A lot of great music comes out every week and I want to share it with you while it’s fresh; those stank beats just ain’t the same. I don’t have time to write in-depth artist details and hilarious anecdotes about every song that I discover due to my time-consuming career molding the minds of today’s youth and my ever flourishing social life *wink*. I’ve decided to try doing a weekly posting of a ten song playlist with tracks that I’ve liked from the past week of releases. If you like this concept, lemme know and I’ll keep it up; If you hate it, just keep your mouth shut, ya ninny. Jokes! All feedback is appreciated.

I dedicate this week’s playlist to Kenneth Bruce Gorelick’s free-flowing curls; apparently he’s a little nugget at 5’2” and he’s from Seattle (Pacific Northwest, stand up!) …the things you learn when you “research” everyone’s favorite saxophonist.

Don’t get too excited, these songs have nothing to do with the G and include no smooth jazz.

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Happy New Year, everyone!! Oh, it’s the 12th … alright so it took me a while but Wait And Scene is back in the mix. I have all kinds of plans for my 2014; I’ve been cooking up a storm with healthy new recipes, I’ve decided to (sometimes) embrace my naturally curly Kenny G-esque locks, and I’m trying to get back at this writing and sharing music thing. I’ve also started tweeting again, and this morning I hashtagged the word toots so I think that alone is worth a follow. That’s actually one of three criteria for who I will follow on social media; Is fart humor a running theme? Do they keep selfies to a minimum? Do they post a socially acceptable number of pictures of their cat(s)? For the record, I think one cat pic a month is plenty, maybe two if it’s a kitten. Anyways, if your life isn’t a snoozefest and you meet these three criteria, consider yourself followed!

Enough about me and my disinterest in your internet glamor shots, back to the music and the sharing. I may be late on my discovery of these guys because apparently they’ve been making music for a few years but YES! SO MUCH YES! Actually NO, the band is called NO. This handle is terribly annoying for Googling/Soundcloud/Spotify/YouTube and general internet discovery purposes but anyways this band is amazing so I took the time to post all the links below so you don’t have to go through the Nancy Drew-ing that I did.

NO is a Los Angeles based indie band whose sound has been described as “post-hymnal anthematic” by someone who knows more music adjectives than I ever hope to…. oh and fwhy, since we were all thinking it, the lead singer shockingly has no relation to The National’s Matt Berninger. I’ve obsessively listened to their entire online library four times over this morning; the stunning ‘Leave The Door Wide Open’ is the first single off their new album ‘El Prado’ set to be released through Arts and Crafts on February 18th.

We make some noise inside a room and call it art.

It feels good to be back! Tell your friends!

-Jenna

Website: http://nomusicfor.me/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NO
SC:  https://soundcloud.com/nolosangeles
FB: https://www.facebook.com/NOLosAngeles

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THIS SONG!

It’s no secret that I’m a James Blake fan but what you may not know is that Wu-Tang is also my jam. I’m pretty sure Wu-Tang Clan doesn’t come up as a suggested artist when you’re listening to a Blake track but never underestimate the diversity of one’s playlist. Who would’ve thought James Blake was a RZA fan anyways? I saw Raekwon a couple weeks ago (he murdered it) and I’m fittin’ to see Ghostface Killah next week…then James Blake at the end of April. DIVERSITY! Every last one of the shows! ie. ALL of them.

I posted about James Blake here a while back and I just had to share this new track with you guys. Blake’s album Overgrown comes out in a few days on April 9th (Cop it) and it’s sure to be golden. This track, Take A Fall For Me, features RZA rapping over a super chill synthy beat while Blake’s ghostly vocals in the background act as the highlight.

…candlelight dinners and fish and chips with vinegar with a glass of cold stout or wine or something similar…

YES!

James Blake also unleashed a bonus track off the album called Everyday I Ran which features samples from Big Boi’s single, Royal Flush, a throwback from ’08.

Again, YES!

P.s. I’ve heard rumors about a Kendrick Lamar -James Blake collabo in the works. NEAT.

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This is Jenna at Wait And Scene giving you all the up-to-date info on SXSW…wait a minute! That certainly didn’t happen as planned. Blog smog. Day whiskey and new friends happened and I had the best GD time of my life. Oh and the music, ALL OF THE SHOWS!! You wouldn’t believe all the shows that I was lucky to see in a week’s time…another thing that you probably won’t believe is the info I’m about to share with you in this series. Here is entry one about my favorite shows during the music bender that was Southby. These entries are in no particular order and my top live music picks are about as random as my music taste. Get into it!

