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PUZL Tracks: Solid Steel Radio Show 21/9/2012 Part 3 + 4 – Mr Scruff

I first came across Mr. Scruff at The Big Chill several years ago. Highly recommend the festival by the way. His eclectic style and song selection was so hypnotizing that when I got back to London the next week I went and bought Keep It Solid Steel Volume 1. It was my first introduction to the Solid Steel crew and now listen to their radio show on Soundcloud every week.

Below is a recording of one of their latest shows with Mr. Scruff:

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The Great GoogaMooga Festival – NYC

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I can’t say that the inaugural year of The Great GoogaMooga went off without a hitch. What “Great” festival does? It is expected to have plenty of growing pains but learn from them at the same time. Which is exactly what these festival organizers did, and made visible adjustments the next day.

Day One: I wasn’t all there… for that long. I zipped in to catch Holy Ghost, who never disappoints with their set. Live analog pop goodness. But they looked so tiny on such a huge stage. I noticed there was no one in the VIP “Extra Mooga” special front section of the crowd… so that might have been the reason? It might have also been because they were all waiting in the massive lines I passed while rushing between stages to catch Bear Hands over in “HAMegeaddon.”

Day Two: I went with a little crew of friends on day two of the festival. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect considering the mass amounts of people on day one. I was delighted to find not so many… The lines were comparatively short and we were able to have a taste of a few different brews and eats before the legends Daryl Hall & John Oats took the stage. Day two was promising of a great GoogaMooga future and I can honestly say I can’t wait until next year. Check out my pics in the gallery below.

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3 NYC Summer Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss – Northside, The Governors Ball, and Catalpa NYC

As I am recovering from the first ever Great Googamooga Festival (event coverage coming shortly), my anticipation is growing for three more epic New York City based festivals. If you missed your chance to head west for Coachella (P.S. Next year’s is already completely sold out), don’t fret, we have your NYC Festival info right here and there’s plenty of top caliber names to keep you satisfied.

Northside Festival – June 14 – 21

First up, the 2012 Northside Festival is growing out of the heart of Brooklyn and is being billed as the next SXSW or, as the festival site describes, “the most incredible showcase of “what’s next” in music, film, entrepreneurship, and art.” It spans 8 days, with over 350 bands, 50+ films, over 100 artists, at more than 30 venues across Williamsburg and Greenpoint from June 14-21. Badges are on sale now and pretty damn affordable. They get you into the show and discounts at local restaurants and retailers.

Highlights include:
GZA (performing Liquid Swords with Grupo Fantasma) at Music Hall of Williamsburg (June 14).
Jens Lekman, of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils performing an all-ages show at the new Williamsburg Park on Friday, June 15.
– Also, Kid Sister, Ultramagnetic MC’s, These United States, Magik Markers, The Thermals, Ceremony, Tinariwen, Starfucker, Kool Keith, Crystal Stilts and so many more.

If you’re a true indie-music head, this one is not to miss. For more info and full festival line up, head over to http://www.northsidefestival.com.

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival – June 23 & 24

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival returns to Randalls Island Park on June 23 & 24. There’s isn’t much I can say about this line-up other than “HOLY CRAP that’s a solid list of bands and you’re a fool if you miss this one.” Passion Pit, Beck, Modest Mouse, Chromeo, James Murphy, Santigold (who KILLED IT at Coachella), Fiona Apple, Explosions in the Sky, Atmosphere, Major Lazer, Penguin Prison… I don’t know where to stop. The entire line up is just killing me its so good. Tickets are on sale now at GOVBALL.com

Catalpa – New York City’s Music Festival – July 28 & 29

Another inaugural fest coming up this year is the Catalpa Festival promising to be the pioneer New York festival, “with as much an emphasis on site artistry, interactive experiences and experimentation as the musical entertainment itself.”

Catalpa will bring over 40 performers from Blues to Rock to Hip-Hop, Electronic, Reggae and Indie + art installations of all scales creating somewhat of a fantasy world for us NYers to escape reality for a weekend. Sounds good to me!

Highlights:
Snoop Dogg will perform his debut album Doggystyle
– Also The Black Keys, TV On the Radio, Girl Talk, Mat and Kim, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Hercules and Love Affair, Cold War Kids, and Felix da Housecat (one of my favorite DJs ever).

Catalpa will be held on Randalls Island NYC from 1pm to 11pm over July 28th & 29th.

For tickets and more info head to www.catalpanyc.com.

One last event to note is The LACOSTE L!VE Williamsburg Park Concert Series which runs June 15 – August 24 featuring Jane’s Addiction, Die Antwoord, Counting Crows, Of Montreal (part of Northside Festival), Cake, My Morning Jacket, Cypress Hill, OK GO (free show) and a handful of others. Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com.

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Electric Daisy Carnival 2012

Electric Daisy Carnival is gaining speed as Coachella heads finally start to shut up about how awesome the Tupac hologram was.  Following in the footsteps of last year’s 3-day megafest, EDC 2012 touts more than a hundred acts on seven different stages, only this year they’re going for 300,000 attendees.

300,000?!  It took a decade for Idi Amin to kill 300,000 people, but it will only take three days in June for the same amount of people to dance themselves to death.  300,000 people?  If you took Vermont and cut it in half (assuming we take the good half that has all the beer and maple syrup), added hundreds of thousands of watts of bass, and then threw it in the desert, you would have what the producers from Insomniac Events are calling the “largest Electronic Dance Music festival in the world.”

In March Miami housed the second largest, the Ultra Music Festival, at 60,000, and for those who were chained to their desk jobs a sponsored live stream helped visualize what that many people would look like sharing sweat together.  With international house headliners Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, MSTRKRFT, Calvin Harris, Tiësto, and heavy hitter electro-house and dubstep acts Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Zeds Dead, Felix Cartal, Dada Life, Kill the Noise, Laidback Luke, Porter Robinson, and Bassnectar, EDC’s lineup kills it before it even happens. Smaller newcomers Crizzly, Dirty South, Feed Me, and Zomboy will all be at the top of my list for a bonafide romp, as Crizzly was fantastic at Lights All Night in Dallas and Dirty South had a mind-numbing set at Ultra this year.

It’s going to be huge, it’s going to be loud, it’s going to be the culmination of a music movement that started twenty years ago and tipped the year off as a new category at the Grammys.  As an EDC virgin, I’m looking forward. And now, to stream everybody’s Ultra sets. Onward!