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Music Monday: Cosmic Love

I’m obsessed with this song right now.

 

Florence’s voice is seriously amazing. How many artists can you think of that sound this phenomenal live?

Ten on Tuesday: October 2013’s music picks

1. I love dubstep and I love classical music, so I’m thrilled that this girl put the two together.
2. Can’t stop dancing to this.
3. These guys make me think of a heavy metal version of the Beatles, which makes sense given they’re named after a George Harrison song.
4. This should totally be the theme music to an epic adventure like Game of Thrones. E.S. Posthumus needs to write a movie soundtrack in the future, for sure.
5. I don’t normally listen to stuff that’s currently hot on the radio, but this is one good exception.
6. Another danceable tune.
7. I don’t even remember how I found this (probably Spotify), but now I can’t stop listening to it.
8. I love Eddie’s voice, and I really love the guitar in this song.
9. I guess Tom is a brand-new artist. I haven’t listened to his full album but I really like this track.
10. This is such a beautiful song, and very soothing to me.

Ten on Tuesday: I can’t even…

1. I just got back from my mini weekend road trip, and I can’t even pick my brain for anything coherent today. So here are a bunch of random “I can’t even” bullet points instead!

2. Have you guys seen those ads for Poo-Pourri? I can’t even…apparently this is a real product? How does that girl do the ads without turning beet red from suppressed laughter? Who actually came up with this?

3. And then there’s Ylvis. Spoiler alert: these guys make music videos that pretty much spoof everything we love to hate about music videos: the fake “deep” lyrics, the slow-mo shots, dance parties in odd places, scripted stories against the dramatic backdrop of the music. It’s comedy. But if you were foreign to earth and stumbled on this video, you would surely get back in your spaceship and exit ASAP. Who would want to risk catching whatever it is we’ve apparently got?

4. This is so me I can’t even…though to be fair, half the time I’m leaping over a cat and not from some sudden inner burst of delight.

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5. I can’t even. Oh my gosh. Dying.

Lolcats: O_o
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6. I can’t even drink an opaque liquid now. Oh my gahd Tumblr WHY.
DO NOT WANT
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7. Speaking of which…do you guys remember that news story about the family who all fell mysteriously ill, and then they found the giant ball of mold in the bottom of their orange juice carton? I know I just put you off orange juice forever. Me too.

8. I can’t even explain why, but I was doubled over laughing for five minutes straight when I saw this picture. Someone please tell me I’m not the only one.

St. Elmos
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9. For some reason I recently remembered how badly I wanted to dye my hair pink or burgundy when I was younger. Now I can’t even explain why.

10. I can’t even wrap my mind around this. M.C. Escher. Wow. The amount of talent here is mind-blowing!

MC Escher
(via Pinterest)

Ten on Tuesday: music memories

 
It’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time to link up for the weekly Ten on Tuesday hop! Ten on Tuesday is now being hosted by Two-Thirds Scarlett, so please go check out her blog. :)
1. Well for starters–thank goodness it’s the weekend.

 

2. To really appreciate this dancing cat GIF from Hoppip’s Tumblr, you have to turn on a techno song and watch the cats do the wave to the beat. Try something from Tiesto. (Go check out that Tumblr by the way–it’s full of cute kitty GIFs and drawings.)

15 Delightful Illustrated GIFs That Will Make You Smile
Hoppip / Via hoppip.tumblr.com
3. So apparently the big news this week is that there will be an ‘NSYNC reunion at the VMAs next Sunday. And the internet is all like…

And I’m over here like…

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WHY? Is it not enough that we have One Direction running loose in the world?

4. As if that news wasn’t enough to remind me of my age, Spotify also felt the need to jump in with some musical memories. And also with a reminder that in each stage of my life thus far–childhood, teenagerdom, and now as an adult–I have been unable to escape the musical scourge that is Justin Timberlake. (No offense, “Suit and Tie” fans.)
5. I mean, really, Spotify–you couldn’t recommend some vintage Foo Fighters or something?


6. By the way, boys–the Dave Grohl look is only attractive if you are in fact Dave Grohl. If you are marginally employed and living in your parent’s basement until you “make it big”, you just look like a silly wannabe who needs to wash his hair.

7. You have to go see this Vine of a truck driving off a highway overpass. No, really, this happened. (The driver is okay, by the way.)

8. I am trying so hard to get into season two of Game of Thrones but it is just nowhere nearly as good as the books. Things ought to get a lot better once this smooth criminal shows up, considering he was my favorite character in all of book two. But I don’t really know that I’ll bother going on to season three. The TV show has just really been a letdown. :(

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9. I guess you know you’ve given a cat a really good rubdown when he stops purring to give you a double head boop.

10. This note and response was written on a box in our stockroom. I don’t what’s funnier, the fact that someone wrote a note requesting garbage pickup or the fact that someone else replied to shame them and still did not take the box to the trash. This box has been sitting there for months. Months, people. It’s like something from a Dilbert cartoon.

Something different: workout music!

I thought I would put together a slightly different post today! I try really hard to exercise a little each day, whether through something fun like dancing or hiking or a more strict “workout” routine from a DVD, magazine tear-out, etc. But I really struggle with motivation to get up and get moving. The best way for me to get moving (and stay moving) is to have a great soundtrack blasting in the background. So today I thought I would share some of my favorite new workout songs!

Make sure you leave me a comment and tell me some of your favorite new workout tunes so I can check them out!

Pendulum–“The Vulture”
This is a couple of years old, but I just found it by chance on Spotify. Remember when Korn and Skrillex teamed up? This is the same sort of dynamic–metal and EDM mashed up for a fast-paced workout song that’s great for a long run.

The Naked and Famous–“Punching In A Dream”
This band reminds me of MGMT. I think this has a good steady beat that would be good for a bike ride.


Gnarls Barkley–“Going On”
Okay, not the newest track by far. But I can’t help dancing around to this one. If you’re pressed for time and/or don’t want to do a strict workout, toss on some dance music while you clean the house–it makes the cleaning go faster and you work up a sweat at the same time.

 

Portugal. The Man–“Creep In A T-Shirt”
Another danceable track. How awesome is the horn section? I won’t lie, I’ve been listening to this non-stop all week. Also, this new album was produced by Danger Mouse, so that tells you something!




Avicii–“Wake Me Up”
Remember “Levels”? This is a slightly different direction for the Swedish DJ–it has a bit of a country influence, if that makes any sense. This would be another good one for running or biking.



The Hives–“Hate To Say I Told You So”
This song is actually really old–but this would be great for a run! I want Guy Ritchie to put this in a movie. Please, please, please?



[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.)