Earlier this week Pries released “Revenge of the Nerd,” a mixtape he’s calling his final project before releasing a full-length album. A perfect balance of pop songs and hard-core rap, Pries is at his finest and isn’t taking any prisoners on this one. He’s eloquent in his delivery and positively vulnerable in his display. Excellent job. Download below.
Check out “Revenge Of The Nerd” here: http://www.datpiff.com/redirect.php?abid=578
And here’s the mixtape’s first single, “Silver & Gold”
F.L. of The Foodchain is on the move as of late and the latest leak from “Young Amsterdam” is “Dimes.” The track, as you can imagine, is about that perfect amount of herb that does the trick. He shouts out Frosted Leaf Dispensary and lets the hook ride out on this KushedOutTreezy produced one. “Young Amsterdam” is out on, you guessed it; 4/20. Listen below:
Smoky Bare’s submission for the week “Workin” might quietly be one of the hottest submissions we’ve received in a while. Vulnerable and tenacious, this song is tight because it’s the tale of the moment when you choose to follow your own path. By any means necessary, Smoky Bare is getting out his dreams and he’s willing to do it on his own. Nice. Listen below:
NMB- Most Wanted is a new face to the round-up. His track “I’m in My Zone” describes that lovely moment of solitude when a smoker is letting his thoughts swirl in his head. The hook is repeated like a mantra that can be circled around any particular goal, really. We dig this cause, sometimes, alone time is the best time to set goals and make shit happen. Listen below:
Isaiah Kelley of Rebel Minority has a penchant for the apocalyptic rap. His verses are chock full of split metaphors and thick rhymes. The sample used on “All I Have” is sleepy and creative but upbeat at the same time. Check for Kelley’s weaving verses and a feature from D. Kell. Listen below:
Ha$h is always a welcome face to the rap round-up. Not only does the MC slightly resemble Rakim, he has an ease and swagger to his raps that make him seem authentic. “Game Ain’t the Same” is a video featuring Ha$h’s homies doing what they do; being about that life. I dig Ha$h because his rhymes come with no pretense. He discusses the change in the music game with ease and experience and it’s quite pleasant. The visuals of the city are gorgeous too. Watch below.
Preview is the wild card out of the bunch. If you listen carefully to this one you might hear a slight Africa Bambaata sound against Preview’s raw flow. I could hear this track “Dirty Dancin” played in the club over some huge speakers or remixed by someone dope like Sango.]]>
Emma Stone is Hollywood’s funny girl, yet she’s one of the most stylish 20-somethings and always has a fresh face. She uses a liquid liner to show off her amazing eyes, and also has a bright lip. Everything else is pretty tame, and you don’t have to go overboard with blush either. Tip: You don’t have to match your lipstick to your outfit. I’m loving the paisley blue of her top along with the clash of her bright pink lips.
If you’re going to a nice restaurant or have tickets to a musical, we often think that we need to go dark. But you don’t always have to wear a dark shade of lipstick and dark liner to make yourself look formal. Jessica Biel always knows how to dress up her makeup, even when she doesn’t look like she’s wearing very much. A nude lip can go a long way. In this case, the most noticeable feature is her eyes with a silver shadow. Don’t go crazy with it, but use it to highlight your eye’s features. A little bit of mascara, maybe a touch of liner, and you’re set.
I love wearing a bright shade of red lipstick on dates. But to stay away from looking unnaturally made up, just apply a tiny amount of mascara on the eyes and a nude shadow. You don’t need eyeliner or a dark shadow, because you’ll look overdone. Kate Bosworth always has fresh makeup and always looks pretty, while looking like she only tok a few minutes to get ready.]]>
A pond skim is a fairly simple game. Charge down hill strapped to either your skis or your board and try to gain enough speed to launch off an on snow jump and skim effortlessly across a freezing cold pool of water and hop out on the other side victorious. It’s a spectacle that rebels against the laws of physics, sanity, and the limit of afternoon laughter.
Any daredevil 14 years or older is welcome to compete; and all participants will receive a base layer from Helly Hansen. There is a $75 registration fee per participant and you must register by Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM mountain standard time. While most compete for the stories and glory, some fierce competitors keep their eyes on the prize. The last man and woman standing will go home boasting the title of “The Golden Skimmer” and they will receive a 2014/15 Epic Pass from Vail, as well as a pair of Liberty Skis and a Helly Hansen base layer.
The World Pond Skimming Championships are a sight to be seen; with wild costumes and crazed athletes the show is memorable to say the least. The event opens to the public at 1:30 p.m. with brand and gear expos, as well as giveaways from the sponsors. With the heat of competition turning up at 3 p.m., you can shred all day and still witness the mayhem. This may be the happiest happy hour of your season.
Om have been around since 2003, and started as a two-piece with Chris Hakius on drums and Al Cisneros on bass and vocals. They decided to start the group when their former band, the doom outfit known as Sleep, broke up. Om are an experimental drone band, which may sound like a turnoff to some, but there is something in Om’s presentation and song structure that really works. Instead of coming off as trying too hard to capture an Eastern vibe and make something unique, Om sound as though they are simply channeling their interests in slow music and spirituality to create something captivating and natural. Despite their esoteric leanings, Om actually manage to write catchy and memorable songs, even if they are ten minutes long. Om are now a three-piece; Chris Hakius has been replaced by Emil Amos from the band Grails, and Robert Lowe joined the band in 2009 as a guitarist, synth player, and second vocalist and percussionist.
Om will be joined by Watter, the sludgy side project of bands Slint and Grails. The show starts at 8:oopm, and costs $17 in advance, $20 the day of the show. Come out to wrap up your day of hearty festivities with some relaxing, rhythmic drone.
Written by Addison Herron-Wheeler of 303 Magazine.
Photos courtesy of Om.]]>
After spending the early months of 2014 recovering from extensive touring, Flume is back on the road, playing spring music festivals and gearing up for a massive summer tour across the U.S. and Europe. 303 Magazine caught up with him before he dazzled fans with a nearly two-hour set last night, and discussed working with Chet Faker, his intense tour schedule and how he’ll end 2014.
303 Magazine: You just played Lollapalooza Chile. How was that?
Flume: It was really fun. I had never played in South America before. Everyone was so excited.
And you just went to Thailand and Argentina. Seems like you know how to take advantage of the little free time you have.
Yeah, last year I spent most of my time touring. I was pretty much under the gun the last two years. I realized that I needed to chill for a little bit and take some time off. I said ‘no’ to everything, basically, for a few months so I could write music and do nothing.
That’s smart. How do you survive long stretches of tour?
I try to stay as healthy as possible. I avoid fast food at all costs. And I try not to drink too much, but that’s really difficult when you’re on the road [laughs].
I take it the latter is a lesson you learned when you first went on tour?
Yeah, I was so excited and not even 21 years old yet. I was 20 the first time I played in the U.S. for CMJ. I stayed up really late and drank lots. As tour went on, it got to be a bit boring. I take it easier now, although I still have a lot of fun.
You’re known for your own production, but also for your remixes. Why do you think your remixes stand out as much as your original work?
I take kind of a different approach with my remixes than other artists. I put a lot into my remixes. I don’t actually use many parts of the original track. I basically produce my own track, and then work in parts from the track I’m remixing. It seems to me, people like when a song is completely flipped on its head and doesn’t sound anything like the original version. I think my Disclosure remix is a great example of that. Essentially, I just used the vocals. I’m about to release a new remix and it is also like this.
Rolling Stone said your debut album is “scarily close to perfect.” Do you agree? How do you know when a song is perfect, or at least perfect enough to stop editing?
That’s a really tricky question. My album is far from perfect. I’m my hardest critic, which I think is a good thing. I think I’ve come close to perfection, in my mind.
Do you play any instruments?
I play saxophone, actually.
Would you ever include live instrumentation to your live sets?
It’s something I’ve been thinking about. I’ve actually been using the saxophone while writing and in the studio. I haven’t recorded anything with it, but I find it really useful when I’m writing melodies and chord progressions.
How did the Chet Faker collaboration come about?
One of my friends played him for me, and I thought he had an incredible voice. I Googled him and found out he lived in Melbourne, which is quite close to where I’m from, Sydney. I hit him up on SoundCloud. Things were starting to happen for both of us around that time, so we hung out and decided to write a track together. We were so happy with it that we decided to write the entire four-track EP.
Given the success of your and Chet’s Lockjaw EP, would you ever consider producing an EP with another artist?
I’m absolutely open to the idea.
Anyone in particular you would want to collaborate with?
Tensnake and Djemba Djemba are both really great. I feel like there’s a lot of great talent coming up on SoundCloud right now.
What do you have planned for your stage set-up and lighting this year? Are you still using the Infinity Prism?
I have the Infinity Prism with me for Coachella, but it won’t be at every stop on tour. We are still using it for this tour, though, but we will retire it after. It will still make an appearance over seas.
What new music are you currently listening to?
Ta-ku from Perth. I’m a huge fan of his. There are a lot of great artists on my label, Future Classic, that I like. Wave Racer, Charles Murdoch, Hayden James, Touch Sensitive…there is a whole lot of fresh talent coming out of Future Classic.
You recently told The Guardian that you “prefer to be mainstream” so more people will hear your music. Were you talking about accessibility, or do you want to be the next Calvin Harris, David Guetta, etc?
I feel like some artists want to be successful, but want to put a cap on it to remain cool. I think that’s dumb. The best artists are the ones like Arcade Fire, who still write music the way they want to and don’t change their sound for anyone. And they are still massively popular. So, I’m down for mainstream radio playing my music, so long as I can make whatever kind of music I want. If 10 people listen to my music or 10,000 people listen to my music, I don’t care. I would prefer 10,000 people, but I’m not going to change the kind of music I make to accomplish that.
There are a ton of reports from Ultra about artists not being able to play due to exhaustion. Are you worried about that?
Not at all. I had to teach myself early on to say no to things. Ultimately, I’m my own boss. Everyone would tell me to do things, because each time you play, the money gets better and the tours get bigger, but it’s important to live like a normal human for a while. You have to have a balance.
It’s good that you recognize that so early on in your career and it sounds like you have a good support system. How do your parents feel about your career?
They are really happy for me. They are just relieved that I’m doing this and not sitting at home smoking bongs and playing computer games anymore [laughs]. My dad sold his part of his business around the same time that my career took off, so now he manages all of the accounts and the books for my project. He works with me now and it’s really cool.
Where do you plan to be in the future?
My plan is to ride this wave, write a few albums, and then maybe do something else. I think I’ll always be producing music. Some people really love the tour life, and while I enjoy it, I don’t think it’s really me. Personally, my passion is producing music. There so much I want to do. I want to write a film score. I want to write music for TV and video games. I am happy riding this wave for now, though. I want to have three or four albums done before I venture off into another [musical] territory.]]>
White will be recording the song around 10am in Third Man Records’ blue room and then the track will be brought over to United Record Pressing, where they will begin pressing 45s. Photos taken at the live recording will be featured on the record’s sleeve.
Meanwhile, fans who have purchased tickets to this event will be entertained by the likes of Whirlwind Heat, who will be playing their first live performance since 2006.
Third Man Records promises that everyone who shows up to their store (during business hours) on Record Store Day- even if they haven’t purchased advanced tickets to the event- will be able to buy their own copy (one per person!) of the limited edition World’s Fastest Record.
Jack White’s new album, Lazaretto, will be released on June 10. It will be tough to follow Blunderbuss, which racked up five GRAMMY nominations (including Album of the Year), made every “Best of 2012″ list, and was named MOJO’s #1 album of 2012.
And for all of you record geeks out there, White is offering a one-of-a-kind “Vault Package #20,” available for pre-order through April 30 at www.thirdmanrecords.com/vault.
Included in the package are limited edition pressed blue and white vinyls, extensive album art, a fold out poster, and the bonus hardcover 40-page lyric book.
After witnessing White at Red Rocks during his Blunderbuss tour with the Peacocks and the Buzzards, I am personally thrilled that he is releasing a new album. This means (hopefully) that he ought to be touring in the neighborhood in the not-so-distant future. As of now, his touring schedule skips around from Canada to Europe, with a few (already sold out) Midwest shows in between. As soon as we hear word of a Jack White show in the Mile High, you’ll be the first to know.
Scream along to the track “High Ball Stepper” off of Lazaretto:
And what better place to ring in 420 than at Red Rocks Amphitheatre? Fo’ shizzle.
“Snoop’s Wellness Retreat” will feature co-headliner Wiz Khalifa, YG, Smoke DZA, and special guests. The Wellness Retreat’s slogan: Inhale. Exhale. Recharge.
Khalifa is four albums deep, with his fifth on deck. You may recognize the hip-hop artists from his intensely favored single, Black and Yellow, which debuted in spring of 2011. He took home two awards for Best New Artist of the Year in 2011, as well as a Billboard Music Award in 2012. His most recent music video for The Plan, featuring Juicy J was released a few months back and acquired esteem throughout the genre.
Snoop and Khalifa attacking the stage side-by-side will make for a hellacious show. Colorado has always been the crowning state for such events. And now, with the legalization of marijuana, shows like this are crucial celebrations for our historical feat. Who knows, maybe Snoop will serenade us with his new found love of Reggae.
Join the hype this Sunday 4/20 at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Doors open at 6:00pm and tickets start at $59.50… although the show has been sold out for ages, surely you could find a friendly stoner in the lot with an extra.
And by all means, enjoy the fresh air.
Stay tuned for 303 Magazine’s photo gallery and review from Snoop’s Wellness Retreat, to be published next week.
Photo Credit: Snoop Dogg Press]]>
Where: 2900 Zuni Street – The Highlands
Pros: Even if tea ain’t your thang – they serve coffee as well. You can also get a tune up in the garage next door while you sip your tea in their inviting cafe.
Cons: Changing coffee lovers to tea lovers is not an easy feat – but this little powerhouse has the means to change minds.
Sandwiched between the Green Garage and Mamahood in The Highlands, The Tea Bar is successfully bringing together two opposing worlds. The world of tea and the world of coffee. Born of a need to bring really good tea to Denver (without forgetting about java lovers) with a focus on sustainability and pureness. The Tea Bar offers Teatulia Teas which is directly brought to the consumer from Bangladesh. No middlemen and no layovers in warehouses. Plus everything from the packaging to the teabags is designed to be sustainable. Can you imagine getting your daily caffeine dose AND doing your part to save the planet?
I was invited into Tea Bar to participate in a “cupping”. Think wine tasting but with tea and a spoon. Yes, you slurp (like your mother told you not to do) tea from a spoon. Whether you are “tea-curious” or a full on “tea-geek” I suggest everyone expand their knowledge of tea and engage in this somewhat offbeat practice. Chris Olsen, Director of Marketing and Jazmine Polite were both on hand to walk us through the process explaining that the proper amount of time to steep a cup of tea is about three minutes and you should never use boiling water. Low and behold, I have been doing it wrong for years. Starting from mild to more full flavored we sampled our way through at least a dozen incredible teas.
And don’t forget their tea sodas. In case you’re in the mood for a cold fruit infused fizzy glass of tea heaven. And for those looking for something a bit harder – local restaurants like the Kitchen are using Teatulia teas in their housemade cocktails and syrups. You can catch rotating cocktails all around town and keep an eye out – summer is coming – and I fully expect to see more restaurants picking up the trend of tea cocktails or as I’m calling them tea-tails.
