Fan Art Fridays: Capital Cities

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Capital Cities duo Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant just made my Friday with the release of their new EP Swimming Pool Summer.

I was so caught off guard when I heard their voices coming through my headphones at the office while listening to Spotify’s New Music Friday!

The EP is super summery and upbeat. Long-time fans will not be disappointed.

In celebration, let’s enjoy this fan art I found on Twitter by Filipino Capital Cities fan @imnotjess. I love how vibrant and fun the colors are in this poster-like fan art. Perfectly matches the personality of the band!

View the original fan art here, and check out Swimming Pool Summer.

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Capital Cities @ Pier 97 #Underwearness

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Last night, Capital Cities turned Pier 97 into a Kangaroo Court.

On Twitter last week I found out that Capital Cities would be having a free concert at Pier 97 in NYC on August 6th. If you’ve read my Sunshine Award 2014 post, you’ll know that I’ve really been wanting to see them live. This was my chance, because the concert wasn’t 21+.

So I RSVP’d and freaked out when it said the first 500 would be guaranteed entry. I decided to run out of work to see if I’d make it anyway.

I’m so glad I did, because I had a blast.

The concert was sponsored by Depend, a brand of adult underwear for those with bladder illnesses. The hashtags for the event were #Underwearness and #DropYourPants.

That meant that you’d have to #DropYourPants and don a pair of adult diapers to get into the VIP area.

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I was lucky enough to be let in to the VIP without doing so, thanks to Sebu Simonian who bargained with the security guards.

DJ Ruckus spinned some tracks for us while we waited for the show to start. He played hits like “Fancy” and “Turn Down For What” to get us all pumped.

Next up was some spoken word from Mighty Mike McGee. He shared some amazing love poems with us.

Then it was time for the #Underwearness fashion show.

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After we drooled over the hot models in adult diapers, Capital Cities took the stage.

The show opened with “Kangaroo Court.” Everybody went nuts, and the party was just getting started.

The band also played fan favorites “Origami,” “Farah Fawcett Hair,” and “I Sold My Bed But Not My Stereo.”

Sebu taught the crowd how to dance the “Capital Cities Shuffle” for the performance of “Centerstage.” They also let some of the VIP dance on stage with them!

The show ended with “One Minute More,” “Safe and Sound,” and a cover of Madonna’s “Holiday.”

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During “Holiday,” Sebu, Ryan and Spencer came down into the crowd. I got to touch Ryan and Sebu!

As the band said goodnight, an awesome EDM version of “Safe and Sound” played while the models came back out to dance in their underwear.

I had an amazing time. Thanks so much for the free concert, Depend!

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New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ’14 With Ryan Seacrest

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New York City was the place to be last night for the biggest of the New Year’s Eve festivities.

Over in Times Square Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy hosted while Fergie held the fort down in Hollywood. Partiers at the Miami Fountainbleu had a good time with host Parrell Williams dancing the night away.

The performances were an absolute blast to watch. I could not contain myself in my little blanket while I sat and watched from the couch.

Best Performances:

1. (Live from Hollywood) Ariana Grande and Mac Miller, “The Way”: Of course, Ariana’s voice was perfection, Mac Miller looked like a creeper, and Ariana looked adorbs (and so tiny). I can’t seem to figure out her corset dress, though. I think they tried to make a skirt out of leftover silver Christmas bows and failed miserably.

2. (Live from Times Square) Icona Pop, “All Night/Just Another Night/ I Don’t Care”: Great performance of their hit single “I Don’t Care.” The crowd definitely got warm while jumping to that one. I loved their statement necklaces.

3. (Live from Hollywood) Enrique Iglesias, “I Like It”: The guitar rocker elements of the instrumentation worked well in his favor. Back in Times Square, Jenny McCarthy said, ” perder el muchacho camisa.” She wanted Enrique to take GIS shirt off. She clearly messed up that translation! “Oh yeah. I took Spanish in high school,” she continued. Sure.

4. (Live from Hollywood) Jennifer Hudson, “I Can’t Describe (How I Feel)”: Two things were on point, her body and her dancers!

