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Lollapalooza 2012: Recap

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Warning that none of these videos are mine considering I broke my phone in the middle of Day 2…

Day 1: Physical Fights

To be honest, I spent minimal amounts of time at Lollapalooza on day one: partially because I had to work that morning, but also because when you start a fight, it’s time to walk away. Also, in reality, if the guy hadn’t been tripping on every drug he could find in his medicine cabinet that morning, my shove to the gut would have felt like a pat on the back since I lack the ability to pick up a 5lb weight. On another note, in my short time there, I started with Porter Robinson. Now, according to my Tiesto ticket stub from September, I have apparently seen Porter Robinson before. However, I would say Lolla was the first time I actually listened or paid attention to him. He puts on a good show, but I wouldn’t say there’s really anything to set him apart and make him extremely unique. Then there’s Nero… why in my sane and completely sober mind I thought it would be a smart idea to work my way to the second row of a Nero concert at a massive festival, I will never understand. To all Nero fans: you scare the living Hell out of me. However, Nero was fantastic. Definitely different than Porter Robinson, but simply awesome. My only complaint with the concerts themselves is the fact that they were in the daytime because my personal favorite part is the lights show. And yes, I realize the point of Lolla is an all-day festival. My first day of Lolla ended there as I walked out covered in an unhealthy amount of other people’s sweat, praying that I had no open wounds in which diseases could have spread.

Day 2: Evacuation

You know what’s not fun? Being on the train on the way to Lollapalooza and having your friend receive a phone call telling you that the festival is being evacuated and not to come. Once I heard that, I cursed Mother Nature and decided if there was not a torrential downpour, someone would probably be injured at the expense of my anger. Thankfully the festival opened back up at 6pm – although I didn’t mind the extra two hours to eat everything in my kitchen. I started at Calvin Harris – my most anticipated concert of the weekend. After fighting my way up about 150 rows, dancing and getting covered in about three inches of mud, and losing everyone I was with, I made it to the front section to enjoy my favorite Scottish DJ. I fell in love with the music itself” the beats, the lights, the bass. However, Calvin, I get that you’ve publicly announced you’ll “no longer be singing” so you can “focus on producing,” but COME ON, at least let me enjoy some pre-recordings of your extremely orgasmic voice. I definitely would have preferred to hear some more vocals. Afterwards, I headed to Avicii – and yes, I actually made it to the concert this time (oh, memories). Avicii, as always, sounded fantastic, looked exceptional, and put on a memorable show. But really… the reason his show is so memorable is because it’s the exact same setlist as every other show he puts on – just more condensed. However, it was still a blast and ended in me being offered a job as a zumba instructor. After Avicii, the night ended because I needed to find a lake – or sprinklers – to wash my mud-covered body. Never did find that lake…

Day 3: Sweet, Sweet Bliss.

Lollapalooza day three was by far the best day of the entire festival if you exclude the first group I saw: The DumDum Girls?? Honestly I now understand why no one goes to the festival before 3pm… the early bands are just repulsive. Never. Again. While waiting for Florence + the Machine (round three) to go on stage, I did catch J. Cole’s show. For never hearing his music before in my life, the concert was pretty decent and the crowd was pretty tame, but it’s just not my kind of music. However, Florence + the Machine definitely is and they were just as amazing at Lollapalooza as they were the first two times I saw them. I would definitely say that Florence Welch did a much better job interacting with the audience than any other artist I saw at the festival did. As with every concert, she involved the crowd in both “Raise It Up” and “Dog Days are Over.” At one point, she stepped off the stage to run through the separated sections of the grass. She spun, she sang, she resembled a goddess… seriously, my love for her just grows everyday. After Florence, I tried my best to catch a portion of Miike Snow, but after seeing the size of the crowd, it just was not worth it since I wanted to see Kaskade close out the festival so badly. And did he ever. By far the best light show of any EDM artist I’ve ever seen – and I’ve gone to one too many concerts in my life. You could just tell that he was enjoying putting on the show as much as every person in the crowd was enjoying being there. My only complaint with Kaskade’s show was that it had to end. He even came on stage 15 minutes early so that he could play longer, but at 10pm it had to end… stupid Chicago curfew.

So that’s my Lolla recap. And I’m really starting to realize that in 3 days of concert going, I managed to only see approximately seven shows… what was I doing?

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Recent “Hits” … so ‘Call Me, Maybe’ ‘Some Nights’ because I’m ‘Happy To You.’

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I really wanted to come back from the dead and write a new blog post, but I have a midterm Thursday that I really need to study for. So, I told myself I would write a new post when I finished going through all the terms that started with “F” (keep in mind, at the time I was rigorously going through the “E” terms). Luckily, there were no terms that started with “F” so it didn’t take long.

For this post, I have to give all thanks to Spotify because some of these songs are so heinously terrible that I couldn’t bring myself to purchase them on iTunes, thus I resorted to Spotify to let me listen for free. See, I found a use for their service other than informing all of my Facebook “friends” what song I’m listening to every moment of the day. On that note, however, Spotify, is it really necessary for you to play two ads after each song I listen to? No, I will NOT subscribe to your service.

1) Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”

I have to start with this song… not because it deserves some amazing review, but because it’s the only song I have heard played this much since Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” And that’s the exact song I’m going to compare it to, as well. I’m SO confused as to how everyone loves this song, but hated Rebecca Black. NEWS FLASH: They’re basically the exact same song.

Let’s discuss some things wrong with this song and, in general, Carly Rae Jepsen.

I. She signed with JUSTIN BIEBER’s record label. Who in their right mind gave that kid a right to produce records? He lost all sense of talent when we hit puberty. The only reason he even started a record label is because the only music he could produce of his own was a Christmas album that essentially ruined all Christmas music for me.

II. How can you love Carly, but hate Rebecca? We all criticized Rebecca Black’s lyrics, “It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday” and “Which seat should I take?” Listen to Carly Rae Jepsen!! My god, “Ripped jeans, skin was showing” and “Here’s my number so call me maybe.” First of all, who wears ripped jeans that you thought it would be an appropriate fashion trend to make reference to? Second, her lyrics are no more intellectual than Rebecca Black’s.

On that note, shockingly, I don’t think it’s a bad song. I jumped on the Rebecca Black bandwagon and I will jump on the Carly Rae Jepsen bandwagon as well. I will memorize the entire song, laugh at its simplicity, obnoxiously dance to it every single time it comes on, and sing at the top of my lungs. However, I will never accept it as a nominated, award-winning “song.”

2) Fun. – “Some Nights”

I love fun. – both in the Webster dictionary definition sense and in the musical, amazingly-talented band sense. It’s nice to finally see them get some recognition because, realistically, how many of you knew who they were before their 2009 album, Aim and Ignite? The one thing is actually the entire song as a whole. Interesting fact about “Some Nights,” as well as the entire album, is that it features almost no live drums; instead, the rhythm and sounds are produced by synthetic drums. It works… beautifully. The combination of these synthetic drums and echoed vocals makes this song enchanting and addictive.

Although some critics argue that the song is “too auto-tuned” and “a rip-off” of other bands’ as well as fun.’s own sound, it really is unique. First, it’s not “too auto-tuned.” This is fun.’s sound. It’s unique, it’s alternative, and it’s what they want it to sound like. The entire intention was to have synthetic drums, so I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that the vocals were intended too. Second, the argument that it’s a rip off of their own sound just doesn’t even deserve a rebuttal. I mean, really, how ridiculous that a band would try to sound like themselves? WTF?!

The song debuted at No. 62 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the album, Some Nights, is currently sitting at No. 3. In addition, fun. was just featured on Billboard’s cover for the March 10, 2012 issue (although, if, like me, you get the Billboard subscription, the cover is actually wasted on an Enrique Iglesias advertisement because that makes complete sense…).

3) Miike Snow – Happy To You

Miike Snow is literally my weakness. Their new album, Happy To You, dropped today and I’m in awe. Their sound is just something that I could never grow tired of. Even walking to class today, I wanted more “spring-time” music (yes, I think such a thing exists) so I played Miike Snow’s last album, Miike Snow. Currently, I’m wondering how I ever thought it would be more spring-time, but in that moment, it seemed perfect.

Perhaps the most recognizable, “Devil’s Work,” features a beautiful piano arrangement mixed with synthesized beats and the deep, mesmerizing vocals. The most popular, according to the ever-reliable iTunes, “The Wave,” has the same general sound as “Devil’s Work” with more addicting vocals and a repeating “ooh” sound that soothes the ears. Their recent single off the album, “Paddling Out,” sounds a little more electronic than the majority of the album, which is probably why the deluxe edition of Happy To You features a remix by Wolfgang Gartner. In addition, the single is iTunes’s Free Single of the Week so if you really don’t believe me that it’s an album worth purchasing, you can try it out for yourself free of charge (not that you couldn’t just download it on Google, but beware because SOPA would NOT approve).

Dance Party Friday Round 4

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Swedish House Mafia. “Save the World (Tonight).” Released: May 13, 2011

What I’ve come to realize after searching for this song on YouTube is that there is about fifty different versions of this song – that’s not something I’m too fond of. None of them are even the version that’s featured on iTunes so I’m actually really confused. Illegal download much?

Many reasons why I like this song:

1. John Martin’s vocals: This song features the vocals of John Martin, lead singer of Miike Snow. Martin, from a UK group, has a lovely voice. It’s soothing and addicting. His voice fits perfectly with the beat of the song because it’s not too dark or too soft.

2. It has lyrics: Unlike every other house music song, “Save the World” has lyrics and not just random screams or one-word lines. This song has multiple verses and a repeating chorus. Whenever you hear Martin belt out the line “Who’s gonna save the world tonight,” you can’t stop yourself from getting goosebumps.

3. It has a great rhythm: The beat in this song is not choppy or scary like any other house song I’ve heard. There is no unexpected heavy drop, but instead, every drop is anticipated and worked up to. Also different than many other house songs, “Save the World” includes a lot of piano sections. It’s definitely still a club hit, but it also manages to be a song that you can listen to on your iPod without feeling the need to be on drugs or out of control.

In conclusion, I’m actually confused how this is considered house music, but apparently it is, and I like it.