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#tbt: “hurricane” by bob dylan

just a quick post to get my thoughts down somewhere tangible.

recent events in ferguson and new york reminded me of this song…an old classic that i love and hadn’t listened to in a while. also speaks to some huge issues we have in this current day and age…listen to the lyrics. it’s a true story.


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let me just take a moment…

…and let you in on something that i used to be ashamed to admit at my age, but have decided to no longer hide from the world.

i. love. third. eye. blind.

i love third eye blind so much, that i’ve seen them in concert five times. and i would see them another five times. and then i would see them a million more times after that.

i don’t care if you think that’s stupid. because i have legitimate reasons for loving third eye blind.

first of all, their songs are SO CATCHY. you have to admit, semi-charmed life is one of the catchiest songs you’ve ever heard. and you have to admit that when it comes on the radio, you don’t change the station. why would you? it’s a 90s summer classic and YOU LOVE IT. don’t even lie.

second, third eye blind has always been there for me. i first got really into third eye blind when i was in the eighth grade and my friend lee burned their self-titled album for me. he decorated the (slightly scratched, of course) cd in true i-burnt-this-cd-for-you-because-i’m-in-eighth-grade fashion and i played that album on repeat. i still play it on repeat ten years later. i never got sick of it. and i’ll be frank and say that third eye blind has always had the power to improve my mood. their songs are just so HAPPY. any time i’m down or just having a bad day i throw them on and BAM, mood improvement. it’s magic. and if you give them a chance, you’ll realize that the lyrics are deep and well written. stephan jenkins, the lead singer, attended uc berkeley and graduated with a degree in english lit – so you know he’s a good writer.

third, they are awesome live. i like going to concerts where the band interacts with their audience on a real level. since third eye blind normally plays smaller venues, it’s easy for them to do. and since i’m a fangirl, i’m always in the front row, and i feel like i know these guys by now. except i know that’s what crazy celebrity stalkers think, too. but i love how the band interacts with each other and then makes the audience feel like they’re actually special and when they say “wow, boston, i sincerely have to say you guys are the best crowd we’ve ever had” you actually might even believe that they haven’t said that to every other audience they’ve played for in the past and aren’t planning to say it to every audience they’ll perform for in the future.

so there it is. i said it. i love third eye blind, and i always will. they’re awesome. and if you don’t think so, that’s fine, and you don’t have to come with me to their next concert because you’re a hater.

if you want to stop being a hater and give them a chance, here are my top ten favorite songs in no particular order, and yes, this was extremely difficult to narrow down.

1. crystal baller
2. wounded
3. 10 days late
4. losing a whole year
5. narcolepsy
6. london
7. 1000 julys
8. blinded
9. red star
10. how’s it going to be

pick your poison and just give them a chance, i beg of you.

third eye blind


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nme’s 100 most influential artists (and who they missed)

i’ll get right to the point. here’s their list:

