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March Funky Time Jams

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March Funky Time Jams

Helloooo everyone and happy weekend! With a new month upon us, let’s discuss some of the music that I’ve been playing on repeat while driving about and getting ready in the morning. It’s a bit of a hodge podge collection this month, but that kind of fits in with the haphazardness that was February. So, crank up your volume and let’s discuss:

(And, as always, I have no rights to any of these songs or videos!)

As you can see, I wasn’t lying when I said that it has been a little bit of this and a little bit of that on my playlist. I have been spending a lot of time switching between funky AF Prince to emo classic The Used and Led Zeppelin sound alike Greta Van Fleet. They are actually coming to Cleveland in July and tickets sold out SO quickly, so I wasn’t able to snag them. I have also been enjoying listening through U2’s latest album Songs Of Experience, so including Get Out Of Your Own Way on this list was a must!

Who is on your March playlist? What kind of music do you listen to to reflect your mood? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Hot Jams For A Cold Day

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Hot Jams For A Cold Day

Hi everyone and happy Tuesday! As all of you know, I have a deep love for my iPod and my beloved music collection. Recently, I solidified this passion by purchasing a hot pink 128 gig iPod so that I never have to worry about running out of memory space ever again. I’ve been so happy to add new music onto my iPod after a long hiatus of not doing so because of the memory issue. I even treated my mom to my old iPod so that she can rock out to all of her funky time favorites. And, best believe that I’m rocking out to all of my funky time favorites, too! Check it out:

As you can see, I’ve been really feeling Marilyn Manson lately, but then again – when am I not? His two most recent albums, The Pale Emperor and Heaven Upside Down, are so fantastic to me and although I do love old school Manson, his new music has me swooning. And, I know I’m a little late to the party, but I am so enjoying Glass Animal’s most recent album, How To Be A Human Being. We’ll blame that on not having enough memory on my iPod.

I have had the pleasure of seeing both Marilyn Manson and Glass Animals in concert, so any chance that I get to binge listen to either or is one that I take gladly. It’s nice to listen to a band that you have seen live before, because you get to relive the concert in your head every time you hear them in your car or while you’re getting ready for the day. So, if you happen to be around me and are sick of hearing my main man Marilyn Manson or one of my fave bands, Glass Animals, THEN SORRY NOT SORRY, because I don’t think that my binge listening fix will be ending any time soon!!

So there you have it, some Hot Jams For A Cold Day! Which artists are you loving right now? Who should I add to my must listen list? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

PS: As always, I have no rights to any of the songs or videos seen above.

May Music Obsessions

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May Music Obsessions

Whatsup guys! I haven’t done a music post in a while, so I figured now would be the perfect time to let all of you know what I’ve been jamming out to this past month! Get comfy, kick up your feet, and turn your speakers up while I discuss some new tried and true favorites:

RAC ft. Matthew Koma: Cheap Sunglasses – Ohhhh yes indeed, I love this song. This was on our playlist when I worked at PacSun, and to be honest I kind of forgot about it until I heard it playing at Express a few months ago. After I got reunited with RAC this fun little indie pop ditty has become one of my favorites. Ever since I rediscovered this song, it became the track that I would start my drives to Cleveland for school with. It’s so catchy it hurts, and I’ve had played it on repeat more times than I can count – which I’m so okay with!

The Used: Take It Away – I’ve always been a really big fan of this song, but after seeing The Used perform this in concert a few weeks ago (which you can read all about in my article “The Used Concert!!!”), my love for it rekindled tenfold. This song is so fucking powerful, and I really wish that I could upload the video I have of The Used performing it, but unfortunately it won’t upload on here! You guys should know by now that I’m an emo kid through and through, and I really can’t think of a better emo kid anthem than this song.

