Monday, November 4, 2013

I Haven't Died Quite Yet...

One would think that an insomniac, like myself, would have more time during the day to get stuff done and post regularly on her blog...I guess not, folks. Now I shall list my many excuses of why you haven't been bothered with my writing for a while: at one time I was juggling three internships and school...wait, that's pretty much it! My minimalistic social life involved watching Netflix with Anna and occasionally drinking beer and tea with friends, but for a while I was quite the hermit. It's okay, I actually enjoy that sometimes. Most of you know that I like retreating into my room (although I refer to it as a cave sometimes) and just eat, read, work, eat, sleep, and look at random shit on the internet (as of last week, you can find me wasting my youth away here).  Since I do feel a little guilty for not posting in so long, I guess I'll post pictures of what I've been up to since a lot of you guys wanted to see that since I haven't posted pictures in a really long time. I went up to Berkeley for a few days to see Sonia and celebrate Halloween with her, so that should explain why we were in costumes for the last bit. It will not explain why we do the things we do, though. 

Anna, Sonia, Andrew, and I went to the Medicine Buddha festival in SC!
Just me embracing my roots and whatnot.
Fun fact: I was almost trampled by a cow right after taking this picture.
One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.
Emilay and I casually taking selfies in my favorite cafe.
"Pretend to drink it!" "I am drinking it!"
Emilay's beautiful smile is the main focus, the man in the background is just a bonus.
Sonia and I on my birthday :)
Someone call PETA, quick!
Me and Sonia the birthday girl, yayy!
A shameless shameful selfie.
It's Anna!
I was Wednesday Addams for Halloween!
Me in my natural habitat.
That's us in the corner, losing our religion.
My friends are beautiful pt. 1
Apparently it's socially unacceptable to wear the same costume two days in a row, so I was Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom and Sones was a skeleton from El Dia de Los Muertos.
My friends are beautiful pt. 2
A little eye candy ;) We also happened to steal food from the girls sitting next to us when they left because it literally looked like they hadn't eaten a bite of it...people these days!

A small glimpse of what I did in India this summer, for those of you who were interested!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ghost Loft - "So High"

September 25, 2013
Album: So High*

My cousin Malia scolded me and told me that I had to do a post tonight, so here it is, Malia! Also, today is Sones's birthday! Happy birthday Sonsey (if you are reading this at some point), I can't believe that you are finally 20, young one! I am currently addicted to watching Foodwishes on Youtube and I have to say that it is taking a toll on my wellbeing. For some reason, I tend to watch it on a somewhat empty stomach which I think constitutes as emotional abuse. For those of you who haven't watched Chef John perform miracles on Youtube yet, keep it that way; I don't know whether he is a god or completely evil for making videos haha. All jokes aside, his videos are extremely informational, easy to follow, and he is hilarious! He is hands down one of my favorite chefs next to Alton Brown, and that is saying a lot considering my former unhealthy obsession with the Food channel. Alright, onto the music.  To be perfectly honest, I don't know how I found this song because it was on my list of 'Songs to Download' and I can't recall when I put it there. I know that I'm not the only one who has a page in the 'Notes' section of their iPhone (or anywhere else) which is dedicated to music that they hear randomly/they want to listen to later. If you guys don't have a list like this, make one because it is extremely helpful when you hear a song that you like when you are out/busy doing something. This is the only song that I have by Ghost Loft so far, and it has motivated me to get more. I would have to classify this song as an extremely chill, calming, indie song with hip hop influences. I'm not sure what the singer's name is, but he has the smoothest voice and  I am sure that it is what attracted me to the song when I first heard it. 
"You make me so high,
You bring me alive."

