music, things that made me happy last week

Things That Made Me Happy Last Week: Third Week of April 2011

It’s all connected, so I chose three things that made me happy last week.

01. Pop Culture Happy Hour from NPR. The main reason I chose this is because the panel each choose one thing that made them happy that week to end each show. And I started listening to the podcast again after a few months hiatus.

02. Parks and Recreation! If you’ve been in my vicinity at all since Thursday, you have heard me talk about this show. It’s adorable and smart and you should be watching it. Ben Wyatt, human disaster, does not disappoint, my friends.

03. I’ve once again been compulsively going through my Tumblr dash and remembering why I love it so much. I often have to rotate my internet time and last week I went through a big Tumblr time, which brilliantly coincided with great Parks and Recreation posts to look through. And Doctor Who is back in action! And in America! Generally I go through three main bursts of interest: television (Tumblr), style/fashion (google reader), and current events/politics (news emails, twitter). Then the cycle starts over again.

I also had a absolute blast in Portland for the #IAMDONALD tour with Donald Glover and his rapper alter ego Childish Gambino on Saturday. I snagged a setlist and all.

That is pretty much my week in a nutshell. I should probably be working harder since it’s the last few weeks of my undergraduate life.
blogs, music, shopping, television, tv: the good wife

March: favorites and finds

Blog Crushes!

I’ve been reading this blog for a while and love her thrifting adventures!

Found this girl last month and am forever delighted by her words, images, and style.

The Good Wife
I watched the first season in a week and I’m in the middle of the second season. I will definitely be caught up by the end of the week, probably by mid-week and it full of glory for me. I love the little politico in-jokes (Rahm! Ben Smith! etc. etc.). I don’t love everything (the kids are annoying, I’m already bored with Blake since he’s only been a device to further Kalinda’s backstory), but overall it’s ace. And a character Matt Czuchry plays I can get behind! And I’m a little infatuated (read: completely) with Will Gardner even though I shouldn’t be.
Next up: season three Merlin or Twin Peaks. I’m betting the latter will happen. Excited!

And I already posted some of my favorite music as of late, but some new Childish Gambino
never hurt anyone, right? (I still recommend The Head and the Heart and The Lonely Forest wholeheartedly.)


This is just a cheat because I bought some goodies at the NBC Store. I also got something from Friday Night Lights but forgot to photograph it. 🙂
in the news, music

A brief pause

The past few weeks has been a big blur. I went from rushing to get the first draft of my thesis done while studying for midterms (last ones for a while!) to rushing around New York City and having the most amazing time with my friend. Now I’m back to the grind of university and wishing I was still in New York. Look for a recap of my delightful trip later this week.
Today I wanted to express my gratitude for my life. My dad was talking about his upbringing at dinner this weekend. I knew he came from a poor farming family in Vietnam, but he doesn’t talk about it much. He talked about not going to school because he was hungry, not wearing shoes except to go to the market or a celebration because they couldn’t afford it, and taking a chance to leave his country with only the clothes on his back into an unknown destination. It’s inspiring to see how far he’s come and only a little bit of pressure to make my own leaps in life.
This leads me to thoughts of those fighting for their voices in the Middle East and North Africa, and the cruel lessons that even in a wealthy country disaster can strike at any moment.
I’ve also been impressed with all the lovely aesthic projects online whose proceeds go to the Red Cross and other relief organizations. This Colossal has a great archive post of some of them if you want a little something extra to show your support. The poster above is by Linda Yuki Nakaniski.
In this time of job searches between research papers and trying to enjoy the last few weeks with the people I’ve met in the last three years, it’s easy to forget about where I’ve come from and what that means. It’s easy to forget how blesssed a life I lead and it’s important to take a few moments to recognize the sacrifices that created this journey for me to enjoy.
And some gifts for you, highly recommended new music from Seattle-area bands!
The Head and the Heart, “Cats and Dogs” and “Coeur D’Alene”
The Lonely Forest, “Live There” (new album out today!)

Monday Music; Water & Candy

Another blog reboot fail. One day I will make it past two posts!

I did manage to make a mix for a friend, so here it is:

01/ All Summer; Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam of Vampire Weekend
02/ All Day Day Light; The Morning Benders
03/ Release Me; The Like
04/ Boyfriend; Best Coast
05/ Paris (Ooh La La); Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
06/ Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin; Mayer Hawthorne
07/ Bullfighter Jacket; Miniature Tigers
08/ Eat That Up, It’s Good For You; Two Door Cinema Club
09/ Prince of Tacoma; BOAT
10/ The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade; The Joy Formidable
11/ Generator ^ First Floor; Freelance Whales
12/ Animal; Neon Trees
13/ The Ghost Inside; Broken Bells
14/ Suzie; A B & The Sea
15/ Camera Talk; Local Natives
16/ Home; She & Him
17/ The Cave; Mumford & Sons
18/ What’s In It For?; Avi Buffalo
19/ Ghosts; Laura Marling
20/ Older; Band Of Horses
21/ Science Fiction (Demo); Timothy Rabbit

This mix is longer than my usual because it was originally intended to be a birthday mix. It ended up being five months late, but better late than never, right?

I have been keeping better tabs of what I read and see on the internet, so maybe that will help in organizing and getting posts up. I’m also considering that I need to cut down on sleep to get more things I want to do in my life.

**Maybe I’ll even let my friend take pictures of me again, but probably not because I am the most awkward model in the world.


Monday Music #001

I was thinking about how I have several playlists sitting on my computer that I feel like sharing a couple months ago. I am now posting them. No cover art for this one, I just wanted to get back to posting.

01/ 3 Rounds And A Sound; Blind Pilot
02/ You Can’t Force A Dance Party; Dent May & His Magnificent
03/ Sofia’s Song; Sufjan Stevens
04/Hold the Morning; Hey Marseilles
05/ The Garden That You Planted; Sea Wolf
06/Cover My Eyes; La Roux
07/ Passing Afternoon; Iron & Wine
08/ This Boy; James Morrison
09/ You Got Growin’ Up To Do; Joshua Radin
10/ Mosquito; Ingrid Michaelson
11/ Open Fire; Sarah Mac Band
12/ Gone For Good; The Shins
12/ Blue Eyes; Mika
13/ Jodi; The Dodos

Between classes, work, fashion week, tv premier time, upcoming election, and the constant news cycle, my life is in shambles, however I am considering starting a fashion blog with a dear friend. It’ll probably be on Tumblr because I love that platform a lot. Maybe I’ll get my butt into gear and post about my fall tv schedule. It’s pretty packed at this theoretical point trying to figure out what new shows to watch.
concerts, music

Bumbershoot 2008

I went to Bumbershoot and it was a lot of fun. Three days full of good music and wandering around the Seattle Center, smelling good foods and looking through fun “shops” and feeling cool.

So, here is one picture for every show I saw. If you want me to upload more pictures of a specific artist, feel free to ask. I will try my best. You can also check out this Flickr group.

Saturday, Aug. 29.
New Faces — My friend is from the same town as these guys, and she was friends with the lead. This band is surprisingly young, but make fun, rambunctious rock to dance to. One of my favorite new finds.

I would have seen Barcelona if I had noticed. :(!

Lucinda Williams

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down — One of my favorite artists, and I love her live shows. It’s just energetic, and she was funny and talented.

Band of Horses — HIGHLIGHT. They were just really good live, and there was a cute proposal. Being in the middle of a big crowd when you’re my height isn’t ideal, but it was still a great show.

M. Ward — Yes, I missed Beck for M. Ward. But it was worth it. When the wind brushed the trees nearby, it added this amazing element to M. Ward’s music. It was like falling in love over and over.

Sunday, Aug. 31.
Tyrone Wells — The friend I went with this day knew him, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I would have seen The Blakes in this spot, but I couldn’t find it in time. I have a bad sense of direction and got separated from my people.

T.I. — We just dropped by for a couple songs [and to refill our water].

Howling Rain — Another “we were there” band. I’m sad I missed The Shackeltons who played before them.

The Whigs

Jakob Dylan — Yes, please.

Ingrid Michaelson — One of my favorite shows! She is just too witty and cute and funny. Seriously. And her music is pretty and fun and love.

Tapes ‘n Tapes

The Noise (with Smoosh) — They replaced Chester French, who I really wanted to see (but knew they cancelled). The Noise were pretty good, and it was a pleasant surprise to see Smoosh there. See below for their fun stage antics!

Kristen Ward — She replaced Joshua Morrison last minutes and I didn’t know, so I saw her on accident. It was a good acoustic set.

The Physics — One of the random shows I saw a snippit of. I am very glad I found them because Northwest Rap makes me so happy, especially their shows.

Langhorne Slim and the War Eagles — One of my favorites of this festival. They were incredible live, and the crowd was one of my favorites too.

Bedouin Soundclash — My friend knew them, and they were really good. A raegge/rock hybrid, sort of? And the lead is incredibly attractive

X Levitation Cult — I don’t recommend them. We were just resting at that stage.

Arthur and Yu

Death Cab closing out an amazing festival.

Strange Fruit was a performance group who leaned and balanced on a stick in clown garb. It was quite an impressive sight.

The Noise had some friends join their performance.

concerts, music, the fratellis

Concert post – The Fratellis

We went to Neumo’s with no tickets to our name, but we did make it in. And after waiting three hours [late much?], we finally got to go in!

19 June 2008.

Civil Twilight. They were good. My friend and I were discussing what kinds of sex we should have while listening to each of their songs. It works really well. And they’re from South Africa.

By the end of Civil Twilight I was second row behind this super super short girl [seriously, less than 4’6″], so awesomeness! And I was stage left [or is it right?] where the lead singer was! So, amazing spot! The singer didn’t look at the crowd when he was singing, so that was a little disappointing since I had perfect “look into my eyes” spot, but the music was amazing! And he has a wedding ring, which is amazingly adorable on rock stars. And their accents are just flailable in general. We lucked out.