Sad Bastard Music

Forgive me borrowing the term used by Jen Buxton to describe a genre of music. I have got together a collection of music that is no where near the poppy and bubbling music played on most radio stations.

1. Ice Queen – Within Temptation
2. Somebody Loved – The Weepies
3. Into Dust – Mazzy Star
4. 17 11 04 – Jen Buxton
5. You Were Meant For Me – Jewel
6. Casanova Lament – Frank Turner
7. Part Of It – Relient K
8. Samson – Regina Spektor
9. Gimme Sympathy – Metric
10. One Headlight – The Wallflowers
11. Walk You Home – Karmina
12. Your Call – Secondhand Serenade
13. All Good Things Come To An End – Nelly Furtado
14. Heartbeats – Jose Gonzales
15. Drugs Run – Like…Alaska

You will probably recognize alot of the songs. It’s nice stepping back in time. It’s crazy how music can make you feel, almost the same feeling as when you first heard it.
17 11 04 is one of those songs that I can easily end up crying from. It’s crazy that music can have that much influence on you if you let it.



Playlist Of The Week: Just Another Day At The Office

  • Are You Happy Now? – Michelle Branch


  • It Can Wait – Illy


  • Both Sides Now – Hayley Westenra


  • Why Can’t I? – Liz Phair


  • White Blank Pages – Mumford & Sons


  • Just A Dream – Nelly


  • I don’t Need A Soul – Relient K


  • La Tortura – Shakira


  •  Shine – Bond


  • Cant Get Right – Jen Buxton


  • Hold Your Tongue – Frank Turner


  • Something In the Water – Brooke Fraser


  • So Contagious – Acceptance


  •  Wont Even Start – David Choi

That is my Playlist of this week. Boring I know But these songs seem to be pretty fantastic when you are in a dull mood.

Skipping Class Playlist

Alright so we all do it, if it is skipping:

  • Work
  • School
  • University

there is always a reason

Someday are tougher than others and sometimes you just do it because you can. But on the down days when you are at home on your own with the curtains shut and the lights down low so you cant feel the warmth of the sun or the breeze on your skin, then get your walkman, ipod or diskman and get outside.


Rug Up/ Rug Down

Feel the fresh crisp air on your face.

1.  Maya by the Sugababes

2. Carnival of Rust by Poets of the Fall

3. Romance Of The Damned by Regurgitator

4. Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel

5. She’s so High by Tal Bachman

6. Sugar by Tonic

7. More Than Life by Whitely

8. Mr. Jones by Counting Crows

9. All Of The Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks

10. Winter Winds by Mumford and Sons



How To Not Look Like A Tool At A Music Festivals

Contrary to Popular belief the main purpose of going to a music festival is to listen to music and to have fun.

Although I see most people using it as a way to:

  • Hook up with strangers (pash and dash) which is cool but you know if you are there with your boyfriend and you make out with someone else don’t act surprised when a fight breaks out
  • Take pictures rather than listen to the bands (I get you may not like or know every song but seriosuly if you forked our good money to see some of the bands at least stop filming your self for five minutes )

Man! there are so many other things but I’ll leave my rant at that.

What To Avoid

Jump on Facebook and check out Embarrassing Festival Photos, there are some funny ones not going to lie.

20130314-110127.jpg 20130314-110123.jpgOh my gosh if there was a way other than missing out on the bands to avoid people dressing like this and getting their sweat on you I would do it.

To be honest I don’t care what other people do or wear… but this affects me… I don’t want to be covered in your sweat or have you stand in the way taking “selfies”  while people around you are trying to rock out to the LIVE band.

Playlist Of The Week

Alright I have had the best week ever.

  • I went to a wedding


  • I painted my house, or more accurately, my boyfriend painted my house


  • I left 20$ in the ATM and had it returned to me


  • I understood all of my science and medicine lectures


  • I have had time to blog


  • I had time to study


  • I havent been late


And The week isnt finished yet either.

But most importantly I have a mix of songs that I have been playing non stop. My Playlist of the Week is:

  1. Recovery by Frank Turner (Click here for my ramblings about it)
  2. Me and You by Cassie (Click here for the song)
  3. Black and Tans by Scythian (Click Here – to hear it)
  4. Thrift Shop by Macklemore (you already know this song i think – ps there is a Thrift Shop Themed Party on at Sydney University Tomorrow)
  5. How by Regina Spektor (Click here to listen)
  6.  A Little Piece Of Heaven by Avenged Seven Fold (Click Here to listen – it is a bit graphic and may not be suitable for everyone but the chorus is stuck in my head)
  7. Addicted To You by Shakira (Click Here)
  8. I’m Shipping Up To Boston By Dropkick Murphys (Click here)
  9. Into Dust by Mazzy Star (Click here)
  10. About You Now by the Sugarbabes (Click here )


Recovery is the newest Frank Turner song out. after listenign to it twice maybe three times in a row it is by far one of my top favorites. It is a bit like Vital Signs but kinda more amazing. His songs are somehow what I would describe as “Sad Bastard Music”. I don’t know why but nothing can take the emotion more raw from my soul than listening to this music. Is it the content or the bluntness ? God only knows but the first time I heard his music, the first song I heard was Love Ire and Song, I couldn’t listen to the full song. I had to keep stopping it, as if I was preparing myself mentally. The music isn’t sad… it just life rolled up into a songs lyrics.

My dedication to these words or the culture I am part of creates not only my identity but a way that I treat the world, with that optimistic caution which allows freedom  and safe guards. The tales wound into sad folk music brings the best out in all of us. while most of the words and themes are not exactly ideal to inducing a better attitude to life, you cant help but relate to each and every song, no matter how good and moral you are.


This song is just amazing. I love it so much. how can you get anything better than making a deal with a boy you just met to tell everyone you met in jail. (online dating participants here is your newest cover story).

Starting with a questionable lifestyle, the song quickly moves onto the digging yourself out of a hole you have become stuck in. By far the most upbeat song!


 And inspirational…. I have been listening to Frank Turner since I was 16, he was my soundtrack to life that kept going through the tough times and as I feel deeper.
I had hoped something would give me the inspiration to get better, the first time It was for my family and that didnt last, but the fourth time, this time, each step as small as it was felt like a mile to walk, but I am making it last for me, 126 days sober. I hope something gives you courage for yourself. I found it on my own and it is lasting.

three years later this song comes along as if a sign to keep me strong. I hope you find it too.

It is a long long road to recovery

and sometimes broken people can get better if they really want to

you just need something to give you the inspiration.


tough times don’t last. tough people do.