Cinematic Stories with Tycho - Lollapalooza 2018

reppin: sacramento, ca // ghostly international // 2002 - present

sounds like: a collection of dreams within a bigger dream that is the story you want to read

scott hansen | photo cred:

scott hansen | photo cred:

latest album drop: epoch (2016)

featuring: scott hansen // live band - zac brown // ryan o’connor // billy kim

tycho | concord music hall, chicago | 8.1.18 | lollapalooza | @thefaakehipster

tycho | concord music hall, chicago | 8.1.18 | lollapalooza | @thefaakehipster

The one of a kind festival that is Lollapalooza has dropped itself in the middle of Chicago. The hot, humid sun has never felt so good. Being in the middle of thousand of people never sucked so good. And what matters the most...getting lost in the music..dancing your face off...letting your emotions come out like never before. But don’t forget. Lolla has spread itself like a virus throughout the city and at every venue, every night, there is another memory to be made. Enter Tycho. Concord Music Hall. August 1st.

tycho | concord music hall, chicago | 8.1.18 | lollapalooza | @thefaakehipster

tycho | concord music hall, chicago | 8.1.18 | lollapalooza | @thefaakehipster

Tycho aka ISO50 aka Scott Hansen hails from Sacramento, California and has been at the music making thing for nearly 20 years. And he sure as hell does not look 40. Scott started out solo and since Tycho’s inception he has released four ambient, chill, progressive, future-sound, lo-fi albums. Each its own little treasure. The downtempo vibe puts you in the mood to just open your mind and let the music in. Over the years he has gained a dedicated following, but even more so the music speaks for itself. He was nominated for a grammy with his latest effort, Epoch, in 2017.

So let’s set the stage for one of the kick off after shows of Lolla 2018. The venue is sold out. The anticipation throughout the crowd can be felt as the wait seems like forever. But once Scott comes out with his live band, the show kicks off. No need to talk, just let the music speak for itself. And that is much of the beauty as the set goes on. There is no talking, just playing. The tunes start slow and soft, happy and sweet. They reel you in as they move swiftly from song to song. You can see how focused they are on stage, each in their own little zone bringing the crowd every detailed element. Singing? I love a good voice, but the way these tunes are composed there is no need for one. There are no choruses and verses, just a beautiful cinematic approach to their set. The backdrop provides another layer to their show composed of designs and landscapes that match the music. And then it all comes together. Each song it’s own chapter. And all together, a whole story is told. A unique experience that you all need to go see in your own.

suggested listening experience: when you need to think // after a long day of work // hanging with the one you love

listens: awake // epoch // hours // a walk // daydream // melanie // division

tycho // fb // spotify // ig // twitter

Lollapalooza Guide: "25 Acts for the 25th Edition"

it's fucking here! One of the craziest summer weekends in this country has planted itself smack dab in the middle of this wonderful city of chicago. I gotta say top to bottom this is a staked lineup with performances that will have you quivering at the knees. Amongst the madness of the beaches, usa basketball in town, aftershows and more; i bring you some solid sets for four days of crazy shenanigans.

lollapalooza 2015 | featuring THE friend finder: gregory the parrot | @thefaakehipster

lollapalooza 2015 | featuring THE friend finder: gregory the parrot | @thefaakehipster

The following does not include headliners and big names as we all know how dope they are.... *rad acts listed in order of appearance throughout the weekend*

festival: lollapalooza

location: grant park - chicago, i

vibe: smiles - whatever you make it

bob moses | photo cred: 

bob moses | photo cred: 

BOB MOSES vancouver, canananada // pepsi stage // thurs, 2:50 - 3:30

sounds like: a nighttime body massage overlooking the ocean

listens: tearing me up // too much is never enough

WILD CHILD austin // bmi stage // thurs, 4:30 - 5:10

sounds like: the most wonderful dude and chick reading you a glorious picture book

bastille | phot cred: feelgrafix/com

bastille | phot cred: feelgrafix/com

listens: pillow talk // fools

BASTILLE london, uk // samsung // thurs, 4:30 - 5:30

sounds like: singing in the shower knowing no one is listening

listens: pompeii // good grief (new joint)

TOWKIO *previously blogged* // chicago // pepsi // thurs, 5:15 - 6

sounds like: watching the Back To The Future series cause this dude is all over the spectrum and the musical timeline in his delorean

listens: G W M (ft. Vic Mensa) // tear drop

KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS philadelphia // petrillo bandshell // thurs, 6 - 7

sounds likesitting around the campfire

listens: pretty pimpin // dust bunnies

day wave | photo cred:

day wave | photo cred:

CASHMERE CAT halden, norway // pepsi // thurs, 7:45 - 8:30

sounds like: watching a dance party in slow-mo and wishing you were there

listens: mirror maru // adore

DAY WAVE oakland, ca // samsung // friday, 12:45 - 1:30

sounds like: a drive down the cali coast with one of those cool ass instagram filters around you

listens: gone // deadbeat girl

modern baseball | photo cred: allison newbold

modern baseball | photo cred: allison newbold

SAINT MOTEL la, usa // lakeshore // friday, 1:30 - 2:15

sounds like: the classiest circus you've ever been to

listens: my type // cold cold man

MODERN BASEBALL philadelphia // petrillo bandshell // friday, 1:45 - 2:45 

sounds like: your 12 year old self rocking out while waiting for the bus to school

listens: your graduation // wedding singer

FRIGHTENED RABBIT selkirk, scotland // lakeshore // friday, 5 - 6

sounds like: cheering for your friend to fall in love...awwwww

listens: woodpile // get out

M83 antibes, france // samsung // friday, 6 - 7

sounds like: the perfect moment where chill and party come together

listens: do it, try it // outro

WOLF ALICE *previously blogged* north london // pepsi // friday, 6:30 - 7:15

chairlift | photo cred:

chairlift | photo cred:

sounds like: those expandable water toys when we were kids….looks harmless, but oh man, does she pack a punch when she gets goin

listens: moaning lisa smile // bros

GRIZ southfield, mi // perry's // friday, 7:15 - 8:15

sounds like: a 70s car wash when you own the best Caddy in town

listens: good times roll (ft. Big Gigantic) // the anthem 

CHAIRLIFT boulder, co // lakeshore // sat, 1:30 - 2:15

sounds like: a sudden need to throw roller skates on (if you are into that kind of thing)

listens: moth to the flame // romeo

BAIO nyc // pepsi // sat, 1:50 - 2:30

sounds like: walking through a trippy, but super friendly cartoon

the joy formidable | double door, 4.6.16 | @thefaakehipster 

the joy formidable | double door, 4.6.16 | @thefaakehipster 

listens: sister of pearl // sunburn modern

THE JOY FORMIDABLE north wales // bud light // sat, 2:45 - 3:45

sounds like: one of the best fucking rock bands today (went straight up on this one) // "the big roar" is a top 10 rock album of the last 10 years, hands down

listens: whirring (link to live KEXP video) // the greatest light is the greatest shade

MARSHMELLO  la (i think) //perry's // sat, 3:15 - 4:15

sounds like: a dope roller coaster ride at six flags

listens: alone // magic

DROWNERS nyc // bmi // sat, 3:20 - 4

sounds like: a warm summer night's walk down lake michigan

listens: cruel ways // luv, hold me down

BIG GRAMS (Big Boi + Phantogram) saratoga springs & atl // samsung // sat, 4:15 = 5:15

st lucia | thalia hall, 2.23.16 | @thefaakehipster

st lucia | thalia hall, 2.23.16 | @thefaakehipster

sounds like: a punch in the mouth you know you deserved

listens: drum machine (ft. Skrillix) // fell in the sun

JACK GARRATT high wycombe, buckinghamshire, uk // pepsi // 5:15 - 6

sounds like: he's chillin' with Towkio and in the future (see his description)

listens: worry // surprise yourself (may get ya teary eyed)

