MUSIC: today is the best day.

TODAY, my dear friends, is the BEST DAY for music.

PARAMORE, my all time favourite band, have finally released their new album After Laughter and I am OBSESSED.  Very 80s pop-y, perfect for angry car dancing/singing, and Hayley’s voice just keeps getting better and better.  PLEASE listen to it, you need this in your life.  I’ve been listening to it all day, and especially find myself going back to Grudges, Rose-Colored Boy, and Caught In The Middle.  JAMS.

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And then as if that weren’t enough – Harry Styles???  What is he doing.  Why is he so incredible.

His solo debut (imaginatively named Harry Styles), is full of various vintage rock vibes,

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me too, Harry.

hipster swag, and… I think I heard a mandolin?  Just incredible.  PLUS maybe I’m a little biased but I love the album cover.  Not only do I love topless Harry Styles, but I too love to lie in massive pools of rose coloured water, wearing expensive necklaces and listening to classic rock on vinyl (which is what I imagine was happening when he took the photos that became the album artwork).

In between rocking the new paramore album I’ve been cranking up Carolina, Meet Me In The Hallway, and Woman.

Have you been jamming as hard as I have today?  Tell me your favourite tunes!

I’m currently sitting in the airport in Victoria, waiting to board my flight home.  I’m nervous – I have a connection to make and less than five minutes between my first flight landing and my second flight boarding – but cross your fingers for me.  I don’t know what happens if you miss a flight and I truly do not want to find out.

cheers to the weekend!

x – L

MUSIC: the Maine

 

themaineGUYS, yesterday I bought myself the best present EVER… Tickets to see the Maine on April 25th on their Lovely Little Lonely tour!  I haven’t gone to a concert since last summer, so it’s TIME, y’all.

Anyway, I’ve loved the Maine for years, but this last album is shaping up to be the best yet.  Angsty as always, fast and dance-able, and my favourite album artwork in a long time.  The first song they released off of it, Bad Behaviour, was like the ultimate throwback to the good ol’ emo days, and Black Butterflies and Deja Vu, aka my current obsession, is unlike anything else I’ve heard before.  I.  LOVE.  IT.  Then today they released a song called Do You Remember (the other half of 23).  Guess what?  It’s also perfect.

The new album is out on April 7th, and until then they’re posting clips of the songs as a count down on their instagram – definitely follow them if you don’t already.

so?  thoughts on the new tunes?  thoughts on anything at all?  how’s like?  love me, pay attention to me.

xx – L

MUSIC MONDAY: jams for the week.

guys I swear to you all I have been listening to lately is Shawn Mendes’ album Illuminate.  It doesn’t feel nearly punk rock enough for me but god damn, that boy has the voice of an angel.

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face of an angel too…..

if you want to have a dramatic karaoke sesh in your room while you fold your laundry, check out Like ThisMercy, and Patience – those are my faves.  And if you want to feel all the warm fuzzy feels, then Lights On is gunna be your jam.

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bonus: feel so cool + hip because these guys haven’t taken over the world yet (unlike Shawn-y)

I’m also really really into the band Bay Faction – especially their songs Bloody Nose and Jasper Wildlife Assoc.  They have this really cool grungey sound with killer bass lines and really unique vocals.  They kinda make me just want to like… make poor life choices.  You should listen and tell me if you also get this vibe?  Maybe I’m just real crazy.

 

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Some other gr8 songs for you:

  • Trampoline, by the Unlikely Candidates
  • Modern Swinger, by the Pink Spiders
  • Rosa Dear, by Ruth
  • Technicolor, by SAINTE (why is everyone capitalizing everything?  Why am I a part of this trend?)
  • All In It, by Justin Bieber (sorry but… musical diversity is important and this song is a jam)

This is all that comes to mind right this moment.  What’s on your playlist for the week?

It is monday again – how did that happen so fast?  I’m currently sitting at my desk working on about 30 different assignments all at once and feeling uncharacteristically productive about it all.  Who’s ready to take on the week?  (spoiler alert: not me)

As a side note: I’m currently doing some research for a paper about the construction of violent masculinity.  I’m reading a piece by Jackson Katz right now and he is just… the best.  I saw him speak a few years ago and watched his film Tough Guise.  I just love hearing smart people talk?  Damn.  If you’re curious, here is a link to a clip from Tough Guise, and here is a link to a TED talk that he gave about why violence against women is a men’s issue (seems like a no brainer but – uh…. never mind).  He’s very easy to listen to, super relatable, and generally just an easy to like kinda human – especially if you’re tired of the hegemonic masculine bullshit that is literally EVERYWHERE.

(oh boy, there was a side of me that has yet to be really expressed on this blog.  Feminism, ohh, scary.)

OKAY, anyway, I’ve got about a thousand papers to write so I’m off.  Love love love to all of you – congrats on surviving monday.

– L