Hiatus Over; Paramore Is Back

Last Wednesday marked the official return of the pop/punk band Paramore. For fans everywhere, this day has been a long time in the making. It’s been four years since their self-titled album, Paramore (“Still Into You”, “Ain’t It Fun”) was crushing the radio waves. As a diehard fan since my high school days, I sat at my desk at my big girl adult job and teared up knowing that my favorite band was back with new music.

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They dropped their first single, “Hard Times”, the accompanying music video, an album tracklist AND release date (May 12). Not to mention, the first leg of their TOUR. Paramore went from behind the scenes to front and center stage in a matter of hours. You could almost hear the twenty-something old school Paramore fans grabbing their hi-top Converse and rifling through dresser drawers to find the perfect Hot Topic tee.

“Hard Times” is as fresh as it gets. It feels like the right transition coming after the electronically driven Paramore. The rock sound is still there deep down, but the surface is lighter, more eclectic. One thing that always remains the same is the music. It’s always honest and it’s always good. Although the band has had their fair share of complicated drama, they continue to remain driven to make only the best for their fans. “Times” is actually a dark song, but it’s one you can dance to in your kitchen for hours on end.

The music video explodes and becomes an epic retro pop collage. Think Saved by the Bell meets Mario Kart; inventive yet right on trend. Williams is her usual expressive self (minus the new bleached hair). The Mississippi native trades in her headbangs for head bops as she twirls around arms wide open to a new tropical pop beat. A tri-theme remains prevalent throughout the video as we also saw in the 2013 video treatment for “Still Into You.” Welcoming back OG member, Zac Farro, the three seem to finally all be on the same artistic page.

The four-year hiatus was a pivotal moment for the band. In a recent interview with The New York Times, lead singer Hayley Williams said, “I didn’t even know if we were going to make another record. There was a moment when I didn’t even want it to happen. Then it was like, I want it to happen, but I don’t know how we’re going to do it.” Williams often feels inspired by adulthood as we heard several times on Paramore (“Grow Up”, “Last Hope”). “Times” follows suit. The chorus rings, “hard times, gonna make you wonder why you even try, hard times, gonna take you down and laugh when you cry.” A call & response element adds to the never ending appeal of Paramore’s sound. One we can’t wait to hear more of.

 

Paramore’s new album, After Laughter will be released May 12.


 

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Summer Boat Playlist!

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This weekend is July 4th and I like to celebrate my independence on a boat! So why not have a sweet playlist to go with it?! If you don’t have a boat, just sit on the lawn in your bikini and bask in your own independent glow!

1.) “The Judge” by Twenty One Pilots: A ukulele-driven little ditty with a catchy hook. Reminds me of being on a sandy beach somewhere. I can almost picture myself swaying on a boat to the small waves under the hot sun. One of Twenty One Pilots’ ‘lighter’ songs but still carries some heavy lyrical weight; “You’re the judge, oh no, set me free, I know my soul’s freezing, Hell’s hot for good reason, so please, take me.”

2.) “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges: A blast from the past to a simpler time in music. Muffled vintage vocals ooze out of Bridges’ mouth. Grab your partner and dance under the fireworks to this one. Easygoing drum beats and pretty lyrics remind us of a simpler kind of love; “Baby, baby, baby, I’m coming home, to your tender sweet loving.”

3.) “Interlude: Moving On” by Paramore: Another cute ukulele tune backing Ms. Williams’ killer cool voice. “Moving On” is an ode to the haters; “Let ’em soak in the sun, sit back and let ’em have their fun, let ’em spill their guts, cause one day they’re gonna slip on ’em”. There’s nothing better than a sassy song sung in a cute acoustic fashion.

4.) “American Oxygen” by Rihanna: AMERICAN Oxygen…come on you guys. Did you really think I wouldn’t list this one?? Rihanna’s vocals are on FIRE as always and the vibe is a little slower and less ghetto which makes it the perfect “chill” song. “This is the new America, we are the new America,” I might just sing this one all weekend!

5.) “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd: I know I’ve already talked about my obsession with this song but it’s SO good. The snaps, the WOO’s, the clap beat, those sultry vocals. This song is too good to not dance to on a cool boat. Not to mention totally sing-a-long worthy!

6.) “Holding On” by Disclosure: I’ve also already expressed how amazing this song is. The beat is incredibly vintage-feeling almost has the power to be the next “Vogue”. Definitely a song to cruise to while laying out on a beautiful boat out on the water.

