Entries in Wazu (8)


[Night Out] OMG CMJ 2014 Day Five: Soko @ United Palace Theater Theater 

Soko @ United Palace Theater 10/25/14 (with our boy Matt on guitar!)
Saturday night Kibbe and I trekked up to the United Palace Theatre to cover Soko (who opened for Foster the People.)  Honestly, I'm glad we didn't try to stick around after Soko because I'm not really a fan of Foster the People. I was still interested in covering Soko nonetheless, especially since one of our friends Matt was going to be playing his gothic heart out on guitar and keyboards to make it worth the commute. For those not in the know, Matt is half of the Los Angeles band VOWS (formerly WAZU). The other half, his gorgeous partner with the hauntingly velvet voice, Rizz, was there supporting him in the wings. So win win, we get to cover an artist that was new to us, and catch up with super talented and genuine humans we know (and love) as Matt and Rizz. 
May I dare say United Palace Theater doesn't have the friendliest security staff and some of them obviously haven't been to photo pit hospitality class 101 but, that's a story for another day. I held my own under their fascist "photo pit" rules and managed to get some fun shots.
Soko entertained us with upbeat rhythms intertwined with hyper banter about her suicide attempts and reminders that "she would be old tomorrow" because it's her birthday. She playfully slipped out of articles of clothing on stage because "it was hot" and then made mention that the crowd from the night before was a "better audience".  I'll agree that the crowd was not as present as they could have been but, I don't know, maybe they just weren't in the mood or their adult sippy cups of overpriced beer ran dry.
Soko's spirited set ended and I swiftly maneuvered up the aisle (in my awesome hot pink Dr Marten boots) to meet up with Kibbe in the lobby. She was talking to some random people and I approached them with my not so happy Sprout pout (which is a rare occurrence, mind you).
Deciding it was time to make like a tree and leave, we headed round back to meet up with Rizz to briefly exchange hugs, catch up on life, and then say our goodbyes.  We were saddened to hear that the big move to Los Angeles hadn't been as fruitful for our friends as they had hoped, which is unfortunate given how talented these two are. It really got to me while Kibbe was on the verge of tears after we parted ways with Rizz. 
We left the venue with a mixed bag of emotions and a laundry list of nuances such as: the not so friendly security people, lack of photo pit hospitality, and a fan base with a pretense so thick that it penetrated the theater's every molecule.
The cab ride back to Kibbtopia provided a forum for the "WTF" convo and I believe an epiphany which inspired the manifestation of a brand new SKoA mission statement (coming soon).I'm going to call this revelation "the big picture". It's not easily noticed sometimes but, it's definitely there if you're willing to really see. This particular 'SKoA Night Out' presented an opportunity for Kibbe and I to truly get a glimpse of the big picture. A scenario that involves our love of music, truly talented artists, and their connection to the music industry.  This combination has become the catalyst to our commitment in changing the way music is revered, celebrated and showcased. We love music and we need it to love us back again. 
We'll be making a big announcement in the next few days sharing our new mission and vision for SKoA. For now, click here to head over to our Gallery to check out more photos from the show.

[Watch] WAZU - "Councillor" (Official Video)

Following up the release of their self-titled EP at the beginning of the year, Brooklyn dark wave duo WAZU have unveiled the video for the lead single, "Councillor", which comes from their forthcoming debut full-length, Robobo, set to drop this Halloween. If you enjoyed their dancy goth jams the last time around, hold on to your effing hats because this song is about to knock the wind right out of you. Within less than a year the band has successfully been able to up their energy level all the while refining their craft, with succinct vicious guitars coupled with hauting synths and vocals.


Do You Have All The Tracks From Our #blog6music Playlist? 


Yesterday we had the chance to handpick some of our current favorite songs for BBC 6Music Now Playing with Tom Robinson and live tweet about our picks. In case you missed out, you can head over to their website and listen to the broadcast. If you liked any of the songs we picked and don't have them already, we have links to individual streams of the songs plus ways you can own each and every one for yourself (there are some freebies in here FYI!)

For those of you who heard it, please let us know what you thought of our picks in the comments.

Tanlines - "All Of Me" (from Mixed Emotions)

Wazu - "Happy Endings" (from their self-titled EP)

Breton - "Episodes" (from Sharing Notes EP)

Japandroids - "The House That Heaven Built"

PINS - "Eleventh Hour"

Kishi Bashi - "It All Began With A Burst" (from 151a)

TV Girl - "Lizzy Come Back To Life" (from Benny And The Jetts EP)


[Watch] Kibbe Guest Hosts Today's Episode of Rock It Out! Blog

Our good friend Sami over at Rock It Out! Blog asked me if I would guest host for an episode of his show this week and I happily accepted. As per his Wednesday ritual, I made sure to share some bands that I thought people should check out this week, which included Sharks, Wazu and Breton. Hope you guys enjoy!


[SKOA Presents] Some Kind of Mixtape: January 2012

Welcome to the first of many mixtapes from your blogger buddies at SKOA. The Some Kind of Mixtape series is a new monthly feature that will showcase both tracks from the month prior and tracks from albums that will be coming out this month. All of our mixtapes will be hosted on 8tracks, which is our one of our favorite communities for sharing mixes. Included in the "liner notes" of our mixtapes will be an explanation from each SKOA writer on their song selections for the month.

Since this is our first one, we encourage you to give us feedback on how we did. We hope you enjoy Some Kind of Mixtape: January 2012. We made it just for you!


Kibbe, Shey, & Adrian


Some Kind of Mixtape - January 2012 from skoablog on 8tracks.

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[Watch & Download] WAZU - "Murder 1" (Video) 

Australian-American synthy goth-rockers Wazu have unveiled their video for their single, "Murder 1" from their self-titled release that is now available wherever dark dancy wonderful music is sold (or you can get it on iTunes if you prefer that, too). After catching their EP release show at Cameo Gallery a couple weeks back, this video has me itching for their upcoming show at Pianos on February 6th because it captures their essence so well.

If you head over to their website right now you can grab "Murder 1" for the actual retail price of $FREE.99 to listen to a few times before you cave and grab the EP.


[Contest] Win A Copy Of Wazu's New EP + A Pair Of Tickets For Their Cameo Gallery Show In Brooklyn!

Wazu's self-titled EP drops tomorrow (1/10) complete with a release party at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn and we want you there to celebrate with us! You may have already heard me gush at how much I've enjoyed their single, "Murder 1", but I've actually been silently celebrating the whole EP as well. There is a lot of energy in their dark but sensual songs that makes me want to slither out to a discotheque in the middle of the night and dance until I can't feel my legs anymore.

We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away, complete with you getting a copy of the EP upon arrival at the show. To enter, simply leave a comment by tomorrow (1/10) at noon EST. Winners will be selected at random and notified shortly thereafter.

Until tomorrow, please enjoy a nice stream of the EP so you can practice your dance moves for the show:



[Download] Wazu - "Murder 1"

Fans of Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Talking Heads, and David Bowie will want to have a listen and grab "Murder 1" from Australian-born, now NYC-based duo Wazu. The track combines elements of glam, grunge, electronic, pop and goth to create a dark, danceable atmosphere and comes from their upcoming self-titled EP, which drops on January 10th, courtesy of Anti-Language Recordings.

Wazu is comprised of Matt and Rizz, who wrote and performed together in several influential Syndey bands (Open The Gates, Captains) before they decided to venture out on their own as a duo and see what kind of chemistry the two had together. The band's self-titled EP was produced by Kevin McMahon (Titus Andronicus, Real Estate, Swans, The Walkmen), who also worked on their upcoming full-length album which is slated for a May 29, 2012 release.

NYers can catch Wazu at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn on the night of the release of their EP (1/10/2012).

Wazu - "Murder 1" by Some Kind of Awesome