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Music Mondays: N64 Edition

So. I’m sort of in the mood to do another video game music edition of my Music Mondays. I didn’t put too many songs in the first one, so we’ll just disregard that blog altogether. Alright? Splendid!  Oh, and I hope that this one will be more pleasing considering I’m trying to add more variety to this one. All of these will be from N64 games. I’m nostalgic it seems. Anyway… Allons-y!

Legend of Zelda: Legend of Zelda (OOT, in particular. But Majora’s Mask was also good…) is my favorite video game of all time. It also doesn’t help that the in-game music was/is so ahead of it’s time. The Ocarina songs are the most noted and the best sounding. I applaud the makers of the game and the ones who created these delightful ‘ballads’.  As it so happens, I’m a sucker for creative remixes…so it comes as no surprise that I managed to track down some nice rock/metal remixes to some Legend of Zelda songs. Enjoy!

Majora’s Mask Metal Medley. (And If you’re a big enough Zelda fan, you’ll recognize the music even with the metal touch…)

Metal Zelda: Gerudo Valley Theme: If you played…you may remember Gerudo Valley. 🙂

Hyrule Theme: …Hyrule. I don’t need to explain.

Last but not least: Ocarina of Time Warp Songs (Metal Cover): No explanation needed ❤ Just enjoy. Side Note: My favorite is both the Bolero of Fire and Nocturne of Shadows 🙂 No surprises there.

Banjo Kazooie/Tooie: I loooooooooooooooved Banjo Kazooie (and Tooie) for the Nintendo 64. It was one of my favorite adventure type games. I was so beast at it too. I still own both of these games because they’re classic and still fun (I don’t care how advanced video games get…not to say I don’t absolutely love current games). Anyway, most of these are the original but I think I have one remix in here somewhere. Enjoy!

Gruntilda’s lair Medley: All In One! If anyone played this game, you may recall that this game had the EXACT same jingle when you entered the start of a new world. It was the same jingle as when you entered Gruntilda’s lair…but for each ‘world’ it was tweaked a bit to sound reminiscent of where you were going. So…Mumbo’s Mountain sounded more tribal, and Treasurer Trove Cove had a pirate theme. Etc. Listen and you’ll see.

Boss Music: One of my favorite bosses from Banjo Tooie: Targitzan. Fucking love Trumpets ❤ Enjoy~

Lastly: Gobi’s Valley (Metal Cover):

Snowboard Kids 2: I L O V E D this game for the N64. I still have it too…it was so much fun. Another top game for the N64. The music for this game was pretty sweet too, I’d have to say. If you haven’t played it, I apologize to your childhood. At least you can enjoy the music 🙂

Intro: I posted a video to the actual intro, so you can watch to see what it looked like.

Snowboard Kids 2: Haunted Mansion. My favorite board. It had the best music and it was Halloween themed 🙂

Snowboard Kids 2: Starlight Highway. The hardest level…but the music was badass. So Space…like. 😛

Snowboard Kids 2: Final Boss. Your character vs. Damien Robot. Hardest part of the entire game (naturally) But so much fun. The music is great. I actually posted a video of someone actually playing the boss. So you can get a look at what the game is like when you’re racing. Enjoy! (P.S. It’s 7 minutes long, but the actual music and race itself is only 2 minutes…the rest is credits, so ignore the rest).

Super Smash Bros: Do I really need to say how AMAZING this game is? That, and I kick ass when I play as Kirby (followed by Link). Nothing else needs to be said. Please Enjoy.

Super Smash Bros Intro:

Super Smash Bros: Kirby Dream Land anyway? The best board in the game 🙂 I’m a bit biased…but whatever.

Super Smash Bros: Zelda Theme (Hyrule Castle): ❤

Mario Party 2:  I loved the Mario Party series, and I still do. I play the current ones for the Wii and 3DS but they don’t come close to the old versions from N64. Mario Party 2 is my favorite Mario Party of the entire series. Good times ❤ Please listen and enjoy!

Intro:

Mario party 2: Horror Land (my favorite)

Bowser Land: Bowser is so bad ass. Just sayin.

 

I think this is a good place to stop. I could go on FOREVER with classic N64 games. I hope you all enjoyed this and feel free to share with anyone who enjoyed old games. See you all next time 🙂

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Music Mondays: The Spill Canvas

This weeks Music Mondays will be another band feature. I had recently discovered this band about a week or so ago when I was listening to music on my iheartradio app on my phone (which I’d recommend by the way, if you like finding new music). I listened to their song “Appreciation and the bomb”, and fell in love. I looked up some more songs from that album on youtube and they’re gaining appreciation by this music lover ❤

The Spill canvas is an emo acoustic band from South Dakota. Hm, never knew anything so awesome came from South Dakota. Seriously. 😛 They started off as a side project for Nick Thomas, the lead singer. As time passed, it was decided that The Spill Canvas would be a full time band.

I wasn’t aware at first that they were considered “emo acoustic”. I did enjoy their acoustic sound and they had pretty meaningful lyrics. Maybe I need to listen to their beginning albums to see where the emo portion is coming in. I normally don’t listen to emo music or …well emo anything. Regardless of where you want to put them, The Spill Canvas is a jumble of beautiful lyrics and sounds. Emo or not, I can call them an ‘honest’ band. You can easily relate to what’s being sung about and that’s sometimes hard to find. I adore them for it.

My Favorite: Appreciation and the Bomb. It speaks about appreciating life while you can, basically…since most people don’t and take it for granted. I LOVE this song. I hope that you do too. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, is that we never feel the hear until we get burned” ❤

All Over You. Another great song…more awesomeness to love.

Last one: more romantic, and whatnot. Not usually my speed, but it’s not cheesy.

Happy Listening! See you all next week~

 

Music Mondays: Math Rock

For this weeks Music Mondays, I wanted to try a different genre. Something I hadn’t really heard of before. I did a bit of google searching and came across this genre: Math Rock. I had heard of it once and didn’t think it was an actual genre. But…it actually is! Believe it or not…Math rock is a rhythmically complex, often guitar-based, style of experimental rock that had  emerged in the late 1990s, influenced by progressive rock bands like King Crimson as well as 20th century minimalist composers such as Steve Reich. I will probably get into progressive and experimental rock at a later date, for the record.Now on to the main event~

Normal Rock music uses a basic 4/4 meter. Math rock, however, uses asymmetrical time signatures such a 7/8, 11/8 or 13/8. They might also use features that might constantly change the meters based on various groupings of 2 and 3. This is seen as “mathematical” and is what mostly gives the genre it’s name. The music of Math rock is mostly dominated by guitars and drums just like traditional rock. However, due to the complex rhythms, math rock groups tend to stick out more than groups of other genres. Also, it’s normal for guitarists in math rock groups to use the “tapping” method of guitar playing and loop pedals can also be used occasionally. Guitar playing is often played in clean tones more than other “upbeat” rock songs. Distortion is sometimes used, depending on the group.

Lyrics are generally not the main focus of math rock; the voice is treated as just another sound in the mix. Often, lyrics are not overdubbed, and are positioned low in the mix, as in the recording style of Steve Albini. Many of math rock’s most famous groups are entirely instrumental such as Don Caballero. Side note: The term math rock has often been passed off as a joke that has developed into what some believe is a musical style.

Influences across the country:

During the 1990s, the greatest concentration of math rock bands was in the urban centers of the Midwest ranging from Minneapolis to Buffalo, with Chicago being a central hub (naturally). The Chicago-based sound engineer Steve Albini is a key figure in the scene, and many math rock bands from around the country have enlisted him to record their albums, giving the genre’s recorded catalog a certain uniformity of sound, and lumping his bands past and present. Also, many math rock records were released by Chicago-based Touch and Go Records.

One of the few math rock bands from the Detroit area was Philo Beddow. The band originally leaned toward an aggressive and dissonant sound that would be more associated with mathcore. They went on to develop a warmer sound that often consisted of more traditionally melodic vocal lines laid over angular instrumentation in patterned mixed meters and triplet-time (sorry for those who don’t have a music background and might be confused). These compositions tended to emphasize the range   between bass lines that were influenced by progressive rock.

