Birthday Music Monday

It’s my birthday today, this glorious Monday I turn 21 years old so instead of introducing new bands I am going to review my all time favorite bands and concerts:

Favorite Band for Life: Nickel Creek

I have grown up listening to Nickel Creek. My parents were great enough to take me to see them not once, not twice, but three times (Two being at the Ryman Auditorium). I was there at the very last show they played together in 2007. Since their break up I have seen Chris Thile 5 other times, solo and with the Punch Brothers. I will admit that I am obsessed and if they ever get back together I hope to be at their first show with my family.

Best Surprise Concert: My Morning Jacket 

Last Bonnaroo all my friends went back to the campsite after a long day at the festival, I decided to stay in Centeroo because I wanted to be really close for Arcade Fire. I weaseled my way up to 20 rows from the stage to stake out all by myself. My Morning Jacket was playing before Arcade Fire and the crowd was going crazy. Jim James came on stage with his furry boots and I knew I had made the right decision. I had heard one song of theirs before the concert but I was enamored with the show. I was so impressed by their stage presence and I loved their sound. Since that show I have listened to their discography and I have been looking for another chance to see them (I hope they headline ACL in the Fall)

Favorite Album: Kings of Leon- Only By The Night

This is my go to album; I think I have listened to it 300 times or more. I know every word and drum solo and will sing along to it all until it is annoying to other people. This is the cd that I will be listening to and look down and notice that I am going 89 on the interstate; I get so into the music that I forget about my surroundings. My actual cd is starting to skip because I have listened to it so many times. This cd came out my senior year of high school, it not only has a great sound but I have so many memories around these songs.

Guilty Pleasure: The Goo Goo Dolls

I have no idea why I love them but I do and I always will. When one of their songs comes on I stop what I am doing and usually start singing or dancing. I mean Iris and Name are classics, what is not to love about them?? The Goo Goo Dolls played a concert at a college near me a few years ago and no one told me, I missed the concert and found out about it a few days later. I am still bitter about it.

Favorite Concert: Radiohead

Favorite is a strong word, and I am hesitant to put it in the title of this one, but Radiohead……I am still speechless.

I saw Radiohead last Thursday in Atlanta and I have to say it was one of the best shows I have ever seen, the band, Thom Yorke, the audience, the dancing, the music, everything was absolutely perfect. I could have stayed at that concert for a week without food or water and would have been totally fine. Thom Yorke would say two words and the crowd would go insane, he couldn’t even finish a sentence because the arena would get so loud. The music took over the whole arena, everyone was dancing and singing along. I cant believe I am going to see them twice in one year, June 7-10 at Bonnaroo they are returning to Tennessee and I will be there hot and smelly waiting for hours to get a good seat in front of the what stage.

Best Song Performed: Amazing Grace- Mumford and Sons, Apache Relay, and Old Crow Medicine Show

Last year’s Mumford show at Bonnaroo ended with Apache Relay and Old Crown Medicine Show joining the British musicians on stage to sing one last song. They sang Amazing Grace and it was AMAZING. The crowd stopped, everyone was speechless. It was such a cool way to end the concert with three talented bands singing a classic song.

The Show that Saved the Artist: Sufjan Stevens

I love Sufjan and always will, but I cannot listen to his cds straight through, I get bored. He is very talented but all of his songs

sound the same. I love hearing one song and then I have had my fix. Last year Sufjan came to Knoxville and me and my friends bought tickets to go. I was excited to see him but I didn’t think I was going to love the show. He was touring with the Age of Adz, an album that has a very different sound than his state albums. This concert was amazing, so lively, full of dancing, and an amazing visual show as well as musical. I was so impressed by this concert that I can now listen to Age of Adz straight through and have a new love for Sufjan.

Honorable Shout Out Shows:

Avett Brothers at Bonnaroo 2010 when it rained, sitting outside of Rites of Spring to see the Flaming Lips, seeing Sting with my parents when I was little, Jay Z at Bonnaroo, the Black Keys in 2010, my first concert N*SYNC, and last but not least seeing local bands at local bars across the south.

Artists I Would Still Like to See:

Ryan Adams, James Taylor, and Sigur Ros.

