i’m not really sure how i came across jacob banks’ music but i know that i haven’t stopped listening to it since i did; it’s addicting. when you listen to it, you feel the music, the emotion, you can see it (yeah, i’m going there)- there is this visual aspect in it that is really indescribable, which is what i think makes you want to keep hitting repeat. today he released his latest ep- the boy who cried freedomand had a chat with nylon about his inspirations, aspirations and sound . you can read the full interview here.
finally getting around to posting some photos from sxsw and this is just the first batch! my brother-in-law was playing a showcase this year and i invited myself to join him and the boys in austin as their roadie/photographer/”we have 10 minutes to leave” alarm clock. i couldn’t wait to get back to austin. my first time visiting was with my brother back in october when we were in town for acl. it felt like we were visiting the face of the sun rather than texas (maybe texas is the sun?) but not even the heat could keep me from getting that tingly “i think i’m in love with you” feeling inside. i had never felt so at home in a place i’d never been before and when i returned “home” i think everyone realized just how close they were to losing me…
leo and i were the first of the sxsw crew to get to austin, so we hit the ground running and did some exploring, then our reality of a 4:00am wake up call from this morning started to set in so we went back to the hotel, took a 5 hour nap (we crashed hard) and then ordered room service… #yolo. come morning, we were refreshed and ready to avenge our lost time and show that nap just how rock ’n roll we really are!!…but first, coffee (skinny vanilla late please) and then things got really hard core…we went to the apple music showcase and met up with a friend of ours who works for beats 1 radio and was so nice as to share in the open bar and good music with us. thanks olivia xxoo.and so, my transformation of becoming a southern belle has begun- we drank, we mingled and we listened to good music (midland– above- stole all of our hearts, even the brit who doesn’t listen to country music). things started winding down and we were ready to head to the next show. midlands had just finished, we were all filing out and like a moth drawn to a flame (metallica) we experienced our very first pedicab ride in austin. i mean it was hard to say no, all signs pointed to “get in the friggin pedicab you’ll never make it on foot” so we got in. bless our pedicab driver (cyclist?) how he managed to lug us all the way downtown and keep up a conversation i will never know, but one thing i do know is he had great calves and i do remember staring at them for an uncomfortably long amount of time (uncomfortable on his end) and then being caught by him staring at his calves (uncomfortable on my end).
we spent a lot of time at the british music embassy showcase because well…leo’s british… aaaannddd they had a really good line up. as the night went on, the crowd kept getting bigger and bigger and at this point i was holding my camera, my new sxsw hoodie and my beer. i had no free hands to take pictures and too much crap to try and weasel my way to the front. the fact that i didn’t bring a purse or backpack was making me look weak and unprepared to the other sxsw attendees… i could hear all the whispers… “amateur” “how could she not bring a bag?” “wow, she is sooo unprepared”. but what all those naysayers didn’t know is that i was not alone. and that’s why i would like to go on record here and thank leo for holding my sweatshirt all night because it was expensive and i didn’t want to lose it and i wouldn’t tie it around my waist because it didn’t match my outfit. it’s because of you, i have these pictures to post, you are the real hero. you also gained major brother-in-law points and i promise that if you ever need to store anything in my purse, you can… just make sure you tell me ahead of time so i can coordinate how big of a purse i need to bring. k thanks! we danced so much this night… 1. leo and the boys had just finished an amazing show so we were all ready to celebrate 2. these guys know how to boogie, i’m just a little upset that i didn’t know about the matching metallic jackets and shoes… i was ready to throw down.
very excited to be joining these boys at sxsw this year. leo james conroy made his solo debut at sxsw in 2016 but returns to the stage this year with some help from his friends. i’ll be down there shooting some fun content for them so stay tuned for all things sxsw! below are some photos from the live session we recorded last month.
i am beyond excited about this album. yesterday, i listened to the antlers’ frontman, peter silberman talk with bob boilen about life, his return to music and his first solo album. back in 2014, peter lost his hearing in his left ear, forcing him to acquire a more quiet lifestyle leaving his friends, family and fans in the noisy world he once knew. after living in his new found silence, his hearing began to progress and he began playing music again… in a whole new way with a whole new sound.
in love with this gal. today she gave us a little taste of what to expect from her live at urchin studios album by releasing “for you”; the single off of the album. you can pre-order her album on itunes or listen to the single on spotify as part of my music monday playlist. for this playlist i’ve put together some tunes that i’ve been listening to lately… some old some new some rock and some blues. happy monday!
i just received my first package from vnyl and it’s everything i dreamed it would be. with my vinyl membership, i get records delivered right to my doorstep! i decided to go for the trio plan, where i’ll be receiving 3 records every month.
how it works: each month you choose a vibe. based on the music preferences listed on your profile, one of vnyl’s curators will hand pick your albums according to that month’s vibe. last month i chose the #courtneybarnett vibe, which included the iron and wine and grouper albums. this month’s vibe is #daydreaming and i can’t wait to see what shows up!
last thursday i spent the better half of my night grooving to some new tunes by a band i had never heard before. as i entered the echo, i took a seat on the leather couch in the corner, giving myself some distance and a clear view of the stage and crowd (that place can get hot, sweaty and crowded fast so i was trying to prepare for what may come). 10:00pm and right on schedule, t.o.l.d. took the stage. still sat in the back, observing, listening, my eyes opened wide at the sound of steel drums. almost immediately, i stood up to get closer. as the song went on, the crowd and i were in a hypnotic and synchronized sway, something you couldn’t help but be a part of. song after song i stood my ground as the space began to fill. the music was a contagious thing that drew us like moths to a flame. i may not have known who they were at 10:00pm that night but by 10:30pm, i was glad to find myself in that room. be sure to keep an eye out for their new album, it’s not about the witches due to release on june 17th.
ahhh karaoke, my favorite sport. get a couple of drinks in me and you might just get a full production- queue the lights and back up dancers. to me, there is nothing better than belting out your favorite songs with your friends (and sometimes strangers) over a drink or two…or four. i’m still looking for someone to duet stevie nicks’ “leather and lace” with me…consider this my personal ad. you can check out all my favorite karaoke songs on my spotify playlist below. please karaoke responsibly.