Happy Holidays 2013: Music Edition

I dubbed 2013 as The Year of Music – prior to this year, I had attended maybe… 3 or 4 live concerts total. Growing up in the ‘field, not many artists (at least, the pop artists I listened to back in the day – BSB 4eva) passed through town, so live concerts weren’t a significant part of my childhood. This dearth continued through college and my early 20s until 2013, when I began to take advantage of some of the endless opportunities in the Bay Area. I kicked off the year with Muse’s 2nd Law tour in Oakland (which was nothing short of amazing), continued through with Coachella in the spring, Kaskade’s intimate Redux show at Monarch and concluded with several smaller shows in San Francisco.

Below are a few favorites from 2013:

1. Bastille
When I was a more frequent user of HypeM (our old office didn’t allow Spotify use), I came across the Kat Krazy remix of Pompeii. Haven’t had a chance to see them in concert yet – but fingers crossed for 2014.

2. Yuna
Heard her first through the Adventure Club remix of Lullabies (there’s a trend here) and was lucky enough to catch her show at Yoshi’s in SF just one week ago.

3. Two Door Cinema Club
Originally saw them at Coachella and again at the Fox Theater in Oakland – both shows were really fun with a ton of energy.

4. St. Lucia
Admittedly, I had never heard of them until they opened for Two Door in Oakland and was pleasantly surprised.

5. Wild Belle
Courtesy of Shannon, saw them live at The Independent. The leader singer has a great voice, and I really dug the Rag & Bone jeans she was rockin’ that night.

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Happy Holidays 2013: Video Edition

Merry Christmas!

Since I’ve been so good at updating over the past year and a half, I figured it was only fitting to do a series of short posts at the end of 2013. Partly for my benefit, since I feel like my memory has been less reliable what with being the ripe ol age of 25.

First in the series – three videos that always bring a smile to my face:

1. Bubble Butt Corgie

2. The SRSLY Show – Yoga

I’d pretty much recommend all of their videos – I think there are around 30 – 40 shorts on their Vimeo page, all of which are great.

And of course, keeping with the spirit of the holidays…

3. K-Mart “Show Your Joe”

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Enfant Terrible: Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young Museum

I’ve been wanting to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young since its opening in March, but hadn’t yet gotten the chance to do so. Taking advantage of my glorious week off, I stopped by on Tuesday and avoided the worst of the summer crowds. After seeing the Balenciaga and Spain exhibit last summer, I was looking forward to another fashion exhibit at the de Young.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk definitely did not disappoint – from the intricate details on extravagantly beaded and laced pieces to those that fully embodied the irreverence Gaultier is known for, every piece in the collection was arresting, if not beautiful. Of course, there were a few pieces that had me scratching my head in bewilderment, but for Gaultier, that’s par for the course, I’d say.

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

More photos from the exhibit on my Flickr over here.

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