Falling asleep at a concert (or several)

Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center concert

I’m one of those people who can fall asleep anywhere if I’m tired enough. I guess that comes from being the youngest of four kids and being used to plenty of noise. I’ve fallen asleep in cars, buses, hospital waiting rooms, classrooms (of course) and this past summer I added concerts to the list.

After a long day of listening to bands outside during FYF, I had to curl up on a blanket and get some shut eye. I rested while My Bloody Valentine played, which I felt bad about because they’re one of my boyfriend’s favorite bands. Then I ended up losing my glasses. Karma, maybe? Hmm. No, that doesn’t make sense. I wasn’t hurting anyone. I just need to be more careful about setting down my glasses while napping.

Next up, I crashed during Outkast’s set at Coachella. That was the same situation as FYF. I was curled in a ball on a blanket at a big, long outdoor concert. I missed Usher’s guest performance, so that was a bit of a bummer.

More recently, I was mostly successful in staying awake at a Tycho show. Paul and I won tickets to the show from KCRW. Thanks favorite radio station! I appreciated it, honest. I just stayed up too late the night before and forgot that sometimes I just can’t hang. Same thing happened when we saw DIIV at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. I was awake enough to get pictures of the last one at least. (See below.)

DIIV

Tomorrow night I’m going to see Panda Bear with my boyfriend in LA. I promise myself I won’t stay up late tonight and hopefully I won’t be tempted to get any shut eye during the show because I’ll definitely regret that later.

Tell me, have you fallen asleep anywhere weird?

Lykke Li: “Little Bit”

You know those songs that you get under your skin and make you feel like you just have to hear again and again. Those are my favorite kind.

I’ve got another one of those for you today. This song “Little Bit” by Sweden-born singer Lykke Li seems to come on at my office just about everyday, but I haven’t grown tired of it yet. It’s a catchy pop tune about falling in love, so of course it gets to me. I love love and can’t resist a decent love song.

Give it a listen and tell me what you think. The song is off LL’s debut album Youth Novels, which I have yet to listen to in it’s entirety.

Lykke Li – Little Bit from Lykke Li on Vimeo.

Mr. Little Jeans: “Oh Sailor”

When you’re out there on your own, know there’s someone watching over you.

The above lyrics have been in my head for a few days. I find it incredibly comforting. Every time I hear the song “Oh Sailor” by Mr, Little Jeans, aka Norwegian singer Monica Birkenes, I feel a little better about life. The song features children’s voices stringing beautiful words together in a soft blend of pop and gnarled snyths.

I first became a fan of Mr. Little Jeans perform this past summer as part of L.A. area radio station KCRW’s free summer concert series. Aren’t free things the best?

Give “Oh Sailor,” “Good Mistake” and the cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” and tell me what you think. I hope you become a fan too!

2014 books I read: 1-3

Divergent

One of my 24 Before 24 goals is to read at least 14 books. It seems like I’m on track for that goal, although I haven’t been strictly following this list of 14 Books to Read in 2014. So far I’ve knocked two of them off the list and read another that had been sitting on my bookshelf forever, but I hadn’t planned on reading any time soon.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
The dystopian novel about a teenage girl who doesn’t fit in and ends up a hero seemed to be right up my alley from the sound of it. But truth is, it just wasn’t for me. My two sisters, aunt and friends liked it. My mom and one of my other friends didn’t. The book is written well and it’s impressive for a first novel. I’m impressed by anyone who has written a book. It kept me interested, but I didn’t like the characters very much and the violence bothered me. This isn’t to say it wasn’t good, just not something I was into.

Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen
After reading Divergent, I wanted to read something I knew I would enjoy. Memoirs are my favorite types of books, and this one was just as good as any other I’ve read. The author treats each chapter like a short story almost. Not all memoirs are like that and I appreciated her way of story telling. I laughed, cried and learned a little more about the human experience from another person’s perspective.

Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch
I have mixed feelings about this book. As I said before, I’m impressed by anyone who has written a book. I never have and I would like to. Men and Dogs is one of those books that was enjoyable, but I wouldn’t recommend. It’s filled with drama and suspense, which is good in theory. The flawed characters were interesting and relatable. I loved some chapters and didn’t like others. Maybe I was expecting too much out of the characters. They made strange choices and weren’t always likeable, but they’re human beings. We’re all like that.

What have you been reading lately? Anthing you would recommend?

