Category: Music

MusicAlbum of the Summer: About A Feeling by Summer Heart

 
 
Let’s kick off the summer right with a brand new Indie album by Swedish musician, David Alexander, a.k.a. Summer Heart. This dreamy collection of eight songs has a soft lounge-y vibe with hints of Bossa Nova and an instrumental flow that fares well when looped on “repeat”. If you’re kicking it by the pool, or working your butt off at a summer job, this is the album to get you through and beyond.
 

CelebrityLady Gaga Costumes by Giorgio Armani

 

We love Lady Gaga not just for her music, but for her super crazy, yet amazing costumes! However, it is Giorgio Armani we must give props to for executing her lavish vision for the stage. Giorgio Armani, who has worked with Gaga for her Monster Ball Tour in 2010, is working with the pop star again for her Born This Way Ball Tour and there are fantastic sketches to get us little monsters excited. 
The designer is reportedly creating spiky PVC pieces with black crystals and mirrored metal. There’s even a keyboard-shaped headpiece! Say what?!
To get us even more excited for her tour, let’s take a look back at Lady Gaga’s many incredible costumes from her Monster Ball Tour!

 

Yeah, pretty sure the Born This Way Tour is going to be epic.  

Are any of you readers excited for the tour? Show us your Lady Gaga love in the comments!
(Photos courtesy of DesignScene.net and Starcasm.net)

 

FashionMood Board: Festival Fashion

Like most every girl I know, I grew up creating mood boards and collages for everything. Crushes, my favorite bands, clothes, you name it. So I decided to go back to my roots and create some mood board/collages of my favorite summer festivals and some outfits to go with them.
Coachella.
 Desert, feathers, fringe, and flower crowns- oh my!
Bonnaroo.
Get a little bit country, then a little bit rock and roll. Add a dash of 70s flair and you’re set.
Sasquatch.
Gorgeous views and gorgeous people, in the cleverly named George, Washington.
xoxo

MusicSister Act: Interview with Dog Party

Gwendolyn and Lucy Giles are a musical force to be reckoned with, as the Sacramento-based garage band Dog Party. These teenage sisters will surprise you with their raw talent, sweet looks and spicy fervor for hard-rockin’ music with songs like P.A.R.T.Y.  and the amazing Andy Wu. After being handed a copy of their newest album, P.A.R.T.Y., I was able to catch up with the sisters for an interview.
 
 
So, I think you are the youngest artists I have interviewed. How old are you currently?
Gwendolyn: 15
Lucy: 13
 
How did you get started in music?
We’ve always had music in our lives, and once we started playing instruments, a family friend, Zach Goodin (who was in an LA based band Bargin Music and now runs Half of Nothing Records) , had us play together instead of in our respective rooms.

Tell us about your first live show.
Our first live show was in June ’08 at the Fire Escape, and we opened for Agent Orange. We played a three song set with one encore. It was crazy and our first experience with moshing.

How many shows do you think you’ve played?
Over the last 4 years, we’ve played a little over 200 shows.

What about balancing music with school and your social lives. What is an average week like for you?

Gwendolyn: My average week day is school, track/cross-country practice, homework, dinner, homework, sleep, and repeat. My weekends in the winter are up in Tahoe because Lucy and I ski race for Squaw Valley. Any other weekend, we are playing shows.

Lucy: During the week I go to school, take pictures, draw, do homework, and play music. On Tuesdays I go to drum lessons, and on weekends I either ski or play shows.
 
So Gwendolyn plays guitar, Lucy plays drums and you both sing. Do you have any other instruments in your lives?

Gwendolyn: On both of our records, I play the bass tracks, and for one of Dog Party’s earliest songs, I played keyboard.

Lucy: For acoustic shows, I play the guitar and sometimes Gwennie and I swap instruments in electric sets.

I hear a lot of early 90′s Grunge/Garage Band in your music, but you two probably weren’t even born yet. Do you think that the 90′s have influenced your music?
We listen to a lot of different music old and new, but when it comes to song writing, we don’t try to make it have a certain sound. We just play and make it happen.

 
Who are your biggest musical influences overall?
Gwendolyn: I like Green Day, Kepi Ghoulie, Agent Ribbons, and Cage the Elephant.

Lucy
: RAMONES!!!!!!! Meg White, The Groovie Ghoulies and their female drummers- Scampi and Wendy.

Do you have other hobbies besides music?
Both: Sports are a big thing for us.

Gwendolyn: I like to make videos and take/edit photos. I also like fashion!
 
Lucy: I paint, draw, and make stencils a lot. I also like to take pictures and eat Mexican food.
 
 
Are there any current fashion trends that you’re into? We want to hear about your personal styles.
Gwendolyn: I’ve had a LOT of different looks for shows. Right now I am rolling a vintage look with my combat boots and an assortment of dresses.
 
Lucy: I’m in a Ramones phase at the moment so I wear a lot of black, stripes, studded belts, and leather jackets/jean vests.

