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Ill artist alert! Ill artist alert! *said in the voice of 2 Chainz*

Let me start off saying that I was really bummed to find out that the group Pacific Air is no more. These brothers were a killer band and they put on an awesome live show the one time I was fortunate to see them. My best friend and I made sure to check them out during our crazy SXSW rounds two years ago. At their show at The Mohawk, I was standing next to a music blogger and we started talking about our love of Pacific Air.

I was like, “Yeah, I was a fan of these guys when they put out their EP and were still called KOKO!”

and he’s all, “Holy $#!+ ME TOO! That’s crazy, no one else knows that stuff.”

and his girlfriend was like, “Hey guys, I’m here too you know…”

And I’m all, “Get on your boyfriend’s level and maybe you can keep up.”

Oh snap! That’s cold.

Fine, I’m actually a nice girl. That last part with the girlfriend didn’t happen but I could sense her ‘tude and hear her sighs as her boyfriend and I geeked out on good music. Here’s hoping that blogger and his girlfriend know that the now defunct Pacific Air’s lead singer, Ryan Lawhon, has a solo project and he has put out these two perfect tracks for our listening pleasure.

BOTH SO GOOD. I can’t wait to hear more,

Xo

-Jenna

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I think the proper British term for how I was feeling on Saturday night would be absobloodylutely gobsmacked! alt-J are truly the dog’s bollocks!

…that last slang felt awkward, but I dare you to use it on a regular basis. If people think you’re a wanker, you can tell them I dared you and direct them towards this article. It’s sly blog networking, people!

A Little Background

alt-J  a.k.a. (how very Prince-eque!) are a British quartet that don’t really fit into one genre. Are they alternative? Indie? Rock? Folk? Electronic? Hip-hop? Pop? Experimental? Unique? I like to think they’re a dash of everything. The delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your keyboard and press j on a Mac computer. The band reported that, just as it does in mathematical equations, the delta is used to represent change. It’s the most hipster and bad-ass of all band names! Their debut album An Awesome Wave (cop it) was released at the end of May 2012 in the UK and us sorry North American’s didn’t get see it released until September. I think we can all agree, 1. Thank (deity of choice) for the internet and 2. It was worth the wait.

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Gus Unger-Hamilton, Joe Newman, and Gwil Sainsbury. Not pictured: Thom Green on drums

About The Magic That Was Their Live Show

My live music bender continues…

My friends and I arrived at the Star Theater a bit before show time and secured some spots really close to the stage. The venue is small but it has a lot of character and the acoustics are always on point. I’d never been to a sold-out show at this venue and let me say that I was happy that we turned up early. By the time alt-J hit the stage, the place was packed to red velvet draped rafters but I think the tight quarters had a lot to do with the utter awe that I felt Saturday night; we got to see a big band in a small venue and few things are as special as that.

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You’re telling me that I promised you a ten song playlist every single week!?  “OOPS, DID I DO THAT?“, said in my best high-pitched, nasally Urkle voice. That’s a tall order, but a promise is a promise so Wait And Scene will deliver.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any CHEESE (obscure Family Matters reference), but I do have ten of the illest tracks from around the world!

1) Ryan Hemsworth Remix of Mikky Ekko- Pull Me Down

When the song Pull Me Down by Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko came out a month ago, I will couldn’t stop listening. His voice! Those lyrics! Produced by the ever amazing Clams Casino! It was all too much. Today we got a remix of this beautiful song by 21-year-old Canadian producer, Ryan Hemsworth. As he often does when he remixes, Hemsworth somehow manages to make this song even more special. I’m dying over here…

2) Brandon Fletcher – North Hollywood

Brandon Fletcher is a name that you probably don’t know now but I have a feeling you will pretty soon… This Harlem-based rapper released a dope seven song EP called Braille back in October and he gave us a taste of this song on that EP. This week, the entire new track called North Hollywood was released and it didn’t disappoint. The Pretty Woman intro and Dave Chappelle sample halfway through are killer. This song is about a girl from Miami who’s struggling to live the Hollywood lifestyle. Is it a totally far-fetched story that no one can relate to? Naw, I’m sure you’ve seen this once or a hundred times in the media…one good current example (and the picture that Brandon used as a visual for this single) rhymes with dinsey mohan.  REPEAT.


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Remember when the hot track Sweater Weather came out and I was freaking out about this band called The Neighbourhood!? …No? Because I didn’t have a blog back then? Okay, valid point…but anyone who knows me personally will remember my excitement. Now, almost a year later, they are starting to get some alternative radio play here in Portland. Yes radio! It’s 2012, I have two iPods and an iPhone, and I still tune into the radio, DEAL WITH IT…all the cool people are listening. Anyways, I’m not saying that I’m music’s fortune teller (feel free to call me that if you want…) but I am saying that that isn’t the first time that my music obsessions have become mainstream enough to get radio play *cough* alt-J *cough*. Read that statement as you will…and continue to read Wait And Scene!

Back to talking about the ‘hood…These California natives, with an affinity for British English, are back with this darker, more cinematic release taken from their forthcoming EP Thank You rumored to be released mid-December. Let It Go is the first song we’ve heard from The Neighbourhood since they released their amazing EP I’m Sorry back in August (stream this and cop it)…unless you count their reworking of one of the songs on that EP called Female Robbery. This brand new track got me pumped about all the new stuff we’ll soon hear from them. With their unique, layered sound and epic black and white music videos, I can see what the future holds for these guys and it’s bright as the Cali sun!

P.s. Speaking of Female Robbery, be careful if you’re shopping the Black Friday sales tomorrow; females can be vicious. Happy American Thanksgiving, loyal readers of Wait And Scene! I’m thankful for you!

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New music alert! This week American indie rockers, Fort Lean released a new EP titled, Change Your Name. This five-piece based out of Brooklyn, NY is here to make you feel inadequate about what you’re currently accomplishing in your life. Oh you have one full-time job and blog on the side? I’m sooo impressed…Fort Lean is comprised of a real estate agent, an elementary-school teacher, a guy who works at a hospital and for an ice cream sandwich truck (mmmm ice cream sandwiches), a freelance set designer and fancy axe company worker (don’t ask), and more understandably, a recording engineer who meet as a group to make music in all their free time. A warning to their current bosses/contractors, you should probably start looking for their replacements soon because these guys have already received major praise for their past EP work and live performances. Their biggest shout-out to date, before today on Wait And Scene hehe, has to be from New York Times in 2011 when they played the CMJ festival; on the first day of the festival the publication said that, “Fort Lean is already a standout at CMJ” and that they were, “a big band playing small rooms.” Whoa, no pressure guys!

Lucky for them, they’re living up to the hype with this EP produced by Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift. I can’t pick a favorite track so I’ll keep listening to it until I do; I suggest you do the same and we can regroup later at Fort Lean. In the band’s words:

At Fort Lean, which is a place you can go, the weather is perfect all the time. Hot but not too sticky, and you can sleep in the park comfortably without getting hassled by the cops. Fort Lean is about getting too drunk at your own picnic. Fort Lean is about leaving the city. Fort Lean is a place where you can still see the skyline but you can’t hear any cars and you can put all your stolen wine in the stream to keep it cool and when the fire dies out you can see some stars and not too many airplanes.

Sounds perfect, I think?

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