Caught up in my dreams and forgetting…

This post is going up way later than I wanted, but it’s still August right? I went all LDR this time, and this one was pretty easy, her music embodies Summer, class, and what America used to be… When things were simpler, and maybe more romantic, and maybe better, but how could we know, we weren’t there. Any way, put on some mascara, a party dress, high heels, and throw your hair up real big beauty queen style, pour your self a drink and have a cigarette, because your going to need it!

 

 

 

 

  1. Serial Killer
  2. Lolita
  3. Kind Outta Luck
  4. Brooklyn Baby
  5. Go Go Dancer
  6. High By the Beach
  7. Queen of Disaster
  8. Freak
  9. Cola
  10. Gramma
  11. Blue Jeans
  12. Back to the Basics
  13. Body Electric
  14. Burning Desire
  15.  Art Deco
  16. Love
  17. Tomorrow Never Came
  18. Get Free
  19. You Can Be the Boss
  20. God Bless America and All of the Beautiful Women in it

It’s no surprise that I’m finally doing an all LDR playlist. I’m mean come on like 90% of my post titles come from her music. The fact that it took me this long is a bit shocking. Some new some old some leaked but all awesome. I started with Serial Killer, which is one of my all time favorite songs. It’s hauntingly beautiful and super fucked up. My absolute faves are from Born to Die and Paradise. Listening to Ultraviolence now I appreciate it a lot more than when I first heard it, and the same with Honeymoon. At this point Lust For Life is in heavy rotation. The consumability is low right now as I mentioned in my review of the album I like it, I don’t love it. The standouts are great, the cameos are good, it’s a good record, it just doesn’t captivate my soul like Born To Die did. Born To Die came into my life at a time where I was in a really rough place. Both personally and professionally. And when I listened to the record I thought to myself she just gets it. She’s felt the exact same way that I do and she persevered. But as I evolve and grow, her new music has done the same, just not in sync. I hope you all enjoy this one, it was really fun putting this list together. And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: White Mustang by LDR

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Hey, you with the pretty face, welcome to the human race…

J and I recently (finally!) saw Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I was really excited to see the latest installment of the franchise, since I love, love, loved the first one! So for anyone who’s been living under a rock for the past few years, Chris Pratt portrays Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, an earthling traveling through space with rag tag group of anti heroes, who have dubbed themselves “The Guardians of the Galaxy”. But we all know them right? Good! So moving on…

The story: lack luster, for Peter finally finding his father after not knowing him his whole life, it’s pretty lame. Kurt Russell, Ego, a Celestial, finally connects with Peter only to use him to destroy the universe, and rebuild it in his image? More like egomaniac #Godcomplex #daddyissues. Then we have the Nebula-Gamora arc: will Nebula kill Gamora only then to exact her revenge on Thanos? Will Gamora kill Nebula and move on with her life? No! Nebula finally forgives Gamora only to then go on a fools errand to find Thanos and try to kill him, again #daddyissues. Of course Yondu makes an appearance, his crew mutinies against him and chaos insues. Then he finally shows some compassion and helps the Guradians destroy Ego, #I’mMaryPoppinsY’all. Then we come to my favourite and potentially only redeeming part of the film: Baby Groot, so we all know Groot sacrificed him self at the end of the first film, and was a sprout in a pot, now Groot is out of the pot and causing trouble as only a toddler can. He was always the most bad ass character IMO and he gets better scene by scene.

The music: The first film’s soundtrack was one of the best in recent memory, jam packed with great classic rock hits that just kept coming. This time around some of the songs may be a higher caliber like “My Sweet Lord” (I mean a freaking Beatle wrote it for Christ’s sake), but overall it’s just okay…

The credit scenes are good, but there are so damn many of them, they really need to simmer down, although the last one, where we see Groot as a teenager is quite funny.

Overall it was both a great and not great film, it looked great, the effect and “fight” sequences were awesome. The music, meh, it left a lot to be desired. And Baby Groot stole the show. Give it a watch, maybe two, but don’t expect the super fantastic film that the fist one was. And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra

 

 

It’s hard to live when absolutely nothing’s clear…

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! LDR finally dropped her latest album July 21st, and it’s super awesome! Entitled “Lust For Life”, this 16 track gem is complete with cameos, recycled themes like “white sunshine”, pearls, curls, America, blue, paradise, and “war on my mind”. There’s bits about clothing, illicit drugs, some alcohol, and all of the common hallmarks in LDR’s discography.

