I’m No Longer A Teenager But Still Kind Of A Teenybopper

 

Between my heart-shaped sunglasses, bubblegum pink lipstick, and recent affliction to an Australian boy band; it’s difficult to decipher if I turned 20 or 12 today. All jokes aside, today’s the day I finally leave my teenage years behind me and charge headfirst into adulthood–well, sort of.

When I was in middle school and in the beginning of high school, I prided myself on having better music taste than most of my friends. (Sorry guys). As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to appreciate all kinds of music because I love music. I stopped worrying about liking a band longer than someone else and just listened to whatever the hell I wanted to. I’ll be the first one to admit that 13-year-old me was pretty annoying when it came to music. However, 20-year-old still doesn’t have it all together.

Since my middle school years were filled with All Time Low (LOL my years are still filled with ATL), Fall Out Boy (Them too), Boys Like Girls, Panic!, and so many other “alternative” bands, I never really got to experience that full teenybopper lifestyle. Lucky for me, I’m starting to experience it now–at 20. My mother made a joking comment saying, “You didn’t like boy bands when you were in middle school.” Which is a lie, I loved the Jonas Brothers, I just hid it away so it wouldn’t ruin my pop punk cred.

So here I am: obsessed with bands like 5 Seconds of Summer, listening to girl groups sing about girl power, and trying to make heart-shaped sunglasses chic. However, I’m not the least bit embarrassed about my musical tastes or outlandish fashion choices.

My roommate, who also happens to be one of my best friends (Hi Liz), is kind of like my teenybopper spirit guide. We met in college when we both transferred and hit it off because we both grew up liking the same music. She was super into Fall Out Boy, Andrew McMahon, and All Time Low. It was an actual match made in friendship heaven. At the very beginning of our friendship she threw me the biggest curve ball. She’s the BIGGEST One Direction fan.

She used to feel like she had to hide the fact she loved 1D. However, one day she just decided she was going to tell the world. She owned her boy band love, and that’s what I’m trying to do.

The term “boy band” has a negative connotation. I’m sorry but I’d like a textbook definition that proves what a boy band really is because technically speaking ANY band that is made up of all males is a boy band.

The most important lesson here though; WHO CARES WHAT KIND OF MUSIC YOU LIKE. There are different types of music because different people enjoy different things. The keyword here is DIFFERENT. Don’t hate on other people’s music taste, but more importantly, own up to the music you love.

I’m at a crossroads in my life where I’m highly considering a career in the music industry is the place for me. You know what the music industry appreciates? People who can recognize talent when they hear it. So honestly,

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Artist To Watch: For The Foxes

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I was building a new playlist on Spotify when I remembered my love For The Foxes. This four-piece hails pop-rock from New Jersey and plays music that makes you want to get up and dance. They are a pop-filled fun time.

The band signed to Hopeless Records and have only gone up from there.

I was lucky enough to see the band play last spring while they supported The Summer Set. That tour was the first I’d ever listened to the band. I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself dancing along with the music and appreciating a band I didn’t even know existed.

After the show, I immediately went home and downloaded the band’s music. Over the past year, I’ve put it on random playlists and will sometimes find myself jamming out while I walk through the Common.

 

The band has some incredible standout songs but a nice thing about this band; pretty much all of their songs are standouts. “Moonlight Ride” and “Kids Too Young” are always stuck in my head—I’m not complaining about it. The Revolution—their current EP—came out in 2012. Luckily for fans, they’ve released three singles over the past year—including “We’re Coming Up,” a favorite of mine.

I’m hoping for some new things in the near future—so be on the lookout. Don’t forget to follow the band on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Oh, and you’re welcome—I just showed you your new favorite band.

The Top 10 Musical Numbers To Study To

Call me weird but I find myself gravitating towards musical numbers when I’m studying. I mean—who doesn’t want to listen to Idina Menzel belt out a high note in Wicked? Seriously, I can’t listen to a song from RENT without getting seriously pumped about the task I have at hand—I’m a bit strange—oh well!