The city of Pittsburgh  is home to one of the most defining examples of the math rock genre: the four-piece instrumental band Don Cabellero. Formed in 1991 after the breakup of Sludgehammer, “Don Cab” as the group is affectionately known, blends heavy noise rock sounds with avant-garde jazzy influences. Like many other bands in the style, Don Caballero’s members despise the “math rock” label applied to them by critics. Even so, it should come as no surprise that a temporary bass player Matt Jencik, a member of another former Pittsburgh math rock band, Hurl, also spent time in Don Caballero.

Areas such as San Diego, D.C., The South, and even Toronto/Windsor Ontario have math rock groups that have helped build up this lesser known genre.

As always, let me know what you think. It’s a genre that is new to ME…so It might be new to you. Happy listening!

 

Music Monday: Iron and Wine

I normally don’t listen to much Folk or Folk Rock BUT…I absolutely love Iron & Wine and yep… so worth blogging about. For those who don’t know, Iron & Wine is the stage name for the American Singer-songwriter, Samuel Beam. As for the reason behind his stage name, I had to “google that shit”, to find out. The name Iron & Wine is taken from a dietary supplement named “Beef Iron & Wine” that he found in a general store while shooting a film. Random, but it worked out. Now, onto his amazing career. I’ll be honest. I had never heard of Iron & Wine before until the Season 4 Finale of House where they played the song “Passing Afternoon” as the scenes to the episode flickered onward. I was, uncharacteristically, in tears. The combination of both the situation going on in the last moments of the finale along with such a beautiful song was too much for me and I’m not the “crying type”-ever.

Anyway.

Samuel Beam released his first album, The Creek Drank the Cradle, back in 2002. He did everything from in his home studio: performed, recorded and producing the album. As a Folk/Folk rock artist he used a variety of instruments in his songs: acoustic guitars, banjo, slide guitars and various others. After the album was released, he was compared to the ranks of more well known artists like Neil Young or Simon and Garfunkel. In the same year he recorded a cover of The Postal Service’s song “Such Great Heights”. The song ended up being included as  “b-side” of the original version by The Postal Service. It was later on included on the album “Around the Well”.

His second album (my favorite) was released in 2004, titled “Our Endless Numbered Days”. This time he actually recorded in a professional studio…in Chicago, no doubt! It was still heavy on the acoustic sound but incorporated other band members to increase the sound. Later that year he recoded the song “The Trapeze Swinger” for the film, In Good Company. Also, his version of “Such Great Heights” was featured in an ad for M&Ms and was in the soundtrack for the Garden State movie.

The following year he released a few EPs: “Woman King” and” In the Reins” (a collab album with the band Calexico). Beam later released another full-length album entitled “The Shepherd’s Dog”. It was released in 2007 and was voted one of the ten best of 2007 by Paste magazine. Contributors to this album included members of Calexico and some jazz musicians: Matt Lux and Rob Burger.

After that his music appeared in random places like Greys Anatomy, The L Word and House M.D. It was even in Twilight (even though I hate Twilight…)

Beam recently released his 4th album entitled “Kiss Each Other Clean” back in January 2011. It has a similar acoustic style but infuses more of a pop influence.

The biggest strength Beam has in his music is his lyrics. His songs are so beautifully written and so moving.

I think I’ll end things as I normally do…with some links to some songs ❤

Enjoy the eargasms and cya next week!

 

Music Mondays: Streetlight Manifesto

I decided instead of blogging about a genre this week, I thought I would blog about a band that I liked: Streetlight Manifesto. I hadn’t heard of these guys until within the last few months or so. My Boyfriend had linked me a youtube video of one of their songs and I was hooked since then. Streetlight Manifesto is a skapunk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Their sound is influenced by a mix of genres: ska, jazz, latin, punk, and traditional Eastern European music (among a few others).

Their first album, Everything goes Numb, was released August 26, 2003. They headlined and sold out on their first concert in New Jersey months later. Some of the band members were already famous and well known in the New Jersey ska community due to their roles in previous years…namely Catch 22, One Cool Guy, Reel Big Fish tour, and some others.  As of October 4, 2009, the lineup consists of songwriter Tomas Kalnoky on guitar and lead vocals, Mike Brown on alto and baritone sax, Jim Conti on alto and tenor sax, Pete McCullough on bass guitar, Matt Stewart on trumpet, Nadav Nirenberg on trombone, and Chris Thatcher on drums. I think that is what I like best about this band. They go beyond the typical instrumental makeup of bands; incorporating various instruments not typically used.

