+ZEDD day+

If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?

Zedd ft. Foxes, Clarity (2012)

I kind of cheated, but so excited to see Zedd tonight! 🖤
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+october playlist+

 

This October, I want to go back to my “roots,” which is basically me saying that I want to relive the older days and remember the songs I’ve forgotten.

Banks, Beggin for Thread (2014)
I discovered this jewel as a recommendation from Spotify, and I’m so glad that I’ve added this song to my collection.  I was probably recommended Banks because of Marina and the Diamonds, but honestly, who knows, considering how I listen to pretty much everything.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, Havana (2017)
I had the opportunity to see a showroom this past week and I noticed something ironic (?) – we Americans are enamored by old Cuba and the romantic Havana image.  I thought that it was funny how fashion easily transcends political issues and uses other cultures as inspirations, even if the country of conception may not have the best relationship with the country of inspiration.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Eminem, When I’m Gone (2005)
Where is Eminem even these days?  I miss his good old music, when he was angrier, and talking about real issues.  Even though his issues didn’t exactly resonate with me, I felt a sense of camaraderie through the emotions he was conveying to us.
Purchase here on iTunes.

French Montana ft. Swae Lee (Tiesto & Dzeko AFTR:HRS Remix), Unforgettable (2017)
Not to be harsh, but the only reason why this song’s even on this list is because the remix is amazing.  Also, humblebragging, but I saw French this past Saturday at Hoops Mania.  I also recorded (most) of the only song that I actually know by him 🙃.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Jay-Z ft. Damian Marley, Bam (2017)
This past Saturday was the SNL Season 43 premiere, with Jay-Z as the musical guest.  Honestly, I haven’t listened to 4:44, his newest album, but I probably should.  After listening to this song, I figured that I’m missing out on life.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello, Bad Things (2017)
Like most pop songs, this has been overplayed during its prime.  Now, a few months later, well out of its prime, it’s not a song that’s played on Z-100, but for some strange reason, I can’t get this song out of my head.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Marina and the Diamonds, How to be a Heartbreaker (2012)
If you liked Dua Lipa’s New Rules, then there’s no way you don’t know/love this song.  Even though Dua’s song is five years later than Marina’s, in a cool way, New Rules is part one, when you’re in love with the wrong guy, and How to be a Heartbreaker is part two, when you’re back in the dating scene.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Sam Smith, Too Good at Goodbyes (2017)
2017 has been too good to us, with surprise collaborations and the return of Sam Smith.  Though he wasn’t gone for 20 years or something, his absence from the music industry has been missed.  In a world where EDM DJs rule the music scene, having raw vocal talent like Sam Smith helps you remember that singing is a rare talent that only the few were blessed with.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The Maine, Am I Pretty? (2015)
Two months later, I’m still obsessed with The Maine’s setlist from their August show.  Even though it’s a simple song lyrically, Am I Pretty? is a song that I wouldn’t mind listening to on repeat.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Zedd ft. Jon Bellion, Beautiful Now (2015)
You can disagree with me, but Zedd’s True Colors album is probably his best piece.  All the songs in this album, like Beautiful Now, really showed off Zedd’s creativity and his desire to make good music, and not just a chart topper.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Zedd ft. Matthew Koma, Spectrum (2012)
This is my first Zedd song, which makes me a bandwaggoner-ish, but then I remember all the self-declared fans after Clarity (2012) and his Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande collaborations, and then I feel better.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Also, D-18 until Zedd! 🤗

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As usual, I’ve attached October’s Spotify playlist – enjoy!  Also, for obvious reasons, Jay-Z’s song isn’t in the playlist.

I’ve been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I’m out of my mind
It feel like my life ain’t mine
Who can relate?

Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid, 1-800-273-8255 (2017)

+september playlist+

Note: Hi everyone!  I apologize for the random two-week inactivity – I’m back at school, so I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things again.  By the time this post is up, I should be back in business, so keep your eyes peeled for some new content!  x ec

The work life grind has gotten me beat, and I can’t remember the last time I had fun.  When life’s stressful, listen to this soothing Top Ten to ease your minds like it does for me!

Avicii ft. Sandro Cavazza, Without You (2017)
Avicii has returned.  Good EDM music has returned.  Don’t get me wrong – I do love various other artists, but Avicii’s songs always had a special place in my heart.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Handel & Halvorsen, Passacaglia in G minor for violin and viola (1897)
This piece, originally from Handel’s Harpsichord Suite in G minor, is a rarity.  I prefer to listen to piano solos or orchestral music, rather than violin pieces because I loved playing Beethoven on the piano as a child.  The violin genius, Itzhek Perlman, and his viola partner, Pinchas Zukerman, bring this piece to life, demonstrating that pouring your emotions into a piece doesn’t mean it has to compromise the quality of the delivery.
Watch Perlman and Zukerman’s interpretation here.

