Giving some thought to our Halloween plans starting now. Here in Los Angeles, our options are many. There is Weho’s annual Halloween Carnival, Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary in Long Beach and tons of famous pumpkin patches all around. And let’s not forget about “Dia de los Muertos” at Hollywood Cemetery to kick off the festivities. So many options, so many costumes to plan! Here is a little inspiration to help you decide.
(500) Days of Summer is and will always be one of my favorite movies! Can you believe that it came out back in 2009 - it's been 6 years! From the perfect and not so perfect pairing of Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, to the beautiful Downtown LA cinematography, (500) Days has it all. But what truly makes this film is it's amazing soundtrack. If you haven't watched the movie, or at the very least listened to the soundtrack, it features artists such as Regina Spektor, The Smiths, Black Lips, Hall & Oates, and many more. And what can I say, it was love at first listen when I heard The Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition," and that song still hits home whenever I hear it today!
Take a listen to the soundtrack below:
And listen to my personal favorite by The Temper Trap:
Every year, Red Bull Sound Select hosts 30 Days in LA, a month long series of intimate concerts with up and coming artists throughout venues in Los Angeles. If you're like me, and you'd rather see a full set from an artist rather than a weekend festival, than this is definitely for you! Most shows are as low as $15. Some of the artists scheduled this year include: Joey Bada$$, Chromeo, Toro y Moi, Tinashe, Flume, Badbadnotgood, Kaytranada, and more! So what are you waiting for? Save up and start planning your November concert series - you can check out the full list of shows below:
To buy tickets, you have to sign up for a membership with Red Bull Sound Select, but don't worry it's free! After signing up, you'll be a given a code that will allow you to purchase tickets. Head over to their website for more information: https://www.redbullsoundselect.com/30days
Check out Chance the Rapper's performance of "Everybody's Somebody's Everything" from his Sound Select show last year:
"It's a new day for Mac Miller. In just a few years the 23-year-old rapper from Pittsburg has gone from teenage Internet sensation to top-selling -- albeit critically-maligned -- indie artist to accepted and respected oddity. It's been a long time coming since Mac Miller's "Blue Slide Park" days. As a young face under the limelight, Miller experienced the negative aftermaths of fame. He channeled depression and drug addiction into his music, as heard in his mixtape, "Faces." But today, Miller moves past the dark period in his life. This friday, he is releasing his new album, "GO:OD AM." The album features artists such as Tyler, The Creator, Lil B, Miguel, and more.
Can't wait for the drop? No worries, you can stream the album on NPR:
Meanwhile, here's a throwback to Miller's "Nikes on My Feet," released in 2010.
Last week Chaz Bundick, also known as Toro y Moi, treated his listeners to a surprise mixtape, "Samantha." The mixtape was originally released as a dropbox link on Chaz's Instagram - you can download it for free here! This 20-track release includes features from artists such as Washed Out, Rome Fortune, Kool A.D., and Nosaj Thing. Though this album goes back to Chaz's chillwave roots, I wouldn't get too comfortable with the genre!
In a recent cover story by The Huffington post, Chaz says, "I felt like what was holding me back was genre constraints, I felt like I could only sing a certain style. With the earlier stuff and because of the genre it was in, I wasn’t able to be that playful without it sounding cheesy. That genre has so much heavy melancholy emotion in it and this one is so much more playful." His recent album What For? has many rock influences and more raw instruments than we've ever seen in Bundick's discography. So don't get too comfortable with the beats, this band is on a mission to save the sound that they've been working for.
This past weekend, I headed over to The Shrine in Downtown LA for Fool's Gold Day Off! Though this was only my 2nd year attending, I can honestly say that Fool's Gold does not disappoint. For a day-long festival at the cost of $40 or even less, it seems like a steal. I was already excited to see performances from Towkio, Post Malone, and Travi$ Scott, but on top of that, they also brought out Chromeo, Vic Mensa, and Chief Keef for some guest performances. According to Fool's Gold, this was their biggest Day Off yet, which can only mean it's going to get bigger from here on out!
My favorite performance on Saturday was from Post Malone. Known for his song "White Iverson," Post is laid back but still somehow able to bring out the most energy out of the crowd. It was cool seeing everyone sing their heart out to White Iverson, especially because he ended up opening and closing his set with it. On the other hand, this was my third time seeing Travi$ Scott live and I always question my ability to survive the rodeo He's the complete opposite of Post Malone - he literally tells the crowd to go go crazy. You know things are about to get wild once you hear the beginning of "Upper Echelon." Even though i was right in between mosh pits, I surprisingly made it out alive after another one of his performances. As fun (and terrifying) as it was, I feel like his set should have been last because most people were already trying to push through the crowds and leave before his set already ended, leaving a small crowd for Action Bronson.
Overall, it was a great day and I can't wait for what else Fool's Gold has in store for the upcoming years! And a very special thanks to our friends over at Goldenvoice who made this all possible. Check out some photos below:
Thanks to @jeffbernat, @gradybrannan, @department_4, @byrdfilms, @kyleyamamoto, @kblanch13, and @rudeboy_la for the photos!
Last Weekend was the 11th annual F*ck Yeah Fest in Los Angeles. In the middle of a heatwave, nearly 40,000 people gathered at L.A Memorial Sports Arena and Exposition Park to see Morrissey, Kanye, Purity Ring, Cold Cave and many more. We had such an awesome time catching our favorite babe Solange while sitting under a tree, chomping on fried snacks. We lost our minds at FKA Twigs, and met so many babes with rad style. What were some your favorite FYF moments or looks? Share them with us at @space15twenty #UOonyou #UOaroundyou
I hope everyone had a fun and safe FYF weekend! Though I wasn't able to go, I lived vicariously through the endless tweets, instagram posts, and snapchat stories. I am forever jealous of everyone who was able to see Toro y Moi, Solange, Kaytranada, FKA Twigs, Morrissey, Kanye... the list goes on. A lot of people were upset over Frank Ocean's last minute set drop, but who can really complain when Kanye was the replacement?
Seems like everyone had a pretty sweet weekend by the time the festival was over. Here's hoping next year's lineup is just as good, or even better than this year's! (Maybe Frank Ocean's album will have dropped by then and he'll actually have new stuff to perform, fingers crossed!) Now, check out some of my favorite photos from FYF:
Thanks to these guys for the sweet photos! @nobodyphotography, @guidom, @discoannasun, @jakewestphoto, @irrphoto, @philipcosores, @mathewtucciarone, @mr.wonders, @mishavladimirskly, @alrightbrother, @mannygga
On my weekly trips to Santa Monica, I always pass by a store called "Record Surplus," right on the corner of Santa Monica and Centinela. With it's giant red signage and wall art, it's hard to miss! Despite how often I'm in the area, I've actually never taken the time to visit the shop. So today, I decided to finally check it out!
It's a great store for all your vintage record needs. They also have a lot of cd's, cassettes, tapes, and dvd's. You definitely won't find anything in here that you would normally see in the vinyl section of Urban Outfitters, but it's a great spot for music lovers and vinyl collectors! They have 3 listening stations in the store where you can sit down and listen to something you've picked out from one of their shelves. Towards the front, they also have an area that they call "The Attic," where nothing is over 92 cents! Check out some more pictures that I took below: