Tune In Tuesday (140)

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hi there fellow music lovers! How is your Tuesday going so far? I hope it is going fantastically!

To me, music should always be listened to at random. Every time I purchase a CD, I can only listen to it on random and every time I turn on my Spotify or iTunes, the random button is the second button I press after play. With this being said, I decided I would go for a random post today. I pulled up my Spotify and let it do all the work. I hope you all enjoy and I cannot wait to see what picks you have for this awesome Tuesday!

When Nothing’s Left by Royal Wood

Royal Wood is another Spotify suggestion that I absolutely love!

Radioactive by Boyce Avenue

It’s no secret that I adore all things Boyce Avenue. I just love his song covers!

Dancing With The Devil by Wolf Gang

Wolf Gang has such a unique sound that I can’t seem to get enough of.

Take My Hand by The Cab featuring Cassadee Pope

I haven’t listened to The Cab in so long but they are one of those bands that I never get sick of, no matter how much time has passed. And look, it’s Cassadee Pope in her Hey Monday days!

Whistle by Flo Rida

This song is as disturbing as it is catchy. Even now, almost 2 years after this single was released, I still can’t help but dance around to it.

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Tune In Tuesday (133)

Tune In Tuesday

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Hi there Tune In Tuesday-ers and HAPPY DECEMBER! I cannot believe this year is already coming to an end. Mind = blown.

As some of you may know, I just turned 21 (on Thanksgiving) so in celebration my dad, stepmom, my two best friends, and a huge group of close friends all went to Vegas. We got home about 40 minutes ago which is why this post is going up a bit late. In celebration of the insanely fun city I just spent the last 3 days in, I’m sharing a few Vegas-themed songs. Hope you enjoy!

Vegas

Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley

Vegas by Sara Bareilles

Waking Up In Vegas by Katy Perry

Vegas by New Found Glory

Vegas Skies by The Cab


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Tune In Tuesday (76): Halloween Edition!

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Is anyone else totally freaking excited that tomorrow is Halloween?!? I get so pumped for this holiday each and every year partly because I FINALLY have an excuse to dress up as crazy as I want and partly because I get to eat as much candy as I can possibly stuff into my mouth before getting sick. I also love this time of year because it puts me in the mood for some creepy music. I tend to stay away from the classic Halloween songs because they can be, well, a tad bit cheesy. So instead of featuring the same old Halloween songs we hear all the time, I decided to post a few (okay, a little more than a few!) of my favorite songs that just happen to be slightly creepy as well as awesome. Hope you guys enjoy!

Angels by Within Temptation

Within Temptation has by far one of the most different sounds I have ever heard from a band. Each song is beautiful and haunting in its own right but this one just happens to be my favorite!

Animal by The Cab

This song just shouts PUT ME IN A WEREWOLF MOVIE SOUNDTRACK RIGHT NOW! And I just happen to adore The Cab <3

Blackout by Breathe Carolina

If I were to be in a slasher/creepy killer movie, and I was getting ready to go kick some major bad guy butt, I would want this song playing in the background.

Bottom of the River by Delta Rae

Goodness gracious, this song and music video really freak me out but I love them both so much I can’t seem to stop listening/watching!

Paint It Black by VersaEmerge

I think VersaEmerge did such an incredible job covering this song! And it definitely has the spook factor going for it.

Hunt Hunt Hunt by There For Tomorrow

LOVE me some There For Tomorrow. Each of their songs has such high energy and like Within Temptation, many of their songs can be haunting and somewhat creepy!

Don’t Fear The Reaper by Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil’s regular music can be kind of scary so when you mix them with an already creepy song, you get creep-tastic awesomeness! I love this cover!

I hope you guys enjoyed this Halloween Edition of Tune In Tuesday. What songs scare you to bits but you love anyways? Let me know in the comments! Also, please be sure to link up below and be sure to check out everyone else’s Tune In Tuesday picks for this week!



Tune In Tuesday (60)

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Ginger @ GReads so you should head on over and link up! It is a great way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! I love music but there is so much out there that I haven’t heard of before. That being said, feel free to leave a link to your Tune-In Tuesday post!

For the whole month of May, Tune In Tuesday is Random Playlist Edition! All you need to do is open up your music library whether it be Amazon Player, Zune, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, etc. Once you have it open, hit random and let it do the picking! I decided to go along with 3 choices from iTunes and 3 from Spotify again this week so I hope you guys enjoy!

iTunes:

Wild Angels by Martina McBride

This song is bringing back some major memories. Back in the day when it was just my little sister and I, we were OBSESSED with Martina. We would sing at top volume while trying to hit her long notes every single time (never enjoyable to listen to)!

Borrowed Time by Augustana

I adore Augustana. End of story.

Risky Business by The Cab

After seeing this band in concert last winter and following a lot of their YouTube videos, I will forever be a fan of their music!

