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Welcome to Seattle, Uniqlo!

Uniqlo finally opened their first location in Seattle yesterday (well specifically Bellevue!) Of course, everything exciting happens when I leave for California. They had our girl Hollis Wong-Wear in their campaigns and isn’t she the most darling thing ever?! I hope all of my friends back home are enjoying the opening of the store. We love this brand so much, but it’s no secret that I’ve been spoiling myself with them for the last two years since I’ve been in California and there are no shortage of their shops. :)

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Yow Yow’s Yearly Recap

Everyone who knows me knows that I love data and statistics as long as it means that I don’t have to be one compiling all of it. This has always been one of my favorite posts to look back on, but boy is it just a little menace to put together. Lucky for me this time, I had Gossip Girl Season 1 to keep me company while I worked on this. It’s been quite the year for Yow Yow! We’ve focused on some new content mostly my transition from Seattle to the Bay Area and mostly just tried to do our best to keep up on all the news – the one thing that seems to keep me on my toes these days.

Yow Yow! is 6 years old now! Welcome to 1st grade, baby!

Stats from 2013 will be on the left and italicized while stats from 2014 will be right and bold.

1,294,886 total visits to Yow Yow! – – – – – – – – – – –  1,400,602 total visits to Yow Yow!

*In just 2014, there were 105,260 visits to Yow Yow!

9,167 Posts, 3,152 Comments 12,122 Tags – – – – –  10,113 Posts 2,878 Comments 12,926 Tags (cumulative)

Top Post of 2014 – “Hipster Disney Princesses In Real Life” – 5,133 views (written in 2012)

Top Post Written in 2013 – “18 Types of Asian Girls” – 1,552 views

Busiest Month in Terms of Views – January 2013 (24,905 views) – – – – – January 2014 (11,072 views)

Highest Average Visits Per Day – January 2013 (803 views) – – – – –  – January 2014 (357 views)

Credits + References

Worked with

  • Molly Moon’s Ice Cream

Top Referring Sites in 2013 Were:

  • Pinterest.com
  • Twitter.com
  • Facebook.com
  • Quora.com
  • holliswongwear.com

Most of My Visitors Came From:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • The United Kingdom

Music Festivals Covered:

  • Treasure Island Music Fest

Other:

*We reached 1,000 posts for “Songs of the Day”

*We reached 10,000 overall posts!

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Hollis Wong-Wear x Nordstrom

A.L.C. lace crop top | ASTR textured skirt | SJP leather pumps | Shiraleah embellished wool clutch

Our favorite Seattle singer Hollis Wong-Wear was recently styled for a shoot with Nordstrom wearing some of the most amazing pieces. There was no way we couldn’t share this. These looks were shot for New Year’s Eve so we’re a little late to the game, but we don’t see any problem with wearing these outfits outside of the holiday either.

3.1 Phillip Lim tunic (see similar strong>Phillip Lim styles in embellished gold and peplum detail | Lafayette 148 New York skirt | Hunter high-heeled Chelsea boots | Topman knit hat

Helmut Lang knit tunic | Topshop crop top (worn under tunic) | Ella necklaces (available in downtown Seattle only; see similar statement necklace styles online  or visit the Nordstrom near you for in-store exclusives)

For the entire feature on Nordstrom’s blog, click here.

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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

Kris Orlowski – Fighting the War

I’m feeling a little bit nostalgic for Seattle music today and featuring the latest video by Kris Orlowski that was also produced by Hollis Wong-Wear.

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Hollis Wong-Wear in Mass Appeal

We have a little bit of something called a “soft spot” when it comes to former Yow Yow! guests getting media attention. Our girl, Hollis Wong-Wear walked the red carpet at the Grammys Sunday evening because if Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had won for Album of the Year she would have gotten to walk up on stage with the group to accept that award. Sadly, the win wasn’t in their favor, but that didn’t mean that the duo didn’t take home plenty of awards including “Best Rap Album.” Though we know her for her rift in “White Walls,” Hollis has played a huge role in the music that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has made and that’s why we are so darn proud of her and can’t wait for what’s to come from not only her side project “The Flavr Blue,” but her solo project that she has slightly teased us with.

