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It’s been a week since I returned from the dreamland that is Austin, Texas during South By Southwest Music Festival. Every year I get nervous that it’ll be different and some how won’t live up to the year before BUT every year I have been proven wrong; Sure, it has become so much bigger and “Too commercial, brah” but where else in the world can you have a cultural experience like this completely FOR FREE? It’s such a crazy mix of amazing intimate shows, huge mega parties, and brand-sponsored events that you will have the time of your life and barely spend a dime which makes you forget that everything is a walking/driving/eating/drinking advertisement; I know I know, how very un-Oregon, free-range, gluten-free, paleo hippie of me but this girl likes her free stuff. The reality is that I’m not buying a Mazda vehicle just because they drove me around Austin a bunch of times for free. I’m not suddenly a vodka drinker just because the Titos and Deep Eddy were more readily available than water last week. I’m no longer steady drinking Don Julio craft cocktails by the bucket because, well, I’m no mixologist and I probably (Read: definitely) had too many of those last week. I’m not running to Whole Foods to buy Beanitos Lime and Sea Salt Bean Chips…okay fine, I am actually totally sold on those and they may have been a life saver because of the aforementioned plethora of free booze. SXSW pro tip: ALWAYS TAKE THE SNACKS; they’ll come in handy later when you’re in a line at 2 pm and realize you only had a liquid breakfast. Whoops!

Now I think we all know it’s not the free food and drank that brings me to Austin every year. I’m a music junkie who always has a long list of must-see artists that I stress out about trying to fit into my daily schedule; scratch the word “stress”, I’ve just been informed that drinking more margs whilst seeing other amazing bands and passively missing other shows cannot be defined as stressing…duly noted. Every year I leave the festival feeling refreshed, despite a lack of sleep, and inspired by the incredible shows and quality humans I’ve met. Since I’ve been back in town for a week post-festival a lot of people have asked, “How many shows did you see?”, “Which bands were your favorites?”, “How are you so cool?” etc. etc. This post is about to answer the first two questions for the masses because that last question…hasn’t been asked yet.

Who I saw this year in no particular order:

Ghostface, Raekwon, BADBADNOTGOOD, TOTEM, Torey Lanez, KING, Lucius, THEY., Miguel, Lukas Graham, JAHKOY, Alunageorge, D.R.A.M., Vince Staples, The Lucas Bros Comedy, a Questlove DJ Set, Ruby Woo, Louis the Child DJ, Honne, Coast Modern, Transviolet, Gallant, Poliça, Just Blaze, Rock City, JP Hoe, Tigers are Bad for Horses, Tabi Bonney, Chaz French, Maggie Rose, DJ Spicoli, Wale, Visto, BJ the Chicago kid, Anderson .Paak, Haelos, Powers, Will Joseph Cook, Låpsley, Allan Rayman, St. Lucia, Muna, CHVRCHES, Jack Garratt, Kacy Hill, Hinds, Fear of Men, Mitski, Lower Dens, Kacey Musgraves, SBTRKT, Hannibal Burress Comedy, Morly, Elf kid, Little Simz, Metro Boomin, Lewis Del Mar, Kill J…

Phewwwwwf. Taking into account a few I’ve forgotten from the list above, I saw over 60 acts this SXSW. While there were some live performance duds and total weirdos in the mix, I was able to see so many amazing performances and this week’s post and playlist will focus the ten best.

My favorite artists at SXSW 2016:

