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zz ward – til the casket drops album review & favorite lyrics

20 Nov

In lieu of Tuesday Tags this week… I’m focusing on ZZ Ward’s new album Til the Casket Drops. Why, you ask? Because that’s all I’ve been listening to, literally, for over a week straight. I cannot get enough! This chick is like Adele if Adele wore leather and rode around on motorcycles smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey out of a flask and shit. Or if Adele and Amy Winehouse had a baby. Basically, AMAZING.

This album has everything I look for in a song, in every song. The lyrics are pure genius. So instead of actually reviewing each song -since I obviously think they are all the best song in the world- I’m just going to put some of my favorite lyrics from each.. I’m such a lyrics person you guys. Said every preteen girl ever. Anyway, here we go!

1. Til the Casket Drops

The moon was just a sliverLight was fading
The war was on its wayAnd we were waiting
You asked me, how long I’d stay by your side
And so I answeredWith only just one reply
‘Til the casket drops

2. Put the Gun Down

I got ten fingers to the sky,
My back to the wall, my white flag high
Hair, lips, just like a gun,
She’s got silver bullets on her tongue

3. Blue Eyes Blind

All I know is you pull me through, 
I don’t wanna see nothing if I ain’t seeing you, 
You’re the yellow stars up in my silver sky, 
You are a ray, ray, you even make my blue eyes blind, 
All of the lights went down when you came with me, 
Now there’s a million diamonds that I just can’t see

4. Home

I’m crazy, I get mean, 
But baby, you adore me, 
Shut it down, I get mine, 
My soldier right by side, 
My fire, you feed it, 
Give it to me when I need it, 
I’m all yours, so take me, 
Good God, this love’s amazing

5. Cryin’ Wolf (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Breaking my door down when I left the lock open, 
There ain’t much left to be broken, 
Your flies are wet, then you’re soaking, 
It’s like the devil just jumped up in your clothes, 
He put on your shoes and rolled

6. Save My Life

Cut me out from the cold,
This young heart is getting old,
Save my life, set me free,
Yes or no is all I need,
You don’t want me, darling, let me know,
Just say goodbye and I’ll go

7. Last Love Song

Take these roses and this Jameson, oh no,
Find a subway that I can sit in, oh no,
Buy a one-way out of this city,
Everything that I need, got it with me

8. Lil Darlin (ft. The O’Mys)

Oh, please, please, please, 
Quit dragging my heart through them coals, 
Oh, please, please, please, 
Stop trying to fix it ’cause, baby, it’s broke, 
When it’s late at night and you call me, 
‘Cause I’ve got another man fixing my blues, 
You should never, never worry ’bout nothing, baby, 
‘Cause I’ll never love someone new the way I love you

9. Move Like You Stole It

The world ain’t ending, but it might as well be,
I’ll rock you like the sea,
Buildings ain’t crumblin’, but they might as well be,
So let’s not think and just,
Move like you stole it

10. Criminal (ft. Freddie Gibbs)

I toss and turn, got the sheets untucked, 
You broke right in, yeah, you stole, you took, 
With dirty fingerprints, you no-good crook, 
You shatter my heart like a Tiffany glass, 
I knew from the start he was a thief in a mask, 
And now I’m alone, cleaning up his mess, 
There ain’t nothin’ left, 
He’s just a criminal

11. If I Could Be Her

She’s got her daddy’s credit card
I play for dollars down on Diamond Boulevard
If I had her heels on I would never do you wrong
She treats you like a patient
With the lies she’s got you on

12. Charlie Ain’t Home

I dig my fingertips into your back,
Till the pictures break and the floorboards crack,
Oh, my tongue is a silver key,
Swimmin’ deep in a sinner’s sea

13. 365 Days

Drop your keys from six stories, 
Shout out, “It’s raining green,”
Don’t tell lies in heaven or an angel will get mean, 
Diamonds and white gold watches, 
Watch how fast they will soar, 
You always said you wanted to give back to the poor

Now that it’s very obvious that I wasn’t lying about listening to this album on repeat, I suggest you go download it! 🙂 Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

tuesday tags (and the things)

30 Oct

Halloween Part I, complete! I love when Halloween falls in the middle of the week, because you essentially get two weekends worth of costumed debauchery. This past Saturday, Charlie and I went to a triple birthday/costume party at his cousin Becca’s house.

She did it right, ya’ll! There were decorations and finger food..not to mention a Dos XX keg and a margarita machine. Dos-a-ritas anyone? Yes please. Kegstands? Alright, fine. Everyone got super into it with their costumes! I loved it! Charlie and I dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2:

 

It was a little cold, so I was thankful that I was showing absolutely NO skin! Haha, the perks of getting older 😉

 

I got the iron-on Thing 1 and Thing 2 transfers from Top Iron Ons.. they have a HUGE selection and they arrived super quick. For the rest of my costume, I got my red leotard and capri leggings from American Apparel. My tutu is from Party City. My boot covers are totally homemade and lasted only as long as the party did! haha The wig and tophat were Amazon finds and they were both super cheap (that wig itched like hell though).

