grandoozy 2018: day 1

grandoozy 2018: day 1

This year, the Denver metropolitan area introduced Grandoozy Music Festival to its citizens. The show was produced by the co-creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, and its lineup mirrored that tenacity, bringing some insanely talented acts to Overland Park. We had a photographer on the ground for the weekend, and she captured some fun shots of Friday and Sunday at the fest! Here are our Day 1 gems, featuring Miguel, Bishop Briggs, Phoenix, and more!

**Photos by Nikki A. Rae Photography

handsomebeast | for robbin’ banks & makin’ love after

handsomebeast | for robbin’ banks & makin’ love after

This playlist is the embodiment of Handsomebeast’s new musical and visual direction. We want to paint a picture in the way that some of our favorite films do: dangerously. In reflection of how dynamically eclectic the band is, these songs venture between exciting getaway tunes with high energy to slow burners that can melt anyone into the bedsheets.

With Tarintino-ish vibes from tunes like “Black Venom” from The Budos Band and Adrian Younge’s “Turn Down the Sound”, you could imagine this playlist playing during a well-executed heist (some of our favorite movie plots).

In the other direction lay the smooth after effects of such invigorating action: the love making (yeeeah). Smoke something with Houston’s UGK. Pour one up with Warren G. Grab your partner and slow dance to Daniel Caesar’s “Get You” or Liquid Monk’s “On the Rocks” before the feds bust in.

Some of these artists are huge influences on the band that stuck with us through the evolution of our personal sound, such as Gorillaz, James Brown, Talking Heads, and the Isley Brothers.

Baring in mind how musically diverse the band is, it’s no wonder this playlist ranges from Kendrick Lamar to early 60’s Peruvian Chicha pioneers Los Mirlos. Inspiration comes in many forms, but as long as it grooves, Handsomebeast will jam it.

This is Heist-Rock. This is Hip-Hop Noir. This is music For Robbin’ Banks & Makin’ Love After.

Check out Handsomebeast on one of their tour dates below!
9/13 – Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN
9/15 – Foggy Mountain Brew Pub – Asheville, NC
9/20 – Pianos – New York, NY
9/21 – Connie’s Ric Rac – Philadelphia, PA
9/22 – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC

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jewel toned summer vibes | august 2018 music video roundup

jewel toned summer vibes | august 2018 music video roundup

This month has been absolutely insane for music videos, and we’ve never been more impressed. Jewel tones seem to be the main focus regarding visuals, but the creativity involved in both the concepts of the videos and the way they’re represented is absolutely phenomenal. Dare we say it? August 2018 might be the best month for music videos EVER.

But we’re kind of getting ahead of ourselves. We created a succinct YouTube playlist with 79 of our favorites – yes, 79 – from this month. This list includes the likes of Nahko, Courtney Barnett, Ron Gallo, Blue October, Holy Golden, and many more! Check it out, love on it, find your new favorite!

junks | junks-wave

junks | junks-wave

A playlist curated by DK (aka Ectoplazm), the lead singer of Junks.

  1. The Auryn – Klaus Doldinger
  2.  Surveillance Camera – Rey Pila
  3. Oscar Mike – Captain Now
  4. Contact High – Architecture in Helsinki
  5. Everybody’s Movin’ – Junks (Robert Parker remix)
  6. Together In Electric Dreams – Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder
  7. Playing For Time – Madleen Kane
  8. Clutch – Miami Nights 1984
  9. 11th Dimension – Julian Casablancas
  10. That Funky Music – Midnight Driver
  11. Popularity – Sparks
  12. Annie – Neon Indian
  13. Anthonio – Berlin Breakdown Version – Annie
  14. Shannon’s Eyes (12” Version) – Girogio Moroder, Paul Engemann
  15. Firecracker – Yellow Magic Orchestra
  16. Communication – Ace Marino
  17. The Touch (LIFELIKE remix) – Mitch Murder
  18. Ooey – Vitalic
  19. New Lands – Justice
  20. One Way Trigger – The Strokes
  21. Real Bad Lookin’ – Alex Cameron
  22. Johnny & Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry) – Todd Terje
  23. Nuclear Holiday – Junks
  24. Enola Gay – OMD

 

The playlist I’ve compiled is a combination of songs, sounds and artists that influence Junks and the kind of music I like to mix when i’m DJing at parties or at my monthly retrowave party, Totally Rad.

The list reflects my love of synthwave and 80s synthpop, with songs that give me that warm and fuzzy nostalgic feeling, evoking images of the neon-drenched, Blade Runner-esque cityscapes implanted in my brain from too-much-movie-watching but also from my life here in the futuristic cities of Hangzhou and Shenzhen, China.

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Keep up with Junks here.