1. YOU. GUYS. Can we discuss this year in music? Or more specifically, this year in Bethany’s super eclectic music tastes? Because I am DYING over how epic the first three months of this year are shaping up to be.
Thing #1: New Fall Out Boy album next week (!!). They’re pre-released a few songs, and I’m already in love. The Kids Aren’t Alright, Irresistible, Jet Pack Blues, Fourth of July. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Save Rock and Roll was my JAM for a fair portion of the end of 2013/beginning of 2014, and I am BEYOND stoked for American Beauty/American Psycho, especially since Fall Out Boy put the ENTIRE album up on YouTube on Tuesday.
We will not discuss how upset I am over the fact that I was not able to snag tickets to their show at Lincoln Hall next week, which would’ve been one of the most epic shows of my life. We will also not discuss how EVEN MORE upset I am over the fact that my BEST FRIEND works at Lincoln Hall and can’t get me in because the show is “sold out” and apparently that “makes a difference.”
In other news, I’m now in the market for a new best friend.
Thing #2: New Imagine Dragons album next month. If Save Rock and Roll was my jam for the end of 2013, Night Visions was definitely my jam for the first bit of 2013. I’m super excited to hear some new Imagine Dragons music — specifically a full album of new Imagine Dragons music.
I cannot BEGIN to express to you how much I FLIPPED THE EFF OUT when I saw this on Twitter on Monday. So I’m a bit of an EDM fan, right? Or rather, have become a bit of an EDM fan over the past two years courtesy of my best friend, with whom I have attended many an EDM show. Anyway. Over the course of my EDM fandom, I have established my Absolute Top Three. They are, in no particular order (because they all fall into very different subgenres within the overarching genre of EDM):
– RL Grime
– Big Gigantic
I’ve seen Flume live on four different occasions (Flume at The Mid, March 2013: #3 show of my life up to this point). I’ve seen RL Grime live two/three different occasions (RL Grime at Concord followed by RL Grime playing his own show’s afterparty at The Mid, November 2014: #2 show of my life up to this point [depending on if you want to count it as one show or two…if you count it as two, then Flume at the Mid was #4, RL Grime at Concord was #3, and RL Grime at The Mid in November was #2]). (My #1 show up to this point was Fall Out Boy at the Metro, November 2013. That’s practically untouchable in terms of AMAZINGNESS.). How many times have I seen Big Gigantic live? ZERO. You know why? Because Big Gigantic NEVER plays Chicago. They play Detroit all the time, but Detroit is six hours away, and they always play on a Sunday night (whyyyyyyyyy? Why do bad things happen to good people?). The ONLY time Big Gigantic has played Chicago since I’ve been a Big Gigantic fan was at Spring Awakening last year, which I did not attend because 1) I am not a junior at New Trier High School 2) I have (to my knowledge) one friend in Chicago who also loves EDM (that person being my best friend), and my best friend had other friends in town from California that weekend who he did not want to drag to Spring Awakening just so I could see Big Gigantic (legit. I GUESS.) Plus they played on Sunday anyway, and on Sundays last summer I had to go to bed at like 8:30 because I had personal training at 6:00 a.m. Mondays.
All that to say I definitely have not seen Big Gigantic live, and this has definitely been a major source of sadness for me for quite some time. BUT! BUT BUT BUT! They are playing CHICAGO on a SATURDAY and I am THRILLED BEYOND MEASURE. I don’t care if the show is 18+ (I really dislike 18+ shows. 21+ 4eva, plz.) I. Am. Going. To See. Big Gigantic. And all shall be well with my concert attending resume.
WAIT. I just remembered that I saw Augustana last May at Double Door, and that was also life changing. Shoot. This throws all of my rankings off. Mmm, I still think Augustana was below Flume at the Mid. Although no strangers at Flume tapped me on the shoulder and declared me Flume’s biggest fan for knowing all of the words, which did happen at Augustana…
Hello, my name is Bethany, and I’m addicted to live shows.
2. The strangest thing happened to me on Tuesday. I always read while eating my lunch at work — I finish the RedEye if I didn’t finish it on my commute to the office, and then I pull out whatever other reading material I have. Usually I read books from the library, but my sister bought me a book for Christmas, so I had been reading that for the past couple of days instead. I read it Tuesday at lunch, slipped it under my arm on my way out of the lunch room, put it away, and then carried on with my day.
On my way home from work, I reached into my work bag to grab my book and couldn’t find it anywhere. I don’t carry that big of a bag to work, so this was odd, but I figured I had somehow put it on the floor by my desk instead of in my bag, and enjoyed a restful commute. (I would have played on my phone, but it only had 2% battery left, so I just sat around instead.)
I completely forgot about all of this until lunch rolled around yesterday, at which point I went to grab my book and remembered, “Right! I left it here! Wait. If I left it here…where is it?”
I don’t have a clue! I can’t find it anywhere! My thought (fear) is that I somehow accidentally threw it away when I was throwing away the trash from my lunch, which would be quite upsetting for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that book was a Christmas present from my sister that she put a lot of thought into when she bought it for me.
I imagine it’s gone forever, especially if I threw it in the trash. But if you happen to find a stray copy of The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty just lying around, it’s probably mine, and I’d like it back, please.
3. For the past five weeks or so, I’ve been gymless and thus relegated to at-home workouts. I’ve been using the NTC app, which is free for iPhones (not sure about Android devices) and WOWZA. I didn’t realize how big of a difference those workouts were making in my body until the other day when I happened to catch my arms at the right angle and realized holy smokes — I have muscle tone! I haven’t had muscle tone in my arms for ages. I haven’t been following any specific program on the app: I just pick a workout that I can do with minimal equipment (I only have dumbbells and my Therabands, and some of the workouts require a lot more than that, though I’ve found I can usually make modifications — a dumbbell for a medicine ball, or just jumping instead of using a box to jump on/over) that fits the amount of time I have that day, and boom. Killer workout. Usually the workouts include both cardio and strength, at least the ones I’ve done, meaning I think they’ve done a good job of keeping me in shape all the way around. The app includes videos of all the exercises and verbal cues, so it’s pretty easy to follow. Plus you can play your own music in the background from your music library! I’m a big fan, and I think this has done more to get me in shape (even with my horrendous diet — I started this in the throes of the holidays, mind you, and I’m still more toned than I’ve been in months/years) than anything else I’ve done in quite some time.
What workouts are you doing right now?
Do you like going to live music shows? What was the best one you’ve ever attended?