Splendid Beats Music and Thoughts by Crispy / Leave Trace
Categories: Cool Hunting, Info, Visual Art

I apologize for the all the silence around here of late. Beyond being crazy slammed at my day job, I’ve been busy getting my design portfolio site up and running. I’m hoping to get back onto my regular posting schedule this next week.

Until then, why don’t you head over to Soma.fm and listen to some of the finest streaming radio on the ‘net. Their Groove Salad station is a personal favorite of mine.

Categories: Info

I gave the site a little facelift, and learned more about CSS in the process. I think I’m starting to get the hang of this CSS/PHP thing. I now know just enough to be completely dangerous. 😉

Categories: Events, Info, Reviews, Videos

Wow. Wow. Wow. Such a spectacular show. Crystal clear sound, huge projections, thick moody lighting and all watched from a really great seat. Very few bands (that I listen to anyway) have such a dynamic range within their music as Sigur Rós, who smoothly transitioned from monochrome melancholy to full-blown psychedelic orgasm of sound and lights. This was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, probably second only to Roger Waters doing Dark Side of the Moon at Key Arena.

I overheard someone while walking out exclaiming “That was the best $50 I’ve ever spent!” and I couldn’t agree more. Twice that would have felt worth it.

Even if you don’t really know them, never pass up a chance to witness them live. It is a musical experience that is truly hard to top.

Check out this decent video clip of their recent tour stop in LA. Our Benaroya experience was nearly identical only in smaller venue. This was just one of many awe inspiring moments throughout the show.

PS. Here’s a hot seating tip for Benaroya Hall. Skip looking for the Orchestra Center. Look for an aisle seat in Orchestra R or L. You’ll be looking a bit diagonal to the stage, but with the expansive aisle next to you, there are no worries of a tall head or stander blocking your view.

PPS. I found out how to embed the High Quality verisons of YouTube videos during the course of making this post. Paste the string “&ap=%2526fmt%3D18” directly after the video embed URL in the embed code that YouTube provides. This page provides a more in depth explanation of the process.

Categories: Info

Spledid Beats is the webernet home for Crispy / Leave Trace. Soon it will contain my DJ mixes, original tracks, performance calendar, bio, and other interesting and not-so-interesting tidbits. Until it gets fully up to speed, please visit http://djmix.net/crispy for Crispy info and mixes, and http://www.myspace.com/leavetrace for tracks and info about Leave Trace.