Monday, December 26, 2011

SBH and Possibly 52 Weeks?

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  This year was one of the best Christmas' I've had.  We actually had to celebrate it on Christmas Eve, because my mom had to work on Christmas.  So actual Christmas pretty  much just felt like any other day for me.    It's hard to believe that 2011 is almost over.   Which means my 365 project is almost done.  I know I need to catch  you guys up on that.  I'll try my best to do that tomorrow.

I probably won't ever do a 365 again...It wasn't all that easy.  I am still really glad I have done it though; It'll be nice to look back on and see how fast McKynley has grown over the year.  I am thinking of doing a 52 week project in 2012. I can't decide.  (A picture every week, instead of everyday.) As a way to kind of ween myself off of 365.  Also as an excuse to still use my camera often;  if not then  I am afraid I would let it sit in my camera bag and never use it anymore...which would then probably result in me forgetting all of the things that I learned about photography/my camera during this 365.

52 weeks sounds a lot easier, because there have been quite a few days this year where I wasn't really feelin' the whole picture a day thing and just wanted to skip days due to not feeling well, not having an idea of what to photograph, or just simply being too lazy to take a photo. With 52 weeks if I feel like skipping I still have 6 other days for the chance to get a photo in.  Sounds good to me.

I saw my friends School Boy Humor last week, when they came home to Arkansas to do a show in Little Rock.  I'll tell you about it in the next day or two.  That's one thing I want to be better about in 2012...blogging about the shows I go to, which was the whole reason I created this blog in the first place; but then 365 seemed to take over.  Which I feel kind of ruined Rockstars and Randomness, seeing as there have hardly been any rockstars present in my post since this project started.

  That and the fact that every time I turned around I had another show to go to, which as a show-goer I loved, but as a blogger it made it hard to find the time to write about the shows I was attending.

Since I don't like posting entries on my blog that don't include pictures here is a picture of  Phil from the SBH show last week:


You can find School Boy Humor's music on iTunes:  A self-titled album, 2 EP's (one of which including a cover of Colbie Callet's "Realize") and 3 new singles; "7 Minutes in Heaven", "Sex & Rock 'N Roll" and "Nobody"

"Realize":



"7 Minutes in Heaven"


"Sex and Rock 'N Roll":



An acoustic version of "Nobody":




-laurenmikael

Monday, December 5, 2011

January and May


This song was written by Doug Brown of SafetySuit. You probably know of James Durbin from American Idol. James was my favorite contestant from season ten, which should be pretty obvious seeing as he was the rocker of AI that season. If you have been reading my blog for a while then you most likely know that SafetySuit is one of my favorite bands of all time...so when I found out that Doug had written a song that made it onto James' album, I had to check it out.
I love this song; It's sweet and sad (makes me want to to cry every time I hear it.) It definitely has a SafetySuit feel to it, but I think it fits James well.

James Durbin's album "Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster" is available on iTunes now. "May" is the only song I've heard off of the album so far, but after hearing that I'm pretty sure I'm going to be buying the whole thing soon.

SafetySuit's newest album "These Times" will be released to iTunes on January 3rd but the album's official release date is January 10th.

"Let Go" (SafetySuit's latest music video)



"These Times" (Acoustic version of the title track)

-laurenmikael

Sunday, December 4, 2011

307-323: Matte About You

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Eddie doesn't like bath time.

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Heather fixing her nail polish with a Q-tip.

Day 318:


My cousin Cara

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I've never really been a scarf person, but recently I've decided to give them a try.  I got this one a Target a few days ago.

Day 321:


Joplin on the windowsill.

Day 322:



Day 323:


Heather recently ordered this matte polish top coat from Amazon.  It's made by Essie, it's called Matte About You.  You put it on top of any nail poish color you want and it will make the color not be shiny.  It makes them look really cool.  Heather found out about it on Pintrest. (She and my mom are addicted to Pintrest...I have an account, but I'm not much of a fan.) 

We couldn't find Matte About You in any of the stores we go to so if you want some, I would suggest just ordering on online.  I love it.  I think I'm going to have to get myself a bottle.




