Rookie Playlists Over Everything

It’s safe to say that I’m running short on inspiration. I can’t think of much to think about which is really frustrating because I want to post everyday, but I also don’t want to post anything that I don’t really care about. So this is where I’m currently at. I’ve decided that the best solution to this problem is to shout out one thing in particular that has managed to inspire me.

As most of you should know by now, I’m a big fan of Rookie Mag. I’ve been introduced to so many new bands and artists because of them. It’s also safe to say that every Friday, the online magazine releases a playlist that is always worth the listen. They manage to mix a variety of different genres as they capture a playlist that centers around a particular theme. It’s truly inspiring to me and I just want to bring it to everyone’s attention in case you haven’t heard of it!

While I’m at it, I might as well do my best to point you towards some of the best playlists on the website. This most recent playlist is all garage rock songs that are all about appreciating who you are. Everyone needs to hear a playlist like this. It’s already become my go to.

This playlist holds nothing back and brings on the feels with artists like Fiona Apple, FKA Twigs, Kate Bush, and Nicki Minaj. Need I say more?

As the description says, “Listen to this mix when you’re looking for a place to go and nowhere seems to fit.”

Rookie’s Hanging With playlists are always the best but the one about Rayanne Graff and Angela Chase remains as my favorite.

I think I’ve included enough playlists to get you on the ground with what Rookie is all about! While you’re listening to the mixes, you might as well look around the website as well. You may find yourself getting sucked in to this world and beautiful music just like I did.

Turn Up The Albums

I’m going to make a complete playlist sometime soon but here’s some of my favorite albums to just turn up all the way and dance around to. You can listen while driving around with your friends or just listening by yourself! Whatever you choose to do, these are the albums you should do it to.

Charli XCX- Sucker

This album is best listened to while taking a road trip with your best friends or dancing around your room with your friends. It’s best to listen to this while surrounded by people you care about because it’s just so much more fun that way. “Break The Rules” is the fun and danceable skipping class anthem you can’t help but love. Charli XCX just puts out hit after hit and there’s not a skippable song on this album!

Ariana Grande- My Everything

This album put out by former Broadway star and vocal powerhouse Ariana Grande doesn’t disappoint. Not all of these songs are upbeat, some are gorgeous ballads that really showcase her voice. The sound here reminds us of a throwback to the 90’s. She has a vintage style to her but it never gets old. The highlight songs are definitely “Problem” and “Bang Bang.” These are also the biggest and most pop sounding songs but it can be fun to just let all your problems go and dance to pop music.

One Direction- Midnight Memories

I know, I know you guys probably think I’ve lost my mind by putting this on the list. However, I can’t resist these five British (And one Irish) boys. This isn’t there most recent album, Four is but I prefer Midnight Memories. Largely due to the fact that this album is filled with songs that you can just sing to the top of your lungs. Four doesn’t really have any of those type of songs. The title track of Midnight Memories is a fun song to listen with at a sleepover with your best friend while you just talk and reflect on all the good times. “Happily” and “Best Song Ever” are two more songs that I can’t help but love. As is “Little Black Dress” and “Diana.” I’m also a big fan of the song “Alive,” which is on the deluxe edition of the album. Whether just the name of the band makes you cringe or swoon, this is a great album to jam to.

Haim- Days Are Gone

Talk about sister power, these three sisters are the coolest. They are frequently compared to the ’70s classic rock band Fleetwood Mac. However, I think they’ve created their own sound for this new generation. Every song is filled with awesome catchy lyrics and the music is just unbelievably amazing. It’s pretty much impossible not to be charmed by the song “The Wire,” or for that matter, any song by the trio. The album is stacked with track after track of songs that you’re bound to love and share with others.

Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend is a small town indie band that reached an unpredictable amount of success. Lead singer Ezra Koenig and company has a unique sound that sets them apart. “Ya Hey” is definitely one of my favorite tracks off of the album, but “Diane Young” is at a close second. Part of the bands charm is that they don’t release ballad after ballad, instead they have lots of songs with funky and cool beats. How can you not love them?

 

High School Graduation Songs

Graduating from high school is one of the first of many big changes in any teenagers life. These songs capture the classic, cheesy, and pure sentiment of a high school graduation. This is more or less a list since no explanation is really needed for each of these.

1. Time Of Your Life by Green Day

2. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

3. Time by Pink Floyd

4. Seasons of Love from Rent

5. In My Life by The Beatles

6. I’ll Be There by Jackson 5

7. Graduation Song by Vitamin C

8. My Generation by The Who

9. Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller Band

10. For Good from Wicked

11. This is Your Life by Switchfoot

12. We Are The Champions by Queen

13. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson

14. Shake It Out by Florence and The Machine

15. I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts

Band of the Month: Arctic Monkeys

From the beginning, the Arctic Monkeys make music with the roots of their hometown of Sheffield, England. Alex Turner, the lead singer has a heavy Sheffield accent along with his signature vocal tone. Nobody sounds like Alex Turner. The music is similar to many other groups but the distinct voice of Alex Turner can’t be replicated. The band started out as a small group that was simply just making some music together. After five hit albums, they have changed more and more with every release.

There’s been a lot of changes within the group since they first formed in 2003. They’ve changed both sound and lyrics with every album. For instance, the first album revolved around heavy indie rock underground vibes and the lyrics were dedicated to the London night life. The second album, “My Favourite Worst Nightmare” was a little less rock and party like, it had a few slower jams that were nostalgic. The third album was the frequently favorite among AM fans, “Humbug.” This album isn’t too different from the first two, just with some stronger lyrics and musical elements. “Suck It and See” was the bands fourth album. This album is the most upbeat and pop influenced album. The lyrics are lighthearted and fun and clearly meant for the summer.

The fifth album is a different animal entirely. “AM” is like a new side of the band entirely. This album is influenced upon mostly R&B and hip-hop but it also includes some pop side to it as well. The beats showcased throughout this album is catchier and edgier than anything else the band has released. Partly, it’s obvious this is the point in the bands career that they’ve started to make an effort to appeal to the masses. They have a large fan base now and they want to not only keep them happy, but get others on board with their music as well.

Beyond the music, the image side of the band has developed tremendously. Alex Turner started out as just an average looking guy with shaggy hair.

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Please also note the clothes that all of the guys are wearing. All of them just looks like they are wearing clothing that any guy on the street wears. For the most part, this image helped them be viewed as the common man, someone to relate to.

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Here’s the transformation that went down about the same time AM was released. Alex’s slick backed James Dean like hair is leading man material to say the least. They look like the same people except more polished and more like stars. They aren’t just four guys making music in a garage anymore, they are working in some of the biggest studios in the world and they have developed accordingly. These changes are what makes the Arctic Monkeys who they are.