Welp little overdue, but last month I had the priveledge to see James Blake play at First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. My homeboi Jon attended with me. As we neared the church I looked around and thought I say James himself when infact I saw many dudes that had the same hairdo and look (weird). I felt like a fool that just been played. As I entered and checked or names off the list we headed right to records to kill a little time before the first act. Now heading toward the stage I glanced up and saw a harp dead center. Active Child was the first act and I had no idea who they were. After extensive reasearch with Google searches I found out that Pat Grossi is Active Child and he was once a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir. They killed there set, I would recommend listening to Wilderness. Killa track if ya asked me.
After catching some fresh air we entered again to the very warm, cramped full of midgets… room. Got a place in the back since I can see over EVERYBODY. One great thing about shows with incredible height is that I can see the stage from just about anywhere. I don’t have to worry about people blocking my view cause its usually me doing that. So James Blake takes stage with his drummer and guitarist. Now I don’t recall all of the songs that he played but he absolutely killed each one. Limit to Your Love had a pretty cool breakdown towards at the end, seemed like that was the only song that they changed up. He also played I Never Learnt to Share, which might top all others for me. Video of that below. This was overall a great show, Active Child was different and Jimmy played his heart out. He will be going on tour again this year so look out.
Last post was written by a 8 year old.
As I am sitting in my cubicle now I can only imagine walking/driving aimlessly in the greater Los Angeles right not. On the third day Burbank was on the agenda, maybe try to spot celebs on the lots. This was a very odd town not suitable for John and myself so we headed back to the Hills and on the way we drove by the infamous Mulholland Drive. My only knowledge of this road is from the movie titled after the road. It was sophomore year and my roommate Nick and I decided to watch this movie. It was a brutal movie to sit through. So tough that it took us two nights to watch it in its entirety. If you want to know more just google it or for the lazy click here.
The drive was spectacular, driving through the winding roads, sunset in the background and some road music. Here is a pic of at a spot midway through the drive. I apologize for the poor resolution its dark and its from my phone.
We ended up going to downtown LA to an art walk to meet up with a friend of Johns, both went to the same high school. We were shown around this great event with some crazy art.
As we end our walk through downtown and stop for some yogurt and YogurtLand, china town was our next destination. We headed to a Jazz club that was playing some minimal electro (theme of the week). This was a great place, best part was the old Chinese couple that ran the bar. Another perfect day in LA.
After a successful day one, we have only one plan for the day, to attend Low End Theory at the Airliner. Start the day at Venice Beach watching skaters carve lines in the bowl. There was a shooting going on that day of some roller skaters dancing on the side. I had no idea that this was still “In”, reminded me of Roll Bounce with Bow Wow but on the beach. After walking up and down Venice we venture around town looking for some mexican food. Figured the best way was to ask a local. As we pass by a parking lot we asked the attendee there who hardly spoke english but could still point us in the direction of a few joints. Find a small place and have a some authentic mexican food that hit the spot.
Venturing down to blasting Skrillex in our Terrain, we thought we hit LA traffic but nearly missed it. This place reminded me of the shores of New Jersey, nothing to do but drink and eat it seemed. We tried and failed at getting tarot cards read to us from a place on the side of the road. Not disappointed but a shame that this couldnt happen. I am somewhat against these but cannot express my true feelings since I have not experience. Back to the Hills we went.
Before hitting up the Airliner we decided to go to Hollywood and check out the holy grail of vinyl, Amoeba Records. This place was incredible, vinyl from wall to wall in this warehouse setting. Although the employees seemed like washed up musicians. As we searched through thousands of records we both had the craving for food. Got an inside tip from the security guard about a burger spot across the street called Umami Burger. We check it out and these were the best burgers that I have ever digested.
After the amazing meal we head off to the Airliner for some ear smacking dubstep. As we near, we see this line that is huge and figure it was it. So we enter the line and wait patiently unlike some others, notably a few had ruined parts of the sidewalk with vomit. We befriend a guy behind us informing us that someone by the name (as he said) Tom Yorky. I glance at his text message and realized that it was Thome Yorke, and he were to appear tonight. He as many regulars said had a huge “wow” factor but the others were bringing the skills to the table. I left the place speechless, maybe due to the fact that I was slamming shots and beer or the music felt so organic there. Nonetheless it was a great night.
My life suggestion to all….Live. I am still trying to land back on my feet from an amazing…unreal…impossible to describe trip with words. LA, the best place to go unwind and just take in everything around you. From smog to music to homeless people.
I stayed in all of places Beverly Hills where image is everything. ~ 2 blocks from Rodeo Dr. For being as small of an area that is, it has the most stuck up people on the planet. Not a place for me to reside but I had to see it to believe. This place was great place to people watch up and down the drive, from people in suits to elderly women with horrific plastic surgery. So Day 1 consisted of me exploring Venice beach and Beverly Hills while awaiting the arrival of John Danek. After soaking up the sun on the west coast I went to LAX and headed back describing the absurd things that I have already encountered. We headed back to the hotel and wanted to find something to do for the night. Now I knew of Dim Mak Tuesdays for quite some time but wasnt thinking that we were 5 miles from the place so… we headed to Cinespace to witness some upbeat, chill electro.
So cruisin down Hollywood Blvd in our tricked out GMC Terrain we are searching for Cinespace. Now this is our first taste of Hollywood and it was pretty disgusting. Some would say it tasted like black licorice that you found on the ground covered in the unimaginable. Finally made it to the club and enter. We walk up at least three flights of stairs and the sound of typical 4 to the floor sounds get louder. But as I pass a door the music becomes faint, somewhat relieved. After hiking up the narrow staircase we arrived, I see a very mix crowd with loud music in the background. Get 2 dirty arnolds and proceed in. Plant ourselves on a couch overseeing the dancefloor and most of the venue.
I glance to my left and see a guy that is mesmerized (aka high on something) by the music. He is doing what you would see at a typical rave waving his hands in front of his face, he is the only person standing in front of a screen with absurd images and videos being played. This guy will be remembered for a while. We stayed through two sets by Them Jeans and Heavy Accents. Very good sets, then Prince Club got on. The crowd went nutzos for theze guys so I figured we should stay. ….well they were a huge disappointment, their buildups got everyone getting excited but dropped to dull beats. Overall this was a great way to start our ventures in LA.
Well its been in a while since I posted something due to laziness. But lifes lookin good nowadays, headin to Cali in March for an adventure that has not been looked into. The only plans are so far on day 1 I am exploring LA solo, this will be quite interesting. I have never been on the west coast and exploring cities is always interesting. On Day 2 I will be attending Low End Theory a dubstep hip hop crossover, thats what I would describe it as. The trip should be amazing, it is much needed. Work is “Great…”, but I need a break of this stuff.
Onto other personas, Sensus has been very very quiet lately due to the fact that I have been quite busy. This is going to change in the near future. I will post any material that I find suitable for peeps to listen that wont make you gauge ones ears. So on that note watch out for updates….this weekend (/whisper).