Music Monday

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Forgo the little line of text that says this post was published on a Tuesday. Just pretend with me that it was really 11:00 PM on a Monday night and not 12:00 AM on a Tuesday morning. Are we all pretending? Okay, good. HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY!

I love summer music. I also love understated, slow winter music. Like Bon Iver or Alexi Murdoch. I love fall music; Mumford & Sons just seems to go so well with walking on crunching leaves. Spring music is a combination of the two, a faster Noah & The Whale tune or Salinas” by Laura Marling. But summer music, summer music is a different story. For me, summer music is about rolling the windows down, listening and singing a bit too loud, feeling that nagging sense of nostalgia as you revisit an old favorite on their summer tour or toast marshmallows around a fire to an old mix CD. Summer music is loud, fun, light, and probably involves some sort of gang vocal or clapping sequence. Or, if all else fails, just a beat and a melody to dance to.

I was so excited to stumble upon a band with a great summer song. Twitter is a great resource for music, my friends. Stalk your favorite musicians, see what they’re listening to, odds are they’ve tweeted about it. That’s how I came upon Green River Ordinance. And this video:

Mandolin + Banjo + Acoustic Guitar = Recipe for SLSRSS favorite summer song

“It Ain’t Love” not only has a great melody, but a stomping beat, and a lovely, bonfire partying, dock singing, driving in the sun, fun summer video. The lyrics are honest and relatable and the sound brings back the feelings of my old favorite bands mixed with the songs and instruments of the new.

green-river-ordinanceGreen River Ordinance is releasing a new EP featuring “It Ain’t Love” on June 18th. Who’s ready for some more fun tunes? In the meantime, their last full length album is available on Noisetrade. You remember how much I love Noisetrade, right? Grab it up while you still can and tip if you feel so inclined. The same album is for sale on iTunes for $9.99, so it’s a steal (and the album is wonderful!) I’m looking forward to many more wonderful things for GRO, and I hope you all love and share the awesome music!

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Links of the Week

  1. This Late Night clip may be my favorite 8 minutes and 40 seconds of television. The song choices are hilarious, John Krasinski may be the first model of human perfection, and honestly, I never knew lip synching could be so funny. I’m super excited to see Jimmy Fallon take over Jay Leno’s seat. Fallon not only does quality skits, but has The Roots to back him up, and takes celebrity interviews one step further by doing interactive activities with them, like lip synching and dancing and creating soap operas.
  2. I love finding helpful and inspiring advice all around the internet. In a world full of “you’re never going to make it in a job you love” or “it’s too competitive a market to find a job right after college” it’s great to see someone doing what they love and asking others to do the same. Levo League is a platform for professional advice, tips, and tricks for the ladies of the business world. After stumbling across the articles on Pinterest, I have been inspired and prepared for little things in the world beyond college, like balancing funds and interview tips. Some of my favorite reads are listed below (especially useful for the college-aged ladies):
    Financial Tips and Tricks
    How and Why To Make Your “Golden Years” Every Year
    What to Put on Resumes to Sell Your Strongest Self
    Internship Tips!
  3. What’s Cooking America shares a Mexican recipe for delicious Watermelon Aqua Fresca. It seems like such a perfect recipe for summer and a great alternative to pop at a BBQ.
  4. Like many curious and entertainment-obsessed minds, I love finding little peeks into a celebrity’s life. Especially when it’s wedding related. So I had to share this list of 50 Celebrity First Dance Songs, found at
  5. I HAVE TO SHARE STUCK IN LOVE. All caps because I’m kind of freaking out about this movie, not because I’m shouting at you. But, I should be. Watch the Stuck in Love trailer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stuck in Love is directed and written by Josh Boone, the mastermind who is taking on The Fault in Our Stars for its big-screen adaptation. It seems expertly crafted, with a fresh storyline and a great perspective. It looks at family from a multitude of dimensions and goes beyond the family dynamic to look at love from different ages and eyes. Plus, it has a killer soundtrack, the main characters are a family of writers, and Logan Lerman is in the cast (you know, along with may other credible and big names). I’ll write a full review when I do more than watch the trailer 1000 times but if you live in a town with a movie theater, please go see it for me. It hits the screen some time around July 5th (sorry, I couldn’t find a reliable source in my quick google search, so we’re leaving it at some time around July 5th).