Streetlight Manifesto’s first recording consisted of a four-track demo EP, featuring the songs “Everything Went Numb”, “Point/Counterpoint”, “The Saddest Song” and “We Are the Few”, all of which were re-recorded for their debut album. The line-up that recorded the demo consisted almost entirely of musicians from Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution: Josh Ansley (bass guitar), Jamie Egan (trombone & trumpet), Tomas Kalnoky (guitar & vocals), Stuart Karmatz (drums), Dan Ross (alto & baritone saxophone) and Pete Sibilia (tenor saxophone). The band was signed to Victory Records, the same label as Catch 22.

After the demo was recorded Karmatz left and was replaced by Paul Lowndes and Jim Conti took the place of Pete Sibilia. This line-up then recorded Everything goes Numb, but changed again before the band could perform any live shows, Jamie Egan played both trumpet and trombone, but as he would not be able to do this live Mike Soprano joined on trombone. Paul Lowndes had no intention to tour and was replaced later by Chris Thatcher.

Streetlight Manifesto’s second album, Somewhere in the Between, was released in November 2007.  It is my favorite album, side note, that they released. Their next album, 99 Songs of Revolution, is a collaborative project that consists of two full-length CDs by Streetlight Manifesto, two full-length CDs by the Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution; as well as four other albums, two each by two other Streetlight-related artists. The project consists entirely of cover songs. Volume No. 1 of the project was released by Streetlight Manifesto on March 16, 2010.

Kalnoky writes the band’s songs on an acoustic guitar and then fleshes out the song structure on the computer and hums basic hornlines, after which the rest of the band comes in and adds their parts (and it shows in the perfection of some of their songs). He has cited the soundtrack of the film Stand by Me as his biggest musical influence, and stated that he looks to the 1950s and 1960s for inspiration when writing. He has specifically cited Louis Jordan, Nirvana, The Drifters, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and The Martino Latino Experience as influences.For Somewhere in the Between he sought to “branch out in different directions”, adding “eastern European and gypsy sounds” to give the album “a world experience”. I think he successfully managed to do so.

So, on for some samples!

Everything goes Numb

Would You Be Impressed (the video and lyrics are very meaningful…)

Me and Julio Down

Side note: Streetlight is going to be at Warped tour this year…and of COURSE I’ll be out of town when Warped Tour hits Chicago…July 7th, I believe. So pissed. Grrrr. Maybe another time I’ll see them live. Hope you guys enjoyed this 🙂 Happy Listening.


Music Monday: House Music

So for my first installment of my ‘Music’ Monday series…(well, the new music mondays that is), I will blog about a particular genre of music. This weeks genre? House music! This one is sort of a request from my boyfriend who is more into house music than I am…or at least has listened to it more than I have. However, I am always up for a challenge…and this Music Monday’s aren’t meant to be me harping on and on about the stuff that I listen to everyday. lol So, on with the post ~

A bit of history first…(and I”ll keep it short and sweet, nobody is here for a history lesson per say):

House music is a genre of music originating from the GREAT City of Chicago (since I’m a Chicagoan…naturally this pleases me :P) around the 1980s. It was at first more so associated with certain minority groups (African-Americans, Latinos, Homosexuals) but has increased it’s range to listeners of all kinds since it first emerged. This is particularly so in major cities in the United States and Europe.It eventually hit the UK mainstream market in the mid-to-late 1980s. It continued to spread throughout Europe and globally until it became a world wife phenomenon (early-to-mid 90s). Some artists used House music to their advantage and incorporated some of it into their music. Ex: Madonna and Bjork. The genre still remains popular today, but with more finesse and sub-genres mixed in between from progressive house to pop house. There are also many other genres of music that have been ‘fused’ with this genre, giving it a different sound (alternative dance, techno, etc). There are many people who probably have never (or think they haven’t) heard of House music. However, you might have heard more than you think. Some of the more noted artists of today: Daft Punk and Deadmau5 (who is categorized as progressive house and/or electro house) are a bit more ‘mainstream’ and well known even to House “n00bs”…like myself 😛

A bit on the music itself….

