2018, music

a band with red skates is my kind of band.

“Another music post, when will she stop?” No time soon I’m afraid to admit– not really though.

I first heard Kid Bloom last summer when I was in New York. I think I was surfing the related artists tabs of some low-key bands on Spotify when I came across this one.

Not sure if it was their title, Kid Bloom, or the fact that the cover photo of their album, A Different State of Mind, had a pair of glittery red skates that made me feel young at heart, but I became hooked to a few of their tracks that to this day have been made stationary to my playlist–a royalty I’ve only given to a few bands.

The story isn’t that long of how I became a fan, and honestly I’ve dragged it out too far at this point.

Where to begin? For one, I’m attracted to their sound for many reasons past the red skates. Their music is carried by the homogeneity of an 80s-like-tune that is fluid throughout the album as if each song was meant to be tied-at-the-hip with the next to avoid disturbing the cadence. The energy is contagious.

My Favorite Tracks Include:

Electric U– probably my proudest find in my music scavenger hunt career, is that a thing? probably not.

I Kissed a Girl, and She Kissed Me– really good bop if you ask me, just enough vocal with plenty of range for a dance party hit.

Hazy Miss Daisy– nothing screams ‘driving nowhere for no reason but to finish out a song’ like this one.

More Than Meets The Eye– unashamed of the amount of times bystander drivers have witnessed me dancing in my car to this one.

Parents House– newest release. I predict this will be my song of summer 2018. I know the race is starting early, but I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Give them a chance, listen to some of the songs I mentioned or venture out and press shuffle! go crazy!

Here’s to summer music and feeling like I should go for the red skates.

Thanks for reading,

RR

GB

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not a professional blog

I think it’s been made evidently clear that I’m really letting down the blogger-reader relationship, but it’s summer now, and that usually is promising when it comes to spare time and creative ambition on my part.

Still, there is no excuse other than I let school become my priority– I know, crazy.

Anyways, here is my apology: just some of my favorite photos and some of the best bops I can offer.

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Moon River – frank ocean / Ditch – gus dapperton / You and I – luna luna

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Space Song – beach house / 10 Mile Stereo – beach house / Wild – beach house

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No Going Back – yuno  / Goodie Bag – still woozy / Sunflower – rex orange county

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Lose It – swmrs / 1950 – king princess /  Too Serious – the neighbourhood

That’s all I can offer for now.

Thank you for keeping up with my messy schedule and unprofessional attempts for amends.

RR

GB

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2018, music

a solo concert: lorde

A couple days ago, I drove two hours from my college town to the concert of one of my favorite artists, Lorde. The catch is that I went completely on my own, by myself, solo–you get the point. I was terrified actually, but it ended up being one of my favorite experiences to date. I danced like a wild woman, screamed words that made mantras for me at age 15, and shed tears in the company of strangers. I feel selfish and maybe vain saying this, but I feel an incredible connection to her music. Her lyrics mean something, and her expression of emotions, heartbreak, and life is something I will forever be grateful for. Her music has put to words so many things that I have felt in the last year of life that I could barely even organize into thought. I hope to always feel a familiarity with what Ella puts out into the world because she does it so damn beautifully.

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homemade dynamite

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magnets

buzzcut season

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ribs

the Louvre

hard feelings

yellow flicker beat

writer in the dark

liability

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royals

perfect places

green light

loveless

precious metals

team

–rr

GB

 

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2018, music

recap a good weekend

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edition – rex orange county

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threat of joy – the strokes

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mine – bazzi

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wait a minute – willow

I thought this would be a cool concept to add some moments from my life since I’m too busy with school and taking selfies to actually write a real post. You get what you get. I also added some music that I find fitting for the moments above.

That’s all. hope your Monday gets better!

— rr

GB

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To Imagine: the nbhd’s new ep

IMG_1232If you’re not familiar with The Neighbourhood, the only thing you should know for my blog’s sake is that they are my all time favorite band and their music is incredible. done. moving on.