-laurenmikael




Sunday, November 13, 2011

Permanent Relapse

Yeah, I know it's been a little while since my last post.  I don't even have an excuse this time. I meant to post this last week, but never found the time.   Anyway...All Time Low did end up being a no go. Oh well, maybe we (my cousin and I) can catch them some other time. 

 Lovers and Liars released a new EP "Permanent Relapse" a week ago.  It has 3 songs...all of which I had already heard at their live shows and loved them, so I'm really happy that I can listen to them anytime I feel like it now (all the time.) 

"Permanent Relapse" track listing:

1. "If It's Over"  (I've shared this one with you guys before)




2. "Feel Something Again" If I had to choose, I would have to say this one is my favorite.



3. "Another Mistake" (It's Like This)




This was their show with RED at the original Juanita's in May (it's not my video) It's not the full song...sorry.  It gets on my nerves when people only record half of a song at a show...why even record it if your not gonna bother to get the whole thing?

If you wanna download the EP (it's free...cause their nice like that) all you have to do is 'like' the Lovers and Liars Facebook page here


-laurenmikael


Thursday, November 3, 2011

All Time Low- A No Go?

Day 298:



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Day 301:

I've never really been a wine person, but I might have changed my mind recently. Stella Rosa Bianco is really good...as well as Rosa di Rosa (Day 302)

Day 302:


I've always wanted to do a shot like this...I like how it turned out.  I wanna do more kind of like this soon.
Day 303:



Heather (my sister) and I made our first homemade pie...Apple.

Pobably the best pie I've ever had; no lie.  Looking at this photo is really making me want another one.

Day 304:


 Doodlebug was the cutest little witch.

Day 305:


My pretty cat Joplin

Day 306:



This was actually kind of an accident photo, that I ended up liking...so it became day 306.

I might be seeing All Time Low tomorrow night.  Not sure yet...

I only know probably 3 of their songs, but I can work on that.  My cousin is a big fan of them and she wants to go, I always drag her to shows, so I figured it would be good to go with her to see one she wanted for once.   Plus all the show photographers I've seen on Flickr have had a chance to photograph All Time Low.  So I'll feel kinda left out if I don't get them in my portfolio.    My cousin might be going to a wedding instead though; which leaves me no way to get to the show

I also want to go because I don't have any shows coming up in November or December (that I know of as of right now) and my last show was on October 18th, I'm kind of going through withdrawls and this could be my last chance to see one for a while.


"Damned If I Do Ya" by All Time Low:


"Dear Maria" (acoustic)


I really hope we go now cause I just watched the videos and now don't wanna miss it even though I don't know that many songs by them.  Plus weddings are boring and they all happen the same way basically:

Guy gets asked do you wanna marry this girl?

Guy says "I do"

Girl gets asked the same question

Girl says "I do"

They suck eachothers faces

Then cram cake in eachothers faces

Dance then go on a honeymoon...most of the time now days they end up getting divorced a few months/years later anyway so in my opinion it's a big waste of time for people that attend and a big waste of money for the family of the couple...so obviously All Time Low is the better choice here.  Cute boys and music; two of my favorite things.

-laurenmikael

Monday, October 24, 2011

289-297: Cars, Rockstars, and Leprechauns

Day 289:


Chrysler Plymouth
 
Day 290:


Eddie had his first trip to the groomer





Day 291:

Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil

Day 292:

Tony Greve of Pop Evil
"Monster You Made" (Official Music Video)


Day 293:

A Good Fight is a band  from Fayetteville, Arkansas that opened for Pop Evil; they gave me a signed copy of their album.  (Haven't gotten the chance to listen to it entirely yet, but what I've heard so far is pretty awesome.)

 "The Drama" by A Good Fight


They have two albums on iTunes:

  • The City Could Be Ours By Morning
  • A Good Fight

Day 294:





Day 295:


My light fixture in my room, it was bought a few years ago, but just got hung up on day 295...yes it's orange.  That's one of my favorite colors, (purple is my other favorite) I got it back when my room was orange...but now my room is turqouise and brown so it doesn't really match...I think it is going to get painted brown soon.

