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Coachella 2010! April 16-18

20 Jan

looks like fun

If somebody asked me to list the greatest (current) music festivals in the United States, I’d probably give them the following five in no particular order: Virgin Festival, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and Coachella. Given that I will not be attending 4/5 of these events, pardon me while I gush about the one I will.

Welcome to Coachella 2010. A three day music fest located in sunny Indio California. From April 16-18, for the price of $269, you can rock your socks off, shake your groove thing, dance like a maniac, or sway awkwardly from side to side. The choice is yours! Currently in its 11th year, the show is bringing a solid mix of rock/indie/electronic/classic/contemporary/mellow/upbeat moods to the sunny April weekend. But what’s so special?

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Music of 2009: December 11th “Little Secrets”

11 Dec


Passion Pit – “Little Secrets”

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Happy Thanksgiving from YDP!

26 Nov

Bet you'd gobble this up...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  As is the custom for this holiday, I’d like to give thanks for a few things in my life.

First, I want to give thanks for the opportunity to write about and share music and other related items here on YDP.  I also want to give thanks for 2 great co-writers.  Schuyfi and TKsama, you guys make me a better person! (holding back tears here folks).  Finally, I’d like to say I’m thankful for everyone who has shared their opinion on the appearance of Karen O.  You are the people that make the internet go.

Well, on that note, here’s some music! I love stacking remixes side by side with the originals.

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead [Emil & Friends Reworking]

The Mystery Jets – Half in Love with Elizabeth

The Mystery Jets – Half in Love with Elizabeth [Delorean Remix]

2nd quarter best of what’s out there 2009…finally

14 Aug
oh sheeeet

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I can has bad maths. Below is the best new music from 2nd quarter 2009 (April 1 – June 30 2009)

Bands: The Thermals, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Dirty Projectors

So yeah, halfway through August and i’m finally dropping the music that I should have dropped like yesterday

The Thermals – Now We Can See (Released – April 7, 2009)

psha, its a statement

psha, its a statement

Straight out of Portland Oregon, one of my favorite bands in the past few years could have slapped their dick on the table and held their own in the crowded 90s college radio scene. Projecting the sounds of contemporary classics(namely Archers of Loaf and Pavement), The Thermals are pure Sub Pop; circa 1994. But really I’m saying that as an ultimate compliment and so it shouldn’t take anything away from their music. Ya see unlike many of the other bands out there who look for influence from that time (I wont name names cuz that’s impolite) the Thermals do it right. I’ve included a couple of their tracks on the playlist and I suggest taking a full listen to them when you get a chance.

Personally I wish I could say i’ve been listening to them for the past 6 years, but really it wasn’t until their third album ‘The Body, The Blood, The Machine” that I fell in love. It’s just as catchy and it was their last album released on Sub Pop before amicably ditching to sign on their new label Kill Rock Stars. Now go forth and learn what it is to be NW indie.

Passion Pit – Manners (Released May 19, 2009)

mmm simplicity...

mmm simplicity...

Stop living under a rock. Seriously this band has been around for a little over a year now and if you havent already heard their awesome single ‘Sleepyhead,’ crank that baby up and be ready to shake that junk in your trunk. But please don’t stop there, the rest of the album is, dare i say it…better. Perhaps I felt this way because I didnt think a whole album could live up to the ‘Chunk of Change’ EP that was released last September (ya know I thought maybe they’d pull a Wizard of Ahhhs/Partie Tramatic on us). Jokes on me, this album is fantastic and really has a chance to have the same impact ‘Oracular Spectacular’ did last year and appear on several Best of 2009 lists. You better be listening to them right now or I will fight you.

On a sidenote (before I fight you) I met a few kids who went to Berklee College of Music and it turns out that three of the guys in the band are from the school and are by definition “classically trained.” Except since Berklee is such a progressive school the classical training is in electronic music, and beard growth. Just kidding, but seriously. The point is these guys are awesome.

Grizzly Bear – Vickatimest (Released May 26, 2009)



Duh. Of course Grizzly Bear ‘Vickatimest’ will be on here. Absolutely a no-brainer. It’s just a sick pop album that debuted in the top 10 on the U.S. charts…and deserved it! That’s right America, you recognized a great band this year, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s pure, tightly wound, uncompromised catchy pop music. Sure it’s not the pop of today’s radio but more like a stroll down memory lane, a retrospective if you will on what pop music has been and a recognition of the purity in its structure. The sounds mesh yet seem at odds in a remarkably comfortable fashion. For example, the harmonizing and repetitive chord structure on Grizzly Bear’s first single, ‘Two Weeks,’ is a great example of what you know is new, but feels so incredibly familiar. At this point, I wont even say anything more about this album because honestly I believe you could play this for your parents and they would eat this stuff up. So go young ones, bond over Scotch and music.

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Released May 26, 2009)From the first video we posted of the Lisztomania mash up with brat pack clips to the acoustic sets and our constant gushing over this French band, it’s no surprise they’ve shown up on this list. This album is in one word, fantastic. It is light, has catchy hooks, pop sensibilities, electronic elements, and lyrics with remarkably more depth than one would expect. Schuyfi got me hooked on this band and I still can’t get enough of them. ‘1901’ is still my favorite track on the album but there are several more gems to be found scattered throughout. But while this album is more than capable of littering playlists with several singles, it also has a cohesive sound that begs for a full playthrough (or several for that matter). If these tracks havent made it on your summer mix, you still have one month left to correct your errors. Break of a piece of baguette, eat some brie, drink some wine and dance dance dance. Oh you silly french men, what good music you make…

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (Released June 9, 2009)

No, i refuse to say anything about this band. Call it wanting you to experience it on your own, call it me being lazy and not wanting to type anymore, or call it being in the Dominican Republic and wanting to go swimming on the beach…call it what you want. Just listen to the record…i love it.

i dont get it

i dont get it

Time to swim.

bombs over pinkland
bombs over pinkland

BOOOM! one more picture.

Lolapalooza Saturday Sunday Recap and Final Thoughts

12 Aug

After Lola, YDP was extremely impressed with the lineup, format, organization and location of the shows. The Grant Park setting was unbelievable and the backdrop of Lake Michigan, the Sears Tower and downtown Chicago Sky Scrapers was incredible both at day and at night. The concert did a great job of keeping everything on a tight schedule and creating a good low key vibe. Since YDP is obviously all about being green, it was very excited to learn that a portion of every sale goes to help Chicago’s beautiful parks. Also exciting was to see people all day collecting recycling for free giveaways.

The bands in general were all in good spirits and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. People would wander from one concert to the next and as a result got exposed to a lot of music they wouldn’t have heard otherwise giving some great opportunities for up and coming bands.

The big suprise was how much fun “Perry’s Tent” the DJ tent was. Always a packed area with an incredible list of DJ’s, Perry’s lured in a lot of people that traditionally wouldn’t go to see a DJ play. The reason was that a DJ party with a big crowd in the day is a lot more accessible than a dark night club where no one can see anyone and there is often one defined feel i.e. snobby, hipster, clubby etc… Perry’s was the first time I have ever really enjoyed watching a DJ perform. Maybe DJ’s should do big outdoor daytime parties more often.

After Friday the rain stopped and YDP got to see some great shows


Arctic Monkeys: Brit Pop at its finest. Played some of their new songs and can’t wait for the new album. Really translated well to a huge festival venue

Santigold: Fun, Funky, Cool style and a much improved live performance to Terminal 5 earlier this year.

Diplo: His set had a more drum and base house feel to it than expected. In the end it seemed like he played the same songs as everyone else, didn’t play much of his original material and didn’t really make an impression.

Animal Collective: Very trippy psychedelic sound scape music where songs blended from one to another. Was a great place for people to sit down and lay low for a while.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Headlining in place of the Beastie Boys the Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocked the house. The performance was top notch and you could tell the band was really enjoying what I believe is their first audience of that size. One of the great moments of Lolapalooza where I’m sure a lot of the audience hadn’t heard of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and walked away fans. Highlights included “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll”


Passion Pit: Suprisingly good performance on one of the small stages that gathered a big crowd. Great mix of synth and falsetto singing.

Lou Reed: I know you aren’t supposed to bash a rock god but my initial thought was it was like watching an old man singing Karaoke. I’m going to stop before I attract the wrath of everyone else. Also for the record I am a huge Lou Reed fan and was very excited to see him live.

MSTRKRFT: These guys know how to rock. Chain smoking and drinking straight from a bottle of Jim Beam these guys had an amazing crowd. A mix of hippies, hipsters, club people, yuppies descended on Perry’s Stage to dance and jump. “Bounce” while not my favorite MSTRKRFT song to listen to generally was ridiculously fun. Nothing like watching a hippie dance in barefeet on a tibetan cloth next to some guy covered head to to tattoos doing the robot.

The Killers: A much better than expected show from this Vegas group. Totally embraced glam rock with a high energy high performance show. A great run through of their work and had a massive nighttime crowd gathered.

Jane’s Addiction: Playing at the other end of the venue at the same time as the Killers, I was able to catch the second half of their show. While I don’t claim to be a huge Janes Addiction fan (I really like Jane Says and a couple of other songs.) Watching though I loved the high energy old school arena rock show these guys put on. Perry Farrell commanded the stage with monologues, dead on vocals and his typical weirdness. Dave Navarro ran all over the stage unleashing devastating 80’s style guitar solo’s that were probably overdone at the time but something that I really miss these days. Rock ‘n’ Roll was build on guys without shirts and leather pants holding their guitars vertically while they shred a solo. Its amazing how unrock rock bands can be these days and when you see them juxtaposed with Jane’s Addiction its even more obvious. I get it the Kings Of Leon are nice guys and maybe don’t want to be that but there has got to be 4-5 guys out there that are good enough to make a real rock band.

It’s time for a new music talk show. I say do it with puppets.

31 Jul
I had a vision yesterday.

I didnt see dead people, I wasn’t led through a metaphorical desert by a naked Native American, nor was I beckoned to the end of a pier by the heavenly Jennifer Connelly. No, it wasn’t normal like that. But, I did see the future, and it was glorious. So what was this vision right? Well, I was sitting in my chair at work staring at my wall (like you do) when all of a sudden it struck me like a bag of soap bars. The most perfect show to ever grace the interwebs/airwaves could be, nay SHOULD be an Indie/electropop/dance music puppet-talk-show. That’s right, let it soak in.

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