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Life With Spotify


I can’t imagine a world without Spotify. In fact, I want to know why Spotify wasn’t created earlier so that I didn’t have to spend much of my adolescence with iTunes. Every time someone asks me if they should switch from regular Spotify to Spotify, I am the biggest advocate. Just to be clear here – I’m on a family plan now, I think so I don’t know how much that costs, BUT when I was paying for premium on my own at just $10/month, it was completely worth it. You may think that you can live in a world where an ad plays after every 5 songs or so, but when you’ve lived in a world without it – you’ll never go back. Secondly, it’s important to me that I can download my playlists and be able to play my music without being on Wifi – one I’m saving data (I think – I’m not sure, but probably) but two – I can listen to these playlists wherever I want including when I’m flying, which is a basic necessity.

Today we’re going to spend some time talking about two features from Spotify that I have been obsessed with lately – Release Radar and Discover Weekly. When I was in college, I definitely had a lot of time to find new music because let’s be real – it’s not like we were doin’ much else. These days, it’s harder cause I work and stuff during the day. We don’t have time to find new music on blogs like we used to, but luckily Spotify is willing to do the work for me.

Release Radar pulls me a curated list of new songs every Friday that artists that I already listen to have recently released. This is great for a number of reasons. A lot of times, I become obsessed with one or two songs from an artist, but then I sort of forget about them over time and internally make them a one-hit wonder by accident. This playlist reminds me of those that I once loved even including bands from my scene days in case I’m feeling nostalgic. Also, it’s not like I have this internal timer that lets me know every time an artist or band I listen to releases a new song and unless I’m searching for it, I wouldn’t hear about it any other way.

Every Sunday, I got Discover Weekly working for me. At the beginning, this was like a godsend, but as the weeks went by… I started to wonder if Spotify really knew me. The purpose of this playlist is that it pulls songs that are similar to what you already listen to – totally made for introducing you to new material and using machine learning and all that. Sometimes they get it right and other times, I clench up my fist like that Arthur meme. Whatever the case, I realized I need to be more appreciative because at the end of the day, this is saving me so much time. It’s not a perfect system, but what is? For the most part, this functionality has introduced me to a lot of new artists that I’m really happy I know about now because of this.

I haven’t used Apple Music or Tidal so I can’t really compare across all platforms, but I’m very happy with Spotify.

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President Obama Throws A Music Festival

We’ll never have another President as cool as Barack Obama. Earlier this summer, President Obama shared with everyone his summer playlist and not only was it impressive and overlapping with songs that we also listen to – he is now announcing that he’ll be throwing a festival on Monday, October 3rd. The music festival, which will be held at the White House will be called “South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action” – collaborating with SXSW and the American Film Institute.

The festival will feature panel discussions, live musicial performances, and a student film festival. The panels will focus on influencers and community leaders who are doing good in the world.

A lineup for the music festival hasn’t been announced yet, but we have no doubts that this festival won’t include an all-star lineup. In fact, we’re pretty sure that he can get just about anyone to play this so…

Also, if you think that you belong at this event or no someone that should be present, you can actually nominate a guest here.


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Instagram Adds Zoom

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I remember when I first used Instagram, I always used to wonder why you couldn’t zoom in on the photos. You could do it on Facebook… and Facebook owned Instagram so… what’s up with that? Over time, I sort of just forgot about it and accepted the fact that zooming in on photos was just something that I was never going to be able to do on Instagram. Luckily for us though, the developers didn’t forget that it was a pain point for some users so that when they actually created the feature, users like me, would realize once again just how much we needed/wanted it.

I’ve used it a couple of times now within the last few days and while it’s nice to know that I have the option, it hasn’t made that much of a difference for me! Readers, what do we think? Is it really that big of a deal?

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J. Crew Partners with Nordstrom

It was only a matter of time! Announced this morning, J. Crew will partner with Seattle based retailer, Nordstrom, to have their brand in select stores. J. Crew’s sister retailer, Madewell, has been selling within Nordstrom for quite some time already so this news should come as no surprise. In fact, the only surprise is that J. Crew didn’t do it before Madewell. Beginning September 12th, shoppers will be able to purchase J. Crew pieces in select stores as well as online at Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom plans to carry women’s apparel, men’s suiting and accessories with their petite line sold exclusively online.

“This was an easy decision,” said J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler in a release. “Nordstrom is the perfect partner because we both share the same high standards of customer service and store experience. Additionally, we are known for exceptional design, quality and style, which we know will appeal to the Nordstrom customer.”

Nordstrom’s J.Crew edit will be available in the following stores to start:

  • Downtown Seattle (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Washington Square (Tigard, Ore.)
  • Michigan Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Ill.)
  • Somerset Collection (Troy, Mich.)
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • NorthPark Center (Dallas, Texas)
  • Houston Galleria (Houston, Texas)
  • Barton Creek Square (Austin, Texas)
  • Domain Northside (Austin, Texas – opening September 30th)
  • Tysons Corner Center, (McLean, Va.)
  • The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, Pa.)
  • South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
  • The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville, Tenn.)


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Blog Roundup

  • Frank Ocean’s album reportedly will be within 72 hours (Frank, pls) [Independent]
  • Meet the ATM for pizzas [Inside Hook]
  • The Filipino diving team is not good. Just watch. [Digg]
  • The captions to use when you post that first photo with your significant other [List]
  • Famous first landing pages [One Month Rails]
  • How the USA women’s gymnastics team picks their music [Fader]
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Camp Flog Gnaw 2016

You guys, Outside Lands is tomorrow and I wasn’t even thinking about it. How far removed we have become in the last few years. Actually though I went to go see HONNE last weekend while I was in LA and it was like the first show that I’d been to in months since February or something. I’d forgotten how happy these used to make me, how expensive they were, and how much time I dedicated to shows every week and then every month.

This lineup looks great though! This is the first time I think I’m actually hearing about this festival, but Alina, The Internet, A$AP, Chance, Schoolboy – the gang’s all here!

It’s important to note that this music festival name was so hard for me to remember that when I searched it in Google right after to find an image of this lineup, I typed in “Camp Flag Gnog.” Nailed it.

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The Meadows

New York is getting another new music festival!

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Treasure Island Music Festival 2016

I didn’t even know the headliners on this lineup at first sight. How did that even happen?!

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What We’re Listening to This Weekend:

It feels like we’ve been waiting months for Nick Jonas’s new album to come out. If you want to see just how much of a crazed fan we are, you can just peep my twitter. I’m not sure if this is the one year where I just happen to be a bigger fan or what, but this album is much better than the last. Deemed his most “personal” album yet, (I mean there’s only been like 3) the lyrics are definitely more raw than we’ve ever seen! Seriously, I’m not just saying this because of my feels for Nick Jonas, but I catch myself blushing more often times than not.

We’re going to let you listen to the whole album here, but the songs that you should give your attention to first are:

  • Close
  • Chainsaw
  • Bacon
  • Good Girls
  • Don’t Make Me Choose
  • Under You (get a wet towel for this one)
  • Comfortable
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The Hills Celebrates 10 Years

Okay so technically it was last week, but we’ve put off writing this post and now we’re catching up! [Hi Beth!] For those of you who don’t know, we watch a lot of television – specifically a lot of REALITY TV and we aren’t ashamed of it. The Hills came onto the air 10 years ago and it was iconic. Every girl wanted to be Lauren and if you didn’t, you were probably a Heidi, Whitney or Audrina which was okay too! I think it was about a year ago that I discovered MTV had the old seasons on OnDemand and I played a serious game of catch up watching episode after episode after episode. Naturally, they flew by because they were just 20-25 minutes. We learned a lot about love [no combat boots at the beach, please] and friendship in that every time we get in a fight with our friends, we shout out, “You know what you did!”

Also who could forget that classic lonely black tear shed on Lauren’s face.

But what’s the most important lesson of all?

You NEVER chose the boy over Paris. Lauren learned a tough lesson with that and god, the world never lets her forget it! Honestly this list could go on, but we want to keep this short. :)

So it was announced last week that there will actually be Hills special airing on MTV in August and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re going to see where Lauren is at (married and being successful of course) and learn more juicy details about what it was like to film for the show.

The producers actually already shared some pretty good details that I poured over last week regarding the series and it’s something I think you’ll all find interesting as well – if you’re a fan, that is! You can check it out here!


