Music Blog

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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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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