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Month: November, 2012

Lisa Mitchell stretches out on second record

by Ellie McHale

Since the only American Idol contestents I can handle (in tiny doses) are Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, and Daughtry, I’m excited to come across an Australian Idol contestant I can get down with. Granted, this is a female from Australia. By default (at least in my opinion), this automatically makes her awesome.

I’m going to explore both of her albums tomorrow and make a more informed decision. Can’t wait!

13 Strings

Lisa Mitchell

Bless This Mess

(Warner)

Lisa Mitchell’s sophomore album was never going to be an easy one to make. Her debut, 2009’s Wonder, defied all expectations, and turned the Australian Idol contestant into a certified indie darling, nabbing the No. 7 position for “Coin Laundry” in the Triple J Hottest 100 and more impressively, taking home the Australian Music Prize.

The formula which made Wonder so successful was simple: sunny, blissed out pop tunes that were easy on the ears but intelligent enough to keep you listening. Bless This Mess takes a different road, with Mitchell stretching her musical muscles and stripping back the quirkiness.

The openers, “Providence” and “So Much To Say”, rely heavily on the piano with strange orchestral flourishes and vocal chants emerging at odd times. The strength lies in Mitchell’s songwriting, with enough minor falls and major lifts and pop hooks to hit the spot…

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Food for Thought: If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you; if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you

by Ellie McHale

YES!!! Words to live by! Which is why I am taking my own life by the reigns and finially going back to a four year university to complete my degree in Gender Studies/Journalism (to lead to a teaching credential and possibly a masters in Gender Studies).

“Only This Moment…”

by Ellie McHale

I dedicate this song to our lovely protesters that graced us on Black Friday. You were much more nostalgic than legitimate, and I applaud you for that, kids. Go forth, and prosper. Hopefully with something much more worthwhile.

Food for Thought: You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore

by Ellie McHale

While not actually music related, I love the sentiment. And, this is how I have always wanted to live my life and plan to start doing more fully in 2013.

A Thanksgiving Prayer

by Ellie McHale

Lil’ something to think about while you carve that turkey & watch that football. 😉

Biblioklept

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by Ellie McHale

Great post! Gig/festival photography is what I ultimately want to be doing with my life and this post is definite inspiration.

How Could I Forget?

by Ellie McHale

So, a few posts ago, I did my top ten favorite covers. For some reason, I forgot to add one very important song. It’s a song that makes me want to put on skinny capris, flip flops, a crisp cap-sleeved white button down shirt, and beehive my hair up. It also makes me want to do the stupidest thing: name my daughter after a song.

Here ya go, funnest cover ever:

Nostalgia Is Sexy

by Ellie McHale

zOMG…

So, there used to be this late night show in England called “The White Room” and I think it was on at 11.30pm on Friday nights, or something random. Being the 13 or 14 year old I was, I didn’t have much of a life, apart from the occasional sleepover. But, I did like me late night music shows. In fact, this was the medium that introduced me to Joan Osborne.

But, look what I forgot about: The Pretenders covering the most covered song of my generation!

Enjoy!!

by Ellie McHale

Um. Yes. I think I need to see this…
That is all.

Entertainment

Dorothy Gale may be the star of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but the Wizard himself, a fellow Kansan, also has a tornado-to-Oz journey worth sharing. Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s novel, tells the story of Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-town magician dreaming of greatness and a life somewhere over the rainbow. Cue a tornado, which takes him away from his black-and-white world to a land of color—a nostalgic nod to the 1939 film.

The film, directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy), looks magical—complete with Emerald City, munchkins and flying monkeys (which look even more terrifying than those in the original film). The trailer shows Oscar meeting three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), who calls herself the good witch, her sister Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). They have been waiting for “the great wizard from Kansas” to defeat the…

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I Am Half The Sky

by Ellie McHale

Yes. I am. Are you?
Please, get involved!

A Life In Paperback

Two years ago, my mother bought me a book for Christmas. It sat on my bookshelf up until recently. Now, I am kicking myself for not reading it when I received it, as it has turned into this amazing phenomenon. On October 1st & 2nd, PBS hosted a four hour documentary, the visual tie-in to the book I was gifted.

As “Half The Sky” sat within walking distance of me for almost two years, I always made a note to start reading it. Now, with the PBS documentary aired and an amazing movement brewing, I vow to read the book & watch the documentary, all the while taking notes. I have signed up to become a Community Ambassador & hope to host screenings of the documentary in my neighborhood & community. If accepted, this will be a great way to do something of substance with my life. It will act…

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