Fun in Japan

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Congratulations to Fun.! They have a second #1 hit, “Some Nights” and it is a great song! Not as great, in my opinion, as “Carry On” but it’s decent enough. (So, I asked my sister, “Should I start this post with anything more fun?” But then I just started laughing. Involuntary pun!)

Is anyone surprised that Florence + the Machine has more followers than Fun. and Gotye? Combined? Ok, not combined, but it gets pretty dang close. I feel like I hear both Fun. and Gotye on the radio way more than Flo + Ma (is that a good nickname? It looks horrible.)

So the band that I’m featuring today is an up and coming band (according to some source that no one should try to verify) that has a few really great songs! And this is one of them:

The House That Heaven Built (link), by Japandroids

Japandroids

The Canadian, this is for you! These guys are from your homeland.

I love this song because it’s a little bit rock-n-roll and I love that little O-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh that they do. Oh yeah, I just did that. But this song definitely sings to the rock side of my heart. As opposed to the granite side . . .

Also, I just looked up the lyrics because it’s a tad bit hard to understand them, and they’re pretty great! My eccentric english teacher used to play us random songs that were all really old because they had good poetry, but they were just so outdated. I should send this song to him . . . ha, yeah, I’ll do that later. NOT! I’m bringin’ that back.

So take a listen, like them on facebook, show ’em some love!

❤ Rawrry

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Mumfords, Jukeboxes, and Twihards

Sigh No More (Mumford & Sons album)

Guys! Mumford and Sons is releasing their new album, Babel, September 25th! Who’s excited?! ME! They may be one of my favorite bands. I’m really going to start a list to see how many bands I say this about . . . But truly, M&S is so great, and I am stoked for their new album. Also, go listen to their cover of “Not In Nottingham” from Disney’s Robin Hood. (link). Oh it’s so fantastic.

Somebody, by Jukebox the Ghost

jukebox the ghost

The first song I heard by Jukebox the Ghost was “Hold It In” which is a HILARIOUS song. It’s so great. One of my great friends and ex-roommate made a mix that had that song on it, and I listened to that mix like four times driving home from visiting her.

But “Somebody” is a great song, too. There is certain characteristics that tie it to their first album that included “Hold It In.” Sometimes he does a few falsetto notes, and it’s just great! I mean, there’s bound to be similarities. It’s the same person, so . . .

But it’s just a fun song to listen to, and a fun band to listen to! Give them a try!

So I’m not sure if it’s real or if they did it for the picture on Spotify, but the members of the band have their instruments tattooed on the backs of their hands. Kind of a cool idea, right?

Also, just today I looked through like seven slideshows of good and bad tattoos, including horrible Twilight tattoos (I hope they aren’t too dismayed about K-Stew cheating on “Edward” since their faces are tattooed on their backs . . .), horrible Disney tattoos, and good Disney tattoos.Now isn’t that a beaut?

With much love, Rawrry

Hipsters Vs Oldsters

Sorry about changing the format of my blog, I’m trying to find one that fits perfectly. So let me know if you really like something I change it to, I would appreciate the feedback.

So who watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics today?

Not me. Or at least not yet. It’s recorded, I’ll do it later.

But guess what guys? I might have some freelance editing work to do this summer! I’m super excited, which just goes to show that I really am a giant nerd. I’m kind of upset that I returned my rental of Chicago Manual of Style. That book was awesome! It fulfilled all my grammar wishes and more. And no, this doesn’t give you leave to correct any of my grammar/spelling/sentence structure/etc . . . it’s all on purpose. Probably.

I have an idea: I want to do a series of guest posts for Sparklife, the comWikipedia Hipster 2munity blog for Sparknotes. I’m thinking about calling myself “The Hipster.” Not because I’m a real hipster, but because what I want to post about is hipster music and fashion in today’s culture. Also, this guy looks more like Waldo than a hipster . . . but he’ll do.

In case you don’t know anything about Sparklife, it’s a blog/forum mostly dedicated to teen life. They do fun blog posts like “Blogging Pride and Prejudice as a Teen Novel” or “Blogging Twilight” or having interviews with people like Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. And they’re all witty and funny! Which is why I would be perfect. Ha.

Sorry I’ve gone on so long today! Actually, I’m not sorry at all. But here’s the featured song today:

It’s Time (link), by Imagine Dragons

By the way, sorry about making the youtube links go to Vevo with their ridiculous commercials. I figure that those videos won’t be taken down, that’s why I do those.

Imagine Dragons has more Twitter followers than I normally like to feature, but I really really really like this song. The simple guitar that’s sprinkled throughout the song is kind of addicting. And I love a song with some good clapping. (This pic is my favorite dude from Imagine Dragons. I don’t really know them, but he just looks the coolest. And he has a guitar the color I’d like my jeans to be. So . . . there ya go.)

Imagine Dragons at Bunbury Music Festival

Also, I didn’t know this song was so famous! According to Wikipedia, it’s played in the trailer of a movie, and in the introduction to Wimbledon 2012 and MLB’s All Star Game 2012. And Imagine Dragons played it live on Jay Leno. So basically, it’s like a celebrity. Just kidding, I know there’s people that watch Jay Leno, I just don’t know any of them. I can appreciate Leno’s car collection, though. Whew, it’s incredible.

Tell your friends.

XOXO, Rawrry

P.S. I don’t know if it’s doing this to you guys, but my paragraphs are spaced SUPER far apart from each other. So . . . hopefully that stops.

