Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Phillip Phillips' Debut Album



(Album cover)


Yesterday Phillip Phillips (winner of American Idol season 11) released his debut album  "The World from the Side of the Moon."

I'm listening to it right now on Spotify.  I love the sound of his voice, but so far there hasn't been anything too exciting to me about this album...although I am only on track 5 of 14 (15 if you count the live version of "Home" that is included.)  There haven't been any upbeat catchy tracks...yet.  

Phillip is one of those artist like Daughtry in my opinion that never seems to change the tone of their voice, which if you read this blog often, you know I'm not a fan of. I like when the artist changes it up a little with every track.

What I've heard of Phillips' album is very laid back and calming.  There has yet to be a track that I have been amazed with.  

Right now a tune entitled "Drive Me" is on, it is track number 8.  I really like this one.  It is the only one so far that has grabbed my attention.

If you are someone who likes slow, calming jazzy type music, (ie: Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Adele or Michael Buble) you will probably really enjoy this album.  Whereas if you are like me and would rather listen to hard rock and punk music (ie: Crossfade, Pop Evil, Green Day or The Offspring) then "The World from the Side of the Moon" is mostly likely not the album for you.  

The album is over now.  I only like 2 of the 14 tracks.  I don't think those are very good odds.  As I mentioned earlier I like "Drive Me" the other one I like is "Home" but to be honest that's not really saying much because that was the first single off of this album and it is beginning to become overplayed. Personally I don't see this album as one that is worth buying.

I was hoping to like this album more than I do.  Oh well.  Don't just take my word for it though...go give the album a listen for yourself.  Feel free to tell me if you like/or dislike it.  I would like to know your opinion on it.

-laurenmikael

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Doodlebug Comes To Visit

Doodlebug came to visit today.  Brook and I babysat her while her mommy was in a meeting.  This was her first time in our new place.  She loved it, I did too...because for the first time I got to feel like a real aunt.  What I mean by that is from day one I've lived with her and most aunts probably don't get that chance.  In a way I kinda felt like a second mother to her if you get what mean.  Now I get to see what it's like to have her come visit/stay the night in my own house.

At the same time I miss not being able to be with her all day everyday, since that's basically the way it has been for the last four years.  We had fun.  We watch Spongebob and then Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...while eating mixed berry (strawberry and blueberry) muffins.  Doodlebug help Brook make them; she decided it would be a good idea to put sprinkles in the batter....I have to admit I was skeptical of this at first, since sprinkles are normally associated with cupcakes, not muffins.  Turns out little Doodlebug might just be on to something cause it actually tasted awesome.  Now I don't know if I am ever going to want to eat muffins without sprinkles mixed in with the batter ever again.

After her TV shows were over and the muffins were gone Brook and Doodlebug went to the park while I stayed home and took a little nap.  When Doodlebug came back from the park Brook and I taught her how to play Cooking Mama on Wii...she loved it!

In other news I'm obsessed with "¡DOS!" by Green Day now.  I bought it Friday and I can't stop listening to it.  Once I get "¡TRE!"and the Green Day box set in December I'm going to do a post reviewing each album and letting you know my favorites from all of them.  I think that will be a good topic to go off of for a while.  I'll do a separate post for each album.  I believe their will be 12 whenever "¡TRE!" is released.  So keep a look out for those post that will be coming after Christmas.

A picture from my Instagram, I you don't already follow me on there, what are you waiting for go do it. @laurenmikael is my username, if you couldn't tell from the photo above. :)

After Doodlebug left Brook made homemade hot chocolate and we rented Katy Perry's: Part Of Me.  I really enjoyed it.  I guess you could say I have a new found respect for her now.  I mean I liked her before I watched it, but now I like her more as a person...not only as a musician.

After the movie was over Brook invited a friend I had never met before of and we all just talked for a while and ate french toast.  He was really awesome.

I would have to say today was great from start to finish.  Hope yours was just as good.

-laurenmikael

Thursday, November 15, 2012

They Made Him Go to Rehab...

We finally have internet and cable  Got it yesterday. Can't believe I went two without it.  I wasn't really missing TV, cause I just watch everything through apps on my iPad these days, I watched two 30 minute shows (The Middle, and Suburgatory) and turned the TV off.

