Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Young Love-Mat Kearney [album review]

Mat Kearney is one of my favorite music artists right now. His music is soulful, honest, and real. You don't have to dumb yourself down to listen to it and you definitely don't feel like you're in the middle of violence or a crazy party all the time. Mat is an artist that you can relate to, musically, and personally. He's gone through life and he's still living it realistically. He's a work in progress, trying to make the most out of his life while staying true to himself.

His new album, Young Love, released about a month ago along, just three months after it's first single, Hey Mama debuted on the radio. Hey Mama is upbeat and so fun; it's a really happy and flirty song; you can't help but start to sing along once you have gotten the hang of it. Down and Ships in the Night follow as his next two singles, giving casual listeners of his a real taste of the new album.

The whole album is a combination of Mat's own rock and folk edge with some spirituality sprinkled throughout. Though most of the album is upbeat and pieces of a love story, the last song, Rochester, closes the album with a unique feeling. The song itself is very somber; however it ends with a glimmer of hope within sadness. I was not expecting a song like this after hearing the rest of the album, but was definitely not disappointed. Rochester pulls emotions and tugs at raw reality. It actually reminds me of a song that Bruce Springsteen might write. The song shows Mat's abilities as a singer and a songwriter.

For more about Mat Kearney, check out his official website, iTunes page, and Facebook page.

I received a free copy of Mat Kearney's album, Young Love, through One2One Network in exchange for my non biased and honest review of the album. Aside from the album to review, I did not receive any compensation for writing this review though I will be put into a random drawing for a gift certificate upon publishing this review on my blog. For my full disclosure statement, please click here.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Music Monday

On Noisetrade, grab free downloads from Darren Flowers, Blitzen, Trapper, and Dawes, Steven Moakler, Plumb,

Check out Zach Williams and the Bellow's Kickstarter Campaign here

Check out Andrew Ripp and Steven Moakler's upcoming tour dates here

Here are The Apache Relay's tour dates

On Daytrotter, check out new sessions from Grouplove, Disappears, Fresh Millions, My Gold Mask, Mika Miko, Mount Kimble, Cotton Jones, and Princeton.

From Spin! download their September playlist for free here,

Check out Sara Swenson's upcoming shows here

The top 10 tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track are

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Israel: Long Walk to Benny the Fisherman

So I'm beginning to think that it's just kismet that whenever I am traveling abroad, we get lost. It happened so many times while I was abroad in college, so why wouldn't it happen while I was in Israel? This time, like many times, we were just around the corner from where we were trying to go. After the archaeological dig, we had a great falafel lunch as we walked around Tel Aviv, and then spent some time on the beach before dinner. We walked down the boardwalk on the beach to Benny the Fisherman, a great seafood restaurant a little ways from our hotel.

We got to enjoy the fresh, sea breeze as we walked, even though we got lost and probably ended up walking around 15 minutes more than we really needed to. Along the beach, we found some exercise areas; I'm sure that everyone has seen those along running paths, people use them to stretch or do some ab work during their runs. In Israel, they have makeshift ellipticals and chest press machines as well as some others; definitely not gym quality, but it was kind of cool to see. Of course we played on them (why wouldn't we).

So anyway, we get to Benny's, and the restaurant is full of life and energy. It was very close quarters, and I'm really not sure how they fit our whole party in there, but they did, with most of us at one table. I was impressed. They serve so many different kinds of fish and seafood dishes that if you eat any type of fish (even fried calamari and shrimp), you will be able to find something delicious to eat.

My only issue with the restaurant is one purely of my own irrational fear of fish with eyes and heads. You know, when you're at the grocery store and you see the fish on the ice behind the glass with their eyes and heads in tact, but their dead? Yeah, I have a huuuuge fear of that, it just..fjkdal;fjkldsa. So of course, the fish are served filleted but with the heads and eye sockets attached. This doesn't bug most people, but sometimes it kind of ruins my appetite. I got over it with my dish of fried shrimp and calamari that my cousin and i shared. Along with the abundance of appetizers, I don't think that I could have finished a full meal at Benny's anyway. The meals are huge, filling and satisfying, and their appetizers are rich and full of Mediterranean tastes and textures.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Music Monday

Help Zach Williams and the Bellow with their kickstarter campaign, more information here

Green River Ordinance has released 2 new songs; buy them on iTunes or Amazon. ALL proceeeds go to the charity, Water Hope

