1. Artwork & design by Noah Gonzales.
Part 1 of Lovelite’s newest album - In Three Persons
"The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him." John 7:38
"Our Holy Ghost" features 5 tracks off of IN THREE PERSONS, focusing on the Holy Spirit. The Spirit that dwells in the believer is an enigma and often an overlooked miracle of the Trinity. These songs don’t follow the general rules of pop music, but rather they are intentionally more abstract as a reflection of the mysterious Spirit of God we receive, shaping and guiding us from within.
Track Listing #1 - Brother Sister #2 -Teach Me #3 - Sand & Stone #4 - (PS) #5 - Our Holy Ghost
Purchase here: Lovelitemusic.com

    Artwork & design by Noah Gonzales.

    Part 1 of Lovelite’s newest album - In Three Persons

    "The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him." 
    John 7:38

    "Our Holy Ghost" features 5 tracks off of IN THREE PERSONS, focusing on the Holy Spirit. The Spirit that dwells in the believer is an enigma and often an overlooked miracle of the Trinity. These songs don’t follow the general rules of pop music, but rather they are intentionally more abstract as a reflection of the mysterious Spirit of God we receive, shaping and guiding us from within.

    Track Listing 
    #1 - Brother Sister 
    #2 -Teach Me 
    #3 - Sand & Stone 
    #4 - (PS) 
    #5 - Our Holy Ghost

    Purchase here: Lovelitemusic.com

  2. SPIN's 20 Most Anticipated Films of Sundance 2012 →

    SPIN’s 20 Most Anticipated Films of Sundance 2012

    January 18, 2012 | 5:05pm

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    Starting Friday, SPIN will be getting our feet wet, perhaps literally, for our first-ever Sundance Film Festival blog, delivering daily posts and interviews from Park City, Utah, where there are too many promising premieres to count - though that won’t stop us from trying. Even before the screenings get underway, themes are emerging: There will be fictional rappers alongside actual ones; there will be relationships gone sour or else downright rancid; there will be hipster dudes (despite the disavowing title I Am Not a Hipster) and hip parents; there will be low-fi thrills (V/H/S) and low-key performances; there will be the people you already know (Spike Lee) and the people you soon will (Lena Dunham). Basically, there will be lots and lots of movies. Here are our 20 most anticipated films of Sundance 2012 (and more info on SPIN’s special Sundance events with Bing [Link]):

    Movies About-or-Loosely-Related-to Music
    At the top of this list are two documentaries: Shut Up and Play the Hits chronicles the last 48 hours of LCD Soundsystem’s existence and features a frank interview between James Murphy and former SPIN writer Chuck Klosterman, while Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, directed by Ice-T, sees the Law & Order:SVU star interviewing everyone from Eminem to Afrika Bambaataa.

    Several feature films are in the mix here, too. Filly Brown follows a female hip-hop artist (newcomer Gina Rodriguez) as she confronts the cost of selling out while This Must Be the Place stars Sean Penn as a goth musician (!) looking to confront the Nazis who tortured his father. Speaking of fathers, For Ellen finds Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) playing a struggling musician fighting for custody of his daughter. On a similar note, the much-hyped The End of Love concerns a struggling actor (Mark Webber, who also directs) rising to the occasion of single parenthood after his wife dies. No, this doesn’t directly refer to music, unless someone wears a band T-shirt, but since costars include Michael Cera and Shannyn Sossamon, it’s not impossible. The equally sad-sounding I Am Not a Hipster focuses on an L.A. singer-songwriter coming to terms with his mother’s death.

    Big-Deal Premieres
    After the success of last year’s one-word bridal comedy, expectations are high for Bachelorette, which stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan as bridesmaids who must plan the bachelorette party of a girl they called Pig Face in high school. It sounds even more irreverent than Bridesmaids - the characters are described as “armed with an endless supply of coke and booze,” which is great so long as nobody poops in a sink. Red Lights also promises to be popular with festival-goers. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes (Buried), it stars Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, the other Olsen (Elizabeth), and Robert De Niro as a blind psychic whose abilities threaten the worldview of a paranormal investigator. (At last, that teaser trailer makes some sense.) Finally, Red Hook Summer (pictured right) is a Spike Lee joint, one that could be reminiscent of his oldest and most memorable films: A young boy spends the summer in a housing project and is forced to go to church with his preacher grandfather. This being Lee, and given the season, something explosive or controversial will surely happen.

