sure show. let's just get the heartbreak out of the way right off the bat. ;~;

Dirty Laundry - Pietro Maximoff x (f)Reader (March Song Challenge)

Words: 1171
Pairing: Pietro Maximoff x (f)Reader
Featuring: Natasha Romanoff, Tony Stark, Wanda Maximoff
Warnings: probably swearing i dont remember, ANGST, talk of kinda cheating, anger
Summary: Based off of the song and music video, Dirty Laundry by All Time Low, bad things have happened in your relationship with the silver speedster, Pietro Maximoff. This causes the two of you to break up, one more affected than the other, and the aftermath of the entire ordeal.
Authors Note: In the music video Alex is surrounded by a few different people. One being a girl in a wedding dress angerily ruining his clothes, as if to show there was a relationship problem. Hence, where I got the idea for this. The lyrics are kind of strange, so I was more inspired by the video. It’s a great song, though xD

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What is this? Jadyn’s Challenge

Challenge Masterlist. Masterlist.


“I don’t think I’ll be okay for a while!” You shouted, tears pouring out of your eyes. “And it’s insane to ask that of me! He can’t commit to anything, what does that make me worth?” You were moving your hands around, throwing all the clothes out of your closet on the floor with your telekinetic powers. “Nothing will ever be the same!” You yelled, making the lame on your bedside table fall off.

“(Y/N),” Natasha walked into your bedroom. “People make mistakes.”

You sat on your bed, your hands covering your eyes and tear stained cheeks. “I know, but some mistakes are unforgivable.”

“What really happened, (Y/N)?” Natasha asked, and you thought about what made you react in such a horrible way.

You and Pietro wanted to make it official, and he proposed just last week. The only person who knew was Wanda, for multiple reasons. But you also hadn’t told anyone after it happened, you wanted to make it special to tell the rest of the team that you and Pietro were engaged.

But when going out to drink with him, you noticed him flirting with at least three other women there.

“He has no control!” You yelled to Natasha, after giving her the quick version of the story.

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Destruction Of A Muse [Part 4] (M)

Originally posted by bangtannoonas

[Part 1] - [Part 2] - [Part 3]

Warnings: Mentions of violence, drug use, blood mentions, smut

“I swear I didn’t know, Y/N.” Namjoon muttered, one hand rested on your knee as he stared at you with large, sympathetic eyes. “If I did, I would have said something.”

You weren’t looking at him, your eyes were pointed towards the leaves of the tree that you and Yoongi had stood under together the day he came to pick you up, watching as they danced in the light breeze. Somehow, they looked completely different now, as if you’d never seen them at all. You blinked, and in that millisecond where your vision was drowned out in blackness, you saw him; droplets of red falling from his nose and staining his pale skin. 

There was no way you could have known, but still, you felt that you should have known.

“I don’t understand.” You frowned, repeating the sentence that you’d spoken over and over for the last half hour.

Namjoon’s fingers lightly squeezed around your knee, his head bobbing in a slow gesture of understanding. “I know.”

“No, I mean–” You trailed off, your thoughts tangling together and getting lost on the tip of your tongue. “He’s brilliant, Namjoon. He’s so talented. I don’t understand.”

His lips pressed into a line, causing the faint indentation of dimples to show up on his cheeks. “Sometimes it comes with the lifestyle, Y/N.”

“You don’t do it.” You snapped back, an edge to your tone.

“Doesn’t mean I haven’t been offered.” Namjoon sighed, and then snapped his mouth closed, second-guessing what he’d just said and how you’d take it.

“You told me he was a bad guy.” You chewed on the sensitive skin on the inside of your lip, already gnawed and sore from hours of abuse. “If you didn’t know he was doing that stuff, what made him bad?”

One shoulder raised in a slight shrug. “He has a hard time getting along with people. He’s a loner with a bad attitude.”

Defensiveness swelled within you and you turned your head to face your friend, your eyes narrowing. “You know nothing about him, do you?”

His eyebrows shot up, shocked at your outburst. “I’ve been working with him for three years, Y/N. I see him almost every day.”

“Have you ever tried to talk to him? Tried to get to know him?”

“You can tell enough about someone by watching them.” He muttered and you scoffed, batting his hand off of you and pushing yourself off the ground, dusting bits of grass and dirt off of the backs of your thighs.

“I can’t believe you, Namjoon.” You huffed, tugging the strap of your bag over your shoulder. “If you knew the kind of person he really was, maybe you could understand how heartbreaking it is to know he’s risking throwing everything he’s gained away.”

Namjoon planted his hands on the ground, poised to push himself up as well, but you didn’t give him the opportunity. You turned your back to him, walking in whichever direction your legs deemed as the right one as you lifted your hand in a half-hearted wave. You were fuming; teeth clenched together with the effort of soothing your sense of protectiveness. But on the inside, in the deepest parts of your chest, you still felt the sharp sting of heartache. If you drowned out the background noise of birds chirping and students chattering, you could hear the sound of his voice demanding you to leave, to get out.

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The strongest Talon: part 6

A/n: wow this was a long one! Hope you guys enjoyed the series.
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You watched the boys train in the cave and hoped that they would go along with your plan. You clutched your notebook, which had the messages, and walked over to Dick and Jason. You figured they could tell the other two a bit more discreetly than you would’ve been able to.

“Dick, Jay, could you guys look at this file? I’m trying to get back in the swing of things and I wanted to make sure the theory I have about the latest rash of robberies is right.” You said as you handed it to them.

Jason opened it up and they both began to read. Thank god that they had incredible poker faces. Otherwise, it would’ve been obvious something was wrong right off the bat.

