Foodify - Pizza!

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This Foodify, pizza and Italian music, makes perfect sense but it goes a little deeper than that. Living at home has its pros and cons, a pro being that my parents still cook me dinner (!!!), a con being that I am a useless adult who doesn’t cook herself dinner. Because I am not in charge of the menu every night, and my dad LOVES to cook pizza, we eat pizza on the regular and by that I mean like 2 times a week. Also, every time we eat pizza, according to my dad, it is a must that we listen to the Passione soundtrack. This gets old real quick, especially since it has been over a year since he discovered the cd. Regardless, it was nice and appropriate at first so I advice you to try it! (just maybe not twice a week for a year..). I have no idea how my parents make their pizza but I know it includes homemade pizza sauce, store bought pizza dough and fresh mozzarella. You can purchase the mozzarella at a local deli and the dough at your supermarket or bakery but for the tomato sauce you can try out this recipe below. 


Homemade Garlic Tomato Pizza Sauce 

(Recipe courtesy of Raining Hot Coupons

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp Dried Oregano

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan heat oil on medium. 
  2. Cook garlic in pan for several minutes.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, juices, salt, and oregano to pan and bring to a boil. 
  4. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

New Beginnings

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With changes and new beginnings comes an array of mixed emotions. I am currently in the midst of a job switch and while I am pretty nervous, I’m SO excited. This playlist consists of songs that will sooth my nerves with familiar, comforting songs but also songs that will pump me up and make me feel ready for anything. Some of these songs helped me relax before the SATs (Metro Station's "Kelsey"), job interviews ("The Only Living Boy In New York," Simon & Garfunkel), bumpy airplane rides ("Stay Illogical" by Under The Influence of Giants) and the first day of college (The White Stripes' "Blue Orchid). 

While this list was created with the intention of preparing me for my first day, it can really be translated to anyone’s new beginning whatever it may be. Here’s to my first day.. wish me luck!

Currently Listening To...

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As you can tell from this week's cover photo, I'm over winter and the cold, as is everyone I'm sure. With another winter month down, spring is on the horizon.. HALLELUJAH. Before we leave February in the dust, here is a playlist of the songs I've been listening to for the second half of the month.

This playlist is a mix of new songs and songs I recently re-discovered. Favorites on the list: Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter," "Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)" by YACHT and "Lost Stars" by Adam Levine (kind of lame, I know, but I re-fell in love with it after seeing his performance at the Oscars).

PSA: if you haven't already googled 'Truffle Butter,' DON'T. I'm still gagging... Also, Lil Wayne's rap in this song is the most amazing rap ever. A bit dirty for my little ears but it is so, so good. 

What songs were you obsessed with in February? Comment below!

Valentine's Day Playlist <3

Some people LOVE Vday while others despise it, but whether or I was single or in a relationship, I've always been pretty neutral about the holiday. Getting chocolates and mugs from my mom as a kid and surprise Dominoes deliveries from my parents in college or going to the movies to see romantic comedies with friends was equally as awesome as having a candlelight dinner with a boyfriend. With any situation I advise you to just embrace the day, whether with your bae, family, friends or alone.

No matter who you are spending your Valentine's Day with, or what you are doing, spend the day of love listening to these songs of love...

Grammy Rant

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Some have already moved on from last Sunday's Grammy Awards but looking at the length of this post, I clearly haven't...

Beck & Kanye

When Prince announced Beck as the Album of the Year winner, I was both shocked and excited. I honestly didn't expect that at all, as most people didn't; I was even surprised to see that he was nominated. But I wasn't only excited that Beck won (really like Morning Phase but not sure I would call it MY fave of the year), I was mostly excited that they're moving past picking the most popular artists and actually looking at who's the most talented. The Grammys, and most award shows in general, have a history of picking the same people over and over for their awards, aka the most popular. I was pleasantly surprised with last year's picks (Daft Punk, Lorde, etc.) and this year's, it looks as if they are actually considering talent when picking winners now. I knew other viewers were probably shocked as well, but the reaction it got was unexpected, even besides Kanye's.

People on my social media news feeds complained about how other artists (Ed Sheeran, Beyonce..) got jipped but like, DID YOU LISTEN TO BECK'S ALBUM? That's really all I want to know. Don't judge before you listen, people.

