Posts Tagged ‘Modest Mouse’

Lolla Tease

March 31, 2010

Well, it is shortly to be the new summer concert festival season, (with Coachella to begin a mere 16 days away in nearby Indio, CA) and so the age old practice of selling tickets before revealing the line up is again the way it’s played.

Lollapalooza tickets are on sale, and today, all the Os of band names are up. I see none that looks like it could be Modest Mouse. Look for yourself, and correct me if I am wrong.

The only ticket for a show I have purchased so far is for another show in Chicago, the Pitchfork Music Festival in mid-July, and I bought it because a) it was cheap at $90 for a 2.5 day festival and b) Modest Mouse is playing. What more reasons did I need? We will see if I actually make it.

I say that only in the sense of we shall see how my finances and ability to leave LA are at that point in time. The ticket is usually the cheapest part of a music festival, as getting there, lodging and eating are the other 3/4 of the equation.

If worse comes to worst, I go and attend only Friday to see Modest Mouse, and leave my wrist band with the person I usually stay with in Chicago to enjoy the other two days. Hopefully her wrist is small enough. Or, like I had the inclination to the first time I did Lollapalooza and had an extra ticket, I kept thinking of giving it to one of the baristas at Intelligentsia, before that coffee place invaded Los Angeles and it was still a Chicago exclusive. Someone who was working in the morning, no reason not to go enjoy themselves later in the day. For free!

Music Festivals at the End of the Season

August 22, 2009


This weekend is Sunset Junction Street Festival. Two full days of music from local bands and others, most recognized nationally. And for the price of a $20 ticket per day. I can actually only go Saturday, as I have a class to attend in Santa Barbara on Sunday.

And next weekend, the weekend right before Burning Man starts, is Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco. For once, I will be utilizing my relatives for a place to stay, since they live a convenient distance to a BART station, and that way I don’t have to worry about expensive city parking. Turns out, a very similar line up of headlining bands will be playing the local music festival in San Diego, Street Scene, Friday and Saturday of the exact same weekend. The band I bought the Outside Lands ticket for, Modest Mouse, will be playing at both festivals, as will the Black Eyed Peas, Conor Oberst, and Trombone Shorty, among others. Huh, had I known that in advance, I could have just bought a ticket to San Diego’s Street Scene, seen Modest Mouse and not had to drive up to San Francisco at all. Oh well. By being in San Francisco, this still gives the last minute option of taking off for Burning Man, once Outside Lands is over. Of course, the fact the cousin I will be staying in the house of, always goes to Burning Man, might not have any impact on any last minute decisions at all…. Right.

The weekend following, the concluding weekend of Burning Man, when the Man burns on Saturday, and the Temples go ablaze on Sunday, is the weekend of Bumbershoot up in Seattle. Looky here, three days of not mere music, but ballet and comedy and S.E. Hinton, the young adult author, will be speaking and doing and performing…. And look, Modest Mouse, from nearby Issaquah, performing again. This time, in a headlining spot, like I believe they deserve. (Tenacious D is headlining at Outside Lands as replacement for Beastie Boys? They really have more draw than a 4:20 pm Sunday slot for Modest Mouse? Really?)  Bumbershoot tickets, $80 for three full days of fun. As of Saturday, the price just went up to $120. A bargain! And what is it about those folks up in Washington, those wise ones choosing three day weekends to hold music festivals, so no days of work need to be missed? Sasquatch in Quincy, WA on the Columbia Gorge starts the festivities in the NW, and Bumbershoot in Seattle, at the Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle, ends the summer on Labor Day weekend. I have never been to Bumbershoot. I shall one day, but probably not this year. Something about a low bank account balance, my same excuse for not having a 3x more expensive ticket to Burning Man….

And then, I found Modest Mouse playing four nights in a row at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR. Oh, how I wish to go…..Will they play all their songs, given there is no reason to repeat? Whole albums in entirety, anything fun or special like that? It’s all the rage, these days.

