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Guest post: Defeating the Earworm

As I fly back from Dallas, check out more thoughts on music from @AestheticsGirl

It crawls into your head and takes control of your brain—the earworm

Unbidden by you, you walk to the car with some random song jangling about your head. You hum along to it in line for coffee garnering strange looks from the fellow caffeine hounds, and in many instances the lyrics pop out of your mouth without you even realizing it happened.

The earworm has you. Earworms are tough to kill and can last for days despite attempts to get that song out of your head.

In fairness, not all earworms are bad.  The Black Keys “Lonely Boy” has spun itself right round my brain a few times and actually helped to give some pep to my mood.  The right earworm can be used to put some extra strut in your step.

The majority of the time though it feels like the earworm is going to drive you insane.  Listening to music doesn’t always help, it might be a stop gap measure, but then as you’re brushing your teeth at midnight, boom, it’s there again and you’re brushing to the rhythm of “Conga.”

The best way to defeat the earworm: get another earworm playing in your head to push the first one out.

For me, I start to recite Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.”  It’s one of the few songs that I know all the lyrics to and it is infectious enough to override any other songs playing in my head.  Also I kind of like saying “my anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun”—that line will forever amuse me.

What’s your earworm defeating song?

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Guest Post: Nothing Pedestrian About this Band

More about music from Charity, you lucky buggers.

I first heard of Frightened Rabbit on Twitter in April 2009.  Being one who likes to expand my music horizons, I bought their album “The Midnight Organ Fight” and I fell in love.

I found them to be delightfully bawdy, clever, witty, tongue –in-cheek, and dynamic.  They used different melodies and arrangements as accompaniment to their wonderful lyrics.  “The Twist,” “Backwards Walk,” and “Keep Yourself Warm” all went into heavy rotation in my house, car, and office.  I connected to their music quickly, it was thoughtful and funny.

Their following album “The Winter of Mixed Drinks” left me a bit cold, it was good, but I didn’t feel like it lived up to the potential of “The Midnight Organ Fight”—I didn’t find myself saying to people OH MY I HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT THIS BAND.

Given this, I had some concerns going into their latest album “Pedestrian Verse.”  These concerns have been obliterated.  “Pedestrian Verse” has a maturity in lyrics and sound that really shows how far the band has grown over the last few years.  It doesn’t hurt that there’s this late ‘80s/early ‘90s feel to the album, which resonates strongly with me.

In recent months, Frightened Rabbit has had some words for Mumford & Sons about that bands second album, mainly that there is little growth in the sound of the album, that the group has not developed beyond their first album.  Their comments are not completely unfounded, as much as I enjoy listening to “Babel” it does feel like an extension of “Sigh No More.”

As a fan of both bands, nothing would be more delightful than them throwing down in a battle of the bands.

While we wait for this to develop, check out a track from the new album.

Guest post: Beyond ‘Hey Ho’

I have referred to @AestheticsGirl (aka Charity) as my Musical Guru for several years. Thanks to her, I have managed to avoid a complete descent into old age by occasionally being up-to-date on new music.

Here is the first in a series of @AestheticsGirl guest posts that will touch upon music, books and other things that make life far more interesting.

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The Lumineers have gotten a lot of play of their song “Hey Ho” off from their self-titled debut album because of the tie-in to Silver Linings Playbook.  

The band put on a charming and enchanting performance of “Hey Ho” and “Stubborn Love” on Saturday Night Live—great to see a band that is about the music and not the theatrics get a chance to shine.

Here’s a live Lumineers performance from Summer 2012:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9onfSUQpL8

Recently they appeared on The Grammy’s as an intro act to Jack White, performing, of course, “Hey Ho.”

While “Hey Ho” is a great track, brings a smile to my face and a bounce to my step whenever I hear it, the band actually has better songs on their album.

Expand your listening of The Lumineers to include “Classy Girls” and “Slow It Down.”

Or better yet, listen to the entire album.

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“Did I overshare?” A guest post by @candacearm.

One of the coolest people in my life came into it through Twitter.

After lots of tweet conversations and then jumping to email, Candace aka @candacearm and I made plans to meet for brunch at Estadio. It felt a lot like a blind date, particularly to Candace, I think, because I was the first Twitter person she chose to meet offline.

Yes, I feel special still.

Candace is embarking on a big life change and has shared the process via social media. Does she regret that? Keep reading.

@candacearm

“WHYYY COULDN’T I JUST KEEP THIS TO MYSELF?? Why did I have to blab about it to everyone? Do you know how embarrassing it’s going to be when I have to tell everyone I didn’t get in?” Continue reading

Guest post: @eimski on PopSugar Must Have Box

The better monthly surprise

In the middle of my BirchBox experience, Popsugar.com started to promote their Must Have box which launched in July. It was pricier than the BirchBox at $35 per month, but promised each box would contain products with a minimum retail value of $150.* I decided to give it a try – I could do one month and cancel if it sucked.

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The first month my pink box arrived, I was very excited. Upon opening, I was surprised to find a beach tote, a full-sized Body Drench body scrub, moisturizer, two full-sized Ilia lipsticks, two Kind bars (delicious by the way) and two RGB nail polishes.

The RGB nail polishes alone retail for $16 each and the Ilia lipsticks are $24 each. The nail polish was super long-wearing and even with a cheap top coat, lasted eight impressive days with no chipping.

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