Tuesday, September 27, 2016

[PHOTOS] Blood Orange at The Vic Theatre in Chicago

ALL PHOTOS BY AMANDA KOELLNER
 We love us some Dev Hynes. Of course, you probably know him as Blood Orange, the dude who released Freetown Sound earlier this year, one of our favorites from 2016. If you haven't listened to that one yet, maybe fire it up while you enjoy these photos by Amanda Koellner.



















Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Win a 3-Month Subscription to Vinyl Me, Please



Hello, friends! Today we have a special giveaway that involves Beck and vinyl. That got your attention, didn't it?

The good folks at Vinyl Me, Please (learn more about them here) are pressing and releasing an exclusive, bourbon colored marble 180g marble vinyl of Beck's historic album Odelay as their October record of the month. And we are thrilled to be giving away ONE 3-month subscription to Vinyl Me, Please.

Regarding Odelay, here's a quote from Cameron Schaefer, Head of Music, Vinyl Me, Please

"Odelay will forever exist as the album that took Beck from a slightly off-kilter, indie kid with no guarantees of success to a rock star and one of the most important artists of the past 20 years. Those albums don't come around often so when they do we analyze, discuss and listen to them again and again. And ultimately, at Vinyl Me, Please, we celebrate them. We're thrilled to be releasing this special-edition 20th Anniversary pressing of Beck's Odelay and trust it will find a welcome place on the turntables of members around the world who value albums like this as much as we do." 

Details of how to enter are at the bottom, but before we get to that, let's have a look at the Odelay "unboxing" video.



Here's what you will get with your 3-month subscription:

October album of the month: Beck - Odelay:
  • 180g bourbon colored vinyl w/ black marbling
  • 12" x 12" poster from original pressing
  • 5" x 5" high-gloss sticker
  • 12" x 12" original art print by Scott Hill, Design Director of The Original Champions of Design
November album of the month: TBD

December album of the month: TBD

Sound good? Here's what you gotta do to enter (you only have to do one):

Tell us your top 5 albums you have on vinyl. If you don't have a vinyl collection, just tell us your top 5 albums. You can do so on our Facebook Page on this post.

OR

Post your favorite album cover on your Instagram page and, in the caption, tag @speakersincode  and @vinylmeplease

Contest ENDS on October 5th, 5PM Central time. We will announce the winner shortly after. GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

15 Artists We Would Like To See At LouFest 2017

CHANCE THE RAPPER / Photo by Tim Bottchen (All photos below by Jason Gonulsen except where noted)


Yes, we're already looking forward to LouFest 2017. And good news! There are plenty of artists who have yet to play a set in Forest Park. Here are 15 who we think would make a great fit. We might be dreaming on a few, but hey, that's what we do.

Who would you like to see next year?


1. GARY CLARK, JR.




The blues-rock guitarist and songwriter has played The Pageant twice in recent years, and he's also a staple at almost every other festival in the world. Chances are he would attract a huge crowd of all ages.


2. GRACE POTTER





While no longer with the Nocturnals, Potter has not slowed down since the release of her first solo album, Midnight. The only problem might be that she has her own festival, Grand Point North, in Vermont, usually the weekend after LouFest.

3. BLOOD ORANGE




The last time I saw Devonte Hynes, aka Blood Orange, he was tearing up a late-night set at Bonnaroo. His latest release, Freetown Sound, is another strong piece of work.

4. BRANDI CARLILE



She's one of my favorite artists, not only because she writes beautiful, honest lyrics, but her band plays every show like it's their last. Would be a wonderful sunset set.


5. BULLY



Another festival favorite, Bully has been through St. Louis playing places like Off Broadway, and even the St. Louis Art Museum and Halo Bar. Their star is shining bright these days.

6. MEG MYERS




She's been laying low in 2016, but she played two outstanding sets at The Pageant in 2015, creating a huge buzz in the room. A new album is in the works, and she would be a huge get for LouFest.


7. JASON ISBELL



By now, it's obvious that he is loved in St. Louis, and I am sure LouFest organizers have attempted to lure him to Forest Park. There's no telling what his next move is, but he could easily play -- and shred -- a late afternoon set.


8. CHVRCHES



They played here once, at The Pageant, but have yet to pass through after their latest release, Every Open Eye. They put on one of my favorite sets at Bonnaroo. Relentless energy from lead singer Lauren Mayberry.


9. COURTNEY BARNETT




To my knowledge, she's yet to play a show in St. Louis, and that definitely needs to be corrected as soon as possible. Thunderous guitarist, clever lyricist.

10.KACEY MUSGRAVES




Since Chris Stapleton's set went over so well, the momentum must not be stopped. The solution is easy: book Kacey Musgraves. Her 2015 set at The Pageant was sold-out, and her last album, Pageant Material, was one of my favorite albums of last year.


11. LANA DEL REY




I know you're rolling your eyes, but she would be a solid headliner in world where there aren't many festival headliners not named Radiohead, Paul McCartney, or Pearl Jam. Forget her terrible Saturday Night Live performances of a few years back; she's much, much better now.


12. VIC MENSA




The rapper from Chicago is hot right now, and his Lollapalooza set was critically lauded. He's also an activist and doesn't shy away from speaking his mind on stage.

13. CHANCE THE RAPPER


Photo by Tim Bottchen

Another rapper from Chicago, and I don't see why he couldn't headline and attract a huge audience. Judging from the crowd Anderson .Paak brought to the BMI stage, it's easy to argue that fans want more hip-hop.


14. NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL




Unlikely, I know. But these days he's playing with Willie Nelson's son, Lukas and Promise of the Real, and together they rock harder than anyone I've seen at LouFest to this point. Plus, his last show in St. Louis was in 2007 at The Fox. Been too long!


15. KENDRICK LAMAR


Photo via Facebook


Lamar would be a coup for LouFest. He's one of this year's headliners at Austin City Limits. He's headlined Bonnaroo. St. Louis, the time is now.

Monday, September 12, 2016

LouFest Concludes in St. Louis

JOHN HENRY | PHOTO BY LOUIS KWOK
We're always sad when it ends, but here's to another wonderful LouFest! Please enjoy these photos by Louis Kwok, Rachel Waters, and Amanda Koellner.

PHOTOS BELOW BY LOUIS KWOK








































PHOTOS BELOW BY RACHEL WATERS




























PHOTOS BELOW BY AMANDA KOELLNER