Here comes the rain again.

News flash. It’s raining in LA.

Rainy day music is different than sunny day music. So here are some videos of a more drizzly, dreamy nature for today’s #rainwave soundtrack.

Flume and Chet Faker “Drop the Game”

Just got totally lost in Storyboard P’s dancing in this haunting, soulful smoothie.

Bonobo “First Fires (Feat. Grey Reverend)”

More hauntingness. More soulfulness. Sigh. Tears. Rain. Feelings.

Mayer Hawthorne “I Wish It Would Rain”

Well I wish that it would rain. Heavy rain down from the sky. Maybe then you wouldn’t see the teardrops in my eyes. 🙁

Eurythmics “Here Comes The Rain Again”

Better include this one since I used it in the title of this post. I remember watching this in the ’80s on MTV, in heavy rotation. And I still want to dive into your ocean.

Guns N Roses “November Rain”

Just cuz we’re doing throwback vids now. Supermodels and rain and epicness.

On that note, let’s go back to the last time we did this, way back in November:

Still reading this post? Here’s another rainy day cat GIF.

STILL reading this post? OK, now go read the @LosAngelesRain‘s tweets. They funny.

“Bonobo is the most distinctive artist in California,” said a map.

Well, this is interesting. We like Bonobo a lot here in California apparently. And I also realized I no longer know all the states just by shape.

Take a gander at this map of the US, which shows the most popular artists by state, relative to the rest of the country. A brainiac from The Echo Nest correlated a bunch of listening data from users across various services like Spotify, and figured out which artists are preferred in a given state or region, compared to their rating in all other states. Sound confusing? Kinda. That’s why we leave it to the experts.

Distinctive Artists By State

Also, did you know that The Echo Nest is the “music intelligence” company that powers most of the major players in the music streaming industry? I didn’t. Engadget calls them “the song-picking puppet master pulling the playlist strings behind iHeartRadio, Spotify and Nokia’s music services.” Master of puppets!

Anyway, these guys are taking music to the lab, so we get to look at maps like this and go, “Whoaaaa what? Matchbox Twenty, really West Virginia?”

I could have told you we liked Bonobo here in California without a fancy computer analysis. But, this is still far out and way cool.

Also, very impressed that Maryland has so much love for Kelly Rowland. Random and rad.

For the full scoop, check the original blog post and data here.


Here are some links to all things Bonobo on Attractive Strangers:

Bonobo @ Fonda Theatre – 5.4.13

What a finger licking sweet treat it was to see Bonobo play with a full band on Saturday, May 4, at the Fonda Theatre. I have been a long-time listener of this bloke, a.k.a. Simon Green, and honestly I have never known – and still might not – whether his music was recorded with live instruments vs. all based on samples.

The one time I have seen Bonobo perform before, he was just a lone man with a laptop at Lightning in a Bottle 2 years back. I loved his sounds, but there wasn’t that richness and organic quality that even his recorded music transmits. Flash forward to the Fonda this weekend with horn section, strings, a gorgeous vocalist, and a drummer in a White Sox hat that was solidly holding time and crushin’ percussion through the whole set. Welcome back organic, rich vibey vibes.

It reminded me of this fantasy my friends and I had to make a live band set of this one Mark Farina mixed cassette tape that we worshipped until it was worn out and hissed when we played it in the car. Yeah, Bonobo’s set made me think of that.

Cheers, Simon. Come back soon.

Comin’ Up: Bonobo at the Fonda Theatre

When Bonobo appears in a concert listing without the words “DJ set” in parentheses after his name, YOU GO. So here is your heads up:

Bonobo w/El Ten Eleven
Saturday, May 4, 2013
@ The Fonda Theatre

Check out Bonobo’s new video for “Cirrus” — directed by Cyriak. So excited about what Cyriak does. Check out his other videos, too.