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Governors Ball

So despite the rain and mud struggles, I braved two of the three days at Governors Ball this weekend. I should have gone on Sunday, but my body just couldn’t do it. Instead of seeing Kanye, Beirut, HAIM, and all the other Sunday acts, I took a personal day of relaxation and zen. Much needed, and definitely no regrets, although I’m sure all those performers were fantastic. As for Friday and Saturday, well. It was definitely interesting. A super fun experience to have since I’ve never been to a totally muddy and grimy music festival, and it led me to believe that it’s an experience that everyone should have, especially in their twenties. Yes, it’s difficult to dance and get stoked about the music when you’re struggling with standing on two feet without slipping, but there’s a certain romantic quality in all of the mess. And I have to admit, any time I felt slightly overwhelmed by the intensity of the people or the ankle deep sludge, my friend and I escaped to the silent disco tent.

If you’ve never participated in a silent disco, make it your summer goal. They’re accessible, I’m sure at most music festivals in the city nowadays, and you will have so much fun. For all you Mister Sunday lovers, think of the crowd and general good vibes of a Mister Sunday party. Now just imagine that with noise canceling Sennheiser wireless headphones, surrounded by strangers and friends all losing it to the same music being played live by a DJ. I was impressed and totally in the zone. I had a silly/stupid moment the first time I participated in one last summer, when I realized that everyone was hearing the same music. D’oh. Favorite highlight: the two dudes dressed as referees who entered to an automatically parted crowd, warranting a male stripper-esque impromptu dance-off. As if I wasn’t already in love, the DJs who performed on each day were incredible. I can only imagine that it was as fun for them as it was for us.

As for the artists themselves, from what I was able to see, Kendrick Lamar was a definite favorite. As was Azealia Banks and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. But Kendrick Lamar impressed me so much because I’ve seen live hip-hop at festivals before and sometimes it’s disappointing. But I was the furthest from disappointed with Kendrick’s obvious love and appreciation for the New York crowd. That made me really happy, because if I were an artist, expressing my love for my fans would be just as important as producing quality work. My only wish was that he performed my favorite song, The Recipe, which he did not. He did, however, perform Poetic Justice, which is my favorite song, so I guess it broke even. Nonetheless, The Recipe can be found below for your listening pleasure.

Again, I’m sad that I couldn’t see HAIM on Sunday, but I was just too tired and wiped out from the previous two days of trekking. Despite all of that, I was pleased with the overall Governors Ball experience, and definitely look forward to what it has to offer in the upcoming years.

Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe (feat. Dr. Dre)

*BONUS* Just because. These ladies always deserve listening to.

HAIM – Better Off

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Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Waulking Song

Oh man oh man oh man I’m so stoked about this track. I don’t know when I first heard it, I think it was New Years Eve to the credit of one of my favorite people. But it also might not have been New Years Eve, all I know is that someone played this song at some point in my apartment and I got really excited about it and then forgot all about it until last week. It came up on Spotify somehow and now I’m a pool of happy. Not only is it the perfect song to start your day in a really happy and positive way, sounds wise, but it’s just fantastic when you’re walking in New York City. You know one of those days where all you want to do is smile comfortably at everyone that walks by you because the music in your ears is working so well with the thoughts and feelings of your current body, and for whatever reason, you know that this song will hold a special place in your heart whenever it comes on your headphones next. I feel that way about very specific songs, this being one of them. Rilo Kiley’s, Silver Lining, also has a similar affect on me. Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba is another one. You probably get it by now.

I had this really lovely moment the other day while listening to this song on the subway. Mind you, the subway car I’d chosen to take reeked of feet the entire ride, but besides that, there were some really beautiful people seated on either side of me. This is one of those moments where you’re really thankful to be a blogger because when else would you get to write about beautiful people and have others read about it? There was a beautiful man with green eyes and silver-black dark hair, taller, in a clean cut creative professional outfit. A woman sat beside me with dreads down to her knees, lighter eyes, and rings on every single finger.  Although no missed connections happened, a smile glued to my face as I exited the train car. Walking through Brooklyn felt like a floating on a cloud, and I mean that in the most literal way. I kept getting distracted and then when I would return to the moment, it just made me happy and further encouraged the goofy smiling. I haven’t been that inexplicably happy in a while. I mean, I like to think of myself as a generally happy person, but I guess it had something to do with the energy of the people that surrounded me, and the energy that I was putting out, because everything felt in sync.

I know that’s silly to say, but how can you not acknowledge when a moment like that happens? And furthermore, when it happens while TEED is playing in your ears? I hope this happens for you, too. I know the weather’s been lousy, it’s not what we want or expect right now in this city. But here’s the thing: you have so much more to be happy about! So be happy about it. You guys are incredible.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Waulking Song

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Roosevelt – Sea

Feel free to put this track on repeat because that’s where it’s been on my playlist. Roosevelt, who just signed with Greco-Roman, hits the ground running with this eclectic groove. Greco-Roman is the collective/label/party that boasts artists like Joe Goddard and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. Roosevelt has made a name playing sets at the renowned Total Confusion electronic dance music parties in Cologne, Germany, and is slated to play shows with both T.E.E.D. and  Hot Chip in the coming months.

Though I hate making comparisons, Roosevelt‘s electro-pop grooves remind me of a more vocally ethereal Metronomy. The beats are thick and chest-pounding; the synths are nubile and dance-worthy. Tobias Thomas‘ vocals float evenly through the musical waters and call like sirens beckoning you closer. While we wait for more, I’ll gladly keep this track at the top of my playlists. For now, you can enjoy the “day in the life” style video below, as well.

Roosevelt – Sea

Roosevelt – Sea (Official Video)