The Source: SoundCloud
Best Headphones: SOL REPUBLIC
Music Video of the Moment: Beach House “Wishes”
Favorite Musician/Band: Sam Cooke
Favorite Instagrammer: @deerdana
Favorite Concert of all Time: Sigur Ros at the 9:30 Club in 2003
New Venture to Know About: New Slam Donahue single out in May!
The Source: The Fader
The Goods: Mophie Helium
Music Video of the Moment: Drake “Started at the Bottom”
Favorite Musician/Band: Chet Baker
Favorite Instagrammer: @frenchmontana
Favorite Concert of all Time: Watch the Throne tour at Madison Square Garden.
New Venture to Know About: We love the convergence of biometrics and music. Our new startup BioBeats uses the flash camera on your iPhone to read your heart rate and make music with it.
The Festival Scoop: Earl Sweatshirt at Coachella
The Source: One of my favorite mixclouds by my cousin Jonathan #runsinthefamily
The Goods: If I’m at a festival I have an All Access Pass and my Air Jordan Black IIIs.
Best Headphones: I actually use my iPhone earbuds and BEATS BY DRE when I want it to knock.
Best Video: Lana Del Rey “National Anthem” with ASAP Rocky
Favorite Musician/Band: I really dig Frank Ocean right now.
Favorite Instagrammer: Tasyavanree. She is an INCREDIBLE photographer.
Favorite Live Show: D’angelo at The Variety Arts Playhouse in Atlanta performing songs from his first album circa 95.
“H e ‘ s d e f i n i t e l y i n a b a n d. His legs are a lot skinnier than mine.” – The Man Repeller at SXSW
I went to SXSW this past weekend to speak on a Style X Panel with none other than #thetour mate, Leandra Medine of Man Repeller and #Umbilical fame.
As per usual, we had the time. Though we were in the middle of no where at the DoubleTree off an interstate (<–this is not a plug by the way as I wouldn’t recommend it), Brooklyn Decker showed up in her DANNIJO Stella bib and saved the day. It was like our version of the scene in Just Go With It when she comes out of the ocean in her yellow bikini. She was our lifesaver. Austin’s Angel. Thanks, Brooklyn.
We met up with my music friend Jesse Israel who is cool not only because his last name is a country, but also because he has a label called Cantora with a sweet logo. He discovered MGMT, not really a big deal. Anyway, our first show of the weekend was Wu Tang’s GZA. He’s not shy on stage or in person in case you were wondering.
After having an interesting conversation with GZA, we went to watch Theophilus London DJ or something. But as fate would have it, we saw him LIVE and in action the next day at Stubbs BBQ. After I shot the below photo, I seriously considered a career change as a music photographer. Ultimately I decided against it and told Theophilus he should start wearing DANNIJO. He’s down so stay tuned.
We hadn’t eaten in 2 hours and we danced like hyenas, so naturally, we were hungry. We met up with the blonde version of ourselves. Meet DJ Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe. These girls are #Fun.
Then we went and laid in a grassy knoll like hippies since we smelled like hippies. We waited and waited and waited. Bought a $3 Diet Coke to share and watched the beginning of BigEasy Express about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons.
I don’t know how people do SXSW for 5-7 days because I was shot after 1.5 but maybe that’s because I’m a grandmother. Lucky for me, my fun didn’t stop when I got on the plane home because rapper Despot was seated in 2B and we chatted it up til wheels down. Needless to say, he corrupted me. Am I the only one or did you not know about gang Lo Life either? He promised me one of his old RL horse jackets that’s now too small on him. You’re my witness.
His rose gold ring and song Look Alive rock. Bye for now…
When it comes to Rock’n'Roll inspiration, you just can’t beat Guns N’ Roses. I’ve always been a leather whore, so their mix of leather with torn denim vests, bandanas, goth top hats, fringes (!!!), long straight hair, heavy metal #armparties, sunglasses at night and rocker tees really gets me off. Jodie and I saw them rock out last week with the #babysittersclub (which consists of @rachellehruska, @simko, @carsongriffith, @sarahkunst, @jodie_snyder, @danielleasnyder @mfawbush <–follow us for a good time). They may be older but they sound just as good, and they’re still Rockstars. We took some bootleg video for your enjoyment in case you missed it. I’m not including the video in this post because, well you’ll get it later. I did, however, include an old school music video of the crew which you should watch.
How legendary is this music video?
