For so many musicians in this past half-century, genesis came from the electricity of picking up an instrument and plucking out the melody of a Beatles tune. Now, 50 years later, a hand-picked group of young artists pay homage to the batch of songs that introduced us all to four lads out of Liverpool. Last week marked the release of Beatles Reimagined, a landmark compilation of Beatles tracks covered by a slew of indie artists. Joonbug was there, dear reader, mimosa in hand.
First, a little background: Beatles Reimagined is a joint effort created by The Adage Group and Round Hill Music, executive-produced by Owen Husney and a twenty-something piece production team including Tim Anderson (ImaRobot, Solange) and Kevin Carvel (Atlantic Records, A&M/Octone, NBC’s “The Voice”). With the North American rights in hand, the team reached out to indie greats across the country in search of the most powerful covers for this fantastic venture. The release party took place at North Hollywood staple The Federal Bar. The establishment is a vision in brick-and-mortar, more reminiscent of an NYC studio than a Valley bar. For this event, part of The Federal's Mimosa Music Series, the upstairs lounge was decked out with Beatles paraphernalia, none more exciting than The Beatles cartoons looping across the monitors. The crowd was nothing if not eclectic. There were rockers, industry types, fans and family alike. This all-ages show offered something for everyone, and that extends far beyond bagels and champagne. It was the faces of the Beatle babies in the audience that intrigued this reporter most, illustrating that the melodies of Lennon and McCartney have a timeless quality that we will only understand more as we dance merrily on into the future. Host Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes ushered us into this special event with kind words for his collaborators. His hobo-chic look screamed indie rock star as his quiet, intelligent demeanor introduced the days' bands. First on the stage were Cali-native duo Doom & Gloom. Their take on "And I Love Her" is a haunting midnight-drive version of the original. "We didn't need to do much," frontman Nate Cole told Joonbug. "We brought out the piano and reworked the tune." Perhaps an understatement, their earnest take stood out as something young McCartney might be proud of. Austin favorite Mobley followed thereafter. Though without his usual band, the guitar-toting Texan in frontman Anthony Watkins II seemed more than comfortable on stage. The highlight of the day came as he plugged in the rest of the band via cassette player (you read that right) for the staccato-funk offering of "From Me to You." Not since his days with Teddy Ruxpin has this reporter seen someone nail that kind of duet. Color me impressed. The Well Pennies. Don't know them? GET TO KNOW THEM. This folksy couple brought a down-home legitimacy to the days' events. The release itself opens with their heartbreaking cover of "All My Loving," just one of the treats they offered up on stage. Their oaky harmonies were an excellent choice for the album and the day.
Closing the show was twosome Gypsy Death Star. An unusual fit to end the show, the collected wailings of Cesar Augusto and Wyatt Hull sounded more like Captain Kirk than it did Sgt. Pepper, but nevertheless, they brought new flavor to the Fab Four, mission directive #1. Whether the creators knew it upon conception or not, Beatles Reimagined is far beyond a gift to listeners. The real treat belongs to the musicians involved. As an artist, to be given the keys to the kingdom that Ringo built is something far beyond ordinary. Consider kids in a candy shop, or perhaps another of your favorite metaphors for sheer bliss. In the eyes of the beholder, the release was a complete success, for artist and audience alike.
As we've already mentioned, Trattoria Il Mulino--offshoot of worldwide fine dining franchise Il Mulino New York--serves an outstanding brunch. Offerings range from traditional Italian takes on brunch classics (like their Uova in Camicia, an Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Caviar) to more hearty pizza, pasta, and protein entrees. The dishes on the extensive menu bring the formidable A-Game that has come to be expected from the Il Mulino name. Coupled with the lovely ambiance (think cool off whites, repurposed glass light fixtures hanging a low glow overhead, and live jazz), Trattoria Il Mulino's brunch has rightfully earned a sizeable amount of buzz.
The best way to avoid a hangover is simply to drink earlier in the day. You’ll get a great buzz going and can be sober before bedtime. Fortunately, there are plenty of places in New York City where you can have your brunch and drink too! A trip to any of these places will provide not only higher spirits, but a bit of a cultural experience as well.
Enjoy eggs benedict topped with a jalapeno hollandaise sauce with your choice of unlimited Sangria, Mimosa and Bloody Marys at this tapas spot on Hudson Street in Manhattan. At $25 you can pair you unlimited indulgence with anything on the menu.
What a long strange trip it’s been.
After four days of battling the blistering heat, sleeping under the Tennessee stars, wandering about the 700-acre campground and singing along with musical legends, my body is begging for rest. My feet are worn, my eyes are slipping shut, my fingernails are buried under heaps of dirt. But I survived my first Bonnaroo, and live to tell the tales of an extraordinary weekend.
The eleventh annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival gathered more than 80,000 music lovers to the small town of Manchester, Tennessee for four days of peace, love, and music. While Woodstock may have pioneered the festival movement in America, Bonnaroo has taken over where the hippie extravaganza left off. Bustling with eco-friendly activism, throngs of naked bodies twirling around and mudslides forming across the farm, Bonnaroo successfully transformed technology-obsessed Americans into carefree and wild-spirited festi-lovers - if only for the weekend.
