8/19/14

i was there || flume

Show: Flume

Location: Concord Music Hall

Date: 8.2.14

Favorite Song: Opening the show with "Drop the Game" (Chet Faker) followed by "Tennis Courts" (Lorde) was more than I could have hoped for.

Memorable Moment: A year ago I said that he needed to mature + I definitely saw some progress at this show. I felt proud of him. I still think he's got some more progress to make + I would still love to see him with some kind of live instrument component.

Biggest Letdown: I caught most of his set but ended up leaving early as Lollapalooza got the best of me. I left his show early last time too so not that big of a letdown.

This Show: was a good Lollapalooza after party option. Finally I got to see him in a good venue on a reasonable night of the week. It wasn't the most mind blowing show I have ever seen but definitely overall good.

8/18/14

pional || it's all over

If you missed it last week I shared this pretty great Rince FM mix from Bicep. About 13 minutes into the mix I thought to myself, "wait a minute this sounds familiar," + then accurately identified it as Pional's "It's All Over". I first heard that song as a James Talabot remix but I think the original is perfect as is too.

I had only heard the song once or twice before so I was pretty proud of myself for being able to identify the song before Bicep announced the track listing. As a total music nerd it's super exciting to see the progress I have made with my listening abilities. Songs with lyrics are easy but when it's mostly instrumental (not to mentioned remixed to sound completely different) it can be a bit more tricky.

8/14/14

i was there || orchard lounge + friends

Show: Orchard Lounge + Friends

Location: Smart Bar

Date: 8.2.14

Memorable Moment: One week before this I was at one of the better house parties I have ever been to. I heard all of these "friends" + more play all night long. I just remember thinking "do people really have house parties like this with people this talented spinning? Why are they not playing in a club?" Then I got to talk with them + they were all pretty cool to boot. Sure enough, they got their opportunity + I'm glad I got to see part of it. You could tell that they were so ecstatic. I was ecstatic for them + I don't even know them that well! Very very cool moment that they will likely remember forever. (They didn't over shadow Bethany though. She commands those decks).

Biggest Letdown: I had a good time but I had a ticket for Flume that I wasn't going to miss out on.

This Show: was like the appetizer before the main course. Friday I learned my lesson when I passed out between Lollapalooza + the DFA Residency at Smart bar that I never was able to make it to. I had a few hours to kill before Flume went on at Concord Music Hall so Smart Bar was a perfect option. I got my energy right back up + heard some good tunes in the process.

i was there || lollapalooza


Show: Lollapalooza
Iggy Azalea
Blood Orange
Above + Beyond
Broke Bells
Lykke Li
Eminem
Phantogram
Martin Garrix
Chase + Status
Jenny Lewis
Outkast
Cut Copy

Location: Grant Park

Date: 8.1.14-8.2.14

Favorite Song: "Howling At the Moon" by Phantogram. Hands down.

Memorable Moment: Blood Orange put on another great show. Phantogram was my favorite set of the festival. Outkast was great + super fun. I also got applauded twice (twice!) after leaving the port-a-potty for peeing so quickly. It was a proud moment.

Biggest Letdown: I spent way more time at Perry's than I should have. I had to meet some friends + tried to make the most of it but that stage is everything I hate with society. There were literally medical crews waiting in the crowds with stretchers. Awful. Icing on the cake was that Perry's was the only place I had cellphone reception. Also, blisters on the bottom of my feet, elbow to the boob, + someone knocking over the blueberry bratwurst I never got a chance to eat.

This Show: I had no intention of going to Lollapalooza. Last year I did five nights of after shows only + it was perfect. That was exactly what I intended to do this year too but I got offered a free pass this year + couldn't say no. Lollapalooza is one of those anomalies. You want to be there because everyone goes + you don't want to miss out. But the lineup isn't that exciting + everything + everyone is awful once you get there. I've come to the conclusion that pretty much everyone worth seeing either does an after show or comes back to tour in the Fall so there aren't really any reasons to go if you are a music fan. Leave Lollapalooza for the people with horrible taste that think they're cool because they spend one weekend of their year submersed in music.


