The November playlist is here! Ft. new tunes from Toro y Moi, Steve Gunn, Beirut, Little Dragon and more. 🎶Have a listen below.
Here's the highlights:
Toro y Moi dropped a new single and announced a new album Outer Peace set for a January release.
Cat power is finally back!”
“Mono” by Zero 7 is on my heavy rotation right now.
Beirut is back with new tunes!
The April playlist is here! ☔️Ft. new tunes from Little Dragon, Parquet Courts, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, HalfNoise and more. 🎶Have a listen below.
Here's the highlights:
- Can't stop listening to "Know the Feeling" by HalfNoise. It's so addictive with its warm, poppy beats.
- I stumbled upon this lo-fi house DJ named Ross From Friends on Spotify the other day. Obviously I started listening just because of that name. AMAZING. Turns out "Talk to me You'll Understand" is a super chill dancy track that's great for zoning out to.
- NPR classifies Superorganism as "Kitchen-Sink Rock". They're an enthusiastically poppy supergroup composed of 8 members, and the frontrunner, Orono, is only 17! "Night Time" is one of my favorite tracks off of their new self titled album.
- Interpol recently released a few new bonus tracks from El Pintor. Great news because I honestly can't ever get enough of Paul Banks's brooding vocals featured heavily on "The Depths".
Happy March! Apparently, March is National Noodle Month? I just sort of ran with that because I thought noodle type would be super fun... and it is. Time to pack in all that pasta before swimsuit season hits! *You can listen to this playlist with or without noodles.
Here's some highlights from this month's playlist (which you can listen to below):
- There's a band named Steve Buscemi's Dreamy Eyes, and I think they win for best band name ever.
- Spoon released another single. I'm seeing them next Monday at The Observatory in Santa Ana; that's a week before their new album comes out so I'm crossing my fingers for a sneak peek!
- Some new music surprises as of late have been Little Dragon and Sylvan Esso. It's like their new songs appeared out of thin air.
Last Wednesday I woke up at about 1:30pm. The reason for that is I was in a car driving home from Washington the day prior for 21 hours straight and I was beat.
Why was I in WA you ask? Well there was this 4 day music festival called Sasquatch! at the Gorge, which was in fact, GORGEous.
My 4 favorite bands were playing: Hot Chip, Spoon, James Blake and Little Dragon. So obviously, I had to go.
We met some really rad people, listened to awesome music and had a great time. I'll definitely be back one day, Sasquatch!
Part 1: Getting There
Emily and I drove through to Portland. We left at 5am and got there around 7pm. There were frequent bathroom breaks and the occasional stopping to get food. Coffee came first, of course.
As soon as we hit Oregon, it started pouring rain. Goodbye cute lil' window paint drawings. You just weren't meant to make it to Washington.
We stayed the night at her cousins house and got some much needed sleep. The most dramatic part of getting there was the fact that we forgot our camping ticket on the fridge at home in LA. Jackson was kind enough to overnight ship it to her cousins house, which unfortunately got mis delivered and lost forever. (Thanks Fed-Ex). Luckily after spending some time on the phone with Live Nation, I was able to have it emailed to myself and just had to print it out.
Brunch was a bust as we used up our morning hunting down a ticket. But we did make time to stop at Stumptown before driving the remaining 4 hours to Washington.
Part 2: The Music
28 shows in the span of 4 days. I would say that's a pretty solid deal. And look at those beautiful backdrops. Damn, nature.
- Ayron Jones and The Way
- Gorgol Bordello
- Action Bronson
- Little Dragon
- Will Butler
- Benjamin Booker
- Milo Greene
- Sylvan Esso
- Glass Animals
- Father John Misty
- Modest Mouse
- St. Paul & the Broken Bones
- Jenny Lewis
- St. Vincent
- José González
- James Blake
- Hanni El Khatib
- Courtney Barnett
- Future Islands
- Sharon Van Etten
- Tame Impala
- Ryan Adams
- Hot Chip
Part 3: The Weather x Camping
The weather in Quincy, WA is insane to say the least. Super summery sunny weather and all of a sudden, RAIN. Then intense winds. Then freezing cold, then sun again. Oh but those winds though. The winds messed with us the most.
Our E-Z up canopy or as we learned Canadians would say, “Gazebo”, is completely destroyed. We came home to camp the first night around 2am to an MIA canopy. Same with our neighbors. Just totally gone.
I picked up my trusty dusty ice cream cone lamp for use as a lantern and we scoured the campgrounds. Us and our Canadian neighbors, Annalise and Madison, found our canopies mangled together 400 feet away from camp. One of our corner poles was bent at a 60 degree angle, and our tarp had holes ripped into it. Did I mention Mega-Canopy also knocked in a tent on it's way to destruction? Luckily, the tent made it out OK.
Part 4: The Way Back
It was really hard to wake up at 5am after 4 days of music. But we did it. Then took down our canopy (which by this point was 100% broken [#sadsquatch]), disassembled our tent and wrangled up all the little things at our campsite.
We left Washington at 6am and got back to Los Angeles at 3am. That's right... 21 hours. Don't worry, we swapped off with sleeping and had lots of coffee.
All food stops this time around were via drive-thru, bathroom breaks weren't as frequent, and we didn't get out of the car as much. We really just wanted to be home.
The 1 stop we made sure we hit up in Portland was VooDoo Doughnuts. I had a peanut butter oreo one and felt 10 pounds instantaneously show up on my body. But it was worth it.
Home feels so good but I'll definitely miss those beautiful Sasquatch skies.
A couple of weeks ago, Little Dragon had a pop-up comic book shop / secret show somewhere in Eaglerock. Nabuma Rubberband just released in May and it was a way to share their new album and creative prowess with some of their closest fans. Unfortunately, there were 60 fans closer than we were. They had a maximum occupancy in the building of 200 and we didn't quite make the cut.
Well, what do you do after waiting in line 3 hours for a show you didn't get in to? You stand outside and listen to the music as a good fan should! (See me in the hat down there?)
We did get free comics designed by Brian Butler, though. The story was pretty much about a show that was too loud and out of control; which I thought was foreshadowing how the night would turn out. You know, with people jumping on cars, climbing on the roof and everything.