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listening, playing, watching

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On my 2015 blog reader survey at the beginning of the year I asked for specific post ideas that you guys would be interested in seeing.* I actually had few people express interest in a series of posts similar to my "what I've been reading" posts except with television, movies, and video games. Definitely a fun idea so here we go!
Listening
In my monthly recap posts you probably might have noticed that I get stuck in musical loops. I will listen to a band over and over and over until I can't stand it anymore. That's actually pretty common with me and anything - when I discover something I like, I am obsessed. When I realized I liked iced chai, I drank it like my life depended on it. Orange chicken? I've been to the mall more in the last few months, just to get chicken, than I've been there in the past few years combined. Music is the same way.

Lately I've just been listening to LOTS of Aesop Rock, and even more Tim Kasher. It's kind of funny because I always say I hate sad music, and Tim Kasher's lyrics are gut-wrenching but it's all so catchy! I just can't stop. I've always liked Cursive but only recently gotten into his solo stuff. LOVE IT.

Aesop rock is always in my rotation of music. Definitely one of my all time favorites, standing beside Man Man and Why?. The last few weeks though I've been obsessed with Labor Days. Something clicked and even though I've heard it a hundred times before I was like "THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM EVER" I'm gonna need it on vinyl, asap.

We actually got to see Aesop Rock last week, along side Rob Sonic and DJ Abilities. It was nothing short of amazing. I'd been checking his website on an almost weekly basis for SO long waiting for tour dates to show up and shortly before Christmas a Cleveland date showed up. Looks like he's on tour for about another month. You should probably try to go...

Homeboy Sandman is also touring with them. This was my first time hearing him and I wasn't sold. It was almost like every other song was something that might be able to grow on me and the others I didn't like...at all. When I came home I looked him up on Spotify to give his music another chance.  I basically still feel the same way but I might be obsessed with this song. According to last.fm I've listened to it, uh, 30 times in the last seven days. Haha.
Playing.
Since Christmas I've been playing Hyrule Warrior. I wasn't actually too excited about it. I normally buy new LoZ games as soon as they come out but I was perfectly happy just waiting for Santa to bring this one. It might not have been marketed as the next big Zelda game for WiiU but it's probably my favorite since Majora's Mask. This game rules, there's just so much to do. The fact that I've been playing since Christmas should be some indication of that. You can play in a few different modes, as different characters, and you get to collect items and upgrade weapons. Since most of the levels are fairly short (less than twenty minutes) you can sit down, play a level and not ruin your whole day sucked into a game. Seriously, such a blast!
Watching 
Jeff and I just finished watching the fourth season of American Horror Story. I got an apple TV not too long ago and never really did anything with it other than watch Netflix. We just discovered we could log into Jeff's cable and watch all those channels too so we can finally watch AHS. When we realized we could do this and that it would actually play we paused it and both looked at each other. He said something like "Can we just talk about how exciting this is!?" It was a really cute moment.  Anyway, this season was definitely better than last. It had it's moments when I was just like "no! what?!" but it was enjoyable.  Now that we've finished that I'm not sure what we'll start. Any TV series recommendations? Curling up in bed with Jeff, and all the animals (Yes, you heard that right! All the animals!) to watch it is always one of my favorite parts of the day.

And that's what I've been listening to, playing and watching! What about you?
 xoxo

*Although the survey is now closed, if you have a post suggestion feel free to contact me!

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  1. I've been completely obsessed with Bob's Burgers lately. There's only the first 3 seasons on Netflix (and then randomly JUST the 5th season on Hulu Plus) but I've probably watched them 20 times by now. SO. GOOD. I've also been really into Childish Gambino... can't even handle how awesome he is.

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  2. I love this post! I'll have to go check out that music now :)

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  3. Ahhh, super cute - curling up with all the animals!!
    I get obsessed with stuff too! But in contrast to you, I LOVE sad music - on a real alt-J kick right now (ok, not all of their music is sad but... IT IS SO SAD) and I keep watching the video for Sia's "Elastic Heart" and cryyyying because it's so good.

    Thanks for the update - I haven't heard of a lot of the bands you listen to, but since discovering your blog and gave Man Man a go and gotta say, glad I did!

    x

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    1. I really like that one popular song they have, I actually probably listened to that song a million times in a row over the summer. I want to like more of their stuff just because I like that song so much but I can't seem to get into them.

      YESSSS! So glad to hear I converted someone to Man Man!

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  4. Btw, love the color of the couch. All of my television recommendations are on Netflix: Happy Valley, The Fall, The Killing, Dicte. Have you seen Vikings? I don't have HBO, therefore I can't watch Game of Thrones, so Vikings is my fix. It's a great show.
    Texas Jak
    www.novermyhead.com

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    1. I'll have to check those out. We loved The Killing!

