EP Review: “Vintersjäl / Cold Outside” by Anette Olzon

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I’ve been wondering why I love international music so much! Music overseas is sort of different than it is over here in the states. We’re not as open to different genres. I always look past that, I look for what kind of music they make, how they sound, etc. I’ve even gotten to the point where I’m fine with all the different languages. I may not understand a word they are saying, but since I only look at how the song sounds as a whole, it’s not a barrier as it is with others.

Anette Olzon has been a favorite of mine since 2012, I found the Nightwish album “Imaginearum” very interesting and her voice was beautiful, very angelic! And then she left the band and my first thought, “Oh no!” I started keeping up with her blog and listened to her debut album “Shine” as soon as it hit Spotify. I always look forward to the things she does, whether it’s music or not. She’s super friendly to her fans.

When she announced that she was releasing an EP of two versions of the same song, I was so unbelievably excited! The EP is called “Vintersjäl / Cold Outside” and it was released digitally, so it’s only on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, and Amazon.

When it finally popped up on my Spotify, I was so happy! I immediately listened to the English version first, but after a couple of days I finally got a chance to hear the Swedish version and I’m not going to lie, I liked “Vintersjäl” better! Here’s the reason why: normally if a song has two versions of the same song, the beat isn’t that much different, but for this song it is! I found “Vintersjäl” to be a little more symphonic rock sounding. I remember a post she had wrote last year on her blog about writing a song in her native language, but she was afraid it sounded too corny than writing one in English. Ever since I read that I’ve always been curious of what she meant, because again I don’t know Swedish but I still loved it!

The English version is called “Cold Outside” and I found Anette’s voice so beautiful in this song, the lyrics and meaning of it are so good! The beat is like I said, different from the first. This one is like a mixture of pop-rock; it’s got some keyboards notes, that makes it more poppy but it has some good rock moments in too! I don’t want to say it has some electronica elements to it, because I’d feel too many would be scared by that. It does have an interesting vibe behind it.

Have you heard of Anette’s new EP yet? What are your thoughts about it?

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Music Haul | Rock & EDM

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Hey guys!

Earlier this month, I had a dentist appointment. It was only a cleaning and I have to say, things went better than expected, like seriously! I was still pretty nervous about the whole thing, but since I knew what to expect (meaning the shots) I was actually a lot calmer. I didn’t react like I had when it was over, I even left my dad in the room! So far, nobody has told me that they like the shots! Even the woman who cleaned my own teeth said she didn’t like them either!

This time everything was fast paced, for one thing the medicine they had given me like the last time, worked a little better! I was way more relaxed than before, but I had also spent three hours awake I was already feeling sleepy on my own. This is was just making things that much better! Anyways, like I said things went by faster. We didn’t have to deal with the X-Rays and checking out each tooth on both sides. She still did that, but it wasn’t as intensive as before. I still had my iPod and headphones on, even though I could barely hear it. I did get through like five Evanescence songs, so I was good! I figured if I listened to any of my symphonic metal bands then they would basically relax me. In the last two times, I’ve almost fallen asleep on her because I wasn’t feeling anything and my medicine kicked in!

When my sister and I were kids, everytime we had doctor’s appointment, more importantly about our eyes or teeth. If we did very well then we were rewarded. Bribing 101 folks! Well apparently, this still works! I was already in talks with my dad about him taking me to the Record Cellar there in town afterwards, but we weren’t going to decide anything until they figured out how I could deal with the numbness of my mouth and if I was exhausted or not.

I honestly don’t remember much of the appointment. When it was done I was still in good spirits. I had something to look forward to, I wasn’t going to let my emotions or tiredness stop me! So we left to go to this record cellar and I was very happy, because we were in a part of town that we rarely visit. It’s has the vibe of the old neighborhood before it expanded. There was a building that had old paint faded on the side, it was still readable. The shops were modern, but this was classic. The one bad thing about this place is that it’s not handicap accessible. However, we usually bring the push wheelchair with us and since it’s lightweight (even with my butt in it!) my parents could lift it up the two steps. I wasn’t necessarily prepared going into this place. My dreams didn’t even come close to the inside of this sucker!

