Hi, Kids. Ah, the road trip. The pedal to the metal, the dirty rest stops, the smoking cigarettes with all the windows rolled up. We’re lucky here at Brite because one of the best outdoor music festivals of this summer, The Forecastle Festival, happens to be a proverbial road trip away. What a treat! Unless, of course, it is supposed to rain all weekend. (Have fun, Connor and Erin!)
Here is my Forecastle themed Five for Friday, completed from my warm and dry office dangerously close to Music Row. Take note: this may be your partial “Best of 2012” list. The Forecastle Festival has an amazing headline roster this year: My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Wilco….and many an artist that are near and dear to our hearts.
Bassnectar “Upside Down”
This is about my only parlay into the world of dubstep. In related news, I think that all sirens should be banned in songs. This is the kind of stuff that leads to panicked breaking in the car.
Beach House “Wild”
Hands down, Beach House’s album “Bloom” is one of my favorite albums of 2012 (so far.) Even the meanies at Pitchfork gave it a good review (a whopping 9.1 on the musical Richter scale).
Real Estate “Exactly Nothing”
Real Estate, you had me at “It’s Real”. It’s The Smiths and The Stone Roses, dashed with Kings of Convenience and some other band that escapes me at the moment. Also gets many a bear hug from Pitchfork.
Ben Sollee “The Globe”
There is a music scene in Kentucky, and we intend on sniffing it out. Ben is an amazing talent, and I do hope he’s sitting in with My Morning Jacket the day before his solo performance. I would use the term “killer” for that set, if it weren’t for the fact that I hate that term.
Abigail Washburn “City of Refuge”
Do you like how I took you straight into roots music territory? You will thank me later. We did a little write-up about Abigail’s performance with Kai Welch a few months ago, and they will be recreating their stellar musical duo at this year’s Forecastle.
Here is the complete playlist on Spotify: Five for Friday: Forecastle ’12. Unsatisfied and thirsting for more music? We happen to have hundreds of artists at your fingertips who want to share their music with you for free. It’s just a click, not a road trip, away.