How I Lived to Tell the Tale of Indie Pop

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My Impression:

I have come to the conclusion that, like sushi, Indie music is an acquired taste. While it sounds like pop music, it tastes like raw fish. I listened to a lot of indie pop music in my quest to find some of my favorites, to conclude if whether or not I liked the genre. In the beginning, I tricked myself into thinking indie pop was just like regular pop that you hear on the radio. Then I realized the music you hear on the radio isn’t even “regular” pop, so I quickly nixed that idea.¬†When I first started listening I thought that it sounded like a lot of the music I already listened to, and that I could easily replace¬†all my old music for this¬†genre. After about a week of¬†doing that, I had to push down the¬†urge to kill myself in my sleep and think it was a very poetic way to die. I was almost, a little, depressed. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, the music was good. Very good. In fact, a liked a lot of the songs that I heard. I just… I don’t know what came over me, but suddenly I really needed to listen to some Aaliyah and J-Lo when she was still doing music with Murder Inc. and everyone thought (including herself) that she was still Jenny from the block. Not even radio music could¬†bring me back to reality and keep me from wanting to go into a corner and cry.

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My Conclusion:

You would think I hated the music. I¬†felt like I was in some sort of trance. Like I was in a completely different reality for about 5 days, that consisted of coconuts, broken hearts, and sneakers. But now that I think about it,¬†the music¬†probably wasn’t even what did this to me.¬†It was probably the thought that I only had a week left of summer break and I didn’t want it to end and all I wanted to do was crack open a coconut and run away in my sneakers with my broken heart. To be honest,¬†I’ve never been in a relationship where I left with a broken heart, but now I feel like I’ve been in twenty. I can honestly tell you, it feels terrible.¬†For all of you that have experienced it first-hand, words cannot explain how sorry I am….

But even through all of the loves lost, I managed to find a hand full of indie pop music that I really like. And shall share them with you now:

I have to keep in mind, indie pop is just a genre of indie, and while a lot of time it incorporates almost all genres of indie music, I cannot conclude if whether or not  I like indie music as a whole. So, I will continue my endeavor and delve into the other genres of indie music. If I make it out alive I will tell you guys how it went.

So, in the end, do I like indie pop? Why, yes. Yes, I do. Can I listen to it every day? Hell naw.


What’s¬† your take on indie pop? What did you think of the music in my playlist? Will you follow me on soundcloud? Of course you will because you’re awesome like that.

For more on¬†what‚Äôs going on here¬†visit ‚ÄúThe Idea‚ÄĚ and if you have suggestions as to things I can try visit¬†‚ÄúThe Suggestion Box‚Ä̬†or comment below¬†I would love to hear what you have to say!

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Have Breakfast with Me, Yeah?: How to Make Almond Butter Toast on Gluten-Free Bread

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So, I had breakfast¬†this morning¬†and…¬†I¬†decided to take pictures of it.¬†¬†It was vegan and¬†vegetarian, but as somebody who’s used to healthy eating, it didn’t taste like it. It was delish and very filling despite the fact that it was only two pieces of gluten-free bread.¬†This is not much of a how-to, because in my personal opinion, it’s pretty self-explanatory. But, I’ll explain what I did,¬†anyway.

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¬†First things First (I’m the realest):

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So, you start with bread. I know, I know, shocking– but it’s necessary in this recipe. I chose the multi-grain, gluten-free bread from Costco. You would think that it would be either hard or dry, but surprisingly it was neither. When I first tasted this, as a part of a diet we were trying out, to¬†me, it tasted like¬†sweet sponge, and¬†it was the consistency of a sponge as well. But after you toast it (which I did in a pan, with no oil on high heat), it is actually quite delectable.

I took this particular picture¬†outside and it was so hot I am pretty sure the bag melted, like literally melted — either that or I nearly ripped it…. It’s hot guys! OKAY?! (No judging.)¬†But it doesn’t matter, it’s bread and it’s gluten-free¬†and it isn’t disgusting. I think that’s all that truly matters. Also, doesn’t that font just put you in such a Halloween mood?¬†Try and say¬†“Ah! I’m melting!” in your best wicked witch voice. Go ‘head try it. You know you want to. Nobody’s watching you but me.¬†*sigh* I love Halloween……

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Next,¬†spread on your almond butter (creamy not chunky), also from Costco. The other brand (I won’t drop names, it’s rude… MaraNatha. Who said that?)¬†had salmonella or something, and I’m pretty sure I had bacteria stuck in my intestine that made me look like I was having an alien child because only one portion of my stomach was bloated. It literally looked like a portion of my intestine had swollen up, like half of my entire torso had expanded outward. I sort of expected to give birth to E.T. the next time I sat down to use the bathroom.

et come home_758x214¬†But that’s neither here nor there, and It’s kind of weird to talk about amidst talking about food so I am just going to drop it…¬†Just remember, stick with Costco brand almond butter.

