Outside Lands Festival 2015: Band of the Day picks

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Less than one week to go until we’re grooving in the groves at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Fest! To help you navigate the lineup, I’ve put together a list of all of the bands that were ever featured in Band of the Day app, and playlists for each day.

FRIDAY 8/7 (click here to listen to the Spotify playlist)

Amon Tobin – A legendary electronic music pioneer explores otherworldly sounds and melodies

Iration – Spreading feel-good waves of reggae infused with sunny rays of pop and rock

Alvvays – Starlit indie pop that glitters like sea glass, from a Canadian group inspired by jangly Britpop

The Family Crest – Communal creators of audacious Baroque/orchestral pop

The Revivalists – Zealous roots rock spirited by the funky essence of New Orleans

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Ranger Dave

SATURDAY 8/8 (click here to listen to the Spotify playlist)

Tame Impala – Arena-ready rock steeped in 1960s psychedelia and tied together with a tight pop sensibility

Milky Chance – Elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals

Angus & Julia Stone – Gruffly majestic country-folk

Classixx – Coastal summer anthems with impossibly sunny dance grooves

UMO – Gloriously psychedelic lo-fi funk over warped hip hop beats

Misterwives -Join a trio of New Yorkers on a vivacious excursion through turnpikes of soul, dance, and pop

Langhorne Slim – Rollicking folk-rock gems from a true American troubadour

Twin Peaks – Nods to godfathers of guitar-guided pop, but fueled by gallons of garage rock

Fantastic Negrito – Channeling his Blues forefathers to tell the story of a life rebuilt after destruction

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Can’t wait to bask in the glory of Ranger Dave’s crotch

SUNDAY 8/9 (click here to listen to the Spotify playlist)

Slightly Stoopid – Catch a whiff of feel-good vibes from one of the defining bands of California’s reggae/rock scene

Hot Chip – The U.K.’s brainiest dance group injects some joyful house into their quirky electro-pop sound

The Devil Makes Three – Raw and raucous trio inspired by both old n’ new timey barn-burners

ODESZA – An electronic wonderland of glitched-out vocals and visceral pop hooks

James Bay – Stark, elegant acoustic strumming powerfully delivered by a 22 year-old singer-songwriter

Allah-Las – Californian surf rock for bumming around in a 60s-style beach bungalow

Shakey Graves – Powerful and mesmerizing lo-fi folk/blues from a true Texas gentleman

Givers – Louisiana’s jubilant musical altruists combine indie pop with Afro-beats

Kidnap Kid – Expressive, emotionally-charged house music from one of the UK’s rising producers

Audio

Sometimes I ambush interview bands (in this case, The Vaccines)

Back in the summer of 2011, right before the release of Band of the Day app, I decided that I wanted The Vaccines to be the very first band featured on the day the app launched. They had caught my attention when I was finishing up my MA degree in London the year before, and I had written a review of their EP as part of the application process for my job.

I saw that they were coming to San Francisco, so I reached out to their record label to try and set up an interview with the band. At the time, given that the app was unreleased, my request was (understandably) ignored. Nevertheless, I decided to prepare some questions anyway, banking on the chance to introduce myself to them directly at the show and get that interview.

I dragged my friend Jon, and after their sweat-inducing set we went outside to have a drink and catch some air. We spotted bassist Arni Arnason hanging out in the same area, so Jon prodded me to just go over and talk to them. As extroverted as I appear to be, I actually hate approaching people. I’m completely comfortable chatting to people when they approach me, but I find that making initial contact with a stranger brings up a lot of anxiety. But I also knew that I really wanted to get that interview.

So I took a deep breath, quickly downed the rest of the liquid courage that was in my hand, walked straight over to him and said, “Hey! I’m Amanda. Can I ambush interview you?”

He gave a bemused chuckle and said, “Sure, as long as you don’t ask boring questions.” I promised that he wouldn’t be bored because, if I’m truly confident about one thing, it’s that I’m not a boring person. And this is the conversation that followed:

Listening back to it four years later, I can’t help but self-criticize on a few bits (“You respond with the word ‘nice’ too much!”; “Your voice sounds really weird there!”), but overall it warms my heart that I have audio documentation of where I started from in that first year of working on Band of the Day app. I came into the role with very little professional experience and, today, on the very last day of the app’s existence, I now have 4.5 years of a crash course into working in both the music and tech startup industries.

Oh, and I’m happy to report that I finally got clearance to feature The Vaccines in the app. 

Playlist: Global Fund For Women

Last month, my friend JP Pineda, who runs JRNE Artist Management, reached out to me to collaborate on a female-powered playlist for an event put on by a really cool organization called Global Fund For Women. One of his artists, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Carolyn Malachi, was a key part of their #hackgirlsrights campaign.

Meant to post this earlier, but better late than never! Enjoy! :)

JRNE: Global Fund for Women Playlist

Sound is the Word

A #MusicMonday shout out (loud) to Sweden indie pop darlings, Shout Out Louds, and their track that inspired the title of this blog.

I thought this was going to be a quick post, before realizing that this track only appears on the Scandinavian release of their album, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff (2005), and thus was impossible to track down on Spotify and YouTube. Luckily the good folks over at I Crave That Sound had the Soundcloud link available. Ahhh…and all is right with the world.

P.S. Sandy Hayashi, if you’re reading this, remember when we interviewed them for Visionz in 2007?