Lights Out

Did you all have a good weekend?

 Mine ended up being busy – with work but also fun with friends. No complaints.

 

I’m excited for today’s Music Monday. I think you guys will really enjoy it. But more so, it’s not even out yet. Don’t get too excited, this isn’t really inside industry knowledge… ;)

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The new Ingrid Michaelson album, Lights Out, comes out TOMORROW but for the last week has been available to stream on iTunes. Honestly, it’s pretty good, especially if you’re a fan of the poppier styles.

 

But seriously, check it out – whether streaming on iTunes today or getting the release tomorrow when it’s out. You’ll enjoy it.

 

How was your weekend? What did you do?

What are you listening to today?

Music Monday: Wiretree

I first heard these guys a few weeks ago while listening to Pandora. I found myself really enjoying the song that was playing but I didn’t recognize who it was. When I saw the band was called Wiretree, I made sure to write it down and look them up more later.

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To my surprise, this band from Austin, TX has released a few records…and quite honestly, from what I’ve heard so far, none disappoint.

In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed my Sunday afternoon listening to Wiretree while catching up on my to-do list a bit. And taking a few moments to stop and go “WHAT IS THIS?!” …in the best way possible, of course!

Now before I leave you to go find you new music obsession…We need to take a quick minute to wish one of my favorite blends a VERY Happy Birthday!

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What are you listening to this week?

Awake on a Monday

I can’t thank you all enough for your kind words on Saturday’s post. And a special thank to those of you who shared the post to help get the word out there and continue the conversation. I appreciate you all.

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I found myself sometimes wondering if I was over-reacting but at the end of the day, I had my feelings hurt (even though I KNOW that I am a strong, fit and beautiful woman) and if I could help this from happening to other women by sharing my story, then that was exactly what I needed to do. And so I did.

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Anyway, 2 years ago I talked about Tycho on Music Monday and I’m excited to say I’m sharing their newest album, Awake, today. Awake was released just last week and I’m LOVING it. For me, it’s good on it’s own but it’s also killer background music for those busy afternoons at work.

 

 

 

If you don’t know Tycho, you should know Tycho. They’re coming through Chicago right around my birthday (I think even ON my birthday)…maybe that’s how I should celebrate? ;)

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What are you listening to this weekend?

What’s motivating you for the week ahead?

Recovering

I always tell myself I’m going to get ahead on blog posts for the week or at least that next day’s post while on the plane, but let’s get real, that doesn’t usually happen. We were delayed getting off the ground in Tulsa which just delayed my exhaustion and need for a nap (though plane naps are never great anyway), then when we were in the air, I ate the lunch I picked up for myself at the airport, played a game of Sudoku and we were just about to land. While shorter flights are always preferred, I definitely don’t have as much of a chance to get my head in the zone to be productive.

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Good news is, I used every bit of energy I had left when I got home at 6pm to do my grocery shopping, pick up dinner, unpack from my trip and pack for an early morning trip to the gym. I’ll take what I can get.

 

I hope to give you a recap of the trip/wedding at some point this week, but I make no promises as I anticipate a busy work week ahead and since I have a few other things also on the agenda, it’s bound to be another crazy week. I’m already looking forward to the weekend. It’s just too bad you can’t take a weekend to recover from your weekend. ;)

 

Because of all this, I’m going to keep things easy today and suggest you head over to iTunes and stream the new Foster the People album, Supermodel, before it’s release (tomorrow!). Did you know you can do that?

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I was listening to it last week and enjoyed having it play in the background as I packed for my trip. The album didn’t blow me away by any means, but it was a good listen and I plan to give it my more critical ear this week.

 

 

And because I LOVE Marilyn Monroe, here’s another for you…

mim17 OH! And Happy Saint Patrick’s Day…be safe, friends!

How was your weekend?

What have you been listening to?

Magic

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a change of plans when I got hit with a migraine Saturday and could hardly hold my head up. But aside from that, I still had a great weekend! Hanging with friends Friday night, mani/pedis with my friend Saturday (before things got really bad), and a mini makeover on Sunday.

1890976_10100136490833279_1487266617_nIt’s a little hard to tell with the lighting but I cut off 3 inches from my length and dyed my hair about 2 shades darker. It was an interesting experience at the salon I went to but I’m pretty happy with it so that’s what counts, though I probably won’t return to that salon again. Just sayin.

 

Have you heard the new single from Coldplay?

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It’s called “Magic” and I think I’m obsessed. I’m ready for the new album but for now the single will have to do.

 

I enjoy Coldplay, believe it or not. I go through phases but ever since Steve Jobs passed, seeing the performance at the employee only memorial and tearing up with my team, I feel an extra connection to the music. Regardless, I enjoy thing song. I hope you will too.

 

 

Speaking of Steve, despite being ready to leave the company when I did, I feel ever so grateful to have had that opportunity to work for Apple under his leadership. I truly believe him to be an innovator and motivator, so I wanted to choose one of my favorite quotes from him for today.

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How was your weekend?

What are you listening to today?

P.S. I have a guest post on Racing Bananas this morning so make sure to head over to Kim’s blog and say hi!

Most People

Music Monday isn’t just about newly released music. I love when it is but it’s not always. Sometimes it’s about new-to-me music and sometimes it’s about newly rediscovered to me music. That’s what today is, newly rediscovered, yet also an album I’m pretty sure I hadn’t yet heard.

photo-373While many of you probably know Dawes, many of you probably don’t, though you should. My reminder back to the band was when I heard “Most People” from their most recent album ‘Stories Don’t End’ come on the radio last weekend while driving around. What gets me most are the lyrics, take a look at this…

dawes lyricsPowerful right? Personally they get me thinking, they’re catchy and send out a great message.

 

 

Think about it…

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What music has you thinking this week?

Wordless. Or nearly.

After sending a quick text to a friend yesterday afternoon I got the response…”you’re ALIVE?!” Well yes, yes I am but I assure you after 2 ½ hours sleep Saturday night, I didn’t feel that way yesterday. The energy to give a recap, to share band names or make a video was way too much work. Heck, what you’re getting probably was too… But I had such a good time, I wanted to leave you with a little bit. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen all this. If you don’t, well then you should so I don’t have to do this next time. ;)

 

And quite honestly, that only touches on the week and weekend I had in Kansas City and the live music I saw. I’m not even kidding.

How was your weekend?

#IRESPECTMUSIC

I’m hopping a plan shortly to spend the week and weekend surrounded by musicians, allies, friends.

 

To be surrounded by those who share their feelings through music – whether personal, political, or something else.
It seems only fitting to share a petition with you today. I don’t often get political around here (and honestly often try to keep my opinions on that to myself) but this is worth sharing, for my love for music, my job and for all of my musician friends out there.
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If you’re interested, head over to irespectmusic.org to sign.
If you’re not, thank you for letting me share my opinion with you today.
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Flesh & Blood

I’ve professed my love for John Butler Trio before. I’ve professed my undying affection for “Ocean” and the powerful reaction I have in my heart to that song. I swear it just makes my heart feel like it’s going to explode with happiness. I can’t quite explain it but I’m going to make you all listen to it again because honestly, this is the kind of song you should listen to everyday.

I swear that song nearly brings me to tears every time I hear it. It’s another one of those that if a guy ever played that for me, I’d probably get on my knee and propose. ;)

 

Needless to say, when I found out I missed his show in Chicago, I was pretty upset. The only thing that made me feel better was upon realizing there’s a new album, Flesh & Blood. I immediately opened Spotify, listened to “Ocean” and then made my way through the album.

image-4I’m a happy girl.

Someone please make sure I don’t forget to get tickets next time JBT comes through Chi-town.

Don’t worry, I’ve already downloaded the album so I can listen to it during my flight to Kansas City this week.

 

What are you listening to this week?

Any songs that impact you like “Ocean” does for me?

New Beck

image-6It’s been something like 6 years (maybe longer?) since Beck last released a studio record…that’s a long freaking time. And I must admit, I’m pretty excited for the release of his new album, Morning Phase, later this month (February 25th for anyone else interested). And after I heard “Waking Light” on XRT a couple weeks ago, I got even more excited!

But I do have a couple weeks until the album comes out, so maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe instead of just playing the new song on repeat until the album comes out, I should use it as an opportunity to look back on some other great Beck songs, what do you think?

Lost Cause

Loser

Chemtrails

 

For good measure, another song from the new album called “Blue Moon” – so good!

 

What album are you looking forward to coming out soon?

Have a favorite Beck song?