Yesterday my mom called me from work. She was having trouble being productive—the office was quiet, she had tons of work, it just didn’t add up! Then it struck us, put on some music. Even as background sound it can add something extra and get your creative juices flowing.
Now, some people hate distractions when they’re working. They would rather sit alone and work than ever be bothered by people, or worse music. But on the flip side, some people can’t work without it, they need music, or background movement to get anything done.
In fact, this summer at my internship, everyone had headphones in and was glued to Spotify as they completed their daily tasks. I loved it—but then again, I’m team music. It helps me focus while also letting my brain breathe. When it’s silent and I’m studying I feel like I’m boring myself to sleep!
But since the verdict is out, and there are supporters on side of the “to listen or not listen at work” debate, I was surprised to find that some companies are blocking free streaming sites.
My mom couldn’t pull up Spotify, Pandora, or even AOL music—all blocked. But why? Just because these sites exist doesn’t mean everyone at the office wants to listen to them, and just because music is involved doesn’t automatically mean it’s a distraction.
In my mind, the option to listen should be available—music isn’t like facebook, you don’t need to block it! As long as you are doing your work, or studying, or whatever your task list might be, then it doesn’t matter what else is going on around you. While I do agree with blocking shopping, and social media—music is pushing it.
But maybe I’m wrong? Where do you weigh in?
Do you listen, or shut it completely out?
For you Nikki Minaj fans, April will be a very exciting month. This April Nikki releases her new album called Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. This album is her second solo album after her original album Pink Friday.
Also in April, Ashanti’s album Braveheart will release on the 24th. Continuing with April, Rascal Flatts will also be coming out with a new album! The album is called Changed and is set to release on April 3rd. For those of you Willow Smith fans her alblum will also be released on April 3rd. Look for it in stores it’s called Willow: You think you know me. On the 17th, Train will release a new album entitled California 37.
In May, many popular artists will release new CD’s including B.O.B., Carrie Underwood, Chris Brown, and even John Mayer. B.O.B’s new album Strange Clouds has already had great success with its first single entitled “Strange Clouds.” Carrie Underwood (who is one of my personal favorites) will release her fourth album Blown Away. This release has me quite excited; I remember her winning American Idol like it was yesterday. Chris Brown’s CD is set to release on the May 4th and is titled Fortune. Fortune is a follow up to his F.A.M.E. soundtrack. Ending May strongly is John Mayer. Mayer’s album Born and Raised is his 5th studio album making him the veteran of the group.
A later summer album by 50 Cent is set to release in July rounding out your summer playlist.
Summer is not the same without new music. Having a soundtrack to your summer will make your summer more fun! Later in the year, when you hear the songs from your soundtrack, you will remember your summer and the music that went along with it. So whether you’re a country fan, an R&B fan, or anything in between there’s something new for you out there this summer. Update your iPod, make a playlist, and enjoy.
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is arguably the greatest music festival in the country. I had the pleasure of attending last year’s weekend extravaganza (you can check out my 2011 Coachella review here) and I can assure you that the Indio, California Empire Polo Club is one of the coolest venues I’ve ever been to. There are a bunch of bands that I’m really excited about seeing this year. I’ve asked around the office and got a few eCampus.com employees to voice their top picks from the 2012 Coachella lineup.
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Amon Tobin was amazing at Moogfest. His show is an experience not just a concert.
The Weekend? Yes Please! He released mixtapes with a new R&B feel online and now a second tier headliner at Coachella in just one year’s time so you know he is good.
Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover from Community he sings, acts, and raps over Yeasayer, Animal Collective, and John Legend #hipstersdream.
Arctic Monkeys are hardly ever in the states and defined my first year at college.
Beats Antique is always a festival favorite and a must see if you just want to zone out and dance with friends (and check out hot chicks belly dancing/pretend like you are one of them).
A$ap Rocky – run to this music
Real Estate – played at comics pretty chill
Bon Iver – a lot of buzz don’t know if it would be a good band to see at a festival; this one will be interesting.
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I’m really pumped that Refused and At the Drive-In are playing reunion shows. Refused put out one of the greatest punk rock albums of all time 14 years ago; they broke up shortly after their first album dropped. If you check out At The Drive-In’s Facebook page, they haven’t had a wall post since 2008. #veryexcite
I’ve been out of the indie scene since I graduated, but I’ll definitely catch the Hives, M83, the Big Pink, Beirut, Neon Indian, Kaiser Chiefs, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Shins, and Arctic Monkeys. I have no idea who a lot of these bands are…which makes me feel kinda old.
I listen to a lot more female heavy groups than I used to, so I’d like to see Feist, Lissie, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Santigold, and Cat Power. Two of my favorite shows last year were Erykah Badu and the Kills. Alison Mosshart from the Kills has more on-stage energy than Axel Rose on a case of Red Bull (Axel from 1989, not 2009).
