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In The Box: Apr/May Newsletter

I can't believe it's already time to write one of these again. I remember writing the last one like it was yesterday, it's just weird, man. I get out of school in a week! First year of college down, three to go! April was way more exciting than May has been, but honestly I'm glad because I needed a break from the craziness. I'm beginning to realize that I use these newsletters as a little time capsule for myself to document where I was at in these particular months, and I love it. Again, grateful for this platform even if no one ever reads these things.

April held one of the coolest days I've ever lived through. I wrote about it already which I encourage you to go peek at, but to sum it up I got to see Muse and Evanescence as well as meet Waterparks all in the same day. It was incredible, and honestly one of the greatest experiences I've had in that realm. The guys in Waterparks were all so sweet and it's still crazy that I got to hug them!!!! Only have great things to say about that band. Pretty much right after that, my friend and I went to the Moda Center to see Muse & Evanescence, and both of their performances absolutely blew me away. It's one thing to hear Amy Lee's studio vocals, but it's a whole different experience live. She has an insane amount of power and control within her voice, stage presence, and even wardrobe. Coolest person ever, I love her so much. Some of my favorite songs to hear live were My Immortal, Imaginary, Broken Pieces Shine, Going Under, and Bring Me To Life! As for Muse, I can't express how ethereal I felt. Every single song was a production and experience, all so well thought out and executed. I was belting Knights of Cydonia at the top of my lungs and I think that created a core memory. That song is such a part of me and hearing it live made it even more important. Kill or be Killed also went way harder than I expected it to, and so did Verona! Again, you can read a more in depth chat just under my blog posts, you'll see it.

I also got to return to Seattle for a weekend in April. I've only been there twice, but it never fails to surprise me how connected I feel to the city. My friend and I sat on the floor of our hotel room for like forty minutes and just watched the traffic move, it was really cool. There's something so surreal about big cities at night. We visited the Museum of Pop Culture again to see the Coraline exhibit and it was SO COOL. They had the house, the dolls, props, all of it and I was fangirling so hard!! Coraline used to scare the crap out of me as a child, but I love it now. Plus it's based in Oregon so I feel even more connected to it. Of course we went through everything else again though, and I was reunited with Kurt (love of my life). Speaking of Kurt, I wrote an essay on the Courtney-killed-Kurt theory and I'm planning on uploading later this week, so stay tuned for that. I had so much fun bringing Courtney down.

Okay, even though April rocked, May was great too, because guess what happened?! I went live on Instagram with Amanda freaking De Cadanet. It was so random and I didn't expect her to accept my request, but she DID and needless to say I was shielding my Strokes posters and T-shirt that of course I happened to be wearing. If you don't know, she's the wife of Nick Valensi from The Strokes, but also this super badass feminist that runs an awesome podcast called The Conversation, and she's also a photographer. Another person like Amy Lee I look up to so much, so it's just crazy that I actually talked to her. She asked about me and my life, lots of small talk, but we also chatted about her podcast and all that. Surreal experience, I can't believe she now knows I exist! Also, if you haven't read her book 'It's Messy', it's incredible! I downed it in like three hours last summer, great read.

Now for what music I was loving these past two months! Honestly it was a lot of Waterparks which was most definitely influenced by my experience meeting them. Greatest Hits and Intellectual Property have been on repeat! Ritual has become one of my favorite songs of all time, and so has Snow Globe. Snow Globe brings a certain emotion that only a few other songs bring out in me, like Triggered by Chase Atlantic, Be Quiet and Drive by Deftones, Untitled by Interpol, and Softcore by The Neighborhood.

Interrupting myself because BLUR IS BACK WHAAAAAAT?!?!?!? I just remembered that I wanted to talk about this because WHAT THE HELL. I was super bummed to hear that Gorillaz probably won't make more music, but it makes me feel better than Damon is back with Blur. They've dropped one single so far, 'The Narcissist' from their upcoming album The Ballad of Darren. It's honestly pretty mid, but I'm hoping the rest of the album will be better, although I know it won't be as great as their old music. Doesn't mean I'm not excited for it, though!

Speaking of bands that are back, the Foo Fighters have dropped four singles in anticipation of June 2nd, the release of their newest album 'But Here We Are'. This will be the first album post Taylor Hawkins, and they just recently announced that his spot is being filled by Josh Freese. I can't imagine the pressure on that guy right now, I'm sure a lot of hardcore Foos fans are probably hating on him for replacing Taylor, but they'd be complaining anyways if the Foos stopped making music. Either way, someone's gonna be unhappy, but it doesn't even matter because the new music is so good. I absolutely love Rescued, and my second favorite single so far is Show Me How. Violet, Dave's daughter, did back up vocals on that track and they just sound so good together! I didn't even know Violet sung until seeing her perform Valerie at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert, but man, she sounds incredible. I'm super excited to listen to the rest of the album tomorrow night, so you can expect a review of that soon.

Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes also dropped half of his fifth solo album, Melodies on Hiatus. I will say I was only mildly impressed with it, but maybe that's just because nothing can top Francis Trouble in my mind. I do love Thoughtful Distress though, but I know that's only because Matt Helders from the Arctic Monkeys is on it. Old Man is good too, but not a ton about the rest of it stuck out to me. Bruno Major is dropping music again too, two singles so far with a full length album in July. He's coming to Portland too and I'm so close to buying tickets but I'm fighting with myself over it because I'm not sure if I can swing it :( Deb Never dropped Thank You For Attending, her first full release since 2021. This EP has become one of my favorites from April! Momentary Sweetheart will always be the standout to me, but Say, Mania & Bliss, and 5 O'Clock are all close contenders. Just an awesome body of work, I really hope she does a headliner soon!

There was some other great drops too, No More Lies was another Tame Impala and Thundercat collaboration that just hit the nail on the head. I do think it's kind of funny that they collaborated through Gorillaz and then did their own thing on another track. Crumb has released two songs, Crushxd and Dust Bunny, both great & classic Crumb songs. Siiickbrain's been pretty consistently dropping too with an album teased for late summer/early fall. That's the rundown!

I've still been listening to a lot of The Pretty Reckless, I just can't get over their sound and vibe. Still so upset that I missed them in Portland last fall, but I'm sure they'll tour again. They actually opened a show for the Foo Fighters which was cool, would've killed to be there for that. Still lots of Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens, those two have become constants in my music library. And of course, tons of Yeah Yeah Yeahs in anticipation for next week when I see them live!! Oh boy, am I excited for that show. I better be on barricade or I'm going to throw a fit (not really).

Also started my internship this past week and got to see James Taylor live which was so awesome! He sold out an 8,000 person capacity venue, and just seeing the looks on everyones faces was beautiful. I could tell how many people connect with his music. This week is Quinn XCII, Ringo Starr, and Lord Huron so that's pretty dope! I'm most excited for Weezer, Beck, Phoenix, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Boygenius though. Crazy that I get to see these artists as part of my job. Honestly my dream job, I wouldn't have believed it if you told me that a year ago. As for the lineup for concerts I bought on my own, we've got the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jawny, Paramore, Ruel, All Time Low, and Arctic Monkeys! If that isn't proof of my reliance on live music then I don't know what is. That's about all I've got to say for this newsletter, I can't wait to see where I'm at next time I do one of these!! Thanks for spending a few minutes with me, talk to you next time!




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