The Echo

Neat Tracks / Yellow Ostrich “WHALE”

Photo Credit: Sarah Mulligan

A couple weeks ago, I ventured to the Echo on my own to check out The Parson Red Heads, and arrived significantly earlier than expected.  I figured I might as well check out these Yellow Ostrich fellows, who have been experiencing some buzz on the Interwebs, but like many bands, I hadn’t actually given a good listen to their music.

And boy was I thankful I did.
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TA Mixtape / Sleep Tight

Photo via digital retrograde

When I was little I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.  A painter, to be specific.  It was the clearest way I knew how to translate images and stories in my head into something I could see and touch.  I always told myself that someday – when I was a real artist – I would finally be able to paint the perfect sunset. I tried a few times of course, but I just couldn’t get the textures, layers or nuances in each vivid shade.  No matter.  Someday I would get there.  Well, that day still hasn’t come, but living in California and getting to see the most beautiful sunsets every day from the 5th Floor of my office building has certainly brought it to the forefront of my mind again.

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Guest Mixtape + Interview / Marvelous Toy: WAKE UP!

After catching their killer show at Spaceland a few months ago with Solid Gold, I just had to learn more about East LA band, Marvelous Toy. One thing led to another and soon I was in touch with Jordan Hudock, the braintrust of the band. I caught up with him for a couple tasty beers at El Prado to chat about his mixtape “WAKE UP!” and got some local tips along the way…

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TA Mixtape / Good Morning To You!

Georgia O'Keeffe "Sunrise" 1916

Mornings are by far the most polarizing time of day – most people either love them or despise them.    For some, waking up from a good sleep is an unfortunate necessity; they refuse to make Saturday plans any earlier than 3pm.  Others leap out of bed at 8am and run 3 miles before cooking a well-balanced breakfast.  Wake up the wrong way – on the wrong side of the bed, if you will – and your day is ruined.  Whether you’re a late sleeper forced to rise at the crack of dawn, or an early riser who misses the alarm – you’re cranky all day.

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