We couldn’t think of a better Valentine’s Day gift to give you than a Love Mix. So we asked some of our friends who know a thing or two about music to share their favorite Love Song. Good thing our friends are all love-y and sh*t. My picks are Mazzy Star “Fade Into You,” Miss Saigon “Solo Saxophone” and… well, Ginuwine “Pony.” Jodie’s is Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You,” Bob Seger “Night Moves,” and Sonny & Cher “I Got You Babe” Happy listening. x, Danni + Jo
A-Trak, DJ. his pick: D’Angelo “Lady”
Daniel Plenge, Marc Jacobs Web & Social. his pick: Mark Ronson and the business Intl “Somebody to Love Me”
Michaelangelo L’Acqua, Music Producer & DJ. his pick: Serge Gainsbourg Et Jane Birkin “Je T’aime Moi Mon Plus”
Leandra Medine, the Man Repeller. her pick: Frank Sinatra “Strangers in the Night”
Brooklyn Decker, Model/Actress. her pick: Band of Horses “No One’s Gonna Love You”
John Forte, Musician. his pick: Roy Ayers “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”
Mia Moretti, DJ. her pick: Edwyn Collins “A Girl Like You”
Zac Nichols, Beverage Developer. Mario “Let Me Love You”
Cleo Wade, Stylist. her pick: LL Cool J “I Need Love” (video below, Luucky)
Becka Diamond, DJ. her pick: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds “Do You Love Me”
These last few months have been action packed over here at DANNIJO. I went ‘on tour’ with my pal Leandra of ManRepeller fame wherein we popped by Miami and the City of Angels. All things considered it was a productive trip, we launched UMBILICAL, our girl band consisting of me and Leandra. Our hit single, Labiaplasty is top in every major chart that matters to anyone who matters, so ya know, things are good.
After ‘the tour’ Jodie and I went to Summit Series in Tahoe and got to hang out with some of the most interesting people on the planet. Our new favorite Summit friends (for SEO purposes of course) include Diplo, A-Trak, Jose Gonzales, Aloe Blacc, Jon Batiste and Marquese Scott. See we met cool people because cool attracts cool and DANNIJO is cool. No big deal. And, yes for those of you wondering Questlove and ELEW were there too and we still love them just as much.
So I made a late night video for you of Aloe Blacc + Jon Batiste getting down and dirty for a late-night impromptu performance AT A SPEAKEASY. I think it’s rad. Enjoy and stay tuned for more goods from our lives…
You know I’m a huge music fan, so I always appreciate a little history + background to the beats. Check out this sick video featuring our favorite photojournalist/creative anthropologist Lyle Owerko and his journey through the Boombox Project. No doubt you’ll get inspired. You may even buy a boombox or the coffee table book. I did. – Danielle
I had the pleasure of seeing Raphael Saadiq last Monday with my prima-face, Michelle. My buddy, Anthony Demby, of ihearditon – and other bananas cool ventures – said it’d be a great show and that I should come. So I came. And. It. Was. Unreal.
Definitely one of the best shows I’ve seen. I know that’s an aggressive superlative, but I think it had something to do with the intimate setting – it was in Soho House‘s lounge area – the fact that Raphael and his crew have such awesome stage presence, AND I was just so into every song they played. I took a little video for you (below). And in case you haven’t heard of him, he used to tour with Prince as a kid, so he has some mass-market cred. Enjoy x Danielle
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SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE! I made you a playlist of what I’m listening to RIGHT NOW en mi oficina. Download these gems if you haven’t already. I had the pleasure of seeing the Cults this week at SPIN Magazine‘s rooftop party and Chiddy Bang at Soho House Rooftop (with my hot g-friend, “Medine,”) so I thought I’d share the goods…
Scroll down for the list and listen to the tunes on my mini grooveshark jukebox.
The Head and the Heart, “Down in the Valley” - So chill and soothing. Love this tune. They’re new to the scene and sound to have a promising career.
Cults, “Most Wanted” and “Go Outside” - Saw them Tuesday night at SPIN Mag rooftop party and loved every minute of their show.
Young Blood, “The Naked and Famous” (Chiddy Bang Remix) – Saw the duo Monday night at Soho House rooftop with Man Repeller–they rapped together at one point because she knew EVERY WORD of his Kids remix
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx, “I’ll Take Care Of U”- Makes me want to dance
Joy Formidable, cover of “Moth’s Wings” – Check out this video (be sure to scroll down on the link and click on the right song) Her voice is insannnne. I’m gonna wake up to this song for the next few days
Rye Rye & Robyn, “Never Will Be Mine” (Bubble Gum Hip Hop) - Such a smart/funny new song
Kris Mars, “Lose Your Mind” (Nu-hip-hop) - Jodie would not like this, but i’m SO into it. *this one isn’t on the jukebox, so listen HERE
Mini Jukebox for you
By now you’ve probably heard of ELEW, aka Eric Lewis the rock jazz genius, in one of my former posts. We custom-made vambraces for the rockstar pianist just in time for his latest Straight To You Tour with Josh Groban.
See below for some shots of ELEW donning his new DANNIJO vambraces and scroll down for some alien inspiration from this project’s storyboard. If you haven’t already seen him perform, be sure to check him out here and here.