Music Monday: Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation

This was the first weekend in I don’t know how long that I didn’t stomp through the streets of Los Angeles in search of a delicious beat drop or some shenanigans in the sunshine.  On Friday, I enjoyed some self discovery and a few moments of clarity during my arts & crafts infused Pixar movie marathon.  Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc, Toy Story 1-3; yeah. I did it!  At one point, I looked to my bookshelf and pulled out my DIY Bible – Show Me How and decided it was time to start a few projects, so I pulled one out of the woodwork that I’d been itching to get done for a while: making a disco ball! 

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It was harder than it looks and I burnt my fingers more times than I’d like to actually admit; but the ends definitely justify the means and I’m more than stoked about the result.  Once I get some more mirrored supplies I’m going to make a mini-fleet of them for family and friends; nothing better than getting a hand crafted gift from your favorite bouncy kitten and disco bunny, right? 😉

A little gift from Thailand!

I’m sure to some this might sound silly, but finding solid ladies to become friends with in LA has become more difficult than dating in this plastic town; so when I meet a girl that I think is down, honest and fresh I try to go above and beyond to cultivate that friendship. To boot, there are a lot of fun pepole in this town…the trick is to find people that you can have a philosophical conversation with until sunset and then party with until sunrise. So, on Saturday – I got to finally got the opportunity to cultivate one of those friendships.  She just returned from a whirlwind trip to Thailand for their Full Moon Party; after spending an hour sifting through pictures of gorgeous beaches, culturally indigenous ceremonies and cuddly tigers I’m beyond convinced that my next vacation will drag me here =) 

The weird thing about not going out at night is my ability to wake up with the sun – I have to admit that I actually like it; sometimes when you’re the only one awake it feels like the sun is putting on a show just for you and it makes you appreciate the beauty in the world. 

In the afternoon, one of my close friends and her adorable little puppy – Maya – came over to kick it with the kitties and catch up on live, the universe (and the number 42). We shared some laughs, watched Wreck It Ralph, sipped on some chardonnay and I got a mouth full of slobbery puppy kisses – trust when I say no complaints from me!ImageTo round out the evening, we did some graffiti hunting throughout the Melrose / Fairfax district – which if you’ve seen any of my Street Art segments the possibilities are endless!  I found a lot of new stuff, but this is what spoke to my heart; and after hearing the stories from my friend about elephants in Thailand and studying up on the Hindu Elephant God, Ganesh /Ganesha – I think I know what I want my next tattoo to be!

Last but not least, noms were necessary – and potstickers are the key to my heart.  Just throwing it out there but I could probably eat three whole orders and still have room for more 😉

So, now here I am – wide eyed and bushy tailed on this busy Monday morning; ready to take on the day and wishing you a wonderful one.  If you’re not all about the day like I am, don’t fret – here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ to get you moving and groovin’ through your day:

Music Monday: Mixin’ It Up

One of the unfortunately side effects of a stellar weekend – or in my case, past week – is something I like to call “Hot Mess Mondays”: your  brain might be functioning, you might’ve had enough sleep; but chances are that it’s not, you didn’t and you’re currently paying for it handsomely. Though the weather wasn’t as stellar as we would like, we realize that living in LA beggars certainly can’t be choosers; and spoiled weather brats can’t expect it to be sunny all the time!  There’s a great quote that says that you can’t get a rainbow without a little rain and I more than ascribe to that train of thought.  This past weekend turned into a typical, friend fueled, debauchery filled weekend for me and just for y’all, I’ll let the kitten out of the bag – I’m definitely having one of those days!

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On Tuesday night I cruised down to Orange County to hang with my good friends and Beatnet co-founders and hit up some Dusky action at Focus.

For a Tuesday night in the OC that little place can get pretty rockin’!

Apparently Dusky is two guys? The more you know! Lol.

Dusky’s Essential Mix:

The best thing about the Dusky show was that I took Wednesday off so I could enjoy the show in it’s entirety – and a week later found out that one of my closest and dearest friends and her home crew from Portland were flying into San Diego that same week and had a few days free; serendipity, indeed! Every time I kick it with these kids I have the absolute time of my life, and Wednesday was no different.  We drank, frolicked, caught up and got weird: success!

My bitch =)

Breakfast of champions 😉

A-Team.

And that was just the mid-week festivities: over the weekend, there was definitely some bottomless brunching and boozing going down during the day, Blond:ish that night and Culrpit’s Season Opener at the Standard yesterday with Miguel Campbell.  So yeah, I’m wiped out!

#SweatbandSaturday
We don’t fuck around.

The lovely Blond:ish

Blond:ish from Playa Del Carmen:

And yesterday, we braved some rain at the Standard to kick off the Culprit Pool Parties – the weather was beyond lame but we tried to make the best of it!  Popped some bottles, caught up with some friendly and familiar faces and made some new cabana friends!

