The Mixtape – Songs from Osheaga 2012

Part of the long hiatus the blog has had was because I spent a week in Montreal, enjoying what has quickly become one of my favorite cities and most importantly, attending Osheaga. I didn’t get to go to Bonnaroo this year so this was my big festival for 2012 – and it did not disappoint.

I’ll say right now – it’s better than Bonnaroo. The lineup was stacked, every band played an incredible set, and the organization, and the crowds – are much better here (except all French people smoke so there was always smoke in my face that I couldn’t escape in the crowd, which was gross). I will have full coverage of all the bands I saw each day up soon – but for now, here’s a mix made up of my favorite songs from most of the bands that played the festival. Well, the ones I wanted to see (or was at least considering seeing).

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Sigur Ros – Svefn-G-Englar This song is to me, what heaven would sound like if it exists. Hopelandish indeed.

The Black Keys РTighten Up These guys are probably on too many of my mixes, but goddamn, there can never be enough Dan Auerbach in this life. Sexiest man at Osheaga, sexiest set of the fest.

Florence ¬†And The Machine –¬†You’ve Got The Love Though I have a hard time stomaching the ‘flowery female musician’ performance she and¬†artists¬†like her are so fond of, girl can sing, and she was one of the few main stage performers who really had fun with the crowd. And it’s an amazing song. When food is gone you are my daily meal.¬†

City and Colour –¬†The Grand Optimist I skipped his set for Bloc Party. No regrets there.

Bloc Party –¬†This Modern Love Because they were incredible, as always.¬†This modern love breaks me.¬†This modern love wastes me.¬†Listen to the new album here!

MGMT –¬†Time to Pretend While 78 percent of Osheaga was watching Justice, I saw MGMT for the first time. Fireworks went off, it was fun.

Feist –¬†1234 She didn’t play this song, which seems a bit cruel, but she was incredible anyhow.

Metric –¬†Combat Baby They didn’t play this song, which was also disappointing. This was my first time seeing them live (though I’ve seen Emily and James with BSS many many times), as they fell off my radar after¬†Old World Underground and Live It Out.

Justice –¬†Genesis They are one of those bands I feel like I should like, but I have yet to really understand the appeal. But i’m not big into electronic music, so that is probably the only reason.

Franz Ferdinand –¬†Ulysses This whole fest brought me right back to college/my early indie kid days. Franz, Feist, Metric, Bloc Party, The Walkmen, The Shins, The Black Keys – that basically sums up what I listened to in 2004/5… Franz fell off my radar fast after their first album, which I probably hadn’t played since 05, so it was very nostalgic to hear songs like Michael live.

Garbage –¬†I Think I’m Paranoid And then there was the random 90s throwback with Garbage. Shirley Manson is the definition of a performer. I wanted more ladies like her on stage and less of the flowery ‘wave your hands around’ contrived bs too many of the female musicians playing seemed to be doing.

M83 –¬†Midnight City Didn’t get to see their show – Black Keys will always win against a new band – but this song is incredible.

Cursive – Drunken Birds I didn’t end up catching their set, and I gotta admit, I don’t even really like this song. But for those of you that do…

The Jesus and Mary Chain¬†– Sometimes Always JAMC live was the best part of the festival, easily. Everyone else was watching Snoop Dogg/Lion, but there was still enough awesome people at the Green Stage with me that it was a perfect show. I got much closer than I would have had I saw them in Toronto, and they played the same set, so I didn’t miss out on anything. And yes, Draper’s new wife on Mad Men came out to sing Hope Sandoval’s vocals. She’s no Mazzy Star, but it worked. This song is the definitive JAMC song, for me.

The Raveonettes –¬†That Great Love Sound Few songs bring me as much joy as this one.

The Walkmen РCanadian Girl Missed their set because it was so early on Friday (WHY? They are a much bigger/better band than Down With Webster who I had to sit through, seriously), which kills me, because they probably played this song, which I have still somehow never ever heard live.

Little Dragon –¬†Ritual Union The only time I passed by the electronic stage and didn’t cringe was during Little Dragon. LOVE this song. Solid band.

The Jezabels¬†– Easy To Love Love this girl and this band rocks live. She’s like Karen O, it was a breath of fresh air in a line up filled with female musicians who do not subscribe to rock n roll ethos.

Yukon Blonde –¬†Oregon Shores What does it mean to fall in love when you’re alone? I don’t know, Yukon Blonde, but it’s a great question.

Zeus –¬†Hello Tender Love Zeus played at 1pm on Sunday – which means I was still asleep. Missing Zeus might be the saddest part of my weekend. I can’t even describe what this song does to me, it’s¬†inappropriate.

Portugal. The Man –¬†Sleep Forever I’ve still never seen this band, which sucks because I love their sound. This song blows me away. Why were so many good bands playing before 2pm, and so many average ones around 4pm? Only real issue with the festival, in my opinion.

Tame Impala – Solitude Is Bliss This song is bliss.


 Did you attend Osheaga? Which bands blew you away?