Outside Lands Day 1: Five Observations

I arrived in San Francisco for my first journey to the Outside Lands Music Festival. Having been to Coachella the past seven years and Lollapalooza last year in Chicago, I was excited to see what this bad boy had to offer. Considering I’m doing this from my phone, I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Here are my five observations from day one of Outside Lands:

1. The Layout of the Festival is Different and Great- Golden Gate Park is massive and a great place for a festival. Huge trees everywhere, nice grass and scenic. The festival itself, is laid out really well the stages aren’t super far from each other but every area is pretty unique and separate. Beer and bathroom lines are really chill which is always huge and unlike Coachella, you can drink anywhere which is fan-fucking-tastic.

2. The Weather is Crazy- thank god my friend told me to dress warm because it is cold as shit in the SF. Apparently, that area in particular is especially crispy. It was so foggy you couldn’t see shit, cold as balls, windy and it started drizzling at the end of the night. I dug it and prefer it to the scorching temperatures of Coachella but plenty of people were not prepared. It was easy to spot the d bag so cal dudes wearing tanks, shorts and backwards hats, trying to play it off that they weren’t freezing their ass off.

3. Transportation Situation is Dog Shit- biggest glove slap about outside lands is the transportation. We couldn’t get a cab to save our life to the venue and all the buses were so full they wouldn’t even stop. We had to bribe a cab $40 to get to the show and when we left, more drama. We dipped out thirty minutes before the show ended in an effort to beat the rush but got no love. There were no cabs really to speak of and once again the buses were packed. We ended up walking for 45 minutes, fighting our way on a bus that wasn’t really going where we needed it to and then finally scored a cab after walking an additional twenty blocks. Shitballs.

4. Onto the music. Since we got up here later than we wanted to and it took us forever to get into the show, I only saw the following four bands:

Of monsters and men
MSTRKRFT
Washed Out
Justice

MSTRKRFT killed it. That being said, when the hell are they dropping another album? Kinda weird that they are on the festival circuit without one but I’m not complaining. I really love Washed Out and wasn’t sure what to expect live since its so chill and background music-y. I was really impressed, they sounded great and played all the jams. It was my favorite show of the day by far and the time in the evening was perfect. That being said, the energy wasn’t great for everyone and people started leaving halfway through. Their loss. Bitches.

5. Early End- Not sure if it’s a park deal or what but the show gets out at 10 every night. I actually kinda like it cuz you have your whole night ahead of you which we used to our full advantage.

I got some good sleep last night, am staying at a great house overlooking Alcatraz in the city and I’m ready for day two. Let’s dance.

Kid D Photoshoot with Rylee Breen

We just wrapped up another amazing photoshoot, this time with the beautiful Rylee Breen, who visited LA all the way from Brisbane, Australia. Neave Bozorgi, our good friend and partner in crime, shot the photos in and around Hollywood and for the record, Rylee IS stripping on Hollywood Blvd. in broad daylight. Enjoy!

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Kid Dangerous Coachella 2012 Video

We went into Coachella with the best of intentions. Shoot a bunch of footage, put together an awesome video we could share with everyone. Well, that didn’t really happen. What did? Well, I got some awesome dance footage. Enjoy!

 

Song of the Day: In a Dream by Hodgy Beats

While I’ve been an Odd Future fan for a while, never thought much of Hodgy Beats. That is until I got my hands on his EP. There are some serious bangers on here and this track could be the best of them all. Move over Tyler and Earl, Odd Future could now be the Big 3:

White Men Can Jump

A nice little gem from weekend one at Coachella from Kid D Marketing Director Brett Hagan.

GET SOME.

Coachella 2012: Do’s and Don’ts

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. Time to break out your credit cards and shell out half your month’s salary for overpriced tickets and accommodations, time to start listening to music like you’re cramming for a final, time to start preparing yourself for three days of music, heat, partying and walking miles upon miles: it’s time for Coachella.

It's almost game time.

