Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jams of the Week 6/21/17 Stiefvater Picks

Howdy and welcome to jams of the week!

I had a hard time finding some newer jams to share this week because I've been listening to audio books instead. One of my favorite books is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and deciding to listen to the audio book is one of the best choices I've made in recent time. I haven't been able to leave my car every day this week because I need to finish listening to the chapter or because I want to listen to the next. I literally know what's going to happen and I'm still on the edge of my seat. We've been having rainy weather making the story seem more magical and real and it's just so, so, so awesome. 

Besides for being a kick-ass writer, Maggie has a tumblr where she posts art, questions, and music. Her picks are normally awesome and since she's the reason for my lack in jams I thought I'd just share some of her recent picks I loved. 




To Kill A King - The Good Old Days
I don't remember the times that we fought
Or how you tore my world apart
Just the good old days




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Lost Lander - Give It Time




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SPELLES - Dead In The Water






If you want to check out some more jams and awesome other stuffs you can check out Maggie's tumblr here.





Until next time,
Maggie

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jams of the Week 6/14/17


Hola and welcome to jams of the week



I'm kind of obsessed with Tove's voice. I also think this video is all of us dancing to our favorite song in our bedrooms.
I also considered posting "Number One" which I like a lot as well, go check that out!

Tove Styrke - Say My Name





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I used to be a huuge John Mayer fan but I kind of got turned off because he was constantly in the media for dating Taylor or Katy or whoever and he used to be a little obnoxious. 
So I probably haven't loved an album since Continuum. I listened to this one track totally randomly in a playlist and remembered why I love John. I almost cried because I think everyone thinks about ending up like their parents or not being able to control your destiny. 
Just a great, great song.

John Mayer - In the Blood




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I know this is on the radio but it's constantly in my head.
Rihanna & Future's voices are great together.

Future Feat. Rihanna - Selfish







Till next time,
Maggie

Saturday, June 10, 2017

April Uppercase: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Heya! I feel horrible because these unboxings are so late but I haven't been reading as much as normal sadly. I finally got to read Defy the Stars so I can tell you about this months box!

First all,  theliteraryllama does such a nice job photographing the box, I mean look at her wormhole background to match!



Included in the bag was the book (signed), a Defy magnet, an awesome bookmark and my favorite - a Harry Potter notebook. It also came with the read along codes so I could learn more about the authors thinking process and fun stuff. 










Lots of great goodies this month!


If it wasn't clear by now, the book of the month was Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. I haven't read anything by her before so it was a clean slate for me.

via Goodreads:

"She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true."



SO what did I think of the book? I liked it! I compare all space books to the The Illuminae Files because that was the first one I really liked. I thought of Illuminae and Starbound, but by the end the book stood on it's own. The main characters are different and strong but not clichĂ©d.


I really enjoyed this month of Uppercase and can't wait to tell you about May's box!


till next time,
Maggie

Friday, June 2, 2017

Jams of the Week 6/2/17


Wedding season is upon us and two of my favorite humans got hitched this past weekend with a quirky, wonderful ceremony that was totally them. They featured an assortment of artists and songs throughout the day so I thought my first selection would be one of my favorites from the day. Congratulations J & D, you two are blessings to everyone you meet.


Alexi Murdoch - All My Days




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I listened to "Tied" once and I was singing it the rest of the day.  I tried to find a better quality video but there were none except a few live versions - but I think it's better off the album.

Strangers You Know - Tied




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You might remember Bad Suns's from their hit "Cardiac Arrest" from a few years ago. I was a fan of that and I'm a fan of this too.

Bad Suns - Daft Pretty Boys






till next time,
Maggie

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jams of the Week 5/27/17


Howdy and welcome to the jams of the week!


Timberland helped produce this song and makes a cameo in the background. The song is super catchy and fun, and I love how the music video is famous art come to life.  I feel like it's a small tribute to "Dirt Off Your Shoulders" which makes me like it more.


Jane Zhang - Dust My Shoulders Off




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I guess NEEDTOBREATHE (all caps annoyingly) is a Christian rock band but I couldn't tell when I heard this song? After re-listening I got it but that's kind of nice you can ignore or not ignore it if you want. You might have heard of them from their song BROTHER which featured Gavin DeGraw.

NEEDTOBREATHE - HAPPINESS

"I got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night / Telling me I wasn't made for the simple life"




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I'm obsessed with the beat of this song. I would take it without the words honestly and just play it on repeat (but ok the words are good too...)

Opia - Falling (Whethan Redo)




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I clicked this song and thought it was a cover of Heaven by DJ Sammy. Twas not, but I was happily surprised.

