April Favorites: Goldroom’s ‘Plunge’ EP & “Woke Up Late” Music Video

So April turned out to be a pretty great month. It was kind of slow on the celebrity news side, but still loads of fun with great music and YouTube videos!

Listen to my April 2019 favorites in pop culture and entertainment on Soundcloud:

Here are some highlights:

Favorite News Articles

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Favorite Music

 “Slow Dances” by Winnetka Bowling League

“Julien” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Just Like You” by Satin Jackets 

“Borderline” by Tame Impala

Plunge EP by Goldroom

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

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March Favorites: Meme Makeup & Goldroom’s Inverno Mix 2017

March was some real drama this year, man.

February 2017 might have been intense, but March is definitely taking the crown for Drama Queen so far. Everything just went bonkers for unnecessary reasons, specifically in news, TV and YouTube. The music world churned out some spectacular tunes in time for spring, and the remixes that were released this month were on fire!

Here are my overly dramatic favorites for March 2017:

Favorite News Articles

1. Meme makeup is now a thing. Halloween 2017, here we come!

2. This professors’s live CNN video conference was interrupted by his kids running into the room. This is what happens when you work from home.

3. Casey Affleck’s laundry load. How did he even find clothes to put on to go outside with such a huge laundry bag?!

4. Mindy and Cory Booker flirt it up on Twitter. Your classic “girl makes fun of boy because she likes him” scheme.

5. Apparently Trump can’t eat Russian salad dressing without causing a stir. Do no evil, eat no evil.

Favorite Music

1. Inverno Mix 2017 by Goldroom. Lot’s of goodies on this mix. The level of chill on this one really hits the spot.

2. “Chained to the Rhythm (Hot Chip Remix)” by Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley. As if the original wasn’t already amazing, Hot Chip went and made the chains tighter.

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September Favorites: Baseball Game Proposal, Wild Front’s “Rico” & ‘Suits’ S6 Finale

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September 2016 will officially go down as the month of the worst celeb separations.

First it was Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Then Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber. And perhaps the worst was the recently wed Colleen Ballinger and Josh Evans.

My heart is a million pieces.

I still found a few things to smile about during the month of September. Let’s try to forget all this sad love nonsense and focus on the fun stuff in pop culture and entertainment from September 2016:

Favorite News Articles

1. This guy dropped the engagement ring in the abyss that is the baseball stadium stands while proposing on the Jumbotron. How awkward would that have been if it was never found!

2. Rihanna dressed in a furry red heart. Right after that romantic drama with Drake at the MTV VMAs…

3. Lady Gaga is performing at the 2017 Superbowl Halftime show! This is going to definitely be one to watch.

Favorite Music

1. “Rico” by Wild Front. If I had a car and a license I’d probably “drive all night” to this song. Cannot wait for WIld Front to release new music!

2. “Mieux Que Tout” by Paradis. Paradis’ album was so well waited for. They needs to come to NYC soon.

3. “Tough” by Goldroom. I’m demanding a re-release of West of the West. All of the songs need to be sung by Goldroom himself! What is this nonsense!

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Victoria Beckham dancing in Times Square. It bothers me that I work so close to Times Square and I was not around for this.

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July Favorites: Bill Clinton with DNC Balloons, Goldroom’s Verano Mix & ‘Suits’ S6 Premiere

 

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Since moving to Manhattan, by life’s been a bit hectic, so this is a late monthly faves post.

I spent the first few days of July celebrating Independence Day in Washington D.C. with my parents before the big move, and then I didn’t have much time to enjoy news, TV or YouTube.

So this is going to be a short one. Enjoy my favorites for the month of July 2016!

Favorite News Articles

1. Bill Clinton was amazed by the DNC balloons. Did they not have them at his DNC back when he ran or something?

2. Mr. Potato Head’s makeover. Yup. I dig it.

Favorite Music

1. “Verano Mix 2016” by Goldroom. Loving “Low Pressure” by Wild & Free and “It’s a Memory” by Fred Falke on this mix. So. Good!

2. “Summer Romance” by Coral Casino. The bilingual fusion in this is fire!

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Rachel Ballinger get’s the gold. Congrats, girl. You deserve it 🙂

2. Shirtless Nico Tortorella. #niconiconico

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Suits, “To Trouble.” Leave it to Jessica, Harvey and Louis to get baked when the firm is going down the drain.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. PJ gets “Trapped in the 90s.” I wouldn’t mind getting trapped in history with PJ at all.

