Robert Schwartzman of Rooney Q&A

{ Tuesday, April 27, 2010 }
Last weekend my friend Erin informed me that Rooney's front man, Robert Schwartzman, was accepting emailed interview questions regarding the band's upcoming album, Eureka. Naturally, I jumped at this exciting opportunity! Being a fan since 2007's release of Calling The World, I've always loved Rooney's peppy energy and infectious melodies. Schwartzman's answers were informative and full of details on the unconventional recording process of Eureka. For fans of Rooney, look no further to get the full scoop on what the band has in store for their next release:

1.) How has Rooney grown and progressed musically as a band since the release of Calling The World in 2007?
We've always been a touring band and it's made us better musicians. We toured and traveled a ton on the Calling The World cycle, and experienced things that we missed out on during the first Rooney album cycle. We've matured as artists and people and all of it has had some kind of positive affect on us. I really love our other two albums, and I stand by everything we've released to date. We've had some bumps in the road along the way, but it's all helped us settle into the band we are now. It gave us the confidence to break away from Interscope and produce and engineer our own release. We wanted to make an album that was true to who we are as a band, that accurately represents us as musicians and song writers. We like different kinds of music, different singers, guitar players, drummers, and producers- we get off on that stuff. We've also become obsessed with recording gear, which led us to making Eureka at a home studio. Had the recording experience felt wrong, we would have pulled the plug, but everything sounded good right from the start.

2.) Was the writing and recording process of Eureka affected by any new found musical influences?
For sure. We've always loved Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Traveling Wilburys, and Steely Dan- records that sound warm and punchy. However, I didn't want to let the production styles and need to get perfect tones affect the ability to hear the song, judge the song and pick the right songs. Because that is what producing is in a lot of ways: picking songs, editing songs, challenging chords, arrangements, and lyrics. It's hard to tell yourself that you just didn't do good enough and you need to keep going. I knew we had some limitations going into the recording process- we made it in my garage! But I liked having some limitations and I felt it would give the album character. It's not slick sounding or over-produced and it's not too raw and under-produced. I think we've also looked for that middle ground between the two.

3.) How will Eureka be different from Calling The World and your self-titled album? Likewise, how will it be similar?
Eureka still has those singalong rock n' roll songs, like our previous albums. You can still dance to the music and play it while driving in the summertime. But people say it sounds more mature, and I like that we've matured as a band. We're dealing with some exciting musical and lyrical concepts on Eureka, and it's got a good emotion. There's something for everyone on this album.

Make sure you're on the lookout for Rooney's new release, Eureka, set to hit stores on June 8th! In the meantime, enjoy a free MP3 sample of "I Don't Wanna Lose You" to get a taste of what Eureka is all about by clicking here.
Also, be sure to follow Schwartzman and Rooney on Twitter at:

"The Earth is what we all have in common" -Wendell Berry

{ Thursday, April 22, 2010 }
Happy Earth Day!
As I was browsing around on Thinkexist for a pertinent quote for this post, the one I used as the title struck me quite strongly. In times where nations are at war, racism is still thriving, and it seems as though others are constantly scrutinized for their differences, there is one thing we all communally share- the beautiful Earth. So, I raided my Flickr account and countless Tumblrs for photographs that capture the essence and beauty of our Earth:

What will you be doing to honor your Earth today? Personally, I think I'll sprawl out in the grass after returning home from work to catch up on some reading and homework. Although Earth Day serves as a wonderful day of awareness, activism, and community gatherings, it's important to remember that it is our obligation to aim to conserve our Earth's beauty and resources every single day. To learn more about ways you can alter habits in your life to make an Earthly change, visit!


"They say we'd burn so bright, we'd burn this city and go"

{ Tuesday, April 20, 2010 }
Needless to say, my concert craving was undoubtedly satisfied this past weekend! The beautiful Mercer University opened their campus to the public for Bearstock 2010, a free all-day music festival featuring local bands and headliners like Cartel, The Maine, and We The Kings. My friends and I woke up early and made the nearly two hour trip to the college in record time. The entire day was absolutely amazing. The weather was great, the bands were brilliant, and singing along in a large crowd has never been so fun.
I urge all of my readers to give a listen to one of the best up-and-coming bands I've heard in recent years, We The Living. I was blown away by their set, which was phenomenal. Personally, their sound reminds me of a mixture of Coldplay, Between The Trees, and a smidgen of Snow Patrol. Check out the band's officially website at I recommend listening to Barometers; it's beautiful and haunting.
Around 7 p.m, the headliners began to prepare for their sets. I was there for Cartel, who I hadn't seen since Halloween in Atlanta. It was so great to hear songs from the new album, Cycles, live! They even played my favorite song, "If I Fail," which was a rare treat. Earlier in the day I had the privilege of meeting a few members of Cartel, including bassist Jeff Lett, who is honestly one of the nicest guys around. I came home immensely happy, ears ringing, with signed Cycles album booklet in hand. Successful day? I'd say so.

