Friday, January 30, 2009

Swimming... in a Pool of Books.

Hey everyone, sorry it's been forever since I posted something, (It's really not Friday, it's actually Saturday, Feb. 7) So I'm here to update y'all on my surprisingly busy life now.

If you look around my blog, somewhere I posted that I was going to read Jennifer Anne Kogler's The Otherworldlies, unfortunately, I STILL haven't finished reading it. I'm currently on a ridiculous page 68. That's right, I was only capable of reading a mere 68 pages in 2 weeks. (More?) So I have to get on that.

I'm reading a whopping 5 books all at once, which include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (page 184) The previously mentioned the Otherworldlies (68), my homework, Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, which I haven't yet started, but I have to read a hundred pages of by Monday, then at school, I'm rereading New Moon (382), which is seriously depressing, and I can't bring myself to read any more, even though I know what's going to happen, and John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson's creative compilation of somewhat love stories all set in the same town during the winter. Although I'm only 5 pages in, it's pretty good, and I've had a couple of people recommend it to me, followed by them saying "You have to read it NOW, it's amazing." Which adds on to the current book jam, and I can't even find time for the poor Chris McCandless in John Krauker's Into the Wild. I promise you readers this: I will finish all of the books within the next few weeks, have some patience, please.

But I have had time for music! I recently got my copy of Hank Green's So Jokes, which is specifically intended for nerdfighters, partially because it includes numerous inside jokes, which several normal people would certainly NOT get. But if you are a nerdfighter, this CD is golden!

*the picture featured was taken by me, please note: I am NOT a photographer.*

The biggest news in the music world at the moment is revolving around pop artist Kelly Clarkson, who has a talent for sucking you into every song she sings, even if it sounds just like her other one that you remember ever so vividly because you had been sucked into it as well.
I understand your pain. In the American Idol winner's recent album, My Life Would Suck Without You, the singer/*cough* clone *cough*, let's her vocal chords reign, and I eventually quit. Breakaway was great, Since U Been Gone was okay, My Life Would Suck Without You is boring.
I mean, Kelly can sing, her voice just gets old. Fast. But if you enjoy listening to repeats of the same sound, you'll love it. I don't, so I pulled my brain out from the upbeat pop song, and moved on.

On the Alternative side, here are a few songs to consider as always:

I'm Outta Time- Oasis
Wonderwall- Oasis
Skinny Love- Bon Iver
Crack the Shutters- Snow Patrol
Brandy Alexander- Feist
My Beloved Monsters- The Eels
How to Save A Life- The Fray

Fast and Full:
Troublemaker- Weezer
Sweater- Weezer
Where It's At- Beck
Once In A Lifetime- Talking Heads

Somebody Told Me- The Killers
Sex On Fire- Kings Of Leon
We Didn't Start the Fire- Billy Joel (Heck. Yes.)
Let It Die- Foo Fighters
Vertigo- U2
My Girls- Animal Collective

What I'm Listening to While Doing Homework:
Phantom Limb- The Shins
Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois- Sufjan Stevens
Piano Man- Billy Joel
The Scientist- Coldplay
Lost- Coldplay
Let's Dance- David Bowie (Cause for Celebration)

I've mostly been listening to random playlists, so I don't really have much else to share with my readers in this post, but I do have one radio recommendation. Enjoy, and I'll post soon!

If you have itunes, and it includes the radio feature, I recommend you try out KRock2 under the Alternative tab. The New York station includes songs mentioned here, and many more that relate to the bands listed in several other posts.

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