Taylor Swift Ends My Night Terrors by Releasing a New Song

Well, folks, the wait is over. Our savior Taylor Swift has ended the barren apocalypse of the past year and a half and has released a darling new single called “Shake It Off,” a delightful middle finger to the rude media overlords who try to slutshame her and a playful nod to her shitty dancing.

As you probably know, T. Swizz is a goddess among us mere mortals—she exits the gym looking flawless with no more help than that of a hairbrush, she does charity work because she wants to and not for the publicity, she writes and sings the feelings of my soul on the reg. And thankfully, this enchanting ditty that not only lyrically pays homage to 3LW, but also visually to Audrey Hepburn, Fergie, and Lady Gaga, is available for streaming via YouTube, and our nationwide nightmare is over. Now I’m just waiting on that tour announcement…

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Song on Repeat of the Week: “Knee Socks” by Arctic Monkeys

Sometimes when I hear a good song I just want to hear it again. And again. And I do that about ten more times, and if I don’t have anywhere to be, and usually I don’t, I’ll keep listening until I do. Addictive personality? Maybe! But some songs are just that good! And if I can share that joy, then great! So without further ado, the Song on Repeat of the Week is “Knee Socks” by Arctic Monkeys.

“Knee Socks” is the second-to-last track on the band’s latest LP, 2013’s AM, and while I listen to pretty much the whole album on repeat, “Knee Socks” has been catching my attention as of late. Up until a couple weeks ago, I liked AM. Then I saw the band at Osheaga in the beginning of August and basically became obsessed with the album. It wasn’t my first time seeing them, but it was a better performance than the former one I’d seen, probably because Alex Turner was a 21-year-old baby at the time and lacking the appropriate confidence and swagger to give a performance that turns otherwise rational young women into wannabe groupies. I mean, I would guess. Who knows. Is it getting hot in here?

Anyway, listen to “Knee Socks” and that opening lick is sure to entrance you, but the rest of the song does not disappoint, with an undeniably danceable chorus and the same seductive vibe that permeates the rest of the album, not to mention literary imagery like “a cough drop colored tongue,” a sensibility unsurprising from a guy who squeezed a Shakespeare reference into a booty-shaker about dance floor romance. He also manages to get a Mean Streets homage in the bridge, so that’s cool.

Most Repeatable Moment

That chorus! The irresistible lick and Turner’s lyrics wed in a most holy matrimony, best of all in the line so detailed it makes you feel like you’re there, “When you walked around your house wearing my sky blue Lacoste and your knee socks.” Wonder if he was thinking of anyone in particular…
Alexa Chung wears knee socks

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Summer Eats: Chocolate Tacos

Recently, we (meaning NeuralPop WASP and JAP) were talking about ice cream. Naturally the conversation devolved into how amazing chocolate tacos are and how there really should be more options in the world aside from Klondike’s obviously genius variety. Thankfully, chocolate tacos seem to be on the mind of many people these days, so we were able to scrounge up a few recipes that looking friggin’ awesome. If only we weren’t so lazy, we may give them a try. So do as we did: sit back and admire.

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Pretty Little Liars: A Dark Ali

Pretty Little Liars 5.10If ever there were a Pretty Little Liars to inspire questions, it just might be this one. That last shot of Melissa about to tell all was one for the books! I mean the hypothetical scholarly texts (that will definitely be) written about the show, not the actual Pretty Little Liars books that are already in publication. Onto the questions! Continue reading

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Let’s Get Superficial: Skincare Regime

I’m slightly obsessed with skincare–washing my face at night is the highlight of my waking hours–so I adore trying new products and staring at all the pretty bottles. Right now, though, I’m committed to one line, GR8SKN, and it’s only partially because I like the design of their bottles, which are recyclable and made from post-consumer materials.
Designed for teens and twenty-somethings (omg that’s me!), GR8SKN is all about healing your skin in a natural, non-irritating way. And if you don’t believe in their effectiveness, check out a picture of their creator, Dr. Janine Ellenberger. Forget her 15 years experience in skincare and cosmetics and the fact that she created these products for her own kids. One look at her photo and you’ll take whatever the hell she gives you. Continue reading

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