September 2nd, 2021 @ 12:22 am
things that cheer me up: alk3
this song is def in the top 10 of alkaline trio for me, and not just bc there’s a bouncing souls reference, i swear!
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September 2nd, 2021 @ 12:22 am
things that cheer me up: alk3
this song is def in the top 10 of alkaline trio for me, and not just bc there’s a bouncing souls reference, i swear!
April 22nd, 2021 @ 12:35 am
i finally sat down to sift through the newest offspring album. of course, as with any band i loved in the 90s, my anxiety is at an all time high, with the lowest of hopes. i always feel like these bands aren’t going to put out anything they release in the present, that can be compared to their heyday. i know that’s super unfair, i think i’ve just been burned by weezer so many times, lol… anyways, i figured i’d give this a fair shot.
my thoughts until track 6/7ish were just “well, this doesn’t sound like the offspring”. like it legit doesn’t sound like dexter singing and i was confused and thought they replaced him for a hot second, lol. i don’t know if they were trying to do that on purpose bc they are basically a typecast sounded band… but i did not like that. i know it’s dexter bc i can hear his signature octaves in the chorus of the first song, and realized it was him… but it was honestly confusing.
once you get to breaking these bones and the opioid diaries, you hit THE OFFSPRING (and hassan chop, too). THEN THERE IS GONE AWAY SUNG ONLY WITH PIANO, AND MY HEART MELTED. it’s honestly so beautiful.
i liked some of the songs but i’m not sure if i would insert them into any playlists just yet. in all fairness, i don’t really listen to music anymore, if i’m not out riding my bike. i don’t really have the attention span for it.
overall, i was definitely NOT in love with this album as i have been with other offspring albums. i’d give it a 3.5/5 if i had to rate it.
i’m glad that they’re still making music, though. ♥
January 30th, 2021 @ 12:35 am
i’m currently listening to the new =w= album… i figured i’d live post my first impressions while listening.
* for songs i love on first impression.
all my favorite songs – i don’t vibe with it fully but the words apply to me perfectly
* aloo gobi – this sounds like something indie i would have listened to during myspace days. i do like it, and it didn’t feel weezer-y enough for me until the first chorus and the further it gets into the song, the more weezer-y it got.
grapes of wrath – pleasing enough, very poppy and happy but doesn’t resonate as a song i’d go back to just yet.
* numbers – this is very cursive, sad and romantic sounding to me and i love it.
playing my piano – see below.
mirror image – i don’t really vibe with this song, it’s overly whimsical if that makes sense? haha i didn’t realize “playing my piano” changed over to mirror image… so same for both songs. meh.
screens – this is a very happy, modern 60s sounding song to me, if that makes any sense. i liked it, but don’t really connect with it (other than being annoyed with everyone staring at their fuckin phone screens).
bird with a broken wing – a lil too slow for my liking, but a pretty song none the less.
dead roses – a lil too slow for my liking, but a pretty song none the less.
everything happens for a reason – just a 23 second in betweener.
here comes the rain – it’s catchy if you have an ear for this specific type of song, and it’s not really for me. super happy… too happy for me.
la brea tar pits – i feel like we’re back at the “this sounds like something from myspace indie band days”, but polished. i don’t really listen to that type of music anymore… that kind of music reminds me of the band japanese gum – it’s not bad, i’m just not feelin it.
every time there’s a new weezer album, i clench and cringe a bit… i know there’s never gonna be another blue album, but i keep praying for it. i love pinkerton, i love parts of maladroit and some of the green album. maybe a song or two after that, but never a full album again, and i hate it. i tried to listen to the entire discography at some point a year or two ago and couldn’t really find anything i liked. it made me so sad, because the blue album and pinkerton are so epic. the blue one is always going to be the mecca for us weezer fans, and nothing will ever top it. it’s so depressing.
while i’m not a huge fan of it, i will say that i think overall, “everything will be alright in the end” comes pretty close to the blue album soundwise, from modern day weezer. da vinci is probably my favorite track from the album.
