Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Music Videos I Love

Over the past week or so, I've been watching a ton of music videos on youtube and I thought I would share them with you!
Here we go!
First up we have The Best Thing (That Never Happened) by We Are The In Crowd
Amazing song, awesome band, and a kick ass video.

Next up we have Bad Girls Club by Falling in Reverse
I want to not like this band, but I just can help myself. The song is catchy as hell. The video is a bit goofy, but definitely worth checking out!

The final video is actually a parody of Lorde's song Royals done by Bart Baker. 
I'll post the original video first followed by the parody.
The orginal video is so lame for such a good song.  The parody is just fucking hilarious.
I hope you guys enjoy these videos and have a wonderful day!
Peace, Love, Music<3

Where did the time go?

Long time no see my lovely blogger friends! I'm sorry I've neglected this blog, but it's time for a catch up!
So, what have I been up to?
Way back in July I went with my mom to Tulsa's new free music festival, the Center of the Universe Festival!
Escaping the heat in the Vanguard"s bathroom.
It was an amazing festival!  The bands that we went to see were Ok Go and Neon Trees
Ok Go
Neon Trees
Neon Trees
If you want to see more of my photos from the festival, just click the link here!

Not long after that, I went with my mom to the Rock Allegiance Tour featuring Airbourne, All That Remains, HIM, and Volbeat.
Before the concert
During the Concert
Me acting like a goof ass in the venue's bathroom mirror!
All That Remains
All That Remains
For more pictures from this event, click this link!

Then at the beginning of October, I met up with my friend Rachael to go see All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, and A Day To Remember on the House Party Tour.
Before the Concert
During the Concert
Pierce the Veil
All Time Low
A Day To Remember
A Day To Remember fucking killed it! Their effects were amazing.  Probably one of the best concerts I have been to in quite a while!
For pictures from this show click this link!

Later that same month, I went to see Taking Back Sunday with Rachael and her friend Sarah.

I also finished up my 5th semester of college!  And I made 2 pretty amazing friends along the way, Kindra and DJ

It's been a pretty damn good year!
If you are interested in my photography, it would mean a lot to me if you would check out my Flickr.
I love you guys so much, and I will hopefully get more posts up soon!
Peace, Love, Music<3

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Growing of Bands

It was a day like any other day.  I awoke at the crack of noon and staggered down the hall in desperate search of coffee.  I collected my cup of joe and retrieved my phone from it's place on the charger.  As always, I began to scroll through my Twitter feed as if it were the morning paper.  In my half coherent reading, I come across this tweet from Ronnie Radke (former Escape the Fate/ current Falling in Reverse):
 I'm not sure what spawned this tweet, but it did get me thinking.  
Why do fans not always want a band to get bigger/ more famous?  I think there are several answers.
I don't feel like many fans dislike the success of the band out of pure selfishness, although there will always be people who will point out to anyone who will listen that they "liked the band BEFORE they were famous" (insert hipster joke here).  It seems to me that fans dislike it when there favorite bands hit the big time because of quality and price.

It's no secret that sometimes, when bands get signed to a larger label or gain more fame for whatever reason, the quality of the music they produce can suffer.  It's no longer about being progressive, new, original, or exciting, and more about making something that will please the general public.  They may not even sound like the same band as before.  For the people that love their music style, this change can be rather disappointing.

Not only does the quality of the music suffer, but often the quality of the attitude of the musicians themselves declines as well.  They are no longer the same humble people that fans connected with.  They can become rude and arrogant with a new found sense of entitlement and morals that receded faster than a middle aged mans hairline.  This is not the standard and is not true of all bands that "make it" but it does happen.

One pretty bit reason that some fans (myself included) are disappointed by fame is a rise in price in a bands concert tickets, merch, etc.  Don't get me wrong.  It is not that bands don't deserve the money, because they do!  They kick their asses making music and touring and they deserve it.  They've grown, they have more fans than ever before, and they have to move from performing in smaller, cheaper venues, to bigger more expensive ones. This means that more people get to experience this bands music.  It also means that their ticket prices go from the $20 to $30 range and sky rocket into the $40 to $100 dollar range.  And that makes sense.  The venue is bigger, therefore the tickets are more expensive.   But when you're a 20 something individual who is going to college and not really making much bank, paying for a $50 concert ticket can be as difficult and painful as pulling teeth.

We love our bands and we want to see them live SO BADLY.  We want to have that experience of listening to our favorite songs performed straight from the individuals that made them.  We want to be in the crowd that is packed elbow to asshole where everyone is sweaty and disheveled and so fucking happy there that they don't even care.  It's that natural high that can only be found in live music.

It's so nice when all your favorite bands are all playing affordable size venues because that means that when there are 6 concerts you want to go to booked back to back to back, you can actually GO TO THEM ALL.  Fuck yes, touchdown, winner winner chicken dinner, bring in the dancing lobsters.  But when there are that many in a row that are crazy expensive, it's a tough one.  You have to pick which one you can afford to see and hope that the others swing back through your town again in the future.

It's not that we don't want our favorite bands to succeed.  We do!  We love them.  We think they are the absolute shit.  Their music makes us feel something.  We connect to it in a way that makes us feel like we are not alone.  We want these bands that we love to make it to the fucking top.  We want the whole world to listen to their music and feel what we feel.  We just hope that on the way up, they don't forget who they are or where they started.  We hope that they don't loose that love for their fans that is only paralleled by the fans love for their music.  We hope they don't fall into a life of excess where money is more important than what they do to earn it.  We pray like hell that that life of excess doesn't take their lives like it has so many before them.  We want to see them live without having to sell our first born child to pay for the ticket.  And when they do begin to play these large, expensive venues, we hope that they don't forget about the fans that couldn't afford to get in: the ones who would be there if they could, the ones who are sitting outside the venues on the sidewalk, or in their cars with the windows rolled down listening to the music through the walls and singing along to every word. 

I know this is a long post, but I really wanted to get my thoughts about this out.  Remember that these are only my opinions.

Peace, Love, Music<3

Friday, July 26, 2013

We Can't Stop

Most of you have probably seen (or at least heard about) Miley Cyrus' new song and video We Can't Stop.  The song is actually not too bad to listen to, but the video is CRAZY as hell!
The original music video.

After watching it, I saw that some of my favorite YouTubers had made some pretty fantastic parodies of this song and video.
Shane Dawson's parody.

Bart Baker's parody.

I found both to be incredibly funny and thought that I would share them with you guys!
Enjoy! :)
Peace, Love, Music<3

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tulsa Hoodie March

In light of the George Zimmerman trial several protest and marches have been and will be popping up all across the country.
One of those places is here in Tulsa Oklahoma.
On Thursday, July 18 there will be a hoodie march at Tulsa City Council.
The march is open to anyone and everyone who wants to call on the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder to press federal civil rights violation charges against Zimmerman.
Those who attend the march are asked to wear a hoodie, do not shout, do not bring or carry signs, and just be silent.
It is to be a peaceful demonstration of unity.
"Injustice anywhere, should affect all of us everywhere."

Peace, Love, Music <3
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

Today in Florida, George Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTY in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
It appears the justice system has failed once again.
My thoughts, heart, and prayers are with Trayvons family.
Hoodies up

*This is not something I would normally post and is only an opinion*

Peace, Love, Music<3
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church to protest Attila Concert

Notorious hate group Westboro Baptist Church has announced their plans to protest an Attila concert on July 23, 2013 after lead singer Chris Fronzak called them out in the bands song "Callout".  In the song, Fronzak states:
"Hey westboro basptist. 
Fuck you too, come and protest this dick. 
The song is off the bands new album "About That Life"
In response, Westboro posted several tweets stating their intentions:

The tweets were accompanied by this lovely photo:

Fronzak and the band responded with their own tweets:

I cannot wait to see how this goes down. This is gonna be one hell of a protest!
Being a christian, I CANNOT stand Westboro.  They give baptists and all other christian's a bad name.  What these people do is nothing but pure hate and absolutely unacceptable. 
Give 'em hell boys!!
Peace, Love, Music<3

Monday, June 3, 2013

R.I.P Mick Morris

Former 18 Visions bassist Mick Morris (aka Mick Deth) passed away in his sleep on June 2, 2013 due to a pre-existing heart condition.
He leaves behind his partner Ashley and son Jude.
R.I.P Mick, you will be missed :(
Peace, Love, Music<3

Motionless In White A.M.E.R.I.C.A.

