Monday, March 30, 2015

Winter Reads


Guess who wins the award for being the worst blogger for the month of March? Here is a hint: Her name starts with "S" and ends with "Asshole". Life has been pretty busy lately, but, that is for another post. Tonight, I have some reads to share with you lovelies! The stack is a little short this time around, due to busyness as well as the fact that I have been reading a lot of comic books. Read ALL of the things! Anywho, here goes: Winter Reads!

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk-By David Sedaris. I don't have a favorite author by any means, but I have always been a huge fan of David Sedaris. I *may* have declared quite a few times in my life that I wanted to be David Sedaris when I grew up. This book is a collection of animal-themed short-stories that touch on a variety of topics ranging from gossip and the service industry, to love interests that could never be. 

This book is the reason why I can no longer read anything while working out. Some of the stories are gruesome, while others are hilarious. This resulted in me laughing my ass off on the treadmill and freaking the hell out of everyone surrounding me (I mean, more so than usual). I don't love this book as much as his other works, but it serves its purpose. 

A Passage to India-By E.M. Forester. Set against the backdrop of the British Raj, and the Indian Independence Movement in the 1920s. The story revolves around four main characters; Dr. Aziz, Mr. Cyril Fielding, Mrs. Moore, and Miss Adela Quested. During a trip to the Marabar Caves, Adela finds herself alone with Dr. Aziz in one of the caves, panics and flees. It is assumed that Dr. Aziz attempted to assault her, and there is a trial. The entire ordeal brings about the common racial tensions and prejudices between indigenous Indians, and the British who rule India. 

Can you tell which one of these books was on the Rory Gilmore reading list? Okay, The Hobbit totally is too, but this one is a classic. I had a hard time remembering if I had read this one in high school or not, but I did thoroughly enjoy it. It touches on a very tender subject, however, what I found the most interesting was the internal struggle of the four main characters. There is the implication of how each character should think due to society's standards for that time period vs, the individual gut instinct. It is also surprisingly a fast read. 

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Off The Beaten Path-The Nature Conservancy. A collection of short-stories of place, reflecting the variety and character of our diminishing wild land, and in the end, leading to inner places. 

I honesty don't know how I came across this book, and apparently I am not cultured enough to recognize any of those damn authors. Some of the stories weren't bad though! So, if you are a person like me who will literally read an oven manual if nothing else is around, this might be for you. 

The Hobbit-J.R.R. Tolkien. Both a fantasy novel and a children's book, set in a time "Before the dawn of the faerie and the Dominion of Men". The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins to win a share of treasure guarded by the dragaon, Smaug. By accepting the disreputable, romantic, fey and adventurous sides of nature and applying his wits and common sense, Bilbo gains maturity, and wisdom. 

This book was a Christmas gift, but I mostly needed to re-read this to remind myself of how much I truly loved this story before Peter Jackson butchered the living shit out of it. 

The Silkworm-By Robert Galbraith. The second novel in the series of private investigator Comoran Strike, following the successful resolution of the Lulu Laundry case. While handling a steady stream of divorce cases, and the occasional job on behalf of a tabloid journalist, Strike is approached by the wife of an infamous writer, with a plea to locate him, as he has gone missing. 

This series is shaping up to be pretty good, I honestly love how much the side-characters are developing, which gives me hope that "Good ol' J.K.!" will keep this series going. 

Well there you have it, the books that got me through a very, very cold winter. I know that I am super-behind on posts, but I am hoping to get another one in this week, so stay tuned!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Paint It Black

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I don't even know how I am awake enough to type this out, as I am running on about 3.5 hours of sleep. A certain little puppy *cough* Joseph *cough* awoke at around 3:30 am, and would not stop barking/go back to sleep. After letting him out for the 3rd time, I gave up and decided to just shower and get ready for work. I worked from 5:30 am until 2 pm, ran a bunch of errands, cleaned all of the garbage out of my car, and am in the middle of doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, and making soup. FUN STUFF, GUYS. 

Anyways, enough bitching. This is what I wore to see our friends Stone Clover play at the Crofoot in Pontiac on Saturday night for their CD release party. My default for going-out clothes is black, with some more black as of late. The show was soooooo much fun though! We took a party bus there and back, and it was my first time on one. It was really awesome to see that group of friends again, and I made some new ones! Awesome music, amazing people and happy Sara is happy. 

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Things are feeling pretty spring here in Michigan the past two days, and it seems that the rest of the week is supposed to be more of the same. Everyone is out walking their dogs, jogging, ridding bikes, and Louie and Joseph are currently in the backyard, barking their heads off at them all because that is what asshole dogs do. Hey, at least they are cute, right?

I wish that I had something witty and clever to say to you lovelies, but all I can think of is my bed + flannel PJ's,and sweet dreams of Idris Elba. 

Happy Monday!


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T-shirt, Purse, & Boots-Target
Jeans-Old Navy
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Hat-Forever 21
Sun Glasses-Urban Outfitters

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Zander Michigan!

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I promised the readers of Sideburns & Bangs that I would feature more local art, and I am fulfilling that promise today! I am so very excited about today's feature, as he is a very talented, and dear friend of mine. The one and only,  Zander Michigan!

Zander Michigan is a folk/blues singer/songwriter from Detroit, MI. He plays the guitar, the harmonica, and sometimes even plays the fool. His Bob Dylan style vocals, heavy strum, and cheeky lyrics make him a classic sounding musician in an age of futuristic banter. His second album has just been released. Titled Zander The Great, this album is going to have all the power of the Greek Gods behind it. Zander has gone full production with this record, using not only his harmonica and acoustic guitar, but drums, piano, and electric guitar, along with his characteristic howling vocals. With track names like “The Great” and “Bathtub Gin” the album sets the tone for an in-your-face, no cares given experience that everyone can get excited about. He decided to go full band to add some depth to his music. He felt that the stripped versions of songs didn't have the same bite that he wanted.

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From humble beginnings Zander Michigan has come quite far. In just four months of starting out, Zander had written enough songs to compile an album, so in the summer of 2013 he went to the studio. In September of 2013 he released his first 14-song album, "Never Going Back Home”. He since has been featured on Local 4 News, on Ann Delisi’s Essential Music, TV Warren, WAYN Radio, and in Metrotimes. Also upon releasing his album, Zander played shows whenever the opportunity arose. He has played at Arts, Beats, and Eats, the Detroit River Days, The Magic Stick, Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Metro Times Blowout Festival, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Birmingham Street Fair, Dino’s Lounge, Goldfish Tea, The Pike Room, The Plymouth Coffee Bean, The Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, Crazy Wisdom and many more. He hopes that by putting out his sophomore record, people will start to see the seriousness he puts into his work and the labor that goes along with it. He hopes to tour the US and get out the message of Zander Michigan with his new record Zander The Great.

He says, “I’m making my way both eastward and westward in my pursuit of becoming a household name.” The young Midwesterner sounds like Bob Dylan, but when people spout the word “Dylanesque”, he doesn't mind. He thinks it’s endearing that people would compare him to such a great. Metrotimes even said, “Bob wouldn't be too upset”. Who knew sounding dangerously like Bob Dylan could be such a perk?

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Now that you've gotten some background on this talented individual, you can hear him live at his upcoming CD release party for his new album  Zander the Great. 

Where: Corktown Tavern, Detroit (1716 Michigan Ave). 
When: Sunday, March 29th, 6-9 pm .

Tickets are $5, and you can pick up a copy of his new album for $10 at the show. 

The show is extra special, because Zander will be playing TWO sets, an acoustic, as well as an electronic, with special guest Briar Rabbit in-between. 

Want a listen before the show? Check out the MP3 here! 

In the meantime, you can find Zander Michigan on Facebook and on Instagram @ZanderMichiganOfficial on Twitter @ZanderMichigan on YouTube and of course at ZanderMichigan.com.

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See you all at Corktown Tavern on the 29th! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

February On Instragram

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February is usually one of my favorite months, as I am one for winter. However, this past one was COLD. Too many days with temps in the negative = no walks on lunch breaks, no pup-walks, wearing ALL of the layers, and ugly sobbing every time I went outside. It was (almost?) 30 degrees today, and everyone was outside. Brian came over to help me out with a much-needed dog walk, and Louie and Joesph were ecstatic aka they peed on everything.  Including a snowman.

But it wasn't all bad. There are a lot of birthdays in February, so there was a lot of celebrating. We went to Hip in Detroit's third Anniversary party at Small's to see my good friend Zander Michigan play, and we had a great time. I have been hanging out with Jen a lot this month, and it is great to have another girlfriend around. We've been having a blast getting brunch, booze, and coffee this past month, and I anticipate more shenanigans as spring and summer hit.

It has also been the month of comics! I finally caved and started a comic-pull at Comics & More. It was hard picking which shop to go with, but Kyle pushed for Comics & More because he has giant boner for one of the guys who works there, Chris, even though Kyle does not read any comics, whatsoever.

Also, also, mix-tape CDs! My friends and I have been making mixes for each other, and it has been a blast. I love listening to what my friends like, because I always end up hearing something new, or being really excited to discover they like a song that I like. My friend Anne just gave me one and the very first song was Nina Simone. Swoon!

Now I am sipping sleepy time tea (crack, basically) and in dire need of my bed because old lady. Goodnight, everyone :)

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1) Over-caffeinated females in the house!
2) I got a note from The Doctor!
3) Curlers are cool. 
4) Bitch Planet. Read it. 
5) Spider-Gwen! And Doctor Who!
6) New running shoes, Now I just need to sign up for a run. 
7) My Valentine from my parents.
8) Sunday Selfie
9) I really, really, really like Spanish coffee. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Romantic

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I feel like this sweater was created for the month of February, the fact that Valentine's Day is over already, be damned! It has been so cold (in the D!) lately that I have been living in jeans and thick sweaters. I actually just cleared out about half of my closet to donate, because I keep wearing the same things over and, over. It actually pushed me into project mode, so I am planning on redecorating the whole closet now. You know, after I get around to finishing the other 8 million projects that I've started. I am a terrible idealist. I have these perfect visions of how I want everything to pan out, but carrying these ideas out takes time. Where's the Doctor when you need him, eh?

In other news: I have been left alone at work for an entire week! It is awesome having the entire office to myself, but that also means that I have to be responsible and actually answer the phone once in awhile. Despite the fact that everyone has been pretty cranky due to the cold weather, I have actually liked work lately. I made a huge dent in my never-ending pile of paperwork, sorted out a giant billing mess, and have been prepping a few little projects for one of the interns. That was just today. Then I came home and cleaned the house for four hours straight. I have made so many lists for this week, and have everything prepped. If anyone needs me, I will be over here kicking ass, and taking names!

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Earrings, Coat & Headband-Forever 21
Jeans-American Eagle Outfitters 
Heels-Modcloth 
Purse-Target
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Reads: Comics!


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My dad used to have this giant box of old comics that my brothers and I would paw through whenever we felt inclined.I was particularly fond of Black Orchid, and soon started a small collection.  I had Wonder Woman comics, Catwoman comics, and of course, Archie comics. Later, when I started watching BTVS, I accumulated both Buffy, and Angel comics, but I never really, really collected them, as they were more of an after-thought as far as reading material went. That, and in high school I was pretty skint (even more so than I am now, shockingly), so if I couldn't pick it up at the library, there was a fat chance that I wasn't going to be able to read it. 

Fast-forward to a few months ago, and I came across Meg's post on Shutter, and I became intrigued. I value Meg's opinion on most geek things, because we have very similar taste in fandoms. I picked up the book, read it in one sitting, and went back to the comic book store to get the most current issue. Since then, I am currently reading three different comics, as well as a huge stack of borrowed ones from my friend Nicole. 

Guys, I am hooked. 

Anyway, I thought I would write a tiny blurb of why I like the ones that I am currently reading, so that's what I am going to do!

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Shutter, Image Comics- Kate Kristopher is a famous explorer and photographer on an Earth much more awesome than this one. Ten years after she quit that life, she soon discovers that she has siblings, and lots of them. One in particular is after her maybe-not-dead father, and Kate isn't overly fond about any of this. Shutter is my absolute favorite out of the comics that I am reading. I love the fantasy aspect to the story, I love how the characters are developing in each new issue, and the artwork, the artwork is just beautiful. Oh, and Alarm Clock Cat! I want an Alarm Clock Cat tattoo, add it to the never-ending list of tattoos that I want. 

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Bitch Planet, Image Comics- A futuristic world, where non-compliant females are sent to an off-world penitentiary, commonly known as Bitch Planet. I discovered this comic by way of Joe Keating writing about it in the back of one of the issues of Shutter. Since I am very OCD about reading things in order, and making sure that I have access to said things. I am not going to lie, it took a bit of effort trying to track down that first issue. The fine folks at Comics & More, and Detroit Comics were super helpful though, and even though I eventually had to get that first issue via the interwebz, I was able to pick up both the second and third issues from said locations.  Anyways, a feminist comic about strong, kick-ass women vs, the patriarchy. As I said, a necessary comic, and it is EVERYTHING.

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor, Titan Comics- New adventures with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara! Okay, you guys already know my mad, undying love for Doctor Who, so this one really should not come as a surprise. However, I did not intend on reading it, mostly because I did not know that it existed. When I was at Comics & More last month looking for Bitch Planet, I got into a conversation with one of the employees, Chris, and I admitted that I really did not know shit about comics. He was really helpful, and since I mentioned Doctor Who, he showed me the new series that just started up with the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors, and since I am now a huge fan of 12/Clara, I caved. 

Kyle also gets an honorable mention in this post. Detroit Comics is super close to my house, but Comics & More is closer to his work. Asking Kyle to stop at the comic book store to pick up my comics is the equivalent to asking most dude-bros to head to CVS to get tampons. I am actually considering doing the pull-service for Detroit Comics. There is a $20 fee, but then it is %10 off comics, so it essentially pays for itself. So far I only have these three comics down, so I think I should add a few more to make it worth my while. That being said, I will take suggestions! I am a little nervous about starting something that has been out for ages, but hell if it is really good, I will give it a go! So please, suggestions, I will take them. 

Alright, it is Friday night, and I am burning mix CDs for two of my friends, sipping a beer (or two), and cleaning out my closet. A much needed night in, and I am looking forward to the rest of it. Happy Friday!