House is an uptempo kind of music made for dancing, although by modern dance-music standards it is mid-tempo (at least). Typical instruments you will find included in any track include some of the following: sampler, drum machine, synthesizer, turntables, sequencer and/or personal computer. A major component to house is a kick drum on every beat. This is known as a ‘four-on-the-floor’ beat and is usually generated by a drum machine or sampler. Also, artists use many different sound-sources for their bass sounds in house. Last note…electronically generated sounds from other genres (jazz,blues, etc) are often added to the drum beat. Some house songs may include vocals and additional percussion such as a tambourine (or other).

House in the Now: (Some samples for your ears…)

Not much to say here…I really liked it. It was really catchy lol Really upbeat, so I think I’d actually want to listen to this on a regular basis lol

This one…a bit too light sounding and down tempo in the beginning, got better starting at the “chorus”, the end was a bit weird sounding. Didn’t like it overall but I liked some particular parts to it.

A bit too….disco…y lol

Too much going on, a big mashup of sounds. wasn’t all that catchy…but was good for Bourne identity movie.

Really catchy. fast paced, nice club sounding. speeding up in song was a bit weird. but otherwise alright

These selections were given to me by my boyfriend…I will end it with something from Deadmau5 <3…

Ghosts N Stuff ❤

I hope that this is something that people will enjoy…I will try to pick a different genre every week…or a band/album/something. If there is a particular one that you want me to blog about, feel free to mention in the comments. That will do it for this weeks Music Monday…let me know what you think. ❤

A Chicagoans Guide to ‘Summering’ it Up in the Windy City.

I know a few people who live in other parts of Illinois or other states and they always ask me the same question: “What is there to do in Chicago for the summer?”. I know they realize, as anybody does, that there is a crap ton to do in the ‘City of Big Shoulders’. However, to someone who isn’t used to being in such a big city, it can be intimidating to try to find some things to do. So! I figured I’d do a fun post on some places to go, places to eat, and random whatevers for one to do in my home city 🙂

Chicago is a great, bustling city. You can find just about anything here and people generally do when they come visit. The summer is the best time to go of course. Students are out of school, people have more free time from work (hopefully), and people are ready to go on vacation. Coming here is definitely worth while if you take the time and money to do it. Here are some reasons why.

Great Entertainment!

Chicago has a wide variety of avenues for entertainment seekers, like myself.

Music: Chicago holds many music festivals every summer, but some are more well known.

Chicago Blues Festival!

The Chicago Blues festival has been a tradition here since it started in 1984 and has always drawn a crowd. It takes place every year from June 8-10. It’s hours are: 11 am-9:30 pm (Friday and Saturday) and 11 am-9 pm (Sunday only). If you’re a fan of blues, or just looking for something to do for a few hours over the weekend, this is a good option. I am no expert in blues, but I do know this festival generally always have the best blues artists there to perform. The best part is….it’s free! Yep, that’s right. There is no price for admissions to any of the locations for the entire weekend. I believe you can bring your own food and drinks (non alcoholic only), but there are vendors there you can get food from for a price. Of course you would pay for parking if you drive into the City and park somewhere. However, if you arrived in Chicago by any other means, you will probably be relying on public transportation (which is far cheaper than paying for parking…parking prices are horrendous here). If you are interested, here is the link to the site with full information on the festival: Chicago Blues Festival Webpage There is also a Jazz festival held in Chicago too, for those into jazz.

Lollapalooza!

By far, Lollapalooza (August 3-5) is probably the most well known music festival Chicago holds every year. It has been pleasing the music enthusiasts ears (or not, depending on the line up) for a good 20 years. I have been to a few myself and I have never been disappointed. The lineups I didn’t care for, I just didn’t attend. If you enjoy music, I would HIGHLY recommend going. Some of my absolute favorite bands/artists have performed at Lolla: Coheed and Cambria, The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Artic Monkeys, Arcade fire and more. Even if you’re not into bands like these, Lollapalooza always tries to mix it up by having artists like Kanye West, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Usher to grace the stage.

