Recap: SPIN Year in Music

As if joining Twitter wasn’t enough to make my year (and yours…) a little cooler, the world’s favorite social media saw my year out with a bang. I retweeted, I entered information into a link, and the next thing I knew, I was on the guest list for SPIN Magazine’s Year In Music party at the Bowery Ballroom. Needless to say, even if I hadn’t had a holiday party buzz going on, I would have been amped.

Photo credit to Shanna Gibbs

Photo credit to Shanna Gibbs

Silly me, I forgot to mention that the musical guests at said party were Santigold and Grizzly Bear. Yeah, now you’re jealous.

After a few pre-game gimlets at Hair of the Dog on Stanton, which may be my favorite street in the city (seriously..Arlene’s, Meatball Shop, Hair of the Dog, Rosario’s…the list continues) I hauled my ass to 6 Delancey with my cohort, Ivy (check her out..she’s awesome @ivified) to stand in the magically appearing line for the #SPINYIM party. Imagine how happy two beautiful women were to overhear that the drinks, as hoped but forgotten about, really were free. FREE. (Free- an adjective meaning without cost of any kind). The fun doesn’t stop there. The vodka featured in these free drinks? Svedka. That sexy robot bitch can get me drunk anytime she wants, especially if she’s pickin up the tab.

Sooo….two more gimlets in and I’m front row, below Bowery Ballroom’s stage watching Santigold prance around in all her neon mesh glory. Accompanied by her thick, beautiful dancers (who I suspect were Trinidadian) dressed in white shorts with neon green frills, Santigold completely made up for the fact that her music tends to draw the hipsters from out of their boxes in the ‘Burg. Even before two of her musicians donned a horse costume to sidetrack us while she changed into her own zebra-like getup, Santi was dominating the stage, and from the looks on her face, absolutely eating it up. By the time she gave in and played Disparate Youth, which we all know is among the best of her creations, she was already on a musical throne before her crowd.

Photo credit to Shanna Gibbs

Photo credit to Shanna Gibbs

And then came Grizzly Bear. Perfectly positioned to calm us down after a Monday night with Santigold. Even if they weren’t as hyper as our fair lady of music, the guys from Grizzly Bear were certainly as passionate. Each of them visibly got lost in their collective sound while the lights combined with their melodies to lull us all into a musical coma. The wise men even made us wait around for Two Weeks, a move that was confirmed smart when the audience erupted into cheers.

Thanks to the vodka and a shared love of music, I even made a few friends in the crowd. Feels like I won a contest. Oh wait…I did! Thanks Twitter. And thanks SPIN.

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