Music + Entertaining / Inspiration (and Ideal Playlist) for Parties All About The Vino

With the holiday season upon us, tips and tricks for parties and entertaining are everywhere.  Hostess gifts you can make yourself.  The perfect party pumps or sparkling dress.  Affordable dinnerware.  The right way to set a table or create a festive centerpiece out of yarn.  If I had unlimited funds and an apartment three or four times bigger I would host a party every weekend.

But what actually happens at the party?  After you’ve donned the outfit most flattering for your curves, and set out an expensive-looking (but budget-friendly) cheese plate.  The guests arrive.  How do you get people really chatting?

One idea absolutely perfect for this time of year: a wine tasting.  And I don’t just mean sipping a selection of excellent wines and discussing the smells and tastes, there are plenty of opportunities to be more specific and learn something too!  Perfect for those of us (me included and especially) who can barely distinguish a Merlot from a Shiraz, and have no idea what a “tannen” is.

Ad Sounds / The Asteroids Galaxy Tour for Heineken

by Ezra Remer

Despite spending 2005 studying abroad in a country where Heineken was the cheapest bear available, I still can’t stand the taste. That being said, my dislike of the beer itself doesn’t change the fact that Heineken has some amazing advertisements.

This Heineken ad by W+K Amsterdam is fantastic. Aptly named “The Entrance,” the spot uses the track “The Golden Age” by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour off their 2009 debut album Fruit. Check it out below…


Party On: Cannonball!

I know, I know.  This might seem like a random third choice here.  Dance party and cocktail lounge are polar opposites.  There are a plethora of other options I could have gone with.  Bachelorette Party, Office Holiday Party, Sweet Sixteen.  You can dance AND lounge to The Beach Boys so couldn’t they go into either of the other playlists?  How does that classify a separate genre?  So on and so forth.

Cool it.  The answer is easy: POOL PARTIES ARE AWESOME.  Who doesn’t have a wonderful memory from their youth of splashing around with an inflatable whale or inner tube?  Besides, summer is only a month or so away.  Even in LA where it’s temperate year round we can’t wait – 65 degrees is too cold to prance around in a bathing suit no matter where you are.  Now that May is almost halfway over I can almost taste those Arnold Palmers and feel the warm breeze while kicking back on a chaise lounge.  The sweetness made ever so much better by an excellent soundtrack. Ah….

Party On: Cannonball! by comfortadpole1

Upcoming shows…

Don’t miss Voxtrot on their farewell “Goodbye Cruel World Tour” at the Echoplex on May 27, with We Barbarians, The Black, and The Ferocious Few.  Get your tickets!

Young Rival is performing with Born Ruffians at the Echo on June 3.  Tickets here.

The Tijuana Panthers will be at Echo Curio on May 21 with Woah Hunks and Christmas Island, followed by a FREE show at the Echo on the 24 with The Like and Dante vs. Zombies.

And check out Tsururadio’s great interview with Super Desserts (and accompanying mixtape!) here.

Lastly, while it only briefly features a pool – I would definitely play this song at a pool party, and this video is incredible.

Party On: Dance Magic Dance

If you get that reference you win a prize.

To tell you the truth it’s hard to make a dance playlist. I know plenty of people who hear dance and immediately think of deadmau5, MSTRKRFT, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and so forth. I also know people who will prefer Guns ‘N Roses, Journey, Prince or ‘N SYNC every time. I fall somewhere in the middle (though admittedly closer to Britney Spears than Bassnectar). And I didn’t even talk about the people who are all about Kudi Cudi, Rihanna or Drake. Different backgrounds, places and decades – everyone grooves to something different. Because of this I thought I would do a comparison between the top 10 best dance songs of all time (according to a Slant Magazine article published in 2006)…

1. Donna Summer, “I Feel Love” (1977)
2. Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)
3. Madonna, “Vogue” (1990)
4. Diana Ross, “Love Hangover” (1976)
5. Clivillés & Cole, “A Deeper Love” (1991)
6. Machine, “There But for the Grace of God Go I” (1979)
7. Lil’ Louis, “French Kiss” (1987)
8. Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)
9. Zhané, “Hey Mr. DJ” (1993)
10. Donna Summer, “Love to Love You Baby” (1975)

Followed by the top 10 of the most current Billboard Dance / Club Play Songs
1. Rihanna “Rude Boy”
2. Charice feat. Jay-Z “Pyramid”
3. Delerium feat. Kreesha Turner “Dust In Gravity”
4. The Black Eyes Peas “Imma Be”
5. Debi Nova “Drummer Boy”
6. Mary J. Blige “I Am”
7. Goldfrapp “Rocket”
8. Beyonce Feat. Lady Gaga “Video Phone”
9. Bimbo Jones “Freeze”
10. Taio Cruz Feat. Ludacris “Break Your Heart”

Later on the list are The Temper Trap, Blake Lewis and Macy Gray. An American Idol contestant and Ludacris only 5 spots away from each other on the same list. That’s the power of dance!

Upcoming Shows…

The fabulous VV Brown is rocking the Troubadour TONIGHT with Darrelle London.  Get your tickets and go!

1. Donna Summer, “I Feel Love” (1977)

2. Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)

3. Madonna, “Vogue” (1990)

4. Diana Ross, “Love Hangover” (1976)

5. Clivillés & Cole, “A Deeper Love” (1991)

6. Machine, “There But for the Grace of God Go I” (1979)

7. Lil’ Louis, “French Kiss” (1987)

8. Thelma Houston, “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)

9. Zhané, “Hey Mr. DJ” (1993)

10. Donna Summer, “Love to Love You Baby” (1975)

Get your tickets for Dragonette at the Echo just before Memorial Day on May 26 with White Arrows – who also have a fantastic video interview up on Serious Stache.

And Pitchfork darlings Delorean with Wait. Think. Fast at the Echo on June 11.  Tickets here.

Video this week from cute-as-a-button French DJ, Yelle.  Love her music, but mostly love her affinity for crazy colors.  An excellent performer as well (thanks again, Wonderworks!).


Coachella 2010: "Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil…And You’ll Never Be Invited To A Party"

Love that Oscar Wilde guy – he says some great things (see quote in title).

With the festival days away and the set times announced days ago, it seems the entire city of Los Angeles is buzzing about Coachella.  What locations have the best line up?  Who do I want to be at the front of the stage for?  How can I make it to both Matt & Kim AND Florence and The Machine?  Well, that’s my big dilemma at least.

But the real scene isn’t what’s happening on the festival grounds – but behind it, next to it, around it.  Whether you’re staying in a house, a hotel, a condo or a tent if you’re going to Coachella you need to be prepared to party.  Some are almost as star-studded as the festival itself, and I know people who are more excited about them than seeing any of the bands in the Sahara Tent.

Just remember to pace yourself, because no one wants to clean up a vomiting stranger in their pool at 3pm when they could be seeing Frightened Rabbit.

All About Coachella: Party Time by DesertTadpole

When and where this weekend can you catch the above?  Check out set times here, or below:

Echo and The Bunnymen – Friday April 16, Outdoor Theatre @ 8:35pm

Benny Benassi – Friday April 16, Sahara Tent @ 10:15pm

Muse – Saturday April 17, Coachella Stage @ 9:35pm

Faith No More – Saturday April 17, Coachella Stage @ 7:55pm

Hot Chip – Saturday April 17, Outdoor Theatre @ 7:35pm

Major Lazer – Saturday April 17, Mojave Tent @ 9:25pm

Gorillaz – Sunday Sunday April 18, Coachella Stage @ 10:30pm

Little Boots – Sunday April 18, Gobi Tent @ 8:10pm

Rusko – Sunday April 18, Sahara Tent @ 2:30pm

Kaskade – Saturday April 17, Sahara Tent 7:45pm

Deadmau5 – Friday April 16, Sahara Tent 11:35pm

Because some bands bring the party in a way that cannot be captured in an mp3.  Check these guys out on Sunday Apr 18 in the Gobi Tent at 1:05pm.

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