Listening Party: Pearl Jam

Pearl My best bud was kind enough to put together a playlist of essential Pearl Jam songs. The band has such a prolific catalogue. Seriously, they have jamz for days!¬†I know putting this list together was difficult for him. ūüôā I’m very appreciative. Enjoy!

1. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town

2. Fatal

3. Unemployable

4. Strangest Tribe

5. Animal

6. Oceans

7. Blood

8. Tremor Christ

9. Sometimes

10. Daughter

11. Habit

12. Sleight Of Hand

13. Save You

14. Unthought Known

15. Do The Evolution

16. Just Breathe

17. Hitchhiker

18. In My Tree

19. Immortality

20. Cropduster

21. Jeremy

22. Given To Fly

23. Last Exit

24. Parachutes

25. State of Love and Trust

26. Corduroy

27. In Hiding

28. Hold On

29. Black, Red, Yellow

30. Grievance

Cheers, homies!

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Finished Reads #3

stacksHere are the mini reviews for the last eight books I’ve read. My rating system goes from a 1 star (horrible), all the way to 5 stars (pure epicness). Let’s get started.

Biker’s Librarian by Shyla Colt- I was fully immersed in the M.C. world that Ms. Colt created. Biker’s Librarian was an emotionally charged, passionate story that had me wishing I were a librarian. Juliette and Shooter were two strong characters, and their romantic connection was undeniable. The story was a bit slow at times, and the ending was rushed, but other than that I dug the book. 3.5 Stars

The Wife Of A Texas Hustler by Mesha Mesh- I was completely entertained by this read. The characters were¬†beyond memorable,¬†and did things that caused a strong reaction out of me. I was so caught up in their shenanigans, and loved every second of it.¬†I thought there were too many time skips in the novel, which was a bit confusing. And there were definitely some grammatical errors that needed to be edited out. Besides that,¬†this was a really fun read. I’m definitely going to check out more of Ms. Mesh’s work.¬†3.5 Stars

Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto- Magical Realism is a genre that takes some getting used to, but, I’m glad Asleep was my gateway drug. Ms. Yoshimoto is a unique writer. This short story collection was delightful, colorful, and imaginative. One story was a bit of a let down, but otherwise this was a dope collection. 3.5 Stars

Outsiders by Tammy Ferebee- Absorbing, complex, and daring perfectly describes this YA/Sci-Fi novel. The story was a refreshing take on diversity done right in a novel. From the start of the novel, to its explosive conclusion, I was hooked. This was Ms. Ferebee’s first novel; she definitely has a promising career ahead of her. 4.5 Stars

Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz- Seriously, I LOVE Mr. Janz’s work. I’m pretty much going to buy everything he puts out. I enjoyed this novel. Witching Hour Theatre was creepy as hell, and I loved the concept of a horror story taking place during a horror movie marathon. The novella had an old-school feel to it, which I dug. 3.5 Stars

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- This controversial novel came highly recommended, and I’m glad I read it. From the synopsis we learn the fate of one of the protagonists, Hannah Baker. Even knowing that her demise was imminent, I was still affected when it happened. This novel was almost like a cautionary tale, and I loved it. 4 Stars

My Life So Far by Jane Fonda- Ms. Fonda is a straight up gangsta! Anyone who could be transparent about their flaws, and failures, well I have a ton of respect for them. I know that I’m going to go back and highlight, and make notes. Loved this autobiography. 5 Stars

One Wild Ride: Lords Of Mayhem Book 2 by Shyla Colt- This was the second book in the Lords Of Mayhem series; Biker’s Librarian was the first book. In this book we’re introduced to Joey, and Moose, best friends of the couple from Biker’s Librarian.¬†Joey and Moose were so magnetic. I totally adored their story. They dealt with their fair share of drama, but the ending was a happy- and satisfying, one.¬†3.5 Stars

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #11

It’s time for my Current Reads!

