Friday February 15, 2008

Renaissance festival weekend

Renaissance Festival

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  1. Carolina    Fri Feb 15, 09:44 AM #  

    You meant to say Sweat Records and $3 a pint.

    I’m bored.

  2. alesh    Fri Feb 15, 11:09 AM #  

    Yes, I did. I’m a little over compiling these lists, can you tell? And ditto on being bored; you’d think there’d be better stuff happening in February.

  3. Carlos D    Fri Feb 15, 02:12 PM #  

    You keep believing that Radiohead’s no longer cool and I’ll keep getting better seats than you at the best concert of the year.

    Seriously, what artist makes more important, groundbreaking statements these days?

    Maybe Daft Punk? And still that’s arguable because they haven’t released a new record.

  4. alesh    Fri Feb 15, 02:35 PM #  

    Off the top of my head? Animal Collective, M.I.A., Deerhoof, Battles, Sigur Ros, Girl Talk, The Avalanches, The Kleptones, Jens Lekman (he is, too. Don’t even), Grizzly Bear.

    Mind you, I’m a 24-36 while male, so I have no beef with Radiohead…. hell, I may get some tickets tomorrow.

  5. Elad    Fri Feb 15, 02:40 PM #  

    Wasn’t the Radiohead show suppose to be in Miami? WTF? And on a Monday night. Lame!

  6. carlos d    Sat Feb 16, 09:18 PM #  

    the artists you speak of – while no doubt good and of considerable artistic merit, have only an album or two of decent material to back their superiority.

    Include Arcade Fire and LCD soundsystem and you’ve got a whole crop of bands who could surpass RH. Considering that they’ve made enough good records to never record ever again and still be a band our kids talk to us about – it’s even more remarkable for them to have just released arguably the second best record of their career.

    To have released it practically for free makes it an even more powerful statement.

    To refute your original point, I just don’t think a band can be cooler by my definition of the word. They are a band that most “cool” people care about and watch their every move. They’re the most desirable festival headliners on earth.

    Maybe that will change but in the last year it can’t have gotten anything but stronger.

  7. Carlos D    Sat Feb 16, 10:54 PM #  

    Oh and I’m aware that Animal Collective have three or so good records, not counting Person Pitch.

    They’re an amazing band but no Radiohead just yet.

  8. alesh    Sun Feb 17, 01:45 PM #  


    I mostly agree with you. Not saying RH sucks or anything — I equated them with U2 after they stopped messing around and went back to straight-ahead rocking out (All that you can’t leave behind). That’s when I lost interest in them.

    I’ve lost interest in Radiohead, too. I’ve heard their new album once, and it wasn’t bad, but it isn’t in the same universe as Ok Computer and Kid A. They’ve stopped pushing themselves, and for me, that makes them much less interesting.

  9. kenviro    Tue Feb 19, 01:15 PM #  

    Check this

    and then tell me they stopped pushing themselves.

    Not thrilled with the venue but the show will be amazing (even on a monday).

  10. alesh    Tue Feb 19, 09:26 PM #  


    it’s ok. i’m 10 minutes into it right now. the lyrics about “living in the 21st century” and “weird fishes” are just embarrassing, the songs are OK, the performances are pretty great. I’m sure the show will be amazing, but that wasn’t my point.

    Any band passes their peak, and I’m not mad at RH or anything, I’m just saying they’ve reached that point. I’m sure they’ll continue making decent music for quite a while. Just like the Stones in the late 70s and the last couple of U2 albums.

    Go back and listen to Paranoid Android and then play that “weird fishes” thing and get back to me.

    And yes. West fucking palm beach. Good lord.

  11. kenviro    Wed Feb 20, 12:39 PM #  

    Alesh – I agree with your comment about the lyrics, but I’ve long ago given up on trying to ‘understand’ what the lyrics are saying to me. Most bands that are as obtuse as radiohead have their meanings so convoluted (see the mars volta) that it’s a tremendous waste of time to try and decipher their true meaning (IMO).

    My point was that that I do think that RH is still pushing themselves and it shows with the way that they completely reversed their musical priorities from Hail to the Thief to In Rainbows. Having said that, my fav RH album is still The Bends.

    Anyway, I really enjoy your blog, I think you do a great job and btw, M.I.A. is going to be at Bonnaroo this year (as is Gogol Bordello). That should be fun.