End of Year Playlist + A Few Musical Highlights

The other day my friend me sent me this article, which lists several reasons why twentysomethings should find and invest in a “side hustle.” That is, find some sort of side activity, business, or interest that will allow you to explore your passions, flex your creativity, and/or (hopefully) bring in extra cash, all while you buckle down and begin your journey into that scary world of first jobs and life without the safety nets of college and your parents. We were inspired after hearing how our other friend had made a shit ton of cash simply by operating her own little side business creating and selling these beautiful hand-beaded bracelets. While I doubt I’d ever have the artistic flair or patience to painstakingly put together something someone out there would ever pay for, our conversation and the article made me think of my own passions and interests. What could I claim as my own “side hustle”? I feel like I’ve dabbled in so many different things, but have never found that TRUE PASSION of mine. I’ve always had an interest in music, movies, and television, as well as the other aspects of pop culture, so much so that I’ve gone on to study media in grad school. But that activity clearly isn’t going to bring in the cash, at least, not yet. So while I continue praying that my get rich side hustle will easily fall into my lap, I will go back to blogging and exploring my interests without pay. To be honest, I do consider this blog, despite my inability to update regularly, my side hustle. I created this page in attempt to both create a “professional” web presence and an outlet where I could challenge myself to focus and discuss my interests without slipping into tangents about what I did that day or what my class schedule looks like (see: my xanga). So. I will now give my beloved blog the half-yearly attention it deserves and update it NOW.

Let’s start with this music round-up post for 2013. Firstly, here’s a nice Spotify playlist of my favorite tracks from 2013. I realize that some of these songs technically came out in 2012, but I complied this list based on what I found myself enjoying or repeatedly listening to this year (RIP repeatyoutube btw).

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Happy Summer!

We’ve now reached the most joyous time of the year – no school, vacations, outdoor movies and concerts, ice creams, melting in the heat…So the last one isn’t so great, but it’s all I’ve been thinking about since returning to NYC. I am not sure how people who live here do it because all I want to do is shower. All time time. I feel sticky and gross and I’m pretty sure I’ve managed to sweat out most of the liquids in my body (seriously, how am I not dehydrated…yet?!).

I haven’t updated in forever because of school, but now that I’ve got more free time on my hands, I’ll try to keep up with this blog. There’s a bunch of that I want to commit to memory via electronic paper, so I will try my hardest to not be so lazy and actually write. In the meantime, here’s a quick little Summer 2013 playlist that I’ve put together of some of the songs that I have been enjoying for the past month or so!

Like I mentioned above, there are a bunch of awesome events going on in NYC this Summer and I’m hoping to go to as many as I can. Tonight I managed to catch Comedy Central’s Stars Under the Stars event as part of the NYC SummerStage series and it was great. Gabriel Iglesias hosted, while the main performers included Adam Devine, John Mulaney, Jeffrey Ross, and Amy Schumer. The other three were decent (Jeffrey Ross made the whole audience uncomfortable though when he started roasting two 13 year olds), but Mulaney was my favorite. He was absolutely hilarious and unlike a lot of comedians, did not have to rely on racial  or overly sexual jokes. Maybe I’m getting older (or my taste has changed), but I’m more impressed when comedians can do a great set that isn’t riddled with cheap jokes. Not to say that I don’t enjoy “low-brow” humor, because I do (just saying, I absolutely loved This is the End), but after awhile it gets old and feels lazy, as though the audience were stupid. Anyway, it was still lots of fun and I had a great time!


New Playlist – WAKE UP

I haven’t made one of these in awhile! One of the hardest things I had to learn whilst in Washington DC was how to wake up early. I’m not quite sure how I managed to ever make it to high school when I had classes at 7:30am and/or 8:40am. It was a struggle for sure.

Not surprisingly, it was torturous having to wake up every morning to get to my internship. As my former roommates will tell you, I was an expert at whining about it every morning. Here is a playlist of some of the songs that made it a bit easier to get out of bed and travel to work!


