Captain Marvel // A Gal’s Ultimate Soundtrack

Hello everyone!

I know. I’m shocked I’m here too. It may not seem like it, but I’ve been gone for a hot minute, I haven’t written anything in quite a while and I feel like I’m just a few days away from spiralling out of control with sticking to a schedule and giving you guys regular posts.

So naturally, when my 10:30am class was cancelled a mere fifteen minutes before it started, while I was a mere five minutes away from the building itself, I took the opportunity to step into my nearest Gloria Jean’s, buy myself a mocha (cos the amount of coffee I’m consuming isn’t healthy for anyone so we’re trying to ween off a bit), and write up a few posts.

A few weeks ago Kate and I went and saw Captain Marvel. We were super keen for it from the get-go, however as we realised the era and decade that the film was set in, we realised that not only was the action, the clothes and the comedy going to be spot on, but so was the music.

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There were so many times during the film where one of us whacked the other on the arm when a particular song began playing in the background, or when a particular fight scene was accompanied by a particularly nostalgic tune, that I knew straight away I’d be sharing my favourites with you all.

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So, here are a few of my favourite songs from the Captain Marvel movie soundtrack!

  • Just A Girl – No Doubt
  • Whatta Man – Salt-N-Peppa
  • Come As You Are – Nirvana
  • Man On The Moon – R.E.M
  • You Gotta Be – Des’ree
  • Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  • Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes

There are obviously plenty more great songs that feature on the soundtrack, and a bunch more amazing songs that make up the film score. I really enjoyed the music in this film, it was very reminiscent of the Thor: Ragnarok style of music and soundtrack style.

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If you haven’t already seen Captain Marvel, I’d 100% recommend you go see it. It’s a great addition to the Marvel universe, and I love the role created by Brie Larson. I always knew I was going to enjoy it, I didn’t anticipate how much I’d appreciate the comedy, and the aesthetic and obviously the music.

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Priya

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A Playlist To Thank Spontaneity

Hello hello friends!

Today’s post is one of my favourites. This whole post is created around one specific day I spent out in the city with one of my favourite people in the world, Mia.

Last week Mia and I were in the city, and on a bit of a whim, decided to do something so spontaneous, I was a bit of a nervous wreck. Want to find out what we did? Whelp, guess you got to head over to Mia’s post to find out.

All I’ll tell you was that it was, spontaneous as heck.

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So to celebrate the spontaneity that created a great little bonding moment for Mia and I, something we can look back on together in the future, I thought I’d create a playlist to thank that moment of spontaneous living.

 

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So here’s a playlist, to thank spontaneity.

Street Punks On A Freight Train – Bryce Vine
Wander – Tim Atlas
Dangerous – Kaien Cruz
Gasoline – Alpine
Bad Gyal – Mungo’s Hi Fi, Eva Lazarus
Sudden – XamVolo
Nothing’s Forever (Vacation Mix) – Paces, KUCKA
Change My Mind – IV League
Chasing Highs – ALMA
Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
Every Day’s The Weekend – Alex Lahey
Just A Girl – No Doubt
I’m So Free – Beck
She Moves In Her Own Way – The Kooks
Golden Years – M-Phazes, Ruel
Not Nineteen Forever – Courteeners

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Priya

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The Soundtrack // Rye 2019

The Soundtrack // Rye 2019

Hello, hello and welcome back to another post!

Today’s post is a short-ish one, but one I love a lot. Over the 24th to the 26th, six of my friends and I took a 50 minute drive out of Melbourne to Rye, a popular coastal town in Victoria. We packed the cars with bathers, drinks and board games and hit the road.

It was a really easy drive, considering we left early on the Sunday morning. Because our AirBnB wasn’t available until 2pm that day, we stopped at Sorrento, where one of the boys in our group had his family’s holiday house and spent a little while there. The walk over to the beach was a short and effortless trip across the road, and the few hours we spent at Sorrento beach were incredible. We played beach frisbee, lay in the sun, listened to music and laughed plenty.

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Once the AirBnB was ready, we made our first stop at the super-market to pick up food for the stay, before heading to the house, a beautiful little three bedroom, two bathroom AirBnB with the perfect kitchen and dining area for us to dump our things.

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The Monday, the one full day we had in Rye, was one of my favourite days of the year. We made the short drive to Blairgowrie, where we walked down amongst the rock pools to get to a deep, blue, beautiful rock pool sitting beneath a huge rock, perfect for jumping off, which is where we spent majority of the day. It was such a beautiful day, the weather was perfect, the water was the bluest I’ve ever seen and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The rest of the day was spent making another stop at the supermarket, an hour or so at another back beach then back to the house for games and drinks.

 

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The following day was a rush of getting the AirBnB clean and out of the house by 10am, with a pit stop for mini golf and fish and chips for lunch on the way home.

 

Music was constantly playing in Rye.

 

As soon as we were up in the morning, the UE Boom was on and it provided the perfect soundtrack for everyone to wake up one by one and come into the kitchen to the smell of bacon and eggs. While we all got ready for the day and drove to the beach, a selection of songs became very prominent for me personally, and of course our games and drinks late into the evening were partnered by the portable speaker sitting on the kitchen table behind us.

Here’s the Rye 2019 playlist:

 

Loverboy – Tash
Alright – Jordan Rakei
dear marie, i’d love to meet your mum – Cody Simpson
Killer Queen – Queen
Deep Down Low – Valentino Khan
Get To Know – Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt
My Favourite Part – Mac Miller, Ariana Grande
Beautiful Escape – Tom Misch, Zak Abel
Senorita – EDEN
How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris, Disciples
Please Me – Cardi B, Bruno Mars
Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
Feels – Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry
Be With You – RUFUS DU SOL
American Love – Smallpools
Gold Snafu – Sticky Fingers
Controlla – Drake
Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
Rehab – Amy Winehouse

 

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Priya

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Harry Styles Interviews Timothee Chalamet and I Lose My Mind

Harry Styles Interviews Timothee Chalamet and I Lose My Mind

Hello friends.

As you may be able to tell by the title, I’ve gone somewhat crazy over an interview between Harry Styles and Timothee Chalamet, and honestly, rightly so?

i-D are well known for executing some amazing interviews in their own right, but handing over the reigns to a cultured king such as Styles, could possibly be their best move yet.

I mean an Oscar nominated 22-year old and a platinum selling 24-year old chatting, philosophising and showing us all up with their casual genius, it’s what the people want.

I think what genuinely intrigued me so much about this interview was the fact that ever since Timothee started gaining more traction and popping up on everyone’s radar more and more, the comparison’s were instant. I don’t know if it was the too good to be true mop of hair, the slightly awkward yet graceful lilt they both have while speaking at interviews, the floral suits that they both seem to wear effortlessly, or the wise-beyond-years, ‘you’re definitely from another universe’ type of poise they both unconsciously hold themselves with that made it happen, but whatever it was had people begging for a union of the two. And i-D made it happen.

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As the article mentions, I think the connection between the two that draws people to them as a duo is that they represent this new version of an alternative masculine figure who isn’t so overtly masculine and is 100% okay with that. In the music industry and the film industry, with so many masculine figure heads and power players, whenever one of these type of people pop up as they tend to do every now and then (think Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Cillian Murphy) people tend to pay extra good attention.

Being as young as they are, Harry and Timothee are making waves, and for all the right reasons.

But on to the interview, which you can read HERE.

I mean, they begin their phone call by addressing each other as Mr Chalamet and Mr Styles, so if that doesn’t set the entire tone of the interview, I don’t know what does. First things first, Harry asks incredible questions, and it’s clear he’s taken some time to actually think of some genuine questions to ask. One thing that definitely struck me with the interview, was that it was less like an interview and more of a conversation between two people who’ve entered their respective industries at incredibly young ages. There’s a huge sense of maturity and understanding, way beyond their years, and one can only assume that comes with having to grow up ridiculously fast to keep up with their own lives.

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They cover topics like addiction, understandably as it’s the topic of Chalamet’s latest film Beautiful Boy, the intensity required of his character and the impact it left on him after filming was done. They speak about friends and family, the impact their professions have had on those relationships, journaling, pressure to be political, social awareness, social media, Harry’s role in Dunkirk, the concept of masculinity, (which garners one of the best responses I’ve ever read in an interview, ever) and having control over their careers more and more as they’ve developed and grown.

What I found so interesting was that while regular interviewers tend to ask questions within a similar vein of those asked by Styles and in return Chalamet in their conversation of an interview, the depth at which they both take the questions, and the directions they chose to go with it are slightly more direct and in depth than I think we would have gotten had the interview been a regular interview between a journalist and the interviewee.

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I think what I’m trying to get to in my ramblings, is that reading the interview was a much needed breath of fresh air. Somehow through the typed, paraphrased I’m sure, interview, you can get a real sense of genuine want to be having the conversation and talking to the other person which I think is rare these days. As lovely as many musicians and actors and producers etc. are, it’s hard to find interviews that don’t have some sense of obligation.

I mean sure, they spoke about Timothee’s recent films and Harry’s music and even his acting career, but it wasn’t in a way that I felt was being promoted towards the reader in an effort to get more attention on those particular topics. Of the entire interview, only maybe only two minutes worth of reading is dedicated to those particular points of interest, and the rest of it is completely in the palm of Harry as the interviewer and Timothee as the more-than-willing interviewee. It’s refreshing to read Chalamet flip the questions on Styles as well, making that sense of conversation rather than interview all the more evident.

I don’t know man, I just really enjoy reading an interview for once.

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Priya

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2018 Spotify Wrapped

2018 Spotify Wrapped

Another year in Spotify time has come to an end, and with it came the much anticipated Wrapped.

I feel like while last year it was a bit of novelty, some people got on board, others were just interested to see how their year panned out, this year, it was huge. Artists were posting their stats, listeners were sharing their minutes of listening and Top Five artists on their Instagram story, and everyone was making a lot more use out of the marketing capabilities that the 2018 Spotify Wrapped provided.

I have to say, my Spotify Wrapped was of very little surprise to me. I did expect to have more listening time considering it feels like I’m constantly listening to music, but in terms of the artists who featured on my wrap up, I was not in the least bit surprised.

There was a slight change up in the presentation of our personal Spotify Wrapped, which I really enjoyed looking through. There were some new statistics that popped up, horoscope of artists you listened to the most(???), as well as the playlists I had been waiting for, the songs I listened to the most throughout the year, and songs that were recommended for me to listen to, based on my year’s listening habits.

Rather than go into a long explanation, I thought I’d share some screenshots from my Spotify Wrapped for 2018!

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Not surprised. Ain’t Nobody, by Chaka Khan, is to date, one of my all time favourite songs, and I have incredible memories with my extended family to this song, and this release by Rufus has been on nearly all my playlists in my Spotify library, with no regrets.

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Is anyone else surprised? Because God knows I’m not.

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Not surprised at all. Considering my top artists feature in at least one post a month here on You Should Hear, I can’t say I didn’t expect them. Again this year, I probably underestimated how much I actually listen to Chris Brown and Bruno Mars, while I am well aware I listen to a lot of Jon Bellion, Amine and Kendrick.

The Heart Is A Muscle has no doubt been one of my most played songs, so again, not surprised, and same with the Finesse Remix, since it was released three days into the year. I mean I definitely dedicated an entire post to Bene, the singer of Tough Guy, and Pills and Automobiles and Nexus are two of my favourite power songs.

How did you Spotify Wrapped 2018 show up?

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Priya

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The Soundtrack To My Life

The Soundtrack To My Life

When I was younger, I used to play this game. It was a sick game, a twisted version of fun, that I used to put myself through, where I would attempt to make mix-tape after mix-tape, of soundtracks that went perfectly with my life. It was a painful process that I somehow found joy in, and today we’re gonna have another crack, just a bit more than eight years since last doing it.

Have a go yourself, join in the torturous process of trying to narrow your life down to a list of ten songs. When you think about it, it’s hard as heck. Considering I’ve been alive for 20 years now, that’s a song for less than half the years in my life, and that’s also considering who I generally am as a person. Someone who listens to music nearly every hour of the day, someone who makes copious amounts of playlists, and someone who has even more set to ‘private’ on Spotify so people don’t think I have an issue.

So naturally, the task is a difficult one for me. And I’m gonna attempt to do it regardless.

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson: I can’t count on my fingers the amount of weekends spent playing our Michael Jackson DVD full of all his most beloved music videos and interviews. It was kind of a family tradition, one that I remember vividly. One of my favourite music videos, and favourite songs to date, is The Way You Make Me Feel. I feel like quite a lot of people love the song. It’s shaped the way I listen to my favourite music and even learn music. The first drum fill I learnt was the introduction to the song, and the guitar riff is one of the most notable to exist in my mind. I’ve covered this song extensively, whether it’s in a group of girls singing in harmony, or doing a gig with my guitarist and singing it solo. It’s always a crowd pleaser.

Karma – Alicia Keys: This song shaped a huge part of my childhood. My dad was the one who introduced me to Alicia Keys, at a ridiculously young age, and by the time I was eight or nine I was singing her songs around the house, at singing concerts and in front of family. Karma was one that I sung over and over again, Dad and I both love this song so much, and Alicia Keys is constantly a go to when it comes to singing covers.

Lifestyles Of The Rich And The Famous – Good Charlotte: It’s hard for me not to listen to this song and instantly be thrown back to my childhood. For someone who was raised on RnB, soul, jazz, disco and funk, Good Charlotte played an integral role in getting me to listen to heavier kinds of music, if Good Charlotte could be considered ‘heavier’.

Bring Me Back To Life – Evanescence: Evanescence is definitely along the same lines as Good Charlotte, in that it was incredibly different to what I was listening to otherwise. My dad and I had a huge love for Evanescence, and this song was undoubtedly our favourite, purely because of how often it came on the radio, how much the music video was played on rage and how sing-able the lyrics are.

Guillotine – Jon Bellion: So there’s songs on this list that my Mum and Dad introduced to me. This is where the tables turn, and I introduce them to my favourite artists, Jon Bellion being the most prominent. I recently came across my Mum’s Spotify account, only to find an entire playing entitled ‘Pri’s Picks’, filled with songs I love, largely made up of Jon Bellion. Guillotine is up in my top five favourite songs to ever exist, and it’s played a huge role in my life since I first heard it a couple years ago.

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz: I feel like I’ve mentioned the reasoning behind this song meaning as much as it does before, but for the sake of this playlist being legit I’ll do it again. A couple of years ago I was able to go to a tiny little cluster of islands about four hours out of Fiji called Kiribati, for a school trip with nine other girls from my school. It was a beautiful place, incredibly picturesque and the people were some of the nicest I’ve ever met. We spent about a week living at a boarding school, helping out with teaching classes, hanging out with the students and helping out with projects around the community. At the start of our stay we were asked to perform a song at a welcoming ceremony, or more-so our teachers volunteered us up, and because I was the only musical one, I had to play the song on the guitar while we all sang, in front of this entire school. We thought it was absolute shambles but the school genuinely really enjoyed it, and for the first few days of our stay, I was being called into all the classrooms to write up the chords and lyrics on the chalk boards and teach the students the song. Finally on the last day we had another ceremony, a farewell ceremony, and we were all already pretty emotional, but none of us were able to contain ourselves when the entire school starting singing this Jason Mraz song back to us, after secretly practicing without us that entire week. It was insane, and this song will always remind me of it.

At Last – Etta James: I kind of just always remember this song being that song that my parents drilled into my head as a classic. I grew up watching everyone around me ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ each time it came on, and as I grew up it became second nature, and it was only a couple of years ago that I properly listened to the song and got shivers and the Etta’s vocals and her lyrics and how musically beautiful the song is.

Don’t Know Why (I Didn’t Come) – Norah Jones: While my Dad influenced my love for artists like Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys, my Mum introduced me to singers like Norah Jones, who to this day, still give me shivers. This song is so beautiful, I’ve added it to numerous playlists and I can never find it in myself to skip it. This song especially means heaps to me, just because of the memory’s it hold between my Mum and I.

