Category Archives: Music

Bumbershoot 2016

Every year this lineup comes out and I’m not home in Seattle for it or the festival, I experience a little fomo! Bumbershoot isn’t my childhood, but it’s totally my adolescence and that’s still pretty important. Everyone going to this is so so very lucky!!

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Ariana Grande on Jimmy Fallon

Oh my gosh and this… below. Is it just me or does her performance of “Dangerous Woman” keep getting better and better?

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ICYMI: Nick Jonas on SNL

Can you believe we stayed up for this ish last night?! Of course you can; it’s a surprise we didn’t set a calendar apt for it. I realized in watching this performance that Nick does this weird thing with his mouth when he sings… anyone notice that? Whatever the case, it’s what comes out of it that matters most, right?

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What We’re Listening To:

It’s starting to feel like sum sum summer time here in the Bay Area with it being close to 80 degrees tomorrow! I’m in for a pretty wild weekend next weekend being in LA, Ojai, and then Tahoe so this weekend is all about brunching and chilling out to the absolute max. Mayer Hawthorne recently released his latest album and it feels as if we’ve been missing him since like 2012 or something. I caught a DJ set of his a little over a year ago and while it was great to see him back on stage and trying out something different, I know that deep down, I really just missed his usual set. I’m still getting used to a lot of the new songs on his album “Man About Town,” but here are a few of my favorites. It’s okay – sometimes you can’t just listen to an album the first time and right off the bat love every song. That’s just life and stuff.

My recommendations:

  • Cosmic Love
  • Book of Broken Hearts
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • The Valley
  • Get You Back
  • Out of Pocket
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Song of the Day

Kanye West – Real Friends

I actually don’t really care about Kanye West as a person anymore. I hadn’t listened to any songs off of his new album until my co-worker played his song for me earlier this week and since I liked it at the time, we added it to the playlist. I don’t have much of a desire to go through the rest of “The Life of Pablo.”

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“Chase the Clouds” Music Video

This is a total friendship-bragging post. When I was in college, I felt like everyone around me was always hustlin’ – always doing cool shit and promoting their work. Living in Seattle and being a part of this scene made things feel more possible than impossible. If you followed Yow Yow! when I was in college ehh 2009-2012, then you saw these posts come up regularly about my friends and I was HOBviously the most proud. Not being in Seattle, I don’t get to hear about these things as often as I used to, but I keep my ear close when I can.

This week two friends of mine from school directed, produced, and edited a music video for Erik Blood’s “Chase the Clouds” and it is both stunning and mesmerizing. The piece came out on Monday, but I only JUST got around to watching it last night when I was staying late at work. I had just finished up and was winding down, thinking about Yow Yow! stuff like I normally do in the evenings when I decided to put it on. From the very beginning, I was hooked – eyes completely glued to my monitor as I sat in my desk chair, legs criss-crossed applesauce, with terrible posture and leaning in wondering what was going to happen next. Honestly, the music video is kind of a mystery to me and evoked feelings that even made me uncomfortable at times.

City Arts wrote up a blurb about the music video and to be honest, they did a better job than I ever could:

Into the song’s moody, uplifting ambiance Edlund projects the story of a young man attending a 1960s “conversion camp.” (These sorts of places apparently still exist though they go by other names now.) Edlund evokes a powerful sense of period and place through subtle flourishes in costuming and direction and his characters convey surprising depth, as if they exist beyond the bounds of the video. Edlund’s imagery and Blood’s music suffuse the video with a hazy nostalgia—for first love, summer romance, careless youth—which is darkened and twisted by the circumstances of the narrative.

6.5 minutes may seem long for a music video, but it’s worth every second. I love how we got a really succinct story out of it all and some closure at the same time. Peter and Megan (one of my most favorite friends ever!) did an incredible job and I’m so proud of them and excited to share their piece of work on Yow Yow!

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Bonnaroo 2016

Somewhere… in the hustle and bustle of life, we completely forgot to share the 2016 lineup! We’re posting it now because this is what we’ve been doing for years and… due diligence.

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Performance of the Day

I can’t believe I’m still listening to this song. I don’t love Fifth Harmony all that much and sometimes with all the drama that I read about them, I think that they are on the verge of breaking up, but while they’re still together, we can enjoy their singles, right?

I really like this toned down version of “Work From Home.” They seem so relaxed and we finally get to HEAR Lauren! Her chorus in the actual song gets so overshadowed so it’s nice to see her get some more attention in this performance.

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Outside Lands 2016

How exciting is this lineup?! LIONEL RICHIE AMIRITE?!

Okay, but actually this is probably one of the first lineups from Outside Lands since I’ve been living here that I’m a little bit excited about. I haven’t quite made up my mind just yet, but Snakehips Miguel, Miike Snow, Kehlani, and Years & Years could change my mind. Actually – who are we kidding – Kehlani is ENOUGH for me to make me want to go.

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What We’re Listening To:

If you’ve been following me on Twitter recently, then you know that I’ve been having a lot of feels for my previous life within the music industry. :( I think sometimes when my work life gets hard, I like to remind myself that I’ve had different types of harder days before and that things do get better. I’ve been missing Seattle music a lot in recent days so spending my afternoon with one of my favorite albums from The Head and The Heart was a great pick-me-up. I also spent an hour last night compiling a playlist on Spotify of all of my favorite scene music from ages 15-22. Don’t worry, we’ll write about that later. For now, enjoy this album and get a taste of my favorite Seattle sound.

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Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman (Visual 1)

I’m really glad that Ariana didn’t release her album when she did because it seems like after the debut of “Focus” and how well it didn’t do, she took some time to go back and now “Dangerous Woman” is such a hit. I’m really excited for what’s to come from her on the new album and this music video of hers is great. Oh how our little Ari G has grown up from her Nickelodeon days…

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Lollapalooza 2016

Every year Coachella’s the first to come out with their lineup and everyone loses their minds over it, but really – the best lineup I feel like always comes from Lollapalooza. This is just phenomenal.

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Song of the Day

Nick Jonas – Close ft. Tove Lo

OH MY GOSH! Nick Jonas has announced a new single, released a new music video, and announced a new album. To say that we’re excited is just an understatement. This video is so steamy and we can’t get enough of the hook.

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