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As per usual, March has been MAD REAL. It’s the best month of the year because I barely work my real job, I go to #alloftheshows, and most importantly I get to spend more than a week in my personal heaven, Austin during South By Southwest. Just like last March, I briefly fell off the blogging map and off the proverbial wagon of my normal life but I’m back in Wait And Scene action just in time for this month of new music. Before I move on and get back to the reality that is April, I’d like to reflect on the 10 random things I learned in my second year at SXSW:

1) The best looking guy at the party will likely turn out to be the performer on stage. Conversely, if a guy is dressed like a mini-van driving dad who’s only missing a cell phone holster, he could also be the lead singer of one of the biggest buzz bands at South By. Dadcore!

2) 
Smoking cigarettes is still the most disgusting and least attractive thing a person can do. I would wake up every morning raspy and stuffed up thanks to you fools. In the words of Reggie Watts, “I love cigarette smokers. They look like time travelers from the past where they didn’t know any better about health.”

3)
 I could live on a steady diet of tacos for all meals as evidenced by me consuming tacos at least once a day in Texas. Shout outs to Tochy’s Tacos and ChiLantro for killing me softly with their noms.

4)
Confidence and good conversation skills are key when sneaking into shows using a person’s badge who is not of your same gender. I would NEVER do such a thing but I assume this is the case. *wink*

5)
Some of the best connections you make are in those long-ass lines or when using the communal day party sunscreen. Sun protection and conversation, what better way to bring people together in the hot sun? … Oh free, cold booze? You’re right, that IS better.

6)
Speaking of which, when drinks are free you suddenly become a fan of things you’d never drink otherwise. “Why yes I’ll take two of your strong vodka and blue Curaçao beverage that looks like vintage airplane toilet water and reminds me of my 18th birthday.” Yum.

7)
Vice was right, people do A LOT of drugs at SXSW. As someone who isn’t/never has been in that scene, I think I’ve always been a little clueless about who’s using… but when someone sneezes and then says “Dammit!!”, I totes know what that means.

8)
Bucket hats are menswear must-haves in 2014. Dust off those 90s era Tommy H joints!

9)
Odd Future concerts are the most terrifying. When possible, always observe from ABOVE the mob. Also if you see good looking group of boys at said concerts, talk to them early or you may look back to see them all bleeding from the face (True Story).

10)
It’s easy to fall in love with new places and the people that call these places home. Even though my real life in Oregon is  amazing, I really didn’t want to leave ATX when my vacation ended. I can’t wait to see you next year at SXSW, beautiful people of Austin!

Now in typical WAS style, this playlist has nothing to do with the subject matter and everything to do with the fact that these are 10 great tracks I’ve recently discovered. Levels to this ish …

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I’m commonly one of those jerks …

If you’ve uttered things like, “I have his first EP from ten years ago.”, “I was a fan of them when they were still called ____.”, or “I saw them at a small bar in North Dakota and they blew my face off.”; First of all, quit living my life and talking like me. Second, I think we could be friends. Third, you’re totally a music jerk too.

As you’ve probably noticed from past playlists, I’m into a wide range of music and I’m always hoping that there are at least one or two tracks each week that everyone can jam to. Within the last couple weeks, I’ve gotten really into Witch Trap a.k.a. songs with artist names and track lists written entirely in wingdings. I can hardly wait to meet someone new so I can answer the question, “What music are you into these days?” and watch this person, “Cool. Cool. Cool.” with shifty eyes and back away slowly. The reality of life is that being next level means sometimes freaking people out. Do not ĐΣSP∆IR, I’ve made PΣ∆CΣ with it.

This track list doesn’t include any of those Wicca beats but I’m am mixing it up for Wait And Scene Playlist 7 to allow you to listen some other less intense songs that I’ve discovered so far this year. They aren’t all new artists but they’re new to me in 2014 and I hope you’ll hear some things you like. A whole 20 track playlist with artists you may have heard of, but probably not!

Press play, wait ten seconds for the first track to start, and GΣ† DΣΣP IN MY ╫Σ▲D,

JΣNN∆

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I can’t be the only one who has noticed a resurgence high-wasted vintage jeans recently, especially among the hipster set. This will NEVER be my steeze, but you do you and I’ll do me … and I promise I’ll try not to laugh at the inevitable long butt ya’ll are rocking not too far below that crop top.

Shout outs to Kelly Kapowski and supermodels of years past for making basic girls think they can pull off this look in 2014.

If we can’t agree on fashion, I hope we can agree that some great music came out this past week. Enjoy the randomness of WAS Playlist 3!

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Alternate titles: ‘Sisters Before Misters’ and ‘Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them’

In case the title wasn’t enough of an indication, this week’s playlist is a list of 10 songs by amazing new-ish females in music. This list came to be after I realized that a lot of my posts are about male artists in music. Sure sure, handsome men with musical talent usually make me swoon and/or make me giggly but it should be noted that I’ve met a few big time musicians this past year and played it eerily cool…I won’t mention names but one of the most exciting run-ins a few months back has an alias synonymous with Duplicate Shade (Think about it!). Anyways, men are great but this week’s playlist is set to highlight the fairer sex that I happen to be a part of. I tried to not put any women in music that you’re probably already familiar with: Grimes, Alabama Shakes, Polica, Purity Ring, Kate Boy, Aluna George, Yuna, Jessie Ware, etc. because you’ve heard a lot about them on other blogs. I really hope that my list introduces you to some artists that you may not have heard of  in the past year+ of great music. If you’ve heard of them all, well LAH DEE DAH start writing a blog so I can read it 😉

1) MØ – Pilgrim

Karen Marie Ørsted a.k.a. is a Copenhagen-based electronic pop artist who is being toted as the new Grimes because the old (?) Grimes is soo….wait, I don’t know, it’s probably just because she’s young and unique. Anyways, MØ is currently working on her debut LP but to give us all a taste of what’s to come, she has released two killer tracks, Pilgrim and Maiden; It was hard to pick a favorite but the trumpet in Pilgrim is the clincher for me. Also, the video is rad in a Keep Copenhagen Weird kinda way.

Holla Holla Holllaaaaa!

2) Daughter – Smother

Elena Tonra is a 21-year-old London Songwriter whose lyrics make me want to curl up in a ball and sulk about problems that I don’t necessarily have. Elena and her band, known as Daughter, crafted a slow, building ballad with soft guitar and piano cords that hit you when you’re the most vulnerable. My poor poor heart…

I want all that is not mine
I want him but we’re not right

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