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Recently, in Summer by Julia Walck

Summer nights (and days) are really amazing. The sun might be hot in the daytime, but it's always worth it when you can kick back and relax in the warm summer nights. 

PS: "kick back" reminds me... We heard the song "Can I Kick It?" on Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday while we were out.  

Here's what I've been up to this past week:

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  • Ate at Border Grill downtown
  • Accidentally showed up 2 hours early at the Bootleg thanks to the wrong set time in an email (8:30 is the same as 10:30, right?)
  • Ubered over to Mohawk Bend for drinks and photo-booth-ing
  • Walked across the street to Bar Bandini to kill some more time
  • Headed to the Bootleg for real this time to see Kyle Craft, which was the BEST $9 show of my life

SATURDAY

  • Let's just say Saturday morning was a bit of a struggle, which consisted of watching A LOT of Game of Thrones... with the blinds shut and all of the lights off
  • Late afternoon, we went over to the Annenberg for the KCRW Sound in Focus concert with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Got a Dogtown Dog and some "ice cream of the future" from food trucks
  • Edward Sharpe wasn't super sharp that night and we went home before he even played it

SUNDAY

  • Stood in line at Eggslut, and the payoff was delicious
  • Shopped around at Renegade Craft Fair and snagged a sweet ampersand pin from a fellow ampersister, Katie Wilson of The Good Twin
  • Found out that pear sorbet ice cream is a thing and Jeni's makes it

C☺ACHELLA 2015 by Julia Walck

Coachella Weekend 1. Whoa. You're so much better than weekend 2 it's crazy! (heat-wise that is). 75-90 degree weather, you were wonderful. Thanks for that. 

Jack White killed it. So fucking good. 🙌  He dedicated his show to the transgender community, and reminded us that music is sacred and we should spend time to be thankful for that every day. 100%. 

Below is his setlist from that night. I basically got to see The White Stripes (sorry Meg, you're not really needed), and he even played a Raconteurs song. I was waiting for some Dead Weather to show up in the mix too, but that didn't happen. 

  1. Icky Thump
  2. High Ball Stepper
  3. Lazaretto
  4. Hotel Yorba (White Stripes)
  5. Temporary Ground
  6. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (White Stripes)
  7. Cannon (White Stripes)
  8. Just One Drink
  9. Love Interruption
  10. We're Going to Be Friends (White Stripes)
  11. I've Been Loving You Too Long (Cover)
  12. Weep Themselves to Sleep
  13. Hello Operator (White Stripes)
  14. Steady As She Goes (Raconteurs)
  15. I'm Slowly Turning Into You (White Stripes)
  16. Ball and Biscuit (White Stripes)
  17. Sixteen Saltines
  18. That Black Bat Licorice
  19. Would You Fight for My Love?
  20. Seven Nation Army (White Stripes) 

Polaroid of windmills

Polaroid of the butterfly

Polaroid of Jack White

Polaroid of Jack White

Polaroid of myself

Polaroid of myself

So obviously Jack White was my favorite, but we did see a ton of other awesome artists as well. We saw 24 shows in total. Wow. That's a lot for one weekend, and it's probably why my body is angry at me and I'm sick at the moment.

Friday // Sylvan Esso (amazing set), The War on Drugs, Alabama Shakes, Interpol, Todd Terje and the Olsens, Tame Impala, and AC/DC.

Saturday // Jamestown Revival, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Toro y Moi, Jungle, Yelle, Glass Animals, alt-J, Jack White, and the Weeknd.

Sunday // Mac DeMarco, RAC, St. Lucia, Jenny Lewis (she played some Rilo Kiley!), Kaskade, St. Vincent, Fitz & the Tantrums, and Drake. 

I basically got to see two bands last weekend who were broken up and I never thought I'd get to see: The White Stripes and Rilo Kiley. To be honest, there were a couple moments where I almost cried. So, so happy. 

Jack White

Jack White

Feelin' the music in the H&M tent

Feelin' the music in the H&M tent

Skywriting

Skywriting

Shot glasses I found antiquing

Shot glasses I found antiquing

The caterpillar turned into a butterfly

The caterpillar turned into a butterfly

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis

Toro Y Moi

We stayed in a condo at a country club this time around, which is crazy different than the car camping experiences I've had in the past. My first Coachella experience was 110 degree weather, a forgotten EZ-Up, and no showers. Let's just say it was interesting. 

The house was nice; it almost made it feel like a lazy weekend when it wasn't at all. 

All this music, warm weather and good times with friends is getting me excited about Sasquatch! Which is a month away! Hello road trip to Washington to see Hot Chip, Spoon, Little Dragon, and James Blake. 4 of my all time favorites! You can see the full lineup here. I have a feeling it's going to be even better than Coachella. 

Closeup of an art installation

Closeup of an art installation

Jack and I in front of the lights

Jack and I in front of the lights

Todd Terje

Todd Terje

Breakfast nook where we stayed

Breakfast nook where we stayed

Top 10 Albums of 2014 by Julia Walck

2014 was a really big year in music for me. I'm pretty sure I went to at least 50 shows, and listened to somewhere around 2,500 minutes worth of music. 

Out of all of that, the following is what was constantly on repeat. It's in order from Best to Best. But number one is the best-est. 

  1. They Want My Soul // Spoon
  2. Nabuma Rubberband // Little Dragon
  3. This is All Yours // Alt-J
  4. El Pintor // Interpol
  5. Jungle // Jungle
  6. Chinese Fountain // The Growlers
  7. Lazaretto // Jack White
  8. Michael // Le Sins
  9. In Return // Odesza
  10. Morning Phase // Beck
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I've also made a playlist of my top 20-something songs of 2014. Have a listen down below. Hope you dig it.