I am loving “Tomorrow Never Came” which features Sean Ono Lennon, I’ve never heard him sing before and his voice is amazing, it’s exactly how I’d imagine John’s son sounding.

The songs with A$AP Rocky, I didn’t think I would enjoy and I actually do. I’m normally not the biggest rap fan, but “Summer Bummer” is pretty good, and “Groupie Love” is a cool track too!

“God Bless America – And All of the Beautiful Women In It” was a stand out track for me. That and “Love” seemed the most reminiscent of standard LDR. “Get Free” is probably the best way to end the record. I get the feeling that a conscious decision was made and there’s no looking back, as if to say I’ve evolved and there is only forward to go from here.

Track Listing:

  1. Love
  2. Lust For Life
  3. 13 Beaches
  4. Cherry
  5. White Mustang
  6. Summer Bummer
  7. Groupie Love
  8. In My Feelings
  9. Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind
  10. God Bless America – And All Of The Beautiful Women In It
  11. When The World Was At War An We Kept Dancing
  12. Beautiful People Beautiful Problems
  13. Tomorrow Never Came
  14. Heroin
  15. Change
  16. Get Free

Overall it’s a good cohesive record, with that being said I love the “Born To Die/Paradise” days. There are some stand outs for me, but it’s more than likely that I’m in a different place in my life and I’m not relating to every word she writes anymore. It’s not bad, and her voice as always is top notch. And who else would work with A$AP Rocky, Sean Ono Lennon, The Weeknd, and Stevie Nicks all on one record? I would say fans will like this record, there is just enough to keep us entertained, even if you don’t know her work, check it out you may be surprised! And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Heroin by LDR

 

The flags are waving for me…

For my July playlist we are going with a summer theme, and summer is in full effect. My favourite summer holiday is the Fourth. I love BBQ, beers, sparklers, and fireworks! Iced tea and lemon Italian ice are summer staples. My summer wardrobe comprises of mainly red, white, and blue, with a little nautical mixed in and this playlist will make you grab a burger, a sparkler and an ice cold beer.

  1. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
  2. Surf Colorado – Bowling For Soup
  3. California Girls – The Beach Boys
  4. Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
  5. Gramma (Blue Ribbon Sparkler Trailer Heaven) – Lizzy Grant
  6. Ocean Avenue – Yellowcard
  7. Boys of Summer – Don Henley
  8. Island in the Sun – Weezer
  9. Rockin’ Me – Steve Miller Band
  10. Cruel Summer – Bananarama
  11. Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  12. Rock Lobster – The B52’s
  13. Catalina – The Descendents
  14. National Anthem – Lana Del Rey
  15. Summer Wind Was Always Our Song – The Ataris

This playlist like many before is just as eclectic as I am. I took a lot of time putting this one together, and I had a lot of fun doing it! So may of these songs are really good, and a little all over the place. I am so looking forward to Augusts playlist! And on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,

–Kiki–

Title from: Gramma (Blue Ribbon Spakler Trailer Heaven) by Lizzy Grant

 

My silly girl, I’m beggin you, tell me all the things that I want to hear

This edition of my playlist is mainly punk/EMO/hardcore, some tracks are spring like, others St. Patrick’s Day like.  But there is one thing for certain… They are all some of my favourites!

1. Selfish Man – Flogging Molly
2. Pints of Guinness Make You Strong – Against Me
3. Sunshine Highway – Dropkick Murphys
4. Ape Dos Mil – Glassjaw
5. Cherry Waves – The Deftones
6. Swing Swing – The All-American Rejects
7. If Winter Ends – Bright Eyes
8. Video Games – Lana Del Rey
9. Silly Girl – The Decendents
10. Sugar, We’re Going Down – Fall Out Boy

Enjoy, and on that note, it’s time to end!

All for now,
–Kiki–

Title from: Silly Girl by The Decendents