When you first walk inside, it was like walking into Hot Topic at the mall every time we go; it felt like home to me. I was expecting to see more vinyls than CDs but in a way, I liked it better that way! My dad was busy most of the time talking to the owner while my poor mom pushed me through every corner of the store. The best way to describe the walls are what I hope I can do with my bedroom one day. Every open area of the place was covered with different posters of both classic rock bands like Nirvana, Motorhead, Motley Crue, I even saw a Purple Rain era poster on the ceiling! Of course you had the modern, popular bands and artists of today like Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Halestorm, and Linkin Park.

I wasn’t even looking at the CDs yet, I was too busy distracted at all these posters and seeing who all I recognized and then we found these wooden boxes full of CDs that I have to say were better categorized than Wal-Mart where they’re all over the place! They had them alphabetical and only in two groups “pop/rock” but they also had different areas for Jazz, Rap/Hip Hop, and the new releases. My mom and I were too busy in the back that I actually missed the new releases section!

The first CD I found was Eyes Set To Kill’s album “Masks” it came out in 2014 and I have to say, this album was so good! It was also $5.55 which was the cheapest one I bought! Second was In This Moment’s “Black Widow” and I think this was a “try again” deal. I did a review for this album when it came out in late 2014 and honestly didn’t love it as much as “Blood” but my cousin and I had talked about it while she was down for Christmas so I decided to buy it. I kind of regret that decision now. Last one was “Going To Hell” by The Pretty Reckless, this one and ESTK’s album I can listen from first to last without skipping. I also bought two other albums, but they had to be ordered. They were “Skrillex and Diplo Presents Jack Ü” by Jack Ü and then “Peace Is The Mission” by Major Lazer.

All in all, I spent $80 of my Christmas money at this place! My parents weren’t too surprised on that price considering they know my history! However, since I didn’t bring up this whole “go to record place after the dentist” until we were actually in the waiting room, so I didn’t bring my purse! Hence why I didn’t get a picture of that building when we were first there! So my dad had to pay for me, but I paid him back and I just gave him the whole $100 and he gave me $10 back. Now they’re saying “start saving up so you can go back.” It’s a good thing I agreed to teach my nana how to do her camera because I’ll be able to go back sooner than later! I’m already getting started on my next batch that I want. I’m thinking some more pop this time around; I will buy Adele’s album and do an album review!

Before we left, the owner gave us a Winter Sampler from RoadRunner Records. It’s got new tracks from Killswitch Engage, The Amity Affliction, and Wild Throne. We listened to it on the way home that day. My dad said he’s a little addicted to it, so if I find it missing in a couple of days I’ll know which parent has it. My mom’s supposed to get her subs and new radio put into her car soon. The new radio that my dad got her for Christmas, it doesn’t allow CDs so at least I won’t have to worry about her stealing my music anytime soon! When we went back to the dentist two days after the girl who cleaned my teeth asked if we went and when my mom said “yes and she spent $80” we all kind of laughed. I had a smirk on my face! I couldn’t help it. Well, I could but that wouldn’t be as fun!

Am I a crazy music fan or what? You can be honest! Is there any music you think I should get as a “curious” buy the next time I go? 

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Happy Birthday Blondie!

Howdy!

So I wasn’t going to even blog today, but I thought this was a special occasion. I needed to do something nice for my sister’s big day!

Today my little sister turns 21! We can both drink together! However I was told that she can’t exactly drink with her medication she’s on right now. So that part kind of sucks.  There are other ways to celebrate birthdays without alcohol. I guess, I could get a tub of chocolate ice cream? Or we could watch the High School Musical Reunion together, but I’m kind of running out of things to do with her!

