Going into it’s fifth year, Hangout Music Fest can compete with the best of them. The three day festival (four if you include the Kickoff Party Thursday night) is located on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Gulf Shore, Alabama.
Despite a lackluster ending, the Popped! Festival overcame a large number of difficulties to provide Philadelphia with an enjoyable, if non-traditional festival experience. It may pale in scope to festivals like Lollapalooza, Sasquatch or Outside Lands, but this year’s show proved that Philadelphia can make a festival work.
Glide Magazine was there to take in the wide array of entertainment, from music, food and wine, to dancing and general shenanigans. And a little tip to those who may be contemplating: start putting in your vacation requests for 2012
Governor’s Ball Music Festival @ Governor’s Island, June 18
Words: Carla Danca
Photos: Jeremy Gordon
The inaugural Governor’s Ball Music Festival was held on Governor’s Island this past weekend, proving that NYC can still move with the best of them. The first time festival took advantage of the beautiful grounds and isolated location to call out all the alternative people of the city dressed in their finest freaky gear. From bikini tops to rainbow socks, it seemed that all of Brooklyn traded in their skinny jeans for a day in the sun. Governor’s Ball treated show-goers to amazing sights and sounds from a wide variety of electronic inspired artists.
[All photos by Jeremy Gordon]
With all the necessary items for a party it’s no surprise that acts like People Under the Stairs gave it up for marijuana and beer drawing huge crowds that were happy to sing along with them “If you don’t like it then get the fuck outta here.” Big Boi followed, giving the crowd the hits they craved like Ms. Jackson. The song drew more than just applause from the crowd as hot pink bras found their way onto the stage! But it was Empire of the Sun that won most outrageous act of the night with multiple costume changes and a troupe of dancers that made it hard to take your eyes off the stage for even a minute.
READ ON for more about the Governor’s Ball Festival…
For the second consecutive year at Hidden Track, we concocted our innovative little experiment for the year-end Best Albums list. Instead of picking the old fashioned way – subjectively – we opted for something a little different: a collaborative, collective list that incorporates the opinions of everybody here at HT.
To begin, we devised an all-encompassing list of well over 100 nominees, whereby most everything our contributors recommended made the list. Then we invited our crew of writers to independently and blindly vote on the whole list on a scale of 1 to 20 (20 = five stars). We ended up with varying degrees of familiarity with the nominees as some folks voted on just about everything, while some just a few. From there, we deployed our egghead algorithm for rating albums: (two times the average rating) + (the total number of votes). At that point, we took the top 25 highest scores and presto: the Hidden Track 25 Best Albums of 2010. No bullshit, no big opinions; just the results.
We have hit the midway point of our week long countdown, let’s check out albums number 11-15…
Key Tracks: World Sick, Sentimental X’s
Sounds Like: Music for Zooey Deschanel to act cute to in her next movie
The Skinny: Forgiveness Rock Record is absolutely not an album that should be written about in just 100 words. In fact, there’s more to say than that about the opening track alone, World Sick, which opens the record with a cathartic, seven-minute space-out that’s custom made for a montage of one’s own daydreams and could easily be considered the song of the year. And the entire album flutters along with this same airy chamber pop vibe, giving off the feeling of a Jon Brion or Polyphonic Spree production, whereby each track weaves itself in and out of the mix like instruments in an orchestra, and the whole thing comes together to form a moving piece of music. Team Canada is back.
READ ON for the next four albums in our countdown…