the black angels

May '17 Playlist by Julia Walck

It's May! Are you as tired as I am of seeing this photo everywhere the past couple days? Every. Damn. Year. Probably for the rest of our lives. Thanks, J.T. 

Anyways back to new music! 

  • Sylvan Esso's new album, "What Now" released last Friday! My favorite track is hands down, "Just Dancing", and it's also what I do when I listen to the song: dance. They're playing a gig at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, August 25. See you there? Cool.  
  • Suprise new tunes from Phoenix! A new full length is set for release on June 9. 
  • Fujiya & Miyagi have a new EP.
  • "Thinking of a Place" is a powerful return for The War On Drugs. It's an 11 minute dream-like haze of a song and I want to be lost in it forever.

Mother's Day is May 14! *Call your mom this month and tell her you love her.

March '17 Playlist by Julia Walck

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. 

Moon. Block. Party. by Julia Walck

The Moon Block Party Festival happened last weekend at the Pomona Fairplex. All of the stages were surprisingly intimate with each band. Definitely the most mellow festival I've ever been to (except the moment when The Black Lips played and the pit opened up). 

I'd never heard of The Black Angels before, but quickly fell in love with their psychedelic sound. The patterns projected onto the canvas behind them, and on themselves was so entrancing to watch. That together made for one hell of a show. 

I finally got to see Spoon (the band, not the utensil)! I waited in the very front of the stage for about 5 hours until they came on. They've been one of my favorite bands since around middle school or so, and it's just never worked out with me catching a gig. 

When I saw Divine Fits (composed of Britt Daniel from Spoon and Dan Boeckner from Handsome Furs / Wolf Parade) two years ago at Coachella, they were good. Seeing Spoon last weekend? Great. Hands down, fantastic. Plus, I got one of their setlists! Which is now proudly hanging up on my wall. 

Now, to wait until next year when Moon Block Party rolls back around.

The Black Angels

The Black Angels

SPOON

SPOON

Me, holding Spoon's setlist.

Me, holding Spoon's setlist.

Spoon's setlist (plus Johnathan Fisk + I Turn My Camera On)

Spoon's setlist (plus Johnathan Fisk + I Turn My Camera On)