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Superficial Gayness, Queerbaiting, and Disappointment

I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind recently when it comes to LGBT+ characters in media, but more specifically, gay and lesbian characters and their portrayals. I’ve argued before about how members of the queer community are used to being disappointed when it comes to representation in media, and I think that statement can be a little confusing to people who haven’t experienced this disappointment. The reason for this is because on the surface, a majority of television and film no longer shies away from portraying gay characters. As such, it would seem as though queer viewers should be pleased with the more progressive direction society, and as a result, media that reflects society, is headed. And in a lot of ways, we are pleased. However, there is still reason to be disappointed in the way the queer community is represented in media, or rather, in the different ways we are not represented.

This all comes back to a term I’ve come up with when it comes to gay characters in media, that being “superficial gayness.” I think it’s important to define this term for a better understanding of my argument, but first allow me to tell you what it is not. Superficial gayness does not mean that these characters are faking being gay on the outside but are straight on the inside or anything of that sort, instead, it deals more with the characterization of these figures.

Take, for example, Cam and Mitchell from Modern Family. These two characters are featured on one of the most popular and progressive sitcoms of the past decade and have been important in desensitizing the viewing audience to gay individuals. This is all very important and I’m not trying to take away from that. However, take note of how they are characterized. Right off the bat they are identified as the gay couple, and their gayness is a large part of who they are in the context of the show. Sure, Mitchell’s character often subverts many of the stereotypes about how gay men act, but on a superficial level, they are “the gay couple in Modern Family.” Hence the term “superficial gayness.” In the eyes of the viewing audience, the fact that they are gay is essentially what makes up who they are in the context of the show. On a brief side note, let me make it clear that I am in no way trying to say it is wrong for someone’s sexuality to be a large part of who they are, rather, I am simply stating that when it comes to queer characters in media, the audience often sees them as simply “the gay person/people.”

Now we’re really getting into the meat of things, and I want to address the root of my argument, that being the disappointment members of the queer community often experience as a result of the superficial gayness we see when it comes to homosexual characters. The point I’m trying to get at is that so rarely do we see characters who simply turn out to be gay. That may be strange way to put it, but hear me out. It seems as though if the writers of a show intend for a character to be gay, that character’s sexuality is made apparent right from the start. This isn’t necessarily wrong, but what is wrong is the counterpoint of this, which is that if a character does not display this superficial gayness, then they will almost never turn out to be homosexual. Even worse than that is the queerbaiting that can often occur when it comes to these characters.

Let’s look at the BBC’s Sherlock for a more concrete example of this. (On a side note, I was hoping for a good F/F ship for my example for this part of the argument, but I wanted to stick with only information and characters that I am most knowledgeable about to better solidify my argument, and couldn’t find any good examples of lesbian pairings that really demonstrate this point very well.) In Sherlock, the titular character and his partner in fighting crime John Watson share a very close friendship. Immediately fans of the show fell in love with the idea of Holmes and Watson sharing a romantic relationship. However, take note of the fact that Watson directly states “I’m not gay,” early on in the show’s run. There is no superficial gayness, right from the start we are aware that Watson is heterosexual. That didn’t stop fans however, and as a result, Holmes and Watson are faced with more and more situations which call their sexualities into question as the show continues. This is intentional. The show’s writers are aware of the fan reaction to the idea of Sherlock and John being gay, and chose to feed into these interests, despite stating themselves that they have no intention of displaying a canon homosexual relationship. This is queerbaiting. And at the root of it, there is a lack of superficial gayness.

So, to wrap things up, let’s take a look at some shows that are doing things right, and some shows that have the potential to do so as well. First, there is The Legend of Korra. As most of you are probably aware, the show’s finale wrapped up with Korra and Asami together, followed by a confirmation from the show’s creators that yes, Korrasami is canon. What is so important to note about this situation is that the characters we see together at the end of The Legend of Korra are characters who lacked superficial gayness. They were not “the gay characters.” They were Korra and Asami, the protagonist and another important character along for the ride. Korra even dated Mako during the show’s run. However, whether it was due to fan interest or whether it was the intention all along, the two women eventually ended up together romantically. I cannot stress enough how important this is.

Another show I want to briefly make mention of that does this right is Steven Universe, if only because it’s just so damn good and portrays its characters so well. It isn’t until the end of the first season that we find out that Garnet is actually a fusion of two gems, Sapphire and Ruby, both identifying as female. Pearl’s love for Rose Quartz is revealed little by little, all coming to a head when she sings It’s Over, Isn’t It, and it’s heartbreaking. Even now, this late in the series, the foundations for a budding romance between Pearl and the mystery girl, and between Lapis Lazuli and Peridot, are being laid. But don’t forget that the show started as a goofy kid and some badass females beating up monsters together. They were never just “the gay characters.”

And now, finally, we can look at some shows that have so much opportunity to do things right, but which I am fearful will fail to do so. The disappointment and queerbaiting of past experiences make it difficult for me to get my hopes up when it comes to the possibility of these relationships becoming canon. First let’s look at one that at this point is all but canon; the relationship between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline in Adventure Time.

There really isn’t much to say about these two, and by that I mean there’s so much to say that at this point there’s no need to say any more. As far as I see it, the two are together. But a show can drop as many hints and as much subtext as it wants, to me, it isn’t enough until it is confirmed. I understand the struggles that producers have to face when it comes to acceptance across different countries, and the fact that they want to be accessible to as large an audience as possible. That being said, when it comes to Bubblegum and Marceline, their relationship has come so far that there’s no denying it anymore. However, I still have doubts. Doubts that arise from the fact that neither Bubblegum nor Marceline demonstrated superficial gayness from the start of the show. Could it all just be queerbaiting? Only time will tell, but the fear will always be at the back of my mind.

