Saturday Six: Six Albums I’m Listening To

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. These posts are not sponsored, but some links may be referral/curator links. Links on where to purchase are always included in the captions!

Hi! I’m currently on the road for a week of vacation! I’m so excited to spend a week in the mountains and hopefully relax a bit. Posting might be sporadic this week, as I’ll be enjoying vacation and not worrying about a meal plan or my other usual posts!

Before I go, I thought I’d share some of the albums I’m listening to lately. I’ll be in the car a lot on this trip, so music is essential. Some are new and some are old favorites. I’d love to hear what you’re listening to right now, too! I’m always on the lookout for music recommendations.

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Murder by Death’s new album, The Other Shore, came out yesterday!! I received the album early as part of my Kickstarter package and it has quickly become one of my favorites. My top tracks are “True Dark,” “Only Time,” “Space,” and “Bloom” (but they’re all great!). Listen on Spotify HERE!
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Have you heard the new Death Cab for Cutie album, Thank You for Today? I’m really enjoying it! Their songs are mellow, but I feel like this album is more upbeat (for them). It’s nice to listen to when I’m unwinding at the end of the day. Listen on Spotify here!
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I’ve been listening to Fidlar a lot lately. Both of their albums are really good! My favorite songs are probably “No Wave” and “West Coast.” They just put me in a good mood. I’m hoping to see them when they play Detroit in a couple weeks (anyone want to go!?). Listen on Spotify here!
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I have to credit my husband for introducing me to The Devil Makes Three. Their album Do Wrong Right is a favorite for us when we’re on the road or camping. Listen on Spotify here! (They also have a new album out!)
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Any Mac Miller fans? I loved The Divine Feminine, and I’m loving Swimming. It’s good listening when you’re chilling out with your friends. Listen on Spotify here!
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It’s a classic, sure, but Sublime’s 40 Oz. to Freedom is a staple in the summer. This will definitely get listened to at least once (if not more) on our drive! Listen on Spotify here!

I’m not sponsored by Spotify, I just love it! Ha.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tell me: What are you listening to right now? What are your road trip picks?

Link Love (06/19/18)

Hey y’all! How are we this far into June already!? I feel like time is flying by.

I’ve been saving things I’ve come across that were interesting, so I thought I’d do another Link Love post.

First, I wanted to share that I created an Instagram account for the blog. You can find me on IG @moveoutoftheblack. I already have a personal account, a vegan food account (@herbivorean), and a vintage clothing account (@sofakingawesomevintage), so what’s one more? 😉

If you’re not following, you’re missing out on exchanges like this:

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HA! What a good dude.

Okay, end PSA. On to the links!

READ

You know that thing where you mention wanting to go on vacation to a friend, and suddenly your social media feed is filled with ads on deals to Aruba? (I kid you not, I used Head & Shoulders shampoo for the first time in a while, and the next day, an ad popped up on my IG feed.) It turns out we’re not just being paranoid…. our phones really are listening.

Someone put together a Google Map of unsolved murders, organized by location and era.

I enjoyed these tips on managing a negative mood and generating a positive one. Hint: don’t give in to your first reaction when things don’t go your way.

A reflection on Kate Spade’s death and a good reminder that our actions don’t always match how we’re feeling inside.

What if we all just did a little less? An Elle writer takes a cue from the book The Joy of Doing Just Enough and stops trying for a week.

Jennifer Carole is the daughter of Lyman Smith, one of the victims of the Golden State Killer. She’s been blogging all about her experience now that D’Angelo has been arrested as a suspect, including the trial appearances. She’s a great writer, and it’s been facsinating to learn about the case from her perspective. It’s still a struggle, but I’m glad she’s able to start to find some closure.

LISTEN

Murder by Death is one of my favorite bands, but I always have trouble explaining them to people. Luckily, VICE put together this handy Guide to Getting into Murder by Death.

Speaking of Murder by Death, they’re in the midst of another epic Kickstarter campaign. They always have great rewards! On the last campaign, we got to see them play in a lagering cavern in Kentucky. This year, they’ll be playing in an underground cave in Tennessee! If you’ve got $10K lying around, you can even join them at space camp. For the rest of us, there’s digital downloads, vinyl, and rad shirt and poster designs. The concept of the new album–a self-proclaimed space western–sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to hear it. There are 10 days left on the campaign, so check it out and help us get the stretch goals!

