The Art of Music-Hunting!

{ Tuesday, October 27, 2009 }
Recently, many of my blog readers and friends have asked me how in the world I find so much free and completely legal music to stash away on my iPod. Yes, I was once an illegal downloading fiend. Once I started going to more shows and talking to independent musicians though, my conscience started to kick in- big time. So, how do you go about finding these radtastic free tunes? The answer in the most simplest of terms is that I've scrounged around the internet for hours on end over the last couple of years and stumbled upon a few outstanding music hosting sites. The key to finding free legal downloads is taking the time to search; seek and you shall find! However, since I love all of you oh so very much, I'll post the music sites that I visit daily to discover great new music and to keep my iTunes library well-stocked.

1.) http://www.purevolume.com/
I began frequenting Purevolume during my sophomore year of high school. The site has evolved so much since that time; it's wonderful! Once you've accessed the site, click the "Top Downloads" tab on the homepage. Although not all songs located there will be free, the majority of them will be. Of course the free songs will be the most downloaded; who'd turn that down?


2.) http://www.thesixtyone.com/
I've said it once and I'll say it again; I love thesixtyone.com! Being my personal favorite of all music sites, it's extremely innovative and quite fun! Although you have to sign up for an account to access the downloads, it's quick, painless, and sends you on your way to musical heaven immediately. Like Purevolume, not all downloads are free but a vast majority of them certainly are.

3.) http://www.insound.com/
Insound.com offers one to two free downloads as a sample of each album they have for sale on their site. A great incentive to buy the full album, no? I've actually found free music from great bands on Insound, like Fruit Bats, Portugal The Man, and The Raveonettes. Win! With literally thousands of songs to choose from, Insound offers the most diverse selection of music. They even have a handy little search bar on the homepage to make your MP3 searching adventure a little less daunting and, dare I say it, intimidating.



So, there you have it! The complete list of my beloved music-hunting sites that I visit religiously. Although I use these sites the most often, I won't neglect to include a few other sites that regularly offer a great selection of free music if you're willing to search for it: http://www.pastemagazine.com/, http://www.fuse.tv/, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/.
Happy hunting!

-Lindsay

Bittersweet October: "Autumn Is A Second Spring Where Every Leaf Is A Flower"

{ Sunday, October 25, 2009 }
With the russet leaves falling like a constant downpour and reminder that fall is here, I thought what better way to spend a Sunday than outdoors? My boyfriend Leighton and I woke up early (a rare feat for me, especially!) and ventured on over to our favorite local nature trail. It was so breathtaking today with the slight breeze and cloudless skies; perfection. I was tinkering around on FFFFOUND! (yes, I'm obsessed!) later on this afternoon and found this illustration, with a message that completely described my day, which reads "our love will conquer this forest."


The remainder of our heart to heart with nature consisted of laughing, nearly getting lost, attempting to arabesque across water, and random picture taking. All the little ingredients that make for a wonderfully fulfilling day.

-Lindsay

There Ain't No Party Like a Plastic Party!

{ Saturday, October 24, 2009 }
Thanks to the lovely online chitchat obsession known as Twitter, I stumbled upon Plastic Party Clothing this week. Their fun-loving, hipster designs are great; I had to share! With tees that feature snarky phrases to throwback sunglasses, Plastic Party is the embodiment of fun!

This is my personal favorite from the collection, which states "find yourself." A small message, but an important one.
Are you too legit, too legit to quit?

Like their quirky and fun designs? Check out all that Plastic Party has to offer in their online store here , or become a follower of their awesome blog here! There you will find out about sales, recent happenings, and get a taste of the bands that love wearing Plastic Party.
-Lindsay




Free Download Friday! October 23, 2009.

{ Friday, October 23, 2009 }
It's that time again! I cannot believe how quickly this past week has flown by; it'll be Halloween be for we know it! For this week's picks, I decided to switch things up a bit with downloads that feature female vocalists. Enjoy!
1.) Mates of State- "My Only Offer"
Ahem. I love Mates of State! I first discovered "My Only Offer" about a year ago when American Eagle regularly posted free music downloads on their website. I instantly fell in love with their great vocals and beautiful piano-playing.
"My Only Offer" MP3

2.) The Swimmers- "A Hundred Hearts"The Swimmers are a fairly new indie rock quartet, with their first EP being released in 2008. However, they're definitely on the rise and extremely promising! Check out "A Hundred Hearts", which is featured on their new album People Are Soft which drops on November 3.
"A Hundred Hearts" MP3


3.) Via Audio- "Developing Active People""Developing Active People" is a mellow, soothing song that I listen to whenever I've had a stressful day. It does just the trick to settle my nerves and make my day that much better!
"Developing Active People" MP3