On the other hand, we have RWBY, a show produced by RoosterTeeth, and the pairing of Yang Xiao Long and Blake Belladonna. Just as with Bubbline, I believe there is no longer any excuse for these two not to be together, but for a different reason. With Bubbline, it seems as though the creators want it to happen, but due to global marketing, are uneasy about doing so. With Blake and Yang, or “Bumbleby,” it is quite the opposite. The majority of fans are in support of Bumbleby, and unlike Cartoon Network, RoosterTeeth has no reason to fear the backlash that would come from such a pairing, as their viewership comes largely from the internet community who are entirely open to the two being together. My hope is that they have the intention of eventually making Bumbleby canon, and right now the only delay is the slow burn of the narrative and setting things up for the two to eventually develop feelings of love for one another. But as I’ve stated before, the disappointments of the past make me fearful for the future, especially due to the fact that Blake and Yang not only didn’t demonstrate superficial gayness, but Blake has been shown to have some interest in a male character, Sun Wukong. Just as in the case of Bubbline, it will take time to find out the truth, but as RWBY heads into Volume 4, I find myself having severe doubts about the eventual possibility of a canon lesbian pairing.

So then, to wrap this up I just want to say that I hope shows like The Legend of Korra and Steven Universe have set an example for shows that have potential for powerful homosexual relationships. And I want to see queer representation in media moving more in a direction where a character’s sexuaity is not what defines them in the eyes of the audience. A character’s sexuality should not be the first thing that stands out about them, establish strong characters, and over time reveal those details. Otherwise we will remain locked in a cycle of superficial gayness, queerbaiting, and disappointment.

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grief is like the ocean

summary: some days are better than others. — shallura (ft. love, loss, and recovering)
also read on: ao3 // ffn

for @shallurasundays, prompt: home. sorry i’m so so so late but i just love this prompt so much. i just couldn’t live without doing it. this is also for @jazzzasaruss, who had requested allura meeting shiro’s family a long long time ago. i’ve finally come around to being able to write this. i hope you enjoy — and sorry again for the delay. 


“grief is like the ocean;
it comes on waves ebbing and flowing.
sometimes the water is calm,
and sometimes it is overwhelming.
all we can do is learn to swim.” — vicki harrison

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She rests her head on his shoulder and brings her body close, sliding in against him between the sheets.

“Tell me about your father and your mother again,” she asks him.

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( Ah, sorry it’s a bit late! Thank you for sending in the prompt I don’t really know how to tackle this.. and I might have changed a few things.. I apologize if this isn’t the thing you were thinking of..So. )
( Warnings for too much use of cuss words, out of character-ness. )


characters: miyuki kazuya, kuramochi youichi, sawamura eijun (basically seidou)

Maybe he shouldn’t have gone to the toilet.

Preposterous, of course, considering it is his duty as the owner of his body to take care of it, and such needs need to be met. So the blame doesn’t lay on that, then.

Maybe they shouldn’t have talked somewhere near the toilet.

Okay, this, Miyuki was willing to concede as not their fault. They didn’t know Miyuki was there - heck, they probably didn’t want anybody to be there, if one adds the fact that what they’ve said was.. disturbing. Miyuki doesn’t know if the Coaches knew about it. Is it even legal? Fair? No, certainly not fair. They didn’t want anybody to hear, but they’ve severely underestimated the voice of one Sawamura Eijun.

Maybe Miyuki shouldn’t have eavesdropped.

Oh, maybe he really shouldn’t have.

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In which Cisco learns to deal with life after the Flashpoint Paradox and Hartley learns he may have a thing for nerdy engineers with penchants for graphic tees. More specifically, just one nerdy engineer with a penchant for graphic tees. 

(I’m a tease and this is like the first half of a chapter for a long Hartmon fic I’m currently writing…and it’s very slow build)

When Cisco woke up the morning after they had defeated Zoom, he knew something had gone horribly, horribly wrong. Had being the operating word.

He could feel it deep in his bones. Could feel it in the very fabric of the timestream. The accelerator explosion. Iris. Barry. The Flash. All gone. And in their place, something else had taken hold.

Cisco was just glad that whatever Barry had done to reset the timeline had worked. Even still, fragments of the fractured timeline haunted his dreams.

He dreamed of Barry living out his life with his parents, but still not happy, not when he didn’t have his powers; of Caitlin and Ronnie finally going on that honeymoon to Tahiti; of Iris and Eddie getting their happily-ever-after, the byline Iris West-Allen lost somewhere in the annals of time.

He dreamed of his own life without the STAR Labs team. Of the same crappy relationship with his family. Of long nights working for the real Harrison Wells, only as a janitor on the night shift, not Wells’s favorite scientist. And he couldn’t describe how he knew it, but just as he knew the Reverse Flash had actually killed him that day in front of the containment field, he knew that these dreams were so much more than just spindles and complexes and delta waves. They weren’t even visions from an alternate universe. He knew without a doubt that this had happened right here on Earth-1.

And that was a wake-up call if he ever had one.

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Best of March

Alright, so for the past couple of months since the new year, I’ve been making up lists of my favorite albums and songs at the end of each month.  It’s been going pretty well so far, so I’m trying to keep up with it.  For March I’ve listed a few more than I have in past months however, because this has been the most prominent month we’ve had for great music so far this year in my opinion and most of these I’m sure will stay with me throughout the year!  As always, let me know of anything you guys really enjoyed that I may have missed!  These were my personal favorites of the month:


Albums:

1.  Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

To Pimp a Butterfly on first listen feels like one of those albums that shouldn’t really exist.  Not at this time anyways, and not even by Kendrick Lamar.  Although he seems to have become the most socially and politically aware rapper of our time over a rather short time-span, good kid m.A.A.d city is still fresh in our minds as it is just over two years behind us and strikes as a very personal record for Kendrick and yet this new record is even more incredible and appears aimed at a wider crowd and towards a greater vision.  Like D’Angelo’s excellent comeback with last years Black Messiah, thematically To Pimp a Butterfly couldn’t have arrived at a more appropriate time.  In the wake of the Ferguson unrest following the deaths of multiple black Americans at the hands of white police officers Kendrick’s new album hits hard.  With funk and jazz influenced beats by Flying Lotus, groovy bass lines from Thundercat, and excellent vocal / rap performances most recognizably from Bilal, Snoop Dogg, Rapsody, Anna Wise, and even one of the Isley Brothers, this is a fantastic listen all the way through without a single weak spot.  Although To Pimp a Butterfly doesn’t flow as effortlessly track-by-track as gkmc did being a concept album, it takes a much more appealing approach within the context of this record.  Kendrick gradually unveils a lengthy poem he has written to accompany the album as it goes on.  The poem, as it is revealed before almost every track here, presents the theme of that track it is preceding and is eventually unveiled in it’s entirety in the closing track “Mortal Man” after Kendrick pieces together a flawless interview with the ghost of 2Pac.  Throughout listening to the interview, it’s easy to forget this is the ghost of a rap idol and not really him in the flesh until Kendrick breaks the silence after reading him the poem.  “What’s your perspective on that?…Pac?… Pac?…PAC?!”

