Archive | August, 2013

In time for LDW – September 2013 Playlist

30 Aug

Heading into the holiday weekend so why not drop a new playlist a few days early. Hope you have some great plans this Labor Day Weekend and if you’re planning an end of summer bbq or hitting the open road, perhaps this little playlist will make it that much more enjoyable. Wishing everyone a fun and safe holiday weekend.

Peace + Love + Music


New Music: Black Joe Lewis – “Come To My Party”

27 Aug

Happy new music Tuesday! Black Joe Lewis (still with the Honeybears sans the name) dropped Electric Slave today. Get after it and “Come To My Party.”


Revisited: The birthday weekend of music that was

22 Aug

Another birthday has come and gone.  Naturally for me this involved lots and lots of music.  More importantly I had the chance to experience it all with family and friends.  As for the itinerary, pretty damn awesome if you ask me.

Friday: Cold War Kids

Saturday: Jason Derulo and Robin Thicke

Sunday Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Monday (the actual birthday): Yeah Yeah Yeahs

All in an awesome weekend of live music, finally got to see Cold War Kids live, even a 45 minute set by Robin Thicke was great, Yeah Yeah Yeahs for a third time this year was the best yet but the highlight for me as to be Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  Not only have I been a fan for many years but this was the coolest music moment for me as they played/sang Happy Birthday to me at midnight.  Such a surreal experience; thank you Joey for making that happen, still grinning ear to ear!

NEW MUSIC – Now Playing: CULTS – “I Can Hardly Make You Mine”

21 Aug

Yes! Here we go, new music from CULTS, “I Can Hardly Make You Mine,” the first single off their upcoming sophomore album, STATIC, which drops October 15. Talk about great timing, can’t wait to have CULTS rocking the stage at Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas less than two weeks later.

Now Playing: The Colourist – “Little Games”

20 Aug

Play. Repeat. Endless Summer.

If you like GROUPLOVE, Youngblood Hawke, Family Of The Year, you’ll dig The Colourist. Happy listening!

This one’s for @AdamTaj: One City, One Summer Pt. 3

18 Aug

Here’s the deal.  My music blog started as a way to just write about and share music with my friends.  Quickly it took off in a strange but amazing way and became a part of my every day life.  Little did I know how many of my friends also shared the passion of music and writing which brings me to my buddy, Taj (the original tour manager!).  I can’t even begin to tell you about how many concerts and music moments we’ve had in this crazy place we reside, Las Vegas.  Taj is probably the biggest music aficionado I know and this summer he got linked up with some of his friends from North Carolina who own and operate a menswear/lifestyle site, Ole Mason Jar.  He became their resident blogger and this summer documented many musical moments here in Sin City.  So perfect for the individual Taj is.  Below is an excerpt from the Ole Mason Jar blog and I highly encourage you to click the link at the bottom to recount his One City/One Summer.

Peace + Love + Music

ONE CITY / ONE SUMMER is the documented summer tour of Las Vegas by our resident music expert, Taj Simpson, that will feature some of the hottest concerts / DJ’s / events in one of the most happening cities in the world.  Over the course of the summer, Taj will be submitting regular updates on his experiences, so check back often.  For a real time update on Taj and the ONE CITY / ONE SUMMER Tour, follow him at @adamtaj.



Revisited: My 2013 Outside Lands adventure

18 Aug

Took me a little bit to get around to writing up this bad boy but below is a little bit of my recount from Outside Lands.  Believe it or not, this was my first time attending this festival and now I’m scratching my head wondering why I’ve never actually gone (to be fair to myself, the dates never really lined up for me until this year).  My hope is that I don’t miss another Outside Lands.  The city, the setting, the experience, the people all made for an amazing weekend.

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I decided to get things started a little bit early and book my trip to arrive Thursday night for two reasons, one I wanted to be there Friday morning (I’m not a fan of flying in the day the festival starts) and two, Zedd was playing at The Independent.  Seeing him in a venue that only holds 500 people (and that’s one of my top 3 favorite venues, yes please!) just doesn’t happen so there was extra motivation to get to this show.  Excited, set to leave Vegas and then it hit, the damn weather in SF delayed ALL flights.  Quickly I started thinking I was going to miss the show as my plane was delayed first an hour, then three hours and finally four hours and we were told to deplane.  Once off the plane I immediately checked the departure board and boom, flight to Oakland leaving in 9 minutes.  Could it happen?  Could I really make it?  Guess luck was on my side because the gate agent held the door as she was processing my change and off to Oakland I went!  Landed, hopped in a cab, $80 later dropped my stuff off, got in another cab and made it to Zedd right on time!

