Leon Bridges took me and Anthony to church last night (@ The Observatory North Park)
Love, love, love ♥
Anthony and I kept it weird (@ Austin City Limits)
My trip was cut short due to my grandma’s passing, and Anthony had the time of his life those first few days without me. He hit up the Dirty Sixth with Austin locals he made friends with and ended up giving one of them my Friday wristband. They saw all the bands I wanted to see. I’m bummed I missed Tame Impala and Leon Bridges among others, but luckily I didn’t have to wake up at an ungodly hour on Saturday and wait with him in that 4-hour line for Franklin. Day-old brisket reheated in a hotel microwave and eaten in my chonies still tasted better than any BBQ I’ve ever had in California!
I flew in Saturday night and met up with Anthony at an Irish pub downtown. Fado is the official US soccer bar in Austin, and it’s surrounded by gay bars on 4th Street. My uber driver was convinced he was taking me to see my gay friend once I told him where I was headed LOL. I mean, it would explain so much… After US lost to Mexico, we hit up Firehouse (a cool little speakeasy inside a hostel) and Rainey Street. I loved, loved, loved it there. Rainey Street is a block of old houses converted into themed bars. We stayed till last call, and all I remember from that night is a lot of Ludacris and stanky legs. You don’t realize how drunk you are until you’re walking the hotel halls in nothing but your dress slip looking for a beverage machine so you could wash down some tylenol at three in the morning.
We didn’t wake up early enough to stand in line for BBQ before the festival on Sunday, but we stopped by Torchy’s Tacos before we made our trek to Zilker Park. There was a lot of walking. Like. A LOT. Before, during and after the festival. In nearly 100 degree heat. And in sandals that had 0% arch support (but were 100% cute, obvs). This was definitely not Portland where we had a local friend with a car, ample public transportation, and weather that was 50 degrees cooler. The highlight of my day happened just before BØRNS’ set when the sun disappeared behind the only cloud in the sky for half a minute and everyone cheered. BØRNS, Sylvan Esso and Hozier’s sets were very close seconds. So were those two snow cones we each had.
Before I knew it, it was Monday and time to check out. Anthony hit up the gym in the morning while I stayed my ass in bed. We ate lunch at Valentina’s Tex Mex where Anthony had brisket tacos and I had a beast of a beef rib with the most beautiful smoke ring. We strolled down South Congress afterwards and drank micheladas for three hours at a bar inside Hotel San Jose. We got to the airport early to watch the Chargers lose, and I asked the TSA guy if the Starbucks was before or after the security gate. He ruined my mom’s life and told me that there’s no Starbucks at all, because Austin is all about supporting local businesses. I get a Starbucks mug for my mom whenever I travel, and she’s just gonna have to be happy with the mug I got her during my layover in Phoenix!
All things considered, I’m glad I was able to take a break from life and escape for a couple of days. I’ll def be back to explore this weird little town again.
When I was reading The Diary of a Young Girl in high school, I mentioned to my grandma that I wanted to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Years later, she traveled to the Netherlands while visiting my aunt in Denmark and brought me back a souvenir from the museum. I couldn’t believe she remembered after all that time. My grandma was the most considerate and sentimental person I’ve ever known, and I’m grateful that she instilled her thoughtfulness in me.
She is the reason I have random notes in my phone that say, “christine garlic delight dip at del mar fair” or “anthony swagu stamp.” She taught me that even if people have everything, you don’t have to give them the world to let them know you appreciate them. You just have to remember the little things.
She is also part of the reason I have over 20k miles on my new car. I’d put a million more miles on there if I could drive down to San Diego and spend just one more day with her.
Rest in paradise, Grandma Julie. I love you more than my seemingly apathetic demeanor suggests. You know I don’t like to let them see me cry.
Questlove x Michael Jackson (@ Grand Park)
If this event was any indication of what ACL will be like, I’m not ready for the heat (sunburn city!) or Anthony’s dance moves.
Tame Impala sounds like a psychedelic Beatles ♥
Even dogs love the dulcet tones of Young the Giant.
#TBT to Kim Kardashian’s ugly cry face (@ FYF Fest 2014)
This is also the face I’ll be making when Morrissey headlines this year’s festival.
Cubanos on the curb (@ Animal)
Jon Favreau and Roy Choi hosted an El Jefe pop-up from one of my favorite movies tonight! Chef was everything, and so was this sandwich (and so was this soundtrack!).
This isn’t the kind of bar I’m used to (@ Cardio Barre)
I almost cried at the end of class, partly because I was so exhausted, but mostly because they were playing Bon Iver during savasana.
Not pictured: Anthony on the air drums and me on vocals (@ Petco Park)
Paul McCartney – Hey Jude (Live)
The Strokes – You Only Live Once
…or what happens when a certain someone leaves my amazon prime account logged in on their dad’s computer.
The last time Paul McCartney played a show in San Diego, I wasn’t even born yet. But I grew up listening to the Beatles because my dad would blast their records and play along with his guitar when I was a kid. I always thought he was their biggest fan, but Anthony might be giving him a run for his money.
