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.
So, here were my favorites from the weekend.
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.
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I’m a bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t write about this album right when I fell in love with it about 2 and a half or so weeks ago. Because the G’s over at Pitchfork already beat me to it and donned the album with their “Best New Music” honors. Anyway, I give it the bFunk stamp of approval, which in several underground foreign mystic hipster cult exclusive nonexistent fake inner circles means GALAXIES beyond “Best New Music.”
Honestly though, this album is fantastic and although I know Lindsey has written about them a bit before, for the life of me I had no idea this was Purity Ring‘s first full album. It’s pretty gorgeous and sonically tantalizing. To quote a line or two from the Pitchfork review, the album as a whole really contains: “subtly different versions of a single, near-perfect idea” (Richardson; July 24, 2012). It’s quite a concept album in its overall style and sound; and it works extremely well. Megan James’ beautiful vocals over Corin Roddick’s production are an excellent pairing and well, I like it and felt the need to share.
Throw this album on and get immersed in some wonderful headphone tunes. OR I also feel this would sound fantastic on a BIG sound system. Take your pick.
Obedear – Purity Ring
Fineshrine – Purity Ring
Welcome to a new segment I have aptly named, “I want this.” My mother can testify (and probably former relationships) that I’m a pretty impatient person.
Whatever, that’s why when I heard the announcement of a Purity Ring and Braids split 7″ I immediately thought to myself, “I fucking want this now.” Unfortunately for me, I can’t have that disc in my hands physically yet but come October 11th you all will have a good idea on what will be purchased.
With those daring vocals of Megan James mixed alongside glitch master, Corin Roddick, you really just can’t help but get lost in the “future-pop” sounds these two create together.
And for Braids’ contribution, a lighter and more dream-pop approach which you can listen to here. Ugh, it’s an understatement when I say that I just cannot wait.
Another thing to add to this impending list is Warm Ghost’s upcoming debut album, Narrows, due out September 27th. Check the second teaser below that was just released. Haunting, absolutely haunting.
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Here’s another example of something so extremely solid that I have unknowingly been keeping to myself.
Meet Trophy Wife, hailing all the way from Oxford.
What I really like about this band is their distinct base line in each song. It’s powerful, and sets the tone and sound for this trio. This is some of my favorite music blended extremely well together..a little electronica here, a little bit indie there, peppered with sharp, snappy beats.
“Microlite” hit our ears back in November and I’ve been loving on them ever since. I’m also including the acoustic version because the strings just flush it out so well, it sounds pretty different (a good different). Check out the song,”Take Me There” to really hear them drop the beat then pick you up and string you along.
Currently they’re playing shows in Europe, not venturing much elsewhere. The band is pretty good about keeping their Myspace and Facebook up-to-date if you’re so inclined. The best was earlier when I was looking at tags I found something quite fitting…
The Quiet Earth
Take This Night
Right-click and enjoy.
BONUS: Lately I’ve been thinking about this one particular song and how much it sounded like a glitchy version of Cocorosie. I started to do some digging and I discover why the hell I’m so entranced by this new act. It’s because it’s GOBBLE GOBBLE’s new project and it’s good.
Ungirthed – Purity Ring
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