Music Monday: He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

Local artist to: Los Angeles California

RIYL: Flamboyant Folk, Vaudeville Pop, Devendra Banhart, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister was one of my choices for SXSW this year. Their performance was the first show I saw of the festival and well worth the trek ten blocks to Key Bar.

HMBSMS are heading out on tour starting May 1!! Some of the dates include opening for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Unfortunately, there are no dates in the PNW, but I will keep my fingers crossed for the next tour. Go see this band, you won’t be sorry! Tour dates here! He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister could be the Grouplove of 2012, just sayin…

How’m I Gonna Get Back Home Tonight

Tales That I Tell

Clip I shot from SXSW 2012 …no, that’s not Zach Galifianakis

listen & like & love


Music Monday: The Mother Truckers

Music Monday: Grouplove


Happy 5th annual Record Store Day!

Background of Record Store Day:

The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April. (source)

To find out what events are happening at your local record store, check out the venue search.

Favorite Record Store: Good Records – Dallas TX

Good Records has been around since 2000 and is owned by Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree and is managed by Chris Penn. The two of them have done a stellar job running one of the best record stores I have ever been to (which is a lot). The store is always clean and insanely organized. I have never once found anything out of place, which is not something that can be said about a majority of music stores today. I just love the in-store performances and every Record Store Day there are bands playing all day. This year’s bands are: James Earl Alford, Skeleton Coast, Diego Garcia, Joe Pug, Umphrey’s McGee, Ting Tings, Civil Twilight, Switchfoot, Zhora, Glorium, Yells At Eels, Blixaboy, Sealion, The Quaker City Night Hawks, Stardeath & White Dwarfs.


old Good Latimer location (left), current Lower Greenville Ave Location (right)

Dallas local band, A Hard Night’s Day, playing the Beatles album/Rockband release in 2009

Jason Lytle & Midlake performing ‘Now It’s On’ on Record Store Day 2011:

Amanda Palmer – Fake Plastic Trees @ Good Records:

Grimes – Genesis @ Good Records (I WISH I WAS PRESENT FOR THIS!!!):

Coachella: Weekend 1 Wrap up


We are still coming down from the excitement of Coachella. Here are bits and pieces of the first weekend, which is the better of the two…I may or may not be biased. If you are attending weekend 2, check out Coachella tips by Kid Dangerous. I think there will be live streaming again next weekend but lots of the past performances can be found on the Coachella youtube channel. Just today, there were photos added to the Coachella fb page and they are absolutely gorgeous. This was easily one of the most visually stunning music festivals I have ever attended.

Over the course of 3 days, we smuggled in 5 flasks, saw a total of 58 bands live, and checked the puppy webcam more often then we should have. Anyhoo, my favorite performances of the weekend were WU LYF, Yuck, GIVERS, First Aid Kit, Alesso, Andrew Bird, AWOLNATION, Real Estate, Housse de Racket, Childish Gambino and Grouplove.

Jeff Mangum

Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag (left), Gotye could fill up 2 Mojave tents (right)

Beirut (left), SBTRKT (right)

GIVERS (left), Childish Gambino (right)



THE GOOD The Art installations :: Crab Fries :: The sound of EVERY stage was better than any other outdoor music festival :: Tupac hologram :: Perfect non-scorching weather :: Celebrating my birthday

THE BAD The Hives annoying-ness between songs :: Getting searched more than airport security :: Chilly, drizzly Friday :: Jeff Mangum and Radiohead not shown on the giant video screens :: Fuzzy bear hats worn with bikinis


First Aid Kit (left), art is everywhere at Coachella (right)


Super fun performance from Housse de Racket (left), Balloon art (right)

Andrew Bird playing at sunset

Sebastian Ingrosso (left), Grouplove (right)

At The Drive-In (left), dancing to Alesso (right)


SXSW 2012 Days 4 and 5

Outside Lands 2011!


Music Monday: Coachella

While we are both stoked for 80% of the bands playing Coachella this year. Michael and I chose our top five per day that we are most excited to experience. And the 2012 Coachella app was finally released today but the times are still TBA, so there is still lots of planning to get the max amount of music humanly possible.

Michael: FRIDAY Explosions In The Sky, The Horrors, Alesso, GIVERS, WU LYF SATURDAY AWOLNATION, Andrew Bird, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor SUNDAY At The Drive-In, Gotye, Beirut, Real Estate, Zedd

Annie: FRIDAY Explosions In The Sky, M Ward, WU LYF, GIVERS, Hello Seahorse! SATURDAY Jeff Mangum, AWOLNATION, Andrew Bird, Radiohead, St Vincent SUNDAY The Growlers, Real Estate, At The Drive-In, Beirut, First Aid Kit


SXSW 2012 Music Selections – Part 2

SXSW 2012 Music Selections – Part 3

Robots in the Garden

The last week has been brought back down to a normal level after our March vacations (I was in Austin for SXSW and Michael went on a ski trip in Jackson Hole). The weather is starting to warm up here in Seattle. By warm up, I mean that one or two days of each week are getting above 60 degrees. Michael and I spent most of the first day of April working on our above ground gardens. He built the frame on the garden where we plan to grow spinach, tomatoes, peppers and basil to name a few. Our rental house had few old planters that had something growing in them at one time, so those will hopefully have pansies, zinnias and asters popping up this Spring. I’ll post updates on our progress. I just love that on any given residential street in Seattle there are anywhere from two to ten urban gardens near the curb. Luckily we have some space in the backyard but the challenging part will be keeping our dogs out of it.