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog are the closing act this year? Kind of makes me upset that I got stuck with Kanye West last year. Oh well. The closing act normally has the best production value, so I’m really excited to see what Dre and Snoop pull out of their hats.
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I’m so happy that great musicians are making it onto the Billboard charts. Compared to chart toppers from a decade ago (Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears), it feels like pop music is in a golden Renaissance period where the masses actually listen to good music. Take the Black Keys for example. Their new album is #3 on the Billboard Top 200; not because they sold out and made a few catchy radio friendly hits, but because they genuinely made a great record. On the other end of the spectrum you have Kings of Leon; whose last two albums are a pathetic, watered down version of their first three records. And guess what…they aren’t playing this year (they actually headlined over the Black Keys last year). #huzzah
I just love Florence and the Machine. Florence Welch is unbelievably talented; she makes VH1 divas look like a 14 year old boy who just hit puberty. Bon Iver and Andrew Bird are also great vocalists; I’m very excited to relax in the beer tent and catch their sets.
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There are tons of great House, Electro, Dubstep, and Mash-Up acts at Coachella this year. The great thing about Coachella is that there are three completely separate stages for electronic music. You can catch bigger acts like Girl Talk, Miike Snow, and DJ Shadow or you could just hang out all day at the small stages and listen to groups you never even heard of.
I’ve been a Radiohead fan for years and have never seen them play live. I know they are doing a U.S. tour this year, but most shows sold out within 24 hours. Thom Yorke is one of the sexiest men alive, so I’m going to try my best to get within the first 10-20 rows (just to bask in his aura of greatness).
This weekend marks the 20th annual Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Illinois. Although the festival is one of the largest in the country, it began with very humble beginnings. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell, lead singer of Janes Addiction, originally planned the festival to be the band’s farewell show. Farrell showcased dozens of indie bands that would have otherwise been left unnoticed by commercial radio. In an era without the internet, this was a pretty big deal. Over the years, Lollapalooza brought on bigger and bigger acts from hip hop to reggae to hard rock.
My circle of friends love going to music festivals. Besides the music and partying, one of our favorite things to do is create a bizarre scavenger hunt that could only work at a festival. We create a list of the most insane things we could possibly imagine and spend the entire weekend trying to find the most items. All you need is a camera and a sharp eye. We have an old bowling trophy that we pass around after each festival. I totally got last place at Bonnaroo this year, but my friend Nessa took home the winner’s cup. Although I’m not attending Lollapalooza this year, my buddies created a scavenger hunt that I’d like to share with my fellow counter culture enthusiasts. Enjoy!
- Someone dressed in excessive glow sticks or body paint
- A turtle and a hare racing each other
- A half naked dude playing a harmonica
- A Purple People Eater
- A Misfits t-shirt
- Someone doing the cabbage patch with a Cabbage Patch Kid
- The Ghostbusters
- A cantelope bra
- A fist fight
- More than 10 people dressed the same
- Someone drinking beer from a leather boot
- Girl with crazy long fingernails (like 4+ inches)
- Someone riding a unicycle
- Full black leather outfit
- A person wearing sock gloves
- A farmer’s tan t-shirt
- Someone with a pet lizard
- A unicorn
- Arch enemies hugging (Batman/Joker, Cowboy/Indian, Vampire/Werewolf)
- Someone dressed in full camouflage in a crowd of people
- Identical twins dressed as butterflies
- Two girls with matching tongue rings
- A mermaid
- Beer can pyramid
- Bald headed woman
- An octopus
- Someone sleeping in their own vomit
- Cleopatra costume
- Multi-colored dread locks
- A robot without monocles
- Star Wars and Star Trek nerds hanging out together
- A snake
- A kiddie pool filled with candy
- Old hairy guy wearing speedos
- An Oompa Lumpa
- Someone lighting off fireworks in a busy crowd
- A drum circle with at least a dozen different drummers
- Someone wearing an American flag jump suit
- A double rainbow
- Dora the Explorer and Diego
- A dinosaur
- A kid giving ice cream or cotton candy to a dog
- Someone skateboarding or rollerblading on the grass, not the sidewalk
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We all know about American Idol. How could you not? The show has created some major stars and some one hit wonders. Living rooms across America tuned in every Wednesday to watch their favorites battle it out for the American Idol title. This January marked the 10th season of Idol! Auditions started in New Orleans, LA and go all over the country. So far we have seen auditions from New Orleans, New Jersey and Milwaukee. Tonight the judges travel to Music City, Nashville, TN! Will you tune in tonight to watch the auditions?
Auditions are my favorite part of American Idol! We want to know who you like the most and the least. We want your predictions! Tune in!
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