I literally have none. Like I don’t know what happened, I just literally did not gravitate toward anything, didn’t buy anything. Completely stagnant.

Here’s a measly compilation of two things I like. Bleh.

1. Spotify

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This app actually has been amazing for discovering, sharing, and saving music. I know I’m super late on the bandwagon for this, but I had been a huge Grooveshark nerd for years and am only now starting with spotify. Shoutout to my friend Destin for letting me share his account.

2. Moderat: II Album

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I picked this album up in the library because I liked the cover, not knowing anything about the band. Best. Decision. Ever. I strongly encourage you all to check out this album, specifically the tracks “Bad Kingdom”, “Versions”, and “Gita”. So in love.

 

Yay for super lame monthly faves!!!!! Like my facebook page, follow on Twitter @ProjectMaganda, And everywhere else @ErinKaelie.

Sorry this is crap. Good stuff coming up.

Much love,

Erin

(I believe that this is my first Music Spotlight surrounding just a band in general, so bear with me on the format of this post.)

 

Ever heard of HAIM?

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They’re a band of sisters (named Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim) who merge this 90′s grunge vibe and electro-pop echo with tight arrangements that almost mimic an autotuned sound, when it’s really just an amazing vocal blend. The sister effect totally works for them here.

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courtesy of V Magazine.

They’ve been getting boatloads of attention in 2014 from V Magazine, Nylon, Teen Vogue, and other publications of that nature. Rightfully so too–their music is intoxicatingly fun to listen to. I started listening to them earlier last year, and I just can’t get enough of their sound.

Left to right: Alana, Danielle, and Este.

Left to right: Alana, Danielle, and Este.

Major props to them for being able to pull of a middle part in their hair, too. That’s an ability that I do not possess nor pretend to possess, but these girls make it work.

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ALSO CAN WE TALK ABOUT ESTE’S BASS FACE FOR A SECOND BECAUSE LOOK AT IT IT’S PERFECTION

HAIM’s on my list of must-see-live bands! Check out my favorite tracks by them below:

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“My Song 5″ (feat. A$AP Ferg) MV: This music video has A$AP Ferg throw in a verse, which I can’t tell if I like or not (his tone is a great addition, but the actual rap is poorly written). Love his “Talk to me nice or don’t talk to me” at the very beginning, though. The MV has a lot of interruptions, so if you want to hear the song in its untouched glory, listen to “My Song 5″ Audio.

“Forever” MV This was the first track I heard by HAIM, around last year. Solid.

Expect a July/August favorites post at the turn of the months into September, and some style posts when it stops feeling like Satan’s living room here in TN.

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Thanks for reading! I know it was short, but you know. School.

Much love,

Erin

WYSLTWRT: Gorillaz “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach”
Top and Cardigan--F21. Jeggings (yeah, jeggings)--Thrifted. Boots--Choies.

Top and Cardigan–F21. Jeggings (yeah, jeggings)–Thrifted. Boots–Choies.

 

Junior year is officially in full swing, as my first week of school comes to a close.

How is it, you ask?

As I said before, it’s junior year. Not much else to say about it.

I have found that the hotter it is outside, the colder it is inside. This makes getting dressed…involved. How are you supposed to dress for sixty degree weather AND ninety degree weather? This is what I’m thinking:

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The shirt is light, loose, and has cutouts surrounding the collar so you can break the dress code without actually, you know, breaking the dress code. A light cardigan goes on top, an easy-to-chuck layer. As for the black pants and boots–that’s just a standard for me.

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Minimal jewelry, as per the norm for me. It’s not that I don’t like the look of tons of stacked necklaces and bracelets and rings and crap, but more so that I just can’t seem to keep track of things like that. I’m even surprised that this gold band is still around.

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The necklace adds interest to the top without  competing with the cutouts.

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OKAY. Let’s talk about the hair.

Ever since I opted for the Ain’t-No-Wifey cut in late June, I’ve been bombarded with questions about upkeep, cutting it, styling, etc. So, I’ll take some of the FAQ’s about my hair and answer them now.