    Movies Featuring Some of SPIN’s Favorite TV Stars
    The aforementioned Lizzy Caplan has been on the rise since Mean Girls with roles in Party Down and New Girl. In Save the Date, she gets caught up in an intense rebound relationship; Mark Webber and Martin Starr costar. (For the love of Haverchuck, why doesn’t Starr get as many roles as Jason Segel and Seth Rogen?) Ari Graynor, who played the drunk friend in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and rescued it from indie miasma, also has two movies at Sundance: In For A Good Time Call, she and Lauren Anne Miller (Rogen’s wife) star as frenemies who move in together and launch a business that doesn’t involve baking cupcakes. She also plays a supporting role in Celeste and Jesse Forever (pictured right), which marks Rashida Jones’ writing debut. Parks and Recreation’s sweet-tempered Ann together with Andy Samberg play exes attempting to stay friends following their divorce. And in Smashed, Aaron Paul - the exquisite, shambolic and oft-overlooked sidekick to Brian Cranston’s drug kingpin on Breaking Bad - plays an alcoholic confined to a codependent relationship with Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World).

    Elsewhere, Tim and Eric’s Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (whose Billion Dollar Movie is also at Sundance) star in The Comedy, “a scathing look at the white male on the verge of collapse” set in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. Sounds about right. Meanwhile, Nobody Talks takes place in the other self-proclaimed artistic enclave: Olivia Thirlby (Juno) plays a young artist in Silver Lake, California who moves in with a couple, played by John Krasinksi and Mad Men’s Rosemarie DeWitt. This film is mainly notable for being cowritten by Tiny Furniture’s writer/director/star Lena Dunham (come April, when her HBO series Girls premieres, everyone will have heard of her). And, finally, How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor returns with Liberal Arts, the second film that he wrote, directed and starred in. In what will strike no HIMYM fan as a stretch, Radnor plays a thirty-something who’s unlucky in love and returns to his college campus where he flirts with a beautiful undergrad. It might sound too similar to Radnor’s tepidly-received happythankyoumoreplease, but the impressive cast includes Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney and Elizabeth Olsen.

    Movies Within Six Degrees of Separation of Mark Duplass
    Granted, maybe this category seems like a stretch, but several of the films on our must-see list could easily be linked to The League star, who appears to be transitioning out of his mumblecore period without shedding those associations. In Safety Not Guaranteed (pictured right), Duplass and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Rec) play magazine writers - one of whom is, hmm, incredibly acerbic - investigating the personal ad of a man seeking a time-travel partner. Duplass also wrote Black Rock, which his wife, Katie Aselton, directs and stars in and which sounds like a thriller on par with The Descent: Three friends travel to a remote island where things. Go. Wrong. Meanwhile, Lynn Shelton, who directed Duplass in 2008’s surprisingly affecting Humpday, returns with Your Sister’s Sister, a complicated love triangle that unfolds in a remote cabin and stars Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and…Mark Duplass. Finally, there’s V/H/S, an anthology that’s in part directed by Duplass’s colleague Joe Swanberg - the two worked together on the latter’s Hannah Takes the Stairs. Here, petty criminals are tasked with retrieving a piece of found footage, but they must sort through a series of horrifying videos to find the right one.

    And this is only for starters! We’ve left out Simon Killer, Shadow Dancer, West of Memphis, Wish You Were Here… Tune in to read SPIN’s full coverage of the festival. No more snow jokes, promise.

  3. The Best 10 Music Films at Sundance 2012 →

  4. Official Website for I AM NOT A HIPSTER (The Movie) →

    Later this month I AM NOT A HIPSTER will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. The Young America had the opportunity to design and develop the official website for the film. We are stoked to be able to work with such a creative group and look forward to the response at Sundance. The website officially launches today so make sure to check it out HERE. We also came up with a little fun contest to take part in so make sure to read about it http://www.iamnotahipster.com/#instagram and follow for fun!

