Phantogram

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Up-and-coming band, Phantogram, has been working hard this year.  They relentlessly played show after show for their tour and a number of festivals. They are definitely making a name for themselves. I obsessed over them the past year and wondered why I hadn’t heard of them sooner. Their 2014 album, Voices, is a follow-up to their 2009 album, Eyelid Movies. Their swirly guitars and beats will draw you in, but it’s their intriguing catchy lyrics that make you want to put the tracks on repeat.

“Show me love,
You’ve got your hand on the button now
Sure enough,
You’ve got your hand on the button now”

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I was able to see them play at the 2014 KROQ Weenie Roast at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, but was disappointed at how short their set was. I made sure to follow their tour dates. Luckily they picked up a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Like I mentioned before, The Observatory is an awesome venue to watch shows because its small and intimate. Any spot in the venue is a clear view of the stage. I, of course, made my way down as close to the stage as possible. Here is some of my footage.

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What I like most about watching Phantogram perform is the chemistry you see between vocalist, Sarah Barthel, and lead guitarist, Josh Carter. Not to mention the contagious energy Sarah brings throughout her performance. Girls got style and definitely a strong Woman Crush Wednesday contender. 

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Phantogram’s gained recognition from Outkast’s Big Boi when he discovered their song, Mouthful of Diamonds. He instantly became obsessed and listened to song on repeat. In an interview, Phantogram explained how Big Boi reached out to the band on Twitter which ventured into a collaboration.

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You can listen to their albums on Spotify.

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DFA 1979 Acoustic Sessions

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Death From Above 1979 fans were excited this year to see this duo reunite with a release of a new album that was not a disappointing follow-up. If you loved their first album, the second album, The Physical World, is a must-listen after a eight/nine year absence. You can read about their absence in this article from The Guardian. If you missed it and want to read some neat fun facts about the band, such as where they got the sample played in the beginning of “Dead Womb” and where they got inspiration for  their iconic elephant noses, you can read about it on their reddit AMA here. Also watch the movie, Life After Death.

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I got the opportunity to see DFA live in November at The Observatory in Santa Ana and they are even more impressive live than the performances you watch and envy over on youtube. I didn’t want the show to end. The awesome thing about The Observatory is the venue is intimate and you have a good view of the stage in any spot. You are right there with the band when they are performing. My recommendation is to go see a show there. Here’s a photo I took.

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I recently found these acoustic sessions of the band and I’m drawn in with a different vibe. It’s almost as if they’re different songs. I couldn’t have imagined a softer DFA, but there’s nothing that this duo does that doesn’t leave me wanting more. What do you think?

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Listen to their albums on Spotify.

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Introduction

Hi! If you don’t know by now, I’m Anrea. (That’s right, not Andrea.)

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I’ve been wanting to start some sort of blog for awhile, but don’t really have a specific topic in mind to write about. I’ve always been a bit uneasy about putting my thoughts out there for other people to read, but I figured some one out there might find use to my jibber jabber and maybe inspire them to write their own blog. Writing and keeping a journal is therapeutic for the mind, so they say.

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I have a wide range of random interests. I enjoy randomness because I believe it’s what keeps me open minded.

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I guess I’ll start off by sharing some of my more recent interests.

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1) RECORD PLAYERS

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I recently obsessed over owning a record player. Audiophiles claim that vinyl records are better because their sound is much more accurate. Vinyl records are analog recordings, whereas CDs are digital and do not capture the complete sound waves. The quality of sound seems to be diminishing in CDs and MP3s. As a music lover, I finally took it upon myself to purchase one. The record player I bought is a Crosely CR6017A-MA 3 Speed Turntable with USB capabilities. It was less than $100, so I knew I probably wasn’t purchasing the best quality, but I do have to admit that I’m in love with vinyls now.  Going to a small local record store and looking through a collection of old and new vinyls that can cost as low as $1 is quite an exciting past-time, especially when you come across a good find.

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Here are the first four vinyls that I bought. Awesome decisions. I love them. Playing an old vinyl just takes the listener back in time to another place. I get it now. Also, owning an LP forces you to listen to all the tracks on the record rather than skipping through them, which makes you appreciate the music more. I highly recommend everyone purchase a record player and start a collection of their favorite music. I have a wide range of taste in music from indie to hip hop, classic rock to top 40, but as of now, classic vinyls are what I’m looking to start a collection of.

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2) STREET ART

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I’ve been really interested in muralists and street artists over the past year. Of course well known artists who should be followed include Shepard Fairey (Obey), and Banksy if you don’t already do so and watch the documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop, if you havent already.

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But here are some of my favorite artists that I’ve discovered and believe are underrated for their talent. They continuously put out flawless work.

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Faust New York

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SwoonHQ

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Madsteez

 

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3) SPRAY PAINT

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My interest in street art ultimately led me to a desire to create my own art work using spray paint. I learned that typography isn’t my strong suit, but stenciling is something that I’m pretty decent at. I’m going to continue creating some once I feel inspired by something.

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Now that I’ve shared just a few things, I hope this introduction has given some insight to what I’m interested in. But like I mentioned, I enjoy randomness, so this does not even some up my interests. More to come! 🙂

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Anrea

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