Check out her interview with Mass Appeal here and her Billboard interview on the red carpet here.

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Hollis Wong-Wear for Billboard Magazine

photo cred | Behzod Sirjani

One of the best parts about writing for Yow Yow! is having the opportunity to interview individuals that I admire and individuals that do something completely different with their craft than I do. We were thrilled to have Hollis on the blog earlier this year as part of our “Women Who Are Making It” series. We always knew that she was going to be a big deal someday and she’s well on her way to getting there. Recognized for her chorus in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “White Walls” along with being an all-around icon in the Seattle music scene for her work behind the scenes on their music videos and working with Blue Scholars, Hollis is a woman of many talents. She has her own band, The Flavr Blue, which I listen to daily and now she’s got an article by Billboard Magazine. You can read it here.

Congrats Hollis! No one is more deserving than you and we’ll be rooting for you every day.

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Music Video of the Day

Readers, it has been the summer of “The Flavr Blue.” Yesterday, the Seattle group released their latest music video for one of my favorite jamz “In My Dream” and I couldn’t wait for it to show up on YouTube so I could share it with all of you.

Seattle, I will always rep you hard even while living in the Bay.

Seattle music, I wouldn’t be who I am today if you hadn’t been my outlet.

Hollis Wong-Wear, Yow Yow! will always be your biggest fan!

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City of Music Career Day

Readers, I am currently trying to make the transition from posting news about Seattle to the Bay, but this event is so dear and near to my heart that I couldn’t not write something about it. One Reel – who puts on Bumbershoot every year – is hosting a career day for high school and college students interested in working within the music industry. When I was a young high schooler, I would have loved for this event to exist. Now that it does, I want to make sure that everyone who wants to make their dreams happen knows about this opportunity. Not only is this the second year that it is being put on, but it is also FREE. At this event you will learn about the industry from a panel of speakers including Hollis Wong-Wear (Yeah, we write about her a lot!) have a meet-and-greet lunch and hear live performances all day long. I can’t think of a better way to spend my Tuesday. Registration is now open and space is limited so sign up quick!

And for full details, click here.

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Music Video of the Day

Readers!

I am currently right in the middle of the biggest move of my life so I hope you’ll be patient with me as there won’t be very many posts for the next couple of weeks. Regardless, you don’t have to worry about Yow Yow! going anywhere, we just might not be “on top” of the news as we are used to. Today Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their latest music video for their single “White Walls” and we’re huge fans because

a) it features Hollis Wong-Wear and we pretty much love her here at Yow Yow!

b) it was filmed in Capitol Hill – granted people were at this shoot for hours and less than a minute of it was featured, but it’s still cool because… city pride, right?

c) the group highlighted Dick’s – my favorite burger joint that I will miss moving down the coast.

I feel so lucky and privileged to have worked with all four of these individuals in the past, but mainly Hollis through Yow Yow! and Schoolboy Q through my work in the music industry. It’s amazing to see the four of them together in one video.

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Bumbershoot Recap 2013

Before I get into writing this post, I need to extend a huge thank you to the press team over at One Reel. I’ve been attending Bumbershoot for the last 6 years and for the first time ever, One Reel gave me the opportunity to obtain a press pass for Yow Yow! as its own publication. Not only is this a milestone for us, but it means so much to me to be able to partner with a music festival that I have grown up with and that has consistently been the highlight in my summer. Having been a part of the Seattle music industry, I have so much appreciation for every person that is responsible for making this festival happen. No one understands the work that you do, how much you sacrifice, or even the impact that you leave on those attending. Thank you for all that you do – every single one of ya!

photo cred | Lavid Photos

The Flavr Blue

This was my second time seeing The Flavr Blue this summer and as always I am impressed with their set each time. The band took the stage on Saturday morning kicking off the festival at 11:45 AM. Early! But so worth it. And from the looks of it, there was a whole crowd of people that didn’t mind getting their Bumbershoot on that early in the morning. The group stirred up a rowdy crowd of hippie dancers that went absolutely HAM over their music. Who knew, right? Everyone else bobbed along to their tracks and occasionally professed their love for Hollis. The Flavr Blue is a band that I couldn’t be more excited about this year in Seattle. Hollis has truly made a name for herself within the Seattle music community, but is such a humbled individual that continues to pour herself into every single one of her projects. The Flavr Blue is not going anywhere anytime soon and with new music on its way, they are sure to become a household name.

