Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Busted- A Present For Everyone

Busted, L-R: Charlie, Matt, James
Release Date: November 17, 2003
Genre: pop rock, pop punk
Track Listing
  1. Air Hostess
  2. Crashed The Wedding
  3. Who's David
  4. She Wants To Be Me
  5. 3 AM
  6. Falling For You
  7. Over Now
  8. Fake
  9. Meet You There
  10. Why
  11. Better Than This
  12. Can't Break Thru
  13. Nerdy
Busted is(was):
Charlie Simpson- vocals, guitar, keyboard, harmonica, drums
James Bourne- vocals, guitar
Matt Willis- vocals, bass guitar

About Busted: This British band was formed in 2001, and originally included Tom Fletcher, who went on to become the first founding member of McFly, which as I have mentioned in a previous post, is my absolute favorite band. Busted broke up in 2005, but in that time, they released 2 studio albums and one live album. They were the original writers and performers of the Jonas Brothers' songs "Year 3000" and "What I Go To School For," although the versions of those songs that were performed by the Jo Bros were edited to be suitable for Disney.

My Opinion about Busted: Definitely a top 10 favorite band. I love these guys so much.  I love that all 3 guys sing, and yet  aren't a boyband, because they do pop rock and all play instruments. They had to have more people play with them on stage because they couldn't play ALL the instruments at the same time (and really, I'm not sure Charlie could sing and play drums at the same time). Charlie and James are my favorites. Charlie is my favorite voice- he's the youngest but also had the deepest voice. I also enjoy the music he did after Busted as well. He's the lead singer of a post-hardcore band named Fightstar, which is currently on hiatus. Right now, he actually has released a solo album and has another in the works and is currently in America on Warped Tour (Which I really wish I could see...). Also, he's apparently at least 6 foot 6 now, and still just as attractive as ever. I love James because of his close work with McFly, especially on their first album, as well as his close friendship with McFly, AND his music after Busted. He was briefly in a band named Son of Dork, which will pop up on here at some point. They had only one CD, released in 2005, but I have it and really love it. James was the founding member, and one of two singers, but the band kinda fell apart in 2007. He's gone on to do solo stuff, and has recently been working with McFly some as well.

About the CD:  I only own this CD and *part* of their debut cd, because a bunch of the songs from their debut were repeated onto A Present For Everyone, so I bought this one and bought the six songs on the other CD that weren't repeated onto this one. So, this CD was part new stuff, part repeat from "Busted". Don't go looking for "Busted" on iTunes. I looked it up the other day, and it's not on there anymore for some reason. But, when they were both on there, they actually had almost the exact same cover art. I tried figuring out how best to describe it, but it's best to just show you a picture, which is below. The funny thing is that BOTH albums have different album art in the UK. Those pictures are below as well. I personally like both of the UK covers better than the US ones.

US cover of "Busted" which is nearly identical to US version of "A Present For Everyone"

UK cover for "Busted" L-R: Matt, Charlie, James

UK cover of "A Present For Everyone". Charlie @ top, Matt L, James R.

IMHO: I really love the CD. My only complaint is that of the 6 songs that I had to purchase from their debut CD, most of them are among my all-time favorite Busted songs. So they could've done a better job in that respect. But I really do like almost all of the songs on here. 

Favorite songs: She Wants To Be Me and Meet You There are my two favorites, but the ones under "Other gems" are also crazy amazing as well. She Wants To Be Me is just ridiculously funny, and Meet You There has great harmony.

Other gems: Air Hostess, Who's David?, That Thing You Do, Loner In Love, Nerdy. The rest are really good as well, but these are just the best.

She Wants To Be Me Live

Meet You There
Rating: 9/10. I really love this CD. The only thing that would make it better would be to have some of the songs from "Busted" on this CD. Otherwise, it's really awesome!

Hope you liked my newest "The CDs on my Shelf" post! What did you think? Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? What did you think of Busted? Let me know all of this in the comments. If you like my posts, I'd really appreciate if you'd subscribe, because it lets me know y'all are liking them! Still taking comments on the time they're posted, because if you haven't noticed, I schedule them to post at the same time, as I'm either asleep or at work at noon! Hope you enjoyed! Check back at noon tomorrow, because might possibly be a new post. Not totally sure. Probably depends on how exciting or random of a CD I get next! Comment, comment, comment! I love feedback! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Whodunnit? Killer update!

I have a little update that I found from the killer on twitter. Apparently, there was a clue as to the killer's identity during the champagne meeting at the beginning of the episode.

I watched that part over and over, and I'm almost convinced that this clue occurred immediately after Sheri dropped her champagne glass. Unless, of course, it's an extremely subtle clue that no one will understand until the killer is revealed. Here are my theories:

#1: After Sheri drops her glass, everyone is chattering loudly and laughing and joking about her dropping it. I feel like something might have been said that was a subtle hint. And I really couldn't make out much except for Don kinda heckling her about dropping it. This, of course, may be it. What if Don is the killer and him jokingly heckling her is the clue? An interesting idea...

#2: It's something much more subtle that something someone said or did, that really won't become clear until we actually know who the killer is. I'm not going to try to analyze this, because I clearly won't figure it out until much later.

#3: Possibly some visual in the background? I heard some people say that there was some Greek reference, which would point to Ulysses, but I really just don't know. Again, this wouldn't become clear until long after the fact.

So, those are my brief little theories. What do you think? Let me know in the comments what you think of my theories, as well as WHO you think the killer is! Hope you enjoyed this!

Green Day- Nimrod

Well, I'm giving you a brief little behind the scenes snippet right now. When I started writing this blog, I gave myself a rule that if an album came up that I didn't want to talk about so much, I wouldn't skip it, because I'm going to have to write about it at some point. So, even though I wasn't sure about this one, I'm writing it anyway! So here we go!!!

Release Date: October 14, 1997
Genre: punk rock, alternative rock, pop punk
Track Listing
  1. Nice Guys Finish Last
  2. Hitchin' A Ride
  3. The Grouch
  4. Redundant
  5. Scattered
  6. All The Time
  7. Worry Rock
  8. Platypus (I Hate You)
  9. Uptight
  10. Last Ride In
  11. Jinx
  12. Haushinka
  13. Walking Alone
  14. Reject
  15. Take Back
  16. King For A Day
  17. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
  18. Prosthetic Head
Green Day is:
Billie Joe Armstrong- lead vocals, guitars, piano, harmonica
Mike Dirnt- bass guitar, backing vocals
Tre Cool- drums, percussion, backing vocals
(Jason White, touring guitarist, was added to the official lineup in 2012, but this has been the only lineup change since Tre Cool joined in 1990. John Kiffmeyer did percussion until 1990)

Green Day, L-R: Mike, Billie Joe, Tre. But you already knew that, right?

