Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Awesome Artist: Hippo Campus

"Girl, I swear, I've never seen you look so alive." - Souls, Hippo Campus

Let me tell you, I have not put down the Bashful Creatures EP since Saturday? I am absolutely in love with this groovy, lovely quartet. Just wow!

I saw the Saint Paul-based group at Chipotle Cultivate in Loring Park on Saturday August 22nd and it will be a day forever in my heart. Considering that was the only Minnesota show they have on their upcoming tour, I am so excited I witnessed the talent and love they have for their fans.

Beans, Turntan, Stitches, and Espo (all previously acquired nicknames) are recent art school graduates and have been together a relatively short time. They are all under 21 but are killing it on the festival scene. Having already performed at Lollapalooza this year, they are currently in the UK doing shows at Leeds and Reading.

I am insanely happy to have snapped this instagram photo as everyone was jostling and screaming. I do remember at one point shouting "Beans, I fucking love you!" at the top of my lungs while they were tuning for the next song and the crowd was finally silent. It was a thrill that I was stared down by 50 people for and yelled "same" at by several girls. Espo, the bass player, favorited my tweet to him a few days ago and I about died. I'm glad he misses me too! I sadly did not have the guts to go up and introduce myself because they seemed busy and tired after the show :(

My current favorite song of there's is South which is a single off their new EP in October. Here's another of Hippo Campus' up-and-coming songs called Dollar Bill which they performed for a radio station:

I found this band through Bandcamp looking for new music to put on one of my videos last year. I found Little Grace and fell in love. Here's the video I made for a day I spent with Adrienne, who also went to Hippo Campus' show with me! They are nostalgia and love to me:

Thank you for checking out my blog! Don't forget to hit up Hippo Campus' website and social media (insta, tweets) when you get the chance!

image source: unknown

x Nat

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Here's some new info and things about my life that you may or may not care about:

I have joined Goodreads! It's so great and holds my ever growing TBR list and books I own and what I'm reading/how far into said book I am. I also inevitably joined a few book clubs like my local YA book club and this really cool YA club that I just enjoy and have a few new friends in. It's just wow! Check it out!

I am also so sad to say I am taking back what I said in my August TBR. I thought up that list half way through the first Mara Dyer book and by the end, I honestly wasn't interested. The writing got confusing sometimes and nothing was straight forward so I gave that up two pages into the second book :( I have been working on my repertoire of manga and YA though! Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, Sarah J. Maas and Diana Gabaldon have been keeping me company.

Plus, I am ditching my "book lists" and going to straight reviews on new books and books that were intriguing and interesting. I won't be doing ALL the books I read (oh, that would be a novel in itself) but if you'd like me to review a book, I can! I do have two book lists left to type out that I've written in my little composition notebook and have taken pictures for so those will be up soon!

On the note of films, I've literally watched a single Harry Potter film since my last Film Friday. That's it. One film. I'm a little salty about the lack of time I have been giving myself for films because I really wanted to go see Me and Earl and The Dying Girl (which I highly disliked in book form, really...like REALLY) while it was still in theaters and I never went? I'll push myself to watch more but this weekend I have a festival to go see and next weekend I have another concert to go to. During the week I work two jobs and I am pretty sure I am a walking dead man, let's be real. I'll try!

I have also updated my twitter and instagram user names to just spice it up a bit. Twitter is here and instagram is here!

All the love x Nat

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

TBR: August 2015

This list is much shorter than the last and I'm honestly just trying to gauge what is realistic for me? I'm really behind on my July TBR thanks to throwing myself back into the tv shows The Vampire Diaries and The Office. I've never watched the entirety of The Office, only one episode here or there,but I'm entirely in love with it! Remember to stay up to date on my blog through Bloglovin where I keep up to date on my followers and their blogs :)

August TBR:

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
I watched the movie not knowing how long it actually was and completely loved the concept but it was just a little off? So I opted to check out the book.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Evolution of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The first book was a little interesting and there's still some things unanswered so I'll check out the rest of the series despite my skeptical thoughts on whether this series is supernatural or not? It's complicated.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Wow, there was a lot of yelling in this post. I'll just go lay down with a book for a while...

x Nat

Saturday, August 1, 2015

aestas // august '15 playlist

New month, new tunes. Speaking of new, One Direction released their new single from the quartet DAYS after I saw them in concert and I'm a little bitter sprinkled with proud. I actually didn't get great pictures due to lack of stable hands and screaming so all I have is this instagram photo. Believe me, I am only mildly proud of this. sigh

Moving on, here's the playlist:

Waiting Game by Banks
Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit
Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato
Suicide Saturday by Hippo Campus
Intro by the XX
Tipsy by J-Kwon
Pony by Ginuwine
Vile Iowa by Bear Hands
Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People
Hey Now by London Grammar
Seven Devils by Florence + The Machine
The Art Teacher by Rufus Wainwright
Carried Away by Great Good Fine Ok
Your Graduation by Modern Baseball
Coming Over filous remix by James Hersey
212 by Azealia Banks
Stay Low by Ryn Weaver
I've Got You by McFly
Everything About You by One Direction
I Always Knew by The Vaccines
Throw Shade by Cruisr
Quesadilla by Walk The Moon
Drag Me Down by One Direction

Also, I saw the wonderful Ryn Weaver last week in Minneapolis and she was lovely before the show, during and after. I gave her my crystal necklace because she said someone had stolen hers from her. I hope she adores it as much as I did :) In August, I will be seeing Walk The Moon and Hippo Campus live! I'm so incredibly pumped and you'll hear more from me!
x Nat