Category Archives: Music

Song of the Day

Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

Is it Christmas yet? I actually am not that kind of person that loves listening to Christmas songs around this season, but we do love us some Ariana Grande.

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Music Video of the Day

So I’m probably the last person to watch this music video and before the other day, I didn’t really have any interest in it because while I love Sia – Chandelier just isn’t my favorite song. It was brought to my attention the other day though because I learned that Maddie Ziegler is the star of the entire thing and she was my favorite child on that horrible show “Dance Moms.” Yes, it’s horrible and I’ve watched countless seasons, but these kids are too precious. I’m mostly watching for them and not the moms. Maddie is incredibly talented. It’s kind of amazing that she landed a gig that was so mainstream and is probably going to launch her career further. I’m sure there was totally a plot/story line about this on the show where the moms were all jeal. That seems to always happen.

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The Flavr Blue in the Bay

It just so happened that my day off landed on the day of The Flavr Blue concert in San Francisco. I’ve missed countless shows from not being in Seattle for the last year and every time I did come back to Seattle, I would always miss their shows by a couple of days. It was the worst luck. I’m so glad I got to see them this week because they are even more wonderful than before and it’s nice to have a slice of home in your new home.

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Hollis and I also finally got the chance to meet each other for the first time! “Of course I know who you are, you’re Katie Yow Yow!”

We’ve always liked working with her and can’t wait to see what amazing things she’s going to do next with The Flavr Blue and on her own.

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Song of the Day

Daniela Andrade – Crave You (Flight Facilities cover)

Crave You is actually one of my all-time favorite songs. I heard Daniela’s cover of “Latch” the other day and after that just had to look into more of her music. So far, I’ve listened to several of her covers that she’s done really well on, and eventually when I stop having these on repeat, I’ll move into some of her original music.

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Performance of the Day

Kendrick Lamar – I

I’ve been jammin’ to this song for the last couople of weeks so I was so excited to be able to catch Kendrick performing this song on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. The only thing that creeped me out was his blacked out contacts. It made me feel like the kid from The Grudge was performing this. Kendrick is an amazing performer though. I caught him a couple years back at Bumbershoot and had an opportunity to work with him when I was doing some booking long ago. It’s great to see how far he’s come though! You may have to watch this video by clicking the link and opening a new window. Sorry – but worth it!

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Song of the Day

Did anyone catch Aaliyah’s biopic this evening on Lifetime? I wasn’t planning on watching it, but since it was airing when I was looking for something on tv, I decided to tune in. I actually was much more impressed with it than I thought I would be and I thought Alexandra Shipp did a pretty good job in her role which no doubt were big shoes to fill. I know prior to this movie, there was so much debate and controversy over it mostly because I think her family hadn’t wanted this movie to be made and criticism that whoever filled the role could not do Aaliyah justice. I believe that’s one of the reasons why Disney actress Zendaya Coleman had  backed out. When her first album “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” came out, I was a toddler and yes, I still remember singing in the car to “Back and Forth” while riding with my parents. Aaliyah was kind of like my hip hop role model as a kid and I remember both my brother and I were pretty devestated when we found out about her death. It was interesting to watch the movie and get a different glimpse into her life – one that I didn’t know about like her weird little marriage to R. Kelly and getting that annuled or even the details behind her plane crash death. In honor of our girl Aaliyah and watching this biopic tonight, we’re dedicating tonight’s Song of the Day to one of my favorite songs “If Your Girl Only Knew.” I wish the rest of her songs were on Spotify.

While I liked parts of this movie, I still am not forgetting that it came from Lifetime and VH1 wrote this article about  some of the things they missed in the film that were crucial.

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Song of the Day

DJ Mustard, Fabolous, and Eric Bellinger – 4 Digits

I think I have found my new favorite song. I was perusing Kevin’s recent playlist looking for new songs when I stumbled across this gem that I would like to own as my new anthem for the season. So bad, but so good… that it isn’t even a bad song at all. I’m going to request this at all the clubs.

