Music | Best Of 2015


Hey guys!

It’s Tuesday, which is normally one of my music days of the week! 2015 was full of a lot of music for me. I always feel like I consume a lot of music but I definitely feel it all more starting like the 26th of December. I start to really think about the songs and artists I’ve listened to in the year. After getting out of the rock scene and transitioning into my mini pop phase I tend to go into after every five years is up. I’m not kidding, it happens everytime I get out of a genre. I was hooked to One Direction for seven months before the end of January came and then I found my next phase: EDM.

In my previous music related posts, I’ve explained that I’ve always been into dance music. I liked trance growing up and then dubstep after Blondie suggested I listened to Skrillex in 2011. Now I’ve been really committed to learning more genres in the electric dance world like moombahton and trap music, but it seems like I’ll be going at this a slow pace as those are the only two that I’ve really enjoyed lately. I still don’t like a lot of house music, it’s too boring for me! I started off my year listening to Dillon Francis, Alesso, Krewella, Yellow Claw, Jack Ü (which gave way to Diplo), Major Lazer, and Flosstradamus. In all honestly, there was more but this is all I could think of at the moment.

What’s really funny is that I thought I’d only listen to EDM for only a short time, maybe a few months as I was only listening to find a song that was basically fading from my memory. That came back to bite me in the butt, as I couldn’t tear myself away from anything Diplo – I didn’t know he produced Madonna’s album when I first heard it. It was already on my radar before that started so lay off me! When I first heard “Living For Love” I was actually listening to Prince’s single “This Could B Us” and because I am my mother’s daughter I ended up liking both of them at the same time.  I didn’t think I’d ever fall in love with a Madonna album as much as I have with “Rebel Heart” and I’m still trying to convert my mom but she has decided to take this time to listen to more rock music as I’m not as interested with it right now.

Whenever I get into a different music scene, I tend to want to everything and almost anything in that scene. I mean, the skull obsession I have is definitely from listening to too much heavy metal on full blast! However, I’m not into the crazy lifestyle of ravers. I’d rather go rock concerts any day and I find this shocking because I love a lot of bass but I don’t ever want to go to an EDM festival. The ones I’ve managed to find on YouTube is good enough for me! My neck and hips have been hurting me like they would if I sat in my chair with a bunch of crazies, at least this way I don’t have to worry about running over anybody’s feet in the process!

I tried to count all of the albums and EPs that I’ve listened to this year and I think it was like 32 altogether! After I got down counting them I thought to myself and went “no wonder my brain feels like it’s about to explode!” I listened to more EPs than I had thought I would. When they switched days of new releases to Friday, I’ve had to be a little bit more patient as I really liked it better when everything came out on a Tuesday. It was the day after Monday (we all hate Mondays!) and it just made me happy to be able to have new music to hear all week long. Now that it switched to Friday, I saw the positive in the fact that Friday’s are considered “paydays” but I don’t like the wait clearly.

My favorite EPs were:

“Holy Water” by Laurel
“Mine” by Phoebe Ryan
“Francesco Yates” by Francesco Yates
“This Mixtape Is Fire” by Dillon Francis
“Up In Flames” by Ruelle.

As far as favorite albums go:

“Run” by Alison Wonderland
“Skrillex and Diplo Presents Jack Ü” by Jack Ü
“Into The Sun” by Bassnectar
“Peace Is The Mission” by Major Lazer
“Take It Like A Man” by Butcher Babies
“Revival” by Selena Gomez
“Club Life Vol. 4” by Tiesto
“Chapter One” by Ella Henderson
“General Admission” by Machine Gun Kelly
“Get Weird” by Little Mix
“Malviolence” by New Years Day
“Stereotypes” by Black Violin

I did a lot of different reviews this year that I’ve been very proud of lately! If you would like to read any of those, they have their own page on here! Just click “Reviews” under the “Music” tab at top! I’m hoping to continue to do more of those in 2016 and I’m slowly getting arrangements to do my annual summer travels for helping you to discover new music that you may not have heard before. I have a two pages of my daily planner of countries and artists/bands to focus on! I’m actually excited about it! Of course, those will start up in May 2016!

What did you listen to in 2015? What genre were you just stuck on? What album was your favorite?

Music Video Review: “World Series” by Machine Gun Kelly

This might surprise you, but I actually don’t listen to a lot of rap. I really try my hardest to stay away from it. I used to like it as a kid and during my teenage years (I swear it was because of a boy). My sister is very much into rap music, we get it from our mother! She grew up in the 80’s, let that be your hint to our childhood! Anyways, I can remember one time our parents drove us to the mall for a day of shopping, my sister was busy watching a music video on YouTube and I saw this rapper, she told me his name was Machine Gun Kelly. I’ll be honest I thought he was cute, I mean who wouldn’t? I just thought I’d only watch the video and that was it. Nope, fast forward to maybe two years later and I find MYSELF looking up his music on Spotify and YouTube because my sister had been playing his debut album like crazy. I wanted to see what the mess was about I guess!

I’ve watched WAYYY too many tour videos up on YouTube late at night. I also went on a binge for a week, listened to that first album for three days straight. Nobody knew because of my trustee headphones. And then I heard his second album was finally being released. As my sister was generally more excited about Demi Lovato’s album coming out that second to last week of October, I was trying to contain my excitement for MGK’s album “General Admission” and it took me a whole 8 hours to finally listen to it because everybody wanted to sleep and I didn’t necessarily want to listen through my headphones! So technically it’s my own fault! I have to say the album was really great! I was really surprised at myself for giving it a shot. I had plans to do a review but I opted out of that again. I’m sorry!

I’ve been trying to figure out if I wanted to talk about this song or do a music video review instead. So when I saw this one floating around on Facebook and that’s how I made my decision. Before I go into this, the song “World Series” isn’t one of my favorites but the music video for it was interesting. Something that I’ve noticed that MGK’s music videos are different from other rap videos. There’s some kind of story behind it. This one has a short movie kind of feel to it. I don’t watch a lot of boxing/UFC type of sports on TV. I was never into that stuff even though I support Ronda Rousey. The whole concept is a little weird for me, but having a boxing and the title of the song, that went well together. I didn’t think they should have added the car with him and a bunch of girls. That was an unnecessary addition to it, but other than that it was really good.

Are you a fan of MGK? What did you think of his new album and this new music video?