What would you like to be doing in five years?
Gwendolyn: Rockin’ and a rollin’! I’m still going to college in a couple of years, but music will always play a huge roll in my life.

Lucy:
Playing music.

Any words of wisdom for young aspiring musicians?
Gwendolyn: Don’t try to sound like another band. Just play and let the music find you :)

Lucy: You can’t just sit in your room with your headphones on and play to yourself. Go out, start a band, and do something or else nothing is going to ever happen.

 
Listen to my personal favorite from the album, Andy Wu and check out Dog Party’s Facebook or tumblr to find out about the new album and upcoming shows!
 
<a href=”http://dogparty.bandcamp.com/track/andy-wu”>Andy Wu by Dog Party</a><br>

 

MusicArtist to Watch: Ski Lodge


Ski Lodge is the perfect band to be our last featured artist from the Digital Album. I mean, it’s winter and their name is Ski Lodge. Who doesn’t want to think about log cabins, snowmen, hot coco, and ski lifts? Hailing from Brooklyn, this fearsome foursome is coming up in the world of music, being featured at CMJ in October. Without futher ado, come join me for an interview with Andrew Marr. 

 

So the band name begs the question, are you stoked on skiing or snowboarding? Or have a love of hot toddies at the lodge?
Ha, yeah I like both. Been snowboarding for a while but I’m thinkin about switching back to skiing. I always picture a certain scene when I hear the term “ski lodge.” People hangin around having a good time, by a fire, colorful/florescent one piece ski suits, bad sweaters… probably some hot toddies!
How do you hope to inspire your fans? What do you want fans to get out of your music, especially “I Would Die To Be?”
Umm, I guess if I inspire someone at all then that’s a win for me ha! I really just want the music to be something that makes fans happy or gives them something to relate to when they aren’t so happy… With this song specifically, I guess I just wanted it to express a level of frustration toward someone you like want to be with but things aren’t going the way you’d like them to. I think most fans would be able to relate to that.
What would you be doing if you weren’t (or when you’re not) making music?
When I’m not making music I like to eat/cook, watch movies, run, and play golf. If you’re asking what I’d be doing for a career, I’d probably choose being a chef or a pro golfer(even though I’m not that good at golf).
Fill in the blank, Ski Lodge is forever grateful for …
Bill Murray.
(Who doesn’t love them some Bill Murray? This picture doesn’t really have anything to do with Ski Lodge, it’s just awesome)
I know you guys are slated to play College Music Journal’s Music Marathon in October. Do you tour often?
Well “Ski Lodge” has only been around officially for about 4 months, so we just played our first 2 shows as a band at Cake Shop NYC this past month. We plan to try and do a bunch of touring once CMJ is over.
What have you learned about yourself in your musical evolution?
That I am very good at starting things but not always good at finishing them!
Do you have pre- or post-show rituals?
Nah I don’t think so. Recently I’ve been drinking lots of coffee before shows in order to get as anxious as possible, does that count?
Best show?
I’d have to say one of these recent shows at Cake Shop here in New York. I mean if I’m talking about “Ski Lodge shows” then I only have 2 experiences to go off of haha. But even counting shows from the past with other bands and stuff, these recent ones were really exciting, there was a sort of buzz surrounding them, at least from my point of view. And we had great audiences for both of them. That’s really what makes a show for me, it all depends on how the audience reacts to the music and if they are like dancing and stuff. 
 
Of course, then I need to ask … any disaster shows?
The closest thing to a disaster that I’ve experienced happened to me with my band down in Florida. Our bassist fell off the face of the earth the day before we were supposed to play our first show as a band. He decided to resurface, totally wasted (with none of his equipment), as we were doing a sound check. Then I think he got kicked out of the venue for bringing in his own bottle of whiskey. So we played without a bass player ha.. I guess it wasn’t a disaster per se, but definitely interesting and awkward.
How does fashion inspire you?
I think fashion is one of the best ways to express yourself. Fashion has inspired lyrics of mine in some instances… I’ve always appreciated certain trends and I feel like things are always better when people are dressed fashionably, not like totally crazy, but just enough to bring a certain vibe to a place. Does that make sense??
What else inspires you? Other artists?
There’s so much that inspires me! Other music is probably the main thing. There’s awesome music coming out every week, it’s so hard to keep up with. But the fact that bands and artists keep putting out great music helps me believe that I can also continue to make music that is somewhat authentic and fresh.
Favorite movie?
I don’t really have just one favorite. I love “Eyes Wide Shut” and “The Big Lebowski” to name a couple.

Favorite artist?
Always been a fan of Salvador Dali. I wish I was familiar with more artists than I am, that’s something I plan to do.
Favorite musician/band?
This changes so often. Right now it’s Beirut, maybe? It’s kind of just whatever album I’ve been listening to the most. Currently I’ve been loving Beirut’s “The Rip Tide.”
What’s next for Ski Lodge?
I think we will try and do some sort of touring for a little while, probably not long because I’m anxious to start recording the full length. So that’s the next big thing I guess – a full length record!