January Favorites: RIP David Bowie, Leo DiCaprio’s Flinch & Liley Reunited

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January 2016 was a roller coaster. Between celebrity deaths, award shows, and couples reuniting, I’m amazed I was able to keep up!

My list of news articles was way too long for this favorites post, so I selected the best few to share with you guys. I also had a great time picking music this month, and all of my favorite shows are slowly coming back from their hiatus, which means more episode favorites!

Here are my favorites for the month of January.

Favorite News Articles

1. RIP David Bowie. He and Iman are such a photogenic interracial couple. My heart goes out to her.

2. Leo DiCaprio went viral at the Golden Globes after flinching when Lady Gaga walked by him. Because, look at those side hoop hips, though.

3. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are engaged. Again. And they better stay that way.

4. Emily Blunt is pregnant! Wooohoo! Hazel is getting a sibling to play with!

Favorite Music

1. “All That’s Left” by Manila Killa ft. Joni Fatora. This song can take me “round and round on this carousel” any day.

2. “House on Fire” by Sia. Only Sia can make what would usually seem like something masochistic sound romantic, and I love it.

3. “All I See” by Draper ft. Laura Brehm. Such a cute song right in time for Valentine’s Day.

4. “Home” by St. Lucia. “You can tell them you’re going home.”

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Majestic unicorn goddess iiSuperwomanii (Lilly Singh). Work that beach, girl.

2. Slow Magic on the drums. Must have been such a fun show!

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3. Zendaya’s eyes above the fan. Those eyebrows are perfection.

Favorite TV Episodes

1. Pretty Little Liars, “Of Late I Think of Rosewood.” I know it was Ezra and it’s killing me and I don’t know if I can take it.

2. Younger, “Tattoo You.” Kelsey got her own imprint and I’m so happy for her! #CareerGoals

3. Suits, “Blowback.” Welcome to hell.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Bevin’s Haul Heaven. Please bring Bevin and his weird friend back for another episode.

2. Ryan Abe’s poor face. Why would he do such a thing?

3. Josh and Kory find out who knows Colleen Ballinger-Evans better. Spoiler, it’s…oh heck just watch it.

 

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2013’s Best in Music

music illustrationA lot of great art came to be in the entertainment world this year. The music industry especially saw some amazing projects across all genres. From pop/rock to indie, the albums that were produced in the year 2013 were spectacular, and have been on my Spotify playlist since the first week of their release. Here are 20 of the best albums created in 2013, along with my favorite song from each one:

1. Santa Fe,” Andrew Belle, Black Bear
Andrew Belle really blew me away with this album. His new dream pop sound is eargasmic, and I hope he sticks to it for a little while.

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2. International Smile,” Katy Perry, Prism
Prism was a mixture of sentimental Katy and fun Katy, her wild side tamed to a bare minimum. The upbeat tracks on the album are a blast to listen to.

3. Deja Vu,” Urban Cone, Our Youth
Thanks to the MTV VMAs, ever since “New York” played during the award show commercial break, Our Youth is one of my most played albums of the month. Their relaxed alternative vibe is definitely one to tune into.

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4. Fashion!,” Lady Gaga, ARTPOP
What would Lady Gaga be without  her fashion?! ARTPOP is a giant koons ball of a treat for the Little Monsters.

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5. Rooting for My Baby,” Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
The most talked about celebrity of the year managed to blow up during the second half of 2013 with her VMA performance and raunchy music videos. Had a bad day at work? There’s a Miley song for that!

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6. “Origami,” Capital Cities, In A Tidal Wave of Mystery
Capital Cities is one of 2014’s bands to watch. Their 80s electro-pop vibe is groovy like no other.
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7. Everlasting Arms,” Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend has done it again, coming in at number one on Rolling Stones “Best Albums of the Year,” and rightfully so. Each track on MVOTC has its own unique story.

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8. Trying To Be Cool,” Phoenix, Bankrupt!
The French invasion by band Phoenix proved to be a success with the fans in New York after an amazing night at Barclay’s Center this year. Wish I could have been there!

9. “Mountains,” Yuna, Nocturnal
Yuna’s combination of sweet songbird and vibrant melodic sass come together to create a beautiful array of island paradise on Nocturnal.

