Sunday, 19 May 2013

This is the Voiiiceeee *dun dun dun duuuuun*

This is pretty delayed, but a couple of weeks ago I went to a live taping of The Voice Australia, and it was cool. Apart from the fact that I was in a queue for 5 hours (we were told to arrive at 5:30, the taping was scheduled for 8:30, we only got in the studio at 10:30...go figure), and because of the wait I would probably never go to a taping of The Voice ever again; overall the talent was decent, and the judges were right in my line of view. Yes, I did manage to get a hand grab from Joel, Delta and Seal, and almost one from Ricky, but alas it was not fated to be. If anyone's wondering, Delta is just as annoying in real life as she is onscreen with all her odd hand movements (oops), surprisingly Joel isn't as chipper, and there were wayyy too many middle aged women screaming for Ricky Martin to come over and touch them.

Here are a few photos:

Thursday, 9 May 2013

5 television shows that defined my childhood (and made me into the person I am today)

Dear blog, I acknowledge that I have abandoned you terribly in the last few weeks, and I apologise for doing so. However, this week was one of great productivity for me (I didn't even realise I was capable of doing so much in one week? Who knew I could get shit done when I need to?!), so don't rain on my parade. Anyway, I thought i'd just do one of those countdown type posty things. So here goes my list of: "5 television shows that defined my childhood (and made me into the person I am today... not really)"

  1. Sailor Moon
I remember watching 'Sailor Moon' when I was a little girl, and everything about this anime was just awesome at the time. Even though Serena was pretty annoying in her human form, I always wanted to be her. The transformation scene just looked so cool (it was all multicoloured and bright and had bubbles in the background!!!), and i'm sure if a time machine was invented, a little girl with a bowlcut (mini Jess) would have been chanting the phrases 'moon, prism, power' and 'I'm Sailor Moon, and in the name of the moon, i'll punish you,' at her TV screen. Plus Tuxedo Mask was an absolute catch. 

2. Sabrina the Teenage Witch

If you didn't think that Sabrina Spellman was the coolest onscreen teenage character in the late '90s and early 2000's, I shake my head at 'ya, and not in a good way. Sabrina was a witty, sassy, teenager, and I loved the fact that she always managed to find a way to use magic to mess up (and then eventually fix) a situation. I still await the day when I am granted my magical powers on my 16th birthday, sent to live with my aunts, and have a talking cat as awesome as Salem (btw i'm joking guys...not rly.) Not gonna lie, even the animated version of this show is still awesome to watch, and I may or may not have played the Sabrina computer game when I was younger. Oops.

3. Lizzie McGuire

How do I explain the awesomeness that was Lizzie McGuire? Out of this list, this show was probably my favourite when I was just a wee lass, because:
A) Lizzie and Miranda always had the coolest clothes (and if you didn't play the Lizzie McGuire dress-up game on the Disney website, you're a liar, because everyone I have talked to did when they were kids) B) Gordo and Miranda were the best-est friends anyone could have, C) the story-lines in each episode were absolutely hilarious, and Lizzie was just the most relatable character for a young girl at the time. To this day, I still remember going to my local video store, where I would rent endless seasons of Lizzie McGuire DVDs, and I would stay up late to watch them (I was a little badass clearly.) I also loved Hilary Duff so much, that I made my dad line up outside of a music store when she came to Sydney when I was in Year Four, so she could sign my copy of her CD 'Metamorphosis.' And who could forget the brilliance that is the Lizzie McGuire Movie?!!

4. The O.C.

Last year I totally felt nostalgic and just had a massive The O.C. Season 1 and 2 binge-watching session. Everything about this show was perfect, from it's theme song 'California' by Phantom Planet, to its dramatic storylines and loveable characters (apart from Julie Cooper and that nut-case Oliver; they sucked.) To this day I still defend my OTP Summer and Seth, because nothing was more heartwarming than their blossoming relationship (especially when Seth declares his love for Summer on top of the table of the common room, the infamous Spiderman recreation, and any scene involving Captain Oats and Princess Sparkles.) I do have to admit though, that Marissa's death totally ruined the show (and Mischa Barton's acting career oops.) However, most importantly, SETH COHEN Y U NO REAL?!?!?!?!

5. That's So Raven

'That's So Raven,' never failed to make me double over in laughter, mainly because Raven had the derpiest, funniest reactions ever, and everyday I strive to derp as well as her when i'm Snapchatting. 

Also runner's up: The Amanda Show (WHUT HAPPENED 2 U AMANDA?!), All That, Drake and Josh, Recess, Pokemon.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Concert Review: The Kooks

I remember the first song I heard by The Kooks was 'Ooh La' in 2009. I'm not sure where or how I heard it, but i'm glad I did. Since that first listen, The Kooks and the infectious guitar riffs and choruses that feature in every single one of their songs, have had me bopping and singing along.

Last night, I saw The Kooks play live at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, and they were pretty darn awesome live if I do say so myself. The opening act were pretty snoozeworthy (I literally closed my eyes and had a little nap during their set). It was the first time I had seen The Kooks play live, and they are one of those bands that sound exactly the same live as they do on their CD (I guess I should be saying mp3's, since basically no one buys or listens to good ol' hard copy CD's anymore). It was pretty great to know that they aren't one of those 1000% over-autotuned bands/artists (*not naming names, but said overtuned artists like cough Selena Gomez cough!*)

Luke, the lead singer was just so energetic and reminded me of a combination of Mick Jagger and Road Runner from the Looney Tunes when he danced. He literally pranced and worked the front of the stage like a true frontman should. Let's just say that he was shakin' his (hipster) moneymaker and his mass of hair/fro? like crazy throughout the show. Hugh the guitarist was also amazing, he literally just shredded the shit out of the songs.

Basically the concert was kind of like a performance of The Kooks greatest hits album (if they had one). They played their most beloved songs like She Moves In Her Own Way, Shine On, Seaside etc. My personal favourites were Always Where I Need To Be (which had literally everyone standing up and just dancing and screaming/singing along in my case), and Naive (I legit bought tickets so I could witness this beauty performed live since it's a song that I will always love). They also played a couple of popular songs from their third album Junk of The Heart, but I was left disappointed when they didn't play some of the best tracks from that record (aka. Eskimo Kiss, Rosie, How'd You Like That). Also, I was pretty p'd off since they only ended up playing for like an hour and fifteen minutes...but it's pretty much impossible to feel sad when you're watching The Kooks because their music is so catchy that you can't help but dance and feel happy.

My photos are pretty horrific unfortunately, since I was sitting pretty far away from the stage (basically at the back) and using an iPhone (taking my DSLR along was not an option yesterday unfortunately since I went to the concert straight from uni), but nevertheless here are a couple of shots: