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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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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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Shlohmo – Later

01-14-2013

New music Monday! There have been so many songs that I wanted to blog about in the past week but a player can’t stop the game to write so I’ve fallen off the map again, if only briefly. Fine, I am indeed not a playa…I just crush a lot 😉

I’m still pressed for time but, since many of you are music junkies like me, I though I’d hit you with a quick fix to stop the jitters. NO, it’s not going to be that new JT. I posted about it on my Facebook Fanpage yesterday (follow that!)  but I refuse to write about it. For starters, I like to think that Wait And Scene is not blogging about the things that everyone has already heard and for seconds (?), let’s be real, it’s good and catchy but it’s not THAT amazing. Remember Cry Me a River? Much more top shelf stuff.

I’ve decided to blog about LA-producer Shlohmo instead because I like him and he has swallowed up a good chunk of my Monday evening with this elephantine track (…just nod). This is one of five songs on his upcoming EP ‘Laid Out’ said to be released on March 5th. If you would have played me this song five or so years ago, I would’ve been all, “Coo coo but where are the vocals?” because I was once hard as a rock (not to be confused with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) and I wasn’t moved by the powers of  an instrumental track. Today, I sit here listening to this song on repeat, eyes closed, doing a slow-mo (Shlohmo!) version of the Harlem Shake in my recliner. Imagine it and embrace it. I’ve played it ten times in a row so far and every time I listen I feel something new. If you don’t like this song come back to it in five years and see if you’ve managed to get on my level or, more impressively, Shlohmo’s level. Man, I’m snarky on Mondays.

Toodles!

-Jenna

P.S. I’m pretty sure I haven’t mentioned my March travel plans in past blog entries (cue *eye rolls*) but I hope to see Shlohmo in Austin at SXSW about a week after the EP release.

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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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