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10. “Confident,” Justin Bieber, Complete My Journals
I can’t even handle how grown up Justin Beiber’s voice is on this album. It’s unreal how the little kid that once upon a time had a song called “One Time” on Radio Disney turned out to sound like this!

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11. “Instant Crush,” Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas, Random Access Memories
Daft Punk + The Strokes = Perfection. Have you seen the amazing music video for their latest single?!

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12. “When It Was Now,” Atlas Genius, When It Was Now
The smooth alternative rock of Australia’s Atlas Genius is “almost too much to be enough.” It really is.

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13. “Save The Day,” Selena Gomez, Stars Dance
Even though Selena is planning to take a break from singing after this year, I have to admit, despite her inability to sing well live, Stars Dance is her best music project to date.

14. “Closer Than This,” St. Lucia, When The Night
How we all long to get closer to Jean-Phillippe Grobler. The old fashioned synth of St. Lucia is so addicting!

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15. “A World Alone,” Lorde, Pure Heroine
I sometimes forget that this girl is only 17. She’s got such a bright future ahead of her. Just keep it coming with the bedroom confessionals, Lorde.

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16. “DNA,” Empire of the Sun, Ice On The Dune
“Be mine, be my DNA,” Luke Steele. Trust me, you’ll want some of it too. Everyone does. (Except for the horrified woman whose house they invaded in the music video).

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17. “Dear Boy,” Avicii, True
You can always count on Avicii to be true to his fans. This entire album is about dedication to the EDM fandom.

18. “Thunder,” Gold Fields, Black Sun
Without Empire of the Sun, Black Sun would not be on this list, because I only know of them due to the fact that Gold Fields opened for them earlier this year. “Thunder” is literally the first song I play on Spotify whenever it’s pouring rain outside.

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19. “Great Escape,” Washed Out, Paracosm
Earnest Greene, can I live inside your head? Can I be in your paracosm, as a fairy perhaps?

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20. “Rose Quartz,” Toro Y Moi, Anything in Return
The sexual tension on this album is too much for words. “I feel weak. Uh huh.”


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Here’s to a great year of music, and another opportunity for loads more in 2014!

Spring 2013 Playlist

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Spring is finally here! Time for some spring cleaning, and what better thing to do while cleaning? Blast some music! Here are 10 songs you can clean-up, or embellish, your playlist with, just in time for spring:

1. Hummingbird Heartbeat, Katy Perry: What’s spring without the birds? Katy Perry gives us the birds, the bees, and a little bit of romance in this track from her album Teenage Dream. It’ll make you feel rejuvenated, I assure you!

2. Climbing Walls, Strange Talk: This Australian band will get you in the swing of spring with this danceable tune. The music video is amazing as well. I urge you to check it out. The bright colors and energetic dancers are sure to get you in the mood for the good weather!

3. Birds, Emiliana Torrini: I heard this song for the first time in the commercial for Azzaro Chrome. Her voice is amazing! She’ll capture you with the first line “Let’s stay awake/ And listen to the dark”. Perfect for those spring nights when you can’t seem to fall asleep.

4. The Suburbs, Mr. Little Jeans: This song is originally by Arcade Fire, but Mr. Little Jean’s version of it is so much better for it’s spring-like, fluttering vibe. The lyrics are a bit dark, though, if you’re into that kind of thing.

5. Maldita Primavera, Yuridia: This Hispanic song is about falling in love in the spring, with a twist. It happens every spring, making it a “Damned Spring”, as the title would translate to in English.

6. Sweater Weather, The Neighbourhood: Sweater weather indeed! This song is a bit sensual, adding to the coziness of spring weather.

7. Big Jet Plane, Angus and Julia Stone: This song by Australian sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone will get you in the mood for some long car rides with the top down, wind in your hair and all.

8. Burn, Madi Diaz: I heard this song in the Pretty Little Liars episode “Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno”. This heartfelt ballad is full of longing and passion. Madi’s voice is just perfect.

9. All Eyes on You, St. Lucia: This song hit my ear for the first time when I saw the Victoria’s Secret commercial it was featured in. The beat of this song is an amazing combination of sweet guitar chords and subtle drums.

10. Walking on a Dream, Empire of the Sun: Saving the best for last, this song is just amazing beyond words. If you have a convertible, please blast this song with the top down as you cruise down the road. It’ll change your life, I swear!

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I hope you have a Happy First Day of Spring! Enjoy the wonderful weather in the weeks to come!