Dave B

Dave B was an artist that our contributor Cameron Deuel covered prior to Bumbershoot and while he wasn’t initially on my lineup schedule, I decided to check him out anyways. On more than one occasion, myself and the friend I was with as well as the group of boys next to us kept wondering about the print on his shirt. Pizza? Sushi? Chicken and Waffles? We settled on that last answer. Dave B was eccentric, in your face, and vivacious. Has anyone ever used those three words together to describe an act? I couldn’t have enjoyed him more! In previous years, I always come prepared to Bumbershoot with my handy dandy schedule making sure to never miss an act I plan on seeing, but on this Saturday – everything was kind of up in the air. It’s nice not to have an agenda sometimes. Dave B was a crowd pumper upper and made such an impression on me that I’m already putting it on my to-do list to look him up on Spotify.

photo cred | Lavid Photos

Nacho Picasso

You’d have to be a fool to miss out on an act named Nacho Picasso. I was so curious by his name that I had to stop by his set. Unfortunately, I quickly found out that it just wasn’t my style. He’s a little bit inaprops than I expected, but what rapper isn’t it these days? Do you Nacho.

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photo cred | Morgan Keuler

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick knows how to get the Key Arena LOUD. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard an audience be more excited for an artist in the Key until he came along. Kendrick is an artist that I was very close to working with in the past and it is amazing how quickly he has blown up and all of the collaborations he has gained with Robin Thicke and my favorite Mayer Hawthorne. There is no doubting Kendrick’s success in the hip hop industry and that entire crowd in the Key knows it. I’m expecting a long career from him.

photo cred | Lavid Photos

Beat Connection

I can’t deny it…I’m not trying to hide it – I’ve got a huge crush on Beat Connection. While Kendrick Lamar was throwing down a very intense show, Beat Connection was minutes away from starting their set on the TuneIn stage. I had to choose. And I chose Beat Connection. I’ve seen them a couple of times, but I’ve always got so much Seattle pride for my bands and having listened to their latest album a lot more recently, I was really excited to see what they would be bringing to the table with their set. It was such a feel-good performance – the kind that epitomizes what Bumbershoot stands for and that is getting out of the dark, scary, expensive beer-ridden Key Arena and being out in the sun! Over the last couple of years, Beat Connection has gone through a bit of a sound transition, but also a member transition and through all that – they’ve still managed to survive. As newly college graduates, I’m excited to see how they will continue to pursue their music more aggressively now that they can focus on it more.

The Physics

I have to say that there is really nothing like being able to watch a band that you have previously worked with performing on a stage to hundreds at a major music festival. The Physics are one of the nicest groups that I have ever worked with – so kind, genuine, and so very talented. The Seattle music scene is HOT right now and what I love about Bumbershoot is that the festival is always doing their best to highlight these acts on the rise and supporting our local artists. The Physics combine intricate rhymes with a very soulful edge which I find to be pretty refreshing as there’s not always enough of that in the hip hop industry.

Day 2 –

I commend anyone that can make it through an entire Bumbershoot weekend like our contributing writer Cameron Deuel because lemme tell you – that is a task. For the past couple of years, I have done the whole weekend and I usually end up with a nasty flu afterwards because by the end of it I’m burnt out and exhausted. While Monday’s lineup was packed with talent, I had to make an adult decision for my health and decided to do a full day on Saturday and an evening on Sunday to catch Ra Ra Riot and Death Cab For Cutie.