    Also, if you haven’t followed The Young Folks, you should do so! There’s some really great articles on movies, music, television, and new YA lit. And, I have the pleasure and honor of adding content every week. It’s been fun thus far and I’m learning so much :)

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This Is My Very First Post at The Young Folks!


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I started writing for The Young Folks! It seems like a lovely community of young, pop-culture obsessed writers and I am so excited to be on the team.

My first post had to do with one of my latest obsessions, The Office. I started watching The Office when the second season was airing, and I went back watched all of the first season to catch up. Then, I watched most of the second season. After that, I just kind of drifted away, only catching a couple of episodes on re-run. However, as the series closed, I was curious to what antics Jim and Pam had gotten into, what pranks had been pulled on Dwight, and how exactly the writers wrote Steve Carell off of the show. Thanks to Netflix I am well into the fourth season and loving every second of it. So much so that it inspired my first professional online post :)

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I Was a Teenage Fall Out Boy (Fan)

fall-out-boy-wallpaper-hdFall Out Boy has been a band for over 10 years. Negativity has been thrown their way whatever they do; they’re too poppy or too screamy. Too laden with eye-liner or too hard to understand. Their lyrics don’t make sense. They’re sellouts.

As we grow older, music taste changes, just like hairstyles, friends, or the current city response on Facebook. Fall Out Boy started their career with a garage band effort. Take This To Your Grave was little more that four guys playing music and having fun as teenagers. Ten years later, their new album has back-up vocals from the likes of Elton John.

To this day, their music keeps the same charming, cynical views of humanity and humbleness that could be heard in the very first songs. That’s the thing that always hooked me about Fall Out Boy, their lyrics are mused over and personal, but there’s always some way you can attach them your own life. And they’re fun to sing along to. Or air drum in the car.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to see them in concert. It had been six years since I had last went to a FOB show. I can honestly say, after all of the changes and hiatuses, I was not let down. Not for one minute. It seemed that all of the original members, Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley, had come back to the band with fresh eyes and a passion to play again. The concert was a perfect mix of old, nostalgic inducing songs with the newer tunes. It kept the young and the old fans happy, and constantly jumping and trying to start mosh pits (ugh, the horror).

If you’re going to see a show sometime soon, I’ve recreated the setlist from memory and the help of google. I couldn’t pick whether to have it remain a secret or to read it and revel in the glory before the show. I ended up reading it. So, because I am weak, I’ll allow you to be weak too and share it. We’re all friends here.

1. Thriller
2. I Slept With Someone in Fall Out Boy…
3. A Little Less Sixteen Candles…
4. Disloyal Order of the Water Buffaloes
5. The Phoenix
6. This Ain’t a Scene…
7. Where Did The Party Go?
8. Tell That Mick…
9. Alone Together
10. What A Catch, Donnie
11. Death Valley
12. Hum Hallelujah
13. Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy?
14. Sugar, We’re Going Down
15. Young Volcanoes
16. Dance, Dance
17. I Don’t Care
18. My Songs Know What You Did…

19. Save Rock n’ Roll
20. Thnks fr th Mmrs

(Let’s a take a moment of silence-and relief-for the retirement of whole albums with sentence long song titles).

FOB has grown and changed from four awkward teenage kids just trying to have some fun to men making a statement about music and trying to recreate an art form of hits with a little bit of soul. Call them sellouts. Call them emo. Call them whatever you wish; I will remain calling them the first band that got me into “pop punk” and “alternative” and “rock” and eventually lead me to loving folk and indie and bluegrass. I honestly don’t know what my music taste would be like if I wasn’t introduced to their music back in the 6th grade. And I am forever grateful.

