FYF 2017

So if you read my previous blog post on Agenda Fest last weekend, you might remember I mentioned I’d be heading to FYF fest for the following weekend. Well, I went and Fuck Yeah it was B.O.M.B. I have to say; the line up had to be one of my personal favorites this festival season thus far, with Coachella coming in second.

The schedule was Puuurfect with very minimal scheduling conflicts. This is always an unfortunate hit when you have a conflict because let’s be real, we’ve all been there, and ain’t nobody got time for that. SO we fortunately did not have to go down that dark path and had a pretty solid experience. I attended Friday and Saturday but skipped on Sunday. There were some very very rad performers playing BUT I had to pass. The performers I did see on Friday and Saturday where UNREAL though and killed it during their sets. Top performances had to be:

  • Missy Elliot
  • Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals
  • MGMT
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Frank Ocean

And alright, I know that’s kind of a lot, but to be fair, I DID mention the line up was dope. So we proceed:

Missy Elliott:

One word for her performance…LIT. But that is to be expected as Missy Elliot is a sure bet for a very L.I.T. time. I mean, the original queen of hip-hop has no shortage of top hits to pull out of her back pocket and simply just lay out on the floor. And ohhh she did. The crowd got down to hits such as Get your Freak On, Lose Control, Bomb Intro/Pass That Dutch, Work It and more. She also performed some of her more recent hits like I’m Better and WTF, which naturally got the crowd amped. Missy is NO LIE, homies, and she ain’t goin’ NO WHERE.

 

Anderson .Paak

So I’m normally not a huge fan of being in the FRONT of shows, but I saw an opening in the crowd while watching .Paak and figured sure, why not. Well, I’m glad I did because seeing him groove and play the drums up close was a freaking treat.

Now this was my third time seeing .Paak with the first time being at the Hollywood Palladium, the second at the House of Blues Anaheim, and then shortly after he toured in Europe. Well, he just recently came BACK from Europe and then performed FYF and WOW, his performance was ohhhh soooo clean. The music organically flows through this artist already but after touring, it is evident that he’s only honed in on his skills as a performer. His set was spotless and absolutely polished. Maybe be the best performance of the weekend for me. Incredible. I mean also good god you just simply cannot go wrong with live instruments.

MGMT

This made the top list because it was an absolute throw back for everyone. These guys have great vibes and are fairly consistent performers. I mean, I can’t say I’ve ever heard of someone coming back from an MGMT concert disappointed because the artists didn’t put on a good show. The music is basically modern day psychedelic rock so I mean trippy is trippy and that’s not gunna change. So on that note, FREAKING GOOD VIBES ALL THROUGH OUT THE SHOW. If I could buy everyone at the bar a round of this every time I go out, yeah I’d do it. JUST SOLID. Fun Funky and absolutely FRESH. The sun was shining high in the sky when they performed as well, so it was basically like we were all living in a bubbly music video. Awesome.

A Tribe Called Quest

Now if you think you’ve been to a hip hop show…. Think again because I thought I had been to my fair share until I saw Tribe. Maybe it’s the reputation or the deep roots they have, but nothing beats the authenticity of seeing true hip hop legends like A Tribe Called Quest. And hey, maybe I am biased, (Insert hyper link), but you just can’t beat ‘em. To all my hip hop fans, you feel me. Organic, raw, and real to the core, this show was where it’s at. At first, I was slightly bothered because there was some sound issues, BUT that eased up toward the second half of their performance. No lie, they have aged and they are in fact missing one of their main boys, (RIP Phiff) but they still came strong and their energy hasn’t faded. Absolutely classic hip hop performance. Can’t ask for anything better.

Frank Ocean

Then you had Frank. Now when you invest in Frank, you know you’re investing in a very low key and mellow show. One with a lot of feels too, if ya feel me. So this show was no different then what you’d expect. A lot of sways and groovessss. This was also a special performance because Frank seldom performs. I mean word has it our friend has some serious stage fright. With that being said, his performance was chill and well, beautiful. It was at the end of the night so we were all pretty beat, but still, it didn’t change the fact that Frank has a voice of an angel. Also, damn the man sure had some serious hunnies screaming for him in the pit. Damn.

All in all the festival was rad and well organized. The crowd was cool, the sets were awesome, and the line up was perfect. Next year will be AWESOME and I can’t wait to be back.

 

With Bacon,

Maddie

 

Syd’s Got It

Alright ladies and gentleman today is a VERY special day because we’ve got SYD’S NEW ALBUM ON DECK. And man, right now there isn’t anything better. Syd Aka Sydney Bennett; artist, producer, singer-song writer AND all around musician has just released her solo album entitled Fin, on February 3rd. Syd broke into the music scene as a member of Odd Future, then did some work as a group member of  The Internet. Now Syd’s solo work is SOARING high and hitting the music scene with a slam. Let’s just say that the album is smoothly coming in, steeling yo girl AND yo man, because there really ain’t anything sexier out there right now.

On her first track, “Shake it Off”, your emotions are carried through the smooth and sultry top down classic Cadillac ride of Syd’s voice….then crank, crank, crank BOOM the track drops you back down. It’s like the winding of a clock. The gears are slowly but surely cranking until they drop into the groves. It’s a ride.

In the next track, Syd incorporates a little 90’s R&B/Hip Hop ( Shout out to Aalyah ) in “Know.” Syd soulfully breaths out every verse making it impossible not to node your head, no matter if you’re a hip hop fan or not. You’ve also got a lot going on with the beat, from the slightly poppy sound mixed with the drawn out synth enhanced sections.

And then you’ve got the banger,  “No Complaints” coming in at a POWERFUL 1:13 seconds. Lets be real, it’s short but it’s all you really need for this track. Syd is putting it all out on the table and sparing no shortage of her energy and passion here. It’s raw, its harsh, and it lingers. No surprise she produced and wrote the entire track. You can clearly hear her.

What is interesting about this album compared to her work with The Internet is that it’s arguably more lighter than the groups album, Ego Death. Fin is more of a spiritual break through for Syd and a compilation of work that allows her to fully step into herself. It’s heavy at times, but its real and raw…. Well, in the classic style that we all crave from Syd. We can’t deny that she keeps it real always.

In the end, these are just a few hitters on the album, when really the entire album could be 2 hours longer and it just wouldn’t be long enough. She really put out something special with this album.

Sooooooo….. CHECK THIS OUT if you haven’t. You can’t sleep on this one. It’s just way too good.

With Bacon,

Maddie

Porches Y’all

Alright… I’ll admit, I missed music Monday last week…. and it was in fact a bad week to miss, particularly with Kanye’s new album, The Life of Pablo. It was almost a sin. But let’s be real … I’m too cheap to switch to Tidal and ok, too lazy to potentially seek it out in the dark corners of the web.

Anyway, on today’s list is Porches and his new album entitled “Pool.” I’ve been essentially rockin’ out to Pool all day except for in a semi lethargic way because it’s somewhat of a slower and more euphoric album.

Underwater is a particularly interesting track with a mesmerizing beat. I imagine myself dancing on a cloud in slow motion. Maybe a little perfume add? Wind blows hair, seductive look back. Hey, maybe throw a wink in there and call it a day. So other than the beat, the song is a full 4 minutes long with a total of about 83 words. Much is said in little words, further leaving the listener to create their own image and perspective. This esoteric aspect is what adds mystery and finesse to the album. “Shape” is another great track, that provokes a darker and more intransitive feeling. It’s spooky, semi creepy, and simple. The album holds a slight melancholy feel with some sporadic hints of disco (very subtle). I’d recommend checking it out.

 

With Bacon,

Maddie

 

Beyoncé

Happy Monday to each and everyone who’s reading…which may or may not be 2 or three people. Shot out to you mom for reading, I appreciate you. Anywho, today is Music Monday and I think it’s time to get at a piece of whatever Ms. Beyoncé is putting out. As we all saw, the quote on quote queen, performed at the super bowl AND dropped her new song WITH a music video. Her song entitled “Formation” is what’s on the menu for today.

So lyrically, the song contains typical sassy lines, catch phrases, and insightful sayings. The lyrics also contain strong cultural references, as does the music video. The video is beautifully done and expresses glimpses of rich historical content, whether it’s plantation style scenes, or 80’s stomp and sway. There are also great references to Hurricane Katrina.

Ohhhh but here it comes….the big whammy. RACE. God isn’t this the topic of the century. Literally. Here is my personal definition/opinion of activism. So, time to preach;

Now, this is definitely debatable when discussing Beyoncé’s new music video. As I watched it, I performed a series of debates in my head, experienced a couple uncomfortable feelings, and envisioned myself in other peoples shoes. So the conclusion I’ve come to is that…..I think Beyoncé missed the mark in my book for progressive activism. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your heritage, being proud of your culture, and of who you are i.e. “ I love my negro noes, and Jackson 5 nostrils”….but when adding negative feelings and potential aggressive connotations when uniting a group of people… “Ladies stay gracious, but revenge is your paper” then I draw the line.

ALSO, for the current social and cultural situations we are experiencing with the change of terminology and even movements e.g. Black Lives Matter…. it’s currently very confusing timing to throw in the word Negro back into the mix. I also sure as hell asked myself if I could sing this song freely, without feeling like I would get punched in the face. Regardless, the song is definitely empowering and is filled with rich historical content.

With Bacon,

Maddie