Music

Halloween Playlist Spooktacular

Don’t worry, I even eye rolled myself while typing the title to this blog post.

It’s a special Music Friday here on my blog, and I have collected every Halloween playlist I have made since 2013. Shout out to Spotify for making this possible, and extra big shout out to me for apparently never cleaning out my list of playlists on Spotify. This is mainly the reason why I can’t explain their being two mixes from 2015. Like I mentioned a couple of days ago (oh my god all she does is talk about this stuff), Halloween mixes are my favorite to make even if they are widely unappreciated. What I love most about them is being able to make something creepy sounding that plays perfectly at a Halloween party or just while handing out candy to Trick or Treaters. It just adds a little something to the overall creepiness in the air. Of course, if you’re going to be soundtracking any Halloween festivities, most people are going to strictly be all “shut up and play the hits.” So I made plenty of those playlists in my time (but with a little Nicole twist).

Obviously I don’t know everyone’s Halloween plans, but ifΒ  you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick of party hosts using pre-made Spotify playlists that have Thriller on them every 3rd song. So I thought I would just share the fruits of my yearly labor in one giant collection. Since it’s the Friday before Halloween it seemed like the perfect time for a musical extravaganza to soundtrack just about anything.

Find the links below, and have a good weekend!

PS: Yes, I am the queen of using strange, vintage Halloween photos as my artwork. #blessed

2013 | 2014 | 2015 Part 1 | 2015 Part 2 | 2016 | 2017 | My Favorite Horror Movie Scores

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Music Monday: Arcade Fire

If I had to choose one of my favorite bands of the last 15 years, Arcade Fire would probably be one of those bands. Okay just kidding. They are one of those bands. So forgive me if this post gets a little wordy or in-depth. Once you pop you just can’t stop sometimes.

Arcade Fire was formed in 2001 in Canada, and they rose to prominence with their 2004 album, Funeral. They have a core group of members who play a variety of instruments including guitar, drums, piano, xylophone, and even glockenspiel (among others). They have created a short film to accompany their album, The Suburbs, and even contributed a song to the Hunger Games soundtrack. Arcade Fire have won plenty of awards for their music and other technical/creative aspects. These include Brits, Grammys, and two members (Will Butler and Owen Pallett) even received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score for Her. Everyone surely has heard of Arcade Fire or at least their most popular song Wake Up. Wake Up was featured in Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are and commercials for the NFL in 2010.

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Best Songs of 2017…So Far

More than half the year is over which has completely taken me by surprise. I can’t think of where the time has gone. It seems like just last week I was starting a new semester and contemplating having my wisdom teeth removed. Now its July. My semester went amazing, the wisdom teeth are freshly removed (yikes), and now we’ve reached the point of the year where everything begins to move faster than a snowball rolling down a mountainside. I must admit I’m hopeful for the rest of the year and I hope things begin to go a bit more my way, but I must remain cautiously optimistic about the whole thing.

At the end of every year I try to pick my favorite songs from the last 365 days. It’s always a challenge because it’s nearly impossible to recall all of the songs released towards the beginning of the year. So borrowing an idea from one of my favorite music bloggers and one of the mixtapes posted to the mixtape club I belong to, I decided to try something new: a playlist. The idea is simple: a running playlist updated occasionally with music I’m really into. The hope is that at the end of the year I have a pretty sweet collection of tunes that hold memories for myself of the year gone by, the songs that I will remember forever, and some new all time favorite songs.

If you’re interested, you can follow along with the playlist on my Spotify.Β Right now it’s currently filled with a lot of hidden indie gems, but I can guarantee it will spread out in the coming months to include a bunch of different stuff. Hopefully you’ll find something that tickles your fancy if you choose to give it a browse. If it’s not your thing, feel free to check out or submit a playlist to the Tweeter Mixtape Club on Tumblr. It’s a really cool mix of music lovers with a lot of diverse tastes.

Check out the Best Songs of 2017 on Spotify

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Music Monday: Fleet Foxes

I often go back and forth between writing and not writing some blog posts. Especially when it comes to music but not posting about it wouldn’t make this blog true to who I am. I don’t feel like my taste in music is why anyone reads this blog to begin with, but I’m certainly not writing posts strictly to get likes (although those are pretty cool). So after some time of indecisiveness (a couple weeks really) I decided to give it a go. Plus I just love the new Fleet Foxes record so much.

Fleet Foxes are an indie folk band from Seattle who became well-known a few years back for their eclectic sound and harmonies. Their Sun Giant EP and self titled album gained plenty of attention from the likes of Pitchfork and other music critics. Their second album Helplessness Blues was released in 2011 and shortly after Fleet Foxes took a break. Josh Tillman left in 2012 and began recording as Father John Misty, and Robin resurfaced as a college student at Columbia University. Finally, after a 6 year hiatus, back in March they announced their new album, Crack-Up, would be released this summer. And there’s your mini-catch up on Fleet Foxes.

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