7.) “This Charming Man” by The Smiths: Beachy alt-guitars and a subtle bass line make this song as catchy as it is. Morrissey’s vocals sail effortlessly through this entire song making you bop your head back and forth in true 80’s fashion. The Smith’s were always cool and brimming with good vibes (no matter how depressing the lyrics were).

8.) “Ship To Wreck” by Florence & the Machine: Tambourines, glorious lyrics, and Florence’s incredible voice. This song is absolutely infectious, I could listen to it on repeat for days. The verses are just as fun as the chorus even though the subject material is NOT fun…

9.) “Party” by Beyoncé: This is off of one of Beyoncé’s lighter albums 4. One of the cooler songs, with fun lyrics and a quick verse from J. Cole (or Andre 3000 – depending on what version you’re listening to). “Party” makes you want to do just that. The beat is an electric pop dream bound to make even your Grandma break it down.

10.) “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris: One of my absolute favorite Calvin Harris songs of all time. The piano chords are so gorgeous and provide a beautiful contrast to the dance beat. “Feel So Close” has simple lyrics but they prove to be the most powerful element of the song. The song makes you want to start some sort of love revolution. The perfect song to jam to with family and friends.

I hope you guys enjoy some of these songs during your Fourth of July festivities!

Leo

-Abbey 🙂

Music Monday’s: Escape Route

Escape Route

Key Item: Vivid graphic t-shirt

Key Materials: Leather short

Shoe Situation: A simple sandal or any shoe of your choice

Accessory Must: Bold lense sunnie

Photo via: http://dearryk.com
Photo via: http://dearryk.com

“I got a life out there somewhere its waiting, lined with palm trees and only new faces,” sound straight out of lead singer Hayley Williams’ dream diary. Paramore added this adventurous heavy track to the deluxe version of their self titled album, Paramore. “Escape Route” follows someone as they start on a new adventure; something most people can easily relate to. “I’m moving on, cause I just want to feel for once that I belong,” are the lyrics blurted out of Williams’ mouth as she effortlessly creates her new life plan. “Route” is reminiscient of Paramore’s earlier songs (especially All We Know Is Falling), because of its emphasis on heavy guitar and drums and a fast paced/repetitive chorus. Nothing like a straight up Paramore rock jam to motivate some positive life changes, right?!

-Abbey 🙂

Spring Playlist!

I’m sure not all of you have been experiencing an absolutely brutal winter like I have, but let me tell you… I have never looked forward to spring as much as I am this year. The constant scraping of my car and 15 layers a day walking to class are as annoying as it gets. Not to mention the dirty muddy floors of every entrance way making me fear my life every time I slightly slip.

Me walking to and from class every day...
Me walking to and from class every day…

So what do I do to get over my winter blues? Sit in my warm bed, drink some tea, and listen to music. I feel like I haven’t shared what I’ve been listening to lately, so I thought I would update you guys as to what’s on my “Spring Playlist”.

1.) “Treat Me Like Fire” by Lion Babe. Just found this duo recently and totally dig their vibes. R&B infused with some killer beats, add some seriously sexy vocals and I am hooked! Also check out “Jungle Lady”.

2.) “Dream” by Imagine Dragons. One of my favorites off their new album “Smoke and Mirrors”. The song is absolutely beautiful start to finish, complete with the always heart pounding ID drum beat and Reynolds’ vocals cutting through to the very core of every human heart.

3.) “All Day” by Kanye West feat. Theophilus London & Paul McCartney. You guys…I’ve been raging to this song at the gym ever since it came out. Yes, it is laced with profanity, but that’s just Yeezy at his finest. There are so many dope elements to this song and it also happens to be sitting proudly at number 1 on iTunes. This only gets me more psyched to hear the new album.

4.) “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” by Ella Eyre. I was watching another music video and this song was playing on a laundry commercial of some sort, I stopped what I was doing immediately and looked the song up. Eyre resembles a slightly edgier Adele with endless vocal runs and classic piano accompaniment. Yes, this is a remake from the late 80’s. HERS IS SO MUCH BETTER.

5.) “Play No Games” by Big Sean feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign. Sean’s whole album is pretty epic to say the least. His lyrical content is way beyond anything he’s ever done before. I think this song should be on the radio IMMEDIATELY. It would do so well, and I really hope he makes it a single. Brown seems to have a way with radio hits…

6.) “I Caught Myself” by Paramore. This song was on the first Twilight soundtrack and for some reason I forgot it existed for the longest time and recently I have been obsessing over it again. The guitar is so mesmerizing and Hayley’s voice is on the verge of pleading and it couldn’t be more angelic.

