Music + Culture

Twin Peaks

There’s a nostalgia wave hitting television which I’m all for but slightly against. There are plenty of completely unnecessary reboots hitting airwaves at a steady pace. A couple of weeks back one of my favorite shows, Twin Peaks, made its television return on Showtime. Twin Peaks began airing on ABC in 1990 and has become a cult classic (it has even been considered one of televisions greatest dramas).

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Twin Peaks finds FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper solving the murder of Laura Palmer in a town filled with eccentric characters and supernatural elements. It has a very offbeat sense of humor and iconic David Lynch cinematography. To be honest, Twin Peaks is a little hit or miss when you try to talk to people about it. It’s not exactly an easy sell especially the newer episodes on Showtime. They are a little out there compared to the older ones, but that’s likely due to more relaxed views on Frost/Lynch’s creative direction. My favorite part is the return of many of the original characters and the emergence of music as a larger part of the whole experience. I was so excited to see Chromatics on episode one.

I wanted to write a whole blog post about my love of Twin Peaks in-depth especially because of all the annoying things I have to read about people disliking it in my Twitter timeline. But then I just ended up spending tons of time looking at really cool Twin Peaks merchandise online. Seems like a better use of time, right? Nothing will be as cool as the girl I ran into a couple of years ago on Halloween at a bar dressed as the Log Lady, but some of this stuff is just as cool.

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Tote bag, Key tag, Tee shirt, Enamel pin, Minimalist print, Turntable slipmat, Shower curtain, Coffee mug, Tee, Enamel pin, Art poster

What I’m Listening To, Volume 3 – June 2017

I’m really excited by all the new music coming out lately. Every day it feels like I have something new to check out. Most of the time it feels like I’ve traveled back in time to 2010 or 2011 with all these new releases from Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, and Phoenix. I’ve heard the Fleet Foxes but need more time to fully absorb and process it this week when it officially comes out. Maybe I’ll have to write about some new music to check out later on.

For now I’ve made another volume of songs I’m listening to a lot lately. It’s mostly music of the indie persuasion, but there’s a couple other things in there worth knowing about. And yes, most of them are new releases.

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Mix 07: Summer ’17 – Take 1

I may have a love/hate relationship with summer, but one thing I do consistently is make 10,000 mixes during the season. I’ll find any reason to make one. I’m not sure if I’ll share them all here, but I might share a couple at least.

This one has a very intentional chilled out vibe to it. The other day I surprised myself when during a conversation I admitted I love just doing nothing during the summer. What I mean is give me a pool, a nice adult beverage, and I don’t mind sitting still doing literally nothing. This might be the only time I truly am not doing something. So I made this playlist with that idea in mind. What songs could I turn on while relaxing by the pool and not get utterly annoyed by or want to change. The general idea was to be able to be floating in the middle of the pool without being able to touch any electronic device whatsoever. Just be in the moment and thoroughly relaxed.

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4 “Iconic” Lifetime Movies

A few weeks back while enjoying homemade pizza we decided to check out whatever was airing on Lifetime that night. Lifetime has a pretty great reputation for making a steady stream of movies we love to hate. In fact they are so popular Lifetime established a movie network that runs almost 24/7 showing them off. They have just become one of those things you can turn on in the background or watch all day long while laying on the couch. They are just so addicting.

The one viewed that night was Manny Dearest. I thought I could share some thoughts on it because rarely do you get a story about a creepy male nanny. There was quite a bit of humor involved in such a dark subject, but not as much as the classic, A Deadly Adoption, starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. Instead I decided to revisit 4 truly iconic Lifetime movies from yesteryear. Lifetime movies have a few formulas, but the best ones are based on true stories that become even more dramatic for television. For this reason all the movies below are based on a true story (which happened accidentily).

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Birthday Playlist 2017

I’m not sure how this tradition began but many years ago I began making playlist for my birthday. They don’t contain music I’m currently listening to at whatever given age I may be turning (which actually sounds like a better idea). Instead they take a glimpse back into past years almost like a nostalgic road trip.

I try to choose a relevant year and look at the music most popular during that time, but this year I issued myself a little challenge. The formative years of life where we begin shaping who we are range somewhere between ages 8 to 18. We develop quite a bit before then, but this is the time we really try to explore who we are, what we like, and the world around us begins to dictate more influence on ourselves. Finding music that essentially defined me during that time turned out to be really difficult. There are so many sources and it changed so much over time no one but me could possible ever listen to a playlist like that.

So the playlist I ended up coming up with is filled with 90s music that I listened from like 3 to 13. I did this entirely from memory trying to recall what CDs and cassette tapes I once owned, what my parents listened to frequently, and what takes up significant space in my brain. That said because music comes from many places there is tons missing from this. I didn’t want to self-disclose too much so there are a lot of personal songs missing because it became way too long (2 hours is already getting a bit long and it used to be about 4). No one is that nostalgic for the 90s.

Thanks to my parents for their influence, years of cheerleading routines, 90s teen movies, and the obscene amount of time I spent watching MTV for helping shape my musical taste during these years. While it seems wildly inappropriate for a child to listen to any of these songs, I’m pretty sure they made me the sparkling ray of cynical sunshine I am today.

Tracklist & Links below

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Music Monday Special

Monday’s are rough. Sure, it’s almost over but who doesn’t love a nice tune to listen to? Or in this case a few tunes. These are just a few songs I’m enjoying right now. A couple are brand new and others I just listen to quite a lot.

Music is definitely going to keep me going through the 4 papers I have to write this week. Yikes…

What I’m Listening To, Volume 2

I don’t really have a good theme for this month’s mix/playlist. Sure I could do “spring” but it probably would have ended up with a similar feel anyway (and I’ve done Spring Break). So I’ve just put together a playlist of stuff I’m really into lately. It’s mostly new music (songs or tracks from recently released albums) with a variety of genres.

Some stand out tracks include: Don’t Take the Money by Bleachers which I desperately want to hear in some kind of throwback 1980s teen movie montage, Heatstroke by Calvin Harris which is impossible not to dance to, and Third of May by Fleet Foxes which I’ve been waiting a billion years to hear. I can’t wait for this Fleet Foxes album.

Tracklist and streaming links are below. Enjoy!

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