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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Matt Dalley and the Treefort brass were kind enough to provide us with a photo pass. We are very thankful because it allowed us to see the festival from an angle many didn't have. Treefort round 2 was incredible and we were able to get around to quite a few shows, often wanting to put the camera down and enjoy the music. Here's 25 of our favorite pics that we took, in no particular order. You can read our thoughts and comments on the festival in the captions.
|Get it Sharon!|
|Delicate Steve playing a secret show. His 20th time in Boise in the last year or so. This is my favorite band right now so I feel lucky to have seen them so many times. I know all the lyrics;)|
|"Big Ups" to Finn Riggins for all they do for the Boise Music Scene. Kickin' things off at the El Korah. They were like the only band with visual effects at that stage which I thought was weird.|
|Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings|
|Claire L. Evans of Y△CHT. This picture needs no comment|
|This was the only usable photo from the Japanther/Thermals period at the Linen Building. Shit got cray cray.|
|YACHT, YACHT, YACHT, YACHT, YACHT, YACHT! (in Lil John voice of course)|
Joke stolen from Dave Miller of Psychic Rites
|Not sure I've ever seen a bandmember chugging chianti straight from the bottle on stage. Touche Walkmen.|
|Treefort Monster gettin' jiggy wit' it at The Walkmen|
|Lead singer of The Walkmen watchout! The Treefort monster is about to come grind on you!|
|A shot from atop the mainstage Treefort. We were soon kicked out of the fort so the monster could come hang out. I gave it a hug on the way down.|
|Love this Treefort Monster|
|I didn't think this would happen, but we were able to make it to all three Built to Spill sets. Thanks BTS for your role in making Treefort so rad and for being the coolest band ever|
|Brainstorm gettin' after it. Getting down in that photo pit was so cool.|
|French Horn Rebellion was a show we really wanted to see and they surpassed all expectations. Where can I get one of these jackets.|
|Community Closet from Livingston Montana was a huge hit at Bricofort. Band members got one free item and had to sign this lusty lady. I was amazed at how much time and thought they put into the items they selected.|
|Jake Warnock of Atomic Mama and now Youth Lagoon|
|Beautiful "clear skinned mountain people"|
|Youth Lagoon. We were gonna see if Trevor would rock a C.O.T. shirt on stage, but it seems he had other wardrobe plans|
|It's a ssssnake|
|Let the "going ape shit" commence @Dan Deacon|
|Ol' Doug. This photo may have been taken by Shaun Shannon on my camera but he probably doesn't remember|
|Brother Ali closin' things down, at least for us.|
|We took this same pic last year. You think they would fix this after an entire year (or maybe they are cool and don't give a rats ass)|
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Monday, March 25, 2013
This is a collection of videos we took at Treefort Music Fest.
The Dan Deacon video is a combo of two videos where Dan got the crowd to dance and go nuts. This is a must see.
The Official Treefort Dance, organized by
Trey McIntyre Project
Random Dance Solo by Trey McIntyre Project
French Horn Rebellion put on an amazing show. The video doesn't really do it justice, but it gives you a good idea of what went down
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Throughout the entire Treefort Music Fest we will be linking Instagram photos with the hashtag #thecityoftreefort directly to our blog homepage. Use them smartphones to share Treefort from your point of view. To get an idea of what we mean, check out our page right now and you'll see the images for #thecotboise
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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Our online store, The C.O.T. Shop, has been restocked for spring, just in time for Treefort Music Fest. We've got some rad new designs including our "Outline" tee and our "Oboise" tee. Plus new colors in our most popular designs, the "Idahome" and "Skyline" tees. The Idahome tee is also available in a super soft tri-blend women's tee in two really cool colors. New Idahome Onesies and baby tees. Did we mention snapbacks are back? Fitted is old newz, snappers are what's hot right now and we have some killer new colors. We'll also be adding two new t-shirt designs this week. Some of the original colors are available at The Record Exchange plus some others only available at Backcountry Pursuit.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
James Titus McKain is one of those artists who is a super cool dude that is also making some incredible art here in Boise. I got the opportunity to meet him at last month's First Thursday at The Crux and was able to chop it up a bit and even purchase a piece of his art for my own collection. I emailed James some questions so that we could get to know the artist behind the "Fish With Beards". I need to publicly thank James for being so damn patient with me as I delayed posting this over and over again. Cheers to you James! So check out his art, love it, and repeat. For the full James McKain blog experience please click here.
1) How did you end up in Boise?
Born and raised here. But I left for a couple years while I was in the military. I came back here once I was done with that to get back on my feet. Then I decided to finish up my college degree at BSU which I just accomplished last semester.
2) Why stay here in Boise?
I think the art scene in Boise is growing pretty quickly right now. The support for the arts is rising and there are a lot of local opportunities to jump on board with. It’s also super easy to start your own thing and get other artists involved, which is always exciting.
I have considered leaving to pursue my art career somewhere else but right now I am just too excited about the networking connections I have been making and the opportunities I currently have. Also with the capability to connect with people all over the world, you can really base yourself just about anywhere you desire. I think it’s important to find a community you enjoy and right now the community I have is enjoyable.
3) When did you know you wanted to become an artist? What/who were your influences?
I knew after I got back from the military that I wanted to pursue my art career. For a while I was just spinning my gears trying to decide what to do and I took some non art related classes at BSU but nothing excited me. I was very interested in art as a kid and filled a lot of sketchbooks but once I got to college I realized it was the only thing that would make me happy. I was right, too, because now looking back I would not trade my college experience in the art department for any other.
When I first started my college career I was influenced by video game artists. I thought I was going to go into the concept art world but that changed for me pretty quickly. Now, I think what influences me the most are artists with a strong work ethic. It’s so easy to get discouraged and stop working. So when I discover an artist that displays a great work ethic I get excited and gain a ton of energy to work harder on my stuff. Peer pressure is a great thing sometimes. It can really motivate a person to work harder if they respond positively.
4) The newest pieces feature fish with beards. What prompted that?
Fish have been popping up in my work a lot lately. They are a great catalyst for different types of metaphor. More simply though I just like drawing them! The beards happened because I have my own beard to tame and fish with facial hair just look cool. I was also inspired to make work that I could provide at a relatively low price but that is high quality. I was motivated to do that because business practice is also part of making art if you want it to support your lifestyle.
Click below for the rest of the interview and more art!
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
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