And finally, I’m back. I’m not going to lie, Tuesday was an incredibly rough start.
A scratchy throat to wake up with, a looming inbox that I keep trying to prolong taking care of, and realizing I barely have anything to eat in the cupboards. As fast as Coachella did arrive on the calendar, it no sooner got the fuck out and dropped me back into reality.
I really hate writing recaps of these sorts of experiences. Sometimes, I just don’t want to reflect. I want to keep the good memories alive and well within my head. But, I feel there’s such a bad stereotype on these things. I think a lot of my friends believe I’m crazy for going year after year, buying the tickets almost 365 days in advance, and spending hellishly hot days out in the desert sun.
It’s no secret that these festivals are on the pricey side of things. They even offer installment payment plans. But you get what you pay for. Hundreds of live acts from an eclectic array of musicians. I can go from hardcore hip-hop to fuzzy, lo-fi bedroom rock and old school legends in the matter of a handful of hours. All within walking distance on lush, isolated polo grounds – this place is painstakingly put together from the art installations to the flow of traffic, they do a wonderful job.
One of my favorite things about this now-becoming-annual-trip is the camping. Coming from gritty Philadelphia to panoramic Southern California really opens my eyes and has become a fun getaway. Sure, waking up before 7 am every day solely due to the fact that you’re baking inside your tent can probably get old but the element of roughing it up for the next 4-5 days with plenty of friends is enough to make me forget.
Being an extremely obsessed music lover, I’m always asked who I’m going to see. There’s definitely plenty of artists I’d love to see live…but I know chances are that it probably won’t happen. I found the best way to enjoy myself is to go with the flow, have a rough idea but always be open to plan B.
It seems as the years go on, more critics are becoming increasingly cynical about the classic “year-end” lists everyone tends to put out.
Top 10 free non-commerical Soundcloud only releases of 2012, Top 25 rap mixtapes not including Rick Ross or Gucci Mane, Top 5 non-Dubstep EDM DJ albums released from April 17th to October 27th, The 3 most influential Eastern European female pop singers…blah blah blah. There are a lot of complaints. Ex: “They are all the same”, blah blah, whatever Thom York/Radiohead put out, some new indie band with only one release out that hasn’t even gone on tour yet, Grimes, the new Kendrick Lamar album, Animal Collective, The XX, Some weird rapper, …Well fuck, I actually like these lists a lot. I enjoy looking back and reviewing the year, seeing what new songs, artists, and albums I spent most my time listening to and discovering. At the same time I can see what other people spent their time listening to and I can find great new tunes as well.
With that little rant behind me. I give thee…my 2012 list of favorite songs, EPs, albums, mixtapes, and overall new music related…things. This is basically a collection of the music that shaped my year. I’ll try and keep it somewhat concise and organized in some sort of manner but we’ll see how that goes.
Long car trips and weekends equal creating playlists that can endure the mileage and my attention span.
Grimes’ recent track, “Oblivion,” was almost too perfect to jump start my drive. It’s like electronic doo-wop in the very best of ways, similar to the way Little Dragon owns their sound. In her video, I love that Claire Boucher has no qualms of singing her song at various sporting events. She’s completely out there and that’s totally everything I enjoy.
Watch below and be sure to download the third track off her recently released album, Visions.
Listen track by track how each artist and group rework and re-imagine Young Galaxy’s song, “We Have Everything.”
It’s a scintillating five track EP that Paper Bag Records has gathered together with many different electronic tones, synths, and samples of the song. Full of highs and lows, you’ll be sure to find one track that stands above the rest to your ears. Immerse yourself in the many versions of “We Have Everything,” and right-click to enjoy.