10/17/14

a bohemian abode

Last week Victoria at SFGirlByBay shared the loveliest home of photographer Anna Malmberg. She live in Paris + Stockholm with her fiance + son. This is her Paris home + it is my dream. It is easy + carefree but looks so nice.

10/16/14

10/9/14

i was there || banks

Show: Banks
Movement

Location: Metro

Date: 10.7.14

Favorite Song: "Waiting Game" was the first song of hers that I heard earlier this year that turned me on to her music + it wasn't that horrible live. She mostly sang it + it does have slightly dramatic instrumentals. I'll let that one slide.

Memorable Moment: There was the most adorable + cool new mommy in the crowd rocking an approximately five month old nugget in a Baby Bjorn with massive noise cancelling headphones on. The little dude was so passed out + it was honestly the cutest thing I've ever seen. This lady was kind of my hero.

Biggest Letdown: I felt like I got catfished. Banks was awful. She might have a good voice but she either lacks the confidence to really show it or just hides behind recording + auto tune. Honestly, I was most disappointed in myself though. I rarely attend shows where the artists are low quality but I saw very little talent this night. I should have spotted it sooner.

This Show: Was clearly a disappointment. I mean kudos to Banks for getting so far in life on pretty looks + an airy voice but girl, you have no talent. I'm not typically one to make assumptions but Lillian Rose Banks sounds like a chick whose mommy + daddy had fat wallets + spoiled her rotten in their OC mansion. On the plus side, Movement, the opener was actually pretty good. One of their songs had a very Jai Paul "Jasmine" sound to it. I also learned during Banks' riveting performance that if you rearrange the letters and swap the "B" for another "S" + "K" you get "SKANKS." Real fun show.


10/7/14

caribou || silver

I have heard from many respectable sources that this new Caribou album is incredible. I haven't gotten around to listening fully (in the process now) but I have heard about 1/4 of the album so far + it appears my sources are legit. I'm already loving so many songs.

10/5/14

i was there || decibel day five

Show: Decibel Music Festival
Deru + Effix
Groundislava
Tensnake

Location: The Crocodile + Q Nightclub

Date: 9.28.14

Memorable Moment: I missed the Tensnake show in Chicago because I didn't want to to subject myself to Spy Bar. I almost did the same thing in  Seattle with Q but decided 10:45pm on a Sunday probably wouldn't be that awful. And it wasn't. I very much enjoyed Tensnake's latest album as well as his recent Essential Mix so I'm glad I could check that box.

Biggest Letdown: I guess my biggest complaint is that Decibel didn't really end out with a "bang," but after five days of partying that isn't necessarily the worst thing.

This Show: I didn't really have many plans this day so I headed to The Crocodile to start out the night since I liked it so much on Thursday. At the very least I figured the crowd would not be obnoxious. I knew very about the Friends of Friends artists but that has never stopped me before. I'm glad + went + I'm glad I checked out Tensnake. All that + I was back in the hotel by midnight. Not bad.

i was there || decibel day four

Show: Decibel Festival
Shadow Child
Lindstrom

Location: EMP Museum + The Showbox

Date: 9.27.14

Memorable Moment: I read a really great quote about Lindstrom's set this night -- "Like a sunset over the Grand Canyon, or seeing a unicorn, Lindstrom arrived, blew our minds, then disappeared." Lindstrom was so damn cute in his little cute hat with his long lanky arms. He put on such a fun show + Norwegian disco is just the absolute best. Every song was great. Some were greater than others, but none was greater than "Love Sick". I pretty much never record songs at shows but this one was so worth it. Those chords at the beginning are so sexy. I have said it about five times since this night but I'll say it again -- Chicago needs a Norway night with Lindstrom + Todd Terje. I would love to see the two of them go at it. 

Biggest Letdown: I kind of wish I rallied for KiNK at Q this night but I was riding solo this night + couldn't really bear the thought of going to Q alone late night.

This Show: Was totally Christine does Seattle night. Shadow Child + Lindstrom were both great decisions for the + I love that Seattle is a place you can just wander around on your own (with the exception of Q Nightclub) + feel totally fine. I debated going the Ritchie Hawtin + Friends route at the Sky Church but I heard it was totally packed. The Showbox was a really cool venue as well.

i was there || decibel day three

Show: Decibel Festival
Simian Mobile Disco
Steffi
Marcel Dettmann

Location: EMP Sky Church + Q Nightclub

Date: 9.26.14

Memorable Moment: I have surprisingly never seen Simian Mobile Disco before even though I had intended to on several occasions in Chicago. Things happened, it never worked out. I am glad that I got to save that experience for the Sky Church. Honestly, it wasn't my favorite set of the week but I can't imagine seeing these guys anywhere more exciting than this.

Biggest Letdown: This night was kind of off + I blame Seattle's liquor laws. Everyone was pretty psyched for late nights with Steffi + Marcel Dettman but I don't think any of us were aware that all bars stop serving at 2am + this party was going until 7am. As a result, there were a lot of heavily drugged out creeps in the crowd + I never got my drunken energy I was so hoping to rely on. In fact, I went to the bar pretty sober. I would have planned my night very differently if I knew these were the circumstances I was walking into.

This Show: Was pretty unfortunate. Most of the people I encountered in Seattle were perfectly fine + chill but the crowd at Q Nightclub was the worst. They were lurky + relentless + as a result I had my guard up the whole night. There is nothing worse for a chick interested in seeing good music. That being said, Steffi was pretty legit. I would love to check her out again under different circumstances.

i was there || decibel day two

Show: Decibel Festival
Letherette
Andy Stott
Oneohtrix Point Never
Falty DL
Martyn

Location: The Crocodile, EMP Museum, EMP Sky Church

Date: 9.25.14

Memorable Moment: Let us pray. In hindsight, I probably should have spent every possible minute at the Sky Church. That venue is so damn impressive. Walking in for the first time really was breath taking. It is quite cavernous + alcohol is only sold on the upper lever, but damn is that screen fun to look at.

Biggest Letdown: I enjoy Oneohtrix Point Never but there is definitely a right time + place for him. I saw him a few months back while reclining at the Pritzker Pavillion in Chicago. I was comfortable + the show was very interesting + enjoyable. Seeing him at the Sky Church was definitely impressive but it just felt like a lull among so many other fun shows from the night.

This Show: Was an overall good night. The Ninja Tune crew with Letherette, FaltyDL, + Martyn were impressive + The Crocodile was a perfect venue. Letherette was just about the cutest duo ever + I pretty much melted when they started singing along under their breaths. Thanks to the suggestion of a friend I checked out Andy Stott + he was definitely the highlight. So much good energy. Oneohtrix Point Never slowed things down a bit but heading back to The Crocodile for the tail-end of FaltyDL + Martyn was a smart decision. This venue + its patrons had a good vibe + the music was spot on. This was one of my favorite nights of the festival.


10/3/14

i was there || decibel day one

Show: Decibel Festival
Rrose
Claptone
MK

Location: Re-Bar + Q Nightclub

Date: 9.24.14

Memorable Moment: There is always something special about getting to check out a new venue in a new city. Night one I was most impressed with Re-Bar + Rrose's set. Re-Bar is kind of a shit hole but in the best way possible, The DJ deck, which you can somewhat see in the photo above, is just a suspended table covered with a table clothe. The bathroom didn't really have doors + the drinks were dirt cheap. Aside from the very strong dirty hippy smell, I thought it was pretty perfect. Rrose definitely had a very unique + entrancing performance. She also accomplished quite a bit in just a one hour set. 

Biggest Letdown: Despite having the most impressive Funktion One setup I have ever seen or heard, Q Nightclub wasn't my scene + the performances that night were pretty meh. I also ended up playing babysitter which wasn't at all how I planned to start my vacation. On to night two, please. 

This Show: Definitely confirmed my excitement in Decibel. This festival + its layout is unlike any fest I have ever experienced before. I love that all of the shows are later + I love that each venue has it's own unique character + crowd. I love that Seattle is so small + accessible.

10/1/14

seasonally impaired

October is here, leaves are falling. Naturally, I have landscaping on my mind. Naturally.

I have never lived in an apartment with any kind of outdoor space which is a bummer because I do love plants + I like to think that I would take the time to make my outside look as nice as my inside. My siblings are both real adults now + have both purchased homes in the past year. Unlike their better halves, they both are quite fixated on how to improve their outdoor spaces. I am going to assume that this trait runs in the family.


white wisteria | black mulch | dusty miller | black mondo grass | white hydrangeas

So here I am, thinking about landscaping on a chill almost October night. I know my aesthetic. I know the colors (or lack thereof) that I'm drawn to. I want a yard of my own.

Now I don't know for certain that these plants of my dreams will actually work in the climate I live in when I do eventually have a yard, but here are a few lawns I am definitely admiring:


1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

9/30/14

spread your wings + fly

Kind of digging these totally unique + beautiful hand painted scarves from Shovava.
 

i was there || bonobo

Show: Bonobo

Location: Metro

Date: 9.19.14


Memorable Moment: There were some pretty good dancers out this night. My favorite was this tall lanky boy that had some serious moves. I was totally caught off guard when my friend went to grab drinks + he asked me to dance with him. It was very flattering but also a little intimidating.

Biggest Letdown: Falty DL wasn't able to make it to this show but alas, I caught the tail end of his set at Decibel Festival so all was not lost.

This Show: Was definitely not a s pretty as his live shows but it sure was fun. He played a good mix of his own songs as well as mixes to other songs. The crowd was definitely into it + I will continue to see him regardless of whether or not it is a live show or DJ set.

9/10/14

i was there || hideout block party

Show: Hideout Block Party
Sylvan Esso
Mac Demarco
Funky Meters
Dismemberment Plan
War On Drugs

Location: The Hideout

Date: 9.6.14

Favorite Song: I bought a ticket for War On Drugs + they did not disappoint. They were a perfect closer + "Under The Pressure" was exactly how I had hoped it would sound. I will see them again for sure.

Memorable Moment: I would probably say that Mac Demarco was the most memorable, despite a somewhat lackluster performance. He has a pretty decent album but on this day it just felt like he wanted to rile up the crowd. I did get a good laugh from him lighting a cigarette while he crowd-surfed across the audience.

Biggest Letdown: Dismemberment Plan is so not my thing. I am sure they are fine for their genre but it kind of sucked that I had to stick around and listen to them prior to War On Drugs.

This Show: Is just about the easiest fest you could ever go to + I mean that in the best possible way. There is something nice about only having one stage, even if it means you don't get much of a choice in what you listen to. I'm pretty sure I could have found my soul mate in this crowd too. Such a good vibe all around.

interpol || all the rage back home

9/9/14

i was there || klingande

Show: Klingande
Autograf

Location: Subterranean

Date: 9.4.14

Favorite Song: You know that feeling when you know a song but you can't figure out what it is or how you know it? It is maddening. I went to this show expecting to know nothing but was surprised to hear a song I really did like. It wasn't original, it was a mix + I believe I have heard it on another mix recently. I'm going to keep digging til I get an answer.

Memorable Moment: I got to the show pretty early when the sold out venue was still relatively spacious. Some dude comes plowing through me like "Excuse me!". Totally unnecessary. I shot the nastiest look. Turns out I gave the evil eye to the artists. Sorry, not sorry. You were rude.

Biggest Letdown: This show really made me feel like I was at a party at a frat house. Definite fan boys all around. Plus SubT was so hot + sweaty.

This Show: I honestly did not know what to expect from this show. There were some things I did not like but over all it wasn't so bad. I have always appreciated live instruments at shows + the sax player definitely added a unique component to the night. The crowd was loving it when he came out to perform on some of the songs.

