i would like for you to "find me where the warm winds coming through". couple dexter tortoriello and megan messina of houses know what's up, living in hawaii "in a warm house / packing [their] suitcases with the sun in [their] eyes". this song is washed out-esque, and we know i love what ernest gets up to!
...amen to that song lyric. (although, to be honest, it feels like summer in austin today. mother nature is being a big tease.) i love george lewis jr.'s voice. and it helps that i am a huge fan of 80's new wave. these songs make me feel like i'm molly ringwald.
i am making our thanksgiving traveling mixes and john special requested this one from the republic tigers, which he discovered on my computer and i had forgotten about. i think my little magic friend inside of itunes recommended this to me awhile back. this song soothes me, but also keeps me going... the group blends rock and folk in the right way.
karin dreijer andersson is done with her current project, fever ray. in her last project, karin and her brother, olof, duoed as the knife. according to her website, she's pairing up with olof again on a project for an ingmar bergman play. hopefully, after some time off she'll take that eerie unique voice on tour in some venture, so i can hear it live.
the movie waiting for superman came out this weekend. i cannot wait to go see it! please check out my cousin, clayton's, blog for a poignant review: http://suchmovingpictures.blogspot.com. go see it! oh, and pledge to see it, too, by way of the widget at the bottom of my blog and get some kiddos some books!
this song may not be up my music alley, but it makes my eyes well from the association with the movie and the premise.
that stands for "lovely weather festival". austin city limits 2010 was the most lovely-weathered music festival i have ever been to! next year is back in mid-september. booooo! hot month, bad choice.
this year's highlights: miike snow, beach house, spoon, black lips, broken bells, lcd soundsystem, the morning benders, and the national.
this year's misses: the xx--way too mellow and crowded, the black keys--they were better at lollapalooza, i think it had to do with poor sound because we stood on the wrong side of the stage.
and my favorite shows:
foals were even better than i expected. cannot wait for a potential return tour to the states!
"total life forever"
what a glorious experience listening to band of horses from our blanket in the grass. it was hard to miss the flaming lips, but i had never seen boh live before.
"the end is not near"
the strokes are punks. they came on 15 minutes late and left the stage early. i could have gone to see phish and listened to 30+ more minutes of music. good thing the strokes played all of the favorites and made us dance.
"is this it"
kind of sad i missed lissie. she may be a little country, but with her laura marling and laura veirs sound, her show would have been a nice transition into the park if i would have made it in that early (ha, like 12:30).
"everywhere i go"
i also went to a school of seven bells after show. and i was horribly disappointed to find out one of the twins quit the band. they tried, but it just wasn't the same without the harmony. however, opener, active child, was hauntingly awesome! i would say that the sound pat grossi and his harp creates is "bon-iver-synth-pop."
deerhunter is a four-piece indie psychedelic ambient rock band out of atlanta. these guys are wowing me with their new album: halcyon digest. singer bradford cox also has a solo project i am a fan of, atlas sound.
autumn really exists. i had forgotten how beautiful it is! getting a friend, family, and fall fix was good for my soul. as i drove the junkia around town, i played some old cds, circa 2002ish. memories...
dear friend, i will miss you. but picturing you flying to a happier place brings me great joy. i hold you close to my heart. whatever you decide to do, i hope you are able to leap with confidence. see you soon!
i've never seen the pixies live before. but i will on wednesday. and i am really excited to see the fuck buttons tear it up again... all two of 'em! but i will admit i am pissed that it's at my least favorite venue in austin. austin music hall, redeem yourself this week, please.
train hobos dying in an earthquake? never would have guessed.
"here comes your man"
with your feet on the air and your head on the ground
y'all. yeah, that's it. i moved to texas so that i could use "y'all" without weird looks. (oh, and so i could have a koozie on hand at all times without getting heckled.) let's be honest, there's another word in this song i like. a lot.
"fucked up (hurricane mix feat. thom yorke)" by tupac shakur
blonde redhead's new album is coming out the 14th. cannot. wait! hit their website, or sign up below to download this track for free. http://www.blonde-redhead.com/. oh, and see them in austin in december. it's a dream concert for me!
it was a perfectly temperatured night in austin last night. and it rejuvenated my austin-spirits, being one of the best nights i have had since i have been home.
if i ever move from austin, one of the things i will undoubtedly miss is the alamo drafthouse movie theaters. who doesn't love the option to eat and drink while you watch a movie? and who isn't excited that they are going to be showing waiting for guffman on the big screen in one of their series'?! more than once, i have immediately gone home to download one of the remixes they have played during their alamo events previews. the latest is a track from girly band, au revoir simone.
crummy week, i showed you. turned it around with a show at one of my forgotten favorite venues, the cactus cafe. that venue kicks ass--the acoustics and intimacy are hard to beat. scott and i saw a local band, the eastern sea, play a free show there last night. good luck to those boys and girl on their tour. here's to hoping their zeal is embraced on the road like it is by their fans in austin.
so excited to see sweet sufjan stevens at the long center next month. his sound is hard to describe. electronic? folk? a bit little of everything. mix it up, sufjan, i like it. download his new album, the age of adz: sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/the-age-of-adz
equally as excited to check out a musician at the long center. so fancy.
maria, kim, and i went paddle surfing this weekend. it was so peaceful. we paddled in a quaint quarry up north. next time: lake austin. here's a band called lake. today, this song is soothing me and my sinusitis.
oh, how i love music-themed birthday gifts. not only did i get itunes gift cards (shout out: chris, mals, courtney & fred!), but katy gave me 50 blank cds (subtle, i think she wants a mix), maria gave me a headphones necklace, and scott made me a killer mix!
twenty-nine was by far my best year. so, as jeanie would say, "i ain't scurred" of turning thirty! thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with me on saturday. to those of you that couldn't be there, you were missed. please check out our fun:
three day weekend! you feel me? i think it is party time!
i'm finally feeling transitioned back into my life and home.
"home" by glasser
one adjustment is getting back into the swing of my long work commute. but i am a lucky girl, for the second year in a row i can say i am excited to be back at work! all i need on my drive out to the burbs is some good musical accompaniment.
"sprawl ii (mountains beyond mountains)" by arcade fire
instead of slamming any musicians--well, i might do that, but just lady gaga--i figured i would share songs from the shows that i liked best.
but first: lady gaga is a nut job. i opted to see her instead of the strokes (regret 1) but only because i will see the strokes at acl, and figured i would never ever pay to see her live again. i'll admit it, she was entertaining. she talks too damned much, though. and frankly, i don't particularly like her voice. and when she screams it's scary. the set and costumes were wild and fun to take in, but after awhile i felt like i was at a musical and let's be honest, i hate musicals. and now, on to what i don't hate...
(for my gypsy loving friend, jacqui.) gogol bordello and his gypsy punk band are awesome! he got us dancing even in the direct heat of midday. gogol brings the party and i thought it was cool how many countries are represented in his band. check his energy here:
one of my favorite shows was the fuck buttons. really?!, just two guys?
"flight of the feathered serpent"
the walkmen were the first band we saw during our lolla weekend, and they were a nice transition in.
what i remember about cut copy is a colorful flashing light backdrop and a lot of bouncing.
"lights and music"
and, now, for the show i was most excited to see: the arcade fire.they did not disappoint! in fact, they impressed. i even noticed that a certain someone, who thinks their most impressive record was funeral, was beside himself with rocking. it's hard to describe how incredible they are live.
it's true, funeral is fantastic. "rebellion (lies)"
i had so much fun at lollapalooza, that my best friend broke her foot! some other noteworthies to see if they come your way: the black keys, the national, yeasayer, the dodos (we missed them, but we did hang out with them), devo (for real! oldies but goodies), raphael saadiq, and edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros (but only if you haven't seen them before, every show is the same). other regrets: hot chip (conflicted with the black keys) and empire of the sun.
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