aka This Week in Stephanie’s Recent Purchases
I always like to start off a new semester (or a new year) with some new music. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been listening to lately:
“Silvia” by Miike Snow. I bought this song after hearing it on Chuck this week. I’ve discovered a lot of great music from that show. Check it out! (Both the song and the show–you won’t be disappointed)
“Rise” by The Frames. I just finally purchased this song after listening to it on youtube a dozen times. I have Monday night tv to thank for this one as well. It was featured on this week’s incredible episode of Castle. (If you’re not watching Castle, what are you waiting for? Go watch now. After watching “Knockdown,” I dare you not to want to watch more.)
Infinite Arms by Band of Horses. I first discovered Band of Horses thanks to–you guessed it–two tv shows that used their music, Chuck and Psych. Infinite Arms is their third album, which came out last year, and is definitely worth buying. “Dilly” is currently my favorite song on the album. (The video is kind of weird, but the song is good.)
I loooove the weekends. Not only because I don’t have to go to school or work, but also because so far I have been able to be very productive. This weekend, I wrote two essays, finished an exercise for class, and did some reading. The weekends are also my cooking/baking time!
I made pad thai today!
It was a lot easier to make than I expected. Yesterday, I made bean & rice burgers, curried millet, and pizza crust. I made enough of everything to last me at least through the first half of the week (the pizza crusts will last at least a couple of weeks though because I made three).
So I have this thing where if I’m reading for class, I can only listen to instrumental music (usually movie scores, but sometimes classical), but when I’m writing I can listen to music with words or, even better, watch movies/tv as long as it’s something I’ve already seen. So since the weekends have been my writing time, I’ve been having some very fun marathons. Today, I’ve indulged in Bones and Chuck dvds while I finished my essay.
Speaking of tv, happy premiere week! I’m so excited for all of my shows to return this week even though I will be in class during most of them. Thank goodness my computer doubles as a dvr. When I get back from class tomorrow night I will be watching Chuck and Castle. Thankfully, I have Tuesdays off from work, so I feel like I can indulge a bit and watch both Monday night.
So if you know me, you probably know that a hobby of mine is discovering new music through my favorite tv shows. After watching last night’s incredible finale to season four of Psych, I bought the song featured in the closing montage, “I Go to the Barn Because I Like the” by Band of Horses. Listen:
However, while I love both of these songs, when I checked out their album Cease to Begin, I didn’t like it that much.
Last night I started thinking about one of my favorite scenes from the short-lived Pushing Daisies. I always enjoyed it when they had Kristin Chenoweth randomly burst into song.
I think the saddest thing about the show getting canceled halfway into season 2 is that they never got to do a musical episode.
I am always on the lookout for new music. When a free download is offered, that just makes me even more willing to check it out.
I am definitely glad I took the time to visit their website and download the single “Rogue Machine.” I am hooked on it and it’s my favorite song right now. I am now eagerly awaiting the release of the full album, which I will definitely be checking out.
In the process of wanting to learn more about The Daylights, I’ve discovered that they spent four months touring with OneRepublic, have collaborated with bands such as Switchfoot and Collective Soul, and have appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
So what are you waiting for? Go to their website and download “Rogue Machine.” While you’re there you can also listen to streaming of three other songs.