Category Archives: Music

A Quickie Update

Yo, my peeps.  I’m sorry it’s been a month since I’ve updated y’all.  Some things you need to know:

1.  I think I’m going through a quarter life crisis.  See below.

Yes, they like to call this regression.

2.  I’m going to see the Morning Benders & Broken Bells tonight & Minus the Bear tomorrow night.  Jealous much?

Current favorite tracks from each artist below.  I know, I know, I’m like Santa!

“Into the Mirror,” Minus the Bear (this one is soooo sexy, I love it)

“Citizen,” Broken Bells

“Promises,” The Morning Benders

3.  I am in love with NYC.  I visited some friends there a few weeks ago and had the BEST. TIME. EVER.  I want to move there.  For serious.

Yes, this is a REAL picture I took.

4.  I am going to Vegas THREE times in the next 5 weeks.  Yes, I am insanely crazy.  Pray for me.  PS if you don’t remember how I normally experience Vegas, refresh your memory here.  Now REALLY pray for me.
5.  I saw Two Door Cinema Club perform at Bardot and they rocked my socks off.
6.  I went to a Brown Bag Party recently and it was a TRIP.  Don’t know what that is?  Well, I have two words for you–sex toys.  Yowza!

7.  I really am digging the two new albums from The National and The Black Keys.  I highly suggest you download both of them ASAP and prepare for eargasms.  Also check out The Black Keys’ “Tighten Up” music video.  It is extremely cute and silly and you can see it here.

8.  Lastly, I am thoroughly enjoying the new Local Natives video for “World News.”  It’s just a little bundle of joy, (mind you, I don’t totally get it, but it still has very warm & fuzzy vibes).  View it below.

Sorry about this seemingly random and disjointed post.  I’ll be back with something more substantial soon enough.  But for now, I give you just a ‘lil taste of me life.  Laterz.

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COACHELLA!

Coachella has been over for 2 days and I still can’t stop thinking about how it was one of the BEST. WEEKENDS. EVER.  Yes, the festival had its faults, (quite a few of them to be honest), but seeing 22 of your favorite bands in 3 days kind of overshadows any negatives.  Here are some of the highlights of my Coachella.  (Brace yourself, this is gonna be a long one.  It’s worth it though :D )

1.  THE MUSIC.  The award for the best performance of the weekend goes to La Roux.  Holy crap, she was insanely awesome.  The audience was SO into it and danced and sang along the entire time.  Check out the video I captured of the tail end of “Bulletproof”.   Gives me the chilly willies!

Other stellar performances on Friday were Yeasayer (dance party!), She & Him (Zooey Deschanel was so cute and happy), Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, and of course, Jay Z (with a surprise guest performance by Beyonce herself).

Hot Chip stole the show on Saturday–probably my second favorite performance of the weekend.  They rocked out while we all danced our happy tushies off.  Other Saturday winners: The XX, Muse, and Tiesto.  Tiesto was the closest I’ve ever come to being at a rave and let me tell you it was INSANITY. The verdict?  I loved it and had the time of my life dancing with my bestie, Chris!  Check out a video clip I took during his set below and watch how the audience’s energy grows and grows as the music builds.  Craziness.

Sunday was all about Local Natives!  Check out the picture below of the PACKED crowd.  Amazing really because the show was at 2pm, which is very early by Coachella standards.  Plus, I’d say 90% of these peeps knew the words to most of the songs.  Sweetness.  Florence & the Machine, Julian Casablancas, and Phoenix also put on some stellar performances on Sunday.

For more videos of Coachella performances that I didn’t capture, check out this Pitchfork article.  From the looks of it, Die Antwoord and Major Lazer were huge hits.  Wish I had made it to see them, but you can’t be in two places at once, yo!

2.  THE VIP TENT.  Now that I’ve had VIP, I’m never going back.  It’s like a mini safe haven from the packed insanity that is Coachella.  Yes, it’s crowded in VIP too, but it’s totally bearable crowded.  Plus, they have SUCH yummy food in there with barely any lines.  Food winners of the weekend: the SPICY PIZZA station (omg yum) and the Cool Haus booth where I had the most delicious ice cream sandwich (oatmeal cookies with cinnamon ice cream, pictured below).

