Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Music: MysteryCipher - On Me + Fvcked Up

I recently caught wind of this cat MysteryCipher, a 19 year old upcoming MC out of Boston, MA. Check his two latest singles boasting contrasting styles,  "On Me," featuring Dea Cello and "Fvcked Up," both produced by Stud Beats. Click below to stream.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Music Video: Edgar Sosa -That Designer

I just caught the homey Edgar Sosa rocking this joint last night at Showcase 626. "That Designer" is a dope catchy joint and this is the 2nd music video from Sosa's latest LP, Messcan Merican. It was produced by Marz Milli and the video was directed by Henry Rush.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

JAM REPORT: FREE DOWNLOADS: Epic Rain Incident at High Sierra; Full Circle for Umphrey's McGee; Trey back on Phish Summer tour after GD50

Hey all you delicious party people out there!

I'm back from my strange, epic 5 day trip to Quincy for my first High Sierra Music Fest.  This was the year to go, as they celebrated a quarter century of music at the Plumas County Fairgrounds. I would have written this blog sooner, but with a side trip to Tahoe on my way back to LA (not to mention recovery time from the festy life) this post took a little more effort to write.

The week was magical, with some excellent music and LOTS of opportunity for shenanigans. Some brief highlights before we get in to the meat and potatoes:
  • The rain during Cheese, which started us off on festy day 1 feeling like day 4, but brought with it the most beautiful skies and cooler weather to enjoy for the rest of the weekend
  • The always lovely Jennifer Hartswick joining The String Cheese Incident onstage with her amazing voice and trumpet for one of the BEST renditions of "Shake Your Body Down (to the ground)" I have ever heard.
  • The Motet at Big Meadow, bringing the funk as always
  • FREE Karl Denson's Tiny Universe show!
  • The much-anticipated reunion of The Slip
  • Pretty much any late night attended was guaranteed to please, but for me I especially enjoyed The Pimps of Joytime and Boombox; many had great things to say about Galactic and ALO
  • An emotional cover of Simple Mind's "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Umphreys due to their reminiscing about their first HSMF show 14 years ago at one of the small stages. Their set was great despite some of the problems they had getting there. Shout out to the naked moon goddesses dancing toward the front of the stage during that set - you are all beautiful!
  • A lovely come down for the fest with Joe Russo's Almost Dead - his Grateful Dead tribute; which gave us a little sample of the GD50 since we were all too busy getting down to the live music to bother with the live stream from Chicago. Shout out to the Silent Disco for giving everyone the option to listen to the stream anyway
  • A jellyfish piƱata party and pretty much all the late night/early morning antics at Shady Grove and all the other camping areas
  • All the great stuff happening down at Chef Larry and Denise's Kamp Bitchin' Kitchen - shout out to all the chefs who made it happen in their honor.
  • Speaking of Bitchin' Kitchens, I have to give it up to all the food vendors - I'm talking to you, pizza guy and frickle cart! Also, whoever made that Chicken Pozole being served in VIP on Sunday: you the real MVP
If you want to check out some of the action you missed, or relive some of the action you didn't; here are a few links:

My HSMF snap movie:

 Festival pictures by the talented Spady Photography

As we always like to do for you here at Da Ill Spot, free downloads of some of the sets brought to you by our lovely taper community found on ARCHIVE.ORG, be sure to check out the Pimps of Joytime recordings if you like funk.


Next up on the Jam Report, Phish at the Fabulous Forum on July 25th! Anyone got my miracle?

Hope you enjoy reliving some of these memories with me, as much as I enjoyed living them the first time!


Victory Sweets

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