Shows I Attended: Lykke Li “DJ Set” @ The Standard – Hollywood (4/13)

April 24, 2009

Okay so I apologize for the hiatus on the blog… Let’s just get right into it.

Last Monday I attended a “DJ set” by Lykke Li. I use the quotations because I’m using the term “DJ set” loosely here, particularly as I was informed by another DJ that she was going to use an iPod player plugged directly into the tables.

Note to “DJs”: using an iPod player to play music doesn’t make you a DJ.

Anyway, the Standard is a cool spot (I guess). The bar is back behind the diner-area, and as far as the Hollywood club-scene is concerned, I guess this place is relatively laid-back / chill.

Lykke Li’s DJ set was kind of strange, as she would play some great music, but then switch over to something else that had much of the crowd questioning what the hell she was playing.

With that said, the hipsters turned-out in force to check-out Lykke Li up-close and in-person… in all, it wasn’t an awulf time I suppose.

Despite being disappointed in her set, I’m still a fan of Lykke Li and her last album.

The thing that’s cool about an artist like Lykke Li is that she (and her music) transcends so many different genres. She’s not afraid to go out-of-the-box and try something different. Check out this video of her performing a bit of Tribe’s “Can I Kick It” live before leading into “I’m Good, I’m Gone”.

Check out the video for her single “I’m Good, I’m Gone” here.

For more information, check out Lykke Li’s MySpace Page.


Shows I Attended: Madcon @ Area (4/8)

April 10, 2009

Wow, so I worked a 7am-2am day on Wednesday…but it was worth it!

Madcon is a hip-hop duo out of Norway, signed to Universal Republic. I’ll repeat that, because I know it probably reads pretty ridiculous. Madcon is a hip-hop duo out of Norway.

In 2008, these guys had Europe’s 2nd biggest single, “Beggin'”. Selling 3x platinum in 3 days in Norway, they definitely have a large European fan-base, and after spending my entire day with the guys you can definitely see why. Yosef and Tshawe are two high-energy guys who are both hilarious and humble.

They had a slew of radio interviews and meetings to attend between the couple things I was able to set-up for them…and they did everything without a complaint.

My day with Madcon began at the L.A Live Nation offices in Beverly Hills. The guys woo-ed and wow-ed the Live Nation staff by jumping on the conference table and doing an impromptu performance of their song “Beggin'” (samples The Four Season’s song of the same name).

Later in the afternoon the good folks at HardknockTV (Nick and Mark) did an extremely entertaining interview and one-song performance. Check out the performance here:

The last interview we were able to secure was with GoTV’s Hip Hop Official channel. Despite it being late in the day, Madcon had plenty of energy and really took over the interview portion of the taping with their humor and playing off each other exceptionally well. Props to Daylan and the entire Hip Hop Official crew for being so patient (we were a bit late) and running a dope interview and performance with the guys.

Despite being up since 7am, my day wasn’t over… Madcon still had to perform at the West Hollywood club, Area, down on La Cienega. Performing just before 1am, the guys jumped on stage and performed a couple songs for an excited club-hopping crowd.

Peep a short video recap I took of my day w/ Madcon:

Madcon’s U.S debut is slated for a September 2009 release. For more information, check out their myspace page.

Shows I Attended: Asher Roth @ Key Club (4/5)

April 10, 2009

Sunday ended up not being much of a “day of rest”.

I began my day running errands to set-up a listening session for Asher Roth’s (April 20th release) “Asleep In The Bread Aisle” at Turntable Lab down in L.A. Despite Asher not being able to show up at the event, plenty of Los Angeles’ tastemakers did make their way over to get their first listen of Asher’s debut release. Needless to say we set-up some beer pong tables, and Red Bull, Belvedere and Pabst Blue Ribbon (beer) all came out to support the event and get all the patrons a little tipsy on a Sunday afternoon. Props to the entire Turntable staff, as well as everybody who came out and supported the event.

After the listening session, I made my way over to the Key Club to see Asher Roth’s performance at the Key Club. Before Asher took the stage, I got the chance to see another up-and-comer that I’m really anticipating, B.o.B (aka Bobby Ray). B.o.B is an emcee out of Atlanta that has been cutting some amazing tracks as far as I’m concerned. HOWEVER, his live show left much to be desired. Performing with a DJ, guitarist and drummer, B.o.B’s presence onstage was cool, but he still has a ways to go as far as bringing it all together, and making sure his band sounds tight and together. Onto Asher…

For those that are going to hate anyway, let’s just get this out of the way: I’m a fan of Asher Roth. The inner frat-boy in me loves and misses college (read: drinking, women, smoking… “college” things), and Asher embodies plenty of my undergrad life-style.

Dude killed it. Asher performed with an incredibly dope DJ, as well as a band that definitely held their own also. Although he might have spoken a little much between songs, he rocked out! For a debut artist, and a 15 years and up show, Asher had the crowd eating out of his hands. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to “Asleep In The Bread Aisle” (even though I’ve been listening for a couple weeks now)… but Asher Roth’s live show definitely increased my anticipation of his debut.

Peep the video Nano and the homies at shot at the listening party and show:

Asher Roth Live @ The Key Club (04-05-09) from Section 8 Studios on Vimeo.

Movies I Must (Will) See: The Hangover

April 2, 2009

This is, without a doubt, the hardest I have ever laughed after a movie trailer.

Something severe will have to occur in my life for me to not see this movie opening weekend.

White dudes releasing their inner-fratboy in Vegas by drinking excessive amounts? CHECK!

Baby in sunglasses AND said baby getting hit by an object? CHECK!

Iron Mike playing air-drums to the omniscient Phil Collins? CHECK!

Tigers? CHECK!

For more info (and the extended, even more hilarious trailer), check out the rundown.

Shows I Attended: vtech presents Timeless III – Arthur Verocai (March 15th)

March 25, 2009


On March 15th I got to witness an amazing performance. For those that don’t know vtech has put together an amazing series called “Timeless”.


A 36-piece orchestra performed as the man himself, Arthur Verocai, conducted an amazing evening. Performing music from his 1972 album, Arthur and the orchestra had the entire crowd completely enamored.

Seeing a performance like this was such a breath of fresh air. I can’t pretend like I was extremely familiar with all of Verocai’s work, but seeing an orchestra in a setting such as this was truly amazing. It’s so different than every other show I attend for work, at every other venue. THIS was special, and thanks to vtech and Mochilla for putting on an amazing 3-part series. I can’t wait for them to start this back up late-summer…

Shows I Attended: Quick SXSW Recap

March 25, 2009


Wow… so I haven’t made a post on here in a minute. In fairness, I was out all last week down in Austin for my 2nd SXSW Festival.

After last year, I vowed I’d never miss another year. 2009 was slightly more work than I remember 2008 being, but it was still an amazing year. The entire week (music portion) is just one gigantic party. Years ago it was described to me as “spring break for the music industry”, it wasn’t until last year that I fully grasped that concept.

Hell, I can’t give you a rundown on each act I saw for many reasons including: 1) being way too drunk, 2) being stressed working, 3) being overwhelmed with how much goes on at any given minute.

What I will say is this, props to The Smoking Section (TSS) and for putting on an amazing hip-hop showcase. Props to Red Bull for putting on a party (albeit a truly dope party) way out in the boondocks. Props to the SXSW staff for continuing to find ways to get hip-hop music more and more involved into the fest.

I had an amazing time.

On a side note: what makes Red Bull think it’s a great idea to throw a party where they basically only serve Red Bull until 5am? How am I supposed to sleep after that?

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the shows I got to see:

Kid Sister @ Speakeasy
Data Rock @ Speakeasy

some acts @ Purevolume (1am)

Hockey @ Filter party
Other Lives @ Filter party
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears @ Filter Party
Mayer Hawthorne / A-Side showcase @ Purevolume
some other acts @ Red Bull Moon Tower

Idle Warship @ Filter Party
Blue Scholars @ TSS / Nahright showcase
Buff1 @ TSS / Nahright showcase
Tanya Morgan @ TSS / Nahright showcase
Blu & Exile @ TSS / Nahright showcase
The Juggs @ Waxpoetics Showcase
Mayer Hawthorne & The County @ Waxpoetics Showcase
HISD @ Wax poetics Showcase
Chin Chin @ Waxpoetics Showcase
Brownout @ Waxpoetics Showcase
9dw @ Waxpoetics Showcase
Von Bondies @ Red Bull Moon Tower
DJ Class @ Red Bull Moon Tower
Shwayze @ Red Bull Moon Tower
Kid Cudi @ Red Bull Moon Tower

BRMG event @ Prague
Buff1 / Now On / Invincible / Finale @ Back Alley Social
Solange @ Buffalo Billiards

Shows I Attended: Rocco DeLuca & The Burden @ The Troubadour (March 10th)

March 25, 2009


On Tuesday, March 10th, I attended Rocco DeLuca‘s show at The Troubadour down in West Hollywood. For those that don’t know, Rocco is an artist signed to IronWorks which is the same label that Kiefer Sutherland (tv series: 24) has some partnership in.

As it so happens, Rocco was celebrating the release of his newest album, Mercy, as it was released that very day (what a coincidence, right?).

The act that opened the evening was IronWorks’ HoneyHoney. If you haven’t seen HoneyHoney live, please check them out, because they are a great act live with plenty of personality. They kind of have a bluegrass-y vibe to their music, but they definitely keep it relevant and fresh.

After HoneyHoney, Rocco DeLuca & The Burden took the stage to a very excited crowd. Selling 100k+ units independently on his last album, Rocco has definitely built a decent fan-base through his music and extensive touring. To get an idea of what I got to see that Tuesday night, peep the video below.

For more on this act, check out Rocco’s newest release, Mercy.