ST LUCIA brooklyn via south africa // pepsi // sat, 7:45 - 8:30

sounds like: the greatest release (in more way than one) followed by the biggest smile

listens: september // help me run away

FIDLAR la, usa // bud light // sun, 2:45 - 3:45

sounds like: when you were just starting to like girls/guys and tried to sneak out in the middle of the night

fidlar | photo cred:

fidlar | photo cred:

listens: no waves // west coast // cheap beer

YEARS & YEARS london, uk // lakeshore // sun, 3:25 - 4:25

sounds like: no responsibilities when you want it most

listens: king // shine

LOUIS THE CHILD chicago // pepsi // sun, 4 - 4:45

sounds like: the juiciest, most awesome piece of fruit...slice of heaven

aurora | photo cred:

aurora | photo cred:

listens: it's strange // weekend

AURORA os, norway // pepsi // sun, 5:15 - 6

sounds like: a butterfly flying home to it's rainbow

listens: conqueror // runaway

new music: ALEX WILEY

reppin: chicago, il - closed sessions // the village

sounds like: one of those deep tissue massages that you always want to get but can’t afford and hurts so fucking good

latest album drop: tangerine dream (june 2016)

alex wiley | photo cred:

alex wiley | photo cred:

Mr. alex wiley is part of the next wave of Chicago hip hop, aka hip hop in general. Last I checked the scene is better than the Golden State Warriors (96’ Bulls forever!) It all started at a very young age for Alex as he began music by playing the violin (reminds me of when I played flute in 3rd grade...please don’t tell anyone). This of course, made complete sense as he transitioned to his hip hop career. I know, totally makes sense. That is just the thing with these young musicians who are getting started super early. They have the chance to evolve their ears, open boundaries and become that one of a kind artist. It is also a plus when every other hip hop artist in Chicago is showing the same sort of talent.

He is only 23 and has one of the most unique vocals in the game. Even sweeter, his flow is extremely impressive for a young artist.  You can easily catch his range of beats, keyboard, slow to fast from tracks like “vibration” to “paris freestyle.” Just from taking a glance at some of the titles of his tracks, yes, he is a ridiculous freestyle rapper. The way he can string verses together without taking a breath as well as changing speeds, is quite impressive. Slot this dude in your chill hip hop playlists and let the diverse range of tunes take you to the next stage of hip hop.

suggested listening experience: perfect for house party shenanigans // riding back on the train on a rainy day (dunno why, just feels right) // when you’re practicing to rap just like the real dudes

listens: vibration // paris freestyle // navigator truck // red pill

aw is // fb // sc // twitter

from the vault: NORTHSTAR

reppin: huntsville, al

years active: 1997 - 2007

featuring: nick torres // tyler odom // jake fisher // gabe renfroe

tune: is this thing loaded from the album "is this thing loaded" (2002) 

fun fact: I launched a record label while in high school (2004) called "Stereo Therapy Records," taken from the lyric in this song - "I break in pieces for hopeless reasons // stereo therapy heals my lesions"

bonus music video: "for members only" from "pollyanna" (2004)


every wednesday from here on out i'll be posting that song from that band 10+ years ago that gives you the tingley good feels. it shall be called...."From the Vault"

reppin: olympia, wa 

tune: "caterwaul" // from the album "worlds apart" // interscope records

year: 2005


reppin: Sydney, Australia - Mosy Records

sounds like: a calming walk down the beach with a well timed array of fireworks (the ones that make cool designs) going off

latest record: the positions (2015)

You are going to find a ton of Aussie as this blog gets rolling because they are just destroying the music scene one kangaroo at a time. As for these cats, first, you’ll be reeled in by lead singer David Le’aupepe’s luscious can feel the emotion in his edgy voice. Then the rhythmic guitars and perfectly positioned riffs take over to give you that warming sensation (i’ll leave this open to interpretation). The six minute ballads and slow builds throughout a majority of their songs are powerful and will have you wishing you were at their concert melting your face.

All in all, their latest 10 song album entitled The Positions is sensationally brilliant. It will take you to both ends of the indie spectrum with the likes of the soft and soothing “Kansas” to the head banger Poison Drum. They’ve already played alongside the like of MS MR, Smith Westerns(RIP) and have the potential to pack stadiums as they mature. Say it with me: “COME TO THE STATES GOD DAMMIT!”

fun fact: They refer to their style of music as “dad rock,” which should officially be recognized as a sub-genre of rock

suggested listening experience: wake up your office on a Monday morning // weird out some folks by pretending to drum or rock the axe on your morning commute // get a good pregame started with these solid indie-rockers

magnolia // radioface // poison drum

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