The Band CAMINO - Heaven - Audiotree Live

"This music's finally loud enough to drown you out"







ANDDD ok, shameless promotion, you should all go see the new King Arthur. Obviously for Charlie Hunnam, but also because it's awesome. I went with friends from work and I've jokingly been doing the "breathing song" randomly since then but the soundtrack is awesome. Check it, and the movie out! I like "The Devil & The Huntsman" and "Run Londinium" best. The vid below is a full soundtrack compilation. 


Daniel Pemberton - King Arthur Legend of the Sword






Til next time,
Maggie

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jams of the Week 5/20/17

Hola and welcome to jams of the week!
Hope you're enjoying your rainy weekend with some chill reading or movie watching.  I finished Riverdale this weekend which had a great season finale, and has a great playlist of songs on Spotify. Check it out!




First jam is by Coleman Hell, who had a big hit with "2 Heads" last year. His voice is great and I highly recommend you check out all his songs.

Flowerchild - Coleman Hell





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I've heard so much bad news lately, and this song is the perfect one to combat the gloom

Good News - Ocean Park Standoff





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I've featured Oh Wonder on the blog before and they return with this wonderful song

Ultralife - Oh Wonder





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Bonus song of the week is from Guardians of the Galaxy 2! If you stayed for the credits, as you always should for any Marvel movie ever, duh, there was an awesome song featuring the Hoff. I found it asap on spotify and have been jamming out to it since. You have to wait until like halfway through for him to start singing but it's worth it. Enjoy!

Guardians Inferno - The Sneepers (feat. David Hasselhoff)


"Getting down and dirty with a procyon lotor
Got no people skills but he's good with motors

That weird thing by his side an infantilized sequoia
The two of them walk by, people say "Oh boy-a"

They ask me why I'm bringin'
A baby into battle

"Thats really irresponsible"
And getting them rattled

I say "Give me a break
Get off my back dammit"

I didn't learn parenting
My daddy was a planet

Zardu Hasselfrau (x2)

In these times of hardship
Just remember
We
Are
Groot"








Till next time,
Maggie

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Cursed Child Play London (No Spoilers)



In October of 2015 I woke up at 4am to buy tickets to a play I knew nothing about except that it was the "8th Harry Potter." I sat in an online queue for two hours and finally got my opportunity to buy tickets. I clicked for the next best date...April 2017!! I bought two sets knowing whatever I was doing in life 18 months later I would always drop for HP.

Flash forward to this month, it was finally here!! I will admit I was pretty nervous about seeing the play in person. When the play script came out I read it and didn't feel very connected to it. I would even say I was on the verge of not liking it. So what if I had spent all this money just to be let down!?  It turns out I was worried for nothing because the play was amazing, epic, and beautiful.



The script is split into two plays, each with its own intermission, so the show takes all day to see. Our first show started at 1:30pm and the second at 6:30pm. They tell you that you have to arrive an hour early to queue in line and I stopped by the day before to ask if that was really a thing. The ticket guy assured me it was and he wasn't lying. They check all your bags and the line went around the corner to get in. It was a very fast process so we got in quickly but then there was merch to buy so we had something to pass the remaining time.


I got a sweatshirt, a tote bag, and a patch. After the first play you're able to buy the behind the scenes book (it contains first play spoilers) so I did get that later as well. One small bummer I found with London plays is no free playbill, if you wanted it it was £5. I didn't have cash so I had to skip it.




They had drinks and snacks on every level and that was helpful because after sitting for so long you need something. Speaking of sitting...ouch. I'm sure no seat is comfortable to sit in all day but they were pretty tight on the leg room. If you go make sure you take every chance you get to go walk or stretch​.



Alright, to the play itself. I'm totally team #keepthesecrets so I won't tell you too much but the way they did the magic was amazing. You might read the script like I did and think the plot was lacking or weird but it plays out much better on stage. The actors themselves are wonderfully cast so if you can try to see it before they recast this year I'd highly highly suggest it. I don't want to spoil anything else so if you have any questions hit me up in the comments.



Helpful tips and tricks:
Chloe didn't have tickets so the ticket guy said her best bet was to wait for a return ticket the morning of the play. These are tickets people bought like me very early on and couldn't end up using. The ticket guy advised Chloe to arrive around 8:45am. She did and waited until doors opened at 10am and ended up getting better seats than even we had! She paid slightly more because it was floor level but she got tickets nonetheless. She said no one else was queued up until maybe 9:20am but I also don't know how many others got to buy return tickets.

Also you cannot pick up your tickets early from will call. It's sadly part of that "arrive an hour early" business. I tried.

You also cannot bring in food or drink. There was a large box of confiscated items at the bag check. It's a bummer but at least they have options inside (alcohol included). You can also pre-order food and drinks to be ready at intermission so you don't have to queue up!


All in all, I highly recommend the play to any Potter fans. You'll be glad you went =)







Till next time,

Maggie