VIP also had much better bars with more drink options and shorter lines.  Another super cool thing?  There was a ferris wheel in VIP!  A really pretty, colorful one.  How random and awesome is that?  There was also seating with views of the main stage, shade, and a little fountain that tons of people decided to treat as a pool.  Downfall of VIP, however, were the steep prices of food and drinks, but it wasn’t any worse than outside of VIP.  Downfall #2, is that VIP costs a shit ton to purchase.  Luckily, I got upgraded for free through work.

I’m all smiles in VIP:

3.  THE CELEBS.  This section is for you, J Dubs.  Celeb sightings left and right!  Mostly in the VIP tent.  Here’s a fun little list of people I saw: Paris and Nicky Hilton, Katy Perry, Pink, Penn Badgley, Kelly Osbourne, Kellen Lutz, JC Chasez (omg NSync), Melanie Griffith (hey there cougar), Whitney Port, Kate Bosworth, Scott Speedman, Anne Hathaway, Mischa Barton, a few more randoms, and then my ALL-TIME FAVORITE: Alex Sarsgard aka Vampire Eric from True Blood!  I am not lying when I say that he is the most attractive man I have ever seen in my life.  He was standing next to me ordering a drink and had his hand resting on the bar.  I decided to place my hand next to his and gawk at the two of our hands next to each other.  His were ginormous, very fitting for a vampire.  Please check out the creepy photo I took of him in the background.  He totes looks all vamped (as in vampired) out in it.

4.  RANCHO LAS PALMAS.  Our hotel in Rancho Mirage.  Loved that place!  Our room was really nice with comfy beds and overlooked the golf course.  It was also only about 15 minutes from the grounds, which wasn’t too shabby at all.  Plus, they had a nice pool we enjoyed lying out by, and they even had water slides and a lazy river that they so aptly named SPLASHtopia!  Dana, one of my roomies for the weekend, and I ordered a few Miami Vices (pina colada/strawberry daquiri mix drinks) which were absolutely delicious and made our Coachella weekend feel like a mini tropical vacation.  Here I am poolside with my Miami Vice.  Sigh.  Can I go back?!

5.  THE COMPANY.  Cell phones did NOT work at the festival, which was a huge annoyance, but whenever I did finally find my friends (or run into ones I wasn’t expecting to see at all!) it was always a very joyful experience.  Some encounters were only brief, but everyone I interacted with at Coachella, made my experience a very special one.  All of my friends (some old and new!) couldn’t have been more positive, in better spirits and just all around FUN all weekend long.  Thanks guys, (you all know who you are), for making this weekend an unforgettable one.  Awww, cue cheesy, sappy music.

Me and some of my favorites:

6.  THE SHADESTERS.  I loved some of the shady shit I saw going on at Coachella.  Peeps doing every drug in the book right out in the open?  Check.  Actual drug deals?  Check.  Frozen lemonade/churro/pretzel man selling water bottles filled with Jaeger out of his freezer cart? Check.  I saw some crazy shit and cannot pretend I did not love every second of it.

7.  THE HIPSTERS.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted to categorize them as a highlight of my experience or as a negative but I chose the former mainly because they made for SUCH great people watching!  Omg, never have I ever seen such crazy outfits in my life.  I’ve decided this was the basic formula for most of the hipsters I spotted: Ray Bans wayfarers+tribal inspired headband or straw fedora hat+a ton of bracelets+either an American Apparel body suit, uncomfortably tiny jean shorts, or a romper=hipster success.  I may have made an attempt at the hipster look myself, and I must say I feel like I fit in just fine.

Overall, Coachella was bomb diggity.  Besides the OBSCENE crowds, the very poor, unprepared staff, the heat, and the total cell phone failure, Coachella rocked my socks off and you will be damned sure I will be all over it again next year.  COME WITH!

Zooey Deschanel, Girl Crush!

So I’m minorly/majorly obsessed with Zooey Deschanel. Reasons why you should be too:

1.  She’s in a great indie band, She & Him.  They just released their sophomore album called Volume Two that I’ve been loving lately.  Their music has an old pop, vintagey sound.  Check out their super cute music video for their latest single below.

2.  She’s a really stellar actress.  Have you seen 500 Days of Summer?  Great movie.  She was also in Elf.  Love Elf! (PS is it weird that I have now blogged TWICE about the movie, Elf?!)

3.  She’s married to Ben Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service (two of my favorite bands).  Perfect couple alert!

4.  She is in a really cute cotton commercial.  This commercial just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Watch it below.