The new Chromeo album is perfect summer listening!

FOOD

Let’s get together and make this raspberry frosé, STAT! The perfect drink for summer (and I don’t even like wine).

These Toasted Coconut Caramel Frappes look amazing!

 

Got any links to share? Post them in the comments below!

KATE NASH and weekend recap!

Hi all!

How was your weekend? I hope it was a good one. It’s finally starting to warm up in Michigan! The sun was actually shining this weekend.

On Saturday, I conned my husband into going to see Kate Nash with me. If you’re not familiar with her music, you may recognize her as Rhonda/Britannica from GLOW.

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Kate Nash and Marc Maron in GLOW

I bought a ticket a couple weeks ago and was just planning on going by myself, but it’s always nice to have someone to go with. My husband isn’t a huge fan of going to concerts, though. I asked him teasingly a couple of times about going, but I knew he wouldn’t.

On Friday night, I happened to find the Valentine’s Day card he gave me this year, which promised “one date night out of my choice.” HA. Let’s just say he’s not giving me any more IOUs unless they are super specific.

He was a good sport about it. The show was pretty late–doors weren’t until 8–so we headed over to the new Founder’s Brewery in Detroit for dinner.

I like Founder’s beers to begin with, but I really liked the brewery. It’s seat yourself, but we got lucky and found a table that had just opened up. Their prices were surprisingly cheap, and I tried two beers: Dankwood, an imperial red IPA aged in bourbon barrels, and the Galaxy Wheat IPA. I like that you can choose your sizes for each beer (5, 8, 10, or 16 oz), so it’s easier to try things (or you can do a flight).

I also wanted to go there to try their vegan sloppy joe. I was not disappointed! It was a little spicy (which I like), and I really liked the everything onion roll.

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Vegan sloppy joe at Founder’s

After dinner, we headed over the show, which was at the Majestic Theatre. The Majestic is probably one of if not my favorite local venues. It’s connected to the Magic Stick, another venue with a bar, bowling alley, and pizza place. We had some time to kill–Kate Nash wasn’t scheduled to start playing until around 10–so we hung out at the bar for a bit before heading next door.

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Waiting for Kate!

It was a pretty small crowd, which was kind of perfect. I definitely prefer small shows over larger venues! This was my first time seeing Kate Nash, so I was pretty excited!

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Kicking things off with “Foundations”

She was perfect. She has a new album out, which I’m loving, but she actually played a bunch of songs from her debut, Made of Bricks. It’s probably my favorite album of hers, so I was thrilled, especially when she played “Merry Happy.”


She also played for a long time–probably close to an hour and forty-five minutes. She mostly rocked it out with her girl band, but she did do a couple acoustic songs, and even ended up playing “I Hate Seagulls” by request.

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Rocking out

It was close to midnight once the show let out, which was the latest show I’ve been to in a while (I’m a grandma–no offense Mom! 😉 ).

On Sunday, we mostly took it easy. We ran out briefly to a used book sale. It’s an annual, weeklong sale at a nearby mall, and we usually come across some good deals. This was opening day though and it was really crowded, so we browsed a bit and left. I did pick up a few things, but we may head back later in the week to give it another go.

We spent the rest of the weekend watching Lost in Space on Netflix (we’ve got one more episode to go) and mentally preparing for the week ahead.

Weekends are going to start to get busier now that the weather is getting nicer. I hope you had a good one!

Tell me: What did you do this weekend? Are you a Kate Nash fan? Have you watched Lost in Space? Do you do anything to help you prepare for the week?

Wild Child concert + weekend recap!

Hi Friends! We’ve made our way into another week. Let’s reminisce on this past weekend!

On Easter, I was checking my email and discovered I won tickets to see one of my favorite bands, Wild Child! I was super stoked–especially because the show had sold out! I was debating getting tickets, but I’ve seen them a couple of times and am trying to limit my concert spending. Well, free tickets solve that problem!

The concert was this past Friday at Otus Supply in Ferndale. It is a restaurant/bar with a room for live music. This was my first time there but I enjoyed it–the sound quality was good, and it didn’t feel overly crowded, considering it was a sold out show.

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Wild Child!

The only downside with shows in bars is the inevitable background noise, which stands out more at a low-key show. For the most part though, the crowd was good.