5. (Live from Hollywood) Capital Cities, “Holiday” (Madonna Cover): Capital Cities put an 80s electropop spin on Madonna’s “Holiday.” I loved their matching outfits. And that trumpet player is freaking phenomenal.

6. (Live from Fountainbleu Miami) Pitbull, “Don’t Stop the Party/Sube las Manos Pa Arriba/ Timber”: Pitbull started the Miami party with one hell of a performance. Not sure why he was wearing motor gloves in the Miami heat though. The Brazilian themed festival-like vibe of “Sube Las Manos Pa Arriba” looked so fun as the crowd waved their Brazilian flags back and forth. The dancers were shaking their hips like an earthquake for “Timber.”

7. (Live from Times Square) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop/ Can’t Hold Us”: Macklemore gave the crowd a little thrift shop treat when he threw both of his red sneakers into the crowd. He even trusted the audience during his “Can’t Hold Us” crowd surf.

8. (Live from Hollywood) Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”: All the good girls danced their selves senseless when Robin Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” in a black vintage print suit. He was so chill, standing in the crowd for some of the performance.

9. (Live from Times Square) Miley Cyrus, “#GetItRight/Wrecking Ball”: The moment we’d all been waiting for. Miley Cyrus and the Sexy Sexies took the stage in Times Square 20 minutes before the ball dropped. The temperature dropped as well, forcing Miley to wear a fur coat on top of her fold glitter sequined outfit. She got emotional during “Wrecking Ball” remembering the hell of a year 2013 was for her.

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I hope you all enjoyed your New Year’s, and have an amazing 2014!!

2013’s Best in Music

music illustrationA lot of great art came to be in the entertainment world this year. The music industry especially saw some amazing projects across all genres. From pop/rock to indie, the albums that were produced in the year 2013 were spectacular, and have been on my Spotify playlist since the first week of their release. Here are 20 of the best albums created in 2013, along with my favorite song from each one:

1. Santa Fe,” Andrew Belle, Black Bear
Andrew Belle really blew me away with this album. His new dream pop sound is eargasmic, and I hope he sticks to it for a little while.

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2. International Smile,” Katy Perry, Prism
Prism was a mixture of sentimental Katy and fun Katy, her wild side tamed to a bare minimum. The upbeat tracks on the album are a blast to listen to.

3. Deja Vu,” Urban Cone, Our Youth
Thanks to the MTV VMAs, ever since “New York” played during the award show commercial break, Our Youth is one of my most played albums of the month. Their relaxed alternative vibe is definitely one to tune into.

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4. Fashion!,” Lady Gaga, ARTPOP
What would Lady Gaga be without  her fashion?! ARTPOP is a giant koons ball of a treat for the Little Monsters.

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5. Rooting for My Baby,” Miley Cyrus, Bangerz
The most talked about celebrity of the year managed to blow up during the second half of 2013 with her VMA performance and raunchy music videos. Had a bad day at work? There’s a Miley song for that!

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6. “Origami,” Capital Cities, In A Tidal Wave of Mystery
Capital Cities is one of 2014’s bands to watch. Their 80s electro-pop vibe is groovy like no other.
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7. Everlasting Arms,” Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend has done it again, coming in at number one on Rolling Stones “Best Albums of the Year,” and rightfully so. Each track on MVOTC has its own unique story.

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8. Trying To Be Cool,” Phoenix, Bankrupt!
The French invasion by band Phoenix proved to be a success with the fans in New York after an amazing night at Barclay’s Center this year. Wish I could have been there!

9. “Mountains,” Yuna, Nocturnal
Yuna’s combination of sweet songbird and vibrant melodic sass come together to create a beautiful array of island paradise on Nocturnal.

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10. “Confident,” Justin Bieber, Complete My Journals
I can’t even handle how grown up Justin Beiber’s voice is on this album. It’s unreal how the little kid that once upon a time had a song called “One Time” on Radio Disney turned out to sound like this!

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11. “Instant Crush,” Daft Punk feat. Julian Casablancas, Random Access Memories
Daft Punk + The Strokes = Perfection. Have you seen the amazing music video for their latest single?!

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12. “When It Was Now,” Atlas Genius, When It Was Now
The smooth alternative rock of Australia’s Atlas Genius is “almost too much to be enough.” It really is.

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13. “Save The Day,” Selena Gomez, Stars Dance
Even though Selena is planning to take a break from singing after this year, I have to admit, despite her inability to sing well live, Stars Dance is her best music project to date.

14. “Closer Than This,” St. Lucia, When The Night
How we all long to get closer to Jean-Phillippe Grobler. The old fashioned synth of St. Lucia is so addicting!

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15. “A World Alone,” Lorde, Pure Heroine
I sometimes forget that this girl is only 17. She’s got such a bright future ahead of her. Just keep it coming with the bedroom confessionals, Lorde.

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16. “DNA,” Empire of the Sun, Ice On The Dune
“Be mine, be my DNA,” Luke Steele. Trust me, you’ll want some of it too. Everyone does. (Except for the horrified woman whose house they invaded in the music video).

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17. “Dear Boy,” Avicii, True
You can always count on Avicii to be true to his fans. This entire album is about dedication to the EDM fandom.

18. “Thunder,” Gold Fields, Black Sun
Without Empire of the Sun, Black Sun would not be on this list, because I only know of them due to the fact that Gold Fields opened for them earlier this year. “Thunder” is literally the first song I play on Spotify whenever it’s pouring rain outside.

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19. “Great Escape,” Washed Out, Paracosm
Earnest Greene, can I live inside your head? Can I be in your paracosm, as a fairy perhaps?

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20. “Rose Quartz,” Toro Y Moi, Anything in Return
The sexual tension on this album is too much for words. “I feel weak. Uh huh.”


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Here’s to a great year of music, and another opportunity for loads more in 2014!

This Week in Music: Capital Cities’ “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

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The music video for “Kangaroo Court” by Capital Cities was released today!

“Kangaroo Court” is the second single off of the Capital Cities album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery.

If you’ve never heard any of the amazing 80s electro-pop music created by Capital Cities, I recommend you do your ears a favor and check them out.

Although “Kangaroo Court” isn’t my top favorite on the album, it’s definitely a fun song to listen to, with its beautiful trumpet melodies and hard drums.

The video just adds to the fun, danceable qualities of this song!

The plot line for the music video is very interesting, and goes quite well with the lyrics of the song. If I could describe it in one line, it would be, “The story of a zebra who just wanted to have a little fun.”

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And no, this is not a zebra as in wildlife zebras. This is a human zebra, who disguises himself as a mustang to get into a club where zebras are banned.

A club called The Kangaroo Court.

There are ten things I love about this video:

1. Darren Criss. Oh my God. Is he not the hottest dog?!

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Darren Criss in “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

2. The synchronization between the drum beats and hand movements (when the zebra knocks on the club door for the second time, and again when Darren Criss bangs his fist on the table at the club).

3. The zebra’s car. He drives a mini cooper. Complete with GPS!

4. The zebra’s fake ID. “Imma Mustang”? Couldn’t have found a better fake name?!

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Zebra’s Fake ID

5. The trumpet player at the Kangaroo Court. He’s phenomenal.

6. Shannon Woodward. She looks so gorgeous in all of her scenes, and her dance moves are beyond sexy. (Coincidentally, they get sexier right before the bridge when the female voice sings “I can’t do sexy.”)

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Shannon Woodward dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

7. When the zebra sings in the courtroom,

I commit the crime of wasting time
Always trying to rhyme
Yes, I am guilty
But don’t misunderstand me
I admit defeat, then I move my feet
My history will never be repeated
I won’t ever be repeated.

This is the only time the zebra sings in the video, and its well waited for. Too perfect!

8. The way the the zebra is killed. It was a very artistic move to use red confetti, and it definitely worked. The party vibe of the song continues in that scene even though this part of the video is supposed to be sad.

9. The reference to lions being the “King of the Jungle” during the scene where the zebra is watching a lion prey on a zebra on television and also when the lion is served zebra on a plate.

10. The harp at the end. The beautiful harp melody does not exist in the studio version of this track, but its a nice touch to the end of this video.

Did I mention that all of the characters in this video are human animals?

You’ll have to see it to believe it.