5.  She has a super cute retro style.  I never could pull this off but she does so flawlessly. Can I BE this woman?! Sigh.

6.  Um, did I mention she’s gorgeous?  Yeah.  Mad girl crush!

7.  Last but not least, I LOVE the name Zooey.  I’ve decided to name my future daughter that.  So future husband, if you’re out there reading this, you better like the name too.

Creeped out a little bit by this post?  No worries, I am too.

Smiling’s My Favorite!

There are a few things that are really making me smile at the moment.  The first thing is Hot Chip’s new music video for “I Feel Better”.  These dudes have succeeded in making another hilarious music video that you cannot help but laugh out loud too.  It is ridiculous without being cheesy, and they manage to gain cool points despite the utter absurdity of this video.  Check it out below and SMILE. :)

Second, is the SUNLIGHT!  I absolutely LOVE how it is still light outside when I leave the office.  It genuinely makes me feel happier and puts me in better spirits.  Mmm, I love you, Mr. Sun (yes, that’s his name).  Here’s a super awesome song that is basically an ode to Mr. Sun that makes me smile too.  It’s called “Sun Hands”, by Local Natives, (who are ridiculously amazing btdubs.  My company manages them now and I may or may not have had a little something to do with that, holla!)

Third thing is Huckleberry restaurant in Santa Monica.  Some friends and I brunched there this Saturday morning and absolutely loved the place, (plus it was on our list of LA restaurants we wanted to try so we were super excited to check it off).  First of all, they have the most ATTRACTIVE staff ever.  Like, did they only hire hotties?  Because wow, hotties left and right at that place.  But, that’s not really why I loved Huckleberry, although it was a delightful plus.  It was definitely the delicious food that won all of us over.  I had the fried egg sandwich, which consisted of fried egg, (obvi), gruyere cheese, (my fave), applewood smoked bacon, and arugula on toasted sourdough bread.  It was messy, due to the egg (see below), but absolutely delicious.  We topped off our meal by trying a few items from their bakery.  We sampled their maple bacon biscuit, their chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, and their sugar donut holes, all of which were sooo yummy, (and do not fear, we had absolutely no problem finishing all of those items).  So moral of the Huckleberry story is, it made us smile due to its delectable fare and eye pleasing staff, and I think it will make YOU smile too.

So, I hope you’re smiling now because I know I am.  And I think it’s only fitting that I end this post by saying, “smiling’s my favorite!” Thank you, Buddy the Elf, for that one.

Dream Jobs

Recently I’ve been thinking about how awesome it would be to have careers as either a food critic or a music supervisor.  I’ve decided those are my two dream jobs of the moment.  I love my current job, and really hope to continue to grow in my industry, but it’s fun to dream right?!  Food critics and music supervisors couldn’t be MORE different, but together they embody my three favorite things—music, food, and writing.  I’ve been doing research on both of these careers and have realized that I’m not too qualified for either.  But, there are real, tangible things I can do to help my cause.  Like continually trying new restaurants and writing about my experiences!  I need lots of writing samples, and a very eclectic palate if I were to ever seriously consider being a food critic.  For music supervision, continually researching new music is key.  I already do LOTS of that, and love it, and will keep doing it!  My favorite music supervision company is called Chop Shop and is run by the goddess of music supervision, Alex Patsavas.  Chop Shop does supervision for TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl and for movies like Twilight, (best soundtrack ever).   Basically, they have great taste in music and are responsible for breaking a number of artists, including The Fray from a Grey’s Anatomy episode a few years back.  It’s pretty freakin’ awesome how music placement nowadays plays such an important part in an artist’s success.  Sigh.  ‘Twould be cool to do that one day.

Now, back to my other fantasy–food critic!  My dear friend, Liang, started a google document of 100+ LA restaurants we want to try, Ting-Ting and I are contributors.  I’m super excited to start trying them and blogging about them! Food critic, here I come!  Get ready for even more posts about food. :)  Speaking of food, last night I had dinner at STK.  STK is a fancy shmancy, super trendy steakhouse.  The ambience was great–very funky and cool, but the food itself was subpar, especially for the extremely high price tag.  Their steaks were good (we had the skirt and the filet), but nothing to write home about.  Their sides, on the other hand, were delicious.  We loved their mac and cheese, green beans, corn pudding, and their garlic truffle fries (mmm, mouth watering).  Overall, good food, but their steak is no Mastro’s!  I have failed to mention that my ambition to try lots of restaurants and write about them is going to leave me homeless.  My measly paycheck cannot begin to support the foodie lifestyle I wish to lead, but one can always try, right?!