2017 was a big year for The Nbhd because not only did they release five songs on their Hard EP, but also its lead singer, Jesse Rutherford, got some extra attention while producing and performing his own music separate from the band on Soundcloud and releasing his own album “&.” All in all, a lot of music has been made and released considering their last album was from 2015, but now it seems the band is on a role as of last night at midnight they released their second EP, “To Imagine.”

  1. Dust
  2. Scary Love
  3. Heaven
  4. Compass
  5. Stuck With Me

It is obvious that the guys are really evolving into new music mediums as they play around with some different pop features in all five songs. Although it is subtly different from their original “Sweater Weather” melodramatic tone, it’s still their sound and I’m still their #1 fan.

–RR

**doodle from my super talented thirteen-year-old sister who is going further in life than I am. Check out her Instagram: @emily_rae_art_

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songs to play when you’re in a red mood?

Today’s post is a quick one.

A couple posts ago, I talked about Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet. I thought it would be creative and new to put together a sort of mood board of some music I fancy and photos I’ve taken over the years, which all fit a sort of red-ish pattern and aesthetic. Kind of an inspiration thing, kind of also just the fact that there are major hints of the same color all over the place so I guess I’m calling it a theme. hi.

I imagine this is going to be a reoccurring thing that I bring back on my blog (obviously with different colors and songs) because I enjoyed putting this all together, and I think it’s a cool/different way for me to continue sharing my music taste with you.

Let me know if you like the format or you have any suggestions that would go well with today’s theme!

Thanks for reading,

RR

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The Neighbourhood: HARD EP

Long time, no talk.

Apologies for my long absence. Needless to say, school got hard and life got tough, but I’m back. I’ve been meaning to write a post about The Neighbourhood’s newest music, and talk about the artist, Jesse Rutherford, in general. Lucky for you, I’m choosing today’s post to do exactly that!

I first heard “Sweater Weather” when I was probably in eighth grade, and from then on I was absolutely hooked. Their album, Wiped Out!, came out my senior year of high school, and I remember the exact moment in my algebra class when I checked Spotify and scanned through every title. I won’t go into anymore explanation of how they are by far my favorite band, but they are and that’s all the background information that is important to this post.

A few weeks ago, their highly anticipated new music dropped and I’ve already hand picked my favorites of the five new songs: 24/7 and You Get Me So High. Don’t worry! I’ll go into full detail of my thoughts and emotions of each song before the post is over. All I want to say before hand though is that this EP, Hard, holds so much honesty, originality, and overall truth.

24/7: the hit of the album. Definitely will not go without recognition for the fact that it’s a new beat and a great message. Don’t wish your life away, kids!

Roll Call: high intensity with an attention to details. Very chill vibes. An expected tune to their familiar and synonymous rhythm.

Sadderdaze: think Beatles.

Noise: Another familiar sound. Has their trade mark of longing back ground vocals and repetitive echoing.

You Get Me So High: ugh. this is the one that punches me in the gut. Every verse is so well written. very poetic. very truthful. very real.

On another note, if you haven’t checked out Jesse Rutherford’s (lead man) Soundcloud, The Factoury, I don’t know where you’ve been, but you need to like right now. His newest song, Can’t Do Anything, rings in the back of my head constantly and I cannot stop listening. He has a lot of other creations linked to his name, and honestly it’s worth a listen if you’re in need of more Neighbourhood-type-jams. I HIGHLY recommend.

That’s all for today! Check out the band and let me know what you think.

Thanks so much for reading and putting up with my inconsistent schedule,

RR

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2017, music

on the topic of vinyl

Hello all and welcome back!

A few days ago, I became a parent to a turntable/record player/hipster-speaker-system/whatever you want to call it. Now with variety and amateur-knowledge, I consider my music expertise to be heightened (I think way too highly of myself).

If you know anything about me or follow my instagram/watch my instagram stories, you know that I’m a big fan of Spotify. It’s probably one of my all time favorite forms of social media, because I’m nosy and love seeing what all my friends are listening to. I’m also a really big copy cat and love stealing songs from people’s playlists and pretending I discovered it for myself.