This year should be very interesting, as the organizers of Coachella realized the best way to make more money this time was around was to have an unprecedented, TWO Coachella Festivals on back-to-back weekends. We’ll have members of the Kid D Camp at both weekends and we’ll be documenting our adventures as long as we can remember to before getting too drunk. And while the double weekend aspect is sure to give this year’s Coachella a different flavor, the same rules of fun, partying and survival will reign supreme. In the spirit of having the best time this year and coming out of Coachella weekend in one piece, here are this year’s Do’s and Don’ts:

DO: Prepare Accordingly- As spontaneous as it is to throw together a backpack full of shit at the last minute containing your favorite jeans, board shorts, condoms and a tooth brush, you’ll wish you had done a much better job packing once you get there. Key items to bring are: sunscreen, sunglasses, ID, cash, credit cards, plastic flask, phone, phone charger, bathing suit, light jacket or hoodie for nighttime, Advil, Emergen-C and more.

"Dude, can you spot me twenty bucks?"

DON’T: Be “That Guy”-Going hand-in-hand with the bro who showed up with th e clothes on his back, no one at Coachella likes a mooch. Everyone spent way too much money to come to Coachella and the last thing we want to do is sponsor a friend. If you’re going to drink, have money. If you’re going to smoke, have cigarettes. Even little things like food, phone chargers, clothes, etc. get annoying when you’re asking for them but not bringing anything to the table in return. Don’t be that guy (or girl), people.

DO: Have a Plan Before the Show- Part of the Coachella experience is hanging out in the desert with your friends. Whether it’s bbqing, chillin by the pool, bumping tunes, pre-gaming or all of the above, no Coachella experience is complete without quality time with your friends before heading over to show. So, whether it’s partying at your condo, going over to a hotel party or pre-gaming in the parking lot, do something fun before the show.

DON’T: Let the Pre-Party Ruin the Concert Experience- As fun as pre-parties at Coachella can be, they can also drag on way too long. Here’s where you separate the friends that actually care about seeing the music, and the ones that are there for the partying. My Coachella history is littered with too many great missed performances because my group kept lagging and lagging on getting to the show. While it’s tougher than it sounds, make a plan with a smaller group of people to leave at a set time and stick to it. You’ll always find people on your schedule that really want to see GroupLove and will leave the pool party at 5 PM to make that dream a reality. On a side note, don’t forget that if you want to see someone performing at 5, you should be leaving an hour plus beforehand (depending on where you are) to have any chance of making it.

DO: Pre-Party / Sneak in Booze- For all you drinkers out there, I got news for you. Getting drunk at Coachella gets very pricey, very time consuming and for whatever God awful reason, the only beer they serve is Heineken. I could write an entire blog on this Heineken situation but I digress… Coachella is an all day drinking affair. The only difference is, instead of it being a one day commitment like 4th of July or St. Patty’s Day, it’s three days in a row. Use the time before the show to get a nice buzz going. Bring some road sodas because you’ll have a good 30 minutes plus of walking to the entrance where you can enjoy a couple of more drinks along the way and if you plan on drinking a lot during the duration of the show, bringing in a plastic flask is a great idea. They do not search hard at all and even if they do catch you, the worst thing they’ll do is make you throw it away. Having a flask inside the show is great because you don’t have to go to the beer garden to get a drink and it packs a lot of bang for the buck.

DON’T: Get Too Drunk before or During the Show- Getting too drunk before the show can impact your experience in more ways than one. More often than not, it’s the people getting the most drunk that tend to show up at Coachella the latest. So, if you’re trying to see a lot of bands, it’s usually counter productive. Getting too drunk can also lead to you spending a disproportionate amount of time at the show in the beer garden. While hanging in the beer garden is always a great time, don’t forget that Radiohead is playing about 500 feet away from you too, dipshit. If you take it to the next level of drunkness, you will most likely fall victim to one of the following:

  • Not really remembering the music at all. Which in hindsight, sucks.
  • Doing something stupid that will usually involve getting your ass kicked, hurting yourself or getting tossed out of the show.
  • Waking up the next morning with no wallet, no cell phone and a serious headache.
  • Ending up in a viral video on Youtube showcasing your inability to put on a sandal.

 

None of these scenarios sound great but they are all very likely if you get too snackhoused at Coachella, so drink in moderation, people. And by moderation, I mean the absolute most you know you can handle while still being functional.

DO: Have a Coachella Crew- As great as the music is, it’s always better to enjoy it with your boyfriend/girlfriend, your friends or new amazing people you meet along the way. So, have a crew and have a plan. It’s easiest to cruise around with people that have similar motivations as you. Want to see the same music, like to drink the same amount, have comparable bathroom schedules, etc. I tend to find that the smaller the group the better and then have meeting times where you join up with the rest of the crew in a beer tent to catch up, regroup and slam a couple of shitty Heinekens.

DON’T: Let Your Group Ruin Your Experience- Coachella is a pain in the ass. It takes forever to walk anywhere, there are a gazillion people, cell phone reception is spotty at best and worst of all, your friends are always only “five minutes away”. One major downfall of Coachella is having too big of a group and having people within your group, always insisting on waiting for everyone to be together before you do anything. People lag, people get distracted and people have their own agendas. If you wait around for everyone to be on the same page at the same time, you’re going to be waiting a long time. As long as you have your tight knit crew of people wanting to do the same thing as you, you can always meet up with the greater group later. Don’t forget, you’re there for the music and for your own experience, so it’s ok to get a little selfish at times.

DO: Have a Great Time-Coachella can be intimidating. With the crowds, the heat, the lines, the walking, it’s a major undertaking. That being said, you didn’t spend $1,000 of your hard earned money,

Yatzee!

take time off of work and travel to the desert to bitch and moan. As easy as it is to get frustrated with parts of the journey, just remember that there are tens of thousands of kids that would kill to be in your place. Coachella is an amazing once-a-year experience. Not only is it an unbelievable lineup of bands, it’s a weekend you get to spend hanging out with your friends, shooting the shit and doing cannon balls into the pool. Soak it up, leave your bad attitude in LA and have some good ol’ fashion fun in the desert.

We will be documenting our experience at Coachella on:

twitter: @kiddangerousla

instagram: @kiddangerous

and when the dust settles, we’ll be posting videos and blogs when we get back.

Happy Coachella, everybody!

Summer 2012 Photo Shoot with Brittany Nichole Lucas

UPDATE: ONE OF THE PICS FROM OUR SHOOT WAS RECENTLY FEATURED IN ITALIAN VOGUE!! CLICK HERE

Normally, when we do photo shoots, they involve a ton of planning and organization and on the day of, you’re typically dealing with people flaking, everything running behind schedule and making sure you’re getting the shots you want amongst all the chaos. So, when I talked to my good friend and very talented photographer, Neave Bozorgi, about going a different route, I was intrigued. Instead of having to coordinate everything, be on set all day and micro manage, all I had to do was give Neave the gear and let him do his thing. Having seen a ton of shoots he was doing (follow him on instagram: @sirvneave), I knew he not only had the style we wanted but also the access to talent.

For this shoot, Neave kept it true to the Kid Dangerous Grime Couture roots: cigarettes, shotgunning beers and trailer parks. The subject? The beautiful Brittany Nichole Lucas. Brittany is wearing clothes from our Women’s Summer/Fall 2012 Collection. Check back on our online store later this summer to purchase the shirts she’s wearing.

Enjoy:

Life Imitates Art- Brittany giving a double bird in "The Finger" raw edge cut off tee

"Fell in Love with A" Raw Edge Cut Off Tee

Chugging beer never looked so good.

"I Was Young" Raw Edge Criss Cross Tank

I was young, I needed the money.

Blue lipstick was a great call.

Ladies and Gentlemen, that's a wrap.

