Deja Vu: #bookreview


Deja Vu on Amazon

What if you could live your life over from the age of 16? I ask myself this question all of the time, so I was curious to see what the main character of Deja Vu would do. Deja Vu was written by Israeli author, Michal Hartstein.

At the age of 16, Rose is in an accident and has amnesia. She cannot remember anything that happened before the accident. Her family and friends are supportive. Rose has a decent life but she wants what her friends have – money, seemingly perfect husbands and children. Her jealousy consumes her daily thoughts.

When she is 32, she wakes up in the hospital again. Could she really be 16 again?

Things that I liked about Deja Vu:

  • The concept of the story was really interesting. Would you redo things? I know that I would.
  • Rose is honest about her feelings. She struggles with motherhood. It’s not something that comes naturally, which is hard to admit. I think her honesty is what makes it easy to relate to her.


There was only one thing that was confusing. When I started reading the book, I didn’t know that the characters were living in Israel. So I didn’t know why they were all in the army. Now I know thanks to Google. Almost all Israeli citizens have to serve in the army.

If you want to know more about the author, Michal Hartstein, visit the following links.

Michal Hartstein on Twitter

Michal Hartstein website



Sleep Deprived Music Review: People Who Stare


People Who Stare describes themselves as an alternative/blues/rock band. They came out with their album, In Case You Care, in July 2017. So if you’re into alt-blues-rock music, check out the album.

I was going to write this review awhile ago but the post got lost in the draft section. This band deserves better than getting lost in the shuffle.

Three  good things about People Who Stare:

  1. They write their own music
  2. They alternate between male and female vocals.
  3. They aren’t on Twitter. Maybe they’re focusing on the music, right?!


Three good things about In Case You Care.

  1. The song, Medusa.
  2. The name rhymes with the band name.
  3. You get the sense that they are committed to music.

To find out more about this band, click on the links below.




People Who Stare

Band Members:
J-Hei Taylor (vocalist/auxiliary), Zechariah Robbins (bass/auxiliary), Kolbe Hockel (drums), Cameron MacCabe (guitar), and Adrian Boctor (keyboard).

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Bumpin Uglies



Once you get past the name, you will probably enjoy this album. There was a description that said you might like this band if you like Slightly Stoopid, Sublime and Pepper. It’s a pretty accurate description. At first, I thought that they sounded more like Sublime with Rome than the original Sublime.

Their Twitter profile says that they are “Lyrically driven Ska/Punk/Reggae from the east coast.” Ska/Punk/Reggae are some of my favorite things in life.

Apparently, my cat Manny Pacquimeow agrees. He’s been trying for a few minutes to find the band. If you would also like to find the band, here on some tour dates.


Things that I liked about the album:

  1. The lead singers voice.
  2. The band has a lot of energy. I like bands with horn sections. It’s not for everyone I guess.
  3. They have a sense of humor and potty mouths. Manny and I will have to listen to it when the kids go to school.

My favorite songs on the album are Optimism in F and All in Stride. Manny liked Bud Tender.


P.S. You’ll never stop giggling at the name.

The Funny Beaver. I can’t make this stuff up.

Bumpin Uglies Music

Bumpin Uglies on Twitter

Bumpin Uglies on Instagram

Interview with . . . There’s Talk





Some people play music that is perfect for playing at a snooty hipster coffee shop. There’s Talk is the first band that should be on your coffee shop playlist.

There’s Talk is a Dance/Electronic/dream pop from Oakland, California. The band members are Olivia Lee, Kellen Balla and Young Lee. They have a new album, bathed water moon, that has just been released.



When I listen to their records, I want to talk about books, music and social injustice with people wearing corduroy and beanies. They are my people. There’s Talk could be your people too.

Until I find a good coffee shop, I will have to do interviews like the following one with Olivia Lee from There’s Talk.



Where was your first show?

We played at El Rio. I remember the headliner sporting bras on their heads by the end.

Do you think that this album is different from “Tiny Strands?”

I wrote Tiny Strands before I met Young and Kellen. It’s been a blast collaborating with them on many more layers of reverb and electronic wizardry.

What’s your favorite social media outlet?

I’m really pleased by my friends’ absurd Instagram stories.

What have you been listening to lately?

Lushloss, Jenny Hval, Hand Habits, Phoebe Bridgers, Emily Sprague, Big Thief, Winter, Palehound, Fever Ray, High and Fragile, Lauren O’Connell, sweet angel Suf (always)

Was it a drastic change from playing in your friend’s garage/studio to playing in front of crowds?

It was a shared garage and we used to practice in headphones in the dark so sometimes Kellen’s neighbors would walk in to do laundry and we would just appear to be singing acapella and banging our heads. I guess a show is not any less awkward, just brighter and louder.

Would you ever go on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert?

Yes. We would just need a lot of outlets.

What do you do when you’re not in the studio or on tour?

Think about being in the studio

Are there any causes/charities that you support?

ACLU, HRC, Trevor Project, Advancement Project, Transgender Law Center, It Gets Better Project, Muttville, Cat Town



There’s Talk website

bathed water moon album on bandcamp

Why Music Festivals are more addicting than Cinnabon

At one time, I used to like going to music festivals. Of course, it means leaving the house and being around people. A few years ago, I had some issues with kidney stones. Then I had a job that took up a lot of time that I used to spend going to concerts. Since 2016, my concert attendance has dropped to almost zero unless you count going to see my kid’s band concert. You’re probably all out there thinking –

Boo You Whore. Buy it on Etsy!

It’s time to stop whining about not going anywhere and just do it. I still like the idea of going to festivals. This spring and summer, the plan is to go to smaller events and get back into the habit of being social in real life. There are three things that are really enjoyable about music festivals – music, band merch and meet & greets.

  • Music everywhere. At most of the festivals that I’ve been to, there are bands playing on at least three different stages. Bigger festivals have more stages. However, at small festivals you can get closer to the stage.


  • Band Merch. I’m a sucker for band t-shirts. Unfortunately, I don’t have the space for every band t-shirt. It doesn’t mean I won’t buy band shirts ever again.

So if I find something – like a cool print or a patch- and don’t regret anything. If I could get Manny Pacquimeow to wear shirts, I would buy him one. He’s so cranky though. Maybe he’s jealous because he doesn’t get to go to the show.

  • Meet & Greets. There are opportunities to meet your favorite bands. Sometimes you have to pay too much. Sometimes you might only have to spend $5-$10 for a poster that the band signs. How much it means to you + your festival budgest = whether you can or will seize the opportunity. I love meet & greets. Obviously.
  • Do not seize the musicians. It’s frowned upon.
Alvarez Kings. I’m in the middle.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Nahko



The coffee hadn’t kicked in when I listened to this album, My Name is Bear by Nahko, for the first time. I missed so much  by not being awake. How does someone not hear trumpets?

I was talking to Lucas about Nahko. He was like. “Well duhhhh – I’ve heard of Nahko. I saw him live last spring at the place that you are probably barred from. It was amaaazzzzinngg! You missed it.” I’m paraphrasing a bit.

According to Lucas, it was raining at the show. However, he still stood out in the rain to listen to Nahko. He said it was totally worth it.

3 things that I love about “My Name is Bear” –

  1. The music. Horns, acoustic guitars and a piano. They all sound beautiful together.
  2. The lyrics. I don’t know all of the lyrics but they mean something beyond having material objects or selfish desires. Reflective introspective. All of that without being cheesy or fake.
  3. “Early February” is my favorite song on this album. There really aren’t any bad songs.


Awesome things to have in common with Nahko-

  1. My parents used to call me Bear. So my name was Bear.
  2. I had a mohawk. It’s grown out since the summer.
  3. Some of my best friends are musicians, hippies and fire performers.

My Name is Bear on Spotify

Nahko on Facebook

Nahko’s website