1. Who cut your hair?

I actually cut it myself originally to get this style, but I recently got it cleaned up at Dion’s South in Downtown Franklin. The girl had never done a pixie before, but she did a pretty good job of giving me exactly what I asked for.

2. How do you style your hair in the morning? Is it easier to handle now?

Gel on the sides and back, hairspray under the front and top. Done. No heat necessary in this look.

3. Why did you cut it????!!1!1!!11!?! It was SOoo0oOO pretty before I’m sad :’((((

Um, sorry? And also, please leave. Thanks.

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Also get asked about wearing platforms to school a lot, as to whether or not it’s difficult to walk in them.

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Or if kids look at me funny in the hallways for wearing them.

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Practice makes perfect, I guess.

Alright, let’s go.

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I think that’s enough, don’t you?

Wanna follow PM on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram? If you’re on a computer, just look around this post for widgets to my accounts as well as my Lookbook and Bloglovin’ profile.

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Thanks for reading–more material soon.

Much love,

Erin

Constellation Plus is on iTunes now.

Constellation Plus is on iTunes now. Cover art by Jessica Jordan.

So some big news: Project Maganda is now officially one year old!!! I’m so thankful for everyone who has helped me keep this blog going. I really hope to continue with PM for many more years to come, and I hope that you all will continue to read as the blog grows and changes.

This music spotlight is a very special one to me. One of my best friends, Drew Brown, is the frontman and bassist for the modern progressive rock band Arcane Atlas, along with Eric Bezner on guitar and Destin Frost on drums. The band just came out with its first full length album, titled Constellation Plus.

I could not be prouder of these guys–the album is an amazing feat and such a work of art. The album sports intellectually compelling lyrics in tracks like “Estuary” and “Static Perception”, challenges traditional song structures and chord progressions in  songs such as “Ataraxia”, and features breathtaking guitar and bass solos in “Fellowship/Thought of Reason”, “In Motu Vero”, and “Once Tomorrow, Then Always”. There is such a variety of musical influences, and yet Arcane Atlas manages to create a sound all its own.

Each member of this three-piece band has his own special talent: Eric’s melodic writing is some of the most creative and inspiring content I have come across in years; Destin’s drumming is insanely tight and practically flawless in technique, all while keeping up with some of the craziest time signatures I’ve ever heard; and Drew’s lyrics and bass licks evoke such a strong passion for music that you can’t help but smile when you see him perform.

Seeing all the work my friends have put into the writing, rehearsing, recording, and production of this album absolutely blows my mind. I never truly understood just how difficult it is to put a project like this together, but now I can pinpoint the keys to its completion: talent, determination, and a great producer. Huge props to producer and guest guitarist Marcus Wanner for recording, mixing, and ultimately making the album, as it stands today, a possibility.

Constellation Plus is an album that makes people think, a trait sorely lacking in music today. I feel as though I learn something new every time I listen to it, whether it be noticing something in the music I hadn’t before or identifying with the lyrics in a new way and on a stronger, personal level. I strongly encourage you to invest a bit of your time into this album–I promise that you will find yourself emotionally invested in the band when you’re finished, just like me. If you really want to hear a true, raw, young passion for music, this is your album.

There’s nothing else I can say other than once again stress how proud and in awe I am of these guys. I truly, from the bottom of my heart, love them to death–not only as a band, but as individuals as well. They have proven to be some of the kindest, talented, and most inspiring young men I know, and I’m so glad I was able to become so close with them over this past summer.

Drew, Bez, Destin: I wish for great success for all of you as you pursue different paths in life. Let this album be a reminder of high school years, a platform for future musical endeavors, or an anthem to a major life shift for all three of you. Whatever it means to you, you’ll have that experience forever, and no one can take that away from you.

Again, I am so proud of you all and so grateful that you let me be a part of the experience. I’ll always remember it.

Much love,

Erin

***Constellation Plus is on sale in the iTunes store now***

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