Coachella Survival Guide
April 18, 2012 • One Comment

After recently attending the Coachella Music Festival for the first time, I’ve come up with a few things to say about navigating the behemoth event. There is definitely a lot to consider before going and some that one might not be prepared for. In the hopes of reaching out to those of you who will be attending weekend two of the festival or will attend in the years to come… here is what I have to share. We will start with all you need to know before you ever enter the festival gates.



You are likely to find all sorts of lists on the interwebs of what to take with you to the festival (Coachella’s own website even has a list). I definitely think that in this area… less really is more. I…

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April Spotify Playlist
April 12, 2012 • No Comments

I’m sitting in a coffee shop in downtown Palm Spring as I prepare for Weekend 1 of the Coachella Music Festival and I finally finished the 83Music Spotify playlist for April. There’s some good stuff in there and the list should provide you with wide range of music styles and tempos. Be sure to check out full albums from these artists by digging in deeper with your Spotify account. Also… you may notice that as long as you have a Spotify account, you no longer have to open this playlist in that application, but can now listen right here! That is thanks to the brand new Spotify Play Button. So have at it!

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Review: Marshall Major Headphones
April 2, 2012 • No Comments

I don’t normally do equipment reviews on 83Music. But since I recently busted my old Sony headphones, I went on a research spree for a stylish and also nice sounding pair of sub $100 headphones. Now that I’ve broken my purchase in, I figured maybe I would share a little about the pair I finally settled on… the Marshall Major (on ear) headphones.

Would I have liked to get a sweet pair of audiophile headphones from Audio-Technica or Sennheiser? You bet! I just didn’t have the scratch to make a pair like that happen. Plus, I thought it might be fun to start collecting some of these supposed value fashion headphones and let you all know what I think. After all, most of us aren’t looking to shell out two to three hundred dollars for a pair…

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Don’t Miss Other Lives at Coachella
March 13, 2012 • No Comments

Last year I had the pleasure of seeing Stillwater Oklahoma band Other Lives when they opened for Bon Iver at McMenamin’s Edgefield. Based off of that performance,  I certainly won’t be missing them this year at the Coachella Music Festival, and if you’re headed there… neither should you. There is something so powerful about an Other Lives show, that by the end of it, the build up of dreamy emotions in your chest make you feel as if you’re floating. The music is imaginitive, suggestive, and like dreams… damaging to reality. Lead singer Jesse Tabish delivers discrete yet invasive vocals capable of reducing an entire crowd to travelers… willing to go wherever he wants to take them. It’s a special experience to be sure and completely worth your time at Coachella.

Here’s the music video for “For 12″, the third track…

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My Wilco Friends On The Red Carpet
February 22, 2012 • One Comment

If you’re one of my facebook friends, it is no secret that I was lucky enough to hang out with Wilco after their Eugene and Portland shows earlier this month as a guest of their fantastic keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen. The Portland show was just four days before Wilco would be in California for the Grammy Awards and up for Rock Album Of The Year for The Whole Love. Despite Nels Cline’s wishes to not lose to the Foo Fighters (again), they ended up doing just that. I’ll go ahead and leave my disgust for that decision out of this post (since Wilco is my favorite band and I am a little biased), but do want to share a bit of Wilco’s red carpet antics from that night. I must say… I’ve seen Pat Sansone surrounded by women a few times and he…

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Welcome to my 83Music Blog. I am the editor of this website and one of the biggest fans of music you'll find in the Pacific Northwest. I reside in Bend, Oregon and currently operate this site from my home. On this page, you will gain insight into what makes my music heart tick and my music mind twist. In 1983, my parents bought me my first record player and handed down to me, their old clock radio. Both of these items allowed me at the age of six, to begin developing my own tastes and love for music. What is contained within the pages of 83Music is the continuation of that journey... displayed for all to see and take part in. Once you start putting beautiful, creative, and meaningful music into your ears... you might be amazed at what pours out as a result. Enjoy the spirit of 1983! Thank you for joining me!

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