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Posted at March 18, 2012 by 1 Comment

The Life & Times of Julie: SXSW, Day 3

Yesterday, I woke up super tired. I was a little weary that any of the showcases I could attend would equal both previous days. I started my day hella late, for not really any reason at all, and decided to go through this random unofficial showcase that I had seen J*DaVeY tweeting that they were at. After eating at this delicious taco truck near the Fader Fort, and swooping through there to get some Vitaminwater (seriously...I did that) I rolled over to some shady looking place named Cielo in hopes of seeing J*DaVeY, who I had missed. Nonetheless, I decided to post up there, and who did I see in the crowd except Fly Moon Royalty? What a small world. Anyhow, some girl performed whose name I didn't catch (I felt compelled to mention that?) and then Idle Warship walked out on stage! In true Talib Kweli fashion, so it seems to me, he stopped the band midway through the first song, kind of threw a temper tantrum about never having played with said band even though they were great, and then proceeded to rock the stage with Res. Following Idle Warship, Dawn Richards, formerly of Dirty Money (yeah who knew that that band was around still so that she could be a former member?) came out and did an impressive set. While I could never figure out what she was wearing, she was so bossy up there! She did a great cover of Frank Ocean's "Novacane," in addition to a bunch of Dirty Money songs. Do you know what she's wearing? Let's see, after her, Terrace Martin came out with 9th Wonder as his DJ. Yeah, no big deal. Pause. Terrace is an artist ...

The Life & Times of Julie: SXSW, Day 2

I'm not saying that I wasn't expecting SXSW to be cracking after watching The-Dream perform in a church the previous night, but I wasn't sure if anything could quite compare to that ethereal experience. And, duh, spoiler alert, yesterday was just as great! I started at the SXSeattle Showcase, but left shortly thereafter to find some food because I get super cranky if I don't eat. After eating some mediocre pizza, I decided to scope out Deco Lounge, the scene of where I would spend most of my day for the Bout That Life Showcase. Afterward, I made my way to the Convention Center, after grabbing an iced Americano, to watch Steve Stoute and Nas on their special interview panel. One of the perks of having a a badge, if you will. Steve Stoute's book The Tanning of America was super interesting, and it was cool to hear and see them rehash old memories because they've grown up in the industry together, as Steve Stoute was Nas' manager early on before turning the advertising industry upside down, and they've known each other forever. Despite that all, I was kind of bored. Sue me! Interesting people, interesting topics, but hey, I wanted to be watching my favorite trap artists, so of course, I went back to the Deco Lounge. That's the flyer. I had to throw it in here. You know I was in heaven. With all the artists on that bill, I was pleasantly surprised to recognize Marcus Manchild when he took the stage, and pleasantly surprised by his set. I was even more pleasantly surprised to see Chase back in the bar, who happens to be one of the biggest G's I know. This I realized as we walked over to the Fader Fort and ...

Posted at March 17, 2012 by 1 Comment

The Life & Times of Julie: SXSW, Day 1

Without boring you, my dear reader, of my antics, I'll start my tale with picking up my badge, which is basically my (semi) all-access pass into official SXSW showcases. Like, who cares that my flights were delayed, and my housemate sheltered some weirdo random kid who could have been an axe murderer for all we know? Pretty much, my day started at the Loft at 718, where one of my favorite DJ's DJ100proof was spinning, and my homegirl Hollis explained her attack mode for the festival. Let me say, I was really fucking overwhelmed at the start of this festival. Could I have planned this better? Could I have done some planning at all? Yes, and yes. Anyway, I chilled out, and we walked over into the general direction of the Fader Fort, which is like the place where hipsters go to meet hipsters and not enjoy the music being played. Or maybe they do. I'm not really sure because I'm obviously not a hipster. While walking over there, we ran into Shawn Chrystopher on the street (what up Shawn!), and I ended up going to get my wristband and stay over there to see Big K.R.I.T. I mistakenly thought K.R.I.T. was on at 3:00, mostly because I didn't have a schedule of any sort. I listened to two rock bands who sounded the same (isn't that what people say about rap music who don't listen to it) and drank free Vitaminwater and Smartwater. Big K.R.I.T.'s set was so impressive! No diss to Seattle, but it was great to be in a crowd that actually enjoyed his music, that was dancing around, and wilding out. If you've ever been to a rap show in Seattle, you'd know that most people just stand there with blank looks ...

