7/23/14

we are your frends you'll never be alone again

For as much as I love music it's kind of amazing that I've never had a decent pair of headphones. Kind of like how I have 60+ albums but no record player. I'm a total weirdo like that.

Both headphones + a record player* have been on my wish list for a while but other useless crap has just taken priority instead. I could have spent some time researching high quality headphones but few nights ago I stumbled across a beautiful new design from Frends + decided that beauty trumps brains in this instance (or so they say).

I just happen to be sitting on a $200 Nordstrom gift card so I decided this was a perfect opportunity to finally cross an item off my wish list. On top of that, Nordstrom is having their Anniversary Sale through August 4th so I saved myself 33% on this purchase. After reading some reviews I learned that like me, Frends has both beauty + brains (so humble, I know). People had really good things to say about the sound quality so that is a definite win. I'm pretty excited about my new toy + I definitely think this is an item that I will get plenty of use out of. Record player is coming up next...

*I did actually purchase a record player a few months ago but it didn't work so I returned it + never replaced it. After that experience I kind of decided I would just hold off until I could afford a nicer one.

7/21/14

i was there || pitchfork music festival

Show: Pitchfork Music Festival
Beck
Giorgio Moroder
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Sun Kil Moon
Sharon Van Etten
The Haxon Cloak
Neneh Cherry
Danny Brown
Tune-Yards
The Range
Cloud Nothings
Empress Of
Hudson Mohawke
Grimes
Slowdive
Majical Cloudz
Real Estate
Jon Hopkins

Location: Union Park

Date: 7.18.14-7.20.14

Favorite Song: Hearing "Debra" live kind of made my weekend. Also loved Beck's cover of "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer.

Memorable Moment: Beck was definitely the highlight for me. I am no Beck super fan but I have always likeed his stuff. This show made me realize just how many great songs he has. Honorable mention probably has to go to Jon Hopkins. That guy is a total treat in any setting. I saw him a few months ago at Lincoln Hall which is also a less-than-ideal setting but he killed it there too. The Range, Danny Brown, Grimes, + Slowdive were also enjoyable too.

Biggest Letdown: Pitchfork? More like Linefork... Seriously though, I don't remember the line situation ever being so bad, especially to get in. Majical Cloudz's equipment problem was a big letdown too. I was really looking forward to that set going into the weekend + it was a total mess. Nothing however could top the awfulness of Giorgio Moroder's set though. I was so embarrassed for both him + Pitchfork on that one. It was the worst set I've ever seen at a festival + no super-imposed graphics on the big screen was going to help that.

This Show: Wasn't as solid of a Pitchfork experience for me from previous years but it was still enjoyable. It was a combo of both how I tackled the weekend as well as the acts themselves. I got to the festival a little later in the day + I also left early on Saturday to head to Phish but a lot of the music just didn't quite do it for me either. I didn't learn about as many new acts as I had hoped + some of the ones I was excited to see were just boring. Pitchfork still holds a very special place in my heart though + I'm anxious to see what they throw at me next year. You can always expect interesting headliners at the very least.

7/17/14

daniel avery || knowing we'll be here (kink remix)

Can't get enough of this one + the original is pretty awesome too. Come join me at Smart Bar on August 22nd.

i was there || derrick carter

Show: Derrick Carter

Location: West Fest

Date: 7.13.14

Memorable Moment: I missed West Fest last year but stopped by in 2012 to see Derrick Carter's set. In that two year span the crowd has exponentially grown which is pretty cool. West Fest gathers all kinds of people + it's awesome to see them pay their respect to a Chicago legend.

Biggest Letdown: It is awesome that the crowd grew but it was totally cramped as a result. For a little while I was standing behind a dumpster before I made the wise decision to pull back a bit more.

This Show: was a great option for a Sunday afternoon on a beautiful Summer evening. I got to spend time with my niece, check out an amazing house party, + listen to Derrick Carter all within a few hours.


7/9/14

i was there || nightmares on wax

Show: Nightmares On Wax
Woo Park

Location: Concord Music Hall

Date: 7.3.14

Favorite Song: I preferred the more soulful tunes like "Les Nuits" + "Morse" best.

Memorable Moment: I got to the show a little on the early side but didn't mind checking out one of the openers, Woo Park. This Chicago band was pretty enjoyable + the lead singer had some serious pipes on her. I'm glad I was introduced to them + I assume I will start to recognize their name around the Chicago music scene a bit more moving forward.

Biggest Letdown: This show was a little more hip hop than I anticipated so I guess that is the one thing I didn't love. My white catholic school girl side of me always creeps up with me when I listen to live hip hop. I assume that is just the main difference between a live Nightmares On Wax set versus a DJ set. Totally fine, just not necessarily my favorite.

