Tag Archives: 2014

Saturday Special Feature: Bloom Boom!

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HAPPY SATURDAY EVERYONE! I am suuuuper pumped to announce that A Musical Mind is up on (one of my favourite) Nashville’s awesome non-profit jewelry/leather/accessories sites – Red Earth Trading Co UPDATE: Red Earth merged with Nashville company Nisolo.

“Red Earth is an ethical lifestyle brand creating hope and opportunity through fashion. We have talented artisans from around the world handcraft all of our products. Each piece is a unique blend of local artistry and heritage mixed with the influence of modern design. Many of our pieces are made from up-cycled materials.”

The rest of Red Earth’s story can be found HERE (click the linked photo below):

Aren’t they just the best? I’ve had the chance to work with them many times when I lived in Nashville and I’ve always had a great time. Their message and the heart behind all of their products are beautiful. That being said, I had the opportunity to create a playlist for their Spring 2014 line/blog and had a blast doing so – cus if you know or follow me in any way, I’m a playlist maker and (OBVIOUSLY) a music lover!

Anyways, I hope you all enjoy it – don’t forget to turn that volume WAYYYY UP LOUD! Have a wonderful Saturday lovelies! Xo

So Long, See You Tomorrow

YOU GUYS!

I am sooooo excited about this new Bombay Bicycle Club album. I can’t even express in words how elated I am that they’ve released new stuff. I have been a ‘BBC’ (Bombay Bicycle Club) fan since the days of I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose! They will forever be a favourite U.K. band of mine – actually, favourite band in general.

 

Ok, so, this album. Let’s get into it. First off, let’s chat about the album artwork which I am diggin’ quite a bit! Its inspiration is originally from the 19th Century British artist Eadweard Muybridge, known for his photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. That being said, BBC really captured Muybridge well and put a real modern-pop, almost retro-like spin on the artwork. Circles, an almost gem-tone range of colours – greens, blues and purples – pretty reminiscent of the 70’s, which in turn, just makes me love it that much more.

 

I’m going to go ahead and say that I do not have a least favourite track on this album, because they are seriously all so well done and unique in their own ways – there’s a track with Bollywood samples in it, yep..really! Apparently So Long, See You Tomorrow was inspired by frontman Jack Steadman’s travels, lots of fresh perspectives – culturally and experimentally. Bombay Bicycle Club never ceases to amaze me in how they can so easily change musical climates. From boisterous indie rock, to folk, to pop and beautiful ballads, they truly are the chameleon of bands.

 

Here are my favourite tracks from the album:

 

1. Overdone In my opinion, such a fitting song for the albums opener. It’s dramatic, almost aggressive entrance is comprised of crazy countermelodies, lots of synth and well, simply put..just a whole lot going on. In the best way though, it truly is a symphony to the ears.

2. Carry Me – Another fast-paced, dub-like instrumentally aggressive track, with some slower, periodic bridge ‘breaks’. Super catchy, optimistic and a definite toe-tapper. I’ve always loved what BBC does with guest female vocals, and this is a perfect example. This track, along with most of the album, carries scintillating harmonies. Fantastic!

3. Home By Now – I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t my top pick off the album, alongside Luna. Lucy Rose absolutely crushes with her powerful female presence as she harmonizes along Steadman. I mean, I may be a bit biased cus I absolutely adore Lucy and her vocals, but you just can’t deny the girl talent. She is wonderful. Anyway, this particular track has a an old school r&b/hip-hop vibe to it, while still keeping it’s infectious melody. I have listened to it probably more than 10 times already. Nothing short of amazing!

4. Luna – Gosh, this song. One of the catchiest tunes of 2014 so far. The melody is contagiously addictive, the sweet bass riffs mixed with the edgier drum patterns really make this the “banger” everyone is calling it. Rae Morris (kinda like the new Lucy Rose, with a bit of a stronger vocal presence) is whom you hear on this tune, and boy does she ever make the song what it is – sensational.

 

There you have it, a lil album review, with my top 4 tracks! Trust me, though; all of the songs are amazing! You can check them all out on the Spotify playlist attached below!

Also, check out Bombay Bicycle Club on their Official Website, Twitter, and SoundCloud. :)

 

 

January Shows in Charlotte, NC

(Most of the bands shown have a link to their Facebook page & a link to the venue they’re playing at. Just click!)

 

01-04-2014
Elsa CrossJem Crossland & the Hypertonics
Puckett’s Farm EquipmentCharlotte, NC
Show: 10:00 PM
Gen. Admission: TBA
I believe it is all ages, but it was not clarified.

 

01-04-2014
Jay-Z
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
Show: 8:00 PM
Admission varies from $42.55 – $143.20
All Ages (Not that I’d really let a 10 year old child attend..)

 

 

01-06-2014
Whetherman
The Evening MuseCharlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $3
All Ages

 

 

01-10-2014
Eliot BronsonKellin Watson
The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $8
All Ages

 

01-10-2014
Percy Sledge
Tremont Music HallCharlotte, NC
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $25
All Ages

 

01-10-2014
Face to Face – Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John
The FillmoreCharlotte, NC
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $10
All Ages

 

 

01-12-2014
B.B. King
Blumenthal Performing Arts CenterCharlotte, NC
Show: 7:00 PM
Admission varies from $54.50 – $149.50
All Ages

 

 

01-14-2014
Rusted Root & Donna The Buffalo
Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $17.50
16+

 

 

01-17-2014
The Farewell Drifters
The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $12
All Ages

 

01-17-2014
Math The BandGearjammerJustin AswellAppalucia
The MilestoneCharlotte, NC
Doors: 8:00 PM
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $5
18+

 

 

01-18-2014
Paul Oakenfold
Phoenix, Charlotte, NC
Show: 10:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $15
21+

 

 

01-23-2014
New Politics, Magic ManSleeper Agent
Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission:
All Ages

 

 

01-24-2014
Phosphorescent
The Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $15 Advance / $18 Day of show
All Ages

 

01-24-2014
Carnage
Label, Charlotte, NC
Show: 9:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $13.54 / VIP (21+) $24.09
All Ages except VIP

 

 

01-25-2014
Catie Curtis
The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $15
All Ages

 

 

01-27-2014
The Front BottomsYou Blew It!, It Looks Sad, That’s Why I Said It’s You
Tremont Music Hall – The Casbah, Charlotte, NC
Doors: 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $10 – $12
All Ages

 

 

01-29-2014
Angwish
Crown Station, Charlotte, NC
Show: 7:00 PM
Gen. Admission: FREE!
All Ages

 

 

01-31-2014
Dyro
Label, Charlotte, NC
Show: 10:00 PM
Gen. Admission: $13.54 / VIP (21+) $24.09
18+ except VIP

 

*All information received through TImbreCharlotte Event Calendar and Facebook.