Music Monday #5

Owl City – The Saltwater Room

Because sometimes we all need a little whimsy in our life. If you don’t like electropop, boo you. Give it a few more chances and if you really don’t like it, come back in 3 months and listen to it. Um, technically it took me 2 years to finally listen to it and realize what I’ve been missing on so don’t worry about being late to hop on the Owl City wagon.

Enjoy!

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Music we’re looking forward to

Here are some of our new favorite songs of 2013:

Hurricane – Parachute

When Hearts Go Crazy was released, initially we were like, Hmm, this song is okay but it doesn’t really sound like Parachute because the song is so remixed (is that what it is) that Will’s voice is barely recognizable.  When we heard the acoustic version, we were blown away by the rawness of Will’s voice and the arrangement of the song. Needless to say, we adore the acoustic version more than the album version.

Then Can’t Help was released and it’s so catchy that I was humming the tune after listening to it only once.  Then Hurricane came out a couple of days ago and we love it!! Okay, bottom line is, we love everything acoustic from Parachute – I mean, have you even heard Will’s cover of Gavin DeGraw’s Not Over You? Ugh, amazing – and we’re looking forward to their new album, OVERNIGHT, which is coming out August 12.

P.S: I can’t believe people say that Will sounds like Adam Levine. How does he even sound like Adam Levine? Admittedly, at first I thought that they sounded like Maroon 5 but after listening to their songs a few times, it’s obvious that Will’s voice is unique.

Moving on, we also love:

Feels Like Home – Backstreet Boys

Backstreet’s Back! And they are better than ever! I read a negative review about their new album In A World Like This (the album came out two days ago) and I was like, WHUT? This album kicks ass. Their harmonies are amazing, the instrumental parts superb and the lyrics much more meaningful. If they ever made a less-than-worthy album, it would definitely have to be This Is Us. Apart from Bigger, I really couldn’t appreciate any of the other songs. The record was dance-y and upbeat but it just didn’t do their vocals justice and the songs didn’t make much sense.

Kevin has been given bigger parts – his voice is so mysterious! – though Brian’s parts have significantly decreased. We still love you, Brian! Anyway, their album is amazinggg so go check it out, buy it, enjoy it. C and I agree that Feels Like Home is the Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) of IAWLT and it rocks! Our other faves include Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, Breathe, Trust Me, One Phone Call, Soldier and Light On.

Tell us which songs you love most and don’t forget to Keep The Backstreet Pride Alive!

How can we forget Owl City?

Hey Anna – Owl City

I blame C for converting me into an Owl City fan. No, seriously. Before she changed my mind about his songs, I was like, Ugh, not this Fireflies crap again. I’m still not a fan of Fireflies but everything else, yes please!

Adam writes cutesy, whimsy songs that are relatable and his dreamy, electropop music just makes everything sound so good. And, he is a serial Tweeter. He can be seriously funny but don’t follow him if you don’t like your feed to be spammed. He does retweet A LOT. LOL.

His new album The Midsummer Station Acoustic is coming out sometime in the next few months so we’re waiting for that as well!!

If this post is a bit haywire, I apologize. Listening to music and writing a blog post about music doesn’t go well, LOL.

What songs are you listening to these days?

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Annual time for reflection

Happy New Year’s Eve, folks!!

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While I’m at it, here’s a cute Peanuts comic strip,peanut-newyear

A few more hours to 2013. Weird to be typing 2013… Anyway I thought I’d do a little summary of how our year has been and what we’ve put on our ‘like’ list and what we’ve dumped unceremoniously into our ‘ugh, hate’ list.

The entertainment part of our year in review.

In the music section, we didn’t really find much worthy to be put on our music player except music from a few bands/musicians:

  • Boys Like Girls
  • Carly Rae Jepsen (you’re judging so hard, I know LOL!)
  • Matchbox 20
  • Owl City
  • Train

You’re probably going, What the heck is wrong with you? How could you have liked only 5 albums in ONE year? Hmm, about 95% of the music on the radio is crap and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. I mean, if we can have G#ngnam and that ‘We are Young’ song playing on the radio, the music industry is pretty much doomed. No, I am not kidding and no, I do not care if you are offended. That G0tye song was just as bad. Yeah, we don’t listen to the radio anymore.

Some other singers/bands we do not quite care for: One Direction, Rihanna, Taylor Swift (Why is she even still considered a COUNTRY singer? And can she stop whining about her ex-boyfriends already?), Nicki Minaj, Fun, Justin Bieber. I’m sure there’s more to add to the list but that’s it for now.