If don’t have time to stop by Tea Bar you can find these delicious teas in Whole Foods and Target. This brand is taking off – get em’ while they’re hot.
All photos by Ryan Murphy]]>
1. That Thing You Do
This musical comedy was written and directed by Tom Hanks who appears in the film as the band’s second manager and gives out constant wardrobe compliments before The Wonders head out for a performance. While the band may have started out as simple and homely, the lure of rock and roll music pulls the group in and their hit pop rock single “That Thing You Do” climbs the charts across the nation. It’s every musician’s dream come true and their bubbly ballad of a song sure does make the girls go crazy. It’s a fun 90s spin on rock and roll craze of the summer of 1964. If you are a fan of those one hit wonder bands, this story portrays the rise and fall of such a group.
2. Cry Baby
In a place that consisted of simple pleasures, suburban utopia, and a 1950s ‘squares’ dream paradise, Johnny Depp rides into town on a bare back motorcycle with a bad boy attitude. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Johnny Depp shake his pelvis like the King himself or watched him swallow his own tears.
3. Mo’ Better Blues
Before he was the American Gangster, Denzel Washington played the bleek Jazz trumpeter who makes questionable decisions in his career and his personal life. The film portrays the rise and fall of a popular African American jazz band. The music is top shelf, definitely shakin’, not stirred and will remind you while Americans love the trumpet so much. The movie is also written by Spike Lee and costars Wesley Snipes, is there really more to say?
4. The Five Heart Beats
This movie tells a story about the rise and fall of an African American vocal group. The setting takes place in the early 1960s with a driven young musical group determined to make it big. Along the road to success the quintet runs into some bumps along the way the will challenge the groups internal synergy and moral high ground. It’s also full of some great musical scenes and some awesome costumes.
5. Mr. Holland’s Opus
Mr. Holland or the greatest music teacher that ever lived (okay that’s a bit extreme) is a washed up composer who turns to teaching to find fulfillment. When that doesn’t work, he tries to connect with his students through similar interests. They study and perform rock and roll songs in class in order to get some high school kids interested in music again. It’s like Glee but the entire cast doesn’t consist of attractive social rejects. The movie is full of people I barely recognized but the film received two Golden Globe Award nominations and a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
6. Empire Records
Last, but most importantly, Empire Records. The overwhelming journey that takes place all in one day, in one record store. These band of merry youngster manage to financially ruin the record store they work in, potentially lose their jobs, insult a pop star way past his prime, throw one heck of a concert, raise enough funds to save the record store, fall in love, and all in one day. Record stores have never looked so cool or at least they would if there were any left. There’s no need to fret, not on Rex Manning Day.
Honorable mention goes to Almost Famous.
While this movie missed the 90s with a release in 2000, I still consider it to be an iconic music movie that can be watched time and time again. It is the heart-warming tale about how a teenage journalist is kidnapped by rock stars and writes the article of a lifetime for Rolling Stone Magazine. This movie set the stage for the millennium music scene and brought back everything that is cherished about rock and roll. Most of all, who can forget the scene when the band sings along to Elton John’s 1971 single Tiny Dance? In that scene alone you can’t help but sing along and I know you know all the words. Have some respect man, it’s Penny Lane.
Denver has become the epicenter of legal weed. Appropriately, there’s a lot going on in the days leading up to April 20, the international marijuana holiday known to stoners simply as 420. Cannabis is unsurprisingly the centerpiece at most events. Saturday sees jungle take center stage at one—local DJ/promoter Onket’s birthday bash featuring genre legend Danny the Wildchild. If the prominence of hip hop and reggae this week is giving you ear fatigue, hit up Hoodlab for something a little more frenetic.
For further information, https://www.facebook.com/events/1408855539372768/
George Peele enjoys dancing on stilts and delivering Custom Singing Telegrams. He is a contributing writer for 303 Magazine and a freelancer for Vegas Seven. Follow Peele on Twitter: @Orangepeelmoses. Avatar image courtesy Jonathan Shoup.]]>