I recruited a friend from work to join me and we headed out on Friday after quittin’ time. Our first stop was GreenSpace Cafe, a vegan restaurant that’s also in Ferndale. I’ve heard such good things about GreenSpace, but this was finally my first time eating there! It was great.

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Cheese board and Caesar salad

We had a cashew cheese plate, and for my meal I ordered the Caesar salad with tofu and avocado. It was SO good. I also had a cocktail (The White Fang) that featured bourbon, amarettor, limoncello, and Bailey’s Almande.

Once we were fully stuffed, we headed to the show. The opener was a new-to-me band called The Wild Reeds, and they were lovely. I quickly developed girl crushes on all of them, especially the lead singer, who was rocking a bunch of glitter eye makeup and a “Sha Na Na” tee.

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The Wild Reeds

After that, Wild Child came on! This was my third time seeing them and they were great. They have a new album out called Expectations that I’ve been enjoying, but they played a good mix of new and old. If you’ve never listened to them, I encourage you to check them out! My favorite song is probably “Reno,” but there are so many good ones.

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Alex and Kelsey

As part of my prize, I also received a signed setlist!

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Autographed setlist

The show didn’t end until close to midnight, so I got home and went to bed.

On Saturday, I went to my workout class (my mom and I go to WERQ classes every weekend!), and then my husband and I had to run some errands. We made sure to start with breakfast at Anna’s House, a local diner that has lots of vegetarian and vegan options. I had a new menu item: the Breakfast Tinga Tostadas with jackfruit and avocado.

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These were so good! The jackfruit was super flavorful. This is definitely a new favorite menu item. They also offer a lavender maple latte, which I love.

We had to go to the mall to pick up our Amy Pond Funko POP! She’s now at home with the Last Centurion.

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Rory Williams and Amy Pond

We also found a few things at the thrift store before heading home. The rest of the weekend was mostly spend catching up on TV and watching movies. On Sunday, we watched Predator 2 and rewatched Star Trek: Beyond and Club Dread, the most underappreciated Broken Lizard movie.

All in all, this weekend was a good mix of fun and lazy. Hope you had a great one, too–tell me all about it in the comments!

Tell me: What did you do this weekend? Do you collect Funko POP vinyls? Have you ever won anything?

Saturday Six: Things I’m Loving Lately!

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

Hi friends! Happy Saturday! This week I wanted to share six things I’m loving lately.

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I bought this tea at Trader Joe’s the other day, and it is DELIGHTFUL! It’s a mix of hibiscus, rosehips, lemongrass, peppermint, orange peel, lemon verbena, and wild cherry bark. The cherry flavor really comes through and is what sold me on trying this tea. It almost reminds me of fruit punch. It’s great for an after-lunch treat when you’re trying to avoid that  sugar crash. Highly recommend! (Image via Trader Joe’s)

 

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Call it my guilty pleasure, but I’m really into the song “Generous” by Olivia Holt. Listen on Spotify here.

 

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I’ve been wanting to try Herbivore’s products, but they can be a little pricey. I was thrilled to find the True Blue duo, which gives you smaller sizes of the Blue Tansy mask and Lapis facial oil, for only $29. Individually, the items run $48 and $72, respectively! You only need to use a little bit of each item, so the sizes are large enough to last for some time. I haven’t noticed any improvements in acne with this mask, but my skin does feel really soft and smooth after using. At first I thought the scent was a little weird, but I’ve come to like it. This was also my first foray into using a facial oil, but it feels kind of luxurious to put it on after the mask. You can find the duo on Sephora or on the Herbivore site.

 

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Is anyone else watching Good Girls on NBC? I am LOVING it! (Image via Variety)

 

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I love Kate Nash and have really been enjoying her new album, Yesterday Was Forever. I just bought a ticket to see her in a couple weeks, so I’m stoked! Listen to the new album on Spotify here. If you’ve never listened to her, I recommend checking out her first album, Made of Bricks, as well.

 

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I bought a ban.do planner a few months back and it was definitely a worthy purchase. It’s filled with cute little notes and illustrations and helps me manage my time. Unfortunately, it looks like all of the planners on their site are sold out! They’re planning a restock with new designs, so keep an eye on it.

 

Tell me: What are you loving lately? Songs, albums, tv shows, skin care–tell me all about it!