  5. Canines release a music video for Willful Feelings.

    Full album available at www.caninesmusic.com

    Video by Kenny Laubbacher and Joel P West.

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    Also check out the trailer for the film I AM NOT A HIPSTER featuring music by the Canines.

  6. Happy for some friends of ours to be an Official Selection for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  This movie is going to be cool!  Can’t wait for it to release.

    http://www.iamnotahipster.com/

    Also, check out the music! 

    http://caninesmusic.com/

  7. The Alan Parson’s Project on acid? That’s what our contributing writer—Kenny McGuane—thinks, anyway. Head over to Under The Radar Magazine’s website to check out his review of the bold and divisive new album from French electronic duo, JUSTICE. (http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/audio_video_disco/)

  8. Grouplove @ The El Rey 10/26/11


    We had the pleasure of spending some time with Grouplove and Family Of The Year Wednesday night for their amazing show at The El Rey in Los Angeles. Both bands put on fantastic performances to a sold out crowd. It was one of those memorable shows where there was an undeniable magic in the air that everyone could feel. We took so many pictures that we love, we decided to split them up into two blog posts; one for each band. Go see both of these bands play live - you won’t regret it! 

  9. Family Of The Year @ The El Rey 10/26/11

    We had the pleasure of spending some time with Family Of The Year and Grouplove Wednesday night for their amazing show at The El Rey in Los Angeles. Both bands put on fantastic performances to a sold out crowd. It was one of those memorable shows where there was an undeniable magic in the air that everyone could feel. We took so many pictures that we love, we decided to split them up into two blog posts; one for each band. Go see both of these bands play live - you won’t regret it! 


  10. The War on Drugs at the Independent in San Francisco on 10/23/2011

  11. The Donnas @ The Original Penguin Melrose 5 Year Anniversary

    Our good friends in The Donnas played a party at The Original Penguin’s Melrose store this past Saturday, and Casey went down to hang out with them and take some pictures of the wild night. Penguin pulled out all of the stops and served complementary beverages provided by Heineken, Russian Standard Vodka, and Jarritos as well as some INSANE nachos from The Nacho Truck LA. The girls rocked a packed house (err…store) - playing some new material off of their next album as well as some of their classics. The sound quality in the store, provided by Studio 116, was impressive to say the least - easily rivaling some of the best venues we’ve been to. All in all it was an amazing night, and we were stoked to be a part of it!

  12. Ryan Adams at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco 10-14-2011

    By: Noah Gonzales

    Last night at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the shaggy haired Ryan Adams took the stage with a purpose, suggesting, “Let’s see if I can bum you guys out.” That was going to be a tough hill to climb considering the overall jubilance of the sold out, 916 seat auditorium. It had been a little over three years since his last stop in the bay area and no one was planning on going home empty-handed.

    Picking up his classic red, white & blue Gibson named Buck, the black tee’d metal fan started the night off with an especially delicate rendition of Oh My Sweet Carolina. The room kept quiet, intently focused on each lyric and slight variation in melody. Ryan Adams was on top of his game, performing with the kind of restraint and control expected from a subtly maturing singer/songwriter. And then the song would end, allowing himself to rid the room of any thought that Ryan Adams was mature.

    Fan: “You’re really bumming us out.”
    Ryan: “Sounded like he said, ‘Now you’re really making a salad.’”
    Crowd: *Laughter*
    Ryan: “This salad’s for you.”

    He was in quite a jovial mood, improvising songs such as Mr. Self Person (a.k.a. Ass Falls Asleep), Everybody Knows (There are Bat-like Creatures Coming After Me) and Left of the Sink. The crowd played along, and stayed surprisingly well-manered other than a few song requests and one fan shouting, “Bring out Mandy!”

    Twenty-two songs later, after covering most everything, from his Whiskeytown days to the recently released Ashes & Fire, it was hot and time to head home.