If it was up to me we wouldn't even have cable, since pretty much everything can be watched over the internet...

On Tuesday, November 13th, Green Day released ¡DOS! (The 2nd of 3 new albums) ¡UNO! was released in September and ¡TRÉ! will be released on December 11th.

I have a list of artist and/or bands I want to see live...first band on that list has always been Green Day...but I guess I'm gonna have to wait a little longer now since Billie Joe went to rehab and Green Day cancelled all of their tour dates for the rest of this year and 2013.

Someone had told me what happened at the iHeartRadio Festival (which is what lead Billie Joe to rehab) but I hadn't actually seen what happened until a few minutes ago.

Basically what happened is Green Day was preforming and Billie Joe was planning on playing some new material, but was told that the set had been cut short and he only had one minute left before they were going to let Usher preform.  Watch the video to see how it all went down...

(His "freak out" as everyone is calling it starts at the 3 minute mark...if you want to skip ahead.)



Personally I agree with Billie Joe on this one.  I mean they are fucking Green Day, they have been around a lot longer than Usher and I believe they deserve much more respect than that   If anyone's set was cut short it should have been Usher's, so that Green Day could have had more time. 

Because...

 1: They have a lot more hit songs than Usher does.

2: They are truly talented, and the shows they put on are about the music...not really cool  dance moves; oh sorry what I meant to type there was LAME.

3. From everything I've heard the only good part about this festival was the fact that Green Day was there, and that they are the ones who drew in an audience.

4. Notice how everyone was cheering as Billie Joe got mad? Everyone enjoyed it, because they were probably mad too.

I don't even see why he had to go to rehab over this...hello, he smashed a guitar on stage during a show...that's an iconic rockstar move right there, and so what if he cursed, he was mad...Green Day has explicit lyrics in a numerous amount of their songs. (and I mean come on...admit it, when you get mad most of you guys probably throw a few cuss words out there.)

As I was watching this video, the whole time I was thinking "Yeah, Billie Joe, tell them how you feel; get mad!" I was glad he did it. Cause it made me mad too.  


Since I haven't had internet I haven't had a chance to really give ¡DOS! a good listen...but I will tell you that ¡UNO! might just be my favorite album they have ever made...so far anyway.

Oh and I'm really excited because I'm getting Green Day's entire collection (well, minus ¡DOS! and ¡TRÉ!) for Christmas.

...and yes the title of this post was inspired by "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse.  Here is the Official Music Video:




Now that I've written all of this I am seeing reports that say a statement was issued saying that Green Day apologized for what happened; and their set was never cut short, and they were given the amount of time they were suppose to have had all along.  I don't believe that though, because that was probably just the record label trying to cover themselves, labels and other companies and/or people seem to do that a lot.


-laurenmikael


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Just Checking In...

Hey guys...

  I know I haven't been on in a while, just wanted to tell you where I've been.  Brook and I  finally moved into an awesome apartment in Little Rock on November 1st. We love it! It's so nice. We don't have internet or TV yet; we are working on getting that sorted out today. Hopefully we'll have it soon, cause I'm addicted to the internet and I'm about to go crazy if I don't get it back soon.

Luckily Starbucks is right down the road from us, so that's where we are now.  Mooching off their WiFi and enjoying a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

I sold Eddie to a nice family that lives a few hours away. It was really hard letting him go, I know he is better off with his new family though.  They keep me updated on how is he is adjusting on Facebook. He's doing great, loves his new family and they love him as well.  They bought him some new toys and he is really enjoying them.

I really miss him.  I cried like a little baby as his new family came to get him.  I'm crying now just thinking about him.  I miss having a pet.

There is a stray cat that has been hanging around my parents house for the last few weeks. As soon as I can I am going to bring her to Little Rook to live with me.




A few months ago. I was praying and asked God for a cat.  I couldn't decide if I wanted a black or white cat...a few weeks ago this little sweet darling started hanging around.  So now I feel that she was sent specifically to me.  She's black and white (as you can see.)  Since I couldn't decide he gave me a mixture of both.  HE is pretty awesome like that!

I've named her Winter.  I name my animals after my favorite rockstars (Eddie after Eddie Sloan the lead singer of Crossfade....Winter; after brothers Ronnie (lead singer) and Randy Winter (guitarist) of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.)


-laurenmikael