*picture found in the Illinois Entertainer

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Summer Reading List: 2013 Ed.

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Includes many required British lit. books I am a little too excited to read for the trip. That list has Henry VI: Part II by Shakespeare, Wise Children by Angela Carter, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. All Brit works from different eras!

The other books are my varied picks, from the witty and inspiring stories of Flannery O’Connor to Stardust by Neil Gaiman, an author of whom I’ve only heard wonderful things. Also, that crazy Stardust movie came out a few years ago and I’ve always wanted to see it. Then we have YA picks, The Elite by Kiera Cass, sequel to the Selection, and Requiem, sequel to Delerium by Lauren Oliver. Both books are the second in a series of three and have dystopian themes. Merlin by T.A. Barron will satisfy my fantasy and medevial needs since I have no access to Game of Thrones on HBO :(  The 5th Wave is a book I cannot wait to get my hands on. It takes a dystopian world but with a twist, an alien invasion occurs instead of a zombie apocalypse or an overthrow of a government. So, I’m excited to see what the hype is all about!

Any suggestions or additions? Happy reading!

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Links of the Week

Hey y’all! Probably should have announced a slight blog break but…

It’s the summer of 2013! For me, that means working, watching my sister graduate, researching internships, and STUDYING ABROAD IN GREENWICH, UK. Watch out for the months of July and the beginning of August as I take to the streets and schools of Greenwich. I’m updating this baby as a travel blog. Until then, the first edition of Summer 2013 Links of the Week!

1. Apps You Should Know About- I just got smart phone. Hold the laughter and listen: I miss my old phone. I miss the ease of receiving picture messages when not hooked onto WIFI (is this just my problem?!?!), I miss just calling and texting, and I miss not feeling bad about seeing e-mails and Facebook comments wayyy later than expected. Smart phones are smart, but they’re also kind of annoying. Thanks technology. The one thing I do love about my smart phone is all of the amazing apps.

There are some great apps that work on your phone and synch to your computer: My Fitness Pal, Mint, and Todoist are three of my favorites! My Fitness Pal counts calories, keeps track of exercise, and has handy search functions to make adding meals and foods to your daily “diary” easy and fast. Mint helps with finances, you can input your bank information, bills, and any outstanding loan payments. Mint then gives you advice, alerts, and helps you keep track of how to stay on top of your money. And Todoist is exactly what it sounds like. You can input your day to day schedule and swipe away the event after it has happened. Todoist also allows users to make events weekly or monthly, so you can keep track of your favorite TV show schedule or a monthly book club meeting.

2. Buzzfeed Humor- One way to kill some time on the internet is to write a story or sign petitions. Another way is to read buzzfeed article after buzzfeed article. One of my favorites of the last week was “The 16 Most Outrageous Parental Content Advisories”. My sister and I laughed about Chicken Run for hours.

3. Writer’s Links- For all my aspiring writers, Writers Digest is the key to good advice and job openings. Somehow, I had never heard of it before this summer. Pretty silly, right? One of my favorite articles talks about things to do to get internships and jobs in the entertainment field. It’s highly useful and was a great read for me.

On a similar note, Writer Unboxed has a great wealth of information on the writing of fiction. I want to be a writer, it’s one of my biggest dreams, but I had no idea about how writers work and get paid until I read this article. And no advice is bad advice, especially the advice of literary agents!

And, on the topic of agents, pay, and publishing, Maureen Johnson has some pretty hilarious advice on how to write a query letter.

And, before you write your query letter, you need a couple drafts! Hellogiggles offered up some advice on how to get down your first draft and be okay with it. I need to take this advice!  I did use number 3, it only takes 25 minutes recently, and it is true. If you give yourself the time to write with no distractions, some pretty good things fill your pages.

4. Musical Downton Abbey- To end things on a fun note, here’s a musical spoof of the 1st episode of Series 4 directed by John Walton West for 54 Below. Spoilers ahead so only watch after you’ve finished Series 3.

Until next time!

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