These 10 songs are the best to jam out to in the library—with headphones of course!

1. Cell Block Tango, Chicago

2. Take Me or Leave Me, RENT

3. What Is This Feeling?, Wicked

4. Hasa Diga Eebowai, The Book of Mormon

5. Not The Boy Next Door, The Boy From Oz

6. Ladies’ Choice, Hairspray

7. King of New York, Newsies

8. Trashin’ The Camp, Tarzan

9. Little Shop Of Horrors, Little Shop of Horrors

10. Honey, Honey, Mamma Mia

Artist To Watch: Cassio Monroe

There’s nothing better than new music. I’ve been to plenty of shows with random and horrible openers—what can you do. However, there are always those few hidden gems. Thankfully, I found one of those gems.

After writing about The Rosso Sisters, I started to pay attention to Jonas Group artists. How many hidden gems can one place have? Apparently, a pretty decent amount. I saw a tweet about Cassio Monroe opening for The Wanted. Lucky for me, I’ve had tickets to The Wanted since they came out. I decided I wouldn’t listen to this band until I went to the show. I wanted to be surprised and make my judgement off of their live show–anyone can use some auto-tune and sing on a record.

I guess I had some assumptions about Cassio Monroe–like the fact I thought they would be a boy band. I was quite about the fact they were not a boy band. This duo is composed of Tripp Weir and Jeff Garrison and is from Nashville, TN. Tripp happens to be a rapper–as most of you know, so not my cup of tea, but I’m so into it. Jeff sings and plays the guitar–he has a killer high range that I absolutely love.

Their set was a good time. Their song “Dump Me” stuck out most to me–it was quirky and hilarious. Another stand out was their current single, “Under the Lights,” which the duo closed their set with.

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After the show, I was making my necessary trip to Tasty Burger when I happened to walk by Garrison talking and taking pictures with fans. I snapped a selfie–because it’s me–and also let him know I’d be blogging about them. It was refreshing how nice and sincere Garrison was.

After giving Cassio Monroe a listen–both live and recorded–I’ve come to the conclusion they will be doing big things. It’s radio-ready music without the cheesy/overdone aspect–it’s what I look for in an artist. I can now consider myself a fan but that’s really no surprise–I’ve always been a sucker for cute boys and guitars.

It’s Miley’s party and she can say what she wants to

mileyCyrus’ album will be available for download on iTunes on October 8th. Pre-order the album here.

It’s no secret Miley Cyrus is trying her hardest to lose her Disney Channel image—congrats girl, you DEFINITELY did it. With all the attention on her crazy VMA performance and recent strange behavior, it’s easy to forget that Miley Cyrus can in fact sing.

Much to the delight of Miley Cyrus lovers everywhere, the 20-year-old decided to stream her anticipated album “Bangerz” on iTunes on Monday. Hate all you want on her strange behavior but there some quality songs on this CD. If you now want to punch me in the face because I just referred to a Miley Cyrus song as “quality,” simmer down and take a seat—I’m aware it’s not going to win a Grammy, however it’s not as terrible as you’re probably imagining.

The CD opens with “Adore You,” which happens to be one of my favorite songs on the CD. It’s one of those “I’m feeling sappy and emotional” kind of songs. I almost passed out when I saw Britney Spears on a track and had to listen to the song immediately. Sadly, it wasn’t everything I wanted it to be and it’s definitely not the best song on the album.

Some songs worthly of mentioning include the ballads “FU (featuring French Montana)” and “Maybe You’re Right,” along with my two personal favorite songs “#GETITRIGHT” and “Someone Else.” “#GETITRIGHT” is so catchy and fun. “Someone Else” is not-so-secretly about Liam—which is super evident in the lyrics “If you’re looking for love, it don’t live here anymore.”

So the conclusion I’ve come to is: I love Miley Cyrus regardless of her strange on-stage habits. Give this CD a chance and you might be pleasantly surprised.