2. Alonzo Lerone tackles those Arthur memes. My childhood is ruined.

Happy August!

September Favorites: RIP Joan Rivers, Goldroom’s Otoño Mix & Future Mrs. Fitz Tees

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Fall is here! Time for pumpkin spice, caramel apples and all those great autumn things!

This month was a series of ups and downs. Here are some of my favorites for September.

Favorite News Articles:

1. Joan Rivers’ funeral requests. In her book I Hate Everyone . . . Starting with Me, she stated that she wanted Meryl Streep at her funeral crying in five different accents. We’ll definitely miss you, Joan.

2. Kate Middleton is pregnant, but that’s not all. The Duke and Duchess want to name the baby Elizabeth Diana Windsor if it’s a girl! Don’t get too morning sick, Kate!

3. Maryland student skips school for Beyoncé‘s birthday. Talk about dedication, man.

4. Lady Gaga breaks up a fight in the crowd at her concert in Belgium. Little monsters like to bring out their claws, but Mama Gaga ain’t havin’ it!

5. Taylor Swift is Avicii’s long lost sister. Hold on, now…

Favorite Music:

1. Otoño Mix 2014 by Goldroom. Perfect for the fall season. I’m loving “All the Lights Are Low” by LeSonic feat. Lyon (NTEIBINT Remix) coming in at around 27:20 on the mix.

2. “Blame” by Calvin Harris. Oh, my gosh I cannot wait until his new album comes out in November!

3. “Never See Me Again” by Adele. Why is this an unreleased song? It could be a hit!

4. “Slow Down” by LIGHTS. Little Machines is so good! I just love LIGHTS so much!

5. “Brain in a Bottle” by Thom Yorke. This whole Torrent album release was a huge surprise.

6. “An Immigrant” by Jon Bellion. I’m really mad that his NYC show is sold out. Cruelty!

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Future Mrs. Fitz. Cue all the PLL fans maxing out their credit cards.

2. Grace Helbig and Chester See. If these two aren’t together there’s gonna be a problem. Also, happy birthday, Grace!

3. Demi got that booty doe.

Favorite TV Episodes

1. RUSH “Get Lucky”: I still can’t get over that Boss Nova beat down. Too much.

2. The Mindy Project “We’re a Couple Now, Haters”: Two words: DIAMOND DAN. WHAT EVEN IS THIS.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Joey Graceffa and Miranda Sings plan their wedding. I can’t even.

2. Flula is not the apple of your eye. You’ve gotta love that look he does right after he explains the idiom.

3. Mutant spider dog. This is the ultimate troll moment. I would have had a heart attack.

4. Marcus Butler’s roomates. That Pat Sajak hair though…

Goodbye, September, hello October leaves and wind!

August Favorites: Miley Cyrus Banned, “Till Sunrise” Premixes & Black Tie Beach

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I’ve decided to start doing a monthly favorites series on my blog! Woohoo!

As of now, the categories are: favorite news articles, favorite music, favorite TV episodes, favorite celeb Instagram photos and favorite YouTube videos.

If you have any other suggestions for categories, please let me know in a comment below!

Favorite News Articles:

1. Miley Cyrus’ concert gets banned in the Dominican Republic. You know it’s serious when half of Hispanola doesn’t want you performing on their soil!

2. Photos of Koko the gorilla mourning the loss of Robin Williams. So touching.

3. Iggy Azalea fell off the stage during VMA rehearsal. She’s a trooper, man.

Favorite Music:

1. *This one is a two part-er* Goldroom released a vocal stem of his new song “Till Sunrise” feat. Mammals so that DJ’s around the world could have fun with the track before it came out this month. Here are my two fave premixes:

The LTMR Premix: Features an uber dreamy recurring voice of soothing orchestral “ooos” throughout the song along with light violin and horn melodies. Literally paradise in a song.

The Truefaux Premix: I can’t get over how sexy this is. Jeez. Cue the slow motion running along the shoreline! I just love the bell sounds right before the chorus. It’s pure genius, the way Bobby Caldwell’s 1980s song “Carry On” is mixed in. Gah, so good!

2. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.  I still don’t get why so many people were offended. The song and the video are brill. #HatersGonnaHate

3. “Animals” by Maroon 5. V cannot come out sooner enough! Can Maroon 5 ever write a bad song? NO!