2.  Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

After The Age of Adz, a return to form was never expected from Sufjan Stevens.  It seemed as though he had reached a point of no return from colorful electronic synthesizers and massive production styles.  I’ll admit,The Age of Adz is just as enjoyable as some of his best work, but as great as that album was, it left me longing for the old Sufjan, the quaint folky singer-songwriter who wrote sentimental and emotional records like Illinois, Michigan, and Seven Swans.   Regardless, Sufjan is back!  Both sonically and thematically he is back to his roots.  This album revolves around his parents, to whom the album is named after, his life growing up as a child, and ultimately the death of his mother.  Sufjan has been very open in interviews since her death in 2012, stating that his relationship with Carrie was never an ideal one for a young child growing up, as she abandoned him and his brother and never really adhered to the mother figure a young boy needs, but in the end he loved and forgave her all the same.  All of this shows through this record, as he never comes off as resentful towards the late memories of his mother, although he goes through many stages while mourning her death;  thirsting for attention, constant regression of the past, loss of belief, and even contemplation of suicide in certain instances.  The overall theme is depressing of course, however Sufjan emerges positively, regaining his faith in God and forgiving his mother after everything.  His voice hardly registers above a whisper on most of these tracks but it goes along with the mood effortlessly as he sings beautifully over finger-picked guitars, lush strings, and smartly-placed synthesizers.  By the end you’ll realize that everything Sufjan Stevens has done musically so far has led toCarrie & Lowell.

3.  Lower Dens - Escape from Evil

It’s no coincidence that Lower Dens have been billed to play the same gigs as Beach House in the past.  Jana Hunter’s voice is strangely reminiscent of Victoria Legrand’s and of course both bands making lush dream-pop tunes just goes to strengthen the comparison.  Although Lower Dens definitely haven’t been as widely recognized in the ever-expanding genre of dream-pop as Beach House have been, Escape from Evil is sure to change that as they proceed in a more straight-forward direction than they did with the experimental Nootropics.  Undoubtedly it is the band’s boldest effort to date which is showcased in excellent singles right off the bat with “To Die in L.A.” and “Ondine”.  The direction is the same as in their past records with Escape from Evil, however the end result of this album is more clear-cut than they’ve been able to manage in the past.  They’ve upped the anti on production here with help from the likes of Ariel Rechtshaid, Chris Coady, and John Congleton to make a near-perfect record.  The theme here feels love-ridden. On songs like “To Die in L.A.” where she sings “time will turn the tide” as she waits for a long lost lover to come back to her, or on “Sucker’s Shangri-la” she sings, “it doesn’t help that he can see you coming and he knows how to break you like an animal” as she returns to an abusive relationship.  This theme of love is almost over-bearing on some of the tracks but it only strengthens the album as a whole.  Escape from Evil is overall a very spacious album with no two tracks that feel alike, gorgeous instrumentals, and above all Jana Hunter’s beautiful voice which soars over every track flawlessly.

4.  Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Goon is an intimidating title for an album so tame by such a lovelorn singer-songwriter.  Ultimately Tobias Jesso Jr.’s debut album is full of what I’d call anthems for hopeless romantics.  After all, maybe Goon is supposed to create an image of him as this 6-foot-something sappy songwriter living in L.A. whose gone through one too many breakups…that is what this album cover is supposed to convey, isn’t it?  Regardless, Goon is filled with many great songs mainly about lost love and self-doubt most of which are filled with smart orchestration, beautiful piano ballads, and of course a crooning Tobias, which usually have a very sentimental feeling to them.  The absolute stand-out track here, “How Could You Babe” comes early on in the album setting the mood and pretty much lets you know what heartbreak you’ll be getting into before you get too far in to back out of this record.  It starts off with the high notes of his piano making the track feel more upbeat than it actually is, until you get to the lyrics of course, “So long my only friend. I guess we gave it a try, and then I guess we tried again, I don’t remember why.  Well nothing’s as hard to do as just saying goodbye”.  What’s most appealing to me about Goon is that it’s more honest and easy to relate to than what most artists are writing about these days.  Songs like these are hard to find among modern music but he makes it sound so easy to do, after a whole lot of heartbreak that is.

5.  Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Last time I obsessed over Courtney Barnett was when she released what I’d say is her breakthrough single “Avant Gardener”.  On that song we learned something about her.  She over-thinks things almost constantly.  I mean so does every living person I’m sure.  But with her it seems almost to the point of a dreadful anxiety!  “Avant Gardener” was humorous in that by gardening-which is supposed to be a form stress relief-she somehow ends up in the back of an ambulance.  Sometimes I Sit… only plays off of this self-realization of anxiety found on tracks from her past EPs.  If you pick up a physical copy of this record, you’ll find in the booklet a bunch of hand-drawn diagrams of different chairs with descriptions of their strengths, some you’d find in a thrift shop and also some that Barnett has drawn from her own original ideas.  It’s as if she’s trying to find the perfect seat to just sit and relax.  Of course as you’ll learn through listening to her music, she’s never ever just sitting.  She’s constantly running her head around ideas that will make even the most stable person have an existential crisis.  Sometimes I Sit… In a strangely positive outlook showcases her excellent storytelling ability and brings up multiple issues in Barnett’s life: self-doubt, insomnia, and anxiety being only a few, but she refuses to just sit down and let it all overrun her state of mind.

6.  Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - After

The title of Aly Spaltro’s sophomore album as Lady Lamb raises one obvious question, “after what?”.  After the successes of becoming a target as one of the larger fandoms I’ve seen in internet blogging? After the end of a long and trying relationship, maybe?  Or simply stating this is the next logical step after her excellent debut Ripely Pine?  If the latter is the case, that kind of puzzles me seeing as this album would have felt more relevant as her debut in my opinion than the very dense and dark world of Ripely Pine.  Only after I’d finished obsessing over a long-awaited studio version of “Violet Clementine” was I able to fully enjoy this album for what it is.  Afteris undoubtedly more fun overall than her debut regardless of lacking the intensity that Ripely Pine possessed although it doesn’t feel like it was the next logical step.  Aly Spaltro still gives the same incredible vocal delivery and depth that I’ve come to expect from her, but it all comes in the form of a brighter idea.  While many of the tracks on Ripely Pine felt claustrophobic like they were most likely conceived in her moonlit bedroom, these new tracks flourish with a brand new pop sound you wouldn’t have expected to hear from her.  Although it took me more time to appreciate After as a whole in the wake of the brilliance of her first album, it is just as enjoyable and is definitely more full of color as the songs here range from that great feeling you get when you make your bus to taking sides with a believer of aliens from another planet while skeptics try to rip him apart.

7.  Yowler - The Offer

Before hearing this new project of hers, I’d best known Maryn Jones for her work in a band called All Dogs.  With that project and with Yowler as well she makes the kind of lo-fi music that would be recorded in the confinements of her bedroom or a friend’s basement maybe, the kind of music that will probably never see a major label and will only be released on very limited quantities of cassettes.  However these factors don’t deny the power of an album such as The Offer.  Maryn Jones sings with a shy vocal delivery that is comparable to that of Grouper’s Liz Harris, a voice that barely reaches over a whisper over top of a finger-picked acoustic guitar.  Of course there’s not much room in the world of music for a voice like this when you’re competing against countless other artists making music that’s more recognized on a larger scale.  Her music however doesn’t beg for recognition but instead stays in this realm of music that might go undiscovered for a long time until she gradually makes her way out of smaller labels which harbor these artists like Double Double Whammy.  Every move is a step forward though, as with her Yowler project she’s jumped onto a record label where as with All Dogs she was still self-releasing songs of the same caliber.  The Offer proves as the best thing Maryn Jones has released so far and she’s only moving forward.

Honorable Mentions:

Free Cake for Every Creature - Moving Songs

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

Laura Marling - Short Movie

Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves


Songs:

1.  Grimes - REALiTi

It still comes as a surprise to me that this is one of the songs that Claire Boucher has scrapped from her long-awaited forthcoming Grimes record.  Personally I think it’s one of her best songs yet!  “REALiTi” has an infectious drum-beat right from the start with drone-y synths that fade in and out and probably a ton of other effects.  There’s a few hand-clap moments that feel pretty unorthodox and the song has a pronounced EDM influence to it that is much milder than that of last year’s “Go!” with Blood Diamonds, although the overall result is incredible.  This has probably been my most obsessed over song of the year so far and for good reason!  She sings, “Baby, every morning there are mountains to climb, taking all my time”.  Through seeing the kind of lifestyle she appears to live it’s difficult to remember that she’s most likely gone through just as many hardships as the average person.  In just a few short years she’s gone from being a completely DIY artist to being one of the new artists signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation record label.  I have no doubts that there are endless stresses there, trying to assimilate to a more mainstream influenced crowd maybe.  “Welcome to reality”, she sings as I’m sure an aspiring artist would hear many times when first starting out in the music business.  Claire Boucher is still turning heads as one of the most influential and unique artists making art-pop music and I’m sure there’s good reason why she’s been delaying the release of her follow up to Visions.  For now however this song is tiding me over!

2.  Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta

“Bitch, where were you when I was walking?”, Kendrick asks, as if it’s an attack on someone who’s now a close friend to him only because of his rise to fame.  The start of “King Kunta” carries the same theme of materialization over from “For Free? (interlude)”.  It’s that whole “Benz Friendz” mentality all over again.  Kendrick is constantly finding people who are after him for his fame.  With “King Kunta”  Kendrick brings that “Game of Thrones” reality from the era of rappers like Biggie and 2Pac back into the rap game after it’s been forgotten for so long.  The world of rap music isn’t nearly as competitive as it once was, now Kendrick is claiming that position at the top of the hill and is ready to fight for it.  After all I’m sure he knows that he’s one of the only rappers alive right now actually making a difference with his music.   He calls out other rappers at his level, “But a rapper with a ghost writer, what the fuck happened? / y’all sharing bars like you got the bottom bunk in a two man cell”, but it’s indirect who he’s attacking.  Kanye?  Drake, maybe?  Kendrick addresses multiple things on his mind in “King Kunta” over what is for sure the funkiest beat he’s ever rapped over.  To Pimp a Butterfly…To Kill a Mockingbird…the album carries many references but the most direct are his love/hate views on Judge Taylor (who can be seen on the lower left hand of the album cover).  “Fuck the judge, I made it past 25″, he raps as if he sees what the judge did for Tom Robinson in that book but dismisses it as unnecessary, like Tom could have made it without the pity of a white judge.  Maybe these are just his views on a novel about black oppression made by a white american novelist but they’re strong ones.  What’s more interesting is how he seems to take the judge’s side on the album version of “i” saying “the judge made time” in his speech to a rowdy crowd during his live performance.  The overall message is cloudy.

