Tuesday, April 29, 2014

stuck in my head

One of Regina Spektor's albums, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, has been running through my head all week. A few of my favorite songs from it are "Firewood", "The Party", and "Patron Saint". I know I mention Regina Spektor quite a lot in my "stuck in my head" sorts of posts, but I can't help it. Her voice is yearning and eclectic, going from completely serious to satire in a measure. She's wonderful, and I recommend her to all.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

the realms of your imagination

I have recently discovered a new book series, and so devoured it in three days (one per book). This particular series is written by Libba Bray, and follows our heroine through the late nineteenth century. Yes, this is the "Gemma Doyle" trilogy, headed by A Great and Terrible Beauty. It made the New York Times bestseller list, but I did not discover it complexities until a few days ago. Since then, I have become completely enamored. The series follows Gemma Doyle, whose life changes drastically after her mother dies of "cholera". (It isn't cholera.) She moves from India to a strict English boarding school, where she begins to discover that the strange visions she experiences are not her going crazy after all. With the historical element, humor, great drama, and a particular nice looking boy, Libba Bray's trilogy certainly has everything one could wish for. Once you add the spectacular writing style she most definitely has, the series becomes perfect. These are books you will live in for days after you finish them, and they will be swimming around your head and your heart for months to come.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

stuck in my head

"Stay Awake", by London Grammar. I discovered this British trio through Spotify's recommendations, and am incredibly happy to have done so. They have a sound that I can only describe as alternative pop, with a mellow mix of soft piano and heaver, more electronic beats. Among the "also searched for" section are Lorde and  Florence and the Machine; while I don't think these artists are necessarily alike, their audiences are certainly prone to overlapping.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

stuck in my head

 "Silly Eye-Color Generalizations", by Regina Spektor. This song doesn't appear on any of her regular albums (on iTunes, at least), but instead on her "Live in London" appearance. This recorded-live performance has that extra edge of the crowd and pulsing excitement, as well as it simply being a completely lovely song.