Music Monday: HAIM

HAIM

The Haim sisters know how to rock out and make famous friends. Based on that, I’d say they’re going to make it big soon. Hey, Harry Styles tweeted something like that about the sisters. Just the other day I noticed someone on Twitter said something about Este Haim’s bass face. It seems like that’s something of a meme now. Besides all that, they’re gorgeous talented Los Angeles natives who just got signed with Jay Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation.

I saw them perform at Coachella and in my opinion they are even better live. I wouldn’t have even known to listen to them, but my BF’s sister did. She knows all the cool things before they’re cool. I just thought I would pass the knowledge on.

Get listening. Care to read more? Here’s a SPIN article on the trio.

Image via Billboard.

My first Coachella experiencce

Coachella cuties

I had so much fun going to Coachella with my boyfriend and his sister this past weekend. We left on Friday afternoon and got back Monday. It was cool seeing some of my favorite bands with the biggest music nerds I know. We even saw a few celebrities! Jaden and Willow Smith along with Kylie and Kendall Jenner were standing behind us during Ellie Goulding’s set. That was pretty cool. It’s hard to pick a favorite moment or favorite band. Aloe Blacc, Solange, HAIM, Lorde, Frank Turner and Arcade Fire were all good.

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The in-between time

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“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

I love this quote. I read the book Their Eyes Were Watching God a few years ago for a college English class. To be honest, I didn’t love the book, but I have a feeling if I read it again I might feel differently. That’s what’s great about literature and life. As I grow up I find that I might not like the same things as before because I’m not entirely the same me as before.

I feel as if I’ve figured out what I want in life just a little bit more since the last time I wrote about growing up. My internships are helping with that.

Writing about this just reminded me of how this great professor I had in fall would talk about how the idea of finding out who you are and forming an identity is strange to her. After all, identity is not a static thing. There are aspects of it that can change over time. I wish I could express what she said as well as she did. Hopefully you get what I mean.

A while ago I put together this playlist centered around the idea of “in-between time.” Take it for whatever it means to you. For me, it means being in my 20s, trying to find out what kind of career I want, where I want to live, when to get married and other big things like that.

You can listen to the playlist above, or listen on your Spotify player by clicking here.

I’m going to leave you with one more quote because I love quotes.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E. E. Cumings

Image via Terry Gotham.

Comfort movies

Cat and Bianca

Whenever I have a sick day and have some time to lounge around, I throw on a movie I’ve seen enough times to have it practically memorized. It’s a kind of comfort to me, similar to eating a favorite food or reading a book over again. The familiar is comfortable. Comfort movies are great for a few reasons. With most of mine, I have good memories of watching the movie before and I know it by heart.

Today I had the chance to stay home and watch one of my absolute favorite comfort movies, 10 Things I Hate About You. You see, yesterday morning I felt like I might be coming down with the flu and by the end of the day I  was positive. My whole body ached, I was hot and cold, my throat hurt, my head hurt, my ears and nose hurt. Although I don’t own a thermometer, I’m also pretty certain I had a fever. My mom and sister can vouch for me on that. I was talking nonsense and feeling warm when I got home. So, for all those reasons I decided to call in sick and take a day of rest. In fact, now it’s 11 at night and I should be in bed getting more rest. Eek!

This morning I thought as long as I’m home sick, I should put on a comfort movie. That’s what I think of certain movies as. Is that just me?

Well, 10 Things I Hate About You is one of those movies for me, so I popped it in the DVD player. I love every bit of it. My sister Mary and I used to watch it a lot when we were younger. I am trying to remember when we first  got into it. The movie came out in 1999. At that time I must have been about 8 years old. I’m sure I didn’t see it that young. I do remember one time when my sister and I were watching it and she kicked me out of the room for a scene in which the Stratford sisters talk about sex (shown above), which is odd really because a lot of the movie does. I might have been in junior high at that time.

Some of my other favorite comfort movies, especially for sick days, include Beauty and The Beast The Lion King, Newsies and The Holiday. What can I say? I’m still a kid at heart. My mom says that when I was about 2 years old I would watch Beauty and The Beast just about every day. When I was about 5 years old, that same scenario went for The Lion King. The day after I got in a bad car accident in which I totaled my car on the freeway (another story for another time) I watched The Lion King. That felt like a warm hug in a scary time.

Of course, then there’s comfort television too. That’s a whole other thing. Friends, Gilmore Girls and MASH are definitely on that list for me. My family has all of Friends and MASH on DVD.

It’s nice to revisit favorite characters, hear familiar quotes, see great scenes play out and– as lame as this sounds — know what is going to happen, but still love every minute.

Image via IMDB.