Festivals I would like to Attend:

Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk Festival, and Coachella.

I am 21 years old and I have seen almost every band I have ever wanted to see. I am so blessed and realize I need to stop spending money on going to concerts but I love the experience and I would rather have the memories than a new pair of shoes. A lot of my favorite concerts have been shared with my friends and family and I would have it no other way. I am so blessed to be from Nashville, Music City USA, I have been surrounded by talented artists since I was born.

*Pictures from google images.


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How Social Media is Affecting Political Campaigns.

Barak Obama was the first president to use social media to gain the presidency. In 2008 Obama used twitter, facebook, blogs, and websites to gain a huge following across the country. Before he was elected president he had triple the amount of followers on all social media site than McCain. I think Obama’s presence on social media made a huge impact on his success. He was able to reach out to the youth. Gaining the following of the 20 something generation was a very smart idea. Most being first time voters, they didn’t have a strong partisan view. After being elected obama has used social media in the white house. He is very active on twitter and facebook. He has held “Town Hall Meetings” on twitter and linkedIn. He allowed people to log on and ask him questions, he spent the meeting answering questions via status updates and comments. He has used Social Media since day one and I expect nothing less in his 2012 campaign, I am excited to see what the competition does to compete.

In the republican primaries we have caught a glimpse into the social media political world. Some candidates have used social

media well and some have been destroyed because of it. All the politicians are on social media sites and are doing well in gaining followers but some have used innovative ideas to increase their number of voters.

Newt Gingrich: Gingrich designed his Facebook page in a very unique way. First time viewers are asked to join the race, they are immediately presented with petitions to sign and a place to donate. After they have signed up or at least looked into it they can explore the site and travel to all the other Gingrich sites on the web.

Ron Paul: Ron Paul is the republican candidate I have heard the most about because I live in a college town. Ron Paul has done a good job tapping into the younger voters. He has a lot of people talking about him on social media sites and is a popular topic on Reddit. I dont know if his social media campaign is so successful because the youth likes him or if he meant to target the internet.

Mitt Romney: There have been multiple articles about the fact that Mitt Romney is not tapping into the social media world as well as the other candidates. I personally think Mitt Romney is targeting the older generations so I do not know if he is that concered about it.

Rick Santorum: Rick Santorum’s twitter following has increased at a more rapid race than any of the other candidates. He was the most talked about candidate on twitter on super tuesday.

I personally think Social Media is an important thing to add to the campaign along with all the other typical strategies. Campaigns should maybe focus on Social Media more than direct mail and email lists. Disclaimer I really know nothing about politics and this blog post is me writing out of my comfort zone. Even though I am not interested in politics I am interested in seeing how the candidates use social media over the next few months.

Oh sorry I didnt see you there…..

I am a pretty clumsy person, i often trip, run into people, and fall when I am walking around. It gets worse when you put a phone in my hand, I am the person that will walk into a glass door when I am texting. I do not text when i drive, I have learned quickly that that is not a good idea; and i think the population is catching on to this trend of not texting while driving. One thing that could affect safety and would make this situation worse would be interactive glasses. And guess what, Google is putting out smart eyewear by the end of the year. Glasses that you can wear and walk around streets, talking to yourself, finding out what is around you, and of course advertisements. In the past there have been many futuristic movies that use glasses like this or a screen over your face that tells you information……well its actually happening. Google thinks these glasses will become popular because it will free up  your hands and give you all the information in your line of vision. I think it is a horrible idea, the fact that little blurbs of information are going to be popping up in your vision is a recipe for disaster. Google does not want people to wear these glasses constantly, but I could see the population taking this new technology and abusing it. If people are focusing on how to work their glasses, relying on the glasses for information, and entertained constantly they are likely to wear these glasses all the time. I do not know if these glasses will be successful but I do think other things like this are going to be developing in the next few years. I have heard about a helmet you wear when you are playing video games or watching movies to really immerse in the virtual world you are visiting. I am more supportive of these products because the people wearing them are not mobile, they are sitting in their house on their couch. I am curious to see how the technological world and eyewear companies will respond to this new innovative idea. This idea will affect social media, marketing, business, safety, and many other industries.

The people wearing Google’s Glasses will be everywhere, driving, in line at starbucks, at work, always distracted, always zoning out, never paying attention to you. I am not a violent person but the first person that is wearing these glasses that runs into me will get a nice little shove. (well probably not this cute little kid)

If you want to know more about these google glasses just google it!

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My 5 Favorite Comedic Twitter Accounts

I love twitter. It is my favorite social media site. It is a great place to keep up with your friends and the news. Twitter is an easy way to stay in contact with your favorite celebrity or musician. It is also a great place to follow comedians or spoofs of celebrities. These are my 5 favorite comedic twitter accounts.

5. Rob Delaney is a comedian based out of L.A.. His twitter account is so popular that Comedy Central has offered him a TV show based around the crude tweets. Through twitter he threatened to sue Kim Kardashian after her divorce for making money on a fake wedding. Most of the tweets are too crude for me but I know a ton of guys who think he is hysterical.

“It looks like the last calories Angelina Jolie consumed were when she drank that vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood.”

 

 

 

4. Shit Nobody Says is a twitter account based off the Shit _____ Says internet sensation. This account states things that no one would say. I find myself laughing out loud when this pops up on my twitter feed. Out of all the Shit___Says this is my favorite account. Shit White Girls Say is a close second.

“I’m not sure.. You should Bing it.”

“My bubble yum still has flavor.”

 

 

 

3. Ghetto Hikes is a twitter account from a guy names Cody who writes down things kids say when they are hiking. It is a combination of everything you have heard kids say mixed with an urban lifestyle.

“We thought Thurman ova there havin’ a seizure, turns out he just excited about nature.”

 

 

 

2. The Dark Lord is my 2nd favorite humorous twitter account. Based off the Harry Potter character Lord Voldemort this account tweets about trends and Harry Potter. This account relates current trends and events to the books. Its like getting a little blurb of Harry Potter daily.

“Anybody who responds with ‘Are you Sirius?’ about JK Rowling’s new book is getting Avada Kedavraed. #RowlingReturns
1. Old Man Search is literally the funniest twitter account I follow even though it tweets less than once a month. The basis of this twitter is a guy told his dad twitter was google and the dad types in searches into tweets. I don’t know if it is real but I have cried because I was laughing so hard at some of the posts. If you get anything out of this post go to twitter and follow this account.
“tv shows NO singing”
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Its a Bird! Its a Monster! No Its Just Another Music Monday.

A 35 page paper, a quiz, and a pile of homework are waiting for me and I have decided to do a MUSIC MONDAY post because I am dedicated to my blog (aka I am procrastinating) and I would feel like a failure if I didnt do one 4 weeks into blogging. This one’s is gonna be short and sweet just like me.

Andrew Bird: Andrew Bird has a new album coming out March 6th. After touring around Europe he is headed to SXSW and the Ryman in Nashville, TN  in March along with a lot of other venues across the country. His new album, Break It Yourself, is on NPR RIGHT NOW! It popped up on my twitter feed half way through the day and  I have been listening to it since. A few songs put me to sleep when I got to the 3 oclock lull in the day, but now that i am listening to it at night while doing homework in my quite house I can appreciate the music more. The album has a beautiful sound and it flows very nicely. If you haven’t heard of Andrew Bird this is a great place to start. Thanks to @andrewbird and @NPRmusic’s twitter accounts I have had a great day full of great new music.

Of Monsters and Men: Before I discovered Andrew Bird’s new album on NPR I was stuck on Of Monsters and Men. I had heard their single on the radio last week and have been obsessed with it ever since. My friend Spencer happened to give me the album before I realized this band sang that one song! They have such a nice folky sound that makes me want to dance all day long. They remind me a lot of Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros + The Apache Relay + a little bit of Dr. Dog. The perfect mixture little female voice and a strong male voice make this a very enjoyable CD, the thumping drums in the background provide a perfect beat. If you listen to this CD without tapping your foot or dancing you have a lot of control over your limbs, unlike me. Listen to Little Talks for a great new song from a great band. Oh and they are from Iceland…….

//i just started following them on twitter, they are at 5,700 followers, i think they will at least be up to 10,000 by april. follow now @ofmonstersandmen so you can say i liked them before they were famous//

may this blog post help you procrastinate.

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Is Your Klout Score Better Than Mine?

Employers are looking at the internet before they hire you and how they judge you by what is on the internet. I have heard this from classes, my job, and my parents for years but two weeks ago I learned people are rating you based on your Klout score. Mark Schaefer came into my social media class and talked to us about Klout Scores and answered our questions about the new website. A Klout score takes your influence on the Internet and gives it a number so you can compare yourself to other people. Two weeks ago I had a Klout score of a 32 and now, I have a Klout score of 51……I don’t know how I increased it by 20 points in a week but I did. Over the past few weeks I have been trying to increase my twitter outreach and get involved on social media sites more. This might be the reason behind the rise in my score but I am not sure why my score increase so quickly. I have also been focusing on one industry that I find fascinating and following leaders in the field and blogging about it. I would think Klout would notice this trend, but when I log on it says I am an influencer over the TV show House, Virginia (my name), and shoes. I do not tweet about any of these subjects in the sense they think I do. The website shows your network impact, amplification, and true reach over the past month in a graph. All of my charts look the same; they are very flat until the day I signed up for Klout. The day I signed up for Klout the graphs skyrocket. I do think it is related to me signing up for their website. I do not think Klout is accurate but I do think employees are looking at it. You can go to this website and sign up to find your Klout Score. You can also read Mark’s new book all about Klout scores if you are really curious about the way it works. If you think the Klout score is accurate or have more information to share with me please comment because I am not a believer yet.

I found this funny meme on Mashable.com.

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A Sick Music Monday

I have been sick all weekend and still sound like a frog when I talk and I want to crawl into my bed and watch How I Met Your Mother all day, but instead I made it to the library and made it back to the blogging world. This weeks Music Monday is going to be dedicated to bands I love and make me feel better when I am hacking up a lung.

Fleetwood Mac: There have been 15 different artist in Fleetwood Mac over the past 40 years. Ironicly the band is named after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, the only two artist that have been apart of the band for all 40 years. Fleetwood Mac is known for changing members and changing genres. They started out as a British blues band but recorded one of the most popular pop albums of all time (RUMOURS). Rumours is one of my favorite albums of all time. Rumours was written at a time when everyone in the band was going through a breakup or heartbreak. The lyrics are so raw and I have been singing “You Can Go Your Own Way” to my cold all weekend.

Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams started his solo career in 2000 and has easily become one of my favorite artist of all time. As a rock/alternative country artist all of his records have found their way onto my ipod. He released 8 albums in 5 years and managed to piss off half of the music industry for poor character on stage. He took a break from super recording and has released only 5 albums since 2006. **I didn’t know this about Ryan Adams and I am so impressed by the quantity and quality of his music over the past 11 years. 13 ALBUMS IN 11 YEARS!!** If you haven’t listened to his music listen to Heartbreaker, Gold, Cold Roses, and his most recent Ashes & Fire.

 Into the Wild Soundtrack: I know this is not a band but it is one of my favorite soundtracks ever. I have said this before and will say it again I am sure but I LOVE SOUNDTRACKS, soundtracks are a perfect mix cd given to you by a professional. I have read Into the Wild, seen the movie, and listened to the soundtrack. The movie and book are depressing but the soundtrack……lets just say it is always in my car ready to be listened to. This soundtrack made me like Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam. I have never been into the arena rock bands until this soundtrack. Eddie Vedder, vocalist for Pearl Jam, was approached by Sean Penn, director of the film, to record this soundtrack in 2007. The album has a folk sound but Vedder’s voice gives it the edge it needs to be a part of this great story. If you have no desire to see the movie or book just listen to this soundtrack and your opinion will probably be changed.

I am sorry if this post didn’t make sense, when I am sick my communication skills are subpar and my music taste is very limited to things I already like. I hope I get well soon and I hope you don’t catch my cold through the amazing internet (that would be horrible and really creepy). I also hope you learned a lot because I learned a ton about a few of my favorite bands while researching for this post.

Happy Monday.

Check out this music through this pandora radio station I made. It features Fleetwood Mac, Ryan Adams, and Eddie Vedder. Pandora does a great job with putting similar music together in one place so you will probably discover some other artists as well like Joe Purdy: http://bit.ly/w37Aqc

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Ex(Kyoo)se me…Can I Have Your Attention?

I am a Kyoo Social Media Intern at Pyxl this semester, I work mostly with the website Kyoo. Interning at Pyxl in Knoxville has been great. I have learned so much about the internet and using social networks to network yourself and businesses. I am in charge of 5 Kyoos for the next two weeks and would love for yall to check them out! Let me know what you find helpful and what you dont like about the site or just explore all the kyoos!

What is Kyoo? (pronounced Q)

Kyoo is a social media aggregator. It is a website that brings together tweets, statuses, pictures, videos, blogs, and other pages on the internet about a certain topic. It is used by internet users and companies to see who, what, when, where, and how people are looking at their product/event/or topic. You can visit Kyoos and see what people are saying about topics from all over the world. It is a great way to find a lot of information on the web about one thing because it compiles it for you!

MY KYOOs:

I could literally stare at this Kyoo all day! A compilation of all tweets, status, pictures, videos, blog posts, and everything about music festivals all in one place. Try it out tweet something about a music festival and instantly your tweet will be included into the stream. Looking at this Kyoo is getting me so excited for Bonnaroo and making me wish I could go to Coachella and all the other music festivals.  Good thing this is one of my Kyoos because I LOVE IT.

http://kyoo.com/music-festivals

This next Kyoo of mine is for the Red Hot Chili Peppers fans. Keep up with the RHCP fan base and band. See pictures and videos and always stay up to date on where they are playing or recording. I love this because RHCP is a great band with a huge following. It is so interesting to see how far people will travel to see them. I know 2/5 members of my family will be seeing them this year. Will You?

http://kyoo.com/red-hot-chili-peppers

This one is for all you manly men out there. A whole Kyoo dedicated to Grilling. I decided to pick this Kyoo because my dad, uncles, and older brother are extreme grill masters and i knew they could use this kyoo to find great recipes. There isnt a lot of grilling going on in the winter months but for those brave souls that venture out to the grill in the snow or for those lucky devils who dont experience winter here is a kyoo for you. Find great reciepes and ideas for grilling at this kyoo:

http://kyoo.com/grilling

I am really excited to have this Kyoo, The Voice is a reality TV show on NBC and after watching it once I knew the show was going to cause a lot of hype. Its a mix of American Idol, the X factor, and pin the tail on the donkey. The audition process is blind so the judges rely on the voice of the artist. There is one more week of blind auditions then the actual competition will get underway. Watch this Kyoo to see what team is the crowd favorite, see who is trash talking who, and stay up to date with the contestants and judges.

http://kyoo.com/the-voice

I picked this Kyoo for all my NBA fans out there (aka all my friends from Memphis that are obsessed with the Grizzlies). Working with this Kyoo is going to help me out a lot when all my friends start talking about the Grizzlies and the NBA. I usually have no idea what they are talking about but now I will and you can too!

http://kyoo.com/nba

 

So please check out all my Kyoos, it is a very entertaining website and you can learn a lot from visiting for just a few minutes.

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Bonnaaa What? Bonnaaaa Who? Bonnaaarooooo.

Thom Yorke will you be my valentine? Keep the chocolates, the flowers, and the teddy bears. I got everything i need this valentines day. The Bonnaroo Line Up came up today. With bands like Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phish leading the line up this is going to be an amazing festival. Not only are the headliners amazing this year the little bands make it more than worth it to buy a ticket to go to the festival. Bands like Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, Dawes, The Black Lips, and Alabama Shakes would have me buying a ticket to the farm without question. Bonnaroo has been around for 11 years now and this is one of the greatest lineups I have ever seen. The headliners are a perfect mixture between jam bands, indie rock gods, and good ole fashion music (THE BEACH BOYS).

2 years ago was my first year attending bonnaroo and I was sold.Bonnaroo is such an amazing experience that I will probably be attending for years and years to come. I love all the music you can see in one weekend. The fact that i can walk from Beirut to The Strokes to Explosions in the Sky is worth more than the ticket price. The sweltering heat, the dust, the dirt, the druggies, the drunk people that literally sit on you, and even the people that accidentally burn your face with a cigarette cant keep me away from this lineup and this weekend in Manchester, TN.

