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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Posts Tagged “music”

Studython Playlist

I don’t know why, but to get my finals study on, I have to (first of all) stay awake.

And reminisce?

So my study playlist looks like it’s straight out of 2001 or a bad pop station from now. A little bit of both. And it’s all thanks to Spotify which enables me to add a bunch of songs that I should not be allowed to put together into one playlist.

I’m actually reusing my study list from last year, which consists of N*SYNC, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears–your imagination can fill in the rest. It also has a mix of Arcade Fire (?) and The Killers. I do not claim to have any taste in music.

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It keeps me awake and pumped. Whatever it takes, right? I mean, it’s  better than drinking so much coffee that I fall out of my chair.

Study Jams

Clusters start Monday (Tuesday for P3s!) so that means my Spotify has been blowing up with nonstop music.

My current jam is Harper Lee by Little Green Cars. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I heard it on WTTS and I was like “this song was made for me.” Something about the vocals and the indie rock and the literary reference. I just love that.

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Also please join in the magnificence that is Levon Helm. He died last year on April 19th.

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Something about playing the drums and doing lead vocals just screams TALENT. Also… Levon Helm. The Band. Majesty.

It’s Friday, so it should be my day off, but I am on campus in the science library and it is COLD. It was 80 on Wednesday! I bite my thumb at thee, weather! Such is the reality of cluster prep, though. It’s nice and quiet up here except now Levon Helm is wailing in my ears. Thanks Levon.

(I may or may not have tagged this post Music Monday and I regret nothing.)

Music Monday on Tuesday

I’m getting on the Music Monday Boat (sorry it’s late!).

I made a playlist on Spotify called Juice Party and that’s been my jam (title is in reference to Buster Bluth from Arrested Development, extra points if you know what I’m talking about). Highlights being: Salt-N-Pepa, Gorillaz, Ke$ha, Beastie Boys, and most importantly, new singles off of Justin Timblerlake’s 20/20.

To be truthful I’ve  been kind of meh about the entire 20/20 album but I do really like the singles off of it, especially Mirrors.

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The SNL performance was GRAND too.

And if Juice Party isn’t your thing, I have POWERRR (in reference to Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson. I don’t know where I get these, seriously.) This playlist is actually pretty chill. I’ve got mostly new indie rock and some old classics like James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Jackson Browne. I’m in love with this song by Two Door Cinema Club called Sleep Alone.

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If you look at the comments, apparently FIFA 13 used this song for their new game? And there was another song I fell in love with that also used this song. Atlas Genius – If So (I actually prefer the acoustic version).

That’s all from my music archives this week!

It’s not time for Christmas music. YET.

Sooo due to inclement (read: HOT) weather, I haven’t really been listening to Christmas music. :(

SO INSTEAD I will share with you my favorite songs of the moment!

Gaslight Anthem – National Anthem. This is from their most recent album, Handwritten, which I’m obsessed with. You know what? You need to see the music video for Handwritten.

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I can’t preface those songs anymore. They’re just excellent.

The Killers – Heart of a Girl. I’ve got some really laid back tracks this time around, geez. Well, this song is just sweet and I like it. :)

I’ve been listening to albums off of The Rolling Stone’s Top 50. My top picks of artists so far off of it: Best Coast, Divine Fits, and Hospitality. I haven’t had a chance to delve too deeply into the rest, but I imagine with hours and hours of studying ahead of me, I’ll get there.

Oh, and if you’re still itching for Christmas:

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Ella Fitzgerald – Sleigh Ride. Perfection.

Vince Guaraldi – The Christmas Song. This entire album is by far one of the greatest holiday classics … ever. And this song in particular is just so bittersweet and perfect and GAH. I love it.

I am a musical PROPHET!

Remember when I asked for a new Ke$ha album?


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I’m fairly certain Ke$ha doesn’t take herself seriously. At least, not as seriously as Rihanna? That’s all I can ask for.

I really can’t emphasize enough how much I despise turning on the radio anymore. I listen to X-103 and WTTS exclusively now if my iPod is otherwise incapacitated. But every time I turn on a pop station it’s: cruddy Pink, cruddy Adam Levine (WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, ADAM?), Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Fun. (sorry, I just–can’t), sometimes if I’m lucky it’s Cher Lloyd or blast-from-the-past Domino by Jessie Jay, but otherwise… NOISE.


I usually go through phases where the new pop music isn’t doing it for me, but within a few months a few new songs will come out and I’m right back on the pop bandwagon. I mean, my heart and soul is always with rock (see: why I listen to X-103 and WTTS), but I can get into some silly pop music. Nowadays, though, I’ve been waiting and waiting for something good to come out and it’s just the same people coming out with the same-sounding soulless singles.

