MAC DEMARCO AND THE GARDEN

ON OCTOBER 1 I attended a concert for one of my most favorite artists ever

MAC DEMARCO!

What I forgot was that The Garden is touring with Mac Demarco’s group. I bought these tickets to ACL Live about maybe six months ago and what I only new what that The Flamming Lips was performing with a opening performance of Mac Demarco (which is who I really wanted to see, but I do like The Flamming Lips). Anyway, I had no idea that The Garden was going to perform. The week before the concert I kept getting emails reminding me to print my tickets before the concert. At the end of the email it had the line up which was:

The Garden 8:00

Mac Demarco 8:50

Flamming Lips 10:40

And I completely flipped out. My boyfriend told me not to get my hopes up. But why would they even put that in the email? Was my ticket finally fully worth what I was paying for. And what do you know…….The Garden came out and did an amazing set. Nothing could describe how happy I was to see them. Me and RJ where up in the balcony assigned seating in the first row so the view was perfect. The only problem was that no one in the balcony wanted to stand and jam out. Technically the population of the crowd was 80% in their forties with no idea who Mac Demarco or The Garden was. Me and RJ were itching so bad to stand up but we didn’t because we would block people behind us. Next time though, we will see Mac in the pit. Damn, I can’t even describe the feeling when I saw him, it was so surreal.

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SOTW #10 

Hello my Birdies, lately I’ve been writing a lot of poetry and reading books and it slipped my mind to talk about music and my songs of the week. This is what I’ve been listening to recently:

Baby Blue by King Krule

Late Bloomers by The Growlers

I’m on my way to go listen he album Ctrl by SZA. I heard some really good things about it so I can’t wait to hear it, especially because she is a female artist.


Give it a listen, give music a change.

H

Day Wave Album Review: The Days We Had

Lately it has been tricky for me to listen to anything else other than Mac Demarco’s lasted album This Old Dog. I know I do mention it a lot in these past few blog posts but honestly I really enjoy the music he makes and has became one of my most favorite artists. But I knew I had to broaden my horizons, and this month a few artists have release a great amount of new albums and music which I am looking forward to listen to this summer. On the same day as Mac Demarco the band Day Wave released their new album The Days We Had. I get bored during the summer and especially when I lounge in my room with nothing to do. Sometimes I decided to do work outs and I discovered that it is a great opportunity to listen to a new albums, plus it helps with boredom when I workout. Now, Day Wave has certainly out done himself with this new release. With one listen I felt completely immersed with nostalgia and calming quiet drives around town. The tracks on this album certainly convey momentum while calming with the lyrics.

For those of you who don’t know who Day Wave is, it is a Ameircan Indie rock band formed from Okland, California. The band consists with main instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Jackson Philips who formed this production in 2015. So it’s been not so long ago that Day Wave has come to the public.

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In this albums, I would say that this is the type of album that is “safe and comfortable” meaning that this can appeal to any kind of modern music lover, indie or rock fan. I can play these songs while going to run errands, in the car, running, cleaning- it is a variety like this albums. Going to the beach? Kick back and play this album on your way there. The synthesized melodies correlated so well to the wispy vocals of Philips. The guitar riffs and patterns are rhythmic and catch, along with the subtle bass in the back ground. The chorus in song drops comfortable with endurance.

Songs that I enjoy ( in no particular order):

  • Something Here
  • Bring You Down
  • Wasting Time
  • Promises
  • On Your Side

I believe that artist Jackson Philips has come out of his shell to show his true artistry. He is not afraid to make the music and style he believes in. Another song that I enjoy is not from this album but a single he released called Drag in 2015. One thing I would say about this album and this style if music is that the songs do sound similar to one another. I can’t really pin point exactly what song I enjoyed because when I look for it the songs sound like one another. Production and time is good in this album, and I believe it deserves a 7.5 or an 8 out of 10. It is an enjoyable collection of songs and is nice to listen to while chilling or relaxing.

Give it a listen, give music a chance.

H

Album Review: Kendrick Lamars DAMN

I remember one time my friend showed me a song by Kendrick Lamar and my ears were not really adjusted to rap or hip hop music so it didn’t really affect me as much as I wanted it to. It was a great song but it didn’t remember the name of it but this was about a year ago

Now this is the first time since last year I have given him another chance. And this album is crazy good. I got so use to listening to it because my boyfriend would always play it over and over while we were doing homework and I could hear it through his headphones. At the start of the summer is when I had some downtime to play it and actually listen to the album, and it became one of the albums I like to listen to while I worked out.

The first few songs that caught my attention was YEH and ELEMENT. I think the reason why YEH attracted to me is because I really enjoy and crave the slow dreamscape of rap. This reminded me of how I would listen to The Internet and their album Ego Death and even Nonames Telefone album. Lamars album incorporates the mix of upbeat aggressive tracks and slow vulnerability. This album is incredibly lyrical and consistent through the production and musicality of the tracks.


As I listened to it another time I started to feel the emotional rawness and aggression of Lamar. In the first track BLOOD it features the Fox News clip over the controversy of him and his music being “bad for black culture” and “race relations”. In this album and tracks Lamar goes with force of the embodiment of aggression and questioning of his own faith, self ,and morality. It is just by the obvious bold titles of the tracks and words like FEEL, PRIDE, GOD, LOVE, FEAR, HUMBLE, and PRIDE there is a relation of these words that mean bold concepts such as politically, and morally. We struggle with this and Lamar showcases his own struggle of what to do with himself in this conflict. In the album you can hear the unhappynes and sadness of Lamar which brings the honestly and attraction of the lyrics and tracks.

In the music sense of he album the production and sound of the album is amazing. Cuts are crisp and transitional. And the bass works are amazing. A really interesting transition is in the song XXX.FEAT.U2, when lamars slow rap transitions to a more aggressive and fast pace to a hill slope down to the slow collection when Bono sings the lyrics 

It’s not place

This country is to me a sound of drum and bass

You close your eyes to look around

And other wonderful transition is with ELEMENT and the chorus comes into place. 


The tracks that I like from most to least is:

  1. YEH
  2. ELEMENT
  3. DNA
  4. HUMBLE
  5. FEEL
  6. FEAR
  7. XXX

This is a pretty hot album, really great to listen to chill or to not. There are so many bangers and Kendrick has now become a new artist in my library. I would give this album a 8, (remember just my opinion) 🙂 

Give it a listen, give music a chance.

H