Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Few Things

I have a few posts in my drafts that I've been working on, but everything is still getting settled here. Between unpacking and starting a new job and the holidays coming up, it's taking a little bit longer than I would like to get into a routine. I'll get it down soon though, and then I will tell you all about it.

Here are a few things that deserve your attention in the meantime.

01. This post about the "rules" of blogging hits the nail on the head. Where did these rules even come from? Who decides these things? Short answer: You. Do you, boo.

02. I'm sure you've seen it. I'm sure everyone and their dog has seen it. But why not see it again? Taylor's Swift's "Blank Space" video is perfection. In fact, 1989 as a whole is damn near perfection. Far and away her best album, so if you haven't already, go ahead and jump on that bandwagon. After all, life is too short to pretend you hate pop music.

03. Quiet Company (one of my favorite Austin-based bands/favorite bands in general) has released their first single in over three years, and it's pretty great. Click here to listen to "Seven Hells" and read a little more on their forthcoming album Transgressor. (Also, buy a ticket to one of their special holiday shows.)

04. And last but certainly not least: Dog With 2 Broken Legs Adorably Adjusts to Vertical Life.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Monthly Mix: October 2014

  1. Through the Dark – Alexi Murdoch
  2. Talking In Code – Margot & The Nuclear So and So's
  3. Swim Club – The Cave Singers
  4. Funny Heartbeat – Kisses
  5. Luna – Bombay Bicycle Club
  6. Georgia – Vance Joy
  7. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  8. Lately – The Helio Sequence
  9. Red Eyes – The War On Drugs
  10. Temple – Kings of Leon
  11. Dissolve Me – alt-J
  12. Space Age Love Song – Flock of Seagulls
  13. Agape – Bear's Den
  14. Lump Sum – Bon Iver
  15. These Waters – Ben Howard
  16. Empress of the North – The Moondoggies
  17. Blue Mind – Alexi Murdoch
  18. Warm Foothills – alt-J
My October mix is a little late because all of October was devoted to moving–packing, loading trailers, saying goodbyes, crying, and unpacking. (Also, we don't have Internet set up at our apartment yet, so any down time I've had has been spent watching Will &Grace.) I could have just pretended this was my November mix, but it doesn't have the right feel to it. (Also, I already wrote "October 2014" on all the mixes I still haven't sent out.)

More on being an official Austin resident (!!!) later. For now, enjoy this music and go drink some hot chocolate or something.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Casual Thursday

Last Thursday, standing in the back office about an hour into my early morning shift at work, I received a life-changing text from my uncle: Forgot that I have ONE ticket to Paul McCartney tonight at 8. If you or you know anyone in our family who wants to go they can have the ticket.

No big deal. Just an extra ticket to see Paul McCartney for the first time in Lubbock, Texas, a.k.a the birthplace of Buddy Holly and the Crickets, a.k.a. the whole reason The Beatles were even called The Beatles in the first place. But, I mean, it's casual.

I had toyed with the idea of buying a ticket when they originally went on sale, but couldn't justify spending the money when I was supposed to be saving for Austin. Now it was the day of the concert and he was offering to just give me a ticket? Uh, hell yeah, I'll go!

The whole experience was very surreal. There was Beatle, in the flesh, right in front of me. (I mean, all I had to do was jump from the balcony, hurdle some barricades, fight off a couple of security guards, scale the side of the stage, and I could have touched him. Sir Paul!) The man is seventy-two years old, and he sang for nearly three hours without a break. I didn't even see him take a sip of water. He is a machine.

It was really, truly amazing. Let me tell you, hearing "Hey Jude" live with an arena full of people singing along is not something I'll soon forget.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Apology

Well, it's October. You know what that means. My last day at United is eighteen days away, and I leave for Austin five days after that. Only twenty-three days left in Lubbock.

This is all very surreal. I've been dreaming and talking about moving to Austin for so long, but it somehow still managed to sneak up on me. As excited as I am, there is a part of me that is sad to leave Lubbock. I don't think anyone believes me when I say that, but I really am sad. I don't blame them though because, as you may remember, I complained about living here. A lot.

My first semester at Tech was good as far as school goes, but the three after that were very difficult for me. For some reason, in my head, everything that went wrong during that time was because of Lubbock. I thought, If I wasn't stuck in Lubbock, things would be better. This, of course, was not the case. It had nothing to do with the place, I was just struggling with school. College overall was hard for me as we've discussed, and during that time I didn't make it any easier on myself.

There were a lot of ways that I made myself unhappy. I let myself become a very bitter and cynical person, and that was a person not very many people liked. I isolated myself. It took awhile for me to realize what an idiot I was being, how rude and selfish I'd become. Once I'd come around, I felt properly terrible about my behavior. There are thousands of people that love this little city, that grew up here, and I had spent a lot of energy belittling and mocking their home. What a jerk, right?

I had been disregarding all the good, and there has been a lot of good that has come out of my stay in Lubbock. I lived with my wonderful grandparents. I had all my aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby. I earned a degree in something I love. I had a good job that I enjoyed. I shared a house with my dear cousin–something we never thought we'd actually get to do. I made new friends, great friends. I regret that three semester period that I took all this for granted. I am going to miss all of these things, and am really, truly sad to leave it.

Please consider this my formal apology to the city of Lubbock. You're not so bad, LBK. Also, to anyone who ever had to read or listen to my incessant complaints–thanks for sticking around and loving me through it.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monthly Mix: Fall 2011

  1. Everything Louder Than Everything Else – Quiet Company
  2. All At Once [Live] – Jack Johnson
  3. Under Mountain, Under Ground – The Lighthouse and the Whaler
  4. Moth's Wings – Passion Pit
  5. Fighters – Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos
  6. Don't I Hold You? – Wheat
  7. Lost Myself In Search of You [Live] – Matt Nathanson
  8. Try a Little Tenderness – Michael BublĂ©
  9. Jezebel Or a Song About My Friend and That Whore He Dated – Quiet Company
  10. Still Ain't Over You – Augustana
  11. Re: Stacks – Bon Iver
  12. Sleeping Sickness – City and Colour
  13. Comes and Goes (In Waves) – Greg Laswell
  14. In Your Atmosphere [Live] – John Mayer
  15. Lights – Journey
  16. Fader – The Temper Trap
  17. Suspended [Live] – Matt Nathanson
In honor of it now being Officially Fall, I decided to share one of my favorite mixes I have ever made, circa Fall 2011. I still listen to this mix all the time (it's actually in my car stereo right now), and I've sent it to at least ten bloggers. I hope you enjoy it too, and that your first day of autumn is filled with falling leaves, hot coffee, and gray sweaters.

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