A$AP Rocky: Fashion Killa – I have a HUGE crush on A$AP Rocky, and this track in my fucking jam. This is my fly girl theme song, and I love bumpin it in the Little Red Love Machine every chance I get. The beat is amazing, and I like to pretend that this song was written for me…judge me for it. I fall in and out of phases of liking rap, but no matter what I always have a soft spot for A$AP – he’s cute as a button and his flow is insane. MARRY ME!

AWOLNATION: Jailbreak – I’ve mentioned countless times before how much I love AWOLNATION’s sophomore album Run, and I think that this song might be my favorite one on the album. I love the really dark vibe that “Jailbreak” has, which is very similar to everyone’s favorite “Sail” off of Megalithic Symphony. I’ve grown very fond of playing Run in its entirety while driving, and best believe I’m singing along the whole time – but I go especially hard to this song! I’m really hoping that I can see AWOLNATION in concert sooner or later, I feel like they would be SO fun to see live!

Generationals: Ten-Twenty-Ten – I absolutely adore Generationals, and I really like this short and sweet track. It’s a PacSun playlist oldie but goodie that I didn’t even realize I had in my collection until I had my iTunes playing on shuffle a few days ago. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I made this discovery! I’m usually not a fan of watching music videos, but the video for this song is pretty fun – so make sure you check it out! I like this dudes voice a lot too, it’s quirky and smooth, and I really like how it’s a bit higher pitched than most male singers. Big fan!

Grouplove: Chloe – I rediscovered my love for Grouplove a week or so ago, and “Chloe” is probably one of my all time favorites by them. It’s so sweet and catchy, and I always get this image in my head of a bonfire party where everyone’s just sitting around a campfire and singing their little hearts out whenever I hear this song. You know how there’s some songs where you don’t have an obvious reason for liking the song other than the phrase “I just like it”? That’s exactly how I feel about this fun little track.

The Smiths: Bigmouth Strikes Again – I feel like I mention my undying adoration for The Smiths a lot, but that’s okay because they deserve it! All of their songs are a favorite song of mine, but “Bigmouth Strikes Again” is a track that’s closer to the top of my list. The lyrics to this song are SO dark, which is something that I’m always drawn to.

Sweetness, sweetness I was only joking
When I said by rights you should be
Bludgeoned in your bed

^^^ Like what? Haha, at least he was only joking! This song is also why “sweetness” is one of my favorite pet names to call people – which I realized I started doing a lot more after I began playing “Bigmouth” periodically throughout the day!

The New Pornographers: Falling Through Your Clothes – Hands down my favorite New Pornographers song, no questions asked. I could hear this track on repeat all day and I would still love it. Everything about this song just works SO amazingly well, it’s unreal – I love how soft the verses are and then BAM the game changes with the orchestral chorus. I never really made it a priority before to listen to The New Pornographers a lot, but I recently added all of their albums to my collection and it was the most worthwhile thing I’ve done in a long time. They’re slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite bands.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood – THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR, NOW THAT BIGFOOT IS CAPTURED!!!! Best. Opening. Lyric. EVER. I’ve been on a very big Clap Your Hands Say Yeah kick as of late, and I’m so not mad about it. My older brother saw them in concert a year ago and I’m forever jealous of him for it. The lead singers voice is simply intoxicating and their lyrics are astounding. Enough said.

Metric: Speed The Collapse – I’m a very big fan of Metric, and they’ve really pulled through as a month of May all star for Lil Red. As you guys know, I usually hate female vocalists, but Emily Haines is the exception. I don’t know what it is about her voice, but I can’t get enough of it – AND she’s drop dead gorgeous. Hubba hubba. Shout out to PacSun for exposing me to Metric and all of their glory, because “Speed The Collapse” is a PacTrack if I’ve ever heard one!

So there you have it! My funky time jams for the month of May! Who have you guys been rocking out to lately? What song have you been playing on repeat today? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

The Used Concert!!!!!

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The Used Concert!!!!!