Illenium ft. Annika Wells, Crawl Outta Love (2017)
Illenium is an artist that I would love to see live, but as long as his touring schedule doesn’t match up with my school/work schedule, I probably won’t get the chance to see him live.  In the meantime, I guess I can watch fan recorded sets and live vicariously through them.
Preorder here on iTunes.

John Williams, Hedwig’s Theme (2001)
The main theme to the Harry Potter franchise, Hedwig’s Theme celebrates all of us facing first day of school jitters.  While we probably won’t understand the joys of magic taught at Hogwarts, we can hope to make great (mundane) memories at our Muggle schools.  Fun fact: September 1, 2017 is the date the epilogue takes place (“19 Years Later”), with Albus Potter beginning his wizarding journey at Hogwarts.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Justin Bieber, BloodPop®, Friends (2017)
I have to listen to anything my birthday twin (same date, different year) releases because birthday twins should support each other, right 🤔?
Purchase here on iTunes.

Liszt, La Campanella (1851)
Though I’ve quit the piano, I have always heard that being able to play Liszt’s piece properly shows true piano mastery.  The title, which means “the little bell” in Italian, asks the pianist to imitate the twinkling and delicate sounds of bells.  There’s little room for error, so when a maestro(a) gives it justice, La Campanella just tickles your ears as you listen to it.
Watch Valentina Lisitsa’s interpretation here.

Logic, ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid, 1-800-273-8255 (2017)
Short story: my friend and I were stuck in a car for 1.5 hours instead of the estimated 20-minute ride to a party.  The moment that my friend moaned about our situation was the part when Logic was singing, “I don’t want to die,” reducing us to tears; at the time, we really felt like we were going to die on the highway, going 2 mph.  Jokes aside, mental health should be approached with compassion and discussed, rather than be shamed and pushed aside.  If you or a loved one feels alone, know that you are not alone, and there is help waiting for you.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble. (2012)
I remember the days when I was still in high school and Taylor Swift wasn’t a complicated artist to listen to.  Well, this is apparently a song getting back at John Mayer or something, but high school me (and me today) doesn’t really care about that kind of stuff.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The Killers (Two Friends Remix), Mr. Brightside (2016)
Who doesn’t love this song?  Specifically, who doesn’t love this song remixed?  Well I do, and Two Friends really upgrades this song to the current music scene.
No iTunes, but check it out here on SoundCloud.

Zayn ft. Sia, Dusk Until Dawn (2017)
I love Sia.  Not a Zayn fan (team Harry, obviously 😂) because he never released music that I liked listening to, but this song really made me reconsider his stuff again.  Also, I’m a sucker for good, angsty love songs, so this was right up my alley.
Purchase here on iTunes.

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From my experience, loud and passionate songs, really help my productivity.  Maybe it’s because of my city life upbringing, but noise really helps me center myself and concentrate on the task at hand.

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Here’s September’s playlist to jam out to!

Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

Robert Nesta Marley, popularly known as Bob Marley, OM, Jamaican singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist; known for blending mostly reggae, ska, and rocksteady in his compositions (1945-1981)

So tell me now
When every star falls from the sky
And every last heart in the world breaks
Oh hold me now

Robin Schulz ft. James Blunt, OK (2017)

+rejects+

Life is such a comedy, so just spare me the drama

The All-American Rejects, Sweat (2017)

Per usual, Thursday evening was spent attending a concert.  This time, it was the Dashboard Confessional, The All-American Rejects, and The Maine Tour, which was held at the Central Park SummerStage.

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Even before I reached Central Park, it was obvious who was attending.  Lenox Hill natives generally don’t have fuchsia colored hair and multiple piercing when they have their pick of Chloé or Miu Miu.  However, it wasn’t just scene kids there – they were standing side by side Wall Streeters also waiting to relive their childhoods again.  As Tyson pointed out, we weren’t in our teens anymore; we were all 20- and 30-year olds with grown-up jobs, but still ready to have fun.

Besides the performers, a Central Park SummerStage is made up of two things: beer and boxed water.  While there was a tap water stations to refill your bottles and stay hydrated, I feel like you aren’t really at a SummerStage unless you see your fair share of beer and boxed water.

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The Setlist

The event was broken up into three parts, one for each band, with 30-minute breaks in between to change the instruments and backdrop.  The crew’s efficiency was pretty incredible and the show went without a hitch.