Modest Mouse

April 14, 2009

They’re goofy.

Their music is discordant.

The band is listed as being from Issaquah, Washington, a town I actually know, because my grandparents retired there from Seattle. It is a sleepy burb, usually shrouded in mist, chill and damp, rising from the everpresent evergreens and the low flying drizzle clouds. No wonder the boys started playing music; it kept you indoors and warm.

I like their videos. I like their music. I like their creative juices.

Who else sings about Wild Packs of Family Dogs?

Who else does fake, mock interviews for no apparent reason?

And what creative, beautiful videos, says me who only has had MTV a few times in my life… Flying sheep, swimming sheep? Makes me recall that Monty Python character saying there’s nothing more dangerous than an intelligent sheep….

It was this song that made me fall in love with them, the first time I saw them live, in a little place called the House of Blues – Anaheim.

What a sense of humor! Come on, doesn’t it make you laugh? C’mon, a message saying hell froze over and God saying better get a sweater?

Anyway, listed as playing at Outside Lands Fest in SF? Count me in! Any music festival missing Modest Mouse always makes me sad…. Because usually, there’s some fan wearing their T-shirts, even if they aren’t playing, there to remind me they aren’t there.

San Francisco Festival News You Can Use

April 13, 2009

San Francisco’s music festivals have made the news this past week. Today, the lineup of Outside Lands was announced, and last week the dates of Treasure Island were announced.

“April 8, 2009 San Francisco, CA — Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment are pleased to announce that the third annual Treasure Island Music Festival will take place on Saturday October 17 and Sunday October 18, 2009. Saturday will feature two stages of electronic and dance oriented acts and Sunday will feature a compelling line up of national and local indie rock artists.

This two-day boutique music festival will continue its tradition of providing a stellar and diverse musical lineup smack-dab in the middle of the San Francisco Bay on historic Treasure Island. There will also be interactive activities for the audience including a 60-foot tall Ferris Wheel, an interactive arts / vendor village featuring local designers, and an array of healthy and affordable food and beverages available.

The Treasure Island Music festival is organized by the producers of the Noise Pop Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running independent music festivals, and Bay Area based Another Planet Entertainment, an internationally renowned independent concert producer. The Treasure Island Music Festival has been called a “full blown love affair” by SPIN.COM. The SF WEEKLY declares that the festival boasts “an impressive lineup with bands from all over the world.” PASTE MAGAZINE proclaimed that “for the second year in a row, a 70-year-old, man-made island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay was home to some of the finest live bands in the country.”

“We’re thrilled to once again bring a pirate’s booty of musical treasures to the island in the Bay,” says Kevin Arnold, founder of Noise Pop. “The third edition of TIMF promises to be the best yet as we present another action-packed weekend of premier indie and electronic talent and myriad other diversions in what we think is the most majestic festival setting in the world.”

Full performer line-up and on-sale information will be announced early this summer… stay tuned!

For up-to-the-minute information on Treasure Island Music Festival please visit”


In other news, I especially appreciate the creativity of using muppet-like creatures singing a song in the woods to announce the lineup of Outside Lands. See it here.

Or here’s the actual poster as of now, changes to be announced later. Modest Mouse! Beastie Boys! Built to Spill! Pearl Jam! Dengue Fever! Black Eyed Peas! Thievery Corporation! Calexico! And so conveniently located on the calendar right before Burning Man…. They make it so easy to want to go, so convenient, so tauntingly available…. And they are clever, with the announcement of who will be performing, before the tickets go on sale. No buyer beware here!

Me? Especially excited by Modest Mouse in the lineup. Their only other scheduled appearance listed over at myspace is at Bumbershoot, and as we well know, Bumbershoot up in Seattle, WA conflicts with Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV every year! So I still haven’t made it to Bumbershoot, even when it was only a three hour drive from Portland, and BRC was many times that.