a collection of songs from coachella 2012 artists. 30 minutes long and treadmill ready. songs used in order:
01. raconte-moi une histoire – m83
02. garden – miike snow
03. feel so close – calvin harris
04. civilization – justice
05. save the world (haunted edit) – swedish house mafia
06. polish girl – neon indian
07. eyes wide open – gotye
08. the bay – metronomy
It feels like almost a relief to be back on the East Coast, only because I’m willing to admit that I probably could not handle another day of Coachella. It’s a beast of a wild time. This year we were able to expand our camping group to 20+ different people and there’s no telling what next year will be like.
If you haven’t noticed, the festival scene has exploded as of late. I can’t turn my head around without hearing of a new event packed with a slew of artists waiting to wow you. Each one is entirely different from the next, varying in genres, tiers of artists, camping vs. non-camping; these things have seriously evolved. This is where the music industry is going.
During the phenomenal Radiohead set on Saturday night Thom Yorke said it best, music is about being together and the sense of community we have at these things. To me music is extremely personal, it performs as the soundtrack to my life, a constant ebb and flow. But being in the middle of a sea of tens of thousands of people all consumed by the lights, synths, and strong percussion; it really felt like something else.
As Coachella is one of the only places I will completely keep my phone off and separated for days at a time, I won’t be giving you the minute-by-minute timeline of what I was doing. I will give you some insight on who I saw after 3pm those days though, and trust me, that heat was brutal in the campgrounds before the sun went down. Continue reading →
Starting in September I’ve kind of been on a vinyl buying spree. There were a bunch of releases I wanted on vinyl, plus some others I just stumbled upon. I of course wanted to grab Neon Indian’s new album, as well as Relax from Das Racist, but while the first record store I went to didn’t have these releases, they did have the new Toro y Moi EP titled Freaking Out and Strange Mercy from St. Vincent.
Because I act like a little kid when I am at a record store and hate walking away empty handed I picked these two up and I love them. Lindsey and I also caught Gardens & Villa performing in Philly with Youth Lagoon opening. They both sounded great so we had to buy their albums on vinyl, too. All five of the albums I’ve just mentioned have been in heavy rotation on my turntable. I wake up and throw one of them on while having coffee, I’ll have them playing in the background while I’m doing some reading, they’ll be on while I’m writing about other music on the site.
A lot of the songs on all of these albums have very relaxing qualities to them which I realized were perfect for listening to while taking a slow cruise in the car or a stroll through the woods while looking at the pretty leaves this time a year.
So this weekend why not grab a pumpkin spice latte from Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks, check out some foliage, and enjoy the fall sounds mixtape. And yes, I mentioned Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks just so I could tag this post with those terms. The rest of this post was filled with prettiness, I had to be a scumbag at some point. Enjoy the music!
Oh, it felt good to turn off the AC unit in my room this morning, for once, I was actually cold. And to step outside on a crispy, sunny morning to walk my dog? Instant smile on my face.
I came back inside craving a soundtrack for the day, digging through albums and coming up with Miniature Tigers‘ second full length Fortress, which was released summer of 2010. With all of the hype Alan Palomo and his band, Neon Indian are getting with their latest release I thought it was fitting to include, “Goldskull” which features that distinct synth-pop outfit.
The rest of the album seamlessly plays all the way through to the end. The lyrics are matter-of-fact, embracing honest events (“stoned in my room at 3 am”) with tight and lively instrumentals to match. I’m so happy I resurfaced this disc this morning. Miniature Tigers just started their fall tour, check the schedule here. The guys are bringing a ton of 7” copies of Goldskull with them and you can grab yourself a free copy by stopping at their merch table and drawing a little something something for the band (there’s rules).
I’ve been listening to a decent amount of synth based music lately and have also been learning the ins and outs of programming synthesizers myself. Here are a few bands/people that are synth wizards.
Neon Indian – It’s just one dude, not a group, and I’ve been listening to his Mind Ctrl:Psychic Chasms album non-stop. Recently he put out this cover Neon Indian – Children of the Revolution (T. Rex Cover) as well as a remix of his song “Sleep Paralysist” done by Com Truise which can be downloaded for free at his site.
Yacht – This duo from Portland, OR is pretty funky and they create some danceable tracks. Their 7 minute long “Waste of Time (Dub)” can be had at this link .
Finally, while checking out LCD Soundsystem’s site I stumbled upon the new group of Benoit & Sergio who put out a song all about girls called Boy Trouble .