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More Festivals! More New Lineups!

April 28, 2009

So of course the lineup for Lollapalooza was announced last week, and not as I predicted, Jane’s Addiction and NIN will not both be playing. Jane’s Addiction, yes, NIN, no. NIN will be playing in Japan during that weekend.  Trent’s twitter feed has been talking about the band’s practices, his concern for the conflict between opening night of Star Trek and their first show of the tour, and how they have been testing their costumes out, and one will have wings that light up. He’s kidding, right? NIN, costumes, wings? 140 characters per tweet doesn’t leave much room for subtlety, ya know? He’s kidding. So I get to see NIN at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo only.

Here’s the Lolla lineup:

Depeche Mode! Tool! The Decemberists! Arctic Monkeys! The Raveonettes! Bat for Lashes! Glasvegas (who cancelled last minute at Coachella)! While watching The Cure at Coachella, my thought was, if only Depeche Mode were playing too… I get my wish, albeit three and a half months later. Okay, so instead of NIN, where my hopes were, I get Depeche Mode and Tool. I’m good with that.

And Austin City Limits just announced their lineup today too.

the 2009 Austin City Limits Lineup

Pearl Jam

Dave Matthews Band

 

Beastie Boys

Kings of Leon

Ben Harper and Relentless7

Thievery Corporation

John Legend

The Dead Weather

The Levon Helm Band

Ghostland Observatory

 

Sonic Youth

Mos Def

Toadies

Flogging Molly

The B-52s

Lily Allen

Citizen Cope

Arctic Monkeys

The Decemberists

Coheed and Cambria

Andrew Bird

Girl Talk

STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)

Phoenix

Bassnectar

Bon Iver

!!!

Avett Brothers

The Airborne Toxic Event

Medeski, Martin & Wood

Clutch

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Grizzly Bear

Heartless Bastards

Passion Pit

White Lies

 

Dan Auerbach

The Walkmen

The Scabs

Reckless Kelly

DeVotchka

Blitzen Trapper

The Virgins

Here We Go Magic

Eek-A-Mouse

K’Naan

Asleep at the Wheel

Dr. Dog

The Raveonettes

The Knux

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

State Radio

Los Amigos Invisibles

The Felice Brothers

Federico Aubele

Raul Malo

Daniel Johnston

Poi Dog Pondering

Brett Dennen

Rodriguez

Henry Butler

Preservation Hall

Sam Roberts Band

The Greencards

Sara Watkins

Walter “Wolfman” Washington

David Garza

John Vanderslice

Zac Brown Band

Todd Snider

School of Seven Bells

The Dodos

Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3

Alberta Cross

Deer Tick

Bell X1

Alela Diane

The Wood Brothers

The Parlor Mob

Rebirth Brass Band

Marva Wright

Terri Hendrix

L.A.X.

Lisa Hannigan

The Low Anthem

Sons of Bill

Suckers

Sarah Jaffe

Cotton Jones

The Henry Clay People

Papa Mali

Jypsi

Vince Mira

Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights

Mimicking Birds

Jeffrey Steele

Jonell Mosser

Leatherbag

Keith Gattis

Damien Horne

Sarah Siskind

The Dexateens

Nelo

Danny Brooks

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

The Soul Stirrers

The Durdens

Palm School Elementary

The Gospel Silvertones

Diaconos

Quinn Sullivan

Ralph’s World

Q Brothers

Milkshake

Telephone Company

Loose Cannons

Lunch Money

I gotta say, I’m feeling a little underwhelmed with this lineup. Then again, of the headliners, I’ve seen Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper and Ghostland Observatory at least three times each, so those aren’t the draws for me. However, Sonic Youth, Lily Allen and the B-52s are playing, and those I could get excited about. There are plenty of other bands too, like DeVotchka whom I can always see, School of Seven Bells, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, and how about Mos Def? It’s not that it is a bad lineup, by any means, it’s just that usually it is the big name acts that push me over the edge of whether to attend or not. It is the second or third level acts that I really want to see, and if there is someone playing the closing show for the greater than 45 minute slot that I want to see, that’s what has me buy the ticket. The way I should think about it though, is who is playing the aftershows? Last year, I waited around for the closing acts, and missed the band I bought a ticket to see as an aftershow, because some of the aftershows conflict with the actual event times. So maybe…. I’ll keep my eyes open and see what develops. I would definitely recommend the festival on principal to anyone else; I love this festival, as Austin is a great place to visit and the festival is so wonderfully organized. But for me, this year, it just isn’t calling to me. However, it’s the first weekend of October, who knows what will be going on in my life by then?