7.) “One Last Night” by Vaults. I plucked this from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack as one of my favorites off the album. The string section truly makes this song as delicate as it is. With such powerful lyrics, the sense of beauty dangles around the hidden agenda of love.

8.) “Adore” by Cashmere Cat feat. Ariana Grande. Who’s that? Nobody knows, but now we do. Holy hell, Ariana’s vocals are spot on as usual. The best part? The song stays true to Grande’s musical form mixing R&B and hip-hop beats to create a perfect pop song as her high notes weave interchangeably throughout the entire three and a half minutes.

Hopefully these songs drag you out of the snowbank and into the flower bed. March 20th can’t come soon enough…

This is what my dreams look like right now.
This is what my dreams look like right now.

-Abbey

2015 Grammy’s: Powerful and Surprising

This years Grammy Awards just felt different. Duets were flourishing, (Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine…etc), Oldies came back to life (AC/DC, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder…etc), and Madonna was the only risqué performer (absolutely awful, not to mention showing her cheeks on the red carpet…EW).

Every performance felt heartfelt and emotional. The Grammy’s took a stance and showed that music is a powerful tool that can create change in the world. John Legend & Common gave a flawless performance of their empowering song “Glory” from the movie Selma. I feel like people forget about Common (guilty), but he really proved his rapping chops on that stage. And John Legend is perfect as always. Katy Perry delivered her spiritual song, “By the Grace of God” after a moving speech given by a domestic violence survivor. I am so happy she sang this song. It’s one of the most beautiful songs Perry has and I thought I would never get to hear it live and she proved me wrong. It was simple, meaningful, and her voice sounded better than ever. And Beyoncé….. oh my Lord. She brought the house DOWN. I felt like I was in a church and Beyoncé was giving the sermon. She didn’t need to dance, or wear a leotard, or even grind on her hubby. It was all real power and vocal strength. Ariana Grande also joined in on the emotional fun performing her ballad, “Just A Little Bit of Your Heart”. I love seeing Ariana just using her voice and nothing else. It looks so easy for her to sing those massive notes and its really gorgeous to listen to. Props to her, she looked amazing.

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Sia performed her song “Chandelier” and it was magnificent as always. With her nude leotard dancers in tow (Maddie Ziegler and Kristen Wiig…yes you read that right) Sia proved she doesn’t need to be out in the public eye to get her message across. She also doesn’t need to show her face to prove to people that her voice is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. I have been such a fan for a long time and to see her do her thing on that stage was so freaking cool.

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image via bing.com

Sam Smith, the man of the night. Won four awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best Pop Vocal Album. I couldn’t be happier for him. He deserved all of these and more. In the Lonely Hour is an album that will withstand the test of time as one of the greatest albums of all time. His honesty and vocal prowess is absolutely brilliant. Not to mention he has perfected the art of songwriting. And HELLO to that performance with Mary J Blige. So much soul on one stage, I almost fell to the floor… Their voices together and those vocal runs could make me convert to whatever church mass I watched last night.

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Another winner I am proud of is….

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PARAMORE!!!!!!! You guys, they won Best Rock Song for “Ain’t It Fun”. I could not be more excited. These guys deserved this one so bad!!! Everyone fell in love with this song last year and they finally got some recognition for it. So CONGRATS to my best friends who just won a GRAMMY!!

Ok… you guys I HAVE to bring it up… I know Beyoncé didn’t win for Album of the Year and yes I’m upset… I’m sure deep down inside B was all like:

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gif via giphy.com

But I thought it was really unnecessary how mean people were to Beck. Don’t get me wrong, I was angry, but he’s an artist as well and this morning when I checked iTunes guess who’s album was number one? Beck’s. So touché to him for beating Beyoncé, he pissed a lot of people off but what an accomplishment. I will now go listen to Beck’s album because he won this award and I think other people will do the same. And I promise Beyoncé is going to be fine. She’s accomplished so much in her life and this is not stopping her soul train anytime soon.

Overall, the Grammy’s were diverse and touched on the most important element of music; the lyrics. Songs, albums, and artists can truly impact the world and the Grammy’s did a wonderful job of highlighting that. If you get a chance to watch the whole show, I highly recommend it!

-Abbey

A New Year, According to Paramore!

2015 is quickly approaching so I thought it would be fitting to provide you with some nuggets of wisdom to help you start a beautiful new year! As you know, my favorite band is Paramore and with them comes brilliant lyrics. I picked out various lyrics from all four of their albums to give you life knowledge as told from the flaming mouth of Hayley Williams.

