Oh, summer. As mamas, this time of year we tend to get less sleep, less exercise and not eat as well as we should. Which, inevitably, leads to frazzled nerves, less patience with the kiddos and the dreaded mama guilt. Which is not quite a prescription for summer fun. Here at LiveMom, we challenge you to take some time for yourself this summer, whether that means reading a book while your partner takes the kids to the pool, getting crafty with your kids (instead of using that time to fold laundry or do chores) or getting out and spending time with friends. Whatever it is, you have our permission to take whatever time you can get to recharge.
Since we know you’re busy this summer, we’ll bring you one song each Tuesday that we’ve been loving lately, and let you know about some shows that are coming up, so you can have a reason to escape the kids, the kitchen counters and whatever’s keeping you from getting your summer zen on.
This week, we are bringing you “Just Like Old Times” from Austin-based band The Black and White Years. The band played at Stubb’s in late June, and this song is the first single from their upcoming LP Strange Figurines. On this track, singer/songwriter Scott Butler asked his wife Adrienne to sing on the track, and the result is a pop-infused electronic sound which is infectious.
Bonus #1: The folks at the Statesman have put together a 2013 Midterm Report on Spotify with their favorite tracks so far, if you want to take a listen (NOTE: some songs do contain profanity, so if you want to steer clear of that while the kids are around, save this until after bedtime).
Bonus #2: Edward Sharpe has a new self-titled album coming out on July 23rd, but you can hear it now on NPR Music.
If you feel like catching some live music this week, here are a few shows taking place:
Tuesday, July 16th
Wednesday, July 17th
Austin Sound & Cinema featuring Hello Wheels (playing hits from the 50s and 80s) and Back to the Future on the lawn of the Long Center. FREE. 7pm postponed due to soggy conditions (how often can we say that in July in Austin!?)
Thursday, July 18th
Friday, July 19th
Grupo Fantasma with La Guerrilla at the Bullock Museum’s Music Under the Star Concert Series. FREE. 6-9pm.
Saturday, July 20th
What’s your favorite tune as of late? Any summer concerts you are looking forward to?
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Nicole-Basham-Sara-Marzani-Photography-livemom.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her newly-minted-7-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau’s words, her mission is to “suck out all the marrow of life”, or in her son’s words, to cultivate in him a love of “advenchers”.[/author_info] [/author]