Since none of our friends are going to the show with us, I’ll probably have to be Anthony’s emergency contact for when he faints like a fangirl at a Michael Jackson concert! Ha. When I asked my dad if he wanted tickets for his birthday, he said that he already bought tickets for himself, my mom and their friends before I even got mine. My bad, presale! Maybe someone else can be Anthony’s emergency contact after all.
That one time Kimbra showed up at the Electric Wire Hustle show (@ Bootleg HiFi)
Banks – Waiting Game
What if the way we started
Made it something cursed from the start
Tove Lo – Habits (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
Can’t go home alone again
Need someone to numb the pain
You’re gone and I’ve got to stay high
All the time to keep you off my mind
Dance party (@ The Fonda)
Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
Only in LA (@ Fairfax & Rosewood)
LA rain + Local Natives.
Young the Giant – Paralysis
And lately I’ve been thinking
I’m not feeling anything at all
Will I survive in the dead of night?
And now the lights are fading faster
Save me from my disaster
Pain takes my heart’s place
The love we made remains
Say something, I’m giving up on you
When the beat of my drum meets the beat of your heart
You know I couldn’t love any other, any other
Exactly one month till the 2014 Young the Giant CD replaces the 2010 Young the Giant CD in my car and my heart explodes.
I kicked off my Thanksgiving vacay last week with the girls and JT in the OC!
It wouldn’t be a Justin Timberlake show without Christine almost getting into a fight! Ha. The image of Christine with half of her body hanging out the car window as we drove off will stay with me forever.
Thanks to Pammie for risking her life to take these awesome vids!
Queen Bey at Staples Center last night! She dedicated her final song to Paul Walker ♥
I may or may not be sobbing uncontrollably in the background. More videos here.
Monday mani + Elliott Smith.
Drink up with me now and forget all about
The pressure of days, do what I say
And I’ll make you okay
Beach House – Take Care
I’ll take care of you if you ask me to
City and Colour – The Golden State
Why’s everyone still singing about California?
Haven’t we heard enough about the Golden State?
I guess if you like sandy beaches and blue ocean water
There’s something about it, to which I cannot relate
City and Colour and vino.
Give me a reason to stay alive
Oh, my love, you don’t know what you do to me
Dallas Green’s voice still fixes things in the universe, FYI.
More videos from last night’s show here!
City and Colour – Un-Thinkable (Alicia Keys Cover)
This is exactly how it should feel when it’s meant to be
Time is only wasting so why wait for eventually
Dallas tonight ♥
Caroline Pennell – Anything Could Happen (Ellie Goulding cover)
I’ll give you everything you need
But I don’t think I need you
I just happened to be the 98th texter. No bigs!
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
The Naked and Famous – Hearts Like Ours
Local Natives – Ceilings
Thinking of what we’d give
To have one more day of sun
One day of sun
And the years go by
And the years go by
Indie rock music is more my bag, but I like to get turnt up every once in a while! Ha. Fun times with Pammie, Christine and Cat! It was only the best concert I’ve ever been to IN MY LIFE.
Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
I somehow got swindled into going to this concert tonight.
Shi offered me her extra ticket, and I said I would go on the condition that 98 Degrees performs ‘Invisible Man’ and we embrace through the entire song.
98 Degrees – Invisible Man
Lorde – Royals
Let me be your ruler
You can call me queen bee
And baby, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule
Let me live that fantasy
“There’s a lot of white people here!” – Marcus Mumford @ San Manuel Amphitheater
Mumford and Sons – Timshel
…or me watching the final episodes of The Office. I CAN’T EVEN.
OneRepublic – I Lived
Concert season is here!
We kicked off last summer by shaking our sandy parts to Santigold, so it only seemed fitting to do the same this year.
Santigold – Creator
Lucius – Until We Get There
What do you say, is this the time
for one more try at a happy life
What do you say, is this unwise
to think my fears will not reprise
The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
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Use the sleeves on my sweater
Lets have an adventure
Hanni El Khatib liked my instagram post. I can die now.
Hanni El Khatib – You Rascal You
The Weeknd – Wicked Games
Just let me motherfucking love you
I’m pretty sure I just got pregnant from this song.
Vacation days requested.
Spotify playlist made.
Is it August yet???
After working twelve hours of overtime yesterday, I deliriously spent the rest of my night listening to the new Strokes album and watching pole dancing videos on YouTube with this clown.
City and Colour – Of Space and Time
I don’t know what drugs to take
To successfully alter the state
That my mind has been in as of late
Something is eating away at my brain
New album = new tour! I love me some Dallas Green.
Um, of course my #choking playlist has Young the Giant on it… as does my workout playlist and my baby makin’ playlist. Just kidding. (I don’t have a workout playlist.)
Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
And I don’t know
If in the morning I will be here and if so
Let it be known
That I was worthy
I was worthy
I was worthy
And I want you
I want you
I still do
80s dance party at The Observatory with Walk the Moon!
Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds
And my head told my heart
Let love grow
But my heart told my head
This time no, this time no
Loved, loved, loved.
Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page
You desired my attention but denied my affections