I can’t think of a title . . .

If you like scary movies, do yourself a favor and watch the mini-series “Harper’s Island.” Terrifying and hauntingly satisfying. There are so many characters in that show that I love way more than I thought from the first episode! Darn you The Canadian for introducing me to that show!

Also, remember that great time that is so far gone when no one knew Fun.? And then they came out with “We Are Young” and suddenly everyone knew who they were. I mean, I went to their concert a couple years ago. And it was free! That’s how unknown they were. Just kidding, it was some kind of student concert at ASU and there was also Motion City Soundtrack, so it’s not like they couldn’t have made people pay for that. Anyways, I’ve been listening to their new album today, and I just keep thinking of a little kid with a new toy and he just uses it to death. That new toy is autotune. Why, fun., why? But in the song “Stars” I actually like it, I think because it’s so stylized.

So instead of doing a featured artist, I’m going to tell you what I’ve bought music-wise lately. Oh yeah, insight into my life. What music will I spend money on? Well, a small amount of money. I will only buy it if it’s a 99 cent album or a 25 cent song. So! In the spirit of college income (0$) here is what I’ve bought all this year:

 

25 cent songs:

Too Close, by Alex Clare

Tongue Tied, by Grouplove (one of my favorite songs right now)

It’s Time, by Imagine Dragons

Good Time, by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen (I’ll admit, this was mostly curiosity. I mean, that’s worth 25 cents right? Plus, it’s so catchy. Darn this song!)

Enter Sandman, by Metallica (I can’t believe I didn’t have this in my music library before now. I mean, a person has to have at least one Metallica song.)

Swimming in the Flood, by Passion Pit (One of my faves by them. Plus I had a 2$ credit with Amazon.)

Boomerang, by Miniature Tigers (I’ve talked about this before. My first post, actually. Good times.)

 

99 cent albums:

Some Nights, by Fun.

Katy Perry (Don’t judge me.)

Making Mirrors, by Gotye (Someone That I Used to Know is not their only good song. In fact, it’s not even their best song.)

Love is a Four Letter Word, by Jason Mraz

El Camino, by the Black Keys

My Head Is An Animal, by Of Monsters and Men

Ceremonials, by Florence + the Machine (One of the greatest female vocalists of our generation)

What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, by Regina Spektor (Another of the greatest vocalists of our generation)

Lights, by Ellie Goulding (My girl crush)

 

I also got a ton of free albums and songs because sometimes Amazon just rocks! But I’m not going to list those, because there’s like a billion. Also, every time I write Amazon I always want to put a ‘g’ at the end. There is no such thing as Amazong. If there was, it would be a verb.

But there it is. All my music purchases. Actually, that’s not true, I got an iTunes gift certificate for Christmas. Dang it! Maybe later.

The Vulturkey Rises

Today, I was in the car and my little sister may or may not have mistaken a vulture for a turkey.

We’ll compromise with Vulturkey. (I’m thinking about drawing a picture. Who wants me to post that?)

Who has seen The Dark Knight Rises?!!!!!

That is an incredible movie. I’m going to do my best not to write any spoilers here. But the scale of it just blows my mind! Christopher Nolan doesn’t like doing a lot of CGI, so instead, he actually had stuntman on the outside of a moving plane, he built a real batcave, and he built the place underground in the sewers where Bane and Batman duke it out. Impressive. Also, quick shout out to Johnathon Nolan. Not many people know this, but they’re not just Christopher Nolan movies. He always works with his brother, and they do a great job!

I will say, though, I didn’t like this one as much as Dark Knight. I think they made some great connections between this adaptation and the comic’s story, but I think the biggest reason I like Dark Knight over Rises is that the Joker is a much more charismatic villain. Bane is a physical match (or superior) for Batman, but he doesn’t have the personality. I think this movie was just too big to fit in the little details that made Dark Knight great. So there’s my review.

So I’ve confessed this before, and I’m sure at least one person thought I was kidding, but I am obsessive. If I like a song, I will listen to it over and over for days, even weeks. And when I say listen to that song, I mean I will listen to JUST that song about 90% of the time. Sometimes it’s a song, sometimes an album, sometimes an artist. Last you knew, it was David Bowie and Passion Pit. Well, guess what? It still is.

I have barely listened to anything besides David Bowie and Passion Pit for over a week straight! Lucky for me, Passion Pit’s new album, Gossamer, dropped today and it’s available on Spotify. Hooray! But I only have Spotify Premium for another three days. Boo!

So, during the 10% when I’m not listening to Mr. Bowie or Mr. Angelakos, I’ve been digging this song:

Not My Love 2 (link), by Tides of Man

Yes, 2. The first Not My Love by Tides of Man is good, but not nearly as refined as this one. If you don’t like them, then listen to Deas Vail, specifically Shoreline (link).

Tilian Pearson’s voice is like a combination of the singer of Deas Vail and Anthony Green of Circa Survive. And if it sounds suspiciously like any current Saosin, that’s no coincidence. Pearson now sings for Saosin. Fun fact, Anthony Green also sang for Saosin for about a year. Obviously Saosin has a type.

But what is it that I like about this song. Good question. I really like the hook. That beginning just drags me into the rest of the song. Maybe I’m just fascinated with the unique vocals. I love a good high-pitch. Key word: good.

Give it a listen, let me know what you think.

Oh, and sorry about the hiatus, I had finals and packing/cleaning (took an entire day), and a 14-hour drive. Whew! But I’m back 🙂