Monday, May 12, 2014

Mashup Monday: Freeez vs Bruno Mars

Williamsburg today or London in the 1980's?

This song was in a mashup I received from an ex a few years back. Thought it was a more recent song. Should have known better since it was on the same mix cd as the Arcade Fire/Blondie mashup track.


Also, they have hipsters in the 80's. Who knew?

Now listen to the Bruno Mars / Freeez mashup after the jump.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Robyn + Röyksopp in Chicago


There was a collective scream from my Facebook friends when I posted about Robyn and Röyksopp's Do It Again Tour coming to Chicago this summer.  So far, it's the closest one to Des Moines, unless they stop by in the Twin Cities.


Robyn performed at First Avenue in Minneapolis a few years back (2011).  At the time, none of my friends knew about her.  Body Talk Pt. 1 came out in June the previous year and it hasn't quite made its way to Middle America.  I've always liked her ever since her "Show Me Love" and "Do You Really Want Me" days.  Then she did "With Every Heartbeat," and from there grew my appreciation for the Swedish pop-star.  She's the only gay pop icon that I'm not embarrassed to be caught listening to ( and maybe occasionally Kylie).

Meanwhile, Röyksopp was a band that I only knew about through a Geico advert.  It wasn't until their "Miss It So Much" came on my Pandora station during a make-out session my senior year of college.  I've liked them since then.

I'm sooo ready to finally see them live in concert!  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am.  I hope I wake up early enough.

Monday, May 5, 2014

80/35 Music Festival Line-Up

So... the 80/35 Music Festival is in two months.  I'm still somewhat hoping that there would be additions to the line-up.  It just seemed lackluster compared to the previous years.


Out of all the acts listed, I'm really not that excited to see anyone.  I like Conor Oberst, but that's just old habit.  Best Coast is OK, I liked them in 2010.

I would still go and check it out.  I think it's important to support the event.  It's not always going to be great, but if you want to see more events like this happen in your city, you've kinda have to support it.  Perhaps next year I'll join their board or committee.

Visit their website here: 80-35

Line-up Verdict: I don't hate it.  / Actual event verdict: Pending

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Hanging Out: Up-Down


One of my favorite places to hang out is the Up-Down an arcade bar located in Des Moines' East Village.  They have more than 40 old-school arcade games, a life-size JENGA and Connect Four, and Nintendo games.  It's basically like going back to your childhood basement, except this time you don't have to sneak in alcohol.

I approve of this place because it's across the street from where I like to start my night of partying- The Blazing Saddles. One sip you'll get a buzz, one drink will get you drunk.

On my way down the stairs to the bar last night, I walked-in on a middle of a conversation between two dudes about the musician St. Lucia.


"You've never heard of St. Lucia?" asked the first dude. 

"No."dude number two replied.

I chimed in as I was descending down the steps, in my NATO regulation jacket and Doc Martens - looking like I just came back from an Occupy Movement rally. 

"He sounds like Steve Woodwind."

"Winwood." One of them corrected me.  

"Same difference," I said as I continued down the stairs to look for my friends Bryan, Firras and Jose. 

I don't think that interaction could have gone any cooler if I had said the right name.  But that's the kind of stuff that regularly goes on at Up-Down.  I like that they play music that seems like out my Spotify playlist (or my missing iPod). 

Sometimes though, there will be people who those "party bus" people.  They're usually bachelorette parties or people from Ankeny.  So expect to see the occasional Ed Hardy types, but they normally don't hang out there for long.  They migrate to the martini bar across the street. 

Visit their website: UpDownDSM

Verdict: Callen Approves.

Speaking of St. Lucia, take a listen to his new song Elevate. Then listen to Steve "Woodwind" Winwood's Higher Love and tell me if hear the influence.