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  5. WATCH THE WALKING DEAD...IT IS JUST INCREDIBLE <3

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    1. Meh, I've tried. I just can't get into it.

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  6. Aesop Rock's None Shall Pass is one of my favorite albums! My favorite song off of it is The Harbor Is Yours. I'm at the point where I can sing the whole song, which I can never do with Rap Songs, lol. I'm also making my way through Majora's Mask right now on my 3DS and I love it! AHS is really good, I love Freak Show and Coven, but I'm pretty meh about Murder House and Asylum. If I had to recommend a show, I'd recommend HBO's Big Love if you can watch it on AppleTV.

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    1. Hahah. Being able to rap along to songs is my favorite secret. I rarely sing along to songs in front of other people and I never rap in front of other people. But... I'm pretty good if I do say so myself. :P

      Big Love? Isn't that with Chloë Sevigny? I've actually been meaning to watch that (just because I love her so much) but didn't realize I could watch it on my AppleTV. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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  7. This is such a nice post! I find things like this really helpful for inspiration for new music and shows!
    The Photo Booth pics in the first picture are so cute too, haven't had those taken in a long time.
    Hope all is well :) x

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    1. Sounds like you better get in a photobooth soon then! ;)

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  8. Every keeps talking about how amazing AHS is, I think I need to watch it! I've been listening to lots of instrumental music from films recently because I can't work to songs with lyrics as I get distracted! I've been watching the American Office because the boyfriend likes to watch it before bed and I've just started really getting in to it.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. I avoided it for a long time because I thought it would be too scary but I loooove it!

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  9. Have you snagged the 3DS re-release of Majora's Mask yet? It's been my absolute favourite Zelda game for 10+ years, so I just about died last year when they announced the re-release. I preordered it, picked it up last Friday, and have barely been able to put it down (and am somewhat disconnected from reality due to my binge playing. I saw something in the sky the other day and my first thought was 'omg the moon, it has to be day 2 at least')

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    1. No, I'm not a DS fan. I've owned two of them over time but never really could get into playing. I used to think that I just liked playing on the tv but Hyrule Warriors is actually really hard for me to read on the tv so I have to play on the WiiU controller and I love it. I dunno, I really want to love playing other handheld systems but I just don't,

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  10. FUN idea for a series.Labor Days, oh Labor Days. It's just so good! I think Aesop is a lyrical genius, up there with Shakespeare! I'm on the search for new music lately, so keep these posts a-comin'.

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    1. Oh, he definitely is a lyrical genius!! And that voice!!!! <3

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  11. Ah I just love Hyrule Warriors! My boyfriend and I bought it together when it first came out and played it for days straight. It really is great that the levels are so short, great to pop in a quick round before class! Majora's Mask is also my favourite Legend of Zelda game. I was so excited to hear that Nintendo were remaking it in 3D. Am about to start playing it again after 15 years of first discovering it as my first LoZ game. Am Also excited for the new Wii U Zelda - should be good!

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    1. I'm trying so hard not to think about the new Zelda for WiiU, I'll get too excited and spend all my time researching it and trying to find more info on it.

      Ughhhh, I just love LoZ so much! There's just something so comforting about all the sounds and music, it just feels like home.

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  12. I cannot wait to try this Zelda Game now... ugh. Yes!

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  13. Have you watched Orphan Black? It's pretty amazing, and on Netflix.

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    1. No, I haven't but it's been in my queue. I guess I should finally get around to it!

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  14. I just finished to watch the first season of "The Affair" (captivating) and we will finished my love serie Twin Peaks but I think you know it (the best strange serie)
    I will listen your song (on computer, my vinyl player is out for the moment)

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    1. I haven't heard of The Affair, I'll have to look that up!

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  15. If you haven't gotten into "Hannibal", you are seriously missing out. It's remarkable and grotesque and beautiful -- if you like "AHS" you will love "Hannibal"!

    Kim | Through the Reels

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    1. ...Wait! Can I watch that on my AppleTV? I've been wanting to watch it but wasn't sure where.

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  16. Hyrule Warriors is the best ever! When I first got it, I spent so many hours playing and leveling up. I think they did a really good job on it. I've yet to watch season 4 of AHS, but I have the whole thing recorded on my DVR so I can binge watch it soon. ^_^

    xo Mandy | A Girl, Obsessed

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  17. Have you seen Taboo? There's only one season of it on Netflix right now but I think you'd like it. Each episode is about a different thing that's considered taboo, like extreme collections, dirty jobs, and body modification.

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