Much props to everyone that was a part of the shoot:

Photographer: Neave Bozorgi

http://www.neavebozorgi.com   |   twitter: @sirneave   |   instagram: @sirneave

Model: Brittany Nichole Lucas

twitter: @Brittany_NLucas   |   instagram: @brittanynicholelucas

Stylist: Jessica Ozette

website: cargocollective.com/jessicaozette   |   instagram: @jesozette

Makeup: Olivia Danielle

cargocollective.com/olividadanielle  |  twitter: @odmakeup  |  instagram: @odmakeup

Kid Dangerous

http://www.kiddangerous.com  |  twitter: @kiddangerousla  |  instagram: @kiddangerous

Today’s Celebrity Sighting

I’ve lived in LA for over ten years and for whatever reason, I am just unlucky when it comes to celebrity sightings. Maybe I’m not hanging out at the right places or it would help if I didn’t have a day job so I could slum around town with all the out of work actors and writers, but I don’t get lucky very often. Today though, I got a super random and awesome sighting. I live in Silverlake and when I find the motivation (which unfortunately, is not as often as I’d like), I’ll head to the reservoir to go on a 2+ mile jog.

On two separate occasions, I’ve seen Chris Parnell, in little running shorts humming along the path. For those who don’t know who I’m talking about, he’s been on SNL forever and has a funny bit role on 30 Rock as Dr. Leo Spaceman. Now Chris isn’t all that famous, so that’s not why it put the smile on my face, it was just so funny seeing him in his little get up hauling ass around Silverlake. I kept thinking about the US Weekly section called “Celebrities are Just Like Us” (or whatever) and I could just imagine the editor looking at an image of Chris running around Silverlake and deciding to toss it aside cuz he’s just not famous enough. I have no idea where I’m going with this blog but big ups to Chris Parnell. Keep rocking those short shorts, keep wearing those oakley shades and keep getting your fitness on, player.

"Boy, it's crazy to think we used to settle questions of paternity by dunking a woman in water until she admitted she made it all up."

"When is modern science going to find a cure for a woman's mouth?"

Tribute to Etta James

I can’t say that I know a ton about Etta James. I don’t own all of her albums and I’d be lying if I said I’ve listened to her anytime in the past couple of months. One of the most beautiful things about music though, is that regardless of how much you listen to a particular artist or how well you know their body of work, that they can still hold a special place in your heart. My love for Etta James revolves around one song. While she’s had plenty other great songs, songs that I do listen to, it’s one song in particular called “I’d Rather Go Blind” that I will always associate with her. The first time I heard this song was in 8th grade. My good friend Manuel Martinez had a four disc box set called Chess Blues and he played this song for me. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Both him and I had just broken up with our girlfriends and were pretty damn depressed as we dealt with deep (or so what we thought at the time) guy / girl emotions for one of the first times in our lives. Before we knew it, this song was on repeat and we listened to it in his room about 20 times in a row.

To this day, it evokes emotion in me as a truly deep and touching song about heartbreak. I just found the song on youtube and as I’ve been writing this blog post, I’ve played it about five times already. As always, it not only brings me back to that day, but it also shows me how much music can resonate with you and channel emotions that we deal with in our day-to-day lives. So yeah, in tribute to Etta James, please enjoy this song and may she rest in peace.

 

Kid D Holiday Gift Pack

Hey Kiddos,

For all of you who still haven’t finished your holiday shopping, we give you…..the Kid Dangerous Holiday Gift Pack. Use the promo code GIFT to not only receive 15% off your order, but to also have your tees come in a nice gift box which contains:

1 pair of cool neon Kid Dangerous sunglasses

100 song mix tape: Best of 2011 Shit You Might Notta Heard

It’s an amazing mix of some of the best indie, electronic and hip hop songs of the year. If you are on the west coast, you are still safe to order UPS ground today, Monday, December 19th, everywhere else, I would consider 2 day or overnight to ensure the package gets to you in time. To top it off, you can even include a personal note which we’ll print out on a sticker on the box. Just add what you would like to say in the COMMENTS section at the final stage of checkout.

Enter the online store here….

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