13 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher- My homie, Darla, and I are reading this together. I swear I loves me a good buddy read! In this novel a teen girl commits suicide, but records a series of tapes before she dies. On the tapes she lists the reasons for her impending demise, and sends the tapes to those who had a hand in her death. We’ve only been reading the book for two days, but I’m hyped for what’s ahead.

wildOne Wild Ride: Lords Of Mayhem Book 2 by Shyla Colt- This is the second book in Ms. Colt’s Lords Of Mayhem series. I’m really loving this MC world.¬†Joey and Moose are members of their best friends’ bridal party. Between them is an explosive attraction that I’m so ready to read about. Ooh wee!!

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #10

2017 has proven to be a great reading year so far! Here are my Current Reads!

janeMy Life So Far by Jane Fonda- I think Jane is a classy dame. I’ve been interested in reading her autobiography for awhile now.

witch Witching Hour Theatre by Jonathan Janz- This novella is set in a movie theatre during a triple horror film marathon. Mr. Janz is my go to author for horror, and he never disappoints.

Cheers, homies!

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Album Spotlight: Soundgarden-Superunknown

Super For my introductory review I’m shining a spotlight on one of the most eminent, endlessly-playable, and complex albums of our time; Soundgarden’s Superunknown. When this album was released it forever altered the musical landscape with its metallic guitar riffs, devastating percussion, and vocals that were from another freaking planet. ¬†I’ve never done a written review for an album, so please bear with your gurl. Madman Reads & Rocks is a YouTuber(also a blogger, musician, author) who puts together the dopest album reviews. You can check out his channel here. His reviews have definitely had a positive influence on what I’m trying to do.

For my review I will talk a bit about the album, rank my top five songs, and give a star rating with 5 being the highest, and 1 being the lowest.

Superunknown was released March 8, 1994, and was Soundgarden’s fourth album. Although, it was released over twenty years ago, the music still sounds modern and vibrant. The songs are just as impactful today as they were in 94, and that’s one hell of an accomplishment. There are fifteen tracks and they all kick ass! When I first purchased the album, no song was skipped during my initial listening party. I allowed each so to play in its entirety. Superunknown brought me to my knees; it was so hard hitting, and relentless. I knew after the first listen that the album was way beyond special

5. Let Me Drown- A brutal opener that sets the tone of the album.

4. Limo Wreck- Piercing. Primal. Perfection.

3. Black Hole Sun- Hard rock meets psychedelic sounds. Musically arresting. Unforgettable.

2. Fell On Black Days- Haunting. Slow tempo, but heavy.

1. Mailman- Dark, yet sublime.

I give this album 5 stars! I still listen to Superunknown faithfully.

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #9

Here’s the latest edition of my Current Reads!

outsidersOutsiders by Tammy Ferebee- In the mood for something different I stumbled upon this novel. It’s a YA, Sci-Fi story¬†about seventeen-year-old, Jaylen Hayes who discovers “who- and what, she really is”. Ooh!! I’m buddy reading this with a homie, and I’m thrilled to¬†learn the origin of Jaylen.

hustlerThe Wife Of A Texas Hustler by Mesha Mesh- This is an Urban fiction novel by an author from my city. The story centers around a couple who will have their bond tested due to some unique circumstances. Interesting…

Thanks for checking out my post! Let me know what you’re reading in the comments below.

Cheers, homies!

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Writing Playlist #14

hip Here’s my Hip-hop themed playlist.

1. A Girl- David Banner

2. It Ain’t Easy- Tupac

3. Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya, Man!- Public Enemy

4. Who We Be- DMX

5. Shimmy Shimmy Ya- Ol’ Dirty Bastard

6. Expression- Salt-N-Pepa

7. Overnight Celebrity- Twista

8. Me So Horny- 2 Live Crew

9. No Time- Lil’ Kim

10. Mama Said Knock You Out- LL Cool J

11. Passin’ Me By- The Pharcyde

12. B.O.B.- Outkast

13. No K- Tech N9ne

14. Ruffneck- MC Lyte

15. Stay Fly- Three 6 Mafia

16. Back Then- Mike Jones

17. Sittin’ Sidewayz- Paul Wall Feat. Big Pokey

18. Game Over- Lil’ Flip

19. New York- Angel Haze

20. Pumps And A Bump- MC Hammer

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Deftones

TonesWith a sound all their own, Deftones can do no wrong in my eyes. Their incredible body of work ranges from metal, to alternative, to atmospheric soundscapes, and I’m enthralled by every note. This band is so meaningful to me;there are several shoutouts to them within my yet to be finished (first) novel. Here are just a few of their musical gems.

