Outside of the office job, August was a pretty relaxing month. I started by blogging at the beach and ended it with a music festival and some crate digging adventures. With so much going on, I’m going to leave the link section out of this update, but you should be following on Facebook and Instagram too so you catch everything!!
For the first record store trip, I sent my roommate to Armageddon Records in Cambridge. The scene in there is a bit too hipster / gutter punk but if you’re willing to hunt, you can find a little bit of everything. Just be prepared for a judging eye if you’re without safety pin adornment. I gave the roomie $20.00 and said “Surprise me please!”. To prepare for Boston Calling next week, he picked me up Lorde and Nas singles along with a Modest Mouse single and various artists LP.
Last weekend, I heard about Boston Urban Music Festival so the roommate and I decided to head on down to the Bean. It was a great mix of local rappers and hip hop performers! We got down a little late so the first act we caught is above, Dutch Rebelle. Her album drops next month so I’m thinking about hitting up her show. The roomie and I both fell in love with her! Kiss Kiss BANG BANG baby!
Up after Dutch Rebelle and also performing with her for the record release, was STL GLD. They had a little more rock infused into their style. They amped up the crowd a ton! It was such a nice mix of music since they did bring in that rock influence.
Coming out of Berklee, was the J Dilla Ensemble. They were this great melting pot of musicians and incredibly talented. They performed an amazing variety and belted those songs out! I think I instantly fell in love with the keytar player!
After they performed, Shea Rose took the stage. Oh. My. Lord. I was blown away. She was the perfect mixture of hip hop, soul, rock and funk. On top of the amazing sound, she was intelligent, inspiring and downright stunning to watch.
Closing out the show was Talib Kweli. He was honestly, my motivation for going but I was so blown away with the local groups. I didn’t end up staying for his whole set as it was a Sunday and I’m like a grandma and need my bed by 9:00 on work nights but appreciated that I caught his speech on Ferguson and Michael Brown. Being white, I do have a certain level of privilege and to top it off, my dad was a police officer (he wasn’t the type to let his badge go to his head). I will never know what it’s like to be profiled but I do hope I’m another voice that can help to speak out against the inequality. We are all human and somebody’s child. Everyone deserves respect and to be treated with a level of dignity despite their color, gender or sexual orientation. We are all different in some little way and shouldn’t let the differences prevent us from getting along. My friends are black, white, yellow, shades of orange and tan, gay, straight, bi, confused, etc and I love every single one of them for their uniqueness, that’s what makes us all human.
Yesterday, I hit up a record store in New Hampshire, Pitchfork Records, with a fellow vinyl lover I met through Instagram. She was hilarious and had great taste in music. We snagged a couple of albums out form each other, but hey, all’s fair in crate digging! Here’s to many more adventures in those crates!
I do have a little announcement about the blog that I’d like to close this post out with. My roommate, Mr. Richard, as he’ll be posting under will be putting some reviews up. I’ve asked him to do it for a little while now as my reviews are often “I like this”, “This annoys me” or “I sing along to this” and he can articulate his thoughts a little bit more than that. I hope you enjoy his reviews and thoughts on the collection!