Skalloween!

When the air begins to take on a colder tone, the leaves change, fall off, and all you’re left with is tree skeletons. It must be Fall. Fall has most often been a time of falling apart for me. It seems like my repressed stress builds up during the summer and hits me twice as rough come September. Perhaps that is why I choose to go so hard every Halloween.

This season is a very important time in my culture. It’s a time to celebrate those that have passed. It’s a time to ask for forgiveness and help from ancestors on our journey through the present.  It’s a time of release. Skalloween always helps me to relax.

Sometimes, my past comes face to face with me in the present. I just dance it off and try to stay in the moment. There is something about skanking in a big circle with like-minded individuals that brings me closer to earth.

Skanking is the style of dance for Ska music. Ska music is most often described as a combination of Reggae and Rock, I find it also has influences taken from Mariachi music. Personally, I think good Ska is severely overshadowed by a massive amount of really detestable Ska. Luckily, we have some of the best Ska available in the world right here in Salt Lake City. Every year we appreciate these dedicated bands by attending Skalloween.

The show was at Kilby Court this year, my favorite venue with its intimate setting. The first band The Schemeing Thieves came onto the stage dressed as Mr.Meeseeks from the television series Rick & Morty. Their juxtaposition between somber sections to more upbeat sections in their songs definitely made this band stand out. They were very passionate, as the opening act they did not fail to get the crowd skanking.

Following their set was a band I had never had the pleasure to see before, The Gringos. These guys are hardcore. They’re very seasoned musicians doing what they love.  The amount of energy they had kept everyone in the space and all attention was on The Gringos.

Talk to me about a fire in the eyes and let’s take it to the max. The Anchorage, who played next, has that kind of Maximum Fire in their eyes. The whole band was dressed as David S. Pumpkins. It’s its own thing. Each member of this band is very talented in their own right and the combinations they make are unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. There is a very powerful message behind their lyrics. The trumpet is so crisp and every note is played without falter. The trombone floated through like a raft on the bars. The keyboard adds necessary texture to the music. The guitar and bass hold it together and make it rock. All conducted by the drums which set the perfect pace and rhythm for the band.

The final act was Show Me Island. The Mario Kart theme played and they entered through the back dressed as the characters circling around unleashing a prize box full of candy and bananas. Show Me Island put on a top-notch show. The band has such amazing stage presence and passion. They kept the audience engaged for the entire runtime. The drums have such a nice sharp sound, perfect bass lines, stunning guitar, the lead singer has breathtaking vocals, and the horn section adds beautiful melody. If I could describe this band in three words they would be: see, hear and feel.

I supremely enjoyed this show. It charged me up and I’m very glad that I got to enjoy it. I hope that Skalloween will continue to bring joy to our city for years to come. Though the bands change every year the energy never dies.

 

Click Through this Gallery to see Photos from Skalloween!

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    Street Art at Kilby Court

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    Street art at Kilby Court

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    K-Ute Sticker on a bench at Kilby Court

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    Statue at Kilby Court

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    March Sign at Kilby Court

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    Costume At Skaloween

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    Costume at Skaloween

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    Scheming Thieves at Skaloween

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    Scheming Thieves at Skaloween

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    Scheming Thieves at Skaloween

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    Scheming Thieves at Skaloween

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    The Gringos at Skalloween

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    The Gringos at Skalloween

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    The Gringos at Skalloween

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    The Gringos at Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    The Anchorage during Skalloween

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    Show Me Island at Skaloween

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    Show Me Island During Skaloween

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    Show Me Island At Skaloween

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    Show Me Island At Skaloween

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    Show Me Island At Skaloween

LINKS:

*The Anchorage- Spotify

*Show Me Island- Spotify

*David S. Pumpkins

*Mr. Meseeks 

Twilight In Ogden: Miike Snow & Klangstof

Ogden Twilight has not disappointed me yet. If you’ve ever driven to Ogden from Salt Lake City, you may know how bad traffic can get between Farmington and Ogden. On the way to the Miike Snow concert, the traffic doubled due to an automobile accident. That did not stop me from seeing Swedish band Miike Snow and Dutch/Norwegian band Klangstof with a spotlight on local heroes New Shack.

Driving an hour north is usually worth it when going to the Ogden Amphitheater. It’s a very nice, friendly, and welcoming venue. When I arrived, I bought myself a frozen pink lemonade, and smoked while I waited for Klangstof. A very clear day, only a few small cirrus clouds in the sky. The place was getting packed. Due to the traffic, I only caught the last few moments of New Shack’s set. I listened to their music on SoundCloud when I got home. New Shack is from Provo, UT and they have a very new age indie pop sound.

Klangstof is a progressive/indie/alternative-rock band. The drummer would go back and forth from drum pad to traditional drums. Sometimes, you can tell when a band stumbled into the music industry; Klangstof is not one of those bands. These guys look like they have been on the grind for a while, and they are now on tour with Miike Snow. I fell in love with Klangstof‘s singer Koen Van De Wardt. He said the band, Miike Snow, had an incredible Swedish tobacco, but it stops working. The joke fell flat but I laughed.

From what I can tell, it can’t be easy to keep a band together. The way Koen kept all of his band mates engaged and relaxed showed me how real this band is. Very dual-sided, beautiful, light at times, with droning tones and complex shredding. This band was perfect for helping me release the built up tension from the awfulness of the world. After Klangstof‘s set, I felt like maybe things aren’t that bad.

After playing with the Pepsi Patrol, there was a brief introduction to the indie/pop/electronic band, Miike Snow, from the same host who introduces every Ogden Twilight I’ve been to. She introduced the band and then about ten minutes later Miike Snow came on.