Part I: The Maine

  1. Black Butterflies & Déjà Vu
  2. Am I Pretty?
  3. Bad Behavior
  4. How Do You Feel?
  5. Like We Did (Windows Down)
  6. Girls Do What They Want
  7. Ice Cave

Part II: The All-American Rejects

  1. Dirty Little Secret
  2. Stab My Back
  3. My Paper Heart
  4. Swing, Swing
  5. I Wanna
  6. Kids in the Street
  7. Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down) – acoustic version
  8. Sweat
  9. Move Along
  10. Close Your Eyes
  11. Gives You Hell

Part III: Dashboard Confessional

  1. Vindicated
  2. The Sharp Hint of New Tears
  3. The Good Fight
  4. Saints and Sailors
  5. Remember to Breathe
  6. Love Yourself (Cover, ORIG. Justin Bieber)
  7. Just Like Heaven (Cover, ORIG. The Cure)
  8. Stolen
  9. We Fight
  10. The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most
  11. Ghost of a Good Thing
  12. Heart Beat Here
  13. Don’t Wait
  14. Again I Go Unnoticed
  15. Screaming Infidelities
  16. Hands Down

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What I Liked

How my nostalgia bone was tickled.  At times, I wasn’t able to sing along because I couldn’t stop smiling.  I still can’t get over the amazing feeling of unity you feel with the crowd when everyone sings in unison – it’s an incredible high.  And while we physically looked different from 10 years ago, we were still carried the emotions that made listening to these bands so great.

I also really loved the mobility.  After The Maine’s bit ended, people started abandoning their spots, much to my happiness.  I was easily able to move closer to the stage for AAR without catching dirty looks from other people who wanted to get closer as well.

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What I Didn’t Like

The weather.  I felt my sunscreen lotion melting off my face and my backless shirt barely helped cool me down, when the sun was directly on your face and there were tons of people around you.  At times, you wanted to get hit by a water bottle thrown by John because of how refreshing it was.

The venue was a disappointment.  Don’t get me wrong – I love the location and Central Park.  However, word on the street was that the bands couldn’t linger after their sets ended because of rules set in place.  We weren’t able to get pictures with The Maine (especially John) because of this annoying rule.  Though, all was not lost because I did manage to get pictures with Tyson by 5th and 72nd.

I'll keep you my dirty little secret 🖤 Feeling 2005 tonight

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Overall

Despite the weather, and not being able to see John after the show, it was still a great concert.  I feel like something people don’t recognize about millennials is that we’re notorious for throwbacks.  We just love reminiscing our younger days, and making new memories based off the complicated feelings the past left us.  Like the famous adage “history repeats itself,” millennials are living proof that growth happens, taking our old memories and redefining them in the present.

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Here’s the (nearly) complete Spotify playlist of Thursday’s concert!

I also recorded my nearly all of my favorite songs – my arm did get really tired during AAR’s set.

 

+august playlist+

Here’s August’s Top Ten!

Charli XCX, Boys
When I first heard this song, I thought it was a Slushii song because of the video game sound effects.  The vocal and arcade sound effect combo really come together to make a fun song to listen to.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, No Promises
I don’t know what it is, but there’s a pleasant, chart-topping quality to Demi’s voice.  Like it’s addictive to listen to because her vocals are actually strong and Cheat Codes clearly know how to take advantage of it.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Dua Lipa, New Rules
I honestly became addicted to this song when Dua sings “And if you’re under him, you ain’t over him.”  And attention girls, here are some new rules we’ll now all follow.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna, LOYALTY.
Truthfully, Kendrick can rap about anything and it’ll always be amazing.  Add Rihanna to the mix and you’ve got a Billboard chart topper for sure.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Linkin Park, Numb
Numb describes hearing Chester’s death.  A piece of mine and thousands of people’s childhoods all died the day Chester left our presence.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Mick Jagger, England Lost
It’s always a treat to listen to Mick’s stuff, whether it’s with The Rolling Stones or his solo work.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Snakehips, Anne-Marie ft. Joey Bada$$, Either Way
This song shows off Anne-Marie’s versatility, from Clean Bandit’s powerhouse vocal, to a chill, laidback summer song.  There’s also an overall night feeling to the song that I associate Snakehips to.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The Maine, Into Your Arms
To prepare for tonight’s Dashboard Confessional, The All-American Rejects, and the Maine Summerstage, I had to listen to some old songs that made me feel young(er) again.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The All-American Rejects, It Ends Tonight
When darkness turns into light it [the wait] ends tonight.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The Warp Zone, Rick and Morty Theme Song Acapella
In honor of Season 3 returning with a bang, cheers to Rick and Morty.

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Here’s August’s Spotify playlist!

+black+

I only wear clothes because I can’t walk around with nothing on, but they started calling me a fashionista.

Kwon Ji-yong, commonly known as G-Dragon, South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, fashion icon (1988-present)

I always seem to have trouble getting ready for concerts because I never know what to wear.  Surprisingly, other fashion blogs don’t seem to touch upon this topic and only showcase their Coachella, outdoor festival lookbooks.  You can’t just show up to the Barclay’s Center wearing a bralette and shorts – you look out of place.

