The lady responsible for turning my run-on and fragmented sentences into a cohesive enough thought to be placed on the internets for y’all to read, Marci Richter, is gonna be doing a recurring piece on ninebullets with regards to this years Lollapalooza line-up. Today we’re featuring the first 4 parts.
PART 1: The Intro:
The Raconteurs are making me going to Lollapalooza. No, I don’t know Brendan, Patrick, or either of the Jack’s. Rather, I was just bummed when I found out that they aren’t going to be coming to Florida on this tour, so I started looking at good places to go see them. I saw that they’d be at Lollapalooza, and then I saw that a ton of other artists I love will be there, too, like Bloc Party, Girl Talk, Radiohead, Santogold, and The Black Keys to name just a few. I also have family and friends in the area that I can stay with, so the trip planning started.
I’ve been to festivals before where I wasn’t familiar with all the bands, and then later I hear something from one of them and realize I probably missed a great set. I decided that I’d try and avoid that happening again and have planned to try to listen to every artist that will be there beforehand. After listening to the music on their websites or their MySpace sites, I have weeded out 34 artists that I have no interest in seeing and am still left with 73 that are possibilities. This festival is over the course of just 3 days (August 1-3), so since I’m sure some performances I’m interested in will conflict with each other, I’ve decided to rate my interest in seeing them, to make it easier to schedule my weekend once the schedule is released.
I have definitely discovered some great music (and some mediocre music) this way, so I figured I’d share what I found, along with my ratings in case anyone wants to try and change my mind about whether this is a set I should see or skip.
PART 2: The Black Keys:
Yeah, I know they’re not new to many of you, and you probably already know that they’re brilliant, but I have to make sure that you specifically understand that the song “Lies”, off of the album Attack and Release, is black silk, hair pulling, and a warm drunk in musical form.
That is all.
The Black Keys on MySpace
PART 3: Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog is one of the biggest surprises of my little project so far. I honestly thought this was going to be a hip hop act. I guess my subconscious paired Dr. Dre with Snoop Dog, and since Kanye West and Kid Sister are on the lineup, I figured this was another act along those lines.
I was so very wrong. We All Belong is the fourth album from this band out of Philly, and I can’t believe I missed them before now. According to the wikipedia article about them, they’ve toured with both The Raconteurs and The Black Keys. Funny enough, it also says I’m apparently not the only one confused by their name, which makes me feel a bit better about my subconscious.
The album is soulful, bluesy, lighthearted and fun, with earnest vocals and beautiful harmonies. There is definitely a 60’s rock influence which fits just right with the blues feel. I can’t wait to check out their prior releases and will definitely be awaiting their planned 2008 release. Dr. Dog gets 8 out of 10 ponchos on my festival must-see scale.
Dr. Dog – The Way The Lazy Do
Dr. Dog – Keep a Friend
Dr Dog on Myspace
PART 4: Does It Offend You, Yeah?:
Did it bore me? Yeah. Seriously. Obvious I know, but it’s what I kept thinking as I listened to You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into. I mean, with a band name that comes across that pretentious, you’d better put some mustard on it, and I was not feeling the mustard.
This is the debut album from the Reading, England electro-punk band, and I suppose the beats are catchy enough, but there is also the tendency to run a decent thing into the ground in many of the songs. I got an overall generic feel from the album and with the exception of a couple tracks that sounded a bit more original and standout, there was nothing I hadn’t pretty much heard another Nu Rave act do already.
Overall, these guys get 5 ponchos on my scale. I won’t run to catch the set, but I’ll listen if they’re on stage near the portapotties while I’m in line.
Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Let’s Make Out
Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Epic Last Song
Does It Offend You, Yeah? on MySpace