It’s kind of difficult to talk about how much my sister means to me. Mostly because she sort of puts up this emotionless wall like I do. We’d rather not feel any kind of emotions. Anyways, I do remember when I was a freshman (and I hope I haven’t talked about this on here!) I took P.E. and I couldn’t do some of the activities that the other students could do, so I would borrow one of the other girls to do an activity with me instead. Some of these girls hated whenever I picked them because they would show it “silently” on their faces. Anyways one of these girls got on the subject of our siblings, and I started talking about Blondie. At this time, she was still in elementary school and I was basically bragging about her, how awesome she was when we were kids; what she does when somebody stares too much at me and all that. I wish I could remember how we ended our conversation.

I love you so much Blondie and I’m happy to be your big sister!


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Sorry I couldn’t hold it much longer. I’m lucky I got through four days with only telling one person! I wasn’t originally going to include it in the same post either, but I didn’t want to wait for two weeks for an open spot!

Yeah, you read that picture right!

I got this random text message from her saying “so Brandon and I are engaged!! Don’t tell dad” Monday night. They were supposed to come down the night before, but dad was mad at her about a gift that she got early, no she’s not pregnant! I’ll explain in a couple of days I promise! Anyways, I kept my end of the deal and kept my mouth shut even though it was all over Facebook and she has quite a few of his friends on it. We’re all surprised nobody told him after seeing that status!

They wanted dad’s blessing! My dad didn’t know that was the reason they were coming down, so dad had him fix a few things on my TV. According to dad, the dude looked like he was going to have a nervous breakdown! He did give his blessing though, because I somewhat heard it and I immediately texted my sister because she and mom went over to drop off food for my nana and papaw or something. I told her “He asked, so far so good!” I don’t know which one I was more proud of, because that’s a big thing for both of them!

I did pretty good as far as handling emotions. That is, until my mom went and babbled that she was going to ask me to be her maid of honor. Now I got told not to tell our dad that he had already purposed and she sent that text out to both mom and I, and mom still babbled to me about this maid of honor stuff because “she couldn’t help herself, it was too exciting!” I’m still a bit weirded out mostly because she could have her close friends have this and she chose me. I know it’s an important role, but still I just don’t think I’m cut out for the job just because I’m the sister. I don’t know, it’s only been four days and I could like it instead of being the bridezella. Like my mom said, I get to plan the bridal shower! 😉

She already has a color theme: gray and pink. Our dad can wear a dorag (bandana) on his head as long as it’s in one of those colors! He’s already allowed to bring his motorcycle too! I’m comfortable with wearing a dress, but we’re going to have some serious chats about how pink these bridesmaid dresses will be, because I hate the color pink! They’ve even decided on a date sometime in October 2017! If you have advice to the happy couple and/or have any comforting words for me and my insecurities, I could use them too! Thanks!

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Music Video Review: “Be Together” by Major Lazer ft. Wild Belle

Well…

Ever feel like after you watch something, you need a cold shower or maybe a cigarette? I don’t smoke, but I definitely need a cold shower asap!

That was sexy!

I’ve been trying to tell myself that nobody is going to look “cooler” on a motorcycle than my dad and his friends. Yeah, I watched this and that went right over my head! I tried to be strong, but I didn’t last very long and as much as I don’t want my mom to discover anything Major Lazer or Diplo related because she’ll just takeover and I’ll lose them for good. I kind of want her to watch this. She’ll agree with me on the fact that was just, yeah you get the point!

Moving on! I had to look back at my review of the album and this song “Be Together” to see if my views have changed after a few months of listening to it (and finally purchasing it!) and I’m happy to say I might be a little bit more in love with it now then before! It was pretty good! I liked the “dark” theme of everybody walking together along the road, it kind of gave me this hippie feeling while watching it. I know that’s strange, but the dry plains around just did that for me! It was a different kind of music video.

I have been watching less and less music videos on YouTube because sometimes the message is hard to figure out. This one was fairly simple.  When you’re going riding around on a motorcycle, don’t bring a hot girl–just kidding! No laughing matter, you should always wear senseable gear: most importantly a helmet! Both of my parents like to drive around and go to rallies, but they always wear a helmet even if it ruins their hair! My mom also doesn’t wear flip flops either! Just some helpful tips for you riders!

Have you seen Major Lazer’s new music video for “Be Together” yet? Do you like it or not?

 

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REVIEW | Shadowhunters

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So I don’t know why I decided to record and watch Freeform’s Shadowhunters but I did. In some ways, after I found out they were coming out with a TV show inspired by Cassandra Clare’s series called The Mortal Instruments. I was mad at myself because I’ve been meaning to read the series since I watched the movie, but I haven’t been able to. Anyways, if you haven’t read the books, watched the film and TV show versions but thinking about it, you might want to take a rain check reading this post! Because there will be spoilers and comparisons discussed below!

First let’s talk about the movie!

I actually loved The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones a lot! I have a love/hate relationship with movies being inspired by books I’ve never read especially if they’re part of the supernatural kind of genre. I remember watching the film wondering more about Jocelyn (Lena Headley) and Valentine’s (Jonathon Rhys Meyers) world. Where did they originate? You know a backstory to get familiar with to see what we’re dealing with beforehand, however in a way I think of how Clary (Lily Collins) found out about her mother and Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and everything about shadowhunters, runes, etc was all needed to start too.

I was very confused about everything that was in the film the first time I watched it, but the more I watched and paid attention to the little details of the story and characters the more I liked it. I’ve never watched a film that had demons in at night. This film came out in 2013, I was 23 and still not have watched anything with demons in it at night. I was trying to finish and it got to the part where Clary and Jace were visiting the neighbor below their apartment to see if she knew anything weird about her mom’s past and Dorothea (C.C.H. Pounder) turned into this disgusting demon. It was like 8pm and I was just silently freaking out underneath my covers. It mustn’t been too scary since I watched the whole damn thing in one setting!

Let’s talk about the first episode now!

Okay, I don’t know what Clary’s hair in the book but can I say how annoying and orange this girl’s hair is?!?! Gosh, I’m starting to sound like my old art teacher!  Other than that, she’s not bad. There are some scenes where I thought were too much and yet some were so good that I actually felt her emotion. Jace is going to be a character that’s going to drive me nuts. The “new” Clary Fray is played by Katherine McNamara and Jace Wayland is played by Dominic Sherwood. I already don’t like the chemistry between these two. I like the new layout of the characters cover story this time around. Clary is applying for colleges for art school and Luke is a police officer. Despite the fact the beginning shows Jocelyn trying to call Luke, there’s no real connection between them in front of the audience.

Anyways, I recorded the first episode four days after it premiered. Despite my opinions on the actors, I was very pleased with the ending result. The whole episode is an hour long, and even though I was skipping through my commercials to see what would happen next, there wasn’t anything that would grab at me. I do what to see what happens in this week, so I’ve decided to tape it because it was on the same time as Agent Carter.  I’m still trying to get through the second episode right now!

All right time for some notes:

  • I still prefer Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathon Rhys Meyers, and Robert Sheehan as Jace, Valentine and Simon.
  • The club scene was better in the movie, especially the way everybody was dressed. Dark colors and goth vibes. Heavy metal sound, my kind of nightclub honestly!
  • Clary and Simon’s friendship felt more real in the film, adding a third into their scenes was a bad choice.
  • As for the special effects, they looked more realistic in the film. They’re just awful on the show! Those spheres look too Star Wars like.
  • The demons are scary as hell on both, but worse on the show!
  • The first episode seemed to rushed in the beginning, it’s an hour show, you can take your time and leave certain stuff off, especially if you’ve already seen it in the movie!
  • Is Luke a demon in the show?
  • This new Valentine reminds of Hugh Jackman when he shaved his head for the film Pan. 

Reminder: Please don’t rip me apart with this review, I mean it’s all my opinion! If they would have kept it in film format we wouldn’t be having this bit right now. So what are your thoughts? What did you like or didn’t like about the first episode? 

 

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