Ra Ra Riot

Once upon a time, I had an opportunity to work with Ra Ra Riot and I clearly made a huge mistake on not moving forward with that decision because they totally killed it on the main stage at Bumbershoot. Attendees were swaying, singing, dancing AND spinning along to their music and it was a positive kick off to the highly-anticipated set by Death Cab For Cutie. Another thing that I appreciate about Ra Ra Riot is that they are simply “good peeps.” Too often, I’ve seen bands and artists treat their fans not so nicely, but the highlight for me that stood out during their set was when the lead singer jumped down to the floor and gave the entire front row high-fives! YEAH! We love stuff like that. Ra Ra Riot’s albums have continued to get even better as time progresses and while I’ve never spoken directly to the band, I whole-heartedly believe that bands that treat their fans with respect will go very far. Keep doing your thang’ Ra Ra, it’s already starting to pay off.

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photo cred | Morgan Keuler

Readers, I’ve been thinking about this performance all weekend long. The last time I saw Death Cab For Cutie was two years ago for Deck the Hall Ball, but even before that, I had the chance to see Death Cab at Bumbershoot with my best friend. We had worked our way up to the very front so that we could be strategically placed in front of Ben Gibbard and even survived a set by Superchunk to do so. It was brutal – so brutal in fact that I couldn’t stand being continued to get sprayed in the face with a hose that the both of us had to crowd surf our way out of there and watch Death Cab on the turf of Memorial Stadium and not in the pit. All that for nothing! What I’m trying to say with this story is that seeing Death Cab is an experience regardless of where you’re sitting (or standing.) I’m not sure if it’s because we have so much hometown love for the band or what, but there is definitely an air of sentimental value for the band from everyone. That night’s performance was a special one as the band promised to perform through their entire Transatlanticism album, which was AMAZING. And with time to spare, Ben let us know that they were now beginning the “second part of the program” which included the following songs:

“I Will Possess Your Heart”
“Photobooth”
“I am a Tourist”
“Cath”
“Soul Meets Body”
“405”
“A Movie Script Ending”
“Crooked Teeth”

I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing this band. It’s been ten years since they released Transatlancticism and it’s true – they really haven’t changed. They keep it real and there’s nothing more you could really ask for from a band like that. Also, was anyone else brought to tears by their performance of Transatlanticism? I know it couldn’t just be me and the guy next to me.

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Song of the Day

The Flavr Blue – City Is Watching

The Flavr Blue is becoming one of my favorite bands this summer in Seattle. It took me some time to start listening to them, but wow – they are incredible. I’m so glad that I was able to have the opportunity to see them twice this summer. Big things are about to happen for them though and I’m excited for their next adventure. Check them out!

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Performance of the Day

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Schoolboy Q, and Hollis performed their single “White Walls” on Jay Leno the other night and it was spectacular. I feel very privileged that I have had the opportunity to work with all four of these individuals in some capacity.

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Proud Blogger Moment

This morning, former Yow Yow! interviewee Hollis Wong-Wear performed the hit single “White Walls” alongside Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Good Morning America! I watched the program as long as I could before I headed off to work, but unfortunately had to miss the performance. Luckily, there’s a thing called YouTube that always comes in for the clutch. Congrats Hollis – you looked fantastic!

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In Case You Missed It…

photo cred | Capitol Hill Seattle

I know y’all were looking for some Macklemore coverage in Seattle last night because one of today’s top post on Yow Yow! is about a secret show I posted about him from last summer! I was posting about yesterday evening’s event on my Twitter, but thought I would save the recap for today once I had full details.

Yesterday afternoon, rumors were in a flurry that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would be filming their new music video “White Walls” on top of the iconic Dick’s Drive In on Broadway in Capitol Hill. Fans were told to keep this a secret – but let’s be real, people in Seattle can’t keep secrets! By 7PM, there were well-over a 1,000 people waiting for the music video to begin shooting. Of course, Macklemore and Ryan didn’t arrive until much later, but fans were dedicated and stayed through the entire shoot just to catch a glimpse of our famed hometown rapper. Here’s a YouTube video and some photos that I thought were worth sharing. All photos come to you courtesy of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog.

And while I chose not to make it to the event last night, I’m sure it was the highlight of the summer for many young fans. Also, we’re so excited to see our former Yow Yow! interviewee Hollis in this music video!

photo cred | Capitol Hill Seattle
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