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RIP Christina Grimmie

We were deeply saddened to learn last night that Christina Grimmie was shot and killed after her concert while signing autographs for fans at her Orlando show. She was shot several times by a deranged fan who had traveled from another city in Florida to kill her – armed with two guns and a hunting knife and with the hope that he could get away after an incident like this. During the shooting, the gunman was tackled by Christina Grimmie’s brother and in the altercation the gunman then shot and killed himself.

To hear about her death last night was not only heartbreaking, but left us feeling confused and cold. Christina was just 22 years old with a whole life ahead of her. If you’ve been following Yow Yow! for a long time, then you know that we blogged about her back in 2010 because of her YouTube covers. They were phenomenal. She had started filming her covers at just 15 years old and back then and even up until yesterday she was a positive, energetic, and spritely young woman. Christina later on went to compete on The Voice where she ended up taking 3rd place – a really big deal for her fans. I still remember being glued to my TV that season and rooting for her every step of the way.

I think another reason why I adored Christina so much was because she was also a scene kid. She reminded me of myself and my friends at that age and she had no problem admitting that she was super nerdy. Her YouTube username is, zeldaxlove64, after all.

Christina tragically died last night giving back to her fans in a setting that was supposed to be memorable, exciting, and overall a happy moment. I was attending concerts regularly by the age of 15 and back then I remember showing up early during load-in and staying a little bit later after the sets of my favorite bands so that I could talk with the band members. Never in my life did I ever think that anything dangerous or life-threatening would happen in that moment. This gunman took away the life of someone who cared so much about their fans and also ruined this experience for her fans who will always remember this moment as something that ended in tragedy. RIP Christina Grimmie.

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This Week in Breakups

It’s allllllllllllmost like Taylor Swift sent out a calling to her #squad or something and was like “I’m single so now all y’all gotta be single too!”


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And Demi and Wilmer as of last night.

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The Real World Back in Seattle

The Real World is bringing things back to Seattle for Season 32 and more specifically to my old neighborhood of Capitol Hill. They are going to be right on the street that I lived on and it’s actually the prime place to be. Capitol Hill has changed a lot since I last called it home, but it’s the perfect environment for any young 20-something that doesn’t know what they’re doing in their life and needs to be on a reality show. What exactly is the recipe for that? Hip bars within walking distance, trendy restaurants, and a bunch of bros that have invaded my favorite neighborhood. Oh sorry, does this sound negative? I’m not even going to be there, but I am very much looking forward to this season as long as it pays homage to the original Seattle season. Janet was always my spirit animal – we were so much alike except for the smoking.

The Real World used to be such an iconic show and one that I have watched through the years, but as of late – things have gotten a little weird. They bring in the exes of all of the housemates to live. with them. and they all hook up with each other and it’s crazy. Also, they don’t seem to have jobs anymore, which is something that I really appreciated because that seems pretty realistic doesn’t it? To have a job in your 20’s? Here’s hoping that Season 32 goes back to their roots! (though I’m not holding my breath)


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Instagram’s New Look

Instagram revealed their new look a couple of days ago and I wanted to give myself a some days to play around with the new app before I made up my mind about it. Instagram is probably my most favorite app that I use these days and it’s already been a year since we started changing directions in the way we took photos, but we’re loving every little bit of it.

Here’s what I love about the new changes:

  • It’s so much faster! Loading the app, scrolling through my feed, everything feels fast. Though, I did just acquire a new phone so that could be it also.
  • I think the new icon looks nice – I love the purple/orange gradient though I still feel a little bit nostalgic for the old icon and the old school camera. It was an app that really stood out among all my other apps
  • I like when you receive new notifs that the red hearts at the bottom are this pretty magenta/coral color instead of just solid red.
  • This new video that they created about how the new logo came to be!

Here’s what I miss about the old app:

  • Sometimes when I receive a notif that someone has followed me or liked a photo of mine, I get a little pop-up, but because I’m not used to the new icon, I confuse it with Pinterest.
  • Everything is so black and white! The all black text kind of throws me off a little bit.
  • I kind of miss the red hearts

We’re not one of those people that says that we hate it and want it to go back already to the old version. It’s funny to me how there are always those people that say that every time. Some people just can’t handle change…

You can read more about the change here.


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