100. Deerhunter
99. The Cure
98. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
97. Iceage
96. Country Teasers
95. Dirty Projectorsde5d89f27c935733bfcccb5ecb1c75b7
94. Richard Hawley
93. Black Lips
92. St. Vincent
91. Foals
90. Flying Lotus
89. Simple Minds
88. Oneohtrix Point Never
87. Billy Bragg
86. The Triffids
85. Black Flag
84. Nine Inch Nails
83. The Jesus and Mary Chain
82. Massive Attack
81. Animal Collective
80. Dusty Springfield
79. Suicide
78. Stevie Wonder
77. Best Coast
76. Vampire Weekend
75. The Wedding Present
74. Slint
73. Wu-Tang Clan
72. Grimes
71. Rilo Kiley
70. Pharrell
69. Nick Lowe
68. The National
67. Jay Z
66. The Slits
65. Diplo
64. The Zombies
63. Talk Talk
62. The Stoogesled-zeppelin-in-concert-vintage-concert-poster-www.freevintageposters.com
61. DJ Shadow
60. DJ Rashad
59. Chic
58. Black Sabbath
57. James Blake
56. Happy Mondays
55. The Chills
54. Aphex Twin
53. The Fall
52. Nas
51. Television
50. Sufjan Stevens
49. Death From Above 1979
48. Bat For Lashes
47. The Cars
46. Wiley
45. T Rex
44. Bikini Kill
43. New Order
42. PJ Harvey
41. Led Zeppelin
40. Tame Impala
39. Brian Jonestown Massacre
38. Dr. Dre
37. Kraftwerk
36. My Bloody Valentine
35. TV on the Radio
34. Depeche Mode
33. The Knife
32. Pavement
31. Bjorktumblr_lhrie5vGYd1qg35us
30. Bon Iver
29. Bruce Springsteen
28. Beck
27. The Stone Roses
26. Fleetwood Mac
25. Nirvana
24. Queens of the Stone Age
23. Burial
22. Sonic Youth
21. Hole
20. Prince
19. Neutral Milk Hotel
18. Aaliyah
17. Blur
16. The Velvet Underground
15. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
14. The Clash
13. Joy Division
12. The Breeders
11. The Smiths
10. The xx
09. Nick Cave
08. Kate Bush
07. The Gun Gun Club
06. The Flaming Lips
05. The Strokes
04. The White Stripes
03. Kanye West
02. David Bowie
01. Radiohead

…and here’s who they (quite obviously, in my opinion) missed – in no particular order:

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jimi hendrix
bob dylan
the rolling stones
the talking heads
neil young
johnny cash
madonna
michael jackson
eminem
sublime
pearl jam
daft punk
arcade fire
pixies
metallica
oasis
miles davis
little richard
james brown

for justification/explanation on how nme created the list, check out their blog post on the topic.

did i miss any? please, correct me if i’m wrong.


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a taste of tom petty & the heartbreakers

this guyyy!

tom petty & the heartbreakers are releasing their new album hypnotic eye this september, but npr first listen is streaming it online as a sneak preview of what’s to come.Tom-Petty

i heard his new single “u get me high” while i was listening to the river and i later scoured the internet to find it available for download. i failed – as i said, the album comes out in september. but last week, npr released this gem, and now i have something to work with.

i saw tom petty & the heartbreakers perform live at the comcast center (now the xfinity center) in mansfield, ma in 2008, the summer after my junior year of high school. they absolutely blew me away. to this day, it’s one of the best shows i’ve ever been to. he’s coming this august to play at fenway, and me and my bank account are still deciding if we’re gonna go. i’m thinking it’ll be worth the emotional pain that comes along with pressing the “check out” button on ticketmaster and hitting myself over the head about the seemingly rash decision i just made. but i always seem to forget about those moments once i’m standing in the crowd with a beer in my hand listening to one of my favorite musicians kill it. i’m leaning towards that.

check out hypnotic eye here.


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that guy with two first names

10547501_842130895819076_5456134286615101341_nlast week i had the opportunity to watch american idol winner phillip phillips perform live in the river music hall. he was in boston to play a show with oar that night at the blue hills bank pavilion so he stopped by wxrv during the day to perform a couple songs and take pictures with fans. he only played two songs which was a biiit of a bummer (most artists who come to the rmh play four), but i can’t complain too much because i got paid to watch him be interviewed and jam with his band and take pictures with him. not a bad day on the job.

he played “raging fire” and “lead on”, both from his new album behind the light. he sounded incredible in the tiny music hall and really came alive while he was performing – a drastic difference from his interview, where he was pretty shy.

after watching him perform live i came home to download his albums – i only knew a couple of his songs: “home”, “gone, gone, gone” and “raging fire”…his three popular singles. i later found this cover he did of chris isaak’s “wicked game” and i was blown away – it’s worth a listen even if you aren’t familiar with the original song. check it out below.