About Green Day: I'm sure I don't have to tell you too much about Green Day, since they're pretty famous. They have released 11 studio albums to date. And that's not even including compilations and live CDs. They've sold millions and millions of CDs. Fun fact that you may not know: Dookie, their first big success, has actually sold 10 million copies in the US, while American Idiot, which is often considered to be their most well known and successful album, has only sold 6 million in the US!

My Opinion about Green Day: Although I do really like Green Day, they definitely don't fall among my top 10 bands. I've found that of all the bands I like, the ones that are super commercially successful (like Green Day, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and Panic! At The Disco), while I do really like those bands, they're almost never the ones that end up as my absolute favorites. IDK if I subconsciously like really popular bands less, or if the ones that are popular only among alternative fans just make better music. 

About the CD:  It's gone double platinum in the US, which is more than most of the CDs On My Shelf can say... with the exception of other Green Day albums, and a couple other scattered ones.

IMHO: It's definitely not my favorite Green Day CD. I don't listen to it a lot, and am not familiar with a lot of the songs on it, hence why I was a bit hesitant to talk about it. I don't want to come off as a fake Green Day fan, because I'm not. I just haven't listened to EVERYTHING. I'm a big fan of American Idiot. I love Dookie, the singles off of Insomniac & Nimrod, Warning, and most of 21st Century Breakdown. I own almost all of their CDs, but I'm just not a superfan. And this CD just wasn't as good, IMHO.

Favorite songs: Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) is definitely my favorite. I tried to convince my mom to allow me to use it for my graduation slideshow at church last year, but that got vetoed (I ended up using Time Of My Life by David Cook). I like the acoustic, chill side of Green Day. And I'm a sucker for strings, cause I play in an orchestra.

Other gems: Nice Guys Finish Last and Hitchin' A Ride. And I didn't even know that they were singles until recently. Honestly, I know all of the songs on the album are good, because I've listened to all of them, I just haven't gotten to the stage where I can distinguish them.


Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) music video
Nice Guys Finish Last music video 
Rating: 5/10. Definitely not my favorite Green Day CD. But it's Green Day, so it's at least good enough to get 5/10 just by being by Green Day.

Hope you liked my newest "The CDs on my Shelf" post! What did you think? Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? You were just waiting for Green Day to pop up, weren't you? I'm sure my previous posts made me seem like I would listen to GD. Let me know all of this in the comments. If you like my posts, I'd really appreciate if you'd subscribe, because it lets me know y'all are liking them! Still taking comments on the time they're posted, because if you haven't noticed, I schedule them to post at the same time, as I'm either asleep or at work at noon! Hope you enjoyed! Check back at noon tomorrow, because might possibly be a new post. Not totally sure. Probably depends on how exciting or random of a CD I get next! Comment, comment, comment! I love feedback! Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Whodunnit? PREMIERE!

So, my plan was to not post on this blog anymore... but I don't think that's going to happen, at least not right now. I think that this blog is going to end up just being me kinda just reviewing things, and not JUST Project Runway. I'm also gonna take a second to promo my blog, The CD's On My Shelf, where each post is about a random CD on my shelf. Click HERE to check it out!

OK, on to the main event. I was really excited to see this show, because it seemed like Clue meets And Then There Were None. And that's exactly what the show gave me! I expected it to be really cheesy, but they really kept the cheese to a minimum, although it wasn't entirely left out. I'll talk about my suspicions later, but for now, I'll just walk you through the show a bit. I will caution you with a *SPOILER ALERT* because I'm about to talk about the first death.

The contestants all meet each other and mingle a bit. They all know that they are going to compete in some sort of mystery competition, but have no details. Giles, the butler, introduces himself, and tells them that when the bell rings at half past the hour, they will all re-convene and the contestants will learn what the game is. For now, they are shown to their rooms and are allowed to explore a bit. Suddenly, they all hear a crash, and run into the living room to find the large fish tank broken, and Sheri lying beside it in a pool of water, being electrocuted from frayed lamp cords. (Quick note, in case you're unaware, this is NOT real. The people do not actually die, and the crimes are just staged to appear that they have). Giles runs in and shuffles them into another room and explains that a killer is among the contestants, pretending to be one of them, and that one by one they will die, and the remaining contestants will have to solve the mystery. The contestants will then get the opportunity to investigate either the scene of the crime, the morgue, or the person's last known whereabouts.

They break up into fairly even groups for each place. The 3 who go to the morgue discover an old-fashioned bullet in the back of Sheri's neck. The 5 at the scene of the crime discover that the fish tank's front side was the one that shattered first, and see a large round bloodstain on the rug. The 4 at the last known whereabouts, Sheri's bedroom and bathroom, discover a message written on the mirror in the bathroom (written so that it can be seen with steam, but disappears when the mirror clears). The message tells Sheri to go to the fish tank because the person had vital information for her. This is the part I found the cheesiest, since it's an old trick and no one would ever really fall for it.

The contestants all regroup to share information, and tensions begin to surface. After their lunch, they have another challenge to discover more information. They're each given a key. They notice the 13:17 on it, and start looking at clocks. Lindsey goes for the bible. They think they find the correct verse, and go searching, but Ronnie then notices the 2 crowns on the other side of the key, and looks for 2nd Kings 13:17, which gives them a clue about the east window. Ronnie looks out the window and sees that a panel is missing and that there's a plastic chest outside. When they run and unlock it, they find a crowbar and a slingshot inside. However, not everyone is there to see this, and the contestants who see it keep it to themselves.

It's now time for the contestants to go and make their predictions as to what happened, and who the killer is. They go into a room by themselves and talk to a camera, explaining how they think the murder happened, and who did it. Afterward, they all sit down to dinner, and Jiles comes in to deliver their fate. Sasha is told that she came closest to discovering the correct answer, which is this: The murderer snuck into Sheri's room while she was showering and wrote the message on the mirror. Upon getting out of the shower, Sheri saw the message, put on a robe, and ran downstairs. The murderer was outside, having taken out the window panel already. The murderer shoots the bullet into Sheri's neck with the slingshot, and it hits her spinal cord, killing her instantly. As she falls, her head hits the fish tank, cracking it. As the pressure builds up, the murderer stashes the slingshot and the crow bar used to break into her room, and then returns to his or her room, or whatever location they were "exploring". The pressure inside the fish tank finally causes the glass to shatter, making everyone run to see what has happened.

Many contestants are now worried that they will be the next to be killed, because being the most incorrect and being eliminated from the competition means being the next person to "die". The contestants are now all told their fate by opening envelopes. The card inside says either spared or scared. Only Don and Dontae receive scared cards, meaning that they are the bottom two and did the worst at solving the mystery. The guests all go to bed. They are awakened at around 4:30 AM to the sound of the mansion's alarms blaring. They all run outside and Jiles does a head count. *SPOILER ALERT* They discover that Dontae is the one who is missing. Suddenly, Dontae runs out of the house, his pajamas on fire! He jumps into the pool, but it is too late, as his body is seen floating 'lifeless' in the pool, and the promo for next week confirms that he is, in fact, 'dead'.

