pop, etc) set to a slightly edm/techno beat. That’s how I mostly feel. It’s popular media trying to regurgitate EDM music into something more people can appreciate and like. And The Chainsmokers are at the top of the list in the right formula to create that kind of music.

I’m not saying I don’t like their music. I do. But I’m just a little sad and a little disappointed in their lack of variety now. Even their collaboration with Coldplay, “Something Just Like Us,” has some distinction from their other stuff, but is still missing that wow factor to be a great new song by them. Maybe I’m just being too critical, but I hope in between all the shows and the fame and fortune, they keep trying to make good music, and not just the same stuff with different lyrics.

Here’s to hoping for good music to come: Daughter – Medicine (The Chainsmokers Remix)

When will my next post (about music) be? I honestly couldn’t tell you, but I am trying to be more consistent about my posting, so while my next post might be not music related (though will always still include at least one song), keep looking out for a new one if you found this entertaining. :)

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Archived: Previous posts from Xanga

So a new update will be out soon, but before that (since I don’t have my pictures together yet), here’s a couple of old posts I had from my Xanga. I found them intriguing when I re-read them, so I hope you will too.

From Xanga 02/05/2005 – Note: This is a reblog of my old blog that was reblogging someone else’s post. I do not claim any rights to writing it besides that I read and reblogged it.

Meantime Girl

“She’s the one you call when you’re bored because she makes you laugh. She’s the one you talk to when you’re feeling down because she’s willing to lend an ear and be a friend. She’s not the one you call when you need a date to your company’s Christmas party, or to go dancing with on a Saturday night. She’s the one you spend time with between girlfriends, before you find “The One.” You know, the one who you keep around in the meantime.

She’s not one of the guys, not a tomboy, but you don’t look at her as a “real” woman, either. She’s not evil enough, moody enough, or sexy enough to be seen in that light. She’s too laid-back, too easily amused by the same things your male buddies are amused by. She’s too understanding, too comfortable; she doesn’t make you feel nervous or excited the way a “real” woman does. But she’s cool, and nice, and funny, and attractive enough that when you’re lonely and need intimate female companionship, she’ll do just fine.

You don’t have to wine and dine her because she knows the real you already, and you don’t have any facades to keep up, no pretenses to preserve. You’re not trying to get anything of substance out of her. She’s not easy, but you know that she cares about you and is attracted to you, and that she’ll give you the intimacy you need. And you know you don’t have to explain yourself or the situation, that she’ll be able to cope with the fact that this isn’t the beginning of a relationship or that there’s any possibility that you have any real romantic feelings for her. It won’t bother her that you’ll get up in the morning, say goodbye, and go on a date with the woman you’ve been mooning over for weeks who finally agreed to go out with you. She’ll settle for a goodbye hug and a promise to call her and tell her how the date went. She’s just so cool…

But deep down, if you really think about it (which you probably don’t because to you, the situation between the two of you isn’t important enough to merit any real thought), you know that it’s really not fair. You know that although she would never say it, it hurts her to know that despite all her good points and all the fun you two have, you don’t think she’s good enough to spend any real time with. Sure, it’s mostly her fault, because she doesn’t have to give in to your needs; she could play the hard-to-get evil girl like the rest of them do, if she really wanted to. But you and she both know that she probably couldn’t pull it off.

Maybe she’s too short, or a little overweight, or has a big birthmark on her forehead, or works at Taco Bell. Whatever the reason, somehow life has given her a lot of really great qualities but has left out the ones that men want (or think they want) in a woman. So she remains forever the funny friend, the steadfast companion, the secret lover, and you go on searching for your goddess who will somehow be everything you ever wanted in a woman.

She doesn’t captivate you with her beauty, or open doors with her smile. Mainly she blends in with the crowd. She’s safe. She doesn’t want to be the center of attention and turn the heads of everyone in the room. But she wants to turn someone’s head. She wants to be special to someone, too. We all do.

She has feelings. She has a heart. In fact, she probably has a bigger and better heart than any woman you’ve ever known because she’s had a front-row seat to the “mess” that is your life, but she still likes you anyway. She obviously sees something worthwhile and redeeming in you because although you’ve given her nothing, absolutely no reason to still be around, she is.

Anyway, yeah, I’m a Meantime Girl. Been one more times than I care to admit. I don’t know the reason, really, and at this point I don’t even care. I just want to let every guy know who’s ever had the good fortune to have a Meantime Girl that we may be a lot of fun, but we cry too, a lot. And someday we won’t be around.”

-end of story-

While I’m not sure if I’m necessarily one of these girls anymore, I still support this article. And to be honest, I think there are meantime boys too, which is also uncool. So if you’re in the situation that you are a meantimer, think about what you’re doing and if it’s worth it! And if you’re one of those who have a meantime person, think about what you have! :)


From Xanga 08/24/2005 – Note: This is an article from the newspaper that I blogged. I do not claim to have written any of the content, but that I copied it from the newspaper. This is copied exactly how I wrote it back in 2005 with some of my own comments edited (anything in [ ] are my own comments from back then).

IS there an emo in your house? <~title of the “article”

How teens dress tells a lot about what kind of tunes they like. Never heard of emo – or screamo? Here’s a quick guide for parents to understanding the young music lovers we live with.

How to spot an “emo“.
Wardrobe musts: Some sort of “cause bracelet.” Shows they care.
Hair: Can be short or long, must be intentionally mussed. The just-got-off-a-roller-coaster look.
On their feet: Barefoot’s best; shows they’re “earthy,” in touch with their feelings. Emo is, after all, short for “emotional.” Sneakers are cool, too, like DVS.
Current emo ringleader: Death Cab for Cutie, whose forthcoming album, Plans, is one of this year’s most anticipated releases.

They also <3: Dashboard Confessionals [ <3 ], Bright Eyes [ they’re (only) okay >_< ], the Starting Line [ <3 ], Jimmy Eat World [ <3 ], the Rocket Summer [ <33 ], Mae [ LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! ], the Promise Ring [ ? ], the Postal Service [ =]]] ] – the band, not the people who lose your mail all the time. Newmos (newcomer emos) can fool everyone into believing they’re longtime emos by also namedropping Unwound and Sunny Day Real Estate, emo pioneers.
Other sure signs: Holding a guitar. Emos are supposed to be very much in touch with their emotions – and they’re not afraid to sing about them. The sadder, the better. Broken heart necessary.

How to spot a “punk“.
Wardrobe musts: Jeans, ripped or not. Something hangingi from pocket – bandana, wallet chain.
Hair: Not a big deal anymore. Mohawks are out. Colored hair’s boring. Punk is such a part of pop culture now, normal’s natural. You may have a punk kid living at your house and you DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.
On their feet: Vans sneakers or Skecher-like, tough-looking work shoes. BUT THEY CANNOT BE SKECHERS. That’s too brand-namey.
Current punk ringleader: After being not-so-hip, Green Day’s cool again [ they’re okay… ], thanks to their very fine, spit-in-the-face-of-politics CD, American Idiot.
They also <3: Alkaline Trio [ =]] ], New Found Glory [ ahh <3 ], Yellowcard [ <3<3 ], Fall Out Boy [ dig it! =]] pretty awesome, but more of their older songs rather than newer ones.. ], the Clash [ ? ], any (and every) band that has played the Warped Tour [ I didn’t get to go this year =( ].
Other sure signs: Facial piercings and tattoos are the obvious signs, but because that’ll get kids kicked out of school, look for concert T-shirts, left-of-center accessories and iPods of all colors, MBs and gigs. Bad attitudes, arrest warrants and the whole safety-pins-through-the-nose are more over than Sum 41 [ hey i like them…  ].

How to spot a “screamo“.
Wardrobe musts: Concert T-shirts, not ones bought at the mall. Eyeliner, definately – both guys and girls.
Hair: Same messy-is-good ethos as emos, but messier. May have to spend a few more minutes slopping it around.
On their feet: Whatever; they’re not picky.
Current screamo ringleader: Hawthorne Heights [ <3 ], coming soon to a set of earplugs near you.
They also <3: Terminal, Thrice [ <33 ], the Used [ <3 ], Poison the Well [ i like the name.. never heard of them ], Thursday [ ehh… okay ], Underoath [ haven’t heard many of their songs to give judgement… ] – basically, emo bands that scream a lot.
Other sure signs: Edgier attitude. Maybe black nail polish to go along with the eyeliner. Screamos are a little more pessimistic than emos, but just as in touch with their feelings. But, really, can’t we all just scream along?

How to spot an “indie“. [ my god they know about this?! incredible! ]
Wardrobe musts: Collared shirts (polo shirts, but not Polo shirts), tucked in or left out. Slim pants or clean jeans – no holes. Vintage jacket – or new, vintage-looking jacket. Need to look like they shop at second-hand stores, even if they don’t.
Hair: Short, a little messy but still stylish. Think GQ crossed with Spin.
Current indie ringleader: Sufjan Stevens [ ? ], a singer/songwriter who plans to release one CD for every single U.S. state. Indie kids, start saving your money now.
They also <3: Modest Mouse [ pretty good ], the Decemberists [ ohh yeah <3<3<3 ], Bloc Party [ ? ], Arcade Fire [ ? ], Kings of Leon [ ? ], Spoon [ ? ], Shout Out Louds [ ? ], Cursive [ <3<3<3 ], Architecture in Helsinki [ i like the name but no clue who they are ].
Other sure signs: Should be snobby about music, like the guys in High Fidelity. Must own iPod, not the Shuffle or the Mini but the one that costs $400 or whatever. Know of bands no one else has ever heard of – and probably never will.

-end of article-

So when I originally blogged it, I was doing so because I was super surprised by the fact that adults/society actually knew anything about it and tried to pay attention. My teenage self didn’t notice the obviousness of how label-esque/judgmental it was.  Even now, I guess I can give props to at least trying to give insight to parents who have “misunderstood” children or don’t understand their kids, but still it’s kind of amazing how they decided to group these stereotypes. And that this was an article in the Family  Day! section that comes out every Tuesday under the Style (apparently) is kind of… yeah. Let us realize that while some people may identify with some of these breakdowns, perhaps even exactly as stated, it does NOT mean that everyone who does self-identify themselves as such necessarily follow such generalizations. For parents, this is perhaps a REFERENCE, not the truth nor necessarily accurate. On the other hand (and somewhat unrelated), I now know many more of these bands (like Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, Spoon, and Arcade Fire, pretty much all the Indie music groups they named), and my taste in music has overall changed. How pleasant. Also, I think it’s interesting that these labels are all genres of music. We identify with music so much we are called the music we listen to? Or vice versa? Hmm… curiosities.

Anyhow, that’s all I have for now. Expecting a new post of actual content related to my life sometime hopefully this week. I have everything but the pictures, so yeah. Until then.

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