While I was at the festival, I was so tempted more than once to go up to a few girls and ask if I could take a picture of their outfit for my blog. Although the majority of the concert-goers donned the typical band tee, shorts, and slip-on Vans combo for the day, a select few were wearing very creative ensembles. I didn't have any cards with my blog address on them, however, so I decided to wait until I have some made. I'd love to add a street style section to this blog soon, so hopefully it will happen this summer!

I'm currently procrastinating on that research paper of mine, and about to head out to work for the day. However, here's a free set of downloads to enjoy for the week!

My personal pick is "GBG Belongs To Us" by Air France. Something I could definitely work out to!


I'm Drowning in a Literary Lagoon, Help!

{ Saturday, April 10, 2010 }
First off, happy weekend everybody!
I'm currently taking a short break from this grueling research paper I'm writing to gain some ounce of sanity through my blog. Who knew 1,400 words could feel so unattainable? Anyway, prior to this morning my week was going wonderfully! My friend Carrie and I ventured into Atlanta's Little 5 Points for some badly-needed shopping and delicious sushi. Although I only came home with a new book (Stephen King's The Green Mile, yes!), I was still incredibly happy and grateful to be able to evade my homework for one day longer. The weather was great, the food was even greater, and the attractive men we passed by while walking down the street were, well...stupendous.

I don't know about you, but I thought this cafe mural was pretty outrageous. Naturally, I had to get my picture in front of it, tea in hand. My new oxfords (well, new as in just recently bought from the thrift store) held up amazingly well as I was able to break them in comfortably while stomping the pavement all afternoon.
I've been sitting in front of the computer screen for the past three hours, and I've only written 350 measly words. It's not that I have writer's block- I know exactly what I intend to say in this paper- it's the cold, hard fact that my academic motivation is lacking, sigh. All I really want to do is spend the afternoon cuddling with my little Pekingese, Lily.

I'm off to go tend to my puppy, I hope everyone has an excellent weekend!


Fresh Melodies

{ Wednesday, April 7, 2010 }
As I was making my 45 minute commute to school this morning, I was thumbing through my iPod and came to the sad realization that I'm stuck in a musical rut. Every morning I leave my driveway listening to Young The Giant, by the time I'm on the highway I've progressed to Blink 182 (more aggressive music to reflect my attitude towards all of the bad drivers I encounter, I suppose), and my drive home always consists of some odd combination of pre-sell out Fall Out Boy and Death Cab For Cutie. Odd? I'd say so. So, I've decided to share some of the new tunes that I stumbled upon this afternoon while updating my music library. All of these are free (legal) downloads, so feel free to help yourself!
Wednesday, April 04.2010 playlist:
1.) Little & Ashley- "Stole My Heart"
2.) The Dodos- "Fables" (this song comes off of an entire free sampler, what a steal)
3.) Standard Fare- "Dancing"
4.) The Raveonettes- "Dead Sound"
To download these songs you'll have to have an account, which isn't hard or time consuming to set up at all! They offer so much obscure, free music, I hardly ever have to venture onto iTunes these days.
It's a small playlist at that, but it was enough of an eclectic mix of indie and electronica to keep me content throughout the day. I'm about to end this stressful day with a cup of tea and my new book. School is completely wearing me out, I've never been more ready for a break!

Five more weeks, my foot is in the door...

{ Sunday, April 4, 2010 }
Yes, that was a completely tacky improvisation of a title, totally ripping off Fall Out Boy's "Saturday," but I had to. How can I not be completely exuberant over the fact that I'll be out for summer break in five weeks?! Although I'm currently bogged down with research papers (with seven-page annotated bibliographies, mind you) and exams, I'm not letting the promise of the summer sun leave my mind. I have so many things to look forward to- I'm convinced that summer 2010 will be my best yet. So what do I have to look forward to, you ask?

For starters, I'm going to see Young The Giant (formerly The Jakes) on May 10th, the Monday after finals! I fell in love with this band the moment I heard them, and I cannot describe how excited I am to finally see them in Atlanta! They're opening for Minus The Bear, who my boyfriend Leighton is completely obsessed with. Needless to say, it should be a fun show at the artsy Variety Playhouse in Little 5 Points.

I'll also have oodles of time this summer to do two of my most favorite things: read and sip tea. I know, it probably makes me sound lethargic and anti-social, but I love laying in the sun reading a classic novel and drinking iced green tea! I just recently started reading Hemingway, and I now know why his writing is regarded so highly- he's brilliant. I plan to read my way through his works this summer, one by one. I'd also like to start reading Kurt Vonnegut, who I've heard is fantastic as well.

Most importantly, I'm determined to make my way to New York City this summer. Even if it's only for a long weekend, it would make me unbelievable happy. I feel like my future is stowed away in the core of the Big Apple, and I've held onto big city dreams since I was young. Sure, Atlanta is a fun city, but nothing compares to NYC. Being able to stomp the pavement of Times Square and lounge in the grass of Central Park would bring me to life. I've saved up for this trip ever since I got my first job over a year ago. It's time for me to spread my wings and venture North :)

I promise I'll upload outfit posts again soon! Like I mentioned in previous posts, Spring Break completely ruined my work ethic and sense of time management. I've been running on summer time ever since I returned home. I need to get back to my regimented collegiate schedule! Have a beautiful day, everyone.