Monday, September 16, 2013

Kaki King - "Gay Sons of Lesbian Mothers"

September 16, 2013
Album: ...Until We Felt Red*
As I mentioned yesterday, I made a "Study" playlist that I can listen to as I prepare for my test tomorrow and this is another song that's on it. I'm guessing that other people who know this song did the same thing I did and listened to it just because they were curious about the name. I'm still not sure how this song got it's name, but I am glad that the title is attention grabbing because the song is so serene. This song transforms to fit any mood that you may be in-I have listened to it when I'm happy and I feel like this song has such good vibes, but when I am sad, it can be pretty depressing. Before this song, I wasn't aware that there was such a thing as a steel lap guitar, and I'm glad that it introduced me to it. Kaki King is also a one woman band, which I think is quite impressive.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Secret Whistle - "Perdido"

September 15, 2013
Album: Capturing Something*
I have spent the majority of my day studying for a test, which wasn't too bad because I took the opportunity to make a playlist specifically for it. I had to first and foremost add this song, which has been on every mellow playlist that I have made in the past couple of years. I originally heard this song on NPR and had to track it down and find out who it was by (which is an extremely hard task when trying to find an instrumental). I am glad that I succeeded, though, because I genuinely think that this song is beautiful. It isn't mind blowing in any shape or form, it just is what it is and that's what makes it so great. I'm finding it a bit difficult to articulate exactly why I like it so much, so you are just going to have to take a chance and listen to it. 


Friday, September 13, 2013

People Get Ready - "Zelda Maria"

September 13, 2013
Album: People Get Ready*

Today I got to hang out with the first friend I made after we moved to California/best friend from elementary school. I can't get over the fact that even though it had been over a decade since we last saw each other in person, we were able to go right back to the way we used to be. No awkward pauses, no polite, surface-level conversations. Connections with others are so strong and I seem to forget that at times and I'm glad that I have these moments to remind myself that I really should not lose touch with people who were once so close to me. Also, today is another "Friday the 13th" and considering how unlucky I usually am, today was quite normal. I think that I have run out of ways to transition from my rambles to the music, so this will just have to do haha. I discovered People Get Ready shortly after I discovered Ducktails (who I will do a post on soon) and was first attracted to their rad album cover. I soon fell in love with this song and began to put it on every mixed cd that I made this year. I find it extremely hard to believe that this song has less than three thousand views on Youtube since I think that many would grow just as attached as I did to this song. So go ahead, give this song a listen and spread their name!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Afta-1 - "Honeydip"

September 8, 2013
Album: Aftathoughts*
After a year of having unnecessary bits and bobs on my too-large desk, I finally got around to cleaning everything up today and now I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I do not understand how it inevitably gets to that state even when I try and keep it tidy--does this happen to anyone else? I think that it is mostly due to the fact that I am extremely lazy when I come home from school and I'd much rather dump random things onto my table than find a suitable place for them. I'm now telling myself that this has to change, but let's be honest, it's probably going to become messier than before since I have  a shit-ton of projects coming up. Alright, let's talk Afta-1. I do not know much about him and after trying to research more about him for this post, I am convinced that he'd rather keep it that way. I couldn't even find his Facebook page and his Soundcloud seems outdated as well. I guess it does not matter, though, because all you need to know is that this song is sick. The first time you hear it, you might think that the beat is simple/catchy enough, but after every listen, you notice the subtle nuances and figure out the addicting, irregular pattern. Also, I got a comment asking if I was open to do more Q&A posts, and I decided that I am, so ask away in the comment section below!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

XXYYXX - "XXYYXX"

September 4, 2013
Album:XXYYXX*
While I am writing this, I am incredibly mad at myself for not doing a post on Marcel Everett, or XXYYXX, sooner! Just earlier this year, most of his music was available to download for free on his Bandcamp. Now it's just five dollars, but still haha. Oh well, the money's honestly worth it because his music is so unique and chill. He is known to distort his vocal samples and even play them backwards, like in his infamous track "About You". I have to admit that his music might not be everyone's cup of tea since it is pretty off the beaten path, but I think that those who would dig it would really appreciate what he does. I can for sure say that I haven't heard a lot of music that is similar to his, which says a lot since I am quite fond of listening to music that is quirky and odd. I think that this would be the best album to introduce you to him, and I think that it's his most popular one as well. I am really glad that he has been getting a lot more recognition lately, because he deserves it for  doing something so different!  If any of you guys are into chill beats and interesting samples, be sure to at least listen to the songs posted below:

The most popular song off the album: "About You" (I just have to quickly mention that the music video for this song is beyond chill, so check it out, even if it's just for the video)
Some of my favorites: "DMT""Fields""Set It Off""Breeze", and "Alone"

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hibou - "Glow"

September 3, 2013
Album: Glow/Hollow*
I had Chipotle for the first time since I've been back from India and I have to say that I couldn't be happier! I have been thoroughly obsessed with this song since before I left to go to India, but foolishly forgot to download it onto my iPod so I have been listening to it repeatedly since I have been back. This track has such a summery vibe and it, along with the high temperatures in California, has tricked my mind into thinking that we are still in August. While I was looking up Hibou, I found out that his name means "owl" in French and is pronounced "eee-boo" and not "hi-boo" (which I was saying up until now). The more you know, folks! I also wanted to take this as an opportunity to address the fact that the "Tags/Labels" on the bottom of every blogpost lists the different genres that are attributed with every song/band. That way, you guys can quickly glance over them to see if you are interested in that particular genre before you take the time to read the whole post/listen to the song. This should've probably been something I told you guys over a year ago, but better late than never, I guess! 

"And I stopped drifting to perfect dreams,
I'll just wake up and think of you,
There's always way to see when it's real."

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Radio Dept. - "David"

August 28, 2013
Album: Clinging to a Scheme*
As promised, I am currently in a cafe writing this blogpost. I just had a sinful butter croissant and am currently in a good mood which means that absolutely nothing can go wrong. I had a few songs by the Radio Dept. before, but none of them seemed to stand out to me. That is, until I found this gem. I was sitting in my friends living room one day, casually petting his puppy, when this song came on shuffle and I immediately had to seize what I was doing and ask him who it was by. Ever since then, this song has slowly been making it closer to the top of my "Most Played" Playlist, which, believe me, is quite a feat. If I had to pick the most quintessential indie song on my iPod, I would probably pick this one right next to Beach House's "The Hours". I've heard from a good amount of people that they have never found a song that they have particularly enjoyed by this band, and if you are in the same boat, break that cycle and give this song a listen. 

"Asleep for twenty years with this feeling,
but I was on your side. 
And he's spent some twenty years with this feeling,
of being lost inside.
he was lost inside,
of his mind.
Just like I've been holding on for all our lives."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Toro Y Moi - "Still Sound"

August 27, 2013
Album: Underneath the Pine*
Alright, I'm not going to go into my usual spiel about how I haven't blogged in a long time, but will jump right into things instead. I transferred to a new school and have found that this one is a little too similar to the one that I just left. Unfortunately, I feel like it has the same vibes and everyone is a little too eager to get done with classes and go home. I'm actually not complaining too much because there are plenty of ways to get involved (clubs, social groups, the Greek system), I'm just waiting for the right one to come along. Until then, I am perfectly happy chilling in little cafe's and writing these blogposts. Other than transferring, I went to India again this summer, and had the most amazing time. I feel like I have way too many "deep" talks on here so I don't want to get into it, but I am turning 20 soon and I definitely feel another quarter life crisis on my hands. But other than that, life's been pretty good :). Megan and Ashley surprised me with tickets to a music festival in which Modest MousePurity Ring, Deerhunter, Devendra Banhart, and a new favorite, Toro Y Moi played! Needless to say, I have the best, and most thoughtful, friends and they are way too kind. But back to Toro y Moi. I discovered him in the beginning of this year, but since my posts were so sparse, I never got a chance to write about him. He has the perfect balance of trip hop and synthpop and I have yet to find a song that I dislike by him. For those of you who are a fan of either, check him out because I feel like he will become really popular, really soon. Also, if you enjoy the original, be sure to listen to the remix by Teen Daze as well because he did an amazing job!
Toro Y Moi!
Purity ring was hauntingly beautiful
Modest Mouse! :)

"There was a finer life when you were with us here,
And we knew there was a next time.
That's what I still want now,
Even if I'm here and I think that you won't be waiting."