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Next, sprinkle on about a teaspoon or two of chia seed. It’ll be crunchy, but because it helps with digestion (which you’ll need help with if you’ve been eating a certain almond butter from a certain brand.. MaraNatha),¬†it’s worth it¬†and if you sprinkle a little honey and cinnamon of your choice¬†you can hardly taste it.

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Have with a glass of cold water, and maybe a banana and that is what we call the breakfast of champions. That is all for now. If (when) you try it, come back here and tell me what you think. If you love it, great; if you hate it, I hate you. I’m just kidding. Maybe. No, I’m really kidding.

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P.S. How many of you did your wicked with voice out loud? Tell me in the comment section below. Everybody who does it gets kudos in my next post for being awesome.


For more on¬†what‚Äôs going on here¬†visit ‚ÄúThe Idea‚ÄĚ and if you have suggestions as to things I can try visit¬†‚ÄúThe Suggestion Box‚Ä̬†or comment below¬†I would love to hear what you have to say!

How To Tell If You Like Indie Music

indie music part 1 According to Wikipedia (a website everybody knows, loves, trustsРincluding your teacher) there are many types of Indie musicРIndie dance, Indie electronic, Indie folk, Indie hip hop, Indie pop, and Indie rockРall of which sometimes blend together. I know when I think of Indie music I think of either really slow music where they sing about death and the world ending (same difference) or I think of fast music with kooky beats where they sing about death and the world ending. But as I went on my quest to finding new music to listen to I found that this is far from the truth (with most of them, anyways).

Indie music is just that, independent music. Music- separate from major producers. It’s an alternative way¬†for artists to express themselves through their craft.¬† There is also indie art, design, literature and a more widely known indie film. There is a whole indie-verse. Like a buffy-verse but not…

When I first started my search I thought that I hadn’t heard and liked any indie music. Ever. But it turns out a lot of the songs that I listen to and like a lot are indie. Examples being Do I Wanna Know? by Artic Monkeys , Fitzpleasure by Alt-J (‚ąÜ)¬†and Eyes on Fire and Equilibrium¬†by Blue Foundation. You’d be surprised to find that a lot of the music you listen to is also indie. More mainstream examples would be¬†Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People and Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.

Speaking of the past, the above mentioned songs are both¬†categorized in the genre¬†Indie Pop– which is just like regular pop except more indie. The beats are ones you don’t hear in everyday songs–they were catchy yet smooth and velvety–which is why they were so popular in 2010-2011.

I found a website that posts new indie songs everyday in all of the above mentioned genres. It’s called “Indie Shuffle”¬†and has been so, so¬†¬†sooo so so¬†so so so¬†helpful in my search that it’s floetic (see what I did there? Probably not…). I am going to go through all of the indie genres (before moving onto a different type of music, like hip hop or something), starting with Indie Pop to see which one I like more, if any– which there will be one, but just in case there isn’t I said that. ;)

I found a lot of songs that I liked in this genre so this will be a part 1 part 2 post showing you some of my favorite songs.

I liked this song because her voice sounded magical. The beat reminds me of a happy scene in a movie where the couple are lazily rolling around in the bed and laughing¬† as the sun just comes up. If you can’t understand a word she’s saying,¬†like I couldn’t when I first heard it, the actual song on sound cloud has the lyrics.

This song is a little more up beat and slightly more like a modern version of indie. It’s catchy and though I am not too sure what she’s saying, it gives me serious Janet Jackson in the eighties feel.

This song is ambient which I love. When it gets to the chorus it becomes very inspirational and soothing at the same time.

I realized, writing this, that indie music (well at least indie pop) has the tendency to make their lyrics incoherent and run on like a new language–¬†but I think that gives it it’s ethereal “indie” feeling which I have a feeling I will come to love if I haven’t already.¬† Also, all of their covers have images of girls with missing faces so…yeah.


Was I able to introduce you to some music you haven’t heard before? All you gotta do is say yes (guess the reference).¬†If I have or even if I haven’t talk to me about it in the comment section. I want to know what you liked about it, if anything. What you didn’t like about it? What it put you in the mood for and/or reminded you of.

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For more on¬†what’s going on here¬†visit ‚ÄúThe Idea‚ÄĚ and if you have suggestions as to things I can try visit¬†‚ÄúThe Suggestion Box‚Ä̬†or comment below¬†I would love to hear what you have to say!

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How I Successfully Ruined My Night + How You Can Too!

My next post on my “journey to self-discovery”¬†was going to be me going on an on about how much I love animes and how I was so excited to try new types of animes and talk about them¬†here on my blog. But I have completely ruined all hope of that ever happening in all of yours and my life because of one anime.

