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.
This one’s an easy one guys. The new Local Nativesalbum is finally out and it’s everything I was hoping for. With such an incredible debut back in 2009, it would be an understatement to say that Hummingbirdwas highly anticipated. Well, at least for me..
Anyways, take your day of rest to stream through the entire release, track to track. With each listen I’m finding new things to love, and that’s the beauty. The heart breaking vocals, melancholic content, and accompanying guitars are enough to win me over – but being able to listen from start to finish and at the end, yearn to hit repeat, that seals the deal.
Ugh. It just keeps getting better and better folks.
The latest single off of Local Natives’ upcoming album, Hummingbird, is a heavy one. Simply listen over and over again. Oh, and mark those calendars for January 29th and grab your pre-order in the meantime.
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Ever since I heard their debut album, Gorilla Manor, I was absolutely enamored with Local Natives. Their content was melancholic and their vocals were distinct, I enjoyed a lot of different things about their sound.
Their new single, ”Breakers,” starts out just like any one of their other songs but unexpectedly breaks wide open after the 30-second mark. I love the push and pull tension and the minimal layers the gradually add more and more instrumentation to build up to such a powerful chorus.
Slated for a late January release, Hummingbird, is now available for pre-order. If you can’t get enough of “Breakers” then be sure to grab the newly printed 7” available here. I just cannot get past those “oohh oohh’s,” too damn good.
As I clicked to write a new post I looked over at my window and saw the sun come out, shining brightly. How nice..these past couple of days have been so shitty, cold and rainy. This sun is definitely welcome.
Anyways, on to the music.
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) – Arcade Fire Who hasn’t been talking about this band lately? With the release of The Suburbs, everyone’s been posting away. Now I admit, I wasn’t originally a fan of this band. Never really heard enough to make up my mind and see if they were really an incredible band like everyone exclaims or if they were just simply over-hyped. It took some time for me to start listening to this album..and slowly I have come around.
“But late at night the feelings swim to the surface
‘Cause on the surface the city lights shine
They’re calling at me, come and find your kind.”
I love the whole theme of this album. The lyrics hit you; they’re relatable. We all have felt stuck at some point in our lives. Excellent song.
Clothed And Open Eyed – Local NativesAnother solid band in my book. I love this fast tempo and when they drop the percussion and build it back up after a minute through. The frenziness at the end just makes this song fun to listen to. Download.
Our Younger Noise – Letting Up Despite Great FaultsThis band has been around for a few years now but I only recently have stumbled upon them. This song is nothing but beautiful, hushed boy/girl vocals with some light electronica. My music taste starts to change around this time of year. I don’t think I’m consciously becoming more sad, just more prone to listen to melancholic music I suppose.