Have a wonderfully music-filled day :) -Lindsay

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities

{ Tuesday, October 20, 2009 }
I recently bought the highly-acclaimed and controversial book Pledged, and upon reading it, felt absolutely compelled to share the wealth of first-hand information the daring, page-turning narrative brought to the table. Author Alexandra Robbins spent a year undercover with four sorority girls to pen Pledged, with the result being alarmingly eye-opening and insightful. With all names and sorority chapters being re-named to protect those who were followed and the college from exploitation, Robbins paints a vivid image of Sabrina, Amy, Caitlin, and Vicki's lives in the "Alpha Rho" and "Beta Pi" sorority houses. From Vicki's habit of rarely waking up in her own bed, Caitlin's date rape and ever-present hostility toward her boyfriend, to Amy's inability to hold a steady boyfriend and Sabrina's secret relationship with her English professor, I had to constantly stop to remind myself that Pledged was no soap opera; it was life in the raw.

Between each chapter, Robbins supported her observations with concrete evidence and background research of the dark side of Greek life. Sorority sisters admitted to abusing illegal drugs, drinking to the point of passing out, and using secret test files kept for cheating to achieve the grades they desired.

"Test files are a part of the benefits of being Greek," a Kappa Kappa Gamma at Texas
Christian University has said. "After all, we pay to be Greek."

The most alarming parts of the narrative, in my opinion, were those describing annual hazing and initiation rituals during the pledge period. Girls were publicly humiliated, forced to commit lewd sex acts, asked to consume large amounts of alcohol, and physically abused by older sorority sisters, all for the purpose of being accepted by their peers.

"Pledges of Kappa Kappa Gamma at DePaw University were strongly encouraged to drink alcohol at a fraternity party and then taken to a room full of sorority sisters who held them down despite their screams, pulled their jeans down to expose their hips, and branded them with a lit cigarette."


Pledged was absolutely impossible to stop reading until I was at the bottom of the very last page. I felt as though I had been submerged into a secret world of popularity that I'd never taken much notice to before. Being a freshman at a local community college, Greek life is not available on my school's campus; therefore, I've had no first-hand exposure to it. Pledged gave me insight into sororities, and I feel I will make a more well-informed decision upon whether to rush or not next fall when I transfer to a larger, 4-year state university to complete my major. I want to get involved in a good community service program and develop close and lasting friendships, which is a widely-known attribute of Greek life. I yearn to remain open-minded about the Greek system, although I have my hesitations. I know that the morals and ethics of sororities vary by chapter, and no two chapters are alike. Some girls feel that their decision to pledge gained them the best friends of their life, while others regret taking the plunge into the sisterhood. As my close friend and Kappa Delta sister once told me, "I've made some wonderful friends, but some are just plain jerks."


-Lindsay

Free Download Friday! October 16, 2009.

{ Friday, October 16, 2009 }
So, I've decided that since my regular followers on here are totally awesome, you guys deserve something in return for being so sweet and dedicated about reading and giving feedback on my blog! That's where Free Download Friday comes in. From here on out, I'll upload 3 completely free, 100% legal, and undeniably kickin' MP3s of my choice, every Friday. Drum roll, please? I present you with my first 3 picks:

1.) Roman Candle- "They Say"
This song basically made me want to go for a drive with the top down. I don't even own a convertible. Will it do the same to you?


2.) The Raveonettes- "Last Dance"I'll admit, I'm usually not a fan of musical acts with a female singer. I can't explain why, but I just...don't. However, The Raveonettes are one of the few exceptions. "Last Dance" is a song that simply makes me happy, and is a track off of their newest album In and Out of Control.
"Last Dance" MP3

3.) Noah and the Whale- "Blue Skies (Remix)"

I love, love, love remixes! Name a good song; I'll most likely have the remix of it stashed away on my iPod. "Blue Skies" is especially great remixed, hopefully you'll agree!
"Blue Skies (Remix)" MP3

You can find all of these great songs, along with many others, uploaded at Paste Magazine's website, here.
Happy downloading! :)

-Lindsay

So, What's Cookin' Good Lookin'?

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Every blue moon I find a band I'm completely, wholeheartedly into. I recently celebrated my 7-year anniversary of loving none other than Maroon 5! Their jazz-infused, sexy pop-rock is something I can listen to everyday and never get tired of. Did I mention that their front man, Adam Levine, is practically perfect? Not many men dress exquisitely well these days but, in my opinion, Mr. Levine is a definite exception. Honestly, who else could pull off a simple v-neck, plain white tee and jeans combo better than this? I've never been a fan of tattoos, but they fit into his overall persona perfectly. I cannot tell you fellow bloggers how many times I have pleaded with, begged, and practically bribed my boyfriend of 2 years to ditch his over-worn t-shirt, shorts, and flip flop combo. Alas, he will not budge. While onstage and at events, Levine channels his more sophisticated, European-influenced side. Who else could look this polished in only a vest and scarf, hm? Alright, that's it. I'm done with my little rant over Adam's superior taste in clothing. It's just such a pleasant surprise to stumble upon a guy who actually dresses well and shows a genuine interest in fashion who is heterosexual, hah!
Be sure to check out Maroon 5 on their upcoming college tour this fall! Unfortunately, they won't be playing anywhere remotely near where I go to college, upsetting.