The line up came out today on Spotify. @SpotifyUSA was in charge of the twitter feed along with @Bonnaroo and @ACentertainment. All three companies did not have to promote the announcement for a long time. Once the lineup was released it flooded all social media sites like a wave.

I was in class freaking out about homework and tests when the lineup came out this year. This is the first year i have missed the lineup release and I am upset about it. I am usually staring at my phone and computer all day waiting for it. Little did i know it came out in my 11 oclock class. With four tweets, 6 text messages, facebook posts, and a phone call waiting for me on my phone I was too overwhelmed to deal with the information and to talk about it with my friends about their reactions. After turning all my papers, drawings, and taking a test i can finally process the lineup and give you my feedback. So to all my friends I ignored I am sorry and here are my thoughts.

SO GOOD. THE LINEUP IS PERFECT. RADIOHEAD. I CANT WAIT. I AM BUYING MY TICKET AS SOON AS I HAVE THE MONEY. RHCP. I CANT WAIT. PHISH. JUNE 7-10 CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH. THE AVETT BROTHERS. I WONDER WHAT SHOWS WE ARE GOING TO SEE. FEIST. I WONDER WHERE WE WILL CAMP. BON IVER. I WONDER WHAT CRAZY THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO US WHILE WE ARE AT THE FARM!

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Music Monday

Well its that time again….. Monday and almost Valentines Day……I dont have a valentine to put in your mailbox but I do have a few bands I discovered over the weekend for your heart. This weekend I spent time with some of my friends that have great taste in music (see my last blog post!) and we talked about a few upcoming bands//up-in-coming to us//

Here is some music monday love:

FUN.: No this is not a joke, Fun. is the band’s name (i was very confused the first time i heard it) but their single We Are Young- featuring Janelle Monae is so good that it will be stuck in your head all day. The band the Format broke up in 2008 and this is the lead singer’s solo act. The music is said to be vintage pop//lively rock//alternative.They have a new CD coming out on Feb. 21 . You can keep up with their twitter here: @ournameisfun

The Boxer Rebellion:

If you have seen Going the Distance with Drew Barrymore and Justin long you have heard of this band. They are the band featured in the movie twice. I am a huge soundtrack fan because it is a perfect mix CD that goes along with one of your favorite movies. I haven’t even looked into Going the Distance’s soundtrack until I was sitting at a coffee shop this weekend freaking out about the music coming out of the speakers. I shazamed it (a mobile app you can get on your phone to listen to songs and tell you what is playing in your surroundings), I even looked up the lyrics and with no luck I had to ask the barista. I was SHOCKED when he told me it was boxer rebellion. I am a huge fan of the movie they are featured in (and by huge fan i mean i rented it 7 times before i finally bought it). The Boxer Rebellion is made up of 3 guys from 3 different countries.  They released their 3rd cd in 2011 and are touring around North America with stops in Nashville, Knoxville, and Ashville. I will be seeing them in April and I am so excited about it.I am really bad at comparing bands but to me they are a less folky Fleet Foxes mixed with a little bit of The Stills and I might be crazy but a touch of interpol might be in there.

First Aid Kit: 

This Swedish band of sisters has hit the the air waves quickly and their songs are spreading like wildfire. They are famous for their musical recordings in the woods and their carefree hippie style. They have beautiful voices and combined with a folk sound like Joanna Newsom, The Civil Wars, and The Tallest Man on Earth they make a great band. You can purchase their new cd The Lions’s Roar and follow them @FirstAidKitBand. If you haven’t already check them out, it will be well worth your while.

If you are ever in need of a new band or song and dont have awesome musically inclined friends, visit Spotify and Pandora to find music you would enjoy based on what you already like, or you could come here every monday ….just saying.

That’s all….Happy Monday

P.S. The best valentine present i will be getting tomorrow is the Bonnaroo Line Up!!!!! Make sure to follow @spotifyUSA because they are releasing it on Spotify but you can follow their twitter feed if you dont have Spotify!

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