Heyyy everyone! I hope you’re all having a fabulous Sunday! So as you know, last night I went to see The Used in Cleveland with my sister Kristen and it was absolutely AMAZING!!!! I got Kristen the tickets for her 23rd birthday in April and we had the best time ever!!! I’ll start off the post with some pictures from the show, and then I’ll discuss our incredible concert experience!

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^^^ Note that the last picture posted is of Every Time I Die who opened the show!

All of yesterday I was seriously so excited I could barely concentrate. Kristen got home from work around 4:30 and we arrived in Cleveland about an hour later. We found a parking garage and then went to wait in the line to get into the House of Blues because the doors opened at six for the show to start at seven. The House of Blues is a pretty intimate venue, and as you can tell by the pictures, Kristen and I were very close to the stage – which was awesome! We had a great view of the entire show, and I couldn’t have been happier about it. It was so cool to feel like you could literally reach out and touch the band members and it was amazing to see all of their expressions and instrument playing so clearly. I wore my concert going Vera Wang wedges so that I wouldn’t have to worry about not seeing anything because I’m a shorty. Kristen opted for more sensible (and still cute!) black tennies, so she stood in front of me so we could both have a clear line of vision to the stage. It worked out perfectly, and sucks to suck for anyone standing behind my fake-tall self thanks to my wedges! There were three opening bands before The Used went on, and quite frankly the first two sucked ass. I honestly don’t even remember the names of the bands and I really don’t care. But Every Time I Die who was on before The Used fucking killed it! I’ve heard of them before, but I’ve never heard their music so I was very excited to finally experience it. And what better way to hear the band for the first time than seeing them live?! They blew their performance out of the water. Every Time I Die definitely falls under the screamo category of music, which I happen to really like! As soon as the band ran on stage things started getting rowdy in the audience, but all of the pushing and shoving just added to the experience. I’ve never been to a show that would fall into the emo or punk genre so it was way fun being able to head bang and jump around with all of the concert goers. I definitely plan on listening to Every Time I Die again, and if you haven’t heard of them I highly recommend you check them out!!! After another twenty minutes, The Used finally came on and Kristen and I were freaking out! The moment that we were waiting for for the past four or so hours was finally here and we were so happy!!! I’ll never forget watching Kristen sing along with so much enthusiasm and I cherish the times when she would squeeze my hand with excitement. I loved watching her have a good time – especially since it was her birthday celebration! Their set list for the night was filled with old favorites like The Taste Of Ink, I Caught Fire, Take It Away, and All That I’ve Got just to name a few. I have no shame in admitting that I totally cried during The Taste Of Ink…I seriously couldn’t help it. I’ve listened to that song on repeat countless times during a bad day and to hear it live was so special to me. It was so much fun to listen to Burt talk throughout the show as well! First of all, he’s drop dead gorgeous. Second of all, he’s hilarious! Our favorite Burt-ism of the night was when he was introducing Pretty Handsome Awkward by saying “this is a song about how fucking special I think I am”. We were dying!! We both purchased the same shirt after the show, which I wanted to buy for her but she wouldn’t let me! The shirt is dope! It’s black with The Used in red and in white there’s a picture of a coffin with a broken up skeleton on the inside and underneath that it says “I Buried Myself Alive”. Love it. We both are wearing it today and it’s the first time we’ve matched clothing since we were little kids! Saying that Kristen and I had a blast is a severe understatement and I’m sure she’ll agree with me when I say that it was the best night we’ve had in ages. My sister’s birthday celebration was a success and I’m so happy that she enjoyed herself. One of my favorite parts of the night was her thanking me and telling me that she had fun – I felt like such a champ and a ballin little sister! ❤

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So there you have it! Mine and Kristen’s fabulous experience of seeing The Used in concert! What was the best show that you’ve ever been to? What band would you love to see live? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

SO EXCITED!!!!!!

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SO EXCITED!!!!!!