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Get the Look

Top | American Apparel

Pants | Abercrombie & Fitch

Jacket | Levi’s

Bag | Kate Spade New York

Boots | Jeffrey Campbell

Choker | Urban Outfitters

+untitled+

Question: Who is G-DRAGON to you? (질문: 당신에게 지드래곤 이란?)

Hyeongdon Jeong / Entertainer:
To me? (저에게 있어서 지드래곤이요?) -stares-
Just a regular celebrity? (흔한 셀럽?) -laughs-

Question: Who is KWON JI YONG to you? (질문: 당신에게 권지용 이란?)

Hyeongdon Jeong / Entertainer:
Who’s that? (걔가 누구죠?) -tilts head-
Oh! JI YONG! (지용이!) -laughs-
I didn’t recognize his full name. (‘권’까지 붙이니깨 몰랐네.) -smirks-

– taken from G-Dragon’s Family & Friends Video Message

On Thursday night (I seem to have a habit of going out on Thursday nights), I attended the G-Dragon Act III, M.O.T.T.E. ‘Moment of Truth The End’ World Tour concert here in NYC.  The concert was held at the Barclays Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets, Jay Z’s team.

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Right off the bat, you can see the difference between American and foreign singers, from their opening act.  While I dislike them, opening acts are a staple to every concert and it felt weird to attend one that didn’t have one.  I was conditioned to hear up and coming performers get the crowd excited for the main attraction, and not having one made the concert seem awkward.  So instead, we were bombarded with music videos of G-Dragon’s hits, as attendees turned on their yellow crown tiaras that blinked rapidly.

A unique aspect about the concert was its design.  As alluded to in its title, the concert was broken up into three acts, like a Shakespearean play.  It highlighted G-Dragon’s goal for his world tour – to show the duality that existed within him, G-Dragon the performer and Kwon Ji-yong the civilian.

Act I: G-Dragon

  1. Act I Opening Video
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Breathe (브리드)
  4. A Boy (소년이여)
  5. But I Love U
  6. Obsession (악몽)

Act II: G-Dragon vs. Kwon Ji-yong

  1. Act II Opening Video
  2. MichiGO (미치GO)
  3. One of a Kind
  4. R.O.D. (Ride or Die, CL version)
  5. That XX (그 XX)
  6. Black (Sky Ferreira version)
  7. Missing You
  8. Who You ? (니가 뭔데)
  9. I Love It (너무 좋아)
  10. G-Dragon Family & Friend Video Message
  11. Today
  12. Crayon (크레용)

Act III: Kwon Ji-yong

  1. Act III Opening Video: Kwon Ji-yong talks
  2. Super Star (Act II)
  3. Middle Fingers – Up (Intro. 권지용)
  4. Bullshit (Act I. 개소리)
  5. Divina Commedia (Outro. 신곡 (神曲))

Encore

  1. Crooked (삐딱하게)
  2. Untitled, 2014 (Act III.무제 (無題))

Check out the bottom for a playlist with the setlist!

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What I Liked

I really loved this duality because it made you, an average person, understand that even celebrities are normal people.  Like normal people, celebrities also have likes and dislikes, and a myriad of emotions to express such feelings.  The only thing that separates them from us is that their normal probably looks nothing like ours.  To some degree, however, we regular folk also wear armor that puts on a façade for the rest of the world to see.

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What I Didn’t Like  

While I’m not a G-Dragon fan, I do appreciate his stuff, as it represents of a part of my childhood.  Consequently, I was quite upset to see that he didn’t play songs like Niliria (늴리리야), featuring Missy Elliot and Without You (결국).  Clearly, Missy’s a big part of my childhood.

I know I shouldn’t critique G-Dragon’s English when my Korean isn’t the best, even after 10+ years of Korean school (sorry Mom), but I had trouble understanding what he was saying.  It was funny when he was giving his talk during the break and he said, “You guys probably don’t even know what I’m saying right now,” because that was the one part I did understand (laughing face emoji).

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Overall

Thursday’s concert taught me the power of rabid fan girls because some girl behind me kept on screaming, “I love you” and “Marry me,” every time there was a break.  Like girl calm down, I can barely understand him, and you’re making it worse.

Interestingly enough, I would rate this as one of the most laid back concerts that I’ve ever been to and would relabel it as an exhibition.  Thursday night was a celebration of a man reconciling his public and private selves in the best way he knew how – through music.  He bared out the vulnerable and private Kwon Ji-yong that most didn’t know, without compromising the flashy G-Dragon everyone loved.  He isn’t just Karl Lagerfeld’s muse or a trendsetting pioneer for other K-pop artists, he’s also someone’s beloved son, brother, and friend.

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Sadly, Spotify doesn’t have all of the songs, but here’s the playlist with all the songs I could find!

I also recorded three of my favorite songs of the concert, and they’re down below in a YouTube playlist.  Enjoy!