Spotify:

Free by Haley Reinhart

This song is rather catchy and I kind of think I love it.

Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute

Listen to this song and try to tell me you don’t like it. It’s just not possible!

Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Ginger introduced me to this song quite a while ago when she sent me a mixed CD and it was instantly one of my faves! Lately it has been getting lots of buzz because of a certain YouTube video (below)!

February Concerts!!!

During the month of February, I was able to attend two AMAZING concerts! I cannot even begin to tell you guys how much fun I had at each of them but I can sure as heck try!

To make this post a little more fun, I made videos of each concert. Here’s how they went:

Everything’s Fine/Symphony Soldier Tour

They day started off awesome. Kati and I slept in a bit, got dressed, then we went to Bob Evans. For those few of you who don’t know, this is our all-time favorite restaurant/hang out place. After eating what I like to call THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS (toast, soup, cappuccinos, cheese bites…yummmm) we went to go get our hair done. I got the breakfast, hair appointment, and concert for Kati’s Christmas present. Our regular hair stylist did our hair in a cute but not too done up style for the night. After the hair appointment, Kati and I did a bit of running around and then we were off. We sang the whole way there so by the time we got to the venue we were extra pumped. Waiting outside was not the highlight of our night, that’s for sure! There was an annoying girl in front of us who must have smoked like 4 cigars and another one who commented on how dumb it was to wear leggings as pants…just guess who was wearing leggings as pants (both Kati and I!) We waited for forever but were finally able to enter the venue! Right at the coat check was Rival Summers! You may remember him from THIS Tune In Tuesday post! He took a picture with us which was pretty awesome of him considering it was his birthday…I think! We then got a spot on the floor as close as possible and waited some more. Then biggest shocker of the night, Paradise Fears comes out on to the stage! I didn’t know any of their songs by heart but I had met these guys before at Warped Tour and had NO idea they were supposed to be on this tour. They just lit the stage up. I was so incredibly blown away by how energetic they were. I remembered why I fell in love with them in the first place. Days Difference took the stage next. I had trouble hearing them but they still made it loads of fun (even if I did get whacked in the side of the head with a giant rubber duck during one of their songs!) He Is We came on next and my heart just melted. The crowd was SO excited to see them and by the look on their faces, they were shocked to see such a reaction. They truly are amazing. Then The Cab came on. I think I was peeing my pants at this point. THEY WERE SO FREAKING GOOD! I danced and sang to every song but the moment that truly MADE this night was when Alex, the lead singer, saved a life…kind of. They were just getting ready to do an acoustic set. He starts to sing then cuts the song short. He then proceeded to hop off the stage and yank a girl out of the crowd. Turns out she had passed out and he was just trying to help her out. Be still my heart <3 Then The Summer Set came on and let’s be honest, they NEVER disappoint. I have seen them a good 4 or 5 times in concert now and I always enjoy myself. After The Summer Set, we went to go get merchandise! We got a couple of pictures with the guys from Days Difference, snagged a few awesome t-shirts and CD’s then headed outside to meet The Cab! First we got in line for the main singer, Alex. He was so kind, and yes he did give me a big hug (insert fan-girlish scream right here!). Then we headed to the back of the other line to meet the rest of the other band. Out of nowhere comes John from The Summer Set. He talked to us about how Michigan is so NOT a state for people used to the Arizona weather. After a while we got some pictures with him and went on to meet the rest of The Cab. They were hilarious! They kept photo-bombing all these pictures and doing completely absurd stuff during pictures. During ours, the guys joked with Kati and one tickled me so I was busy cracking up the whole time! After this, Kati and I went back towards the end of the line so I could contemplate buying a poster for the guys to sign. While making this very crucial decision, Brian from The Summer Set comes out to take some pictures. Heck-to-the-yes!!!! I guess it is safe to say this was one awesome night!