in case you don’t feel like sifting through their entire discography, here are a few notable song/scattered gems i adorrrrrrrrre:
you gave your love to me softly (b-side)
green album – photograph
maladroit – possibilities
raditude – (if you’re wondering if i want you to) i want you to – okay, this song is sorrrrrrrrrrrt of a wee bit obnoxious, but it’s so happy how could you hate it?! i don’t find myself listening to it often, but i do like it. ♥
pacific daydream – mexican fender, happy hour (it’s so dreamy! …and poppy but not offensively poppy), weekend woman feels blue album to me but dreamy (i guess they were going through an electro-pop dreamy sounding phase? lol), any friend of diane’s is a good one, too.
the black album – while i just wanted to note that i reeeeeeally didn’t dig this album, “i’m just being honest” is one of my favorite weezer tracks, ever. while it doesn’t feel like a weezer track at all, it’s right up my alley.
January 17th, 2021 @ 10:28 pm
ERMAGERD… this news cheered me up immensely!
i feel like maybe some people wouldn’t pin me for a fan of this song, but it’s one of my faves. in fact, i’ve been building a list of my top 100 faves throughout my entire life since last year, and this will definitely be on it. it’s a sentimental one for me. when TRL first came about, i used to go over to my twin friends’ house and we would watch the whole countdown, and it was about the same time when this came out. this was on there for what seems like forever. just brings me right back to my senior year.
it was a bittersweet lil era… a tough time. i had just broken up with randolph, i was spending more time with new/old friends because i was kind of fighting with sophie, my friends just started going to raves which was changing our dynamic (before i started going), so it was kind of synced up to a transitional time, i suppose. it’s also just a good fuckin 90s pop song.
i mean, if this year fucking deserves to come in with a biden bang, this is def a way to do it. i’m glad gregg and co. aggreed to it… this makes my 2021 hear very happy already, just with them playing the inauguration.
December 29th, 2020 @ 9:47 pm
there are just some songs that grab my cold ass heart and squeezes so hard that tears well up in my eyes and i get emotionally overwhelmed. i really need to start a top 100 songs of all time list (maybe i’ll do it in 2021…), but here’s one of them:
this is one of those songs that make me miss the early 90s so much, i could just cry.
it is marie/mountainview.
it is coming of age.
it is me in my bedroom in whitestone – playing super nintendo, listening to z100, being creative or whatever it is my junior high school ass was doing.
LOOK AT THAT RANGERS JERSEY<3
♥ ♥ ♥
December 21st, 2020 @ 11:47 am
“Gwen Stefani has released a new single called “Let Me Reintroduce Myself,” which has the same homecoming energy as the Cars’ “Hello Again”” – [writer on vulture]
listen, i love the shit out of ndxgwen, but this is absolutely not anything like “hello again”… as a massive fan of the cars, this irritated me so badly that i am now in defensive mode, lol.
energy wise, style wise, just overall, the mention of “hello again” attached to this song is insulting. warhol would scoff at this watered down bullshit. the energy of this song is tepid AF. this song sounds like the recycled chorus of sparkle.
this is a horrible attempt at doing something without no doubt (i swear they don’t fux with her anymore bc of that country bumpkin – esp tony bc blakey poo is a hunter of animals) and at a clearly uninspired time in her life. she’s basically only doing the voice (zzz who cares?), christmas music and blake as her career. wtf is this shite? this feels like those weird two songs she did that she basically erased from her own history a few years back.
the fact that you even had to put out an entire song talking about how you’re still relevant means you are in fact, not. if you were the original you, you wouldn’t be a plastic version of what you once were.
ma’am, you are irritating all of your real fans, cut the shit.
in case you want to listen to this monstrosity: click here. i’m not even embedding this crud.
October 25th, 2020 @ 11:03 pm
for some odd reason i had this song stuck in my head all day. for an even odder reason, since childhood, i thought taylor dayne performed this song, lol.
as i’m watching it, i realize the “bouncer” in the video looks a lot like walter olkewicz (jacque renault on twin peaks)… i can’t find any credit that is actually him… but it really looks a lot like him. the shape of the lips are especially similar.
anyways, i googled him, and i came across info that says he’s in bad shape healthwise. i found a gofundme he has setup for donations. if you can help, please do! i hope he’s okay 🙁
October 13th, 2020 @ 4:56 pm
i treated myself to the most perfect little vase this year, for my birthday. all i’ve wanted to put inside of it (because it’s small), are marigolds. i can’t find any in home depot, in florists around here… etc. i’m getting so annoyed.
it’s the perf autumn flower, and a wonderfully nostalgic autumn flower from childhood.
there are marigolds all around the neighborhood… i’m about to steal my landlady’s clippers and jack some on a jog.
i’ll settle for marigolds in this dark form, instead. it also suits the season.
March 27th, 2020 @ 2:30 pm
in case you need cheering up, A JAM:
January 1st, 2020 @ 3:40 pm
when i think “roaring 20s”, all i think about is art deco… lots of black and gold, handcrafted, durable, romantic, timeless, gorgeous art deco.
now we have a bunch of wayfair/ikea bullshit, lol.
don’t get me wrong, i fucking love ikea… i have since i was a child, but don’t get it twisted. that shit isn’t built to last. i’m surprised i have pieces that lasted over a decade, tbh.
anyways, here we are… in the 2020s. society hath fallen apart, mindsets are shite, everything is just so… rapid. no sustainability on many fronts. how depressing.
i don’t believe in resolutions – never have. i want to just make a mental note to travel more, freelance more, buy some jonathan adler and elsa peretti pieces, get my shit together even more and make sure i have a good year, just like last year.
…gotta play it at least once today:
December 28th, 2019 @ 10:06 pm
September 22nd, 2019 @ 4:20 pm
i’ve still got a cracked, small, black heart. 🙁
September 15th, 2019 @ 11:47 pm
as a young stu, this was one of my favorite 80s videos/songs. what a weird kid, lol. i just thought they were like, cool spies or some shit. i still love this song so much, and as an adult, the video is so visually appealing to me – the colors and contrast of their suits, the architecture of the building and the industrial setting.
around an hour ago, my boyfriend came to personally break the news to me that ric ocasek died, knowing i’d be upset. i instantly started crying in disbelief. they (finally) just got into the rock & roll hall of fame… it just can’t be real.
the cars have been in my life since i can remember consciousness. my mother was a huge fan, and i absorbed it from toddler age. they’ve always been the soundtrack to my life. this just breaks my heart. i can’t put into words how much this band has made me happy, influenced me artistically and aesthetically, and have been there to help me through breakups and hard times. i listen to them on a daily basis, and i can’t remember a time that i didn’t listen to them on a daily basis, to be honest.
my sister’s cousins (via her dad, we have different fathers) used to babysit me and they’d constantly play the heartbeat video music videos VHS tape while babysitting. i loved it so much. i don’t know why panorama was on that video, bc it wasn’t on heartbeat city, but whatever. enjoy the video, it’s one of my faves.
i cherish every member, and it was hard enough not having benjamin orr, but this one stings. thank you for also producing other bands that i love as well, ric. your talent and artistry will be missed so dearly. i’m extra sad bc now i’ll really never get to see them live.
May 9th, 2019 @ 7:18 pm
my online bud shane tweeted about CRJ this morning, so i checked out her newest jams. i really liked this new one:
but i also wanted to just drop this in here:
when e•mo•tion came out, this should have been the first single. i had this jam on repeat for MONTHS. it made me a CRJ believer! it’s so fucking good.
anyways, there are a few good bangers on that album. you should totally check out the whole thing – the title track is just my fave.
carly rae jepsen, WHO KNEW?! (i’m sorry for falling into that category of people that only really knew about that “call me maybe” song)
January 6th, 2019 @ 2:16 pm
so when i was 16, it was the year of ball chain necklaces, kool-aid stained hair, airwalks, cool sk8r and pacific sunwear surfer shirts, jncos, etc. i had been in love with gavin rossdale for like, 3 years. bush was all the rage at that point. i wasn’t as musically versed as i am now, so of course, they were the greatest band EVARRRRRRRR…
my first concert ever was bush when i was in 10th grade, and i felt soooooooo cool pogoing at an alt rock show (lulz). that concert at madison square garden was actually the thing that brought me and my first love together. the first time i ever spoke to him, he was wearing a razorblade suitcase shirt and it was the topic of conversation that i used to get to him. for that, i will forever be thankful to bush, but i digress…
this afternoon, i stumbled upon a recent article talking about how fans hated the lyrics of sixteen stone and basically gavin was going on about his lyrics as artistic, magical and fluid and blah blah blah… my eyes rolled so hard.
over the years, people have always accused him of riding the coattails of gwen, and it always used to upset me to read that. she’s just in a different, incomparable category. she was in a pop band, she had a pop solo career apart from NxD, she was running two fashion lines, etc. – she was all over the place. in interviews, she used to say he didn’t love no doubt or her music. she made him sound very dismissive and she also mentioned that only he listens to dark/deep stuff, which is clearly the opposite of no doubt. those comments made it seem like he was unsupportive or jealous or something.
between her saying that and reading his interviews, he sounds like he’s got this weird ego where he thinks bush was this underrated, genius band or something. it’s kind of awkward. no offense to his talent, but bush had their moments, and then they did not. lots of did nots.
bush faded out over the years and didn’t stand the test of time (i’m not mentioning post-razorblade bush, bc i totally fell off the bandwagon – just the early stuff). in fact, i revisited razorblade suitcase today, and i sat here scratching my head as to how i ever liked it. sixteen stone is still good, despite the bad lyrics (i have always questioned wtf he’s ever talking about in songs, no matter how much i loved them), but the real gems are the b-sides.
i rarely listen to sixteen stone in its entirety. i REALLY have to be in a mood to listen to that type of music. that happens to me with lots of bands, but that is definitely an album i only pick up once a decade, but i do listen to individual tracks on a more frequent basis. “machinehead ” is an awesome song, still is in my mind. i could probably listen to “everything zen” and “little things” on a more frequent basis as well. honestly, i’ve always hit skip on “glycerine”, and i could live without it.
okay okay, i’m getting sidetracked… THE B-SIDES.
so if you’re a kevin smith fan, you probably know the aggressively grungey song snippet “bubbles” from the movie mallrats, even if you didn’t realize it was bush. i don’t remember what year i finally saw mallrats, but it was way before the internet was chock full of info as it is now, so i couldn’t find more info about it. i always knew that i heard gavin’s voice in that tiny song snippet, though. there was no b-sides or a single (that i can remember) released for it, and i don’t know why, but i didn’t think to buy the mallrats OST. it kind of just remained a mystery for a long time.
this afternoon is when i youtubed that mallrats bad boy (listen to it here), and while it’s VERY 90s, holy crap, that’s actually a good bush song. like, i would listen to it today on a regular basis. i went to see what it was on, and it says it was on a reissue of razorblade suitcase, along with 3 other songs – AND THEY ARE ALL FUCKING GOOD. i am sitting here in awe and confused as to why that they never released these on studio albums or as singles.
maybe they were *tOo CoMmeRciAL* for gavin or something? what a waste of singles that could have been doled out.
January 5th, 2019 @ 4:25 pm
i was born in the wrong era, fah realz.
November 15th, 2018 @ 2:28 pm
punk and pop punk are my faaaaaaaaaave… esp. REAL pop punk (ie: face to face). this album makes my cold, tiny heart fucking swell.
♥ ♥ ♥ currently on repeat: ♥ ♥ ♥
November 9th, 2018 @ 9:47 pm
♥ ♥ ♥ just one of those awesome empire records songs that didn’t make the OST cut… ♥ ♥ ♥
holy fuck, i miss the 90s so much.
November 9th, 2018 @ 1:06 pm
September 12th, 2018 @ 10:56 am
it’s really hard for me to say i have a favorite *anything* in music. i go by subcategories for everything. however, i will say, if i had to choose top 5 favorite genres… this would be top 3. i have such a love for these what i like to call “adult contemporary” (VH1’y) songs, lol. they hit me right in the feels. they remind me of being upstate with my cousin and screaming along in her room or the car. they remind me of nights i finally had my own room at the age of 14 in 1995, and i’d let Z100 or MTV play in the background while i wrote in my dumb diary or played SNES for hours.
whenever it’s gloomy, rainy, foggy or autumnesque out, i feel like it’s the perfect time for these types of songs. i equate this weather to comfort. anyways, if you don’t already know/listen to these songs, maybe you’ll enjoy ’em 🙂
UGH i miss the 90s so fucking much.
July 2nd, 2018 @ 6:12 pm
my bedroom in this apartment is so weird… it’s basically a long room and i don’t have big closets like my last two apartments, so there’s shit everywhere. i just found the box with my posters in it and dug out the misfits “famous monsters” poster. i want to hang it, but there’s basically nowhere to put it. i have an “attic” type bedroom with angled walls to the ceiling, so that’s the only real estate i have left. i mean i guess i could just do that…
anyways, i threw on both graves era albums straight after finding the poster, and now i’m all pissed bc i’ll probably never get to see a reunion with graves. i saw him perform with them one halloween at “the world” in times square, but it wasn’t even a full set. i want both damn albums played in front of me… it’s not fair. i watched and read a few interviews where it’s basically stated that it’s never going to happen, but we can all throw it out into the universe every now and again, i suppose.
ENJOY THIS GOODNESS (unless you’re a corny misfits snob):
May 7th, 2018 @ 2:24 pm
April 14th, 2018 @ 12:53 pm
i must admit, this is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite no doubt song EVER (probably my favorite NxD album, tbh). i hate what the song is about, but the music<333 best.
April 11th, 2018 @ 5:47 pm
April 4th, 2018 @ 2:37 pm
April 3rd, 2018 @ 4:22 pm
🙂 🙂 🙂
January 2nd, 2015 @ 5:36 pm
i remember when this video first came out when i was a youngin, i was so confused as to why chevy was in this video. i was raised on his movies, and i guess as a child i thought people could only do one thing at a time (ie: acting, music).
either way, one of my favorites, always. 🙂
October 6th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm
one of my favorite songs EVER ever ever ever is “never tear us apart” by INXS. aside from the song being amazing, it reminds me of my mother. i know that i’ve boasted about loving her musical taste that she raised me on as a child before, so i’ll spare you that repeat schpeel. some songs just pull at my heart strings when it comes time to her/music, and that album is one of those thangs.
in addition to the adoration that i have for this album via mom, sometimes just fall into this INXS “Kick” kick, and i can’t shake it for weeks (yesterday it started up again). that album is so amazing and i get so teary eyed thinking that michael hutchence is no longer with us.
the last time that i saw this video was on VH1 “pop-up video”, and it had to be at least a decade ago. on my walk to and from dunkin just now, i was listening to this song and realized while i was walking, that the weather today is just like in that video. foggy, rainy, chilly, and i was walking along side a cemetery that runs up the avenue by my apartment and it just reminded me of the video’s setting. so i watched it… you should also.
this video seriously makes me fight off sadness, it’s hard for me to watch it, he was so perfectly beautiful. when he died, his coffin was carried out of the church with this song playing in the background, that makes me even sadder.</3
if i ever get married, i’m walking down the aisle to this song, and it will be my wedding song for sure. i nearly died of jealousy and astonishment when they had it at blair’s wedding to that french price dude. seriously, who stole my idea?! they had an orchestra playing it, there was no lyrics, but they shortened the song by cutting out the sax solo, which was perfect.
. . .
after watching the video, i fell down a wikipedia/articles wormhole and found out a bunch of shit about michael hutchence. i remember thinking about how when i was younger, people thought when he died, he died of some perverted asphyxiation thing (he did not). while he did die by choking to death by his belt, the coroner said it wasn’t erotic at all, just a mixture of depression, booze and pills that led him to what happened that night.
tl;dr – i never knew all of the problems that he was having in life up to that point. he had a head injury from a physical attack, to the point that he couldn’t smell or taste anymore, which severely depressed him. the last straw was that he got mixed up in a horrible mess of a woman, and into an awful relationship with her that inevitably ended him. a groupie/tv host named paula yates cheated on her husband with him, was obsessed with him and finally left her husband to be with him once he caved.
if the internet isn’t lying, inxs’s management tried to keep her far away from him… but she managed to have him eventually anyway. heavy drugs, drama, etc – just a horrible mess. the night he killed himself, it seems he mixed up too many things while getting intoxicated. he was on the phone, fighting with the ex-husband and was super upset that he couldn’t have his daughter, goon paula and her kids for the holidays, and he ended up hanging himself with his belt on a door.
seriously, what a fucking shame. i feel the worst for his daughter.