With Arms Outstretched

Not sure if I am just loving this song lately or it is the current theme. Perhaps both.

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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)

WU LYF

   

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)

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SXSW 2012 Days 4 and 5

Outside Lands 2011!

 

Music Monday (SXSW edition): Motopony

Motopony

Local artist to: Seattle Washington

RIYL: José González, Iron & Wine, indie pop, folk rock, acoustic

Often, the combination of two opposites makes for a harmony previously unknown, a sum greater than its parts. Motopony is the embodiment of this notion – a band built on a bedrock of contrasts and the gorgeous alchemy of seemingly conflicted sounds, and the feelings mapped over them. Guided by soulful machines Daniel Blue and Buddy Ross along with guitarist Brantley Cady and drummer Forrest Mauvais, there is a warm efficiency to the hard-soul/glitch-folk contained on the quartet’s self-titled debut. continued here..

Check back every monday for a new band to check out at SXSW 2012.

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Best Songs of 2011: Part One

these lists are often difficult to compile, but this year it was quite easy to find the top songs. some of the artists chosen are old favorites while some bands are discoveries as recent as a month ago. i could probably list 20 or more, but more than ten seems a bit overkill. i love reading other music lists to check out stellar stuff that i might have missed in the last year. largehearted boy does a fantastic job at compiling some of the best end-of-year music lists on the web.

in alphabetical order, these are my choices for best singles of 2011. what are some of your favorites?

astronautalis – contrails (featuring tegan quin of tegan & sara)

astronautalis (aka andy bothwell) is a touring machine and has made an interesting progression with all of his album releases from his electro/rock/spoken word beginnings to his current alt hip-hop sound. i’ve been a fan for years since his days as a resident of north texas (he has since lived in seattle and now local to minneapolis). and can say his fourth full-length album, this is our science, is incredible from start to finish. check him out live if you have the chance. i took some friends to see him at sxsw and they were incredibly impressed.

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bad lamps – never know the difference

this is a catchy song with an interesting video… so interesting that it was all over reddit so naturally the song got some notice. bad lamps are a dude duo with just four songs under their belt, aka the soultronic ep. hopefully they will release more in the near future.

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beirut – santa fe

zach condon continues to pop out amazing albums one after the other. the most recent album, the rip tide, has the same balkan sound we all love about beirut while adding a bit more pop. i’ve been a fan of beirut since 2006’s gulag orkestar and finally got to see zach live for the first time a few months ago. i guess that is what happens when touring is mostly spent overseas and that hiatus when beirut’s future was in question. one of my favorite songs of all time will always be postcards from italy.

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dom – living in america

i don’t know much about dom but i stumbled upon this song somewhere on the interwebs and i like them. a lot. dom reminds me a bit of css.

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the drums – money

i dare you to listen to this track from the drums and tell me you don’t like it. the band’s second album, portamento, was just released a few months ago and already this song is in heavy rotation, especially on kexp. the album is fantastic!

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check back tomorrow for part two!

also coming this month…best music festival, best live shows and best beers list!

Music Monday (SXSW edition): Balthazar

balthazar

local artist to: ghent belgium

riyl: millionaire, the van jets, das pop

balthazar are an alternative pop band, with rock, electro and hiphop influences. they were formed in 2004 in kortrijk-belgium and anticipated their first album with gigs all over europe and a tour in south africa. their debut album “applause” was released march 2010, and both the album as well as their live performances were received with much critical acclaim. source
balthazar is one of my picks for sxsw 2012. check back every monday for a new band to check out at the next sxsw.

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friday finds 11.11.11

it is one of those fridays where weirdness rules all…

for those of you like are familiar with youtube phenom, my drunk kitchen, you will love this. i can’t believe i just found this today.

i already love redheads, but this dude is the whole package.

get a minecraft pickaxe of your very own from think geek.

i love this, but would it be as charming with brown-colored tea?

who doesn’t love the oatmeal?? see the rest here.