Okay, time for me to get into the contestants and what I think about them!

First off, a general note about the contestants in general: I'm definitely more suspicious of the ones whose jobs are not related at all to crime/ police/ investigating/etc. It makes sense to me that Adrianna, Don, Dana, Dontae, Kam, Ronnie, Sasha, and Ulysses are there. The others, I'm not so sure about. I feel like since some contestants are telling us that they're hiding the fact that they work in crime (like Don, Dontae, and Ronnie), that those who DON'T claim to work in that field may be hiding something too.

Adrianna: Like many of the contestants, I don't like her. And I want her to be the killer. But my gut tells me she's not. I think that if she was the killer, she wouldn't have tried running things from the get-go, or shoved herself into conversations. The killer would be more subtle. Unless she knew someone would think that. However, the fact that she was convinced that the corner of that chest was involved, and convinced that Dontae was the killer, and that both were wrong... that's kinda suspicious.

Cris: I'm not sure what to think of her. I'm automatically more suspicious of her because her because she's an ex-beauty queen. Ex? What does she do now? I guess she gains a bit more credibility since her dad was a cop.

Dana: The fact that she's a cardiac nurse gives her a bit more credibility for me, but I'm just not sure yet whether I trust her.

Don: For me, the fact that he's hiding that he's an ex-cop makes him seem more credible and causes me to trust him more. I think he's definitely not the killer, but who knows, I may be totally wrong!

Geno: I don't know why, but I just don't trust him. It seems a bit suspicious to me that he would push away the alliance that Kam and Ulysses offer. It seems like he's trying to do it all on his own, and so far, that seems like a stupid thing to do... unless you're the killer.

Kam: I really like Kam! But he's also one of the ones I'm most suspicious of. The fact that he immediately jumps to ally with someone suggests that maybe he knows that everyone else is trustworthy. Or, that he just thinks quickly, which seems more likely. But it may be part of the act for the killer to come off really likable!

Lindsey: I'm actually pretty suspicious of Lindsey! My main suspicion is because of the key challenge. She didn't think of the bible until after everyone had thoroughly investigated the clocks, and other things. I know a lot of preachers' kids, and whether they believe the same as their parents or not, that bible is going to be their first thought, WAY before checking a clock.
Melina: She seems like a really genuine and trustworthy person. Her reactions to things seemed really legit, but it could just be really good acting. My only suspicions come from how entirely convinced she was that Don was a cop, even before he used a lot of cop lingo. Most people would just drop it after a while, but she's convinced even though he failed epicly!

Ronnie: IMO, one of the most trustworthy in the competition. I'm almost 100% sure he's not the killer. But he has good analytical skills and I definitely think he's going to go far.

Sasha: I'm not sure what to think of Sasha. At first, she didn't believe Dana about the bullet, but then later, she includes it and gets closest to what actually happened? I'm not so sure about that. But if she's not the killer, she's definitely a good ally to have.

Ulysses: I'm not sure what to think of him. I think I trust him, but is there really any way of being sure? As of right now, he's high on the list of people I like, and low on suspicion. But I really don't know. And seriously, who names their child Ulysses?

The other suspicions: I've seen Clue way too many times and read And Then There Were None way too many times to just believe that everything is as it seems. I still think that it's very possible that we have an And Then There Were None situation, where a death is a red herring, and someone who dies is actually the murderer, and the last two alive each think the other is the murderer. I also think it's very possible that we have a Clue/ every other mystery ending, where the butler did it. I'm not sure how much I trust Giles!
That's it for this episode! Hope you enjoyed my review. Let me know what you thought of the show, the people, and my suspicions. See you next week, mortals!

Pierce The Veil- Collide With The Sky

Release Date: July 17, 2012
Genre: post-hardcore
Track Listing
  1. May These Noises Startle You In Your Sleep Tonight
  2. Hell Above
  3. A Match Into Water
  4. King For A Day (Ft. Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens)
  5. Bulls In The Bronx
  6. Props & Mayhem
  7. Tangled In The Great Escape (Ft. Jason Butler
  8. I'm Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket
  9. The First Punch
  10. One Hundred Sleepless Nights
  11. Staind Class And Colorful Tears
  12. Hold On Till May (Ft. Lindsay Stamey)
  13. I'm Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket (alt. version)
  14. Hold On 'Till May (acoustic)
Pierce The Veil is:
Vic Fuentes- lead vocals, guitar, keyboard
Tony Perry- lead guitar
Jaime Preciado- bass, backup vocals
Mike Fuentes- drums, percussion

PTV, L-R: Jaime, Tony, Vic, Mike

About Pierce The Veil: The band was formed in 2006 by brothers Vic and Mike. Jaime and Tony joined the band in 2007. Collide With The Sky is the band's 3rd CD, after A Flair For The Dramatic in 2007 and Selfish Machines in 2010. A Flair For The Dramatic was actually released before Jaime and Tony joined, so the first PTV album is all the Fuentes brothers! PTV fans (especially those on Tumblr) often think of the bands Sleeping With Sirens and All Time Low when thinking of PTV. The 3 bands are all close friends and have done tours together. Sleeping With Sirens is especially compared to PTV because, like Kellin Quinn from SWS, Vic has a very unique voice that is especially high pitched for a guy. And, of course, on "King For A Day" on this album, the two collab!

My Opinion about Pierce The Veil: I really like them! I've only been listening to them since January, but I've definitely fallen in love with their music. I really like the unique tone to Vic's voice. There's seriously NO mistaking him with anyone else- not even Kellin. PTV is definitely in my top 20 bands, but that's about as far as they go... right now, at least. The more I listen to their music, especially Collide With The Sky, the more I want to move them up on the totem pole.

About the CD:  Since its release last year, it's been a real success for the band. Many consider it to be their best album to date. One key to that success is "King For A Day" because of Kellin Quinn, making the song essentially a PTV/SWS collab, and those are pretty much the two biggest bands in post-hardcore. King For A Day was voted as the best collab of 2012 by Alternative Press readers.

IMHO: It's definitely my favorite Pierce The Veil album. The other two were good, but I just REALLY like Collide With The Sky.

Favorite songs: King For A Day, for sure. I love the combination of Kellin and Vic and their screaming and singing. I also really love Hell Above as well.

Other gems: Bulls In The Bronx, Props & Mayhem, I'm Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket (the first version, One Hundred Sleepless Nights, Staind Glass And Colorful Tears


 Music Video for King For A Day ft. Kellin Quinn

Music Video for Hell Above
Rating: 8/10. I really like several songs, but don't listen to many of the songs past those.

