well, we are nearing the end of the summer festival season :( but there are still a few to go. this weekend two festivals are taking place, the life is good festival at blue hills in canton, MA, and the end of the road festival in north dorset in the UK. here’s a playlist for your friday of some of the bands playing at the festivals this weekend.
at about 12:53 an email popped up in my inbox that said “come see best coast in building 7 NOW!” umm…twist my arm? builing 7 is home to some of the urban offices, and best coast had set up in the lobby to play a quick set just for us! not a bad break on the tuesday after a long weekend :)
and here are a couple of their songs for you to listen to – if you’re in the philly area, they’re playing tonight at first unitarian church!
anyone going to bumbershoot this weekend? it is the 40th anniversary of the seattle music and arts festival, and they’ve gathered a really interesting lineup- different from most of the festival lineups i’ve seen this season. here’s a look at some of the acts who will be performing, and a playlist of their music!
some photos from the my morning jacket show at penn’s landing on sunday night. it was such a beautiful night and we managed to get there early enough to be in the front row! click read more to see lots more photos :)
burning man starts today, anyone going? i have never been to burning man but its one of those things that i’ve always been really interested in doing. it just looks so primeval and spirited… and maybe a little eerie in these photos by samantha casolari. beautiful though… i think it would be quite an experience. if any of you have been or plan on going, i would love to hear about it!
these photos can also be seen in samantha’s first book which is out now :)
what’s everyone up to this weekend? i am seeing one of my favorite bands, my morning jacket, at penn’s landing on sunday and i can’t wait!!! i have loved them for years and seeing them at this venue (which is pretty small) should be amazing. i haven’t seen them since bonnaroo ’08, when they released their last album evil urges, so i’m curious to see what songs they play.
i’m trying to get there early to get good seats so i can take pics!
if i wasn’t doing that, i would probably take a day trip to bethel, new york, for their harvest festival. our vintage buyer told me about it – it takes place on sunday at the site of the original woodstock festival and there’s a farmers market,crafts, live music and more. sounds like so much fun!
another fp girl recommended here we go magic to me – i had heard of them before but never actually listened to their music. i’m so happy to have discovered them – i listened to their latest album, pigeons, on repeat for an entire day after i discovered it. it’s really mellow and kinda psychedelic… great for a day like today.
i recently discovered beck’s record club and i think the whole premise behind it is pretty awesome. the record club is an informal meeting of musicians who come together to record an album in a day. they have done albums by the velvet underground, leonard cohen, inxs and even yanni. the results are pretty great- and they post a video of them recording the tracks once a week. they are rough renditions, often first takes, which i think makes it even cooler.
here’s one of my favorites, from the songs of leonard cohen, with a group that includes Devendra Banhart, Ben, Andrew and Will from MGMT, Andrew from Wolfmother, Binki Shapiro from Little Joy and Beck.
taking place at beauty bar in las vegas tomorrow night is the first ever matt bernson band bash! hosted by women’s shoe designer matt bernson, who’s helena boot and cecelia espadrille wedge are currently available at freepeople.
the party will be “the complete antithesis of the vegas industry event. no ropes, no VIPs…just incredible music and raucous celebration taking place at the famous beauty bar’s outdoor, fifties-era inspired courtyard and performance space.” here are the bands who will be performing!
the other day another fp girl told me about the LA Ladies Choir, her current obsession. i had never heard of them before but i was immediately intrigued. they are a group of 30 women with careers ranging from music, fashion, art, literature and theater, and they sing covers of old folk songs and wear beautiful vintage dresses. how can you not love that? founding member becky stark (front woman of groups kavender diamond and the trio the living sisters) says the one rule of the choir is to sing joyfully, and she doesn’t care if you sing off-key. the ladies perform at venues around L.A., sometimes joined by flea of the red hot chili peppers, whose wife, model frankie raydar, is a member of the group (and her sister missy modeled in our march catalog!).
check out this video of them performing john lennon’s “happy xmas (war is over)” at space 15 twenty: