Tuesday Tunes: Feeling Dapper

September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This past weekend was the Dapper Day Fall Soiree in Walt Disney World, an unofficial event that encourages folks to get all dolled up in early twentieth century era attire and enjoy the parks feeling fine and fancy.  I had the pleasure of attending the events Saturday in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and brought back some dapper style inspiration with me.  It struck me that being dapper is not just about the clothes–that era certainly made its mark on music, as well.  So for this week’s Tuesday Tunes, we’re flashing back to classics the likes of Frank Sinatra and The Rat (no, not Mickey Mouse) Pack.  We hope you enjoy our picks!

The Way You Look Tonight – Billie Holiday
At Last – Etta James
A Wink and a Smile – Harry Connick Jr.
Sway (Quien Sera) – Dean Martin
Feeling Good – Nina Simone
Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Ella Fitzgerald ft. Louis Armstrong
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
It Had To Be You – Bing Crosby
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
It Don’t Mean A Thing – Duke Ellington
The Lady Is A Tramp – Sammy Davis Jr.

Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed Perform at Bloomingdales’ 2014 Pink Party

September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This Thursday, October 2, at 6pm, Bloomingdale’s invites the public to their 2014 Pink Party, an event which celebrates their 10 years of dedicated commitment to breast cancer awareness.

Performing at the event will be Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed. You may know Paul from his time on American Idol, and recognize Nikki from her role as Rosalie in the Twilight movies. Together, they channel country, folk, and blues through an indie rock prism.

Paul is currently in the studio writing and recording his highly anticipated solo album, which will be released with the support of his fans via a Kickstarter campaign. He has a personal connection to this cause, and is very excited to support the event as his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. You can keep up with Paul McDonald on his official website, Facebook, and Twitter.

The evening’s program begins with a welcome from Bloomingdale’s CEO Tony Spring and remarks by Elizabeth Hurley, Global Ambassador for The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.  Following the speakers, the indie folk duo will take the stage, in support of BCRF, for a rare duet performance, featuring hits from their debut album I’m Not Falling.

Shoppers are also invited to find their inner cancer fighting character and express themselves in a fun photo booth with illustrator and author of Cancer Vixen: A True Story, Marisa Acocella Marchetto and Bob Carey, photographer and Linda Carey, co-founders of The Tutu Project.

We hope to see you at this event! Bloomingdales is located at 1000 3rd Avenue, New York, NY.

MCU Mondays: The Henry Millers

September 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

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We’re back with another MCU Mondays! This month, our featured playlist comes from The Henry Millers. John, one half of the Brooklyn indie-pop duo, told us about the music that has made an impact on him and that he’s been listening to recently. Check out his playlist below and subscribe to it here on Spotify.

For a long time I never made or listened to playlists. I would get fully immersed in certain albums and just play them over and over again, from start to finish. I love getting completely immersed in one band/artists idea for an album. Music takes an incredibly long time to make and when I listen to these LP’s I try to imagine where that person or persons were, what they were thinking, or how they were feeling while making it. There is so much emotion tied up into 10 songs, so much that can be said, so many ideas that can be relayed, that its really worthwhile to let the band say all those things in the context that they intended. Recently though, as a result of starting to run, and wanting to have constant high energy songs, I have been forced into making playlists.

Here it goes for all of you. These are songs that have been very important to me recently and in the past. There are also a few songs by friends that I absolutely love and listen to constantly. 

Beck – Think I’m in Love
Abuela – True Colors
Sia – Chandelier
Morning Teleportation – Crystalline
Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Weight of the World
Luke Roberts – Unspotted Clothes
Mimicking Birds – Bloodlines
Vampire Weekend – Finger Back
Gorillaz – All Alone
Handsome Boy Modeling School – Magnetizing
Captain & Tennile – Love Will Keep Us Together
Paul McCartney – Dear Boy
Acid Goblin – I Love Synthesizers
David Bowie – Oh You Pretty Things

Feature Friday: The Franklin Electric

September 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Newly signed to Indica Records, the alternative, folk-pop quintet, The Franklin Electric, is re-releasing their debut album for fans and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This Is How I Let You Down was first released back in June 2013 and captivated listeners with the stripped-bare style, Mumford-like harmonies, and occasional orchestral sweeps of the Montreal group. Now the album is available in stores and online, so have a listen to these talents.

The group made its mark first on the music scene by winning a Nashville songwriting contest in 2012 with the striking “Old Piano.” Frontman/songwriter/trumpeter/pianist (yes, he does it all!) Jon Matte wrote this and the rest of the eleven-track album, which is notable for its exceptional lyricism. The rest of the group consists of Liam Killen on drums/vocals, Martin Desrosby on bass, and Alexis Messier on guitars. Together, these guys make up The Franklin Electric.

This past summer The Franklin Electric was touring in France, The Netherlands, and the UK. They will be returning to their home country for the fall though, making stops in Montreal, Quebec City, Richmond, and more. Beautifully chilling and undoubtedly easy on the ears, your friends here at Music Creates Us highly recommend this one for you!

Tuesday Tunes: First Day of Fall

September 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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It’s officially that time of year again, so break out your sweaters and your cider, because today marks the beginning of fall!  To celebrate what should practically be a holiday, we’ve come up with some cozy autumn-themed songs to get you in the right mood.  Check them out below!

Meet Me By The Equinox” – Death Cab For Cutie
Hunting Season” – The Dodos
Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground” – The White Stripes
Country Song” – Jake Bugg
Harvest Moon” – Neil Young
October” – Broken Bells
Leaves in the River” - Sea Wolf
Thinking Out Loud” - Ed Sheeran
Beggin for Thread” – Banks
Buzzcut Season” – Lorde
Stealing Cars” – James Bay
Wide Eyes” – Local Natives
Fireproof” - One Direction
Centuries” – Fall Out Boy
Silent” – Tori Kelly

Feature Friday: Jack Carty

September 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Feature by Bailey Garno

Reading up on this week’s Feature Friday, one thing is for certain: this artist is a workaholic. Since he stepped onto the music scene a mere four years ago, our singer/songwriter has released two full-length albums and two EPs, one of which was a collaborative effort. Now, four years since it all began, Jack Carty, a Sydney, Australia-native is itching to release yet another full-length album. This one goes under the title, Esk, and will be released in Australia sometime this month.

At 16-years old, Carty packed his bags and moved in the inner west, with an ambitious heart, an acoustic guitar, and his voice. As it turns out, that was all the young musician needed. Under Sydney’s Gigpiglet Recordings, the folk artist released his debut EP in 2010, Wine and Consequence. It was a huge success. Stripping back the excess, Carty snagged ‘Singer-Songwriter of the Year’ at the 2010 MusicOz Awards, and kept a spot in iTune’s Top 10 Singer/Songwriter charts. Additionally, Carty was led on international tour by like artists, Joshua Radin, Brett Dennen, and Ingrid Michaelson. Not a bad start, eh?

Following his immediate success, One Thousand Origami Birds was released in 2011 as Carty’s first full-length album. Between then and today, Carty has also released Break Your Own Heart (2012) and another EP, this one collaborative with Casual Psychotic, titled The Predictable Crisis of Modern Life (2013).

Now, with the first single off the forthcoming album released, Carty has wetted appetites for many. “Be Like Water” is genius work. Listening to it now, Carty strikes me as vocally similar to The Decemberist’s lead vocalist, Colin Meloy. In other words, he is utterly talented. The single is a quick-paced, banjo-strumming, tambourine-tapping track…with an electric guitar. A totally atypical combination but trust me, this one works! It has undoubtedly done its job with getting fans gung-ho and ready to buy the new album, which Carty has remarked will be more collaborative like the last EP.

I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with Carty’s past work, that way, when this guy gets over to the U.S. next year (he will…oh, he will), you can be the hip friend in the group and tell everyone what they’re missing out on. Check out the artist’s official site for the opportunity to pre-order the upcoming album and receive an instant download of the new single!

Single Review: “You and Me” – You and Me

September 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

Review by Bailey Garno

I am über excited to announce what can only be taken as the most thrilling news in recent music…well…news! You+Me combines pop star P!nk and City and Colour’s Dallas Green and the result is absolute loveliness. For those who have always recognized what a powerhouse P!nk is but have never been able to get into the mainstream, pop music she has created, this new collaboration will have you weak in the knees.

The powerful duo who has, according to interviews, been friends for years, present emotionally rich material in their new, self-titled single, “You and Me.” Instrumentally, the pair pulls back a bit, and in doing so, reveal effortless and stunning harmony. This whole collaboration is so interesting because the indie-folk sound You+Me creates is just about the furthest thing from what we’ve heard from P!nk before. Dallas Green’s experience, on the other hand, is transparent here. City and Colour, the alias under which the Canadian has performed since the release of his first independent album, Sometimes, also has the twangy steel guitar and light, organic percussion that is prevalent in “You and Me.”

The entire song is easy on the ears, almost like a lullaby. Despite the melancholic tone, “You and Me” is a beautiful love song that has the potential to bring listeners to tears. What’s more, it never feels like one artist is trying to upstage the other. Rather, the harmonies are so wonderfully layered, that we must believe that the “you” and “me” could be one in the same individual.

You can listen and watch the lyric music video on YouTube here, and keep up on the latest with this duo on their official site, www.youplusmeofficial.com. Enjoy my fellow music lovers!

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