Hope you liked my newest "The CDs on my Shelf" post! What did you think? Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? What do you think of Pierce The Veil? Let me know all of this in the comments. If you like my posts, I'd really appreciate if you'd subscribe, because it lets me know y'all are liking them! Still taking comments on the time they're posted, because if you haven't noticed, I schedule them to post at the same time, as I'm either asleep or at work at noon! Hope you enjoyed! Check back at noon tomorrow, because there will definitely be a new post. Comment, comment, comment! I love feedback! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

McFly- Memory Lane (The Best of McFly) [Deluxe Edition]

Finally, a CD I love... My favorite band's newest Greatest Hits CD!!!
Release Date: November 26, 2012
Genre: pop rock, pop punk
Track Listing
Disc 1:  
  1. Love Is Easy 
  2. Shine A Light 
  3. Party Girl 
  4. Falling In Love
  5. Do Ya 
  6. Lies                                                               
  7. One For The Radio                                        
  8. The Heart Never Lies                                    
  9. Transylvania                                                  
  10. Friday Night                                                 
  11. Star Girl
  12. Don't Stop Me Now
  13. I'll Be OK
  14. All About You
  15. Room On The 3rd Floor
  16. Obviously
  17. Five Colours In Her Hair
  18. Do Watcha
  19. Cherry Cola
  20. That Girl (Original 2003 Demo)
  21. Obviously (Original 2003 Demo)
  22. Memory Lane
Disc 2:
  1. Umbrella (Studio Version)
  2. Lola
  3. The Guy Who Turned Her Down
  4. Get Over You
  5. You've Got A Friend
  6. No Worries
  7. Silence Is A Scary Sound
  8. Sunny Side of the Street (Home Demo)
  9. Memory Lane (Original 2003 Demo)
  10. Surfer Babe (Original 2003 Demo)
  11. Ignorance
  12. Down Down
  13. Mess Around You (Unreleased Demo)
  14. Rockin' Robin
  15. POV
  16. She Loves You
  17. Mr. Brightside
  18. Little Joanna
  19. Bubble Wrap
  20. Five Colours In Her Hair (US Version)
McFly is:
Tom Fletcher- lead vocals, guitar, piano, ukulele, songwriter
Danny Jones- lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, producer, songwriter
Dougie Poynter- bass guitar, backup vocals, occasional lead vocals, songwriter
Harry Judd- drums, percussion

McFly, L-R in both pictures: Dougie, Tom, Harry, Danny

About McFly: I could say way too much about these guys, but I'll try not to. They were formed in 2003, and have had the same lineup for a decade. They've released a lot of CDs, but generally I just say 5 because those 5 are the regular studio albums. The others are soundtracks, live, and compilations. Each of their CDs has a distinct sound. Room On The 3rd Floor, their debut album, actually broke a Beatles record in 2004. McFly became the youngest band whose debut CD debuted at #1 on the UK charts. A little obscure and seemingly unimportant, but it's a small victory for Galaxy Defenders (I'll explain this term in a bit). This album definitely has a Beach Boys vibe. 2005's Wonderland is definitely a lot more orchestral, and actually includes an orchestral piece composed by Tom. 2006's Motion In The Ocean & 2008's Radio:ACTIVE are the most similar of their albums, and are my personal favorites (Radio:ACTIVE is my personal favorite album ever). These two definitely showcase the band's rock side. Above The Noise, their 2010 release, is more of an electropop album, and the weakest, in my opinion.

My Opinion about McFly: They're my absolute favorite band. Not many Americans know about them, but I love them. I actually first saw them when they were in Just My Luck. Yeah, that Lindsay Lohan movie from back in 2005. My boys were the band in that. And Harry almost hooked up with Lindsay in real life. And their song Please, Please is about her. But that's a whole different story... moving right along! I forgot about them and then in 2007 (my Jo Bro obsession time) I was watching an interview with the JoBros where Nick said his favorite song was Transylvania by McFly. I watched the video and thought it was weird, and again, I forgot about them. (Transylvania is now among my all-time favorite McFly songs!). It wasn't until I discovered that the Jonas Brothers got their song, Year 3000, from the band Busted that I actually started listening to McFly. The Busted guys are close friends with McFly, which is how I really discovered McFly. And when I realized that they were the band in Just My Luck, everything really clicked. Anyway, long story long, it was a weird winding road to discovering them, but I really love them, and I love all of the members. Tom is my favorite, though. Yes, Tom of the wedding speech fame. I've told everyone for years that Tom is perfect, and now people understand. McFly is also the exception to the dumb blonde rule. Tom, the only natural blonde, is the brain, and Danny, the only one who's been brunette for 99% of the time he's been in the band, is the lovably dim-witted front-man. (OK, he's not really dumb, but it IS a running joke that he's the slow one... Because he thought an egg was a vegetable. Poor boy)

About the CD:  Memory Lane is the 2nd Greatest Hits album they've released, and includes a lot of demos/ unreleased songs, along with a few new ones. The opening track, Love Is Easy, is their most recent single. I believe it's also their only single that was not from a studio album.

IMHO: I love the nostalgia of some of my favorite tracks, but some of the best were left off. And I'm not so sure about some of the new ones. My favorite new one that they've been performing, Red, isn't on here. So it had better be on their next studio album or I will have a heart attack.

Favorite songs: Lies is my all-time favorite McFly song. Transylvania is in the top 5, as is Five Colours In Her Hair (NOT the US version).  

Other gems: Love Is Easy, Falling In Love, Star Girl, Obviously... OK, just 1-17 on the first disc... minus 2&3. All 17 are from studio albums... 2&3 are Above The Noise tracks that I'm not as fond of. Sunny Side of the Street. I'm not sure why POV, Little Joanna, and Bubble Wrap are randomly near the end of this CD, but those are also from McFly studio albums and those are really good as well.


 Music video for Love Is Easy
Acoustic Love Is Easy, Dougie version!
Red live. Sorry, not the best quality. There's a much better one on youtube, but I couldn't get it to link on here.
About the Galaxy Defender thing I mentioned earlier: it comes from a line in Star Girl. "Galaxy Defenders stay forever". It has basically become the saying of the fans of McFly. McFly's fans are Galaxy Defenders, and we stay forever!

Rating: 9/10. I love all of McFly's songs. The only reason it's only 9 is because I'm frustrated that they released another greatest hits when all their fans really want is a new CD. And because the 2nd disc is a bit of a repeat of their earlier Greatest Hits.

Hope you liked my newest "The CDs on my Shelf" post! Sorry if I said a bit too much, but I just really love McFly!!! What did you think? Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? What do you think of McFly? Let me know all of this in the comments. Also, any opinion on the time? I have them automatically set to post at 12. Unless I get any other preferences or info, they'll be posted at 12- maybe not every day, but many days. Hope you enjoyed! Check back at noon tomorrow to see if there's a new post! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Jonas Brothers- Jonas Brothers

Release Date: August 7, 2007
Genre: pop, pop rock
Track Listing
  1. S.O.S.
  2. Hold On
  3. Goodnight and Goodbye
  4. That's Just The Way We Roll
  5. Hello Beautiful
  6. Still In Love With You
  7. Australia
  8. Games
  9. When You Look Me In The Eyes
  10. Inseparable
  11. Just Friends
  12. Hollywood
  13. Year 3000
  14. Kids of The Future
The Jonas Brothers are:
Nick Jonas
Joe Jonas
Kevin Jonas

About The Jonas Brothers: Ok, you all already know about the Jonas Brothers. I'm pretty sure I don't need to tell you much about them.

My Opinion about The Jonas Brothers: They first became popular when I was like 12/13, and they were my favorite musicians. I was really in love with Nick more than anything else, but I really did like their music. This was, of course, before my taste in music changed to be more slanted towards alternative music rather than pop music.

About the CD: It's the Jonas Brothers' 2nd CD. I would definitely say that their CDs diminished in quality as they went along, so this one is one of their better ones. I actually woke up early the day that this CD came out, and I bought it as soon as the music store in town opened in the morning.  

IMHO: I actually still like a lot of the music on this, even though it's not the genre I would really seek out now. I guess it's a nostalgia thing. 

Favorite songs: My favorite son on the CD is probably Just Friends. 

Other gems: SOS, Goodnight And Goodbye, That's Just The Way We Roll, Hello Beautiful, When You Look Me In The Eyes, and Hollywood. Fun fact, Year 3000 is NOT originally by the Jonas Brothers! It was written and performed by a British band named Busted. They released it circa 2002. The lyrics are a bit different as well. The Jonas Brothers had to make the lyrics more tame for Disney. Either way, I love Busted too much to actually enjoy the Jonas Brothers' one!

Just Friends by the Jonas Brothers

Rating: 7/10. I still like this CD and enjoy the music for some reason, even though it's definitely not what I would seek out at this point in my life, or even think that it's very good quality. Heavy dose of childhood.

Hope you liked my newest "The CDs on my Shelf" post! I'm hoping that soon, I'll get one of my favorite CDs or something I listen to a lot, so I can have more to say about it! What did you think? Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? Did you expect me to have music by the JoBros? Let me know all of this in the comments. Also, any opinion on the time? I have them automatically set to post at 12. Unless I get any other preferences or info, they'll be posted at 12- maybe not every day, but many days. Hope you enjoyed! Check back at noon tomorrow to see if there's a new post! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Cab- Whisper War

Release Date: April 29, 2008
Genre: pop rock, pop punk, power pop 
Track Listing
  1. One Of Those Nights
  2. Bounce
  3. I'll Run
  4. High Hopes in Velvet Ropes
  5. That 70's Song
  6. Take My Hand
  7. Risky Business
  8. I'm A Wonder
  9. Zzzzz
  10. Vegas Skies
  11. Can You Keep A Secret?
  12. This City is Contagious
The Cab lineup on this CD:
Alex DeLeon- lead vocals
Alex Marshall- piano, guitar, backup vocals
Ian Crawford- guitar, backup vocals
Cash Colligan- bass, backup vocals
Alex Johnson- drums

About The Cab: To date, they have released 2 CDs and 3 EPs. They've also had a number of lineup changes. Out of the lineup on this CD, only Alex DeLeon and Alex Marshall are still in the band. Currently, the other members are: Joey Thunder- bass, Dave Briggs- drums, and Chance Johnson- guitar, backup vocals, and cello. They were previously signed to Fueled By Ramen/ Decaydance, but left just before releasing their sophomore CD, Symphony Soldier, in 2011. They've toured with bands such as Maroon 5 and Simple Plan, and are currently working on a new album that's supposed to be released later this year

About the CD: Whisper War is the band's debut CD, following the release of 2 EPs. It was produced by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, and he guest features on "One of Those Nights", "Bounce", and "I'm A Wonder". Fun fact, the girl on the cover is actually Alex DeLeon's sister!

IMHO: I've had this CD for quite a while, but it's not one that I listen to a lot. Some of the songs are good, and I listen to them some, but it's not enough of a standout for me to listen to it a lot. 

Favorite songs: My favorite song on the CD is Bounce. It was the first song by the band that I heard, and it's what caused me to actually buy the CD. 

Other gems: High Hopes in Velvet Ropes, That 70's Song, and Vegas Skies. I haven't listened to the others enough to figure out if they're good or not, but these were good enough to get multiple plays.

The music video for Bounce

Rating: 5/10. I like the songs I've listened to, but not enough to delve further into the CD which, for me, means that it's only mediocre. 

Hope you liked my newest "The CDs on my Shelf" post! I'm hoping that soon, I'll get one of my favorite CDs or something I listen to a lot, so I can have more to say about it! What did you think? Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? What did you think of The Cab? Let me know all of this in the comments. Also, any opinion on the time? I have them automatically set to post at 12. Unless I get any other preferences or info, they'll be posted at 12- maybe not every day, but many days. Hope you enjoyed! Check back at noon tomorrow to see if there's a new post! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sleeping With Sirens- Feel

Out of some weird coincidence, this next post is actually about the most recent CD I bought.
Let's start this out with some basic info about the CD:
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Genre: Post-hardcore, pop punk 
Track Listing
  1. Feel
  2. Here We Go
  3. Free Now
  4. Alone
  5. I'll Take You There
  6. The Best There Ever Was
  7. Low
  8. Congratulations
  9. Deja Vu
  10. These Things I've Done
  11. Sorry
  12. Satellites
Sleeping With Sirens Is:
Kellin Quinn- lead vocals
Jack Fowler- lead guitar, keyboard
Jesse Lawson- backup vocals, rhythm guitar
Justin Hills- bass guitar
Gabe Barham- drums

About Sleeping With Sirens: To date, they have released 3 CDs (including Feel) and 1 EP. Their debut, With Ears To See, and Eyes To Hear was released in 2010. This CD was definitely more intense than any of their other releases, with much more screaming parts. Their sophomore album, Let's Cheers to This, was released in 2011. The next year, their EP, If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, was released. This was an entirely acoustic album, including some of their previous songs performed acoustically, as well as new acoustic songs. The key to the band's sound is almost certainly Kellin Quinn's uniquely high voice for a male, as well as his attractiveness making him popular among teenage girls. SWS is definitely one of 'those' bands where everyone knows the lead singer, but many cannot even name other members.

The SWS boys. L-R: Gabe, Jack, Kellin, Justin, Jesse

About the CD: The CD features a lot of collabs with other musicians, and although it's a bit of a different direction, it's been received fairly positively by fans and critics alike

IMHO: So far, I've liked the CD pretty well, but I'm still at the point where I haven't listened to it enough times to know all the words to every song, or even be able to differentiate some songs. There are some that I really like, but I'm still in the beginning stages of my appreciation for it. 

Favorite songs: I'd say that right now, Free Now is my favorite track, because of the meaning behind it. It's about Kellin's family and how he wants to be a good father to his daughter, Copeland.

Other gems: Feel, Alone, The Best There Ever Was, Low, Congratulations, Deja Vu. While the other songs are really good, I haven't listened to them enough to like them much.

Music Video for Alone, ft. MGK

Lyric video for Free Now

Rating: 8/10. Pretty good CD. It has yet to make it into a normal rotation in my iTunes, but I do really like all the songs on it.

Hope you liked my second "The CDs on my Shelf" post! What did you think? Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? What did you think of Sleeping With Sirens? Let me know all of this in the comments. Also, any opinion on the time? I had it automatically set to post at 12, since I worked all day. Unless I get any other preferences or info, it'll be posted at 12- maybe not every day, but many days. Hope you enjoyed! Check back at noon tomorrow to see if there's a new post!

Monday, June 17, 2013

William Beckett- The Pioneer Sessions

Well, what a fitting first post! It's my pioneer post, and The Pioneer Sessions was the CD that came up!

Let's start this out with some basic info about the CD:
Release Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Genre: This is a bit tough to nail down. I'd call it either indie pop, acoustic, or singer-songwriter. 
Track Listing
  1. Compromising Me
  2. Girl, You Shoulda Been A Drummer
  3. Oh, Love!
  4. You Never Give Up
  5. Great Night
  6. Warriors
  7. Scarlett (Tokyo)
  8. Dig A Hole
  9. Stuck In Love
  10. Slip Away
  11. Dear Life
  12. Our Story's Already Been Told
About William Beckett: His first, and so far biggest, break into the music industry was with his band, The Academy Is..., for which he was the lead singer and a primary songwriter. They were an alternative/ pop punk band signed to Fueled By Ramen, and although they never experienced the widespread popularity of labelmates Panic! at The Disco and Fall Out Boy, they had a large following among pop punk fans. Their debut CD was released in early 2005, and they released 2 other CDs and an EP before disbanding in October of 2011. William set out on a solo project, releasing his first EP in April 2012, followed by two more in July and October. These EPs are much more pop driven than his music with The Academy Is... 
He has a very distinct, unique voice, and it would be nearly impossible to confuse a song by him with a song by anyone else. However, the quality to his voice that makes it so unique can sometimes be a turnoff to people because it's kinda an ugly-pretty type thing.

Then: 2006ish while in The Academy Is...
Now: 2012 as a solo artist

About the CD: The Pioneer Sessions is basically just the acoustic, raw versions of the 12 songs he released on EPs. It's very stripped down, but awesome at the same time, since it's just him and his guitar rather than an overly produced track.

IMHO: I really like the CD, and almost all of the tracks on it. I've loved his music for years, and was a huge fan of The Academy Is.. when they were together. The TAI breakup was probably the worst one I've ever had to cope with, because they're one of my all-time faves. Although I really like Bilvy's (a nickname of his that I've held onto since his days in TAI) solo music, it doesn't compare to his TAI music. But I do prefer these acoustic versions to the more pop-driven EP releases

Favorite songs: My top 2 songs would definitely have to be Compromising Me and Dear Life. I loved them when they were released, and continue really loving them. In fact, I kinda like the EP versions of both of them better than the acoustic ones!

Other gems: Girl, You Shoulda Been a Drummer, Oh, Love!, Great Night, Warriors, and Stuck In Love. These were already my favorites before this CD, but the acoustic versions just made me love them more. The only downside is that the EP version of Stuck In Love features Ryan Ross (formerly of Panic! at the Disco) and the acoustic version doesn't.

The music video for the EP version of Dear Life. I also love that this video features The Butcher (The nickname of the former drummer of The Academy Is..) as the main guy!

Dear Life, acoustic

Rating: 7.5/10. I enjoy this CD, but I know he can do better, because his previous band was better. There are some really great ones, and then just some that I didn't really like. Overall, not amazing, but pretty good.

Hope you liked my first "The CDs on my Shelf" post! What did you think? This one will probably be on the longer end of my posts, since it's an artist I like quite a bit, listen to regularly, and it's a CD that was released fairly recently. Want to know more information about the CD? Less? or just different info? Or is what I put good? What did you think of William Beckett? Let me know all of this in the comments! Thanks, y'all!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Welcome to "The CDs on my Shelf"!

You're probably wondering- the CDs on my shelf? What's that all about?

Well, it's pretty much as simple as it sounds! Each post will be devoted to a random CD on my shelf. The CD will be chosen through my iTunes, since it's almost completely made up of music from my CDs, and vice versa. I'll simply put my iTunes on shuffle, and the CD containing the first song that plays will be the CD I'll talk about. If it's a repeat of one I've already done, I'll simply re-shuffle until I get a new one. I will do NO repeats. Hopefully, I'll be able to post a link in a sidebar that has a list of the CD titles blogged to date, so that a single CD can be easily accessible. Comments are ALWAYS appreciated, even if you don't like my music. I'd just ask (of course) that you not be rude, and express your opinion respectfully.

I hope you enjoy my blog, and if you do, I'd really appreciate it if you'd let me know, so I know that people are actually reading and liking the blog!

Friday, June 14, 2013

30 Day Project Runway Challenge

Today, I'm going to be doing a challenge that I actually created myself. I made it before season 11 aired, so that's not going to be included. And I didn't talk too much about All-Stars. So here it is, the 30 Day Project Runway Challenge!

Day 1: Favorite/ Least Favorite designer from season 1
Favorites: I absolutely loved Austin, and he was my choice for winner, but I did really like Jay as well. They brought entertainment to a season which, though very dramatic, was a little boring and lackluster.
Least Favorites: Vanessa was just crazy, and really annoying. Wendy was debatably worse. She was so manipulating and frustrating.  

Day 2: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 2

Favorites: The boys of apartment 35D! Danny V was my choice for winner, and he's one of my all time favorites on the show. For such a young age, he was really talented. I also love Santino. I know he was the bad guy of the season, but I have a soft spot in my heart for him. I think he's precious. Andrae also kept things really interesting. I wasn't a fan of his designs, but he's such a unique, funny and lovely person. WHERE'S ANDRAE? Nick was also great, and I love him and his designs equally. He definitely should've made it to the finale. Him, Danny V, and Santino finale= perfection.

Least Favorites: Lupe was loopy. Seriously. The only time I enjoyed her was during the reunion when she drunkenly rambled and didn't answer the question Tim asked her TWICE. Otherwise she was just annoying. She didn't even make good clothes. Zulema was also really frustrating and rude. And she hurt my poor little Nick. Also, I didn't like Marla. She's so... meek. It's the right word, it just sounds weird to use it. And her designs were terrible.

Day 3: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 3
Favorites: Say what you want about him, but Jeffrey Sebelia is also on my all-time favorites list. He came off as a real jerk sometimes, but I think he's a bit misunderstood. Also, he went from almost being eliminated in the first episode to winning the entire season with a near perfect collection. Kayne is another of my favorites. He's unique, sweet, and talks ninety miles a minute. Michael is just too cool to leave out. Such a likable guy.