Heyyy everyone and TGIF! AND Happy May!!! I just wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be out of office tomorrow because my sister and I are going to see The Used at the House of Blues in Cleveland!! WE’RE SO EXCITED!!! I got Kristen tickets for the concert for her 23rd birthday in April, and tomorrow is finally the day for our emo night on the town! The concert starts at six, which is kind of a weird time, so we plan on making the hour drive to Cleveland fairly early in the day so we can make the most out of our general admission tickets by getting an awesome standing space. The emoness is going to be SO real tomorrow….I’m talkin black on black on black and a whole lot of crying! It’s going to be AWESOME! I’m really looking forward to celebrating Kristen’s birthday again and having a sister filled day. I haven’t been to a concert since I saw The 1975 in December and I’ve never been to the House of Blues before so needless to say, I’m so hyped up. The best part about Kristen’s birthday concert tickets is that we both have a strong mutual love for The Used so it’s not like I’m taking her to a concert of a band who I hate – even though I wouldn’t care at all! So what I’m saying is, it’s going to be just as fun for me as it will be for her. Kristen has seen The Used once before in concert and I was so jealous so I’m very happy to have the opportunity to finally see them live! I’ll try and take lots of pictures and avoid getting punched by angsty emos as best as I can – but don’t be surprised if I post a picture of myself with a black eye! 😉

^^^ Kristen posted this video on Facebook last night, so it only seems right that I feature it on this post!

I hope all of you guys have a fabulous weekend and I’ll tell you all about the concert on Sunday! What was the best concert you’ve ever been to? What band would you love to see live? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Emo Kid Anthems

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Emo Kid Anthems

Lol. Hey guys. So this weekend has been less than ideal, so naturally in true emo kid fashion I’ve been a whiny little bitch. But you know what helped up my angst and make me even more annoying to myself and others? The tried and true emo kid anthems that the world has come to either love or make fun of over the years. I listened to a lot of these tracks over the weekend and found myself rolling my eyes at what a stereotypical emo I was being. AFI? Hawthorne Heights? The Used? Le sigh, it was all there in one big melodramatic bitch fit. So here they are, the “old faithfuls” of Lil Red’s emo world:

Taking Back Sunday – “Liar (It Takes One To Know One)”: Oh yes. This is a good one. I hopped on the Taking Back Sunday train a few years ago, and have NO RAGRETS! (If you’ve seen “We’re The Millers” you’ll appreciate that reference!) But anyways, this song is a fuckin classic. An emo kid staple if you will. This track was popular for me this weekend because it literally calls out the one thing that was causing some of my distress: liars. Who doesn’t love wailing the chorus to this song while pretending you’re screaming it to everyone who’s ever uttered a falsity to you that ended up hurting you in the long run? I love it.

AFI – “Silver and Cold”: The emotional impact that this song has had on me throughout the years is unmatched by probably 99% percent of my music collection. This song came out when I was fourteen and I vividly remember being moved to tears when I first heard it. The true beauty of this song? That it still makes me cry and tugs at my heart strings as if I’m hearing it for the first time. I’ll be a faithful AFI fan until the day I die, and this song is a beautiful testament to who they are as a band. Davey Havok boasts some of the most gorgeous vocals ever and the pure poetry of the lyrics is mesmerizing. I have every AFI album in my collection and this is the first song I always end up playing every time I feel like hearing them. #dedication

Hawthorne Heights – “Ohio Is For Lovers”: Alright, honestly I was going to pick another song from the album “The Silence In Black And White” because I felt that this list was getting too stereotypical. But then I remembered that we’re talking about emo kid anthems here and this song was and still is an anthem for so many people – including myself. I had the pleasure of meeting the guys from Hawthorne Heights when I saw them playing in Akron and they’re so fantastic. So chill and down to earth. J.T. actually gave me his guitar pick which I still treasure to this day. This track has the ability to take me either to a very dark or completely amazing place whenever I hear it. It all depends on my mood – BUT no matter what that mood is, I still absolutely love hearing this song. #ohiorepresent #akrowdy