Posted at March 16, 2012 by Comments Off
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Concert review – I watched Watch The Throne, Jay-Z, and Kanye West in Tacoma

The Watch the Throne tour has officially wrapped up...for now (there are some European rumors circulating), and I am still going to write about the Tacoma show last Friday. Better late than never, right? I met up with fellow UP alumni Ashley and Matthew, who donned one of his finest ties for the occasion, despite not even wearing a tie to work that day. We showed up at 7:30, mistakenly thinking that the show started then, but there was plenty of people watching to be done. I was legitimately surprised by the level of ratchet. Of course, I expected that, but even then, I felt it was excessive. It was also bizarre to me that there were people walking around with clipboards, trying to get kids to vote, except not trying. They were just...there. I'm going to hazard a guess that 80% of the people in attendance will vote for whoever Jay-Z or Kanye tell them to, i.e. Obama. The lights dimmed pretty close to 9 pm, and the show was soon underway with the opera singing from "HAM" while two twenty feet by twenty feet (guestimate) cubes rose out of the audience, with Kanye looking like a bag lady near the front of the stage, and Jay-Z towards the back of the floor section (see picture). Somehow, that picture I took turned out trill, in a really weird way. The sides of the cube had video projectors, or something, and had a bunch of really dope wildlife imagery, like sharks in bright blue water. Maybe they were tired--I mean, shit, I was tired from working ...

Posted at December 19, 2011 by Comments Off
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Concert review – Big Sean, CyHi The Prynce & Shawn Chrystopher on the I Am Finally Famous Tour

After attending the I Am Finally Famous Tour at the Showbox Sodo, I feel as if it is safe to say that Big Sean, CyHi The Prynce and Shawn Chrystopher are Finally Famous. Selling out shows every night, having all the kids line up hours beforehand in the terrible weather. Yes, they're finally famous indeed. Let me just say, the weather was beyond wretched. It was so rainy, windy, and cold that I was too miserable myself to really even laugh at all the scantily dressed girls. I have been to a lot of rap concerts in my time, but I am almost positive that Big Sean brought out the most diehard hoes, both in sheer numbers and sheer lack of clothes. I was fully clothed because it's wintertime, and like I said, I was miserable. While I was standing in line surrounded by a bunch of wannabe thug children, some guy tried to sell me his mixtape for a "donation," and compared himself to Sir Mix-a-Lot, Blue Scholars, and Macklemore. Enough was enough, so I vacated and went to the only open place I noticed: some bar that I don't know the name of. It was one of those fine establishments that offered peanuts, and the patrons could just throw the shells on the floor! I love making a mess and not cleaning up after myself! Between that novelty, and Twitter, my time was occupied as I cackled at the people waiting outside and marveled at the hoes not getting hypothermia. Everything worked out beautifully, and I made it inside just before Shawn Chrys took stage! In fact, "Back That Azz Up" was playing as I entered the venue, so I knew I was in for a good time. It was ...

Posted at November 22, 2011 by 1 Comment
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Concert review – XV & Casey Veggies in Seattle

It's kind of difficult/annoying/possibly pointless to write a review from so long ago--July 20th, to be exact--but I had so much fun at the XV and Casey Veggies show that I still wanted to write about them. So sue me. While I have a lot of good qualities, or so I think, being on time isn't really one of them, so I missed Logics' opening set. A little bummed about that, because I still haven't seen him live. Without much fanfare, Casey Veggies' DJ took the stage. The first cut he played was  Lil Wayne's  "Gucci Gucci," and that was bumping! I knew it was going to be a good night as soon as I heard it, and the crowd was loving it as much as me. Shortly thereafter, Young Veggies himself took the stage much to the delight of the young audience and the "adults" upstairs. Casey Veggies opened his set with "Ridin' Around Town," and appeared to be completely at ease on stage. When "CDC" came on, his collaboration with Dom Kennedy and cARTer, the crowd went crazy, and rightfully so. That might have been the highlight of his set for me, although I did enjoy the whole thing. The younger crowd seemed especially enthusiastic. Within minutes, headliner XV took the stage. I can't begin to tell you how much it warms my heart when concerts are over around midnight. Us old people and our day jobs. XV came out on stage with his green backpack (would you expect anything else, really?) and his set was immediately captivating. I was fortunate enough to catch XV when he was in town back in March, and I thought he did great then, but he completely and unequivocally ...

Posted at August 10, 2011 by Comments Off
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Concert review – The Femme Fatale Tour featuring Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj

On June 29th, I rolled down to Tacoma with my homegirl Ashley who scooped up a couple of tickets to see Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj on the Femme Fatale show courtesy of GroupOn. To be honest, I would have probably been too lazy to otherwise go down to Tacoma. Despite the fact that I never really grew up listening to Britney, and hated Pink Friday, I was excited to see both Britney and Nicki. I was excited to see Nicki mostly just so I could see what her live show is like, and I tend to like all the features she throws down. I will also note that I was excited to see Britney, because, well, it’s Britney, bitch. Since I was taking forever to eat my salad, we showed up late to Nicki’s set; I could hear “My Chick Bad” as people ineffectively tried to surge into the Tacoma Dome. God forbid anything or anyone being neat, orderly, or efficient. I guess, ultimiately, it was my bad because I always pull this shit and show up late (see Trey Songz). Everyone was scrambling around, and I regretted wearing heels. As usual. As someone who was skeptical of Nicki’s stage show, I was completely blown out of the water by her performance. She sounded great and didn’t lip sync, she was adorable with all her backup dancers, particularly for their rendition of “Bed Rock,” she looked completely comfortable up there skipping around, and above all, just put on a great set. She was compelling, and I was entertained for the whole time I was watching her. My first thought was that if Lil Kim could see Nicki performing, she would be weeping. That’s how unexpectedly great I found Nicki’s performance to be. Nicki’s set was a ...

