Back Up And Spinning


It has been over a month now since my last post and I do apologize! As many of you know, I had been working on a fundraiser for the Special Olympics and it really ate up a lot more time than I expected. We had 50/50 raffles, a bar night and bake sales over the last two months so it really felt like every moment outside of the day job was focused on fundraising.

I did still manage to do a lot of fun things that I wanted to share with y’all but just didn’t have the time to get posts up so I’m going to dive into the last two months’ activities here. Well, not really June since it really didn’t end with a bang or any sort of music related activity.

Fourth of July fireworks 2015

You know what’s kind of odd? Mr. Richard and I have been roommates for nearly a decade now and we’ve never watched fireworks together. They’re loud, you usually get ash in your face and the smokey smell is kinda obnoxious. However, in the interest of new experiences and adventures, we went out to Revere Beach on the Fourth this year to watch the fireworks with friends and listen to one of the Grateful Dead’s last shows.

Roomie selfies on Revere beach 7/4/15

Fireworks on Revere beach 7/4/2015

The fireworks were simply spectacular and one of the best private displays I’ve seen. We were on a private beach and the entire mile must have had set ups every few feet. The fireworks went off for hours all down the beach. I posted some time lapse videos on social media so make sure you’re following along!

Mr. Richard screen fun

After some of the main fireworks set ups had calmed down, we went back to our friend’s to listen to the Dead. As you can tell, we had a bit of fun with the screen and trippy graphics. It felt a bit like college again but I suppose that feeling is heightened by the fact we ran into one of our friends from back in the day. That’s New England. So small town, you can never really escape people you know!

After hanging with hippies for the Fourth, we needed a little hip hop back in our lives so the roomie and I hit up Boston’s Hip Hop festival at the Middle East in Cambridge. We got there a little late, which was unfortunate because we missed out on some great acts, but I did get to see some of my favorites! I really would have liked to get the festival it’s own post, but it just never happened.

STL GLD Hip Hop Fest 2015

We walked in for STL GLD’s set so right off the bat, I was happy. If you are following along with my social media pages, you know I’m currently obsessing over the group. I dare say, I’m even fan girling out over them. The best part about seeing them live is the energy. Between the Arcitype’s insane musical skills and ability, Moe Pope’s lyrical content and delivery and Chris Talken’s hype man screams, you really can’t just sit still.

There’s a listening party coming up in August for their new EP and I’m overly excited. If you can make it out, do so. You’ll be bummed if you miss one of the first chances to hear their new tracks.

Akrobatik Hip Hop Fest 2015

Up next was Akrobatik. Mr. Richard is very familiar with his work, me not so much. Sometimes, it just becomes overwhelming to keep up with everyone’s discography. Despite this, I still greatly enjoyed his fifteen minutes and wanted more time on stage.

Reks Hip Hop Fest 2015

A smoke break later and we were back inside in time for Reks. Again, Mr. Richard is more familiar than I am, but I’m definitely planning on listening more. We’ve seen him live before so by now, I should really have some of his songs under my belt. I also need to figure out where he got tattooed, I really like his arm ones!

Dutch ReBelle Hip Hop Fest 2015

Dutch ReBelle was the last act I managed to snag some pictures of. Unfortunately, right after her set, I felt horrible. My stomach was apparently trying to escape my body and it felt like it was about to bust through my belly button to do so.

Any time I get to see Dutch ReBelle, I’m there for it. You all know this by now. This 15 minute set of hers was one of the best showings I’ve personally seen from her.

All of the acts at the Hip Hop fest, even the ones not mentioned here are phenomenal. It’s refreshing to take a break from the same 20 songs on the radio that all seem to contain the same lyrics and music and actually listen to something authentic.

OTEBoston 2015 Rappel

As I mentioned above, the Special Olympics fundraiser ate up a lot of time, but it’s over with now. What an exhilarating day! I rappelled twenty two stories down the side of the Hyatt in Boston and raised nearly $1,100 for the Special Olympics! My team raised over 24K!

OTEBoston 2015

It was an incredibly humbling experience, and not just because you’re on a ledge 22 stories above the city, but because you get to meet these amazing athletes that give their all and never give up. We say they should have limitations, but they don’t. They’re strong. They’re smart. They’re determined. And lastly, they’re beautiful. Inside and out.

OTEBoston Collage 2015

I was honored to have my girls with me this year. I honestly can’t believe I talked them into this!

As if rappelling a building wasn’t enough for one weekend, Outside the Box made its return to Boston that same weekend. I wasn’t familiar or into most of the acts and since I was so busy, it was convenient to skip out on most days. I’m sure I did miss out on a lot, but I was focused on getting there Sunday to see Shea Rose.

Air Traffic Controller OTB2015

I overslept was and was kind of pooped so we didn’t make it until Air Traffic Controller was on stage for Sunday’s events, but they put on a great show. Boston’s music seen is so diverse but you can get lost in one genre so it’s nice to see acts you normally wouldn’t.