End Of The World Tour

This day started off just like any other. My sister (Kari), Kati, and I all got ready and were headed off to the concert. This one was about a 2 hour drive. Once we got to the venue we had to wait outside for a good hour and a half. During this time, my hair which started out looking good turned in to a nasty mess. I think I was called a “drowned rat” a few times. We also asked anyone and everyone in sight if they knew where you were supposed to go for the Meet & Greet passes. Absolutely no one knew! Finally, We The Kings’ manager-type-guy comes out and gathers all the Meet & Greet people. We headed in, get a poster, t-shirt, and bracelet then waited for the guys to show up. Once they got there, we were able to take pics and make fools of ourselves. Kati, Kari, and I all said embarrassing things, talked way too loud and all at the same time, basically we were just making the situation very odd for anyone in attendance. We didn’t get to talk to the guys all that much but I hugged Travis (my future husband) and told him how much I love him and he told me how much he loved me, (true story) so you can imagine how happy I was. Sadly, they had to go get ready for the show after a while but they did let us into the concert area early. HECK YES! This means we got to stand right up next to the stage. Soon all the other people started flooding in and an opening band came on stage. They were a pretty small MI band called The Outer Vibe and let me just say HOLY AMAZEBALLS! This band totally killed it. They all come out in their punk outfits and started singing a song. In the middle of the song, this girl has a trumpet solo. A TRUMPET SOLO…. AT A ROCK CONCERT! It is safe to say they are a new favorite. Then Anarbor came out. I knew so little by them but they made the show so much fun. Finally The Downtown Fiction came on stage. This wasn’t my first time seeing these guys but it was my first time seeing them that close! They were brilliant but that was expected. It was at this point in the concert when the crowd really started getting rowdy. Kati, Kari, and I were smashed up against the metal bars which by the way, is not very comfortable. We had crowd surfers smacking us in the heads, rude guys trying to push their way in front of us, and let’s not forget the evil-looking but totally nice security guards standing in front of us. Even though it killed and I still have bruises on me, the front row experience was unforgettable. Finally, the moment I was waiting for…WE THE KINGS!!! This show was really a sad one. First, their drummer had a broken wrist. He manged to still rock out but he could only use one hand. Then their bassist, Charles Trippy (you may or may not know him from his awesome YouTube channel CTFxC) had a seizure a few weeks ago and doctors found a brain tumor. I know, Holy disaster Batman! Regardless of their set backs, We The Kings still came out and rocked an acoustic performance. And yes Tee, Travis was barefoot! Once We The Kings finished their set, Mayday Parade came out! This is a band I listen to quite frequently but have failed to really memorize any of their songs so I spent a majority of their performance 1) avoiding crazed fans 2) trying not to die because of said crazed fans and 3) smiling at the stage like a goonie! These guys all come out in their semi-matching outfits and they put on one (excuse my language) bad-ass performance. The energy from not only them but from the fans was totally insane. I was sad for it to be over! After the concert I of course went to get some merchandise, a singed CD from The Outer Vibe (the lead singer totally recognized me! He was like “Weren’t you that girl in the front row singing along.” Why yes indeed, that sure was me!), a CD from Anarbor, and a t-shirt from Mayday Parade. Seriously, it is going to be so hard to top this concert now. I had such a phenomenal time!

Blog Tour + Book Playlist: A Touch Awesome

Hello fellow bloggers and book lovers! Welcome to the fourth week of the A Touch Awesome Blog Tour hosted by myself and the lovely Cate Peace! We are so in love with Leah Clifford’s A Touch Mortal and we are so impatient to read the second book in the series A Touch Morbid that we decided to host a blog tour going straight up to the release date! Last week we went over our top 5 favorite characters from A Touch Mortal! I am hoping more will join in the last two weeks of the tour!!! All you have to do is write up a blog post on each topic for the corresponding week and link up! It is that easy! The schedule for the tour is:

Week 1 (1/21-1/27): Anytime during the week make a post about your top 5 favorite quotes from A Touch Mortal.

Week 2 (1/28-2/3): Anytime during the week make a post about your top 5 favorite swoon-worthy moments from A Touch Mortal.

Week 3 (2/4-2/10): Anytime during the week make a post about your top 5 favorite characters from A Touch Mortal.

Week 4 (2/11-2/17): Anytime during the week make a post about your top 5 favorite ANYTHING. This is a free week to post your top 5 favorite randoms from A Touch Mortal.

Week 5 (2/18-2/24): Anytime during the week make a post about your top 5 favorite moments from A Touch Mortal.

Even though I am the one who came up with the topics to post on, I still found myself in a major panic because I had NO idea what random things I could post. Then it dawned on me…MUSIC! I hear songs all the time that remind me of stories, songs are sometimes even mentioned in books, and of course authors all have their very own playlists to help them get in the writing mood. The list is 1) not my top 5 because I like to cheat 2) and it is a mix of songs that I picked and songs that I found by practically stalking Leah. Not to sound all creepy, but dang, a playlist for A Touch Mortal is hard to come across!

Now on to the top songs that remind me of A Touch Mortal!

Just Can’t Get Enough by Claslan

Okay, technically the song doesn’t really remind me of A Touch Mortal BUT Leah talks all the time about how he is Az’s twin! He is very Az-like indeed!

All Around Me by Flyleaf

This song is so incredibly beautiful and haunting, much like the story itself!

The End by The Doors

You can’t go wrong with The Doors but the main reason for me picking one of their songs is because THAT IS LUKE!

Angel With A Shotgun by The Cab

From the very first 50 pages of A Touch Mortal, this song popped into my head.

Destroy Everything You Touch by Ladytron

This was one of Leah’s playlist picks (remember when I mention the brief stalking stunt in which I googled endlessly for her playlist…) well this one was on it!

