Pulling out chives and gymboree handouts, two end tables and a microscope. Bubbles and cams, just clap your hams, just clap your hams. Where's my hat?
It's been a while, but I still remember the lyrics.
Governors Ball 2012 is in the books. I passed on the dance-themed Saturday and went with Sundays line-up of mostly rock or pop white people bands. For me, it's all about the Beck, returning to the live stage after a extended break and playing a melody of his greatest hits. The rest of the line-up were acts I had already seen multiple times under festivals and small club circumstances. Although, it was my first time seeing Explosions in the Sky, who seemingly play one 45-minute song.
Besides Beck breaking out the jams and looking like he hasn't aged a bit, the other acts were perfectly serviceable. Phantogram had a exciting set for an act that's a guy on guitar and girl on a computer. Fiona Apple, I'm sorry, I recognize she's a talented singer, but damn she's bores me. Always has. Modest Mouse was Modest Mouse, all the stoners were happy with them. I've seen Cults so many times I think can step in, play guitar and know how to play the songs.
Maybe I've gone to too many festivals in the NorthEast and UK, but they are starting to feel the same. Especially around these parts since we don't have camping festivals and all the acts play here multiple times throughout the year. Governors Ball felt we were going through the motions and that it never reached heights of excitement. It was downright civil. The weather was normal -- sunny most of the day with clouds toward sunset. At 11 when Beck ended, the rains started up. There'sno overwhelming praise. I guess the no overlapping sets was nice. Maybe less is more when doing these festivals in NYC. On the other hand, nothing to complain about. Getting to Randall's Island is still a pain. Cheapest is walking over the bridge which takes 30 minutes and taking the boats will set up back and force you to wait in a long ass line. I parachuted in.
More in pictures and thoughts in the day's to come. Here's a few select shot from the day:
Explosions in the Sky
Built to Spill