Playlist: Summer Vacation 2013

Posted on 29, Jul

Summer has arrived and that can only mean one thing: vacation time! I love hopping in the car with snacks and sodas in hand, venturing to the unknown, and carelessly spending money on regrettable souvenirs. To help me along the way, I have to have some tunes. So here are some of my top picks for a vacation mix.

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Earlier this year, I ceased working at the Glen Carbon Slackers location and began focusing on writing more reviews for this website. One thing I miss about working at the store is my coworkers. I had some great coworkers who really personified what working as a team really means, and… Hold on… Give me a minute… I always gag a little when I kiss so much a**. But, seriously, I miss those guys. Another thing I miss is getting to listen to different music due to the fact that we took turns putting in cds during our shifts. So I might show up and, depending on who was working, I’d hear The Beatles followed by Metallica and then someone would throw on Massive Attack. Here are some albums that make me think of a few of my coworkers.

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Honey, disconnect the phone. Doesn’t have a point of view; knows not where he’s going to. Coo coo ka-choo. In high school, I wrote a 25-page research paper on The Beatles. The paper was only supposed to be 20 pages, but I managed a cool 25. Didn’t even mess with the font to make the paper appear longer than it actually was. What you can’t tell is that I typed that sentence with a certain amount of pride, as evidenced by me straightening up in my chair and the cocky grin that spread across my face. It’s the little things in life, really.

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Hell hath no fury like an Apple scorned. No, I’m not referring to the late Steve Jobs. I’m talking about Fiona Apple. For me, she is a rare talent. I find that most artists or bands strike gold with their first albums and then sort of fall flat for the next few. I find that with Apple, however, I like each new album a little more than the last. She can be feisty, heartbroken, in love, definitely not in love, bitter and sentimental all in one album. She has released three studio albums: Tidal, When the Pawn…, and Extraordinary Machine. Her fourth studio album, The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (yep, that’s the complete title) will be released on June 19, 2012.

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Few things are more thrilling than being in the middle of an exceptionally rowdy concert. The tidal energy, the ocean of sound, the wave of sweat from people who are far more into the band than you are: these are the things that make concerts such attractive events. But what if you don’t have the income to spend buckets of cash on a concert? For teenagers, college students, or, in my case, people who just can’t manage money all that well, the answer lies in the live album.

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I Get a Kick Out of Cullum

Posted on 15, Mar

Just recently I’ve become hooked on Jamie Cullum. I mean, what’s not to love? He’s a jazzy, poppy, bluesy dude who covers everyone from Rihanna to Jeff Buckley. But he’s not cover artist. His original songs hold their own against the covers. He sings, plays piano, plays guitar and sometimes provides his own beat on the drums. If you haven’t given this talented Brit a chance, I suggest that you do. He’s got a little something for everyone.

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