So over the past month almost 2 months I have been taking some time to travel around. I wont get into to much detail but if you care to know here is a little summary. My travels included Colorado, Mexico, and Brazil. I shredded the slopes in Colorado and spent some time with old friends etc. There want much snow but I made the best of it. Two of my friends broke their arms while riding the same run, at the same time. Quite the freak accident dontcha think? I returned to SF to play a new years day party with Aaron Axelson, Team No Sleep, and a few others. Fun times
After Colorado I hit up Mexico for the BPM Festival in Play Del Carmen. It was my first year attending the festival, and had a blast. Playa del Carmen is like the less touristy little sister of Cancun. Still pretty touristy though. Highlights included the SACBE jungle party, No.19 showcase, Wolf+Lamb & Soul Clap at Santanera at which Nicholas Jaar played a surprise opening set and our very own Pillow Talk killed it, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Lee Burridge, plenty of drinking, little sleep, etc. I saw a ton of familiar faces and met a bunch of awesome new people. Great festival overall. After the festival died down I retreated to Tulum to catch the Visionquest showcase and to chill out for 3 days, detox, immerse myself in the bohemian lifestyle, and soak up some rays. Tulum is rad.
I will post about brazil later.
The good folks over at Another Planet and Noise Pop released the lineup for the Treasure Island music festival today. These guys have been battling the odds of a tiny location compared to other festivals, no parking, and unpredictable weather since 2007 to a great degree of success.
The entire lineup is pretty amazing but highlights include Empire of the Sun, Death Cab For Cutie, Cut Copy, Chromeo, Buraka Som Sistema, Geographer, Beach House & The Head and The Heart.
Last years event sold out at least a week prior, and I am guessing this year will be no different. Tickets are only $99 bucks if you act fast so better get on it.
and yes after party at my place : D
Yesterday I hit up the Sunset party on Treasure Island. The party was held on the Great Lawn overlooking the magnificent San Francisco skyline and bay. Dj sets by the Legendary Acid House Producer: A Guy Called Gerald, Galen, Solar, J-Bird, & Primo. I had a nice time lounging in the sun with good friends. The weather was pretty perfect until about 6pm when a little wind picked up. Some really nice additions to this event were full size beds courtesy of Supperclub, the taco trucks, and a ton of really nice VW vans.
Here is a nice video of the overall scene…
Some random pics from the day…
Here is a clip from 2nd Sundays which we hit up later. This is Justin Martin dropping a remix of Girl Unit – Wut. I will look into which remix it is later. If anyone knows or has it email it to me please
Oh Coachella….where to start. I figured I would throw together a little recap in order to piece together my week in the desert, and touch on my favorite parts.
I love this festival for so many reasons….I guess it really signifies the end of winter and start of spring/summer for me. Thousands of beautiful people running around under the desert skies in hyphy tank tops and bikinis. Music blasting, art installations, dust, lights, dancing…you get the picture.
Fashion trends this year included douchebags in sailor hats and Indian Headresses, Tiger masks, tank tops (of course), Aztec and Indian prints, neon purses, i dunno I’m not much of a fashion blogger so that’s all for fashion trends.
On to the music.
Friday was the only day I got their early. I saw Skrillex, The Drums, Lauren Hill, Sleigh Bells, The Black Keys, and Kings of Leon. I was really bummed to miss Marina & the Diamonds and Gayngs. After the festival that night we hit up a pretty amazing house party at the Coachella Mini Mansion on PGA west. I ended up playing two sets. One late night techno set, and another marathon day set of indie, and house for the pool party. One of my favorite nights/days of the whole festival.
Saturday was a lot harder to get motivated for the festival as the Coachella Mini Mansion party had continued into that day and turned in to a full on pool party. After a full day of fun in the sun and some interesting interactions with the golfers I was inspired to hit the festival. I drank some tea and headed into the madness once again right around sunset. I ended up seeing parts of Chuckie, Laidback Luke, Yelle, Bright Eyes, One day as a Lion, & a bit of Mumford and Suns. We were lucky enough to have some friends who had gotten table service in the rose garden. I didn’t even know you could get table service at coachella…well you can. It was nothing short of plush with fat roses everywhere, clean grass, statues and fountains and celeb sightings at every turn. I took a souvenir champagne toast photo, introduced some girls to Leo DiCaprio and then passed out until Arcade Fire.
Arcade Fire absolutely killed it with a sing along dance party atmosphere. Their balloon drop and subsequent light show encore was nothing short of epic. check the video
Sunday morning found me feeling refreshed from my nap in the rose garden. I was a bit burnt-out on the polo fields and had a slew of texts from friends asking for a campground rescue. We cruised by and picked up the homies and headed on a small road trip out to Palm springs. We dropped in on the Ace Hotel for the Do Over pool party, and right next door was the Fools Gold/Scion event. We lounged by the pool pretty much all day and shook our tail-feathers to Drop the Lime, Flinch, Star Eyes, The Captain, Nadastrom, Brodinski, Skeet Skeet and guests After the refreshing oasis I was ready to hit the polo grounds once again. I saw Chromeo, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, and Kanye.
Chromeo put on an amazing dance show. As soon as I got there I started dancing, and i pretty much didnt stop until the music did. They brought up Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend to the stage for “I could be wrong”. Chromeo brought A-trak on stage at some point to play drums. I am pretty sure that A-trak holds the Coachella 2011 record for most stage time by playing in 3 different acts. A-trak dj set, Duck Sauce, and on stage with his brother for Chromeo. A-trak you are a badass.
On Monday the trip took an unexpected detour to Santa Monica where we changed our flights last minute and hit up Check Yo Ponytail @ the Echoplex. We walked the Santa Monica Boardwalk, and watched our french companions buy all the random shit you would never buy unless you had never been to the boardwalk.
Check Yo Ponytail was dope with performances by Mattie Safer, Chairlift, and Holy Ghost. I have never been to the Echoplex so I was excited to hang out there. Its a nice little concert venue/club in Echo Park. Good drinks and friendly crowd. Mattie Safer played a short set of only about 3 songs. He didnt do “Is That Your Girl?” which is probably better because its pretty repetitive. After the show we took the party to my friend Landons spot up the street and true to form I almost missed my 6am flight. I am thankful for amazing friends who love me enough to pick me up on the side of the freeway.
thank you Coachella…and see you again next year.