8/12/14

topless

The nudist in me has totally gravitated towards themagdalenaexperience's Instagram account. Essentially, it's a hot chick who travels the world + takes her clothes off. I feel like we could be best friends.
Major props for visiting my hometown. I feel like if I was to ever recreate one of these this would be the photo.
She is also my ass inspiration. She has just about the most perfect booty ever + I want that to be mine.

8/6/14

i was there || blood orange

Show: Blood Orange

Location: Empty Bottle

Date: 7.31.14

Favorite Song: "Uncle Ace" was definitely the funkiest so that is good enough for me.

Memorable Moment: We walked in probably 30 minutes before Blood Orange was supposed to start (so not super early) + my friend makes a comment along the lines of "Look at these fucking hipsters. No one wants to stand in the front." So we did. We snagged a pretty decent spot towards the front + had a great view of the stellar performance.

Biggest Letdown: This show was HOT. Which isn't the worst thing in the world. I did feel bad for the cute little Erykah Badu type babe on stage sweating through her shirt though.

This Show: Was possibly the best show I've seen of 2014 (it's a close tie with Chet Faker + The Knife). If it wasn't the best show then I can definitely say that Dev Hynes is the best modern day guitarist I have ever seen. One thing you get from the live shows that isn't necessarily represented well enough in the album is how good his guitar solos are. Hynes + his seven person entourage were super impressive + I am thrilled that I got to seem them in such an intimate setting.

the lost art of printing photos

I've wrote about Artifact Uprising a couple of times but it is a company that makes it really easy to print out Instagrams + other photos in either print, book, or box form. I've tried all three. My favorite are the prints though. There is something to be said for physical prints when everything these days is so digitalized. 
I actually have quite a few more photos that I need to get printed but I'm feeling really inspired to do so after coming across these super charming geo stands from Yield Design. They are currently on backorder but for $60 you can get all three.

7/30/14

after the party it's the hotel lobby...

Or something like that. In this case, it's the Lollapalooza after shows. Here's my lineup for the week:







Tickets are still available for DFA, Orchard Lounge, + Hospitality.

I work Monday so it's highly unlikely that I'll make it to Nico Jaar. That's okay though, I've seen him several times. There is also a possibility that I'll be at Cut Copy but that may be a game time decision. Oh + who says Lollapalooza week has to end on Sunday? I'm throwing on one more show on Tuesday because I think by Monday I'll start having withdrawals.

7/28/14

i was there || troy pierce

Show: Troy Pierce

Location: Smart Bar

Date: 7.25.14

Memorable Moment: Long island iced teas are super necessary at Smart Bar after you've been drinking since 3pm. They make for some good/questionable selfies at the very least.

Biggest Letdown: I always say how great + non-creepy Smart Bar typically is but unfortunately this night got a little weird. There were at least three instances of dudes that made me feel pretty uncomfortable. None of them stepped over boundaries, just got pretty lurky. I wish women didn't have to go through that. You don't want to have to put your guard up when everyone is having a good time.

This Show: was a good ass time. I hadn't been to Smart in over a month + honestly started to miss that place. I really wasn't familiar with Troy Pierce at all but he delivered. Everyone was dancing + having a great time.

jeremy glenn || new life (perseus 'summer of 83' remix)

i was there || phish

Show: Phish

Location: Northerly Island

Date: 7.19.14

Favorite Song: I did recognize a few more songs than I expected for having not listened to Phish in years. I was also given a heads up that "Harry Hood" would be a memorable one + it definitely did not disappoint. Holy glow stick wars.

Memorable Moment: Phish is such a crazy phenomenon to me. Everyone seems to know everyone from traveling to shows together + most seem way more into the music than most concerts I go to. And I go to a lot. I made a comment to a buddy that you could teach classes on Phish. His response? "Oh yeah my buddy got a grant to follow + research Phish." Of course he did.

Biggest Letdown: I don't think set breaks will ever not be weird to me. Those puppies last fairly long too. It also got a little weird when people started to get super phishy during certain songs. Luckily a few of my friends were moderately sane with me.

This Show: was a good opportunity for me to step outside of my comfort zone. I was a little bummed to leave Pitchfork early but I'm glad I went. Phish's three night run always falls on the same weekend of Pitchfork + every year I think about going to Phish at least one night. Glad my friends all convinced me to make it happen this year. I'm probably good on Phish shows for a little while now though.

7/23/14

frends with benefits

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.