3.  Kendrick Lamar - u

“u” is instantly recognizable as a reflection of everything Kendrick was saying on his Grammy-winning single “i”.  While “I” was incredibly confident with motives of “I love Myself”, “u” goes back on everything he said and comes off as a bit schizophrenic.  “Loving you is complicated”, Kendrick repeats at the beginning of the track.  At first it sounds like he’s talking about someone else in his life, instinctively.  What he’s actually doing is beating himself up over the entire song, “I fuckin’ tell you, you fuckin’ failure, you ain’t no leader! / I never liked you, forever despise you, I don’t need you! / The world don’t need you!”  He is literally shouting at himself in anger for multiple things:  not being their for his family after becoming famous, blaming himself for the misguidance of his younger sister while he was away.  Midway through the song, there’s a choppy beat change-up along with an impromptu appearance by none other than his housekeeper before Kendrick slips into another stage.  He continues rapping although now he’s practically in tears, you can hear the absolute distress coming through his vocal delivery as he now recounts the death of his brother.  “A friend never leave Compton for profit or leave his best friend little brother, you promised you’d watch him before they shot him / You even face-timed instead of a hospital visit”, he continues.  Now he’s got a bottle and he does it so convincingly that it actually sounds like he’s drinking while rapping.  He finishes with, “The world’ll know money can’t stop a suicidal weakness”, and he’s never sounded more convincing.

4.  Sufjan Stevens - Fourth of July

Where the excellent lead single, “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” dealt with Sufjan’s state of mind after the passing of his mother, “Fourth of July” throws you right into the midst of her passing as he is sitting at her bedside in the hospital.  “Well you do enough talk my little hawk, why do you cry?”, Sufjan’s mother tries to comfort him.  He asks her about her experiences in life events, specifically with the famous Tillamook forest fire and the fourth of July.  It’s like Sufjan is frantically trying to catch up with his mother after so much time lost since their relationship wasn’t an ideal one.  He knows she doesn’t have much time left, and he is also trying to comfort her in asking about her past life.  His mother continues, “Did you get enough love my little dove? / I’m sorry I left but it was for the best though it never felt right”.  The whole thing plays out like a movie in your head while listening to it.  Both Sufjan and his mother are trying to make up for the past in such little time, and it’s heartbreaking to listen to.  All the while there are looming synthesized horns in the background inching toward her death, and it all feels too real as Sufjan repeatedly sings “We’re all going to die” as he finally accepts the reality of Carrie’s death.

5.  Jamie xx - Loud Places (feat. Romy)

Jamie xx is back with a colorful new single and look who he’s brought along, none other than The xx’s vocalist Romy Madley-Croft of course!  The end result is as you could expect.  Romy brings her usual lovely spacious vocals to the table while mastermind Jamie xx does the rest.   The setting here is perfect.  As the song starts, there’s people chattering in the background over a glockenspiel-like synth as Romy sings, “You go to loud places to find someone who will take you higher than I took you” to which she reflects, “Didn’t I take you to higher places you can’t reach without me?”.  It’s an intimate sentiment that is only built upon by Jamie’s build-up of flashy electronic synths, and drum machines.  “You’re in ecstasy without me.  When you come down I won’t be around”, Romy sings once the beat comes down making for another excellent collaboration between the two.

6.  Lower Dens - Ondine

It’s often difficult to hold on to love.  Jana Hunter expresses this well with “Ondine”, a sure stand-out from Escape from Evil, as her voice soars above a pronounced drum beat, electric guitar and some lurking synths reminiscent of that which you’d hear in some recent music from Wild Beasts.  “You are leaving”, she sings with pain in her voice as she continues trying to hold on to a well-found love, repeating over and over, “I’ll treat you better”.  This is for sure one of the better love songs I’ve heard in awhile!

7.  Lower Dens - Quo Vadis

I looked it up and “Quo Vadis” is apparently latin for “Where are you going?”, which I found kind of interesting because listening to Escape from Evil this track feels as though it could be a companion piece to “Ondine” which felt like a very solitude and dead-end track on it’s own.  “We don’t have time cause time is a hook on a line and we’re swimming for our whole lives”, Jana Hunter sings as if she’s still trying to salvage what’s left of the relationship that felt indefinitely over in “Ondine”.  She continues, “It’s impossible what I dream of / I wanna be with you alone”.

8.  Chromatics - I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around

“All the dreams we had were more than what we found”, sings Ruth Radelet reflecting on a relationship that could have been more that what it actually is.  The title says it all.  This song chronicles a trying relationship over a bombastic drumbeat  which only grows greater as the song continues, with static-filled electronics reminiscent of Crystal Castles and backing vocals from Italians Do It Better labelmate, Megan Louise of Desire.  Of course Johnny Jewel is behind it all, but everyone comes together to make this excellent song what it is.  Come on, Johnny…still waiting for Dear Tommy!

9.  Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - Penny Licks

If you’re a Lady Lamb fan, you probably already know that Aly Spaltro has a knack for taking her older demos and making them into something much greater, and that’s exactly what she’s done with After stand-out “Penny Licks”!  Funny, cause the intro tricks the listener into thinking it’s still that same old demo before the song bursts into color from black and white.  “We can’t seem to find a stable table so we’ll take all our eggs and we’ll be on our way”, she sings once the song really starts.  The song continues the same way until a bout a minute and a half in when you get a rolling bass line which leads into a full on drum kit.  “We will crane our necks” she seems to reference “Crane Your Neck” from Ripely Pine.  Well done Aly, you’ve done it again!

10.  Tobias Jesso Jr. - Without You

Another sad song about love.  We’ve already established that Tobias Jesso Jr. does these well.  “Without You” is perhaps one of the best on Goon!    “Why can’t you just love me? / Should I move on or should I wait? / How’d you get so high above me?”, Tobias croons.  These are questions that I’m sure many people ask themselves but can never seem to answer.  They just drift there in your head until you are able to get over them.  He continues, “I reach higher every day, but nothing changes, no it all just stays the same”.  Danielle Haim joins in on drums as Tobias goes into the chorus, “I can hardly breathe without you.”

