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Tag: Music

What’s Yo’ Beef #15

by Rachel

First, a relevant non-beef: my phone finally has Yo’ in its memory. And now, for the beefs.


My beef today is when you buy a super cool dress for $2 at a thrift store, spend a lot of time trying to make it fit you by adding flashy back panels, realize things are going surprisingly well (which NEVER happens with my projects, especially sewing projects) and you are getting real excited that it’s almost finished, only to find that there is a tear in the side. Just another thing to crappily sew up. COME ON!


My beef today is waiting. What’s the point?! I get way too excited to wait for anything. For example, Liam and I are planning a holiday party for mid-December. Mid-December! That’s like, three weeks away! I can’t wait that long. I’ve already been planning the music, beer, food, and my dance moves. Or, at my work, we just drew names for our Secret Santa yesterday. I’m already so excited! And it’s still two weeks away! Waiting. What’s the point, amiright?!

How To: Know You’re Working Too Hard

by Shannon

When it’s only Wednesday but you’ve definitely already surpassed a 40 hour work week.

The early bird gets the worm, but the employee in the office until 10 p.m. hears the weird reggae music playing from next door.

How To: Save Your Eardrums

by Shannon

For quite some time now, I’ve been freaked out about my hearing, and how shitty earbuds are for your ears. However, I still plug ’em in and listen to music at work everyday, because as mentioned in a previous post, I can’t get enough of Justin Beiber, apparently.

That’s when I decided to invest in a pair of these bad boys:


These bad boys are, with tax and shipping (which is totally free, and totally fast), less than $40. I’ve only been wearing them for a few hours, but Coloud, I am exceptionally pleased so far.

Plus, they look bitchin’. So invest in a pair of headphones that let you listen to the sweet, sweet dulcet sounds of Justin Beiber The National and treasure your hearing for years to come.

How To: Realize You Are Too Invested In Justin Bieber

by Shannon

You find yourself listening to his CD on repeat. All day. And you’re a 27-year-old professional working woman.

(Who just can’t get enough of JB’s amazing beats, apparently. Plus, he features both Drake and Ludacris. Come on.)

All I need, is a beauty and a beat. – Justin Bieber

How To: Put Yourself Into a Good Mood

by Rachel

No matter what!

Make a playlist of all the songs that you love listening to. It never fails. Here’s my list!

  1. In Your Arms – Kina Grannis
  2. Let Your Love Flow – Bellamy Brothers
  3. The Longest Time – Billy Joel
  4. Walkin’ a Line – Foo Fighters
  5. In My Life – The Beatles
  6. It’s Like That – Run DMC vs. Jason Nevins
  7. Trusted – Ben Folds
  8. Extraordinary – Joel Plaskett
  9. Kids – MGMT
  10. Naveed – Our Lady Peace
  11. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  12. Strange Overtones – David Byrne
  13. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot – Flaming Lips
  14. Creep – Radiohead
  15. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeah’s
  16. Santeria – Sublime
  17. Lean On Me – Bill Withers
  18. Satisfaction – Benny Benassi
  19. Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G.
  20. Come Out and Play – The Offspring
  21. The Message – Grand Master Flash
  22. Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ But a Bird – Cab Calloway

As I type it out I realize how incredibly random it is… little bit of hip hop, techno, rock, folk, country, jazz? and girly stuff! But man I always feel great when I listen to this playlist.

I love it when you call me Big Poppa…

How To: Get Motivated to Work Out (Part 2?)

by Rachel

Listen to Girl Talk’s “Feed the Animals” album. If you still don’t feel like doing sit ups and kettle bell swings, at least you will be dancing yourself fit!

GT: Feed the Animals

How To: Have A Great Birthday

by Shannon

Someone posts a Carly Simon video on your Facebook wall, presents in bed, and a small, but still there, hangover.

How To: Feel Sad, But Also Like A Powerful Female

by Shannon

Sing along to Carly Simon.

How To: Pretend You’re A Great Dancer

by Shannon

Imagine yourself dancing to Beyonce’s music videos.

Don’t actually dance.

How To: Deal With Pain

by Shannon

Step away from the speakers at the concert you’re at.

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