4. “Miracle” by Kimbra. I’m kind of disappointed that this is the only song I like off of her new album The Golden Echo but this one is definitely amazing.

5. “All About You” by Hilary Duff. This. Is. It. She. Is. Back. I was kinda worried about her first comeback single, “Chasing the Sun” but this…THIS IS GOLD.

6. “Touch” by Troye Sivan. Of course, TRXYE is freaking amazeballs, and this song is no exception. This kid better release an LP in the next year, man.

7. “Run-Time” by Imogen Heap. After AGES Imogen’s album finally came out (idk why her label delayed it for so damn long!) and I absolutely love this track!

Favorite TV Episodes:

1. RUSH 1×5 “Where is My Mind.” Pretty much all of the RUSH episodes so far have been so good, but this one was the craziest roller-coaster I’ve been taken on in a 60-minute time period for a while.

2. Pretty Little Liars season 5 summer finale. I can’t even begin to understand how or why they let us predict this season’s finale death. They NEVER do that!

Favorite Celeb Intagrams:

1. Miley Cyrus’ zit cream mustache.

2. Nick Jonas’ sexy muscle.

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3. Goldroom, RAC and the birds.

4. Selena Gomez in Zen mode.

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5. Emily Osment handstand.

Favorite Youtube Videos

1. Improv Everywhere: Black Tie Beach. This looks hella fun! The majestic hula hooping at 1:10 is just awesome.

2. MarcusButlerTV: Not My Legs with Niomi Smart. I love these two so much. If they broke up I would cry forever.

3. Chester See: Whatcha Wanna Know. These fans ask the best questions. “When you go to the toilet are you Chester Wee?” WHAT. I can’t even.

4. Zoella: How Well Do We Know Each Other with Alfie Deyes. These two are also adorbs and I’d cry forever if they broke up too.

 

What were your faves this month? Hope you had an awesome August. September’s comin’!

Exclusive Interview with DJ and Producer Goldroom (Josh Legg)

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If you’re a fan of EDM and you’re not listening to Los Angeles based DJ and producer Goldroom (Josh Legg), you’re missing out.

Last week, Goldroom and his live band came to NYC to perform at Rough Trade and the Bowery Ballroom with Chela, an Australian alt-pop singer whose vocals are featured in his song “Fifteen.” His recent EP Embrace, released in September 2013, is a favorite amongst fans with its dreamy vocals from Ariela Jacobs. The music video for the EP’s lead single, “Embrace,” released last month, was directed by fashion photographer Carlos Nunez.

I got the chance to sit down with Goldroom at Rough Trade before Wednesday’s show to talk to him about his childhood, his experiences as a DJ and his life in LA.

Me: Tell me about your childhood and what it was like growing up in Boston.

Goldroom:
Well it was great in some ways. I spent a lot of time with my parents traveling and I sort of grew up on boats for the most part. Every summer was spent sort of exploring the Northeast with my dad on our little sh*tty boat. Those are some of my more fonder memories from childhood. It wasn’t until sort of my late teens when I “found myself” for lack of a better word I guess, but I liked Boston. I have really fond memories of Boston but it wasn’t really until I moved out to LA that I sort of really became who I am.

Me: Who are your musical inspirations?

G: 
That’s a crazy hard question because many of them, I think I take inspiration from, you know, almost everything that I listen too at all times, but you know, when I sit down at the end of the day and I think about what artist I wanna be like it’s always older artists from the 60s and 70s that are my songwriting heroes. Guys like Al Green, Tom Petty and Bob Dylanthese are the guys that, I feel like wrote songs that would of worked a hundred years ago and wrote songs that would work in a hundred years and that’s really what I care about the most.

Me: Where did the name Goldroom come from?

G:
Well, the very basic answer is that it’s my favorite bar in LA. It’s a little place in Echo Park called the Gold Room, which is this tiny little dive bar that used to have Mariachi bands and free tacos some nights and it was great. But, in reality, you know, when I started thinking about it more, Southern California and the Southwest has influenced me so much since I’ve moved out there that it’s sort of one big giant “gold room,” and that’s when I actually started thinking about what it would mean to name the project Goldroom. That’s sort of the real explanation.

Me: Tell me about your first experience as a DJ.

