this is a cool fall playlist

Perfect for cold morning walks to class, chilling in hoodies in your dorm room, the Halloween spirit, or just driving around, this fall playlist will get you ready for the weather changes and spirit of fall as we approach Halloween and the winter months.

Summer has come to an end and everyone has gotten into the school groove. Every October, it feels like the pace around us changes, and the overall atmosphere and mood is distinctly shifted with the weather and upcoming holidays.

When capturing a mood for fall and creating playlists in the season, I like to listen to eerie, darker, melancholy, and more “angsty” music. These songs will be on repeat for these autumn months while we transition to winter. Fall feels very temporary at times, as it’s a transition between summer and winter, and is a big shift from school break and humid weather to the deadness of the world outside and holiday season. This definitely reflects the music I like to listen to during fall

This playlist contains many different favorites, including alternative, indie, and classics. I tried to create the perfect queue of songs for people who love alternative, indie, rock, and classics. Here are some highlights:

Jaded – Precious Kid

Cool Cat – Queen

The Bakery – Arctic Monkeys

Pacifier – Catfish and the Bottlemen

Disappear – Twin Peaks

Export the Family – Honey Lung

Friend of Nothing – together PANGEA

The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala – Arctic Monkeys

Darla – Vundabar

Ramble On – Led Zeppelin

The Devil’s in the Details – Mac Ayres

Demon Dance – Surfer Blood

The Basement – Lunar Vacation

Some other notable mentions are Frank Ocean, King Krule, Real Estate, Last Dinosaurs, The Story So Far, Alvvays, Bibio, and many more. Set the perfect mood for this upcoming fall season with these songs!

Written By: Jesse Miller

#TEAMELLEN – Breast Cancer Awareness

October – the month known for all the spooky scary skeletons, demons, and ghouls that come out to play. However, to many across the globe, it also represents a month of strength to those who have braved and taken on one of the scariest trials anyone can ever face: cancer.

Specifically, breast cancer, as October is the official month for breast cancer awareness.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, it’s estimated that over 246,000 women in the United States alone will be diagnosed with breast cancer, as it’s most common among women worldwide. In contrast to that, however, there are 2.8 million women survivors in America today.

With that being said, I not only want to raise more awareness about this, but also send praise to someone in my life who is currently fighting the hard battle against breast cancer.


Source: Coral Avery

Meet Ellen Erickson. Home grown San Diegan of 20 years old, as of today. (Happy birthday, El!) I’ve personally known her for nearly eight years, through our family’s deep love and devotion to baseball. When we first met, Ellen was already fighting the battle against cancer, specifically with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that was located in her left knee. Besides the many treatments and doctor visits she underwent during this time, this period in her life took a huge toll on her physically, mentally, and emotionally, as it did for her family and loved ones as well.

But, it never stopped her from having the brightest smile in the room, no matter what the circumstance was.


Source: Giselle Jasmin

And after years of battling with Osteosarcoma, that smile never faded. Throughout all her struggles, family and loved ones watched Ellen as she blossomed into the strong, beautiful young woman she is today. Graduating from Eastlake High School in 2014, Ellen grew not only in her accomplishments, but in strength as a survivor as well. She attends Camp Reach For the Sky annually, always meeting both new and old cancer survivors throughout the years, bringing both the love and compassion she shares equally with anyone and everyone she meets.

So when her diagnosis of breast cancer came back this year, that love that she cultivated and spread out amongst everyone she met came back in more ways than I could ever count.


Source: Cyndi Erickson

From t-shirts, wristbands, pink hair, fundraisers, and shaved heads, support from the Eastlake community and even worldwide came together to show their love and support for Ellen as she takes on cancer for a second time in her lifetime.

As the battle continues through chemo therapy, Ellen continues to be the strong individual that I’ve always known her to be. So here’s to you, Ellen Erickson: may you kick cancer’s ass for a final second battle, and continue to inspire many, many more to follow in your strength and love to overcome anything that stands in their way.

And to the countless others who have taken on breast cancer- or any cancer for that matter-, may you continue to fight and inspire, and never lose faith.

Halloween movie #tbt (90’s kids only)

With Halloween just around the corner (literally. It’s tomorrow), I thought I thought I’d compile a list of the classic Throwback  movies us 90’s kids used to look forward to watching every Halloween. Some things never change, because I still can’t go through Halloween season without watching at least half of this list. Maybe I’m too festive, or maybe I’m just too attached. The world will never know.

Some of these movies still air every Halloween season on Disney channel, and there are some that scarred me as a child and are now the reason I am afraid of clowns. Regardless, Halloween wouldn’t have been the same without them! Take a look at this #tbt movie list to get into the Halloween spirit.

1. It

Introducing the movie that started my fear of clowns: Steven King’s It. Though I watched this movie recently and I realized how bad the scary effects were, growing up this movie petrified me. I treated the title of this movie like how every one in the Harry Potter world felt about “he who must not be named.” No one could ever utter the words, “it” or “Pennywise” around me without me freaking out. I’ve gotten a little better with that, but it was only a fifteen year recovery process. No big deal.

2. Hocus Pocus

Anyone who was born in the 90’s and has never seen Hocus Pocus is either lying or has had an unfortunate upbringing. In my opinion this is the one of the most iconic Halloween movies EVER. This movie has it all: a teen romance, villainous witches, a suspenseful plot, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Yet another Disney film has made it on the list. But how could Jack Skellington not get some recognition? This has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time, and a film I watch from Halloween season all the way up to New Year’s. It has that “holiday spirit” element that keeps you counting down the days to Christmas even when it’s October. Sandy Claws may not be a fan, but Nightmare Before Christmas has remained popular with the fans since 1993.

4. Halloweentown

Who doesn’t enjoy the classic Disney Channel movie Halloweentown? I definitely wished I was fortunate enough to have a grandmother who passed down her witch powers down to me like Marnie Piper (I still love you though, Gma!). This is another Disney flick that you just can’t not watch! Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus are definitely a duo worth watching in a Halloween marathon!

5. Saw

Last but not least, a movie that is actually gory compared to the aforementioned flicks: Saw. I know it was released in 2004, but I had to put it on the list! I am a big fan of all movies that are scary, gory, and a psychological thriller. I actually mentioned this on our Tuesday broadcast of What’s Brewing with Anna and Janine (Tuesdays at 11 am). People have this negative view of Jigsaw and think he’s this horrible person, but I think otherwise! He was just trying to teach ungrateful people to appreciate their lives and live them to the fullest. I do admit, he went about it the wrong way, but hey– nobody’s perfect!


I hope you enjoyed this list of #tbt Halloween flicks! Happy Halloween everyone– stay safe!