Saturday, May 24, 2014

Coachella 2014 with Miss Lady D

The Knife

Pet Shop Boys 

Arcade Fire


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This year’s Coachella was truly special. Not only were my favorite people in attendance but the energy overall felt great. Yes, the sandstorms are not the most pleasant things to endure, but the beauty of the festival 
(music and the scenery) does make up for it.

This year my dear friend Lola Rey (aka DJ Miss Lady D) attended and enjoyed the festival with me.

She has been to Coachella before (during the “Golden Era” of the festival), when people actually cared that Bauhaus, Pixies or Air were performing. This time, her opinion of the festival changed a lot; the festival still caters to the people who made Coachella a “Mecca” for music lovers while also acknowledging the demand for all things top 40. We both agreed the silver lining to the popularity of the festival is that while everyone is crowding stages to see Lorde, Pharrell, or anyone playing the Sahara tent after 7pm, we will always get a good spot to see Darkside, Pet Shop Boys or The Knife. 

This year the festival felt better organized than the last 4 years combined. The music of course was absolutely amazing. This year my friends and I were extremely excited to see Outkast, but the show fell a bit short to our expectations. We still danced to the jams but we thought it would be the set of the weekend. On the other hand, standouts of course included: Arcade Fire, Jagwar Ma, Future Islands, Solange, The Knife and one of my favorite new acts to play Coachella was definitely James Vincent McMorrow.

Also, can I mention how incredible the Art Installations were? While last year we had a gigantic snail going around the polo field. This year we had a robot and an astronaut guarding us, but the main attraction to all Instagrammers in attendance was the piece created by artist Phillip K Smith called “Reflection Fields”; mirror prisms that reflected the polo field environment during the day and by night transformed into prisms of color enhancing the beauty that is Coachella. 

Check out the conversation I had with Miss Lady D during the last day of Coachella. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Juana Molina Live in San Francisco

After following her music for quite a while, I finally had the chance to experience a live show from Argentina's Juana Molina. If I had to describe her music: "exquisite" would be the word I would use - as Juana has a special talent to create atmospheres with her songs, whether this is done through her voice, loops, drums, or beats. Her show at San Francisco's Independent really displayed the precision and effortlessness of her craft. Most of the set list was built around her new record Wed 21 but she also played songs from past albums, including crowd favorites "Un Dia" and "El Perro. Artist like Juana don't tour frequently so if you have the oppoortunity to see her live, please do.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coachella 2014: A Survival Guide + Must See Acts

In only a few days every music lover will make their yearly pilgrimage to Indio, California for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.  What makes Coachella the Disneyland of music festivals is obviously the amazing lineups, the wonderful weather and of course the amazing street-style that we all enjoy.  And since we wait a whole year for Coachella, when it finally gets here, the best thing to do is not to worry and just have the best time. Here are a few tips to enjoy this music filled weekends:

1.     Set Conflicts: Don’t worry about them, there are three or four stages going on at the same time. Of course there are going to be a few set conflicts but the best way to deal with that is to choose the set that will be hard to see in the near future, perhaps you can catch Disclosure or The Head and The Heart at another festival or a private show in your city.

2.     Fashion and Style: Whether you like to be unique in your fashion sense or be a festival clone, my only advice is to be comfortable and prepared. I have seen so many festivalgoers suffer because they were unprepared for the sudden changes in weather (it’s the desert after all). Believe it or not, in 2012, the temperature dropped and it rained right after sunset. So, the best way to handle weather changes is to be prepared. Finally, a key tip is comfortable footwear. Whether you are wearing sneakers, boots or sandals, the shoe must be comfortable, as there is plenty of walking and dancing during Coachella.

3.     Partying in the Sun: It’s Coachella, and we will all be enjoying ourselves, having the best time with our friends, but the best way to do it is by taking good care of oneself, starting with the skin. Besides a good sunblock; products like Biotherm’s High Recharge Eye Shot or Kiehl’s Facial Fuel will be your skin’s best friend after hours of heavy sun exposure and late evenings. 

4.     Getting a Good Spot at a Show: There will be sets that will be jam packed during Coachella. Besides the headliners, I can predict that Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, and Skrillex are going to be nearly impossible to see. The best way to secure a good spot is to set up camp right after the previous act is done. This will ensure a decent spot to enjoy your must see bands. Very important, enjoy the show and put the phone away; believe me, I am guilty of this as well. 

5.     Lastly, Basic Mob Recommends: Acts making their Coachella debut this weekend. They are so good you should definitely check them out. If you don't believe me, just click away. 

Jagwar Ma
James Vincent McMarrow
Blood Orange 
Nina Kraviz

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weekend Look: Boots and Denim

This weekend I headed to one of the most relaxing and quiet areas in town (specially on the weekends), South Park. Located near the AT&T Park (Home of the SF Giants), and next to one of the coolest stores in the city- Jeremy's - A retail must if you are in San Francisco. Actually, this cute park was featured in the final scene of Woody Allen's film "Blue Jasmine". 

For this look I wore these really cool boots from J.D Fisk- a New York based menswear brand. 
 I also wore a Levi's Jacket, AllSaints pants, a Delorean (the band) T-shirt and Ray-Ban sunnies. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Basic Mob goes to Barcelona

We all know how much I love a music festival. This year I decided to be adventurous and bought myself a ticket to The Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. This festival is seriously the best curated festival right now, always throwing a musical curb-ball that no other festival does. Even the way the festival was released via a movie was done in a unique way. Although this festival shares a few acts with Coachella, Primavera is known to really bring the up and coming acts that everyone will be listening to next year. Not to mention the festival site, located in Parc del Forum, next to the Balearic Sea. This year the highlights include: Nine Inch Nails, St. Vincent, Slowdive, Charles Bradley, Foals, Metronomy, Svper, The Julie Ruin, The Growlers, and Caetano Veloso.   


Friday, January 17, 2014

Trench Coat and Hard Shoes

Finally the rain came to the city, which only meant one thing: time to layer up and wear a comfortable sweater, a trench coat and a pair of shoes that can handle the rain. I am the type of guy who is always into classic pieces when it comes to dressing. For example, a Burberry trench coat is something that I know 10 years from now will be in my closet, same goes with Dr. Martens, which endure all types of weathers, no matter where you are.

Burberry trench, Topman sweater, Endevenera pants, Dr Martens shoes and Ray-Ban sunnies 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Welcome to Tijuana

This holiday I had the opportunity to go home to San Diego California and of course Tijuana. In Tijuana I was  told by my friends not to miss the new culinary scene as well as the nightlife. Well, let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprise when I had dinner with my closest friends at Mision 19, where the food didn't disappoint at all. Other cool spots I tried during my stay were La Cevicheria Nais, Cabbanna, and La Mezcalera and BCB for a chill night out.  I am so glad the city where I grew up in is thriving to become a cool (and safe) place to hang out.  

Mision 19

Top Photos- I am wearing All Saints Jacket, Levi's Jeans, Vans shoes, Urban Outfitters T-shirt and Ray Ban Sunnies.