Month: July 2013

Ten on Tuesday: 7/2/13


1. We’re having a heat wave here so thank goodness for AC. Opening the door is like opening an oven. No likey.

2. I really really want E.S. Posthumous to write a film score. Please, please, please someone make that happen?

3. I did get another one of my wishes granted when M83 scored Oblivion. And it was quite perfect.
4. Speaking of movies: anyone else curious to see Joss Whedon’s take on Much Ado About Nothing? I can’t really put the two together in my head.
5. I am just so not feeling this return to normal life after vacation. I want another week or two off just to be lazy. Waaaah. I know, poor me.
6. How early do you think wedding invitations should be sent out? We just got one for a wedding taking place in a mere month. Am I the only one who is not no way under any circumstances able to swing time off work and all of the other necessities (travel budget, gift, etc.) in one short month? I always though you sent invites several months to one year in advance.
7. I finally tackled the giant stack of magazines collecting dust in the corner and clipped out all the stuff I wanted to paste into a notebook for my own growing style file; the rest went into the recycling bin. And I realized something: I gain very little from these magazines. Oh, they’re fun to flip through, but I didn’t wind up with very many articles I wanted to save. I guess that’s a sign it’s time to cancel the subscriptions!
8. According to Snopes this is false, but it seems like there’d be some way to build one. Just sayin’.
 Security Win. I'm speechless.
9. I have realized I spend waaaaaay too much time on Pinterest when I should be blogging.
10.Look, I made it to #10! That means I can embed a music video for the week and call it quits. This getting back into blogging thing is harder than it sounds.

[CLOSED] Album review + GIVEAWAY: Holley Maher ‘Euphorics’ EP

(Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the album in order to review. The giveaway prizes will be e-mailed directly to the winners by the PR company. I was not compensated in any way for this review and all opinions are my own.)

If you’re searching for a new summer soundtrack, I have a suggestion: Holley Maher’s new EP, Euphorics. The Nashville singer-songwriter’s latest project just dropped June 18th and it’s an infectious blend of acoustic rhythms and piano pop that provides the perfect backdrop to summer road trips and backyard barbecues.

The hubby and I are both fans of acoustic-driven pop artists like Jack Johnson and I’m always looking for new artists to add to the mix. Holley’s music definitely fits the bill, with catchy tracks like “Golden” quickly getting stuck in your head.

There’s more to Holley than just a pretty voice. She’s a multi-talented artist who dabbles in everything from painting to writing to dance, and owns the freelance graphic design boutique H. Maher Creative, where she whips up art for indie bands, small businesses, and brides-to-be looking for something unique for their big day.

That’s a pretty long list of creative endeavors for one person, but Holley seems to feel anything but stretched thin, calling her latest EP “joyful” and “fun to make”. That joy shines through in the music, and it’s easy to see why Holley’s music has been featured in ads for brands like Birchbox and ModCloth; her upbeat style immediately pulls you in and makes you want more.

For her latest project, Holley teamed up with veteran Nashville producer Chris Grainger (who’s worked with some of the biggest alt-pop acts to hit the radio, such as Wilco and Sixpence None the Richer) and electropop artist/songwriter Kyle Andrews, who helped inject a touch of electronic pep into Holley’s acoustic vibe. Explains Holley, “With Euphorics, I really wanted to explore something new and take a step outside my comfort zone.” The result is a mix of pianos, drums, and string arrangements backing Holley’s delicate vocals that would be right at home next to Ingrid Michaelson or Sara Bareilles.

Okay, now on to the giveaway! Bullhorn Publicity is generously offering two lucky readers a copy of Holley’s new EP Euphorics. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and remember: you can earn bonus entries every day by Tweeting about the giveaway! The giveaway is open through July 8th and the winners will be contacted on July 9th. Good luck!

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Like what you hear? Check out Holley’s official website and blog, and check out her music on iTunes.

(Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the album in order to review. The giveaway prizes will be e-mailed directly to the winners by the PR company. I was not compensated in any way for this review and all opinions are my own.)