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Music Video of the Day

I’m about a month late on posting this video, but even those it isn’t timely, I didn’t want to NOT share it. This is one of my favorite songs off of Mayer Hawthorne’s latest album and Rashida Jones even directed the music video and had this to say about it:

The video is a parody of ridiculously exclusive parties which are made nearly impossible to get to but tout themselves as ‘the party of the year.’ I liked the idea of the video starting as a sexy getting-ready video and devolving into a messy, very unsexy, unexpected trek. And the final realization is that YOU are the real party! I’m just starting to realize that about myself (which is why I stay home most nights). I am a HUGE fan of Mayer, Kendrick and of the song “Crime” and it was an honor to work with Mayer.

Here’s crossing my fingers that he’ll be touring again this year!

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Song of the Day

Selenaa Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants

Our little Selenita is all grown up! She’s come a long way since “Love You Like A Love Song” and we’re pretty happy about it. I love this song, but I really wish that she would just QUIT Justin already.

Regardless, we’re happy that her sound is maturing and we’re sure that this song is going to be a hit on the radio. I’m already singing along to it.

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Song of the Day

The Harpoons – Can We Work This Out

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Song of the Day

Zak Waters – Gimme Little Sign

I’ve been interested in getting back into dance classes again recently so while on the hunt to find a studio, I came across one that holds this type of class that was advertised as a dance party on a bicycle. Then to give you an idea of what exactly that would sound like, they had this track available to preview. I already liked Zak Waters prior to this, but this song made me more excited to learn about the class too.

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Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd – Love Me Harder

In case you haven’t seen the music video for this yet… but how could you have missed this?!

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Song of the Day

The Landing – Anxieties

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Sweet T-Pain Lullabies

T-Pain without the autotune is still just as good. Since I’m listening to him so late into the evening, it reminds me of sweet little lullabies, ja feel?

I really do enjoy the Tiny Desk Concert series by NPR.

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Treasure Island Music Fest 2014

So it’s been a busy month y’all, but somehow I managed to find time to spend the day at Treasure Island for my first music festival since living in the Bay! San Francisco is known for Outside Lands, but Treasure Island is kind of the little sister festival that sometimes doesn’t get as much attention. What I love about Treasure Island the most is that you have the opportunity to catch every act playing that day if that’s what you want! This is something that is kind of unheard of at most festivals. I don’t know how many times I have complained in the past that I have to choose one act over another or watch 30 minutes of one band before jetting off to another act to catch the last 30 minutes of THEIR set. It’s the worst! At Treasure Island, the two stages are just a few walks away from each other and the whole festival is pretty much contained to one area which is very convenient.

The atmosphere is something that I also found to be quite refreshing. Other than the group of four teenages that kept rubbing up against me during TV on Radio, everyone was around my age and older. For once, I didn’t feel like I was surrounded by a bunch of kids with their parents nearby. I didn’t have a chance to check out most of the booths, but there was a huge focus on art, which I later found out by my friend Rob that a lot of the pieces actually came from previous years at Burning Man. No surprise there – I really did feel like I was at a more musical Burning Man (not that I’ve ever been and actually know what I’m talking about)

Acts we caught:

  • Banks
  • Chet Faker
  • The New Pornographers
  • TV on the Radio
  • Alt-J (one song)

I’m going to be real with you here – I really only came for Banks and Chet Faker. Call me a music festival snob, but I’m not someone who feels like they need to get the most out of every festival by staying the entire day and catching as many acts as possible. This is probably coming from having experience with this and just knowing how tired and dehydrated I can get. Quickly. Hence, the reason why we only stayed for one song of Alt-J so I could drive back to South Bay, eat, and then go home to do work.

Banks was amazing. She was the most gorgeous human being I have ever seen. I can’t quite put my finger on what kind of genre she is, but if I had to pick one or make one up – can we just say seductive? If you’ve listened to her album at all, you’ll notice that every song has a tinge of sexiness and sultryness to it and we can’t blame her – she does it well and she knows what she’s doing.  I think she had everyone in the audience completely hooked on her every word and movement.

This is a video of her from last year performing a cover in Vancouver of one of my favorite Lauryn Hill songs.

My visibility in seeing Chet Faker wasn’t as good as seeing Banks, but it was still enjoyable. I recently started listening to more of his stuff on Spotify so it got me really pumped to see him just a few weeks later. He did a really great job live, but for some reason, I felt like his music seemed a lot slower live than it does recorded. Maybe that’s just me though.

All in all, I had a really great time. The weather was great. The tickets for the festival were reasonable and the lineup was pretty diverse. Hopefully we’ll be back again next year!

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