Argh, you know what? Cleanse your palate.

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I feel better.

New Music Month

The next month is just FILLED with all my favorite bands coming out with new albums!

Tuesday, The Killers came out with Battle Born! I knew their new album was due out before the end of the year, but I had nooo idea it was coming out so soon. I heard on the radio on Monday that it was coming out the following day and I was like AWWW YEAH (in the Kool Aid Man voice). I got it right away because I’m desperate for music to listen to while studying, and it’s awesome.

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The single off of it is called Runaways. There’s something reminiscent to Sam’s Town about this album, but it definitely stands alone with its own sound. (Sam’s Town is still my favorite of theirs, I think.)

The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons have their new albums this month too! It’s just TOO MUCH. Definitely been a good year for albums for my favorite bands. Springsteen, Avett Brothers, The Killers, gawsh. All I need is Ke$ha and I would have a complete set of my favorite things.

What? I freakin’ love Ke$ha!

I seriously stepped in a wormhole

I usually bust out the word wormhole in reference to the end of the semester/season/other landmark, not week 3 of classes. Week 3 of classes should, in theory, be one of the least exciting times in a semester. Week 3 should be weak 3, if you follow my pun.

Anyway, my professors seem to be confused about this, because I just took my 3rd quiz of the semester, I have my 4th quiz and 3rd (no–4th?) assignment of the semester on Friday, and I kind of want to scream. Maybe I did scream today, and it was when the traffic light in front of my apartment turned red seconds before I (SAFELY) accelerated to turn left in front of a stream of rush hour traffic.

That’s beside the point, though, because I’m confused about the space time continuum and why week 3 of classes is feeling like midterms. Well, not just week 3–weeks 1 and 2 and 3 have all felt like midterms. Should the whole semester just feel like midterms at this point? I’m guessing that’s the case.

ALSO could the humidity please drop? A little? Maybe?











Curtis left me this note! Written on a napkin. To a tune of the devil.

How to lose your friends and alienate people

Listen to Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and Lana del Rey.

JT. I JUST LOVE YOU. I’m also a sucker for puns, if you can really call this a pun. It’s really just … the way he says the phrase in the song. In other news, I’m still aghast at the fact that it is May and my semester ends in less than 12 hours. What is going on??

I don’t know why, but I’ve been listening to Backstreet Boys and NSYNC exclusively for the past couple of weeks. It’s so nostalgic. Backstreet Boys were probably the first CD I got, ever, and I listened to it ALL THE TIME.

Boy bands inspire me to learn about coronary artery stents and seizures and aperspectival objectivity.

But if boy bands aren’t your thing, then here’s some actual respectable music:

HOLD ON by Alabama Shakes. Coming to the Vogue in July ahh!

PS – I will not apologize for the sheer amount of gifs that are appearing on my blog.

Songs of the season

Every round of clusters, I have to make a new playlist to study to. Here are my favorite songs to listen to right now!

The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name. This is from a few summers ago, and although The Ting Tings fell off the face of the planet never to return, I freakin’ love this song and their album.


The Hunger Games Soundtrack. Specifically, The Secret Sisters – Tomorrow Will be Kinder. This album has a really great sound. The folksy songs fit the mood of District 12 (the main character’s hometown) and it’s just got this dark but hopeful tone to it. I’m also obsessed with the Hunger Games so that’s a compelling reason for me to like it. :P

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs. I’ve had this album on repeat since spring break. It’s cool listening to an album that has a cohesive theme. Plus this sucker won the Grammy for best album two years ago! Get it, Arcade Fire.

Ray LaMontagne – You are the Best Thing. I’d never actually heard this song before until last week! It’s a cute song–I love a good horn section. Lots of retro flair in it too. I can’t believe I just said “retro flair.”

I’ll see myself out.

On pre-ordering and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

The minute we heard about Springsteen’s new album, Wrecking Ball, it was imperative to us to pre-order it. Something about throwing money at the E Street band made us think we’d get the album faster. I don’t know.

We pre-ordered from Amazon, and I remember asking myself, “how does this work? will they ship it to us to get here on the release date? or simply ship it on the day of release?” I remember getting the 7th Harry Potter book on the day of its release, so we figured, hey, why not? We could order Wrecking Ball and some other book and not have to pay shipping. Wahoo!

Turns out, the freakin’ album won’t get here until Saturday even though it came out today! WHY WHY WHY. :( heartbroken. I refuse to listen to it until I’ve got the album in my hands. It just doesn’t feel right otherwise.

At least this amazing cover of Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) and Springsteen doing “Sexy and I Know It” exists. FOR DOWNLOAD. :D