I'm usually one to defend Kanye but he's bein' stupid!!! You're not the king of awards, you don't get to decide if someone should give their (well deserved) award to someone else. His comments right after the show, his comments after that.. ugh, you're making it really hard to like you, Kanye. Also, hearing Kim and Khloe Kardashian's "you should have done it" comments talking about how Kanye should have gone on stage...  

Beck made Kanye look even worse with his humble and gracious response.

Kanye's post-Grammy comments...

"I don't know what he said, all I know is if the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. 'Flawless,' Beyoncé video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it," 'Ye began to say with his usual intensity."
"By the way, I got my wife, my daughter and my clothing line, so I'm not going to do nothing to put my daughter at risk but I am here to fight for creativity. That's the reason why I didn't say anything tonight."

...his clothing line? smh

Kanye West Goes Off on Beck's Grammy Win: "He Should Have Given His Award To Beyonce" 

I obviously don't agree with Kanye's comment but this is interesting to read/watch...

All The Times Kanye West Gave His Own Awards To Someone Else 

And then Beck's comments...

"I was just so excited he was coming up. He deserves to be on stage as much as anybody.. How many great records has he put out in the last five years right?"
On Kanye saying he should respect true artistry.. "You can't please everybody, man.. I still love him and think he's genius. I aspire to do what he does."

Beck Responds to Kanye West's Shade, Still Thinks "He's a Genius" Despite Diss

Beck handled that PERFECTLY. Kill 'em with kindness, that's what I always say..

I'm happy for Beck and happy for music. This is a stretch, but maybe the same 10 artists won't make all of the money in the music industry one day, maybe there will be a spread of wealth, especially to the most talented?

P.S. I guess after realizing how ridiculous and rude he was, Kanye recently went back on his comments towards Beck. I still haven't forgotten his initial reaction, though. 

Kanye West: 'Voices in My Head' Told Me To Stage-Crash Beck at the Grammys

Side Notes

Besides Album of the Year drama, Sam Smith was the real focus of the night - he won 4 Grammys and performed probably the best performance of the night. He was amazing and I am obsessed. Although, the fact that he won awards for a song that caused some controversy (he possibly plagiarized Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down") took away a little from the moment, I still love Sam Smith and can't seem to hold that against him.

The show was jam packed with performances, has it always been that way? Loads of performances and very few awards? Don't remember that being the case.. but it was a little overwhelming. 

Well, that's I'll I got. What did you think about this year's Grammys? Comment below!

Oh, and listen to the Album of the Year below..

RJD2 @ Brooklyn Bowl

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Bowling, booze, food and concerts - what else could ya need? Brooklyn Bowl became my new favorite venue last week when I saw RJD2. I've been meaning to hit this place up for a while now but the stars never aligned until recently when I got tickets as a Christmas present. No offense to RJD2, but I was equally excited to finally see the venue as I was to see the show. Brooklyn Bowl was everything I ever imagined and more - you could literally hear/see the show from anywhere in the venue. Even right up to the point where I stepped into the bathroom stall, I could see RJD2 doing his thing on a screen through a window leading to the concert area, that's my kinda place.

Besides discovering that Brooklyn Bowl is the best place on the planet, RJD2 was pretty cool too. I saw him briefly at Governor's Ball last year when I caught the end of his set and was really digging it, which lead to this show. I don't really listen to him on the norm (I really only recognized one of his songs), but he's just one of those performers that you need to see live. The set was a straight up dance party. Just a really, really fun show overall. You don't need to have listened to RJD2 previously to have enjoyed it, it was not one of those kind of concerts.

The opener, D.V.S*, was pretty good as well, kind of like a mini RJD2 (like I couldn't tell the difference at first). It was mostly him, his guitar and his computer for most of the hour long set but he had a violin, saxophone and piano player accompany him for some songs. Only one negative, the hat he was wearing has GOT to go.

All in all the night was hella fun. So two things: if you have a chance to see RJD2 live, I highly recommend it, and DEFINITELY check out Brooklyn Bowl as soon as you can.

Best of 2014

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A little late on this, but aren't I always? It’s hard to look back at all of 2014, especially with my awful memory, so thank God for Spotify and their new ‘Year In Review’ feature.  Most of this data is pulled from Spotify but I also created a Best of 2014 playlist based on personal faves thought up from my own noggin.

