“Any NY transplants who blew their noses the next day would instantly be taken back to Randall’s Island [Lollapalooza] circa 1994-1997.”
FYF: The Experience: With it looking like The Detour Fest will never be returning, I find myself becoming more and more protective of the FYF Fest. Much has been written about the logistical snafus of Saturday’s 7th Annual FYF Fest and I’m here to weigh in.. Common complaints about water prices, set delays, and ungodly long lines have probably done enough to scare people off for next year, and that’s a damn shame. Let me try and put things into perspective for some people who are losing their shit. For $20 I was able to see a slew of my current favorite artists on a beautiful day in Downtown LA, mere miles from my house. Sure the lines were long, but with a little logic and some help from your wingmen and women you could work through the hiccups. Someone in your group wants a cheese-steak and you want beer? Expecting to be able to do both is unrealistic at any festival - Break off into groups and pick a spot to meet back up at. Also, don’t expect to rely on your cell phones or texts. You gotta work these things old school style. Maybe FYF is catching more grief because it was 90 degrees and we were sitting in a glorified dirt farm. It made many people miserable, but it made me feel a sense of nostalgia for the old days of the traveling Lollapalooza. Any NY transplants who blew their noses the next day would instantly be taken back to Randall’s Island circa 1994-1997. If anything, I wish it were not an all ages show because the longest lines of the day were for the beer tents and the VIP Cha Cha tent, but I understand the kids need their music too.
Filter just released their top ten album list for 2009 and this is what it looks like
1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)
2. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote)
3. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (Warp)
4. Miike Snow, Miike Snow (Downtown)
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz! (Interscope)
6. Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Elvis Perkins in Dearland (XL)
7. Cass McCombs, Catacombs (Domino)
8. Passion Pit, Manners (Frenchkiss)
9. The Antlers, Hospice (Frenchkiss)
10. White Rabbits, It’s Frightening (TBD)
While I agree with many of their selections I can’t get past two errors:
1) Not slotting The Antlers at number one. (OK it is official -They should go ahead and process that restraining order now.
2) Leaving off the XX.. The XX’s debut record is an amazing album that deserves a top ten slotting.
I don’t want to define this as a travesty against humanity because we should save that word for the abomination that is MTV’s Jersey Shore. Instead let us simply call this an oversight. Allow me to correct these mistakes now with my rushed top ten.
Del’s top ten of 2009
1 The Antlers – Hospice (more…)
“Dru Hill, Jimmy’s Chicken Shack, Dan Deacon, Animal Collective”
Those were my answers when someone last week asked me to name famous bands to have come from Baltimore. A pretty sad sampling that got even worse after I referenced Wikipedia and learned that everyone’s least favorite pop punk twins, The Madden Brothers of Good Charlotte, are Baltimorons too. An odd topic of conversation but I felt the need to share because I was surprised by the dearth of music that the city has produced. Murders, yes. Kick ass bands, not so much. Honestly if not for Dan Deacon and Animal Collective we’d be looking at Jimmy’s Chicken Shack as the city’s musical treasure. The question they raised on their brain rotting one hit wonder is a good one for Baltimore:
Clearly the answer isn’t “Churn out tons of respectable bands”
Baltimore your music scene* is for shit….and Cal Ripken was a selfish bastard, but at least you gave us the gritty streets of “The Wire”…and the woozy dream pop of “Beach House”. Yep, they’re from Baltimore too. Who knew!?
Beach House is the perfect name for this band as it accurately conveys the sound that they present. A cozy warmth washes over their music like a lazy weekend @ Long Beach Island….far far far away from the mooks of the real Jersey Shore. Beach House is a welcome addition to the softer side of the itunes library. ….I just wish they chose a different title for the album. Typing “Teen Dream” just feels immensely wrong…but not as wrong as when I did a Google image search for the “Teen Dream” album cover.
People, think before you search…or make sure you have the safe search toggled on.
Highlights: “Norway,” “Walk In The Park,”
*As it turns out Frank Zappa was also from Baltimore, but screw it I’m sticking to my guns . As great as “Joe’s Garage” is Frank Zappa gets canceled out for bringing Dweezil and Ahmed Zappa into the world.
Last week I went to go see Deastro @ The Echo. He (Yep. Solo. His band quit on him mid tour.) played an uneven set of new material. Some tracks were good. Others not so much. Still a deal for the price. The pleasant surprise of the night was the headliner, Max Tundra. I’m using “headliner” here loosely because at most there were 36 people there. I’ve had more people watch me play RockBand. A truly pathetic showing. Having said that, I thought it was terrific show. I’m using that obvious Curb reference because, on stage, Max Tundra is the British love child of George Costanza’s looks..and Elaine Benes’ sweet dance moves. It made for a highly entertaining show. Beyond the spaz theatrics there were some really great songs. His sound is tough to pin down. Even he seems hard pressed to explain it:
“Each song contains many facets and genres, and the starts of songs are often stylistically extremely different to how they each end up, touring via a few styles along the way,” There are micro-melodies on the album – generally, layers and layers of stuff,” says Max. “Hopefully, the more you listen to it, the more new stuff will reveal itself, stuff you didn’t notice the first few times you played it. It’s intricate but that should mean it’s more rewarding over the distance, so that people can go back to it and hear new things each times
Did that help at all? I didn’t think so. Let me try: At its core it is layers and layers of spaced out swirling electro glitch beats with smooth Prince-esque R&B falsettos.
Give it a listen.
Highlights: “Will Get Fooled Again,” “Which Song,” “Until We Die”
09/09/09 was a special date for the Beatles. Not only did we get their re-mastered albums (in mono and stereo versions) and the Beatles Rockband game but, according to the website http://thebeatlesneverbrokeup.com/ , we also got a new Beatles album. Do yourself a favor and read the story behind the “new album” and then read the equally out there FAQs. As ridiculous as this story is it is fun to believe that there is someone out there crazy enough to have believed that he traveled to another dimension…and his sole focus in this alternate reality was the Beatles. I guess if people can believe in creationism there’s no reason why they can’t believe in a world where the Beatles never broke up, their 12th album sounded a helluva lot like Wings mashed up with solo John and George, the CD format “never caught on” and cover bands were outlawed.
This raises the question “If the Beatles never broke up does that mean Sir Paul would never write and record the title track to the “Spies Like Us” soundtrack? If so, that is a world I don’t want to be a part of.
I considered this story to be a fun quirky piece of original storytelling…until I saw he lifted the main constructs from “The Twelfth Album“, a short story published eleven years ago. I guess if you’re going to create a killer Beatles mash up CD you might as run the gamut of plagiarism and steal a back story to go with it.
Download this mash up if you love the Beatles/Post Beatles. It’s a good listen and it is always fun to hear treasured songs reinvented. Just ask GirlTalk.