If the lineup for a particular summer (not this summer, I believe tickets are totally sold out.) appeases you, I would buy the tickets as SOON as possible. This is one of the biggest festivals Chicago holds and tickets sell out extremely fast. Do not wait until the summer to try to get tickets, they probably won’t be there lol This years lineup is so so, so I am not going to attend. Mainly because they are not cheap. I go about buying tickets with this in mind…once the lineup is revealed, I check all three days to see if the artists I seriously wanna see are scattered over the weekend. If so, I just go ahead and get the 3 day pass. If not, I will see what day (or two days) has the most artists I like and will buy a ticket for just one day (or sometimes two, but in such a case I just get the 3 day and mess around on that one off day).

Prices: 3 Day Pass: $230 for Regular. Early Bird Special (which I believe usually occurs in September):$200 and Souvenir price is $75. 1 Day Pass: $95/day. They also offer travel Packages that give you: deals on hotel stay in the downtown area near Grant Park, tshirts, vip tickets to Lollapalooza (and more, depending on the price of the package). Something to think about if you know you’ll be both wanting to go to the festival and stay nearby in a hotel. It could prove to be a worthwhile experience!

There are also just regular VIP tickets available (without the hotel whatnots involved). These are expensive, but sound like their worth their weight for the cost. A VIP ticket aka ‘Lounge Pass’ gets you daily VIP wrist bands for the entire weekend along with: unlimited access to Lolla Lounge North and South, Access to VIP golf cart shuttles for transport between Lolla Lounge North and South, viewing platforms with premium sightlines, beer/wine/cocktails all day (you are allowed to drink at the festival if you are of age), catered food services all day for the weekend, mini-spa treatements (not sure why I’d want a facial when I’m supposed to be jammin out but…), air conditioned and shaded rooms (a MUST since it’s hot as BALLS in Chicago by August). If you want this kind of luxury services it’ll cost you…about 800 dollars. A pretty penny to pay, Yeah. But I just usually go with general admission. I hope to (if the lineup is good) try the VIP experience next summer!

Museums/Zoos: Chicago has a good number of museums and Zoos for the animal lover, nerd and geek alike!

Museum of Science and Industry (my personal favorite)

Looking for a Mythbusters interactive exhibit? Or ride along with researchers of VORTEX 2 to hunt for some of nature’s most destructive storms in the Tornado Alley exhibit? Or perhaps you prefer animals and would find excitement in the Born to Be Wild exhibit. Whatever you fancy, the Museum of Science and Industry is the place for you. If you are a curious person, you will spend hours here. There is simply too much to see and too many interactive exhibits to explore. This museum has exhibits of all kinds and has something for everyone.

It covers all varieties of topics: agriculture, physics, biology, geology, chemistry, technology, space, zoology and more. It is great for all ages ranging from children to adults. They are always having new exhibits going on, so you won’t ever get bored. They also have some exhibits they only hold a certain time of year. My ABSOLUTE favorite exhibit of all time is their Christmas Around the World Tree and Lights Festival. It is absolutely breathtaking and amazing.  The exhibit has a 45-foot Grand Tree decorated with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees  decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. There’s something here for everyone, seriously.

Baby Chick Hatchery

Mythbusters Exhibit

Christmas Around the World

It is open daily (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas)  from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Prices: Children (up to 11 years of age): $10 or $ 9 (if you are a chicago resident). Adult: $15 or $13 (Chicago resident), Senior Citizen (65 or older): $14 or $12 (Chicago Resident) There ARE certain days of the year that you can go for free. See this link for those particular dates: Museum of Science and Industry Free Days

Field Museum: (if you’re into Dinosaurs…) Not much for me to say. It is not a museum I go to very often, but if you’re into paleontology and the like…then of COURSE you will want to make a bee line here. It is open every day of the year (except Christmas) from 9 am to 5 pm.

‘Sue’, the dinosaur

Prices:

All-Access Pass:
See it all! Explore the entire Museum, see all of our special exhibitions PLUS a 3-D film! The best value! (Total value: $52)

  • Adult: $29
  • Child (ages 3-11): $20
  • Senior (65 years +): $24
  • Student (w/ valid ID): $24

Discovery Pass:
Explore the entire Museum, PLUS one special exhibition or 3-D film!