The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon Party (first product name drop!) at The Belmont was DOPE and perfect precursor to the craziness we were going to experience for the entire week after this show. It was a packed and diverse line-up of awesome. I could talk about each artist in essay format, because quite apparently that’s what I do, but I’ll try to make it snappy…

Spoiler: my favorite did not perform last in this showcase but they do come at the end of this post.

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 THE PERFORMERS

Sirah

She is not my steeze…that is all.

Charli XCX

She is surprisingly not ideal live (I’m being nice) and I really do enjoy her album…I even blogged about her project once.

Blondfire

They’re talented and I totally get why people like them but…a *yawn* from me and another small *yawn* because this was the second time I saw them at SXSW without really planning on it.

Rockie Fresh

He lives up to his fresh name and I recall him being good live but nothing memorable happened, so yeah…

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

I love these guys and I’d seen them a LOT of times prior to this show…from the small town club show days to sold out arenas, it’s always great to see them and they kill it live every single time. Go see them whenever and wherever you can, you won’t be sorry!

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Action Bronson

Dude sounds like Ghostfa…oh, he hates when people say that? Okay…um he has a couple hundred pounds on me so I’ll drop the comparisons. Bronson was really cool to see live and he is a performer and a half. Highlights of his set: he hopped over the guardrail and rapped through the tightly packed crowd and up the steps to the roof top, mid rap he yelled at people to get off their phones then seamlessly continued rapping, and the crowning jewel (and one of my favorite SXSW moments) was when he lifted a very excited paraplegic fan onto his shoulders and wore him like the finest of fur stole for an ENTIRE song. REALLY.

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Icona Pop

For me, Icona Pop were the real winners of this showcase. They’re a synth-pop duo from Sweden; they’re adorable, they’re energetic, the base beats were loud, their voices were perfect live, and everyone was dancing and had an amazing time while they were on stage. I was a fan long before seeing them live at SXSW and even before their biggest hit ‘I Love it’ was on an epi of HBO’s GIRLS but this performance just solidified the love. If you have a chance to see them live DO THAT, okay?

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I took all the second rate pictures (with my phone, NOT WITH A NIKON) that I added to this blog post but this shot is actually good, if I do say so myself. It was taken through a fence while listening to Icona Pop being interviewed the day after The Belmont show. Stalker-styles!

Just try to listen to their song and not feel overwhelming joy. Impossible!

Side note: If you met a couple of really cool girls at Southby who said they were in a band called “Icona Bop” I may know the two girls that you met…their band just hasn’t officially formed yet 😉

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Remember that one time when I had a blog?…I do I do!

Life has been crazy and it stresses me out to think of all the things I wanted to share with you but didn’t get a chance to…that’s all in the past though because I’m back, baybaaay! Wait And Scene will only get better from here. PROMISE. Since we last “spoke”, I went to SXSW in Austin for ten days and had the time of my life! The music bender that is SouthBy gave me such a feeling of bliss that I refuse to ever not be in Austin on that week in March from this year on. Just don’t tell my boss, kay? Next week I’ll be sharing my super excluse SXSW intel with y’all…so so EXCLUSE that it’ll be worth the wait.

For now, let’s talk new music:

Back in November, I included Vondelpark’s track Dracula on my playlist. Remember when I used to do those?…man, I’m really falling apart. Check out how awesome I used to be here.

Today their album, Seabed, is finally available digitally (cop that) and it will be available physically on April 2nd. Thanks to Pitchfork Advance the whole album is streaming here. It is so beautiful and today it’s helping me get through a crap load of paperwork for my job. Vondelpark are somehow making this task of staying inside on this perfect Portland day to scorch my lap with my burning up old laptop (don’t ask) a lot more pleasant and that, my friends, is a real feat.

A little info. Vondelpark is a public urban park of in Amsterdam, Netherlands with an open air theatre, a playground….oh, not the info you were looking for? Vondelpark are an R&B, ethereal, smooth, cloudy, warped, fluid, dark, dreamy (adjectives for days!) electronica three-piece from London. The group is comprised of singer, plays-every-instrument-you-can-think-of, producer-guy Lewis Rainsbury, keyboardist Matt Law, and guitarist/bassist Alex Bailey. These guys are really young and relatively new to the game but they sound like a band that has been doing this together for years and years. They’ve taken their sweet-ass time putting out an album; throwing us a couple of EPs in 2010 and 2011 and then falling off the map for two years, but Seabed was worth the wait. I feel like each Vondelpark release has been better than the last. What do you guys think? Are you feeling this dreamy music goodness like me?

Here’s an Easter treat waaaay better than those creepy Cadbury Creme Eggs people are so into this time of year.

Vondelpark – Seabed (Album Stream)

ENJOY.

-Jenna

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