This is important in that by getting a turntable I don’t have personalized vinyl as playlists or a side bar telling me what my freshman year roommate listened to 3 hours ago (what’s up, maylee?). It’s really just me and the music, and if that’s not a High School Musical lyric then I don’t know what is.

Obviously my Spotify is still alive and well, and I’m sure by next week I won’t spend all my time playing with my new toy. BUT, I thought for today I’d list some of my favorite things that I’ve decided are worth it when switching to vinyl. So excuse me as I let the vinyl do the talking.

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  1. It really is a conversation piece– I moved an entire party into my bedroom so that I could show it off, and people were really fascinated let me tell ya.
  2. Gift giving? check. Some records are as cheap as $18, and others range from $25-40 depending on what it is and where you’re buying it. With that being said, it’s a good price range when asking for specific albums or bands as a gift.
  3. You get to collect vinyl, and if you’re anything like me –a person with too many coffee table books, shoes, and nude lipsticks– you appreciate another collectible item.
  4. You know those artists and bands that you absolutely fan girl over and want every song lyric tattooed on your body? With vinyl you’re pretty much investing in the most tangible form of their music, and if that isn’t convincing then I can’t help you.

My collection consists of  Bleachers “Gone Now” (check out my most recent post on this album here), The Neighbourhood “I Love You,” Kendrick Lamar “DAMN,” and Beach House “B-Sides and Rarities.” I only have a few records thus far, but I’ll let you know how the expansion process goes.

Do you listen to vinyl? What is your favorite thing about it?

Thanks for reading,

RR

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HOW TO: New Girl Playlist

So rumor has it that everyone’s favorite show, New Girl, is coming back for its seventh season, and I could not be more excited for anything. In preparation for its return, I’m doing all that I know to: binge. watching.

I’ve probably seen every episode at least 10 times each. I know, I have a problem! Hi!

Let me just cut to the chase.

I watch a lot of New Girl and I recognize a good song when I hear one. So here are some of my recommendations for all the “Who’s that girl?” hummers and fans out there.
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  1. Take Care by Beach House
  2. I wanna Get Better by Bleachers
  3. The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  4. All Alright by FUN.
  5. Sex on the Regular by Miniature Tiger
  6. You Make My Dreams Come True by Halls and Oates
  7. Rivers and Roads by The Head and The Heart
  8. Don’t Just Sit There by Lucius
  9. Hold Me Now by Thompson Twins
  10. God Only Knows by She & Him (cough cough, Zooey Deschanel’s little musical moment)
  11. Oxford Coma by Vampire Weekend
  12. I Got the Moves by Habibi

So that’s what I have to offer to Jessica Day’s Fan Club. If someone would like to be generous and share the rules of True American with me in return that would be super cool of you.

Thanks for reading and I hope you check out some of the songs! (let me know if you do or if you have any likeminded tunes for me to listen to)

RR

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2017, music

Bleachers: “Gone Now” Album

I’ve been the biggest fan girl of Bleachers’ music since I first heard I Wanna Get Better in 11th grade. From there it’s been my anthem, and the rest is history. Except history just got interesting because his newest album was released last month, and I simply cannot stop listening.

Twelve wonderful, personal, creative, and expressive hits that epitomize a feeling of outwardness and being unplugged from everything and everyone. The crazy part is that even if unconsciously, we’ve all felt this sort of introvert’s apology to the rest of humanity, and Bleachers is the first artist I’ve listened to who has represented it and all its honesty.

His lyrics are chaotic, truthful, and unmatched, but what is exceptional is the story being told within the record. A true bildungsroman of life, love, and loss.

It’s really the best.

Cheers to recognizing that brilliant creators still exist!

RR

Some personal favorites of mine:

  • Goodmorning
  • Everybody Lost Somebody
  • I Miss Those Days
  • All My Heroes
  • Foreign Girls

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