  • Adult: $22
  • Child (ages 3-11): $15
  • Senior (65 years +): $18
  • Student (w/ valid ID): $18

Basic Admission
Enjoy exploring the Museum (does not include special exhibitions or 3-D film).

  • Adult: $15
  • Child (ages 3-11): $10
  • Senior (65 years +): $12
  • Student (w/ valid ID): $12

Brookfield/Lincoln Park Zoo: I LOVE Zoos. Mainly because I adore animals (and really, who doesn’t love at least SOME animal on this planet?). Both museums are great. Brookfield’s hours are Monday – Saturday:  9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays: 9:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices: Children (till 11) $10.50, Adult: $15 and Senior Citizens: (65 and over): $10.50. Free days are Tuesdays and Thursdays (for a few months). I’m not sure if this is still the same days they have the free days, so if you’re interested I’d suggest calling to check. Lincoln park Zoo is absolutely free! (which is why I usually go there instead).

Hours:

Memorial Day–Labor Day (May 26–September 3)
Weekdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (gates open until 6 p.m.)
Weekends 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (gates open until 7 p.m.)

September–October
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (gates open until 6 p.m.)

November–March
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (gates open until 5 p.m.)

April–May 
10 a.m.–5 p.m. (gates open until 6 p.m.)

Food Food Food! Ok. So you’ve been thoroughly entertained…and I bet you’re hungry. Chicago has the best food (Biased, I know). I’m not going to bother to list the MANY restaurants you could eat at. I will just list the best of the best…what Chicago is known for for the most part.

Mmmmm

Starting with…Pizza! I don’t have to explain that Chicago is known for their deep dish pizza. You can go to a lot of places that will make them but the best is Giordanos, hands down. They are on the pricy side, but if you go with a few people and split (both the pizza and bill), it works out rather well 🙂

YOU DO NOT PUT KETCHUP ON THIS. DO NOT DO IT. EVER! 😛

The famous Chicago Dog! Whether you go to Maxwells, or any of the many places that make them…they’re delicious. I will reiterate…do NOT put ketchup on it 😛 It’s sacrilege lol Some places won’t even sell ketchup to you, so don’t bother. 😉

Mmmm Mmmm Garrets Popcorn. I will tell any person coming to Chicago to get some Garrets Popcorn. It’s delicious, simply delicious. I usually get just the cheese and caramel popcorn mix. You can get them in bags or cool looking tins. You can ALSO order them online, if you really need to get your fix 😉 It’s expensive, but hey, that’s the city for you right? Garretts Popcorn Webpage

Final Note on Food: I didn’t get into these places fully but I can also suggest: Bar Louie, any of the many Starbucks (they’re cozy), The Cheesecake Factory, Pappadeuxs Creole and Seafood Restaurant, any eatery in Chinatown or Greektown and Jamba Juice (there’s one on North Michigan Avenue!).

Last note: I TOTALLY forgot a few things…well places, rather, you can go to in Chicago. I should be punched in the face by Chicago itself for this 😛

Kumas Corner has to be mentioned. It is my favorite place to eat in Chicago. This genial metalhead tavern provides both a badass place to chill at but also mouthwatering burgers and beers. You will find burgers like the ‘Megadeth’ (burger topped with Chorizo and Red Potato Hash, Pico de Gallo, Cayenne Avocado Cream, Tortilla Strips), the Black Oak Arkansas (Red wine BBQ sauce, Bacon, Aged White Cheddar, and Alpha King Battered Fried Shallot Rings), the Metallica (Buffalo Sauce, Bacon, Bleu Cheese Dressing) and their famous Kuma Burger (Bacon, Cheddar, Fried Egg ). The list of the burgers they have is much longer, but those are just a few. I adore that they name these unusually topped burgers after metal bands. The atmosphere is also great.  They have a full stocked bar but they’re better known for their beer. Note: they do NOT sell Miller or Budweiser or any other mass produced beer. They only sell beer that is locally brewed. Trust me, it’s still delicious.

