Great work music – Settle by Disclosure

I have been working to this album a ton and thought it was a great work soundtrack that a lot of you would dig. I didn’t realize this album was so popular in Europe. Reminder #546 that I was possibly born in the wrong part of the world, or at the wrong time.

Here’s the album:

Atoms for Peace live!

Speaking of Atoms for Peace, they released their make-up ACL show on youtube. Skip ahead to 41:30 . For some reason they don’t start playing till later in the video.

ACL Day 3 – Atoms for Peace day

So first, I can’t express how sad I am for the folks that didn’t get to go to the weekend 2 day 3 at ACL. Day 3 was by far my favorite day. I was introduced to The National for the first time, who were perfect live. The band I was looking forward to seeing the most was Atoms for Peace. I am a huge fan of Radiohead and loved Thom Yorke’s solo album. I was lukewarm on the Atoms for Peace album, though honestly I didn’t spend that much time listening to it. Hearing the music live blew me away. I was essentially in a Thom Yorke dance party for an hour and a half.

I loved it. Not only was this my favorite show of ACL 2013, it was my favorite Austin City Limits music festival show of all time. I was so happy to be there.

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Day 2 at Austin City Limits Music Festival

By the second day of ACL I was in heaven. The weather would cool down in the middle of the day, I was feeling amazing after seeing my favorite band, and looking forward to seeing even more. I feel like I saw everyone on Saturday but I was only able to catch a small portion of it. I saw Bobby Jealousy, Max Frost, Reignwolf, HAIM, Lissie, Grimes, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, and The Cure.

Bobby Jealousy was a Austin local band but they really rocked out the morning. Max Frost was more of a funk/alternative type band, also from Austin. I was pretty happy that I got to see some local bands.

Lissie was really really good! I have heard her music before but had no idea how amazing she was live. She gets compared as a singer/song writer like a 90s female song writer, but I think she has a lot more diversity than just doing girl-folk music. She did an amazing cover of a hip hop song to finish her set.

HAIM was really good, though I would have prefered seeing them in a smaller venue. Grimes was really boring, which was surprising.

The Cure was legendary. I am not the biggest Cure fan, but seeing The Cure felt like seeing a legend, though not quite Stevie Wonder legendary.

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 Day 1

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 was the best festival I have ever been too. It is my 4th time going to ACLFest, 3rd time doing a 3 day weekend. The amazing band list was overwhelming, and I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to see, but I still saw some amazing music.

Day 1 was “Muse” day when I got out of bed in the morning. Muse has been my favorite band for years, and they have been my favorite ACLFest show since I last saw Muse in 2010. That quickly changed when I saw Latasha Lee & The Blackties as my first band. I always forget how amazing all of the music at the festival is, and looking forward to a show at the end of the day isn’t the way to go. Latasha Lee was amazing. After Latasha Lee I saw Widowspeak, and they were pretty cool. They sounded like a indie-er version of Mazzy Star.

I ended up seeing Fun. , which wasn’t the plan, but I kept hearing that they put on a good show, and they were amazing.

After Fun. , I went through a huge mass of sweaty people and traveled to the other side of Zilker to see Arctic Monkeys and Muse. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Arctic Monkeys, and I really wanted their show to make me fall in love with their music. Their sound was a lot different than what I was expecting, but people had said they had matured over the past couple albums. I am not totally “in love” after their show, but I am wanting to listen to their music more.

The Muse show was awesome, though a little disappointing. They blew the power out on their stage a couple points, forcing them to cut a bunch of music out of their setlist. They played the songs I really wanted to hear from their new album “2nd Law,” specifically ‘Follow Me, Liquid State,’ and ‘Madness.’ I wanted to hear ‘Animals’ as well, but didn’t get to hear it. Oh well! It was a good Muse show anyway!

Muse eventually finished off with Knights….classic Muse.

I had a great time and an amazing first day! I spent a lot of time sitting in the back center of every stage, hanging out on top of my blanket and drinking a lot of great beer. After the first day, I’m not feeling that sore or tired. Just energized and looking forward to the rest of the weekend.