ALSO, stream the album here. You’re welcome.

Much Love — Nicole Fell (down)

Living in the radio, lost in the stereo sound

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It has been said over and over again—we are the tattoo generation. Getting a tattoo once you are the legal age is quite common now-a-days. Many people will get a family symbol, a random design, or a short quote. One type of tattoo that is becoming quite common is tattoos of song lyrics.

A tattoo is a big commitment—it will be on your skin for the rest of your life. Not only do you have to consider the fact the tattoo is permanent, but getting a song lyrics tattooed poses another question—what if you don’t like that song in a year? What if you grow to hate that artist?

I wondered about these questions for a long time, so I decided to ask three people I personally know about their song tattoos. All three are different in age, all live in a different place, and all three have very different genres for their lyrics.

The first tattoo is a lyric from Drake’s “Fireworks” which was originally from Tupac’s book of poems. The person who got this tattoo—we’ll call her S— is a 19-year-old college student. She got this tattoo on January 17, 2012.

“The song is about going through hard times such as his parents’ divorce and rising from it and reaching his dreams—such as me,” said S. Drake has been one of her favorite artists for over two years now, and she feels she can relate to him.

Although Drake has been a favorite for a long time, she was nervous about regretting her tattoo choice later on in life, but soon realized it didn’t even have to do with the music in the end.. “I was afraid I’d regret it for a bit, but then I realized how beautiful the lyric is and it doesn’t even matter if Drake sang it or not it relates to me and I feel strongly towards it,” she said.  She also has another tattoo, and feels like this one will be her only lyric tattoo. “One quote is good for me,” she said.

The next tattoo is a lyric from Matt Nathanson’s “All We Are.” M—the person who this tattoo belongs to—is a 22-year-old graduate of Suffolk University, who currently has a job in the marketing field. She got her tattoo on June 29, 2009 and it was a spur of-the-moment decision. “I was planning on getting a line from a movie eventually, but the night I came up with the idea for the tattoo I got, I just went with it,” she said.

“To me, and the artist in some way, the song is about being proud of who you are. You shouldn’t have to pretend to be someone you’re not,” she said. “When I first heard the song when I was seventeen, it really resonated with me. Two years later, when I got the tattoo, and now, it still means just as much.”

M also agrees that no matter how much she likes or dislikes this artist years from now, this tattoo is more than just about liking a song. It’s about having a personal connection with the lyrics.

Finally, the last tattoo comes from Yellowcard’s “Believe.” T—the tattoo holder—recently got this tattoo on October 31, 2012. Yellocard has been one of her favorite bands for the past seven years, and this song has always stuck with her.

After contemplating the idea of getting this tattoo for two years, T decided that it was time to get it. These three small words hold a great amount of meaning to her.

“It has two meanings to me. The first one being a simple reminder to just stay and strong and believe because things can get better. Then the second one is because my dad is a survivor of the 9/11 attacks. He was in the impact zone of the Pentagon,” she said.

That being said, she feels like this is certainly a tattoo she will never regret. “The tattoo has so much meaning to me that I will never regret it,” she said. Unlike the other two, T plans on getting another music lyric tattoo very soon.

What these three very different people have shown is that music brings people together. Three different people connected to three different so powerfully that they decided they would like it for the rest of their lives. To outsiders, it looks like song lyrics—a sign of being young and reckless. To these three girls, and many others like them, these tattoos are works of art and reminders of hope. That no matter what kind of day they are having, they can look at their tattoo and remember what made them happy enough to forever hold onto those words.

Believers Never Die—#saverockandroll

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The time has come my fellow Overcast Kids, they’re back—cue the tears of joy from millions of pop-punk loving children and now adults all over the world. Fall Out Boy released details of a new tour early Monday morning, which basically sent Twitter & Tumblr into a spiraling emotional wreck. (I may or may not have gotten way too excited in one of my classes and received some awkward looks).