And as if that were just not enough, another lesser known festival lineup was also announced yesterday, in Seattle, the Capitol Hill Block Party lineup. A two day Friday-Saturday festival this July 24 & 25, sponsored by an excellent local paper and an excellent local radio station, it is focused on promoting Northwest bands, but if not from the NW, then indie music in particular. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 1st. At $40 for the two days, it’s a bargain, especially if you already are in Seattle. Sonic Youth is the big name this year. And not only are the bands announced, but the stages and days they will be playing is already up. Me, I already have other plans that particular weekend. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t go last year, as I was in the vicinity, and Feral Children were playing!

Now that all these have been announced, it is time for me to go back to updating my spreadsheet to see what bands I now have second chances to see at my next festival dates. Good times!

Twitter redux

April 16, 2009

So I did it.

It’s strictly for research, I tell myself.

I got a twitter account. I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. I have posted no tweets, I put no picture up, I posted no information about me whatsoever, and already I have 7 followers.

So then I decided, well, since WordPress has a twitter interface, I should just start a twitter account that follows all the things I talk about on the blog. So I started hunting various companies and festivals and musicians down. And at a certain point, twitter told me enough! I could do no more searching. Fine. Good thing I now have two accounts!

I found out that Trent Reznor is a major geekboy, in the good way, and has concerns because the next NIN concert (on May 8th) happens to be the opening night of Star Trek (The Early Years) movie and he’d rather go to that. (Calling J.J. Abrams’ assistant: work with poor Trent on this. Perhaps a private showing later that night where he’s playing (West Palm Beach, FL.) would be in order? Or before the show, so he can mention it in passing from the stage? Good publicity equals good ticket sales, I need not remind you.) I found one of my favorite bands here in LA twitters, while my other favorite band here doesn’t. The kind of tweets I want to know are — “First band running late, no one has taken stage yet, if you won’t make it until 10, you’re still gonna hear all the bands!” I mean, if it’s all about the play by play moment by moment, isn’t that what fans want to know? Especially since Angelenos are chronically late, (or as often in my case, double or triple booked) knowing it’s still worth the drive would be great to know. But that’s okay, some of the venues they would be playing at have accounts, maybe they could post that useful info.

I don’t intend to do much with this. I want to follow those I have heard good things about, the ones who put out good tweets. See what they are saying. And is it all just self promotion and nothing more? If you aren’t a celeb, does anybody care? If you don’t have much of an online presence, does anyone bother? The 7 followers I have have much to do with who I chose to follow; they are either them themselves, or related somehow. Since music festivals are what interest me, concert venues nearby or other festivals were interested in me. Now, since that was all in response to yesterday’s creation of a twitter account,  which I am now deciding will be my personal account, I am waiting to see if the same festivals I chose to follow on the blog appropriate twitter account opened today get the same responses. (The answer: some yes, others no. Random.)

Because, it’s all research, baby. If I am trying to promote others, shouldn’t I see first how others promote themselves?

And secretly, for all these festivals I will be attending, I feel as though if they have a twitter stream, that if I am on the loop on that, perhaps I will find out extra special things sooner at the festivals. Maybe. I just want to be in the know before everyone else, ya know?

And then, there are articles like this one, that give me hope that twitter may actually have more use than the obvious self-promotion of minutae it is currently.

Twitter, Schmwitter

March 11, 2009

Got this on myspace the other day:

From: nine inch nails
Date: Mar 10, 2009 12:46 PM
Subject: NIN on Twitter
Body: If you use Twitter, you can now follow NIN at http://twitter. com/nineinchnails for official news updates and other information.

All the band members also have Twitter accounts:

Trent Reznor: http://twitter. com/trent_reznor
Robin Finck: http://twitter. com/robinfincktwits
Justin Meldal-Johnsen: http://twitter. com/justinmj
Ilan Rubin: http://twitter. com/IlanRubin

And NIN’s art director Rob Sheridan is at http://twitter. com/rob_sheridan

Perhaps you know, if you have read numerous of my posts, that I perhaps like Nine Inch Nails just a little?

And, I have been on the fence as to twitter. To twitter, or not to twitter. Certainly don’t need it. But would it be fun to have an account, to use? Or would it be mere vanity and more access to time-wasters, something I definitely don’t need any help with? With a 140 character limit per tweet, would it help me hone my writing to get to the point sooner? Perhaps all of the above. But now I could follow Trent and his tweets. (Sounds like a band from the 60’s: Now featuring: Trent & The Tweets!)

Still on the fence, but Trent being there as something to look forward to may push me over the edge. I think it humorous that they included not only the band, and their individual accounts, but their art director too. Time for trivia!