11.  Courtney Barnett - Depreston

With “Depreston”, Courtney Barnett seems to use a day of normal, uneventful house-hunting to paint a bigger picture.  “We drive to a house in Preston, we see police arresting a man with his hand in a bag / How’s that for first impressions?”, she speak-sings as the song starts to become gloomy.  Everything starts adding up to make it not such an ideal day.  They get to the house and she looks around realizing that the last owner probably passed there.  She continues, “Then I see the handrail in the shower, a collection of those canisters for coffee, tea, and flour, and a photo of a young man in a van in vietnam”.  “If you’ve got a spare half a million you could knock it down and start re-building”, she repeats, as if she’s speaking as the person who was selling the house.  It’s a hard idea to think of, demolishing someone’s home soon after they pass from it.

12.  Courtney Barnett - Kim’s Caravan

Sometimes I Sit… takes a dark turn with “Kim’s Caravan” as it creates an image of her sitting on the beach having a bunch of environmentally aware notions.   She reflects on a dead seal on the beach, “guess it just wants to die / I would want to die too, with people putting oil into my air / but to be fair I’ve done my share”.  It gets darker when she finds a note on the beach that reads a grisly quote: “The Great Barrier Reef, it ain’t so great anymore. It’s been raped beyond belief, the dredgers treat it like a whore”.  All of this seems like a hell of a lot to take in for someone who just wanted to sit and relax on the beach.  She slips into refrain, “I drank ‘til I was sinking, sank ‘til I was thinking that I’m thankful for this view”.

13.  Yowler - Yowler

I’ve seen self-titled albums many times, but it’s not often I hear of a self-titled song.  This is weird to me, like is the name of the project based off of the song, or the song based off of the decision to name the project Yowler?  Regardless, “Yowler” is the stand-out track from Yowler in my opinion.  Maryn Jones sings beautifully over a finger-picked acoustic guitar.  “You’ll lose me in the trees, but I’m alive”, she sings as if she’s a child about to runaway from home.  It’s a selfish thought really.  I really don’t know what to make of this song to be honest.

14.  Kanye West - All Day (feat. Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London, & Paul McCartney)

Alright, so I still don’t have any idea how Kanye’s new album is going to completely come together, but so far all of the singles have sounded pretty incredible!  With “All Day” Kanye West is back to going hard and full-on rapping!  Although it may not have all of the flare that the live performance at the Brits had it still sounds awesome!  This is definitely not a simple track by any means, it throws you for a loop with a ferocious beat, some vocals from collaborator Theophilus London, some chopped-up beat change-ups and a whistling Paul McCartney.  I don’t think anyone can predict what Kanye is going for next.

15.  Tame Impala - Let It happen

Tame Impala are back after almost 3 years after they turned heads with the very impressive and game-changing Lonerism with a single that is just short of 8 minutes!   They go for a distinctly electronic sound this time around while still sticking to their classic influences.  “I heard about a whirlwind that’s coming around”, Kevin Parker sings before repeating the title in refrain.  It’s a bold first single and it definitely threw me for a loop!  I was scrambling for my computer mouse the first time I heard this song to stop it from skipping when really it was just more of Tame Impala’s tricks.

Madly On, pt.3

Ship: Snowbaz

Rating: T+

Summary: It’s been six years since Baz and Simon broke up, six years since Baz went off the map. For all intents and purposes, they’re out of each other’s lives. But when chance—and maybe a little bit of fate and Penelope Bunce—throws them back together again, they have to face the things that made them split up in the first place…and decide once and for all if they really are meant to be apart.

Chapter: 3/8

also here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5579635/chapters/12859927

|part one| |part two| |part three| |part four| |part five| |part six| |part seven| |part eight|


Baz

It’s bloody cold in the walk-in cooler, although I guess that’s the point, and I guess it’s not like it really bothers me. I’m sprawled out on the floor trying to tap a particularly difficult keg. It wouldn’t quite as difficult if there weren’t as many half-empty liquor boxes scattered around, but Gabe was in charge of stocking the back today, and clearly, organization is yet another thing that isn’t one of his strong suites.

Though neither is keg-tapping, which is why he’s here, leaning in the doorway as I squirm around the barrels. He’s bugging me, actually. I’ve been trying to dial down on the whole, you know, attitude thing (I’m trying to blend in here, not stand out) but sometimes, it’s all I’ve got.

Well, I am a Pitch, after all. Even if I don’t go by it these days.

“You know,” I grunt as I twist the tap, “you don’t need to be here. We both know that you’re never going to learn how to do this.”

“No,” he drawls back. “I just like the view.”

Gross. I feel so objectified.

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Second Chance.

Prompt: Could u do a theo raeken imagine where you guys were inseparable before he left and u had a crush on him and when he came back he was always looking for you and trying to be with u again but u were still mad after he left and he tries to make it up to u? – ANON

Author’s note: So I had to make a few changes from what the show says so that it would fit the prompt better. 1. He moved later than 4th grade. 2. He’s not so sketchy in my story haha.

-I also got a little bit of inspiration from Cassadee Pope’s song “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.”

-It’s hard to write about a character that we’ve barely seen so far, but it also gave me room to play around with it. So I hope you like what I came up with! Thanks for the request!


Second Chance.

Senior Scribe.

She couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw him walk through the library doors for senior scribe. What the hell is he doing here? (Y/N) thought as she watched him smoothly make his way down the steps. He wasn’t supposed to be here. He wasn’t even supposed to be in California. He was supposed to be in New York where he moved to years ago. (Y/N) had so many questions going through her head. How did he even know about senior scribe? When did he get back into town? And most of all what was he doing back here?