Falling by The Civil Wars

This song is the book to me. The Civil Wars convey such emotion through their songs. Plus “Falling” and “Falling in love” and “Fallen angel” kind of all go hand in hand.

Thanks for stopping by, and if you haven’t already, add A Touch Mortal and A Touch Morbid on Goodreads! While you’re at it, stop by Cate’s Post to read her Top 5 randoms! Also, be sure to check out Leah’s blog (and just so you guys know, she is giving away a super awesome gift for every pre-order of A Touch Morbid!)

If you plan on joining the tour this week, then link up below!

In My Mailbox (29)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

The last IMM I posted was all the way back in November! Yeah, it is safe to say the holidays definitely got in the way but I am hoping to keep up with the weekly IMMs from now on. Since I missed almost two full months, this IMM is going to be a lot of craziness! Let’s take a look at what I got!!!

For Review:

Unbreakable Love by Angela Carling

Loving Emily by Anne Pfeffer

Dark Days by C.A. Kunz

Trade Secrets by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout (e-book)

The Knife and the Butterfly by Ashley Hope Perez (e-book)

Settling by Shelley Workinger (e-book)

Bought:

Books

Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough

Winter’s Kiss: The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols and The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Switched by Amanda Hocking

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Hush Money by Susan Bischoff (e-book)

Impulse Control by Susan Bischoff (e-book)

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph (e-book)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (e-book)

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner (e-book)

My Thoughts: I got some great deals over some awesome books the past couple months however I am now on a book buying ban! There are just too many things I am saving up for plus I now have enough books to last me a lifetime!

Music

Dashboard Confessional

Anberlin

Thriving Ivory

Ryan Adams

Fitz and the Tantrums

Foster The People

The Summer Set

My Thoughts: Can you tell that I ran into some deals at the CD store? All of their used CDs were super cheap plus if you bought 3, you got the 4th one free!

Gifted/Won:

From Alexa @ AlexaLovesBooks

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Chocolates & a card!

My Thoughts: Alexa is one freaking awesome book blogger (and not just because she sent me a super sweet gift!) She never fails to make my days brighter and the day I got this lovely package in the mail was no different. My brother managed to eat both chocolate bars she sent me but I am sure they were delicious! The card was so dang sweet and I cannot wait to read these books!

From Laci @ LovePassionBooks

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

A Taylor Swift card!

My Thoughts: Laci completely surprised me for my birthday! She saw it was my birthday on Twitter and offered to send me two books. I was stunned and so thankful when I got these two in the mail. Plus, she just knows me so well, she got a TAYLOR SWIFT birthday card!!! This made me smile big time :)

From Cyndi @ Dog-Eared and Bookmarked

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Twilight Saga journal set

A Winter Song CD

Water For Elephants Soundtrack

A Christmas Song CD

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

A hand-made scarf & a card!!!

My Thoughts: Cyndi is so full of amazing, I wish I could just hug her! She had been teasing me on Twitter for FOREVER about the gift she was sending me and when it finally got here I cried. Seriously. She was so extremely generous and thoughtful with her gift, it totally made my day!

From Jamie Manning @ Writers Write, Right?

A singed Eternal Starling bookmark from Angela Corbett

My Thoughts: I am not entirely sure how I got this or even why, but hey it is a gorgeous, signed bookmark; I am NOT complaining!

From my Dad and Stepmom:

Books

A New Bookshelf

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

New stationary so I can write letters to all of my blogging friends!

Music

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Tenth Avenue North

The Fray

The Cab

My Thoughts: I love my dad and stepmom so much! They spoiled me on my birthday and Christmas and I couldn’t be happier :)

From my Mom:

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

My Thoughts: It may have taken a while to convince my mom that it was actually okay to buy me books for Christmas but once she finally understood, she made an excellent decision! I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

From my Grandma:

Books

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

$25 gift card to Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts: My grandma also did good with the book choice this year! I haven’t read the first of The Infernal Devices but when I do, I now have the second to immediately follow-up with!

Music

Plain White T’s

The All-American Rejects

My Thoughts: Last time I asked for an All-American Rejects CD from my grandma, she got me an Alter Bridge CD. They are COMPLETELY different! I was so happy she could find the right ones this time around!

From my Aunts & Uncles:

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Bookmark pens

The Nook!

My Thoughts: I am thrilled I got an awesome book and bookmarks but I am even more thrilled that I now have my very own Nook! I was very adamant that I would hate an e-reader, but I now love having one! Go figure!

So that’s a ton of great books that I got the past couple of months! Since it is going to take a lot of time to read those, I am officially putting myself under a book buying ban. It should be interesting to say the least. Don’t forget to leave a link to your IMM post in the comment section and I will be sure to check it out!