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Pop Culture Recommendations #1 (2015 Edition)

The Librarians

It’s not the most intelligent show, it’s not that well-scripted (although it has potential) and the acting is campy at best, but there’s something about a show about magic, artifacts, and adventure that just gets to me. If you’re one of twenty people who loved Warehouse 13, then you’ll love this one too. Basic premise is that Noah Wyle is “The Librarian” (it actually started as a series of made-for-tv movies) and his duty is to collect artifacts from around the world to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. Hijinks and fantasy characters and (sometimes not so) witty one-liners ensue. It stars Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane (Angel, Leverage), Lindy Booth, John Kim (I crush Ezekiel Jones!), and John Laroquette. Favorite episode so far is the Christmas one where cult hero Bruce Campbell plays Santa Claus.

Libarians

A-Babies vs X-Babies #1
This actually came out back in 2012 but I recently re-read it and I still squeed and gushed over it like crazy. All you need to know is this: baby versions of the Avengers and the X-Men go to battle over a teddy bear (Bucky bear!). It will just take you 10 minutes (or less) to read it, but it will take you longer because you’ll just “aaawww” and “wheeee” so many times. You can buy the digital comic here for just $1.99.
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Brutal Romantic by Brooke Fraser
It’s hard to define the exact genre of her latest album because her music has evolved so much from her What To Do With Daylight. Suffice to say I still enjoy her music even though I probably won’t be able to sing along to her songs in this album, since it’s more atmospheric rather than melodic. But her words still get to me, particularly these lines from Brutal Romance (not to be confused with Bad Romance okay?)
“And I want to sing
Over you and into you
What can’t be unsung

Love and death, and death and love
Brutal romance
A silver thread, a sharpened knife
A spinning slow-dance”

Louisa Wendorff’s mash-up covers
I first came across her because Taylor Swift recommended her excellent mash-up of Style and Blank Space (she didn’t sing Starbucks lovers!). I got curious about her so I explored her YouTube channel and discovered her other excellent covers. Her voice is haunting and the camera just caresses her face. Hope she uploads more videos soon!
TV Show Tracker 3
Y’all know that I watch and follow a gazillion TV shows. I’ve been looking for a simple app that can help me track all these shows and remind me when they’re already available to “acquire”. Finally found this app (iOS only, sorry) that is simple and efficient. I also love that it can adjust to our time zone so that I don’t get confused (which is fairly often) with the time difference. It also lets me check which episodes I’ve missed or haven’t watched.
Things I haven’t watched or read or listened to yet but I plan to this week
  • watch English Only Please
  • check out new show Galavant, a fairy-tale musical comedy
  • read Philip Yancey’s Vanishing Grace (shameless plugging!)
  • read My True Love Gave To Me (yes Christmas is over but I saw Mina Esguerra post about it, so voila, book envy)
  • read Naermyth by Karen Francisco, which Stef recommended and lent to me
 
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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Pop Culture Recommendations

 

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Music Monday: My Current Heart Song Playlist

When words fail me, I always turn to other people’s music to express those unsung emotions in me. And this is another phase of my life where I am at a loss for words, not because I am going through something rough and deep. Maybe it’s just a season where I have been writing too many words for other people that when it comes to telling you how I really feel, I cannot form coherent thoughts. All I can do is sing

And these are the songs that tell you where I am at now

Shifting Sands by Caedmon’s Call

Always, I am standing on His grace. Otherwise, if I relied on my always shaky faith, I would have long been gone.

 

Love Will Come to You by Indigo Girls

I am always surrounded by friends whose hearts are continually broken, and I myself will always live with a cracked heart. And this song is for all of us who still nourish that sliver of hope

 

Awake My Soul by Mumford and Sons

“You were meant to meet your Maker” – and yet I continually live my life as if I’m meant for other things. Sigh. Everyday, I need to “awake my soul”

 

C.S Lewis Song by Brooke Fraser

Again, I have to remind myself everyday that I am in this world, but I am not of this world

 

Lost by Coldplay

In keeping with my forever theme of lostness, “just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost”

 

Restless by Switchfoot

Aside from lost, restless seems to be my default mode. And when I first heard this song, I thought Jon Foreman was personally speaking to me 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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Belated Music Monday: My Pick Me Up Playlist

Since I haven’t had proper coffee in two days, I have to rely on music to pick me up. These are my go-to songs whenever I want to wake myself up (and sometimes, it even causes me to dance my heart out – in private, of course). It might just wake you up too!

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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Music Monday: My Current Playlist

One of the things I love most about being a voracious music consumer is sharing what I’m listening to, whether it be new or old songs, in the hopes that you might find their music beautiful too. And I am also very much open to knowing about your musical recommendations (except for r&b and super duper pop songs)

So here are the songs enjoying repeat performances on my ipod

Two Doves by The Dirty Projectors

It evokes Cynthia Alexander-ish feelings in me. The song is simple enough but has a sweet simplicity to it, even if it seems to be about a relationship falling apart from the inside. The guitar work is splendid too

Sort Of by Ingrid Michaelson

Even if her songs seem to be specifically tailored for Grey’s Anatomy (which I hardly watch anymore), I still love the way they speak of pain and broken hearts in an upbeat manner

Elephant by Damien Rice

Now this is a man who has mastered the fine art of poetry and emo without sounding like a douche-y and bitter artist-type. I love this song particularly because of the lines “What’s the point of this song? Or even singing?”

Lingering Still by She & Him

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it forever: I have a huge girl crush on Zooey Deschanel and everything she does is beautiful to me (yes, even Elf). And I am a huge fan of She & Him and their retro-alternative ditties. This one makes me want to dance 60s style

Howling For You by The Black Keys

I just love albums that you can listen to over and over again and Brothers by The Black Keys is one of those. This blues-rock tune has LSS-ed me for a few weeks now. And the video (NSFW though) features Tricia Helfer of BSG!

Betty by Brooke Fraser

The former Hillsong singer turned CCM artist has now crossed over to the mainstream with her 3rd album, Flags. This song has been used for some promos for US network TV shows

After Afterall by William Fitzsimmons

A song doesn’t always have to have profound lyrics to be beautiful, as with this short but haunting song

Closer by John Mark McMillan

His worship songs you probably can’t sing in church. They’re just so raw and honest and true and vertical, that I sometimes wonder what kind of a “Christian culture” we have that cannot do that

Come closer, closer to me.
Find me broken, find me on my knees,
cause I need more now than philosophy.
Some god in outer space doesn’t mean anything to me.

So would you come?
Would you come?
If I begged you, would you come closer to me now? 

Son of David, do not pass me by,
cause I am naked,
I’m poor and I’m blind. 


 

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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