I would recommend the Left Hand (from Longmont, CO) JuJu Ginger bottled beer. It’s fantastic. Only downside to such an awesome, metal based, tattooed staffed establishment is that it is rather small. They do have a patio during the summer months, which helps. Regardless, you will probably have to wait a bit to be seated. So, patience is required…but it is WELL worth it. Side note: Though it is a bar/tavern type place, they will NOT turn on to sports…so don’t ask. Go to Buffalo Wild Wings or something, for that. They also will not take music requests (they keep their music strictly to hard rock, metal, and the like…but again, no requests). Menu page: Kumas Burgers

Navy Pier! I haven’t gone in years because I feel it’s mostly for tourists (I used to go as a kid, but now it’s kind of meh…). It has a lot of little shops, restaurants, activities (including an awesome Ferris wheel). You can take a free trolly straight there too! A very good way to pass time if you have some free time to spare.

Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre! I’ve only gone once to see Wicked, but I know they always have good plays and musicals going on throughout the year.

Cubs Suck!

US Cellular Field: *shameless plug* Go White Sox!

Water Tower Place: great for shopping!

So…I think I have (quite) exhausted myself and talked your ear off (sorry). I hope this will be a great guide for anyone who has been interested in visiting and I hope even MORE it’s a guide for those who eventually DO visit this amazing City. Feel free to comment if you have visited Chicago, been to any of these places, or feel that I should have added or places/things to the list.

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~The Mighty Oreo~

Music Mondays: Avenged Sevenfold Edition

So. For today’s Music Monday, I decided to dedicate it to Avenged Sevenfold. I’m a big fan of the band, not the biggest but enough. I got more into it mid-way through my college career because a good friend of mine was really into them. So as I listened to them more, I grew a bigger appreciation for their music. So, I figured I’d share my top three favorite songs by them via youtube videos. I hope you all enjoy~ Feel free to comment with any bands/songs that you like as well. Au Revoir~

Bro Tip of the Day: three things you should avoid talking about: 1. Politics 2. Religion 3. Fight Club

 

 

Music Monday: Coheed and Cambria (aka Best Band Ever) Edition~

Coheed and Cambria

So.  It has been (quite) awhile since I have posted anything (Oopsy)…so I decided that for this Music Monday I will dedicate it to my favorite band of all time…Coheed and Cambria. I have loved this band since they went from being Shabutie to Coheed and Cambria back in 2001. Though I did like them as Shabutie. They decided to change things around a bit and then became a concept band (songs/albums based off the Coheed and Cambria comics created by lead singer Claudio Sanchez). Anywho, they are MOST known (especially by those with little ‘heed knowledge) for their song “Welcome Home”, which can be found on one of the Rock Bands if you so wish to play. I also believe they have their own DLC for Rock Band…side note. They’re one of the few legit progressive rock bands in my opinion, trying not to be TOO biased here 😛 Regardless, I have seen them on a few occasions and they have always put on a stellar show. They’ve toured with some other bands that I enjoy too…Avenged Sevenfold, Hell Yeah, Iron Maiden…to name a few. They are doing a show on May 11th in Illinois and I am SO SO SO SO there. I already got my ticket and I’m rearing to go. I haven’t seen them in two years since they did their “Year of the Black Rainbow” tour. So, I’m ready to have my mind absolutely B L O W N and be surrounded by other people who have excellent taste in music. I generally end up making friends at these events lol I think I will use my relatively new Coheed and Cambria tattoo as a conversation piece 😛 We’ll see. I only wish they were coming back to Lollapalooza this year since I am actually going (I missed them last time…bah :/).

~Instead of putting Welcome Home as the video I was going to post…I thought that would be too obvious. SO, Instead I’ll put my favorite song and then another one for balance. Enjoy~

Music Monday…Twisted Metal Edition

So. To begin, i am a HUGE twisted metal fan and have always been. So, I promptly purchased a ps3 in preparation for the new Twisted metal. Needless to say, the game is crazy and everything I had hoped it would be…well minus not having enough  main characters and story lines. However, that aside…it was fantastic. Now, the soundtrack for this game is amazing. Both the original and the licensed songs they have. I did find a playlist for all the original tracks for the game, but I’m just going to post the first song in the playlist and you can go from there to hear the other songs. This song is my favorite,  actually. It’s the main theme song/song you hear at the games title screen. Enjoy.