Day 296:


 Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to paint my nails red, that used to be the only color my mom ever used and I always thought it made her look classy.  Well I am now 21 and painted my nails red for the first time on day 296; I like it! I'm used to black or silver but red is a good change.  At least for a little while.
 Day 297:


Lucky Charms is one of my favorite cereals.  I like buying the little boxes of cereal that come in a variety pack; they are so cute...that and I can never finish a full sized box before it goes stale.

Now you are completely caught up on my 365.

-laurenmikael

PS: You may have noticed I changed my background.  I'm going to update the header soon too, I haven't decided which pictures I want to use yet.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

It's Not So Bad, Everybody Likes Rockstar Kisses, Right?

So I have a good excuse as to why I haven't posted in a few days...yep, I broke my promise; I know.  I'm really good at that unfortunately.  I woke up the next today sick and spent 22 of the 24 hour day in bed; I had tickets to see Pop Evil the next day and refused to miss them, I had to make sure and sleep off my sickness. 


It worked, the next night I was at Juanita's feeling perfectly fine.


 A few months ago, I think it was at the end of June,  Juanita's moved to a new location.  I was very upset about this when I found out they were moving. I didn't want a new one, I liked the original one just fine.  They'd been in that spot for at least 12 years...maybe more; I'm not sure.  I had been to tons of shows there, made a lot of new friends and great memories, discovered some bands there that I now consider to be my favorites.


The new Juanita's is bigger, which is a good thing.  The resturant is downstairs (well techinically I guess you could kinda call it underground if you wanted to.  They have an elevator now  I've only been down to that part once.  To be honest their food isn't very good  scratch that...it's straight up nasty.  Well, they do have good salsa and white cheese dip, I'll give them that.  If you must order from there I would suggest the fried mini burritos. (Think Chili's southwestern egg rolls.)


The stage is way too high.  Everyone I've talked to prefers the original Juanita's over the new one.  JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights told me after the show last month that he didn't like the new one and that he felt awkward on the stage since it is so tall.


  Another thing I hate is that they use barricades in front of the stage now, they never used them before.  At the old one you could be right up against the stage if you wanted to.  That stage was so low that it only came to my knees....and I sit down all the time. 


 It doesn't make any sense to me why they would use barricades (for the artist protection probably) but now that the stage is so high, someone would have to work hard to jump up on that stage to get to the artist, whereas at the old one someone could easily get up on stage without putting forth any effort.  Therefore,  barricades should have been used back then and not now.  Plus the barricades themselves are almost the same height as the stage, to the point where I almost can't even see over them. 


However there are a few things I do like better about the new location:


They let me in before doors open. ..they never used to do that.  Which means I'm in there about an hour before everyone else.  Usually bands are doing soundcheck during this time, I like that I get to see that.  Plus the fact that no one can ever take my spot up front again...I get first dibs since I get in so early. 


Oh and then there's that whole always getting kisses from the lead singers after the show thing...that never happened at the old Juanita's...so yeah, disreguard all the bad stuff I said about this one; new Juanita's for the win!



Ed Sloan (lead singer of Crossfade)
 After the Pop Evil show on Tuesday, Leigh Kakaty (lead singer) kissed me on the forehead before I left.

-laurenmikael

Monday, October 17, 2011

238-288: I'm Back!

So I think it's time I catch you guys up on my 365...


Day 238:




This photo is part of my Inspired By Song Lyrics series.  It's inspired by the song "Angels" by American Bang.

"She lies in the bed wishing she was there at the show"

 It's got a Country twang to it, but it's considered Rock.  Which I hate because I can't stand Country.  I just like the lyrics.  You can listen here.

Day 239:



This is a set list from when I saw Crossfade on August 23rd. Signed by Ed Sloan (lead vocals), Les Hall...aka 537 (guitar), Mitch James (bass/backing vocals) and Mark Castillo (drummer)

Day 240:



One of my favorite books Story Of A Girl  by Sara Zarr


Day 241:


This photo is inspired by "Heart Like A Kingdom" by Boom The Wheel. 