1. Pittura Infamante

2. Lucky You

3. Geometric Headdress

4. Beware

5. Rx Queen

6. Battle-Axe

7. 7 Words

8. Entombed

9. Dai The Flu

10. Kimdracula

11. Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)

12. Digital Bath

13. Good Morning Beautiful

14. Feiticeira

15. Combat

16. Moana

17. Elite

18. 976-Evil

19. Fireal

20. Mascara

21. One Weak

22. Pink Cellphone

23. Leathers

24. Needles And Pins

25. Lotion

26. Prince

27. Around The Fur

28. Change (In The House Of Flies)

29. Hexagram

30. Doomed User

31. Lhabia

32. You’ve Seen The Butcher

33. Bored

34. Knife Party

35. Rubicon

36. Deathblow

37. No Ordinary Love (Cover)

38. Risk

39. Savory (Cover)

40. Phantom Bride

41. Teenager

42. Ghosts (Cover)

43. Sex Tape

44. Rosemary

45. To Have And To Hold (Cover)

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #8

Here are my Current Reads for the week of March 5, 2017.

bikeThe Biker’s Librarian by Shyla Colt- This is an Interracial Romance novel involving the classic “good girl”, and a biker she met during a night out. I’ve read the work of Ms. Colt before, and I enjoyed everything. I already know this novel will be loaded with insane chemistry, and hot as hell sex scenes that will melt the words right off the pages.

asleep Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto- Ms. Yoshimoto’s work was suggested by someone I watch on YouTube. She writes in the magical realism/surrealism, and contemporary genres. Asleep is a short story collection revolving around sleep. Sounds simple though I’m guessing it’s anything but.

Cheers, homies!

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Finished Reads #2

books Here are my mini reviews for the last four books that I’ve read. My rating system goes from 1 Star (the story was fucking horrible) to 5 Stars (the story was pure epicness). Let’s get started.

Ugly Love by Collen Hoover- I’m officially a fan of Ms. Hoover after reading Ugly Love. I was overcome with every emotion imaginable as I read this beautifully complex, and multilayered novel. Tate and Miles started out with just a sexual arrangement, but of course Tate (as I knew she would) developed feelings for Miles. The reasons behind Miles’ resistance to a relationship, goes beyond typical male bs excuses. I couldn’t fault his reasoning for wanting to push Tate away. Loved this book!! 5 Stars

The Rescue by Twyla Turner- Ms. Turner’s work always produces a massive swoon out of me; and this delightful novella was no exception. A woman who believed she was cursed in love, due to being named Valentine “Val” Hart, met Bo Montgomery (a bear of a man with a heart of gold)¬†in the most unlikeliest of circumstances . Passion soon ignited between the two, and it was straight fire from then on! I ate up this novel like it was a slice of double chocolate cake! 5 Stars

VisionSight by Connie Lacy- Combining contemporary fiction and magical realism, this story was about a woman named Jenna who inherited a unique gift- or curse, from her mother. The start of the story pulled me in rather quickly, and I was hooked. It was interesting to see how Jenna dealt with her recently acquired talent, and her new found interactions with loved ones. Midway through the novel seemed to lose steam, which was a disappointment. The ending was satisfactory enough though. 3.5 Stars

A Living Grave by Robert E. Dunn– This was a mystery that started out amazingly. I loved the protagonist (detective Katrina Williams), and the story flowed effortlessly. And then somewhere around the middle I lost interest. I will admit that it was a bit of a struggle to finish. 2.5 Stars

Cheers, homies!

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