The Used – “Bulimic”: So emo. So perfect. Everything about this song speaks to me. From the lyrics, the vocals, the instruments, to the title itself this song sums up some very real feelings for me. “I’m about to do all of the things I’ve dreamed of and I don’t even miss you at all.” I absolutely LOVE that. There’s something so empowering about that lyric to me. It’s not in the slightest way profound or well worded but that’s okay. Sometimes the simplest lyrics that everyone is thinking are the best. I love when I have that feeling, that “I’m going to succeed and you can go fuck yourself” feeling. This song makes me sad but it also makes me feel like I can do anything without anyone and that’s why it’s a fantastic emo kid anthem.

Brokencyde – “Schizophrenia”: I only have four words to say for my explanation of this song, and it goes as follows….JUDGE ME FOR IT.

The Front Bottoms – “The Beers”: I know, I know – this is a song that typically wouldn’t fall into the “emo” category BUT this track bums me out, so it’s emo enough for me. “Cause the cops are coming in, a type of sobering up, as the girl who never learned that I could not give a fuck.” That lyric makes me feel some type of way, that’s for sure. Everything about this song just works SO WELL. It’s so melancholy, the guys voice is hypnotizing, and the lyrics are quirky and weirdly profound. “I look in your windows and I am trying not to stare and hold onto hope I’m sure was never even there.” YES. So much yes. That basically sums up my life…minus the staring into windows part. #emokid

Hollywood Undead – “Undead”: Lol I LOVE THIS SONG. I feel like such a badass when I play it. An angsty, mopey, badass….it’s absolutely fantastic. I remember playing this song in the car with my sister and we would just sit around and soak up each others emoness. I admit that the song completely sucks, but that’s okay, because fast forward three years later from cranking this song in the car and I still like it – AND STILL CRANK IT IN THE CAR!!!! SUE ME FOR IT.

Dance Club Massacre – “Murders Come With Smiles”: I have to be in just the right emo mood to wanna listen to Dance Club Massacre, because they’re pretty hardcore. Usually this mood has anger thrown into it, which is the only time I actually want to listen to straight up metal. This track makes me want to scream into a pillow and throw stuff….that’s how you know a song is powerful, right? Metal isn’t one of my favorite genres in the world, but there really is no denying this bands talent. The things that the vocalist can do with his voice are fucking astounding. I WISH that I could do that. Being a metal screamer would be the coolest talent ever to have up the back of your sleeve. Say you’re at a party for example, and someone asks what you like to do for fun. Then you can say something along the lines of “this” and proceed to scream “Murders Come With Smiles” for five and a half minutes.

Cage – “Suicidal Failure”: I fuckin adore Cage. This is actually a rap song for those of you who aren’t familiar with him, but Cage dabbles in horror core a lot, particularly in this track. The lyrics in this song are so raw and disgusting and I love every minute of it. “Cut my wrist and walked past some crips bleedin red
in hopes that I get shot in the fuckin head.” #damn I like playing this song when I’m driving because I’m still emo BUT I feel kind of gangster…it’s a fantastic combination. You should try it sometime.

AFI – “Miss Murder”: If I wanted to, I could make a whole blog post about AFI emo anthems, but I figured putting them twice on this list is good enough. I feel like this song is so loved by emos and non-emos alike, which is great because this song is amazing and deserves to be loved. I had this ex-boyfriend who used to make fun of me for liking AFI because he said they were whiny. But years after we broke up, I posted this video on my Facebook and HE LIKED IT. So even the people who say they hate AFI secretly love them, and I have the proof from that fateful like! This song is terrific. Point blank. Period. Everyone from the super tight pants wearing emos to a sixty year old woman (AKA my mom – she likes AFI!) can get down to this song…and for that…I salute you, AFI.

So there you have it, my top ten Emo Kid Anthems! What songs would you include in an emo kid playlist? What’s your all time favorite emo track? I’m always up for music suggestions and I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! -Sarah