Least Favorites: I seriously hate Angela. And not for the whole mom thing or anything. I definitely feel like Jeffrey was in the wrong on that one. I just can't stand Angela's personality. And her clothes were terrible. She didn't know how to make something that didn't have her rosettes on them. And she was just so clueless. Ugh.

Day 4: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 4
Favorite: I know a lot of people see this season as one of the best because how popular and successful Christian was, but he's one of my least favorites among my favorites from each season (that was confusing. Basically if I were to take my favorite designer from each season and pit them against each other, he'd be near the bottom). I do genuinely like him, but this season was kinda weak for me.

Least Favorite: Elisa was just crazy and weird. And not a good designer. Just no.

Day 5: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 5

Favorites: Leanne is my favorite female winner. She was really chill and had a great aesthetic. Kenley caused SO MUCH DRAMA but I really enjoyed her… When he wasn’t being mean to Tim. That’s crossing the line.
Least Favorites: Stella was my absolute least favorite this season. You’d think I would like her rock n roll aesthetic but really, she was annoying. Carmen reminds me of my aunt. Rather, the qualities my aunt possesses that I can’t stand. I have this complaint about many of my least favorite designers. Not that I don’t love my Aunt. I do. But there are some qualities to her personality that drive me crazy. And these are the ones she shares with Carmen.

Day 6: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 6

Favorites: Season 6 is possibly the only season where my favorite was a girl. I usually root for the guys. But I just loved Carol Hannah. She reminds me of one of my friends. I also loved Logan (eye candy, OBVIOUSLY) and although he didn't ever make anything that was really good quality, I liked his aesthetic. Christopher, the poor boy, he did well and then kinda crashed and burned and found a permanent spot in the bottom 3. I loved him though. 

Least Favorite: Irina. I can't believe she won. I was just so mad. She was rude and just... UGH.

Day 7: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 7

Favorites: I would just like to make a note that my all-time favorite Project Runway designer won this season. Yep, Seth Aaron Henderson is my all-time fave and I'm not sure anyone could argue that he was very deserving of the win. And this was a really strong season in my opinion. It was a great comeback. I just really love EVERYTHING about Seth Aaron. I just love him. Anthony is another that I really loved this season. He brought humor to pretty much every situation he was in or when he spoke. I also really like Jesse, and loved how much he hated Ping.

Least favorite: Ping was just crazy and everything she said was just really ignorant and her designs were terrible.  

Day 8: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 8
Favorites: How could you not love the best friends? I just love how their relationship blossomed over the course of the show, and that they're best friends. They were both really talented and Mondo's quote from the first episode is one that I really love- "I believe that if you're misunderstood, you have something really great going on."

Least Favorites: How did Jason even get on the show? His designs were all terrible! And every decision he made was insanely stupid! I also really didn't like Ivy, for reasons which should be obvious. She was completely nasty to Michael for no reason, accusing him of multiple things without any proof.

Day 9: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 9

Favorites: I absolutely love Anthony Ryan. He makes me laugh, has a really great personality, and makes awesome clothes. I totally felt like he was robbed of the win this season, and I'm super excited that he won All-Stars season 2! Viktor's clothes were also really cool and I liked his personality. Josh M. was just absolutely hilarious. The GIFs that have been made from his facial expressions are just perfection.

Least Favorite: Seriously, how did Celia get on the show? She looked dead and had no personality. And her clothes sucked.

Day 10: Favorite/ least favorite designer from season 10

Favorites: I would just like to say that these are the 4 I chose as my favorites at the beginning of the season, so clearly I'm pretty awesome at this. I was really rooting for Gunnar, since I had been pulling for him the year before and he had gotten cut. Dmitry was an early standout because he seemed to make clothes that were amazing but barely missed out on getting the top 3. Christopher is just precious and a mini-Michael Costello. And Melissa is one of the few girls I have ever really rooted for. Her clothing is just so me. I love her.

Least Favorites: Andrea was SO frustrating. And then at Christopher's criticism, she gave up and left in the middle of the night. And I was seriously questioning Lantie's intelligence. I'm 99% sure she's never actually seen the show, or she would've known that literally EVERYTHING she was doing were all huge no-nos.

Day 11: Best season of Project Runway

There are 3 seasons that I really love: 7, 2, and 3. 7 was the first season I actually watched as it was originally airing, so it will always be special, especially since Seth Aaron won that season. That's also why I loved season 3: because Jeffrey won, but also because of all the fun drama that happened as well. Season 2 is also a favorite because the first episode of PR that I ever saw was the finale of season 2. And so many of my all-time faves come from season 2.
Day 12: Worst season of Project Runway

IMO, Season 6 was definitely the worst, followed closely by season 5. Neither really had a lot of memorable or likable characters. They were just ho-hum.

Day 13: Best finale decision.

These were the 2 finale decisions I cheered for the hardest, especially since I was watching season 7 as it was on, and didn't already know the result. I was just so happy that these guys won.

Day 14: Worst finale decision

I truly believe that Danny V and Mondo were robbed of the win in their own seasons. Chloe's collection was so matchy matchy that I wanted to vomit, and though Gretchen's collection was OK, I couldn't stand her at all. It all turned out OK, though, because Danny V returned for the 1 episode all-star challenge that came on before the premiere of season 6, and he won the challenge, winning 100,000, which is the same money he would've gotten by winning season 2. And it turned out for the best for Mondo as well, since he came back and won All-Stars season 1, and got 500,000 plus other huge things.

Day 15: Best final collection
Day 16: Worst final collection

It was hard to come up with one, but since this was the one that stood out in my mind, I decided to go with it. I love Michael Knight, but his finale collection was a mess. He had a couple nice pieces, but it just didn't work for me. 
Day 17: Best elimination

It was tough actually having to pick one, because I don't usually like eliminations unless someone I really hate is getting eliminated. So I guess that the one I was most cheering for was when Ping was eliminated in season 7. She was way out of her league and didn't belong on the show.
Day 18: Worst elimination
This one was a bit easier to choose, because this one really seemed unmerited to me. The elimination of Anthony Ryan in season 9 seemed totally out of the blue and for no reason. Seriously, I liked BOTH of the outfits he made (pictured above). I think they both looked cool and fit the challenge. I'm not sure what was wrong with the judges, but it was something really bad. My runner up for this one will appear on #20 ;)

Day 19: Best “unconventional” outfit
I guess that these would have to be my 2 favorites.. BUT I love some that "technically" weren't the season's unconventional challenge, but were unconventional anyway:

Mila's burlap sack dress was AMAZING, even though I thought the huge gaping cleavage was excessive. The duct tape dress that Michelle (and another designer, I forgot who!) made in season 11 is possibly the coolest thing to ever come out of the show. Seriously. Favorite colors, favorite print, beautifully done. Like I said, these weren't technically the "unconventional challenge" but I thought they deserved to be mentioned.

