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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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HAWT off the press (literally debuted hours ago live on BBC Radio1) James Blake hits us with this new beauty. Retrograde is the first single off of his new album, Overgrown, set to be released on April 8.

For those who don’t know, James Blake is an electronic music producer and singer-songwriter from London who has been deemed the ‘King of Post-Dubstep’….yup, post-dubstep…In the interest of full disclosure, I had no idea what this genre really encompassed so I did a little reading. What I gathered, and I’m going to put in my own words, is that this style of music has those bass-heavy beats with a dance music feel (often including audio samples of band saws, dental drills, and screaming cats) but post-dubstep is much warmer and less aggressive then the dubstep the bros are poppin’ collars to in da club. Note: I’m not opposed to “brostep” and seeing Skrillex‘s seizure-inducing live show this summer at Bumbershoot was a real treat but James Blake is more my steez.

Blake has released a number of EPs since 2009 but he dropped an amazing self-titled debut studio album a year ago (cop that); Mad blog cred, nominations, and awards followed and we, the people, have been anxiously awaiting some new jams ever since. If he’s new to your ears, YAY! Wait And Scene has done what it set out to do.

In my usual obsessive music tendencies, I listened to this track five+ times in a row as soon as I saw it was available. Do you ever feel like a song was meant for you to hear at a specific time of your life? That’s how I feel about this one (Whoa deep stuff, Jenna).

You’re on your own in a world you’ve grown
Few more years to go,
Don’t let the hurdle fall
So be the girl you loved,
Be the girl you loved

Powerful. Perfect. I will be that girl, James Blake.

P.s. Tour dates have been announced (here) and clearly WAS will be at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on April 24th. I have so much to look forward in the next few months. ALL OF THE SHOWS.

P.p.s. Here is JB breakin’ hearts with that Joni Mitchell cover.

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OMG! OMG! OMG!

I have no time to write a serious or witty post but I just have to share the amazing news;  prior to it’s release the Frightened Rabbit album is streaming online! NOW! So much happiness!

I think it’s hilarious that the last post I wrote about Frightened Rabbit started with the statement, “See, I told you I’m back! And I’ve showered…so things are looking up!” and a month and a half later, I’m back in that same place in my life where I’m so busy that doing everyday life things are accomplishments…but I’m having a great time so that’s all that matters, right? Phewf, glad we’re on the same page.

Here is my last post about FR where I talk about the band and my tumultuous past being in love with them.

HERE is the spot where the album is streaming online. Thank you to The Guardian!

The album opens with:

I’m not the cad in the kitchen, giving wine to your best girl’s glass

Killer line because we all know that “cad” and he’s such a slime bag.

I’ve listened to this album three times straight through and my early favorites are ‘Late March, Death March’ and ‘Nitrous Gas’ but that’s subject to change. What tracks are you digging?

My best friend and I have postponed our trip to SXSW by a couple days so that we can see these guys live on March 9th at the Hawthorne Theatre. This album release solidified that we’re a couple of geniuses. I CAN’T WAIT (…and scene) to see them again! Check out the other tour dates here.

More posts to come soon. I hope you’ve missed me!

xoxo (on that Gossip Girl tip)

-Jenna

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All you poor saps who acquaint with me personally know that I am a HUGE Cold War Kids fan and the announcement of a new song, a new album, and a new tour is a trifecta of awesome that I wasn’t sure my heart could handle. I’ve been fortunate to see these guys live three times and that number is about to be four in May #ALLOFTHESHOWS…whoops, this isn’t Twitter or Insta. The last time I saw them live was on their small West Coast club tour in February 2012 at the Doug Fir and it had to be the most memorable of the bunch; a huge band, my favorite venue, and a bunch of super fans in the audience because the tour sold out crazy fast. I was in music heaven. Also, I was about five feet away from the lead singer, Nathan Willet, who is a confusingly appealing mixture of Woody Harrelson, KOL‘s Caleb Followill, and that brooding young man with the colorful tattoos slanging coffee at your local hangout. Yeah, I know that guy and he’s destroying the barista scene.

The CWK details:

New Album – Their fourth studio album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, will be released on April 2nd through Downtown Records.

Tour Dates – Check ’em out here! Wait And Scene will be at the Crystal on May 18th because yadda yadda all of the shows yadda yadda. And last but not least…

New Song –

I’d be alright if I could just see you

Oh miracle mile, where does it lead to?

Come up for air! x 100

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