A little mix from the main man of the day, Miguel Campbell:

Making it rain > rain.

Even though my taste in music is pretty diverse, over the past month I’ve had more than my share of Deep, Tech and Minimal house shows – which are great for enjoying the atmosphere and breathing in the music, but going out to Exchange to see Ferry Corsten and Dim Mak studios for some Drum & Bass Hospital Records style I realized how much I miss the thumping bass, sick drops and the electric energy coming from the dance floor.

What do you get when you put three of the top Trance DJs and Producers in the world in one room?  You get Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten, New World Punx at Armin van Buuren’s ASOT 600 in Madison Square Garden.   Their name, which is a play on Schulz’s “New World” and Corsten’s “Punk’d” is like a 3 on the scale of 1 to awesome DJ names but that’s besides the point; I watched a bit of the live stream and was hooked immediately.

SubFocus rocking the stage at Ultra:

This new track from Boys Noise is hauntingly gorgeous:

Swedish House Mafia might be done for* but that doesn’t mean they’re done individually; Steve Angello graced the BBC Radio 1 decks this past week with an epic essential mix:

Duke Dumont is one of my favorite new Deep House producers (yeah, I tried being over the genre but some stuff it just stays with you…) and his last two hits “The Giver” and “Need U 100%” are phenomenally produced and expertly mastered.  This remix is no different:

Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy Radio is a surefire way to get me through my Fridays, and this past week they had the House legend Sasha as their guest:

The Audiofiles: The Post-Miami/WMC/UMF Rx

After being in the Electronic Dance scene for the better part of the last decade, I have one small confession to make: though we get epic onslaughts of DJs, Festivals and all night dance-a-thons in Los Angeles, there’s just something about going to Miami for Winter Music Conference and Ultra that I just have to do.  I’ve had friends go for the past three years and tell me that it was the time of their life – problem is, living in LA, the mecca of most things EDM in America it’s incredibly hard to justify spending all that money for a weekend in Miami.  But, One of my best friends went with her boyfriend and I had the pleasure of living vicariously through them and their friends all weekend; and I have to say, I’m insanely jealous!  Now that I’ve gone through the live streams, the sets, the Instagram feeds and through Facebook I feel the need to take part in this epic debauchery; thank goodness there’s always next year!

There are a few great blogs that capture the moment and the music of festivals in an A+ fashion – specifically, Dancing Astronaut – and they definitely didn’t disappoint when it came to Miami Music Week – here are some of my favorite sets from this past weekend; they’re doing a proper job of getting me through my day so hopefully they’ll do the same for y’all.

Enjoy! ♥

P.S. Looks like dates are already set for Ultra next year – March 28-30; you can bet your bottom bassline I’ll be thre!

Hot Since ’82 Pool Party:

SubFocus:

Umek:

Krewella:

Knife Party:

Bingo Players:

Adventure Club:

Porter Robinson:

Kaskade:

Deadmau5:

Ferry Corsten:

Armin van Buuren:

The Audiofiles: Ready for the Weekend

Live music might be one of my favorite things in the history of ever.  I know that’s a bold blanket statement, but believe you me – I stick by it 100%.  Whether it’s Folk, Indie, Rock, Hip Hop, World Music or Electro – there’s nothing quite like the live experience.  I eat up the energy in the crowd like it’s my job and the music fills me up like a balloon; it’s one of the only times I can say that yes – I’m truly satisfied with my surroundings.

Last weekend was no different than any other weekend for me; bouncing around from location to location, experiencing so many different types of music. On Friday night, I went and enjoyed Beats Antique, Bones, Russ Liquid and Jeremy Sole at Club Nokia thanks to the Do Lab; with that much it was such a phenomenal display of musicianship, bouncing from electronic world fusion to glitch and trap. Saturday, I found myself at Dim Mak studios in Hollywood getting my Superfreq on to some amazing deep house and tech house sounds and then ended my night at the infamous Secret Cinema, a warehouse party that doesn’t start until 1 am and doesn’t end…well, ever.  And things were finally wrapped up that evening at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood for some typical Sunday Funday shenanigans.  Each event boasted a completely different type of sound, crowd and vibe – and that is one of the reasons I love this city: there are so many nuanced, musical subcultures that there’s literally something for everyone to enjoy.And now, being Thursday – it’s time once again to prepare ourselves to take on the weekend; these are the songs that are currently getting me excited for the clock to hit 5pm tomorrow night…

Tracklist

  1. Noosa – Walk On By (Sound Remedy Remix)
  2. Metrik ft Reija Lee – Freefall (xKore Remix)
  3. Sub Focus – Out of the Blue (Xilent Remix)
  4. Sub Focus – Falling Down (Kaptain Bootleg)
  5. Krewella – One Minute (DotEXE’s Dopest Dope Remix)
  6. Spencer & Hill ft Nadia Ali – Believe It (Cazzette’s Androids Sound Hot Remix)