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Girl Talk

by @ Friday, June 21st, 2013. Filed under Men in Suits, Music

Today’s head bobbing DJ is Girl Talk.
I happened to find an old picture of him in a suit. I refuse to post a picture of the unibomber beard he has been sporting.

I look forward to his next album.  Until then, you can listen to All Day

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The Hood Internet

by @ Thursday, June 20th, 2013. Filed under Men in Suits, Music

I <3 mixtapes. I remember when my baby daddy first introduced me to these guys. I also remember the first time that M and I saw them live. My favorite track to date is The XX Gon’ Give It To Ya

 

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Workroom Distractions

by @ Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. Filed under Men in Suits, Music

Today’s man in a hoodie is going to get me in trouble.  We had a “Where are they now?” moment in the studio that lead to a google search, that lead to wanting to see pictures of Curt Cameruci,  aka Curt Flossy, aka DJ Autobot.  Sadly I could not find him in a suit.

I promise to keep looking though.

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Men in Hoodies

by @ Tuesday, June 18th, 2013. Filed under Men in Suits, Music

Some of you know about my obsession with musicians/MCs and head bobbing DJs.  Sadly, many of these men don’t wear suits.  The closest they get is a track suit.

Today’s Man in a Hoodie is Slug from Atmosphere.

Slug from AtmosphereFor some reason, the title to Atmosphere’s 5th album has been in my head.  When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold.  Life is what you make with it.  If you don’t like the cards you were dealt you have the opportunity to change it.

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Summer Skate Jam 2013

by @ Saturday, June 8th, 2013. Filed under Men in Suits, Music

Almost every year I pick a Summer Skate Jam.  This year it’s Get Lucky by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.  Not only is it a catchy disco throwback tune, but the lyrics hit home as I work on Me 3.0

Like the legend of the phoenix
All ends with beginnings
What keeps the planet spinning
The force from the beginning
We’ve come too far to give up who we are
So let’s raise the bar and our cups to the stars

Pharrell is also today’s Man in a Suit.  I hadn’t planned on posting one, but another baby popped up in my newsfeed.

Listen to Get Lucky

Listen to Pharrell chat about his Daft Punk experience

 

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Booze and Tattoos, Cause salad won’t get you laid!

by @ Monday, May 6th, 2013. Filed under concerts, Music

 

Last weekend (April 26-28) I had the opportunity to shoot pictures at Austin Psych Fest for my friend Greg who writes for the Examiner.  He posted an awesome write up of the music here.  I also got to shoot “bonus” material in the Sailor Jerry air stream trailer, that full slide show is on Examiner here.

I really enjoyed hanging out in the air stream seeing the tattoos getting done, and drinking some yummy Sailor Jerry drinks in between sets.   (Shout outs to Dana Dynamite, and Leslie Merinoff for their great hospitality!)

After that weekend, I decided I needed to drink some Sailor Jerry at home.  I’ve been making a drink called Dark and Stormy.  It’s super easy and very refreshing.  Here’s how we mix it at home:

You can find more drink recipes on the Sailor Jerry page.   I’m also partial to the backyard tea recipe.

Tons of bands came through to get tattoos from the legendary Keith Underwood and his pal Philip LaRocca.  Keith apprenticed with Mike “Rollo Banks” Malone, who was trained by the man himself – Sailor Jerry.  So you can imagine the great classic tattoos that were done at Psych Fest.  Philip helps run The Austin Tattoo Company, where they’re conveniently doing  Traditional Tuesdays.  These guys were super nice, I even got a little tattoo on Sunday night.

I got to see a couple of the girls from Warpaint, King Kahn and BBQ show, and The St. James Society all get tattoos.  Below are my faves from the weekend.

 

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SXSW 2013 Recap

by @ Wednesday, March 20th, 2013. Filed under concerts, Music, sxsw

It’s over.  I am tired.  I am attempting to figure out what to do with life now that I am no longer watching a tiny person 3 days a week.  While I sort that out, you can check out what I was up to during the fest.

Sunday-Thursday- Volunteer wrangling

Friday- Headed straight to my shift from  a day of client meetings. Finished shift and headed out to meet M at Belmont.  Sadly we arrived after the free drinks stopped flowing.  We decide to go to Gingerman instead

Saturday- Work , laundry, and hanging with my kiddo.  Made it downtown around 7.   We  hit a few parties (something at Stubbs, then Buffalo Billiards, then AMOA) then I met a friend for drinks before the rains came.  Luckily, I had the car that day and we didn’t get too soaked.

Sunday- I biked down in time to see the Hidden Room Theater in ACC.  Then I rolled with the theater peeps to a few parties (liqu-or-treating).  I must say, film people know how to throw a party.  Forget the processed cheese.  Bring out the plate with the cheese with cute labels on toothpicks.  We ended the night with Spring Breakers.

Monday- Worked from home.Biked to Zach Scott for Loves Her Gun.   Minor work emergency leading to bike ride home and more work.  Biked to the Long Center for  Zero Charisma.  Closed  the night out with Pit Stop.

Tuesday- Never again will I schedule a 9 am client meeting during SXSW.  That was pure stupid.  Then there was a bridal fitting, more stupid on my part.  Didn’t make it downtown until late so I ended up driving in.  Thought about seeing Cirque, but ended up going to the the IA closing party at Stubbs (Local Natives, Joy Formidable, Deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin)  then headed home.

Weds-   Worked from home.  Biked into town to see Born in Chicago and Maladies.  Then I went to Stubbs’s to see  Yeah Yeah Yeahs (I suffered through the opening acts).

Thurs-  Worked from home.  Biked in to see  the Improvement Club.  Stopped at the Samsung Lounge to see if it was still possible to win Prince tickets.  Missed out on a film.  Caught Sixpence None the Richer (Gibson Room).  Headed to the Pandora Den to meet up with a friend and caught Dawes, and Nicki Blume and the Gramblers.  It was a party hopping day so we ended up at  Patagonia free Pizza and Split Squad then Lucky lounge  for Ian McLagan. Real dinner at Roll on Sushi.  Then  the  Daptone Showcase at Grownup town (aka ACL Live).  I finished the night at  the Music Hall.  There was no line and I finally got to see Tegan and Sara

Fri-  I biked in for We Cause Scenes and then walked to the Drafthouse for Finding the Funk.    I met up with a friend for dinner.  Then I went to Antone’s for Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears before heading to the Pandora Den for  Angel Hazethe plan was to see Talib Kweli but that didn’t happen. I finished out the night at Antone’s and saw Little Green Cars and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

Sat- I biked in for Brother’s Hypnotic .  I managed to get in to the  Finding the Funk Panel.I met the guys from Wallpaper. I killed some time exploring Flatstock.  I grabbed a quick dinner at Naan Stop and spent the rest of the evening tweeting from the Doritos Silo.

 

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Pandora’s Paradox

by @ Saturday, March 16th, 2013. Filed under concerts, Music, sxsw

I had planned to camp at the Pandora Den last night in order to see Talib Kweli in a smaller setting close to “grown up town.”  I was hanging out with a friend,  I discovered a new artist, Angel Haze.  Things were looking good.

Next up, Third Eye Blind. Not so excited by this.  Sure, there was a little high school nostalgia going on, but for the most part, I could have lived with out it (BTW, they announced themselves as a new band.  Seriously.  You can’t do that when your audience is comprised mostly of 30 somethings.   Oh well, at least there was a place to sit down.  I could take care of email and such on my phone.

No such luck. Not only was there no 4g signal, but apparently the cops were shutting the venue down.  While I was complaining about first world problems, people had filled the streets and the parking garage behind me.

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The crowd gathers for Talib Kweli (I hope)

I know my wish was for them to stop, but I didn’t want the whole venue to close.  Of all the places to get shut down, this was an alcohol free, all ages show.  But, what can you do when a mob of people has decided to camp out on the street and block traffic? The folks at Pandora tried to remedy the situation by blocking the view of the people on the street, but by then they were out of time.  It was pretty close to curfew for the noise ordinance so they had to shut the venue down completely. I ended up going inside Antone’s to catch a few bands and wait until the angry mob cleared out.  The 4g signal came back and I chuckled at the irony that was Third Eye Blind performing “Jumper” to a crowd of people camped out on the upper floors  of a parking structure.

Pandora Den by @yojeffho

Parking Garage view of the Pandora Discovery Den by @yojeffho

“I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend, You could cut ties with all the lies, That you’ve been living in, And if you do not want to see me again, I would understand. I would understand.”  Deep down, I think that they knew the crowd was there for Talib.

 

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Just Me, Myself, and I (Fun^3 Fest 2012 Recap)

by @ Monday, November 5th, 2012. Filed under concerts, fun^3 fest, Music

This year I decided to skip the media pass, the PIP, the coordination with other people on what shows to see. At first it was a little lonely, but in the end I think I made the right choice.  I saw 27 bands, spent no money, and thanks to my trusty surgical mask, I was able to be outside during peak allergy season in Austin.

Day 1: Me and my surgical mask biked down to the park just in time to catch Icona Pop. I chose alternate bike parking to avoid having to dig my bike out of the fest parking at the end of the night (I also prefer to park in places that have better lighting). The rest of the day went like this: Cursive, Sharon Van Etten, beer with @theneener, Penguin Prison, Astronautalis (how did I not know about this band?), El Ten Eleven, Minus the Bear, Superchunk (because you have to see the “old” band at the fest), Santigold (I’ve seen this show before and I was merely camping out to keep my extremely amazing spot), and Run DMC (BTW Jam Master Jay’s kids are pretty amazing.

Day 2: I started off the day with Braid (I wasn’t feeling Anamanaguchi). Then it was DMC (who dedicated a song to Betty White and went on to perform with some dude that looked like the black and white, bearded version of the Heat Miser from “A year without Santa Clause”), Kreayshawn, Tanlines (I felt bad for them, they were on the side of the blue stage that always has sound issues), Schoolboy Q (I was sticking around for  Charli XCX only to find out that Franki Chan would be spinning instead.  After a few minutes and a wardrobe malfunction gone bad, I set off to find @theneener and claim a #freebeer), Real Estate, Danny Brown (meh).  I closed out the night at the black stage (where I was greeted by the Soundwave Yeti from Scott Pilgrim).  The Sword and Refused were amazing.  I rarely make the trek out to the black stage, but these guys were worth it.

Day 3: After my bag was thoroughly searched at security I headed off to the blue stage for Nite Jewel.  I only stayed for part of Class Actress‘ set,  I ventured off to the black stage for Japandroids (those Canadians rocked it out as the hot Texas sun attempted to obliterate them).    I finished off the night at blue stage:  Octopus Project (I finally got to see a full set.  They are from Austin, yet I always catch them just as their set is ending), Omar Rodriguez Lopez  aka Bosnian Rainbows (this is Rakim’s 2nd year of cancelling on the fest), Araabmuzic (this is the part where I was jumping up and down with the rest of the club kids and wondering if I was the only one who noticed Black Moses on stage shooting.  I was also wondering how fast Araabmuzic could type and what his Mavis Bacon score would be). De La Soul made my night (why weren’t they headlining?). From the moment they stepped out on stage until the moment they left, they had grabbed on to the puppet strings of the audience and made us feel alive.  They used the whole stage, demanded that the people in the photog pit have a good time, and proceeded to insult the sound engineer (little did they know that they were on the side of the stage that actually produced sound).  Some called them diva’s by the end of the night.  I say, when you have been doing this longer than most of the crowd has been a live, you get to channel the honey badger and go all out.  I decided that my fest should end here.  I set out to find @theneener and loan her my hoodie while she finished out the fest with Edward Sharpe.  In return she hooked me up with another beer.

Things I missed from last year: The fest streaming online.

Things purchased: nada! @theneener gifted me 3 beers in gratitude for ACL fest parking.

Here’s the slideshow of my time at the fest. One of these days I will get a camera that can shoot at night.

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…and that’s the way it is

by @ Thursday, July 12th, 2012. Filed under concerts, fun^3 fest, Music

This is why you buy your tickets early.  RUN DMC!    That’s right, Fun^3 Fest has done it again.  They have assembled another amazing lineup for their seventh year (and they announced the line-up via bingo).  I plan on camping out at the Blue Stage and hope  to avoid being crushed by the people moshing.  Hopefully some nice person will build a Spotify playlist so I can plan my schedule. (edit 4:12PM: Apparently Santa of Christmas in July heard my wish.  The Spotify Playlist is up.  I know that I shouldn’t be greedy, but if someone out there is listening, can they please send me the Google Nexus 7?)

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Buy your 3-day passes NOW! This thing will sell out.  Do not wait for the schedule and one-day passes.

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