‘Girls’ Season 2 ?

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of HBO’s new comedy ‘Girls’ that wrapped up it’s first season a few months back. As much as I loved the first season, it flew by fast, being comprised of only 12 x 20 minute episodes. Ratings weren’t as good as they should have been at the beginning of the series, but as it progressed, the plot and quality of the show definitely improved. With each episode I laughed and loved it more and more, and just as I was getting really into it… boom! season finale. This left me wondering whether there actually would be a season two. Reviews were mostly good but then there were the not so good. Critic Curt Wagner dubs the show “frustrating to watch” in this article on RedEye.

With all this ambiguity surrounding the shows reputation, I signed up for a Google Alert. Turns out, there definitely will be a season 2, coming out around January 2013. There’s also been word on guest stars, which should be interesting given the fact that Season 1 seemed fairly big on putting underrated actors in the limelight. Maybe familiar faces is what the show needs to gain the recognition it deserves?

Rita Wilson will be playing Marnie’s (Allison Williams) mother. I’m intrigued and excited to see how their relationship will play out. I feel like season 1 glazed over the secondary characters, highlighting their flaws and raising questions without delving too deep into what they are all about. Hopefully season 2 answers some of these questions, transforming the show from being a sitcom about one girl and her friends to being a sitcom about four girls.

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SNL’s Colin Quinn will also play a role in the upcoming season. I look forward to discovering what another comic personality can add to the already hilarious (in my opinion) show.
You can see the article detailing the confirmed season 2 cast additions here.

In other Ellyse’s Google Alert news…
Mike ‘Sugar Bear’ Thompson, the lovable father in TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, is in crutches. (Yes, I created a Google Alert for ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’… what of it?)
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Splendour in the Grass recap

I just got home from Splendour in the Grass!

… Like 9 days ago (Yes, I know I fail at blogging). But, to be fair, as soon as I returned I contracted a horrible flu.

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For those who don’t know, Splendour in the Grass is a Music and Arts festival that goes for a duration of 3 days in Byron Bay, NSW. This was this years lineup. Amazing, huh!?

I went with two of my biffs: G and S. We stayed in an apartment because we missed out on camping tickets. The weather was almost unbearably freezing at times so we were quietly thankful for that. Each day we caught the shuttle bus from town to the fields where the festival was held, making some short-term friends on the way.

My favorite acts of Day 1 were Kate Miller-Heidke, The Shins and Jack White. The quality of the music was superb but I longed to be tossed around in a mosh-pit and day 1 definitely did not deliver on that front. We had a pretty good spot for The Shins, smack-bam in the middle of the crowd but nobody was moving. And I have the lack of bruises to prove it. I looked around at the crowd and everyone was so mellow. Just casually swaying back and forth to this amazing band. The random wofts of marijuana probably explains that.
For a duration of about 15 minutes on day one, it was absolutely pissing down with rain. It was literally coming down in sheets. All traces of grass turned to mud and from then on in, the festival was referred to as: “Splendour in the Mud”.

My mates and I decided to get our pre-drinks on for day 2. This meant that we arrived at the festival late afternoon rather than midday. There were a few clouds in the sky, but overall the weather was fairly nice. Mud and puddles were still very evident. S nearly pulled a sickie due to over-inebriation. G and I found this quite hilarious.
We got mad spots for Jinja Safari and The Beautiful Girls. At the end of Jinja Safari’s set, the keyboardist jumped into the crowd. I got a nice grope of his hair.
S, G and I then decided to chill out and have lunch. Lunch and ciders. Festival food really is delicious.
After lunch we went our separate ways because I wanted to see 360 and nobody else did. So worth it though! He absolutely killed it. On the mosh front, 360 definitely delivered. At the beginning of his set I was about 7 meters away from the stage and by the end of it I was nearly at the front of the mosh pit. So good.
Day 2 came to a close with Bloc Party and late-night-kebabs (that’s not the name of a band, we actually got kebabs on our way back to the apartment).

ImageDay 3 was my favorite day. We arrived fairly inebriated (and managed to sneak in a goon sack in S’s hood). A stand-out band of the day for me were Ball Park Music. I had never heard their stuff before but as soon as the frontman emerged into the mosh-pit mid-song, I fell in love. S and G then went to see another act but I stayed put because one of my favorite band’s were about to play. Fun. were too amazing for words! they definitely live up to their name. Other highlights of the day include Missy Higgins, The Kooks and Electric Guest.

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Overall, despite the mud, rain and cold, Spendour in the Grass was a fantastic experience. I definitely got my moneys worth and would consider returning next year. I slept on the flight back and as soon as I got home I bought a bunch of albums and then went straight to bed. It feels as though I’m only kind of waking up now, 9 days later.

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Unfortunately my shoes did not survive the weekend.

Moral of the weekend is: If you jump in the mosh, I’m probably going to buy your album.

What I’m listening to

In two or so months time I’ll be attending Splendor In The Grass Music Festival! woohoo!
Then, a few days after that… I’m going to Ed Sheeran! yipee!
Then, a few months after that… I’m going to Coldplay! huzzah!
Then, about a year after that… I’m going to One Direction! … not really though. (I wish I was… LOLJKS… I’m not kidding… I’m kidding about not kidding haha! … or am I?)

Anyways, without further a due, these are the albums I’m currently listening to.

360- Falling and Flying

If you haven’t heard of this dude, he’s an aussie rapper/ hip hop artist. Mmm… I know what you’re thinking. An Australian rapper? really!?. I get it, Australian rap is a contentious issue and maybe I’m biased but I just love authenticity of his voice. I love that you can feel his passion in his voice.
I’m super pumped to see him at SITG.
He’s weirdly attractive despite his neck+hand tattoos plus, behind his hardcore facade I reckon he’s a really gentle guy.
My favorite track is Killer. The song has a boss video clip to go with it, so check it out.

Fun. – Some Nights

It’s been wicked watching Fun. grow these past few years and getting the recognition they deserve. I feel in love with Nate Ruess back in the day he was the frontman for The Format. His voice is so quirky and adorably different that it makes me feel like jelly inside. This album is really… well… for lack of a better word… fun. It’s really lively and mostly upbeat- probably something I’d listen to at the gym.
My favorite track is It Gets Better. It’s a really happy tune that kind of encapsulates what these three legendary guys are about and everything that I love them for.

The Shins- Port of Morrow

The only way I can really describe this album or really any album by The Shins is… totally chillaxed. James Mercer is a god… His voice sounds like it has been refined by a rare, majestical audio filter (in a good way). I find that their albums are kind of hard to get into but gosh, once you are into them, their tracks don’t expire. I’ve been listening to Simple Song and Fall of 82′ on repeat.
The album makes me want to gracefully sway about and hectically head-bang simultaneously.
I would listen to these tracks on the train home from a long day or at my computer, whilst I mindlessly lurk the web.


Kate Miller-Heidke-  Nightflight

This album is very unlike anything I’d usually listen to. Each track is insanely chilling in it’s own way. I feel like when I’m listening to this album I can’t really be doing anything else- that her music requires my full attention which is a pretty amazing thing.
Each individual song tells a powerful story. I kid you not, a feature length film could be made out of any one of these songs.
Massive props to Kate Miller-Heidke on this quirky, intense new album.

GIRLS

ImageHBO’s new comedy, Girls is insanely good (imo). Lena Dunham, a 25 year old New Yorker created, wrote, directs and stars in this hilarious new show.
It centers around the lives of four twenty-somethings, trying to start their lives in New York.
The uncomfortable, awkward humor and acting is just perfect. Only problem is, the episodes are only half an hour! I’ve heard mixed reviews about it but considering the heart and soul Denham clearly puts into the show, I can’t help but idolise her efforts.
Many LOLs are had throughout each episode without fail, but I keep thinking at the back of my head that that is so going to be me in like, a few years time.
I will be so gutted if this show doesn’t get picked up for multiple seasons!

Loves and Dislikes

Loves: Coffee, Pepsi Max, Peppermint Tea, Skins, True Blood (vampire fetish: guilty), Friends and other sitcoms in general, Comedians, Music of all genres, My iPhone, My MacBook Pro, Playing guitar, Too many films to name, New York City, YouTube, Photography, Art, The fact that I’m going to Splendor in the Grass Music and Art festival this year, Laughing, Being inside on a rainy day, Being outside on a hot day, Freudian slips, The smell of tequila, Hoodies, Polaroid pictures, Nachos, Bars, Being home alone, Being around people, Meeting new people, Ticking something off my bucket list, Late-Night television (not that kind you sick fuck! …eh, who am i kidding?) Traveling, Snail Mail, Theatre, The percussive-ness of the word ‘fuck’, Acknowledgement.

Dislikes: How messy I can be, When people use ‘ugly’ as an aesthetic property when describing a person, Hate in general, Douchebags, Hangovers, My stubby fingers, Getting cords stuck in the wheel of my office chair, The price of airline tickets, The words “sold out”, Getting my hair stuck in someone else’s button, Ignorant/ close-minded people, Warm toilet seats, Wet hands, When you try to cut a sandwich in half and the filling comes out, Low battery.

Obligatory Introductory Post

I’m a self-confessed lurker. That’s right, one of those people who sit at their laptop, browsing sites such as facebook, twitter, youtube, livejournal etc., watching and reading timelines as they automatically update. Now before you conjure up an image in your mind of a middle aged tubby guy with a beard, hunched over at his laptop spilling potato crisp crumbs on his keyboard as he watches his dashboard intently; that’s not me. Rather, I’m an 18 year old girl from Australia, who loves the internet.

…I’m going to stop me right there. I’m trying so hard not to make this sound cliche and cringey but it’s much harder than I thought, so bare with me please.

Okay, so back to being a lurker. Yes, I’m one of those.
“Lurkers don’t create WordPress accounts and write ‘obligatory introductory’ posts, though!”, You may say. Well, right you are. So why am I doing this? Because I don’t want to be a passive lurker anymore; I want to be active.

Another reason I’ve created this blog is because the other day, as I was doing my daily lurk of the web, I yahoo-answer searched ‘how to land an internship’. That’s when it occurred to me that since I do want to land a career in the media industry at some point in my life, I should probably have a place of my own where I can direct future employers. (Hey future-employers, hey!)

What am I doing with my life other than lurking, you ask?
I’m a university student, studying a Bachelor of Communications/ Media. Some classes I’m taking this semester include editing, cinema studies and writing. I also have a part-time job at a cinema, so when I’m not lurking or studying, that’s where I am (you’ll probably hear about my experiences as a ‘cinema worker’ in entries to come).

I’m random, weird and up until today I’ve been a thinker, but from here on in, I’m going to be a do-er. Goodbye lurking and hello vanity!

My name’s Ellyse, by the way.