If you're interested in knowing what you listened to throughout 2014, I definitely recommend viewing your Spotify ‘Year In Review,’ especially if you listen to Spotify on the daily (like moi). It’s pretty interesting.
 
So, according to Spotify…
 
Top Genres

  1. Pop
  2. R-neg-b
  3. Metropopolis
  4. Synthpop
  5. Indietronica

(not even sure what most of these mean..)
 
Top Artists

  1. Banks
  2. Tove Lo
  3. Charli XCX
  4. Lily Allen
  5. Broods

Top Album

  1. True Romance by Charli XCX
  2. Queen Of The Clouds by Tove Lo
  3. Blue Film by Lo-Fang
  4. LONDON by Banks
  5. St. Vincent by St. Vincent

Top Tracks

  1. When We’re Fire – Lo-Fang
  2. Our Time – Lily Allen
  3. SuperLove – Charli XCX
  4. Mother & Father – Broods
  5. Nuclear Seasons – Charli XCX
  6. This Is What It Feels Like – Banks
  7. Waiting Game – Banks
  8. Brain – Banks
  9. Goddess – Banks
  10. Air Balloon – Lily Allen

Check out the playlist Spotify created for my 2015 listening based on what I listened to in 2014: 

And when I wasn't listening to the same 5 artists and songs on repeat I was listening to these.. 

What were your ‘Year In Review’ results? Comment below!

 

 

Winter Show List

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When I think of winter I think about occasionally playing in the snow, but mostly snuggling up and being cozy at home. BUT some shows are worth venturing into the polar vortex for, and this is a list of them. I don’t enjoy being out in the cold so trust me when I say that these shows are MUST sees.

While I will try to go to all of these, lets be real, I won't. So I highlighted the shows that I will definitely be going to, aka the best of the best on this list, meaning shows ya need to go to.

You will find that some months are lacking. Part of that is due to me being super picky this season because like I said, I hate the cold, and part of it is just that there aren't a ton of great shows announced yet. So as Feb and March start approaching and more shows get announced, I will be sure to add them on here- make sure to keep checking back!

If I can get myself to leave my slippers and sweaters then so can you! See ya there ;)

Review: Echosmith + Fall Concerts Roundup

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So a few weeks ago (I’m so late on this!) I saw Echosmith, the last show of the bundle of tickets I bought back in the beginning of the fall. As excepted they were super fun and talented, but what really blew me away and stuck out to me well after the show, was the opening performer- Madi Diaz.

She was soo good and although I tried to recreate the set by listening to her at home, it wasn’t quite the same. Her voice live was so raw and unique and although I can listen to her on Spotify for hours, it doesn't compare to her live performance. DEF check her out!

Echosmith was great. They're age and lack of touring experience showed but that didn't stop them from putting on a fun set. In between songs lead singer, Sydney, would make little speeches sometimes becoming emotional, showing that their recent fame hasn't kept them from staying humble. I can see them (especially Sydney) becoming really good performers in the future. Good show, but the highlight of the night for me was fur sure Madi Diaz.

As you may already know from previous posts, this past fall I saw a bunch of amazing artists- HOLYCHILD, MØ, Linus Young, Tove Lo, Elliphant, Charli XCX, Madi Diaz, Echosmith and others. It was really exciting seeing so many powerful, up and coming female artists that I've pretty much been obsessed with this past year. Looking back, all were great shows, but I have to say my favorite was most definitely MØ. Her show will probably go down as one of my all time favorite live performances EVA. All-in-all, these girls kicked ass! Definitely my faves in music currently. 

Now I'm ready for some winter concerts... Check back soon for a list of MUST see shows coming this winter in the NYC metropolitan area. 

In the meantime, listen to the mix of the songs I remember most vividly from each night. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay PT. 1 Soundtrack

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I knew I was going to love the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1  soundtrack well before I even heard it. Learning that Lorde curated the collection was all I needed to know I would dig it… then I saw the track list and I was more than in love. Tove Lo, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Haim, Stromae, CHVRCHES… it's like it was made for me. I then saw the movie (wish the songs from the actual soundtrack were in the movie but whateva) and then finally, I listened to Mockingjay Pt. 1. To be honest it took a little getting used to at first, but in the end like always, Lorde blew me away. The songs flow really well together and have a hint of similarity, and the mood encompasses the feel of the film. In short, it’s flawless. Listen below to find out what I’m talking about: