Imagine a world where you can watch amazing bands on a desert oasis just an hour from Los Angeles? It’s possible at Desert Daze. Phil Pirrone and Co curated an incredible lineup of psych rock acts including Stereolab, Khruangbin, DIIV and many many more. I went this weekend to cover the fest for MXDWN, and fully intended to see as much as humanly possible. It wasn’t always easy – the heat during the day left me feeling woozy and the cold night air was hard to withstand (note to self, bring a thicker jacket!) and there were times I was just ready for it to be over. “You know what’s underrated? Arriving to festivals late” one of my friends said. And I felt that, but what I got to experience by being on the festival grounds all three days from open to close was nothing short of magical, and those moments in which I found myself feeling particularly grateful – listening to a band I love like Crumb while watching the sunset – made it all worthwhile.
Feeling all the feels? Holiday season got you feeling some type of way? I know I broke down after seeing Gilmore Girls, A Year in the Life (which is why it starts and ends with Sam Phillips). But the year is coming to a rapid close, and I, along with this playlist, encourage you to feel all your feelings and get ready to let go and make room for a grand new year, because 2016 was rough af. (Title & inspiration credit: Tuesday Bassen) Continue reading