This Show: Once the crowd filled in a bit it turned into a pretty enjoyable show. The music was a bit hit + miss for me personally but everyone there seemed into it. I would definitely be interested in seeing a DJ set now to compare.

7/2/14

thanks babe

Last Friday I went wedding dress shopping with my sister at BHLDN. First of all, I am obsessed with their bridal fitting room -- the wallpaper, the lighting, the rug, the mirror. Everything in there was perfect. My sister also found two really great dress options.

One of the greatest things she has ever done for me as a sister is to not require me to wear any sort of bridesmaid dress since she isn't even having a wedding party. I still thought she might have some opinions on what I should wear but based on our discussion last week it sounds like I have pretty free reign to choose any dress I want.

Originally I thought I might go the Rent the Runway route since I don't have any other events coming up. I kind of hated the thought of purchasing a dress for one event since my size, taste, etc could change by the time the next formal event rolls around. But then I found this beauty:
Basic color? Check. Seasonally neutral? Check. Flattering to most any figure? Check.

I am waiting for it to arrive but I feel pretty good with this purchase from Reformation. I think it's got a lot of life to it + you can always spice it up with accessories. I'll probably get a scarf of some sort for the ceremony. I'm also eyeing some new jewelry to make it more me. Specifically the Changeling NecklaceKitten Mitten, both in yellow gold. My only concern is how awkward my bow-leggedness will look.

Ps. One of my favorite things about purchasing this dress was the "Thanks Babe" confirmation email.

7/1/14

neglect

I've been neglecting my home lately. It's amazing how priorities can change with the seasons. My cabin-fever fueled home purchases in Winter have now transitioned to liquor, cab fare, + festival tickets. Not complaining one bit though. When comparing physical items to experiences, experiences always trump.

When I finally get back to planning my home I may go an entirely different route. Well, that's a lie. I just primarily want new seating. My dark blue sectional + verdigris green love seat have served me well over the years but swapping those out will make a huge difference. I'm leaning towards light grey/blue + tan leather. Let's look for some inspiration:


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I like these colors because as you can see in some of the examples above it allows me to introduce more accent colors + patterns. Trying to find rugs, pillows, etc to go with dark blue and green is a bit trickier. This color palette both lightens + warms the room which are two things my current arrangement is lacking.

I think it will be a long time before I get to a place where I can make these updates/purchases but I am liking this game plan.

6/30/14

i was there || oneohtrix point never

Show: Oneohtrix Point Never
Spektral Quartet

Location: Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Date: 6.26.14

Memorable Moment: It was a pretty perfect night to be at Millennium Park. It was comfortably cool with some crazy fog as you can see in the photo above. Oneohtrix Point Never made for a pretty great (free) concert + his visuals were exceptional.

Biggest Letdown: I had a great time regardless but this was one of those shows where I wished I had partaken in some recreational activities prior. Both the music + the visuals were that perfect level of weird, I just wish I was a little more weird. The rosé  helped though.

This Show: I haven't been the greatest at taking advantage of these free shows at Millennium Park but I'm glad I made it to this one. I had seen Oneohtrix Point Never briefly at Pitchfork 2012 but it was probably less my cup of tea then than it is now. The only reason I probably remember that is because I kept thinking "What the fuck is this name?" This show was memorable though + I very much enjoyed myself in an absolutely perfect setting.

i was there || andrés

Show: Andrés

Location: Smart Bar

Date: 6.14.14

Memorable Moment: No comment.

Biggest Letdown: I don't like to admit this but I barely recall this show at all. I started drinking around 3pm + essentially didn't stop until 3am. While I'm sure I was a totally charming drunk + I know I had a good time I  still prefer to be more aware of the music I'm listening to. Get yourself together, girl.

This Show: Gave me the warm + fuzzies. Even though I was a complete lush, there is nowhere else I would have wanted to end my drunken day than at Smart Bar.

justin martin || don't go (dusky remix)

Last week I rediscovered Dusky's amazing 2012 Essential Mix. It is filled to the brim with hit after hit, including this one. I highly recommend giving it a relisten or first listen.

6/19/14

i was there || disclosure (dj set)

Show: Disclosure (DJ set)
Derrick Carter
George Fitzgerald

Location: The Mid

Date: 6.11.14

Favorite Song: As long as I hear "When a fire starts to burn..." in a club setting I will be happy. Few other songs get can a crowd that amped up.

Memorable Moment: Not totally surprising because this guy is a fucking legend but I actually think I enjoyed Derrick Carter's set the most. Sometimes music just speaks to you + he was playing exactly what I needed to hear.