Well, I’m pretty sure if we had looked harder, we might have discovered new non-mainstream music. If you have any suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comment box. No, we are not fans of indie music, sorry! Oh my, this is making us look like picky (music) eaters.

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In terms of TV shows, we added tons of new shows to our list of ‘watchables’. The pictures below are ranked in terms of how watchable the show is. From top to bottom: watchable to ALL-TIME FAVORITE YOU SHOULD GO OUT AND BUY THE DVD watchable.

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Covert Affairs

Possibly the cheesiest spy show anyone could ever add to their list of guilty pleasures. There’s not much to this show – most parts are cliche, the characters are silly (almost undeveloped) and the lines are supremely corny – but we found ourselves watching it till the end. It might also have had something to do with the fact that we were waiting for other TV shows to come back on air again.

Cheesiest part of the whole show: Annie wears Louboutins in almost every single episode and she has tons of designer shoes but she’s new to her job. Somebody please explain to me as to how she pays for her shoes. Maybe there’s a secret to not having a stable income but being able to splurge on Louboutins. Miu Miu heels for me, please, thanks. O:)

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Arrow

Okay, Stephen Amell, you’re ripped and I know lots of guys who would LOVE to be able to do that exercise with the steel bar that you do but can you show a little more emotion and depth while playing Oliver Queen? Also, green leather does not do your superhero alter ego justice.

This show is alright but it does have its ups and downs. Some episodes give hope to the next but sometimes the next one turns out to be a disappointment. But it has potential so we’ll keep watching and keep hoping that it will get – for lack of a better word – epic.

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Justified

Personally, I like Raylan. He’s great. None of my friends know how to appreciate this show but it’s their loss. There’s always something interesting going on in Harlan County and you can see each character grow in every episode.

I wonder if Winona will have a girl or boy.

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The Vampire Diaries

I started watching out of boredom and now I find myself looking forward to the next episode. I have to give it credit for not being overly corny or ridiculous like Twilight. The first season was so-so and now I’m at season 2 and it’s getting exciting. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

Have I read the books? Nope. Frankly, after the Twilight saga, I didn’t think I could stomach any more so I didn’t get past the first few chapters of TVD.

I have a soft spot for Damon… shhh! Ian Somerhalder looks disturbingly like someone who used to be my friend. Creepy, I know! Not too big a fan of Stefan who is the Edward of TVD. C and I agree that Jeremy is annoying.

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White Collar

Matt Bomer. The only explanation needed to describe this show.

Okay, fine. It’s not just his gorgeous looks (Matt, let’s be friends! I love you!). I like the dynamics of the show and there is real growth in the relationships. Neal and Peter work so well together but there’s always this part of Peter that is afraid Neal will screw up and go back to his old ways which makes their relationship complicated at times. Ugh, and Neal is brilliant and looks oh-so-dapper in a suit! Loved that episode when he parachuted down the building.

Then there’s Mozzie who is basically the secret star of the show with his paranoia and ingenuous wit. We love Mozzie! Peter’s wife, Elizabeth, can be pretty cool and helpful in some cases but we’d love if their adorable Labrador gets more screen time. 😉

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Suits

White Collar should be down here but I’m too lazy to swap pictures. Discovered this show by accident when one day I was channel-surfing and this was the only show that didn’t look boring. Who else thinks the theme song is hilarious?!

Suits is SO clever. I’m all for lawyer shows and this one does NOT disappoint. Witty conversations, complicated lawsuits, office politics, office romance, Harvey and Donna – what’s not to like about Suits?! One thing though, Mike becomes a bigger douchebag with every episode.

Watch this and you will get Litt up!

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Chaos

Chaos is a discontinued TV show but C and I love it!!! They should have given it a chance… and a bigger budget. That would have helped. The four of them – Michael Dorset, Rick Martinez, Billy Collins and Casey Malick – are so funny and they work well as a team of misfits. Why couldn’t they have done something to save this show?! I honestly have no idea what TV companies think when they cancel good shows and let stupid reality TV continue airing.

If you have time, go find all 12 episodes and watch them. Admittedly, the sets are bad and story lines are mediocre but the acting is good and with a little more effort, it could have been a hit!

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The Big Bang Theory

Oh, this is HILARIOUS. I don’t know why we didn’t discover this earlier. They deserve all the awards they’ve won. It’s funny, smart (beyond smart) and well done in so many aspects. Who writes the dialog?! They should be given awards. Combining witty and intelligent conversations is no easy task, I’m sure.

I started out watching it alone in college during my breaks but now I’m watching it again with C and my mom. We literally roll on the floor laughing while watching every episode. We’re semi-geeks so that’s another reason to be so into it.