Posted at July 11, 2011 by 1 Comment
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Hot video – Helluvastate “Brain Champagne”

THADWICK TRISTEN TREVOR lll & SWAN COLTRANE - "Brain Champagne" (Official Music Video) from Stephan Gray on Vimeo. What do you get with one half of Helladope and one third of State of the Artist? Adventures in a Helluvastate. Get it?? I love clever stuff like that. And beautifully executed music videos like this. To be exact, however, Helluvastate is not the name of the group, hence the aliases of Thadwick Trevor Tristen III and Swan Coltrane (that's for you, Will).  "Brain Champagne" is the first video off the Adventures in a Helluvastate, which you can download for free here. Stephen Gray directed and is responsible for this filthy, filthy video...in the sense that it's super clean. Sorry, I'm on that Seattle slang. I guess that's what happens when you live here. Last week, I went to a Japan benefit concert that SOTA headlined because it was for a good cause, and because I always have a lot of fun at their shows. As usual, they didn't disappoint. Also in the building that night were members of Cloud Nice, a collective in Seattle which is home to Helladope among some other groups. Before I knew it, some of the Cloud Nice crew joined SOTA on stage. Stuff like this doesn't happen in Seattle! At least at the shows I tend to go to. Jarv Dee, Tay Sean, Jerm, and Nacho Picaso joined Parker, Thaddeus, and Hyphen8d--collectively known as SOTA--on stage. Tay Sean and Jerm are Helladope, and Jarv Dee and Nacho are two thirds of BAYB. So, it's Tay Sean ("Swan Coltrane") and Thaddeus (Thadwick Tristen Trevor III) who make up Helluvastate, and Jarv Dee is the one driving them around in the video. Got it? I mostly just typed this paragraph out for ...

Posted at June 21, 2011 by Comments Off

Recap of Royce the Choice’s listening session for Choosin’ Season 2

All photos in this post courtesy of: Aviloud Photography Last Monday, I attended my first of what will hopefully be many listening sessions. My buddy Royce, who goes by the name of 'Royce the Choice,' invited some of his family and friends to a private listening of his new mixtape Choosin' Season 2. He originally told me that CS2 would be dropping in March, and it's the end of May now, so we've all been anticipating this tape. I was super excited for this event because even I hadn't heard what Royce has been working on these past months! As usual, I made a fashionably late entrance...actually there wasn't anything fashionable about my entrance. I dropped a bunch of crap outside of my car and Royce was there to witness it. But hey, I try. And anyway, most everyone arrived after me. So what did I do? I familiarized myself with the buffet, of course (smh), and kind of danced in my chair while I was eating since all the songs were dope. It was all good, and although I didn't quite know what to expect at my first listening session, the evening ended up being super chill. People were just mingling, and DJ Vega the Virgo was playing great cuts as usual. Before we all knew it, Royce treated us to a special performance of choice cuts from Choosin' Season 1 as a prelude into Choosin' Season 2 (catch that pun???). He performed songs such as "Yuckie," his "Stoopid" and "Window Seat" freestyles, and "Yesterday Was Nice." While I was watching Royce perform, and even later when I was listening to his new ...

Posted at May 28, 2011 by Comments Off
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Concert review – Clipse and friends at the UW

Two Saturdays ago--I know, I know, I'm hella slacking--while watching the Clipse perform from afar at the UW Spring Fling Concert, my homegirl Krystle and I sold some copies of Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked for Malice. And when I say we sold books, what I really mean is that we sat there guarding the books until he came back to sign copies and proceeded to sell every book. Even though it was only my second time experiencing the Clipse perform such classic cuts as "Grindin," I will say that that never gets old. For whatever reason, I really enjoy the live rendition of "Keys Open Doors." Obviously, it would have been dope to be up at the front of the stage, like I was the other time I saw the Clipse perform (that was in the post-ThaBlogisHot.com era, mind you), but it was still incredibly dope to be hanging out with Malice, and even talking more in-depth about his book than our interview back in January allowed us to do. Honestly, I wouldn't even really call this a concert review simply because we were so far away that the sound was distorted, and I couldn't see anything, as I'm sure you can tell from that lovely picture. I just like to highly compartmentalize and organize everything, so I'm rolling with the 'concert review' label. Even though we couldn't hear or see much, we still had a dope time people watching and dancing to the Clipse in our chairs. Since I am not the least bit familiar with the UW Campus, it kind of felt like an ordeal getting to the event...or more likely, I was just freaking out as usual. We showed up during Sol's ...

Posted at May 22, 2011 by Comments Off
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