Shea Rose OTB2015

Shea Rose absolutely slayed her performance. I mean slayed. She always does, but this performance featured a medley at the end of all cover songs. It was epic! I posted some footage on social media and the divine Miss Shea even shared one of the pictures herself.

Honestly, since the show was last week and I’ve been to a cat circus, wedding and folk fest since, I’m not really doing it justice. I would really suggest trolling around for videos of the event. It’s a great, free festival and more arts should be public like this.

There’s so much more, especially from this last weekend, including the Lowell Folk Fest so I’m going to break up this post into two parts. Look for part two tomorrow and for your regularly scheduled vinyl posts to resume soon after!

STL GLD


In the simplest description from their Facebook page, Moe Pope and The Arcitype have teamed up to become STL GLD, the most exciting up and coming Emcee/Producer duo hailing from Boston, Ma. Both have been in the game for a considerable time and in my opinion, their teaming is one of the greatest things to happen to the Boston music scene.

We first caught them live at the Urban Music Fest and then again at Dutch ReBelle’s albums release. The album is definitely different from their stage shows which is really cool. I really appreciate not feeling like I spent money to see a group when it’s just like I could have put on an album. The live performances are a bit more hardcore while the album is on the laid back side. The album features a ton of other artists, one of which the roommate and I have seen together, Reks. Based on this album, we’ll probably be checking out the rest!

STLGLDinsert

The album itself came with the digital download which is perfect since I’ll want it on my phone for the way to work. The album art is also pretty damn awesome. Instead of a plain insert, they used the above image and the album itself is white.

STLGLD

MMMM

STL GLD

Side One

Sunrise feat. Tea Leigh
Zombies feat. Ruste Juxx & Reks
Bastard feat. Jake Mehrmann & Chris Klaxton (of Tan Vampires)
Kill ‘Em All feat. Tea Leigh
Sid Vicious
Rock Me Pt. III feat. Fran-P & Anonymous

Side Two

Conquest / Go-Ho feat. Dua Boakye (of Bad Rabbits)
Again
Evryday feat. Chris Klaxton
PNY BOY The Hustler
Overdose
Farewell feat. Jake Mehrmann (of Tan Vampires)
GLD

End of the Month Wrap Up: September 2014


September was a crazy month for music! A three day music festival, a concert, multiple trips to the record stores and oh so many posts!

First up, Boston Calling. It was so epic and I couldn’t wait so I posted about it at the beginning of the month. You can check out the post HERE to check out some pictures and how the Boston Calling three day experience was. Of course, there’s lots of videos of the acts like Lorde, Sky Ferreira, Nas, The Roots and more on Instagram and Facebook.

To close up the month, the roomie and I hit up Dutch ReBelle’s album release party. We’re both pretty obsessed with her after the Boston Urban Music Fest and it was great seeing some of the same acts from the festival last month and new local talent.

OpeningActs

Opening for Dutch was Big J, Nyce Franklin, STL GLD and Reks (in order from left to right, top to bottom in the picture above). We had seen STL GLD before but all of the other acts were new to us. Out of the new acts, I was probably into Big J the most. Toss up for second between Nyce Franklin and Reks. Ea$y Money was also there! On one of his trips to Underground Hip Hip in Boston, the roommate found STL GLD on vinyl so we’ll be picking that up for the collection! It features Dutch too so that will hold me over until she hopefully presses.

Dutch

Dutch ReBelle killed it as expected. I mean, she SLAYED that stage. If she doesn’t blow up bigger than some of those silicon booty rappers in wigs, I will be pretty appalled with the music scene. Dutch’s flow, her lyrical content, her personality all equal up to one amazing performer. You can check out even more pictures of the show HERE. If you haven’t downloaded her album, do it. Do it NOW! If you don’t, you’ll be missing out on the next big thing! We’re planning on seeing her again on Saturday at the Lawn on D in Boston. It’s a free concert! If you’re not in Massachusetts, she’ll be coming to your town soon. She just announced a show in Atlanta!

On top of the shows, we managed to purchase some serious amounts of vinyl this month. So much vinyl!! The roomie and I hit up Garnick’s twice for a reggae bonanza. They had received a ton of albums in from a college radio station. I did post about the first trip which you can see HERE, but not the second trip. The second trip was more to pick up what we left behind and we didn’t spend too much time there. We still have a pile of about 30 to pick up!! Oh, and they’re expected to get about 1000 more albums from the same radio station by the time we get in there!

I didn’t get to tag along, but my roommate made some trips into the city and while I was a work, he hit up some record stores for me. He scored some goodies at Armageddon Records (like a Lorde single!) and Underground Hip Hip (Glue – look for the post next month!). He didn’t manage to take any pictures for me to show you what the stores are like, but I’ll be tagging along next time!

In exciting blog news, I hit a major milestone! I’ve entered 1000 albums. A Stevie Wonder post took the coveted post spot (you can check it out HERE). I’m pretty proud to have come this far. There were some months I had basically given up but a little over two laters later, here I am! Still going!