9/3/14

slow + steady

2+ years ago when I moved into my current apartment I wasn't very happy with things (aside from finally living alone again). I finally had this huge space to myself but it felt so empty + unfinished despite my grand plans. The reality is that furnishing an apartment + turning it into a home takes time. This is something that 25 year old me should have expected but I wanted so badly for my apartment to be "done".
Grace from Design*Sponge tackles this topic in a post from last month + it struck a chord with me. She talks about the balance of wanting unique, handmade items but also wanting them at low-cost prices which often isn't possible. Grace found that taking your time at filling your home is actually a good thing. It requires you to make decisions on long-term happiness instead of short-term gratification. In the end you usually end up saving money + you have pieces that you really love, not just fillers.
Fast forward two years + things are looking pretty good. There are still a few key pieces I would like to buy but I have come to a point where I have realized that I can wait. It isn't worth putting myself into credit card debt over "wants" vs "needs". I have made a few big purchases (my bedroom furniture, living room rug, floor length mirror) + I am so happy with all of them. Something I'm not really happy with? My sectional sofa. That was something I bought out of necessity at a time when I didn't have much money. It is comfy + does the job though. A new one can come later.
I like to think that a lot of these pieces will transfer well when I finally move into a nicer place too which makes me feel good about my decisions + on waiting.

9/2/14

concert outlook || fall 2014

Fall is officially upon us which means concerts are really starting to pick up. This is one of the largest lists I have pulled together yet probably has the fewest amount of shows that I am 100% locked in on (they are the ones in bold). It's a good list but there aren't a ton I'm totally excited for. I almost never say this but I'll likely make my picks according to whatever my friends are doing. So that being said, let me know if you're interested in checking out any of these...

9.4 | Klingande + Autograf | Subterranean
9.5-9.6 | Hideout Music Festival | Hideout
9.12 | Metronomy | Lincoln Hall
9.12-9.14 | Riot Fest | Humbolt Park
9.16 | Spoon | Chicago Theater
9.17 | Tobacco | Lincoln Hall
9.18 | Snowmine | Schubas
9.18 | James Murphy | Smart Bar
9.19 | Bonobo + Falty DL | Metro
9.19 | Kode 9 | Primary
9.19 | AndHim | Spy Bar
9.20 | Com Truise | Lincoln Hall
9.20 | Sophie | Primary
9.23 | Twin Shadow | Metro
9.23 | Ty Segall | Thalia Hall
9.23 | Simian Mobile Disco | Lincoln Hall
9.26 | Gardens + Villa | Empty Bottle*
9.27 | Yacht | Concord Music Hall
9.30 | MO | Concord Music Hall
10.1 | La Roux | Concord Music Hall
10.3 | Theo Parrish | Smart Bar
10.5 | Warpaint | The Vic
10.7 | Banks | Metro
10.8 | Surfer Blood | Lincoln Hall
10.10 | Odesza | Bottom Lounge
10.16 | Ryan Adams | Chicago Theater
10.16 | Zola Jesus | Thalia Hall
10.16-10.17 | Foxygen | Lincoln Hall
10.17 | Chromeo | The Riviera
10.18 | Kygo | Concord Music Hall
10.18 | Yelle | Bottom Lounge
10.22 | Tune-Yards | The Riviera
10.23 | SBTRKT | The Riviera
10.23 | Snakehips | Primary
10.24 | Flying Lotus | Concord Music Hall
10.25 | Rhye | The Vic
10.25 | Dusky | Spy Bar
10.29 | Courtney Barnett | Metro
10.30 | Twin Peaks | Lincoln Hall
10.30 | Slowdive | The Vic
10.30 | Digitalism | Concord Music Hall
11.1 | RAC | Concord Music Hall
11.1-11.2 | Alt-J | The Riviera
11.3 | Blonde Redhead | Bottom Lounge
11.10-11.11 | St. Lucia | Metro
11.12 | Interpol | The Riviera
11.13 | Avi Buffalo | Empty Bottle
11.13 | FKA Twigs | Metro
11.13 | Ryan Hemsworth | Double Door
11.14 | Wildcat! Wildcat! | Schubas
11.16 | Nils Frahm | Thalia Hall
11.22-11.23 | Fitz + the Tantrums | The Riviera
11.25 | Death From Above 1979 | The Riviera

*I will be in Seattle so I can't make Gardens + Villa. I have a ticket though so it's yours for free if you're interested.