This band had been apart for a little while working on solo projects. At first, they seemed to be very okay with me taking photos. It seemed Andrew Wyatt was even giving me some poses. I got carried away and kept taking photos. I’m very enthralled with this band in general. Towards the end, he seemed to break the pose he was making as soon as I lifted my camera (I don’t think bands like it when you watch their sets through your phone screen).

He kept a great and electrical energy the whole time; this band is so cool, Pontus Winnberg is my favorite.  The drummer, whose name I can’t find, had the key to my heart. the other band member, I can’t find his name either, absolutely stole the show with his sick licks. He was not regular bandmate Christian Carlson, he was not there on this particular night, however, he is a very important part of Miike Snow.

These guys are some real and professional musicians, which don’t always go hand in hand. I caught a glimpse of the setlist taped to the stage after the show and they had the encore they did on the set list. The encore song was “Animal”, a very popular song of theirs and I’m glad I got to see them play it.

This music definitely does not look easy to make happen every night sofor that, I thank you, Miike Snow. I can tell this band has made a real difference in people lives for the better. I’ve been a Miike Snow-Flake for a while now, it’s absolutely great music for dancing out the feels. Overall, a stellar end to the Ogden Twilight concerts.

 

New Shack- Soundcloud

Klangstof- Spotify

Miike Snow- Spotify

 

 

 

[Adult Swim] On The Green Experience

Mind if I come in here with some words yo? I hope you’re reading this because this is way better read. What is [adult swim]? I’m not asking you, so don’t give me an answer. [adult swim] Is a television and media broadcasting company owned by Time Warner Cable. [adult swim] does a live broadcast every night after Cartoon Network goes to bed. If you stayed up this late then, like me, you’ve been scarred by this channel and you, like me, have a post-ironic nostalgic craving for a wad of meat. This past weekend on June 23, 2017, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend an [adult swim] touring festival.

After arriving and hearing the music I could already tell I was in for a treat. They played a lot of songs made popular by [adult swim]. Before I got into the place, they required me to allow them access to my social media information. I gave them some real bogus information because you never know what they can do with all of that sweet, sweet personal data. Then they gave me this wristband that had this panel to scan at the different giveaway areas in order to keep people from taking too much free swag. The paranoia in me thought it was a panel for mind control. I realize, in retrospect, the mind control came from the feature presentation at the end of the night.

When I was more of a child I would attend these elementary school fairs. The school would rent all kinds of fun and games to put out in a field. Those are some of my fondest memories. Going to this event took me back to that place. The lawn was littered with activities! Croquet, connect four, large Jenga™, a Geico™-sponsored prize eye. The prize eye was a large eye that when spun. it allowed you to keep your eyes on the prize and on the prize eye. Because the prize eye will reveal your prize if you keep your eyes on the prize eye and on the prize.  I won a towel with Mr. Poopybutthole from Rick and Morty on it. There was a tent that upon entering you are led to a screen that asks you to give feedback on your experiences with [adult swim] and in return, you get a dank poster. I got to take my photo with the Rick Mobile™ and they even hooked it up with popcorn and candy. None of that cheap stuff. I’m talking high-quality Italian knit popcorn and candy. This was all to keep the crowd occupied as we awaited the main event. The screening of things never before seen.

The Lawn was set up so there were activities on the outside perimeter and an empty field in the middle. People set up in the field and faced an extremely large LED High definition screen. Before they played the fresh content everyone was invited to play trivia. That was mostly unrelated to [adult swim]. Once the trivia had wrapped up, there was a personal message from a live stream and a Geico™ commercial and then the moment had arrived to see some brand new content.

You can expect to see a lot of upgrades and advancements being made to the channel thanks to its growing popularity. Tyler The Creator will be putting out a new cartoon. The show Squidbillies is getting a spit shine and will be returning this fall. A little quote from the episode about conspiracy theories. The Sheriff and Early are in a room where there are all kinds of bits of paper and pictures connected by red strings. The Sheriff stumbling in and pulling down strings says “Sorry I messed up your thing, I had no idea the conspiracy ran this deep.” To which Early replies, “That’s alright let me just make some more connections.” He then proceeds to, using a can of silly string, randomly connect different areas in the room which he only makes justifications for, after he’s already connected them. Other new shows coming. Apollo Gauntlet, Tigtone, Lazer Wulf and always more and more. Really what you need to know is the new shows are all off-the-wall random and perfect for smoking a fatty and frying all night or a sober night that you want to feel like you are on drugs. If this is you, [adult swim] is just what you need. The grand finale was an episode of Rick and Morty, season three, episode one. This is an episode I’ve already seen several times but it was fun to see it on such a big screen surrounded by laughter. After that, I thanked the Lord, put on my moon boots and jogged back to Salt Lake From Ogden. What a great night!

REVIEW: In The Shade by Aspen Grove

What do you get when you cross Pink FloydGodspeed You! Black Emperor, and Salt Lake City? A fantastic local band called Aspen Grove! Aspen Grove, the band formally known as Archeopteryx makes some dang good music! This album is full of soothing vocals, bad ass instrumentals and radical chord progressions. Only three songs long this album has a soul behind it and you can here the passion in every bar.  It’s not every day that I get blown away by local bands but this one has something special. Even though at times the band has a tendency to vamp for a little to long it moves at a quick enough pace to keep me from having to strain my ears to enjoy it.  Most measures build on the last and it climax’s and melodic restitution’s kept me on the edge of my seat. Very good local album 9/10!

Listen to there album or download it here!

HOLY SMOKES THERE’S SOME GOOD MUSIC BEHIND THIS LINK!