The small town of Manchester, Tennessee has welcomed the bulging crowds of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for eleven years - opening its quiet roads and grassy knolls to infiltration by hippies, hipsters, burnouts, ravers, rockers and every other category of music lovers imaginable. Giant RVs, cars stuffed to the brim with supplies and hitchhiking hopefuls invade the nearby Walmart en route to the festival, gearing up for four days of foregoing electricity and showers in favor of nature exploration and musical madness. Excitement flairs during the hours-long wait to the entrance, everyone eager to set up camp and start boogying down!
Techibeats and Danceland have teamed up to bring the Los Angeles bass music community a show of epic proportions.
Mimosa resides at the pinnacle of big room, dance floor shaking party music. His ever expanding talent makes him one of the most versatile producers and exciting performers in the industry. His sets are packed with his classic remixes and bass heavy originals. Indescribable energy. Check out this video of him live at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville earlier this year.
ill.Gates's inclusion in this lineup makes it a truly special event. He is a pioneer amongst Ableton junkies and bass heads alike. When it comes to outrageous productions of beat driven maximalism, he sits on the throne with his frequent studio collaborators Bassnectar and Jantsen. His ingenuity and originality are unparalleled. Check out his free download archive here.
EDM lovers are in for a real treat for the next few months. A plethora of electro fests are lined up and ready for the taking. While we wait for dates and lineups to be announced for post-June festivals, peep these April-June events that are confirmed, with tickets on sale now!
who: Tiësto, Röyksopp, STS9, 12th Planet, araabMUZIK, Awolnation, Calvin Harris, Cosmic Gate, CSS, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Mt Eden, Nero, Steve Aoki
The 11th annual Camp Bisco Music and Arts Festival (July 12-14) announced their lineup today. With over 100 performers this year, the roster is packed with some of the biggest names in electronic music. In other words, get your tix before they sell out!
Check out this incredible lineup:
The Disco Biscuits; Bassnectar; Skrillex; Amon Tobin ISAM; Crystal Castles; Atmosphere; Big Boi; Shpongle presents The Masquerade; A-Trak; Lotus; Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set); Dada Life; Zeds Dead; Porter Robinson; Portugal. The Man; Big Gigantic; Bonobo (DJ set); Zedd; Mimosa; Daedelus; Holy Fuck; Mord Fustang; Break Science with Chali 2na; Kill the Noise; Rubblebucket; Gramatik; Tycho; Star Slinger; NiT GriT; Brothers Past; Archnemesis; El Ten Eleven; Craze; Alvin Risk; The M Machine; Zoogma; Eliot Lipp Live; 3LAU; Mansions on the Moon; Future Rock; Minnesota; The Knocks; Abakus; Thundercat; Shigeto; Ill-Esha; Killabits; Lance Herbstrong; Mux Mool; Orchard Lounge; Virtual Boy; DrFameus; Nick Catchdubs; Codes; JWLS; Star Eyes; Mindelixir; The Nadis Warriors; Paul Chambers; Inspired Flight; Freekbot; Alpha Data; Kung Fu; Manhattan Project; Rich Aucoin; HOTTUB; Xylos; Spiritual Rez; Bird of Prey; Revolvr and Michett and many more.
It’s about time San Francisco got a fresh, new brunch spot. We can all thank Ryan Scott, of Mission
Beach Café and Top Chef fame, for bringing us just that: Brunch Drunk Love at Bruno’s. As if the Mission district couldn’t get any hotter this time of year, you now have a delicious new location to enjoy some tasty breakfast and lunch items. Be warned, Scott is only poaching eggs and flipping pancakes on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm, all other hours belong to the bar.
With the weekend finally here, us ladies are all scrambling for new, fresh outfits. Well you can stop looking because Jessie Boutique, with stores in South Beach and Aventura and a website jessieboutique.com, has an outfit for any occasion and at any price. Whether it be a dress for a Friday night out on the town or a casual, yet chic, brunch ensemble, this boutique has more than enough options to help you achieve the look that you’re going for.
Being new to the Miami scene, I found myself staying away from that pesky mall traffic and searching for a good clothing boutique...a.k.a my oasis. One afternoon, while looking for my birthday get-up, I stumbled upon Jessie Boutique in South Beach and found more than I bargained for. Upon entering, I was welcomed by gracious sales girls and racks upon racks of dresses, skirts, shorts, tops, and denim, along with a nice assortment of jewelry and accessories. Well-known brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Halston Heritage, Foley & Corinna, and Elizabeth and James can be found making their home here along with some fresh up-and-comers like Patterson J. Kincaid, Haute Hippie, Aaron Ashe, and Dallin Chase. With the great selection and wide range of prices ($38-$595) to choose from, this trip that I had set aside two hours for suddenly became a twenty minute breeze. Dress and accessories in hand, I walked out happily knowing that this wasn’t going to be my last trip here.