Biggest Letdown: I just recently read an article that mentions an interview Disclosure did where they claim to dislike playing in clubs. Essentially they dislike it because the crowds are always drunk + obnoxious. Welp, I'm guilty of that for this show. I was a happy + fun obnoxious drunk at least so personally I see no harm done.

This Show: was the best I've seen The Mid in a while. Granted, I don't go to The Mid very often any more + the last time I was there was the Disclosure + SBTRKT Lollapalooza after show last August. Still though, I kind of loved this place for this show. I'll chalk it up to being on a Wednesday night but it wasn't over-croweded, most of the people weren't obnoxious (except probably me) + you had a good view of the performers. I've always loved that set up there it's just amazing how different it feels there when you can easily get to the bar, go to the restroom + dance around without slamming into people.

i was there || disclosure

Show: Disclosure + Friends

Location: Lincoln Park Zoo

Date: 6.11.14

Favorite Song: I still find myself loving "Grab Her" in live settings. "Help Me Lose My Mind" often seems to make it's way into the end of their sets which is a nice cool down for the night.

Memorable Moment: The Zoo did make for a pretty great setting. I was a little worried that they would be obnoxious with rules but in my opinion the night seemed to go off pretty well. It was crowded + beer lines were a mess but I personally didn't see any one get too out of control which was nice. I was also a big fan of the people in costume too.

Biggest Letdown: I hated the scheduling. Logistically it made no sense to have the one hip hop dude (named Joey Bada$$, mind you) playing before the main act. From a flow standpoint having George Fitzgerald or even Green Velvet would have worked much better. I missed both of their sets because I didn't want to get their early + then waste an hour seeing Mr. Bada$$. Would have loved to see George Fitzgerald play but luckily I got a second chance later at The Mid.

This Show: Mother Nature seemed to be threatening us prior to show time but it ended up being a beautiful night in a cool setting. I've now seen these guys a handful of times + both their live sets + dj sets are pretty spot on. They know how to get a crowd going.

6/18/14

i was there || poliça


Show: Poliça

Location: Lincoln Hall

Date: 6.6.14

Favorite Song: I got a bit ridiculous during the encore of "You Don't Own Me." You can't really blame me. It's a classic + feels highly relevant to my life right now.

Memorable Moment: I wasn't really a fan of Lolawolf, the opener, but I did love lead singer Zoe Kravitz's voice. Real shocker there, right? Hard to believe that the daughter of Lenny Kravitz has a good voice. I just wish she just owned it a bit more. She should probably ditch her band too.

Biggest Letdown: You know you've reached music snob status when you see a good performance, in a great venue + all of your friends are like "THAT SHOW WAS AWESOME!!!" + you feel pretty meh. It was good, but personally I thought their Metro show was better. As is typically the case for bands I've seen multiple times. Unless I saw a band for the first time in a festival or shitty environment I really should try to wait a while before seeing them again. Lesson learned.

This Show: was good. I still very much love Poliça, I'm just going to be anxious for their next album instead of their next live show.

concert outlook || summer 2014

If you were waiting for my Summer concert outlook post to come out before buying any tickets then I totally failed you. Shows this Summer are going fast. There a still a few sprinkled in that haven't sold out though, so join me.


The shows in bold I either have tickets for or am fairly certain I will be attending. The asterisk means I have an extra ticket so hit me up!

6/17/14

velvet sphynx

It's almost Summer which means I'm about due for a new bikini. I tend to keep my swimsuit picks pretty classic in style but this year I'm eyeing something a little more fun. Enter: Velvet Sphynx.




Now is the hard part. Do I go with the pizza, the puppies, or the octopus tentacles? I'm actually leaning towards the tentacles because I like this full coverage top below for my stand up paddle board classes. But I mean the pizza...


i was there || christian martin

Show: Christian Martin

Location: Primary

Date: 5.31.14

Memorable Moment: Everyone (but me, sadly) seemed to still be riding the high from DEMF weekend. It was one of those nights where the attitudes, the music + the vibes all just felt right. I'm growing to like Primary more + more each time I go there. And that sound system..

Biggest Letdown: It's worth noting that earlier in the night I went to Smart Bar to check out Marcellus Pittman. I enjoyed myself but I don't think I've ever seen Smart Bar that empty. It does hurt the vibe a bit when the crowd is small. I even got approached by an out-of-towner looking for another good option for the night so I wasn't alone here.

This Show: was a reminder exactly why I don't turn down concerts, even if I'm not super familiar with the artists. I've said this a million times but I've never regretted a night of live music in a dark club. Never.