November 2009 Tour Dates
2 - Murray, KY - Murray State University
3 - Louisville, KY - Bellarmine University
6 - Rochester, NY - Rochester Instititute of Technology
8 - Ithaca, NY - Cornell University
10 - Blacksburg, VA - Virginia Tech University
12 - Fairfield, CT - Sacred Heart University
14 - Lewisburg, PA - Bucknell University
16 - Newark, DE - University of Delaware
18 - Peoria, IL - Bradley University
21 - San Angelo, TX - Angelo State University
22 - Wichita, KS - Wichita State University
-Lindsay

Roomspiration? Check.

{ Monday, October 12, 2009 }
Confession: I haven't entirely re-decorated my room since the 4th grade. That's right, 10 long years of being surrounded by the same vivid pink walls and cheesy gingham throw pillows. Right now, more than ever, is time for me to give things the switcharoo! So, some new ideas for the renovation of my humble little abode? See for yourselves, fellow blog pals.
If I haven't made myself entirely obvious enough in my decorating tastes, I'll most likely stick with Target, Urban Outfitters, and thrift marts to find the exact items I hope to liven up my former surroundings with. I love bold, eccentric prints and subdued hues. I cannot wait until this long overdue transformation is complete :)
-Lindsay


"To be simple is to be great" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Every now and again I'll stumble upon a statement, quote, or phrase that moves me. As for today, I found this little bit of inspiration on FFFFOUND.COM, my newest online addiction. Being new to college and its many academic hurdles to jump, I've found myself comparing my smarts and strengths to others' and feeling as though I've fallen short. My constant conquest for that 4.0 GPA, the pinnacle of perfection, is getting the best of me. This simplistic yet monumental statement, "others are great, but you can be greater" has moved me to vow to stop comparing myself, to stop stressing, to just live. I'll aim to please myself. I'll aim to be great.
-Lindsay

If Life Was A Movie...

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Recently I've been having insanely vivid dreams. Dreams that depict specific locations, times, and events in my life. Did I also mention that they include an entirely random subconscious soundtrack? Indeed, they do. Upon waking up and rolling out of my comfy bed this morning, I was inspired to build upon that soundtrack and create one that would fit perfectly into a movie of my average, everyday life. The result? An irrevocably infectious and quirky mix tape I concocted this afternoon: Track listing:
1.) I'm Alive!- Sunbears!
2.) Crooked Teeth- Death Cab For Cutie
3.) We've Got Company- Civalias
4.) Dumpster Diving- Castledoor
5.) Flathead- The Fratellis
6.) The Coldest Heart- The Classic Crime
7.) Chasing Pavements- Adele
8.) Flaming Arrows- Jupiter One
9.) 1901- Phoenix

Fortunately, after hours of scouring the internet, I compiled the entire play list that is up to listen here http://www.imeem.com/people/c3Rfqbn/playlist/MJHZ4y8E/personal-soundtrack-music-playlist/; it's pretty rewarding and dance-worthy :)
-Lindsay

Whip It...Whip It, Good?

{ Saturday, October 3, 2009 }
Being the utterly self-confessed Ellen Page fan that I am, I went to the Whip It premier last night! I'd been anxiously anticipating the release of this film ever since I'd heard Drew Barrymore was directing it. Plus, the added bonus of some retro-inspired, throwback, down and dirty roller derby. I mean, c'mon, how could the film not be good? Needless to say, essentially all of my expectations were met, and then some. Plus, I went home with a free Whip It tee shirt, score!
Page's performance as Bliss, the Texan native trying to break out of her southern bell, debutant-infested hometown, is remarkable. Bliss' forbidden love of roller derby seems to be her one saving grace from her mother's expectations and insanity in a deadbeat town. Her meek and mild persona evolves into a sense of self-righteousness confidence by the end of the movie, which is incredibly empowering.
I found myself identifying and sympathizing with Bliss, whose mother was hard-nosed and hell-bent on molding her daughter into her personal ideal, a pageant queen. She looked down upon her daughter's adoration of roller derby, love of independent music, and tendency to don combat boots rather than stilettos. Although my mother has never attempted to force me into a ballgown, she has nonetheless criticized me for my interests and aspirations.
Eventually, Bliss and her mother come to a mutual understanding and acceptance of one another, something that I'm still anxiously crossing my fingers for. I loved this movie, not only for the excellent cast, but for the realism. Bliss could very well have been any average 17-year-old, yearning for an outlet of expression and acceptance. The relationships depicted in the film are so real and raw, yet leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world, one roller rink at a time.
-Lindsay
"Be your own hero."