1. Fluorescent Adolescent – Arctic Monkeys
2. Norgaard – The Vaccines
3. We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
4. Midnight City – M83
5. Cruel – St. Vincent
6. Monster – Kanye West
7. Shake it Out – Florence + the Machine
8. Nightcall – Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx
9. Lost in the World – Kanye West
10. Houdini – Foster the People

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90s Throwback!

Although I’m technically an 80s baby (1989!), I was only alive for about three months of the 80s and so I actually consider myself a child of the 90s. I think anyone who grew up in the 1990s was pretty fortunate. We weren’t consumed by the internet yet, the economy was relatively stable, terror attacks weren’t always on our minds, and the most of the annoying Disney kids weren’t even born yet.

My memory of the decade is a lot sharper for the latter years, obviously, but I do remember bits and pieces of the first half. I remember all the PBS and Nickelodeon shows I watched. I remember kindergarten and how these boys in my class stripped a Barbie and shook her plastic nakedness in everyone’s faces. I remember how I learned “shut up” from The Lion King. I remember how everyone had to learn the Macarena (forever burned in my memory). I remember Halloween parties, parades, and trick-or-treating. I remember how everyone in my class got excited whenever they got the chance to play Oregon Trail on the class computers. I remember being obsessed with the Spice Girls and how every girl wanted to be Baby Spice. I remember how popular Titanic was and how My Heart Will Go On was EVERYWHERE.

I could go on and on, but I’ll save it for another post at another time. Basically, I love the 90s because everything just seemed so much easier and carefree. Obviously, I was also a lot younger and didn’t have to worry about the things that I think about at night now (WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?!?!), but the entire decade seemed so much happier and hopeful. So here I have a playlist of twelve of my favorite songs from 90s. Now I’m going to dig up my Disney VHS tapes and my Sanrio stickerbooks…

I grew up in the 90s

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1. Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey
2. End of the Road – Boyz II Men
3. Hard to Say I’m Sorry – Az Yet
4. How Bizarre – OMC
5. There She Goes – Sixpence None the Richer
6. Don’t Speak – No Doubt
7. No Scrubs – TLC
8. Summer Girls – LFO
9. I Want You Back – NSYNC
10. (You Drive Me) Crazy – Britney Spears
11. Stop – Spice Girls
12. Heartbreaker – Mariah Carey

For more 1990s goodness check out this tumblr: http://thosewerethe90s.tumblr.com/

2001 – 2011

Isn’t it scary how fast time flies? I can still remember large chunks of 2001 – that was the year I entered 7th grade and had to do numerous posters for the most random things, like “Inventions” and still had to memorize vocabulary for spelling tests. And now, here we are in 2011 where I’m almost a month away from turning 22 (!!!) and flying to Washington DC where I’ll beging working as an intern at the Smithsonian. The past ten years have been a blur, filled with moments that I’ll always remember, ranging from the time I traveled around Europe with one of my best friends to days and nights I spent at my high school working on the school plays.

I’m a sucker for nostalgia so I had to put together a short playlist of some of my favorite songs from the past decade, with each song from each year. I’ll probably put together another playlist of my favorite childhood songs (BRITNEY! BSB! TLC! MARIAH CAREY!). In the meantime, enjoy this playlist!

the past 10 years


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1. Nelly – Hot in Herre (2001)
2. Justin Timberlake – Rock Your Body (2002)
3. R. Kelly – Ignition (2003)
4. Shakin’ – Rooney (2004)
5. L.G Fuad – Motion City Soundtrack (2005)
6. Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado ft Timbaland (2006)
7. Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley (2007)
8. Paper Planes – M.I.A (2008)
9. Glass – Bat for Lashes (2009)
10. Basic Space – The xx
11. What You Know – Two Door Cinema Club


If you know me at all, you might know I’m a bit of a night owl. It’s a really bad habit, but I stay up quite late at night, sometimes for no reason. I’m a huge procrastinator so there have been MANY nights where I’ve stayed up to finish an essay or project at the last minute, but there have also been nights where I just didn’t feel like sleeping yet.

Because I’m usually the only one up, I listen to a lot of music so I can’t hear the random bumps and creaks. I don’t get scared easily, but it’s not really fun when you’re the only one who can hear scurrying in the vents at 3am (true story). So I’ve put together a playlist of some of my favorite night themed songs or songs I like listening to at night. They’re either quite soothing or really dance-y because those are the ones that usually power me through writing a long essay. Hopefully you like it and enjoy it during one of your late nights.


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1. 1901 – Phoenix
2. Hearts on Fire – Cut Copy
3. Kids – Sleigh Bells
4. Show Me Lights – Friendly Fires
5. The Reeling – Passion Pit
6. Howl – Florence + the Machine
7. Thriller – Michael Jackson
8. Nightvision – Daft Punk
9. You Know What I Mean – Cults
10. Thursday – Asobi Seksu
11. Lost Coastlines – Okkervil River
12. Night Time – The xx

If My Life Were a Movie

…it’d actually be really boring. But isn’t that why we love movies? We watch films to escape for two hours, to travel to another place, to experience something different, to go back in time, or to relive our past. It’s amazing how you can watch a film from your childhood years later and be instantly transported to the first time you sat in wonder and wanted to rewind the VHS tape and then recreate scenes with your friends and siblings. Or you could see a film years later and realize it’s not as good as you thought at the age of 9, but due to sentimental value, IT’S THE BEST MOVIE EVER.

One of the best things I love about films is the usage of music (in fact, the best class/my favorite class I ever took in college was History of Film Music; it also helped that it was the only class in college I ever got an A+ in) A song can completely change the mood of a scene or emphasize it. It can add tension or fill the void of a moment that needed that extra oomph. Most of moments that I remember from my favorite movies have a song playing in the background and I’m sure I’m not the only one who links a great scene’s emotions, actions, or dialogue with a song. I’m definitely one of those losers who wishes their boring, everyday lives had great songs underscoring every pivotal moment. So, I’ve come up with another fabulouuuuus playlist. This time it’s 18 songs that I would want on my own personal soundtrack if my life ever became interesting enough to draw in the crowds at the theater. Enjoy!



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1. Be My Baby – The Ronettes (“Mean Streets”)
2. 80s Celebration – The Reduction Agents (“Eagle vs Shark”)
3. Naive – Lily Allen (“Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging”)
4. Miserlou – Dick Dale (“Pulp Fiction”)
5. Solar Sailor – Daft Punk (“Tron Legacy”)
6. Star Wars Theme – John Williams (“Star Wars”)
7. Black Sheep – Metric (“Scott Pilgrim vs the World”)
8. L’Arena – Ennio Morricone (“Il mercenario”/”Kill Bil Vol 2”)
9. Molossus – Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard (“Batman Begins”/”The Dark Knight”)
10. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap [“(500) Days of Summer”]
11. The Winner Is – DeVotchKa (“Little Miss Sunshine”)
12. Moon River – Audrey Hepburn (“Breakfast At Tiffany’s”)
13. Sea of Love – Cat Power (“Juno”)
14. Just Like Honey – The Jesus and Mary Chain (“Lost in Translation”)
15. Married Life – Michael Giacchino (“Up”)
16. Pull Shapes – The Pipettes (“Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging”)
17. This is the One – The Stone Roses (“Eagle vs Shark”)
18. Leaving Hogwarts – John Williams (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”)

Also, I just wanted to add this bit in. Amy Winehouse passed away today, sadly. She was clearly very ill and it’s a shame that someone with so much talent passed away so young. I wasn’t the biggest fan of hers but I’ve always thought her voice was amazing. I think the A.V Club did a really nice write up on her life and career, which you can read over here.

I don’t think song was on any soundtrack, but I’d definitely want it on my own soundtrack. Really great performance. RIP Amy Winehouse.