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“Some things I’ll never know, and I had to let them go.”

-“Pressure”, All We Know Is Falling

“And when all security fails, Will you be there to help me through.”

-“Conspiracy”, All We Know Is Falling

“I am finding out that maybe I was wrong, that I’ve fallen down and I can’t do this alone, stay with me, this is what I need, please?”

-“My Heart”, All We Know Is Falling

“Somehow, everything’s gonna fall right into place, if we only had a way to make it all fall faster every day.”

-“Hallelujah”, Riot!

“Take these chances to turn it around, yeah take these chances and make it somehow.”

-“When It Rains”, Riot!

“Somewhere weakness is our strength, and I’ll die searching for it.”

-“Let the Flames Begin”, Riot!

“Now, we’ve learned to run from anything uncomfortable, we’ve tied our pain below and no one ever has to know that inside we’re broken.”

-“Miracle”, Riot!

“When all that is waiting for you won’t come any closer, you’ve got to reach out a little more.”

-“Careful”, Brand New Eyes

“You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you.”

-“Playing God”, Brand New Eyes

“If it’s not real you can’t hold it in your hands, you can’t feel it with your heart…but if it’s true you can see it with your eyes, even in the dark.”

-“Brick By Boring Brick”, Brand New Eyes

“See I’m trying to find my place and it might not be here where I feel safe, we all learn to make mistakes and run from them.”

-“Misguided Ghosts”, Brand New Eyes

“I could follow you to the beginning, just to relive the start, maybe then we’d remember to slow down, at all of our favorite parts.”

-“All I Wanted”, Brand New Eyes

“No one’s the same as they used to be, much as we try to pretend, no one’s as innocent as they could be, we all fall short, we all sin.”

-“Fast In My Car”, Paramore

“Some of us have to grow up sometimes, and so, if I have to I’m gonna leave you behind.”

-“Grow Up”, Paramore

“But the more I try to push it I realize, gotta let go of control.”

-“Last Hope”, Paramore

“Why you wanna please the world and leave yourself to drop dead? Someday you’re gonna be the only one you’ve got.”

-“Anklebiters”, Paramore

“For all the things you’re alive to feel, let the pain remind you hearts can heal.”

-“Hate to See Your Heart Break”, Paramore

“Just think of the future and think of your dreams, you’ll get away from here, you’ll get away eventually…don’t get lost in the memories, keep your eyes on a new prize.”

-“Future”, Paramore

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Rock on in 2015!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with loving family and friends!

XoXo,

Abbey 🙂

Favorite live Paramore vids!

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Over the years of my severe obsession with Paramore, late night YouTube-ing has benefited me. I have accumulated some favorite live videos of Paramore performances that you may have never seen. I’ve always wanted to make a post about these, because they deserve to be seen.

1.) You may know the song “Miracle” from the album “Riot!” but I guarantee you have never heard the outro for it. It is one of the most powerful outro’s I’ve ever heard and I have accepted the fact that I will never hear it live…ever. They will probably never play it ever again, so thank god for YouTube. Hayley literally puts her entire soul into every note and the band ( a 5 piece back then) all sound like a true rock band.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N1Tqb2D8Rs

2.) This is another intro, but it was used for one of their spring tour’s back in the day! The only words Hayley says are near the end; “We’re starting over!” which is kind of bittersweet considering Zac and Josh left the group later on. But the guitar part is so so pretty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTz7Nmf3is8 

3.) “Turn It Off” from the album “Brand New Eyes” is a vocally challenging song which is why they do not play it often. I have watched this video a million times because of the one note she hits at 2:34 which is the “again” part. She goes up an octave and it is so so dope it gives me cold chills. See for yourself!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wUBmoXqcDU 

4.) This is another intro that was used for the Brand New Eyes tour back in 2009. It seems to be a parallel to the song “Brick By Boring Brick” Some of the lyrics are “So your father told you once that you were his princess….So here you are in pieces trying to prove to us its real…I have made a home here for me, don’t burn it down with your fantasy.” I found this video a long time ago and I still desperately wished they would’ve released it on iTunes. I know many fans would gravitate towards it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XcQOixED1k 

5.) Last but absolutely NOT least the famous “Let the Flames Begin” and “Part ||” all in one video. I saw this live this summer when I went to Monumentour and it is freaking phenomenal. Hayley’s vocals really do let the flames begin. I also have to say Part || is one of the best ideas Paramore has ever had. A sequel to “Let the Flames Begin” is absolutely what every Paramore fan has ever wanted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9i7A88OD7w 

Abbey