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Dent May – Corner Piece

 Dent May releases Warm Blankets this Tuesday, August 27. What caught my attention about this ’70s pop inspired sound is the simplicity of it and the lightly veiled darkness of his lyrics longing for love. You listen to it and swear you are suffering from False Memory Syndrome as you recollect  swaying along with that guy-from-forever-ago as he rubs against you in that itchy pastel suit on the high school basketball court.

May reportedly locked himself up in a haunted mansion in St.Augustine, Florida to record his third album.  Once you have a listen to the album, you hear the loneliness and melancholy of the writer woven in to each song. I think that is what makes this particular song stand out. It draws you and when it ends, you just got to enjoy it. Effortless. Simple. This Mississippi native plays nearly all of the instruments heard here and brings in talent he found in Florida to fill in as needed on the album.

Being a Florida native, I always enjoy hearing how musicians can go there and create an experience like this that you can listen to. It actually reminds me of home.

Dent May – Corner Piece

Cut Copy – Let Me Show You Love

This was the last sunset we saw in Jamaica and as it happened the new Cut Copy was playing, perfect. Let Me Show You Love couldn’t be a better title for this chapter in our lives.

If you admire somebody you should go on ahead tell ’em
People never get the flowers while they can still smell ’em.” – Kanye West

I’ve realized a lot lately but mostly that real isn’t visible to the fake and you can’t judge something from the outside looking in so it’s important to follow your own heart, listen to what you feel and keep your cool. Everybody thinks they know you, has an opinion about what you should be doing but you gotta take all that shit with a grain of salt. I know that sounds abstract but those things that make you happy man, hold on to them – Just keep holding on to love.

Some moments are better experienced than expressed so I’m glad I was able to capture what I saw. Enjoy.

Cut Copy – Let Me Show You Love

Nina Simone – Take Care of Business (Pilooski Edit)

There’s something urgent about this song, and I think it’s because of that stomping beat that stays with us throughout. It demands our attention while piquing our curiosity. Sometimes I get really geeky about music and think of it in mathematical ways, with lines and graphs…parabolas come to mind, too. Why? I have no idea. But when I think of this one visually, I think of a straight line (that’s the stomping beat), and then a squiggly line that intersects every two spaces on the graph with the straight line. There was a word for it in algebra or calculus, but I can’t remember it right now. Thankfully, I’m pretty sure my grade school teachers won’t see this.

Honestly, I have no idea why I had to share that with you guys. Sometimes we get visual associations with songs that are more picturesque, more paint-like, and other times, we see an equation. Sometimes I feel like artists take a calculated approach to pleasing the ears with music, and this song, while lovely and dance-worthy, definitely feels calculated at times. And that couldn’t be further from a negative thing, it’s actually really magical. Music and equations are two separate languages and if there is a way to bring the two together, well then that’s some whole other level of bilingual. Sometimes I wonder if, much like storytelling, there is a process and formula that artists stick to. I think there definitely is, and I think each artist has the option to stick to or sway away from the formula.

I like to think that is how and why we have genres. Let this song power you through your day as you take care of your business and get $h*t done! 

Nina Simone – Take Care of Business (Pilooski Edit)

Bondax – Giving It All (FKJ Remix)

Today I realized that I was once again in the metaphorical one hundred meter sprint. I used to actually run this race when I ran track, but I haven’t thought about it in years until today. Feet in running flats, toes on fire with adrenaline, haunches numb with anticipation as your heels touch your butt. That crack of the gun can represent so many different things for you in that moment, but all your focused on is the beginning and end. Blood rushes to your head, your hands are now covered in veins from the unusual amount of weight you’ve placed on them. Luckily, all your hands have to do is follow the lead of the rest of your body, and all your body has to do is follow the clear mental head space you’ve created for yourself. One thing, one focus. The end.

It’s so easy to write about that. It’s almost as easy as listening to this song. I hope I haven’t misled you guys, because as I’m sure you’ve come to expect with FKJ this tune is easy. It’s funky and immediately enjoyable. There’s no strain, but I do talk about races and keeping eyes on the finish line for a reason. This song is called Giving It All and I truly feel like September is a month that deserves our all. For the adults who no longer have to worry about attending classes in the Fall, it’s a time to relish in the end of the year and welcome new opportunities. It’s the last stretch, the last quarter.

I love that the people I’ve been talking to especially lately are all on some kind of psychic brainwave $h*t because everyone’s on the same wavelength. In my head, I’m like, cool. Welcome to my world, change. Hello new opportunities, greetings old opportunities. I will take you by force with a new vengeance and work harder than ever before. And as I look around at my social circles, doing that thing we do where we subconsciously talk about everything that is on our mind until there’s nothing left to talk about (don’t worry, we all do it and it’s not necessarily bad)…and the conversation is the same across the boards.

So that’s awesome. Because it’s really comforting to know that your headspace aligns with the rest of your world’s. Sometimes that needs to happen to reaffirm that you are doing things right, that you’re giving your all to the right thing.

Bondax – Giving It All (FKJ Remix)

FYF Fest: Ty Segall “It” – Toro y Moi “The Man” (Billie Holiday Remix)


With lungs full of tar and shoes soiled with the dirt of LA, I write after a weekend spent at FYF Fest. FYF Fest is LA’s signature music festival and one of the final music festivals of the season. It acts as the last hurrah of summer as we all collected in downtown LA to see an eclectic mix of new and old names in the rock and electronic scenes.

Some of the bigger names here being Yeah Yeah Yeah‘s, Beach House, MGMT, My Bloody Valentine, and TV on the Radio. I was just giddy with teenage angst. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s have been my unicorn for some time, in that I have tried to see them countless times with no avail. For a small dusty festival resting on the tail end of summer, it delivered on amazing shows. Starfucker and Dan Deacon both topping my list of acts who made the weekend for me.

This is my first year going to festivals (really going to them) and it has been an amazing experience. There is nothing like the coming together of people eager to make memories and listen to music and simply be. I love humans and watching them. Getting a chance to see such different people come together and dance and sing along together is something I wish I could capture. More articulately atleast. It’s easy to get mad at the girl on bro’s shoulders (I have wanted to throw beer at you for some time) and what looks like a sea of the same outfits recycled from one scene to the next, but let’s get over it. It should be worth it when you are wedged between the sweaty guy from Montana and the obnoxiously cringe adorable couple to your right grinding along to your favorite song that you all can take a second and appreciate the fact you all are singing along and enjoying the moment together.

As I hang up my wristbands from this season, I am already tempted to start planning next years festival trips. To round off, here are two other people I want to share with you. I think these songs will round out the season quite night. A  little rock and an amazing remix of Billie Holiday from two talented men in music from the weekend.

Ty Segall – Hardly new to the scene. Such a sexy, dirty song.

Ty Segall – It 

Toro y Moi – Sampling from Billie Holiday, this young recording artist and producer does some beautiful things to this classic song.

Toro y Moi – My Man (Billie Holiday Remix)