Not only did the four-piece band from Chicago release tour dates—they also released a new single. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).

It’s so damn catchy, that I guarantee that it will be stuck in your head for the next day or so. It’s different from the old Fall Out Boy, but that is to be expected. It’s more mature—they have gotten older in the past 3 years, at least I assume. It’s safe to say that whatever this band produces, I will support it. Bands are going to change, it’s called growing. Do any of you really want to buy the same exact record over and over again? Didn’t think so.

Fall Out Boy are a good reason that I enjoy the music I enjoy. Also, there’s a FOB song that everyone can relate to—From Under the Cork Tree has a song for every day of my life.

Don’t forget that tickets go on-sale for the Save Rock & Roll Tour this Friday. Hope to see you there because I will be there without a doubt!

much love — nicolefelldown

I walk like this cause I can back it up

I mean, I couldn’t truthfully say I was obsessed with pop culture and NOT blog about Beyonce’s Superbowl Performance. I really don’t care what genre of music you like, music is music and it should be appreciated. That was a performance. It was just dancing or just singing, it was the perfect medium of both.

Also, 8-year-old me had a baby panic attack due to the fact I just saw Destiny’s Child was on the same stage singing together (Can I get an EEEEEP?). Beyonce killed it and that’s all I really wanted to say. You can all enjoy this lovely gif of her being fierce, and enjoy the rest of your Superbowl Sunday!

much love — nicolefelldown

We all want to be legendary to somebody

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Do you ever feel like your dreams are so big that you don’t even know how to tackle them? Well, I certainly feel that way.  The CW premiered their new show, The Carrie Diaries tonight. Carrie Bradshaw has been a character that I’ve absolutely loved since day one. I mean — come on — she writes for Vogue (my dream), buys absolutely beautiful and expensive clothes (my bank account’s nightmare), and marries the sophisticated and powerful man of her dreams (Mr. Big — enough said).

The thing that drew me to Carrie was that no matter life threw at her, her dreams came first. I know I’m young, and generally naive, but I believe that dreams aren’t so far away. I’ve had people question why I indulge in the things I do: clothes, concert tickets and plenty of other things.  I don’t think — actually make it know– that I have to explain myself, but I want to.

People are different, that’s a fact. To me, the feeling of being at a concert or putting together the perfect outfit is the equivalent of you winning your sports game. I like what I like, and that’s just me. I spend so much time engluffed in music and bands I love, because those are the people I want the world to know about. I want someone to one day open a magazine and see the music and fashion that I love. I don’t want to change people’s opinion, I just want them to see mine. I could spend hours talking about how this music and fashion makes me feel, but I think I’ll spare you. If you took the time to read through this rant, I am currently giving the thumbs-up.

Much love — nicolefelldown

Lie awake and dream of the endless possibilities

In a world completely ruled by technology, it’s possible for anyone to get their name out there. There are plenty who would argue that this is an advantage and a disadvantage. The way to assert yourself away from the crowd is to “brand” yourself. Make it known who you are, what you stand for, and why you do the things you do. There has to be a signature about that sets you apart from the next person.

Now, I’m not naive, I know that people fabricate themselves, this is the internet after all. What I’ve come to believe is, however, by fabricating who you are, you’re branding yourself unintentionally. This is not the type of branding you want. You’re saying “I’m willing to do anything so that people know who I am.” And trust me, your 15 minutes will be up and people will go back to forgetting you ever existed.

That’s not what I want. People remember you, and i mean truly remember you,  they remember what you stood for. After hearing “Legendary” a song that will soon be released by The Summer Set, I realized that is exactly what I want to be. I’ve made a commitment to my dreams, that I will follow through with them. But, I’ve also made a commitment to myself. At what point do you lose yourself in pursuit of something else? Stick to your belief system and do what makes you happy, that’s what will get you remembered. Because cliché as it sounds: “Hero’s get remembered but legends never die.”