It was a wild 48 hours at Bonnaroo for some of the folks over here, and I wanted to share a little of our totally ADD experience and photos with you guys. What a party!
Let me just give you an idea of how hectic this was… Tune-Yards, Katie Herzig, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Sam Bush (highlight of the afternoon), Little Dragon, Avett Brothers, Feist (where I met my new friends Hudost who played on Thursday), Oberhofer, Ludacris, Rod y Gab w/ C.U.B.A, St. Vincent (my highlight of the night), Foster The People, Radiohead, & The Word… there was some general wandering around in the late night, but I would hardly say that I was coherent and paying attention any more at that point though.
Sleep came quick on Friday night, and, after a morning of refueling, we were back out for Cosmic Suckerpunch, Bad Brains, Das Racist, ALO, Battles (highlight of the festival), Puscifer, Gary Clark, Jr., Santigold, Childish Gambino, The Roots, Dispatch, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, ?uestlove’s superjam with D’Angelo’s first US performance in over a decade (close second for highlight of the festival), and who in a 20 mile radius of the Farm didn’t hear Skrillex. That about did it for us. The early Sunday morning rain puddled in our tents with our brain puddled in our heads, and we limped out of Bonnaroo whipped and convinced that an RV is the way to go for these old dudes.
Some of our favorite photos are after the break (mostly by our man behind the camera Brad Hochstetler). Click on any picture to start a slide show with bigger pics. Dig it.
I have 63 tabs open in 3 different browsers, and my computer… is… officially… crawling. So, here’s another installment of news and notes. Actually, right before I hit publish, I decided that I should change the name to News and Tracks. What’s that? You don’t like that title? Well, opinionated one, you are free to start your own blog.
Battle of the bands
Bigger than ever The Black Keys are getting lots of press as a follow up to their critically acclaimed LP El Camino, and you know it is just a matter of time before some statement gets spun out of context, and the media picks a fight. In the January 19th issue of Rolling Stone, Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney is quoted with a shot at Canadian rockers Nickelback. Here’s what he had to say:
Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world,” he says, blowing cigarette smoke out the window of his rented East Village loft a few days before the band heads to L.A. “So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fuck that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit. When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it’s like, ‘Fuck you,’ honestly.
In response to this little shot, Nickelback responded by twitter with a real call to arms.
Ok, boys. Play nice. Pat get back to stomping out some of the best rock around right now. Nickelback, you guys go back to playing baseball in your bathroom.
Kanye gets serious with us for a minute
I am not really that big of a fan of Kanye West. I don’t know why. I am a fan of good hip-hop, and my friends who really like hip-hop tell me that Kanye is breaking down barriers. I don’t get it. It just doesn’t sound that great to me. So, I guess because I don’t have subjective love of Kanye’s music, I don’t have a respect for him as a mucisian? Or maybe I got caught up in that Taylor Swift, MTV debacle a few years ago? Regardless, I really enjoyed a series of very inspired messages from Mr. West about his struggles as an aspiring designer on his twitter feed a couple of nights ago. He is one of the most powerful figures in music today, and he sounds so inspired to create something more than a mansion packed with gaudiness. It’s worth 15 minutes of your time to read through the actual twitter feed (@KanyeWest), you’ll need to scroll down to start on January 4th at 11:30am. You can also read a summary from the fine folks at the AV Club.
Late night TV is getting some great musical guests (WU LYF, tUnE-yArDs, and Sharon Van Etten)
A few nights ago, WU LYF played “Heavy Pop” on Letterman. I loved, loved, loved their 2011 release Go Bring Fire To The Mountain, and it is easily in my top five records of 2011. The performance was awesome, as was their exit “No time to chat, Dave”. I really want them to play Nashville. Who can make this happen for me (ahem, us)?
Merrill Garbus’ tUnE-yArDs performed two songs on Jimmy Kimmel the other night, and they were both absolutely awesome. Her 2011 w h o k i l l was another of my favorite records of 2011, and her show at Exit/In back in September was one of my favorite shows this year. She’s just such a talented multi-instrumentalist. You can see her perform “Bizness” and “You Yes You” on Kimmel below, and I also added her performance of “Gangsta” with The Roots on Fallon last year just for your pleasure.
New Jersey native Sharon Van Etten performed “Serpents” on Jimmy Fallon in anticipation of her third LP Tramp (due out on Jagjaguwar Feb 7th). I can’t (read: don’t have the patience to) figure out how to embed that video in this blog, so you can swing over and check that out at The Audio Perv.
Speaking of performance videos
Canadian (I’m not talking about Nickelback anymore) musician Feist put out her newest solo record Metals in 2011, and it was another near the top of a lot of lists. She also made news a couple months ago that she was planning on a split 7-inch with heshers Mastodon where each will cover the other one. That 7-inch is supposed to release on Record Store Day 2012, and should be interesting for sure. In the meantime, you can see her get nuts on a piñata while a fake Slash performs “November Rain” with her band. Maybe she is prepping herself for the upcoming journey into metal (though “November Rain” is not really that rocking, and Guns n’ Roses aren’t really that “metal” by today’s standards). Regardless, it’s a fun watch.
Ms. Lana Del Rey
Do you know Lana Del Rey (a.k.a. Lizzy Grant)? That’s okay. In 2010, you probably didn’t know Adele either. You may be looking at the next soulful voiced pop star with Ms. Lana Del Rey. It doesn’t hurt that the self described “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” is easy on the eyes either (she just signed a modeling contract). She hasn’t even released her debut album titled Born To Die (due out on Interscope January 27th), but her few singles are already making her an internet buzz-darling. Her achingly soulful tracks “Blue Jeans”, “Born To Die”, and “Video Games” have been floating around the world wide webs for a while now. You can head over to OhMyRock to hear two new tracks titled “National Anthem” and “This Is What Makes Us Girls”. The site is in Portuguese, but just find the players and hit the button. The previously released tracks are below via some YouTubes.
The Grammy nominations happened the other night, and here’s what happened. I’m gonna hold my tongue about how I really feel about the Grammy’s, but, my real question is, when did Bon Iver become a “new” artist? He (Justin Vernor) has been around in his current band for a solid 5 years now. Is he “new” because the old fellars who are picking these nominees didn’t know about him? Check out this blog post from MTV’s website with the title “Who The Hell Is Bon Iver?” C’mon man!
Sleigh Bells teaser
Sleigh Bells is coming back with a new record. Here’s the teaser for it.
Once again, this computer is creeping along, and needs to be rebooted. Here’s some random tid bits that are sitting on my computer. As usually happens with my News and Notes write-ups there aren’t real Nashville connections (save the Feist retweet), but I want to get them out there anyway.
The Antlers go XX
The Antlers are following up their awesome LP Burst Apart with an eight track outtake EP entitled together (releases on Frenchkiss Records on November 22nd). This EP includes collaborations with Neon Indian, Bear In Heaven, and Nicole Atkins. However, the news of the day is the leak of their cover of the XX’s “VCRs” which you can listen to below. I guess The Antlers really wanted to get into the Bedroom Music genre which the XX currently corners the market on.
The Antlers covering the XX’s “VCR”
Feist at Third Man Records
Indie pop princess Feist recently rolled through town and played a 24 hour advance notice show at Third Man Records. Check out the Nashville Cream review of that show. The most notable point is that they served keg beer… The usual lack of beer at TMR is honestly one reason that I didn’t go to that show last Saturday night. Fail.
Radiohead announces US Tour
The absolute kings of alternative rock at the moment (and for the couple of decades) is Radiohead. It was announced this week that Radiohead is planning a US tour this upcoming year, and there are also rumors that they are working on a new record. There is no Nashville tour date as of right now, but there are also a lot of gaps in the schedule. We’ve heard rumblings that they are going to be playing the Coachella festival next April. I wonder if they’ll hop across the country for a sweaty Bonnaroo set as well? If you are a big Radiohead fan though, it might be worth heading down to Atlanta on March 1st to catch the closest tour date announced so far. Tickets for most of these shows (inc. Atlanta) go on sale Saturday (11/12 at 10am EST).
Whoops! I guess someone got caught slacking off at work yesterday! Third Man Records made a last second announcement that Feist would be performing tonight in Third Man’s, Blue Room. Online tickets are already sold out, but, supposedly, there are still some available at the Third Man Record store (open until 6pm today).
Sigh, I’m trying not to beat myself up about this one. You may know Feist as the quirky little iPod famous singer of “1,2,3,4″, but I know her much better for her part in Broken Social Scene. Her new record Metals just came out a few weeks ago, and it is pretty bad ass. She didn’t have a planned tour date, but I guess Jack White made a phone call or something. I must admit, it could only be billed as awesome to see her in the tiny, tiny confines of the Third Man Blue Room.
I’m pretty stoked for Black Angels, Spindrift, and Dead Meadow at Exit/In tonight, but they don’t EVER start anywhere close to on time right? So, I could probably swing in to see Feist first, and then hit up that triple bill afterwards, right. Sheesh, the cab bill is going to be hefty tonight! Cross your fingers that tickets are still available when I get down to the store. I gotta get out to see some live music tonight.