"Use your outside voice; remove the tape from your mouth"


Day 242:




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Day 248:



Sign in front of the Villa Marre in Little Rock (mansion used in the TV show Designing Women.)

Day 249:



This is a bench in Little Rock.  I had been wanting to photograph it for a long time, but couldn't ever find it.  The Love Bench is very popular subject amoung Arkansas photographers.  I finally found it.  I got a comment by a user on Flickr asking where this was.   Glad to know I wasn't the only one how had trouble finding it.


Day 250:


A blueberry poptart (I hate this picture...I was lacking inpiratuon.)

Day 251:




Coffee from Baskin Robbins.  I also hate this photo, was still lacking inspiration.

Day 252:


I dyed my hair purple on this day. (Just bangs and some streaks.) inspired by "Purple" by Pop Evil (they're talking about a tattoo; but whatever, purple hair...purple tattoo; close enough.



253:


A full picture of the Villa Marre.

Day 254:



Day 255:



This is the day I got a new lens (28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM) I love it! It is pretty much the only lens I have used since I bought it.

Day 256:



I went to see Hawthorne Heights, this is James Prather, he is a member of ViFolly. (If you click their name you will be taken to their Facebook page where you can listen to their awesome music.)  They opened for Hawthorne Heights.  They are now one of my favorite bands.  I really like how well this new lens works for shows.  This is one of my favorite show shots I have taken...ever.

Day 257:

Micah Carli (Hawthorne Heights)

Day 258:




My little Doodlebug had to get glasses.

Day 259:



Her little feet.

 Day 260:


I broke these sunglasses a few days ago.  I had them for atleast a year and a half. (That is a record for me, normally I have them for about a day before they get lost or broken.)  I'm pretty sad, they were my favorite.

Day 261:



This is a robot necklace I got from Forever 21.  Haven't worn it yet, the chain is way too long.

Day 262:




On this day I went to see 10 Years.  A local band opened for them.  Blind Mary.  I had seen Blind Mary once with Crossfade, they are really good. One of my favorite photos of the night.

Day 263:



Jesse Hasek (10 Years)

Day 264:



In 2005 I went to the Wal-Mart Shareholders meeting, Shakira, Jesse McCartney and Jimmy Buffett performed.  After the show I met Jimmy and he gave me this pick.

Day 265:



I bought a puppy.  He is a Sheltie.  Four months old.  His name is Eddie.

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We raise chickens they are now laying white, brown and blue-green eggs.


Day 270:



Eddie is not a fan of the leash.

Day 271:



10 Years set list and pick.

Day 272:



I finally bought a pair of yellow Converse.  I have been wanting them for a long time. I also got purple and a pair of red.

Day 273:




Day 274:




I saw Aranda open for Hinder.  I love this picture Gabe is holding the guitar for his brother Dameon so he can play it using his boot.  This was my fourth time to see these guys.  Love them!  Every show I try to get a shot of this happening and up until now it has always failed.  I just wish I would have been zoomed out a little more so Dameon's boot could be seen better.

Day 275:


Austin Winkler and Joe Garvey of Hinder.

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Day 278:



This was the day Steve Jobs died.  I am so thankful for everything he created.  Not a day goes by that I don't use my iPhone or iPod.  This song has nothing to do with that...I bought ticket to see Pop Evil that day.  The show is on Tuesday.  I am so excited.  I haven't seen them since the first time I saw Crossfade in June.

Day 279:



Day 280:



Swing in my parents backyard.

Day 281:



This is either a Cavo or Theory Of A Deadman pick, I can't remember which.



Day 282:




You might remember these guys from day 5.




Day 283:




Mom's cat Joplin (named after Missouri.)

Day 284:


Eddie has been playing with the chickens.

Day 285:



Day 286:



Jance of Boom The Wheel.

Day 287:



Wesley of Belair.

Day 288:




Doodlebug eating a Halloween cupcake.  Well, actually she just licks the frosting off and throws the cake away. :)

This is pretty much picture overload probably.  I just wanted to get caught up.  I'll post more tomorrow.  Really...I will...I'm even going to set Blogger as my homepage so I don't forget.  I will try my hardest to never get this far behind again.

-laurenmikael.