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?

That time we saw Murder by Death play in a cave 333′ below ground…

Did you miss part 1? Catch up here!

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Awesome concert poster as part of our Kickstarter reward package.

A couple weeks back, we trekked to Tennessee to see Murder by Death play Cumberland Caverns. This was a reward for supporting the Kickstarter campaign for their new album (which comes out Friday!!). For those going to the show, they were also offering a camping weekend, which we happily took advantage of. I can’t think of anything better than camping to see my favorite band!

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Let the fun begin!

After our stay in a yurt in Kentucky, we woke up on Saturday and continued the drive down. We stopped in Lexington to get lunch. After we struck out at our first choice (they had no power), I was super happy to come across a place with vegan options! It was meant to be.

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The “Lucy” at Minton’s at 760

We ate at Minton’s at 760, and I enjoyed the “Lucy”: a sausage topped with vegan sriracha mac and cheese! It was AWESOME. I also had a kale salad on the side because life is all about balance, right?

After lunch, we continued on down to McMinnville, Tennessee. Once we arrived at the caverns, they directed us to the camping spot. Cumberland Caverns doesn’t traditionally do outdoor camping, so there were no formal sites. This was actually the first time they hosted a group for camping, which was cool. We were set up in a big field with porta potties and a group fire spot at night. To get to the field, we had to drive down an insane narrow and winding road. We have a 4WD vehicle, but we were wondering how people with smaller cars made it back there–my ‘lil Chevy Aveo would not have handled it well!

We were one of the last few to arrive on Saturday, so we set up camp toward the middle of the field (the treeline was full). It was all good though!

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Camp set up (we forgot to snap an earlier pic…this was from packing up on Monday morning).

MBD was playing two shows, but we were only going on Sunday night. Most of the people at the camp were attending the Saturday show, so we hung out and made dinner. We cooked veggie burgers, which was a big deal for us, haha! We are typically “hot dogs in the fire” people, so this was really stepping our game up.

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Camp food!

Once everyone got back from the show, there was a big group fire, so we hung out and chatted a bit. Somehow, all the people from Michigan found each other, ha ha. There was a creek right by the camp, so some people went swimming. It was fun! We accidentally drank all of our beers and went to bed.

On Sunday, we wanted to explore. It was supposed to rain, but we decided to take our chances. I’m so glad we did! The weather worked out once again, and aside from some brief sprinkles, it was a nice day. We headed over to Rock Island State Park for some hiking.

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Rock Island State Park

We started with a ~3 mile nature loop. It’s so nice being out in the quiet of the trees. After, we wanted to try and find some of the waterfalls at the park. We ended up at an area where a bunch of people were hiking down to a swimming hole. We had come prepared with our suits, so we changed and started to head down.

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See that group of people down there? That’s where we hiked down to swim.
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Partway through the hike.

I have to laugh at myself. The hike was across slippery rocks, and there was no clear path. We had to double back a few times. I get nervous hiking on rocks like this, so I was moving so slowly and gripping my husband’s hand tightly at some points. I almost slipped several times. But dang, if everyone else could do it, I could, too.

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Views from the park.
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It was overcast but perfect weather!

After what seemed like forever, we made it down to the swimming hole!

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We made it!

The water felt so nice after hiking down. It was a deep water area, so once you went beyond the ridge, the water dropped off.

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I’m actually a ghost.

People were doing flips off rocks into the water, but I stuck to sitting on my rock.

After swimming/sitting for a bit, we hiked back. We were laughing because the hike back up probably took less than 15 minutes. It felt like it took us forever to get down! Rock Island was beautiful, though, and it was a fun way to spend the day. We never did get to the falls–we’ll have to go back! One nice thing about Tennessee State Parks is that they are free to the public! We only explored one section of the park–there were a lot more trails and a number of waterfalls.

Whew! OK–you guys are here to hear about a concert, right?

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The entrance to the cave.