(Y/N) rolled her eyes as every girl fawned over him as he made his way through the crowd. Theo was the type of guy that all the girls wanted to be with and all the guys were jealous of. He was ridiculously good looking, you know, the perfect body, perfectly tan skin, perfectly quaffed hair, that perfect smile to fool anyone… the whole package. He hadn’t changed much since the last time she saw him except get more good looking, if that was even possible.

Theo caught her staring and smiled, “(Y/N)!” He yelled as he started making his way towards her.

Crap, she thought as she quickly snuck away. She wasn’t about to get mixed up with him again. She had been there and done that before, and it ended horribly with her heartbroken and wondering what went wrong. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop her from reliving the memories as she wafted through the crowded library.

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Close To You (Richonne fic)

“Michonne.”

She just barely recognized the sound of Rick’s hoarse whisper as she stared into the dirt she was kneeled in. Drops of blood dotted said dirt, and she wanted to look away, but she refused to look up; couldn’t bear to. Two years into the apocalypse, she’d seen some gruesome things. She’d had her heart broken more than once by them. And while nothing would ever ruin her like seeing her baby as one of those… things, bearing witness to her friend being beaten to death was a fairly close second. And so, she stared at the dirt, watching as the blood melted it into some strange, muddy consistency, listening to the deafening sobs of her friends and family, all drowning out the sound of her boyfriend.

“Michonne,” Rick croaked out once more, her name coming out in one shaky syllable instead of two. When she didn’t respond, he fell back to his knees so that he could see her face, look into her eyes. He didn’t want to see anything else but her. “We have to go.” He gazed at her expectantly, desperately, as her expression refused to change, and she looked cold in every sense of the word. He tentatively reached out to touch her hand, thankful, more than anything, for the chance to do so again. “Baby…”

Her eyes flitted upward, finally recognizing what was happening. She instinctively recoiled from his touch, seeing he was much too close for comfort. If any of Negan’s men were still around watching them, they would see. They would know that Rick was hers and she was his; they would use it against him. Them. “Don’t.”

He didn’t have time to wonder in that moment why she was pulling away from him, so he nodded in understanding and quietly retreated. “We have to go,” he repeated, pleading.

“There’s nowhere to go,” she mumbled. Nowhere to hide.

He let out another wobbly sigh, still unable to quite find his bearings. He was only attempting to for her, for Carl, for his family. “Maggie still needs to get to Hilltop.”

She nodded, almost imperceptibly, as she had no idea how to respond to any of this. In her head, she was seesawing between rage and despair, and the rest of her seemed to have settled on stoicism. There was nothing to say. “Just take care of Carl,” Michonne told him. “I’ll be fine.”

“All right…” Rick nodded in compliance, but he was certain she wasn’t fine. She was always so protective of them – of Carl, especially – he knew this apathy was a symptom of her being the opposite of fine.

But he didn’t have the energy to fight her. Not then, not there. So he did the only thing he could do to help her in that moment – he pulled off his jacket and draped it over her. His fingers purposely grazed her shoulder as he stood from the ground, and before he headed off for the RV, he left her with four short words that meant everything when she’d said them to him. The context was different, of course, but at a time when he couldn’t see past his own trauma, she stood by him. And he would do the same for her. “I’m still with you.”

Michonne looked up at him, speechless, as she watched him walk toward the RV. She wanted to say something, but nothing came out. Nothing but a tiny whimper when she noticed their friend’s headless, lifeless body in her periphery. She squeezed her eyes shut and let out a deep sigh as she finished putting on Rick’s jacket. It took everything she had left to stand to her feet again, but stand, she did, and wiped the dirt from her body as as she followed behind Rick.

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Break me

TITLE:  Break me

CHAPTER NUMBER/ONE SHOT: one shot

AUTHOR tomcuddlesfic

WHICH TOM/CHARACTER: Actor Tom 

GENRE: romance 

FIC SUMMARY:  OC is left heartbroken by Tom. But can they make mend their relationship?

RATING FOR THE WHOLE FIC: G

Author’s notes: I challenged myself to write angst and heartache. Comments would be splendid.

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Nine Lives Remember

*For Jerusha, Molly and 3 anons - all wanting some reassurance about Carol and her TWD Longevity after reading some rather unsensitive and frankly repetitive foilers 

Here we go again! 

Carol Peletier has been killed off for the umpteenth time by her “opposition” and the fandom is once again scrambling to separate and distinguish the “truth” from the malicious rumours that have plagued her character since Season 1 or perhaps more accurately from the very moment golden boy, Daryl Dixon, started naturally gravitating towards her awesomeness. 

The minute Daryl’s smirky blue eyes started tracking and watching HER more than the others, the target on her back started to grow. 

When you really think about it Carol had been underestimated even by her own fan base, starting all the way back from the very beginning of the series and therefore her “death” has been predicted and expected more than that of any other TWD main cast character. 

Melissa McBride herself didn’t expect Carol to leave the quarry with the rest of the group, let alone be the one whose ingenuity and pocketed grenade, hidden in her trusty messenger bag, would provide the only way out of the self-destructing CDC. 

In Season 2 Carol was given a tragic story-line which cost her the last family member she had but that loss bonded her even more with the resident bad boy Daryl Dixon whose friendship proved to be monumental for her because at the very end her hold on him produced a truly epic romantic moment as he saved her life and whisked her away to safety. 

However it’s important to mention that before she rode off with him on that motorcycle she made sure he was still around do be in the position to do it. 

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CRYBABY; jonghyun/key

@squickz​ shinee winter challenge #9: jongkey

1416 words, PG

kibum sniffs into his sleeve, trying to blink back the tears that are threatening to spill. he knew this film would make him cry - there’s a reason he came to the cinema alone, yet he still forgot to bring a packet of tissues. he’d had them all lined up on the table by the door ready to bring and everything, but somehow he’d still forgotten them. he wipes his eyes with a sleeve, choking back a sob as the main character delivers a particularly moving line. he’s a fucking mess.

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