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Archive: December 2013

Music Monday: You Can Call Me King K

So in my previous post, I talked about how I’ve been reading Pitchfork on a daily basis. Just to briefly recap, Pitchfork is this site that reviews independent music. One of the artists I discovered because of Pitchfork is a singer called King Krule.

King Krule is an artist from the UK and his stage name is inspired, ironically enough, by my favorite Elvis song “King Creole.” His music style is very indie rock with some downtempo and electronica elements as well. I first heard of him after the singer Lorde tweeted about him but I didn’t pay him much mind until I saw a good review on Pitchfork that made me decide to check him out and I found that I really like his music! Pitchfork strikes again!

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Siracha and Pitchfork

It all started a couple months ago when Atherton Dining Hall started replacing its hot sauce with Siracha sauce. I reluctantly tried it and instantly fell in love. It had such a spice I never tasted before and it soon became my newest obsession. I started putting it on all my food! Heck, if I could put it in my water I could but don’t worry I haven’t gone that far yet. According to the Huffington Post, it’s the newest trend in healthy eating sauces so it looks like I’m on to something. Who knew Atherton would get me obsessed with something!?

Speaking of new obsessions, so I’ve previously chronicled how I’m a hipster now and one of the ways I’ve been doing it is by reading the website Pitchfork. Pitchfork is a snooty website that reviews new independent music and is like every hipster’s Bible and I love it. I read it every day for new hipster music news and reviews just to feel pretentious when I like the music they like. So basically this break, for me, has been full of nothing but Siracha and Pitchfork.

The Siracha sauce I bought the other day! Delicious!

The Siracha sauce I bought the other day! Delicious!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! And Happy Holidays to those who don’t celebrate!

I guess it wasn’t a white Christmas this year, which I prefer because I hate the cold. It’s pretty early right now so I haven’t gotten to go downstairs and open presents and such but it’s coming and I can’t wait! I also haven’t gotten time to go through my contacts on my phone to text everyone Merry Christmas but I’ll get to that as well!

On another note, for some reason I just can’t get into Christmas music. I can’t explain it but I just can’t sing along to it. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Christmas season, just not the music. Well, I don’t really like holiday themed music in general. However, I do happen to enjoy one Christmas song and it is “All I Want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. It’s probably everyone’s favorite Christmas song and it happens to be mine too.

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Television Tuesday: Netflix Boredom

Now that I have time to relax on break instead of being busy during the semester, I’ve decided to invest in a good book and Netflix. The first show I decided to watch once I got Netflix was House of Cards. It’s about a Congressman who works the political system to do things for his own benefit and to get his way. I started watching it since I’m going to be living in D.C. next semester so it got me excited to start living there. It’s not an edge of your seat drama but it’s more of a “How will he get out if this one?”

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While I wait on the second season to come out in February, I’ve decided to start watching the show Sherlock. It’s a modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and comes at an appropriate time since I’ve begun reading a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories. It sounds nerdy, I know, but it makes me feel pretentious.

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Music Monday: Butler War Song

So I’ve been spending my first day home from Butler YouTubeing Butler videos, lame I know, and have been catching up on all my Butler news in social media. I’m getting Butler withdrawals already! I’ve also probably been getting the Butler Blues (no pun intended) since I’m not going to be on campus next semester because of my internship.

While on my YouTube spree, I stumbled across this precious video of the dearly departed Butler Blue 2. The video shows him waking up when the Butler war song plays and it’s very funny. But who can blame him? It’s a catchy tune!

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Top 7 Reasons I Love Being At Butler

1. Academics: Academics are definitely a high priority at Butler, which I think has helped me tremendously in job searching/applying to graduate schools.

2. Opportunities: Going to Butler has given me a ton of opportunities I may not have had going to other schools. For example, I will be interning in Washington, D.C. next semester at the Capitol Building in the Senate all thanks to connections made at Butler.

3. Big City Life: Butler is only a 15 minute drive from downtown Indy and a 10 minute drive from Broad Ripple which means things are always exciting and lively and close to so many things happening in the city!

4. Community Atmosphere: One of the unique things about Butler is that it is small enough so that you know most people on campus but large enough where you don’t ever feel lonely. At times, it seems like one big community on campus.

5. Starbucks: Starbucks being right in the middle of campus has gotten me through a ton of long days until my flex dollars have run out.

6. Relationships: I’ve made so many friends and met so many new people while being at Butler that I wouldn’t trade for the world! Plus, all of the organizations and clubs on campus have led me to even branch out into the city working with people not on campus and trying new things.

7. Blue 3: Self-explanatory. Just watch this video:

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8. Butler Basketball (Bonus)The never disappointing basketball team definitely make campus lively and brings out the school spirit in everyone.

Campus Getting Empty

Since it’s finals week, everyone has been stressed/studying franticly in every place imaginable on campus. Fortunately I only had final papers/projects so I wasn’t as stressed as many of my peers but I still have to stay on campus since I’m an RA. But, one of the fun things about this time of year is that slowly but surely things start getting empty as the week goes on.

One of the best parts of this is that finding a parking spot gets much easier. It’s also nice not running into everyone and getting a breather. It reminds me of this summer when I was on campus and not many people were around. I also have to start packing/leaving my room as well since I’m going to be living in Washington, D.C. next semester which is exciting!

So for now, I’ll just people watch

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Beyonce Monday

So I was minding my own business, Thursday night, when I decide to get a hearty meal to celebrate my last class of the semester. That said, I decided to even go to bed early and just relax. Little did I know, Beyoncé had big plans that night. I happened to wake up at 5 AM to a couple texts, mostly along the lines of “BEYONCÉ.” I just knew something big happened.

I checked my handy dandy Internet to find out that Beyoncé released a new surprise album with no prior warning or notice entitled “BEYONCÉ” on iTunes. Not only was it an album, it also contained 17 FREE music videos! I didn’t even flinch and purchased the album on command. Then I spent the next couple of hours watching the music videos and listening to the songs all being amazed how she could keep such a big secret for so long! I guess she’s called Queen B for a reason!

All the videos are amazing, unique, and have spectacular quality. One of my favorite songs on the album is called “XO” and it’s also one of my favorite videos just because of how organic it feels. Beyoncé never disappoints and it’s why she’s my favorite artist out today. I definitely need to see her in concert!

Check it out below:

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Dinosaur Blues

So it’s getting to the end of the year which means most of my International residents are leaving soon! It’s sad but also good since winter break is soon! I can’t wait to just be able to relax and not have to worry about any assignments for about two months!

One of the perks of being an RA is that your residents give you their stuff if they leave for the semester! Yesterday I got a cool Dinosaur onesie from my resident Stuart! It’s quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever received.

I'm a dinosaur. So what?

I’m a dinosaur. So what?

Alternative Music Monday

So I’ve been getting really into alternative music lately, probably because of my new hipster lifestyle, and I’ve been discovering all of these new bands and artists because of it. Pandora Radio has also helped with this respect too. Slowly but surely my alternative music selection has been growing in my iTunes library.

One of the bands I’ve discovered are the Arctic Monkeys. They’re a group from the UK but have a lot of American influenced music styles. Their latest album is hip-hop inspired, which I love, and their music makes me twerk. So it’s basically all I’ve ever wanted in a music group.

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