Category Archives: Music

Song of the Day

Michael Kiwanuka – Cold Little Heart

Where might you have heard this song recently? Most likely the intro to this week’s first episode of Big Little Lies. Is anyone watching? I know we’re just getting started, but I’m totally into the drama surrounding these kids and their parents in Monterey. Also, the show makes Monterey look 10x cooler than it does in real life.

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit

In news that warmed my heart this morning, the city of Seattle announced the lineup for Upstream Music Fest + Summit! This will be the first time that the city is doing something like this other than prev. City Arts Fest, but this event is actually meant to be more of a SXSW for the Northwest. One pass gets you good access to nearly 200 acts and you’ll be able to view shows around Pioneer Square at 25 different venues. What I love about this (and what I love about all Seattle music festivals to be honest) is just that there is such a focus on highlighting Seattle talent. Okay so AlunaGeorge is not a Seattle native, but for the most part, many of these acts are from the Pacific Northwest, which is AWESOME. For more information on purchasing a pass and what you’ll be eligible to see, click here.

I miss home. :(

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Song of the Day

Mann – Buzzin

I don’t actually know too much about this artist, but I heard this song during a choreography piece and it’s now my favorite “pump up” song as I’m getting ready or driving up to the city. It’s a pretty nice tune to get everyone riled up. :)

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Song of the Day

Gallant, Tablo, Eric Nam – Cave Me In

What an interesting collaboration! I didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did, but I’m really digging this currently. We love anything that Gallant is a part of though.

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Song of the Day

Alina Baraz ft. Khalid – Electric

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Khalid – Saved Documentary

I spent 90 minutes straight listening to Khalid’s latest single “Shot Down” last night. I was getting ready for bed and since I couldn’t figure out the repeat/loop on my Spotify app from my phone, I would restart the song every time I got down to the last 5 seconds. This isn’t out of character for me. When I get wrapped up in a song, it becomes obsessive. Each time it is played it sounds a little bit different to me. Each time it is played, it seems like the track keeps getting shorter and shorter and I have to restart more often. I’ve been like this since I was a kid. No one in my immediate family has ever been like this towards music the way I have been and sometimes it’s scary, but I actually think it’s kind of funny and interesting. I felt like I was examining every part of this song – every rift and verse and every beat that would make it into a choreography piece that I was dreaming up. I had a busy Monday ahead of me and instead of going to bed early, we listened to this track until 1:30 AM. I woke up this morning feeling more tired than I should be, but we’re still listening to Khalid.

I was first introduced to Khalid this past summer with “Location.” I had watched someone’s video of a piece they choreographed to the song and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Who was this guy? I needed to know more about this voice – and it’s funny for me to write this line because I used to feel this way about artists all the time when I was working more closely with music. I would ramble on and on about an artist or a band that those around me did not care about. Bless those that had the patience to listen. As time went on, more and more of his tracks were released and I loved each one a little bit more than the last. Then The Fader released this documentary on him and about how March 3rd was going to change this 18 year old kid’s life. I believe it. I haven’t been this excited about a debut album in a long time and 2017 has brought us some good albums already with Syd and Sampha in the last week.

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Sampha – No One Knows Me (Like the Piano) Music Video

Because we will continue to share this song in every single form that exists. Has anyone listened to “Process” yet? We listened to it the whole way through on Thursday night, but will spend a little bit more time with it tomorrow!

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Grammys Promo Featuring Taylor Swift

I wanted to love this promo; I swear I did. We’re a sucker for kids and at a time like this where we need to shine the spotlight a little bit more on young women, this was an ad that I wanted to back. However, something didn’t sit well with me. The fact that Taylor Swift has been silent about the election and (somewhat) silent about the women’s march despite the fact that she claims to be all about feminism is confusing. At a time when she needed to be a role model for so many, she instead chose to be silent. On top of this, Taylor was dethroned this past year and completed outed by Kim Kardashian in what I consider the most memorable takedown of 2016. I posted this Buzzfeed article the other day about how Taylor Swift continues to thrive as the victim and I thought the writer did a great job on it. As you read the article from the beginning, each scenario continues to build and build until we realize that none of these are coincidences after all. Every word to the press and move from Taylor was actually pretty calculated.

So while some are displeased with this ad because Taylor hasn’t spoken up enough recently with everything going on, I’m sort of just a little peeved that we’re letting her shine on again as the role model when she has been manipulating everything to skyrocket her career. Is this the example we should be setting for young girls? Why does Taylor get a pass?

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Performance of the Day

My followers on Spotify may have seen me listening to this song over and over (and over and over and over) again up to 26 times on a weekday last week after 10:30 PM. We’re not really sure what happened, but at the end of the track, we never could find ourselves moving on from it. And yes – I did ugly cry to it. You would too!

Sampha just released his album on Spotify tonight! And we’re actually about to listen to it the whole way through. I’ve been anticipating it ever since my ears first heard this track and we have high hopes that it will an album that we’ll be repeating all weekend long.

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Minus the Bear Announce New Album

When I learned that one of my favorite bands growing up, Minus the Bear, was releasing a new album – 14 year old me couldn’t contain my excitement. We may be delayed in delivering this news to Yow Yow! but the news came straight to my inbox about four weeks ago. The day that we found out, I spent the entire work day listening to every single album – yes, starting with Highly Refined Pirates. No, it’s not their first album, but it was the first time I ever heard “We Are Not A Football Team” and I thought it seemed fitting to begin where we first met.

Minus the Bear is not only one of my favorite bands coming out of Seattle, but they’ve been the band that I’ve loved the longest. They were my concert tickets for my 17th birthday present from my best friend Lexi. They were also the band that I so badly wanted to book in my years of working in music. Nothing broke my heart more than in my last year of booking I realized that this just wasn’t going to happen for me. And now we’re just out of it completely!

Getting back to the album – Voids will be out March 3rd and shortly after the band will be headed out on their tour for March-April. Tickets are on sale now! Minus the Bear will return home to Seattle on April 15th at the Showbox to close out their tour. Be sure to support them and show them the love! Also if you missed it, today’s Song of the Day is the first single off of their new album, “Invisible.”

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Song of the Day

Minus the Bear – Invisible

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Song of the Day

Caroline Smith – Trying Not to Love You

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Summer Getaway in LA

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I had the opportunity to take a pretty last minute trip to Los Angeles this summer and every time I go back for a visit, the list of places to go continues to get longer. We were just there in fall of 2015 to see Gelesia, but even still it felt like there wasn’t enough time to do everything. On this trip, we checked out a few new places and returned to some of our old favorites! I’ve never imagined Los Angeles as a place that I could call home, but I wouldn’t mind spending an entire week there. We’ve still got plenty of neighborhood to explore. During our trip, we must have had four meals a day and only retreated back to the hotel for sleep and getting ready for the day/night’s activities. I know we’re six months away from summer, but we can’t wait to get back there already. I hope you enjoy our LA photo diary!

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Our first meal off the plane was going to be Lemonade, but since I had heard that LA just got a Shake Shack, YOU KNOW I made us pivot. How good does this look?

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