Once we made it back to camp, we got ready for the show!! We walked through the cave a bit to the stage set up.

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Concert area.

The cave stays a constant 56 degrees F, which was super comfortable for a concert setting! It was large enough to hold a few hundred people (I’m not sure of the max capacity), but it felt intimate. We got there when doors opened to grab a seat. We also had to pick up our Kickstarter merch, including the signed poster. After about an hour, the show kicked off!

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Murder by Death!

The sound in the cave was amazing! MBD played a bunch of songs from their new album, but a bunch of older songs, too. They played for close to 2 hours, which was awesome. Their dog, Robocop, even made an appearance!

It was such a fun night and a fantastic show. The whole weekend was awesome. It was fun to spend time with a dedicated group of people who love the band as much as you do. Everyone was friendly and respectful to the space–the venue was super impressed because the campers left behind zero trash.

I love MBD’s music–all the way from when I first saw them open for My Chemical Romance back in 2003–but they also do so much cool shit for the fans. You might remember that we saw them play the Stanley Hotel back at the start of the year. We also saw them play in a lagering cavern in Kentucky a few years back as part of another Kickstarter campaign. It’s been fun to see their music evolve and change over the years, but they never disappoint. Make sure to check out the new album, titled The Other Shore, on Friday–I love it.

WOW. Are you guys still here? If you hung through this entire post, thank you!

Tell me: Have you ever traveled to see a band play? Do you like hiking?

 

 

 

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!

Saturday Six: More Things I’m Loving Lately!

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

Hi everyone! I am SO happy it’s the weekend! More importantly, a three-day weekend. I have a lot I want to do this weekend, so hopefully we get to most of it! It’s supposed to be in the 90s, so I think a beach trip is in order! I’ve also been wanting to go shopping, so we talked about heading out to the outlet malls. My sister and I are going out to brunch and getting our auras read today, so I’m pretty excited about that, and I need to see Solo at some point! So, I’ll definitely stay busy this weekend, but I think it’ll be relaxing, too.

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Me hanging with the Solo crew. Yes, I basically wear my pajamas to the movies.

Anyway! I wanted to share six more random things I’m loving lately. Hope you’ll share yours, too.

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Did you guys watch Barry on HBO? I loved it. I should probably have a picture of Bill Hader here, who is excellent, but Anthony Carrigan as Chechen mobster Noho Hank is just so wonderful. The season recently wrapped, so if you missed it, I highly recommend checking it out. (Image via HBO)

 

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I recently started double cleansing and tried using coconut oil as the first step to remove my makeup. Disaster. My face broke out terribly, but that has not been the case with this Coconut Dissolve Cleansing Oil by Pacifica. I love Pacifica because all of their products are vegan and cruelty-free. This oil not only removes my makeup without causing acne, but it smells like CAKE! Available from the Pacifica site; this link gets you 10% off your first order!

 

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I’m a James Bay fan and am very much enjoying his newest release, Electric Light. It’s a bit different from his debut album, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s the perfect soundtrack to ease into your day. I particularly love the song Wanderlust. Listen to the album on Spotify.

 

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It’s camping season!! We just booked our first trip and are going to plan out some more this weekend. I love camping (if you can’t tell by my face in this picture). It’s just nice to be outdoors and disconnect for a few days!

 

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I bought this Full Circle “Brumi” pour over mug a while back, and I absolutely love it. The best part is that it is suited to making hot OR cold brew! You insert the filter into the mug, add your water and grounds, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, you remove the filter and have delicious, cold brew coffee, without having to worry about all of the sifting. You can purchase on Amazon or the Full Circle site. I actually found mine on clearance at Target for half the price, so keep an eye out for deals!

 

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It kind of goes along with camping, but I’m so happy that it’s finally beach weather!! I love going to the beach. Give me a beer and a book and place me by the water and I’m going to have a great day. Maybe I’ll do a round-up of beach-themed items soon?

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

 

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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Cellphone picture inception
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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?