  • Miguel. This is not one of those typical WAS “You’ve probably never hear of him” posts because Miguel is a huge mainstream star and for good reason. Laaaawd have mercy, he is INCREDIBLE live. It was my first time seeing him perform and I was completely blown away. He is handsome, his voice sounds impeccable live, and his stage scaffold climbing made security staff incredibly nervous which was fun to watch. “Miguel Jontel Pimentel you better get down from there before I call your mother and tell her you’re being reckless again.” Miguel had the whole crowd at the Spotify House eating out of the palm of his hand and his hit ‘Do you’ asked the perfect question for this particular demographic; Yes, my rough estimate is that 80% of that crowd don’t just like drugs, they loooove drugs. WOULD SEE AGAIN.
  • Gallant. In the past year I’ve flooded my playlists with newly released Gallant tracks and I actually got to see him live three times over the course of the week. He killed it every. single. time. So much emotion, insane voice, provider of crowd-wide chills; Just try to not sing along as he belts out ‘Weight in Gold’. He was one of the best of the week, hands down. Go see him when he comes through your city.
  • Lewis Del Mar. I was in line at East Side King (Very hip, very delish, very Austin) one night when these girls were freaking out about this group of guys ordering in front of me and I just assumed it was someone I didn’t know. The next night, when I made sure to catch Lewis Del Mar I realized it was that whole band who had ordered their chicken karraage noms ahead of me the night before and the girl’s freak outs were absolutely warranted. They put on an amazing live show and are exciting to watch. I was so impressed by their sound live and I cannot stop listening to their EP.
  • Lukas Graham. I’m sure a lot of you know the song ‘7 years’ because it is everywhere now and it’s lovely, well, he sings it. I made an effort to get up early for this show; FYI, in Southby time a noon show start time comes much too early. I was so glad I got up “early” because he and the band sounded absolutely perfect live. Lukas has great onstage banter and you would have no idea that he’s selling out 10,000 capacity venues in Europe because he seems so down to earth. Lukas’ backing band look like Danish male models which adds to the appeal. Try to see him while he’s playing the little venues across the US because he’s coming for our stadium shows in no time.
  • Honne. If you like their relaxed brand of British electronic-soul music, you’ll love their live performance because the chill factor is very high and they sound great. No crazy stage antics or exciting banter just solid musicianship.
  • Anderson .Paak. I’m about the drop a bomb here but I was not sold on Anderson until I saw him live at SXSW. I loved his features all over Dre and The Game’s albums and that Tokimonsta track is insane but I’ve never been as into his own solo releases. When ‘Malibu’, his second studio album, was released this year, I liked it but I wasn’t sure why ALL the blogs were going nuts over it. Now, seeing him live I saw a mega star in the making; This guy sings with an incredible voice, he raps, he plays drums, he dances, and he has a completely fun and likable on-stage persona. SOLD. I was lucky to see him another two times during the festival and I am excited to see him again in Portland next month.
  • Låpsley. Two years ago I posted a Låpsley track ‘Station’ that I was obsessed with and I finally got to see it live last week. She is insanely talented and her strong vocals give off major Adele vibes in concert. I have tickets to a big name act the night she is coming to Portland next month but after seeing her live, I promptly decided I’ll sell my other concert tickets and grabbed tickets for the Låpsley show here at Doug Fir.
  • Transviolet. They are another act that sounded as good live as I’d hoped. The lead singer is a rockstar and she managed to jump off the drum kit in a leather mini skirt while keeping her vocals consistent. I loved this show.
  • Metro Boomin. This is not a joke, people. I took an Uber pool with one of those hip LA music industry guys one night at SX and he said Metro was his favorite act of the festival so far; I joked that he should probably take in some more shows if that was the best he’d seen. Then I saw young and his crew in concert and totally got the appeal; the show had so much energy that the whole Hype Hotel was going off. I ran into LA dude again and he was like, “SEEEEE!?!” In this case, it’s definitely less about the producer and more about the fun I had at the show. If Young Metro don’t trust you…
  • THEY. These guys are new to the game and, as a result, they seem like they’re still having a blast performing; their boyish excitement was awesome to watch. They had the whole crowd dancing and singing along with a bunch of their most popular tracks and I almost got KO’d by some bro’s backpack during ‘Motley Crue’ so you know the show was tyte.

Please enjoy this 10 track playlist that summarizes my favorite song moments of this year’s SXSW. ‘Til next year, Austin!

Just be a tough act to follow. You know, a free spirit with a wild heart. – Miguel

XO

-Jenna

 

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I don’t know if any of you die-hards would’ve noticed but the title track on this week’s playlist was actually on last week’s ‘list but it was deleted a few hours after I posted it. I threw in an okay replacement jam to keep with the ten song theme but I’ve been vibing to Night Job all week hoping Bas would just post the damn thing. That Shlohmo x Jeremih sample is too fresh! This Soundcloud disappearing act seems to be a running theme with new rap music; it gets leaked by all kinds of sites then repeatedly reported and deleted until the artist decides to release it for real. I’d probably play that same hard-to-get scenario if I was a rapper just to keep things fresh and frustrating for my fans. I think I’d make a pretty quality rapper, actually. This is something I think about often but one major detail always has me stuck, what would my signature “thing” be? Most of my favorites have that special something:

  • Jadakiss thinks everything is humorous and constantly yells, “HaHAAAA!”
  • Pusha T is disgusted with himself and how amazing his life is now that he’s not cooking and distributing bricks. “YEEECH” is his statement of choice a.k.a I’m murdering the scene in my post drug-dealer life.
  • Action Bronson sounds like Ghostface and he’s a little overweight (Fine, he’s probs obese). He talks about how errrything he eats is f’n delicious and I’d have to agree with him.
  • Eminem is white and gets away murders.
  • Jay is married to Bey.
  • Everyone hates Kanye West because he’s a terrible human but everyone hates themselves even more because they love his music so much.
  • Lil Wayne‘s skills include having babies with groupies and not dying. The dude is on a perpetual codeine and promethazine high but somehow stays alive. He is also thriving with all kinds of young moola, baby, despite the plethora of child support payments I assume he’s dishing out.
  • Drake has a handsome face, impeccable hair line, and killer dance moves…Drake hands are always and forever my go to dance when I’m partying recklessly. Plus, he’s Canadian so almost everyone likes him because he’s nice…and then makes fun of him behind his back because they’re jealous that he had access to poutine and Timbits his entire life.
  • DJ Khaled used to just yell his name repeatedly at obnoxiously high volumes, “DEEEEE JAAAAY KHAAALEEEEEDDDD!!”, but now he’s the primary source of inspo in my life. You’re right, Khaled; I is a genius and we is da best. Thanks for making me feel appreciated on some real levels.

You, my readers, are also DA BEST. After you’re done listening to this week’s playlist, start brainstorming ideas about what my rap persona could look like so I can get started on this career change sooner than later. I appreesh your input. You very smart. You a Genius. You loyal. I appreesh you.

xo

Jenna, the future best rapper alive.

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The above image is Weezy’s rendition of how I look tonight because I’m expecting to have a snooooow daaaaaay tomorraaaaa!!! You may note from this glorious image that I’ve stacked two styrofoam cups of lean because I’m just getting started; I’m smoking that West coast icky; I have my Xmas Don Cherry party blazer on *obscure Canadian reference*; and I’m wearing my very chill white-as-snow-or-cocaine-depending-on-how-you-party bucket hat. Won’t this be awkward if I actually have to go to work in the morning?…Okay, in reality I just put a little extra Bailey’s in my coffee, I’m still getting pumped listening to the No Ceilings 2 mixtape, and it’s 2am but I’m showing no signs of going to bed. YA GIRL BEIN’ STRAIGHT RECKLESS ON A SCHOOL NIGHT!

If you didn’t cop No Ceilings 2 over the holiday weekend, you should do that; it’s very lit and the first time Lil’ Wayne’s lyrics haven’t embarrassed me in quite some time. Pour yourself some sizzurp, lean back (See what I did there?), and turn on this week’s WAS playlist.

Xo

-Jenna F Baby, please say the Baby.

P.s. That Bey’ and Coldplay number that was just released is real nice if you’re into that sort of thing.

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BOOTS – Mercy

09-16-2014

His handle is BOOTS (like Dora the Explorer’s Monkey BFF?!? Sí sí), he produced most of ‘yonce’s last album, and the dude has pipes. He’s still pretty unknown despite his production prowess and a few other solo releases which is why I wanted to share this track here on Wait And Scene. The video is flat out weird; BOOTS’ intense Skeet-Ulrich-in-Scream-esque eyes freak me out as does the lady creep in the white pantsuit but not so much that I’d ever stop watching.

The song’s progression from super slow and beautiful to really loud and intense in the last couple minutes is the kind of thing that makes me want to interpretive dance to express these ever-changing emotions; alright I won’t dance but just know that despite my cool demeanor and subtle head-nodding while listening to this track, the dancing fire has been lit within me.

Is he one of the worst lip-syncers in a profesh video that I’ve seen in recent years? Most definitely.

Really though, BOOTS, did you just forget the lyrics and then decided to continue on recording the vid? Or are you trying to act like you’re being introspective and just thinking some of these lines? That vision didn’t translate but no worries, I respect you, braj. Lip-syncing to your own song can’t be easy… plus, you’re friends with Queen Bey and Jay and that’s pretty tyte. Okay, let’s be real, THAT’S ALL I’VE EVER WANTED.

This song is beautiful. Embrace the weirdness,

Xo

-Jenna

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While you all were enjoying yesterday’s WAS Playlist 1, I was listening to this song on loop. The video, directed by Mike Brits, came out yesterday and it’s kinda haunting and very rad. Låpsley is the middle name of Holly Fletcher a 17-year-old?!?! ambient, electronic producer from Liverpool, Britain. This song is crazy beautiful and that boy-ish voice that sounds very James-Blake-meets-Sampha is actually her voice with the pitch of the vocals dropped. Incredible production!

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