Music Streaming – The Great but Less Known

In this day and age everyone is using music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music but in this post I’m going to be letting people know of great legal music streaming sites that less people know about but really should use.

1. Slacker Radio
This music site launched in 2007 and is available in the United States and Canada. This site is very similar too Spotify and such but the main difference is all the stations are made by real people and have radio hosts. Personally this is one of my favorites and I have been using it for years and will most likely get a premium membership sometime soon.

2. Jango
This app and website actually launched quite a long time ago as well and is pretty similar to the now shut down service Songza (if people remember what that was). On this service you can’t listen to songs individually but you can create as many stations as you please. I recently rediscovered this app after forgetting about it a few years ago.

3. 8tracks
Well my final recommendation is for 8tracks which is available in the US and Canada only. This service is actually really cool and unlike others. On this all of the playlists are made by people and you can even make your own and whats neat is you actually upload the songs. Once you upload songs you have previously purchased elsewhere it gets added to your mix which then can be shared with your friends and the playlists almost act like mini radio stations so the artists do get paid from the tracks you upload which makes everyone happy.

I hope you enjoyed learning about these legal music streaming sites and hopefully you sign up and test a few of them and maybe even share them with your friends. If you are interested check out my 8tracks playlist below!

BLUESFEST 2017

It’s July which means Ottawa Bluesfest is BACK! I have actually gone to the festival the past two years and last year was the first time that I actually got a full festival pass but this year I just ended up getting a one day pass because most of the people I wanted to hear sing where on the same day. This year they also had a ferris wheel which my sister and I where on for about 20 minutes because there was nobody in line so we just kept going round and round and when we where getting off my sister was walking and the people in the cart in front of us started rocking and the ferris wheel cart banged her right in the head (she was fine). But anyways last night I got to see High Valley which is a Canadian country duo band and I also got to see P!nk and both the concerts where so great! The only bad thing is it started pouring rain during the P!nk concert but she kept going which was so awesome!! If you guys have never gone to Bluesfest I suggest you get tickets to next years shows because its a really great festival. Check out a video I took at the concert last night below!

Book Review: Stars Above // Marissa Meyer

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Friday, May 19th 2017

Stars Above

By: Marissa Meyer

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“That mechanic was going to change everything”

– Marissa Meyer, Stars Above


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The universe of the Lunar Chronicles hols stories – and secrets – that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories – two of which have never before been published – and a special bonus excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the queen of hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

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Rating: 3.7/5

For anyone that’s wondering, this book is basically nine novellas put together. A collection of short stories during, before, and after The Lunar Chronicles.

The Keeper” — 3.5/5

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School is DONE

Well another 10 months of school has gone by and I have completed grade eleven and that means just one more year of sitting in a boring classroom listening to people talk and take notes. Overall this year was pretty good and I actually found that it went by pretty quickly but I tend to say that every year of high school. And I don’t know if its just me but I find high school goes by so much quicker then when everyone was in elementary school. Anyways this past semester I had course that were a bit harder like accounting and math but I also had some that I really liked like computer business and also media studies. I completed my last exam yesterday which was nice and my summer vacation has officially started (I just wish it was longer then two months) but I hope all the other students like me have a great summer! Talk soon!!

Wonder Woman – MOVIE REVIEW

I just went to the theater today to go see Wonder Woman and it was such a great movie! I really like all the DC movies but this is probably my favorite so far. It tells the back story of how she actually became “Wonder Woman” and it was really neat to see. Now I’m really excited to go see Justice League this November!

Oh and sorry this is a short review and that I haven’t posted in a while I’m just really busy with exams!

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Book Review: Winter // Marissa Meyer

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Monday, May 8th 2017

Winter

By: Marissa Meyer

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“I am a girl of ice and snow.”

– Marissa Meyer, Winter


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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend, the handsome guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion…

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Demi is Back (Sort of)

If you have been reading this blog since the very beginning back in 2013 you all know who Demi is, for people who are new readers you are about to find out. So originally this blog was called Demi & Alek’s Grotto and Demi and I where the ones who ran the site but eventually it just became Aleks Grotto because Demi was busy with other things but now she is back on the grotto (sort of). So Demi launched her new website called Demi’s Book Den so we agreed that every month at least one of her posts about books would be featured on Alek’s Grotto. So every month there will be at least one post from Demi about books and maybe some other things, and if you miss one of her posts don’t worry you can just visit her website at http://www.demisbookden.wordpress.com. Her first new post on this blog will be coming very shortly!