As for the real Outside Lands experience, two words, PAUL MCCARTNEY.  This was hands down one of the top musical moments of my life.  Watching from front of house and witnessing the 71 year old jam for three hours, no water breaks, silence a crowd at times and create the biggest sing-along in San Francisco, now that was cool.  After six failed attempts for all sorts of reasons, I was finally destined to see Phoenix live!  And man was it awesome.  35,000 strong at the Twin Peaks stage and everyone going crazy for Thomas Mars and the gang.  I can still visualize them playing “Lasso,” it was that good.  So many great memories from this trip, here are some of them.


Friday: Naia Kete, Midi Matilda, Smith Westerns, Houndmouth, Wild Belle, Band of Horses, twenty one pilots, The National, Zedd, Paul McCartney

Saturday: Atlas Genius, Young The Giant, Jurassic 5, Baauer, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails

Sunday: The Easy Leaves, Kopecky Family Band, Rudimental, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Foals, The Head and The Heart (surprise show in the woods), Hall & Oates, A-Trak, Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis, Red Hot Chili Peppers

My First Show: Naia Kete  

My Final Show: Red Hot Chili Peppers

My Moment of Joy: Paul McCartney.  This was an absolutely unreal experience.  Just look at THIS 39 song setlist

Best Lands End Stage Show: McCartney, hands down nothing could have been better BUT I will say Vampire Weekend crushed it and had a monster crowd

Best Twin Peaks Show(s): Phoenix and twenty one pilots but I’m biased since these were two must see sets.  Now Rudimental, they stole the show and my Outside Lands experience (more on that below)

Best Panhandle Stage Show: Kopecky Family Band, had seen them a couple times prior but this performance was just solid

Best Sutro Stage Show: I only made it over there for The Easy Leaves and Kurt Vile (yeah, I missed out on some amazing performances including CHIC which received rave reviews)

Best Overall Show (not being Paul McCartney): Rudimental.  Thanks to a friend from London I was told to check them out and boy was he right; I got to catch the beginning of their set and wow was it awesome!  If you are not familiar with this troupe, I suggest you start listening to them

Biggest Surprise: See directly above

Best Legend Show: Can Jurassic 5 count for this one? So awesome to see the MCs back together again doing it big and with a massive crowd responding to every rhyme

Random Moment(s) Of Awesomeness: Paul McCartney asking for a moment to take in the scene, The Head and The Heart surprise show in the woods, and that bloody mary on Sunday at a location I won’t disclose was delightful.

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: Lands End had the big ones but I think the shows over at Twin Peaks were all ragers

Most Entertaining Show: twenty one pilots, you never know what’s coming next, those fellas have unlimited energy

Most Disappointing Moment: Missing a plethora of bands I wanted to see just based on schedule conflicts – Willie Nelson, Yeasayer, Rhye, King Tuff, DAWES, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk

Next Big Thing: Wild Belle, it has got to happen for this brother-sister act, they keep getting better and better live

Perfect Moment: coming over the hill to catch Nine Inch Nails and them busting right into “Closer,” too perfect!

Giving it a shot: Young The Giant, I’ve seen these guys live 7 times, was a bit over them and then I accidentally caught their set and they reminded me why I became a fan in the first place

Top Party: A-Trak, dude just crushed the crowd in the middle of the day

Band I Was Sad To Miss: Yeasayer

Best Intro: Do my intros to friends going to see a band they never heard of count?

What Would Have Been Great: two of me to split myself and see every show

Top Moment: Taking in the surreal moment the first time the entire crowd went dead silent listening to Sir Paul

Best Festival Eats: The Whole Beast’s Lamb Paella

Best Beer Lands Beer: Magnolia Brewery Kolsch

Best Place To Cool Off: Wine Lands

Biggest Waste of Time: thinking taking anything but an Uber (at surge pricing) to get to/from the park was a good idea

Shocker Of The Festival: There was a whole lotta sun (until Sunday)

Worst Part: Scheduling conflicts

Clutch Move: bringing a backpack and having layers for when it got cold

Tip For Next Year: stay a day later and enjoy SF!

More Tips: drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen even if the sun isn’t shining, have comfortable shoes, VIP access is totally worth it, arrive early to take advantage of all the good eats, if you think you’re going to want a blanket or sweatshirt from OSL buy it on day one

Now Playing: NONONO – “Pumpin Blood”

15 Aug

Been hearing this track at random lately and props to Sparkling ICE for snagging “Pumpin Blood” by NONONO for their new commercial. The song is catchy and should be quickly making it to radio (if it hasn’t already). Not familiar with the track? Click below and give a listen.

Now Playing: Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool” remix ft. R. Kelly

14 Aug

Fiesta fiesta…..well almost! Check this out, Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool” remix featuring R. Kelly. Dig it!

VIDEO: HAIM – “The Wire”

14 Aug

A couple weeks ago I put up some new music from HAIM and today comes the music video for that song, “The Wire.” Check it out and be sure to mark your calendar for the release of their debut album, Days Are Gone, on September 30.