And because it’s been awhile, here’s a picture of my handsome Hoagster.  Cool photo effects thanks to the iPhone app, hipstamatic.  How un-hipster of me to download an app with such a title?!

“Hipster Hoagie”

And you know I can’t end a post without some fun music!  So here’s a fun track called “Alley Cats” by Hot Chip.  I really like their entire album, “One Life Stand”, which was just released this past February.  Check it out!

Well Hello, March.

It’s March! How is it already March?! I feel like it was just yesterday that I started this blog and it’s been a whole 5 months! Crazy! So, a few things I’d like to share with you all today. Here it goes.

1. Mercantile, the restaurant. My favorite foodie buddies, Laura, Alex, and Ting-Ting, and I tried another delicious restaurant this week called, The Mercantile. It’s technically a gourmet market and wine bar but boasts a mouth-watering dinner menu too. We used our Blackboard Eats discount* so we had to choose from a prix fixe menu. We got the ricotta gnudi with English peas, mushrooms and parmesan, and the smoked trout rillettes with beets and horseradish aioli. Omgeee, they were both absolutely delectable. For dessert, they served us homemade ice creams that were basically mini scoops of heaven. My favorite flavor had to be what Ting-Ting ordered which I believe was a chocolate, nutella, banana? Ya, um, ridic. So, go to Mercantile and indulge in yummy wines and even yummier foods.

And a photo, courtesy of Ting-Ting.  My beautiful friends, Laura and Alex posing with their gnocchi.

*If you haven’t signed up for Blackboard Eats, you must!  It gives you great discounts at eateries in the LA area, (sometimes up to 40% off of your meal)! I believe they now have a NY chapter, and are working on a SF one.

2. The Grilled Cheese Truck.  Ok, this whole food truck craze is probably just a fad but I am LOVING it.  Today, I enjoyed the Grilled Cheese Truck for the second time.  Dear lord, their “the works” sandwich, which is pulled pork and macaroni and cheese IN a sandwich, is pure sandwich BLISS (see below).  Mmmm…Plus their tomato soup and tater tots are damned good too.  Find out if the truck is near you on their Twitter.  Also, find out where ALL LA food trucks are at any given time here: Find LA Food Trucks.

3. Chocolate Tiny Teddies.  Basically, they are like teddy grahams, but the Australian version, and SO MUCH BETTER.  They are only sold in Australia though, so good luck getting them here.  I didn’t know they existed until my Aussie coworker, Katrina, got them in a care package from Australia.  She had me try them, and I fell in love.  She also had me try vegemite.  Let me tell you, that shit is SICK.  STAY AWAY.

4.  And finally, on a non-food related note, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite bands of the moment, most of which have released new records recently.  Check out: Broken Bells, Hot Chip, Active Child, Rogue Wave, Surfer Blood, 22-20s, Yeasayer, and Two Door Cinema Club.

Wellll, this post was almost all about food.  But hey, I love food, and I enjoy spreading the food love.

And as per usual, I will close with a song I love from one of the above bands, “ONE” by Yeasayer.  Rock out, my peeps.

Las Vegas, In a Paragraph

I love VEGAS!  Even when I lose $300+ gambling at the craps table.  Even when I stay up until 7:30am every night/morning, and lose most of the next day sleeping in.  Even when I’m so hung over from all of the alcohol consumption, that all I can do is eat unlimited slices of Sbarro’s Pizza.  Even when my legs are insanely sore from the hours of dancing with creeper guys at overcrowded, sweaty clubs.  Even when my iPhone is stolen from me, and extortion is used in order for me to get it back.  Even when cabbies charge me obscene amounts of money to take me to aforementioned extortionist to retrieve aforementioned stolen phone.  Ahhh, Vegas.  That was my experience last weekend.  For realsies.  But let me tell you, despite these “minor” setbacks I loved ALMOST every minute of it.  And guess what?  I’m going back in June!

What was on display in our room.  Note the See’s candies…classy

And because I love to give you a lil music in each of my posts, here’s our favorite preparty song of the trip: “Shark in the Water” by V.V. Brown.  Now who says I don’t have an eclectic taste in music!