Day 20: Worst “unconventional” outfit
I'm sure this is obvious, and I don't actually have to say it, but I will anyway:

This, of course, if you know how to infer, is the runner-up to the worst elimination ever IMO. While I agree that Emilio was clearly the better designer in the long run, this "bikini" is clearly WAY worse than Jesse's "vaccuum cleaner", as the judges so lovingly named it. At the same time, I feel like it would be a crime to finish this question without at least mentioning this monstrosity:

Day 21: Funniest Project Runway moment
Whenever I want a laugh, I turn on a moment from the season 2 reunion. It's the part entitled Project Runway: The Musical. It has the designers just being goofy and singing and it's beautiful. At the same time, I think the funniest single moment would have to be the "What happened to Andrae" moment, coupled with Santino's impersonation of Tim. Priceless.
I literally freaked out when I discovered that this picture exists.
Day 22: Most dramatic season
Ooh, this is a toughie. I would have to say... Probably either season 3 or season 8. Season 3 had the disqualification of whatshisface, plus ALL the crazy dramallama between Jeffrey and Angela (UGH. TEAM JEFFREY!), and season 8 had all of the drama with Gretchen and Ivy basically being terrible people and everyone except precious little Mondo hating precious little Michael C.

Day 23: Favorite/least favorite judge

Wanna take a stab at who's who before I tell you? It shouldn't be too hard to figure out. Michael is my favorite, and Nina is my least favorite. I always love Michael's funny little quips (or as I and other devoted fans have come to call them: Korsisms) and I think he's usually pretty accurate with his judging and I usually agree with him. Nina just seems to not like anything. I hate when designers design for her, because she simply hates EVERYTHING.

Day 24: Most controversial contestant
Ooh, this is a toughie too. I might have to go with my boy Santino on this one... but I feel like there are a lot of really good candidates. Jay from season 1... Jeffrey or whatshisface from season 3 (seriously, I forgot his name and I'm too lazy to look it up. I keep thinking Kevin but I know that's not right)... Kenley from season 5, Gretchen and Ivy from season 8...Josh M from season 9... yeah.

Day 25: Opinion on Tim Gunn
I love Tim SO MUCH. He brings so much entertainment value to the show and I almost hate watching All-Stars because there's no Tim Gunn! Joanna Coles is a very worthy replacement, but she's NO Tim Gunn.

Day 26: Do keep up with any designers since their appearance on the show?
Yes, I do! I'm friends with several of them on Facebook (and yes, I do mean legit friends on their normal account, not just liking the like page). I'm friends with Mondo, Michael C, Anthony Ryan, Gunnar Deatherage, Jesse Lenoir, Dmitry Sholokhov, Melissa Fleis, Andy South (now living as a female named Ariyaphon), Michael Drummond & Valerie Mayen. I was friends with AJ Thouvenot, until he changed his FB to a like page rather than a personal one. Oh, and I just checked, and it appears that Dmitry has now changed his to a like page as well. So I'm down one designer friend. I also follow several of them on twitter and instagram. As far as personal interaction, I've had interactions with 4 of them. One time, I thought I saw AJ on a commercial, and messaged him, and he replied fairly quickly, and we had a full conversation about it (and no, it wasn't him). Also, and this is purely on accident, my FB spammed Michael C's wall, and he didn't know it was spam and messaged me asking me not to post stuff like that on his wall. When he realized it was spam, he was totally cool and nice about it though :). Along with those, Anthony Ryan has liked a PR related photo or two on my instagram, and Gunnar liked a status I posted about him!

Day 27: Favorite challenge
A single favorite challenge? I don't even know... hmmm. Maybe the challenges where they get to create their own fabric? Because it kinda gives them complete and total creative control over their creation. And I feel like that allows them to be most true to themselves. But I do really like seeing what they can do with unconventional challenges as well.

Day 28: Top 5 most dramatic moments
-The finale of season 3, when Laura believed that Jeffrey had cheated, and told Tim/ the producers about it
-When whatshisface (OK, fine, I'll look it up...KEITH) When Keith was disqualified in season 3.
- When Jeffrey and Angela's mom had that big problem... again in season 3. Maybe this is why I like that season so much. DRAMALLAMA!
-Any moment including Ivy & Gretchen in season 8, particularly the Gretchen moment on the team with AJ where he was eliminated instead of her... as well as all the times Ivy was terrible to Michael C.
-IDK, so I'll just name a bunch. Season 1 when Wendy's picture was drawn on, as well as the moments with Morgan ruining everything, Season 2 with Santino being a butthead, season 4 when Jack had to quit... yeah.

Day 29: Top 5 outfits
I wrote this challenge and IDK if I can even choose 5. Oh dear. What did I get myself into? OK, I'll put 5 on here, but these were just the first 5 I thought of that I really like. So, I can't say for sure that these are the absolute Top 5. But they're rather high.
Jeffrey Sebelia- Finale collection

Jeffrey Sebelia- Finale collection

Victor Luna- New Balance challenge

Seth Aaron Henderson- Elements challenge
Seth Aaron Henderson- mom/kid challenge

Day 30: Top 5 designers to ever be on the show
#5) Tie!
Anthony Ryan Auld                                                                            Mondo Guerra

I really tried choosing between the two of them, and in doing so, just said, Ok, if they were on All-Stars together (cause they both won PR All-Stars), who would I want to win? And I sat there and just didn't know. Honestly, in that situation, I'd be happy with either winning. Both have really good designs. Mondo is super unique, and Anthony Ryan is just a cute little southern cuddle bear (in his home audition video, he demonstrated what he called a "cuddle bear" voice and it's stuck ever since). Plus he's color-blind. And is that good. 

#4) Santino Rice
Santino really created the best moments of Season 2 (again, one of my all-time faves!). Seriously, the "What happened to Andrae?!" is classic Project Runway. And the musical was mostly him. Not to mention, he's a really talented designer, and he and Danny V should've been the final 2. I'm still bitter about Chloe winning. And seriously, every time I see him, all I can see is this:

#3) Jeffrey Sebelia
I'm sure that literally everyone who has ever watched Project Runway EVER disagrees with me, and was on Angela's side and hates Jeffrey. But I love him. He made great clothes, and I honestly liked him as a person! It was way too adorable when he won and started crying and playing with his son.

#2) Daniel Vosovic
For a guy who was fresh out of design school, he did an amazing job beating out people who had been designing for longer than him. IMO, he was totally robbed of the win. He was just brilliant. And, of course, a nice guy as well.

#1) Seth Aaron Henderson

For me, Seth Aaron was the one designer who had the whole package. I absolutely love his personality. He's unique, and funny, and genuinely a nice guy, and clearly a very caring dad. Along with that, he's an AMAZING designer. His clothes were always extremely well constructed and sewn and I absolutely love his designs. I loved when he said one of his outfits was inspired by British pop punk, because my favorite band is British and play pop punk music :)