G:
Oh man. Well, my old band NightWaves, we started releasing music. That was actually the first time in my life that I’d ever actually released songs that I had written. It was the first time that I’d ever given anything away to the public, and then sort of out of nowhere people started to ask us to DJ and Kyle (Petersen) and I, we had no idea how to DJ or what really to do. We kind of figured it out on the fly, and I think we DJed a pool party at the Standard Rooftop in LA and I remember it being super fun. I DJ very, very, differently now, but, you know, back then it was a laptop and lots of controllers and knick-knacks and doing all this crazy stuff. It was super fun, but it’s very different than what I do now. I don’t think we train wrecked anythingI think it was okay but, wow, it’s kind of crazy to think back on that.

Me: What are some words you would use to describe your music?

G:
I don’t know, I hope ‘honest,’ more than anything else. I think that the style of music or the production behind it might change over time and I don’t know if I’m going to be into the same genre or the same style later on but at the end of the day I hope that the songwriting is honest and true. So, more than anything else I hope that’s what my music as a whole remains.

Me: Of all the artists you’ve collaborated with, which one has been your favorite so far?

G:
Hahaha, you’re trying to get me in trouble! I guess I’ll just say, because she’s here now, Chela, because I feel like we’re musical soul mates in a lot of ways, and it happens to be that she sang on “Fifteen” which is a song that, you know, I had written, and that resonated in the right way with her. We started writing songs after that and I love all of her music, and, I don’t want to speak for her, but, I think she likes my music, and we just have a really strong connection in what melodies we like and what kind of harmonies we like, and the type of lyrics that we like to write. She’s sort of a special collaborator.

Me: What is the craziest thing that ever happened to you during a live set?

G: 
I mean, I don’t think it really getsI mean, I’m sure it could get crazier but there have been three or four times where I’ve had people, like, very aggressively sort of attack me in a positive way, but like sort of getting “love tackled” for lack of a better word. And that’s always a really weird experience because I’m really happy that it’s happening and I’m also sort of scared that it’s happening at the same time and I don’t really know what to do so it’s a good thing and a bad thing.

Me: Do you have any rituals that you perform before going out on stage?

G:
No, I sort of wish that I had more. I definitely take some time, especially before the live shows, to have some quiet time to myself where I think about the show and sort of visualize what’s going to happen and it puts me in a better place than to come running around and trying to talk with friends to do this and that and the other thing.

Me: What is your favorite track off of your ‘Verano Mix 2014′?

G: You know, I really love that remix that’s near the end of London Grammar. It’s just really beautiful, and the idea of using like a clean electric guitar line that has the basis for like a sort of mellow house song is really exciting to me and really inspiring.

Me: Where is one place you’d like to play a live set that you haven’t already?

G: London for sure. We’ve played a lot of places in North and South America but I’d love to do a full live band thing in London. In the right situation I just know a lot of people would like us to be there and I think it would be really exciting.

Me: What is one thing you love most about being a DJ?

G: The fact that it’s like just pure. Since I have less to worry about when I’m DJing as compared to doing it live, it allows me to in some ways be in the moment sort of in some ways even a little more. And I love how fun it is. I love DJing because it’s just you and the crowd interacting in such a different way, and you can take in so many different directions. Whereas with a live set it’s like, you’re getting me for the next hour, and with a DJ set its more like we’re going on a journey together and we’ll see what happens.

Me: How does playing at a music festival differ from playing at a venue such as Rough Trade?

G:
You sort of have to fight to find that audience connection. You’re just so much further away from everybody, and when you look out I think you’re probably playing 50 rows back at a festival, but at a club there are people right up in your face so it’s a lot easier to connect with people and catch their energy. So, at a festival you just have to have a different mentality and understanding of how each one is a little bit different.

Me: What do you like most about NYC?

G: The energy. I really like the electricity. There’s no other city in the world that has this sort of “anything-can-happen-to-me-in-the-next-five-hours” sort of feeling. In New York there’s just this electricity that doesn’t stop.

Me: So I notice you’re wearing a wedding band. How long have you been married?

G: Just over a year and a half, closing in on two years. My wife Lessa and I, we live a nice little life in LA and it’s great.

Goldroom and his wife, Lessa

Follow Goldroom on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud, and add him on Snapchat (goldroom) for some amazing palm tree stories set to dreamy synth beats.

Upcoming shows:

July 31: New York @ Verboten (DJ Set)
Aug 1: Philadelphia @ Morgan’s Pier (DJ Set)
Aug 2: Los Angeles @ HARD Summer (DJ Set)
Aug 14-25: SE Asia Tour