King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar: I can’t not include this song. I don’t know what it is about this song but I go from 0-100 real quick when it comes on, regardless if I’m by myself or out with my friends. It’s a pretty popular song amongst all my friends, we hype the heck up whenever it comes on and my mum has learnt to accept that I’ll forever an always screech the lyrics from the top of my lungs.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I’ve had it sitting in my drafts for a while because I could never get started with listing the songs, but I’m glad I finally tackled it. That said, my heart breaks for the songs that didn’t make the cut, because if I didn’t give you the condensed version, we’d be here all day. I’d love to hear some of your life soundtrack songs! Let me know in the comments!!

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Priya

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A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born

This post is long overdue. Like, very long overdue.

But we’re here now, and that’s what counts, right?

Also – I know what you’re thinking. New look? How do we feel?? What do we think??? What are our thoughts??

Anyways, I have a decent enough excuse as to why I’ve yet to write this post. Well for one, Mia’s here. She’s finally in my city, and we’ve been hanging out, buying too many clothes, indulging in a sesh or two, and it’s be a fab time. As well as that, I’ve started working a bit more considering I also just finished my second year of university at the end of October. It’s been a hectic few weeks, but now that they’re over, I’m excited to get into Spring and Summer and do things.

Excuses aside, let’s talk about the actual topic of this post.

A Star Is Born.

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I’m definitely not the first, and I probably won’t be the last to come at you with a post about this incredible movie, so while you’re here, try and enjoy it.

It was a pretty split second decision to go and watch A Star Is Born at the cinemas with my mum, my sister and my cousin, but thank God we did.

I will admit, it was a slow to start type of film. There’s no action sequence, no wild musical numbers and no evil villain. However, what the film does have? Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

I promise, I would never have been able to pick those two together even if you spelt their names out in front of me, but somehow it worked, so well. All of their scenes together were absolute magic, whether they were singing to each other across a stage, yelling in each other’s faces in the middle of the bathroom or simply sending the other a look from across a room. It was all so magical, at times I forgot who they were outside of the movie.

The clean-cut, crisp-suit, Hollywood actor version of Bradley Cooper, and the international pop star Lady Gaga, seized to exist within the time period I was in that cinema.

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However, I’m here to talk to you about the music.

The music, got me.

I’d heard one of the main motif type of songs, Shallows, on the radio before I saw the film, (it’s currently still sitting at No. 1 here in Australia on the charts) and I was more than impressed. While I knew it was something Lady Gaga was capable of, it wasn’t necessarily something I expected, and I found myself waiting for the songs little moment within the film. Don’t worry, there are plenty.

On another note…Bradley Cooper??? Bradley Cooper’s voice??? Like their voices sound completely different when they sing together, for obvious reasons, but they complimented each other so well, especially in that smash song, Shallows.

Black Eyes, is one of the first songs you hear in the film, and it’s basically Bradley Cooper, opening the movie, guns blazing up on a stage. It took me a little while to realise that it was genuinely Cooper singing throughout the entire movie, and once you do acknowledge it, it kinda makes you wonder why he never sang before? It’s one of those ‘Emma Stone in La La Land’ type moments I guess.

Lady Gaga performs a shiver-inducing cabaret version of La Vie En Rose, a favourite, and it’s definitely one of the standout performances throughout the entire film for me, regardless of how short and minuscule that scene appears to be in comparison to the rest of the film. This film definitely shines a very deserving light on Lady Gaga and her very, very legit talent. That woman delivers some of the best vocals I’ve heard in so long, and it’s like each song is written just for her.

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Always Remember Us This Way is another huge song performed by Gaga, and it’s another standout moment for me. While she’s joined on stage by Cooper, who she’s assisting on tour, she sings the song by herself, and she follows through with this perfect knack for making any sound she touches sound powerful, compelling and ridiculously moving, regardless of the context.

If you somehow haven’t already, watch A Star Is Born. Please. If not for the ridiculously good acting from Bradley and Lady Gaga, if not for the award-worthy directing from Cooper, then at least for the music. It’s well worth the money, I promise.

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Priya

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