Sunday, March 28, 2010

Makes No Difference

I want you to know

With everything I won't let this go

These words are my heart and soul

I'll hold on to this moment you know

'Cause I'll bleed my heart out to show

That I won't let go

Alright, let's talk talent. When I was a freshman in high school, Sum 41 was my favorite band. Along with Avril Lavigne, clearly. Now I'm graduating college and still find myself adding "Fat Lip" and "Still Waiting" to the CD's I listen to in my car. Not to mention, knocking people out of the way at parties to play
"Kick Me When I'm High" as I become the ultimate buzz killer.
I don't care.

"Well I hold my only enemy as closely as a friend."

For 8 years I've enjoyed pure Sum 41 bliss. I won't let any West Lafayette, Ed Hardy wearing townie try to prove to me that Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Jason Derulo rank higher. By being fast and filthy, a new breed of hardcore has been created by such a legendary band. Yes, I saw them in concert and I got goosebumps. Forever will they be my go-to band when I'm done reciting every lyric of Blink 182. There's not one song I don't relate to. I'm sure most of Purdue University's campus could find themselves drawn to "Walking Disaster," since most are post-Monday Quarter Beers night.

"Deryck and I have been together for 6 1/2 years. We have been friends since I was 17, started dating when I was 19, and married when I was 21. I am grateful for our time together, and I am grateful and blessed for our remaining friendship." -Avril Lavigne

Sum 41 & Avril. Not to be a living People's magazine, but this glorified gossip hit me hard. I still shed a tear when I see pictures of the happily draped punk-rock couple. Just proves the increasing divorce rate is, indeed, real. Depressing. I may have to end on such an awakening realization of the world I live in.

To the fridge to eat dark chocolate.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Look & Feel Delicious

Welcome, to The Welcome. Designer Jess LaRock, just 23 years old, stands at 5 feet tall, yet towers over her entire age bracket, and yours, with her dedication and talent. By blending together confusion, art and humor, Miss LaRock has created a line of apparel with personality-filled characters called "The Welcome" who are alarmingly adorable.

In the JLR look book, which I just received by mail (thanks Jess!), this young designer makes it known she won't remain under the radar.

"JLR offers fresh ideas to apparel that is not out there right now. It needs to be seen on the street, in the magazines, and worn by Lady Gaga. The designs and characters are always growing and evolving. They cannot bore anyone and JLR will be seen, loved, and rocked by the masses."

JLR 4EVA. Next venue: Miami, FL eMerge Trade Show April 27-28.

"Is that a mirror in your closet? Cuz I can see my shirt in there, baby!"

American Apparel, you've got competition; there's a new clothing line that's unisex. And this line isn't sexually suggesting and demeaning. To me, The Welcome isn't just a crazy little skull face on a T-shirt. It's a bold statement. Just like AA's "Legalize Gay," wearing The Welcome is the equivalent to independence, creativity, and offering a helping hand to those we may not understand. Accept the world you live in, because regardless you will always be challenged for possessing an optimistic mind. There's always going to be someone pointing out the negative in the right.
Don't let that be you.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I Never...

Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it's just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
'Cause I'm Mr Brightside

How old is this song again? and which epic NOW cd is this listed under? 8? 14? I should probably look, because I sadly have them all. But who cares, I can definitely listen to it on repeat and not mind that it's happening. Maybe it's because such a vocalist is named "Brandon Flowers." Let's not joke, that's 100% the reason. The Killers need to team up with Kid Cudi and make a shocking remix that would not only make some gasp at the differentiation, but startle those into a horrific confusion = win.

Cuz in the end they'll judge me anyway, cuz I'm Mr. Brightside.

Makes sense.

As for my comment on their apparel that beautifully ties everything together- I'm sorry but I can't focus on anything other than their hairstyles, if I can correctly call them "styles." I may google stalk them all so I can send them a token of my appreciation: a bottle of shampoo and comb.

"I've always had this thing about it not really mattering where you're from, because there's always been this big cloud over America saying you have to live in LA or you have to live in New York to make it. I always knew it didn't matter as long as you had the songs." -Brandon Flowers (I love your last name)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The End Is Never The End

cuz in the end they'll judge me anyway so whatever.

Words of wisdom and my life's motto. Not only do I want to dance by slowly waving my hands in the air with my eyes closed, but I feel a rush of independence when it's randomly selected on my iPod. Such a shame he's coming to perform at my school in 2 weeks and I won't get to see him: sorry, it was necessary to end my academic career with a bang (Lady G). Kid Cudi moved to Brooklyn at 20 years old to pursue his music career. Not a doubt in my mind that he was in an Empire State of Mind. So Jay-Z... step out the way. Which leaves me with one obvious thing to say: I will run into this man on the moon when I move out to New York this summer in one of the many American Apparel stores.

1. Rage with and drape on Kid Cudi
2. Judge others along side of Kid Cudi
3. Drink Red Stripe with Kid Cudi
4. Find a job
5. Find an apartment

Birth name: Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi. Where did the Kid come from? I won't be able to sleep until I can speak to Cudi personally on the phone to ask why. Oh I kid, i kid. But really....

Monday, March 8, 2010

Control Yourself

all along the western front
people line up to receive
she got the current in her hand
just shock you like you won't believe
sun in the amazon
with the voltage running through her skin
standing there with nothing on
she gonna teach me how to swim

Both MGMT and Passion Pit make me utterly excited to hop on my Southwest flight, rudely push through people in the airport, and sink into my lawn chair in the Arizona sun draped in tanning oil, aviators, and a bandeau swimsuit. From their fashion to song, both make me question whether or not I'm living in year 2010. They are trickster figures in today's music industry: leaving us to question what we thought was quite obvious.

MGMT: “It just came from us hanging out, messing around, making songs. After a while we had two or three songs, and then it was four, and then at some point we just kind of realized we had a band. Without ever actually deciding to form a band.” Talent.

Passion Pit:
"They began as a one-man project of singer and songwriter Michael Angelakos to produce a Valentine's Day gift his girlfriend. The gift soon wound up in the hands of friends and acquaintances, who were enthralled with the work." Talent.

Inspiration, for me, comes from those who don't just try, but do.