Tag: music

Heard, Read, Watched. Spring, 2015.

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Serial (finally) yes. It took a few months. But I was busy in the fall, letsbehonest. And now that I’ve listened, I’m totally ready for the next story.

Currently: Nate Reuss’s Grand Romantic I’ve been in love with following Reuss since I was in college and he was front-manning The Format while smoking on stage. Last time I saw him live he’d quit the habit and, of course, sounds as great as ever on this solo album.

 

READ
The $100 Start-Up I read this because I’ve seen some solid reviews of the book. It’s a quick read, has some great examples and is a nice baseline of what it might take you to be an entrepreneur. Note, I’m not quitting my day job, just reading a lot of various things.

Lean In Just like Serial, I was late to the party on this one. But I picked it up and read it — the same week Sandberg’s partner died. My heart aches for her. As for the book, I quickly devoured it. Side note, if you haven’t read this post by Sandberg on the end of sheloshim, I suggest you read it right away. So much of what she shares about approaching someone after tragedy is so true. (especially the note on asking, “How are you?”)

The Hive confession. I picked this up off the library shelf because the spine said “Hornby,” the last name of one of my faves, Nick Hornby. Well, you’re not supposed to re-shelf books, so I didn’t and I read it and it was just OK.

#GirlBoss my 22-year-old self would have benefitted from this book a lot more than I did now. There’s some interesting tidbits in there but I would recommend it to my college-aged cousin, not my working-gal-bffs.

Not That Kind of Girl so what if I totally hopped on the femme-mindset book wagon? I enjoyed this collection of stories from Lena Dunham not as much for the content as I did for the writing style.

A Room of One’s Own this is actually where my the whole female reading began this spring. Maybe closer back to where it began. Basically, Wolfe talks about how a woman needs a room of her own in which to write. In which to make. In which to think. It’s more about independence than a physical room though, so the message, while difficult to get through, is still relevant today.

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook another confession. I didn’t make it through this. Maybe because this is the stuff I deal in on the daily? Just couldn’t get into it, so I put it down.

Currently: On Writing, A Memoir of The Craft I’m not even a quarter of the way in so I’ll report back later on this summer.

 

WATCHED
Biggest confession of the post here, people. I don’t make time for watching TV and/or movies. I’d rather spend my time with people, cooking, outside, reading, listening, dancing, etc. I do hold a few programs on my DVR. So recently, I’ve watched the season finales of Bates and Gotham. And of course, the series finale of Mad Men, single tear.

Currently: So You Think You Can Dance. My summer’s guilty pleasure.

 

And now, I want to know what you’re reading. Let’s connect on GoodReads. Or leave the names of what I should hear, read, or watch in the comments, yo.

Vitamin String Quartet Gets Me Every Time

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It’s Tuesday, and that means, here on GMET, it’s Tunesday. Today I have been head-down-working, so I needed something to block out all the noise. So, I tuned into Vitamin String Quartet on Spotify and got busy.

Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) have been around for a while and have A LOT of music to prove it. (A LOT equals more than 100 albums.) Here’s the lowdown. Think of your favorite pop/rock/top 40 song. OK. Now, imagine a classical version of it. VSQ has covered everyone from the Beatles to Dave Matthews Band to Regina Spektor and Hanson (oh-em-gee!).

As a dance teacher, I can totally see these seeping into my (imaginary) ballet barre that I teach. I think it would be a lot of fun to incorporate these modern pop sounds. Perhaps even get students more interested in ballet itself?

Me? I’m loving those Regina Spektor covers right now. But, some of the compilations really get me too. Like that 90s one featuring Hanson, above. What about you? Is VSQ new to you? Are you going to rock out to some string quartet this evening?

 

Recently heard on Tunesday: She & Him, Jason Mraz, Say Anything, Fun.

Not The Same Ol’ Song Gets Me Every Time

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Today, April 24th, two albums have hit the iTunes store that I am so excited to share. I am literally being transported back to 1998 right now. New albums from Jamiroquai and Eve 6. Are you kidding me? I want to pop these CDs into my discman and ride my bike to my friend’s house right now.

I’m no music reviewer (been there, tried that, a longer story for another day) but I’ll tell you I’ve listened to both of these albums and would do so again. Do they make my top 5 greatest albums of all-time? Nah, probably not this time. But, both are worth a listen.

You can stream Eve 6’s Speak In Code on Spotify—plus, there’s some bonus commentary there. The Jamiroquai album can also be streamed on Spotify. You may notice that Jamiroquai’s Rock Dust Light Star was released in 2010. BUT, it’s just now coming stateside, officially, today.

Don’t go listening yet, there’s more!

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Last Tuesday, I’m a little behind the ball on my Tunesdays posts, Jason Mraz released a new album, Love Is A Four Letter Word. Mraz has been one of my favorite artists for a while now and this new album doesn’t change that. You can stream his latest on Spotify, but I recommend going to your preferred paid music outlet and downloading this one. You may have it on repeat for the next week or so if you’re anything like me.

Now you can go let the listening begin! What new albums are you digging right now? What should I be listening to? Let me know.

More music? You got it: Say Anything | Fun | She & Him

Say Anything Gets Me Every Time

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Say Anything is one of my long-time go-to bands and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. With the release of their latest album, Anarchy, My Dear, out today, the band reaffirms their status as a permanent fixture in my musical rotation.

My abbreviated review of this album goes a little like this.

Anarchy, My Dear opens with hand claps. How can I not like love it?

However, I’ll go into a little more detail for you, my faithful internet followers.

Let’s start at the beginning. In the fall of 2004 I was but a mere journalism student trying to write arts/music/entertainment reviews for the college newspaper. My first review of the year was none other than Say Anything’s Is A Real Boy, the group’s first full-length release on a major label.

Anarchy Dear, reminds me of Is A Real Boy, in several ways, but mostly because of track 4, “Admit It Again,” a rehashing of the anthem, “Admit It!” from the earlier release. The spoken word style of singing seems prevalent on this album as it was on IARB. Lastly, rhythmic changes in the middle of some tracks have me listening to them over and over.

Say Anything definitely is not a band for everyone. And they’re not necessarily even a band for me at all time. I find that when I am pumped up, or want to get pumped up for that matter, I typically can turn to Say Anything.

You decide. Check ‘em out on Spotify and see if Say Anything is for you.

Fun. Gets Me Every Time

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No, y’all. That is not a typo in this post’s title. Fun. is a band I have grown to love and I must share their latest release, out today, Some Nights. I pre-ordered it to download first thing in the morning, but for the past week or so, I’ve been streaming it on the band’s site.

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Now, if you’re thinking, “Who is this band? I’ve never heard them before,” I’m going to bet you’re wrong. You may have heard their single on the radio after it was featured on an episode of Glee. Or, if you watched the big game a few weeks ago, you might caught it on this car commercial.

The new album is pretty great. Some of the songs are different than their previous material, but I think that’s one of the great things about a band you love—you can totally grow with them.

Have a listen. If you love it, I suggest you dig up some of The Format. It’s the lead singer’s old band, and is just as fabulous.

She & Him Gets Me Every Time

YES. The time has already come to break out the holiday cheer. So long as it’s She & Him’s latest, A Very She & Him Christmas. I heard it first on Spotify last week and have been trying to justify listening to it nonstop since. Now that we’ve had our first snowfall of the season and Halloween has come and gone, I think it’s time.

Now,get that tiny tree out of your desk drawer and put on a jolly face. She & Him is dashing into town to steal your hearts and put you in the holiday mood a little early this year.

and one more thing.
If you haven’t listened to She & Him Volume One and Volume Two, I suggest you get on that, right away.