 

All in all, our costumes were a hit! On Wednesday, we have a costume contest at my office. Since I can’t bring Charlie to work with me (unfortunately, because I think that would be fun), I had to come up with a different costume. Stay tuned for the big reveal 😉

On to the good stuff! This week’s Tuesday Tags:

“Mushaboom” –Feist

“Stubborn Love” –Lumineers

“Sultans of Swing” –Dire Straits

“Champion” –The Chevin

“Get Gone” –White Arrows

“Optimistic” –Radiohead

“Waiting” –The Whigs

“The Underdog” -Spoon

“I Want You To (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To)” –Weezer

That’s all for today!

tuesday tags

23 Oct

Well folks, the costume has been perfected, the bridesmaids dress fittings have been scheduled, my wedding dress has arrived and all that’s left to do today is the weekly Tuesday Tag-fest. I found myself going through the music archives this week and busting out some sweet older tunes to throw into the mix of newer music. See what you think!

“Hang Me Up To Dry” –Cold War Kids

“Put the Gun Down” –ZZ Ward

“Where the Kids Are” –Blondfire

“Wild” –Royal Teeth

“Default” –Django Django (this is a fun one)

“Madness” –Muse…still hasn’t gotten old! We tried to figure out how we could use this as the song for our first dance… but all attempts at dancing without waving our arms around our heads were a fail.

“Free” –Twin Atlantic

“Black River Killer” –Blitzen Trapper

“Piano Man” –Billy Joel

“Sweet Disposition” –The Temper Trap

Sidenote — I was told that MySpace is making a comeback. Could this be true?!!!? My God, I would just love to reactivate and relive years 18-20….maybe not. Baha!

tuesday tags

16 Oct

Halloween is almost heeeeere!!! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! I love Halloween. Even though I’m a certifiable adult(ish), I love dressing up and throwing a few back during the first holiday of the season. Charlie, not so much. Actually, not at all. It has been HELL trying to convince him to even dress up! He’s a little Scrooge when it comes to Halloween. After throwing all of my wonderful couples costumes ideas out the window (Mario & Peach, Ringmaster & Lion –couldn’t do this one because my costume would include a whip which somehow shows ownership? who knows, but I love him–, Popeye & Olive Oyl), he finally agreed to dress up as Thing 1. That’s right. He will be wearing a red tshirt and a blue wig. And that’s it. Whomp Whomp Whomppppp! Luckily he makes up for his lack of Halloween fervor with like, a bunch of other awesome attributes. Pictures of our (amazing) costumes will be included in a later post, so keep your eyes peeled!

Now, on to this weeks Tuesday Tags:

If I Wanted Someone” -Dawes (SO good.. seriously)

Better Weather” -Good Old War

Ocean Breathless Salty” -Modest Mouse

Headlights” -Morning Parade

Dope Nose” -Weezer

An Honest Mistake” -The Bravery

Barton Hollow” -The Civil Wars

My Oh My” -Tristan Prettyman (although she clearly spells her name wrong.. where’s the Y, friend?)

It’s Nice to Be Alive” -Ball Park Music

Ghosts” -The Head and The Heart

Any tuneage you feel inclined to share? Let me know in the comments!

tuesday tags

10 Oct

Well, the funny thing about this week’s Tuesday Tags is that .. it’s actually Wednesday. 🙂 That’s right, it’s only round 2 and I’ve already managed to miss the boat! Anyway, here are some sweet jams that I’ve been listening to this week:

“Harbour Lights” –A Silent Film

Tightrope” –Walk the Moon

“Come Home” –Chappo

“Old White Lincoln” –The Gaslight Anthem

“The Rifle’s Spiral” –The Shins

“Forest Whitaker” –Bad Books

“Not Your Fault” –Awolnation

“Female Robbery” –The Neighbourhood

and because I could never really forget my country roots,

“El Cerrito Place” –Kenny Chesney

“Beer Money” –Kip Moore

“Bread and Water” –Ryan Bingham 

“Southside of Heaven” –Ryan Bingham

“Sunrise” –Ryan Bingham 

…If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been listening to a lot of Ryan Bingham! Something about football season and the fall weather just calls for country music.

tuesday tags

2 Oct

I’m always looking for ways to tell people about good music that I’ve been listening to. After shamelessly plugging some of my faves on Facebook for the past couple of months, I’ve decided that maybe the blog would be a better outlet! On Tuesdays, I will post a list of the songs I’ve tagged, loved, and listened to in the past week. Tuesday Tags, Round 1, GO!

“Gimme Twice” –The Royal Concept

“Lullaby” –Ben Wells & the Middle Names

“The Pit” –Silversun Pickups

“Joker & the Thief” –Wolfmother

“Ho Hey” –The Lumineers (LOVE this one!)

“All of Me” –Tanlines

“I Ain’t the Same” –Alabama Shakes

“What Makes a Good Man?” –Heavy

“My Door Bell” –The White Stripes (old, but still good!)

“Change” –Churchill

What are some of your recent favorites? Let me know in the comments! Your music just might make Tuesday Tags, Round 2!

friday playlist

24 Aug

It’s Friday, it’s Friday, la la la la la laaa!! Like most people on Earth, I loooove Fridays. Knowing that I have two whole days ahead of me with no work and all play makes me happier than a pig in mud! Here are a few (amazing) songs that I’ve been jammin’ out to at my desk while also counting down the minutes ’til sweet sweet FREEDOM! 

 

“Hold On” –Alabama Shakes

“Let’s Go” –Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo

“The King and All of His Men” –Wolf Gang

“Symptoms” –Atlas Genius

“We Come Running” –Youngblood Hawke

“Reunion” –M83

“Safe and Sound” –Capital Cities

“Keep It For Your Own” –POP ETC

“Stay and Defend” –Wolf Gang (this one is the bee’s knees ya’ll)

“45” –Gaslight Anthem

Hope you guys have a great weekend! Mine will be filled with sunshine, fresh air, and margaritas. OLE!