Last Thursday, Sasha and I went to see Vacationer and Heavenly Beat at Lee’s Palace. I said hi to JohnPeña, the ex-bassist from Beach Fossils and total dreamboat behind Heavenly Beat. I was able to snag a pressing of Prominence (October 2013 on Captured Tracks). I’m very excited to play it on my new record player when it arrives in the mail (I’m having it delivered to work because I don’t trust the drug lords who live next door).
Hellogoodbyewas originally slated as the second opener, but ended up swapping with Vacationer to finish the evening. I was actually kind of glad because it meant that I could leave early. I haven’t been into that SoCal pop-punk vibe since 2007 (RIP †). Sorry guys, but I already deleted all your singles off my iTunes.
The crowd was full of awkward white people dancing like fat, suburban moms who just scored a sick deal on a new high-efficiency vacuum at Costco, which was extremely entertaining to watch if you don’t have a moral compass (like me). In defense of suburban moms, the square footage of their houses is much larger and a good vacuum is hard to find.
1. We’ve Got It – Cults
2. Trip – Vacationer
3. In The Darkness – Foxygen
4. Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
5. Love You Back – Say Yes Dog
6. Christmas Kids – ROAR
7. Pet Carrot – Palehound
8. From Nothing – Wild Ones
9. She’s Gone – The Bird and the Bee
10. In Emerald – Zen Arcade
11. Take Me Away – Wild Belle
12. Totally Nice – Paula
13. Waves That Rolled You Under (backstroke. Remix) – Young Summer
14. Siblings (20Syl C2C Remix) – Gush
15. Candlestick – Múm
16. Western Town – We Are Loud Whispers
17. Going Home – Aloa Input
If you’re a consistent MBF reader, you may have noticed Vacationer on our Travel 2012 Playlist. Their song, Trip, was on repeat for me over the summer so when I was given the chance to ask band member Kenny Vasoli some questions, I panicked (a natural reflex) then I got really excited to profile the Philadelphia band and see them live. Not only did they sound great at the show, equally as clear and awesome as on their album, but given the frigid weather we’ve been having, the upbeat, beach worthy music was a much needed escape for me. If you enjoy pretending your on vacation as soon as the weather goes below 0 degrees, then this album is the perfect backdrop.
WELCOME TO MUSIC BETWEEN FRIENDS’ INTERVIEW WITH VACATIONER:
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a downloadable playlist, so I finally fought off my laziness long enough to put some songs together and get one up on the blog— and now I feel like I’ve had a pretty productive day and it’s only noon, which is dangerous, because I may spend the rest of the afternoon watching terrible reality TV or napping with the dog to keep me in check. It’s my day off and these are my life decisions…
Travelling has always been a pretty fun and relaxing thing for me, because you’re usually going somewhere new and exciting so it’s always worth the sore neck from awkward napping positions and germs from the recycled air, plus, making a playlist for the airport/flight just adds extra excitement to the whole process. So here are 15 songs inspired by travelling and the places that make me want to go to them, that hopefully you can enjoy next time you take off.
01 You Only Live Once - the Strokes
02 Gangster Tripping - Fatboy Slim
03 Archipelago - Miike Snow
04 Leave House - Caribou
05 Eighth Avenue - Hospitality
06 Trip - Vacationer
07 Canada vs. America - Broken Social Scene
08 Mexico - The Soft Pack
09 Verona - Geographer
08 Zimbabwe - Bob Marley
10 Paris 2004 - Peter, Bjorn & John
11 Summer - Tiger Waves
13 Desert Island - Architecture in Helsinki
14 The Harrowing Adventures Of - Tokyo Police Club
15 Lucid Dreams - Franz Ferdinand