Motionless In White released the music video for their song A.M.E.R.I.C.A today!
It's only available on vevo so I can only post the link;

They've been building up the release on twitter and I was seriously excited to see it!  As usual, they did not disappoint.  The video has a circus/sideshow setting that really helps embody the message of the song.  And of course they did it up in signature dark Motionless In White fashion!
The video was directed by M. Shawn Crahan, aka "Clown" from Slipknot, and features New Years Day singer Ashley Costello.
I hope everyone one enjoys!  Feel free to let me know what your thoughts are on this video in the comments below!
Peace, Love, Music<3

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hawthorne Heights Charge Photographers for Work

Rock band Hawthorne Heights posted on their website today an "opportunity" for photographers and fans.

"Are you an aspiring photographer? Come take pictures of us all day at Warped Tour! We will provide you with the access, and experience you need. We will also take your pictures and put them on our Instagram page, and give you full credit for it. This is a great package for anyone who loves taking pictures, whether its for a hobby or professionally."                                (Source:
The catch? The photographer pays the band $150 for this "opportunity".  This is a new low in terms of photographers (and fans) being taken advantage of.  Photographers work hard to not only get excellent shots, but also edit them to perfection so that the subject of the photo (in this case the band) looks their absolute best and will be happy with the outcome.  To expect a photographer to pay you for their work is ridiculous.  Getting experience is great, but there are better ways to get it than to pay for it.
Fans, photographers (professional or aspiring) unite and boycott.

*UPDATE: Hawthorne Heights has since removed the package from their site and posted a public apology on their facebook.
Peace, Love, Music<3 

Friday, May 10, 2013

What I'm Reading

These past few weeks there has been one book series that I am absolutely OBSESSED with.
The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.
So far I have read the first three books and am currently working on the 4th.
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
This whole series is absolutely amazing!  When I first decided to read the series, I was skeptical.  I thought "Oh great, another vampire romance book series".  But I had to give it a try.  I was shocked.  This book is, of course, a vampire romance, but that is not all that it is.  Each book is incredibly suspenseful, witty, and smart.  They are truly a joy to read.
I highly recommend this series to anyone.

Peace, Love, Music<3 

Catch Up

It's been quite awhile since I last posted, I've kinda missed it!  I have quite a few ideas rattling around in this head of mine, but while I work on them I thought I would catch you up on some of what has been going on with me!
The past few weeks have been quite hectic as I prepared for finals.  One of my professors gave us the opportunity to not take one of her test if we visited the Aphrodite exhibit that was at one of our local museums.  Being someone who does not particularly like test (seriously, who does?) I jumped at the opportunity.  And while I was there I took a few pics in front of the beautiful old home that is the museum.

Don't you just love my super sophisticated attire? :P
 Other random pictures from that day:

During finals week, my finals fell at weird times, leaving me with tons of time in between.  Boredom led me to take my first public bathroom mirror selfie.  Aren't you just so proud?
The day of my last final, my mom and I went shopping so I could give her an idea of what I want for my 20th birthday (which is this Monday, and I am so excited!!)
Here is my outfit from that:

I'm actually kinda sad that this semester is over.  I've made so many new friends that I love and can't wait to hang out with this summer. :)

I hope everyone is doing well!
Peace, Love, Music<3

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Black Craft Clothing

A month or so ago I was killing time online and came across a fairly new clothing company, Black Craft.
Click the image above to go to the site.
I started looking through their site and found several things I was interested in.  The one that I wanted the most (the 'Within a Dream' shirt) was not in stock in my size at the time, so I went for my second favorite, Spell Caster!
I don't have a photo of myself wearing the shirt, so here is the image from their site.
The shirt arrived quickly and I couldn't be more pleased with it!  The material of the shirt is absolutely wonderful.  It's so soft and comfortable.
A few weeks later, I was on the site again (yes, yes, I DO have an online shopping addiction) and discovered that the other shirt that I wanted had been restocked and they had my size!  I couldn't resist and had to make the Edgar Allan Poe 'Within a Dream' shirt mine!
Here is the shirt front and back!
This one was just as soft and well made as the other.  I'm seriously in love with this brand!
Here are all of their links:
Twitter: @BlackCraftCult

Peace, Love, Music<3