It all happened yesterday evening– I got on the computer with every intention of beginning my research on different genres and types of animes so that I could start my post and talk to you guys about my¬†experience.¬†¬†I started my search in yaoi. Why yaoi, you might ask? Because it sounded like a good idea at the time and because I have read similar stories on Wattpad before and I thought it would be fun to see it in action.¬†¬†For those of you who do not know what yaoi is, the easiest way to¬†explain¬†it is¬†yaoi is boy on boy love, or just Boy’s Love (BL for short). It is when¬†one very attractive, rather¬†domineering¬†man chases¬†another¬†very attractive,¬†passive and slightly girlish looking man’s butt¬†in hopes of becoming¬†intimate. The¬†pursuer is called the seme and the¬†person being pursued¬†is called the uke. Now, there are¬†many types of yaoi. There are ones with literary themes and magical themes both of which¬†are usually non-explicit¬†(according to the Geekiary), and there are ones that are strictly for mature audiences.¬†I had planned to try out one of each and I was looking at videos of them on YouTube for a better part of my “research” last night¬†but that is not where the horror begins. It begins with a kid named ronaldmcdonaldslilbro.

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How To: Be A Photographer

In light of me trying something new, a few days ago I decided I wanted to further take up photography. I’ve¬†shown¬†interest in taking pictures of¬†the things that I see and those around me ever since¬†I got my first¬†camera phone¬†maybe¬†8-9-10 years ago and I had a photo shoot with my unnie in¬†our backyard. The pictures were¬†amaze if I do say so myself. I got pictures of her jumping in the air, twirling around in the grass, picking flowers and sitting¬†underneath the tree in our backyard. The pictures looked like something that could’ve easily been in a Teen Vogue magazine… or at least I think they did, I can’t be sure because I lost that phone and the pictures on it when I¬† dropped it¬†in¬†dish water a few months later. This bitters me to this day. Did I really need to be listening to¬†“The Rain” by Missy Elliot while I washed¬†the few plates in the sink? The cups? The bowls? Can I really do nothing without music?¬†I guess not. And¬†now… because of me, my phone can’t stand the rain.

Here on my blog I tried a “photography” post which didn’t go over very well because it was weird (I made birds talk) and¬†was frankly a bit boring– So I decided to do research. I looked up types of cameras¬†how to use them the different settings et cetera et cetera, and somehow ended up on Youtube were I¬†found a plethora of goodies given to us in the form of Shamelessness.¬†¬†There was a time way way in the past (*cough cough* last summer) when you couldn’t get me off of Youtube and I knew of ShamelessMaya from said older sister and knew that she herself was a photographer. She has posted a lot of techy videos but I zoomed in particularly on these two:


For All of Your Shameless Camera Needs

This video showed me what I wanted and where I could get it.


For All of Your Other Shameless Camera Needs

This video showed me how to use what I wanted.


After watching these videos I quickly realized that this wasn’t going to happen right now.¬†I mean, do you see the price of those cameras which I wanted all of? Every time she said “inexpensive” I heard really expensive.

Specs:

Canon Eos Rebel T3i $549 @ bhphotovideo @ Amazon/ $579 on Prime/ $659 Bundle on Prime

Amazon stars: Ranges between 4.4 and 4.7 stars

bhphotovideo stars: 4.3 stars and 3 reviews


Sony Alpha NEX-3N $398 @ Amazon FREE SHIPPING with prime  No longer Available @bhphotovideo

Amazon stars: 4.4 stars and 176 reviews

bhphotovideo stars: 4.6 stars and 59 Reviews


Nikon Cool Pix P330 The prices for this one change. I can’t find it on the bhphotovideo website and on¬†Amazon it¬†the price ranges starting at¬†$238.

Amazon stars: 4 stars and 85 Costumer Reviews– The reviews on this were mixed. Makes me not excited if I were thinking of getting this camera.


Canon s110 $249 @ bhphotovideo FREE SHIPPING  with prime @ Amazon

Amazon stars: 4.2 and 261 reviews

bhphotovideo stars: 4.5 stars and 114 reviews

Nonetheless, Shameless gave good tips for each of the cameras in that video and for the camera I have now–which hasn’t been the same since I dropped it. Boo.

If I had to choose which one to get besides the Canon Eos Rebel T3i (because everybody wants that camera) It would be the Sony Alpha NEX-3N.¬†It’s got amazing reviews and it’s fairly “cheap”. So, because it seems as though I have bitten off way to much with this one I am going to real it back some and look into a few things that I can easily (and cheaply) do from home. Next up: Animes.


For more on this visit the page ‚ÄúThe Idea‚ÄĚ and if you have suggestions as to things I can try visit¬†‚ÄúThe Suggestion Box‚Ä̬†or comment below¬†I would love to hear what you have to say!

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Is That What I Like…? [A How To Guide To Figuring Out What You Want to do with Your Life]

¬†…to eat? …to cook?¬†…to listen to? …to watch? …to wear? …to read? … to draw?

I am pretty sure everybody that visits my blog has been in the situation where they need to tell somebody else about themselves and have¬†not known what to say. Example, when you‚Äôre on a date, or when you first started your Facebook page, or when you’re the new kid in school and the teacher asks you to introduce yourself. Now, normally in any one of the situations above I would answer generically saying that I like pi√Īa coladas and getting caught in the rain but that would be a lie because I actually enjoy writing, reading, photography, drawing, listening to music, dancing, watching Asian television and getting caught in the rain–drinking¬†pi√Īa coladas is not something I usually do on a regular basis.

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