‘Chella, The Most L.A Thing I’ve Ever Done.

 

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It seems to be the cardinal rule: If thou goes to Coachella, thou must post about it. Well, I definitely went, so here’s my post. Mark this weekend down as the most L.A thing I’ve done since…oh, I don’t know. Maybe the last time I had a small internal temper tantrum over not having an avocado?

Around four months ago I received a message in all caps from my best friend – DO YOU WANT TO GO TO COACHELLA, BEYONCE WILL BE THERE. And obviously I responded yes, but I never actually thought it would happen. Coachella always seemed like the epitome of everything I dislike – extended amounts of time in the sun, dust, large amounts of strangers, and loud noises.

“Then why are you going?” Was pretty much every response when I told friends my apprehensions. For a complicated variety of reasons. I’d just turned twenty one, I was feeling stressed about not living My Youth, fears over looking back at college and regretting something, anything. Also; Beyonce was going to be there.

 

We arrived back yesterday at two in the morning, extremely dirty, ears ringing, exhausted and buzzing. Coachella was definitely an experience – I understand why people either love it or hate it. With the exception of camping (waking up in the 100 degree sun trapped in a plastic sweat lodge was not my idea of fun), I loved it. The energy, the music, the weird fashion choices. And boy, there were a lot of weird fashion choices – we saw a lot of buckle-on fringe skirts, one dude dressed like a unicorn sans pants and glitter everywhere. The people watching alone was worth it.

That being said, it was truly special, in a ridiculous way. Getting to listen to so much music, and being around people who you love. Even dancing at two-thirty in the blazing hot sun doesn’t seem bad when you’re laughing at your friends dumb jokes. Maybe that’s not what I was supposed to take away from Coachella (probably something about art, or how dumb people are during music festivals), but I’m always going to remember dancing like an idiot to Lorde, which is all I can ask at the end of the day.

Sorry for rambling on like this – honestly, my memories and thoughts were so scattered during this last weekend that it’s hard to form a cohesive whole. If you have the chance though, I’d definitely recommend. Or maybe just take a boombox into your backyard and bake in the sun for three hours on shrooms. It’s pretty much the same effect.

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Details

I’m super excited to share with you something I’ve been working on for the last couple of months. Last semester, a friend of mine asked me to collaborate with him on the album he was in the process of creating. I was so nervous when he asked me to sing for him – it had been a while since I’d actually done any singing, and was sure I had lost my voice. Well, cut to four months later, and I am so so pleased to show you the amazing thing that he created.

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                   Album Cover for Details

Details is a band created by Evan DeLorenzo, and last Thursday was the official launch party of the album. The atmosphere of the night was incredible – Evan had asked so many amazingly talented people to help him out, and the efforts definitely payed off. 11 Music videos, a full album, live dance performances, and of course everyone who helped create the extravaganza that is Details.

 

Me with two of my amazing co-stars.

Me with two of my amazing co-stars – opening night!

I recorded for four of his songs – Cry, Dream Girl and This Side of LA parts I and II (all of which I helped write and compose) and acted for two. Seeing the process and months of work pay off in such a fantastic way certainly made me breathless. Sometimes I forget why I love acting and creating music so much – and then events like this bring me right back to the beginning.

 

Waiting for the show to begin - the place was packed.

Waiting for the show to begin – the place was packed.

 

There was such an air of exhilaration, and watching all the music videos was such a trip. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be surrounded by such talented artists. Being included among their number is certainly an honor. Below are just a few of my favorites, but each video is incredibly well done. So, without further ado – I present Details.

 

Hello My Old Heart

Hello World!

I had the absolute greatest time last night! My friends and I were lucky enough to go see The Oh Hellos at the Troubadour. And they did not disappoint.

Waiting outside the Troubadour to go see The Oh Hellos

Outside the venue

We started the night with a trip to In-n-Out burger (my first time! The burger was delicious, the fries less so. Definitely know to avoid them for next time) and headed into the city to go to the Troubadour. It was such a cool space to see a band – a relatively large room but small enough that there wasn’t a bad view in the house. Luckily my friends and I were right up against the stage, which was incredible!

Waiting to see The Oh Hellos perform.

Waiting to see The Oh Hellos perform.

The opening band was The Collection, which I had never heard of before. Usually I’m not really into opening bands (I mostly spend the time thinking about how my feet hurt when they perform) but the Collection was amazing from start to finish. Every single person in the band performed four instruments and at one point a didgeridoo appeared! They are definitely on my radar now and everyone should go check out their new album Ars Moriendi. I’ve been listening to it non-stop since last night.

This was on their drum set!

One of the band members moustache actually looked exactly like this.

By far the highlight of the night was The Oh Hellos. They are a brother-sister band from Texas, and their sound is this incredible indie-folk-rock mash up. I was so pumped when I heard that they were performing in the Troubadour because I’ve been obsessed with their music since Through the Deep, Dark Valley came out. AND THEY WERE AMAZING. Everyone in the band had this amazing energy and since the venue was so small the crowd was just crazy and fed off of each other. Everyone was singing along and stomping and cheering. I’ve literally never had a better concert experience in my life! They also debuted a new song and announced that they are putting out a new album!! Which is INCREDIBLE and I am so excited to hear how their sound evolves in the next installment.

The Oh Hellos performing

The Oh Hellos performing

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After the show we walked around and went for milkshakes, which was the perfect end to a fantastic evening. I’m absolutely going to go back to the Troubadour and I’m looking forward to it!

Here’s hoping everyone has an amazing weekend!

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Links to the Oh Hellos – http://theohhellos.com

Links to The Collection – http://www.thecollectionband.com

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Shake It Off

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Hello World!

I don’t about you guys, but there’s something about fall months that means I enter a slump. Come October, I can sleep all day and wake up still wanting to rest some more. Which, considering I’m at college and (theoretically) learning how to become an adult, is A Problem. Still, sometimes I find it incredibly difficult to drag myself out of bed.

One of the things I’ve found that gets my lazy butt in gear is starting the morning (or afternoon, or night) with some sweet tunes. There’s nothing quite like listening to a pumping bass line that gets you motivated, am I right? I know my roommate agrees, considering I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off ever since it came out. There’s nothing better than indulging in an impromptu dance party.

Of course, part of my lethargy might be stemming from the fact that I’m seriously starting to miss my home. Being in college is such an amazing adventure, but I’m starting to feel sad about not being able to hug my cat on a daily basis. So that’s why all of the songs below fit the two themes I’ve been thinking about for a while now: getting pumped up about going places and brushing yourself off if you fall down. There’s nothing sweeter than a song getting me seriously excited for all the places my life will be going. I highly recommend listening to them while walking around somewhere and pretending you are in a teenage coming of age movie.

(Shake It Off not included)

http://8tracks.com/amyliabedelia/on-our-way

I hope you enjoy!

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Track Listing

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

On Our Way – Royal Concept

Young – Air Review

Be Okay – OhHoney

I Wanna Get Better – Bleackers

Best Day Of My Life – American Authors

Up Up and Away – KiD CuDi

I’m On My Way – The Proclaimers

Out On My Own – Gabrielle Aplin

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine

On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons

How Far We’ve Come – Matchbox 20

Carry On – Fun.

500 Miles – The Proclaimers

Bonus Track!

I Can Go The Distance – Hercules