Tuesday, 28 February 2012

I Want To Be Dead With My Friends

So Every Time I Die's new album is available to stream. I've listened to it a total of five times in the last 24 hours and I have to say I'm extremely satisfied by it.

Sorry, let me clarify. I think it could very well be their best album. It's absolutely fantastic. It starts with several tracks that all have a sharp, biting intensity that I'm honestly not sure if anything they've ever done before has conveyed. Keith Buckley's lyrics are at their best and possibly most personal here. It's surprisingly darker than the previous three albums. His singing is better than ever and their eclectic mix of rock, metal,  and a very southern vibe is present as always. The whole thing just sounds more important than previous works. It's hard to explain. There aren't really any "fun" songs this time around, at least none about party animals or the sort.

Every Time I Die is one of the few bands I think just about all of my friends in Beech Grove all agree on. My general hatred of Metalcore and the like doesn't help with that, but that's besides the point. ETID just gives me this good nostalgic feel, as if I'm chilling in high school playing some Halo or Super Smash Brothers.

The point here is the album is fantastic and worth a listen, even if you aren't usually into metal.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

But Let Me Tell You This...

So, in the last post I made I said something about trying to be a better person. I'm pretty pleased to say that so far I've been doing a decent job of that. There are still a lot of things I'd like to be doing differently, but I'm taking this thing in small steps, trying to rid myself of bad habit or make things better in a slow natural progression. So far, I've:

  1. Gotten more involved with school things. I'm a member of the Computer Science club and I've been having a lot of fun with it. I went to a workshop/conference for it today and it feels really good to be networking and around people who share similar passions.
  2. Started taking the stairs to my dorm and walking everywhere. It's a minor change but hopefully will help me get a little more fit.
  3. Quit smoking. I was never addicted so it's not like this is difficult for me but it'll still again work towards improving my health.
  4. Cleaned my room. This place got totally overhauled. It's completely clean now and I fully intend for it to stay that way for a good long time. 
  5. Started getting eight hours of sleep. I need to not fall asleep in class or be tired all day. This should help.
Again, I plan on doing more (working out, learning bass, etc...) but I'm not at all unhappy with my start.

I also still plan on blogging more. Eventually.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

I Am The Law

I'm currently sitting in my room listening to Circa Survive and studying for a law exam tomorrow. I've been in here most of the day and it's been extremely peaceful. I'm feeling alright about this semester so far. A lot of easy classes, one really hard one.

I must admit, I feel as if life is very mixed up right now. My schedule hasn't fallen into place in the slightest. It's refreshing but definitely adds to my stress. I suppose it is helping me get better about deciding when to do my homework, but still, consistency is nice.

That's a lie. Consistency is easy but boring. I should be using this and really this time of my life in general as a chance to grow, to become a stronger, better person. I've made some progress towards it.

I think it'll be easier for me when I'm out on my own next semester, as in having my own room and apartment. I've always had someone in the room with me and while it's nice to never be lonely, it's also nice to be alone, something I generally consider a luxury. (I'm also very excited to be 21, but that's not really relevant)

I've been reminiscing a bit today about the past, specifically here at IU. It's been a really great year and a half. I do feel as if lately, I've been slightly remiss in my duties to get the gang together. Shouldn't be too concerned with that though, as we're only a month into this semester and it's already been a very social one.

Anyways, I hope the rest of this semester will follow suite!

ALSO: I met Jon Hamm. It was wonderful. I also went to the Super Bowl Special Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, hung downtown during the game, and generally had a great time. BE JEALOUS.