Watch it and follow the epic lives of Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj and Penny! It’s AWESOME.

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Person of Interest

Here we are! At our ALL-TIME FAVORITE TV SHOW. POI is ashdfksdjmind-fricking-blowin’! Have you ever watched anything so deep and well-written? The main idea of the show is stopping crimes before they happen. If this idea seems familiar to you, it’s probably because Early Edition has the same idea. But this is far from Early Edition. POI is in a league of its own.

If the other shows mentioned above are clever, this show is the epitome of brilliance. Slight exaggeration but well-deserved, I’d say. Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson portray John Reese and Harold Finch perfectly. I wouldn’t have anyone else play their roles. Detective Carter and Detective Fusco as their aides just make the show better. There are so many angles to the show and it always leaves us on the edge of our seats.

One word: Bravo!

Oh, and we LOVE Bear! <3

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The movie department, however, has been deeply lacking in movies that make an impact on us. We did adore The Avengers and Taken 2 but 75% of everything else was just horrible.

Movies that were good/not too shabby:

  • Man on a Ledge
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Lockout
  • Safe
  • The Bourne Legacy (this borders on not that great and boring but the motorcycle scene was cool)

Movies we could not sit through because they were just so bad and movies that made us feel like our time was wasted:

  • The Hunger Games (Sat through the first 10 minutes, couldn’t stand the screaming, skipped the rest)
  • Looper (Oh god, this was bad! We had free tickets so we went to watch this and regretted it. Horrible sci-fi movie)
  • Step Up Revolution (Worst of the lot, no doubt… the script was cornier than Twilight’s, the plot was a mess and the dancing wasn’t even that mind-blowing)
  • This Means War (Eww, it was a bad rom-com)
  • Snow White and The Huntsman (Lots of mumbling and it was a bit too dark for our liking)
  • Magic Mike (Sat through 10 minutes, watched Channing build a roof, gave up on the rest of it)
  • The Amazing Spider-man (First off, we don’t even like Andrew Garfield.. I don’t even know why we tried to watch this. Andrew can never be the Spider-man that Tobey Maguire was. Emma, you don’t measure up to Kirsten Dunst’s MJ Watson either, sorry. Why remake a perfectly decent movie so soon?)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (I know y’all loved it but it just wasn’t our cup of tea. The plot had too many holes in it, almost like suggesting we read the book before we watch it??)
  • The Vow (He didn’t end up with her, what the heck?)

Yup, gonna get flak for our list but who cares?! We have yet to watch most of the movies that came out this year but we’ll get there…?

Okay, on to the video game part of 2012. I am proud to say that I managed to play at least 2 new games this year – Batman:Arkham City and Counter Strike:Global Offensive. I didn’t finish Batman but it was a really good game. Catwoman should be with Batman!!

C and the brother bought me CS:GO so I started playing. I’m not too good at it but it’s fun. They’ve been trying to get me to play Portal 1 and 2 but I’m not biting… yet? LOL.

I did watch C play Batman, Crysis 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, Battlefield 3 and CS:GO. My observation, AC3 sucks but Battlefield 3 rocks. Connor, you can’t replace Ezio, not with that ‘tude of yours. I’m not too sure how I feel about Crysis 2 since (SPOILER AHEAD!) Alcatraz suddenly became Prophet at the end.

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Okay, this is the end of my extremely long post. Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment or Tweet us.

(All images from Google)

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when words meet heartbeats

This morning I was checking out the usual Twitter accounts I don’t follow (like Jared Padalecki and a few friends) by manually typing twitter dot com slash blah blah blah when I decided to check out Owl City’s Twitter account. I’ve been there more than once because Adam Young of Owl City tweets daily and I wasn’t in a hurry to follow him on Twitter. He posted a link to his blog with the post title “10 Myths About Introverts”. It immediately caught my eye. I started reading and responded the same way Adam Young did. According to him, he “felt like standing up and shouting “YESSSSSS!”” and felt like someone had “written an encyclopedia entry on a rare race of people” to which he belongs. Everything – and I mean every single word – is true!

Here’s the list he put together from reading a blog about introverts:

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.

This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.

Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.

Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.

On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.

Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.

Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.

Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.

Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.

Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.

A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

Can you hear me going “Ohmygawd, yes! That’s me!” in the background?

This probably explains why I like Owl City’s music. Because I can relate to the songs. Adam Young may be an insomniac but his calming and catchy songs take me to indescribable dreamy places with scenic views I can only imagine.

Once an introvert, forever an introvert. Be thankful that you’re different. Feel free to post a comment, introverts.

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