    Set List:

    Oh My Sweet Carolina
    Ashes & Fire
    If I Am A Stranger
    Dirty Rain
    Sweet Lil Gal
    Mr. Self Person (Ass Falls Asleep)
    I See Monsters
    Invisible Riverside 
    Everybody Knows (There are bat-like creatures coming after me)
    Everybody Knows
    Firecracker
    My Winding Wheel
    Lucky Now
    New York, NY
    Let It Ride
    Please Do Not Let Me Go
    Carolina Rain
    Left of the sink
    Two
    English Girls Approximately
    Why Do They Leave?
    Houses on the Hill
    Bartering Line
    —Encore with Jason Isbell—
    Love in the first degree (Alabama cover)
    Danko/Manuel (Drive-By Truckers cover)
    Come Pick Me Up

  13. Tyler Chester On Tour w/Brooke Fraser

    We recently caught up with our pal Tyler Chester as he was wrapping up his tour w/ Booke Fraser in support of her most recent release, Flags. Tyler, who is Brooke’s musical director and touring bass player, stepped away from the stage for a few minutes to give us a glimpse into his own magical mystery tour of Europe.  

    ———

    The last month has been an incredible journey through 10 countries, 6 languages, and some of the coolest places this American has ever seen. I’m out with Brooke Fraser, who is currently doing quite well in Europe and the UK. We started in Paris, at La Maroquinerie.

    Show went great, especially for a first show. We worked up a cool intro incorporating ‘Bookends’ by Simon and Garfunkel, and one of Brooke’s songs, ‘Ice on Her Lashes’. Crowd liked it, even of some of the lyrics were lost in translation. 

    From there we started the German leg. Brooke’s single is quite popular there at the moment, so all of the German shows were packed out. Of course, the first show, in Baden Baden, was televised live. No small task for a band’s second show. 

    We played attached to a very fancy casino, where Dostoyevsky once famously came for a winter and lost all his money at Roulette, while writing the gambler. 

    Then, Vienna, which is just as pretty as they say, if not a little more. The venue we played had 2 important identifying features- 1) the ugliest venue dog ever, and 2) the stinkiest human being alive. Fun show nonetheless. 

    Then to Munich for Oktoberfest (and a gig in what must have once been a weapons plant). Then fairy-tail like Zurich, and then Köln, home of my very favorite beer (Kölsch). 

    Then we were off to Hamburg, to play the Reeperbahn festival. The Reeperbahn is the red light of Hamburg, but more importantly the place where the Beatles got so good. We managed on an off day to catch great sets by Friendly Fires and War on Drugs. Our set the next day was great, and I inadvertently had a very short conversation with a prostitute. I nearly sprinted away in fear once I realized what this strange woman was actually saying to me. Sheesh!

    From there to Rome, Bologna, and Milan.  

    Italy is famous of course for it’s sights and it’s foods, but also for their extreme lack of motivation. Sound checks became 6-hour marathons. There were never enough cables or stands. If something went wrong onstage, the local stage guy would usually be found in the alley smoking. 

    From there, to Amsterdam, and a very crowded show, followed by my personal favorite, Berlin. Post Berlin show, we went searching for some late night adventure, and we found em- dark hot bars playing very loud very cool music, packed to the gills. The soundguy Jamie McLuckie and I had a wager on coin flips that he, inexplicably, won 5 flips straight. 

    The Berlin night ended with a very Alice-in-wonder-esque bumper car ride at 330am. 

    Then, across the English channel to Brighton. A real highlight was watching the sun rise, from atop a massive ferry. 

    Playing Shepherds Bush Empire was something of a dream come true. Literally every important British musician, from Bowie to Radiohead to Elton John, has graced that stage. 

    2 days later, with an off day in Manchester (where, like Morrissey said, everyday is silent and grey), we caught a train to Liverpool to make the ultimate musicians pilgrimage. 

    Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, homes of Ringo, George, John, and Paul. Cavern club- places of rock and roll’s genesis. 

    Now, we’re back in Manchester for the show, with Dublin, Belfast, and Glasgow still ahead of us. Los Angeles is beckoning me home. 

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  14. The Jayhawks @ The Troubadour

    The Jayhawks are back with their original lineup for the first time in years! We got to go to the show and take some snazzy pictures.


  15. Dallas In The Studio

    The Dallas guys spent some time in the studio this last week preparing for some final recording at Larraby Studios in a couple weeks.  We are stoked they are working with such a talented crew with Producer Malay and Mix Engineer Manny Marroquin.