From Spin! grab a free download from Kevin Devine here,

Grab a free download of Brianna Gaither's Love is Patient here

Check out Jake Ousley and Grant Terry's upcoming tour dates here

Check out Breathe Electric's midwest tour dates here and buy their single, Talk to Me on iTunes here

Get the tour dates for the 10 out of Tenn tour here

Check out the Pledge to Rage tour dates here featuring OnCue, the Dean's List, and Gilbere Forte

Get information about Graham Colton's next Live in Your Living Room show here and his tour dates with Ben Rector here

Check out tour dates for Taking Back Sunday, the Maine, and Bad Rabbits here

Preorder The Undeserving's debut album here

The top 10 tracks for free download on tweet for a track are:

Check out Caitlyn Canty's Kickstarter Campaign here and her tour dates here

Preorder Jon McLaughlin's new album, Forever is Ever here and his upcoming tour dates here

Grab a free download of Gilbere Forte's I Be (on my chill) here

Check out Drew Holcombe's upcoming shows here

Check out Brandi Carlile's solo tour dates here

Friday, August 19, 2011


I love this pair of Nine West wedges. I think that the back zipper gives the shoe a hint of sexiness but also dresses up and makes the outfit a little more edgy.

These Michael Antonio slingback wedges are really fun and versatile. They're sexy and can go with many different outfits.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Winner: UPrinting Giveaway

Congratulations to Cathy! You won my UPrinting Giveaway...I don't have any other way of contacting you so I hope you see this! Please leave a comment with your email address on this entry before 11:59 on August 15.

Thanks and congratulations!

Friday, August 12, 2011


These Crocodile boots from Lucchese really stand out to me. The detail on the boot is really pretty and unique. I also love the coloring; it brings out the detail without being too loud.

I really like these Seychelles, they would be perfect to dress up jeans and a plain top.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Music Monday

Check out Brooke Annibale's upcoming tour dates here and grab a free download of Yours and Mine here

From Spin! grab a free download of their Lollapalooza mix here and check out the must see bands from Lollapalooza here,

If you're a fan of Elenowen and in or near Nashville, click here for your chance to win access to an exclusive live session taping on August 18.

From Noisetrade, grab free music from Laura Jansen, Justin McRoberts, Terra Naomi, Adam Sullivan, The Waiting Kind

You can buy Every Avenue's Bad Habits on iTunes, Hot Topic, or stream it on Pure Volume

Check out Peter Bradley Adams' upcoming show dates here

The top 10 free tracks on tweet for a track are:

Check out Darren Flowers' Pledge project here and the video here

Friday, August 5, 2011


Though I love wedge sandals for the summer, I also love the elegant twist on flip flops that has been trendy for a while now. These are Galban by Aldo.

These Lucchese's are gorgeous. I love the cutouts and the contrast of the black, blue, and white.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Giveaway: UPrinting Customizable Stickers

The awesome people over at UPrinting and Giveaway Blogs have contacted me to run a nice little giveaway from UPrinting. The winner will receive a set of 250 customizable stickers.

What? You've never heard of UPrinting? Well, UPrinting is an online printing company that through socially responsible and eco conscious means helps small businesses market and spread their names. On demand, they create high quality business printing and graphic printing orders for their customers. They offer discounted pricing and eco friendly inks as well as 55% post consumer recycled content to create customized stickers, graphics, and more. They also provide free label printing templates to help you create your own content at home. What a great way to get your word out, label your kid's gifts, or your handmade crafts while still being environmentally friendly.

UPrinting would like to giveaway a set of 250 personalized stickers to 1 (one) of my awesome readers. The stickers will be 2'' x 3.5'' 70 lb Label Matte with printing on the front only. These have a 4 business day turn around time from the time UPrinting receives your order. You can check the prize out here, and remember, these stickers are completely customizable for your purposes.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Music Monday

Graham Colton is performing a Live in Your Living Room show. More info here

Liza Day released a video for their single Lie to Me. Watch it here

Starlito and Mr. Don Trip released their Stepbrothers Mixtape, buy it here, and check out the music video for their single, Life, here

On Noisetrade, get free downloads from The Dirty Guv'nahs, JD Souther, Wes Kirkpatrick, 1,2,3, and Amy Stroup

At Spin! grab a free download of 20 years of Lollapalooza here, and a free download of the Fallout by Neon Indian track here.

Check out Hot Chelle Rae's new tour dates here

Watch the video for Matthew Mayfield's newest single, Now You're Free here

Grab a free download from Graham Colton here